[Shabelle] At least two have been killed in a fierce battle between Somali National Army (SNA) and Al shabab snuffies in Gedo province, the latest in surge of attacks in the southwestern region.
The violence reportedly erupted after heavily armed fighters from Al shabab launched a surprise assault on Somali forces at a checkpoint located on the outskirts of Garbaharey, a town largely controlled by Somali government.
A Military source, who declined to be named, told Shabelle Media by phone that At least two combatants from both sides bit the dust in the fighting while untold number of soldiers sustained variety of wounds.
[Al Ahram] Sudanese rebels on Saturday said they captured one government armoured vehicle and destroyed others in a battle near the capital of North Darfur state, which has seen an upsurge in violence.
The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) said forces of Evil on Friday afternoon attacked a large government convoy travelling north from Shangil Tobay, which is about 50 kilometres (30 miles) south of El Fasher, the state capital. Sudan's army front man could not be reached for comment.
Along with the armoured vehicle, rebels seized trucks and cars as well as equipment, weapons and ammunition, JEM said in a statement. It said its forces worked with the Sudan Liberation Army's Minni Minnawi faction in the attack which "captured a number of government troops" and inflicted heavy losses. The statement gave no specifics about casualties.
Darfur rebels are allied with forces of Evil from South Kordofan and Blue Nile states in a Revolutionary Front which aims to overthrow the government. The Sudanese Armed Forces began using using armoured fighting vehicles in Darfur ground combat last year, the Small Arms Survey, a Swiss-based independent research project, said in a July report.
Sudan has accused South Sudan of working with the JEM, a charge denied by the South. But suspected JEM fighters were seen alongside South Sudanese troops during border fighting between Sudan and South Sudan in April. In September, the two nations signed in Addis Ababa agreements on border security and other issues which they hailed as ending their conflict.
[An Nahar] Two aides to a tribal chief with alleged al-Qaeda links were killed in a clash with pro-army snuffies in the troubled 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 Saturday, a local militia official said.
"Two aides of (Tareq al-Fadhli) were killed and another man was maimed" when the snuffies fired on Fadhli's house in Abyan's capital Zinjibar, the official said.
On November 5, hundreds of the militiamen, known as the Popular Resistance Committees and who fought alongside the Yemeni army to oust al-Qaeda from southern towns last May, surrounded Fadhli's home.
They want the known warlord, who has fought in Afghanistan, to turn himself into the police.
Last week, tribal chief Hussein al-Waheshi said the local security committee agreed that Fadhli should "surrender to the public prosecutor who issued an arrest warrant last month over threats to kill leaders of the (southern) Socialist Party."
The snuffies threatened to storm the house if he refused to surrender.
The militia official said Saturday that tribal mediators had secured an agreement "for (Fadhli's) departure from Zinjibar" to the nearby southern port city of Aden, but did not specify if he planned to surrender.
Mexican Army units since October 19th have seized 11,888.741 kilograms of marijuana, 40.4 kilograms of power cocaine, 2.5 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, 2.3 kilograms of heroin, and MX $91,050.00 (USD $6903.11) and USD $40 dollars (MX $527.59) in cash, according to official Mexican government reports.
Units with the Mexican 34th Military Zone seized a small quantity of marijuana and illegal cigars in Quintana Roo state October 19th. The seizing of the marijuana was incident to traffic stop in Cancun city. Soldiers detained one unidentified individuals and seized a vehicle. The illegal cigars were found in an abandoned vehicle in the village of Caobas in Othan P. Blanco municipality. A total of 110,000 cigars in 11 boxes were seized.
A Mexican army unit with the 8th Military Zone exchanged gunfire with an undetermined number of armed suspects killing three in Ciudad Victoria in Tamaulipas state October 20th. The encounter took place in Tomas Yarrington colony of the city while the unit was on patrol when it came under small arms fire. A total of three rifles, an undisclosed number of weapons magazines and one vehicle were seized in the aftermath.
An army unit with the Mexican 22nd Military Zone seized and dismantled a hidden drug lab in Mexico state October 23rd. The unit was on patrol in Temascaltepec municipality when the discovery was made. Soldiers found one 150 liter capacity metallic reactor, one 200 liter dairy container, 30 liters of acetic anhydride, three 73 liter drums filled with hydrochloric acid, nine kilograms sacks of sodium acetate, six burners and other materiel.
