New York Times: The Bush administration is rushing a delivery of precision-guided bombs to Israel, which requested the expedited shipment last week after beginning its air campaign against Hezbollah targets in Lebanon, American officials said Friday.
Bloomberg: President George W. Bush and his closest ally, U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair, will meet in Washington next week to discuss the crisis in the Middle East, the Iraq war and Iran's nuclear ambitions, the White House announced.
TIME: Last Friday there was no real reason to believe that an Israeli warship plying the Mediterranean to enforce the Israeli Defense Force's naval blockade of Lebanon was in danger. Hizballah may have been busy shooting rockets primarily 122mm Kaytushas with an estimated range of 12 to 17 miles at towns in northern Israel, but Israel's intelligence agencies had no indication that the militant Shi'ite group had anything in its arsenal that could hit a ship at sea. That all changed when an Iranian-supplied C802 missile slammed into the deck and killed four soldiers.
Bloomberg: China and Russia may be reneging on commitments to demand that Iran stop enriching uranium, a British diplomat said after giving the United Nations Security Council a resolution threatening the Islamic nation with economic penalties for refusing to comply.
Daily Telegraph: The UN Security Council should this week be discussing how to punish Iran for refusing to halt its uranium-enrichment programme. Instead, the world's leading powers are trying to bring a halt to the escalating violence in Israel and Lebanon, and Iran's nuclear programme has fallen off the international agenda.
Reuters: Iran accused the United States on Thursday of trying to obstruct talks to end a standoff over Tehran's nuclear programme, while Washington said its fears had risen because Iranians had witnessed North Korean missile tests.
AKI: A spokesman for an Iranian militant group which claims to have 55,000 would-be suicide bombers among its members said on Thursday that 27 of its men have joined Hezbollah militias in Lebanon to fight against Israel.
Reuters: Russia is prepared to back a United Nations resolution giving Iran a deadline to respond to a package of incentives on its nuclear program, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying on Thursday.
Reuters: Iran on Thursday once again rejected international calls for it to scrap nuclear fuel production and accused the United States of trying to obstruct a diplomatic solution to its atomic dispute with the West.
Washington Times: Former senior U.S. and Israeli officials called yesterday for the United States to rally the international community to impose sanctions on Iran and push Arab allies to work against Hezbollah and Hamas.
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