A member of an al-Qaeda-linked group who helped finance attacks against Afghan and foreign forces has been captured in northern Afghanistan - the third operative from the group jugged or killed in the past two weeks, NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the cut of the American pants... said Saturday.
Separately in the east, three employees of an Afghan construction company died Saturday when their vehicle struck a roadside kaboom, police said.
Isaf said in a statement that Afghan and coalition forces captured "an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan controller during an operation," on Saturday in the Almar district of Faryab province.
"The controller provided funds for attacks against Afghan and coalition security forces throughout the province," it said.
During the operation the security forces were fired upon by multiple turbans. In response to the "immediate threat", the security forces killed the turbans, jugged another and afterwards destroyed several AK-47s and bomb making materials, according to Isaf.
An exact figure for the number of dead gunnies was not provided by Isaf.
An bad turban leader was killed in joint Afghan and NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A single organization with differing goals, equipment, language, doctrine, and organization.... troops operation in northeastern Badakshan province on Friday, local officials said.
The operation, launched in Wardoj district of Badakshan province to clear the area of bad turbans, killed the bad turbans' leader and his bodyguard, according to provincial government front man Abdul Mahroof Rasikh.
There were no Afghan, NATO or civilians casualties during the operation, he said.
At least ten forces of Evil were killed and 14 others were captured in joint Afghan and NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis.... troops' operations in Afghanistan on Saturday, Afghan authorities said.
One other krazed killer was maimed as a result of the military operations.
The joint maneuvers were carried out across southern Kandahar, Helmand ...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan... and Badakhshan provinces to clear targeted areas of krazed killers, the Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs said in a statement.
No Afghan or NATO casualties were reported in the joint operations.
Meanwhile, ...back at the dirigible, Jack stuck the cigar in his mouth, stepped onto the gantry, and asked Got a light, Mac?
Von Schtinken stopped short, lowering the dagger and trying to control his features. If you light that thing, Herr Armschtröng, he pointed out, his voice tense, we all die!... Isaf said in a statement that Afghan and coalition forces captured "an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan controller during an operation," on Saturday in the Almar district of Faryab province.
"The controller provided funds for attacks against Afghan and coalition security forces throughout the province," it said.
During the operation the security forces were fired upon by multiple krazed killers. In response to the "immediate threat", the security forces killed the krazed killers, jugged another and afterwards destroyed several AK-47s and bomb making materials, according to Isaf.
An exact figure for the number of dead forces of Evil was not provided by Isaf.
Israeli official: Deployment coordinated with us; move follows Katyusha fire at Eilat; IAF strikes rocket launching cell in Gazoo.
Egypt announced Saturday that it was launching an operation in the Sinai Peninsula aimed at restoring the state's security control in the region, which has been overrun by terrorist and bad turban elements since Hosni Mubarak ...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011... 's downfall last year.
An Israeli official in Jerusalem said the Sinai operation had been coordinated with Israel. It came after a Katyusha rocket was fired from Sinai into Israel before dawn Thursday, exploding in Eilat.
On Saturday evening, IAF aircraft struck a terror cell attempting to fire rockets into Israel from the southern Gazoo Strip, according to the IDF Spokesman's Office. Two Paleostinians were maimed in the strike, which targeted a cycle of violence near Rafah, according to Paleostinian sources.
The IAF strike marked the first such action in Gazoo since last month, when Paleostinians launched more than 200 rockets into southern Israel, prompting a number of Israeli retaliatory strikes.
After the rocket landed in Eilat, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen.
Benny Gantz said Israel viewed the attack with gravity and that it had been the work of terrorist organizations operating in the peninsula.
"Anyone who tests us from near or far will find himself facing a strong and smart military prepared to defend Israel and defeat our enemies," Gantz said.
The Egyptian Interior Ministry said 150 special forces coppers would be deployed in northern Sinai to help increase Egypt's illusory sovereignty in the region, the Paleostinian news agency Ma'an reported.
The deployment would be aimed specifically at protecting the pipeline in Sinai that delivers natural gas to both Israel and Jordan. Saboteurs have attacked the pipeline 13 times since the uprising against Mubarak began last year.
The police reinforcements were also meant to prevent ambushes on army forces traveling between the cities of El- Arish and Rafah, according to the Egyptian statement.
Police bomb squad personnel in Eilat found the shell of a second Grad rocket just west of the city on Saturday. The rocket had been fired together with a number of others at Eilat on Thursday, when several kabooms were heard in the Red Sea resort.
"It had a 122-millimeter diameter. Police found it west of Eilat just outside of the city," police front man Micky Rosenfeld said.
