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Turkey bombs multiple locations in Duhok province: local officials
2020-08-10
[Rudaw] Ottoman Turkish air forces bombed at least three areas in Kurdistan Region’s Duhok province on Saturday, according to local officials.

Areas in Deralok, Batifa and Shildaze were hit by Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s on Saturday morning, local mayors told Rudaw.

"The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund...
has been bombarding the vicinity of the villages of Avla, Banka Sare, Manin and Pirbile [in the area] since 9am," Batifa Mayor Dlsher Abdulsattar told Rudaw.

A civilian vehicle was also targeted in the strikes, according to Abdulsattar. No casualties have been reported.

Turkey launched a new air offensive in the Kurdistan Region on June 15, with the stated aim of removing Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters from its borders with the Region. Residents and wildlife of the mountains have borne the brunt of the campaign, however.

Deralok Mayor Sami Barwari confirmed to Rudaw that Turkey had bombed the mountains and a number of nearby villages.

Video footage submitted to Rudaw by Deralok resident Abdullah Ali showed smoke rising from the Link mountains, with Ali saying Turkey had "intensely" bombed the area, forcing farmers to leave their land.

"The farmers had visited their villages to irrigate their farms but they were forced to leave their villages," he added.

Turkey’s new offensive has been focused on areas in Duhok province’s Zakho region.
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Duhok: 2020-08-03 Iraqi security forces arrest suspect over Baghdad bombing
Duhok: 2020-08-02 Turkish warplane launches airstrike near Duhok city
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Deralok: 2020-07-03 Iraqi border guards set up bases in five 'strategic' positions in Zakho: commander
Deralok: 2020-05-31 Turkish airstrike kills 2 civilians in Duhok province: local officials
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Batifa: 2020-07-17 Heavy Turkish aerial bombardment reported in three Zakho villages: local officials
Batifa: 2020-07-03 Iraqi border guards set up bases in five 'strategic' positions in Zakho: commander
Batifa: 2020-06-19 Eight villages emptied amid Turkish military offensive into northern Iraq
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2020-05-30
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Home Front: WoT
Ohio man indicted on charges of plotting synagogue attack
2019-01-31
[CNN] Damon Joseph is accused of planning to attack a Jewish synagogue in Toledo, Ohio.

A man who allegedly had photographs of weapons and pro-ISIS messages on his social media accounts was indicted Tuesday on charges of targeting a Jewish house of worship, federal prosecutors in northern Ohio said.

Authorities have said Damon Joseph,
...at the time of his arrest he entered our files as Damon M. Joseph...
21, of Holland, Ohio, planned to kill worshipers inside a synagogue in Toledo with an assault rifle.

A federal grand jury indictment charges him with attempting to provide material support to ISIS, attempting to commit a hate crime and possessing firearms in furtherance of a crime of violence.

CNN has reached out to an attorney for Joseph, but has not received a response.

Joseph, also known as Abdullah Ali Yusuf, was enjugged
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
after taking possession of two semi-automatic rifles in December, authorities said.

Investigators became aware of Joseph after they noticed pictures of knives and firearms on his social media accounts, court records show. FBI agents posing as members of ISIS began a monthslong conversation with Joseph in which he offered his services in creating propaganda videos, officials said.

In September, agents asked Joseph whether he hated people in America. "Oh yeah, definitely," answered Joseph, according to court records. "The gays the Christians the Catholics the Jews you name it."

Undercover agents later met Joseph in person and were given a shopping list of weapons and ammunition, items he needed to mimic the October Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh, where 11 people were killed, US Attorney Justin E. Herdman said in December. On his list was an assault rifle, semi-automatic pistol, at least two magazines and ammunition, authorities said.

By the time Joseph met with undercover agents, they said, he had narrowed his plot to one synagogue and showed one of the agents pictures from inside the structure, saying he wanted to start the killing spree in the sanctuary, records show. Joseph, who allegedly wanted to make sure he killed a rabbi, said he was going to raid the synagogue on the Sabbath so he would cause maximum bloodshed, records show.

