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Great White North: US, Canada air defenses on high alert after Ottawa shooting
Posted by Fred 10/22/2014  16:45 1 Comments 1165 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[DAWN] US and Canadian air defenses were placed on heightened alert after a shooting in Canada's parliament, US officials said Wednesday.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) "is taking appropriate and prudent steps to ensure we are adequately postured to respond quickly to any incidents involving aviation in Canada," said a US defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The move came as a precaution after a gunman opened fire in and around the Canadian parliament, with a Canadian soldier dying of gunshot wounds and police sealing off the area.

NORAD front man Captain Jeff Davis declined to provide details of the steps taken, saying only steps had been taken to ensure defenses were "adequately postured."

But while the shooting incident in Ottawa raised fears of a potential link to Lion of Islams, Davis said there were no signs of possible hijackings or imminent threats to aviation.

"We're not aware of any current, specific threats against the aviation system," he told AFP.

US intelligence officials were not immediately available to comment as to whether there were any suspected links to murderous Moslems in the shooting in Canada.

NORAD, founded during the Cold War, is a combined US, Canadian military command designed to safeguard the air space over the two countries, with its headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado.

After the attacks on New York and Washington on September 11, 2001, the command regularly scrambles fighter jets to intercept private aircraft that enter prohibited areas over the US capital or elsewhere, escorting them to the nearest runway.

"Condolences to family of the soldier killed and prayers for the parliamentary guard maimed. Canada will not be terrorized or intimidated," employment minister Jason Kenney said on Twitter after the shot soldier pronounced dead in Ottawa.

Gunfire echoed through the gothic halls of the Canadian parliament as police swarmed in to tackle the gunman who had shot the soldier outside before storming the building earlier in the day.

One attacker had been shot by police inside the building while up to two more were feared to be on the lam, as officers sealed off the area.

Video footage posted online by the Globe and Mail newspaper showed police ducking for cover as they advanced along a stone hallway, loud gunfire echoing among the stone columns.

Police officers outside told AFP that one or more ‐ possibly up to three ‐ shooters were feared to be on the roof of the building.

A member of parliament, Maurice Vellacott, told AFP that House of Commons security had told one of his aides that at least one suspect had been killed inside parliament.

Other politicians tweeted reports that an assailant had been shot.

"I literally had just taken off my jacket to go into caucus. I hear this 'pop, pop, pop,' possibly 10 shots, don't really know," Liberal Party member John McKay told CBC television.

"Suddenly the security guards come rushing down the hallways and usher us all out to the back of the parliament buildings."

CBC radio also reported that one of the suspected shooters had been killed, but there was no official confirmation of this.

Witnesses said they saw a man armed with a rifle running into parliament after the shooting at the memorial.

Passers-by told news hounds that a bearded man had bumped off the soldier, hijacked a passing vehicle to take him the short distance to Parliament Hill, on a bluff over the Ottawa River.

One witness, parliamentary aide Marc-Andre Viau, said he saw a man run into a caucus meeting at the parliament, chased by police armed with rifles who yelled "take cover."

That was followed by "10, 15, maybe 20 shots," possibly from an automatic weapon, he said. "I'm shaken," said Viau.

The soldier appeared seriously maimed. Emergency medics were seen pushing on his chest to revive him.

Police raced to seal off the parliament building and the office of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, pushing news hounds and bystanders further back and blocking roads with squad cars.

Harper left the area of the shooting and was "safe," his front man Jason MacDonald said.

The incident came a day after 25-year-old Martin Couture-Rouleau ran over a soldier, killing him before being rubbed out by police as he emerged from his wrecked car wielding a knife.

The government branded this a terrorist attack by a suspected bad boy, amid reports that Couture-Rouleau was a supporter of the so-called Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
, a jihadist group operating in Iraq and Syria.

If the driver's alleged jihadist sympathies are confirmed, it would be Canada's first ever bad boy attack, although authorities have warned they are tracking 90 suspected murderous Moslems in the country.

Authorities raised the security threat level from low to medium after the incident, which came as Canadian jets were to join the US-led air armada bombarding forces of Evil in Iraq.

"This level means that intelligence has indicated that an individual or group within Canada or abroad has the intent and capability to commit an act of terrorism," the Public Safety Ministry said.

Outside parliament, police were seen taking cover behind vehicles, as others expanded a cordoned off area to a city block around parliament.
#1: It's the borders that need defending from hostile religions..
Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2014-10-22 17:51 ||Comments



Great White North: Soldier, security guard shot in Parliament Hill attack
Posted by Ebbang Uluque6305 10/22/2014  11:49 11 Comments 156 words Read the whole thing on page 1
OTTAWA -- A gunman opened fire at the National War Memorial, wounding a soldier, then moved to nearby Parliament Hill and wounded a security guard before he was shot, reportedly by Parliament's sergeant-at-arms.

Despite the shooting of the suspect, police and soldiers continued a chaotic hunt, leading to speculation there was more than one suspect.

"As to the number of suspects, we don't know," Const. Marc Soucy of Ottawa police said Tuesday morning.

Ottawa police confirmed they had a call at 9:52 a.m. with a report of shots fired. Paramedics performed CPR on the soldier at the memorial and he was taken to hospital. But there was no word of his condition.

YouTube video: Gunfire in Parliament Hill building

Witness Alain Merizier said the suspect was carrying a hunting rifle. The suspect had dark hair, was wearing civilian clothes and driving a black car, Merizier said.
#1: Keep the salt handy.

Jawas have a number of videos up.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-10-22 12:55 ||Comments

#2: Michael Zehaf-Bibeau: 5 Fast Facts
Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2014-10-22 17:47 ||Comments

#3: Jawas indeed. Hat tip to Kevin Vickers.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-10-22 18:14 ||Comments

#4: So it turns out he was a Islamic convert. Wow, I'm surprised. Where's the surprise meter???
Posted by: 49 Pan|| 2014-10-22 18:48 ||Comments

#5: Don't mess with old men wearing funny hats, medals and sprockets. They will kill you !
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-22 18:50 ||Comments

#6: "recent convert" = cannon fodder
Posted by: Slats Omairong1246|| 2014-10-22 19:25 ||Comments

#7: over the last three days, two Canadian soldiers have been killed by men who had their passports seized.

Stopping wannabe jihadists travelling to Syria is misguided to say the least. Why should we care if they want to get themselves killed.

Now it has tragic consequences.
Posted by: phil_b|| 2014-10-22 19:53 ||Comments

#8: Mr. Vickers is a former Mountie. Good thing he had a gun in what is likely a gun free zone.
Posted by: Mr. Frank|| 2014-10-22 20:23 ||Comments

#9: Canada has put armed forces in the fight against ISIS. In retaliation jihadist chaps are bringing it back to Canada. Now is the time to project power. Psychopaths and/or Islamists may be nutters, but they do respect power when it is overwhelming. Maybe their actions are doing the collective "us" a favor by showing us who they are in a way that the MSM cannot sweep under the rug. It is tragic to have casualties like this---good people, good soldiers.

But maybe the real problem of Islam needs to be faced, and that includes the so called moderate muslims that keep whining about being victims.
Posted by: Alaska Paul|| 2014-10-22 21:01 ||Comments

#10: "...sturgeons? Waddya' mean, 72 sturgeons!!??"
Posted by: Glans Flique9873|| 2014-10-22 21:09 ||Comments

#11: Its suspected that there may be up to five possible gunmen.

The US has repor locked down Arlington, while NZ has increased armed security for its Politicos.

* FYI TOPIX > [National Post] ALLEGED OTTAWA GUNMEN AOOARENTLY HAD CRIMINAL PAST IN QUEBEC, REPEATEDLY BROUGHT UP ON DRUG CHARGES.

* SAME > ISIS URGES JIHADISTS TO ATTACK CANADIANS: "YOU WON'T FEEL SECURE IN YOUR BEDROOMS".

* SAME > [Toronto Star] ISLAMIC STATE CALL FOR DOMESTIC ATTACKS TROUBLED SECURITY OFFICIALS.
Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2014-10-22 22:20 ||Comments



China-Japan-Koreas: Fool Fowle released by NK & returned to USA by USAF
Posted by Anguper Hupomosing9418 10/22/2014  07:20 1 Comments 326 words Read the whole thing on page 3
Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans being held in North Korea, was abruptly allowed to leave today on a U.S. government jet.

Fowle, 56, of Miamisburg, Ohio, had been awaiting trial on charges of leaving a Bible at a nightclub in the northern port city of Chongjin last May. Proseletyzing [sic] is illegal in North Korea...

The site of a USAF plane with an American flag on its tail at Pyongyang's international airport was an unusual sight.

While in a North Korean jail he was fired from his job as an equipment operator for the city of Moraine, Ohio, a job he had for the last 26 years. The dismissal last month came with a $70,000 severance package.

At some point, you have to return to work,” Moraine City Manager David Hicks told ABC News.

Hicks noted that Fowle was a union employee. “Although he was terminated, he has the ability to apply at any point in the next year and he would be immediately reinstated into his position,” he said.

The city's termination letter to Fowle said that he was being dismissed "in light of your continued incarceration in North Korea resulting from (a) unilateral decision to travel to North Korea against the advice of your family and acquaintances; and (b) running afoul of North Korean restrictions on ‘anti-government’ activities."

Hicks said that the city kept his wife and children on Fowle’s health insurance after his termination.
An utter maroon or really poor intel op gone bad. What other choices are there? At least his family and acquaintances seemed to have a lick of sense, unlike the "victim". After having a huge amount of US funds spent to return him home, he can most likely look forward to a nice city taxpayer-funded pension.
This morning the Dayton Daily News reported Fowle has arrived at Wright Patterson AFB and met with his wife and children. Fowle's wife Tatiana is a native of Russia.
#1: Although he was terminated, he has the ability to apply at any point in the next year and he would be immediately reinstated into his position

Yes, but can he then keep the severance package?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-10-22 12:24 ||Comments



-Short Attention Span Theater-: Man fights off bear with old computer
Posted by g(r)omgoru 10/22/2014  03:33 11 Comments 116 words Read the whole thing on page 3
h/t Gates of Vienna
The encounter occurred at a rubbish dump in a village near Tomsk in western Siberia, where both man and bear were scavenging, the Moscow Times reports. The villager was searching for metals to sell, and was charged by the animal which was looking for food. Local ranger Sergei Yelnikov says the unnamed man threw the old computer, which was the first thing that came to hand, causing the bear to flee. "The villager hardly suffered at all; he injured his hand when throwing the device at the bear," Mr Yelnikov says. According to the RT television channel, a 24-hour search found no trace of the animal.
#1: I've squashed bugs with mine.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-10-22 03:50 ||Comments

#2: Good 'ol x286 never stops being useful!
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2014-10-22 04:53 ||Comments

#3: Hit him in the mouth with a 5 1/4" disc drive. Those things were built solid.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-10-22 07:25 ||Comments

#4: TRS-80's - is there anything they can't do?
Posted by: Maggie Photh3251|| 2014-10-22 09:11 ||Comments

#5: A peanut with a side of chiclet keyboard would have been nicer.

Posted by: Shipman|| 2014-10-22 10:39 ||Comments

#6: Yeah, but did it have a math co-processor?
Posted by: Raj|| 2014-10-22 11:00 ||Comments

#7: It musta had Windoze on it. That'll scare the crap out of anything.
Posted by: gorb|| 2014-10-22 12:31 ||Comments

#8: BTW if you're considering Windows 2012 server... DONT.

The SUCKurity stops you getting anything done (so you run everything as admin).
Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2014-10-22 13:33 ||Comments

#9: BP - Microsoft's screwing up yet another OS? I'm shocked!
Posted by: Raj|| 2014-10-22 15:03 ||Comments

#10: Try fighting off the bear with a iPad.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-10-22 16:20 ||Comments

#11: I carry a rotary dial telephone with me on camping trips, just for that reason.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-10-22 16:47 ||Comments



Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Obama the virtuoso manager
Posted by g(r)omgoru 10/22/2014  03:27 7 Comments 184 words Read the whole thing on page 6
by Caroline Glick

h/t Gates of Vienna
Since he assumed office nearly six years ago, US President Barack Obama has been dogged by allegations of managerial incompetence. Obama, his critics allege, had no managerial experience before he was elected. His lack of such experience, they claim, is reflected in what they see as his incompetent handling of the challenges of the presidency.

In everything from dealing with the Congress, to reining in radical ideologues at the IRS, to handling the chaos at the Mexican border, to putting together coordinated strategies for dealing with everything from Ebola to Islamic State (IS), Obama’s critics claim that he is out of his league. That he is incompetent.

But if Israel’s experience with him is any guide, then his critics are the ones who are out to sea. Because at least in his handling of US relations with the Jewish state, Obama has exhibited a mastery of the tools of the executive branch unmatched by most of his predecessors.

Consider two stories reported in last Friday’s papers.
#1: Ouch.
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2014-10-22 08:06 ||Comments

#2: US President Barack Obama has been dogged by allegations of managerial incompetence. Obama, his critics allege, had no managerial experience before he was elected. His lack of such experience, they claim, is reflected in what they see as his incompetent handling of the challenges of the presidency.

But he hired top men - TOP MEN!

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski|| 2014-10-22 09:36 ||Comments

#3: Obama’s critics claim that he is out of his league.

JV possibly ?
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-22 10:09 ||Comments

#4: It doesn't require a lot of IQ to destroy things.
Posted by: Raj|| 2014-10-22 11:03 ||Comments

#5: The administration is certainly the master of the slow roll. Consider the IRS and its rounds of pound-the-table laughable questions: "Are you ever planning on running for office?" "Detail what you say in your prayers." Consider the interminable stone-walling, counting on a shift of attention to the next outrageous scandal. The Trunks are outclassed and impotent.
Posted by: KBK|| 2014-10-22 13:41 ||Comments

#6: At last an answer to the age old question: Is he really that stupid or is he doing it on purpose?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-10-22 16:06 ||Comments

#7: Ebbang,
His "stupidity" only happens in one direction.

Posted by: frozen al|| 2014-10-22 16:45 ||Comments



-Lurid Crime Tales-: FBI Agent Sold Intel To Bangladeshi Political Operative In Murder-For-Hire Scheme
Posted by Besoeker 10/22/2014  02:59 0 Comments 29 words Read the whole thing on page 3
No picking this one up from the clean end. No doubt the Attorney General will be anxious to get to the bottom of this.


-Lurid Crime Tales-: Tensions Rise After New Michael Brown Shooting Details are Released
Posted by Besoeker 10/22/2014  02:15 4 Comments 16 words Read the whole thing on page 3
Truth oftentimes sounds like hate to those who hate the truth.
#1: Repeat 'your version' of the story often enough you'll believe it and reality will look like a cover up and a lie.

They've been promising violence so long I suspect it would have happened even if they arrested, drew and quartered the officer.
Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2014-10-22 14:46 ||Comments

#2: The Shark Jump

One can ne'er forgive and
One can ne'er forgit the
Sadistic glee which lept
The day OJ was aquit.

Fair wind ceased and
Fair day turned fey
Fair heart was broken as
The cockroach found the way.
Posted by: Anice Nim|| 2014-10-22 18:01 ||Comments

#3: These potential rioters/looters are not going to believe anything like the truth. Al Sharpton is their cheerleader.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-10-22 18:37 ||Comments

#4: Hey, when the population is 90% African American yet the police force is 90% paleface, would you believe anything the pigs say?
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2014-10-22 18:39 ||Comments



Good morning
Posted by Fred 10/22/2014  00:00 7 Comments 22 words Read the whole thing on page 1
#1: To pass as bold Oliver Thomas,
Just start with a passel of promise,
Then fill up your pocket,
End up on the docket,
Wake up with fey Ray in pajamas!
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220|| 2014-10-22 01:45 ||Comments

#2: I'll take Faye Wray
over fey Ray
any old day.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-10-22 11:53 ||Comments

#3: If I were inclined in the gay way,
I might rather link up with Link Wray;
I'd even be beggin'
Before peggin' Nagin
To tickle the tail of a stingray.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220|| 2014-10-22 14:09 ||Comments

#4: I don't think that even King Kong
Would choose Ray-Ray in a sarong,
But our fair chocolate mayor
Might escape the ape's lair
By tossing the monkey a Ding Dong.

Eek. Subconscious phone home.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220|| 2014-10-22 14:13 ||Comments

#5: Umm, ZF, do you normally speak this way in person? Do you do stand up?

