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Blast inside Quetta seminary leaves two injured
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 11/04/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Dolly is smoking. Big liberal no no.
Posted by: Dale || 11/04/2013 5:04 Comments || Top||

#2  A big liberal no no? However, one has to also consider that in Donk Land choice and the liberated woman images become issues. I don't know how they think or if they do so far as whether or not these issues trump smoking.
Posted by: JohnQC || 11/04/2013 8:14 Comments || Top||

#3  A big liberal no, no unless it's Baraq Hussein doing the smoking. Then it's OK.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 11/04/2013 12:45 Comments || Top||

#4  Birthday Gam Shot

Lisa Gleave[Filmography](age 37)

Welcome Matt Design

Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 11/04/2013 15:24 Comments || Top||

Gen Sir Michael Wilkes, man who transformed UK Special Forces
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/04/2013 05:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under:

#1  RIP General. You did a good job.
Posted by: JohnQC || 11/04/2013 8:19 Comments || Top||

#2  A Most Excellent chap, from reading the article.

Posted by: Andy Grusoling5738 || 11/04/2013 14:38 Comments || Top||

#3  I have been "reliably informed" that:
HAC members can avoid jury service if they so wish.
Have their own parachute jump team that is the star of the annual ball.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 11/04/2013 15:45 Comments || Top||

Africa Horn
Somalia: Amid internal divisions, Al Shabaab pledges more attacks
[Garowe Online] Somalia's Al Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
group said that it would increase terror campaigns against AMISOM troops amidst internal divisions and violent dispute within Al-Shabaab ranks, Garowe Online reports.

Speaking on pro-Al-Shabaab radio in Barawe coastal town of southern Somalia, Al-Shabaab front man Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage said "Al-Shabaab fighters are ready to protect themselves from AMISOM attacks and we will launch raids on AMISOM bases".

"It was told that AMISOM demanded new troops, the new troops will replace to those who died in Somalia. Al-Shabaab is committed to attack both the current and the new AMISOM forces," added Rage.

As Al-Shabaab bully boyz have been losing grounds against Somali-AMISOM forces, their front man says the bully boyz are expected to increase direct confrontations and ambushes.

Despite internal divisions which resulted in the liquidation of prominent figures and officials by Al-Shabaab chief Ahmed Godane, the group pledged that their operations would take an upward trajectory.

The Somali Federal Government forces backed by AMISOM dislodged Al-Shabaab fighters from a string of strategic towns in southern Somalia where two decades of chaos and hard boyz deteriorated the security and humanitarian situations.

Somalia's central government in Mogadishu whose forces are propped up by AMISOM peacekeepers struggles with eliminating corruption, a disastrous issue which embedded in Mogadishu financial institutions with the national bank at the forefront.
Posted by: Fred || 11/04/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

Africa North
Two Egyptian policemen killed in another drive-by shooting
[Al Ahram] Two coppers were killed in the late hours of Sunday when unknown assailants attacked a security checkpoint on Egypt's Cairo-Ismailia road.

According to Ahram's Arabic news website, they were killed by gunnies in a drive-by shooting on the road linking the capital with the Suez Canal City of Ismailia.

Al-Taher Mohammed, a 35-year-old police sergeant, was killed a by a gunshot to his chest while Ahmed Ateya, a 22-year-old conscript, received a bullet in his stomach.

The incident comes almost a week after three coppers were killed in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura when four assailants on cycle of violences opened fire on them.
Posted by: Fred || 11/04/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Family murdered in Benghazi car blast
[Libya Herald] A member of the 17 February Brigade, Sulaiman Ahmed Al-Fsaee, and his family were killed today when an bomb beneath their vehicle exploded.

Fsaee and his nine year-old son died in the kaboom. His wife and two year-old child were rushed to Casualty, but they were in a critical condition and both died in the hospital, front man for the Benghazi Joint Security Room, Abdullah Zaidi, told the Libya Herald.

