A NATO airstrike has reportedly killed at least 10 civilians, including five children, in eastern Afghanistan.
The airstrike took place in the Shigal district of the Kunar Province, an area with a heavy Taliban presence. Afghan officials say the 10 dead civilians were from two local families.
District governor Abdul Zahir said three Taliban commanders, including a notorious Al Qaeda-linked militant leader called Shahpoor, were also killed in the raid. He said it was not clear if the owner of the targeted house was a member of the Taliban or a civilian, but the Taliban were visiting when the home was attacked.
So either Shahpoor and the boys were using the civilians as shields, or the 'civilians' were really camp followers. The good governor doesn't seem to know which is which...
NATO would not confirm whether any civilian deaths took place, but said it was investigating.
"We take every allegation of civilian casualties very seriously," a spokesman said.
The incident is likely to raise tension between the US and the Afghan government.
The struggling Libyan government on Tuesday requested assistance from Western nations and Arab leaders in setting up a border security strategy in order to prevent defeated Islamic terrorists from retreating from Mali and entering Libya, according to Middle East news reports.
One of Libya's attractive locations for Islamists is the city of Benghazi which was already a hotbed of terrorist activity, according to an Israeli police and counterterrorism source, David Nachman.
Libya's federal government in Tripoli continues its struggle to provide security and public safety for its people after deposing and killing its brutal dictator, Muammar Khadhafi in 2011. Libyan leaders fear that al-Qaeda and al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists will retreat from a powerful offensive by the French Foreign Legion and other French fighters who are working with Nigerian troops to help Mali's leaders in crushing radical Islam in that fledgling nation.
The Malian armed conflict began when terrorist organizations entered the country and seized its entire northern region. U.S. intelligence officials believe the Islamists entered Mali from Libya armed with weapons supplied by NATO forces to help Libyan rebels fight Col. Khadhafi's modern army.
France reportedly spoke to delegates from the U.S., Britain and the European Union about the subject of border security in Mali and Libya, but the U.S. does not appear interested, said former military intelligence officer and police officer Dennis Martinez.
[Egypt Independent] The Public Prosecution in Heliopolis ordered 21 suspects tossed in the clink Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw! Tuesday after festivities between protesters and security forces in front of the Ettehadiya Presidential Palace. The demonstrations had erupted Monday evening to mark the second anniversary of former President Hosni Mubarak's ...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011... resignation.
The office ordered police to investigate the suspects, who face charges of rioting and assaulting security forces.
Those tossed in the slammer Book 'im, Mahmoud! have denied all charges and said police arrested them randomly.
Investigators have already submitted the remains of Molotov cocktails collected on the palace grounds and sent them for analysis.
Dozens have been arrested across the country following violent protests on Monday as authorities prepare for talks Wednesday aimed at solving political deadlock and widespread unrest.
Meanwhile, ...back at the Council of Boskone, Helmuth had turned a paler shade of blue. Star-A-Star had struck again... the Cairo Cleaning and Beautification Agency began removing graffiti Tuesday that has marred the presidential palace since December's deadly demonstrations. Most of the work was done at Gate 5, where President Mohamed Morsy enters and exits the premises.
[Egypt Independent] Security forces on Monday tossed in the slammer Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'! 18 people in Tanta in Gharbiya Governorate during demonstrations marking the second anniversary of President Hosni Mubarak ...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011... stepping down.
"They threw stones and Molotov cocktails at the police," said Gharbiya Security Director Hatem Othman. "We had to answer with tear gas."
In Mahalla, eight protesters were released after being arrested Friday on charges of storming the municipality building.
Cities in Gharbiya in Nile Delta have witnessed frequent festivities between protesters and security forces since 25 January, the second anniversary of the Egyptian revolution's beginnings.
[MAGHAREBIA] Algerian troops killed two terrorists Monday (February 11th) in the Tizi Ouzou village of Ihnouch√®ne, Tout sur l'Algerie reported.
The action came a day after a failed kidnapping attempt in the region.
An armed group tried to abduct a trader in Ihessnaouen, south of Tizi-Ouzou, La Depeche de Kabylie reported on Monday. While the target of the botched kidnapping was able to flee the assailants, his mother suffered a gunshot injury.
A drone strike in the eastern Yemeni province of Shabwa last month killed the top religious cleric for Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a source close to the group said on Tuesday.
"A drone strike had targeted Sheikh Adel al-Abab's vehicle but he escaped and fled to a mountainous region where a raid by another drone killed him immediately," the source told AFP on condition of anonymity.
