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Bomb blasts outside Karachi imambargahs wound 14
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 11/14/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Birthday Gam Shot

Olga Kurylenko [Ukraine][Filmography](age 34)

Canted Design

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#2  http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/olga-kurylenko
Posted by: 3dc || 11/14/2013 17:27 Comments || Top||

#3  Is that "Our Miss Brooks?"
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#4  http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/hazel-brooks
Posted by: 3dc || 11/14/2013 21:59 Comments || Top||

Africa North
Algeria convicts 'El Para' aides
[MAGHAREBIA] An Algiers court on Tuesday (November 12th) sentenced four faceless myrmidons to 20 years in prison for their involvement in the kidnapping of 15 foreign tourists in 2003, APS reported.

Nasser Attia, Gouasse Abdelmajid, Bouabdelli Benallia and Seriani Abdelbassat, belonged to Batna, Djelfa and Tebessa factions of the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat
... now known as al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb...
(GSPC), later renamed al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). Former GSPC leader Amari Saifi (aka Abderrazak El Para) allegedly ordered the kidnappings.

The court also found the defendants guilty of attacking ANP troops and killing civilians. Attia and Abdelmajid admitted to their participation in an attack against Tazoult prison in Batna, following which they freed 1,200 prisoners and stole weapons.
Posted by: Fred || 11/14/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa

Cairo court sentences students to 17 years in prison for attacks on Al-Azhar
[Al Ahram] A misdemeanour court on Wednesday sentenced 12 university students to 17 years in prison over riots at Al-Azhar institution in October, Al-Ahram's Arabic news website reported.
Obviously their definition of "misdemeanour" isn't the same as ours.
The students were found guilty of attempting to storm the headquarters of the institution, inciting riots and attacking Al-Azhar employees and security personnel, as well as sabotaging public and private property.

They were also ordered to pay a fine of LE64,000 each.

The general-prosecution received a complaint on 30 October accusing protesters of "gathering at the Sheikhdom, pelting the building with stones, attempting to storm it and insulting Al-Azhar grand imam and security personnel."

They were referred to the Criminal Court on 6 November.

Students of Al-Azhar University had staged a protest at the Sheikhdom against the institution they say has supported ousting 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...
, Egypt's first freely elected president.

Hub of protests

Egyptian universities have become a hub of protests in support of Morsi after the Moslem Brüderbund was hit hard by a sustained crackdown campaign by security forces.

Protests have repeatedly spiraled into violence while dozens of students have been tossed in the clink
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
since the start of the new academic year in September.

On Sunday, Egypt's prosecutor general ordered that 43 students of Al-Azhar University be sent to a Misdemeanor Court. The defendants are accused of causing riots on campus on 26 October.

Egypt's university campuses have been witnessing tense and sometimes violent demonstrations since the new academic year commenced September.

Pro-Morsi students have been protesting against the interim government, saying the army staged a "coup" against the country's first freely elected president when it deposed him in July amid mass protests against his rule.

In late September, four students were expelled from Cairo University for "assaulting" former Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa, who was on campus for a thesis presentation.

Chaos broke out as pro-Morsi students shouted insults and expletives at the holy man, and held up their shoes as a sign of disrespect. Gomaa left shortly afterwards.
Posted by: Fred || 11/14/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  A misdemeanour court on Wednesday sentenced 12 university students to 17 years in prison..

...interesing to see what a felony court would do. Death?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/14/2013 11:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Probably start lopping off body parts. Hands, Feet, Arms, Legs, (other members) and for the most serious - Heads.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 11/14/2013 11:26 Comments || Top||

Morsi supporters denounce the detention of female protesters
[Al Ahram] Demonstrations took place at Alexandria University against the continued detention of female pro-Morsi protesters who were arrested in October
Posted by: Fred || 11/14/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  MUHaaaHaahhh. Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?
Posted by: Spereting Tingle4064 || 11/14/2013 6:22 Comments || Top||

#2  University protests simply validate the detentions. Thank you AU for speaking out.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/14/2013 6:34 Comments || Top||

#3  Hiding behind burqas again?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 11/14/2013 11:26 Comments || Top||

French official ID's key suspect in Mali killings
[Al Ahram] The Gay Paree prosecutor has confirmed the identity of the prime suspect in the killing of two French radio journalists in Mali last week as a bad boy with ties to Al-Qaeda's north Africa branch.

