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Karzai orders NATO out of all Afghan villages
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Afghanistan
Karzai orders NATO out of all Afghan villages
President Hamid Karzai on Thursday ordered all NATO troops out of rural areas of Afghanistan and said Afghan forces would take control of security in 2013, a year ahead of schedule, as the Taliban said it was suspending talks with the US.
Posted by: tipper || 03/15/2012 13:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [250 views] Top||

#1  Bringing them home would meet the criteria. Good luck.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/15/2012 13:08 Comments || Top||

#2  In a way, it's our bad karma; we're finally experiencing allies who really are as bad as we _said_ the South Vietnamese were during that crisis.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 03/15/2012 13:12 Comments || Top||

#3  This guy is nutty. he will recant quietly. Diregard the nutcase.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 03/15/2012 14:04 Comments || Top||

#4  Leave this guy to the tender mercies of his friends in the Taliban. But freeze all of his foreign bank accounts first.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 03/15/2012 14:21 Comments || Top||

#5  ...and make sure the asylum doors for him and his family are shut. You made your bed, sleep in it. Pour encourager les autres.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/15/2012 15:36 Comments || Top||

#6  It's time to bring them all home.
Posted by: SR-71 || 03/15/2012 15:42 Comments || Top||

#7  As I've said before and elsewhere: start with Karzai's personal security guard. If the Afghanis are so good, they should be able to protect their president.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 03/15/2012 18:02 Comments || Top||

#8  Why am I remembering "The Dogs of War" (last minute)?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/15/2012 18:05 Comments || Top||

#9  As Reverend Jim would say, "Okee-Doke".
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 03/15/2012 18:46 Comments || Top||

#10  Surely the Taliban have huge, huge Cheshire cat grins on their mugs right now. Karzai just raised the white flag.
Posted by: Squinty Chaith8856 || 03/15/2012 20:32 Comments || Top||

#11  ION DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > TWENTY US SOLDIERS INVOLVED IN KANDAHAR KILLINGS, not just the One as per Afghan Govt fact-finding mission.

The pot still a'stirrin???

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/15/2012 23:16 Comments || Top||


Taliban says suspending Afghan peace talks with United States
They'll stay away until Champ apologizes again, which should be next week sometime...
Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents said on Thursday they were suspending peace talks with the United States because of the "shaky, erratic and vague" U.S. position. Even though substantial talks have yet to begin, the Taliban announcement will dent hopes of a negotiated settlement to the more than a decade-long war in the run-up to the withdrawal of foreign combat troops at the end of 2014.

"The Islamic Emirate has decided to suspend all talks with Americans taking place in Qatar from (Thursday) onwards until the Americans clarify their stance on the issues concerned and until they show willingness in carrying out their promises instead of wasting time," the group said in a statement.

The Taliban also said talks with the government of President Hamid Karzai were pointless and none had taken place.

The announcement came days after an American soldier was accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians in the south. The killings in Kandahar province on Sunday have raised questions about Western strategy in Afghanistan and intensified calls for the withdrawal of foreign combat troops.

Earlier on Thursday, a senior U.S. commander defended moving the American soldier accused of the killings to a military detention centre in Kuwait, saying it would help ensure a proper investigation and trial. Furious Afghan civilians and members of parliament have demanded the staff sergeant be tried in Afghanistan over the shooting, one of the worst of its kind since U.S.-backed Afghan forces toppled the Taliban in late 2001.

Karzai called on NATO-led forces to move out of all Afghan villages in response to the shooting.
You're just pining for your Najibullah moment, aren't you...
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, in Kabul on a two-day visit to try to soothe Afghan anger, discussed the massacre with Karzai at his heavily guarded palace and faced demands from the Afghan leader that any trial be transparent.

"I assured him first and foremost that I shared his regrets about what took place. I again pledged to him that we are proceeding with a full investigation here and that we will bring the individual involved to justice. He accepted that," Panetta told reporters.
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#1  Now my feelings are hurt.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 03/15/2012 11:19 Comments || Top||

#2  No peace treaty, fine, blow them to hell.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 03/15/2012 12:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Did the USA hold peace talks with Bushido Japan, Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, or Baathist Iraq? Order the Taliban to surrender unconditionally, and nuke them and Pakistan to hell if they don't, or give up.

It's either "Nothing Less Than Victory" or "Please let me live a little bit longer, in fear and slavery." Which alternative has Obama chosen for America?

And no, "nation building" and 100k soldiers in Afghanistan for a decade are not --and never were-- valid options.
Posted by: Shereter Poodle9774 || 03/15/2012 12:52 Comments || Top||

#4  Give us an excuse to fight our way out.

If you are going to be a bunch of a-holes, than there is no reason to leave you anything. Should we level the place before we leave?

Stupid, weak assed POTUS.
Posted by: newc || 03/15/2012 12:55 Comments || Top||

#5  "We are not talking to you...
Just put the money in an envelope and stuff it under the door."
Posted by: Capsu78 || 03/15/2012 17:32 Comments || Top||

#6  MSM-Net Pundits are describing this as a real defeat for the Bammer + his AFPAK Policies.

More ...

* WAFF [Strategypage = Austin Bay] THE TALIBAN KILLING FIELDS: HISTORY 2014?

* SAME > [Memri.org] AL-QAEDA VIDEO URGES REBELLION IN PAKISTANI ARMY.

* SAME > SAUDI DAILY [Al-Riyadh] CALLS FOR GULF-WIDE [inter-Muslim]DIALOGUE WID AL-QAEDA, espec to preclude the US from eventually coming to dominate Yemeni Govt-Affairs as per Iraq + AFPAK.

