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7 People Killed in Pakistan Shiite Procession
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 11/24/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Birthday Gam Shot

Katherine Heigl [Filmography](age 34)

Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 11/24/2012 12:23 Comments || Top||

2 Killed in Afghanistan Suicide Bomb Attack
[VOA News] Afghan officials say a suicide car boomer has attacked government offices in eastern Afghanistan, killing two people and wounding at least 70, including several 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...
service members.

Authorities say the Friday morning blast took place in Maidan Shar, the capital of restive Wardak province.

An ISAF front man said the kaboom took place near the Wardak provincial governor's compound and that several coalition service members received minor injuries.

"So we can confirm that this morning in Maidan Shar district in Wardak province, an unidentified kaboom near the Wardak provincial governor's compound caused minor injury to several coalition service members, and possibly more serious injuries to an unidentified number of local civilians," said front man Charlie Stadtlander. "We're still assessing the situation and will release more information as appropriate."

The Taliban has grabbed credit for the attack, saying it was in response to the executions this week of four Taliban detainees at the Pul-e-Charkhi prison on the outskirts of Kabul.

The four Taliban members were among a total of 14 executed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Those put to death were convicted of crimes, including murder and rape.
Posted by: Fred || 11/24/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Have you noticed the large numbers of Moslems, the Moslems are killing?

They bitch and belly ache about a massacre that occurred almost TWO FREAKING THOUSAND YEARS AGO and then turn around and kill thousands of fellow Moslems over a interfraticidinal dispute over the succession to Mohammed?

There is no logic in any of that.

So my view is the Moslems are more prejudiced and more discriminatory against each other than we in the west will ever be. So when CAIR goes on one of their talk show snivel tours, remember, we are just an excuse for their excesses and their corrupt/psychotic religion.
Posted by: Bill Clinton || 11/24/2012 12:35 Comments || Top||

Africa Horn
Somali Gov't soldiers exchange gunfire in Mogadishu, 2 killed
[Shabelle] Somali government soldiers have exchanged a heavy gunfire in Mogadishu, killing at least two combatants while others injured, reports said on Friday.

Friday gunfire happened at Suq-Bo'le village in Mogadishu's Dharkenley district, when soldiers tried to remove an illegal checkpoint placed by another soldiers under the hapless Somali government, according to witnesses who spoke with Shabelle Media Network.

The latest reports in the areas say that the situation returned normal after more another government troops had intervened to the warring sides.

It is not the first time that government soldiers disagreed and exchange deadly gunfire in Mogadishu, Somalia capital since Al shabab fighters pulled out of the city last year.
Posted by: Fred || 11/24/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

Africa Subsaharan
Nigerian Muslim Riot Leaves 4 Dead, Church Burnt
[An Nahar] A mispronunciation taken to be blasphemous in Nigeria's north sparked a riot by Moslem youths Thursday, leaving four people dead as well as a church and shops burnt, police and residents said.

"What happened in (the town of) Bichi was misinformation," Kano state police chief Ibrahim Idris told news hounds. "Rumors went round that someone blasphemed the Prophet and there was a breakdown of law and order."

Residents reported four people dead along with the church and Christian-owned shops burnt. Soldiers and coppers deployed in the town.

The riot came on the same day that former British prime minister Tony Blair and the incoming spiritual head of the world's Anglicans Justin Welby launched an initiative in the Nigerian capital Abuja aimed at Moslem-Christian reconciliation.

According to Idris, a Christian tailor mispronounced the name of a dress while chatting with his Moslem neighbor in Hausa, the major language spoken in the north, changing the meaning to 'the Prophet has come to the market'.

Idris however denied anyone was killed, though residents spoke of the deaths. Bichi is located some 30 kilometers (18 miles) from Kano, the largest city in Nigeria's mainly Moslem north.

"Four Igbos were killed in the attacks. One of them was thrown into a ditch near my house," one resident said, referring to a mainly Christian ethnic group.

"Scores of shops owned by Christians and a church were burnt by a large mob of Moslem youth who set bonfires on the road and disrupted traffic."

Another resident said he saw four dead bodies "hacked with machetes by the rioters".

