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Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Tuesday that they have tossed in the clink Into the paddy wagon wit' yez! twelve suicide kaboomers who were planning suicide attacks in Afghanistan during the days of the NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis.... summit in Chicago.
Those tossed in the clink Into the paddy wagon wit' yez! are all members of either the Haqqani network or the Mullah Dadullah Front, NDS front man Lotfullah Mashal said, and had planned to attack the country's capital and other provinces in an attempt to protest the international meeting on Afghanistan being held over Sunday and Monday.
"In the last two weeks, Afghanistan's enemies in the Haqqani network and Mahaz-e-Mullah Dadullah planned to launch some suicide and explosives attacks in the capital as well as the provinces 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.. and Pashtun-infested Logar," Mashal said in Kabul.
He said the Orcs and similar vermin were trying show up the Afghan cops as incompetent.
So much for that...
He claimed that one of the detainees was a spy for Pakistain's intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence who had tried to encourage people to demonstrate against the NATO summit.
Whoops! Forgot he was supposed to stay safely behind the scenes.
Mashal added that the insurgency groups' inability to fight against security forces had seen them move towards soft targets, namely Afghanistan's schools.
Unwise. The Afghans really like having schools for their children.
"We are aware that about three weeks ago there was a meeting between the Haqqani network and a Beautiful Downtown Peshawar insurgency network in [Pakistain's] Koita City where the groups' followers were ordered to set fire to schools - because they've lost their ability to fight with Afghan forces," he said.
Pretty seriously detailed awareness -- Mahmudullah the Weasel must've called in.
An NDS official said that one group of those tossed in the clink Into the paddy wagon wit' yez! people had also tried to poison soldiers from the Afghan army in Pashtun-infested Logar province.
The officials hailed the recent arrests as an achievement for the Afghan cops.
(Sh.M.Network)- Somali forces alongside AU soldiers with heavily armored vehicles have on Tuesday attacked on several Al shabab strongholds out of Somalia's capital Mogadishu. Residents and officials said.
Officials in Somali government, said Tuesday the assault is aimed to capture the rebel-held Afgoye town, 30 KM away south of Mogadishu. Residents in Elasha-Biyaha, out of the capital say they could hear the sounds of gunfire and mortar shells northern side of the area.
Locals said TFG forces captured Sabyo location, 9 KM north of Afgoye town.
No casualties is yet established on the fighting as the battle still going on location towars Afgoye town and many parts out of Mogadishu.
Al shabab has in the past lost many towns, including Mogadishu, the capital in south and central Somaliain a result of war by Somali Government and AMISIOM forces.
(Sh.M.Netwprk)- A curfew has been imposed and came under effect overnight in Mandera town, northeastern Kenya following a deadly kaboom on Monday, causing unconfirmed casualties on the Kenyan military, residents said.
Kenyan police forces were reportedly halted public movements in the town as they have been conducting ground patrols t secure the overall security of the border town of Mandera which has been rocked by a deadly landmine blast that hit Kenyan military convoy on Monday.
"The security personnel had embarked on a door-to-door operation to mop up arms and other crude weapons this morning, but as far as I know no arrests were made until now, a local resident, told Shabelle Media by telephone from Mandera town.
The town is less than 100 metres from the Kenya border. The security has worsened since Kenya sent its troops into the neighboring Somalia last year to pursue Al shabab bully boys.
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] South Sudan said Tuesday Sudanese war planes have launched air strikes against its territory, the latest in a series of attacks that threaten to scupper international efforts to restart peace talks.
"South Sudan views the current aerial bombardment... as a serious threat to both regional and international peace and security," South Sudan's Information Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin told news hounds.
The former civil war foes fought heavily in contested border regions last month, the worst fighting since the South won independence last July and sparking international concerns of a return to all-out war.
The bombings Monday and Tuesday targeted the Waragat area of Northern Bahr el Ghazal state, a border region close to Sudan's war-torn South Darfur state, Benjamin said.
"South Sudan is watching this crisis very closely... we will be forced also to react to these acts of aggression," he added, without giving further details.
The air strikes could not be independently confirmed, and Sudan's army repeatedly denied Southern claims of air strikes during weeks of bitter border conflict. The last air strike reported by the South was on May 9.
Both sides say they are committed to peace but missed a United Nations ...a formerly good idea gone bad... Security Council demand that they resume the talks by last Wednesday. The South has said it is ready to talk and accused Khartoum of stalling.
