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20 Shiites in Pakistan pulled from buses, gunned down
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11 killed as Black Hawk downed in Afghanistan
[AFP] A NATO Black Hawk helicopter came down in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing seven American soldiers and four Afghans, the military said, as Taliban insurgents claimed to have shot it down.

The four Afghans included three members of the Afghan security forces and a civilian interpreter, NATO's US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.

"The cause of the crash is under investigation," it said, adding that the helicopter was a UH-60 Black Hawk. The statement gave no further details.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/16/2012 10:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

#1  When did they stop reporting as NATO losses and start reporting Americans? Anybody think this was a compromised special mission team?
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/16/2012 14:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Now if this real because they came out and said they would intentionally lie and mislead through media outlets it's horrible! On the other hand perhaps the pentagon can get the people who have blown smoke up their asses from studying flat land and pentagons to bullshit algorithms that have phucked up everytrhing the military does to the cost of a 24 ounce jar to go over and clean up the mess if real! Wonder if some piece of crap pentagon top brass slash wall street Hollywood computer phucko can come up with an algorithm to down size caskets for the blown up and mutilated dead US Soldiers(saving MONEY) perhaps a digital recording instead of a real grave side trumpet from the ass wipes of the square camo pattern! Ever see anyone during hunting season wearing that bullshit! They got screwed! Is not that Pink Floyd song about the voice that lied coming to mind and smashing it all down! Housing and war how's that money doing housing the people in Haiti today anyways? PHUCKING WAKE UP PEOPLE!
Posted by: Pliny Sneretle5681 || 08/16/2012 18:26 Comments || Top||

#3  This is concerning --- 2 SEALS -- thanks Obama, for announcing them to the world...... that's two helicopters down
Posted by: Sherry || 08/16/2012 19:22 Comments || Top||

Mine Planters Killed in Laghman
Thirteen bully boyz were killed when one of the mines they were planting went kaboom!, killing all of them in eastern Laghman province on Wednesday.

The incident occurred in the Alingar district and the mines were meant to target local troops in the area, Mohammad Noman Hatifi, the Media Officer of the 201 Selab military corps said.

Insurgents use Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) to target Afghan and NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the cut of the American pants...
troops, but most of the victims are civilians.

According to a United Nations
...an idea whose time has gone...
report that was released recently, anti-government elements continue to target community leaders, governmental authorities and civilians that they suspect of supporting the government or military forces.
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#1  Red-green colorblindness, will they ever find a cure?
Posted by: gromky || 08/16/2012 3:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Must have been a whopper!
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/16/2012 4:22 Comments || Top||

#3  chain reaction
Posted by: manversgwtw || 08/16/2012 15:06 Comments || Top||

Bomb Blast Shakes Herat Bazaar
[Tolo News] A bomb said to be placed in a bicycle went kaboom! at approximately 3 p.m. in Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
city in a crowded bazaar, authorities said.

Local hospital officials told TOLOnews that at least one person was killed and 18 others were maimed.

No group has claimed the responsibility for the blast.

Isaf has recently said that Death Eater attacks during the month of Ramadan were increased due to lack of poppy cultivation
Yesterday, three suicide kabooms targeted a civilian hospital and a crowded bazaar in southwestern Nimroz province killing as many as 29 people and injuring 110 others. The Nimroz blast is the deadliest this year.

Another suicide attack in Kunduz killed 18 civilians, the majority including women and kiddies. The incident occurred in the Archi district of northern Kunduz province as the explosives packed inside a cycle of violence blew up.

No group, including the Taliban, has claimed the responsibility for these attacks.

The deadly incident on civilians comes a week after the United Nations
...an organization whose definition of human rights is interesting, to say the least...
released a report showing a 15 per cent decrease in the number of civilian casualties in the first half of 2012.

Isaf has recently said that Death Eater attacks during the month of Ramadan were increased due to lack of poppy cultivation.
As it is said, idle hands are the Devil's playground.
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Taliban 'Weapons Dealer' Capture in Helmand
[Tolo News] A Taliban weapons dealer was captured in a joint Afghan and NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
operation in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province on Wednesday, Isaf said in a statement.

