Security, Defence & Intelligence

'The day after Iran's first nuclear test is a normal day'

Any mention of an Iranian nuclear weapon is taboo in the Islamic Republic, which insists that its nuclear programme is entirely for peaceful, civil purposes. So it is remarkable, to say the least, that an article has appeared on the Gerdab website...

Syria warns of more marches on Israeli border

A Syrian government newspaper said Tuesday that more Syrians and Palestinians plan to march to the Israeli border, warning Israel the day will come when hundreds of thousands of refugees return to their occupied villages.


Researcher: Iran can produce nuke within 2 months

Yitzhak Benhorin Ynetnews 07.06.2011
Researcher: Iran can produce nuke within 2 months

The Iranian regime is closer than ever before to creating a nuclear bomb, according to RAND Corporation researcher Gregory S. Jones.

Syrian opposition: Anti-Israel rioters paid $1,000

Protestors for hire? Demonstrators along the Syria-Israel border were paid thousands of dollars by President Bashar Assad's regime to take part in Sunday's riots, Syrian opposition activists charge.


Violence Flares Up at Israeli Border; 23 killed

JOSHUA MITNICK The Wall Street Journal 06.06.2011
Violence Flares Up at Israeli Border; 23 killed

Violence along the border between Syria and the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights escalated, claiming casualties on Sunday, as Israeli soldiers opened fire on demonstrators in two locations who sought to march across the frontier on the anniversary...

Did a pork-coated bullet kill Bin Laden? Yes, says firm who claim its pig fat gun oil is bought by U.S. military personnel

Was Osama bin Laden shot with a bullet soaked in pork fat, denying him a place in paradise?Yes, if one rather shady website, that peddles gun oil containing liquefied pig fat, is to be believed.


Iran cleric: Killing Israeli children OK

A senior Iranian cleric, who is known as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's spiritual mentor, urged followers to continue suicide attacks against Israelis, including children.

The child martyr: Hamza Ali al-Khateeb, 13, was tortured to death by Syrian security forces

Devotedly washed and sprinkled with rose petals, Hamza Ali al-Khateeb lies prepared for burial.But the rituals of death cannot wipe away the horrific injuries that have mutilated his body almost beyond recognition.Nor do they blot out that Hamza -...


Gaddafi snatch squads took hundreds of men and boys from Misrata

The lifting of the siege of the embattled Libyan city of Misrata has revealed the disappearance of hundreds of people with many of them suspected victims of snatch squads loyal to the Gaddafi regime, relatives and rights workers said yesterday.

Yemeni Forces Kill 21 Protesters

Hammoud Mounassar The Age 31.05.2011
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Forces loyal to Yemen's embattled president have killed 21 protesters as they crushed a sit-in demonstration in Taez, an organiser says, on the same day as suspected al-Qaeda gunmen killed six soldiers in the south.


Israel Minister: Strike on Iran Could Be Necessary

An Israeli Cabinet minister said the civilized world must take joint action to avert the Iranian nuclear threat, including a pre-emptive strike if necessary.

Anti-Christian Violence Continues in Pakistan

Penny Starr CNS News 31.05.2011
Anti-Christian Violence Continues in Pakistan

Anti-Christian violence continues in Pakistan and police are not pursuing the perpetrators, according to news reports.


Al-Jazeera footage captures 'western troops on the ground' in Libya

Julian Borger and Martin Chulov The Guardian 31.05.2011
Al-Jazeera footage captures 'western troops on the ground' in Libya

Armed westerners have been filmed on the front line with rebels near Misrata in the first apparent confirmation that foreign special forces are playing an active role in the Libyan conflict.

Taliban chief disappeared, says Afghan intel

The Afghan intelligence agency said Monday that the reclusive leader of the Taliban has disappeared from a suspected hideout in Pakistan and has been out of contact with his commanders for days — adding further questions about Mullah Mohammad Omar...


Older bin Laden widows think younger wife tipped off US

Christina Lamb The Australian 23.05.2011
Older bin Laden widows think younger wife tipped off US

THE three widows of Osama bin Laden are turning on each other in custody, with two older Saudi women blaming a much younger Yemeni wife for leading American intelligence to their hideout.

Militants storm Pakistan naval air base, five dead

Hasan Mansoor Yahoo! News 23.05.2011
Militants storm Pakistan naval air base, five dead

Gunmen armed with rockets and explosives stormed a major Pakistani naval air base, triggering gunbattles that killed five military personnel, three weeks after the US killing of Osama bin Laden.


Assad kills 34 pro-democracy protesters, including children

MUSTAPHA AJBAILI AND ABEER TAYEL Al Arabiya 21.05.2011
Assad kills 34 pro-democracy protesters, including children

Syrian security forces on Friday shot dead at least 34 people, including children, during pro-democracy protests across the country, activists and witnesses told Al Arabiya.

WikiLeaks bolsters argument for ‘enhanced’ interrogation tactics

Rowan Scarborough The Washington Times 21.05.2011
WikiLeaks bolsters argument for ‘enhanced’ interrogation tactics

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s ongoing release of the Guantanamo Bay prison files, and large numbers of classified State Department cables, attempts to expose what he calls American corruption. But supporters of the George W. Bush administrati...


CIA director tells workforce to stop talking about bin Laden raid — or face legal action

CIA director Leon Panetta is warning his employees that leakers will be investigated and possibly prosecuted after a flurry of reports in the media about the technology and methods used to track and ultimately kill Osama bin Laden.

China Gives Pakistan 50 Fighter Jets

JANE PERLEZ The New York Times 20.05.2011
China Gives Pakistan 50 Fighter Jets

China has agreed to immediately provide 50 JF-17 fighter jets to Pakistan, a major outcome of a visit by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to Beijing this week, Pakistani officials said Thursday.



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