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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 ^ | 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...
  • Netanyahu: Israel won't hold back when attacked

    09/13/2009 10:05:21 AM PDT · by 444Flyer · 27 replies · 1,696+ views ^ | 9-13-09 | Amy Teibel
    JERUSALEM -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Lebanon on Sunday that Israel "will not hold back" when attacked and holds the Lebanese government responsible for any assault on his country. Netanyahu delivered the warning after two rockets fired from Lebanon struck northern Israel on Friday. Israel responded immediately with artillery fire, and the exchange ratcheted up persisting tensions between the two countries. "We view this very gravely," Netanyahu told his Cabinet. "We will not hold back when Israeli territory comes under fire, and will not reconcile ourselves to missile fire or any other form of terror directed at Israeli citizens."...
  • Top French general: Iran intervention not viable

    09/10/2009 4:54:46 PM PDT · by Flavius · 73 replies · 4,237+ views
    ap ^ | 9/10/09 | ap
    The head of the French military says military intervention is not a viable option to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear capability.
  • Afghan Officials Say NATO Airstrike Killed Mostly Civilians (Obama Lied, People Died)

    09/05/2009 1:09:08 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies · 1,226+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 5, 2009 | M. Karim Faiez and Laura King
    More than 70 people reportedly died in the strike on hijacked fuel tankers, despite the new U.S. commander's emphasis on avoiding civilian casualties. Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan, and Istanbul, Turkey -- In an incident that could seriously undermine the central U.S. aim in Afghanistan, dozens of civilians were killed or injured early Friday in a NATO airstrike, Afghan authorities said. The predawn strike on a pair of hijacked fuel tankers in a remote part of northern Kunduz province killed more than 70 people, most of them civilians, according to Afghan police, provincial officials and doctors. Dozens of villagers suffered serious...
  • Preparing For Iran: US Trains Oil-Rich Arab F-16 Pilots

    09/01/2009 8:17:06 AM PDT · by Strategy · 14 replies · 798+ views
    IsraelNationalNews ^ | September 1, 2009
    ( While the United States is talking up tough sanctions against Iran, it is training United Arab Emirates pilots on F-16 planes in the U.S. for the first time ever, to help the Arab nations prepare for war with Iran. The American military previously has trained UAE pilots on their own planes for eight years and more recently on U.S. fighter planes other than the F-16. The pilots, from seven oil-rich UAE kingdoms, are participating in an exercise at an American Air Force base in Nevada after having spent two weeks training at an Arizona base.
  • Cheney Says He Was Proponent for Military Action Against Iran

    08/31/2009 4:07:19 AM PDT · by kingattax · 40 replies · 1,037+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | AUGUST 30, 2009 | MICHAEL M. PHILLIPS
    WASHINGTON -- Former Vice President Dick Cheney hinted that, in the waning days of the Bush administration, he had pushed for a military strike to destroy Iran's nuclear-weapons program. In an interview on Fox News Sunday, Mr. Cheney described himself as being isolated among advisers to then-President George W. Bush, who ultimately decided against direct military action. "I was probably a bigger advocate of military action than any of my colleagues," Mr. Cheney said in response to questions about whether the Bush administration should have launched a pre-emptive attack prior to handing over the White House to Barack Obama. "I...
  • Iran calls for ban on striking nuke facilities

    08/12/2009 9:10:05 PM PDT · by Flavius · 15 replies · 1,179+ views
    ap ^ | 8/11/09 | ap
    Austria – Iran, whose nuclear facilities are under threat of possible Israeli military strikes, proposed Wednesday that a 150-nation conference convening in the fall ban such attacks.
  • Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders killed in US airstrikes since 2004