A Mexican Army unit with the 9th Military Zone seized quantities of diesel and gasoline in Sinaloa state October 22nd. The site was located in the village of Mauto in Salvador Alvarado municipality. A total of 11,000 liters of gasline and 7,000 liters of diesel fuel were found, along with eight 1,000 liter plastic containers and nine vehicles.
An army unit with the Mexican 22nd Military Zone located and dismantled an illegal drug lab in Mexico state October 23rd. The lab was found in the village of La Trampa in Santa Ana Jilotzingo municipality where the unit had been on patrol. The chemicals and equipment found were inside of two warehouses and included 20 bags of soda, eight bags of acid, 20 drums of isopropyl alcohol, 20 plastic drums of acetic anhydrone, 600 kilowatt generator, 23 30 kilograms gas tanks, eight clothes driers, 30 gages, seven gas masks and one bulletproof vest.
A Mexican Army unit with the 8th Military Zone encountered armed suspects October 23rd in Tamaulipas state when soldiers were fired on by an indeterminate number of armed suspects. The gunfight took place as the unit was on patrol in Anahuac colony in Nuevo Laredo municipality. No one was reported killed or hurt in the encounter arms and munitions were seized in the aftermath, including six rifles, 36 weapons magazines, 950 rounds of ammunition, one grenade launcher, two fragmentation grenades and two vehicles.
An army unit with the Mexican 8th Military Zone encountered armed suspects in Ciudad Nueva Guerrero municipality killing one unidentified armed suspect October 23rd. The unit had been on patrol on the Nuevo Laredo to Ciudad Mier highway at the 171 kilometer mark when the gunfight took place. Four rifles, weapons magazines and ammunition as well as one vehicle were seized by soldiers after the gunfight.
A Mexican Army unit with the 8th Military Zone came under small arms fire October 24th in Tamaulipas state, returning fire and killing one unidentified armed suspect. The unit had been on patrol near the 109 kilometer marker on the San Fernando to Reynosa highway when it came under attack. Materiel seized following the conclusion of the gunfight included five rifles, three vehicles, weapons magazines and ammunition, and one vehicle.
Five unidentified suspects were detained and one kidnapping victim was released by a unit with the Mexican 12th Military Zone in San Luis Potosi state October 24th. The army unit with security forces from state and local governments conducted patrols in San Luis Potosi city when the rescue took place. In addition to the five detainees Mexican security forces also seized 13 rifles, one grenade launcher, five 40mm grenades, 43 weapons magazines, 879 rounds of ammunition and one car reported as stolen.
A Mexican Army unit with the 8th Military Zone seized more than eight metric tons of marijuana in Tamauipas state October 22nd. The unit has established a checkpojnt on the Reynosa, Tamaulipas to Monterrey, Nuevo Leon highway at about the 30 kilometer mark. A tractor trailer rig was stopped and searched, and the drugs were found. The total seized was 8,206.2 kilograms of marijuana. The truck driver was detained at the scene.
Troops with the Mexican 9th Military Zone seized more than 400 kilograms of marijuana and an aircraft in Sinaloa state October 23rd. The army unit was on patrol near the village of La Brecha in Guasave municipality when the discovery was made. A total of 407.2 kilograms of marijuana were seized along with a Cessna brand Cessna 206 aircraft.
An army unit with the 2nd Military Zone seized more than 300 kilograms of marijuana in Baja California state October 23rd. While on patrol the unit found an abandoned vehicle in Alamitos colony in Mexicali municipality which had the drugs inside, 39 packages totalling 320.4 kilograms.
Mexican Army troops with the 6th Military Zone exchanged gunfire with armed suspects October 26th. The unit was on patrol in Allende municipality when the gunfight took place. Army counterfire killed two unidentified armed suspects. Materiel seized in the aftermath included drugs in 166 packages for retail sale, two handguns, one weapons magazine, 16 rounds of ammunition, MX $91,050.00 (USD $6903.11), USD $40 dollars (MX $527.59) in cash and one vehicle.
An army patrol with the 6th Military Zone came under small arms fire in Coahuila state. The encounter took place in Nava municlaity October 25th when the army unit came under small arms fire. Army return fire killed three armed suspects. Materiel seized included four rifles, 43 weapons magazines, ammunition and one vehicle.
