On Friday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer doubled down on an assertion he made last week about the inevitability of an Israeli strike on Iran to limit the Islamic republic’s nuclear capabilities.
Krauthammer referred to a Washington Post column in which David Ignatius indicated, generally, when Defense Secretary Leon Panetta thought such an attack might happen.
“Our own secretary of Defense has said it’s highly likely and he gave a timeframe — April, May, June — which means the Israelis think that the moment, the zone of immunity where they can no longer attack successfully, is approaching,” Krauthammer said.
Security forces loyal to President Bashar Assad have been using chemical weapons against Syrian rebels, under the supervision of Iranian and Russian experts, a defecting Syrian officer charged Monday.
The officer, Captain Abd al-Salam Ahmed Abdul Razek, who served in Syrian’s chemical warfare administration, told al-Arabiya that the Syrian military used nerve gas – banned by various international conventions – in order to assist forces in their raid on the restive city of Homs. (Elior Levy)
“The security of Lebanon and Syria are connected,” Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour said. “And if the fire engulfs Syria, then its flames will reach Lebanon.”
On Feb. 10-11, at least three people, including a soldier, were killed
and 25 injured in fighting between Sunnis and Alawites in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. Sunni fighters employed rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons in an attack on an Alawite neighborhood.
In tonight’s episode of NCIS: Los Angeles airing on Channel Ten, the program’s protagonists try to locate a stolen electromagnetic bomb before detonation. I know this, because I was the scientific advisor for this episode. While NCIS: LA, and shows like it, are clearly works of fiction, these “E-bombs” are very real and the use of such a device in a major city truly would be devastating.
That’s because of the pervasive use of high-density electronic chips – built from silicon, gallium arsenide and other materials – and found in consumer and industrial goods. Mobile phones, tablets, computers, computer network routers, embedded equipment (in consumer, government or industrial equipment) and...
Experts warn against the possibility of a deteriorating security situation brought about by these new discoveries in the eastern Mediterranean. Turkey is vehemently opposed to the Greek Cypriot plans for unilateral gas drills that do not include the island’s North. The discovery of natural gas has “brought new dimension to the political tension in the region,” says Gary Lakes, analyst with the Nicosia-based Middle East Economic Survey.
For four decades Cyprus has been ethnically divided into the Greek-populated Republic of Cyprus in the South of the island, which is a member of the European Union, and the breakaway Turkish Cypriot state in the North. So far, only Turkey has recognized the latter and has stationed...
From the get-go, Obama had a frosty relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. “There’s no question that tension grew between the two, because we felt like … they had a different estimation [of the timeline for Iran to get nuclear-weapons capability],” says the Pentagon source, “and we felt like some of their [kinetic] activities undermined what we were trying to do. Obama’s view was, why would you remove the opportunity for a diplomatic solution for something that was so incrementally significant [as killing a scientist]?”
That trust deficit was exacerbated in May of last year when Obama delivered a landmark speech outlining his wider Middle East policy. Netanyahu was preparing...
Japan’s nuclear power advocates have pulled out all the stops since the Fukushima crisis, even arguing that the only nation to suffer an atomic attack needs to keep its ability to build its own nuclear weapons.
Once, merely the public suggestion that Japan should debate ending its ban on such weaponry was enough to get a politician fired. But worries about North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and an expanding Chinese military are eroding that taboo .
Shake up taking place in highest ranks of Chinese regime
The shock in Chinese political circles triggered by Wang Lijun’s arrest has just begun. On Feb. 2, Wang was removed from his duty as chief of the Public Security Bureau in Chongqing, Sichuan. Rumors on the Internet say that Bo Xilai, Wang’s former superior who promoted him and trusted him with important tasks, quickly distanced himself from Wang before the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection decided to investigate Wang. If true, that would certainly fit with Bo’s perfidious personality. However, there is no chance the Commission will only want to investigate Wang.
If the U.S. or Israel strikes Iran, fringe elements of the Pakistani intelligence apparatus that allegedly work with al-Qaida may attempt to coordinate terrorist attacks internationally, including using unconventional weapons, according to Arab diplomats in Pakistan.
The Arab diplomats, speaking to WND, said they did not have specifics on the nature of the attack, such as whether it would employ chemical, biological or nuclear weapons. The diplomats also said they did not have specifics about the exact location of any possible terrorist threat.