"An Afghan and coalition security force jugged
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
a Taliban weapons dealer during an operation in Sangin district inHelmand province today," Isaf said.

The weapons dealer provided homemade explosives and other improvised bomb (IEDs) material to Taliban fighters.

At the time of his arrest, he was involved in plans to smuggle a large quantity of homemade explosives into the region for use in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

The security force also jugged
Drop the rosco and step away witcher hands up!
two suspected bully boyz during the operation.

Another Taliban leader was captured in joint forces operation in Nahr-e-Saraj district of the province today. The Taliban leader recruited fighters and provided them with weapons and explosives.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/16/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

NDS Detains Three Assassins in Herat
[Tolo News] Three Death Eaters attempting to assassinate a provincial Ulema Council member by placing explosives in the scholar's car were jugged
Drop the rosco and step away witcher hands up!
by the National Directorate of Security personnel, according to the provincial front man Mahiuddin Noori.

"These individuals confessed that they were planning to kill religious scholars in Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
province," Noori said.

Noori also added that a prominent Taliban capo was killed in an Afghan-led operation in Kuzra district of Herat.

Afghan National Army Special Forces conducted the operation in the Haft Darband areas of the Kuzra district to eradicate a Taliban's hideout. Three Taliban fighters, including their commander Faiz Mohammad, were killed and 8 other Taliban fighters were maimed.

Multiple explosives devices were seized at the time of operation.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/16/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Yemen secessionist leader detained at Aden airport
A South Yemen secessionist leader was detained by security forces when he flew into the city of Aden after years in self-imposed exile, activists say. A group of armed men boarded the plane carrying Ahmed Abdullah al-Hassani, a former navy commander and ambassador, and took him to an unknown destination.
I'm mildly surprised they didn't just shoot Ahmed right there on the tarmac...
Yemen is civilized nowadays, donchaknow. They have elections and stuff all the time.
He is the secretary general of the Democratic Forum for South Yemen (TAJ). The UK-based group actively advocates immediate independence for the South, which united with the North in 1990.

Dozens of people
All of whom are now at the very least photographed and ID'd...
were waiting to greet Mr Hassani at Aden's international airport when his plane flew in from Beirut on Wednesday, but he was seized before he reached them.

"I was among the people waiting for Hassani," Nasser al-Khabji - a leader of Hiraak al-Janoubi (Southern Movement), a popular protest movement that champions southern independence - told the AFP news agency. "Suddenly, we found the security men handcuffing Hassani and leading him away in an unmarked car through a back gate."

Yemeni media reported earlier this week that Mr Hassani, who had been living in the UK since 2006, planned to meet other secessionist leaders. He was a staunch opponent of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who led the North before unification and crushed a revolt in the south in 1994.
Posted by: Steve White || 08/16/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Gunmen kill two police officers in Dagestan
Two police officers were killed on late Tuesday when gunmen opened fire on a police vehicle in the North Caucasus republic of Dagestan, local officials said on Wednesday. One of the gunmen was gunned down by one of the officers.

The attack happened at 7:45 p.m. local time when three unidentified gunmen opened fire with automatic weapons at a traffic police car in Khasavyurt. "Police opened fire in response," said a spokesperson for the Dagestan Interior Ministry.

Officials said the two police officers gunned down one of the attackers before they were both shot themselves. "As a result of the shooting, one of the criminals was killed," said the spokesperson. The Interior Ministry said that one of the officers died at the scene while the second officer later died at a local hospital without regaining consciousness.

The other two attackers fled the scene.
Posted by: ryuge || 08/16/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

Germany accuses four of breaking Iran nuclear embargo
Four men have been arrested in Germany on suspicion of illegally supplying Iran with parts needed to build a nuclear reactor.
Only four?
The suspects were held following searches of homes and business in Hamburg, Oldenburg and Weimar. They are accused of using front companies in Turkey and Azerbaijan to supply the parts in deals worth millions of euros. Germany has an embargo on nuclear-related trade with Iran.

