Iranian Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali Saturday accused the German electronics giant Siemens with helping U.S. and Israeli teams craft the Stuxnet worm that is responsible for the attack on his country's nuclear facilities.

April 18, 2011 by Gregg Keiser – An Iranian military commander Saturday accused the German electronics giant Siemens with helping U.S. and Israeli teams craft the Stuxnet worm that attacked his country’s nuclear facilities. According to the Islamic Republic News Service (IRNA), Iran’s state news agency, Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali laid some of the … Continue reading

Syria lifts "emergency law' that has been in place for 48 years. law gave the government a free hand to arrest people without charge and extended the state's authority into every aspect of citizens' lives. The new laws also abolish the State Security Court, but the interior ministry also passed a law that says citizens must obtain permission to demonstrate, the agency said, hours after the ministry imposed a total ban on political gatherings.

19 Apr 2011 Syria’s government has passed a bill lifting the country’s emergency law, in place for 48 years, just hours after security forces fired on protesters. Tuesday’s move is a key demand of pro-reform demonstrators who have been holding protests across the country for weeks. A senior lawyer said Bashar al-Assad, Syria’s president, was yet to … Continue reading

A large explosion at Iran’s main energy pipeline hub Friday was caused by sabotage, an influential member of Parliament said Sunday.

  By Thomas Erdbrink, Sunday, April 10, 4:03 PM TEHRAN — A large explosion at Iran’s main energy pipeline hub Friday was caused by sabotage, an influential member of Parliament said Sunday. The blast, which sent balls of fire into the air outside the Shiite religious center of Qom, targeted three major gas pipelines. The explosion comes … Continue reading

Syrian President Assad Vows to Defeat 'Plot' against his country.

Edward Yeranian | Cairo March 30, 2011 President Bashar al-Assad told parliament that Syria will defeat those behind a “plot” against his country. Assad said he would continue on the path of reform for Syria – but did not announce the lifting of a state of emergency, as protesters have desired. Members of the Syrian … Continue reading

Up to 40 people were killed and 100 others wounded when gunmen stormed into the provincial council of Salahudin province on Tuesday and held hostages in the building, including council members

TIKRIT, Iraq, March 29 (Xinhua) — Up to 40 people were killed and 100 others wounded when gunmen stormed into the provincial council of Salahudin province on Tuesday and held hostages in the building, including council members, a provincial police source told Xinhua. “Our latest reports said that 40 people were killed and some 100 … Continue reading

Israel deploys new anti-rocket defense system. The system, developed by Israel's Rafael Advanced Defence Systems with the help of US funding, is designed to intercept rockets and artillery shells fired from a range of between four and 70 kilometres (three and 45 miles).

By Yoav Lemmer (AFP) – 5 hours ago BEERSHEVA, Israel — Israel on Sunday stationed the first batteries of its “Iron Dome” short-range missile defence system in the south of the country, but stressed the initial deployment was experimental. The unique multi-million dollar system was stationed outside the southern city of Beersheva, days after it … Continue reading

Who provided Libya Russian made SA-24 anti-aircraft missiles?

by David A. Fulghum at 3/23/2011     A new, much-dreaded, short-range anti-aircraft missile made in Russia has turned up in the hands of Libyan government forces. The Russian-made SA-24 Grinch can shoot down coalition aircraft effectively at altitudes up to about 11,000 ft. That would not affect most combat patrols, which are being flown … Continue reading

Bahrain declares martial law with arrival of thousands of Saudi troops on Tuesday

By Lin Noueihed and Frederik Richter 03/15/11 MANAMA (Reuters) – Bahrain declared martial law on Tuesday, looking to end weeks of protests by the island’s Shi’ite Muslim majority, with Saudi troops on hand in the Sunni-ruled kingdom to help quell the unrest. The three-month state of emergency will hand considerable powers to Bahrain’s security forces, … Continue reading

Iran's Bushehr Nuclear Plant Breaks Down, many believe another cyber attack

by David A. Fulghum 3/2/2011 Russian and Iranian officials say they are cleaning up after a water cooling pump broke down during startup of the Bushehr nuclear reactor. They attribute the failure to an old piece of German equipment. But a veteran U.S. cyberwarrior says the failure of a spinning device is a classic symptom … Continue reading