A nurse at the Bichi General Hospital said the tailor who was severely beaten by the mob had been evacuated to Kano for treatment.
Posted by: Fred || 11/24/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The devil wear Prophet comes to Market.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 11/24/2012 11:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Doing what they do best.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 11/24/2012 11:12 Comments || Top||

Nigeria Offers Reward for Capture of Boko Haram Leaders
[An Nahar] Nigeria's military on Friday offered hundreds of thousands of dollars in rewards for information leading to the capture of leaders of Islamist orc group 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...
.A statement listed 19 alleged senior members of the orc group blamed for hundreds of deaths in connection with its insurgency in northern and central Nigeria.

The rewards ranged from 50 million naira ($317,000, 245,000 euros) for the suspected leader of the group, Abubakar Shekau, to 10 million naira for various Boko Haram "commanders".

"They are wanted in connection with terrorist activities particularly in the northeast zone of Nigeria that led to the killings, bombings and liquidation of some civilians, religious leaders, traditional rulers, businessmen, politicians, civil servants and security personnel amongst others," a military statement said.

"They are also wanted for arson and destruction of properties worth millions of naira."

In June, the United States designated three Nigerian Islamist gunnies "global terrorists" but declined to label Boko Haram a terrorist group, citing its domestic focus, among other issues.

The three named by the US State Department were Shekau as well as Abubakar Adam Kambar and Khalid al-Barnawi, both said to have ties to a regional al-Qaeda group.

Friday's statement offering rewards listed both Shekau and al-Barnawi, but not Kambar.

Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa, who issued the statement on behalf of a military task force operating in the country's northeast, did not respond to phone calls.
Posted by: Fred || 11/24/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram

23 Jamaat-Shibir Men Held
[Bangla Daily Star] Law enforcers in the last two days placed in durance vile
Please don't kill me!
at least 23 more leaders and activists of Jamaat and Shibir from three other districts on charges of the recent attacks on police, involvement in acts of violence and suspected link to subversive activities.

Of the arrestees, 11 are from Narail, seven from Munshiganj and five from Narayanganj.

Our Correspondent from Narail reports that two Jamaat leaders including Jakir Hossain, ameer of Jamaat's Kotakol union unit, were arrested yesterday afternoon.

On Thursday, police arrested nine Jamaat and Shibir men including Lohagora upazila Jamaat Ameer Ali Ahmed Mollah.

In Munshiganj, police arrested seven Jamaat men from sadar and Gazooria upazilas with some booklets and non-lethal local arms, reports our Munshiganj correspondent.

Our Narayanganj correspondent adds that law enforcers arrested five Jamaat men from Fatullah, Kashimpur, Sonargaon and Dewbhogh areas of the district yesterday and on Thursday night.
Posted by: Fred || 11/24/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-e-Islami

Shibir men fight cops
[Bangla Daily Star] Islami Chhatra Shibir
... the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh...
activists early yesterday hurled a bomb and brickbats on police in Jessore town while the law enforcers besieged a student's mess allegedly controlled by the pro-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...
student body supporters.

In return, police fired two blank shots and tossed in the slammer
You have the right to remain silent...
12 Shibir men from the mess who gathered there to plot subversive activities, reports our Jessore correspondent quoting Golam Rahman, officer-in-charge (OC) of Sadar Police Station.

The OC said a team of police conducted a drive at Munshi Bari Mess, locally known as a strong den of Shibir men, early yesterday. Sensing their presence,
My spider sense! It's tingling again! To arms! Aux barricades!
the Shibir men hurled a bomb and huge quantity of brickbats on them.

...back at the revival hall, the SWAT team had finally arrived...
in Jessore town yesterday noon, three persons including a director of a coaching centre were stabbed and a coaching centre was torched allegedly by the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League
... the student wing of the Bangla Awami League ...
, a pro-Awami League student organization.

The attackers ransacked Radar and Focus coaching centres, operated by Shibir, at Eidgah intersection and torched Radar Coaching Centre.

