[Iran Press TV] Separate kabooms have killed three people and injured 13 others in northern and eastern Afghanistan, officials say.
Early on Thursday, a kaboom in Sheberghan, the capital of the northern province of Jowzjan, injured a tribal elder, his two children, and eight other people, provincial police chief Abdul Aziz Ghairat told DPA.
Later in the day, two bombers struck a military base in the Nari district in the eastern province of Kunar in an attack, which also killed an Afghan security guard and injured two other security forces, provincial police chief Ewaz Mohammad Naziri said.
Thursday's attacks come as an international conference, attended by representatives from 30 countries and delegates from international organizations, is underway in the capital Kabul. The conference addresses security, combating terrorism, and drug trafficking.
(Sh. M. Network)-A powerful blast has on Thursday rocked across Somalia's central town of Beledweyne, the latest series of attacks against Somali and Æthiopian troops in the town since Al shabab quit Dec 31, 2011, last year, witnesses said.
Thursday's kaboom hit convoy of military vehicles carrying Æthiopian forces traveling on the outskirts of Beledweyne town, which lies just 350 kilometers north of Mogadishu, Somalia capital, causing unidentified casualties on the soldiers, according a TFG official.
"The Blast was used a remote-controlled landmine that struck Æthiopian troops at a remote village located on the suburbs of Beledweyne town and the casualties are yet to be confirmed," said, Mohammed Ibrahim, a TFG official in Beledweyne.
Witnesses said Æthiopian troops cordoned off the blast site and conducted heavy search operation to find out the criminal mastermind of the attack, but no arrests were made. The suation is reportedly tense and locals gripped in fear.
(Sh. M. Network)-Unknown gang has assassinated on Wednesday night a district commissioner for Somalia government in Mogadishu,Somalia capital, witnesses and officials said.
Abdirahman Jowle Jim'ale, the dear departed was bumped off as he walked near his home after performing evening prayer insideMogadishu's Shibis district by person or persons unknown armed with pistols who later managed to escape from the shooting site.
Yabarow Haruur, former Shibis commissioner for TFG, confirmed to Shabelle Media the death of Mr. Jim'ale, saying that security forces are launching investigation to arrest those committed the murder.
Locals expressed shock and concern over the killing and urged Somali government to beef up the overall security to protect such acts from happening in the district.
The magnitude of the legal decisions that Parliment were planning to enact were both un-governable and un-enforceable by the Supreme Court - and the Military also knows this.
They do not want the country split apart by violent religious tensions that are built by a contradicting Surah and Hadith.
Moreover, it makes the cops more corrupt, thats why they just take bribes. Why get caught between many more than a few Families, clans, tribes, Government business interests, Military "Interests" and all that. Take a buck and walk away.
There was already a Constitution in 1976, Therefore, there still is a Constitution.
Govern under that. Egypt has been one of the more tame Countries in the Middle East.
Mubarak was more of a Pinochet type figure. I Am not angry at either, really. A Stable country is golden, and they are all messed up but much fewer die and many more are fed in such a state too.
I think those Supreme Justices' chose Wisdom over letting the street crowd go bat shit crazy burning every book in the Courthouse, implanting feces on the wall, and then leaving.
Then they never are able to decide what is correct or in-correct, nor seeing what worked in the past and keeping it; instead of starting from scratch every time with dreamers, fools, and brutal tyrants that always arise in such conditions.
[Bangla Daily Star] Ten people were killed in fighting between al-Qaeda gunnies and the army for control of the jihadists' stronghold town of Shuqra in southern Yemen's 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, a local official said yesterday.
"Clashes using machineguns between al-Qaeda gunnies and the army, backed by local militiamen, left two soldiers dead and 11 maimed," the official in Shuqra told AFP.
He said eight jihadists were also killed in the fighting late on Wednesday.
Fierce festivities between the gunnies and troops trying to retake Shuqra -- the only Abyan town besides Mahfad which cut-throats still hold -- broke out earlier the same day.
On Tuesday, the military drove the jihadists out of the the scenic provincial capital Zinjibar and Jaar, another town. Al-Qaeda gunnies are believed to have fled east to Shuqra.
The Italian police have tossed in the clink Please don't kill me! ten people believed to have criminal masterminded a series of kabooms in Italia and other European countries, Press TV reports.
The operation was part of a joint police blitz in Italia, Germany and Switzerland ...home of the Helvetians, famous for cheese, watches, yodeling, and William Tell... on Wednesday against two anarchic and insurrectionist organizations known as FAI (Informal Anarchist Federation) and FRI (International Revolutionary Front) which led to the arrest of ten people.
The tossed in the clink Please don't kill me! members are accused of subversion as well as planning and executing bombings in a university in Milan in 2009 and another state-run center near the northern Italian town of Gorizia in 2011.
They have also been held responsible for the attacks against the Equitalia taxing agency in Rome, the Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt and the Greek embassy in Gay Paree.
