Russia concern at Israeli ‘air strike’ on Syria

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 →

Israeli airstrike targeted convoy of trucks inside Syria

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 →

Israel hits target in Syria border area

(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 →

Britain to send forces to Mali as part of EU mission

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 →

Israeli Troops Swap Guns for Computers as Cyber Attacks Rise

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 →

North Korea Vows to Carry Out Nuke Test Aimed at US

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 →

U.S. delegation seeks to calm spats between Japan, South Korea

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 →

Syrian opposition forms chemical weapons unit

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 →

Nations prepare for cyber war

Security analysts are predicting that 2013 is when nation-sponsored cyberwarfare goes mainstream — and some think such attacks will lead to actual deaths. In 2012, large-scale cyberattacks targeted at the Iranian government were uncovered, and in return, Iran is believed to have launched massive attacks aimed at U.S. banks and Saudi oil companies. At least 12 of the world’s 15 largest military powers are… Read more →