[Tolo News] One civilian was killed when at least 14 rockets rained on the Dangam district of Afghanistan's eastern province of Kunar on Sunday morning, a local official said.
Kunar front man Wasifullah Wasifi said that more than 20 families had fled the area because of the hail of rockets on the Dangam district, which is located near the Pak border.
The rockets were fired from more than one location, apparently from both sides of the district, but it is still unknown who fired them, Wasifi said.
"Fourteen rockets were fired on the Dangam district from its border sides between 8:30am to 11:00 am on Sunday. It is still not clear who shot the rockets, whether it is Pakistain's military or the Taliban," Wasifi said.
"Investigations are underway to identify the attackers."
Pakistain's military forces have launched artillery attacks on Kunar's bordering regions in the past, according to reports.
[Tolo News] At least 18 Taliban Death Eaters were killed and 23 others were maimed in joint Afghan and NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis.... operations in the past 24 hours in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Interior (MOI) said.
The joint forces launched nine joint operations to clear areas of Death Eaters in Nuristan, Parwan, Baghlan, Badakhshan, Kandahar, Helmand ...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan... , Pashtun-infested Logar, Ghazni, and Khost province ... across the border from Miranshah, within commuting distance of Haqqani hangouts such as Datta Khel and probably within sight of Mordor. Khost is populated by six different tribes of Pashtuns, the largest probably being the Khostwal, from which it takes its name... s, the MOI said in a statement.
During the operation the forces seized many weapons, it said.
No casualties from the Afghan or coalition forces were given.
It comes as the Taliban Death Eaters this month announced that they would launch a spring offensive starting from May 3 to target Afghan forces as well as the US and NATO in the country.
Does anyone have any idea what the Taliban body count is for this nation building exercise we are involved in? I know it is not what we do since the Nam, but it seems like a lot of dead turbins have gone to meet their virgins. Also, where are all these virgins coming from? Seems like a tremendous pool of talent is being used up.
[Tolo News] A jacket wallah detonated his explosives near a convoy of Isaf troops in southern Uruzgan on Sunday, wounding six civilians, local officials said.
The incident began around 10:30 am when a convoy of NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions... troops were passing through Trinkoot, the capital of Uruzgan, provincial police chief front man Fareed Ayal told TOLOnews.
The suicide bomber was walking on foot, he added.
He said that the foreign troops also have some casualties, but he could not provide any exact information.
One official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said two Isaf soldiers were killed in the attack.
An Isaf statement confirmed that two coalition troops were killed in an "Islamic fascistiattack in southern Afghanistan on Sunday". Neither the soldiers' nationalities nor the exact location were given in the statement released.
More security forces have arrived in the area and blocked the road, Aval said.
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] Four UN deminers incarcerated You have the right to remain silent... by the Sudanese army along the country's tense southern border were released Sunday and turned over to chief 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... mediator Thabo Mbeki ...former president of South Africa, succeeding Nelson Mandela. He now pops up periodically as a mediator when something catches fire in Africa... , the defence minister said.
"We release them to president Mbeki," Abdelrahim Mohammed Hussein said in a ceremony at Sudan's military headquarters in Khartoum, more than three weeks after the men were nabbed Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit! The former South African president has been in the Sudanese capital since Thursday meeting officials, including President Omar al-Bashir Head of the National Congress Party. He came to power in 1989 when he, as a brigadier in the Sudanese army, led a group of officers in a bloodless military coup that ousted the government of Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi and eventually appointed himself president-for-life. He has fallen out with his Islamic mentor, Hasan al-Turabi, tried to impose shariah on the Christian and animist south, resulting in its secessesion, and attempted to Arabize Darfur by unleashing the barbaric Janjaweed on it. Sudan's potential prosperity has been pissed away in warfare that has left as many as 400,000 people dead and 2.5 million displaced. Omar has been indicted for genocide by the International Criminal Court but nothing is expected to come of it. , in an effort to push Sudan and South Sudan back to negotiations which were suspended after border fighting last month.
"I raised your issue with President Bashir and the government explained to us the circumstances of your arrest, and then we asked President Bashir to release you," Mbeki said addressing the four men: a Briton, a Norwegian, a South African and a South Sudanese.
"All of us will go together," he said before the freed men got into a minibus to leave as part of Mbeki's motorcade.
"We thank the government of Sudan and we appreciate the effort of president Mbeki. We are so happy now that we are going," the Norwegian, John Sorbo, said on behalf of his three colleagues.