Francois Molins said an "intense" manhunt was underway for Baye Ag Bakabo, known to authorities as a low-level narco from the Tuareg ethnic group who had ties to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. He was one of four men believed to be involved in the Nov. 2 kidnapping and killing of correspondent Ghislaine Dupont and technician Claude Verlon of Radio La Belle France Internationale.

Speaking to news hounds Wednesday, Molins also denied accounts in Malian media saying the journalists had had their throats slit. He said they were each shot multiple times, and no knife was used.
Posted by: Fred || 11/14/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa

Tunisia hunts down terrorists
[MAGHAREBIA] Tunisia on Tuesday (November 12th) tossed in the calaboose
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
Ansar al-Sharia
...a Salafist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends. There are groups of the same name in Tunisia and Yemen, with the Tunisian version currently most active...
deputy leader Wael Amami and group front man Seifeddine Rais.

Rais was apprehended at his home in Kairouan, Tunisie Numerique reported. Amami was arrested in Sidi Bouzid on charges of killing seven coppers in the Sidi Ali Ben Aoun violence.

Also on Tuesday, Tunisian security forces killed one gunman and arrested several others in Kebili. Two National Guardsmen were maimed in the operation.

The incidents were just the latest in a series of confrontations between terrorist groups and the authorities that continue to hunt them down.

The most recent shootout took place in Nagga, in the southern desert governorate of Kebili. According to Interior Ministry front man Mohammed Ali Aroui, the festivities resulted in the killing of a terrorist, while two officers of the National Guard were maimed.

He pointed out that all other members of the terrorist group were captured, including a dangerous element.

A day earlier, Tunisian security services seized five cars and a van intended to be used as a vehicle bomb by a jihadist cell in Kebili. Large amounts of money, computers, mobile phones and a grenade were also recovered, according to a defence ministry statement.

Seventeen people were arrested as part of the investigation, the statement added.

While the army and police continue sweeps and raids, the government is trying to confront terrorism with new strategies.

"Addressing the phenomena of extremism and terrorism requires an approach, deep, multi-faceted, and comprehensive that includes many aspects; intellectual, educational, social, economic and religious," President Moncef Marzouki said Tuesday during his supervision of a training course at the National Institute for Defence.

the man who has no enemies isn't anybody and has never done anything...
residents of the southern regions of the country said that the fight against terrorism required addressing the social problems of these areas, particularly for young people.

Journalist Faiçel Aouini said, "I have already visited the locality of Nagga. It is few kilometres away from the town of Kebili. It is a harsh place; there is barely any life in it. It is an environment that fuels terrorism."

"Our town is deprived of the most basic services and necessities," said Taher Khnissi, a 38-year-old Kebili resident. "It lacks cultural and recreational facilities in addition to the absence of new projects."

"This situation is being exploited by Islamist snuffies to attract disadvantaged groups and recruit them as members," Knissi added.
Posted by: Fred || 11/14/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under: Ansar al-Sharia

#1  "This situation is being exploited by Islamist militants to attract disadvantaged groups and recruit them as members"

Cannon fodder from the slums, 'brains' from the trust-fund set.

Sounds like Marxism all over again.
Posted by: Pappy || 11/14/2013 10:40 Comments || Top||

Bahrain Policeman Hurt in Petrol Bomb Attack
[An Nahar] A petrol bomb hurled at a Bahrain police patrol on Wednesday left one policeman maimed, the interior ministry said,

A "terrorist group" targeted the patrol in the suburb of Juffair, the ministry said, using a term usually employed to refer to Shiite youths who frequently clash with security forces.

