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What Caused the Explosion on the Iranian Tanker

An Iranian merchant ship was damaged last week while sailing off the shore of Saudi Arabia, and since then, an attempt has been made to understand who attacked the ship and how they did it. According to various reports, the ship was attacked by missiles, but photographs of the ship after the attack have suggested some other options. Commentary  

Iran's Ghadr missile (Archive photo: AP)

The Cruise Missile Arsenal of the Middle East

Cruise missiles are no longer the exclusive domain of a handful of global powers. The proliferation of these strategic missiles has expanded to such rogue states as Iran and even to terrorist organizations like Hezbollah. Special review of the cruise missile threat in the Middle East

Sunni Arab States and Israel: Allies?

With Iran and the agreement becoming the common enemy in the Middle East, the Director of Israel’s foreign ministry, Dore Gold, referred to the Sunni Arab states in the region as Israel’s allies

Cyprus and Israel Agree to Closer Ties Regarding Energy

Prime Minister Netanyahu and Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades agreed to increase their collaboration on both energy and security. The energy relationship has not been fleshed out yet, but the idea of an East Mediterranean pipeline was mentioned as a possibility

US to Sell TOW Missiles to Lebanon

The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Lebanon for 1,500 TOW missiles and associated equipment. This proposed sale will help to improve the security of a country that has been and continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East, the DSCA stated

The Sinai – An Epicenter of a Mounting Islamist Insurgency

A recent attack on a military vessel north to Rafah is the second attack against a maritime Egyptian target in the Mediterranean, conducted by ISIS affiliated group and a part of the group's initiative to extend the theaters of conflict beyond the territory of Sinai. Dr. Shaul Shay on the region and the Islamic State's Egypt affiliate: Sinai Province

Scene of car explosion in Gaza, July 19, 2015 (Photo: Arab Social Media)

ISIS Blamed for String of Car Bombs Detonated in Gaza City

Several vehicles belonging to members of Hamas' and Islamic Jihad's military wings exploded in the Gaza Strip Sunday morning. Suspicions point to an Islamic State-affiliated group in the Gaza Strip

Weapons confiscated during the apprehension of the terror cell (Photo: IDF Blog)

IDF and ISA Join Forces to Arrest Assailant of June 19 Attack

On June 19, 2015, a terrorist stopped an Israeli vehicle, pretending to ask for directions. When the vehicle stopped, he opened fire, moderately injuring one civilian and severely injuring Danny Gonen, who later succumbed to his wounds. Nearly a month later, the terrorist cell was captured in a joint Israel Security Agency (ISA) and IDF operation
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