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  • 'Destroy All the Churches'

    03/22/2012 9:05:34 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 3/22/2012 | Clifford D. May
    Imagine if Pat Robertson called for the demolition of all the mosques in America. It would be front-page news. It would be on every network and cable-news program. There would be a demand for Christians to denounce him, and denounce him they would — in the harshest terms. The president of the United States and other world leaders would weigh in, too. Rightly so. So why is it that when Abdulaziz ibn Abdullah Al al-Sheikh, the grand mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, declares that it is “necessary to destroy all the churches in the Arabian Peninsula,” the major...
  • As al Qaeda Adapts Its Tactics, Threat From Splinter Groups Persists .

    05/03/2011 2:14:42 AM PDT · by Scanian · 2 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | MAY 3, 2011. | MARGARET COKER and KEITH JOHNSON
    Long before Osama bin Laden's death, al Qaeda had adapted itself to survive and operate without him, ensuring the threat his terror network poses will live well beyond his demise. Bin Laden spent the last decade on the run following the al Qaeda-mounted terrorist attacks in the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001. But his fugitive status didn't render the network impotent. Instead, it forced an evolution: The original group splintered, popping up in new places with new leaders who, in addition to attempting high-profile attacks, encouraged their radicalized followers to strike on their own if the opportunity presented itself. Strong...
  • WikiLeaks cables: Saudi Arabia cannot pump enough oil to keep a lid on prices

    02/08/2011 6:07:47 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 52 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2/8/2011 | John Vidal
    The US fears that Saudi Arabia, the world's largest crude oil exporter, may not have enough reserves to prevent oil prices escalating, confidential cables from its embassy in Riyadh show. The cables, released by WikiLeaks, urge Washington to take seriously a warning from a senior Saudi government oil executive that the kingdom's crude oil reserves may have been overstated by as much as 300bn barrels – nearly 40%. The revelation comes as the oil price has soared in recent weeks to more than $100 a barrel on global demand and tensions in the Middle East. Many analysts expect that the...
  • U.S. Drone Crashes in Yemen, Al Qaeda Steals Wreckage From Police

    02/08/2011 3:25:20 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 22 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 2/8/2010 | Defense Tech
    A suspected U.S. drone apparently crashed in Yemen, was recovered by local police and then stolen by al Qaida, according to AFP. The plane was an MQ-1 Predator being used to support ongoing special operations missions against terrorists there. U.S. special ops troops have been in the country for quite some time, helping to train local security forces in fighting al Qaeda. Yes, drones crash quite frequently in combat zones for a variety of reasons. What’s interesting here is the Yemeni government’s inability to secure the wreckage, even when it can get its hands on it. The drone crashed in...
  • Leaked memos show US fears over Yemeni missiles

    12/04/2010 9:12:49 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    AFP via Google News ^ | 12/4/2010 | AFP via Google News
    officials suspected Yemen had stocks of shoulder-fired missiles, a major concern if they fell in the wrong hands, while the Yemeni leader sought to use new-found leverage for US aid, secret memos said. Although Yemen's Defense Ministry insisted it had no such cache of the weapons, an informant told US diplomats that the government agency in fact "does indeed have MANPADS, but would never speak of them because they are considered a state secret." The embassy cable marked "secret" and dated August 4, 2009 also said that while Yemen "realizes their MANPADS are of little military value, they consider them...
  • Saudi Arabia National Guard to launch air wing with $25bn helicopter purchase

    11/30/2010 12:08:12 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    Arabian Aerospace ^ | 11/28/2010 | Arabian Aerospace
    Arabian Aerospace has learned that Riyadh will spent $25.6bn on setting up the SANG Aviation Command through the purchase of 156 helicopters including Apache and Little Bird AH6 models.. Saudi has previously confirmed a requirement for 190 helicopters but it had previously been expected that these would be for the RSAF. The National Guard heads the internal security within the Kingdom and is directly descended from King Abdul Aziz Al Saud’s Ikhwan (Brotherhood), or White Army as it was sometimes called. This was the King’s instrument for subduing and unifying the various disparate tribes of the Arabian Peninsula to form...
  • Saudi king urged US to attack Iran

