[Tolo News] Afghanistan's Ministry of Interior sacked the Sar-e-Pul police chief and the prison director after the jailbreak on Friday in which as many as 30 Taliban gunnies escaped, the ministry said in a statement Saturday.
The pair, Sar-e-Pul police chief Abdul Yaqoob Zabuli and prison director Colonel Mohammad Aslam, were also summoned to Kabul for questioning, according to the statement.
Nearly 30 inmates managed to break out of the jail in Afghanistan's northern Sar-e-Pul province after a bomb near the wall of the prison exploded on Friday. Although the guards began to shoot at the escapees and those assisting them, many still managed to flee.
Deputy provincial governor Akhtar Mohammad Khairzada told the News Agency that Dare Not be Named on Friday that 14 were re-captured but 16 others are still under police pursuit.
He also added that three inmates were killed in the gunfire following the kaboom and 28 others were maimed during the clash between the security forces and the attackers.
The Taliban grabbed credit for the attack and said more than 170 inmates managed to escape the prison.
"As a result of the attack, 170 prisoners beat feet from the prison. The mujahideen took them to a safer place. The escaped detainees include Taliban's district chiefs and other commanders," Qari Yousaf Ahmadi, a front man for the Taliban said.
[Tolo News] At least one civilian was killed in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province ... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country..... as about 20 rockets were fired into its Khas Kunar district on Saturday, local officials said.
Kunar provincial governor Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi blamed the Pak military for launching the attack from across the border and called on the Afghan government to resolve the ongoing attacks.
"We reported to the government about these rocket attacks which are being launched from that side of the border. Our investigations show that rockets were fired by Pak military," Wahidi said.
"We are in negotiations with tribal elders, but we ask the government to solve this through diplomatic ways."
Residents of eastern Kunar province believe that Pakistain is trying to foment insecurity in the country.
Parliamentary members from the neighboring province of 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.. joined the cause Kunar residents, saying that according to Afghanistan's long term strategic agreement with the US and other western countries, it was their duty to help defend Afghanistan against outsiders' attacks.
"We have agreements with the US and other countries. One of the articles mentioned in these agreements is that if Afghanistan comes under attack from any other nation, they will defend Afghanistan," Zabiullah Zmarai, Nangarhar MP, told TOLOnews on Saturday.
"Unfortunately, the Afghan government has not done much to stop these attacks. The government should summon Pakistain's ambassador and ask him questions in this regard."
Last month at least 20 families fled their homes in Kunar after one civilian was killed in a hail of rockets on the Dangam district.
[An Nahar] Sudanese rebels seized control of an area in war-ravaged eastern Darfur after deadly festivities with government militias, their front man said on Saturday, adding that the army continued to bombard the area.
"Justice and Equality Movement forces seized the Um Ajajah region in eastern Darfur on Friday, destroying a mobile contingent of government militias and capturing 20 small vehicles and large trucks loaded with military equipment," JEM front man Gibril Adam Bilal said.
"There were casualties on the side of the government troops and we also took a number of them as war prisoners," he told AFP in English by phone, without specifying how many troops were killed or captured.
"We expect more fighting today. The Sudanese air force is still bombarding the Um Ajajah area," he added.
But army front man Sawarmi Khaled Saad denied that Sudanese troops were in the area, claiming instead that JEM forces were seizing civilian property in the region.
"The rebels attacked civilians in this area and looted their properties. They also looted the property of a company building roads there," he said.
(Sh. M. Network)-Hundreds of fresh Ęthiopian troops have on Saturday crossed into Somalia to join the ongoing regional battle against Al Qaeda-affiliated gunnies of Al shabab in South-western Somalia, residents and officials said.
Reports said about 50 battlewagons carrying Ęthiopian soldiers entered in the border town ofLuuqin Gedo region where Somali government troops are based and battling with Al shabab fighters for years.
In an attempt to verify this report, Shabelle Media contacted on the phone with Somali military commanders in the region, but the commanders declined to comments, saying they were not authorized to speak to the Media.
