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Good morning
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#1  Birthday Gam Shot

Kate Walsh[Filmography](age 46)

Submariner Design

Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 10/13/2013 1:48 Comments || Top||

#2  I don't know,I kind of like the green couch/red dress affect, Christmasy, brings in the holiday spirit.
Posted by: Woozle Splat4116 || 10/13/2013 10:13 Comments || Top||

This Morning Veterans Remove Barricades and Deliver Them To The White House For "Presidential Inspection".


For the Canadian airborne battalion the objective was the downstream bridge over the Dives. By 0200 Sgt. John Kemp had his squad gathered but did not know where he was. His mission was to provide protection for a team of sappers who were to blow Robehomme Bridge.
Of all thins, in the dark of the nightm Kemp heard a bicycle bell ringing. The rider turned out to be a French girl who had probably been out cutting telephone wires, as was being done all over Normandy (the BBC had hours earlier broadcast two code phrases to the French Resistance that was a sign the invasion was beginning), adding to the German communication woes. French-speaking Canadians talked to her; she agreed to lead them to the bridge they wanted; off they set. But she led them to a German headquarters and demanded hat they assault it. Kemp refused; his job was to blow the bridge (to prevent German Panzer divisions from counter-attacking the landing), not rouse the Germans. Reluctantly she led on. When they arrived at Robehomme Bridge, Kemp checked and foudn the bridge unguarded. He posted sentries at each end and sat to wait for sappers to come up with explosives.
The girl was indignant, "Are you going to do nothing?" she asked. She had taken great risks bringing them here. "Are you going to just sit there?"
Fortunately, the sappers came up, the bridge was blown, and the girl was satisfied.
Posted by: Thrans Splat1574 || 10/13/2013 13:02 Comments || Top||

#4  The above excerpt was from D-Day, By Stephen E. Ambrose
Posted by: Thrans Splat1574 || 10/13/2013 13:04 Comments || Top||

Four Killed in Suicide Attack on Nangarhar Police Headquarters
[TOLONEWS] Local officials of eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
police said two coppers and two civilian were killed by a suicide boom-mobileer who targeted the provincial police headquarters in Jalalabad city on Saturday morning.

Five other coppers and three civilians were also injured in the attack.

The incident took place about 08:00am local time, when the bomber detonated his explosives at the first gate of the police headquarters, according to Fazl Ahmad Shirzad, the Provincial Police Chief.

"A suicide kaboom occurred using a corolla vehicle and as a result four people including two civilian and two police potted and eight others injured. The victims were sent to Jalalabad hospital," said Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, the Provincial Governor Spokesman.

The incident comes as the local officials of Nangarhar have committed to providing heightened security while province residents celebrate Eid Days.

"Our intelligence forces tried to find the explosives, but unfortunately, we failed. There are some deficiencies, but we are trying to solve them and we ask people to help the security forces," said Mr. Shirzad Provincial.
Posted by: Fred || 10/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Pakistan

Suicide Car Bombing Kills 3 In East Afghanistan
[Ynet] Officials in Afghanistan say a suicide boom-mobileing has killed one civilian and two coppers in the country's east.

The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
provincial front man Ahmad Zia Abdulzai said the attack took place Saturday next to the provincial police chief's office in the capital city of Jalalabad. Abdulzai says the jacket wallah blew up his car at the main entrance of the police compound, destroying the front of the facility. He said one civilian and two officers had been killed.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

Africa Horn
Battle occurs in Bay region of Somalia
MOGADISHU -- At least ten people were reportedly killed in a fierce fighting between the Somali government forces and Al Shabaab militants in Bay region of southern Somalia on Thursday morning, as the Somali Federal Government Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon welcomed a sea-launched attack that targeted Al Shabaab stronghold, Barawe coastal town in Lower Shabelle region, Garowe Online reports.

The battle erupted after the armed convoy of the Somali Federal Government thrust into Al Shabaab bases in El-Dhun Adegow area which is situated between Bay regional capital of Baidoa and Bakool regional district of Waajid, officials said.

Residents of El-Dhun Adegow, about 45 KM from Baidoa told the media that Al Shabaab still controls the area and the Federal government officials in Bay region said the Somali government forces returned to their previous positions.
Posted by: Steve White || 10/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

#1  The perpetual African war...

Posted by: Woozle Splat4116 || 10/13/2013 10:19 Comments || Top||

Africa North
Tunisian Forces Clash with Jihadists
[An Nahar] Tunisian security forces and suspected jihadists have clashed near Mount Chaambi, a stronghold near the Algerian border of forces of Evil linked to al-Qaeda, a security source said Saturday.

