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Clashes between Military, Insurgents Kill 35 in North Nigeria
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 08/06/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [451 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Birthday Gam Shot

Romola Garai [English][Filmography](age 31)

Reclining Design

Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 08/06/2013 1:39 Comments || Top||

Afghan market blast 'kills four' in Kandahar
[Bangla Daily Star] At least four people have been killed and more than 20 maimed in an kaboom in the southern city of Kandahar, Afghan officials say.

At the time of the blast, the market was packed with shoppers ahead of the Eid holiday, an official told the BBC.

The bomb was hidden in a cart, said a front man for the governor of the province.

Violence in Afghanistan has increased ahead of the planned withdrawal of international forces next year.

Officials confirmed that all four killed in Kandahar City were civilians.

It was not clear what the bomb was targeting. No group has said it carried out the attack.

Posted by: Fred || 08/06/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa North
Tunisian Police, Protesters Clash in Revolution Cradle
[An Nahar] Fresh protests against Tunisia's Islamist-led coalition government erupted on Monday, deepening the north African nation's political crisis as two soldiers killed by gunnies linked to al-Qaeda were to be buried.

Police used batons and tear gas against protesters who tried to break into local government offices in the center-west city of Sidi Bouzid, cradle of the 2011 revolution.

An Agence La Belle France Presse journalist said security forces also fired warning shots to disperse several dozen people demonstrating against what they called the incompetence of the local governor.

The governor is close to the ruling Islamist Ennahda party.

In addition to being where Tunisia's Arab Spring began in late 2010, Sidi Bouzid was also the home town of opposition MP Mohammed Brahmi, bumped off in the capital on July 25.

Brahmi's was the second political liquidation this year, coming after the February murder of Chokri Belaid, also in Tunis.

Many Tunisians blame the government for both killings.

At the end of July, hundreds of protesters tried to block civil servants in Sidi Bouzid from going to work, and police used tear gas against stone-throwing demonstrators.

The demonstrators were then also demanding the dismissal of the governor.

Government detractors say the Ennahda-led cabinet has failed to rein in radical Islamists who have grown in influence and stand accused of a wave of attacks since the 2011 uprising that toppled strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

An opposition coalition plans another demonstration in Tunis later on Monday, as well as a major night-time protest on Tuesday demanding the government's resignation and the dissolution of the National Constituent Assembly.

Tuesday's protest will also mark six months since Belaid's killing, and is an opposition response to a massive pro-government rally in the capital on Saturday.

Officials have said the same gun was used to kill both Belaid and Brahmi, and pointed the blame at jihadists.
Posted by: Fred || 08/06/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [440 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Spring fever.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 08/06/2013 11:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Must be Ramadan Irritation Syndrome.
Posted by: Pappy || 08/06/2013 21:11 Comments || Top||

Egypt: jihadists fired Hellfire missile at government office
Jihadists in Egypt's lawless Sinai Peninsula are using U.S. weapons to carry out attacks against the temporary government in the wake of the military's ouster of President Mohammed Morsi, according to the embattled nation's Interior Ministry.

The government office posted an official statement on its Facebook page along with images of an exploded missile that hit the third floor of a building in the city of el-Arish last week. The post said terrorist forces targeted the North Sinai Security Directorate office with a ballistic missile that struck the third floor facade of the building, leaving three soldiers injured. While attacks in the Sinai, which borders Gaza and is a haven for terrorist activity, have become commonplace, the prospect that militants have U.S. weapons typically fired from helicopters at their disposal is especially alarming.

Three photos of the missile posted by the government agency shows that it appears to be an AGM-114F with a label written in English and the letters "U.S." stenciled on the side.

"If, and that is a big if, it was a AGM-114, as in the report, that's not a ballistic missile, which conjures Cold War images of something massive and long range, but a Hellfire, which is of the type carried on helicopters," Peter Singer, of the Brookings Institute's Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, told FoxNews.com.
Did we sell any of those to the Egyptian military in the last forty years?
Possibly it came from Benghazi. So much else did, after all.
That's an air-to-ground missile, hence the AGM. How'd they deliver it? By mail? Or did they get a helicopter, too?
Egyptian security forces apprehended three suspects at the scene, including one Palestinian citizen.

