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Apr 12, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from USA TODAY WASHINGTON — The increasingly isolated regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad would fall quickly without the tons of weapons and other military assistance it is getting from Iran, said Marine Gen. James Mattis, who recently stepped down as commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East. "Absent Iran's help, I don't believe Assad ...

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Apr 12, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from WEEKLY STANDARD State Department employee Anne Smedinghoff was killed in Afghanistan last weekend. At first reports suggested the young diplomat was part of an armed convoy that was bombed, but new reports say that she was actually on foot. And that the group she was with got lost on its way to deliver books. ABC ...

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Apr 12, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from DAILY EXPRESS In a commentary carried by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the communist country lashed out at Tokyo's standing orders to destroy any missile heading toward Japan, threatening such actions will result in a nuclear attack against the island nation. If Japan executes its threat to shoot down any North Korean missile, such ...

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Apr 11, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

RELATED: Al Qaeda In Iraq Confirms It Is Also Main Syria Rebel Group, Al Nusra Front Excerpted from HUFFINGTON POST WASHINGTON -- Members of the Syrian opposition movement have hired a top Occupy Wall Street activist as their U.S. lobbyist, according to registration forms filed with the U.S. Senate on Monday. Carne Ross is best known ...

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Apr 11, 2013 Comments Off iResist

Excerpted from AP A U.S. intelligence report concludes that North Korea has advanced its nuclear know how to the point that it could arm a ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead, a jarring revelation in the midst of bellicose threats from the unpredictable communist regime. President Barack Obama urged calm, calling on Pyongyang to end its saber-rattling ...

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Apr 11, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from FOX NEWS Four more F-16 fighter jets left the U.S. on Thursday headed for Egypt as part of a foreign aid package that has generated controversy given the political upheaval in the Mideast country. Critics say the military aid should stop because the president Egyptians elected last year has led the Muslim Brotherhood, called President ...

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Apr 11, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from Al Arabiya Hezbollah has deployed thousands of fighters in Damascus and in the Syrian border with Lebanon, a Syrian Free Army spokesman told Al Arabiya on Wednesday. Col. Abdul-Hamid Zakaria, spokesman for the FSA’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, said more than 2,000 members of Hezbollah are fighting alongside regime forces in Damascus and an estimated ...

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Apr 11, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from AP — Libyan weapons are spreading at “an alarming rate” to new territory in west Africa and the eastern Mediterranean including Syria and the Gaza Strip where they are fueling conflicts and increasing the arsenals of armed groups and terrorists, a UN panel said. In a report to the UN Security Council circulated Tuesday, ...

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Apr 11, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from FREE BEACON U.S. and allied intelligence agencies have identified the launch zone on North Korea’s east coast where Pyongyang’s military is set to fire a salvo of missiles that risk being shot down by U.S. missile defenses in the region. The North Koreans recently began fueling two road-mobile Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missiles located along the ...

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Apr 11, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from AP -- Hinting at a missile launch, North Korea delivered a fresh round of war rhetoric Thursday with claims it has "powerful striking means" on standby. Seoul and Washington speculated that it is preparing to test-fire a missile designed to be capable of reaching the U.S. territory of Guam in the Pacific Ocean. The ...

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Apr 11, 2013 Comments Off iResist

Excerpted from the Herald Sun (AU) VIDEO: Ex-spy says Kim Jong-Un is battling to control troops PYONGYANG has kept the world on edge over an expected missile launch while turning its own energies to celebrating leaders past and present amid soaring tensions on the Korean peninsula. The United States warned North Korea it was skating a "dangerous line", ...

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Apr 11, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from The Hill: The mother of slain State Department employee Sean Smith has endorsed Republicans' call for a select committee to investigate last year's attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi. In a letter to Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.), Patricia Smith wrote that her son and the three other Americans killed on Sept. 11, 2012 ...

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Apr 10, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

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Apr 10, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from BBC NEWS South Korea has raised its alert level to "vital threat" amid indications the North is preparing for a missile test. At least one ballistic missile with an estimated 3,000km (2,000-mile) range is fuelled and ready for launch, US and South Korean sources say. Pyongyang has been making bellicose threats against South Korea, Japan and ...

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Apr 10, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from FREE BEACON Defense and military officials testified that al Qaeda is gaining a foothold in several areas throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa in a hearing before a subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday afternoon. The terrorist organization is seeking to exploit the upheaval in the Middle East following uprisings over the ...

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Apr 9, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Afghan Teenager Gul Meena Describes Brutal "Honor" Attack Excerpted from CNN -- It's cold and raining in Kabul and the pothole-filled dirt roads have turned into a sea of mud. We drive up to the gateway of a high-walled compound. A ...

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Apr 9, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from FP A top State Department official met with a top representative of the North Korean government in New York in March, The Cable has learned. Clifford Hart, the State Department's special envoy to the now-defunct six-party talks, met North Korea's deputy ambassador to the United Nations Han Song-ryol in mid-March, just before North ...

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Apr 9, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from LA TIMES WASHINGTON -- Responding to concerns that North Korea is preparing to test a medium-range missile after weeks of bellicose threats, the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific sought to reassure Congress on Tuesday that the Pentagon would be able intercept a missile aimed at the United States or its East Asian ...

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Apr 9, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

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Apr 9, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from REUTERS DUBAI- The Iraqi wing of al-Qaida announced that a rebel group at the forefront of the rebellion in Syria was its branch in that country and that both groups would operate under one name, according to the US-based SITE Intelligence Group. The leader of the Islamic State in Iraq, Abu Bakr Baghdadi, said his ...

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