Abab had graduated from the Dawa Islamic studies center, in Sana'a and had served as the top religious cleric for AQAP.
American drone strikes against Al-Qaeda terrorists are frequent in Yemen, home of the network believed by the United States to be the deadliest and most active of the jihadi terrorists.
AQAP is led by Nasser al-Wuhayshi, who in July 2011 reaffirmed the group's allegiance to Ayman al-Zawahiri, head of the worldwide Al-Qaeda network since the killing in May of its founder, Osama bin Laden.
[Yemen Post] Five people including MP Ahmed Saif Hashid were hurt after anti-riot forces attacked Yemeni maimed revolutionaries who have been protesting in front of the council of ministers for weeks.
The revolutionaries, who were maimed during the 2011 uprising, have been protesting the slowness of the government to respond to their demands including sending some of them for treatment abroad. They argued the government has not sent about ten, who were seriously injured, to Germany and Cuba according to a court decision last year.
MP Ahmed Saif Hashid joined the protest in support of the maimed revolutionaries.
The attack by the central security forces coincided with the weekly meeting of the cabinet.
The forces arrived at the protest site, surrounded the maimed protesters, beat them and fired teargas at them.
Some security soldiers were seen with batons and later blood was seen on the face of Hashid. He was injured in his head and later was admitted along with others to hospital.
The forces withdrew after the attack which has drawn wide criticism amid ongoing rage of the public, activists and revolutionaries who have accused the government of ignoring the demands of the maimed revolutionaries.
The government has already sent some revolutionaries for treatment abroad and has recently paid funds for the treatments of others.
Activists and revolutionaries, however, argued what the government has done in this context is not enough because there are about 11000 revolutionaries who were hurt during the uprising.
[Yemen Post] Two kabooms rocked two cities in Yemen's southern province of Abyan ...a governorate of Yemen. The region was a base to the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army terrorist group until it dropped the name and joined al-Qaeda. Its capital is Zinjibar. In March 2011, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula declared the governate an Islamic Emirate after seizing control of the region. The New York Times fastidiously reported that those in control, while Islamic hard boyz, are not in fact al-Qaeda, but something else that looks, tastes, smells, and acts the same. Yemeni government forces launched an effort to re-establish control of the region when President-for-Life Saleh was tossed and the carnage continues... on Tuesday and there were reports three people were maimed, Almasdar Online reported.
The first bomb exploded at a position of the pro-government tribal fighters (the popular fight committees) in the old city of Modya but no casualties were reported in that kaboom, the website quoted local sources as saying. "The kaboom took place before fighters arrived at the site," they added.
The second bomb exploded at a wedding party in the Jaar city, two hours later, injuring three citizens, one at death's door, the sources were quoted as saying.
"An Al-Qaeda hard boy infiltrated into the wedding party and went kaboom! the bomb at the attendants," they said. There were no reports whether the hard boy has been jugged Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out! or was among those hurt.
Al-Qaeda beturbanned goons have been targeting the tribal fighters who spread in almost all Abyan cities on patrols and at checkpoints to prevent the regrouping and return of the beturbanned goons after their defeat last year.
The army launched last year a US-backed offensive and drove all beturbanned goons out of their strongholds in Abyan and Shabwa provinces. Many beturbanned goons including key leaders were killed.
Meanwhile, ...back at the Esquimeau village our hero was receiving a quick lesson in aeronautics...... the authorities have been continuing a massive hunt for the remaining operatives of Al-
Qaeda with direct support from the US whose drones have targeted key Al-Qaeda leaders and members.
[An Nahar] A drone strike in the eastern Yemeni province of Shabwa last month killed the top religious holy man for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a source close to AQAP said on Tuesday.
"A drone strike had targeted Sheikh Adel al-Abab's vehicle but he escaped and fled to a mountainous region where a raid by another drone killed him immediately," the source told Agence La Belle France Presse on condition of anonymity.
Abab had graduated from an Islamic studies center, the Dawa Center, in Sanaa and had served as AQAP's top religious holy man.
U.S. drone strikes against al-Qaeda forces of Evil are frequent in Yemen, home to the franchise seen by the United States as the jihadist network's deadliest and most active.
