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[Dawn] A barrage of cross-border artillery and rocket attacks from Pakistain have forced thousands of Afghan villagers to flee their homes, witnesses and officials in Afghanistan said on Tuesday.
The shelling was reported in eastern Kunar province ... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country..... after Pakistain accused Afghanistan of giving safe haven to snuffies who infiltrated the border to kill 13 Pak soldiers.
Afghanistan and Pakistain typically blame each other for Taliban violence plaguing both sides of their mostly non-existent border.
"More than 500 families have been displaced in two districts of Dangam and Nari due to continued Pak rocket shelling in the past two weeks," said Wasefullah Wasef, a front man for the provincial government in Kunar.
Afghan families are large and typically number seven to 10 people.
"The shelling has intensified after the recent incident in which some Pak soldiers were killed by Talibs," Wasef told AFP.
Wasef said officials "believe" the rockets were fired by Pak troops, who are operating along the border against homegrown myrmidons.
The Pak military was not immediately reachable for comment.
Mohammad Fazel Naseh, provincial head for refugees, told AFP: "So far 343 displaced families from Dangam district, and more than 270 families from Nari and Marawara districts have been registered." Mohammad Yusuf, police chief of Nari also accused Pakistain's military over the shelling.
"We have intelligence that the rockets are fired from Mighty Pak Army posts situated directly on the other side of the border," he told AFP.
Locals in Dangam district told AFP that three residents, including a woman, were maimed on Tuesday after rockets fired from Pakistain slammed into a home.
"Many people have already left their homes in the past two weeks. We have stayed, but we can not venture out of our hiding places because of the continued shelling," a local resident said.
"We are poor people, we demand the government take action to protect us," added another resident, Abdul Qader.
Pakistain said 13 soldiers were killed after snuffies crossed from Afghanistan into the northwestern district of Upper Dir, a key transit route that neighbours the Swat ...a valley and an administrative district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistain, located 99 mi from Islamabad. It is inhabited mostly by Pashto speakers. The place has gone steadily downhill since the days when Babe Ruth was the Sultan of Swat... valley where Pakistain defeated a Taliban insurgency in 2009.
Six were killed in gunbattles on Sunday and another seven had their heads chopped off after going missing, the military said.
The Pak Taliban grabbed credit for the attack.
On Monday, Pakistain summoned the deputy Afghan ambassador in protest and to demand that Kabul "take appropriate measures" to stop incidents in the future.
Pakistain says rebels have regrouped in eastern Afghanistan.
Its troops have been fighting local Taliban for years but US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ...current SecDef, previously Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Panetta served as President Bill Clinton's White House Chief of Staff from 1994 to 1997 and was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1977 to 1993.... has warned that Washington is running out of patience over Pak havens for snuffies who attack Americans in Afghanistan.
Islamabad imposed a blockade, now in its seventh month, on overland NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis.... supplies into Afghanistan after US air strikes killed 24 Pak soldiers along the Afghan border on November 26.
(Sh. M. Network)-At least seven people are reportedly killed more than number were maimed in a heavy fighting ... as opposed to the more usual light or desultory fighting... between two armed militias loyal to local clans dwell in a township near Buhodle city of Togdheer region, reports said.
The firefight broke out after tribal fighters carrying weapons attacked a village run by band of militia loyal to another clan in the area, according to a local resident.
At least seven combatants from both warring sides are confirmed to have been killed in the festivities.
The cause of the skirmish could not be independently verified as the both rival sides have yet to release any comments on the violence.
The town of Buhodle is one of the disputed areas in northern Somalia between the newly established Khatumo state, Puntland ...a region in northeastern Somalia, centered on Garowe in the Nugaal province. Its leaders declared the territory an autonomous state in 1998. Puntland and the equally autonomous Somaliland seem to have avoided the clan rivalries and warlordism that have typified the rest of Somalia, which puts both places high on the list for Islamic subversion... and Somaliland.
(Sh. M. Network)-An official in Somali army says at least Eight people, mostly Al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic fascistiwere killed and seven others maimed in a heavy battle between government soldiers backed by Kenyan military forces in Lower Jubba region, south of the country.
The combat erupted after Al shabab agents with rocked propelled grenades and machine-guns attacked on Somali and Kenya army bases in Badhadhe town on Tuesday morning, a town straddles Somali-Kenyan border.
"At least five Al shabab fighters dead and seven others sustained variety of wounds during the attack and counter-attack in Badhadhe town, said Somali army commander, who asked not to be named.
"Three from both warring sides were killed early on Tuesday fighting inside the town," said a local resident.
Colonel Arab Ahmed Ali, a TFG military commander, told press that the situation has returned into normal and the town remains under Somali and Kenyan military control.
Al shabab officials were unavailable to reach for comments on the Somali military claim.
2 February 2012, Badhadhe -- some 180km (110 miles) south of port Kismayo town -- fell to Somali and Kenyan troops after heavy fighting ... as opposed to the more usual light or desultory fighting... with Al shabab turbans.
[An Nahar] Somali government forces supported by African Union ...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful... peacekeepers and tanks on Tuesday took control of a key Islamist rebel base just to the north of the capital, officials and witnesses said.
