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Africa Horn: U.S. conducts military operation in Somalia
Posted by ryuge 09/02/2014  04:27 0 Comments 228 words Read the whole thing on page 1
U.S. military forces conducted an operation Monday against the Al-Shabaab network in Somalia. Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said, "We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate."

The Pentagon did not say who was targeted, or where in Somalia the operation took place. But Somalia's Lower Shabelle region governor said a drone strike hit a small rebel-held village between the towns of Dhaab Tubaako and Haaway.

Gov. Abdikadir Mohamed Nur Sidii added that attack appeared to target an Al-Shabaab camp where top leaders of the group have been holding a meeting to discuss an ongoing joint offensive by Somali and AU troops against their strongholds. He said those targeted appeared to include the leader of the Al-Shabaab militants, Ahmed Godane.

Also on Monday, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) announced that military forces had liberated several important towns from the terrorists' grip, in the Middle Shabelle and Hiiran regions. The mission said, "The Somali National Army supported by AMISOM forces have faced little resistance from their advancement as al-Shabaab simply melted away when they heard the aligned forces are approaching."

The developments come a day after Al-Shabaab fighters dressed in government military uniforms approached the gate of a high security prison in Mogadishu, set off a car bomb and blasted their way into the building.


Home Front: WoT: The Day the La Bomba Boxed the Boston Marathon Bomber
Posted by Ebbomosh Hupemp2664 09/02/2014  00:00 0 Comments 895 words Read the whole thing on page 4
WORCESTER, MA—Edwin Rodriguez has fought in Madison Square Garden, gone the distance with the man some believe the best fighter in the world in Andre Ward, and won the Monte Carlo Million Dollar Super Four Tournament. But a strange sparring session with Tamerlan Tsarnaev remains the Worcester, Massachusetts-based boxer’s most discussed in-ring moment.
Breitbart Sports recently caught up with La Bomba to get the story behind the story of his surreal close encounter with the Boston Marathon Bomber.
“It was when I saw his face,” Rodriguez says of the moment that he grasped that the man whom he had hurt in the ring had hurt so many others. “I knew him as ‘Tim.’ I just knew him as this ‘Tim’ guy. I was just looking for sparring. They told me about this kid. We sparred. It went a few rounds.”

The meeting of the beloved boxer and the reviled terrorist took place before a handful of onlookers at Camp Get Right, a sweaty, 5,000-square-foot pugilist’s playground echoing with the din of speedbags, blare of rap music, and dull thud of leather. Breitbart Sports met up with Rodriguez as he stayed fresh (for a likely October 18 HBO fight) inside the ancient brick structure built for cold storage. Camp Get Right, like the oddball who sparred there four years ago, leaves an impression.
“He walked into the gym,” Rodriguez recalls. “He just had his gloves. He didn’t bring a mouth guard or headgear. He came back in by himself. As a fighter, you bring someone everywhere you go—a trainer or someone to corner you. I thought that was a little weird. We talked him into putting head gear on. But he refused to wear a mouthpiece.”
Rodriguez notes that boxers, himself included, sometimes forget mouth guards or headgear before sparring. But they will generally buy or borrow the missing equipment before stepping into the ring. In Tsarnaev’s case, Rodriguez notes that his sparring partner didn’t forget the equipment. Tsarnaev, an accomplished amateur fighter, insisted on taking on the then-undefeated professional opponent without protection.
“People don’t do that,” the 24-1 super-middleweight/light-heavyweight tweener tells Breitbart Sports. “You don’t go to another gym without a mouthpiece and headgear. It’s not like he didn’t bring it because he forgot. He just didn’t use it.”
Tsarnaev, even had he not made headlines thereafter, would have remained indelibly etched into the memories of Rodriguez and his trainers. He explains, “We always talked about the fact that if there wasn’t another trainer who talked him into putting the headgear on he wouldn’t have.”

The sparring session did not go as well as Tsarnaev had anticipated. Rodriguez, predictably, cut up Tsarnaev’s mouth and did damage to his ribs with body shots. “After the first round,” the lighter man remembers, “he was bleeding. Every time I was hitting him in the ribs, he stepped out.”
Carlos Garcia, who started working with a 13-year-old Rodriguez in the late 1990s, trained Bryan Daniels, the fighter who squared off with Tsarnaev in the 2010 Golden Gloves heavyweight finals. “My guy fought too confident,” he remembers. Tsarnaev took the decision in the marquee amateur tournament against Daniels, the current New England Golden Gloves champion. Garcia labeled Tsarnaev a “decent fighter,” a compliment he quickly follows up with the declaration that he had no hint back then of the fighter’s murderous anti-Americanism.
Edwin Rodriguez agrees with his teacher’s assessment. “He was a pretty good boxer,” Rodriguez told Breitbart Sports. “But he was still an amateur. I’m a professional. I had 15 professional fights back then.”
The next time Rodriguez laid eyes on the bizarre boxer was when he watched television after his wife gave birth. “When I saw him I was actually at the hospital,” he explains. “My son was born April 15th. I said, ‘What the hell!’ I was shocked and devastated for all the families. My prayers and thoughts went out to all those hurt by him.”
Heart, the in-ring attribute observers credit Rodriguez with possessing in abundance, played as the very characteristic his one-time sparring partner could have benefitted from outside of the ring.

For Rodriguez, a longtime resident of the Central New England city forever in Boston’s shadow a short ride away on the Mass Pike, the bombing affected him in the geographic community in which he lives and the boxing community in which he trains. Like the marathon runners, the boxer would rather worry about the challenges of the competition than the dangers lurking in the crowd. Rodriguez, Garcia, and others in Worcester’s boxing subculture didn’t necessarily identify Tsarnaev as evil. They surely pegged him as weird.
“He wasn’t disrespectful,” Rodriguez recalls. “He was cocky before the sparring. After, he was humble. He said something about, ‘I have to go back to the drawing board.’ He was a little arrogant and cocky. I was a lot lighter than him.” Rodriguez insists he didn’t take advantage of Tsarnaev. Does he wish he had? “I’m not going to comment.”
The Pride of Worcester appeared on ESPN in the intervening years; the Disgrace of Cambridge, on CNN. The former achieved fame in the ring; the latter, infamy outside of it. Significantly, the Dominican immigrant says of the Russian immigrant, “He never came back for sparring again.”


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Army Detains Eight Syrians as Crackdown on Refugees Continues
Posted by trailing wife 09/02/2014  00:00 0 Comments 185 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] The army intelligence tossed in the calaboose
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
on Monday eight Syrian refugees and referred them to the competent judiciary for questioning.

The state-run National News Agency reported that the army intelligence raided several places in the northern Koura district where Syrian refugee are residing.

"Eight Syrians were detained and referred for interrogation," the NNA reported.

No further details were obtained.

The army began cracking down on Syrian encampments after troops battled jihadists who overran the northeastern border town of Arsal in August.

Scores of soldiers were killed and maimed in the battles that ensued the attack, which ended with a ceasefire on August 7.

Media reports had said that some Syrian refugees residing in encampments across the country have in their possession arms and had reportedly aided jihadists in Arsal.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Report: Nusra Front to Keep Shiite Hostages in Custody to Use as Pressure Tool
Posted by trailing wife 09/02/2014  00:00 0 Comments 538 words Read the whole thing on page 2
Everybody's kidnapping everybody else now. Whee.
[AnNahar] The al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front will reportedly keep the Shiite Lebanese hostages it had kidnapped last month in the northeastern border town of Arsal, al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Monday.

Sources told the newspaper that jihadists will soon free Sunni, Christian and Druze abductees but will keep the Shiites in their custody.
Sunnis? Sure. But they swore to keep the Christians, and warned the Christians in the area to stay out of a fight that doesn't concern them. As for the Druze, I imagine they are as much hated by Al Nusra as the Yazidi are by ISIS.
"They want to use them as a pressure tool," the sources said.

On Sunday, al-Nusra Front threatened to "kill the Shiite Lebanese soldiers" it had kidnapped should Hizbullah
...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory...
intervene in battles in Syria's al-Qalamun region.

Hizbullah has been taking part in the fighting in Syria to aid Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Supressor of the Damascenes...
's troops.

The Syrian forces alongside the Shiite group have seized control of al-Qalamun in April.

Judicial sources told al-Joumhouria newspaper that a high-level security meeting, held at the Grand Serail on Sunday, was briefed on the cases of the Islamist prisoners held at Roumieh prison.

The sources said that 66.6 percent of the trial procedures have been carried out, pointing out that the sentences will be issued soon and those who are innocent will be acquitted.

On several occasions, the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
... the current version of al-Qaeda in Iraq, just as blood-thirsty and well-beloved as the original...
vowed to free Islamist prisoners in Roumieh.

Islamist gunnies had kidnapped a number of Lebanese soldiers and security forces from Arsal in light of festivities between Islamists and the army in the region.

The battles began on August 2 and ended five days later.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: IS, Syrian Govt. Forces Using Cluster Bombs
Posted by trailing wife 09/02/2014  00:00 0 Comments 477 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] Islamic State jihadists have used cluster munitions in Syria in at least one location and Syria's regime is continuing to use the widely banned weapon, Human Rights Watch
... During the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011, HRW received a pledge from the Foundation to Promote Open Society, of which George Soros is Chairman, for general support totaling $100,000,000. The grant is being paid in installments of $10,000,000 over ten years.Through June 30, 2013, HRW had received $30,000,000 towards the fulfillment of the pledge....
said Monday.
So watch where you step, guys.
The New York-based group, citing reports from local Kurdish officials and photographic evidence, said IS fighters had used cluster bombs on July 12 and August 14.

They were deployed in fighting around the town of Ayn al-Arab in Aleppo province, near the border with Turkey, in festivities between the jihadist group and local Kurdish fighters.

The group said it was believed to be the first time IS had used cluster bombs, and it was unclear how it had acquired them.
No doubt in the same way it acquired all its war materiel: by capturing from the overrun enemy.
You notice that never once does HRW actually condemn the ISIS for using cluster bombs. It just notes that they have them. Whereas if our allies had used them...
Cluster munitions contain dozens or hundreds of small bomblets and can be fired in rockets or dropped from the air.

They spread explosives over large areas and are indiscriminate in nature, often continuing to maim and kill long after the initial attack when previously unwent kaboom! bomblets detonate.

The weapons have been used by the Syrian government as well in its battle against rebels seeking to overthrow Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Supressor of the Damascenes...

HRW said Syrian government forces had used at least 249 cluster munitions since mid-2012, according to video and film evidence, witness accounts, and research.

Syria is not a party to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, which has also not been signed by the United States.


Iraq: Report: Lebanese, Syrian Fighters Heading to Iraq to Help IS and Set up Sleeper Cells in Lebanon
Posted by trailing wife 09/02/2014  00:00 0 Comments 292 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[AnNahar] Lebanese nationals and Syrian refugees have traveled to Iraq to join the Islamic State group's fighters and to train there to set up terrorist cells in Leb, An Nahar daily reported on Monday.

The fighters have been traveling to Iraq since mid-June, the newspaper quoted informed officials as saying.

Some of them have returned to Leb after receiving the appropriate training to establish the sleeper cells, they said.

The jihadists have sent instructions to many followers to stay in the country rather than heading to Iraq and Syria's northeastern region of Raqqa, a stronghold of the Islamic State.

There are estimates that 3,000 of the group's fighters -- Lebanese and Syrians -- are based in Leb.

Many of the Syrian fighters are hiding in Lebanese towns and working in construction sites as a cover-up, the officials said.

Jihadists engaged in heavy gunbattles with the Lebanese army in the northeastern border town of Arsal last month. Before retreating toward Syrian territory, the turbans, took with them hostages from the Lebanese army and security forces.

The festivities were the most dangerous spillover of violence from the civil war in neighboring Syria.

By some estimates, the Islamic State group occupies up to 35 percent of Syria, or about a third of the country.

It also spreads into most of the Sunni-dominated areas of northern and western Iraq, right up to the edges of Baghdad.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Hizbullah Kidnaps Nusra Front Members to Exchange with Arsal Captives
Posted by trailing wife 09/02/2014  00:00 0 Comments 367 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] Hizbullah
...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory...
reportedly kidnapped three high-ranking members from the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front, the Kuwaiti al-Rai newspaper reported on Monday.

According to sources, Hizbullah kidnapped the three officials in Syria's al-Qalamun region, where Hizbullah has been taking part in the fighting to aid Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Light of the Alawites...
's troops.

The newspaper said that the party could seek to exchange the three jihadists with the hostages, who were kidnapped by Islamist gunnies in the northeastern border town of Arsal.

The Syrian forces alongside the Shiite group have seized control of al-Qalamun in April.

Islamist gunnies had kidnapped a number of Lebanese soldiers and security forces from Arsal in light of festivities between Islamists and the army in the region.

The battles began on August 2 and ended five days later.

