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Posted by: Fred || 11/30/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [386 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Birthday/Daily Gam Shot

Virginia Mayo aka Verna Jarrett in "White Heat (1949)" aka Marie Derry in "The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)" aka Princess Margaret in "The Princess and the Pirate (1944)" aka Helena in "The Silver Chalice (1954)" aka Rosalind van Hoorn in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)" aka Linda Vickers in "Smart Girls Don't Talk (1948)" aka Sally in "The Proud Ones (1956)" (Died in 2005 at age 84)



Triple threat
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 11/30/2011 2:39 Comments || Top||

#2  The triple threat reminds me that Action comics had a super heroine named triplicate girl.

Becoming three people was her superpower. Its kinda stupid if you are battling super villains but for catalyzing the fantasy of young men, it probably works pretty well.
Posted by: Lord Garth || 11/30/2011 7:05 Comments || Top||

#3  It probably works fairly well against male supervillains as well.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 11/30/2011 16:29 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Local Haqqani Network Leader Held by Afghan, Nato Troops
A Number Three, or the equivalent of a patrol leader? Regardless, he'll have a cell phone, and that's what matters.
[Tolo News] 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...
forces captured a local Haqqani network leader in a joint operation in southeastern Khost province
... across the border from Miranshah, within commuting distance of Haqqani hangouts such as Datta Khel and probably within sight of Mordor. Khost is populated by six different tribes of Pashtuns, the largest probably being the Khostwal, from which it takes its name...
on Tuesday, Isaf said.

"A Haqqani network leader was captured by a combined Afghan and coalition security force during an operation in Sabari district, Khost province, today," the Isaf statement said.

The Haqqani leader distributed roadside kabooms and planned attacks against Afghan forces, the statement added.

Afghan and NATO forces are targetting the Haqqani network whose faceless myrmidons operate along the Afghan-Pakistain border; the forces have had considerable success capturing or killing these Death Eaters.
Posted by: Fred || 11/30/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [319 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Pakistan


Africa Horn
Sudan Expels Kenyan Ambassador Over President Bashir's Arrest Warrant
[Tripoli Post] Following a Kenyan High Court ruling in Nairobi Monday and the issuing of an arrest warrant for Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir
Head of the National Congress Party. He came to power in 1989 when he, as a brigadier in the Sudanese army, led a group of officers in a bloodless military coup that ousted the government of Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi and eventually appointed himself president-for-life. He has fallen out with his Islamic mentor, Hasan al-Turabi, tried to impose shariah on the Christian and animist south, resulting in its secessesion, and attempted to Arabize Darfur by unleashing the barbaric Janjaweed on it. Sudan's potential prosperity has been pissed away in warfare that has left as many as 400,000 people dead and 2.5 million displaced. Omar has been indicted for genocide by the International Criminal Court but nothing is expected to come of it.
over alleged war crimes in Darfur, Sudan Tuesday recalled its ambassador to Kenya and expelled the Kenyan ambassador from Khartoum.

President Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court
... where Milosevich died of old age before being convicted ...
on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the conflict-prone Darfur region, where a major humanitarian tragedy has unfolded in recent years.

The ruling came after Kenya allowed Mr Bashir, the first head of state to be indicted by the ICC, to visit in August in defiance of an International Criminal Court (ICC) warrant for his arrest.

The arrest warrant was issued by the High Court in Nairobi with Judge Nicolas Ombija declaring in his ruling that Mr Bashir's arrest "should be effected by the attorney general and the minister for internal security should he ever set foot in Kenya".

The ruling was made after a case was brought by a non-governmental organization, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ).

Kenya is a signatory to the treaty which established the ICC in 2002, but like most African countries, it has refused to enforce the ICC warrant. Like most African countries, Kenya, as a member of the NaN,
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
has supported the African Union's argument that arresting Sudan's President would hamper the search for peace in Darfur.

Meanwhile,
...back at the precinct house, Sergeant Maloney wasn't buying it. It was just too pat. It smelled phony...
the Sudanese President, who recently saw his country split between the north and south due to the legacy of a violent civil war, says the charges against him are politically motivated.

Now Khartoum has ordered the Kenyan ambassador to leave the country within 72 hours, while the Sudanese ambassador to Nairobi has been recalled.

Malawi and Chad are among other African countries that Mr Bashir has visited in defiance of the arrest warrant.

More than 2.7 million people have decamped their homes since the conflict in Darfur began in 2003, with the United Nations
...Parkinson's Law on an international scale...
saying that about 300,000 have died - many from disease, a figure that is disputed by the Sudanese government.

Sudan's government says the conflict has killed about 12,000 people and the number of dead has been exaggerated for political reasons.
Posted by: Fred || 11/30/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [292 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Sudan


Africa North
Molotovs and gun shots rain down near Tahrir
[Al Ahram] Minutes past 10pm, Mohamed El-Badry, a member of the General Secretariat of the Revolution, told Nile TV , which is carrying live footage from the square, that scores of what appeared to be gunnies were launching an attack on the square from the direction of Abdel Moneim Riad.

"I can see molotov thrown into the square and I hear gun shots fired," El-Badry said. "There are also people standing on top of 6 October bridge which overlooks the square, and they are throwing stones at protesters," El-Badry said.

"Two people have been shot in the eye and ambulances have transferred them to one of the field hospitals in the square at Omar Makram mosque for emergency treatment," El-Badry added.

Nile TV footage did show a few hundred people who appeared to be protesters rushing towards Abdel Moneim Riad to confront the attackers.

Mohamed El-Sa'id, a member of the Revolution Youth Coalition, told state Nile TV that hundreds of people are exchanging molotov cocktail bombs in Abdel Moneim Riad square, but he asserted that protesters sitting-in in Tahrir square against the ruling military council (SCAF) are not involved.

Earlier Tuesday evening, activists in Tahrir Square told Ahram Online that several men wearing red T-shirts and wielding truncheons have attacked a number of street vendors who sell food and tea to the thousands of protesters who have been holding a sit-in at the Square since November 19.

"The men in red tried to wreak havoc in the square, and they claimed to be part of a 'Tahrir public safety brigade', " Ahmed Kamal, an activist who is currently in the area told Ahram Online.

Kamal, who is still in the centre of the massive square a few hundred yards from Abdel Monein Riad, confirmed to Ahram Online at 10:30pm that he heard gun shots coming from the direction of Riad.

"I have not seen any army or police in the area so far to attempt to separate the two sides," El-Badry, on the other hand, told Nile TV.