They stabbed Hafizur Rahman, a director of Radar; Shahadat Hossain, an employee; and Sujit Pal, an employee of an advocate's chamber which the attackers mistakenly ransacked.
Posted by: Fred || 11/24/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-e-Islami

7 People Killed in Pakistan Shiite Procession
[VOA News] Pak officials say a kaboom near a minority Shi'ite religious procession has killed seven people, including at least three children, and maimed more than a dozen other people.

Authorities say the attack happened Saturday in the city of Dera Ismail Khan
... the Pearl of Pashtunistan ...
, located near the South Wazoo tribal region.

Authorities have tightened security across the country amid intelligence reports of possible attacks on Shi'ite gatherings during the holy month of Muharram.

Sunni beturbanned goons have targeted Shi'ites in the past during Muharram, especially Ashoura, when Shi'ites commemorate the seventh century death of Iman Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson. Ashoura falls on Saturday this year.
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Terror suspects arrested
[Dawn] Law enforcement agencies have placed in long-term storage
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
two alleged terror suspects from Lahore and five members of a banned outfit near an imambargah in Sargodha on Thursday.

Punjab police sources in Lahore however claimed that the number of arrests from Sargodha was 39.

A senior police official privy to the development told Dawn that the suspected Death Eaters arrested from Lahore two days ago had disclosed that 'they were ready to hit Muharram processions in the lovely provincial capital as per given assignment'.

He said more arrests had also been made on the basis of the information gleaned from these suspects. He said several hotels, inns and restaurants in the lovely provincial capital were under observation to track down suspects.

He said the Sargodha police had arrested 39 people of six banned outfits during a crackdown launched in the entire district since Wednesday last.

On Thursday, Sargodha police arrested 'five activists of a banned outfit' near Imambargah Block 19 and shifted them to some unknown place for investigation.

A police source in Sargodha said a couple of days back five boys aged between 17 and 22 hailing from Bajaur Agency, aka Turban Central
...Smallest of the agencies in FATA. The Agency administration is located in Khar. Bajaur is inhabited almost exclusively by Tarkani Pashtuns, which are divided into multiple bickering subtribes. Its 52 km border border with Afghanistan's Kunar Province makes it of strategic importance to Pakistain's strategic depth...
had hired a room near Markazi Imambargah. He said the suspects might have some plans to target Muharram processions.
Posted by: Fred || 11/24/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Jhangvi

Seven injured in Khyber Agency
[Dawn] Seven people, including two schoolchildren and a khasadar
...a rural policeman in Pakistain or India...
official, received injuries in different incidents in Khyber Agency on Thursday.

Sources said that three persons were maimed when hard boyz targeted a NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A single organization with differing goals, equipment, language, doctrine, and organization....
tanker and an official vehicle with improvised bombs in Jamrud and Landi Kotal tehsils of the tribal region.

One of the bombs was planted along Jamrud bypass road, at a distance of about 500 metres from the offices of political administration, to target a NATO container. Officials said that the driver of the container received minor injuries in the blast.

Minutes later, another device planted along 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.
-Torkham road at Sadukhel in Landi Kotal targeted an official vehicle carrying a khasadar official. The official, subedar Harkala Khan, and a civilian accompanying him received minor injuries. The vehicle was damaged badly in the blast.

Both the incidents caused suspension of traffic on Peshawar-Torkham road for some time.

Security forces also defused another bomb planted on the main road in Sur Qamar area of Jamrud.

In Bara, two activists of a local peace committee were maimed in a kaboom in Gul Mast Tambu area.

Sources said that Dilawar and Sajjad, activists of Shalobar Peace Committee, received injuries when a bomb went kaboom! on a road. Both the injured were shifted to a hospital in Peshawar.

In another incident, Habibullah and Inayat, students of a private school, were maimed when a mortar shell fell on their school in Sheen Drand area.
Posted by: Fred || 11/24/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: TTP

Swabi bomb blast injures two: Police
[Dawn] At least two people were maimed when a remote controlled bomb went kaboom! on Mardan road in the area of Swabi, DawnNews reported.

The bomb was planted in a cycle near a plaza which exploded using a remote control, police sources said.

The police sources added that two pedestrians, who were maimed in the kaboom, have been shifted to a hospital.

