Israel Hayom | The ABCs of the Iron Dome

The Iron Dome System

The Iron Dome System (Photo credit: The Israel Project)

Core team of Iron Dome developers, comprised entirely of Technion graduates, was given a tight 30-month window to develop the system • Member: “This is the only missile in the world that includes parts from Toys R Us.”

Israel Hayom | The ABCs of the Iron Dome.

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National Post | News

The Iron Dome anti-rocket system has been a noted success for Israel in its Gaza assault, with a success rate of up to 90%, according to one military source. The only problem has been keeping up with demand for the interceptor missiles, their makers said on Tuesday. “We’ve been working in non-stop shifts,” said an official with Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Ltd, which developed the system. He declined to be named for security reasons.

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Saudi America – WSJ.com

Sometimes the revolution politicians seek isn’t the one they get. Consider the irony—and the opportunity—in Monday’s report that the U.S. is likely to surpass Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer as early as 2020.

In its annual world energy outlook, the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) says the global energy map “is being redrawn by the resurgence in oil and gas production in the United States.”

The U.S. will increase its production to about 23 million barrels a day in 10 years from about 18 million barrels a day now, the IEA predicts. That’s more optimistic than current U.S. government estimates and a change from a year ago when the IEA said Russia and the Saudis would vie for number one.

Review & Outlook: Saudi America – WSJ.com.

allAfrica.com: Africa: Tackling the New Wahabi Extremism

If you believe that Somalia’s problems can be pinpointed to particular phenomena such as sea pirates or the terrorist group, Al Shabaab, you are being mistaken. Even the Somali clan politics, the warlords, the so-called spoilers of peace, the secessionists in the north and even the downright anarchists are neither the source nor the propellers of the Somalia conflict. These groups simply act as power brokers or supervisors for the uncontrollable events in the Horn of Africa country.

allAfrica.com: Africa: Tackling the New Wahabi Extremism (Page 1 of 6).

Nigeria: The Endless And Eternal Cycle Of Violence | Strategy Page

The 12 Nigerian states with Sharia law

The 12 Nigerian states with Sharia law (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A ceasefire and peace talks with Boko Haram are still stalled over the Islamic radical demands for releasing jailed members and other forms of compensation first. Meanwhile, the civilians in the north are caught between the terrorist tactics used by both Boko Haram and the army. Boko Haram will kill anyone seen talking to the soldiers and the soldiers will beat or kill people who refuse to provide information about the Islamic terrorists, Young men are at risk of being killed on the spot if suspected of being a Boko Haram member. Civilians suffer the most from the bombings and that is apparently why Boko Haram is turning more to death squads that shoot their victims, at least in the Moslem north.

Nigeria: The Endless And Eternal Cycle Of Violence.

US, Algeria See Moderate Tuaregs as Key to Ending Mali Partition « State of Affairs

Sahel people with livestock and azawakh dogs

Sahel people with livestock and azawakh dogs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The best chance for breaking the extremists’ hold on northern Mali may be persuading the region’s moderate Tuareg people to reconcile with the military-controlled South of the country.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Algeria this week seeking the country’s support for a West African force to help Mali’s military regain control of the north. And her talks with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika were dominated by the issue of how to deal with the terrorists and Islamic fundamentalists who took control of more than two-thirds of Mali after a coup toppled the government in Bamako last March.

Since then, the extremists have allowed the terrorist group al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, to extend its already-considerable reach throughout the Sahel region.

US, Algeria See Moderate Tuaregs as Key to Ending Mali Partition « State of Affairs.