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Iraq: ISIS blows up historical mosque in Mosul
Posted by trailing wife 05/28/2015  00:00 2 Comments 328 words Read the whole thing on page 1
"There is no "history", there is only Allah's eternal now, when we, his chosen ones, rule, and you whom he despises are forever conquered and enslaved. Capish?"
[Rudaw] 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....
snuffies have blown up a historical mosque in their latest destruction of historical landmarks in the city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, according to a Kurdish official.

"The Islamic State snuffies blew up the historical mosque of Bakr al-Afandi in Mosul's western neighborhood of Bab Al-Top on Wednesday," Saeed Mamuzini, a media officer of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Mosul, told Rudaw on Wednesday.

"ISIS blew up the mosque under the pretext of it having shrines inside, which is forbidden," Mamuzni said. "The mosque of Bakr Al-Afandi was established in 1207."

Earlier this month, ISIS also blew up the nearly 200-year-old Maryam Khatoon Mosque in Mosul, Mamuzni told Rudaw.

Mosul fell in early June 2014 after the rapid capitulation of the Iraqi military, whose members reportedly abandoned their posts as the jihadists advanced.
#1: Forget! The Islamist consistory
Shakes furious fists at its history,
But why henna-dyed heirs,
Like Elisha's she-bears,
Devour their future's a mystery.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220|| 2015-05-28 00:38 ||Comments

#2: I am looking forward to seeing the ISIS monsters seize Karbala, and destroy the Husayn Ibn Ali mosque/shrine. That will definitely get the Shias foaming at the mouth crazy - which is guaranteed to bring about more wanton slaughter of muzzies by other muzzies. Pass the popcorn. More bullets for both sides.
Posted by: Lone Ranger|| 2015-05-28 01:30 ||Comments



Iraq: Report: Iraqi army officers collaborated with Islamic State in Ramadi fighting
Posted by trailing wife 05/28/2015  00:00 1 Comments 397 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Ynet] Several Iraqi army officers allegedly collaborated with 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 facilitated the group to take over the Ramadi region, the wife of a senior ISIS commander Abu Sayyaf
...also known as al-Harakat al-Islamiyya, an Islamist terror group based in Jolo, Basilan and Zamboanga. Since its inception in the early 1990s, the group has carried out bombings, kidnappings, murders, head choppings, and extortion in their uniquely Islamic attempt to set up an independent Moslem province in the Philippines. Abu Sayyaf forces probably number less than 300 cadres. The group is closely allied with remnants of Indonesia's Jemaah Islamiya and has loose ties with MILF and MNLF who sometimes provide cannon fodder...
, who was killed by the US army in a special mission, told American forces during her interrogation, a report in Saudi paper Okaz said.
"Singing like a bird, she is," added the source -- anonymously, of course.
According to the report, Iraqi intelligence opened an investigation in light of this information.

Meanwhile,
...back at the abandoned silver mine, the water was up to Jack's neck and still rising. And then he smelled the smoke...
Asharq Al-Awsat reported that Iraqi army leaders claimed that the armed forces handed over Ramadi to ISIS in a matter of hours.
#1: Anyone with a whit of knowledge of military history knows this was a complete and abject failure of leadership in the officer corps.
Posted by: genbara11@yahoo.com|| 2015-05-28 01:43 ||Comments



Iraq: ISIS’ Mosul governor reportedly killed in airstrikes
Posted by trailing wife 05/28/2015  00:00 0 Comments 349 words Read the whole thing on page 1
And another one bites the dust...
[Rudaw] 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....
governor of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, Ibrahim Younis Hamdani, was killed in an American Arclight airstrike Wednesday according to the Iraqi Defense Ministry.

"Today, the ISIS governor was killed by US-led Arclight airstrikes in the Mosul neighborhood of Badoush in western Mosul," the ministry said in a statement. "Ibrahim Younis Hamdani was on the way to Badoush areas when the warplanes bombed his convoy."

Since the city of Mosul fell to ISIS, many of the group's governors have been killed by coalition warplanes.
I guess in the ISIS hierarchy, governors are Number Threes.
In early March, coalition fighter jets targeted the vehicle of Shakir al-Hamdani, the second ISIS governor of Mosul, killing him and a number of his bodyguards, Ismat Rajab, a Kurdistan Democratic Party official, told Rudaw.

Warplanes also killed Radhwan Hamoudi, aka Abu Laith, the first ISIS governor of Mosul, on November 19.


Iraq: Multiple ISIS suicide attacks in Iraq's Anbar kill 17 troops
Posted by trailing wife 05/28/2015  00:00 0 Comments 546 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Rudaw] 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....
gunnies unleashed a wave of suicide kabooms targeting the Iraqi army in western Anbar province, killing at least 17 troops in a major blow to government efforts to dislodge the bully boyz from the sprawling Sunni heartland, an Iraqi military front man said Wednesday.

The attacks came just hours after the Iraqi government announced the start of a wide-scale operation to recapture areas under the control of the IS group in Anbar.

Brig. Gen Saad Maan Ibrahim, the front man for the Joint Military Command, told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named on Wednesday that the attacks took place outside the Islamic State-held city of Fallujah late the previous night.

The bully boyz struck near a water control station and a lock system on a canal between Lake Tharthar and the Euphrates River where army forces have been deployed for the Anbar offensive, he said.

Ibrahim added that the Islamic State gunnies used a sandstorm that engulfed most of Iraq on Tuesday night to launch the deadly wave of bombings.
They do like attacking during sandstorms...
He said it was not clear how many suicide attackers were involved in the bombings but they hit the military from multiple directions.
And they do like multiple jacket wallahs to start the attack, whether on foot or in vehicles.
Last month, the water station fell into the hands of IS bully boyz -- following attacks that also included multiple suicide kabooms and that killed a general commanding the 1st Division and a dozen other officers and soldiers.

Iraqi government forces recaptured the station a few days later.

The Iraqi operation to retake Anbar, which is said to be backed by Shiite militias and Sunni pro-government fighters, is deemed critical in regaining momentum in the fight against the Islamic State.


Home Front: WoT: Yemeni Pleads Guilty in New York to al-Qaida Conspiracy
Posted by trailing wife 05/28/2015  00:00 0 Comments 468 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] A 40-year-old Yemeni, who fought U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, pleaded guilty in New York Tuesday to conspiring to murder Americans and to supporting al-Qaeda, prosecutors said.

Saddiq al-Abbadi, who was locked away
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
with an alleged co-conspirator in 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...
on a U.S. warrant, now faces a maximum life sentence in an American jail.

According to court papers, Abbadi left Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
for Iraq to fight against U.S. troops from late 2005 to early 2007.

In early 2008, he traveled to northwestern Pakistain to fight for al-Qaeda before slipping across the border into Afghanistan to fight U.S. troops that summer.

Abbadi also used his connections to help an American from Long Island -- who has testified against him -- to join al-Qaeda.

Bryant Neal Vinas, who also traveled to Pakistain, has been accused of plotting to attack the Long Island Rail Road in New York.

Prosecutors said Abbadi pleaded guilty to conspiring to murder Americans, providing and conspiring to provide material support to al-Qaeda and using a machine gun in furtherance of those crimes.

"The defendant was a high-level al-Qaeda operative with ties to the terrorist group's big shotship in both Pakistain and Yemen," said Kelly Currie, acting U.S. attorney for the eastern district of New York.

"We stand resolute in our commitment to bring to justice those who would try to harm members of our military or who assist al-Qaeda's efforts to kill Americans at home or abroad," he added.


India-Pakistan: Militants Target Telecom Operations in Indian Kashmir
Posted by trailing wife 05/28/2015  00:00 0 Comments 390 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] Suspected holy warriors in Indian Kashmire have shot and killed a man for failing to shut down a state-run telecoms tower on his land, police said Wednesday.

Militants had ordered a shut-down of transmission towers belonging to the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) telecoms operator after police found illegal communication devices installed on them.

A police officer speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
said holy warriors had been "using the network of transmission towers for their own communications" before their devices were detected.

Police said the gunnies barged into Ghulam Hassan Dar's home near Sopore town and shot him, ignoring his family's pleas for mercy.

"The holy warriors asked him (Dar) why he restarted the cell phone transmission tower after they had ordered it shut," local superintendent of police Abdul Qayoom told Agence La Belle France Presse.

The shooting late Tuesday came a day after gunnies attacked a BSNL franchise, killing one employee and injuring three others.

Police and residents of Sopore, 45 kilometers (30 miles) northwest of the main city of Srinagar, said a hitherto unknown group named Lashkar-e-Islam
...a group of Islamic bandidos infesting Khyber Agency. It's headed by a former bus driver....
i had ordered that the towers be shut down.
Not all that unknown, if Fred already had information on them.


-Land of the Free: Marine Court-Martialed for Refusing to Remove Bible Verse
Posted by Blossom Unains5562 05/28/2015  00:00 0 Comments 146 words Read the whole thing on page 3
A United States Marine was convicted at a court-martial for refusing to remove a Bible verse on her computer -- a verse of Scripture the military determined "could easily be seen as contrary to good order and discipline."

The plight of Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling seems unbelievable -- a member of the Armed Forces criminally prosecuted for displaying a slightly altered passage of Scripture from the Old Testament: "No weapon formed against me shall prosper."

Sterling, who represented herself at trial, was convicted February 1, 2014 in a court-martial at Camp Lejune, North Carolina after she refused to obey orders from a staff sergeant to remove the Bible verses from her desk.

