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Heavy Shelling Kills 16 'Qaida' Fighters in Yemen
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 03/19/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [327 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Yes, I remember her. She was beautiful then.

Don't know her story, and don't care.

I hope she is doing well.
Posted by: rammer || 03/19/2012 1:39 Comments || Top||

#2  She seems to be doing okay. She's looking a bit chunky these days, but that would be expected given her Polish/Italian heritage.

See for yourself.
Posted by: Secret Asian Man || 03/19/2012 6:45 Comments || Top||

#3  "looking a bit chunky" has zippo to do with ancestry and everything to do with eating too much. Let's remember our ladies when they were young and beautiful, and not dwell on what they look like now.
Posted by: gromky || 03/19/2012 7:17 Comments || Top||

#4  "looking a bit chunky" has zippo to do with ancestry and everything to do with eating too much

Sometimes that is, indeed, true. But I quite agree with the rest of the post.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/19/2012 8:21 Comments || Top||

#5  Birthday/Daily Gam Shot

Maria Alba (Spanish) aka Saturday in "Mr. Robinson Crusoe (1932)" aka Elena Nitto in "Great God Gold (1935)" aka Dolores in "West of the Pecos (1934)" aka Rosita in "Flirting with Danger (1934)" aka Nadji - Princess of Egypt in "The Return of Chandu (1934)" aka Dolores Mendez in "Kiss of Araby (1933)" (Died in 1999 age 89)



Must have got the drapes from a funeral parlor.
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 03/19/2012 11:14 Comments || Top||

#6  Ken Livingstone: I will make London a beacon of Islam
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/19/2012 12:34 Comments || Top||

#7  Just one of those Sheikh of Araby romantic moments.

I'll never listen to "Midnight at the Oasis" the same way again.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 03/19/2012 15:39 Comments || Top||

#8  I don't think Ken Livingstoned wants to be elected as Mayor. London consists of 8.5% Muslims--no where close a majority unless there are a lot of dhimmis living there.
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/19/2012 16:58 Comments || Top||

#9  We can only hope NYC becomes a bacon of Islam, then.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 03/19/2012 17:24 Comments || Top||

#10 
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/19/2012 18:39 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Egypt Bedouin Abduct Two Brazilian Women
[An Nahar] Egyptian Bedouin in the Sinai kidnapped two Brazilian women tourists on Sunday in the third such abduction in the peninsula this year, security officials said.

The tourists were returning from a visit to the historic monastery of St Catherine in southern Sinai when the rustics seized them and an Egyptian tour guide, the officials said.

They gave conflicting accounts of the tourists' ages. They had earlier said both were teenagers, but a police official said one was 18 and the other 40 years old.

A police official said one of the kidnappers was the father of a man sentenced to prison on drugs and weapons charges, and that he wanted his son's release.

The two armed Bedouin stopped a tour bus containing 38 tourists and kidnapped the two women and a guide at gunpoint, before driving off with them towards the peninsula's mountains, another police official said.
Posted by: Fred || 03/19/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [350 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Two brazillion? I thought that was the national debt (brushes blond hair out of eyes.)
Posted by: Glenmore || 03/19/2012 0:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Apparently they've been freed.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 03/19/2012 10:17 Comments || Top||

#3  Not to blame the victim or anything, but who the hell is stupid enough to go be a tourist in Egypt now? And that goes double for women. >:-(
Posted by: Barbara || 03/19/2012 13:20 Comments || Top||

#4  Unfortunately, Barbara, there is an awful lot of stupidity going around. Take, for instance, Malia in Mexico.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 03/19/2012 14:59 Comments || Top||

#5  eu, I wonder how much taht's costing us taxpayers.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 03/19/2012 19:05 Comments || Top||

#6  Personality? 12 friends? Oh, really? I've never heard "the big 'un" utter a peep...
Posted by: Shamp Clong8416 || 03/19/2012 22:12 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Heavy Shelling Kills 16 'Qaida' Fighters in Yemen
[An Nahar] Missiles fired from the sea slammed into Al-Qaeda positions in the southern Yemeni city of Zinjibar on Sunday killing at least 16 suspected bad turbans, a local official said.

He said the heavy shelling began overnight targeting the northeastern suburbs of Zinjibar, which jihadists have controlled since May following fierce fighting with government troops.

"Many bases of Al-Qaeda were destroyed," and 16 jihadists were killed, the official said on condition of anonymity.

The attacks were launched from the sea, he added.

Witnesses in the nearby town of Jaar said the bodies of 16 gunnies were buried in a makeshift graveyard in an ammunition factory. The corpses were torn to pieces.

Yemeni forces also launched air raids south of Jaar, another stronghold of Al-Qaeda, the official said.

Al-Qaeda cut-throats have exploited the weakening central government in Sanaa to strengthen their presence in the country, especially across the restive south and southeast.

