War

Israel and Syria exchange fire in the Golan Heights

By Marcus Dysch, May 21, 2013

Israeli and Syrian forces have exchanged fire in the Golan Heights in the latest in a series of incidents on the border.

The Syrian army claimed it had destroyed an IDF jeep that it said had infiltrated into Syrian territory in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

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Israeli 'red lines' being crossed in Syria and Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 25, 2013

Israeli intelligence officials say the moment is fast approaching when the country’s so-called “red line” triggers for military action in both Syria and Iran will have been crossed.

President Bashar al-Assad is already believed to have crossed the line in Syria by using chemical weapons.

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When British soldiers were in exile in Babylon

By Anna Sheinman, March 28, 2013

A homemade haggadah used by wartime British troops, which was so basic that its typewritten pages were bound with cardboard packing material, has recently been discovered.

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Syrian long-range missile base taken by jihadists

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 7, 2013

Rebel forces in Syria have made significant gains over the past few days, capturing additional towns and military bases from the army still loyal to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Jihadist militias thought be aligned with Al-Qaeda have taken control of Scud missile bases in the north-eastern province of Dier ez-Zor.

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Algeria is jihadists’ biggest prize

By John R Bradley, January 24, 2013

It is not often that the head of a Western government and a leading al-Qaeda operative see eye-to-eye on developments in the Middle East. But that is what happened after last week’s unprecedented take-over of In Amenas, a gas facility in Algeria.

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Plan for UK reservists in case of war in Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 18, 2013

The several thousand IDF reservists living in the UK will be given preferential seats on El Al flights in case of war as part of a new contingency plan being prepared by the Defence Ministry and Israel’s national carrier.

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Mali to Zanzibar: why terror is eating Africa

By John R Bradley, January 17, 2013

The decision by Britain and France to launch strikes in northern Mali, where al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and its myriad affiliates have taken control, has brought to the world’s attention how the poisonous tentacles of the Arab Spring have reached a great swathe of Africa.

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HM Forces personnel share experiences

By Marcus Dysch, January 10, 2013

A Torah scroll discovered at a defunct army synagogue and rededicated in memory of a Jewish soldier killed in Afghanistan has been used for the first time.

Lieutenant Paul Mervis of Second Battalion the Rifles died in an explosion while trying to protect his platoon during a foot patrol in northern Helmand province in June 2009.

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British Jew who fought Franco in Spain mourned

By Jennifer Lipman, December 24, 2012

The man believed to be the last surviving Briton to fight against General Franco in the Spanish Civil War has died at the age of 94.

David Lomon, who changed his surname from Solomon, was one of up to 800 Jewish soldiers who volunteered to fight the fascist leader in the 1930s.

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Fresh fears over Syrian chemical weapons

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 6, 2012

Reports that the Syrian regime may be about to deploy chemical weapons have raised concerns in the region that the civil war in the country may be entering an even bloodier stage.

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