"The clash took place last night (Friday) as an anti-terrorist brigade moved in to arrest jihadists at Karma" in the Kasserine area, the source told Agence La Belle France Presse.

He said the hour-long firefight came as government forces assaulted a house thought to contain Mourad Gharsalli, the number two of a group in the Chaambi area that security forces have been hunting for months.

They were acting on a tip-off that Gharsalli had emerged from hiding to visit relatives, the security source added.

The house was partly destroyed in the assault but the jihadists managed to escape, leaving behind a phone and some ammunition.

Reinforcements were rushed to the area and a security sweep was under way on Saturday, the source said.

Media reports said a jihadist group had been surrounded at Jebel Semmama near Mount Chaambi.

"Army and national guard reinforcements have been sent in, which could mean a large-scale operation" against the myrmidons, Mosaique FM radio reported.

Since December last year, security forces have been tracking an gang thought to be linked to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in the Chaambi area.

The group is linked to Tunisia's main Salafist movement, Ansar al-Sharia
...a Salafist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends. There are groups of the same name in Tunisia and Yemen, with the Tunisian version currently most active...
, which has been accused of liasing with al-Qaeda and murdering politicians Chokri Belaid and Mohammed Brahmi this year.

Ansar al-Sharia's leader, Saif Allah Bin Hussein, a former al-Qaeda fighter in Afghanistan known as Abu Iyadh, is accused of orchestrating a deadly attack on the U.S. embassy in Tunis last September and has been on the run ever since.

He is thought to be holed up in the Chaambi area where some 15 soldiers have been killed in jihadist shootings or bombings in recent months.
This article starring:
ABU IYADHAnsar al-Sharia
Posted by: Fred || 10/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6602 views] Top|| File under: Ansar al-Sharia

Algerian blogger faces terrorism charges
[MAGHAREBIA] A 24-year-old Algerian faces charges of "contempt" and "defending terrorism" over cartoons posted on Facebook, El Watan reported on Thursday (October 10th).

Tlemcen native Abdelghani Aloui was incarcerated
Please don't kill me!
September 25th for allegedly ridiculing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika
... 10th president of Algeria. He was elected in 1999 and is currently on his third or fourth term, who will probably die in office of old age...
and Prime Minister Abdelmalik Sellal in the Facebook posts.

The terrorism charge is related to a scarf found by the police in Aloui's home. It was inscribed with the phrase "La Illah illa Allah", his lawyer Amine Sidhoum told AFP on Wednesday.
Posted by: Fred || 10/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

Militants involved in South Sinai attack arrested: Third Field Army
[Al Ahram] Major General Abdel Nasser El-Azb, the Third Field Army chief of staff, announced on Thursday that security forces have placed in durance vile
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
five gunnies involved in the bombing of the South Sinai Security Directorate.

On Monday, the South Sinai Security Directorate in Al-Tor was bombed by suspected Death Eaters, killing three conscripts and injuring 62 others.

Members of the Death Eater cell involved in the attack were arrested after attempting to assassinate Third Field Army commander Major General Siyad Abdel Karim on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, a Sinai-based Death Eater group, released an online statement claiming responsibility for Monday's attack against the southern Sinai security headquarters.

The group has previously grabbed credit for several Death Eater attacks, including the bomb that targeted the interior minister's motorcade on 5 September.
Posted by: Fred || 10/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Sinai Peninsula

Bahrain Police Break Up Shiite Rally
[An Nahar] Anti-riot police in Bahrain used buckshot, sound grenades and tear gas on Saturday to disperse hundreds of Shiite protesters trying to march on an iconic square in Manama, witnesses said.

The demonstrators were trying to reach Pearl Square, the focus of Shiite-led protests in 2011, after the funeral of a Shiite detainee who died in hospital in the capital on Friday.

The witnesses said several protesters were maimed when the security forces intervened, although they were unable to give a specific number.

Demonstrators rolled their eyes, jumped up and down, and hollered poorly rhymed slogans real loud against the authorities in the Sunni-ruled kingdom, which has a Shiite majority.

Pearl Square was the epicenter of the 2011 Arab-Spring-inspired protests against the ruling Al-Khalifa dynasty.

Bahraini Shiites continue to demonstrate in villages outside the capital and frequently clash with police.

In August, King Hamad
...King of Bahrain (since 14 February 2002), having previously been its emir (from 6 March 1999). He is a Sunni, while the rest of Bahrain is predominantly Shiite...
decreed stiffer penalties for "terror acts".

