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20 Dead as Syrian Forces Fire on Huge Protests
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 05/19/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1365 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Happy Birthday/Daily Gam Shot

Lily Cole [English] aka Valentina in "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)" aka Polly in "St. Trinian's (2007)" aka Ernessa in "The Moth Diaries (2011)" aka Elise in "Confession of a Child of the Century (2012)" aka Lettuce Leaf in "Rage (I) (2009)" (age 24)



She's not skinny, she's tall

Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 05/19/2012 2:04 Comments || Top||

#2  and judging by the photo, about 14....
Posted by: Helmuth, Speaking for McGurque1797 || 05/19/2012 16:03 Comments || Top||

#3  Today is Armed Forces Day - thank you to all who are serving or have served!
Posted by: Frank G || 05/19/2012 16:52 Comments || Top||

#4  What's she doing airside at Gatwick airport?

Hope the security staff gave her a frisk...
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/19/2012 17:26 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
US airstrikes kill five Afghan civilians in eastern province
[Iran Press TV] The United States has carried out overnight Arclight airstrikes in Afghanistan, killing five civilians in the eastern province of Wardak, Press TV reports.

The US military officials in Kabul said on Friday that they targeted eight beturbanned goons on Thursday night as they were planting roadside kabooms to attack US military convoys in Wardak's Sayedabad district.

Local Afghan villagers, however, rejected the statement, blaming the US forces for killing harmless civilians with no links to any krazed killer groups.
"Sure, from up there it looks like mayhem with malice aforethought, but down here on the ground we could see they were actually playing with fluffy bunnies."
Local authorities have reportedly launched an investigation into the identity of those killed in the two US attacks.
Posted by: Fred || 05/19/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [632 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  You'd think that after 10 years the civilians would have learned it is a bad idea to gather up the wife and kiddies and go dig wild roots along the roadside in the middle of the night. Maybe by the next generation Darwin will have weeded the slow learners out.
Posted by: Glenmore || 05/19/2012 11:36 Comments || Top||


Taliban attack on Nato base in Afghanistan kills two
[Dawn] A Taliban rocket attack on a NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
base in the eastern Afghan province of Kunar killed two international soldiers and maimed six, officials said.

It came a day after gunnies dressed in Afghan police uniforms and wearing boom jackets stormed a government compound in the southwestern province of Farah, killing seven people and wounding 12 others.

The Taliban this month announced the start of their annual spring offensive, a campaign of bombings and attacks that picks up every year as the weather warms.

A local front man for NATO's International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) said of the latest incident: "Two Isaf soldiers were killed and six others injured in a Taliban rocket attack on an Isaf base in Nari district today."

Two other local officials confirmed the account, while the Isaf press office in Kabul
said that "two service members died following an cut-thoat attack in eastern Afghanistan".

It gave no further details and did not reveal the nationalities of the dead soldiers, in line with policy.
Posted by: Fred || 05/19/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [381 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Caribbean-Latin America
Mexican Army uncovers mass grave with 5 dead in Nuevo Leon state -- UPDATED

For a map, click here. For a map of Nuevo Leon state, click here.

By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

A Mexican Army unit of the 7th Military Zone discovered a mass grave site in eastern Nuevo Leon state Friday evening, according to Mexican news sources.

An article posted on the website of Milenio news daily reported five narcofosas, or deep pits containing full skeletons discovered at around noon Friday. At least five full sets of charred human remains have been exhumed. Reports say more are expected. Organized crime groups in the area have used remote sites such as the one near China for years to discard their victims.

One report by Excelsior news daily speculated that some partial remains were also found at the site saying some of those remains could be those of the 49 butchered individuals found last Sunday in Cadereyta, Nuevo Leon.

However, an Agency France-Prese Spanish language wire story posted on the Internet at midnight Saturday quoted an unidentified source with the Nuevo Leon attorney general's office saying the remains found were at least a year and more old, and ruled out the possibility those remains were of some of the victims found last Sunday in Cadereyta. Those officials characterized the number of dead found as "indeterminate."

The find was about 10 kilometers along a road to Mendez, Tamaulipas, which is southeast of China. China itself is 40 kilometers east of Monterrey and 30 kilometers east of Cadereyta, where the 49 unidentified individuals were found last Sunday.

