Update at 1150 CT: According to Haaretz and with a tip of the hat to Ace, Shateri was a commander in the Quds Force -- those are the friendly guys who have been killing American soliders in Iraq and Afghanistan. I'm hoping Shateri had a sucking head wound and died of sepsis...
TEHRAN - The Iranian mission in Beirut on Thursday confirmed the assassination of Hassan Shateri, the head of the Iranian delegation in charge of developmental projects in Lebanon, by the terrorist groups in Syria.
The embassy said in a statement that Hassan Shateri was assassinated by terrorist groups in Syria while he was on his way back to Lebanon from the Syrian city of Aleppo.
Martyr Shateri who was in Aleppo to implement reconstruction and development projects in that city, was assassinated by Syrian terrorists while he was on his way to the Damascus airport to return to Lebanon, the Islamic republic news agency reported.
'Reconstruction and development' of Aleppo: starting with the leveling of the city...
The Iranian development delegation headed by Martyr Shateri played a major role in reconstructing southern Lebanon after the Zionist regime's 33-day war against the country in 2006.
Especially with the digging of tunnels and bunkers...
Martyr Shateri was highly respected by Hezbollah the Lebanese people and officials.
The Lebanese newspaper al-Safir reported on Thursday that martyr Shateri was in Aleppo to study some reconstruction projects in parts of the Syrian city.
He was like an archeologist, there to see the ruins...
A ceremony is to be held for martyr Shateri in Iran's Embassy in Beirut later on Thursday.
link at AOSHQ says it was a commander in the Qods forces: Al-Manar did not disclose the name of the Iranian official and only described him as the head of an Iranian agency responsible for "rebuilding Lebanon." According to the report, the incident occurred on Syrian soil when the Iranian official was on his way back from Damascus to Lebanon.
An Iranian independent news website - mashreghnews.ir - reported earlier that the name of the Iranian official was Gen. Hassan Shateri, a commander in the Guard's Quds Force. The report said the attack was carried out by "mercenaries of the Zionist regime," however the credibility of the report is unclear.
The report added that Gen. Ghasem Soleimani, the head of the Guard's Quds Force, visited Shateri's family to express his condolences. The website did not provide additional details about his death.
The Quds Force is Iran's main organization dealing with international terrorist activity with the cooperation of several different terrorist organizations which are backed by Iran. In the past, Israeli intelligence officials described Soleimani as the central figure in Iran's terrorist network.
Posted by: Frank G ||
I guess "Mission Official" is what the cool kids are calling it these days.
The 'Iranian Development delegation' were probably logistics or security advisers.
Posted by: lord garth ||
Heh. A sucking head wound. I would need to see that to understand it. Sepsis tho takes a while.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike ||
It's always good to hear of Iranians taking casualties, for a change. I wonder how many they have taken since the start of hostilities in Syria. In theory, Syria ought not run out of manpower. Iran certainly has more than enough warm bodies to bring to the fight.
per this, the total of Hezbollah plus Basij is probably below 1000; however, there may be some unreported
Posted by: lord garth ||
the total of Hezbollah plus Basij is probably below 1000; however, there may be some unreported
We had 500K GI's in-country during the Vietnam War, at a time when the population was around 200m. Iran probably has the economy to support 200K troops (out of 20m odd military-age Iranian males) in Syria, assuming they're equipped mainly with light weaponry. The only issue is that this would alienate the large contingent of Sunnis that continue to support Assad.
Four police officers have been killed and five others were wounded when a vehicle exploded at a road police post in Russian republic of Dagestan. The blast happened during a routine road inspection.
The initial explosion killed three policemen, and the fourth died from his wounds in a hospital hours later. One person still remains unaccounted for. The suicide bomber's body was so badly damaged by the blast that nothing's left of him, according to one source.
The yield of the explosive device was estimated to be about 100 kilograms of TNT. The explosion left a crater 1.5 meters deep and 4 meters in diameter, and badly damaged a checkpoint building.
Hours after the blast, local security forces spotted a gang of terrorists militants that may have been connected to the suicide bombing. The group was cornered near a local village, and an operation against them is underway. Police also uncovered a hidden cache in which explosives may have been prepared before being loaded into the car.
The blast occurred near the entrance to the city of Khasavyurt, Dagestan, early in the morning as police ordered a driver to stop his car for an ID check. By intercepting the explosives-carrying vehicle at a checkpoint outside the city center, security officials prevented an attack in a more densely populated area.