The device went kaboom! in Benghazi's Arth Ghraish district at 5:15 pm this evening, Zaidi said. The vehicle was set alight by the blast and was completely destroyed, he added.
Posted by: Fred || 11/04/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  17 February Brigade was the militia (designated by the Libyan gov't for VIP protection) hired by the US State Department to provide security for the Benghazi consulate. Ostensibly disbanded after the consulate attack, it was still patrolling Benghazi as of early this year.

17 February may be at odds with Ansar al Sharia elements in Benghazi, hence the attack.
Posted by: Pappy || 11/04/2013 13:51 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
Boko Haram Video Claims October 24 Attack that Killed 35
[An Nahar] 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...
leader Abubakar Shekau said in a video released Sunday that he led an October 24 attack in which 35 people found in military uniform were killed in the Nigerian city of Damaturu.

"Look at what happened in Damaturu (capital of northeastern Yobe state)," the head of the Islamist group said in the video obtained by Agence La Belle France Presse through the same intermediary as previous clips. "Since we killed them with our hands -- in fact I was the commander of the operation -- so, you cannot say I'm making conjecture."
Posted by: Fred || 11/04/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram

Bangladesh convicts UK-based Muslim leader for war crimes
[Dawn] A Bangladesh war crimes court found a British-based Mohammedan leader and a US citizen guilty on Sunday in absentia for atrocities committed during the 1971 war of independence.

The International Crimes Tribunal convicted Britannia's Chowdhury Mueenuddin and Ashrafuzzaman Khan, from the United States, of charges relating to the murder of 18 intellectuals during the conflict.

"They encouraged, they gave moral support to and participated in the killing of 18 intellectuals," judge Mujibur Rahman Mia told the packed court in Dhaka.

The pair, who fled Bangladesh after it gained independence from Pakistain, face the death penalty by the two-judge court, which is shortly expected to deliver its sentence.

During their trials, prosecutors sought the death penalty for the pair, saying they were members of the "high command" of the notorious Al Badr militia that supported Pak forces during the conflict.

"The two killed 18 intellectuals including top professors, writers, journalists and doctors," prosecutor Sahidur Rahman told AFP, ahead of the verdict. "We've proved the charges and hope they'll be sentenced to death."

The tribunal in Dhaka has already convicted eight people, mostly leaders of the country's largest Islamic party, Jamaat-e-Islami
...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores...
, for war crimes, with five of them sentenced to death. At least another eight more are on trial.

The trials have sparked deadly protests throughout the Mohammedan-majority country, leaving at least 150 people dead since January when the court started handing down its verdicts.

Jamaat claim the trials are politically motivated, accusing the country's secular government of trying to execute its entire leadership.

But the government maintains the trials are needed to heal the wounds of the conflict.

During the final days of the war, when it became clear Pakistain was losing, intellectuals were rounded up and murdered in what was the most brutal chapter of the nine-month struggle.

Mueenuddin, who is based in London, has denied any wrongdoing.

Khan has yet to make any public statement on the allegations.
Posted by: Fred || 11/04/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ashrafuzzaman Khan is the former president of the ICNA.
Posted by: Pappy || 11/04/2013 9:49 Comments || Top||

Pakistan Taliban appoint interim leader: spokesman
[Dawn] The Pak Taliban have appointed an interim leader to head the group temporarily after the death of commander Hakimullah Mehsud in a US drone strike, a front man told AFP Sunday.

Mehsud, who had a $5 million US government price on him, was killed along with four cadres in North Wazoo tribal district near the Afghan border on Friday.

Shahidullah Shahid, the main front man for the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) said a permanent replacement had not been chosen yet.

"Asmatullah Shaheen Bhittani
...a Pashtun tribe centered on Jandola, in Tank district. They are the hereditary enemies of the Mehsuds, unless there are furriners or infidels around, in which case they share ammunition and targeting data...
, the head of the supreme shura, has been appointed as temporary head of the TTP," Shahid told AFP, adding that prayers for Mehsud were still going on.
Yesterday they said another guy was appointed. Guess he musta changed his mind.
When according to the rules of cricket is it okay for us to drone-zap the new guy...
The killing of Mehsud sparked a furious reaction from the Pak government, which accused Washington of sabotaging fledgling efforts towards peace negotiations with the Taliban.
They've got a picture of Asmatullah up at the site. He's got the creepy eyes of a lunatic.
Interior minister Chaudhry Nisar said a group of holy mans had been ready to go and meet the TTP to initiate talks, which have been backed by all major political parties, when the drone struck.

