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Pair of Explosions Hit Boston Marathon
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2 Women Killed in Kunar Shelling from Pakistan
[TOLONEWS] Two Afghan women have been killed and two more injured in eastern Kunar province
... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country.....
when their house was struck during a missile attack apparently launched from Pakistain, local officials said Saturday.

The attack began around 03:00am this morning with at least seven missiles landing in Kunar's Marawar district including striking the civilian house, provincial's governor Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi told TOLOnews.

"We confirm that the Pakistain military have launched several missiles into Marwar district, killing two women and injuring two others," he said.

The security forces have started investigating the attacks, he added.

In the past a month Pakistain has fired several missiles in Marawar and Dangam districts which share a border with Pakistain.

The missiles have been damaged agricultural land, animals and resident houses.

There have been similar attacks going on for at least two years. But the Pak government consistently denies claims that the attacks are perpetrated by Pakistain's military.
Posted by: Fred || 04/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [331 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Senior Taliban, IMU Leaders Arrested: Isaf
[TOLONEWS] A senior Taliban leader has been incarcerated
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
in a joint Afghan 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...
troops operation in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province Saturday, local officials said.

"An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a senior Taliban leader and tossed in the calaboose
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
two other cut-throats during an operation in Nad 'Ali district, Helmand province, today," Isaf said in a statement.

According to Isaf, the leader commands multiple cells of Taliban fighters and is alleged to have participated in numerous complex attacks against Afghan and coalition forces throughout Helmand province.

Meanwhile a senior Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leader was arrested in a joint operation in Burkah district of northern Baghlan province Friday, Isaf said.

The leader is believed to be in charge of a cell of cut-throats responsible for improvised bomb (IED) operations against security forces throughout northern Balkh province.

A Haqqani leader was arrested Saturday with another orc in a joint operation in Pul-e-Alam district of central Pashtun-infested Logar province.

The leader is believed responsible for weapons facilitation in the district and for controlling a group of fighters responsible for IED attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. The security force also seized IED-making material as a result of the raid, Isaf said.
Posted by: Fred || 04/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [323 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

A'stan 1400 Sends Resistance Message with Symbolic Gesture
[TOLONEWS] A political movement of Afghan professionals visited western Farah province on Sunday to donate blood and set up a memorial plaque in memory of those who were killed in the deadly April 3 jihad boy attack.

Afghanistan 1400, as the group calls itself, said it will not remain silent in the face of such attacks and will continue to respond to the terror of the "enemies of Afghanistan" with messages of resistance.

"It's a big project that is being executed by the enemies of Afghanistan to keep the people of Afghanistan as slaves, captives, and miserable. As the youth and as the people of Afghanistan, we have recognise this. We don't know if the government has realised it too or not, but now that we have realised it, we want to tell the enemies of Afghanistan that we will respond to such projects," said Shaharzad Akbar, head of Afghanistan 1400.

"Another message is that those who are enemies to Afghanistan are not our brothers," said another member Haseeb Homayun.

The group expressed their close support to the people of Farah, condemning the incident once again while visiting those in hospital who were maimed in the attack.

"All the people of Afghanistan were mourning for days after the Farah incident took place. We want to tell the people of Farah that the people of Afghanistan are next to you and that you are not alone. We want to pass a message of resistance against this brutal incident and its doers," said 1400 member Wahid Omar.

The Taliban attack on the courthouse of Farah city left as many as 46 people dead - mostly civilians - and injured more than 100 others.

Families of the victims told Afghanistan 1400 members that they were still worried about security threats.
The provincial governor Mohammad Akram Khpulwak said he believes the Farah incident was organised with the support of intelligence agencies of neigbouring countries.
"The men (attackers) knew the map. They knew every way when they entered the government buildings. Therefore they had the support of regional intelligence," he said.

According to the security officials, there are ongoing investigations into the claims that some of local officials were involved in the incident, however there is no substantial proof nor have any charges been laid.
Posted by: Fred || 04/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [332 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  The provincial governor Mohammad Akram Khpulwak said he believes the Farah incident was organised with the support of intelligence agencies of neigbouring countries

Essentially only two neighbors (Turkmenistan doesn't count) - take your pick.
Posted by: Pappy || 04/15/2013 14:40 Comments || Top||

Africa North
Head Of Libyan Islamic Extremist Militia Shot
[Ynet] A security official says the leader of an Islamic beturbanned goon militia in Libya suspected of involvement in an attack in Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador has been shot.

Sufyan bin Qumu, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, was shot Sunday in the area of al-Thruwn in the eastern city of Darna, a stronghold of Islamic beturbanned goons.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [330 views] Top|| File under:

Saleh's son removed from military posts
[Khaleej Times] Yemen's president removed his predecessor's son and nephews from powerful security posts on Wednesday in the most dramatic step yet in sidelining old regime figures, according to the nation's state-run media.

Former President President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
, who stepped down in early 2012 after more than a year of protests against his rule, placed relatives and loyalists in top military and government posts over his 33-year rule.

They have been accused of obstructing the US-backed government as it tries to reform and fight an active Al Qaeda branch in the country.

Fireworks went off in the capital, Sanaa, and Yemen's second largest city, Taiz, after the announcement. Restructuring the army was a top demand by Yemenis after Saleh's ouster.

