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Afghanistan
Medal of Honor recipient sees a whirlwind of attention
Posted by: Omomp Gray8508 || 01/14/2013 02:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [274 views] Top||

#1  Well, He Said "I thought I had a unlisted number".
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/14/2013 16:40 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Obama: US forces assisted failed French raid in Somalia
President Barack Obama today disclosed that the U.S. military played a role in a failed attempt by French commandos to free a hostage in Somalia on Friday.

In a letter to Congress the president says service members “provided limited technical support” in the raid, but he denies the forces took any direct action in the assault on the compound. The NATO member state was attempting to free a French intelligence agent that had been captured by al-Shabab three years ago.

The hostage and at least one French soldier died in the ensuing gunbattle, which also killed a reported 17 terrorists militants, according to the French government. A town elder said the commandos had also shot Somalis who had turned on flashlights during the nighttime raid trying to see what the commotion was.

Al-Shabab says the French agent is still in their custody along with a soldier from the raid, but did not offer proof.

Obama's letter also says that U.S. aircraft “briefly entered Somali airspace to support the rescue operation, if needed,” but did not deploy weapons. The letter does not mention whether the aircraft were manned planes or drone vehicles.
Posted by: ryuge || 01/14/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [289 views] Top||

#1  President Barack Obama today disclosed that the U.S. military played a role in a failed attempt by French commandos to free a hostage in Somalia on Friday.

Must have been Black.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/14/2013 1:02 Comments || Top||

#2  Zero linked to failure. Who would've thunk it?
Posted by: AlanC || 01/14/2013 7:50 Comments || Top||

#3  My prayers are with the poor bastid they captured :-(
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/14/2013 7:56 Comments || Top||

#4  provided limited technical support" in the raid, but he denies the forces took any direct action

There, weaseled out nicely.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/14/2013 9:42 Comments || Top||

#5  How globalist of us to let the French take the lead, yet the US still kept its' hand in the game.
Posted by: Bobby || 01/14/2013 13:26 Comments || Top||

#6  Leading from Behind™ some 5000 yards off through heavy lenses....
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 01/14/2013 13:28 Comments || Top||

#7  "My prayers are with the poor bastid they captured :-( "

Very true. Supposedly two French commando's now dead at the hands of Al-Shebaab, after being injured and captured. A bad way to go.
Posted by: Raider || 01/14/2013 13:45 Comments || Top||

#8  Will the Bammer next say that US Milfors assisted JAPAN + PHILIPPINES, ETC. in their failed? war agz CHINA in the East, South China Seas???

Mainland Asia???

Iran???

* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS >[GlobalNation.Inquirer,net]
NEW CHINA OFFICIAL MAP INCLUDES [130+] CONTESTED ISLANDS, + Islets, etc. includ those NOT mentioned before by the MSM-Net.

RELATED WORLD NEWS > [Zee News] CHINA PUBLISHES NEW MAP CLAIMING [de facto]SOVEREIGNTY OVER DISPUTED AREAS.

* SAME > [Same] AQUINO SEES STRONGER JAPAN AS "COUNTERWEIGHT" TO AGGRESSIVE ["threatening"] CHINA, in the West PHIL Sea aka South China Sea.

* WORLD NEWS > [China Daily] A VERY RASH MOVE BY THE US, as per continuing illegal arms sales by the US to Taiwan + support by the US for Japan's claims on Chinese island territories in the East China Sea.

* Also from WORLD NEWS > [Japan Defense] MINISTRY MAY BASE [JASDF] F-15'S NEAR MIYAKOJIMA TO COUNTER CHINESE [air]INTRUSION.

RELATED SAME > CHINA: JAPAN AIRCRAFT DISRUPT ROUTINE [Chinese] PATROLS, over their own sovereign territory i.e. the Japan-claimed Diaoyus = Senkakus.

* SAME > OPED NEWS: WORLD WAR IN ASIA? Vietnamese = SE Asian aspects of the US-China rivalry.

* SAME > [Stars-N-Stripes] INCREASE IN MARINES NUMBERS AS MILITARY SHIFTS FOCUS TO PACIFIC, as due to changes in post-Cold War overall US strategies from WarFighting = War Readiness to proactive "Engagement".

* CHINA DAILY FORUM > JAPAN TO SEND TWO MASSIVE PATROL SHIPS TO EAST CHINA SEA.

RELATED SAME > JAPAN TO DEPLOY MORE SHIPS, FIGHTERS NEAR DIAOYU ISLANDS; + WORLD NEWS > [Japan Times}JAPAN COAST GUARD TO FORM DEDICATED GROUP FOR SENKAKU ISLANDS.

* BIG NEWSNETWORK > JAPAN STATEMENT QUESTIONING RUSSIA'S SOVEREIGNTY OVER KURILES IS UNACCEPTABLE.

Russian FM SpoxBabe Maria Zakharova.

* CHINESE DEFENSE MASHUP > CHINESE NEWSPAPER ADVISES PLA TO BUILD OVERSEAS MILITARY BASES as required for China's antcipated future "Blue Water' Navy role, + to protect China's energy line into the Indian Ocean vee the Strait of Malaccas.



Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/15/2013 0:08 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Egypt court orders retrial for Mubarak
CAIRO - An Egyptian court on Sunday ordered a retrial for former president Hosni Mubarak after accepting an appeal against the life sentence handed him for his involvement in the deaths of protesters in 2011. Mubarak, 84, his two sons Alaa and Gamal, his former interior minister Habib al-Adly and top security chiefs will now face a new trial, the Court of Cassation, the top appeals court, said after a very brief hearing.

The ruling was met with cries of “Long live justice!” by Mubarak supporters who held up the former strongman’s picture and hugged each other in the courtroom, with dozens more outside shouting “We love you, president!”

Mubarak, his sons and Adly will remain in jail, however, as they still face separate cases.

Judge Ahmed Ali Abdelrahman told the court he had accepted the appeals by Mubarak, Adly and the prosecution, thereby cancelling all previous rulings by the Cairo criminal court. A date has still to be set for the new trial, judicial sources said.

The decision comes less than two weeks before the second anniversary of the popular uprising that unseated Mubarak and paved the way for the election of the country’s first Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi.

On June 2, Mubarak and Adly were sentenced to life in prison for failing to prevent the deaths of over 800 protesters during the 18-day uprising that began on January 25, 2011. Six security chiefs on trial in the same case were acquitted at the time.

Mubarak and his two sons, Gamal and Alaa — once the symbols of power and wealth in the country — were acquitted on corruption charges due to the expiry of a statute of limitations.

The rulings sparked nationwide outrage, with thousands taking to the streets to vent their anger that no one had been found directly guilty of killing the protesters.

On Saturday, an ailing Mubarak was interrogated over fresh charges of corruption and ordered detained for 15 days pending investigation. He is accused of accepting gifts worth seven million Egyptian pounds (around $1 million) from the country’s flagship state newspaper Al-Ahram.

Following sentencing in June last year, Mubarak was moved to Tora prison in south Cairo after spending 16 months in hospitals in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh and then in Cairo. His health collapsed and the state news agency even reported him clinically dead at one point as he slipped into a coma. He has since suffered several health scares and is currently being treated for fractured ribs and fluid in the lungs at a military hospital in Cairo.
Posted by: Steve White || 01/14/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [280 views] Top||

#1  Give it another shot.
Can't get the death penalty, Soooo.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/14/2013 1:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Yeah, give that old horse another kick. Meanwhile, the nation formerly known as Egypt continues to swirl around the bowl.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/14/2013 20:40 Comments || Top||


EU pledges support for Egypt's democratic transition
When's that transition going to start?
They had it already. Now they're well into the next stage, the one followed by Madame la Guillotine. One would think Europeans would be familiar with the stages, but nobody studies history anymore.
The European Union Sunday pledged support for Egypt's troubled democratic transition, with the bloc's president saying that success of this process was important for the region and the world, dpa reported.

"The European Union and associated financial institutions have offered an amount of more than 5 billion euros, or more than 6.5 billion dollars, in grants, concessional loans and loans for a period of 2012 and 2013 to support Egypt's democratic transition," the EU President Herman Van Rompuy said after talks with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo.
Good idea -- loan new money to a country that can't even begin to pay back any of the old loans...
Did the EU president happen to consult his constituent governments before pledging their citizens' money?
This is the EU: that's never required...
Van Rompuy was to meet later on Sunday with leaders from the main opposition alliance, the National Salvation Front.

"The world is watching what is going on in Cairo," he said at a joint press conference with Morsi.

"This is an important day for us to discuss our views regarding ways of developing our relations and completing the dialogue we started in Brussels," said Morsi.

Egypt is the EU's biggest trade partner.
Bigger than the U.S. or Russia?
Posted by: Steve White || 01/14/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [360 views] Top||

#1  Europeans.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/14/2013 0:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Don't you mean "Peons".
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/14/2013 1:07 Comments || Top||

#3  I take it they mean democratic as in Peoples Democratic Republic of the former Soviet version.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/14/2013 8:10 Comments || Top||

#4  Egypt is the EU's biggest trade partner.
List of E.U trade partners. Egypt nowhere to be seen.
Posted by: tipper || 01/14/2013 10:22 Comments || Top||


Italy's FM Condemns Attack on Libya Consul as 'Terrorism'
[An Nahar] Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi on Sunday condemned as "a vile act of terrorism" a gun attack on Italia's consul to Benghazi in eastern Libya from which the diplomat escaped unscathed.
"Holy shizza! Dat wuzza close!"
"This was an attempt to destabilize the institutions of the new Libya," Terzi also said in a statement after consul Guido De Sanctis's bullet-proof car came under fire on Saturday.

"He was unhurt thanks to the security precautions taken to protect him," Terzi said.

The incident comes four months after U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the city in an attack on the U.S. mission there.

The Libyan government "has guaranteed its maximum commitment to ensure those responsible for this vile act of terrorism face justice," Terzi said.