Shahid refused to say there was no chance of the talks going ahead, but accused the government of kowtowing to Washington and cutting a deal to "sell" the bad turbans.

"Nobody in history has ever negotiated with slaves," he said.

"We were waiting for a meeting, while the Pakistain army and government was sitting with the US finalising deals to sell us." And he stopped short of vowing Dire RevengeĀ™ for Mehsud, who took over as TTP chief after founder Baitullah Mehsud in a drone strike in 2009.

"Time will tell whether we take Dire RevengeĀ™ of his martyrdom or not," he said.

In the past, the TTP has responded to its leaders being killed with deadly violence.
Posted by: Fred || 11/04/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6517 views] Top|| File under: TTP

#1  Stay away from the windows, Abdrool.
Posted by: Spereting Tingle4064 || 11/04/2013 3:51 Comments || Top||

#2  AFAIK there has been no direct or indirect confirmation about Hackimullah's death from either Ayman + Mullah Omar, SO ZOMBIE RULES ARE NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 11/04/2013 19:06 Comments || Top||

Blast inside Quetta seminary leaves two injured
[Dawn] A mysterious blast inside a seminary rocked Quetta, the capital of Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
on Sunday morning.
Really, really mysterious. No idea how it happened.
The powerful blast left two people injured and destroyed five mud-walled rooms inside the madrassah (religious school) in eastern bypass area of Quetta.
Certainly no reason for anything to explode in a madrassah.
Superintendent of Police Sariab, Bashir Ahmed Brahvi told Dawn.com that the seminary was being used by Death Eaters to carry out subversive activities in the city, already plagued by attacks of Baloch separatists and violent sectarian attacks.
"Yes, some furriners moved in and one of them exploded..."
"Afghans were preparing kabooms inside the seminary," Brahvi said without naming any faction of the Afghan Taliban.
"Just your normal red wire-green wire mishap. You'd think they'd have it down by now..."
The strength of the blast was heard far and wide causing panic in the city. According to bomb disposal squad, the blast was caused by 20 kilogram kaboom.
44 pounds of kaboom? And it didn't blow the whole place sky high? Low quality stuff, that.
"The site of the kaboom is colored with blood," Brahvi said, adding that the two injured had not approached any hospital for treatment. The injured individuals disappeared soon after the blast.
"Mahmoud, let's go back to Afghanistan before somebody figures out this mystery..."
Brahvi said police recovered huge quantity of explosives, acid, detonators and literature in foreign languages from the madrassah.
"What languages?"
"Foreign languages."

"The madrassah had no sign board and it was not registered," he explained.
"So you see, it wasn't even actually there, technically..."
Another police official who requested anonymity owing to the sensitivity of the matter told Dawn.com that the blast has caused casualties. "The Death Eaters managed to shift the dead bodies and injured before the arrival of police," he said.
"Mustafa, take these dead guys and hide 'em someplace! The local cops will be here any time!"
"How long do I have, Abdullah?"
"Not more'n three or four hours!"

"You can see blood and destruction everywhere," he added. Police and personnel of secret services reached the seminary and launched an investigation into the incident. No arrest was made.
You can guess how surprised I am at that...
There has also been no claim of responsibility for the blast.
"Nope, nope. Wudn't us."
In another incident, bully boyz hurled a hand-held bomb at a house in Hazara Town area of Quetta. Police said the blast partially damaged the house and smashed the glasses of nearby homes. There were no fatalities as a result of the blast in the area.
Analysis of the stuff that went into the bomb was inconclusive, natch.
Posted by: Fred || 11/04/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6589 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Jhangvi

#1  Electrical circuit testing will resume Tuesday at the remote field test site in Gajjar. Students are requested to bring bus fare and pack a lunch.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/04/2013 1:44 Comments || Top||

#2  At least we know it wasn't during woodworking class.
Posted by: Pappy || 11/04/2013 9:52 Comments || Top||

#3  I wonder if the excess red wire/green wire incidents can be explained by inbreeding and cousin marriage?
Posted by: SteveS || 11/04/2013 13:17 Comments || Top||

#4  Or smoking whilst adding the diesel fuel to the ammonium nitrate?
Posted by: Fred || 11/04/2013 13:51 Comments || Top||

#5  Or perhaps the Djinn of Electro-Static Discharge?