His vice-president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, took over in a power transfer deal brokered by Yemen's powerful Gulf neighbours and backed by the United States. Hadi has since been trying to remove former regime loyalists over concerns that Saleh was using them to further destabilise the turmoil-wracked country.

Washington has expressed concern
...meaning the brow was mildly wrinkled, the eyebrows drawn slightly together, and a thoughtful expression assumed, not that anything was actually done or indeed that any thought was actually expended...
that some in the military have been taking advantage of their positions for personal gain to interfere in the country's transition, since regime change threatens their personal interests. The UN Security Council warned Saleh directly that he could face sanctions if attempts to undermine the new national unity government persist.

In his latest move, Hadi not only removed Saleh's son and two nephews from their posts, but also effectively ordered them to leave the country by posting them abroad.

He removed Saleh's son Ahmed as head of the Republican Guard and appointed him ambassador. The force is an elite army unit that was once the backbone of Saleh's rule. It was supposed to be reorganised and brought under the control of the Defence Ministry according to Hadi's orders last year, but those changes had not materialised on the ground.

In a sign of how challenging the overhaul has been, Republican Guard troops earlier this week forced businesses closed and clashed with police and residents in the city of Radda, about 160km south of the capital.
Posted by: Fred || 04/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [317 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

BCL man hacked to death in Rajshahi
[Bangla Daily Star] A Bangladesh Chhatra League
... the student wing of the Bangla Awami League ...
(BCL) activist was killed in an attack by myrmidons in Rajshahi city Sunday afternoon.

The dear departed, Rabiul Islam, was an activist of BCL city unit, reports our Rajshahi correspondent.

Asaduzzaman, general secretary of Awami League Rajshahi district unit, claimed that activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal
...student wing of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)...
and Islami Chhatra Shibir
... the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh...
killed Rabiul, which was denied by local JCD leaders.
"No, no! Certainly not!"
Md Moniruzzaman, commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police, said the criminals hacked Rabiul indiscriminately when he was attending a programme organised at Meherchandi on the occasion of Pahela Baishakh.

They also hit the BCL man with brick in his head and left the place, the commissioner said.

Rabiul was declared dead after he was rushed to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital.
Posted by: Fred || 04/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [331 views] Top|| File under:

Caribbean-Latin America
Mexican Army dismantles 7 meth labs in Zacatecas

For a map, click here. For a map of Zacatecas state, click here.

By Chris Covert

The Mexican Army conducted counternarcotics operations in far southern Zacatecas state last week, discovering and dismantling a total of seven drug laboratories according to Mexican news accounts and an anonymous correspondent.

According to a news account which appeared on the website of Zacatecas En Linea news daily, an army unit with the Mexican 51st Infantry Battalion, 11th Military Zone was dispatched two weeks ago to Nochistlan municipality on an anonymous complaint of criminal activity in the area.

At the location, soldiers secured 10 containers containing an undisclosed amount of chemical precursors used in the production of methamphetamine. Also secured were an undisclosed number of rifles and ammunition.

According to the anonymous correspondent, "militars arrested one or two local policemen for lacking the proper gun permit and acting suspiciously."

"I know the local policemen work for the local narcos, when I was last in Nochistlan, they were very friendly with the two guys who I was told were the jefes de plaza (local crime bosses), two fat brothers dressed like cholos. I had no idea this area was a meth factory."

Four days later, another three drug labs were secured along with several real properties said to be owned by a local drug lord affiliated with the Sinaloa Drug cartel.

According to a news account published on the website of Zacatecas En Linea, the home of the unidentified suspect was located near the intersection of Privada Quintas de Los Sauces and Calle Cerro Picacho. Also seized was a ranch near the village of La Cofradía.

According to the news report, two labs were found on land named La Barranca Tierra Blanca, while the third was found near the village of El Porvenir. A fourth lab was found, but it was still under construction.

The land where the drug lab near El Porvenir was found was also a farm with about 25 head of cattle. According to the report, the land was used bimonthly to host music concerts.

The total property seized was about 4,000 square meters and had been purchased privately last May.

The news account quoted military sources saying the drug labs combined capacity was about 60,000 liters per month, amounting to about one metric ton of drugs.

The news account said the drugs were produced mostly at night and produced toxic fumes, which local residents noticed.

Drugs produced in these labs were said to be distributed in Zacatecas, Aguascalientes and Jalisco states.

A sixth lab was discovered in Apulco municipality. It was a long time operation -- three years -- and had its own power source.

Other contraband seized included eight vehicles. No arrests were made in any of the raids, and going by the photos taken and published in Zacatecas en Linea the properties appeared to have been quickly abandoned.

Separately, according to the anonymous corespondent, the Gulf Cartel announced Sunday that it has taken control of Valparaiso municipality from Los Zetas. Several narcopintas appeared on the municipal seat four days ago announcing the takeover.

Said the correspondent, "CDG has taken Valparaiso from the zetas."

If the claim is true it can be considered a blow to Los Zetas in western Mexico.

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com and BorderlandBeat.com
Posted by: badanov || 04/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [314 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The news account said the drugs were produced mostly at night and produced toxic fumes, which local residents noticed

the smell from a meth lab is harsh and distinct.
Posted by: Frank G || 04/15/2013 8:09 Comments || Top||

Syrian Man Arrested In Greece With Weapons Cache
[Ynet] A senior police official says a Syrian man has been tossed in the slammer
You have the right to remain silent...
on Greece's northeastern border with Turkey with a large batch of telescopic sights for rifles and shoulder-fired rocket launchers. The official said he believed the weapons were headed for Syria. There has been no official announcement by police.

