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At least 18 killed in explosions targeting Iranian embassy in Beirut
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 11/19/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [2069 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Hmmmm . . .

Posted by: gorb || 11/19/2013 0:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Time Marches On Gam Shot

Christine Keeler [Iconic][Scandalography](age 71+)

Put down hot Coffee before opening!


Gam Holder Design

Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 11/19/2013 2:24 Comments || Top||

#3  Birthday Gam Shot

Adele Silva [English][Filmography](age 33)



Nekkid as an Egg Design


Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 11/19/2013 2:45 Comments || Top||

#4  Sigh,

Nothing quite like observing a lot of naked female skin first thing in the morning to make a man's day.
Posted by: Bill Clinton || 11/19/2013 10:48 Comments || Top||

#5  I had to go back to check on the bipod from yesterday.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/19/2013 10:52 Comments || Top||

#6  Celebs Born on November 19: Jodie Foster, Tyga, Meg Ryan, Patrick Kane, Calvin Klein, Ryan Howard, Larry King
Posted by: Thrack Throth2803 || 11/19/2013 11:22 Comments || Top||

#7  Adele's latest film, "Strippers vs. Werewolves" sounds like a timeless classic of good taste.

Al
Posted by: Frozen Al || 11/19/2013 11:51 Comments || Top||

#8  I think we can pass on the Birthday Gam Shot for Larry King, mmmmkay?
Posted by: Frank G || 11/19/2013 12:38 Comments || Top||

#9  Had to look that up...

Strippers vs Werewolves is a 2012 comedy-horror film directed by Jonathan Glendening.

In its first week of release in the UK, the film took a total of £38 at the box office.

When Mickey, the member of a werewolf gang is accidentally killed in a strip club, the girls who work there have until the next full moon before his bloodthirsty wolfpack seek murderous retribution.


Yup - looks like an instant classic to me.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 11/19/2013 12:39 Comments || Top||

#10  We love reading the comments on the Rantburg site.

Posted by: Unlucky Otto Driver || 11/19/2013 16:30 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
7 children killed in Afghan blast
[Pak Daily Times] Seven schoolchildren were killed and three maimed by a roadside kaboom in southeastern Afghanistan on Monday, an official said. The bomb was planted on the side of a main road in the Khairkot district of Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
province, and went kaboom! when the children stepped on it while playing. "This afternoon as a result of the mine kaboom in Khairkot, seven children from one family bit the dust," provincial front man Mokhlis Afghan told AFP. He said they were aged 7-12 and were in elementary school. The injured children were taken to a hospital. No one has yet grabbed credit for the incident, but roadside kabooms are the Taliban's weapon of choice in their 12-year war against US-led and Afghan cops.
Posted by: Fred || 11/19/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [979 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
Anti-military, anti-Brotherhood protesters enter Tahrir for 1st time since Morsi's ouster
[Al Ahram] Small group of protesters take over monument-under-construction to slain revolutionaries in Tahrir Square, and chant slogans against the military, Mubarak supporters and the Moslem Brüderbund
Posted by: Fred || 11/19/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [278 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Who do they want then?LOL
Posted by: Ulusoth Shereter7931 || 11/19/2013 6:14 Comments || Top||


Benghazi security head's convoy attacked, bodyguard killed, another injured
[Libya Herald] The head of the Benghazi Joint Security Room (BJSR) Colonel Abdullah Al-Saiti's convoy was targeted in a car-kaboom this morning that left one of his bodyguards dead and another seriously injured.

"One of Saiti's bodyguards, Wisam Saed Al-Faisi, was killed in the blast and another was maimed," spokesperson for the BJSR Abdullah Zaidi told the Libya Herald. "Saiti himself was not injured in the kaboom and is now back at work."

The car-bomb was a stationary vehicle packed with 45 kilos of heavy-duty explosives parked by the side of Dubai Street near the Magoury district of Benghazi, Zaidi said. He added that this appeared to have remotely detonated as Saiti's convoy of four vehicles drove past.

Saiti always took the same route to work, he said, and was clearly the intended target of the attack.