She was found guilty of failing to go to her appointed place of duty, disrespect toward a superior commissioned officer, and four specifications of disobeying the lawful order of a noncommissioned officer.


The Grand Turk: Turkey's top imam as the 'Muslim world's pope'
Posted by Fred 05/28/2015  00:00 1 Comments 160 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[Hurriyet Daily News] Having increased the tone of "Moslem solidarity" in his speeches with 10 days to go until the general elections, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
has finally come to the point of comparing The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's top religious official to the pope, the spiritual leader of the world's Catholics.
#1: erdogen defo sees himself as the leader of muslims.does he miss the ottoman empire or what?
Posted by: paul|| 2015-05-28 02:38 ||Comments



The Grand Turk: Turkish president says he cannot 'bear' opposition's criticism against his former gov't
Posted by Fred 05/28/2015  00:00 0 Comments 13 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Hurriyet Daily News]


-Lurid Crime Tales-: Soma victim wife's bank account emptied
Posted by Fred 05/28/2015  00:00 0 Comments 400 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Hurriyet Daily News] A bank employee has reportedly embezzled 196,000 Turkish Liras in donation money from the account of a Soma victim's wife.
According to the internet, 1 Turkish Lira = US $0.37845, so 196,000 TRY = US $74,176.20, if I keyed that into my calculator correctly.
The perpetrator emptied the bank account of Meryem Gul, the wife of Ali Gul, who lost his life in the country's deadliest mine disaster in the Soma district of the Aegean province of Manisa last year on May 13, in which 301 miners died. The account had been deposited with some 196,000 liras collected as a donation.

The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) granted 176,000 and 20,000 liras to Gul in two separate donations to help the family pay the victim's accrued debts. She later deposited the total amount to a bank in Soma with the company of her uncle-in-law.

In March, a rumor swirled that an officer working in the bank had been emptying several bank accounts, including those of miners and their families. Gul rushed to the bank to check if her account was among those subjected to fraud and the bank authorities discovered Gul's money had also been embezzled.

Gul said her husband had been a miner for 13 years and the Soma disaster left her widowed with her two children. "I was going to use that money for my children. Now we have nothing," she said, in tears.

Although the bank authorities said she would be refunded the total amount lost and they would investigate the incident, she did not hear from the bank about her money. She filed a complaint in mid-May to the Soma District Governorate and the governorate sent a complaint to the Soma Public Prosecution Office.

Speaking to daily Hurriyet on behalf of the governorate, Soma Governor Bahattin Atci said they had sent the complaint to the Soma Public Prosecution Office and an investigation launched on the matter was ongoing.

"As far as we heard from the bank authorities, the total amount of money embezzled from the emptied accounts will be returned to the account owners. Authorities also said the suspect has been fired from the bank," Atci added.

The wife of another Soma victim also said she figured some 1,000,000 liras had disappeared from her account, which she discovered after a halt in her regular payments.


India-Pakistan: Gunmen Kill Two Shopkeepers in Southwest Pakistan
Posted by Fred 05/28/2015  00:00 0 Comments 210 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[ALMANAR.LB] Unidentified gunnies on Wednesday killed two shopkeepers when they opened fire in a congested market in the southwest of the country, the second such attack in a week.

Police said two other shopkeepers and a passerby were maimed in the attack in central Quetta, the capital of restive Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
province.

"The attackers came on cycle of violences and opened fire indiscriminately, killing two cloth merchants and wounding two shopkeepers and a passerby," Quetta police chief Abdul Razzak Cheema told


Africa North: Libya Issues Warning after PM Escapes Assassination
Posted by Fred 05/28/2015  00:00 0 Comments 211 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[ALMANAR.LB] The armed forces of Libya's recognized government warned Wednesday they would react to any aggression against the state, a day after the prime minister escaped an liquidation attempt.

"The forces of the national army and the security services affirm their support for the legal government and commit to protecting it against any obstacles or aggression hampering its work," a statement on the government's news agency said.

It came after Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani escaped unscathed when would-be assassins opened fire on his car on Tuesday after a session of parliament in the eastern city of Tobruk.

"Any aggression against the seat of government and sovereign state institutions will be followed by a state response using its strength and legality, with force and firmness," the statement said.

Thani's front man said after his car was hit by bullets, wounding a bodyguard, that it had been an attempt to kill the premier.

"It was an liquidation attempt, and the prime minister survived it," Hatem el-Ouraybi told AFP.


Iraq: Biden Reassures Abadi of "US Commitment against ISIL"
Posted by Fred 05/28/2015  00:00 0 Comments 343 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[ALMANAR.LB] US Vice President Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
The former Senator-for-Life from Delaware, an example of the kind of top-notch Washington intellect to be found in the World's Greatest Deliberative Body...
reassured Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on Tuesday following remarks made by the US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Sunday when he questioned the Iraqi military's "will to fight."

Biden stressed that the US remained committed to helping Iraq fight 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....
of Iraq and the Levant' (ISIL) - an effort at damage control after Defense Secretary Ash Carter questioned Iraqi troops' desire to fight.

Biden thanked Abadi for "the enormous sacrifice and bravery of Iraqi forces," according to the White House, and welcomed the decision to mobilize troops and "prepare for counterattack operations."

The vice president pledged full US support to "these and other Iraqi efforts to liberate territory from ISIL," according to the statement, which used an alternative acronym for a former name for the group.

On Sunday, Carter questioned whether Iraqi forces had the "will to fight." Abadi has since told the United Kingdom's BBC that the defense secretary "was fed the wrong information." Carter's remarks, Iraq's indignation and Biden's apologetic efforts come after IS took Ramadi over a week ago.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: France Opposes Iran Nuclear Deal without Military Site Checks
Posted by Fred 05/28/2015  00:00 0 Comments 127 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[ALMANAR.LB] French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Wednesday that La Belle France would oppose a nuclear deal with Iran if it did not allow inspections of military sites.

An agreement "will not be accepted by La Belle France if it is not clear that verifications can be made at all Iranian facilities, including military sites," Fabius told parliament.

Iran's Supreme Leader Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei last week ruled out inspections at military sites.

Iran and the World powers sides signed a framework agreement on April 2 and began meeting in Vienna Wednesday to start finalizing the nuclear deal which is due by June 30.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Kurds Oust ISIL from Christian Villages in Syria
Posted by Fred 05/28/2015  00:00 0 Comments 254 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[ALMANAR.LB] Kurdish forces have driven 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....
in Iraq and the Levant terrorist group from more than a dozen Assyrian Christian villages that the forces of Evil had captured in northeastern Syria, a monitor said Wednesday.

"Following a 10-day offensive, Kurdish fighters took control early this week of 14 Assyrian villages that ISIL had controlled since February," said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Thousands of Christians fled an assault by the forces of Evil in the northeastern province of Hasakeh in February after a spate of kidnappings by ISIL, which is still holding 210 Assyrians hostage.

Assyrians number about 30,000 among Syria's 1.2 million Christians and mostly live in 35 villages in Hasakeh, all of which are now held by Kurdish or regime forces.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Syrian Airstrikes Kill over 140 ISIL Terrorists in Raqqa
Posted by Fred 05/28/2015  00:00 0 Comments 735 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[ALMANAR.LB] Syrian fighter jets hit the ISIL positions in Raqqa province, killing at least 140 terrorists, a military source said.

A senior Syrian military commander, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
, said that more than 140 ISIL bad boyz were potted in Raqqa on Tuesday, after the Syrian warplanes heavily targeted their sites, FNA reported.

"The Syrian air force has killed at least 140 ISIL elements in an air raid that targeted Tabaqa airbase in the province of Raqqa, located North of Syria," the source said.

In Daraa, the Syrian Army units killed 30 holy warriors from al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, Nusra Front, and destroyed an armored vehicle with holy warriors on board near al-Faqie checkpoint and in al-Farouq farm and Mleihet al-Atash in the countryside of the southern Daraa province, according to a military source.

More Nusra bad boyz were potted to south of al-Karak prison in Daraa al-Balad in Daraa city and in western Atman town in the countryside.

Sweida

In the southern province of Sweida, an army unit carried out strikes against dens and hideouts of ISIL in the countryside of the province.

The strikes left scores of ISIL holy warriors dead and others injured in Rajm al-Dawleh village in the northeastern countryside of the province.

Arms and various types of ammunition used by the holy warriors were destroyed.

Damascus Countryside

In Damascus countryside province, units of army and the armed forces killed holy warriors from al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli sh-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
including a sniper and destroyed their arms in al-Huseinyia village and Khan al-Sheih farms in the south western side of the province.

Meanwhile,
...back at the desert island, Irene was indignant at the thought of doing such a thing without benefit of clergy...
a unit of army killed a number of holy warriors including a sniper and destroyed a heavy machine gun, arms and ammunition in al-Huseinyia village to the south of Khan al-Sheih.

The source added that a unit of army destroyed a den for al-Nusra with its arms and ammunition and killed a number of holy warriors and injured others in Khan al-Sheih farms.

Latakia

In the northern countryside of the coastal province of Latakia, army units destroyed terrorists' vehicles- equipped with heavy machineguns- and mortar launchers in al-Eido village, Kensabba town and al-Noubeh Mountain. A number of al-Nusra bad boyz were potted in the process.