These include a minimum 10-year jail term for an attempted bombing. If such attacks cause casualties, the sentence can be life imprisonment or the death penalty.
Posted by: Fred || 10/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  their Iranian handlers will not be pleased they dispersed
Posted by: Frank G || 10/13/2013 9:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Sounded rubbish.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/13/2013 12:36 Comments || Top||

Thousands rally for southern independence in Yemen
[Al Ahram] Thousands of separatists demanding secession erupted into the streets of Aden Saturday to mark the anniversary in 1967 of the independence of former South Yemen.

The demonstrators came from across the south and gathered in Parade Square in the centre of Aden, waving flags of the former South Yemen and carrying banners with pro-independence slogans.

Security forces watched the crowds from a distance, particularly around public buildings and police and army posts.

Some protesters rolled their eyes, jumped up and down, and hollered poorly rhymed slogans real loud denouncing national dialogue talks aimed at drawing up a new constitution and preparing for elections, and which have faltered partly because of the southern issue.

Secessionists at the rally chanted "No to dialogue, yes to independence and liberation," and "Our demand is independence," responding to calls from hardliners in the Southern Movement.

Majed Al-Shuwaibi, a member of the Southern Movement at the rally, said the choice of date was significant.

"The southerners are celebrating the anniversary of the October revolution ... which will continue for the re-establishment of the state," he said.

Hassan Baoum, head of the Southern Movement's Supreme Council, arrived from the neighbouring Hadramawt Province Friday evening and was due to address crowds in Aden, activists said.
Posted by: Fred || 10/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

France charges Al-Qaeda suspect deported from Pakistan
[Al Ahram] A French-Algerian man suspected of Al-Qaeda ties and deported from Pakistain this week has been charged with terror offences, French judicial officials said Saturday.

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

Deported Tuesday, he was charged and remanded in jug in Gay Paree Friday for criminal conspiracy in relation with a terrorist enterprise, with a view to carrying out criminal acts, the source said.

Meziche had been in Pak custody since being tossed in the clink
You have the right to remain silent...
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 and charged on the same count.

Born in Gay Paree in 1970, Meziche left La Belle France in the early 1990s for Afghanistan, then Germany where he is alleged to have come into close contact with the "Hamburg Cell."

He has been known to intelligence officials for more than a decade, though he has no criminal record in Europe.

French law 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 are 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 ... 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."
Posted by: Fred || 10/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

Home Front: WoT
US man who fought with Syrian rebels wanted to join al Qaeda, say authorities
[NBC] An Orange County man who had fought with Syrian rebels against the Assad regime was enjugged
Please don't kill me!
Friday morning as he tried to leave the U.S. with a fake passport to fight for al Qaeda against U.S. soldiers overseas, said authorities.

Twenty-four-year-old Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen of Garden Grove, also known as Hasan Abu Omar Ghannoum, was stopped at a bus station in Santa Ana, Calif. at 7:30 a.m. by members of the Los Angeles Joint Terrorism Task Force and arrested on suspicion of providing material support to al Qaeda.

According to a grand jury indictment, Nguyen, a U.S. citizen, lied about his name, his date of birth, and his place of birth on a passport application in August, and also falsely answered no when asked if he'd ever applied for a passport previously.

Nguyen is charged with one count of making false statements to obtain a passport and one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

According to law enforcement officials, Nguyen traveled to Syria last year to fight with rebels against the Assad regime. When he returned, he allegedly expressed a desire to go to Pakistain and join up with al Qaeda. He allegedly met someone he thought could help him, but that person turned out to be working undercover for the U.S.

Federal officials said Nguyen told the person helping him that he wanted to go overseas, fake his own death and get a new identity so he join al Qaeda and fight against U.S. soldiers. He allegedly gave the person photos, got a new fake passport, and was arrested when he tried to use that passport to leave the country.

Nguyen pleaded not guilty
"Wudn't me."
in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana on Friday afternoon. If convicted on both counts, he faces up to 40 years in federal prison.

At the courthouse, his mother, Hieu Nguyen, told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named that he had converted to Islam in the past year.

