(Sh. M. Network)- A member of Somalia's Transitional Federal Parliament (TFP), has accused on Monday Somalia prime Minister Abdiweli Mohammed Ali of failing the bring an end to the long running political problems in Somalia.
Booto Cabdulle, Somali lawmaker told Shabelle Media that the PM is serving the interest of Puntland leader Abdirahman Farole and he said since his TFG government was formed has handed over to the parliament any of its budgets.
"It is unfortunate that the PM is out of state service for the people ofSomalianot to abide by the law and serve for the curiosity of a regional leader. I call on Somali politicians and senior clerics and civil society to get rid of Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohammed Ali and unite to solve their own problems," the MP added.
In the past few days, Somali people have had different views on the serving PM over range of issues about the failed task of his office towards the country's security and political problems.
Amr Moussa, the leading Jerry Lewis lookalike candidate in Egypt's presidential race, called the Camp David peace accords "dead and buried."
Moussa said Sunday during a rally in southern Egypt that the document belongs "on the shelves of history," Haaretz reported.
He differentiated, however, between the accords and the peace treaty that was signed in 1979, a year after Camp David. The Camp David Accords called for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state as a goal.
"This agreement is dead and buried. There is an agreement between Israel and Egypt that we will honor as long as Israel honors it," Moussa reportedly said.
Moussa served as foreign minister under ousted President Hosni Mubarak for a decade.
Meanwhile, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak called on Egypt to control the instability in the Sinai Peninsula in order to keep the peace between the two countries.
"We urge Egypt to contain the lawlessness in the Sinai Peninsula -- this is imperative in order to keep our two nations firmly on the path of peace," he said Monday during an address to the Foreign Press Association in Jerusalem.
You heard da man - he sezzes the Begin-Sadat Accords is "dead + buried".
Iff "dead + buried" is dead + buried as far as Egypt is concerned, it means that iff Israel wins the next major Arab-Israeli War where Egypt is an enemy, Israel is NOT obligated to return Any or 1/2 or all of the Sinai Peninsula iff it is conquered again by the IDF.
Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, a Saudi national who according to the American Intelligence services was al-Qaeda's official bomb makers would have reappear after the Pentagon announced his death last September 30 following an air strike against the group. Declared dead at the time alongside Anwar al-Awlaki, the group's leader, US intelligence officials fear that the man used his unexpected "death" to go further underground, plotting further attacks against American interests.
Al-Asiri is believed to have engineered the bomb which almost claimed Prince Mohammad bin Nayef, the Saudi deputy Interior Minister's life in 2009 when Ibrahim's brother blew himself up.
The FBI has a fingerprint and forensic evidence linking al-Asiri to one of the explosive devices used in attempted attacks on the U.S. It's not clear who provided the FBI with the original fingerprint used to match the one lifted from the underwear bomb. But it probably came from Saudi Arabia, where al-Asiri and his brother were arrested for their involvement in an Al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist cell. They were released and later fled to Yemen in 2006.
Several counterterrorism officials in Yemen are on the alert as Ossama bin Laden's death anniversary is approaching, fearing that the Islamic militants would want to make a public display. Amidst renewed tensions in Yemen in between Ansar al-Sharia, an offshoot of al-Qaeda and the armed forces, as the two battle for control of Abyan, a southern province, several security analysts encourage caution.
"However, we assess that AQ's affiliates and allies remain intent on conducting attacks on the homeland, possibly to avenge the death of bin Laden, but not necessarily tied to the anniversary," Carney said, referring to Al-Qaeda.
The United States has deployed sophisticated F-22 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates amid deepening tensions between Iran and its pro-US neighbors, officials said Monday.
The US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, would not say how many F-22s would be sent to the Al-Dhafra air base in the United Arab Emirates. Military officers tend to avoid publicly discussing details of operations at the US air base.
An Air Force spokeswoman confirmed that a number of F-22 Raptors, the most advanced fighter in the US fleet, would be deployed to the region without mentioning the base or Iran.
"The United States Air Force has deployed F-22s to Southwest Asia. Such deployments strengthen military-to-military relationships, promote sovereign and regional security, improve combined tactical air operations, and enhance interoperability of forces, equipment and procedures," said Major Mary Danner-Jones.
Pentagon spokesman Captain John Kirby told reporters the move "was a very normal deployment" in keeping with an adjustment of US forces in the region following the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq.