Idleb

In the neighboring province of Idleb, an army unit destroyed a den for al-Nusra terrorist organization in the area of al-Maqal'e to the north of Tal al-Mintar in Jisr al- Shughour city in the countryside of the province, killing all the holy warriors inside it.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Hezbullies Resistance Fighters Ambush Nusra Militants in Arsal Barrens
Posted by Fred 05/28/2015  00:00 1 Comments 307 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[ALMANAR.LB] Fighters of the Lebanese resistance ambushed a 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 in Arsal barrens on Wednesday, killing all members of a Takfiri group operating there.
"Lebanese resistance," of course, means Hezbollah. Nobody else in Leb resists anything.
Security sources told al-Manar that the group belongs to "al-Ghurabaa" Brigade of Nusra Front, noting that the ambush was perfect and that the snuffies were observed through surveillance drone.

The Takfiris were planning a terrorist attack in Arsal barrens near the barrens of the Lebanese town of Nahle, the sources added.

Among the killed snuffies was a commander, the sources said, addding that the terrorists' vehicle as well as a room used by them were totally destroyed.

The Syrian army and the resistance fighters have been for weeks engaged in a wide-scale operation to secure the barrens of Qalamoun. This area lies on the border between Syria and Leb and is considered as stronghold for the Syria-based Takfiri Lion of Islams.

Controlling this area is of mush significance since it secures the Lebanese towns in Bekaa from the Terrorists' attacks.

The video below shows the ambush which targeted the terrorists.
#1: Qalamoun is a sideshow. The Rebels are coming from the north and east.

I don't think Assad has long left. If he doesn't suffer an unfortunate accident, a Russian ship in Tartus would appear his best bet.

The T4 airbase appears the next domino to fall.
Posted by: phil_b|| 2015-05-28 02:12 ||Comments



India-Pakistan: Gunmen kill three cops in Karachi
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[DAWN] At least three coppers, including a sub-inspector and two constables, were killed and another maimed early on Wednesday when unidentified attackers opened fire on a police mobile van in 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 Bhangoria Goth area, a shanty-town in the limits of the Azizabad police.

The assailants managed to escape from the scene after the attack.

The director-general of Rangers, Major General Bilal Akbar, also visited the attack site.

Sindh's newly-appointed Home Minister Suhail Anwar Siyal also took notice of the incident and sought a report from DIG west Feroz Shah within two days.

Rescue sources said that the coppers were performing their routine night duties when they were attacked. They added that the victims were shifted to a nearby hospital.


India-Pakistan: FIRs lodged against 52 suspects of Gujranwala protest
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[DAWN] GUJRANWALA: Police have lodged two first information reports (FIR) against 52 individuals allegedly involved in the May 25 lawyers' protests following the Daska shootings ─ where two lawyers were shot dead.

The FIRs were registered at the Civil Lines police station naming eight individuals ─ including Advocate Imran Muneer Saghir, who was charged for vandalising an elite forces' vehicle with a brick ─ while 44 accused remain unnamed.

The individuals have been charged under Sections 6 and 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act for public protests, causing damage to public property, stoning of police vehicles, use of force against police officials and seizing police arms.

Police spokesperson Gulraiz Khan said no FIRs have been lodged specifically against lawyers, while Station House Officer Civil Lines added that both FIRs have been sealed.

Sporadic violent protests erupted in several cities of Punjab after two lawyers, including the president of the local bar association, were shot dead on Monday.


India-Pakistan: Inaction plan
Posted by Fred 05/28/2015  00:00 0 Comments 237 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[DAWN] Firstly, over 100 convicts have been hanged in five months since the Dec 16 carnage at the Army Public School, Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
. Has capital punishment deterred diehard terrorists? All I can say with my experience of more than 40 years in law enforcement is that it is the certainty and not the severity of punishment that deters criminals or reduces criminality. As long as loopholes exist in our justice system, death by hanging will not work.

Second, NAP emphasised that no armed militias would be allowed to function in the country. While the interior ministry has banned issuance of arms licences, some provinces are generously distributing licences of even prohibited-bore weapons. There is no policy of firm gun control in any province. No wonder violence cannot be stopped by a state machinery unwilling or incapable of enforcing its writ through effective deweaponisation.


International-UN-NGOs: Boat people too have rights
Posted by Fred 05/28/2015  00:00 0 Comments 134 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[DAWN] TOMORROW’S regional meeting in Thailand must find some humane answers to the plight of thousands of homeless people floating on the sea, if the international community does not wish to be arraigned for its callous disregard for the sanctity of human life.

Few issues expose the hollowness of the global rhetoric about human rights to a greater extent than the lack of understanding shown for homeless/stateless refugees and poor men and women seeking escape from persecution, hunger, and a life without hope.

The discovery of mass graves in Malaysia and Thailand at sites of camps operated by gangs of traffickers has added an utterly grisly chapter to the migrants’ tale of unimaginable suffering. Evidence already available suggests that some of the migrants were tortured and killed by their handlers.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Leader of al Qaeda Syria wing says aims to take Damascus
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[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] The leader of al Qaeda's Syria wing said his group was focused on capturing Damascus and warned members of the country's minority Alawite sect to renounce Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
The Scourge of Hama...
and change their beliefs in order to be safe.

The Nusra Front has made gains in northwestern Syria alongside other murderous Moslem groups in recent weeks, seizing the city of Idlib, the town of Jisr al-Shughour and bringing them closer to government-held coastal areas north of the capital.

"We will continue our focus on Damascus and on toppling this regime," Nusra's Abu Mohamad al-Golani told news channel Al Jazeera in a rare interview aired on Wednesday. "I assure you, Assad's fall won't take a long time."

His warning to Alawite villages and uncompromising language will do little to dispel Western fears about the growing influence of hardline bandidos murderous Moslems in Syria and Nusra's loyalty to al Qaeda. The Alawite community, of which Assad is a member, is an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam.

The Sunni Moslem Nusra Front is the most powerful faction in Syria opposing both Assad and 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....
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It was not clear where the interview took place and Golani's face was not shown. He sat on an ornate chair opposite the interviewer with his back to the camera.


Iraq: Iraq rebrands military campaign against Islamic State over fears of sectarianism
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[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] A campaign led by Shi'ite paramilitaries to drive 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 from Iraq's Sunni heartland was rebranded on Wednesday after criticism that the name chosen for the push was overtly sectarian.

The move was a response to fears that Iraq's reliance on Shi'ite paramilitaries to defeat Islamic State fighters, instead of the disordered and demoralized national army, could alienate Sunni Iraqis and deepen the region's sectarian divide.

The United States said it was "unhelpful" that the militias had dubbed the operation to retake Iraq's western province of Anbar "Labeyk Ya Hussein." The name translates to "At your service, Hussein," in honor of one of the most revered figures in Shi'ite Islam.

"This is extremely sectarian. We have no more trust in them. They follow a foreign, Iranian agenda."
The name also provoked complaints from Iraqis in Anbar.

"This is extremely sectarian," said unemployed resident Salam Ahmed, 41. "We have no more trust in them (the paramilitaries). They follow a foreign, Iranian agenda."

State TV said the paramilitaries had renamed the campaign "Labeyk Ya Iraq" (At Your Service Iraq) on Wednesday. A front man for the paramilitary groups, known as Hashid Shaabi, said both names had "the same meaning."

"Now we have opted for 'Iraq' and there is no problem," Karim al-Nouri said.

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has been reluctant to send Iran-backed Shi'ite militias to Anbar, concerned they could provoke a sectarian backlash from the province's predominantly Sunni population. But he was forced to deploy thousands of Shi'ite hard boyz to Anbar after Islamic State Death Eaters overran the lovely provincial capital of Ramadi on May 17, his government's biggest military setback in almost a year.

Two thousand more hard boyz arrived at the Habbaniya base east of Ramadi on Wednesday, as Death Eaters laid mines on the city's eastern and southern outskirts.

The militia and a smaller contingent of security forces are within 6 km (4 miles) of the city's southern outskirts and about 11 km (7 miles) to the east. It's unclear when they will begin an assault on Ramadi.

The Death Eaters are trying to consolidate their gains in the rest of Anbar before the military campaign begins.

There were several small skirmishes on Wednesday, tribal fighters said. Militants ambushed a convoy of police and tribal fighters east of Ramadi, killing six of them.

Northwest of Ramadi, festivities broke out between pro-government fighters from the Jaghaifa tribe and IS krazed killers. At the nearby Haditha dam, Death Eaters fired four Grad rockets
...Soviet-developed 122-mm rockets, usually launched from trucks. Newer versions are reported to have a range of up to 30 km....
at a key military command center.

The murderous Moslems also seized a small village near Garma, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) northwest of Baghdad, after ambushing a military convoy and killing eight soldiers.


India-Pakistan: Nine security personnel injured in Mohmand Agency blasts
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[DAWN] Nine security personnel sustained injuries Wednesday in two separate Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blasts in Mohmand Agency
... Named for the Mohmand clan of the Sarban Pahstuns, a truculent, quarrelsome lot. In Pakistain, the Mohmands infest their eponymous Agency, metastasizing as far as the plains of Peshawar, Charsadda, and Mardan. Mohmands are also scattered throughout Pakistan in urban areas including Karachi, Lahore, and Quetta. In Afghanistan they are mainly found in Nangarhar and Kunar...
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The first blast occurred in Safai tehsil when an IED went kaboom! near a security forces' vehicle, wounding eight security personnel. The injured were shifted to Mamad Gut hospital for treatment.

