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Syrian and Jordanian forces clash in border area
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Africa North
5 Detained In Egypt's Sinai
Five detainees captured on Friday morning by the Egyptian army in northern Sinai have been charged with leading "Jihadist" groups and involvement in what the Egyptian authorities described as "terrorist attacks" in the Sinai.

Egyptian security sources told Ma'an that the suspects are accused of planning and carrying out an attack on the Sheikh Zuwaid cop shoppe after the revolution in Egypt which toppled Hosni Mubarak
...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011...
They were also accused of leading "Jihadist" groups and smuggling weapons between Egypt and the Gazoo Strip. Amongst other charges, the suspects were accused of targeting coppers and police posts in northern Sinai.

One of the suspects is 62 years old and nicknamed "Sinai's the late Osama bin Laden
... Maybe his Mom misses him...
". Another is a vegetable merchant, aged 42. He was imprisoned for three years on political charges during Mubarak's rule.

A third suspect is a car dealer, 42, who has been imprisoned before. The fourth suspect is 36 years old and was allegedly caught with 22 ID cards belonging to Egyptian citizens. Investigators said he stole these IDs from the Sheikh Zuwaid cop shoppe. The last suspect is only 22.

Egyptian authorities described the five as "the most dangerous gun-hung tough guys in Sinai."

An Egyptian security source told Ma'an in el-Arish that Egyptian security services captured the suspects after ransacking their homes in Sheikh Zuwaid on Friday morning. The source said that intelligence services collected information about the suspects before raiding their homes.

The five have been transferred to Cairo, while three other detainees have been released.

Families of the five suspects denied the charges. Several of them told Ma'an that they were never affiliated to any krazed killer group in Sinai, nor involved in any violent activities.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/12/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [293 views] Top|| File under:


Arabia
USN destroyer collides with tanker in Strait of Hormuz
No one was injured in the collision that occurred about 1 a.m. local time when the USS Porter collided with the Panamanian-flagged bulk oil tanker M/V Otowasan, the Navy said in a statement.

The Navy did not provide details about the collision, saying only the accident was not related to combat. It said the incident is under investigation. Damage to the USS Porter was being evaluated, "but the ship is able to operate under its own power," the statement said.
Posted by: tu3031 || 08/12/2012 11:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [582 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Asleep at the wheel?
Posted by: Uninenter de Medici7792 || 08/12/2012 11:43 Comments || Top||

#2  No Skipper, we're not going to be able to.... buff this one out.

Klik
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/12/2012 11:48 Comments || Top||

#3  Video
Posted by: tu3031 || 08/12/2012 11:51 Comments || Top||

#4  Scratch one career. At least.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 08/12/2012 11:54 Comments || Top||

#5  If only it were an Iranian tanker.
Posted by: Eric Jablow || 08/12/2012 12:05 Comments || Top||

#6  Soon to come, possibly tomorrow morning around 1000 hrs:

The Chief of Naval operations has lost confidence in Cmdr. Arriol's ability to drive a boat lead.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/12/2012 12:08 Comments || Top||

#7  OMG I hope the tanker is OK!!!@#!#%!
Posted by: gromky || 08/12/2012 12:15 Comments || Top||

#8  Looks like what I did to my 1969 Plymouth Fury III, on a smaller scale.
Posted by: Perfesser || 08/12/2012 12:24 Comments || Top||

#9  Off Topic: 383 or 440 V8 ? One hot car.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/12/2012 12:27 Comments || Top||

#10  That's gonna take a little bit of bondo.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 08/12/2012 12:44 Comments || Top||

#11  Oops.
Posted by: Barbara || 08/12/2012 12:49 Comments || Top||

#12  Wonder if the collision wasn't a suicide run?
Din't do much damage, our boats will take MUCH more than that to scratch a DDS badly.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 08/12/2012 13:37 Comments || Top||

#13  No, it wasn't a suicide run. I don't know why I even have to say this.
Posted by: gromky || 08/12/2012 13:48 Comments || Top||

#14  B: a 383, power enough for a moron 18 year old.
Posted by: Perfesser || 08/12/2012 14:38 Comments || Top||

#15  Law of Gross Tonnage proven again
Posted by: mojo || 08/12/2012 14:55 Comments || Top||

#16  Here's a link to the M/V Otowasan.

She's 300000 tons loaded. The Porter is 6000 tons. As mojo said, the Law of Gross tonnage is proven again.