Several soldiers and coppers have been released recently, the latest batch on Saturday evening.


Good morning
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Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Russian Order of Battle, September 1st
Posted by badanov 09/02/2014  00:00 0 Comments 592 words Read the whole thing on page 3
From Burko News here and here, presented is a partial list of Russian units said to have provided units to assist the militia efforts in Donetsk and Lugansk:

From Southern Military District (Russia), ground forces and artillery:

BTG (Brigade Tactical Group) from the 18th Motor Rifle Brigade - Chechnya, Khankala/Kalinovskaya (the so called “Chechen battalion”);
BTG from the 17th Motor Rifle Brigade - Chechnya, Shali (The Caucusus);
BTG from the 136th Motor Rifle Brigade - Botlikh, Dagestan (The Caucusus);
BTG from the 205th Motor Rifle Brigade - Budyonnovks, Stavropol Krai (Russia);
BTG from the 19th Motor Rifle Brigade - Vladikavkaz, Republic of North Ossetia-Alania (The Caucusus);
BTG from the 7th Military Base in occupied Abkhazia, Georgia;
BTG from the 33rd Mountain Motor Rifle Brigade - Maykop, Republic of Adygea (Russia)(The Caucusus);
Mixed division from the 291st Artillery Brigade - Troitskaya, Ingushetia (The Caucusus);
Mixed company from the 78th Logistic Brigade, Budyonnovsk, Stavropol Krai;

From Airborne Forces:

76th division - Pskov (Airborne unit from northern Russia);
BTG from 98th division - Ivanovo (Russia) (Airborne);
BTG from 45th Detached Reconnaissance Regiment - Kubinka (Moscow Oblast);
BTG from 247th Regiment of the 7th division - Novorossiysk (Krasnodar Krai, Russia);

Units Reported to be in or near Ukraina:

Units of the Southern Military District

From 20th Motor Rifle Brigade - Volgograd (Russia) (250 km from Ukraina);
From the 34th Mountain Motor Rifle Brigade - Karachay-Cherkessia Republic (The Caucusus);
From the 943rd Artillery Regiment (BM-27 Uragan) - Krasnooktyabrsk settlement, Adygea;
Units of the 1st Missile Brigade (OTR-21 Tochka, 9K720 Iskander) - Krasnodar;

From other military regions of the Russian Federation:

From the 23rd Motor Rifle Brigade - Samara;
BTG/RTG of Airborne Forces - from the 56th Guards Air Assault Brigade - Volgograd (250 kilometers from Ukraina);
From the 106th division - Tula (Airborne unit Near Moscow);

GRU units, located in the South of Russia:

10th Special Forces Brigade - Molkino, Krasnodar Krai;
22nd Special Forces Brigade - Aksay, Rostov Oblast (Near Ukraina);
100th Experimental Reconnaissance Brigade - Mozdok, Republic of North Ossetia-Alania (The Caucusus);
346th Special Forces Brigade - Prokhladny, Kabardino-Balkar Republic (The Caucusus);
25th Special Forces Regiment - Stavropol; (About 250 km south of Rostov)

GRU units from other military regions of the Russian Federation:


2nd Special Forces Brigade - Pskov (Northern Russia);
16th Special Forces Brigade - Tambov (Central Russia);
3rd Special Forces Brigade - Ulyanovsk.

A second list of units said to be involved in Ukraina (there are repeats of the first list):

136th Motorized Brigade of Dagestan, Botlih. The battalion comprised mostly of troops of Dagestanis, Ossetians, Kabardins, and Asian ethnicity.
18th Motorized Brigade of Chechnya, Khankala/Kalinovskaya. The battalion in the vast majority comprised of local Chechens, Dagestanis, and Kabardian.
17th Motorized Brigade in Chechnya, Shali. National composition of the battalion is Dagestanis, Chechens, Ossetians, Kabardins, and Asians.
8th Mountain Brigade (Mountain) in Chechnya, Borzoi. The national unit of mixed composition, Dagestanis, Chechens, Ossetians, Kabardins, and Asians.
19th Motorized Brigade (Northern Ossety - Alania, Vladikavkaz/Ingushetia, Troitskaya). The battalion is stationed in Ingushetia with the 291st Artillery Brigade. The vast majority of the Brigade are local Ingush, but there are also Dagestanis, Kabardins, and Asians.
4th Russian Military Base (Samachablo, the so-called “South Ossetia”, Tskhinvali/Dzhava), staffed by local Kudar Ossetians and Ossetian residents of North Ossetia and Alania in the Russian Federation.


-Lurid Crime Tales-: Columbus, Indiana Churches Attacked By Islamic Vandals
Posted by Ebbomosh Hupemp2664 09/02/2014  00:00 0 Comments 461 words Read the whole thing on page 3
Sometime on Saturday night, vandals attacked three Christian houses of worship in Columbus, Indiana, spray-painting the word "infidels" and citations of verses from the Koran on the outer walls. St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, Lakeview Church of Christ, and East Columbus Christian Church all had the word "infidels" spray-painted on them, in places of prominence to be seen by worshipers.
48-hour rule, folks. Let the investigators do their jobs.
Cited in the Indianapolis Star, Columbus police spokesperson Matt Harris said that church employees discovered the vandalism when they arrived to prepare for Sunday services.

At St. Bartholomew, the words "Qur'an 3:151" were also left.

That verse reads:
We will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve for what they have associated with Allah of which He had not sent down [any] authority. And their refuge will be the Fire, and wretched is the residence of the wrongdoers.

Speaking to WTHR, Channel 13, the Columbus NBC affiliate, associate pastor Father Doug Marcotte said, "It is certainly not a warm and fuzzy verse. It talks about the infidels, their refuge being the fire."

There was no Koran verse painted on the Lakeview Church but "Qu'ran 19:88" was left on East Columbus Christian Church. That verse begins a phrase, which, in its entirety (19:88 to 93), says:

None will have the power of intercession save he who has received a promise from the Gracious God. And they say, "The Gracious God has taken unto Himself a son."

Assuredly, you have done a most monstrous thing. The heavens might well-nigh burst thereat, and the earth cleave asunder, and the mountains fall down in pieces. Because they ascribe a son to the Gracious God. Whereas it becomes not the Gracious God to take unto Himself a son.

Said Father Marcotte, "Is there somebody that really believes this, that we're all infidels, so they felt the need to write it all over our church? Is this some sort of a nasty prank? Is this someone that's trying to incite people against Muslims? I mean, I don't know."

Quoted by Fox59.com, Columbus resident Nassim Khaled, who volunteers at the local Islamic Center, said, "We condemn this, and I read the verse, most importantly what it showed me is the ignorance, who actually misquoted or misinterpreted the Koran."
Taqqiya. I'm sure that, nonetheless, the local Islamic Center will send members to scrub it off, thus demonstrating how thoroughly they reject the sentiment.
According to WTHR, Columbus police wouldn't comment on whether federal authorities had been contacted, but at least one of the churches has surveillance video that may offer clues.


Europe: Radioactive wild boar roaming the forests of Germany
Posted by linker 09/02/2014  00:00 0 Comments 52 words Read the whole thing on page 3
Tests by the state government of Saxony show that more than one in three wild boars gave off such high levels of radiation, thought to be a legacy of Chernobyl, that they were unfit for human consumption
They're also eleven feet tall with squidlike tentacles...


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Pro Russian militias ring up 4 aircraft, two boats
Posted by badanov 09/02/2014  00:00 0 Comments 1517 words Read the whole thing on page 3


By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

At least two SU-25 ground interdiction combat aircraft have been shot down by pro Russian militia Friday in Ukraina, according to pro Russian news accounts.

According to news from the pro Russian Voice of Sevastopol and the Russian military blogger Colonel Cassad, militia forces claim to have have shot down four, but only have photographic proof of two.

Some Ukrainian media, such as Ukraine Press totally dispute the contention of loss of aircraft calling the reports "imaginary" and attributed to Russian special forces attempting to spread panic.

The aircraft were reportedly shot down somewhere over Donetsk oblast, in both cases by militia forces using man packed antiaircraft missile launchers (MANPADs). The SU-25 is a dedicated ground interdiction aircraft, said to be very difficult to bring down by conventional ground fire due to its robust construction.

No indication from either side exists as to the fate of the pilots.

Meanwhile in far southern Donetsk on the coast of the Sea of Azov Sunday, pro Russian militias in Novoazovsk returned fire after they were fired on by two Ukrainian patrol boats, sinking both boats. An attempt to retrieve sailors in the water by two other smaller Ukrainian craft was made, which were also fired on by militias.

Also on the coast of the Sea of Azov, pro Russian media is reporting that the paratroopers captured during the first of the battles along with southern coast of Donetsk have been returned to Russia, according to Russian press outlet Russia Today.

A Friday statement released by the deputy commander of Russia's airborne forces, General Major Alexei Ragozin said that the 12 soldiers captured last week have been returned safely to Russia, after negotiations with the Ukrainian government he characterized as "very difficult" in the early going.

Those soldiers were said to have stumbled into Ukraina along an unmarked portion of the Ukraina-Russian border. Those units, traveling aboard four infantry fighting vehicles were fired on by Ukrainian military forces, and the vehicles, said to be BMD-1s were destroyed by Ukrainian tank gunfire.

Ukrainian media and government reports continue to claim that Russian military forces are directly involved in the fighting in Donetsk, which both pro Russian militia and Russian officials deny. Reports from last week claim to show Russian self propelled artillery units parked just inside the Ukrainian border, presumably providing artillery fire support for militia forces.

Ukrainian media also say that several Russian military units, notably the Russian 9th Motorized Rifle Brigade and an airborne rifle regiment were located deep inside Ukraina providing direct help to militias.

A report posted on Burko News said that last Tuesday night a number of Russian armor vehicles including the 152mm 2S3 self propelled artillery vehicle and some unidentified armored vehicles had slipped into Ukraina near the border post of Izvaryne. Another 20 Russian main battle tanks came across the border on Wednesday during the day.

Ukrainian border guards and security forces are said to have intercepted another Russian military convoy near Uspenka and destroyed it. The action took place last August 23rd. Among the destroyed equipment were reportedly 20 military vehicles including two BTR-80s. A total of 26 militants said to be of both Russian and Chechen nationality were killed. Two were captured.

Ukrainian forces experienced no losses during the encounter.

A late report on Burko News said that Russian social media is reporting heavy losses to one Russian tactical group totaling nine main battle tanks, 18 armored personnel carriers, 43 Ural trucks, and 230 personnel. The report failed to note the location of the unit and how it suffered losses.

Ukrainian press says personnel from as many as eight separate units are currently operating inside of Donetsk and Lugansk. Other Ukrainian reports suggest that those units have been freshly moved into the region by the Russians.

Pro Russian militia say the the situation in Mariupol is calm, even as militia forces claim to have the town fully invested. Reports are that Ukrainian mortar teams continue to shell militia forces which hold the coastal town of Novoazovsk, which fell to militia forces last week.

According to the Voice of Sevastopol, militia have taken the coastal village of Yalta further to the west and south of Mariupol, which completes the encirclement of Mariupol. Reports from pro Russian militia say that Mariupol could fall within two weeks.

This is in contradiction of reports from both sides about how heavily Mariupol was being reinforced by Ukrainian forces and how the town was being used by Ukrainian police battalions, such as the Donbass and Azov police battalions as an area for rest and refit for units burned out in the fighting further northeast.

Latest reports are that militias have further reinforced their positions near Novoazovsk.

Further northeast between Lugansk and Donetsk, where militias claimed 7,000 Ukrainian effectives have been surrounded, fighting continues, as militia forces attempt to mop up the pockets with fierce resistance from Ukrainian forces.

Attempts to maneuver inside the pocket have created opportunities for firefights between militias and Ukrainian forces. Those battles have been characterized as "very bloody" for both sides.

As matters stand now Ukrainian forces are blocking the roads M04 between Yurievka and Yuvelinya, and E40 near Gorlovka, both sites southwest of Lugansk.

Further south along H21, Ukrainian and militia forces are locked in combat in Lutugino, a town which fell to militias three days ago. Reports at the location are that Ukrainian forces are commandeering private residences to use as firing points. Militia forces say that 10 of their troops have been killed by Ukrainian mortar fire.

Ukrainian forces say their mortar fire struck targets near "Chervonaya Polyana, roadblocks near Georgievka, Stanitsa Luganskaya, and for nearly four hours mortar attacks at roadblocks near Lutugino and Gerasimovka".

Saturday, August 30th

According to Donetsk prime minister Alexander Zakharchenko, Ukrainian police forces caught in encirclement between Lugansk and Donetsk were offered a ceasefire to leave the area without weapons, equipment and ammunition.

A separate report is that Ukrainian forces attempted to breakout of their encirclement but first destroying equipment and armor, which was a violation of the ceasefire. Those forces were fired on by pro Russian militias. According to the Defense Minister of Donetsk, Vladimir Kononov, those Ukrainian fores were attacked because they failed to take advantage of the militias' "generous offer".

