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Israel claims Iron Beam laser can swat away mortar attacks ‘like flies’

An artist's impression of the Iron Beam's twin HEL units engaging an inbound projectile.  /Rafael Advanced Defense Systems

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel’s new laser was deemed capable of defending the country against mortar attacks. The state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems asserted that its new Iron Beam was deemed effective in stopping a range of projectiles. Rafael chief executive officer Yedidya Ya’ari said the tactical laser could coordinate operations with the [...]

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As China eats West’s lunch in Africa, bad policy reaps chaos in S. Sudan, CAR

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir.  /AFP/Ashraf Shazly

Special to WorldTribune.com Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs Major Western states, with historical dominance over key African regions and markets, have, in the first years of the 21st Century, been losing influence in many areas of Africa. Often the Western states — the U.S., UK, and France in [...]

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Founder of Egyptian insurgency militia killed in Sinai explosion

Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis fighters. /Al-Ahram

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — The founder of the leading insurgency militia in Egypt has been killed. Ansar Beit Maqdis said one of its founders was killed in an explosion in the Sinai Peninsula on March 11. Ansar identified the casualty as Tawfiq Mohammed Fareej, who led major operations against the Egyptian Army. “We mourn [...]

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Decline of the West: Seven strategic ramifications of Crimea’s return to Russia

A Crimean man holds a Soviet Union flag in Lenin Square in Simferopol, Ukraine, on March 16.  /CNN/Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com Gregory R. Copley, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs Crimea’s March 16, 2014, referendum to join Russia — there were only two options: join now, or join later — marked a significant watershed in the post-post-Cold War restructuring of the global strategic architecture. Not because it was so geopolitically surprising, but because it was [...]

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Recalling Reagan’s scorned warnings against dangers of dependency on Russian energy

Pipeline passing through Ukrainian territory.  /Vincent Mundy/Bloomberg

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — A deteriorating and dangerous diplomatic showdown continues over Ukraine as the United States and European Union rhetorically push back against Vladimir Putin’s power grab in the Crimea. In an emergency Security Council meeting, Ukraine’s embattled Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk made an impassioned plea for his country’s sovereign right “to [...]

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Israel captures Hamas commander shortly after his release from Palestinian prison

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Special to WorldTribune.com RAMALLAH — Israel has ended a 15-year hunt with the capture of a leading Hamas military operative. On March 4, the Israel Army arrested Ayoub Kawasmeh in Hebron in what was deemed one of the most important operations against Hamas. Kawasmeh, sought since 1998, was identified as one of the few remaining [...]

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Palestinian intel chief plays key role in negotiations with U.S.

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.  /Issam Rimawi/Flash90

Special to WorldTribune.com RAMALLAH — A intelligence chief has been playing a key role in Palestinian Authority talks with the United States. Palestinian sources said PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has made Majid Faraj a key adviser and member of the Palestinian negotiating team with Israel and the United States. They said Faraj was participating in [...]

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Israeli intel: Iran can use new centrifuge to ‘leap-frog’ enrichment capability

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com JERUSALEM — Iran is said to have developed an advanced gas centrifuge for uranium enrichment. Israel’s intelligence community has determined that Iran was using its nuclear agreement with P5+1 to continue research and development of highly-capable centrifuges. Officials said the centrifuges were designed to rapidly produce weapons-grade enriched uranium. “Now they’re developing, [...]

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In debate, Afghan candidates split on backing U.S. security agreement

Afghan presidential candidates participate in a debate organized by Tolo television on Feb. 4.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com During a lively American-style presidential TV debate, major Afghan candidates for presidency staked out contrasting views on the nation’s future ties to the United States. The immediate issue facing the nation is whether the Afghan government should sign a security agreement with the United States after NATO troops’ [...]

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Russia may be deploying Israeli UAVs near Sochi Olympics

Israeli Searcher-2 drone

Special to WorldTribune.com MOSCOW — Russia conducted trials of Israel’s Searcher-2 unmanned aerial vehicle for security missions near the Winter Olympics in Sochi. In late January the UAV underwent tests for regional authorities in the Urals. “It will be interesting to see how many of Russia’s other Israeli UAVs end up in the Sochi region [...]

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