Two questioned after bomb blast injured 12 British, Chinese and Japanese tourists in Maldives capital Male Saturday<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 1, 2007
debkafile: US and Indian navies have been holding joint exercises in the proximity of the islands, at the meeting point of the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal. It was the first bombing attack ever in the Maldives. Witnesses report seeing nails scattered at the site of the blast. The Indian Ocean archipelago, with a Muslim population of 330,000, is south Asia's top luxury destination.
At least 12 British, Chinese and Japanese tourists injured in bomb blast in Maldives capital Male<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 29, 2007
debkafile: US and Indian navies have been holding joint exercises in the proximity of the islands, at the meeting point of the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Reports: India proposes collaborating with Israel on a new unmanned combat helicopter to counter Chinese C-802 missile<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 18, 2007
Israel's outgoing Navy commander Maj. Gen. Dan Bashat discussed the project during his talks with his opposite number Adm. Sureesh Mehta in India last week, debkafile's military sources report. Adm. Mehta estimated that the Indian Navy could use 40-50 helicopters of this kind.
Indian and Israeli warships face the same threat since Pakistan acquired C-802 shore-to-sea missiles from China. Both have therefore opted for the same antidote, a sophisticated unmanned combat helicopter.
Pro-Taliban Islamists end truce with Pakistan government in North Waziristan as two suicide bombers kill 11 soldiers Sunday in second attack in two days
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 15, 2007
Saturday, 24 Pakistani soldiers died in a similar attack in the same region bordering Afghanistan. President Pervez Musharraf has sent thousands of troops to the northwestern frontier to crack down on Islamist militants preparing a jihad against his government for killing 86 radicals in the battle of the Red Mosque in Islamabad last week.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 23, 2007
The test was carried out Sunday at a military launch base in Orissa, in Balasore district. The missile, which has a range of nearly 300 km and carries a conventional warhead of 300 kilos has maximum speed of 2.8 Mach
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 9, 2007
At least one soldier was injured. The casualties are all believed to be Canadian, which together with Britons make up the bulk of the south Afghan force.
This week NATO and Afghan troops recaptured Sangin district in Helmand province after two days of fighting. More than 1,000 NATO and Afghan troops, supported by air strikes, drove Taliban out of the northern tip of Helmand in Operation Achilles.
Solomon Islands declares emergency after sudden Pacific tsunami devastates one or more towns leaving at least 20 dead
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 3, 2007
An undersea quake of 8.0 magnitude early Monday washed away people and property along the Gizo coast, raising concerns for outlying islands. Papua New Guinea has been affected. Australia has suspended ferry traffic from its western coast.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 26, 2007
There is fighting going on in the airport north of the capital Colombo, but no immediate details. The island's Tamil Tiger rebellion has left some 68,000 dead in two decades.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 26, 2002
On December 20,DEBKA-Net-Weeklyran an exclusive report on the dual rationale behind what appears to be North Korea's nuclear blackmail. Firstly, Kim is determined to retain his independence of action in foreign and state policy. Second, by weaving his munitions industry and nuclear weapons production into Middle East and Gulf flashpoints, he gains leverage on world issues and breaks down the pressures on him by spreading his wings far from his frontiers. This makes it hard for Washington to deal with the North Korean nuclear program as a purely Asian issue.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 14, 2002
A shocked Indian prime minister, Behari Vajpayee, condemning the terrorist brutality perpetrated in the Indonesian resort island of Bali, urged the international community to end the practice of "conflicting views on terrorism." Speaking in London, on Monday, October 13, the Indian leader denounced Western double standards. "The problem," he said, "is that Western countries see their own terror better and do not see our terrorism as quite so serious."
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 13, 2002
No group claimed responsibility for the two car bombs that turned the Indonesian island paradise of Bali into a fiery inferno Saturday, October 12, killing close to 200 and maiming many hundreds. But the hand of al Qaeda was hard to miss.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 8, 2002
According to DEBKA-Net-Weekly's military sources in New Delhi, a group of Israel electronic warfare experts is helping the Indian army set up and operate six early warning stations along the 750-km Line of Control dividing disputed Kashmir, for picking up movements of military forces, armed men and explosives on the Pakistani side, and jamming the electronic surveillance instruments Pakistan trains on Indian territory. These stations are backed up by smaller electronic tracking and command centers, some mobile, and 10 bases operating Israel-made unmanned aerial vehicles armed with anti-tank weapons systems capable of demolishing fortifications, as well as reconnaissance.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 1, 2002
Two of the three wars fought by India and Pakistan since independence were over divided Kashmir. The fourth conflict looming ever closer focuses once again on the perennial dispute between the two nuclear neighbors. Yet debkafile's military and intelligence sources report that, if the match is lit, the two belligerents are planning to take the combat beyond Kashmir and deep into each other's heartlands. The vulnerable areas of India are Punjab in the north opposite Pakistani Punjab, Ganganagar in HaryanaState in the center on the fringes of the IndianDesert and Rajasthan in the south. Pakistan sees danger to its northern towns of Gujranwala and Lahore, its central region of Bahawalpur and Sind in the south.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 25, 2002
Pakistan's medium-range missile test on Saturday, May 25, was conducted the day after Indian prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee went off for a weekend rest in the hills, hinting he might give Pakistan another two months to crack down on Muslim militants stirring the flames in Kashmir. The nuclear-capable Ghauri missile, the first of a test series lasting till Tuesday, flew 900 miles, far enough to reach deep inside India. Announcing the launch, Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf told a religious gathering in Islamabad marking the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed: The missile showed "total accuracy". It hit the target, he said, intoning Allah-o-Akbar, three times.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 17, 2002
Ahead of the next US-led operation in Afghanistan, Army Maj.-Gen. Franklin L. "Buster" Hagenbeck informed reporters at Bagram Air Base Saturday, March 16, that the two-week Anaconda Operation around the Shah-e-Kot Valey had severely damaged the al Qaeda network, killed most of its most seasoned military leaders and destroyed so much of its ammunition that its members will have to find new ways of supporting and equipping themselves.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 8, 2002
debkafile 's military experts report the intense fighting over the past week in the mountains of Afghanistan south of Gardez, between the US 101st Airborne and 10th Mountain divisions and al-Qaeda and Taliban forces, is beginning to impinge on US preparations for its coming assault on Iraq.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 5, 2002
General Tommy Franks, head of the American Central Command, claims the United States has applied the lessons drawn from previous battle of the Afghan War, especially the Tora Bora engagement, in the current push against Taliban and al Qaeda strongholds south of Gardez in East Afghanistan. He promises that in this offensive, dubbed Operation Anaconda, the two forces will not get away across the border into Pakistan. They will have to surrender or be killed.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 3, 2002
The lingering Ayodhya dispute once again threatens the stability of India's coalition government. When the death toll from the Muslim-Hindu rampage in Gujarat, West India, crept over 350 on Saturday March 2, prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee pleaded for calm, declaring: "The burning alive of women and children is a blot on the country's face." But his appeal fell on deaf ears. The hundreds of troops deployed through the state failed to stem the killings, rioting and looting that spread out from the towns of Gujarat to outlying districts.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 26, 2002
The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Nepal, the world's backpackers' paradise, is being squeezed to death in the crossfire of big power and domestic conflicts. International airlines shun Kathmandu since India-Pakistan tensions over Kashmir loomed - on top of a vicious Maoist rebellion that has claimed 342 lives in the last nine days alone.