The building was also partially damaged by the blast.

Police cordoned off the area and initiated a search operation.
Posted by: Fred || 11/24/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: TTP

Peshawar police under attack: Militants kill three cops at checkposts
[Dawn] Militants on Thursday attacked two police checkposts in the thriving provincial capital, killing three personnel.

it was a brave man who first ate an oyster...
two bombs were defused near a cop shoppe. The first attack was carried out in Badbher area against a checkpost manned by police and Frontier Constabulary personnel at Maloot Chowk on Frontier Road close to Khyber Agency.

Two police constables, Rehman Wali of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
and Shamsur Rehman of Akbarpura area in Nowshera, died in the attack.

A police official of the Rural Circle told Dawn that a group of snuffies armed with sophisticated weapons attacked the checkpost from Khyber Agency at 11am.

He said coppers and FC personnel retaliated but Rehman and Shams suffered serious bullet injuries.

The official said one of the coppers was struck down in his prime, while the other was found dead at a nearby place after snuffies retreated.

Later in the evening, snuffies hurled a hand grenade inside the Ring Road police post in Paharipura area, injuring four coppers.

A police official said the injured personnel were shifted to Lady Reading Hospital but one of them, Wahid Zaman, died before reaching there. The official said it was not known if attackers were riding a cycle of violence or a car.

Also in the day, police detected two bombs planted under the newly-built one-kilometre long Sikandar Khan Khalil Flyover in Gul Bahar area.

The bombs were packed in shopping bags and kept behind the cemented blocks.

The bomb detection led to the suspension of the traffic on the city's main artery for around an hour.

Police later called in the Bomb Disposal Unit personnel, who went kaboom! the bombs, causing panic among road users and local residents.

According to BDU officials, one of the bomb weighed around three kilogrammes and the other 500 grammes.

"Had the bombs went kaboom!, they would have damaged the flyover," an official said.

In the evening, unidentified people fired a rocket in Peshtakhara area damaging part of a house on Abdara Road.

it was a brave man who first ate an oyster...
it caused no damage to human life.

Police said it seemed that the rocket was fired from adjacent Khyber Agency. They said only the investigation would reveal what the rocket was aimed at.
Posted by: Fred || 11/24/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: TTP

Blast in Khyber kills two anti-Taliban militiamen
[Dawn] At least two members of an anti-Taliban militia were killed Friday evening when a roadside kaboom went kaboom! in Khyber tribal region, Khyber, one of seven agencies in Pakistain's semi-autonomous tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, officials said.

Local officials, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
because they were not allowed to speak to the media, said the attack in Khyber's Bara tehsil was carried out through a remote-controlled bomb.

The bomb, which was planted along the road in Qamber Khel area, went kaboom! as volunteers of the 'aman lashkar' passed by in their vehicle -- completely destroying the car and killing both militia-men on the spot.

Pak Taliban front man Ehsanullah Ehsan, speaking to Dawn.Com from Qazi's guesthouse an undisclosed location, confirmed that the banned turban group had targeted the anti-Taliban fighters with a remote controlled improvised bomb (IED).
Posted by: Fred || 11/24/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: TTP

Police avert suicide attack near Lakki Marwat Imambargah
[Dawn] Lakki Marwat police Friday night averted a suicide kaboom on an Imambargah in Mohallah Saidan area of Lakki Marwat District when they rubbed out a suspected jacket wallah.

According to police officials, the suspected bomber was stopped at a check point near the Imambarghah but he opened fired on the police and was subsequently rubbed out.

District Police Officer (DPO) Idrees Khan said the bomber, who was wearing a blanket, was stopped at a check post near Masjid Ghosia in Mohalla Bagbanan.

The check point is an entry point to Shia community's Mohallah Saidan.

The DPO said, "the suspect bomber instead opened fire on the police and bravely ran away into a narrow street to escape."

"He then threw a hand grenade at the coppers but was subsequently killed after his vest went kaboom! due to police firing when he reached at the dead end of the street," Khan added.

Some sources said the suicide bomber was riding a rickshaw and when stopped by the police he opened fired and attacked the police with a hand grenade.