Last year, four Riverside County, Calif. men -- Sohiel Omar Kabir, Arifeen David Gojali, Ralph Kenneth Deleon and Miguel Santana Vidriales -- were charged by federal prosecutors in connection with a purported plot to join al Qaeda and the Taliban to carry out "violent jihad" against American soldiers and military bases in Afghanistan.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

Former councillor shot dead in Orangi
[Dawn] A former union councillor associated with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement
...English: United National Movement, generally known as MQM, is the 3rd largest political party and the largest secular political party in Pakistain with particular strength in Sindh. From 1992 to 1999, the MQM was the target of the Pak Army's Operation Cleanup leaving thousands of urdu speaking civilians dead...
, who was wanted in more than half a dozen murder cases, was bumped off in Orangi Town on Friday, police said.

Officials added that Waqar Ahmed, 52, had just come to his shop after offering Zuhr prayers in Banaras when two gunnies riding a cycle of violence fired at him and fled.

He sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where doctors declared him dead.
He's dead, Jim!

"The dear departed was a former union councillor and nine murder cases were lodged against him at different cop shoppes between 1987 and 2000," said Orangi SP Chaudary Asad Ali. He said the police seized four spent bullet casings fired from 9mm pistol from the crime-scene.

'Bandit' maimed in encounter

A suspected robber was maimed in an encounter with the police on Mauripur Road on Friday.

Police said some gunnies were allegedly looting people on Mauripur Road when a police patrol reached there and challenged them. In an ensuing encounter, one suspect, identified as Gulsher Ismail, 25, was placed in durance vile
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
in maimed condition while his accomplice fled.

Five mobile phones and one pistol were recovered from his possession.The maimed was shifted to the Civil Hospital Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
where doctors said his condition was serious.
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2 acquitted in terrorism case
[Dawn] A local anti-terrorism court on Friday acquitted two suspected terrorists, including a would-be jacket wallah for lack of evidence.

Judge Azhar Khan observed that the evidence on record did not connect the two, Fazal Shah and Zain Shah, both residents of Mohmand Agency
... 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 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...
, with terrorism.

Police tossed in the slammer
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
the suspected snuffies on July 24 this year in the jurisdiction of Khazana cop shoppe on the outskirts of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
, saying the two were riding a cycle of violence.

They claimed that Fazal Shah was wearing a boom jacket, while Zain Shah had a pistol and that the former wanted to blow himself up but didn't identify target.

Police said the boom jacket was later defused by the bomb disposal unit.

The two were charged under Section 7 of the Anti Terrorism Act, Section 13 of the Arms Ordinance and sections 3 and 4 of the Explosive Substance Act.

denial ain't just a river in Egypt...
the court acquitted them under Section 265-K of the Code of Criminal Procedure, which empowers the trial court to acquit an accused at any stage of the trial when it realises keeping in view the evidence on record that there is no possibility of the conviction of the accused.

The lawyer for suspects said the statements recorded by the prosecution witnesses were full of contradictions.

He said one of the witnesses claimed that the BDU members were accompanying them; another said that they came to the spot later on, whereas another insisted they came to the cop shoppe and defused the boom jacket there.

The lawyer said even there were contradictions in statements about the time of the occurrence.
Posted by: Fred || 10/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

'Terrorist' confesses to abetting former minister's murder
[Dawn] A suspected terrorist, Adnan Adil, has confessed to assisting his two accomplices in murdering former minister for minorities Shahbaz Bhati in 2011, sources close to the Joint Investigation Team probing the incident told Dawn on Friday.

They said that a report, submitted to a police brass hat, stated that Adnan Adil was taken into custody by Industrial Area police on October 4 to interrogate him in connection with the killing of the minister.

During interrogation the alleged terrorist said that in late February or early March 2011, his friend Tanveer called him and asked to come to a mosque in Sector I-8.

According to the police Tanveer, a native of Mandi Bahauddin, was operating Al-Qaeda wing in Punjab.

When he reached the mosque, he found Tanveer sitting there, Adil told the JIT, adding that he (Tanveer) asked him "I have to kill Shahbaz Bhatti" because he talked against the blasphemy law, the report said.

Next day, Adil reached I-8 Markaz where Tanveer along with Mohmmad Abdullah Omer and Abdul Sattar came in a white Mehran.

"I embarked in the car and found two Kalashnikovs in a bag", the JIT quoted Tanveer as saying.

Later the minister appeared in his car without any security squad, but Tanveer postponed the liquidation plan.

They again gathered in front of Bhatti's house next day and when he came out of his house at 8:30am, Adil started driving the Mehran and later intercepted the minister's vehicle and Tanveer murdered him, the report added.

According to the JIT report the time of liquidation was 8:30am confessed by the alleged terrorist, the sources said, adding, but the time of killing mentioned in the FIR (First Information Report) was 10:55am.