The allied forces entered the town of Balad, 30 kilometers (20 miles) north of Mogadishu at around midday with no resistance from the al-Qaeda affiliated Shebab rebels.
"We have taken control of Balad and the surrounding villages. The Shebab Islamic fascistifled the area before we arrived," General Ali Araye Osoble, Somali military front man said.
Whoever controls Balad controls a key bridge across the River Shabelle on the road to the city of Jowhar and the north of the country.
Osoble said the push into Balad was part of a broader military operation, carried out jointly with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) aimed at wresting areas outside the capital from the Shebab.
Witnesses told Agence La Belle France Presse loud kabooms followed the entry of the troops into the town but that calm was soon restored.
"Tanks, military trucks and infantry troops poured into the town. They set up bases at the cop shoppe and the central district offices," Mohamed Gagale, a witness said.
Gagale said he saw army personnel raid houses and businesses after marching into the town.
"Shots were fired but no casualties have been reported. The army is now in full control," Adan Ibrahim, another witness said.
The fall of Balad is the latest blow to the Shebab rebels who last month lost control of Afgoye, formerly one of their major strongholds on the outskirts of the capital.
Ever since they were pressured into abandoning their fixed positions in Mogadishu last August, the rebels have suffered a series of military losses, including major towns such as Beledweyne and Baidoa.
They have so far held on to the port of Kismayo, from which they draw most of their revenue.
[An Nahar] Malian rebels opened fire on protesters in the northern town of Gao Tuesday, killing at least one person and leaving several injured, witnesses told Agence La Belle France Presse.
The march was organized to protest the death of a local government official who was shot on Monday in Gao, which was seized by Tuareg and beturbanned fascisti nearly three months ago.
"We are marching to protest the death of our municipal councilor," said teacher Oumar Diankante, who said it was the Tuareg rebels' National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) who opened fire on the protesters.
"I have seen one person dead already, others say there are several dead," he added.
"This is serious! The rebels (MNLA) are shooting at us because we are marching," another witness said on condition of anonymity.
A hospital source in Gao said "five people with bullet wounds" had been admitted, but that it was not clear whether it was the MNLA or Islamist group Ansar Dine (Defenders of Faith) who had opened fire.
[Yemen Post] Al-Qaeda operatives have left Yemen to the neighboring state of Oman after they were attacked in South Yemen, an Omani newspaper said on Tuesday. Betcha Sultan Caboose is cheezed...
The newspaper quoted the Secretary-General of the Foreign Minster Badar Al-Boseedi as saying that Al-Qaeda operatives infiltrated to Oman and actions were taken to pursue them.
He further said that the Omani authorities have not placed in durance vile Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please! any infiltrators so far, asserting that Omani authorities are alert, pointing out that the they contacted with neighboring states regarding the issue.
Yemen's army backed by rustics managed to defeat Ansar Al-Sharia beturbanned goons in attacks against their strongholds in South Yemen and some of the beturbanned goons escaped to the Omani borders.
Yemeni media sources said that Al-Qaeda beturbanned goons beat feet from Jaar and Zinjibar to some valleys of 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... and set up training camps there.
According to Akhbar Alyawam Newspaper, al-Qaeda beturbanned goons set up a training camp in an areas close to Al-Mahafad district of Abyan, indicating that a Saudi diplomat Abdullah Al-Khaldi and a Swiss teacher Sylvia Abrahat were transferred to this area.
Meanwhile, ...back at the dirigible, Jack stuck the cigar in his mouth, stepped onto the gantry, and asked Got a light, Mac?
Von Schtinken stopped short, lowering the dagger and trying to control his features. If you light that thing, Herr Armschtröng, he pointed out, his voice tense, we all die!... Yemeni officials said Al-Qaeda beturbanned goons implanted landmines before they fled from key southern strongholds, pointing out that they killed nearly 73 civilians over the past week.
Yemeni officials has made clear that engineering teams have removed some 3,000 land mines around the city and near the southern town of Jaar. The killed civilians were residents of the area.
The Yemeni army captured Jaar and Zinjibar after a two-month offensive to uproot al Qaeda gunnies from large swaths of land they captured during last year's political turmoil.
[Yemen Post] At least five Al-Qaeda prisoners beat feet from the central prison in Yemen's western, port city of Hodeida on Tuesday, two days after the escape of ten terrorist suspects from the central prison in the southern port city of Aden, Almasdar Online reported, quoting a security source.
The website did not report details about the prison break, coinciding with reports about the fleeing of Al-Qaeda operatives to Oman after the army defeated Al-Qaeda and cleared all cut-throats from 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.
Two months ago, two prisoners, who were incarcerated Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'! on suspicion of links with Al-Qaeda, beat feet from the Aden prison. One of the two was sentenced to death.
Several jail breaks have been reported in Yemen in recent years, mainly by terrorist suspects.
About 93 inmates including 88 terrorist suspects beat feet from Yemeni prisons since June 2011, triggering doubts about the measures taken by the authorities to guard the jails.