I just wonder in what direction and at what relative speed they collided. The picture of the Porter shows damage in a very limited area (though pretty heavy). Did the bow of the tanker hit the destroyer?
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 08/12/2012 15:42 Comments || Top||

#17  If the tanker bow was the impact point it was a glancing blow, or the USS Porter would be on the bottom. Mass moving fast don't quit.
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/12/2012 15:49 Comments || Top||

#18  The Iranians were probably trying to be rescued and were hoping they would not be sent home.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/12/2012 15:50 Comments || Top||

#19  The oil tanker captains last name didn't happen to be Hazelwoood did it ?
Posted by: junkiron || 08/12/2012 16:25 Comments || Top||

#20  To all you landlubber sandfleas, it's harder than you think.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 08/12/2012 18:06 Comments || Top||

#21  well, AA5839, it would appear to us land-vermin, that it would JOB #1? No?
Posted by: Frank G || 08/12/2012 18:14 Comments || Top||

#22  I don't know why I even have to say this.

Because, sometimes...
Posted by: Pappy || 08/12/2012 19:21 Comments || Top||

#23  It all depends on who was the burdened ship, what visibility was, if both ships had running lights on, etc.

I'll wait for the report. But yeah, the CO's career is toast.
Posted by: Pappy || 08/12/2012 19:24 Comments || Top||

#24  Pappy, I figure a destroyer is like a motorcycle - yield to the bigger guy regardless of right-of-way, and make sure you see him, because if there's a collision, you lose. And I don't know of any stealth, radar-evading super-tankers.
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/12/2012 19:29 Comments || Top||

#25  All snarking aside, we can be very thankful there were no fatailites on either vessel.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/12/2012 20:04 Comments || Top||

#26  Piloted by FarminBHard's cousin, SailinBHard?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 08/12/2012 20:41 Comments || Top||

#27  I'll remind all Y'all the aircraft that hit the twin towers on 9-11 were NOT a threat until they hit, and weren't sen as sch, at first the possibility of a gross error was bandied about. (Until the SECOND plane hit, and removed all doubt)
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 08/12/2012 21:18 Comments || Top||

#28  Was Holly Graf at the con?
Posted by: GORT || 08/12/2012 21:20 Comments || Top||

#29  I'll remind all Y'all the aircraft that hit the twin towers on 9-11 were NOT a threat until they hit

True. But aside from the tanks of both the 9-11 aircraft and the tanker being full, the likelihood of it being an attack are nil. Professional opinion, for what it's worth.

I figure a destroyer is like a motorcycle - yield to the bigger guy regardless of right-of-way, and make sure you see him, because if there's a collision, you lose. And I don't know of any stealth, radar-evading super-tankers.

I've made the transit through the Strait of Hormuz a few times, two of them at night. It ain't fun. It's a waterway, a choke point with Iran on one side. There's a reason they were going through at that time.

Like I said, I'll wait for the report.
Posted by: Pappy || 08/12/2012 21:54 Comments || Top||


Yemen militia kill Al Qaeda militant
ADEN - Yemeni militia have killed an Al Qaeda prisoner who tried to escape but a local militant leader managed to flee as they found an explosives lab in a separate incident, a militia source said on Saturday.

“A member of Al Qaeda was killed on Friday when he tried to escape from a jail controlled by the Popular Resistance Committees,” in the southern town of Jaar, the source in the pro-government militia said.

