We are supposed to be besties with Israel. Guess what. Our BFF is one of CIA's biggest spy threats.
"While US politicians boast strong ties with Israel, CIA officials suggest Israel is one of its biggest counter-intelligence threats. With spyware that rivals that of American agencies, it is extremely difficult to detect the extent of its spying.
"It is part of the technological race in the region," the official, who declined to be named, told Reuters.
Long jittery about Iran's disputed nuclear program, the Israelis have more recently worried the Syrian insurgency could loosen Damascus's hold on its chemical weapons and missiles."
Meanwhile, Israel is calling on Egypt to help them in Sinai to retake control of the peninsula and take out the terrorists there.
"Israel will consider any Egyptian request to deploy additional military forces in the Sinai in an effort to retake control of the peninsula and weed out a global jihad terrorist infrastructure, defense officials said on Monday.
An Egyptian request was expected to come in the aftermath of a sophisticated cross-border attack Sunday night that was thwarted by the IDF after terrorists stole an armored vehicle and infiltrated into Israel. The IDF revealed on Monday that eight terrorists had been killed and at least six of them were wearing explosive belts."
Connected to this story is the defection of Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab which is a clear indication that Assad's regime is crumbling and is also a clear threat regarding who will possess the stockpile of chemical weapons from Syria and what they will do with them.
White House said the momentum was now with the opposition, while France said the Assad government was "doomed".
Mr Hijab, the most senior Syrian figure to defect, on Monday denounced
Syria's "terrorist regime" and said he was joining the revolution."
Regarding oil, the Kurds have evidently caused two explosions in as many weeks that have now caused officials to close down the pipeline that carries oil to people like you and me.
"ANKARA, Turkey – An explosion in Turkey has forced authorities to shut down a pipeline carrying oil from Iraq to world markets, an official said Monday, in the second such incident in two weeks. Local media reports said Kurdish rebels had caused the blast.
The explosion occurred late Sunday near the southeastern town of Midyat and damaged the pipeline running from Kirkuk, in northern Iraq, to the Turkish Mediterranean port at Ceyhan, said an official at Turkey's pipeline company, BOTAS. A second line that runs parallel was not harmed, but has also been shut down temporarily as a precaution, the official said.
The two pipelines carry about 25 million tons of crude oil a year."
Speaking of the Kurds and of Turkey, they have been having an internal war and now, it seems, Turkey is concerned that the Kurds have taken control of most of the cities and towns in the Northern part of Syria. Why the concern? They feel that the civil conflict in Syria may spill over into their internal war and cause an escalation of violence and other things that go along with any power struggle.
"Kurds in the north of Syria say they have taken control of most of the region's major towns and cities from government forces. Turkey fears the twin threats of the Syrian civil conflict spilling over the frontier along with a potential escalation of its internal war against Kurdish separatists."
Of course, a story on the Middle-East would not be accurate without including Iran. As always, Iran is strange and confusing. It's hard to know their intentions other than their want of a power grab of Syria in its vulnerable condition. Because of this, Iran is said to have plans to host a meeting on Syria. Who would attend a meeting being put on by Iran and its wacked out leaders? They claim it would be countries such as Qatar, Turkey and Arabia. It likely won't add up to any progress, any more positive outcome for the Syrian issue.
" Iran, a close ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, plans to host a meeting of regional and other countries this week on ways to resolve the country's conflict, the official IRNA news agency reported on Monday.
However, only countries with a "realistic" stance on the conflict will be invited to the meeting on Thursday, IRNA quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian as saying.
The report did not say which countries would be involved but without Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, all of whom back the opposition to Assad, it is unlikely to have a significant result.
The aim is to find "ways out of the current crisis, the return of stability and calm to that country and also supporting all constructive regional and international efforts", Abdollahian said."
At the same time as Iran is said to host the meeting regarding Syria, it warns that foreign intervention would cause the conflict to engulf Israel. In the statement, Iranian officials name the same countries that it would have come to the meeting above. All I can say at this point is WOW!
"Iran warned against foreign intervention in Syria on Sunday and said the conflict there could engulf Israel, Iranian media said.
Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani accused the United States and regional countries he did not name of providing military support to rebels fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, an ally of Iran.
Syria has accused Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia of backing rebels in Syria and fuelling violence there. Iran has supported Assad's efforts to crush the 17-month revolt and has accused Western countries and Israel of interfering in the crisis.
"The fire that has been ignited in Syria will take the fearful (Israelis) with it," Larijani said on Sunday, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA)."
Also related to Syria and Iran, Iran is accusing the United States of being responsible for the lives of 48 pilgrims that were kidnapped. They say that the United States is a state-sponsor of terrorism and therefore they are being held responsible. In the article, there are accusations against all of the countries listed on this post. Again, wow.
"Tehran, Aug 7, IRNA – Deputy IRI Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdolahian said here Monday Iran forwarded a letter to USA through its interest section at Swiss Embassy in Tehran on fate of 48 kidnapped Iranian pilgrims in Syria."