Khamenei tells Iran armed forces to build up ‘irrespective’ of diplomacy

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday the armed forces should increase their combat capability regardless of political considerations, in an apparent allusion to continuing nuclear talks with the West aimed at easing tension in the Middle East. “Given our vast maritime borders and the enemy’s huge investments in this area, our armed […]

Hagel calls for new Arms Technology Initiative to improve US competitive edge

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday the U.S. military needs to boost its commitment and investment in technological research and development in order to stay ahead of current and emerging threats across the world. Hagel announced a Defense Innovation Initiative during his speech at the Reagan National Defense Forum that will ask “the brightest minds […]

Iran remains hopeful that Lebanon will accept its grant despite obstacles

Iranian envoy Mohammad Fathali expressed hope on Saturday that the Lebanese government could overcome obstacles to facilitate the arms transfer from Iran to Lebanon. “We want to develop ties in a way that does not embarrass the Lebanese government. We thought it was our duty to stand by Lebanon in these difficult circumstances,” Fathali told […]

Iraq’s Maliki smuggling arms to Syria’s Assad, report

Despite denials the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki of smuggling arms to the regime of Syrian president Bashar al Assad regime, sources told the Future TV that militants in the Al Anbar province in western Iraq seized on Saturday after clashes with armed groups, a huge shipment of weapons which was en route to […]

Influx of weapons to rebels tilts the battle against Assad

ANTAKYA, Turkey — A surge of rebel advances in Syria is being fueled at least in part by an influx of heavy weaponry in a renewed effort by outside powers to arm moderates in the Free Syrian Army, according to Arab and rebel officials. The new armaments, including anti-tank weapons and recoilless rifles, have been […]

Hezbollah rejects linking its arms to electoral law

MP Ali Fayad who represents Hezbollah in the parliament rejected on Wednesday the link between resistance ( Hezbollah ) arms and the electoral law which is based on proportionality calling the link ” not credible ” and accusing the opposition of using the link as an excuse to reject the law