July 23, 2014                            
Dossier: Israeli Defense Technology

Israel forces make heavy use of drones, improved Iron Dome

Compiled by Miles Yu

Putin kicks off Latin tour
in Havana, recalling
the Cold War chill

Russian President Vladimir Putin is making a big statement aimed at the United States by choosing Cuba as his first stop on a 6-day visit to Latin America.

Vladimir Putin with Fidel Castro.

However, Putin's Cuba trip is not just a passive aggressive dig at Washington. It has prompted real national security concerns for the U.S.

For many months, a Russian naval intelligence-gathering naval ship has been anchoring in Havana harbor.

In addition the two nations have agreed to re-open a signals intelligence facility in in Lourdes, south of Havana and only 155 miles off the U.S. coast.

ISIL's 'gang of thieves' in Turkey stole 1,800 vehicles for operations
ANKARA - Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has formed a huge fleet of vehicles stolen from Turkey. A leading Turkish daily reported that ISIL was deploying nearly 2,000 Turkish vehicles in Syria. The Milliyet newspaper said the vehicles were stolen in Turkey over the last year and included pickup trucks and vans. "ISIL was operating gangs of thieves in Turkey," Milliyet said.
Middle East Report
Sources: How Israel's intelligence failed to predict new Hamas War

"The intelligence agencies assessed that there could be a brief spike in rocket attacks, but nothing anywhere near what we've seen now."

A rocket is fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip on July 9. EPA

Focus on the Persian Gulf States
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Northeast Asia Report
Japan to supply Vietnam with large patrol vessels to deal with China
Japan again demonstrates resolve with procurement of MV-22 Ospreys

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