A pursuit in Baja California state October 26th ended with one unidentified individual detained and almost one metric ton of marijuana seized. A Mexican army unit with the 2nd Military Zone had been dispatched to Lucio Blanco colony in Playas de Rosarito municipality based on an anonymous complaint. When the driver of a vehicle attempted to flee the road patrol, the driver crashed the vehicle. Inside soldiers found 997.7 kilograms of marijuana in 142 packages. The driver was detained at the scene.
An army road patrol with the Mexican 29th Military Zone seized quantities of drugs at a presumed traffic stop in Veracruz state October 26th. The stop took place in Coatzacoalcos municipality. Soldiers found quantities of marijuana and crack cocaine, as well as 9,508 packages of powdered cocaine totalling 40.4 kilograms. A total of MX $1,000 (USD $75.82), a radio and a vehicle were also seized. The driver of the vehicle was detained at the scene.
Troops with the Mexican 28th Military Zone rescued one kidnap victim in an armed encounter in Veracruz state October 26th. The patrol had been dispatched to Villa Azueta municipality based on an anonymous complaint, when it came under small arms fire. Army return fire killed one armed suspect. Three suspects were also detained at the scene. Soldiers also seized three rifles, two handguns and one vehicle following the rescue.
An army unit with the Mexican 41st Military Zone located almost 50,000 liters of gasoline in Jalisco state October 25th. The fuel was discovered in Villa Purification municipality. A total of 49,600 liters were found along with a 10,000 liter tanker and three vehicles.
Soldiers with the Mexican 45th military Zone located weapons in Caborca el Arenoso in Sonora state October 25th. Weapons seized included two rifles, one handgun, 14 weapons magazines, 314 rounds of ammunition, a quantity of marijuana, tactical gear and one vehicle.
On October 26th army units with the Mexican 45th Military Zone seized weapons in Nogales municipality in Sonora state. Weapons seized included four rifles, one fragmentation grenade, two smoke grenades, 646 rounds of ammunition, 36 weapons magazines and one vehicle. In a second incident soldiers located and seized four rifles, one handgun, two smoke grenades, one car, 72 weapons magazines, 430 rounds of ammunition and tactical gear.
Army units with the Mexican 34th Military Zone located a quantity of marijuana, presumably in the water along the coast of Cozumel municipality in Quntana Roo state October 26th. The drugs were found between Mezcalitos to Punta Chiqueros and totalled 17.535 kilograms.
Mexican Army units with the 4th Military Zone seized a quantity of methamphetamine in Sonora state October 27th. The unit had established a military checkpoint in Opodepe municipality and stopped a vehicle with two unidentified individuals aboard. A total of 2.5 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine were found inside two wooden tortilla presses. The driver and passenger were detained at the scene.
A Mexican Army unit with the 4th Military Zone seized a quantity of heroin in Sonora state October 27th. The unit has set up a checkpoint on kilometer 73 of Mexico Federal Highway 15 in Navojoa municipality, and stopped and searched a passenger bus. The search turned up a briefcase with 2.3 kilograms of heroin. One passenger was detained at the scene.
Mexican Army units with the 8th Military Zone seized more than three metric tons of marijuana in Tamaulipas state October 26th in two separate raids. The first raid was undertaken in ejido Echeverria ejido in Diaz Ordaz municipality where soldiers located 839.4 kilograms of marijuana in a vacant lot. In the second raid in the village of Valadeces, an army unit located 2,458.5 kilograms of marijuana, also in Diaz Ordaz municipality.
Army units with the Mexican 35th Military Zone exchanged gunfire with armed suspects in Guerrero state October 28th. The encounter took place in the village of Zacapuato in Cutzamala de Pinzo municipality where a road patrol came under small arms fire. Army return fire killed four armed suspects. Also seized after the encounter were five rifles, one fragmentation grenade, 30 weapons magazines, 810 rounds of ammunition, tactical gear and one vehicle.
Mexican Army units with the 44th Military Zone seized more than one metric tons of marijuana in Oaxaca state October 27th. The unit has been dispatched to a location near the village of Miahuatlan in Porfirio Diaz municipality based on an anonymous complaint where 1,100 kilograms of unprocessed marijuana were found in several packages.
An army unit with the 45th Military Zone in coordination with Sonora state police agents located and seized more than 2 metric tons of marijuana in Sonora state October 29th. The raid took place at a ranch in Nogales municipality where security forces located 2,260.7 kilograms of marijuana in 273 packages.