AQAP is led by Nasser al-Wuhayshi, who in July 2011 reaffirmed the group's allegiance to Ayman al-Zawahiri ... Formerly second in command of al-Qaeda, now the head cheese, occasionally described as the real brains of the outfit. Formerly the Mister Big of Egyptian Islamic Jihad. Bumped off Abdullah Azzam with a car boom in the course of one of their little disputes. Is thought to have composed bin Laden's fatwa entitled World Islamic Front Against Jews and Crusaders. Currently residing in the North Wazoo area. That is not a horn growing from the middle of his forehead, but a prayer bump, attesting to how devout he is... , head of the worldwide al-Qaeda network since the killing in May of its founder, the late Osama bin Laden ... who is no longer with us, and won't be again... U.S. drones strikes in Yemen nearly tripled in 2012 compared with 2011, from 18 to 53, according to the New America Foundation, a Washington-based think-tank.
[An Nahar] Bahraini police fired tear gas and stun grenades Tuesday to disperse protesters trying to march to Pearl Square, the now-crushed symbol of their uprising that they occupied two years ago, witnesses said.
Hundreds of people marched towards the square in the capital Manama carrying Bahraini flags and chanting: "Square of martyrdom, we all still have the will".
The February 14 Revolution Youth Coalition, a clandestine radical cyber group, had called for demonstrations marking the second anniversary of the Shiite-led uprising against the Sunni regime.
During the uprising on February 14, 2011, protesters had camped for one month at Pearl Square before being forcefully driven out in mid-March 2011. Authorities later razed the square.
The attempt to march to the square came after the main Shiite opposition bloc, al-Wefaq, organized a massive protest in which thousands took part in the Shiite village of Sanabis, near Manama.
"Down with the corrupt government," the demonstrators chanted.
"Khalifa resign," they called, referring to the king's uncle Prince Khalifa bin Salman, who has been prime minister for four decades.
The interior ministry said on Twitter that after the opposition's rally ended, "a group of saboteurs caused riot and blocked roads, requiring authorities to take legal action against them".
North Korea's latest nuclear test was estimated to equal 6 or 7 kilotons of TNT, which makes it neither a failure nor a resounding success, according to experts.
"There is no such thing as a failed nuclear test," said Kim Tae-woo, former head of the Korea Institute for National Unification. "Even if there was no nuclear blast, scientists can gather data on what went wrong, and this is how the North has been able to continue developing nuclear weapons."
Once again - read, DPRK-NOT-BEING-SEEN-AS-TOO-SUCCESSFUL IN CHINA'S EYE.
A DPRK collapse for ANY reason only places the PLA that much closer to the disputed Senkakus + Okinawa = JAPAN, + of course China's real focii TAIWAN. IMO any PLA campaign in a Sino-Nippon or Sino-Nippon-US shooting war would be centered by China on its mil reconquest, or in alternate a "Munich" takeover = International "giveaway", of TAIWAN.
The yield Y of a nuclear explosion is given by the equation
M = a + b log Y
where a and b are empirically determined constants for the test site and M is the magnitude.
USGS recorded an M of 4.9
One report says the Russians measured 5.3
for Novaya Zemlya test site, the eqn would be
4.9 = 4.45 + 0.75 log Y
this gives a yield Y of 4.0 kt (using the USGS value)
Using the Russian measurement
5.3 = 4.45 + 0.75 log Y
gives a yield of 13.6 kt
for Nevada Test Site, it would be
4.9 = 3.92 + 0.81 log Y
this gives a Y of 16.2 kt (USGS measurement)
5.3 = 3.92 + 0.81 Log Y
which gives Y of 50 kt
Nobody has calibrated the North Korean test site and so the empirical constants can only be guessed , based on presumed geology (or chosen to give the yield you wish to claim).
You have estimates of 4 to 16 (or 13 to 50) depending on the numbers you choose and measurement used.
Posted by: john frum ||
The USGS has now upped its estimate to 5.1 (from the earlier 4.9).
This is double the energy release.
Posted by: john frum ||
So, the Iranian nuke program is further ahead than we thought huh?
Of course, if you are hiding under your desk any time your pet Secretary of State, Lurch, mentions foreign policy and nuclear weapons in the same sentence, you would want to use the low number as in "See, I told you, its just a pack of firecrackers and some stale fertilizer."
On the other hand, if you are either Bibi Netanyahu or one of the adjoining sheiks in the ME, you will want to use the high number to slap around the local nutjob rogue Iman to get approval to DO SOMETHING.