"Eight out of ten of the arrests were issued against people who were already in prison serving sentences for previous crimes. It is beyond speak that they are some of the criminal masterminds of the terrorist groups, those who genuinely orchestrate the strategies. FAI is a well-organized group which operates in networks all over Europe," Valeria Lupidi a sociologist and criminologist told Press TV.
It is not yet clear if the tossed in the clink Please don't kill me! people have been directly connected with the most recent terrorist attack in Italia in which a senior executive of the aerospace and defense company, Finmeccanica, was kneecapped in Genoa last month.
Given the recent spate of worrying and often conflicting reports of new terror threats targeting Italian and European cities, the chorus of alarm has left people a little confused about the political nature of FAI.
"Amid a time of economic struggle and deep uncertainty, people's resentment has to be expected and in a society this resentment can at times be expressed through anger and violence. Some media keep referring to FAI as a leftwing organization. This assumption is unacceptable. On what basis do they make this assumption?" Lupidi argued.
In a recent message posted on a website, FAI has threatened to disrupt the upcoming London Olympics with terrorist attacks in order to hurt Britannia's national image and paralyze the British economy.
(Sh.M.Network) -- An Eritrean ...is run by the People's Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), with about the amounts of democracy and justice you'd expect from a party with that name. National elections have been periodically scheduled and cancelled; none have ever been held in the country. The president, Isaias Afewerki, has been in office since independence in 1993 and will probably die there of old age. ... man pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday to illegally giving funds and receiving military training from the al Qaeda-linked bully boy group al-Shabaab ... Harakat ash-Shabaab al-Mujahidin aka the Mujahideen Youth Movement. It was originally the youth movement of the Islamic Courts, now pretty much all of what's left of it. They are aligned with al-Qaeda but operate more like the Afghan or Pakistani Taliban... Mohamed Ibrahim Ahmed, 38, was tossed in the calaboose Please don't kill me! in Nigeriain November 2009 and brought to Manhattan federal court to face U.S.terrorism charges in March 2010. He is an Eritrean national and a permanent resident of Sweden.
Now he will be a temporary, long term resident of the American penal system, which is not like the Swedish one.
Ahmed on Wednesday pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization and one count of conspiracy to receive military-type training from a terrorist group. Both offenses took place in 2009.
Prosecutors, in a plea agreement with Ahmed, recommended Judge Kevin Castel sentence him to 10 years in prison.
"The government would prove that the defendant handed over an AK-47 to an al-Shabaab commander as he was leavingSomalia," Manhattan federal prosecutor Benjamin Naftalis said at Wednesday's plea hearing.
The U.S.government considers al-Shabaab to be al Qaeda's proxy in the failed Horn of Africa state. The U.S. State Department lists it as a foreign terrorist organization.
The 10-year prison term was significantly less than what Ahmed could have faced had he been convicted at trial on all five counts he faced. One of the counts, a gun possession charge, carried a mandatory minimum 30-year prison term.
In court papers last month, prosecutors said Ahmed had attended an Islamist bully boy training camp inAfghanistan in the 1990s.
In January 2009, prosecutors said, Ahmed traveled to Somalia fromSwedento join al-Shabaab. He eventually spent six weeks in the bully boy group's company and was later tossed in the calaboose Please don't kill me! by Nigerian authorities, the prosecutors said.
Defense lawyers for Ahmed at marathon court hearings in December sought to show that his arrest, detention and interrogation by Nigerian andU.S.authorities was improper.
In last month's court papers, prosecutors also identified a person only as "CW-2," a cooperating witness against Ahmed. The witness was described as a former al-Shabaab military commander who met Ahmed in Somalia.
The person fits the profile of Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame, a suspected Somali bully boy who was captured in waters betweenYemen and Somalia in April 2011. Warsame is inU.S.custody and is awaiting trial in U.S. District Court inManhattan.
As the population of the Land of the Pure continues to work on its population issues...
Despite the law enforcement measures by the government, assassinations continued in Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... and at least five people were killed in the metropolis, DawnNews reported.
A man was rubbed out near Tibet centre at M A Jinnah road, one of the busiest roads of the city. The dear departed, Sohail, was a shopkeeper.A man was also injured by the firing incident.
After the incident, the shopkeepers of the area closed their businesses and came out on roads in protest causing the worst traffic jam on M A Jinnah road.
Two political activists, Shabbir and Kamran, were targeted in the area of Garden. Kamran departed this vale of tears and passed away. Shabbir told the media representatives that 'gang war people' opened fire on them in front of the police.
Three people were rubbed out in the areas of Ram Swami, Machar Colony and Khadda market by the unidentified people.
A political activist was rubbed out in Lyari's Agra Taj area.
Two people received bullet wounds in the area of Lee market.
[Dawn] At least six gun-hung tough guys were killed by Pak forces, in an act of retaliation, at the Pak-Afghan border on Thursday, DawnNews reported.
Pak forces opened their fire after they were attacked by the gun-hung tough guys from the other side of the border.