Last week, shortly after the rocket attack, a police bomb squad dispatched to track down rocket blast sites found the remnants of one Grad rocket near residential buildings. It removed the projectile from the scene.
Following the attack, Military Intelligence chief Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi revealed that the IDF had thwarted 10 different terrorist plots to attack Israel from Sinai in the past two months.
Speaking at a graduation ceremony for new Military Intelligence officers, Kochavi said that the rocket had been a warning about the changes sweeping the Middle East.
"It could be that the change will bring new opportunities, but in the short term the risks are increasing," Kochavi said.
The rocket strike on Eilat did not come as a surprise for the IDF, which has been closely tracking Paleostinian terrorist activities in Sinai since an attack along the Egyptian border in August left eight Israelis dead. IDF assessments are that the perpetrators of Thursday's attack were either a Paleostinian rocket cell from Gazoo -- affiliated with either Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, or Islamic Jihad ...created after many members of the Egyptian Mohammedan Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the liquidation of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah... -- or Beduin working for the Gazoo-based organizations.
Eilat Mayor Meir Yitzhak-Halevy said his city would continue functioning as usual despite the attack.
"We have no intention of changing our daily routine," he told Army Radio. "I call on all Israeli citizens to come enjoy the warm weather in our city this Passover."
Israel has called on Cairo to increase its efforts to restore order in Sinai and to prevent attacks, but the Egyptian military has held back from dismantling the Hamas infrastructure in the peninsula.
In December, The Jerusalem Post reported that Hamas had established rocket production lines in Sinai and was also moving some of its weapons caches there to protect them from Israeli air strikes.
More than a dozen Egyptian army battalions allowed into Sinai with Israel's permission (required because of limits placed on Egyptian forces there under the peace treaty) are still operating, although with limited success in stopping terrorist activity and arms smuggling to the Gazoo Strip.
Ma'an quoted Egyptian security sources as saying Saturday that Israel had agreed to temporarily allow seven more Egyptian army battalions into Sinai to help with the crackdown on terrorist elements.
TUNIS: Libyan gunmen kidnapped five Tunisian fuel smugglers near the border on Saturday and Tunisian authorities temporarily closed the main crossing of Ras Jder pending negotiations for their release, a Tunisian security source said.
The source said gunmen from the western Libyan town of Zuwara, which saw days of clashes between rival militias last week, were believed to be holding the Tunisians hostage inside Libya.
"It is not political," the source said, adding that the incident was believed to be connected to the rampant smuggling business between Libya and Tunisia. He said talks were under way with the Libyan army to secure their release.
The border crossing at Ras Jder has been closed several times over the past year due to clashes or unrest in the frontier area.
A car bomb blew up in the north Nigerian town of Kaduna on Easter Sunday, killing several people, after security officers stopped the driver from approaching a church.
Tony Udo, a Kaduna resident, said, "A suicide bomber in a vehicle was moving towards the ECWA Church and the All Nations Christian Assembly. Security agents accosted and repelled him. While he was driving away, the bomb went off at Junction Road, near the Stadium roundabout, killing the bomber and some commercial motorcyclists.
"The blast from the bomb also shattered the windows of the church, some nearby houses and vehicles parked nearby. The area has been condoned off by security agents."
Nigeria has stepped up security across the largely Muslim north before Easter because of fears of a repeat of attacks by Boko Haram that killed dozens on Christmas Day last year.
In the remote northeast town of Maiduguri, a Boko Haram stronghold, the military outnumbered the public on some streets on Sunday.
In Nigeria's second biggest city Kano, where coordinated attacks in January killed 186 people, authorities deployed trucks of soldiers and a helicopter to try to prevent violence.
Jenifer Paul, a housewife in Kano said, "I will stay away from church because we have been told by our pastor to be careful. We are afraid, everybody is afraid because we don't know when the next attack will come."
SANAA: The airport in Yemen's capital was shut down on Saturday after forces loyal to a sacked general close to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh surrounded it and threatened to shoot down planes, an airport official said.
Is Yemen becoming the new Somalia?
"No aircraft has taken off or landed since these forces made their threat late on Friday," said the official, adding that the troops surrounding the airport were backed by members of the Hamdan tribe that supports former strongman Saleh.
Another official told AFP nine international and seven domestic departing flights had been cancelled, while three incoming Yemenia Airways flights were diverted to the main southern city Aden.
The airport has been encircled by forces loyal to air force chief General Muhammad Saleh al-Ahmar, Saleh's half brother, who has refused to step down after being sacked by President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi, the source said. Ahmar has refused to go unless the defence minister and other senior officials also leave, a military source said.
