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Jan 12, 2014

Former Israeli PM and military commander Ariel Sharon dead at 85

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, the trailblazing warrior-statesman who stunned Arab foes with his dramatic turnarounds, died on Saturday aged 85, after eight years in a coma caused by a stroke.

Sharon left historic footprints on the Middle East through military invasion and Jewish settlement-building on occupied land the Palestinians seek for a state but also with a shock decision to withdraw from the Gaza Strip.

Jan 11, 2014

Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon dead at 85

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Ariel Sharon, the trailblazing former Israeli general and prime minister who was in a coma for eight years after he suffering a stroke at the height of his power, died on Saturday aged 85, his family and the government said.

Sharon’s son Gilad announced the death at the hospital where his father had been treated. Doctors there had predicted his imminent death after his health declined sharply last week.

Jan 11, 2014

In war or withdrawal, Sharon marched to his own drum

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A maverick in war and politics, Israel’s Ariel Sharon reshaped the Middle East in a career marked by adventurism and disgrace, dramatic reversals and stunning rebounds.

Loathed by many Arabs and a divisive figure within Israel, Sharon left his mark on the region as perhaps no other through military invasion, Jewish settlement building on captured land and a shock decision to pull out of Gaza.

Jan 9, 2014

Israeli military lifts veil on its Iran listeners

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Iranian-born immigrants to Israel are drafted to its military intelligence units in disproportionately large numbers, an official report said on Thursday, reflecting high demand for Farsi speakers to monitor the Jewish state’s arch-enemy.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sees a mortal menace in Iran’s disputed nuclear program and has long hinted his country was waging a covert campaign to track and foil it.

Jan 3, 2014

Israel tests Arrow missile shield, sees Hezbollah threat

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel successfully tested its upgraded Arrow missile interceptor for the second time on Friday, pushing forward work on a U.S.-backed defense against ballistic threats it sees from Lebanon’s Hezbollah guerrillas as well as from Iran and Syria.

One of several elements of an integrated Israeli aerial shield, Arrow III is designed to deploy kamikaze satellites – known as “kill vehicles” – that track and slam into ballistic missiles above the earth’s atmosphere, high enough to safely disintegrate any chemical, biological or nuclear warheads.

Jan 3, 2014

Israel tests Arrow missile shield, sees Hezbollah ballistic threat

JERUSALEM, Jan 3 (Reuters) – Israel successfully tested its
upgraded Arrow missile interceptor for the second time on
Friday, pushing forward work on a U.S.-backed defence against
ballistic threats it sees from Lebanon’s Hezbollah guerrillas as
well as from Iran and Syria.

One of several elements of an integrated Israeli aerial
shield, Arrow III is designed to deploy kamikaze satellites -
known as “kill vehicles” – that track and slam into ballistic
missiles above the earth’s atmosphere, high enough to safely
disintegrate any chemical, biological or nuclear warheads.

Jan 3, 2014

Israel tests Arrow missile shield, eyes Syria, Iran

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel successfully tested its upgraded Arrow ballistic missile interceptor for the second time on Friday, pushing forward work on a U.S.-backed defense against threats seen from Iran, Syria and Lebanon’s Hezbollah guerrillas.

One of several elements of Israel’s still-developing defense against missile attacks, Arrow III is designed to deploy kamikaze satellites – known as “kill vehicles” – that track and slam into ballistic missiles above the earth’s atmosphere, high enough to safely disintegrate any chemical, biological or nuclear warheads.

Dec 29, 2013

Erdogan vows Turkish graft affair will fail to topple him

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan swore on Sunday he would survive a corruption crisis circling his cabinet, saying those seeking his overthrow would fail just like mass anti-government protests last summer.

Erdogan, who says the scandal is an international plot, accused his opponents of caring not about corruption but wanting to undermine the power of Turkey, which has been transformed economically under his 11-year leadership.

Dec 26, 2013

Opposition sees ‘deep state’ in Turkish crisis cabinet

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s opposition accused scandal-hit Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday of trying to rule via a secretive “deep state” after a cabinet reshuffle that would tighten controls on police already beleaguered by government-ordered purges.

Among 10 new loyalist ministers Erdogan named late on Wednesday was Efkan Ala, a former governor of the restive Diyarbakir province who will now wield the powerful Interior portfolio and oversee Turkish domestic security.

Dec 26, 2013

Opposition warns of “deep state” in new Turkish cabinet

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s opposition accused scandal-hit Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday of trying to rule via a secretive “deep state”, after a cabinet reshuffle that would tighten controls on police already beleaguered by government-ordered purges.

Among 10 new loyalist ministers Erdogan named late on Wednesday was Efkan Ala, a former governor of the restive Diyarbakir province who will wield the powerful Interior portfolio and oversee Turkish domestic security.