"Italia expresses its strongest condemnation and reaffirms its full support for the course of democracy and reforms of authorities in Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
The impact of the bullets was clearly visible on the windows of the car, which was shot at as the consul was returning home after work.

A security official in Benghazi said no one was injured in the attack.

The source added that "members of the supreme security committee deployed to the scene and escorted the consul to a safe location."
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W. African Leaders to Meet in Emergency Mali Summit
[An Nahar] An emergency summit of leaders from west African bloc ECOWAS will meet in Abidjan on January 19, Ivorian Minister for African Integration Ally Coulibaly said Sunday, as the region readies troops to assist Mali in its fight against Islamists.

While the U.N. Security Council has approved the African force, it had not been expected to deploy before September.
It was announced earlier in the day that the summit would take place on Wednesday. No reason was given for the postponement.

"It's an extraordinary summit," Sunny Ugoh, front man for the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States, said Sunday. "This one is just dedicated to Mali."

Chiefs of defense staff from the region were also set to meet in the coming days, but Ugoh did not yet have precise details.

The first troops promised by African nations were expected in Mali on Sunday to join local forces who, backed by French air support, have driven back an advance by Islamist fighters.

The U.N. Security Council has approved an African force of 3,300 soldiers to help Mali take back its north.

Islamists seized northern Mali, a territory the size of La Belle France, in the wake of last year's March 22 coup which ousted democratically elected president Amadou Toumani Toure.

The Islamists' advance has intensified fears over whether the country could become a safe haven for al-Qaeda-linked beturbanned goons who could pose a threat to the region as well as Europe and beyond.

Some west African military personnel are already in Mali, including a technical team from the Nigerian air force as well as the commander of the planned African force, Nigerian Major General Shehu Usman Abdulkadir.

Abdulkadir had previously been Nigeria's chief of army standards and evaluation.

Nigeria, which has the largest military among ECOWAS members, is planning to send 600 troops as part of the force, said army front man Brigadier General Bola Koleoso. That figure was the largest commitment made to the force so far.

Koleoso however could not say when the troops would be deployed.

On Sunday Benin pledged roughly 300 troops while Togo said it would send 500. A day earlier, Burkina Faso
...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and may be in the process of being chased out now...
, Niger and Senegal
... a nation of about 14 million on the west coast of Africa bordering Mauretania to the north, Mali to the east, and a pair of Guineas to the south, one of them Bissau. It is 90 percent Mohammedan and has more than 80 political parties. Its primary purpose seems to be absorbing refugees...
each pledged 500 soldiers for the force.

Ugoh said the aim was to assist some 5,000 Malian troops in taking back the north of the country. Asked whether there would be continued air support from La Belle France or some type of help from the United States, he said the bloc has always said it would need logistical assistance.

"The terrorism side of it, that should of course concern everybody," Ugoh said, also mentioning criminal gangs operating in the area, posing problems for other countries in the region.

"The end goal is to take back the north and then flush out those elements," he said. "It's not just about Mali. It's also about us -- the region and the international community."

While the U.N. Security Council has approved the African force, it had not been expected to deploy before September. Plans were rapidly being pushed forward after the Islamists sought to advance further south.
Posted by: Fred || 01/14/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [254 views] Top||

#1  "Quick Boys, Harrumph it up".
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/14/2013 1:09 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
French Strikes in Mali Supplant Caution of U.S.
French fighter jets struck deep inside Islamist strongholds in northern Mali on Sunday, shoving aside months of international hesitation about storming the region after every other effort by the United States and its allies to thwart the extremists had failed.

For years, the United States tried to stem the spread of Islamic militancy in the region by conducting its most ambitious counterterrorism program ever across these vast, turbulent stretches of the Sahara.

But as insurgents swept through the desert last year, commanders of this nation’s elite army units, the fruit of years of careful American training, defected when they were needed most — taking troops, guns, trucks and their newfound skills to the enemy in the heat of battle, according to senior Malian military officials.

“It was a disaster,” said one of several senior Malian officers to confirm the defections.

Then an American-trained officer overthrew Mali’s elected government, setting the stage for more than half of the country to fall into the hands of Islamic extremists. American spy planes and surveillance drones have tried to make sense of the mess, but American officials and their allies are still scrambling even to get a detailed picture of who they are up against.

Now, in the face of longstanding American warnings that a Western assault on the Islamist stronghold could rally jihadists around the world and prompt terrorist attacks as far away as Europe, the French have entered the war themselves.
Posted by: tipper || 01/14/2013 02:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [293 views] Top||

#1  a Western assault on the Islamist stronghold could rally jihadists around the world and prompt terrorist attacks as far away as Europe

The way it looks, this will probably happen anyway in view of the supremacy mindset of the jihadists.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/14/2013 12:10 Comments || Top||

#2  But all that deliberate planning collapsed swiftly when heavily armed, battle-hardened Islamist fighters returned from combat in Libya.

Oh well, chock it up as one of those unforeseen consequences of limited humanitarian missions with brief period’s kinetic activity war. At least the world can breathe easier now that the citizens of Benghazi are safe.
Posted by: DepotGuy || 01/14/2013 20:42 Comments || Top||

#3  The Radical Islamist Jihad was always GLOBAL in scope.