Zinjibar is the capital of Abyan province, a stronghold of the jihadists' local affiliate Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, whose cut-throats fight under the banner of Partisans of Sharia (Islamic law).
Posted by: Fred || 03/19/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [554 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia


Bahrain Security Forces Clash with Young Protesters
[An Nahar] Bahraini security forces clashed with youths on Sunday after the funeral of a protester who allegedly died after inhaling tear gas fired by riot police, witnesses said.

The festivities erupted in the Shiite village of Al-Muqsha, north of the capital Manama, following the funeral of Jaafer Jassem Ridha, 41.

The main Iranian catspaw Al-Wefaq said Ridha died after inhaling tear gas fired at a recent demonstration that was violently dispersed by riot police.
An awful lot of people seem to have died recently after inhaling tear gas. Odd, that.
It's not the tear gas, it's the truncheons and batons that follow close behind...
Catches 'em when they're not looking...
Hard to look when one is crying, I s'pose.
Al-Wefaq also said on Sunday that another Bahraini, 27-year-old Sabri Mahfoud, had died after inhaling tear gas, without elaborating on the circumstances or date of the incident.

The interior ministry said on Twitter that a group of people "provoked acts of violence and barricaded the streets" after Ridha's burial, adding that necessary "lawful measures" were taken to contain the situation, without saying what these were.

The ministry also announced on Sunday the opening of a probe into claims that a policeman had thrown a petrol bomb, as a video posted online appeared to show.

The inquiry could lead to disciplinary measures against the suspect, a senior ministry official said in a statement received by Agence La Belle France Presse.
Posted by: Fred || 03/19/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [424 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Gunmen kill American teacher in Yemen
[Dawn] Two gunnies on a cycle of violence rubbed out early Sunday an American teacher working at a language institute in a central Yemeni city, the region's provincial governor said.

Hamoud al-Sufi said the teacher was shot in his car in Taiz city. He did not have details on who the killers might be, and said an investigation is ongoing.

Much of Yemen saw a collapse of central state authority during the yearlong uprising against longtime leader President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
, who stepped down as president last month.

Militants affiliated with al-Qaeda took advantage of the chaos to seize control of towns in the south of the country.

Yemeni security officials said rustics kidnapped a Swiss woman working as a researcher in the western city of Hodeida on Tuesday.

Such kidnappings were common even before last year's uprising, with the hostages used as bargaining chips to secure the release of Yemeni prisoners or to get cash and services. Usually in such cases the hostages are released unharmed.

Tribesmen in the area denied the officials' account and said she was taken by bully boys.
Posted by: Fred || 03/19/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [316 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia

#1  The teacher thought moving from Brooklyn (just a guess) to Yemen would be safer; he may have been right, but it still wasn't safe enough.
Posted by: Glenmore || 03/19/2012 0:17 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
Rebel Strike Kills 11 Colombian Troops
[An Nahar] Marxist FARC rebels attacked a Colombian army unit Saturday and killed 11 soldiers, the army said.

The troops were hit by an "indiscriminate" strike by rebels with the 10th front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia
FARC or FARC-EP, is either a Marxist-Leninist revolutionary guerrilla organization or a narco mob based in Colombia. It claims to represent the rural poor in a struggle against Colombia's wealthier classes, and opposes United States influence in Colombia, neo-imperialism, monopolization of natural resources by multinational corporations, and the usual raft of complaints. It funds itself principally through ransom kidnappings, taxation of the drug trade, extortion, shakedowns, and donations. It has lately begun calling itself Bolivarian and is greatly admired by Venezuela's President-for-Life Chavez, who seemingly fantasizes about living in the woods and kidnapping people himself. He provides FARC with safe areas along the border.
(FARC) in Arauca department, in the east of Colombia, the army said.

A mid-ranking official and 10 privates were killed, the statement said. Two other people were maimed, it added.

The FARC officially renounced abduction of civilians late last month, but still holds 10 members of Colombian security forces, though it has pledged to release them soon.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says he will open a direct dialogue with the FARC only when all hostages are released and the group vows to cease "terrorist" actions.

He also wants the FARC to stop recruiting children.
Posted by: Fred || 03/19/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [303 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  FARC being re-supplied by Iran via Venezuela?
Posted by: Glenmore || 03/19/2012 12:11 Comments || Top||


Shootings, roadblocks in Nuevo Laredo Saturday night

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By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

Shootings and an apparent grenade attack took place in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas Saturday night starting at about 1930 hrs, according to compiled Twitter and Mexican news reports.

So far, no official accounts have been released, nor have any reports of deaths surfaced since Saturday night.

As of 1230 hrs Sunday afternoon EDT time, calm had been reported.