A request for comment to the U.S. Department of Defense was not immediately returned.

Reports of U.S.-made weapons turning up in the Sinai date back to at least January, when six U.S.-made missiles were found in a cache of weapons bound for Gaza. And in February, FoxNews.com reported exclusively that weapons left over from the revolution in Libya were being sold at clandestine auctions is the Sinai Peninsula. The U.S. has repeatedly denied arming the Libyan rebels, though it did assist them in other ways with the overthrow of longtime Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi.
Posted by: Steve White || 08/06/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [498 views] Top|| File under: Salafists

#1  Asking for it.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/06/2013 5:15 Comments || Top||

#2  I think they can be rigged to be fired by surface platforms.

I think the neat question would be, how did they learn how to fire one. Its a precision weapon, so were they just launching it at the broadside of a barn or that particular office?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/06/2013 12:33 Comments || Top||

#3  I'll go with "broad side of a barn".
Posted by: Pappy || 08/06/2013 21:13 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
Clashes between Military, Insurgents Kill 35 in North Nigeria
[An Nahar] Clashes between Nigeria's military and Islamist bad boy group Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
in two northeastern towns have left at least 35 people dead, most of them krazed killers, the army said Monday.

The festivities broke out after attacks on soldiers and a cop shoppe, according to the military, and occurred as security forces wage an offensive in the region aimed at ending a four-year Islamist insurgency.

A clash in the town of Bama sparked by an attack on a police base "led to the death of one policeman and 17 Boko Haram terrorists," a military statement said.

Fighting in the town of Malam Fatori after an attack on troops "led to the death of two soldiers and 15 Boko Haram terrorists," it said. Both festivities occurred on Sunday.

According to the military, the snuffies were armed with "sophisticated weapons" and explosives during the attacks. Both Bama and Malam Fatori are located in Nigeria's Borno state, Boko Haram's home base.

The statement said soldiers had recovered weapons including 10 AK-47 rifles, bombs and three RPG tubes, among others, after the clash in Bama.

"The situations in both places have returned to normal," the statement said.

Borno, badly hit by krazed killer attacks as well as heavy-handed military raids, is one of three states currently under a state of emergency while security forces pursue the offensive.
Posted by: Fred || 08/06/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [675 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram

Home Front: WoT
Police Arrest Man At Connecticut Airport After Bomb Threat
[Ynet] Police placed in durance vile
You have the right to remain silent...
a man at Connecticut's main airport on Monday after he allegedly told security screeners he was carrying a bomb, officials said, leading to delays on two departing flights.

"At 3:12 pm ET, a male traveler who was passing through the security checkpoint at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, claimed that he had a bomb," the Transportation Security Administraiton said in an emailed statement.
Either a really stupid joke, insanity, or the real thing. Let us await further evidence.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/06/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [327 views] Top|| File under:

Terror bid foiled in Quetta; police seizes explosive-laden rickshaw
[Dawn] Police claimed to have foiled a major bid of terrorism by seizing an explosive-laden auto rickshaw in Quetta, the capital of the restive Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
province on Monday evening.
At least it wasn't a donkey this time. Let us be grateful for mid-sized mercies.
Deputy Inspector General Police Operations, Fayyaz Sumbal said police men were on routine patrolling when they spotted an explosive-laden rickshaw. He said myrmidons had also planted bombs inside the rickshaw to cause maximum damage.

Sumbal said almost 150 kilogram explosives were planted inside the rickshaw to carry out a major attack inside Quetta city. "Terror plan has been foiled and explosives have been defused," he said.

The deputy police chief said the vehicle was being shifted to nearby cop shoppe so that bomb disposal squad could further investigate. "Miscreant had planned to use rickshaw in a major terror attack on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitar," Sumbal stated.

