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Policeman in Afghanistan kills two US soldiers
Two US soldiers have been shot dead by a local policeman in Afghanistan, officials for the international Nato-led force in the country say.

The policeman, reportedly a member of a local defence force being trained by international troops, was also shot and killed, officials said.

The incident happened in the western province of Farah.

It is the latest in a series of so-called "green on blue" attacks by members of the Afghan security forces
Posted by: tipper || 08/17/2012 05:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It is ABUNDANTLY CLEAR to everyone except the Obama Regime that the plan to pull out the troops and leave in place advisors and trainers is under assault by Taliban infiltration of those to be trained before the process has even begun.

And just like in everything else, the inept Obama regime has no answers, remains out of reach of accountablility, while our finest are paying the ultimate price, being ripped to shreads.
Posted by: Fleamble Speaking for Boskone4525 || 08/17/2012 9:44 Comments || Top||

#2  No one wants to be the last one killed during a withdraw. This is going to cause a lot of morale, command and control, and cohesion problems that the usual suspects in the chain of command will refuse to acknowledge and act on other than CYA. In doing so they'd rather participate in undermining the entire organization [as in Vietnam and the period following] than being blunt and direct in solving the problem because of Political Correctness.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/17/2012 9:57 Comments || Top||

#3  Leave Afghanistan as we've left Iraq - there's nothing there for us. As a parting gift, I'd suggest Ebola, Typhus, Hantavirus and Salmonella.
Posted by: Rob06 || 08/17/2012 11:38 Comments || Top||

#4  I'd prefer carpet bombing.
Posted by: Broadhead6 || 08/17/2012 11:53 Comments || Top||

#5  I like the idea of leaving a few million single shot .45 cal pistols to the women of Afghanistan.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 08/17/2012 16:05 Comments || Top||

#6  Anguper. Heck of an idea. WW II version was one step up from a zip gun, chambered for 45ACP. Dropped by the thousands, or more, into occupied Europe. Supposedly killed more Germans than the 1911.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 08/17/2012 16:58 Comments || Top||

#7  Tell me why we are still in the 'stans...
Posted by: jay-dubya || 08/17/2012 18:21 Comments || Top||

#8  ...because an enormously rich [based upon cooked books] country believes it afford to play the game of 'winning the hearts and minds' rather than the tried and true 'salting the earth' approach. The post-WWII model ignores the reason Germany and Japan turned out as they did is because they were leveled and knew they had lost and lost badly. That permitted rebuilding on a proverbial clean slate.

It appears someone in the chain of command finally has gotten hit by a clue bat - Coalition troops now armed at all times on Afghan bases in wake of 'insider' shootings.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/17/2012 20:44 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
Three civilians killed in new Ivory Coast attacks
DABOU, IVORY COAST: Armed men attacked an army base, a prison and police stations overnight near Ivory Coast's economic capital Abidjan in the latest of a series of assaults, military sources and locals said yesterday.

“Our positions were attacked at Dabou on the corridor leading into the town,” said a source in the Republican Forces of Ivory Coast (FRCI). “But the situation is under control. Our men pushed back the attack. A sweep (for the assailants) is under way."

Two police headquarters and the town prison also came under attack, according to a source in the security forces, while local member of Parliament Mohammed Sess Soukou said some 100 prisoners had escaped.

The attacks in and around Abidjan have sparked a sharp rise in tension more than a year after the post-electoral crisis of December 2010 to April 2011 claimed 3,000 lives.

“The prison was smashed, all the prisoners got out, some have been recaptured but many have fled,” Sess Soukou told journalists, adding that out of at least 150 inmates who escaped, just 50 had been caught.

However prison governor Adjoua Ouattara said that there were 119 inmates in the jail before the attack, but was unable to give the number who had been recaptured.

A resident of Dabou, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of Abidjan, said earlier he had been hearing heavy gunfire since Wednesday at 2300 GMT (11 p.m.). “No one can go out, we are holed up in our homes,” he said.

AFP journalists saw the bodies of three civilians killed in the local morgue. One was a bus driver who was the victim of a carjacking and the other two were workers at a local bakery.
Posted by: Steve White || 08/17/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

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Two Police Killed, Two Wounded in Rural Louisiana
St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre said five people are in custody after a shooting that killed two St. John the Baptist Parish deputies and left two others wounded. The shootings happened about 5 a.m.

