As sung by an Apache crewman to the Taliban. The usual people have the vapors. This is reported to be in Wardak Province, where we've had trouble lately, so my only complaint is that the guy was singing off-key.
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Just say something like: "We were just trying to be culturally sensitive to the local operational environment. They sing 'alllahu ahkbar' as they attack us, and we felt we should sing something to 'honor' our targets, but we felt that using their 'catchphrase' might have been considered blashphemous - so we improvised using a 'safe' tune."
KABUL (Reuters) - A man Afghan officials say is a member of the Taliban shot dead a woman accused of adultery in front of a crowd near Kabul, a video obtained by Reuters showed, a sign that the austere Islamist group dictates law even near the Afghan capital.
Business as usual for the Talibs...
In the three-minute video, a turban-clad man approaches a woman kneeling in the dirt and shoots her five times at close range with an automatic rifle, to cheers of jubilation from the 150 or so men watching in a village in Parwan province.
"Allah warns us not to get close to adultery because it's the wrong way," another man says as the shooter gets closer to the woman. "It is the order of Allah that she be executed".
What happened to the man with whom she consorted? What did Allah say to do to him? Ah, right...
Provincial Governor Basir Salangi said the video, obtained on Saturday, was shot a week ago in the village of Qimchok in Shinwari district, about an hour's drive from Kabul.
Such rare public punishment was a painful reminder to Afghan authorities of the Taliban's 1996-2001 period in power, and it raised concern about the treatment of Afghan women 11 years into the NATO-led war against Taliban insurgents.
"When I saw this video, I closed my eyes ... The woman was not guilty; the Taliban are guilty," Salangi told Reuters.
When the unnamed woman, most of her body tightly wrapped in a shawl, fell sideways after being shot several times in the head, the spectators chanted: "Long live the Afghan mujahideen! (Islamist fighters)", a name the Taliban use for themselves.
The Taliban could not be reached for comment.
No comment is needed...
Afghan women have won back basic rights in education, voting and work since the Taliban, who deemed them un-Islamic for women, were toppled by U.S.-backed Afghan forces in late 2001. But fears are rising among Afghan women, some lawmakers and rights activists that such freedoms could be traded away as the Afghan government and the United States pursue talks with the Taliban to secure a peaceful end to the war.
But Champ wants a peace settlement, and the Taliban view Champ as a sucker, so...
Violence against women has increased sharply in the past year, according to Afghanistan's independent human rights commission. Activists say there is waning interest in women's rights on the part of President Hamid Karzai's government.
Karzai's "interest" in women's rights was a front to sucker the rubes in the west. It worked, too...
"After 10 years (of foreign intervention), and only a few kilometres from Kabul... how could this happen in front of all these people?" female lawmaker Fawzia Koofi said of the public execution in Parwan.
"This is happening under a government that claims to have made so much progress in women's rights, claims to have changed women's lives, and this is unacceptable. It is a huge step backwards," said Koofi, a campaigner for girls' education who wants to run in the 2014 presidential election.
Salangi said two Taliban commanders were sexually involved with the woman in Parwan, either through rape or romantically, and decided to torture her and then kill her to settle a dispute between the two of them.
This answers the earlier question, what happened to the men involved...
"They are outlaws, murderers, and like savages they killed the woman," he said, adding that the Taliban exerted considerable sway in his province.
(Sh. M. Network) Heavy fighting ... as opposed to the more usual name-calling or slapsy... in the Somalia's southern region of Bakol between the Islamist forces of Evil and government forces backed by Æthiopian troops killed scores of people over the last 24-hours, residents and officials said.
The latest shootout broke out around 7:00 pm local time in different locations in the near Hudur town, where the fighters of Al-Shabaab ... the personification of Somali state failure... launched ambush attacks on a convoy of the allied forces [Somalia and Æthiopia], traveling from El Berde to Hudur town in Bakol region, killing at least Eleven combatants.
The sound of the artillery weapons could be heard and rocked the battle zones and mounted concern on the local civilians. Hudur is located 420 kilometers (260 miles) southwest of Mogadishu,Somalia capital.
