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U.S. and Israeli intelligence at odds over Syria’s control of its WMD

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement at his office in Jerusalem on July 19.  /Reuters/Ammar Awad

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has issued a harsh warning to Israel not to intervene in either Lebanon or Syria. Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama sent several messages to the Israeli leadership that called for military restraint. The messages were sent amid Israeli warnings that it would stop the [...]

July 24th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Hizbullah,Iran,Israel,Lebanon,Mideast,Syria | Read More »

Iran, Hizbullah cited in attack on Israelis in Bulgaria

At least seven people were killed and many more wounded on Wednesday in an attack on a bus packed with Israelis at a Black Sea airport in Bulgaria.

Special to LONDON — Iran was believed to have sponsored an attack on a bus full of Israelis in Bulgaria. Western diplomatic sources said Iran and its chief proxy, Hizbullah, bombed a bus of Israeli students who had just arrived in Bulgaria on July 18. The sources said Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps employed [...]

July 19th, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Bosnia,Bulgaria,Exclusives,Hizbullah,Iran,Israel,Mideast,Terrorism,Top Stories,World Links | Read More »

Reports: Israeli F-16s attacked Hizbullah intel site in Lebanon

Lebanese army soldiers inspect the debris after an Israeli aircraft destroyed a spy device in the Zahrani region. A Lebanese security source and Hezbollah said the device was used to monitor a Hezbollah communications network in south Lebanon and was destroyed after it was found by the group.  /Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP

Special to NICOSIA — Israel is said to have attacked a suspected Hizbullah spy center in Lebanon. Lebanese sources said Israel Air Force F-16 multi-role fighters fired missiles toward a suspected Hizbullah facility in the southern Lebanese town of Zrariye on July 2. They identified the facility as a listening post for the Iranian-sponsored [...]

July 3rd, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Hizbullah,Israel,Lebanon,Mideast,Top Stories | Read More »

U.S. hires firm to cultivate rule of law in Iraq, Lebanon

BAE Systems' office in Edinburgh.  /Murdo Macleod/The Guardian

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has awarded BAE Systems a contract for law enforcement programs in at least two Middle East countries deemed dangerous for Americans. The State Department awarded BAE Systems a contract to support criminal justice and development programs in Iraq and Lebanon. BAE would provide the services under the [...]

June 19th, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,England,Exclusives,Hizbullah,Iraq,Lebanon,Mideast,Stateside,Top Stories,U.S. Military | Read More »

Report: Hands-off U.S. approach to Syria could lead to ‘terrifying outcomes’

A mass burial for the victims of the Houla massacre.  /Reuters

Special to WASHINGTON — Civil war in Syria would endanger U.S. national security, a report said. The Washington Institute for Near East Policy asserted that Washington’s policy against military intervention assured the widening of the civil war in Syria. The institute, in a report by executive director Robert Satloff, raised the prospect that President [...]

June 11th, 2012 | Posted in Daily Brief,Exclusives,Hizbullah,Iran,Israel,Lebanon,Mideast,Syria,Terrorism,Top Stories,Turkey | Read More »

Iran funding splinters Fatah militias in Gaza

Iran has bankrolled a range of Palestinian militias in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Special to RAMALLAH — Dissidents from the ruling Fatah movement have been forming militias financed by Iran. Palestinian sources said Fatah dissidents in the Gaza Strip were allowed to form armed groups without allegiance to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. The sources said at least one such Fatah-origin militia has been authorized by the [...]

June 7th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Hamas,Hizbullah,Iran,Mideast,Palestinian Authority,Terrorism,Top Stories | Read More »

Israel developing new border patrol robots that are ‘able to shoot’

The Guardium roving robot has been designed to patrol Israel's borders.  /Sparwar

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel’s military envisions the use of robots to help secure its turbulent borders. The Israel Army’s Engineering Corps has been working with civilian partners to develop robots that could detect and stop infiltration threats along the borders of Egypt, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip. So far, one of the [...]

June 6th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Hamas,Hizbullah,Israel,Mideast,Terrorism,Top Stories | Read More »

Israeli Navy to fortify land forces with ‘precision fire’

Deputy Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Yair Naveh.

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel has directed its Navy to help support infantry missions. Officials said the Israel Navy has been ordered to expand support for Army operations. They said the Navy was training to provide firepower and reconnaissance for infantry missions, particularly along the Mediterranean and Red Sea coasts. “We’re currently examining [...]

June 5th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Hizbullah,Israel,Mideast,Top Stories | Read More »

Iran now using commercial airlines ‘exclusively’ for arms shipments to Syria

Iran has created a secret air bridge from Teheran to Damascus, using Iran’s two largest commercial airlines.

Special to LONDON — Iran has succeeded in transporting weapons to its allies in Lebanon and Syria. Western security sources said Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was employing at least two Iranian airlines to sustain the arms flow to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad as well as Hizbullah. The sources said IRGC [...]

June 1st, 2012 | Posted in Daily Brief,Exclusives,Hizbullah,Iran,Lebanon,Mideast,Syria,Top Stories,Turkey | Read More »

Commander: Israel conducting ‘a daily war with Iran’ and its proxies

Maj. Gen. Yair Golan.

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel’s military has been fighting a daily war with Iran and its proxies. A senior Israeli commander said all arms of the military were engaged with Iran and its proxies on a daily basis. The commander cited Iran’s presence in Lebanon, Syria and the Gaza Strip. “We are indirectly [...]

May 31st, 2012 | Posted in Daily Brief,Exclusives,Hamas,Hizbullah,Iran,Israel,Lebanon,Mideast,Syria,Top Stories | Read More »

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