According to Ukrainian press those attempting to leave in violation of the terms were hit by Russian artillery. According to the pro Ukrainian Russian language news services, losses to the Ukrainians were said to be in the hundreds.

According to a report in the pro Russian Voice of Sevastopol, Alexander Zakharchenko added that militias do not intend to storm Mariupol, but that the city will fall soon.

Another report said that pro Ukrainian militia, notably Right Sector political organization and Ukrainian National Guard units have killed an undisclosed number of civilians inside of Mariupol for being sympathetic to pro Russian militias.

Pro Russian militias have repelled four attacks Friday night by Ukrainian forces around Mariupol with losses totaling in the "dozens" for the pro Ukrainian forces. Fighting is said to be constant near Mariupol as pro Russian militias prepare to take Mariupol.

A separate report said that an attempt was made on Alexander Zakharchenko's life. His driver was wounded, but Zakharchenko was unharmed.

Sunday, August 31st

On Sunday pro Russian militias claimed to have taken control of parts of the airport in Lugansk, inasmuch as militias earlier claimed to have taken the airfield, which was taken by storm 10 days ago. Currently Ukrainian forces were forced back a small distance to the south and southwest of the airfield.

Social media rumors are that some soldiers caught inside the Lugansk pocket are attempting to get the Ukrainian government to negotiate their safe passage from the area. Units that were ejected from the airfield were identified as the Ukrainian 79th, 24th and 80th Brigades.

Militias also have encircled the airport north of Donetsk. Fighting to clean up the pocket is still going on.

Indications are that even in the most favorable circumstances for the pro Russian militia taking complete control of either air fields are weeks away.

Artillery Fire in Donetsk

Friday pro Russian news sources say Ukrainian artillery fire on Donetsk continued, with mortars hitting the railway station, Kuibyshev and Petrovski districts, the Kalinkino and Budenovsky districts and the Kalinin district. Artillery hit were reported in several locations on the northern outskirts of the city. The Kalinkino district was said to have been hit with rocket artillery fire. Residences in several areas were hit by artillery.

A separate report said that a mobile Ukrainian group had driven through the city firing small arms on militia targets.

Saturday Ukrainian artillery fire hit the Verhnekalmiusskaya water treatment plant in Donetsk, which is reportedly the only source of water for Donetsk.

In the afternoon artillery strike were recorded in Petrovsky, Kievsky and Leninsky districts. Two dead were reported.

On Sunday artillery hit in Donetsk in Kuibyshevskoye and in an area called "Azotny".

Chris Covert writes news for Rantburg.com


Africa North: Six alleged militants killed in Egypt's Rafah
Posted by Fred 09/02/2014  00:00 0 Comments 143 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Al Ahram] Six hard boyz were killed and ten placed in durance vile
Please don't kill me!
in North Sinai late Sunday, state news agency MENA reported.

Security sources said the raid targeted areas of South Rafah.

Egyptian security forces have stepped up their attacks against bad boys, especially in the Sinai Peninsula, after attacks targeting police and soldiers escalated following the ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in July 2013.

Over 500 security forces have been reported killed since last year.


Arabia: Saudi religious policeman beat up Briton; wife slaps back on face
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[Al Ahram] Members of Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
's inquisitors religious police roughed up a British resident of Riyadh after they caught him paying at a women-only cash desk, local media reported on Monday.

Saudi Arabia imposes a strict interpretation of Islamic laws, notably a segregation of the sexes.

A short video posted on YouTube on Sunday shows a member of the inquisitors religious police jump out of his car and attack the Briton, who was accompanied by a woman in a black abaya cloak who defended him.

"That's my wife, how dare you!" the Briton is heard shouting in the video.

Al-Hayat newspaper, quoting witnesses, said the inquisitors religious police had stopped the man in a supermarket after he had paid a female cashier.

The Briton replied that he was accompanied by his wife.

Only women are allowed to pay at females-only cash desks in the kingdom. A man accompanied by female family members can stop at such desks so long as a woman deals with the cashier.

After he left the supermarket, inquisitors religious police agents filmed his car, and he responded by doing the same, Al-Hayat said.

A heated exchange followed as he refused to hand over his camera to the agents, who "attacked and pushed him to the ground," according to witnesses cited by the daily.

The Briton, a convert to Islam, is a longtime resident of the kingdom and married to a Saudi woman, according to Al-Hayat, which said he was finally driven away in a British embassy car.

The inquisitors religious police, named the Commission of the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice and known unofficially as Mutawaa, have opened an investigation, Al-Hayat said.

Commission members enforce a strict segregation of the sexes and have traditionally forced women to cover from head to toe when in public.

They also patrol shops to make sure they are shuttered during prayer times.

The inquisitors religious police have been accused of abusing their powers.

But since January 2013, the inquisitors religious police have become more discreet after the appointment of a new chief, holy man Abdulatif bin Abdulaziz al-Sheikh, who banned the use of unmarked cars.


The Grand Turk: Turkey detains dozens of police in new swoop against Erdogan foes
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[Al Ahram] Turkish authorities on Monday detained some two dozen coppers in new nationwide raids over an alleged plot to overthrow the Islamic-rooted government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...

Has it occurred to anyone but me that Erdogan's got his own little Moslem Brotherhood coup going in Turkey?
He's been boiling the frog ever so slowly...
He's been open from the begin about his intentions to re-Islamicize Turkey. It's not his fault people don't believe him.
Police conducted early morning raids in 16 cities across Turkey, including Istanbul as well as the western province of Izmir, and detained at least 20 coppers, private NTV television reported.

Among those jugged
Please don't kill me!
is Yakup Saygili, the former chief of the police anti-fraud unit, it added.

It was the fourth such wave of raids since July as the government cracks down on what Erdogan has described as a "parallel state" within the security forces seeking to topple his government.

Arrest warrants were issued for at least 34 officers accused of a number of offences including illegally eavesdropping on brass hats and attempting to overthrow the government.

Since July, dozens of coppers have been arrested and placed in jug on suspicion of forming a criminal organization and wire-tapping hundreds of people including Erdogan.

The new arrests appeared to represent a new offensive against the movement of Erdogan's former ally Fethullah Gulen in the wake of a vast corruption scandal that broke late last year implicating Erdogan and his inner circle.

Erdogan has long accused followers of US-based Moslem holy man Fetullah Gulen of establishing a "parallel state" by using its sway in Turkey's police and the judiciary and of concocting the vast corruption scandal.

The allegations were based on recorded phone conversations -- purportedly of Erdogan and his inner circle -- whose publication held much of Turkey in thrall.

Gulen, who has been based in the United States since 1999, denied any involvement in the claims.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Lotsa Syrian Govt. Raids With Barrel Bombs As They Work To Reconquer Next Areas
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[AnNahar] At least 37 children have been killed in government air strikes and shelling across Syria in the last 36 hours, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said Sunday.

The Britain-based Observatory said 20 children had been killed between midnight on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, with 17 more killed between Friday and Saturday night.

The deaths came in regime shelling and air strikes across the country, though most took place in the northern province of Aleppo and northwestern Idlib, Observatory director Rami Abdul Rahman said.

Many of the deaths came in raids involving the use of explosive-packed barrel-bombs, a weapon that has been criticized by rights groups as indiscriminate.

Among the dead on Sunday were at least five children killed along with five adults in a barrel bomb attack on the town of Hobait in Idlib province, said the monitor.

In northern Aleppo province, another five children and three adults were killed in an air raid in the west of the province, it added.

In the capital Damascus, meanwhile, regime planes continued to pound the eastern rebel-held district of Jubar, where the government began a fierce offensive earlier this week to wrest back control.

The Observatory said at least 15 air raids hit the district on Sunday, but there were no immediate details about casualties.

Jubar has been in insurgent hands for a year, and is considered strategic because it provides a gateway to the center of the capital and opens onto the key rebel stronghold of Eastern Ghouta.

In mid-August, the army took Mleiha some 10 kilometers (6 miles) southeast of Damascus, and capturing Jubar would allow a two-pronged advance on Eastern Ghouta.

Rebels arrayed around the capital regularly fire mortar and rockets into Damascus.


Africa North: Two Decapitated Bodies Found In Northern Sinai
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[IsraelTimes] The decapitated bodies of two men were found by Egyptian security forces in a desert area in the northern Sinai peninsula early Sunday morning, days after a Sinai terrorist group announced it had beheaded four Egyptian men who they claimed had spied for Israel.

The two men had been kidnapped by unknown assailants a day before their bodies were discovered, residents of Rafah told Rooters' Egyptian website, Aswat Masriya.

On Friday, villagers in Rafah, on the border with Gazoo, discovered the beheaded corpse of a 23-year-old man who eyewitnesses said was kidnapped on Thursday near his house by gunnies driving an SUV, Aswat Masriya reported.

The severed head was reportedly placed in the mortuary of a nearby hospital as Egyptian police worked with local rustics in the restive peninsula to identify the perpetrators.

In a video released Thursday, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis
...Supporters of Jerusalem, the current pen name of al-Qaeda in the Sinai Peninsula...
grabbed credit for the execution and said the young man and three others had provided intelligence to Israel's Mossad agency.

The video showed men in black masks beheading the accused collaborators as they knelt on the ground, according to Rooters.

The terror group said that the men provided intelligence to Israel used in a July Arclight airstrike on northern Sinai, in which three Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis fighters were killed. The Egyptian army said at the time of the strike that no Israeli aircraft had been in Egyptian airspace.

Two of the executed men served time in Israeli jails for smuggling, and two had said the Mossad had paid them for information, the group asserted in the video.

Earlier this month, the decapitated bodies of four other men were found in the Sinai Peninsula, with Egyptian security forces suspecting they had been killed for aiding the Egyptian army.

Egypt's military has been carrying out a vast offensive against jihadist groups in the north of Sinai since turbans stepped up attacks following the army's ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in July last year.

Militants in northern Sinai, which also borders Israel and the Gazoo Strip, have launched a number of attacks in retaliation for a government crackdown on supporters of Morsi.

At least 1,400 people have been killed in the crackdown, mostly Islamist supporters of Morsi.

The krazed killer attacks usually target security forces, but they have also led to civilian casualties.


The Grand Turk: Turkey's Jewish Intellectuals Denounce Being Targeted Over Israel's Gaza Assault
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[Hurriyet] A group of Turkish-Jewish intellectuals have denounced being targeted over Israel's recent operations in Gazoo, describing attempts to hold them responsible for Israel's policies as "racist."

Prominent figures such as scholar and columnist Soli --zel, leftist writer Roni Margulies, economist Cem Behar and former radio host and activist Avi Haligua, stressed their opposition to Israel's actions in a letter released Aug. 29. However,
man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them...
they also added that no one should expect unity of opinion in a community of 20,000 people, and expressed their wish that their opinion not be interpreted based on their identity.

Here is the full letter:

"Israel's latest attack on Gazoo led, once again, to cries of 'Why does the Jewish community remain silent?' A campaign was even launched that claimed that the Jews of Turkey bear responsibility for what Israel does in Gazoo.

"No citizen of this country is under any obligation to account for, interpret or comment on any event that takes place elsewhere in the world, and in which he/she has no involvement. There is no onus on the Jewish community of Turkey, therefore, to declare an opinion on any matter at all.

"It is anyway not possible for a community of 20,000 to declare a unified opinion. No human community can be monolithic and the Jewish community is not. Its members include people of all kinds, with a great variety of views.

"In the same way the people of Turkey cannot be held responsible for the barbarity of what the Islamic State [of Iraq and Levent, ISIL] does because a number of Turks are among its fighters, the Jewish community of Turkey cannot be held responsible for what the state of Israel does. It is racism to hold a whole people responsible for the actions of a state and we wish to declare that we are opposed to this.

"We, the undersigned, are children of Jewish families in Turkey. It is incumbent upon us to express an opinion on the attack on Gazoo precisely to the same degree that it is on any other citizen of Turkey, no less, and certainly no more.

"None the less, we wish to declare we are opposed to the Israeli state's policies on Gazoo, not because we are of Jewish origin, but because we are human. We may not agree on all matters, some of us oppose all of Israel's policies, some of us oppose some of them. But all of us are opposed to Israel's aggression, militarism, expansionism and the violence it brings upon the Paleostinian people."


Israel-Palestine-Jordan: PA: Budget For Hamas-Backed Unity Government 'Below Zero'
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[IsraelTimes] The Palestinian Authority's Social and Prisoners' Affairs Minister Shawqi al-Ayasa said Sunday that the unity pact signed in June between the PA and Hamas was working with a budget that was "below zero," signaling deep financial difficulties in running bureaucratic institutions.