But after all is said and done, it is the Will of Allan. And you know how effin' ineffable He can be!
Posted by: SteveS || 11/04/2013 14:03 Comments || Top||

MQM man gunned down in Orangi
[Dawn] An activist of 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...
was rubbed out in a targeted attack in Orangi Town on Saturday, police said.

They said that armed riders targeted 41-year-old Ishaq Ghori on Ibrahim Road in Orangi Town's Sector 9 when he was going home on his cycle of violence.

"He was hit by three bullets and was struck down in his prime," said an official at the Orangi Town cop shoppe. "The victim was a resident of Sector 10 and worked at the Qatar Hospital as a technician."

The police said that he was father of eight and a known activist of the MQM. Meanwhile,
...back at the pie fight, Bella opened her mouth at precisely the wrong moment...
a high-level conference was held at the Sachal Rangers headquarters to review the cases of criminals jugged
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
during targeted operations in the city.

"The director general of Rangers presided over the meeting," said a Rangers statement. "During the meeting judicial proceedings and current position of cases were discussed. Additional IGP, Rangers sector commanders, Zonal DIGs, investigation officers of designated cop shoppes, public prosecutors and Rangers prosecution officers attended the meeting."

Rangers said on Saturday that they carried out targeted raids in Baldia Town, Manzoor Colony, Marvi Goth, Nusrat Bhutto Colony, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Mujahid Colony and Singho Lane on Friday night and arrested eight criminals.

Hashish seized

The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) on Saturday claimed to have seized 20 kilos of hashish and several bottles of liquor during a drive against narcos in Chaneser Goth.

Eight suspects were also arrested in the drive launched on the directives of the Supreme Court, said an ANF statement.
Posted by: Fred || 11/04/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

Over 40 outlaws held in Peshawar
[Dawn] Police on Saturday tossed in the clink
Please don't kill me!
44 outlaws, including seven proclaimed offenders, during raids in Daudzai, Mathra and Chamkani areas here.

An official said police also recovered arms and ammunitions from their possession and registered cases against them at the relevant cop shoppes.

The official said that personnel of Pak Army, Frontier Corps and Frontier Constabulary also backed police during the combing and search operation in parts of the provincial metropolis.

...back at the desert island, Bert was realizing to his horror that he'd had only one bottle for one message, and he'd forgotten to include a return address...
the 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.
deputy commissioner on Saturday imposed section 144 to maintain peace during Muharram. Writing, distribution of objectionable pamphlets and posters and wall chalking, especially on mosques and imambargahs, was banned.

The administration also banned use of tinted glasses on private and public vehicles, display or carriage of weapons and printing and circulation of objectionable materials.

Similarly, the sale and use of firecrackers, opening of shops dealing in acids and sale of acids, sale of diesel, petrol and kerosene oil and other fuels in shops or in open areas and use of loudspeakers other than for 'Azaan and Khutbas' was also banned.

A statement issued from the deputy commissioner office said that anyone found violating the order would be proceeded against under section 188 PPC. The order would remain enforced for 30 days.

...back at the desert island, Bert was realizing to his horror that he'd had only one bottle for one message, and he'd forgotten to include a return address...
police also reinforced security personnel at the checkpoints and increased movement of mobile and rider squads on different roads and streets to check the suspected people and vehicles.
Posted by: Fred || 11/04/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:

Six Killed in Iraq Attacks
[An Nahar] At least three suicide kabooms struck a police headquarters in the restive central Iraqi city of Baquba on Sunday, killing three coppers, security and medical officials said.

