Security, Defence & Intelligence

Libya's Moammar Gadhafi killed in hometown battle

Moammar Gadhafi, Libya's dictator for 42 years until he was ousted in an uprising-turned-civil war, was killed Thursday as revolutionary fighters overwhelmed his hometown of Sirte and captured the last major bastion of resistance two months after ...

Gilad Shalit release: freed Palestinian prisoner vows to 'sacrifice' her life

Adrian Blomfield, Richard Spencer Telegraph 20.10.2011
Gilad Shalit release: freed Palestinian prisoner vows to 'sacrifice' her life

An unsuccessful suicide bomber released from prison as part of the deal to free Gilad Shalit, the Israeli conscript, on Wednesday vowed to fulfil a childhood ambition by "sacrificing" her life for the Palestinian cause.


US, Italy discuss ending NATO air war in Libya

US and Italian defense chiefs on Monday said they examined prospects for ending the allied air campaign over Libya and how to support the country's post-Kadhafi transition in talks at the Pentagon.

Italy cracks down on anarchists after riot

Italian police conducted raids Monday throughout the country against suspected anarchists and their sympathizers following riots in Rome that marred a march against Wall Street greed, a top security official said.


US Army to fly 'kamikaze' drones

Breitbart.com 18.10.2011
US Army to fly 'kamikaze' drones

A miniature "kamikaze" drone designed to quietly hover in the sky before dive-bombing and slamming into a human target will soon be part of the US Army's arsenal, officials say.

Syrian forces fire at mourners, battle defectors

Syrian security forces shot dead three mourners and injured 20 on Saturday when they fired on a protester funeral procession in central Damascus while troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad fought army defectors west of the capital, witnesses s...


US worries over China's underground nuclear network

A leading US lawmaker who fears budget cuts could delay modernizing the US nuclear arsenal voiced concern Friday about an extensive tunnel complex designed to house Chinese nuclear missiles.

Saudis say Iran must 'pay the price' for alleged plot as US resists retaliation

Ewen MacAskill and Saeed Kamali Dehghan The Guardian 13.10.2011
Saudis say Iran must 'pay the price' for alleged plot as US resists retaliation

The Saudi Arabian government has issued a menacing warning to Iran that it will have to "pay the price" for the alleged plot to hire a Mexican drugs cartel to assassinate its ambassador in Washington.


Smuggled Libyan weapons flood into Egypt

Leila Fadel The Washington Post 13.10.2011
Smuggled Libyan weapons flood into Egypt

Large caches of weapons from Libya are making their way across the Egyptian border and flooding black markets in Egypt’s already unstable Sinai Peninsula, according to current and former Egyptian military officials and arms traders in the Sinai.

Iranians charged in U.S. over assassination plot

Jeremy Pelofsky and Basil Katz Reuters 12.10.2011
Iranians charged in U.S. over assassination plot

The United States accused Iran on Tuesday of backing a plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington, escalating tensions with Tehran and stirring up a hornet's nest in the Gulf, where Saudi Arabia and Iran have long jostled for power.


Egypt Christians vent fury after clashes kill 25

Tamim Elyan and Shaimaa Fayed Reuters 11.10.2011
Egypt Christians vent fury after clashes kill 25

Egypt's Coptic Christians turned their fury against the army on Monday after at least 25 people were killed when troops broke up a protest, deepening public doubts about the military's ability to steer the country peacefully toward democracy.

Riots over church attack in Egypt kill 19

MAGGIE MICHAEL Myway 10.10.2011
Riots over church attack in Egypt kill 19

Massive clashes that drew in Christians angry over a recent church attack, Muslims, and Egyptian security forces raged over a large section of downtown Cairo Sunday night, leaving at least 19 people dead and more than 150 injured, Health Ministry ...


Libya's rebels launch the final push for Sirte and their crowning victory

Libyan rebel forces launched a furious 'final offensive' on the loyalist stronghold Sirte on Friday, battling to clear the city of men fighting for the former regime.

2,753 soldiers killed, £258bn spent... but top general says we're only 'half way there' on tenth anniversary of invasion of Afghanistan

Britain and its allies are still far from achieving their goals in Afghanistan despite ten years of fighting there, warned a former commander of the coalition forces in the country. General Stanley McChrystal said the allies ‘still don’t know eno...


Dozens of U.S. paratroopers injured after parachute jump during mock battle goes horrifically wrong

Dozens of U.S. Army paratroopers have been hurt during a massive airborne drop in Germany. Sixteen of the 47 injured men are still in hospital, two of them in intensive care after the jump involving 1,000 soldiers went terribly wrong. They suffere...

Missile defense system hits 2 targets over Hawaii

JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER Yahoo! News 06.10.2011
Missile defense system hits 2 targets over Hawaii

A missile defense system successfully intercepted two different targets at the same time during a test in Hawaii, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency said Wednesday.


Report: Assad threatens to attack Tel Aviv in case of NATO strike

Syrian President Bashar Assad on Tuesday threatened to set fire to the Middle East, and especially to Israel, if NATO attacks Syria, the Iranian Fars news agency reported.

Saudi police open fire on civilians as protests gain momentum

Patrick Cockburn The Independent 05.10.2011
Saudi police open fire on civilians as protests gain momentum

Pro-democracy protests which swept the Arab world earlier in the year have erupted in eastern Saudi Arabia over the past three days, with police opening fire with live rounds and many people injured, opposition activists say.


Syrians detain 3,000 in 3 days

Roee Nahmias Ynetnews 04.10.2011
Syrians detain 3,000 in 3 days

Syrian troops going house to house have detained more than 3,000 people in the past three days in a rebellious town that government forces recently retook in some of the worst fighting since the country's uprising began six months ago, an activist...

Majority of IEDs traced to Pakistan

Pakistan is the source of explosives in the vast majority of makeshift bombs insurgents in Afghanistan planted this summer to attack U.S. troops, according to U.S. military commanders.



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