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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 06/26/2012 01:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [382 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Fred,

Did Sitemeter do anything strange this week? Each time I visit a site using it, I get a prompt to log in. I decline, of course, and nothing important happens, It is jarring though.
Posted by: Eric Jablow || 06/26/2012 6:31 Comments || Top||

#2  It's happening with all sites with Sitemeter. I haven't seen any announcement from the culpruit, yet.
Posted by: badanov || 06/26/2012 6:46 Comments || Top||

#3  Happy Birthday/Daily Gam Shot

Eleanor Parker aka Ann in "Between Two Worlds (1944)" aka Ruth Hartley in "Pride of the Marines (1945)" aka Ellen Gayley in "Never Say Goodbye (1946)" aka Sally Middleton in "The Voice of the Turtle (1947)" aka Mildred Rogers in "Of Human Bondage (1946)" aka Marie Allen in "Caged (1950)" aka Mary McLeod in "Detective Story (1951)" aka Joanna in "The Naked Jungle (1954)" aka Zosch Machine in "The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)" aka Lucey Tibbets in "Above and Beyond (1952)" (age 90)



With Ronaldus Maximus in "The Voice of the Turtle (1947)"
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 06/26/2012 11:29 Comments || Top||

#4  Happy Birthday/Daily Gam Shot

Linda Cardellini aka Nurse Samantha Taggart in "ER (2003–2009)" aka Samantha in "Grandma's Boy (2006)" aka Velma in "Scooby-Doo (2002)" aka Genevieve Gage in "Strangeland (1998)" aka Melissa in "The Prince and the Surfer (1999)" aka Shelly Hunter in "The Unsaid (2001)" aka Natalie Coolidge in "Jiminy Glick in Lalawood (2004)" aka Julie Ingram in "The Lazarus Project (2008)" aka Kelli in "Return (2011)" (age 37)



Modesty
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 06/26/2012 11:29 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
US soldiers on secret Somali operations
(Sh.M.Network)--Hundreds of US military troops have been deployed in Somalia for secret operations in the capital Mogadishu.

At least 390 American troops have been training local soldiers secretly in Somali training bases over the past two months, Somali military sources said on Sunday.

Somali military officer Abdiwahab Mohamed Ali told Press TV that at least 390 American forces, including 38 officers have secretly reached the Mogadishu international airport.

The American troops have also set up secret jails in the country and inject dangerous drugs to Somali soldiers, according to sources.
Posted by: Fred || 06/26/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [305 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

#1  good thing we're hearing about it. I suppose sooper-leader Obama the Fearless ordered this? Shhhhh . It's a seeecret
Posted by: Frank G || 06/26/2012 0:06 Comments || Top||

#2  dont tell anybody, cuz it's secrete.
Posted by: texhooey || 06/26/2012 0:07 Comments || Top||

#3  Haven't we seen this movie already?
Posted by: tu3031 || 06/26/2012 0:19 Comments || Top||

#4  Every time we train locals lately we end up fighting them. All we seem to do is make the opposition better.
Posted by: crosspatch || 06/26/2012 1:05 Comments || Top||

#5  If Obama is so set on getting involved in attempting to settle mindless Afri tribal conflicts, why not begin at home with the South Side of Chicago.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/26/2012 4:07 Comments || Top||

#6  And reduce the potential voter base (in both places)?
Posted by: Pappy || 06/26/2012 10:22 Comments || Top||

#7  Would those dangerous drugs we're injecting be vaccines by any chance? or antibiotics? Of course we might be injecting a clue into their brains. That would be dangerous.

Al
Posted by: Frozen Al || 06/26/2012 11:56 Comments || Top||

#8  It's a practice run before entering Chicago, Besoeker.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/26/2012 15:22 Comments || Top||

#9  And reduce the potential voter base (in both places)?

Just because they are dead doesn't mean they can't vote.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/26/2012 15:54 Comments || Top||

#10  If only they could be that successful in Chicago, Grom.
Posted by: Spot || 06/26/2012 16:52 Comments || Top||


Police disperse protest in east Sudan
[al-Ahram] Sudanese police used teargas to disperse anti-government protesters in an impoverished eastern region on Monday, witnesses said, as demonstrations fueled by an economic crisis continued to break out outside the capital.

Small demonstrations have spread across the country for more than a week, provoked by government moves to cut spending, scale back fuel subsidies and take other austerity measures to plug a widening budget gap.

About 200 protesters gathered in the town of Gedaref, near the border with Eritrea
...is run by the People's Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), with about the amounts of democracy and justice you'd expect from a party with that name. National elections have been periodically scheduled and cancelled; none have ever been held in the country. The president, Isaias Afewerki, has been in office since independence in 1993 and will probably die there of old age. ...
, c hanting "No, no to high prices" and "the people want to overthrow the regime" on Monday, two witnesses told Rooters.
Posted by: Fred || 06/26/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [299 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Sudan


Arabia
Oman Activists Charged for 'Illegal Gatherings'
[An Nahar] A group of Omani rights activists incarcerated
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
in early June for demanding political reforms in the country have been charged with defamation and illegal gatherings, their lawyer said on Monday.