The day before the discovery of the China mass graves, a Mexican Army unit detained eight unidentified individuals said to be members of a local Gulf Cartel group operating in the area. News releases by the Secretaria de Defensa Nacional (SEDENA), the controlling agency for the Mexican Army, hinted the eight detainees may have had involvement in the 49 dead found in Cadereyta.

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
Posted by: badanov || 05/19/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [397 views] Top|| File under:


India-Pakistan
US supply trucks cross Afghan-Pakistan border
[Dawn] Pakistain allowed four containers of office supplies for the US embassy in Kabul to cross into Afghanistan for the first time following a six-month blockade, officials said on Friday.

The trucks were permitted to cross as President Asif Ali President Ten Percent Zardari
... sticky-fingered husband of the late Benazir Bhutto ...
prepares to meet NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the cut of the American pants...
leaders at a key summit in Chicago, accepting a last-minute invitation after his foreign minister indicated Pakistain was willing to call time on the blockade.

Islamabad closed its Afghan border crossings to NATO supplies on November 26 when US air strikes killed 24 Pak soldiers, leaving hundreds of containers of international supplies stranded at the port 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...
and plunging relations with Washington to a new low.

The four trucks of US embassy supplies crossed Pakistain's northwest Torkham border into Afghanistan, the officials told AFP on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to release the information to the media.

"I can't give you the exact number but a lot more will go to Afghanistan in coming days. These all are diplomatic shipments, I mean non-NATO supplies," one of the officials said.
Posted by: Fred || 05/19/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [384 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  Pakistain allowed four containers of office supplies for the US embassy in Kabul to cross into Afghanistan for the first time following a six-month blockade, officials said on Friday.

The cheques cleared. The trucks with the Embassy Keurig K-Cups, commissary items, and T-shirts go first. That military stuff can wait until we have a chance to go through it.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/19/2012 1:26 Comments || Top||


3 Bannu jail absconders held in Kohat
Police locked away
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
three prisoners, who were on the run following Bannu jailbreak incident, from Moslemabad area here.

Officials said that one of the set to sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock, in a pestilential prison with a life-long lock
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
outlaws identified as Gul Dad Shah of Junglekhel was awaiting death sentence, while the other two -- Shaukat and Mohammad Sadiq -- were undergoing life imprisonment in Bannu jail. They said that all the three belonged to Kohat.

POLICEMEN HURT: Two coppers were maimed when an unknown myrmidon lobbed a hand grenade on their mobile van in Bilitang town here on Thursday.

Officials said that a police mobile van was on a routine patrolling when an unidentified man threw a hand grenade on it near Bilitang hospital.

As a result, head constable Mumtaz and constable Asim Bashir received injuries.
Posted by: Fred || 05/19/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [382 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Pakistan


IED blast kills businessman in Peshawar
[Dawn] A businessman was killed and another injured when a remote-controlled bomb went kaboom! in their spare parts shop near Scheme Chowk on the outskirts of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar.The blast was so loud that it damaged windowpanes of vehicles parked nearby.

An official of the Badbher cop shoppe said the kaboom injured two and one of them died of critical injuries at the Lady Reading Hospital.

He said the dead man was Mohid Khan, a 30-year-old resident of Peshawar's Qari Qamar Din area, while the injured was
Israruddin, a 40-year-old resident of Peshawar's Bazidkhel area.

Israruddin later said the kaboom took place almost 10 minutes after he reached the shop owned by Mr Mohid.

A bomb disposal unit official told Dawn that improvised bomb packed in a ghee canister was placed inside a cupboard of the shop.

He said IED contained steel nails and other metallic pieces but police didn't find evidence for use of any remote-controlled device in the blast.

Police said Mohid was an Afghan national but it had yet to be ascertained if he had any links with the Taliban.

They said they had started the paperwork but haven't done much else against unidentified Islamic fascisti and began investigation. However,
the hip bone's connected to the leg bone...
no arrests could be made until night.In another incident, suspected faceless myrmidons attacked a checkpoint with a hand grenade in the limits of Hayatabad cop shoppe on Thursday evening, leaving two private guards injured.

An official of Hayatabad police said that the injured guards, identified as Haris and Tauheed, were associated with a private security company, who used to wear police-like uniform. He said that the checkpoint was located at a short distance from the FIA provincial headquarters in Peshawar. The officials claimed that the attack was aimed at police.

