A combined Afghan and coalition security force today captured a Taliban leader who was planning a suicide attack against an upcoming gathering of local Afghan civilians in Afghanistan's Kunduz province, military officials reported. A leader who was willing to fight to the last suicide bomber?
As the security force approached the Taliban leader's suspected location, an insurgent armed with an assault rifle was killed as he prepared to fire, and the Taliban leader was wounded in the arm. Whereupon he began crying like a baby.
The security force provided medical treatment to the Taliban leader and later took him to a coalition medical facility. He is expected to fully recover and will be detained, officials said. Several other insurgents were detained in the operation.
In other operations today:
-- In Paktia province's Gardez district, security combined force captured a Taliban leader who coordinated suicide bombings and other attacks against Afghan and coalition security forces. He also provided weapons and ammunition to insurgents in the area. The security force also detained another insurgent in the operation.
-- An Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents and destroyed more than 330 pounds (of bomb-making materials while searching for a Taliban leader in Wardak province's Sayyidabad district. The wanted man supervises construction and placement of roadside bombs and facilitates the movement of Taliban fighters from Pakistan into Afghanistan.
-- In Ghazni province's Khugyani district, Ghazni province, security combined force detained two suspected insurgents during an operation launched to capture a Taliban leader who plans kidnappings and conducts attacks against Afghan and coalition security forces. He also supplies local insurgents with weapons and equipment.
-- A combined force in Kandahar province's Shah Wali Kot district detained several suspected insurgents during an operation to capture a Taliban leader who directs attacks against Afghan and coalition security forces.
-- In Nangarhar province's Chaparhar district, security combined force detained several suspected insurgents an operation to capture a Taliban leader who directs attacks against Afghan and coalition security forces.
In other news, Afghan security forces supported by coalition troops found and destroyed 1,100 pounds of ammonium nitrate and a 115 mm rocket in Nangarhar province's Achin district yesterday. Ammonium nitrate is a fertilizer banned by the Afghan government because insurgents use it to make explosives.
And in an April 11 operation, a combined security force in Faryab province's Maimanah district killed Ammar Sahib, a senior facilitator for the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan terrorist group. Hopefully they've already picked the next sucker martyr.
Ammar Sahib, also known as Qyamuddin, provided weapons, ammunition, and equipment to terrorists across northern Afghanistan. He also recruited suicide bombers and coordinated with Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leaders in Pakistan for newly trained fighters.
In 2006, he was arrested for a bombing that killed two civilians and two members of the coalition's provincial reconstruction team. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison, but served only six months.
The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan organization is linked closely to al-Qaida and the Taliban. It operates in northern Afghanistan and other countries in Central Asia, officials said.
[An Nahar] Sudan's army said on Friday it has launched a counterattack towards Heglig town in its main oil-producing region where South Sudanese forces took control earlier this week.
"Now we are moving towards Heglig town" and are "close," army front man Sawarmi Khaled Saad said in a statement.
"The situation in Heglig is going to end in coming hours," he told news hounds, adding that South Sudan had tried but failed to control "all of South Kordofan state."
World powers have urged restraint after the latest round of heavy fighting ... as opposed to the more usual light or sporadic fighting... that broke out on Tuesday with waves of aerial bombardment hitting the South whose troops seized the Heglig region from Khartoum's army.
Southern President Salva Kiir and his Khartoum counterpart Omar al-Bashir Head of the National Congress Party. He came to power in 1989 when he, as a brigadier in the Sudanese army, led a group of officers in a bloodless military coup that ousted the government of Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi and eventually appointed himself president-for-life. He has fallen out with his Islamic mentor, Hasan al-Turabi, tried to impose shariah on the Christian and animist south, resulting in its secessesion, and attempted to Arabize Darfur by unleashing the barbaric Janjaweed on it. Sudan's potential prosperity has been pissed away in warfare that has left as many as 400,000 people dead and 2.5 million displaced. Omar has been indicted for genocide by the International Criminal Court but nothing is expected to come of it. have accused each other of seeking war, prompting a U.N. Security Council call for an immediate ceasefire.
Sudan had vowed to react with "all means" against a three-pronged attack it said was launched by South Sudanese forces.
The festivities, the worst since South Sudan won independence in July after one of Africa's longest civil wars, have brought the two former foes closest to a return to outright war.