ANOTHER MAHA-RUSHIAN LIMBAUGH "LE SERIEUSE?" TEST CASE FOR THE ARAB LEAGUE + PROPOSED OWG-NWO, MUSLIMS-DON'T-NEED-THE-US-OR- NATO-TO-HANDLE-MUSLIMS POTENT "ISLAMIC UNION".

versus

* TOPIX, NEWS KERALA > US EXPERT ADVOCATES DESTRUCTION OF LASHKAR-E-TAIBA [LeT], wid or widout Pakistan's help.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/15/2012 23:04 Comments || Top||

#7  Why are we even negociating with them anyway? Does Bumbles actually think they will abide by any agreement? Is he that foolish? Oh wait....
Posted by: Crazyfool || 03/15/2012 23:41 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Azerbaijan arrests 22 suspects in alleged Iran spy plot
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
IAF strikes Gaza targets after rockets fired at Beersheba
Israeli aircraft respond to Grad rockets
...Soviet-developed 122-mm rockets, usually launched from trucks. Newer versions are reported to have a range of up to 30 km....
fired at South, striking rocket launching site, smuggling tunnel; IDF might need large ground operation in Strip, OC Southern Command Russo says.

The Israel Air Force struck a rocket launching site in northern Gazoo and a smuggling tunnel in the southern Strip overnight Wednesday. Paleostinians did not immediately report any injuries in the strikes.

The IAF strikes came after the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire that went into effect on Tuesday appeared to collapse earlier on Wednesday night when Gazooks fired two Grad-model Katyusha rockets into Beersheba.

The assessment within the army is that the rockets were fired by small, splinter terrorist groups
There are always small splinter terrorist groups available for such things, even if one has to be invented at the moment for the purpose.
and not by Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Mohammedan Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the liquidation of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
, which was behind the bulk of the rocket fire into Israel since Friday.

One of the rockets hit outside the city and the second one was intercepted by the Iron Dome counter-rocket defense system.

No one was injured. On Tuesday night, a Grad-model Katyusha struck Netivot.

The Israel Air Force struck a rocket launching site in northern Gazoo and a smuggling tunnel in the southern Strip overnight Wednesday. Paleostinians did not immediately report any injuries in the strikes.

The IAF strikes came after the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire that went into effect on Tuesday appeared to collapse earlier on Wednesday night when Gazooks fired two Grad-model Katyusha rockets into Beersheba.

The assessment within the army is that the rockets were fired by small, splinter terrorist groups and not by Islamic Jihad, which was behind the bulk of the rocket fire into Israel since Friday.

One of the rockets hit outside the city and the second one was intercepted by the Iron Dome counter-rocket defense system.

No one was injured. On Tuesday night, a Grad-model Katyusha struck Netivot.

Authorities in Beersheba announced on Wednesday night that schools in the city would once again close on Thursday.

The decision was announced despite the Home Front Command saying that schools could remain open.

Schools will also be closed in Ashdod, Ashkelon, Kiryat Gat, Kiryat Malachi, Gan Yavne (except for 12-graders studying in protected building) and the Bnei Shimon Regional Council.

Before the renewed fire, OC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Tal Russo warned on Wednesday that Israel might have to carry out a large ground operation in Gazoo soon to stop the attacks.

"The IDF is doing everything to enable residents of communities near Gazoo to maintain a normal life," he said. "I do not know how long it [the cease-fire] will last and we might need to launch a large-scale operation in the future." Russo said that one of the problems was that no single organization was completely in control of the Gazoo Strip.

"There is no one who can just give an order and stop the rocket fire," he said.

Also on Wednesday, the IDF Home Front Command and the Home Front Defense Ministry held a simulation to prepare for possible missile attacks against Tel Aviv and the larger Gush Dan region.

Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, and Islamic Jihad are believed to have Fajr-5 Iranian artillery rockets that are capable of striking Tel Aviv. Hezbullies in Leb also has missiles such as the M- 600 that could reach Tel Aviv.

Meanwhile,
...back at the shattered spaceship, Fffflirgoll the Arcturan slithered stealthily toward the control room, where the humans had barricaded themselves...
the IDF is also gearing up for a massive convergence on Israel's borders later this month in what is being called the "Global March to Jerusalem." Under the plan, on March 30, people from the Gazoo Strip, Syria, Leb and the West Bank will begin marching toward Jerusalem.
None of the previous Arab wars of conquest have worked against those damned Jews, so now comes the Arab version of the Children's Crusade.
The event was scheduled, according to the movement's website, to coincide with the 36th anniversary of Land Day, when six Arab Israelis were killed in festivities with security forces in the Galilee, and to raise awareness regarding Israel's so-called "ethnic cleansing" of Jerusalem.

The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center released a report on Wednesday in which it said that Iran was actively supporting the organizers of the event.

IDF sources said that they were prepared for the marches and possible demonstrations along the border. In June, about 100 Syrians crossed into Israel.

"Since then we have purchased riot control equipment and developed new techniques and tactics to deal with such protests," a senior IDF officer said.
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#1  The type of rockets fired are pretty up scale for 'small splinter groups'. The only way such groups could get them is from Hamas Depot.
Posted by: Lord Garth || 03/15/2012 8:27 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Terror lab discovered in north Caucasus
Security forces have prevented a string of terror attacks after defusing nine bombs at an illegal laboratory in Nalchik, the capital of Russia's North Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, the National Anti-Terrorism Committee said on Wednesday. The committee's statement said, "The total mass of improvised explosive devices was over 100 kg of TNT equivalent. According to bomb experts, an explosion of that power would have destroyed a whole city block."

