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Panetta meets Morsi, assures Egypt on delivery of F-16s

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, right, meets with U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta at the presidential palace, in Cairo, on July 31. / EPA

Special to CAIRO — The United States has assured Egypt that it would receive advanced fighter-jets over the next two years. “We have a history of working with the Egyptian military leadership,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said. “We will continue to provide the aid and assistance we can to help them in this effort.” [...]

August 1st, 2012 | Posted in Egypt,Exclusives,Mideast,Stateside,Top Stories,U.S. Military | Read More »

Obama: U.S.-Israeli cooperation at ‘unprecedented level’

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is presented with a booklet as he visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem on July 29.  /AP/Dan Balilty

Special to WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, in contrast to critics in Congress, has asserted that Israeli-U.S. security cooperation reached an unprecedented level. Obama has signed legislation passed by Congress meant to significantly enhance U.S.-Israeli relations to counter the threat from Iran. Members of Congress, however, have reported deep strains between Israel and the [...]

July 30th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Israel,Mideast,Top Stories,U.S. Intelligence,U.S. Military | Read More »

U.S. plans major exercises for Gulf, Mediterranean Sea in September

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has recruited more than 20 countries for two major naval exercises around the Middle East. U.S. Central Command has been planning two major exercises in the Middle East during 2012. The command said both exercises would take place in September and focus on anti-mine operations. “They enhance [...]

July 26th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Iran,Mideast,Top Stories,U.S. Military | Read More »

Obama okays advanced anti-ship cruise missile for Egypt

Harpoon Block 2 missile.

Special to WASHINGTON — The administration of President Barack Obama has approved the delivery of the Harpoon Block 2 missile to Egypt. Industry sources said Egypt would receive the advanced Harpoon over the next few months under the Foreign Military Sales program. “This will significantly enhance Egypt’s offensive naval capability,” a source said. On [...]

July 26th, 2012 | Posted in Egypt,Exclusives,Mideast,Stateside,Top Stories,U.S. Military | Read More »

U.S. intel: Iran developing anti-ship missiles with China’s help

An Iranian produced version of the C-802 anti-ship missile, concealed inside a commercial truck.

Special to WASHINGTON — Iran has been developing advanced anti-ship missiles with help from China, a report said. The U.S. intelligence community has determined that the Iran Navy has enhanced its missile arsenal over the last few years. In a report, the community said Iran’s missiles, particularly its anti-ship weapons, were increasing in range [...]

July 25th, 2012 | Posted in China,Daily Brief,Exclusives,Intel Brief,Iran,Mideast,NE Asia,Top Stories,U.S. Intelligence,U.S. Military | Read More »

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 Daily Brief,Exclusives,Hizbullah,Iran,Israel,Lebanon,Mideast,Syria,Top Stories,U.S. Intelligence,U.S. Military | Read More »

Congress slaps Moscow’s Rosoboronexport on military aid to Syria


Special to WASHINGTON — Congress has blocked U.S. procurement of military equipment from Russia amid its continued assistance to Syrian President Bashar Assad. The House of Representatives passed a bill that severed contacts between the Defense Department and Russia’s state-owned arms agency Rosoboronexport. The House said the Kremlin delivered nearly $1 billion worth of [...]

July 22nd, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Exclusives,Russia,Stateside,Top Stories,U.S. Military | Read More »

U.S. sailors attacked by Islamists in Turkey

A group of Turkish Youth Association (TGB) members have attacked American forces in Turkey’s southern city of Antalya where the USS Abraham Lincoln has docked.

Special to ANKARA — The U.S. military presence has been ordered on alert in Turkey after an attack on American sailors. Turkish sources said the U.S. military presence has been placed on alert in wake of an attack on several American soldiers in the southern province of Antalya. The sources said U.S. European Command, [...]

July 19th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Mideast,Stateside,Syria,Top Stories,Turkey,U.S. Military,World Links | Read More »

U.S. again excludes Israel from counterterrorism meeting

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum in Istanbul, Turkey on June 7.  /Xinhua

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has allowed the exclusion of Israel from a Western-sponsored counter-insurgency forum for the second time in two months. Officials acknowledged that Israel, deemed a leading expert, has again been excluded from a major Western CI meeting. They cited the Global Counterterrorism Forum, which took place in Spain [...]

July 12th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Israel,Mideast,Terrorism,Top Stories,Turkey,U.S. Intelligence,U.S. Military | Read More »

Free Syrian Army lobbyists urge U.S. intervention

A Syrian woman wears a Free Syrian Army pin during a protest against Syria’s President Bashar Assad in front of the Beyazit mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.  /Reuters/Murad Sezer

Special to WASHINGTON — The Free Syrian Army has launched a lobbying effort in the United States to press for Western military intervention in 2012. The FSA has been allowed to open a lobbying office in Washington to press the administration of President Barack Obama and Congress to oust President Bashar Assad. The lobby, [...]

July 11th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Mideast,Stateside,Syria,Top Stories,U.S. Military,U.S. Politics | Read More »

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