The administration's story appears to be "evolving". I am still waiting for hard evidence supporting last night's FOX news alert that former GITMO inmate Sufyan Ben Qumu was heavily involved, or the actual mastermind of the attack.
If Ben Qumu had connections with western intelligence services prior to, or following the effort to overthrow of Khadafi regime, things could get rather ugly.
More on Qumu and other shady operators:
The dubious character of the Libyan rebels was further underscored in a remarkable profile published Saturday by the Wall Street Journal of three Libyans who had fought with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan and were now playing major roles in the rebel military effort. Two of the three had been in US custody as alleged Al Qaeda operatives and one spent six years at Guantanamo Bay before being turned over to the Gaddafi regime in 2007. The three men are:
Abdel Hakim al-Hasady, described as "an influential Islamic preacher and high school teacher who spent five years at a training camp in eastern Afghanistan" and now "oversees the recruitment, training and deployment of about 300 rebel fighters from Darna," a city in eastern Libya
Salah al-Barrani, "a former fighter from the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, or LIFG," who is Hasady's field commander
Sufyan Ben Qumu, "a Libyan army veteran who worked for Osama bin Laden's holding company in Sudan and later for an al Qaeda-linked charity in Afghanistan," and who "is training many of the city's rebel recruits."
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The radio in DC this morning reported Hilly was going to testify on the Bengazi attack before Congress today. A spokesdrone said the attack 'evolved and grew', but admitted some of the 'protesters' were 'heavily armed'.
It was a cock-up from bow to stern. The principal knew he was on a hit list, but chose to attend a public ceremony on 9/11. He took along straphangers who had 'day jobs' doing what? Who, in advance of their upcoming travel, might have contacted whom? Amateurs the lot, and now all dead. This tragic event will soon become an academic case study in failed operational security.
During his military service Abu Sufian Ibrahim Ahmed Hamuda Bin Qumu was frequently disciplined for drug and alcohol offenses, absences without leave, and attempted rape.
Name that party!
On a more serious note, if it is discovered that Mr. Qumu has recently been on someone's payroll... things could become a bit sticky. Of course if he turns up al-Aulaqi'd over the next few weeks.....problem again solved.
The Osama bin Laden driver, who was considered toothless and benign. I have a feeling this story is going to get uglier. Somewhere along the line this is going to be Bush's fault. He was released from gitmo in 2007. Some background on the guy: Link
misleading statement: He was released from gitmo in 2007.
He was transferred to one of Gadaffi's prisons. I'm sure the guy would have preferred to stay in Gitmo.
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Update Per the NYT: He [Qumu] said he feared being returned to Libya, where he faced criminal charges [for murder], and asked to go to some other country where "You (the United States) can watch me," according to a hearing summary. Nonetheless, in 2007, he was sent from Guantanamo to Libya.
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He was transferred to one of Gadaffi's prisons.
At some point he must have stopped being released to Daffy's prison and was just released. He took up his chosen avocation and passion of being a terrorist. At any rate, we weren't too bright about such releases. At the time, as I recall, the donks were making lots of noises about gitmo and how terrible and abusive (sarc) it was which of course was total BS. Does anyone know what happened to the 103 boomer who went to Libya to die? Is he back at work again also?
Intelligence sources tell Fox News they are convinced the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was directly tied to Al Qaeda -- with a former Guantanamo detainee involved.
That revelation comes on the same day a top Obama administration official finally called last week's deadly assault a "terrorist attack" -- the first time the attack has been described that way by the administration after claims it had been a "spontaneous" act.
"Yes, they were killed in the course of a terrorist attack on our embassy," Matt Olsen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said during a Senate hearing Wednesday.
Spontaneously, of course...
Olsen echoed administration colleagues in saying U.S. officials have no specific intelligence about "significant advanced planning or coordination" for the attack.
The key weasel word being 'specific', depending on how specific you want to get...
However, his statement goes beyond White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, saying the Sept. 11 attack on the consulate was spontaneous. He is the first top administration official to call the strike an act of terrorism.
And likely the last...
Sufyan Ben Qumu is thought to have been involved and even may have led the attack, Fox News' intelligence sources said.
The craft has clearly gone downhill when every ragtag television news team has its own private intelligence service.