"The terrorist group also burned a cycle of violence that belonged to a restaurant, and vandalized a car parked in the area," the ministry said in a statement.
Posted by: Fred || 11/14/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

Afghan loses British citizenship over terror training claims
[Pak Daily Times] An Afghan stripped of his British citizenship for allegedly travelling to Pakistain and Afghanistan for terrorism training lost his appeal against the decision on Wednesday. The 41-year-old, identified only as Y1, claimed asylum in Britannia in 1998 and became a Brit in 2004. But he allegedly travelled to 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...
, the main town in Pakistain's northwestern tribal area of North Wazoo, for terror training in 2010, and was then captured by British forces in the western Afghan city of Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
in July 2011. Home Secretary Theresa May rescinded him of his citizenship later that month. The Afghan lodged an appeal with Britannia's Special Immigration Appeals Commission, but the panel said on Wednesday that it had rejected his bid. Judge Stephen Irwin said secret material given to the tribunal provides "absolutely conclusive evidence of the appellant's desire to engage in terrorist activity and very strong evidence of an enduring commitment to jihadist ideas".
Posted by: Fred || 11/14/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Gunman killed in shootout with police in Dagestan
A gunman who opened fire on police Wednesday in the Russian republic of Dagestan was killed and a police officer injured. The shootout took place in central Makhachkala, the Dagestani capital, after police stopped a car for a routine check.

The driver opened fire on police and was killed by return fire, a spokesman for the local Interior Ministry said. Two other people who were in the car fled the scene and a search for them is underway, he added.
Posted by: ryuge || 11/14/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

Down Under
Video shows Australia's first suicide bomber
New video has emerged of the man said to be Australia's first suicide bomber. The video appears to be published by the Al Qaeda-related group, Jabhat al Nusrah, which has previously said the Australian blew himself up in an attack on an army checkpoint in north-eastern Syria in September. It is a revealing insight into the man's last hours and shows the group preparing the massive truck bomb used in the attack.

The video shows the jihadi, identified in a previous internet posting as Abu Asma al Australi, standing on the truck used in the suicide bombing. But, because the face in the video is obscured it is not possible to be sure who it shows, but the bomber is suspected of being a man from Brisbane named Ahmed.

In the video, Abu Asma stands in front of the truck. Large panels have been fitted to its front in an effort to protect the driver from gunfire. He bids farewell to fellow jihadis then urges more foreigners to come and join the fight.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) says over the past 12 months there has been a significant increase in the number of Australians going to join hardline groups, including Jabhat al Nusra. In just a year the number has risen from a few to 20 or 30, maybe more.
Posted by: ryuge || 11/14/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

#1  He killed himself and 35 Syrian soldiers. I would say that is a win win situation.

Posted by: BernardZ || 11/14/2013 6:25 Comments || Top||

#2  being a man from Brisbane named Ahmed.
Somehow I just knew it wasn't 'Bruce.'
Posted by: Glenmore || 11/14/2013 7:23 Comments || Top||

#3  The ratio was a bit off. 1 - 35? How about we shoot for 20 - 35 that sounds a bit better.
Posted by: AlanC || 11/14/2013 7:26 Comments || Top||

#4  Multiculturalism in action.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/14/2013 9:27 Comments || Top||

#5  Idiot.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 11/14/2013 16:16 Comments || Top||

Ranger, three TTP suspects killed in Karachi
[Pak Daily Times] Three alleged snuffies affiliated with outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain and a Rangers' personnel were killed in an encounter in Gulshan-e-Bunair, Landhi on Wednesday.

The weapons, hand grenades and kaboom were also seized by the Rangers from the hideout of terrorists.

Law enforcers -- Rangers and police -- in a joint targeted operation conducted targeted raid at a hideout of TTP forces of Evil located in Gulshan-e-Bunair, area of Landhi. When the team reached the spot, the firing started from the other side in which a rangers' Sepoy Ali Akbar was killed while an officer namely Asif sustained bullet injures. Militants also lobbed a hand grenade to pave the way for escape. On retaliation by the Rangers three alleged terrorists' belonging to TTP identified as Amir Ullah Mehsood, Ziauddin alias Sher Wali and Zaman Khan were killed while their other accomplices managed to escape under the cover of firing. The bodies of the snuffies were shifted to Jinnah Hospital for legal formalities, the sources said.