The African Union ...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful... is working hard to resume talks between the foes, with its chief mediator, former South African president Thabo Mbeki ...former president of South Africa, succeeding Nelson Mandela. He now pops up periodically as a mediator when something catches fire in Africa... , embarking on rounds of shuttle diplomacy between the two capitals.
[An Nahar] A UAE court jugged Into the paddy wagon wit' yez! 10 pirates for life on Tuesday after they were convicted of hijacking a ship east of Oman in the Arabian Sea last year, state news agency WAM reported.
The life sentence, which equates to 25 years, will be followed by deportation, WAM said.
The agency did not give the men's nationalities, but Abu Dhabi daily The National reported that they are Somalis.
MV Arrilah-I was hijacked in April 2011 while en route from Australia to Dubai.
United Arab Emirates special forces, backed by air force units and in coordination with the Bahrain-based U.S. Fifth Fleet, freed the Abu Dhabi-owned ship a day after it was seized.
The bulk carrier is owned by Abu Dhabi National Tanker Co and National Gas Shipping Co, both subsidiaries of Abu Dhabi National Oil Co.
(Sh.M.Network)- Six Somalis go on trial in a Gay Paree court on Tuesday charged with taking the 30 crew of luxury sailing ship Le Ponant hostage in the emerald, pirate-infested waters of the Gulf of Aden in 2008.
The six men, aged 25 to 50, face life in prison if convicted of kidnapping and theft as part of a gang after they were placed in durance vile I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece! in a French airborne operation on land in Somalia after a ransom was paid.
Only one admits to being a pirate, two admit to having been aboard the elegant 88-metre three-master but only to sell goats, cigarettes and the mild narcotic khat.
The other three deny ever having set foot on the boat.
"You arrested us somewhere else, and just dreamed we were on the boat with the pirates. Really!"
Le Ponant left theSeychelleson March 30, 2008 with 30 crew and no passengers on board, headed forYemen where they were to take on passengers for a cruise.
On entering the notorious Gulf of Aden on April 4, the ship was boarded by pirates armed with assault rifles who forced the crew to head for Somalia.
A week later, the ship's owner, shipping giant CMA-CGM, paid a $2.15-million (1.7-million-euro) ransom, the crew was freed and the pirates fled into the lawless sands of Somalia.
La Belle France hunted the pirates through Somalia, eventually intercepting a 4×4 vehicle as it left a village, finding 200,000 dollars and weapons on board.
The car's six Somali passengers were set to sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock, in a pestilential prison with a life-long lock Drop the rosco and step away witcher hands up! and Le Ponant crew members positively identified them as the pirates, although some crews have since said they are unsure of the hijackers' identities.
A total of 22 Somalis are being held byLa Belle Francein connection with four hostage-taking incidents.
Last year aGay Pareecourt placed in long-term storage Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'! five pirates for between four and eight years for hijacking the Carre d'As in theGulf of Adenin September 2008. A sixth alleged pirate was acquitted.
Prosecutors are appealing those sentences as being too lenient.
Truly an unpleasant looking customer. Appears quite the brute, though we're taught not to judge by appearances.
[Iran Press TV] Libya's former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi, who is wanted by La Belle France, Libya and the International Criminal Court ... where Milosevich died of old age before being convicted ... (ICC), has been finally charged with a crime.
Ousted Libyan dictator Muammar Qadaffy ... the like of whose wardrobe will never be seen again. At least that's what we hope... 's former spy chief and brother-in-law was tossed in the slammer Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please! in Mauritania back in March after he flew into the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott from Casablanca, Morocco, on a forged Malian passport.
Now Mauritian officials have charged Abdullah al-Senussi with falsifying documents and entering the West African nation illegally.
"Abdullah al-Senussi has been interviewed for the first time by the state prosecutor. He should face trial soon for illegal entry into Mauritanian territory," a judicial official said on Monday, on condition of anonymity.
While the ICC, Gay Paree and Tripoli ...a confusing city, one end of thich is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn... are all seeking the right to try Senussi, Nouakchott's decision to proceed with the charges after the expiry of his 45-day custody period could mean a delay in any extradition of the ex-spy chief for a trial outside Mauritania, especially if he is found guilty.
The crime carries a maximum three-year jail term.
But officials in the post-revolution Libya want the Qadaffy ally, nicknamed the butcher, for allegedly playing a key role in the killing of more than 1,200 detainees at Tripoli's Abu Salim prison in 1996.