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By Chris Covert
Separate operations in Gomez Palacio, Durango and in Torreon Coahuila led to the arrest of three suspects, freeing of four kidnapping victims and seizure of several classes of munitions including explosives, according to Mexican news reports.
This is the first news of successful countercrime operations since the start of the newly dubbed Operativo Laguna last week, a joint security operation now commanded and coordinated by the Mexican XI Military Region based in Torreon, Coahuila. La Laguna is a similar to a twin cities area which incorporates several municipalities including Torreon and Matamoros in Coahuila state and Ciudad Lerdo and Gomez Palacio, in Durango state.
According to a news dispatch posted on the website of yancuic.com news daily, an operation by the Mexican Army and Durango state Direccion Estatal de Investigacion (DEI), Policia Federal and Policia Estatal Acreditable (PEA) in Gomez Palacio yielded guns, ammunition and explosives.
The raid took place on calle 16 de Septiembre 1004 in Bella Vista colony near Zona Centro, where security elements were dispatched to investigate the presence of men acting suspiciously.
The suspects had fled the scene, escaping detention. Security forces seized two fragmentation grenades, 6 sausage shaped explosives (probably Tovex), 88 detonators, a roll of white wick, 50 rounds of 7.62x63 (.30 06 caliber) ammunition, 18 rounds of .223 caliber ammunition, an undisclosed amount and type of spent cartridge casings and two banners with undisclosed messages to the authorities.
It is worth noting that Tovex is the type of explosive used in the July 16th, 2010 Ciudad Juarez car bomb which killed three, and was probably used in last summer's car bomb in Neuvo Laredo in Tamaulipas. Tovex is a commercial grade explosive typically used in Mexico for mining. The Mexican state petroleum enterprise PEMEX is known to use Tovex.
Meanwhile in Torreon Coahuila, a kidnapping operation was dismantled by Torreon municipal police agents, yielding a number of seized munitions.
According to a separate report posted on the website of yancuic.com, a municipal patrol element observed an armed suspect with a rifle in Sol de Oriente colony, who then fled inside a residence. A brief pursuit led to the arrest of four individuals.
The detainees were identified as Ismael Hernandez Ruiz, 37, AKA El Enano, of Matamoros, Coahuila, Edgar Castro Rogelio Menchaca, 20, AKA The Pump, of Torreon, Coahuila, Monica Elizabeth Esparza Castro AKA La Negra, 25, of Torreon, Cahuila and Alfredo Domínguez Alanis, 40, of Torreon, Coahuila, identified as the alleged leader.
Inside the residence police found and released three unidentified kidnapping victims.
Police also seized two AK-47 rifles, one AK-74 rifle, one AR-15 automatic rifle, one AR-15 5.56mm rifle, one 12 gauge double barrel shotgun, 30 weapons magazines, 1,252 rounds of ammunition (.223 caliber, 7.62mm, .32 caliber, .38 Special, .22 caliber and 9mm), two bulletproof vests, 11 Kenwood brand portable radios, five pairs of tactical boots, one sniper scope and one pair of handcuffs.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
North Korea has about 100 mobile launch platforms for ballistic missiles, which could pose the biggest threat to South Korea if the regime succeeds in miniaturizing nuclear warheads. It would be hard to detect these heavy trucks and strike them because they keep moving around.
"That's why they're called 'mobile', Jimmy."
A government source in Seoul on Wednesday said South Korean and U.S. intelligence agencies believe that the North has some 100 of these platforms for medium-range ballistic missiles such as the Scud and Rodong, which have all of South Korea within range.
There are about 27 to 40 mobile launch platforms for the Scud missiles, which have a range between 300 and 1,000 km; 27 to 40 for the Rodong missiles with a range of 1,300 km, and 14 for the Musudan missiles with a range between 3,000 and 4,000 km. The North has an estimated 640 Scud missiles and 150 to 250 Rodong missiles.
The mobile missile launchers would make it harder for South Korea and the U.S. to launch a pre-emptive strike using the so-called "kill chain" in an emergency. A "kill chain" is the process of detecting, identifying and intercepting missiles. The Defense Ministry has mapped out a plan to establish a 30-minute "kill chain" system by 2015. A spokesman on Wednesday said this includes ship-to-shore and submarine-to-ground cruise missiles.
Some pundits believe the ministry is exaggerating the power of the "kill chain" and new missiles to calm anxiety in the wake of the North's nuclear test.
