[Tolo News] Two foreign aid workers and their two Afghan colleagues, who were kidnapped and held by faceless myrmidons in northern Badakhshan province on May 22, have been rescued in an early morning raid, Isaf said.
The two foreign aid workers, Helen Johnston, Moragwe Oirere and two of their Afghan colleagues who work for the non-government organization Medair, were stopped by a group of gunnies while travelling on horseback between the Yaftali and Ragh districts of the country's furthest north-eastern province of Badakhshan.
Medair, a humanitarian non-governmental organization is based near Lausanne, Switzerland. ...home of the Helvetians, famous for cheese, watches, yodeling, and William Tell... Gen. John Allen, the top commander of American and Isaf forces in Afghanistan, said in a statement that coalition forces conducted the rescue mission early on Saturday with the support of the Afghan Ministry of Interior.
"This morning's mission, conducted by coalition forces, exemplifies our collective and unwavering commitment to defeat the Taliban," he said.
"I'm extremely grateful to the Afghan authorities and proud of the Isaf forces that planned, rehearsed, and successfully conducted this operation," Mr Allen added.
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!... the UK Prime Minister David Cameron ... has stated that he is certainly a big Thatcher fan, but I don't know whether that makes me a Thatcherite, which means he's not. Since he is not deeply ideological he lacks core principles and is easily led. He has been described as certainly not a Pitt, Elder or Younger, but he does wear a nice suit so maybe he's Beau Brummel ... called it an "extraordinarily brave, breathtaking" raid.
"It was an extraordinary, brave, breathtaking operation, he said."
"They had to cover the ground very rapidly... The terrain was incredibly difficult terrain, very rocky, with scrub, in a deep gully, it was about the most testing target you could imagine," he added.
The Primer said that the rescue involved a number of British troops, none of whom were maimed in the operation.
(CNN) -- Cairo's main square Saturday overflowed with people angry that six former government aides were acquitted of charges of killing hundreds of pro-democracy protesters last year, while former strongman Hosni Mubarak ...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011... was ordered to prison.
Mubarak and former Interior Minister Habib El Adly were sentenced to life in prison for their crimes. Mubarak was immediately transferred to a prison in southern Cairo to serve his sentence, and a prosecutor said the former president, who attended court on a gurney, would be transferred to the prison hospital.
Protesters in the square, the center of last year's protests, waved Egyptian flags as they demanded justice for those killed and injured during last year's demonstrations. At least 61 people were maimed Saturday in protests throughout Egypt, following the verdict, state TV reported.
"How is (Mubarak) imprisoned for life ... but his main aides are set free?" asked AbdulMawgoud Dardery, a member of the Freedom and Justice Party, which is part of the Moslem Brüderbund, Egypt's largest and oldest opposition group.
boko haram is the nickname of the Islamic terrorist group but their formal name is Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati Wal-Jihad which I like better because it translates apprx to: Moslems for the way of propagation of the Prophet and of Jihad
[Yemen Post] Several persons were killed and maimed after the outbreak of fighting between Houthis and Salifis in Kitaf of Saada governorate on Saturday, security sources in said on Saturday.
Security chief of Kitaf district, Faisal Al-Tam, affirmed that two vehicles were destroyed, pointing out that the local authorities are exerting efforts to end the confrontations.
He further called the two sides to end fighting and reach reconciliation, reiterating that various weapons were used in the festivities.
Clashes between 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" ... militias and Salafis intermittently break out from time to time in the remote governorate.
The governorate witnessed fierce fighting fiver years ago in various areas of the governorate and dozens including foreigners from both sides were killed and maimed.
The Houthis are accused of attempting to expand and take control on Saada, Hajja, Amran and other northern governorates with support of Iran. They engaged in fierce battles with tribes of Hajja early of the current year.
Their festivities with Salafis in Saada first erupted in November 2011 and they were ceased in line with truce agreement brokered by Sheikh Hussein Al-Ahmar, an influential tribal leader in Amran, south Sa'ada.
While the Houthi group controls on most areas of Saada, Salafis are centered in Dammaj in which the well-known Dar Al-Hadeeth Koran school in Dammaj was established in the 1980s by the late religious leader Sheikh Moqbel Al-Wadie and is considered the biggest Salafi school in Yemen.