Britain and Germany fly secret extraction missions into Libya

2011-02-28   AFP Berlin – British and German military planes swooped into Libya’s desert, rescuing hundreds of oil workers and civilians stranded at remote sites, as thousands of other foreigners are still stuck in Tripoli by bad weather and red tape. The secret military missions into the turbulent North Africa country signal the readiness of … Continue reading

Influential Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi issued a fatwa on Monday that any Libyan soldier who can shoot dead embattled leader Moamer Kadhafi should do so "to rid Libya of him."

– Mon Feb 21 DOHA (AFP) – Influential Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi issued a fatwa on Monday that any Libyan soldier who can shoot dead embattled leader Moamer Kadhafi should do so “to rid Libya of him.” “Whoever in the Libyan army is able to shoot a bullet at Mr Kadhafi should do so,” Qaradawi, an Egyptian-born … Continue reading

Is the pause in Pakistani drone strikes linked to the arrest of the CIA's Raymond Davis

  By Missy Ryan ISLAMABAD | Sun Feb 20, 2011 ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The United States has halted drone attacks on militants along Pakistan‘s western border in a development analysts believe is linked to U.S. attempts to secure the release of a jailed U.S. consular employee. After months of frequent strikes from unmanned U.S. aircraft … Continue reading

Libyan warplanes bombing Tripoli: resident

  LONDON (Reuters) – Libyan warplanes were bombing indiscriminately across Tripoli on Monday, a resident of the Libyan capital told al Jazeera television in a live broadcast. “What we are witnessing today is unimaginable. Warplanes and helicopters are indiscriminately bombing one area after another. There are many, many dead,” Adel Mohamed Saleh said. Saleh, who … Continue reading

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on Muslims to "remove" the US from the Islamic world on Sunday .

02/20/2011 -Sapa-AFP “The main problem in the Muslim world is the presence of the United States. It is the biggest problem. We need to address that,” he told a gathering of Shiite and Sunni scholars in Tehran for an international conference on Islam. “It is necessary to remove the US from the Islamic world,” the … Continue reading

Washington Intensifies Push Into Central Asia

Stop NATO January 29, 2011 Rick Rozoff A recent editorial on the website of Voice of America reflected on last year being one in which the United States solidified relations with the five former Soviet republics in Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. One or more of the five nations border Afghanistan, Russia, … Continue reading

Iran deploys two warships to Mediterranean via the Suez Canal, Israel calls move 'provocation'

RIA Novosti TEL AVIV, February 16 (RIA Novosti) – Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday called the fact of two Iranian warships heading to the Mediterranean Sea through the Suez Canal a “provocation.” In a speech before the leaders U.S. Jewish organizations in Jerusalem, Lieberman said that the two Iranian warships would pass through … Continue reading

Clashes Reported In Libya, As Protests Continue In Bahrain, Yemen

02.16.2011 By RFE/RL Clashes were reported today between protesters and police in Benghazi, Libya’s second-largest city. Witnesses and local media said a crowd angry at the arrest of a rights campaigner clashed with police and government supporters. The city is reported calm now, but the reports said several hundred protesters armed with stones and petrol … Continue reading

Police use teargas to disperse protesters in Iran on Monday

RIA Novosti February 14 (RIA Novosti)     – Iranian police have dispersed an opposition demonstration in Tehran with teargas, Iranian opposition websites said on Monday. Thousands of protesters gathered in downtown Tehran on Monday inspired by recent uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. Rioters demanded fair elections, freedom of speech and an end to the … Continue reading

Palestinian Cabinet Resigns Amid Calls for Political Reform in West Bank – Was the Muslim Brotherhood behind this too?