In June 2011, about 63 Al-Qaeda suspects beat feet from the central prison in Mukalla city of Hadramout ...the formerly independent Qu'aiti state and sultanate, annexed by Communist South Yemen in 1968, encompassing a region along the Gulf of Aden, extending eastwards to the borders of the Dhofar region of Oman. The people are called Hadhramis and speak Hadhrami Arabic. The city Tarimis estimated to contain the highest concentration of descendants of the Prophet Muhammad (PTUI) anywhere in the world, approximately seven in every square yard... and in December about 13 beturbanned goons from the central prison in Aden.
Years ago, tens of Al-Qaeda suspects including big shots beat feet from the central prison in the capital Sanaa through a tunnel they dug to outside the prison.
In the past few months, the forces launched a US-backed offensive and cleared Al-Qaeda bad boys, retook their strongholds in Abyan province, in a major victory under the new government.
The offensive has been continuing to hunt the remaining cut-throats in other provinces amid fears Al-Qaeda may think to reseed or to intensify suicide kabooms.
[Saudi Gazette] The General Intelligence was able to decode symbols used for passing messages by an Al-Qaeda operative, the Prosecutor General said while reading out charges in the ongoing trial of the Cell of 55 in a special court Tuesday. Defendant No. 46 tried to trick security agencies by using code language when passing messages. He used the words "players" and "playground" (Al-La'ibeen and Al-Mal'ab in Arabic) to refer to the cell members and Riyadh city, respectively.
The Special Penal Court in Riyadh looked into charges against 10 defendants in the cell Tuesday. The Prosecutor General confirmed that the 10 defendants joined a terrorist cell, carried out armed acts and wasted national resources.
The prosecution accused Defendant No. 50 of beating up a prison guard in Madinah, grabbing the gate key from him, opening the main door, opening several prison cells, inciting the prisoners to riot, attempting to commit suicide, tampering with power cables and starting a fire inside the prison, among other charges.
Defendant No. 41 was charged with attending Jama'at Al-Tableegh gatherings, and keeping videos of terrorist operations and pictures of wanted terrorists.
The prosecution leveled eight charges against Defendant No. 42. They included meeting with and providing cover to wanted terrorists, inquiring about the health of Saleh Al-Aufi, asking his brother to remove cell phones from the room where they met to protect against eavesdropping, and monitoring the movement of Lt. Col. Al-Sawat who died in a terrorist attack in Al-Sharayea district in Makkah.
Defendant No. 43 faced 21 charges. They included contributing to purchase four cycle of violences for training bully boyz in liquidation operations and using them to flee the country.
[Saudi Gazette] Ten terrorists belonging to the Al-Khafji cell were sentenced to a combined total of 80 years in prison and were barred from traveling abroad for a total of 84 years in a preliminary verdict issued by the Special Penal Court in Riyadh Tuesday.
The leader of the cell was proved guilty of six charges, and was sentenced to 15 years in prison from the date of his detention (Nov. 10, 2005). The 15-year imprisonment includes five years for money laundering and the rest for other crimes including possession of unlicensed firearms. He will be barred from traveling abroad for 15 years after his detention period.
Defendant No. 2 was proved guilty of three charges, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison from the date of his detention (Nov. 10, 2004). He cannot travel abroad for 10 years after completing his prison term.
Defendant No. 3, who was facing three charges, was proved guilty of two of the charges and was sentenced to two-year prison from the date of his detention (Jan. 15, 2005). He will be barred from traveling abroad for five years after completing his jail term.
No verdict was issued against defendant no. 4 since he was not present in the court.
Defendant No. 5, who was proved guilty of two charges, received a prison term of eight years from Dec. 20, 2004, the day he was detained. He will be barred from traveling abroad for eight years.
Defendant No. 6, who was proved guilty of two charges, was sentenced to 10 years in prison from Dec. 20, 2004, the day he was detained. After serving his jail term, he will be barred from traveling abroad for 13 years.
Defendant No. 7, facing three charges was proved guilty of all the charges, and was sentenced to 13 years in prison from Nov. 21, 2004. After being released from prison, he will be barred from traveling abroad for 13 years.
Defendant No. 8 was proved guilty of three charges and was sentenced to six years in prison from April 18, 2005, the date of his detention. He will be barred from traveling outside the Kingdom for six years.
Defendant No.9, found guilty of four charges, was sentenced to jail for nine years from Jan. 1, 2005, the date he was detained. He will be barred from traveling outside the Kingdom for nine years.
Defendant No. 10, facing two charges, was sentenced to two years behind bars from the date of his detention (Nov. 20, 2004). He will be barred from traveling abroad for two years.
Defendant No. 11, facing two charges, was sentenced to jail for five years from Nov. 29, 2004 and will be barred from traveling outside the Kingdom for five years after completing his jail term.
All the defendants requested to appeal the verdict.
A Mexican Navy helicopter reported missing on June 22nd is presumed crashed, according to Mexican news accounts.
According to a news item posted on the website of El Universal news daily, the Panther AS565 helicopter had been dispatched last Friday from a navy base in Manzanillo, Colima, bound for a base in Minatitlan, Veracruz on the east coast of Mexico.
The aircraft was carrying four unidentified Mexican navy personnel.
According to news reports, the bird departed International Airport Playa de Oro in Colima at about 1135 hrs and was expected to make contact with air traffic control in Urupan, Michoancan by 1210 hrs. Contact was never made.