Fourteen activists, including bloggers, writers and lawyers, were charged with participating in "illegal gatherings and blocking roads," said Yacoub al-Harithi after the court hearing in the capital Muscat.

Three of them were also charged with "defaming sultan" Qaboos, the country's ruler, a much more serious charge which according to Harithi falls within the category of "state security crimes."

He said that a total of 36 Omanis were incarcerated
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
for anti-government actions since the beginning of June. Fourteen of them appeared in court on Monday, 12 of the accused were set free, and 10 others remain in detention without charge.

The 14 defendants will appear in court Wednesday for a "final defense," a decision that triggered anger among the lawyers because of the "very short time period granted for the lawyers to study the case," said Harithi.

Earlier in June, Gay Paree-based watchdog Reporters without Borders urged Oman to release the activists.

"We deplore the illegal and random nature of these arrests. We ask the authorities to release the bloggers immediately and unconditionally and to call a halt to arbitrary arrests," RSF said.

Human Rights Watch
... dedicated to bitching about human rights violations around the world...
also urged Omani authorities to "immediately" release the activists.

"Instead of listening, Omani authorities are arresting and prosecuting them to silence them," said HRW's Deputy Middle East director Joe Stork.

Oman was hit by a wave of protests last year demanding political reforms and riot police dispersed the demonstrations with force, killing several activists and arresting many others.
Posted by: Fred || 06/26/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [324 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


U.S drone strikes al-Qaeda vehicles in Aden
[Yemen Post] The British Broadcast Company (BBC) reported citing military sources in Yemen that a US drone on Monday morning targeted two vehicles belonging to the al-Qaeda-linked forces of Evil in the southern port city of Aden.Yemen Post could not independently verify the strikes.

The sources said that the drone attack left some forces of Evil killed and others injured as they were traveling in the cars coming from the neighboring Abyan
...a governorate of Yemen. The region was a base to the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army terrorist group until it dropped the name and joined al-Qaeda. Its capital is Zinjibar. In March 2011, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula declared the governate an Islamic Emirate after seizing control of the region. The New York Times fastidiously reported that those in control, while Islamic hard boyz, are not in fact al-Qaeda, but something else that looks, tastes, smells, and acts the same. Yemeni government forces launched an effort to re-establish control of the region when President-for-Life Saleh was tossed and the carnage continues...
province of which the forces of Evil have been driven out by the armed and security forces early this month.They, however, did not pinpoint how many of al-Qaeda operatives were killed in the drone. They expected a big shot in the terror organization to be among the dead but refused to mention his name, said the international news agency.The US drones triggered controversy in the country with some analysts arguing that the drones might have helped more people to join al-Qaeda after losing innocent relatives who were killed mistakenly by drones.However,
there's more than one way to skin a cat...
Washington has repeatedly stressed the importance of the drones, saying that they helped US kill faceless myrmidons whom otherwise the world biggest power would have been unable to get rid of.Last year, a dronezap has assassinated the infamous American-Yemeni holy man Anwar al-Awlaki
... Born in Las Cruces, New Mexico, zapped in Yemen, al-Awlaki was a dual citizen of the U.S. and Yemen. He was an Islamic holy man who was a trainer for al-Qaeda and its franchises. His sermons were attended by three of the 9/11 hijackers, by Fort Hood murderer Nidal Malik Hussein, and Undieboomer Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. He was the first U.S. citizen ever placed on a CIA target list...
, who was placed on the top of American wanted list as he was accused of having directly planned attacks against US interests including the Detroit-bound airliner plot which had been foiled.

Posted by: Fred || 06/26/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [886 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Policeman wounded in Dagestan
Unknown attackers have opened fire on a police checkpoint in Dagestan, wounding a police officer. A spokesman for the Investigative Committee said, “One policeman was wounded late on Sunday in the village of Shauri when a police checkpoint came under fire.”
Posted by: ryuge || 06/26/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [311 views] Top|| File under:


India-Pakistan
Taliban attack television office in Karachi; two injured
[Dawn] Gunmen on cycle of violences shot up the offices of a television news channel in 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...
on Monday, wounding two people, including a security guard, police officials said.

The gunnies fled after the attack, which targeted the building of local news channel Aaj TV, police said.

The Pak Taliban grabbed credit for the shooting, and threatened attacks against other television channels that did not feature the Taliban point of view.

"We had informed the management of Aaj TV to include our view on issues, but the channel had become a mouthpiece of the government," Ehsanullah Ehsan, front man for the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP), told Rooters.