    08/07/2009 3:59:17 PM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies · 426+ views
    LONG WAR JOURNAL ^ | August 7, 2009 1:10 PM | By BILL ROGGIO
    If the death of Baitullah Mehsud, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban who is thought to have been killed during the Aug. 5 airstrike in South Waziristan, is confirmed, his name will top of the list of senior al Qaeda and Taliban leaders killed since the US began launching airstrikes into Pakistan's tribal areas in 2004. Baitullah would be the first tier one target (senior most al Qaeda and Taliban commanders) killed since the Jan. 1, 2009, airstrike that killed Osama al Kini and Sheikh Ahmed Salim Swedan. Al Kini was al Qaeda's operations chief in Pakistan, and Swedan was...
  • Israeli Air Force purchases advanced 'smart bombs'

    08/03/2009 6:36:30 PM PDT · by VRWCTexan · 18 replies · 1,207+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Aug 4, 2009 | YAAKOV KATZ
    The Israel Air Force has purchased a new and advanced JDAM smart bomb with a laser-targeting system that will improve the IAF's ability to accurately hit fast-moving targets. According to an Israeli Defense Ministry official, the order was placed earlier this summer for over 100 LJDAM (Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition) kits
  • Israel Prepared to Take on Iran

    08/01/2009 8:24:37 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 7 replies · 1,047+ views ^ |
    Israel Prepared to Take on Iran Israel this week reiterated its stance on dealing with the Iranian nuclear program, with Defense Minister Ehud Barak stating, "We clearly believe that no option should be removed from the table. This is our policy. We mean it." Barak's comments came as U.S. officials, including Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and National Security Advisor James Jones, traveled to Israel to discuss Iran. The Obama administration, for its part, continued to hold out for diplomacy, with Gates commenting, "The timetable the president laid out [for negotiating] still seems to be viable and does not significantly...
  • BOLTON: 'No surprise' if Israel strikes Iran by year's end...

    07/30/2009 10:12:56 AM PDT · by jakerobins · 15 replies · 1,102+ views
    It’s Crunch Time for Israel on Iran After years of failed diplomacy no one will be able to call an attack precipitous. Legions of senior American officials have descended on Jerusalem recently, but the most important of them has been Defense Secretary Robert Gates. His central objective was to dissuade Israel from carrying out military strikes against Iran’s nuclear weapons facilities. Under the guise of counseling “patience,” Mr. Gates again conveyed President Barack Obama’s emphatic thumbs down on military force. The public outcome of Mr. Gates’s visit appeared polite but inconclusive. Yet Iran’s progress with nuclear weapons and air defenses...
  • Israeli Attack On Iran In Early August?

    07/24/2009 2:34:08 AM PDT · by Strategy · 31 replies · 3,013+ views
    There is an overwhelming body of evidence that after destabilizing Iran for the past few weeks, Israeli government is going to directly attack Iran from airstrips in Egypt with flights over Saudi Arabia and via nuclear powered submarines that are capable of carrying nuclear tipped missiles. In anticipation of an imminent attack, Turkey and the Gulf states have placed their armed forces on alert. British newspapers are reporting increased Israeli activity in the region. The chatter is growing. First there was a report in the Times. Now the London Daily News has investigated Israeli submarine movements.
  • U.S. Official: Israel Shouldn't Attack Iran

    07/21/2009 12:04:02 PM PDT · by Fennie · 50 replies · 3,639+ views
    Newsmax ^ | July 21, 2009 | By Dan Weil
    Israel shouldn't attack Iran, because that could worsen turmoil in the Mideast and harm U.S. interests, a senior U.S. defense official tells The Jerusalem Post. U.S. officials have offered mixed views on that issue in recent months. It becomes more relevant as Defense Secretary Robert Gates visits Israel next week to discuss Iran's nuclear threat. Gates has called that threat the greatest existing to global security.
  • US Vice President Backs Israel's Right to Preemptive Military Action