The captives appeared to be in good condition but their shoes were dirty.
They smiled and shook hands with the defence minister and Sudanese military officers.
A suicide bomber dressed in military uniform blew himself up in the middle of a battalion of soldiers in the Yemen capital Sana'a on Monday, killing up to 96 people and wounding dozens of others, according to an official.
The military official said that the toll could rise following the attack.
The bomber detonated his explosives in the middle of battalion of soldiers rehearsing for an army parade to mark the 22nd anniversary of the unification of north and south Yemen, the official added.
So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the blast which according to witnesses was heard across the city, causing panic among residents.
The unidentified bomber detonated his explosives as soldiers from the government's central security forces, commanded by a nephew of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, rehearsed for an army parade to mark the 22nd anniversary of the unification of north and south Yemen, according to the official.
Yemen's defence minister, Mohammed Nasser Ahmed, was present at the time of the explosion but escaped unharmed, the official added.
I think the terror business has reached a tipping point. All of those fledgling jihadists AQ was cultivating for their business are out there on their own and AQ doesn't have the leadership in place to hold the reins.
It is ironic, killing off the AQ leadership may actually make terrorism harder to control as it is now completely fragmented with splinter groups and lone wolfs out there plotting. All of those AQ websites that taught bomb making are still there and though no longer maintained, still have enough information to make a junior jihadi a walking weapon.
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Decentralized execution is a reality, but in the end, I believe "all terrorism is state sponsored" or at a minimum, permitted.
Like the The SS-Übungslager at Dachau, modern day terrorists have countries of origin and training centers. Identify the countries of origin and their training centers. Hold the sponsors or facilitators responsible or destroy them!
The law enforcement approach of hunting down individuals or "eaches" ignores ideological realities and harkens back to the failed "body count" methodologies of the past. Go after the hives, not the heads.
Pardon my naivete, but I'm trying to understand the logistics involved in one bomber with a suicide vest killing 90+ in one fell swoop. Even in a tightly packed formation I can't picture enough explosive power and projectiles (ball bearings, etc.) in one vest capable of inflicting this much lethality without some secondary detonations or some sort of single height advantage for the bomber to replicate an airburst...
This is just a layperson's observation, but I'd appreciate if someone in-the-know can testify to a single suicide bomber vest really containing enough lethality to kill 90+ in a single detonation and still be portable and concealable to wear under a uniform.
Military grade or commercial explosives (non-home make explosives or HME), have a devasting amount of destructive power. Belted or "vested" charges of Plastic Composition-4 commonly referred to as C4, contain SEMTEX, PETN, and/or RDX. When "belted" and linked in series plastic explosives create a blast that turns the suicide bomber's body and anyone close to him.... bones, and everything else into deadly shrapnel. The vests can be packed with ball bearings or other penetrating objects as well. The fuel tanks of vehicles within the blast radius can also create secondary hazards, as can flying glass from shop windows. Hardened building, shops and offices tend to channelize the blast down streets and sidewalks creating an inferno of destruction. More info here.
Decentralized execution is a reality, but in the end, I believe "all terrorism is state sponsored" or at a minimum, permitted.
I think it's hard to argue that the Saudi royals are sponsoring terrorists who want to rule Saudi Arabia (and indeed, all of Arabia) in their place. Note that Sayyid Qutb was an Egyptian. The imams with world-conquering ideologies have generally not been Saudi. That's not to say that Saudi citizens don't have these views - only that they are not tolerated by the Saudi royals, any more than Khomeini was tolerated by the Shah. Because imams with these ideologies don't just want to preach - they want to rule in place of whatever sovereigns are in power.
[Bloomberg] A Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in their national face... n court began the trial of 16 suspected al-Qaeda gunnies accused of kidnapping and killing a foreign national and trying to murder expatriates with poison, al-Riyadh reported, citing the court hearing. The group filmed the killing of the unidentified foreign national, the newspaper said. They're also being tried for participating in fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, it said.
[Yemen Post] Fighters flew over some Yemeni towns and villages around the Capital Sana'a at low altitudes on Saturday, but they did not carry out any strikes, MENA said.
According to MENA, the war fighters flew over Sana'a to determine areas to which Al-Qaeda bully boyz escaped after the escalation of festivities against them in some areas 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... Military sources of the Defense Ministry said on Saturday that the army backed by the local committees killed 10 Al-Qaeda operatives in areas close to Jaar.
