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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 10/09/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6514 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Birthday Gam Shot

Erin Daniels[Filmography](age 40)

Mustard, Ketchup and Specially Designed Relish

Special Treat for Gorb

Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 10/09/2013 0:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Obama spending much more money on barriers, personnel, and logistics to close some of the most sacred memorials to freedom than it would have taken to keep them open.


Lt. Robert Mason Mathis was the leader of the second platoon, E. Company, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, U.S. 82nd Airborne Division. At midnight, June 5/6, 1944, he was riding in a C-47 Dakota over the English Channel, headed toward the Cotentin Peninsula of Normandy. Two hours later, the plane was over France and starting to take some flak from German guns.

At 0227 hours, Lieutenant Mathias saw the red light go on over the open door of the plane, the signal to get ready.

"Stand up and hook up!" Lieutenant Mathias called out to the sixteen men behind him as he hooked the clip from his parachute to the static line running down the middle of the roof of the aircraft. He stepped to the open door, ready to jump the instant the pilot decided the plane was over the drop zone and turned on the green light.

The Germans below were firing furiously at the air armada of 822 C-47s carrying the 82nd and 101st Airborne divisions into battle. Flakvierling-38s (20mm four-barreled antiarcraft guns) filled the sky with explosions; machine-gun tracers-green, yellow, red, blue, white arched through the sky. ... For every visible tracer, there were five unseen bullets.

Mathias had his hands on the outside of the doorway, ready to propel himself into the night the instant the green light went on. A shell burst just beside him. Red-hot flak ripped through his reserve chute into his chest, knocking him off his feet.

With mighty effort, he began to pull himself back up. The green light went on.

At twenty-eight years of age, Mathias was five or so years older than the other lieutenants in the 508th, but he did not look it. He had reddish blond hair and an Irishman's freckles, which gave him a boyish appearance. Long and lanky (six foot one, 175 pounds), he was in superb condition, all raw bone and muscle, strong enough to survive a blow that would have felled an ox and recover almost instantly. He regained his feed and resumed his post at the door.

When Lieutenant Mathias was wounded from the shell burst and the green light went on, he had enough strength to push himself out of the way, so that the men behind him could jump. Had he done so, the crew of the C-47 could have applied first aid and - perhaps - gotten him back to England in time for a life-saving operation.

Instead, Mathias raised his right arm, called out "Follow me!" and leaped into the night. ... he was located a half hour or so later, he was still in his chute, dead. He was the first American officer killed by German fire on D-Day.

D-Day by Stephen E. Ambrose
Posted by: Thrans Splat1574 || 10/09/2013 0:59 Comments || Top||

#3  True, spending more to close than keep open, but the law requires them to be closed - hence 'essential' spending. In a bureaucracy rules are rules, and judgement is not permitted. Of course some enjoy hiding behind rules to inflict pain and exercise power...
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/09/2013 6:01 Comments || Top||

#4  rules are rules

I believe the proper terminology established at Nuremberg was "I was just obeying orders".
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/09/2013 9:21 Comments || Top||

#5  The overly-used (and abused) Nuremberg citation doesn't really apply here.

Rules come from organizations. Orders come from personnel and from senior to junior. The latter doesn't necessarily require rules.

How the rules are interpreted and enforced is another matter. But it ain't Nuremberg-level.

Posted by: Pappy || 10/09/2013 10:59 Comments || Top||

#6  What is applicable is the willingness of people to simply hide behind rules or orders because they won't take responsibility or accept accountability. It's easy to be a cog in the great machine. Cogs have no morality or humanity. They simply are. Then they're surprised and plea the victim card when they ultimately are held accountable.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/09/2013 11:38 Comments || Top||

#7  Not yet anyway but please excuse some of us if we get a little paranoid.

Historically, the way our government has worked is that opposing parties compromise. If John Boehner and the Republican majority in the House of Representatives have the constitutional power to stymie any budget, continuing resolution or debt ceiling increase it stands to reason that Harry Reid and Barack Obama must negotiate with the Republicans. A refusal to negotiate is irresponsible and un-American just like so many things about this president.