"Geo TV is going to be our next target if they do not change their behaviour towards us. They have been using very bad language against the mujahideen."
Posted by: Fred || 06/26/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [318 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Taliban ban anti-polio jabs in SWA
[Pak Daily Times] The local faction of the Taliban on Monday imposed a ban on administering polio
...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set...
vaccinations in South Wazoo Agency (SWA) and its adjacent localities. They said that the ban would remain intact until the US-led drone and spy attacks ended in the Tribal Areas.

This was stated in a pamphlet, which was distributed in Wana bazaars against the polio vaccination drive. As per the pamphlet, international NGOs were driving fake vaccination campaigns to spy for the US and its allied forces in Tribal Areas.

They argued that Dr Shakil Afridi helped the US and NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
forces to hold Abbottabad
... A pleasant city located only 30 convenient miles from Islamabad. The city is noted for its nice weather and good schools. It is the site of Pakistain's military academy, which was within comfortable walking distance of the residence of the late Osama bin Laden....
operation. Besides, several innocents were being killed by US drone attacks in North and South Waziristan, adding due to massive drone attacks, the locals had become "mentally sick".
Posted by: Fred || 06/26/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [329 views] Top|| File under: TTP

#1  hopefully they can make iron lungs from the JDAM carcasses. Happy Ramadan
Posted by: Frank G || 06/26/2012 0:10 Comments || Top||

#2  This is so Blazing Saddles (don't move or the nigger gets it) as to be beyond parody.

gob-smacked I am.
Posted by: AlanC || 06/26/2012 15:21 Comments || Top||


Pakistan protests Afghan cross-border attack
Pakistain on Monday lodged a strong protest with Afghanistan and NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
over Sunday's intrusion of Death Eaters from the Afghan side, killing at least six Pak soldiers in Upper Dir.

Pakistain's Foreign Office and military reacted over the incidents of attacking Pak forces from Afghan side on Sunday and Monday.

About 100 Death Eaters from across the border had entered Dir and clashed with a Pak security forces patrol, officials said. Two security checkposts near the Pak-Afghan border in Barawal, Upper Dir district were also targeted, they said.
Gee. Golly. Gosh. It was only last week that the U.S. was saying we'd reached the end of our rope with Pakistain over Haqqani and similar riff-raff staging attacks in Kabul and now all of a sudden there's an attack by Talibs doing 'zackly the same thing. Doesn't make our case look good, does it?
According to the officials, deputy head of the Afghan Mission in Islamabad, Musa Arifi, was called to the Foreign Office and a strong protest was lodged over the thugs' intrusion from the Afghan side. "In the exchange of fire, 11 Death Eaters were killed while six security forces personnel embraced shahadat and 11 soldiers are missing," they said. "Out of whom seven soldiers have been reportedly killed and beheaded," the sources added.

The Afghan diplomat was told that the government of Afghanistan should take appropriate measures to prevent recurrence of similar incidents in the future. Commenting on the issue, Afghanistan's Ambassador in Pakistain Umer Daudzai told Daily Times that terrorism was a common enemy of the two countries. "We don't want confrontation with our brother country like Pakistain, which is a neighbouring country."

Earlier, Afghan embassy's front man Zardasht Shams told Daily Times that Kabul was informed of Islamabad's protest and its reservations were conveyed. The enemy through such incidents wanted to damage Pakistain-Afghanistan ties as such attempts were launched in the past as well, he added. "We understand that Pakistain and Afghanistan would jointly bust such nefarious designs."

Military sources said Pakistain protested with NATO and Afghan forces for not taking action against thug safe havens in Afghanistan near the bordering area.

Official sources said the Pakistain Army lodged a protest with their counterparts across the border after myrmidons fired rockets in Lower Dir followed by sniper fire into Pakistain's Tripaman heights area on Monday. "This incident on Monday followed the Sunday intrusion," the official sources said.

The sources added that the Pakistain Army leadership would also raise the issue with ISAF commander General John Allen, who is likely to visit Pakistain on Wednesday. He will call on Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani
... four star general, current Chief of Army Staff of the Mighty Pak Army. Kayani is the former Director General of ISI...
. The interaction will focus on reviewing progress made in implementation of the recently evolved border coordination measures/standing operating procedures.

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...
a spokesperson for the Malakand chapter of the Taliban grabbed credit for the thug attack in Upper Dir and threatened of more attacks.

"Our fight will continue until the establishment of Shariah law in Pakistain... We will fight whoever tries to stand in our way," Sirajuddin Ahmad, the faction's front man, told Rooters.

Ahmad said the group had killed 17 Pak soldiers in Sunday's attack.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan said it was aware of the report, but had no information. On the other hand, Fazlullah Wahidi, governor of Kunar province
... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country.....
, said the Death Eaters were based in Pakistain, not Afghanistan. "We don't have any information about Death Eaters crossing the border from Afghanistan to attack troops in Pakistain," he told Rooters.