Interpol has issued an international "red notice" call for his arrest at Libya's request.
Senussi is also wanted on a 2011 ICC arrest warrant in connection with the brutal crackdown on popular protests during last year's Libyan uprising that toppled the Qadaffy regime.
In addition, he is sought by the authorities in La Belle France after a court there sentenced him to life in prison for his involvement in a 1989 bombing of a French airliner over Niger. The attack claimed the lives of 170 people, including 54 Frenchies.
Senussi has also been linked to the 1988 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland of a PanAm jet that killed 270 people.
[Yemen Post] The Spanish police officer, who went missing in Yemen last Thursday, was found dead in the capital Sanaa on Tuesday, Alsahwa reported, quoting well-informed sources.
"The policeman was found dead after noon in Venue 50th in the Hadda district and a firearm was found near him," the sources said, according to the website.
The news came a day after a jacket wallahwent kaboom!" at a military parade rehearsal in Sanaa killing more than one hundred central security forces and injuring hundreds others.
A krazed killer group has grabbed credit for the attack, saying it was a payback for the US war on faceless myrmidons in south Yemen.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, AQAP, has recently kidnapped several foreigners including a Swiss woman and the Saudi consul in Aden, amid an intensified offensive against faceless myrmidons in the south. The US and tribal fighters are supporting the army in fighting faceless myrmidons in southern and southeastern regions, mainly in 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... However, a poor excuse is better than no excuse at all... none of the hostages have been reported dead and AQAP has not threatened to harm them. The Yemeni authorities were reported to have been negotiating with the faceless myrmidons to release the foreigners, but no progress has been reported.
Last Thursday, the Spanish Foreign Ministry said the police officer, within the staff at the Spanish Embassy in Sana'a, went missing and inquiries were launched into his disappearance.
Also, a brother of the victim said the officer had been kidnapped and his family had been unable to contact him, the website said.
The officer worked at his country's mission in Yemen for the past two years, it said.
[Yemen Post] Deputy chairman of the National Security Amar Mohammad Abdullah Saleh handed over its position to the newly-appointed Mohammad Al-Khadhir, the Yemeni News Agency (Saba) said.
Saba said Ammar handed his duties over to his successor under the supervision of Chief of the National Security, Ali Mohammad Al-Anisi.President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi issued a decree, firing Ammar, a nephew of the former president Ali Mohammed Abdullah Saleh hours after a jacket wallah killed and maimed hundreds of Yemeni soldiers at Al-Sabeen Square of Sana'a while they were in a military parade rehearsal.
Hadi also issued on Monday decrees of dismissing commander of the Central Security Abdul-Malik Al-Taib and chief of the Police Forces Mohammad Al-Qawasi, both men are allies of Saleh.
Al-Eshtraki Net online newspaper, the mouthpiece of the Yemeni Socialist Part, quoted its sources as saying that Al-Qawsi still refuses the decree of Hadi and that he brought gunnies to the headquarters of the Police Forces.
Relatives of Saleh have refused Hadi's decrees, and only after international pressures and intervention of the UN Envoy Jamal Benomar, Saleh's half brother, Mohammad Saleh Al-Ahmar, handed over the air forces command following three weeks of rebellion.
Saleh's allies still refuse handing over the 3rd Republican Guard Brigade to the newly-appointed Abdul-Rahman Al-Halili.
The command of the 3rd Republican Guard Brigade was handed over to Al-Ahlili with the presence of the UN envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar who put pressures on the pervious commander, Tariq Mohmmad Abdullah Saleh, to hand over.
However, the way to a man's heart remains through his stomach... after the departure of Benomar, Al-Halili was prevented by officers loyal to Saleh from entering the brigade.
Media sources said Benomar is set to arrive in Yemen next Wednesday to follow up the implementation of Hadi's decrees.