Cantonment circle SP Shabih Hussain told media persons that the injured was shifted to a local hospital and search for the arrest of attackers had been launched.

Meanwhile,
...back at the bunker, his Excellency called a hurried meeting of his closest advisors. It was to be his last. They discussed the officers's efficiency rating system...
provincial police chief Akbar Khan Hoti directed his force's top bosses to ensure strict security checks in the province to prevent terrorism.

The directions were issued during a meeting at the central police office in Peshawar on Thursday.

Police officers from all Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
regions attended the meeting during which overall law and order situation in the province came under discussion.

Mr Hoti directed the deputy inspector generals to call a meeting of coppers in their respective regions to examine security apparatus and its shortcomings and find ways and means to correct them.

He said the Elite Force was a striking force so its personnel could not be detailed to guard VIPs otherwise their professional capabilities would spoil. He asked the commandant of the Elite Force to task the Elite Force with what they have been trained.Mr Hoti warned police official against negligence, violence and corruption and said those found involved in such acts would be dealt with strictly.
Posted by: Fred || 05/19/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [372 views] Top|| File under:


Gunmen kill two Pakistani Shia policemen in Quetta
[Iran Press TV] Unidentified gunnies have killed at least two Pak Shiite coppers and maimed another two in the troubled Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
province, Press TV reports.

On Thursday, masked gunnies opened fire on a Pak police patrol in Sardar Karez area in the Eastern Bypass in the Balochistan bustling provincial capital city of Quetta.

Two Hazara Shiite coppers named Ghulam Mortaza and Sanaullah were killed on the spot and two others named Asi Muhammad Hussain and Deen Muhammad were maimed and taken to Bolan Medical Complex.

Balochistan's Governor Zulfiqar Magsi and Chief Minister Aslam Raisani have condemned the terrorist attack.

The assailants managed to escape the scene of the liquidation and no group has so far grabbed credit for the attack.

The Saudi-backed Wahhabi terrorist groups have recently escalated their violent attacks against Shiite Mohammedans of Pakistain, Iraq and some other countries.
Posted by: Fred || 05/19/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [363 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Pakistan


Karachi violence claimed at least 12 lives
The incidents of assassinations continued in the city, as at least 12 people were killed and four other dead bodies were found from different areas of 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...
on Friday.

Three men were rubbed out by person or persons unknown in Federal B Area in the jurisdiction of Samanabad cop shoppe today. The dear departed were identified as Imran, Abdul Basit and Shoaib. An official at the cop shoppe said they had come from Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
to receive bodies of their two relatives killed in Baldia town a few days earlier.

Two bullet-riddled and tortured dead bodies were found from Baldia Number 5. The dear departed were identified as 22-year-old Mitho and 25-year-old Amir.

A young man, Usman Ali, was rubbed out by unidentified gunnies near Al-Asif Square, Sohrab Goth area last night.

Unidentified gunnies attacked three coppers, who were patrolling the area of Baldia town last night; two of the coppers were dead on the spot while the third received minor injuries.

Meanwhile,
...back at the dirigible, Jack stuck the cigar in his mouth, stepped onto the gantry, and asked Got a light, Mac?
Von Schtinken stopped short, lowering the dagger and trying to control his features.
If you light that thing, Herr Armschtröng, he pointed out, his voice tense, we all die!...

bullet riddled body of a young man was found in Liaquatabad on early hours of Friday, police said.

Four people, including a child, were rubbed out in Mansehra
...a city and an eponymous district in eastern Khyber-Pakthunwa, nestled snug up against Pak Kashmir, with Kohistan and Diamir to the north and Abbottabad to the south...
Colony in the jurisdiction of Sharafi Goth cop shoppe.

Decomposed body of a girl was found from a Gulshan-e-Iqbal on Friday, police said.

At least ten days old body of eight-year-old girl was recovered from empty plot in block 20 of Gulshan-e-Iqbal.

Two men were rubbed out at Gul Bai, Sher Shah Area and Shah latif town area. They were identified as Abdul Qadir and Sabir respectively.