He refuses to enforce "certain" laws and when existing laws don't suit him he issues executive orders. He gives hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars to businesses that he favors and when they default he does nothing. Then we find that some of those businessmen contributed to his election campaign. His willingness to drag us into foreign wars in which our country's security is clearly not at stake and without Congressional approval is troubling. His obsequiousness in the presence of foreign leaders like Medvedev and the Soddy king is deeply disturbing. His reckless borrowing threatens the financial security of us all.

Yeah, we're paranoid. I think we have good reason to be.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 10/09/2013 11:53 Comments || Top||

#8  We are NOT paranoid, Ebbang: Paranoia is an IRRATIONAL fear...
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/09/2013 12:33 Comments || Top||

#9  Only the Paranoid Survive - Andrew Grove (Intel's "founder")
Posted by: 3dc || 10/09/2013 16:37 Comments || Top||

#10  "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean you don't mean they aren't after you" - Joseph Heller
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 10/09/2013 18:04 Comments || Top||

#11  What is applicable is the willingness of people to simply hide behind rules or orders because they won't take responsibility or accept accountability

I trust then that you're willing to pay the mortgage of the first NPS ranger who says "no"?
Posted by: Pappy || 10/09/2013 22:00 Comments || Top||

Posted by: gorb || 10/09/2013 22:53 Comments || Top||

#13  I trust then that you're willing to pay the mortgage of the first NPS ranger who says "no"?

I trust in the final court ruling on behalf of those covered by the civil service act. If you don't then its past time to throw the act out.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/09/2013 23:19 Comments || Top||

Africa Horn
Shaboobs reinforce militias in Barawe after US raid
MARKA, Somalia -- Following a sea-launched attack that targeted a seaside building in Barawe, a coastal town in Lower Shabelle region of southern Somalia last Saturday, Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab group reportedly beefed up its militias presence, Garowe Online reports.
Good thinking. Reinforce where we've been rather than where we're going next...
Truckloads of heavily armed militias advanced towards the coastal town of Barawe in response to the raid by US navy seal team, a rare and high risk operation which missed the target after militants who are believed to be Al Shabaab Chief, Ahmed Godane's bodyguards engaged in " an hour long firefight" with the US Special Forces.

According to some residents who asked to remain anonymous, Al Shabaab militias have been seen along Barawe beach and several important structures which house Al Shabaab senior officials in the town.

Following the attack, Al Shabaab arrested many people including several fighters for spying and coordinating anti-Al Shabaab moves with what the extremists described white infidels and apostate government. Al Shabaab, the militant group also imposed tough curb on the information and blacked out the town's internet service.
Half of your hard boyz are secretly on the CIA payroll. I can't remember which half...
I b'lieve some of them are named Mohammed and Mahmud, and at least one is called Achmed. Hope that helps...
Federal Government of Somalia's Defence Minister Abdihakin Haji Mohamud Fiqi said the government was pre-informed about the raid on Al Shabaab stronghold [Barawe].

On the other hand, Al Shabaab operations spokesman Sheikh Abdiaziz Abu Muscb said in a recorded statement that they are vigilant against western attacks on Tuesday.

"We are always vigilant against enemy attacks, Jihadists aren't sleeping. They know their enemy and the westerners will be vanquished," he said.
Posted by: Steve White || 10/09/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

#1  Now hit them where they ain't.
Posted by: Pappy || 10/09/2013 11:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Al Shabaab arrested many people including several fighters for spying and coordinating anti-Al Shabaab moves with what the extremists described white infidels and apostate government.

