An unnamed Middle Eastern state has supplied Syrian rebels with 250 sophisticated Soviet-made anti-tank missiles, most of which were given to radical Islamist militias fighting President Bashar Assad, according to a report published in London-based Arabic daily A-Sharq Al-Awsat on Tuesday.
According to the report, the unidentified state made its first delivery of 9M113 Konkurs missiles to the rebels a week ago via Turkey. The Konkurs antitank missile has a maximum range of four kilometers and a hit probability of 90 percent. Egypt, Iran and Turkey are the only known operators of the missile system in the Middle East.
Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett's remarks that the two-state solution has reached a "dead end" prompts angry responses from both the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli coalition • PA official: Bennett's comments are "dangerous."
"I will seek a negotiated settlement [with the Palestinians] where you would have a demilitarized Palestinian state that recognizes the Jewish state," Netanyahu told Reuters when asked about Bennett's remarks.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called on Iran Tuesday to stop the enrichment of nuclear materials at all levels, shortly after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Iran has expressed readiness to stop uranium enrichment to 20 percent in exchange for easing international sanctions.
Lavrov's comments to the Kuwait News Agency came a day after Iranian President-elect Hassan Rohani said Iran would not suspend its uranium enrichment, though he did say that Iran's nuclear program would be more "transparent."
An Iraqi Counter Terrorist forces soldier participates in a rehearsal with forces from Jordan and Lebanon.
(photo: AP, Maya Alleruzzo)
Under the watchful eye of stern-faced American advisers, hundreds of U.S.-trained Jordanian commandos fanned across this dusty desert plain, holding war games that could eventually form the basis of an assault in Syria.
With the recent deployment of Patriot missiles near the Syrian border, and the mock Syrian accents of those playing the enemy, the message was clear: There is fear of spillover from the Syrian war in this U.S.-allied kingdom, and the potential for a Jordanian role in securing Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles should Bashar Assad’s regime lose control.
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