[Tolo News] [Tolo News] Afghan police on Tuesday night captured a group of Taliban cut-throats responsible for beheading two coppers and planting roadside kabooms in northern Baghlan province, a local official said.
The six-member group was involved in kidnapping two coppers who were taking food to their colleagues in the Aab Qul area of old Baghlan and beheaded them after three days, head of Baghlan police 350 intelligence departments Gen. Abdul Ghayoor Andarabi told TOLOnews Wednesday.
Khalid added that the other four illegally armed men captured were involved in increasing insecurity and bothering people.
They also were responsible for placing at least 20 roadside kabooms in the area and harassing households in the province, he added.
"The group has trained in Pakistain, and for more than three months was active in the Sayed Mohammad Jangali village of the province," he said.
Andarabi said that there were no Afghan police or civilian casualties during the capture operation.
It comes as four cut-throats and four other illegally gunnies were cooled for a few years ... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not... by Afghan cops in northern Parwan province in the past 24 hours, provincial spokeswoman Roshna Khalid told TOLOnews.
"The security forces launched an operation in the Khalazai area of Bagram where they captured four cut-throats who were planning to carry out suicide kabooms and other bombs in the province," she said.
The security forces also seized two pistols, a Kalashnikov, 12 mobile phones, and 13 cameras and computers, she added.
Khalid added that the other four illegally gunnies captured were involved in increasing insecurity and bothering people.
*happy sigh* Is that a wonderful sentence or what!
[Tolo News] The Taliban will no longer bother residents in the Achin district of eastern Nangarhar The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country.. province or they will risk facing serious retaliation, tribal elders declared Monday.
The elders decided in the Monday meeting that if there was any kind of insurgency in the district, those involved will face a serious reaction from the local residents.
An elder told TOLOnews that the decision came after they drove out around 200 Pak Taliban under the command of Mangal Bagh ...a former bus driver, now head of the Deobandi bandido group Lashkar-e-Islam and the Terror of Khyber Agency... from the district on Sunday, and the people involved in inviting the bully boyz into the district had their houses set alight by the other residents.
This is the latest in a number of uprisings of local residents against bully boyz in provinces across Afghanistan.
Ordinary civilians fighting back against the bad turban Islamists was first reported in eastern Ghazni province in June. Since then it has been seen in several parts of Afghanistan, including Faryab, Laghman, Nangarhar, Kapisa, Ghor and Badghis provinces.
It was here at the courthouse in Benghazi where the first spark of the Libyan revolution ignited. It's the symbolic seat of the revolution; post-Gaddafi Libya's equivalent of Egypt's Tahrir Square. And it was here, in the tumultuous months of civil war, that the ragtag rebel forces established their provisional government and primitive, yet effective, media center from which to tell foreign journalists about their "fight for freedom."
But according to multiple eyewitnesses--myself included--one can now see both the Libyan rebel flag and the flag of al Qaeda fluttering atop Benghazi's courthouse.
According to one Benghazi resident, Islamists driving brand-new SUVs and waving the black al Qaeda flag drive the city's streets at night shouting, "Islamiya, Islamiya! No East, nor West," a reference to previous worries that the country would be bifurcated between Gaddafi opponents in the east and the pro-Gaddafi elements in the west.
Earlier this week, I went to the Benghazi courthouse and confirmed the rumors: an al Qaeda flag was clearly visible; its Arabic script declaring that "there is no God but Allah" and a full moon underneath. When I tried to take pictures, a Salafi-looking guard, wearing a green camouflage outfit, rushed towards me and demanded to know what I was doing. My response was straightforward: I was taking a picture of the flag. He gave me an intimidating look and hissed, "Whomever speaks ill of this flag, we will cut off his tongue. I recommend that you don't publish these. You will bring trouble to yourself."
