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Gunmen kill 30 in suspected Islamist attack on Nigerian wedding convoy
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 11/03/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Birthday Gam Shot

Aria Giovanni[Filmography - Selected Short Subjects](age 36)

Designed from the Bottom Up - NSFSS

Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 11/03/2013 10:21 Comments || Top||

#2  What's this SS that this is not safe for?

Work I could understand but such wonderful floatation devices should certainly be safe for the Secret Service or Social Securityers.
Posted by: AlanC || 11/03/2013 10:46 Comments || Top||

#3  ... "SS" = silly savages..? Photo may provide conversion enticement...?
Posted by: Uncle Phester || 11/03/2013 14:15 Comments || Top||

#4  Dark walnut fluting, and wingbacks. What's not to like ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/03/2013 14:19 Comments || Top||

Africa North
Women-friendly cafe in Benghazi bombed
[Libya Herald] A Benghazi cafe popular with women and families was bombed at around 7am this morning. There were no casualties in the kaboom but much of the Rotana Cafe, in the Hadaiq district of Benghazi, was destroyed.

The owner had previously received threats relating to the cafe catering for women. Families and female customers were seated and served in a separate section upstairs, while the downstairs part of the cafe was reserved for men only.

In response to the threats, the owner temporarily closed the upstairs section and told customers that it was undergoing renovation work. Local people are convinced, however, that the cafe was still targeted for being women-friendly.

One customer said that the Rotana was one of the most popular cafes in Benghazi for women and kiddies. "I am very upset," she said, "It was a special place." She added that she liked to go there because it was "cosy and classy and was a good, safe place," pointing out that it was one of the few cafes women could go where they were not hassled by men.

"The people who blew up the cafe want to take away all the good modern things from us," she said. "They want to take us back into the past and leave us with nothing."

Nearby residents were also furious. One family with a young baby described how they were woken up by the massive blast which shook the house and shattered all the crockery in their kitchen.
Posted by: Fred || 11/03/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Moslem Values. PBUH
Posted by: Spereting Tingle4064 || 11/03/2013 8:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Islamic values.

If you're gonna do rote phrases instead of your usual purple prose, at least try to be accurate.
Posted by: Pappy || 11/03/2013 13:10 Comments || Top||

French say 2 journalists killed in north Mali
Two French radio journalists were kidnapped by gunmen in northern Mali on Saturday and killed hours later, the French Foreign Ministry said.

The foreign ministry said the bodies of Claude Verlon and Ghislaine Dupont had been found. Earlier, radio station RFI confirmed the kidnappings on its website, saying that the two were taken at 1 p.m. by armed men in Kidal and had not been heard from since. The ministry said in a statement that French intelligence services along with Malian authorities “are putting everything in place so that light can be shed as quickly as possible on the circumstances of their deaths.”

The deaths come four days after France rejoiced at the release of four French citizens held for three years by Al Qaeda’s affiliate in North Africa.

A Malian military head, Col. Mamari Camara, said he had received a phone call in the afternoon from his men in the field confirming the two reporters had been taken. The two were grabbed by several armed men in a 4x4 after they finished an interview with a Tuareg rebel leader, a Kidal city official said on condition of anonymity because he was not permitted to speak to the press.

Northern Mali last year was seized by a faction of Al Qaeda which has used kidnappings of foreigners, especially French citizens, to bankroll its operations.

The global intelligence company Stratfor estimates that Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, has carried out at least 18 kidnappings since 2003, raising an estimated $89 million in ransom payments.
Posted by: Steve White || 11/03/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6488 views] Top|| File under:

#1  French? Why would anyone, even a Frenchman, want to work for any reason in Mali ? There are no Croissants in Mali. Just a lot of wogs in Turbans with AKs and Jezails and camel spiders in Mali.

Just pause for a moment and tell me where on the map Mali actually is? And its nearest neighbor is? You see? And that IS camel you smell. Take a deep sniff..now get back in your car and drive in the direction of the "other way".