Other vehicles nearby were apparently damaged in the blast.
Posted by: Fred || 11/19/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [216 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Ajilat military intelligence chief murdered
[Libya Herald] The head of the military intelligence in Ajilat, Yusef Abdennabi Al-Atrash, was rubbed out yesterday evening. centre. Two which of his colleagues were also injured in the attack which occurred at his office in the town around 9 pm.

Azem Shalgham, a close friend of the murdered man, told the Libya Herald that Atrash had received several death threats recently. Two weeks ago, he said, the intelligence chief's office had been attacked.

"He was locked away
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
by Qadaffy and he actively participated in the Libyan Revolution," Shalgham explained. Prior to become head of military intelligence, Atrash was head of Ajiat Military Council.

An official funeral took place in Ajilat this afternoon.

It is the first time that an official has been assassinated in the town.
Posted by: Fred || 11/19/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [192 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Egypt blames militants for officer's killing, protests loom
[Pak Daily Times] Egyptian authorities blamed Islamist Death Eaters for the high-profile shooting death of an Interior Ministry lieutenant colonel, heightening security fears on Monday in a country on the edge with mass protests looming.

Police and army sealed off Cairo's Tahrir Square on the eve of a planned major rally to commemorate bloody festivities two years ago between demonstrators and security forces on nearby Mohammed Mahmoud Street. Security forces killed 42 people opposed to the military council ruling Egypt at the time.

The army toppled elected president Mohammed Morsi
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Posted by: Fred || 11/19/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [248 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Arabia
Eight Police Killed in South Yemen Ambush
[An Nahar] Gunmen ambushed and killed eight coppers on Monday near a gas terminal in southern Yemen, a security official told Agence La Belle France Presse.

The attack took place as the officers were driving to a security checkpoint near the Balhaf terminal, in the southern province of Shabwa, the official said.

"Armed men in two cars opened fire on the coppers, killing them on the spot," he said. He was unable to identify the assailants or explain their motives.

Earlier Monday, a special forces officer was kidnapped by gunnies northeast of Balhaf, and his body was later found to the west. He had been shot three times.

The corpse was found not far from where the eight coppers were killed, another security source said.
Posted by: Fred || 11/19/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [209 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia


India-Pakistan
'SIMI sympathisers had links with Bihar blasts suspects'
[The Hindu] The suspected sympathisers of the banned outfit, Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), who were enjugged
Please don't kill me!
in Chhattisgarh for allegedly providing logistical support and shelter to the four Indian Mujahideen
A locally recruited auxilliary of Pakistain's Lashkar-e-Taiba, designed to give a domestic patina to Pakistain's terror war against its bigger neighbor...
members wanted in connection with the Bihar blasts, had close links with a person arrested in Andhra Pradesh a few months ago for alleged involvement in naxal activities, said the police.
Naxal... Aren't they the Maoist terrorists?
"During interrogation, the accused disclosed that they were in contact with one Mujeeb who was recently arrested at Konta in Andhra Pradesh for his role in naxal operations," said a senior Chhattisgarh police officer on Monday, adding that a National Investigation Agency team was in Raipur to interrogate the suspects.

Among those arrested is Omer Siddiqui (35) who has allegedly been associated with SIMI since 2001.

"He had been raising funds, recruiting people and organising meetings for the outfit. He was in regular touch with those wanted in connection with the Bodh Gaya and Patna blasts, including Hyder Ali. He disclosed that in 2011, he had organised a meeting at a resort near Raipur and it was attended by around 30 people," said the officer, claiming that Omer has been under surveillance for the past two years.

The officer said some phone calls made to Pakistain, allegedly by Omer and his accomplices, are also being examined for clues.