That flag is a general jihadist flag. It is called the Black Standard, the Black Banner, or the Banner of the Eagle. It is used by many different hardline groups that are aligned with fundamentalist Islam. AQ certainly does use it - but it's not theirs exclusively. Here is a link:
[Jerusalem Post] Egyptian rights groups on Wednesday demanded the release of a Coptic Christian incarcerated I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece! on suspicion of posting an anti-Islam video online that ignited Moslem protests around the globe.
Police grabbed computer science graduate Alber Saber from his Cairo home last week after neighbors accused him of uploading sections of the film "Innocence of Moslems", rights activists said.
The neighbors also accused Saber, 27, of making a new movie that mocks all religions. He was placed in long-term storage Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un! for 15 days pending investigations.
Clips from "Innocence of Moslems" were posted on various parts of the Internet weeks before violent protests erupted in Egypt and several other Moslem-majority countries last week.
Stephen Bosworth, a former U.S. special envoy to North Korea, on Tuesday accused Pyongyang of thinking the international community is obliged to aid the impoverished regime.
Bosworth is an Obama shill who from day one has said that the only solution to North Korea is 'engagement', which means we are supposed to swallow the Nork codswollop and give them food.
There is a clear tendency by North Korea to consider the whole world its own ATM, Bosworth told reporters on the sidelines of a forum in Seoul sponsored by the Korea Foundation. What North Korea wants right now is to preserve its regime and the flow of aid from other countries, he added.
Turning the South Korea-U.S. alliance, Bosworth said if the U.S. has been in the driver's seat until now, it is time for South Korea to take the wheel. South Korea must make the key decisions about what is to be done in the North Korean nuclear issue.
"I don't think it is feasible or appropriate or useful to try to increase deterrence or decrease deterrence depending upon the general state of affairs in the short term," he said in a lecture. "I think the most important element of deterrence is fundamental solidarity of purpose between the U.S. and South Korea. And that you can't turn on and off. If we are confident about deterrence... our political leaders will have a little bit more flexibility to think about engagement."
[An Nahar] La Belle France's interior minister said Wednesday after a French magazine published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed that freedom of speech, including caricature, was a "fundamental right" backed by the law.
Manuel Valls made the statement after meeting with French Moslem leaders angered by the cartoons, some of which depict the Prophet in the nude.
"Freedom of expression is a fundamental right. Freedom to caricature is part of that fundamental right," Valls told news hounds when asked about the cartoons published by the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.
However he called for "everyone to act responsibly (as) each individual act, each text, each drawing, each declaration can... spark confrontations".
Valls also warned that any demonstrations that disturbed public order would meet with "a very firm response from the state".
The cartoons have been branded insulting by French Moslem leaders and politicians have accused Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier of acting irresponsibly.
Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault suggested the magazine's editorial team should have taken the current context of widespread Moslem anger over an anti-Islam film into account when deciding whether to publish the cartoons.
Valls has said no protests against the film will be authorized in La Belle France following violence close to the U.S. embassy in Gay Paree last weekend.
[An Nahar] The White House on Wednesday questioned the judgment of a French weekly that published cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammed, but said the decision was no justification for violence.
"We have questions about the judgment of publishing something like this," White House front man Jay Carney said, while adding "it is not in any way justification for violence."
This is why the framers of our Constitution took care to make sure that weasels like Jay Carney aren't allowed to make official, government judgments on the wisdom of publishing stuff like this.
"We don't question the right of something like this to be published, we just question the judgment behind the decision to publish it," Carney said.
The decision by the French weekly Charlie Hebdo to print obscene cartoons depicting the prophet, came as fresh protests erupted in the Mohammedan world over an anti-Islam film made by orc Coptic Christians in the United States.
Security was reinforced at French missions and other institutions in countries feared most at risk of a hostile reaction to the French cartoons.
French Embassies, consulates, cultural centers and international French schools in around 20 countries will be closed on Friday in case they are targeted in demonstrations following weekly Mohammedan prayers.
