At least five Torbat residents who took up arms against the attacking beturbanned goons have been killed, said Reza, national army front man for Faryab and Jawzajan.
Groups of Taliban cut-throats simultaneously attacked a village in northern Faryab province Thursday morning in an apparent attempt to take control of the village from government forces, local officials said.
According to unconfirmed reports, the Taliban captured Torbat village in Almar district, but government officials said it is too soon to confirm because the clash with security forces is ongoing.
The cut-throats "attacked from four sides" at around 5:00AM, according to the provincial police chief Abdul Khaliq Aqsai, adding that both national and local police forces are fighting back.
Reza, Afghan National Army (ANA) front man in Faryab and Jawzjan, confirmed the attack to TOLOnews but said that the news of Turbat village falling to the Taliban was a rumor.
"We just know that the Taliban have taken over some of the houses of the residents and are fighting from there," he said at 3:00PM.
The fighting is continuing as more ANA troops have been deployed to the area.
At least two local police have been killed and another one was maimed, Reza said, adding that the casualties among the Taliban are still unclear.
Almar district lies in the south-west of Faryab and shares its north-west border with Turkmenistan. Officials were not able to provide an estimate for the size of Torbat.
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September 28, 2012: Kenyan and government troops have entered Kismayo, facing light resistance. Most of the attackers began moving in at 2 AM from the land side. Some of the attacking Kenyans came in from the sea at night, landing on beaches, and fighting surprised al Shabaab fighters camped nearby. Some al Shabaab fighters put up a fight, but most appear to have fled or gone into hiding. Losing control of Kismayo, and its port and airfield, is a major blow to al Shabaab, who found the city a major source of income.
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(Sh.M.Network)--Locals say a dead body of Somali journalist was found Thursday in Mogadishu's northern restive and volatile Huriwa district, the fifth journalist to be murdered in Somalia's capital this month.
Abdirahman Mohamud Ali, an online journalist worked for Somali owned website has been beheaded and dumped at a street in northern Mogadishu on Thursday by unknown executioners, according to witnesses.
"We shocked and terrified the slaughter of the journalist, because of the executioners put the knife they carried out the action on the body after beheading him unkindness," said a local resident who spoke with Shabelle Media Network under anonymity.
Somali authorities have yet to speculate on who was behind the killing. Late Farhan is the fifth journalist killed in Mogadishu this month alone.
No group has claimed the responsibility of the murder.
Somalia is now the most dangerous country to be a journalist in the world.
Somalia is the most dangerous country to be most anything in the world, except maybe pirate, and they aren't doing so well...
Targeting of journalists in Somalia has increased, and authorities have made nothing to protect media workers.
(Sh.M.Network)-- A deadly grenade attack occurred on Wednesday Somalia's capital Mogadishu, the latest in a string of grenade blasts in the city since Al shabab's withdrawal in August 6, 2011.
Eyewitnesses told Shabelle Media Network that unknown attacker has hurled a hand grenade on a military vehicle carrying Somali government forces at Km4 junction, a busy street in Somalia's war-ravaged capital, causing unconfirmed casualties.
Following the attack, the victimized, all civilians who have suffered severe gunshot wounds were immediately rushed to the hospitals for treatment.
No group grabbed credit for the attack, but many of such attacks are regularly blamed on the Al-Qaeda linked Al Shebab by Somali officials.
(Sh.M.Network)--Somalia's national security agency on Thursday put on show in Mogadishu at least 80 suspected Al Qaeda-linked Al shabab members said to have been cooled for a few years Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw! in an operation by government forces, officials said.
Khalif Ahmed Eric, chief of Somali security forces in Benadir region, told news hounds in Mogadishu, that the alleged men were tossed in the slammer ... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not... in the latest Mogadishu crackdown, and most of them confessed Al shabab allegiance.
"Recently, There have been massive search operations to secure Mogadishu and protect attacks from Al shabab, capturing hundreds of suspects that are now held in jails," he added.
Somali police are visible in Mogadishu's main streets, searching cars and people in a bid to assure the overall security of the capital, which mired by violence and liquidations in the past 20 years due to the lack of central government.