Ahram Online news hounds have confirmed that individuals in civilian clothes, not soldiers in uniform, are the ones attempting to attack the square.

Ahram Online news hounds also spotted an army tank moving up El-Galaa street in the direction of Abdel Moneim Riad.

The number of protesters in the Square has thinned out in the last 24 hours as millions of Egyptians flocked to polling stations to cast ballots in the parliamentary elections.
Posted by: Fred || 11/30/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [304 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Free elections, eh?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/30/2011 1:15 Comments || Top||

#2  I'm coming to the conclusion that the military is going to do what the Turkish military did for a very long time. Keep the secular order, to keep the Islamists out of power.

They know that if the MB get control, the first thing they will do is utterly purge the military, replacing all its senior officers with Islamists. They saw this happen quickly in Iran, and slower in Turkey, but with the same result.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 11/30/2011 9:12 Comments || Top||

#3  All they want is civilian control over the military...and then after being elected the new government will use that civilian authority to put down all opposition.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 11/30/2011 11:14 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
45 Christians Killed in Plateau State, Nigeria
BARKIN LADI, Nigeria, November 28 (CDN) -- Fulani Muslim herdsmen along with Muslim soldiers have killed at least 45 ethnic Berom Christians in Plateau state in the past week, Christians in this northern-central Nigerian town said.
Unfortunately the proper response is for the Christians to arm up and defend themselves, which (according to the proper Western elites) will be considered a provocation...
Smaller attacks beginning on Nov. 20, reportedly over allegations by Fulani Muslims of cattle theft, preceded an attack on a Barkin Ladi church on Nov. 23 that killed four Christians, and an assault the next day left 35 Christians dead in Barkin Ladi and nearby Kwok village, according to area Christian leaders.

Church attendance was decimated yesterday as thousands of Christians have left the area.

"Christians are fleeing the town because we have no guns to fight back," said one woman in a group of six Christians trying to leave Barkin Ladi. "Muslims have guns, and they have their soldiers fighting for them, so we have no choice but to leave town."

Almost all churches in the town cancelled or held reduced worship services on the first Sunday (Nov. 27) after the crisis was contained, as nearly all area Christians have fled to Jos or have left Plateau state, long hit by ethnic property conflicts fueled by anti-Christian sentiment. In March 2010 ethnic Berom Christians, who live as farmers, suffered attacks from Fulani nomads who graze their cattle on the Beroms' land, resulting in hundreds of deaths in three villages near Jos.

In the attack on Thursday (Nov. 24), the Fulani Muslims were shouting "Allahu Akbar [God is greater]," said farmer Choji Pamjamo, 51.

"On Thursday at about 9 a.m., the Muslims' call to prayer was made at the Izala [Islamic sect] mosque," Pamjamo said. "And shortly after that, we saw hundreds of armed Muslims invading the town from all directions, attacking and killing Christians. They were shouting 'Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar,' as they were burning properties belonging to Christians."

Pamjamo confirmed Christian leaders' account of an attack on a Church of Christ of Nigeria (COCIN) congregation in the Sabon Layi (Rantya) area of Barkin Ladi the previous night (Nov. 23), saying that among the four Christians killed was Bible teacher Yakubu Pam.

David Gyang, 51, an elder at the COCIN Barkin Ladi church, said Muslims set off a religious crisis by attacking Christians at the church site on Wednesday night (Nov. 23) and then launching a major offensive the next morning.

"Some of the Christian victims in this attack that I know include a Christian police officer, one Mr. Bulus, who is the station officer of the Barkin Ladi police station," Gyang said. "He was inside his house on that day, and these Muslims broke the walls of his room and went inside to kill him and his son. A second Christian victim is Solomon Pam. He was attacked and had his hand broken."

Gyang lamented that Muslim soldiers brought to town to restore order joined their fellow Muslims in killing and maiming Christians.

"Muslims soldiers took sides with their fellow Muslims and were shooting and killing Christians," he said. "They also had soldiers guarding mosques in the town, but none was sent to watch over our churches, and that is the reason Muslims were able to burn the Baptist church in the town."

The COCIN church in Barkin Ladi had an average Sunday service attendance of about 1,200 people, but yesterday only 50 showed up, he said.

"We could not go on with the worship but held a prayer meeting, and then our pastor left to Kwok village for the burial of the 26 killed there," he said.

Sources told Compass that along with the 26 Christians killed in Kwok village, nine others were killed in the attack on Barkin Ladi on Thursday (Nov. 24). Compass found that the area attacks on Christians began Nov. 20, the day of the alleged cattle theft, with the killing of three Christians outside Barkin Ladi, and then two Christians in the town were killed on Nov. 21.

The next day, a Christian was beheaded behind a popular hotel in Barkin Ladi known as the White House, sources said. The attack on the COCIN church ensued the following evening.

Bitrus Davou and John David, two young Christian men who live near the church building, said they narrowly escaped death.

"Bullets fired at me by a Muslim soldier missed me and killed my dog," said Davou, 21.

David, also 21, said he and five friends were sitting in front of their house when a Muslim soldier appeared and began shooting at them.

"My friends ran inside the house, but I could not follow suit immediately as there was no route for me to run -- so I jumped into an unfinished building beside my house," David said, pointing toward the bullet holes in the wall where he had taken refuge. "While there, the soldier spotted me and began shooting at me. It is a miracle that I escaped unhurt."

The Rev. Daniel Moses, pastor of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), said the violence was started by town Muslims who obtained massive support from Muslims from other parts of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area. Thousands of Christians have been displaced, he said.

"As of this morning [Sunday, Nov. 27) corpses of Christians killed are still being recovered, but we can confirm that 37 corpses have been recovered already, and even as I talk to you the burial of some of them is going on in the surrounding Christian villages," Moses said.

Emmanuel Kyesmen, secretary of ECWA congregation, said the government has been slow to address security concerns.

"Alhaji Kasimu, one of leaders of the Muslim community in Barkin Ladi, is responsible for arming Muslims to attack Christians -- we all know this, and the attention of security agencies have been called to his activities, but no one seems to take the necessary steps to check him," Kyesmen said. "It appears the man is above the law."

The Barkin Ladi ECWA church, whose regular worship service usually attracts about 270 people, was a ghost of itself on Sunday, with only 42 members able to muster the courage to show up. The service lasted no more than 15 minutes, as they only prayed and left.

Kyesmen told Compass that 11 members of the church had their houses set ablaze by Muslims.

"As a church, we have become targets of attacks," Kyesmen said. "Our pastors and members are being killed in Plateau state by Muslims, while thousands of others have become refugees in their fatherland. There is the urgent need for the Nigerian government to find a lasting solution to this problem."