Speaking with Shabelle Media, Mohamed Abdi-Tall, the governor of Bakol region for Somali government, claimed victory over the attack, saying they have killed at least 11 Orcs and similar vermin following the offensive.
A resident said the fighting was over but sporadic gunfire could be heard.
It could not be independently verify the exact casualty on the rival sides as tense of Fighting persist around Hudur town controlled by Somali government forces and Æthiopian troops.
Al shabab Orcs and similar vermin have yet to comment on tonight's attacks on the convoy of the allied troops and the claims made by Bakol governor Mohamed Abdi-Tall.
(Sh. M. Network)-Somalia national army (SNA) and the African Union forces patrolled the streets and villages located near Balad town, arresting more than 10 alleged Al shabab elements, local residents reported on Friday.
According to witnesses the joint search operations continued all over last night and until Friday morning and arrested 10 youths in connection with Al shabab militants at locations close to Balad, agricultural areas sit some 30 kilometers northeast of Mogadishu.
Osman Mohamed, the district commissioner of Balad for Somalia government, confirmed to Shabelle Media the operations carried out by TFG and AMISOM forces in the region, adding that they arrested 10 alleged Al shabab members whom he accused of committing insecurity acts.
Somali national army backing by African Union forces in Somalia has pushed Al-Shabab militants out of the outskirts of Mogadishu, seizing several key areas, including Afgoye corridor for the past few months.
[An Nahar] Sudanese police on Friday "attacked" with tear gas and rubber bullets as demonstrators gathered at mosques for weekly anti-regime protests sparked by inflation, a rights group said.
"Still large numbers of police forces are surrounding the central mosques," said an official of the Organization for Defense of Rights and Freedoms, representing political, media, trade union and other activists promoting human rights. ...which are usually entirely different from personal liberty... "It seems rubber bullets and tear gas were used," he said, adding that information was still preliminary.
One of the mosques targeted was that of the opposition Umma party in Khartoum's twin city of Omdurman, said the official, asking not to be named.
Video images showed dozens of people marching outside the party's Wad Nubawi mosque, chanting and calling for the regime's overthrow. Some held signs.
"We got out to the square peacefully," and then police responded, one demonstrator said.
Video showed police on pickup trucks firing tear gas, sending the crowd scattering.
Wad Nubawi was also a focus of demonstrators a week earlier, when hundreds who gathered were also confronted with tear gas and rubber bullets, witnesses said at the time.
Umma party officials could not immediately comment.
The official with the rights group said there had been arrests.
Dubai-based Al-Arabiya news channel told Agence La Belle France Presse that its crew was briefly locked away Drop the rosco and step away witcher hands up! and the cameraman roughed up while reporting at Wad Nubawi.
In another district of Khartoum, an AFP news hound saw helmeted police stop to remove stones blocking a main road, a common tactic of demonstrators.
Protests against high food prices began on June 16 at the University of Khartoum.
After President Omar al-Bashir Head of the National Congress Party. He came to power in 1989 when he, as a brigadier in the Sudanese army, led a group of officers in a bloodless military coup that ousted the government of Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi and eventually appointed himself president-for-life. He has fallen out with his Islamic mentor, Hasan al-Turabi, tried to impose shariah on the Christian and animist south, resulting in its secessesion, and attempted to Arabize Darfur by unleashing the barbaric Janjaweed on it. Sudan's potential prosperity has been pissed away in warfare that has left as many as 400,000 people dead and 2.5 million displaced. Omar has been indicted for genocide by the International Criminal Court but nothing is expected to come of it. announced austerity measures, including tax hikes and an end to cheap fuel, demonstrations spread to include a cross-section of people around the capital and in other parts of Sudan.
Friday has now become the focus of the demonstrations, which initially involved groups of 100 or 200 people daily burning tires, throwing stones and blocking roads in a call for regime change sparked by high inflation.
Opposition parties on Wednesday signed a charter to step up anti-regime protests by mobilizing their members against the current political system. Umma, led by former prime minister Sadiq al-Mahdi, is a key member of the opposition alliance.