French? yeah? Hard to feel sorry for the French isn't it?
Posted by: Spereting Tingle4064 || 11/03/2013 8:48 Comments || Top||

#2  I can find Mali on a map. Then again, a) I'm educated and b) it's part of my job.

What do you do for a living? Collect rejection notices from publishing houses?
Posted by: Pappy || 11/03/2013 13:11 Comments || Top||

#3  Here you go, Spereting Tingle4064. Mali on a map. It's in Africa next to Algeria. Really, this isn't nearly as hard as you make out.

This isn't my job -- my job is to be a little housewife deep in the Midwestern suburbs. But I was trained to read maps in third or fourth grade, and somehow I've managed to maintain the skill.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/03/2013 14:36 Comments || Top||

#4  And TW wins by a TKO!
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 11/03/2013 19:03 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
Gunmen kill 30 in suspected Islamist attack on Nigerian wedding convoy
[RT] At least 30 members of a wedding party are dead after being ambushed on a rural road in Borno State on north-eastern Nigeria, according to multiple media reports. The region is at the heart of an ongoing Islamist insurgency.
What's it going to take for the Nigerian government to recognize that it has a full-scale insurgency in the northern part of their country and react accordingly?
A wedding convoy was returning to state capital Maiduguri from the neighboring district along the mountainous Bama-Banki highway, which has become notorious for frequent attacks by Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
, an krazed killer Islamic group, when attackers opened fire.

Eyewitnesses told local media that the groom, identified by his wedding robes, was among the dead, and bodies with gunshot and knife wounds were scattered across the road.

The massacre follows a pattern of escalating violence in the region in recent months, as the military steps up its efforts to root out the loosely-structured Boko Haram. The anti-Western and anti-Christian group, whose name is translated as 'Western education is sinful' from Hausa, is known for targeting government and civilian targets, including churches and schools.

The winding Bama-Banki passageway, which connects Nigeria with Cameroon, is a particular hotspot for disruptive activities, as Boko Haram often barricade the road, hijack cars, and attack army checkpoints along its route.

Last week Boko Haram fighters also made an assault on the city of Damaturu, destroying four police buildings in a five-hour shootout, with official reports suggesting that more than 120 people died, including dozens of bystanders.

In turn, the government says it has taken out several Boko Haram strongholds, claiming the deaths of more than 100 hard boyz in the past fortnight alone.

Nigeria, which has a population of over 170 million, is composed almost equally of Mohammedans and Christians, though the former tend to dominate the north, and the latter the southern coastal areas.
Posted by: Fred || 11/03/2013 10:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6574 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram

Cease-fire in Yemen after more than 100 killed
[Al Ahram] An official in Yemen says a cease-fire has taken effect between an Islamic Salafi movement and rebels in the country's restive north following three days of fighting that killed more than 100 people.

Yehia Mansour, a member of a presidential committee tasked with negotiating the cease-fire, said Saturday that two army battalions would enforce the agreement in the northern Saada province.

Serour al-Wadie, a front man for the Sunni Salafi movement, said at least 100 of its fighters were killed in the festivities that began Wednesday.

Tribesmen close to the northern rebels say dozens of Hawthis also were killed in the fighting. They spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear of reprisals.

Animosity runs deep between the Salafis and Hawthis, who had fought against the government.
Posted by: Fred || 11/03/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Posted by: Spereting Tingle4064 || 11/03/2013 8:33 Comments || Top||

#2  "festivities". LOL
Posted by: dk70 the scantily clad || 11/03/2013 21:52 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Local official gunned down in Dagestan
A state official in the regional finance ministry was gunned down in his car in the Russian republic of Dagestan on Saturday afternoon. The Investigative Committee said in a statement that two gunmen fired shots at a car in Makhachkala killing the driver, who was later identified as a department head in Dagestan’s finance ministry. The motive for the killing was not immediately clear.
Posted by: ryuge || 11/03/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

The Grand Turk
Suicide attack against Turkish PM and President prevented
A suicide attack against the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul was prevented, Turkish Sabah newspaper reported on Nov. 2.

