Al-Qaeda fighters have returned to Afghanistan and will use the country as a base to launch September 11-style attacks on Western cities, according to the American ambassador to Kabul.
"If the West decides that 10 years in Afghanistan is too long then they will be back, and the next time it will not be New York or Washington, it will be another big Western city.
Ryan Crocker told The Daily Telegraph that if the West was to leave Afghanistan too early, al-Qaeda would be able to increase its presence.
Al-Qaeda is still present in Afghanistan. If the West decides that 10 years in Afghanistan is too long then they will be back, and the next time it will not be New York or Washington, it will be another big Western city.
Nato officials believe that up to 100 al-Qaeda fighters have returned to the country, based mainly in the Kunar and Nuristan provinces near the border with Pakistan. Hundreds more are based in Pakistan and could return if circumstances were to change.
We have killed all the slow and stupid ones. But that means the ones that are left are totally dedicated,
Following the shootings in Toulouse this month by an al-Qaeda-inspired gunman, British intelligence officials believe the group is planning a wave of attacks against Western targets, including the London Olympics.
Mr Crocker, who took up his post in Kabul last year, said al-Qaeda remained a potent threat despite suffering setbacks. We have killed all the slow and stupid ones. But that means the ones that are left are totally dedicated, he said.
We think weve won a campaign before our adversaries have even started to fight. They have patience, and they know that we are short on that.
MOGADISHU: Somalias Al-Qaeda-linked militants clashed on Friday with African Union and Somali government troops, who are struggling to extend their control to territory beyond the capital where the Islamist rebels are still able to fire mortar barrages.
The spokesman for the Burundian contingent of AU troops said his unit had been unable to capture the airstrip in Daynile district, Al-Shababs last major stronghold at the edge of Mogadishu. The AU force (AMISOM) and Somali government troops have to capture Daynile and its airstrip so that they can advance toward the Al-Shabab-controlled towns of Afgoi, Elasha and Lafole, a short distance from Mogadishu.
Mogadishu is in the hands of government and AMISOM, except the Daynile airstrip where Al-Shabab is still fighting, said the spokesman, Ndayiragije Come.
He said 20 Al-Shabab fighters had been killed in the fighting, while one Burundian soldier had died and four were wounded.
Daynile has been the scene of some of the heaviest fighting in Mogadishu. In October, the AU said it had lost 10 Burundian peacekeepers in fighting there, but Reuters witnesses said they saw a significantly higher number of bodies.
Al Shababs military operations spokesman said the rebels had pushed AMISOM and government troops away from the airstrip and had captured a vehicle-mounted anti-aircraft gun. Reuters witnesses said they saw government troops leave the vehicle behind.
Al Shabab has been under pressure since pulling out of the capital in August and losing control of towns in southern and central Somalia to Ethiopian and Kenyan troops. But its fighters have shown they can still carry out large-scale guerrilla attacks on government targets in Mogadishu using roadside bombs, grenades and hit-and-run raids.
At least six al-Shabaab ... successor to the Islamic Courts... fighters have been killed in the latest spate of violence between Somalia's government-allied forces and the group in a southern Somali border town, Press TV reports.
The clash broke out on Thursday after al-Shaboobs attacked a convoy carrying Somalia's Ahlu Sunna Waljama militias and Ethiopian troops in the Bohol-Bashir village, 37 kilometer east of the Luuq district in Gedo region.
The front man for Ahlu Sunna Waljama said al-Shabaab forces attacked the convoy as it was heading to Yurkud from Luuq.
"Anti-government forces attacked our convoy, include Ethiopian soldiers, but we repelled them. We have killed 6 rebels," said Sheikh Abdullahi Abdirahman (Al-Qadi).
However, death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate... al-Shabaab officials claimed they killed dozens of Ethiopian troops, burning five of their armored vehicles.
"We have ambushed Ethiopian infidels' convoy near Luuq after they went over landmines that we buried; we burned down five of their military vehicles and killed several of their soldiers," Sheikh Abdiaziz Abu Mus'ab, al-Shabaab's military front man told their own radio station late on Thursday.
Bohol-Bashir is located in the West of Gedo, near the borders with Ethiopia and Kenya and has been under al-Shabaab control since 2009.
Witnesses say Tuareg rebels have taken control of a key town in northeastern Mali. The rebels entered Kidal on Friday, a day after launching an offensive on the remote town, the capital of Mali's Kidal region.
Reports from the area say the rebel MNLA was assisted by an Islamist group known as Ansar Edine.