This is downright poetic. ;^)
Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-10-22 14:16 ||Comments

#6: Quotidian prose? It's more vigorous,
But no more than most folks, vociferous.
A tad more profanely
But much less ungainly
Than these poor lines anapestiferous.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220|| 2014-10-22 14:38 ||Comments

#7: 'e's on a role
Our Zenobia Flo
Whether profane
Or obscure
'e'll mess
With our minds
To be sure
Posted by: Anice Nim|| 2014-10-22 15:11 ||Comments



Iraq: Baghdad Shootout Points to Growing Militia Threat
Posted by trailing wife 10/22/2014  00:00 1 Comments 1055 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] Shortly after midnight, when a curfew usually shrouds the Iraqi capital in silence, the thudding sounds of heavy machinegun fire destroyed the air and echoed across Baghdad.

They were not the opening shots of the much-feared attack by the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) jihadist group, which has been battling government forces a few kilometers (miles) outside Baghdad for months.

Instead, they were a reminder of another kind of threat hanging over Iraq -- a rapidly expanding galaxy of Shiite militias that, while playing a significant part in the fight against IS, challenge government authority and threaten to perpetuate the country's brutal sectarian violence.

The shootout early on Monday pitted Iraqi police against the Asaib Ahl al-Haq Shiite militia holding a Kurdish woman related to one of the country's deputy prime ministers, police and army officers said.

Officers and an official told Agence La Belle France Presse that Asaib Ahl al-Haq -- seen as the most aggressive of the Shiite militias -- kidnapped Roz Nuri Shaways's cousin in the port city of Basra last month.

Sara Hamid Niran, a businesswoman who was working in the southern city, had been moved to a building in Baghdad's central Karrada district.

"She escaped when she managed to pry a small window open with a spoon and clambered into the house next door," a police officer said.

She then reached a nearby federal police checkpoint and started screaming: "I have been kidnapped and I am a cousin of deputy prime minister Roz Nuri Shaways," the officer recounted.

- Ransom demand -
Officers said Asaib Ahl al-Haq was demanding a ransom of around two billion Iraqi dinars ($1.66 million/1.3 million euros) to free her.

Niran was spirited away in an armored police Humvee as forces converged on the building to hunt down her captors.

"We initially thought that the kidnappers were an extortion gang but by the time reinforcements arrived, a large number of bandidos bandidos myrmidons showed up," another police officer told AFP.

"They said that the coppers should hand back the hostage or would all be killed."

The men from Asaib Ahl al-Haq, which has ties to Iran and has been fighting alongside police and army forces against IS jihadists, then blocked off the street with their sport utility vehicles.

Police had to send in an armored personnel carrier to smash through the militia's roadblock and were met with a deluge of gunfire.

The battle raged, but almost miraculously given the intensity and scope of the shootout, only four coppers were maimed, police said.

It remained unclear whether any members of Asaib Ahl al-Haq -- which loosely translates as "League of the Righteous" -- were killed or maimed, though police said two were detained.

Asaib Ahl al-Haq could not immediately be reached for comment on the issue.

"When I heard that gunfire, I said to myself: 'It's happening, this is (IS) entering Baghdad,'" said local resident Mohammed al-Karradi, a father of three.

"I told my wife: 'Pack your things, gather your jewels and your gold, and be ready to flee,'" he said.

"We still have not been told what happened, the authorities haven't felt the need to tell the public anything about this," he said.

- 'Nothing stopping them' -
A police captain said the militia have been acting with increasing impunity.

"Those bandidos bandidos myrmidons never respect our checkpoints and we have been having increasing trouble with them lately," said the officer at a nearby post who gave his name as Ali.

"We don't have the necessary support from above to deal with them. We get official orders to stop them from moving freely and carrying weapons but there is no way we can implement such decisions," the officer said.

"When Maliki was in power, there was more control over these people," he said, referring to former prime minister Nuri al-Maliki, a Shiite whose bid for a third term failed earlier this year after IS spearheaded a krazed killer offensive that overran large parts of Iraq.

Maliki presided over the resurgence of Shiite militias in a bid to bolster security forces failing to hold the onslaught back.

"Now it feels there is nothing stopping them. We are afraid of them and want to be as far from them as possible," Ali the police captain said.

Rights groups have repeatedly urged the government to rein in the militias, accusing them of a litany of crimes including summary executions and torture.

But militia impunity may increase even further, with Iraq's newly appointed interior minister, Mohammed al-Ghabban, hailing from the Badr bloc, which is affiliated with another major Shiite militia.
#1: Welcome to the Island of Dr Moreau.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-22 02:01 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Battered but Hardened, Syria Army Adapts to Guerrilla War
Posted by trailing wife 10/22/2014  00:00 0 Comments 747 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[AnNahar] The army has shrunk by nearly half since Syria's conflict erupted in 2011 but experts say the remaining military force is now both more flexible and capable.

It has transformed itself from a traditional military built on the former Soviet model into an effective counterinsurgency force. And with sustained military support from Russia and Iran, and the guerrilla warfare expertise of its ally, Hizbullah, it has gradually regained ground.

Aram Nerguizian, a military affairs expert from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said Syria's standing army has lost around half of its manpower.

"Defections, desertions and attrition after three years of civil war saw Syria's total manpower decline from a high of 325,000 in 2011 to 295,000 in 2012 to an estimated 178,000 in 2013 and 2014," he told Agence France Presse. But the remaining "100,000 to 150,000 loyal troops tested in battle over more than two years of fighting are arguably more lethal than a 300,000-strong Syrian military in 2010, complacent after some 30 years of sitting idle."

"Wars of this kind typically last seven to 10 years, and some last a generation or more."
Syria's armed forces were hurled into an unprecedented conflict after the government moved to quell an uprising that began in March 2011. They have battled rebel groups ranging from the moderate Free Syrian Army to al-Qaida's Syria affiliate Al-Nusra Front and the jihadist Islamic State (IS) group.

- Call to arms -
Nearly 190,000 people have been killed in the conflict so far, including some 40,000 soldiers and 27,000 pro-regime forces, as well as 55,000 rebel fighters, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
That'll go a long way toward right-sizing the population vis a vis national water and food production...
The real toll among the military may be even higher, according to the Britain-based monitoring group.

Despite its losses, the army has avoided recruitment campaigns and relied on compulsory military service to replenish its ranks. Men of between 18 and 50 have to serve for at least 18 months, and the term can be extended on orders from the military leadership.

Last week, the Central Committee for Popular Reconciliation, a government body, issued an unusual public call in newspapers for Syrians to sign up. It vowed to try to "resolve the situation" of those who had deserted or failed to report for military service and "to secure their wages".

An official source in the army, meanwhile, played down the need for reinforcements, insisting losses in personnel and materiel were being quickly replaced. "The power of the army has increased qualitatively and quantitatively," he said.

- 'Adapt or die' -
The army lost control of large parts of Syria in the early days of the conflict, but it has recaptured significant territory in the past year, with a focus on protecting the capital Damascus.

Its successes have been partly the result of a shift to the close-quarters guerrilla warfare in which Hizbullah specializes.

The "insurgency in Syria forced Syrian ground forces, and manpower in general, to either adapt or die," said Neguizian. "Large units were divided up into smaller nimbler units, ineffective and ageing leadership was sidelined, and new or emerging junior officers began to take on greater operational responsibility," he said.

Among those officers is Colonel Suhail al-Hassan, nicknamed "The Tiger" and described on pro-regime social media accounts as Assad's "favorite soldier". Despised by the opposition, he is credited by supporters with the regime's advances around the second city of Aleppo in the north, in particular the opening of the road to the city a year ago.

But despite the shifts in its capabilities, experts see little chance that the army will be able to restore all the territory it has lost. Opposition forces control most rural areas in northwest Syria's Idlib, large parts of Aleppo city and the surrounding province, and parts of the countryside in Damascus, Hassakeh and Daraa provinces.

The IS, meanwhile, controls all of northern Raqa province and much of the oil-rich eastern province of Deir Ezzor.

"For the near to mid-term future, Assad is very unlikely to be able to destroy the insurgency and retake all the areas now controlled by rebels," according to Stephen Biddle, a defense policy expert at the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations. "Wars of this kind typically last seven to 10 years, and some last a generation or more."


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Syria Kurds Weather IS Assault as They Await Iraq Help
Posted by trailing wife 10/22/2014  00:00 7 Comments 444 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] Kurdish fighters in the battleground Syrian town of Kobane weathered an onslaught by Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group hard boyz on Tuesday as they awaited promised reinforcements.

The Kurdish militia faced a fierce attack by IS fighters, including jacket wallahs, late on Monday, that appeared aimed at cutting off the border with Turkey before any reinforcements could arrive, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Fighting continued on Tuesday with exchanges between IS forces in the east of the town and Kurds in the west and there were reports of an kaboom, probably a boom-mobile, the Britannia-based monitoring group said.

Kobane has become a crucial symbolic battleground in the war against IS, which is fighting to extend areas under its control in Iraq and Syria where it has declared an Islamic "caliphate".

Ankara announced on Monday that it would help Kurdish forces from Iraq to relieve Kobane's beleaguered defenders, in a major shift of policy that was swiftly welcomed by Washington.

Iraqi Kurdish officials have said they will provide the training, although any forces sent will be Syrian Kurds.

Coalition aircraft carried out further strikes during the night, said the Observatory, which has a wide network of sources inside Syria.

IS lost at least five of its hard boyz to air strikes on Monday and a further 12 in ground fighting, including two suicide bombers, the monitoring group said.

Five Kurdish fighters were also killed.

A senior U.S. administration official said Monday's airdrop was in recognition of the "impressive" resistance put up by the Kurds and the losses they were inflicting on IS.
#1: Evidence of Chemical Attack on the people of Kobane today is surfacing. Many people attribute the source of chemical weapons to be from captured Iraqi stockpiles.

However, a story by PressTV Journalist Serena Shim who died in a mysterious car accident in Turkey two days ago accuses Turkey of sending chemical weapons to anti-Assad forces.

Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664|| 2014-10-22 00:47 ||Comments

#2: Reason enough for Shim to get whacked, especially if the alleged chemical weapons actually came from Saddam's old stockpiles.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-22 01:29 ||Comments

#3: ...but, but we were assured by the MSM that stuff never existed! /sarc off

The Media Lies, People Die
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-10-22 06:03 ||Comments

#4: In the past 24 hours a minimum of 67 ISIS terrorists have been killed carrying out ISIS assaults in Kobane, Syria that have been repelled and in counter operations by the Kurds. 11 Kurdish fighters have been martyred.

In the entire conflict to date 20 YPJ (female Kurdish fighters) have been martyred.

Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664|| 2014-10-22 09:00 ||Comments

#5: Jenan Moussa @jenanmoussa · 5h 5 hours ago
Last nite there were claims of ISIS chemical weapon attack in #Kobane. As far as I know these R still claims; not backed up by evidence yet.

Jenan Moussa @jenanmoussa · 18h 18 hours ago
What we know so far: Sources in #Kobane telling me they suspect ISIS carried out chemical attack in city. No pics yet. Too early to confirm.
Posted by: mossomo|| 2014-10-22 12:12 ||Comments

#6: Is this man in the "missed air drop ISIS video"...



This man who is the executioner and author of the ISIS beheading videos?

Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664|| 2014-10-22 13:31 ||Comments

#7: ALL: Suggestion. Contact your local FBI office about this possible lead. Back ground appears to be Al Anbar, Iraq. That would place Jihadi John at that location. The American hostage scheduled for beheading could be at that location as well. If you have active military contacts, let them know of this important lead. It could save a life.
Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664|| 2014-10-22 14:00 ||Comments



Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: No Russia-Ukraine gas deal at EU talks
Posted by badanov 10/22/2014  00:00 0 Comments 182 words Read the whole thing on page 3
Rooters
(Reuters) - Russia and Ukraine failed to reach an accord on gas supplies for the coming winter in EU-brokered talks on Tuesday but agreed to meet again in Brussels in a week in the hope of ironing out problems over Kiev's ability to pay.

After a day of talks widely expected to be the final word, European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger told a news conference the three parties agreed the price Ukraine would pay Russia's Gazprom (GAZP.MM) - $385 per thousand cubic meters - as long as it paid in advance for the deliveries.

But Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Moscow was still seeking assurances on how Kiev, which earlier in the day asked the EU for a further 2 billion euros ($2.55 billion) in credit, would find the money to pay Moscow for its energy.

Dependent on Western aid, Ukraine is in a weak position in relation to its former Soviet master in Moscow, though Russia's reasons were unclear for wanting further assurances on finances, beyond an agreement to supply gas only for cash up front.


The Grand Turk: Istanbul University a Battleground for Rival Protests over IS
Posted by trailing wife 10/22/2014  00:00 0 Comments 202 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] "It was as if we were in the middle of a war zone," said 22-year-old drama student Aslihan Celebi as she described the scene of a violent anti-jihadist protest at Istanbul University.

The university has in the last few weeks been the center of violent festivities between leftist students denouncing the brutality of Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) jihadists and the group's sympathizers.
No doubt one reason that clever President Erdogan came up with this.


Iraq: Car Bombs Kill at Least 18 in Baghdad Shiite Area
Posted by trailing wife 10/22/2014  00:00 0 Comments 513 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] Three boom-mobiles went kaboom! in a Shiite area of northeast Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 18 people, Iraqi security and medical officials said.

Two blasts hit the car park of a large restaurant in the Talbiyah area, while a third went kaboom! near a police patrol which passed by later, also wounding a total of more than 50 people.

The blasts smashed the front of the restaurant, ripping through an outdoor seating area and leaving behind pools of blood on the ground.

Broken glass, tables and chairs littered the area, and the mangled, burned remains of cars sat nearby.

People flocked to the scene to ask whether missing relatives were in hospital or dead, an AFP journalist said.

One of the weeping relatives of the victims at the scene blamed the government and politicians, shouting: "Where is the government, where is the transparency and democracy?"

"They are killing civilians in cold blood and we are still talking about democracy -- we elected them, but today we regret it."

The attacks were the latest in a series of bombings targeting members of Iraq's Shiite majority in the capital that have left more than 50 dead in three days.

There was no immediate claim for the bombings, but the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) jihadist group, which has seized large areas of Iraq since June, has said it carried out other similar attacks in recent days.

Suicide bombers struck Shiite mosques in Baghdad on Sunday and Monday, killing at least 33 people in total.

IS and other Sunni holy warriors consider Shiites to be heretics and frequently target them with bombings, the victims of which are almost entirely civilians.

Security forces and allied Shiite turbans have kept IS from attempting to enter the capital in months of heavy fighting, but Lions of Islam are still able to carry out near-daily bombings in Baghdad.

The Iraqi government has relied on Shiite militias to help resist IS, although some of them were involved in brutal sectarian killings in past years.


Science & Technology: IAI Unveils Advanced IED-Detection Suite
Posted by trailing wife 10/22/2014  00:00 1 Comments 353 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Ynet] Israeli military manufacturer publishes simulation of new system to identify, destroy hidden bombs ‐ both above and below ground.

Israel Aerospace Industries released a simulation on Tuesday of the CIMS, a system designed to identify and locate mines and IEDs from a safe distance. The Counter IED and Mine Suite was developed by Elta, a subsidiary.

Currently the IDF relies on massive D9 bulldozers to leads its ground forces into combat by unearthing and absorbing the impact from hidden explosives. Still, Operation Protective Edge showed that no definitive solution has been found for dealing with such explosives during force maneuvers.

The IAI suite can be installed on nearly every combat vehicle from reconnaissance humvees to armored personnel carriers. The system is composed of two central components: ADS (Above-surface Detection System) and MIDS (underground Mine and IED Detection System).

The above and below approach to explosive detection, in real-time and in all weather conditions ‐ regardless of terrain.

The Elta team worked tirelessly on the system for two and a half years of their own initiative after analyzing the potential demands of the security market, and not by request of defense establishments in Israel or abroad.

"We tried to understand what slows down the advance of forces during maneuvers," Ofer Sharon, the IAI project manager, told Ynet.

"We realized that the issue of IEDs was a central cause of delays. The system includes a firing position which can shoot explosive charges at the device to destroy it safely ‐ for underground charges it will be easier to maneuver around them or call on engineering units from the convoy to disable them," he added.

Operating the underground scanner would limit the vehicle to 10 kilometers per hour, while using solely the above-ground component only limits the vehicle to 20 kilometers per hour ‐ a reasonable speed for mobile force maneuvers in enemy territory.