And, if you are the French, or Ban Kai-Moon, it was not a nuke..."Its just Pudge falling out of his high chair after too much Creme Broule"
Posted by: Bill Clinton ||
john frum ... thanks for those estimates. very helpful. so the comments by the Russians may have been pretty good. maybe a blast in the range of 10-20 kT. But if people keeping upping the seismic figures, it could go over 20 kT. one way or another - it's some serious bang for the buck. that weapon worked.
One thing is definitely noticeable by the way. Since N. Korea started sharing scientific information with the Iranians - its programs have moved a lot faster. The first two N. Korean nukes were not a big success ... this latest explosion definitely was. Likewise, the N. Koreans seemed to be having problems with their rockets - but now they dont. And the Iranians' space program is also moving along at high gear. Apparently whatever technical info is being shared - it is accelerating progress in both countries.
Constraints on burial depth and yield of the 25 May 2009 North Korean test from hydrodynamic simulations in a granite medium
Esteban Rougier, Howard J. Patton, Earl E. Knight, Christopher R. Bradley
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 38, Issue 16, August 2011
Yield : depth of burial (DoB) tradeoff curves (TOCs) based on seismic magnitudes of the 25 May 2009 North Korean test depend strongly on the choice of empirical cavity radius (Rc) scaling model. Ambiguities over Rc scaling, particularly at large scaled DoB (SDoB), translate into unacceptably large systematic errors on yield estimates for this test. Hydrodynamic calculations involving realistic material response models offer a viable alternative to characterize Rc scaling for a range of SDoB where limited data from past nuclear tests exist. Results of such calculations are presented for a granite medium with a material response validated by modeling four phenomenological criteria for past nuclear tests in granite (free field velocity, energy partitioning into the seismic wavefield, velocity attenuation, and measured Rc). These results unambiguously favor the Rc scaling model of Denny and Johnson (DJ91) and the TOC based on that model. Lower bounds on yield and DoB of the North Korean test are constrained by predictions of an SDoB threshold for free surface damage from 2-D simulations since no such reported damage was observed for this test. Constrained by the hydrodynamic simulations, the DJ91 model indicates the minimum yield and DoB for the 25 May 2009 North Korean test is 5.7 kilotons and 375 m.
Posted by: john frum ||
Now, some revisionism has set in. Top American scientists have questioned the accuracy of the intelligence community¬'s assessments of the tests, and its portrayal of the North¬'s nuclear engineers as bumbling amateurs. The split indicates just how difficult it can be to understand what is happening deep underground in the famously reclusive state.
Siegfried S. Hecker, a Stanford professor who previously directed the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, and Frank V. Pabian, a senior adviser on nuclear nonproliferation at Los Alamos, reanalyzed the global measurements of the distant rumbles in North Korea and concluded that Western observers had underestimated the power of the blasts.
Their findings, published recently in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, said the first test could have yielded an explosion of up to one kiloton, and the second of up to seven kilotons. In an interview, Dr. Hecker said the higher figure suggested that the North Koreans were a lot closer to being able to produce a true weapon than first thought.
¬"If they can do four,¬" he said of the North Koreans, ¬"they can do 20,¬" roughly the size of the weapon that leveled Hiroshima, Japan.
As Dr. Hecker acknowledges, the measurements are still in dispute. Nuclear experts at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, Los Alamos¬'s longtime rival, did their own reassessments and kept to the view that the first tests were small. The intelligence divisions of those two laboratories provide the government¬'s scientific estimates of foreign nuclear threats.
¬"We haven¬'t been able to resolve the issue,¬" Dr. Hecker said.
Posted by: john frum ||
""If they can do four," he said of the North Koreans, "they can do 20," roughly the size of the weapon that leveled Hiroshima, Japan"
that appears to be exactly what has happened in Feb, 2013.
At this time there appears to be nothing stopping the Iranians from doing their own N-test except ... just a little more time, some fine-tuning of centrifuges, and some wrench work on the assembly. Given general uncertainties in estimates ... Ahmadinejad is within "spitting distance" of his goal. So the only question is - how badly does Netanyahu really want to stop him?
[Dawn] Suspected Islamic fascistion Monday evening bumped off a doctor inside his clinic in Sardar Ahmed Jan Colony on Charsadda Road, police said.
Two medical practitioners have been killed in the city over the last few weeks.
An official of the city police said Dr Tehseenullah was at the clinic when faceless myrmidons opened fire on him.
He said the doctor was shifted to Lady Reading Hospital at death's door but he departed this vale of tears.