The rebellion began in January, a couple of months after heavily-armed Tuareg fighters returned from Libya, where they were assisting ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
(Xinhua) -- A group of person or persons unknown blew up a gas pipeline on Friday night in the restive southeastern province of Shabwa, which transports gas from the oil- producing Maarib province to Belhaf port on the Arabian Sea, a security official told Xinhua.
Suspected al-Qaeda Death Eaters sabotaged the oil pipeline, just a few hours after the U.S. drones raided hideouts of the al-Qaeda Death Eaters in the thugs-controlled town of Azzan, 150 kilometres east of Ataq, the quiet provincial capital of Shabwa, the local security official said on condition of anonymity.
Blowing up the oil pipeline was apparently a retaliatory attack by the al-Qaeda operatives, the official said.
The official blamed al-Qaeda for criminal masterminding the attack, saying that "al-Qaeda cut-throats have repeatedly attacked Yemen's oil pipelines in Shabwa following any U.S. drone attacks just to take Dire Revenge™ on the Yemeni government."
Local residents near the scene confirmed to Xinhua that they saw smoke rising from the area following the powerful kaboom and the fire was still blazing.
Earlier in the day, U.S. drones raided dozens of the al-Qaeda gunnies travelling in a vehicle in a main road of the al-Qaeda seized city of Azzan in Shabwa, killing at least seven forces of Evil and injuring several others, a security official told Xinhua.
Al-Qaeda Death Eaters who took advantage of the conflicts in the country have seized several towns in Abyan and Shabwa provinces after severe fighting with government troops backed by U.S. drones.
In January 2009, al-Qaeda affiliates in Soddy Arabia and Yemen officially merged and formed Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula ( AQAP).
The group, mainly entrenching itself in Yemen's southern provinces of Abyan and Shabwa, is on the terrorist list of the United States, which considers it as an increasing threat to its national security.
The AQAP underscores the challenges faced by Yemen's new President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi who won support from major Yemeni political forces, the United States and Soddy Arabia.
Hadi is tasked with restoring security and stability to Yemen and putting an end to growing influence of al-Qaeda that threatens the daily oil shipping routes in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.
A group of unidentified assailants blew up a gas pipeline on Friday night in the restive southeastern province of Shabwa, which transports gas from the oil-producing Maarib province to Belhaf port on the Arabian Sea, a security official told Xinhua.
Suspected al-Qaida militants sabotaged the oil pipeline, just a few hours after the U.S. drones raided hideouts of the al-Qaida militants in the insurgents-controlled town of Azzan, 150 kilometres east of Ataq, the provincial capital of Shabwa, the local security official said on condition of anonymity.
The official blamed al-Qaida for masterminding the attack, saying that "al-Qaida insurgents have repeatedly attacked Yemen's oil pipelines in Shabwa following any U.S. drone attacks just to take revenge on the Yemeni government."
Local residents near the scene confirmed to Xinhua that they saw smoke rising from the area following the powerful explosion and the fire was still blazing.
SANAA: An airstrike killed four al-Qaida militants yesterday in a southern district of Yemen that has been under the group's control for around a year, officials said.
The military officials from Shabwa province said that an unmanned US drone carried out the attack on a vehicle carrying seven militants in the district of Azan. The officials said four were killed, while three were critically wounded and under treatment in a nearby Al-Qaeda-run clinic in Shabwa.
A security official said the attack may have killed leading figures in the group, who were attending Friday prayers and left together. He had no further details.
A second airstrike yesterday, just a few kilometers from the first strike, hit a building believed to be used by Al-Qaeda near a main market in the town of Azan. Four residents were wounded, said medical officials.
Last month, Al-Qaeda-linked militants publicly executed a Yemeni in Azan who they suspected of collaborating with the United States by planting electronic devices that help US drones strike militant positions.
Also yesteray, suspected Al-Qaeda militants opened fire on a powerful tribal head who sits in Yemen's upper house of Parliament as he was coming out of a mosque in the southern city of Aden. His two bodyguards were killed in the attack but he was unharmed, according to medical officials. Mohammed Hussein Ashal's tribe fought Al-Qaida last year in Mudya district in Abyan province near Aden, kicking them out of several towns.
Militants killed Ashal's son last year in the capital Sanaa, and have also targeted other officials in Aden, shooting dead an intelligence chief in December.
Two men were found guilty and jailed for life today for the murder of a police officer shot dead by dissident republicans in Northern Ireland.
Brendan McConville, 40, and John Paul Wootton, 20, were convicted by Lord Justice Paul Girvan at Belfast Crown Court for their part in the ambush of Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Constable Stephen Carroll.
