No idea why the double post... BTW.. That estate belongs to CA and Hearst used no more than %2 of his loot from post WW-1 Europe to decorate it. The rest is supposed to be in train cars in storage chambers on the estate. It seems to me the other %98 of the loot should be enough to cover California's deficit and he did will it to the state.
[Bangla Daily Star] A suicide kaboom on a police check post in southeastern Afghanistan yesterday killed at least nine people, three of them coppers, an official said.
The attacker shot a security guard before making his way inside the check post in the cut-thoat-hit Alisher district of Khost province ... across the border from Miranshah, within commuting distance of Haqqani hangouts such as Datta Khel and probably within sight of Mordor. Khost is populated by six different tribes of Pashtuns, the largest probably being the Khostwal, from which it takes its name... , district governor Amir Badsha Dawran told AFP.
At least four coppers were also maimed in the attack, which was claimed by Taliban bully boys. They said all the casualties were Afghan cops.
Khost is a volatile province, which borders the tribal area of Pakistain, known as a Taliban stronghold and a base for the Haqqani network.
(Sh. M. Network)-Heavy fighting ... as opposed to the more usual name-calling or slapsy... between Somali government forces backed byKenya army and Al Qaeda-aligned gun-hung tough guys of Al shabab is reportedly took place in parts of southern region of Lower Jubba region.
Tense situations are also reportedly rose at Taabta village after Somalia and Kenya forces moved towards Al shabab rebel-held areas in Lower Jubba region of southern Somalia
Military officers vowed that their troops are well equipped and will continue pushing Al shabab forward and ensure that liberated areas are occupied by the Transitional Government of Somalia soldiers.
Figures on the casualties from Saturday's fighting at Taabta village are yet established as both warring sides escalate the conflict and getting reinforcements.
(Sh. M. Network)-At least seven people, most of them soldiers were killed on Saturday in series of kabooms in the Somali capital,Mogadishu, witnesses said.
According to witnesses, the first kaboom, which was used a roadside remote-controlled landmine hit AMISIOM convoy traveling at sheik Ali Abdulle area, on the outskirts of Mogadishu, causing an unconfirmed casualties.
The second blast, which was also a landmine, occurred at Gubta village, targeting Somali government soldiers based in the area. Five soldiers were confirmed killed in the attack, Locals told Shabelle Media from the scene of the blast
Two grenade kabooms rocked early hours on Saturday in the main market of Bakaro, a busy commercial market in Somali capital,Mogadishu which reportedly targeted at Somali soldiers who were pulling down illegal buildings in Bakara market, killing at least two of them.
Hospital sources indicated that 10 injured people were admitted in Madina hospital, one female died in the hospital later from her wounds.
No group has grabbed credit for the attack so far.
A group of U.S. counterterrorism experts were attacked by suspected al-Qaida militants in Yemen's western port city of al-Hodayda on Sunday, one expert being seriously wounded, officials said.
"A number of militants from suspected al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) opened fire on a group of U.S. counterterrorism experts when they were training Yemeni coastal guards in the western port city of al-Hodayda," a Yemeni security official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
"One of them was hit in the neck and airlifted to the capital Sanaa for treatment," he said.
An official at the U.S. embassy in Sanaa confirmed to Xinhua the attack. "The attack took place on Sunday morning while the U.S. experts were training Yemeni coastal guards," the official said, denying reports that U.S. soldiers had arrived in the city to prepare for fighting against al-Qaida.
On the same day, an official from the Interior Ministry told Xinhua anonymously that "a newly-arrived Spanish security official at the Spanish embassy in Sanaa was snatched on Sunday by al-Qaida suspects." But he declined to provide further details.
Officials at the Spanish embassy in Sanaa could not be reached for comment.
[Yemen Post] Media reports indicated that many armed rustics have been deployed on Thursday afternoon in the northern part of the Yemeni capital of Sana'a.
Al-Ahali online newspaper reported citing eyewitnesses that tribal gunnies were deployed in large numbers in Al-Jaraf and Marib streets as well as in Amran roundabout. Their presence is contrary to the efforts exerted by the Military Committee--formed as per the GCC-initiated power transfer deal-- to remove the armed manifestations from the central cities, most particularly from Sana'a.