Neither army has provided casualty figures but one soldier in the capital of the South's Unity state said earlier: "There are so many bodies at the front line, so many dead" that it is impossible to bury them or bring them back.
When the South separated, it left with about 75 percent of Sudan's oil production, leaving the Heglig area as Khartoum's main producer. Its output roughly fulfilled domestic requirements.
But Ahmed Haroun, governor of South Kordofan state where Heglig is located, said Tuesday's attack caused a total production shutdown in the area.
Despite international calls, Juba has refused to withdraw from Heglig unless certain conditions are met, including Khartoum's pullout from the neighboring Abyei region it holds, but which like Heglig is claimed by both sides.
Yemeni military officials say an unmanned U.S. drone targeted a vehicle carrying seven al-Qaeda members south of the capital of Sanaa, killing all of them.
Two officials say the drone fired a missile at the vehicle on Saturday in the town of al-Zahar south of Sanaa. It was heading to the southern province of Abyan where al-Qaeda militants and government forces are fighting. Witnesses said the vehicle turned into a charred skeleton along with its passengers.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.
The Yemeni Defense Ministry says a jet targeted al-Qaeda leaders but didn't elaborate.
U.S. officials had no immediate comment, but Washington has carried out deadly airstrikes in Yemen in the past.
The drone strike comes after Al-Qaeda fighters attacked a security checkpoint in a southern Yemeni city on Saturday and killed four troops while losing eight of their own, a security official said.
[An Nahar] Clashes between armed civilians and al-Qaeda bully boyz trying to retake control of the town of Loder spread on Friday to nearby Mudia, as the corpse count from four days of festivities reached 200, local sources said.
At least 23 people, 20 of them suspected bully boys, were killed in one suburb of the southern town, tribal sources said.
The rest of the dead were tribal levies allied with government troops who were killed in the jihadist assault on the Abyan province town, the sources said.
Residents of the province, mainly from Loder and Mudia, formed gangs in 2011 after al-Qaeda bully boyz overran the picturesque provincial capital of Zinjibar.
At least 51 people were killed on Wednesday in a third day of festivities in and around Loder, according to military and tribal sources.
Loder lies some 150 kilometers (95 miles) northeast of Zinjibar, the Abyan capital that bully boyz of the al-Qaeda-linked Partisans of Sharia (Islamic law) overran last May.
Al-Qaeda briefly seized Loder in August 2010 before being driven out by the army, while gunnies from the Assal tribe also ejected the bully boyz from Mudia.
A tribal source said the bully boyz wanted to recapture it because of its strategic location between Shabwa, Bayda and Lahij provinces where Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, is also active.
Abyan has fallen completely under the control of the terror network except for Loder and Mudia.
[Dawn] Four men went on trial in Denmark on Friday accused of plotting a "Mumbai-style" attack on the offices of a Danish newspaper whose publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad ((PTUI!)) in 2005 outraged many Moslems.
The three Swedish citizens and one Tunisian pleaded not guilty "Wudn't me." to charges of terrorism and three of the four pleaded not guilty to illegal possession of weapons. Prosecutors have said they could face life sentences if found guilty.
They are accused of plotting to kill a large number of people in an armed attack on the offices of the daily Jyllands-Posten in Copenhagen's Town Hall square at the end of 2010 and with trying to terrify the population.
"It is our perception that an unknown number of people were to be killed by shooting," chief prosecutor Gyrithe Ulrich told TV2 News outside the courthouse before the trial began.
Standing trial are Mounir Ben Mohamed Dhahri, a Tunisian citizen, and three Swedish citizens -- Lebanese-born Munir Awad, Omar Abdalla Aboelazm, born in Sweden to a Swedish mother and an Egyptian father, and Sahbi Ben Mohamed Zalouti, of Tunisian origin.
All four were living in Sweden at the time of their arrest in December 2010, three days before the alleged attack was to have been carried out.
Awad and Zalouti entered the courtroom wearing handcuffs, while Aboelazm and Dhahri had their hands free.
When the judge entered the courtroom, Zalouti rose to his feet only after being urged to do so by his lawyer, the three others stood without prompting.
All four pleaded not guilty to the main charge of terrorism, but Dhari pleaded guilty to illegal possession of weapons.
