February 25, 2015                            
Dossier: Terror Drones

Isrsael seeks low-cost defense against low-cost, Iran-made drones

Compiled by Miles Yu

French jet fighter deal with Egypt causes heartburn
in Beijing

As the Egyptian Air Force jets were pounding ISIS targets in Libya to avenge the 21 beheaded Egyptian Christians, Cairo was signing a major deal with France to purchase 24 Dassault Rafale fighters.

It was one of the largest arms sales packages of the year, reportedly worth 5 billion Euros.

Dassault Rafale fighters

French President F. Hollande announced the Rafale deal in Paris on Feb. 16. Also included is the sale of a French made European multipurpose frigate [FREMM] and an unspecified number of missiles.

This is a crucial step for France's Dassault Rafale program because it has become legendarily difficult to sell to other countries.

U.S. cooperating with Iran-backed Ansar against Al Qaida in Yemen
WASHINGTON — The United States continued counter-insurgency operations in Yemen, despite the flight of its own diplomats. Officials said the U.S. military and intelligence community was maintaining air strikes against Al Qaida forces. They said the attacks reflected cooperation between Washington and the Shi'ite-controlled military and government in Yemen. "We have had longstanding partnerships with elements of the Yemeni security forces," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. "Those continue."
Focus on Terrorism
Foreign fighters flooding region to join ISIL at 'unprecedented' rate

"The rate of foreign fighter travel to Syria is unprecedented, [and] exceeds the rate of travelers who went to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, or Somalia at any point in the last 20 years."

Photo of ISIL fighters taken in January 2014.    AFP

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