    07/15/2009 2:08:49 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 6 replies · 587+ views
    Voice of America ^ | July 5, 2009 | Michael Bowman
    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says Israel is entitled to decide for itself how best to respond to Iran's growing nuclear capabilities. Mr. Biden also says America's willingness to engage in dialogue with Iran is unchanged, despite Tehran's violent crackdown on demonstrators following last month's disputed presidential vote. Vice President Biden says Israel has the right to deal with foreign threats as it sees fit. "Israel can determine for itself, as a sovereign nation, what is in their interest and what they decide to do relative to Iran or anyone else,' said Vice President Biden. "Any sovereign nation is entitled...
  • 'Saudis would agree to IAF flyovers'

    07/15/2009 2:05:04 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 19 replies · 747+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | July 5, 2009 | Staff at Jerusalem Post
    Mossad head Meir Dagan assured Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that Saudi Arabia would allow IAF jets to fly over the kingdom during any future raid on Iran's nuclear facilities, The Sunday Times reported. The British paper reported that Dagan held talks with Saudi officials earlier this year on the topic. However, the Prime Minister's Office issued an official denial on Sunday morning, saying the report was "completely false and baseless." The Israeli media has already carried unconfirmed reports that high-ranking officials, including former prime minister Ehud Olmert, held meetings with Saudi officials, but the kingdom has denied the reports. "The...
  • Swat Taliban chief 'near death'

    07/10/2009 10:03:16 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 718+ views
    BBC News ^ | 7/10/09 | Syed Shoaib Hasan
    The leader of Taliban militants in Pakistan's Swat district has been critically wounded and is close to death, the BBC has learned. The information about Maulana Fazlullah confirms statements from senior government and security officials. A former village cleric, he founded the branch of the Taliban movement which eventually took over the Swat valley. After a recent offensive, Pakistan's army says it has almost defeated rebels in that sector of the north-west. It has been battling Taliban militants there for about two months and the government says it has regained control of the region. 'No medicine' The information about Maulana...
  • Preparations For Attack On Iran Almost Complete

    07/10/2009 8:12:24 AM PDT · by Fennie · 58 replies · 3,523+ views
    Global Politician ^ | July 10, 2009 | By Sam Vaknin
    Israel has decided to go ahead. Taking into account political, geopolitical, military preparedness, and climatic conditions, there are two windows: between July 21 and 24 and between August 6 and 8. Advance teams comprised of Mossad agents and military personnel are already on the ground in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Iraq. A mock has been erected not far from Eilat (near the Red Sea, opposite Aqaba). A defunct airbase in Biq'at Ha'Yareach (Moon Vale) has been resurrected to accommodate Air Wing 10. In a country as small and intimate as Israel, it is amazing that this has been kept a...
  • Obama: 'Absolutely' no green light for Israel to attack Iran

    07/07/2009 5:44:52 AM PDT · by SJackson · 37 replies · 2,108+ views
    US President Barack Obama strongly denied that the United States had given Israel an approval to strike Iran's nuclear facilities, in an interview given to CNN television on Tuesday. Asked by the network whether Washington had given Israel a green light to attack Iran's nuclear facilities, Obama answered: "Absolutely not." In the interview, which was broadcast from Russia, where Obama is on an official visit, he added: "We can't dictate to other countries what their security interests are. "What is also true is, it is the policy of the United States to try to resolve the issue of Iran's nuclear...
  • Joe Biden speech sparks fierce response from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

    07/06/2009 9:15:27 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 17 replies · 799+ views
    Times Online (U.K.) ^ | July 7, 2009 | Martin Fletcher
    The Iranian Supreme Leader, assailed by some of his country’s most prominent clerics and detested by millions of his ordinary citizens, has received a boost from an unlikely quarter: Joe Biden. One day after the American Vice-President said that the US would not stop Israel bombing Iran’s nuclear plants , Ayatollah Khamenei launched a fierce attack on “meddling” Western leaders, designed to rally his fractured people. “We warn the leaders of those countries trying to take advantage of the situation: beware. The Iranian nation will react,” the Ayatollah declared in a televised speech yesterday. “The leaders of arrogant countries, the...
  • Green light to bomb Iran: Tehran is driving the Arabs and Israelis together