According to the report, the suicide attacker who was intending to commit the assassination was arrested during special operations. The report also said that, the suicide attacker was planning to assassinate officials who participated at the İzmir Economic Congress.
Posted by: Steve White || 11/03/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6487 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Reichstag fire?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/03/2013 11:38 Comments || Top||

#2  Was a Lexus involved?
Posted by: Pappy || 11/03/2013 22:29 Comments || Top||

Champ to aides: "I'm really good at killing people,"
Also noted by Rantburg citizen Uncle Phester.
[Business Insider] This will not go over well for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner.

According to the new book "Double Down," in which journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann chronicle the 2012 presidential election, President Barack Obama told his aides that he's "really good at killing people" while discussing drone strikes.
Taking credit for someone else's difficult work is he? So unlike him.
Peter Hamby of The Washington Post reported the moment in his review of the book. The claim by the commander-in-chief is as indisputable as it is grim.

Obama oversaw the 2009 surge in Afghanistan, 145 Predator drone strikes in NATO's 2011 Libya operations, the May 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden, and drone strikes that killed the Pakistani Taliban leader and a senior member of the Somali-based militant group al-Shabab this week.

His administration also expanded the drone war: There have been 326 drone strikes in Pakistan, 93 in Yemen, and several in Somalia, compared to a total of 52 under George Bush.

In 2011 two of those strikes killed American-born al-Qaeda propagandist Anwar al-Awlaki and his American-born, 16-year-old son within two weeks.
No need for Triple-A to stick around and testify about Nidal Hasan and their known association.
Under Obama U.S. drone operators began practicing "signature strikes," a tactic in which targets are chosen based on patterns of suspicious behavior and the identities of those to be killed aren't necessarily known. (The administration counts all "military-age males" in a strike zone as combatants.)
Identities are oftentimes confused by the use of multiple names. Example: Mahamood Kilal is an MAM (military age male) AKA (also know as) Kimal, Razik, Lalar, and Ackmed Sabil. Mahood Kilal rides a red Chinese motorcycle. He always visits a man named Zamil in Azuremem village before going to his weapons cache cave in the mountains.
Furthermore, the disturbing trend of the "double tap" -- bombing the same place in quick succession and often hitting first responders -- has become common practice. Needless to say, a lot of innocent people have been killed along with combatants.

Obama has also embraced the expansion of capture/kill missions by Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) after it developed into the primary counterterrorism tool of the Bush administration.
Quite honestly, if you're going to fight terrorism, this is the only game in town.
One JSOC operator told investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill, author of "Dirty Wars: The World Is A Battlefield," that operations under Obama became "harder, faster, quicker -- with the full support of the White House."
"Harder, faster, quicker" wins. Second place....not so good.
Scahill, who also made a "Dirty Wars" documentary, told NBC News that Obama will "go down in history as the president who legitimized and systematized a process by which the United States asserts the right to conduct assassination operations around the world."

So although President Obama has proven to be "really good at killing people," the demonstration has not necessarily been noble.
Dispatching jihadist murderers fits my definition of noble. Just saying.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/03/2013 03:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6489 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "I'm really good at killing people,"

So was Hitler, he's dead, and nobody misses him.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 11/03/2013 11:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Is this what it means to live vicariously?
Posted by: gorb || 11/03/2013 12:00 Comments || Top||

#3  He channels Al Capone's Chicago very well... wonder what he is planning for St. Valentine's day.
Posted by: Kojo Sluling1823 || 11/03/2013 13:23 Comments || Top||

#4  Not to mention dogs.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/03/2013 14:28 Comments || Top||

#5  Furthermore, the disturbing trend of the "double tap" -- bombing the same place in quick succession and often hitting first responders

First responders? The Taliban call them the.... 'clean up team', whose job it is, is to salvage weapons, ammo, explosives.

Not defending the evil bastid mind you, but there is a method to the madness.