Iff the Hard Boyz succeed in taking over Central Africa, it will leave just formerly British Southern Africa + Ethiopia + Liberia. WAIT UNTIL THE JIHAD BEGINS IN CENTRAL + SOUTH AMERICA!

* WAFF > MALI ISLAMISTS ADVANCE OFFENSIVE DESPITE FRENCH MILITARY ACTION.

* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > BARRY LANDO: ANOTHER INTERVENTION IN MALI, ANOTHER FREE-RIDE [succesful profitable business opportunity]FOR CHINA?

China the biggest single benefactor from US-Euro interventions in Africa + African affairs.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/14/2013 23:35 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Hundreds of Thousands Rally for South Yemen Self-Rule
[An Nahar] Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis supporting self-rule for the formerly independent south rallied in its former capital Aden on Sunday, Agence La Belle France Presse reported.

Waving People's Democratic Republic of Yemen flags and photographs of former vice president Ali Salem al-Baid, demonstrators gathered in Aden's Khor Maksar square.

"Our revolution is a revolution of every southerner who says no to the union," chanted the crowd, as speakers called an autonomous south.

The speakers, however, did not address the issue of national dialogue, a subject that has divided factions of the Southern Movement, some of which advocate greater autonomy for the south, and others of which champion an outright breakaway.

The position of southerners is a major obstacle to the launch of a national dialogue promised under a transfer of power agreement which saw veteran president President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
step down in February 2012 after 11 months of bloodshed.

The dialogue is intended to result in a new constitution in readiness for presidential and parliamentary elections in February 2014 that would end the two-year transition.

Several leaders of the Southern Movement have said they are ready to join the dialogue, but the hardline separatist faction of Baid has refused to take part.

The PDRY was an independent state before the unification of Yemen in 1990.

In 1994, a short-lived secession bid was crushed by Sanaa troops and since then the citizens of the south have complained of discrimination.

President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi, himself a southerner, has set up two committees to address the grievances of southerners, in a bid to get them to join the delayed national dialogue.

One committee will be tasked with resolving disputes over land that southerners claim the previous regime seized from them, while the other will handle cases of civil servants and security officials fired from their jobs.
Posted by: Fred || 01/14/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [251 views] Top||


Bangladesh
Ex-NSI chief in the dock
[Bangla Daily Star] A few days before the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally, the then NSI boss Abdur Rahim visited Hawa Bhaban, the alterative powerhouse of the previous BNP-led government, while he was receiving treatment in a military hospital in Dhaka.

Yousuf Hossain, a National Security Intelligence (NSI) official, yesterday said this in his testimony to a Dhaka court as a prosecution witness against his former boss Brig Gen (retired)

Rahim in two cases filed in connection with the grenade attack.

Rahim, who stood in the dock during the testimony, looked angrily at Yousuf.

Rahim was the NSI director general when the grenade attack was made on an AL rally on August 21, 2004 to assassinate Sheikh Hasina
...Bangla dynastic politician and current Prime Minister of Bangladesh. She has been the President of the Bangla Awami League since 1981. She is the eldest of five children of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of Bangladesh. Her party defeated the BNP-led Four-Party Alliance in the 2008 parliamentary elections. She has once before held the office, from 1996 to 2001, when she was defeated in a landslide...
, the then leader of the opposition. Yousuf, who was a field officer of NSI, is now an assistant director of the organization.

Rahim had been admitted to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka cantonment with piles on August 12, nine days before the grenade attack. And Yousuf was one of the three NSI officials responsible for taking care of their boss by turns.

"The DG sir [Abdur Rahim] went to Hawa Bhaban a day between August 12 and 21 in 2004 while receiving treatment at the Combined Military Hospital," said Yousuf in his deposition as the 66th prosecution witness of the cases before Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal.

The then NSI chief returned to the hospital from Hawa Bhaban and received treatment there till August 25.

Soon after the grenade attack on an AL rally at Bangabandhu Avenue, Yousuf learnt about it over his walkie-talkie.

He was told that AL leader Ivy Rahman and many other activists were killed in the attack. Yousuf then conveyed the message to then NSI chief Rahim.

"DG sir then asked me who were the other leaders that got killed?" Yousuf told the court.

When Yousuf informed his boss about the attack, Rahim specifically wanted to know what happened to Sheikh Hasina, the NSI official said at the court.

In reply, Yousuf told him that Hasina narrowly escaped death, but she sustained injuries to her left ear.

A few hours later, at around 7:00pm, two journalists went to Rahim's cabin in the hospital. The then director of Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI) Brig Gen Rezzakul Haider Chowdhury was also in the cabin at that time, said Yousuf who was outside Rahim's cabin.

Yousuf said the two journalists left Rahim's cabin after 15 minutes.

"When they [two journalists] were coming out of the cabin, I heard them discussing that the grenade attack had been carried out following a feud between Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Selim, and such news would not be acceptable to public at all," said Yousuf.