According to news reports, the bird had undergone maintenance prior to returning to base in Veracruz state.
According to information provided by a representative of the Mexican Sixth Naval Region, search operations by air and ground have been underway since.
According to the El Universal report, residents of La Barranca del Muerto in Tecalitlan municipality in Michoacan reported hearing a crash near their area. Navy officials said that search operations have been underway since receiving those reports.
A separate report in El Universal said that air traffic personnel had received communications from the bird at around 1710 hrs. That report probably fuels Mexican navy officials' hope that at least some of the crew may be alive.
That area in Michoacan is very remote and rugged, difficult to access by road since it is marked by ravines and mountains.
According to Wikipedia the Eurocopter Panther is actually built in Brazil. Only four birds total are in the Mexican Navy inventory.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
[Dawn] The army confirmed on Monday to have lost 13 men in Upper Dir district in Sunday afternoon's attack on its patrol team from across the Afghan border.
Having earlier denied that any attack had taken place, it said on Monday it had lost six men in the ambush in the Sabir Kalley area on Dir's western border with Afghanistan. Eleven others were believed missing.
A senior army officer said that seven of the missing men "had reportedly been killed and then beheaded".
The confirmation came shortly after Pak gun-hung tough guys who had fled from Swat ...a valley and an administrative district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistain, located 99 mi from Islamabad. It is inhabited mostly by Pashto speakers. The place has gone steadily downhill since the days when Babe Ruth was the Sultan of Swat... during the military operation of May 2009 to Afghanistan and were reportedly living in Kunar province ... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country..... claimed to have killed 18 soldiers.
"We have bodies of 17 of them," Sirajuddin, front man for the Swat chapter of the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain, told news hounds on phone.
But a front man for the central TTP in North Wazoo said four of the 11 missing soldiers were alive.
The army officer said more than 100 gun-hung tough guys "from their safe haven across the border" intruded into Pakistain and attacked the patrol in the afternoon on Sunday with heavy weapons.
"Pakistain Army has lodged a strong protest with their counterparts across the border for not acting against myrmidons present in safe havens in Afghanistan," he said.
This was the third such attack this month in a border stretch of about 10km in Upper Dir, raising apprehensions about a tough summer when melting snow will improve visibility and make movement across the mountainous region easier.
Local people said Pak gun-hung tough guys were operating from their base about 5km from the border in area where there was no presence of Afghan or NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the cut of the American pants... forces.
They said 11 of the killed and missing people were from the army, six paramilitary personnel and one civilian.
The growing cross-border attacks have caused concern among people in Barawal, the main town in Upper Dir's border region.
Troops were deployed along the border in September last year to prevent gun-hung tough guys from crossing into Pakistain and attacking villagers and security personnel.
The past 10 days have seen a dramatic increase in turbans' attacks.
[Dawn] An anti-terrorism court on Monday deferred till June 30 the hanging of two condemned prisoners belonging to the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi ... a 'more violent' offshoot of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistain. LeJ's purpose in life is to murder anyone who's not of utmost religious purity, starting with Shiites but including Brelvis, Ahmadis, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Rosicrucians, and just about anyone else you can think of. They are currently a wholly-owned subsidiary of al-Qaeda ... , who had been sentenced to death in a doctor's killing case.
Following the dismissal of their appeals by the superior judiciary as well as the mercy petition by the president, an ATC had on June 11 issued black warrants for the two LJ activists -- Attaullah alias Qasim and Mohammad Azam alias Sharif -- and fixed June 26 for their execution.
However, a clean conscience makes a soft pillow... a court official said that jail authorities, through an application, informed the court that the two condemned prisoners had filed an application for the postponement of the hanging on the ground that they might enter into a compromise with the complainant party.
The application was placed before Judge Bashir Ahmed Khoso, the judge in charge of the ATC-III, who deferred the execution for five days.
Both the convicts were sentenced to death by an ATC in July 2004 for killing Dr Ali Raza Peerani on sectarian grounds in June 2001 in the Soldier Bazaar area.
The prosecution said that Dr Peerani came out of his clinic in Soldier Bazaar and was about to drive off his car when two motorcyclists opened fire on him, leaving him seriously maimed.
He was rushed to a hospital where doctors pronounced him dead He's dead, Jim! on arrival.
The police tossed in the clink Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un! banned LJ chief Mohammad Ajmal alias Akram Lahori and his accomplices on June 29, 2002 within the remit of the Defence cop shoppe and they disclosed their involvement in the present case, it added.
A case was lodged under Section 302 (premeditated murder) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistain Penal Code read with Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 at the Soldier Bazaar cop shoppe.
Meanwhile, ...back at the argument, Jane reached into her purse for her .38... the Sindh Bar Council announced on Monday that a complete boycott of court proceedings would be observed across the province on Wednesday in protest against what it described as the election of a corrupt man as prime minister.
According to a statement issued by the SBC, the council and all bar associations of Sindh will protest against the election of Raja Pervez Ashraf as the PM since the apex court had issued directives against him for his role in the rental power plants scam.
It said SBC vice chairman Ghulam Mohammad Abbasi, president of the 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... Bar Association Mahmoodul Hasan and chairman of the SBC executive committee Abbas Ali appealed to the lawyers of the province to stay away from courts, hold general body meetings and stage
rallies to mark the day.
