[Tolo News] Following Afghan defence ministry raid this week concerns have been increased about infiltration of anti-government agents into Afghan army.
While stressing on the need to bolster intelligence capacities of the ministry, experts said positions should be filled by qualified personnel.
Recent attacks targeting military institutions from inside, which are believed to have been carried out by gunnies sleeping cells, have brought the potential of defence ministry under question.
But Defence Ministry Spokesperson Gen. Zaher Azimi said such sorts of incidents are usual in most countries.
"We accept that the man was within us," Gen. Zaher Azimi said.
Atiqullah Amarkhil, Afghan military expert, said: "The army is comprised of people employed by some specific figures and factions.
This is not clear whether they are more loyal to their nation or to their assigners."
Defence ministry attack claimed two lives and maimed seven other personnel.
On Wednesday the ministry accepted that it fell short to prevent the attack.
Prior to the attack the ministry said it is working on an initiative to block bad boys' infiltration into the Afghan army.
Attacks targeting security officials and government buildings are believed to be a new tactic of turban-led violence in the country.
Documentary - "Afghanistan Unveiled" explores the effects of the Taliban's repressive rule and recent U.S.-sponsored bombing campaign on Afghani women. For the first time, Afghan women listened to women voicing their points of view and described their lives from the depths of their villages in Bamyan all the way to their fight around the voting process issue to have the right to sit in Parliament. The documentary is now part of the UNESCO's archives.
To watch please visit - http://www.cultureunplugged.com/play/5627
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Just so everyone knows, the comment above mine about the documentary is a spam.
Interesting video, at least the bits I watched. I checked the one about the Abrahamic faiths in Bengal ("Peoples of the Book: Beyond Brick Lane Project") and found no antisemitism, which would have tainted the entire site in my eyes.
Libya's deputy foreign minister said on Friday Muammar Gaddafi's army may quit fighting in Misrata because of NATO airstrikes and allow local tribes to lead the fight against rebels.
Khaled Kaim said the army was meeting with local tribes who would try to talk to the rebels first. If dialogue fails, the tribes would fight the rebels in Libya's third largest city.
Kaim told reporters that the tribes had told the army: "if you can't do it, we will do it."
"Now there is an ultimatum before the Libyan army. If they can't resolve the problem in Misrata then the people from the region... will move in," he said.
"The tactic of the army is to have a surgical solution but with the (NATO) airstrikes it doesn't work," he said. "The situation in Misrata will be eased, will be dealt with by the tribes around Misrata and the rest of Misrata's people and not by the Libyan army."
TENS of thousands of protesters massed in a southern Egyptian city yesterday and cut off a major railway to demand the exit of a Christian governor as the government sought to resolve the crisis, police officials said.
The protests began last Friday after Emad Mikhail, a former Cairo police commander, was appointed governor of Qena, the second Coptic Christian governor in a row.
The protesters' motivations appear to vary but the presence of hardline Islamists has raised sectarian tensions in the province, which has a large Christian population and a history of religious strife.
How coyly incomplete. Tell us, O journalist: is it a history of Christians attacking Muslims, mutual aggression, or Muslims exercising their natural right to put Christians in their place?
Police officials said the protesters gathered in front of the governor's headquarters and reinforced demonstrators already camped out on a railway track after Friday prayer sermons exhorted them to end the sit-in.
Some of the protesters said they should have been consulted in the appointment of a new governor, especially one with a background in the country's vilified police force.
Since when does the government consult the mob about government appointments?
State television aired interviews with protesters who denied they were Islamists, but a Coptic Bishop in the province said the demonstrators have been heard chanting anti-Christian slogans.
"The protests are sectarian," Bishop Kirilos of the nearby town of Nagaa Hammadi told AFP.
"They are led by Salafis and the Muslim Brotherhood, and they are chanting: 'We won't leave until the Christians leave,'" he said.
The bishop, who was present when Muslim gunmen killed six churchgoers after an evening mass in January 2010, said parishioners were fearful of further attacks.
But a prominent Salafi cleric in Cairo, Abdel Moneim al-Shahat, denied that his sect, which advocates a return to early Muslim practices, was spearheading the protests.