Separately, militiamen searching a house in Jaar discovered a bomb-making factory and seized a number of explosives belts.Al Qaeda’s leader in Zinjibar, the nearby capital of Abyan province, managed to escape from the house, the source said. The man was identified as Jalal Belaidi, alias Abu Hamza.
Posted by: Steve White || 08/12/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [584 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Bangladesh
Man wounded in gunfight with RAB in city
A man was wounded in an alleged gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion
Alleged gunfight or execution?
Yes, silly.
on the outer circular road in the capital's Shahjahanpur
Good luck finding that on a map...
*shrug* It's on the N5, the Dhaka-Bogra highway, south of Bogra and a few blocks from the Majhira cantonment.
Everybody knows that...
early on Friday.
After dark, of course, so that the RAB could break the Ramadan fast prior to commencing the night's work...
Critically injured Altaf Hossain alias Sagar, 38, was rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital at about 2:45am, hospital sources said.
If he's not dead now...
As his condition deteriorated, he was rushed to National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases in the capital's Sher-e-Bangla Nagor.
...he will be soon...
Hospital sources said two bullets entered his throat and shoulder.
Hey Doc, check for the one behind his ear...
In a press statement, RAB,-3 claimed that having received information,
Another 5 lakh to Mahmoud the Weasel...
they set up a check-post on the outer circular road in front of the New Al Madia Hotel.
Try finding that in the Michelin guide...
Violating the signal to stop,
"Hey! You! [bang] [bang] [KABOOM] Stop!"
a red car apparently opened two rounds of fire at law enforcers.
"It's the RAB, Mohammad! Open senseless fire!"
RAB allegedly fired in retaliation, the statement said.
"Sergeant Chaudray! Are they actually shooting at us?"
"Sir! [stamp] Yes sir!"
"Kill them, if you please, Sergeant."
"Sir!" [stamp]
Officers arrested Altaf and another Mohammad Masum, 29, as they tried to escape by leaving the car behind.
Tried hoofing it out on curly-toed slippers and left the roadster? Brilliant boys...
RAB searched the car and seized two pistols, five magazines, 10 bullets and three bottles of Phensedhyle and Tk 16,500.
So the perps left the roadster with the weapons, cash and drugs. Even more brilliant...
RAB quizzed Masum
"Sergeant, you might go easy on those pliers, I do believe he wants to talk."
"Sir!" [stamp]
and based on his statement,
"Anything! I'll tell you anything! Just stop doing that!"
seized two more magazines, six bullets and 37 Phensedhyle bottles.
"Dude, you just narc'd my stash!"
RAB also recovered forged notes worth Tk one lakh and Tk 8,80,000 cash, the statement said.
The forged notes came from Pakistan, obviously...
Shahjahan police station duty officer, Kamal Uddin told New Age that they had heard about the incident but RAB officially had not informed them.
And won't, seeing as then they'd have to split the cash and the pills...
Posted by: Steve White || 08/12/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [300 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Any punitive range time being handed out for only wounding? Seems somebody's aiming techinque needs refinement....... unless wounding is tolerated during Ramadamalinglong....
Posted by: USN, ret. || 08/12/2012 0:25 Comments || Top||

#2  Seriously? Wounding? Where is the requisite stutter gun?
Posted by: Steven || 08/12/2012 2:21 Comments || Top||

#3  I imagine the suspect moved at the last second, and the shooters couldn't get a purchase order for another batch of bullets to finish him off, and they needed to give the doctors some practice, anyway.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 08/12/2012 12:52 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Three killed in Pak-Iran border clash
QUETTA: At least three people, including two Pakistani nationals and an Iranian security personnel, were killed in an exchange of fire at the Pak-Iran border in Chaghai district, on Saturday.
Delightfully green-on-green...
According to sources, some local tribesmen were hunting at Kacho area, close to Iran border, when Iranian security personnel opened indiscriminate fire on them. As a result, Abdul Kareem, resident of Naukundi, and one of his companions sustained critical wounds and died on the spot. One Iranian security personnel was also killed when other companions of the tribesmen opened retaliatory firing on them, sources said.

Chaghai Deputy Commissioner Tufail Baloch confirmed the incident and said that the Iranian security personnel also took the bodies along with them. He said that it was yet to be ascertained whether the incident occurred in Balochistan’s territory or that of Iran.
Posted by: Steve White || 08/12/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [579 views] Top|| File under:


Tribesman killed in Peshawar
PESHAWAR: A Mohmand Agency tribesman was killed by unidentified miscreants on Saturday morning, leaving another injured, police said. The police said that two bikers fired at Malik Haji Torai, owner of a hotel in Bakhshu Pul area on Charsadda Road, and Shah Fahim, a resident of Mohmand Agency. Resultantly, Fahim died on the spot while Toraj sustained injuries.
Posted by: Steve White || 08/12/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [319 views] Top|| File under:


Two Amn Lashkar members killed in Khyber
KHYBER AGENCY: Terrorists of a banned outfit shot dead two activists of Amn Lashkar (peace militia) in Bara Tehsil of Khyber Agency, officials said on Saturday. According to sources, an armed clash occurred between a banned terrorist outfit and Amn Lashkar when the terrorist outfit attacked the Amn Lashkar’s compound. Resultantly, two members died on the spot, sources said. A terrorist was also shot dead in the crossfire, sources added.
Posted by: Steve White || 08/12/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [293 views] Top|| File under:


Iraq
Five killed in suicide blast at Iraqi mosque
MOSUL - A suicide bomber driving a truck attacked a mosque near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul as Friday prayers ended, killing at least five people and wounding 70, police and health officials said.