Meanwhile, ...back at the comedy club, Boogie was cracking himself up, but nobody else seemed to be getting the non-stop jokes... Al shabab fighters in Gedo region are reportedly began military exercises and reinforcements to defend an offensive fro Somali and Ęthiopian troops massing in the areas near their strongholds.
(Sh.M.Network)-A ransom of at least $4 million was paid for the release of a Greek-owned chemical tanker with 21 Filipino crew members seized by pirates six months ago, a Somalia news site reported early Saturday (Manila time).
Somalia Report said the pirate gang that released the "Liquid Velvet" claimed getting $4 million in ransom for the vessel, which they released last June 5.
"They released the vessel on the 5th of June. We were not aware that they released the vessel because the negotiation failed two times before Tuesday, and this group moved from Buq village to the miles in the sea, and after they released they return to the land with speed boats," it quoted Faysal, a pirate in Garacad area, as saying.
It added local pirate Aw-Kombe and his gang, who come from the Bari region, were heavily involved in the hijacking of Liquid Velvet.
Somalia Report said the commander of the gang is one Cabdule Gabobe of the Omar Mohamud sub-clan of Majerteen.
The Liquid Velvet was hijacked in the Gulf of Aden on October 31 last year, while transiting from Suezto India.
It carried 21 Filipino crew members. The 17-year-old tanker has a gross tonnage of 5,998 tons and is Marshall Islands-flagged, owned by Athens-based Elmira Tankers.
Somalia Report said the pirates initially demanded $8 million in ransom.
On Friday, Foreign Affairs front man Raul Hernandez said the tanker was released earlier this week.
Hernandez said the families of the crew members were already informed by the local manning agency about this development.
The DFA has instructed the Philippine Embassy inMuscatto provide assistance to the crew members once the vessel docks at the Portof Salalah.
[Bangla Daily Star] New fighting broke out yesterday in southern Libya between members of the Toubou minority and government forces, the two sides said, with unconfirmed reports that at least five people were killed.
Tribal chief Issa Abdelmajid said the Toubou quarter of the town of Kufra came under shelling at 3:00am by the Libya Shield Brigade, former rebels under government control sent to quell previous ethnic fighting.
Abdelmajid said at least five of his people were killed and 10 maimed, and that a number of houses in the quarter had been burned.
Brigade commander Wissam Ben Hmid confirmed the fighting, saying his men had responded to a Toubou attack on one of their checkpoints. He said three of his men had been maimed.
In February, festivities pitting the Toubou against the rival Zwei ethnic group in Kufra cost more than 100 lives and displaced half the population, according to UN figures.
Libya's nascent army intervened by sending the brigade from the eastern city of Benghazi to uphold a hard-won ceasefire.
Kufra, a town of about 40,000, is located in a triangle where the borders of Egypt, Chad and Sudan meet.
In April, fighting between the Toubou and the brigade killed 12 people.
Gunmen opened fire on a church in northeastern Nigeria on Sunday, spraying the congregation with bullets and killing and injuring many of them, according to witnesses.
Hamidu Wakawa, who was at the church in Biu Town, Borno state, said, "Three gunmen came to the premises of the church and started firing at people outside the church before going into the main building to carry on their killings ... Many people have been killed and wounded."
Police said they did not yet have any details on the attack.
[An Nahar] Gunmen in Nigeria's troubled north killed two coppers and a customs officer, while two civilians maimed in the separate attacks died later, witnesses said Saturday.
In the region's largest city Kano, two gunnies on Saturday rubbed out an official of the secret police, Aminu Isa, and fled, a resident told Agence La Belle France Presse.
Isa's companion was shot in both legs and later died in the hospital, said the witness, speaking on condition of anonymity ... for fear of being murdered... Two gunnies riding on a cycle of violence also rubbed out a customs superintendent, Abubakar Muhammad, outside his house in Tinshama district of Kano on Saturday, his neighbors told AFP.