Shootings were reported on the road to Piedra Negras -- Mexican Federal Highway 2, on the west side of Nuevo Laredo -- and near the Soirana store on Avenida La Fe. A Mexican Army patrol surprised an armed group, sparking an exchange of gunfire which lasted several minutes.

Armed suspects also detonated a hand grenade at a Walmart store near Avenida Reforma and Mexico Federal Highway 85 near Zona Centro. A Twitter posting said several individuals were wounded in that attack.

Gunfire was also reported in Zaragoza, El Companario and Villas de San Miguel colonies, all along Tamaulipas Highway 1, which is usually an indication of a running gunfight between Mexican security forces and cartel shooters.

Roadblocks were reported in El Nogal and Los Fresnos colonies near Mexico Highway 85. Those neighborhoods are only about two kilometers west of the Walmart store on Avenida Reforma.

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
Posted by: badanov || 03/19/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [348 views] Top|| File under:


Europe
Former Mossad head publicly points finger at Iran for murders in France
Posted by: Chique Unock2033 || 03/19/2012 14:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [365 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Is that the same guy from the 60 Minutes interview?
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 03/19/2012 19:01 Comments || Top||

#2  Elsewhere, I read a report that French Police believe that they suspect that some Neo-Nazi ex-paratroopers from the French Army carried out these attacks.

If so, it is unlikely that there is any Iran connection.
Posted by: Lone Ranger || 03/19/2012 22:26 Comments || Top||


'Four dead' in shooting at Jewish school in France
A man on a cycle of violence has opened fire outside a Jewish school in La Belle France, killing a father and his two sons along with at least one other child, a Toulouse prosecutor has said.

Prosecutor: Gunman "shot at everything"
Minister: "Similarities" between shooting and previous attacks
Police open anti-terrorism probe into three incidents
Gunman opened fire as parents were dropping off children
Dead include teacher and his two sons
City on lockdown as police hunt killer

Prosecutor Michel Valet said the father, a teacher aged 30, was rubbed out along with his sons aged just three and six. He said another child aged between eight and 10 years old was also killed, while a 17-year-old was maimed.

Mr Valet described a chilling scene. "He shot at everything he could see, children and adults, and some children were chased into the school," he said.

The city is now believed to be on lockdown as police hunt the gunman, who decamped on a black scooter.

The government has ordered that security be tightened at Jewish schools and all religious buildings following the attack, which was condemned by French President Nicolas Sarkozy
...23rd and current President of the French Republic and ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra. Sarkozy is married to singer-songwriter Carla Bruni, who has a really nice birthday suit...
, Jewish organizations in La Belle France, and the Israeli foreign ministry.

The shooting comes just days after two other incidents in which soldiers were bumped off by a man on a motorbike in the same region.

French anti-terrorism prosecutors said they were opening investigations into all three incidents. Police stated there a similar calbre of gun was used in all three shootings, AFP reported, while Interior Minister Claude Gueant said on Monday there are "similarities" between the attacks. Mr Sarkozy, who called Monday's shooting "abominable" and "frightening", quickly cautioned that it was too early to draw links between the attacks."

Monday's attack occurred as students were arriving for morning classes at the Ozar Hatorah school, which has around 200 pupils. The gunman shot up the spot were parents were dropping their children off.

The city is now said to be in lockdown as police hunt the gunman. Some two hours after the attack, the children were still in the school. It was not clear if their parents were with them.

Mr Sarkozy said he is travelling immediately to the school, along with his education minister and the head of the CRIF, the umbrella representative group of Jewish organizations in La Belle France. François Hollande, Mr Sarkozy's presidential rival, has also said he is on his way to the school.

Mr Sarkozy called the shootings an "abominable drama" and a "frightening tragedy".

Patrick Rouimi, the father of a child at the school, told AFP that a man opened fire on a group of people standing at a spot where children were picked up for the school.

The shooting occurred at about 8.10am, just ahead of the start of classes in most French schools. The gunman initially used a 9-mm weapon but it jammed, so he switched to a .45-calibre weapon as he went into the Toulouse school, police said.

The gunman, wearing a helmet, decamped the scene on a black scooter, witnesses told BFM. A correspondent for the news channel said people in the area were in "immense shock".

La Belle France has Europe's largest Jewish community, estimated at up to 700,000 people.

The head of the Jewish students union of La Belle France (UEJF), Jonathan Hayoun, called on the authorities "to reinforce security at Jewish schools and synagogues."

He also said in a statement that "anti-Semitic and racist speech has created a climate of insecurity for Jews in La Belle France".

Police in the area launched a major manhunt last week after the killing of three paratroopers and the wounding of another in two separate, but connected incidents. The perpetrator of both attacks decamped on a motorbike.

"One can't fail to notice the similarities between the attacks on our troops in Toulouse and in Montauban and then this horrible attack on children this morning," Mr Gueant said on Monday.