"White infidels and apostate government". Champ simply refers to them as "obstructionist Republicans".....same-same.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/09/2013 11:09 Comments || Top||

#3  I wish they'd be "vigilant" against a multi-aircraft ARCLIGHT strike, and the statement that any further "enemy action" would be met with more of the same, but we've got a muzzie sympathizer in the Spite House, and there's no chance for that.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 10/09/2013 11:44 Comments || Top||

#4  All they really need to is to relocate to an orphanage, they know we would never attack there, the ROEs don't allow it.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 10/09/2013 15:03 Comments || Top||

#5  A Sharia Correct polio virus epidemic would fit the bill for Barawe.
Posted by: 3dc || 10/09/2013 16:39 Comments || Top||

Africa North
Jihadists Claim Attack on Cairo Satellite Dish
[An Nahar] A jihadist group on Tuesday grabbed credit for an attack on a Cairo satellite communications dish it said was an "infidel mouthpiece" of Egypt's military-installed authorities.

On Monday assailants fired rocket-propelled grenades at the dish in Cairo's upscale Maadi district, a day after festivities between Islamists and the security forces killed at least 57 people in Egypt -- 48 of them in the capital alone.

"Your brothers in Al-Furqan announce the targeting of the headquarters of communication, the tongue of the pharaohs, with two RPGs so that the media of the infidels know we are coming," the group said in a YouTube video showing footage of the attack.

"Your enemy is the enemy of God and its officers and soldiers who are killing you are like soldiers of the pharaohs. They are infidels until they return to the religious path," the group said in a statement.

"Today, we call for jihad. It is the start of the road to victory and martyrdom," it added.

The footage shows the dish from different angles, followed by masked men dressed in black and getting ready to fire the RPGs during the night. The authenticity of the video could not be verified independently.

It was the first attack using RPGs in Cairo since violence erupted in the capital after the army ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi
...the former president of Egypt. A proponent of the One Man, One Vote, One Time principle, Morsi won election after the deposal of Hosni Mubarak and jumped to the conclusion it was his turn to be dictator...
in a popularly backed coup on July 3.

The Al-Furqan group had previously claimed an attack on a ship in the Suez canal in September.

Egypt's new authorities have launched a crackdown against Islamist supporters of Morsi, jailing more than 2,000 of them, including the former president.
Posted by: Fred || 10/09/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6490 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Sinai Peninsula


gut nuthin.

Can't be the EGYPTIAN MUSBROS because ...


MusBros fighting agz Imperialist Zionist-Crusaders for the right of Muslim Iran's young people to wear denim while still protecting Saudi Muslim women from the evil of legal driving???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/09/2013 23:58 Comments || Top||

Egypt Strips Muslim Brotherhood of NGO Status
[An Nahar] Egypt's cabinet on Tuesday ordered authorities to remove the Moslem Brüderbund from the list of approved non-governmental organizations following a judicial order, state media reported.

The move comes after an Egyptian court last month banned the Moslem Brüderbund from operating and ordered its assets seized, amid a massive crackdown on the group following the military ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi
...the former president of Egypt. A proponent of the One Man, One Vote, One Time principle, Morsi won election after the deposal of Hosni Mubarak and jumped to the conclusion it was his turn to be dictator...
In its September 23 ruling, the court had also banned "any institution branching out from or belonging to the Brotherhood".

Morsi was Egypt's first democratically elected president but his turbulent one year rule came to an abrupt end when the military heeded the call of millions of Egyptians to oust him on July 3.

His supporters have since taken to the streets to denounce what they say is a violation of democratic principles.

But the army-installed authorities have pressed ahead with a massive campaign which has seen at least 1,000 Moslem Brüderbund supporters killed and around 2,000 incarcerated
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
, including the top leadership.

Morsi, who belongs to the Moslem Brüderbund, has been tossed in the slammer
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
at an unknown location since his ouster.

Egypt has been gripped by unrest since the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak
...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011...
, but violence has sharply increased since Morsi was deposed.

On Sunday, at least 57 people were killed in festivities between security forces and Morsi supporters and nearly 400 were maimed.
Posted by: Fred || 10/09/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6587 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Suspected jihadists blow up 2 bridges in Mali
[Al Ahram] Residents in northern Mali say that suspected radical jihadists have blown up two bridges near the country's border with Niger.

The attack comes only a day after suspected jihadists fired mortar rounds on the city of Gao, wounding at least seven people.

The violence has broken a relative calm in and around Gao since late March.

