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Israel Says It Shot Down Syrian Fighter Jet

The Israeli military said Tuesday morning that it had shot down a Syrian fighter jet that had “infiltrated into Israeli airspace,” the first such incident in at least a quarter of a century. Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, a military spokesman, said the Patriot air-defense system had intercepted a Russian-made Sukhoi warplane over the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights around 9:15 a.m. Brig. ... Read More »

Hezbollah armed drone? Militants’ new weapon (opinion)

Over this past weekend, Hezbollah, the militant Shiite group that is headquartered in Lebanon, reportedly used drones to bomb a building used by the al Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front, along Lebanon’s border with Syria. The armed drones, combined with fire from Hezbollah ground troops, killed 23 Nusra Front militants and wounded some 10 others, according to a report by an ... Read More »

Chinese ship spies on Valiant Shield — and that’s OK with US

A Chinese surveillance ship has been detected observing the Valiant Shield military exercise from within the United States’ exclusive economic zone — a move the U.S. actually doesn’t mind. One Chinese auxiliary general intelligence vessel has been watching most of Valiant Shield since it began Sept. 15 in and around Guam, military officials said Monday. The exercise, which ends Tuesday, ... Read More »

Performance Boost For Australia’s Jindalee Radar System

Australia has to choose its defense technology programs carefully. While the country expects to field advanced armed forces, with a population of 24 million it lacks the money and depth of engineering expertise for much domestic development. But for decades Australia has tirelessly pursued one particularly difficult program: Jindalee, an over-the-horizon radar system that answers the national problem of how ... Read More »

China Court Sentences Uighur Scholar to Life in Separatism Case

A university professor who has become the most visible symbol of peaceful resistance by ethnic Uighurs to Chinese policies was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday after being found guilty of separatism by court officials in the western region of Xinjiang, which Uighurs consider their homeland. The punishment handed down to Ilham Tohti was the harshest that Chinese officials ... Read More »

Could the Ebola outbreak last forever?

If the world doesn’t get the Ebola outbreak in West Africa under control quickly, the disease could become a permanent fixture in the region, spreading as routinely as malaria or the flu, the World Health Organization warns today in a new report. Although some experts dispute that dire scenario, many agree that the virus could circulate for years if it’s ... Read More »

Ebola cases could cross 20,000 by November, report says

The number of Ebola cases in West Africa could quadruple to more than 20,000 by early November in the absence of monumental efforts to slow the rate of transmission, according to a team of researchers working for the World Health Organization. The report, outlined Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, also argues that if the disease isn’t adequately ... Read More »

Fresh Graves Point to Undercount of Ebola Toll

The gravedigger hacked at the cemetery’s dense undergrowth, clearing space for the day’s Ebola victims. A burial team, in protective suits torn with gaping holes, arrived with fresh bodies. The backs of the battered secondhand vans carrying the dead were closed with twisted, rusting wire. Bodies were dumped in new graves, and a worker in a short-sleeve shirt carried away ... Read More »

Senators spar over ISIS approach

A pair of senators sparred Sunday over President Obama’s approach to Islamic extremism in the Middle East, highlighting the difficult task facing the administration as it tries to strike a balance between its military and diplomatic response to the rising threat. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who voted last Thursday in favor of granting Obama new powers to train Syrian rebels ... Read More »

Senate Panel Approves Bill to Authorize Military Aid to Ukraine, New Sanctions

A Senate panel wants to slap sanctions on Russian defense firms while also authorizing the Obama administration to send lethal military aid to Ukraine. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday approved a measure crafted by its chairman, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., its ranking member, aimed at increasing pressure on Moscow over its invasion of ... Read More »

Ads show terrorism, national security as rising 2014 concern

NRCC Chairman Greg Walden, R-Oregon, told reporters Friday at a roundtable hosted by The Christian Science Monitor that it was too soon to tell if national security could overtake the economy as the top voter concern in 2014. “I don’t know that I can answer that at this point,” he said, adding a rise in polling on the issue makes ... Read More »

Arab Countries Carve Out Role in Anti-Terror Fight

Arabian Gulf countries, apart from using their bases for coalition forces to conduct military action against Islamic State militants, will play a major role in the fight against the group by cutting its terrorist financing and presenting a counter narrative to Islamic State leaders. The Jeddah Communique Coalition, formed to battle Islamic State militants, has been growing, however, Gulf Cooperation ... Read More »

Though Adversaries on the Surface, U.S. and Hezbollah Share a Goal

They are sworn enemies who insist they will never work together, but in practice, Hezbollah and the United States are already working — separately — on a common goal: to stop the extremist Islamic State from moving into Lebanon, where Hezbollah is the most powerful military and political player and currently shares with Washington an interest in stability. Weeks after ... Read More »

New research center to produce lasers, advanced detectors for IDF

The Defense Ministry has selected the Soreq Nuclear Research Center and Ben Gurion University in Beersheba, as the locations for a national research center for future military technologies. At a cost of $50 million, the Defense Ministry’s Defense Research and Development Directorate will set up the National Center for the Research and Development of advanced Photonics. The center will pave ... Read More »