After an hour, Rezzakul left the cabin, said Yousuf.

The NSI official told the court that he took care of Rahim for three more days after the August 21 attack.

Judge Shahed Nuruddin recorded Yousuf's statement and fixed today for his cross-examination by defence.

Twenty-four people, including Ivy Rahman, wife of President Zillur Rahman, were killed and hundreds of party activists and leaders were maimed in the grenade attack at Bangabandhu Avenue on August 21, 2004.

Two cases -- one under the explosive substances act and the other for killing -- were filed in connection with the incident.
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Europe
Dane's life as an al-Qaeda informant
Posted by: ryuge || 01/14/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [273 views] Top||

#1  Tell Mahmoud we've got plenty more where that came from... Or perhaps it were better if nothing is said at all.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/14/2013 16:25 Comments || Top||


Great White North
Canada sends C-17 to Mali, but Harper says no combat for Canadians
Canada is contributing one of its large C-17 military cargo planes to deliver supplies to the capital of Mali after a request from France.

But Prime Minister Stephen Harper insists no Canadian Forces personnel will be involved in any combat action in the landlocked West African country. An al-Qaida linked group has taken control of the northern part of Mali and is making gains towards the south.

The Canadian plane will be used to assist in the transport of equipment into the Malian capital of Bamako, which is not in the combat zone. The loan of the Canadian aircraft is for one week.

"The government of Canada is deeply concerned by recent events in Mali," Harper says in a statement.
Posted by: tipper || 01/14/2013 13:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [282 views] Top||

#1  IOW, Mali is a French show, NOT Les Canadien'???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/14/2013 23:19 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Pakistan, Indian Military to Hold Border Talks
[An Nahar] Pak and Indian military officials are due to meet on Monday at the border of divided Kashmire after soldiers from both sides were killed in cross-border attacks, officials said Sunday.

Pakistain has said two of its soldiers were killed in cross-border firing, one last Sunday and one on Thursday.

On Tuesday, India said two of its soldiers were killed by Pak troops and that one of them was beheaded in the disputed Himalayan region, which is claimed in full by both India and Pakistain but ruled in part by each.

"A brigade level flag meeting is likely to be held at LoC (Line of Control) tomorrow between Pakistain and Indian military authorities," a senior military official told Agence La Belle France Presse without giving details.
Posted by: Fred || 01/14/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [259 views] Top||

#1  OTOH see DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > [Hindustan Times]LOC AGGRESSION: WE RESERVE RIGHT TO HIT BACK, SAYS INDIAN ARMY.

Indian Army Chief Bikram Singh, whom also says that Indian Army = India should strike back in a wholly "professional manner".

Meanwhile, not to be outdone by the Indian Army ...

* SAME > [Express Tribune] INDIAN AIR CHIEF [NAK Browne] THREATENS PAKISTAN OVER LOC UNREST.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/14/2013 0:15 Comments || Top||


Punjab promises foolproof security
[Dawn] The Punjab government on Saturday announced foolproof security arrangements for the Tehrik Minhajul Koran's long march from Lahore to Islamabad that included a full-fledged 'box security' for Dr Tahirul Qadri and protection for the participants."We will provide 12 Elite Police special squads to the long march including four for Mr Qadri's box security as is done for the head of state. Besides these 6,000 police officials, vehicles of Rescue-1122 and ambulances will also accompany the marchers. Emergency has also been declared in hospitals on the way by canceling leaves of all doctors and paramedics," Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said at a news conference here.

He said police would also ensure security check of all the participants and their vehicles. There were confirmed reports about the possible attack on the long march through a vehicle. And, therefore, police would affix stickers on all vehicles included in the march in order to check intrusion of terrorists' vehicle on the way.

He criticized the TMQ leadership for not cooperating with the government on maintaining law and order during the long march. "For the last five days the Lahore commissioner and the police chief have been visiting the TMQ secretariat to coordinate with its leadership on security issues. We had asked its leaders to provide details about the participating vehicles but they have not responded to date," he deplored.

Sanaullah said the government wouldn't stop the long march until it remained peaceful.

He said Mr Qadri wanted a suicide kaboom on Pakistain through his long march. He also blamed him for accomplishing the agenda of anti-state elements in the name of electoral reforms, and by risking the lives of his followers during the march. He said Dr Qadri should not do so as the nation knew all about his past.

The law minister also criticized the PPP for showing double standards on the issue of long march. "First the President Zardari pushed the MQM to join Qadri and then forced it to withdraw. In the meanwhile, he (Mr Zardari) sent Rehman Malik
Pak politician, Interior Minister under the Gilani government. Malik is a former Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) intelligence officer who rose to head the FIA during Benazir Bhutto's second tenure. Malik was tossed from his FIA job in 1998 after documenting the breath-taking corruption of the Sharif family. By unhappy coincidence Nawaz Sharif became PM at just that moment and Malik moved to London one step ahead of the button men. He had to give up the interior ministry job because he held dual Brit citizenship.
who also endorsed Qadri's agenda in a presser. Finally the PML-Q leadership also began talks with Qadri on the instructions of Mr Zardari," he said.