The incident took place in the mountain region of upper Dir area.
Meanwhile in Orakzai agency's Mamuzai area, jet-bombing of the Pak forces killed at least nine gun-hung tough guys and their hideouts were also demolished.
According to the sub-collector Hameed Khan, "Jet-bombing of the Pak security forces on suspected bully boy hideouts, at least nine gun-hung tough guys were killed and six hideouts were destroyed in Mamuzai area of Orakzai."
"Ninety two percent of Orakzai area is not under the control of the bully boys, " security sources said.
[Al Ahram] Thousands of Shiite pilgrims headed on foot to a north Storied Baghdad ...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate... shrine on Thursday to commemorate the death of a revered Shiite imam, undaunted by waves of attacks that killed 72 people a day earlier.
Routes leading to Kadhimiyah neighbourhood, site of the shrine of Imam Musa Kadhim, the seventh of 12 Shiite imams who died in 799, were closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles, AFP journalists said.
Pilgrims wound under a blistering sun through the streets in their thousands, repeating religious chants, some beating their chests in a sign of mourning for the imam.
Tents along the way provided the pilgrims with free food and water.
In the Utayfiyah area of north Storied Baghdad, long lines of pilgrims, many wearing green headbands and some carrying green flags, the colour of Islam, were seen marching toward the shrine.
Vast crowds of chanting pilgrims were also seen walking through Karrada in central Storied Baghdad, where a bomb on Wednesday blasted the pilgrims' food tents, killing 16 people, damaging cars and scattering human remains across the street.
Another car boomwent kaboom! on the outskirts of Kadhimiyah on Wednesday, killing seven people, leaving a hole two metres (yards) deep in a street, damaging cars and destroying a number of makeshift houses.
"This is the sixth year I have come ... I left home around 2:00 am and I feel so good now," said Hussein Murawih, 17, who walked from Suwayrah, some 60 kilometres (40 miles) southeast of Storied Baghdad.
"We just came to tell the bully boyz that we are against you. We are not afraid of the kabooms or of terrorism. Visiting Imam Kadhim is a great thing because we want to express condolences to the imam."
[An Nahar] At least 60 people were killed on Thursday in violence across Syria, including 10 in the central province of Homs, and as car booms went kaboom! in Damascus ...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world... and the northwest city of Idlib, monitors reported.
The Local Coordination Committees, the main activist group spurring protests on the ground, said regime forces killed 60 people across the country, among them four children, two women and a rebel Free Syrian Army commander.
Nineteen people were killed in the Damascus suburbs of Douma, Zamalka and Hammouriyeh, 19 in Homs, nine in Daraa, five in Idlib, three in Deir Ezzor, two in Aleppo ...For centuries, Aleppo was Greater Syria's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third, after Constantinople and Cairo. Although relatively close to Damascus in distance, Aleppans regard Damascenes as country cousins... , two in Hama and one in Latakia, the LCC said.
A jacket wallah detonated an explosives-packed vehicle in a suburb of the capital, wounding 14 people and damaging one of Shiite Islam's holiest shrines, state media and witnesses reported.
State news agency SANA said the vehicle went kaboom! in a garage 50 meters (yards) from the Sayyida Zeinab shrine. There was "substantial damage in the area of the blast," and "the terrorist who carried out the operation was killed."
The Observatory reported widespread raids by troops later in the capital.
A car boom in Idlib city targeted a military checkpoint, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding that a number of soldiers were killed or maimed.
Eight people, including three opposition fighters, were killed during festivities between troops and rebels in the central city of Homs, it said, while also reporting renewed regime shelling of Rastan in the province of the same name and of Daraa in southern Syria.
Two opposition fighters, including Ahmed Bahbouh -- head of the rebel military office in Rastan and a leading dissident -- were killed at the entrances of the rebel-held town, which the regime has been trying to overrun for months.
Troops bombarded Rastan "using helicopters and mortars, killing and wounding a large number of rebel fighters," the watchdog reported.
The Observatory accused the U.N. observers of "silence," saying that they "do not move until after a city is defeated by regime troops, as happened in al-Haffe."
That was a reference to a town in Latakia province that was bombarded for eight days before troops moved in.
In the city of Daraa, five people were killed before dawn in the neighborhood of Tareek al-Sad, which was heavily shelled, the Britannia-based Observatory said.
"Government forces have surrounded the neighborhood of Tareek al-Sad in preparation to storm the area," it said.
Six people were killed in the central province of Hama, including three soldiers, two officers and a girl, while another civilian was killed in Damascus province, according to the Observatory.
At least 77 people were killed across Syria on Wednesday, including 49 civilians, 21 soldiers and seven rebels, the watchdog said.
Nineteen people were killed in the Damascus suburbs of Douma, Zamalka and Hammouriyeh, 19 in Homs, nine in Daraa, five in Idlib, three in Deir Ezzor, two in Aleppo, two in Hama and one in Latakia, the LCC said.
C'mon Latakia! Slackers.
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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
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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
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