"We believe operational tests would conclude by mid-2015 and production will begin in 2016," said Sharon. The system is expected to cost a few million dollars per unit.
#1: It's not really apparent how effective the antenna side lobe discrimination is with that airgap.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-10-22 00:56 ||Comments



Afghanistan: Officials: Taliban Blast in Kabul Kills Four Afghan Soldiers
Posted by trailing wife 10/22/2014  00:00 0 Comments 736 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] At least four Afghan soldiers were killed and around a dozen people including six civilians maimed when a roadside kaboom planted by the Taliban went kaboom! in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, officials said.

The blast, caused by a remote-controlled bomb, targeted an Afghan army bus in the western part of Kabul, the Ministry of Defense said.

"In a remote-controlled kaboom against an army bus at 6:45 am (0215 GMT) in Aqa Ali Shams in Kabul, four army personnel were killed and 12 maimed, including six civilians," the ministry said in a statement.

Broken glass and debris were strewn around the site of the attack as security officials cordoned off the area.

Jandad, a government employee who witnessed the blast and who goes by one name, told Agence La Belle France Presse: "We were waiting for our shuttle bus to go to the office when we heard a big bang.

"Later I saw a bus from which they were removing several Afghan army soldiers, most blood-soaked."

He added that the bomb appeared to have been placed in the divider in the middle of the road that separates traffic.

The Taliban, who have this year stepped up their attacks against the Afghan cops, grabbed credit via their official Twitter account.

It is the latest in a surge of attacks on local security forces as foreign combat troops withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of the year.

Talibs killed six Afghan police last Tuesday in the Pashtun-infested Logar province south of Kabul, a day after forces of Evil ambushed a convoy in the north and killed 22 coppers.

The inauguration of new President Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money. ..
last month was also marred by a spate of suicide kabooms on security forces killing more than a dozen people.

Afghan casualties have rocketed over the past two years, during which time 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...
has handed over most combat duties to the nation's police and army.

The U.S. military estimated this month that 7,000-9,000 Afghan police or troops had been killed or maimed so far this year.

Ghani, who was sworn into office last month following a lengthy election process, has signed a long-delayed agreement allowing about 13,000 foreign troops to stay on into 2015.

But the follow-up mission, which will take over on January 1 -- 9,800 U.S. troops and about 3,000 soldiers from Germany, Italia and other NATO members -- will focus mainly on training local forces and counter-terrorism operations.


Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Abbas Toughens Law Against Palestinians Selling Land To Jews
Posted by trailing wife 10/22/2014  00:00 3 Comments 817 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[IsraelTimes] Reacting to a number of high profile sales of Paleostinian homes to Jewish organizations in East Jerusalem, Paleostinian Authority President the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
... a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial...
has toughened the penalty for citizens selling property to Israelis.

According to the official Paleostinian Wafa news agency, Abbas on Monday imposed a sentence of hard labor for life on "anyone diverting, renting or selling land to an enemy state or one of its subjects."
According to the official Paleostinian Wafa news agency, Abbas on Monday imposed a sentence of hard labor for life on "anyone diverting, renting or selling land to an enemy state or one of its subjects."

Jordan's penal code number 16 article 114, applicable in the Paleostinian territories, previously subscribed "temporary hard labor" to perpetrators of the crime.

Paleostinian government and civil society reacted angrily to the recent acquisition of 26 apartments in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan by Elad, an Israeli foundation dedicated to the settlement of Jews in the historic City of David.

On Sunday night, Jews entered 10 apartments in two buildings bought by another Israeli nonprofit, Ateret Kohanim, in a different part of the neighborhood.

The Paleostinian Ma'an news agency reported the buildings were sold by their owners to a man named Shams al-Din al-Qawasmi, who sold them to Jewish groups.

An Ateret Kohanim spokesperson said the nonprofit facilitated the purchase on behalf of an overseas company called Kudram. Haaretz reported the purchases were made through a straw man.

In the closing statement of a conference Monday night, Fatah's Revolutionary Council accused Paleostinians who sold their Jerusalem Paleostinian properties of "high treason," calling on the government and legal system to "take the necessary steps to deter them."

The movement also called on the public to "boycott and humiliate them on all popular levels." Abbas's decision was issued immediately afterward.

"Those whose sick souls allowed them to sell their land or homes, or enable such sales to the enemies of the Paleostinian people, are a gang of traitors to their nation and religion," said Fatah front man Osama al-Qawasmi in a statement published by Wafa. "They have brought shame and scorn upon themselves in this world and in the afterlife."

"One would rather die than sell his honor and betray the most sacred land in the world, saturated with the blood of prophets and deaders throughout history," he added. "Those traitors are destined to die a humiliating death."

Since the late 1990s, Paleostinian courts have been dealing out death sentences to convicted land dealers, though Abbas has not authorized the implementation of executions since his election in 2004.
Indeed, the PLO's Revolutionary Penal Code (1979) applies the death penalty both to traitors and to those accused of "transferring positions to the enemy." Since the late 1990s, Paleostinian courts have been dealing out death sentences to convicted land dealers, though Abbas has not authorized the implementation of executions since his election in 2004.

But details of the suspected property salesmen of Silwan have been disseminated on Paleostinian social media Monday.

While Paleostinian law does not apply in East Jerusalem, Bassem Eid, a Jerusalem-based Paleostinian civil rights activist, says he has followed cases of Jerusalemites kidnapped in the city and tortured to death in Ramallah by the Paleostinian Authority's Preventive Security Agency.

In 1997, Farid Bashiti, an Israeli citizen, was enticed to Ramallah and murdered for his involvement in property sales. An Israeli court recognized Bashiti as a terror victim in February 2000. Another person, once a resident of the Shuafat refugee camp in Jerusalem, Eid recalled, was kidnapped from Damascus Gate in the Old City and died of torture in a Ramallah prison.

"I didn't see Israel raise hell over the arrest of these men," Eid noted. "If a Jew were kidnapped in Ramallah, I presume Netanyahu would shut the city down."

According to Eid, the Paleostinian Authority takes advantage of Israel's complacency about Jerusalem residents to intimidate and persecute those suspected of property soliciting. But the new law will do little to stop the phenomenon, he said.

"Those who want to sell land don't go consulting Abbas," Eid said. "The PA only finds out about them when they leave the country and go live abroad."
#1: Where's HRW when you need them?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-22 02:18 ||Comments

#2: g(r)om, who do you think wrote the law for Abbas?
Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-10-22 07:20 ||Comments

#3: Holder?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-22 09:31 ||Comments



Israel-Palestine-Jordan: The False Image Of A Future Palestinian State
Posted by trailing wife 10/22/2014  00:00 1 Comments 173 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[Ynet] Swedish and British recognition of Paleostine based on left's assumption that such a state will be essentially different from 21 backward and non-democratic Arab countries and won't adopt the Gazook model with its tunnels, rockets and terrorists.

After we escaped by the skin of our teeth from the "diplomatic tsunami" that the local peace camp promised us, following the Paleostinians' request that the United Nations
...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...
recognize Paleostine as a state, and after we "miraculously" evaded the "third intifada," although the camp's members wouldn't stop warning against it for months, and after earlier this year, US Secretary of State John F. I was in Vietnam, you know Kerry
#1: Where won't be any Palestinian state---and that includes the one on the East bank.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-22 02:31 ||Comments



Economy: Coke income falls in Q3, hit by slow economies, forex
Posted by Fred 10/22/2014  00:00 3 Comments 245 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[ARABNEWS] Soft drinks king Coca-Cola made headway in global volume sales in its third quarter but net earnings fell sharply, hit by slower economic growth and volatile currencies.

Coke reported a slight fall in total operating revenues around the world to $11.98 billion for the quarter to September 26. Net income however dropped 13.6 percent to $2.12 billion, and earnings per share dropped to 48 cents from 54 cents.

Excluding exceptional items, earnings per share were flat at 53 cents, matching the average forecast of analysts.

Coke said volatile foreign exchange markets and especially the strengthening of the US dollar against most other currencies took a toll on the company. If currency swings were factored out, the company said, earnings per share would be up six percent.

Still, the flat revenue showed the challenge the company faces in boosting sales and earnings in a tough global environment. It stressed the focus during the period on maintaining volume sales and market share with "a rational approach to pricing" and intensified marketing efforts.

Atlanta-based Coke has been challenged especially by Europe's economic slump, but also by slow growth in the US and the sharp economic slowdown in Latin America and elsewhere.

Sales volumes in Europe were down five percent in the third quarter from a year earlier, and off one percent in North America. Revenues gained 0.6 percent in Europe lost while falling 2.1 percent in North America.

But Coke's smallest region, Eurasia and Africa, showed firm growth, with volumes up 5 percent and sales up 6.0 percent
#1: No more big gulpers in New York I guess.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-10-22 04:01 ||Comments

#2: Flavored colored water. Your product is overpriced and has viable competition. Instead of adjusting accordingly, you look at the gnomes of Wall Street and their ratings, thus keeping the profit margin higher than is justified, particularly in a weak economy which teaches the mass consumers to find substitutes.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-10-22 07:49 ||Comments

#3: Oh, sorry, thought this had something to do with reigning in the Secret Service.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-10-22 16:53 ||Comments



Economy: McDonald's CEO outlines changes as sales slide
Posted by Fred 10/22/2014  00:00 11 Comments 185 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[ARABNEWS] McDonald's CEO Don Thompson said the company hasn't been keeping up with the times and that changes are in store for its US restaurants.

Starting in January, Thompson said McDonald's will "simplify" its menu to make room for restaurants to offer options that are best-suited for their regions. To offer greater customization, he also said the company planned to expand its "Create Your Taste" offering that lets people pick the buns and toppings they want on burgers by tapping a touchscreen. The program is currently being offered in Southern Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party,.

"We haven't been changing at the same rate as our customers' eating-out expectations," Thompson conceded during a conference call outlining the changes.

The remarks came after McDonald's said its profit sank 30 percent in the third quarter, with sales at established locations down 3.3 percent globally and in its flagship US market. In the division encompassing Asia, where a major McDonald's supplier was shown on TV repackaging expired beef, the figure sank 9.9 percent.
#1: Pickle only,...thank you.

Posted by: crazyhorse|| 2014-10-22 01:19 ||Comments

#2: Go Halal, it will be big.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-10-22 04:00 ||Comments

#3: Topped with jalapenos & cheese in Albuquerque
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 2014-10-22 06:08 ||Comments

#4: A wannabee boutique food provider in a mass food market. Wasn't the best strategy to pursue. Particularly when you exit the bottom tier of the market (fast, quick, cheap) to others to fill who can exploit local (fresh vs boxed and frozen) alternatives.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-10-22 07:53 ||Comments

#5: How about cooking food properly!
Posted by: Pheager Crineng7021|| 2014-10-22 09:09 ||Comments

#6: how about letting me order via my smartphone or from the computer screen at the counter? this is will ensure the order is at least put in the system correctly and no need to pay 'living wage' to your counter help. should help the bottom line and increase customer satisfaction.
Posted by: airandee|| 2014-10-22 11:08 ||Comments

#7: ...ah, they're working on that as you type.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-10-22 11:19 ||Comments

#8:

Found a picture of a McLobster but I was looking for a SPAM burger.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-10-22 12:34 ||Comments

#9: @ 6 & 7
I remember a deal where upon walking into, say, dentist office the local wifi would send a request to your smart phone etc. asking if you would like to download a virtual magazine.

And IIRC it was an olde rag trying to gain revenue via virtual sales (and brand quality, as the last time I browsed a pile I found magazines months and years old.)

I'd think the tech is there to enter your order beforehand, and when you go through the door or around the drive through, your order is confirmed and entered.

I can see nearly the entire process being automated.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-10-22 13:53 ||Comments

#10: Now, avoiding menu atrocities like that..thing..above, that is up to the humans. Is that a New England thing or something?
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-10-22 13:54 ||Comments

#11: They used to be a cheap alternative. They aren't any more.
Worked late the other night and stopped to get a couple of burgers there. The burgers were a little bigger than a Kennedy half dollar.
So there's a couple of problems right there.
Posted by: tu3031|| 2014-10-22 14:16 ||Comments



Great White North: Canada police say they were tracking man who killed a soldier
Posted by Fred 10/22/2014  00:00 11 Comments 990 words Read the whole thing on page 1
Sudden Jihad Syndrome, eh?
[ARABNEWS] A Canadian man who rammed two soldiers in Quebec with his car, killing one of them, converted to Islam last year and was among 90 people being tracked by Canadian police on suspicion of taking part in turban activities abroad or planning to do so.

Monday's incident, the first fatal attack on Canadian soil tied to murderous Moslems, occurred after Canada announced this month it was joining the battle against Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
fighters who have taken over parts of Iraq and Syria.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Commissioner Bob Paulson said on Tuesday that the attacker was one of 90 individuals the force has been investigating. The RCMP had previously seized his passport because it feared he might try to go abroad, Paulson said.

Police killed the attacker shortly after he ran down the two soldiers in the Quebec town of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, about 40 km (25 miles) southeast of Montreal.

Police said the man, identified in the media as 25-year-old Martin Rouleau, had waited in a parking lot outside a government services center for veterans for more than two hours before initiating his attack. One of the soldiers hit was in military uniform, police said. The dead soldier was a 53-year-old adjutant. The other soldier is hospitalized.

'Terrorist ideology'
"What took place yesterday is clearly linked to terrorist ideology," Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney told news hounds in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

The attacker fled in his car, was chased by police and rubbed out after he emerged from his vehicle when it flipped over into a ditch, police said. They said he had a knife.

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) says it is aware of at least 50 Canadians involved in terrorist-related activities with Islamic State and other turban groups in the Middle East.
Consequences, reports The Times of Israel:
Canada ups terror alert after jihadist-inspired attack on soldiers

A young convert to Islam who killed a Canadian soldier in a hit-and-run had been on the radar of federal Sherlocks, who feared he had jihadist ambitions and seized his passport when he tried to travel to Turkey, authorities said Tuesday

Police seized his passport at the airport in July when he tried to travel to Turkey, Fontaine said. He was locked away
Please don't kill me!
and questioned but there wasn't enough evidence to charge him with a crime, she said.

Fontaine said police subsequently met with him several times, including as recently as Oct. 9, when she said he indicated that wanted to take steps to change. They also met his parents and the imam of his mosque and tried to exert a positive influence over him.

"Many interventions with him were carried out to try and avoid the tragic events," Fontaine said. "It's very difficult when someone is planning an act alone and there is no obvious preparation involved and used a vehicle as a weapon."

She said they couldn't arrest him for having radical thoughts.

It was not known whether Couture-Rouleau had any ties to Islamic bad boy groups.

"He was part of our investigative efforts to try and identify those people who might commit a criminal act travelling abroad for terrorist purposes," Paulson said.

Canada raised its domestic terror threat level from low to medium Tuesday due to "an increase in general chatter from radical Islamist organizations like ISIL, al-Qaeda, al-Shabaab
... the personification of Somali state failure...
and others who pose a clear threat to Canadians," said Jean-Christophe de Le Rue, a front man for the public safety minister.

"This increase is not the result of a specific threat," de Le Rue said.

Nobody answered the door at Couture-Rouleau's single story white brick home in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, where he lives with his father.

Neighbor Daniel Fortin said he had known Couture-Rouleau since he was a child.

Fortin said over the past year or so, he grew out his beard and began wearing loose-fitting Moslem clothing but that he never felt threatened by him. Fortin said Couture-Roleau's father was worried as he became increasingly radicalized and "tried everything," to help him.
#1: In Canada it's terrorism---not "road rage"?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-22 09:30 ||Comments

#2: Shooting near the war memorial may be SJS as well.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2014-10-22 10:39 ||Comments

#3: Varying reports one witness says dude yelling Arabic and wearing muzzie headgear.

Good thing the Canucks got rid of all their guns eh?
Posted by: Bangkok Billy|| 2014-10-22 11:45 ||Comments

#4: But wait! There's more!

Soldier, security guard shot in Parliament Hill attack in Ottawa
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-10-22 11:46 ||Comments

#5: Soldier, security guard shot in Parliament Hill attack in Ottawa

Three gunmen -- one shot by police, two still being sought, no reports of anyone else hurt thus far. A good thing Canada went from low to medium domestic threat level.

