Terrorism & Insurgency
20 November 2014
Militants celebrate their victory by climbing on top of an M60 tank to wave the black jihadist banner. Source: Islamic State
- The new Sinai affiliate of the Islamic State has released a video to claim the 24 October attack on the Egyptian Army
- The video shows a ruthless and sustained attack that overran a mechanised detachment of at least five armoured vehicles
The severity of the insurgency facing the Egyptian military in the Sinai Peninsula has been highlighted by a video showing the attack that reportedly killed at least 30 Egyptian soldiers on 24 October. Continue reading
Posted in Egypt, ISIS, Middle East, Military
- Tagged Arish, Associated Press, Bedouin, Egypt, Gaza Strip, Islamic Terrorism, Islamism, Mohamed Morsi, North Sinai Governorate, Sinai Peninsula
As the possibility–however remote–grows that Malaysia Airlines flight 370 may have been hijacked and taken to a hidden location, Israeli authorities are preparing for the possibility that the hijackers might attempt to use the Boeing 777 to mount an attack.
According to the Times of Israel, Israel’s Channel 2 has revealed that Israeli air defenses have been boosted, and approaching civilian aircraft will be asked to identify themselves far earlier.
Though the flight was presumed at first to have crashed, whole or in pieces, into the ocean, passive satellite transmissions from the aircraft suggest that it made a deliberate course change and may have headed north into central Asia. Continue reading
Posted in ASIA, Israel, Middle East, Reports, Security
- Tagged Asia, Bangladesh, Boeing 777, Indian Ocean, Israel, Malaysia Airlines, Pakistan, Times of Israel
Published time: February 15, 2014 04:14
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Frustrated by the deadlock of the second round of Geneva 2 talks, Saudi Arabia has reportedly offered to supply the rebels with anti-aircraft missiles. Meanwhile Russia has accused the US of once again hijacking peace talks and pushing for regime change.
According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Russian-made antitank guided missiles and Chinese man-portable air-defense systems are up for grabs, already waiting in warehouses in Jordan and Turkey.
An Arab diplomat and several opposition figures with knowledge of the Saudi efforts have told WSJ that these supplies are likely to tip the battlefield scales, as the rebels will become capable of taking on the government’s air power and destroying heavy armored vehicles.
Posted in Middle East, Military, Reports, Syria, Terrorism, Terrorist Supporters, War & Conflicts
- Tagged Bashar al-Assad, Geneva, Saudi Arabia, Sergey Lavrov, Syria, Syrian opposition, United States, Wall Street Journal
By IAN ALLEN | intelNews.org
A Turkish newspaper has retracted a report stating that Turkish military jets entered Syrian territory and destroyed an outpost belonging to an al-Qaeda-linked rebel group, after its members attacked a Turkish military garrison along the Syrian-Turkish border. In a published correction, the paper said instead that the Turkish army opened fire from inside Turkey. Today’s Zaman, the English-language edition of Turkish daily Zaman, reported on January 29 that Turkish F-16s had entered Syrian territory and had bombed a stationary convoy of vehicles belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, or ISIS, an al-Qaeda-linked group that made its appearance in Syria in April of last year.
The origins of ISIS are in Iraq, where it was founded in 2003 as a Sunni armed paramilitary force, in response to the invasion by the United States. In 2004, the group pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden, and changed its name to Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI). Many observers argue that, in recent months, ISIS has turned into “one of the most powerful forces on the ground” in Syria, with 7,000 well-armed fighters, many of whom are battle-hardened foreign Islamists.
Posted in Middle East, Military, Reports, Security, Syria, Turkey, War & Conflicts
- Tagged Al-Qaeda, Free Syrian Army, Islamic State of Iraq, Osama bin Laden, Syria, Turkey, Turkish Armed Forces, Turkish Army
English: Smuggling Tunnel, Rafah, Gaza Strip (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
February 2, 2014 4:31pm
Five officers from Israel’s Mossad spy agency and three Egyptians will stand trial on Wednesday on charges of spying for the Jewish state, judicial sources said.
Egyptian prosecutors have accused the eight of espionage and supplying Israel with information impacting Egypt’s national security, the sources said on Sunday.
The trial is expected to open with none of the defendants present, the sources said, because the Mossad officers are “on the run” while it is not clear if the three Egyptians had been arrested.
The Egyptian suspects hail from Rafah, on the border with the Palestinian Gaza Strip, they said, adding that the trial will be held in the Suez canal city of Ismailiya.
The trial of a Jordanian engineer accused of having spied for Israel is also underway in Egypt.
Posted in Egypt, Intelligence, Israel, Middle East, Politics, Security, War & Conflicts
- Tagged Egypt, Egyptians, Espionage, Gaza Strip, Ilan Grapel affair, Israel, Mossad, Rafah