Why did the dnc crap on God and supply weapons to Al Qaeda in Libya and let a prisoner from Guantanomo kill our people and support it? Also why fight communism across the globe and become worse than people in north korea and the Middle East and help kill your own people? Why disgrace our flag you know the old saying DON'T TREAD ON ME! tHIS WAS SENT TO THE oBAMA bIDEN FOR PRESIDENT SITE PERHAPS EVERYONE SHOULD GROW SOME PHUCKING BALLS !
there must be a lot of French magazines that are low on circulation this month. it's tough when you have to arranage for your main business office to be firebombed - just so you can sell your rag :-)
Now that I've seen it, I can honestly say Mohammed is just as ugly nekkid as dressed.
But we knew that.
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We need more cartoons and more movies. The Muslims need them too. The Muslims need a constant flow of this kind of material so that they can become desensitized to it. Then they might be able to calm down and think about it logically. Then they might begin to wonder why, if Allan is so powerful, doesn't he strike the infidels himself? Then they might begin to wonder if this false prophet Mohammed is the only way to heaven or if, perhaps, there might be other, better ways. OTOH, screw 'em.
Former FBI Director Webster's Commission reported that it was impressed with the quality and the commitment of the FBI's intelligence analysts and the integration of analysts into the FBI's work but still found 18 major shortcomings. Since the failures of 9/11/2001 over 11 years ago, the FBI has taken significant steps to strengthen the integration of intelligence and operations, and we will continue to examine innovative ways to continue our transformation from an investigative-led model to an intelligence-led model, where intelligence drives vs guessing or relying on local law enforcement, our investigative strategies, enhances our understanding of threats, and increases our ability to address and mitigate those threats. The Directorate of Intelligence will continue to evolve, let me be clear we are evolving also... to more effectively provide strategic direction, oversight, and support to the FBI's intelligence program as we hire more people, grow, and expand the intelligence components in each of our operational divisions.
A bombshell report released Wednesday on Operation Fast and Furious faulted a range of federal agencies for the failed anti-gunrunning program and accused officials in charge of a "disregard" for public safety. In the wake of the report, one Justice Department official resigned and another retired. Disregard? They knew what they were doing and hoped it would be seen as a new demand for more gun control.
That's why the word is in scare quotes. How clever of the journalist to telegraph his disbelief so very subtly.
The sprawling report by the department's inspector general is the most comprehensive account yet on the deadly operation which allowed weapons to "walk" across the U.S.-Mexico border and resulted in hundreds of firearms turning up at crime scenes in both countries. Sprawling? Who writes this crap? Sounds like a copy boy trying to be a reporter. Who do you think goes to J-schools these days?
The report says Attorney General Eric Holder was not made aware of potential flaws in the program until February of last year. But the report cites 14 other department employees -- including Criminal Division head Lanny Breuer -- for potential wrongdoing, recommending the department consider disciplinary action against them. Of course he wasn't aware. Don't listen to the Congressional investigators, he's innocent I tells ya.
One congressional source told Fox News the report was "more brutal than was expected."
The report also marked Jason Weinstein, the Fall Guy the deputy assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division, as the highest-ranking DOJ employee in a position to stop the program. Weinstein, who disputes the findings, is nevertheless resigning in the wake of the report. Much more at the link.
[Dawn] Registration of foreign students studying in 'madrassahs' (religious schools) in Pakistain has been completed, DawnNews reported.
At least 2,673 students are studying in Pak 'madrassahs' out of which 1,147 are from Afghanistan.
Sources said that 396 foreign students are studying in madrassahs in Punjab, 999 in Sindh, six in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa ... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central... , 1,147 in Balochistan ...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it... , two in Azad Kashmire and 123 in Islamabad.
The statistics of foreign students in tribal areas was not available due to security reasons, sources added.
The foreign students registered in Punjab's madrassahs include four from Bangladesh, 12 from China, 13 from Æthiopia, two from Guinea, 59 from Indonesia, 24 from Kyrgyzstan, 44 from Kazakhstan, 13 from Malaysia, two from Macedonia, three from Morocco, seven from Myanmar, 32 from Philippines, five from Sierra Leone, 10 from Somalia, six from Sri Lanka, seven from Sudan, 16 from Tajikistan and three from Tunisia.
