Archive for the 'Military' Category

U.S. expands Pakistani drone-strike zone

• May, 2009

U.S. expands Pakistani drone-strike zone Wed Apr 1, 2009 By Alamgir Bitani A pilotless U.S. drone fired a missile at a Taliban compound in Pakistan’s Orakzai region on Wednesday, killing 12 people in the first such attack in the area, a security official and residents said. The raid came a day after Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud said his group had carried out an assault on a police training centre in the eastern city of Lahore in retaliation for U.S. drone attacks. The missile hit

Price of cocaine set to plunge

• May, 2009

Price of cocaine set to plunge, UN warns 18 Feb 2009 The price of cocaine is set to plunge further because Europe is being flooded with the drug through new smuggling routes, the United Nations drugs chief Hamid Ghodse has warned. Traffickers are exploiting networks in West Africa and Eastern Europe to bring the drug in from South America. The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) said cocaine prices would continue to fall unless action was taken to block the new supply routes. It comes less

The Incredible HULC

• April, 2009

New Exoskeleton Gives Soldiers Super Strength Eric Bland, Discovery News New Exoskeleton Gives Soldiers Super Strength Stronger, faster and harder is the promise of a new exoskeleton developed by Lockheed Martin for U.S. soldiers. Dubbed the Human Universal Load Carrier, or HULC, the device helps a soldier carry up to 200 pounds at a top speed of 10 mph.

Police identify 200 children as potential terrorists

• April, 2009

Police identify 200 children as potential terrorists Exclusive by Mark Hughes Crime correspondent Saturday, 28 March 2009 Drastic new tactics to prevent school pupils as young as 13 falling into extremism Two hundred schoolchildren in Britain, some as young as 13, have been identified as potential terrorists by a police scheme that aims to spot youngsters who are “vulnerable” to Islamic radicalisation. The number was revealed to The Independent by Sir Norman Bettison, the chief constable of West Yorkshire Police and Britain’s most senior officer

Israeli Army T-Shirts Mock Gaza Killings

• April, 2009

Israeli Army T-Shirts Mock Gaza Killings Friday, March 20 04:45 pm The Israeli army is at the centre of a second controversy over the moral conduct of its soldiers in as many days. The revelations centre on t-shirt designs made for soldiers that make light of shooting pregnant Palestinian mothers and children and include images of dead babies and destroyed mosques. The t-shirts were printed for Israeli soldiers at the end of periods of deployment or training courses and were discovered by Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

Israeli soldiers admit ‘murdering’ Gazans

• April, 2009

Israeli soldiers admit ‘murdering’ Gazans 19 Mar 2009 Israeli soldiers have confessed to wanton killing of Palestinian civilians and behaving immorally during the Operation Cast Lead in Gaza. The soldiers who fought in the Gaza war told a post-operation conference that they had killed Palestinian civilians and intentionally destroyed their property under permissive rules of engagement. “When we entered a house, we were supposed to bust down the door and start shooting inside and just go up story by story… I call that murder. Each

US Army Confirms Israeli Nukes

• April, 2009

US Army Confirms Israeli Nukes March 18, 2009 The Army has let slip one of the worst-kept secrets in the world — that Israel has the bomb. Officially, the United States has a policy of “ambiguity” regarding Israel’s nuclear capability. Essentially, it has played a game by which it neither acknowledges nor denies that Israel is a nuclear power. But a Defense Department study completed last year offers what may be the first time in a unclassified report that Israel is a nuclear power. On

British and French nuclear subs crash

• March, 2009

British and French nuclear subs crash By TOM NEWTON DUNN Defence Editor Published: 16 Feb 2009 BRITISH and French nuclear submarines which collided deep under the Atlantic could have sunk or released deadly radioactivity, it emerged last night. The Royal Navy’s HMS Vanguard and the French Navy’s Le Triomphant are both nuclear powered and were carrying nuke missiles. Between them they had around 250 sailors on board. Calls have today been made for an urgent inquiry in to the international incident. A senior Navy source

Cloaking device may make cell phone static vanish

• March, 2009

Cloaking device may make cell phone static vanish By Julie Steenhuysen A new light-bending material has brought scientists one step closer to creating a cloaking device that could hide objects from sight. Beyond possible military applications, it also might have a very practical use by making mobile communications clearer, they said on Thursday. “Cloaking technology could be used to make obstacles that impede communications signals ‘disappear,’” said David Smith of Duke University in North Carolina, who worked on the study published in the journal Science.