The arrest took place Thursday when the man, a Belgian resident, crossed the border with Turkey in a tractor trailer. The arrested man said he re-entered Greece after Turkish customs officials found 281 telescopic sights and turned him back.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [307 views] Top|| File under:

Home Front: WoT
NYPD Increasing Security At Prominent Locations
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Security is being beefed up in New York City in the aftermath of twin explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

NYPD Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne told WCBS 880′s Rich Lamb that the city is stepping up security at hotels and other prominent locations through deployment of the NYPD's critical response vehicles.

Browne added that the additional security will remain until more is learned about the explosions.

More: FAA flight restrictions over Boston at 1720 CT
Posted by: Steve White || 04/15/2013 17:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [421 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So far looks like a one location hit, rather than the whole New England seaboard like the AQ 9/11/2001, New York, DC, (Pennsylvania resulting from citizens over powering the flight 93 jackers before they got to thier target).
Posted by: Unaise Cloluns6545 || 04/15/2013 20:23 Comments || Top||

Boston Marathon boomed, one in custody
[NYPOST] Two explosions shattered the euphoria of the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers in the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts.

A federal law-enforcement source confirmed to The Post there are at least 12 dead and nearly 50 injured. Fox News reported that Massachusetts General Hospital was treating 10 people with amputated limbs and all operating rooms were on hold.

Authorities have a identified a suspect, who is currently being guarded in a Boston hospital with shrapnel wounds.
If he's a white supremacist or a nut of some other variety we'll know his name this evening. If he's a turban it'll take several days to come out and we'll be assured he's just a lone wolf operator. If he's a lone wolf operator, betcha a dollar he's either a Pak or close personal friends with one.
Law-enforcement sources said at least the first explosion occurred in the lobby of the Fairmont Hotel.

"There were two bombs that exploded near the finish line in today's Boston Marathon," The Boston Marathon's official Facebook page read. "We are working with law enforcement to understand what exactly has happened."

According to reports, authorities in Boston found two more explosive devices that had not gone off and police were dismantling them.

The airspace above the city was ordered cleared as well.

President Obama was briefed about the incident shortly after the explosions occured.

Obama called Boston mayor Tom Menino and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to express his concern fot those that were injured and make clear that his administration is ready to provide needed support as they respond to this incident.
Update 4:57 ET: The arrestee is a Saudi national.

Update 5:17pm ET: Boston Police say "no arrests have been made...no suspects have been taken into custody." FBI is similarly tight-lipped.
Posted by: Fred || 04/15/2013 16:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [438 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "The arrestee is a Saudi national."

Posted by: Unaise Cloluns6545 || 04/15/2013 17:27 Comments || Top||

#2  Ay Pee: Cell phone service turned off in Boston to prevent any other bombs from being set off
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/15/2013 17:48 Comments || Top||

#3  "The arrestee is a Saudi national."

Quelle surprise. >:-(
Posted by: Barbara || 04/15/2013 17:54 Comments || Top||

#4  "Update 5:17pm ET: Boston Police say "no arrests have been made...no suspects have been taken into custody." FBI is similarly tight-lipped."

In other words, they're trying desperately to figure out a way to spin that a "Saudi national" is really a white Christian Tea Party member veteran.
Posted by: Barbara || 04/15/2013 17:57 Comments || Top||

#5  When your president goes on a worldwide apology tour, supports radical islamic organizations posing as arab spring orgs, bows to despots, and project weakness, this is the fruit of the labors of his administration.

We can expect more and more of these incidents as we show how dithering and weak we are in the leadership department. The enemy is proactive and we are reactive. The enemy is inside our OODA loop, and we make it easy.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 04/15/2013 18:17 Comments || Top||

#6  This is just horrible. I so hope that the toll won't go any higher.

But the nasty, cynical bitter-clinger in me wonders who and when the first national news media critter will speculate that it's a Tea Partier who has done it. Maybe we should set up a pool, or something.

Fiesta in San Antonio launches this week - it's about a three-week long festival of events, parades, shows ... you name it, San Antonio does it in the next three weeks. Lots of crowds, partying people, food and jollity. It's going to be a rather more than ordinarily nervous time for law enforcement personnel now.
Posted by: Sgt. Mom || 04/15/2013 18:33 Comments || Top||

#7  But the nasty, cynical bitter-clinger in me wonders who and when the first national news media critter will speculate that it's a Tea Partier who has done it.

Wolf Blitzer of CNN has already 'wondered' if it was tied to 'Tax Day'.
Posted by: Pappy || 04/15/2013 18:37 Comments || Top||

#8  Sgt. Mom, you're already too late. Wolf Blitzer and others on CNN have already hinted at that.
Posted by: AlanC || 04/15/2013 18:41 Comments || Top||

#9  TW, Cell service 'shut down' is a little different than 'turned off'. With airspace cleared and two remaining bombs found that didn't go off(!) I wonder if th efirst responders didn't deploy an aerial jammer.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/15/2013 19:57 Comments || Top||

#10  Even though Boston PD is now saying no one is in custody, Fox and Drudge are saying a young Saudi on a student visa that was acting suspicious and injured in the bombing is a person of interest.
Posted by: Unaise Cloluns6545 || 04/15/2013 20:09 Comments || Top||

#11  Multiple backpacks carried to the site, and another bombing at the JFK library.