The Houthi group has engaged in six wars with the central government, the last one ending in 2010. The founder of the Houthi group, Hussein Al-Houthi was killed in 2004 during the first round of the war.
[Yemen Post] Yemeni Defense Minister escaped an liquidation attempt carried out by angry soldiers in the trouble-torn province of Abyan, ...a governorate of Yemen. The region was a base to the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army terrorist group until it dropped the name and joined al-Qaeda. Its capital is Zinjibar. In March 2011, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula declared the governate an Islamic Emirate after seizing control of the region. The New York Times fastidiously reported that those in control, while Islamic hard boyz, are not in fact al-Qaeda, but something else that looks, tastes, smells, and acts the same. Yemeni government forces launched an effort to re-establish control of the region when President-for-Life Saleh was tossed and the carnage continues... local media reported on Saturday.
Angry soldiers fired at the convoy of Ali Nasser Ahmed as he was checking on the forces fighting al-Qaeda hard boyz in the province.
The soldiers are angry because their salaries have not been issued yet. They are all new recruiters, mostly from the tribal militias who have been fighting alongside the army troops for the past couple of months, according to some local sources.
For his part, Jamal al-Aqal, the governor of Abyan who was with the Minister when the liquidation attempt occurred, downplayed the importance of the incident saying the soldiers are new recruiters and that they only fired gunshots in the air as a way to express their protests and anger against not issuing their salaries yet.
He stressed that their rightful demands are being considered and that it would be soon settled.
[Dawn] Four al Qaeda gunnies and a soldier were killed in overnight fighting outside Zinjibar, capital of the southern Yemeni province of Abyan ...a governorate of Yemen. The region was a base to the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army terrorist group until it dropped the name and joined al-Qaeda. Its capital is Zinjibar. In March 2011, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula declared the governate an Islamic Emirate after seizing control of the region. The New York Times fastidiously reported that those in control, while Islamic hard boyz, are not in fact al-Qaeda, but something else that looks, tastes, smells, and acts the same. Yemeni government forces launched an effort to re-establish control of the region when President-for-Life Saleh was tossed and the carnage continues... , a military official said on Saturday.
The bully boyz had fired three rockets at the headquarters of the 25th Mechanised Brigade, killing the soldier and wounding six others.
Separately, three al Qaeda beturbanned goons were killed and five maimed on Friday when a bomb they were making accidentally went kaboom! in Al-Mahfad, a town in northern Abyan, a local official said.
Yemeni forces launched an all-out offensive on May 12 aimed at reclaiming Zinjibar and other localities in Abyan lost to al Qaeda during the past year.
Since the offensive began, at least 376 people have been killed, according to an AFP tally compiled from official statements. They comprised 275 al Qaeda gunnies, 65 military personnel, 18 local cut-throats and 18 civilians.
Coming hot and heavy now.
U.S. drone strikes targeting a militant compound in Pakistan's northwestern tribal area killed at least five insurgents Sunday, security officials said, the second attack in 24 hours.
Two U.S. drones fired four missiles at a house belonging to a militant commander in Wacha Dana town, 10 kilometres (six miles) west of Wana, the main town in the South Waziristan tribal district near the Afghan border, Pakistani security officials said.
"At least five militants have died. The house has been badly destroyed," a security official told AFP, on condition of anonymity.
Two other security officials confirmed the strikes. One intelligence officer put the toll at six dead.
Sunday's attack in South Waziristan was the second in as many days and comes amid an upsurge in drone strikes in Pakistan since a NATO conference on Afghanistan in Chicago last month.
Washington considers Pakistan's semi-autonomous northwestern tribal belt the main hub of Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants plotting attacks on the West and in Afghanistan.
Pakistani-U.S. relations went into freefall last year.
[Dawn] Half a dozen people were rubbed out in different parts of the city on Friday when another victim of the Thursday night attack died during treatment in a hospital, police said.