The blasts went off at about 8:00 pm (1700 GMT) and were followed by festivities in the surrounding area of Mafreq, with officials warning the casualty toll could rise as medical teams did not have full access to the sites.

An initial boom-mobile exploded by a jacket wallah outside the headquarters of a police battalion in Mafreq, and in the ensuing chaos, another suicide bomber went kaboom!.

A third bomber subsequently managed to enter the battalion compound and went kaboom! at the entrance to the main building.

Officials said security forces were chasing a fourth bomber as well.

Clashes also broke out in three other neighborhoods of Baquba, which lies 60 kilometers (35 miles) north of the capital in one of the country's least stable provinces.

Earlier on Sunday, attacks in Storied Baghdad
...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate...
and north Iraq killed five security personnel and a civilian, officials said, part of a nationwide surge in violence that authorities have failed to stem.

The shootings and bombings were the latest in months of unrelenting bloodshed, Iraq's worst since 2008, and come despite wide-ranging operations targeting hard boyz and tightened security.

In northern Nineveh province, a suicide bomber drove through a police checkpoint and detonated a car rigged with explosives, killing two coppers and wounding three others and a civilian who was nearby, security and medical officials said.

The bombing struck the Shiite Turkmen city of Tal Afar.

Also in Nineveh, gunnies opened fire on an army checkpoint in the quiet provincial capital djinn-infested Mosul, killing two soldiers. And an election commission worker was bumped off elsewhere in djinn-infested Mosul.

In south Storied Baghdad, a roadside kaboom targeting a police patrol killed a police major and maimed three coppers, officials said.

Violence so far this year has left more than 5,450 dead, the country's worst violence since 2008, and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has appealed to the U.S. for greater cooperation in the fight against militancy.

In addition to major security problems, the Iraqi government has failed to provide adequate basic services such as electricity and clean water, and corruption is widespread.

Political squabbling has paralyzed the government, while parliament has passed almost no major legislation in years.
Posted by: Fred || 11/04/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State of Iraq & the Levant

#1  Just like the old days only THIS time they ALL wear turbans.

Gitche gitche yayas
Posted by: Spereting Tingle4064 || 11/04/2013 3:49 Comments || Top||

Gazans Seek Bodies of Two Killed in Tunnel Clash with Israel
[An Nahar] The bodies of two Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, forces of Evil killed when Israeli troops attacked a border tunnel, burying them inside, were still missing three days after the fighting, Gazoo authorities said Sunday.

Four commanders of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Paleostinian Islamist movement that rules Gazoo, were killed late Thursday in festivities sparked by an Israeli raid to destroy a Hamas tunnel from the strip into Israel.

One was killed in a firefight with troops on the surface and buried on Friday. Three more died deep underground in Israeli strikes on the tunnel, but one of the bodies was later recovered and laid to rest Sunday.

The search for the remaining two bodies will resume after daybreak on Monday, Paleostinian officials said.

The Qassam Brigades says it dug the tunnel as part of a plan to capture Israeli soldiers and hold them in exchange for imprisoned Paleostinians.
Posted by: Fred || 11/04/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6497 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Let me get this straight: The Palestinians want to dig up or GET someone to dig up two dead bodies who are/were potentia; Juice kidnappers ( was it?) and then RE-bury them? And its going to take a while ..maybe quite a while ( they should be quite ripe by then ) ? that makes sense. Hand Abdrool's mother a shovel and tell her to get busy.
Posted by: Spereting Tingle4064 || 11/04/2013 3:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Would be quite tragic if, during the recovery operation the walls of the newly dug tunnel collapsed, burying the 'rescue' team...
Posted by: USN,ret || 11/04/2013 19:32 Comments || Top||

#3  USN,ret you are a cynical, vile person. I like that!
Posted by: Frank G || 11/04/2013 20:19 Comments || Top||

Israeli drone crashes in Gaza
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] An Israeli military unmanned drone crashed in the northern Gazoo Strip on Sunday, with Paleostinians saying they shot it down but Israel blaming a technical malfunction.

