[An Nahar] Dozens of government troops have been killed during a rebel ambush in Sudan's Darfur, a regional analyst said on Thursday, confirming an unusually high toll for the troubled region.
There were "huge" casualties on the government side, numbering in the "dozens", although exact figures were unclear, the analyst told Agence La Belle France Presse on condition of anonymity.
Rebels were also killed, though in lesser numbers, he added.
The Minni Minnawi faction of the Sudan Liberation Army, and the Sudanese military, both said a clash occurred last Sunday about 50 kilometers (30 miles) southwest of El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur state.
"We killed 200 regime troops," said Abdullah Moursal, front man for the Minnawi faction.
He also said rebels seized about two dozen vehicles from government forces in the battle a few kilometers outside Tabit town.
"Yes, they tried to ambush a SAF convoy but we defeated them, and the convoy continued on its journey," said Sawarmi Khaled Saad, the Sudan Armed Forces front man.
He said he had no details on casualties.
Death tolls in the dozens, or even higher, are more common during Darfur's inter-ethnic militia fighting rather than government-rebel festivities.
The inter-ethnic tribal fighting, mostly involving Arab groups, has been the main cause of an upsurge of violence in Sudan's far-west Darfur region this year.
The Sudan Liberation Army and other non-Arab rebels have been battling the government for 10 years in Darfur.
The conflict was sparked by what they considered domination of Sudan's power and wealth by Arab elites.
In the latest tribal fighting, more than 20 people died on October 27 when the Misseriya and Salamat tribes clashed near Mukjar town in Central Darfur, the U.N.'s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Thursday in its latest weekly bulletin.
The Salamat and Misseriya have been fighting on-and-off for months, with more than 170 people killed, according to reports received by the United Nations ...aka the Oyster Bay Chowder and Marching Society...
Two peace agreements during that time have failed to halt the tit-for-tat violence.
"Fighting between the Salamat and Misseriya tribes continues to be a major security concern in the localities of Umm Dukhun, Mukjar and Bindisi in Central Darfur," OCHA said in its bulletin.
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[An Nahar] Egyptian police on Thursday tossed in the clink Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'! the Cairo bureau chief of an Iranian news station and a former Islamist politician, security officials said.
Ahmed Fahim Abdel Azim al-Suifi, the Egyptian head of the Cairo office of Iran's Arab-language station Al-Alam, was arrested in an apartment with ex-senate member Essam Ismail Farrag, the officials said.
They were arrested at the orders of prosecutors, the officials said without elaborating on the charges.
They were transferred for interrogation by the secretive National Security apparatus, which handles serious crimes against the state, one official said.
Thousands of Islamists have been arrested in a broad crackdown after the military overthrew President Mohammed Morsi ...the former president of Egypt. A proponent of the One Man, One Vote, One Time principle, Morsi won election after the deposal of Hosni Mubarak and jumped to the conclusion it was his turn to be dictator... in July, sparking a backlash from his supporters.
Media organizations seen as sympathetic to the Islamists have also been targeted, including the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera ... an Arab news network headquartered in Qatar, notorious for carrying al-Qaeda press releases. The name means the Peninsula, as in the Arabian Peninsula. In recent years it has settled in to become slightly less biased than MSNBC, in about the same category as BBC or CBS... broadcaster's Egypt affiliate.
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11/08/2013 00:00 ||
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[An Nahar] Turkish riot police fired tear gas and water cannon at thousands of demonstrators who were protesting Thursday over the building of a controversial wall on the border with Syria, witnesses said.
Police took action to disperse a large crowd of people who threw Molotov cocktails and plastic bottles at officers in the border town of Nusaybin in the Kurdish-majority southeast, they said.
Construction of what has been dubbed a "wall of shame" between Nusaybin and the northern Syrian town of Qamishli has inflamed local tensions.
The demonstration was staged the same day as the town's Kurdish mayor ended a nine-day hunger strike in a show of protest against the development.