In addition to Ahmar, Hadi also sacked on Friday Saleh' nephew, General Tareq Muhammad Abdullah Saleh, who heads the presidential guard.
Yemeni air forces on Saturday night carried out two airstrikes against al-Qaida sites in the southeastern province of Shabwa, causing no casualties, a security official said, Xinhua reported.
"The Yemeni warplanes started pounding suspected al-Qaida positions in the Asaed district, 40 kilometres southwest of Ataq, the provincial capital of Shabwa, from 9:00 p.m. (1800 GMT) on Saturday night for one hour," the local security official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
The warplanes also raided a suspected training camp of the al- Qaida terrorist group in the region, the official said, without giving further details about casualties. The al-Qaida militants in the targeted sites were preparing to carry out armed attacks against Shabwa's provincial capital, the official added.
Among those details is that drone-zaps played an important role:
"A tribal chief told AFP a US drone killed eight Al-Qaeda suspects when it fired a missile at their vehicle in the eastern province of Shabwa on Saturday.
"Al-Qaeda militants were aboard a vehicle on their way from Shabwa to (nearby) Marib province when a US drone fired a missile at their vehicle, killing them all."
Babar Ahmad, who has been in jail on remand without trial for almost eight years, said he helped defend towns in "battles" with Serbs in the 1990s but denied he supported terrorism.
He is wanted by the US authorities for allegedly raising money for terrorists extremists in Chechnya and Afghanistan through a website, and for conspiracy to kill, but said the British police had "outsourced" his case and that he should have been put on trial in the UK.
His claims were made in what is thought to be the first broadcast interview of a serving prisoner, carried out by BBC News, which has led to considerable cost to the taxpaying citizen. The Ministry of Justice refused the broadcaster's request to be allowed into the jail to speak to Ahmad but a High Court judge overturned that decision on the grounds that it was an exceptional case.
So far the Ministry has incurred costs of £55,000 but it must also pay the legal fees of the BBC, believed to be around the same amount, and even those of Ahmad himself as he was included as an "interested party".
The interview comes ahead of next week's decision by the European Court of Human Rights as to whether Ahmad should be sent to a "supermax" jail in Colorado, or whether this would breach his human rights.
He said, "I am facing extradition to the United States and spending the rest of my life in solitary confinement. It is fair to say I'm fighting for my life and I'm running out of time."
Ahmad told the BBC that he had visited Bosnia several times as a teenager in the 90's. Several other British terror suspects have told courts that they did the same, in order to take humanitarian aid to besieged Muslims.
He said, "I decided I wanted to do more than just giving food and water... I wanted to stop it happening. I went to the Bosnian army and I said I want to help defend your people. It was a moral, human obligation - religion did not come into it.
"I was sent to different towns and villages that were besieged by the Serbs. I spent some time there and I took up arms. There were battles and I helped to defend towns against attacks.
"I absolutely reject any allegation that I have supported terrorism and in any way and in any place - whether in Chechnya, or Afghanistan, or any other part of the world. I believe terrorism to be wrong and I believe targeting and killing innocent people to be wrong."
Ahmad said he had never been formally questioned about the charges against him and claimed that if he had been charged back in 2003 and convicted, he would have been free by now. Instead, he has been held on remand since 2004 as legal procedures have dragged on.
"I have been in this nightmare fighting extradition for the past eight years," he said.
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By Chris Covert
Four Monterrey, Nuevo Leon police agents, presumably Monterrey city Policias Regales were shot to death in Monterrey Friday night, according to Mexican news accounts.
The officers were identified as Roberto Lara Cruz, Juan Josť Ines Alamilla Martinez, Rigoberto Martinez and Javier Eduardo Vazquez Gonzalez. The officers were all from assigned sectors in eastern and southern Monterrey.
An armed group dismounting from a Ford Crown Victoria and a Volkswagen Beetle sedans entered a residence on Calle Nueva Rosita in Madero colony in Monterrey, started firing their weapons in the area, and then took the four officers from the home. Authorities found several spent shell casings for AR-15 assault rifles at the scene.
A fifth unidentified police agent was also at the residence when the assault took place, but was not taken by the armed suspects.
The suspects then drove the four to calles Julian Villareal and Nardo near a warehouse in Cementos colony, where the suspects fired on the officers, killing three. The fourth victim survived the shooting but later died a university hospital.
A total of seven other individuals were killed or found dead in Nuevo Leon state including in Monterrey city.
