Tlass tries to take lead
Backed by Riyadh, Paris and Amman, dissident General Manaf Tlass is trying to federate Syria’s opposition. But the insurgents - and Qatar- are skeptical. [...]
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Behind the military operations that pit rebels from the Free Syrian Army against government forces lies another and more secretive tug-of-war: that of supplying the two warring camps. To buy gasoline and ordnance needed by its army, Syria is forced to flout American and European sanctions and call upon its Russian ally for assistance. As for the rebels, they rely on a coalition of Western and Gu [...]
Forget expensive electronic gear and secretive maneuvers once needed to tap into telephone lines. It's now possible technically - if not exactly legal - to intercept GSM communications with light and inexpensive equipment. Hackers have succeeded in building makeshift antenna relays to capture GSM transmissions and to even hack into Femtocell, a small cellular base station specially designed for ho [...]
Keen to end its reliance on small hacker units to carry out computer attacks, the Pentagon is developing technologies that will allow large-scale cyberwarfare to take place with practically no human intervention, much in the way that anti-missile defence systems [...]