Surveillance footage? Why have cameras if no one is looking. Someone carrying multiple backpacks should have peeked someone's curiosity and investigated.

You can just bet your ass there are more of these out there.

AND I do NOT like Obumble saying we will bring them to justice, which smacks of law enforcement. I want a president that says he will KILL who is responsible...for all of George's faults he didn't fiddle around with law enforcement dealing with terrorism.
Posted by: Bill Clinton || 04/15/2013 20:49 Comments || Top||

#12  I have seen reports that the backpack placements were captured on surveillance cameras. I have not heard whether the emplacer was carrying more than one at a time.
Posted by: Glenmore || 04/15/2013 21:17 Comments || Top||

#13  Fox - Catherine Herridge is saying there were ball bearing shrapnel and identifiers in the backpack bombs
Posted by: Frank G || 04/15/2013 21:27 Comments || Top||

#14  Not to be entirely dismissed, the riots at GITMO could also be connected.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/15/2013 21:45 Comments || Top||

#15  You guys are acting like Obama wants to make it easy for Saudis to get on jet airplanes or something.
Posted by: whatadeal || 04/15/2013 23:11 Comments || Top||

Pair of Explosions Hit Boston Marathon
MO of second blast timed to hit first responders is classic AQ, though not unique to them.
Authorities are investigating a report of two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

There were two booms heard from near the finish line inside the Fairmount Copley Plaza Hotel.

It happened around 2:45 p.m. outside Marathon Sports on Boylston Street, according to WBZ-TV's Lis Hughes, who was near the scene covering the marathon.

There were two "incredibly powerful explosions just seconds apart," according to Hughes.
Update 4:29 ET: Third and fourth unexploded bombs found and dealt with. Number of dead keeps changing, also number of injured. New York Post suggests this may have been transferred from the New York marathon that was cancelled in November. May the miscreants be found quickly, with cell phones and laptops aplenty.
Posted by: Glenmore || 04/15/2013 15:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1149 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Prayers for the victims. Questions for the Department of Homeland "Security".
Posted by: Unaise Cloluns6545 || 04/15/2013 15:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Media will blame radical Protestants and tea party members and call for more gun control.
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/15/2013 15:34 Comments || Top||

#3  Today is the state holiday called Patriots' Day in Massachusetts.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 04/15/2013 15:39 Comments || Top||

#4  Live news video here: http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nbcnews.com/51546697/
Brian Williams reported 15-20 second interval between first and second explosion.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 04/15/2013 15:44 Comments || Top||

#5  Bombs were two close together (5 to 10 seconds apart) to hit the first responders.

Of course this might be do to faulty timers not lack of intent.
Posted by: lord garth || 04/15/2013 15:44 Comments || Top||

#6  Agree, if info is correct that is too close together.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/15/2013 16:01 Comments || Top||

#7  Two dead and twenty three injured according to police. Small home made bomb.
Posted by: tipper || 04/15/2013 16:03 Comments || Top||

#8  A third explosion quite a while after the first two has been reported - probably a controlled destruction of a suspicious device found in the area, per reporters.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 04/15/2013 16:05 Comments || Top||

#9  Message to Bostonian John Kerry from Kim Jon Un?

Will North Korea comment on this event?
Will they praise the attacks? Will they gloat?
Will they take responsibility?

Why shouldn't North Korea emulate the Taliban's ultimately successful strategy?
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 04/15/2013 16:07 Comments || Top||

#10  Report of severed limbs at scene -- victims or suicide vest?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 04/15/2013 16:09 Comments || Top||

#11  WBZ radio just reported that 2 other IED's have been found in the downtown Boston area and have been disarmed.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 04/15/2013 16:23 Comments || Top||

#12  May the miscreants be found quickly, with cell phones and laptops aplenty.

First stop -- just on a hunch -- would be that "cult[ural] center" that was built on free land in the Boston area.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 04/15/2013 16:25 Comments || Top||

#13  I wonder if there's a significance to the April 15 (tax day) date. If so, it's not a very well informed one, as we get an extra day this year.
Posted by: Glenmore || 04/15/2013 16:26 Comments || Top||

#14  That's already been mention by at least one "news" person, Glenmore.

Could be, but it would sure be a stupid place to protest against taxes. Better spot would be the local federal building, or the local IRS office.

But then, anyone who would do this is not overly bright. :-(
Posted by: Barbara || 04/15/2013 16:42 Comments || Top||

#15  Site of the bombs
Posted by: tipper || 04/15/2013 16:46 Comments || Top||

#16  NYPost claims a suspect is in custody/in the hospital.

Saudi national.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 04/15/2013 16:57 Comments || Top||

#17  PJ Media's latest update mentions an explosion at the JFK Library. And yeah, apparently Wolf Blitzer's already out there speculating about these incidents being an "anti-tax" protest. Myself, I'm wondering if it's too early to dust off my copy of Shirer and look up "Reichstag fire" in the index...
Posted by: Ricky bin Ricardo (Abu Babaloo) || 04/15/2013 16:59 Comments || Top||

#18  A friend of mine was running in this; just heard he's ok - had not yet reached the bomb sites when they went off, and was pulled off the course. Worked for years to finally get a chance to run in it and his accomplishment is to have been too slow to be blown up.
Posted by: Glenmore || 04/15/2013 17:02 Comments || Top||

#19  Well, maybe now all those foreigners can stop complaining about how fat we are.