[Dawn] The Pak government has announced a national holiday on Friday to protest against the American anti-Islam that has caused an outrage throughout the Moslem world.
The federal cabinet decided to make Friday an official "day of expression of love for the prophet" after discussing the "Innocence of Moslems" movie, which has triggered more than a week of violent protests across the Islamic world, a senior government official said.
The move came after religious parties called for a day of protest on Friday to denounce the film.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik Pak politician, Interior Minister under the Gilani government. Malik is a former Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) intelligence officer who rose to head the FIA during Benazir Bhutto's second tenure. Malik was tossed from his FIA job in 1998 after documenting the breath-taking corruption of the Sharif family. By unhappy coincidence Nawaz Sharif became PM at just that moment and Malik moved to London one step ahead of the button men. He had to give up the interior ministry job because he held dual Brit citizenship. , while speaking to media representatives earlier today, said that the Pakistain People's Party (PPP) would join protestors in their demonstrations.
The head of the 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... religious party on Monday urged people across the country to close their businesses and hold rallies against the film, which was made in the United States.
Sources said traders and transporters associations in the largest city and commercial hub 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... had backed the call.
Around 500 protesting lawyers broke through a gate to Islamabad's heavily-guarded diplomatic enclave on Wednesday, chanting anti-US slogans and castigating the Pakistain government for its "criminal silence" over the film.
The film has fueled outrage across the Moslem world, with more than 30 people have been killed around the world during more than a week of attacks and violent protests linked to the controversial film. Pakistain, Afghanistan and Bangladesh have all blocked access to YouTube, following the video-sharing website's failure to take down the movie.
[Dawn] A businessman accused of blasphemy has gone underground and wants the religious leaders to hear his viewpoint.
Haji Nasrullah, who owns a market at Hala Naka area off National Highway and is the chairman of a local shopkeepers association, originally hails from Mohmand Agency ... Named for the Mohmand clan of the Sarban Pahstuns, a truculent, quarrelsome lot. In Pakistain, the Mohmands infest their eponymous Agency, metastasizing as far as the plains of Peshawar, Charsadda, and Mardan. Mohmands are also scattered throughout Pakistan in urban areas including Karachi, Lahore, and Quetta. In Afghanistan they are mainly found in Nangarhar and Kunar... According to Munir Abbasi, a police officer at the Hatri cop shoppe, Nasrullah was booked for blasphemy offence under sections 295-B and C on the complaint of Kachkol Khan.
Blasphemy is punishable by life in prison or death under Pak laws. Human rights groups and civil society organizations often call for repealing it on the ground that it is badly misused, particularly against religious minorities for settling personal scores.
Abbasi explains that the trouble began on Sunday night when the city observed a strike against an anti-Islam film.
"Some protesters wanted shops at the Hala Naka area closed in protest against the anti-Islam movie to which Nasrullah objected," he said.
According to Azam Jehangiri, some shopkeepers including the president of the association Najeeb Ahmed reported the matter to a mufti in a nearby mosque. "Ahmed alleged that Nasrullah used some very objectionable remarks against the Holy Prophet," said Jehangiri, who is associated with Maulana Fazal Rehman's Jamaat-e-Islam.
"Mufti Ashfaq asked whether he has witnesses to substantiate his claim. Ahmed accordingly produced those witnesses," Jehangiri recalled.
Subsequently, Abbasi says, after a brief gathering in the area mosque, scores of outraged religious parties activists and seminary students tried to attack Nasrullah's house, leading to a clash.
As a result of firing, three persons namely Abdul Baseer and Mohammad Afzal (who were among protesters) and Qamaruzzaman brother of Haji Nasrullah received injuries.
"Nasrullah got an FIR of attempted murder lodged against the protesters," he said.
Maulana Taj Mohammad Nahyoon, Hyderabad district president JUI (Fazal), is currently spearheading protests against Nasrullah and demanding his arrest.
