Open Source News, 7/24
Rice Says Urgent Need for Sustainable Cease Fire Voice of America - By Jim Teeple. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says there is an urgent need for a "sustainable cease-fire" in Lebanon. Secretary Rice's comments come as Israeli ground forces moved to take a strategic town in southern Lebanon amid heavy fighting.
Hezbollah envoy in Iran in warning to Israel Irish Examiner - The Hezbollah representative in Iran struck a defiant tone today, warning that his militant group plans to widen its attacks on Israel until no place is safe for Israelis. We are going to make Israel not safe for Israelis.
Rice arrives in Lebanon as fierce fighting flares New Straits Times - US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has arrived in Beirut calling for an urgent ceasefire in the Lebanon conflict even as Israeli troops were locked in deadly combat with Hezbollah. Two soldiers were reported
US Wants to Isolate Syria from Iran Zaman Online - By Cihan News Agency, New York. The US administration seeks to separate Syria from Iran to solve the Middle East problem, which has intensified by the Israel-Lebanon war, the New York Times reported.
Saddam trial resumes without him ABC News - BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The trial of Saddam Hussein resumed on Monday without the ousted Iraqi leader, who has been receiving medical attention for his hunger strike. Defense lawyers boycotted Monday's session
Ethnic Albanian and Serbian leaders in unprecedented talks Ireland Online - Top Serbian and ethnic Albanian leaders met face-to-face in Vienna today in unprecedented talks aimed at resolving the dispute over the breakaway province of Kosovo. But with the two sides intractable, chances of a breakthrough are slim.
Maliki insists Iraq will not slide into civil war Reuters Canada - By Peter Graff. LONDON (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Monday his country will not slide into civil war, but acknowledged that mounting sectarian violence is now killing 100 civilians a day.
Missiles, rockets add to death toll Newsday -BEIRUT, Lebanon - Israeli planes struck a minibus carrying people fleeing fighting yesterday in southern Lebanon, killing three people, security officials said, and two people were killed as about 90 Hezbollah rockets fell on northern Israel.
US military is robo-savvy Kansas City Star - By Mark Jacob. The mechanical attackers were airborne Predator drones, operated by remote control by the CIA. They fired Hellfire missiles at the village of Damadola in an unsuccessful attempt to kill the No. 2 al-Qaida leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Government dissolves military secretariat Nepalnews.com -The meeting of the council of ministers held Monday morning has dissolved the military secretariat of the royal palace. State Minister for Information and Communications Dilendra Prasad Badu told newsmen after
Blast hits US-led forces vehicle in Afghan south Reuters.uk -By Mirwais Afghan. KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A blast struck a vehicle carrying US-led forces in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar on Monday wounding two soldiers, two days after deadly suicide attacks in the same province.
Terrorism suspects part of al-Qaeda inspired group, court told ABC Online - ELEANOR HALL: In Melbourne, the committal hearing for the 13 terror suspects has got underway at the County Court this morning, with the prosecution outlining its case against the men. The prosecution claims
Asian nations to sign anti-terrorism declaration with Canada Pravda -The Association of Southeast Asian Nations would sign the joint declaration with Canada on the sidelines of an annual meeting in Malaysia this week of the foreign ministers of the 10-member bloc, ASEAN Secretary-General Ong Keng Yong said.
New Israeli ground incursion in Lebanon as US secretary of state Mainichi Daily News - SIDON, Lebanon -- Israeli ground forces made another foray into Lebanon overnight Monday, engaging Hezbollah guerrillas in heavy fighting around a major town, as the US secretary of state joined the diplomatic efforts aimed at ending the Israeli
Nato-led force could be the answer, admits Israeli defence chief Telegraph.co.uk -By Isambard Wilkinson in Jerusalem. Israel's defence minister, Amir Peretz, yesterday endorsed the deployment of an international force, possibly led by Nato, in southern Lebanon. Israel had previously dismissed
Rice travels to Middle East in search of long-term solution Contra Costa Times - By Liz Sly. BEIRUT, Lebanon - International pressure mounted on the Bush administration Sunday to call for an immediate cease-fire in the hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas as US Secretary
Afghan district intelligence boss caught with heroin: police Khaleej Times - KABUL - The intelligence chief of an Afghan district on a major drug trafficking route to Tajikistan has been caught with 33 kilograms (73 pounds) of heroin in a government vehicle, an official said on Sunday.