After these incidents of violence police and rangers beefed up patrolling and started snap checking in different parts of Bloody Karachi.
Posted by: Fred || 05/19/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [356 views] Top|| File under:


Iraq
Three bombs hit Baghdad outdoor market, five killed
[Iran Press TV] At least five people have been killed after three roadside kabooms destroyed a busy outdoor market in the Iraqi capital, Storied Baghdad.
...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate...
Dozens of others were also maimed in the early morning blasts targeting a pet market in in Hussainiya area, northeast Storied Baghdad, on Friday.

"The three bombs went kaboom! almost at the same time. After I heard one of the kabooms, I found myself in hospital with shrapnel in my hands, legs and head," said Ahmed Kareem at Sadr City General Hospital.

The attack came hours after a kaboom at a restaurant in southeast Storied Baghdad killed five people.

Nearly 100 people were killed by kabooms at two other pet markets in Storied Baghdad in 2008.

There has been a rise in violence in Iraq since US troops left the country in December, 2011, leaving hundreds of Iraqis, among them police and security personnel, dead.

It is widely believed that the increasing attacks are part of an anti-Iraq plot to show that the Storied Baghdad government is incapable of protecting Iraqis.
Posted by: Fred || 05/19/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [370 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Iraq

#1  I guess pets are non-Islamic. How many critters were killed or maimed by that bombing? And is PETA or SPCA interested?
Posted by: Glenmore || 05/19/2012 11:40 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Palestinians Firebomb IDF Forces At Joseph's Tomb In Nablus
Paleostinians threw Molotov cocktails at IDF forces guarding a large group of Jewish worshipers at Joseph's Tomb in Nablus.

Around 1,500 Jews gathered at the Jewish holy site, in full coordination with relevant IDF authorities.

The IDF forces in the area conducted searches for the attackers but were unable to apprehend them.

There were no reports of damages or injuries resulting from the attack.
Just the on-going, low-level violence in that part of the world.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/19/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [374 views] Top|| File under:


Medics: Man Suffocates In Gaza Tunnel
(Ma'an) -- A man died on Thursday after suffocating in a smuggling tunnel beneath the Gazoo-Egypt border, medics said.

Jihad Barakeh, 18, was pronounced dead upon arrival at a Gazoo hospital, having been pulled out of a tunnel by other workers.

Since Israel tightened its blockade on the Gazoo Strip in 2007, goods smuggled in from Egypt through underground tunnels have provided a lifeline to the coastal enclave.

Under siege, Gazoo's economy collapsed and a 2011 UN study found that unemployment rates in Gazoo were among the highest in the world.

Gazoo officials say over 160 young men have died at work in smuggling tunnels, but with a lack of alternatives many are still drawn to the hazardous profession.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/19/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [368 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Since Israel tightened its blockade on the Gazoo Strip in 2007, goods smuggled in from Egypt through underground tunnels have provided a lifeline to the coastal enclave

hello? Welcome to 2012? Time to update your meme, Journo-tool
Posted by: Frank G || 05/19/2012 9:50 Comments || Top||

#2  Appears Barakeh will not get his Gazoo Tunnel Digger merit badge. Interesting how these tunnel digging chores appear to be the domain of "young men." Drinking chai, smoking smuggled US cigarettes and talking kak with the boys appears to be a privilege of age and rank.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/19/2012 10:00 Comments || Top||

#3  Whenever the word "blockade" appears in such a story, you know it's just lefty agitprop. Any true blockade of Gazoo requires Egyptian participation. Wake me when the Israeli's shut off the water.
Posted by: PBMcL || 05/19/2012 10:50 Comments || Top||

#4  Gazoo officials say over 160 young men have died at work in smuggling tunnels, but with a lack of alternatives many are still drawn to the hazardous profession.

Hmmmmmm...Is there a waiting list for the jobs at the five star restaurants and the new malls?
Posted by: tu3031 || 05/19/2012 11:54 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Car bomb hits Syria's Deir al-Zor, casualties reported
A car bomb blew up in the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor on Saturday, state television and an opposition group said, without giving details on casualties.

A bulletin on Syrian state television said there were reports of casualties but did not elaborate. An opposition group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the blast was near military intelligence offices and was followed by heavy gunfire.

The group said the bomb went off on a street where a military hospital and air force intelligence offices are also located.