[Yemen Post] The war between the army troops assisted by tribal militias and al-Qaeda-linked beturbanned goons heated up around Ja'ar, an al-Qaeda stronghold, and Zinjubar, the lovely provincial capital 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 Monday, leaving two soldiers killed, a security official told the local Mareb Press news website.The two towns have been under al-Qaeda control since last year when the bad turban group took advantage of the unrest that shook the country and held its grip on large swaths of land in the south.Sources reported citing a source at a local hospital that two soldiers were killed and 7 others maimed.Ansar al-Sharia ...a Yemeni Islamist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends... , al-Qaeda branch in Yemen, said that it launched three attacks on army troops imposing siege on Ja'ar and Zinjubar towns.It claimed that its beturbanned goons managed to kill some soldiers in the festivities and claimed some weapons.However, women are made to be loved, not understood... the army denied such reports, stressing that the troops are making progress in the battles. Eyewitnesses said that ongoing battles between the two sides have been raging since Monday early morning in Ja'ar and Zinjubar and that the government's aircrafts pounded the al-Qaeda-held posts. The Yemeni army stepped up the military operations in Abyan with the aim of regaining control over the towns and pushing the beturbanned goons out of them. It has been delivering very painful strikes against the beturbanned goons since early May.The terror network grabbed credit for the suicide kaboom that targeted a group of soldiers rehearsing for the Unity Day military parade. More than 120 soldiers were killed in the attack.
[Yemen Post] Yemen's government has ordered to immediately investigate the suicide booming that killed and maimed hundreds Yemeni soldiers on Monday.
It also directed to identify the circumstances of this incident and those who are responsible for it, and announce findings to the public.
It also called to swiftly reconstruct the military and security services, unite their divisions and cooperate to combat terrorism, calling all Yemenis to align against terrorism, be alert and cooperate to put and end to criminal acts.
It further called the global world to shoulder its responsibility toward elimination of terrorism and obstructions posed by some sides that seek to disrupt the GCC-power transfer deal.
The government front man and Information Minister Ali Al-Amrani said that there was collusion with the terrorists, calling relatives of the former president President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh ... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it... to abandon violence and step down form their positions.
President Abdurabu Mansour Hadi ...the second and possibly the last president of Yemen, successor to former President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh... issued hours after the incident decrees of dismissing Saleh's relative and allies, including the de facto chief of the Yemeni intelligence service, Ammar Mohammad Abdullah Saleh.
Hadi delivered an address at Monday night to the Yemeni people, stressing that security forces will step up their efforts to clamp down on Death Eaters.
A jacket wallah killed about 100 Yemeni soldiers at a military parade rehearsal at Al-Sabeen Square of the capital Sana'a on Monday.
Yemen's Defense Minister Mohammad Nasser Ahmed and Chief of General Staff Ahmed Ali Al-Shawal were present, but the escaped the incident, military sources said.
The attack comes amid a military campaign conducted against Ansar Al-Sharaia, an Al-Qaeda-lined group in some towns 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... Governorate.
The son, Yehya Zindani described the attacker as a "well-known person who says my father has ruined and bewitched him." According to Israeli media reports the attacker stabbed Zindani 12 times before being stopped by a group of men and tossed in the calaboose Please don't kill me! A friend of Zindani, Shlomo Grafi, told Army Radio that he had been killed by a "member of al-Qaeda."
Grafi said that Zindani had returned to Yemen after he had made aliya and lived in Israel in the 1990s.
Grafi claimed that the Jewish community in Sanaa, numbering some 80 members, did not feel that they were in danger despite the volatile political climate in Yemen.
"Grafi claimed that the Jewish community in Sanaa, numbering some 80 members, did not feel that they were in danger despite the volatile political climate in Yemen."
Are they delusional, idiots, or both?
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Are they delusional, idiots, or both?
They're the ones who refused every opportunity to emigrate to Israel, Barbara, the frogs who insisted on staying in the pot. Eyes shut tight, ears covered tight, no information getting past the barriers,
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By Chris Covert
A total of 11 suspects were detained by Policia Federal (PF) agents in Zacatecas state Tuesday morning, according to Mexican news accounts.
According to a news story posted in the website of El Sol de Zacatecas news daily, the PF security operation took place at a residence on Calle Francisco de Asis in Papatonin colony at around 1020 hrs. The unit based the raid on intelligence acquired which indicated the criminal group was engaged in retail drug sales and recruitment for the Los Zetas criminal gang.
The security operation involved 25 vehicles including two Rhinos, which are wheeled armored personnel carriers used by the PF. Of the 11 detained, two were from Zacatecas, two were from Guatemala and two were women.
The detainees were identified as Jorge Francisco Rodriguez Carmona, 21, Coahuila, Bryan Lopez Almeida, 17, Ojocaliente, Olga Lidia Almeida Davila, 36, Ojocaliente, Juan Manuel Ortiz Lopez, 24, Coahuila, Devora Gissel Vargas Guerrero, 19, Coahuila, Eddin Roberto Call Vargas AKA El Congo, 33, Guatemala, Roman Rios Garcia AKA La Curro, 28, Coahuila, Leonardo Hernandez Santos, 24, Coahuila, Alejandro Espinoza Valdez AKA El Bebé, 17, Coahuila, Francisco Capuccino Saucedo, 30, Guatemala, and Angel Aleman Macias, 20, Aguascalientes. Jorge Francisco Rodriguez Carmona was identified the leader of the cell.