    11/28/2010 6:20:30 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies · 1+ views
    AFP ^ | 11/26/2010 | AFP
    King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia urged the United States to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear programme, according to US documents leaked by WikiLeaks and published Sunday by daily newspapers. According to a leaked US cable, published by the New York Times, King Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz made the call during an April 2008 meeting with US Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker and US General David Petraeus. "He told you to 'cut off the head of the snake'," Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Washington, Adel al-Jubeir, told the US embassy in Riyadh two days after the high-level talks, according to the...
  • US-Saudi arms deal on track

    11/19/2010 5:11:07 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    AFP via ^ | 11/19/2010 | AFP via
    Barring unlikely 11th-hour objections, a 60-billion-dollar US arms sale to Saudi Arabia was set Friday to go into effect despite initial worries from US lawmakers over its impact on Israeli security. The Pentagon unveiled plans for the sale on October 20, and the US Congress had 30 days to move to block or change the terms of the transaction, which partly aims to help Saudi Arabia counter Iran's regional influence. "Thirty days are up at the end of today, after which the administration may proceed. There is no sign that Congress will block the sale," said a Senate Foreign Relations...
  • The Awesome Weapon Of Arabia

    11/02/2010 11:54:57 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/1/2010 | The Strategy Page
    As expected, Saudi Arabia finally made it official that it is buying 84 U.S. F-15Es. These are special versions of the two-seater F-15E. But what was really interesting was the list of accessories ordered along with the aircraft. These included; 100 M61 Vulcan multi-barrel 20mm cannons, 193 LANTIRN 3rd Generation Navigation Pods, 338 Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS), 462 AN/AVS-9 Night Vision Goggles (NVGS), 300 AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air Missiles, 500 AIM-120C/7 AMRAAM radar guided air-to-air missiles, 5,400 smart bombs (GPS and laser guided, 227-909 kg), 400 AGM-84 Block II Harpoon anti-ship missiles, 600 AGM-88B HARM anti-radar missiles, 158 AN/AAQ-33...
  • Saudi king 'takes charge of arms sales'

    07/13/2010 10:26:10 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    UPI ^ | 7/13/2010 | UPI
    King Abdallah of Saudi Arabia has taken charge of arms negotiations with the United States and is seeking to downgrade the power of the defense ministry, which is run by his ailing designated heir, Prince Sultan, Paris's Intelligence Online says. The cancer-stricken Sultan, who is the monarch's half-brother but from a rival branch of the royal family, is reported to be "enfeebled and unable to comprehend government affairs," says Simon Henderson, an expert on Saudi Arabia with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Intelligence Online, a Web site that monitors global security affairs, noted when Abdallah toured the United...
  • Russia to sell $1 bln worth of arms to Yemen - expert

    07/01/2010 9:24:03 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 7/01/2010 | RIA Novosti
    Russia and Yemen could sign an arms contract worth over $1 billion, an international arms expert said on Thursday. A Yemeni delegation led by President Ali Abdullah Saleh discussed sales of Russian arms to the Arab republic on Wednesday during the leader's short visit to Moscow. Igor Korotchenko, head of a Moscow-based think tank on the international arms trade, said Yemen "is interested in a very broad range of Russian arms and military equipment," especially MiG-29 SMT jet fighters (up to 30), Mi-35 and Ka-52 helicopter gunships and Mi-17 military transport helicopters. He said Saleh's wish list also included T-72M1...
  • This Is Why Jews Keep and Bear Arms

    06/30/2010 3:03:33 PM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies ^ | Posted June 30, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE: The following SNIPPET is a quote: 30 June 2010 THIS IS WHY JEWS KEEP AND BEAR ARMS Among other things, he says "Khaibar, Khaibar, Oh Jews, the Army of Mohammed will return," a reference to Mohammad's massacre of the Jews of the Arabian Peninsula. Posted on 30 June 2010 @ 16:30
  • Is Israel Arming in Saudi Arabia?

