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Aug 10, 2012 Comments Off Pat Dollard

(CNN) -- A man in an Afghan military uniform killed three U.S. troops Friday in southern Afghanistan, the latest in a series of assaults against NATO soldiers by Afghans clad in security force garb. The man opened fire on the troops in the volatile Helmand province, said Maj. Lori Hodge, a spokeswoman for the International ...

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Aug 9, 2012 Comments Off Pat Dollard

(WASHINGTON EXAMINER) Al Qaeda and other extremist groups have increased their presence in Syria in recent months to aid rebels trying to overthrow that country's government and solidify their standing in the region, senior analysts and U.S. officials said. The organizations' ultimate goal is to create an Islamist state once Syrian President Bashar Assad is ...

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Aug 9, 2012 Comments Off Pat Dollard

(THE GUARDIAN) Britain's role in supplying information to an American military "kill list" in Afghanistan is being subjected to legal challenge amid growing international concern over targeted strikes against suspected insurgents and drug traffickers. An Afghan man who lost five relatives in a missile strike started proceedings against the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) and ...

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Aug 9, 2012 Comments Off Pat Dollard

(YNET) More obstacles? Saudi Arabia has informed Israel that it would intercept any Air Force aircraft crossing its airspace en route to Iran, Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Thursday. The explicit message was transmitted via the United States, during talks with Obama administration officials in Jerusalem. Senior Israeli officials have claimed that the Americans are leveraging ...

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Aug 7, 2012 Comments Off Pat Dollard

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Aug 7, 2012 Comments Off Pat Dollard

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Aug 7, 2012 Comments Off Pat Dollard

(LONG WAR JOURNAL) The US launched two drone strikes against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen today, killing a senior bombmaker and nine other fighters. The US has now conducted three strikes in Yemen in the past four days. Meanwhile, jihadists named one of the AQAP fighters killed in Saturday's drone strike. In ...

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Aug 7, 2012 Comments Off Pat Dollard

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Aug 7, 2012 Comments Off Pat Dollard

(THE TELEGRAPH) Tehran will continue to back Syria and Bashar al-Assad’s regime because the alliance between the two countries is central to Iran’s foreign policy in the region, a senior Iran official has said.Iran has accused Turkey and Gulf countries of arming the rebel opposition in Syria, in collusion with the United States and Israel, ...

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Aug 6, 2012 Comments Off Pat Dollard

(Haaretz) New intelligence information obtained by Israel and four Western countries indicates that Iran has made greater progress on developing nuclear weapons than the West had previously realized, according to Western diplomats and Israeli officials who are closely involved in efforts to prevent Iran from building a nuclear bomb. A Western diplomat who ...

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Aug 6, 2012 Comments Off Pat Dollard

Excerpted from ATLAS SHRUGS: A group of Muslim 'rebels' armed with chainsaws and guns launched simultaneous attacks across 11 towns in the southern Philippines on Monday, leading to clashes with troops. Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) attacked an army detachment, touching off gunbattles in the southern province of Maguindanao, the army and police said. The rebels ...

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Aug 6, 2012 Comments Off Pat Dollard

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Aug 4, 2012 Comments Off Pat Dollard

(THE HILL) Vice President Joe Biden pledged to fight for veterans' benefits and blamed looming sequestration cuts on House Republicans in an address to the Disabled American Veterans national convention in Nevada on Saturday. Biden accused the GOP of "using scare tactics now to pass the buck when it comes to defense spending." The vice president ...

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Aug 4, 2012 1 Comment ›› Pat Dollard

(THE TELEGRAPH) Calling itself the "Armed Men of the Muslim Brotherhood", the militia has a presence in Damascus as well as opposition hot spots like Homs and Idlib. One of their organisers, who called himself Abu Hamza, said that he started the movement along with a member of the Syrian National Council (SNC), the ...

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Aug 4, 2012 Comments Off Pat Dollard

(AFP) Iran has fired an upgraded version of its Fateh-110 short-range ballistic missile in a "successful" test of its ability to hit stationary land or sea targets, Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi said on Saturday, according to state television. Vahidi said the missile now has a range of "more than 300 kilometres" (190 miles) and can ...

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Aug 3, 2012 Comments Off Pat Dollard

(LA TIMES) MOSCOW -- Amid the continued uprising in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry on Friday issued somewhat contradictory statements about a group of its naval warships steaming into the eastern Mediterranean. The first statement said the warships were not planning to call on Tartus, a naval base Russia maintains in Syria. The second, issued several ...

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Aug 3, 2012 Comments Off Pat Dollard

Excerpted from THE BLAZE: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has never shied away from speaking his mind, nor has he refrained from taking the “unpopular” stance of being hawkish when it comes to defending his country from the sea of aggressors which surrounds it. Now more than ever, as Iran draws dangerously close to ...

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Aug 3, 2012 Comments Off Pat Dollard

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Aug 2, 2012 Comments Off Pat Dollard

BEIRUT -- Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary-general who has been the point man for a failing international peace plan for strife-torn Syria, is quitting as special envoy to Syria as of Aug. 31, the U.N. said Thursday. His resignation was announced by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who lauded Annan's "determined and courageous efforts" ...

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Aug 1, 2012 Comments Off Pat Dollard

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Aug 1, 2012 Comments Off Toro520

Wall Street Journal: KABUL - Iran has allowed the Taliban to open an office in eastern Iran and discussed providing them with surface-to-air missiles, ramping up the potential for cooperation with the insurgents, according to senior Afghan and Western officials. Iran's shift came after the U.S. and Afghanistan sealed a long-term partnership agreement in May, and in ...

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Aug 1, 2012 Comments Off Pat Dollard

(NY TIMES) BEIRUT, Lebanon — In rare public remarks apparently designed to marshal government forces seeking to suppress a 17-month revolt, President Bashar al-Assad of Syria urged his forces on Wednesday to show “more readiness and continued preparations” to confront “internal agents” seeking to destabilize his battered country, according to the official SANA news agency. ...

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Aug 1, 2012 Comments Off Pat Dollard

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Aug 1, 2012 Comments Off Pat Dollard

Excerpted from THE DAILY CALLER: Iran is preparing for a direct attack on Saudi Arabia should Syria’s Bashar Assad be in danger of falling to rebel forces that the Islamic regime believes are being supported by the Arab kingdom, according to a source within Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. Iran also blames the Saudis for unrest in ...

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Jul 31, 2012 Comments Off Pat Dollard

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