During the Gulf War in 1991, the U.S. had a great deal of trouble finding and destroying Iraq's mobile Scud missile launch platforms. It sent aircraft on as many as 1,460 sorties to hunt Scud missiles and boasted that they destroyed some 100 such missile platforms. But analysis afterward showed that not a single Scud missile launch platform was destroyed completely.
It is not impossible to detect Scud or Rodong missiles, which use liquid fuel, before they are launched, because it takes between an hour-and-a-half to three hours to fuel them up. But experts say that detecting is one thing and destroying another.
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By Chris Covert
A total of four unidentified individuals were killed in an armed encounter with Mexican Army road patrol in Matamoros in Tamaulipas Tuesday afternoon, according to Mexican news reports and government news releases.
According to an El Universal news wire dispatch posted on the website of El Diario de Coahuila news daily, the gunfight took place at around 1310 hrs in Paradiso colony near the intersection of calles Nevado de Toluca and Sierra Tarahumara.
The armed suspects were travelling aboard a Chevrolet Suburban when the encounter took place. Following the confrontation several weapons were found inside the vehicle including three rifles, a handgun, 28 weapons magazines and ammunition.
In Reynosa, according to the same news dispatch, two men were found shot to death aboard a Toyota Tundra Monday night. The vehicle was found by police on Avenida Luis Donaldo Colosio near the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge at around 2000 hrs.
The victims were identified as Claudio Hernandez Velazquez, 28 and Miguel Angel Flores Velazquez, 18. Inside the vehicle authorities also found guns, grenades and tactical gear.
Meanwhile in Nuevo Laredo one unidentified 47 year old woman was shot to death and four others were wounded in an attack on a dance hall, according to a news release posted on the website of the Tamaulipas state Procuraduria General del Estado (PGE) or attorney general office.
The attack took place at around 2300 hrs Monday night at the Themis dance hall in Prolongacio Guerrero in Campestre colony. The woman was taken to receive medical attention before she succumbed to her wounds.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
Russia said it had killed on Wednesday a terrorist militant wanted for bombing an outdoor market in the North Caucasus in 2010.
Security forces gunned down Sultangery Khashagulgov and one of three brothers suspected of staging an attack on a busy market in the North Ossetia capital of Vladikavkaz that killed 19 people in 2010.
Khashagulgov, a businessman and former minister in charge of construction in the province of Ingushetia, was killed when he opened fire on security forces who attempted to arrest him at his home in the regional capital of Nazran. Security forces had earlier detained Khashagulgov's brothers Isa and Yakuba.
Three bombs targeted law enforcement officials in Dagestan late on Tuesday. No one was killed in the attacks. A police officer was taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds after a separate late-night shooting.
Gunmen also opened fire late on Tuesday on the main offices of the Investigative Committee, the government's criminal investigation agemcy, in Makhachkala, Dagestan's provincial capital. There were no reported injuries.
Knock off the "Intelligent Design" Crap.
Use something else.
Posted by: Redneck Jim ||
keep it up, GBUSMC. You add to the page, unlike some
Posted by: Frank G ||
I don't object to the pictures, I object to everything being called "Intelligent Design"
Posted by: Redneck Jim ||
In other news of Intelligent Design on this day Gallup says, "With President Barack Obama's first term characterized by strained relations between Pakistan and the U.S., more than nine in 10 Pakistanis (92%) disapprove of U.S. leadership and 4% approve, the lowest approval rating Pakistanis have ever given." But everyone was supposed to love us after George W. left office and the smartest man in the world and beyond became supreme leader.
A great set of legs and a wonderful butt on a woman have to be intelligent design.
You want bird legs and flat butts on your women?
Posted by: Bill Clinton ||
Heart Evangelista is light years ahead of Diego-san.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
From a physically relevant Intelligent-Design perspective, yes. But the robot is from an emotionally relevant design perspective. That would be helful in dealing with certain people like SecState officials, people of the leftward-political persuasion (perhaps an overlap with the former tho) and some Rantburg commenters.
[An Nahar] Syrian regime forces on Wednesday stormed a house in the Bekaa border area of Masharii al-Qaa and tried to kidnap Lebanese nationals Omar Youssef Krumbi and Ali Ahmed Zaarour, but one of them managed to escape, MTV reported.
The TV network said the security sources declined to give further information but noted that the relevant authorities are conducting contacts in a bid to identify the circumstances of the abduction.
In May 2012, Lebanese citizen Mohammed Hassan al-Turkmani was kidnapped from his house in al-Qaa.
Also in May, media reports said Syrian troops crossed over into Leb and kidnapped Mohammed Mahmoud Ibrahim near the town of al-Abboudiyeh in Akkar.