Senior prosecutor Henrik Plaehn showed the court a large automatic pistol, which police have said was found in a car rented by the defendants, and plastic strips which police have said could have been used as handcuffs.
Zalouti's lawyer asked Plaehn to point the gun at the floor, and not wave it around in the air.
Denmark's state security police (PET) have said the attack was meant to be like the 2008 shooting spree in Mumbai, when 10 Pak gunnies killed 166 people in a three-day coordinated assault on city landmarks, including two hotels and a Jewish centre.
The PET said the men belonged to a jihad boy religious group and had links to international terrorist networks.
Jyllands-Posten was the paper that first published a dozen cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad ((PTUI!)), provoking protests in 2006 against Danish interests abroad and riots in countries from the Middle East and Africa to Asia in which at least 50 people died.
US intelligence officials tell ISSSource 'Israeli proxy' at Natanz nuclear facility used memory stick to infect machines; claim spies belong to same dissident group behind killing of nuclear scientists
The Stuxnet virus that damaged Iran's nuclear program was implanted by an Israeli proxy -- an Iranian, who used a corrupt "memory stick.32," former and serving US intelligence officials told the Industrial Safety and Security website.
Nothing says friendship between nations like America publicly undermining Israel's security. Thank you, President Obama. .
[jingle] "Memory Stick 32, don't leave for work without it!"
According to the sources, Iranian proxies have also been active in assassinating Iran's nuclear scientists.
The officials told ISSSource that a saboteur at the Natanz nuclear facility, probably a member of an Iranian dissident group, used a memory stick to infect the machines there. They said using a person on the ground would greatly increase the probability of computer infection, as opposed to passively waiting for the software to spread through the computer facility.
"Iranian double agents" would have helped to target the most vulnerable spots in the system," one source was quoted by the website as saying.
The intelligence officials told ISSSource they believe these nuclear spies belonged to the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK), which, according to them, Israel uses to do assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists.
"The MEK is being used as the liquidation arm of Israel's Mossad intelligence service," Vince Cannistraro, former head of the CIA's Counterterrorism, told the website.
Last year the New York Times ...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize... reported that Israel had tested a computer worm believed to have sabotaged Iran's nuclear centrifuges and slowed its ability to develop an atomic weapon.
In what the Times described as a joint Israeli-US effort to undermine Iran's nuclear ambitions, it said the tests of the destructive worm had occurred over the past two years at the heavily guarded Dimona complex in the Negev desert.
[Dawn] Police seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition found in an abandoned house in Ittehad Colony of Baldia Town on Thursday.
Although no arrest was made during the raid, the police foiled a terrorism bid in the city, claimed Baldia DSP Abdul Haq Bhutto.
Acting on a tip-off, the police raided the house situated within the remit of the Mochko cop shoppe and recovered a huge quantity of weapons, including two rocket launchers, an anti-aircraft gun, 14 hand grenades, 100 short distance mortars and dozens of rounds of different calibres.
Following the seizure, operatives and officers from different law-enforcement agencies visited the scene and inspected the weapons.
A notorious 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.... gangster said to be associated with the Baba Ladla group was tossed in the calaboose in Bulbul Hazaar Dastan Building in the old city area on Thursday, police said.
SSP Farooq Awan of the crime branch said that acting on a tip-off, the police raided the building situated within the remit of the Napier cop shoppe and tossed in the calaboose Mullah Nawaz associated with the Baba Ladla gang.
He added that the Nawaz was on the list of most wanted criminals and the Sindh government had also put a bounty on his head of Rs0.5 million. He was wanted in over 50 cases related to murder, money extortion, police encounter and drug peddling.
During the initial investigation, he confessed that he was involved in the murder of another notorious Lyari gangster, Majeed Speed, a few years ago, the SSP said.
[Dawn] Angry people of violence-hit 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.... area of the metropolis on Friday clashed with police resulting in deaths of four more, at least two rockets were also fired by unknown myrmidons, DawnNews reported.
According to sources, people were protesting against a raid allegedly by Crime Investigation Department (CID) police at the residence of People's Aman Committee (PAC) leader Uzair Baloch.
Sources said CID police raided house of Uzair Baloch early in the morning and allegedly harassed his family members when they did not find him at home. Protests then started in Lyari Town including Lee Market, Aath Chowk and Chakiwara.
