Iran’s influence ‘waning’ in Latin America: US general
North Korea threatened an attack on Japan, and accused the US of cyberattacks on its Internet servers. China criticized the US missile defense plan, saying it would antagonize North Korea.
Despite sanctions’ toll on Iran, US sees no shift in nuclear behavior
In Bahrain, a growing Sunni-Shia rift
Syrian Conflict Extends To Border With Israel
The opposition Syrian National Coalition met in Istanbul to form an interim government. After a yearlong siege, rebels broke through a blockade of the city of Homs. Government jets attacked Syrian rebels inside Lebanon; the US State Department called it a “significant escalation.”
The War Creeps Closer To Damascus
North Korea said it would not negotiate over its nuclear weapons program. “Nuclear weapons serve as an all powerful treasured sword for protecting the sovereignty and security of the country,” the foreign ministry said.
The Philippine Navy arrested 35 followers of the Sulu Sultanate fleeing Malaysia’s security operation in Sabah. The Malaysian military claimed that the leader of the group had fled Malaysia; the Moro National Liberation Front dismissed the claim.
Iran indicted 18 suspects on charges of involvement in the assassination of its nuclear scientists. At least five nuclear scientists have been killed since 2010.
From teenage graffiti to a country in ruins: Syria’s two years of rebellion
The Free Syrian Army Doesn’t Exist
In Aleppo province, rebels have seized several weapons depots after days of heavy fighting. In the south near the Golan Heights, rebels seized a military intelligence compound and command center from pro-Assad militias. President Assad made an appeal to BRIC nations to intervene in the conflict.
Rebels extended their control over parts of Ghouta, an agricultural area to the south and east of Damascus. Damascus airport remains closed to civilian traffic, but Iranian planes land every two to three days allegedly bringing arms to the Assad regime. A brigadier general and 20 soldiers defected.
The Pentagon is adding 14 missile interceptors on the West Coast at a cost of $1 billion to bolster US defenses against a North Korean attack. President Obama told Israel that Iran was more than year away from developing a nuclear weapon, and said the US would try to resolve the problem diplomatically but would […]
A Visual Breakdown of How Iran Censors the Internet
Egypt and the Rewriting of Mubarak
War draws closer to Lebanon with Syrian threat of attack
Thousands of protesters clashed with riot police on the second anniversary of the intervention by a Saudi force that had helped crush a previous uprising. The state news agency reported the clashes as “acts of terrorism committed by saboteurs for the purpose of intimidating and jeopardizing the lives of citizens.”
Israel-Syria Border Becomes Flashpoint
In Battle for Highway in North, Syria’s Civil War Writ Small
The first Syrian rebels trained by the US in Jordan returned to Syria. EU governments rejected French and British efforts to end an arms embargo on Syrian rebels. The Syrian government threatened military action against rebels hiding in neighboring Lebanon.
West tiptoes into Syrian war hoping to boost more secular rebels
Iran, al-Qaeda relationship is showing cracks, US officials and analysts say
Egypt’s reviled police plead for understanding, support
Iran and Hezbollah ‘have built 50,000-strong force to help Syrian regime’
Arab interior ministers at a security meeting in Riyadh accused Iran of supplying “logistic help to terrorist operations” in Bahrain and Yemen. They also congratulated the security services in both countries for “dismantling cells and uncovering dangerous terror plots.”
Iran accelerated its military support for the Assad regime, alongside Russia. Britain and France pushed the EU to lift its arms embargo on Syrian rebels. They were prepared to arm the rebels even without unanimous EU support. Russia said arming the rebels would be illegal.
Thailand opened peace talks with several Muslim rebel groups from the country’s south. The talks come two weeks after the signing of an agreement to end a nine-year insurgency that has claimed 5,500 lives.
The New Muqtada al-Sadr Seeks Moderate Image in Iraq