Well found, Ebbang Uluque6305
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2014-10-22 12:07 ||Comments

#6: I heard it on the radio driving to work. Of course, we don't know yet who the perps are. Could be disgruntled Esquimeaux.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-10-22 12:18 ||Comments

#7: Jawas are on top of the Ottawa shootings.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-10-22 12:53 ||Comments

#8: was among 90 people being tracked by Canadian police on suspicion of taking part in turban activities

Maybe they ought to consider bumping up his status a notch or two.
Posted by: gorb|| 2014-10-22 15:48 ||Comments

#9: White House refuses to characterize Canadian events as terrorism.

The reassures me sooo much!

Al
Posted by: frozen al|| 2014-10-22 16:29 ||Comments

#10: "Three gunmen -- one shot by police, two still being sought, no reports of anyone else hurt thus far. A good thing Canada went from low to medium domestic threat level."

Turns out there was only ONE gunman...looks like you Amerijerks will have to get a new newsfeed...
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-22 18:32 ||Comments

#11: #9 White House refuses to characterize Canadian events as terrorism.

I consider everything the White House does an act of terrorism -- toward the Constitution, toward the people of the United States, and toward God. I do pray He will intervene quickly...
Posted by: Old Patriot|| 2014-10-22 21:36 ||Comments



Africa Horn: Bashir to run for re-election
Posted by Fred 10/22/2014  00:00 0 Comments 179 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[ARABNEWS] Sudanese President Omar Bashir -- in power since a 1989 coup -- will stand for re-election in 2015 after being retained Tuesday as leader of the ruling National Congress Party, a top aide said.

Bashir, the only sitting head of state wanted by the International Criminal Court
... where Milosevich died of old age before being convicted ...
(ICC), was re-elected as both leader and presidential candidate of the NCP at a party convention, said his chief assistant, Ibrahim Ghandour.

The 70-year-old career soldier took power in a coup, and there had been doubts about whether he would run again in the controversial election, slated for April.

In a March interview, Ghandour said Bashir "declared many times that he's not willing to" stand again but that the final decision was with the party.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Sydney teen resurfaces in Islamic State video
Posted by Fred 10/22/2014  00:00 2 Comments 395 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[ARABNEWS] A teenager who bravely ran away from Australia to join holy warriors in Iraq and Syria has reappeared months later in a video of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group, vowing to "not stop fighting", reports said Tuesday.

The 17-year-old, named in local media as Abdullah Elmir but who calls himself "Abu Khaled", carried a rifle and directly addressed Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in the video reportedly posted online, the Sydney Morning Herald said.

"To Tony Abbott, I say this. These weapons that we have, these soldiers, we will not stop fighting," said Elmir, whose family is from the southwestern Sydney suburb of Bankstown.

"We will not put down our weapons until we reach your lands and until we take the head of every tyrant and until the black flag (of the Islamic State group) is flying high in every single land."

Elmir was reported to have left his family home in June, telling his family he was going fishing before later calling his mother to tell her he was in Turkey about to "cross the border".

Meanwhile,
...back at the Council of Boskone, Helmuth ordered the space pirate fleet to attack Zemblonia...
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi arrived in Tehran late Monday on his first visit to Iran since taking office after the crisis triggered by the advance of IS bully boys.
#1: Just charming! The kid doesn't know he's about to become another statistic.
Posted by: Incredulous|| 2014-10-22 05:55 ||Comments

#2: How does a 17 year old afford an international flight? I should think there is some kind of law about adults financing him against the will of his parents.

I think the folks in Australia should be watching the money trail carefully.
Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2014-10-22 14:42 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: IS wins ground from Assad govt in east
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[ARABNEWS] Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
won territory from Syrian government forces in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor on Tuesday, its first gain there in about two months, a group that tracks the civil war reported.

Fighters from both sides were killed during the festivities in Deir Ezzor city, about 450 km northeast of Damascus in a province bordering Iraq, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said without giving a corpse count. The krazed killer group, which is also battling Kurdish forces for control of the town of Kobani at the Turkish border, brought reinforcements to Deir Ezzor in recent days, Abdulrahman said.

The US air force dropped arms to Kurds defending Kobani on Monday. Washington has ruled out such cooperation with the government of Syria's Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Scourge of Qusayr...
.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Syrian man takes part in stoning of daughter to death
Posted by Fred 10/22/2014  00:00 2 Comments 340 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[ARABNEWS] An elderly Syrian took part in stoning his daughter to death for alleged adultery, in a video posted on YouTube by the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group on Tuesday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the execution took place in August or September in an IS-controlled rural area in the east of the central province of Hama.

In the video, a bearded gunman in combat fatigues stands behind the father, who is dressed in the white robe and checkered headdress typical of the Syrian countryside. They both face the young black-clad daughter as the gunman addresses her in the classical Arabic of the Qur'an.

"The punishment is the result of crimes which you committed under no duress," he says.

"You must accept the punishment of God. Do you accept the punishment of God?"

She nods her head in assent, then turns to her father and asks his forgiveness. He refuses until the assembled IS fighters persuade him to relent.

But it makes no difference to his daughter's fate. She is permitted to speak briefly before the stoning commences.

"I say to every woman: preserve your honor ... and I appeal to every father to pay attention to the surroundings your daughter lives in," she says.

Her father then takes a rope, and ties it round his daughter's waist before forcing her to lie down. The IS gunman then orders punishment to begin and the father joins in stoning her to death.
#1: Yeah but, Dresden!
Posted by: Shipman|| 2014-10-22 10:36 ||Comments

#2: I thought I had read this was an Al-Nusra party.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-10-22 16:45 ||Comments



Europe: Ukraine seeks financial help from EU
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[Iran Press TV] Ukraine has requested an additional 2.55 billion dollar loan from the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
in order to pay off its gas debt to Russia.

European Commission front man Simon O'Connor said on Tuesday that Ukrainian authorities made the request as they met with Russian and EU officials to resolve a gas price dispute.

O'Connor went on to say the EU's executive body will consider the request along with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

"The commission remains very committed to supporting Ukraine in line with earlier commitments," he added.

Ukraine's Energy Minister Yuri Prodan was in Brussels on Tuesday for talks with his Russian counterpart Alexander Novak and the European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger in an attempt to resolve the dispute over Kiev's unpaid gas debts to Russia.

Russia cut off gas deliveries to Ukraine after Kiev failed to make a 1.95-billion dollar payment of its 5.2-billion dollar debt before the June 16 deadline.

During a visit to Serbia on Thursday, Russia's President Vladimir Putin
...Second and fourth President and sixth of the Russian Federation and the first to remain sober. Putin is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from polonium poisoning. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to Putin. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead...
warned of "major transit risks" to Europe's gas supplies from his country this winter unless Ukraine settles the gas dispute with Moscow.
#1: Can we have a surprise meter?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-22 02:29 ||Comments

#2: One surprisemeter, as requested. :-)
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2014-10-22 12:00 ||Comments

#3: Thanks.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-22 12:59 ||Comments



Europe: Ukraine vows cluster bombs probe
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[Iran Press TV] The Ukrainian government has vowed to carry out a full investigation in connection to allegations that banned cluster bombs were used in its offence against pro-Russian.

The deputy head of Ukraine's presidential administration, Valeriy Chaly, said on Tuesday that if cluster bombs were used, it was without the authorization of politicians in Kiev.

"I am not ready to answer this question because we still have to conduct our own internal investigation," Chaly told news hounds after being asked about the allegations.

On Monday, Human Rights Watch
... During the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011, HRW received a pledge from the Foundation to Promote Open Society, of which George Soros is Chairman, for general support totaling $100,000,000. The grant is being paid in installments of $10,000,000 over ten years.Through June 30, 2013, HRW had received $30,000,000 towards the fulfillment of the pledge....
published a detailed investigation that points out 12 incidents where cluster bombs killed six people, including a Swiss aid worker, in and around Donetsk earlier this month.

"While it was not possible to conclusively determine responsibility for many of the attacks, the evidence points to Ukrainian government forces' responsibility for several cluster munition attacks on Donetsk," the rights group said.

"We have taken note of the report," Chaly added.

Meanwhile,
...back at the Council of Boskone, Helmuth ordered the space pirate fleet to attack Zemblonia...
Ukrainian Defense Ministry front man Bogdan Senyk also said that the "charges are groundless."

Cluster munitions are banned in most countries due to their indiscriminate nature of killing of people. The Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), which came into force in 2010, has 114 member states. Ukraine has not joined the treaty.


Iraq: Baghdad Green Zone comes under attack
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[Iran Press TV] The heavily-secured Green Zone in Baghdad has been targeted with six mortar shells coming from the southern area of the capital, Press TV reports.

Security sources said the projectiles targeted the Green Zone at Tuesday night, three landing near the Babel Hotel, and three striking next to the US Embassy.

Ambulances rushed to the Green Zone, mainly towards the US Embassy, while Iraqi helicopters were seen in the skies above the Green Zone. Witnesses said they heard the sirens of the US Embassy sounding off very loud.

No one can enter the Green Zone easily without a badge that authorizes entrance. Car bombs do not take place there.

It was the first time that such an attack was launched from the southern area of Baghdad. Usually, mortar shells would be fired at Baghdad International Airport or the Green Zone from the western side of the capital, which is near Anbar province, most of which is controlled by the ISIL Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
group.

Iraqi army commanders said the ISIL bandidos bandidos murderous Moslems had tried to target the Green Zone from several areas, namely Abu Ghraib, which is now clear from the presence of the turbans.
#1: Car bombs do not take place there.

Personally, I would prepare for that contingency rather than assume this can never happen.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-10-22 18:46 ||Comments

#2: See also RELATED WORLD NEWS > [Inquisitr] ISIS CLAIMS IT HIT US EMBASSY IN ATTACK ON BAGHDAD GREEN ZONE.
Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2014-10-22 22:26 ||Comments



Africa North: Alexandria University clashes claim one life
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[Iran Press TV] A student protester has succumbed to the wounds he sustained during a crackdown by security forces in the Egyptian city of Alexandria.

Hospital officials said on Tuesday that 19-year-old Omar Sherif had been in a critical condition since October 15, when he was shot during a university campus protest.

Sherif fell into a coma after being shot with birdshot in the head and neck.

Dozens of other students were also injured on the Alexandria University campus as Egyptian riot police used force against students.

The demonstrations at Alexandria University began on October 14, when some 500 students gathered to show anger at the new security measures at the university.

The protesters were also demanding the release of fellow students nabbed
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
during previous anti-government demonstrations.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: NGO: Syria Air Force Strikes 200 Times In 36 Hours
Posted by trailing wife 10/22/2014  00:00 5 Comments 269 words Read the whole thing on page 1
Syrian pilots probably don't have to get each strike approved by the president's in-house legal team before pulling the trigger...
They also aren't worried about being swatted out of the sky by the IAF...
[Ynet] The Syrian air force carried out more than 200 air strikes around the country in the past 36 hours, a group monitoring the war said on Tuesday, a rapid increase in government raids as US-led forces bomb Islamist Lions of Islam elsewhere. The intensified strikes by President Bashir al-Assad's forces will add to the fear among his opponents that the government is taking advantage of the US raids on Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
to attack other foes, including opposition groups that Washington backs.

Analysts say the increase could be because the Syrian military wants to weaken rebel groups before they get training and equipment promised by the United States.
#1: ...I call BS. The Syrian AF at this point is down to middle two figures in functioning combat aircraft. As they don't like to operate in the dark even under the best of conditions, that means they're getting a sortie rate out of their surviving aircraft that would be respectable in the USAF...and that just ain't happenin'.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski|| 2014-10-22 09:44 ||Comments

#2: Includes twirly birds maybe.
Posted by: Shipman|| 2014-10-22 10:10 ||Comments

#3: Count the bombs, not flights?
Or, Ivan?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-22 10:13 ||Comments

#4: Count the bombs makes sense. Especially if they're cheap barrel bombs, which presumably need to be rolled out the back of the airplane rather than anything more complicated.
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2014-10-22 17:43 ||Comments

#5: As per DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS, looks like Baby Assad's Air Force has shot down or destroyed two of three of the ISIS' budding 3-MIG jet air force.

Iff true, Israel's IDAF + Iraqi AF should be happy.
Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2014-10-22 22:24 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Pentagon: Kurdish Fighters Received Vast Majority Of US Supply Drop
Posted by trailing wife 10/22/2014  00:00 7 Comments 267 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Ynet] The Pentagon said on Tuesday the vast majority of military supplies air dropped near the Syrian city of Kobani had reached the Kurdish fighters they were intended to help, despite an online video showing Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
murderous Moslems with a bundle. Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said experts were analyzing the video and trying to determine if the bundle was the one the department reported earlier had fallen into the hands of Islamic State or if it was a second bundle in the group's possession.

Pentagon officials said a US airdrop had delivered 28 bundles of military supplies to Syrian Kurdish fighters near Kobani on Sunday and reported that one had fallen into the hands of Islamic State bully boys. The Pentagon later said it had targeted the missing bundle in an air strike and destroyed it.
#1: targeted the missing bundle in an air strike and destroyed it
Were the flies swarming around the candy?
Should be some nose video soon.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-10-22 00:44 ||Comments

#2: Yes, I thought the ISIS propaganda video showing the WWII pineapple grenades was very interesting.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-22 01:31 ||Comments

#3: Maybe the latest and greatest thing Besoeker. Read about the new bomb with the wrough Iron warhead? Supposed to replace them bad cluster boombs.

Not sure if the bomb has to be heated before dropped.
Posted by: Shipman|| 2014-10-22 10:15 ||Comments

#4: Now that I think about it, Cast Iron Warhead would make a fine pedigreed name for a show quality PitBull.
Posted by: Shipman|| 2014-10-22 10:18 ||Comments

#5: Cast ductile iron? What does ductility have to do with the performance of this bomb? Wouldn't this look like a big pineapple grenade made out of hard iron so it shatters into sharp fragments?
Posted by: gorb|| 2014-10-22 12:24 ||Comments

#6: It was noted that even if the video is current and real, only one pallet out of X missed, which is good darts.

The goal would be to cast doubt upon the effectiveness of US air support for Kobane.

Real or faked, the video is rated at flaculant.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-10-22 14:56 ||Comments

#7: Naaaahhh, Ship - Cast Iron Warhead would make a great name for a rock band. ;-p

/chanelling Dave Barry
Posted by: Barbara|| 2014-10-22 15:14 ||Comments



Africa North: Libya Dawn are Muslim Brotherhood who receive orders from masters abroad - PM Thinni
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[Libya Herald] Thinni hoped that neighbouring states "respect the will of the Libyan people and do not stand with the wrongdoers who seek to put the country under the control of a specific ideological party that wants to control the Libyan people and wants to impose its will on the Libyan people".

Prime Minister Thinni was responding to a question about his planned visit to Sudan, a country that allegedly supported the Libya Dawn
...aka Fajr Libya, the Islamist operation launched to counter that of General Khalifa Haftar (Operation Dignity). It is made up of the Libya Shield militia (Misrata and Moslem Brotherhood), Libya Revolutionaries Operations Room (Moslem Brotherhood), and Tripoli Brigade (close to Abdul Hakim Belhaj, head of Al-Watan party). Financing and moral support come from Turkey and Qatar...
forces in the early days of Libya Dawn's military takeover of Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
this summer.

"This cannot happen", Thinni stressed in a television interview Friday on the Pro government and pro House of Representatives (HoR) Zintan TV.

"Whoever wants to rule the Libyan people has to resort to the ballot box and the choices of the Libyan people must be respected. But there is an aggressive group that has gone outside custom and law, claiming that it wants to rule Libya".

"It is an honour for us to die rather than be under darkness and tyranny. For if we are to accept darkness and tyranny it would have been better for us to accept it under the rule of Qadaffy. But after 42 years of injustice and tyranny for the Libyan people, comes a group belonging to the Moslem Brüderbund wanting to rule the Libyan people".

"Unfortunately, the word Moslem Brüderbund does not apply to them. Anyone who claims to follow Islam cannot performed such propaganda. They do not belong to Islam, either closely or from afar, and they use Islam as a cover for their own goals. They receive their orders from their masters abroad for the destruction of the Libyan people and this cannot happen.

Libya's fight against terrorism

"In all certainty there is a fierce campaigned waged against Libya by these (terror) groups. Support arrives to them from all the states that do not want stability in Libya and want to divide Libya".

"Of course, Libya has not been and will not be divided. After the struggle of Libya and the sacrifices of the ancestors, for a group to turn up and divide Libya and at the expense of a narrow ideology, an ideology with no connection or following to the homeland".

"Is it conceivable that a human being who claims to be patriotic to ignite a fire at the (Tripoli International) airport in igniting (the fire) say "Allah Akbar" (God is Greatest). Who is this person calling on God's help for? Against Israel? Or against the assets of the Libyan people which are destroyed now?"