Reacting to a reported move to make the chief justice accountable to parliament, they warned the government to refrain from making fun of the constitution.
An all Pakistain lawyers' representative convention held in Lahore on June 23 had announced that a black day would be observed across the country on June 27 against the election of Raja Pervez Ashraf as prime minister, but the following day the vice chairman of the Pakistain
Bar Council and the president of the Supreme Court Bar Association in a joint statement rejected the strike call.
[Dawn] A police constable of the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) and an activist of a banned sectarian outfit were among seven people killed in different parts of the city on Monday as the ongoing wave of targeted attacks mostly on political and sectarian grounds continued unabated.
A doctor was rubbed out in a drive-by shooting in Lyari ...one of the eighteen constituent towns of the city of Karachi. It is the smallest town by area in the city but also the most densely populated. Lyari has few schools, substandard hospitals, a poor water system, limited infrastructure, and broken roads. It is a stronghold of ruling Pakistan Peoples Party. Ubiquitous gang activity and a thriving narcotics industry make Lyari one of the most disturbed places in Karachi, which is really saying a lot.... late Monday night, police said.
They added that Dr Mohammad Ali Shah was targeted near Kamil Gali close to Lyari Town office when he was returning home after closing his clinic in the same locality.
"The motive for the killing is not yet clear," said Napier SHO Inspector Imdad Khawaja.
Earlier during the day, an activist of the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistain ...a Sunni Deobandi organization, a formerly registered Pak political party, established in the early 1980s in Jhang by Maulana Haq Nawaz Jhangvi. Its stated goal is to oppose Shia influence in Pakistain. They're not too big on Brelvis, either. Or Christians. Or anybody else who's not them. The organization was banned in 2002 as a terrorist organization, but somehow it keeps ticking along, piling up the corpse counts... was bumped off near the Godhra Colony bus stop in New 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... , said police.
They added that Mohammad Imran alias Bata, in his late 20s, was shot at while he was walking to a bus stop. "He sustained two gunshot wounds to his chest and head and was struck down in his prime," said an official at the New Bloody Karachi Industrial Area cop shoppe.
"The attackers wearing helmets were seen speeding away from the crime-scene," he added.
Imran was a resident of Godhra Colony but he had not been seen in the area for the past few months, said the official.
As the body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, tension gripped the thickly-populated locality where traders pulled down shutters and traffic on roads turned thin. Police Sherlocks saw the incident linked with recent sectarian killings.
Police constable bumped off
In North Bloody Karachi, 32-year-old police constable Nisar Abbasi was returning home after his duty hours when he was killed near Anda Mor, officials said.
They added that the victim sustained gunshot wounds to his head and was struck down in his prime.
"The victim was associated with the special investigation unit of police," said Khawaja Ajmair Nagri SHO Inspector Chaudary Mohammad Afzal.
The SHO added that there were different eyewitness accounts of the incident, with some saying that he was intercepted by two gunnies riding a cycle of violence while others stating that there were two more men on another motorbike providing cover to the attackers.
Two found rubbed out
Two residents of Lyari were found rubbed out within a radius of a kilometre from 24 Kee Market bus stop in Baldia Town, police said.
They said they believed both victims had been kidnapped before being killed and their bodies were dumped on a vacant plot and along a storm drain, respectively.
"The legs and hands of 36-year-old Naveed Hanif were found tied with rope, and there were gunshot wounds visible on his body," said an official at the Baldia Town cop shoppe.
He added that the victim, a resident of Lyari, had been missing since Sunday evening.
Meanwhile, ...back at the secret hideout, Scarface Al sneeringly put his proposition to little Nell... the body of the other Lyari resident was found in a neighbouring locality.
"The victim, identified as 27-year-old Ghulam Nabi, was found rubbed out along the drain in Swat ...a valley and an administrative district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistain, located 99 mi from Islamabad. It is inhabited mostly by Pashto speakers. The place has gone steadily downhill since the days when Babe Ruth was the Sultan of Swat... Colony, a kilometre from 24 Kee Market bus stop," said an official at the Saeedabad cop shoppe.
He added that the victim had sustained two gunshot wounds to his head.
Police Sherlocks did not find any credible evidence about the people or their motive for the killing, but said they had reasons to believe that gang warfare in Lyari claimed their lives.
A gunny bag containing the body of a youngster was found in Ramswami, said police.
They added that the suspicious-looking bag was spotted in a narrow street of the locality. "Clad in shalwar kameez, the victim, in his 20s, remained unidentified," said an official at the Nabi Bux cop shoppe.
He added that severe torture marks were visible on the body. After a medico-legal examination at the Civil Hospital Bloody Karachi, the body was shifted to the Edhi morgue for want of identification.
In the early hours of Monday, a fisherman was bumped off in Machhar Colony over what police said 'personal enmity'.
"Mohammad Jaseem, 26, was killed inside his home," said an official at the Docks cop shoppe.
"It was not a assassination but the result of some personal dispute. The victim originally hailed from Bangladesh and had been living here with his family for the past several years," added the official.