German prosecutors said the arrested men - one German citizen and three Iranian-German dual nationals, were supplying special valves to be used in heavy water reactors. They are accused of breaking the arms embargo, as well as export restrictions on goods that could be used for military purposes. Prosecutors say the men, known as
Dieter, Hans, Wolfgang and Klaus...
Rudolf M, Kianzad Ka, Gholamali Ka, and Hamid Kh, knew what the parts would be used for. Germany privacy laws prevent their full names being released.

A fifth suspect has not been named.
Posted by: Steve White || 08/16/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Attention : Interpol Jason Holland : Jamaica At Times : Aruba : Also
Posted by: 8418 || 08/16/2012 21:10 Comments || Top||

20 Shiites in Pakistan pulled from buses, gunned down
Posted by: ryuge || 08/16/2012 06:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I hope there will be some RevengeTM
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/16/2012 7:59 Comments || Top||

#2  Iran vs. Pakistan fighting in the Afgan Octogon?
Posted by: Spot || 08/16/2012 10:15 Comments || Top||

#3  The Shiites in Pakland are murdered regularly by Sunni terrorists. The Shiites haven't been able to organize a fight back there. The revenge comes from Shiite terrorists killing Sunnis in Iraq and from persecution of Sunnis in Iran (e.g., no Sunni Mosques are allowed in Tehran).
Posted by: lord garth || 08/16/2012 10:52 Comments || Top||

#4  So many things in the news these days remind me of this.

Will it go round in circles? --- Billy Preston

Posted by: AlanC || 08/16/2012 11:26 Comments || Top||

#5  I put a link in for Billy and it doesn't show.
What did I do wrong?

Posted by: AlanC || 08/16/2012 11:27 Comments || Top||

#6  Alan, you didn't highlight his name first, in order to attach the link to it. It looks like this in the moderator's view (angle brackets replaced by square ones so it will show up):

Will it go round in circles? --- Billy Preston
[a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghj5V5cUo1s"] [/a]
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/16/2012 18:56 Comments || Top||

#7  Death toll repor is up to 25 Shias.


Posted by: JosephMendiola || 08/16/2012 23:47 Comments || Top||

#8  One for the Popcorn iff Pak Shias = Israelis, while Pak Sunnis = akin to the Militant Paleos, not the other way around???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 08/16/2012 23:50 Comments || Top||

#9  One for the Popcorn iff Pak Shias = Israelis, while Pak Sunnis = akin to the Militant Paleos, not the other way around???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 08/16/2012 23:52 Comments || Top||

Boomer car seized
PESHAWAR: Police seized large quantity of explosives from a car and arrested three people in Shabqadar area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Charsadda District on Wednesday. Police said that the raid was carried out on a checkpost in the Shabqadar area. A car was searched and police found explosives in large amounts from the vehicle’s secret compartments. The explosives included 683 dynamites and 780 safety fuses.
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Landmine kills security official in Kurram
PARACHINAR: At least one security official was killed and three others sustained injuries in a landmine explosion in Kurram Agency. According to political administration officer Amin Khan, security personnel fell prey to a planted landmine while on a regular patrol in Saragarhi area of Kurram Agency. One of the personnel was killed while three others were injured, the official added. The injured were shifted to CMH, where sources said one of them was in critical condition.

Meanwhile, a remote-controlled bomb exploded near a passenger vehicle in Lower Kurram Agency’s Bugzai area. The blast injured three people, who were shifted to Alizai Tehsil Hospital.
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Quetta Quorpse Qount Quontinued
QUETTA: Two people, including a woman, were killed and another wounded in two separate incidents of firing in Hub and Mashkel parts of Balochistan, on Wednesday.

In the first incident, unidentified armed men riding a motorbike opened fire in Jam Colony in Hub. Resultantly a man identified as Ramzan suffered bullet wounds and died on the spot. Police moved his body to a nearby hospital for autopsy. The motive behind his killing could not be ascertained, the police officials said.
No motive whatsoever other than the desire to instill abject terror into the population...
In another incident, armed men sprayed a vehicle with bullets in Mashkel, a bordering town near Iran. Resultantly, one woman, identified as the wife of local resident Muhammad Iqbal, was killed and another passenger sustained injuries. The dead and the injured were shifted to a local hospital. Local administration handed over the body to their heirs after completing legal formalities and registered a case.
Posted by: Steve White || 08/16/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

School blown up in Mardan
That's why they build 'em, over there
. PESHAWAR: Unidentified miscreants blew up the building of a government school at Katbano village in Mardan District. According to the local police, some miscreants had attached explosives to the building of the school and detonated it with a remote control. The structure and outer wall of the building were damaged, however, no causality was reported.
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Quetta Quorpse Qount
QUETTA: One man was killed and eight others injured in a bomb blast on Joint Road late on Wednesday.