On May 11, members of the rebel Free Syrian Army kidnapped two Lebanese citizens and a Syrian national. The Lebanese Jaafar clan retaliated by abducting some 50 members of the opposition in the Syrian border towns of Zeita and al-Burhaniyeh.
The Syrian army has repeatedly infiltrated Lebanese territory in the North and Bekaa since the eruption of anti-regime protests in Syria in March 2011.
It has kidnapped Lebanese citizens for various undisclosed reasons and taken them to Syria before releasing them.
[Xinhua] One suspect was detained as part of an investigation into a blast at the Turkish-Syrian border gate Cilvegozu in Turkey's southern province Hatay on Wednesday, local newspaper Today's Zaman reported on its website.
At least 14 people including three Turkish citizens were killed and dozen others injured in the blast, which apparently targeted Syrian opposition figures who were supposed to go through the area of incident.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to take actions on the explosion after the investigation into the case is completed.
"We will wait patiently until the details of a deadly bomb attack at the Cilvegozu border gate are fully clarified, and will then take all required steps without hesitation," said Erdogan.
Reyhanli town, where the Cilvegozu gate is located, is 45 km from Syria's Idlib and 60 km from Aleppo, the two towns that have become the main battlefields between the Syrian rebels and President Bashar al-Assad's forces.
[Xinhua] At least three pro-government militiamen were wounded in a bomb explosion in Yemen's southern province of Abyan on Tuesday night, a security official told Xinhua Wednesday.
The bomb went off outside the pro-government militiamen headquarters in Jaar town in Abyan province, injuring at least three people at the scene, the local security official said on condition of anonymity.
"A huge blast took place near a building held by pro-government militiamen in Abyan. The building was partially damaged. However, it caused no loss of life and only three people were injured," the security source said.
Witnesses told Xinhua that the two-floor building in Jaar town "was hit by an explosive that seemed large" and "small damage" was caused.
The bomb attack was perpetrated by attackers of the al-Qaida terrorist group, according to local officials.
The al-Qaida militants frequently use improvised explosive devices, including roadside bombs, against the security forces, pro-government militiamen and intelligence officials in southern regions.
[Dawn] Two men were killed and three others maimed in what police suspected was a sectarian attack on three shops in Gulbahar's hardware market on Tuesday, police said.
The Gulbahar area, a low-income neighbourhood in the city's central district, has become Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... 's new hotbed of sectarian, political and ethnic terrorism, where as many as 25 people have been targeted since Jan 1, police said.
They said that four assailants riding two cycle of violences emerged near Peetal Gali in Gulbahar within the remit of the Rizvia cop shoppe, opened indiscriminate fire on people present at the three shops in the market and sped away.
An eyewitness told the police that one of the attackers took off his helmet to carry out the shooting and put it on again before fleeing.
Five people sustained bullet wounds and were rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.
One of them, identified as Malik Niaz, was pronounced dead on arrival, while Wajid, Nizam, Hatim and Idrees were admitted for treatment. However, women are made to be loved, not understood... The police said that deceased Niaz had a hardware shop in Korangi and he had come to the market to buy goods. The second victim and other maimed worked in the three shops.
Fear and panic gripped the locality and the hardware market was shut in protest against the killings. The market association also announced that business would remain closed on Wednesday.
Following the killings, police authorities suspended Rizvia SHO Mohammad Rashid.
The police were not sure about the exact motive for the attack.
DIG-West Javed Odho said that the police suspected that it was an attack on sectarian grounds, but investigations were under way to gather facts.
He conceded that trouble had been brewing in Gulbahar and its adjoining areas. The situation in this particular area was complex and multi-dimensional. Sectarian, political and ethnic forces were active in the area, he observed.
Earlier on Monday night, a policeman had been bumped off in the same area in what was seen as a sectarian attack.
MQM man rubbed out
A political activist was rubbed out in Korangi on Tuesday.
Police said that gunnies riding a cycle of violence targeted Azmat Khan, 30, in Chakra Goth within the remit of the Zaman Town cop shoppe and fled. He was driving his car when the assailants fired at him.
The victim died before he could be taken to hospital. The police shifted the body to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for medico-legal formalities.
The police said that the victim was an officer-bearer of the Muttahida Organising Committee of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement ...English: United National Movement, generally known as MQM, is the 3rd largest political party and the largest secular political party in Pakistain with particular strength in Sindh. From 1992 to 1999, the MQM was the target of the Pak Army's Operation Cleanup leaving thousands of urdu speaking civilians dead... 's organizational structure in Korangi.
