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(Sh.M.Network)-The B.O. regime will offer up to $33 million in rewards for information about top members of an Islamist thug group in Somalia linked to al-Qaeda, US officials said on Wednesday.
The rewards for seven leaders of the al-Shabaab ... the personification of Somali state failure... militia movement will be announced on Thursday by the State Department, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity ... for fear of being murdered... ahead of the announcement.
The bounties will be administered by the department's Rewards for Justice Program. It will be first time the programme has offered rewards for members of al-Shabaab, which is accused of terrorist attacks in Somalia,Uganda and Kenya.
The programme will offer up to $7 million for al-Shabaab's founder, Ahmed Abdi aw-Mohamed; up to $5 million each for his associates, Ibrahim Haji Jama, Fuad Mohamed Khalaf, Bashir Mohamed Mahamoud and Mukhtar Robow; and up to $3 million for Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi and Abdullahi Yare, according to the officials.
Al-Shabaab and al-Qaeda formally joined organizations earlier this year, though the ties between the groups already were strong. Al-Shabaab counts hundreds of imported muscle among its ranks, including fighters with experience in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
In April, the US government warned that it continues to receive information about potential terrorist threats aimed at US, Western and Kenyan targets inside Kenya.
[Al Ahram] The Islamist group Boko Haram ... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality... has grabbed credit for the killing of a former Nigerian deputy police chief in the northern city of Kano and vowed more of such attacks.
"Yesterday God gave us victory and we succeeded in killing a former DIG (deputy inspector general)... in Kano city," the sect said in an email statement to news hounds late Wednesday.
The group also vowed to carry out more of such killings of senior government officials.
"By God's grace very soon top government officials will have no peace as we will intensify attacks on them wherever they are," it said.
Two gunnies on a cycle of violencerubbed out Abubakar Saleh Ningi, his driver and a bodyguard in Kano on Tuesday, where Boko Haram has carried out a wave of attacks.
Ningi and other top coppers were relieved of duty in January following coordinated bomb and gun attacks in Kano, northern Nigeria's largest city and commercial centre, that killed at least 185 people.
[Al Ahram] An air raid struck the eastern outskirts of the Yemeni town Jaar in the Abyan ...a governorate of Yemen. The region was a base to the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army terrorist group until it dropped the name and joined al-Qaeda. Its capital is Zinjibar. In March 2011, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula declared the governate an Islamic Emirate after seizing control of the region. The New York Times fastidiously reported that those in control, while Islamic hard boyz, are not in fact al-Qaeda, but something else that looks, tastes, smells, and acts the same. Yemeni government forces launched an effort to re-establish control of the region when President-for-Life Saleh was tossed and the carnage continues... province that is controlled by Al-Qaeda on Thursday, killing five Islamist hard boyz and wounding three others, a local official stated.
Two other Al-Qaeda gunnies were killed in festivities with local Islamic fascistibelonging to the Popular Resistance Committees, who are fighting alongside the army, in the village of Batis, north of Jaar, the official said.
The festivities erupted when the hard boyz attempted to return to the village which they had controlled until they were chased out by the army last week.
And five more jihadists were killed in an ambush near Batis, the official added.
He said the ambush by pro-army Islamic fascistiwas led by a former Al-Qaeda beturbanned goon, Abdullah al-Sayed, who defected last year in protest at the presence of "foreigners" in the ranks of the Islamists group.
Yemeni forces launched an all-out offensive on 12 May aimed at reclaiming the Abyan picturesque provincial capital Zinjibar and other towns and cities lost to Al-Qaeda during the past year.
[Yemen Post] The Yemeni authorities have refused the visit of two placed in durance vile You have the right to remain silent... Belgians, Ebraheem Bali and Ezz-Adeen Tuhairi, in a prison of the Political Security, a spokeswoman of the Belgian Foreign Affairs Ministry told an Online Marib Press newspaper.
She said that they are suffering of severe fatigue after they were put in cells that are exposed to light around the clock, pointing out that the Yemeni authorities allowed to visit the detainees only one time.
She said that no charges were the Yemeni government did not make any charges against the detainees or refer them to justice, urging the government to apply Yemen's laws and ensure a fair trial to the detainees or deport them to their home.
A Yemeni human rights ...which often intentionally defined so widely as to be meaningless... group, Hood, had criticized the imprisonment conditions of the Belgian arrestees, accusing the Political Security of torturing them.