...back at the Senate, the partisans of Honorius went for their knives and the partisans of Stilicho went for the doors...
the Namaz-e-janaza of Shaheed Sepoy Ali Akbar was offered at the Headquarters of Bhittai Rangers which was attended among others by the Director General, Rangers (Sindh) Major General Rizwan Akhtar, Additional Inspector General of Police, 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...
Shahid Hayat and others officials.

The body of Shaheed Sepoy Ali Akbar was shifted to his native place Mansehra
...a city and an eponymous district in eastern Khyber-Pakthunwa, nestled snug up against Pak Kashmir, with Kohistan and Diamir to the north and Abbottabad to the south...
for burial. He left behind a widow and two daughters. Law enforcers claimed that the snuffies were busy in plotting a major terror activity to target Ashura procession in the metropolis. According to front man of Rangers, "They had to target the main Ashura procession on M.A. Jinnah Road but thanked to Allah, we targeted them before they could carry out a criminal act."

Sources privy to the matter told Daily Times that the dear departed snuffies were involved in number of cases of terrorism, especially in district Malir and several cases were registered against them. They had escaped the area few months ago and recently arrived here with a purpose of foul-play.

...back at the comedy club, Boogie ducked another tomato...
four alleged snuffies including the TTP Karachi chief Shahabullah were reportedly apprehended from district Malir during targeted raids conducted by the intelligence officials. A huge cache of explosives, a snatched ambulance and cycle of violences which had to be used in the terrorist activity were also reportedly recovered from their possession, however, officials of the police and Rangers concerned did not share any information in this regard.
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Violence in Karachi claims life of minor girl, three others
[Pak Daily Times] A minor girl among four people was killed in separate incidents of violence across the metropolis on Wednesday.

A minor girl came under attack during a cross fire between two groups of gangsters in Ali Mohammad Mohalla, Lyari, within the jurisdiction of Storied Baghdad
...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate...
i cop shoppe.

Police said the victim identified as four-year-old Amna, daughter of Naushad, was playing near her house when a bullet hit her head, killing her instantly. Her body 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...
for post mortem and later handed over to her heirs. No case has been registered till the filing of this news story.

In another incident, a man was killed and a policeman injured in a firing incident in Orangi Town.

Police said the dear departed was identified as 24-year-old Umair and the maimed policeman as Amir. SHO Saleem Sheikh said both the victims were friends, and were targeted by two gunnies who came on cycle of violences, while sitting at a sweet shop near their homes. Umair breathed his last instantly while the cop got injured, and were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. Police is yet to determine the motive behind the incident, while further investigation is underway.

Separately, an alleged drug peddler was rubbed out in Masoom Shah Colony near Kala Pull, within the vicinity of Mehmoodabad cop shoppe.

According to SHO Muhammad Sarwar, the dear departed identified as 45-year-old Haroot Khan was killed by a rival group members over suspicion of being a police informer.

The culprits had managed to escape; however, police raided their house and recovered weapons and police uniforms from there. Further investigation is under progress.

Body found: A young man was found dead from a nullah in Liaquatabad. Police while quoting initial investigation said unidentified culprits kidnapped the victim from somewhere and later threw his body at the said place after shooting him multiple times. The body was moved to a mortuary for identification after completing medico-legal formalities at hospital.
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Four policemen injured in bomb, rocket attacks
[Pak Daily Times] At least two kabooms and rocket attacks targeting the security forces injured four coppers in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
's Bannu and 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.
districts and Khyber Agency on Wednesday, security officials said Wednesday. Two members of the Khasadar Force were maimed in an kaboom near a security checkpost in Khyber tribal region's Jamrud Tehsil, which borders Peshawar. According to security officials, the device, which was planted near the Takhta Beg checkpoint in Jamrud, went kaboom! Wednesday morning. The two injured personnel of the Khasadar Force were shifted to Hayatabad Medical Complex in Peshawar for medical treatment, and their condition was stated as stable. In another incident, two coppers were maimed when Death Eaters targeted police in Bannu District, gateway to North Wazoo where Taliban hold sway. At least 12 rockets were fired at the police checkpost, the officials said, adding that police retaliated and repulsed the attackers. The attack left two police personnel injured. In Peshawar, a convoy of security forces heading towards the border between Peshawar and Khyber tehsil was targeted with a roadside kaboom near Achini Bala area on Peshawar's Ring Road. The convoy escaped unhurt, the officials said.
Posted by: Fred || 11/14/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under: TTP

Bomb blasts outside Karachi imambargahs wound 14
[Pak Daily Times] At least fourteen people, including law enforcers and media persons, were maimed in three kabooms in different parts of the metropolis on Wednesday.