The laboratory where the bombs were produced was located in a garage and was discovered by policemen early Wednesday. All the bombs were taken to a secure area and destroyed.
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Southeast Asia
Abu Sayyaf thought to have executed Indian hostage
Philippine authorities are trying to verify reports that a kidnapped Indian national was executed by the Abu Sayyaf on the southern province of Sulu where the terrorist militant group tied to al-Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiya is still holding a Japanese and a Malaysian hostage.

Antonio Freyra, the Sulu provincial police chief, said Biju Kolara Veetil, 36, was reported to have been killed by his captors despite ransom paid to the Abu Sayyaf by his Filipina wife. Freyra said, "We have intelligence reports about this but need to get a confirmation from his wife or find his body."

Veetil and his wife were visiting the woman┬'s family when four gunmen seized the foreigner in June last year. Freyra said the woman┬'s family had paid at least P800,000 to the Abu Sayyaf for Veetil┬'s safe release, but the terrorists militants did not free him.

He said a Malaysian gecko trader - Mohammad Nasaruddin Bensaidin ┬-- who had also been kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf in April last year, was released after a local negotiator paid ransom. The kidnappers had originally demanded P5 million ransoms for Bensaidin's safe release.

The 38-year old Malaysian arrived in Sulu in April last year from Kuala Lumpur and had been living in a house in the village of Kajatian in Indanan town when he was kidnapped. Freyra said, "We are trying to locate the negotiator and get details of the release of Mohammad, but we can┬'t trace him anymore."

He said another Japanese hostage, Katayama Mamaito, 63, is still in the hands of the Abu Sayyaf. Mamaito, a treasure hunter, was kidnapped in June 2010 on the island-town of Pangutaran.

The Abu Sayyaf is also holding two fishermen, Renato Panisales and Wennie Ferrer ┬-- employees of the Mega Fishing Corporation in Zamboanga City ┬-- after they were seized at sea off Sulu in March last year. Their companion, Jonald Ocsimar, was set free in July after his family paid P300,000 ransom.

Another faction of the Abu Sayyaf is still holding an Australian citizen, Warren Rodwell, 52, in the province of Basilan, after he was kidnapped in December last year from his seaside home in Zamboanga Sibugay province. The kidnappers have demanded $2 million ransom for his release, but his Filipino wife said they cannot afford to pay. Rodwell┬'s fate remains unknown.

See also:
Japanese kidnap victim now Abu Sayyaf cook
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Caribbean-Latin America
March 14th Mayhem in Monterrey: 8 die

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By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

Five unidentified youths were shot to death on a private drive in Monterrey Wednesday afternoon, according to Mexican press reports.

The teens, all under age 18, had apparently admitted their shooters to a private gathering near the intersection of Privada Almazan and Calle Benitez in Topo Chico colony.

Three other individuals were killed in ongoing drug and gang related violence in and around Monterrey.
  • The son of an unidentified Nuevo Leon state ministerial police agent was shot to death in an apparent mugging in Monterrey Tuesday night. The shooting took place at the agent's residence on calle Leopoldo Gonzalez Saenz in Burocratas Municipales colony. Apparently the shooters dismounted from a Nissan Tsuru sedan and demanded the youth turn over a handheld computer. When the youth refused, he was shot to death.

  • A city worker was shot to death in Apodaca Wednesday. Jose Arnulfo Hernandez Diaz, 31, was working on a traffic signal near the intersection of calles Lopez Mateos and Concordia when armed suspects aboard a Volkswagen Jetta sedan fired on him. Hernandez Diaz attempted to seek refuge from the attack, but was brought down by gunfire. His attackers finished him off with shots to the head.

  • An unidentified taxi driver was shot to death Wednesday morning in San Nicolas de los Garza municipality. The driver was aboard his taxi near the intersection of calles Arroyo and Vicente Acosta in the Valle de Santo Domingo colony when armed suspects aboard a pickup truck and a sedan fired on him.

  • A Mexican Army soldier was savagely beaten in Monterrey Wednesday. Jose de Jesus Jimenez, 23, was visiting a girlfriend when he was attacked by five men near the intersection of Avenida Alfonso Reyes and Calle José Mar├şa Bocanegra in Industrial colony.

  • A taco vendor was shot and wounded in Apodaca Wednesday. Mario Angel Sosa Aguilera was shot near the intersection of calles Chopo and Santa Rosa by shooters travelling aboard a Volkswagen Jetta. It is suspected the attackers were the same ones who killed an Apodaca city worker.

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
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Good morning
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#1  Happy Birthday/Daily Gam Shot

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Eva could qualify as a "Butter Face", everything looks great Butter Face!
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 03/15/2012 2:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Butter? I like her face better than those fake silicone bags.
Posted by: Scooter McGruder || 03/15/2012 15:45 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Afghan Bomb Blast Kills Security Officer, Eight Civilians
[An Nahar] A roadside kaboom killed eight civilians in Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
on Wednesday as U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta
...current SecDef, previously Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Panetta served as President Bill Clinton's White House Chief of Staff from 1994 to 1997 and was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1977 to 1993....
was visiting troops in a military camp in the southern Afghan province.

"A roadside mine planted by the Taliban blasted in Marja district when a minivan touched it, triggering a big kaboom. As a result eight non-combatants were killed," provincial front man Daud Ahmedi told Agence La Belle France Presse.

