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  • Yemeni air strike may have killed cleric linked to Ft. Hood attack (but don't call him a terrorist)

    12/24/2009 3:09:32 AM PST · by tobyhill · 15 replies · 669+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/24/2009 | Sudarsan Raghavan
    Yemeni forces killed at least 30 suspected militants in an air strike early Thursday on an alleged al-Qaeda hide-out in southeastern Yemen, the second such assault in the past week, according to Yemeni security and government sources. The dead may include Anwar al-Aulaqi, the extremist Yemeni-American preacher linked to the suspected gunman in last month's deadly Fort Hood attack, a Yemeni government official said. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the apparent target of the strike was Aulaqi's house, where al-Qaeda leaders were believed to have gathered. It was unknown whether Aulaqi was present at the meeting and,...
  • Imam Linked to Ft. Hood Rampage Believed Among 30 Al Qaeda Killed in Airstrike

    12/24/2009 4:50:01 AM PST · by twister881 · 22 replies · 921+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12/24/2009 | Fox News
    The radical Muslim imam linked to the rampage at Fort Hood is believed to have been killed in a Yemen airstrike that may have also taken out the region's top Al Qaeda leader and 30 other militants, a security official told Reuters on Thursday. The raid in Yemen's east targeted an Al Qaeda leadership meeting held to organize terror attacks. It is believed to have killed Anwar al-Awlaki and at least two senior members in the organization, including the leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
  • Imam tied to Fort Hood shooter "killed" in Yemen raid

    12/24/2009 6:36:09 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 25 replies · 1,051+ views
    mam tied to Fort Hood shooter "killed" in Yemen raid Thu Dec 24, 3:39 am ET SANAA (Reuters) – A radical Muslim preacher linked by U.S. intelligence to a gunman who killed 13 people at a U.S. Army base is believed to have died in a Yemen airstrike on al Qaeda militants, a security official said on Thursday. "Anwar al Awlaki is suspected to be dead (in the air raid)," said the Yemeni official, who asked not to be identified. Yemen said 30 militants were killed in the strike in the eastern province of Shabwa.
  • Obama told China: I can't stop Israel strike on Iran indefinitely

    12/16/2009 8:15:27 PM PST · by Flavius · 86 replies · 4,396+ views
    haaretz ^ | 12/17/09 | By Barak Ravid and Natasha Mozgovaya, Haaretz Correspondents
    U.S. President Barack Obama has warned his Chinese counterpart that the United States would not be able to keep Israel from attacking Iranian nuclear installations for much longer, senior officials in Jerusalem told Haaretz. They said Obama warned President Hu Jintao during the American's visit to Beijing a month ago as part of the U.S. attempt to convince the Chinese to support strict sanctions on Tehran if it does not accept Western proposals for its nuclear program.
  • 'Iran will strike Tel Aviv if attacked'

    11/22/2009 4:51:37 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies · 2,279+ views
    AFP via Yahoo! News ^ | November 22, 2009
    An aide to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said that if the Islamic republic is attacked, it will retaliate against the Israeli metropolis of Tel Aviv, official media reported on Sunday. "If the enemy attacks Iran, our missiles will strike Tel Aviv," the official IRNA news agency quoted Khamenei's representative in the elite Revolutionary Guards, Mojhtaba Zolnoor, as saying late on Saturday. His comments came as Iranian air defence forces were set to carry out five days of manoeuvres involving simulated attacks on the country's nuclear facilities.
  • Get ready to bomb Iran: It's the last best chance for peace

    11/19/2009 7:38:43 PM PST · by Abakumov · 18 replies · 1,703+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 20, 2009 | Editorial
    Representatives from the United States, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia are scheduled to meet today in Brussels to discuss future steps to dissuade Iran from developing the capacity to build nuclear weapons. Our message to the world leaders: If you want peace, prepare for war.
  • Saudi Tries To 'Neutralise' Yemen Rebels With Air Strikes

    11/08/2009 8:39:46 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 705+ views
    Space War ^ | 11/06/2009 | Staff Writers via AFP
    Saudi Arabia said on Friday that it had launched air strikes against Yemeni rebels to "neutralise" infiltrators who had crossed the frontier and killed a Saudi border guard. The air strikes from southern Jizan province were to "neutralise the firing by intruders" and to clear areas where they had encroached on Saudi territory, the government said in a statement on the official SPA news agency. Earlier, a government advisor said Saudi F-15 and Tornado jets had begun bombing the positions of the Zaidi rebels inside Yemeni territory on Wednesday in response to a rebel attack on a border post a...
  • Iran threatened by U.S. buster bomb