Witnesses described how the killer had time to turn over one of the maimed men who was trying to crawl away and fire three more shots into him before getting back on his scooter and making his escape.

Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said there was as yet no evidence to suggest the soldiers had been killed because of their service in Afghanistan.

Between 50 and 60 coppers, including anti-terrorist specialists, have been drafted in to the investigation.

Senior military officials have ordered troops based in the region not to wear their uniforms outside barracks. Mr Bockman told the BBC that the soldiers who were targeted were of ethnic origin. He said it appeared the gunman was deliberately targeting ethnic minorities in the area.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/19/2012 05:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [305 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Evil.
Posted by: Scooter McGruder || 03/19/2012 9:31 Comments || Top||

#2  For a person so many saw this "man" seems to have no description ...
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/19/2012 10:15 Comments || Top||

#3  On the plus side, the French police have a good reputation for coming down on terrorists hard.

Not too long ago, they had a special anti-terrorism judge, an "investigating magistrate", Jean-Louis Bruguière, who with his team of police had arrested some 500 terrorist suspects, and they were very scared of him.

The French investigating magistrates are renowned for their power and ruthlessness, and trace their origins all the way back to the amazing Joseph Fouché, who even intimidated Napoleon.

It was said that while Napoleon was an emperor, he craved the absolute power of his chief of police.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 03/19/2012 10:56 Comments || Top||

#4  Was the shooter moslem?

Why do I even ask?
Posted by: newc || 03/19/2012 11:45 Comments || Top||

#5  Update
The gun used in a school massacre that has rocked France was the same used in the murders of three soldiers last week, a police source has said.
The powerful motorbike that the gunman used to make his escape in all three incidents was also the same, a stolen Yamaha 500CC T-MAX, police said.
Posted by: tipper || 03/19/2012 13:57 Comments || Top||

#6  The Jerusalem Post reports attention is now focussing on three former paratroopers, dismissed in 2008 on suspicion of being neo-Nazis.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/19/2012 19:10 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Maoists kidnap two Italian tourists in India
[Dawn] Maoist rebels have kidnapped two Italian tourists in eastern India, police said Sunday, in what is believed to be the first abduction of foreigners by the left-wing bad turbans.

Television reports said the kidnappers issued 13 demands for the release of the Italians, including asking police to free an unspecified number of prisoners and end their drive to root out Maoists from the region.

The abduction occurred Wednesday in scenic, but poverty stricken, central Orissa, police said, one of a string of states where Maoist rebels have been waging a decades-long armed battle to overthrow the government.

"Maoists have kidnapped two Italian nationals from Daringbadi area of Kandhamal district," regional police deputy inspector general Radha Krishna Sharma told AFP.

Officials identified the kidnapped Italians as Paolo Bosusco and Claudio Colangelo.

"I condemn the kidnapping. I urge the Maoists to release them on humanitarian grounds," Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told news hounds in state capital Bhubaneswar.

Authorities were making strong efforts to secure the Italians' release. The pair were kidnapped from a spot 250 kilometres (150 miles) southwest of the state capital.

The Italian consul general in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata, Joel Melchiori, arrived in Bhubaneswar Sunday and said he was "hopeful of an early solution".

Bosusco had been living in the city of Puri in Orissa for a decade and was running an adventure tourism company, police said.

Sharma said the men asked police Monday to be allowed to travel around Kandhamal, but authorities denied permission, citing risks of Maoist violence.

"After that the two men and their Indian assistants were found roaming in these areas and on Wednesday, while they were taking a bath near a coffee plantation, Maoists kidnapped them," Sharma said.

Sharma said the Islamic fascisti freed the two Indian hostages on Sunday morning unconditionally.
Posted by: Fred || 03/19/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [289 views] Top|| File under: Commies


Saudi embassy's employee murdered
[Dawn] A local official of Saudi Embassy's sub-office in the capital was killed at his private residence while the killers took away his car here on Saturday, police said.

The incident took place at the house located in street 90 of sector I-10/1 where Dr Hafiz Abdul Rasheed Azhar was strangulated to death allegedly by his two visitors. Dr Azhar belonged to Ahle Hadith sect and was a religious scholar.

He was also a director at Dawa Academy and an official of Maktab-e-Dawa (religious office) of Saudi Embassy's sub-office.

The incident came to light when the victim's son reached home and inquired about him from his mother.

In response, she told him that Dr Azhar had been busy with some guests for the last couple of hours and also took meal with them.

However,
a good lie finds more believers than a bad truth...
the son told her that the car of his father was not parked in the house and on suspicion he went to the drawing room where he found the dead body.

According to police the visitors tied him with ropes and strangulated him to death.

Later the visitors, who had come over to meet the victim on pretext of being his students, took away cash, ATM card and his car.

Shortly after getting the information, police reached the spot and shifted the body to hospital.