Policia Federal agents also seized nine rifles, one handgun, ammunition, one Nissan Versa SUV and one Volkswagen Jetta sedan.
In other news, according to a report posted on the website El Sol de Zacatecas, a man was shot to death by municipal police agents early Monday morning.
Miguel Angel de la Cruz Marin attacked the headquarters of the Policia Preventativa in Juchipila municipality using an AK-47 rifle. No one was reported hurt in the assault. Official reports said the suspect had no links to organized crime, however, unofficial reports said that a link existed.
The same report referenced a PF operation late last month which dismantled a Gulf Cartel cell in Juchipila municipality. The cell's leader, Ampelio Ayala Martinez, AKA El Tio, 59, was among the detainees.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
A bomb was found and deactivated Tuesday at a theater in Buenos Aires where former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe was to deliver a speech. A source said, "During an inspection, security personnel found the bomb in a lamp in the theater. It is of the type activated by cell phone."
Uribe had been scheduled to deliver a speech at the Grand Rex theater in downtown Buenos Aires on Wednesday. Theater security and maintenance personnel found the bomb on the second floor, where Uribe, following a press conference, plans "to host a cocktail party with many personalities."
Investigating Judge Norberto Oyarbide said the bomb "was simple, but large enough to kill people that were close to it."
Federal police rushed explosives experts to the site and closed off traffic for more than an hour on the busy avenue where the theater is located. After an exhaustive search, some 30 police officers remained at the entrance to prevent anyone from entering the building.
Uribe's speech will proceed as scheduled, Oyarbide said.
[Bangla Daily Star] Leftist guerrillas killed 12 Colombian army troops Monday and maimed four others in an ambush in a rural area in the northern tip of Colombia near the border with Venezuela, authorities said.
"Unfortunately we have received reports of 12 soldiers dead and four maimed," said Yusti Maria Lopez, a security official in Maicao, the capital of the department of La Guajira.
The ambush occurred in the Serrania de Perija mountain range in an area known as La Majayura, the official said.
"Regional and national officials are drawing up a toll. We aren't ruling out that there were guerrilla dead too, but that's being analyzed by the army," Lopez said.
A Russian court has jailed 10 Caucasus terrorists militants, four of them for life, for a deadly bombing on a Moscow-Saint Petersburg express train in November 2009 that killed 28 people. The court found all 10 suspects guilty of planning a terror attack, belonging to an illegal armed group and carrying banned weapons.
All those convicted were from Ingushetia. The four ringleaders were given life sentences while the six others got between seven and eight years.
The terrorists militants were nabbed in a special operation by Russian security forces in the Ingush village of Ekazhevo in March 2010 in which eight other suspects were also killed.
Nine of those detained and sentenced have the surname Kartoyev, except one of those jailed for life, Zelemkhan Aushev. It is not clear if they are directly related, and close-knit Ingushetia is known for having a limited number of surnames.
State television pictures showed the ten laughing and smiling in the glass-paneled courtroom cage as they seemed to mock the trial.
One of their lawyers said the defense would appeal the verdict. Musa Pliyev said, "During the whole investigation not a single piece of evidence has been produced proving the guilt of the accused. The court was not objective and this verdict is not fair."
More than 100 people were also injured in the remote-controlled bombing on the Nevsky Express, an upscale passenger train popular with well-off Russians and foreign tourists.
The attack was claimed by the Caucasus Emirate group of Chechen Islamist leader Doku Umarov.
An HIV positive US soldier accused of plotting an attack on a military base after fleeing his post as a Moslem conscientious objector has gone on trial wearing a surgical mask and manacled to the floor.
Courtroom security agents behind him wore protective goggles, an apparent reaction to an incident in which the soldier, Naser Jason Abdo, who claims to be HIV positive, bit his lip and spat blood at police.
Prosecutors called the first of 43 witnesses to the stand in a bid to show that Abdo, who fled his post in Kentucky, was gathering bomb-making materials and weapons to attack soldiers and their families at the Fort Hood base in Texas, the scene of a deadly shooting rampage in 2009.