Faqirabad cop shoppe SHO Zarwali Khan told Dawn that the doctor belonged to Ghalanai area of Mohmand Agency ... Named for the Mohmand clan of the Sarban Pahstuns, a truculent, quarrelsome lot. In Pakistain, the Mohmands infest their eponymous Agency, metastasizing as far as the plains of Peshawar, Charsadda, and Mardan. Mohmands are also scattered throughout Pakistan in urban areas including Karachi, Lahore, and Quetta. In Afghanistan they are mainly found in Nangarhar and Kunar... "The documents recovered from his clinic showed that he last served at Ghalanai Hospital before retirement," he said.
The SHO said Dr Tehseenullah was living alone in the area and his family was somewhere else and that attackers entered the clinic posing themselves as patients and after shooting him, escaped on a cycle of violence.
"Officials of the investigation department are collecting evidence and recording statements of people to help media know the entire story. It seems that Islamic fascistihave targeted him," he said.
The SHO said the slain doctor's brother had visited the hospital to receive the body but couldn't speak to police for being overwhelmed by grief.
Also in the day, police tossed in the slammer Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'! 13 people from religious groups in different parts of the city.
A police official said the arrests had been made part of investigation into the killing of the two doctors and one lawyer from Shia community.
He said 11 people belonging to Ahle Sunnatwal Jamaat The false nose and mustache name of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistain.
had been picked up and they included Usman Farooqui, Irshad Haideri, Saddiquullah, Shah Faisal, Jan Farooqui, Aurangzeb Farooqui, Mohammad Gul, Nasrullah, Sajjad, Sajid and Jamal.
The official said police had also arrested leaders of Majlis Wahdat Mohammedaneen, including Mohammad Ali Karbalai and Zulfiqar, in Kotwali and Hashtnagri areas.
He said the crackdown on assassinations would continue.
[Dawn] As lawyers in the placid provincial capital on Monday boycotted courts against the killing of their senior colleague, Malik Jarrar, Beautiful Downtown Peshawar ...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire. High Court Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan warned police of strict action if they failed to arrest the killers and check the incidents of targeted sectarian killings within a week.
Peshawar High Court Bar Association held a general body meeting, where a committee of senior lawyers was formed to hold a meeting with the chief justice over the killing.
It also decided to continue with the boycott of courts today (Tuesday).
The lawyers have been on strike since Friday last against the killing of Malik Jarrar, and torturing of their colleague, Furqan, by local police.
[Dawn] Five members of a banned beturbanned goon group were killed and four others received injuries in festivities with Taliban in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency on Monday.
Sources said that although Ansaarul Islam, the banned group, was able to recapture three from outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain, yet it lost five of its members in the daylong festivities. The festivities took place in Dro Stana, Kala Woch and Haider Kandaw areas of Tirah valley, they added.
Another source said that the Ansaarul Islam members when some mines planted inside a bunker in Dro Stana area went kaboom!. The mines were planted by Taliban before their retreat from the area.
Sources said that fighting between the two groups was continued in Malidinkhel area.
[Dawn] Fourteen people, including four activists of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement ...English: United National Movement, generally known as MQM, is the 3rd largest political party and the largest secular political party in Pakistain with particular strength in Sindh. From 1992 to 1999, the MQM was the target of the Pak Army's Operation Cleanup leaving thousands of urdu speaking civilians dead... and two coppers, were rubbed out in gun attacks in different parts of the city on Monday, police and party sources said.
In a shooting outside the MQM unit office in Gulshan-e-Maymar, five workers of the party were maimed, the officials said.
They added that the attackers, said to be four, riding two cycle of violences sped away after targeting the activists.
The maimed were rushed to a nearby private hospital, where three workers -- Adnan Ali, Waqas and Shakir -- died while Humayun and Arif were admitted for treatment, the police said.
The police Sherlocks collected around a dozen spent bullet casings of 9mm pistol from the scene of the crime.
Following the attack, tension gripped the locality that reverberated with gunfire causing closure of shops in the area.
Earlier during the day, a Muttahida activist was bumped off in the Haleemabad area of Malir, police said.
Junaid Ahmed, 28, an activist of the party unit 97, was on a cycle of violence when he was targeted within the remit of the Malir City cop shoppe, an official said.
The victim was rushed to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where he was pronounced dead. He's dead, Jim! on arrival.
Following the incident, tension gripped different localities of Malir.
