"It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."
A lot of good men and women died in a lot of hell holes all over the world to protect us. They never had children, or they never saw their children and families again. We need to think about them and their sacrifices.
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[Daily Nation (Kenya)] Police have set to sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock, in a pestilential prison with a life-long lock Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit! four suspects in connection with the grenade attacks that rocked Wajir town and Dadaab refugee camp at the weekend.
Six people were maimed in the simultaneous attacks suspected to have been carried out by Al-Shabaab. ... the personification of Somali state failure... The blasts at Ifo 1 refugee camp in Garissa County and a hotel in Wajir town occurred in less than ten minutes of the other. (Click here to see a map of the two locations)
In the Ifo attack, assailants numbering five hurled a hand grenade into a building under construction at private primary school used by refugees.
North Eastern provincial police officer Leo Nyongesa confirmed that the attackers hurled two grenades into Horseed Primary School, injuring five labourers who were preparing supper in one of the classes.
He said the five casualties were rushed to Ifo main hospital for treatment. In the Wajir attack, suspected Al-Shabaab assailants hurled a hand grenade into a popular hotel, injuring a reveller.
Mr Nyongesa said that investigations had been launched into the two attacks.
(Sh. M. Network)- Somali and AMISOM troops have today secured a road leading to Balad town in middle Shabelle region, a road that strategically located 30km from the capital, Mogadishu, and governing routes to the picturesque provincial capital of Al shabab controlled Jowhar, reports said on sunday.
According to TFG officials who spoke with Shabelle Media by phone,In an advance early on Sunday hours, both allied Somali and AU troops backed by tanks took over the full control of Basra street, a main route that the Death Eaters have been using as military camps and control centre for Lower and Midlle Shabelle region of southern Somalia.
On Saturday, Somali national army and AMISOM launched a joint military operation code-named 'Operation Free Shabelle'with the objective of securing the Afgoye corridor, home to the world's largest concentration of internally displaced people (IDPs), securing Elasha Biyaha. Arabisca, a trading centre located 26km from Mogadishu, former Al shabab strongholds.
(Sh.M.Network)-- At least 9,200 people have been displaced in a fierce battle raging between the coalition forces and the Death Eaters near the Somali capital, the UN refugee agency said here Saturday.
The fighting erupted in Afgooye, a stronghold of the Al-Shabaab ... the personification of Somali state failure... beturbanned goon group, some 30 km from Mogadishu. People have fled to Mogadishu, Lower Shabelle and Lower Juba regions to avoid the fighting, the UNHCR said.
Africa Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia said that its forces and the Somali Army have secured all major roads leading in and out of Afgooye town,
[Magharebia] Some 500 Salafists ...Salafists are ostentatiously devout Moslems who figure the ostentation of their piety gives them the right to tell others how to do it and to kill those who don't listen to them... on Saturday (May 26th) set fire to bars and the cop shoppe in Tunisia's north-western town of Jendouba, Tunisia-Live reported. The National Guard officers had to use tear gas and warning shots to disperse attackers, who tried to set fire to a Ghardimaou National Guard station, TAP reported.
Fifteen people have been placed in durance vile Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un! and police are searching for others, AP quotes Interior Minister Ali Laarayedh as saying on Radio Mosaique.
[Magharebia] Mauritania held extensive military exercises last week outside the city of Bassiknou, located along the Malian border.
The operations were part of efforts to step up border surveillance and prevent the infiltration of beturbanned goons and smugglers, Mauritania's Aray al-Mostenir reported May 22nd, noting that the country's security forces were placed on high alert.
The website stated that a heavy artillery bombardment could be heard outside Bassiknou for two days. Meanwhile, ...back at the abandoned silver mine, the water was up to Jack's neck and still rising... military aircraft carried out sorties over the area and bombed virtual moving targets as part of a training drill supervised by French experts.
The Mauritanian army conducted reconnaissance sorties over the Wagadou Forest and the area where most of the past armed confrontations with al-Qaeda and the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa took place.
Bassiknou resident Abdallah Ould Sidi confirmed the news of the border drills an interview with Magharebia, saying that "heavy artillery bombardment sounds were heard two days ago at about 8:30 PM coming from the headquarters of the Mauritanian military barracks, which are based a few kilometres away from the city."