Killing in Clifton
A man was rubbed out in Clifton on Tuesday, police said.
They said that assailants riding a cycle of violence sprayed a car with bullets in Clifton Block-4 near the Russian Consulate within the remit of the Boat Basin cop shoppe.
They said that Essa Khan, who was driving the car, suffered serious gunshot wounds. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. He's dead, Jim! on arrival.
The police said that apparently the killing was an outcome of some personal enmity.
The victim was also carrying a weapon in the car, they said, adding that he was a resident of Lyari.
Three killed in 'encounter'
Three alleged bandidos were killed in what the police described as an encounter on the Northern Bypass in the early hours of Tuesday.
Police said that as many as eight bandidos snatched a container-mounted trailer laden with several tonnes of pulses near the Northern Bypass within the remit of the Manghopir cop shoppe. One of the workers sitting on the roof of the vehicle called the owner of the cargo, who informed the police helpline, the police said.
The trailer was signalled to stop by the police at a checkpoint. However, today is that tomorrow you were thinking about yesterday... the suspects opened fire on the police and tried to escape. The police returned fire and killed three of them. Their other accomplices managed to escape.
The bodies were shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities.
The police claimed to have recovered three pistols from the possession of the dear departed.
Man rubbed out in North Nazimabad
A civil work contractor was rubbed out in a North Nazimabad area on Tuesday evening, police said.
They said that armed motorcyclists targeted 25-year-old Jehangir on Shahrah-e-Noorjehan when was going somewhere in his car. The victim died before he could be taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.
The police said that he was a contractor working with the Bloody Karachi Metropolitan Corporation and lived in North Nazimabad's Block Q.
Before leaving home, he had told his family that he was going to a nearby hospital, North Nazimabad SP Khurram Waris said.
[An Nahar] Syrian rebels took control of most of a strategic army base in northern Syria after a fierce firefight with Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad's Horror of Homs... forces on Wednesday, a monitoring group said.
The military complex, known as Base 80, is tasked with securing the nearby Aleppo international airport as well as the Nayrab military airport.
Rebels launched a coordinated assault on both airports on Tuesday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which added that most of Base 80 "has come under hard boy control".
Dozens of fighters and troops have been killed in the fighting, the Britannia-based Observatory said.
Activists have said Aleppo's beturbanned goons shifted their focus from targets in the quiet provincial capital to air bases because they are a source of ammunition and weaponry, and to put out of action warplanes used to bomb rebel bastions.
In Aleppo city itself, meanwhile, electricity or water supplies were down on Wednesday for a fourth day in a row, said the anti-regime Aleppo Media Center, warning of a "humanitarian disaster" in what was once Syria's commercial hub.
Commenting on the rebels' advance in Aleppo province, Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said the army may be giving up on parts of northern Syria in order to secure the center.
"The army is barely resisting the rebels' advance on bases in the north. Meanwhile, ...back at the revival hall, Buford bit the snake and Eloise began speaking in tongues... it is resisting with ferocity the beturbanned goons in Daraya (southwest of Damascus ...The capital of Iran's Syrian satrapy... ) and Homs (central Syria)," Abdel Rahman told Agence La Belle France Presse.
"The regime understands it cannot survive a transition without securing some land to bargain with," he added.
Despite the advances, regime warplanes carried out several air raids on rebel areas in Aleppo province on Wednesday while army tanks shelled the east Damascus district of Jobar, the Observatory said.
At least eight non-combatants were killed in Jobar, it said.
Insurgents have secured enclaves in the eastern and southern suburbs of Damascus, and the army is trying hard to push them out, the watchdog said.
On the eastern and western edges of the central city of Homs, rebels clashed with troops on two main highways, a rebel commander said.
Arraba Idriss told AFP via Skype that the beturbanned goons are trying to "ease the pressure on people trapped in districts that have been besieged and bombarded" for some eight months by the army.
At least 121 people were killed in violence across Syria on Wednesday, half of them civilians, the Observatory said.
[MAGHAREBIA] A Nouakchott court charged two Mauritanian nationals with trying to join al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), AFP quoted a judicial source as saying on Tuesday (February 12th). The men allegedly planned to fight in Mali.
Suspect Brahim Ould Hmeida is the older brother of one of the terrorists involved in last month's Algeria gas field attack. He was also accused of involvement in the 2007 Aleg murder of a French tourist family.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.