"People object to him because he has a security background, and also because he was appointed as though for a Coptic quota, and Qena always gets the quota Christian," he said.
"My religion forbids me from being ruled by a Christian, but if he were popular I would be willing to set aside my religious objection," he said.
A Salafist would allow popular will to trump Allah's? That sounds like taqiyyah.
Many traditional Muslim scholars believe a Christian or a woman may not rule a Muslim country.
Or a Muslim, which is why non-Muslim men may not marry good Muslim women.
The government has unsuccessfully tried to persuade the demonstrators to disperse by sending two prominent Salafi clerics to negotiate with them along with the interior minister.
State television reported that Prime Minister Essam Sharaf was preparing to head a delegation to the southern city to defuse the crisis.
Copts make up about 10 per cent of the country's 80 million people and have been the targets of attacks.
The protests in Qena have served as a stark reminder to some of the persistence of sectarian tensions after a popular revolt ousted president Hosni Mubarak in February.
Telecoms billionaire Nagib Sawaris, who launched a liberal party after Mubarak's ouster, wrote on his Twitter account that the protests showed a Christian would stand little chance of becoming the country's president.
"To those who said I should run for president: if we can't even have a Copt as Qena governor, what about Egypt?," he wrote.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) landed in Libya on Friday for meetings with rebel fighters and opposition leaders who have been trying for two months to drive embattled leader Moammar Gadhafi from power.
Good for him; nothing like a tour on the ground for a political leader to see what's happening.
The Associated Press reported that the Senate Armed Services Committee's ranking member called rebel fighters his heroes as he left a hotel in Benghazi.
McCain is reportedly set to meet with members of the National Transition Council, the opposition group based in the eastern half of Libya. He is moving around in a heavily armored Mercedes jeep, and has been greeted by some Libyan citizens waving American flags, AP reported.
Prior to the mid-March start of U.S. and coalition bombing of Gadhafi's military and the establishment of a no-fly zone, McCain had been among the most vocal U.S. lawmakers calling for American intervention as the Libyan leader pushed back against rebel fighters. U.S. fighter aircraft and aerial gunships had been involved in the opening weeks of the campaign but recently took a backseat to NATO war planes as the alliance took command of the operations.
Some Libyan rebel fighters and National Council members, however, have criticized NATO for failing to provide the needed combat punch to help opposition fighters counter pro-Gadhafi forces.
If you are on a mission like that, you do not announce it to the media until after it is completed. More photo op and publicity than substance. This whole way that the Libya situation was and is handled by the US govt is sickening. Winging it won't work.
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Highly hazardous. I wonder if McCain wants to be a martyr?
Hundreds of Islamists demonstrated Thursday near the US embassy in Cairo to demand the release of Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was sentenced a life sentence in the US for planning terrorist attacks in New York.
The protesters called on US President Barack Obama to release the prisoner.
Nicknamed the "Blind Sheikh" Omar Abdel-Rahman, 73, was convicted in 1995 by the US for plots to attack targets in New York and to assassinate Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. He was among the group that planned the first attacks against the World Trade Center, which resulted in 6 deaths and injured over 1,000 in 1993.
Ex-minister and five assistants accused of graft and profiteering by granting Israel extraordinarily favourable terms. Israel points out they're paying more than any other of Egypt's customers. Egypt now reviewing all natural gas contracts, hopes to boost government's income by US$ 3-4 billion.
Pfft, that's a wasting asset. Aren't the Israelis sitting on tens of trillions of cubic feet of gas, that they're in the process of drilling out? In five years, you'll be wanting to import *from* Israel, you idiots.
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ZNG (Zionist Natural Gas) would be un-Islamic. Better to sit in beturbanned squalor than to use it.
[Dawn] Kuwait's foreign minister said on Thursday an Iranian spy cell uncovered by the Gulf Arab state last year monitored the US military presence and possessed explosives to bomb "strategic" facilities.
"We are talking about a cell whose task was not only to monitor and record the (US) military presence that is in their view hostile -- the American forces presence on Kuwait lands -- but it exceeded that," Sheikh Mohammad al-Salem al-Sabah told Dubai-based Al Arabiya television.