The budget trouble was a result of a failure among donors to send funds as scheduled to the PA, which functions entirely largely based on international aid.
Since Gaza doesn't manufacture anything, barely grows anything, and has no output other than tunnels and Qassams, it's not surprising that they need international aid. It's also not surprising that the internationals continue to provide the aid. No other entity, no other people, no other movement in the world gets such a sweet deal as the Palestinians. If only the North Korean refugees were Jooo-haters, the U.N. would lavish them with gifts...
"The US has not provided a single penny since January 1, and Europe and Arab states only provided a third of what they were scheduled to give," al-Ayasa told the Palestinian news agency Ma'an.

"The government's budget is below zero, and it's starting to borrow from banks to move forward, because only less than third of donor funds that were scheduled to be received this year arrived," he said.

The Palestinian Authority and Hamas agreed to form a unity government in late April, prompting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to end US-brokered peace negotiations with the PA after a nine-month effort. Netanyahu maintains that he will not resume talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas while he maintains ties with Hamas, which is considered a terror group by Israel and the US.

The radical Islamist movement, which continued to control Gaza even after the reconciliation deal, has insisted that the PA pay the salaries of Hamas's 42,000 civil servants.

The PA refused to pay the officials in June because they were appointed after Hamas ousted bitter rivals Fatah -- which dominates the PLO -- from Gaza in 2007 and therefore were not registered as its employees.

The pay row was the first challenge to the new Palestinian unity government, formed to try to end years of Palestinian rivalry, and Qatar stepped in to cover the costs to former Hamas employees.

On Saturday, the Palestinian Authority said it would pay its employees' August salaries on time and Hamas civil servants in Gaza "as soon as possible," a spokesman for the unity government said.

"The salaries of the civil servants with the Authority will be paid next week and the government is trying to pay those of Hamas as soon as possible," government spokesman Ihab Bseiso told AFP.

A Palestinian official speaking on condition of anonymity
"Please don't kill me!"
said the PA will have to ensure the payments do not jeopardize international aid.

"Hamas is regarded as a terrorist organization by many abroad," the source said. "The government wants to obtain guarantees that it is allowed to pay these wages."

The Islamist movement has been crippled by an Israeli blockade of Gaza and the destruction of tunnels to Egypt and was unable to pay thousands of officials for months. After Hamas civil servants failed to receive their salaries in June, gunmen robbed attacked banks in Gaza, forcing Hamas to close them for six days.

It was then that Qatar -- a main Hamas ally -- intervened, saying it would contribute a total of $60 million (€44 million). The payments from Doha were then hit by the seven-week conflict between Hamas and Israel that broke out on July 8. Last week, Hamas and Israel agreed to an Egypt-mediated ceasefire to end a deadly 50-day war that killed more than 2,100 Palestinians (1,000 of them gunmen, according to Israel), and 72 Israelis, including a four-year-old child.

Bseiso said 177,000 civil servants were registered with the Authority -- 70,000 in Gaza and 107,000 in the West Bank.
What do they all do? Besides collect salaries...
Each month, their salaries cost around $200 million, $120 million of which is covered by taxes collected by Israel on behalf of the Palestinian territories, he said. Some $57 million comes from the Palestinian budget and $35 million from international aid, the spokesman added.


Southeast Asia: Car Bomb Found at Philippines' Main Airport
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[AnNahar] Three people were incarcerated
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
after a bomb was found in a van parked at Manila's international airport, but there was no ongoing safety threat for travelers, authorities said Monday.

A utility vehicle containing an "improvised bomb" was found at the airport's terminal three car park about 1:45 am (1745 GMT) Monday, said a short report released by the National Bureau of Investigation.

In brief comments to news hounds, NBI director Virgilio Mendez refused to give many details about the incident, saying "there is an ongoing follow-up operation".

Other authorities involved in the investigation also declined to comment.

But the terminal, which serves domestic flights as well as international airlines, operated as normal on Monday and the Manila International Airport Authority said there were no continuing threats.

"(The authority) assures the public that (terminal three) and all other terminals remain safe and airport security personnel continue to stay vigilant in their respective areas," it said in a statement.

The initial National Bureau of Investigation said four suspects were arrested, but Mendez later said only three men were in jug.


The Grand Turk: Turkey Summons U.S. Envoy over Snowden Spying Claims
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[AnNahar] Turkey on Monday said it had summoned the U.S. charge d'affaires in Ankara to demand an explanation over a report that Washington has spied intensively on Turkish leaders since 2006.

Der Spiegel reported that as well as sharing intelligence with NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the cut of the American pants...
partner Turkey, the United States and its ally Britannia have been conducting extensive electronic surveillance on the Turkish leadership.

The German weekly said that the information was based on documents released by the runaway former National Security Agency (NSA) operative Edward Snowden who has taken asylum in Russia.

"The U.S. charge d'affaires has been summoned to the foreign ministry to demand an explanation," Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told news hounds in Ankara in televised comments.

The new U.S. ambassador to Turkey, John Bass, is yet to arrive in Ankara.

Der Spiegel said starting in 2006, the NSA began a major surveillance operation aimed at hacking into the computers of Turkey's leadership. The aim was to glean information about the strategic intentions of the Turkish leadership under Recep Tayyip Erdogan
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
, who on Thursday was inaugurated as president after over a decade as prime minister.

It said that the United States also spied on Turkey's embassy in Washington and its mission at the United Nations
...boodling on the grand scale...
in New York.

According to Der Spiegel, the NSA placed "Turkey at the level of Venezuela, and even ahead of Cuba, in terms of U.S. interest in intelligence collection."
Not sure if that's a compliment or an insult...
The information was shared with the key intelligence partners of the United States -- Britannia, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Der Spiegel said Britannia had already developed its own operations in Turkey, with its GCHQ surveillance agency eavesdropping on political targets in the country.

Turkey has already expressed anger over a previous report in Der Spiegel that Germany had been spying on its NATO ally for years.
In other words, everybody does it. I think I'm becoming cynical.
Der Spiegel also said that at the same time there had been very tight cooperation between the United States and Turkey on intelligence, particularly on Kurdish Death Eaters fighting an insurgency in Turkey's southeast.

It said that one NSA document bluntly described Turkey as both a "partner and a target".


Africa North: Libya Militias Take Control of Tripoli Govt Offices
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[AnNahar] Libya's toothless outgoing government admitted Monday it had lost control of government offices in Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
to armed militias.

The interim government led by prime minister Abdullah al-Thani, which resigned last week and has taken refuge in the east of the country, said gangs were preventing government workers from entering their offices.

"Ministry and state offices in Tripoli have been occupied by armed militias who are preventing government workers from entering and are threatening their superiors," the government said in a statement released overnight.

It said the interim government was in contact with officials and "trying to ensure the continuity of services from afar."

Libya has been sliding into chaos since Muammar Qadaffy
...a reminder that a single man with an idea can change an entire nation, usually for the worse...
was tossed and killed three years ago, with interim authorities confronting powerful militias which fought to oust the veteran dictator.

The interim government announced last week it had tendered its resignation to the elected parliament, days after a rival Islamist administration was created.

The parliament is also operating out of Libya's east for security reasons.

A rival body, the General National Congress, last week named pro-Islamist figure Omar al-Hassi to form a "salvation government".

Interim authorities have been steadily losing ground to the militias and the Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn
...aka Fajr Libya, the Islamist operation launched to counter that of General Khalifa Haftar (Operation Dignity). It is made up of the Libya Shield militia (Misrata and Moslem Brotherhood), Libya Revolutionaries Operations Room (Moslem Brotherhood), and Tripoli Brigade (close to bdul Hakim Belhaj, head of Al-Watan party). Financing and moral support come from Turkey and Qatar...
) mainly Islamist alliance, which has seized Tripoli airport after weeks of fierce fighting with nationalist rivals.

On Sunday, Islamist faceless myrmidons moved into the U.S. embassy compound in Tripoli that was evacuated in late July, with videos showing cheering men diving from an upstairs balcony into the facility's swimming pool.


Iraq: U.S. Jets Strike Jihadists around Iraqi Dam
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[AnNahar] The United States carried out another round of air strikes Monday against snuffies from the so-called Islamic States battling Iraqi and Kurdish forces near a major dam in northern Iraq.

The djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
Dam, just north of the city of the same name, has become a focus of fighting between jihadists and Kurdish forces since the United States launched an air campaign last month.

US Central Command said U.S. jets had continued their bombardment of IS positions on Sunday and Monday.

Since U.S. aircraft went into action they have carried out 123 separate strikes.
"The strikes destroyed three ISIL trucks, severely damaged another, destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle, and destroyed a mortar position near the Mosul Dam," the military said in a statement.

"All aircraft exited the strike area safely."

Since U.S. aircraft went into action they have carried out 123 separate strikes, more than half of them in defense of the dam, and have helped Kurdish and Iraqi troops reverse some recent IS gains.

Over the weekend, the U.S. campaign moved south to help Iraqi troops and Shiite militias break the 11-week siege of the town of Amerli, where civilians from the Turkmen minority were in danger.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Syria Army, Rebels Clash as U.N. Bids to Free Golan Monitors
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[AnNahar] Syrian troops and Salafist tough guys battled close to the armistice line with Israel in the Golan Heights on Monday, as the U.N. pressed efforts to free 44 peacekeepers held by the Lion of Islams.

The unrest on Israel's doorstep followed a spillover of mortar and gunfire into Israeli-controlled territory, putting the Jewish state on high alert and prompting it to shoot down a drone over the occupied plateau on Sunday.

Several mortar rounds struck on the edges of the ceasefire line early Monday as the combatants exchanged rocket, mortar and tank fire near the Quneitra crossing, which Al-Qaeda-linked rebels seized last week, an AFP correspondent reported.

Israel had closed off the area around the crossing after an officer was maimed by stray fire last Wednesday when holy warriors led by the Al-Nusra Front took over the crossing into the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britannia-based monitoring group, said Nusra fighters were locked in fierce festivities with government troops for control of the Hamidiyeh area in Quneitra, the army's remaining stronghold there.

Al-Watan newspaper, which is close to the Syrian regime, said the army was "confronting attempts by Al-Nusra fighters and other terrorist groups" to take control of Hamidiyeh.

Meanwhile the U.N. was working to locate and release 44 Fijian peacekeepers whom the holy warriors captured while they overran Quneitra, as 72 Filipino members of the same force escaped a rebel siege on their positions nearby.

The Fijians were "safe" but their whereabouts uncertain, a military official said Saturday, indicating there was contact with the group that was holding them.


Britain: Galloway criticizes Westminster's silence
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[Iran Press TV] British Member of Parliament and Press TV host George Galloway
... a British national embarrassment, not particularly honest, more fond of dictators and terrorists than he is of his native countrymen except at the peak of the election cycle ...
has criticized Westminster's silence in relation to the recent violent attack on him, Press TV reports.
A hearty chortle is not silence...
The attack, which happened on Friday, was carried out by a person wearing an Israeli military t-shirt. The attacker had posted angry messages about Islam and Galloway during the days leading up to the incident.

Speaking for the first time after the assault, Galloway told the Press TV correspondent in London that "It is an attack on parliament, it is an attack on democracy and it is an attack on my constituents, not just the geographic constituency of Bradford West, though it is, but the wider constituency that I speak for, which is, by anybody's reckoning, some millions of people, all of whom have the right to be represented, all of whom have the right to have their view represented without being clubbed down in the street."
Galloway was released from St Mary's hospital on Saturday.

Metropolitan police on the same day, charged Neil Masterson, with assault by beating of both Galloway and a bystander who tried to intervene.

Masterson, who has pleaded not guiltily to the charges, has been denied bail and the case has been sent to the Crown Court. The next hearing is scheduled for September 15.

The attack on the British MP is believed to have been connected to his recent remarks censuring the Israeli regime for the atrocities it committed in its military onslaught on the besieged Gazoo Strip.
#1: That's because they don't like you.
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Africa North: 10 soldiers killed in Benghazi clashes
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[Iran Press TV] At least 10 soldiers have been killed in festivities between the army and holy warriors in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi.

Army front man General Miloud al-Zawi said more than 10 soldiers were also maimed in the fighting which took place on Monday.

Zawi added that armed holy warriors were trying to advance on Benina, both a civilian airport and an air force base, in Benghazi.

"The situation is now under control," he stated, noting that the army repelled the attack with the help of the air force.

In recent weeks, Libya has been witnessing one of its worst spasms of violence since the fall of longtime dictator Muammar Qadaffy
...The late megalomaniac dictator of Libya, admired everywhere for his garish costumes, funny hats, harem of cutie bodyguards, and incoherent ravings. As far as is known, he is the only person who's ever declared jihad on Switzerland...
in a popular uprising in October 2011.

Rival militiamen, who refuse to lay down arms, are fighting for total rule over the North African country, and the army has been unable to curb the widespread lawlessness.

Meanwhile,
...back at the alley, Bugs Moroni was holding Slats from behind while his brother Greasy Thumb was pounding his face into paste ...
conflicting reports coming out of the capital Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
indicate that the city has fallen to the Fajr (Dawn) Libya gunnies.