Religious conflict has been growing in Plateau state since 2006, he said, with numerous investigating committees instituted to investigate and report on the immediate and deeper causes, he said.

"But the surprising thing is that none of these reports has been implemented, and no individual has been made to face the wrath of the law," Kyesmen said. "The government must have the courage to ensure that those causing these problems are prosecuted."

Among the church buildings found locked on Sunday morning were St. Joseph's Catholic Parish, St. Mark's Anglican Church, ECWA Good News Church, COCIN Church Sabon Layi, Living Faith Church, and a host of other Pentecostal and charismatic churches. The few churches that opened for prayer, which lasted no longer than 15 minutes, included the ECWA church, the COCIN church, and the All Denomination Church at the police barracks.

David Alamba, 48, a technician whom Compass met near the town's police station along with five Christian women who were trying to leave Barkin Ladi, said many churches in town have been closed as most Christians have fled.

"Most Christians who live in Muslim quarters like Sabon Layi, Angwan Hausawa, Angwan Kwano, Angwan Izala, and Angwan Katako areas have to get soldiers to accompany them before they get their few belongings to leave the town," he said. "You have to pay the soldiers at least 2,000 naira (US$12) before they escort you to your house to get a few belongings before you move out of the town."

Alamba said Muslims have been moving into the farms belonging to Christians and are destroying crops.

"This is to chase us out of the town and make us homeless, and at the same time starve us to death, since we now have no food to eat," he said.

Predominantly Christian areas affected by the attacks included Rantya Gwol, Anguwar Tasha, Gangare, and Hayin Asibiti, sources said.

Several people fleeing the town as Compass arrived asked, "When will the killings of Christians in Nigeria stop?"
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Posted by: Steve White || 11/30/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [337 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Christians of Dar: the new Jews.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/30/2011 1:44 Comments || Top||

#2  Peace - only through superior firepower or surrender.
Posted by: Glenmore || 11/30/2011 19:53 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Libyan gunman wounds two, gets killed at Topkapi Palace
Turkish security forces today killed a Libyan gunman who shot and wounded two people with a pump-action rifle in the courtyard of Topkapi Palace in Istanbul.

The attacker opened fire around the time the first visitors would usually be arriving at the palace. He was killed after a one-hour siege.

Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin told reporters, "The attacker was not a Turkish citizen, he was foreign. A Libyan national born in 1975. He entered Turkey on November 27."

Television station CNN Turk broadcast a photograph of a man, identified as the assailant, holding a rifle, wearing an ammunition belt and a backpack, while standing behind a low wall. Witnesses said the gunman shouted in Arabic "Allahu Akbar" as he opened fire.

A group was disembarking to enter the gates, which had just been opened when gunfire was heard inside. A soldier and private security worker were injured in the attack.

Several ambulances had rushed to the scene, where a police cordon was set up and people were evacuated. Armed security service officers had taken up positions on the palace walls at the entrance.
Posted by: ryuge || 11/30/2011 07:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [401 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Turkish security forces today killed a Libyan gunman who shot and wounded two people with a pump-action rifle in the courtyard of Topkapi Palace in Istanbul.

What?! No Miranda rights? No trial in a civilian court with the rights of a full citizen? Barbarians!

And I'm worried about the dim view these people have for us. I must go bow to them.
Posted by: gorb || 11/30/2011 11:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Topkapi (1964).
Posted by: Anonymoose || 11/30/2011 19:40 Comments || Top||

#3  I spent most of an afternoon next door to the palace at the Turkish Archaeological Museum. Didn't get to see the palace, but if the Turks ever wise up and pitch the Islamists, I think it's a wonderful experience for anyone with interest in history.

Their collection doesn't cover the entire globe, like the British Museum's, but "only" the area of the Ottoman Empire. Even so, you've got tiles from the walls of Babylon, one of Alexander's Successor's sarcophagus, half a dozen sarcophagi of Byzantine emperors, a 10' high statue of the Egyptian god Bes, loads of Roman-era statues, an entire floor dedicated to the site of Troy, and even part of the chain that sealed the Golden Horn from the Muslim fleets.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 11/30/2011 20:29 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Notice sent to US for vacating Shamsi airbase within 15 days: FM
[Dawn] Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said on Tuesday that in line with the decisions of the Defence Committee of the Cabinet, a notice has been sent to the United States for vacating the Shamsi airbase within 15 days.

Terming the NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
/Isaf attack on border posts in Mohmand
... Named for the Mohmand clan of the Sarban Pahstuns, a truculent, quarrelsome lot. In Pakistain, the Mohmands infest their eponymous Agency, metastasizing as far as the plains of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar, Charsadda, and Mardan. Mohmands are also scattered throughout Pakistan in urban areas including Karachi, Lahore, and Quetta. In Afghanistan they are mainly found in Nangarhar and Kunar...
Agency as the breach of Pakistain's illusory sovereignty and violation of international law, the Foreign Minister said, "time has come to review our relations."

Talking to PTV, the Foreign Minister said Pakistain has supported the international community in the war against terrorism and has rendered great sacrifices.

She said Pakistain's positive cooperation must be recognized at international level and should not be taken as its weakness.

The minister said Pakistain's illusory sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected at all cost.

She categorically stated that the nation and the government would not tolerate such incidents in future. "We don't want any aid or assistance, but we want to live with dignity and honour."

Khar said Pakistain wants complete clarity from the international community about its illusory sovereignty.

She said that Pakistain's attitude towards the international community has been positive and it wanted to move forward with honour and dignity.

"It is up to Pakistain's political forces to evolve future strategy, keeping in view the current situation," said the minister.

"It is for the first time that the decision to halt NATO supply was taken at the highest level," she said.

The foreign minister said the government's focus was on preserving the national interests, adding, "We cannot sacrifice our national interests."
Posted by: Fred || 11/30/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [522 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  It's time to expel all Pak citizens from the U.S. and preferably from the civilized world.

It's not a state, it's a malevolence.
Posted by: Fred || 11/30/2011 9:09 Comments || Top||

#2  contain the virus.
Posted by: Frank G || 11/30/2011 13:34 Comments || Top||

#3  Before you lay waste to place, its probably a good idea to try to get your nationals out first. Then there are no human shields for the bad guys to hide behind.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/30/2011 15:55 Comments || Top||

#4  The Paks lost 3 wars to India. Their decision to take US money while undermining US efforts presented them with an easy win.