The second kaboom also took place in Safai tehsil when an IED went off during a bomb disposal exercise, injuring one security man.

According to the area's political administration, two Lion of Islam hideouts were destroyed in the Halemzai tehsil of Mohmand Agency when security forces conducted an operation in the area.

Read more: IED blast in Hub targets President Mamnoon's son

Mohmand is one of Pakistain's seven tribal agencies near the Afghan border which are rife with homegrown bandidos bad boys and are said to be strongholds of Taliban and al Qaeda operatives.

In February 2015, Mohmand Rifles Commandant Colonel Umar Haider Bokhari while speaking to journalists said that the security forces, with the support of local rustics, have cleared most areas of Mohmand Agency of murderous Moslems and restored peace there.


India-Pakistan: Quetta killings: Grand operation to be launched, says Bugti
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[DAWN] Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
government has decided to launch a grand operation against hit mans and snuffies in the aftermath of rise in acts of assassinations in the lovely provincial capital.

Nine people have been killed during last four days in various incidents of assassinations in the city.

"We will bring the killers to book," Home Minister Balochistan, Sarfaraz Bugti said at late night emergency presser on Wednesday.

Balochistan Police Chief Muhammad Amlaish Khan and Home Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani flanked the minister during the news conference.

Mr. Bugti informed the media persons that seven miscreants were placed in durance vile
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
during various raids and weapons were recovered from their possession in Quetta. "Police are interrogating the miscreants", he said.

The home minister reached Quetta following the instructions of Chief Minister Dr. Malik Baloch on Wednesday after repeated incidents of assassinations in the lovely provincial capital.


Terror Networks: IS expected to carry out 'more advances' as one year anniversary approaches
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[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Isis expected to carry out 'more violence, more advances, more attacks' as one year anniversary 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....
declaration approaches

As one year anniversary of the so-called "caliphate" declared by Isis approaches, the group will be seeking to make itself appear "stronger and more defiant than ever", an expert has said.

In his address marking the start of the Moslem holy month of Ramadan last year, leader His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
...formerly merely the head of ISIL and a veteran of the Bagram jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us...
appeared in public for the first time to proclaim himself caliph of the "Islamic State" and urge supporters to "take up arms" around the world.

Since then, the group has continued to seize territory across swathes of Iraq and Syria and made deals with Islamist terrorist groups in several countries. As well as the group's broadcast of gory beheadings and executions of captives, including Western journalists and aid workers, it has grabbed credit for international in terror attacks in 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...
, Tunisia, Libya, Afghanistan and Pakistain.

Atrocities in La Belle France, Australia and the US have also been carried out by gunnies pledging allegiance to the group. Charlie Winter, a researcher London-based counter extremism think tank the Quilliam Foundation, said Isis will be "more active than ever" over the coming month as the one-year anniversary of the Islamic State approaches.

It coincides with Ramadan, which was also an active time for the group in 2013, when Isis Death Eaters freed hundreds of inmates from two of Iraq's largest prisons -- Abu Ghraib and Taji.

Mr Winter said that recent gains seizing the cities of Ramadi and Palmyra in Iraq and Syria will have been "meticulously" timed to give Isis a much-needed perception of momentum.

"There is a concerted effort to appear as relevant as ever, stronger than ever and more defiant than ever in the face of international opposition," he added, saying the group would be planning "more violence, more advances, more attacks".

The US is heading two separate international coalitions conducting air strikes against Isis in both Iraq and Syria, while Kurds, Iranian-backed militias and government troops are fighting on the ground.

Last week, US Central Command admitted that the loss of Ramadi in Iraq was a "setback" but said it was confident that it would be regained.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Syria regime says wants more Iraqi coordination in ISIS fight
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[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Damascus wants more coordination with Baghdad to combat ISIS fighters who control land in both countries, Syria's foreign minister said on Wednesday, days after the group seized a border crossing and overran a central Syrian city.

ISIS seized al-Tanf border crossing with Iraq last week and has taken over the desert city of Palmyra, the first time the group has captured a large population center directly from the Syrian military.

Though Damascus and Baghdad share a close relationship with Shiite Islamist Iran, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem's comments indicated Damascus was not happy with the level of Iraqi cooperation in the fight against ISIS.

Both countries realized they had to fight together, he said.

"But the coordination has not reached the threat level we are facing," he told a joint news conference in Damascus with his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian, who also met Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Lord of the Baath...
.

Baghdad is coordinating with U.S. forces to combat ISIS, which has taken territory from government forces in the north and west of the country. In Syria, U.S.-led warplanes are carrying out an aerial campaign which they say is not coordinated with the Syrian military and has focused on areas outside of government control.

However Syria says it has been informed of attacks ahead of time and has criticized the U.S.-led raids as ineffective, but has not opposed them.

Moallem also said support from Syria's main allies Russia and Iran remained strong and that they would not hold back on helping Syria to remain "steadfast."

Nalbandian is the third foreign minister to visit Damascus this year after trips by ministers from Iran and Belarus.

Syria hosts an Armenian population mainly in the north of the country and is also home to several Armenian churches. Both countries are hostile towards The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
.

Syria blames its northern neighbor for funding and arming bully boys. Turkey has denied arming rebels or helping hardline Islamists. Armenia condemns Ankara for not recognizing what it says was a genocide by Ottoman Turks 100 years ago.

Moallem criticized Turkey for what he said were acts of aggression and for violating Syrian airspace.

He also dismissed comments by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Tuesday in which he warned Iraq and Syria risked further division if international efforts to tackle ISIS were not stepped up quickly.

"Our people are able to repel any attack and prevent any attempt to partition Syria," he said. He said La Belle France, which supports the four-year uprising against Assad, had supported terrorism and was conspiring against Syria.


Arabia: Airstrikes kill at least 80 in deadliest bombings of Yemen war
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[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Saudi-led Arclight airstrikes killed at least 80 people near Yemen's border with 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...
and in the capital Sanaa Wednesday, residents said, the deadliest day of bombing in over two months of war in Yemen.

Iranian-backed Houthi


India-Pakistan: Punjab Assembly attacked, security shed set on fire
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[DAWN] LAHORE: Violent protests by lawyers against law-enforcers over the killing of the Daska Bar Association president and his colleague continued on Tuesday as the black coats attacked the Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

Assembly building and set its security shed (made of fibreglass) on fire.

In other parts of the province, lawyers blocked roads, burnt tyres, damaged public property, manhandled coppers and harassed citizens. In Gujranwala, lawyers broke into the DCO office.

The PPP, Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf
...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations....
and other parties also held peaceful protests across the province and called for immediate action against the culprits.


India-Pakistan: Two hanged in Faisalabad
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[DAWN] FAISALABAD: Two death row prisoners were hanged in the central jail here on Tuesday.

Iftikhar Ahmed had gunned down Allah Rakha, his brother Ramzan and relative Ashraf in 2001 in Model Town.

Second condemn prisoner Asif Zeb of Chak 111-NB, Sargodha, had killed his rival Ijaz Ahmed in 1998.


India-Pakistan: Two suspected robbers killed in 'encounter'
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[DAWN] GUJRANWALA: Two suspected robbers were killed in an alleged police encounter in the Model Town area on Tuesday. Both were wanted by police in various cases.

They had robbed two persons, identified as Shabbir and Ashraf, in B-Block of Model Town. As they reached near the Govt Comprehensive School Model Town, they faced a police mobile and opened fire on it.

A police contingent was called which surrounded the area. To escape from the area, the suspects fired at police who retaliated and both the robbers were killed in the fire exchange.

Two pistols, a mobile phone and a cycle of violence were recovered from the suspects.


India-Pakistan: MYC to monitor Friday sermons in mosques
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[DAWN] LAHORE: The Milli Yakjehti Council (MYC) has decided to monitor Friday sermons in mosques to limit holy men or prayer leaders to deliver speeches on the subject of morality and humanity alone as explained in the religion of Islam.

The MYC is an alliance of various religio-political parties, including the Jamaat-e-Islami
...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores...
and the JUI-F. The decision to observe Friday sermons was taken at an important MYC meeting held here on Tuesday.

According to plan, the participants of the meeting constituted four committees namely Jumma (Friday) Commission, Masalehti (Reconciliation) Commi­ssion, Ilmi wa Tehqeeqi (Educational and Research) Commission and Islami Nazriati (Islamic Ideology) Council Commission.

"We have started this work under a mission to promote sectarian and religious harmony through giving purposeful messages to Friday prayers' gatherings on morality, humanity, civilisation, family system, culture and public rights," MYC and JI's big shot Liaqat Baloch told Dawn.

Talking about working mechanism of the Jumma Commission, which would be headed by Maulana Abdul Jaleel Naqshbandi, Mr Baloch said its members would visit mosques to offer Friday prayers during which they would particularly observe the speeches delivered by holy mans. "If it is observed that the holy mans are delivering speeches on matters which may lead towards some problem, the commission members will immediately limit them on speaking about the morality, humanity etc," he added.

Besides this, the members, in advance, would also brief the prayer leaders about some selected subjects that were required to be discussed in sermons to avoid religious and sectarian conflicts. He said the participants also sought protection of all minorities, including Moslem minorities and their religious/worship places in the country by monitoring activities of mischief mongers.