    06/24/2010 6:11:40 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 26 replies
    The Media Line ^ | 6/24/2010 | Benjamin Joffe-Walt
    Israeli Air Force aircraft dropped off large quantities of military gear at a Saudi Arabian military base last week in preparation for a potential attack on Iran, a number of Iranian and Israeli news outlets have reported. The unconfirmed report, first published by the semi-official Iranian news agency Fars and the Islamic website Islam Times, claimed that on June 18 and 19, Israeli helicopters unloaded military equipment and built a base just over five miles outside the northwestern city of Tabuk, the closest Saudi city to Israel. All civilian flights into and out of the city were said to have...
  • Emirates ready for $7B THAAD deal

    06/08/2010 10:59:05 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 30+ views
    Upi via Space Daily ^ | 6/7/2010 | Upi via Space Daily
    The United Arab Emirates expects to finalize a $7 billion contract to buy Lockheed Martin's high-altitude missile defense system in the next few months, officials of the U.S. defense giant say. The deal would mark the first time that the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system has been sold to a foreign state and underlines Washington's efforts to establish a Persian Gulf-wide shield against Iranian ballistic missiles among U.S. allies in the region. These states, including oil-rich Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, are within easy missile range by Iran, lying as they do across the gulf, and...
  • Emirates seek F-35 as U.S. bolsters allies

    05/31/2010 12:31:12 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 364+ views
    UPI via Space War ^ | 5/28/2010 | UPI via Space War
    The United Arab Emirates is pressing Washington about buying the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. So is Israel. That's part of the United States' dilemma as it seeks to bolster the military forces of its Arab allies to counter Iran. The Americans also want their Arab friends, particularly the Persian Gulf states that neighbor Iran, to take more responsibility for their own defense at a time when the U.S. military is tied down in Afghanistan and Iraq. The F-35 program headed by Lockheed Martin of Maryland has fallen badly behind schedule. On March 11, the Pentagon admitted to a 2-year lag...
  • U.S. general, defense majors at Gulf missile defense conference

    05/30/2010 1:36:19 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 190+ views
    GeoStrategy Direct ^ | 5/26/2010 | GeoStrategy Direct
    The United Arab Emirates plans to host a four-day parley that would focus on air and missile defense. The second annual conference, titled "Annual Air and Missile Defence Summit," was scheduled to begin on May 30 in Abu Dhabi and include senior U.S. and other military commanders. "With the Middle East region being key to the global security, this summit aims to bring together all the key players to discuss the roadmap towards an integrated air defence strategy." conference director Grace Chng said. Organizers said the conference would focus on technology, interconnectivity and interoperability between military and industry. They said...
  • Gulf states acquiring fast boasts, tightening maritime security

    05/30/2010 1:27:25 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 414+ views
    Geostrategy Direct ^ | 5/26/2010 | Geostrategy Direct
    The Persian Gulf States have launched efforts to protect their territorial waters amid tension with neighboring Iran and threats from Al Qaida. Over the last two years, several Gulf Cooperation Council coast guards or navies have acquired or ordered fast patrol boats. They included Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Officials said the Gulf Arab countries were investing to expand their coast guards. "There is concern that terrorists could sneak into the area and carry out a major attack on energy installations," a GCC source said. The enhanced maritime security has resulted in confrontations between fishermen and...
  • North Korea Sinking Of South Korean Frigate Raises Arab Fear Of Nuclear Iran

    05/29/2010 2:42:28 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 289+ views
    The Eurasia Review ^ | 5/29/2010 | Riad Kahwaji
    The sinking of the South Korean frigate Cheonan last March 26 by a North Korean torpedo has prompted some Arab Gulf officials to wonder whether this would be a scenario that they would likely face with a nuclear-armed Iran in the future. North Korea, now equipped with nuclear arms, appears to have grown bolder in its provocations of its U.S.-allied neighbor in the south and other parts of East and Southeast Asia. An international team of investigators concluded that the warship was sunk by a North Korean torpedo. Seoul’s reaction has thus far been mild compared to its loss of...
  • Skeptical of U.S. umbrella, Saudis are mulling their own nuke option

    05/08/2010 8:39:09 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 494+ views
    GeoStrategy ^ | 5/8/2010 | GeoStrategy
    Saudi Arabia, concerned over Iran's nuclear weapons program, could turn to Pakistan for the kingdom's own nuclear project, a report said. The Institute of National Security Studies said Riyad has been working to prepare a nuclear infrastructure meant to deter neighboring Iran. In a report by researcher Yoel Guzansky, the institute cited Pakistan as the most likely developer of a Saudi nuclear option. "Therefore, should Saudi Arabia find itself in a sensitive security situation, it may well be that it would seek to capitalize on its investment in the Pakistani program," the report, titled "The Saudi Nuclear Option, said. The...
  • US has limited options in stopping Iranian nukes