I've always said that any Radical Islamist-led destabilization or destruction of Sunni Saudi Arabia + Royals could be more dangerous for the US-NATO/EU, World than fighting the Hard Boyz in AFPAK, as both Nuclear-armed Muslim States, Wannabes, + MilTerrs vie for control of the Islamic Holy Places.
DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > [Iran Foreign Ministry] SPOKEMAN WARNS UAE TO AVOID ANGERING THE IRANIAN NATION.
Personally, iff I were Prez. Moud or El Supremo the Ayatollah Khameini, I would be more worried about iff Iran BFF Pakistan chose to keep Pak supply land routes into Afghanistan not only closed off to the US-NATO, but now also to cut off Pak AirSpace to US-NATO Air Cargo deliveries into Afghanistan. ITS A US POTUS [Re-]ELECTION YEAR, THE US ECONOMY IS IN BAD SHAPE + IFFY, THE NDN IS TOO $$$ COSTLY, + THE PRO-DIPLOMACY BAMMER IS STILL POINTS AHEAD OF WAR-MONGER ROMNEY BUT THAT CAN EASILY CHANGE.
[Yemen Post] The military committee in charge with restoring stability and maintaining security failed to reopen Sanaa-Marib road as it continued to remove security disorders inside Yemen's capital Sanaa on Sunday.
Tribal sources were quoted by News Yemen as saying the committee arrived early today in the Thawma area but it could not reopen the road which was closed during the escalating popular uprising last year.
Many military and tribal checkpoints were set up along the road including those controlled by the Republican Guard. Pro-revolution sources said they removed their checkpoints but returned them after the Republican Guard refused to remove its own.
Separately, the National Authority for Metrology and Aviation was handed the building of Yemenia Airways in the district of al-Hasaba, which was damaged and occupied during the battles between the Republican Guard and the tribal fighters loyal to Sadeq al-Ahmer of Hashid in 2011.
The committee removed all barricades and war positions in this district and nearby areas on Saturday. Fierce battles took place last year between the tribal fighters and the Republican Guard, with hundreds from both sides killed and injured.
Public offices were occupied by the tribal fighters but they have been given back to the government.
Since it was formed few months ago, the military committee has made strides after the 2011 turmoil, mainly in the capital Sanaa and the southern Taiz province.
Still, more efforts are needed to return the situation to normal in the country at a time when unruly tribal gunnies and checkpoints are continuing in main cities.
[Yemen Post] A senior Yemeni diplomat said Russia has agreed to host Yemen's ex-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... , who relinquished power after mass protests in 2011, Akhbar al-Youm newspaper said on Sunday.
"Russia accepted to host Saleh permanently amid expectations the United Arab Emirates, which initially agreed to host him earlier, may be reluctant or refuse to do," the diplomat said, according to the paper.
Earlier, the UAE accepted to host Saleh during the two-year transitional period, but he set conditions including the Gulf country pay all expenses for his stay. The move came under US and Saudi pressure on this Gulf country within the efforts to ensure a positive implementation of the power-transfer deal.
The diplomat said President Abdrabu Mansour Hadi met on Saturday with the Russian ambassador to Yemen Sergei Koslov and the matter of hosting the former president was expected to be discussed by the two, the paper added.
Saleh will leave the country after he transfers all his authorities as head of the General People's Congress to Hadi and his second deputy Abdul Karim al-Eryani, the diplomat was quoted as saying.
Saleh signed in November the power-transfer deal brokered by the GCC countries and backed by the UN, which saw him relinquish power to his deputy after 33 years in office.
He is currently being seen as attempting to hinder the implementation of the deal, but the countries sponsoring the deal, including the US and E, has warned to sanction him and his loyalists.
[Yemen Post] The former 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... has demanded President Abdu Rabu Hadi to task the 1st brigade of the Republican Guard to guard him, a newspaper close to Saleh's family has said.
Al-Ola newspaper said Saleh asked Hadi to appoint his nephew Tariq Mohammad Abdullah Saleh as a commander of the brigade, indicating that Hadi refused the demands of Saleh, and that negotiations are still ongoing.
Hadi had appointed Tariq as a commander of the 37th Brigade in the southern governorate of Hadhramout, but he refused the decree and insisted to stay in his positions as a commander of the Special Forces and the 3rd Brigade.