Balochistan government has tightened security in and around Quetta city prior to Eid-ul-Fitar -- the most celebrated annual festival of Mohammedans.

Police, Balochistan Constabulary and Frontier Corps personnel have been deployed at all exit and entry points of the city. The forces have established joint pickets at all sensitive points of the city, plagued by sectarian attacks and Baloch insurgency for more than a decade.
Posted by: Fred || 08/06/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [350 views] Top|| File under:

D I Khan jailbreak: Police arrests suspected "Punjabi Taliban" commander
Police on Monday claimed to have locked away
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
a suspected "Punjabi Taliban" commander involved in Dera Ismail Khan
... the Pearl of Pashtunistan ...
jailbreak last week, DawnNews reported.
That was fast...
According to official sources, the suspected krazed killer, identified as Mujahid Ahmed alias Faqeer Baba has been arrested in injured condition.

Pak Taliban faceless myrmidons had freed nearly 250 inmates, including 35 'high-profile krazed killers', during a brazen overnight attack on the central jail in Dera Ismail Khan on July 30.

The suspect has revealed that planning of the jailbreak was carried out in South Wazoo, said the sources. He has been taken to some holy man's guesthouse an undisclosed location for further interrogation, they added.
Posted by: Fred || 08/06/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [358 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Pakistan

Blast inside Karachi-bound Shalimar Express kills toddler
[Dawn] Fourteen people were reported injured in an kaboom that took place inside a bogie of the Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
-bound Shalimar Express near Punjab province's Toba Tek Singh district on Monday.

Three of the injured were at death's door.

Mohammad Hussain, medical superintendent in main Toba Tek Singh hospital told news agency AFP that a child, aged two and a half years, had departed this vale of tears in hospital. Shehzad Asif, district police chief confirmed the death.

The train, which had begun its journey from Lahore, was crossing a railway station around 1 pm when the kaboom took place inside a bogie in its economy class.

Following the blast, the train was brought to a halt and rescue teams shifted the injured to hospitals in Faisalabad
...formerly known as Lyallpur, the third largest metropolis in Pakistain, the second largest in Punjab after Lahore. It is named after some Arab because the Paks didn't have anybody notable of their own to name it after...
and Toba Tek Singh where emergency was imposed as soon as news of the kaboom came.

Police and Pakistain Railways personnel arrived at the scene to inspect the area and investigate the incident.

TV footage showed the kaboom had damaged the roof of the carriage but not forced the train off the rails, suggesting a relatively low-intensity blast.

Farah Masood, a senior government official in Lahore, confirmed to AFP that a locally-made bomb was used in the kaboom and that 14 people had been injured.

On the other hand, the Interior Ministry has claimed that railway authorities had been alerted with intelligence pertaining to a possible terrorist threat. The authorities had also been directed to increase security of trains in light of the information.

Speaking to media representatives in Lahore, Federal Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said the management of Shalimar Express had received calls pertaining to extortion and that Inspector General Punjab Police had been informed in this regard.

He added that 14 people had been injured in the kaboom and three of the maimed were at death's door.
Posted by: Fred || 08/06/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [360 views] Top|| File under: TTP

Iraqi Forces Kill Six 'Qaida' Militants
[An Nahar] Iraqi forces killed six suspected al-Qaeda snuffies during an operation north of Storied Baghdad
...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate...
on Monday, while two soldiers and seven civilians died in attacks, officials said.

Security forces, who have so far failed to stem the worst violence to hit Iraq in five years, have launched operations targeting snuffies in various areas in recent days, including in the Storied Baghdad region.

On Monday, security forces killed six snuffies during festivities with "al-Qaeda remnants" in the area of Sulaiman Bek, a town north of the capital, army Staff Lieutenant General Abdulamir al-Zaidi said.

Zaidi, who himself narrowly escaped a blast that killed nine soldiers on Saturday, said 10 snuffies were captured and two boom-mobiles and three cycle of violence bombs were disabled.

During the operation a roadside kaboom went kaboom! near a military vehicle, killing one soldier, Zaidi said.