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...
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Monday condemned cross-border attacks from Afghanistan and said he would discuss the matter with Afghanistan's Caped President Hamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai
... A former Baltimore restaurateur, now 12th and current President of Afghanistan, displacing the legitimate president Rabbani in December 2004. He was installed as the dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime in late 2001 in a vain attempt to put a Pashtun face on the successor state to the Taliban. After the 2004 presidential election, he was declared president regardless of what the actual vote count was. He won a second, even more dubious, five-year-term after the 2009 presidential election. His grip on reality has been slipping steadily since around 2007, probably from heavy drug use...
. "Pakistain has strongly protested with Afghanistan on the cross-border attacks and I will also take up this issue with Karzai," Raja told news hounds in 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...
. However,
there's no worse danger than telling a mother her baby is ugly...
his office did not elaborate on when such a conversation might take place.
Posted by: Fred || 06/26/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [732 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  Apparen Islamabad has decided to proclaim its protest via 2-week? Arty, Rocket attacks into Kunar province ...

* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > [000'S of] AFGHANS FLEE SHELLING FROM PAKISTAN : OFFICIAL, WITNESSES.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/26/2012 23:32 Comments || Top||


Seven Pakistani soldiers beheaded by Afghan Taliban - Fazlullah's boys strike again
Beautiful Downtown Peshawar - Pakistain said on Monday that seven soldiers had their heads chopped off by Islamist cut-throats who infiltrated from Afghanistan, lashing out at Kabul over cross-border attacks.

The protests come with Pakistain under growing US pressure to act against al-Qaeda-linked safe havens on its own soil and the anti-terror Islamabad-Washington alliance at its lowest ebb since the 9/11 attacks.

Pakistain already reported that six soldiers were killed in shootouts with cut-throats on Sunday who crossed from Afghanistan into the north-western district of Upper Dir, a key border transit route that neighbours the Swat
...a valley and an administrative district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistain, located 99 mi from Islamabad. It is inhabited mostly by Pashto speakers. The place has gone steadily downhill since the days when Babe Ruth was the Sultan of Swat...
valley where Pakistain defeated a local Taliban insurgency in 2009.

Intelligence officials blamed the attack on loyalists of Pak holy man Maulana Fazlullah, who fled to Afghanistan after losing control of Swat to the army.

But on Monday, the military said 11 soldiers had also gone missing, "out of whom seven soldiers have been reportedly killed and then beheaded".

Attacked

The bodies have not been found, but intelligence intercepts indicated that they had been killed, a senior military official said.

The army said more than 100 cut-throats "from a safe haven across the border" attacked troops on patrol. It claimed to have killed 14 bad boys.

Pakistain said two rockets and sniper fire were also fired into Lower Dir on Monday.

The army "has strongly protested with their counterparts across the border for not taking action against myrmidons present in safe haven in Afghanistan", a military official said.

Pakistain's new prime minister on Monday also condemned the attacks and said he would discuss the matter with President Hamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai
... A former Baltimore restaurateur, now 12th and current President of Afghanistan, displacing the legitimate president Rabbani in December 2004. He was installed as the dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime in late 2001 in a vain attempt to put a Pashtun face on the successor state to the Taliban. After the 2004 presidential election, he was declared president regardless of what the actual vote count was. He won a second, even more dubious, five-year-term after the 2009 presidential election. His grip on reality has been slipping steadily since around 2007, probably from heavy drug use...
"Pakistain has strongly protested with Afghanistan on the cross-border attacks and I will also take up this issue with Karzai," Raja Pervez Ashraf told news hounds in 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...
His office, however, did not elaborate on when such a conversation might take place.

Pak troops have been bogged down for years fighting local Taliban but have resisted US pressure to carry out a sweeping offensive against Afghan Taliban fighters in its North Wazoo tribal area.

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta
...current SecDef, previously Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Panetta served as President Bill Clinton's White House Chief of Staff from 1994 to 1997 and was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1977 to 1993....
warned Islamabad earlier this month that Washington was running out of patience over terror safe havens.

Double game

Islamabad imposed a blockade, now in its seventh month, on overland NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
supplies into Afghanistan since US air strikes killed 24 Pak soldiers along the Afghan border on 26 November.

Pakistain was the Taliban's chief backer when the militia was in power, and is accused by both Kabul and Washington of continuing to play a double game in supporting the insurgency despite its official US alliance.

Paks have sought to deflect some of pressure, by saying the country has suffered more than any other from terrorism, and accuse Kabul and Washington of trying to find a scapegoat for the 10-year war in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan and Pakistain have long blamed each other for Taliban violence plaguing both sides of their porous, mountainous border.

Pakistain says rebels have regrouped in eastern Afghanistan. Afghan and US officials want Pakistain to eliminate Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked havens used to launch attacks in Afghanistan.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/26/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [687 views] Top|| File under:

#1  See also DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > NOOSE CLOSING AROUND MULLAH OMAR?