After sunrise, a large number of residents staged a protest demonstration over Jaseem's killing.
A heavy contingent of Rangers and police was deployed on Mauripur Road to prevent an untoward incident. The protesters burnt tyres on roads, causing a severe traffic jam. The crowd dispersed following successful talks between senior police officials and area elders.
[Dawn] Four suspected robbers and a police constable were killed in two shootouts in the areas of Ichhra and Factory Area on Monday.
Ichhra police said that two gunnies held the family of Zeeshan Malik who were passengers on a car on Pir Ghazi Road at 3:15am and looted jewellery from them.
Four Mohafiz Force officials, riding two bikes, saw the robbery and challenged the suspects.
The suspects shot upcoppers which was returned.
The crossfire left a robber fatally injured. One of the constables also suffered a bullet injury in the head. The other suspect fled after leaving the bike behind.
The injured were rushed to a hospital where both of them succumbed to their head wounds. The dead were identified as Khurram Shahzad and Constable Ali.
Model Town SP Operation Athar Waheed said Khurram was included in the Top 20 list of most wanted criminals. He said Khurram was released from a jail two months ago.
In another robbery, Factory Area police said, three robbers, riding a bike, looted cash, cell phone, watch and a ring from Amjad on Ghazi Road around 3:30am and fled. The victim alerted Rescue 15 police about the incident. The patrolling police spotted the motorcyclists near Punjab Society. The suspects opened fire on police and broke windscreen of police vehicle.
Police claimed it returned fire and killed one of the suspects while the others tried to escape but were killed by police fire.
They were later identified as Naseer Ahmad of Sahiwal and Ali Sher and Muhammad Ali, alias Mani, of Pakpattan.
Cantonment SP Operation Maroof Safdar Wahla said the suspects were wanted in a dacoity-led murder case of Naseerabad and had committed several robberies in Lahore.
He said the bike the suspects used was snatched from a citizen on Walton Road few days ago, adding police seized weapons and looted items on them.
[Dawn] KOHAT/GHALANAI: A terrorist was killed and another received injuries in an encounter in Gula Bera area near Junglekhel here on Monday, officials said.
They said that a policeman was also injured in the encounter. They said that they were tipped off by intelligence agencies about entry of two snuffies from Hangu into Kohat.
Police after spotting the car tried to intercept it at several checkposts, but the driver ran over barricades and sped towards Kohat city. The rider squads of police stopped the car at Gul Bera area of Junglekhel where a shootout took place between police and the terrorists.
As a result, officials said, Sahibur Rehman, a resident of Hangu district ... Hangu is famous for its greenery, hills, beauty and water. Most of the people of this area are Bangash & Orakzai Pashtuns. Part of the Bangash are Shia. The Orakzai and the Sunni Bangash are determined to kill them... , was killed and Shaukat, a resident of South Wazoo Agency, was tossed in the slammer Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out! in injured condition. They said that Gul Sher, a policeman, was also injured when he was hit by the car.
The dead and injured were shifted to KDA divisional headquarters hospital.
In Mohmand ... Named for the Mohmand clan of the Sarban Pahstuns, a truculent, quarrelsome lot. In Pakistain, the Mohmands infest their eponymous Agency, metastasizing as far as the plains of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar, Charsadda, and Mardan. Mohmands are also scattered throughout Pakistan in urban areas including Karachi, Lahore, and Quetta. In Afghanistan they are mainly found in Nangarhar and Kunar... Agency, the body of a kidnapped primitive was found in Kung area of Khawezai tehsil on Monday.
The victim, Akbar Shah, was kidnapped by unidentified persons from his shop in Kung area on Sunday. No group has, so far, grabbed credit for the kidnapping and subsequent killing of the primitive.
Meanwhile, ...back at the alley, Slats Chumbaloni was staring into a hole that was just .45 inch in diameter and was less than three feet from his face ... political administration tossed in the slammer Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out! two rustics in Khawezai tehsil under the collective responsibility clause of Frontier Crimes Regulation while four others were tossed in the slammer Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out! in Haleemzai tehsil on charges of having links with myrmidons.
The tossed in the slammer Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out! rustics were shifted to lockup in Ghalanai for interrogation.
[Dawn] The watchman of a government primary school that was blown up here last week has confessed that he carried out the blasts in the building on the orders of Death Eaters, according to police Sherlocks.
"It is a unique case. In all other cases of terrorism, the government servants haven't cooperated with forces of Evil to such extent to blow up the building that is guarded by them," an investigator told Dawn on condition of anonymity.
He said that so far forces of Evil had targeted 36 government buildings including schools, hospitals and checkposts in the district.
The building of government primary school for girls in Ghulam Banda area was destroyed in two kabooms on June 22.
Police incarcerated Into the paddy wagon wit' yez! the watchman, who remained unhurt despite the fact that he was present in the building at the time of blasts, for interrogation.
[Dawn] An Urdu-language pamphlet distributed by snuffies in Pakistain's tribal regions has warned health workers to stay away from polio ...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set... vaccination campaigns or face dire consequences. Meh. So don't vaccinate your brats. No skin off my fore.