In early December, agents sold Joseph two inoperable AR-15s and that is when they took him into custody, records show.
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FBI: Ohio man arrested in Toledo synagogue plot, said he was inspired by Pittsburgh shooting
2018-12-11
[USAToday] A 21-year-old Ohio man accused of planning to attack a Toledo synagogue told undercover FBI agents that he was inspired both by Islamist propaganda and the suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre that killed 11 people, authorities said Monday.

"I admire what the guy did with the shooting actually," Damon M. Joseph wrote to an undercover FBI agent on Oct. 30, three days after the Pittsburgh attack, agents wrote in an affidavit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

He added: "I can see myself carrying out this type of operation inshallah," he said, using the Arabic word for "God willing."

A gunman shot and killed 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh in October. Robert Bowers, a 46-year-old Pittsburgh man with social media ties to the white nationalist movement, has been charged with 44 counts of murder, firearms offenses and hate crimes in that incident.

Joseph, of Holland, Ohio, was charged Monday with one count of attempting to provide material support to ISIS. Police locked away
Please don't kill me!
him Friday after he took possession of two semi-automatic rifles to carry out the attack, authorities said.

Agents said Joseph, who also used the name "Abdullah Ali Yusuf," drew their attention earlier this year by posting his support of Islamic snuffies on social media accounts ‐ including images that originated from ISIS propaganda.

More: Hate crimes in USA surge in 2017 with big jump in anti-Semitic attacks, FBI says

Undercover FBI agents made contact with him, they said, and outlined their communication in an affidavit filed in court Monday.

In September, they said, Joseph made an ISIS recruiting video and sent it to the agents. He complained that the mosque he attended was critical of ISIS.

He also gave the agents a shopping list that included AR-15 and AK 47 rifles and ammunition, they said.

Joseph continued to plan the attack, they said, and told the agents last week that he was deciding between two synagogues, depending on "which one will have the most people, what time and what day."

"Go big or go home," he told the agents, they wrote in the affidavit.

The undercover agents met with Joseph, gave him a duffel bag with two inoperable rifles and arrested him.

U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman described Joseph as "a calculated man fueled by an ideology of hatred and intent on killing innocent people."

More: Anti-Semitic pamphlets found in Pittsburgh synagogue shooting neighborhood

Joseph is at least the second suspect accused of taking inspiration from the Pittsburgh attack.

Jeffrey R. Clark Jr., 30, was arrested in Washington, D.C., last month and charged with illegal possession of a firearm. Authorities said relatives became concerned by his support for Bowers.

In one social media post, they said, Clark called the Pittsburgh attack "a dry run of things to come."

Clark and his 23-year-old brother, Edward, followed Bowers on the social media site Gab, which has become a haven for white supremacists who have been banned from more mainstream social media networks.

Edward Clark shot himself to death in a national park Washington hours after the Pittsburgh shooting, authorities said.
Law and Crime has more details.
FBI charge 2 in Ohio accused of plotting separate attacks

[Ynet] The FBI and Department of Justice said Monday that both attacks were in the planning stages and that there was no immediate threat to the public.

Federal authorities say the other arrest involved a woman who wanted to shoot up a bar and also blow up a pipeline.
Update from Reuters at 10:50 a.m. ET:
An Ohio woman who corresponded with Charleston, South Carolina church shooter Dylann Roof was charged on Monday with planning to bomb a Toledo, Ohio, bar, prosecutors said.

Elizabeth Lecron, 23, was accused of purchasing gunpowder and screws that the FBI said she intended to use in an “upscale mass murder” at the bar, U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said in a statement.

Lecron came to the attention of police this year after an associate expressed a desire to conduct an attack. Investigators found a number of social media posts by Lecron glorifying mass murderers, including Roof and the Columbine High School shooters.

She visited Columbine High School this year and exchanged letters with Roof, attempting to send Nazi literature to the avowed white supremacist, according to an affidavit filed in the case.

Roof was sentenced to death for the 2015 killing of nine worshipers at an African-American church in Charleston.

In discussions with undercover FBI agents, Lecron also talked about an attack to free farm animals, bombing a pipeline and attacking her workplace.

