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Thanks! I have been missing my morning paper....
Posted by: 49 pan ||
I missed it also, but didn't really know how to comment about it. Now that it is back, I can say in this thread that it is one of the first things I read every day to be sure I am catching at least a mention of the important stories for the day.
The carnage in Afghanistan continued unabated on a major Muslim holiday on Sunday, as attackers killed two pairs of brothers with links to the government and three NATO service members.
The targeted killings are part of a spate of similar attacks on those associated with the government, further complicating efforts by international forces in country to hand over security responsibility to Afghans as foreign combat troops withdraw.
In the first attack, a bomb hidden in a cemetery in the southern province of Helmand killed a police chief and his brother who were visiting a family grave for the Eid al-Fitr holiday.
Seven of the men's family members were wounded in the early-morning blast in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, said Helmand Deputy Police Chief Ghulam Rabbani.
No one immediately claimed responsibility, but the attack was consistent with the Taliban's strategy to target authorities and others who align themselves with the government or international forces.
The two men were brothers of a lawmaker for Helmand province, Abdulwadood Popal, who was not at the cemetery at the time of the blast. The family was visiting the grave after morning prayers for the holiday, which ends the month-long Ramadan fasting period.
Then in Farah province in the west, gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on the car of an intelligence service official as he was driving home from a family visit, killing him and his brother who worked for the customs service.
KABUL: Two Afghan security personnel opened fire on Western colleagues yesterday, killing two US soldiers and causing a number of other casualties in two separate attacks, the military said.
US concern is mounting of the unprecedented number of such "green-on-blue" attacks, which have now killed 39 international troops in 29 such incidents so far this year, according to NATO figures. Yesterday's attacks will further erode trust between foreign troops and the Afghans they work with, a week after six American troops were killed in a single day by their local colleagues.
The two Americans were killed in western Farah province, NATO's US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.
"A member of the Afghan Local Police turned his weapon against two USFOR-A service members. The attacker was shot and killed."
Just hours later, ISAF confirmed that "a number" of foreign and Afghan soldiers were shot and wounded by an Afghan soldier in the southern province of Kandahar.
"The attacker was shot and later died of his wounds in the hospital," a spokesman said, without providing any further details. Local officials said two Americans and one Afghan soldier were wounded.
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday he was "very concerned" about the attacks and the impact they are having on cooperation with Afghan allies.
The Taleban's reclusive supreme leader, Mullah Omar, has boasted that the attacks are the result of a deliberate plan by the militants to sow distrust between foreign and Afghan troops.
NATO says most of the incidents are motivated by cultural differences between troops and plays down the role of Taleban infiltration.
"What we identified was that most of them were caused by personal grievances and stress situations," the chief spokesman for ISAF, Brig. Gen. Gunter Katz, told AFP.
"We are confident that the morale (among international troops) is still good and those incidents will not affect our transition process," he said.
Panetta said Gen. John Allen, who heads the international coalition force in Afghanistan, was meeting Afghan security ministers and village elders to discuss further steps to protect against such attacks. These measures include increasing the intelligence presence to get better information about potential attacks, he said.
NATO had already this year started a so-called guardian angel program in which one soldier watches the backs of others as they work with Afghan forces, but it has not prevented a spike in attacks.
Small wars covered it fast.
"Terry Walker, a former Marine trainer in Helmand Province, told Fox News that most of these incidents are due to personal and cultural conflicts. He said Afghans simply have a different way of dealing with their problems.
"You have a strong influence that's tribal," Walker said. "Afghans can't be insulted and they have no conflict resolution capability. The smallest thing can set them off."
#6 Infiltration is a piece of cake for Islamic Jihad. Another word for it is multi-culturalism. Posted by Albemarle Fillmore4978
Paul Gottfied writes that where "deformed Protestant culture exists, so does the politics of guilt"....."spiraling confessing to and compensating for historical burdens". The birthing and feeding of multiculturalism paralled by endless self-loathing and apologies.
[Jerusalem Post] Two kabooms struck the Libyan capital of Tripoli ...a confusing city, one end of thich is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn... on Sunday, Al-Arabiya television reported, citing its correspondent.
The Arabic satellite channel said there were deaths and injuries but did not give numbers. It said one of the blasts struck near the interior ministry and another in Omar Mukhtar Street, without giving further details of what caused the blasts.