    07/06/2009 9:39:32 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 23 replies · 956+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 7, 2009 | Editorial
    Weekend reports that Saudi Arabia will allow overfly rights to Israeli warplanes to strike nuclear facilities in Iran came as no surprise in these quarters. A growing Arab-Israeli detente is being driven by the shared sense of threat from Tehran. In March, a high-ranking Israeli source told us, "You'd be amazed at how we see eye-to-eye with the moderate Arab states."
  • State Dept. Backtracks On Biden's Green Light For Israel To Attack Iran

    07/06/2009 7:28:47 PM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 5 replies · 430+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 7/6/09 | talkradio03
    Here's the simple explaination, Joe Biden, the gaffe master that he is, forgot that President of the United States was a radical who is absolutely no friend of Israel... this correction is Obama, not the State Dept.... Biden's words from yesterday here:
  • Saudis giving Israel a green light on Iran?

    07/06/2009 1:04:42 PM PDT · by pissant · 8 replies · 573+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 7/6/09 | Ed Morrissey
    According to the Times of London, the Saudis have agreed to tacitly allow Israelis to transit their airspace to attack Iran and end its nuclear program. The Mossad has worked with the Saudis for several years as the Iranian threat in the region grew, and the Saudis — and other Arab states — would be privately relieved to have Tehran’s nuclear ambitions curtailed. But is now the right time, while the mullahs teeter in Iran? The head of Mossad, Israel’s overseas intelligence service, has assured Benjamin Netanyahu, its prime minister, that Saudi Arabia would turn a blind eye to Israeli...
  • Biden: If Israel Wants to Bomb Iran, We Can't Stop Them

    07/06/2009 10:31:54 AM PDT · by lewisglad · 32 replies · 1,998+ views
    Debkafiles ^ | July 5, 2009 17:51 PM (GMT+02:00)
    In an interview with ABC's George Stephanoupolos taped Saturday, vice president Joseph Biden said in answer to a question: "Look, Israel can determine for itself — it's a sovereign nation — what's in their interest and what they decide to do relative to Iran and anyone else." Whether we agree or not? The interviewer asked. "Whether we agree or not," said the vice president. This was the first time a senior Obama administration official left Israeli the military option against Iran's nuclear sites. DEBKAfile's Washington sources note that the vice president has the reputation for fast draws which are sometimes...
  • Israel, Fighter Jets, Submarines, Satellites and Iran

    07/05/2009 1:16:42 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 15 replies · 2,019+ views
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | July 5, 2009 | Joel Leyden
    Israel, Fighter Jets, Submarines, Satellites and Iran By Joel Leyden Israel News Agency Jerusalem, Israel ---- July 5, 2009 ...... As Israel receives explicit consent from Saudi Arabia to use their airspace to two defend both nations from a nuclear Iran, Israel maintains several other options to defend herself from an Iran nuclear threat. The Sunday Times of London reported today that Israel Mossad director Meir Dagan has held secret talks with Saudi officials to discuss the possibility of using Saudi Arabia airspace for a air strike to take out Iran's nuclear weapon manufacturing facilities. "The Saudis have tacitly agreed...
  • Biden Suggests U.S. Not Standing in Israel’s Way on Iran

    07/05/2009 2:25:10 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 20 replies · 1,249+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 5, 2009 | Brian Knowlton
    Plunging squarely into one of the most sensitive issues in the Middle East, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. suggested on Sunday that the United States would not stand in the way of Israeli military action aimed at the Iranian nuclear program. The United States, Mr. Biden said in an interview broadcast on ABC’s “This Week,” “cannot dictate to another sovereign nation what they can and cannot do.” "Israel can determine for itself — it’s a sovereign nation — what’s in their interest and what they decide to do relative to Iran and anyone else," he said, in an interview...
  • Saudis Would Allow Israel to Attack Iran