Hayssam escape scandal shakes national intelligence system Bucharest Daily News - Following the resignation of the heads of the intelligence agencies Thursday evening, General Prosecutor Ilie Botos also resigned on account of mismanagement of Syrian Omar Hayssam's case. Interim leaders
IDF Intelligence: Lebanon crisis good for Syria, Iran Ynetnews -IDF Intelligence Chief Major-General Amos Yadlin said Sunday evening in a press briefing that Syria and Iran see the widening conflict on the northern border as an opportunity to advance their interests, and to distract world attention away from them.
New minister to dismantle military intelligence Radio Polonia - Antoni Macierewicz was nominated defence deputy minister responsible for verification of WSI military intelligence and counterintelligence officers. The verification is part of the ruling Law and Justice plan
CPI criticises centre for 'intelligence failure' Zee News - New Delhi, July 23: The CPI today criticised the central government for alleged "intelligence failure" in connection with the Mumbai bomb blasts and sought an inquiry into why security agencies had failed to prevent the terror strikes.
Former Romanian Intelligence Heads To Be Heard By Parliament ... Mediafax -Radu Timofte, former head of the Romanian Intellienge Service, or SRI, will be questioned by the Parliamentary SRI Control Committee on Monday about his resignation, while Virgil Ardelean, former head of the General Directorate for Intelligence
Hizbollah admits Israel has control of border town Euronews.net -As the fighting continues on both sides, Hizbollah has confirmed that the Israeli army has occupied a key border village. The Shi'ite guerrillas say three of their fighters were killed in the battle for Maroun al-Ras.
Israel mobilizes 18,000 as fighting escalates Globe and Mail - JERUSALEM -- Israel bombarded Lebanon for a 12th day and took its first Hezbollah prisoners yesterday as a top UN official called its actions "disproportionate" and a violation of international humanitarian law amid intensive diplomatic efforts to resolve
Syria says it will press for cease-fire San Jose Mercury News - DAMASCUS, Syria - Syria, one of Hezbollah's main backers, said Sunday it will press for a cease-fire and was willing to engage in direct talks with the United States to help end the fighting between Israel and the Islamic militant group.
Australia and Singapore begin joint military excercise ABC Online - The Australian and Singaporean navies today begin a joint exercise designed to foster closer military cooperation between the nations. Operation 'Singaroo' will be conducted in waters north of Darwin in the north Australian exercise area.
Saudi military spending rising to meet Iran threat Khaleej Times - RIYADH - Saudi Arabia is expanding its military arsenal to counter what it sees as Iran's growing influence in a region convulsed by violence. Analysts and diplomats say Israel's bombardment of Lebanon
Terrorism Suspects Tortured, Report Says Los Angeles Times - Security agents in Jordan are torturing terrorism suspects on behalf of the United States in hopes of forcing confessions, the human rights watchdog Amnesty International alleged in a new report. The report
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels draft anti-terrorism law Khaleej Times - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels, listed as a terrorist organization in many countries, are drafting their own anti-terrorism lawsto deal with government military and police personnel who enter their territory, a news report
Syria 'to come clean' on al-Qaeda cells Daily Telegraph - SYRIA is prepared to tell the US the whereabouts of al-Qaeda cells in Lebanon, Britain's Sky News television reported today. Sky News said they had spoken to Syrian cabinet minister Amr Salem. "Syria has real
Terrorism accused made Al Qaeda propaganda film, court told ABC Regional Online - A Melbourne court has heard two men charged with terrorism offences made an Al Qaeda propaganda film to distribute on the Internet. The two men are among 13 facing a committal hearing in Melbourne today.
Terrorism accused 'committed' to jihad ABC Online - A committal hearing in Melbourne has heard 13 men charged with terrorist offences were committed to violent jihad. The men, who were arrested in late 2005 and early 2006, are facing charges of intentionally being a member of a terrorist organisation.
Concessions will not defeat terrorism Newsday -BY EMILY HUNT. Emily Hunt is a fellow at The Washington Institute, where she analyzes evolving terrorist tactics. Americans and Europeans fighting the global war against al-Qaida can learn a vital lesson from
Japan mulling tighter rules on exports to North Korea Malaysia Star - TOKYO (AP) - Japan is considering revising foreign exchange and trade laws as part of an additional set of sanctions on North Korea over its missile launches, a major newspaper reported Monday. The revisions
Iran pulls the war strings New York Daily News - Make no mistake. Israel's raging war with Hezbollah is more than a battle between the Jewish state and a fanatic Islamist enemy. It is a bloody, ruthless struggle whose outcome could determine the future shape
Iran asks Switzerland to host nuclear talks: newspaper People's Daily Online - Iran has asked Switzerland to host an international conference to help resolve issues related to its nuclear program, a Swiss newspaper reported on Sunday. The request for the conference was made by Iranian