Muhammad, on a weekend visit to Kano from Lagos, was shot three times in the head by his attackers who expeditiously departed at a goodly pace immediately, they said.
Late Friday, gunnies also rubbed out a police constable outside his house in Boriya district on the outskirts of Potiskum, a major city in northeastern Yobe state, a neighbor told AFP.
"A nearby drug vendor was also hit and injured by the attackers' bullet," the neighbor said, adding that the vendor died later.
Posted by: Frank G ||
Compare wid DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > POSTER OPINION: SHOULD SAUDI SHIAS GET THEIR INDEPENDENCE?, espec as most of the KSA's oil is widin Shia-dominated/majority local areas.
Not unlike Rising China in the East-South China Seas, as regional Shia Muslim unrests continues + escalates?, THE US-WORLD SHOULD EXPECT RISING IRAN TO EVENTUALLY STOP USING "SOFT" OR MIXED "SOFT-HARD" POWER + INSTEAD BECOME STEADILY, INCREASINGLY "HARD" = MILITARILY/
MILPOL "AGGRESSIVE" IFF NOT ABSOLUT BELLICOSE???
At least six terrorists militants were killed in a special operation in Dagestan Friday, according to the National Anti-Terrorist Committee (NAC). They said, "One of the militants was eliminated when he tried to break through a police cordon. The other militants were killed in a shootout after they refused to lay down arms and surrender."
The NAC added that there were no casualties among law enforcement officers or civilians and the terrorists militants were being identified.
[An Nahar] A suspected Islamist stabbed two coppers Friday at an underground station in a Brussels neighborhood where scuffles broke out a week earlier, local media reported.
The two victims, a man and a woman who were attacked during a routine check, did not sustain life-threatening wounds, the reports said.
The attacker was quickly subdued and was found to be carrying documents connected to Shariah4Belgium, an thugMoslem group active in Belgium, public television said.
"He confessed to wanting to attack the police because of Belgium's attitude towards Moslems," television said.
Clashes broke out last week in the same Molenbeek neighborhood between police and Moslem youth over the arrest of a young woman wearing a full veil.
The Shariah4Belgium group had then posted a video on the Internet defending the tossed in the clink Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un! woman. The group's leader was subsequently placed in durance vile Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out! .
[Dawn] A man said to be a member of the Kuchhi Rabita Committee (KRC) was rubbed out in a 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.... locality on Friday evening, police said.
They said that the killing occurred in Moosa Lane where Irfan Soomro, 37, who was sitting outside his residence, was targeted by three men who reportedly came there on foot.
Baghdadi SHO Ghulam Nabi Afridi said: "They [assailants] might have used a cycle of violence to escape from the scene, but initial reports suggest that they were on foot when they carried out the killing".
The victim was rushed to the Civil Hospital where he was pronounced dead. He's dead, Jim! on arrival, the police said.
He suffered bullet wounds in the head and chest.
The area SHO said that the victim was said to be a member of the KRC.
Karim Kuchhi, a KRC front man, told Dawn that the victim was not only a member of the KRC but also an office-bearer of the Pakistain People's Party (city area).
He said that on Friday morning the PPP took out a small rally in support of setting up of reverse osmosis (RO) plants in Lyari and the victim was present in the programme.
Man found rubbed out in Korangi
The body of a man, stuffed in a gunny bag, was found in Korangi early on Friday morning, police said.
They said the victim had been shot in the head.
The body was found in Mehran Town, they added.
The victim was identified as Noor Rehman, 30, at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre with the help of some documents
found on him.
A duty officer at the Korangi Industrial Area (KIA) cop shoppe said that the victim was a resident of Kunwari Colony,
Manghopir and originally hailed from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa ... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central... It appeared that the victim had been kidnapped and rubbed out somewhere else and the body was thrown at the scene, the
Police were immediately not sure about the motive of the murder. Till late in the night, no case pertaining to the killing was
registered at the KIA cop shoppe.
The victim was a nephew of a local leader of the Awami National Party, Anwerzeb Musakhel, according to a party press
The funeral prayer was held in Kunwari Colony and he was buried in the Manghopir graveyard.