On March 2 Federal Minorities' Minister Shahbaz Bhatti was assassinated in an ambush in broad day light.

Earlier, the police said that the minister in his official black Toyota Corolla driven by his private driver came out of his mother's house located in Sector I-8/3 and was heading towards his office-cum-residence, located in I-8/4.

A white Mehran intercepted the Corolla some meters away from the house near the Tipu Sultan Road in front of Public Park at around 10:55am. However,
it was a brave man who first ate an oyster...
the alleged terrorist confessed that they intercepted the minister when he came out of his house.
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Three arrested over Iraqi Kurdistan attack
[An Nahar] The authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan have tossed in the calaboose
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
three men allegedly involved in an attack that killed seven people last month in the autonomous region's capital Arbil, officials said on Saturday.

"We were able to arrest... gunnies who have a direct relationship with the terrorist operation that targeted Arbil," the region's national security adviser, Masrur Barzani, told a news conference near Arbil.

On September 29, bully boyz attacked the headquarters of the Kurdish asayesh security service in Arbil with jacket wallahs, gunfire and boom-mobiles, killing seven of its members and wounding more than 60 people.

Subsequently claimed by an al-Qaeda front group, the attack was the first of its kind to hit Arbil since May 2007, when a truck bomb went kaboom! near the same headquarters, killing 14 people and wounding more than 80.

In a statement claiming the attack, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant said it was in response to Kurdish region president Massud Barzani's alleged willingness to provide support to the government in Storied Baghdad
...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate...
and to Kurdish forces battling jihadists in Syria.

Asayesh chief Tareq Nuri told the news conference the three arrested men -- Samir Bakr Yunis, Mohammed Khalil Qaddush and Hashem Saleh Mohammed -- were all Iraqis from the northern city of djinn-infested Mosul.

While Nuri said generally that the Kurdistan region was cooperating with Iraq's federal government in fighting terrorism, he did not specify which forces made the arrests, or where they did so.

According to Nuri, the men bought two cars from Kirkuk,
... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time...
another northern Iraqi city, and drove them to the djinn-infested Mosul area, where they were rigged with explosives.

They also supplied three suicide bombers with weapons and explosives, and Yunis remotely detonated one of the boom-mobiles during the attack, Nuri said.

An earlier statement from the asayesh put the number of suicide bombers at six -- two who were able to detonate explosives and four who died in festivities.

The reason for the discrepancy in accounts was not immediately clear.
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Car bomb kills 17 at central Iraq market
[HINDUSTANTIMES] A pickup truck packed with explosives blew up at an Iraqi vegetable market on Saturday, police said, killing 17 and wounding dozens in the latest outbreak of violence to hit the country.

They said the nighttime bombing in Samarra, 95 kilometers (60 miles) north of the capital, also maimed at least 35 people and damaged several shops.
More than 5,000 people have been killed in Iraq since attacks began accelerating in April following a deadly security crackdown against a Sunni protest camp in the northern town of Hawija.

Meanwhile in the country's north, gunnies broke into a family's house at night in the city of djinn-infested Mosul, 360 kilometers (225 miles) northwest of Storied Baghdad
...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate...
, killing a man as well as his wife and son, police said. They gave no further details.
"We can say no more!"
except that they were investigating the attack.

The latest surge in violence has raised fears that Iraq could be returning to widespread sectarian killings similar to those that brought country to the edge of civil war in 2006 and 2007.

Places such as markets, cafes and mosques have been favorite targets for Sunni hard boyz who aim at undermining the Shiite-led government in Storied Baghdad.

Medical officials in nearby hospital confirmed the casualty figures. All officials provided details of the violence on condition of anonymity as they were not authorised to release the information.
Posted by: Fred || 10/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State of Iraq & the Levant

#1  Moslems just like to blow things up, especially when it kills people. They just dance around and want to go out and do it again. It "furthers their goals" and BESIDES Allah LIKES it.

It accomplishes something mystical and profoundly religious and has important implications in a deeper meaning sort of way....Allahakbar and all that. PBUH.

Plus it puts ( Moslem ) guts on the ( Moslem ) wall and you need a fire hose to clean the place up afterwards. Let's do it again, its so Dawa.

has nothing to do with american occupation,( they left long ago ) Moslems just like.... DOing it. BOOM!