The officer, aged 48, from Banbridge, County Down, was the first policeman killed by Republican terrorists since the peace process reforms which saw the Royal Ulster Constabulary replaced by the new-look PSNI.
Responsibility for the attack was claimed by the Continuity IRA
It's worth keeping in mind that Islamicists aren't the only thugs whose lives center on hatred and murder. More on the Continuity IRA here.
North Korea apparently test-fired two KN-01 short-range surface-to-ship missiles on its west coast on Thursday.
Did they manage to hit the ocean?
The KN-01 has a range of around 120 km and is an upgraded version of China's Silkworm missile, which has a maximum range of around 95 km, and was developed in the late 1990s. It is designed to attack U.S. landing vessels and aircraft carrier groups if they attempt to land on North Korean territory.
A military source here said it seems that the North was testing the capacity of the KN-01 and that the test launch is not related to the regime's upcoming rocket launch. But military officers believe North Korea test-fired the KN-01 as a warning to the South Korean and U.S. military, which have deployed more ships in the West Sea recently.
When North Korea conducted its nuclear test on May 25, 2009, the North also fired two KN-01 missiles near Hamhung, South Hamgyong Province. In January this year, it fired three KN-02 surface-to-surface missiles along the east coast and two more short-range missiles toward the East Sea on Dec. 19 last year, when it announced the death of former leader Kim Jong-il.
Interesting they are firing 2-3 missiles each time.
Wonder if that is execution protocol, for a primary and secondary weapon delivery initiated by local command, or an exercise of C&C as two separate orders?
Wonder if there were primary and secondary targets? Or any. Maybe these were just C&C launch tests.
Wonder if the target telemetry uploads were realtime feeds thru C&C or preprogrammed.
Wonder if ease/west seas and east/west costal defense are centrally coordinated?
Maybe this testing is sequenced as new C&C systems are brought online.
Amnesty International issued a condemnation of what it termed Israel's "excessive use of force" on Land Day protesters on Friday.
The organization's deputy director of Middle East and North Africa program said in a press statement that the human-rights group was "extremely worried" by reports that the IDF was using live ammunition on protesters, "particularly in the light of frequent and persistent use of excessive force against Palestinian protesters."
Amnesty also condemned the PA for preventing protests and Hamas for beating up protesters, calling on both to respect freedom of assembly.
Amnesia Amnesty International issued a condemnation of what it termed Israel's "excessive use of force" on Land Day protesters on Friday.
The organization's deputy director of Middle East and North Africa program said in a press statement that the human-rights group was "extremely worried" by reports that the IDF was using live ammunition on protesters, "particularly in the light of frequent and persistent use of excessive force against Paleostinian protesters."
Amnesty also condemned the PA for preventing protests and Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, for beating up protesters, calling on both to respect freedom of assembly.
Paleostinian Germans staged a scarcely attended rally in the heart of the government district on Friday to call for the expulsion of Israel from its capital Jerusalem
Police officials told the Post that roughly 50 protesters appeared at the anti-Israel rally across from the chancellery, the seat of Merkels administration.
Several pro-Israel activists appeared at the event, including one man who stood in front of the pro-Paleostinian red banner with the words Global March to Jerusalem 2012: Jerusalem for everybody! The police intervened to separate the two pro-Israel supporters from the largely Paleostinian group..
The United States on Friday urged restraint by both Israel and the Paleostinians after dozens were maimed in festivities during Land Day protests.
"We certainly don't want to see any violence by either side," State Department spokesperson Mark Toner told news hounds. "We certainly, as you well know, support the rights of people everywhere to protest peacefully. And so we would just call for restraint," he said.
KABUL: Dozens of Taliban fighters were killed in US air strikes and a gunbattle in western Afghanistan after an turban attack on an Afghan army patrol, NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all.... and Afghan officials said on Friday. A front man of the International Security Assistance Force said the patrol came under attack in Gulistan district in western Farah province on Wednesday, prompting a call for air support. "Numerous Islamic fascistiwere killed, and several cycle of violences were damaged or destroyed" following two strikes by coalition aircraft, he said. Abdul Raoof Ahmadi, a police front man in western Afghanistan, said 30 Taliban were killed and another 15 maimed in the fighting in the remote area. Officials have warned of a hard summer ahead as the fighting season resumes and Afghan national forces assume responsibility of security in more parts of the country from NATO combat forces set to leave by the end of 2014. Taliban are active in parts of Farah including Gulistan, which falls on a desert highway connecting both Kabul and Kandahar to the western city of Heart. Muhammad Yunus Rasouli, the deputy governor for Farah, said five vehicles of the Afghan national army came under attack when they were crossing Gulistan and three soldiers were burnt inside the vehicle.