He termed Mr Qadri's demand of dissolution of the Election Commission of Pakistain a mischief by the younger Chaudhry (Pervaiz Elahi).

CPO: Police will provide full security to Dr Tahirul Qadri's long march. This decision was taken during a high-level meeting, presided over by acting inspector general of Punjab Police Khan Baig at the Central Police Office (CPO) on Saturday.

Senior police officials attended the meeting and finalised a strategy to provide security to the long march.

According to an announcement, DIG (Operations) Sohail Ahmed Khan was nominated as coordinator to ensure and supervise the security arrangements for the long march. Inspector Zeegham of the Elite Force will liaison with the police of various districts to ensure security to the march from beginning to the end.

The Elite Force will escort Dr Qadri's convoy from Lahore while additional police will also be deployed on sensitive parts of the route. Similarly, district police concerned will provide security to the long march in their respective regions as per the plan given by Dr Qadri.

A control room has also been established at the CPO where a team of senior coppers will monitor security of the march.
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#1  Punjab promises foolproof security

Only a fool believes that.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/14/2013 1:12 Comments || Top||

#2  What if the attackers are not fools?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/14/2013 8:11 Comments || Top||

#3  Beat me to it, BP.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 01/14/2013 11:21 Comments || Top||


Indian air chief makes veiled threat
[Dawn] The Indian air force chief accused Islamabad of ceasefire violations on Saturday, warning that New Delhi might have to look at "some other options for compliance" if such incidents continued.

"We have a Line of Control (LoC), we have a ceasefire agreement, we have certain structures and mechanisms which are sacrosanct and any violation of these with impunity, especially what has been happening in the last few months, is totally unacceptable," Air Chief Marshall N.A.K. Browne said while talking to news hounds on the sidelines of a function.

"We are monitoring the situation carefully because if these things continue to be the way they are and these violations continue to take place, then perhaps we may have to look at some other options for compliance," he said.

The IAF chief, who is India's most senior armed forces officer, was asked about suggestions he had given to the politicianship on the situation on the LoC.

Refusing to explain the options being looked at by the government, he said: "Options are options. We do not discuss these options openly. If the violations continue, we may have to look at the whole issue all over again."

On Friday, Indian Defence Minister A.K. Antony had said that enough troops had been deployed along the LoC and the government was taking all steps to protect the nation's interests and prestige of the armed forces.
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#1  Airpower played a key role in the Indo-Pak wars back in the 1960s, + as per VARIOUS MIL FORUMS is expected to be decisive as per CHINA-VS-JAPAN in NE Asia oer the Senkakus/Daoyus; or in any new Bilateral or Trlateral War involving CINA-INDIA-PAKISTAN on the mainland.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/14/2013 0:21 Comments || Top||


Shia Ulema Council call for strike in Sindh
[Dawn] The Shia Ulema Council (SUC) has called for a strike to be observed throughout Sindh on Monday, in response to the Quetta killings, DawnNews reported.

The SUC said that businesses and shops should be closed in the province in observance of the strike call.

Meanwhile the Private Schools Management Association (PSMA) has said private schools in 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...
will be shut on Monday.

The PSMA chairman Sharfuz Zaman said that protests are continuing in Bloody Karachi, which is why they have decided to shut private schools in the metropolis.
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#1  SINDH ANDOR BALCHISTAN = "STRATEGIC ACCESS TO THE SEA", espec for land-locked, Ports-starved Afghanistan.

For Iran, however, it means possible autonomy or independence, + a corridor to Shias in India + Malaysia-Indonesia.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/14/2013 19:52 Comments || Top||


Qadri's long march departs from Lahore
[Dawn] Tehrik-e-Minhajul Koran (TMQ) chief Tahirul Qadri on Sunday led thousands of supporters at the start of his long march on the capital Islamabad, demanding key reforms before the upcoming elections.
Oboy! Another man with all the answers!
Hundreds of cars, buses and trucks carrying around 7,000 people left Model Town in the city of Lahore, expected to grow in number as they pass through towns and villages en route to Islamabad, accompanied by a heavy security presence.
I was just talking to the ghost of Huey Long. He wishes he'd thought of that.
The march or the heavy security?
Qadri accuses the government of being corrupt and incompetent,
You can tell that at a glance.
and argues that Pakistain must enact "meaningful" reforms before general elections, which are scheduled to be held within eight weeks after parliament disbands in mid-March.
There's always a reason to put off elections, isn't there?
Speaking prior to kicking off what he termed his "march for democracy",
I'm not too sure how putting off elections serves democracy. Pakistain's government is corrupt and incompetent. It would seem to make more sense to vote against the corrupt and incompetent. If the people running against the corrupt and incompetent are the same way, turn out the current bastards and replace them with a set of different bastards.
Qadri accused the Punjab provincial government of impounding buses and detaining drivers in their efforts to hamper the protest.
Punjab being the domain of the corrupt and incompetent Sharif brothers.
Qadri, however, vowed to lead the march to the federal, and urged supporters to join him despite all hindrances.
"How can you go wrong following a man on horseback?"
"This is a march for protection of human rights
...which are usually entirely different from personal liberty...
, elimination of poverty, supremacy of constitution, rule of law and end of corruption," he said, urging transporters who were not being issued permits and licenses to participate without the provincial government's approval.
Good idea. It supports democracy to ignore laws and regulations and city ordinances and such.
Qadri's march comes amid widespread demonstrations in major Pak cities in solidarity with the victims of a series of gruesome bombings in Quetta on Thursday. The relatives of the victims, mostly from the minority Hazara Shia community, have refused to bury the dead as long as the Army takes control of the city, which is the lovely provincial capital. of Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
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#1  He gonna make salt?
Posted by: Dopey Sinatra9196 || 01/14/2013 17:10 Comments || Top||