Ousmane Maiga, a resident of Gao, said the two bridges were attacked early Tuesday. An official with the UN peacekeeping mission confirmed the kabooms.

Gao was under the control of al-Qaeda-linked gunnies for nine months until a French-led military operation in January ousted them from the town. Back in January, the radical gunnies also blew up another bridge near the border with Niger.
Posted by: Fred || 10/09/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa

Egypt to seize Muslim Brotherhood funds
[Al Ahram] The panel formed by Egypt's interim-cabinet to handle the Moslem Brüderbund's frozen assets ordered on Tuesday the seizing of the Islamist group's funds.
That should buy another week's worth of wheat...
Additionally, the Brotherhood's status as a registered NGO has been officially annulled by a government panel headed by Minister of Social Solidarity Ahmed El-Borai, reported Al-Ahram's Arabic news website.

Egyptian interim Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi told news hounds Tuesday that the annulment of the group's NGO registration was normal procedure following the verdict which has banned "all activities" relating to the group.

"The panel managing the group's funds was formed to execute the state's role in implementing court verdicts," he added.

On 23 September the Cairo court for urgent matters ordered the banning of the Moslem Brüderbund's activities.

The court also ordered the interim-government to seize the group's funds and establish a panel to administer its frozen assets until any appeal has been heard.

On Monday, the Moslem Brüderbund officially appealed the court verdict to seize its funds.
Posted by: Fred || 10/09/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  That should buy another week's worth of wheat...

I dunno. There was a lot of US-based support there for a while.
Posted by: Pappy || 10/09/2013 11:02 Comments || Top||

The Grand Turk
Court Slams Turkey for Violating Paper's Freedom of Expression
[An Nahar] Turkey violated national newspaper Cumhuriyet's freedom of expression when it prevented further publication of an interview given by the current President Abdullah Gul to Britannia's The Guardian in 1995, the European rights court ruled Tuesday.

In April 2007, in the run-up to presidential elections, Cumhuriyet had reproduced a quote from the interview that Gul, a candidate in the elections, had given to The Guardian 12 years earlier.

The interview was used as the basis for an article entitled "Turkish Islamists aim for power" amid heated debates in the majority Mohammedan but staunchly secular nation about Islamic values.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 10/09/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

Pakistan Expels French Al-Qaida Suspect
[An Nahar] Pakistain on Tuesday deported a Frenchie accused of links to al-Qaeda and suspected of recruiting Islamist fighters, diplomatic sources told Agence La Belle France Presse.

Intelligence officials believe the man, Naamen Meziche, was once connected to al-Qaeda's so-called "Hamburg cell", which planned the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

Meziche has been in Pak custody since being tossed in the clink
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
in May 2012 in the southwest of the country along with three other suspected French jihadis, who were sent back to La Belle France in April.

He was escorted onto a flight from Islamabad and arrived in Gay Paree Tuesday afternoon French time, a diplomatic source said.

French police are expected to question him about links to myrmidon networks.

At the time of his arrest, French intelligence officials described Meziche, who also holds an Algerian passport, as "an important al-Qaeda cadre linked to the Hamburg cell", but his genuine significance in jihahi circles is unclear.

The case is likely to spark strong interest in La Belle France, where memories are still fresh of the murderous rampage by Mohammed Merah in March last year.

Merah rubbed out seven people in southwest La Belle France after returning from spending several months in Pakistain, saying he was acting on behalf of al-Qaeda.

The three others arrested along with Meziche in southwest Pakistain were incarcerated
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
on their return to La Belle France for "associating with wrongdoers with a view to committing terrorist acts".

Sources say Meziche is likely to face charges under the same section of French law. It gives authorities broad powers to detain and prosecute a suspect for intending to carry out terrorist acts or contacting organizations suspected of terrorism.

Though Meziche is suspected of being a long-time al-Qaeda member, no proof has yet emerged of his involvement in any specific act of terror, and security officials were divided about how big a player he is.

One French anti-terror officer told AFP this week Meziche was "a big fish -- right in the historic heart of al-Qaeda".

