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Chairman of the U.S. joint chiefs of staff Gen. Martin Dempsey.
 

Taliban Missile Hits Gen. Dempsey’s Plane in Afghanistan

Posted on: August 21st, 2012

News & ViewsMiddle East

The Taliban fired rockets into the American Bagram Air Field outside Kabul in Afghanistan Monday night, damaging the plane serving the chairman of the U.S. joint chiefs of staff Gen. Martin Dempsey. The general was out on a visit at the time of the hit, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition said on Tuesday. Two maintenance workers were lightly harmed by shrapnel from the two rockets, coalition spokesman Jamie Graybeal said.

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Tank in the Sinai Peninsula
 

Netanyahu’s Poignant Message to Cairo: Get Those Tanks Out of the Sinai

Posted on: August 21st, 2012

News & ViewsMiddle East

After Egypt has dispatched tanks into the northern Sinai area over the past few weeks, as part of its attempt to combat Islamist terror cells in the peninsula, the Prime Minister’s office has decided that this must stop. Using the White House, Netanyahu sent a sharp message to Cairo to withdraw the tanks immediately.

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Yasser Borhami, co-founder of the Salafist Nour Party, believes Jews and Christians are "infidels."
 

Extremist Salafist Delegation in Sinai to ‘Combat Religious Extremism’

Posted on: August 21st, 2012

News & ViewsMiddle East

Here's a story about pots rebuking kettles over the issue of blackness: Al Ahram reported on Monday that the extremist Salafist Nour Party will be sending a delegation to the Sinai Peninsula to "raise religious awareness and combat extremism." Among those going are the Salafist Calling movement’s head Yasser Borhami and its spokesperson Abdel-Moneim El-Shahat, both of whom have made a number of controversial statements in the past.

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Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey (L.) and Army Lt. Col Mark Webber walking.
 

U.S. Chief of Staff: ‘We Are Not Committed to Support an Israeli Attack on Iran’

Posted on: August 20th, 2012

News & ViewsMiddle EastIran

Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey said on Sunday that Israel sees the threat posed by Iran's nuclear ambitions as something that could endanger Israel's very existence. Dempsey said he and his Israeli counterpart Benny Gantz "compare intelligence, we discuss regional implications. And we've admitted to each other that our clocks are turning at different rates."

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Hamas PM Ismail Haniyeh meeting with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on July 26, 2012
 

President Morsi to Hamas PM: Egypt, Palestine, ‘One Entity’

Posted on: August 19th, 2012

News & ViewsEye on Palestine

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi told Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Sunday that "Egypt and Palestine are one entity." Morsi, calling to convey holiday greetings in honor of Eid al-Fitr, also told Haniyeh that Egypt will stand by the Palestinians, and stressed the importance of security cooperation between the two countries.

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Israeli Air Force pilots in front of their F 16 fighter-bomber.
 

AG Urged to Probe Leftist Academics Telling Pilots to Refuse Bombing Iran Nukes

Posted on: August 19th, 2012

News & ViewsMiddle EastIran

"This is a call for rebellion and it undermines the unity of Israeli society and the values of democracy," declared Labor Party Chairperson Shelly Yachimovich.

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President Shimon Peres on Israel's Channel 2 News Thursday
 

President Peres, Defying Netanyahu, Barak: ‘We Cannot Attack Iran On Our Own’

Posted on: August 16th, 2012

News & ViewsMiddle EastIran

President Shimon Peres said Thursday in an interview with Israel's Channel 2 News that Israel alone should not and cannot attack Iran's nuclear facilities. With this statement, Peres has effectively positioned himself in direct opposition to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak (Watch video).

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Demonstrators at a rally in support of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.
 

Adviser to Egyptian President: Morsi Mulling Possibility of Amending Camp David Accords

Posted on: August 15th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

Mohamed Gadallah, legal adviser to President Mohamed Morsi, told Egyptian daily Al-Masri Al-Youm that the amendment being considered would seek to reintroduce full Egyptian sovereignty and control over the Sinai peninsula.

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Hizbullah Recruits Israeli-Arab Terror Cells

Posted on: August 15th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

JERUSALEM – A new phase in the covert war between Israel and Iran’s proxy Hizbullah militia is taking place within the borders of the Jewish state, as Hizbullah has recruited scores of Palestinians and Israeli Arabs for missions ranging from arson to suicide bombings.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey at Tuesday's press conference.
 

Panetta: Iran Diplomacy Window Still Open, Israel Won’t Strike

Posted on: August 15th, 2012

News & ViewsMiddle EastIran

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said at the Pentagon news conference on Tuesday that he doesn't believe that Israel has made a decision to attack Iran's nuclear sites, adding that international sanctions are increasing pressure on Iran to make concessions, the Pentagon has announced. Negotiations with Iran have stalled, with the latter still refusing to give the global powers access to all its nuclear facilities.