"Who bears responsibility for what happened in Tripoli or what happened in Wershafana or Qasr Ben Ghashir or in the outskirts of Tripoli or in the region of 27 km? "

"This is systematic destruction and they claim that Tripoli is safe and say that fuel is available. Is life the availability of fuel. This is unfortunate. Whoever carried out this campaign is a failed director with failed actors".


Africa North: Egypt Sentences 7 Jihadis To Death, 2 To Life Imprisonment For Attacks On Troops
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[IsraelTimes] CAIRO -- An Egyptian military court sentenced to death seven members of an Al-Qaeda inspired jihadist group Tuesday for carrying out deadly attacks on the army, military officials said.

Two other members of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis
...Supporters of Jerusalem, the current pen name of al-Qaeda in the Sinai Peninsula...
were sentenced to life in prison, which amounts to 25 years in Egypt.

The Sinai-based group has claimed some of the deadliest attacks on security forces since the ouster of president Mohammed Morsi last year as retaliation for a crackdown on Morsi's supporters that has left hundreds dead and thousands tossed in the slammer
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
The military court in Cairo convicted the nine jihadists of killing six soldiers in a March attack on an army outpost Qalubiya province, north of Cairo, army officials said.

They were also found guilty of killing two military explosive experts when a joint police-army team went to arrest them after the attack.

Prior to Morsi's overthrow, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis was known for firing rockets at Israel and attacking pipelines in Sinai that supply gas to the Jewish state.
Ynet adds:
The ruling was the first death sentence handed down against members of the Sinai-based faction, which is considered the country's deadliest jihadist group and has established contacts with Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
forces of Evil operating in Iraq and Syria.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Iran does not trust anti-ISIL coalition: Ayatollah Khamenei
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[Iran Press TV] Fearless Leader of the Islamic Revolution
...Iran's doddering head theocrat...
Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei
...the successor to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and the actual dictator of Iran...
says Iran has no trust in the sincerity of governments claiming to be fighting the ISIL Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
Death Eaters.

"We have no trust and confidence in the honesty of those making these remarks (against ISIL) and believe that the issue of ISIL and terrorism should be resolved by regional countries," Ayatollah Khamenei said in a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Tehran on Tuesday.

The Leader said Iran attaches great significance to security, welfare, might and dignity of Iraq as an important country in the Middle East region, adding that the Islamic Theocratic Republic firmly and seriously supports the new Iraqi government.

"The present circumstances in the region, including in Iraq, are the outcome of irresponsible policies adopted by transregional powers and certain regional countries in Syria," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

"We believe that the Iraqi nation and government, particularly the country's youths, are capable of overcoming forces of Evil and establishing security and there is no need for the presence of foreigners," the Leader added.

Ayatollah Khamenei also stated that Iraq has pursued a correct and wise policy in recent years by refusing to allow its soil to be used against Syria.

The Leader described as quite correct the new Iraqi government's policy of fostering national, ethnic and tribal unity and stated that it would be meaningless to divide Iraqis into Shia, Sunni, Kurd and Arab.

The Iraqi premier, for his part, appreciated Iran's stance and role in the fight against the ISIL hard boyz and said that insightful people of Iran and Iraq can force forces of Evil to withdraw.
#1: Iran does not trust anti-ISIL coalition: Ayatollah Khamenei

Whatta coincidence. We don't trust you either.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski|| 2014-10-22 09:32 ||Comments

#2: Never thought I'll agree with Iran.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-22 09:33 ||Comments



Iraq: Iraqi troops regain control of al-Sab
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[Iran Press TV] Iraqi soldiers have pushed the ISIL Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
snuffies out of a strategic town near the capital Baghdad, Press TV reports.

The strategic town of al-Sab, which is situated to the west of Baghdad and also borders Baghdad Intentional Airport, is now fully under the control of the Iraqi army.

The army set up checkpoints at the city's entrance after flushing out the gunnies with the help of volunteer forces.

"When we first entered the area of Sab there were snuffies in it. After flushing snuffies out, we informed residents that we are here to protect them from the ISIL. They cooperated with us. Before we got here, snuffies used the area to launch mortar shells and commit acts of violence," Commander Faisal Tamer Faisal told the Press TV correspondent in Abu Gharib.
The army's latest success is highly significant as the ISIL snuffies had plans to target Baghdad International Airport from the city.

Member of the Badr Movement, Abou Shaima al-Shoumari, told the correspondent, "We are now north of Abu Gharib. We have three tasks to work on: protect the area and the airport and flush out the sleeping cells related to krazed killer in this area. We also intervene in the battle when needed since we are only 40 kilometers (25 miles) away from Fallujah."


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: Cameraman Ebola-free, can leave Nebraska hospital
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Freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo no longer has the Ebola virus in his bloodstream and will be allowed to leave Nebraska Medical Center, the hospital said Tuesday.

"Just got my results," Mukpo tweeted. "3 consecutive days negative. Ebola free and feeling so blessed. I fought and won, with lots of help. Amazing feeling."

The 33-year-old was working for NBC News when he tested positive for Ebola in Liberia. Mukpo was among a team working with Dr. Nancy Snyderman, the network's chief medical correspondent. Mukpo spent about two weeks at the hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. The hospital said he can head back home to Rhode Island on Wednesday.

"Recovering from Ebola is a truly humbling feeling," the hospital quoted Mukpo as saying. "Too many are not as fortunate and lucky as I've been. I'm very happy to be alive."

Two nurses undergoing treatment for the virus also got good news on Tuesday.

The National Institutes of Health said the condition of Nina Pham, a Texas nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for a patient, was upgraded from fair to good. Pham is at the NIH Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. She cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to die of Ebola in the United States, at a Texas hospital.

And in Spain, nurse's aide Teresa Romero Ramos, who contracted Ebola after treating virus-stricken patients in Madrid, is now free of the virus, her doctors announced.
#1: Recovering from Ebola
I just can't help thinking this is a momentary viral retreat, not the recovery from effects of an ordinary virus...
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-10-22 03:57 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: IS fighters seize airdropped pineapple grenades meant for Kurds ?
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Africa North: Turkish special representative in Libya; in Tripoli meets with Hassi
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[Libya Herald] Turkey's new Special Envoy to Libya, Emrullah Isler, is the latest of the group of international special envoys to visit to Libya to assess the situation and hold talks with Libyan leaders. In his case, he also flew to Malta where the Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni is on a two-day official visit.

In Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
, in a move that is likely to anger the UN and other countries, he broke with the international community's refusal to recognise Omar Al-Hassi's anti-government by meeting with him and his ministers.

Isler, a former deputy prime minister and Ankara MP for Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party who caused uproar earlier this month by tweeting his preference for IS over the outlawed Kurdish Death Eater group the PKK , was appointed Special Envoy yesterday just before he left for Libya.

"In these critical times when there is a pressing need in Libya for political stability and the support of countries friendly to it, this visit constitutes an opportunity to underscore that Turkey stands in solidarity with the people of Libya," a Turkish Foreign Ministry statement said yesterday.

He started his visit by flying to Tobruk where he met House of Representatives President Ageela Saleh and a number of other HoR members. In the their talks, the Turkish envoy, like all the other international special envoys, stressed the need for an immediate cease-fire and for all parties to take part in dialogue. Military force would not bring peace and stability to Libya, he said.

He is also reported to have expressed Turkey's continued willingness to help rebuild Libya. He then flew to Malta for talks with Thinni.

Today he flew to Misrata, the de facto master of Tripoli, where he met local officals as well as members of HoR who are boycotting its proceedings.

In Tripoli, he met with Omar Al-Hassi and members of the rump Congress appointed government ‐ a development that is likely to further damage the already strained relations between Ankara and the international community over the IS in Syria.


Africa North: Muslim Brotherhood in Libya does not have a military arm, claims leader
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[Libya Herald] The official head of the Libyan Moslem Brüderbund, Bashir Kubti, has rejected the assertion by the Prime Minister that Libya Dawn
...aka Fajr Libya, the Islamist operation launched to counter that of General Khalifa Haftar (Operation Dignity). It is made up of the Libya Shield militia (Misrata and Moslem Brotherhood), Libya Revolutionaries Operations Room (Moslem Brotherhood), and Tripoli Brigade (close to Abdul Hakim Belhaj, head of Al-Watan party). Financing and moral support come from Turkey and Qatar...
is the military arm of the Moslem Brüderbund in Libya.

Speaking in a telephone interview with the German Press Agency, Kubti criticized Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni for making the claim and said that the Moslem Brüderbund does not have a military arm. He added some rather choice remarks about Thinni, saying that he could not be believed.

He also said that the Brotherhood was tired of being blaimed for all the problems in the country, saying that the government should be held responsible, starting back to the time of Ali Zeidan. According to Kubti, the government spent too much time blaming the Moslem Brüderbund and did not focus on finding a solution to the problems in Libya.

On the subject of Khalifa Hafter, Kubti declared he that was dictating not only military events in Libya but also the political process. He claimed that Hafter was "an illegitimate leader" and questioned the legitimacy of the House of Representatives since it was backing Hafter.

The Moslem Brüderbund, claimed Kubti, is not biased. "We are with the people and respect the people's choices", he said. "We supported the elections and the outcome of the elections."

The House of Representatives (HOR), however, had failed to follow the correct procedures for the handover, he stated. That had led to questions about its legitimacy.


Africa North: Operation Dignity expects Benghazi battles to end in a week as further reinforcements arrive
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[Libya Herald] Operation Dignity leaders expect to take complete control of Benghazi within a week despite almost continuous fighting in the city since the pro-government forces launched their counter attack on Wednesday.

At the same time, senior sources within the army told the Libya Herald that reinforcements had travelled from the east to bolster Operation Dignity and other government forces in Benghazi. The most recent reports had the convoys roughly 40 minutes away from the centre of the city, in the eastern suburb of Deryana.

The Commander of Operation Dignity's Airforce, Adam Saqr Geroushi, claimed, perhaps optimistically, that pro-government forces were in control of 80 percent of territory in Benghazi.

He reiterated that Dignity had forced February 17 Brigade and its allies into a retreat from Garyounis where a large portion of their sprawling central Benghazi base had been, destroying the walls around it. He explained that Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council (BRSC) forces had been pushed out of Garyounis to the south west and were forming on the outskirts of the city on the Ajdabiya road.

Geroushi said most senior figures form the (BRSC) had fled to Ajdabiya and that Islamist forces were being resupplied from there.

He claimed that a second area of strong resistance lay in the Hawari district in Mashroua Al-Sassafa. He said Ansar al-Sharia
...a Salafist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends. There are groups of the same name in Libyaand Yemen, with the Libyan versions currently most active. Tunisia's Shabaab al-Tawhid started out an Ansar al-Sharia and changed its name in early 2014. It still uses the old name now and then, probably because the stationery's not all used up and the web site hasn't expired yet...
forces there had been shelling from their positions there in attempts to make the pro-government forces extend their resources.

There have been reports of shells falling on Juliana, Belawn and Kish district from Hawari.


Home Front: WoT: FBI: American Girls May Have Tried To Join Jihadis
Posted by trailing wife 10/22/2014  00:00 10 Comments 240 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Ynet] The FBI in Denver says it is investigating the possibility that three girls from the Denver area were trying to travel to Syria to join Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
Death Eaters. An FBI spokeswoman says agents helped bring the girls back to Denver after FBI agents stopped them in Germany. Spokeswoman Suzie Payne says they are safe and reunited with their families.

She didn't give the identity of the girls or any other details. The announcement comes one month after 19-year-old Shannon Conley of Denver pleaded guilty to charges that she conspired to help bandidos bully boyz in Syria.
#1: She didn't give the identity of the girls or any other details. The announcement comes one month after 19-year-old Shannon Conley of Denver pleaded guilty to charges that she conspired to help bandidos bully boyz in Syria.

Shannon giving up her network in exchange for a lighter sentence ?
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-22 03:23 ||Comments

#2: Why did we stop them? Also why are so many from the Denver area going?
Posted by: chris|| 2014-10-22 05:10 ||Comments

#3: Fox News adds this detail:

The three girls are all under the age of 18 and are not expected to face charges. Two of the girls are of Somali descent and one is of Sudanese descent, according to the source.
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2014-10-22 07:23 ||Comments

#4: Well, it's all our fault, of course. If we had only offered them more Obamaphones, free ObamaCare, free housing, and sharia law, I'll bet they wouldn't have wanted to leave.

But since we didn't give them all that, why'd we stop 'em? 'Reunited with their families'? Like they'd been kidnapped? I wonder if they'll run again.

What would the MSM say if they were killed by their families they were reunited with, for dishonoring that family?
Posted by: Bobby|| 2014-10-22 07:43 ||Comments

#5: Does the Obamaphone include network coverage in Iraq and Syria?
Posted by: Classical_Liberal|| 2014-10-22 11:40 ||Comments

#6: @TW, Those don't sound like American grils to me.
Posted by: Hellfish|| 2014-10-22 12:44 ||Comments

#7: Don't mind them leaving. I just don't want them coming back. Unless they're in a bag.
Posted by: tu3031|| 2014-10-22 14:35 ||Comments

#8: Not even then, tu.
Posted by: Barbara|| 2014-10-22 15:02 ||Comments

#9: The three girls are all under the age of 18 and are not expected to face charges. Two of the girls are of Somali descent and one is of Sudanese descent, according to the source.

(Ayaan Hirsi Ali shakes head and sighs.)



Posted by: Anice Nim|| 2014-10-22 15:26 ||Comments

#10: Are they that desperate to get out of doing their homework???
Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2014-10-22 21:33 ||Comments



Bangladesh: Terror has no religion
Posted by Fred 10/22/2014  00:00 11 Comments 307 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[Dhaka Tribune] We applaud the prime minister for urging the world community to not confuse Islam with terrorism.

Her remarks at the Asia-Europe Meeting in Milan and her call to control the global arms trade show sound good sense on an issue which is all too often dominated by fear and prejudice.

The world, in spite of moving forward in so many ways, has unfortunately seen a rapid rise in Islamophobia
...the irrational fear that Moslems will act the way they usually do...
fuelled by fear and ignorance. Recent activities of military groups such as ISIL have, in the minds of many across the world, conflated terrorism with the religion of Islam.

It is imperative that people strive to make it understood that terror is independent of religion, Islam or any other, and must be treated as such.

The fight against terrorism, then, should not be seen as any sort of ideological battle against religion, but should be a mission to curb militancy and violence. One of the ways this can be achieved is through controlling the global arms trade.

Terrorists should be identified by their acts, which are against the interests of civilisation, and the peaceful coexistence of nations. Terrorist acts, therefore, are not specific to any nation, religion, or ethnicity, but are everyone's problem.

The world Islamic community also has a role to play in upholding the peaceful and fraternal image of Islam to the world. Religious leaders and scholars must denounce the terroristic activities of groups such as ISIL and distance themselves from it. It is important for us to stand against terror, regardless of religious or ethnic background.
#1: Muslims have no shame.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-22 02:42 ||Comments

#2: ISIL is not Islam.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-22 03:03 ||Comments

#3: Since islam is not a religion, this is technically true. It is a death cult of rabid former humans.
Posted by: Silentbrick|| 2014-10-22 04:59 ||Comments

#4: Once again, Islam is not Islamic.
Posted by: Rob Crawford|| 2014-10-22 07:49 ||Comments

#5: Then why is it that about 99.9% of today's terrorists are Muslim?

Coincidence? I think not.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia|| 2014-10-22 10:23 ||Comments

#6: If the person is yelling "Alan's Snackbar" and has a weapon in his/her hand and is threatening, one should not take time to ask questions about religion.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-10-22 11:40 ||Comments

#7: I will believe that terrorists is not Islamic when Muslims act in droves to kill them, including joining the army.
Posted by: gorb|| 2014-10-22 12:38 ||Comments

#8: Terror has no religion? OK, I'll grant that - marxists, anarchists, and even Irish. But one particular religion certainly has a lot of terrorists. You're entitled to the facts liberals and Islamists, but not your own facts.
Posted by: OldSpook|| 2014-10-22 13:40 ||Comments

#9: "urging the world community to not confuse Islam with terrorism" Of course not. Islam is a noun and terrorism is a verb. Terror does not use Islam to slay children. Islam uses terrorism to slay children. Its basic English and I appreciate the Prime Ministers attempts to teach folks the basics.
Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2014-10-22 14:49 ||Comments

#10: "Terrorists should be identified by their acts, which are against the interests of civilisation, and the peaceful coexistence of nations. Terrorist acts, therefore, are not specific to any nation, religion, or ethnicity, but are everyone's problem."