PESHAWAR: Dozens of Islamic fascistiattacked a Pak paramilitary checkpoint overnight, killing two soldiers and sparking festivities which left up to 21 of the Islamic fascistidead, officials said on Friday.
Security officials claimed the bad boyz were potted when troops retaliated with artillery and heavy weapons.
The attack took place in a Taliban hotspot of the tribal badlands when a group of more than 50 Islamic fascistiattacked a checkpost in the Khadizai area, around 75 kilometres southwest of Kalaya, which is the main town of Orakzai tribal district. "The attack came at around 1:00am. The Death Eaters killed two soldiers and injured 11. We retaliated and killed 21 bully boys," a security bigshot told AFP.
"The clash continued for around two hours," he added.
A local administration official said the injured soldiers and bodies were later flown by helicopter to a military hospital.
Khadizai is in Upper Orakzai and is the scene of frequent festivities between security forces and terrorists. afp
MIRANSHAH: A US drone strike killed four suspected cut-throats and maimed three others on Friday in North Wazoo, intelligence officials and hard boyz said. The remotely piloted aircraft targeted a residential compound used by cut-throats in Miranshah ... headquarters of al-Qaeda in Pakistain and likely location of Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Haqqani network has established a ministate in centered on the town with courts, tax offices and lots of madrassas... , a Pakistain Taliban capo said. "The four dead are local Talibs," an intelligence official told Rooters. "Two missiles hit a house and four hard boyz were killed," a security official told AFP. "The attack took place at about 3:00am." Witnesses said the attack triggered a fire, which destroyed the building. The compound was located in the moneychangers market in the commercial district. agencies
Our dronezaps are generally on rural compounds or vehicles on open roads; this seems to have been in the heart of town, where the risk of collateral damage is a lot higher. Did we have a high-value target or have all the targets moved to human-shielded locations now?
GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories - Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian man in northern Gaza on Friday after a day of protest which saw thousands rallying to mark Land Day, a medical spokesman said.
Mahmud Zakut, 20, was killed in Beit Hanun in an area near the border fence with Israel, emergency services spokesman Adham Abu Selmiya said in a statement sent to AFP. Witnesses said the injuries occurred when dozens of young men went to the northern border in spite of attempts by Hamas police to stop them from approaching the area.
Kept telling them, "don't go near that fence", but did they listen?
As Land Day protests die down, IDF front man says army is pleased with handling of riots; Army says 50 were maimed in West Bank, Gazoo, but Paleostinians report one man killed, 150 hurt
[Ynet] The IDF expressed contentment with its handling of Friday's Land Day protests, in which one Paleostinian was reported killed and dozens were maimed.
"Overall, no dramatic incidents took place, and the security forces in the Paleostinian cities did not allow the demonstrations to spread," IDF Spokesman Brigadier-General Yoav Mordechai said.
The front man stressed that the soldiers stuck to the rules of engagement, which required the troops to verbally warn protesters to stay away from the border, use various means of crowd dispersal and fire warning shots before resorting to shooting the protesters in the legs, should they not heed the previous deterrence methods.
Mordechai noted that the army is already preparing for the next round of demonstrations, expected in the coming months.
"The challenge will be to deal with the upcoming memorial days, including Nakba Day, Naksa Day and especially Prisoner Day, which call for bolstered alertness."
Mordechai noted that the army is already preparing for the next round of demonstrations, expected in the coming months.
Hezbullies leader Hassan Nasrallah on Friday praised the demonstrators in a speech during an opening ceremony held at a religious center in Beirut.
"This is a great day for Paleostine and Jerusalem, when our Paleostinian brethren came out to protest within occupied Paleostine and outside it," he said.
According to the IDF, some 50 people were maimed in the rallies in the West Bank and Gazoo, but the Paleostinians claimed that 150 were maimed, 100 of whom were hurt by inhaling tear gas in near the Qalandiya crossing north of Jerusalem.
According to the reports, 1 man was killed and eight were moderately injured when they approached the border fence near the Erez Crossing in northern Gazoo.
Four others were maimed by IDF sniper fire during a protest in the southern region of the Strip, near Khan Younis, aftering ignoring the soldiers' warnings against approaching the border fence. Their condition remains unclear. Also in southern Gazoo, Paleostinians snipers shot at IDF troops, and mortar shells were fired. No injuries were reported in these incidents.
