Security, Defence & Intelligence

Gaddafi last tracked in southern Libya

Mohammed Abbas Reuters 07.09.2011
Gaddafi last tracked in southern Libya

Muammar Gaddafi has probably left the Libyan desert town of Bani Walid and is heading further south, with the help of loyalist tribes, toward Chad or Niger, a senior military official in Libya's new leadership told Reuters.

Sources: Obama Administration to Drop Troop Levels in Iraq to 3,000

The Obama administration has decided to drop the number of U.S. troops in Iraq at the end of the year down to 3,000, marking a major downgrade in force strength, multiple sources familiar with the inner workings and decisions on U.S. troop movemen...

Al-Qaeda in Iraq, down but hardly out

Alice Fordham The Washington Post 07.09.2011
Al-Qaeda in Iraq, down but hardly out

Long before U.S. officials declared al-Qaeda to be on the ropes, taking hits to the body and the head, they were making similar declarations about a more discrete enemy: the group’s affiliate in Iraq. In 2008, with American forces making substanti...

Leak Offers Look at Efforts by U.S. to Spy on Israel

SCOTT SHANE The New York Times 06.09.2011
Shamai K. Leibowitz in 2002. He leaked secret transcripts.

When Shamai K. Leibowitz, an F.B.I. translator, was sentenced to 20 months in prison last year for leaking classified information to a blogger, prosecutors revealed little about the case. They identified the blogger in court papers only as “Recipi...

Israeli general: Likelihood of regional war growing

Recent revolutions in the Arab world and the deteriorating ties with Turkey are raising the likelihood of a regional war in the Middle East, IDF Home Front Command Chief, Major General Eyal Eisenberg warned Monday.

Foreigners complain of harassment by Libya rebels

Ukrainians living in Libya and suspected of being mercenaries for Gadhafi are detained in a Libyan military base held by rebels from the Zentan Al Kakaa Brigade, in Tripoli, Libya, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011.

A Ghanaian teacher cowers in his house, certain he will be grabbed at a checkpoint because of his dark skin. Armed rebels detain 19 Ukrainian cooks and oil workers for several days on unsupported claims that they are really snipers for Moammar Gad...

Jihadists plot to take over Libya

Bill Gertz The Washington Times 05.09.2011
Jihadists plot to take over Libya

Jihadists among the Libyan rebels revealed plans last week on the Internet to subvert the post-Moammar Gadhafi government and create an Islamist state, according to U.S. intelligence agencies.

WikiLeaks reveals all, media groups criticize move

RAPHAEL G. SATTER My Way News 03.09.2011
WikiLeaks reveals all, media groups criticize move

WikiLeaks disclosed its entire archive of U.S. State Department cables Friday, much if not all of it uncensored - a move that drew stinging condemnation from major newspapers which in the past collaborated with the anti-secrecy group's efforts to ...

UN: Credible evidence Iran working on nuke weapons

The U.N. nuclear agency said Friday it is "increasingly concerned" about a stream of intelligence suggesting that Iran continues to work secretly on developing a nuclear payload for a missile and other components of a nuclear weapons program.

Gaddafi vows fight as world backs new leaders; Rebels extend surrender deadline 1 week

Muammar Gaddafi urged his supporters from hiding to fight on as Libya's new interim rulers met world leaders on Thursday to discuss reshaping a nation torn by 42 years of one-man rule and six months of civil war.

Iranian nuclear bid could provoke attack: Sarkozy

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy warned on Wednesday that Iran's alleged attempts to build long-range missiles and nuclear weapons could lead unnamed countries to launch a pre-emptive attack.

WikiLeaks releases mystery file

WikiLeaks released a mysterious encrypted file on Wednesday after telling its followers on Twitter to stand by for "an important announcement." WikiLeaks did not identify the contents of the 571 megabyte file and it could not be opened without a d...

Gaddafi sons broadcast confusion as battle looms

Samia Nakhoul and Maria Golovnina Reuters 01.09.2011
Gaddafi sons broadcast confusion as battle looms

Muammar Gaddafi's sons clashed on the airwaves Wednesday, with one offering peace and another promising a 'war of attrition' as a final battle for control of Libya's coast loomed.

Iran warns against US taking lead in Arab protests

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday warned against the United States taking "control" of the uprisings that have swept the Arab world, state television reported.

New reports emerge on ransacking of U.S. Embassy in Tripoli

Simon Denyer The Washington Post 01.09.2011
New reports emerge on ransacking of U.S. Embassy in Tripoli

Looted, ransacked and burned, the U.S. Embassy complex in Tripoli stands in ruins, a testament to the violence unleashed in the name of Moammar Gaddafi’s regime and its disregard of international law.

Libyan Rebel Leader Jalil Gives Qaddafi Forces Until Sept. 3 to Surrender

Libyan rebel leaders expressed growing confidence that Muammar Qaddafi’s days on the run are numbered. Mustafa Abdel Jalil, chairman of the rebel National Transitional Council, gave Qaddafi’s forces until Sept. 3 to surrender or face attack and sa...

WikiLeaks Leaves Names of Diplomatic Sources in Cables

SCOTT SHANE The New York Times 31.08.2011
WikiLeaks Leaves Names of Diplomatic Sources in Cables

In a shift of tactics that has alarmed American officials, the antisecrecy organization WikiLeaks has published on the Web nearly 134,000 leaked diplomatic cables in recent days, more than six times the total disclosed publicly since the posting o...

Rebels give Kadhafi forces four days to surrender or face military action

Rebels in Libya have given a Saturday ultimatum for Moamer Kadhafi's forces to surrender or face a military onslaught. National Transitional Council, NTC, chief Mustafa Abdel Jalil speaking from the rebel stronghold of Benghazi on Tuesday said the...

U.S. Ambassador to Syria Attacked in Damascus

Josh Rogin Foreign Policy 30.08.2011
U.S. Ambassador to Syria Attacked in Damascus

A video has emerged of U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford being assaulted by a pro-regime demonstrator on the streets of Damascus last week.

1,500 Egyptian soldiers, tanks and APCs battling Jihad operatives in Sinai

Large Egyptian army forces are fighting Jihad operatives in the Sinai Peninsula Tuesday as Israel maintains its high alertness level on the southern border following an alert on a cell said to be comprised of more than 10 terrorists.

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