Ayse Gokkan "stopped the hunger strike today (Thursday). We think the protest has reached its goal," an official from her Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) told AFP on condition of anonymity.
Gokkan's office did not immediately reply to AFP's request for confirmation her action had ended.
The mayor, who had been staging her hunger strike in a border minefield since October 30, has described the barrier as a "wall of shame" that would divide Kurdish people.
Turkey's government, which is wary of ethnic Kurds on its territory joining up with Kurds in northern Syria and Iraq in a bid to create a de facto state, has denied it was building a "fully-fledged wall".
Local officials told AFP this week that an iron structure had already gone up and was now being filled with concrete.
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11/08/2013 00:00 ||
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[Pak Daily Times] The Pak Taliban appointed hardline holy manMullah 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... as their new chief Thursday and dismissed proposed peace talks with the government as a "waste of time".
Mullah Fazlullah, notorious for leading the bully boys' brutal two-year rule in 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... valley, was elected to replace Hakimullah Mehsud, who was killed in a US drone strike last Friday.
The choice of Fazlullah by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) ruling council appears to have sunk government plans for peace talks to try to end the bully boys' bloody six-year insurgency.
TTP front man Shahidullah Shahid said the new leader, nicknamed "Mullah Radio" for his fiery ...a single two-syllable word carrying connotations of both incoherence and viciousness. A fiery delivery implies an audience of rubes and yokels, preferably forming up into a mob... speeches over the airwaves, was "against peace talks".
"Holding of peace talks is not even an issue to discuss -- this government has no authority, it is not a sovereign government, it is a slave, a slave of America. Holding peace talks is a waste of time," Shahid told AFP. During Fazlullah's rule in his home area Swat, which began in 2007, the Taliban imposed a rigorous version of sharia, publicly beheading and flogging wrongdoers and burning schools. Fazlullah fled Swat when the army retook the valley in 2009 and is believed to have been in hiding in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan. Pakistain says he has directed attacks on its soil from across the border.
His men were blamed for beheading 17 Pak soldiers in a checkpost attack in June 2012, and he appeared in a video posted online in September claiming a kaboom that killed a major general. In another video he vowed to do whatever it took to enforce sharia across Pakistain. "We will eliminate anything that will get in the way of achieving this goal: father or brother, soldier or police, khan or malik (tribal elders) or mullah," he said in the undated footage. The TTP's caretaker leader Asmatullah Shaheen announced the appointment at a presser in a secret location in North Wazoo.
[Pak Daily Times] A driver of a NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions... supply vehicle got injured when unknown hard boyz opened fire on it at bypass road of tehsil Jamrud, sub-division of Khyber Agency, official sources informed on Thursday. The sources said an Afghanistan-bound trailer bearing registration no. GLT-4086 loaded with NATO supply assignments was on its way to its destination in Afghanistan, as it was intercepted by unknown armed persons who opened indiscriminate fire on it. Resultantly, the driver of the truck identified as Wali Mohammad, resident of Landi kotal got injured, sources said. The hard boyz successfully managed to escape from the scene, sources said. Soon after the incident, the administration officials rushed to the spot and cordoned off the whole area and shifted the maimed to the nearest hospital. Subsequently six suspects were tossed in the calaboose Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up! and sent to Jamrud lock up for investigation, sources said.
[Pak Daily Times] At least four people were killed and three others maimed in separate incidents of violence in various parts 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 Thursday.
According to sources, gunnies opened indiscriminate fire on a hotel in Pasni bazaar. Resultantly, two persons, identified as Muhammad Akbar and Mustafa, sustained multiple bullets wounds and died before reaching the hospital. The assailants who were riding a cycle of violence managed to flee from the scene following the attack.
However, today is that tomorrow you were thinking about yesterday... motive behind the murder was yet to be ascertained. In another incident, person or persons unknown sprayed bullets on Nazeer Ahmed in Turbat bazaar and managed to flee from the scene. As a result, Nazeer Ahmed departed this vale of tears instantly. Police said that the dear departed was resident of Larkana.
