WASHINGTON — Israel has asked the United States for immediate shipments of military fuel.
On July 25, the Defense Department awarded a $22.5 million contract for diesel fuel to Israel. Under the contract, Refinery Associates of Texas would supply diesel fuel to Israel's military in a program financed by U.S. defense aid.
Officials said Israel's military requires immediate supplies of jet and other fuel to maintain the war against Hizbullah, Middle East Newsline reported. They said the Israeli request would accelerate existing contracts.
A Pentagon announcement said the fuel would be delivered through France. The fuel was expected to arrive in Israel by Monday.
Officials said the Israeli war has taken a major toll on the military's logistics and supplies. They said Israel has already requested jet fuel for its fleet of combat aircraft.
Over the last week, officials said, the United States has flown GBU-28 bunker-busting weapons to Israel through Britain. They said the effort has been coordinated with the government of British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
SEOUL (AP) — Soldiers from North Korea and South Korea exchanged fire along their border late Monday, but no one was hurt, a South Korean military official said Tuesday.
The shooting happened shorlty before sunset when North Korean soldiers fired two bullets toward a South Korean guard post in the eastern part of the Demilitarized Zone, said Maj. Kim Tae-hoon of the Joint Chiefs of Staff office.
South Korean soldiers immediately fired back six rounds, Kim said.
The motive for the initial shots from the North was unclear, and the communist country made no comment about them, Kim said.
The U.N. Military Armistice Commission, which supervises the cease-fire that ended the 1950-53 Korean War, will ask the North for an explanation of the incident, Kim said.
The 1950-53 conflict ended in a cease-fire, not a peace treaty, meaning the two Koreas are still technically in a state of conflict.
The incident came amid tensions over the North's recent missile launches, which prompted the U.N. Security Council to pass a resolution barring U.N. member states from missile-related dealings with the North.
The communist regime has been in a protracted standoff with the United States and other countries over its nuclear weapons program. It has boycotted the six-way talks on its nuclear program because of U.S. financial sanctions over the North's alleged counterfeiting and money laundering.
North Korea agreed in September 2005 to abandon its nuclear program in return for security guarantees and aid, but no progress has been made to implement that accord.
Some in solidly Republican northern Michigan and elsewhere now believe that they made a "colossal mistake" in initially supporting the war in Iraq, Moore said, and they have let him know it in chance encounters on the streets of Traverse City, a resort town where he has relocated from New York.I don't know about you but I'd rather coochey-coo a tree than coochey-coo Michael.
Used to traveling with security and encountering a barrage of hostility, Moore said he finds people now more accepting, even to the point Republicans are spontaneously hugging him.
"Look up the definition of liberal. We hug trees. We hug each other. We hug people of the same sex and want to marry each other," Moore said. "It's the other side that we need to get to hold their arms out a little bit and coochey-coo."
Yossi Vaknin says he's got rocket-dodging down to a science since being forced underground by Hezbollah missiles. Sitting outside public shelter 110, in a tank-top and flip-flops, he smokes a cigarette and glances at his watch. It's almost 4 p.m. "This is their time," he says.
Sure enough, just moments later, there is the familiar whistle followed by a loud explosion nearby. He's already safely in the shelter as another Katyusha rocket slams into his hometown.
Based on experience and gut instincts, Vaknin, 29, has cultivated a routine in the nearly three weeks since the missile barrages began. As of Monday, Kiryat Shemona has been hit 215 times since fighting began July 12, according to Yedidia Freudenberg, the city's security chief.
Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin told reporters at the news conference in France that Israel’s willingness to suspend its air strikes on Hizbullah terror targets was “only a first step, but still not enough.” De Villepin maintained that the “cessation of the aerial attacks is insufficient in light of the situation in Lebanon.”
At the news conference held in Beirut, French Foreign Minister Phillippe Douste-Blazy praised Iran as a “stabilizing force in the Middle East.” Douste-Blazy told reporters that Iran "is an outstanding country with great people and an honorable civilization. It has a crucial role in the region.”
Iran is the primary patron of the Hizbullah terror organization, which has fired close to 1,800 Katyusha missiles at northern Israeli communities in the past 20 days, killing 19 civilians and injuring hundreds more.
WASHINGTON - Osama bin Laden talks tough, but other mujahedeen laughed at him in Afghanistan because he would get scared and bolt when under fire, a new documentary claims.Funny weird personal sidenote about Abdullah Azzam: my extremely religious aunt, who we called "the Shaykha", had terrifying Dante-esque visions of tours of hell given by Mohammed. She also had dreams in which she was married to Abdullah Azzam in heaven. This is well after he was killed; he was considered a martyr pretty much universally.
"When bin Laden used to hear the explosions, he used to jump. He used to run away," his longtime friend Hutaifa Azzam says on "CNN Presents: In the Footsteps of Bin Laden."
"I still remember that me, and my elder and younger brothers, we used to laugh," says Azzam, the son of Abdullah Azzam, bin Laden's mentor in radical Islam.
Abdullah Azzam and bin Laden jointly created a mujahedeen support organization that later became al-Qaida.
Azzam was assassinated in 1989, with Hutaifa's two brothers, in a bombing tied to Egyptians close to bin Laden.
JEWISH groups have demanded Mel Gibson be investigated for hate crimes after the Hollywood star allegedly made anti-Semitic comments to US police officers when he was stopped on suspicion of drink-driving and speeding.
Gibson's reported criticism of Jews, contained in a leaked police report detailing his arrest early on Friday morning, included the phrase: "F*****g Jews. The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world."
He has since apologised for his actions, saying they were "despicable", but community Jewish leaders called for Gibson to be ostracised from Hollywood, where the A-list actor is considered an industry powerbroker.
TAIPEI, TAIWAN – As Asia grapples with the fallout from North Korea's projectile posturing, another military flashpoint in the region - the Taiwan Strait - is in the midst of missile tensions as well.
A private TV station reported earlier this month that Taiwan's military was preparing to test-fire a tactical missile in September capable of striking targets in China. While the details were sketchy and the claim was swiftly denied by the Ministry of National Defense, they struck a chord with analysts who have heeded the frustration among hawks in Taiwan over the island's vulnerability in the face of China's military might, including its expanding missile arsenal.