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Army units with the 2nd Military Zone incinerated more than 7 metric tons of marijuana at an army base in Aguaje de la Tuna in Baja California state. In addition to the 7,551.58 kilograms of marijuana destroyed, also destroyed by fire were 6 grams of methamphetamine, 20 marijuana plants, 15.550 grams of acetone, 23.7978 kilograms of chemicals.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
[Dawn] At least fifteen people died and several injured on Saturday as the menace of assassinations continues to spread havoc in Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... , DawnNews reported.
In Gulshan-e-Iqbal block 2, unidentified gunnies opened fie at a local tea restaurant killing five and injuring two people. Four of the dear departed were identified as Abdul Khailq, Imran, Shamsur Rehman and Abdullah.
The incident took place near a seminary of Deobandi Sunni sect where the students had gathered for some refreshments. The school is for pupils aged 18-22.
"The unidentified gunnies on cycle of violences specifically targeted the students of a nearby religious seminary and escaped after the shooting," Shahid Hayat, a senior police official told AFP.
"The initial investigations reveal that the killings were part of the ongoing wave of murder in the city," he said referring to Bloody Karachi's sectarian, political and ethnic violence which have killed at least 1,100 people this year.
Another local police official Mohammad Hafeez told AFP that police were looking into why the students of this particular seminary were targeted.
In North Nazimabad, near Saifi College, three people bit the dust when an unidentified gunman shot up them. The bodies were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital later.
Meanwhile, ...back at the wrecked scow, a single surviver held tightly to the smashed prow... three people were killed in two different incidents in Korangi area.
Earlier, in Old Golimar's locality of Pak Colony, four people were rubbed out when unknown gunnies opened fire on them near the Rexer Bridge area.
Subsequently, police and rescue teams reached the site and transferred the bodies to Civil Hospital.
Police said the killing was the result of a personal dispute and the dear departed were involved in gang warfare.
In a separate incident, a man was bumped off in the Jumma Goth area of Korangi.
Moreover, funeral prayer of Saeed Haider was offered at Rizvia Imam Bargah. Haider was targeted killed on Friday--
[Dawn] Gunmen rubbed out three Shia Mohammedans and maimed three others on Saturday in a fresh sectarian attack in Quetta, police said.
"Six persons from the Shia Hazara community were passing from the Jinnah road in a taxicab when they were targeted by two gunnies waiting for them at a traffic signal," Anwar Ali, a senior police official, told AFP.
"Two persons were killed at the spot while one departed this vale of tears in the hospital. The gunnies fled the scene of the crime on a cycle of violence," he said.
Another local police official who reached the scene of the crime soon after the incident confirmed the toll.
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... is rife with religious militancy, sectarian violence between majority Sunnis and minority Shia Mohammedans and a regional insurgency waged by separatists.
On Tuesday gunniesrubbed out three Shia Mohammedans from the Hazara community in a similar attack in Quetta which also left two others maimed.
[Dawn] Two beturbanned goons and a security man were killed after a cut-thoat group attacked Thowikhula Scouts Fort in South Wazoo Agency early on Friday.
Intelligence and local sources said a group of cut-thoat attacked Thowikhula Scouts Fort on Wana-Zobe Road at 3:00am on Friday with heavy and light weapons.
The security forces retaliated and the ensuing fighting continued for several hours. Rockets, missiles, mortars, cannon and other weapons were excessively used in the fighting.
Independent sources said one soldier was killed and two injured in the fighting, but the government officials and beturbanned goons denied it.
Spokesman for Taliban's local chapter Asim Mehsud told news hounds from Qazi's guesthouse an undisclosed location that beturbanned goons attacked Thowikhula Waziristan Scouts Fort early on Friday.
He said first one of Taliban fidayeen (jacket wallah) went kaboom!" at the main gate and then, the rest entered the fort.
The front man claimed that the beturbanned goons killed 48 soldiers and captured three, two of them in injured condition.
However, women are made to be loved, not understood... security forces and political authorities denied the Taliban claim, saying one soldier was killed and two injured. They said from two to six beturbanned goons were killed in retaliatory firing.
Locals said Wana-Zobe Road remained closed to traffic of all kinds in Thowikhula area until late night.