Sulaiman Bek was briefly seized by snuffies in late April, but they later withdrew under a deal worked out by tribal leaders and government officials, allowing security forces back in.

And last month, scores of snuffies launched an attack on the town, drawing security forces away from a nearby highway. Gunmen then set up a checkpoint, stopped truck drivers and executed 14 who were Shiite Mohammedans.

Security forces in the Storied Baghdad area, meanwhile, continued an operation dubbed "Avenge the Martyrs", a defense ministry statement said.

It said that over a period of 24 hours, security forces nabbed
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
85 people wanted under an anti-terrorism law and incarcerated
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
a further 192 suspects.

They also discovered three boom-mobile factories and 219 bombs as well as weapons and explosives, it said.

As security forces hunted Death Eaters, the corpse count from attacks continued to mount.

Attacks in Storied Baghdad killed at least two people, while in Madain, south of capital, gunnies armed with automatic weapons rubbed out a generator owner and his son.

Iraqis who can afford it turn to private generator owners to supplement the sporadic electricity supplies provided by the government.

Another two people were killed by gunnies in Hilla, also south of Storied Baghdad.

And in the northern province of Nineveh, a boom-mobile killed a soldier and maimed five others, while gunnies killed a civilian.
Posted by: Fred || 08/06/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [321 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Iraq

Southeast Asia
Key Muslim leader gunned down in southern Thailand
A Muslim leader seen as a major figure in efforts to end the fighting in southern Thailand has been gunned down, raising concern about the future of peace negotiations.

Imam Yacob Raimanee of the Pattani Central Mosque was gunned down on Monday afternoon in the town of Pattani.

National Security Council chief and lead peace negotiator Paradorn Pattanatabut said, "I can say that this incident is worrying. The imam was one of those supporting the talks... he was killed, so we are concerned."

Paradorn promised that the talks will continue. "They are trying to frighten people - so we have to be patient and strong," he said.
Posted by: ryuge || 08/06/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [380 views] Top|| File under:

#1  the Religion of Peace eats one of their own?
Posted by: Frank G on the road || 08/06/2013 9:50 Comments || Top||

#2  Obviously kicked out of the Caliphate Club for supporting peace talks.
Posted by: Pappy || 08/06/2013 11:07 Comments || Top||

Six Dead, 26 Hurt in Philippines Bomb Blast
[An Nahar] A powerful bomb went kaboom! at the center of the southern Philippines city of Cotabato on Monday, killing six people and wounding more than two dozen others, police said.

The bomb was placed in a vehicle -- either a cycle of violence or a van -- parked near a hospital and a school during the afternoon rush hour, city police chief Senior Superintendent Rolen Balquin said.

Cotabato photographer Mark Navales, who was on the scene within half an hour of the blast, described seeing a blood-spattered road strewn with charred bodies and smoldering vehicle parts.

"I saw three mangled human remains, one of them burnt," he told AFP.

"I have never before seen (the effects of) such a powerful blast in Cotabato," he added.

The attack came a month after after the United States, Australia and Canada warned their citizens against travelling to Cotabato and two other southern cities over fresh threats of terrorism.

Those killed were motorists passing through Sinsuat Street, the main highway in Cotabato that is lined by commercial establishments.

At least 26 others were maimed, including coppers in a vehicle that was passing through the area, he said.

No group immediately grabbed credit.

Mujiv Hataman, governor of a regional autonomous area whose office is 800 metres (2,625 feet) away from the blast site, said the kaboom rattled his windows and shattered a quiet afternoon just before Mohammedans were to end their Ramadan fast.

"That area has always been a busy street, full of traffic. There are a lot of establishments there and people come and go at all hours," he told Agence La Belle France Presse by telephone.

"The blast was heard kilometres away. It was powerful," he said.

The late-afternoon kaboom damaged at least four vehicles and triggered a fire that engulfed a nearby mortuary and a tyre repair shop, he added.
Posted by: Fred || 08/06/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [355 views] Top|| File under: Abu Sayyaf

#1  As per FOX NEWS AM, its believed the Commie NPA may be behind this attack???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 08/06/2013 0:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Speaking of Commies ...