Meredith Buel | Ramallah, West Bank February 14, 2011 The Palestinian Cabinet submitted its resignation Monday to President Mahmoud Abbas, as Palestinian authorities in the West Bank face the same pressure for political reform being felt in other parts of the Arab world. Bustling Al Manara Square is the political and commercial center for the … Continue reading

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the Israeli military "is ready for all eventualities" after recent unrest in the Middle East

14 February 2011     AFP – The Israeli military is “ready for all eventualities” as the Arab and Muslim world undergoes “an earthquake,” Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday just days after Egypt’s regime collapsed. “An earthquake is shaking the whole Arab world and a large part of the Muslim world and … Continue reading

Algeria prepares for day of protests: the oil-rich, military-dominated north African state, braced itself for a day of pro-democracy protestson Saturday, despite a ban on demonstrations in the capital, Algiers, and a large security presence intent on containing any uprising inspired by Egypt or Tunisia

  Pro-democracy alliance expected to defy ban on demonstrations as euphoria from Egypt and Tunisia spills over to Algeria Riot police use their shields during a demonstration in Algiers last month. Photograph: AP Algeria, the oil-rich, military-dominated north African state, braced itself for a day of pro-democracy protestson Saturday, despite a ban on demonstrations in … Continue reading

After Mubarak's resignation, Muslim Brotherhood pushes for civilian led leadership instead of military control

Egypt’s vice president says Hosni Mubarak has handed power over to the high military council, despite millions-plus pro-democracy demonstrations. In a brief announcement, Omar Suleiman said on Friday that Mubarak had “abandoned the presidency,” handing over the power to the Supreme Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces, which is headed by Defense Minister Gen. Mohammed … Continue reading

Fort Bragg trained Suleiman says Mubarak has stepped down and left the country in the hands of the Egyptian Army

02/11/11 CAIRO (AFP) — Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down and handed over power to the army, his deputy Omar Suleiman announced Friday in a televised address. Mubarak “has decided to leave the post of president of the republic and has tasked the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to manage the state’s affairs,” … Continue reading

Senior U.S. Marine says multiple platoons headed to Egypt

Nicholas Carlson | Feb. 5, 2011, 11:42 PM Business Insider  A senior member of the US Marine Corps is telling people “multiple platoons” are deploying to Egypt, a source tells us. There is a system within the US Marines that alerts the immediate families of high-ranking marines when their marine will soon be deployed to … Continue reading

Antigovernment Protests Spreading Across North Africa and Middle East

  by Barry Grey   As thousands continued to demonstrate in Tunisia over the weekend against the interim “national unity” government, antigovernment protests spread to Algeria, Yemen and Jordan.   State forces in Algeria and Yemen responded to the protests with deadly force. The Associated Press reported that more than a dozen people were killed … Continue reading

Book from Muslim Brotherhood leader reveals scope of of radical beliefs

Jerusalem Post By Oren Kessler 02/09/11   One of the greatest beneficiaries of the unrest in Egypt has been the Muslim Brotherhood. Banned but tolerated for decades by successive Egyptian regimes, the Islamist movement is now emerging as a central player in the country’s resurgent opposition. On Tuesday, two Brotherhood representatives participated in an opposition … Continue reading

Two Americans deny spy charges in Iranian court

Sun Feb 6, 2011   TEHRAN, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Two Americans held in Iran for the last 18 months on suspicion of espionage pleaded not guilty in court on Sunday on the first day of their closed-door trial, state television reported. Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were arrested on July 31, 2009 near Iran’s … Continue reading

The US is sending warships, including one with 800 troops, and other military assets to Egypt as the revolution in the North African country gains momentum

  USS Kearsarge warship . Officials in Washington have stated that the move is to be prepared in case of an evacuation of Americans from Egypt. Pentagon has dismissed widespread assumptions that military intervention in Cairo is being contemplated, asserting that the objective of the deployment is mainly for the evacuation of US citizens in … Continue reading

The Israeli army chief has urged Tel Aviv to make preparations for an all-out war over the recent developments across the Middle East

Tue Feb 8, 2011 3:1AM   Israel’s Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi has said that given the recent revolution protests across Middle East, Israel must prepare for a battle in several theaters, Ynetnews quoted him as saying on Monday. The outgoing military chief also said, “The connection between the different players requires us … Continue reading