In a statement released on Monday, Libya's interim government announced that most ministries and state-run institutions are now out of its control.

"Ministry and state offices in Tripoli have been occupied by armed militias who are preventing government workers from entering and are threatening their superiors," the statement said.

Attacks and looting have broken out across the capital, with the interior and electricity ministries and the prime minister's office ransacked.


Africa North: Militiamen storm US embassy in Libya
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[Iran Press TV] The United States embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
has been attacked by militiamen, but no US officials were present as the building was evacuated over a month ago.

US State Department officials said late on Sunday they were seeking details of the raid that occurred earlier in the day.

According to a senior State Department official, the embassy complex remains secure, but the situation is very fluid as fierce festivities have been underway between rival militias for weeks.

Militiamen had captured a US embassy annex but had not broken into the main compound, according to reports.

The State Department official said the embassy was closed in July due the fighting between militias close to the compound. US personnel were evacuated with a military escort.

The action was taken in the light of controversy over an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi in 2012 which left four Americans dead, including ambassador Christopher Stevens.

Nearly three years after the overthrow of long-time dictator Muammar Qadaffy
... who had more funny outfits than Louis XIV...
, Libya is still grappling with rising insecurity as the country has been witnessing numerous festivities between government forces and rival militia groups.

The former rebels refuse to lay down arms despite efforts by the central government to impose law and order.

Meanwhile,
...back at the pond, the enormous newt was trying to decide if Gloria was edible...
conflicting reports coming out of Libya, where fierce festivities have been underway between rival krazed killer groups for weeks, indicate that Tripoli has fallen to the Fajr (Dawn) Libya gunnies.

Libya's caretaker government has announced that most ministries and state-run institutions are now out of its control.

Attacks and looting have broken out across the city with the interior and electricity ministries and the prime minister's office ransacked.


Home Front: WoT: Obama has no Middle East strategy? Good!
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[Iran Press TV] Last week President B.O. admitted that his administration has not worked out a strategy on how to deal with the emergence of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as a dominant force in the Middle East. However,
there is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened...
as ISIS continues its march through Syria and Iraq, many in the US administration believe it is, in the words of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, a threat "beyond anything we have ever seen."

Predictably, the neocons attacked the president's speech. They believe the solution to any problem is more bombs and troops on the ground, so they cannot understand the president's hesitation.


Iraq: Iraq will be graveyard for ISIL: Al-Maliki
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[Iran Press TV] Iraq's outgoing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
... Prime Minister of Iraq and the secretary-general of the Islamic Dawa Party. Maliki imposed order on Basra wen the Shiites were going nuts, but has proven incapable of dealing with al-Qaeda's Sunni insurgency. Reelected to his third term in 2014...
has pledged that Iraq will become a graveyard for the ISIL Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
terrorists.

Al-Maliki made the remark as he visited the liberated town of Amerli in northern Iraq.

"Iraq will be a graveyard for (ISIL)," the premier said in televised remarks from the town on Monday.
On Sunday, Iraqi forces liberated the besieged town, where thousands of minority Shia Turkmen had been surrounded by Takfiri murderous Moslems for two months.

They broke the siege of Amerli amid Arclight airstrikes on ISIL positions. The operation began on Saturday when Iraqi government forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters launched an assault on the group's positions from two fronts.

UN had earlier warned that Shia Turkmen residents of the volatile town besieged by the ISIL Takfiri murderous Moslems could be massacred if urgent action was not taken to rescue them.

Meanwhile,
...back at the chili cook-off, Chuck and Manuel's rivalry was entering a new and more dangerous phase...
Kurdish Peshmerga forces have also reportedly retaken the northern towns of Zumar and Sulaiman Bek from the Takfiri terrorists.

The ISIL murderous Moslems have been committing heinous crimes in the captured areas, including the mass execution of civilians and Iraqi security forces.

Soldiers of the Iraqi army have been engaged in heavy fighting with the Death Eaters on different fronts and have so far been able to push back Death Eaters in several areas.

Senior Iraqi officials have blamed 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...
, Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates...
and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.

The terrorist group has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be supported by the Israeli regime.


Afghanistan: US drone attack leaves 3 dead in Afghanistan
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[Iran Press TV] A US drone attack has left at least three people dead in Afghanistan's eastern province of Kunar.

According to local officials, the Arclight airstrike was carried out in Shonkiri area of the province on Monday. Afghan sources have identified the dead as three Taliban members with Ruritanian Pak nationality.

A similar drone strike in Dangam district of Kunar Province
...one of the four N2KL provinces (Nangarhar, Nuristan, Kunar and Laghman). N2KL is the designation used by US and Coalition Forces for the rugged and very violent region opposite Pakistain's Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Northwest Frontier Province. Kunar is the center of the N2KL region. Its population is 95% Pashtun. It is adjacent to Bajaur Agency..
in late August reportedly killed at least 6 members of pro-Taliban group of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP).

Separate Arclight airstrikes by US-led foreign troops left at least 17 people killed in eastern Afghanistan last week.


The Grand Turk: Turkish PM promises peace with Kurds, active diplomacy
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[ARABNEWS] Turkey's new Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday vowed to seek a peace deal with Kurdish rebels with new vigor and pursue an assertive foreign policy where Ankara would set its own agenda.

Davutoglu, the former foreign minister who took over as premier from new President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
last week, reaffirmed ambitious goals to make Turkey a top 10 global economy and member of the EU by 2023 as he presented the program of his new government.

But he said special priority would be paid to making peace with Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels seeking self-rule for Kurds in the southeast of Turkey, to end a three-decade insurgency that has claimed some 40,000 lives.

"We will carry out the grinding of the peace processor with a determination which will change the fate of the country. We will press on with efforts to make sure all segments of the society can embrace it," Davutoglu told parliament.

"We will be act in a more decisive manner and tear down the walls between our nation and the state."

Erdogan, who was elected president this month, launched clandestine negotiations with tossed in the clink
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan in 2012. But they stalled in September last year when the rebels accused him of failing to deliver on reform.

However,
ars longa, vita brevis...
hopes have been raised in recent weeks of a new breakthrough and Ocalan has said that the conflict is "coming to an end."

Davutoglu -- who was criticized by some analysts for pursuing an overly ambitious foreign policy while top diplomat -- said Turkey would carry on with an assertive diplomacy.

"We will be not be a country whose agenda is set by other countries," he said.


Europe: Ukraine govt warns of 'great war' with Russia
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[ARABNEWS] Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Monday of "direct and undisguised aggression" which he said had radically changed the battlefield balance as Kiev's forces suffered a further reverse in their war with pro-Moscow separatists.

Ukraine's defense minister also warned that a "great war" had broken out with Russia over his country's future that could claim tens of thousands of lives.

"A great war has arrived at our doorstep, the likes of which Europe has not seen since World War II. Unfortunately, the losses in such a war will be measured not in the hundreds but thousands and tens of thousands," Valeriy Geletey wrote in a Facebook post.


India-Pakistan: Pakistan Army secures TV station from protesters
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[ARABNEWS] Pak soldiers and paramilitary forces secured the headquarters of the state TV channel PTV in Islamabad on Monday after a crowd of anti-government protesters stormed the building and took the channel off the air.

The protesters had stormed the TV building forcing the channel briefly off the air as they clashed with police and pushed further into a sprawling government complex in the capital, Islamabad, in an effort to reach the prime minister's residence.

Opposition leaders Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who ain't the sharpest bulb on the national tree...
, a hero cricket player turned politician, and Tahirul Qadri
...Pak politician, and would-be dictator, founder and head of Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran and Pakistain Awami Tehrik. He usually resides in Canada, but returns to Pakistain periodically to foam at the mouth and lead demonstrations. Depending on which way the wind's blowing, Qadri claims to be the author of Pak's blasphemy law. Other times he says it wasn't him...
, a firebrand
...firebrands are noted more for audio volume and the quantity of spittle generated than for any actual logic in their arguments...
holy man, have been at the forefront of the protests for weeks demanding the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf...
to quit.

Protesters and police clashed in various areas of the city's Red Zone, a sprawling complex of government buildings and grassy lawns in the center of Islamabad. The protesters, armed with clubs and many wearing gas masks, hurled rocks at the coppers. Five coppers, including a senior Islamabad police chief, and three protesters were taken to hospital, bleeding.

Sharif, who was toppled by the army in a 1999 coup, has refused to quit while protest leaders have rejected his offers of talks, creating a dangerous deadlock.

Clashes broke out again early on Monday and the state PTV channel and its English-language PTV World service were taken off the air after protesters stormed its headquarters.

A PTV source told Rooters the protesters had occupied the main control room and smashed some equipment. Television pictures showed uniformed members of a paramilitary force and soldiers walking calmly into the building.

A Rooters witness said the soldiers escorted protesters out and placed the building under their protection. There were no signs of violence and the protesters were seen leaving peacefully. The station later came back on the air.

In the nuclear-armed nation where power has often changed hands through military coups rather than elections, the army is bound to play a key role in how the conflict unfolds but it has not directly intervened, apart from meeting the protagonists and calling on them to show restraint.

Army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif met Prime Minister Sharif on Monday, but it was unclear what they discussed.

The army chief, who is not related to the prime minister, late Sunday urged the government and opposition leaders to resolve the crisis through talks and warned against the use of force to end the demonstrations.

Protesters have camped out in Islamabad since mid-August, paralyzing life in the centre of the capital and creating massive traffic jams. The protest site, where many sleep rough every night, is littered with rubbish and reeks of human waste.


Afghanistan: Abdullah deadline puts Afghan election in peril
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[ARABNEWS] Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah
... the former foreign minister of the Northern Alliance government, advisor to Masood, and candidate for president against Karzai. Dr. Abdullah was born in Kabul and is half Tadjik and half Pashtun...
on Monday issued another ultimatum over the disputed election result, threatening to withdraw from all efforts to negotiate a solution to the deepening political crisis.

Abdullah claims that fraud cheated him of victory in the June 14 election, and fears have risen of a return to the ethnic divisions of the 1990s civil war after his supporters called on him to form a "parallel government."

As tensions threatened to boil over, the US brokered a deal between Abdullah and his rival Ashraf Ghani in which they agreed to an audit of all eight million votes and the formation of a post-election national unity government.

But Abdullah's front man Fazel Aqa Hussain Sancharaki said his team was on the brink of abandoning both parts of the deal, potentially plunging Afghanistan's first democratic transfer of power into further turmoil.

"Our patience is running out, any announcement of results made by the fraudulent election commission will be rejected by us," Sancharaki told news hounds.

"We are setting this deadline that if tomorrow our logical demands of transparent auditing and an honest political process are not met, we will completely boycott the whole process."

Last week Abdullah pulled out of the audit, but had said negotiations on the national unity government were still under way.

Abdullah won the first-round election in April out of a field of eight candidates, but preliminary results from the June run-off showed that he was far behind Ghani.

Any street protests by aggrieved Abdullah supporters could set off a spiral of instability.

Many of Ghani's supporters are Pashtuns in the south and east, while Abdullah's loyalists are Tajiks and other northern groups.

Western nations, which have sent tens of thousands of troops and billions of dollars worth of aid to Afghanistan since 2001, still hope that a credible election will be a flagship legacy of progress made since the hardline Taliban era.


China-Japan-Koreas: Knifeman kills three children in China school attack
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[ARABNEWS] A knifeman stabbed three children to death and maimed five more plus a teacher in a rampage Monday at a Chinese primary school that refused to enroll his daughter, reports said.

The attacker killed himself by jumping from a building following the carnage at a school in Shiyan in the central province of Hubei, according to the official news agency Xinhua. The six maimed have been hospitalized, it said, adding two were seriously hurt. The man, surnamed Chen, "was struck down in his prime," Xinhua said without providing further details.

"An initial probe suggests Chen held a grudge after his daughter was denied registration into the new semester's courses for not completing her summer vocation homework," the news agency added, citing police. A local police official declined to provide information, saying: "I am not clear, the police bureau officials are at that school investigating."


Iraq: Radicals in Iraq driving large-scale atrocities: UN
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[ARABNEWS] Radical fighters have carried out atrocities on "an unimaginable scale" in months of fighting with Iraqi forces, who have also killed detainees and shelled civilian areas, a UN official said on Monday.

There is "strong evidence" Islamic State and allied groups have carried out assassinations, forced conversions, sexual abuse and torture in Iraq, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Flavia Pansieri said, opening an emergency debate on the conflict in Geneva.

Iraq's human rights
...which are often intentionally defined so widely as to be meaningless...
minister, Mohammed Shia' Al Sudani, told the session that Islamic State murderous Moslems, "oozing with barbarity," threatened his country and the world, but did not immediately respond to allegations against state troops.

Islamic State has grabbed large areas of Iraq and neighboring Syria, declaring a cross-border caliphate and driving hundreds of thousands from their homes. At least 1,420 people were killed in Iraq in August alone, UN figures showed on Monday.