He had an FIR registered against Nasrullah for alleged blasphemy after addressing a presser at the local press club on Monday afternoon.
"We want Nasrullah placed in durance vile Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please! as we have produced our witnesses against Nasrullah and they all have deposed on oath that he did commit blasphemy," Nahyoon said while talking to Dawn.com.
Meanwhile, ...back at the sea battle, the Terror of the Baltic's career had come to an abrupt and watery end... Nasrullah has gone into hiding. He has not been placed in durance vile Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please! nor has he been able to seek pre-arrest bail so far. Although he is not answering his cellphone, he has made an effort to get his point across to the Mufti Ashfaq who was instrumental in getting the FIR registered.
On Wednesday, Nasrullah sent Haji Asmatullah Mehsood, who is associated with ANP and runs his business in Hala Naka area, to Jamia Muftahul Uloom. Mehsood met with Nahyoon and Jehangiri as well as other people.
"The gathering was chaired by me and it was attended by Sheikhul Hadees Mufti Ghulam Mohammad Junejo, Mufti Habibullah, Mufti Fasih, Maulana Saifur Rehman, Maulana Abdul Salam and others in seminary," said Nahyoon.
He added that the purpose of the meeting was to verify the 'involvement of personal enmity'.
"This is a sensitive issue. However, denial ain't just a river in Egypt... all of us are satisfied that an FIR was properly lodged with statement of witnesses," he said.
"Since the FIR has been lodged after due verification of facts, the issue can't be resolved at this level. Now we want him placed in durance vile Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please! ," he said.
Mehsood, on the other hand, confirms having met religious leaders.
"I haven't met Nasrullah...he is not available but someone from his side approached me so that his viewpoint can be presented to the other side," he says, adding: "I have got nothing to do with this issue directly."
Majlis-e-Tahfuz-e-Khatm-e-Nabuwat is also actively participating in protests on the issue and demanding arrest of the accused. They said that they will hold a protest on Friday if he is not placed in durance vile Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!.
Iran has been using civilian aircraft to fly military personnel and large quantities of weapons across Iraqi airspace to Syria to aid Syrian President Assad in his attempt to crush an 18-month uprising against his government, according to a Western intelligence report seen by Rooters.
Earlier this month, US officials said they were questioning Iraq about Iranian flights in Iraqi airspace suspected of ferrying arms to Assad, a staunch Iranian ally.
Iraq says it does not allow the passage of any weapons through its airspace. But an intelligence report obtained by Rooters says Iranian weapons have been flowing into Syria via Iraq in large quantities. Such transfers, the report says, are organized by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
"This is part of a revised Iranian modus operandi that US officials have only recently addressed publicly, following previous statements to the contrary," said the report, a copy of which was provided by a UN diplomatic source.
and despite all the help from Iran, Assad is only holding his own in a violent stalemate with the rebels
It took 18 months for the Marines to clear Fallujah (most of that time holding off in fear of triggering a national insurrection against Coalition forces), and we had unlimited hardware and other supplies. Not to mention we were fighting a Sunni minority, whereas Assad is fighting a Sunni majority. Add on the fact that Aleppo has 7x Fallujah's population, and it's no surprise Aleppo's in contention 2 months after hostilities began there. Without NATO intervention, the rebels are finished. The only thing in question is how long the rebels can hold out before they either stage a last stand or go into exile.
An Israeli source says that the US has warned that an attack on Iran by Israel may put an end to Israel's relations with its neighbors as well as the peace agreements with Jordan and Egypt, reported the Hebrew daily Yediot this morning.
According to the source, the Americans explained that Egypt and Jordan may break off relations with Israel because the two countries' leaders need the support of the masses. "The leaders do not have control over their people, the street rules over them", said the source, and added that "an Israeli attack would bring the entire Islamic-Arab world out into the streets. What happened over the 'Innocence" video against Mohammed is simply a foretaste of what would occur if Israel attacked Iran."