"They had explosives and the intention to explode vital Kuwaiti facilities. They had names of officers and they had extremely sensitive information. This indicates bad intentions to harm Kuwaiti security."
OPEC-member Kuwait hosts Camp Arifjan, a vast US logistics base in the desert south of the capital that serves as a staging post for US forces being deployed in neighbouring Iraq.
The United States has air and naval installations in Gulf Arab states, some of which are little more than 200 km (120 miles) from Iran's coast. The US Central Command keeps its forward headquarters in Qatar while Bahrain hosts the US Navy's Fifth Fleet.
Last month, a Kuwaiti court sentenced two Iranians and a Kuwaiti to death for being part of an alleged Iranian spy ring in a case that has strained relations between Kuwait and the Islamic Theocratic Republic.
Earlier this month, Iran expelled three Kuwaiti diplomats in a tit-for-tat move after the Gulf emirate said it would throw out three Iranian diplomats in a row over spy allegations.
The move came after Kuwait expelled three Iranian diplomats, a Kuwaiti official had said.
Kuwaiti media said in May 2010 that authorities had jugged a number of people, Kuwaitis and foreigners, suspected of engaging in espionage for Iran. Media reports said they were accused of gathering information on Kuwaiti and US military sites for Iran's Revolutionary Guards.
But Sheikh Mohammad said Kuwait still wants good relations with Iran. "We completely reject severing ties (with Iran)," he said, although he added that Iran needs to treat Gulf Cooperation Council states as "sovereign" and not "subordinate".
Iran's relations with its US-allied Gulf Arab neighbours, who offer various facilities to US forces, have soured since popular uprisings were suppressed by government forces.
Sunni Mohammedan-ruled Gulf Arab states accused Iran of interfering in their affairs after Tehran objected to the dispatch of Saudi and UAE troops to help Bahrain put down protests by its Shia majority in March.
[Iran Press TV] Exposed documents show that thousands of relatives of Soddy Arabia's King Abdullah enjoy the monopoly of the kingdom's financial and commercial resources.
Classified evidence cited former United States Ambassador to Soddy Arabia William Wyche Fowler as saying that in the late 1990s Saudi Prince Al Waleed bin Talal Al Saud trusted Washington with secret information on the royal family's financial secrets, wrote German newspaper Die Welt.
The royal exposed the dominance of 7,000 Saudi princes on the country's oil and business enterprises.
Bin Talal, himself among the beneficiaries, is rated as the world's 26th richest person by the US business magazine Forbes.
Together with his wife and children, the 56-year-old lives in a 330-room palace in the capital, Riyadh, with walls made out of Italian alabaster.
The edifice is fitted with tennis courts, five luxurious kitchens, a movie theatre and a parking space holding 200 state-of-the-art luxury cars, namely Rolls-Royces, Ferraris and Lamborghinis, and can accommodate 2,000 guests at the same time.
While a subject of criticism by Saudi clergymen and religious leaders, the royal has written columns in The New York Times ...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize... about the implementation of reforms in the kingdom, defending the rights of women and disadvantaged people.
Soddy Arabia, the world's number one oil exporter, owns the biggest economy among the Arab nations.
The information comes out amid protests across the kingdom by the jobless, demanding their share of the country's oil-driven economy.
The protests rage despite a ban by the Interior Ministry on all kinds of demonstrations and public gatherings.
Well, there you go, Saudi Arabia isn't a nation. It's a royal family with territorial holdings. What part of "tribes with flags" didn't you understand, Iran Press?
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"I bet Die Welt was fed this info by the Iranians." And thats how they roll. Remember that corrupt German that was getting money from the "oil for food" programme? And the POS UN leader who had a son also on the take? And der spegil crap media attacking Bush over taking that down?
I already bagged on the house of saud on this - it has gotten better where as their GDP to debt ratio. But I have a strong thing against Germany's media ever since then. They really want to see the Iran ultra crazy nutters win over the Sauds. They may have Merkel, but Germany is still as corrupt as hell. - they may also be going there.
