Security, Defence & Intelligence

Was the Yom Kippur War Preventable?

Lt.-Col. Shimon Mendes, The IDF (Ret.) 11.05.2013
President Anwar Sadat

The late Mrs. Meir, who had done her utmost to prevent the war * As it becomes clear that saw further, her eagerness to prevent the war had helped Mr. Anwar Sadat enormously to surprise Israel in 1973

U.S. harassed by Iranian boats

Barbara Starr CNN 14.01.2012
U.S. harassed by Iranian boats

At a time of heightened tensions with Iran, U.S. military officials told CNN Friday that U.S. military and Coast Guard ships had two close encounters earlier this month with high-speed Iranian boats in the Strait of Hormuz and Persian Gulf that ex...

Mossad agents posed as CIA in operation: report

Agents with Israel's Mossad agency posed as American CIA agents in operations to recruit members of the Pakistani militant group Jundallah, a report in Foreign Policy magazine said Friday.

Karzai, Taliban Condemn Desecration; Military Questions Pair of Marines

JULIAN E. BARNES, MARIA ABI-HABIB The Washington Post 13.01.2012
Karzai, Taliban Condemn Desecration; Military Questions Pair of Marines

Pentagon officials went to lengths Thursday to avert damage to the U.S. war effort from a video that shows a group of Marines urinating on militants' corpses.

Iranian paper calls for retaliation against Israel

A hard-line Iranian newspaper called Thursday for retaliation against Israel, a day after the mysterious killing of a nuclear scientist in Tehran with a magnetic bomb attached to his car. Iran's top leader blamed Israel and the U.S.

US Navy preps for Chinese power grab on shipping

Rowan Scarborough The Washington Times 12.01.2012
US Navy preps for Chinese power grab on shipping

The Navy’s top officer detailed Tuesday the strategy for making sure the South China Sea and Western Pacific remain open to international shipping, saying an emerging China might try to “limit access in the region.”

US denies killing Iran nuclear scientist with magnetic bomb

The Obama administration is denying any role in the killing of an Iranian university professor working at a key nuclear facility. White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said the U.S. "had absolutely nothing to do" with Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan's death an...

Hillary Clinton: Iran's Straits of Hormuz threats 'provocative and dangerous'

Calling it "the lifeline" that moves oil and gas around the world, US Secretary of State says Iran's threats to close the Strait of Hormuz were "provocative and dangerous."

Video appears to show marines urinating on corpses of Taliban soldiers, sparking military investigation

The U.S. Marine Corps is launching an investigation into a video that recently surfaced online showing what appears to be several Marines in uniform urinating on corpses.

US Military Rescues Iranian Sailors, Again

For the second time in as many weeks, the U.S. military has rescued distressed Iranian sailors, despite the extremely high tensions between the two nations.

Israel preparing for nuclear Iran 10.01.2012
Israel preparing for nuclear Iran

Israel is preparing for Iran to become a nuclear power and has accepted it may happen within a year, the London Times reported on Monday citing an Israeli security report.

Homeland Security monitors journalists

Freedom of speech might allow journalists to get away with a lot in America, but the Department of Homeland Security is on the ready to make sure that the government is keeping dibs on who is saying what.

Obama admin to renew nuke scientist exchange with China that produced loss of secrets in 90s

Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel B. Poneman is working on a major Obama administration initiative that would renew scientist exchanges between U.S. nuclear weapons laboratories and Chinese nuclear facilities.

Russia and US clash over NATO bombing probe

EDITH M. LEDERER AP 23.12.2011
Russia and US clash over NATO bombing probe

Russia urged the U.N. Security Council on Thursday to investigate civilian deaths in Libya from NATO's bombing campaign, a move the United States immediately dismissed as "a cheap stunt" to distract from Moscow's failure to condemn the Syrian gove...

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...

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