The blast happened about a 15-minute helicopter flight from Camp Bastion, where Panetta landed Wednesday for talks with local government officials before a planned meeting with President Hamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai
... A former Baltimore restaurateur, now 12th and current President of Afghanistan, displacing the legitimate president Rabbani in December 2004. He was installed as the dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime in late 2001 in a vain attempt to put a Pashtun face on the successor state to the Taliban. After the 2004 presidential election, he was declared president regardless of what the actual vote count was. He won a second, even more dubious, five-year-term after the 2009 presidential election. His grip on reality has been slipping steadily since around 2007, probably from heavy drug use...
His trip comes at a fraught moment in the Afghan war after a shooting rampage by a US soldier killed 16 villagers in neighboring Kandahar province, raising fears of an anti-American backlash.

A cycle of violence kaboom in Kandahar city shortly before the Helmand attack killed at least one Afghan security officer and maimed two others.

On Tuesday, suspected Taliban snuffies opened fire on an Afghan government delegation attending a memorial service for the murdered civilians in Panjwai district in Kandahar province, where the shooting took place.

The hail of gunfire left one member of the Afghan cops dead and one policeman maimed.
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Africa Horn
Suicide Bomber Kills Two at Somali Presidency
[An Nahar] A jacket wallah went kaboom!" Wednesday at the compound of Somali President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, killing at least two people, in an attack claimed by al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab rebels.

The bomber detonated an explosive vest at the highly guarded compound, but it was not immediately clear if Sharif, who was in Ethiopia on Tuesday, was back at his residence.

The Shebab said one of its volunteers had carried out the attack, claiming 16 people had been killed.
Counting is hard, when your god can change the rules at whim.
"The mujahideen carried out a spectacular martyrdom operation inside the presidential palace of the apostate Somali regime," the group said in a Twitter post.

Police front man Abdulahi Hasan Barise said that according to initial reports at least three people had been killed, including the bomber, and that six others had been injured.

Another police official, Mohamed Adan, said the attacker went kaboom!" at the gate of Somali parliament speaker's residence, which is also located at the Villa Somalia compound that houses the presidency.

The hardline Islamist group has resorted to guerrilla tactics since abandoning fixed bases in the war-riven capital Mogadishu in August, and have grabbed credit for previous deadly attacks.

In October, the militia carried out its deadliest suicide kaboom in the capital when a bomber rammed an explosives-laded vehicle into a government compound, killing at least 82 people.

A Shebab suicide bomber also killed 15 people in February at a cafe near the presidential palace.

The beturbanned goons have been fighting to overthrow the weak Western-backed Somalia government which is propped up in Mogadishu by a 10,000-strong 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...
force comprising troops from Djibouti, Burundi and Uganda.

The hardline Islamists, who control large swathes of territory in southern Somalia, have in recent months come under pressure from the armed forces of neighboring states Kenya and Ethiopia in the far south and west.

Ethiopian forces recently ousted the Shebab from a key southern Somalia stronghold, and the Shebab have also been battered by Kenyan air strikes and ground assaults.

However,
the man who has no enemies isn't anybody and has never done anything...
experts warn the Shebab are far from defeated and remain a major threat, especially now they have switched to guerrilla tactics.

Somalia has had no effective government since 1991, allowing the Shebab and other militia groups to fill the vacuum.

At a conference in London last month, international powers pledged to boost aid for Somalia to tackle Islamist militancy, piracy and political instability, warning that failure to help now could hurt the rest of the world.

The term of the Horn of Africa country's government expires in August and the fragile administration's backers have ruled out any extension of its mandate, pressing for a new administration capable of nationwide authority.
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Afghanistan
Soldier Hurt in 'Incident' as Panetta Lands in Afghanistan
[An Nahar] An Afghan drove a stolen vehicle onto the runway ramp at a military base in southern Afghanistan Wednesday just as U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta
...current SecDef, previously Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Panetta served as President Bill Clinton's White House Chief of Staff from 1994 to 1997 and was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1977 to 1993....
flew in for a visit, NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
and U.S. officials said.

"At no point was the secretary or anyone on the aircraft in any danger from this incident," the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement, adding that "the alleged perpetrator" had been jugged.

Around the time Panetta's plane was landing, an Afghan drove the stolen vehicle onto a runway ramp and crashed into a ditch before emerging from the vehicle "ablaze", Panetta's front man George Little told news hounds in Kabul.

"He did end up on the runway ramp and ended up in a ditch," Little said. "Our personnel discovered he was ablaze."

The flames were extinguished and the Afghan was being treated for serious burn injuries, he said.

As coalition forces gave chase, the vehicle had struck and injured an ISAF service member, Little said.

It was not clear whether the incident at Camp Bastion was connected to Panetta's visit, he said.

A Pentagon front man in Washington said a small pick-up truck was driven at high speed "across the ramp near where (Panetta) was to pull up."

"No explosive was found on the individual or in the vehicle and no weapons," he said.

"I have no indication right now that leads to prove this was an intentional attack," he said.

Panetta flew to Afghanistan just days after a U.S. soldier rubbed out 16 villagers -- most of them women and kiddies -- in southern Kandahar province in the worst single such incident since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion.