"Their interrogation has revealed yet another startling fact that to raise funds, some of the SIMI activists committed robberies and targeted financial institutions lending loans against gold," said the officer.
Criminal behaviour by jihadis? No, that is not at all startling.
Omer has purportedly disclosed that some of the SIMI activists who recently beat feet from Khandwa jail in Madhya Pradesh had also stayed in the Raipur hideouts earlier.
Posted by: Fred || 11/19/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [237 views] Top|| File under: Indian Mujaheddin


Two members of banned outfits shot dead in rescue operation
[Pak Daily Times] Two alleged members of a banned outfit were killed during an encounter with law enforcers in a bid to recover the kidnapped trader on Monday.

Police and Rangers conducted a joint raid at the kidnappers' hideout in Qaimkhani Colony in Baldia Town, and as the law enforcers reached the spot, they opened fired. In retaliation, two alleged kidnappers were killed while an kidnapped trader was safely recovered.

The 40-year-old Amanullah, who used to run a medical store near his residence and was also associated with the transport business, was kidnapped from his residence in Bilal Colony area of Korangi Industrial Area on October 25. The kidnappers made a demand of Rs 25 million as ransom, while the family was warned of dire consequences if the demands were not met. After long negotiations, a settlement was reached on Rs 6 million.

The CPLC was in touch with the family to trace the kidnappers' hideout.

The kidnappers called the trader's family to collect ransom money on Monday evening; however, the law enforcers managed to intervene before that.

According to Rangers spokesperson, the dear departed kidnappers were affiliated with a banned outfit and were identified as Shah Bakht and Akbar Khan. Their bodies were shifted to the Edhi morgue after medico-legal formalities completed at the Civil Hospital, 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...
. A .222 rifle and a pistol were also recovered from deceased kidnappers' possession.

Separately, an alleged extortionist, Riazuddin aka Rajuddin alias Bholu Qureshi, was killed in an "encounter" with the police. According to officials of the Special Investigation Unit chief SP Farooq Awan, SIU team on a tip-off conducted a raid at the said place.

Bholu along with his lover companion was on his way to Hub on a cycle of violence and was passing through the Northern Bypass, where the encounter took place, resulting in Riazuddin getting killed while his lover companion managed to escape from the scene.

According to the police, Bholu was wanted to the police in more than 50 cases of crime including extortion, murders and kidnapping for ransom. "He hailed from the Qureshi community and several of family members including his nephews were his gang members," said SP Awan. "He killed around half a dozen people of his community over non-payment of extortion money and also kidnapped several others in this regard."
Posted by: Fred || 11/19/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [331 views] Top|| File under:

#1  What, like stripped shirts w/ polka dot pants?
Posted by: Steven || 11/19/2013 22:43 Comments || Top||


Sectarian violence spreads to KP, two killed in Kohat clash
[Pak Daily Times] The Muharram 10 sectarian violence in Rawalpindi spread to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
Monday where two persons, including a policeman, were killed when fire reported outside a holy manbargah in Kohat District on Monday, officials said.

Authorities imposed curfew in Kohat to keep situation under control while neighbouring Hangu District was also reported tense after a brief curfew. "A group of people have taken out protest demonstration against the Rawalpindi violence while firing was reported near (an) imambargah where two persons were killed, including a cop," official sources said wishing not to be named. However,
today is that tomorrow you were thinking about yesterday...
unofficial reports said three persons were killed, including two cops, who were guarding the imambargah in Zargaran bazaar.

After the firing incident, a mob set several shops on fire in Tirah bazaar, local police said. Both Kohat and Hangu district
... Hangu is famous for its greenery, hills, beauty and water. Most of the people of this area are Bangash & Orakzai Pashtuns. Part of the Bangash are Shia. The Orakzai and the Sunni Bangash are determined to kill them...
s have a long history of sectarian violence and reaction to what happened in Rawalpindi was expected, and local authorities were warned to stay alert. "Army has been called out in aid of civil authorities in both Kohat and Hangu districts," a military source in 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.
told Daily Times. Improvement in situation in Hangu allowed local administration to lift the curfew with announcements urging residents to come out of their homes, a local journalist said.