    04/20/2010 8:55:23 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 406+ views
    AP ^ | 4/21/2010 | Robert Burns and Anne Gearan
    If diplomacy fails and Iran gets a nuclear bomb, the U.S. would still have ways to discourage Tehran from using these terrifying weapons. But there are limits on what even the world's sole superpower can do to contain a nuclear-armed Iran and blunt its influence in the volatile Middle East. U.S. officials insist they are not resigned to a nuclear Iran and are pressing negotiations to prevent it from joining the world's club of nuclear-armed nations. At the same time, though, the administration and the Pentagon are clearly anxious to avoid a military confrontation with Tehran. So Washington has set...
  • Gulf official says Mossad deployed spy network spanning region

    04/16/2010 7:46:05 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 561+ views
    Israel is said to have deployed intelligence agents throughout the Gulf region. A senior Gulf Cooperation Council official asserted that Israel's Mossad has established an espionage network in Gulf Arab states. The official said the Israeli agents operate under the cover of European executives. "If we arrest any one of them, though, it could be a major breakthrough," Lt. Gen. Dahi Khalfan, a senior security official in the United Arab Emirates, said. Khalfan, police chief of the UAE city of Dubai, confirmed an Israeli newspaper report that the Mossad has long been working in the Gulf region. The report said...
  • Super-Falklands Base in the Gulf

    04/11/2010 7:13:29 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 539+ views
    New Wars ^ | 4/8/2010 | April 8, 2010
    Several times I pointed out how the airbase of Mount Pleasant on the British Falklands Islands is so important to the defense of the small South Atlantic Dependency. As such it is an amazingly economical aircraft carrier substitute, with a mere 4 air defense fighters and the potential for many more in a crisis. Andrew Oh-Wilekke, the Washington Park Prophet, would like to see the US build a similar type airbase somewhere in the Gulf, but on a grander scale, to take the place of its shrinking numbers of enormously expensive Big Decks: There is a very good chance that...
  • Iran offers missile and nuclear help to 'weak states' in region

    04/02/2010 11:36:35 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 343+ views ^ | 4/03/2010 |
    Iran has offered its Gulf Arab neighbors cooperation in ballistic missile development and control. Iran has briefed the six Gulf Cooperation Council states on the prospect of military cooperation with Teheran. Officials said Teheran was ready to replace the United States as the guarantor of regional stability. "We welcome our neighbors," Iranian professor Abu Mohammed Asgharani said. "On ballistic missiles and nuclear energy, we would be happy to see you establish a regional laboratory to work on both conventional and peaceful energy." In an address to a nuclear technology conference in Manama, Asgharani said Teheran was willing to brief GCC...
  • U.S. assessment: Gulf states are resigned to a nuclear Iran

    04/02/2010 11:27:33 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 476+ views ^ | 4/3/2010 |
    The U.S. intelligence community has determined that Saudi Arabia and its allies in the Gulf Cooperation Council are quietly accepting the prospect that Iran would acquire nuclear weapons. Officials said the Persian Gulf states and other Arab League members would learn to accommodate Teheran's domination of the region. "This assessment has been shared with Israel, which today is the only country in the Middle East that wants to stop the Iranian nuclear program," an official said. Officials said the assessment has formed a major element in the strategy toward Iran by the administration of President Barack Obama. They said Israel...
  • US test-fires Trident missile in drill with Saudis

    04/01/2010 10:22:47 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 230+ views
    AP ^ | 3/31/2010 | Salah Nasrawi
    The United States test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads during a joint military exercise Wednesday with Saudi Arabia, a Western military official said. The Trident missile launch was carried out in the kingdom, the official said, but he would not give a precise location. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. The U.S. has been strengthening missile defenses in allied Arab nations in the Gulf to help counter any potential missile strike from Iran. Like its nuclear work, Iran's missile program is of top concern to Washington and Arab nations...
  • Russia pushes for Gulf naval sales

