The Financial Times…
As the bloodshed and violence rages on in Syria, Israeli leaders are watching events across the border with a blend of worry, hope and frustration.
One fear is that the regime of Bashar al-Assad will try to draw Israel into the struggle, possibly as part of a last-ditch manoeuvre to divide and confuse the opposition. An obvious flashpoint is the Golan Heights, the Syrian territory occupied by Israel and one of the main points of contention between the two countries.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities have interviewed at least 13 people since 2005 with ties to Iran’s government who were seen taking pictures of New York City landmarks, a senior New York Police Department official said Wednesday.
Police consider these instances to be pre-operational surveillance, bolstering their concerns that Iran or its proxy terrorist group could be prepared to strike inside the United States, if provoked by escalating tensions between the two countries.
The United States on Thursday announced sanctions on Iran‘s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), which it accused of supporting terrorism, abusing the human rights of Iranian citizens and supporting the Syrian government’s crackdown.
“Today we have designated the MOIS for abusing the basic rights of Iranian citizens and exporting its vicious practices to support the Syrian regime’s abhorrent crackdown on its own population,” David Cohen, the US Treasury’s under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a statement.
MOIS also provides support for al-Qaeda, al-Qaeda in Iraq, Hezbollah and Hamas, “exposing the extent of Iran’s sponsorship of terrorism as a matter of Iranian state policy,” Cohen said.
From The Hill…
Virginia’s and Florida’s congressional leaders are set for a fight over the proposed move of a Navy nuclear aircraft carrier from Virginia to Florida.
A sweeping blueprint of military strategy and capabilities known as the Quadrennial Defense Review on Monday recommended that one aircraft carrier should be based in the Mayport Naval Station in Jacksonville, Fla. “to mitigate the risk of a terrorist attack, accident or natural disaster.”
See the full PDF Here: IAEA_Iran_8Nov2011H (Selected Highlights)
UN nuclear agency IAEA: Iran ‘studying nuclear weapons’
The UN’s nuclear watchdog says it has information indicating Iran has carried out tests “relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device”.
In its latest report on Iran, the IAEA says the research includes computer models that could only be used to develop a nuclear bomb trigger.
Correspondents say this is the International Atomic Energy Agency’s toughest report on Iran to date.
A new map that allegedly shows the expected path of the Iranian Naval expedition to the U.S has leaked online from an Iranian website, according to MEMRI.
This Weeks Headlines…
Pajamas Media: Act of War: Iranian Terror Attack in U.S. Thwarted
WSJ: Iran’s Terror Plot — Assassination attempt a Sobering wake up call
U.K. Daily Mail: Iranian plot to bomb Israeli and Saudi embassies
Fox News: Some Washington leaders call Iran plot an “act of war”
From Fox News…
May 31, 2011
According to reports from Iran, two missile warheads with nuclear capability have been delivered to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
From The Washington Post…
The Justice Department wrote a secret memorandum authorizing the lethal targeting of Anwar al-Aulaqi, the American-born radical cleric who was killed by a U.S. drone strike Friday, according to administration officials.
In less tumultuous times, we might be able to ignore the rantings and ravings of a few hundred Muslim extremists at an annual conference in Chicago pushing for the restoration of the caliphate.
But with riots breaking out around the world, Greece ready to default, the dark turn of the Arab Spring, and Occupy Wall Street protestors chipping away at the foundations of capitalism, a new GBTV special shows we must recognize the threat posed by the Khilafa conference speakers and their audience.
From Reza Kahlili…
The panic will come when cars won’t start…
Reza Kahlili is a pseudonym for an ex-CIA spy who is a senior fellow with EMPact America and the author of “A Time to Betray,” about his double life in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (Threshold Editions, Simon & Schuster, 2010).