He held talks with provincial leaders and also addressed U.S., NATO and Afghan troops at Camp Leatherneck adjoining Britannia's Camp Bastion, before flying to Kabul where he is due to meet Afghanistan's Caped President Hamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai
... A former Baltimore restaurateur, now 12th and current President of Afghanistan, displacing the legitimate president Rabbani in December 2004. He was installed as the dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime in late 2001 in a vain attempt to put a Pashtun face on the successor state to the Taliban. After the 2004 presidential election, he was declared president regardless of what the actual vote count was. He won a second, even more dubious, five-year-term after the 2009 presidential election. His grip on reality has been slipping steadily since around 2007, probably from heavy drug use...
Thursday.
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Arabia
Yemen Salafists Form Political Party
[An Nahar] Representatives of Yemen's ultra-conservative Salafist community agreed on Wednesday to form a political union, they announced at the end of a two-day conference.

"The conference has decided to form a political entity -- Yemen's Al-Rashad (righteousness) Union," they said in a statement.

A committee was appointed to prepare for a congress that would formally establish the new Salafist party, which distinguishes itself from Yemen's main Islamist Moslem Br├╝derbund Al-Islah (reform) party.

The Salafists
...Salafists are ostentatiously devout Moslems who figure the ostentation of their piety gives them the right to tell others how to do it and to kill those who don't listen to them...
, who espouse an austere form of Sunni Islam that seeks a return to practices that were common in the early days of the faith, have yet to set a date for the meeting.

They said they would take part in future elections, and called for dialogue with al-Qaeda, northern Iranian catspaws, as well as southern separatists, in order to "guarantee Yemen's unity."

The move signals the first involvement into politics by Yemen's Salafists, who until now been represented only by religious associations and charities.

It comes after Islamists rose to power in Tunisia and Egypt following popular uprisings that ousted autocrats.

The hardliners also stated their support for "Syrians against the tyranny of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad's
Trampler of Homs...
regime."
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Saudi Shuts Embassy in Syria, Withdraws Staff
[An Nahar] Soddy Arabia has shut down its embassy in Syria and has withdrawn all its staff, the foreign ministry announced Wednesday in a statement carried by state news agency SPA.

"Due the developments in Syria, the Kingdom of Soddy Arabia has shut down its embassy in Damascus
...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world...
and withdrawn all its diplomats and staff there," said the statement.

Soddy Arabia, which has repeatedly pressed for world action against Damascus and called for rebels to be armed, was one of six Gulf monarchies to expel Syria's ambassadors and withdraw their own in February.
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Suleiman Calls for Cooperation of Ministries in Takfiri Network Case
[An Nahar] President Michel Suleiman
...before assuming office as President, he held the position of commander of the Leb Armed Forces. That was after the previous commander, the loathesome Emile Lahoud, took office as president in November of 1998. Likely the next president of Leb will be whoever's commander of the armed forces, too...
called on Wednesday for the coordination of the defense, interior and telecommunications ministries to resolve the case of the thug network that was planning attacks on the Lebanese army.

According to Information Minister Walid al-Daouq, Suleiman told the cabinet that convened at Baabda palace that "the army is the backbone of stability in the country."
Looking at the country, one is forced to consider whether scoliosis or osteoporosis is more likely. One is sorry to think it, but there it is.
He condemned any attempt to attack it, saying the file has been referred to the competent judiciary.

Suleiman's remarks came after top Fatah official in Leb Munir al-Maqdah said he would hold a meeting with the rest of Paleostinian factions to hand over the head of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades accused of planning attacks on the Lebanese army.

In remarks to Ad-Diyar newspaper, al-Maqdah said that Abu Mohammed Toufiq Taha resides in the Ein el-Hellhole Paleostinian refugee camp near the southern city of Sidon but his whereabouts are unknown.

But informed sources told As Safir daily that Abu Mohammed resides in the camp's Hatteen neighborhood and moves inside the shantytown on a cycle of violence.

According to al-Maqdah, there is consensus to hand over the suspect to the army after investigations revealed that he was heading a seven-member takfir
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who most be killed...
i network reportedly planning attacks on the military school in al-Fayyadiyeh and other army bases.

"A Paleostinian decision has been made to hand over Abu Mohammed Toufiq Taha to the Lebanese army," he stressed.

As Safir said Tuesday that the army placed in long-term storage 5 civilians and 2 soldiers who have admitted to plotting attacks under the guidance of Abu Mohammed.

A Paleostinian security official at Ein el-Hellhole confirmed that the factions are holding consecutive and intensive meetings to find the suspect. "They have agreed to remove any cover from any person that tampers with the security of the camp and its surroundings," he told As Safir.

The official also said that several wanted criminals were handed over to the Lebanese army in the past few weeks away from the media spotlight.

The news came after panic in Sidon over reports that the Lebanese army seized a pick-up smuggling arms. But An Nahar daily stressed Wednesday that the vehicle was transporting furniture and antiques, including old weapons, belonging to a doctor.

The military also placed in long-term storage two people -- a Paleostinian and a Lebanese - after seizing a Soviet-era DShK machinegun from a vehicle.

But al-Maqdah stressed in his remarks to Ad-Diyar that the smuggling of the machinegun was linked to the trade of arms, hinting it was not linked to the alleged attacks planned by the takfiri network.
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Caribbean-Latin America
Four die, three hurt in grenade and small arms attacks in Tamaulipas
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By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

A total of four unidentified individuals were killed in a series of grenade and small arms attack in Ciudad Victoria, Tamualipas Wednesday, according to Mexican news reports.

At about 1030 hrs a grenade was thrown near a Nissan dealership on Carrera Torres. One individual was wounded in that attack, but later died.

Thirty minutes later a second grenade was thrown near a police academy. The attack left two wounded.

A shooting took place at around 0950 hrs on venida Enrique Cerdenas in Los Arcos colony, which claimed the life of one person.

At 1350 hrs another shooting took place near the intersection of calles 4th and Aldama. Two people died in that attack.

