Security, Defence & Intelligence

Mexican ex-officials work for US intelligence: report

At least 80 former Mexican government officials are currently working as informants for US intelligence agencies, the daily La Jornada reported, citing senior Mexican officials.

Day of shame in the Middle East: Female protesters beaten with metal poles as vicious soldiers drag girls through streets

Shocking images revealing the brutality of Egypt’s armed forces in quelling protests caused outrage around the world yesterday. In a video broadcast on the internet, security forces dressed in riot gear are seen chasing a woman and beating her to ...


Secret U.S., Taliban talks reach turning point

Missy Ryan, Warren Strobel and Mark Hosenball Reuters 19.12.2011
Secret U.S., Taliban talks reach turning point

After 10 months of secret dialogue with Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents, senior U.S. officials say the talks have reached a critical juncture and they will soon know whether a breakthrough is possible, leading to peace talks whose ultimate goal i...

Blast hits Egypt's gas pipeline to Jordan, Israel

An Egyptian pipeline carrying gas to Israel and Jordan was bombed Sunday, the 10th such attack this year, but no fire erupted because the line that runs through North Sinai was already disabled, a security source said.


U.S. to leave Iraqi airspace clear for strategic Israeli route to Iran

Rowan Scarborough The Washington Times 16.12.2011
U.S. to leave Iraqi airspace clear for strategic Israeli route to Iran

The U.S. military’s fast-approaching Dec. 31 exit from Iraq, which has no way to defend its airspace, puts Israel in a better place strategically to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Strains on Display: No Iraqi Leaders Attend U.S. End-of-War Ceremony in Baghdad

Fox News Correspondent Jennifer Griffin reports that only a handful of Iraqis were on hand Thursday as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and U.S. military leaders formally ended the Iraq war with a subdued ceremony in Baghdad. Iraqi Prime Minister No...


Arab uprising could spark unrest in UK: general

Mohammed Abbas Reuters 15.12.2011
Arab uprising could spark unrest in UK: general

Britain's top soldier warned on Wednesday that pro-democracy uprisings in the Middle East could spawn militant Islamist activity in Britain, but said the greatest threat was economic.

Obama calls on Iran to give back downed US drone

The Obama administration has delivered a formal request to Iran for the return of a U.S. surveillance drone captured by Iranian armed forces, but said it is not hopeful that Iran will comply.


U.S. military drone crashes in Seychelles

Jason Ukman The Washington Post 14.12.2011
U.S. military drone crashes in Seychelles

One of the Air Force’s premier drones crashed Tuesday morning in the Seychelles, the Indian Ocean archipelago that serves as a base for anti-piracy operations, as well as U.S. surveillance missions over Somalia.

China says mulling Seychelles naval hosting offer

China said Tuesday it is considering an offer from the Seychelles to host Chinese naval ships in the Indian Ocean island nation, highlighting the increasing global reach of a navy that recently launched its first aircraft carrier.


Hillary Clinton fires back over missile threat

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hit back on Thursday at a Russian threat to deploy weapons in response to a NATO missile shield as the two sides failed to defuse a rift over the US-backed system.

So where's the damage? Pentagon admits Iranian TV footage DOES show U.S. stealth drone... but insists it WASN'T shot down

Mystery surrounds how American's most sophisticated spy plane was captured by Iran after it was paraded on Iranian state television earlier today in near mint condition.


Drone Crash in Iran Reveals Secret U.S. Surveillance Effort

SCOTT SHANE and DAVID E. SANGER The New York Times 08.12.2011
Drone Crash in Iran Reveals Secret U.S. Surveillance Effort

The stealth C.I.A. drone that crashed deep inside Iranian territory last week was part of a stepped-up surveillance program that has frequently sent the United States’ most hard-to-detect drone into the country to map suspected nuclear sites, acco...

North Korea making missile able to hit U.S.

Bill Gertz The Washington Times 07.12.2011
North Korea making missile able to hit U.S.

New intelligence indicates that North Korea is moving ahead with building its first road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile, an easily hidden weapon capable of hitting the United States, according to Obama administration officials.


Has the War with Iran Already Begun?

Michael Hirsh National Journal 06.12.2011
Has the War with Iran Already Begun?

The evidence of an extensive Western covert program against Tehran, and Iranian retaliation, is now too obvious to ignore

Iran's Revolutionary Guards prepare for war

Con Coughlin Telegraph 06.12.2011
Iran's Revolutionary Guards prepare for war

An order from Gen Mohammed Ali Jaafari, the commander of the guards, raised the operational readiness status of the country’s forces, initiating preparations for potential external strikes and covert attacks.


U.S. Military Sources: Iran Has Missing U.S. Drone

A U.S. super-secret spy plane believed to be in Iranian possession could be a major loss for the U.S. military -- and a major gain for Iran.

Afghans say commando unit was attacked before airstrike was called on Pakistan

Karen DeYoung and Joshua Partlow, The Washington Post 29.11.2011
Afghans say commando unit was attacked before airstrike was called on Pakistan

The latest U.S.-Pakistan crisis threatened Monday to undo months of efforts to mend an increasingly frayed relationship and to undermine the Obama administration’s strategy for gradually ending the war in Afghanistan.


Image shows Iranian missile site was destroyed

Jason Ukman the Washington Post 29.11.2011
Image shows Iranian missile site was destroyed

Two weeks after a mysterious explosion at an Iranian missile base, a Washington-based research group has released a satellite image showing extensive damage to the site.

Syria troops have killed more than 250 children, UN report finds

Syrian security forces have committed "crimes against humanity" since widespread anti-government protests began in March, according to a damning UN report (pdf) that will add to the mounting pressure on the president, Bashar al-Assad.



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