Officials said Deputy Michael Boyington was working a traffic detail at the remote parking lot for the Valero Refinery when the shooting happened.

"As he was working this detail for some unknown reason at this time a gunman opened fire on him multiple times," Tregre said. The officer was wounded in the shooting.
What possible reason could there have been for a drive-by shooting of a traffic cop?
A resident called police moments later, Tregre said, telling investigators they saw a speeding vehicle. Deputies tracked down the vehicle at Riverview Court. An emotional and visibly shaken Tregre said that as they were questioning people at a trailer, a person came out of the home, ambushing the deputies and began spraying
If the Sheriff and the reporter actually got the story right, it sounds like this may have been a true full auto assault rifle.
the deputies with bullets from an assault rifle.

"As we were interviewing the two subjects another person exited that trailer with an assault weapon and ambushed my two officers," Louisiana State Police Col. Mike Edmonson said.
Not sure where the second officer was shot. The gunman was wounded in the exchange and is in the hospital. Four accomplices were also captured. Rumor is they had not been in the area long and were skinhead/anarchists. If so, it would make this a case of domestic terrorism. On the heels of the Sikh killer this case could have significant political repercussions. The behavior suggests to me meth makers/users.
Forty-eight hour rule applies. Whether domestic terrorism or just plain evil, prayers for the families.
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/17/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A hidden cell?
Muslims undercover?
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 08/17/2012 17:38 Comments || Top||

#2  A hidden meth lab?
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 08/17/2012 17:41 Comments || Top||

Taliban assault on Kamra airbase foiled
ISLAMABAD: Nine terrorists were killed when security forces foiled their attack on PAF base Minhas in Kamra early on Thursday. A security official was also killed and a plane damaged in the pre-dawn assault claimed by the Taliban.
No doubt Uncle Sugar will be asked to provide a replacement for the plane...
PAF said nine attackers dressed in military uniforms and armed with rocket propelled-grenades and suicide vests targeted the base and adjacent Pakistan Aeronautical Complex at 2am. The adjacent complex assembles Mirage and, with Chinese help, JF-17 fighter jets.

"Eight terrorists miscreants were killed inside the Minhas base boundary wall and one splodydope miscreant exploded himself outside the perimeters where he was hiding," the air force announced.

It said there had been a shootout "for more than two hours", and 10 hours after the assault began, spokesman Tariq Mahmood confirmed the base was "totally safe".

The Taliban said planes at the base were being used to kill their fighters.
Nah, the Pak air force doesn't do that. They're all dedicated to fighting the evil Hindoooz...
That's Hinjoooz, my dear. The J must be pronounced with the glee of a vandal.
Their spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan dedicated the attack to late al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden
Now serving as shark food...
and claimed four Taliban fighters were killed after destroying three aircraft and killing a dozen soldiers.

A PAF spokesman said Base Commander Air Commodore Muhammad Azam, who was leading the operation against the terrorists, also received a bullet injury.

An air force statement said Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt had appointed a four-member board of inquiry headed by Air Marshal Syed Athar Hussain Bukhari.

Witnesses said the attackers came from the back, scaling the wall and exploiting the holiest night of Ramazan to remain undetected as long as possible.

"Most of the male residents (from the village at the back) were in mosques for special prayers," local resident Athar Abbas told a TV channel.

"I heard three or four explosions, there was heavy gunfire also," he said, adding, "It appears that the militants arrived using a village track and climbed over the wall."
Great perimeter security, guys...

This article starring:
Ehsanullah Ehsan
Posted by: Steve White || 08/17/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Exploiting the holiest night of Ramazan" > OH THE ISLAM/PROPHET-ANITY!

Meanwhile, Dark Knight fans ...


Which for the Taliban = TTP, + Haqqanis, may had just worked as per ...



This will [not] end well for post-Salala US-PAK relations.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 08/17/2012 23:53 Comments || Top||

25 Shia dragged from bus, shot dead in Lulusar
ISLAMABAD: Terrorists in northwest Pakistan forced passengers to step out of three buses in the Lulusar area and shot dead 25 of them in an apparent sectarian attack on Thursday, officials said.

The officials said as many as 15 terrorists wearing army uniforms
Were they off-duty or on?
checked the identification cards of the passengers and then opened fire after learning they were Shias. Officials said the buses were ambushed in the hills of Babusar Top, around 160 kilometres north of Islamabad.