Reminder: under US sanctions, Pak foreign reserves approached zero, with Sindhi, Waziri and Balochi separatists moving against the terrorist entity. The nation-build/alliance-with-terror practises of 2 US governments is the worst folly ever devised by a US Presidency. I attacked it from day one.
Posted by: Sneamp Splat8837 || 11/30/2011 16:41 Comments || Top||

#5  HINA, or RINA/RENA???

Anyhoo, DEFENCE.PK/FORUM > HINA/RINA > [TheNews.com.PK] NATO APOLOGY WILL NOT BE ENOUGH: KHAR.

* SAME > ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, PAKISTAN SAYS "NO" TO US PRESSURE: FM KHAR.

ARTIC = US + ISAF M-U-S-T guarantee + protect the inviolate sovereignty of Pakistan, or else Pakistan will exercise its right to act in the sake of its own interests.

[ARETHA FRANKLIN = R-E-S-P-E-C-T Song here].

* SAME > SUPPLY ROUTES TO BE RESTORED [only] IFF NATO APOLOGIZES [for "unprovoked" attack]: AHMAD MUKTAR [PAK DM].

* ION NOT-SEATTLE-SLEEPLESS-IN-PAKISTAN, PAKISTANI DEFENCE FORUM > JACOBAD, PASNI AIRBASES [Balochistan] ALSO TO BE VACATED: FIRDOUS [PAK Inform Minister F. Ashig Awan].

versus

* DEFENCE.PK/FORUM > NATO ATTACK WAS "UNINTENTIONAL":PENTAGON | PAKISTAN "NOTION" ON NATO STRIKE INCORRECT: PENTAGON.

* PAKISTANI DEFENCE FORUM > PAKISTAN STOPS SHARING INTEL WID US.

* SAME > MUSHARAFF HAND OVER OF SHAMSI AIRBASE [to US vee UAE] DECLARED UNCONSTITUTIONAL, by PAK National Assembly's Standing Cmte. on Law + Justice.

Oh my.

* SAME > [Video = Dunya TV]"I GAVE THE SHAMSI AIRBASE, IT WAS A GOOD IDEA": MUSHARAFF, UAE HAS A SECOND AIRBASE AT RAHIM YAR KHAN.

Iff Sunni Pakistan is trying to help deter or prevent US war agz Pak BFF Shia Iran, IMO Islmabad had better think again wid these kinds of anti-US hardline responses.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 11/30/2011 21:17 Comments || Top||

#6  IRAN to PAKISTAN = D *** NG IT, STOP HELPING US!
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 11/30/2011 21:18 Comments || Top||


Militant commander arrested in Swat
[Dawn] Police claimed to have tossed in the slammer an important turban commander in Chapial area of 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...
on Monday.

Officials said that police conducted a raid in the area after they were tipped off
"Mahmoud the Weasel here. Have I got news for you!"
that key turban commander Bacha Zada was present in Lail Banr village of Chaprial.

"Police cordoned off the area and tossed in the slammer the man, who was wanted by law enforcers in various cases of violence in the area," they said.
Violence is forbidden in Pakistan? How can that be?
Police said Bacha Zada was wanted by local administration in killing of Samiullah, head of anti-Taliban lashkar, and 14 other people in Swat.

The tossed in the slammer turban was shifted to Qazi's guesthouse an undisclosed location for interrogation.
is this a tea and biscuits interrogation or mustache wax and Number 7 truncheons? One needs to know whether to wear an adorable little hat or a mustache, you see.
In Kohat, a policeman was injured on Monday in exchange of fire with the armed members of banned Muhammadzai Movement.
Blasphemy! They dared fire upon the Prophet's men? Lynch 'em all!
The officials of Cantt police said that they were patrolling the area as per routine when the armed members of the banned group came face to face with them.

An official said that the movement had been banned but a criminal group was running it to keep police away from the area and continue its illegal activities.

The Cantt police started the paperwork but haven't done much else against the chief of the movement, Gulzar Khan. However,
it's easy to be generous with someone else's money...
he managed to escape after the incident.

The office of the district police officer confirmed that registration of the movement was canceled after a ban was imposed on it last year but a group of criminals was running illegal businesses of drugs, gambling and extortion under its umbrella.

The Muhammadzai Movement was banned when it started parallel policing in the area bordering Orakzai Agency
... crawling with holy men, home to Darra Adam Khel, the world's largest illegal arms bazaar. 14 distinct tribes of beturbanned primitives inhabit Orakzai agency's 1500 or so square kilometers...
and took about six coppers hostages. Police had asked the members of the movement to surrender all illegal weapons and leave the security of the area to the administrations of Kohat district and Orakzai Agency.

Meanwhile,
...back at the wreckage, Captain Poindexter awoke groggily, his hand still stuck in the Ming vase...
the residents of Muhammadzai have appealed to the chief minister and the commissioner Kohat division to resolve the land dispute between them and the Bezote rustics of Orakzai Agency.
Posted by: Fred || 11/30/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [357 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Tribesmen volunteer to avenge Nato strike
[Dawn] Tribesmen of Kohat division on Monday said they could take Dire Revenge™ of the killing of around 28 Mighty Pak Army men in a NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
cross-border air strike with the government and the army's consent.

During a news conference here on Monday, tribal elders from Kurram Agency
...home of an intricately interconnected web of poverty, ignorance, and religious fanaticism, where the laws of cause and effect are assumed to be suspended, conveniently located adjacent to Tora Bora...
, Orakzai Agency
... crawling with holy men, home to Darra Adam Khel, the world's largest illegal arms bazaar. 14 distinct tribes of beturbanned primitives inhabit Orakzai agency's 1500 or so square kilometers...
and Frontier Region of Kohat condemned the NATO attack and said eight million people of the mountainous region were ready to give a befitting reply to the aggressor if the government and the army asked them to do so.

They said the rustics won't tolerate violation of the country's airspace or border by the NATO or US forces in future.

The tribal elders accused the NATO and the US of criminally undermining the gains of the Pak security forces against terrorism and said provocative attacks by Afghanistan-based foreign forces were killing innocent people and soldiers.

They said instead of acknowledging Pakistain's sacrifices against terrorism, the US had been blaming its defeat in Afghanistan on Mighty Pak Army for political gains at home.

On the occasion, elders from Darra Adam Khel complained that political administration charged a primitive Rs570 for national computerised identity card, Rs500 for domicile and Rs2,000 for transfer of Rs100,000 worth of land but didn't ensure provision of health, education, water and sanitation facilities in the area.