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Al-Quds Day Organizer Zafar Bangash
 

Toronto Government Approves Rally to Eliminate Israel Inspired by Ayatollah Khomeini

Posted on: August 14th, 2012

News & ViewsGlobal

An Islamic group's request to mark International Al-Quds Day on Aug. 18 has been approved by the Ontario Legislature.

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Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, right, with Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh in Cairo.
 

Morsi Instituting Sweeping Changes in Army leadership, Constitution, Political Appointments

Posted on: August 12th, 2012

News & ViewsMiddle East

Egyptian president Morsi made several sweeping decisions on Sunday afternoon, announced by the presidential spokesperson in a televised statement. Al Ahram reported that, to start, Morsi cancelled the addendum to the constitutional declaration, issued by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) on June 17. The addendum stipulated that the head of the SCAF, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, was to remain minister of defense until a new constitution was drafted. Not any more.

Refugees from Saturday's quake in Iran have complained of inadequate rescue efforts.
 

Iran Pushing Underdog Angle, Warning Sanctions Endangering Hospital Patients

Posted on: August 12th, 2012

News & ViewsMiddle EastIran

In its war against the West and Israel, Iran has apparently given up its attempt to portray itself as being unaffected by the sanctions against its economy and, taking a page out of the Palestinian playbook, is now switching to the opposite approach, pushing the suffering of individual Iranians under the cruel sanctions. Of course, for all that to change practically overnight, all Tehran has to do is stop its nuclear project and open up its facilities to international inspectors.

iran quake
 

At Least 260 Dead, More than 2,100 injured, in Iran Earthquake (Updated)

Posted on: August 11th, 2012

News & ViewsMiddle EastIran

Two strong earthquakes struck northwest Iran on Saturday, killing 153 people and injuring more than 1,300, with many buildings being reduced to rubble, according to Iranian officials. Thousands are fleeing their homes and staying outdoors, fearing more damage from aftershocks – at least 20 of which have hit the region.

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The fourth generation of Iran's Fateh 110 missile has been tested successfully recently.
 

White House Mum on NIE Iran Report, But Gulf States Are Urged to Get Missile Shields

Posted on: August 10th, 2012

News & ViewsMiddle EastIran

A reporter mentioned to White House Spokesman Jay Carney yesterday's scoop in Ha'aretz, which cited Western diplomats and high level Israeli officials about the special National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran's nuclear program submitted recently to President Obama, which is almost a word for word copy of the Israeli intelligence assessment. But State Dept. Spokesman Patrick Ventrell confirmed that the U.S. is concerned with the possibility of Iran attacking its Gulf neighbors.

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President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reviewing one of Iran's nuclear plants.
 

US Intelligence Reported to Obama: Iran’s Nuclear Program Nearing Critical Phase

Posted on: August 9th, 2012

News & ViewsMiddle EastIran

US President Barack Obama has in recent days received an National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) which upgrades the current view of the progress achieved by Iran's nuclear program to more critical, according to Western diplomats and high level Israeli officials. The new evaluation was conducted because of concern within the Administration that Israel would unilaterally attack Iran's nuclear facilities.

 

Islamic Terror Groups Raise Stakes In Sinai

Posted on: August 8th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

JERUSALEM – Iranian-trained Islamic terrorists, who on Sunday fired their way through a border crossing along the Gaza-Egyptian-Israeli frontier with a commandeered explosives-laden Egyptian armored carrier, were heading toward Kibbutz Kerem Shalom, Israeli military sources said. That was when Israeli Bedouin border soldiers and an Israel Air Force drone attacked the vehicle and killed the terrorists.

Hamas checkpoint guards in the area of smuggling tunnels linking Egypt and the Gaza Strip in the southern border town of Rafah, where last Sunday five gunmen slew 16 Egyptian guards.
 

Egyptian Security Forces Killed 20 Jihadists in Massive Northern Sinai Campaign

Posted on: August 8th, 2012

News & ViewsEye on Palestine

Early Wednesday morning, Egyptian security forces launched an attack in the Sinai, killing more than 20 Islamic terrorists. The forces, comprised of army and police units, clashed with masked gunmen in different areas in the peninsula. The attack came in response to three armed gunmen who opened fire at roadblocks earlier in the night.

Egyptian demonstrators protesting at the Israeli embassy in Cairo, 15 May 2011.
 

Muslim Brotherhood Accuses Mossad of Masterminding Deadly Sinai Border Attack

Posted on: August 7th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

The Islamic movement to which newly-elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi belongs, released a statement on Monday claiming the Sinai border attack that left 16 Egyptian security officers dead “could be attributed to the Mossad," according to Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm.

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The wreckage of an Egyptian military vehicle after terrorists burst it through a security fence into Israel from Egypt, at an Israeli military base along the border with Egypt.
 

Egyptian Military Pledges to Hunt Down ‘Infidels’ After Sinai Border Attack

Posted on: August 6th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

Egypt deploys helicopter gunships to the Sinai peninsula after President Mohamed Mursi directed the military to take “complete control” of the Sinai. Israel Defense Minister Ehud barak: "I hope that this will be a wakeup call for Egypt regarding the necessity to be sharp and efficient on their side."

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