A security source from Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,, the Islamist movement that rules Gazoo, said they had "captured an Israeli drone that was flying over east Jabalia this morning."

He did not elaborate.

But Hamas's military wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, claimed on their Twitter account "responsibility for shooting down an Israeli mini-drone."

The Israeli army denied the claim and said "a 'Skylark' tactical mini UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) system crashed earlier today in the Gazoo Strip due to a technical malfunction."

Israel uses drones over Gazoo to collect intelligence and occasionally carry out attacks.
Posted by: Fred || 11/04/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

Southeast Asia
Bomb kills defense volunteer in southern Thailand
A defense volunteer was killed when the train station he was guarding in Narathiwat province was bombed yesterday.

When the volunteer led his colleagues to open a gate at a train station, an improvised explosive device planted there was detonated. The bomb sprayed his body with shrapnel, and he later died from his injuries.

In another incident, two soldiers were wounded in a bombing in Sungai Kolok district of Narathiwat on Saturday night. The bomb was planted in a roadside shelter and was detonated by radio signal on a road in front of the Isla mosque. Four soldiers were passing by on patrol around 9 p.m. Saturday when the bomb exploded.
Posted by: ryuge || 11/04/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: Thai Insurgency

Fierce Clashes with Hizbullah Participation Take Place in Southern Damascus
[An Nahar] A mortar round hit near the ancient citadel in the heart of the Syrian capital on Sunday, while fierce festivities raged in several Damascus neighborhoods, a monitoring group said.

"A mortar landed near the Damascus citadel wounding several people, while another fell near the Dweila district (in the southeast), setting fire to a textile plant," said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

State news agency SANA confirmed the reports, blaming "terrorists" for a shell that "caused a textile factory to burn down completely."

Fighting raged in Barzeh in the north of Damascus, according to the Observatory, which relies on a network of activists, lawyers and doctors for its reports.

In southern Damascus, fighting pitted rebels against troops backed by Hizbullah fighters and pro-regime gunnies in Al-Hajar Al-Aswad, according to the Syrian Revolution General Commission, a network of activists on the ground.

The fighting comes amid a massive escalation by the army aimed at taking back rebel areas in southern Damascus, which have been under siege by the army for nearly a year and where food is so scarce that many children are suffering from malnutrition.

Clashes were also under way in Sbeineh south of Damascus, while "regime forces bombarded parts of the town," said the Britannia-based Observatory.

Elsewhere, Kurdish fighters pressed an advance against al-Qaeda-linked jihadists in northern Syria, taking over the village of Assadiyeh and the Bir Nuh area of the majority Kurdish province of Hasake, said the Observatory.

The advance comes less than a week after Kurdish fighters seized the Yaarubiyeh crossing on the border with Iraq from jihadists.
Posted by: Fred || 11/04/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Syria Rebel Leader in Aleppo Quits
[An Nahar] The rebel leader who led a massive July 2012 assault on Aleppo resigned Sunday, accusing both Syria "warlords" and the international community of "conspiring" against the people.

"Because of some people's refusal to heed calls for unity... I announce my resignation from the leadership of the Revolutionary Military Council in Aleppo," Colonel Abdel Jabbar al-Okaidi said in a video statement.

The July 2012 assault saw rebels seize large swathes of the city before a bloody stalemate set in.

Activists and rebels have long blamed internal disputes and the international community's failure to supply the opposition with advanced weaponry for the sustained stalemate, which has resulted in the destruction of much of the city.

In his statement, Okaidi pointed to the rebel loss on Friday of Sfeira, southeast of the city, and said the "blessed revolution" against Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Before going into the family business Pencilneck was an eye doctor. If he'd stuck with it he'd have had a good practice by now...
"has torn off the last mask on the face of the international community", which is "conspiring against this people and against this revolution."

Okaidi also lashed out at the exiled opposition, "who represent no one but yourselves.

"You have turned your backs on (Syria) and you have detached yourselves from it completely," he said.

In the video, which was shared widely among Syrian activists, Okaidi also criticized some rebel leaders on the ground, whom he referred to as "warlords."