M.O. at risk of possible capture by security forces in village in Southern Afghanistan.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/26/2012 2:40 Comments || Top||

#2  DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > [Pak Taliban] TTP ADMITS FOR FIRST TIME TO HAVING SAFE HAVENS IN AFGHANISTAN, for staging cross-border attacks into Pakistan.

And NOT small-sized factions of the TTP either.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/26/2012 23:37 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Two separate blasts kill 12 in Iraq
[Iran Press TV] A car bomb blew up in Hilla, 95 kilometers (60 miles) south of Baghdad, killing eight people and injuring 32 at about 7:45 pm (1645 GMT) on Monday, while a roadside bomb in Baquba, 60 kilometers (37.5 miles) north of Baghdad, killed four people and injured seven, security and medical sources told AFP.

Violence has risen in Iraq since December 2011, when an arrest warrant was issued for fugitive Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, who has been charged with running a death squad targeting Iraqi officials and Shia Muslims.
Posted by: Fred || 06/26/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [312 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Iraq


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Bomb squad neutralizes VBIED in Karmiel mall
A bomb squad neutralized an bomb planted on a car in a Karmiel shopping center. The police have launched an investigation, arresting two 20-year-old residents of the Arab-Israeli town.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/26/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [314 views] Top|| File under:

#1  residents of the Arab-Israeli town

Their way of saying "Thank you for our civic rights".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/26/2012 15:18 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Bomb injures nine Thai rangers
Nine paramilitary rangers were injured by a bomb explosion on a road in Narathiwat province on Tuesday. They were among members of a regiment travelling by bus after being relieved.

As the bus was about the cross a bridge, a bomb concealed on a tricycle parked on the road was detonated. The explosion damaged the bus and wounded nine of the rangers, who were admitted to the hospital.
Posted by: ryuge || 06/26/2012 05:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [321 views] Top|| File under: Thai Insurgency


Malaysian court approves deportation of Thai blast suspect
[Dawn] A Malaysian court on Monday approved the deportation of an Iranian suspected of being involved in an alleged bomb plot against Israeli diplomats in Thailand.

Masoud Sedaghatzadeh, tossed in the slammer
Please don't kill me!
at Kuala Lumpur's international airport on February 15, was among three suspects in bombings that rattled Bangkok a day prior his arrest and saw Tehran accused of a terror campaign against Israel, which it denied.

The alleged plot emerged after an apparently unintended kaboom at a house in the Thai capital. One suspect hurled a bomb at police while fleeing, blowing off his own legs.

At a criminal sessions court in Kuala Lumpur, Judge S Komathy described Sedaghatzadeh, 31, as a "runaway criminal," said she disagreed with defence arguments that there was no evidence against him.

"In my view the conduct of the respondent is inconsistent with that of an innocent man," she said.

"The prosecution has shown that the respondent is a runaway criminal... as he is wanted by the Thai police for offences which come within the definition of extradition offences.

"I'm allowing the application for extradition and the respondent is to be cooled for a few years
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in prison pending an order from the minister (of home affairs)."Sedaghatzadeh, who was handcuffed and wore a striped polo shirt, told the hearing through an interpreter that he would appeal to the high court against the extradition.

"I require more time to defend myself," he said.

The kabooms in Bangkok came a day after bombers targeted Israeli embassy staff in India and Georgia, with a female diplomat seriously maimed in New Delhi, in attacks for which Israel accuses Iran.

Thai police have said that Israeli diplomats were the intended target of the plot.

Sedaghatzadeh has said he is a car parts dealer who came to Malaysia on business, while his lawyer said his client had visited Thailand for a "short holiday".

He was looking to travel on to Iran when he was tossed in the slammer
Please don't kill me!
, Malaysian authorities have said.
Posted by: Fred || 06/26/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [320 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
OIC seeks suspension of Syria
[Saudi Gazette] The 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation's executive committee has recommended suspending Syria's membership in the pan-Moslem grouping, it said in a statement Monday.

The committee has "recommended to the meeting of the council of foreign ministers to be held in Djibouti the suspension of Syria's membership in the OIC in light of the bloody events taking place in the country," said the statement that followed a meeting late Sunday.

"Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in their national face...
supported the recommendation," the statement quoted foreign ministry undersecretary for bilateral relations Prince Turki Bin Mohammad as saying.

"The meeting must take decisive and strong action after the failure of half solutions and all efforts to stop the massacres against the Syrian people," Prince Turki said.

The OIC committee also urged the UN Security Council "to assume its full responsibilities to put an end to the violence and bloodshed taking place in Syria."
Posted by: Fred || 06/26/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [325 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Since when are ruthless dictators unIslamic?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 06/26/2012 11:21 Comments || Top||


Turkish Rescue Plane Also Targeted by Syria
[An Nahar] A rescue plane searching for a Turkish fighter jet that had been shot down over the eastern Mediterranean was itself placed in the crosshairs by the Syrian military, a European diplomat told Agence La Belle France Presse on Monday.