In Mardan, activists of Awami National Party (ANP) and Islami Jamiat Talba (IJT) on Monday took to streets against the NATO strike in Mohmand
... Named for the Mohmand clan of the Sarban Pahstuns, a truculent, quarrelsome lot. In Pakistain, the Mohmands infest their eponymous Agency, metastasizing as far as the plains of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar, Charsadda, and Mardan. Mohmands are also scattered throughout Pakistan in urban areas including Karachi, Lahore, and Quetta. In Afghanistan they are mainly found in Nangarhar and Kunar...
Agency.

Led by district president Dr Farooq Akram Khan, ANP workers staged a demonstration in front of Mardan Press Club, while IJT activists marched through the city's different bazaars from the College Chowk to the press club.

They held banners and placards inscribed with slogans against the NATO and the US, and demanded a strong response from Pakistain to the NATO.

The protestors said the NATO attacked the illusory sovereignty of Pakistain and violated the UN charter and international law. They said Pakistain had given more sacrifices than the US and NATO in the war against terrorism but unfortunately, they all had gone unacknowledged.

In Nowshera, people from different walks of life on Monday condemned the deadly NATO strike on a border post in Mohmand Agency and urged the government to permanently cut supplies to the foreign forces in Afghanistan.

Lawyers boycotted court proceedings against the attack declaring it a violation of the country's illusory sovereignty. They appealed the people to pressure the government not to restore NATO supplies passing through Pakistain.

Leaders of political parties also condemned the attack and demanded an apt response from the government and its security forces.
Posted by: Fred || 11/30/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [342 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Protests against Nato attack continue
[Dawn] Street protests by several religious and political parties continued on a second consecutive day in the city against the Saturday air raid on Pakistain Army outposts in Mohmand
... Named for the Mohmand clan of the Sarban Pahstuns, a truculent, quarrelsome lot. In Pakistain, the Mohmands infest their eponymous Agency, metastasizing as far as the plains of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar, Charsadda, and Mardan. Mohmands are also scattered throughout Pakistan in urban areas including Karachi, Lahore, and Quetta. In Afghanistan they are mainly found in Nangarhar and Kunar...
Agency by US-led 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...
forces that killed and maimed many soldiers.

While the Muttahida Quami Movement observed Pakistain Solidarity and Stability Day by organising programmes at its offices across the country to protest against the unprovoked aggression, several religious and political parties including Jamaat-e-Islami
...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores...
(JI) and Jamaat-ud-Dawa
...the front organization of Lashkar-e-Taiba...
(JD) staged a rally outside the Bloody Karachi Press Club to express anger against the NATO strike.

The parties demanded that the government stop the logistic facility for NATO supplies permanently and shut down US bases across the country.

They termed the raid 'an attack on Pakistain's illusory sovereignty'.

JD leaders Maulana Saifullah Khalid, Naveed Qamar, Prof Mehmoodul Hasan Asad and Hafiz Kalimullah, JI leaders Asadullah Bhutto and Nasrullah Shajee and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam leader Qari Usman and others who addressed the rally asked the government to stop 'politics of demands' and start thinking over a common strategy to counter US threats which they said were mounting.

They said that Washington had never been a friend of Islamabad and alleged that it was promoting terrorism in the country in collaboration with India.

The leaders also criticised the government's decision to grant the status of Most Favoured Nation to India and described it as 'detrimental to our national interests'. They said that the decision would cast a negative impact on the national economy.

"The enthusiastic response given by the public to the stability and solidarity day proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Pak nation is capable of giving a befitting reply to any aggression on its borders," said MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar while addressing a large crowd of party workers and supporters at the party headquarters, known as Nine Zero.

He paid tribute to the officers and personnel of Pakistain Army who bit the dust in the unprovoked attack.

He said that it should be made clear to the world that any adventure against the country's illusory sovereignty would be strongly dealt with.

Mr Sattar said the challenge should be converted into an opportunity and the nation should get united to make the defence of the country impregnable.

He asserted that the MQM would not shy away from offering any sacrifices for the country.

He said that the entire nation was firmly behind the armed forces.

On the instruction of MQM chief Altaf Hussain, the national flag was hoisted at the residences of party workers and supporters, buildings and public places.
Posted by: Fred || 11/30/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [398 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  Meanwhile ...

* PEOPLE'S DAILY FORUMS > US SHOULD EXPLAIN ITS ITS [post-2014] BASES IN AFGHANISTAN: RUSSIAN FM [Sergei Lavrov].

* DEFENCE FORUM INDIA > TERRORIST TRAINING CAMPS RECONSTRUCTED BY ISI IN PoK [Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir].

VARIOUS BLOGGERS = Prob done for Pakistan to cause third-party trouble inside India as diversion agz breakdown in relations wid US, + to get concessions from same.

* SAME > TRUCK OWNER SAYS NO WAY [anti] NATO BLOCKADE WILL LAST AS TOO MANY PAKIS SAY THEY MAKE MONEY FROM IT | [WSJ.com] COORDINATION IS QUESTIONED IN WAKE OF NATO AIRSTRIKE.

* SAME > US SUSPECTS NATO FORCES LURED [by Taliban] INTO DEADLY RAID.

The Taliban were betting on US-NATO to think their fire came from Pak units.

* TOPIX > NATO APOLOGY NOT ENOUGH: DG ISPR.

* SAME > PAKISTAN NOT TO COMPROMISE SOVEREIGNTY FOR AFGHAN PEACE: GILANI.
versus

* TOPIX > [The Nation.PK] FOUR REASON WHY THE PAK-US ALIANCE WILL SURVIVE, namely ...

> Pak wants US aid $$$.
> Pak wants US = modern Western technology.
> US needs convenient PAK-based Supply Routes to fight Jihadis in Afghanistan.
> US is worried about Pak Nuke security, i.e. oversignt agz MilTerrs getting control of same.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 11/30/2011 23:50 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Abu Sayyaf terrorist arrested in fatal bombings
Philippine authorities have arrested a Muslim terrorist extremist allegedly involved in fatal bombings including one that killed a US soldier in 2002.

Zamboanga city police chief Senior Superintendent Edwin de Ocampo said the terrorist suspect, Hussin Ahaddin, has admitted being behind at least two terrorist bombings in the southern port including the blast that killed a US soldier. De Ocampo said, "He admitted in the course of investigation that he was involved in that terrorist incident that killed an American."

De Ocampo said the terrorist suspect was a member of the terrorist organization Abu Sayyaf.

A bomb attached to a motorcycle killed one American soldier and three Filipinos and wounded another US soldier and several other bystanders in October, 2002.