(Sh.M.Network)--A military court in Somalia's Baidoa town sentenced 7 alleged criminals in 6-7 years in prison over killing and insecurity acts.
Col.Mahad Abdirahman, the chief of Somali army in Bay region told Shabelle Media Network that the court has ruled the men after found guilty of murder and executions against civilians in Baidoa, 250 Km north-west of Mogadishu.
"The court of Somali armed forces a security committee of the region have opened proceedings over the case and lastly sentenced 7 alleged men to 7 and 6 years in jail," he said.
Baidoa, a key town in north-west Mogadishu that is now under Somali government control, after Al shabab pulled out of the town, all without a fight early this year.
[Al Ahram] Three children died on Thursday in an kaboom in front of a courthouse in a remote province of Yemen, where al Qaeda Death Eaters are challenging central government authority, a security source said.
A family was walking past the building in al-Qatn in the Hadramout ...the formerly independent Qu'aiti state and sultanate, annexed by Communist South Yemen in 1968, encompassing a region along the Gulf of Aden, extending eastwards to the borders of the Dhofar region of Oman. The people are called Hadhramis and speak Hadhrami Arabic. The city Tarimis estimated to contain the highest concentration of descendants of the Prophet Muhammad (PTUI) anywhere in the world, approximately seven in every square yard... province of east Yemen, when one of them stepped on the bomb. The three who died were aged from 10 to 16 years. It was not clear when the bomb had been planted.
The Arabian Peninsula state, next to top oil exporter Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in their national face... and along vital world shipping lanes, is trying to restore stability amid fears that Islamist Death Eaters will entrench themselves following an uprising that forced former ruler 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... to step down in February.
[Yemen Post] A civilian was killed and four others were maimed in festivities between the security forces and gunnies in Yemen's southern Taiz province where the local government has imposed strict measures to disarm civilians, Alahale website reported on Thursday.
It quoted local sources as saying the festivities erupted while the security forces were continuing the disarming campaign in Jamal Street.
"A group of civilians refused to hand over their guns and when the forces insisted on disarming them, they clashed with them," one of the sources said, according to the website.
Meanwhile, ...back at the game, the Babe was wondering why the baseball kept getting bigger and bigger. Finally it hit him... the Yemeni official agency Saba reported the casualties occured after outlaws attacked a patrol while the security forces were on the disarming campaignand combat roaming with guns in downtown the Yemeni cultural capital. It quoted a local security source as saying the outlaws fired at the patrol and also randomly at the street killing ,Moyad Al-Odaini, and injuring four others. Also, stores were affected by the shooting in the city that has been recently named as the country's cultural capital.
Lately, tensions renewed in Taiz, which was rocked by deadly battles between pro- and anti-revolution forces last amid strict measures by the new governor to combat carrying weapons in main cities.
Yemen has been ranked on top of countries with regard to the number of the guns in the hands of civilians. Statistics suggest there are more than 60 million weapons in the hands of civilians, more than double the country's population.
[Yemen Post] Yemeni authorities stated on Thursday that they tossed in the slammer Please don't kill me! two al-Qaeda operatives two days ago, describing them as the most dangerous faceless myrmidons in Sana'a.
The military-run 26 September newspaper quoted security services as saying that al-Qaeda operatives were tossed in the slammer Please don't kill me! after a successful campaign of hunt and storm.
The Yemeni authorities hunt al-Qaeda members in a number of cities. They reitrated that they tossed in the slammer Please don't kill me! three al-Qaeda suspects 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... governorates.
Security sources had affirmed that they tossed in the slammer Please don't kill me! a terrorist cell in Abyan that included a number of foreign national, referring that the cell was planning to attack government facilities in major Yemeni cities.
Local sources of Abyan said that the Popular Resistance Committees are conducting a hunt campaign against al-Qaeda Orcs and similar vermin in the wake of targeting a leader of the committees, Abdul-Latif Al-Sayed on Saturday while he was in the port city of Aden.
