US-Israel intelligence agencies cooperated against Egypt in 2012

Israel’s signal intelligence Unit 8200 and America’s National Security Agency (NSA) spied on Egypt after the election of Mohamed Morsi as president in 2012, specialist magazine Israeli Defence claimed on Saturday. In a report based on documents released by WikiLeaks, the Israeli magazine said that the NSA was asked to expand its cooperation with Unit 8200 to collect information about Egypt. It is alleged that the two agencies cooperated on many missions against “strategic targets” across the Middle East, the Gulf States, South Asian countries and the predominantly Muslim states which once were part of the Soviet Union. The joint US-Israel intelligence programmes, reported Israeli Defence, collected information about local policies in such countries, including details about their armed forces, […]

150 settlers stormed Al-Aqsa yesterday

Nearly 150 Jewish settlers stormed the Al- Aqsa Mosque Compound yesterday morning under Israeli army protection, Quds Press reported. The settlers were accompanied by nearly 50 Jewish tour guides telling them about the alleged Jewish links to the site. The news agency said it has been documented that some 17,474 Israelis stormed the mosque in 2016, the highest number of incursions in the past years. Meanwhile, the month of October witnessed the highest number of incursions where 3,000 Israelis stormed the mosque. The number increased greatly due to Jewish holidays which took place during that month.

Israel charges Arab man over giving smuggled phones to MK Ghattas

The Israeli southern district prosecutor yesterday filed an indictment against an Arab-Israeli man charging him with giving mobile phones and other items to MK Basil Ghattas to smuggle into prison. Filed at the Beersheba District Court, the charges are against 51-year-old Assad Daka who is suspected of meeting Ghattas at a petrol station on 18 December and handing him 12 mobile phones, 16 SIM cards in addition to other equipment. According to the allegations, Ghattas was to sneak the items into a prison where Daka’s brother Walim is being held. Later that day, Ghattas entered the prison with the items and handed them to two prisoners. Read: Israeli police search Arab parliamentarian’s office The prosecution asked the court to extend Dakka’s detention until […]

Trump’s ‘unlimited’ support for Israel ‘harmful,’ warns former IDF officer

A former spokesman of the Israel Defence Forces has warned that Donald Trump’s “unlimited” support for Israel will cause “unimaginable harm” to Israel, Arabi21.com reported on Sunday. Brigadier General Avi Benayahu suggested that it could actually “explode” the security situation in the occupied West Bank and Israel, and cause a new intifada (uprising). “[Trump] is unintentionally holding the flame which could ignite the third intifada and present an unprecedented challenge for Israel,” Benayahu said in an article in the Hebrew daily Maariv. “The unlimited and unreserved support from Trump for Israeli settlements in the West Bank and the announcement of his intention to move the US embassy [to Jerusalem] will fan the flames here.” He claimed that Trump’s choice of […]

270 of Haftar’s forces killed in Benghazi

Some 268 special forces affiliated with the Tobruk-based parliament in Eastern Libya were killed in 2016, according to a statement issued by the group. The forces, which are loyal to General Khalifa Haftar, have been engaged in ongoing battles with the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council, which had taken part in ousting Muammar Qaddafi in 2011; Ansar Al-Sharia and Daesh fighters. Haftar’s special forces added that 500 of its fighters were injured in 2016. These losses are among the special forces, other forces affiliated with the Tobruk-based government have not announced the size of their losses. Neither have the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council, which are fighting against Tobruk. In the statement, the Tobruk-affiliated special forces said that their losses have been […]

Daesh attacks Iraqi police near Najaf, kills seven

Daesh attacked an Iraqi police checkpoint near the southern city of Najaf on Sunday, killing seven policemen as government forces in the north made more gains against the militants in Mosul, their last major stronghold in the country. The Najaf attack, which involved gunmen and a suicide car bomb, followed blasts a day earlier in Baghdad that left 29 people dead, a reminder of Daesh’s continued ability to operate away from territory under its control. The recapture of Mosul would probably spell the end for the group’s self-styled caliphate in the areas it seized in 2014, but the militants would still be capable of fighting a guerrilla-style insurgency in Iraq, and plotting or inspiring attacks on the West. Since the […]