"It was said around the city that the goal of this bombardment was just to test the range and power of a new group of artillery that the military units have recently obtained," Ould Sidi said.
"It might have been actually related to military drills conducted in anticipation of a possible danger in that area which over the past two years has become liable for infiltrations by terrorist groups that have a strong presence in Azawad following the months-long absence of Mali's army," he added.
In his turn, journalist Rajel Ould Oumar, who is present in the border area between Nema and Bassiknou, told Magharebia that he heard gunfire outside Bassiknou that scared residents. "However, some people are alive only because it's illegal to kill them... such sounds were just tests of new military equipment, especially some missiles that anti-terrorist units in the region received," he said.
"This operation coincided with some military drills and exercises by the military forces that are based in the city of Nema; something that imparted more of a security and military dimension to these events not known in previous days," Ould Oumar added.
The military manoeuvres were part of a heightened alert against possible moves by al-Qaeda snuffies in search of a new safe haven after Touareg groups reached an agreement to expel the Death Eaters from the Azawad region, according to Ould Oumar.
"This is in addition to fears about the infiltration of smuggling gangs and silent terrorist cells among Azawad refugees in camps on Mauritanian soil," he said.
Ould Oumar said the stepped up border security began two months ago, with increased co-ordination among the gendarme, police, customs and military units.
[Magharebia] Touareg rebels and Islamist group Ansar al-Din announced in a statement Saturday (May 26th) they were joining forces and creating a body to rule northern Mali as an independent Islamic state, AFP reported.
In the northern city of Gao, leaders of the two movements sealed the deal, which was greeted by the sound of gun sex, local residents said.
"The Ansar al-Din movement and the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (Touareg MNLA) proclaim their dissolution in Azawad (northern Mali). The two movements have created the transitional council of the Islamic state of Azawad," the statement reads.
Mali's embattled transitional government on Sunday rejected the declaration of an independent Islamic Touareg state.
"The government of Mali categorically rejects the idea of the creation of an Azawad state, even more so of an Islamic state," transitional information minister Hamadoun Toure told AFP.
[Al Ahram] Gunmen rubbed out three card players in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, which has been rocked by deadly attacks blamed on Islamist group Boko Haram ... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality... in recent months, residents said Sunday.
Two cycle of violence-riding gunnies opened fire on a group of card players in the Gaida area of the city on Saturday evening, killing three of the players and seriously injuring another, residents said.
The gunnies then shot in the air for about 20 minutes before speeding away, said one witness.
"The attackers came around 6:00 pm and produced rifles that looked like AK-47s from under their robes and began shooting into the group playing cards under a tree," he said.
"The shooting caused a stampede, with everyone around running for cover, and by the time the attackers left three people from among the card players lay dead and one other player was badly injured."
It was the second attack on card players in two weeks in the city.
On 13 May, three people, including a prison guard, were killed and four others injured by gunnies on a cycle of violence in the Tukuntawa area of the city.
Although it was unclear who was behind the latest attack, Boko Haram has been blamed for a series of drive-by shootings in the city.
A suspect tossed in the slammer ... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not... last week allegedly confessed to belonging to a 20-man gang recruited by Boko Haram behind a series of killings, including an attack on church services at a university which killed 19 worshippers.
[An Nahar] A Bahraini court on Sunday locked away Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please! six Shiites for 15 years for plotting attacks in the Gulf kingdom, including an to attempt to blow up the causeway with 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... , lawyers said.
The six men locked away You have the right to remain silent... in November chanted in defiance: "victory is close," after the verdict was announced, according to one of the lawyers attending the hearing in Manama.
They are part of a group of eight, including two who remain on the lam.
Four were locked away You have the right to remain silent... in Qatar in possession of documents and a computer containing information about vital installations in Bahrain, in addition to flight tickets to Syria and cash in U.S. dollars.
[Yemen Post] Ansar Al-Sharia, an al-Qaeda linked group, 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... has offered to release hostages including a Swiss woman in return for stopping the military offensive against its strongholds in Zinjibar and Jaar of Abyan, military sources have revealed.
The sources said the military leadership refused the offer, and warned Al-Qaeda gunnies against the life of the Saudi diplomat, Abdullah Al-Khalidi, and the Swiss teacher, Sylvia Abrahat.