Yemeni military sources have denied any involvement of US land forces in fighting Al-Qaeda in several areas Abyan, pointing out that the Yemeni army backed by local committees made great advances.
According to the Christian Science Monitor, the Pentagon announced that it has begun sending US troops into Yemen.
The sources told the Middle East News Agency (MENA) that violent festivities continued between the army and Al-Qaeda bully boy nearby by the town of Jaar.
Yemeni Media sources had stated that military US experts were brought in to train anti-terrorism forces tasked with fighting al-Qaeda in some southern governorates.Sources told Yemen Post that the United States sent nearly 45 counter-terror trainers to Yemen this week in an effort to strengthen the Yemeni government's ability to fight al-Qaeda. Meanwhile, ...back at the fist fight, Jake ducked another roundhouse, then parried with his left, then with his right, finally with his chin... Chief of General Staff Ahmed Ali Al-Ashwal met on Saturday with the head of the U.S. Special Operations Forces Maj. Gen. Ken Tovo who is currently visiting Yemen.
They discussed fields of joint cooperation between the two countries' armies, in particular training, qualification, exchange of experiences and information and counter terrorism.
[Yemen Post] A Spanish policeman, Antonio Cejudo, disappeared in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, last Thursday while he was en route to the Sana'a International Airport.
Media sources said the policeman was kidnapped by an unknown group as he made his way to the airport in the Yemeni capital Sana'a in a taxi.
A Western diplomat in the capital Sana'a said on Sunday that Cejudo who have been working with the Spanish Embassy in Sana'a for two years was about to fly home for a holiday.
"We lost of track of him on Thursday. The only thing we know is that he never took the plane to Madrid. We don't know yet if he was kidnapped - no tribes have contacted us - but obviously it is very disturbing," the diplomat told Rooters.
"It seems unfounded to state that my brother was kidnapped by a group while he headed to the airport," a brother of Antonio wrote on his blog.
Meanwhile, ...back at the palazzo, Count Guido had escaped from his bonds and overwhelmed this guard using the bludgeon the faithful Filomena had smuggled to him in the loaf of bread... a US military trainer was maimed in Hodediah on Sunday as gunnies shot fire on a US military team in Hodeidah, about 200 kilometers in the west of the Capital Sana'a, security sources affirmed.
The sources said that gunnies shot fire on a vehicle of US military experts while they were heading to their job, pointing out that two experts escaped the incident without any harms.
The military sources work with Yemen's coastguards in the port city of Hodeidah.
The sources affirmed that the attackers could escape, and the coppers could arrest one suspect after it stormed some of the houses following the incident.
[Yemen Post] An American training team was subjected to an attack in the western impoverished-hit province of al-Hodeida, leaving a trainer maimed, al-Masdar online newspaper said on Sunday citing a security official.
Unidentified gunnies opened fire from their rifles on a car that belong to an American military trainers when they got out of the tourist al-Hodeida Land Resort, the official said.
The unnamed official said that the maimed trainer was injured by the glass of the car which have been shattered by the barrage of bullets, hinting that the injury is not serious.
The three US citizens who were attacked today work as trainers in the Yemeni Coastal Guards in al-Hodeida, according to the official.
The assailants managed to escape after they launched their attack, but the police forces managed to arrest one of them after they raided many houses suspected of being involved in the attack.
The official noted that the suspect who was tossed in the slammer Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'! confessed that they carried the attack and they belong to the terror network of al-Qaeda.
Following the attack, the security forces intensified its security measures and presence across the province, especially around the main entrances to the port city.
The cooperation between Yemen and US on training the military personnel has been resumed this month after almost more than a year of suspension due to the unrest which hit Yemen
[Yemen Post] In a statement posted on the jihadists' websites, al-Qaeda leader in the Arabian Peninsula Abu Baseer Nasser al-Wahishi urged the snuffies fighting the Yemeni army in southern Yemen to fight until the last breath, saying death is inevitable. That's a comforting message...
"Death is inevitable and we all are going to die even if we don't want that. Hence, choose how you will die and opt for martyrdom," he said. "You won't accomplish anything, but you'll be dead, so it won't matter, will it?"
Al-Wahishi linked the blood and the sacrifices with victory and defeating enemies, citing an Islamic holy man who said Islam is a tree that doesn't live except on blood. "Because this religion is precious it requires the blood of deaders," he said.
He said the war that President Hadi is waging against 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 offshoot in Yemen, 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... is not in his nation's, nor in his people's favor.