Police claimed the circumstantial evidence suggested that he had acquaintance with the killers as he took meal with them.

Although, the killers tried to give an impression of robbery by taking away the cash and car of the victim yet the motive behind the murder seemed something else, police suspected.

Over the killing, dozens of people gathered at I.J. Principal Road in front of I-10/1 and blocked it for traffic.

They staged demonstration against the killing which continued till the filling of this report.
Posted by: Fred || 03/19/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [285 views] Top|| File under:


Mardan school bombed; Tank trader kidnapped
[Dawn] Two watchmen were maimed early on Saturday when bully boyz blew up the building of Government High School for Boys in Babozai area of Katlang tehsil in Mardan district, locals and police officials said.

Locals told Dawn that they were awakened at 2:45am by the loud kaboom of an bomb at the school and rushed to the premises and found watchmen Wakif Khan and Iftikhar with multiple injuries.

They said the two were shifted to a nearby hospital, where doctors declared condition of Mr Wakif critical.

The bomb disposal squad said that explosives used in the blast weighed around 20 kilograms.

Katlang police said the kaboom destroyed three classrooms, two staff rooms and the veranda completely, while the examination hall and restrooms were partially damaged.

They said they had registered an FIR against unidentified krazed killers.

Later in the day, senior police officials inspected the building. There followed the launch of an operation in Katlang and adjoining areas to hunt down bombers.

During the current week, it is the second krazed killer attack in Mardan city. Earlier, bully boyz blew up a CD market in Takht Bhai city on Malakand Road.

In southern district of Tank, over a dozen gunnies wearing military uniforms stormed the house of leading trader Sheikh Allah Nawaz in Pathankot area Saturday morning and took him away along with his servant in his car.

The trader's brother, Qayyum Nawaz, informed local police that five of the attackers entered the house, while others stayed outside holding them after covering his eyes with a piece of cloth.

He said that he heard gunshots before attackers decamped with his brother and his servant. He said he later found his nine-year-old daughter injured as he was shot at by trespassers.Local police registered FIR against unidentified attackers and began
investigation.

However,
ars longa, vita brevis...
no arrests could be made until Saturday night.

Over the last few weeks, the area has reported many cases of assassinations and kidnapping of influential people, including members of peace committees.

In Darsamand area of Hangu district
... Hangu is famous for its greenery, hills, beauty and water. Most of the people of this area are Bangash & Orakzai Pashtuns. Part of the Bangash are Shia. The Orakzai and the Sunni Bangash are determined to kill them...
, the terrorists' bid to blow up a bridge was thwarted by the bomb disposal squad on Saturday as they defused a 10kg bomb attached to it.

Locals said they spotted the bomb and informed police about it before the latter called in the bomb disposal squad for help.

Doaba police started the paperwork but haven't done much else against unidentified cut-throats and began investigation.

On Friday morning, cut-throats blew up a primary school for boys in the remote area of Kotangi Marchoongi. However,
if you can't say something nice about a person some juicy gossip will go well...
no damage to human life was reported.

In Beautiful Downtown Peshawar, police on Saturday foiled a bombing bid by cut-throats on Sango Road in Sarband area.

Sarband cop shoppe's official Fazal Maula told Dawn that the remote controlled bomb was planted to target the patrol vehicle.

"We got information through informers and quickly called in the bomb disposal squad to defuse it. The bomb weighing 12 kilogrammes and placed in a cooker was successfully defused by the squad," he said.

He said police had started the paperwork but haven't done much else against unidentified cut-throats before beginning investigation.
Posted by: Fred || 03/19/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [329 views] Top|| File under: TTP


More than 50 dead in gunfights, air strikes
[Dawn] At least 51 faceless myrmidons and four soldiers have been killed in air strikes and festivities with Pak security forces in the restive northwest over the past week, officials said Sunday.

On Sunday, Pak planes bombed the tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, killing 26 thugs, a senior paramilitary official told AFP.

"Pak jet strikes today killed 26 faceless myrmidons and maimed 15 others and destroyed their seven hide outs in different areas of Upper Orakzai and Kurram (tribal districts)," the official said.

Most of Upper Orakzai is in Taliban hands and is the scene of frequent festivities between security forces and thugs.

Separately, at least 25 faceless myrmidons and four soldiers were killed in Bara, a restive town in Khyber tribal district in shootouts between March 12 and Sunday, the official said.

"Four security forces personnel embraced martyrdom and 12 others were maimed in shootouts which left 25 faceless myrmidons dead," he said.
Posted by: Fred || 03/19/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [310 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Katchhi Rabita Committee leader gunned down in Lyari shooting
[Dawn] Three persons identified as Abdul Rasheed, Khalil and Zubair were killed while three others were maimed in firing by unknown motorcyclists at Ghausia Road, Agra Taj Colony, 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....
on Sunday.

