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Robert Fisk: Hijab defection drives wedge into fractured party

Robert Fisk: Hijab defection drives wedge into fractured party

The Independent

7 August 2012

The highest ranking-defector yet – the Syrian Prime Minister, Riad Hijab – deserted President Bashar al-Assad yesterday and headed for the highest-paying supporter of the country's rebels: the oil-stuffed state of Qatar.

Al-Qaeda's Specter in Syria

Al-Qaeda's Specter in Syria

Ed Husain,

August 6, 2012

The Syrian rebels would be immeasurably weaker today without al-Qaeda in their ranks. By and large, Free Syrian Army (FSA) battalions are tired, divided, chaotic, and ineffective. Feeling abandoned by the West, rebel forces are increasingly demoralized as they square off with the Assad regime's superior weaponry and professional army. Al-Qaeda fighters, however, may help improve morale. The influx of jihadis brings discipline, religious fervor, battle experience from Iraq, funding from Sunni sympathizers in the Gulf, and most importantly, deadly results. In short, the FSA needs al-Qaeda now.

Israeli intelligence insiders warn of ‘imminent’ attack on Iran

Israeli intelligence insiders warn of ‘imminent’ attack on Iran

 

August 6, 2012

By JOSEPH FITSANAKIS |

If Iranian government officials had a uranium centrifuge for each time a warning is issued of an impending military attack on Tehran, they would undoubtedly have a nuclear weapon by now. Warnings about such an attack are now ‘a-dime-a-dozen’.

TURKEY: Caught Between Syria’s Kurds and a Hard Spot

TURKEY: Caught Between Syria’s Kurds and a Hard Spot

By Dorian Jones

ISTANBUL

Aug 4 2012 (EurasiaNet) -

In a display of muscle-flexing, Turkish tanks this week carried out military exercises on the Syrian border, just a few kilometres away from towns that Syrian Kurds had seized from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

Iran tests short-range missile with new guidance system

Iran tests short-range missile with new guidance system

By Yeganeh Torbati

DUBAI

 

Sat Aug 4, 2012

(Reuters) - Iran has test-fired a new, more accurate short-range missile capable of striking land and sea targets, it said on Saturday, a show of strength that underscored its ability to hit shipping in the Strait of Hormuz if attacked.

NATO Review - Homegrown terrorism: how the EU sees it

NATO Review - Homegrown terrorism: how the EU sees it

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