Of the six people, three were killed in Surjani Town in a gun attack that also left a few others maimed while two associated with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement ...English: United National Movement, generally known as MQM, is the 3rd largest political party and the largest secular political party in Pakistain with particular strength in Sindh. From 1992 to 1999, the MQM was the target of the Pak Army's Operation Cleanup leaving thousands of urdu speaking civilians dead... were bumped off in Federal B Area and Kharadar.
Five men riding two cycle of violences were on their way to Sakran, 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... , when they came under a gun attack near Khuda Ki Basti, said an official at the Surjani cop shoppe.
He added that three of them were killed and the other two maimed, while an 11-year-old passer-by also sustained a gunshot wound in the attack.
Two of the dead were later identified as Ghulam Qadir, 43, son of Akbar Baloch, and Mehboob, 38, son of Auliya, said Surjani SHO Shabbir Hussain. The passer-by was identified as Tayyab Khan, son of Aryan Khan.
The officer said the attackers used 9mm- and 30-bore pistols, and a sub-machine gun.
The dead and the injured were rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, the police said. They quoted doctors as saying that the condition of the victims was critical.
It seemed that the Baloch were the actual target, the police Sherlocks said, adding that the incident could also be linked to a gang warfare in Lyari. However, there's more than one way to stuff a chicken... sources in the police said, there was a possibility that the incident was linked to the
Nazimabad incident where three men from Hasan Auliya Village were killed on their way home late Thursday night.
No case was lodged at the Surjani cop shoppe till Friday night.
Only a few hours earlier, another victim of the Thursday night attack had died in a hospital, officials said.
They added that Abdul Shakoor, son of Abdul Ghani, died during treatment in a private hospital, where he had been shifted from the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.
The victim and his three friends had come under a gun attack near Annu Bhai Park late Thursday night. Two of them, Haji Javed and Mohammad Rafiq, had was struck down in his prime, while Shakoor and Azam had sustained gunshot wounds.
DSP Shahid Abbas said that all the four victims were residents of Hassan Aulia Village.
Two MQM activists killed
A department store owner, Waqas Akbar, 27, was changing engine oil of his car in front of his house near Anarkali Market in Block 16 of Federal B Area when gunnies riding cycle of violence pulled up there, fired two shots at him and sped away, said an official at the Yousuf Plaza cop shoppe.
He said the victim sustained two bullet wounds to his head and was struck down in his prime. Hearing the gunfire, people rushed to the crime-scene only to find Waqas lying in a pool of blood.
The body was later shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities. The police then handed over the body to the victim's family.
He was a worker of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement's FB Area Sector Unit-147, the police Sherlocks said, adding that Waqas ran a pick-and-drop service besides his shop.
Yousuf Plaza SHO Ali Hassan said he had married four months ago and was the only breadwinner in his family.
Following the killing, tension gripped Yousuf Plaza, Water Pump and surrounding areas as traders closed all shops in major markets.
The victim was buried in a Korangi graveyard after his funeral at Ghufran mosque in FB Area.
No case was lodged at the Yousuf Plaza cop shoppe till Friday evening.
The other MQM activist was killed near Paper Market in Kharadar, police said.
Shahnawaz, 23, a resident of Abal Chowk, was having launch at a roadside food stall in the area when gunnies riding a motorbike opened a volley of bullets on him before speeding away, said an official at the Kharadar cop shoppe.
He added that the young man sustained five gunshot wounds and was struck down in his prime. The body was moved to the Civil Hospital 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... for medico-legal formalities.
A police investigator, Sub-Inspector Mohammad Akbar, said that the victim was an MQM worker and his mother, Rukhsana, was a senior party worker.
The police said they believed the victim was targeted on political grounds. They said the victim used to run a catering service in the area and also deliver lunch boxes to offices.
As the news of the killing spread, all shops in Kharadar, Boultan Market and its surrounding area were closed.
Rickshaw driver found rubbed out
A rickshaw driver, who had been missing for the past couple of days, was found rubbed out on the outskirts of the city, police said.
They added that Faisal, 26, with his rickshaw had gone missing a couple of days ago. His body was spotted in the Rehri Goth area within the remit of the Sukkan cop shoppe, the officials said, adding that the rickshaw was later found 800 metres
from the body.
