Multiple sources confirm Israeli jets attacked a target, possibly a weapons convoy, headed from Syria to Lebanon. Reuters Beirut Bureau Chief Dominic Evans runs through the possible repercussions of the Israeli attack.
Russia has expressed concern at an alleged Israeli attack on Syria, saying such a strike would be an unacceptable violation of the UN Charter. Syria’s army said Israeli jets had targeted a military research centre north-west of Damascus on Wednesday, killing two people and wounding five. It denied reports that lorries carrying weapons bound for Lebanon were hit. A Syrian… Read more →
Israel launched an airstrike inside Syria overnight near the border with Lebanon, according to U.S. and regional officials. The regional officials said Israel had been planning in the days leading up to the airstrike to hit a convoy of trucks shipping weapons bound for the Islamist militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon. They said the shipment included sophisticated, Russian-made SA-17 anti-aircraft… Read more →
(Reuters) – Israeli forces attacked a convoy on the Syrian-Lebanese border overnight, a Western diplomat and regional security sources said on Wednesday, as concern has grown in the Jewish state over the fate of Syrian chemical and advanced conventional weapons. The sources, four in total, all of whom declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue, had… Read more →
Downing Street has said that the British government will dispatch 350 troops to Mali to aid French troops stationed in the country’s north, as part of a UK mission to train local forces and engage in “force protection.” British representatives are attending a meeting in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss the provision of troops as part of an EU mission… Read more →
At an army base outside Tel Aviv, soldiers sit in front of screens glued to scrolling colored computer code, keyboards at the ready to deflect attacks. They’re Israel’s cyber defense team in training, among the uniformed men and women learning how to stalk hackers and pounce on virtual enemies as the state shields everything from ministry websites to the systems running the… Read more →
SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea warned Thursday it plans to conduct more long-range rocket launches and carry out a “high-level” nuclear test targeted at the United States in response to a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning its December rocket launch and expanding sanctions. The National Defense Commission, North Korea’s top military body, denounced Tuesday’s U.N. resolution to censure and… Read more →
As President Obama gets set to begin his second term, he’s hoping renewed clashes over America’s mountain of debt won’t blow up his plans for immigration reform and measures to curb gun violence.
Photo Credit: Reuters/Issei Kato (Reuters) – The United States sent its top Asian diplomacy and security officials to South Korea and Japan to calm tensions between two U.S. allies whose squabbling has frustrated efforts to deal with a troublesome North Korea and an increasingly assertive China. The high-powered delegation from the White House, Pentagon and State Department departed on Monday and will be visiting the region shortly… Read more →
The Free Syrian Army says it has formed special units to secure chemical weapons. The new FSA commander told Al Jazeera he’s confident the government of Bashar al-Assad will fall. Brigadier General Salim Idris said they are ready to see this conflict to the end, despite limited military resources. Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra has reports from Antakya, Turkey, on the… Read more →