Qumu, a Libyan, was released from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2007 and transferred into Libyan custody on the condition he be kept in jail.
That worked well, didn't it. Maybe he had prostate cancer...
His Guantanamo files also show he has ties to the financiers behind the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Olson, repeating Wednesday that the FBI is handling the Benghazi investigation, also acknowledged the attack could lead back to Al Qaeda and its affiliates.
"We are looking at indications that individuals involved in the attack may have had connections to Al Qaeda or Al Qaeda's affiliates, in particular Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb," he said at the Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing.
Still, Olsen said "the facts that we have now indicate that this was an opportunistic attack on our embassy, the attack began and evolved and escalated over several hours," Olson said.
Carney said hours earlier that there still is "no evidence of a preplanned or pre-meditated attack," which occurred on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.
"I made that clear last week, Ambassador Rice made that clear Sunday," Carney said at the daily White House press briefing.
Security forces killed five terrorists militants in the Russian republic of Ingushetia.
Police and federal officers stopped a car carrying suspected terrorists militants on Tuesday and killed all five occupants in the brief gun battle that ensued. Officials said three of the men were wanted on suspicion of terrorism and had belts with explosives on them.
Around lunchtime, two men dressed in black threw an bomb into the "Naouri" kosher supermarket, which is situated in a commercial center in Sarcelles, according to eyewitnesses. Located to the north of Gay Paree, Sarcelles is an area known for festivities within the immigrant community.
The president of the Council of French Jews, Richard Prasquier, confirmed that one person was "lightly injured," Liberation newspaper reported. French news website JSSNews.com reported that "at least one person was badly maimed."
"According to several sources, two grenades were thrown into the supermarket, one of which went kaboom!," according to the site.
The motives of the alleged perpetrators remained unclear.
As Jay Carney would say, it was 'spontaneous'...
"Many people come to stock up for the holiday of Yom Kippur, which falls on next Wednesday," Moshe Cohen-Sabban, the president of the local Jewish community told Le Figaro newspaper. While there were no specific intercultural problems in Sarcelles, there was "much anti-Semitism" on a national level, he added.
Located to the north of Gay Paree, Sarcelles is home to a significant Jewish community but also to a large group of immigrants from Arab countries, which are known to occasionally clash.
[Dawn] An anti-terrorism court here on Tuesday acquitted all the three accused persons in two high-profile terrorist attack cases of the federal capital due to poor investigation and lack of evidence.
Judge Rana Masood Akhtar observed that the prosecution could not prove its case against Noor Jehan, Rehmat Gul and Jamshed Khan in the United Nations ...boodling on the grand scale... World Food Programme and the naval headquarter terrorist attack cases.
According to the prosecution, Noor Jehan and Rehmat Gul were allegedly involved in the naval complex terrorist attack and also in the UN office terror strike along with Jamshed Khan.
Over 20 prosecution witnesses were presented before the court in both the cases.
Syed Mohammad Tayyab, the special prosecutor, said the prosecution brought all the important witnesses and available evidence in the court during the trial of the accused.
In March 2010, the police nabbed Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un! Jamshed, Rehmat Gul and Noor Jehan for allegedly planning attacks on the naval complex and the UN office at sector F-8.
The UN office was struck in October 2009 in which five staffers were killed.
An incident that sent shockwaves throughout the world and especially people living in the capital. It came as a shock as to how someone could penetrate such a well guarded facility in the city.
After that all UN missions in Pakistain had to beef up their security and place huge cemented blocks in front of their offices.
The attack had also undermined efforts of other international organizations working in the country.
Many international organizations followed suit and had to beef up their security as a result of the attacks.
And even today despite of all the security measures the threat of more attacks remain.
The accused were also allegedly involved in planning attacks on important buildings in the city.
[Dawn] Two copperswere maimed when their vehicle was targeted by a roadside remote controlled bomb in Shagai Maidan area here on Tuesday.
Sources said that officials of Zaimdara cop shoppe were on routine patrol when their van was hit by a remote controlled bomb planted on the roadside. They said that two police officials, sitting in the front seat of the van, were maimed in the blast while others remained unhurt.
The injured coppers were identified as assistant sub-inspector Mehtab Khan and constable Iftikhar Khan. The van was damaged partially in the blast as the bomb went off a while before the vehicle reached the spot.