"Polio and other foreign-funded vaccination drives in Wana sub division would not be allowed until US drone operations in the agency are stopped," warned the pamphlet issued by Mullah Nazir, commander of his own faction of the Taliban in South Wazoo.
The warning is not the first to come from tribal snuffies since a Pak doctor was convicted of assisting the CIA in locating former Al Qaeda leader the late Osama bin Laden ... who no longer exists... by running a fake polio vaccination campaign in Abbottabad ... A pleasant city located only 30 convenient miles from Islamabad. The city is noted for its nice weather and good schools. It is the site of Pakistain's military academy, which was within comfortable walking distance of the residence of the late Osama bin Laden.... last year.
Mullah Nazir's handout calls the "traitor Dr Shakeel Afridi's fake campaign in Abbottabad" proof that "infidel forces are using media, education and development as a tool to gag Moslems."
A ban similar to the one in Wana was imposed earlier in North Waziristan Agency by the Hafiz Gul Bahadar faction of the Taliban, who are alleged by the United States of having close links to Al Qaeda and the Haqqani network.
The Mullah Nazir and Hafiz Gul Bahadar groups have remained the prime target of the US drone operations in Pakistain's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), as the US-led coalition forces blame the two groups of harbouring al Qaeda-linked imported muscle besides sending them across the border into Afghanistan.
Despite global eradication, Pakistain is one of just three countries where polio remains endemic, along with Afghanistan and Nigeria.
A US drone strike targeting a Death Eater compound in Pakistain's northwestern tribal district killed at least five cut-throats late Tuesday, security officials said.
The unmanned aircraft fired two missiles on the compound in the Shawal area, some 50 kilometres southwest of Miranshah ... headquarters of al-Qaeda in Pakistain and likely location of Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Haqqani network has established a ministate in centered on the town with courts, tax offices and lots of madrassas... , the main town of North Wazoo tribal district, near the Afghan border.
The area is considered to be a hub of Taliban and al Qaeda activity.
"At least five cut-throats have been killed and three have been maimed. The compound was completely destroyed," a security bigshot based in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar city told AFP.
All those killed were fighters linked with local warlord Hafiz Gul Bahadur, another security official based in Miranshah told AFP.
Bahadur, who is allied with Afghan Taliban, is accused of fighting US-led troops across the border.
An assistant village leader was gunned down in an ambush in Yala province late Tuesday morning.
Adong Maseng-bangee was heading back home on his motorcycle from his rubber plantation on a local road when gunmen hiding in the roadside trees fired on him with shotguns. He fell from his motorcycle and tried to escape, but the gunmen followed, shot him again at close range and then fled.
The Appeals Court on Wednesday sentenced a member of the Pattani United Liberation Organisation (PULO), a separatist movement, to life in prison, reversing the Criminal Court's decision to drop all charges against him.
Prosecutors indicted Koseng, or Useng, Cheloh, a PULO member, on charges of rebellion and illegal assembly of weapons and men to conduct terrorist activities.
The court was told that between 1968 and Feb 10, 1998 Koseng and other PULO members had recruited Muslims into the separatist movement, extorted protection money from businessmen in the five southern border provinces and used the money to set up armed units to conduct terrorist activities, including attacks on government installations, destroying rail tracks with bombs and burning down bridges and schools, causing extensive damage and a large number of casualties.
The Criminal Court on Dec 1, 2008 dismissed the case against Koseng on the grounds that evidence against him was doubtful. The state appealed. The Appeals Court today reversed the Criminal Court's decision and sentenced Koseng to death.
The death sentence was commuted to life on the grounds that his testimony was useful.
Iran is pulling out all the stops in backing their man in Syria. Word is that the Hezzies have deployed from Lebanon.
Heavily armed Hezbollah convoys and buses have been spotted in Syria according to reports from the Free Syrian Army, so salt to taste
According to Riad al-Asaad, the commander of the rebel Free Syrian Army, providing a buffer zone for refugees along one of the international borders of Syria is no longer an option. Morale among Syrian units is said to be in collapse and the FSA is requesting assistance in the form of arms and communications equipment. The Syrian 4th Division is said to be short on equipment and in complete collapse. they are trapped!
4th division has heavy armor (its usually called the 4th armored division) and has the best trained and best paid troops
Hezbollah forces might have some value to the 4th division but they can't just 'take over' so the Hezbollah forces would more likely be used for just plain civilian butchering or for shooting would be defectors/deserters.
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How many times did it get reported that Mubarak was fleeing Egypt back in the day, and it never happened?
this could be a good thing. FSA could actually hurt Hezbollah a lttle bit and kinda show them they aren't the badasses they claim too be. Any way this goes I don't see any problems with it since they willl be killing each other.
Understated, but accurate. And Islamic version of the Spanish civil war mayhaps.
The FSA and Hesb'allah probably have about the same experience levels. A few with military background, some that have seen fighting as jihadis, and some more with minimum training. There's likely a significant leavening of Iranian 'volunteers' among the Hezzies.
Might also prove interesting for Leb if Hesb'allah gains significant combat experience out of this.
Iff this situation continues, it will be all that Israel + IDF need to validate war on Iran - whatever fears Tel Aviv has as per any Hezzie Hizzie Huzzie Hussie ... takeover of Lebanon goes double for SYRIA + ITS HUGE WEAPS ARSENALS.