His comments were largely perceived by many analysts as an admission of defeat in the southern war-torn province of Abyan.
Meanwhile, ...back at the hoedown, Bob finally got to dance with Sally... the Yemeni army assisted by tribal militias were reported to have been deployed today around Ja'ar, al-Qaeda stronghold and the second biggest town in Abyan, as they prepare to launch a comprehensive military campaign to storm the town and drive the snuffies out.
In the past couple of weeks, the army troops delivered painful strikes against the hard boyz and managed to kicked them out of some towns in Abyan. Dozens of snuffies were reportedly killed since the latest expansion of military operations.
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By Chris Covert
A Policia Federal (PF) road patrol killed six armed suspects in a firefight in Zacatecas state Saturday afternoon, according to Mexican news sources.
According to a news item posted in the website of El Sol de Zacatecas Sunday, a detachment of Policia Federal was on patrol on Mexico Federal Highway 54 near Concepcion del Oro municipality, when suspects travelling aboard three vehicles were signalled at around 1530 by the unit to stop. Instead, armed suspects opened fire on the unit. PF return fire killed six armed suspects.
A news item posted on the website of Vangardia news daily said the dead were members of Los Zetas criminal gang. Six guns characterized in reports as heavy weapons, which usually means assault rifles were seized in the aftermath along with ammunition and the three vehicles.
Reports also said a unit of the Mexican 52 Infantry Battalion along with an undisclosed number of Zacatecas state police agents were subsequently dispatched to the area to add security.
Mexico Highway 54 is a direct route between Zacatecas city, the capital of Zacatecas state and Saltillo, the capital of Coahuila state. The site of the armed encounter was close to the extreme northeastern border of Zacatecas.
Meanwhile, the bodies of two transit police agents were found dead in their abandoned vehicle in the village of Gualterio in Chalchihuites municipality, according to a news item posted on the website of El Sol de Zacatecas.
The two victims were identified as Transit police agent Eduardo Zapata Perez and an assistant, Policia Preventativa agent Faustino Flores Ayala. Both men had been shot to death.
According to official reports related by the news post, the two officers had been dispatched to Sombrerete municipality to settle a dispute, but were instead attacked by a mob and shot to death. The report also added that transit officers do not engage in any other state business but traffic matters.
Sombrerete and Chalchihuites municipalities are in the westernmost area of Zacatecas state.
Mexico Federal Highway 45, which connects Durango city with Fresnillo, Zacatecas, is one of the most dangerous stretches of road in Mexico, as several instances of armed robberies of travellers have been reported, including two against local Catholic priests.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
Speaking to mediapersons, Superintendent of Police (SP) Shamsheer Hussain said the set to sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock, in a pestilential prison with a life-long lock Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un! faceless myrmidons were involved in the transportation of weapons, ration and other logistics for LeT.
"This turban cell was active in the region for a long time and this module provided logistics for the faceless myrmidons in the region and it also used to transport weapons and also provide ration. This was a Lashkar-e-Taiba cell," Hussain said.
He added that that more faceless myrmidons would be nabbed soon
"We have jugged Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please! four people as of now and we have seized a cache of arms as well. Investigations are still on into the matter and its expected that some more people will be tossed in the slammer Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw! soon," said Hussain.
Mohammed Abdul Khaja alias Amjad, an accused in the 2005 Begumpet Task Force office blast case, had told his interrogators in 2010 that Najeehullah who was receiving training in the handling of arms and ammunition in Pakistain was smuggled by his handlers into Jammu and Kashmire from the side of occupied Kashmire. He was allegedly helped by a Pak national Pervez in crossing the border. Amjad also told the police at that time Najeehullah, after completion of his training, had stayed at the residence of Abdul Shahed Bilal, another Hyderabadi. Bilal and his brother who were living 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... at that time were reportedly bumped off by Pak agents later. It is not known what task was given to Najeehullah when he was first pushed in to India.
[Dawn] A young builder was bumped off outside his home off Shaheed-e-Millat Road on Saturday, police said.
They said a man on a cycle of violence spotted Salman Azam, in his early 30s, when he was sitting in his car outside the Arsal Apartment in New 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... Housing Scheme of PECHS block 2.
"As told by witnesses the man got off the motorbike, came close to Azam and fired three shots at him and rode away," said DSP Murtaza Malik, the area's sub-divisional police officer (SDPO). "The people around said that the attacker also threatened them when some of them advanced towards him. Azam suffered serious wounds and was moved to a private hospital, where he died during treatment."