The injured coppers were shifted to district headquarters hospital where their condition was stated to be out of danger. The Zaimdara cop shoppestarted the paperwork but haven't done much else against unidentified persons and started investigation.
In Charsadda, the wife of a former councillor sustained injuries in a kaboom in Shabqadar area on Tuesday.
Sources said that unidentified persons planted an improvised bomb near the main gate of the residence of former councillor Seth Khialzada that went off with a big bang early on Tuesday morning. The wife of Mr Khialzada received injuries in the blast. She was shifted to a hospital at death's door.
The blast also destroyed the main gate and boundary wall of the house. Nobody grabbed credit for the blast. Police started the paperwork but haven't done much else against unidentified persons and started investigation. --
[Dawn] Initial investigations of Tuesday's North Nazimabad blast revealed that around five to eight kilograms of kaboom was used in the kaboom, DawnNews quoted the Federal Investigation Agency's (FIA) special unit as claiming.
The FIA's team visited the site of the kaboom and analysed the area for forensic evidence.
"The kaboom contained around 500-800 ball bearings," FIA's investigation unit said.
A First Investigation Report (FIR) into the incident was registered under the Explosives Act and Anti-Terrorism Act on behalf of the state.
According to the FIR, the first kaboom took place at 19: 19 PST (local time) and the second kaboom occurred a minute later.
At least seven people, including a three-month-old baby, a 12-year-old girl and a woman, were killed and 22 others injured -- the victims predominantly belonging to the Dawoodi Bohra community -- when twin blasts rocked the North Nazimabad neighbourhood.
Police placed in durance vile Book 'im, Mahmoud! two brothers of one of the men suspected to have been involved in the blast.
According to police's initial investigation, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi ... a 'more violent' offshoot of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistain. LeJ's purpose in life is to murder anyone who's not of utmost religious purity, starting with Shiites but including Brelvis, Ahmadis, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Rosicrucians, and just about anyone else you can think of. They are currently a wholly-owned subsidiary of al-Qaeda ... 's (LJ) Shuja Haider group was involved in the attack.
Police claimed that LJ members Mohammad Shaqib Farooqui, Murtaza alias Shakil, Arab Miskeen, Murad Shah and several others were involved in Tuesday's blast.
The LJ members were also suspected to have been involved in three blasts in 2009 -- a blast in Orangi Town on Muharram 8, a blast at Paposh Nagar Chandni chowk on Muharram 9 and a blast in the Light House area on Muharram 10.
The suspects were cooled for a few years Book 'im, Mahmoud! from Mauripur Road in 2010 but had managed to escape from the city courts' premises after attacking the police with hand grenades.
Speaking to media representatives, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) 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... West Naeem Akram said that Tuesday's blast had similarities with the blast that took place near the Chinese Consulate blast on July 23, 2012.
The blasts came a day after the visit of Syedi Mufaddal Bhaisaheb Saifuddin, designated successor of Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin.
An improvised bomb (IED) weighing around 25 kilograms had been found at the same place on Aug 13 and had been defused by the police.
Apparently from the constant parade of new names coming across Rantburg, there is at least one terrorist group for every 2.15 citizens of Pakistain, assuming of course no one belongs to more than one group.
All things being equal, do you suppose these groups change names often to keep the ISI entertained?
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[Dawn] Ten people, including a political activist, bit the dust in various incidents of violence and firing as the unrest 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... continued on Wednesday, DawnNews reported.
One person was killed in a firing incident in Steel Town.
In a separate firing incident in North Nazimabad, a boy was killed while his sister was injured. Both the slain and the maimed were transferred to a hospital.
Eight-day old body of a trans-gendered person was discovered in a house in Lyari's Bahar Colony. The body bore signs of torture.
In the Gharibabad area of Malir, a political worker and his friend were rubbed out.
A boy who was injured in a firing incident in the PIB Colony passed away during the treatment.
Another person was rubbed out during a firing incident in Saudabad.
A body, bearing marks of torture was found in the Nabi Bakhsh area.
Another person was killed during a firing incident in Orangi Town.
A former policeman was rubbed out in a firing incident in the Agra Taj Colony.
[Dawn] The Pak military said it killed 29 Taliban fighters on Wednesday in the final stage of an operation aimed at forcing hundreds of gun-hung tough guys back across the border into Afghanistan.