Police sources told APP that unidentified men had planted an improvised explosive device (IED) beneath a bench outside a restaurant on Joint Road near the railway station. The device exploded and killed one person on the spot and left eight others injured.

The police and rescue teams rushed to the site and shifted the dead and injured to the Civil Hospital. According to hospital sources, two of the injured were in serious condition.

The blast badly damaged the restaurant building while windowpanes of nearby buildings were also broken. The police have cordoned off the area to track down possible suspects. Police have also registered a case and started investigation.
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Kamra Base Attack: All Six Militants Killed, Says PAF Official
[Dawn] ATTOCK: Heavily armed faceless myrmidons stormed the Pakistain Air Force's (PAF) Minhas airbase at Kamra located in Attock, Punjab during the early hours of Thursday, DawnNews reported.

The faceless myrmidons were said to be armed with automatic weapons, grenades and boom jackets. Intense exchange of fire between faceless myrmidons and security forces ensued after the attackers infiltrated the base.

The PAF's front man Tahir Rafiq Butt confirmed that all six attackers have been killed. Two soldiers were alsokilled in the attack. Officials confirmed that an Air Commodore was also injured. However,
facts are stubborn; statistics are more pliable...
there was no loss to any of the aircraft at the base, which had over 30 planes parked, including JF-17 Thunder fighter jets.

Three to four of the faceless myrmidons wore military uniforms, officials said, adding that the attackers were between 19 to 33 years of age. It was also reported earlier that some of the faceless myrmidons wore boom jackets.

A joint search operation of security forces and police inside and outside the base was launched. PAC Hospital Kamra was also put on high alert following the attack.

The faceless myrmidons were reported to have attacked the base from Pind Salman Makhan village at around 2:30 am, sources said. When security officials at the check-post attempted to halt them, the faceless myrmidons opened fire. An intense shootout lasting hours followed. Commandos of the Army and PAF were engaged in the operation against the attackers.

Kamra is located about 70 kms from the Pak capital Islamabad. The Minhas airbase is a heavily guarded compound with the Pakistain Air Force's Kamra Aeronautical Complex in its vicinity, where Pakistain assembles and overhauls JF-17 Thunder fighter jets in collaboration with China. According to reports, at least 11 Chinese engineers were working at the Kamra Aeronautical Complex.

All Chinese and others foreign engineers and technicians involved in co-production of Chinese and Pakistain JF-17 Thunder aircraft project were shifted to a high profile secure location, sources told Dawn.com, adding that the engineers were not present near the attack area. Sources confirmed that at least 30 aircraft were on the base.

The government and military's top leadership, including President Asif Ali Ten Percent Zardari
... husband of the late Benazir Bhutto, who has been singularly lacking in curiosity about who done her in ...
, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaque Pervez Kayani
... four star general, current Chief of Army Staff of the Mighty Pak Army. Kayani is the former Director General of ISI...
and Prime Minister  Raja Pervez Ashraf were notified of the attack, and the operation was being closely monitored by the army chief.

In recent weeks, military intelligence had warned of the possibility of such an attack on military installations. However,
facts are stubborn; statistics are more pliable...
there was no specific information about an attack being targeted at the Kamra base.

This is not the first time that Kamra has been the target of a terrorist attack.  On Oct 23, 2009, a jacket wallah went kaboom!" at the entrance of the Pakistain Aeronautical Complex in Kamra. Two security officers and six other people were killed in the attack.
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#1  Six, or 8-9 Militants killed???