Two unidentified inmates, one male and one female were found dead at the Topo Chico Centro de Readaptacion Social (CERESO) in Monterrey city early Saturday morning at about 0130 hrs. The male inmate was apparently attacked and stabbed to death. Prison authorities did not disclose the cause of death of the female.
An unidentified woman in her 30s was found dead on the road to Tampico and Calle 21 de marzo in Madero colony at around 0830 hrs Saturday morning. The victim had been kidnapped and gagged by tape before she was killed. The victim was bludgeoned and then shot to death.
An elderly couple were found shot to death in Cadereyta late Friday afternoon by relatives. Noel Lorenzo Abreu, 60 and Diana Valez Castro, 50 were found in their home on the Cadereyta to Santiago road at about Kilometer 10, apparent victims of a home invasion robbery.
Two unidentified men were found dead and in a state of advanced decomposition near a farm in Hidalgo municipality Saturday morning. The find was made by a Mexican Army patrol. The victims were in a shallow grave near the intersection of calles Vicente Fox and Fernando Canales in Crescenciano Lozano colony.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
QUETTA: Three people, including a police official, were killed in separate incidents of firing in different parts of Balochistan on Saturday.
Assistant sub-inspector Abdul Samad Jan was gunned down in Kalat, about 145 kilometres from Quetta. The motive behind the murder could not be ascertained.
Um, he was an assistant sub-inspector?
In another incident, the driver of a passenger bus, identified as Rahim Bakhsh, was shot dead on Saryab Road in the provincial capital on Saturday morning. According to witnesses, an armed man boarded a bus, which was coming from Karachi. As the bus reached a stop in Quetta, he opened fire on the driver, killing him instantly.
The shooting sparked protest on Saryab Road where scores of transporters gathered and staged a noisy demonstration. The angry protesters, most of whom were drivers, blocked the road and set tyres on fire. They demanded the government arrest culprit and bring him to book.
Nice idea but you'll have to jug half your countrymen to make a difference...
In Barkhan district, a security man was killed and another sustained injuries when their checkpost was attacked by a group of armed man. The two security personnel were manning the checkpost when armed men opened fire on them. Resultantly, one of the officials died on the spot while the other received bullet wounds.
Baloch militants had carried out this attack, sources in security forces said. However, no group had fessed up claimed the responsibility of the incident until the filing of this report.
An Israeli airstrike Saturday in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah wounded two Palestinian militants riding a motorcycle of violence, medics and witnesses said, dpa reported.
Gaza emergency spokesman Adham Abu Selmeya told reporters that the two casualties were taken to Abu Yousef al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah.
Witnesses and security sources said that an Israeli drone fired one missile at the moving motorcycle carrying the two militants, described as members of the pro-Hamas Popular Resistance Committees (PRC).
GAZA CITY: Gaza's Hamas rulers yesterday executed a Palestinian convicted of collaborating with Israel and two others deemed complicit in murder, an Interior Ministry statement said. It said the three men were hanged in a "security center" in Gaza City.
It was the first time this year that the Islamist movement had carried out an execution of someone accused of "collaborating" with the Israelis. The ministry statement did not give the men's names, ages or any other information.
London-based human rights organization Amnesty International said on Thursday that a fourth man was currently on death row.
The last time the death sentence for aiding Israel was carried out was in July 2011, when two Palestinians were executed on the charge. A month later, three more people were executed on charges unrelated to collaboration, rights groups say.
Israeli security forces routinely use Palestinian informers to thwart attacks and assist in the assassination of top fighters.
It sure seems like there must be an awful lot of Palestinian collaborators, given how many attacks are thwarted and top fighters assassinated...
In March, a military court in Gaza condemned to death a 27-year-old Palestinian convicted of "treason" for allegedly cooperating with Israel, but did not publish his name. Since the start of this year, the authorities in Gaza have announced two other death sentences, one against a man convicted of collaborating with Israel and the other found guilty of killing his brother.
It was not clear if either or both of those were hanged yesterday. Under Palestinian law, collaboration with Israel, murder and drug trafficking are all punishable by death. In recent months, Hamas has arrested several alleged collaborators, and warned it would prosecute any "traitor" working for the Jewish state.
Are these the death sentences that Amnesia International was complaining about yesterday. I could understand about them being worried about a man who killed his brother. But why would they complain about traitors who spied for the Jooos? /sarcasm, in case you couldn't tell
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Are these the death sentences that Amnesia International was complaining about yesterday.