I think you will find that the rulers of many other Muslim countries are doing the exact same thing. By right of conquest (and inheritance), sultans or emirs (or whatever) own their countries and all the subjects within. Most will dress it up with some verbal concessions to the democratic pieties of today. But the relationship of subject to sovereign isn't that much different from that which prevailed during Muhammad's era. In this respect, the primary difference between Iran and Saudi Arabia is that Iran's "princes" have only been around for 30 years.
[Bangla Daily Star] The International Crimes Tribunal yesterday rejected a bail petition filed by jugged four top Jamaat leaders in connection with crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War.
The leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami-- Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami, Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid, assistant secretaries general Muhammad Kamaruzzaman and Abdul Quader Molla-- were produced before the court yesterday morning.
The court also rejected another petition filed by Nizami and Mojahid seeking review of its April 13 order which allowed Sherlocks to quiz them at a "safe home" in the capital instead of Dhaka Central Jail about their links with war crimes.
The three-member tribunal headed by its Chairman Justice Nizamul Huq passed the orders after hearing arguments from the defence counsel and the prosecution on the petitions.
The jail authorities were asked to arrange proper treatment for the accused inside the jail, and, if necessary, allow them to receive treatment at Birdem Hospital at their own cost.
The court also directed the prison authorities to allow the leaders to collect necessary medicine from outside the jail.
The Sherlocks have to complete the probe into allegations against the Jamaat leaders as early as possible, it said. The prosecution has to submit the progress report, if the Sherlocks fail to complete the probe, by June 1.
The Sherlocks were ordered to inform counsels of Nizami and Mojahid 48 hours before holding the interrogation so the accused can consult with their lawyers and be prepared.
The tribunal said during interrogation the accused should not be harassed in any manner, and their lawyers will be present in the adjacent room.
It said the Sherlocks will question the Jamaat leaders about the documents and evidence they have collected but the statements of the accused during the interrogation will not be treated as evidence.
And this provision will be incorporated amending the tribunal's rules of procedure, added the court.
The four leaders sought bail on medical grounds. Nizami and Mojahid filed the review petition apprehending that they would be harassed in the name of interrogation.
Advocate Tajul Islam appeared for the accused while Prosecutor Syed Haider Ali opposed the petitions.
[Emirates 24/7] Asylum seekers torched nine buildings at a Sydney detention centre in a night of wild riots with a handful of protesters remaining on rooftops on Thursday as police worked to regain control.
The riots kicked off late on Wednesday at the Villawood Detention Centre with an estimated 100 detainees involved at the height of the drama.
At one stage firefighters were pelted with roof tiles and pieces of furniture as they tried to tackle the blazes, with riot police called in to protect them.
Among the buildings destroyed were a computer room, kitchen, medical facilities and a laundry.
The immigration department said the fires had been contained but an AFP photographer said several people remained on the roof, sitting beside a large white sign that read "We need help".
"Emergency services have been working throughout the morning to restore order following a major disturbance at Villawood Immigration Detention Centre," the department said in a statement.
"About 100 detainees were believed to be involved in the disturbance, in which nine buildings within the Fowler complex were set alight."
Immigration front man Sandi Logan condemned the "appalling" behaviour of protesters.
"At one stage many of the protesters were hurling roof tiles and pieces of furniture, and other clumps of wood at the firefighters," he said, adding that "miraculously" no injuries had been reported.
The protest started with just two inmates, apparently upset at the immigration department denying their applications for visas to remain in Australia.
Those still on the roof reportedly want a meeting with the immigration department, but Logan told news hounds this would not happen.
"Until they come down, we won't be negotiating, but we are working and managing to get them down from the roof," he said.
Australia has a policy of mandatory detention for asylum seekers while their claims are processed, and generally holds detainees on remote Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean.
But the increasing number of people arriving by boat has seen mainland centres also being used, including Villawood, which houses about 400 people.
Brami Jegan, from the Refugee Action Coalition, told ABC radio she believed stress and frustration were behind the riots.
"What's happened is an absolute act of desperation. It's a cry out for help," Jegan said, adding that some people had been in Villawood for nearly two years.