Bombers have targeted staff at Israeli embassies in India and Georgia, officials say, with Israel accusing Iran of masterminding the attacks.
Witnesses said a motorcyclist placed a device on an embassy car in Delhi, causing a blast that hurt four people – one seriously. A bomb underneath a diplomat’s car in Tbilisi was defused.
Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu said Iran was behind both incidents.
But Iranian officials denied the claims as “sheer lies”.
History suggests that al-Assad might be successful, except for one fact: The Syrian regime is truly isolated and weak. It doesn’t have a lot of money and it doesn’t have a superpower sponsor like Hungary and Czechoslovakia did.
Syria’s main patron is Iran. But there must be limits to Iran’s economic support. Iran is facing serious financial pressures of its own. I don’t doubt Syria’s intention to crack down, but I do question its capacity to fund its crackdown indefinitely.
For these reasons, I think we’re going to see a low-grade civil war in Syria for the foreseeable future. The government will not be able to fully suppress this revolt. The opposition will prove unable to completely...
The naval build-up by Beijing and a Pentagon shift in seaborne firepower towards Asia are creating an arena for rivalries, writes Geoff Dyer
Even before the US started to develop its new strategy, military rivalry in the western Pacific was already becoming one of the main geopolitical stress-points of the coming decades. That process is now accelerating.
Yet Mr Xi’s visit will bring to the fore the important questions that this change in strategy has generated. In an era of austerity, can the US afford the greater presence in Asia? And how can Washington prevent this push from turning China into a resentful adversary, in the process sparking an arms race?
Elements of the Pakistani security establishment that give backing to extremist groups planning terrorist attacks on India risk sparking a nuclear conflict, a senior U.S. military officer told senators on Thursday (see GSN, Dec. 16, 2011).
Adm. Samuel Locklear said in prepared comments, “Support by elements of Pakistan’s military and intelligence services for violent extremist organizations targeting India strains the relationship; this support has the potential to result in military confrontation which could rapidly escalate to a nuclear exchange,” the Press Trust of India reported.
Opinion polls provide little support for such an ambition, giving Putin from around one third to below half of the vote (www.lenta.ru, February 6; www.gazeta.ru, February 10). His personal rating remains stable, but the approval of his super-centralized system of power and of his team of loyal lieutenants is in steady decline (www.levada.ru, February 9; Vedomosti, February 10). Putin’s campaign “technologists” assume that his core electorate has expanded from about one quarter to above one third of the total voting population (the turnout might exceed the usual 70 percent), because the protests have accentuated the fear of a “color revolution,” so there is little need in mobilizing this group. The...
I shut off all comments going forward. The comments section was not being used for a normal give and take discussion. Instead it was being used as a heckling section – systematically rejecting everything I put forward. Of course, there are always going to be articles that people disagree with, but that was not the case here. Very few people actually used the comments section. Then there was the occasional hit man.
In general, I just do not have the time to appropriately respond to comments. Also, the real problem is systemic. There is a fundamental disagreement with how the world works. This disagreement plays into everything. I could spend all my time confronting all of these comments, or I can spend my time researching new...
At the age of 7, in 1943, Krystyna Chiger descended with her family into the sewers of Lvov to escape the Germans, battling hunger, death and disease. Her story has now come to the silver screen, but has ruffled some feathers.
In the introduction to his unpublished memoir, “World in Gloom,” Ignacy Chiger wrote: “In the beginning, God created the Heaven and Earth. He settled in Heaven and assigned the Earth to the people. And on the Earth, this happened.”
Almost 70 years have passed, but his daughter, Krystyna, still remembers in detail the 14 months of horror that her family went through in the Holocaust. Between June 1, 1943, and the end of July 1944, she hid with her parents and little brother in the...
According to Mehr News Agency, sources within Iran revealed that there will be an announcement in a few days that the previously secret nuclear site, the Fordow nuclear enrichment facility, is now fully operational and enriching uranium at a 20% level.
The world learned about the existence of this site in 2009 when the Iranians disclosed it to the IAEA right before President Obama, Prime Minister Gordon Brown of the United Kingdom, and President Nicolas Sarkozy of France made statements at the G-20 summit in Pittsburg that referenced the secret Iranian site.
The site is built deep into a mountain on a Revolutionary Guards’ base near the city of Qom.
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