February 8, 2016                            
Dossier: Israel's Air Force


Israel Air Force readies 'mass strike machine' after Iran nuclear deal


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In blow to allies, Kerry walks back Gen. Dunford's Libya statement

In another example of the Obama administration's unwillingness to delegate authority and its inability to form a cohesive policy on fighting ISIL, Secretary of State John Kerry has publicly contradicted the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford.

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, left, and Secretary of State John Kerry.

Kerry has laid out U.S. strategy for countering gains made by ISIL in Libya that is at direct variance from remarks by Gen. Dunford made 10 days ago after a visit to France.

During his time in Paris, Dunford made public remarks indicating he and his French counterpart, General Pierre de Villiers, had agreed that it was imperative to score a "decisive military victory" against ISIS in Libya.



ISIL doubles forces and gains ground in Libya, U.S. official warn
While U.S.-led coalition attacks have reduced the strength of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in Iraq and Syria, the terror organization has doubled the number of jihadists based in Libya, a U.S. official said. ISIL now has some 5,000 jihadists in Libya, most based at its stronghold in the coastal city of Sirte, the official said. Sirte is now said to resemble Iraqi and Syrian towns under the terror group's control.
Technology Wars
Israel offers world-class cybersecurity expertise to Japan for Olympics


Israel has more than 250 specialized cybersecurity firms, some of which are headed by former members of the elite Unit 8200.



A rendering of the high tech park proposed for Beersheba, Israel.  

Inside Iran
Hardliners disqualified thousands of candidates in major Iran election
East Asia Report
China's snub on North Korean test changes Seoul's mind on THAAD
Inside China
Xi may engineer a crisis with Taiwan to distract his restive Chinese
Inside North Korea
Analysts: N. Korea's strategic value to China thwarts global heat
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