Stealing the Grinch.Ace of Spades cites news reports that some 20,000 Grinch SA-24 shoulder-launched missiles, also known as Igla-S missiles, have gone missing in Libya. The heat-seeking missiles have a range of over two miles and can take out a jet liner.
Iraq signs deal to buy 18 F-16s.ITM: 'The deal is finally signed...it's unclear yet though whether it includes the same lame weapons package announced in the original notification. The final price will also be significantly lower than the $3-4 billion estimate. How much exactly? We'll have to wait, but I guess it will be around $1 billion.'
Most importantly, it would make the Islamic Republic a great deal bolder in its foreign policy. Iran’s regional aspirations of hegemony would no longer be a matter of trying to appear like a bully, it would be one. ...
there are policymakers and legislators who were truly taken in by Kremlin sock puppetry during the Medvedev years.
At any rate, as Mead reports, the Medvedev "good cop" mask has been dropped. Mead advocates that the US pursue a "businesslike" relationship with Russia, but without illusions about the Kremlin's intentions. Read the whole thing at the link.
ISI report admits Pakistan used illegal means to get nuclear technology. "It is most unfortunate that these things (transfer of nuclear technology) happened due to the peculiar nature of the circumstances and loose arrangements in those early days and because of the personal obligations of previous governments to these countries," says an undated report from Pakistan's ISI intelligence service, based on the questioning of A Q Khan by the ISI.
Saudi King Abdullah: Women will vote and run in local elections in 2015. We'll take our good news wherever we can get it.
Earlier this week, the Globe and Mail, arguably Canada's newpaper of record, published an article called Canadian MDs consider denying fertility treatments to obese women.
Canadian doctors are considering a policy that would bar obese women from trying to have babies through fertility treatments – provoking debate over whether the fat have the same reproductive rights as the thin.
One obvious issue is, of course, Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which according to Wikipedia, affects 5-10% of women of reproductive age. PCOS is associated with fatness and also tends to make women infertile. As is the case with every health concern associated with fatness, many people assume that fatness causes PCOS. Having known several women with PCOS, I think it's pretty clear that the causation runs in the other direction; PCOS causes women to gain weight and makes weight loss extremely difficult. ...
US airstrikes kill AQAP fighters in southern Yemen.Long War Journal reports: 'The US killed several members of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) during airstrikes in an area of southern Yemen, according to reports from the region. Four AQAP fighters were killed yesterday in an airstrike in a mountain pass in the southern province of Abyan, according to Aden Online. Witnesses claimed the strike was carried out by "American military air craft." ...' Read the rest at the link.
Post-DADT, Marines step up to the plate. A funny thing happened when Tony Jenkins, executive director of a gay community center in Tulsa, invited military recruiters to his center. Via Information Dissemination, the New York Times: 'The Marines were the service most opposed to ending the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, but they were the only one of five invited branches of the military to turn up with their recruiting table and chin-up bar at the center Tuesday morning. ...'
Michigan bomb blast leaves 3 injured. In another bomb incident in the northern Midwest, a possible car bomb blast in southeastern Michigan injured the three people inside the vehicle. 'The Monroe Police Department says in a statement that fire crews responded to the explosion around 5:40 p.m. Tuesday in Monroe near Interstate 75.'
Nigeria to abstain from UN Palestinian vote. In a diplomatic success for Israel, Nigeria will abstain from voting in the upcoming Security Council vote on Palestinian statehood.
Burhanuddin Rabbani, pre-Taliban Afghan president, killed.Fox reports that 'Two Afghan government sources say former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani has been killed in the capital Kabul.'
Palestinian statehood bid moves forward.Reuters/MSNBC: 'Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is pressing ahead Tuesday with his diplomatic campaign to gain full U.N. membership, brushing aside heated Israeli objections and a promised U.S. veto as the issue of Palestinian statehood takes center stage with world leaders gathering for the opening of the U.N. General Assembly session. ...' Netanyahu has offered to hold direct talks with Abbas at the UN General Assembly. Palestinian FM Riyad al-Maliki urged the US to change its position.
A large-scale counterterrorism operation conducted by MI5, Britain's security apparatus, along with Scotland Yard's counterterrorism command and West Midlands local police, has resulted in the arrests of seven suspects on terror-related charges. The suspects, six men and one woman, all aged 22-32, are reported to be involved in Islamic extremism and to be British citizens of Pakistani descent.
The operation began Sunday night and lasted well into Monday morning, concentrating on the Moseley, Sparkbrook, Sparkhill, Ward End, and Balsall Heath areas of Birmingham. The six men are being held under Britain's anti-terror legislation on "suspicion of the commission, preparation, or instigation, of an act of terrorism in the UK." The woman is being held under Terrorism Act 2000 for failing to disclose information relating to the plot. All of the arrests were made by unarmed officers, indicating that the plot had not materialized to the phase where the suspects would be in possession of weapons or explosives. ...