The curfew was imposed after two people were killed at a rally in Kohat to protest against sectarian festivities on Friday that left Rawalpindi under curfew all weekend. "Curfew has been imposed in Kohat with immediate effect and the army called in," a security bigshot in Peshawar told AFP. Salim Khan Marwat, the police chief in Kohat, a garrison city in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, confirmed the curfew. Violence erupted when activists from the Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamat (ASWJ) were demonstrating against the Rawalpindi festivities which left at least nine people dead.

"The activists were rallying against the Rawalpindi violence when unidentified gunnies opened fire on the procession from near a Shia mosque in the area, killing two people," Saleem Khan Marwat told AFP. Marwat said the ASWJ activists retaliated by firing bullets in the air, which sparked tension in the area. Police and troops later cordoned off the area and ordered markets closed.

Meanwhile,
...back at the the conspirators' cleverly concealed hideout Montefiore's foot was still stuck in the tree roots and the hound had completely soaked his uniform with slobber...
army was recalled in Rawalpindi after protesters resorted to stone pelting and forced traders to close markets. The authorities imposed a curfew on Rawalpindi, which was only lifted on Monday morning. A ban on gatherings of more than five people remains in force. Troops were also deployed in Rawalpindi as well as Multan to keep the peace.
Posted by: Fred || 11/19/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [228 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Jhangvi


Two 'cop killers' jailed
[Pak Daily Times] Anti-Terrorism Court-II on Monday remanded two accused, Mohammad Asim and Azhar Mahmmood, to jail custody till November 26, 2013 in the murder case of Station House Officer (SHO) Syed Irfan Haider. The police brought the accused in an armoured personnel carrier (APC) to court and produced them before ATC-II Judge under tight security.

According to details, SHO of Sir Syed cop shoppe Irfan Haider and Station Investigation Officer (SIO) of New 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...
cop shoppe Sub-Inspector Shahbaz Ali were targeted in North Karachi locality. Both had died in the attack near Anda Morr while they were snap checking vehicles. According to the police, four men riding two cycle of violences stopped near the police checkpoint and shot up the cops. After the incident police incarcerated
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
accused Azhar, while the other accused, Asim, was arrested on October 28, 2013 and police recovered two hand-grenades from his possession.
Posted by: Fred || 11/19/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [188 views] Top|| File under:


Curfew imposed in Kohat after clashes erupt near an imambargah during protest against Pindi violence
[Pak Daily Times] The Muharram 10 sectarian violence in Rawalpindi spread to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
Monday where two persons, including a policeman, were killed when fire reported outside a holy manbargah in Kohat District on Monday, officials said.

Authorities imposed curfew in Kohat to keep situation under control while neighbouring Hangu District was also reported tense after a brief curfew. "A group of people have taken out protest demonstration against the Rawalpindi violence while firing was reported near (an) imambargah where two persons were killed, including a cop," official sources said wishing not to be named. However,
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Posted by: Fred || 11/19/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [248 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Jhangvi


Gunmen kill NATO truck driver
[Pak Daily Times] Gunmen in Nasirabad killed the driver of a truck carrying 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...
equipment out of Afghanistan before setting the vehicle on fire on Monday, police said. The attack took place around 400 kilometres southeast of Quetta. Hafiz Hidayatullah, a police official in the area, said four gunnies on cycle of violences shot up two trucks, killing the driver of one vehicle. "The attackers then sprinkled petrol on (that) truck and set it on fire," Hidayatullah told AFP. "The dead body of the driver had already been taken out by his helper," he said. Another senior police official, Farooq Ahmad, confirmed the incident and told AFP that the attackers expeditiously departed at a goodly pace. The NATO combat mission is due to end next year and most of the hardware will be flown out of land-locked Afghanistan or taken by road to 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...
, despite complications with the route.
Posted by: Fred || 11/19/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [193 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Iraq
8 killed in Iraq after execution of 12 'terrorists'
[Pak Daily Times] Attacks across Iraq killed eight people on Monday as authorities announced they have executed a dozen men convicted of "terrorism" in the face of the country's worst bloodshed in five years.

The violence was the latest in a months-long surge in unrest that has forced Iraq to appeal for international help in combating a surge in Death Eater attacks.