India-Pakistan: Balochistan govt extends policing powers of FC for three months
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[DAWN] Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
government has extended the policing powers of Frontier Corps
...a provincial auxiliary military force under the command of the Paramilitary forces of Pakistan. It is recruited mostly from the tribal areas along the western borders and is the direct counterpart to the Rangers of the eastern provinces. Total manpower is about 80,000. They are tasked to help local law enforcement in the maintenance of law and order, and to carry out border patrol and anti-smuggling operations....
for the next three months, sources told DawnNews.

Home department sources revealed that Balochistan Chief Minister Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch approved the extension in policing powers given to FC -- which were set to expire on Wednesday.

FC has been given the extension in its policing powers in the aftermath of the rise in incidents of assassinations in Quetta.

Earlier, two people were bumped off while another was injured when armed assailants shot up them in the Mecongi Road area of Quetta.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Syrian opposition figures end Astana talks without concrete outcome
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[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Number of Syrian opposition figures met on Monday and Tuesday in Astana, Kazakhstan's capital, in step to form common ground before planned Geneva talks over Syria but no concrete outcome had been reached as key opposition group the National Coalition boycotted the talks.

The meeting, which held at the request Randa Qasis, President and Founder of the Movement of the Pluralistic Society, has discussed returning to talks in Geneva, which collapsed last year, but no decisions were taken.

Astana's meeting was a continuation for Moscow talks which was boycotted by the Syrian Coalition last April and January.

The Syrian National Coalition has said it will only take part in the talks if they lead to Bashir al-Assad's departure.

Some of NC members opposed any participation in such talks while
others said we should be more flexible.

Meanwhile,
...back at the chili cook-off, Chuck and Manuel's rivalry was entering a new and more dangerous phase...
most of the factions fighting in Syria, including the most powerful single myrmidon force, 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....
, have had nothing to do with any political discussions between the Syrian government and its political opponents.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: ISIS frees 2 Christian women held in Syria
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[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Syrian activists say ISIS has released two Christian women who had been held along with dozens others since February in northeastern Syria.

ISIS kidnapped more than 220 Assyrian Christians in February, after overrunning several farming communities on the southern bank of the Khabur River in Hassakeh province.

Osama Edwards, director of the Assyrian Network for Human Rights, says the women, who are 70 and 75 years old, were released Tuesday and have now reached the northwestern city of Hassakeh.
Too old to bring any price at the slave market, not cost effective to keep feeding them nor to expend the bullet to send them on to the next life.
And now that the ransom has been cashed, the women are fee to go.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an activist group, said Wednesday the two were likely released because of their poor health. Some of the captives were released previously.

Edwards says ISIS is still holding 210 Assyrian Christians and is demanding $100,000 for each hostage.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Syrian military airports controlled by Iran: defected pilot
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[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Defected officers in the air forces of Syrian regime revealed that Iranian inspectors and experts had permeated the Syrian air forces and airports since August 2011, only 6 months following the start of the Syrian revolution.
Just doing their duty to the vassal state.
A defected pilot, colonel in air forces told Zaman al-Wasl that a group of 12 Iranian experts entered al-Sho'aerat military airport in Homs countryside in August 2011, where they were allocated special accommodation isolated from other workers in the airport,all Syrian technicians and engineers and pilots were prevented from entering their accommodation, except the airport security manager.

The Colonel confirmed that the same thing took place in other military airports like al-sin, T4, Domair, Mezzeh and Hama.

Colonel (N.M) mentioned that the Iranian group had been provided with 3 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle as well as control station provided with listening devices targeting workers in the airport.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: ISIS shoots dead 20 at Palmyra amphitheater
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[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] ISIS murderous Moslems rubbed out around 20 men inside an ancient amphitheater in the Syrian city of Palmyra Wednesday, accusing them of being government supporters, an activist group monitoring the conflict said.

Rooters was unable to independently confirm the report from the Britannia-based activist group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The hardline Sunni murderous Moslems took control of the central city, also known as Tadmur, from government forces last week and have already killed at least 200 people and taken around 600 captive, according to the Observatory.

"They executed around 20 men in the Roman amphitheatre and called people to watch," said the Observatory's Rami Abdulrahman, who cited sources inside the city.

Supporters of ISIS wrote on Twitter that a number of people had been killed by the group inside the amphitheatre, which forms part of the city's 2,000-year-old ruins which are a UNESCO World Heritage site.

ISIS's takeover of Palmyra marked the first time the group had seized a Syrian city directly from government control. The other population centres it holds were mostly taken from rival Death Eater groups in Syria's four-year conflict.


India-Pakistan: Police claim arrest of prime suspect in Dr Soomro assassination case
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[DAWN] SUKKUR: Sukkur police on Tuesday claimed to have enjugged
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
the prime suspect in the Nov 29, 2014 liquidation of the then Sindh secretary general of the Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl
...the political wing of the Pak Taliban...
Dr Khalid Mahmood Soomro.
JUI-F's armed wing is the Pak Taliban, or at least a branch or two. Presumably one of the other branches found the Dear Departed lacking in piety.
Sukkur SSP Tanveer Hussain Tunio disclosed the arrest of the suspect, Lutufullah Jamali, in his messages to some journalists and later speaking to the media in his office on Tuesday.

The SSP said that acting upon a tip-off, 11 vehicles carrying a big police force crossed into Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
to conduct a raid on a hideout in Osta Mohammed. Jamali was found present there and the police arrested him, he said, without giving other details about the raid.

He said that five suspects involved in the liquidation had already been arrested.

Dr Soomro was bumped off while he was saying Fajr prayers in a mosque next to his seminary in the SITE area of Sukkur on Nov 29, 2014.
Saying prayers at your local could cause your life insurance premiums to rise.
While the killer(s) remained on the lam for weeks after the attack, the JUI-F held a series of rallies and demonstrations in Sindh and other parts of the country for their arrest. Police picked up and interrogated scores of suspects and let off most of them until they short-listed five of them and undertook an extensive investigation into the case in December 2014.

One of the five suspects, Mohammed Hanif Bhutto, a resident of Sachal Colony in Larkana, was then declared the criminal mastermind of the liquidation. Two others, Altaf Hussain Jamali and his brother Darya Khan Jamali, were stated to be residents of Jacobabad while Sarang Ali and Mushtaq Ali were said to be residents of Qambar and Lakhi Ghulam Shah, respectively.
Mushtaq Ali, think you better slow your mustang down.
Mushtaq Ali, think you better slow your mustang down.
You been running all over the town now.
Oh! I guess I'll have to put your flat feet on the ground.

All you want to do is ride around Ali, ride, Ali, ride.
All you want to do is ride around Ali, ride, Ali, ride.
All you want to do is ride around Ali, ride, Ali, ride.


Bangladesh: RAB busts students' gang of kidnappers
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[Dhaka Tribune] Members of Rapid Action Battalion busted a gang of kidnappers, all private university students, and rescued two victims in and near the capital on Monday.

"A team of RAB 1 conducted a drive in Joydebpur area of Gazipur on Monday evening and tossed in the slammer
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
eight members of the gang," Kamrul Hasan, operation officer of RAB 1 and an assistant police superintendent, told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

"The members of the team rescued two hostages from the gang's den and seized six mobile phones and a microbus," Kamrul said.

Based on the information given by these eight arrested persons, RAB picked up the gang's ninth member, who is a woman, in the capital's Uttara.

Seven of the arrestees are Shahin, 26, Tariqur Rahman, 22, Md Roki alias Jibon, 20, Abu Tareq, 25, Sanjay Roy, 23, Al Amin, 22, Sabrina Kabir alias Moumita, 20, all students of the Uttara-based International University of Business, Agriculture and Technology (IUBAT).

The other two are Sheikh Shahin, 23, student of Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology (Duet), and Md Kaiyum, 24, student of Uttara University.

The two rescued victims are Shimon Miah, 28, and his cousin Md Saddam, 24. Shimon is an expatriate Bangladeshi living in Singapore and is originally from Kaliganj of Gazipur. He came to visit Bangladesh on May 5 and was kidnapped on Monday.

RAB officials said that Shahin, believed to be the leader of the gang, used his girlfriend Moumita to lure Shimon into a trap. Moumita called up Shimon and tried to build a relationship.

On Monday, Moumita fixed a date with Shimon; they met near the Agriculture Research Centre in Gazipur at around 11:30am. Shimon took his cousin Saddam with him.

Soon, the kidnappers, in the guise of detective police, came to the area and picked up Shimon and Saddam. They blindfolded them, snatched Tk4,500, a gold chain and a ring and took them to their den inside the Bhawal forest.

The kidnappers told Shimon to call up his brother, who also lives in Singapore, and ask for Tk5 lakh as ransom, or else they threatened to sever his limbs.

When they were torturing the hostages, a female worker of a nearby mango forest noticed the incident and informed other locals who then informed the Porabari camp of RAB. Then the drive was conducted, said RAB official Kamrul.

Kamrul said they are trying to find out whether the gang was involved in any other kidnapping. He also said the process of filing a case against the kidnappers was underway.


Bangladesh: Suspected thief lynched in Chittagong
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[Dhaka Tribune] An alleged cycle of violence thief has been beaten to death by an angry mob at Datmara union of Fatickchhari upazila in Chittagong.

The dear departed is Md Rafiq, 26, of the Datmara area of the upazila, said Bhujpur cop shoppe's Officer-in-Charge (OC) Jahedul Kabir.

OC Jahed said the incident took place at the Rubber Garden area of Datmara union at around 5:30am on Wednesday when the locals caught the thief during a burglary and gave him a good beating, leaving him dead on the spot.