    03/30/2010 11:00:04 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 372+ views
    Space War ^ | 3/30/2010 | Space War
    Russia arms industry is pushing hard for a major breakthrough into the lucrative Gulf market at the Doha International Maritime Defense Exhibition in Qatar, the only navy-oriented defense showcase in the Middle East. Qatar's Peninsula newspaper reported that defense analysts are "saying that market demand for maritime defense in the region is expected to reach more than $30 billion in the next 20 years." Saudi Arabia is looking for new frigates but it has been buying them from France for decades and is likely to do so again. Like the United Arab Emirates, it has been building up its naval...
  • Gates, in Riyadh, seeks Saudi help on Iran sanctions

    03/11/2010 10:44:10 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 205+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/11/2010 | Phil Stewart
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates asked Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah for support lobbying for U.N. sanctions against Iran on Wednesday and discussed ways to boost the kingdom's air and missile defenses.The United States is leading a push for the U.N. Security Council to impose a fourth round of sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme, and aides to Gates made no secret of their hopes that Saudi Arabia could press regional allies for help. "We are certainly hopeful that the Saudis will use whatever influence they have, which is considerable, in this region and throughout the world to try to help...
  • Yemen: Who Knew?

    02/22/2010 11:33:54 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 457+ views
    Military.Com ^ | 2/22/2010 | Peter Brookes
    In the days after the foiled Christmas Day attack on a Detroit-bound airliner, some were quick to call for a new front in the war on terror, this time in Yemen, where the Nigerian-born "Undie-Bomber" was in contact with al-Qaida. While the emphasis on Yemen from a counterterrorism perspective has waxed and waned over the years, it has long been on our terror radar, going back to at least the late 1990s. It is unfortunate that we have had to become intimately reacquainted with Yemen, a little-known but strategically located country with an ancient history, including being the home of...
  • Qatar, Saudis potential customers for Boeing's advanced F-15s

    02/13/2010 6:09:38 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 335+ views
    Geo Strategy Direct ^ | 1/13/2010 | Geo Strategy Direct
    Qatar and Saudi Arabia have been examining the advanced F-15 fighter-jet. Boeing has targeted Qatar and Saudi Arabia as key clients for the F-15. Executives said a contract between Boeing and a Gulf Cooperation Council state could be signed by 2011. "We're hoping for something to happen in the 2010-11 timeframe," Boeing Defense vice president Mark Kronenberg said. In a Feb. 3 briefing at the Singapore Air Show, Boeing outlined efforts to sell the F-15 and the F/A-18 fighter-jets to GCC states. Executives said Qatar and Saudi Arabia marked the biggest opportunities for their company over the next year. Kronenberg...
  • Yemen counters rebels' offer with own preconditions

    02/01/2010 1:05:38 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 156+ views
    CNN ^ | 1/31/2010 | CNN
    Yemen's government said Sunday it will accept a truce offer only if the rebels operating in the country's north comply with six previously laid-out conditions. The Shiite Muslim rebels, known as the Houthis, had indicated Saturday that they were open to a cease-fire and to accepting the government conditions. But they demanded an end to military operations first. The intractable stance on both sides means the conflict, which had lasted more than five years, is likely to continue. In August, Yemen laid out cease-fire terms that included removing checkpoints, ending banditry, handing over all military equipment and weapons, and releasing...
  • Iran's IRGC said to be increasing surveillance, intel ops in Kuwait

    01/29/2010 3:33:26 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 211+ views
    GeoStrategy Direct ^ | 2/1/2010 | Geostrategy Direct
    Kuwait has been investigating reports of an Iranian-backed Shi'ite insurgency plot. Officials said Kuwait has launched an investigation into allegations that Shi'ites funded and directed by Iran planned to attack key facilities in the Gulf Cooperation Council sheikdom. The investigation was said to center on Shi'ite soldiers in neighboring Bahrain trained in sabotage. Officials have warned of a growing Shi'ite threat in Kuwait, a Sunni-ruled country with nearly 50 percent of the population being Shi'ite. They said Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has increased surveillance and other intelligence operations in Kuwait, which hosts more than 15,000 U.S. military soldiers. "There...
  • United States Strategically Confronted With China-Pakistan-Saudi Arabia Triangle