    07/05/2009 12:37:59 PM PDT · by Avi Kane · 21 replies · 2,197+ views
    Israel National News ^ | July 5, 2009 | Avraham Zuroff
    Saudi Arabia would turn the other cheek and allow Israel to use its airspace to attack Iran, London’s Sunday Times reports. According to the report, Mossad chief Meir Dagan has told Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that Syria has hinted to the move. “The Saudis have tacitly agreed to the Israel air force flying through their airspace on a mission which is supposed to be in the common interests of both Israel and Saudi Arabia,” a diplomatic source stated.
  • Biden: US will not stand in Israel's way on Iran-(This coming from Obama's back up man)

    07/05/2009 9:41:18 AM PDT · by blueyon · 31 replies · 1,144+ views
    AP ^ | July 5 2009 | AP
    Vice President Joe Biden says the U.S. will not stand in Israel's way if Israel believes military action is needed to eliminate Iran's nuclear threat. Biden says the U.S. "cannot dictate to another sovereign nation what they can and cannot do."
  • Biden: U.S. Won't Stop Israeli Strike On Iran

    07/05/2009 7:42:20 AM PDT · by Strategy · 178 replies · 6,648+ views
    Haaretz ^ | July 5, 2009
    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Sunday that the Obama administration would not stand in Israel's way should the latter chooses to take military action to eliminate Iran's nuclear threat. Israel has the right to determine its own course of action with regard to the Iranian nuclear threat regardless of what the Obama administration chooses to do, Biden told ABC reporter George Stephanopoulos. When asked whether the Obama administration would restrain Israeli military action against Iran, Biden responded: "Israel can determine for itself - it's a sovereign nation - what's in their interest and what they decide to do...
  • Saudis give nod to Israeli raid on Iran

    07/05/2009 10:49:46 AM PDT · by newbie2008 · 19 replies · 948+ views
    The head of Mossad, Israel’s overseas intelligence service, has assured Benjamin Netanyahu, its prime minister, that Saudi Arabia would turn a blind eye to Israeli jets flying over the kingdom during any future raid on Iran’s nuclear sites. Earlier this year Meir Dagan, Mossad’s director since 2002, held secret talks with Saudi officials to discuss the possibility. The Israeli press has already carried unconfirmed reports that high-ranking officials, including Ehud Olmert, the former prime minister, held meetings with Saudi colleagues. The reports were denied by Saudi officials.
  • Saudis give nod to Israeli raid on Iran

    07/04/2009 10:01:56 PM PDT · by Cinnamon Girl · 141 replies · 7,714+ views
    The Times ^ | July 5, 2009 | Uzi Mahnaimi in Tel Aviv and Sarah Baxter
    The head of Mossad, Israel’s overseas intelligence service, has assured Benjamin Netanyahu, its prime minister, that Saudi Arabia would turn a blind eye to Israeli jets flying over the kingdom during any future raid on Iran’s nuclear sites. Earlier this year Meir Dagan, Mossad’s director since 2002, held secret talks with Saudi officials to discuss the possibility. The Israeli press has already carried unconfirmed reports that high-ranking officials, including Ehud Olmert, the former prime minister, held meetings with Saudi colleagues. The reports were denied by Saudi officials. “The Saudis have tacitly agreed to the Israeli air force flying through their...
  • Time for an Israeli Strike

    07/02/2009 8:01:07 AM PDT · by garyhope · 15 replies · 882+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 2nd, 2009 | John Bolton
    With Iran's hard-line mullahs and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps unmistakably back in control, Israel's decision of whether to use military force against Tehran's nuclear weapons program is more urgent than ever. This Story Time for an Israeli Strike? End the Spat With Israel In Morocco, an Alternative to Iran Iran's nuclear threat was never in doubt during its presidential campaign, but the post-election resistance raised the possibility of some sort of regime change. That prospect seems lost for the near future or for at least as long as it will take Iran to finalize a deliverable nuclear weapons capability.