SEMTEX has a steady market wherever ( some ) people put their butts in the air.
Posted by: Spereting Tingle4064 || 10/13/2013 4:58 Comments || Top||

#2  I can't believe Spereting Tingle4064 said all that, it was just what I was thinking !
Posted by: Woozle Splat4116 || 10/13/2013 10:44 Comments || Top||

#3  Small minds think alike.
Posted by: Captain Snolush5861 || 10/13/2013 12:56 Comments || Top||

‘Terror tunnel’ discovered running from Gaza to Israel
Paleos gotta dig
Security forces last week discovered and rendered unusable an underground tunnel linking Gaza and Israel, likely intended to facilitate a terror attack or kidnapping attempt inside Israel, the IDF said Sunday morning.

The tunnel, which an official said was particularly wide and about 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) long, started in Abbasan al-Saghira, a farming village near Khan Yunis, in Gaza, and terminated inside Israel about three kilometers from Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha, in the western Negev.

It was found on October 7, military officials said.

The military said it waited a week to publicize the discovery because a search for explosives was underway. The army said an elite engineering corps was sent into the tunnel, but no explosives were found.
Posted by: Frank G || 10/13/2013 08:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6556 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Seriously they need to dig a seawater moat all around GAZA.
Posted by: 3dc || 10/13/2013 13:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Their version of "Peace Process".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/13/2013 13:51 Comments || Top||

#3  Seawater moat and alligators with frickin' lasers on their foreheads...
Posted by: Steve White || 10/13/2013 13:58 Comments || Top||

#4  "Their version of 'Peace Piece Process.'"

FTFY, grom.

A piece here, a piece there, and soon they'll have the whole damn thing (they think).

I prefer a piece here, a piece there, and soon they're all in pieces. ;-p
Posted by: Barbara || 10/13/2013 16:42 Comments || Top||

#5  Their version of "Peace Process".

More like a re-make of "Invasion of the Mole People". Except the Mole People would make better neighbors.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/13/2013 17:41 Comments || Top||

#6  Nah, just fill the tunnels with H2S, it'll work itself out.
Posted by: Silentbrick - Oil Rig Insanity Division || 10/13/2013 20:38 Comments || Top||

Saqr Orders Arrest of Suspects over Tripoli Blasts
[An Nahar] President Hamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai
... A former Baltimore restaurateur, now 12th and current President of Afghanistan, displacing the legitimate president Rabbani in December 2004. He was installed as the dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime in late 2001 in a vain attempt to put a Pashtun face on the successor state to the Taliban. After the 2004 presidential election, he was declared president regardless of what the actual vote count was. He won a second, even more dubious, five-year-term after the 2009 presidential election. His grip on reality has been slipping steadily since around 2007, probably from heavy drug use...
and U.S. Secretary of State John F. I was in Vietnam, you know Kerry
Former Senator-for-Life from Massachussetts, self-defined war hero, speaker of French, owner of a lucky hat, conqueror of Cambodia, and current Secretary of State...
said Saturday that talks on the future of U.S. forces in Afghanistan were stuck on the key issue of U.S. troop immunity.

Kerry extended his stay in Kabul to try to thrash out a long-delayed security pact that would allow between 5,000 and 10,000 U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan after 2014 to fight al-Qaeda remnants and train the national army.

But he said that a major sticking point in efforts to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) was the issue of which country would try any U.S. soldiers deployed in Afghanistan.

"One issue that is outstanding (is) the issue of jurisdiction," he said, rejecting the widely-used term "immunity" because accused U.S. troops would still stand trial in America.

"We need to say that if the issue cannot be resolved, unfortunately there cannot be a bilateral security agreement."
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Jihadists Make Gains in Inter-Rebel Syria Clashes
[An Nahar] Clashes between jihadists and mainstream rebels in Syria's second city Aleppo have killed nearly 50 people in three days, a watchdog said Saturday, adding that the jihadists made several gains.

A recent surge in fighting among Syria's rebels has cast further doubt on the already slim prospects for a negotiated settlement between the rebels and Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Oppressor of the Syrians and the Lebs...
's regime.

The report of battles between groups that share the aim of ousting Assad came as mortar fire in Damascus claimed the lives of four civilians.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britannia-based monitoring group that relies on a network of activists across the war-torn country, said the inter-rebel fighting in Aleppo erupted on Thursday.

It pitted snuffies of the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) against a battalion linked to the Arab- and Western-backed Free Syrian Army.

"At least 30 fighters from the (FSA's) Ababil Brigade and 14 from ISIL have been killed in combat, and that toll could rise further," the Observatory's Rami Abdel Rahman told Agence La Belle France Presse.

He said the festivities rocked several districts of Syria's former commercial hub, and that ISIL, which expounds an extreme form of Islam, made gains in three sectors.