One witness said Abdo told him that the assault was intended to show support for Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a Moslem psychiatrist accused of killing 12 soldiers and a civilian in the 2009 shooting, which also maimed 32 others.
The FBI alleges Hasan had contacts with the charismatic US-born holy man Anwar al-Awlaqi, a leading member of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula who was killed in a September 2011 drone strike.
FBI agent Charles Owens said that Abdo told him in an interrogation session that "he wanted to do it for the sake of the men and women of Afghanistan, that they had been wronged."
Abdo was tossed in the slammer Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'! July 27 in the nearby Texas town of Killeen. Police and federal agents have previously testified that they found a handgun and enough gunpowder to make at least one bomb.
They also discovered directions from an al-Qaeda magazine on how to build an bomb.
Prosecutors mounted a detailed case, mixing a trail of receipts and time-stamped videos of Abdo with testimony from a number of workers who encountered him.
They said he planned to detonate a bomb in a crowded Chinese restaurant not far from Fort Hood, and then gun down soldiers, their families and civilians as they fled.
"He referred to civilians as collateral damage," Mr Owens said.
Defence attorney Zachary Boyd countered that prosecutors could not prove that his client intended to kill anyone, and that no bomb was ever built.
"I want the jury to focus not just on the evidence, but the law," Boyd said in his opening statement.
Prosecutor Gregg Sofer told jurors that Abdo had intended to kidnap a soldier and execute him on video when he was still in Kentucky.
"He had already acquired a body bag, a stun gun, a cattle prong," Sofer told the jury.
But the plan fell apart and Abdo fled, leaving his Cadillac, body bags, a green body bag carrier and bleach to clean up the scene of the crime.
A hood, three handcuff boxes, batteries for the prong, his car keys and identification papers were also found.
"My heart was racing," Oak Grove Police Sergeant Victor Lynch told the court. "I was thinking somebody was in danger."
Abdo bought a .40-calibre handgun and two extended round clips from a man in Nashville and paid $315.05 in cash at a Dallas-area department store for items that prosecutors said could be used to make a bomb, including electrical wiring, clocks and a pressure cooker.
He then took a four-hour taxi ride from North Texas to Killeen, where he bought smokeless gunpowder in a local gun store.
A federal forensic analyst testified that the powder, typically used in fireworks, burns slowly but could be used to detonate a bomb.
Prosecutors displayed receipts for the goods and showed videos of Abdo at the department store, his Killeen hotel and at the gun store a few miles down the road.
Along the way, he aroused suspicion that twice prompted police investigations and ultimately led to his arrest.
One employee recalled telling Abdo to have a nice day after he paid $256.44 cash for a number of items that included the smokeless gunpowder.
Bothered after the exchange, those at the store later called police.
US missiles killed four militants in a Taliban stronghold of Pakistan on Wednesday, officials said, amid increasing strains with the West over a six-month blockade on NATO supplies into Afghanistan.
A drone targeted a compound near Miranshah, the main town of the tribal district where Pakistan has resisted US pressure to launch a sweeping offensive against militants fighting US troops in neighbouring Afghanistan.
"The drone fired two missiles on a house in the Tabai area near Miranshah," one of the security officials told AFP on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media, adding that four militants were killed.
The area is a stronghold of the Haqqani network -- Afghan insurgents blamed for a series of spectacular attacks on Western targets in Kabul -- and Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud. A local administration official and another intelligence official confirmed Wednesday's drone strike and casualties.
Residents said the bodies had been charred badly and militants had cordoned off the area and were sifting through the rubble. They were charred so badly it will take time to conclude they were innocent women and children.
According to an AFP tally, 45 US missile strikes were reported in Pakistan's tribal belt in 2009, the year Obama took office, 101 in 2010 and 64 in 2011.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - A Pakistani doctor accused of helping the CIA find Osama bin Laden has been jailed for 33 years for treason, officials said, a move likely to deepen strains in ties between Washington and Islamabad.
Shakil Afridi, a name everyone should thank and praise along with the 14 nurses who helped . All screwed by the illustrious and mighty Pak law courts . We should bust him out and throw egg on their faces . We shouldn't leave/abandon this dude behind
Oh, fer crying out loud. Time to send all the Pakistanis in the West back to Pakistan. As enemy nationals, will they face internment otherwise, when the SHTF? (Norway will probably want to keep theirs, and they are welcome to them).
