Security, Defence & Intelligence

Russia 'gave agents licence to kill' enemies of the state

The Russian secret service authorised the “elimination” of individuals living overseas who were judged to be enemies of the state and ordered the creation of special units to conduct such operations, according to a document passed to The Daily Tel...

CIA kills 'most dangerous' al-Qaeda cleric

Sudarsan Raghavan The Washington Post 01.10.2011
CIA kills 'most dangerous' al-Qaeda cleric

Anwar al-Aulaqi, a radical U.S.-born Muslim cleric and one of the most influential al-Qaeda leaders wanted by the United States, was killed Friday in a CIA drone strike in northern Yemen, U.S. and Yemeni authorities said, eliminating a prominent t...

U.S. mulls Canadian border fence

The United States is looking at building fences along the border with Canada to help keep out terrorists and other criminals, according to a draft report by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency

After demise of ‘don’t ask,’ activists call for end to US military ban on transgenders

With homosexuals now able to serve openly in the military, the gay rights movement’s next battleground is to persuade the Obama administration to end the armed forces’ ban on “transgenders,” a group that includes transsexuals and cross-dressers.

Afghanistan violence up 39% over 2010

Deb Riechmann 30.09.2011
Afghanistan violence up 39% over 2010

The monthly average of armed clashes, roadside bombings and other violence in Afghanistan is running 39 percent ahead of last year's figure, the U.N. reported Wednesday, with more complex suicide operations involving multiple bombers and gunmen.

Pro-Assad crowd stones U.S. envoy's convoy in Syria

Khaled Yacoub Oweis Reuters 30.09.2011
Pro-Assad crowd stones U.S. envoy's convoy in Syria

Supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hurled rocks and tomatoes at U.S. ambassador Robert Ford's convoy as he visited an opposition figure in Damascus on Thursday and Syria accused Washington of inciting violence and meddling in its affairs.

Stop the Conspiracy Theories, Al Qaeda Tells Iranian Leader

J. DAVID GOODMAN The New York Times 28.09.2011

Al Qaeda has a message for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran: enough with the conspiracy theories about Sept. 11.

Russian spy agency targeting western diplomats

Russia's spy agency is waging a massive undercover campaign of harassment against British and American diplomats, as well as other targets, using deniable "psychological" techniques developed by the KGB, a new book reveals.

IAEA meeting: Iran blames Israel for killing nuke scientists

Blaming Israel for assassinating its nuclear scientists, Iran said Tuesday it would not retaliate for the "ugly phenomenon" but would seek more international support against such killings.

A future for drones: Automated killing

Peter Finn The Washington Post 21.09.2011
A future for drones: Automated killing

One afternoon last fall at Fort Benning, Ga., two model-size planes took off, climbed to 800 and 1,000 feet, and began criss-crossing the military base in search of an orange, green and blue tarp. The automated, unpiloted planes worked on their ow...

Ex-Afghanistan president Burhanuddin Rabbani killed by 'turban bomb'

The former president of Afghanistan - a major figure who was leading peace talks aimed at ending the war - was killed in his home Tuesday by a suicide attacker wearing an exploding turban.

Troops amputations up sharply in Afghan war

Troops amputations up sharply in Afghan war

The counterinsurgency tactic that is sending U.S. soldiers out on foot patrols among the Afghan people, rather than riding in armored vehicles, has contributed to a dramatic increase in arm and leg amputations, genital injuries and the loss of mul...

Yemen protesters storm elite military base; 50 die

Yemen protesters storm elite military base; 50 die

Thousands of protesters backed by military defectors seized a base of the elite Republican Guards on Monday, weakening the control of Yemen's embattled president over this poor, fractured Arab nation. His forces fired on unarmed demonstrators else...

Yemeni forces open fire on protesters, 26 killed

Yemeni government forces opened fire with anti-aircraft guns and automatic weapons on tens of thousands of anti-government protesters in the capital demanding ouster of their longtime ruler, killing at least 26 and wounding dozens, medical officia...

Hanging corpses carry threat to Mexico Internet users

The bloodstained bodies of a man and a woman were found hanging from a bridge in northeast Mexico Tuesday, along with threatening messages to people who report drug violence on social networks.

Taliban attack US Embassy, other Kabul buildings

Teams of insurgents firing rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons struck at the U.S. Embassy, NATO headquarters and other buildings in the heart of the Afghan capital Tuesday, raising fresh doubts about the Afghans' ability to secure thei...

Libya could fall into hands of extremists, Nato warns

Thomas Harding, Ruth Sherlock, Richard Spencer Telegraph 13.09.2011
Libya could fall into hands of extremists, Nato warns

Libya is in danger of falling into the hands of Islamic extremists if a stable government is not rapidly established, Nato’s secretary-general warned last night.

Iranian nuclear plant steps up operations

Iranian nuclear plant steps up operations

Iran's first nuclear power plant stepped up operations Monday after more than a decade of delays, pumping out electricity at up to 40 percent capacity and marking a major step forward in the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.

Egypt's military rulers ignored pleas from US as mob attacked Israeli embassy

Egypt's military leaders have been accused of turning a blind eye to the mob attack on Israel's Cairo embassy at the weekend as it emerged that they ignored repeated telephone calls from the Obama administration.

Libya fighters' push stalled by Gadhafi troops

Libya fighters' push stalled by Gadhafi troops

Fierce resistance by Moammar Gadhafi loyalists entrenched in two strongholds has stalled the rebels' final push for complete control over Libya.

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