"It's so obvious the profound psychological effects that mandatory and prolonged detention is having on these people, these human beings," she said.
Lets see, the Phelps can shit all over veteran's funerals at our churches, they fund "piss Christ" as art, but they don't allow this guy to protest in front of a mosque? Since when did we bow to Muslims?
Pakistan's nuclear missiles are superior to those possessed by India, The Nation Editor-in-Chief and Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Chairman Majid Nizami has claimed.
"Our missiles are like horses (In the words of the Holy Quran) and theirs are like donkeys," The Nation quoted Nizami, as saying at an Iqbal Day function.
They still go kaboom, and they still can wreck your day...
He said that Pakistan's missiles would beat those of India in case of war, provided Pakistani keep themselves high, as advised by the late Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal, the official poet of the country.
"We should act upon the philosophy of Allama Muhammad Iqbal and teaching of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to protect our independence and sovereignty", he added.
Pakistan's Commerce Secretary Zafar Mahmood had said earlier this week that India had offered cheap electricity to Pakistan to help it overcome the lingering load-shedding problem, adding that Pakistan was seriously considering the Indian offer.
Nizami said that India was planning to build hydel projects on Kashmir rivers to sell electricity to Pakistan, adding: "Our Trade Secretary has shamefully said Pakistan will consider the offer."
"We curse on electricity coming from India", he averred.
Nizami also said that the Pakistan resolution was adopted in 1940 on the basis of Iqbal's Two-Nation Theory, and alleged that the Hindu Banya did not accept Pakistan by heart and conspired to dismember it in 1971 by converting East Pakistan into Bangladesh.
He further alleged that India was now targeting Pakistan in connivance with the United States and Israel.
Pakistan is the only Islamic power with atom bomb, and it is the duty of Pakistanis to beak the hands of India, he added.
"We curse on electricity coming from India", he averred
"Curse you, Reddy Kilowatt!!!"
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So, IIUC, this bozo is taking his line and advice on nuclear weapons from the late Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal, the official poet of the country...
This greatly increases the odds that Editor-in-Chief and Trust Chairman Nizami has his animals reversed. Not to mention that newspaper editors, however elevated, tend not to be experts in comparative missilonics*.
*Yes, I realize that isn't a real word, but the principle expressed by the imaginary one still holds.
"The only Islamic Power wid the Atom Bomb" > Well, I wouldn't go that far as the jury is still out on just how many Soviet nuke warheads Iran procured from Ukraine + the Black Markets for its "dual use" TLCMS, SRBMS = SSBMS - ditto for how many so-called "suitcase" nukes suitable for MilTerr use.
IN ANY CASE, IRAN + RADICAL ISLAM [MilTerrs] ARE GOING NUCLEAR, while the Jasmine-led overthrow of anti-Islamist, pro-Western "Moderate/
Centrist" Muslim Govts in the ME + Africa gives Radicla Islam the opportunity for POLITICAL-LEGAl JIHAD LED "SUDDEN CALIPHATE".
LOTS OF SUDDDENLY PRO-ISLAMIST? REGIONAL OR MULTI-REGIONAL MUSLIM GOVTS + GOING NUCLEAR = OWG NUCLEAR CALIPHATE = USA-VS-CHINA-VS-NUCLEAR-ISLAMISM.
LOTS OF SUDDENLY PRO-ISLAMIST, SOVEREIGN, NUCLEAR? MUSLIM GOVTS-STATES = MILTERRS DON'T HAVE TO CARE ANYMORE IFF THE US-ALLIES ATTACK IRAN OR NOT, BECUZ THEY IN NEAR-FUTURE WILL HAVE MULLAH ALTERNATE INDEPENDENT STATE(S)SOURCES TO GET THEIR DESIRED NUCTECHS [Nukes-WMDS].
NEITHER THE UNSC NOR THE US-ALLIES [NATO-EU, etc.] CAN ATTACK ONE, FEW, OR ALL OF THESE SOVEREIGN, NUCLEAR ISLAMIST MUSLIM STATES WIDOUT SUFFERING SOME KIND OF MASS-CASUALTY STATE(S), MILTERR MIL COUNTER-RESPONSE.