Posted by: Besoeker || 11/03/2013 14:59 Comments || Top||

#6  The one percenter's King's version of FPS video games: Call of Duty - White House

Pwned him did you?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/03/2013 15:13 Comments || Top||

#7  Very, very likely P2k. Nothing is quite as enlightening as a Full Motion Video (FMV) drone feed of an A-10 working over a target, picking off the squirters, walking/crawling wounded, friends and family picking up the odd AK-47, RPG,
or satchel charge, etc.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/03/2013 15:25 Comments || Top||

#8  "I'm really good at killing people"

While playing Spades with his personal Fluffer.
Posted by: mossomo || 11/03/2013 15:32 Comments || Top||

#9  #7 B: Weasel Zippers used to post "War Pron" with Afghan/Iraq footage of A-10 runs. Very good to watch from the other side of that nose cannon
Posted by: Frank G || 11/03/2013 16:58 Comments || Top||

#10  Unfortunately, he is not very discriminating. He was AWOL when the 3:00 am call from Ambo Stevens,Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods came. He oversaw the shipment of firearms to the cartels that took Border Agent Brian Terry's life. And then there was his tongue wagging that identified Seal Team 6 who later died in a helo crash in Afghanistan. On the plus side, you could say he didn't have a Waco on his resume.
Posted by: JohnQC || 11/03/2013 17:29 Comments || Top||

#11  So with all this bragging, if the world community ever determines that drone strikes are war crimes, with Champ man up? ( rhet question for a guy that rides a gurly bike...)
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 11/03/2013 19:07 Comments || Top||

#12  Not for a few years, if ever.
Posted by: Pappy || 11/03/2013 20:50 Comments || Top||

#13  He may be good at it, from a great distance. I wonder how he would go on the two way rifle range.....
Posted by: Bunyip || 11/03/2013 23:46 Comments || Top||

Tribesmen open fire on US drone in Miranshah
[Pak Daily Times] Tribesmen opened fire on a US drone in North Wazoo on Saturday where Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud was killed by a drone strike a day earlier, residents and officials said. Local residents told AFP that dozens of rustics and bully boyz had opened fire on a US drone which was flying low in the same area where the Taliban chief was killed. "Tribesmen and bully boyz were firing with light and heavy guns for an hour," Tariq Khan, a shopkeeper in Miranshah
... headquarters of al-Qaeda in Pakistain and likely location of Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Haqqani network has established a ministate in centered on the town with courts, tax offices and lots of madrassas...
told AFP. A security official in Miranshah confirmed the firing. The official and residents said Mehsud was buried late on Friday along with the four others killed. The usually busy Miranshah bazaar opened on Saturday but shoppers stayed at home. "Local people are scared. The death of Hakimullah Mehsud has created uncertainty. Everyone is talking about Taliban Dire Revenge™," Khan said.
Posted by: Fred || 11/03/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under: TTP

#1  The article doesn't say that they got the Drone. Apparently they wasted a lot of bullets. Well, perhaps they can look up and hear the buzzing tomorrow and try again. But they will just have to remember that what goes around does come around. And when it does... turban boy goes boom boom.
Have a nice day, Abdrool.

say your prayers PBUH.
Posted by: Spereting Tingle4064 || 11/03/2013 8:31 Comments || Top||

#2  How high are these drones flying? I can't imagine a dude with a rifle shooting something flying around at say 1/2 a mile up. That's only 2600+ feet which doesn't sound that high for the technology.
Posted by: AlanC || 11/03/2013 10:05 Comments || Top||

Pakistan summons US ambassador to protest over Mehsud drone strike
[Al Ahram] Pakistain summoned the US ambassador on Saturday to protest over two recent drone attacks including the one that killed the leader of the Taliban, the foreign ministry said. The government was determined to pursue talks with the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain, whose commander Hakimullah Mehsud was killed by a US drone on Friday, the statement said.
Posted by: Fred || 11/03/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  Summoned with cheque book no doubt.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/03/2013 4:54 Comments || Top||

#2  shouldn't the roles be reversed here?
Posted by: Frank G || 11/03/2013 6:57 Comments || Top||

#3  Now they will have to watch television for a while and then hope that the next turban who heads the Taliban is faster on his feet and can trust those in the neighborhood not to snitch on him which for a few shekels they do tend to do. Moslems like that money more than they like each other it seems. Who can you trust PBUH. ?