Soldiers used artillery, helicopter gunships and fighter jets against the cut-thoats, accused of beheading 17 Pak soldiers in June.
The battle was the culmination of weeks of operations in the remote valleys of the Batwar area of Bajaur tribal agency near the border.
It highlighted once again the difficulty of preventing gun-hung tough guys from crossing the border to launch attacks or flee from Pak or NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the cut of the American pants... forces bolstering the Afghan government.
Around 400 Death Eaters had crossed from Afghanistan into Pakistain on August 23 and attacked villages, said a security bigshot based in Khar, the main town of Bajaur.
The army launched operations that killed around 120 turbans, another security official said from the border town of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar ...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire. . Twenty-five soldiers also died in the fighting.
"The Death Eaters escaped to their sanctuaries in Afghanistan and even left the bodies of their slain fighters," said the Peshawar-based official.
He said the armed forces were now establishing posts along that section of the Afghan border to thwart future incursions.
A front man for the Death Eaters confirmed the attacks were staged by fighters from several regions.
Pakistain and the United States, which has by far the largest foreign contingent in Afghanistan, have accused each other of failing to secure the border.
Some US officials say Pakistain deliberately lets some gun-hung tough guys through, a suggestion Pakistain strongly rejects.
Joint efforts to secure the long and mountainous border were hampered by a NATO strike against a Pak base last November that killed 24 Pak soldiers and severely damaged relations between Pakistain and the United States for several months.
[Dawn] TUESDAY saw more groups joining the protest against the anti-Islam film Innocence of Moslems. There were rallies by the Jamaat-e-Islami ...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores... and Sunni Tehrik ...formed in Karachi in 1992 under by Muhammad Saleem Qadri. It quickly fell to trading fisticuffs and liquidations with the MQM and the Sipah-e-Sahaba, with at least a half dozen of its major leaders rubbed out. Sunni Tehreek arose to become the primary opposition to the Deobandi Binori Mosque, headed by Nizamuddin Shamzai, who was eventually bumped off by person or persons unknown. ST's current leadership has heavily criticized the Deobandi Jihadi leaders, accusing them of being sponsored by Indian Intelligence agencies as well as involvement in terrorist activities... , as well as by traders, lawyers, railway workers, etc. All came out angrily to register their outrage. Much of the attention has so far been focused on the bigger cities but the demons-trations have spread to smaller towns across the country -- indicating the expanse of hurt. Notwithstanding condemnation of the film by the US, calls have been made for a more comprehen-sive shutdown and bigger processions in the coming days. One group has demanded that next Friday be declared a public holiday to facilitate a concerted national rebuke to the highly provocative film. All in all, the protest is building up and the pressure on the government to do all within its means to ensure that these marches are peaceful is mounting. The government is stretched. In a country beset with so many law and order problems, the police are now required to mind the routes various groups of protesters take, sometimes simultaneously. Serious situations have been avoided, but in certain other instances festivities have led to loss of lives.
Grave hurt has been caused and the strongest possible message delivered to the makers of the mischievous film. But now the protesters need to be careful so that they do not play into the hands of those whose sole purpose here is to incite violence. Like the government, the protest organisers also have a responsibility to make sure these rallies do not ignite fires that can be difficult to put out. Much before the threat such violence could pose to anyone else, the organisers should be mindful of the risk the participants of processions faced. When passions run so high even a small act of indiscretion can spell disaster.
This link is good just remember the DNC and crapping on God wonder what will happen to relations now it was broadcast across entire Middle East and Africa. Enjoy the link on Egypt and atheists ---http://blog.newhumanist.org.uk/
[Dawn] A bomb targeting a Pakistain air force vehicle destroyed a van in the northwestern city of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar ...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire. on Wednesday, killing nine people, officials said.
Glass, metal and pieces of human flesh littered the ground near a market on the city's Kohat road, near the Scheme Chowk area, after the kaboom, which Sherlocks said was likely to have been detonated remotely.
"At least nine people have been killed in the blast and 34 others maimed," senior administration official Javed Marwat told AFP.
The injured were shifted to Lady Reading Hospital.
Shafqat Malik, a bigwig with the bomb disposal squad said the blast hit the van as it approached a parked car and appeared to have been targeting a Pakistain Air Force van which was also damaged in the kaboom.