The mosque where the bomber detonated his explosives belonged to the Shabak minority in Mosul, 390km north of Baghdad. “A suicide car bomber targeted a Shabak mosque in Mwafaqiya village,” said Hanin Qaddo, a local Shabak leader. “Part of the mosque building collapsed over the heads of the worshippers as they were leaving.”

The site of Friday’s blast is near disputed territories at the centre of a feud between Baghdad’s government and the autonomous Kurdistan region in the north, which runs its own government and armed forces.

Insurgents have carried out at least one major bombing a month since Americans troops left in December. July was the bloodiest month in two years, including one day of attacks that left more than 100 dead.
Posted by: Steve White || 08/12/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [295 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Yup, Allah's MAD at you.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 08/12/2012 13:34 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Moro rebels strike again as MILF talks end
The latest round of peace talks between Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front will resume again in late August after ending on Friday.

Both sides have yet to come up with a solid agreement that would end the terrorism in Mindanao while a renegade group led by commander Ameril Umbrakato renewed its attack, this time hitting a SAF outpost in Datu Unsay town. A government trooper was killed in the Saturday attack.

Meanwhile, National Police chief Director-General Nicanor Bartolome on Saturday deployed the Special Action Force to augment military forces who are after Moro terrorists rebels belonging to the splinter group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement led by Umbrakato.

The deployment followed aN attack at around 2 a.m. Saturday by the terrorists rebels against a SAF outpost killing one of its members. The terrorists rebels fled before reinforcements arrived.
Posted by: ryuge || 08/12/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [301 views] Top|| File under: Moro Islamic Liberation Front


Bombings injure four police, two soldiers in southern Thailand
Two separate bomb attacks have wounded four policemen and two soldiers in Pattani province.

In Khok Pho district, a motorcycle bomb exploded while an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) unit vehicle was heading down a local road. The blast wounded four EOD officers in the vehicle and damaged their equipment.

The same team had been earlier called to a rubber plantation after villager Suedi Samae, 41, was gunned down while he was tapping rubber plants early yesterday morning.

The four policemen are the latest victims of terrorist militant groups, who have recently targeted security forces. Earlier on Friday evening, two soldiers, stationed at a marine corps outpost in Sai Buri district, were also injured by a home-made grenade.

An unidentified man on a motorcycle threw the grenade over the outpost's wall while Pvt Wanchaloem Onsong, 22, and Pvt Demae I-tae, 22, were on duty.

Almost simultaneously in the same district, a man identified as Mueli Pochi, 55, was gunned down while sleeping in his pickup truck parked at a market. Police are investigating whether he was killed by an terrorist insurgent group.

The situation in Pattani has authorities on full alert, especially after a report that terrorists rebels are planning more car bombings.

More frequent terrorist militant attacks in the deep South have been reported since Ramadan started. Ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra does not blame the government for the increasing attacks; he sees them as "seasonal violence". In an interview, Thaksin cited statistics that showed attacks tend to be more frequent during Ramadan. He said things would return to normal after the end of Ramadan.
Posted by: ryuge || 08/12/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [300 views] Top|| File under: Thai Insurgency


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syrian and Jordanian forces clash in border area
ALEPPO, Syria/AMMAN: Fighting broke out between Jordanian and Syrian forces in a border region between the two countries overnight, but a Jordanian source said on Saturday no one on Jordan’s side appeared to have been killed.

A Syrian opposition activist who witnessed the fighting said armored vehicles were involved in the clash in the Tel Shihab-Turra area, about 80 km (50 miles) north of the Jordanian capital Amman, that occurred after Syrian refugees tried to cross into Jordan.

“The Syrian side fired across the border and fighting ensued. Initial reports indicate that there has been no one killed from the Jordanian side,” said the Jordanian source, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Jordanian troops have fired near the border in the past to stop Syrians from shooting at fleeing refugees. Syria’s long border with Jordan has been an escape route for opponents of Assad, including Prime Minister Riad Hijab who defected this week.
Posted by: Steve White || 08/12/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [921 views] Top|| File under:



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  Syrian rebels retreat Aleppo district amid heavy shelling
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  Muslim Terrorists Tell Nigeria's Christian President: 'Convert or Resign'
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  Libya’s interim authorities to hand over power to congress
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