Governor rule to be imposed in Balochistan
[Dawn] Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has announced imposition of governor rule in Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
under article 234 of the constitution, DawnNews reported.

Addressing protesters at Alamdar Road, the prime minister said the governor would be the chief executive of the province from today.

Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani's government has been dismissed.

Governor Balochistan Nawab Zulfiqar Magsi accompanied the prime minister during negotiations with members of the Solidarity Council.

The prime minister said frontier corps has been given policing powers to maintain law and order situation in the province.

He assured that targeted operation would be conducted in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan to ensure security of people.

Raja Pervez Ashraf said Corps Commander would monitor the performance of frontier corps in maintaining law and order situation in the province.

He requested the protesters to bury the 86 dead bodies. However,
Caliphornia hasn't yet slid into the ocean, no matter how hard it's tried...
Qayum Changezi the leader of Solidarity Council refused to bury the dead bodies.

"Until notification of governor rule is issued our protest would continue", Changezi told the prime minister.

The prime minister assured the members of Solidarity Council that the governor has the power to call armed forces in aid of civil forces.

He said before imposition of Governor Rule, he had taken leaders of mainstream political parties into confidence.

"We want to defeat mindset of terrorism", the prime minister assured.

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has announced imposition of governor rule in Balochistan under article 234 of the constitution, DawnNews reported.

Addressing protesters at Alamdar Road, the prime minister said the governor would be the chief executive of the province from today.

Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani's government has been dismissed.

Governor Balochistan Nawab Zulfiqar Magsi accompanied the prime minister during negotiations with members of the Solidarity Council.

The prime minister said frontier corps has been given policing powers to maintain law and order situation in the province.

He assured that targeted operation would be conducted in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan to ensure security of people.

Raja Pervez Ashraf said Corps Commander would monitor the performance of frontier corps in maintaining law and order situation in the province.

He requested the protesters to bury the 86 dead bodies. However,
ars longa, vita brevis...
Qayum Changezi the leader of Solidarity Council refused to bury the dead bodies.

"Until notification of governor rule is issued our protest would continue", Changezi told the prime minister.

The prime minister assured the members of Solidarity Council that the governor has the power to call armed forces in aid of civil forces.

He said before imposition of Governor Rule, he had taken leaders of mainstream political parties into confidence.

"We want to defeat mindset of terrorism", the prime minister assured.
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#1  {rotest, don't bury the dead.
A stinky siuation, with Disease uvertones.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/14/2013 9:40 Comments || Top||

#2  "We want to defeat mindset of terrorism"

We want to die Horribly, the truth.
Stay around Corpses, and true.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/14/2013 9:47 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Jordan forming int'l bloc to spur peace talks
Jordan is in the process of consolidating an international coalition to kick-start the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the country’s King Abdullah said Sunday in an interview with French publication Le Nouvel Observateur.

“We are working closely with several parties in Europe, including France, to put some effective and workable ideas on the table that would enable the US to engage and play a leading role in the peace process soon after the start of the second term of President [Barack] Obama,” Abdullah said in his interview, translated into English by The Jordan Times.

Abdullah expressed hope that Germany, the UK, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE would participate in the efforts.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Arab League Decides to Send Team to Syria Neighbors as Lebanon Asks for $180mn in Aid for Refugees
[An Nahar] Leb appealed on Sunday for $180 million from Arab countries
They'll make promises, my dears. Lots and lots of promises.
to help it meet the Syrian refugee influx
None of whom are Palestinians, who have made themselves unwelcome everywhere.
that has threatened to bring the number of the displaced to 420,000 in June, as the Arab League
...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing...
decided to send a team to Syria's neighboring countries to assess the status of refugees ahead of a donor conference in Kuwait on January 30.

Arab foreign ministers meeting in Cairo to discuss the Syrian refugee crisis agreed to send a team to Leb, Jordan and Iraq "to assess the situation of Syrian refugees on the ground," the vaporous Arab League said.

The delegation is to work out the amount of aid required and present its findings to a donor conference hosted by Kuwait on January 30, the League added.

During the meeting, Leb appealed for $180 million to help around 200,000 Syrians and around 10,000 Paleostinians who have escaped the fighting between rebels seeking to topple Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Oppressor of the Syrians and the Lebs...
and government troops.