Sukkan SHO Sarfaraz Kakazai said the victim had been shot twice. The body was shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for medico-legal formalities and later handed over to the victim's family.
According to doctors, the victim had sustained two gunshot wounds to his head.
The police said the victim was a resident of Korangi Crossing. They quoted the victim's family as saying that Faisal was not associated with any political party.
[Dawn] Five snuffies were reportedly killed on Saturday in an assault by fighter jets in the northwestern Khyber tribal region, DawnNews reported.
Two krazed killer hideouts were also destroyed in the assault in the tribal region's Sarawela area, DawnNews quoted government sources as saying.
The casualty figures from the reported action could not be independently verified.
Sources further said that the operation in the region had picked up pace since Friday's clash with snuffies from the Kokikhel tribe.
In another incident in the tribal region's Zakhakhel region in Tirah, volunteers from the local Tauhidul Islam organization tossed in the slammer I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece! a would-be jacket wallah.
The locked away You have the right to remain silent... would-be bomber was planning to target a camp of the FC in Khyber.
Pakistain's seven tribal districts near the Afghan border are rife with homegrown gunnies and are alleged to be strongholds of Taliban and al Qaeda operatives.
[Dawn] The chief of the paramilitary troops in 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... has claimed that billions of rupees were being spent to spread a state of unrest in the insurgency-hit province, DawnNews reported.
Speaking to media representatives at the FC headquarters here on Saturday, Inspector General Frontier Corps Balochistan Major General Obaidullah Khan Khattak said on Saturday that over 30 cut-thoat training camps had been set up across the border in Afghanistan to launch terrorist and anti-state activities in Balochistan.
Maj Gen Khattak also claimed that around 121 jihad boy training facilities were operating in different parts of the province.
Teachers, doctors and many civilians have fallen prey to murders, said Khattak adding that over 100,000 people had migrated from the province due to its law and order situation.
About 550 incidents of terrorism have taken place in the province so far this year, out of which several groups have claimed responsibilities of 258 such incidents, he informed the media.
The future of the country is in Balochistan, said Khattak, alleging that foreign powers had their eyes set on the province for the same reason. Moreover, a well-planned conspiracy had been hatched for a propaganda campaign against the FC and intelligence agencies, he added.
The Frontier Corps had recently come under much criticism over its alleged role in forced disappearances and human rights One man's rights are another man's existential threat. violations in Balochistan. The Supreme Court is also hearing a case on the province's law and order situation.
The IG FC's comments come after a hearing on Friday in which a bench of apex court judges, headed by the chief justice, assailed the FC and described the recent killing of three people whose whereabouts were being sought by the court as a chilling reminder to it.
[Dawn] A Pak anti-terrorism court freed on Saturday four men accused of involvement in the 2010 Times Square bomb plot, said a lawyer and family members of the men.
The men were placed in durance vile Please don't kill me! in the wake of the May 2010 incident during which Pak-American Faisal Shahzad drove an SUV packed with a bomb into Times Square. The bomb produced smoke but no kaboom.
Lawyer Malik Imran Safdar said Saturday that the prosecution failed to prove its case against his clients. The men were released on Saturday evening after the court in Rawalpindi, next to the capital of Islamabad, acquitted them.
The father of one of the men, Humbal Akhtar, said he was ecstatic at his son's release.
"I have suffered a lot during these two tough years," said Muhammed Akhtar. "Finally I got justice."
In addition to Akhtar, the court released Muhammad Shoaib Mughal, Muhammad Shahid Husain, and Faisal Abbasi. The men were picked up by Pak security officials in the wake of the 2010 incident, and few details of their case have emerged over the two years of their detention.
They were tried by a Pak anti-terrorism court, which are generally off limits to the press or other outsiders.
Terrorism cases in Pakistain rarely result in convictions or prison sentences. Police often lack basic investigative skills, prosecutors lack training in terror cases and judges and witnesses are often subject to intimidation.
Pak security officials have also been accused by human rights ...which often include carefully measured allowances of freedom at the convenience of the state... groups of holding suspects for months, even years without filing charges or divulging any information about their cases.
Two other men placed in durance vile Please don't kill me! by Pakistain in the wake of the Times Square incident were previously released.
