K.S. Rajan (24 Nov 2011)
"report by BILL KOENIG"


A massive explosion rocked a Hezbollah stronghold near Siddiqin in the southern coastal city of Tyre in southern Lebanon overnight Wednesday, a security source told The Daily Star. There were no reports of injuries.
Local media said the explosion likely took place at a Hezbollah arms cache.
American blogger Richard Silverstein claimed Israel was behind the explosion. Quoting an Israeli official with "considerable military experience," the blogger wrote "IDF military intelligence (Aman) has out foxed Hezbollah by deliberately crash-landing a booby-trapped Trojan Horse drone in southern Lebanon.
Russia may target U.S. missile defense sites

Russia will deploy new missiles aimed at U.S. missile defense sites in Europe if Washington goes ahead with the planned shield despite Russia's concerns, President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday.
Russia will station missiles in its westernmost Kaliningrad region and other areas if Russia and NATO fail to reach a deal on the U.S.-led missile defense plans, he said in a tough statement that seemed to be aimed at rallying domestic support.
Russia considers the plans for missile shields in Europe, including in Romania and Poland, to be a threat to its nuclear forces, but the Obama administration insists they are meant to fend off a potential threat from Iran.
Russia warns West against 'unacceptable' sanctions on Iran
Iran sanctions targeting financial sector as 'futile, repetitious efforts'
and a 'show of hostility' by Western nations