I mean, if they're gonna blow us marathons...
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 04/15/2013 17:10 Comments || Top||

#20  Nothing to do with WOT or illegal immigrants or undocumented Democrates or... Ayee Pee
Posted by: Unaise Cloluns6545 || 04/15/2013 17:31 Comments || Top||

#21  Sounds like perfect training to me, #18 Glenmore.

Glad he's OK.
Posted by: Barbara || 04/15/2013 18:01 Comments || Top||

#22  I hold Tyrant Obama and the media personally responsible for it. Doesn't matter who did it, it's their fault.
Posted by: Silentbrick - Schlumberger Squishy Mud Division || 04/15/2013 18:07 Comments || Top||

#23  OOps, meant: Blow up US marathons...
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 04/15/2013 18:08 Comments || Top||

#24  Typical terrorist trick. Set off a bomb in crowd, then have a second go off for first responders.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 04/15/2013 18:21 Comments || Top||

#25  It would be, but the timing sucked. The second bomb went off too soon to get first responders. You can see both bombs go off in the videos. If there were others, they didn't work.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 04/15/2013 18:43 Comments || Top||

#26  Seems like the timing is off for whatever reason; 10-15 seconds isn't even enough time for people to wet themselves - not saying that wasn't the plan or anything especially with what initial reports are saying is multiple others.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/15/2013 18:45 Comments || Top||

#27  this is why the bombshow loophole has to be closed
Posted by: Frank G || 04/15/2013 18:59 Comments || Top||

#28  Hmmmmmm …Boston – on April 15th. Could be coincidence, but then the past few months have seen a marked increase in leftist overreach, hyperbole, and even outright violence. It would seem very ham-handed of the left to create an incident that would almost immediately be blamed on the Tea Party or “right-wing extremists”, which is precisely why I suspect such.
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 04/15/2013 19:18 Comments || Top||

#29  It would be, but the timing sucked. The second bomb went off too soon to get first responders. You can see both bombs go off in the videos. If there were others, they didn't work.

There were reportedly two others that the authorities found and disarmed, Whiskey Mike, and another that went off in the JFK library, which puzzles me.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/15/2013 19:35 Comments || Top||

#30  The people who do these things are not too bright and probably messed up the timing and deployment.

The people who plan these things are pretty smart and let the morons do the work. Those planning people are the ones to be looking for at the airport right now.
Posted by: rammer || 04/15/2013 20:03 Comments || Top||

#31  The people who plan these things are pretty smart and let the morons do the work.

Kinda like the Russians and the Bulgarians.
Posted by: Pappy || 04/15/2013 20:27 Comments || Top||

#32  Or the Saudis and the Paks...
Posted by: Steve White || 04/15/2013 20:44 Comments || Top||

#33  I have this fear, we'll discover the only reason these explosions went off is nobody in Boston was willing to confront the Saudi/Pakistani and look like an Islamophobic.
Posted by: Charles || 04/15/2013 21:12 Comments || Top||

#34  I heard a report that they have survelance video of the perp planting the small bombs in trash cans.

I was on a call to someone in Boston when it occurred. He said that they heard something like an explosion (we didn't hear anything over the line). And then he immediately started blaming it on 'Patriots' since its Patriots day - and they did Waco and... Later on he had to leave - people were pinging him asking if he's being evacuated.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 04/15/2013 21:32 Comments || Top||

#35  Some possibilities:

If they've [FBI] recovered unexploded devices, they know who is responsible. Looks like a team of bomb emplacers vs a singleton. Also looks like a cellie detonation...which may have been thwarted by the shutting off of cellie service hence the reported unexploded devices found.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/15/2013 21:43 Comments || Top||

Operations conducted in Karachi; terrorist attack foiled
[Dawn] The Crime Investigation Department (CID) of police conducted a raid operation in 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...
's Surjani town area on Sunday and foiled a possible terrorist attack, DawnNews reported.

Following a tip-off from Aslam Mehsud, the alleged brain behind the Abbas Town bombing, police conducted an operation in the Surjani town area where they recovered a huge cache of weapons and ammunition along with a boom-mobile.

The explosives-laden car was seized by CID personnel after an exchange of fire with the bully boyz during which the approver, Aslam Mehsud was killed and two coppers were maimed.

Aslam later succumbed to his wounds.

The SSP Chaudhry Aslam told media personnel that four tt pistols and a kalashnikov were recovered, adding that the suspects had planned to target the residence of political party leaders and other important buildings in the area, including a hospital.

Private TV channels reported coppers as saying that one suspect was also taken into custody from the spot and that Mehsud has sustained injuries while identifying the hide-out during an ambush that took place as soon as the police-raiding team entered the locality.

The Governor of Sindh, Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan, announced a reward of Rs 2 million for the CID team in the wake of the successful operation.

In related news, Rangers personnel conducted an operation in Kunwari colony early on Sunday.

At least, 800 Rangers personnel including women took party in the three-hour long operation. The Ranger forces cordoned off the area, blocking all entry and exit points and conducted house-to-house searches with the help of sniffer dogs.