Being informed, police rushed to the spot and sent the body to Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) for an appointment with Dr. Quincy, added the OC.

Rafiq was a professional cycle of violence thief in the area and an accused in two cases booked with Bhujpur cop shoppe in connection with a stolen motorbike, OC Jahed said.

A case was lodged against some unidentified persons in this connection.


Bangladesh: Youth lynched for killing woman
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[Dhaka Tribune] An angry mob has beaten a youth to death for allegedly killing a sexagenarian woman during a conflict in the Bhanua area in Gazipur.

The dear departed is Mokarram, 22, son of Mohammad Ali of Kaliganj of the upazila.

Joydebpur Sub-Inspector Azizul Hoque said: "Alauddin Bhanua, 70, was working in his house when he got locked into a conflict with Mokarram over a previous enmity at around 7:30am on Wednesday."

Alauddin's relative Mokarram had come to stay at his house for a few days, the police official said.

"At one stage of the quarrel, Mokarram attacked Alauddin with a sharp weapon. Later, he hacked at Akhlima, 65, severely when she came to rescue her husband.

"Akhlima was struck down in her prime."

The SI said: "An angry mob caught Mokarram and beat him severely. Later, he died on the way to Dhaka Medical College Hospital."


Bangladesh: Blogger Rajeeb murder trial begins
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[Dhaka Tribune] A Dhaka court has begun the trial of the blogger-architect Ahmed Rajeeb Haider murder case with recording the deposition of the plaintiff, also the victim's father Dr Nazim Uddin.

Judge Syeed Ahmed of Speedy Trial Tribunal 3 Wednesday also fixed June 2 for recording the deposition of other witnesses.

While delivering his deposition, Rajeeb's father told the court: "I have come to know through newspaper reports that the eight indicted persons killed my son. I demand exemplary punishment of the killers."

Earlier on May 21, the same court framed charges afresh against the eight accused in the case, responding to a plea of the public prosecutor.

Special public prosecutor of Speedy Trial Tribunal 3 Md Mahbubur Rahman filed a plea in which he urged the court to frame the charges again as the name of the murder scene was not mentioned clearly in the previous indictment documents.

Of the accused, Mufti Jasim Uddin Rahmani has been indicted under section 302 and 107 of the penal code while the others were indicted under section 302 and 34.

On March 18, Judge Ruhul Amin of the Fourth Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court passed an indictment order against Mufti Jasim, chief of holy warrior group Ansarullah Bangla Team, and seven from North South University.

After the indictment, the court fixed April 21 to start a trial in the case.

On May 12, the case was shifted to Speedy Trial Tribunal 3 from Dhaka's Fourth Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court for quick disposal.

In this regard, a gazette was sent to Speedy Trial Tribunal 3 from the Fourth Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court.

Earlier, the Ministry of Home Affairs issued a gazette notification for transferring the case documents of the Rajib murder case to Speedy Trial Tribunal 3.

Rajeeb, known as Thaba Baba in the blogging community, was hacked to death on February 15, 2013 near his Pallabi home, only 10 days into the historic movement at Shahbagh demanding the death penalty for the 1971 war criminals and a ban on Jamaat-e-Islami
...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores...
and its student body Islami Chhatra Shibir
... the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh...
For which they immediately settled his hash.


Bangladesh: RAB: 2 arrested in Garo rape case
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[Dhaka Tribune] Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) members in separate drives have nabbed
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
two suspected criminals for their involvement in the recent gang-rape of a Garo woman inside a moving microbus in Dhaka.

The arrestees are Ashraf alias Tushar, 35, and microbus driver Zahidul Islam Lavlu, 26.

However,
we can't all be heroes. Somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by...
the RAB officials earlier told the Dhaka Tribune that three people have been arrested.

RAB legal and media wing Assistant Director Major Maksudul Alam said: "A team of RAB conducted a drive in Kolapara upazila of Potuakhali district and held Tushar at around 1am on Wednesday."

Later, based on Tushar's information, the RAB members arrested Lavlu from the Gulshan 1 area at around 5:25am, he said.

The law enforcers also seized the mircobus, which was used in the crime, from the capital's Banani area.

Five unknown criminals forcefully took the 21-year-old Garo woman inside a grey-coloured microbus while she was waiting at the Biswa Road bus stand for a bus on May 21.

The criminals, including the driver of the microbus, violated her on the running vehicle and threw her out of it in Uttara.

Later, a case was filed with Vatara cop shoppe in this regard.


Afghanistan: Ghani Praises Security Forces For Zero Casualty Toll In Kabul Attack
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[Tolo News] President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. 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. ..
On Wednesday praised the Afghan National Security Forces for their well coordinated response in quelling Tuesday night's attack on a guest house in Wazir Akbar Khan in Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which gave Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
.

The Afghan forces reached the scene soon after the snuffies attempted to enter the guest house. Despite a heavy shootout during a six hour siege, no deaths or injuries were reported.

Condemning the terrorist attack in the strongest terms, Ghani said: "Our security forces once again proved that they are capable of defending our country and people against any threats and disruptive efforts."

The President commended the Afghan people for supporting the National Security Forces and added that the Office of the President will continue initiatives to honor the services and sacrifices of the National Security Forces.

Ghani said that the enemy is not able to face the Afghan forces on the battlefield, so they are now resorting to killing women, children and innocent people, and attacking civilian targets.

Ghani also said that Afghanistan is "facing an enemy that spreads fear and terror among the people, but the courage of security forces has proven that the enemies of Afghanistan will fail to satisfy their ill intentions".

Sediq Sediqqi, the ministery of interior front man, posted a picture (as above) on his Twitter account of the special forces team that brought the Kabul attack under control. In a message below the photograph he paid tribute to the men involved and said: "These are the heroes who quelled last night attack in Kabul."

Tuesday night's attack was launched against the Heetal Guest House -- home to mostly Australian expats -- in an upmarket part of the city that also houses embassies.

The first sign of trouble was shortly after 23:00 (local time) when Kabul was rocked by the first kaboom, followed by a volley of gunfire. Over the next six hours kabooms were heard on a regular basis, as was sporadic bursts of gunfire. Hotel security, along with special forces managed to prevent the snuffies from storming the hotel -- despite one attacker detonating his boom jacket in order for them to gain entry.

The Crisis Response Unit (CRU) was also brought in to help bring the situation under control. According to a senior police source the CRU was armed with heavy artillery and high-powered night vision equipment to flush out the snuffies that at one stage were believed to have been hiding among trees in a park behind the guest house.

The Kabul Police Chief, Abdul Rahman Rahimi confirmed that there were no security forces casualties in the attack and no civilians were maimed. He said that "in this attack we used new tactics to kill the turbans." There had however been four attackers -- all of whom died.

He said police had started investigations into the attack.

Bejhan Kohestani, the Heetal hotel manager, told TOLOnews during the siege that his security staff had successfully helped hold off the snuffies for a number of hours.

The Taliban has grabbed credit for the attack.


Arabia: Airstrike in Yemen kills 36 police commandos
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[FOXNEWS] Yemen's Health Ministry has raised the corpse count from a Saudi-led Arclight airstrike that targeted a sprawling police camp in the capital, Sanaa, earlier in the day, saying 36 commandos were killed.

The ministry -- which is controlled by Yemen's Iranian catspaws known as Houthis -- says at least 100 members of the force were also maimed. It gave no further details.

The camp is run by commanders loyal to ousted Yemeni President President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
who has backed the power grab by Houthis. The rebels and Saleh's loyalists now control Sanaa and much of the country's north.

Security officials say 150 troops were present at the camp at the time of the Arclight airstrike. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.


Boeing B-17G-70-BO Fortress 43-37675, of the 532d Bomb Squadron, RAF Ridgewell, en route to targets over Nazi-occupied territory. Named "Patches", "Flak Magnet" and "Trudie's Terror" by various aircrews, This aircraft survived the war and was retired to Kingman AAF Arizona on 17 December 1945.


Britain: Blair to step down as Middle East envoy: diplomatic sources
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[REUTERS] Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will step down as the representative of the Quartet
... The Quartet are the UN (xylophone), the United States (alto), the European Union (soprano), and Russia (shortstop). The group was established in Madrid in 2002 by former Spanish Prime Minister Aznar, as a result of the escalating conflict in the Middle East. Tony Blair is the Quartet's current Special Envoy....
of Middle East powerbrokers at the end of June, diplomatic sources said on Wednesday.

Blair wrote to United Nations
...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...
Secretary-General the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon
... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan...
on Wednesday that he would step down from the role he has held for eight years. The decision will come into effect at the end of June, a source close to the Quartet said.

In London, a source close to Blair confirmed that "as has been widely known since earlier in the year, Tony Blair has decided to step aside from his role as Quartet Representative."

Blair is expected to remain active in the region, but not in any formal capacity. It is unclear whether a new representative of the Quartet, which brings together the United States, Russia, the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
and the United Nations, will be appointed.

When Blair's appointment was announced in 2007, he took on the role eight months after it had been vacated by former World Bank president James Wolfensohn.

Blair, Britannia's prime minister from 1997 until stepping down in 2007, was trying to be active in Middle East diplomacy at a time when international brokers had largely failed to bring Israel and the Paleostinians closer to a resolution of their differences.


Europe: EU asks states to accept 40,000 asylum seekers
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[BBC] The European Commission has called on EU member states to take in 40,000 asylum seekers from Syria and Eritrea
...is run by the People's Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), with about the amounts of democracy and justice you'd expect from a party with that name. National elections have been periodically scheduled and cancelled; none have ever been held in the country. The president, Isaias Afewerki, has been in office since independence in 1993 and will probably die there of old age...
who land in Italia and Greece over the next two years.