The one-day UN Human Rights Council session, called by Iraq with the support of allies including the United States, is expected to agree to Baghdad's request to send a team of UN experts to investigate crimes committed in the conflict.

"The reports we have received reveal acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale," Pansieri told the Council, on its first meeting about the latest surge in violence. She later told Rooters she was referring to Islamic State.

Iraqi government forces, police and allied militia had also committed acts that may amount to war crimes, she said.

Human Rights Watch
... During the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011, HRW received a pledge from the Foundation to Promote Open Society, of which George Soros is Chairman, for general support totaling $100,000,000. The grant is being paid in installments of $10,000,000 over ten years.Through June 30, 2013, HRW had received $30,000,000 towards the fulfillment of the pledge....
said on Monday it had "credible evidence" including photographs that Islamic State forces had used ground-fired cluster munitions in northern Syria -- the first known use of cluster munitions by the murderous Moslems, although the New York-based watchdog says government forces have used them since 2012.

Pansieri said she was particularly worried about the persecution of Christians, Yazidis, Shia, Turkmen and other ethnic groups by Islamic State forces that have swept through western and northern Iraq.

Such "ethnic and religious cleansing" may amount to crimes against humanity, she said. Children belonging to targeted minorities have been forcibly recruited and positioned on front lines to shield its fighters or made to donate blood, she said. Women are beaten for breaking rules requiring them to be veiled and escorted by men.

Iraqi police have also executed detainees in Tal Afar and government-allied militias opened fire on a mosque in Khanaqin district northeast of Baghdad killing 73 men and boys, she said. Iraqi soldiers have shelled towns and carried out Arclight airstrikes near Kirkuk,
... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time...
Fallujah,
... the City of Mosques, which might have somthing to do with why it's not called Center of Prosperity or a really nice place to raise your kids...
and Salahuddin, killing and injuring many dozens of civilians, she added.

Iraq's minister Al-Sudani told the session Islamic State was threatening the makeup of his country.

"The land of ancient Babylon is subjected to threats starting to its very independence, they are attempting to change its demographic and cultural composition," he said in Arabic.

The US ambassador to the rights forum, Keith Harper, urged Iraq's Prime Minister designate Haider Al-Abadi to set up a multiethnic government that would investigate all allegations against government forces and "terrorist groups."

"The stories that have emerged from ISIL's (Islamic State's) bloody assault on Iraq are the ones of nightmares. Christians and others have been driven from their homes with the threat of 'convert or die'," Harper said.

"The Yazidis have been buried alive, beheaded or killed in mass executions," he said


Arabia: IS terror tops agenda of Saudi-French talks
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[ARABNEWS] Threat posed by Islamic State (IS) holy warriors, who have seized swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, tops the agenda of Saudi-French talks.

Crown Prince Salman arrived in Gay Paree Monday on a landmark visit for talks with President Francois Hollande
...the Socialist president of La Belle France, an economic bad joke for la Belle France but seemingly a foreign policy realist...
and other French leaders.

The visit aims to further strengthen relations between the two countries.

The crown prince's talks with Hollande would also focus on boosting military cooperation, according to political analysts.

King of the Arabians, Sheikh of the Burning Sands, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has warned world leaders that forces of Evil would hit their countries unless they take "rapid" action to eliminate it. "If we ignore them, I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month," the king said while receiving foreign diplomats in Jeddah on Friday.

On Thursday, Hollande rejected any cooperation with Bashir al-Assad, whom he accused of being a "de-facto ally" of IS holy warriors, after his regime said it was willing to work with the international community to tackle the terrorist group.

"The historic visit to Gay Paree paid by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah in 2007 has contributed immensely to taking Saudi-French ties to new heights," the crown prince said in an arrival statement.

Hollande will host a dinner at the Elysee presidential palace in honor of the Saudi crown prince, who is due to meet Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Wednesday for talks on major regional and international issues.

The crown prince is accompanied by a high-level delegation, including Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Culture and Information Minister Abdul Aziz Khoja and Commerce and Industry Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah.

"This visit comes within the framework of developing bilateral cooperation and strengthening the level of coordination on regional and international issues of mutual concern," Prince Salman said while commending "the best ever" relations between the two countries.

Meanwhile,
...back at the cheese factory, there was only one thought in the mouse's mind: I can do this! I can do this! Then the trap sprung...
Abdullatif Al-Othman, governor of the 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...
n General Investment Authority (SAGIA), will open an investment exhibition in Gay Paree on Tuesday with the participation of 15 government agencies to woo French investment to the Kingdom. SAGIA hoped that the exhibition would attract a large number of French companies interested to invest in Saudi Arabia. "The show reflects the Kingdom's desire to expand its economic and investment ties with La Belle France," it added.


Africa North: Libya Parliament reappoints PM as govt loses grip on ministries
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[ARABNEWS] Libya's Parliament reappointed Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni on Monday as the government lost control of ministries in the capital where gangs have taken over and a separate parliament has claimed legitimacy.

In another sign of the oil producer sliding deeper into anarchy, gunnies launched a new attempt to seize Benghazi's civilian and military airport from army forces allied to a renegade general. At least 13 soldiers from Haftar's forces were killed and 45 maimed, medics said.

The Parliament that was elected in June moved to the remote eastern city of Tobruk last month as rival gangs battled for Tripoli


Africa North: HoR summons Grand Mufti and Central Bank Governor for questioning
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[Libya Herald] The House of Representatives has summonsed the Grand Mufti, Sheikh Sadik Al-Ghariani, together with the Governor of the Central Bank of Libya, Saddek Elkaber, and his two deputy governors, for questioning . . .
Paywall has the rest


Africa North: Ministry of Foreign Affairs attacks Turkish President's 'blatant interference'
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[Libya Herald] The Foreign Ministry has attacked Turkish President Recep Erdogan following statements he allegedly made calling the meeting of the House of Representatives in Tobruk "improper".

Erdogan is reported to have said that Turkey "fundamentally cannot accept the parliament meeting in Tobruk". The statement closely echoes those of the Misratan-led Libya Dawn
...aka Fajr Libya, the Islamist operation launched to counter that of General Khalifa Haftar (Operation Dignity). It is made up of the Libya Shield militia (Misrata and Moslem Brotherhood), Libya Revolutionaries Operations Room (Moslem Brotherhood), and Tripoli Brigade (close to bdul Hakim Belhaj, head of Al-Watan party). Financing and moral support come from Turkey and Qatar...
Operation which also said yesterday that it would recognise the House of Representatives only if it met in Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it was "surprised" by what it had perceived as the "blatant interference in Libyan internal affairs". It called on Erdogan to clarify his statements noting that he had congratulated the newly-elected House of Representatives after it held its first session in Tobruk in August.

For its part, the Turkish Foreign Ministry has Turkey has condemned the Libyan position saying that any criticism of Erdogan's views was "unacceptable".

"The questioning of Mr President's sincerity and feelings towards our Libyan brothers is, in the lightest way possible, totally unfair and unacceptable," Turkish Foreign Ministry front man Tanju Bilgic was quoted as saying by the Anadolu news agency.

The Turkish government is widely viewed in Libya as supporting the Libyan Moslem Brotherhood since the revolution, alongside Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates...
. Libyan Moslem Brotherhood figures are known to visit Turkey regularly for meetings and use it as a safe haven. The significance of Libya within the context of the region's ideological fault-lines came to the fore last month when it emerged that the UAE and Egypt, both bitterly opposed to the brotherhood, had collaborated to bomb positions in Tripoli held by gangs sympathetic to the Islamist movement.

The Tobruk-based Operation Dignity, which has offered protection to the House of Representatives, has been seen to have the backing of both Egypt and the UAE.

Last week Emirati authorities rounded up at least 30 Libyan nationals believed to have ties to the Moslem Brotherhood and Libya Dawn.

The Foreign Ministry reminded Turkish authorities that the the United Nations
...the Oyster Bay money pit...
had recognised the legitimacy of the House of Representatives. The European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
, the Arab League
...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing...
, the African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
and the Gulf Cooperation Council have also recognised the new parliament.


Africa North: Fighting in south east Benghazi as Ansar renews Benina attacks
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[Libya Herald] There were Massive missile attacks and kabooms overnight in and around the Benghazi district of Buatni as Ansar al-Sharia
...a Salafist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends. There are groups of the same name in Libyaand Yemen, with the Libyan versions currently most active. Tunisia's Shabaab al-Tawhid started out an Ansar al-Sharia and changed its name in early 2014. It still uses the old name now and then, probably because the stationery's not all used up and the web site hasn't expired yet...
launched a fresh assault on Benina Airport.

The head of Saiqa Special Forces
...Libya's elite army unit, insofar as they have one, formed from a mixture of paratroopers and commandos. The group emerged from a militia with the same name in 2010. It now numbers a few thousand and reports to the Ministry of Defence. It deployed in Benghazi in an attempt to control the carnage. As a result, it has been attacked and several of its officers murdered. The force is popular in Benghazi for its stance against Ansar al-Sharia group...
Investigations Unit, Fadel Al-Hassi, told the Libya Herald that Ansar had ceased its offensive at around midday having begun at around midnight. He said Ansar had deployed a number of armoured cars in its attempts to take the airport but that finally Special Forces had been abel to repulse the Islamists as far as Sidi Mansour.

Benina Airport and a nearby Air Defence base are the last major positions held by Operation Dignity in Benghazi since its Special Forces partners were pushed from its headquarters in Buatni at the end of Ramadan. Buatni has been the backdrop to the worst fighting in Benghazi over the last month with most residents now displaced and sheltering in schools or with friends and relatives in other parts of the city.

The commander of Operation Dignity's airforces Adam Saqr Geroushi said his aircraft had carried out Arclight airstrikes over the Ansar held district of Sidi Faraj. Some missiles are also reported to have landed in the Islamist stronghold of Leithi. Bombing raids by Operation Dignity on Islamist strongholds have taken place since the beginning of the goup's military campaign in May.

There have also been reports of sporadic festivities in and around Benghazi University in the past 24 hours. Believed to involve February 17 Brigade, the fighting will likely push back the reopening of the university, which it was hoped would restart classes this month.


Afghanistan: Three Men Arrested in Kabul Rape Case
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[Tolo News] Three men have been tossed in the slammer
Please don't kill me!
in relation to the recent rape and robbery case that took place in Paghman district of Kabul province, the Kabul police said on Sunday.

The men had stopped the vehicles of the eight women and two men who were traveling home from Paghman to Kabul city after a wedding party about a week ago. They had taken four of the eight women to a nearby garden, beating and raping them.


Afghanistan: Blast in Mazar Kills 2 NDS Personnel
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[Tolo News] At least two National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) personnel were killed and one other maimed near the Balkh Gate in Mazar-e-Sharif City, capital of Balkh province on Monday, an eyewitness said.

Eyewitnesses say that the incident occurred at around 4 p.m. when residents saw what they believed was a suspicious abandoned bicycle near the Balkh Gate. Those wary of the bike contacted security forces to inspect the bicycle and when the NDS personnel arrived to the scene, explosives detonated.

As the result of blast two NDS personnel killed and another maimed.


India-Pakistan: Javed Hashmi's allegations: What is the 'Bangladesh model'?
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[DAWN] 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....
(PTI) President Javed Hashmi's startling claims of a scripted political crisis being engineered in Pakistain has led to widespread speculation among analysts that a version of the 'Bangladesh Model' may be in the works.

"Imran had told the PTI core committee it won't be called a martial law," Hashmi alleged at a presser, hinting at a covert form of takeover by the military establishment, using PTI Chairman Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who who convinced himself that playing cricket qualified him to lead a nuclear-armed nation with severe personality problems...
and Chief of the Pakistain Awami Tehrik Tahirul-Qadri as their instruments.

The 'Bangladesh Model', a soft coup, is based on the idea that the political system must be cleansed of corrupt elements for the welfare of the public, which perhaps has been left incapacitated to elect honest leaders.

The model works on the premise that the military and judiciary must intervene to help differentiate the 'right' from the 'wrong' before it is too late. The model stipulates that the democracy that follows such a 'cleansing' is therefore a truer form since the people have been rightly 'guided' and are now able to make informed decisions.

Technocrats, current and former officials aligned with the military and judiciary play a vital role in the implementation of the 'Bangladesh Model' of which the strings are pulled from the background and through an interim government that remains in power for a lengthy period as happened in Bangladesh in 2007.

"If Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf...
survives, for the rest of his term, he will be a ceremonial prime minister--the world will not take him seriously," said Ayesha Siddiqa, an Islamabad-based analyst told the Wall Street Journal on Saturday.

"A soft coup has already taken place. The question is whether it will harden."