A man identified as Hanif was killed and his teenage daughter Afshan and another child were maimed in a hand grenade attack by myrmidons at his house in Hass Pora building in limits of Napier Police Station.
A schoolteacher identified as Iftikhar was rubbed out in an earlier firing incident in the Baldia town area of Lyari.
A young man identified as Hayat Gul was rubbed out by unidentified gunnies at Miranaka in jurisdiction of Chakiwara cop shoppe.
Sporadic firing injured at least ten people as well. Bodies and injured were shifted to the Civil Hospital.
Frequent gun sex forced owners to shut shops and small businesses. Mobs pelted vehicles with stones and blocked main roads leading to Lyari by burning tyres and placing hurdles.
Heavy contingents of police and rangers have been deployed in the affected areas to control the law and order situation.
A German vessel carrying Iranian weapons was stopped in the Mediterranean while en route to Syria, Der Spiegel reported Saturday.
The ship, which had been chartered by a Ukrainian shipping company, was delivering weapons to Syrian President Bashar Assad, who has been coping with 11-month-long mass protests against his rule. According to the report, the German government's economic ministry has announce that it will investigate any and all smuggling attempts.
This is not the first time a German vessel has been used to smuggle Iranian arms. In March 2011, the Israeli navy seized the Victoria cargo ship as it was sailing off Israel's coast on its way to Egypt while flying a Liberian flag. The ship was carrying 50 tons of weaponry destined for Hamas, including advanced Iranian-made radar-guided anti-ship missiles.
The Iranian regime does not confine its weapons smuggling to German vessels. In November 2009, Israel also intercepted the Francop ship, which was sailing near Cyprus on its way to Syria. Flying an Antiguan flag, the vessel was found to be carrying around 500 tons of weaponry, including long-range Katyusha rockets.
In January, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz said he was working to recruit countries from around the world to help combat what he called the "transatlantic smuggling" of weaponry from Iran to its terror proxies in the region.
German weekly Der Spiegel reported that the Atlantic Cruiser was halted in the Mediterranean after its owners were warned it was suspected to be carrying Iranian military equipment to Tartus, Syria, where it was supposed to arrive Friday.
Der Spiegel quoted shipping agent Torsten Lueddeke of Hamburg-based CEG Bulk Chartering as saying: "We stopped the ship after we received information on the weapons cargo."
He said the ship had been chartered to an Odessa, Ukraine-based company called White Whale Shipping and "they declared to us as cargo above all pumps and things like that," according to the report. "We would never have allowed weapons on board."
The ship's current whereabouts weren't clear. Der Spiegel -- which reported that the suspect cargo was loaded in Djibouti -- said it had changed course for Iskenderun, Turkey, on Friday and then stopped about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Tartus and sailed in circles.
Sailing in circles. Perhaps it's not just weapons they're shipping from Iran...
[An Nahar] Thousands of Syrians marched on Friday to test the regime's commitment to a U.N.-backed peace plan, and the fragile two-day old ceasefire was again shaken when security forces killed 10 civilians and an army deserter.
The Local Coordination Committees, the main activist group spurring protests on the ground, said security forces killed three protesters in Daraa, two protesters in Hama, two people in Idlib, two protesters in Aleppo ...For centuries, Aleppo was Greater Syria's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third, after Constantinople and Cairo. Although relatively close to Damascus in distance, Aleppans regard Damascenes as country cousins... , a demonstrator in the Damascus ...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world... suburb of Daraya and a rebel soldier in al-Hassakeh.
The hard-won truce to end a 13-month crackdown on dissent that has cost an estimated more than 10,000 lives appeared to be relatively holding, but French President Nicolas Sarkozy ...23rd and current President of the French Republic and ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra. Sarkozy is married to singer-songwriter Carla Bruni, who has a really nice birthday suit... said he did not expect it to last. He questioned Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Sonny, disguised as Fredo, trying to be Mike... 's sincerity and appealed for observers to monitor his compliance.
U.N.-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... peace envoy Kofi Annan ...Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh and so far the worst Secretary-General of the UN. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for something or other that probably sounded good at the time. In December 2004, reports surfaced that Kofi's son Kojo received payments from the Swiss company Cotecna, which had won a lucrative contract under the UN Oil-for-Food Program. Kofi Annan called for an investigation to look into the allegations, which stirred up the expected cesspool but couldn't seem to come up with enough evidence to indict Kofi himself, or even Kojo... , who brokered the ceasefire, urged Syria to open humanitarian corridors to deliver aid.