Security forces later cordoned off the entire area and began search operation. The closer of the road restricted the movement of the rustics.
Three cops injured in 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. Suspected beturbanned goons on Friday fired gunshots at a police van in the limits of Badbher cop shoppe of Peshawar evening injuring three police constables.
An official of the cop shoppe said coppers led by sub inspector Tajamul Khan was on a routine patrol in Shahabdkhel area when faceless myrmidonsshot up them from a nearby graveyard at 7:20pm.
He said three constables, including Tamash Khan, driver Raz Mohammad and Yousaf Khan, suffered injuries and were shifted to Lady Reading Hospital.
The official said the constables belong to the special force.
He said police also retaliated and made attackers flee.
In the meantime, additional force was called for backup. Police later began search for beturbanned goons in the area. However, a clean conscience makes a soft pillow... no arrest was made until late night.
The IDF fired a warning shot at the Syrian military on Sunday, after a Syrian shell landed in the Golan Heights for the second time in recent days.
Israel has not fired at Syria since the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
"In the midst of Syrian infighting, a mortar shell fired by the Syrian army struck near an outpost at Tel Hazeka," IDF spokesman Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai said. The shell failed to cause injuries or damages.
"In light of the policy instituted by IDF Chief of Staff, Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz, a warning round was fired back into Syria. We don't believe it caused injuries or damages," Mordechai added.
At the same time, Israel sent a warning message to the UN, saying that any further firing into Israel will result "in a real response," sources added.
Israel limited its return fire, since its policy is to only fire intensively in response to coming under major Syrian fire. "We didn't continue firing because this was one mortar we were responding to," the source said.
"We will not accept any firing into our territory," he added. "This was a signal to the Syrians, that we will not be so forgiving of everything that lands in a territory." The source stressed that as of now, Israel and Syria were not a in a conflict situation.
The IDF is currently on standby for a security deterioration on both the northern front and the border with Gaza.
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Yes, they got they got the cover to rub him out now, a shell here, a shell there pretty soon you got motive and where's there's motive there's caustic belly, in which case pencil-neck goes swimming. If you catch muh drift. But the Jooooos are overly merciful, I expect the gang war to go on for a long time.
Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired at least 35 rockets and mortars into Israel since midnight Saturday night, according to the Southern District Police, injuring three civilians. The barrage continued a serious escalation that began Saturday evening, and continued overnight, with two IAF air strikes targeting a weapons manufacturing site, two weapons storage facilities and two rocket launching sites in the northern part of the territory.
Municipalities near the southern border canceled school on Sunday amid the ongoing rocket fire.
[Al Ahram] Kurdish residents have taken control of three towns in northeastern Syria near the border with Turkey after convincing pro-government forces to leave, a watchdog said on Saturday.
The region's Hasakeh province has seen heavy fighting ... as opposed to the more usual light or desultory fighting... in recent days between forces loyal to Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Leveler of Latakia... and rebels, with 46 combatants killed in two days as the opposition seized the border town of Ras al-Ain on Friday.
The Kurds took control of the towns of Derbassiye and Tall Tamr late on Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
They were backed by militia from the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which has links with Turkey's rebel Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), it said.
The residents and hard boyz surrounded government and security offices in both towns and convinced pro-government forces to abandon their posts, said the Britannia-based Observatory, which relies on a network of activists and residents on the ground.
It said the residents had feared the same kind of violence that saw 9,000 Syrians flee to Turkey in 24 hours in the face of the fighting in Ras al-Ain.
Derbassiye, northeast of Ras al-Ain, sits on the border with Turkey and is home to a small border crossing.
Tall Tamr is located at a strategic crossroads. The road from picturesque provincial capital Hasakeh to Ras al-Ain meets the region's main east-west highway at the town.
On Saturday, regime forces also abandoned the town of Amuda, northeast of Derbassiye on the Turkish border, following demonstrations urging them to go, the Observatory said.
Government forces control just two major cities in the province, Hasakeh itself and the far northeastern border town of Qamishli, the Observatory said.
This is pretty significant, I think. The hard part for guerrilla warfare comes when they actually occupy territory. That's when the govt can come in and root them out and kill them all, or at least most of them, if the regime's not weakened enough. See Somalia, Islamic Courts, for a recent example.
[Al Ahram] The Syrian army has destroyed a ship carrying armed rebels on the Euphrates River in the northeast of the country, state news agency SANA reported on Saturday.