At last check, Pakistan claims two soldiers were indeed killed, up from one, but the number of killed attackers remains between 8-9???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 08/16/2012 23:34 Comments || Top||

Gunmen attack Kamra military air base in Pakistan
Gunmen have attacked a Pakistani military air base and are engaged in a fierce fire-fight with security forces, officials say.

Militants attacked the Minhas air base at Kamra, about 60km (35 miles) north-west of the capital Islamabad, in the early hours of Thursday.

The Pakistani air force said troops had cordoned off the area and that the "terrorists" had been surrounded.

It is not known if there are any casualties.

All Pakistan's air bases have been placed on high alert following the attack.

A police officer outside the air base, Hafeez Aulakh, said he could hear intense gunfire and see flames leaping up from inside, the Associated Press news agency reported.

Reports said the gunmen had been wearing military uniforms.

No group has said it carried out the attack but Islamist militants linked to the Pakistani Taliban have previously targeted military bases.
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#1  KAMRA AB has Nukes, Drones, + F-16's.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 08/16/2012 0:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Update
Gunmen attack Pakistan air base, 8 dead
Posted by: tipper || 08/16/2012 2:35 Comments || Top||

13 killed in kaboom north of Baghdad
BAGHDAD -- Three bomb blasts shortly before sunset Wednesday killed 10 people north of Baghdad in the latest spasm of violence to grip Iraq.

The first bomb went off Wednesday in Baqouba, about 60 kilometers (35 miles) northeast of the Iraqi capital. Police said two civilians and one police officer were killed, and five people were wounded.

Minutes later, authorities said, a car bomb exploded at the entrance of the main market in Muqdadiyah, about 90 kilometers (60 miles) north of Baghdad. A second blast struck as police arrived on the scene. Police said the toll for both bombings in the town was seven killed and 26 wounded.
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Rocket attack in Eilat
JERUSALEM -- The Israeli military says explosions have been heard in the southern city of Eilat, and it's suspected that rockets were fired from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. The military said soldiers searched the area for several hours after the blasts were heard late Wednesday, but no exploded rockets were found. No injuries or damage were reported. There was no immediate comment from Egypt.

Eilat is next to the Sinai, scene of militant attacks in recent weeks. Eilat has been the target of previous rocket attacks, apparently from Sinai. Israel has expressed concern about extremist Islamists and Palestinian militants from Gaza operating there.
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Southeast Asia
Clashes displace thousands in southern Philippines
Battles between a terrorist rebel group and the Philippine army have forced nearly 2,200 people to flee their homes on the island of Mindanao, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the Philippines.

The clashes began on August 5 between the army and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM), a breakaway faction of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

More than 450 families have taken refuge in four evacuation centers in Ampatuan municipality in Mindanao, said the ICRC in a statement.

Christoph Polajner, head of ICRC's office in Cotabato City, said in a statement. "Although these families were in evacuation centres, they still faced difficulties to cover themselves from the rainy weather. When they fled, these families left behind most of their possessions and are still unable to return home, fearful of the insecurity."
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Two villagers killed in southern Thailand
Two villagers were killed and one injured in two separate incidents in Yala province late on Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.

A man identified later as Marayeng Kute, 52, was found dead in a rubber plantation this morning. He had died from a gunshot wound. Witnesses said Marayeng left his house after midnight to go rubber tapping.

Earlier, at 3:10 a.m., while Abdulnaser Hama, 47, was returning home on a motorcycle from a tea shop some men opened fire at him with handguns. He was hit in the head and body and died on the spot. A stray bullet also injured a woman, Patima Cheyo, 37, who was walking in front of her house.
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Air strike near Aleppo leaves 30+ dead
Syrian warplanes have attacked the northern town of Azaz near Aleppo, killing 30 people and wounding many more, activists say. Rescuers scoured the rubble in search of survivors and casualties were taken to a nearby field hospital as well as to the Turkish border for treatment.

A Shia Muslim clan said on Wednesday that it had kidnapped 20 Syrians in Lebanon in retaliation for the abduction of a Lebanese kidnapped by rebels in Damascus on Monday. The rebels claimed Hassan al-Meqdad was a member of Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, an allegation denied by Hezbollah.