Let's see now, Israel's neighbors currently offer barely concealed hostility or outright acts of war, and the peace agreement with Egypt is collapsing by the day. Not doing anything means the Iranians acquire the capability to go with their declared will to destroy Israel. What exactly is the payoff for maintaining the status quo? Security guarantees from the Obama administration?
It's not the Juices fault the Arabs are revolting.
Now everyone knows bad things are happening these days but this is beyond phucking idiotic! Somehow just today if real a judge has said yes to putting up signs calling Muslims savages and supporting Israel againist Jihad! WTF reverse tactics to get the fire really burning like the Jews don't have a grasp of the situation in their own back yard! Now kids if this gets out of hand with all of the advances in tech it's going to go from angry mobs and some killing to mass scale stuff! Remember who they bashed at the DNC and what those phuckers really are! Stock up now because even if it does happen them dumb phucks will have all of our Military goods made in China or Pakistan! Good Luck Kids will it be a 3?
What if riots erupt in Cairo and Amman and no Westerner is there?
I say: Riot away! Smash things! Burn stuff! When you're done where will you buy new things?
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PS: Where can I buy shares in a company that produces US flags?
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They need to get a judge to over rule the lower ghoul judge and or pay some one off! These signs cannot go up period at al at all do not put them up! Something really phucking bad will happen on the scale of 911 or have the same impact if this is real why not just support Israel etc! Scrub the signs scrub the signs do not pass go STOP STOP STOP STOP STOP STOP STOP STOP! Elections are coming also stop stop stop stop!
As other related Artics put it, it could fundamentally change the Balance of Power in the Region, + IMO potentially amongst the Great Powers as well depending on their level or magnitude of intervention.
Other than switching from tyranny by Strongmen to that of post-"Arab/Islamic/Muslim Spring", pro-Islamic/Sharia, "democratic" Parliamentary Systems, THE ONLY "REFORMATION" BEING ACHIEVED IS BY THE US-WEST IN FAVOR OF ACCOMODAT RADICAL ISLAM.
According to a Paleostinian official, Paleostinian Authority President the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas ... a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial... informed Paleostinian leadership that they should appoint someone to replace him, Saudi newspaper Al-Watan reported Wednesday.
Reportedly, Abbas said, "you have 10 days until I come back from the US to find a new president."
Probably just a rumour, and definitely the 48 hour rule applies. But still, isn't it a lovely thought?
If there is one Arab community that unanimously condemned the protests against American diplomatic installations in the Middle East, it is the Syrians. For months they have begged Washington and its allies to intervene in their eighteen month revolution. They argued a former adversary would offer eternal gratitude by breaking relations with American foes Iran and its Lebanese client Hezbollah. But following the death of American Ambassador Chris Stevens in Libya, a country that benefited from Washington's military intervention, many Syrians believe the Western world will abandon them.
"This attack is the worst thing that could happen to us," Ahmad Ali says sifting through boxes of baby milk powder. The humanitarian aid worker fled his home in the city of Idlib last March as Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces incessantly shelled the city. Today, he works to make sure those that stayed behind have the basic supplies they need. "Western diplomats tell us to be patient," he tells The Media Line. "They say they are working on coordinating a military response. But why will they want to help us if we burn them like in Libya?"
"But why will they want to help us if we burn them like in Libya?"
Why, indeed? Does the phrase "eternal gratitude" even exist in Arabic?
The whole ME is about to undergo a massive rule set reset, to use Tom Barnett's terminology. It ain't gonna be pretty and things are only going to get worse as the Muslim Brotherhood finds out it's a lot more fun to be the opposition party than to actually run a country. My advice is stay outside the blast radius and upwind of the fallout.
[An Nahar] Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Leveler of Latakia... told Iran's foreign minister on Wednesday that the war engulfing Syria is targeting not just it but the "resistance axis," state news agency SANA reported.
Assad's regime, Iran, and Hizbullah refer to themselves as a "resistance axis" in their common opposition to Israel.
"The ongoing battle is targeting the whole of the resistance axis, not just Syria," Assad told Iran's visiting Ali Akbar Salehi.