Al-Sayed had escaped several liquidation attempts by al-Qaeda during the past few months after al-Qaeda Orcs and similar vermin received a painful blow by the offensive conducted by the military along with the Popular Resistance Committee.
In response to attacks carried out by Al-Qaeda against leaders and fighters of the Popular Resistance Committees, the fighters pledged to continue fighting Al-Qaeda Orcs and similar vermin until eliminating them completely, according to sources.
Al-Qaeda restored to use other tactics as it assassinated a number of Yemeni military commanders and officers, and carried out suicide kabooms against military and security compounds in the capital Sana'a and other cities.
[Yemen Post] Militia of a tribal sheikh, Mohammad Ahmed Mansour, threw on Tuesday a four-year child from a house roof, local sources affirmed.
A four-member militia threw the child after his father, Abul-Hamid Saeed, refused to pay illegal taxes to the sheikh of al-Jaashin district of Ibb.
The sources said Mansour who is notorious for his cruelty and violating human rights ...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions... is used to impose illegal taxes on local, emphasizing that those who refuse to pay are brutally punished by the militia of the sheikh.
The sources said the militia pursued Abdul-Hamid and when he escaped, they stormed his house and threw his child from the house roof.
Locals of al-Jaashin staged a protest before the compound of Ibb governorate on Wednesday, demanding the Interior Minister and Ibb's governorate to halt violations practiced by al-Jaashin's sheikh.
They appealed to the civil society organizations to quickly move to put an end to such violations that breach all local and international conventions.
Mansour who is also a member of the Shoura council and a poet of the 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... infringed and expelled dozens of locals in 2010.
Several parliamentary panels were formed to probe into violations committed by Mansour, but they failed to arrive to al-Jashin as militias of Mansour prevented them.
The displaced persons of Al-Jaashin organized many demonstrations before the parliament and government, demanding to help them returns their homes and halt infringements of Mansour, but the government did nothing to their case.
In last April, they protested in front of President Abdurabu Mansour Hadi ...the second and possibly the last president of Yemen, successor to former President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh... 's residency, requesting to prosecute Mansour and hold him accountable.
Law enforcement officers have killed a terrorist militant who opened fire on them in the southern part of Dagestan. The Russian Interior Ministry reported the terrorist militant was discovered during an operation conducted jointly with the Federal Security Service and investigators. It said, "The criminal was killed by return fire. No law enforcement officers were killed or injured."
Three people have been convicted of plotting to kill teachers at a Jewish school in Azerbaijan.
A court in the capital, Baku, on Thursday found plot ringleader Rasim Aliyev and two other Azerbaijani citizens guilty of plotting the liquidation of public officials and gun-smuggling. Aliyev was given a 14-year sentence, while the others received 13 and eight years.
Investigators said Aliyev was hired to carry out the killings in Baku by an individual linked to security services in neighboring Iran.
Aliyev said in a televised confession that the attack was to be a reprisal against Israel for the liquidation of an Iranian nuclear physicist.
Ties between Azerbaijan -- which has good relations with Western governments -- and Iran have soured substantially over the past year amid mutual accusations of espionage.
[Dawn] At least two people were killed and seven others injured Thursday in a roadside kaboom blast in the Feroz Khel area of the Lower 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... , DawnNews reported.
According to Noman Ali Shah, the political sub-collector of the area, the bomb exploded using a remote-controlled device. Shah said that the target of the attack was tribal leader Malik Mohammad Shareef who was severely injured in the blast.
Two passers-by were killed while seven, including the tribal leader, were maimed. The injured were transported to a Kalaya Headquarter Hospital, from where they were later shifted to KDA Hospital in Kohat.
Three of the maimed were said to be at death's door.
[Dawn] Twelve men, including two workers of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement ...English: United National Movement, generally known as MQM, is the 3rd largest political party and the largest secular political party in Pakistain with particular strength in Sindh. From 1992 to 1999, the MQM was the target of the Pak Army's Operation Cleanup leaving thousands of urdu speaking civilians dead... , were bumped off on sectarian and political grounds on Wednesday, as the government and law-enforcers failed to take measures to stem the rising wave of assassinations in the city.