India-Pakistan: Army's questionable decisions
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[DAWN] THE carefully constructed veneer of neutrality that the army leadership had constructed through much of the national political crisis instigated by Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who is the lightweight's lightweight...
and Tahirul Qadri
...Pak politician, and would-be dictator, founder and head of Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran and Pakistain Awami Tehrik. He usually resides in Canada, but returns to Pakistain periodically to foam at the mouth and lead demonstrations. Depending on which way the wind's blowing, Qadri claims to be the author of Pak's blasphemy law. Other times he says it wasn't him...
has been torn apart.

First, came the army's statement on Sunday, the third in a series of statements in recent days on the political crisis, which quite astonishingly elevated the legitimacy and credibility of the demands of Imran Khan, Tahirul Qadri and their violent protesters above that of the choices and actions of an elected government dealing with a political crisis. Consider the sequence of events so far. When the army first publicly waded into the political crisis, it counselled restraint on all sides -- as though it was the government that fundamentally still had some questions hanging over its legitimacy simply because Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri alleged so. Next, the army crept towards the Khan/Qadri camp by urging the government to facilitate negotiations -- as though it was the government that was being unreasonable, and not Mr Khan and Mr Qadri.

Now, staggeringly, the army has 'advised' the government not to use force against violent protesters and essentially told it to make whatever concessions necessary to placate Mr Khan and Mr Qadri. It is simply extraordinary that it is the PAT and PTI supporters who want to break into and occupy state buildings, but it is the government that has been rebuked. It's as if the army is unaware -- rather, unwilling -- to acknowledge the constitutional scheme of things: it is the government that is supposed to give orders to the army, not the other way around. The government has already issued its order: invoking Article 245. On Saturday, as violent thugs attacked parliament, it was surely the army's duty to repel them. But the soldiers stationed there did nothing and the army leadership the next day warned the government instead of the protesters -- which largely explains why the protesters were able to continue their pitched battles with the police and attacked the PTV headquarters yesterday.

If that were not enough, yesterday also brought another thunderbolt: this time from within the PTI with party president Javed Hashmi indicating that Mr Khan is essentially doing what he has been asked and encouraged to do by the army leadership. It took the ISPR a few hours to respond with the inevitable denial, but a mere denial is inadequate at this point. The functioning of the state stands paralysed because a few thousand protesters and their leaders have laid siege to state institutions. Where is the army condemnation of that? Would the army allow even a handful of peaceful protesters to gather outside GHQ for a few hours? The army is hardly being 'neutral'. It is making a choice. And, it is disappointing that choice is doing little to strengthen the constitutional, democratic and legitimate scheme of things.


Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka court gives green light to deport Pakistani asylum seekers
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[DAWN] A Sri Lankan court on Monday gave permission to authorities to send back scores of Pak asylum seekers, after the government said they were a threat to the island's security and public health.

Deputy Solicitor General Janak de Silva asked the Appeal court to lift an earlier suspension of deportations, saying there was evidence Paks were committing crimes and bringing malaria into the country, which was otherwise virtually free of the disease.

"Interim relief was vacated and the court has dismissed the application. Now all the asylum seekers are exposed to deportation if government wants," said Lakshan Dias, lawyer of a 38-year-old Pak woman who complained after her husband, brother and father were detained pending deportation.

The court on Aug. 15 ordered authorities to temporarily stop deporting the Paks, after the woman said her family was being forcibly sent home without having their claims properly assessed.

The United Nations
...boodling on the grand scale...
refugee agency says 88 Paks have been deported since Aug. 1 in what is has called a breach of international law.


India-Pakistan: Govt considering decisive action against protesters: Asif
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[DAWN] Pakistain is preparing to launch a selective crackdown against anti-government protesters trying to bring down the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf...
, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said, warning demonstrators against storming government buildings.

Dashing chances of a peace deal between the government and protest leaders 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....
(PTI) Chairman Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who who convinced himself that playing cricket qualified him to lead a nuclear-armed nation with severe personality problems...
and Pakistain Awami Tehrik (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri
...Pak politician, and would-be dictator, founder and head of Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran and Pakistain Awami Tehrik. He usually resides in Canada, but returns to Pakistain periodically to foam at the mouth and lead demonstrations. Depending on which way the wind's blowing, Qadri claims to be the author of Pak's blasphemy law. Other times he says it wasn't him...
, protesters stormed the state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
building and have also tried to march on Prime Minister Sharif's residence in central Islamabad.

Later, police fired teargas and rubber bullets to disperse them.

Asif told Rooters in an interview at his house hours after the storming of the state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
building the government would not hesitate to enforce its writ and was considering cracking down against those attacking state institutions.

"If not mass arrests, selective use of force can be used," Asif said, describing one option the government may decide to exercise following a meeting between PM Sharif and his top aides.

"The writ of the state must be enforced. We hope to make a decisive move sometimes later today, not in the evening but even before that," he said. "I personally feel that the next few hours will determine the course of coming events."

Commentators have been divided over what Nawaz Sharif could do to defuse the crisis, and Asif's remarks confirmed that a crackdown was on the cards as the government debates its further actions.

Asif, considered to be in favour of talks, is one of a growing number of members of PM Sharif's cabinet who believe it is time for tougher action against thousands of protesters massed in Islamabad to demand the prime minister step down.

Rounds of negotiations have failed to end the crisis that has gripped Pakistain for more than two weeks, with protest leaders saying they will not back down unless Sharif resigns.

The army is expected to play a key role in how the conflict unfolds but it has not directly intervened, saying the crisis had to be solved politically.


India-Pakistan: PTI dubs Hashmi allegations 'unfounded and unfortunate'
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[DAWN] The 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....
(PTI) on Monday said that PTI President Javed Hashmi's allegations regarding the party gaining support from the armed forces in the ongoing political crisis were "unfortunate and unfounded".

A statement issued by Central Information Secretary Shireen Mazari added that there was no conversation that the PTI was linked to the army or "any such covert agenda".

"If Hashmi thought PTI was linked to the army then he should have immediately resigned," the statement read. It concluded by saying that Hashmi's unfortunate allegations were without any grounding in facts.

Speaking to Dawn shortly after Javed Hashmi's shocking allegations, PTI leader Arif Alvi said he was not aware of any script as suggested by the veteran politician.

"Javed Hashmi was with us on everything till we moved from Constitution Avenue to PM house," he said, adding that the decision to join Qadri was made by the party and not at the behest of a third party.

"I never heard Khan sahab say anything about a third force," he added.

When asked about Hashmi's statement alleging that Imran hinted at the Supreme Court's favourable position with the party, Alvi said, "I am not aware of any mention of the chief justice."

At the end, he maintained that he respected Hashmi and did not think he could invent such information.

"I don't think he could invent it, he may be misinformed."


India-Pakistan: 'Anonymous Pakistan' take down government sites, leak bank records
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[DAWN] In the wake of ongoing anti-government protests in Islamabad, a group of hackers calling themselves 'Anonymous Op Pakistain' temporarily brought down numerous government portals in a bid to remove, "every vestige of the Pakistain government from the Internet".

The group also leaked a zip file containing 23,000 bank records allegedly connected to the government. The zip file contained a document that stated the leak was carried out by ASOR Hack Team.

Claiming to be a part of Anonymous - the global hacktivist network - the hackers attacked over two dozen government websites overnight, a few of which remained inaccessible on Monday. Some of the hacked websites were defaced as well.

In numerous online messages, Anonymous Op Pakistain said it was carrying out the attacks for political reasons, in support of the PTI/PAT protesters:

"We are cataloging the atrocities being committed in Pakistain. We will begin at once assisting the peaceful protesters in Pakistain with every tool and tactic at our disposal. And we will initiate the process of removing every vestige of the Pakistain government from the Internet and shutting down their communications network. And the Pak people will then remove this criminal regime from power and lock them in prison where they belong. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf...
you are hereby dismissed. You will leave power immediately. For the safety and security of your family we suggest that you depart Pakistain at once. This is your only warning."

The group also condemned police action against the protesters:

As for the criminal security and military forces who have so barbarically attacked your own people in Pakistain, we will collect evidence of your crimes and deal with you in the time and manner of our choosing. You would do well to....well, you know - expect us. You will either answer to the justice of your people and the international community, or you will be the subject of the rage filled vengeance of Anonymous.


India-Pakistan: PTI's Sindh MPAs tender resignations
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[DAWN] 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....
(PTI) MPAs in the Sindh Assembly submitted their resignations in the assembly secretariat.

PTI has four MPAs in the Sindh Assembly -- Syed Hafeezuddin (PS-93), Samar Ali Khan (PS-113), Seema Yazdani Zia (PS-159) and Khurram Sher Zaman (PS-112) -- and all have tendered resignations.

The resignations came as PTI is engaged in protests and sit-ins in the federal capital against what it calls "massive rigging" in the 2013 general elections.

Thirty-one MNAs of the party resigned from the National Assembly recently whereas 29 PTI MPAs in Punjab tendered their resignations last week. The party has however refused to resign from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
where it has been leading the government.


India-Pakistan: 12 suspects, FC man killed in Kech operation
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[DAWN] At least 12 suspected turbans and a soldier of the Frontier Corps (FC) were killed and four others injured in a clash which took place during a search operation in Kech district on Sunday.

Helicopters and armoured personnel carriers were used and about 600 FC troops took part in the operation.

According to official sources, the operation in Gomazai area near the Iranian border continued for over 12 hours.

"At least 12 armed turbans were killed in a shootout during the search operation," a front man for the FC, 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...
, said.

According to him, five soldiers were maimed in the heavy exchange of fire and one of them died in hospital.

Independent sources said that four people had been killed and four nabbed
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
during the operation which continued till 5pm.


India-Pakistan: Now Karachi free from crime, CM told
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[DAWN] KARACHI: Now the city is free from incidents of kidnapping, bank heist, terrorism and extortion, this was claimed by Sindh IGP Ghulam Hyder Jamali while briefing Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah who was presiding over a high-level meeting on law and order soon after his return from China.

Updating the CM on achievements about maintenance of peace in the metropolis, the IGP Jamali informed the meeting that for the last two to three months, neither any case of kidnapping nor any bank dacoity had been reported. Even no incident of terrorism had been reported during this period, he added.

The IGP Jamali said the menace of extortion had been totally eliminated from the district west because all the criminals involved in this crime had either been locked away
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
or eliminated.

Giving details of achievements of the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) during the targetted operation, he said that as many as 1,802 encounters had taken place as compared to the 1,138 before the operation in the same period.

Consequently, 472 criminals had been killed as compared to 126 before the operation. He informed the meeting that out of the 9,382 arrested criminals, 7,915 had been charge-sheeted, 2,104 were on bail, 7,128 were confined in prisons and 150 were in police custody, he said.

The police officer said that during the last 24 hours, 69 raids had been conducted that resulted in five encounters, killing of two and arrest of 40 criminals. Total 472 criminals had been killed during the targeted operation as compared to 126 before the operation in the same period.

The IGP also informed that incidents of murder had also declined.

Similarly, as compared to 2,180 assassination before the operation, 884 had been reported during the period of targeted operation. He said that more than 60 per cent decline in the crime rate in some heinous acts had been achieved so far.

Speaking on the occasion the chief minister expressed his satisfaction over the law and order situation and directed the officers to speed up their action against terrorists, extortionists and kidnappers.

The PPP government, he said, was committed to restoration of peace in the city. He directed the officers to follow their cases till conviction of criminals. He said that the coppers would be encouraged for their best services and sacrifices.

Chief Secretary Sajjad Saleem Hotiyana, 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...
Additional IG Police Ghulam Qadir Thebo, City Commissioner Sohaib Siddiqi and other officers concerned attended the meeting.

Meanwhile,
...back at the laboratory the smoke and fumes had dispersed, to reveal an ominous sight...
the chief minister strongly condemned police torture of print and electronic media men while they were reporting the incident of political confrontation/ protests at the Constitution Avenue in Islamabad on Saturday and Sunday.

He termed the police act illegal, unethical, immoral and unacceptable.


India-Pakistan: Khasadar killed as militants attack checkpost
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[DAWN] LANDI KOTAL: A khasadar
...a rural policeman in Pakistain or India...
was killed and three others were maimed when murderous Moslems attacked a security checkpost in Jamrud on Sunday evening.

Officials said that a group of murderous Moslems riding a pickup van attacked a checkpost near Jamrud bazaar. The sudden attack took the khasadar force by surprise, while the indiscriminate fire left one personnel killed on the spot and three injured, they added.

Following the attack, khasadars, levies and FC personnel reached the spot and started firing in all directions. Forces' personnel also blocked all the entry and exit points to the Jamrud bazaar and started search operation.

Local sources said that they heard gunshots for almost half an hour while the local residents were not allowed to use the Jamrud by-pass road and the main road passing through the bazaar.