"Mr. Annan is aware that we don't have a perfect situation in the country at the moment," his front man Ahmad Fawzi said. "There are detainees that need to be released, humanitarian corridors need to be opened."
Protesters rallied in the Qadam and Assali districts of Damascus, while other demonstrations took place in Irbin and Bibla outside the capital, according to videos posted on the Internet.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said demonstrations were organized in the northern province of Aleppo, while protesters erupted into the streets after the main weekly Mohammedan prayers in several neighborhoods of Deir Ezzor in the east.
The Britannia-based watchdog said demonstrators hurled stones at security forces in the Tariq al-Sadd district of the southern city of Daraa, cradle of the protest movement that erupted in March last year.
Sporadic festivities broke out between troops and rebels at Khirbet al-Joz on the northern border with Turkey, it said.
Violence on Thursday killed at least 10 people, including seven civilians, and maimed dozens more.
Among the dead were two soldiers killed by rebels after forces loyal to Assad attempted to break up a demonstration in the central province of Hama.
Even so, the toll is markedly lower than in recent weeks, when there have often been scores of people killed on a daily basis.
On Friday, security forces killed one man when they shot up a group joining a demonstration in Assi Square, in Hama, the Observatory said.
Another demonstrator was rubbed out in the village of Nawa in Daraa province, as he left a mosque to join a demonstration, the Observatory said.
Regime forces also killed a man in the town of Salqin, in Idlib province, the center added.
After the ceasefire came into force at dawn on Thursday, Annan declared he was "encouraged by reports that the situation in Syria is relatively calm and that the cessation of hostilities appears to be holding."
But as Assad's government and the rebels traded accusations of trying to wreck the ceasefire, Annan insisted "all parties have obligations to implement fully the six-point plan."
The plan, to which Damascus has committed itself, calls for the withdrawal of forces from urban areas, the release of arbitrarily jugged people, freedom of movement for journalists and the right to demonstrate.
Despite the regime's commitment, the spokeswoman for the opposition Syrian National Council (SNC), Basma Qoudmani, said "we have concrete proof that heavy weapons are still in population centers."
The SNC, the most widely recognized opposition group in exile, and Internet-based activists called for peaceful demonstrations to test the government's readiness to accept public shows of dissent.
"We call on the people to demonstrate and express themselves... The right to demonstrate is a principal point of the plan," SNC head Burhan Ghalioun told Agence La Belle France Presse.
Qoudmani said: "The real test (of the ceasefire) will be if there is shooting or not when people demonstrate."
The Syrian Revolution 2011 activist group called on Facebook for protests on Friday -- the Mohammedan day of rest when the demonstrations have been the largest after noon prayers -- under the rallying cry: "A revolution for all Syrians."
But the interior ministry insisted people wanting to demonstrate must have permits.
"The right to demonstrate peacefully is guaranteed by law. We call on citizens to apply the law by requesting a permit before demonstrating," it said.
On Friday, the U.N. Security Council could vote on a resolution authorizing the deployment of observers to monitor both sides in a conflict the Observatory says has cost more than 10,000 lives.
An advanced mission of 20-30 observers could be in place early next week, diplomats said, with the full mission reaching at least 200.
U.N. chief the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon ... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan... said: "The world is watching however with skeptical eyes," adding that previous promises made by the regime "have not been kept."
In a statement after two days of talks in Washington, foreign ministers from the Group of Eight major economies, which include Western powers and Syria's main supporter, Russia, urged "immediate" action to send in observers.
Syria's government urged tens of thousands of people who decamped the violence both inside and outside the country to return home and offered an amnesty to opposition gunnies without "blood on their hands."
In Turkey, which is hosting around 25,000 Syrian refugees, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said international aid has begun to arrive.
"We will start getting international aid, and in fact we have already started," he told news hounds in Istanbul.
The United Nations ...an international organization whose stated aims of facilitating interational security involves making sure that nobody with live ammo is offended unless it's a civilized country... High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) this week sent 1,500 tents and 1,500 blankets to Turkey, diplomatic sources told Agence La Belle France Presse.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the international community to help Turkey house Syrian refugees.
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