Last week, armed followers of a tribal sheik who is an ally of former President President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh ... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it... cut off Amran road which connects Sana'a with Amran province, the hometown of Sadeq al-Ahmar whose followers battled with Saleh's loyal forces last year in the capital's streets.
This escalation comes after the tribal chief's son was killed in festivities with rivaling rustics in the area.
For its part, the National Unity Government failed to remove the gunnies presence from around the main entrance to Sana'a, al-Azraqeen.
The closure of the entrance linking Sana'a and Amran by the angry rustics led to the halt of the people's and goods' movements. It was widely perceived as the first of its kind tribal escalation since the new government has come to office late last year.
[Yemen Post] Citizens seized the Ras Isa port in Yemen's western Hodeida province on Saturday, in a move which occurred in coordination with the brigade 82nd of the elite republican guard, Alahale reported, quoting local sources.
A shipping source said the citizens pretended they were workers and when they came up they carried out their plot, the website said.
"They held the staff and threatened to prevent them from food and care supplies and to destroy the port," the shipping source was quoted as saying, adding "the demands of the attackers are unclear".
The citizens occupied the floating oil port of Ras Isa, especially the pressure reduction station 2, and the staff has been unable to leave the place, the sources were quoted as saying.
In March, citizens seized the port and threatened to destroy it but the issue went unreported, the website said.
The governor of Hodeida was reported to have coordinated the move amid reports President Abdrabu Mansour Hadi plans to issue a decree appointing a new governor, the website said.
Other governorate officials and a number of the staff, about 30, were involved in seizing the port, which has been idle since the Marib pipeline stopped pumping crude from Marib and Shabwa provinces several months ago due to repeated attacks, it continued.
Meantime, Hodeida governor is expected to announce his resignation within the coming hours, before Hadi replaces him, the website said. SEPOC is the operator of the Ras Isa port, one of the three Yemeni ports which export oil. The Ras Isa port exports crude to the Aden refinery to processed for local consumption.
The port has 34 tanks with a storage capacity of 3 million barrels. The minimum pumping to oil tankers is about 15,000 barrels per hour and the maximum pumping is about 60,000 barrels per hour.
[Yemen Post] At least 13 soldiers and 30 suspected Al-Qaeda Death Eaters were killed in fierce battles in south Yemen as the army was preparing to retake the most stronghold of the Death Eaters the Jaar town in 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, Almasdar Online reported, quoting military sources. Militants carried out a surprise attack on a military post in the Rahwat Al-Hisan area south of Jaar killing five soldiers and injuring four others, it said, adding that the army responded killing at least six Death Eaters in that front.
Separately, Death Eaters destroyed two tanks killing the soldiers inside but the casualties could not be counted or confirmed, it added. The army decided on Friday to further step up the offensive on Al-Qaeda Death Eaters in Abyan after the forces in association with tribal fighters cleared the Death Eaters from key towns over recent weeks.
The battles continued until Saturday after noon with several troops and almost two dozen Death Eaters killed, the website said.
Warplanes also participated in the battles carrying out several Arclight airstrikes which killed at least five Death Eaters in Jaar, it said. Airstrikes were also carried out in the Shuqra town, one of the towns held by Al-Qaeda last year.
The army has so far cleared the Death Eaters from towns including Zinjibar, the capital of Abyan, and military sources have stated it is only a matter of time to clear the Death Eaters from the areas held in the south.
The US is providing direct support in the battles, with drones killing many Death Eaters including big shots.
A terrorist militant has been killed in a special operation in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan.
The terrorist militant was a member of the group of gunmen that staged a terrorist attack on the city outskirts earlier this month. 13 people, mostly police officers, died in the attack.
The terrorist militant and his accomplice took women and children hostage when they were trapped in a private home on Friday. The commandos began negotiations with the terrorists causing the rebels to set the hostages free, while his accomplice surrendered. The commandos then again repeated the suggestion that the terrorist militant lay down arms, but he hurled a hand grenade at them instead. The commandos opened fire and wiped him out.