The JCP.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 08/06/2013 1:38 Comments || Top||

Syrian Rebels Push Advance into Latakia
[An Nahar] Rebels fighting troops loyal to Syria's Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
The Scourge of Hama...
clashed with the army Monday as they pushed an advance into the coastal province of Latakia, a monitoring group said.

The festivities in the western province come a day after rebels seized five majority Alawite villages in the area, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

By Monday, however, the army had retaken one village, Beit al-Shakuhi, the group said.

Syria's uprising is Sunni-dominated, like the country's population, while Latakia and neighboring Tartus are home to members of Assad's Alawite minority community.

The fighting in the province over the past two days has been fierce, said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.

"At least 20 rebels have been killed, as have 32 army and pro-regime militia troops," he told Agence La Belle France Presse.

"The army and pro-regime militia from the National Defense Force and the Baath battalions are sending reinforcements to push the rebels back," he added.

The fighting is concentrated near the mountainous Jabal al-Akrad area in northern Latakia, and rebels are also trying to advance in Jabal Turkman.

These areas are home to a mixed population of Sunnis and Alawites, "making it practically impossible to avoid the conflict there from turning sectarian", Abdel Rahman warned.

The Alawite sect is an offshoot of Shiite Islam, and Assad hails from the Latakia town of Qardaha.

An anti-regime activist in Latakia said the rebels decided to open a new front in the coastal province because pockets already under their control were being shelled from nearby villages.

"There is a battle to liberate the areas that are being used as launching pads to shell civilians" in villages out of army control, Omar al-Jeblawi told AFP via the Internet.

"Morale is very, very high," he said, adding that the developments on Syria's coast "are significant not just for our area, but for the whole of Syria."

Jeblawi said several anti-regime battalions are taking part in the fighting, including mainstream, local rebel groups and jihadists.

But other activists, such as Latakia-based Sema Nassar, were opposed to opening up the front at this time.

The rebels "have a habit of escalating without preparing as soon as they feel they have enough weapons. But they are not ready... and the regime's response will be crazy."

Nassar said the rebels have taken prisoner an Alawite holy man, Badr Ghazal, from the village of Baruda after he issued a religious decree urging rebel forces "stamped out completely."

For its part, the main opposition National Coalition praised the rebel escalation.

"The Syrian Coalition applauds Free Syrian Army fighters on the Syrian coast," said the group.

Despite pockets of resistance to Assad's regime in Latakia, most of the province is still firmly under army control.
Posted by: Fred || 08/06/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [333 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Explosives, Map for Future Targets Found in Daraya after Egyptian Was Killed Preparing Bombs
[An Nahar] One Egyptian national was killed and two other people were maimed on Sunday when they were setting up bombs in Mount Leb's Iqlim al-Kharroub's region, MTV reported.
Never, never ever send a colourblind man to work the red wire/green wire problem, no matter how keen he might be.
"An Egyptian was killed while a Syrian and another Egyptian were gravely maimed when bombs they were preparing detonated at a house in Iqlim al-Kharroub's town of Daraya," MTV elaborated.

OTV said the incident took place near Ahmed Basbous mosque in Daraya.

MTV noted that the material damage did not go beyond the room in which the kaboom took place.

"A military expert inspected the location of the kaboom and State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr has handed the investigation over to the army police," the same source revealed.

"Numerous security forces have cordoned off the location of the kaboom and strict measures have been adopted. Explosive experts and Sherlocks also arrived to inspect the scene."

The state-run National News Agency identified the Egyptian victim as Abdul Latif al-Dakhakhni.

His brother Mohammed and Syrian national Mohammed Hasan Masaoud were gravely injured, according to the NNA.

Radio Voice of Leb (100.5) remarked that the investigation revealed that the Egyptian that was killed in the incident is a runaway.

Later on Sunday, al-Jadeed television revealed that up to 18 explosives ready to be set up were discovered in the same house.