Fired, hell, cp. Panetta should be in the cell beside him. >:-(
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I suspect, given the amount of scheming, backstabbing and skulduggery that seems to take place within the ISI, the Military, and yes, Pakistain itself, that there was inside help for both finding and whacking Binny. Pinning it on the good doctor short-circuits any investigation and provides cover for those involved.
And shame on Panetta for ratting him out. I'm with Gravi in #1 - we should go get this guy to demonstrate our gratitude and our determination. Yeah, and spite.
[Dawn] After 45 days of mysterious death of chairman, Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM) Bashir Khan Qureshi, the bullet riddled body of another nationalist leader Muzaffar Bhutto was found in the outskirts of Hyderabad on Tuesday.
Bhutto was central secretary general of Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz (JSMM) which is headed by Shafi Burfat.
His body was found stuffed in a gunny bag near Bukhari village in the limits of Hatri cop shoppe near Hyderabad.
Muzaffar Bhutto was among missing persons of Sindh, as he was kidnapped on February 25, 2011 from national highway near Saeedabad town.
The family members had been staging demonstrations for recovery of Bhutto while petition had also been filed in the apex court of Sindh. The slain leader has left a widow Saima Bhutto, two sons and a daughter.
The body of slain JSMM leader was brought to civil hospital Hyderabad late last night by some people who disappeared after leaving the body. Later, the relatives identified the body on Tuesday. The body of Muzaffar Bhutto was later sent to Sehwan, his hometown, where he would be laid to rest.
The reports of death of Muzaffar Bhutto sparked reaction in different cities and towns of Sindh. In Qasimabad,Hyderabadand Kotri, the activists of JSMM resorted to gun sex after which the hops and other businesses were closed.
In Dokri town three people sustained injuries when the enraged people started firing. One of the injured Muhammad Zada succumbed to injuries at the hospital. The Larkana town was also completely shut after the reports of Bhutto's death reached. The gun sex was also reported from different areas.
Reports from Nawabshah said all the commercial activities came to standstill in Nawabshah, Sakrand and Qazi Ahmed towns where the gun sex created panic.
The JSMM workers alleged that secret agencies were involved in killing of their leader. Meanwhile, ...back at the hoedown, Bob finally got to dance with Sally... Zain Bhutto, vice chairman, JSMM, condemned the murder of Muzaffar Bhutto and Dr Niaz Kalani, acting chairman, Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz, has announced strike in Sindh on Wednesday to condemn the murder of nationalist leader.
[Dawn] Two members of a banned turban group and a volunteer of a tribal peace committee were killed and four others injured in a clash in Bukarh area in Tirah valley on Monday.
Sources said that an intense shootout erupted when members of Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) attacked a bunker of Zakhakhel Peace Committee in Bukarh area early in the morning. They said that the clash, which continued for several hours, left one LI member and a peace committee volunteer dead.
Five more persons, from both sides, were maimed, they added. One of injured LI member later died in a private clinic. Sources that Zakhakhels captured three of LI members but front man of the organization in Bara rejected the reports.
Meanwhile, ...back at the wine tasting, Vince was about to start tasting his third quart... security forces cooled for a few years Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw! five rustics in Gundi area of Jamrud on Monday.
[Iran Press TV] Around 10 people are killed and more than two dozen others injured in an attack by gunnies on a protest rally and ensuing violence in the southern Pakistain port city of 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... Unknown gunnies have opened fire on a protest rally in the southern Pakistain port city of Bloody Karachi, initiating violence that killed around 10 people and injuring two dozen others, according to local officials.
"At least 10 people have been killed and 25 maimed in the acts of violence in different parts of the city," Sharfuddin Memon, the provincial home ministry official in the Sindh province where Bloody Karachi is located, said on Tuesday, AFP reported.
Senior police official Shaukat Hussein put the corpse count at nine.
"The violence started after an incident of firing on a rally against a police operation in [the city's] 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.... district," he said, referring to the police operation earlier this month, in which 25 people were killed.
Hundreds of protesters had joined the demonstration.
"Soon after the attack, incidents of gunfire started in the adjoining localities and several vehicles were set on fire," Hussein noted.
[An Nahar] Bombings in the center of the ethnically-mixed city of Baquba, north of Storied Baghdad ...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate... , killed six people including four children on Tuesday, an army officer and a doctor said.
The attacks struck the homes of a Sunni anti-Qaeda militiaman and a formerly internally-displaced Shiite family, both of which are in a neighborhood that was an myrmidon stronghold during the worst of Iraq's sectarian bloodshed.