On Tuesday, Saleh's half brother Mohammad Saleh Al-Ahmar handed over the command of the Air Forces to his successor Rashid Al-Janad after more than two weeks of refusal.
Saleh, who ruled Yemen for 33 years, appointed his relatives and supporters in senior ranks of the armed forces with. His elderly son, Ahmed and other allies remain in place as commanders of powerful military units.
Meanwhile, ...back at the sea battle, the Terror of the Baltic's career had come to an abrupt and watery end... Rooters quoted Yemeni diplomatic sources as saying that Saleh will leave Yemen temporarily after Gulf states leaned on him to get out of the way of his successor to ease tension complicating efforts to stabilize the country.
According to Rooters, the diplomat expected Saleh to travel next week, probably to the United Arab Emirates, to allow recently elected President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to rule unhindered by his predecessor.
Yemeni media sources stated that Russia has agreed to host Saleh accused of opposition leaders of sparking impediments and problems to his successor.
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, an affilate of the terrorist organisation, have offered to free a British-South African hostage if Abu Qatada, the radical cleric, is allowed to choose a country for his extradition, according to the US monitoring service SITE.
AQIM also threatened that Britain would "open the door of evil" unto its country and people should it send the imam back to his native Jordan where he faces jail, the report said.
The group which is Al-Qaeda's North African franchise - has been holding Stephen Malcolm and two other western men hostage since abducting them last November in the northern Mali desert city of Timbuktu.
Britain has been trying to deport Abu Qatada for more than six years, arguing he is a threat to national security, to Jordan, where the cleric was convicted in 1998 in absentia of involvement in terror attacks. But his removal has in the past been blocked by the European Court of Human Rights, which cited the risk that evidence obtained from torture would be used against him on his return to Jordan.
The court is now considering the latest appeal by the cleric.
Six sites, including two residential complexes, are being tested as launch pads for missile systems capable of thwarting any airborne terror attack.
Starstreak and Rapier missile systems - which have a range of around 4 miles - would be deployed as a "last resort" to shoot down any low flying aircraft intending a 9/11 style suicide mission at one of the Olympic venues.
Defence sources claim radar would identify rogue aircraft and the missiles would be deployed long before they reached built up areas.
But experts have claimed that the systems are useless in poor weather as they rely on the operator being able to see the target.
Nick Brown, editor in chief of IHS Jane's International Defence Review said: "The system's weakness is that the missiles are laser-guided, steered onto their target by the soldier keeping his sight on an aircraft. So if the soldier can't see an aircraft, they can't hit it.
HOw many airfields in England? Certainly there can put a security guy at each monitoring things and if someone tries to fly in from out of the country the RAF should take them out. I'm not sure I get this missile thing.
Looks like someone got tired of the TSA strip searching 100 year old nuns in wheelchairs and seven year old cerebral palsy victims. Also in wheelchairs.
A Sikh advocacy group launched a free mobile application Monday that allows travelers to complain immediately to the government if they feel they've been treated unfairly by airport screeners. How about if they witness someone being treated unfairly?
Launched at midnight by The Sikh Coalition, the FlyRights app had fielded two complaints by 10 a.m. EDT Monday. That didn't take long.
The first complaint came from a woman who said she felt mistreated after she disclosed to a screener that she was carrying breast milk. A man who is Sikh filed the second complaint, saying he was subjected to extra security even though he had not set off any alarms. The woman's complaint was based on gender and the man's, religion, said coalition program director Amardeep Singh.
Singh said the Department of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration were notified of the app before its launch. The agencies agreed to allow the app to use the agencies' system for submitting the complaints.
TSA said in a statement that it does not profile passengers on the basis of race, ethnicity or religion and is continually working with communities, including The Sikh Coalition, "to help us understand unique passenger concerns." The agency said it supports "efforts to gather passenger feedback about the screening process."
The app, available for iPhone and Android phones, was conceived in response to complaints from Sikhs in the U.S, who since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks are routinely subjected to additional inspection, Singh said. Some are made to remove their turbans, which Sikhs wear for religious reasons, Singh said. They could make the process quicker if they had buttons for things like "Nun", "Severely Disabled", "Child", "Tin God", etc..