Police reports suggest no causalities however two coppers sustained minor injuries amid the vest kaboom.

The officials added that the probable target of the suicide bomber was an ongoing Majlis-e-Aza going at the residence of a Shia leader Syed Zahoor Abbas Shah or the Imambargah in Mohllah Saidan but timely response of the police averted a huge loss of lives.

...back at the fist fight, Jake ducked another roundhouse, then parried with his left, then with his right, finally with his chin...
reports said that a blast had been heard in Gilgit Baltistan as well. However,
a lie repeated often enough remains a lie...
according to police officials there are no casualties.
Posted by: Fred || 11/24/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Jhangvi

300 Gazans Riot At Border Fence, Try To Break Through Into Israel
Man rubbed out, 19 maimed by Israeli gunfire near Gazoo border, Ma'an news agency reports; army says troops fired towards legs of rioters attempting to cross into Israel

A Paleostinian man was rubbed out and 19 were maimed by IDF gunfire in Khan Younis on Friday, the Paleostinian Ma'an News Agency reported, citing medical officials in Gazoo.

Witnesses told Ma'an the incident occurred along Gazoo's border fence with Israel shortly before Friday prayers.

The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said that some 300 Paleostinians approached the border fence in the south of the Strip on Friday morning and began rioting.

"IDF forces made efforts to disperse the rioters, and when they refused to leave warning shots were fired," the army said. "Several rioters damaged the fence and attempted to cross into Israel's territory."

According to the statement, troops fired towards the legs of the rioters who attempted to cross the border. One man who managed to enter Israel was incarcerated
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
ad was later returned to Gazoo.

According to Ma'an, Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, front man Sami Abu Zuhri
...a senior front man for Hamas. Zuhri gained notoriety in 2006 when he dropped his money belt containing somewhere between 640,000 and 900,000 euros, which was confiscated by Paleostinian security and customs officials at a routine border crossing from Egypt to Gazoo. The news brought competing Hamas and Fatah forces to the crossing checkpoint for an epic face-making and hollering contest...
accused Israel of violating the Egypt-mediated truce and said the group would complain to Cairo. "We will contact the Egyptian mediator to discuss the incident," he was quoted as saying.

Paleostinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki denounced the reported killing later Friday as well. Speaking at a meeting with Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi, he called the incident "a clear violation of the agreement and should not be repeated."

Four Paleostinians were reportedly injured by IDF fire on Thurday.

The ceasefire between Israel and Gazoo groups took hold on Wednesday evening after eight days of cross-border fighting.
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#1  Mutual of Gaza has a major deductible for injuries to legs and feets, little wonder the juices aim'ed at them.
Posted by: Shipman || 11/24/2012 15:41 Comments || Top||

#2  The Gazooks are gonna tell their big brother Morsi.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 11/24/2012 15:51 Comments || Top||

#3  Prolly all watched a YouTube video and were whipped into an uncontrollable Islamo-frenzy.

So what's the over/under on when the first cease-fire rocket flies? I can't see 'em making it to a week.
Posted by: SteveS || 11/24/2012 16:35 Comments || Top||

#4  300 Gazans should not be allowed near the fence. ROE should start at the feets and extend neckward
Posted by: Frank G || 11/24/2012 17:38 Comments || Top||

#5  our usual idiot troll leaving droppings
Posted by: Frank G || 11/24/2012 18:35 Comments || Top||

#6  Cleaned up.
Posted by: lotp || 11/24/2012 19:06 Comments || Top||

Posted by: dubai11 || 11/24/2012 19:14 Comments || Top||

#8  "So what's the over/under on when the first cease-fire rocket flies?"

I believe that's already occurred, Steve. :-(
Posted by: Barbara || 11/24/2012 19:15 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Gail Follard dubai11 || 11/24/2012 20:10 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Kevin dubai11 || 11/24/2012 21:15 Comments || Top||

Five Syrians Arrested for Plotting to Bomb Leb Ashoura Procession
[An Nahar] The army on Friday incarcerated
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
Syrian nationals who were preparing an bomb with the aim of detonating it at an Ashoura procession set to be held on Saturday, media reports said.