And who ARE your friends...I mean ...really?
Posted by: Spereting Tingle4064 || 11/03/2013 8:37 Comments || Top||

#4  Pakistan wants to come to an understanding with the Taliban. 'Coming to an understanding' will mean that more Taliban assets get freed up for use in Afghanistan, and Pakistani assets for use in both Afghanistan and H&K.

And who ARE your friends...I mean ...really?

Probably the only comment from this clown that I'll agree with. Except there are no such things as "friends" in this business - only shared interests.
Posted by: Pappy || 11/03/2013 13:27 Comments || Top||

Ahmadi man shot dead in Orangi
[Dawn] In less than three months, armed assailants rubbed out a third member of an Ahmadi family in an Orangi Town locality on Friday.

Police said that two armed motorcyclists targeted Bashir Kiani, 60, in Khyber Colony in Orangi Town's Sector 4-F. When some people tried to rescue him, the fleeing assailants opened indiscriminate fire wounding three teenage boys.

Mominabad SHO Ahmed Butt said besides Mr Kiani, the three teenagers -- Awais Ahmed, 18, Asad Khan, 18, and Mohammed Amin, 14 -- sustained bullet wounds and were shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.

Doctors said that victim Kiani suffered three bullet wounds and died.

While the area SHO claimed that the murder was an outcome of a 'robbery bid', a spokesperson for the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya said that the victim was targeted on account of his faith.

The spokesperson said that he was on his way to a place of worship, 'Bait-ul-Hamd', when he was targeted.

He said that Zahoor Ahmed and Ejaz Ahmed, the son-in-law and son of the victim, were also killed on Aug 21 and Sept 18 in Orangi Town, respectively.

Policeman killed in targeted attack

A policeman was rubbed out in a targeted attack in the Napier area on Friday, police said.

They said that Head Constable Shahzado Wahab was standing outside the Napier crime branch near Lea Market when a man came close to him and fired at him.

The policeman sustained a single bullet wound in the head and was taken 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 declared him dead.
He's dead, Jim!

The police said the victim was associated with the crime branch and lived in a police quarter in Napier.

UTP dies at hospital

An undertrial prisoner died during treatment at the Civil Hospital Karachi, said the Eidgah police on Friday.

They said that Abdul Qadir, 23, was tossed in the clink
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
for allegedly possessing narcotics and illegal weapons in the Mominabad area around seven months ago.

His health condition deteriorated during incarceration in the Karachi central prison and he was brought for treatment to the CHK on Thursday, where he died.
Posted by: Fred || 11/03/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under:

Pakistani Taliban meeting chooses Khan Said 'Sajna' as new chief
[Dawn] A meeting of the Pak Taliban's council on Saturday decided on Khan Said 'Sajna' to lead the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP), a day after a US drone strike killed its former leader Hakimullah Mehsud in North Wazoo.

Most of the members of the shura (council) were present at the meeting which was held at some holy man's guesthouse an undisclosed location.

Out of 60 members attending the meeting, 43 members voted in favor of 'Sajna' whereas 17 others voted against him, bad turban sources told Dawn.com. They said that the appointment of Said, who leads the Taliban in South Waziristan, was not confirmed by several splinter groups of the bad turban organization.

A front man for the Taliban in South Waziristan, Azam Tariq, declined to say whether 'Sajna' had been chosen to lead the TTP umbrella group. He, however, said a formal announcement will be made in the coming days.

...back at the argument, Jane reached into her purse for her .38...
there were reports that at least two other senior Taliban capos were opposed to Said's elevation as TTP supremo.