"It is confirmed at least 22 people are dead," said a senior police official.

Pakistan is a Sunni majority state, and most Sunnis and Shias live peacefully together.
To borrow an MSM phrase, they are "mostly peaceful"...
But the country has a long history of sectarian attacks by extremists. Sunni terrorist groups inspired by al Qaeda often attack religious minorities such as Shias in Pakistan, a strategic US ally facing a Taliban insurgency.

"Ten to 12 people wearing army uniform stopped the bus and forced some people off the bus," said Khalid Omarzai, administration chief in Mansehra.

Local police official Shafiq Gul told AFP that the gunmen were masked, but said the victims were pulled from three separate vehicles in the district.

"They stopped three vehicles, searched them and picked up people in three batches of five, six and nine and shot them dead. They were all Shias," he said.

Sectarian violence linked to Gilgit, a popular tourist destination for wealthy Pakistanis and expatriates who live in the country, has increased in recent months. Angry mobs made faces burnt tyres and rolled their eyes fiercely blocked roads in some parts of the city to protest against the killings
I suppose that makes sense in an Islamic sort of way...
as extra police patrolled deserted streets and markets closed, said an AFP reporter in Gilgit.

GB Chief Minister Mehdi Shah called an emergency meeting of top officials and ordered them to step up security and demanded the immediate arrest of the killers, a spokesman said.
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#1  celebrating Ramadan the Sunni way!
Posted by: Frank G || 08/17/2012 9:51 Comments || Top||

#2  Happy Ramadan.
Posted by: Pappy || 08/17/2012 11:21 Comments || Top||

#3  Sunnis and Shias live peacefully together

long history of sectarian attacks by extremists

Do you think anyone associated with that publication smells even a whiff of irony there?
Posted by: AlanC || 08/17/2012 11:45 Comments || Top||

#4  Sometimes I think that if we just didn't do anything in the Mideast, our problems would resolve themselves. Of course when the problems spill over into other regions and places and affect long-standing allies, such problems can't be ignored.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/17/2012 13:10 Comments || Top||

#5  Another repor Shia-focused attack ...

* DAILY TIMES.PK > DEADLY BOMB ROCKS SHIA BUS IN KARACHI: TWO DEAD, EIGHTEEN WOUNDED. The vehicle was on its way to a Youm-al-Quds rally.

Pakistan BFF Iran had already demanded in past that Pakistan do something to stop the anti-Shia violence - gotta wonder just how long Iran's patience agz Pakistan will last.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 08/17/2012 23:41 Comments || Top||

Quetta Quorpse Qount
QUETTA: As many as three Shias were shot dead on Thursday on Arbab Karam Khan Road in the Sariab police precincts.

According to police, the three men belonging to Hazara community were going somewhere in a rickshaw when unidentified assailant(s) opened fire on the vehicle near the Farooq Mill area of Arbab Karam Khan Road. As a result, one of the men died on the spot and two others sustained serious injuries. The two injured died on their way to the Civil Hospital Quetta. Two of the deceased were identified as Khadim Hussain and Abdul Ali, both in their mid-twenties. The third body could not be identified so far.

“The victims belong to the Hazara community and the incident is a sectarian target killing,” a police official told Daily Times.
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Assamese flee south India fearing revenge attacks
BANGALORE, India: Thousands of panic-stricken Indians from the northeast were fleeing the southern city of Bangalore on Thursday, spurred by rumors they would be attacked in retaliation for communal violence in their home state. Hundreds of students and workers from Assam state crowded Bangalore’s main railway station to try to board trains heading out of the city, while officials tried in vain to assure them of their safety. People pushed and shoved and some climbed in through train windows to make it past the crush at the doors.

The exodus followed clashes in Assam in recent weeks between members of the indigenous Bodo tribe and Muslims that killed more than 50 people and left 400,000 in displacement camps. The violence has spilled to other states where Bodos and other ethnic tribe members from the poor northeast have migrated in search of jobs.
Those fleeing Bangalore said they had heard text messages had been circulating threatening attacks by Muslims.
Sounds a bit like northern Nigeria. Wonder what the connection is...
Jagadish Shettar, chief minister of Karnataka state, met separately with Assamese and Muslim leaders Thursday in an effort to restore calm. Bangalore is the capital of Karnataka. Shettar said no one had seen any threatening text messages and authorities were trying to find out who was behind the rumors. He said police and security forces were on alert and telephone helplines had been set up to give a sense of security to people in the city.