But another source close to the case said it was "hard to say if he is an active player or a bit of a has-been".

Western and Pak intelligence officials have described Meziche, aged around 43, as close to Younis al-Mauritani, an important al-Qaeda figure arrested in Pakistain about six months before him.

According to the Pak military al-Mauritani was personally charged by the late Osama bin Laden
... who is now sometimes referred to as Mister Bones...
with planning attacks against targets in the U.S., Europe and Australia.

The fact that Meziche was arrested in the company of three young Frenchies in a part of Pakistain where numerous Islamist faceless myrmidons circulate added to suspicions he was in the business of recruiting young Europeans for extremism.
Posted by: Fred || 10/09/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

#1  Will Syria take over from Pakistan as the home of western Islamic extremists?
Posted by: Paul D || 10/09/2013 6:35 Comments || Top||

#2  Not for a couple of years.
Posted by: Pappy || 10/09/2013 11:26 Comments || Top||

Palestinian Wounded by Israeli Troops in West Bank
[An Nahar] Israeli soldiers shot and maimed a Paleostinian who was part of a group trying to cross a security fence from the West Bank into Israel on Tuesday, the army said.

"Several Paleostinians attempted to infiltrate into Israel by crossing the security fence near Oranit checkpoint" in the northern West Bank, an army spokeswoman told Agence La Belle France Presse.

"IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) soldiers... operated in order to prevent them from crossing the fence by firing in their direction," she said.

"One Paleostinian was maimed and was treated on the spot by medics," she said, without giving further details.

The shooting came a week after a Paleostinian man was rubbed out by Israeli soldiers in the northern Gazoo Strip as he tried to cut through the security fence separating the territory from Israel, according to the army.

The Paleostinian Center for Human Rights, an NGO based in Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,-ruled Gazoo, condemned that incident as an "excessive use of lethal force" by the army.
Ynet adds:
An IDF forces opened fire on a Paleostinian who tried to cross the border fence near the West Bank village of Beit Amin, where murdered IDF soldier Tomer Hazan was kidnapped last month.

The Paleostinian sustained light to moderate wounds.
Posted by: Fred || 10/09/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6488 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority

Anti-Virus Company AVG Website Hacked By Palestinians
[Ynet] The website of the anti-virus company AVG was hacked and destroyed by the hackers who identified themselves as Paleostinian. The hackers planted messages, including "There is a state called Paleostine that was stolen by the Zionists."

It is unclear at this stage how they broke into the website, and it is possible that the hackers are referring surfers to their servers, and that the AVG servers were unharmed.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/09/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6497 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Irony meter, por favor!
Posted by: Raj || 10/09/2013 0:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Here.... 'hack' and distroy THIS:

Posted by: Besoeker || 10/09/2013 10:41 Comments || Top||

#3  If they did, Besoeker, how would it be any different?
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/09/2013 20:40 Comments || Top||

#4  Snark O' the Day, tw! :-D
Posted by: Barbara || 10/09/2013 21:55 Comments || Top||

#5  As a commenter on another site notes about the O'Care site:

"take note....if the site works and you are able to log on smoothly....it is a hackers site.

if you cannot get on , are dropped and frustrated for hours...relax...you are a genuine Government site."
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 10/09/2013 22:41 Comments || Top||

IDF Arrests 2 Suspected Of Psgaot Attack
[Ynet] IDF tossed in the clink
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
two Paleostinians in the village of el-Bireh Monday night, of which one is suspected of carrying out the attack on the girl Noam Glick in the settlement of Psagot Saturday night.

The two were taken to questioning and their involvement in the attack is being examined.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/09/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6486 views] Top|| File under:

Southeast Asia
Four killed in clashes with Abu Sayyaf
Four people were killed in fierce clashes Monday between Philippine troops and Abu Sayyaf militants in Basilan province.

Captain Jefferson Somera said two injured militants under Juhair Aliman were also captured in Sumisip town. He said the fighting broke out after the military launched an operation aimed at clearing the circumferential road from lawless elements.