The body of a khasadar ...a rural policeman in Pakistain or India... , who was kidnapped few days ago, was found in Ingeer Khura area of Hangu district ... Hangu is famous for its greenery, hills, beauty and water. Most of the people of this area are Bangash & Orakzai Pashtuns. Part of the Bangash are Shia. The Orakzai and the Sunni Bangash are determined to kill them... on Friday.
Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain grabbed credit for the kidnapping and killing of the khasadar, Ghulam Rasool.
The dear departed was serving in Khasadar Force in Orakzai Agency ... crawling with holy men, home to Darra Adam Khel, the world's largest illegal arms bazaar. 14 distinct tribes of beturbanned primitives inhabit Orakzai agency's 1500 or so square kilometers... and had come to Hangu for some personal work from where he was kidnapped few days ago.
Taliban sources said that they killed the khasadar because he was a government servant and fighting against them in the tribal area.
Meanwhile, ...back at the game, the Babe was wondering why the baseball kept getting bigger and bigger. Finally it hit him... police and security forces tossed in the clink Drop the rosco and step away witcher hands up! 28 suspects and recovered weapons from their possession during a search operation in Hangu district on Friday.
The search operation was carried out in the areas near the border of Orakzai Agency. The security forces seized one light machine gun, four pistols one gun and hundreds of cartridges during the operation.
The jugged Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw! persons were shifted to their respective cop shoppes for investigations.
[Iran Press TV] At least four Pak coppers have been rubbed out in a orc attack in troubled southwestern Balochistan ...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it... province, Press TV reports.
The coppers were guarding a railway track on the outskirts of Quetta on Saturday when they came under attack from gunnies riding a cycle of violence.
The attackers managed to escape from the scene. The bodies of the slain coppers have been transferred to a local hospital.
[Dawn] Hundreds of families were forced to flee when Taliban launched a fresh offensive against Kukikhel ...a tribe of primitives inhabiting Khyber Agency. They are a branch of the Afridi tribe. Traditionally they have been migratory, tromping between Jamrud and the Rajgal valley with the seasons. The tribe has had mustache-cursing relationships with several other tribes, including the Zakkakhel and Kambarkhel, and with the Mullagori. They make welcome most anyone with a turban and automatic weapons, but every once in awhile they get together a tribal lashkar to mollify the government... tribe in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency on Friday.
Sources said that about 500 families, belonging to Maniya Khel and Sra Vela localities of Tirah, reached Ghundi village of Jamrud while around 300 more temporarily settled down in Ali Masjid area.
Saifullah, a resident of Maniya Khel, told Dawn that they left behind every thing as they were forced to flee their houses.
"Taliban came in a large number. They were heavily armed," he said. He added that Kukikhel volunteers could not offer any resistance as they had exhausted all their ammunition and also vacated most of their bunkers.
Saifullah said that Taliban were also supported by Ansarul Islam, a local myrmidon group headed by Mulana Mehboobul Haq. He alleged that the local myrmidon group was affiliated with Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam ...Assembly of Islamic Clergy, or JUI, is a Pak Deobandi (Hanafi) political party. There are two main branches, one led by Maulana Fazlur Rahman, and one led by Maulana Samiul Haq. Fazl is active in Pak politix and Sami spends more time running his madrassah. Both branches sponsor branches of the Taliban, though with plausible deniability... -Fazl.
Noor Zahir, another Kukikhel volunteer, also said that his tribe, which had earlier vowed to expel Taliban from their soil at any cost, lost most of their areas to Taliban fighters of Tariq Afridi group.
He said that Taliban started consolidating their position in the areas, which the Kukikehl volunteers vacated after the offensive was launched.
"Taliban occupied our houses and seized most of our belongings including household items, cattle and stocks of edibles, which we use to keep for winter," he said.
Mr Zahir said that poppy crop cultivated on hundreds of acres of land was also left behind. He said that poppy was one of the major crops on which most of the Kukikhel families relied.