He said the spent bullet casings found from the crime-scene suggested that a 9mm pistol was used in the attack.
The DSP suspected personal enmity as a probable motive behind the killing.
"We have talked to the victim's family, which has confirmed that Azam had a dispute with someone, who is unknown to them. The family is in a state of shock and we would take our time to gather more facts about this particular issue," said Inspector Ejaz Khawaja, the SHO of the Ferozabad cop shoppe.
City builders having stakes of billions of rupees in Bloody Karachi's real estate industry, however, took the incident differently. They linked the killing with threats being received by builders in Bloody Karachi.
"This cold-blooded murder has created panic among the builders and it is becoming very difficult for them to continue their business in these conditions," stated Mohsin Sheikhani, the chairman of the Association of Builders and Developers (Abad), in a letter to President Asif Ali President Ten Percent Zardari ... sticky-fingered husband of the late Benazir Bhutto ... and Prime Minister Gilani as well as high-ups of the security administration.
"It is pertinent to mention that recently the incidents of land grabbing and encroachment have increased to an alarming level. When these cases are brought to the knowledge of police authorities with the names of culprits, the builders receive threats and today one of our members has been murdered."
Man found rubbed out in Lyari
A young man was found rubbed out in the Lyari ...one of the eighteen constituent towns of the city of Karachi. It is the smallest town by area in the city but also the most densely populated. Lyari has few schools, substandard hospitals, a poor water system, limited infrastructure, and broken roads. It is a stronghold of ruling Pakistan Peoples Party. Ubiquitous gang activity and a thriving narcotics industry make Lyari one of the most disturbed places in Karachi, which is really saying a lot.... area on Saturday.
Police said that the body of the man was found in the early hours of Saturday on Mirza Adam Khan Road within the remit of the Kalakot cop shoppe.
"He is identified as 24-year-old Babar," said DSP Muhammad Azam Khan, the area's SDPO. "The victim had been missing since Friday and we are sure that he was kidnapped and tortured before being rubbed out. The murder seems a part of rivalry between two gangs, as a member of the victim's family was also rubbed out earlier this week."
The body of an unidentified young man was found in Mowach Goth. The Mauripur police said the young victim was shot twice.
"The body has been shifted to the Edhi morgue after medico-legal formalities at the Civil Hospital for want of identification. We have lodged an FIR (174/2012) under Sections 302 (premeditated murder) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistain Penal Code against unknown persons on behalf of the state."
[Dawn] A judicial magistrate on Saturday released 11 IJT activists on furnishing bail bonds of Rs5,000 each.
Civil Lines police had nabbed Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw! them on Friday for staging a rally on The Mall. The investigating officer produced them before the court and sought their physical remand.
However, the difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits... the defence counsel opposed the police request and argued that the students were holding a peaceful protest, but the police resorted to baton charge and locked away ... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not... them. He pleaded that all the incarcerated I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece! students be released on bail.
Magistrate Rizwan Hanif Sheikh admitted the plea and released IJT activists on bail.
[Dawn] Security forces killed a suspected krazed killer and apprehended another during a search operation in Jamrud area of Khyber Agency on Saturday.
Officials said that the nephew of Ababeel, a krazed killer commander, was killed in firing when security forces raided a house in Regi village early in the morning. They said that Arab Khan, the owner of the house, was nabbed Please don't kill me! after he was forced to surrender.
They said that both Ababeel and Arab Khan were wanted in a number of cases of terrorism. Officials said that Ababeel had left the house before the raid was conducted.
During another raid in Malagori area, security forces recovered huge quantity of explosives and nabbed Please don't kill me! a man, whose name could not be known immediately.
[Dawn] Gunmen on a cycle of violence have rubbed out a senior prison official in Pakistain's southwestern city of Quetta, police said Sunday.
Imtiaz Ahmad, chief warden of the district prison, was targeted late Saturday when two people riding a cycle of violence sprayed him with bullets near his office, police said.
"Two armed persons riding a cycle of violence opened fire on Imtiaz Ahmad and fled. He received critical wounds and died instantly," Qazi Abdul Wahid, a senior police official in Quetta, told AFP.
Police and security forces are frequently attacked in the insurgency-plagued Balochistan ...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it... province, of which Quetta is the capital.