Meanwhile, ...back at the pound, Zebulon finally found just the friend he'd been looking for... Assad said "Syria has shown openness in dealing with all initiatives put forward to find a solution to the crisis. The key to any initiative's success is the sincerity of the intentions behind it."
Earlier on Wednesday, Salehi said the solution to the conflict "lies only with Syria and within the Syrian family, in partnership with international and regional organizations."
Assad and his allies in Iran, China and Russia have systematically blamed the conflict on foreign powers, notably the West, Gulf countries and Turkey.
US Special Forces, which have been training for operations in Iran for years, could be responsible for explosions that sabotaged Iranian nuke sites' power lines, Daily Beast suggests.
Could the United States be behind a move to sabotage power lines at Iran's nuclear facilities?
Operation Lemony Snickett lives...
The Daily Beast on Wednesday suggested that US Special Forces, which have been training for operation inside Islamic Republic for years, could already be on the ground .
On Monday, Fereydoun Abbasi, Iran's vice president and the chief of its nuclear energy agency, said that power lines between the city of Qom and the underground Fordo nuclear centrifuge facility were blown up with explosives on August 17. The power lines leading to Iran's Natanz facilities were blown up as well, he said.
According to the report in The Daily Beast, The US military been studying Iran's infrastructure closely, and in 2009 discovered a weakness in Iran's electrical grids that made it vulnerable to a cyber attack.
But Abbasi's disclosure indicates opponents of the Iranian program are targeting the country's electrical grid and are doing so on the ground, via a physical explosion as opposed to a cyber attack.
A retired US intelligence officer who still works as a contractor with the US military on Iran-related operations said the US Special Forces have trained for sabotage missions inside Iran for years.
"From the first reports, this attack looks like something from our guys," he told The Daily Beast.
The unnamed source also said US Special Forces conducted a series of targeted attacks on Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in late 2011 as the US military was exiting Iraq -- an offensive credited with stopping Iran from attacking US forces as they left Iraq.
The news website posited that If the United States conducted the interference with Iran's power lines, it may help Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's concerns about the US' resolve to stop Tehran from developing an atom bomb.
Ynet's military analyst Ron Ben-Yishai explained immediately after Abbasi's statement was released that the covert war against Iran -- initiated by the US, Israel and Britain -- is ongoing. He said the sabotage at Fordo has been confirmed and proves that Iran's nuclear work can be stopped without the use of bunker buster bombs.
In recent years, the West's stealth war on the disputed atom program has been waged through industrial explosions, cyber viruses and targeted killings, but the recent blasts could mark the first time that Iran's civilian infrastructure is targeted.
A retired US intelligence officer who still works as a contractor with the US military on Iran-related operations said the US Special Forces have trained for sabotage missions inside Iran for years.
Contractors and retirees, we all know they can't be trusted.
Missions against insurgencies or powerful criminal gangs (e.g. Pablo Escobar) for beleaguered Third World allies, I can see. However, having an A-Team captured in Iran is the stuff of presidential nightmares. Qom is hundreds of miles inside Iran. How do you get them in? How do you get them out if they're detected? Unless the Super Friends are part of the Special Forces, it's not clear how they do some of these things.
Between the books Bravo Two Zero and Sole Survivor, it's quite clear that elite troops face extreme danger even in areas where our air force has established air supremacy. In a shooting war, dead or captured GI's are a part of doing business. Given that there's no such war going on with Iran, it's hard to conceive of a situation in which any president would send small special forces units deep into Injun country. If it's something that absolutely, positively has to be destroyed, they'll send in the B-2's or (more likely) sub-contract it via one or a combination of Kurdish, Arab, other ethnic separatist or communist opposition groups operating in Iran. A B-2 strike is feasible without anyone on the ground because it's not as if anyone's invented mobile power lines. However, given the fact that no air-dropped ordnance has been publicized, I'd go with the internal opposition (financed by us and/or the Gulf kingdoms) theory.