Bashir seized power from Mahdi, who was democratically elected, and established his Islamist regime on June 30, 1989.
The Military Committee formed under the GCC-power has identified saboteurs of oil pipelines, affirming that they included military officers and a son of the former governor of Marib, Jubran Ali Al-Zaidi.
In a meeting held on Wednesday, the Military Committee discussed how to maintain security and safety and put and end to bombings of oil pipelines in Marib and Sana'a.
It spelt out efforts exerted in the hunt of saboteurs of oil pipelines, singling out that the sabotage acts against oil and gas pipelines largely damage Yemen's economy. It said it had confirmed information about the identities of the saboteurs, directing the security and military services to pursue them, arrest them and refer them to the justice system. They further demanded the concerned authorities to take the needed measures to freeze the companies and other assets of the saboteurs whether they are in Sana'a or other governorates.
The committee strongly denounced the sabotage acts that target the state and private institutions, in particular oil and gas pipeline, and electricity towers, asserting that it will not tolerate in the pursuit of criminals.
Furthermore, it reviewed what was achieved in opening blocked roads in a number of governorates, indicating that it will follow up commitments to pledges of all political sides.
The Marib pipeline, which carries crude from Marib and Shabwa to the Ras Isa terminal, was repeatedly attacked last year and this year, and negotiations and mediations to stop attacking it have failed several times.
Local officials have said the repairs of Marib pipelines are expected to be completed this week.
[Yemen Post] Two soldiers and a child were maimed in Taiz on Thursday as festivities suddenly broke out between security forces and gunnies, medic sources said.
Media sources affirmed that the festivities erupted between forces of the Military Committee and primitive affiliated to a tribal sheikh, Hamoud Al-Mikhlafi, but sources close to Al-Mikhalafi denied these reports, asserting that forces of the Republican Guard attacked some neighborhoods in Taiz.
The sources affirmed that the 33 Republican Guard Brigade launched strikes against Al-Rawdha neighborhood, singling out that a number of streets were blocked in Al-Rawdah neighborhood in which the residency of al-Mikhalfi is based.
Taiz has been a source of pro-democracy uprising that ended Saleh's 33-year rule. Security forces often responded with deadly force.
Meanwhile, ...back at the Council of Boskone, Helmuth had turned a paler shade of blue. Star-A-Star had struck again... A Saudi Newspaper, Al-Sharaq, revealed on Wednesday that Iran has increased its political interventions in Taiz, pointing out that it started carrying out investment projects in Taiz that its profits will be provided to political sanctions headed by politicians and politicians who have close ties with Tehran.
The sources affirmed that Iran intends to invest $10 million in health and education projects that will be run by Yemeni politicians who have good relations with Tehran.
The newspaper quoted well-informed sources as saying that Tehran trained about 200 persons from Taiz on using medium and light weapons in Saada governorate, pointing out that a number of Yemenis will be sent to Leb to be trained on explosive manufactures and have military knowledge.
[Herald Sun] SEVEN men have been incarcerated Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un! on suspicion of terrorist offenses in Britannia after a routine vehicle search turned up firearms and weapons, police said. It's the Olympics coming up, of course. You get more bang for your Islamic buck when everybody's watching...
The arrests, which took place earlier this week in South Yorkshire in northern England, were announced one day after officers in London jugged Please don't kill me! six other terror suspects using stun guns and smoke grenades in early-morning swoops, including one on a home close to London's Olympic Park. Wotta coincidence.
Police insist that the 13 arrests in recent days did not involve threats to the Olympics set to begin in three weeks, "No, no! Certainly not! Mere coincidence, we assure you!"
but the counter-terror sweeps - and a false alarm Thursday that involved a bus filled with passengers - have raised anxiety in the run-up to the games. Settling oneself in among several thousand paying customers -- the rabble can't afford tickets to Olympic events -- and then detonating is the essence of modern Islam...
The arrests came as transport officials established special "games lanes" on key London roads that will be used only by Olympic athletes, officials and VIPs, adding to the sense that the start of the long-awaited Olympics is just around the corner. ... as could be the start of the mayhem...