Al Qaeda-linked krazed killer group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi ... a 'more violent' offshoot of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistain. LeJ's purpose in life is to murder anyone who's not of utmost religious purity, starting with Shiites but including Brelvis, Ahmadis, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Rosicrucians, and just about anyone else you can think of. They are currently a wholly-owned subsidiary of al-Qaeda ... (LJ) grabbed credit for Saturday's killing, telling local media: "The slain warden was a cruel person and used to subject our imprisoned leaders and workers to torture."
LJ has orchestrated violent attacks on Moslem minority Shiites, and other police officials in Balochistan say they have been threatened by the group.
Earlier this month a senior police official was assassinated in Quetta in another drive-by shooting claimed by LJ.
The Shin Bet placed in durance vile I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece! a terrorist cell from Ramallah on suspicion of being involved in an attempt to kidnap Israelis to negotiate their release in return for security prisoners. The arrest was made in March and was released for publication on Sunday.
Earlier May, the Death Eaters were indicted at the Military Court in Judea.
An 18-year-old Paleostinian terrorist attempted to stab an IDF soldier who was standing at the Gush Etzion Junction on Route 60 on Sunday. The soldier, Lieutenant Colonel Matan Solomon, was not maimed, but the terrorist was seriously maimed in the struggle that followed.
The terrorist, a Hebron resident, hid among Israeli bicycle riders who were at the junction, walked up to the soldier and tried to stab him. After a struggle which ended with the Paleostinian at death's door, the terrorist received initial medical care at the scene and was then evacuated to the Hadassah Medical Center for additional care.
TRIPOLI, Leb: Lebanese soldiers rubbed out a Sunni holy man and a second member of a Lebanese political alliance against Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Supressor of the Damascenes... in northern Leb yesterday, security sources said.
Sheikh Ahmed Abdul Wahid and Khaled Miraib, members of the March 14 alliance, were shot in their car as they sped through an army checkpoint without stopping, the sources said.
Residents of the northern region of Akkar said that they had blocked off roads to protest against the deaths.
The army confirmed in a statement that the two men had been shot but gave no details.
"The leadership of the army expresses deep regret for the death of the two victims ... it will immediately form an investigative committee comprised of senior officers and military police under the relevant court," the statement said.
Some troops had pulled out of Akkar to prevent tensions from escalating after sporadic fighting over the past week, prompted by sectarian tensions in neighboring Syria, the sources said.
Many Sunni Mohammedans in Leb's north sympathize with a popular uprising against Assad and say that the Lebanese Army is taking orders from Damascus ...Home to a staggering array of terrorist organizations... Syrian troops were garrisoned in Leb until 2005 and Assad is an Alawite, while Syria's revolt has been led by the majority Sunnis.
Heavy fighting ... as opposed to the more usual name-calling or slapsy... , mainly between government troops and gunnies in a Sunni district, has rocked Leb's northern port 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... in the past week.
Khaled Daher, a member of Parliament from the Future Movement party, which is part of the March 14 alliance, said that the incident was a targeted hit.
"If shots were fired at the tires, we would say there was a mistake. But we consider this a direct targeting from the army," he told Rooters.
"Frankly, we do not want to see the army here because it works at the service of the Syrian regime," he said.
[An Nahar] The muftis and holy mans of Akkar on Sunday stressed that they will not allow any side to stir a strife between citizens and the military institution and called for a general strike across Leb, following the shooting death of Sheikh Ahmed Abdul Wahed at an army checkpoint in the Akkar town of al-Kweikhat.
"We call for a general strike tomorrow across Leb and for three days of mourning over the slain sheikh," said a statement issued by Akkar's muftis and holy mans.
"The department (of Islamic endowment in Akkar), which is known for its support for the state and which has all respect and appreciation for the military institution in all its components, will not allow any side to stir a strife between citizens and the military institution," said the statement.
"The department of Islamic endowment in Akkar calls for a probe to prevent the recurrence of such an abhorrent act and for slapping the culprits with the severest punishment possible," added the statement.
The department said Abdul Wahed and his lover companion were killed at the hands of "those who are supposed to protect people's lives and security," describing the incident as a "dangerous precedent."
It warned of "some hard boy members inside the military institution who are harming the military institution through their acts and seeking to create a rift between the military institution and citizens."
A security official said army troops rubbed out Abdul Wahed when his convoy failed to stop at the checkpoint in al-Kweikhat. He told Agence La Belle France Presse that another religious figure in Abdul Wahed's car, Mohammed Hussein Merheb, was also killed.
Mustaqbal ... the Future Movement, political party led by Saad Hariri... bloc MP Khaled al-Daher meanwhile said that army troops deliberately shot up the clergyman, reported LBC.