The app is intended for everyone who feels they are racially profiled or subjected to other unfair treatment. It is also intended to provide better data on how often such incidents occur. They could also have a button for "I just witnessed a muslim sail through security with Crayon and an 'I love Osama' T-shirt"
In light of the shooting of Trayvon Martin, immigration laws in Alabama and Arizona, and the anniversary of the Rodney King trial "it has never been more readily apparent how the practice of racial profiling impacts all Americans," said Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. The conference helped launch the app.
After completing screening, a person can go to the app and click on the "report" button. The app will automatically fill in the person's name, phone number and email address. The app asks questions such as race and name of airport, as well as the basis of the complaint, such as religion or gender. It has "submit" and "share" buttons to post on social media that a complaint was filed. The app also contains information on rights of passengers and TSA procedures. Does it also detail how it's OK to operate a jihadi website but not OK for the elderly to get on a plane without getting assaulted?
The Sikh Coalition gets hundreds of complaints of unfair treatment and profiling, Singh said. By contrast, he said, the Department of Homeland Security said in its last report to Congress on civil rights and civil liberties that 11 people in the U.S. submitted complaints in the first six month of 2011.
"My hope is that this app will exponentially increase the number of complaints filed with the TSA, flood the system so they get that this is a problem. For too long the Transportation Security Administration has been able to tell Congress this is not an issue, nobody's complaining," Singh said.
Passengers can ask to speak to supervisors or customer support managers at an airport, contact the TSA Contact Center, submit feedback through "Talk-to-TSA" online or file a civil rights complaint through its website, the agency said.
Prabhjit Singh, a motivational speaker, said he has been profiled 30 times, starting in Feb. 2007 when he was taking an early morning flight from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport to Alabama. In that incident, he was told he had to go through a mandatory pat-down of his turban, even though he had not set off the detector. But after asking for information on the TSA policy, a supervisor told him he could not fly, he said.
"Out of those 30 incidents, I have not yet been able to take myself and write down all the information I needed to and been able to convey that to the Sikh Coalition. This app will allow me to do that," said Prabhjit Singh, who is not related to Amardeep Singh.
All Sikhs carry the surname Singh.
"When I sat down on that airplane, after that experience, I looked around at everybody else ... and I thought, they did not have to go through what I had to go through to get on this airplane," he said. I guess the nun and the kid with CP didn't manage to make it on the plane. Consider yourself lucky, punk.
A year or two ago a group of Orthodox Jewish men were escorted off a plane because they were dressed oddly and praying in Hebrew. Their response? In these troubled times it is understandable that people are touchy and suspicious, and they were happy to take the replacement flight they were offered after their innocence was confirmed. The story is somewhere in the Rantburg archives.
[Dawn] Drone victims are not just figures on a piece of paper, they are real people and that's why it is important to see what happens on the ground when a missile hits a target, argues Pak attorney Shahzad Akbar.
"We have to see what exactly is happening on the ground, what is happening to the people," he told a Washington conference on drones.
"We apologise to the people of Pakistain for the strikes that have killed so many civilians," said Nancy Maneiar, a peace activist associated with the US-based, anti-war Code Pink ...an anti-U.S. antiwar group founded in November, 2002 by Jodie Evans, Medea Benjamin and other usual suspects. In February 2003, just weeks before the invasion of Iraq, the group organized its first trip to that nation, and subsequently led five delegations there. On its website, Code Pink lists wild-eyed allegations of US war crimes, and states that thousands of non-combatants were killed in Fallujah in 2004. Or maybe it was millions. ... Group.
"The CIA needs to be held accountable for their strikes."
"Those who order a drone strike act at once "as prosecutors, judges, jury and executioners," said journalist Jeremy Scahill who recently travelled to Afghanistan, Pakistain and Yemen to observe the consequences of the drone war.
"This is lawless activity that the US is indulging in around the world," he said.
"War on terror is an oxymoron. How can you end terrorism by spreading terror via horrific remote control killing machines," said Dr Amna Buttar, a PPP MPA from Punjab.
"All 190 million people are the victims of this remote-controlled war."
They were among two dozen peace activists, lawyers, journalists and retired military officials attending a two-day conference, which began in Washington on Saturday.
International peace groups had to lobby hard for Akbar to attend the conference as the US government delayed his visa application for 14 months because he has sued the CIA over drone strikes in Pakistain.
Akbar told an audience of about 300 people from across the United States that it was important to put faces on the drone victims; otherwise people will not understand their plight.