"VIETNAM WAR" SAYING = the US would've "LOST THE GWOT DESPITE WINNING ALL THE BATTLES"???
This time around, IT WILL BE WASHINGTON, DC THAT WILL FALL, NOT JUST "SAIGON" = REGIONAL ALLIES.
OLD VULCAN SAYING = "ONLY NIXON COULD GO TO CHINA" = now devols into "NIXON MUST GO TO MECCA IFF HE WANTS TO GO TO CHINA"???
[Dawn] Pakistain's army chief General Ashfaq Kayani ... four star general, current Chief of Army Staff of the Mighty Pak Army. Kayani is the former Director General of ISI... vowed to defeat terrorism and rejected the notion of Islamabad "not doing enough" in the anti-Taliban fight, the military said on Thursday.
His comments followed remarks by Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, accusing Pakistain's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency of having ties with Afghan Taliban in Pakistain's northwest tribal belt.
The White House also criticised Pakistain's efforts to defeat the Taliban operating on the border in a report this month refuted by Islamabad.
The army chief "strongly rejected negative propaganda of Pakistain not doing enough and Pakistain army's lack of clarity on the way forward," the military said in a statement, a day after Mullen met top generals in Islamabad.
Kayani said that the "army's ongoing operations are a testimony of our national resolve to defeat terrorism", according to the statement.
In an interview with private TV channel Geo, Mullen -- the highest ranking officer in the US armed forces -- said: "ISI has a long standing relationship with the Haqqani network, that does not mean everybody in ISI but it is there."
The statement did not mention the Haqqani network.
The army defended its stance against terrorism in general and acknowledged that a "trust deficit between the institutions as well as the people" existed between the US and Pakistain.
But Kayani and Mullen re-stated their aims of building "reciprocal respect towards each other's illusory sovereignty" and the statement said "security ties will not be allowed to unravel between the two armed forces".
The Haqqani network is an al-Qaeda-allied organisation run by Afghan warlord Sirajuddin Haqqani and based in Pakistain's North Wazoo tribal district.
The group has been blamed for some of the deadliest anti-US attacks in Afghanistan, including a suicide kaboom at a US base in Khost in 2009 that killed seven CIA operatives.
Kayani said public support was key to success in the war against terrorism but said that controversial US drone strikes "not only undermine our national effort against terrorism but also turn public support against our efforts".
Mullen's trip is the latest shuttle diplomacy mission after a fatal shooting by a CIA contractor in January triggered a row between the US and Pakistain over intelligence sharing and raised tensions over the controversial US drone war.
In recent weeks, however, Kayani has spoken out against the strikes. In mid-March, he issued a strong statement denouncing on such attack after it killed nearly 40 people. While the US insisted the group consisted of thugs, Kayani said dozens of mostly innocent rustics died.
That strike came the day after the US secured the release of American CIA contractor Raymond Davis by paying the families of the two shooting victims' so-called "blood money." The Davis case badly strained relations, with Pakistain refusing to take a stand on whether Davis had diplomatic immunity from prosecution as the US embassy claimed.
[Iran Press TV] Iran's Interior Minister the sinister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar Interior minister of Iran and a former defense minister of Iran. He is a veteran of the Revolutionary Guards since the establishment of the body in 1980...
has urged Pakistain to utilize all its resources to dismantle the Jundallah terrorist group.
But Pakistan likes terrorist groups. And anyway, why should Pakistan do anything for those Shiite nosy parkers who are making such trouble for Pakistan's friends/clients like Saudi Arabia and Bahrain?
In a meeting with his visiting Pak counterpart Rehman Malik Pak politician, current Interior Minister under the Gilani administration. Malik is a former Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) intelligence officer who rose to head the FIA during Benazir Bhutto's second tenure. He later joined the Pak Peoples Party and was chief security officer to Bhutto. Malik was tossed from his FIA job in 1998 after documenting the breath-taking corruption of the Sharif family. By unhappy coincidence Näwaz Shärif became PM at just that moment and Malik moved to London one step ahead of the button men. in Tehran on Thursday, Mohammad-Najjar said that Islamabad has to step up efforts to eliminate Jundallah's hideouts from its southwestern Baluchistan province near the border with Iran, two top interior ministry officials in Islamabad told a Press TV correspondent on condition of anonymity.