"Army intelligence agents on Friday evening arrested five Syrians at a house in the Nabatiyeh neighborhood of al-Maslakh while they were preparing a 300-gram bomb with the aim of detonating it during the Muharram (Ashoura) 9 procession that will be held tomorrow in the city of Nabatiyeh" in southern Leb, al-Jadeed television reported.

Army troops cordoned off the house and the detainees were taken to the headquarters of the army Intelligence Directorate in the southern city of Sidon, the TV network added.

Later on Friday, state-run National News Agency said "five people were arrested in the Nabatiyeh neighborhood of al-Maslakh as they were plotting for a subversive act in the area."

"They are being interrogated by the army," the agency added.

The army, the Internal Security Forces and members of Hizbullah and AMAL Movement are taking strict security measures in areas witnessing Ashoura ceremonies and processions.
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Syria Kurds Join Forces in Standoff with Rebels
[An Nahar] Two main Kurdish groups have agreed to join forces in a standoff with hundreds of beturbanned fascisti in northeastern Syria, a Syrian Kurdish representative and an activist said on Friday.

Hundreds of fighters loyal to the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) -- which has close ties to Turkey's rebel Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) -- have been locked in fierce battles with fighters of the jihadist al-Nusra Front and allied Ghuraba al-Sham group in Ras al-Ain on the border with Turkey.

The agreement sets the stage for an expanded conflict in the area between beturbanned fascisti opposed to Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Horror of Homs...
and Syrian Kurdish forces.

"We initially agreed on forming these (joint) forces that do not belong to any side, and discussions are ongoing now" in Arbil, the capital of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region, Mohammed Rasho, a representative of the People's Council of Western Kurdistan, which is close to the PYD, told AFP.

Talks on the formation of the joint forces between the People's Council of Western Kurdistan and the Kurdish National Council, which comprises a number of Syrian Kurdish parties, began three days ago, Rasho said, adding that they took place under the supervision of the presidency of Iraqi Kurdistan.

An activist who identified himself as Havidar meanwhile said that "the two Kurdish national councils in western Kurdistan (Syria) have agreed in Iraq to create a united military force, bringing together PYD forces and other Kurdish dissidents" in Syria.

"Since the Free Syrian Army forces came to Kurdish areas, especially Ras al-Ain," there was in the beginning "an understanding that they would limit their deployment to Arab areas," said Rasho.

But after some time, rebel forces burned Kurdish flags that had been raised, and "festivities between us and them occurred in Kurdish areas," he said.

Rasho added that rebel groups including the Tawhid Brigade, the main opposition formation in Aleppo
...For centuries, Aleppo was Greater Syria's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third, after Constantinople and Cairo. Although relatively close to Damascus in distance, Aleppans regard Damascenes as country cousins...
, Ghuraba al-Sham and "sometimes" the al-Nusra Front, "stand against Kurdish citizens."

On July 11, the Kurdish National Council met in Iraq with the People's Council of Western Kurdistan and decided to form the Supreme Kurdish Council.

Friday's agreement was announced a day after the Ghuraba al-Sham called in a video posted on the Internet for Islamist volunteers to flock to Ras al-Ain for a drive on the scenic provincial capital Hasakeh, whose population is majority Kurdish.

"We of the Ghuraba al-Sham battalion call on the (mainstream rebel) Free Syrian Army and the mujahedeen to advance towards Ras al-Ain. Increase our numbers so that we can free the city of Hasakeh," an unidentified rebel commander said in the footage, standing among some 50 fighters.

"And we warn all those who stand in the way of this revolt... especially the PYD and the PKK, and any other gang, against taking any action that contradicts the path of the revolution," he added.

Syria's Arab-led rebels accuse the PYD of being in cahoots with Assad's regime.
Posted by: Fred || 11/24/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Perhaps the Kuridish buga-bear will get Turkey moving, they're almost out of runway.
Posted by: Shipman || 11/24/2012 3:55 Comments || Top||

#2  That would make the Turkish dance-of-a-thousand-neutral-veils come to a quick end. NATO's too, for that matter.
Posted by: Pappy || 11/24/2012 12:52 Comments || Top||

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