Constable killed in 'sectarian' attack
A police constable was bumped off in the Gulbahar area on Monday evening, police said. They said that assailants on a cycle of violence targeted Syed Mukhtar Rizvi, 30, who was sitting at a video shop in Pasban Mohallah within the remit of the Gulbahar cop shoppe. He was struck down in his prime.
The body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities.
The police said that the policeman was killed apparently for sectarian reasons. He was posted in the headquarters of the security zone of the police organizational structure.
ASI rubbed out
An assistant sub-inspector was sprayed with bullets in Sherpao Colony, Landhi, on Monday, officials said. They added that ASI Zulfiqar Ali, 40, was heading to work when he was targeted within the remit of the Quaidabad cop shoppe, where he was posted.
The police Sherlocks suspected that the attackers might have been following the officer since he left home.
The ASI sustained seven bullets and died before he could be taken to hospital.
'ASWJ supporter' killed
A young man said to be a sympathiser of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat was rubbed out in Gulistan-e-Jauhar on Monday evening, police said. They added that Qari Mohammad Aasim, 35, was targeted near Safoora Chowrangi. He suffered a bullet wound in the head, causing his instant death.
The police shifted the body to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for medico-legal formalities.
A front man for ASWJ said the victim was their supporter.
Two brothers bumped off
Two brothers were bumped off on M.A. Jinnah Road near the Mazar-e-Quaid on Monday evening, police said.
They said that assailants riding a cycle of violence fired at two men also riding a bike and sped away. The maimed were rushed to the Civil Hospital 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... where they died. They were identified as Saleem Shah, 26, and Akram Shah, 30.
The police said that they were brothers and lived in the Saddar area. They were not immediately sure about their affiliation with any political or religious party.
Trader rubbed out, guard maimed
A trader was rubbed out and his security guard was maimed in the Kharadar, police said. They added currency trader Imran Yousaf, 35, had just arrived at his shop along with his guard in his car in Bantva Gali when gunnies riding a motorbike opened fire on them and fled.
Both the maimed were rushed to the Civil Hospital Bloody Karachi where Imran Yousaf was pronounced dead on arrival, while his guard, Mohammad Shahzad, was admitted for medical treatment.
The police quoted hospital sources as saying that the victim had suffered multiple gunshot wounds and had died before he could be taken to hospital.
His guard was also stated to be in a serious condition, according to the police. The police suspected that the killing could be related to extortion activities.
Killing near zoo
A young man was rubbed out and a passer-by was maimed in an armed attack near the Bloody Karachi Zoological Gardens on Monday evening.
Police said that armed motorcyclists targeted Abdul Qadir when he was passing through the area on foot. Another man, said to be a passer-by, was also maimed in the firing.
The maimed were taken to the Civil Hospital Bloody Karachi where Qadir was pronounced dead on arrival. The maimed man could not be identified immediately.
Man rubbed out
A young man was rubbed out in the Naseerabad area of Bin Qasim town, police said. They added that Hazrat Umar was rubbed out near his home. The police shifted the body to the JPMC for medico-legal formalities.
Bodies found in gunny bags
The bodies of two young men stuffed in gunny bags were found from a garbage dump in Abbas Town on Monday morning, police said. They added that the bodies bearing torture marks and gunshot wounds were shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital Bloody Karachi for a post-mortem examination.
At the hospital, one of the dear departed was identified as Ismail Ghani, resident of Sikander Goth, while the identity of the other victim could not be ascertained.
The police believed that the victims had been killed somewhere else before their bodies were dumped by the roadside.
Later, the decomposed body of a man was found from Lyari ...one of the eighteen constituent towns of the city of Karachi. It is the smallest town by area in the city but also the most densely populated. Lyari has few schools, substandard hospitals, a poor water system, limited infrastructure, and broken roads. It is a stronghold of ruling Pakistan Peoples Party. Ubiquitous gang activity and a thriving narcotics industry make Lyari one of the most disturbed places in Karachi, which is really saying a lot.... Naddi near Mauripur Road.
The police believed that the victim had been killed several days ago. The cause of death could not be immediately clear.
Thai marines killed at least 17 terrorists insurgents as they repelled an attack on a military base in the country¬'s south, the latest clash in an uprising that has stifled investment and left thousands of people dead.
Excellent work, gentlemen. Now go find the others and whack them too.
More than 50 terrorists guerrillas dressed in military style uniforms raided the marine station in Narathiwat province early this morning, army spokesman Ditthaporn Sasasmit said by phone from Bangkok. No member of the security forces was injured, he said.