Ciudad Victoria is the capital of Tamaulipas state. Four unidentified individuals were found dead there along the road to San Luis Potosi last week.

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
44 Dead as Syrian Army Overruns Idlib, Rebels Flee
[An Nahar] Syrian forces have overrun the northwest city of Idlib and rebels have decamped, an activist said Wednesday, giving sharp momentum to a push by the Damascus
...Capital of the last remaining Baathist regime in the world...
regime to crush an increasingly armed revolt, as 44 people were reportedly killed across the country.

"Since last night there has been no more fighting," said Noureddin al-Abdo, an activist in Idlib, confirming earlier reports by a government newspaper that Idlib had fallen after a four-day assault by regime forces.

"The (rebel) Free Syrian Army (FSA) has withdrawn and regime forces have stormed the entire city and are carrying out house-to-house searches," said Abdo.

The army launched its assault on the rebellious province of Idlib near the Turkish border on Saturday, bombarding the city of the same name and outlying regions in a bid to root out armed turbans.

"The FSA preferred to withdraw because everyone knows it cannot resist the army," Abdo said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fierce festivities between regime forces and rebel troops were ongoing in the Jabal al-Zawiya district of the province and at least four people had died on Wednesday.

"Seventeen soldiers were killed late Tuesday after armed rebels attacked checkpoints in the village of al-Barra, in Jabal al-Zawiya," said the Britannia-based group.

The capture of Idlib comes two weeks after regime forces stormed the Baba Amr rebel stronghold in the central city of Homs following a month-long blitz that left hundreds dead.

It also comes as the regime of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Before going into the family business Pencilneck was an eye doctor...
responded to U.N.-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...
proposals to end a year-long revolt in Syria that has killed more than 8,500 people, mostly civilians, according to activists.

A front man for U.N.-Arab League envoy 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 met with Assad in Damascus over the weekend and made "concrete" proposals to halt the bloodshed, said the unspecified Syrian response was being considered.

Meanwhile,
...back at the laboratory the fumes had dispersed, to reveal an ominous sight...
opposition-affiliated Sham News Network reported that security forces killed 44 people across the country, identifying 16 of them who it said were killed in Idlib alone.

Residents managed to "pull them out of the streets after the shelling and heavy gunfire abated," SNN said.

Amnesia Amnesty International on Wednesday said detainees in Syria's crackdown on dissent faced a "nightmarish world of systematic torture" that has set the country back decades.

"The scale of torture and other ill-treatment in Syria has risen to a level not witnessed for years and is reminiscent of the dark era of the 1970s and 1980s," the rights watchdog said in a report based on testimony from survivors who decamped to Jordan.

The experience "is now very similar to that of detainees under former president Hafez Assad -- a nightmarish world of systemic torture," said Ann Harrison of Amnesty's Middle East and North Africa program, referring to Bashar's father.

Syria's leadership has consistently argued that the uprising shaking the country was the work of "armed terrorist groups" backed by foreign powers.

It has also rejected any negotiations with the opposition while pushing forth with reforms deemed a "farce" by the international community.

Assad on Tuesday issued a decree setting May 7 as the date for parliamentary elections under a new constitution adopted in February.

But Washington immediately dismissed the planned vote as "ridiculous".

"Parliamentary elections for a rubber-stamp parliament in the middle of the kind of violence that we're seeing across the country -- it's ridiculous," U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

They would be the third such polls since Assad came to power in 2000, but the first under a multi-party system as authorized under the new charter.

According to the U.N. refugee agency, an estimated 30,000 people have decamped the fighting in Syria to neighboring countries and another 200,000 have been displaced inside the country.

The majority of the refugees are in neighboring Turkey, Jordan and Leb.

Rights watchdogs said this week that the Syrian regime had planted in recent weeks landmines near the borders with Turkey and Leb, along routes used by refugees fleeing the country.

Russia, accused of having shielded its ally Syria, said on Tuesday it will press Damascus to accept international monitors who could observe the implementation of a "simultaneous" ceasefire.

"We must not have a situation in which the government is required to leave the cities and villages while the gangs are not made to do the same," said Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in Moscow.

Russia and China vetoed two past U.N. Security Council draft resolutions condemning Assad for the violence and have expressed reservations about a new U.S.-backed version.
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Annan Presses Assad for Quick Answers
[An Nahar] U.N.-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 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...
on Wednesday pressed Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Trampler of Homs...
to quickly answer proposals to end Syria's strife ahead of a new diplomatic surge aimed at passing a Security Council resolution on the crisis.

Annan, who on Friday will brief the U.N. Security Council on his mission, announced that he has received one response from Assad's government.

The international envoy "has questions and is seeking answers," his front man Ahmad Fawzi said in a statement.

"But given the grave and tragic situation on the ground, everyone must realize that time is of the essence. As he said in the region, this crisis cannot be allowed to drag on," the front man added.

Annan met with Assad in Damascus
...Home to a staggering array of terrorist organizations...
last weekend and said he made "concrete" proposals. He will brief the Security Council on Friday by videoconference from Geneva, diplomats said.

The council is badly divided on the best way to end the year of strife, which the U.N. says has left more than 8,000 dead. But it is waiting to hear how Assad responds to the envoy before resuming talks on a resolution on the crisis, diplomats said.

"No, I would not say I was optimistic" that Assad would end the violence or allow humanitarian access, said a senior diplomat who has been briefed on the answers already sent to Annan. "But we had never expected that there would be a yes or no answer.