It comes just months before Iraq's first general election in four years and amid fears the country is on the brink of falling back into all-out sectarian war.

Monday's violence struck across Iraq, from the northern city of djinn-infested Mosul to the town of Hilla, south of Storied Baghdad
...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate...
, as well as in and around the capital.

But the deadliest attacks came near Baquba, which lies north of Storied Baghdad and is one of Iraq's most violent cities, with shootings in the city and nearby towns killing four people, including a Sunni anti-al Qaeda militiaman.

Violence in Hilla, Storied Baghdad, and the towns of Madain and Abu Ghraib near the capital left four others dead.

A series of coordinated bombings, apparently targeting a top police chief in djinn-infested Mosul, maimed 13 people, although the officer himself was unharmed, and another bombing in Tikrit maimed a city council chief.

Security officials, meanwhile, claimed to have killed seven bully boyz near the town of Qaim along Iraq's border with Syria.

Officials have warned of spillover from Syria's ongoing civil war affecting Iraqi security, and said Sunni bully boyz opposed to Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Leveler of Latakia...
, as well as those against Storied Baghdad's Shia-led government, cross the border in both directions to launch attacks.

Monday's violence comes a day after nationwide unrest, including a spate of bombings in Storied Baghdad against markets and cafes, killed 26 people.

No group immediately grabbed credit for the bloodshed, but Sunni bully boyz linked to al Qaeda often set off coordinated bombings across Storied Baghdad, ostensibly in a bid to undermine public confidence in the authorities.

Also on Sunday, Iraqi authorities executed a dozen "terrorism" convicts, defying widespread international condemnation of Storied Baghdad's use of the death penalty.

The latest executions bring to at least 144 the number of people put to death in Iraq this year, compared with 129 for all of 2012, according to an AFP tally based on reports from the justice ministry and officials.

"Yesterday (Sunday), we executed 12 convicts," a senior justice ministry official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
.

"All of them were Iraqi men accused of terrorism."

The official gave no further details about the men or the crimes they were convicted of.

Executions in Iraq, usually carried out by hanging, have increased this year despite persistent international criticism from the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
, the United Nations
...an idea whose time has gone...
and human rights
...which often include carefully measured allowances of freedom at the convenience of the state...
groups urging Storied Baghdad to issue a moratorium on capital punishment.

Justice Minister Hassan al-Shammari has insisted that the executions are carried out only after an exhaustive legal process.

The growing use of the death penalty comes with violence in Iraq at a level not seen since 2008, when the country was just emerging from a brutal sectarian conflict.

More than 5,700 people have died so far this year, with the government facing criticism from diplomats and analysts saying it has not done enough to address the root causes of the bloodshed.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has called for Washington's help in the form of greater intelligence sharing and the timely delivery of new weapons systems in an effort to curb the bloodshed.

In addition to failing to stem the bloodshed, authorities have also struggled to provide adequate basic services such as electricity and clean water, and corruption is widespread.
Posted by: Fred || 11/19/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [214 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State of Iraq

#1  More than 5,700 people have died so far this year, with the government facing criticism from diplomats and analysts saying it has not done enough to address the root causes of the bloodshed.

But, ...you can't rationally address the Sunnah without becoming a target yourself.
Posted by: ThmbjnSukr50059 || 11/19/2013 13:54 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Suicide blasts hit Iranian Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon
BEIRUT Two suicide bombers detonated explosions outside the Iranian Embassy in a mainly Shiite district of the Lebanese capital on Tuesday, killing 23 people, including the Iranian cultural attache, apparently in retaliation for the Lebanese group Hezbollah's support of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The bombings appeared to be another strike in an intensifying proxy battle over Syria's civil war that is rattling its smaller neighbor Lebanon. An al Qaeda-linked Sunni extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack, saying more would follow unless the Iranian-backed Shiite Hezbollah withdraws fighters that have helped Assad's military score key victories over Syrian rebels.

The midmorning blasts hit the upscale neighborhood of Janah, a Hezbollah stronghold, leaving bodies and pools of blood on the glass-strewn street amid burning cars. More than 140 people were wounded, officials said.