A powerful bomb was defused in the North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia. The homemade explosive device was discovered on the outskirts of northern Ingushetian city of Malgobek. No one was hurt in the operation.
[Al Ahram] Three NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis.... summit protesters suspected of planning to throw Molotov cocktails have been charged with conspiracy to commit terrorism and possession of an bomb, the Chicago Sun Times reported Saturday.
The Sun-Times reported that the three men were incarcerated ... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not... after being pulled over in their car by police last week and questioned about their protest plans.
Fears that demonstrations could turn violent have put Chicago on edge, with some downtown businesses even telling office workers to ditch their suits and ties and dress down to avoid being hassled or targeted on the streets.
The three men have each been charged with possession of an explosive or incendiary device, conspiracy to commit terrorism, and providing material support to terrorism, the paper said citing said Harrison District Police Lieutenant Kenneth Stoppa.
Chicago police contacted by AFP said they were not able to provide any information about the report but said a statement may be available later in the day.
Police and protest organizers have vowed that there will be no repeat of the trouble that erupted at G20 summits in London and Toronto or the riots that scarred Chicago during the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
Several street protests held so far this week have been peaceful, and most of the 14 people incarcerated ... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not... were engaged in acts of civil disobedience such as refusing to leave the building housing President Barack Obama We're gonna punish our enemies and we're gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us... 's campaign headquarters.
The three men charged were identified in the report as Brian Church, 20, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Jared Chase, 24, of Keene, New Hampshire; and Brent Vincent Betterly, 24, of Oakland Park, Florida.
[Dawn] In different incidents of assassinations in Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... at least four people bit the dust on Saturday, DawnNews reported.
In recent incidents of firing, four people were maimed in the areas of Essa Nagri, Yousuf Goth and Baldia.
A man was rubbed out on Shaheed-e-Millat road when unknown armed assailants opened fire on his car. The man, identified as Salman Adil, was owner of a construction company.
Another man was rubbed out in Kemari
A tortured dead body of a young man was found from Muwach Goth. Earlier the dear departed man was kidnapped.
Another dead body was found from Lyari's Mirza Adam Khan road.
Four people received bullet injuries in incidents of firing in different areas including New Bloody Karachi, Laasi and Orangi town.
[Dawn] A member of Mamond peace committee was killed and his two companions critically injured in a jihad boy attack in Tangi Garigal area of Mamond tehsil in 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... on Friday morning.
Local primitive Juma Khan told Dawn that around 15 bully boyz attacked the post of the peace committee outside Tangi Garigal area with heavy weapons.
He identified the dead man as Malik Gul Rehman and the injured as Azizur Rehman and Khalil and said the injured were admitted to the Agency Headquarters Hospital in Khar where their condition was critical.
No jihad boy group grabbed credit for the attack until Friday night.
Local officials said bully boyz carried out the attack to terrorise people, especially members of peace committees.
They said Gul Rehman received threats from the Taliban of late.
After the attack, security forces began a search operation in the area and placed in long-term storage Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out! several suspects.
A local official said the placed in long-term storage Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out! men were shifted to Khar for interrogation.
In Jamrud area, the local administration on Friday demolished dozens of shops on suspicion of being hideouts of bully boyz and anti-social elements.
Assistant political agent of Jamrud Bakhtiar Mohmand told Dawn that 55 shops were demolished in Shah Kas area as the administration had credible information about their use by a Taliban group and a gang of kidnappers.
He said the khassadar force had placed in long-term storage Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out! a suspect jihad boy on Wednesday and seized his vehicle, which was suspected to be used in the kidnapping of an Afghan trader.
Mr Bakhtiar said the trader's father was rubbed out after he resisted his son's kidnapping.
"Shops in two Shah Kas markets were demolished after the placed in long-term storage Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out! man informed us that the place is frequently used by
militants," he said.
The assistant political agent said the kidnapper's gang, which was linked to a jihad boy group, was involved in the kidnapping and killing of two coppers. He said kidnappers kept coppers in the said markets before killing them.