Mullah Fazlullah
...son-in-law of holy man Sufi Mohammad. Known as Mullah FM, Fazlullah had the habit of grabbing his FM mike when the mood struck him and bellowing forth sermons. Sufi suckered the Pak govt into imposing Shariah on the Swat Valley and then stepped aside whilst Fazlullah and his Talibs imposed a reign of terror on the populace like they hadn't seen before, at least not for a thousand years or so. For some reason the Pak intel services were never able to locate his transmitter, much bomb it. After ruling the place like a conquered province for a year or so, Fazlullah's Talibs began gobbling up more territory as they pushed toward Islamabad, at which point as a matter of self-preservation the Mighty Pak Army threw them out and chased them into Afghanistan...
, the powerful leader of the Swat
...a valley and an administrative district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistain, located 99 mi from Islamabad. It is inhabited mostly by Pashto speakers. The place has gone steadily downhill since the days when Babe Ruth was the Sultan of Swat...
Taliban who said to be currently based in Afghanistan's Nuristan province, was reported to be holding separate meetings to determine his group's future strategy.

Fazullah, along with Umar Khalid Khorasani who heads the Taliban in Mohmand tribal agency, were both frontrunners to succeed Hakimullah. Both are to be opposed to Khan Said 'Sajna'.

Said, who is 36, is believed to be involved in the attack on a Naval base in 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...
and is also credited with criminal masterminding a 2012 jailbreak in which the Taliban freed 400 inmates in the northwestern city of Bannu.

"Sajna has no basic education, conventional or religious, but he is battle-hardened and has experience of fighting in Afghanistan," an official had said earlier.

Mohmand Taliban leader Khorasani is the only surviving senior Taliban capo who had directly commanded operations under Hakimullah.

Swat Taliban chief Fazlullah is less likely to replace the assassinated TTP chief as he does not belong to the Mehsud clan.
Posted by: Fred || 11/03/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under: TTP

#1  Three targets mentioned Khan Said,Fazlullah and Umar Khalid Khorasani need targeting next!
Posted by: Ulusoth Shereter7931 || 11/03/2013 9:22 Comments || Top||

Shootings kill 4 in north-central Iraq
[Al Ahram] Authorities in Iraq say shootings have killed four security members, including two anti-al-Qaeda militiamen, in north-central Iraq.

Police officials say the first attack took place early Saturday when gunnies in a speeding car killed two fighters and maimed four at a security checkpoint manned by Sunni Sahwa Death Eaters in the city of Samarra.

Also, police say they found the bodies of two coppers killed by gunshots to the head in a town near the northern city of djinn-infested Mosul, a day after they were kidnapped.

Medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren't authorized to release the information.
Posted by: Fred || 11/03/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6498 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State of Iraq & the Levant

Iraq oil pipeline bombed, pumping shut down
Militants bombed a major oil pipeline in northern Iraq early on Saturday, disabling it and forcing pumping to be suspended, security officials said.
Iran expresses displeasure over Iraq pumping over its OPEC quota, and shortly thereafter Iraqi pipelines are bombed. Coincidence?
Three blasts went off along the pipeline, in Nineveh province, which runs to the Turkish port of Ceyhan, according to two security officials. They did not cause any casualties.

An official with the state-owned North Oil Co in the city of Kirkuk said the suspension was caused by a technical fault, and said repairs were being carried out on the pipeline, with pumping expected to resume on Sunday.

Militants frequently attack the pipeline, which ferries a significant portion of Iraq’s oil exports to international markets.

Iraq is heavily dependent on crude sales, which account for 95 percent of government revenues and an estimated two-thirds of gross domestic product, and is looking to dramatically boost them in the coming years.
Posted by: Steve White || 11/03/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:

Posted by: Spereting Tingle4064 || 11/03/2013 8:50 Comments || Top||

#2  Iran expresses displeasure over Iraq pumping over its OPEC quota, and shortly thereafter Iraqi pipelines are bombed. Coincidence?

Just not my day. First CrazyFool, now you, Dr W.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/03/2013 14:43 Comments || Top||

Body of Hamas militant recovered from Gaza tunnel
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The body of a Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, Death Eater was recovered from a tunnel in Gazoo on Saturday, a security source said, amid conflicting reports of the festivities with Israeli troops in which he was killed.

"The body ... was recovered from a tunnel after digging for more than 20 meters (yards) underground near the border" with Israel, east of Khan Younis in the central Gazoo Strip, the source said.