    10/12/2009 12:21:02 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 41 replies · 3,187+ views
    Space War ^ | 10/08/2009 | Staff Writers
    The Pentagon has acknowledged that it is speeding up plans to deploy a massive bomb capable of knocking out deeply buried enemy facilities. The giant "bunker buster" is believed to add fighting power to the U.S. arsenal against Iran's nuclear program, defense experts argue. U.S. officials, however, have refused to confirm the connection. The 30,000-pound massive ordnance penetrator is capable of penetrating up to 60 meters of earth, or a thick layer of concrete, before exploding. It weighs more than 13 metric tons, allowing just one such bunker buster to be carried by U.S. bomber aircraft. "It is under development...
  • Is the U.S. Preparing to Bomb Iran?

    10/06/2009 7:19:29 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 70 replies · 3,978+ views
    ABC News ^ | Oct. 6, 2009
    Is the U.S. stepping up preparations for a possible attack on Iran's nuclear facilities? The Pentagon is always making plans, but based on a little-noticed funding request recently sent to Congress, the answer to that question appears to be yes. First, some background: Back in October 2007, ABC News reported that the Pentagon had asked Congress for $88 million in the emergency Iraq/Afghanistan war funding request to develop a gargantuan bunker-busting bomb called the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP). It's a 30,000-pound bomb designed to hit targets buried 200 feet below ground. Back then, the Pentagon cited an "urgent operational need"...
  • 'US Jews back military strike on Iran'

    09/30/2009 9:58:27 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 41 replies · 2,032+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Sep 30, 2009 | HAVIV RETTIG GUR
    A majority of American Jews support military action against Iran to prevent the Teheran regime from obtaining nuclear weapons, a new study claims. Asked if they would support American military action, 56% of American Jews said they would, while just 36% opposed it, according to the American Jewish Committee's 2009 Annual Survey of American Jewish Opinion. An even greater number support Israeli military action against the Iranian nuclear program, with 66% in favor and just 28% against. The survey, which polled 800 representative American Jews and was conducted by Synovate between August 30 and September 17, also dealt with US-Israeli...
  • The perils of an Israeli airstrike on Iran

    09/27/2009 6:39:28 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 59 replies · 3,432+ views
    Times Online ^ | September 27, 2009 | Tony Allen-Mills
    American and Israeli military planners have been examining options for an attack on Iran for almost three decades. There is no shortage of possible targets: Iran has dozens of nuclear-related sites that are known to western officials. Yet military experts in Washington and Tel Aviv acknowledge that a surprise airstrike would be likely to succeed only in delaying Iran’s development of nuclear weapons. It would also present daunting logistical and political challenges with no guarantee that even a sustained assault on known facilities would eradicate Tehran’s nuclear threat. With President Barack Obama committed to diplomatic pressure, the most likely military...
  • Saudis Will Let Israel Bomb Iran Nuclear Site

    09/27/2009 6:24:08 AM PDT · by Strategy · 228 replies · 11,926+ views
    Sunday Express ^ | September 27, 2009 | By Gordon Thomas and Camilla Tominey
    Intelligence chief Sir John Scarlett has been told that Saudi Arabia is ready to allow Israel to bomb Iran's new nuclear site. The head of MI6 discussed the issue in London with Mossad chief Meir Dagan and Saudi officials after British intelligence officers helped to uncover the plant, in the side of a mountain near the ancient city of Qom. The site is seen as a major threat by Tel Aviv and Riyadh. Details of the talks emerged after John Bolton, America's former UN ambassador, told a meeting of intelligence analysts that "Riyadh certainly approves" of Israel's use of Saudi...
  • To Bomb, Or Not To Bomb, Iran

    09/26/2009 3:28:33 AM PDT · by Strategy · 85 replies · 2,665+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | September 26, 2009 | By Joseph Puder
    Few in the know doubt the fact that Iran has acquired the knowledge to produce an atomic bomb. Israeli intelligence is far more concerned with Iran's pace of advancement towards making the bomb than American or European intelligence sources are. The question in Israel is no longer if Israel should eliminate the Iranian threat, but rather when.
  • Brezinski Calls for Obama to Shoot Down Israeli Jets; "A Liberty in Reverse"