Abdul Wahed was scheduled to make a speech at a rally that was scheduled to be held at Halba in the North. The event has since been called off. The Jamaa Islamiya later issued a statement denying its involvement in the rally.
The Army Command issued a statement saying "state commissioner to the military court Judge Saqr Saqr inspected the shooting scene and the available evidences and started interrogating the members of the army checkpoint to unveil the incident's circumstances and take the necessary legal measures."
And following an emergency meeting for Akkar's politicians, the MPs called on President Michel Suleiman ...before assuming office as President, he held the position of commander of the Leb Armed Forces. That was after the previous commander, the loathesome Emile Lahoud, took office as president in November of 1998. Likely the next president of Leb will be whoever's commander of the armed forces, too... , Prime Minister Najib Miqati and the Army Command to "take all the relevant measures against the officers and soldiers who committed this crime."
"The government bears the moral responsibility for the incident and we demand an instant probe into this crime. Any probe conducted by army personnel is rejected because they are accused of this crime," said the MPs in a statement recited by Daher.
The politicians called on the residents of Akkar and the North to "practice self-restraint in order to prevent civil strife."
[Emirates 24/7] Lebanese soldiers rubbed out two members of an alliance against Syrian President Bashar Al Assad in northern Leb on Sunday, security sources said, in the latest incident to raise fears Syria's turmoil was spilling over the border into its neighbour.
Sheikh Ahmed Abdul Wahid, a holy man, and Khaled Miraib, both members of the Leb-based March 14 political alliance, were shot in their car as they sped through a Lebanese army checkpoint without stopping, the sources said.
Residents of the northern region of Akkar blocked off roads to protest against the deaths. The main coastal highway north 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... had also been blocked by enraged residents.
Many people in Leb's north sympathise with Syria's uprising against Assad and say that the Lebanese army is taking orders from Damascus. ...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world... Leb's army released a statement confirming the deaths but not giving any information on who was responsible or what led up to the shootings.
"The leadership of the army expresses deep regret for the death of the two victims ... It will immediately form an investigative committee comprised of senior officers and military police under the relevant court," the statement said.
Some troops had recently pulled out of Akkar to prevent tensions from escalating after sporadic fighting over the past week, prompted by sectarian tensions in neighbouring Syria, the security source said.
Khaled Daher, a member of parliament from the Future Movement party, which is part of the March 14 alliance, said the two men had been assassinated.
"If shots were fired at the tyres, we would say there was a mistake. But we consider this a direct targeting from the army," he told Rooters.
"Frankly, we do not want to see the army here because it works at the service of the Syrian regime," he said.
[An Nahar] Two high-ranking Syrian officials denied in interviews with state television ... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
on Sunday reports by pan-Arab channels that they along with four other regime stalwarts had been assassinated.
The interviews came after satellite channels Al-Jazeera ... an Arab news network headquartered in Qatar, notorious for carrying al-Qaeda press releases. The name means the Peninsula, as in the Arabian Peninsula. In recent years it has settled in to become slightly less biased than MSNBC, in about the same category as BBC or CBS... and Al-Arabiya broadcast an amateur video showing an unidentified man claiming a rebel group's responsibility for killing the six officials.
Those named are part of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Leveler of Latakia... 's inner circle and members of the regime's "crisis management" team.
The unidentified man in the video claimed to be speaking on behalf of the Brigades of the Sahaba, or friends of the Prophet Mohammed.
He claimed the liquidation was carried out by one person, after two months of surveillance.
The officials named included Assef Shawkat, Assad's son-in-law and military intelligence chief; ministers of interior and defense Mohammad al-Shaar and Daoud Rajha respectively; and national security chief Hisham Bakhtiar.
Also named were Hassan Turkmani, assistant to the vice-president, and Mohammad Said Bakhtian, assistant to the Baath Party chief.
"What the disgusting Al-Jazeera is broadcasting is completely false," Shaar told Syrian state TV by telephone. "We are used to this kind of news, and to these campaigns of lies and slander."
Turkmani too denied he had been killed in an on-screen interview during which he also slammed Al-Jazeera's report as being "packed with misinformation."
Meanwhile the opposition expressed doubts about the veracity of the claims.
One member of the Syrian National Council, the main opposition coalition, said the goal of the video was to "sow doubts."
"There is a war that aims to demoralize people" who support the anti-regime revolt, according to SNC member Jabr al-Shoufi.