Quoting security sources, it added that a map was also found.

"It contained three target places for future kaboom, which are al-Saadiyat, Wadi al-Zeina and Hadath," al-Jadeed detailed.

Al-Manar television said the owner of the house, Egyptian national Ahmed al-Dakhakhni was locked away
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
along with his two sons and a Syrian.

It added that an underground room was discovered containing tens of bombs and explosives.

The NNA pointed out that al-Dakhakhni and his son Abdullah, who were both arrested, have lived for a long time in Daraya.

MTV reported that investigation is focusing on whether there are links between those involved in the Daraya incident and Salafist groups.

The municipalities and the political parties present in Iqlim al-Kharroub condemned "any event that destabilizes the country."

"We will leave the final word in this incident to security and judicial forces," they expressed.

On July 19, the military prosecution charged six al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front members who were arrested for the possession of arms and explosives, and for plotting terrorist attacks.

The NNA had said that the suspects had formed an armed gang for the purpose of carrying out terrorist activities and financial crimes.

The network was reportedly comprised of four Syrian and Lebanese members.

And on May 9, the Army revealed that it has broken up a cell, jugged
Please don't kill me!
its members and confiscated a quantity of detonators and explosives.

...back at the alley, Slats grabbed his rosco...
on April 7, Army troops thwarted an attempt to deliver arms to "extremists" in the Shouf area of Ain Zhalta.
Posted by: Fred || 08/06/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [325 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra

Arida Crossing Closed over Assault Damages
[An Nahar] The General Security Department announced on Monday the closure of al-Arida border crossing in the North over damages caused by an attack on its base the day before.

The agency said in a communique that the assault by some al-Arida residents on its base near the border with Syria caused malfunctions in its computer system.

The General Security decided to close the crossing starting 12:00 pm Monday, asking travelers to use other crossings pending the end of restoration work.

Al-Aboudiyeh is the only other legal border checkpoint in northern Leb. There are many other illegal crossings along the border with Syria.

On Sunday, angry al-Arida residents smashed the windows of the base and nearby vehicles with rocks after a Syrian man was killed while trying to enter Leb from the nearby al-Kabir river.

The man, who was allegedly fleeing the violence in Syria, was rubbed out by Syrian security forces.

The residents also scattered General Security's belongings in the base and blocked the international highway with burning tires, calling on the Lebanese army to deploy in the area to protect the border.
Posted by: Fred || 08/06/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [324 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Iran Arrests Man On Charges Of Spying For Israel
[Ynet] Islamic Theocratic Republic authorities arrest man for allegedly passing on intelligence to security officer at Israeli embassy in Thailand

Iranian authorities have enjugged
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
a man on charges of spying for Israel.

The semiofficial Mehr news agency reported that the unidentified man had allegedly passed on intelligence to a security officer at the Israeli embassy in Thailand.

Monday's report said the man was arrested in the southeastern Iranian region of Kerman where he was allegedly collecting data on mines in the area.

The report didn't provide other details beyond saying the man would face trial. It did not say when he was arrested.

Espionage is punishable by death under Iranian law. Iran and Israel have been enemies since the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, with Tehran periodically announcing arrests of people suspected of spying for Israel.

Last week, it was cleared for publication that a 46-year-old Jerusalem resident and member of the Neturei Karta faction, a radical haredi sect, has been charged with offering himself as a spy to the Iranian government.

On Monday, the Jerusalem District Court extended his remand by two days.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/06/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [345 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

Terror Networks
Terror Threat Intelligence Not New - So sez Jay Carney
Intelligence regarding al Qaeda plans to attack U.S. embassies, officials, and interests last Sunday was known for months by U.S. intelligence agencies but was used only recently to trigger the closure of embassies and issuance of public warnings of impending attacks.
Conveniently timed to make us all stop arguing about the NSA...
Al Qaeda "chatter" about coming terrorist operations, mainly against 22 U.S. embassies and consulates, and threats to attack or bomb officials in the Middle East and elsewhere was widely reported in classified intelligence reports over several months. The report said an attack was planned for Sunday, although no attack was carried out.