¬"I would like to praise the officials for their good intelligence that helped fend off this attack,¬" Defense Minister Sukumpol Suwannatat told a press briefing in Bangkok today. ¬"We are still on high alert.¬"
The government and army will meet on Feb. 15 to discuss whether to impose curfews in the nation¬'s three southernmost provinces, he said.
More than 5,000 people have been killed and thousands injured since a terrorist separatist insurgency against Bangkok rule flared up in 2004 in Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala provinces, which border Malaysia. Terrorists Separatists have fought for an independent state since mainly Buddhist Thailand formally annexed the autonomous Malay-Muslim sultanate in 1902.
The Muslim rebellion has curbed economic investment in the south, where 14 provinces account for about 80 percent of Thailand¬'s rubber production. About 95 percent of Thailand¬'s population of 66 million people is Buddhist.
[Bankok Post] Police have stepped up security at the United States consulate in Chiang Mai city after receiving information that Al-Qaeda and Salafist beturbanned goons planned to attack it in the first half of February.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said after the cabinet meeting on Tuesday she had been briefed on the information and ordered police to step up security at the US consulate in the North, although the US embassy had not made any special request.
Police armed with HK33 rifles from the provincial police headquarters are reportedly on security duty at the consulate around the clock in shifts of seven members each.
A checkpoint has been set up in front of the consulate. No parking of vehicles is allowed on the road in front of the consulate.
Pol Col Aksorn Wongyai, the Muang Chiang Mai police chief, said there had not been any threat made.
The only special event taking place is the Cobra Gold joint military exercise, involving troops from many countries including the US, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia and Thailand, in Chiang Mai from Feb 11-21.
Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung said according to information reaching the government, Al-Qaeda and Salafist beturbanned goons planned to launch a three-pronged attack the US consulate in Chiang Mai in an operation codenamed "Billiard Ball".
The beturbanned goons would be equipped with small arms, grenade launchers and C-4 charges provided by drug traders who were not satisfied with the role of the US consulate in Chiang Mai in drugs suppression in the region, Mr Chalerm added.
Mr Chalerm said he ordered Pol Lt-Gen Suthep Dejraksa, the Region 5 Provincial Police chief, to beef up security at the consulate from Feb 6.
He said this matter would not affect Ms Yingluck's scheduled visit Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai during Feb 13-15.
[NY Times] As it prepares for two sets of negotiations with outsiders on its disputed nuclear program, Iran said on Tuesday that it was converting some of its enriched uranium into reactor fuel, the state news agency IRNA reported, potentially limiting the expansion of stockpiles that the West fears could be used for weapons.
IIRC, didn't Iran Officios use a "17%" or "19%", under-20 figure for their HEU enrichment goal, ITO good enough to satisfy the US + UN IAEA but also good enough to power their Navy's desired future "peaceful", cannot-confirm-or-deny-they will-be-armed-or-wid-what NUCLEAR SUBMARINES + MILITARY, COMMERCIAL SURFACE SHIPS???
Iran professes to want a Nuke-powered, "Blue Water" capable Navy to plow the Med, Atlantic, + East Asia-IOR, etc. whose ships of war are also N-O-T Nuke-armed???
Reminds me of GEN. CUSTER to Indian-Cavalry Scout Dustin Hoffman in "LITTLE BIG MAN" > "YOU'RE STILL TRYING TO OUTSMART ME, AREN'T YOU, MULESKINNER - YOU DON'T WANT ME TO GO DOWN THERE BECAUSE YOU REALLY D-O-O-O-N'T WANT ME TO GO DOWN THERE ... ... WELL, ARE YOU SATISFIED NOW, MAJOR"!
Maybe if we told OBambi and Slow Joe and San Fran Nan that Iran was FULL, just freaking FULL, of assault rifles maybe they would do something...
Naw, they filled Mexico with assault rifles (which I think was really an attempt to deplete the stocks in the US, you know stage four of the product cycle, taking obsolete stuff and selling it to the local rubes to keep a product line profitable) and they haven't done a think.
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[Egypt Independent] Syrian rebels are launching a major operation to take control of the strategic eastern city of Deir al-Zor after pushing out government forces from oil-producing areas around it, a rebel commander said.
If they seize the city, the rebels will control a whole province for the first time in the 22-month-old Syrian uprising against Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Horror of Homs... Ibrahim Abu Baker, leader of the powerful Al-Qadisiyah Brigade, said his rebel force, along with Islamists from Jabhat al-Nusra and Arab fighters, had surrounded Deir al-Zor on four sides in the build-up to the operation.