What if the west thinks certain acts are terrorism but the lovers of Islam think those same acts are wonderful?

Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2014-10-22 14:50 ||Comments

#11: #5 Then why is it that about 99.9% of today's terrorists are Muslim?

It may be that not all Muslims are terrorists but what rambler said seems to be true--the number of acts of terrorism that are committed are largely by Muslims. It is not the Mormons, Amish, Catholics, Protestants, 7th Day Adventists, little old ladies, children, etc. who are committing acts of terrorism.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-10-22 18:11 ||Comments



Africa North: Benghazi Medical Centre struggles to keep up as 75 bodies arrive in five days
Posted by Fred 10/22/2014  00:00 0 Comments 574 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Libya Herald] High casualties over the course of nearly a week of fighting has left Benghazi's largest medical facility struggling to cope, with the bodies of 75 civilians and combatants arriving at the hospital since the start of the renewed violence.

A doctor at the Benghazi Medical Centre (BMC), who asked not to be identified, told the Libya Herald that the most recent figures he had seen for the number of dead were up till yesterday. Further deaths have been reported in fighting since then.

He said the BMC had been forced to deal with the majority of casualties from festivities which began on Wednesday when pro-government forces re-entered the city, forcing Benghazi Revolutionaries' Shoura Council (BRSC) from one of their main camps.

He explained that BMC's proximity to where the worst of the fighting was going on as well as its large surgical and emergency departments meant it was the first port of call for any individuals caught up in the recent violence.

However,
today is that tomorrow you were thinking about yesterday...
the doctor said because of the ongoing festivities much-needed doctors and support staff had become trapped in their areas. Most roads in the city had been shut by makeshift barriers and local areas are protected by armed residents making it impossible to move freely from district to district. As a result, he said, medics had been forced to stay at home when they were most needed.

Pockets of violence and street fighting in residential areas had meant Benghazi's other hospitals, such as Jalaa Hospital, were practically out of commission, he claimed. Reliable sources have told this newspaper that Hawari Hospital which lies in an area sympathetic to BRSC has been commandeered by Ansar al-Sharia
...a Salafist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends. There are groups of the same name in Libyaand Yemen, with the Libyan versions currently most active. Tunisia's Shabaab al-Tawhid started out an Ansar al-Sharia and changed its name in early 2014. It still uses the old name now and then, probably because the stationery's not all used up and the web site hasn't expired yet...
forces and is being used to treat its maimed.

BRSC has at no point throughout months of fighting disclosed the numbers of its forces which have been killed or injured in battles with pro government forces.

The doctor added that because of current conditions, the level of wear on medical facilities and a lack of maintenance, crucial equipment was in a state of disrepair.

He explained that the hospital's CT scan which was important for locating pieces of shrapnel or bullets within the body no longer worked and had put staff and patients at a severe disadvantage.


Bangladesh: Madrasa student murdered while fending off rapist
Posted by Fred 10/22/2014  00:00 2 Comments 315 words Read the whole thing on page 3
An 11-year-old boy studying at a South Keraniganj madrasa had his throat slit with a kitchen cleaver early Monday after resisting a rape attempt by a school staff member, his killer admitted to police yesterday.

The self-confessed killer, Shah Alam, a 35-year-old cook at Tahfizul Quran Nurani Hafezi Madrasa, admitted to rape the same boy a month ago.

âI donât know what came over me. I killed the boy with a boti in the madrasa kitchen,â Shah Alam, whose wife is nine months pregnant, said yesterday at the media and community centre of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).

Shah Alam said he had tried to get hold of Abu Rayhan around 1am when the child was on his way to the toilet. He attempted to rape Abu Rayhan, but the boy resisted and threatened to tell the authorities about what had happened.

Shah Alam then dragged Abu Rayhan into the kitchen and slit his throat with a razor-sharp cleaver.

Police recovered the body from the floor of the madrasa kitchen on Monday.

Dhaka Police Superintendent Habibur Rahman said at a press briefing at the media and community centre of DMP: âWe detained Shah Alam and 10 other madrasa staff members on Monday morning. After the primary investigation, we found evidence of Shah Alamâs involvement in the killing. After his admission of guilt, we recovered the murder weapon, a boti, and blood-stained clothes from the madrasa kitchen.â

Abu Rayhanâs brother is also a student at the madrasa. He could not be tracked down for a statement.

The victimâs father, Md Murad Hossain, filed a case against the madrasa administration, Officer-in-Charge (OC) Jamaluddin Mir of South Keraniganj police station said.

The victimâs body was handed over to his family after an autopsy was conducted at Sir Salimullah Medical College and Mitford Hospital, the OC said.
#1: Is the guy going to be beheaded, acid washed, set fire upon or stoned? Or is he going to go back to teaching?
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-10-22 03:52 ||Comments

#2: Only if he promises to be good, Skidmark.
Posted by: gorb|| 2014-10-22 08:23 ||Comments



International-UN-NGOs: Deadline Looming, Iran Proposes Nuclear 'Compromise'
Posted by trailing wife 10/22/2014  00:00 0 Comments 118 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Ynet] Iran is pushing what it portrays as a new compromise proposal in nuclear talks, but Western negotiators say it offers no viable concessions, underscoring how far apart the two sides are as they enter crunch time before a Nov. 24 deadline.

In the negotiations with six major powers, the Iranians say they are no longer demanding a total end to economic sanctions in return for curbing their nuclear program and would accept initially lifting just the latest, most damaging, sanctions.

Western officials dismiss the proposal as nothing new and say the Iranians have always known that the sanctions could only end gradually - with each measure being suspended and later terminated only after Iranian compliance had been proven.


Iraq: US Involved In Seven Air Strikes On Islamic State Targets
Posted by trailing wife 10/22/2014  00:00 0 Comments 248 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Ynet] US military forces carried out four air strikes on Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
targets in Syria on Monday and Tuesday and were joined by partner nations in three attacks in Iraq, the US Central Command said. Fighter, bomber and attack aircraft were used in the raids and all returned safely, the Central Command statement said.

The strikes near Kobani, Syria, destroyed Islamic State fighting positions, a building and an Islamic State unit. In Iraq, a fighting position southeast of the djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
Dam and one south of the Bayji oil refinery were destroyed while another strike north of Fallujah suppressed an Islamic State attack, the statement said.


-Lurid Crime Tales-: GOP candidate in Cook County, IL discovers voting machine casts his vote for the Democrat he is running against
Posted by Fred 10/22/2014  00:00 5 Comments 1 words Read the whole thing on page 6


-Lurid Crime Tales-: Arizona: Surveillance video captures man stuffing ballot box with hundreds of ballots
Posted by Fred 10/22/2014  00:00 5 Comments 1 words Read the whole thing on page 6


-Land of the Free: Idaho city's ordinance tells pastors to marry gays or go to jail
Posted by Fred 10/22/2014  00:00 24 Comments 332 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[WASHINGTONTIMES] Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, city officials have laid down the law to Christian pastors within their community, telling them bluntly via an ordinance that if they refuse to marry homosexuals, they will face jail time and fines.

The dictate comes on the heels of a legal battle with Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers who own the Hitching Post wedding chapel in the city, but who oppose gay marriage, The Daily Caller reported.

A federal judge recently ruled that the state's ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional, while the city of Coeur d'Alene has an ordinance that prevents discrimination based on sexual preference.

The Supreme Court's recent refusal to take on gay rights' appeals from five states has opened the doors for same-sex marriages to go forth.

The Knapps were just asked by a gay couple to perform their wedding ceremony, The Daily Caller reported.

"On Friday, a same-sex couple asked to be married by the Knapps, and the Knapps politely declined," The Daily Signal reported. "The Knapps now face a 180-day jail term and a $1,000 fine for each day they decline to celebrate the same-sex wedding."

The Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a suit in federal court to stop the city from enforcing the fine and jail sentence, saying in a statement from senior legal counsel Jeremy Tedesco that the government has overstepped its bounds, The Daily Caller reported.

"Many have denied that pastors would ever be forced to perform ceremonies that are completely at odds with their faith, but that's what is happening here -- and it's happened this quickly," Mr. Tedersco said, The Daily Caller reported.

But the city sees it differently. As far back as May, city officials were insisting that their ordinance is indeed in line with law.

"If you turn away a gay couple, refuse to provide services for them, then in theory you violated our code, and you're looking at a potential misdemeanor citation," said Coeur d'Alene City Attorney Warren Wilson, to KXLY months ago.
#1: U.S. Armed Forces Oath of Enlistment - do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic...
Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664|| 2014-10-22 00:19 ||Comments

#2: Genesis 19:5 comes to mind:

and they called to Lot and said to him, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may have relations with them."

Anyone think can't happen here? It's getting closer and closer to that point. At first we had to 'tolerate' it, then we had to accept it, and now these pastors have to, by law, condone it. How long before someone is forced to actively participate?

Posted by: CrazyFool|| 2014-10-22 00:34 ||Comments

#3: I seriously doubt this "ordinance" will hold up in a court.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2014-10-22 01:05 ||Comments

#4: Seems like this would go against freedom of religion
Posted by: chris|| 2014-10-22 05:19 ||Comments

#5: ..actually nearly the entire 1st Amendment - association, speech, religion. When three percent dictate to over fifty percent their culture it's long past any relationship to democracy or republic other than the usual People's Democratic Republic of the late 20th Century. Who now is the intolerant? It was never about 'fairness'. It's always been about POWER.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-10-22 05:46 ||Comments

#6: The pastors filed a federal lawsuit.
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2014-10-22 07:32 ||Comments

#7: They're running their wedding chapel as a business; as such it has to comply with anti-discrimination laws as they apply to businesses. Their personal religious beliefs will not apply.
Posted by: Glenmore|| 2014-10-22 08:57 ||Comments

#8: ...so going in to a Kosher/Halal butcher and demand he provide you BBQ doesn't apply?
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-10-22 09:17 ||Comments

#9: Are there any mosques in Couer D'Alene? Or is it only Christian pastors who must marry gays?
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia|| 2014-10-22 10:18 ||Comments

#10: They're gonna look pretty stupid when they have all of the town's pastors sitting in jail.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-10-22 11:56 ||Comments

#11: Can you say martyr? Sure you can.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-10-22 11:57 ||Comments

#12: Glenmore, thats a dangerous precedent you're endorsing.

The rights freedom of association, of free practice of religion are easily abridge because of a link to commerce? Those are fundamental rights, and abridging them must meet a very high standard.

Sorry - in THIS nation, we have always carved out exemptions for the free practice of religion.

See the problem is that for them, gay "marriage" is a sham. Its a lie, it is illegitimate and cannot exist per orthodox Christian doctrine. Ethically, they can no more perform a gay marriage than they can a Satanic one - they simply are antithetical to their core religion.

Also, you would willingly have the government enforce a law that forces them to act against their fundamental faith - their own moral basis - or else be forbidden to perform a ritual (marriage) and a service to coreligionists and get remunerated from it if they don't provide it to everyone?

So in your view, these gays can also start suing the local Catholic parish priest because he refuses to perform the ceremony as well? It is a paid service - and under your massive expansion of government power, it gets the "commerical" treatment, and allows you to apply your threat of force to these priests who do not submit to your moral views as implemented by the government.

And make no mistake - it is force we are talking about. They government will send armed agents, physically take you from your property, and will kill you if you effectively resist. Ask the Weavers. IS that really where you want to be Glenmore, on the side of the jackboots?

For along those paths lie the worst sorts of oppressions.

What's next Glemore, forcing Doctors and Nurses to participate in abortions? After all, that is a "right" that has been endorsed by other large government people who hold the same view as you, and it is also a business, because they charge for it, and opposition is on moral grounds. So a MD or RN who refuses is not allowed to work?

See where that thinking takes you? Hint: jackboots.

My personal take? If you dont like it go someplace else. The gay couple are assholes. These people perform CHRISTIAN Weddings, and the gays were not looking for that. They are in no way damaged or prevented from exercising their own lifestyle by the refusal of a religious service, a religion to which they are not a party. And the government here is being massively fascistic and oppressive. Its the kind of government that will foment armed rebellion that ends with the autocrats hanging from telephone poles (deservedly, IMHO).

Keep pushing, city officials. I'm sure Coeur d'Alene has plenty of telephone poles.
Posted by: OldSpook|| 2014-10-22 14:09 ||Comments

#13: Good rant, Oldspook.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-10-22 16:05 ||Comments

#14: The pastors should call the city's bluff and go to jail. That should go over well.
Posted by: Anice Nim|| 2014-10-22 16:25 ||Comments

#15: The rights freedom of association, of free practice of religion are easily abridge because of a link to commerce? Those are fundamental rights, and abridging them must meet a very high standard.

That's the argument being used against Hobby Lobby, et all, as they fight the Obamacare abortion/abortifacient requirement up to the Supreme Court, OldSpook. Also how a number of states drove the Catholic Church out of the adoption business, and may soon drive her out of the hospital business as well, to the detriment of society.
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2014-10-22 17:20 ||Comments

#16:
Posted by: nasty, fake trailing wife|| 2014-10-22 18:35 ||Comments

#17: Hmmm ... that does NOT sound like the trailing wife we know and love. Could somebody have hijacked her nym?
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia|| 2014-10-22 19:04 ||Comments

#18: I'd hope the city officials are as interested in addressing their crime problems as they are in forcing homosexual marriages. Coeur d'Alene crime. It seems that it is quite high. They are headed towards a Constitutional showdown--and probably going to lose.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-10-22 19:15 ||Comments

#19: My thoughts exactly, Rambler.
Posted by: Barbara|| 2014-10-22 19:46 ||Comments

#20: 18:35 was most definitely not me. Not my thoughts, and definitely not my vocabulary. Thanks, guys.
Posted by: the real trailing wife|| 2014-10-22 19:58 ||Comments

#21: Hmmmm. The fake tw has also pretended to be Besoeker in the past. The IP, however, reveals all.
Posted by: the real trailing wife|| 2014-10-22 20:02 ||Comments

#22: Note that it and my nyms have been modified to remove, at least for this thread, any question of which is who. The issue has been referred upstairs to The Management.
Posted by: the real trailing wife|| 2014-10-22 20:10 ||Comments

#23: and the real Frank G is back from Sedona :-(
- Should be my regular IP
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-10-22 20:24 ||Comments

#24: You can't have gone to Sedona. It doesn't exist to begin with!

Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain|| 2014-10-22 21:37 ||Comments



Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Ya'alon: Israel can't allow Gaza reconstruction if Hamas rebuilds infiltration tunnels
Posted by Fred 10/22/2014  00:00 0 Comments 118 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[JPOST] Israel will not allow construction materials to enter the Gaza Strip if Hamas rebuilds infiltration tunnels destroyed by the IDF during Operation Protective Edge, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said on Monday.

During a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at his officein New York, Ya'alon expressed his concern over a Hamas claim that its members were continuing to dig underground passageways leading from the coastal enclave into Israel.

"We [Israel] want the resident of Gaza to live in dignity and prosperity, rebuild their homes and return to normal life. But, we are very worried. Just yesterday Hamas representatives said they intend to reconstruct the infiltration tunnels, instead of rebuilding the home of Gaza's residents," Ya'alon told Ban.


Home Front: Politix: Mary Landrieu: My Multimillion-Dollar Home Is Not a Mansion
Posted by Fred 10/22/2014  00:00 14 Comments 230 words Read the whole thing on page 6
More like a small palace, I imagine...
[NATIONALREVIEW] Democratic senator Mary Landrieu insists that her multimillion-dollar home in Washington, D.C., isn't a mansion.