In the first bombing, Death Eaters detonated explosives at the home of Arkan Mohammed, a fighter in the Sahwa, Sunni tribal militias that sided with U.S. forces against al-Qaeda from late 2006, helping turn the tide of Iraq's insurgency.
Mohammed's wife and two of his sons, aged 10 and 13, were killed in the bombing, according to an Iraqi army lieutenant colonel and Doctor Ahmed Ibrahim of Baquba hospital.
The fighter and another of his children were maimed.
Around 15 minutes later, a bomb went off at the home of a Shiite Moslem family who had been displaced from the Gatoun neighborhood but recently returned, the lieutenant colonel said, speaking on condition of anonymity ... for fear of being murdered...
The mother and two children died, while the father Mehdi al-Timimi and two other children were maimed, the officer and Ibrahim said.
During the peak of Iraq's confessional violence in 2006 and 2007, Gatoun was a stronghold of al-Qaeda gunnies, but levels of unrest have significantly declined since.
Attacks remain common, however, particularly in Baquba, and 126 Iraqis died as a result of violence in April, according to official figures.
Suspected terrorists insurgents carried out a bomb attack in Yala province just hours before Deputy Prime Minister Yutthasak Sasiprapa and army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha visited a school in the area.
A roadside bomb was detonated when a team of six soldiers on an armored personnel vehicle passed a bridge in Raman district about noon. No one was wounded in the blast, which shattered the vehicle's windshield.
A bomb disposal squad sent to the scene found pieces of a cooking gas cylinder, steel rods and a length of wire leading to a rubber plantation. Another bomb, inside another cooking gas cylinder, was also found and destroyed.
The six-member army team was heading to a school about 7 km from the blast site, to beef up security for a delegation led by Gen Yutthasak and Gen Prayuth, who were due to visit the school in the afternoon. The school is part of a pilot project to provide classes in both Thai and Malay.
Gen Yutthasak and Gen Prayuth earlier met security officers in Pattani province to assess the success of strategies being used to quell the violence.
Meanwhile, about 7,000 people affected by the jihad unrest in the deep South since 2004 have registered with the Southern Border Provinces Administration Center to be considered for compensation payments by the government.
[Iran Press TV] Anti-Syrian government armed gangs have kidnapped at least 13 Lebanese pilgrims as the country is still grappling with the ongoing violence, Press TV reports.
The men were kidnapped in the Syrian city of 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... while they were returning to Leb from a pilgrimage in Iran.
The abductees, who were travelling by land, were still on the Syrian-Turkish border when they were kidnapped. The armed gangs allegedly hijacked their bus, then kidnapped the men and released the women.
There is no more information about the location of the abductees.
Crisis-hit Syria has been the scene of killings, kabooms, and abductions over the past year.
Foreign-backed gangs carry out terrorist operations in the country since the unrest began in March 2011.
The Syrian government says ''outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups'' are behind the unrest, adding that the violence is being orchestrated from abroad.
[Al Ahram] An Islamist whose arrest sparked deadly sectarian festivities in Leb between pro- and anti-Syrian groups was released on bail Tuesday, a judicial official said.
The official said military judge Nabil Wehbe ordered Shadi al-Mawlawi released on bail of 500,000 Lebanese pounds (333 dollars).
Mawlawi's arrest on May 12 on charges of belonging to a terrorist organization sparked deadly sectarian festivities in the northern port city of Tripoli. ...a confusing city, one end of thich is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn... His supporters say he was targeted because he was helping Syrian refugees fleeing the unrest in their country.
The festivities escalated further at the weekend and reached the capital Beirut following the killing of two anti-Sunni holy mans who reportedly failed to stop at an army checkpoint in the north of the country.
Two people were killed and 18 maimed in Beirut as a result of the festivities.
The unrest has sparked fears that the violence in neighbouring Syria is spilling over into Leb.
[An Nahar] A bomb rocked the Damascus ...The place where Pencilneck hangs his brass hat... neighborhood of Qaboon during the night killing five people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday.
The Britannia-based group gave no further information on the deadly kaboom but said powerful blasts were also heard overnight in several regions across the country, including central Hama and the coastal cities of Banias and Latakia.
On Monday, at least 54 people, including 31 soldiers were killed in the ongoing unrest that has shaken Syria since March last year, the watchdog said.
U.N. chief the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon ... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan... warned on Monday that the search for peace in Syria was at a "pivotal moment" and expressed strong concerns of an all-out civil war, as a five-week-old truce was broken yet again.