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Robert Tollast
Assistant Foreign Editor


An Israeli army unmanned M113 vehicle being tested in 2013, when Israel's military began experimenting with   Photo: Israel Defence Force
Israel may be using vehicles as remote-controlled bombs in Gaza

Since 2013, Israel has been experimenting with turning obsolete armoured vehicles into unmanned guided systems

July 11, 2024, 11:31 AM
Israeli police and soldiers block a road as smoke rises in the background after two people were critically wounded by a rocket in the Golan Heights. EPA
Israel strikes Syrian targets in Golan after assassinating Hezbollah weapons man

Sources say that Hassan Nasrallah's former bodyguard Yasser Kranbish was targeted by Israel for his role in smuggling weapons from Syria

July 10, 2024, 4:26 PM
The Tuffah district east of Gaza city on July 8, 2024. A study by medical journal The Lancet estimates Palestinian deaths in war may reach 186,000. AFP
Lancet journal: Gaza war death toll may have reached 186,000

Report suggests that 7.9 per cent of Gaza population has died since the war began on October 7

July 08, 2024, 2:03 PM
Iranian warship Sahand capsizes in the port of Bandar Abbas. Authorities said the ship became unbalanced due to "water infiltration during repairs." Photo: Tasnim News Agency
Iranian warship capsizes in dock after accident

The Sahand was stationed in the southern port of Bandar Abbas

July 07, 2024, 12:51 PM
Lebanon's Deir Ammar power station in the northern city of Tripoli could be a potential target if war breaks out between Hezbollah and Israel. AFP
Israel and Hezbollah threaten to devastate power grids in war

Experts fear that infrastructure vital to every day life will be put out of action, affecting millions of civilians

July 03, 2024, 1:03 PM
Wreckage of a US Reaper drone shot down by the Houthi rebels over northern Yemen in April. EPA
Why multimillion-dollar drones no longer rule skies above war zones

US and Israeli drones have become increasingly vulnerable to attacks from Iran-backed militant groups

June 19, 2024, 3:22 AM
A drone boat captured from Yemen's Houthi rebels. AP
Houthi drone boat attack shows growing use of tactic

Small craft laden with explosives are difficult to spot and intercept

June 13, 2024, 9:35 AM
Members of Iraq's Popular Mobilisation Forces paramilitaries chant slogans ahead of the funeral of members of the group killed in a US strike in Baghdad in January. AFP
Iran-backed militias in Iraq step up warnings of attacks on US troops

Tensions rising as several paramilitary groups aim to remove American forces from Iraq

June 09, 2024, 12:47 PM
ISIS shorthand gif
How the rise and fall of ISIS changed Iraq forever

War on terrorist group between 2013 and 2017 killed about 60,000 Iraqis, displaced more than a million and caused $100 billion in damage

June 09, 2024, 4:00 AM
ISIS fighters parade through Mosul shortly after seizing control of the city in June 2014. AP
Remembering the day ISIS seized Mosul 10 years ago

Security in Iraq deteriorated throughout 2013 and early 2014, but one of Iraq's largest cities seemed to fall to ISIS overnight

June 07, 2024, 4:19 AM
Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Strip. Reuters
Hezbollah video confirms Iron Dome struck by missile

Footage posted by Lebanese group shows projectile hitting Israeli outpost

June 06, 2024, 5:58 AM
Smoke billows during Israeli bombardment on the southern Lebanese border village of Khiam on June 5. AFP
Netanyahu threatens escalation as Hezbollah intensifies drone tactics

Lebanon's powerful armed group is increasingly using new tactics in the eight-month-old conflict

June 05, 2024, 6:02 AM
A US F/A-18E Super Hornet takes off from an aircraft carrier. American air power has not yet been successful in the campaign against the Houthi rebels. Photo: US Navy
Stopping Houthi missiles: Campaign shows limits of air power

Commercial ships are avoiding the Red Sea despite campaign led by the US and UK to stop Houthi attacks

June 04, 2024, 1:23 PM
Iran has denied inspectors access to crucial sites and has refused to explain the presence of highly enriched, man-made uranium particles at three locations. AP
Iran increases uranium enrichment amid freeze in nuclear talks

Tehran has a large enough stock of enriched uranium to build a bomb, reports find

May 28, 2024, 2:29 PM
Troops work on a beached vessel, used for delivering aid to Palestinian, after it got stuck trying to help another vessel behind it.  Reuters
Aid ships drift away from US military's Gaza aid pier in rough seas

Experts say the pier is difficult to operate in rough seas

May 26, 2024, 5:19 AM