In Panjgur, Muhammad Qasim was on his way along with his brother in Chitkan area when gunnies riding a motorbike opened fire on them. Consequently, Qasim received bullets and died. However, some people are alive only because it's illegal to kill them... his brother remained unhurt in the attack.
Moreover, three people, including a woman, were maimed in a firing incident in Dalbandin town of Chagai district. They were identified as Zahir Shah, Haider and Fatima Bibi.
[Pak Daily Times] Two people were bumped off in Lyari ...one of the eighteen constituent towns of the city of Karachi. It is the smallest town by area in the city but also the most densely populated. Lyari has few schools, substandard hospitals, a poor water system, limited infrastructure, and broken roads. It is a stronghold of ruling Pakistan Peoples Party. Ubiquitous gang activity and a thriving narcotics industry make Lyari one of the most disturbed places in Karachi, which is really saying a lot.... on Thursday, while three rubbed out bodies were also found from the same locality.
In the first incident, two friends were killed on Mirza Adam Khan Road, Lyari within the jurisdiction of Chakiwara cop shoppe.
Police said that deceased were identified as Kamran, 17, Amjad Ali and Mushtaq, 16, son of Noor Hussain, who lived in Bihar Colony, Lyari.
Police said victims were on their way when unidentified gunniesshot up them. The victims were rushed 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... (CHK), where doctors pronounced the death of one, and admitted three others with critical wounds.
However, a lie repeated often enough remains a lie... later, another injured expired during treatment.
Separately, a rubbed out torture-marked body of a man was found near the KESC office, Lyari.
Chakiwara police said that the victim has been identified as 22-year-old Abid alias Shahrukh, son of Ali Asghar.
Police said after receiving information rushed to the spot and shifted the body to CHK.
As per initial investigations, the victim was kidnapped and tortured. Similarly, a teenager was found dead from Bihar Colony, whose body was also shifted to CHK by police.
At the hospital, the victim was identified as Nadir Afghani, 14, son of Abdul Qadir. Police said that the body bears torture mark and was shot at least eight times.
SHO Chakiwara Sajjad Mangi said that Nadir belonged to notorious gangster Uzair Baloch's group. The SHO suspects the rival gang was behind the liquidation; further investigations are underway. Moreover, another body of a man was found from Old Haji Camp within the jurisdiction of Nappier cop shoppe.
Police said that unidentified culprits kidnapped the victim from somewhere and later threw his body at the said place after shooting him multiple times. The body was shifted to hospital for an appointment with Dr. Quincy and later moved to the morgue for identification.
The law enforcers, during the initial course of investigations are considering it a gang war related incident.
However, it was a brave man who first ate an oyster... further investigations are underway.
LEAs round up 110 suspects: Law enforcers on Thursday rounded up 110 suspects during targeted raids and operations conducted in various parts of the metropolis.
As per details, Pakistain Rangers Sindh conducted targeted raids in Landhi No 5, Tariq bin Ziyad Society - Malir, Khuda Ki Basti, Landhi 51/C, Islam Chowk - Orangi, Old Sabzi Mandi, Bangali Para, Zia Colony, Lines Area and Chanesar Goth last night. While snap checking was also carried out in Latti Office - Quaidabad, Sabeel Goth - Manghopir, Ahsanabad, Abul Hassan Ispahani Road and Show Market. During the above-mentioned actions 28 criminals including hit mans and extortionists affiliated with a political party were placed in durance vile Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up! . Weapons were also recovered from the possession of the suspects.
On the other hand, a high-level security conference of Operational Committee was held at HQ Pakistain Rangers Sindh, presided by DG Rangers Major General Rizwan Akhtar. Progress regarding the ongoing drive against criminal elements was monitored and evaluated. Security during Muharram and current rise in murder of individuals of different sects in connection to the prevailing dynamics was also discussed at length.