The Turkish army Casa CN-235, a twin-propeller transport, was targeted by a Syrian ground-to-air defense system as it looked Friday for the F4 Phantom jet that had been downed earlier with its crew of two, said the diplomat.

"When a plane is targeted by such a defense system, the pilots are warned by their instruments that they are targeted," added the diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
. But the plane was not shot at, he noted.

The source was not able to say if the plane was in Syrian or international airspace when the Syrian radar locked on to it.

On Sunday, Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu briefed diplomats from EU and NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
member states about the incident and held a second round of meetings with diplomats from other countries.

Turkey, a former ally of Syria, called for an emergency NATO meeting Tuesday after accusing Damascus
...Capital of the last remaining Baathist regime in the world...
of shooting down its jet in international airspace.

Davutoglu said in televised remarks Sunday that the F4 was unarmed and was fired on after it had left Syrian airspace.

Turkey says the jet stayed over Syrian airspace for three minutes and Syria says it was five minutes, the European diplomat told AFP.

He also said it was hard to figure out what happened on Friday because Turkey is not a party to the Montego Bay Convention of 1982 on the law of the sea because of its territorial disputes with neighboring Greece.

Rescue teams are still searching for the wreckage of the Phantom 1,300 meters (4,000 feet) down in Syrian waters. Turkish diplomatic sources said it was still unclear if the pilots had ejected and the search was continuing.

Turkey mobilized efforts to find the wreckage with one coasties vessel, two frigates, four high-speed boats, five helicopters and several aircraft including the one targeted by Syria, the European diplomat noted.
Posted by: Fred || 06/26/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [319 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  See also WAFF > NEW EVIDENCE REGARDING THE MISSIONS OF RF-4'S.

ARTIC > Greek Newspaper "Dimokratia" claims that the destroyed Turkish RF-4 was actually attempting to recce = "spy" on [South?]CYPRUS' ADS-Network, espec as per the AD Drill labeled "Dimatra"; NO NATO-ORDERED MISSION TO SPY OR HARASS SYRIA.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/26/2012 2:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Gee, so you flew a plane into their airspace, and they had the NOIVE to put a targeting radar on you?

I'm shocked. How about you guys?
Posted by: mojo || 06/26/2012 12:14 Comments || Top||


13 Dead in Syria as Army Tries to Regain Control of Rebel-Held Areas
[An Nahar] Violence killed 13 people across Syria on Monday, as the army pounded towns and cities in an attempt to regain control of territory lost to rebels, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

At least 11 of the dead were civilians with the highest number of killed in the northwestern province of Idlib, where fierce festivities were underway between rebels and troops, the Britannia-based Observatory said.

Two civilians and a rebel fighter were killed in the fighting that raged in the Idlib town of Kafr al-Nabel.

Three other civilians and a rebel died in Maaret al-Numan as troops pounded the town with mortar shells and rained gunfire on it in a bid to overrun the armed cut-thoats, the Observatory said.

Elsewhere in the province students and a large number of women demonstrated against the regime in the town of Jericho on Monday, a day after seven members of the same family were killed in shelling on their farmland outside the town.

Two civilians were rubbed out by sniper fire in Homs, the watchdog said, amid an outcry by opposition groups who warned of a new "massacre" against the flashpoint central city that has been besieged by the army for around 20 days.

The rebel Free Syrian Army said "the regime is sending reinforcements estimated at 100 tanks in the direction of Homs... which clearly demonstrates its intention to commit the greatest massacre in history."

An appeal from Homs residents distributed by the opposition Syrian National Council said the city was experiencing shortages of food, water and medicine.

"The Red Thingy and Red Islamic Thingy are prevented from entering our neighborhoods" because of the fighting, it said.

In the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, two non-combatants were killed, as regime forces continued military operations in the city and several kabooms shook Jubeila neighborhood, according to the Observatory.

Regime forces also shelled several towns in Damascus
...Capital of the last remaining Baathist regime in the world...
province, where a woman was reportedly killed. Security forces also conducted raids and made arrests in the town of Irbin where blast could be heard.

A civilian was also killed in the southern province of Daraa, according to the Observatory, which also reported that several towns were being shelled by regular troops.

The watchdog reported, meanwhile, an exodus of residents from Anjil, also in Daraa province, amid fears that troops were mobilizing in the vicinity.

The region of the Kurdish Mountain in northwest Latakia province also came under attack as regime forces attempting to take charge of the region.

At least 91 people were killed nationwide on Sunday, among them 59 civilians, the watchdog said.
Posted by: Fred || 06/26/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [324 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Unknown Gunmen Attack al-Jadeed TV with Gunfire, Firebombs
Unknown gunnies on Monday attacked al-Jadeed television's headquarters in the Beirut neighborhood of Wata el-Msaytbeh, opening fire on the building, hurling Molotov bombs and setting fire to tires.