The ISIL snuffies have now consolidated their presence in Aleppo, which has been more or less split into a rebel-held east and pro-regime west since July last year.

Although both claim the ouster of Assad as a common aim, jihadists and the mainstream rebels have come to blows many times in recent months.

Across northern and eastern Syria, ISIL has set up checkpoints on roads to border crossings and opened new fronts to try to crush other groups fighting to oust the embattled president.

The Syrian civil war has drawn in fighters from across the Arab world and beyond since it flared in response to a bloody government crackdown on democracy protests in March 2011.

The Observatory estimates that at least 115,000 people have been killed since then, mostly civilians.

The United States and Russia hope to convene a peace conference next month, but their efforts have been complicated by growing rifts within the Syrian opposition.

The intensifying festivities among rebel groups on the ground come after 13 rebel brigades last month rejected the authority of the National Coalition, the opposition's most prominent political institution.

It said at least four civilians including a child were killed on Saturday when mortar rounds slammed into central Damascus and a suburb of the capital.

At least three people died when several rounds hit Jaramana, a mainly Christian suburb that is considered pro-regime.

And an eight-year-old girl was killed and 11 others were maimed in rebel mortar fire on the Abu Rummaneh district, state news agency SANA reported.

The Observatory said the girl was in a car when she was hit.

Rebels have increasingly targeted central districts of Damascus with mortar fire from rear bases on the outskirts of the city.

On Wednesday, two mortar rounds hit the central bank in Sabaa Bahrat Square, and a week earlier a mortar round hit the Iraqi consulate, killing a woman.

Elsewhere, government forces dropped "barrel bombs" on the strategic town of Sfeireh, near Aleppo, the Observatory said.

The town is largely controlled by jihadists and is near a military site believed to hold some of the regime's arsenal of chemical weapons.

"The regime wants to retake Sfeireh because it wants to take the inspectors to the site," Abdel Rahman told AFP.

"At the moment, they can't, because the road and the area are very dangerous," he said, adding that an exodus of civilians was under way.

Two teams of inspectors are in Damascus verifying and destroying Syria's chemical weapons arsenal under the terms of a U.N. resolution, a dangerous task requiring them to operate in a war zone.

Underlining the dangers also faced by foreign journalists covering the conflict, a Russian photographer has been kidnapped by rebels who accuse him of being a spy, the Russian foreign ministry said.

Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said Konstantin Zhuravlev, 32, was seized in Aleppo and was being held by the Islamist Liwa al-Tawhid group.

La Belle France this week identified two more journalists kidnapped in Syria, bringing to at least four the number of its nationals held in what has become the most dangerous place on the planet for media workers.
Posted by: Fred || 10/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State of Iraq & the Levant

Mortar shells hit near inspectors' hotel in Syria
[LOMPOCRECORD] Two mortar shells hit Syria's capital Saturday near a hotel where international chemical weapons inspectors and United Nations
...where theory meets practice and practice loses...
staff are staying, state media and a hotel guest said.

In the north, festivities between rival rebel factions left nearly 50 gunnies dead in three days of fighting for control of neighborhoods in the city of Aleppo, an activist group said.

An 8-year-old girl was killed and 11 people were hurt in the blasts in the upscale Abu Roumaneh area of Damascus, the SANA news agency said. One shell fell near a school and the other on the roof of a building.

The girl was in her family car near the school when she was killed, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britannia-based activist group monitoring the fighting.

The blasts damaged several cars and shattered nearby windows. One resident was seen sweeping debris on a sidewalk, near where twisted metal pieces from the wreckage had been heaped in a small pile.

The blasts struck some 300 meters (1,000 feet) away from the Four Seasons Hotel where the chemical weapons inspectors and U.N. staff are staying. A U.N. employee staying there said it did not appear that the hotel was affected by the twin kabooms. The hotel remained open after the blasts, he said, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
because he was not authorized to speak to news hounds.

He said he heard the first kaboom at about 11:15 a.m., followed by a second. Thick smoke rose from the area and ambulance sirens sounded shortly afterward.

Syrian rebels routinely fire mortar shells from the outskirts of Damascus at city neighborhoods controlled by forces loyal to Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Despoiler of Deraa...
. Last week, a similar attack reportedly killed eight people.

Inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and U.N. staff have been in Syria for the past two weeks to destroy the country's chemical weapons stockpile. The watchdog agency working to eliminate chemical weapons around the world won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in a powerful endorsement of its Syria mission.