Police on Friday said there was nothing to suggest that the newly announced arrests were linked to the London raids a day earlier. They said the arrests came after a car was stopped on the M1 highway in South Yorkshire on June 30 and impounded for not having insurance. It said "firearms, offensive weapons and other material" were later found hidden in the vehicle, which prompted police to trace and arrest the driver, passenger and other suspects.
Prime Minister David Cameron ... has stated that he is certainly a big Thatcher fan, but I don't know whether that makes me a Thatcherite, which means he's not. Since he is not deeply ideological he lacks core principles and is easily led. He has been described as certainly not a Pitt, Elder or Younger, but he does wear a nice suit so maybe he's Beau Brummel ... 's front man Steve Field insisted there was no sense of alarm at the spate of arrests so close to the start of the Summer Games.
"We have been looking at the issue of security at the Olympics for some time and we have robust plans in place," he told news hounds.
Police said three of the men were incarcerated Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un! Tuesday, three on Wednesday and one on Thursday. Six of them are in their twenties, while one is in his 40s.
The men have been incarcerated Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un! on suspicion of preparing or instigating acts of terrorism. They were being questioned by officers and their residences were searched.
The items found in the vehicle were undergoing forensic testing.
Britannia's terror level is currently ranked as substantial - the third highest point on a five-point scale - and means an attack is a strong possibility. Intelligence officials say there has been an expected increase in chatter among turban groups ahead of the Olympics, but there are still no specific or credible threats targeting the games.
First they're arresting a guy with a sword.
Now they're handcuffing anybody with a stun gun.
I think I'll go stand on the south end of Tower Bridge at midnight and yell at the top of my lungs ... "alright lads, no knives here. no swords. no stun zappers. let's party!".
I already said that I thought that reasonable precautions by the police were more than appropriate. But it's nearly impossible to stop all crime in London, and you're not making the place safer if you disarm civilians from carrying things that might offer sensible defense.
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By Chris Covert
Mixed groups of Mexican federal security forces including Mexican Army units have begun to redeploy to Choix municipality in Sinaloa following reports of a large number of shootings, according to various Mexican news accounts.
A Saturday afternoon news item posted on the website of El Diario de Coahuila news daily, quoted an El Universal news story saying four more dead were found Saturday in Choix municipality near the village of Lorito. The unidentified victims were killed three days before. The find was made from an anonymous telephone call.
In a news report on the website of El Siglo de Durango news daily, several recent incidents have forced security forces to re-enter an area that only a few weeks ago was the location one of the most violent large scale intergang fighting since the summer of 2010.
According to a news item on the website of Azteca Noticias news daily, gunfights have taken place in Culican municipality and in Choix in recent days with at least one dead and three wounded. The Choix gunfight took place last Tuesday afternoon, lasting five minutes. A number of wounded were taken to a local medical clinic.
Periodico Expreso news daily reported on their website Thursday that two died in Choix and three were wounded.
Choix municipality was the location last May where several armed operatives from the Beltran-Leyva cartel, Juarez Cartel and Los Zetas had combined to fight operatives from the Sinaloa cartel. The fighting in the area began last April 28th and lasted several days. It spread to other municipalities including Guasave and Culican totalling, by this writer's count, 56 dead. Eventually Mexican Army and Naval Infantry units totalling 600 effectives filtered into Choix municipality attempting to cordon the western approaches to the area.
Unconfirmed news reports at the time said a number of cartel operatives had escaped the cordon to the east into Chihuahua state and passed Mexican Army road patrols.
Russian authorities say that roughly 200 terrorists militants in the Caucasus were killed in the first half of 2012.
Sergei Chenchik, head of the Main Directorate of the Interior Ministry in the North Caucasian Federal District, reported that 1,200 operations since January have resulted in 194 terrorists militants, including 25 leaders, killed, compared with 209 in 2011, while 104 police officers were killed in the counterinsurgency operations.
According to Chenchik, 235 Caucasian terrorists militants were arrested and eight surrendered. Of the 160 civilians attacked by terrorists militants, 32 were killed, while in 2011, 102 were attacked.
