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Israeli jets bomb Gaza after rocket attack

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) – Israeli jets bombed sites across Gaza Thursday after a Palestinian rocket slammed into a house in the southern city of Beersheva, raising tension along the enclave’s border. The Israeli military said it had targeted several Hamas camps in Gaza during early morning raids, after…

Iran not working on bomb: Israel intelligence head

Iran is not currently working on producing a nuclear weapon but could make one within “a year or two” of taking such a decision, Israel’s military intelligence chief said on Tuesday. “The question is not when Iran will acquire the bomb, but how long until the leader decides to begin…

Bomb blasts in Swiss, Chilean embassies in Rome

ROME (AFP) – Parcel bomb blasts in the Chilean and Swiss embassies in Rome injured two staffers on Thursday, officials said, as Italian prosecutors opened an inquiry for a suspected “attack with terrorist aims.” Checks are currently under way in all the embassies in Rome after the blasts and the…

FBI stopped Portland bomb suspect from taking job before sting

Though it’s a controversial assertion, observers often point to a link between acts of terrorism and poverty. In the case of Mohamed Osman Mohamud, the 19-year-old arrested Friday for allegedly trying to blow up an Oregon Christmas tree lighting ceremony, the FBI itself may have created that link. According to…

Official: 1 Yemen bomb 17 mins. from exploding

French official says 1 mail bomb from Yemen was 17 minutes from exploding One of two mail bombs sent from Yemen last week was disarmed just 17 minutes before it was set to go off, the French interior minister said Thursday. Brice Hortefeux provided no other details in an interview…

Jordanian man gets 24 years for attempting to blow up Dallas skyscraper

A 20-year-old Jordanian man was sentenced Tuesday to 24 years in prison for attempting to bomb a skyscraper in Dallas, Texas in September 2009, the Justice Department said. Hosam Maher Husein Smadi originally pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction after his…

AP Interview: Ahmadinejad says future is Iran’s

President Ahmadinejad says Iran is not seeking atomic bomb Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said “the future belongs to Iran” and challenged the United States to accept that his country has a major role in the world. The comments came in an hourlong interview Sunday with The Associated Press on the…

Frank Rich: Pentagon reality show has ‘a snuff movie quality’

Inspired by the success of The Hurt Locker, the G4 network has announced a “groundbreaking” new reality show to be called Bomb Patrol Afghanistan. “G4 will go beyond the fiction,” the network boasted in its announcement, “to bring you Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan, a new series about the real life soldiers…

Iraqi army chief: We need US military until 2020

Iraq’s top army officer on Wednesday warned that a pullout of all US soldiers by the end of 2011 was premature, after eight of his troops were killed in a brazen attack that exposed shaky security here. Lieutenant General Babakar Zebari’s remarks, which run counter to those of his political…

Afghan bus hits roadside bomb, up to 25 dead

A roadside bomb ripped through a crowded Afghan bus Wednesday, killing up to 25 civilians in a southwestern province on the Iranian border in one of the deadliest such attacks in months. The bomb exploded as the bus travelled on a highway through Nimroz province, provincial governor Ghulam Dastgir Azad…

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