The US and Israel have repeatedly, and correctly, stressed that Iran and Syria are directly behind Hezbollah's recent actions.
The clearest sign of this was the rocket attack on Haifa. Ha'aretz reports that the missiles were of the Fajar model. What the article fails to mention is that the Fajar is an Iranian built rocket with a range of 45-75 kilometers. More info on the rocket here (the article entitled: albawaba.com: Israel Fears Hizbullah Rockets) and here.
Breaking News- Three blasts have gone off in the Egyptian resort town on Dahab and reports indicate that the casualty numbers are high.
Of note: Dahab is packed with tourists this week who are celebrating the Coptic Easter holiday. The Copts have been frequent targets of Islamist attacks and I would suspect they were the main targets here. No group has yet claimed responsibility, but it is likely that this was an Egyptian based group, possibly affiliated with al-Qaeda.
The last attack of this type targeted Israeli tourists, but Israelis were not likely the main target this time, as few Israelis are vacationing in Egypt at this time (Israelis were on vacation last week for the Passover holiday).
A new offshoot of the Fatah party has claimed responsibility for a suicide attack in the West Bank this evening that killed three Israelis. The claim of responsibility was first broadcast on Hezbollah-controlled al-Manar television in Lebanon. This is the first suicide attack against Israelis that has been claimed by a group other than Islamic Jihad since February 2005.
ABC's local affiliate in North Carolina reports that a Muslim student drove an SUV into a group of students gathered at a popular UNC-Chapel Hill campus spot on Friday.It was an intentional attack in retribution for the treatment of Muslims around the world, according to the statement given to police by the driver, Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar.There were injuries but no deaths.
Taheri-azar, who is 22, was born in Iran but grew up near Charlotte.The news accounts do not indicate his citizenship status.He graduated from UNC in 2005 and currently lives in Chapel Hill.He called the incident in himself, and upon surrendering evidently baited police -- explaining he had acted to avenge Muslims and "If you want to know why I did it, go check my bed at my apartment."A search was conducted; no reports yet on whether anything of interest was found.
Pedestrians were evidently lucky that the jihadist was not a very competent driver. He told police he tried to rent the biggest SUV he could find to use in the attack, but he failed to kill anyone.
While the mainstream media seems to have missed (or ignored) this story, Robert Spencer's Jihad Watch has it, as does Michelle Malkin.
The International Atomic Energy Agency has now confirmed that a 15-page document obtained by Iran on the nuclear black market shows how to cast fissile uranium into metal and was “related to the fabrication of nuclear weapon components.”
Given today's agreement by Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States on referring the nuclear issue to the U.N. Security Council, it will be interesting to see what role this information has in the upcoming IAEA report.
Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon has apparently suffered a significant stroke, just hours before he was scheduled to undergo a heart procedure. Early reports indicate he has bleeding around his brain, is on a respirator, and may have partial paralysis of the legs. Former Jerusalem mayor Ehud Olmert will be acting prime minister until Sharon is able to retake control of the government. More news as it becomes available.