The US has long pressed Pakistain to crack down on cut-throats within its borders, both militarily and through the courts.
The Israeli Air Force has hit five terror hubs in the Gaza Strip overnight. Three of sites were reportedly Hamas and Islamic Jihad weapon plants and two others were tunnels. According to the IDF, the pilots reported destroying their targets.
Palestinian sources reported that IAF aircrafts fired at several locations near the town of Beit Lahiya, and at a known tunnel area in Rafah. In the early hours of the morning, a Palestinian source also reported a strike near the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza. A Palestinian medical source said one person was wounded.
[Ma'an] Lebanese troops deployed in the northern city of Tripoli ...a confusing city, one end of thich is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn... early on Sunday after fierce festivities between supporters and opponents of Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Sonny, disguised as Fredo, trying to be Mike... in which 13 people were killed, local medics and security sources said.
Residents said relative calm had returned to the city since the soldiers deployed at around 7 a.m., after gunnies exchanged heavy machinegun fire and rocket propelled grenades.
Prime Minister Najib Mikati and other Tripoli politicians instructed security forces on Saturday to use an "iron fist" to quell the worst violence to shake Tripoli since the start of an uprising against Assad in neighboring Syria.
The mainly Sunni Mohammedan protests against Assad have polarized Tripoli, where a small community of Alawites - from the same offshoot of Shiite Islam as Assad - have frequently clashed with majority Sunni Mohammedans who support the uprising.
The latest festivities began after midnight on Friday and continued throughout Saturday until the army deployment.
Gunmen from the Jebel Mohsen district, home to Tripoli's Alawite residents, have fought intermittent skirmishes over the past few weeks with Sunni Mohammedan fighters in the Bab al-Tabbaneh area.
Saturday's corpse count was the highest in a single day in Tripoli, raising fears that Syria's unrest was spilling over into its smaller neighbor.
The Lebanese National News Agency said there was "shelling across both areas heard every five minutes, and snipers targeting civilians".
Residents said those killed included civilians caught in the crossfire and that a Lebanese soldier was among the maimed.
The areas have long-standing grievances separate from the Syrian conflict but the Sunni-led uprising against Assad has caused strife among Leb's mixed population, especially in Tripoli, 70 km north of Beirut.
Syria flooded Leb with troops early in its 1975-1990 civil war and dominated its neighbor for more than a decade afterwards. It retains significant influence over Leb's intelligence apparatus and military, despite having withdrawn troops in 2005.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has denied his government's forces had any role in the Houla massacre. Assad called the killings an "ugly crime" that even "monsters" would not carry out.
Addressing parliament, he blamed "foreign meddling" for the country's divisions. And he again blamed "terrorists", supported by foreign powers, for causing discord and creating "a project of... dissent".
Assad said that the country was "facing attempts to weaken Syria, breach its sovereignty". He said the only way to resolve the crisis was through political dialogue.
But he added he wouldn't negotiate with those who did not represent the will of the Syrian people. He said, "We are not going to dialogue with forces co-operating with the outside the world, or forces who are engaged in terrorist actions."
[An Nahar] Twelve people were killed and more than 40 people were maimed in renewed festivities between the Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhoods of the northern city of Tripoli ...a confusing city, one end of thich is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn... , Beirut media reported on Saturday.
Among the dead were a woman and her son, killed by a rocket in the Bab al-Tebanneh district, a mostly Sunni Mohammedan community which supports Syria's anti-regime opposition.
At least five were maimed in Jabal Mohsen, an area mainly populated by pro-Damascus ...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world... Alawites.
A meeting chaired by Prime Minister Najib Miqati agreed on lifting the political cover off the gunnies and demanded the army and security forces to control the situation.
The meeting was held at Miqati's residence in Tripoli and attended by the northern city's ministers and MPs and Interior Minister Marwan Charbel.
Smoke was seen billowing from several apartments near the city's Syria street, the split between Bab Tabbaneh neighborhood and the adjacent, Jabal Mohsen, on a hill overlooking its rival. The area around Syria Street was mostly empty and gunnies were seen roaming the streets.