The United States blocked Israel's participation in the Global Counterterrorism Forum's (GCTF) first meeting in Istanbul on Friday, despite Israel's having one of the most extensive counterterrorism experiences in the world.
Israel was excluded from the meeting due to fierce objections by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a Washington-based source told Globes news.
According the State Department's website, the GCTF, which was established in September 2011, aims at "strengthening the global counterterrorism (CT) architecture in a manner that complements and reinforces the CT work of existing multilateral bodies."
Twenty-nine countries are participating in the GCTF, ten of which are Arab and/or Muslim countries.
"The GCTF sought from the outset to bridge old and deep divides in the international community between Western donor nations and Muslim majority nations. And it has, I think, done that quite effectively," a top US official said at the press briefing prior to the opening session.
Republican politicians claim that since one third of the GCTF's members are Muslim countries, the Obama administration is trying to deepen ties with the Muslim world at Israel's expense, Globes noted.
So let me get this straight; Obama's position is that the policy of the US should be to agree with Muslim prejudice and discriminate based on "race creed color or national origin" to keep an ally out of a conference?
You couldn't make this stuff up.
Posted by: Mike Ramsey ||
* BHARAT RAKSHAK > CHANGE IN JORDAN - IS ISRAEL PREPARED?
ARTIC = although the overwhelming number of mass protests in Jordan, includ those in suppor of anti-Monarchy andor "Arab/Muslim/Islamic Spring" local movements, have been relatively peaceful or benign, Activists are slowly but surely trying to raise the tempo + temperature.
ALTHOUGH THE EGYPTIAN-BASED MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD [MB] IS THE LARGEST SUCH ORG OPERAT IN JORDAN, THE PLO IS ALSO PRESENT + IS WELL-INTEGRATED INTO JORDAN SOCIETY, + IS ALSO BETTER SUPPORTED LOCALLY THAN THE MB.
Well, just as "Pesky Persians are Pesky", the "Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood is Egyptian", not Paleo. The MB's place is hence back in Egypt proper, not in Paleo Palestine includ Jordan.
One man was killed and eight people were wounded in two separate incidents in Pattani province on Saturday.
Two monks and six policemen were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in Muang district on Saturday morning. The Buddhist monks, escorted by police, were collecting alms on foot on the road in front of Prince of Songkla University when the home-made bomb buried at the side of the road exploded.
The two monks and the six policemen were hurt and admitted to Pattani Hospital. Police blamed separatist terrorists militants.
In Panare district, a gunman shot and killed a local administrator at a teashop. Witnesses said that Arsi Madae, 48, was drinking tea at the shop when a gunman walked up to him and shot him several times at close range with 9 mm pistol. The assailant then fled. Arsi was hit several times in the torso and died on the spot.
[An Nahar] Al-Jazeera ... an Arab news network headquartered in Qatar, notorious for carrying al-Qaeda press releases. The name means the Peninsula, as in the Arabian Peninsula. In recent years it has settled in to become slightly less biased than MSNBC, in about the same category as BBC or CBS... television broadcast on Saturday a video of the 11 Lebanese pilgrims who were kidnapped in Syria on May 22.
They announced: "We are the guests of the Syrian rebels and we support the Syrian people."
The video, recorded on June 5 or 6, showed the 11 pilgrims seated in a room as each of them identified themselves to the camera.
One of the abductees, Abbas Shoaib condemned the recent Houla massacre in Syria that was committed at the hands of "oppressors", voicing his support to the Syrian people.
He reassured that the pilgrims were all doing well, stressing that they were not at all pressured at gunpoint to make their remarks.
Addressing the Lebanese people, he stated: "Rise against oppression as the Syrian people did."
At the end of the video, the abductors denied in a statement all remarks that had been made by alleged spokespeople for the group, except for the call on Hizbullah chief His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah The satrap of the Medes and the Persians in Leb... to apologize for his remarks on the kidnapping.