The OPCW inspectors have so far visited three sites linked to Syria's chemical weapons program, though the agency has not provided details. On Saturday, before the mortar attack, a convoy of U.N. cars left the Four Seasons, but its destination was not known.

The inspectors' mission in Syria is unprecedented because of a tight timetable _ they are to get the job done by mid-2014 _ and because they are operating in the midst of a civil war.

They are to inspect more than 20 sites, some close to front lines crisscrossing the country.

Earlier this week, Syrian warplanes twice bombed the rebel-held town of Safira, just a few kilometers (miles) from a large military complex believed to house an underground chemical weapons production facility.

Another mortar attack Saturday in the regime-held Damascus suburb of Jaramana left two people dead and several others maimed, according to the Observatory.

SANA said that the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Syrian Arab Red Islamic Thingy evacuated Saturday nearly 2,000 women and kiddies from the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Moadamiyeh where people have complained about lack of food. SANA gave no further details.

The Syrian conflict erupted in March 2011 as a popular uprising against Assad that quickly escalated into civil war. More than 100,000 people have been killed since then and millions of Syrians have been displaced.

In the northern city of Aleppo, Syria's largest, 44 fighters were killed in three days of festivities between al-Qaeda's Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and a rival group formerly known as Ghurabaa al-Sham. The Observatory said 14 of the dead belonged to ISIL, which was able to control three neighborhoods in Aleppo.

Rebel groups have become increasingly fractured, with Islamic bully boys, including those linked to al-Qaeda, assuming prominent roles in battle.

In an audio message Friday, the leader of al-Qaeda urged jihadis in Syria to unite, an appeal likely aimed at rival affiliates of his terror network operating in the country.

Ayman al-Zawahri said fighters must "rise above organizational loyalties and party partisanship" and unite behind the goal of setting up an Islamic state. He suggested he will not impose unity, saying that "what you agree upon will also be our choice."

Two al-Qaeda-linked groups have emerged _ Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIL. The first is commanded by a Syrian, the second by an Iraqi, but both are believed to be loyal to al-Zawahri.

Al-Zawahri also urged Syrian regime opponents not to cut deals with Westerns and secular groups.
Posted by: Fred || 10/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  I guess inspection is over.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/13/2013 3:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Did the mortar shells contain chemical weapons?

Maybe they're just bring them to the inspector's front door; that would speed up the inspection.
Posted by: Barbara || 10/13/2013 9:56 Comments || Top||

Report: Mortar Rounds Hit Central Damascus
[Ynet] Two mortar rounds slammed into the central Abu Rummaneh neighborhood of the Syrian capital Damascus on Saturday, causing casualties and damage, state news agency SANA said.

"Two mortar shells fired by gunnies landed in front of the Dar Al-Salaam school in Nejma Square in Damascus," the agency said. It reported "injuries and material damage" in the incident, but gave no further details. State media uses the term "terrorists" to refer to opposition fighters seeking to oust the government of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Supressor of the Damascenes...
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

Syria: Air force bombs rebel targets near chemical weapons complex
[Ynet] Syrian air force warplanes bombarded rebel-held targets close to a major chemical weapons facility on Friday, activists reported. The air raids struck the town of Safira, on the edge of a sprawling military complex believed to hold chemical weapons production facilities.

...back at the Council of Boskone, Helmuth had turned a paler shade of blue. Star-A-Star had struck again...
the UN announced the team of inspectors sent to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles has increased to 60.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  And here in the heart of America we have Barrack Hussein and a Congress full of one way or the highway twinkies.

Be sure and lock your doors and kiss your mother before you go down to the corner.

And remember if you had an education you might not have had to become a soldier to be all you could be. SO be sure and vote. Not that it matters much between Syphilis and Pelegra.

Its a beautiful Fall day... just watch the News and pop squirrels from the porch. Syria... bombs rebel targets near chemical weapons complex
2013. yeah GIT some !
Posted by: Spereting Tingle4064 || 10/13/2013 5:13 Comments || Top||

#2  For once we can agree, a day like this was made for sitting on the back porch with a fine air-rifle, sadly I don't have a fine air-rifle, only an old Daisy pump action number with more slack than 3 DC park rangers. Still this time of year the squirrels are in their idiot stage and maybe I can whack one.
Posted by: Shipman || 10/13/2013 6:06 Comments || Top||

#3  Try this one, instead of the Daisy

Diana RWS 34 Breakbarrel Rifle T06 Trigger Accurate powerful breakbarrel

Posted by: Gluger Ebbens5443 || 10/13/2013 11:54 Comments || Top||

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