At a campaign event in Bogalusa, La., this weekendâ, Landrieu called a woman up on stage to explain that the 7,300 square-foot house doesn't qualify as a mansion, and then interrupted the woman to add that she lives next to the cleaners and her home is only 36 feet wide. "They say I live in a mansion," Landrieu said. "It's a townhome, which I also have a home in New Orleans."
The New Orleans townhouse is her parents', she just rents a bedroom there...
Landrieu reportedly lives in a 7,316 square-foot house in D.C. that boasts five bathrooms, four water heaters, and 82 fire sprinkler heads. She claimed this $2.5 million residence as her address on her statement of candidacy, but listed her parents' townhouse address in New Orleans when she was qualifying for the ballot. At the beginning of the video, Landrieu appears to be complaining about the lack of scrutiny regarding her Republican opponent Bill Cassidy's home, pointing out that he lives on a lake. The label "Senator representing the District of Columbia" really seems to be getting to Landrieu.
#1: My father's house has many mansions
And one or two minor expansions:
The wing built for me
Stretches right to DC
And the pull of its lunar attractions.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220|| 2014-10-22 02:47 ||Comments

#2: I'm sure the folks who work at the paper mill in Bogalusa were really impressed with this argument.
Posted by: Matt|| 2014-10-22 09:27 ||Comments

#3: You just wanted to work Bogalusa into the conversation. Understandable actually.
Posted by: Shipman|| 2014-10-22 10:44 ||Comments

#4: Probably wanted to use Grosse Tete, but discretion got the better of him.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-10-22 11:16 ||Comments

#5: Wait a minute. If the house is only 36 feet wide but it has 7,316 square feet then how long is it? Oh, that's right, I have a calculator on my computer. Let's see, 7316 divided by 36 equals 203.2222222222222222222222. So for perspective, that's 67.66666666666667 yards. Not quite as long as a football field but pretty long for a house. Did I miss something?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-10-22 12:14 ||Comments

#6: Maybe she should open a bowling alley.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-10-22 12:16 ||Comments

#7: Actually, my first choice was Dry Prong, but I was afraid someone would view that as a microaggression.
Posted by: Matt|| 2014-10-22 12:16 ||Comments

#8: So for perspective, that's 67.66666666666667 yards. Not quite as long as a football field but pretty long for a house. Did I miss something?

Give the thing three stories (public rooms on the ground floor, private rooms upstairs, staff work rooms (kitchen, etc) in the basement), then recalculate.
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2014-10-22 12:22 ||Comments

#9: There are some cities that taxed houses based on the frontage - the width of the house. The solution was to build narrow but deep houses.

Ms Landrieu's house may be like that.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia|| 2014-10-22 12:47 ||Comments

#10: I guess the stables are off to one side? Or maybe she just calls a Hansom cab?

Come, Watson, the game is afoot!
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain|| 2014-10-22 12:52 ||Comments

#11: Welcome to the residence. My name is Carson. Ms. Landrieu will be down shortly. Please let me take your through to the library.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-22 13:16 ||Comments

#12: Three stories, OK. Then you only have a little over 20 yards. That takes her out of the bowling alley business. Poor girl.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-10-22 13:57 ||Comments

#13: She rented a tired appaloosa
And strapped on a borrowed papoosa:
"How now, darkskinned brother!
It's me, Great White Mother,
Come back to embrace Bogalusa."
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220|| 2014-10-22 14:18 ||Comments

#14: The salary of Congresscritters is $174,000/year. Let me know how you become a millionaire on $174,000/year. Is this like Hillary turning $1000 into $100,000 by wise investing in cattle futures (sarc)? Democrats are just smart about other people's money and they don't pay their taxes?
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-10-22 18:28 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: 'Foreign Spies' Arrested Near Nuclear Facility, Iran Official Says
Posted by trailing wife 10/22/2014  00:00 0 Comments 472 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[IsraelTimes] An Iranian official claimed Tuesday that state security forces enjugged
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
a number of spies in the southern province of Bushehr, home to the country's sole nuclear power plant.
Were spy squirrels involved?
According to Iranian media, the Islamic Theocratic Republic's Intelligence Minister, Seyed Mahmoud Alawi, claimed the suspects were engaged in surveillance and intelligence gathering, adding that the alleged agents had been serving foreign intelligence services.

"Thanks to the vigilance of the Intelligence Ministry forces who monitor the moves of the foreign intelligence services, some agents who intended to carry out surveillance and intelligence gathering for the foreigners in Bushehr province have been identified and sent to justice," Alawi said, according to the semi-official Iranian Fars News Agency.

It was not clear how many people were arrested.

Last month, Iranian authorities arrested a Ukrainian national suspected of sabotage at the Bushehr power plant, according to Iranian media.

The report in the Hamshahri daily said the "Ukrainian expert" was affiliated with a Russian contractor that works in the plant, which went online in 2011 with Russian aid.

The report did not elaborate on the timing or nature of the alleged sabotage. Iran has long accused the United States, Israel and European countries of working to sabotage its nuclear program.

International sanctions force Iran to buy Western-made parts for its nuclear program from third parties. Hamshahri suggested such parties are involved in sabotaging parts before they arrive in Iran, without elaborating.

In 2010, the so-called Stuxnet virus temporarily disrupted the operation of thousands of centrifuges, key components in nuclear fuel production, at Iran's Natanz uranium enrichment facility. Iran says it and other computer virus attacks are part of a concerted effort by Israel, the US and their allies to undermine its nuclear program through covert operations.

The US and its allies suspect Iran is covertly seeking the ability to develop nuclear weapons. Iran denies such allegations, insisting its nuclear program is entirely peaceful and aimed at generating electricity and producing medical isotopes.

Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers -- the US, Britannia, La Belle France, China and Russia plus Germany -- are holding talks aimed at reaching a comprehensive agreement by November that would curb Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for relief from international sanctions.


Britain: London police release Iftikhar Hussain in Imran Farooq murder
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[DAWN] Iftikhar Hussain, a 52-year old suspect in the murder of former 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...
(MQM) leader Dr Imran Farooq was released on Tuesday by the Police in London, DawnNews reported.

Hussain, who is purportedly a close relative of MQM chief Altaf Hussain, was released as no evidence was found against him, said a statement issued here. However,
alcohol has never solved anybody's problems. But then, neither has milk...
British authorities were reportedly in contact with their Pak counterparts for collection of evidence in the murder case.

The London Met police jugged
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
Iftikhar Hussain from Heathrow Airport upon his arrival from Canada in June earlier this year.

Earlier in May, British detectives had released photographs of two suspects they wanted to trace in connection with Farooq's killing. The two Pak nationals were identified as 29-year-old Mohsin Ali Syed and 34-year-old Muhammad Kashif Khan Kamran.


India-Pakistan: Taliban commander among 30 killed in North Waziristan
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[DAWN] At least 30 suspected holy warriors have been killed as jet fighters targeted myrmidon hideouts in North Wazoo Agency.

Daud Matta, a key Taliban capo, was also killed in the strike which took place in North Waziristan's Datta Khel area, according to sources.

The official sources also said that the jets targeted at least four myrmidon hideouts, which were destroyed.

The media has no access to the agency, making it difficult to verify the information from independent sources. The ISPR is yet to issue details of the operation.

Military operation Zarb-e-Azb
..the Pak offensive against Qaeda in Pakistain and the Pak Taliban in North Wazoo. The name refers to the sword of the Prophet (PTUI!)...
was launched by the Pakistain Army on June15 following a brazen myrmidon attack on Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
's international airport and failure of peace talks between the government and Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain negotiators.


India-Pakistan: MQM workers detain suspicious foreigner near Nine Zero
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[DAWN] KARACHI: A foreigner was apprehended by 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...
(MQM) workers on Tuesday near the party's Nine Zero headquarters. The man was later handed over to the police.
Speaking to the media, MQM leader Iftikhar Alam said the suspect appeared to be of Afghan or Uzbek descent and could not speak Urdu.

Alam added that despite the language barrier, the suspect had managed to convey an offer of USD 100,000 for his release.

He alleged that the man was scouting the area for a possible attack.

Two mobile phones, Rs 25,000, a portrait of the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain's (TTP) former chief Hakimullah Mehsud, and other paraphernalia was recovered from the man's possession.

Speaking to news hounds on Oct 13, senior MQM leader Farooq Sattar said that party leaders had been receiving threatening letters from the banned Taliban outfit in the recent past, asking them to immediately pay up extortion money or face dire consequences.


India-Pakistan: Militants in Bajaur threaten polio workers of 'severe consequences'
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[DAWN] Militants on Tuesday threatened polio
...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set...
workers of "severe consequences" if they participate in the polio vaccination campaign in Bajaur tribal agency.

A bad boy outfit distributed pamphlets in Bajaur's tehsil Khar area warning polio workers against participating in the "anti-Islamic" polio vaccination drive, and vowing to attack all those participating in it.

The Pashto language pamphlet pasted on walls in various parts of Haji Lawang and Moslem Bagh area of Khar says that those supporting the polio drive or participating in vaccination would be targeted.

The pamphlet contains mobile phone numbers for the residents and workers to call and apologise if they had previously participated in the drive.

Pakistain is one of only three countries in the world where the polio virus is still endemic, but efforts to stamp out the crippling disease have been hit by repeated attacks on health teams.


India-Pakistan: IS militants, Al Qaeda not yet a threat: India
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[DAWN] The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
and Al Qaeda do not yet pose a threat to India, the national security adviser said on Tuesday, despite attempts by the ultra-radical groups to enlist support from among India's huge Moslem population.

Flags of the Islamic State have appeared in Indian controlled Jammu and Kashmire, the country's only Moslem majority state, setting off concern that the murderous Moslem group is drawing support in a region where Indian forces are trying to end a 25-year revolt.


India-Pakistan: Talk of N-hazards in Kashmir clashes
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[DAWN] A federal minister sought on Monday to draw world attention to the dangers of nuclear rivalry between Pakistan and India as lawmakers in the National Assembly, across party lines, blamed India for the recent spate of cross-border clashes along the disputed Jammu and Kashmir.

But the Minister for States and Frontier Regions, retired Lt Gen Abdul Qadir Baloch, stressed that he was not making a threat after he said countries possessing nuclear capability would ânot keep it merely in cold storageâ but could use it âin time of needâ.

However, he promised a âmatching responseâ to what he called Indiaâs âaggressive policyâ while opening the debate on a motion moved by Kashmir Affairs Minister Chaudhry Birjees Tahir over what was described as indiscriminate Indian firing and shelling across the Line of Control (LoC) dividing the Jammu and Kashmir and what is called working boundary between Indian-held Jammu and Pakistanâs Sialkot and Narowal districts.

The series of clashes, which have so far claimed more than 20 civilian lives, 13 on the Pakistani side, since early this month, have been some of the most serious violations of a 2003 ceasefire between the two sides.

Mr Baloch, who said he had served along the LoC for seven years while in the army, accused India of seeking to complicate matters and incite Pakistan, but said this âserious situationâ could not be mtade an excuse for war.


India-Pakistan: JI leader shot dead in Rawalpindi
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[DAWN] RAWALPINDI: Local leader of 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...
(JI) and former union council nazim
...small time big shot, the chief elected official of a local government in Pakistan, such as a district, tehsil, union council, or village council...
of Dhoke Khabba was rubbed out by two motorcyclists at the bustling Glass Factory Chowk on Monday.

SHO Waris Khan Inspector Malik Allahyar told Dawn that the incident was the outcome of a rivalry as the victim's nephew was involved in a murder case which was still under trial. "The attackers had covered their faces with masks," he said.

Mohammad Tahir Khan, in charge labour wing of Jamaat-e-Islami and former president Shabaab-e-Milli, was on his way to attend a funeral prayer when two cycle of violence riders, who the police said were chasing his car, blocked his way and opened fire on him. The JI leader was shifted to Benazir Bhutto
... 11th Prime Minister of Pakistain in two non-consecutive terms from 1988 until 1990 and 1993 until 1996. She was the daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, founder of the Pakistain People's Party, who was murdered at the instigation of General Ayub Khan. She was murdered in her turn by person or persons unknown while campaigning in late 2007. Suspects include, to note just a few, Baitullah Mehsud, General Pervez Musharraf, the ISI, al-Qaeda in Pakistain, and her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, who shows remarkably little curiosity about who done her in...
Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
He's dead, Jim!

As the news of the JI leader's killing spread in the city, a large number of his supporters gathered in the hospital and protested against the killing.

JI front man Malik Azam told Dawn: "The JI strongly condemns the killing of its leader and demands of the chief minister Punjab to direct the police to arrest the killers and bring them to justice."

"Punjab police are busy performing protocol duties instead of doing their prime duty of policing," he said.


India-Pakistan: Beware the faith-based scam artist!
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[DAWN] Ghulam Rasool Ayubi was not the kind of man you would peg as a master criminal. An unassuming small-time trader from the Badami Bagh area of Lahore, Ayubi would sell vegetables on a handcart to make enough money to feed his family.

For nearly half-a-decade, he earned money the hard way, eking out a living buying produce at local vegetable markets and selling it door-to-door in some of the city's more upscale neighbourhoods.

Convinced by a friend that there was more money to be made buying and reselling clothes in Azad Kashmire, Ayubi headed to Muzaffarabad. On his way there, the cash-strapped man spent a night at Rawalpindi's Zikria Mosque, where he met some people who would change his life forever.
#1: one pakistan rupee is worth about $0.01

or


100,000 RS is worth about $1,000
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International-UN-NGOs: UN: Stop Unilateral Initiatives By Israel, Palestinians
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[IsraelTimes] UN Secretary-General the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon
... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan...
urged Paleostinian and Israeli leaders on Tuesday to halt "unilateral initiatives" that fuel mistrust and thwart peace efforts, an appeal almost certainly aimed at Israel's continued settlement building and the Paleostinians' demand that Israel withdraw from its territory by November 2016.

Ban challenged the leaders to rise to the occasion and display the "courage and vision" needed to overcome their differences and negotiate a comprehensive peace agreement that leads to the establishment of a viable and independent Paleostinian state.
#1: No meter what you'll do or say Banki, you'll never achieve Kofi's stature.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-22 02:22 ||Comments



India-Pakistan: Non-custom paid vehicles being used in terrorist activities: IGP
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[DAWN] The police department has suggested registration of non-custom paid vehicles in Malakand division and tribal areas to stop use of such automobiles in criminal and bully boy activities.

Inspector General of Police Nasir Khan Durrani has informed ministry of interior, Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR) and chief secretary of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
through a letter about use of non-custom paid vehicles in bully boy activities.

Taking advantage of the easily available non-custom paid vehicles, miscreants have started using these vehicles which has caused serious threat to the law and order situation in the country in general and in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in particular, says the letter, a copy of which is available with Dawn.

Since there is no mechanism for ascertaining and verifying the ownership of such vehicles, these are increasingly used by hard boyz and criminals. It is very difficult for police to investigate and apprehend the miscreants and criminals, who use non-custom paid vehicles for their activities, the letter says.


Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Jordan Said Working To Prevent Jewish Prayer At Temple Mount
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[IsraelTimes] Jordan's King Abdullah II and other Jordanian government officials have been working to ensure that the Knesset does not ratify a bill that would allow Jews to pray at the Temple Mount, a Jordanian official said Tuesday.

Khalid al-Shawabka, Jordan's Ambassador to the Paleostinian territories, claimed that Israeli MKs were attempting to pass a resolution which would effectively divide the compound between Moslems and Jews, the Paleostinian Ma'an News Agency reported.

"Jordan's foreign minister has sent strongly-worded messages to foreign ministers of member states of the UN Security Council and to the UN demanding an end to the systematic assaults on the Al-Aqsa Mosque and on worshipers," al-Shawabka told the news agency in an interview.

"[T]he Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem are red lines," al-Shawabka said, using a Moslem name for the compound. He added that the situation on the ground in the Israeli capital was "unacceptable," though he did not elaborate.

Amman sees it's role as custodian of holy sites in East Jerusalem. Last month, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered workers to take down a temporary ramp that had been built next to the sole entrance for non-Moslem visitors, in order to avoid a diplomatic kerfuffle with Jordan.

Jews are currently forbidden from outwardly praying on the site, which is the holiest place in Judaism and the third holiest site in Islam. Jewish visits to the site have lately provoked protests by Paleostinians, who clashed with police on several occasions, prompting its temporary closure.

In May, MKs Miri Regev (Likud) and Hilik Bar (Labor) said they would present for Knesset discussion a controversial bill to allow Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount, according to Ynet, but it is still unclear when they plan to do so.

Bar has since backed down from his support of the legislation, apparently after being heavily pressured to do so by members of his party, Haaretz reported.

"There is no reason that Jews should not be allowed to pray in the holiest site in the world," Regev said, adding that she would fight for the initiative.

"I firmly believe that each event of Moslem unrest on the Mount should lead to its closure to Arabs. The prime minister is not the only decider on the issue, and if the proposal does not pass I'll turn to the High Court of Justice in a public petition until Jews are allowed to pray with tallit and tefillin on the Temple Mount," Ynet quoted Regev as saying.

The Temple Mount compound, which holds the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque, is considered the third holiest site in Islam and the holiest site to Jews as the site of the two ancient Jewish temples.