"Masked attackers assaulted the employees and burned tires after trying to storm the building," al-Jadeed news director Mariam al-Bassam told MTV.

"Four masked gunnies opened fire outside al-Jadeed's building and hurled Molotov bombs that caused a fire in the building's entrance," reported LBC television.

The Internal Security Forces' Intelligence Bureau managed to arrest one of the attackers, identifying him as Wissam Alaeddine.

"According to preliminary investigations, Wissam Alaeddine, who has been set to sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock, in a pestilential prison with a life-long lock
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
for attacking al-Jadeed television, has a criminal record," al-Jadeed reported.

Al-Jadeed said Speaker Nabih Knobby Berri
Speaker of the Lebanese parliament, a member of AMAL, a not very subtle Hizbullah sock puppet...
telephoned the channel, condemning the attack and stressing that Alaeddine is not a member of AMAL Movement.

Speaking to news hounds outside al-Jadeed's building, Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said "Wissam Alaeddine has a criminal record and he has recently been engaged in a spat with army intelligence agents."

Charbel vowed to arrest the rest of the attackers.

For his part, Information Minister Walid al-Daouq condemned the attack during a telephone interview with al-Jadeed, calling on the judiciary to take the relevant measures.
Posted by: Fred || 06/26/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [332 views] Top|| File under:


More Defections of Syrian Officers to Turkey
[An Nahar] Another general and some 30 soldiers have fled to Turkey from neighboring Syria and joined the swelling ranks of rebel soldiers based close to the border, the Anatolia news agency reported on Monday.

The defection brought to 13 the number of generals seeking refuge in Turkey since the revolt against Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad's
Light of the Alawites...
regime erupted 16 months ago.

In addition to the general, two colonels and some 30 soldiers flanked by their families crossed into Turkey late on Sunday, said Anatolia.

The defectors were taken to Apaydin camp in Hatay province, some four kilometers from the border with Syria.

The refugee camps in the southeastern provinces of Hatay, Gaziantep, Sanliurfa and Kilis shelter more than 33,000 Syrians, a number that surged after a recent escalation of violence in Syria, particularly in northwestern towns near the Turkish border.

Turkey, once a close ally of Syria, summoned an emergency NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
meeting for Tuesday after accusing Damascus
...The City of Jasmin is the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the world. It has not always been inhabited by the same set of fascisti...
of shooting down one of its military planes in international airspace.
Posted by: Fred || 06/26/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [310 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Other news sources claim the defecting
General", repor along wid two Colonels, may actually be a third Syrian Officer of Colonel-rank.

Plus circa 221 Civilians for a tote of 224 Persons.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/26/2012 2:34 Comments || Top||


Turkey: Nato should view Syria as attacking it
[Dawn] Turkey said Monday it would push NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
to consider Syria's downing of a Turkish jet as an attack on the whole military alliance.

The announcement came on the eve of a meeting by NATO's governing body to discuss the incident. Despite deep frustration among many NATO countries over the conflict in Syria, where the opposition says Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad's
Supressor of the Damascenes...
crackdown on an increasingly armed popular uprising has killed 14,000 people, it's highly unlikely the military alliance will take armed action against the Arab state.

The unarmed RF-4E reconnaissance jet was shot down a mile (1.6 kilometers) inside international airspace on Friday, and two Turkish pilots are still missing, the Turkish government says.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc also said for the first time that Syrian forces had opened ground fire on a CASA search and rescue plane shortly after the downing, but did not say if that plane was hit.

Arinc said Turkey retained its right to "retaliate" against what he called a "hostile act," but he added, "We have no intention of going at war with anyone."

Turkey will push NATO to consider the armed attack under Article 5 in a key alliance treaty, Arinc said. Article 5 states that an attack against one NATO member shall be considered an attack against all members.

The North Atlantic Council -- which includes ambassadors of the 28 NATO countries -- works by consensus and all members must approve any action. The meeting Tuesday comes after Turkey requested it under Article 4 of the treaty, which allows a NATO ally to request such a consultation if it feels its territorial integrity or security has been threatened.

Asked if Turkey will insist on the activation of Article 5 of NATO, Arinc said, "No doubt, Turkey has made necessary applications regarding Article 4 and Article 5."

The prospect of Western military intervention in Syria remains remote, despite all the tough talk.

Such action is unlikely to get the support of either the UN Security Council or the 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...
, and outside intervention without the blessing of both of those bodies is all but unthinkable. And there is little appetite among the NATO countries -- of which the US is the largest -- for another war in the Middle East.

Arinc further strongly denied
No, no! Certainly not!
Syrian claims that the downed plane was shot by anti-aircraft fire while flying low inside Syrian airspace.