The first blast took place outside Dar-e-Abul Fazal Abbas Imambargah
...since the country's religiously correct™, Shia Moslems in Pakistain can't call their houses of worship 'mosques,' which are reserved for Sunnis. It's not clear if imambargahs are used for explosives storage like mosques are...
in Pahar Ganj and maimed two people, including the son of the imambargah's caretaker. According to police the bomb was planted on the vehicle owned by the caretaker, Khalid Hussain. According to Hussain, the kaboom took place one hour into the majlis that was being held at the imambargah. Extra contingent of law enforcers, including police and Rangers, reached the site and cordoned off the area to prevent any untoward incident.

The second kaboom took place when the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) experts and law enforcers were busy colleting evidence. It injured at least ten people, including law enforcers and media news hounds. After initial investigation the BDS experts said that both the blasts were caused by improvised bomb (IED). They said the bombs were detonated remotely. The weight of the bombs was around half kilogramme each and they were packed with ball bearings. According to Shara-e-Noor Jahan DSP Iftikhar Hussain bad boy or sectarian elements are likely to be behind the attack. He said the kabooms aimed to harass the public. The third kaboom took place in North 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 faceless myrmidons hurled an IED outside the Imambargah Mustawafi in sector 11/B, injuring two coppers.
Posted by: Fred || 11/14/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6513 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Jhangvi

Iraq attacks kill 27 as pilgrims mass for Ashura
[Pak Daily Times] Violence across Iraq, including bombings, killed 27 people on Wednesday as worshippers massed in a shrine city on the eve of major commemoration rituals often targeted by bully boys.

The bloodshed was the latest in a months-long surge in unrest that has forced Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to appeal for Washington's help in combating militancy as Iraqi action has failed to stem the unrelenting wave of attacks. Bombings on Wednesday mostly struck north and west of Storied Baghdad
...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate...
, targeting pilgrims marking Ashura and members of the security forces. On the outskirts of Baquba, north of the capital and one of Iraq's most violent areas, three coordinated bombs struck a gathering of pilgrims.

Overall, eight people were killed and 25 others were maimed in the blasts, security and medical officials said. Millions from Iraq and around the world mark Ashura, which this year climaxes on Thursday, by setting up procession tents where food is distributed to passers-by and pilgrims can gather, or by walking to Karbala, which is home to a shrine to Imam Hussein (RA).

In past years, pilgrims have been targeted by bombings, including a string of attacks the day before Ashura in 2011 that killed 28 people. As a result, security measures are stepped up with more than 35,000 soldiers and coppers currently deployed to Karbala and surrounding areas, with concentric security perimeters barring vehicles from entering the city while helicopters hover overhead.

Provincial authorities expect two million pilgrims -- Iraqis as well as foreigners -- will have visited Karbala in the 10 days leading up to Ashura, with all of the city's hotels fully booked. "I carry these iron weights every year, since I was 16 and until now," said Shawkat Hussein, a 60-year-old pilgrim visiting Karbala from Pakistain, referring to heavy iron chains hanging around his neck. "What I am carrying does not compare to what Hussein (RA) did for his religion."

Elsewhere in Iraq on Wednesday, bombings targeting security forces killed 15 people, while police bumped off three snuffies in a raid. East of the town of Tikrit, a jacket wallah detonated a vehicle rigged with explosives at a police checkpoint, killing 11 people, including three coppers. And near the former myrmidon bastion of Fallujah,
... the City of Mosques, which might have somthing to do with why it's not called Center of Prosperity or a really nice place to raise your kids...
two bombs targeting the homes of coppers, followed by a third that went off as onlookers gathered at the scene, killed four.