On Friday, she purchased two pounds (0.9 kg) of a muzzle-loading gunpowder and 665 screws at stores in Perrysburg, Ohio, after which police arrested her.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iranian designated ‘global terrorist’ by US for subversive activities in Bahrain
2018-08-14
[ARABNEWS] The US Department of State designated Iran-based Qassim Abdullah Ali Ahmed as a global terrorist on Monday, according to a statement.

Also known as Qassim al-Muamen, Ahmed is a leader of the al-Ashtar Brigade (AAB), a group which the US has labelled a "Foreign Terrorist Organization."

As part of Executive Order 13224, Ahmed has been highlighted as posing a "significant risk of committing acts of terrorism."

The designation from the US Department of State seeks to deny Ahmed "resources to plan and carry out terrorist attacks."

Under the sanctions, Ahmed’s property and interests subject to US jurisdiction are blocked, and American citizens are prohibited from engaging in any transactions with him.

The AAB seeks to overthrow the Bahraini government, and Ahmed has previously recruited gunnies in Bahrain, trained AAB members how to use weaponry and explosives as well as funded AAB members to carry out attacks.

In November 2017, Bahraini authorities identified Ahmed as being involved in an AAB plot to assassinate prominent figures in Bahrain and target three oil pipelines.

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Arabia
Houthis announce death of high-ranking commander in Yemen’s Hajjah
2018-06-26
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
militias on Sunday announced that their commander at the Hardh front in the Hajjah Governorate, northwest of Yemen, has been killed along with dozens of their bandidos holy warriors following Arclight airstrikes carried out by the Arab Coalition.

The commander was identified as Abdelrazak Abdullah Ali al-Naami, popularly known as Abu Ahmad. He was tasked with commanding Houthis in the Hardh front where confrontations have escalated between the Houthis and the legitimate forces.

The Houthis did not specify when exactly Abu Ahmad was killed, but sources revealed that he was killed months ago. They added that the Houthis kept this secret because they wanted to maintain the morale of their fighters.

Abu Ahmad’s brother Radwan was also killed at the Hardh front ten days ago.

The Houthis’ strategy is to also hide their defeats in several fighting fronts, especially in the west coast and in their major stronghold in Saada.

Hundreds of Houthi commanders have recently been killed after they had to be directly involved in fighting fronts to compensate for the shortage in fighters.

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Arabia
Bahrain arrests suspect, names Iran-backed cell involved in attacks
2017-11-16
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Bahraini authorities have incarcerated
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
a terror suspect on charges of plotting a recent deadly attack on a police bus and identified an Iran-backed cell involved in a series of plots including kabooms on three oil pipelines.

Bahrain’s chief of public security told news hounds at a presser on Wednesday that Zuhair Ebrahim Jassim Abdullah Abas, 37, was arrested for plotting a kaboom on a police bus on Oct. 27 which resulted in the death of policeman Salman Anjam and the injuring of nine others.

Abas’ partner in the plot has reportedly escaped to Iran.

"This was one of a series of terrorist crimes that were planned and executed by a cell linked to Iran-based terror runaways and closely connected to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards," a statement from an interior ministry spokesperson read.

"The disruption of the terror cell foiled a major plot to target public personalities in Bahrain and launch attacks with explosives on three oil pipelines," the statement added.

The suspect arrested on Wednesday is part of a five-man terror cell identified for taking part in past attacks and plotting other ones across the island kingdom. In October 2011, the members of the cell travelled by land to Syria and then to Iran. Their passports were not stamped at the Syria-Iranian border.

They travelled again to Iran in July 2017, according to authorities.

Terror plots
"Cell members were trained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard on how to plan and execute kabooms. This included training on how to plant bombs. The types of explosives used included TNT, RDX and C4. They were also taught how to make moulds for shaped charges, and received training on the technical aspects of bomb-making. They were trained to handle tasers, AK-47s, M16s, RPGs, and pistols," authorities said.