"They feel this imminent threat of being attacked from the sky. And they feel helpless because they have no other place to relocate. Many have no skills, no education, so they cannot relocate to other parts of Pakistain," he said. Advocate Akbar showed a photo of a teenager named Saadullah, who was helping his mother in the kitchen when a drone hit their home in Fata in 2009. He woke up in a hospital three days later without his legs.
Sanaullah, a 17-year-old pre-engineering student, burned alive in his car during another strike in 2010.
Akbar also showed photos of the Bismillah family: mother, father, a daughter and a son, all killed in a drone strike.
Other speakers noted that US drone strikes in Pakistain had also killed 168 children. They quoted from recent surveys suggesting the number of ordinary people killed could be 40 per cent higher than previously reported.
US officials, however, have rejected such studies as "exaggerated", and said the "the claims of extensive non-combatant casualties are uncorroborated".
The "Drone Summit: Killing and Spying by Remote Control," organised by American human rights ...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions... groups, noted that there had been a lethal rise in the number of drone strikes under the B.O. regime.
President B.O. argues that drone strikes are focused effort at people who are on a list of active snuffies and have not caused a huge number of civilian casualties.
Supporters of drone warfare say the drone technology is an accurate and less expensive weapon that minimises risks to US troops and protects America by killing terrorists.
Clive Stafford Smith, founder and director of Reprieve, an organization that helped secure the release of 65 prisoners from notorious Guantanamo Bay, also highlighted this point.
"We can kill people without any risk to ourselves and that's why the politicians like it," said Smith while addressing the drone conference.
Other panellists noted that US drones had the potential to be equipped with heat sensors, Geographic Positioning Systems, licence-plate readers, extremely high resolution cameras, infrared cameras, and facial-recognition software. Coordinated swarms easily could track people's daily movement from home to the office to a political rally to the grocery store.
[Dawn] Lack of funds and serial destruction of schools have been hampering government's plan to undertake the gigantic task of reconstruction of educational institutions blown up by Islamic fascistiin the under-developed Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
The data collected by Directorate of Education, Fata shows that 417 schools including 133 for girls have been blown up in Fata by the end of March last as Islamic fascistiare still targeting educational institutions in the region.
"The dilemma is that on the one hand the directorate lacks financial resources to reconstruct damaged buildings while on the other, Islamic fascistiare still bombing schools," said an official.
He said that army had started reconstruction of 78 schools, both for boys and girls, in some areas of Fata. He added that army had received money from Saudi Development Fund for reconstruction of schools in tribal areas. The authorities are reconstructing 52 schools in Bajaur Agency, aka Turban Central where normality has been returned.
Soddy Arabia has provided $72 million from its development fund for reconstruction and rehabilitation activities in Malakand division of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa ... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central... and Fata. The army and some non-governmental organizations are reconstructing schools in Bajaur, Mohmand ... Named for the Mohmand clan of the Sarban Pahstuns, a truculent, quarrelsome lot. In Pakistain, the Mohmands infest their eponymous Agency, metastasizing as far as the plains of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar, Charsadda, and Mardan. Mohmands are also scattered throughout Pakistan in urban areas including Karachi, Lahore, and Quetta. In Afghanistan they are mainly found in Nangarhar and Kunar... , Khyber and others areas.
[Dawn] The widow of a Pak man rubbed out by a CIA contractor last year in an incident that sparked a major crisis in American-Pak relations, was killed by her father on Monday for refusing to remarry, police said.
Zahra Faizan, 24, and her 50-year-old mother, Nabeela Shehzad, were allegedly rubbed out by Mohammad Shehzad in Lahore after a family quarrel.
"The apparent motive behind the murders is a matrimonial dispute. The family had been quarrelling over the refusal of Faizan's widow to remarry and today again they quarrelled with each other," senior police official Sajjad Hussain Manj told AFP.
"Shehzad was very angry and shot up his daughter and wife," he added.
[Dawn] US President Barack Obama I inhaled. That was the point... has ordered more openness about the secretive drone war pounding al Qaeda in Pakistain, a top official said Monday, mounting the firmest defense yet of the program.
In a landmark speech on counter-terrorism "ethics", Obama aide John Brennan insisted the program, the source of sharp tensions between Washington and Islamabad, was legal, ethical, proportional and saved US lives.