In Qalandiya, security forces used tear gas against rioters who threw stones and torched tires. Paleostinian Parliament Member Mustafa Barghouti appeared to have been hit by a rubber bullet fired by the IDF, and was taken to the hospital. He was evidently also hurt by rocks hurled at him by Paleostinian protesters who opposed his participation in the rally. Earlier, the IDF denied having injured the politician.
Riots broke out in Jerusalem's Old City as well, prompting the security forces to arrest dozens.
Some 300 took part in a violent rally in Bethlehem, near Rachel's Tomb. Three sustained moderate injuries during the riots. One man was lightly hurt during the weekly protests against the construction of the security fence in the West Bank; he was hit in the eye by a gas grenade ricochet.
In Jordan, not far from the Allenby Crossing, a larger rally took place, drawing 14,000 people -- including protesters who arrived from Asia to take part in the Pro-Paleostinian event. The Jordanian security forces were able to contain the demonstration; no unusual incidents were reported.
Some 5,000 people held an anti-Israel rally in southern Leb, near the Beaufort. Some arrived at the demonstration from Leb's Paleostinian refugee camps, while others travelled from as far as India. Members of the krazed killer anti-Zionist Jewish sect Neturei Karta were in attendance as well.
Hundreds of Syrians rallied in Damascus ...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world... in show of solidarity for the Paleostinians, while the Paleostinian community in Egypt staged a protest in Cairo's Tahrir Square.
Meanwhile, ...back at the bunker, his Excellency called a hurried meeting of his closest advisors. It was to be his last. They discussed the officers's efficiency rating system... Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hussein Amir Abed Lahyan toured southern Leb near the border with Israel, and promised that the Islamic Theocratic Republic will continue to support the Lebanese and Paleostinian resistance "until the entire land is liberated." A Hezbullies delegation attended the reception held for the Iranian official.
Israeli Arabs joined in on the Land Day demonstrations; the main event was held in the village of Deir Hanna in the Galilee, and was attended by Arab Knesset members. Other rallies were held in Sakhnin, Arraba, Kafr Kanna, Taibe and Wadi al-Naam. No violent incidents were reported.
Three bomb attacks killed seven people and injured dozens more on Saturday in the heart of Yala.
The blasts took place just minutes apart at the Ruam Mitr intersection in the main business center of Yala municipality around noon on Saturday.
Colonel Pramote Promin, a spokesman for the southern army region, told said, "Seven people are confirmed dead, more than 70 others were wounded in the Yala bomb blasts. There were three bombs that exploded. The first is a car bomb and the second and third bombs were hidden in motorcycles."
The first bomb was hidden in a motorcycle parked outside a karaoke club. Terrorists Insurgents detonated the second and third bombs, which had been hidden in cars, when the authorities rushed to check the first explosion.
Several shophouses near the bombing sites were on fire and many parked cars and motorcycles were damaged by the powerful explosions.
Yala Governor Dethrat Simsiri said that 68 people were injured by three blasts that occurred within a 100-meter radius and minutes apart.
One policeman was injured in a separate motorcycle bomb attack in neighbouring Pattani province.
The policeman was wounded by an explosion at a food shop near Mae Lan police station in Pattani province. The victim was admitted to the hospital but his identity and dfetails of his condition were not available. Police blamed separatist terrorists militants.
Also,a villager was killed in an ambush while walking home on a local road in Pattani province late Friday night. The victim was identified as Ama Wani, 34. He was walking home with his four-year-old son on the a road in the village when terrorists gunmen lurking in a roadside forest sprayed him with gunfire. Ama was hit in the head and died on the spot. His son was unhurt.
The family of veteran politician Najmuddin Uma escaped unscathed as assailants attacked their home with two grenades in Narathiwat province yesterday.
Rosidah Uma, 39, his wife, and their two children were sleeping in their bedroom when two M-79 grenades exploded about 2:45 a.m. The grenades landed on the roof above Mr Najmuddin's bedroom, exploded and damaged the ceiling. Mr Najmuddin was not home.
Ms Rosidah said she was awakened by the blasts. She said, "We were lucky the grenades didn't explode in the bedroom or we would be dead."
Police and forensic experts inspected the scene. They found the two grenades had landed on the same spot and it is believed they were fired by someone with skill.
Pol Maj Gen Chote said police initially suspected the attack was meant as a threat against Mr Najmuddin. He works as a security adviser to the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center.
Two paramilitary rangers were injured by a bomb blast on a local road in Narathiwat province while on patrol on Friday morning.
They were members of a ranger squad patrolling in Rangae district. A 5 kg bomb buried under a termite mound near the road was detonated as they passed. The home-made bomb injured rangers Prasarn Kaewkiew and Nanthawat Konthong, who were taken to the hospital.
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