Ahaddin also admitted helping accomplish the terrorist bombing of two Zamboanga department stores several days later, killing seven people, de Ocampo said. Police are investigating whether the terrorist suspect was involved in the deadly bombing at a small hotel in Zamboanga on Sunday that killed three people and injured 27 others, said the police chief.

A handcuffed Ahaddin was briefly shown to reporters but he remained silent.

His sister, Julaida Arasain, said he was the innocent driver of a motorcycle-taxi and that it may be a case of mistaken identity. Sobbing, she told reporters, "We are asking for help. All the accusations against my terrorist brother are untrue. He is innocent."
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#1  This is the third captured guy to have claimed to be riding the motorscooter. There were 2 motorscooters on the scene when the blas happened. One had been parked there for a while and the second arrived with two people aboard and the guys walked into a store just before the blast.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 11/30/2011 7:17 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Isfahan kaboom was at nuke site
Satellite imagery seen by The Times confirmed that a blast that rocked the city of Isfahan on Monday struck the uranium enrichment facility there, despite denials by Tehran.

The images clearly showed billowing smoke and destruction, negating Iranian claims yesterday that no such explosion had taken place. Israeli intelligence officials told The Times that there was "no doubt" that the blast struck the nuclear facilities at Isfahan and that it was "no accident".
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 11/30/2011 15:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [399 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Dem nefarious Juices....?

Heh heh heh.
Posted by: Barbara || 11/30/2011 16:23 Comments || Top||

#2  So who do we erect the statue to?
Posted by: Sneamp Splat8837 || 11/30/2011 16:34 Comments || Top||

#3  Nice work!!
Posted by: Cincinnatus Chili || 11/30/2011 16:38 Comments || Top||

#4  Here's to you, Mr. I Didn't Vent The Sewer guy.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 11/30/2011 17:10 Comments || Top||

#5  Baghdad Bob to the white courtesy phone please.
Posted by: gorb || 11/30/2011 17:19 Comments || Top||

#6  The Iranians have to be getting real nervous about where the next 'accident' is going to happen. If they can happen in multiple top-security nuclear facilities, one has to think they can happen in, say, Dinner Jacket's bathroom (from sewer gas build-up?)
Posted by: Glenmore || 11/30/2011 19:52 Comments || Top||

#7  Wonder how bad the Radiation is. No expert but I doubt the Iranians took the proper precautions.
Posted by: Charles || 11/30/2011 19:55 Comments || Top||

#8  Doz Eval jooooos. I so love um!
Posted by: 49 pan || 11/30/2011 20:10 Comments || Top||

#9  Horrors! Might a "wet" Dinner Jacket be next on the To Do list? Why not put a 12th Imam wanna-be out of his misery?
Posted by: Grease Jith3343 || 11/30/2011 20:27 Comments || Top||


Syria accused of atrocities, lashes out at Arabs
[Al Ahram] Investigators from the Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria held state officials responsible for murder, rape and torture in their crackdown on protesters since March.
And they blamed orders from the top of Bashir al-Assad's regime.

The panel interviewed 223 victims and witnesses, including defectors from President Al-Assad's security forces who told of shoot-to-kill orders against demonstrators and cases of children being tortured to death.

"The commission believes that orders to shoot and otherwise mistreat civilians originated from policies and directives issued at the highest levels of the armed forces and the government," the panel said in its report.

Chairman Paulo Pinheiro told news hounds: "Members of the Syrian army and security forces have committed crimes against humanity in their repression of a largely civilian population in the context of a peaceful protest movement."

Damascus
...Capital of the last remaining Baathist regime in the world...
meanwhile lashed out at the Arab League
...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing...
for ignoring "terrorists" on Syrian territory in its decision to impose crippling sanctions.

The "Arab sanctions are a declaration of economic war on Syria," Muallem told news hounds, to whom he showed the video depicting what he described as a mass grave.

"I apologise for these horrific images, but at the same time I offer them to the vaporous Arab League ministerial committee members who still continue to refuse the presence of these gangs," said Muallem.

"The Arabs don't want to admit the presence in Syria of groups of armed bully boyz who are committing these crimes, abductions and attacks on public places," he said.

Muallem called for dialogue to bring about national reconciliation, saying Syria was ready to accept Russia, its traditional ally, as a mediator.

Earlier, tens of thousands of pro-regime demonstrators thronged Sabaa Bahrat Square in Damascus to protest the Arab League sanctions.

They waved Syrian flags and the colours of Russia and China, which vetoed a UN Security Council resolution against Al-Assad's regime last month.

The Arab League approved the sweeping sanctions on Sunday over the Al-Assad government's crackdown on anti-regime protests -- the first time the bloc has enforced punitive measures of such magnitude on one of its own members.

Measures include an immediate ban on transactions with Damascus and the central bank and a freeze on Syrian government assets in Arab countries.

They also bar Syrian officials from visiting Arab countries and call for a suspension of all flights to Arab states to be implemented on a date to be set next week.

Al-Assad's regime has already been subjected to a raft of Western sanctions, led by the United States and European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...

Diplomats in Brussels said the EU was set to tighten its measures even further, targeting Syria's oil and financial sectors to deprive the regime of more sources of funding.

EU foreign ministers meeting on Thursday would ban exports of energy industry equipment, trading in Syrian bonds and selling of software that could be used to monitor dissidents, among other financial measures.

But Muallem said Syria could weather the sanctions.

"I reassure you that we have withdrawn 95 or 96 per cent of Syrian assets (from Arab countries)," he told news hounds. "We must protect the interests of our people."

Al-Assad's regime is counting on support from neighbours Iraq and Leb, which voted against the sanctions at the 22-member Arab League, along with Yemen.

Hezbullies, the Shiite group that dominates Leb's government, denounced the sanctions as "shameful" and a "dangerous precedent." The Arab bloc was becoming a tool for the Americans, it warned.

The United States and European Union called on the Syrian government to "end violence immediately" and allow the prompt entry of international rights observers and journalists, in a joint statement issued in Washington.

And at the United Nations
...Parkinson's Law on an international scale...

in New York, the United States and Germany led Western calls for the divided UN Security Council to act against Syria following the UN report.

The United States and its European allies have already condemned the rare double veto by Russia and China.

Leading rights groups called for decisive UN Security Council action.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said regime forces killed nine more civilians across the country on Monday, including six in Homs, adding to a UN estimate of more than 3,500 people to have died in the unrest since March.
Posted by: Fred || 11/30/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [287 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  This is part of a Sunni Shiia developing war where border won't mean much.

