Five detainees captured on Friday morning by the Egyptian army in northern Sinai have been charged with leading "Jihadist" groups and involvement in what the Egyptian authorities described as "terrorist attacks" in the Sinai.
Egyptian security sources told Ma'an that the suspects are accused of planning and carrying out an attack on the Sheikh Zuwaid cop shoppe after the revolution in Egypt which toppled Hosni Mubarak ...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011... They were also accused of leading "Jihadist" groups and smuggling weapons between Egypt and the Gazoo Strip. Amongst other charges, the suspects were accused of targeting coppers and police posts in northern Sinai.
One of the suspects is 62 years old and nicknamed "Sinai's the late Osama bin Laden ... Maybe his Mom misses him... ". Another is a vegetable merchant, aged 42. He was imprisoned for three years on political charges during Mubarak's rule.
A third suspect is a car dealer, 42, who has been imprisoned before. The fourth suspect is 36 years old and was allegedly caught with 22 ID cards belonging to Egyptian citizens. Investigators said he stole these IDs from the Sheikh Zuwaid cop shoppe. The last suspect is only 22.
Egyptian authorities described the five as "the most dangerous gun-hung tough guys in Sinai."
An Egyptian security source told Ma'an in el-Arish that Egyptian security services captured the suspects after ransacking their homes in Sheikh Zuwaid on Friday morning. The source said that intelligence services collected information about the suspects before raiding their homes.
The five have been transferred to Cairo, while three other detainees have been released.
Families of the five suspects denied the charges. Several of them told Ma'an that they were never affiliated to any krazed killer group in Sinai, nor involved in any violent activities.
No one was injured in the collision that occurred about 1 a.m. local time when the USS Porter collided with the Panamanian-flagged bulk oil tanker M/V Otowasan, the Navy said in a statement.
The Navy did not provide details about the collision, saying only the accident was not related to combat. It said the incident is under investigation. Damage to the USS Porter was being evaluated, "but the ship is able to operate under its own power," the statement said.
She's 300000 tons loaded. The Porter is 6000 tons. As mojo said, the Law of Gross tonnage is proven again.
I just wonder in what direction and at what relative speed they collided. The picture of the Porter shows damage in a very limited area (though pretty heavy). Did the bow of the tanker hit the destroyer?
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia ||
If the tanker bow was the impact point it was a glancing blow, or the USS Porter would be on the bottom. Mass moving fast don't quit.
Pappy, I figure a destroyer is like a motorcycle - yield to the bigger guy regardless of right-of-way, and make sure you see him, because if there's a collision, you lose. And I don't know of any stealth, radar-evading super-tankers.
Posted by: Rob Crawford ||
I'll remind all Y'all the aircraft that hit the twin towers on 9-11 were NOT a threat until they hit, and weren't sen as sch, at first the possibility of a gross error was bandied about. (Until the SECOND plane hit, and removed all doubt)
Posted by: Redneck Jim ||
I'll remind all Y'all the aircraft that hit the twin towers on 9-11 were NOT a threat until they hit
True. But aside from the tanks of both the 9-11 aircraft and the tanker being full, the likelihood of it being an attack are nil. Professional opinion, for what it's worth.
I figure a destroyer is like a motorcycle - yield to the bigger guy regardless of right-of-way, and make sure you see him, because if there's a collision, you lose. And I don't know of any stealth, radar-evading super-tankers.
I've made the transit through the Strait of Hormuz a few times, two of them at night. It ain't fun. It's a waterway, a choke point with Iran on one side. There's a reason they were going through at that time.
ADEN - Yemeni militia have killed an Al Qaeda prisoner who tried to escape but a local militant leader managed to flee as they found an explosives lab in a separate incident, a militia source said on Saturday.
"A member of Al Qaeda was killed on Friday when he tried to escape from a jail controlled by the Popular Resistance Committees," in the southern town of Jaar, the source in the pro-government militia said.
Separately, militiamen searching a house in Jaar discovered a bomb-making factory and seized a number of explosives belts.Al Qaeda's leader in Zinjibar, the nearby capital of Abyan province, managed to escape from the house, the source said. The man was identified as Jalal Belaidi, alias Abu Hamza.
I imagine the suspect moved at the last second, and the shooters couldn't get a purchase order for another batch of bullets to finish him off, and they needed to give the doctors some practice, anyway.
QUETTA: At least three people, including two Pakistani nationals and an Iranian security personnel, were killed in an exchange of fire at the Pak-Iran border in Chaghai district, on Saturday. Delightfully green-on-green...
According to sources, some local tribesmen were hunting at Kacho area, close to Iran border, when Iranian security personnel opened indiscriminate fire on them. As a result, Abdul Kareem, resident of Naukundi, and one of his companions sustained critical wounds and died on the spot. One Iranian security personnel was also killed when other companions of the tribesmen opened retaliatory firing on them, sources said.