"Apparently the bomb was planted in a car parked on the roadside and it contained 30 to 40 kilogrammes of explosives, including artillery shells and ball bearings," Malik said.
TTP claim responsibility for attack
The TTP front man for Tariq Afridi group of Dara Adamkhel Taliban, Muhammad has claimed the credit for the Kohat Road blast.
Muhammad in a telephone call to media said " We accept responsibility for the blast on Kohat road its a reaction to the killing of Mualana Naseeb Khan and the PAF jet strikes on a Madrassa in Orakzai Agency ... crawling with holy men, home to Darra Adam Khel, the world's largest illegal arms bazaar. 14 distinct tribes of beturbanned primitives inhabit Orakzai agency's 1500 or so square kilometers...
He said that they were planning more attacks and would also target law enforcement agencies.
[An Nahar] Militants assaulted a cop shoppe north of Storied Baghdad ...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate... on Wednesday, killing one policeman, as four people including two soldiers were rubbed out in other attacks, security and medical officials said.
Militants shelled the cop shoppe in Hibhib, the town where Al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed in 2006, before attacking the facility with light and medium weapons, a colonel in the Diyala Operations Command said.
One policeman was killed and two others were maimed, the colonel said, adding that during the fighting police potted three attackers wearing boom belts.
Deputy Interior Minister Adnan al-Assadi said on Iraqiya state television ... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
that police in Hibhib had thwarted a myrmidon operation aimed at freeing prisoners.
In djinn-infested Mosul in north Iraq, two soldiers were killed in an attack on an army checkpoint, while a man was rubbed out in front of his house in the city, army First Lieutenant Khaled Falayih and Dr. Tareq al-Nuaimi said.
And a provincial council security official was rubbed out in western Storied Baghdad, an interior ministry official and a medical source said.
Violence in Iraq is down from its peak in 2006 and 2007, but attacks are still near-daily occurrences.
As Ace would say, they were killed by a combination of a drone-zap and the heartbreak of psoriasis, but mostly by a drone-zap...
The Israel Air Force struck a Palestinian terror cell in the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday night, killing two Palestinians and critically wounding a third according to medics in Gaza. The aircraft registered direct hits on their targets. The raid was initiated with the coordination of Israel's Shin Bet.
One of the Palestinians killed in the attack was Anis Mamoud Abu al Enin from Rafah, a member of the "Al-Aqsa Defenders," which the IDF says is sponsored by Hamas. According to the IDF, Enin planned to carry out a suicide attack in Israel, and was in the final stages of preparation. He had also previously been involved in other terrorist activity, including weapons and explosives smuggling via the Israel-Egypt border, as well as "directing certain terror activity" in the West Bank, according to the IDF.
Anis wanted to die, and he did. I guess everyone should be happy!
Ashraf Mahmoud Salah was also confirmed killed by the IDF. Born in 1979 in Rafah, Salah was a member of the Popular Resistance Committees and had admitted in the past to involvement in aiding two terrorists to reach Egypt in order to carry out suicide attacks in Israel, as well as involvement in weapons trafficking.
Hamas and Palestinian hospital officials confirmed the attack, saying a raid after darkness fell in the town of Rafah on Gaza's border with Egypt, killing two officials responsible for overseeing tunnels used to import goods from Egypt.
In a statement, Hamas said "Israel has assassinated three of our officers as they were doing their duty in protecting the security of our people." After initially saying three had been killed, Hamas later corrected the death toll to two and said the third man had been critically wounded.
The old sucking chest wound...
The IAF last struck Gaza earlier this month, thwarting two attempted attacks against Israel in a 12-hour period and killing six Palestinians in the process. Palestinians fired two Grad rockets into Israel after the strike, damaging two buildings in Netivot and lightly injuring seven civilians.
The Philippine Army is holding a ranking member of the communist rebel group New People's Army who surrendered Wednesday to authorities in Zamboanga del Sur province in Mindanao, officials have reported.
Roger Apog, who goes by the aliases Ka Rey and Ka Bajik, belongs to the Western Mindanao Regional Committee, and is now being held by the 53rd Infantry Battalion. Apog surrendered to the army in the town of Bayog and is now cooperating with the investigations.