There was no immediate independent verification of the accounts from Syria, which has limited journalist access during a 14-month old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.
Posted by: tipper || 05/19/2012 04:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [396 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Boys will be boys.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/19/2012 11:19 Comments || Top||


Reports: Escaped Ain el-Hilweh Militants Headed to Tripoli then Syria
[An Nahar] The whereabouts of the six Orcs and similar vermin who had escaped the Ein el-Hellhole Paleostinian refugee camp remains unknown, reported al-Joumhouria newspaper on Friday.

It said that it is likely that they headed to the northern city of Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of thich is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
before heading to Syria to take part in the revolt against the country's ruling regime.

Haitham al-Shaabi, Mohammed al-Aarfi, Ziad Abou al-Niaaj, Mohammed Ibrahim al-Mansour, Oussama Shehabi, Mohammed al-Doukhi, and Toufic Taha escaped Ein el-Hellhole on Tuesday.

Taha's escape is yet to be verified.

The Army Command later issued a statement on Friday announcing that it had intensified its presence around Ein el-Hellhole amid reports of the bad boys' escape, adding that it had set up checkpoints in various regions to follow up on the matter.

Five of the Orcs and similar vermin belong to the al-Qaeda terrorist organization, said al-Joumhouria, while An Nahar daily reported Friday that the Orcs and similar vermin belong to Jund al-Sham and 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.
Al-Joumhouria added that Abou Niaaj, a prominent member of al-Qaeda, received the order to leave the camp directly from the organization through the internet.

He was reportedly ordered to head to Tripoli in preparation to traveling to Syria to carry out "special operations."

A security source confirmed the escape to As Safir newspaper on Friday, saying that the Orcs and similar vermin are in fact heading to Syria.

He revealed that they "had written their wills and handed them to their families or superiors before leaving the camp."

A widely informed source told the newspaper that the escape may be linked to the various reports on the infiltration of terrorist groups into Leb recently and which are seeking to carry out liquidations against various politicians.

Paleostinian sources told the Central News Agency on Thursday that the Paleostinian leaderships are vigilant over any emergency development and contacts are ongoing between the various factions and Lebanese security agencies.

Meanwhile,
...back at the ranch, Butch and the Kid finally brought their horses under control...
the Lebanese army discovered overnight a booby-trapped car as it was leaving Ein el-Hellhole, while the Army Command said that the car was loaded with weapons.

A security authority told As Safire newspaper in remarks published on Friday that the driver was going to deliver the car to a side that was seeking to "use it against a very sensitive target."

The Army Command statement explained that the car loaded with weapons was headed to Qazi's guesthouse an undisclosed location in Leb, it stated.

The driver and individual, who was awaiting the vehicle, have since been locked away
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
, said the army.

Investigations are underway to determine the details of the incident, it added.
Posted by: Fred || 05/19/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [383 views] Top|| File under: Fatah al-Islam


Military Court Rejects Al-Mawlawi's Release Request
[An Nahar] The Military Tribunal rejected on Friday Islamist Shadi al-Mawlawi's request to be released from detention.

The request has been rejected by Military Examining Magistrate Nabil Wehbeh and Government Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr.

A new session of investigations has been scheduled for Tuesday.

Al-Mawlawi's arrest on Saturday in the northern city of Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of thich is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
by General Security agents had infuriated the city's Islamists and sparked deadly festivities that have left at least 12 people dead and more than 100 maimed.

His supporters have vowed to escalate the situation if he is not released.

Al-Mawlawi was incarcerated
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
on charges of belonging to a terrorist organization, but his supporters say he was targeted because of his help for Syrian refugees fleeing to Leb.
Posted by: Fred || 05/19/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [453 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda


Lebanese army seizes weapons, explosives near Syria border
[Iran Press TV] The Lebanese army has seized a consignment of weapons and explosives near the Syrian border, apparently destined for armed gangs fighting against the Damascus
...The place where Pencilneck hangs his brass hat...
government.

According to Lebanese sources, the weapons were seized after the army intercepted a pickup truck in the village of Joura in the border region of Masharih al-Qaa late on Thursday.

One gunman was killed and a Lebanese soldier was injured in the exchange of fire between the two sides.

Lebanese troops also discovered a car laden with explosives in the southern city of Sidon.