Bahraini authorities identified the following men as part of the cell: Qassim Abdullah Ali Ahmed, also known as "Qassim al-Muamen", 28, whose Bahraini nationality was revoked after being sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment on terror charges. The second man identified is Sadiq Jaffar Mohammed Abdullah Al Tooq, 36, and wanted on terror-related charges, including the manufacturing and possession of homemade bombs. Mahdi Ebrahim Jassim Abdullah, 28, was the third identified member and was earlier sentenced in absentia to 30 years on terror charges, including bomb-making. The fourth runaway was named as Mohammed Mahdi Mohammed Hassan, 39, a heavy truck driver wanted on suspicion of plotting acts of terrorism, manufacturing bombs, and executing acts of terrorism. He was sentenced in absentia for eight cases of robbery and rioting.

All four men are currently runaways after escaping to Iran.
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Arabia
Yemen govt: Kuwait talks may end up to nothing
2016-06-16
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Abdullah Alimi, head of the Yemeni government advisory delegation in Kuwait, warned over "politic of procrastination and waste of time by the Militias delegation, expressing his "fear that the consultations devolve into a mirage.

Meanwhile,
...back at the shouting match, a new, even louder, voice was to be heard...
UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, resumed his separate meetings with the delegations of the government and the militias in the peace consultations in Kuwait.

Earlier he said that Yemen's warring parties have discussed forming military and security committees to oversee a transition period aimed at ending 14 months of fighting,

"Discussions continued on security and military issues, including the details of military and security committees," Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said in a statement early Wednesday.

The UN envoy had tried to push the two sides to release half of all their prisoners before the Moslem fasting month of Ramadan, which began on June 6. The main sticking point in talks remains the form of the government that would oversee a transition back to normality once a peace deal is reached.

One of the main obstacles, according to sources, is the rebels attempts to undermine the international legitimacy of President Hadi’s government.

On Tuesday, the Envoy halted the submitting a roadmap to resolve the war-torn country's crisis. according to a source close to the Yemeni governmental delegation in the Kuwait talks.

The delay is due to "the [Houthi] rebels' intransigent stance which their last statement has revealed and which took negotiations back to square one," a source said.

The source added that the "rebels' statement, which was issued two days ago and which came following the return of their delegation head Mohammad Abdelsalam from Saada, reflects the true stance of the rebellious Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
movement as it shows it's not serious about the consultations despite the efforts exerted by the U.N. and the countries sponsoring the political settlement process."

Both rival delegations - on one side the Iranian-backed Houthi militias, and on the other the internationally recognized government of President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi - had both received a copy of the roadmap and discussed it with their leaders.

On Monday, the UN's envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, met with members from the delegations attending the Kuwait peace talks to discuss security measures.

Ahmed was to present a three-point plan to the parties negotiating an end to the war, which began in late March last year and has led to the deaths of thousands.

The first component of the proposal will reportedly involve preliminary procedures, most significant of which is the annulment of the "Constitutional Declaration" enacted by the Houthi militias in February 2015, and reverse every subsequent change in state institutions as a result.

The second component involves the setting up of an internationally-backed military council consisting of military leaders who have not been involved in the war. It will also include the withdrawal of forces from Area A, which includes the capital Sanaa and the security belt around it, and the return of the government to the capital within two months.

According to the terms of the deal, when the Houthi militias withdraw from Sanaa and handing over their weapons, a national unity government will be formed, and it will issue a general amnesty and start a process of reconciliation.

The third component foresees a two-year transition period which will see the resumption of a political process.
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Africa Horn
Ten Shaboobs, including 4 number 3's, killed in KDF airstrike
2016-02-27

Is it just me or is there a lost Victor Hugo novel here?

The short guy, third from the left in the bottom row, is Jean-Pierre, the runaway son of the fabulously wealthy Comte de Somme-Huere. The big guy in the top row, third from right, Jean-Louis, is the poor but honest fugitive from the galleys, who was set up to take the rap for Jean-Claude, second from the left in the bottom row. The lawyer Jean-Jean, third from the right in the bottom row, is the comic relief, assuming there is comic relief in a Victor Hugo novel (this ain't Dumas, y'know.)