Abdul Rasheed, who was attached with construction business was sitting along with others outside his office at Ghausia Road when unknown motorcyclists sprayed bullets on them, front man of Katchhi Rabita Committee (KRC) and Edhi sources told APP.
The Edhi Foundation is the largest welfare organization in Pakistain, analogous to the work Mother Teresa did in Calcutta. The Katchhi Rabita Committee is, I believe, an organization of Kutchis, who originated in the Rann of Kutch.
Abdul Rasheed, who was a big shot of the KRC, succumbed to injuries on his way to 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...
, a KRC front man and Edhi sources said.

According to the Edhi sources, the injured have been identified as Tahir Rasheed, Yasir and Danish. The incident took place in the jurisdiction of cop shoppe Kalri, Lyari, District South.
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Southeast Asia
Village defense volunteer gunned down in southern Thailand
A village security team member was gunned down in Pattani province on Monday morning. Mahama Yamae, 43, was selling gasoline at his shop when two terrorists men arrived on a motorcycle, posing as customers.

The pillion rider terrorist then took out a pistol and fired three shots at Mahama, killing him. The two terrorists took Mahama's .38 pistol before fleeing.
Posted by: ryuge || 03/19/2012 05:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [314 views] Top|| File under:


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Russian Anti-Terror Troops Arrive in Syria
Or maybe not!
Posted by: tipper || 03/19/2012 17:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [411 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I have an awesome plan let us watch the Russians f u c up Syria wait X number of years and use the same game plan and see if it turns out better.
Posted by: Whinese Omeang4651 || 03/19/2012 18:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Looks like there is still much debate + uncertainty on the MSM-Net about what or why these Russian "Marines" + Vessels are in Tartarus = Syria for.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/19/2012 20:20 Comments || Top||

#3  It would seem unwise to step in the middle to support such an unpopular regime and become targets. Usually the Russians are a bit more pragmatic about such things. Guess the lessons of Chechnya are long forgotten.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 03/19/2012 22:11 Comments || Top||


#5  Who bets they are there to secure the WMD so they don't go to Georgia?
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/20/2012 0:00 Comments || Top||


USN captures Iranian boat, kill 4, wounds 1
KUWAIT CITY, March 5: US troops opened fire on a boat carrying six Iranians near Kuwait’s territorial waters, a source told Al-Shahed daily, adding four Iranians were killed, one was wounded and another was reported missing.

According to the source, the Iranian boat approached a prohibited area that was under the control of US Navy and refused to obey orders. Kuwait’s Coast Guards have been put on alert following the incident, which occurred northeast of the territorial waters of the country.

The source also added that US-Kuwait joint forces began searching for the missing Iranian, while the injured was referred to the US military hospital for treatment. The remains of the four Iranians were recovered by US troops and will be repatriated to Iran.

The US Army has launched an investigation into the incident and is keeping the damaged boat to find out why the Iranians wanted to enter the prohibited area.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 03/19/2012 10:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [365 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Mar 6 update - also from Arab Times

http://www.arabtimesonline.com/NewsDetails/tabid/96/smid/414/ArticleID/180428/reftab/36/Default.aspx

"US denies sea clash - ‘Iranians rescued’"

'KUWAIT CITY, March 6: The US Navy has denied reports that its forces fired on a boat with six Iranians onboard near Kuwaiti territorial waters on March 5, killing four, wounding one and leaving one mariner unaccounted.'
...
“The article inaccurately depicts the search and rescue mission conducted by the US Navy from March 3-4, involving the US Navy Coastal patrol boat USS Firebolt (PC10) and US Coast Guard Cutter Maui (WPB 1304) which rescued an Iranian mariner from the capsized Iranian cargo dhow Abu Al Fazel in the north Arabian Gulf who was treated for shock and hypothermia. Through Firebolt’s civilian translator..."
Posted by: Linker || 03/19/2012 19:59 Comments || Top||

#2  Good find, Linker -- thanks!
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/19/2012 22:05 Comments || Top||


Syrian Dailies Accuse Qatar, Saudi of Being behind Damascus Blasts
Syria said Sunday that two deadly kabooms in Damascus
...Capital of the last remaining Baathist regime in the world...
were aimed at sabotaging peace efforts, as U.N. experts prepared to join a government-led humanitarian mission to devastated protest hubs.

"Yesterday's kabooms were carried out by beturbanned goons supported by foreign powers which finance and arm them," charged Al-Baath newspaper, mouthpiece of Syria's ruling party of the same name.

"The two attacks... aim to disrupt Annan's mission and to foil international efforts to find a political solution to the crisis," it said, referring to 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...
peace 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...
Two huge kabooms killed at least 27 people and maimed 140 others in the heart of Syria's capital on Saturday, the interior ministry said, blaming "terrorists" for the attacks near police and air force headquarters.