Maj. Gen. Ricardo Rainier Cruz III, the regional army commander, said Apog's surrender is big blow to the terrorist rebel group operating in Zamboanga del Sur. Cruz said, "Your return to the folds of the law is a joy to your family. We only facilitated your safe surrender and please help the others so they may follow your footstep. Let us all get involved in Bayanihan works to achieve peace and progress in the countryside."
The Philippine Army is expected to provide Apog with livelihood assistance and other aid that would help him and his family start a new life under the government's Social Integration Program.
IOW, the Muslims = e.g. MILF, etc. stopped fighting so now the mighty intellectual elitist Commies will have to fight + do their own dirty work instead of depending on the lowly Muslims to do it for them.
A potentially powerful home-made bomb and two bottles of benzene, believed to be part of a plot to create unrest, were found by a roadside in Yala province yesterday morning.
Police bomb experts rushed to the scene about 6:30 a.m. after being alerted about a suspicious-looking box hidden in a trash bin. The box, containing a bomb weighing over 5 kg., was deactivated. Police believed terrorists insurgents planned to set fire to houses in the area with the benzene and then set off the bomb. The items were found by a team of military rangers on patrol.
Earlier this week Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva sat down to discuss measures to combat the southern insurgency.
Deputy Prime Minister Yutthasak Sasiprapa said yesterday cooperation from all sides was needed to solve the southern violence. He said that the government will consider a nine-point proposal by the opposition to contain the unrest.
He also explained the government's plan to set up a southern command center. The Internal Security Operations Command and the Southern Border Province Administration Center both back the center, but the opposition is opposed to it. Mr Abhisit said the center was likely to obstruct coordination and hinder public participation in peace-making efforts.
Gen Yutthasak said the region is in dire need of about 4,000-5,000 extra police. He said national police chief-designate Adul Saengsingkaew would train additional officers to be sent to the region in six months.
An Iranian cleric said he was beaten by a woman in the northern province of Semnan after giving her a warning for being "badly covered," the state-run Mehr news agency reported.
Hojatoleslam Ali Beheshti said he encountered the woman in the street while on his way to the mosque in the town of Shahmirzad, and asked her to cover herself up, to which she replied "you, cover your eyes," according to Mehr. The cleric repeated his warning, which he said prompted her to insult and push him.
"I fell on my back on the floor," Beheshti said in the report. "I don't know what happened after that, all I could feel was the kicks of this woman who was insulting me and attacking me." You go, girl!
Since the 1979 revolution that brought Shiite Muslim religious leaders to power, women in Iran have been required to cover their hair and body curves in public with head-scarves and loose-fitting coats, to protect religious values and "preserve society's morals and security."
The government condemns short, tight and colorful coats and loosely tied head-scarves, and routinely organizes police patrols to enforce the Islamic dress code. Public surveillance increases in summer when some women opt for flimsier clothing.
Beheshti said he was hospitalized for three days. The Iranian cleric said it was his religious duty to apply the principle of "commanding right and forbidding wrong," and that he would continue to do so even after living through what he called "the worst day of my life."
It isn't the first time that clerics in Iran have been beaten up after delivering warnings, Mehr said.
AKCAKALE, Turkey: Rebels seized control of a border crossing on the frontier with Turkey on Wednesday, pulling down the Syrian flag and sending a stream of jubilant people pouring across the border into Turkey. An Associated Press reporter at the scene Wednesday said people were moving freely across the Tal Abyad crossing, crawling under barbed wire. Some appeared to be wounded.
Syria's rebels control several other border crossings into Turkey but Wednesday's capture of the Tal Abyad post is believed to be the first time they have taken the border area in the northern province of Raqqa.
Taking control of border crossings helps the opposition ferry supplies into Syria and carve out an area of control, which is key as the rebels try to tip the balance in the civil war.
Wednesday's takeover comes after a day of fierce clashes as rebels and regime forces fought for control of the Tal Abyad crossing. Turkey's private Dogan news agency said earlier Wednesday that the rebels surrounded the customs building and engaged in an intense fire fight with Syrian sharp-shooters positioned at the building. Several people were wounded in the battles and were taken to Turkey for treatment, the report said.
Civilians escaping the violence reported that several people were killed in fighting around Tal Abyad, Dogan reported.