The intelligence was based on electronic surveillance of al Qaeda communications indicating some type of spectacular bombing or other attacks was being planned and would in fact be carried out very soon.
Acting on 'single source' intelligence reporting now are we ?
The timing of the administration's announced closure of numerous U.S. embassies in the Middle East has raised concerns among some U.S. officials that the Obama administration is politicizing intelligence to distract attention from the Benghazi and other scandals.

"Why is this coming out now?" asked one official with access to terrorist threat data. "Is the administration trying to suck up news coverage with the embassy threats to distract attention from what the CIA was doing in Benghazi?"

Press secretary Jay Carney told reporters at the White House Monday that "we take the threat very seriously and have taken action because of that."

"I'm not in a position to discuss specific intelligence, but we believe that this threat is significant, and we are taking it seriously for that reason and have taken the actions that the State Department announced out of an abundance of caution and will continue to monitor this and take action as necessary," Carney said.
Not in a position to discuss.... but it came from NSA.
Carney said the threat was "emanating from and maybe directed towards the Arabian Peninsula."

"The extension of those closures does not reflect a new stream of threat information but is more a reflection of taking necessary precautions," he said.
An admission which supports the title of this article.
The threat followed three reported U.S. drone strikes in Yemen that killed several al Qaeda terrorists who were traveling in vehicles. Missile attacks from U.S. armed drones were carried out July 27, July 30, and Aug. 1 in al Qaeda strongholds in Yemen.

A U.S. official said the terrorist threat does not appear to be part of any retaliation for the drone attacks because terrorist planning for a major bombing or other attacks usually takes weeks or months.

Former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Pete Hoekstra said he is concerned that the administration may be politicizing intelligence because "they have politicized everything."

"If there is any hint at all that this [latest terror threat] was politicized, it would be absolutely outrageous," Hoekstra said in an interview.
Not only outrageous, but shocking as well as outrageous.
"In an era of 'phony' scandals, let's hope no one is playing politics with national security and threat alerts," Hoekstra told the Washington Free Beacon, referring to President Obama's recent dismissal of Benghazi and other administration scandals as "phony."

A former White House intelligence official said suggestions the terror alert was hyped deserve the attention of the House and Senate intelligence oversight committees.

The former official said national security policymakers traditionally weigh what to do in response to indications and warning intelligence through careful internal discussion.

"There usually comes a time when you have to decide whether the intelligence is something you act on, and that can always be a tough call, even without politicization," the former official said.

For the Obama administration, the type of politicization of intelligence that has taken place under the president has created a situation where the average person has little confidence in claims that terrorists are planning major attacks.

"They have debased the coinage of the realm: trust," the former official said.

The former official said the administration's response to the Benghazi attack of Sept. 11 is a case in point.

"If you would lie about Benghazi and make up the story about the cause being a YouTube video, what else wouldn't you do?" he asked.
Well, nearly everything. Why do you ask ?
Great harm has been done to the credibility of U.S. intelligence agencies by politicizing intelligence and one effect is that when terrorist alerts are issued, people question the government's motives, the former official said.

"In that context, I think we've reached the point where the two congressional intelligence oversight committee should take a look into this, just to put the public's mind at rest," the former official said.

Susan Phalen, a spokeswoman for House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, declined to comment when asked if the chairman Mike Rogers (R., Mich.) had any concerns about the latest threat intelligence being politicized.

Brian Weiss, a spokesman for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (R., Calif.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Feinstein has not commented on the recent terror alert.