Germany, La Belle France and Spain would receive the most migrants under the Commission's latest plan.

The idea of using quotas to resettle those who have made it to Europe has caused controversy in some EU states.

The UK government says that it will not take part in such a system.

La Belle France, Spain, Hungary, Slovakia and Estonia have also all voiced concerns, and a final decision will be taken by EU governments after a vote by MEPs.

Denmark has the right to opt out of the plan while Ireland and the UK can decide whether they wish to opt in.


Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Amnesty International: Hamas guilty of torture, summary executions
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[WASHINGTONPOST] The human rights
...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions...
group Amnesia Amnesty International charged Wednesday that Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,, the Paleostinian Islamist bad boy organization that controls the Gazoo Strip, used the cover of last summer's war with Israel to abduct, torture and carry out extrajudicial executions with impunity.

The 50-day war left swaths of Gazoo in ruins and thousands dead.

In a report, Amnesia Amnesty International said the killing of Paleostinians alleged to have collaborated with Israel constituted war crimes. The group also extended blame beyond Hamas to include the West Bank-based Paleostinian Authority, saying it failed to stop or investigate the executions.

Also Wednesday, Israeli warplanes hit five targets in the Gazoo Strip in response to rocket fire from the coastal enclave. No serious injuries on either side were reported.

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon warned Hamas that Gazoo "will pay a heavy price" if rocket fire from the territory escalates.


Iraq: Video shows militia fighters' attack Baiji oil refinery
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[TELEGRAPH.CO.UK] Iraqi military operations to retake the contested Baiji oil refinery were underway on Wednesday.
Shia militia, known as Popular Mobilisation Units, were filmed firing rifles and rockets at alleged 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....
(Isil) group positions in the area.

The fighting took place just hours after the Iraqi government announced the start of a wide-scale operation to recapture areas under the control of the Isil in western Anbar province.

The IS-held town of Baiji and its refinery is seen as a key step in the fight against Isil, who rely on it as a major source of revenue. It is Iraq's largest oil refinery.


Olde Tyme Religion: The silent missile that can destroy enemy electronics with microwave PULSES: Air Force confirms terrifying new weapon
Posted by Blossom Unains5562 05/28/2015  00:00 2 Comments 123 words Read the whole thing on page 3
According to Foxtrot Alpha, once integrated into JASSM, Champ will be a 'first day of war' standoff weapon.

Because it can be launched by both bombers and fighters, Lockheed's Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile, or JASSM, is an ideal platform for Champ.

'The capability is real ... and the technology can be available today,' said Major General Thomas Masiello, the Air Force Research Laboratory.

'That's an operational system already in our tactical air force'

In 2012, aircraft manufacturer Boeing successfully tested the weapon on a one-hour flight during which it knocked out the computers of an entire military compound.

During Boeing's experiment, the missile flew low over the Utah Test and Training Range, discharging electromagnetic pulses on to seven targets, permanently shutting down their electronics.
#1: Nice to have. But God forbid the government ever decide to use them against We the People.
Posted by: OldSpook|| 2015-05-28 00:05 ||Comments

#2: Yeah, we like our tronics.
Also good for PSTN Central Offices.
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India-Pakistan: Rioting lawyers: Institutional clash?
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[DAWN] EARLIER this week, Daska, a small, somewhat lesser known town, 100 kilometres north of Lahore, was catapulted into national prominence. The reasons for this, however, were not only tragic but also potentially dangerous.

According to reports, certain local residents -- including lawyers -- had been protesting against an anti-encroachment drive organised by the municipal administration and the Daska police. It is not clear whether the police asked the protesters to disperse and if and how they resisted. What is known, however, is that the police opened fire, killing two -- both lawyers, the president of the Daska Bar Association amongst them -- and injuring two more, one an ordinary citizen.
"Encroachment" in Pakistain refers to the grabbing of land by more powerful people, such as politicians, holy men, or other types of robber baron. This is facilitated by the lack of real property deeds, a lack which is perpetuated by the people you'd most expect to benefit.
As news of these deaths spread, lawyers in Daska hurled stones at the police, set on fire police offices and injured the deputy superintendent. They also set on fire the house of the assistant commissioner who was reported to have fled the city with his family. The fear, insecurity and rage soon spread to Gujranwala, Sialkot and eventually to Lahore where lawyers attacked the Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

Assembly. Even as the Lahore High Court chief justice and the Punjab chief minister took notice, lawyers took to the social media, suggesting the clash between lawyers and police was in fact an irrevocable breach of trust and worse, a clash of institutions.

What actually happened at Daska? Had the protesters -- whether ordinary citizens or lawyers -- committed an offence? In the absence of details, it may be assumed that the protesters had committed either or both of the offences of encroachment and unlawful assembly.

In Punjab, encroachment is an offence under Section 6 of the Punjab Highways Ordinance 1959 and Section 175 of the Punjab Land Revenue Act 1967. Under both laws, the offence is punishable by fine, which the highway and revenue authorities may levy themselves. In case of highways, it is also punishable by imprisonment that may only be awarded by a court.

The offence of unlawful assembly is more complex. In terms of Section 141 of the Pakistain Penal Code 1860, any group of five or more persons that gathers with the common object of overawing a public servant in the course of his duty, resisting the execution of law or criminally encroaching upon property may be liable for unlawful assembly.

The offence is compounded if a person intentionally joins such a group especially if he does so armed with a deadly weapon, joins it after the group has been ordered to disperse, or incites the group to riot with or without a deadly weapon.

Once again the offence, in all its permutations, is punishable by fine or imprisonment to be determined by a court.

If the protesters had indeed committed either of these offences, was the police authorised to open fire on them? According to Section 127 of the Criminal Procedure Code 1898, the officer in-charge of a cop shoppe -- the SHO -- has the authority to direct an unlawful assembly to disperse. Further, in terms of Section 128, if the assembly resists his orders, the SHO has the right to use civil force to disperse the crowd. This means that, unless specifically authorised by higher authorities to do so, he may resort to any means for dispersal of the assembled protesters, short of firing at them.

It is, therefore, clear that in shooting at the Daska protesters, whether they were themselves the encroachers or had assembled merely to protest against the anti-encroachment drive, the SHO acted beyond his legal authority. Does this, however, justify the violent reaction of the lawyers? Cer­tainly not. Irrespec­tive of the provocation, lawyers, perhaps even more than ordinary citizens, are duty bound to uphold the law rather than to break it.


India-Pakistan: Monitoring sermons
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[DAWN] MOST of Pakistain's mainstream religious parties have either tended to remain silent on the issue of extremism, or at best offered lukewarm criticism of fanatical tendencies. Perhaps this is why today, whatever the mainstream clergy's views may be, Death Eater groups continue to recruit individuals to their cause with ease. Nevertheless, any effort by religious groups to try and stem the Death Eater tide should be supported, if only to prevent further loss of space to hate-mongers and demagogues. In this regard, the Milli Yakjehti Council's decision to monitor Friday sermons in order to counter hate speech is a laudable initiative. On Tuesday, the conglomerate of religious parties representing nearly all of Islam's major schools of thought in Pakistain announced in Lahore that in order to promote religious and sectarian harmony, Friday sermons would be monitored and any holy man making 'problematic' speeches would be censured. The council also said holy mans would be urged to speak on topics that centred on moral and humanitarian issues.

Indeed, the MYC
...Milli Yakjehti Council: an alliance of Pak religious parties including the Jamaat-e-Islami and the JUI-F. Somehow this is considered to be a good way to promote sectarian and religious harmony in Pakistain despite their habit of sponsoring terrorist groups both at home and abroad...
has in the past also made attempts to promote religious and sectarian harmony -- most memorably under the stewardship of the late 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...
emir Qazi Hussain Ahmed
...the absolutely humorless, xenophobic former head of the Pak Jamaat-e-Islami. He was also head of the MMA, a coalition of religious parties formed after 2001 that eventually collapsed under the weight of the holy egos involved. Qazi was the patron of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar during the Afghan mujaheddin's war against the Soviets. His sermons are described as fiery, which means they rely heavily on gospel and not at all on logic. Qazi once recommended drinking camel pee for good health, but that was before his kidneys went...
-- with mixed results.
And everybody was just so surprised.
In the current atmosphere, where the mosque loudspeaker has far too often been misused to stir up hatred against different religious communities as well as various Moslem sects, the initiative is timely. But as always the question remains: how effective will it be? For example, over the past months the state has claimed to arrest a number of individuals for generating hate material. Yet we must ask if these efforts have genuinely succeeded in sending a strong message to hate-mongers that their actions will not be tolerated. In the latest initiative, will the clergy's effort to police their own deliver better results? History would suggest otherwise as in the past, well-meaning initiatives -- launched with fanfare and similar promises of cracking down on divisive
...politicians call things divisive when when the other side sez something they don't like. Their own statements are never divisive, they're principled...
elements -- have fallen through as mainstream religious parties have failed to isolate hate-mongers. For example, whenever exigencies have demanded it, some of the MYC's constituent parties have shared the stage with outfits that make no bones about demonising other sects and religious groups. Will the holy mans, this time around, have the wherewithal to both publicly and privately condemn such elements? Well-meaning statements are fine, but religious parties will have to practically show they will not tolerate hate speech and will condemn rabble-rousing holy mans.