Last month Andrei Przhezdomskii, an adviser to the head of the National Counter-Terrorism Committee, said the Russian Federation's battle with terrorism in the North Caucasus was succeeding.
It is a place where a great many North Koreans choose to defect, running the risk of being caught, repatriated, and executed.
Securing the northern border is more urgent than the border with the Panmunjeom - the border with South Korea. Fat Boy Kim Jong Un has clearly acknowledged the dangers of border crossings, and he is clearly aware that these crossing could eventually lead to the fall of the regime.
The 'Dear Leader' Kim Jong Il's sudden death in December of last year brought a tighter grip across the border. Going even further, Kim Jong Un ordered a "guilt by association" system, which is a collective execution system which aims to terminate the entire family of anyone who has attempted defection. Also, 20,000 additional soldiers were dispatched along the border region to tighten security in the area. Immediate execution of anyone caught attempting to defect was ordered as well.
Wonder what this has done to the smugglers, besides given the soldiers a chance to earn some extra cash...
On December 31st, 3 men crossing the river in Hyesan, Yanggang province were executed by firing squad and a couple in their 40s attempting defection in Hoiryoung, Hamkyung Buk-do were executed as well. Clearly, there are unspeakable atrocities happening as the noose is tightened around the Chinese/North Korean border.
Following the 100th anniversary of the Sun day, which celebrates the birth of Kim Il Sung, the authorities transferred border control from the Ministry of the People's Armed Forces to the National Security Agency.
The transfer seems to be due to the continual leaking of information of sensitive issues, even after the death of Kim Jong Il. Previously, the PAF and NSA operated with co-responsibility. The PAF was charged with monitoring the border while the NSA undertook the tasks of tracking, arresting, and repatriating defectors. Now, however, all activities have been given over to the NSA.
Signal jamming around the border regions have also become more frequent in the era of Suet Face Kim Jong Un. The regime spent $200 million importing German made signal detectors
Thanks, Germany, that's a really swell thing to do. Of course no one in Berlin knew the use of the signal detectors, nor the ultimate customers until it was too late...
and frequency jammers to hamper the use of Chinese cell phones in North Korea. The large sum of money is about 3% of North Korea's entire annual revenue of $5.7 billion.
Much of the rest of the annual revenue is spent on missiles, nuclear bombs and cognac...
The young genocidal thug Kim Jong Un may fear a coming tsunami of outside information, and it seems likely that the North Korean authorities will continue to build ever larger barriers to help push back this wave of information coming from the outside world.
[Dawn] Five people, including an activist of the Mohajir Qaumi Movement-Haqiqi, were bumped off in different parts of the city on Thursday, said police.
MQM worker Mohammad Farooq, 30, aka Kana was killed in a drive-by shooting a few streets from the Landhi residence of the party chairman, said a police brass hat.
The victim was taken to a nearby private hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He's dead, Jim! on arrival, said an official at the Awami Colony cop shoppe.
He added that the body was then shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for a post-mortem examination. He said the victim had sustained multiple gunshot wounds.
"The victim had recently relocated from Sherpao Colony to his old home in Landhi No 6," said SP Shah Faisal Latif Siddiqui.
He added that the shooting was carried out a few streets from the Landhi residence of MQM-H chief Afaq Ahmad.
Following the murder, tension gripped the locality amid intermittent firing.
MQM front man Khalid Naqashbandi said that Farooq was an activist of unit 80 of the party's organizational structure. He condemned the incident, terming it a assassination on political grounds.
Man killed in Garden
Earlier in the morning, a young man was killed on Ghulam Husain Qasim Road in a Garden locality, said police.
Nasir, 26, aka Munna was bumped off outside his apartment building near Yaseen Manzil Ramswami by gunnies riding a cycle of violence, said a duty officer of the Garden cop shoppe.
The victim was rushed to the Civil Hospital 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... , where he was pronounced dead. He's dead, Jim! on arrival. The officer quoted hospital sources as saying that he had sustained a gunshot wound to his head.