The deputy premier admitted the jet mistakenly strayed into Syrian airspace when it was flying at an altitude of 200 feet and at a speed of 300 knots, but said it left the Syrian airspace after warning from Turkish radar operators and that it received no warning from Syrian forces during its five-minute flight inside Syrian territory.

Arinc reiterated Turkey's insistence that the plane was not spying on Syria but just testing Turkey's radar capabilities.

"There is no doubt that Syrians deliberately targeted our plane in international airspace," Arinc said, accusing Syria of acting in a "cold-blooded" manner.
Posted by: Fred || 06/26/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [417 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  TURKEY DEPUTY PM BULENT ARINC ...

versus

* IRNA > TURKEY NOT TO ASK NATO FOR COLLECTIVE DEFENSE [invocation of Article 5] AGZ SYRIA - ANALYSTS.

At this time.

* WAFF > TURKEY NOT WILLING TO RETALIATE AGZ SYRIA WIDOUT NATO SUPPORT | TURKEY TO PUSH NATO TO CONSIDER SYRIAN ATTACK AS ATTACK ON ALLIANCE.

* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > US WILL HELP TURKEY HOLD SYRIA ACCOUNTABLE FOR JET SHOOTDOWN, SAYS OBAMA SPOKESMAN [WH Spox Jay Carney].

ARTIC = NATO Milaction agz Syria highly unlikely despite the above.

* SAME > BRITAIN PUTS FIGHTER JETS ON STANDBY TO LAUNCH ATTACK ON SYRIA | [Daily Mail@UK] MEDIA REPORTS SAY UK FIGHTER PLANES ON STANDBY TO LAUNCH ATTACK ON SYRIA.

versus

* TOPIX > FRANCE CALLS ON SYRIAN ARMY TO DESERT [individuals, units, or en masse] AFTER PILOT DEFECTION, to Turkey.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/26/2012 2:30 Comments || Top||

#2  Well, NATO's gone to war for lesser reasons...
Posted by: Pappy || 06/26/2012 10:27 Comments || Top||

#3  Gee, we're sorry, but we're kinda busy right this moment. Hope you understand.

BTW: The 4th ID says "Hi!"
Posted by: mojo || 06/26/2012 10:50 Comments || Top||

#4  Wouldn't surprise me if the F-4's were kitted out as drones and then sent to Syrian airspace to draw fire.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 06/26/2012 12:10 Comments || Top||

#5  Beat me to it, Mojo. Turkey jacked us around for weeks on the 4ID business. Nato does not have to do Turkey's dirty work.

And we need to stay out of the Syria business. Entangling alliances and all that.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 06/26/2012 12:22 Comments || Top||

#6  BTW: The 4th ID says "Hi!"

You can also thank the US State Department for that foul-up.
Posted by: Pappy || 06/26/2012 12:29 Comments || Top||

#7  Let me see if I got it right.
Turks fly a plane into Syrian airspace, and---when it knocked down---call it an act of aggression?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/26/2012 15:20 Comments || Top||

#8  Sounds like they were probing the Syrian SAM-net so they could pull off an Israeli-style blitz and got burned.

...was shot down a mile (1.6 kilometers) inside international airspace......was flying at an altitude of 200 feet and at a speed of 300 knots...its five-minute flight inside Syrian territory.

300 knots airspeed = 500 fps, so they were approx. 10 seconds across the border when the SAM chased them down. My sympathy is for the pilots and their families -- the Grand Turk can sit on it and rotate.
Posted by: magpie || 06/26/2012 15:55 Comments || Top||

#9  How much of Syria will the Turks want to keep for themselves?

Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 06/26/2012 16:11 Comments || Top||

#10  How long until we discover that it was Russian technicians at the controls of the missile battery.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/26/2012 17:29 Comments || Top||

#11  Well if nothing else the Syrians know they SAMS work. Now if we're lucky Turkey will try to revive the Ottoman Empire here and nobody will notice us bombing Iran because they'll be to busy fighting another war that involves everyone with coastline in that area.

Granted that includes Isreal, but I'm not worried about their abilities to wipe the desert with any opposition.
Posted by: Charles || 06/26/2012 17:51 Comments || Top||

#12  How much of Syria will the Turks want to keep for themselves?

Well, they owned it before 1917 [can we see a 'right of return' here] even before Constantinople became Istanbul.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/26/2012 19:21 Comments || Top||

#13  DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > ERDOGAN WARNS [Bashir]BASHAR ASSAD | ERDOGAN WARNS TURKISH ARMY TO RESPOND TO ANY SYRIAN VIOLATION, describing shootdown of Turkish RF-4 as both both "hostile/heinous" acts.

and

* WAFF > TURKEY WANTS MORE PRESSURE, NOT CONFRONTATION [War], ON SYRIA OVER PLANE DOWNING.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/27/2012 0:01 Comments || Top||



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