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Private Military Contractors Experiencing an Industry Boom in Iraq

Private Military Contractors Experiencing an Industry Boom in Iraq

Aug 25, 2010 at 10:22 | Jody Ray Bennett

In hopes of making good on a campaign promise just months before the November elections, President Barack Obama successfully oversaw the last of combat troops depart from Iraq just a…

International Sanctions Inflicting Pain At Gas Pump, Stalling Energy Projects

International Sanctions Inflicting Pain At Gas Pump, Stalling Energy Projects

Aug 24, 2010 at 12:59 | Fawzia Sheikh

Although the Iranian government insists that countries like China and Russia can make up lost Western investment in the petroleum sector, rising gas prices and stalled energy projects are signs…

Russia Strengthens it’s Backing of Georgia’s Breakaway Regions

Russia Strengthens it’s Backing of Georgia’s Breakaway Regions

Aug 24, 2010 at 12:53 | ISN Security Watch

The Kremlin made a series of new gestures in support of Georgia’s breakaway republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on 8 August meeting with Abkhaz…

Israeli Intelligence Infiltrated Throughout Lebanese Government

Israeli Intelligence Infiltrated Throughout Lebanese Government

Aug 24, 2010 at 12:51 | Wayne Madsen

WMR has learned from its Lebanese intelligence sources that the Lebanese government is coming to realize that Israeli intelligence penetration of all political groups in the country is worse than…

Australian Defense Programs Delayed by Political Impasse; New Elections Possible in Near Future

Australian Defense Programs Delayed by Political Impasse; New Elections Possible in Near Future

Aug 24, 2010 at 12:48 | Gregory R. Copley

Australia’s August 21, 2010, Federal Parliamentary elections for the lower house (the House of Representatives) and upper house (Senate) led to a hung parliament, with the prospect that the next…

Iraq’s Dangerous and Depressing Reality

Iraq’s Dangerous and Depressing Reality

Aug 23, 2010 at 08:07 | ISN Security Watch

Iraq has since 2008 retreated from the brink of collapse, though it still remains perilously close to the precipice. There are daily attacks, such as the explosion in Baghdad on…

The About Face in Iran-Brazil Relations

The About Face in Iran-Brazil Relations

Aug 22, 2010 at 11:16 | ISN Security Watch

Brazil's president has pushed hard to unravel the diplomatic conundrum between Washington and Tehran, yet despite any perceived failures, he will leave Brazil with a much higher level of international…

Interpreting Sharia Law in Afghanistan

Interpreting Sharia Law in Afghanistan

Aug 22, 2010 at 10:58 | ISN Security Watch

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has added his voice to those condemning the Taliban-orchestrated execution by stoning of a young couple charged with adultery. The stonings in the northeastern province of…

Is War With Iran Imminent?

Is War With Iran Imminent?

Aug 20, 2010 at 10:29 | Claude Salhani

Iran, it is believed, is on the fast track to develop nuclear weapons which Israel sees as a direct threat to not only its security, but to its very existence.…

Israelis Conducting Covert Maritime Operations in Persian Gulf

Israelis Conducting Covert Maritime Operations in Persian Gulf

Aug 20, 2010 at 10:23 | Wayne Madsen

Chinese and Japanese intelligence agencies, which closely monitor events in the Persian Gulf due to the dependence of both countries on oil from the region, report that Israeli Navy commandos…

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