Earlier, DG Rangers Major General Akhtar also held a meeting with the heads of intelligence outfits; during the meeting intelligence about the hidden hand behind recent killings was discussed to synergies the efforts in nabbing the conspirators.
Separately, police apprehended at least four alleged suspects including two absconders from Mehmoodabad locality. The officials also recovered four pistols, snatched cycle of violence and drugs from their possession.
Another accused was arrested from Clifton Block-7. According to police officials the accused was involved in robberies and street crimes.
Meanwhile, ...back at the secret hideout, Scarface Al sneeringly put his proposition to little Nell... Karachi police nabbed around 77 suspects including 23 absconders and two hit mans' during 77 raids and seven encounters in various parts of the metropolis. The official also recovered kaboom, hand grenades and weapons of 59 different calibres.
[An Nahar] Twin suicide car bombings at an Iraqi army base just north of Baghdad killed at least 16 people and wounded dozens more, security and medical officials said. The late-night blasts struck the base in Tarmiyah, a predominantly Sunni Arab town about 45 kilometers (30 miles) from the capital.
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A leader of a notorious terrorist group believed to be responsible for several bomb attacks in Central Mindanao since 2006 that killed 31 people and injured more than a hundred others, has been arrested in Sultan Kudarat.
Police Senior Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac said the suspect Jabide Abdul, alias Zabide/Beds, was arrested on Tuesday. Abdul, supposedly a senior leader of the Al-Khobar Group, was subject of several warrants of arrest on numerous charges.
Chief Superintendent Abelardo Villacorta said Al Khobar is a group of extortionists believed to be responsible for a series of bombings in the central Mindanao region since 2006. He said, The group was allegedly created in support of Jemaah Islamiya (JI) and Foreign Militant Jihadists (FMJ) groups. It was intended to serve as a special unit concentrating on explosive component use and extortion schemes across Cotabato areas, adding that the group first turned into a kidnap-for-ransom group before it became an extortion group.
Al Khobar is known to target businesses and local governments in central Mindanao, Villacorta said, noting that it has been blamed for the series of bomb attacks on bus companies and commercial establishments in the region from 2007 to 2009. He said, A member of the group usually calls the target before the attack and demands protection money to prevent such planned attack on their business. If the money is not paid, an attack is carried out."
A village leader in Narathiwat's Muang district was gunned down while riding his motorcycle yesterday morning by a man in a pickup truck. Abdulloh Da-oh was fatally shot three times in the torso. Police blame the shooting on the insurgency in the far South.
Separately, a motorcycle bomb exploded in Narathiwat's Rangae district on Wednesday, killing one soldier instantly. The death toll rose to two yesterday when another soldier died from his injuries. Six victims remain hospitalized and one of them had to have his left leg amputated.
An ongoing investigation showed that the motorcycle used in the blast had been stolen from a policeman who was gunned down two years ago. The main suspect behind this blast has been identified as Manu Mama, who is on the lam. Manu is believed to be behind several violent incidents, including a bomb attack on October 19, in which several security officials and reporters were wounded.
In Yala province, police found burning tires and bomb-like items at several locations yesterday. Police said the items - namely electrical wires bound with adhesive tape - were possibly used to spread fear.
[An Nahar] Syrian troops backed by Leb's Hizbullah fighters and other pro-regime gunnies retook a major rebel enclave south of Damascus on Thursday, severing a key opposition supply line.
The recapture, reported by a monitoring group and state television ... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
, was part of a broader army campaign that has seen a string of towns in the area fall into regime hands.
In La Belle France, meanwhile, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said there was "fairly recent" proof that four French journalists kidnapped in Syria are alive.
And in The Hague, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said inspectors had verified all but one of Syria's 23 declared chemical weapons sites.