Opposition activists blamed the regime, as in past lethal kabooms in the capital and the northern city of Aleppo
...For centuries, Aleppo was Greater Syria's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third, after Constantinople and Cairo. Although relatively close to Damascus in distance, Aleppans regard Damascenes as country cousins...

Ath-Thawra, another official daily, pointed the finger at Qatar and Soddy Arabia which have called for rebels fighting the regime of Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
One of the last of the old-fashioned hereditary iron-fisted fascist dictators...
to be armed.

"The terrorism of Hamad and Saud is not a first. We know their blood-stained hatred, born of hatred and jealousy... We have heard their call, and their incitement," it said, referring to Saudi and Qatari ruling families.
Posted by: Fred || 03/19/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [298 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


War Crimes Complaint against Syria Ex-Minister in France
[An Nahar] A Syrian rights group said on Sunday it had filed a war crimes complaint with French authorities against former Syrian Defense Minister Mustafa Tlass who was reported this week to be in Gay Paree.

The Syrian Association for Freedom provided AFP with a copy of the complaint it had filed with Gay Paree prosecutors on Friday accusing Tlass of responsibility in "several war crimes including the massacre in the city of Hama in 1982."

That year forces loyal to the regime of President Hafez Assad, the father of current president Bashir al-Assad, bombarded Hama over four weeks to put down an uprising. Between 10,000 and 40,000 people were killed, according to various estimates.

The group's head, Abdelhnasser al-Hanidi, said it had 300 witnesses ready to testify in the case.

Syrian opposition representatives told AFP this week that Tlass, Syrian defense minister from 1972 to 2004, had arrived in Gay Paree with one his sons, but that they were not defecting.
Posted by: Fred || 03/19/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [311 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


At Least 41 Dead as Syrian Forces Assault Protest Hubs
[An Nahar] Syrian security forces mounted operations on Sunday in the northern province of Aleppo
...For centuries, Aleppo was Greater Syria's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third, after Constantinople and Cairo. Although relatively close to Damascus in distance, Aleppans regard Damascenes as country cousins...
, northwestern Idlib, the east's Deir Ezzor region, Daraa in the south and al-Raqqa in the northeast, killing at least 37 people across the country, activists said.

Five rebels from the Free Syrian Army and three children were among the 37 casualties, the Local Coordination Committees, the main activist group spurring protests on the ground, said.

Twelve people were killed in Idlib, four in Daraa, seven in the central province of Homs, six in the restive countryside around Damascus
...Capital of the last remaining Baathist regime in the world...
, two in the Qalamoun region, two in Aleppo province and four in Deir al-Zour, the LCC said.

In the Aleppo region, Atareb town was shelled for the 33rd straight day, said Mohammed al-Halabi, contacted by Agence La Belle France Presse from the Lebanese capital on Skype.

Raids by security forces killed three civilians, including a 14-year-old boy, in the mountainous Jabal al-Zawiya region of Idlib, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britannia-based monitoring group.

The Observatory said four soldiers were killed in festivities with rebels in the same region bordering Turkey, while security forces killed a civilian in Daraa, where deserters blew up a bridge near Khorbet al-Ghazaleh to cut a supply route.

It also reported that security forces beat up and jugged opposition figure Mohammed Sayyed Rassas, a National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change leader, which is normally tolerated, and several youths at a Damascus protest.

On Saturday, two "terrorists" were killed as a booby-trapped car they were driving blew up in a Paleostinian refugee camp in a suburb of Damascus, Syria's state news agency SANA reported.

It said the blast in Yarmouk camp on Saturday, the same day as authorities said 27 people were killed in two suspected car boomings in central Damascus, also damaged parked cars and shattered windows of nearby buildings.

SANA gave no further details.

Yarmouk is the largest Paleostinian camp in Syria, which hosts around half a million registered Paleostinian refugees.
Posted by: Fred || 03/19/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [297 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Car Bomb Kills Three, Wounds 25 in Syria's Aleppo
[An Nahar] Syria was hit by the third lethal car booming of the weekend on Sunday as U.N. teams readied for a government-led humanitarian mission and to work to launch a monitoring operation to end a year of bloodshed.
Clear demonstration that the takfiri types have come to stay in Syria. This is their type of attack. Next to follow are wimmins and kiddies with bombs strapped to their bodies. Our choices are Pencilneck or the Muslim-Brotherhood types...
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, in a statement, said the latest blast targeted political security offices in the northern city of Aleppo
...For centuries, Aleppo was Greater Syria's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third, after Constantinople and Cairo. Although relatively close to Damascus in distance, Aleppans regard Damascenes as country cousins...
, killing three civilians and wounding more than 25 others.

State media, which have said that such attacks aimed to sabotage efforts to find a political solution to Syria's crisis, said it went kaboom! near residential buildings and a post office.