"The countryside is liberated, what is left of the province (of Deir al-Zor) is the city itself," he told Rooters from the province via Skype. "All brigades are taking part in this ... we are in charge of the eastern side of the city."
Deir al-Zor extends northwards along the Euphrates River from the border with western Iraq, home to Sunni Moslem tribes which support the Syrian rebels.
Another rebel from Abu Baker's brigade said on Monday that fighters had started the first stage of the operation by targeting tank fire against three military targets inside the city and besieging the final army stronghold on its outskirts.
"We are now surrounding (the army's) '113 Brigade' which is the last point in the countryside before we are totally focused on the city," said the rebel fighter who used the name Abu Mazen. "When we liberate the city some brigades will stay to take care of it and the rest will march to Damascus". ...The capital of Iran's Syrian satrapy...
Abu Baker said for months the rebel forces had only limited access to the city, which contains powerful security branches and a military airport.
But two weeks ago, with help from Jabhat al Nusra, they captured a security branch located near a strategic bridge on the Euphrates, opening the eastern bank to the rebels.
"After liberating the bridge we started sending aid and weapons to the fighters inside the city.. And also sending reinforcements," he said. "Now there is nothing to stop us from entering the city."
The Qadisiyah Brigade is one of the most influential in the province and has fought fierce battles with government forces.
It already controls wheat silos, a textile factory and a gas distribution center. It is composed of eight battalions with fighters from across the country, Abu Baker said.
"Fighting for God"
The revolt against Assad has taken on a sectarian hue, pitting the mainly Sunni rebels against an army whose senior ranks are dominated by Assad's minority Alawis.
Like most brigades fighting in Syria, Abu Baker said his force is composed of Syrian Sunni fighters only. "We are Islamists, we went out just to support our religion. This is why we erupted into the streets. We respect other religions but we are Sunnis and we want a Sunni to rule, not an Alawi."
Other Arab fighters from Iraq and Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in their national face... are also fighting in the province, he said. "They are a separate faction, but our relation with them is good. We welcome anybody who wants to join us in jihad against Assad whether Saudis or Iraqis."
"...Our goal is one and we are fighting for God."
Rebels control the Syrian side of the Albu Kamal crossing into Deir al-Zor province, a key supply route from Iraq, but the Iraqi government has sometimes closed the crossing fearing a spillover of sectarian conflict into their country.
Iraq's government faces its own Sunni protests, with a series of demonstrations in the Western province of Anbar.
With protests in Iraq increasing, Syrian rebels are keeping a close eye on their neighbor and some are anticipating festivities with the Shi'ite-led government in Storied Baghdad ...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate...
"The Sunnis in Anbar are helping with weapons and ammunitions," Abu Baker said. "Their days [of fighting] will come soon and Inshallah (God willing) we will go to jihad with them. Those Sunnis are our brothers."
[LATIMES] Syrian opposition forces said Tuesday that they had captured a strategic military air base near the embattled northern city of Aleppo, the latest air facility reportedly overrun by Death Eaters.
The reported capture of the Jarrah air base, about 40 miles east of Aleppo, came after a 17-day siege during which forces loyal to Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Supressor of the Damascenes... were cut off from supplies, said a representative -- reached by Skype -- of the Liwa al Islam group, one of the rebel units reported to have taken the airfield.
The reports could not be independently verified.
At least 30 government forces were killed in the assault on the airfield, the rebel officer said. Five opposition fighters were killed, reported the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based pro-opposition group.
Syrian warplanes bombarded the base after its capture by the rebels, the observatory said. The opposition says warplanes often attack military facilities after the bases fall into enemy hands.
The reported capture reflects the rebels' ongoing strategy to lay siege to and eventually capture air bases and thus constrain the government's ability to use air power against Death Eater forces.
Rebels and government forces have been battling since July for control of Aleppo, once the nation's bustling commercial capital. Large swaths of the city have been reduced to depopulated rubble fields.
Video said to be from the captured airfield shows a number of fighter jets in various states of disrepair, apparently abandoned at the air base.
The base is along the route from Aleppo east to the north-central city of Raqqah, along the Euphrates.
Rebels also captured large caches of ammunition, heavy machine guns and antiaircraft weapons at the base, opposition activists said.
Throughout the almost two-year rebellion, military bases and cop shoppes have been key sources of weaponry for Syrian rebels.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.