An Anbar Faction in Iraq for support of the Syrian revolution has been announced. This militia has been supposedly been formed with to object of targeting buses that carry Shiite militiamen from al-Mahdi, Sadr’s militia, to Syria. We are told that Sadrists have been flocking through Deir Azzour- Anbar border point to support the Assad regime. Many videos were propagated showing the Anbar Faction targeting passenger buses protected by the Iraqi Army.
Posted by: phil_b || 11/30/2011 4:35 Comments || Top||

#2  Many videos were propagated showing the Anbar Faction targeting passenger buses protected by the Iraqi Army.

Reversing the traffic Assad the Younger sent for years. Consequences can be a dreadful thing.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/30/2011 11:13 Comments || Top||


Turkey Tells Syria's Al Assad Crackdown Must End, or Else...
[Tripoli Post] While telling the Syrian regime that the crackdown must end, Turkey's foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu said that in the event of a massive exodus of refugees from Syria, in co-ordination with the international community, his country may consider setting up a buffer zone on its border from Syria.

Asked on Kanal 24 TV, whether Turkey was mulling the creation of a buffer zone, Mr Davutoglu said that Turkey was preparing for every scenario. "If hundreds of thousands of people flee to our border, this would of course create a different situation. Some steps could be taken then together with the international community," he added.

Neighbouring Turkey and its prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan have been critical off Syrian leader Bashir al-Assad's crackdown on opposition protests, particularly following an attack on Turkish diplomatic missions by pro-Syrian government demonstrators in several Syrian cities earlier this month.

Tensions further deteriorated when two busloads of Turkish pilgrims who were in Syria on their way back from the hajj in Mecca were attacked by Syrian gunnies.

Mr Erdogan has joined Jordan's King Abdullah, both one-time allies of the Syrian President, in calling on Bashir al-Assad to step down.

Further to that, while repeating that Turkey opposed military intervention, the Turkish foreign minister said that Syria has no chance to survive "unless it makes peace with its own people."

Turkey has accommodated about 7,500 opponents of Assad's regime in its Hatay province which borders Syria, after they decamped the violence.
Posted by: Fred || 11/30/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [318 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1 
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/30/2011 4:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Go ahead Erdogan. Set up a 10 mile buffer zone inside syria. You know you want it. Its just a little zone, nobody will object and you can drop it right away if you find it trouble.
Posted by: Lord Garth || 11/30/2011 7:21 Comments || Top||

#3  g(r)omgoru: Good catch of an odd video. Is he an Israeli who speaks Turkish, or a Turkish expat, if he is singing in Turkish?

Posted by: Anonymoose || 11/30/2011 9:29 Comments || Top||

#4  He's a member of Latma (an Israeli new media satirical program---I sometimes post their staff here). The version is in Hebrew, the original---I think---is something Russian (Sov era dissident).
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/30/2011 10:14 Comments || Top||

#5  p.s. If you liked this, look up the one I've used to comment on "Egypt's elections go smoothly amid protests"
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/30/2011 10:20 Comments || Top||

#6  Brutal video. But true.
Posted by: Secret Master || 11/30/2011 15:50 Comments || Top||


Turkey Could Bypass Syria for Regional Trade
[An Nahar] Turkey plans to bypass Syria for regional trade if conditions in the neighboring country deteriorate, the country's transport minister said on Tuesday.

"If conditions aggravate in Syria, we are planning to shift (road) transport to Iraq by opening new gates," Transport Minister Binali Yildirim was quoted as saying by the Anatolia news agency.

Turkey's move comes after Arab foreign ministers agreed on Sunday a list of sweeping sanctions designed to cripple the regime of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Before going into the family business Pencilneck was an eye doctor...
, which has defied international pressure to halt a bloody crackdown on protests.

Yildirim said the Arab sanctions against Damascus
...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world...
were not yet fully implemented.

"Turkey is supporting this work (Arab League
...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing...
decision) to some extent but our principle is that the restrictions to be imposed should never victimize the Syrian people," he warned.

Syria is a transit country for Turkey's trade with Middle Eastern countries. Turkey and Syria, one time allies, abolished visa requirements in 2009.

Ankara has been increasingly strident in its criticism of the Syrian regime, and has already halted joint oil exploration and threatened to cut electricity supplies.

Posted by: Fred || 11/30/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [290 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


U.S., EU Urge Syria to Allow for 'Peaceful' Transition
[An Nahar] The United States and the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
on Monday called on the Syrian government "to end violence immediately" in a joint statement issued after White House talks.

"We call on the Syrian government to end violence immediately, permit the immediate entry of human rights
...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions...
observers and international journalists, and allow for a peaceful and democratic transition," the statement said.

The Arab League
...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing...
voted Sunday to slap sweeping sanctions against the regime of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Trampler of Homs...
over its crackdown on anti-regime protests -- the first time the bloc has enforced punitive measures of such magnitude on one of its own members.

In earlier measures over its bloody crackdown, Assad's regime has also been subjected to a raft of Western sanctions, led by the United States and European Union.

According to evidence gathered by the Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria, which interviewed 223 victims and witnesses, Syrian forces have murdered, raped and tortured demonstrators since the protests erupted in March.

A Britannia-based rights group reported that security forces and Islamic fascisti loyal to Assad killed nine more civilians across the country on Monday.

Among the dead were six civilians killed in the flashpoint province of Homs, one in Hama and two cut down by powerful machineguns in Rankuss near Damascus
...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world...
, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The U.N. estimates that more than 3,500 people have been killed in the violence that has shaken Syria since mid-March.

Posted by: Fred || 11/30/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [297 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Lebanese Claim Syria 'Terrorist' Footage a Fabrication
[An Nahar] Seven Lebanese men on Tuesday denounced Syria's authorities for what they said was false usage of footage filmed in 2008 to prove "terrorist" involvement in unrest rocking Syria.

The seven men at a presser in Tripoli's impoverished Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood showed what they said was the original video they had shot and posted on Facebook, and identified themselves one by one.

"The footage aired by the Syrians is fabricated and full of lies and we urge the Lebanese government to protect us," said Ahmed Said, who bore a strong resemblance to one man in the video.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem on Monday aired gruesome video footage he said showed "terrorist" groups killing Syrian troops in various towns across the country.

In one segment, a group of armed bearded men are shown making their way through some bushes and trees, with the caption "Footages (sic) of the members of the terrorist armed gangs, at training" in the Syrian coastal city of Latakia.

The seven Lebanese said the segment had nothing to do with the Syrian revolt and was actually footage they themselves filmed in 2008 during festivities in Leb.