The police said that the young man was not associated with any political party. They claimed that an investigation was under way to find out a motive for the killing.
Till Thursday evening, nobody had turned up at the Garden cop shoppe to lodge the case.
Cable operator bumped off
A young man associated with a cable networking system was bumped off in New Bloody Karachi, said police.
They added that Amir Khan, 30, was rubbed out near Haroon Apartments in Sector 5C-2 of New Bloody Karachi.
"The victim was shot at thrice with a 9mm pistol," said SP Gulberg Tanveer Alam Odho. He added that the police collected three spent bullet casings found at the scene of the crime
The SP said that some business-related rivalry was suspected as a motive for the killing, though an investigation was under way to take into account other factors as well.
The body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for a post-mortem examination.
Father, son rubbed out
In Machhar Colony, a father and his son were killed and two others maimed late Thursday night, said police.
The officials added that Siraj Noor, 30, was sitting outside his house where gunnies riding a motorbike fired at him. As they were about to flee, they spotted the victim's father, Haji Noor, 55, returning home. They opened fire on him and escaped. In the firing, two passers-by were also hit by bullets.
The victims were rushed to the Civil Hospital Bloody Karachi where Siraj Noor and his father were pronounced dead, while the two passers-by, Khalid and Sohail, were admitted for treatment.
SSP District West Amir Farooqui said that police suspected involvement of 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.... gangsters in the incident.
Two held for killing man
Earlier, a young man associated with the fisheries business was rubbed out near Saddam Chowk in Machhar Colony.
The police said that Moinuddin, 30, was killed over personal enmity and claimed to have tossed in the clink Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un! the killers. "We have tossed in the clink Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un! two suspects said to be involved in the firing," said SSP Farooqui.
[Dawn] Unidentified armed persons rubbed out a thug commander along with his aide in Kalosha village of South Wazoo Agency in the small hours of Thursday.
Sources said that Wali Mohammad, brother of Taliban capo Nek Mohammad, along with his aide was asleep in the apple farm of his uncle when two armed persons sneaked into the orchard and opened firing on them. Wali Mohammad and his friend, whose name couldn't be ascertained, were killed on the spot, they added.
Wali Mohammad and few other thug commanders including Omar, Abbas and Ghulam Khan had been expelled from Wana, the agency headquarters of South Waziristan, along with foreign forces of Evil about five years ago.
However, alcohol has never solved anybody's problems. But then, neither has milk... they returned to Wana about one year ago after making reconciliation with thug commanders of Maulvi Nazir group.
No group has grabbed credit for the incident. However, alcohol has never solved anybody's problems. But then, neither has milk... sources said that the incident could be result of differences amongst thug groups or personnel enmity.
It may be recalled that Nek Mohammad was killed in a dronezap in 2005 in Wana along with five key foreign thug commanders.
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 ... Bajaur Agency, aka Turban Central ...Smallest of the agencies in FATA. The Agency administration is located in Khar. Bajaur is inhabited almost exclusively by Tarkani Pashtuns, which are divided into multiple bickering subtribes. Its 52 km border border with Afghanistan's Kunar Province makes it of strategic importance to Pakistain's strategic depth... Political Agent Syed Abdul Jabar Shah on Thursday urged the rustics to fulfil their collective responsibilities to check thug activities in their area.
Addressing a jirga of Salarzai rustics, he said that security forces and tribal people rendered sacrifices to eliminate forces of Evil from the agency.
He said that peace and writ of the government in the region had been restored with the efforts of security forces and tribal elders but it didn't mean that forces of Evil had been eliminated completely.
He said that action would be taken against the tribe concerned if any public property was attacked in its area.
Commandant Bajaur Scouts Col Shakeel also addressed the jirga and said Salarzai tribe rendered great sacrifices for restoration of peace but the recent thug activities in the area put negative impact on its performance.
Pakistani officials say a U.S. drone strike has killed at least 19 suspected militants in the country's northwest. Friday's strike took place near Miran Shah, the main town in the North Waziristan tribal region -- a known hub of Taliban and al-Qaida-linked militants.