Jean-Pierre, Jean-Louis, Jean-Claude, and Jean-Jean are all in love with the virtuous Marie la Tarte, in the bottom row, right hand corner, holding the life preserver. After about nine hundred pages of exposition, all of them are auxed behind the barricades, besieged by the Forces of Oppression. The heroic Jean-Luc, second from the right in the bottom row, sacrifices himself to save the lives of all of them by head butting a cannonball in flight.

Jean-Claude, his nerve giving out at the sight of Jean-Luc's remaining remains, tries to betray the commune, to be done in by Jean-Louis in a sword fight, in which both parties end up with three feet of steel through the lungs. Two hundred pages later, most of it dialogue between Jean-Louis and Jean-Pierre and Marie la Tarte, Jean-Louis finally pegs out. (If it was three of them talking, would that make it "trialogue?")

Jean-Pierre and Marie la Tarte declare their love. If this was an opera they'd sing a duet, but it's not, so they don't. Jean-Claude's lackey, the slow-witted Jean-Paul, then opens the back gate to put the garbage out.

The Forces of Opression, who've been patiently waiting for Jean-Claude to let them in, surge through the gate and kill the lot of them, which is how they ended up having their portraits taken in those cheap coffins.

fin
Are four number threes the same as one number twelve?
Add the ten and you've got twenty-two. That means they went bust...
No, no -- it's division, not multiplication. Thusly: four number twelves to one number three, and God help them if their uniforms aren't clean and properly buttoned.
Osman Abdullah Hajji, a top Somali military commander in Gedo confirmed the killing of senior Al shabaab leaders in latest airstrike by Kenyan air forces in the region.

Hajji said at least ten Al shabaab members, including four middle-ranking commanders died in the KDF airstrike targeted a base for Al shabaab in the remote village of Tulo-Barwaqo in Gedo. Two of the slain commanders were identified as Abdullah Ali and Luqman who have been in attendance at a meeting by Al shabaab leaders in the area at the time of the aerial bombing.

Tulo Barwaqo lies close to SNA controlled Garbaharey town. Al shabaab did not comment on the airstrike by Kenyan jets on Tulo Barwaqo.
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Arabia
Court delays verdict on eloping case
2013-11-25
[Yemen Post] A court in Yemen decided to postpone issuing a final verdict in the case of Huda Abdullah Ali, a young Saudi national who was caught by the authorities as she tried to enter Yemen illegally with her fiancé, Yemen national, Arafat Mohammed Taher al-Qadi.

The couple who were denied their marriage plan by Huda's family decided to escape to Yemen, where they planned to settle and marry, determined to not let tradition and family destroy their hope of happiness. In a society as traditional as Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
where women are no more than commodities under the supreme authority of their male relatives, the idea that a young woman could so blatantly oppose her father's wishes, especially in a matter as gravely important as marriage has had both officials and the religious authorities clamouring for her return; as all want to see her pay for her crime.

While just as traditional as Saudi Arabia, women enjoy a very different status than their Saudi counterpart. So far it is Yemen's more benevolent attitude toward women which has motivated the Yemeni authorities to protect Huda so far, and prompted them to loot at her case with a greater degree of compassion.

Dubbed the Romeo and Juliet of Yemen, Huda and Arafat have captured Yemen's imagination, the contemporary heroes of post-revolution Yemen. Inspired by the couple's plight and maybe on some degree in reaction to Saudi Arabia increasingly prejudiced stance against Yemen, human rights
When they're defined by the state or an NGO they don't mean much...
and political activists have chosen to fight in the couple's behalf.

Protesters have demonstrated before the court room, calling on the authorities to answer "the call of love" and show clemency, warning they would not leave until the two are properly married.

Under much public pressure and the scrutiny of rights groups such Human Rights Watch
... dedicated to bitching about human rights violations around the world...
and HOOD (Yemen's most prominent rights group), prosecutors chose to postpone their decision until it could be determined whether or not Huda could be given a political refugee status under the UN Charter.