A group of 11 Lebanese hostages was among those caught up in Wednesday's air strike on Azaz. Four of the group were reported missing after the attack, while the others were said to be wounded.

"The building they were in was hit," a rebel commander told a Lebanese TV channel.
That's not how I'd do a 'hostage rescue'...
A journalist working for AFP news agency spoke of a large area involving around 10 homes being flattened. Dozens of people screamed and wailed as they searched for survivors in the rubble.

"All the houses were full of women and children who were asleep because of the Ramadan fast," a 50-year-old man told AFP.

Azaz is a few miles south of the Turkish border and some 30 miles (48km) north of Aleppo, Syria's biggest city where the army is trying to claw back areas of the city taken over by rebels. It was unclear whether opposition forces were in Azaz, although an Associated Press reporter said the rebels had offices not far away.
Posted by: Steve White || 08/16/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Good guys or bad guys (ROTFL)
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/16/2012 8:03 Comments || Top||

#2  Yes
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/16/2012 9:07 Comments || Top||

Saudis order citizens to leave Lebanon
Saudi Arabia has urged its citizens to leave Lebanon "immediately" after a string of kidnappings in the country. The Saudi embassy in Beirut cited the "reported threats to kidnap Saudi citizens" in Lebanon, which borders Syria, state-run Spa news agency said.

Earlier, a clan in Lebanon said it had abducted a number of Syrians who belonged to the rebel Free Syrian Army. It said this was in retaliation for the kidnapping of a clan member in conflict-wracked Syria.

A foreign ministry official was also quoted by Spa as saying Saudi citizens should avoid "travelling to Lebanon for their own safety".

This comes after the powerful Mekdad clan in Lebanon said it had abducted a number of Syrians who it said were connected to Syrian rebels. A Turkish national is also reported to be among those seized. The Shia Muslim clan said it had acted to force the release of one of its members captured in the Syrian capital, Damascus.

The rebels said the seized man was connected to the Lebanese Islamist movement Hezbollah and was fighting for the Syrian government - a claim denied by the Mekdad clan.

The clan has also threatened nationals from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey - all Sunni Muslim countries that support the Syrian rebels fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad.

Lebanon is a popular tourist destination for Saudis and citizens of other Gulf states.
The flesh-pots of Beirut are starting to look less appealing...
Like Syria's other neighbours - Turkey, Iraq and Jordan - Lebanon has absorbed thousands of refugees fleeing from the conflict. But unlike the other countries,
Lebanon risks being plunged into sectarian strife, possibly even civil war, by the strains inflicted on its own delicate internal situation by the Syrian crisis, correspondents say.

Tripoli - Lebanon's second city - has recently witnessed street gun sex battles between supporters and opponents of President Assad.
Posted by: Steve White || 08/16/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

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Thu 2012-08-16
  20 Shiites in Pakistan pulled from buses, gunned down
Wed 2012-08-15
  Pro-Saleh Troops Attack Yemen Defense Ministry
Tue 2012-08-14
  Al Qaeda front group claims Iraq attacks
Mon 2012-08-13
  Nigerian Troops Kill 20 Boko Haram Islamists: Military
Sun 2012-08-12
  Syrian and Jordanian forces clash in border area
Sat 2012-08-11
  More Than 100 Dead in Syria as Fierce Clashes Rage in Aleppo
Fri 2012-08-10
  Syrian rebels retreat Aleppo district amid heavy shelling
Thu 2012-08-09
  Yemen Strike Kills Key Al-Qaeda Leader, Foreign Militants
Wed 2012-08-08
  Muslim Terrorists Tell Nigeria's Christian President: 'Convert or Resign'
Tue 2012-08-07
  Libya’s interim authorities to hand over power to congress
Mon 2012-08-06
  Syria Prime Minister Riad Hijab defects
Sun 2012-08-05
  Kidnapped Syrian teevee host executed
Sat 2012-08-04
  IMU Emir Abu Usman Adil has Died
Fri 2012-08-03
  67 Killed in Syria as Rebels Use Tanks to Shell Aleppo Airbase
Thu 2012-08-02
  Kofi Annan quits as UN-Arab League envoy

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