The report could not immediately be independently confirmed.
[Jerusalem Post] The Islamic Awakening Party announced on Saturday that its offices in northern Tunisia had been set ablaze, Paleostinian daily Al-Quds reported.
The Islamist party, which is the ruling party of Tunisia following the ouster of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali as part of the Arab Spring, declared that its local headquarters in Makthar had been completely destroyed by the fire.
The announcement went on to point fingers at "radical left-wing parties and other organizations" for the damage and demanded that authorities investigate the crime and prosecute the guilty parties.
Three Egyptian coppers and a soldier were maimed near the Sinai town of Sheikh Zuwaid on Saturday when gunnies fired a rocket-propelled grenade at their convoy during an operation against forces of Evil following the killing of 16 border guards.
The attack took place while the police were on their way back to the city of al-Arish after arresting two suspects at the border town of Rafah, a security source said. They could not identify or pursue the attackers, he added.
ALL 31 people including an "official delegation" to Sudan's war-torn South Kordofan state have been killed after their plane crashed. The crash on Sunday followed an explosion aboard the plane which was carrying the officials to a function marking the Muslim Eid holiday."All people on board were killed," Abdelhafiz Abdelrahim, a spokesman for the Sudan Aviation Authority, told AFP. He said the plane was landing in Talodi town at about 8am (1500 AEST) when "an explosion was heard and the plane was destroyed".
Abdelrahim could not immediately provide further details. The official SUNA news agency issued a brief alert which said only: "A plane with 26 passengers, including ministers, crashed near Talodi." Talodi has been a key battleground in the war which began in June last year between the government and ethnic rebels of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N). There was no immediate word on what caused the explosion. Looks like it was shot down, presumably by a SAM.
ADEN, Yemen: Suspected Al-Qaeda militants killed 14 soldiers in a rocket attack and suicide bombing on Saturday that targeted intelligence headquarters in the main southern city of Aden, a security official said.
"The death toll has increased to 14 soldiers," the official told AFP, adding that 11 were killed by gunfire and the other three by a "car bomb driven by suicide bomber into the courtyard of the intelligence building."
"The attack is the work of Al-Qaeda elements," he said. The same official had said earlier that masked gunmen "used machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades" in the attack in the Tawahi coastal neighborhood of Aden.
The militants attacked in two groups, with one targeting the south side of the complex, and the other attacking the west side, next to the adjacent state television building.
"Eleven soldiers were killed at the television gate, while three others were killed by the car bomb," the official said. He said that many of the soldiers were sleeping when the militants hurled hand grenades into their room.
Four soldiers were wounded, and three television employees, including two women, were also wounded, he said. The militants managed to escape.
Witnesses said they saw two armored vehicles on fire at the gate of the television offices.
Six policemen were killed in the Russian Caucasus region of Ingushetia in a suicide bombing at the funeral of their colleague, Russia's Investigative Committee has said.
The committee, which investigates major killings, said, "In a private house where the funeral was taking place for a neighbourhood policeman, a suicide bomber triggered an explosive device on his body. As a result of the explosion, according to preliminary information, seven people died including the suicide bomber, and there are also wounded whose number is being clarified."
Akhmed Kotiyev, secretary of the regional security council, said that 11 people were injured in the attack.
Ingushetia's leader, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, said, "According to preliminary information it was carried out by a terrorist suicide bomber," calling the attack "monstrous".
He said a severed head found at the scene of the blast was believed to be that of the suicide bomber.
Yevkurov said, "We are working on finding out whose head is lying at the scene of the explosion, and we will establish the identity of the bandit."
The funeral was for a fellow officer killed in a shooting on Saturday evening in the Malgobek district in the north of the region. The neighborhood police officer died after several assailants shot him with automatic rifles late Saturday.
Yevkurov speculated that the initial shooting of the policeman was intended to be followed by the suicide bombing at the funeral. He said, "Based on the information we have, the armed attack at night on the neighbourhood police officer, who died from wounds in hospital, was specially planned so as to arrange a terrorist attack at the funeral."
The blast came hours after masked gunmen opened fire in a mosque in Dagestan on Saturday as worshippers celebrated the end of Ramadan, injuring eight and leaving an explosive device that was later deactivated.