They accompanied a number of journalists, including one from AFP, to the area where they said the video was shot.

"This video was filmed on our phones behind the Luqman school at the northern entrance to Tripoli where we were defending our families and our districts in 2008," said Ahmad Issa, identifying himself in the footage.

He was referring to sectarian festivities in May of that year that left more than 100 people dead across Leb.

Issa said he and his peers had filmed the gathering and posted it to Facebook back in 2008.

He said residents of Bab al-Tabbaneh noticed the footage was first used five months ago by satellite channel Dunia, owned by Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Lord of the Baath...
's tycoon cousin Rami Makhlouf.

"Now that the regime has come out and falsely claimed this footage, we now have to stand up and defend ourselves and our families: I have never been to Syria, nor have any of us here," Issa said.

Tension is rising in Leb over the Syria crisis, which has deepened a rift between a pro-Syrian alliance led by Hizbullah and a western-backed opposition led by ex-premier Saad Hariri
Second son of Rafik Hariri, the Leb PM who was assassinated in 2005. He has was prime minister in his own right from 2009 through early 2011. He was born in Riyadh to an Iraqi mother and graduated from Georgetown University. He managed his father's business interests in Riyadh until his father's liquidation. When his father died he inherited a fortune of some $4.1 billion, which won't do him much good if Hizbullah has him bumped off, too.

The United Nations
...an international organization whose stated aims of facilitating interational security involves making sure that nobody with live ammo is offended unless it's a civilized country...
estimates that more than 3,500 people have died in a crackdown by Syrian security forces since March on anti-regime protest. Damascus
...Capital of the last remaining Baathist regime in the world...
blames "armed terrorist gangs" for the unrest.
Posted by: Fred || 11/30/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [279 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Saudi Arabia Urges Citizens to Leave Unrest-Hit Syria
[An Nahar] The Saudi foreign ministry on Tuesday urged its citizens to leave Syria and not to travel to the Arab nation that has been hit by months of deadly anti-regime protests.

"Due to the security situation, Soddy Arabia urges its citizens to leave Syria and not travel there," the ministry said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency.

The decision comes just days after the Arab League
...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing...
slapped unprecedented sanctions on the Syrian regime over its heavy-handed crackdown on dissent, including a call to suspend flights between Damascus
...Capital of the last remaining Baathist regime in the world...
and Arab destinations.

Bahrain and Qatar on Sunday urged their citizens to leave Syria after the United Arab Emirates also advised its nationals to stay away.

Arab states in the Gulf have been at the forefront of calls to sanction Syria over its eight-month crackdown which the United Nations
...a formerly good idea gone bad...
says has killed more than 3,500 people.

The Qatari and Saudi embassies in Damascus have been attacked during pro-regime demonstrations.

And Soddy Arabia said one of its citizens was killed on November 21 while visiting relatives in the restive city of Homs in central Syria.

The Arab League on Sunday approved sweeping sanctions against Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad's
Despoiler of Deraa...
government -- the first time the bloc has imposed punitive measures of such magnitude on one of its own members.

Measures include an immediate ban on transactions with Damascus and its central bank and a freeze on Syrian government assets in Arab countries.

They also bar Syrian officials from visiting Arab countries and call for a suspension of all flights to Arab states to be implemented on a date to be set next week.

Posted by: Fred || 11/30/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [285 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Seven Killed in Fresh Violence across Syria
[An Nahar] Seven more people died in fresh violence across Syria on Tuesday, including a civilian killed by security forces after three of their own were bumped off by suspected mutinous soldiers, activists said.

Syrian troops killed four civilians, including a child, as they hunted for bully boyz and tossed in the calaboose 29 high school students in a raid in the southern province of Daraa, cradle of the anti-regime dissent, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

According to the Britannia-based Observatory, the dead included a man killed after gunnies believed to be mutinous soldiers attacked a car transporting members of the security forces, killing three of them.

The gunnies also kidnapped two members of the security forces in the attack near the town of Saraqeb in the northwestern Idlib province, the Observatory added.

An eight-year-old girl was among two civilians killed in the flashpoint central city of Homs. She was struck by a stray bullet from a security checkpoint.

And a 33-year-old man was shot by a sniper in Rankuss near Damascus
...Capital of the last remaining Baathist regime in the world...
as he tried to flee the town, where at least 17 civilians have been killed since Sunday, the Observatory said.

"Residents are unable to bury their dead or take their maimed to hospital because they are afraid they will be tossed in the calaboose by the security forces who are massively deployed in the town," a statement said.

The violence prompted Soddy Arabia to order its citizens out of Syria.

"Due to the security situation, Soddy Arabia urges its citizens to leave Syria and not travel there," a statement from Riyadh's foreign ministry said.

Syria blames "armed terrorists" for the violence, and on Monday Foreign Minister Walid Muallem slammed Arab countries for ignoring these claims.

"The Arabs don't want to admit the presence in Syria of groups of armed beturbanned goons who are committing these crimes, abductions and attacks on public places," he said.

Muallem's remarks came a day after the Arab League
...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing...
hit Syria with sweeping sanctions over the regime's failure to halt the bloodshed.

Muallem denounced the punitive measures as "economic war," but said Syria was capable of weathering the effects of the sanctions.

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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.

Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.

Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has dominated Mexico for six years.
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Wed 2011-11-30
  Egypt's elections go smoothly amid protests
Tue 2011-11-29
  Iranian brownshirts seize 6 British embassy staff
Mon 2011-11-28
  Enraged Pakistanis burn Obama effigy, slam US
Sun 2011-11-27
  US told to vacate Shamsi base
Sat 2011-11-26
  Pakistan stops NATO supplies after raid kills up to 28
Fri 2011-11-25
  47 Syrians Dead, Including 29 Civilians, as Homs Clashes Rage
Thu 2011-11-24
  Police continue attacks on protesters, Tahrir chants for field marshal to go
Wed 2011-11-23
  Yemen's president signs power transfer deal
Tue 2011-11-22
  Yemen Opposition: Saleh Agrees to Sign Peace Plan. Really.
Mon 2011-11-21
  Colombia Farc rebel radio station 'shut down' by army
Sun 2011-11-20
  Libya: 'the executioner' Abdullah al-Senussi captured
Sat 2011-11-19
  Saif al-Islam Gaddafi captured in Libya
Fri 2011-11-18
  Sufi Mohammad's sons acquitted by Swat ATC
Thu 2011-11-17
  Saleh again refuses to sign power transfer
Wed 2011-11-16
  Missile raid targeted top Shabaab leaders

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