Somera said, “The purpose of the (military) operation is to clear the Basilan circumferential road to ensure the safety of the civilian motorists. The operation also intends to neutralize the lawless elements threatening the major thoroughfare along the villages of Sapah Bulak and Upper Cabengbeng both of Sumisip town."
Posted by: ryuge || 10/09/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6501 views] Top|| File under: Abu Sayyaf

Two gunned down in southern Thailand
[Bangkok Post] Two men were killed in a shooting in Narathiwat province on Monday night. Witnesses said the two victims were traveling on a motorcycle when a gunman ran out from a roadside forest and fired at them with an assault rifle. The attacker then fled. The two died on the spot.

Police found eight spent shells from an M16 rifle scattered on the road. They blamed separatist terrorists militants.
Posted by: ryuge || 10/09/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under: Thai Insurgency

General Security Busts Terror Cell Plotting 'Bombings, Assassinations'
[An Nahar] The General Directorate of General Security on Tuesday announced dismantling a "terrorist cell" that was plotting liquidations and bombings in several Lebanese regions.

"Three people of Lebanese and Syrian nationalities have been jugged
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
on charges of belonging to a terrorist cell that was plotting acts of sabotage across Leb through kabooms and liquidation operations," a General Security statement said.

"The detainees were interrogated and referred to the military judiciary together with the seized material, which include explosives, communication devices and silenced weapons," it added.

The directorate stressed that it "will not hesitate to pursue terrorist groups, subversive gangs and illegal emigration networks -- in coordination with the rest of the security agencies -- in order to preserve the safety of citizens and the security and stability of the country."

NNA later said two of those arrested were Syrians and a third was Lebanese.

The announcement comes after a wave of arrests by the various security services in the wake of four deadly bombings that rocked Leb -- two in Beirut's southern suburbs and two in Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
Posted by: Fred || 10/09/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State of Iraq & the Levant

Syria air strikes target rebel assault on key bases
[Al Ahram] Syrian regime war planes on Tuesday launched strikes against rebels in northwestern Idlib province after they began an assault against two key military bases there, a monitoring group said.

"War planes carried out two air strikes on areas in the town of Maaret al-Numan as festivities continued around the Wadi Deif military base between rebels and regime troops," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The group said regime forces also bombed the areas of Maarshamsha and Deir al-Sharqi in the Maaret al-Numan region, causing casualties.

The strikes came a day after rebel fighters launched a major assault against the two bases in Syria's Idlib province, which is largely controlled by the opposition.

The offensive -- dubbed "The Earthquake" -- aims to seize the Wadi Deif and Hamidiyeh bases, which rebels have laid siege to for almost a year.

Wadi Deif, a garrison housing a large quantity of weapons, lies to the east of Maaret al-Numan, and Hamidiyeh, the last military stronghold in the region still in regime hands, lies to the south of the town.

Clashes continued overnight, and the Observatory said at least 10 regime troops and five rebels had been killed since the assault began.

On Monday, the Observatory said rebels had captured an officer and three soldiers in a raid in Hamidiyeh.

Idlib and Maaret al-Numan activists Tuesday posted a picture on Facebook of a man said to be a captured officer, giving his name as Brigadier General Nasser Salah al-Din.

The photo showed the man, his face bloodied and a bandage wrapped around his head, with his eyes clothes and his upper half naked.

Some 25 brigades and small, mainly Islamist groups are taking part in the assault, including Liwa al-Umma, an Islamist brigade that includes Libyan fighters, according to the Observatory.

Rebel fighters seized the town of Maaret al-Numan last October, cutting off a key regime supply route running between the capital Damascus and Aleppo in the north.

Regime forces have regularly tried to recapture the town, which is a key rebel stronghold in the Idlib region.

Elsewhere in the country, the Observatory reported regime air strikes on Moadamiyet al-Sham, a suburb in the southwest of Damascus, causing casualties.

It also said the corpse count in a Monday raid on the town of Shaddadeh, in the northeastern province of Hasakeh, had risen to eight.
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