In yet another incident of assassination on sectarian grounds, an engineer working at a cellular firm was rubbed out near his residence in Federal B Area's Block 17.
The police said that Mirza Zaheer Abbas, 35, was returning home after dropping off his children at a nearby school in the morning when assailants wearing helmets and riding a cycle of violence targeted him near Rehmat Bakery within the remit of the Samnabad cop shoppe. The killers escaped.
The victim suffered a bullet wound in the head and was struck down in his prime. The body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities.
He was father of three.
"The victim had left home for work but returned to take his lunch box and that was when he was targeted," said Liaquatabad division SP Salman Hasan. "First he dropped his children to a nearby school and left for work, but returned home to take his lunch. All of his belongings were there. They didn't take along even his cellphone."
He said that a 9mm pistol was used in the killing. "So far circumstancial evidence suggests that it is another sectarian killing."
Following the murder, tension gripped the Incholi, Gulberg and Samanabad areas where shops and other businesses were closed in protest against the killing.
Amid strict security arrangements, the body was taken from the hospital to Inchoali and the funeral prayers were held at the Imambargah Khairul Amal. A large number of people attended the funeral of the victim. The victim was laid to rest in the Wadi-e-Hussain graveyard.
The police quoted family sources as saying that the victim had no enmity.
MQM men, passer-by rubbed out
A worker of the MQM and a passer-by were bumped off and two others maimed in an armed attack within the remit of the Rizvia cop shoppe on Wednesday.
Police said that Zafar aka Aligadhwala was sitting near an eatery, Zamindar Hotel, where four men riding two cycle of violences emerged, pulled out their weapons and fired shots targeting him.
"The assailants hit a motorcyclist while fleeing and they shot him too to ensure their safe escape," said area DSP Rustum Khattak. The firing also left two men, identified as Altaf and Iqbal, maimed.
All the four persons were shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where Zafar and the motorcyclist, Zahid Hussain Zaidi, were pronounced dead on arrival.
"The MQM activist was the real target of the assailants, but they didn't take any chances and killed the other man as well," DSP Khattak observed.
The police said that Zafar was a worker of Unit 189 of the Gulbahar sector of the MQM's organizational structure.
The second victim was living near Jafria Imambargah and was not associated with any political or religious party, he added.
Following the killings, tension gripped the locality and shops and markets were shut.
Meanwhile, ...back at the pound, Zebulon finally found just the friend he'd been looking for... another worker of the MQM was rubbed out in Korangi Industrial Area on Wednesday.
Police said that the incident took place in Haji Ibrahim Goth where two gunnies riding a motorbike targeted Mahir Ali, 32.
The victim was a resident of the same area and a member of the MQM's Muttahida Organising Committee, the police said, adding that at the time of the incident he was going to bring his children from school.
He was a labourer.The victim suffered gunshot wound in the head and died before he could be taken to hospital. The body was moved to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for medico-legal formalities.
Following the incident tension gripped the locality and shops were close down.
PPP man, friend shot dead in Surjani
Two persons, including an activist of the Pakistain People's Party, were bumped off in Surjani Town on Wednesday night.
Police said that gunnies riding a cycle of violence targeted two men, 32-year-old Umar Sheikh and Lal Fazal, who were sitting outside their house in Khuda Ki Basti within the remit of the Surjani Town cop shoppe.
The victims were rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where they died.
A local PPP leader, Sohail Abidi, said that victim Sheikh was an active worker of the party. He was married about four months back, he said.
He condemned the continuing killing of the PPP workers in the city and called for an immediate arrest of the culprits.
'MQM supporter' killed in Lyari
A young man was killed in 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.... on Wednesday night, police said.
SP-City Sarfraz Nawaz said that the victim, identified as Bilal, was seriously maimed and died at hospital during treatment. "He came to the Lee Market area to meet someone. He was standing there when gunnies riding a cycle of violence targeted him and rode away," he added.