"We had always expected there would be obfuscation, there would be delay, there would be questions," the diplomat added, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...

"Annan is still center stage and we are waiting to see how that turns out in the next 24-48 hours before we go back to discussing the text," said a senior council diplomat.
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India-Pakistan
Seven hurt in Fuuast clash
[Dawn] Five students and two personnel of law-enforcement agencies were maimed during a clash between two rival student groups in the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (Fuuast) on Tuesday, officials said.
During the Middle Ages, the students of Paris were famed for exactly the same behaviour.
They said that the clash also led to the postponement of a scheduled paper in Fuuast.

Using stones and iron rods, workers of the Islami Jamaat-e-Talaba
...The Islamic Students' Organization: the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami, where young Moslems are trained into the arts of street fighting...
(IJT) and Pukhtoon Students Federation
...the student wing of the Awami National Party...
(PSF) clashed with each other on the campus, said Aziz Bhatti SHO Inspector Kenson Din.
Clearly they aren't getting enough homework.
The official said that the clash started over some petty issue.

According to him, the police had gun sex and resorted to teargas shelling to disperse the warring activists, who later converged on main University Road, causing disturbance to vehicular traffic.

"During the clash, Police Constable Muhammad Asghar and a Rangers official were also injured, as both sides started hurling stones at us after we intervened," said Inspector Din.

"Neither has any arrest been made nor an FIR of the incident lodged.

"We are collecting information about the IJT and PSF activists involved in the clash before moving forward."

It was the fourth case of lawlessness on campuses across the city in less than a week with previous three festivities taking place in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
University.
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Three policemen killed within an hour: ASI linked to Karachi operation shot dead
[Dawn] At least three coppers, including an officer who is said to have played an active role during the Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
operation of the 1990s, were rubbed out within an hour on Tuesday night in separate acts of firing in the city.

While the police chief said that the incidents were not related to one another, the chief minister taking immediate notice of the killings sought a report from the police authorities on this matter.

Officials said ASI Raja Moin, 47, was bumped off outside his house in Ali Town, off the Superhighway, within the remit of the Sachal cop shoppe. He was targeted by two men riding a cycle of violence. He was rushed to a nearby private hospital where he died during treatment, the officials said.

The body was later shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for medico-legal formalities.

The ASI had relocated to Ali Town from Al Noor Society in Gulberg, said Sachal SHO Azhar Iqbal.

Posted at the Shah Latif cop shoppe, the victim had just received a transfer order to the Gadap City cop shoppe, Mr Iqbal said.

The victim was said to have worked under Inspector Ahmed Hasan during the Bloody Karachi operation, the officer said, adding that he had also played an active role in the Lyari
...one of the eighteen constituent towns of the city of Karachi. It is the smallest town by area in the city but also the most densely populated. Lyari has few schools, substandard hospitals, a poor water system, limited infrastructure, and broken roads. It is a stronghold of ruling Pakistan Peoples Party. Ubiquitous gang activity and a thriving narcotics industry make Lyari one of the most disturbed places in Karachi, which is really saying a lot....
Task Force, then headed by SP Chaudhry Aslam, in 2004.

The ASI had also been working with Inspector Hasan in the Anti-Street Crime Unit of Gadap Town for the past four years.

The SHO said that the victim had five children from two wives.

Police said that a 57-year-old police constable, Ayub aka Chacha, was rubbed out near People's Chowrangi in North Nazimabad.

He was targeted on his way home from the Taimuria cop shoppe, the police said, adding that he suffered a gunshot wound to his head and was struck down in his prime.

The body was later shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for a post-mortem examination.

"The victim was Roznamcha Moharrir of the Taimuria cop shoppe," said a police official.

The slain constable, a father of two, was a resident of Faqeer Goth, Shafiq Mor.

In yet another incident of firing, a policeman was bumped off near the Bloody Karachi Institute of Heart Diseases in F.B Area within the remit of the Yousaf Plaza cop shoppe.

Area DSP Saleem Siddiqui said that the police constables were shot at when they reportedly approached a couple of thieves who were trying to take away motorbikes from the parking lot of the institute.

PC Ghulam Abbas 55, and Fazalur Rehman, 50, were maimed in the firing, said the DSP. They were rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where Ghulam Abbas died while Fazal was being operated upon, he said. Fazal had suffered a bullet wound to his neck and was said to be in a serious condition, he added.

Additional IG Akthar Gorchani said: "The three incidents are not related to one another." He added that the aspect of assassination was being investigated.
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Four policemen shot dead at picket in Gujrat
[Dawn] Gujrat: Unidentified men rubbed out four personnel of Gujrat police at a picket near Kathala railway crossing, some 12 kilometres away from here on Tuesday night.

The assailants equipped with sophisticated weapons came on two cycle of violences and opened fire, killing constables Seerat Abbas, Qamar Butt and Sibghat Azam on the spot while injuring picket in charge, head-constable Muhammad Arshad, who succumbed to wounds in Aziz Bhatti Shaheed DHQ Hospital. One of the constables deployed at the picket, however, remained unhurt.

DPO Rana Shahid Pervez rushed to the spot after the incident. He said that motive behind the unprovoked firing was yet to be ascertained. The bodies were also sent for autopsies.

The Kathala picket has been one of the key and oldest pickets of the Gujrat police located between the Kathala railway crossing and the river Chenabs bridge. CM:

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is due in Gujrat on Thursday (tomorrow). He will be the chief guest in the laptop distribution ceremony at the University of Gujrat.