Four commanders of the military wing of the Paleostinian Islamist movement Hamas that rules Gazoo were killed late Thursday in festivities sparked by an Israeli raid to destroy the tunnel.

The body recovered on Saturday was that of Khaled Abu Bakr, the source said.

Rescue workers started digging early Saturday for three bodies still missing from the festivities, along with staff from the International Committee for the Red Thingy, and watched from the nearby border by Israeli troops.

A front man for the Hamas government told AFP that Egypt had helped persuade Israel to allow the teams to dig.

There have been conflicting reports about the fighting.

One of the four men killed, Rabieh Barikeh, was buried on Friday, and Hamas sources had said the other three Death Eaters' bodies had also been found.

The Israeli military said fighting broke out when an explosive went off as troops were clearing the tunnel from Gazoo into Israel, allegedly dug to be used as a springboard for attacks.

Five Israeli soldiers were maimed, the army said.

But a Hamas Death Eater in Khan Younis, on condition of anonymity, said three men were killed "in a clash with (Israeli) soldiers ... inside the tunnel when the kaboom happened and it was shelled by Israeli tanks and aircraft".

The men had "tried to kidnap Israeli soldiers who entered the tunnel", he said.

Hamas health minister Ashraf al-Qudra said emergency crews would resume their search for the remaining two bodies on Monday.
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Posted by: Spereting Tingle4064 || 11/03/2013 8:41 Comments || Top||

Israeli Lightly Injured From IDF Warning Fire Near Gaza Border Fence
[Ynet] IDF forces were sent towards an Israeli who approached the Gazoo Strip border fence and refused to step away from it despite their calls.

During the event, warning shots were fired towards his feet.
Was he a Palestinian in disguise?
He was lightly injured, treated at the scene and taken to questioning.
Everywhere there are idiots.
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#1  IDF forces shoot him because they're racists!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/03/2013 4:08 Comments || Top||

#2  #1 IDF forces shoot him because they're racists!

Self-hating racists, sure. But I haz puzzlement -- are they still anti-semites when this happens?
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 11/03/2013 11:36 Comments || Top||

#3  Of course.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/03/2013 14:29 Comments || Top||

IDF Fires At 2 Syrians Approaching Fence, Trying To Steal Mines
[Ynet] IDF Spokesperson's Unit reported that IDF fired at two Syrians who approached the border fence from the Syrian side in the southern Golan Heights while trying to steal mines.

One of the Syrians was injured in his leg. The two ran back to where they came from.
Lucky them: I'd just have triggered the mines remotely...
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Philippines arrests Malaysian linked to deadly militant attacks
Philippines and Malaysian officials have confirmed the arrest of a Malaysian national during a raid on a house frequented by former militant leader Nur Misuari in Zamboanga City.

Police said the Malaysian man, Koh Wui Chick, who uses the aliases Samson Jose Konde and Atchong, was brought to Manila where he is currently being investigated in connection to the deadly September attacks in Zamboanga. Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca said, “The Malaysian man is now in the custody of the Philippine National Police in Manila and he is currently being investigated in connection to the MNLF attacks in Zamboanga."

President Benigno Aquino earlier ordered an investigation into the MNLF attacks in Zamboanga and who financed the militants to carry out the raid. There have been media reports that some Filipino politicians may have financed them to discredit the Aquino government and that several Malaysians had met with militant leaders prior to the attacks.

Early this year, a Malaysian national, who allegedly helped in negotiating with Abu Sayyaf militants for the release of 21 mostly European holidaymakers kidnapped in Sabah in 2001, was spotted in Zamboanga City and Manila at the height of the standoff between armed followers of the Sultanate of Sulu who invaded Sabah’s Lahad Datu town.

It was not known whether Koh directly participated in the simultaneous raid by militants on September 9, but it triggered deadly street battles that lasted for three weeks. The fighting left over 400 people dead and injred and resulted in a humanitarian crisis.

Malaysia has confirmed the arrest of one of its nationals. Director-General, Datuk Mohammad Mantek said,“The arrest of the Malaysian man followed the action taken by the Philippine security forces against individuals suspected of being involved in the armed attacks launched by MNLF fighter in Zamboanga City on September 9."

