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Operation Entebbe (1976) Operation Entebbe (military codename Operation Thunderbolt) is often hailed as one of the most daring rescue missions in history. On June 27, 1976, Air France Flight 139 left Tel Aviv in Israel and after a stop over at Athens in Greece departed for Paris, the French capital. There were 248 passengers and 12 crew members on board when the plane was hijacked by members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of [...]

US President Barack Obama became the first sitting American President to visit the Japanese town of Hiroshima, 71 years after it was targeted by a nuclear weapon. The US Army Air Forces (USAAF) dropped an atomic bomb on the city on August 6, 1945, during WWII. President Obama’s visit came against the backdrop of USA’s highly strategic ‘Pivot to Asia’ foreign policy objective that seeks to increase US influence in the region to counter the [...]

El Al Flight 426 Date: July 23, 1968 One of the oldest and one of the longest episodes of commercial flight hijacking was when the El Al Flight 426 from Rome to Tel Aviv was taken over by members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and was forced to land in Algiers. Non-Israelis were released and the ensuing operation lasted 40 days. There were no fatalities and all 61 on board, including [...]

When they said “Revolutions go not backward”, they certainly did not imagine Syria. In the four and a half years of conflict, around 250,000 Syrians have lost their lives while another 11 million are displaced as refugees across the world. The Pro-democracy Protests The pro-democracy protests, which began in March 2011 in Deraa as an attempt to end the authoritarian regime, lift the emergency laws in place for 48 years and usher in greater political [...]

When the emergency workers at the explosion site close to Kizilay Square were picking up the severed body parts and pieces of machines, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was talking about “bringing down terror to its heel.” Forgive me for the cliche, but the job is easier said than done. While the rest of the world can read Sunday’s event as a car bomb attack in the capital city of Ankara, the people of [...]

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