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IDF Facebook mission leak 4, March 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in American ME Relations, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.
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The much vaunted Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) had to call off a raid on a village in the Palestinian territories after some genius posted details of it on his facebook site.

“On Wednesday we clean up Qatanah, and on Thursday, god willing, we come home.”

Additionally, the soldier disclosed the name of the combat unit involved.

This news comes the week after the Pentagon stated that it would allow US soldiers access to Twitter and Facebook. What can possibly go wrong?

Article catch up 29, May 2009

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Bahrain, China and the ME, Egypt, French IR, LNG, Middle East.
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– Interestingly, it is being suggested that Turkey might be acting as an intermediary for America in persuading Kyrgyzstan to retain their US base.

– MEI blog and Marc Lynch on Obama scheduling a visit to Riyadh just before he gives his much-hyped speech in Cairo.

Commentary on Bahrain’s new proposals to augment migrant worker’s rights being significantly watered down by business interests.

Bomb at Iranian mosque in the run up to the elections.

– Thailand building LNG regasification facilities to receive LNG from the Middle East.

– Yemen are about to join Qatar et al in the exporting of LNG.

– On the Middle East’s expected increase in defense spending.

– Marc Lynch on the importance of Arab opinion polls.

– MEI blog on the Iranian un/blocking of Facebook and Microsoft’s bizarre decision to ban Messenger in various embargoed countries and on the French base in the UAE.

– China is now the largest exporter to the Middle East having over-taken the US. Hat tip: Silk Road Economy via the Arabist.

– On the possibility of China creating its own Al Jazeera.

– On the surprisingly close Israeli-Iranian relations below governmental level. See also ‘Treacherous Alliances.’