He did not give details about the arrested Malaysian national, saying the man is still being investigated. It was not immediately known whether the foreigner had funded militant attacks in Zamboanga City.
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9 Alawites wounded in wave of north Lebanon attacks
[Al Ahram] A wave of attacks motivated by sectarianism in the northern Lebanese city of 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...
has maimed 19 members of the minority Alawite sect this week, a security official told AFP Saturday.

The attacks come after a week-long battle between Alawite fighters in Tripoli's Jabal Mohsen neighbourhood and Sunni Death Eaters in the neighbouring Bab al-Tebbaneh area that killed 14 people from both sides.

Nine Alawite workers were maimed on Saturday when Alawite gunnies stopped the bus they were travelling in and opened fire.

"The gunnies shot up the bus and then beat some of the workers travelling in it. All nine Alawites had either gunshot or beating wounds and were taken to hospital for treatment," the security official said.

"The bus they were on stopped at the entry of (Tripoli's Sunni) Bab al-Tebbaneh. That's when the gunnies attacked," the official added.

A doctor who treated the men said none had been injured critically.

Three more Alawites suffered knife wounds on Saturday after they were attacked by unknown men in Tripoli's central Tal Square.

Another man, who works for the city municipality, was also attacked by a knife-wielding assailant in a separate incident.

Earlier this week, six other Alawites were maimed in attacks against the community in the city.

Tripoli is Leb's second city and is the scene of frequent Syria-linked battles, that pit Sunnis from Bab al-Tebbaneh against Alawites in Jabal Mohsen.

Most Sunnis support Syria's revolt against Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Trampler of Homs...
, while Alawites, who belong to the same Shia-offshoot sect as Assad, support his regime.

The latest fighting ended when the army deployed along Syria Street, which separates the two districts and acts as the makeshift frontline.

Tripoli's population is 80 percent Sunni and 11 percent Alawite.

Speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity, a barber from Jabal Mohsen who works in central Tripoli said he is afraid of going to work.

"Ever since the latest battle ended, I've received threats by phone. I'm scared of going to (central) Tripoli. I'm thinking of closing my shop down," he said.

Many of Tripoli's residents long for peace, as every fresh outbreak of violence forces schools and universities to close.

"I condemn these attacks (against Alawites)," said 35-year-old Sunni resident, Khaled al-Rafei.

"What happened today is bad and the state must detain whoever was behind the attacks, whatever their political or sectarian affiliations."

Leb was dominated by Damascus for 30 years until 2005, and its population is deeply divided into pro- and anti-Assad camps.

The violence raging in Tripoli now is in part the legacy of this intervention.

Tripoli's sectarian and political divisions were further aggravated earlier this year when the powerful Shia movement Hezbollah openly admitted sending fighters to support Assad's troops in Syria.

Tripoli suffered horrific boom-mobile kabooms near two mosques in August, killing 45 people.
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Warplanes strike rebel area near Damascus: Monitor
[Al Ahram] Syria's air force struck Sbeineh south of Damascus on Saturday, as loyalists pressed a fierce bid to crush rebel bastions around the capital, a monitoring group said.

"Warplanes struck areas of Sbeineh... as regime troops shelled the town," said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Rebels on the capital's southern front were battling government troops backed by both pro-regime militias and fighters from the Lebanese Shiite movement.

"The strike was part of the regime's offensive against rebel areas in and around southern Damascus," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

There has been a marked escalation in recent days along Damascus' southern belt, which has been under a suffocating siege for months, giving rise to widespread malnutrition especially among children.

In eastern Damascus, battles raged between rebels and troops, while loyalists also pressed an advance in Barzeh, north of the capital, the Observatory said.

The regime has for months been trying to secure the capital, which is surrounded by rebel positions.

Elsewhere, warplanes struck Mahin, a town in the central province of Homs, where rebels have for two weeks been battling to take over massive weapons warehouses.

The battles in Homs have left scores of fighters on both sides dead, said the Observatory, which relies on a network of sources on the ground.
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