India-Pakistan: Fazl wants to register sedition case against Imran, Qadri
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[DAWN] PESHAWAR: Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...the political wing of the Pak Taliban...
-Fazl chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman
Deobandi holy man, known as Mullah Diesel during the war against the Soviets, his sympathies for the Taliban have never been tempered by honesty ...
has asked the government to register a sedition case against 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....
chairman Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who isn't your heaviest-duty thinker, maybe not even among the top five...
and Pakistain Awami Tehrik leader Tahirul Qadri
...Pak politician, and would-be dictator, founder and head of Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran and Pakistain Awami Tehrik. He usually resides in Canada, but returns to Pakistain periodically to foam at the mouth and lead demonstrations. Depending on which way the wind's blowing, Qadri claims to be the author of Pak's blasphemy law. Other times he says it wasn't him...
for violating constitution.

Addressing a meeting of JUI-F workers in Khyber Bazaar here on Sunday, he alleged that Tahirul Qadri and Imran Khan were foreign agents, who wanted to destabilise the country to appease their 'masters'.

He said that the two parties paralysed the entire system by staging sit-in in Islamabad to gain powers through backdoor. He said that all the main stream political parties were united to foil such attempts.

Fazlur Rehman terms both the leaders foreign agents, who want to destabilise the country
Mr Rehman asked the government to register a sedition case against Imran and Qadri for violating constitution. He said that PTI chief failed to get resignation from his own party members but he was demanding resignation from the prime minister.

"Qadri is claiming to bring revolution in the country but no good can be expected from him as he himself has admitted allowing Christians into his mosques and seminaries," the JUI-F chief said, adding that the followers of Pope could not serve the purpose of Islam.

"We will take all possible steps for protection of constitution, assemblies and the government. We will prove our strength whenever needed," Mr Rehman said. He added that both the parties should wind up the protest as workers had already returned homes.

He said that the workers of PTI and PAT had enough of the prolonged and illogical sit-ins and they were no longer interested to damage the country's economy. He said that leaders of the two parities had repeatedly violated agreements with the government's negotiating teams and created uncertainty.

The JUI-F chief said that raising slogans against rigging was aimed at hollowing basis of the country and destabilising the system. The nation knew what the protestors had planned for appeasing their foreign masters, he added.

Appreciating the federal government, he said that formation of judicial commission was the only solution to the issue so that it could remove the unrest. PTI should also admit rigging of elections in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
, Mr Rehman said.

JUI-F provincial emir Maulana Gul Naseeb Khan and general secretary Maulana Shujaul Mulk also spoke on the occasion. They said that the protesting parties were spreading vulgarity by organising dancing parties during the sit-ins.

"We can easily gather such gatherings anywhere in the country to prove our strength against PTI and PAT but the party has not yet taken the decision," they said and asked the protesters to stop exploiting poor people for their own purposes.

Strict security measures were taken during the meeting and heavy contingents of police were deployed at the venue. All the link roads were closed by erecting barbed wire and cemented blocks to check movement of the suspected persons.

The meeting was scheduled at 11am but it started in the evening which caused serious inconvenience to the people owing to closure of the roads and suspension of traffic.


India-Pakistan: Shahbaz condemns attack on state institutions
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[DAWN] LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif
...Pak dynastic politician, brother of PM Nawaz Sharif, chief minister of Punjab...
says the attack on state institutions like parliament and Prime Minister's House in Islamabad can be termed the blackest day in the political history of the country.

Talking to assembly members here on Sunday, he said some so-called politicians attacked the buildings and highest institutions of the country by violating law and the Constitution, which was highly condemnable.

He praised Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf...
for showing sagacity to save the country from a major tragedy. He believed that after the step, Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who ain't the brightest knife in the national drawer...
had lost sympathies of a majority of his supporters.

He alleged that Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri
...Pak politician, and would-be dictator, founder and head of Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran and Pakistain Awami Tehrik. He usually resides in Canada, but returns to Pakistain periodically to foam at the mouth and lead demonstrations. Depending on which way the wind's blowing, Qadri claims to be the author of Pak's blasphemy law. Other times he says it wasn't him...
wanted to turn the country into a battlefield but the people smelt their intentions and rejected the move. He appealed to PML-N workers, supporters and voters to show restraint despite provocations.


India-Pakistan: Pakistan's unending agony
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[Bangla Daily Star] IF proof were needed of the immense damage Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who ain't the sharpest bulb on the national tree...
has been causing to Pakistain's fragile democracy, one has only to observe the anguish with which his party colleague Javed Hashmi has noted the manner in which he let his followers loose on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf...
's residence in Islamabad. Three people have died and hundreds have been injured as a result of Khan's brashness. Khan now charges Sharif with murder when the fact is that it was he who encouraged his followers to create terror on the streets.


India-Pakistan: Rehman Malik proposes Jirga for reconciliation
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[The Nation (Pak)] Former interior minister Rehman Malik
Pak politician, Interior Minister under the Gilani government. Malik is a former Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) intelligence officer who rose to head the FIA during Benazir Bhutto's second tenure. Malik was tossed from his FIA job in 1998 after documenting the breath-taking corruption of the Sharif family. By unhappy coincidence Nawaz Sharif became PM at just that moment and Malik moved to London one step ahead of the button men. He had to give up the interior ministry job because he held dual Brit citizenship.
in the meeting of parliamentary leaders held under the chair of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf...
, gave the proposal of a national jirga to resolve the political crisis.


Arabia: Qaeda kills 3 Yemen 'spies' for allegedly aiding US drones
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[Al Ahram] Al-Qaeda snuffies have executed three men they accuse of planting electronic chips in the network's vehicles to help US drones target them, a security official said Monday.

Scores of Al-Qaeda suspects, including some of the network's leaders, have been killed in drone strikes in Yemen.

The United States is the only country operating drones over Yemen, but US officials rarely acknowledge the covert programme.

"Al-Qaeda snuffies executed the three men with gunfire after having tortured them," the security official told AFP.

The official said residents of southeastern Hadramawt province found two bodies near the town of Shibam, while a third body was found in neighbouring Qoton.

He did not specify if the three were soldiers or civilians, but residents said that troops came and took away the bodies from the two locations.

Tracts left alongside the bodies said "the mujahedeen (Islamic fighters) captured a group of spies who sold themselves to the devil in return for a few riyals."

They had "become the eyes of the infidels ... (who) use their aircraft from the sky", it said.

"We say to ... whoever considers becoming an eye and guide for the Americans and other infidels that the hands of the mujahedeen will reach every spy," the tracts warned.

In April, a US and Yemeni aerial campaign in Yemen killed at least 68 Al-Qaeda holy warriors.


Europe: 'Up to 15,000 Russian soldiers' sent to Ukraine, say rights groups
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[Al Ahram] Up to 15,000 Russian soldiers have been sent to Ukraine over the past two months, and at least 200 may have died in combat there, rights groups told AFP on Monday.

Moscow denies that it has deployed regular troops to Ukraine to prop up separatists battling Kiev forces, but multiple indications have emerged over the past weeks that Russian soldiers are on the ground in Ukraine.

Valentina Melnikova, head of the Committee of Soldiers' Mothers, the main organization representing the families of servicemen, said some 7,000 to 8,000 Russian troops are believed to be in Ukraine at present.


India-Pakistan: Land dispute claims two lives
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[DAWN] TIMERGARA: Two people were killed and two others injured when their rivals opened indiscriminate fire on them at Hajiabad area in the area limits of Balambat cop shoppe on Sunday.

The dead and the injured belonged to the same family.

Local residents and police said that a land dispute between the two families led to the incident. They said those killed were identified as Daud and Liaqat Hatfield, while the injured, Javed and Daulat Khan Hatfield, were taken to district headquarters hospital where their condition was stated to be stable.

Local people recalled that several people had been injured in exchange of fire between the two groups two years ago. The Balambat police claimed that they had locked away
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
one of the nominated accused identified as Naushad McCoy and also recovered illegal weapons from his house.


Afghanistan: 41 Taliban Insurgents Killed in ANSF Operations
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[Tolo News] At least 41 Talibs including their leaders were killed in the past 24 hours during a nationwide operation led by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said in a statement on Monday.

Six murderous Moslems were maimed and 24 others nabbed
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
during the raids.

"Within the past 24 hours, the Afghan army, police and intelligence agency carried out several operations in Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
, Zabul, Kandahar, Laghman, Uruzgan, Ghazni, Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
, Takhar and Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
provinces to rid them of murderous Moslems," the statement read.

The ANSF seized several weapons during the raids and defused two improvised bombs (IED) in Nangarhar and Helmand provinces.

The statement did not provide details about the number of ANSF casualties.


Caribbean-Latin America: Fidel Castro compares NATO to Nazis, lashes out at U.S.
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[Japan Times] HAVANA -- Cuban ex-President Fidel Castro lashed out at the United States and Europe on Monday, accusing them of war-mongering and comparing the NATO military alliance's representatives to the Nazi SS.

In a tortuous column published in Cuban state media, the father of the island's communist revolution also attacked U.S. Sen. John McCain over United States policy in the Middle East, calling him "Israel's most unconditional ally."

"The world has seen no respite in recent years, particularly since the European Economic Community, under the strict and unconditional leadership of the United States, decided the time had come to settle scores with what was left of two great nations (Russia and China) that ... had carried out the heroic deed of putting an end to the imperialist colonial order imposed on the world by Europe and the United States," said the 88-year-old leader.


Europe: Ukraine Defence Minister: Russians threaten nuclear attack.
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[Newsweek] Kiev has received threats of nuclear retaliation from Russia through unofficial channels if it continues to fight pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian Minister of Defence, Valeriy Heletey, announced on his Facebook page on Monday.

“The Russian side has threatened on several occasions across unofficial channels that, in the case of continued resistance they are ready to use a tactical nuclear weapon against us,” Heletey’s statement reads.

The minister goes on to say that Russia’s “hybrid war” in Ukraine is at an end, accusing the Kremlin of attempting a “full-scale invasion”. Heletey called for all Ukrainian forces to “consolidate” and “begin building defences against Russia,” insisting today “the operation to liberate the Eastern Ukraine against terrorism is complete”.
Go ahead, don't talk about it! Lite the fuse and see what happens you SOB's.
#1: OTOH see also R7USSIA TODAY > RUSSIA OUTRAGED AFTER KIEV ACCUSES MOSCOW OF NUCLEAR ATTACK THREATS.

and

* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > [Guradian.UK] PUTIN SAYS "THERE NEVER WAS A COUNTRY CALLED KAZAKHISTAN" | KAZAKHISTAN IS LATEST RUSSIAN NEIGHBOR TO FEEL PUTIN'S CHILLY NATIONALIST RHETORIC.
Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2014-09-02 00:13 ||Comments



Southeast Asia: Abu Sayyaf member killed trying to snatch guard's gun
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A suspected Abu Sayyaf militant who was reportedly involved in at least one deadly raid in Sabah and who was arrested by police authorities in Tawi-Tawi on August 26, has died after trying to wrestle a gun from a security personnel. Chief Superintendent Noel delos Reyes, the police chief of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, said that Mobin Sahibudin Hailil, alias Apo Kahumbo, was gunned down in the process.

Delos Reyes said Hailil was being returned to the Tawi-Tawi provincial jail when he suddenly tried to wrestle the gun of one of the escorts Friday morning. He said, "That gave reason to the security team to shoot the suspect that resulted in his instantaneous death."


-Lurid Crime Tales-: Court Docs: Texas Democrats Accused of Using Cocaine to Buy Votes
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[Breitbart] MCALLEN, Texas -- A developing federal investigation has brought up allegations that a Hidalgo County Commissioner paid for votes with bags of cocaine
Bags? That seems rather a high price per vote...
while other politicians paid for votes also with cash, cigarettes, marijuana and beer.
The usual incentives, less the promise of gov't jobs.
As the great American philosopher Wednesday Addams would say: "wait."
Court records obtained by Breitbart Texas from the arrest of two women accused of buying votes show that during the democratic primaries in 2012, a campaign manager for a Hidalgo County Commissioner who said that during the campaign, he bought $50 worth of cocaine, commonly known as an 8-ball and split it up in order to give it to the two women so they could use it to entice voters.
Oh the irony, 8-ball used to elect 8-ball.
Earlier this week Liechtenstein second generation immigrants Belinda Solis and Veronica Salazar went before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Ormsby who formally charged them with vote buying and set their bond at $10,000.
Extreme yes, but it was all they had in their handbags.
The two women were part of a large year and a half long FBI investigation into election corruption in Hidalgo County.
An investigation no doubt, stemming from a 1972 tip.
#1: Amd yet the (D) anticorruption unit was soooo busy trying to indict Gov Perry that they completely missed this (D) corruption of voters.
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Europe: Putin to Barroso: 'If I want to I can take Kiev in a fortnight'
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Europe: Garry Kasparov: It's a War, Stupid!
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Europe: Ukraine situation may solve NATO's Identity Crisis.
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Yes, one way or the other I suppose.
It will just make abundantly clear what discerning folks have known since the end of the Cold War. And perhaps before...