    01/27/2010 10:20:43 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 322+ views
    South Asia Analysis Group ^ | 1/27/2010 | By Dr. Subhash Kapila
    The United States policy establishment and the plethora of think-tanks that abound in Washington seem to be totally oblivious that a strategic triangular relationship comprising China-Pakistan-Saudi Arabia is confronting the United States in South West Asia. China-Pakistan-Saudi Arabia strategic triangle is not a newly emergent military configuration. It commenced with the China-Pakistan strategic nexus in the 1960s and expanded to the China-Pakistan-Saudi Arabia strategic triangle by the 1980s. The China-Pakistan-Saudi Arabia strategic triangle today manifests itself not only in military inter-linkages, but also in nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles linkages and inter-dependencies. The China-Pakistan-Saudi Arabia Triangle may not have acquired...
  • For the UAE, Iran Is Both Enemy and Trading Partner

    01/26/2010 10:51:26 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 250+ views
    National Defense ^ | 5/01/2009 | Stew Magnuson
    As the United Arab Emirates spends billions to defend itself against a perceived Iranian threat, it also enjoys a robust trading relationship with its potential foe. The UAE sees Iran as both a threat and a valued trading partner, events during the last two years have shown. International efforts to impose economic sanctions against the Iranian regime for its alleged plans to develop nuclear weapons might be a tough sell in the UAE, which has strong economic ties with Iran. The UAE is one of Iran’s largest trading partners. Boats from across the Gulf arrive in Abu Dhabi’s port loaded...
  • Iran acquires upgraded non-conventional missiles from North Korea

    01/25/2010 1:15:07 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 705+ views
    Geostrategy Direct ^ | 1/25/2010 | Geostrategy Direct
    Iran has acquired surface-to-air missiles modified with chemical weapons. Western intelligence sources said Iran has acquired modified SA-2 air defense systems from North Korea. They said Pyongyang has converted the SA-2 from a surface-to-air to a surface-to-surface missile. "The North Koreans took an old clunky SAM system and turned it into a tactical non-conventional missile with excellent accuracy," an intelligence source said. The sources said Iran was believed to have acquired the converted SA-2 in 2008. The system has been deployed along the Iranian coast near Qatar in what has become escalated regional tension. The heritage SA-2, a 1950s-era Soviet...
  • Water woes could undermine Yemen's drive against Al Qaeda

    01/25/2010 1:30:38 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 337+ views
    Al Rai ^ | 1/25/2010 | AFP
    Impoverished Yemen is reeling under the threat of Al Qaeda, northern Shiite rebels and southern secessionists, but a lack of water is putting its ancient capital at even greater risk, experts say. Within a decade - or even less - Sanaa could become the first waterless capital in the world, they warn, adding the outlook is also bleak for the rest of this parched country where wells in some regions are already dry. A conference in London on Wednesday will discuss Yemen's anti-terrorism drive, but it is unclear whether the water woes that experts say are likely to fuel more...
  • Kuwait Air Defense Forces Conduct Patriot Test Firings

    01/21/2010 12:36:34 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 221+ views
    Space War ^ | 1/21/2010 | Staff Writers
    The Kuwait Air Defense Forces successfully test fired Raytheon Company's Patriot Air and Missile Defense System against tactical ballistic missiles. The test firings were held last month at the Udairi Range in Kuwait in conjunction with other Kuwait Air Defense and Land Forces elements during a joint exercise. The test firings used a Kuwait Patriot Configuration-2 Plus fire unit with Guidance Enhanced Missiles as the interceptors, which are operated and maintained by Kuwait Air Defense brigade troops. The Patriot system successfully engaged and destroyed two Patriot-as-a-Target missiles, as well as three foreign Multiple Launch Rocket System-type targets, both configurations emulating...
  • Kuwait Air Defense Forces Conduct Successful Patriot Test Firings

    01/11/2010 10:34:06 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 247+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 01/11/2010 | Defense Professionals
    The Kuwait Air Defense Forces successfully test fired Raytheon Company's Patriot Air and Missile Defense System against tactical ballistic missiles. The test firings were held last month at the Udairi Range in Kuwait in conjunction with other Kuwait Air Defense and Land Forces elements during a joint exercise. The test firings used a Kuwait Patriot Configuration-2 Plus fire unit with Guidance Enhanced Missiles as the interceptors, which are operated and maintained by Kuwait Air Defense brigade troops. The Patriot system successfully engaged and destroyed two Patriot-as-a-Target missiles, as well as three foreign Multiple Launch Rocket System-type targets, both configurations emulating...
  • Yemen's president open to dialogue with al-Qaida