Malik assured his Iranian counterpart that his government has deployed extra troops in its border region to counter the terrorists' activities.
The Iranian and Pak ministers also reviewed the current situation in Pakistain-Afghanistan border.
Iran's southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, which borders Afghanistan and Pakistain, has witnessed a rise in terror activities by arms smugglers and Pak-based armed terrorist groups such as Jundallah.
Jundallah has carried out numerous bombings, liquidation attempts, and terrorist attacks in Iran's southwestern region.
Former Jundallah ringleader Abdolmalek Rigi was incarcerated by Iranian intelligence forces in February 2010 and executed in June for 79 counts of crime, including manslaughter, armed robbery, bombing operations and armed attacks on security officers and civilians.
Rigi stated in his confessions that he had dealings with the US government and was promised unlimited funds and resources for "waging an insurgency" in Iran.
The Gaza Strip is not experiencing a humanitarian crisis, the Israel Defense Forces quoted a Red Cross official as saying on Wednesday.
How exciting -- they actually saw the obvious! Nobody else in those circles seems to manage that little trick.
In an interview conducted by Rotem Caro-Weizman and published on the IDF's Spokesman's Office website, Mathilde Redmatn, deputy director of the Red Cross in the Gaza Strip, said that there "is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza," adding: "If you go to the supermarket, there are products. There are restaurants and a nice beach."
Rather, according to Redmatn, the issue in Gaza was "mainly in maintenance of infrastructure and in access to goods, concrete for example."
To Gazans infrastructure equals tunnels, and tunnels get them killed in so many ways. They must be protected from themselves, poor dears.
Two hundred Iranian pro-regime students, members of the Basiji militia, stationed in the gulf city of Bushehr have sailed to Bahrain on their own flotilla to join the Bahraini Shiite protesters.
In an interview with the Iranian Student's News Agency, Abbas Aalizadeh, public relations spokesperson for the so-called students claimed that this was 'a spontaneous act on the part of the students and that they were not acting as anyone's proxy and the ships were privately owned.' Aalizadeh added: "We are determined and we will stay on our path to see the mission through."
I truly hope the Saudis pick them up en route, then do a "deep process" of them in Saudi Arabia before returning them to Iran.
This includes lots of photographs, fingerprints, DNA samples, shaved heads, cavity searches, family notifications, Red Crescent notifications, criminal background checks, and more cavity searches. A real media circus, with broadcasts to Iran.
Then return them wearing pink paper pajamas with open heeled fuzzy bunny slippers.
Just yesterday, Iranian student surrounded the Saudi mission in Tehran, which has been under low level assault for some time. But will they try the same stunt? Unless there is going to be a war between the two, for them to seize their embassy will mean the end of Hajj for Iranians.
(ANSA) - ROME, APRIL 20 - An article published in the Iranian daily Kayhan, close to the supreme leader of the Islamic revolution, Ali Kamanaei, asks to monitor the movement of Saudis living for various reasons in Europe or the United States and to kill them in the name of the ''revolutionary executions''.
The article is signed, according to Al Jazeera's website which reports the news, by Husain Madari, representative of the supreme leader at Kayhan.
The Iranians have been trying to disrupt the Hajj for years, which usually ends up with a bunch of Iranians losing their heads. But it is long past time when the Saudis should have created a foreign counterintelligence service with an eye to whacking Iranian agents in other countries.
If nothing else, it would be good paying jobs for young, unemployed, and disaffected Saudi men.
'moose, if well-trained Mossad agents managed to accidentally kill innocent Swedish waiters in the aftermath of Munich, what do you think will be the result of the Saudis sending hordes of "young, unemployed, and disaffected Saudi men" off to go a-Viking against "Iranian agents"?
Not that we'd be able to tell the difference between them and the simple salafi terrorists we're already failing to do a hell of a lot about these days...
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And this would trouble the Saudi government in what way?
Their attitude would be meh, so some infidels got whacked when we took down those Iranians. Triple whoopie.