Regev stressed that the bill will in no way change the status quo inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque, located on the southern perimeter of the plaza.

But Regev's assertion did not prevent senior Paleostinian political analyst Abdel Raouf Arnaout from reporting that the Likud MK and Bar were scheming to divide prayer times inside Al-Aqsa between Jews and Moslems, as is the case in Hebron's Tomb of Patriarchs.

The law, he wrote in Saudi daily Al-Watan, "claims that the mosque is holy to Jews as it is to Moslems and that Jews should be allowed to pray in it, as is the case with the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron in the West Bank."

On Friday, Paleostinian Authority President the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
... a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial...
called for Jews to be barred from the Temple Mount in a fiery
...a single two-syllable word carrying connotations of both incoherence and viciousness. A fiery delivery implies an audience of rubes and yokels, preferably forming up into a mob...
address.

"It is our sacred place, al-Aqsa [mosque] is ours, this Noble Sanctuary is ours. They have no right to go there and desecrate it," Abbas said, according to Israel Radio.

He insisted that defending al-Aqsa was tantamount to defending Jerusalem, which the Paleostinians are demanding as the capital of their future state.

"Jerusalem is the jewel in the crown and it is the eternal capital of the Paleostinian state. Without it, there will not be a state," he said.

On Saturday, he reiterated the statement, calling Jewish visitors "a herd of cattle."
#1: Just amazing how deep indoctrination can go when you catch them young enough.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-10-22 00:59 ||Comments

#2: Without it, there will not be a state,


Sounds like a plan to me. Bulldoze the whole place down to the foundation.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-10-22 07:25 ||Comments

#3: ..the Romans did that once.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-10-22 11:21 ||Comments

#4: Yep P2K they did. Do it again and let the good guys rebuild it.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-10-22 17:23 ||Comments

#5: I say build the new temple around the Dome and let the mooselimb worshipers visit according to their conscience.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2014-10-22 18:49 ||Comments

#6: Varoom! Varoom! Clank, Clank, Clank.

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Africa North: Pres. of Sudan To Run For Re-Election
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[IsraelTimes] Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir
Head of the National Congress Party. He came to power in 1989 when he, as a brigadier in the Sudanese army, led a group of officers in a bloodless military coup that ousted the government of Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi and eventually appointed himself president-for-life. He has fallen out with his Islamic mentor, Hasan al-Turabi, tried to impose shariah on the Christian and animist south, resulting in its secessesion, and attempted to Arabize Darfur by unleashing the barbaric Janjaweed on it. Sudan's potential prosperity has been pissed away in warfare that has left as many as 400,000 people dead and 2.5 million displaced. Omar has been indicted for genocide by the International Criminal Court but nothing is expected to come of it.
-- in power since a 1989 coup -- will stand for re-election in 2015 after being retained Tuesday as leader of the ruling National Congress Party, a top aide said.

Bashir, the only sitting head of state wanted by the International Criminal Court
... where Milosevich died of old age before being convicted ...
(ICC), was re-elected as both leader and presidential candidate of the NCP at a party convention, said his chief assistant, Ibrahim Ghandour.


The 70-year-old career soldier took power in an Islamist-backed coup, and there had been doubts about whether he would run again in the controversial election, slated for April.

In a March interview, Ghandour said Bashir "declared many times that he's not willing to" stand again but that the final decision was with the party.

Two knee operations over the summer also raised worries over his health.

But Bashir's name was put on the party's shortlist of five candidates and his tally in Tuesday's vote was enough to rule out further voting, Ghandour said.

The president garnered 266 out of the 396 votes cast, Ghandour said, with the remainder of the 522 advisory council members choosing not to take part.

The other four nominees were all senior NCP officials seen as close to Bashir: Ghandour himself, senior member Nafie Ali Nafie, ex-vice president Ali Osman Taha and First Vice President Bakri Hassan Saleh.

Calls for 'transitional' government
The 2015 elections for the presidency, national and state parliaments will be only the second since the 1989 coup, and opposition parties have expressed concern
...meaning the brow was mildly wrinkled, the eyebrows drawn slightly together, and a thoughtful expression assumed, not that anything was actually done or indeed that any thought was actually expended...
s over them.

They have said the elections must come under the national dialogue announced by Bashir in January to try to resolve Sudan's multiple crises.

Reform Now, a leading opposition party, called in August for a transitional administration to be put in place as part of the dialogue and a discussion about the 2015 ballot.

Bashir is wanted by the ICC on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in the Darfur region of western Sudan.

At least 300,000 people have been killed in Darfur and two million forced to flee their homes since non-Arab rebels first rose up against the Arab-dominated Khartoum regime in 2003, the United Nations
...a formerly good idea gone bad...
says.

The government puts the corpse count at 10,000.

Rebels are also currently battling the government in the South Kordofan and Blue Nile regions.

Bashir also oversaw South Sudan's split from the north, under a peace deal that ended a 22-year civil war.

The land-locked South left with most of the formerly united country's 470,000 barrels per day of oil production. Pipelines and the Red Sea export terminal remain in Sudan, but the loss of oil revenues hit the north's economy badly.


The Grand Turk: Turkey Unveils Stringent New Anti-Protest Laws
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[IsraelTimes] Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu unveiled sweeping new security laws branded as repressive by critics, saying those in possession of banned objects at protests would face up to four years in jail.

The changes were first announced last week by the Islamic-rooted government following deadly protests in Istanbul and the Kurdish-majority southeast over Turkeyâs Syria policy.

Davutoglu said the legislation is aimed at ending the ambiguity over the use in demonstrations of âweapons of violenceâ, including Molotov cocktails, stones and other sharp objects.

Those protesters possessing such objects â not currently regarded as a crime â will be detected and banned from entering rallies.

Police will be able to arrest those suspected of possessing such objects at a protest, and those convicted could face up to four years in jail, he added.

âMolotov cocktails are weapons of violence. If someone sets fire to ambulances, libraries, mosques or koranic institutions by throwing Molotov cocktails⦠we cannot call this freedom,â Davutoglu told a meeting of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara.

He said the bill calls for stricter punishment for offenders wearing masks to conceal their identity, damaging public property, as well as resisting the police.

The detention time limit will be doubled to 48 hours, Davutoglu said.

Police will also be given greater authority to search demonstrators or their houses, without the need for âconcrete evidenceâ.

âCalls for violenceâ through social media will also be recognized a crime, he said.

The legislation will make it easier for authorities to wiretap suspects and allow for these recordings to be used as evidence.

At least 34 people were killed and 360 wounded earlier this month when Kurds took to streets over Turkeyâs lack of support for the mainly-Kurdish Syrian border town of Kobani, which is under attack from Islamic State jihadists.

Over 1,000 people were detained for their involvement in the protests which caused damage to hundreds of public buildings.

The heavy-handed tactics used by Turkish police, who frequently resort to tear gas and water cannon, have drawn widespread criticism from rights groups at home and abroad.

A brutal police crackdown on anti-government protests in May-June 2013 left eight people dead and thousands injured.

The reform package has sparked outrage from the opposition, which said it would turn Turkey into a âpolice stateâ and threaten citizensâ right to protest.

But Davutoglu said it is aimed at âstrengthening the guarantee of public liberties and securityâ.

He also warned foreign media not to characterize the reforms as authoritarian, saying the same measures are in place in other countries.

âMedia outlets in Europe should not make a fuss about this law⦠They need to engage in self-criticism first,â he said.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also lashed out at criticism of the legislation, saying the government was taking the same measures âas Europe and the USâ.

âI personally know how the security forces in the West handle violence and vandalism,â Erdogan told a symposium in Ankara.

The legislation will also impose tougher penalties for drug dealers, who are âseeking to eradicate the next generationsâ and âwill be treated like terroristsâ, Davutoglu said.

These measures are part of a crackdown on bonzai, a synthetic drug which has become a serious social problem in Turkey.


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Fears of Wahhabi threat behind Kadyrov's "CIA-sponsored IS devils" comments
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Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Questions about reported killing of Grozny suicide bombing organizer
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The Chechen Interior Ministry announced on October 18 the killing in Grozny of Aslan Aliskhanov, who was identified as the "organizer" of a suicide bombing done 13 days earlier by a young Chechen identified as Apti Mudarov. But the details divulged of how he was killed are not entirely convincing.

According to the Chechen Interior Ministry, Aliskhanov was shot while resisting arrest. He was armed and was wearing a suicide belt packed with explosives. Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin for his part said that joint measures by the Interior Ministry and Federal Security Service had shown that Aliskhanov had planned to perpetrate on October 4 a suicide bombing similar to that carried out by Mudarov.

Investigative Committee Chairman Aleksandr Bastrykin said that Aliskhanov had asked friends in Grozny at whose home he was staying to summon the police, with the intention of blowing up himself together with the police when they arrived. Aliskhanov's friends refused whereupon, according to Bastrykin, he detonated an explosive device that damaged their home.

Bastrykin's account is questionable for at least two reasons. First, if Aliskhanov had in his possession a suicide belt stuffed with explosives, why did Mudarov use a homemade bomb based on a mortar shell? Second, why did Aliskhanov remain in Grozny after the October 5 suicide bombing, especially given that Chechen security officials had announced on October 16 that they had identified him as Mudarov's accomplice and launched a large-scale search for him, posting photographs of him publicly in the district of Grozny where he was subsequently spotted and killed?

Two other aspects of the search for, and killing of, Aliskhanov are puzzling. First, Chechen Republic leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who routinely plays up his and his zeal in countering the Islamic insurgency, has failed to comment on it. Second, neither Chechen authorities nor the federal Investigative Committee have made any mention of the alleged connection between the October 5 bombing and the Syria-based Islamist group Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar (Jamwa), many of whose members are reportedly from Chechnya or elsewhere in the North Caucasus. The Moscow Times reportedly claimed, in an article that is no longer accessible, that a comment on the bombing was posted on an account on the Russian social-networking site VKontakte.

The website Caucasus Knot in turn reported that Jamwa had actually taken responsibility for the Grozny bombing in a post to a VKontakte account. At the same time, it quoted two Russian experts as casting doubts on the authenticity of that claim, while a blogger affirmed categorically that Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar did not claim responsibility on Vkontakte for the Grozny bombing.

Meanwhile, Chechen police are hunting for a third man, named as Magomed Zaurbekov, who reportedly had ties to Aliskhanov.
#1: As long as he's dead---who cares how.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-22 02:15 ||Comments



India-Pakistan: Qadri announces end to Islamabad sit-in
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[DAWN] Pakistain Awami Tehrik (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri
...Pak politician, and would-be dictator, founder and head of Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran and Pakistain Awami Tehrik. He usually resides in Canada, but returns to Pakistain periodically to foam at the mouth and lead demonstrations. Depending on which way the wind's blowing, Qadri claims to be the author of Pak's blasphemy law. Other times he says it wasn't him...
on Tuesday night announced an end to his party's protest demonstration in the federal capital.

The announcement ends over two months of protest sit-in in Islamabad which set off a political crisis in the country.

The PAT leader at the same time also said that protests will now be held all over the country, which he termed as the "next stage of the revolution".

"This sit-in has achieved its purpose, it has awakened the nation and played its role in the path of revolution," Qadri told his supporters ‐ many were women and some were in tears.

Soon after Qadri's announcement, his supporters started packing up their camps and hugging one another goodbye.


"We have spent a difficult time here and have established good relationships with each other," said Fauzia Habib. "Now when we are leaving I am a bit grim but happy too that we have spent time for a good cause," said Habib, a young girl clad in an all-encompassing gown and head scarf.

Qadri told protestors to "pack their bags and return home with a victorious spirit".

He said that protests will now be held in cities throughout the country for two days where he will speak and urged the people to come out and support the movement.


Arabia: Saudi grand mufti terms Twitter 'source of all evil'
Posted by Fred 10/22/2014  00:00 7 Comments 328 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[DAWN] Twitter is nothing more than "a source of lies" and evil, 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 the Soddy national face...
's top Moslem holy man said, in comments that sparked lively debate Tuesday on the microblogging site.

"If it were used correctly, it could be of real benefit, but unfortunately it's exploited for trivial matters," Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh said on his "Fatwa" television show broadcast late Monday.

Twitter is "the source of all evil and devastation", the mufti said.

"People are rushing to it thinking it's a source of credible information but it's a source of lies and falsehood."

The social media platform is popular among both men and women in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, where some supported the mufti's views but many others objected.

"This is why I will repent, and close my account to distance myself from this great evil," one Twitter user wrote with apparent sarcasm.

"Respected sheikh, how can you judge something without using it?" another post asked.

But a supporter of the sheikh wrote: "I swear the mufti has spoken the truth; the evils of Twitter are many."

Saudi Arabia adopts a strict version of Islam, including a segregation of the sexes, that influences all aspects of life in the Gulf kingdom.
#1: instagram = evil for people who can't read (h/t kat dennings on 2brokegirls)

facebook = for people who 'like' evil

rantburg = for evil rants
Posted by: lord garth|| 2014-10-22 00:19 ||Comments

#2: I got behind a young fellow at the Publix grocery story yesterday attempting to pay with his handheld phone. Not exactly a NASCAR pitstop experience, but still less maddening than an EBT card payment. Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, I feel your pain.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-22 01:53 ||Comments

#3: Actually it appears to expose 'evil' of the mindless who operate largely on their lower brain stem group.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-10-22 09:20 ||Comments

#4: Has anyone done a timeline comparing the rise of ISIS and the rise of Twitter.

Seems the real crazy ones really don't like a character limit on their messaging.
Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2014-10-22 14:43 ||Comments

#5: Twitter? Slowly I turned...

Enough to make limericists bitter,
That seven score limit on Twitter!
Should we lop feet or head?
Their Procrustean bed
Will fit only the runts of the litter.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220|| 2014-10-22 14:59 ||Comments

#6: Seems the real crazy ones really don't like a character limit on their messaging.

Affirmative.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220|| 2014-10-22 15:01 ||Comments

#7: Luckly we don't have to contend with the "My Space" jihadist anymore, they were a maniacal bunch.
Posted by: bbrewer126|| 2014-10-22 16:45 ||Comments



India-Pakistan: More threats from India over cross-border crisis
Posted by Fred 10/22/2014  00:00 1 Comments 325 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[DAWN] India warned Pakistain on Tuesday of more "pain" if it continued to violate a ceasefire on their disputed border in Kashmire and said it was up to Islamabad to create the conditions for a resumption of peace talks.

The two sides exchanged mortars and intense gunfire this month, killing at least 20 civilians and wounding dozens in the worst violation to date of a 2003 ceasefire. While the firing has abated, tension remains high along a 200-km (125-mile) stretch of the border dividing the nuclear-armed rivals.

"Our conventional strength is far more than theirs. So if they persist with this, they'll feel the pain of this adventurism," Indian Defence Minister Arun Jaitley told NDTV in an interview.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government came to power in May promising a tough response to violence in the Himalayan territory. It accuses Pakistain of helping keep alive a 25-year armed revolt in India held Kashmire. Pakistain has denied this allegation on many occasions.

Military officers on both sides say Indian border commanders adopted a more aggressive stance in the festivities this month, firing 1,000 mortars on one day this month.

It was not clear what triggered the fighting.

Mighty Pak Army officials said the trouble began with India's decision to beef up border defences, in violation of the ceasefire pact.

Adviser on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz said in an earlier statement that India was not cooperating on the issue.

"The Pakistain government has been exercising utmost restraint and responsibility. Unfortunately, all our efforts to secure peace and tranquility on the Line of Control and the Working Boundary have elicited no cooperation from the Indian side," he said.
#1: Hope they go nuclear before the elections.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-10-22 04:03 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Cleric's death leaves void in institution that has the authority to elect or dismiss the Iran's's supreme leader.
Posted by Pappy 10/22/2014  00:00 0 Comments 153 words Read the whole thing on page 3
The head of Iran's top clerical institution has died, leaving a gap in the only body that has the authority to elect and dismiss the country's supreme leader.

The death of 83-year-old Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Mahdavi Kani, reported by Iranian media, is unlikely to spark any direct policy change or jockeying for power, officials and analysts said. But with the health of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also under scrutiny, any changes in the body that will choose his successor are sensitive and closely watched.

Under Iran's constitution, in case of the death, resignation, or dismissal of the leader, the Assembly of Experts has to take steps "within the shortest possible time for the appointment of the new leader".

Created after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the assembly has never exercised its right to dismiss a leader, but it has turned into a potential arena for competition between rival factions in Iran's complex power structure.