The attack left dead and maimed, causing heavy damage to apartment buildings and cars, state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
reported, without giving a precise casualty toll.

Activists in Aleppo, the target of car boomings on February 10 that killed 28 people, told Agence La Belle France Presse in Beirut on Skype that the blast rocked the city at 12:50 pm (1050 GMT).

On Saturday, twin car boomings killed 27 people and maimed 140 others in the heart of Syria's capital, mostly civilians, the interior ministry said, blaming "terrorists" for the attacks near police and air force headquarters.

The capital and Aleppo, Syria's second largest city, are both seen as having high levels of support for Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Lord of the Baath...
and been relatively unscathed by the brutal crackdown on anti-regime protests.

"Yesterday's kabooms were carried out by faceless myrmidons supported by foreign powers which finance and arm them," charged Al-Baath newspaper, mouthpiece of Assad's ruling party of the same name.

"The two attacks... aim to disrupt Annan's mission and to foil international efforts to find a political solution to the crisis," it said, referring to 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...
peace 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 rally and prayers were held on Sunday at the site of the biggest kaboom, in the al-Qasaa district that is home to many members of Syria's Christian minority.

State television, which said victims were being buried Sunday, has repeatedly broadcast how the al-Qasaa blast had totally gutted the facade of a multi-story building, wrecked family homes and left behind blood-splattered pavements.

The opposition Syrian National Council accused the regime of staging the attacks to terrorize its own citizens and for Syria to be viewed as under threat from al-Qaeda.

The SNC, in a statement, called for the formation of an international commission of inquiry into the kabooms and the role of Syria's President Bashir al-Assad in "terrorist acts committed on Syrian soil."

"The Syrian regime wants to terrorize the large agglomerations, especially Damascus
...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world...
and Aleppo where large demonstrations have taken place these past few weeks," SNC executive bureau member Samir Nashar told Agence La Belle France Presse.

Nashar stressed that the attack in Aleppo and one of the Damascus bombings hit districts which are home to many members of Syria's Christian minority.

"The regime is perfectly capable of carrying out such blasts to tell residents that the country is sliding into chaos," he said. "It also wants to send out the message abroad that al-Qaeda has made its way into Syria."

Ath-Thawra, another official daily, pointed the finger at Qatar and Soddy Arabia which have called for rebels fighting the Assad regime to be armed.

"The terrorism of Hamad and Saud is not a first. We know their blood-stained hatred, born of jealousy ... We have heard their call, and their incitement," it said, referring to the Saudi and Qatari ruling families.

Technical experts from the United Nations
...an international organization whose stated aims of facilitating interational security involves making sure that nobody with live ammo is offended unless it's a civilized country...
and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, meanwhile, were to take part in a mission to assess the humanitarian impact of the crackdown on anti-regime protests since March 2011.

U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos, who held talks in Damascus this month, said they would at the weekend join the assessment mission to Daraa, Homs, Hama, Tartus, Latakia, Aleppo, Deir Ezzor and rural zones around Damascus.

The United Nations estimates more than 30,000 Syrians have decamped to neighboring states and another 200,000 have been displaced within the country by the past 12 months of deadly violence.

Activists say the year-long conflict has cost more than 9,100 lives.

Former U.N. chief Annan, who met Assad in Damascus last weekend, has ordered a team of experts to Syria to discuss a possible ceasefire and international monitoring mission, his front man said.

Annan's team are to head to Damascus from New York and Geneva on Monday, his front man said.

On the ground, security forces mounted operations Sunday in Aleppo, northwestern Idlib, the east's Deir Ezzor region and Daraa in the south, birthplace of the anti-Assad revolt, and Al-Raqqa, northeast, activists said.

In the Aleppo region, Atareb town was shelled for the 33rd straight day, said Mohammed al-Halabi, contacted by AFP from the Lebanese capital.

Raids by security forces killed three civilians, including a 14-year-old boy, in the mountainous Jabal al-Zawiya region of Idlib, said the Syrian Observatory, a Britannia-based monitoring group.

The Observatory said four soldiers were killed in festivities with rebels in the same region bordering Turkey, while security forces killed a civilian in Daraa, where deserters blew up a bridge near Khorbet al-Ghazaleh to cut a supply route.

It also reported that security forces beat up and jugged opposition figure Mohammed Sayyed Rassas, a National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change leader, which is normally tolerated, and several youths at a Damascus protest.

On Saturday, two "terrorists" were killed as a booby-trapped car they were driving blew up in a Paleostinian refugee camp in a suburb of Damascus, Syria's state news agency SANA reported.

Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 03/19/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [691 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Don't fret...they're just activists being...ummmm...active. Just call 'em The Opposition. Better yet...The Resistance. Yeah, noble cause and all that rot. Much better then blood-thirsty islamist terrorists don't ya think?
Posted by: DepotGuy || 03/19/2012 20:44 Comments || Top||



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