A Lebanese security official said the first suicide attacker was on a motorcycle that carried two kilograms (4.4 pounds) of explosives. He blew himself up at the large black main gate of the Iranian mission, damaging the three-story facility, the official said.

Less than two minutes later, a second suicide attacker driving a car rigged with 50 kilograms (110 pounds) of explosives struck about 10 meters (yards) away, the official said.
First one scrambles everything and everyone, including the disaster response; second one is the killer.
The bombing was one of the deadliest in a string of attacks that have targeted Hezbollah strongholds in Lebanon in recent months in a campaign of retaliation by Sunni radicals over its backing of Assad in Syria's bloody conflict, now in its third year.

At the scene of the blasts, blood was puddled on the ground, and debris and tree limbs torn off by the blasts were scattered over the streets. AP video showed firefighters extinguishing flames from burning vehicles, blood-spattered streets and bodies covered with sheets on the ground. A charred motorcycle stood outside the embassy gate.

A woman in a black robe and headscarf, unable to stand, clutched a man, pleading with security forces for help.

"Nader," she wailed, crying out a man's name. "Nader is missing." Another man ran from the area, carrying a South Asian migrant worker limp in his arms.

"People aren't sacred anymore. We aren't safe," said a mechanic whose store windows were shattered by the blasts. "People fight outside (Lebanon), but send their messages through Lebanon. With bombs. It's their SMS service," he added.

Lebanese Health Minister Ali Hassan Khalil said the twin explosions killed 23 people and wounded 146.

Iranian Ambassador Ghazanfar Roknabadi identified the dead diplomat as Sheik Ibrahim Ansari. Speaking to Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV from inside the embassy compound, he said Ansari took his post in Lebanon a month ago and was overseeing all regional cultural activities. Al-Manar reported that the street targeted by the suicide bombers includes a building where some of the Iranian diplomats and their families live.
Posted by: Steve White || 11/19/2013 13:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [386 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "People fight outside (Lebanon), but send their messages through Lebanon. With bombs. It's their SMS service," he added.

Gotta say that's pretty damn good.

Posted by: Shipman || 11/19/2013 15:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Iran + Hezbollah are repor blaming Israel + US-West for the bombings, all the while Al-Qaeda affiliate "Abdullah Azzam Brigades" is formally claiming responsibility.

* TOPIX > [ABC News] SUICIDE BOMBING IN BEIRUT HIGHLIGHTS FEAR LEBANON WILL BE SUCKED INTO SYRIA'S CIVIL WAR.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 11/19/2013 20:32 Comments || Top||


At least 18 killed in explosions targeting Iranian embassy in Beirut
Two explosions targeting the Iranian embassy hit the Lebanese capital Beirut on Tuesday, security sources said, killing at least eighteen people and damaging buildings in the embassy compound.

It was not immediately clear whether the ambassador or any diplomatic staff were among the victims. No one at the embassy was reachable by phone.

Live footage from local news channels showed charred bodies on the ground as flames rose from the remains of several vehicles. Aid workers and residents carried away some of the victims on blankets.

It was not immediately clear what caused the blasts. A security source said the blasts were caused by two rockets fired on the area, in the southern part of the city, but a second security source said there was a car bomb explosion.
The loss of life is tragic and no decent person bwahaha, bwahaha, bwahaha
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/19/2013 04:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [981 views] Top|| File under:

#1  next thing you know people will be violating Iranian embassy sovereignty and taking hostages. When will it end?
Posted by: Frank G || 11/19/2013 7:27 Comments || Top||

#2  Iran is blaming the Israelis, which is a really poor cheap gratuitous shot.

I would be more inclined to think our "buddies" on whichever side is fighting against Hezbollah in the Syrian "rebellion" are to blame. The Israelis are never quite this heavy handed.