The regime's recapture of Sbeineh, a key rebel stronghold south of Damascus, comes nine days into campaign aimed at cutting off one of the main rebel supply lines into southern Damascus, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Closer to the capital, government troops have besieged a number of rebel-held suburbs for months, and U.N. officials have expressed concern ...meaning the brow was mildly wrinkled, the eyebrows drawn slightly together, and a thoughtful expression assumed, not that anything was actually done or indeed that any thought was actually expended... over reports of trapped civilians and severe malnutrition.
"Sbeineh was one of the most important rebel positions on Damascus's outskirts," the Britannia-based group's director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.
"Rebels in southern Damascus have now had practically all their supply routes cut off," he said.
State television also reported the takeover.
"Our brave army has taken control of... the Sbeineh (area)... and (the nearby village) of Ghazalah in Damascus province after crushing the last terrorist positions there," said the broadcaster, using the regime's term for the rebels.
The takeover of Sbeineh, a rear base for rebels in southern Damascus, comes a year into a suffocating army siege of the town.
"The army was backed by fighters from Hezbollah, the pro-regime paramilitary National Defense Force as well as Syrian and non-Syrian Shiite fighters from the Abul Fadl al-Abbas brigade," Abdel Rahman said.
"There are fears for the lives of civilians in Sbeineh. Experience tells us that the army may well execute civilians and put the blame on rebels," he said.
The recapture comes weeks after regime forces captured nearby Husseiniyeh, Ziabiyeh and Bweida.
Abdel Rahman said the army has been able to advance in part because of "divisions among the rebels."
He said both sides suffered heavy losses in the fighting, and that "the fight south of Damascus is more sectarian than elsewhere."
The burial site of Sayyida Zeinab, granddaughter of the Moslem Prophet Mohammed, is an important Shiite shrine located in southeastern Damascus, near several areas held by the mainly Sunni rebels.
Seasoned Hizbullah fighters from Leb and troops from Iraq, who have long been helping to defend the shrine, are now actively fighting on behalf of the regime of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Leveler of Latakia... , who hails from Syria's Alawite community, an offshoot of Shiite Islam.
In La Belle France, Fabius said there was "fairly recent" proof that four journalists kidnapped in two separate incidents in Syria are alive.
On June 6, unknown men tossed in the calaboose ... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not... Didier Francois, a seasoned war news hound for Europe 1 radio, and Edouard Elias, a photographer, at a checkpoint as the pair travelled to the country's second city of Aleppo.
On June 22, news hound Nicolas Henin, 37, and photographer Pierre Torres, 29, were seized while working in the northern city of Raqa.
The OPCW said its inspectors had verified all but one of the country's declared chemical sites.
The group said Syrian personnel had visited one of two remaining sites that they could not visit for security reasons and filmed it with "sealed cameras."
OPCW and U.N. inspectors have until mid-2014 to destroy Syria's entire chemical arsenal and production facilities under the terms of a U.S.-Russian deal to head off military strikes on Assad's regime.
"The verification was conducted with the support of sealed cameras used by Syrian personnel as per the inspection team's guidance," the Hague-based OPCW said in a statement.
"The exact geographical location and the time of capture of the footage/images were fully authenticated," it said, adding that the site was near the northwestern city of Aleppo.
"As per the declaration by Syria, the site was confirmed as dismantled and long abandoned, with the building showing extensive battle damage," the OPCW said.
Syria has declared approximately 1,290 tonnes of chemical weapons and agents as well as 1,230 unfilled chemical munitions, meaning shells, rockets or mortars.
It has already destroyed 99 warheads and is expected to destroy 55 more, with Damascus facing a November 15 deadline to finalize the plan for the destruction of the chemical arsenal.
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11/08/2013 00:00 ||
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Time to give the rebels a little more under-the-table help; long-term goal is continuing conflict between gov't Hezbullies and rebel AQ. And when it's down to the last guy we can go arrest him and declare peace. In the year 2525 maybe.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
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