Latest photos from the protests in Egypt

Egypt's New VP Omar Suleiman known for his brutality and CIA links ,Suleiman underwent training at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare School and Centre at Fort Bragg in North Carolina in the 1980's. Also headed up the CIA's Egypt extraordinary rendition operation

The man named by President Hosni Mubarak as his first ever Vice President, spy chief Omar Suleiman, reportedly orchestrated the brutal interrogation of terror suspects abducted by the CIA in its secret “extraordinary rendition” program. Mr Suleiman has carried out sensitive truce negotiations with Israel and the Palestinians as well as talks among rival Palestinian … Continue reading

Israel places resources at newly appointed Egyptian Vice-President Suleiman's disposal "to protect the Egyptian regime"

Middle East Monitor Tuesday, 01 February 2011   Well-placed Israeli sources have disclosed that the Zionist state has offered to place “all its capabilities” at the disposal of General Omar Suleiman, the recently appointed Vice President of Egypt, for the “protection of the regime in Egypt”. This offer includes the implementation of “various operations to … Continue reading

Head of the Iranian Armed Forces Headquarters, Major-General Hassan Firouzabadi, said on Monday that the Iranian Navy is in full control of the passage of foreign vessels to the Persian Gulf.

IRNA – Islamic Republic News Agency Tehran, Jan 31, IRNA — Head of the Armed Forces Headquarters, Major-General Hassan Firouzabadi, said on Monday that the Iranian Navy is in full control of the passage of foreign vessels to the Persian Gulf. ‘Iranian navy warships are stationed in the Persian Gulf waters and they permit the … Continue reading

"Security and the Environment in Pakistan" report from the Congressional Research Service

Obama Team Eyes Saudi Nuclear Trade Deal Without Nonproliferation Terms

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011By Elaine M. Grossman Global Security Newswire WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is taking initial steps to negotiate a civil nuclear trade pact with Saudi Arabia that could lack key nonproliferation provisions included in a similar 2009 deal with one of Riyadh’s Persian Gulf neighbors, according to U.S. officials and experts (see … Continue reading

Al-Jazeera receives Palestinian Papers from anonymous source. Links included with article.

Introducing The Palestine Papers 1,600 internal docs. from a decade of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. // // // // Global Research, January 25, 2011 Al Jazeera – 2011-01-23   Over the last several months, Al Jazeera has been given unhindered access to the largest-ever leak of confidential documents related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There are nearly 1,700 … Continue reading

Iraq's Muqtada Al Sadr reportedly returns to Iran

A Times Staff Writer January 21, 2011 Anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada Sadr, who arrived in Iraq this month after spending nearly four years away, has returned to Iran, two aides from his office said Friday on condition of anonymity. Sadr left Iraq Thursday or Friday, the aides said, adding that it was not clear whether … Continue reading

'Israel unleashed Stuxnet virus on Iran, with US help'

Washington, January 16, 2011   US and Israeli intelligence services collaborated to develop a destructive computer worm to sabotage Iran’s efforts to make a nuclear bomb, The New York Times reported on Saturday. In its online edition, the Times quoted intelligence and military experts as saying Israel has tested the effectiveness of the Stuxnet computer worm, … Continue reading

Iran to display the US Navy drones it shot down over Iranian territory: IRG commander

(AFP) – 3 days ago TEHRAN — Iran will put on public display two US Navy drones shot down by its elite Revolutionary Guards, a top Iranian commander said on Saturday. “The planes that were shot down are among the most modern US navy drones and have a long-range capability,” Ali Fadavi, commander of Guards’ … Continue reading

With Stuxnet, Did The U.S. And Israel Create a New Cyberwar Era?

