Top Daily Stories for May 2013

May 31 2013

Iraqis, Lebanese blame unrest on internal issues, not Syria’s war

McClatchy News Service - Fri, 2013-05-31 15:09
Despite the presence of thousands of non-Syrians fighting on both sides of that country’s civil war – and increasing rhetoric about a regional conflagration – the now contiguous conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon each arise from
May 31 2013

Assad forces advance; West, Russia exchange barbs ahead of talks

Reuters - Fri, 2013-05-31 14:01
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad tightened their siege of rebels in a strategic town on Friday, in a counter-offensive that is shifting the balance of the Syrian war ahead of a peace conference next month.
May 31 2013

Allen: Afghans may need U.S 'bridging force' beyond 2014

Navy Times - Fri, 2013-05-31 14:00
The recently retired commander of the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan is publicly suggesting that the military may need to keep additional troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014.
May 30 2013

Man accused of killing British soldier appears in court

Fox News - World - Thu, 2013-05-30 05:49

A man accused of killing a British soldier in London appeared in court to confirm his name, address and date of birth.

Michael Adebowale, 22, was handcuffed during the brief appearance Wednesday. He was allowed to sit down while giving information

May 30 2013

China says has no need to steal U.S. military secrets

Reuters - Thu, 2013-05-30 03:04
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Defense Ministry dismissed as ridiculous on Thursday a U.S. report that Chinese hackers have gained access to designs of more than two dozen major U.S. weapons systems, saying the country needed no outside help for its military
May 30 2013

McCain insists US weapons would 'help the right people' in Syria war

MSNBC - Thu, 2013-05-30 03:03

The Syrian opposition, who are currently training for battle using wooden guns, are calling on Europe to quickly supply weapons after the European Union lifted an arms embargo. Russia, meanwhile, is sending missiles to the Assad regime.

May 30 2013

Russia: Syria opposition thwarting peace with Assad exit demand

Yahoo Top News - Thu, 2013-05-30 02:59
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia accused the opposition Syrian National Coalition on Thursday of seeking to thwart peace efforts by making President Bashar al-Assad's exit a condition for participating in a proposed international conference. Foreign Minister
May 30 2013

Israel says "checking" report Syria received Russian S-300

Yahoo Top News - Thu, 2013-05-30 02:40
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel is looking into reports on Thursday that Syria had received the first shipment of the advanced Russian air defense system S-300, an Israeli official said. "I have no information beyond what has been reported, which we are
May 30 2013

Bombs hit Baghdad districts, at least 10 dead

Reuters (World) - Thu, 2013-05-30 02:31
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb and several roadside blasts exploded in Shi'ite and Sunni Muslim neighborhoods across Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 10 people in the latest in more than a month-long surge in attacks, police and hospital sources
May 30 2013

Navy ships growing in capability amid missile threats from Iran, North Korea

Fox News - Thu, 2013-05-30 02:24

In the operations center on board the USS Stethem, sailors keep watch on a dizzying array of maps, graphics, sensors and radar data -- all focused on North Korea.

The Stethem, a destroyer, is one of two warships in the western Pacific that


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