According to a Rangers spokesperson, six suspects were taken into custody who were shifted to some holy man's guesthouse an undisclosed location for further investigation. The front man added that 21 weapons of different kinds were also recovered from the nabbed
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
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TTP attack kills ANP leader in Swat, injures candidate in Charsadda
[Dawn] Awami National Party (ANP) local leader, Mukaram Shah, was killed in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack in Swat's Manglawar area on Sunday whereas ANP candidate Syed Masoom Shah was injured in a kaboom near the venue of a party rally in Charsadda.

In the first attack in 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...
an apparently remotely-detonated bomb targeted the vehicle of ANP local leader and member of an anti-Taliban lashkar, Mukaram Shah, in Banjot village of Manglawar area in Swat. The vehicle was destroyed in the blast.

In the second incident an election candidate of the ANP from PK 21, Syed Masoom Shah, was injured along with three other people in a blast that occurred near the venue of an ANP rally held in Katozai village in Charsadda's Shabqadar tehsil.

The candidate was returning from the venue of an ANP rally when the blast occurred according to local police control room sources.

Masoom Shah was also earlier injured in an attack on an ANP rally in Feb 2008.

Proscribed jihad boy organization Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) jihad boy organization grabbed credit for both the remotely-detonated attacks. TTP spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan told Dawn.com that the organization had targeted the candidates due to the secular views of the party.

The Pak Taliban had earlier warned of and conducted attacks against what it calls as 'secular parties' including the Muttahida Qaumi Movement
...English: United National Movement, generally known as MQM, is the 3rd largest political party and the largest secular political party in Pakistain with particular strength in Sindh. From 1992 to 1999, the MQM was the target of the Pak Army's Operation Cleanup leaving thousands of urdu speaking civilians dead...
(MQM), Pakistain Peoples Party (PPP) and ANP.

A candidate belonging to the MQM was killed in Hyderabad last week in an attack claimed by the banned TTP organization.

Swat valley was ruled by the Pak Taliban during a 2007-9 insurgency was cleared out of militancy after the armed forces conducted an operation in the area.

More over two bombs weighing 20 pounds each were defused by security forces in the Bannu district near Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.

In another incident, a bomb planted on a cycle of violence was defused near a Frontier Corps (FC) checkpost situated in the Chaman area near the Pak-Afghan border.
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Sharjeel says 'Nawaz Sharif behind Taliban threats'
[Geo News] Chairman Mohajir Qaumi Movement (Haqiqi) Afaq Ahmed Sunday alleged that Muttahida Qaumi Movement
...English: United National Movement, generally known as MQM, is the 3rd largest political party and the largest secular political party in Pakistain with particular strength in Sindh. From 1992 to 1999, the MQM was the target of the Pak Army's Operation Cleanup leaving thousands of urdu speaking civilians dead...
(MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain was working on a foreign agenda.

Talking to media persons here at Allama Iqbal Airport, Afaq Ahmed said his party was taking part in the upcoming general elections with an aim to loosen the grip of Altaf Hussain's fear on the city.

"We will subject Altaf Hussain to accountability through ballot," he said, accusing the MQM Chief of attempting to cause 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...
's economic devastation.
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US drones kill four in North Waziristan: officials
[Geo News] At least four people have been killed while several more were maimed by a US drone strike on Sunday in North Wazoo, security officials said.

The attack took place in Datta Khel town, 35 kilometres (22 miles) west of 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...
, the main town in North Waziristan region which borders Afghanistan.

Six US drones flew over the area when one of them fired two missiles at a compound in the Manzarkhel area of the town.

"The drones kept hovering at the compound for a while and then one drone fired two missiles at the time of sunset," a local security official said.

An eyewitness said that the compound caught fire after the strike leaving all the bodies burnt.
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Series of car bombings across Iraq kills at least 19
A series of car bombings across Iraq on Monday has killed at least 19 people and injured more than 130 others.

The 24 attacks took place in Baghdad, Baquba, Kirkuk, Tuz Khurmato and Hilla. Two of the bombings occured at a checkpoint to Baghdad's international airport.
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Iraq bomb kills 14th provincial polls candidate
[Beirut Daily Star: Region] A roadside kaboom killed an Iraqi provincial elections candidate and three other people north of Storied Baghdad
...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate...
Sunday, bringing the number of candidates killed in attacks to 14, officials said.

Najm al-Harbi was traveling to Baqouba on a highway in Diyala province in his personal vehicle when the bomb went kaboom!, killing him, two of his brothers and a bodyguard, a police lieutenant colonel and a doctor said.

An official from Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlak's office confirmed Harbi's death, and said he was the head of the deputy premier's list in Diyala province.

Harbi's killing comes a day after Hatim Mohammad al-Dulaimi, a candidate for Salaheddin provincial council, was rubbed out by gunnies near his home in Baiji, north of the Iraqi capital.

Dulaimi was connected to the Al-Ensaf Front group headed by Sunni politician Mishaan al-Jubouri.

Soldiers and coppers cast their ballots for the provincial elections on Saturday, a week ahead of the main vote, the country's first since March 2010 parliamentary polls.

The election comes amid an uptick in violence and a long-running political crisis between Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and several of his former government partners.
Posted by: Fred || 04/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [318 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Iraq

Gaza court sentences two men for collaboration with Israel
[Ma'an] A military court in the Gazoo Strip on Sunday sentenced two people to custodial sentences for collaborating with Israel.