Chaghai Deputy Commissioner Tufail Baloch confirmed the incident and said that the Iranian security personnel also took the bodies along with them. He said that it was yet to be ascertained whether the incident occurred in Balochistan's territory or that of Iran.
PESHAWAR: A Mohmand Agency tribesman was killed by unidentified miscreants on Saturday morning, leaving another injured, police said. The police said that two bikers fired at Malik Haji Torai, owner of a hotel in Bakhshu Pul area on Charsadda Road, and Shah Fahim, a resident of Mohmand Agency. Resultantly, Fahim died on the spot while Toraj sustained injuries.
KHYBER AGENCY: Terrorists of a banned outfit shot dead two activists of Amn Lashkar (peace militia) in Bara Tehsil of Khyber Agency, officials said on Saturday. According to sources, an armed clash occurred between a banned terrorist outfit and Amn Lashkar when the terrorist outfit attacked the Amn Lashkar's compound. Resultantly, two members died on the spot, sources said. A terrorist was also shot dead in the crossfire, sources added.
MOSUL - A suicide bomber driving a truck attacked a mosque near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul as Friday prayers ended, killing at least five people and wounding 70, police and health officials said.
The mosque where the bomber detonated his explosives belonged to the Shabak minority in Mosul, 390km north of Baghdad. "A suicide car bomber targeted a Shabak mosque in Mwafaqiya village," said Hanin Qaddo, a local Shabak leader. "Part of the mosque building collapsed over the heads of the worshippers as they were leaving."
The site of Friday's blast is near disputed territories at the centre of a feud between Baghdad's government and the autonomous Kurdistan region in the north, which runs its own government and armed forces.
Insurgents have carried out at least one major bombing a month since Americans troops left in December. July was the bloodiest month in two years, including one day of attacks that left more than 100 dead.
The latest round of peace talks between Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front will resume again in late August after ending on Friday.
Both sides have yet to come up with a solid agreement that would end the terrorism in Mindanao while a renegade group led by commander Ameril Umbrakato renewed its attack, this time hitting a SAF outpost in Datu Unsay town. A government trooper was killed in the Saturday attack.
Meanwhile, National Police chief Director-General Nicanor Bartolome on Saturday deployed the Special Action Force to augment military forces who are after Moro terrorists rebels belonging to the splinter group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement led by Umbrakato.
The deployment followed aN attack at around 2 a.m. Saturday by the terrorists rebels against a SAF outpost killing one of its members. The terrorists rebels fled before reinforcements arrived.
Two separate bomb attacks have wounded four policemen and two soldiers in Pattani province.
In Khok Pho district, a motorcycle bomb exploded while an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) unit vehicle was heading down a local road. The blast wounded four EOD officers in the vehicle and damaged their equipment.
The same team had been earlier called to a rubber plantation after villager Suedi Samae, 41, was gunned down while he was tapping rubber plants early yesterday morning.
The four policemen are the latest victims of terrorist militant groups, who have recently targeted security forces. Earlier on Friday evening, two soldiers, stationed at a marine corps outpost in Sai Buri district, were also injured by a home-made grenade.
An unidentified man on a motorcycle threw the grenade over the outpost's wall while Pvt Wanchaloem Onsong, 22, and Pvt Demae I-tae, 22, were on duty.
Almost simultaneously in the same district, a man identified as Mueli Pochi, 55, was gunned down while sleeping in his pickup truck parked at a market. Police are investigating whether he was killed by an terrorist insurgent group.
The situation in Pattani has authorities on full alert, especially after a report that terrorists rebels are planning more car bombings.
More frequent terrorist militant attacks in the deep South have been reported since Ramadan started. Ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra does not blame the government for the increasing attacks; he sees them as "seasonal violence". In an interview, Thaksin cited statistics that showed attacks tend to be more frequent during Ramadan. He said things would return to normal after the end of Ramadan.
ALEPPO, Syria/AMMAN: Fighting broke out between Jordanian and Syrian forces in a border region between the two countries overnight, but a Jordanian source said on Saturday no one on Jordan's side appeared to have been killed.
A Syrian opposition activist who witnessed the fighting said armored vehicles were involved in the clash in the Tel Shihab-Turra area, about 80 km (50 miles) north of the Jordanian capital Amman, that occurred after Syrian refugees tried to cross into Jordan.
"The Syrian side fired across the border and fighting ensued. Initial reports indicate that there has been no one killed from the Jordanian side," said the Jordanian source, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Jordanian troops have fired near the border in the past to stop Syrians from shooting at fleeing refugees. Syria's long border with Jordan has been an escape route for opponents of Assad, including Prime Minister Riad Hijab who defected this week.
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