The kidnappers said that the "guests will be released after being handed over to the civil Syrian state, which will in turn examine their case at the new democratic parliament."
[An Nahar] Army shelling and gunfire killed at least 70 civilians in protest towns on Saturday, including women and kiddies, a watchdog said.
According to the Syrian Local Coordination Committee, 29 were killed in Homs, 26 in Daraa, 20 in Latakia and one person in Hassaka, 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... and Daraya in Reef Damascus ...The City of Jasmin is the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the world. It has not always been inhabited by the same set of fascisti... Nine women and three children were among 17 people killed in a pre-dawn bombardment of a residential neighborhood in the southern city of Daraa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Dozens more were maimed, some of them seriously, in the city which was the birthplace of the uprising against Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad The Scourge of Hama... 's rule, the Britannia-based watchdog said.
In nearby Jordan, hundreds of Syrian refugees demonstrated in the border town of Ramtha to protest against the deaths in Daraa, Jordan's official Petra news agency reported.
Meanwhile, ...back at the bunker, his Excellency called a hurried meeting of his closest advisors. It was to be his last. They discussed the officers's efficiency rating system... U.N. observers who visited the village of Al-Kubeir, where at least 55 people were killed earlier this week, said they saw blood on the walls and "a strong stench of burnt flesh."
The Al-Kubeir incident prompted Western governments to launch a push for tough new sanctions against Damascus. But Russia, along with China, has already vetoed two Security Council resolutions against Assad.
In central Syria, government forces on Saturday pounded several rebel neighborhoods of Homs city with artillery and mortar fire, killing six civilians, the Observatory said.
It said the army killed at least 29 civilians nationwide, while three soldiers died in festivities in the north and four rebel fighters were also reported killed, taking Saturday's corpse count to at least 36.
Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told Agence La Belle France Presse that dozens of regime troops were killed or maimed in fighting at Al-Heffa in Latakia province, but was unable to give exact figures.
Diplomats in New York said Britannia, La Belle France and the United States would quickly draw up a Security Council resolution proposing sanctions against Syria following a grim report from the monitors on their visit to Al-Kubeir.
"We will move fast to press for a resolution," one U.N. diplomat told AFP.
More than 20 unarmed U.N. observers were allowed into Al-Kubeir on Friday, a day after monitors were shot at and prevented from entering the village.
"Inside some of the houses, blood was visible across the walls and floors. Fire was still burning outside houses and there was a strong stench of burnt flesh," U.N. front man Martin Nesirky said in New York.
U.N. officials have made clear they believe government forces and their allies were behind the attack on the mainly Sunni Moslem village surrounded by an Alawite population loyal to Assad.
Damascus denied responsibility and blamed foreign-backed "terrorists."
It's vaguely amusing how the same Sunni Arabs who simultaneously (1) say that 9/11 was an inside job instigated and planned by Jews, none of whom were harmed during the attack, and (2) are proud that Arabs were able to carry the attack successfully, are now to be taken at their word when they allege any given atrocity by the Alawite regime. We've let our journalists', politicians' and think tanks' irrational faith in the essential goodness of Sunni Arab man-troglodyte-in-the-street to cloud our judgment. It's one thing for Sunni Arabs to be prejudiced against Alawites, given that anti-heretic/-apostate/-non-Sunni hatred is their schtick. What's our excuse, given our long experience with Sunni Arab duplicity, love for the mass murder of civilians as recreation and their sheer wickedness, to use a term that is now rapidly going out of fashion? When was the last time you heard of an Alawite suicide bomber killing Americans?
It looks like in Syria, the Sunni Arabs are getting yet another propaganda coup like 9/11. They not only get to kill infidels and blame the killings on infidels - they also get to recast the infidel victims as poor, persecuted Sunnis.