Officials said foreigners were among those killed when missiles hit a compound in the area. It was one of deadliest suspected U.S. strikes and the first such attack since Pakistan re-opened NATO supply lines into Afghanistan following a seven-month shutdown.
Those foreigners wouldn't happen to speak Arabic, would they?
At least 18 passengers in a convoy of vans have been killed by unknown gunmen in southwestern Pakistan. Eyewitnesses report that an Iran-bound buss, which began its journey from Karachi, was attacked in Khadan area of Turbat.
Eyewitnesses said the gunmen, who were lying in wait, opened fire at the vehicle as it came in the firing range and kept shooting until their automatic weapons were depleted of ammunition. They then made their escape on motorcycles. The attack occurred when the bus stopped at a roadside shop in the Kech area of Baluchistan province, the police said. They said six gunmen were involved.
The dead and the injured were being taken to the Civil Hospital.
[An Nahar] At least 55 people were killed across Syria on Friday as protesters erupted into the streets in several provinces after being urged to call for a "People's liberation war."
The Local Coordination Committees, the main activist group spurring protests on the ground, said regime forces killed 16 people in the countryside around Damascus ...The place where Pencilneck hangs his brass hat... , 11 in Daraa, nine in Idlib, eight in Homs, four in Damascus and two in Hama.
Meanwhile, ...back at the Senate, Odius Sepulcher called for war against the Visigoths... an kaboom targeting a military vehicle killed at least five troops at Maaret al-Numan in the northwestern province of Idlib, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding that two rebels also died in shelling there.
Regime forces opened fire on protesters in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, it said, adding that demonstrations also erupted in areas that were under bombardment by the army.
In the same province, much of which is rebel-held, eight air defence troops deserted to join the uprising against Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Sonny, disguised as Fredo, trying to be Mike... , the watchdog added.
Their defections came on the same day top Syrian general Munaff Tlass, close to Assad and his family, was reported as having defected.
Elsewhere, festivities broke out in Damascus and its province, the Observatory said, adding that demonstrators erupted into the streets of several areas of the capital.
The bloodshed came as anti-regime activists urged protests calling for a "People's liberation war," according to one group, the Syrian Revolution Coordinators' Union.
In Damascus province, troops rained shells on the central town of Daraya, killing at least one civilian. Amateur video on YouTube showed medical volunteers trying in vain to treat one bloodied person there.
In the village of Nawa in the southern province of Daraa, cradle of the nearly 16-month uprising, shelling killed at least five people overnight, the Observatory said, adding that another six unidentified bodies were found there.
"Regime troops shot and shelled the civilian population here, and killed and injured many people," activists in Nawa told Agence La Belle France Presse, adding that the shelling followed a rebel Free Syrian Army attack on a military building.
Louay Rushdan of grassroots activists' network the Local Coordination Committees told AFP that the shelling in Nawa killed and maimed a large number of people, and that activists "found bodies that were completely burned. Other bodies were buried under the rubble."
Of 95 people killed on Thursday, 68 were civilians, 24 were soldiers and three were rebels, the watchdog added.
[An Nahar] Advanced technology that has never before been used was employed in the liquidation attempt against MP Butros Harb, reported al-Joumhouria newspaper on Friday.
A security source told the newspaper that the explosive that was removed from the elevator shaft could have been placed in a manner that made it difficult to detect.
Police found the device in the elevator shaft of the building that lies in Badaro district's Sami Solh Street a few hours after the suspect carrying a knife was subdued but managed to escape along with two accomplices.
The criminals were discovered before they could completely arm the device, which needed exact calculations in order to determine how much explosives were needed in order to kill the person in the elevator.
Sources revealed to As Safir newspaper on Friday that the device was being prepared in a manner to make it seem that the victim would have been killed by electrical wire friction or possibly a malfunction in the elevator.
"The investigations in the case are complicated and they will take time," they emphasized.
In addition, they stressed the importance of obtaining fingerprints at the scene.
Other security sources revealed that residents in the area succeeded in identifying one of the perpetrators. Resident in the area better be careful starting their cars. And stay out of elevators...