Chickens are starting to come home to roost in the ME.
Posted by: Bill Clinton || 11/19/2013 10:26 Comments || Top||

#3  subsequent news reports indicate

- deaths will be above 30

- al Q is taking credit for a suicide bomber in the area and warning of more attacks to come
Posted by: lord garth || 11/19/2013 18:34 Comments || Top||

#4  al Q is taking credit for a suicide bomber in the area and warning of more attacks to come

That let's the Juice off the hook.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 11/19/2013 18:51 Comments || Top||

#5  EU6305, everyone knows that the Juices are very sneaky, so they probably had al Qaeda take responsibility for the attack. /sarcasm
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 11/19/2013 20:09 Comments || Top||


ISF Begin Deployment in Rival Neighborhoods in Tripoli
[An Nahar] Internal Security Forces units began deploying in the neighborhoods of the northern city of Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
on Monday to implement phase two of a security plan that aims at maintaining stability in the city.

Units will be deployed in various neighborhoods of the city, including the rival neighborhoods of Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen.

According to the state-run National News Agency police chief of the northern city of Tripoli Brig. Gen. Bassam al-Ayyoubi supervised the deployment of the forces, which will be accompanied by armored personnel carriers.

"We will establish fixed checkpoints in Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh and mobile patrols between the two neighborhoods," Ayyoubi said.

He also pointed out that all parties welcomed the security plan.

On Saturday the caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel launched stage-two of a security plan to be implemented in the inflamed city of Tripoli that has been witnessing frequent Syria-linked battles, that pits Sunnis from Bab al-Tabbaneh against Alawites in Jabal Mohsen.

He called on the resident of the northern city of Tripoli to cooperate with security forces to maintain security in the city, urging officials to resolve their political disputes during a national dialogue session.

However,
by candlelight every wench is handsome...
hours after Charbel's conference festivities flared up between gunnies and a security checkpoint in the Old Saraya vicinity in Tripoli.

Most Sunnis support Syria's revolt against Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Light of the Alawites...
, while Alawites, who belong to the same Shiite-offshoot sect as Assad, support his regime.
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Syria rebel chieftain killed, Assad forces bomb besieged town
[Pak Daily Times] Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Horror of Homs...
's forces fired rocket and artillery barrages on a besieged mountain town near Leb on Monday in a push to capture the strategic area following advances against rebels in Damascus and in the north of Syria.

In a separate setback for the fighters, a prominent rebel leader died overnight in a Turkish hospital of wounds suffered in an air raid on Aleppo. Abdelqader Saleh, head of the Qatar-backed Sunni Islamist al-Tawhid Brigades, had been working on regrouping fighters in Aleppo before he was killed.

Heavy bombardments hit Qara, 80km north of Damascus in the Qalamoun mountains, as rebels hid in the rocky terrain, refugees and opposition activists said. Located near the highway linking the capital to Aleppo, Syria's biggest city, the region has been used by rebels to cross from Leb.

The Danish Refugee Council, which operates on the Lebanese frontier, said there were preliminary estimates that 10,000 to 12,000 Syrians had fled the bombardment since Friday. Hundreds of them lined up for shelter in bleak winter rain in the Lebanese border town of Arsal on Monday.

Imposing control over the area would help link Damascus with the Mediterranean coast, potentially an important route for chemical weapons to be removed from Syria under an October deal that spared Syria from US attacks.

Diplomats have identified the road as the preferred route for the chemical arms, which pose an unprecedented challenge to dismantle in the midst of an all-out civil war.

Assad's forces have been on the offensive this year after setbacks earlier in the conflict begun in 2011 that has killed 100,000. His troops have made further gains and his diplomatic position has improved markedly in the weeks since the Russian-US chemical weapons deal, which averted US air strikes.

Just a year ago, Western countries were predicting he would be tossed soon. Now, the West has effectively erased rebel hopes for military aid like the NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
warplanes that helped bring down Libya's Muammar Qadaffy
...Custodian of Wheelus AFB for 42 long years until he was ejected from the gene pool by his indignant citizens...
in 2011. Since then, Assad's forces, backed by Shia militia allies from Iraq and Leb's Hezbollah movement, have captured key rebel areas on the edge of Damascus and in Aleppo.