The top counter-terrorism official gave the most detailed justification and description of the drone program yet, on the eve of the anniversary of the killing of al Qaeda leader the late Osama bin Laden ... who was laid out deader than a mackerel... in a raid in Pakistain by elite special forces.
US officials have generally been loath to publicly discuss the secretive CIA program, which has seen scores of what the US government says are al Qaeda suspects killed in tribal areas of Pakistain and some other nations.
"Broadly speaking, the debate over strikes targeted at individual members of al Qaeda has centered on their legality, their ethics, the wisdom of using them, and the standards by which they are approved," Brennan said.
"The United States government conducts targeted strikes against specific al Qaeda terrorists, sometimes using remotely piloted aircraft, often referred to publicly as drones," Brennan said in a speech to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington.
"I'm here today because President B.O. has instructed us to be more open with the American people about these efforts." Brennan said the strikes had been certified as complying with US law by US Attorney General Eric Inaction Jackson Holder, among other brass hats.
"The constitution empowers the president to protect the nation from any imminent threat of attack," Brennan said, adding that Obama's action was also authorized by measures passed by Congress after the September 11 attacks in 2001.
He also argued that the strikes were ethical, proportional and conformed to US efforts to spare innocent civilians from being caught up in the crossfire.
"It is hard to imagine a tool that can better minimize the risk to civilians than remotely piloted aircraft," Brennan said, in a speech briefly interrupted by a Code Pink anti-war protestor.
"There is absolutely nothing casual about the extraordinary care we take in making the decision to pursue an al Qaeda terrorist, and the lengths to which we go to ensure precision and avoid the loss of innocent life."
Pakistan's PM Gilani is attempting to moderate the tone + language of the US-Pak rift but by most accounts is unlikely to succeed widout US concessions to Pakistan as per a formal apology + respect for Pak sovereignty. PERTS ARE WARNING THAT ISLAMABAD = PAK GOVT. MAY RETALIATE BY IMLEMENTING MORE HARDLINE RESTRICTIONS/POLICIES AHZ US-NATO SUPPLY MOVEMENTS, E.G. CLOSURE OF PAK AIRSPACE TO US MIL AIR CARGO.
IIUC, a more hardline Pakistani counter-response will likely raise the probabilities as per US-led Milaction agz Iran this summer [or by EOY 2012], which IMO is not what the Bammer wants going into the 2012 POTUS Elex Campaign.
Also as per the 2012 Elex for the Bammer Team + DemoLeft ...
* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > PENTAGON REPORT ADMITS US WAS LOSING THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN.
* SAME > US NAVY SEALS FAKED OSAMA RAID/STUNT - INSIGHT VIEW FROM ISI OFFICIAL | PAKISTANI INTELLIGENCE OFFICIAL DISCUSSES ABBOTTABAD RAID -TERMINAL X.
ARTIC > PAK ISI Official says OBL was already dead for years, + Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is a US CIA Asset-Operative.
HHHMMMMM, HHHMMMM, wehell, given what I personally know about the relationship or links between KSM + OBL, the PAK ISI Official cannot make such an argument widout directly inferring or implicating that that OBL himself was also CIA. IOW, THE US CIA CONSPIRED OR ALLOWED NYC TO BE ATTACKED BACK ON 9-11, HELPING TO KILL 3000 PEOPLE IN A MAJOR AMERICAN CITY.
* DRUDGEREPORT > FED OFFICIALS: US ECONOMY FACING A "FISCAL CLIFF" AT YEAR'S END.
As for the missing OIC, I'm not sure how to interprete their absence.
Lest we fergit, during the "Libyan/Arab Spring" which overthrew Uncle Muammar, the MSM-Net had many Reports of black African Muslims complaining of discrimination + persecution at the hands of white or lighter-skinned Arab, Libyan Muslims. THE SAME MAY, OR MAY NOT BE, THE CASE WID HERE WID THE MILF, I.E BROWN-SKINNED MUSLIMS???
Iranian students strongly condemned desecration of the Muslims' Holy Book by a US pastor, and called on the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to show decisive reaction to the provocative move.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, students of the University of Quranic Sciences and Studies said that the burning of copies of the Holy Quran by US pastor Terry Joins in the state of Florida was a "plot hatched by leaders of the US and the occupying Zionist regime (of Israel)".