Wednesday's deaths were the latest in Iraq's worst violence since 2008, with more than 5,600 people killed this year, according to an AFP tally based on reports from security and medical officials. Maliki has called for help from the United States in the form of intelligence-sharing and the delivery of new weapons systems in an effort to deal with the unrest.

Turkey's foreign minister also offered Ankara's assistance during a recent visit to Storied Baghdad. In addition to major security problems, authorities have failed to provide adequate basic services such as electricity and clean water, and corruption is widespread. Political squabbling has paralysed the government, while parliament has passed almost no major legislation in years.
Posted by: Fred || 11/14/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State of Iraq

#1  Arab unity
Posted by: Frank G || 11/14/2013 8:07 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Defense volunteer gunned down in southern Thailand
[Bangkok Post] A territorial defense volunteer was killed in a drive-by shooting in Narathiwat province early on Wednesday morning.

The shooting occurred about 12:30 a.m. on a rural road in Sungai Kolok district. Witnesses said the victim was traveling on his motorcycle when a gunman riding pillion on another motorcycle fired twelve shots at him with an assault rifle. The attackers then fled.

The victim, Sakree Maya-eh, was hit by five bullets and died on the spot. Police blamed separatist terrorists militants.
Posted by: ryuge || 11/14/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under: Thai Insurgency

Army advances as jihadists call to arms in north Syria
[Al Ahram] The Syrian army advanced Wednesday on the Islamist-held northern village of Tal Hassel, a monitor said, as jihadist rebels in nearby Aleppo called for mass mobilisation to counter the offensive.

Fighting raged at Tal Hassel, located about 12 kilometres (seven miles) from Aleppo, the country's pre-war commercial hub, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

In fighting elsewhere in the country, nine people were killed by shelling in the central city of Homs, according to the official Sana news agency, which blamed the attack on "terrorists," the regime's term for the rebels.

An estimated 120,000 people have been killed and millions displaced by Syria's civil war, which erupted after a fierce government crackdown on pro-democracy protests first held in March 2011.

A security official confirmed the army was advancing at Tal Hassel, and said it was "expanding operations to recover regions captured by terrorists."

"Local residents are being very cooperative with the Syrian army, because they were treated very badly by the terrorists."

Jihadist fighters in Aleppo have called for mass mobilisation to counter regime advances after the Islamists suffered a string of setbacks around the northern city.

In a statement posted online, the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) called on "all brigades and Mohammedans to arms to face off against the enemy which is attacking Islamic territory."

ISIL, which includes a large contingent of imported muscle, also released a grisly video of two jihadists in Aleppo holding up the head of a man they said was an Iraqi Shiite who had been fighting for the regime.

The Observatory said the decapitated man was a rebel.

"Those with a valid excuse not to fight must supply weapons and money," the ISIL statement said, while acknowledging "many losses in fighting for Base 80, Khanasser and Sfeira."

It said 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...
's forces -- which it dubbed "the Alawite army" after the Shiite offshoot to which Assad's family belongs -- had taken "part of the road linking Khanasser, Tal Aran and Sfeira because of the weakness of rebel groups."

The statement put this down to "many rebel units withdrawing from the combat zone."

Six Islamist rebel groups, among them Al-Nusra Front, Ahrar al-Sham and Liwa al-Tawhid, had on Monday issued a general call to arms in Aleppo "to face up to regime attacks."

A military source said Monday that the army had secured most of the area around Aleppo International Airport and could reopen the facility, which fighting has kept closed for nearly a year.

This came after regime forces retook Base 80, a strategic facility built to secure the airport just outside the country's second city.

Aleppo airport was closed at the start of the year, as rebels launched a campaign to seize airfields in the area.

Sfeira, southeast of Aleppo, was recaptured by regime troops at the beginning of November, after being held by rebels for months.

Both state media and the Observatory said Monday the army had also secured Tal Aran town, one of the last areas under rebel control on the Sfeira-Aleppo road.
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