Despite Shettar’s assurances, many from the northeast said they felt insecure.

“As a person from the northeast, we always stick out in a crowd. And sometimes that makes us afraid of being easy targets,” said Ganesh Khanal, a garment industry worker trying to board a train at Bangalore railway station. Khanal said he had been living in Bangalore for nearly three years but was returning to his home in Assam as soon as he could secure a ticket.

Decades of ethnic strife and turmoil in India’s northeast have forced hundreds of thousands of young people to move out of the region in search of education and employment opportunities. They find jobs mostly in the service sector in the big cities, working in restaurants, shops and airlines.

Railway authorities in Bangalore were adding extra coaches on trains heading to Gauhati, the main city in Assam, to help deal with the rush of people. India’s Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said extra trains were plying between Bangalore and Assam to enable people to return to their home state.

The recent rioting in Assam between ethnic Bodos and Muslim settlers mainly involved land rights. The rioting has largely been brought under control, although sporadic outbreaks have occurred in the past few days.

Curfew was imposed Thursday in the town of Rangiya in Assam, after a mob set fire to a wooden bridge across a river, said J.N. Choudhury, a top police officer in the state. Elsewhere in the state, protesters forced passengers out of a bus and set it ablaze, police said.

On Saturday, two people died and dozens were injured in Mumbai in clashes between police and thousands of Muslims protesting the deaths of Muslims in rioting last month in Assam. Police fired guns into the air to disperse the protesters, who threw rocks and damaged about a dozen buses and police vans in India’s financial hub.

Outbreaks of violence have also been reported from the southern city of Hyderabad and the western cities of Pune and Nashik, said Bijoya Chakravarty, a lawmaker from Karnataka.

The Bodos and the Muslim settlers, who mostly came from the former East Pakistan before it became Bangladesh in 1971, have clashed repeatedly over the years but the recent violence is the worst since the mid-1990s.
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Hamas Man Killed In Gaza When Bomb Accidentally Detonates
[Jerusalem Post] A member of Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,'s Izzadin al-Qassam Brigades was killed Friday morning when an bomb he was handling accidentally detonated at the Jabaliya refugee camp in Gazoo, the Bethlehem-based Ma'an News Agency reported.

The 40-year-old man was traveling in a vehicle when the bomb went kaboom!, according to the report.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/17/2012 07:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Potholes: why do they hate poorly constructed bombs?
Posted by: gromky || 08/17/2012 8:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Little escapes the SOD (Sword of David) anti-IED satellite death ray.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/17/2012 8:26 Comments || Top||

#3  And another one bites the dust,
another one bites the dus,
And another one's gone, another one's gone,
Another one bites the dust,
ooh, gonna get you too,
another one bites the dust.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 08/17/2012 9:22 Comments || Top||

#4  An old Fred joke:

"Cheez, slow down Achmed, this road sure is bumpy! What if this bomb in my lap goes off?"

"Ah don't worry, Mahmoud, I got another one in the trunk!"
Posted by: Steve White || 08/17/2012 9:50 Comments || Top||

#5  There's quick karmic feedback for ya. "Alan" doesn't like boomers; he too thinks they are a stain on mankind and ought to be dispatched with.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/17/2012 10:43 Comments || Top||

#6  Work place accident
Posted by: newc || 08/17/2012 11:11 Comments || Top||

#7  I've heard about the 72 raisins but are these guys eligible for Darwin awards?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 08/17/2012 11:23 Comments || Top||

#8  Hopefully his bomb did not kill any innocent bystanders. Killing Palos would be would be terrorism.
Posted by: regular joe || 08/17/2012 12:55 Comments || Top||

#9  Fred's joke, a funny joke, prompted me to look for other boomer jokes. It is difficult find funny boomer jokes.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/17/2012 13:06 Comments || Top||

#10  "It is difficult find funny boomer jokes."

I dunno, John - I laugh every time I read about one of these clowns accidently blowing himself up....
Posted by: Barbara || 08/17/2012 17:45 Comments || Top||

#11  My favorite was the bombers who died when their bomb detonated an hour early. Gaza and Israel use different Daylight Savings Time dates.
Posted by: Eric Jablow || 08/17/2012 19:26 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Thailand holding peace talks with Muslim militants
Thailand's government is holding peace talks with some Muslim terrorist insurgent groups in the southernmost provinces, Deputy Prime Minister General Yuthasak Sasiprapha said yesterday. Informal talks are under way between the government agency in charge of the region - the Southern Border Provinces Administration Center - and several terrorist militant splinter groups.