They said that the sacrilege of the Holy Quran was a move aimed at assessing the reaction of the Muslim world.
The statement further called on the OIC and the Iranian foreign ministry to react strongly and decisively to Jones' provocative move in a bid to stop further desecration of Islamic sanctities by others.
On Sunday, Iran condemned the Quran burning by the US pastor as an "insulting and provocative" act, and urged the United States to apologize to the Muslim World.
The Pentagon had asked Jones to refrain from burning the Qurans out of concern for the safety of NATO forces in Afghanistan.
Quran burning and sacrilege of Islamic values has become a commonplace move by Americans in recent years, while the opposite has never happened and Muslims have never desecrated values of Judaism, Christianity and other divine religions. Other than a little bombing and mass killing in churches, in say Egypt and Nigeria etc, the followers of the Religion of Pieces are as pure as the driven snow.
[An Nahar] Iran on Monday slammed a U.S. pastor's burning of a Koran, calling it provocative and demanding U.S. authorities take action to prevent any recurrence.
Iran's foreign ministry said in a statement carried by the official IRNA news agency that it "strongly condemns this ridiculous, insulting and provoking act by a so-called American priest in overt contempt of the holy Koran."
The condemnation was in reaction to a Saturday ceremony in which Florida Pastor Terry Jones ...a Florida preacher of no particular distinction other than his willingness to occasionally set fire to a koran. This results in his getting his name in the papers and in attacks of the vapors in Teheran and places like that... set fire to the Moslem holy book and a depiction of the prophet Mohammed to protest Iran's imprisonment of an Iranian Christian clergyman, Yusef Nadarkhani.
The act was broadcast online in a YouTube video that climaxed with Jones and a handful of followers repeating the U.S. oath of allegiance as the Koran burned.
Jones, who rebuffed a U.S. Defence Department request to desist out of fear for U.S. troops' safety abroad, was behind a March 2011 burning of the Koran by his assistant that triggered violence in northern Afghanistan in which at least 12 people were killed.
Iran's foreign ministry said the latest burning was the result of "Islamophobia" ...the irrational fear that Moslems will act the way they usually do... in the West.
It said the world was "awaiting a quick, serious and frank response by the U.S. government to this act so it is never repeated."
* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > IRANIAN ARMY GAINS CAPABILITY TO INTERCEPT, "REDIRECT" ENEMY MISSLES. BGEN. Farzad Esmaeili.
* WAFF > THE MYSTERIOUS IRANIAN THREAT, ala Iran's fleet of 20 Submarines.
* SAME > IRAN'S FAKE NUCLEAR FATWA.
D *** NG IT, its not a nuke bomb, its an "enhanced energy device"!
* TOPIX > [US-NATO Radar Bases = BMD] TURKEY WILL BECOME IRAN'S FIRST TARGET.
* SAME > IRANIAN AF COMMANDER SAYS US RADARS IN TURKEY WILL CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS [ + FATAL DISEASES] | US RADAR BASES IN TURKEY SHOW MUSLIM TURKEY'S SUBMISSION TO ISRAEL, i.e. to Imperialist Infidel Israeli Zionists + US, Western Crusaders.
* SAME > CONGRESS WANTS BROKEN LASER [ABL] TO ZAP NORTH KOREA'S BROKEN MISSLES.
[An Nahar] the late Osama bin Laden ... who has left the building... bemoaned "disaster after disaster" inflicted by U.S. drone strikes on al-Qaeda before he was killed and even mulled changing his terror group's name, a top U.S. official said Monday.
President Barack Obama's I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody... top counter-terrorism advisor John Brennan said al-Qaeda was losing "badly" under a huge U.S. assault, was a "shadow" of its former self and that its core leadership would soon be "no longer relevant."
Brennan said in a speech in Washington that the al-Qaeda leader's frustration poured out in documents seized from his compound by U.S. Navy SEAL special forces who killed him a year ago.
"He confessed to 'disaster after disaster,'" Brennan said, saying that some of the captured material would be published online this week by the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
On the eve of the anniversary of bin Laden's death, Brennan argued that a relentless U.S. drone campaign and other pressure had left al-Qaeda seriously weakened, and unable to replace wiped-out leaders.
"Under intense pressure in the tribal regions of Pakistain, they have fewer places to train and groom the next generation of operatives, they're struggling to attract new recruits.