    01/10/2010 9:05:32 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 361+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/10/2010 | Associated Press via Yahoo News
    Yemen's president said he is ready to talk to al-Qaida members who renounce violence, suggesting he could show them the same kind of leniency he has granted militants in the past despite U.S. pressure to crack down on the terror group. Yemen is moving cautiously in the fight against al-Qaida, worried over a potential backlash in a country where anger at the U.S. and extremism are widespread. Thousands of Yemenis are battle-hardened veterans of past "holy wars" in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Chechnya and Iraq, and though most are not engaged in violence now they preserve a die-hard al-Qaida ideology. "Any movement...
  • Mullen Outlines U.S. Military Role in Yemen

    01/10/2010 7:09:23 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 289+ views
    Yemen has posed a concern as a potential terrorist safe haven for some time, and the United States will continue to work with its government to prevent that from happening, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the Naval War College here today. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said the U.S. military has no plan to conduct combat operations in Yemen, nor does the Yemeni government want U.S. combat forces in the country. Rather, he said, the U.S. military will help the Yemeni military with equipment and training. U.S. military officials have been concerned about the country long...
  • Yemen's child soldiers go to war

    01/06/2010 10:23:46 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 300+ views
    Space War ^ | 01/06/2010 | UPI via Space War
    As Yemen's beleaguered government launches a new offensive against al-Qaida, the other conflict in the troubled Arabian peninsula state takes a shocking twist: The regime and tribal rebels in the north are both using child soldiers, according to aid officials. Child soldiers have been a feature of warfare throughout history, although these days there are international laws that prohibit the use of children under 18 in conflicts. But they are difficult to enforce and are widely ignored, even though persistent failure to prevent children taking part in combat is considered a war crime by the International Criminal Court. In Yemen,...
  • Yemen in 'Unprecedented' Push Against Al Qaeda

    01/04/2010 12:36:22 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 506+ views
    Fox News ^ | 01/04/2010 | Fox News
    The Yemeni government ordered an "unprecedented" number of troops into a region controlled by a branch of Al Qaeda, as the U.S. and Britain, concerned about the threat of terrorism, both closed their embassies in the capital of Sana. The Obama administration increased the pressure on Islamic militants in Yemen Sunday after the Yemeni branch of Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for plotting the failed attempt to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day. The White House's top counterterrorism official didn't rule out U.S. military action. Yemen deployed troops into provinces east of the capital to combat a growing...
  • Over 70% of Americans in favor of U.S. troops in Yemen

    01/03/2010 10:24:47 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 23 replies · 630+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 01/04/2010 | RIA Novosti
    Over 70% of Americans would favor sending U.S. troops to Yemen to combat Al Qaeda militants, a poll posted on the website said. With over 20,000 people taking part in the poll, 71% voted that "the problem is not going away," and "troops need to be sent there to eliminate Al Qaeda and the threat it poses to national security." Meanwhile, 23% voted against saying that "the U.S. military is already engaged in a costly war in Afghanistan," and "sending soldiers to Yemen would jeopardize that mission." Six percent of the poll said they are "undecided" on the issue....
  • British and American embassies in Yemen closed over al-Qaeda threat

    01/03/2010 9:42:58 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 15 replies · 554+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/3/2010 | Adrian Blomfield in Sana’a
    al-Qaeda’s increasingly powerful local affiliate called on Muslims to kill every Western diplomat on the Arabian Peninsula. Amid growing evidence that the Middle East’s poorest country has emerged as a major battleground in the War on Terror, al-Qaeda’s branch in Yemen has emerged emboldened from the failed attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day. Senior leadership of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula In a statement posted on the internet, al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula, or AQAP, called on its followers to declare “all-out war against every crusader on Mohammed’s Peninsula”. It added: “We call upon every Muslim...
  • Petraeus: Airline Bomb Plot Had Roots in Yemen

    01/01/2010 9:49:18 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 54 replies · 1,156+ views
    Voice Of America ^ | 1/1/2010 | Voice Of America
    One of America's top military leaders says Yemen-based terrorists helped plan the Christmas Day, December 25, plot to blow up a U.S. bound airplane. General David Petraeus told reporters in Baghdad Friday that the U.S. and Yemen have been sharing information about al-Qaida in the country, including activity that "resulted in the failed attack on the airliner." The head of the U.S. Central Command said Yemen has carried out "very significant" operations against al-Qaida, some of which prevented a series of suicide bombings. General Petraeus said the United States is helping Yemen, but that its neighbors have also provided significant...
  • Yemen is growing front in al-Qaida battle