One man was sentenced to 20 years in jail, and the other to seven years, on the charges of spying for Israel.

On Friday, Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, security forces began arresting alleged collaborators who did not hand themselves in during a month-long amnesty which began on March 12.

Under Paleostinian law, collaboration with Israel is punishable by death.

All execution orders must be approved by the president before they can be carried out, but Hamas no longer recognizes the legitimacy of incumbent the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
... a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial...
, whose four-year term ended in 2009.
Posted by: Fred || 04/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [275 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

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Filipino troops attack Abu Sayyaf hideout, kill 7
More than 100 Filipino troops attacked a mountainous stronghold of two al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf commanders, including one on the FBI's list of most-wanted terrorists, sparking clashes Monday that killed at least seven militants in the country's south.

The offensive targeted Abu Sayyaf commanders Isnilon Hapilon and Puruji Indama in the outskirts of Tipo Tipo town on Basilan Island, but it was not clear if the two were hit or managed to escape during the main assault after dawn and two clashes that erupted afterward, army brigade commander Col. Carlito Galvez said.

At least three soldiers were wounded in the clashes with about 30 Abu Sayyaf gunmen, the military said.

Washington has offered a $5 million reward for the capture or killing of Hapilon, who has been accused of involvement in deadly bomb attacks, kidnappings and beheadings, including of Americans in the past, landing him on the list of the FBI's most-wanted terrorists.

Indama has been wanted by Philippine authorities for his alleged involvement in deadly bombings and kidnappings of several people, including a former Australian soldier who was freed last month after 15 months of jungle captivity after ransom was paid.

Indama has been blamed for the 2007 beheadings of 10 marines in Basilan, a widely condemned atrocity that prompted a major military offensive against the militants.
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Syrian forces break rebel blockade in north
Syrian government troops have broken through a six-month rebel blockade in northern Syria and are now fighting to recapture a vital highway, opposition and state media said on Monday.

Rebels had kept the army bottled up in the Wadi al-Deif and Hamidiya military bases in Idlib province. But on Sunday, President Bashar al-Assad's forces outflanked the rebels and broke through, the pro-government al-Baath newspaper said, Reuters reported.

The insurgents counter-attacked on Monday but their front has been weakened in recent weeks due to infighting and the deployment of forces to other battles, activists said.

The break-out from the bases, located outside Maarat al-Nuaman town, may enable the army to recapture the main route into Aleppo, Syria's largest city, and bolster their fragile supply lines in the heart of the rebel-held north.

Rebels had advanced in northern Syria, near Turkey, and southern Deraa province near Jordan. But government forces have kept the rebels out of central Damascus and hold more than half of Homs city.

Rebel attacks had forced the army to relinquish many bases in northern Syria and most roads around Aleppo and Idlib province, leaving the remaining government-controlled areas in the north to rely on airlifts for food and weapons.

“The break of the blockade yesterday allowed the army to drive six lorries full of weapons to get into the bases of Wadi Deif and Hamidiya,” Rami Abdelrahman, head of the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told Reuters.

The pro-opposition observatory said that despite the army gains, neither side had a clear advantage.
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Hezbollah-Backed Lebanese Shiites Fight In Syria
[IsraelTimes] Masked men in camouflage toting Kalashnikov rifles fan out through a dusty olive grove, part of a group of Hezbollah-backed fighters from Leb who are patrolling both sides of a mostly non-existent border stretch with Syria.

The gunnies on the edge of the border village of al-Qasr say their mission is to protect Shiites on the Syrian side who claim their homes, villages and families have come under attack from Sunni rebels.

Hezbollah chief Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, leader of many of Leb's Shiites and a staunch ally of Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Despoiler of Deraa...
, has said his group is supporting the cadres of fighters who call themselves Popular Committees

It is confirmation that the powerful Lebanese Death Eater group is playing a growing role in the civil war just across the border..
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#1  As they say; "never let a serious crisis go to waste"
Can anyone advise on how to get a virtual franchise on virtual popcorn? This circus is just getting started on the road.
Posted by: tipper || 04/15/2013 4:55 Comments || Top||

Assad forces damage historic Omari mosque that sparked Syria revolt
[Al Ahram] Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Leveler of Latakia...
's forces destroyed the minaret of the historic Omari mosque where Syria's uprising erupted two years ago in the southern city of Daraa, opposition activists said on Sunday.

In amateur video footage the activists uploaded to YouTube, the mosque can be seen at the end of a street, its towering minaret toppling over after apparent shelling and crumbling into rubble and dust.

Other videos posted online show the mosque, which is thought to date back to the 7th century, had been targeted in shelling for several days.

"This regime of unrestrained barbarism targeted with tanks the minaret of the Omari mosque, a place full of symbols of civilisation and spirituality and humanity," said the opposition Syrian National Council.

"The minaret of this mosque, which was build by Caliph Omar bin al-Khattab, is the first in the whole of the Levant, and has been destroyed by the soldiers of the tyrant," it added, referring to President Assad.

The Council noted the mosque had played a pivotal role in the beginning of the uprising against Assad, which sprung in large part from the city of Daraa after the arrest and torture of two boys.