White House National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said: "This assertion is ludicrous and insulting."
So you shouldn't mind if we have a look see, no ?
Other U.S. officials pointed to the bipartisan expressions of concerns about the terror threat.
Also known as the programmed exploitation of useful idiots.
Rep. Peter King (R., N.Y.), a member of the intelligence committee, said the terrorist threat was "so specific" as to the method of the attack but did not specify where, other than in the Middle East or Europe and against a U.S. embassy or against a target in the United States.
A Global threat.... as in 'Global War on Terror'.
"It could be a series of combined attacks," King said on ABC's "This Week."
Brilliant Pete. Quite presidential.
Disclosure of the terrorist threat followed new reports that the CIA had begun giving polygraph or lie-detector tests to CIA contractors and officials involved in the covert action program in Benghazi to gather weapons circulating after the revolution that toppled Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi.

A CIA annex was attacked by the terrorists who carried out the Sept. 11, 2012, attack that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, and two CIA contractors and former Navy SEALs. The CIA was involved in shipping arms from Libya to Turkey and to Syrian rebels, according to U.S. officials.

"Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) said on CNN's "State of the Union," that he met recently with Vice President Joseph Biden on the terrorist threat.
A meeting the Joe establishes credibility ?
It is scary," Graham said. "Al Qaeda's on the rise in this part of the world. The [National Security Agency monitoring] program is proving its worth yet again."
No, it is YOU who are scary.
Graham praised the administration for announcing the terror threat that he said was different than its response to Benghazi.
The response of a useful idiot.
"Benghazi was a complete failure," Graham said. "The threats were real there. The reporting was real and we basically dropped the ball. We've learned from Benghazi, thank God, and the administration is doing it right."
We, We, we dropped the ball ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/06/2013 03:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [491 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Oceana is at war with Eastasia. Oceana has always been at war with Eastasia."
Posted by: Nguard || 08/06/2013 11:21 Comments || Top||

#2  All this chitter-chatter
Chitter-chatter, chitter-chatter 'bout shmata, shmata, shmata
I can't give it away on 7th Avenue
This town's been wearin' tatters, uh-huh

Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 08/06/2013 12:08 Comments || Top||

#3  Always wondered - what the hell does 'chatter' consist of, anyway?
Posted by: Muggsy the Full Bosomed1713 || 08/06/2013 16:04 Comments || Top||

#4  hey.... batter batter....swing!

Snark of the day.
Posted by: Frank G on the road || 08/06/2013 16:07 Comments || Top||

#5  Always wondered - what the hell does 'chatter' consist of, anyway?
Mostly, it's a digestive byproduct of Chattel.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/06/2013 17:44 Comments || Top||

#6  Wait, I thought it was all Bush's fault...
Posted by: 49 Pan || 08/06/2013 20:47 Comments || Top||

NYT: Qaeda Leaders' Communication Led To Embassy Closure
"Well done, journalistic men and women!" cried the editor. "Frissons all around!"
[Ynet] Intercepted communications in which al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri ordered the leader of the affiliate in Yemen to carry out an attack as early as last Sunday prompted the United States to close diplomatic missions in the Middle East and Africa, the New York Times
...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...
reported on Monday.

The intercepted conversations were between Zawahri, who succeeded the late Osama bin Laden
... who has left the building...
as head of al-Qaeda, and Nasser al-Wuhayshi, the head of the Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the newspaper said, citing American officials.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/06/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [455 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

#1  It appears that any such AYMAN-supported Al-Qaeda = AQAP aka AQIY terrstrike or terrop may NOT had actually targeted the Middle East or North Africa.

To wit,


Al-Qaeda rescue of MAJOR NIDAL HASAN = "FORT HOOD" SHOOTER, given the recent Militant strikes targeting Prisons in Iraq + Pakistan???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 08/06/2013 23:17 Comments || Top||




ARTIC = Iff anything, Al-Qaeda has successfully
"morphed" itself + activities, etc. into a function of the very anti-AQ strategy the USA is using to defeat or destroy it. THE US HAS SEEMINGLY DEFEATED ONLY ONE "MODEL/VERSION" OF AL-QAEDA, BUT NOT THE ORG ITSELF???

The Bammer may have declared the GWOT to be over, BUT APPARENTLY NO ONE REMEMBERED TO TELL THE HARD/BAD BOYZ.

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 08/06/2013 23:26 Comments || Top||

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