Yuthasak said, "Don't call it negotiations ... but there are talks to achieve peace, which is a crucial government policy. The government has assigned the Southern Border Provinces Administration Center responsibility for the talks, as they are well aware of whom to talk to."

The talks are with splinter groups from the Runda Kumpulan Kecil, one of a web of terrorist insurgent organisations thought to be behind recent attacks.

Yuthasak said, "We are talking with newly established groups of young people who separated from the RKK," adding that up to 9,000 terrorists insurgents overall are estimated to be operating in the southern provinces.

He said the National Intelligence Agency issued warnings last Friday that all security agencies must step up their efforts during the last 10 days of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month.

Meanwhile, a car-bomb attack on a government office in Pattani's Panare district yesterday damaged several vehicles but caused no casualties. The incident was of particular concern from a security perspective, as the car used was not on a watch list of eight vehicles snatched by terrorists insurgents after recent deadly ambushes.

Pattani police chief Pol Maj-General Phichet Pitisetthapant said this pickup truck was a vehicle reported missing in Bangkok. The use of a vehicle reported lost in Bangkok in a car-bomb attack in the deep South would seem to indicate a connection between the capital and the deep South.

Meanwhile, more than 20 targets including gas stations, surveillance cameras, convenience stores, high-voltage electrical poles and mobile-phone signal posts in Pattani's Khok Pho and Nong Chik districts were hit by firebombs on Wednesday night and yesterday. Petrol pumps at an Esso station in Khok Pho district were damaged in an arson attack at 10 a.m. yesterday by three men armed with pistols.

At around 8 p.m. yesterday, mobile-phone signal posts were set on fire in three spots. Ten minutes later, firebombs went off at two convenience stores in Nong Chik district, causing minor damage. Around 9:30 p.m., an unknown number of terrorists insurgents fired military-grade weapons at high-voltage electricity poles in Nong Chik district, causing a total blackout in the village of Ban Kok Chan.
Posted by: ryuge || 08/17/2012 09:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under: Thai Insurgency

#1  Muslims dont believe in peace/co-existance.

Convert or die comes to mind!
Posted by: Angeamp Turkeyneck4941 || 08/17/2012 12:46 Comments || Top||

#2  Waste of time and talking.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 08/17/2012 17:40 Comments || Top||

#3  "Convert or die comes to mind!"

I don't care if they convert - they're welcome to just die. >:-(
Posted by: Barbara || 08/17/2012 17:58 Comments || Top||

Thousands displaced in Philippine fighting
COTABATO, Philippines: The United Nations said Thursday deadly clashes between soldiers and a Muslim rebel group in the violence-plagued southern Philippines had displaced up to 45,000 people. Arjun Jain, head of the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees office in the southern Philippines, said nearly half of the displaced were living in poor conditions in makeshift evacuation camps such as schools and madrassas.

“The evacuation sites are crammed and sometimes eight to 10 families are forced to share one room,” Jain said.

He said there were also concerns about safety, referring to reports that rebels had infiltrated the evacuation camps disguised as refugees.

“If the communities will be forced to remain in the camps any longer, we fear that the situation will become even worse for them,” he said.
Sounds a bit like northern Nigeria. Wonder what the connection is...
Members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) attacked several army detachments in the southern province of Maguindanao last week, triggering gunbattles that left at least five soldiers dead. The rebels occupied a major highway and sabotaged power lines, before the military forced them back and overran their mountain lair.

Sporadic fighting has continued and aid groups have had trouble getting access into affected areas, officials said.

The BIFF is made up of a few hundred fighters who broke away from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), a 12,000-strong group that has struggled for decades for an independent homeland for the country’s Muslim minority. The insurgency has left about 150,000 dead since it began in the early 1970s.

The MILF is now in peace talks and has said it is willing to accept an autonomous homeland in the south that remains part of the Philippines.

The government said last week’s attacks were carried out to derail the peace talks.

