Security, Defence & Intelligence

32 killed in Syria protests, Damascus moves-activists

Khaled Yakoub Oweis Reuters 16.07.2011
32 killed in Syria protests, Damascus moves-activists

Syrian forces killed at least 32 civilians on Friday, including 23 in the capital Damascus, in an intensifying crackdown on protests against President Bashar al-Assad, activists said.

Osama Hit List: President Obama, Petraeus, Major U.S. Sporting Event

U.S. officials say that Osama Bin Laden wanted to assemble a team to attack America on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, and had a hit list that included President Obama, General David Petraeus and a major U.S. sporting event.


Bin Laden 'Plotted Anniversary Attack'

SIOBHAN GORMAN The Wall Street Journal 15.07.2011
Bin Laden 'Plotted Anniversary Attack'

Osama bin Laden was working to assemble a team of militants to attack the U.S. on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, according to communications Navy SEALs seized from his Pakistani hideout when they killed the al Qaeda leader this spring.

Triple bomb attack kills 21 in Mumbai

Three near-simultaneous explosions have shaken India's commercial capital Mumbai (Bombay), police say. Twenty-one people were killed and 113 injured, said Maharashtra state's Chief Minister, Prithviraj Chavan.


Ahmed Wali Karzai, half brother of Afghan president, killed by trusted confidant

With three rounds of pistol fire, President Hamid Karzai’s half brother was assassinated Tuesday morning in the city he dominated for years, opening a power vacuum that could destabilize Afghan politics in a region at the heart of the American war...

CIA organised fake vaccination drive to get Osama bin Laden's family DNA

The CIA organised a fake vaccination programme in the town where it believed Osama bin Laden was hiding in an elaborate attempt to obtain DNA from the fugitive al-Qaida leader's family, a Guardian investigation has found.


Assad loyalists storm U.S. and French embassies in Syria

Khaled Yacoub Oweis Reuters 12.07.2011
Assad loyalists storm U.S. and French embassies in Syria

Several loyalists of President Bashar al-Assad broke into the U.S. embassy in Damascus on Monday and security guards used live ammunition to prevent hundreds from storming the French embassy, diplomats said.

US Defence Secretary in Iraq as another American soldier killed

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Baghdad on Sunday to urge Iraqi leaders to act against Iran-backed Shiite militias, as another American soldier was killed in the south of the country.


U.S. Is Deferring Millions in Pakistani Military Aid

ERIC SCHMITT and JANE PERLEZ The New York Times 11.07.2011
U.S. Is Deferring Millions in Pakistani Military Aid

The Obama administration is suspending and, in some cases, canceling hundreds of millions of dollars of aid to the Pakistani military, in a move to chasten Pakistan for expelling American military trainers and to press its army to fight militants ...

Top U.S. Military Officer Accuses Tehran of Arming Iraq Militias

JULIAN E. BARNES The Wall Street Journal 08.07.2011
Adm. Mike Mullen testifies before the House Armed Services Committee in Washington on March 31.

The top U.S. military officer accused Iran on Thursday of shipping new supplies of deadly weapons to its militia allies in Iraq, in what he described as Tehran's bid to take credit for forcing American troops to go home.


Warning: Al Qaeda Wants To Surgically Implant Bombs In Terrorists

A new and insidious twist on terrorist suicide bombs has federal officials issuing new warnings to international and domestic airlines and stepping up security measures here and abroad.

US Court Orders End to Ban on Gay Service Members

JULIAN E. BARNES The Wall Street Journal 07.07.2011
US Court Orders End to Ban on Gay Service Members

A U.S. appeals court in California on Wednesday ordered the Obama administration to allow gays to serve openly in the military, heightening pressure on the Pentagon to quickly carry out its plans to end the 1993 don't-ask-don't-tell policy.


Executed by the Taliban: British soldier is kidnapped and killed on day Cameron makes surprise Afghan visit

A British soldier was snatched and executed by the Taliban yesterday after he wandered off alone from a remote checkpoint in southern Afghanistan. It was the first kidnap of a British soldier in the conflict. His disappearance in an area riddled w...

Global race on to match U.S. drone capabilities

William Wan and Peter Finn The Washington Post 05.07.2011
Global race on to match U.S. drone capabilities

At the most recent Zhuhai air show, the premier event for China’s aviation industry, crowds swarmed around a model of an armed, jet-propelled drone and marveled at the accompanying display of its purported martial prowess.


Police in Texas test unmanned drones

Susy Solis NBC DFW 01.07.2011
Police in Texas test unmanned drones

The Arlington Police Department is in the first part of its experiment in using unmanned aircraft to assist in law enforcement.

U.S. drone targets two leaders of Somali group allied with al-Qaeda, official says

Greg Jaffe and Karen DeYoung The Washington Post 01.07.2011
U.S. drone targets two leaders of Somali group allied with al-Qaeda, official says

A U.S. drone aircraft fired on two leaders of a militant Somali organization tied to al-Qaeda, apparently wounding them, a senior U.S. military official familiar with the operation said Wednesday.


Police clash with protesters in Cairo

Breitbart.com 29.06.2011
Police clash with protesters in Cairo

Egyptian security forces on Tuesday fired tear gas on protesters in central Cairo after violent clashes that left several injured, a security official told AFP.

Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel attacked by gunmen

At least seven people are reported to have been killed after a top hotel in the Afghan capital, Kabul, came under attack by gunmen and suicide bombers.


Russia: Iran's nuclear plant to start up in August

A top Russian diplomat reportedly says Iran's first nuclear power plant will finally start up in August.

Iran to stage missile wargames from Monday

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards are to launch military exercises on Monday with the firing of different range ballistic missiles, the state news agency IRNA reported.



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