    12/23/2009 7:42:26 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 421+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo ^ | 12/23/2009 | Lolita Baldor
    The secretive U.S. air strike against suspected al-Qaida in Yemen last week is the latest in what has been a fast-growing campaign to better equip and fund Yemeni forces so they can eliminate the expanding al-Qaida safe havens there. The Pentagon has poured nearly $70 million in military aid to Yemen this year, a massive financial infusion compared to nothing in 2008. Much like the effort with Pakistan's Frontier Corps, the military has boosted its counterterrorism training for Yemeni forces, and is providing more intelligence, which probably includes surveillance by unmanned drones, according to U.S.. officials and analysts. The heightened...
  • Arabian Nightmare For Iran

    12/23/2009 12:04:05 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 1,058+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 12/22/2009 | The Strategy Page
    The commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East made an observation that the Gulf Arab nations wished he hadn't. General David Petraeus noted that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Air Force, and it's 80 F-16E fighters could probably quickly destroy the entire Iranian Air Force. The Gulf Arabs would prefer the Iranians to believe their own propaganda, that the Iranian military is much more powerful than it actually is. The Iranian Air Force is mainly a mighty force only in terms of Iranian propaganda. The Gulf Arabs don't want the Iranians to make a strong effort to upgrade their...
  • Saudis urgently erect new border fence to block 'massive' immigration of Shi'ites

    12/19/2009 2:07:12 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 824+ views
    World Trubune ^ | 12/15/2009 | World Tribune
    Saudi Arabia, amid heavy fighting with Shi'ite rebels, has begun erecting another security fence along its border with Yemen. Saudi military sources said the Defense Ministry has overseen a fast-track project to construct a barbed wire fence along most of the 1,600-kilometer border with Yemen. The sources said the project reflected an urgent requirement for a physical barrier to block the flow of thousands of Shi'ite rebels and their supporters from Yemen to the Saudi kingdom. "The infiltration has reached massive proportions," a Saudi source said. "Thousands are crossing into the kingdom."
  • Suddenly, the Arab world wakes up to Yemen's rebellion

    12/18/2009 1:58:41 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 735+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/18/2009 | Jonathan Spyer
    The 30th summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council, meeting in Kuwait this week, expressed its solidarity with Saudi Arabia in its fight with the Shi'ite Houthi rebels in northern Yemen. The Kuwaiti emir noted that Saudi Arabia is facing "flagrant aggression that targets its sovereignty and security by those who have infiltrated its territory." The formerly little-noticed conflict between the Houthi rebels and the Yemeni government is now taking on the coloration of an additional hot front in an ongoing region-wide cold war. The conflict in northern Yemen reveals the ongoing Iranian regional effort to convert Shi'ite populations into assets...
  • Iran Fails To Deliver

    12/13/2009 9:24:47 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 376+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 12/11/2009 | The Strategy Page
    Off the Yemen coast, Saudi warships recently destroyed two boats that were attempting to smuggle weapons to Shia Yemeni rebels along the Saudi-Yemen border. The two boats refused to halt when ordered to, and attempted to flee. Saudi patrol boats and helicopters fired on the two boats, which exploded, indicating they were carrying munitions and explosives, along with weapons. The crews of the two boats were killed in the explosions. For nearly a month now, Saudi Arabian warships have been maintaining a blockade on Yemen's Red Sea coast, to prevent Iranian arms smugglers from getting weapons to the Shia rebels...
  • Yemen closes hospital found to be Iran front supporting Shi'ite rebels

    12/11/2009 1:40:14 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 253+ views ^ | 12/09/2009 |
    An Iranian hospital in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa has been ordered shut down amid reports that the facility was used as cover by Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security for support and funding of Shi'ite Zaydi rebels. The 60-bed hospital has four operating rooms and six intensive care units. The ostensible reason for the closing was the hospital’s failure to pay rent. However reports from Sanaa say it was due to the illicit Iranian intelligence activities from the facility.