"According to eyewitness accounts," the FAZ report continues,
the massacre occurred during this time. Those killed were almost exclusively from families belonging to Houla's Alawi and Shia minorities. Over 90% of Houla's population are Sunnis. Several dozen members of a family were slaughtered, which had converted from Sunni to Shia Islam. Members of the Shomaliya, an Alawi family, were also killed, as was the family of a Sunni member of the Syrian parliament who is regarded as a collaborator. Immediately following the massacre, the perpetrators are supposed to have filmed their victims and then presented them as Sunni victims in videos posted on the internet.
The FAZ report echoes eyewitness accounts collected from refugees from the Houla region by members of the Monastery of St. James in Qara, Syria. According to monastery sources cited by the Dutch Middle East expert Martin Janssen, armed rebels murdered "entire Alawi families" in the village of Taldo in the Houla region.
Already at the beginning of April, Mother Agnčs-Mariam de la Croix of the St. James Monastery warned of rebel atrocities' being repackaged in both Arab and Western media accounts as regime atrocities. She cited the case of a massacre in the Khalidiya neighborhood in Homs. According to an account published in French on the monastery's website, rebels gathered Christian and Alawi hostages in a building in Khalidiya and blew up the building with dynamite. They then attributed the crime to the regular Syrian army. "Even though this act has been attributed to regular army forces . . . the evidence and testimony are irrefutable: It was an operation undertaken by armed groups affiliated with the opposition," Mother Agnčs-Mariam wrote.
It looks like the one thing that you can rely on Sunni Arabs to do is kill the infidel remorselessly and then joyously blame the killings on the infidels themselves. And why not? A good chunk of the world believes that Bush was behind the 9/11 attacks, thanks to Sunni Arab propagandists like Thierry Meyssan.
The problems with believing that Bush was behind the 9/11 attacks are manifold. For example, you can't believe that Bush was both amazingly competent in pulling off such an attack yet supremely incompetent in everything else. Also, those attacks were in the works long before Bush was elected. You would also have to assume that Bush knew he was going to be elected. If you believe he only started "plotting" after election, then you would have to believe that the entire thing was done within 9 months of taking office.
It is more likely that the plotting for 9/11 started during the Clinton administration immediately after the first WTC attack failed.
There are too many Sunni Arabs to have one voice. Not all are anti-American.
There are probably 100x more anti-American Sunnis in the world than there are Alawites combined. Some Sunni Arab regimes are pro-American. But the vast majority of the Sunni Arab populace does not simply hate the US - it would pay good money to watch our nuclear destruction on pay-per-view (in the areas where this is available). The Saudi royal family doesn't have a problem with us - the Saudi people do. And that's the problem with encouraging the Sunni Arab troglodyte-on-the-street to take power via democracy. The neo-conservative view that hostile foreigners have been duped into their hostility by their leaders is wrong - in reality, the Arab rulers resemble the Roman consuls and emperors - they must make some concessions towards anti-American popular opinion or be defenestrated. The rapid spread of democracy throughout the Arab world is bad for American interests because it will lead to a dozen Irans. Except the Sunni Arab Islamist masses (a redundant phrase, really) did not need a single Iran to bring down the World Trade Center. Imagine what they could do with the resources of entire countries.
Unfortunately there have been several Houla Massacres; the latest of which was the May 25 2012 massacre. The massacre was not just one killing event but several. It's possible that the Syria army was responsible for an early event, then the pro Assad Shabiba did their thing, then the Sunni Shabiba did their thing.
Posted by: lord garth ||
The rebels in Syria aren't probably any better than the government forces. Just like Libya.
Posted by: European Conservative ||
They will mostly just destroy those resources.
The worry is that they'll take down a few of our cities in the process of doing so. Why give these troglodytes the equivalent of doomsday buttons, when we already know that the vast majority of the Sunni Arab masses share the views of people like bin Laden and Zawahiri, thanks to Pew surveys on global attitudes?
The problems with believing that Bush was behind the 9/11 attacks are manifold.
My point exactly. And yet Sunni Arabs not only accept these lies and advertise their acceptance of the lies, they spread them on an ongoing basis. Thierry Meyssan is merely the most famous Sunni Arab to do so. Why would we believe the word of a Sunni Arab on anything at all?