"Stop... racing each other for power and for your kingdoms... Go back to how you were" at the start of the revolt, he said.

Speaking to Agence La Belle France Presse via the Internet, activist Mohammad Wissam said that the fall of Sfeira has given rise to "fears for Aleppo city."

Sfeira's fall "means that the road to Aleppo from the east is open," he said.

The activist also described Okaidi as "one of the most important personalities of Aleppo."

Okaidi had earlier written on his Facebook page that "Sfeira has not fallen because of a lack of ammunition. God is our witness that we put all the (rebel) Council's capacity at the disposal of the Sfeira operations room...

"The Sfeira front needed men to fight, but the (rebel) Free Syrian Army and other battalions failed."

Okaidi defected from the loyalist army in May 2012 to join the rebellion against President Bashir al-Assad.
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Colonel Riyadh al-Sadh.


Moscow claims that Al-Qaeda is highly interested in acquiring or obtaining same amidst Libya's chaos.

FYI, Eastern Libya is repor declaring independence of the region from Tripoli.
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1 Tripoli Bus Attack Suspect Arrested, 3 Others Remain at Large
[An Nahar] The army has jugged
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
one of the suspects in the bus attack in the northern 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...
and identified the rest of the assailants, the military command said.

The army leadership said in its communique late Saturday that Yehya Samir Mohammed, a Syrian, has been arrested and that soldiers were pursuing the remaining three suspects.

It identified them as Khaled Jamal al-Rahi, Omar Mohammed Abdulaziz al-Ahmed and Mustafa al-Hamid Jawhar, who are all Lebanese.

The communique said the army was able to arrest Mohammed after carrying out several raids.

At least six residents from the Tripoli neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen were maimed on Saturday when a van carrying eight passengers came under attack by masked gunnies in the area of al-Tabbaneh near Dar al-Salam school, the army said in a previous communique.

The assailants took the passengers at gunpoint to local streets in the area and shot six of them in their feet, the military said.

Their injuries were not life threatening, it added.

Tripoli is the scene of frequent Syria-linked battles, that pit Sunnis from Bab al-Tabbaneh against Alawites in Jabal Mohsen.

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

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

An Nahar daily said Sunday that the army has advised residents of both Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen who reside in the frontline to clear their homes.

But according to LBCI, a military source denied the report.

An Nahar also quoted Arab Democratic Party official Abdul Latif Saleh as saying that the consequences of Saturday's attack would be dire if the situation does not change.

He urged President Michel Suleiman
...before assuming office as President, he held the position of commander of the Leb Armed Forces. That was after the previous commander, the loathesome Emile Lahoud, took office as president in November of 1998. Likely the next president of Leb will be whoever's commander of the armed forces, too...
and Army chief Gen. Jean Qahwaji to "quickly interfere to resolve the problem of attacks."

Jabal Mohsen is the Arab Democratic Party's stronghold.
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Breaking: Four Iranians And Afghan Found With Fake Tickets Aboard Plane Bound For Toronto
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#1  Did they have rice steamers in their bags?
Posted by: Skidmark || 11/04/2013 0:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Nice little secure airport you have there, Venezuela.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 11/04/2013 0:17 Comments || Top||

#3  Dry-runs no doubt, and a foretelling of the mischief we may see following the initiation of strikes against Iran.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/04/2013 0:37 Comments || Top||

#4  Of all the doomsday scenarios I fear, 80 ton airliner suicide bombs tops the list. General Tommy Franks was once quoted as saying the United States came close to declaring a national emergency and Martial Law in 2001. I suspect the current regime would welcome the opportunity to set the constitution fully aside once and for all.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/04/2013 0:54 Comments || Top||

#5  The pilot should have dropped them from 30K over Gitmo.
Posted by: JohnQC || 11/04/2013 8:16 Comments || Top||

#6  Naw, just immigrants looking to vote Democratic.
Posted by: Bobby || 11/04/2013 9:55 Comments || Top||

#7  Love the first comment:

Dreamers coming via Canada for amnesty.
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