[Jerusalem Post] Czech police incarcerated ... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not... a man they say is an admirer of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, and seized an arsenal of weapons in the man's possession, CNN reported Saturday.
Breivik, a far-right bully boy opposed to Mohammedan immigration to Europe, confessed to killing 77 people last year in a bombing and shooting spree in which he targeted a government building in Oslo and a Norwegian Labor Party youth camp. He is on trial with court authorities yet to determine whether or not he will be deemed insane.
Czeck police confiscated firearms, ammunition and explosive detonators from the suspects' apartment, as well as police uniforms and equipment. He may have been planning to disguise himself as a police officer while carrying out an attack, CNN quoted police as saying. Breivik wore a police uniform during his shooting spree at the youth camp on Norway's Utoeya island northwest of Oslo.
The Czech suspect had indicated in emails that he was an admirer of Breivik, according to police. Breivik told authorities last year that he was part of a wider network working against multiculturalism in Europe, a claim that Norwegian authorities said was likely untrue.
The US launched the second drone strike in the past 24 hour in an area known as a terrorist haven in the Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan.
The remotely piloted Predators or the more advanced Reapers fired several missiles at a vehicle in the Mana area in the Shawal Valley in North Waziristan, according to AFP and Geo News. Five drones were seen circling over the attack site before and after the strike.
Pakistani officials said that between four and six "militants" were killed in the strike, but did not disclose their identities. No senior al Qaeda or Taliban leaders were reported killed.
The strike is the second in Shawal in the past 24 hours. On Saturday, the drones hit a compound in the village of Shuwedar in the Shawal Valley in North Waziristan, killing six more "militants," according to Pakistani officials. Pakistan's Foreign Ministry objected to the earlier strike in Shawal, and called the US incursions "a violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity and also in contravention of international law," according to Dawn.
ISLAMABAD: A missile launched from a US drone struck a suspected militant hideout in a tribal region in northern Pakistan where allies of a powerful warlord were gathered Saturday, killing five of his supporters, Pakistani officials said.
The strike in North Waziristan against allies of Hafiz Gul Bahadur, a militant commander whose forces frequently target US and other NATO troops in neighboring Afghanistan, comes amid speculation over whether Pakistan will launch an operation against militants in the tribal region.
Pakistan's foreign ministry condemned the latest drone attack. "Pakistan has consistently maintained that these attacks are a violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and are in contravention of international law," the ministry said in a statement.
Some Uzbek foreign fighters were among the dead in Saturday's strike, according to two Pakistan intelligence officials. Three people were also wounded, they said.
BEIRUT: Lebanese group Hezbollah will transform the lives of Israelis to "hell" if Israel attacks Lebanon, its leader said yesterday, adding that the group would not hesitate to hit targets that would leave tens of thousands of Israelis dead. Speaking in a televised speech marking Jerusalem Day -- an annual rally in support of the Palestinians -- Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said only a few rockets fired by the group's militia could cause massive casualties, given its well-planned target list.
Was the speech televised at the rally as well? Nasty usually won't show his own shadow outdoors...
"Rockets are ready and directed at these targets," he said. "We will not hesitate to use them, if we have to, at any point in time in the course of aggression against our country to protect our people," he added.
"Hezbollah cannot destroy Israel but we can transform the lives of millions of Zionists in occupied Palestine into a real hell," the cowardly black-turbaned Nasrallah said. "We can change the face of Israel."
Nasrallah said Iran's response to any Israeli attack would be "lightning" quick and "great."
"It would be the golden opportunity Iran has been dreaming of for 32 years," he said, referring to the date of Iran's 1979 Revolution. He did not mention what an attack on Iran would mean for Hezbollah.
JERUSALEM: A Palestinian man was in serious condition after a petrol bomb hit the taxi he was traveling in near a Jewish settlement in the Bethlehem region of the West Bank, hospital officials said yesterday.
Six Palestinians from the same family, residents of Nahalin village, were on Thursday evening heading to a nearby supermarket when their vehicle -- painted bright yellow, marking it as a Palestinian taxi -- was hit by the firebomb. The father of the family, sitting next to the driver, was stuck in the car that flipped over into a ditch after the attack and suffered burns to the face and body, officials at Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem said.