Assistant Commissioner Wasif Basheer Khokhar told newsmen at a briefing that the Punjab CM would also lay the foundation stone for the construction of Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf...
Medical Colleges campus on the land adjacent to UOG. Currently the classes of the NSMC are being conducted at the Hafiz Hayat Campus of the UOG.

Latter on Mian Shahbaz Sharif will inaugurate a model Bazaar established at the GT Road in front of the general bus stand.

Sources told Dawn that most of the expenditures of CM's visit had already been tasked to the officials of Tehsil Municipal Administration, Gujrat.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Palestinian suspected in Lebanon plot, 7 arrested
The Lebanese army has tossed in the clink seven people, including two soldiers, suspected of being part of a Sunni Islamist network which had planned to carry out attacks on military targets, security sources said Tuesday.

"The army tossed in the clink a Salafi network with connections to al Qaeda that wanted to blow up military bases," one of the sources said. "They had recruited two from the army -- one is a sergeant and another is a student officer -- and five civilians."

He said the Lebanese army was negotiating the handover of the group's leader, a Paleostinian, with the authorities who run one of the Paleostinian refugee camps in Leb.

He said the seven suspects were tossed in the clink 10 days ago.

Another source said the two army suspects were transferred to a military court four or five days ago. "The issue now is in the hands of the judiciary," he said.

It was not immediately clear whether the suspects are members of the jihad boy group Fatah al-Islam
A Syrian-incubated al-Qaeda work-alike that they think can be turned off if no longer needed to keep the Leb pot stirred.
which the Lebanese army fought for three months in 2007 in the Paleostinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared in north Leb.

Approximately 425,000 Paleostinians are registered as refugees in Leb by the UN, many of them live in 12 camps scattered across the country in bad conditions.
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India-Pakistan
Bomb kills five anti-Taliban fighters in Bajaur
[Dawn] A bomb killed at least five people and maimed three others on Wednesday in Pakistain's northwest tribal badlands bordering Afghanistan, officials said.

The deaths occurred in Gatcheena village, 30 kilometres northwest of Khar, the main town of lawless Bajaur district, after a bomb planted at a village meeting place exploded remotely.

"At least five people were killed after a bomb went kaboom! at an elders meeting," local government official Tariq Khan told AFP.

"Three others were maimed in the blast and there were about a dozen people present," Khan said, adding that the people might have been targeted because they supported government efforts against Taliban-linked militancy.

Another government official and an intelligence official confirmed the bombing and casualties, but the precise identities of the dead were unclear.

Bajaur was the scene of major anti-Taliban offensives in August 2008 and in February 2009, and the military has repeatedly declared the district secure.
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Militants kill 3 tribesmen in Tirah
[Dawn] Four persons including a cut-thoat commander were killed and five people were maimed in separate incidents in Khyber Agency on Tuesday.

Sources said that three Kukikhel
...a tribe of primitives inhabiting Khyber Agency. They are a branch of the Afridi tribe. Traditionally they have been migratory, tromping between Jamrud and the Rajgal valley with the seasons. The tribe has had mustache-cursing relationships with several other tribes, including the Zakkakhel and Kambarkhel, and with the Mullagori. They make welcome most anyone with a turban and automatic weapons, but every once in awhile they get together a tribal lashkar to mollify the government...
rustics were killed in Tirah valley when they tried to stop bully boyz from entering Speena Khawra area. The area is mostly inhabited by Kukikhel rustics.

A jirga of Kukikhel tribe has recently restricted entry of bully boyz into their area and warned to fine and demolish the houses of those people, who were patronising and harbouring bully boyz on its soil.

Meanwhile,
...back at the fist fight, Jake ducked another roundhouse, then parried with his left, then with his right, finally with his chin...
security forces in Sipah area of Bara claimed to have killed an important commander of Lashkar-e-Islam during a search operation. A hideout of Lashkar-e-Islam was also destroyed during the operation.

Also, five members of a family including three women and two children were maimed when a mortar shell fell on the house of Lal Zar on Gandao Road in Sipah area of the tribal region.
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Down Under
Muslim radical on child porn, terror threat charges
A convert to radical Islam has appeared in a Sydney court on charges of possessing child pornography and making a hoax terrorist threat against the city's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Ibrahim Siddiq-Conlon is accused of posting the threat on the Facebook page for 2Day FM's Kyle and Jackie O Show.

Police also allege he viewed child abuse material on the internet using his laptop computer between July last year and his arrest on the night of the Mardi Gras parade.

Siddiq-Conlon has previously come to attention in the media for his outspoken views, particularly his call for Australia to become an Islamic state ruled by sharia law.

He faced Burwood Local Court this morning and was granted bail to re-appear in May.

Speaking to news hounds outside the court, Siddiq-Conlon said he had posted the hoax threat in a moment of passion and had not meant it.
Sudden Keyboard Jihad Syndrome -- instilling fear in the unbelievers without exerting himself so much as to leave his desk. Such a brave, brave Lion of Islam he is, to be sure. The girls will just love him in prison.
"It was just a moment of passion and I didn't mean it and that's all," he said.

He denied accessing child pornography from his computer.
"That was just a moment of passion and I didn't mean it, either," quoth our genius.
"Nothing to say on that - of course is that police believe they have some evidence but you know of course we don't have any of that stuff," he said.
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#1  Real passionate guy, throw away the key.


Posted by: Fat Bob Unotch3711 || 03/15/2012 5:16 Comments || Top||

#2  The face of the Aussie Muslim Community. Here's an honor killing I can get behind. Avenge your honor, muzzies!
Posted by: Frank G || 03/15/2012 9:28 Comments || Top||



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