It asked the gunnies to unconditionally release all civilians and troops held by the group, the sources added.
They said that delay of victory in Zinjibar and Jaar is attributed to difficulties on the ground, pointing out thon the lam numbers of al-Qaeda snipers deployed in difficult terrain.
They anticipated that Zinjibar and Jaar will be completely cleansed from the gunnies within three days as a maximum.
Military sources said that the army killed dozens of gunnies on Saturday, indicating that most the killed were foreign nationals.
In a statement, the Defense Ministry said four soldiers were killed and four others were maimed, citing that some areas of Zinjibar become free of the gunnies ant thon the lam quantities of Al-Qaeda's weapons including gun machines and shells were taken over by the army.
Military sources said the army has advanced deep into Zinjibar, the town fell last year to al-Qaeda as it took advantage of political turmoil to extend their control over much of the south.
According to a tally compiled by AFP, 332 people have been killed, including 242 Al-Qaeda gunnies, 55 military personnel, 18 local faceless myrmidons and 17 civilians since the offensive began.
Security chief of Aden Sadeq Haid has revealed that Aden is infiltrated by gang connected to Ansar Al-Sharia, an al-Qaeda-linked group, the Southern Movement and the Houthi ...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is "God is Great, Death to America™", Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews" ... group.
In remarks to Xinhua News Agency, he cautioned against the delay of sending security and military reinforcement to the strategic port city, pointing out that commander of Southern Military Region requested President Abdurabu Mansour Hadi ...the second and possibly the last president of Yemen, successor to former President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh... to swiftly send reinforcements.
He pointed out that a report was posted in the state-run media outlets clarified the reasons behind insecurity in Aden and named individuals responsible for that.
He said the report disclosed that senior military officials support gangs and spark sabotage acts, stressing that they some times sustain the Southern Movement and Ansar Al-Sharia in other time.
He said that the report that was presented to Hadi, the Interior Minister and the Defense Minister, and called them to shoulder their responsibilities towards insecurity in Aden.
Meanwhile, ...back at the Alamo, Davy was counting their remaining cannon balls and not liking the results... security services of Aden cooled for a few years ... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not... 3 Al-Qaeda suspects in Al-Mansoura and Noqtat Al-Ribat in Aden during the two past days.
According to the online website of the Interior Minister, one suspect admitted of his connection to Ansar Al-Sharia.
Governor of Aden Waheed Rasheed said that conflicts that 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... are currently witnessing badly reflected on Aden's security, referring that most security officials and soldiers do not present to their jobs in the city.
Rashid had warned against the infiltration of Al-Qaeda operatives to Aden, accusing political sides of standing behind the deterioration of security inside the city.
In a meeting with officials in Aden last week, he urged officials to cooperate to open blocked roads and ease tensions inside the city.
[Yemen Post] The army retook control of all areas west of Jaar, one of the most notorious strongholds of Al-Qaeda in south Yemen, after fierce battles which left more than 27 gunnies dead and others injured, Alsahwa reported on Saturday, quoting military sources.
The forces stationed in the Haroor front regained all strategic positions on the western edge of Jaar including those in the Jabalain and Jabal Lahboush areas and they are now so close to retake control of the whole city of Jaar, the sources said.
Eight soldiers were killed when a landmine went kaboom! while the forces were clearing the gunnies from their positions in the Lahboush area, the sources said, according to the website.
Earlier today, the army and popular committees retook all turban positions east of Zinjibar, the 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... province, and killed about 62 turbans. On Friday, about 65 gunnies were killed as the army is trying to recapture Zinjibar and Jaar.
President Hadi has ordered to further step up the offensive to clear Al-Qaeda gunnies and its offshoot, the Sharia Supporters, from Jaar.
Hundreds of gunnies have been killed and injured including big shots since the army stepped up the military operations to recapture the towns seized last year more than one month ago.
So far, some areas have been retaken including the Lawder city.
The US and tribal fighters are directly supporting the forces.
[Dawn] In a clash between gun-hung tough guys and security forces, at least four gun-hung tough guys were killed in Orakzai agency on Sunday, DawnNews reported. The clash took place when the security forces advanced in to Gandital area of Orakzai agency, government sources said. A key thug commander was also among four casualties.
[Dawn] A remote-controlled bomb targeting a police van killed three passers-by and maimed six other people in Pakistain's troubled southwest on Sunday, police said.