    09/26/2009 3:47:48 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 25 replies · 1,454+ views
    The Weekly Standard Blog ^ | 9/19/09 | Michael Goldfarb
    In a little noticed interview with the Daily Beast (presumably little noticed because serious people don't read the Daily Beast), Zbigniew Brzezinski suggests that Barack Obama do more than just refuse to support an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear sites -- the American president must give the order to shoot down Israeli aircraft as they cross Iraqi airspace: DB: How aggressive can Obama be in insisting to the Israelis that a military strike might be in America’s worst interest? Brzezinski: We are not exactly impotent little babies. They have to fly over our airspace in Iraq. Are we just going...
  • Too late to stop Tehran, Obama tries to prevent an Israeli strike

    09/26/2009 5:34:39 AM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 26 replies · 1,125+ views
    Debka ^ | Sep 26 | Debka
    US president Barack Obama Saturday, Sept. 26, threatened Iran with confrontation over the secrecy surrounding its nuclear capabilities. He did not rule out military options although he preferred diplomacy. The Iranian president’s own boss made him a liar. After Ahmadinejad claimed Friday the new uranium enrichment plant would start operations in 18 months and Tehran had therefore not broken the nuclear watchdog’s rules for notification, Ali Khamenei’s aide announced Saturday it would become operational “soon” and “make the enemies blind.” Tehran is clearly confident enough of America’s ability to hold Israel back from striking its nuclear sites to stay defiant...
  • Israel won't 'dignify' Brzezinski with response

    09/22/2009 3:51:24 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 24 replies · 951+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | SEPTEMBER 22, 2009 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – Both the Israeli government and the military here refused to respond to comments by Zbigniew Brzezinski, the national security adviser during the administration of President Jimmy Carter, who said the U.S. should confront Israeli jets if that nation chooses to take military action against Iran's nuclear installations. "We will not dignify Brzezinski with a response," a source in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office told WND. Netanyahu's spokesmen and the Israel Defense Forces refused to provide an official reply. Discussing the possibility of an Israeli airstrike against Iran, Brzezinski declared in an interview with the Daily Beast website, "We...
  • Russia says Israel Not Planning Strike on Iran

    09/21/2009 5:14:25 PM PDT · by lbryce · 20 replies · 964+ views
    Space War ^ | September 20, 2009 | Staff Writers
    President Dmitry Medvedev said Israel had given Russia assurances it plans no strike on Iran and reserved Moscow's right to sell Tehran arms, in an interview released by the Kremlin on Sunday. Medvedev described an Israeli attack as "the worst thing that could be imagined" but said President Shimon Peres had ruled out such fears when the two leaders met in the Russian resort of Sochi in August. "When Israeli President Peres was visiting me in Sochi recently, he said something very important for all of us: 'Israel does not plan any strikes on Iran, we are a peaceful country...
  • Obama Adviser Brzezinski Shoot Down Israeli Planes on Way To Iran

    09/20/2009 6:18:59 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 18 replies · 1,378+ views
    Daily Beast/The Lid ^ | 9/20/09 | The Lid
    Former National Security Adviser to Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski who was a foreign policy adviser to President Obama during the campaign, has suggested that the United States should shoot down any IDF Plane on the way to attack Iranian nuclear facilities. Brzezinski was interviewed by the Daily Beast:
  • Obama Foreign Policy Advisor Calls For US to Shoot Down Israeli Jets

    09/20/2009 12:42:41 AM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 40 replies · 2,340+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/20/09 | Gateway Pundit
    Last year Zbigniew Brzezinski, adviser to former US president Jimmy Carter, described the Bush administration's policy of maintaining the option of military action against Iran as "counterproductive." Now Brzezinski, who advises Obama on foreign policy, is calling for the US to shoot down Israeli jets. Brzezinski is known to be anti-Israel. The Weekly Standard Blog reported: In a little noticed interview with the Daily Beast (presumably little noticed because serious people don't read the Daily Beast), Zbigniew Brzezinski suggests that Barack Obama do more than just refuse to support an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear sites -- the American president...
  • Brezinski Calls for Obama to Shoot Down Israeli Jets; "A Liberty in Reverse"

    09/19/2009 7:19:55 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 97 replies · 3,173+ views
    weeklystandard.com ^ | Sept. 19, 2009 | Michael Goldfarb
    In a little noticed interview with the Daily Beast (presumably little noticed because serious people don't read the Daily Beast), Zbigniew Brzezinski suggests that Barack Obama do more than just refuse to support an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear sites -- the American president must give the order to shoot down Israeli aircraft as they cross Iraqi airspace: DB: How aggressive can Obama be in insisting to the Israelis that a military strike might be in America’s worst interest? Brzezinski: We are not exactly impotent little babies. They have to fly over our airspace in Iraq. Are we just going...