"It was the first place that embraced the Syrian revolution during its infancy, the first wave of demonstrations of pride and dignity came out through its doors," said the Council.
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#1  It's a start.
Posted by: Caesar Gray1629 || 04/15/2013 10:26 Comments || Top||

Rockets from Syria kill two men in northeast Lebanon villages
[Beirut Daily Star: Leb] Two men were killed and several people maimed when rockets from Syria hit border villages in the Hermel region Sunday, a Lebanese security source said.

Ali Hasan Qataya, 30, died after several 107-millimeter rockets fired from the Syrian side of the border landed near the mosque in Al-Qasr. Several residents were maimed and rushed to hospitals in Baalbek and Hermel, the source told The Daily Star.

Rockets also landed in the nearby village of Hawsh al-Sayyed, fatally wounding Abbas Hussein Kheireddine. The border villages of Al-Kwakh and Nasiriyeh were also affected.

The Army confirmed in a statement the killing of Qataya and the wounding of three others in Al-Qasr. The Army said it was heavily deployed in the region and "took necessary measures to protect residents and adequately respond to the source of fire."

Al-Qasr is located across from a string of villages inside Syria inhabited by Shiite Lebanese. Tensions between residents of the Shiite villages and Syrian rebels have run high since the start of the uprising in Syria.

Various Lebanese border villages in the north and the Bekaa Valley have been the target of shelling from the Syrian side but Sunday's incident marked the first time casualties were recorded in Al-Qasr.
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Syrian regime strikes kill 52 civilians, including 27 children
[Beirut Daily Star] Syrian government forces ratcheted up their offensive against rebels across the country again Sunday, striking neighborhoods with warplanes and killing some 70 people, most of them civilians, opposition groups said.

In one Arclight airstrike, in the Haddad village in the country's northeastern Hassakeh province, at least 16 people were killed, including at least three children, according to the opposition activist group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The Observatory said 27 children were among 52 civilians killed in strikes and festivities with rebel forces across the country Sunday.

Another Arclight airstrike on the Damascus
...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world...
neighborhood of Qaboun killed at least nine children, the Observatory said.

With its ground forces stretched thin, Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Trampler of Homs...
's regime has relied heavily on its fighter jets and helicopters to try to stem rebel advances in the country's civil war. The air raids frequently hit civilian areas, drawing criticism from the international community.

A Human Rights Watch
... dedicated to bitching about human rights violations around the world...
report last week accused the Syrian government of committing war crimes by using indiscriminate and sometimes deliberate Arclight airstrikes against civilians, killing at least 4,300 people since the summer.A Hassakeh-based activist who was in Haddad when the plane struck said the bombs sent huge plumes of black smoke billowing over the town. He spoke on condition that he only be identified by his nickname of Abu Qasem -- by which he is widely known among his comrades -- out of fear of reprisals.

In other violence across the country Sunday, regime troops reached the embattled military bases of Hamadiya and Wadi Deif near the city of Maaret al-Numan, in the northwestern Idlib province, Observatory director Rami Abdel-Rahman said.

The government forces killed more than 20 rebels in an ambush in the area Saturday, opening the way for supplies to reach the facilities. The military had been forced to drop supplies in by helicopter because rebels controlled the area.

"Regime forces managed to lift the siege on the Wadi Deif and Hamadiya military camps after the army went around the rebel fighters and attacked them from behind," the Observatory said.

Speaking to AFP, Abdel-Rahman said regular soldiers "now control two hilltops on either side of the Damascus-Aleppo international highway," reopening a supply route for the army.

The Observatory, which relies on a network of activists on the ground, also reported that four civilians had died after being tortured in a jail in the town of Zakyeh, but did not provide any further details.

And in Deraa, the province noted for the outbreak of protests that started the uprising across the country, the minaret of an historic mosque was damaged, prompting a chorus of condemnation.

The Syrian government and opposition activists traded blame for the destruction of the Omari Mosque, which is though to date back to the seventh century.

"This regime of unrestrained barbarism targeted with tanks the minaret of the Omari Mosque, a place full of symbols of civilization and spirituality and humanity," said the opposition Syrian National Coalition.

The Local Coordination Committees, an activists' network, also condemned the attack, which it labeled a "barbaric action" that "didn't only destroy stones, but also destroyed a religious and historic heritage that is a source of pride for the people of Syria."

"This mosque," it added, "is a religious symbol and a deep political symbol for the revolution in Syria: The first speech in the revolution in Syria was recited there by the Sheikh Ahmad Alsayasneh, and the starting point of the first demonstration of dignity and anger."

The state news agency SANA, meanwhile, quoted a local official in Deraa as pinning blame for the destruction of the minaret on the jihadist Nusra Front.

"Nusra gunnies in Deraa targeted the minaret," the unidentified official said, adding that they had obtained a fatwa, or religious edict, authorizing attacks on places of worship "if necessary."

"All the signs prove that the gunnies blew up the minaret," the official said.

Syria's rebels -- a mosaic of various factions with different ideologies and no united command -- have pried much of the country's north from regime forces, and captured their first picturesque provincial capital, Raqqa, last month.

Rebels also have made significant gains in recent weeks in southern Syria near the border with Jordan, capturing military bases and territory that could provide anti-Assad fighters with a staging ground for an assault on Damascus.

The push in the south has coincided with what Western and Arab officials say is U.S.-backed training of opposition fighters in Jordan and an influx of foreign-funded weapons into the south.
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