Israel = Syria-Lebabon.
USA = MilTerr takeover of Nuke-armed Pakistan.
Pappy, considering who they are fighting, I question the value of that "combat experience"
Think 'combined arms'; a capability Syria still possesses. Hesb'allah senior leadership may have gotten training from the Iranians (and perhaps the North Koreans), but field experience is more valuable.
And I was thinking more along the lines of them taking over Lebanon.
[An Nahar] Embattled Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Sonny, disguised as Fredo, trying to be Mike... said on Tuesday that his country, in the grips of an anti-regime uprising now in its 16th month, is in a "real situation of war."
"We are witnessing a real situation of war," state news agency SANA quoted him as telling a meeting of the new Syrian cabinet.
But Assad insisted that "when one is in a state of war, all our policies and capabilities must be used to secure victory."
His remarks came as the United States on Tuesday said that a "desperate" Assad was slowly losing his grip on power, citing recent defections of army officers and soldiers to neighboring Turkey and Jordan.
"Clearly, Bashir al-Assad has been slowly -- too slowly -- losing his grip over his country," White House front man Jay Carney said.
Syria has been hit by deadly violence that has claimed more than 15,000 lives, monitors say, since an uprising erupted in March 2011 against Assad's regime.
Assad, who has made rare public appearances since the uprising erupted, insists that his regime is battling "armed terrorist groups."
On June 3 he told parliament of his determination to crush the rebellion "at any price."
Western powers have repeatedly warned against a civil war in Syria.
On Saturday Assad issued a decree forming a new government, less than two months after controversial parliamentary elections boycotted by the opposition.
[An Nahar] Rebel forces and Syrian army units engaged in deadly combat around elite Republican Guard posts in the suburbs of Damascus ...Capital of the last remaining Baathist regime in the world... on Tuesday, as 86 people were killed across the country, a monitoring group said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the corpse count consisted of 50 civilians, 32 soldiers and four rebels.
"Violent festivities are taking place around positions of the Republican Guard in Qudsaya and aAl-Hama," eight kilometers (five miles) from central Damascus, the head of the Observatory, Rami Abdel Rahman, told Agence La Belle France Presse.
Twenty-eight people were killed in and around the capital, including 14 people in al-Hama and 11 in Qudsaya during shelling by regime troops.
"This is the first time that the regime uses artillery in fighting so close to the capital," Abdel Rahman said.
"This development is important because it's the heaviest fighting in the area and close to the heart of the capital."
Abu Omar, a front man for activists in the Damascus region, told AFP via Skype that "all communication has been cut off in and around al-Hama and Qudsaya."
He charged that regime forces "stormed the areas with tanks" and also spoke of a "massacre" although he gave no further details.
The official SANA news agency said, meanwhile, that government forces clashed with "armed terrorist groups" in al-Hama.
"The gangs attacked citizens and law enforcement forces and blocked the Old Beirut road to use it as a smuggling route for weapons," SANA said.
"Dozens of bad boyz were potted in the festivities," while others were tossed in the calaboose ... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not... , SANA said.
Weapons were also seized, including "rocket-propelled grenade launchers, sniper rifles, machine guns and a large amount of ammunition," the agency added.
The Observatory reported that five people were killed in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, where several neighborhoods came under army bombardment, while three were killed elsewhere in the province.
Six civilians and two rebels were killed in the northwest province of Idlib, among them three civilians and one rebel killed in Khan Sabul.
In central Hama province, a rebel battalion commander and a defected officer were killed during festivities between the army and rebels.
Elsewhere in central Syria, one person was killed in shelling on the Khaldiyeh neighborhood of Homs.
Six people died in the southern province of Daraa, known as the cradle of the uprising, including three who were killed during shelling on the town of Kafr al-Shams as the army tried to gain control over the area.
Another civilian was rubbed out by troops in the northern province of 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... At least 32 soldiers were also killed on Tuesday in fighting with rebels in various parts of Syria.
On Monday, 95 people were killed, including 61 civilians, as the army pounded rebel strongholds and other towns and cities.
[An Nahar] Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has agreed to attend an international meeting on the Syria conflict in Geneva on Saturday, Russia's U.N. envoy said Tuesday.
U.N.-Arab League ...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing... envoy Kofi Annan ...Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh and so far the worst Secretary-General of the UN. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for something or other that probably sounded good at the time. In December 2004, reports surfaced that Kofi's son Kojo received payments from the Swiss company Cotecna, which had won a lucrative contract under the UN Oil-for-Food Program. Kofi Annan called for an investigation to look into the allegations, which stirred up the expected cesspool but couldn't seem to come up with enough evidence to indict Kofi himself, or even Kojo... wants to hold the meeting of the major powers in Geneva in a final bid to get agreement on a political transition plan for Syria.
Annan has not yet officially announced the meeting, however, and the comments by Russia's U.N. envoy Vitaly Churkin are the first sign that it will go ahead.
Because of the "grim" situation in Syria "we need to work even harder. What I can tell you is that Sergei Lavrov has officially accepted the invitation to come to the action group meeting in Geneva" on Saturday, Churkin told news hounds before Security Council talks on Syria.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
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