Jerusalem sources say Tehran upping support for terror groups, express fear it will have billions more to spend under nuke deal
Military positions hit near Assad’s airport and near major road to Lebanon; speculation that missiles intended for Hezbollah were targeted
Aviv Kochavi lists missile threat ahead of Iran nuke program; says in time, though, cyberwarfare will prove most dramatic change on battlefield
Jerusalem mum on reports, although Israeli official thinks IAF behind attack; Al-Arabiya reports a second strike in Damascus
Harpoon missile among weapons aboard patrol vessels
(WND) – Steve Peacock The U.S. Senate has rejected an effort to crack down on U.S. taxpayer monies being forwarded to the violence-ridden nation of Egypt, and now the Obama administration is preparing to send more heavily armed, missile-equipped naval patrol ships to the interim government there.
For that purpose, Washington is hiring private contractors to make the transoceanic delivery on its behalf.
This shipment of Fast Missile Craft, or FMC, comes at a time when congressional interest in suspending U.S. military aid to Egypt had heated up – to the point there was a Senate proposal to cut it off. That aid, according to federal law, must be suspended in response to military coups.
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Groups reportedly capture anti-tank weapons and ground-to-ground missiles; UN: 400,000 people in imminent danger in Homs
Syrian rebels captured an arms depot near Damascus Saturday, seizing anti-tank weapons, ground-to-ground Grad missiles, and a variety of other ammunition, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights quoted by AFP.
The monitoring watchdog said several groups, including the al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra, were behind the capture.
On Thursday, rebels sent a wave of rockets slamming into regime strongholds in the central city of Homs on Thursday, triggering a succession of massive explosions in a weapons depot that killed at least 40 people and wounded dozens, an opposition group and residents said.
July 29, 2013
South Korea is trying to line up a U.S. foreign military sales deal for AIM-120C-7 advanced medium-range, air-to-air missiles.
The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, in its required notification to Congress, said associated equipment would be included in the deal, which carries an estimated value of $452 million.
The proposed sale will provide the Republic of Korea with a contingency stock of AMRAAM AIM-120C-7 missiles to be used on its KF-16 and F-15K aircraft.
July 29, 2013
The casualties come after two missiles hit a convoy of people in the Shawal area of North Waziristan Sunday evening.
Local security officials say several people were also severely injured in the fatal attack, which sent shock waves across the troubled region.
The latest attack come as Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has recently blasted US assassination drone strikes in his country, describing them as a violation of international law and the UN charter.
Islamabad has repeatedly condemned the attacks, saying they violate Pakistan’s sovereignty.
Washington claims that the airstrikes target militants, but reports on the ground show that civilians have been the main victims of the attacks.
US President Barack Obama recently defended the use of the controversial drones as “self-defense.”
The aerial attacks, initiated by former US president George W. Bush, have been escalated under President Obama government.
The United Nations and several human rights organizations have already identified the US as the world’s number one user of “targeted killings” largely due to its drone attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The United Nations says the US-operated drone strikes in Pakistan pose a growing challenge to the international rule of law.
Philip Alston, UN special envoy on extrajudicial killings, said in a report in late October 2010 that the attacks were undermining the rules designed to protect the right of life.
Alston went on to say that he fears the drone killings by the US Central Intelligence Agency could develop a “play station” mentality.