He said the placed in long-term storage Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out! suspect was being interrogated and the information gleaned from him would be used for action against jihad boys.
[An Nahar] An Iraqi anti-terror officer, his wife and three children have been rubbed out by gunnies in north Storied Baghdad ...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate... , security and medical officials said on Saturday.
The family was murdered on Friday evening, the officials said, taking to 10 the overall corpse count from violence in the Iraqi capital a day ago, and 15 in the past two days, a notable increase from what had been a relative calm.
"Gunmen used silenced pistols to kill Captain Mahmoud Abid, his wife and his three children yesterday (Friday) evening in their home in Kadhimiyah," a predominantly Shiite Mohammedan neighborhood in north Storied Baghdad, an interior ministry official said.
A medical official confirmed the deaths, and added that all three children were less than 10 years old. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity.
The killings came on the day when three near-simultaneous kabooms at a pet market in east Storied Baghdad killed five people, and a day after a kaboom at a restaurant in the capital's southeast left five others dead.
Violence has diminished in Iraq since its heights in 2006 and 2007, but there are still regular attacks in the country.
In April, 126 Iraqis died in attacks nationwide, compared with 112 in March, the lowest figure since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein.
The owner of a rubber sheet business was killed in front of his shop in Narathiwat province on Saturday morning.
Witnesses said that Abdulsoma Abuwa, 49, was opening the door of his shop when a gunman riding pillion on a motorcycle opened fire on him with a shotgun. The attackerss then fled. Abdulsoma was hit in the head and died on the spot.
[An Nahar] A jacket wallah detonated a boom-mobile outside security headquarters in Syria's biggest eastern city on Saturday, killing nine people and wounding 100, state media said.
The attack was the the first of its kind in Deir al-Zour since an anti-regime uprising broke out in Syria in March 2011, and the deaths there came as at least another 10 people died elsewhere in the country.
Among the dead were a woman and her two children bumped off in the northern city 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... , said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
A "terrorist suicide bomber" used 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds) of explosives in the attack on the Deir al-Zour neighborhood of Ghazi Ayyash, said state television ... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
The powerful kaboom left a crater 3.5 meters deep and damaged buildings within a radius of 100 meters, the channel said, adding that a four-year-old girl was among those critically maimed.
It occurred on a road housing a military and air force intelligence headquarters and a military hospital, according to the Observatory.
Images broadcast on state television ... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
showed a large bloodstain on the ground, a damaged building and vehicles charred by the blast, as well as smoke rising from the targeted district.
There was no claim of responsibility for the bombing but, as typically happens in such cases, the opposition blamed it on the regime of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad The Scourge of Hama...
"The Syrian National Council places on the Syrian regime the entire responsibility... for the criminal bombings in several Syrian cities, including the one today in Deir al-Zour," it said in a statement.
Elsewhere, a rocket slammed into the ruling Baath party's offices in northern Aleppo province, the Observatory said, a day after unprecedented anti-regime protests in the picturesque provincial capital of the same name.
"Unidentified gunnies targeted a Baath party office in Aleppo's Al-Bab town with a rocket-propelled grenade," said the Britannia-based watchdog.
Immediately after the attack, festivities broke out between the gunnies and guards, but there were no reports of any casualties.
The government said it had foiled a suicide kaboom in Aleppo on May 11, a day after twin bombings in Damascus ...The place where Pencilneck hangs his brass hat... killed 55 people and maimed nearly 400. It has repeatedly blamed kabooms on "terrorists" and Al-Qaeda.
In Homs, sniper fire killed a civilian and blasts were heard as shells rained down on the flashpoint central city, the Observatory said.
Saturday's bombing in Deir al-Zour came a day after regime forces foiled a would-be car booming in the same city, which is about 110 kilometers from the Iraqi border.
What started out as a popular uprising has over time developed into an increasingly militarized revolt, after Assad's regime used force to crack down on peaceful protests.
According to the Observatory, more than 12,000 people have been killed in Syria since the revolt broke out in March last year, most of them civilians.