Tag: Western Asia

C.I.A. Study of Covert Aid Fueled Skepticism About Helping Syrian Rebels

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WASHINGTON — The Central Intelligence Agency has run guns to insurgencies across the world during its 67-year history — from Angola to Nicaragua to Cuba. The continuing C.I.A. effort to train Syrian rebels is just the latest example of an

Israel Intelligence Minister Says Middle East Armies Created by U.S. ‘Failed’

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Israel’s ministerial intelligence oversight chief recently charged that a string of American attempts to train and arm “moderate” militias and armies in neighboring states and entities have collapsed into the Mideast dust. “…not just the Iraqi Army they had built

U.K. Terror Threat Raised to ‘Severe’ on New Intelligence From Syria and Iraq

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Prime Minister David Cameron said the threat to the U.K. from Islamic State militants is greater than anything previously faced, as the government raised the terror threat level to “Severe,” the second-highest level, based on new intelligence. Cameron told reporters

Obama ‘authorises spy flights over Syria

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President Barack Obama has authorised surveillance flights over Syria in order to gather intelligence on the Islamic State group, a senior US administration official said. Tuesday’s move could mark the first step towards US air strikes against targets inside Syria.

Israeli spy agency Mossad ‘Wiretapped John Kerry’s Phone During Peace Talks’

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Israel wiretapped US Foreign Secretary John Kerry’s phone while he was brokering peace talks between the Palestinian Authority and the Jewish state, intelligence sources have claimed. Israeli intelligence agencies intercepted Kerry’s phone calls and listened to his conversations via satellite while he

US intelligence source claims Hamas has many more tunnels than Israel says

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As Israeli security forces thwarted the latest attempt by terrorists to infiltrate Israel via tunnels from Gaza on Monday, The Jerusalem Post has learned that Israel may be underestimating the extent of tunnel penetration on its southern border. Steven Emerson,

REVEALED: GCHQ’s BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

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Above-top-secret details of Britain’s covert surveillance programme – including the location of a clandestine British base tapping undersea cables in the Middle East – have so far remained secret, despite being leaked by fugitive NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden. Government pressure

Israel’s First US Espionage and Smuggling Network

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Newly declassified postwar Naval Intelligence files shine new light on a little-known chapter of U.S.-Israel relations. Massive supplies of American WWII military surplus under liquidation by the War Assets Administration were an irresistible target for Israel’s government-in-waiting the Jewish Agency

Egypt uncovers Mossad spy operation

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Egyptian intelligence uncovered an Israeli Mossad run spy network, arresting 12, who were collecting information on the situation in Egypt, the country’s Al-Youm al-Sabaa newspaper reported on Sunday. According to unidentified sources quoted by the paper, the spy network, which

U.S., Israel discuss possible release of Israeli spy

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Washington (CNN) — The United States and Israel are discussing the possible release of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard as part of efforts to save fragile Middle East peace negotiations, according to sources familiar with the talks. No decisions have been

Hackers break into Israeli defence computers, says security company

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Hackers broke into Israeli defence ministry computers via an email attachment tainted with malicious software, according to an Israeli cyber-security company. Aviv Raff, chief technology officer at Seculert, said the hackers temporarily took over 15 computers this month, one of

Mass cyber-war on Israel over Gaza raids

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More than 44 million hacking attempts have been made on Israeli government websites since Israel began its air raids on the Gaza Strip almost a week ago. The figures, released by the Israeli government, indicated that attempts on defence-related sites had

Anonymous Hackers Hit Israeli Sites In Retaliation For Gaza Attacks

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As the Israeli army rains shells on the Gaza strip Thursday, it’s also gone on the offensive online, posting videos of its attacks on Hamas targets and live-tweeting its campaign. Now the hacker group Anonymous has responded with a digital

State TV: Suicide Bombing Kills Syrian Defense Minister

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Syrian state television says a suicide bomber has struck the National Security building in Damascus, killing Defense Minister Daoud Rajha and Deputy Defense Minister Assef Shawkat, brother-in-law to President Bashar al-Assad. At least one rebel group has claimed responsibility for

Turkish Cabinet to Discuss Syrian Attack Against Jet

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Turkey's cabinet is to meet Monday to discuss the downing of a Turkish military jet by Syria last week – an act Ankara says happened, without warning, in international airspace. The meeting comes a day before NATO ambassadors are scheduled

23 Killed in Iraq Blast

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Iraqi officials say a car bomb attack in central Baghdad has killed at least 23 people and wounded more than 65. The Monday morning blast in the Baab al-Muadham neighborhood damaged an office for a Shi'ite religious affairs foundation that

Syria: 23 Soldiers Killed in Fighting

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Activists say Syrian rebels killed 23 soldiers in clashes near the city of Rastan, in one of the deadliest days for loyalist forces in the country's 14-month, anti-government uprising. Monday's fighting broke out after the town, about 25 kilometers north

Syrian Violence Kills 22 as Arab Leaders Back Peace Plan

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Violence across Syria killed at least 22 people — most of them civilians — as Arab leaders in Baghdad backed a peace plan during a summit focused on resolving the year-long Syrian crisis. Syrian rights activists say forces loyal to

Syria’s Homs Battered by Heaviest Shelling in Days

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Syrian rights activists say forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have intensified an assault on the central opposition stronghold of Homs, as U.N. diplomats drafted a General Assembly resolution to denounce human rights violations by the Assad government. The activists

Bombs Blasts Kill 25 in Northern Syrian City

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Syrian state television says at least 25 people were killed and 175 others wounded in two explosions in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo Friday. The blasts targeted a military intelligence building and a security force base in Syria's main