Hood had said that the seizure of the two Belgians contradicts the Yemeni laws that provide the arrestees must be referred to prosecutions during 24 hours, indicating that Bali and Tuhairi were tossed in the clink Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out! on April 4 in Sana'a International Airport.
Hood sent a letter to Yemen's Attorney General, stressing that this seizure violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the article 48 of the Yemeni Constitution, stressing that this arrest is a breach punishable by Yemen's penal laws
It further demanded the Attorney General to swiftly order the prosecution to visit their prison, and release them or refer them to specialized courts, asking to hold those persons responsible for this illegal seizure accountable.
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By Chris Covert
A total of 14 unidentified individuals were found dead in an abandoned vehicle in Ciudad Mante municipality in southern Tamaulipas state, according to Mexican news reports.
An article posted Thursday evening on the Milenio news daily website said that the victims had been butchered and stacked inside a vehicle. The find was made due to an anonymous citizen's complaint.
The total dead included 11 men and three women. A narcomanta or painted message was left as the scene, but its contents were not disclosed. Twitter accounts say the find was made on Calle Hidalgo, near the Ciudad Mante's mayor's office.
Tamaulipas state is in the grip of a macabre competition between Los Zetas, who maintain a river crossing into the US at Nuevo Laredo, and their rivals in the Sinaloa and Gulf Cartels. The competition includes kidnapping individuals, butchering them and leaving the bodies for authorities to find along with a warning to rival groups.
The campaign has been ongoing and nearly a constant in Tamaulipas since last March with many of the victims having little if any connection with organized crime.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
[Dawn] At least 14 people were killed and more than 40 maimed in a powerful IED kaboom outside a seminary in Satellite Town area on Sariab Link road of the metropolis here on Thursday, DawnNews reported.
The bomb exploded outside the gates of the seminary as a degree ceremony for students was being held inside, police told news hounds.
Around five to six kilogrammes of kaboom was used in the bomb, police sources said.
The maimed were taken to Quetta's Civil Hospital, while 13 people who had serious injuries were shifted to Combined Mlitary Hospital (CMH) hospital.
Emergency was imposed in all the hospitals of the city.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Operations Qazi Abdul Wahid said, unknown men planted kaboom in a bicycle and parked it outside the gate of a religious seminary Jamia Islamia Miftahul Uloom, Satellite Town, Sariab.
The DIG operations said that the bicycle was loaded with flower garlands and the police personnel deployed for security outside the seminary and other people took it as they were brought for the students who would get certificates in the ceremony inside the seminary.
[An Nahar] State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr charged on Thursday members of the Syrian army for killing al-Jadeed TV cameraman Ali Shaaban in the northern area of Wadi Khaled two months ago.
Saqr also charged the unknown soldiers with the attempted murder of Shaaban's colleagues, news hound Hussein Khreiss and cameraman Abed Khayyat, after opening fire on them from the Syrian side of the border near Wadi Khaled on April 9.
The three men were hit with a volley of machine gunfire that al-Jadeed said was intentional.
But Syria blamed a clash between Syrian border guards and "armed terrorist groups" for Shaaban's killing, saying the crew happened to be in the area where the fighting took place.
Shaaban's killing sparked widespread condemnation across Leb with the March 14 forces calling for the summoning of Syrian Ambassador to Leb Ali Abdul Karim Ali.
[Al Ahram] UN monitors trying to get to the scene of a new massacre in Syria were shot at, UN leader the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon ... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan... said Thursday, calling the latest atrocity "shocking and sickening."
Ban told of the attack on the UN monitors in a speech to the UN General Assembly when he said that Syria's Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Leveler of Latakia... had "lost all legitimacy."
Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashir al-Assad "massacred" about 100 people including women and kiddies, the Syrian opposition said on Thursday, as the US demanded a full transfer of power in the country.
If reports of the killings in the central province of Hama prove accurate they will rank among the worst atrocities in Syria's 15-month uprising against Assad's embattled regime.
We have 100 deaths in the village of Al-Kubeir, among them 20 women and 20 children," Mohammed Sermini, front man for the exiled opposition Syrian National Council, told AFP.
The Syrian government denied responsibility, saying in a televised statement: "What a few media have reported on what happened in Al-Kubeir, in the Hama region, is completely false."
"A terrorist group committed a heinous crime in the Hama region which claimed nine victims. The reports by the media are contributing to spilling the blood of Syrians," the statement said.
Analysts said Syria risks descending into a long and bloody civil war with the Annan plan at a stalemate, the opposition badly fragmented and fierce resistance to any real changes by the Assad regime.