"The Lebanese government hopes for Arab support to overcome the crisis," Social Affairs Minister Wael Abou Faour said during an emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo.

The number of refugees could rise from 30,000 to 40,000 displaced Syrian and Paleostinian each month and could reach 420,000 next June, he said.
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#1  Better than CHINA's alleged donation for the Refugees.

* BIG NEWS NETWORK > CHINA'S DONATION TO SYRIANS - A COMPLETE FARCE.

'Tis a mighty US$50,000 it is it is!
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/14/2013 23:22 Comments || Top||


Hizbullah: Elections Won't Affect Resistance-Army-People Equation
[An Nahar] Hizbullah on Sunday stressed that the upcoming parliamentary elections will not affect the so-called "resistance-army-people equation" regardless of who wins the vote.
"No stoopid election is gonna change the way we do things!"
"The electoral juncture is a chance for rapprochement and agreement on a new electoral law, as the 1960 law now belongs to the past," deputy head of Hizbullah's Executive Council, Sheikh Nabil Qaouq, said.
"It was just a piece of paper. Forget about it."
He noted that all parties are now "discussing a new electoral law that ensures real equal power-sharing between Christians and Mohammedans and true partnership."
"It's great camouflage. We still have more guns than the entire Leb and Armenian armies put together, so there ain't nobody gonna tell us what to do!"
Not to mention something like 80 quadrillion rockets and missiles, all aimed at Israel. It's the generosity of dawa and deen to those Hell-bound sons of pigs and monkeys.
A parliamentary subcommittee is debating several electoral systems and the law proposed by the Orthodox Gathering has reportedly received the approval of six major parliamentary blocs, including Hizbullah's Loyalty to Resistance.

But Qaouq emphasized that "whatever the new electoral law might be, whatever the results, this will not affect the resistance-army-people equation."

"If the enemies are betting on an electoral law aimed at weakening the resistance, they are being delusional, because the equation of the resistance is more deep-rooted than mountains," Qaouq added.

The ministerial Policy Statement of Prime Minister Najib Miqati's government mentions the "resistance-army-people" formula, but it is not stipulated by the constitution.
Actually, it's something invented by the Hezbullies to justify keeping lots of guns and explosives.
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#1  Your elections or our (Israel) elections?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/14/2013 0:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Basically they are outside of the law
Posted by: Anguque Ebbomorong2684 || 01/14/2013 11:05 Comments || Top||


Syria State Media Calls Brahimi's Mission 'Useless'
[An Nahar] Official media in Syria renewed attacks on U.N. and Arab League
...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing...
envoy Lakhdar Brahimi on Sunday, calling him biased and saying his peace mission aimed at solving the country's crisis was "useless."

On Wednesday, Brahimi criticized as "one-sided" a proposal by Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Oppressor of the Syrians and the Lebs...
to end the crisis, and two days later he met top U.S. and Russian officials and urged "a speedy end to the bloodshed" in the strife-torn country.

"It is clear that Mr. Brahimi is now out of the loop for the solution for Syria. He has taken sides, he is not a mediator," wrote the pro-regime daily al-Watan on Sunday's front page.

"Brahimi is incapable of finding a solution to the Syrian crisis.

"He acknowledged in his last meeting with President Assad (on December 24) that Turkey and Qatar will not stop supporting terrorist groups and that he cannot prevent them from doing so," it wrote.

"Brahimi's mission is useless, just like (his predecessor) Kofi Annan
...Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh and so far the worst Secretary-General of the UN. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for something or other that probably sounded good at the time. In December 2004, reports surfaced that Kofi's son Kojo received payments from the Swiss company Cotecna, which had won a lucrative contract under the UN Oil-for-Food Program. Kofi Annan called for an investigation to look into the allegations, which stirred up the expected cesspool but couldn't seem to come up with enough evidence to indict Kofi himself, or even Kojo...
, who resigned when he realized that he had no role to play in a war waged against Syria by several Western capitals," said al-Watan.

Brahimi was appointed to replace Annan in September 2012, after the former U.N. secretary general resigned when his own peace plan failed to prevent further fighting between rebels and forces loyal to Assad.

Since the start of the uprising in March 2011, Damascus
...The place where Pencilneck hangs his brass hat...
has labeled those calling for Assad's fall as foreign-backed "terrorists."

Brahimi, who last week criticized a three-step solution announced in a rare speech by Assad, "represents the Turkish, U.S. and Gulf states' position, and is not an objective mediator," said al-Watan.

After Brahimi told the BBC on Wednesday that Assad's proposal was "more sectarian, more one-sided" than similar initiatives he had made in the past official media in Syria accused him of "flagrant bias."

Assad's plan called for dialogue, but only with groups deemed by the regime to be legitimate.

The proposal was rejected outright by the Syrian opposition -- including groups tolerated by the regime -- and the West.
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#1  Damn, Henry Kissinger's getting very old.
(Picture)
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/14/2013 9:53 Comments || Top||

#2  RJ you have found an acorn!
Posted by: Shipman || 01/14/2013 18:32 Comments || Top||



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