Nahalin's mayor told AFP the taxi driver had told him he saw the perpetrator, who was a Jewish settler.
Couldn't possibly have been a Paleo from another faction, as no brother Arab would ever attack another...
At least six breakaway Muslim terrorists rebels were killed in new fighting last night in Maguindanao.
Col. Prudencio Asto said the clash broke out after elements of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) harassed a military detachment in the town of Guindulungan in Maguindanao on Friday. A gun battle ensued, killing six on the enemy side.
The military also said BIFF terrorists rebels behind a series of recent attacks on military detachments in Maguindanao last week are being coddled by their former colleagues in the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Asto said, "Some of the members of BIFF men have relatives in the MILF. Blood is thicker than water. We know that some are now hiding in the camps of the MILF."
Mohaqher Iqbal, chief negotiator for the MILF, said he could neither confirm or deny the military's pronouncement as majority of BIFF members have relatives in their organization. He said, "We are calling on BIFF who were not involved in the recent fighting...our doors are still open. They can go back to us anytime."
Five soldiers were injured in a grenade attack on an Army base in Pattani province late on Friday night. Police said the attackers fired M79 grenades at the Army base located on Pattani-Yala Road in Yarang district.
In related news, the president of a local administrative organisation in the same province was gunned down right after he and his daughter arrived home early yesterday morning in Nong Chik district. Mahama Pula, 43, was killed with a .38 caliber weapon after he parked his car and was about to take his 6-year-old daughter out of the car.
In Yala's Muang district, two unidentified teenagers were severely wounded by shots fired from an M16 rifle in a drive-by shooting yesterday while returning from a mosque.
AMMAN -- Despite the imminent departure of the observers, the UN announced that veteran Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi will take over as international envoy from Kofi Annan, who quit earlier this month. Brahimi, who hesitated for days to accept a job that France's UN envoy Gerard Araud called an "impossible mission," will have a new title, Joint Special Representative for Syria. Diplomats said the change was to distance himself from Kofi Annan.
UN aid agencies said Syrians are pouring across the borders to escape fighting in their homeland and diarrheal disease has broken out in rural areas near Damascus. More than 170,000 Syrians have been registered in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, the UN refugee agency said.
Some 3,500 Syrians fleeing Aleppo, Azaz, Idlib and Latakia reached Turkey's Hatay and Kilis provinces between Tuesday and Wednesday, spokesman Adrian Edwards of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said.
"There has been a further sharp rise in the number of Syrians fleeing to Turkey," Edwards said. "There are now almost 65,000 Syrians in nine camps in Turkey, though not all yet formally registered. To put this in perspective, about 40 percent arrived in August."
Some 1.2 million people are uprooted within the country, many staying in schools or other public buildings, UNHCR said.
BEIRUT: Syria denied reports on Saturday that President Bashar Assad's deputy had defected and his forces pressed an offensive against rebels, bombarding parts of Aleppo in the north and hitting an insurgent-held town in the oil-producing east.
Vice President Farouq Al-Shara "never thought for a moment about leaving the country," said a statement from his office broadcast on state television issued in response to reports that the veteran Baath Party loyalist had tried to defect to Jordan.
But a former Syrian minister who defected last March said it was "well-known" that Shara had tried to leave and was under house arrest.
"Shara's position is well known. He has been trying to leave Syria," former deputy oil minister Abdo Hussameddin told pan-Arab television Al-Arabiya.
"But there are a series of circumstances that prevent him from leaving, especially the fact that he has been under house arrest for some time," he said, adding that top level officials in Syria were being kept under surveillance.
Shara, whose cousin -- an intelligence officer -- announced his own defection on Thursday, is a Sunni Muslim from Daraa province where the revolt first erupted against Assad, from the minority Alawite sect. The 73-year-old former foreign minister kept a low profile as the rebellion escalated but appeared in public last month at a state funeral for three of Assad's top security officials killed in a bomb attack in Damascus.
Operation Ass Wipe up date- tidy bowl man has taken rounds- toilet brushes are running low- bed pans gone from hospitals and all duck tape is missing from store shelves> Johnny on the spot thefts have increased 10 fold and their are now blue colored insurgents running amok in the streets! Out of TP and dimes please advise we are pinned down in a public restroom and these bastards only wipe with one hand!