India-Pakistan: Pak senate body adopts resolution against Indian defence minister statement
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[DAWN] Taking strong exception to the statement made by Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar about sponsoring terrorism to counter terrorism, the Senate's Standing Committee on Defence Tuesday adopted a condemnation resolution.

The committee said the statement is an "open confession" of the Indian government pursuing the policy of state terrorism
... any action taken by a non-Moslem state that constrains the violent impulses of Moslems or their allies ...
.


Government: UK Based F-15Es Flew A Secret Long-Range Mission Over Africa On Monday
Posted by Besoeker 05/28/2015  00:00 3 Comments 119 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[FOXTROT ALPHA] A pair of RAF Lakenheath based USAF F-15E Strike Eagles that were bristling with live bombs and air-to-air missiles, along five KC-135R tankers, flew on a secretive and grueling 12 hour mission over the Southern Mediterranean on Monday, May 25th, Memorial Day.

Multiple radio interceptors and plane spotters state that four F-15E's, callsigns ABLE 01 through 04, took off from their home base at RAF Lakenheath laden with yellow banded (live) AIM-9M sidewinders, AIM-120 AMRAAMS and no less than seven 500lb Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs). These aircraft were accompanied by five KC-135Rs tankers, callsign QUID 91 through 95, that launched out of their base at RAF Mildenhall, just as the Lakenheath based F-15Es were departing.
#1: Sounds like AFRICOM has some SpecOps who found a very lucrative target.
Posted by: OldSpook|| 2015-05-28 00:03 ||Comments

#2: I love the smell of napalm in the morning.
Posted by: genbara11@yahoo.com|| 2015-05-28 01:44 ||Comments

#3: At another time and place, it could have possibly been a training and exercise 'off set' message to the Iranians.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-05-28 04:17 ||Comments



Science & Technology: Boston Dynamics: Introducing Spot
Posted by Besoeker 05/28/2015  00:00 2 Comments 54 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[CLANK!]
[BLIT! BLIT!]
"WHRRRRRRRR!"
"ARF! [CLANK!] ARF!"

I don't care if he is a hound,
You'd best quit kickin' my dog around!
#1: There was a suggestion to put units like spot into Dragon capsules placed on Falcon Heavy rockets and sent to various solar system bodies.

View was it made more sense than special bots that would have trouble with egress and on the surface.
Posted by: 3dc|| 2015-05-28 00:56 ||Comments

#2: Yeah, but will he take a dump in your neighbor's yard?
Nuts, bolts and gaskets everywhere.
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Iraq: Iraq will never be whole again, so what's next ?
Posted by Besoeker 05/28/2015  00:00 0 Comments 506 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[Rooters] Is there hope for Iraq? It depends on what you are hoping for.

It is becoming clearer that there is little hope of destroying Islamic State in Iraq. Islamic State has no shortage of new recruits. Its fighters capture heavy weapons with such ease that the United States is forced to direct air strikes against equipment abandoned by the Iraqis -- even as it ships in more. Islamic State holds territory that will allow it to trade land for time, morph into an insurgency and preserve its forces by pulling back into Syrian territory it controls even if Iraq's government, with Iranian and American help, launches a major assault.

Islamic State maintains support among Iraq's Sunnis. The more the Shi'ites align against it, the more Sunnis see no other choice but to support Islamic State, as they did al Qaeda after the American invasion in 2003. Stories from Tikrit, where Shi'ite militia-led forces defeated Islamic State, describe "a ghost town ruled by gunmen." There are other reports of ethnic cleansing in the Euphrates Valley town of Jurf al-Sakhar. Absent a unified Iraq, there will always be an al Qaeda, an Islamic State or another iteration of it to defend the Sunnis.

The only way for Iraq to remain unified was a stalemate of force, with no side having the might to win nor weak enough to lose, with negotiations to follow. As the United States passively watched the Iranians become its proxy boots on the ground against Islamic State, all the while knowing Tehran's broader agenda was a Shi'ite Iraqi client, that possibility was lost.

The government all but abandoned the idea of a nonsectarian national army; it turned instead to a gang of Iranian-supported Shi'ite militias with a bundle of anti-Sunni agendas.
It's possible to pin down the failure to a single battle. The last hope that Iraq would not become an Iranian client was dashed after Islamic State's defeat in Tikrit. The victory triggered the Iraqi central government to dismiss American and Kurdish support for a drive toward strategically important Mosul. The government all but abandoned the idea of a nonsectarian national army; it turned instead to a gang of Iranian-supported Shi'ite militias with a bundle of anti-Sunni agendas. Baghdad pointed those forces toward Ramadi.

Islamic State is also in Ramadi, but it had already poked into most of the city over the past year. It needed only 400 fighters for the final push last week. The threat was not new. The move by Baghdad on Ramadi is thus more long-term political than short-term tactical: think of Ramadi not as a gate through which Islamic State must pass moving east toward Baghdad (Islamic State cannot occupy the Shi'ite city of four million, defended by untold militia, any more than the German army could capture Stalingrad) but as a gate the Shi'ite militias must traverse headed west to control the Sunni homeland of Anbar.


Government: 'Slick Willie' Formed His Shell Company Two Days After Hillary Was Picked As Top Diplomat
Posted by Besoeker 05/28/2015  00:00 1 Comments 208 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[PJ Media] I just thought I'd contribute a detail to the latest news about the Clintons' byzantine financial arrangements, specifically the limited-liability company Bill Clinton used to channel his "consulting" profits.

The original Associated Press story said that WJC, LLC, the "shell company" in question, was formed in Delaware in 2008.

It's more interesting when you find out the specific date. I searched the database of the Delaware Department of State's Division of Corporations. There is one listing for WJC, LLC. According to the information on file, the company was formed December 3, 2008. President Obama had confirmed Hillary Clinton as his choice for Secretary of State just two days earlier, on December 1, 2008.

I am not supplying any conclusions here. I'll simply note that this is a pattern in the ongoing Clinton controversy. For instance, the domain name for clintonemail.com, Hillary's private email system, was registered on January 13, 2009, eight days before the Senate confirmed Clinton as the country's top diplomat. Why the rush to arrange all these complex and secretive business affairs immediately after Clinton's future as the most powerful Cabinet member was set in motion?
Probably little more than a coincidence.
#1: If this were a Republican, they'd be screaming for a special prosecutor or special counsel investigation.
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Britain: Another muslim rape gang arrested in Britain.
Posted by Bright Pebbles 05/28/2015  00:00 0 Comments 155 words Read the whole thing on page 2
Police in Keighley, West Yorkshire have charged 14 men and a 16-year-old boy with sex offences including the rape of a girl under the age of 16. The offences relate primarily to one female victim, with one allegation involving a second who was also under 16 at the time.

The offences are alleged to have occurred between 2011 and 2012. In echoes of the recent Rotherham grooming case, the 15 males, all with Muslim names, are due to appear before Bradford Magistrates Court on 30 June.
It's just Moslem colonists disporting themselves with the native women. Unless the acts were witnessed by at least four good Moslems apiece there's no case to be made.
That is to say, four Muslim men or eight Muslim women, all of whom must agree that the activity in question was indeed rape.


Afghanistan: Afghan forces repel guest house attack
Posted by Fred 05/28/2015  00:00 0 Comments 728 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[WASHINGTONPOST] Afghanistan's Caped President Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. 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. ..
praised security forces on Wednesday for repelling a Taliban assault on a Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which gave Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
guesthouse, which sparked a six-hour shootout that kept nearby residents cowering until dawn.

The stand by Afghan forces was a rare chance for authorities to boast about protection in the capital, which has faced a string of krazed killer attacks targeting foreigners -- including an assault on a hotel earlier this month that left at least 14 people dead.

But the ability of the attackers to penetrate into central Kabul, armed with a cache of weapons and ammunition, is likely to raise even more questions about whether Afghan cops can keep the capital secure.

The latest attack began about 11 p.m. Tuesday when four heavily-armed Death Eaters tried to storm a guesthouse owned by a prominent Afghan family and frequented by foreigners. The Death Eaters were armed with assault rifles, rocket launchers and hand-grenades. At least one of them was also wearing a boom jacket.

But when the attackers approached the guesthouse in Kabul's upscale Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood, several security guards began firing on them. One of the Death Eaters then went kaboom! on the street in front of the Heetal Plaza Hotel.

The other three hid in a concrete bunker near the front gate of the guesthouse. As Afghan police and soldiers rushed to the scene, the surrounding neighborhood became an urban battlefield.

The attackers repeatedly lobbed grenades, resulting in more than two dozen kabooms. More than 100 bullets were also fired by Death Eaters or police, neighbors said.

Around dawn, however, Afghan forces riding in armored vehicles blasted through the concrete outpost, killing all three attackers. Sediq Sediqqi, front man for the Afghan Interior Ministry, said there were no police or civilian casualties.
"Mahmoud! What's that sound?"
"Which sound?"
"Some kinda rumble and some clanking..."
"Sounds like some kinda armored vehicle."
"Heh. Lucky we got this neat concrete bunker to hide in!"
"Ummm... What's a tank weigh?"
"Depends. What kinda tank?"
"A T-55?"
"36 tons."
"You don't think--?"
[RUMBLE!] [CRUSH!] Aaaiiieeeeee!

In a statement, the president Ghani said Afghan "security forces once again proved that they are capable of defending our country and people against any threats."