A security meeting at the Serail of Tripoli, chaired by head of the Tripoli's gendarmerie, Brig. Gen. Bassam Ayoubi, agreed on the deployment of the internal security forces in the two neighborhoods.
However, some people cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go... they failed to maintain a ceasefire in the area.
The overnight battles with Rocket Propelled Grenades and machineguns calmed by 5:00 am but intermittent sniper fire continued throughout the day, leaving Khaled al-Rifai dead.
Eight people were maimed overnight, two of them seriously, in the fighting between the rival neighborhoods, the National News Agency said earlier.
The news agency also said a house owned by Abdul Rahman Hamad was engulfed in flames in the area of Starco in Bab al-Tabbaneh when it was hit with an RPG.
Earlier, Miqati held phone conversations with the chiefs of security agencies, urging them not to be tolerant with those who tamper with security in Tripoli.
He also called on them to intensify measures to restore calm in the city.
Sectarian violence has flared on a number of occasions in Tripoli since the revolt broke out in neighboring Syria in March 2011, including deadly street battles in May that erupted over the controversial arrest of Islamist Shadi al-Mawlawi, who was released last week..
Bab al-Tebbaneh and Jabal Mohsen have been gripped by frequent fighting, reflecting a split between Leb's parties where the March 14- led opposition backs the revolt in Syria while a ruling coalition led by Hizbullah supports the Damascus regime.
[An Nahar] The head of Syria's largest exile opposition group said Saturday he would welcome Arab military action aimed at ending attacks by Bashir al-Assad's regime against Syrian rebel forces and civilians.
Burhan Ghalioun, head of the Syrian National Council, made the comments before a meeting of 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... foreign ministers in Doha.
The envoys are to discuss the bloodshed in Syria, including last week's massacre of more than 100 people in Houla.
Gulf nations such as 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... and Qatar have pledged funds to aid Syria's rebels, but there is no direct evidence that anti-Assad forces are becoming better armed.
The Arab League, however, does not appear ready to deploy its own troops.
Proposed OWG "Islamic/Muslim Union", or another US or Euro-led UNSC action???
Of all the proposed Regional, Trans-, + Continental OWG "Unions", thus far only the European Union, aka EU or EuroZone, has formally setup - HOWEVER, WE SEE ALL THE MAJOR M-A-J-O-R DIFFICULTIES ITS BEEN HAVING.
[An Nahar] Syrian troops conducted raids in search of anti-regime gun-hung tough guys and clashed with rebels on Saturday in several regions of the country, with at least 39 people killed including 22 soldiers, a policeman, 15 civilians and one deserter, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
In central Homs province, one civilian was killed during raids of the town of Karatin, and a man and his daughter were fatally shot on a bus on the road to Talbisseh.
Homs city was bombarded by shelling by regime forces for several hours overnight, leaving one rebel dead, according to the Britannia-based watchdog.
In central Hama city, the army launched raids "in search of bully boys," activist Mariam al-Hamwiyahe told Agence La Belle France Presse.
Further north, in the coastal region of Latakia, the army attacked Kurdish communities, bombing from helicopters an area known as Kurdish Mountains. Injuries were reported but no deaths.
In southern Daraa province, the sounds of kabooms and gunfire were heard in the town of Hit, which was stormed by regime forces. Houses were reportedly set on fire and heavy military vehicles were parked on the periphery of the village.
Raids in search of gun-hung tough guys were reported in elsewhere in Daraa, known as Syria's cradle of dissent. In the town of al-Gharia al-Gharbiya, six soldiers were killed in fighting with rebels.
In Damascus ...The place where Pencilneck hangs his brass hat... province, one civilian was killed and five others were maimed in Kafar Batna, the target of gunfire and kabooms. And in the town of Douma outside Damascus, heavy gunfire was reported.
"Many cities and towns are on strike to protest against the massacre of Houla", which left 108 dead last week, including 49 children," the Observatory said.
Shelling was also reported in the Houla region on Saturday.
Near the capital, at least eight soldiers were killed at dawn during fighting with rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the area of al-Ghouta al-Sharqiyah.
And in the northwestern province of Idlib, the town of Ariha was bombarded by heavy machinegun fire, causing injuries.