By Spencer Ackerman January 16, 2011  |1:58 pm  | Remember the years-long controversy about whether the U.S. or the Israel would bomb Iran’s nuclear program? It appears they just did — virtually. And if they did, they also may have expanded our sense of how nations wage war in cyberspace. For all the hype, “cyberwar” … Continue reading

Next Israeli Arab War Could Begin in Beirut

By David Eshel Tel Aviv Israel’s next war could be fought on several fronts and result in far more destruction and casualties on all sides than recent conflicts. So said outgoing Israeli military intelligence chief Amos Yadlin in an address to the Knesset in November. Yadlin believes that despite an unprecedented period of calm for … Continue reading

Lebanon's army says 14 Israeli war planes have breached the country's airspace in violation of United Nations Security Council resolution

PressTV An army statement said on Thursday that the Israeli aircraft entered Lebanon’s airspace over the country’s southern border. This is the third incursion since the beginning of the week. On Tuesday, two Israeli warplanes crossed into Lebanese airspace over the southern border town of Alma al-Shaab and conducted several sorties in the area, according … Continue reading

US criticizes Hezbollah resignations

US President Barack Obama has strongly criticized Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah over the collapse of the country’s unity government. Lebanon’s unity government collapsed on Wednesday after 11 ministers resigned over tensions caused by a US-backed tribunal charged with investigating the assassination of former premier Rafiq Hariri in February 2005. Among the ministers were 10 from … Continue reading

Israeli Ship Prompts High Alert In Lebanon, Spotted 4 km Off Coast

Israel has deployed a naval vessel dangerously close to the Lebanese coast, prompting Beirut to put the Armed Forces on high alert. The ship was spotted just four kilometers off the country’s shores, a Press TV correspondent reported, citing Lebanese media sources. The development followed yet another Israeli violation of Lebanon’s airspace, which was reported … Continue reading

Senior Iranian lawmaker Esmail Kowsari says the assassins of Iranian nuclear scientist Massoud Ali-Mohammadi have confessed to being supported by the Israeli intelligence service

 PressTV Mon Jan 10, 2011 Senior Iranian lawmaker Esmail Kowsari says the assassins of an Iranian nuclear scientist have confessed to being supported by the Israeli intelligence service. In July 2010, Iranian nuclear physics scientist Massoud Ali-Mohammadi was killed when a remote-controlled bomb detonated near his house in the north of the Iranian capital, Tehran. … Continue reading

Iranian Official Confirms Arrest Of Alleged U.S. Spy, U.S. gives conflicting story of female American citizen being safely in Istanbul

January 08, 2011 Iranian officials have confirmed this week’s media reports that an American woman has been arrested on spying charges after illegally entering the country. Ahmad Garavand, deputy border police chief, told reporters that his forces arrested a U.S. citizen at the town of Jolfa, on the border with Azerbaijan. He identified the woman … Continue reading

Iraqi Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in his first speech since returning to Iraq: "Resist The US By All Means Necessary"

REBECCA SANTANA | 01/ 8/11 05:04 PM   NAJAF, Iraq — Muqtada al-Sadr lambasted the American “enemy” in Iraq during his first speech in the country since returning from exile, fiery rhetoric from a new powerbroker in the government that will make it difficult to extend the U.S. military deployment beyond the end of this … Continue reading

Iran Detains American Woman as Spy…Picked up around Armenian border…found with recording mic in teeth

By WILLIAM YONG and ALAN COWELL Published: January 6, 2011   TEHRAN — Two state-controlled media outlets reported Thursday that Iranian authorities had arrested a 55-year-old American woman who entered the country from Armenia for spying, after finding a microphone in her teeth. The accuracy of the accounts — by the newspaper Iran and the … Continue reading

Apprehension in Iraq ahead of speech by cleric Muqtada al-Sadr

By Aaron C. Davis Washington Post Foreign Service Thursday, January 6, 2011; 11:21 PM BAGHDAD – Lawmakers across Iraq’s political and ethnic spectrums waited Thursday for word from anti-American Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, saying his first address after returning from nearly four years of self-imposed exile in Iran would likely say a lot about his … Continue reading

Shi'ite Cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr Has Returned To Iraq

VOA News 05 January 2011 Iraqi officials say anti-American Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has returned to Iraq, after a nearly three-year absence. Sadrist officials say the radical and influential figure returned to his family home in the city of Najaf on Wednesday. Al-Sadr has been living in Iran, and it is unclear how long he … Continue reading