Western countries' support for the rebels has also waned as Sunni Islamist bully boys, many of them foreign jihadists, have gained prominence among them, changing the diplomatic calculus ahead of a long delayed international peace conference.

UN General Secretary the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon
... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan...
said he now hoped the conference could be convened in mid-December.

Rebel group Tawhid announced the killing of its leader Saleh in a statement. Locals described Saleh, a former merchant, as a popular figure and a moderate Islamist who had sought to reconcile other rebel groups with a hard-line al Qaeda offshoot, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

An opposition figure from Aleppo, who did not want to be named, said: "Saleh was a charismatic moderate Islamist with popularity in Aleppo. His killing is a gift to the ISIL."

Abu Abdallah al-Hamwi, head of Ahrar al-Sham, a hard-line Islamist brigade that works with ISIL, said Saleh had sought his help to heal a rift between the ISIL and other groups. "He wanted a solution to stop Mohammedans fighting Mohammedans," Hamwi said in a statement.

Another opposition group, the Syrian Revolution General Commission, said there was heavy fighting on Monday in Aleppo's Suleiman al-Halabi neighbourhood, where four loyalist troops were killed, and on the Naqqarin front in the east of the city.
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Death of rebel leader seen as key loss to Syria's anti-Assad forces
[MIAMIHERALD] A rebel commander who built the most effective faction in northern Syria of the U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army has died of wounds he suffered last week in an Arclight airstrike on a meeting of high-level rebel and opposition figures, his unit announced Monday.

Abdul-Qadir Saleh had been taken to Turkey for treatment of the injuries he'd suffered Thursday when forces loyal to Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Despoiler of Deraa...
targeted the building where he was meeting with other key rebel leaders outside the contested city of Aleppo. His unit, the Liwa Tahid brigade, initially reported that his injuries weren't serious, but he died shortly after arriving at a medical facility in Gaziantep, Turkey. His body was returned to his hometown in Syria for burial over the weekend, the group said Monday.

Three other high-ranking commanders were killed and the group's political director was maimed, the group said.

Saleh's death was seen as a massive setback for the future of moderate Islamist rebel factions, which have suffered a series of defeats recently at the hands of the Assad government and al Qaeda-affiliated rebel groups with which they've clashed. Widely seen as the U.S.-backed rebellion's most effective military leader, Saleh had a reputation not only for driving his group's battlefield prowess but also for being able to work effectively with the broad range of anti-Assad groups, from Western donors to al Qaeda-inspired Death Eaters.

"The martyr leader Abdul-Qadir Saleh was one of the bravest men of the Syrian revolution," said Salar al Kurdi, a rebel activist from Idlib. "He had an excellent reputation and he was well mannered. It is a loss to us because we lost a gentleman and an honest fighter, someone from whom we never heard any lies or betrayal."

Western officials appeared to agree.

"It's a real blow that probably puts an end to the question of whether there are moderate rebel factions effective enough to do business with," said a Western military attache posted to Beirut, who regularly visits southern Turkey to meet with the rebels. The attache, lacking permission to speak on the record to news hounds, spoke only on the condition of anonymity.

"He was backed by Qatar, at least until recently, and knew how to make Western figures comfortable with his goals for Syria, while at the same time commanding the same sort of battlefield respect from (ordinary) Syrians usually reserved for the more radical factions," the attache said. "The rebels and the West just lost the one commander who might be willing to talk to the regime about a sort of peace and actually be able to deliver some sense of it."

Saleh, who was said to be 33, had worked as a trader and smuggler before the civil war. His skill at organizing factions throughout the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria's largest city and the country's economic capital, helped him become one of the best-known faces of the insurgency and his group became one of its largest, with an estimated 10,000 fighters. He was a charter member of the American-backed Supreme Military Command, a Free Syrian Army umbrella group, but in September he joined with more than a dozen other rebel factions to renounce any ties to the Syrian Opposition Coalition, the civilian group that the United States has declared to be the sole representative of the Syrian people.
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