The bomb was planted underneath a donkey cart on the outskirts of Quetta, the capital of the oil-and-gas-rich 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, which borders Iran and Afghanistan.
"The bomb targeting a police van went kaboom! seconds after it passed by the cart, killing three passers-by and wounding six others including a policeman,"local police official Sikandar Tareen told AFP.
Another local police official, Saleem Shawani, confirmed the incident and casualties. There was no claim of responsibility, but Balochistan suffers from militancy, sectarian violence between Sunni and Shia Mohammedans and a separatist insurgency.
Gunmen riding a cycle of violencerubbed out the chief warden of the district prison on May 19.
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 ... grabbed credit and said "the slain warden was a cruel person and used to subject our imprisoned leaders and workers to torture".
Hundreds of civilians have been killed since Baloch rebels rose up in 2004 against the federal Pak government, demanding political autonomy and a greater share of profits from the resources in the region.
[Al Ahram] A roadside kaboom in Iraq's Anbar province maimed 19 Pak Shiite pilgrims on Sunday, police and a doctor said, in the second attack against pilgrims in the Sunni province in days.
"A bus carrying Pak pilgrims was targeted by a roadside kaboom at around 4:00 pm (1300 GMT) on the highway to Storied Baghdad ...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate... " from Fallujah, ... the City of Mosques, which might have somthing to do with why it's not called Center of Prosperity or a really nice place to raise your kids... Anbar police front man Lieutenant Colonel Hassan Taher Kitab told AFP.
The attack maimed the driver of the bus and 18 passengers, including three children who were at death's door, he said.
Assem al-Hadithi, a doctor at Fallujah Hospital, confirmed the toll, and said that the pilgrims were going to visit the Al-Askari Shiite shrine in Samarra, north of Storied Baghdad.
The attack comes after a roadside kaboomwent kaboom! on Wednesday near a bus carrying Lebanese Shiite pilgrims west of Anbar's scenic provincial capital Ramadi, killing three and wounding at least 10.
[Straits Times] Philippine police have locked away Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit! an alleged Islamist thug suspected of involvement in a 2001 kidnapping that left two Americans dead, an official said on Friday.
Sahibul Sailani was jugged You have the right to remain silent... in the southern island of Basilan on Monday but police withheld the news until his interrogation was completed, said the provincial police chief, Senior Superintendent Alex Linesis.
Sailani is accused of taking part in the abduction of three Americans and several Filipinos from an upscale western Philippine resort in 2001, Mr Linesis said.
The hostages were taken by boat to Basilan where the gunnies later beheaded one of the Americans, Peru-born Guillermo Sobero
[An Nahar] Syrian opposition head Burhan Ghalioun called on Sunday for a "battle of liberation" against the regime until the United Nations ...an organization which on balance has done more bad than good, with the good not done well and the bad done thoroughly... takes action under Chapter Seven which allows military intervention.
"I call on the Syrian people to lead a battle of liberation and dignity, relying on its own forces, on the rebels deployed across the country and the Free Syrian Army brigades and friends," he told a news conference in Istanbul.
Ghalioun, outgoing leader of the Syrian National Council (SNC), said such action would be taken "unless the international community assumes its responsibilities under Chapter Seven" of the U.N. charter.
A Chapter Seven resolution, which can be imposed by the U.N. Security Council, authorizes foreign powers to take measures including military options.
Ghalioun, in a meeting earlier with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, said the anti-regime uprising in Syria had reached a "turning point" after the killings on Friday and Saturday of more than 90 people in a central town.
"The SNC calls on the international community and in particular (U.N.-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... 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... to act immediately to halt the killings," an unnamed Turkish source quoted him as telling Davutoglu.
After an international outcry over what activists branded a massacre, the Syrian government on Sunday denied its forces were responsible for the killing of at least 92 people, a third of them children, in the town of Houla.
"You should have called ahead so we could clean up. The place is an embarrassing mess. There's dishes in the sink, clothes on the floor, wash isn't done and the guest towels are dirty. Come back later"
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Iran rejects the International Atomic Energy Agency's request to visit its Parchin military complex, says no evidence was presented to justify inspection
That's not the point, but you knew that. Time to pull the inspectors. The investigation has been concluded with this action.