The Middle East

German Jihadists: Officials Fear Return of Syrian War Veterans

Both Photos: (AFP) German security officials believe that a number of Germans have teamed up with radical Islamists on the frontlines in Syria. What worries them most are the training and ties they’ve gained abroad — and whether they’ll continue the jihad once home. The trail of Ibrahim R. ran cold in March 2013. The young man from the southwestern… Read more →

Hagel says evidence chemical weapons were used in Syria

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday the U.S. intelligence community believes the Syrian regime used the chemical weapon sarin, a revelation that immediately raised the question of whether a “red line” had been crossed in the country’s civil war. Hagel confirmed the intelligence assessment, which was detailed in a letter to select members of Congress, while speaking to reporters on… Read more →

Israeli Air Force shoots down hostile drone from Lebanon off Haifa

Photo: Reuters. F-16s scrambled to engage hostile drone; missile shoots down vessel off Haifa coast; not clear whether drone was armed; Netanyahu: Israel prepared to deal with any threat posed from Syria or Lebanon in the air, land or sea. The Israeli Air Force shot down a drone over the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday off the coast of Haifa which… Read more →

Yadlin: Iranian nuclear program crossed ‘red line’

Photo: The Jerusalem Post / Yaakov Katz Former military intelligence head: Tehran needs to make decision about nuclear program following Iranian presidential elections. Iran crossed the red line Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu set in his speech at the UN in September, former military intelligence head Amos Yadlin said on Tuesday. “By the summer, Iran will be a month or two… Read more →

Syria has used chemical weapons, Israeli military says

A senior Israeli military official has said Syrian forces have used chemical weapons against rebels several times. Brig Gen Itai Brun said military intelligence believed the nerve agent sarin had probably been used “in a number of incidents”. Syria’s government and rebels have accused each other of using chemical weapons. A UN team is trying to enter Syria to investigate…. Read more →

Iran triples installation of uranium enrichment centrifuges

Photo: Wikipedia Iranian technicians have tripled the number of uranium enrichment centrifuges they have installed over the past three months to 600, diplomats warned Wednesday. The high-tech machines aren’t yet producing enrichment uranium, the diplomats said in a CBS report, and some are only partly installed. But the report is worrisome, in that it is another sign of Iran’s move to develop nuclear… Read more →

Multiple Explosions Heard as Boston Police Surround Home in Bombing Manhunt

BREAKING NEWS: Multiple explosions echoed from inside a house as police in Boston massed inside a perimeter set up to contain the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing. The situation was fluid, and the latest development came in the city’s Watertown section after a chaotic night of mayhem that included the murder of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer and… Read more →

‘Code Red’ sounds in Eilat, two Grads fired at city

Photo: Spokesperson police southern region Islamic Militant group in Sinai claims responsibility; one rocket falls at building site, second falls in open area. At least two Grad rockets fired from the Sinai area hit Israel’s southernmost city of Eilat on Wednesday morning, causing no injuries but some damage. An Islamist militant group in the Sinai Peninsula Magles Shoura al-Mujahadin claimed… Read more →