The police said that the victim was a resident of the Defence area.
They said that victim's friends who had come to the hospital told the police that he was not a member of any political party, but a supporter of the MQM.
Youth killed, two maimed in attack
A young man was killed and two others maimed in an armed attack inside a Wednesday Bazaar in New 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... on Wednesday night.
Police said that the incident took place within the remit of the New Bloody Karachicop shoppe where gunnies walked into a weekly bazaar and shot up Nisar alias Pamperwala and fled.
The victims were rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where Nisar was pronounced dead on arrival.
The police said that it was not immediately clear if the victim had any political affiliation or not.
'Peddler' rubbed out in Orangi
A young man was killed in Orangi Town on Wednesday.
The Mominabad police said that gunnies opened fire on Naeem Baloch, 30, in Faqeer Colony and escaped.
The victim was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he was pronounced dead. He's dead, Jim! on arrival. He suffered two bullet wounds in the head and neck causing his instant death.
DSP Abdul Waheed said that he was a drug peddler and had been released from jail three days back. He was probably killed by his opponents, he added.
Man rubbed out in Shanti Nagar
A man was killed in Shanti Nagar on Wednesday evening.
Police said that assailants riding a cycle of violence opened fire on Jameel Shetho, 35, who was sitting outside his house. The victim died before he could be shifted to a hospital. Later, the police shifted the body to the JPMC for medico-legal formalities.
They said that they were looking into the background of the victim to ascertain the motive of the killing.
Body found in gunny bag
The body of a man stuffed in a gunny bag was found in Lyari on Wednesday.
Police said that body was found on Mirza Adam Khan Road within the remit of the Chakiwara cop shoppe.
The victim had been shot in the head.
The police shifted the body to the Civil Hospital Bloody Karachi where he was identified with the help of an identity card as Khurram Shahzad, 32.
They said that according to the ID card the victim was a resident of Mauripur and originally hailed from Punjab.
Elderly man rubbed out in Malir
An elderly man was bumped off in a Malir locality on Wednesday night.
Police said that assailants riding a motorbike fired at Nazeer Ahmed Nawab, 60, who was sitting close to his house in Hansabad within the remit of the Al-Falah cop shoppe.
The victim died before he could be shifted to hospital.
The police said that the killing appeared to be a result of some personal enmity.
The body was shifted to the JPMC for medico-legal formalities.
Armed militants have attacked a prison in the Iraqi city of Tikrit, killing 12 guards and freeing about 90 inmates, officials have told the BBC.
Oh! Oh! I seen this movie!
They say a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb at the gates of Tasfirat prison and clashes between militants and security guards followed.
The prison was later retaken from the gunmen by security forces, reports say. A curfew is now in place in the area.
Tasfirat holds several hundred inmates, some of them condemned to death.
The unidentified gunmen stormed the prison on Thursday night. The attack lasted into the early hours of Friday, and at one stage the militants controlled all the gates of Tasfirat, about 160km (100 miles) north-west of Baghdad.
But a source in the police command of the Salaheddin province later said the security forces "took control of the prison", according to the AFP news agency.
The attackers reportedly took with them a police car and weapons seized from the guards.
The prison has previously seen disturbances among the inmates, and in April police said they had uncovered a plan by some prisoners to escape. Militants have previously targeted Iraqi prisons in similar operations.
yup, yup, yup. In fact they got this idea after sitting around one night eating pizza and watching Steve McQueen in The Great Escape. It's too bad they keep watching the same show, and doing their own versions :-)
Five out of ten suspects involved in a car bombing in Sai Buri district of Pattani province have been arrested while authorities are considering the revocation of the Emergency Decree in some areas.
Reports say that security officers have arrested five out of the ten suspects behind the recent car bomb attack in Sai Buri district on September 21. Authorities are now searching for another suspect who was seen wearing a hijab.
Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Yuthasak Sasiprapa said the Emergency Decree would remain in effect in the southern border provinces for three more months following recent attacks. He said the Internal Security Operations Command and local security officers are assessing the situation and are ready to lift the Emergency Decree in certain areas where violent incidents no longer occur.