"An armed forces unit destroyed a ship on the Euphrates carrying forces of Evil with arms and ammunition," SANA reported, without providing further details. In Syria the river passes through the cities of Deir Ezzor, Raqa and Albu Kamal, all of which have seen regime air strikes or festivities between rebels and troops loyal to Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad. Despoiler of Deraa...
[An Nahar] Al-Mustaqbal ... the Future Movement, political party led by Saad Hariri... parliamentary bloc MP Khaled al-Daher said on Saturday that he received new death threats after several March 14-led opposition politicians received similar threats recently.
"I received new death threats via a telephone call to my bodyguard," al-Daher told LBCI.
He pointed out that his bodyguard telephoned him around 4:40 p.m. saying that he received a telephone call from an unknown person telling him to "convey a message to me."
"Tell your boss that he will be (shattered) like his friend was... You will get the same fate,"al-Daher said.
He noted that his bodyguard said that the accent of the caller is "Syrian."
"They are using a new method to intimidate us," al-Daher added, confirming that he informed Internal Security Forces chief Ashraf Rifi about the incident.
In October, March 14 alliance MPs Ammar Houri, Ahmed Fatfat, Hadi Hbeish, Khaled al-Daher and Nuhad al-Mashnouq said that they were texted death threats from a Syrian telephone number before and after Internal Security Forces Intelligence Bureau head Wissam al-Hasan's liquidation.
[An Nahar] Twin car booms at a military officers' club in southern Syria killed at least 20 soldiers on Saturday, a watchdog said.
The two bombs went kaboom! minutes apart in the back garden of the club in the city of Daraa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
State news agency SANA reported that two car kabooms had hit the city, causing casualties and significant damage, but provided no further details.
A third kaboom later hit another military post in the city, but did not cause any casualties, the Observatory said. The cause of the third kaboom was not immediately known.
Daraa was the birthplace of the Syrian uprising against Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Light of the Alawites... , which erupted in March 2011. The conflict began largely with peaceful protests against Assad's rule but turned bloody after rebels took up arms in response to the regime's crackdown.
State news agency SANA reported three car boomings hit the city, killing seven people and wounding many, but did not confirm the attacks were on a military position.
It also reported a car boom had maimed three people in the southern Damascus ...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world... neighborhood of Daf al-Shawk, while state television ... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
said a rocket maimed two maidens of tender years in the capital's Christian district of George Khoury.
The continued spillover of the fighting in Syria into Israel has caused the IDF to change the rules of engagement along the Syrian border.
According to a Channel 2 News report on Friday, the new orders instruct soldiers to respond if fire from Syria is dangerous and persistent.
The report noted that while Israel wants to avoid such confrontation with Syria as much as possible, the main concern is that Islamist elements are contained along the Syrian border.
At the beginning of the week, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz warned that Syria's civil war might soon become "an Israeli matter" if military spillover continues. Gantz made the comments during a visit to the northern border, and Channel 2 News noted that during his visit he could hear cries of "Allahu Akbar" coming from the Syrian side of the border.
There have been several instances over the past few days of the Syrian civil war spilling over into Israel.
On Thursday morning, three mortar shells were fired into Israel, with one of them hitting a neighborhood in the religious Zionist town of Alonei Habashan, which is less than a kilometer from the border. None of the shells exploded.
IDF sappers rushed to the scene to neutralize the shells. No one was injured, and there was no damage.
Also on Thursday, IDF soldiers from the "Oketz" canine unit arrested a 17-year-old Syrian teen after he crossed the Israeli-Syrian border in the southern Golan Heights.
As the unit chased after the teen, one of the unit's dogs caught him and bit him. A search of the teen revealed that he was not armed. He was taken for questioning by security forces and was then given medical treatment at the Ziv Hospital in Tzfat (Safed).
A military source said that the incident does not appear to be a terrorist act, but rather an attempt to escape the fighting in Syria.
On Wednesday, an IDF position near the border with Syria was hit by stray bullets. No one was hurt and no damage was caused.
The IDF said that the bullets appear to be strays from light weapons used in internal fighting in Syria.
On Monday, an Israeli military jeep was hit by Syrian gunfire on the Golan Heights. IDF soldiers were patrolling near the northern border when they came under gunfire from the Syrian side of the border. No one was hurt.