Security, Defence & Intelligence

Five nuclear experts killed in Russia plane crash helped design Iran facility

The five nuclear experts killed in a plane crash in northern Russia earlier this week had assisted in the design of an Iranian atomic facility, security sources in Russia said on Thursday.

Italy breaks ranks over NATO's Libya mission

Ella Ide Yahoo! News 23.06.2011
Italy breaks ranks over NATO's Libya mission

Italy called for a suspension of hostilities in Libya on Wednesday in the latest sign of dissent within NATO as the civilian death toll mounts and Moamer Kadhafi shows no signs of quitting power.


NATO admits to civilian deaths in Tripoli air strike

Louise Ireland Yahoo! News Canada 20.06.2011
NATO admits to civilian deaths in Tripoli air strike

NATO admitted it carried out an air strike that killed civilians in Tripoli on Sunday. "Although we are still determining the specifics of this event, indications are that a weapons system failure may have caused this incident," said Lieutenant-Ge...

Marine killed by Taliban leaves £100,000 in his will to send 32 of his mates on holiday

A ROYAL Marine killed by a Taliban bomb left £100,000 to send all his mates to Las Vegas.


Bin Laden showed interest in kidnapping for ransom

Pressured by increased scrutiny of terrorist money sources and strikes aimed at its financiers, al-Qaida's core organization in Pakistan has turned to kidnapping for ransom to offset dwindling cash reserves, according to U.S. officials, some of wh...

Syrian forces open fire on protesters; 16 killed

ZEINA KARAM and ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY Yahoo! News 18.06.2011
Syrian forces open fire on protesters; 16 killed

Syrian security forces fired on thousands of protesters Friday, killing a teenage boy and at least 15 other civilians as accounts emerged of more indiscriminate killing and summary executions by the autocratic regime of President Bashar Assad, act...


Historic US Marine base gets 1st-ever female general

For the first time in its 96-year history, a female general is taking charge at the famed Marine Corps training depot at South Carolina's Parris Island.

Possible Al-Qaida Hit List Targets Specific Americans

Jonathan Dienst and Shimon Prokupecz NBC New York 17.06.2011
Possible Al-Qaida Hit List Targets Specific Americans

An al-Qaida-linked website has posted a potential hit list of targets that include names and photos of several U.S. officials and business leaders, calling for terrorists to target these Americans in their own homes, NBC New York has learned.


NATO hits Gadhafi compound, diplomacy heats up

Renewed diplomatic efforts to halt Libya's civil war appeared to be gaining momentum Thursday as thunderous NATO airstrikes once again hammered Moammar Gadhafi's stronghold of Tripoli.

Al-Qaeda's plot to bomb Ritz hotel and Eton College

ETON College and The Ritz hotel are on a hit-list of bomb targets drawn up by a ruthless al-Qaeda commander, The Sun can reveal.


Pakistan Arrests C.I.A. Informants in Bin Laden Raid

ERIC SCHMITT and MARK MAZZETTI The New York Times 15.06.2011
Pakistan Arrests C.I.A. Informants in Bin Laden Raid

Pakistan’s top military spy agency has arrested some of the Pakistani informants who fed information to the Central Intelligence Agency in the months leading up to the raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, according to American officials.

Syrian army pursues 'scorched earth' campaign

Six civilians were killed Tuesday and tanks were deployed near Syria's border with Iraq, activists said as President Bashar al-Assad came under sharp pressure to halt a crackdown on democracy protests.


US intercepted North Korea ship over arms fears

The US Navy intercepted a North Korean ship suspected of carrying missiles or other weapons to Myanmar and made it turn back, a senior US official said Monday.

Russia objects to US warship in Black Sea

Russia is voicing concern about a U.S. warship now just off its shores in the Black Sea.


Mission Impossible? American treasure hunter launches search for Bin Laden's body in depths of North Arabian Sea

Some may have thought we would never discover the Titanic, but this is an even more ambitious search.Treasure-hunter Bill Warren, of California, is reportedly launching an underwater search to find the body of former Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.

Libya's Gadhafi writes US Congress for cease-fire

Congress has received a letter ostensibly from Moammar Gadhafi that calls for a cease-fire and urges the U.S. to take the lead in negotiating a deal for peace in Libya.


Gates blasts NATO, questions future of alliance

ROBERT BURNS My Way News 11.06.2011
Gates blasts NATO, questions future of alliance

America's military alliance with Europe - the cornerstone of U.S. security policy for six decades - faces a "dim, if not dismal" future, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday in a blunt valedictory address.

Gates: No U.S. ‘rush for the exits’ in Afghanistan

Robert Burns The Washington Times 10.06.2011
Gates: No U.S. ‘rush for the exits’ in Afghanistan

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday that when the Obama administration begins pulling troops from Afghanistan next month it will resist a rush to the exists, “and we expect the same from our allies.”


Iraq expected to request U.S. troops stay: Panetta

Phil Stewart and Susan Cornwell Reuters 10.06.2011
Iraq expected to request U.S. troops stay: Panetta

President Barack Obama's pick to lead the Pentagon said on Thursday he expected Iraq to eventually ask Washington to keep U.S. troops in the country beyond an end-2011 deadline for their withdrawal.

U.S. Is Intensifying a Secret Campaign of Yemen Airstrikes

MARK MAZZETTI The New York Times 10.06.2011
U.S. Is Intensifying a Secret Campaign of Yemen Airstrikes

The Obama administration has intensified the American covert war in Yemen, exploiting a growing power vacuum in the country to strike at militant suspects with armed drones and fighter jets, according to American officials.



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