A group of soldiers had a close call on Saturday afternoon when terrorists insurgents set off a bomb on a road in Narathiwat province as their pickup truck passed by. Six members of the 3rd Special Forces Regiment were on the road when the bomb, which had been buried by the side of the road, was detonated.
The blast badly damaged the left side of the vehicle and left a big hole in the road, but no one was injured. The device was concealed in a 20-kilogram cooking gas cylinder and set off by a mobile phone signal.
In a related development, a southern intelligence agency said a group of separatist terrorists militants active in Tua Ngor village had made two bombs, one attached to a motorcycle and another hidden in a 20-kilogram cooking gas cylinder, and were preparing to take them out of the area. The terrorists militants intended to use the devices to carry out separate attcks in Narathiwat during Songkran holiday.
Security forces have manned checkpoints on all routes in and out of the village and are gathering further information to identify the whereabouts of the bombs.
May not be a Proxy War too much longer, as Mama Russia is antipating a US-Israeli attack on Iran sometime this Summer.
* ION DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > USA ORDERS IRAN TO [immediately] DISMANTLE ATOMIC PLANT| US, EUROPE TO "DEMAND" IRAN CLOSE NUCLEAR FACILITY, espec at Fordo.
* SAME > PRESIDENT [Ahmadinejad]: IRAN WILL CONTINUE ITS [Nuclear] PATH EVEN IFF [entire] WORLD WOULD STAND UP AGZ IRAN. Iran's national dignity more important than NucWeaps.
* TOPIX, SAME > IRAN REJECTS WEST'S DEMANDS BEFORE EXCLUSIVE TALKS.
* SAME > [ IRAN DISMISSES TALKS WID US DUE TO WAHISNGTON'S UNCHANGED [poor] ATTITUDE | [FNA = Farsi News] EC SECRETARY DISMISSES .... ...
* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > [Mehr News] USS ENTERPRISE MUST OBTAIN IRGC PERMISSION TO ENTER PERSIAN GULF. The "BIG E" must first answer the IRGC questions/inquiries at "Sabah Station".
USS COLE redux???, or will the IRGC sink the "Big E" internally outside the Gulf like the "weak/declining" US sinking strategic Pacific Island(s) wid "EARTHQUAKE/TECTONIC BOMB(S) to deny to Rising China???
IIRC TOPIX > CAN PEOPLE [Govts] CAUSE EARTHQUAKES INTENTIONALLY?
[1960-70'S GUAM TAOTAMONAS, UNDER SIEGE II:DARK TERRITORY here].
The Ghosts say Yes, Yes they can = will.
D *** NGED "FRACKING"!
* SAME > IRAN AHEAD OF NORTH KOREA IN ROCKET TECH | NORTH KOREA'S ROCKET LAUNCH DRAWS MORE WORRY THAN IRAN.
It didn't 'faint', it collapsed and died of cardiac arrest...
BEIRUT: Syrian troops pounded opposition areas, activists said, killing 74 civilians in an offensive that has sent thousands of refugees surging into Turkey before next week's UN-backed cease-fire aimed at staunching a year of bloodshed.
At least 15 rebels and 17 security force members were also killed, raising the death toll in violence to over 100. Each side has accused the other of intensifying assaults in the run-up to the truce due to take effect early Thursday if government forces begin pulling back from towns 48 hours earlier in line with UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's peace plan.
The military shelled Deir Baalba district in the restive city of Homs, killing four people, the grassroots Local Coordination Committees opposition group said. Thirteen men were also found killed in cold blood in the same area, it said.
Amateur activist video showed scenes of carnage said to be the aftermath of the shelling. Mangled limbs and body parts in blankets were being loaded on a pick-up truck. A second video showed 13 men who appeared to have been tied up and executed.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 53 people had been killed, including 40 in an army attack on Al-Latmana, in Hama province, that began on Friday. In an activist video from the town, mourners held aloft the limp corpse of a child. Bodies were laid out in a row on the ground.
A rocket hit a bus traveling from Lebanon to Syria at Jousa just inside Syria, a Lebanese security source said. Witnesses said six Syrians were killed. Lebanese medics confirmed two dead and nine wounded. It was not clear who had fired the rocket.
Rebels trying to oust President Bashar Assad attacked army posts north of Aleppo before dawn, killing an officer and two men, and assaulted a helicopter base, activists said. Syrian commandos shot dead three rebels in an overnight raid on a "terrorist den," Syria's state news SANA agency reported. Country towns north of Aleppo have endured days of clashes and bombardment, prompting 3,000 civilians to flee over the Turkish border on Friday alone -- about 10 times the daily number before Assad accepted Annan's plan 10 days ago.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.