Middle East

White House Increases Humanitarian and Non-Lethal Aid to the Syrian Rebels

February 28, 2013

“Under a broad definition of “nonlethal,” assistance to the opposition could include items like vehicles, communications equipment and night vision gear. The Obama administration has said it will not — at least for now — provide arms to the opposition.”

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Israel’s Channel 10: President Obama Will Threaten Iran With a Military Strike in June

February 27, 2013

“Pres. Obama is scheduled to visit Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu next month, and during the get-together the two leaders will reportedly work out the details for a possible assault.”

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Investigators Discovery Elaborate Surveillance and Effort by Hezbollah to Kill Israeli Citizens

February 27, 2013

“Some details have come from Yaakoub himself, who made his first public appearance last week during his trial in Cyprus. But a much fuller account comes from legal documents summarizing the Swedish man’s statements to police during weeks of questioning last summer.”

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Symantec Security Response Discovers Earliest Version of Stuxnet 0.5 in

February 26, 2013

“Analysis of this code reveals the latest discovery to be version 0.5 and that it was in operation between 2007 and 2009 with indications that it, or even earlier variants of it, were in operation as early as 2005.”

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Fiery Explosion on Hot Air Balloon Kills 19 Passengers

February 26, 2013

“One of the balloons had exploded, and its 21 passengers and operators plummeted about 1,000 feet (300 meters) to the ground.”

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Sources: White House Strongly Considering Increasing Aid to the Syrian Rebels

February 26, 2013

“The Obama administration is moving toward increasing aid to the Syrian opposition, including providing nonlethal military equipment and possibly strategic military training, sources told CNN Tuesday.”

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U.S. State Department Calls on Israelis and Palestinians to “Exercise Maximum Restraint”

February 25, 2013

“Deputy State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said: “We call on Israelis and Palestinians to exercise maximum restraint as the situation on the West Bank remains tense.”"

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United Nations Coordinator for Middle East Peace Process Calls for Inquiry into Palestinian Prisoner’s Mysterious Death

February 25, 2013

“Mr. Jaradat, who was arrested on 18 February, died on Saturday, according to a statement released by the office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry.”

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Israeli Police Use Live Ammunition to Disperse Palestinian Protesters Outside Bethlehem, Seriously Injuring 2 Teenagers

February 25, 2013

“Two Palestinian teenagers were seriously injured Monday when Israeli soldiers used live ammunition to disperse a demonstration at a holy site outside Bethlehem, as clashes in the West Bank continued for a fifth day.”

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Syrian Opposition Agrees to Attend “Friends of Syria” Meeting in Rome on Thursday

February 25, 2013

“Al-Bunni told Al-Arabiya TV the decision was made based on guarantees al-Khatib heard from western diplomats that the conference would be different and that the opposition would receive real commitments this time.”

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Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem: Syria Ready For Talks With Opposition Movement Leaders

February 25, 2013

“But Moualem said at the same time Syria would pursue its fight “against terrorism,” alluding to the conflict in which the United Nations says 70,000 people have been killed.”

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Thousands of Palestinian Prisoners Refuse Food in Protest of Prisoner’s Mysterious Death

February 25, 2013

“Palestinian officials and the detainee’s family alleged that Jaradat was mistreated by the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal intelligence service, saying he was healthy at the time of his arrest last week.”

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Syrian Rebels Storm and Capture a Police Academy Near Aleppo

February 24, 2013

“Turning President Bashar al-Assad’s own armaments against him, the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) used captured tanks to launch a fresh offensive on the compound in Khan al-Asal on the outskirts of the city.”

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Israeli Health Ministry: Initial Autopsy on Deceased Palestinian Prisoner Could Not Determine the Cause of Death

February 24, 2013

“The initial findings cannot determine the cause of death. At this stage, until microscopic and toxicology reports are in, the cause of death cannot be tied to the autopsy findings.”

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Report: Government Officials Stonewalling FBI Investigation Into Transfer of Classified Weapons Technology to China From NASA’s Ames Research Center

February 24, 2013

“The claims originate with several past and current NASA employees concerned with the systemic leak of highly sensitive information relating to missile defense systems, as well as what they call a troubled investigation into the leak.”

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