Asked if the criminals had headed to Beirut's southern suburbs, ... also known as Hezbollah country...
the sources replied: "The footage obtained by surveillance cameras will reveal the criminals' exact destination." The perps will, of course, "disappear," nobody knows where. Identification of them as Hezbullies will be "rejected," and denounced as a Zionist-American plot...
They said that the cameras monitor "every inch" of the road leading to the building.
Sources close to Harb told As Safir that the MP had received warnings that he may be the target of an liquidation attempt, saying that he has since limited his mobility and changed his work routine.
The pan-Arab daily al-Hayat reported on Friday that the case has been referred to the Internal Security Forces' Intelligence Bureau, adding that ISF chief Ashraf Rifi had inspected the scene of the crime.
Harb escaped the booby-trapped elevator when three people had claimed they were going to the building's roof to fix an internet problem when a security guard and a doctor, who has a clinic in the building, felt suspicious and called security agencies to arrest them. Two of them escaped but the third clashed with the two witnesses, injuring them, the MP said.
[An Nahar] U.N. leader the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon ... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan... urged the U.N. Security Council on Friday to reduce the number of unarmed military observers in Syria and put more stress on political efforts to end the conflict.
Ban recommends in a report that the mission in Syria with a "reduced military observer component" be redeployed to the capital Damascus ...Capital of the last remaining Baathist regime in the world... , from regional cities where the conflict has grown in recent weeks.
The divided Security Council must make a decision on the future of the 300 unarmed military observers and more than 120 civilian staff in Syria by July 20.
Tension in the debate on the future of the U.N. Supervision Mission in Syria is likely to increase in the wake of western calls for sanctions against Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Despoiler of Deraa... despite the opposition of veto-wielding council members Russia and China.
The U.N. leader expressed alarm at the "dangerous trajectory of the conflict and the destructive dynamics at play" between the government and opposition.
He said the UNSMIS mandate should remain unchanged, though with the focus shifting from monitoring a ceasefire that has never taken hold toward a more political role.
"If UNSMIS were re-oriented in this manner, the mission would redeploy from the field to the capital to minimize risks, retaining core civilian and military observer capacities to focus on the spectrum of initiatives feeding into the political process," said the report.
Ban and 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... want the mission to deal more with efforts to persuade the government and opposition to halt the violence, which activists say have left more than 16,500 dead in the past 16 months.
"From a central hub in Damascus, the civilian component would continue liaison and dialogue with opposition and government representatives in the provinces as security conditions allow."
[An Nahar] President Michel Suleiman ...before assuming office as President, he held the position of commander of the Leb Armed Forces. That was after the previous commander, the loathesome Emile Lahoud, took office as president in November of 1998. Likely the next president of Leb will be whoever's commander of the armed forces, too... slammed on Friday the liquidation attempt against MP Butros Harb, condemning the return of "such incidents that only serve to create instability in Leb." Harb is a member of the March 14th movement and has called for Hezbollah's arms to be controlled by the government. He was also prominent in the Cedar Revolution. My guess would be that Iran ordered him rubbed out and that the attempted murderers were Hezbullies. I'm also guessing the investigation will be quietly dropped, just like the Geagea assassination attempt.
He said after meeting the politician at the Baabda Palace: "The security and legal authorities have received strict orders to work on uncovering the details of the case in order to reveal the perpetrators." Whether they ever make their findings public is another matter entirely...
Harb had informed the president of the details of the liquidation attempt and the leads he has so far on the matter. He stressed the importance of following up on this issue "for the sake of Leb's security." ... as well as for the integrity and continued mobility of his corpus...
Suleiman later held talks with Internal Security Forces chief Ashraf Rifi on the investigations. ... which may or may not amount to anything, since members of the security forces may or may not have been involved in the attempt. It's Leb, so usually you're not sure...
Harb escaped an attempt on his life on Thursday when residents of the building in which his office is located discovered individuals trying to booby-trap the building's elevator. Presumably the individuals will be in custody. The vigorous application of a #7 truncheon should help the miscreants discuss who their controllers are.