The BIFF’s leader, Ameril Umbrakato, is hard-liner who led attacks against mostly Christian towns in the south in 2008, leading to the deaths of more than 400 people and displacing 750,000 others. That attack came after the Supreme Court rejected a proposed deal that would have given the MILF control over large areas in the south they claim as their “ancestral domain.”
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Pro-state journalists freed from rebels
State-run television said on Thursday that government troops freed three journalists who were seized last week by rebels while covering violence in a Damascus suburb. Syria TV says the three journalists from the pro-regime TV station Al-Ikhbariya were freed in a "qualitative operation" Thursday in the town of Al-Tal just north of the capital. It did not provide further details.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said the Al-Ikhbariya team was freed, amid heavy shelling on Al-Tal. The group relies on a network of activists on the ground.
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Over 40 killed in Syria’s Azaz airstrike: watchdog
BEIRUT: Syrian government airstrikes on a residential neighborhood in a rebel-held town killed over 40 people and wounded at least 100 others including many women and children, international watchdog Human Rights Watch said Thursday. The strikes on the town of Azaz in northern Syria a day earlier leveled the better part of a poor neighborhood and sent panicked civilians fleeing for cover. So many were wounded that the local hospital locked its doors, directing residents to drive their injured to the nearby Turkish border for treatment on the other side.

The bombardment appeared aimed at rattling the sense of control that rebels have sought to project over the northwestern corner of Syria near the Turkish border since they drove President Bashar Assad’s army from the area last month.

Human Rights Watch, which investigated the site of the bombing two hours after the attack, put the number at over 40.

“This horrific attack killed and wounded scores of civilians and destroyed a whole residential block,” said Anna Neistat, the group’s acting emergencies director. “Yet again, Syrian government forces attacked with callous disregard for civilian life.”

HRW said two opposition Free Syrian Army facilities in the vicinity might have been targets of the Syrian aircraft. One was the headquarters of the local Free Syrian Army brigade two streets away from the block that was hit. The other was a detention facility where the Free Syrian Army held “security detainees” — government military personnel and members of pro-government shabiha militia. Neither of these facilities was damaged in the attack.

In Damascus, the UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said the Syrian conflict has “become more intense and is too often indiscriminate.”

“All parties must do more to protect civilians,” said Amos at the end of the three-day mission to try to open more channels for international aid inside Syria.

She observed that “the humanitarian situation has worsened” since her last visit to Syria in March, when the UN estimated more than 1 million people had been displaced or in need of critical humanitarian aid. “Now as many as 2.5 million are in need of assistance,” she said.

Later in Beirut, Amos expressed frustration at Syria’s reluctance to allow more major international aid groups into the country because of Syrian fears that relief supplies could reach rebels. “They don’t want to see that happen,” she said.

In recent months, rebels have pushed the Syrian army from a number of towns in a swath of territory south of the Turkish border and north of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. About a dozen destroyed tanks and army vehicles are scattered around Azaz, left over from those battles.

As the Assad regime’s grip on the ground slips, however, it is increasingly targeting rebel areas with attack helicopters and fighter jets — weapons the rebels can’t challenge.
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#1  Total civilian fatalities approaching 25k per Syrian Martyrs and over 23k per Syria Observatory for Human Rights and Syria Violence Documentation.
Posted by: lord garth || 08/17/2012 10:21 Comments || Top||

Pencilneck's brother now answers to 'Stumpy'
BEIRUT: President Pencilneck Bashar Assad's feared brother Stumpy Maher lost a leg in a bomb attack on the Syrian leader's security cabinet a month ago, sources said on Thursday, in a severe blow to one of the main military commanders fighting an 17-month-old insurgency.

The attack on a meeting of Assad's security chiefs in Damascus on July 18 killed four members of the president's inner circle, including his brother-in-law, and emboldened the rebels to take their fight to the capital for the first time.

Maher has not been seen in public since the bombing, while Assad himself has restricted appearances to recorded clips broadcast on television, leading to speculation about the effectiveness of the leadership as the rebellion grows.
Doesn't exactly give the hard boyz confidence when Glorious Maximum Leader is cowering in the palace screaming "Kill themmmmmm! Kill them allllll!"
Maher, a close associate of the president,
He is a brother after all...
has acquired a fearsome reputation as the commander of the Syrian army's Republican Guard and 4th Division, elite formations largely composed of troops from the Assads' minority Alawite sect, whose loyalty can be relied on in the fight against the rebels.

"We heard that he (Maher Assad) lost one of his legs during the explosion, but don't know any more," a Western diplomat told Reuters.

A Gulf source confirmed the report: "He lost one of his legs. The news is true."
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