Huda's fiancé, al-Qadi, who is himself facing criminal charges for enabling an unauthorized migrant from entering Yemen, told news hounds, "My only demand is to grant Huda humanitarian refugee status so that I can marry her,"

The Yemen Organization for Defending Human Rights, HOOD, said earlier that they have provided the court with all necessary documents for Ali to be registered as a refugee.

HOOD's lawyer Abdul-Raqeeb al-Qadi said the Interior Ministry was still refusing to let the UN refugee agency see Ali, who is in detention.
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Africa Horn
UN calls for calm in Sudan after clashes
2012-03-28
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] UN chief Ban Ki-Moon appealed for calm after Sudan on Tuesday suspended an April summit between President Omar al-Bashir
Head of the National Congress Party. He came to power in 1989 when he, as a brigadier in the Sudanese army, led a group of officers in a bloodless military coup that ousted the government of Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi and eventually appointed himself president-for-life. He has fallen out with his Islamic mentor, Hasan al-Turabi, tried to impose shariah on the Christian and animist south, resulting in its secessesion, and attempted to Arabize Darfur by unleashing the barbaric Janjaweed on it. Sudan's potential prosperity has been pissed away in warfare that has left as many as 400,000 people dead and 2.5 million displaced. Omar has been indicted for genocide by the International Criminal Court but nothing is expected to come of it.
and his southern counterpart after fresh border festivities.

"The government announced that it suspended Bashir's visit to Juba after the South Sudanese army attacked (the oil-rich territory of) Heglig," state radio reported early Tuesday. The two leaders had been due to meet on April 3.

Comments by the South's leader Salva Kiir that his troops had taken the northern oil centre "reflected extreme hatred to Sudan," said Information Minister Abdullah Ali Massar, the official SUNA news agency reported.

South Sudan had engaged in "deceptive and misleading acts" when it signed accords with Khartoum at African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
-led talks in Ethiopia, and when last week it invited Bashir to the summit, said Massar.
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Southeast Asia
Three top terror leaders killed in the Philippines
2012-02-02
At least 15 Islamic terrorists extremists, including three top leaders, were killed in an air raid in Sulu at dawn Thursday. Abu Sayyaf commander Umbra Jumdail, also known as Abu Pula, and Jemaah Islamiyah leaders Zulkifli bin Hir or Marwan, and Abdullah Ali, who uses the guerrilla name Muawiyah Anjala, were the senior leaders killed in the air strikes.

Zulkifli is a Malaysian leader of Jemaah Islamiyah, an explosive expert, and the over-all leader of the JI in the Philippines, said military spokesman Colonel Arnulfo Burgos. The US government has offered $5 million and P7.4 million reward for Zulkifli's capture.

Muawiyah, who goes by many aliases, is a Singaporean member of JI who fled to the Philippines shortly after the Bali bombings, according to a Philippine military intelligence source. He was a former member of the Singaporean military with the rank of Major. He was also a JI member affiliated with the Abu Sayyaf and had contact with Omar Patek, Burgos said. The US offered a $50,000 reward for his arrest.

Jumdail, a member of the Tausug ethnic group, is a founder and one of the top figures of the Abu Sayyaf group. He had warrants of arrest for 21 counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention and was involved in the 2000 kidnapping in Sipadan, Malaysia and the 2001 kidnapping in Dos Palmas resort in Palawan.

In a press briefing, Burgos said that the composite unit with elite troops from the Philippine Army, Philippine Navy and the Philippine Air Force first launched an air strike in Barangay Duyan Kabau, Parang town in Sulu to "soften the target" at around 3 a.m. Thursday. That attack lasted for only a few seconds before troops stormed the terror group's temporary camp, Burgos said.

The air strikes were conducted following tips from civilians that there were Abu Sayyaf and JI members in the area. Burgos said there were also reports that 30 terrorists, including six foreign JI members, arrived in Sulu last December.

Burgos said that no civilians were hurt in the operations, saying that this was a "thorough and deliberate" operation done after "months of intelligence gathering." Burgos added, "We want to assure the people of Sulu that the operation conducted was aimed against known members of the terrorist groups--Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah-- who intends to expand their presence in Mindanao."

See also:
Deaths 'a terrific blow' to terrorism in the Philippines
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