The Syrian regime has accused Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya of inciting "discord" in Syria ever since a revolt broke out in March 2011.
[An Nahar] A rocket-propelled grenade went kaboom! near a team of U.N. observers in a Damascus ...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world... suburb on Sunday, the military said, as festivities between regime troops and armed rebels raged in and around the Syrian capital and at least 21 people were killed across the country.
No one was hurt in the Douma blast, which came as U.N. truce mission head Major General Robert Mood and peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous were leading a team of observers around the north Damascus suburb, an Agence La Belle France Presse correspondent at the scene said.
The device, a rocket propelled-grenade according to a Syrian army officer in the area, went kaboom! just a few dozen meters (yards) from the U.N. team.
Fierce festivities between regime troops and rebels determined to oust from power Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Leveler of Latakia... had been underway in Douma and other parts of the Syrian capital since the early hours of the day, activists said.
The Britannia-based Observatory said regime forces shelled the outskirts of Douma overnight with rockets crashing into the suburb during the day. A civilian was also rubbed out in Douma by a sniper.
Sunday's blast follows several other close calls for the U.N. monitors, who have been deployed to observe a fragile truce that came into effect on April 12.
On May 16, a convoy of U.N. observers was struck by a homemade bomb in the central city of Homs, damaging three vehicles but causing no casualties.
A similar convoy was hit by a roadside kaboom on May 9 in the southern province of Daraa, wounding six Syrian soldiers escorting them.
Elsewhere across the country on Sunday, at least 21 people were killed, including 16 civilians who died when the army sent shells crashing into a village in central Hama province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
The latest violence came after the G8 nations said a "political transition" was needed to end the crisis in Syria, where monitors say more than 12,000 people have died in a government crackdown since March 2011.
The AFP correspondent said the streets of Douma were deserted and most of its shops were closed, with pro- and anti-regime graffiti scrawled on the walls.
"When the observers leave, the gunnies will come back to cause trouble," one soldier told news hounds at the scene, in a reference to the armed rebels.
Fighting also erupted during the night in the Kafr Sousa district of south Damascus, according to the Observatory, adding there were festivities in other parts of the capital which rang out with gunfire during the night.
"Gunfire was heard in Abbasiyyin Square, and Storied Baghdad ...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate... and Thawra streets," said the Britannia-based watchdog, referring to high-security areas of the city.
The Local Coordination Committees, a network of activists on the ground, said the army dispatched "huge reinforcements" to Kafr Sousa in the wake of the fighting.
And in the restive province of Hama, three children were among the 16 people killed when government troops shelled the village of Souran and opened fire indiscriminately, the Observatory said.
Meanwhile gunnies assassinated an official of the ruling Baath party in the city of Jisr al-Shughour, in northwestern Idlib province, the Observatory said, in the latest assassination of regime figures.
The victim, Adib Habb al-Rumman, was a teacher and head of the local Baath party chief. "He was targeted on his plot of farmland," Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.
"There is definitely an increase in liquidations targeting people associated with the regime, be they officials or pro-regime businessmen," he added.
Also on Sunday, demonstrations took place in several parts of Syria, the Observatory said, include rallies in southern Daraa province to demand the release of activist and citizen journalist Mohammed al-Hariri.
According to Reporters Without Borders, Hariri was sentenced to death for "high treason." He was locked away Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw! on April 16, RSF said, after he gave an interview to Al-Jazeera ... an Arab news network headquartered in Qatar, notorious for carrying al-Qaeda press releases. The name means the Peninsula, as in the Arabian Peninsula. In recent years it has settled in to become slightly less biased than MSNBC, in about the same category as BBC or CBS... from his home in Daraa province.
The G8 -- which includes long-time Syrian-ally Russia -- called on Saturday for a "Syrian-led, inclusive political transition leading to a democratic, plural political system."
"The Syrian government and all parties must immediately and fully adhere to commitments to implement the six-point plan of U.N. and Arab League ...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing... Joint Special Envoy... Kofi Annan ...Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh and so far the worst Secretary-General of the UN. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for something or other that probably sounded good at the time. In December 2004, reports surfaced that Kofi's son Kojo received payments from the Swiss company Cotecna, which had won a lucrative contract under the UN Oil-for-Food Program. Kofi Annan called for an investigation to look into the allegations, which stirred up the expected cesspool but couldn't seem to come up with enough evidence to indict Kofi himself, or even Kojo... ," a joint statement said at the end of a summit in Camp David, outside Washington.