"Morale is low," Brennan said in a speech at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, which was briefly interrupted by a Code Pink anti-war demonstrator who was hauled out of the room by a burly policeman.
Brennan said that the documents gathered at bin Laden's lair in Abbottabad ... A pleasant city located only 30 convenient miles from Islamabad. The city is noted for its nice weather and good schools. It is the site of Pakistain's military academy, which was within comfortable walking distance of the residence of the late Osama bin Laden.... , outside Islamabad, show that the late al-Qaeda leader urged his subordinates to flee Pak tribal regions for places "away from aircraft photography and bombardment."
Things got so bad for the group which plotted the September 11 attacks in 2001, the deadliest terror strike in U.S. history, that bin Laden considered changing the group's name, he said.
"In short, al-Qaeda is losing, badly. And bin Laden knew it," he said, adding that bin Laden had complained at the B.O. regime's decision to stop using the phrase "war on terror."
Brennan's speech will likely prompt new claims by Republicans that the Obama campaign is exploiting the anniversary of the bin Laden raid to boost the president's prospects of reelection in November.
Senior Obama aides are clearly using the president's decision to launch the high risk raid as an implicit comparison to the character of his presumptive Republican rival Mitt Romney ...whose real first name is actually, no kidding, Willard, was governor of Massachussetts and is currently the front-runner for president on the Publican ticket. He is the son of the former governor of Michigan, George Romney, who himself ran for president after saving American Motors from failure, though not permanently. Romney's foot is in an ideological bucket because of Romneycare, a state-level experiment that should have been a warning against Obamacare if anyone had been paying attention. Romney's charisma is best defined as soporific, which is probably why he is leading the Publican field...
Brennan also claimed that the administration's tactics against al-Qaeda had made it harder than ever for "core" al-Qaeda to plan and execute large-scale, potentially catastrophic attacks.
"Today, it is increasingly clear that-compared to 9/11, the core al-Qaeda leadership is a shadow of its former self," Brennan said.
"Al-Qaeda has been left with just a handful of capable leaders and operatives, and with continued pressure is on the path to its destruction.
"And for the first time since this fight began, we can look ahead and envision a world in which the al-Qaeda core is simply no longer relevant."
Brennan's speech amounted to the administration's most comprehensive public survey about the state of the struggle against al-Qaeda.
He spent considerable time defending strikes by unmanned U.S. drones in nations like Pakistain, crediting them with dismantling al-Qaeda's top leadership and causing bin Laden's distress.
Brennan said the strikes were legal, ethical and proportional, and added that Obama had instructed his officials to share more details about the secret war.
Despite lauding the administration's achievements in hammering top al-Qaeda leaders and the group's capacity, Brennan also warned that global terror threats were still potent, particularly those emanating from Africa.
"As the al-Qaeda core falters, it continues to look to its affiliates and adherents to carry on its murderous cause," Brennan said, warning that the group's merger with the Shebab group in Somalia was "worrying."
He said that al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) remained a threat, despite the strike that took out radical U.S.-born holy manAnwar al-Awlaki ... Born in Las Cruces, New Mexico, zapped in Yemen, al-Awlaki was a dual citizen of the U.S. and Yemen. He was an Islamic holy man who was a trainer for al-Qaeda and its franchises. His sermons were attended by three of the 9/11 hijackers, by Fort Hood murderer Nidal Malik Hussein, and Undieboomer Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. He was the first U.S. citizen ever placed on a CIA target list... , who directed its external operations.
I'll be surprised, iff not outright shocked, iff Osama did change the name of Al-Qaeda to something else.
As per the MSM-Net, I'm also surprised to learn that new "Core" AQ#1/EL Supremo Ayman Zawahiri is not receiving the same deference or accolades once given to Osama, espec from AQ affiliates whose curren or new Leadership had long-standing ties to Osama's inner circle. HAVE SERIOUS DOUBTS ON THIS ONE.
* ION DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > DR. ABDUL QADEER KHAN: OSAMA RAID WAS "STAGED".
* IIRC SAME > WHY NO ONE WILL EVER SEE THE DEATH PHOTOS OF OSAMA BIN LADEN FROM ABBOTTABAD!?
There are deep, hidden Secrets + Skeletons, etc. of the GWOT that Powers-That-Be/They-Whom-Must-Not-Be-Named want to keep dark + hidden forever, at any cost.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
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