Several people have been cooled for a few years
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
in connection with the incidents.
Posted by: Fred || 05/19/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [361 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


20 Dead as Syrian Forces Fire on Huge Protests
[An Nahar] Regime forces fired on protesters who erupted into the streets of Aleppo
...For centuries, Aleppo was Greater Syria's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third, after Constantinople and Cairo. Although relatively close to Damascus in distance, Aleppans regard Damascenes as country cousins...
on Friday, wounding several people at the biggest rally seen in Syria's second city since a revolt erupted last year, as at least 20 people were killed across the country, a rights group and activists said.

The Local Coordination Committees, the main activist group spurring protests on the ground, said security forces killed nine people in the central province of Homs, three in the central province of Hama, three in the northwestern province of Idlib, two in the southern province of Daraa, two in the northern province of Aleppo and a person in the Damascus
...Capital of the last remaining Baathist regime in the world...
suburb of Douma.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said demonstrators suffered gunshot wounds in Douma, a key protest hub, but did not provide any casualty figures.

"Thousands of people demonstrated in various districts (of Aleppo) despite the repression," said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman.

"These are the most important events in Aleppo since the beginning of the revolt," he told Agence La Belle France Presse.

The government said its forces foiled a suicide kaboom in Aleppo last Friday, a day after twin bombings in Damascus killed 55 people and maimed nearly 400. It has repeatedly blamed such attacks on "terrorists".

U.N. chief the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon
... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan...
said on Thursday he believes al-Qaeda committed the Damascus attack.

"Very alarmingly and surprisingly, a few days ago, there was a huge serious massive terrorist attack. I believe that there must be al-Qaeda behind it. This has created again very serious problems," Ban said.

Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
One of the last of the old-fashioned hereditary iron-fisted fascist dictators...
, as well as the United States and Russia, has already pointed to an al-Qaeda presence in the country since the revolt against his regime began.

The Observatory said at least seven died in violence across the country on Friday, including two children and a woman killed by regime forces.

Besides Aleppo, protests demanding the ouster of Assad also took place in Damascus, the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, northeastern Hasaka, Homs in central Syria, and northwestern Idlib, said the Britannia-based Observatory.

The Observatory said tens of thousands of people rallies across the country, in the biggest demonstrations since an April 12 ceasefire which has been violated on a daily basis.

"We want freedom, whether you like it or not, Bashar, enemy of humanity," protesters chanted in Deir Ezzor.

The rallies came after a call by activists for Syria-wide protests under the rallying cry, "heroes of Aleppo University", in solidarity with students in the northern city who demonstrated there the day before despite brutal repression.

On Thursday, the students were met with brutal repression by security forces, despite the presence of U.N. military observers, who now number more than 250 across the country out of the total of 300.

One protester was killed in a separate demonstration Thursday night in the Aleppo neighborhood of Salaheddin, according to the Observatory, while an officer was killed in a bomb kaboom in the city on Friday.

On May 3, security forces killed four students in a night time raid on their dormitories at Aleppo University, bringing Syria's second largest city into the forefront of its deadly unrest.

Violence persisted elsewhere, with regime forces renewing their bombardment of Rastan in central Homs province on Friday, according to the Observatory -- only a day after a blistering assault on the rebel stronghold.

Heavy gunfire and shelling was reported in several neighborhoods of Homs city, said the watchdog.

In Damascus province, heavy gunfire was reported near the town of Harasta, while the army suffered casualties in an attack on a military checkpoint at the town of Dariya.

Artillery attacks on towns have declined since the U.N. observer mission began deploying in mid-April, but the corpse count is still high.

With the violence unabated, 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...
plans to return to Damascus "soon" to further efforts to find a peaceful solution to the crisis, his front man said on Friday, without saying when.

The head of the U.N. observers' mission, Major General Robert Mood, told news hounds in Damascus his mission "will reach full operational capabilities in record time."

Nearly 260 military observers out of a planned 300 were now in Syria.

"No volume of observers can achieve a progressive drop and a permanent end to the violence if the commitment to give dialogue a chance is not genuine from all internal and external factors," Mood acknowledged.

"We are very committed to the Syrian people, innocent women and kiddies, to return back to normality," he told news hounds in Damascus. "But we must be given a real chance to do that from the fighting parties and their supporters."

In an apparent first, Syrian authorities have sentenced to death for "treason" an activist who was jugged
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
in April and "brutally tortured," the Syrian League of the Defense of Human Rights said on Friday.
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