[Al Ahram] Several thousand Syrian rebels on Thursday afternoon launched what they said would be a decisive battle for control of the strategic northern city of Aleppo. "Tonight, Aleppo will be ours or we will be defeated," Abu Furat, a rebel commander, told AFP.
Syrian authorities on Thursday sent text messages over cell phones nationwide with a message for rebels fighting Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Lord of the Baath... 's regime: "Game over."
The messages signed by the Syrian Arab Army also urged the rebels to surrender their weapons and warned the countdown to evict imported muscle has begun. The texts appear to be part of the regime's psychological battle against the rebels, but are highly unlikely to have any effect on fighters intent on toppling Assad.
Syrians say they began receiving the messages a day after rebels bombed a military command center in Damascus ...The place where Pencilneck hangs his brass hat... - a major security breach of the heavily guarded capital that highlighted the regime's growing vulnerability in the face of a rebellion growing in confidence and capabilities.
People with cellular subscriptions received the messages while those with prepaid phones did not, residents in the Syrian capital said.
Despite the high-profile attack, the two sides have been locked in a stalemate after 18 months of conflict. Activists say the corpse count since the conflict began in March last year has recently topped 30,000, with nearly two-thirds of the casualties reported in the past six months.
In August, Syrian army helicopters dropped leaflets warning rebels in Damascus to hand over their arms and seek amnesty.
In Geneva on Thursday, the United Nations ...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks... ' refugee agency said the U.N. and its partners are launching a revised appeal for $487.9 million to help support Syrian refugees. It said 2,000 to 3,000 refugees are crossing into neighboring countries each day.
The UNHCR said 294,000 Syrian refugees are registered or awaiting registration in neighboring countries.
Earlier Thursday, al-Manar television broadcast footage showing Syrian government troops driving rebels from a building they had briefly occupied a day earlier after a double car kaboom struck army headquarters in Damascus.
The images further demonstrated the scale of the security breach of the heavily guarded capital by rebels determined to topple the Assad regime.
The fighters detonated car booms that engulfed the army headquarters in flames, followed by three hours of gunbattles in and around the compound Wednesday.
The government said four army guards were killed and 14 people were maimed, including civilians and military personnel.
The carefully orchestrated attacks were the most dramatic security breach in the center of the capital Damascus since July, when rebels detonated explosives inside a high-level crisis meeting in Damascus that killed four top regime officials, including Assad's brother-in-law and the defense minister.
They highlighted the regime's growing vulnerability, even as the 18-month battle to bring down Assad is locked in a stalemate.
Al-Manar's correspondent Youssef Shaito said he accompanied Syrian troops on Wednesday as they stormed the compound after the kabooms. In an interview with the station, he said he saw the bodies of three gunnies inside, suggesting festivities between government forces and rebels inside the building.
The station is owned by Hizbullah, a strong ally of Assad's regime. Syrian state-run media, however, reported only on the car booms, omitting any mention of festivities inside the building.
Exclusive al-Manar footage showed a group of soldiers surrounding a building at the compound and shooting at targets inside. Shortly afterward, a pickup truck with a heavy machine gun mounted on it joins the battle.
Eventually, dozens of troops are seen storming the building and going up the stairs from one room to the other amid smoke. The bodies of three gunnies are seen on the floor, one of them with an apparent suicide belt tied around his waist.
Shaito said that in the mayhem following the kabooms, gunnies had infiltrated the army command headquarters, taken up positions and begun shooting at soldiers. He said the gunnies "moved from floor to floor and room to room" and tossed grenades at soldiers outside.
He said it took soldiers about 45 minutes before they were able to storm the building.
International diplomacy has failed to stop the bloodshed in Syria. Syrian activists said more than 305 people were killed across Syria on Wednesday, making it one of the deadliest days since the conflict began.
They included at least 40 people whose bodies were discovered in a suburb of Damascus, some of whom appeared to have been killed execution-style. The exact circumstances in which the victims were killed remain unclear because of strict restrictions on the media.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.