Hamas Plot to Oust PA in West Bank Uncovered

Shin Bet reveals Hamas plans to overthrow Palestinian Authority in West Bank
Masked Hamas members prepare to burn a cut-out of a Star of David / AP

JERUSALEM—Israel’s Shin Bet security service today reported the uncovering of a plot by Hamas to oust the Palestinian Authority (PA) from control of the West Bank in an armed uprising.

Egypt Asks Russia for Anti-Tank Missiles, Warplanes

Request comes after Saudis gave Egypt $2 billion for Russian weapons
ussian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Sochi, Russia on Tuesday / AP

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has asked Russia to supply Egypt with high-tech fighter jets, attack helicopters, and anti-tank missile systems, according to regional reports.

U.S. Could Announce More Troops to Iraq

damaged homes due to clashes between fighters of ISIL and Iraqi security forces

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration may announce on Tuesday a decision to send more military advisers to Iraq, U.S. officials said, as the United States helps confront radical Islamist militants who threaten Iraqi minorities and the northern Kurdish enclave.

White House Can’t Explain Iraq Objectives to Congress

Classified briefing provides few answers on objectives, legality of strikes
President Barack Obama talks with National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice following foreign leader phone calls, from Chilmark, Mass., August 11, 2014 / White House Flickr

Just two weeks after the Obama administration asked Congress to repeal the Iraq war authorization, the White House is failing to adequately explain to lawmakers the legal justification and concrete objectives for its airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), according to congressional insiders apprised of off-the-record briefings on the matter.