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A NATO service member was killed in the southern region of the country following an explosion on Thursday.
A press release by NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said, "An International Security Assistance Force service member died following an improvised explosive device attack in southern Afghanistan today."
The statement did not disclose further information regarding the exact location of the incident and nationality of the deceased soldier.
A suicide car bomb attack and a separate bombing at a checkpost in Afghanistan killed at least seven policemen today. In the first, a suicide bomber rammed an Afghan police checkpost killing at least five policemen and injuring six others in Kandahar.
The attacker drove his explosives-laden car into the checkpoint at the district police headquarters of Arghistan district, according to provincial governor spokesman Jawed Faisal. He said, "Five policemen were martyred and six others injured in this cowardly attack."
In the second incident, an explosion at a police checkpost in the capital of eastern Nangarhar province killed at least two policemen. Provincial governor spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai confirmed the incident, but said security forces were still investigating the cause of the blast.
The Pentagon says al-Qaida still enjoys safe haven in some areas of eastern Afghanistan, and even though its numbers are small, its presence worries the top American commander there. Great. Go get 'em and be done with it.
Pentagon spokesman Capt. John Kirby says Wednesday that al-Qaida has found places it can plan and train, but he was not specific about its locations. He said elements of the terrorist group move back and forth from Pakistan. Gee. I wonder where they're planning and training.
Kirby was responding to questions about Tuesday's announcement that the U.S.-led NATO force had killed al-Qaida's second-ranking leader in Afghanistan in an airstrike in eastern Kunar province, which borders Pakistan. He says "any number" of al-Qaida in Afghanistan is a matter of concern for Marine Gen. John Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces there. Which to me means that there are a bunch of terrorists in Pakistain, and so far only a few at a time dare venture across the border into Afghanistan just to keep things stirred up.
Yes, safe houses in Afghan populated areas. At least Capt. Kirby has been reading the traffic on the cities of Taliban lairs of Chaman and Quetta. Yes, the "places to train" are found in Pakistan as well, near.... you've got it, the mosques and madrassa of Chaman and Quetta. The caveat of "small numbers" is a meaningless tribute to a ten year failed effort.
[Tolo News] A Taliban leader was killed in an Afghan cops operation in Maidan Wardak province on Wednesday morning, local officials said.
The operation launched in the Sayed Abad district killed the Taliban leader Farid Sulan and three others turbans, provincial police chief front man Abdul Wali said.
One other turban was captured and many weapons were seized by the security forces, he said.
Meanwhile, ...back at the shattered spaceship, Fffflirgoll the Arcturan slithered stealthily toward the control room, where the humans had barricaded themselves... Isaf said in a statement Wednesday that a Taliban controller was captured in a joint Afghan and NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all.... forces operation in Sayed district of Maidan Wardak.
The Taliban controller worked directly for the senior Taliban leader in the district and also supplied weapons, ammunition and equipment to Death Eaters for attacks against Afghan and coalition troops, it said.
As the combined force approached the leader's suspected location, multiple Death Eaters fired on the Afghan and coalition troops from within a building, which was later determined to be a mosque, it added.
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] Khartoum, in an apparent peace gesture, has reported that it has pulled out troops from the contested Abyei region to end a year-long occupation, a Leb-sized area whose ownership is key.
A UN front man confirmed the pullout, which was in line with a UN Security Council demand for both sides to demilitarise the territory.
Abyei is one of the key disputes between Sudan and South Sudan, which have been fighting each other along their uncharted border.
Sudanese troops stormed the region in May 2011, forcing some 110,000 people to flee southwards, where the majority remains in impoverished camps.
"SAF (Sudanese Armed Forces) deployed out of Abyei area this evening and they gave the military compound there to UN peacekeepers," said the Sudanese Media Centre (SMC), which is close to the security apparatus.
Diplomatic sources said the pullout involved about 300 troops. "We declared yesterday that we're going to redeploy so we are going to do whatever we declared," Khartoum's negotiator Qadir said.
Meanwhile, ...back at the abandoned silver mine, the water was up to Jack's neck and still rising... top negotiators for Sudan and South Sudan have held their first talks since deadly border fighting last month took them to the brink of war, even as Juba accused Khartoum of fresh air strikes.
[Shabelle] (Sh. M. Network)-Suspected Kenyan Warships have once again shelled on a southern Somali port town controlled by Al Qaeda-linked Al shabab beturbanned goons, local residents said on Wednesday.
Warships on Somali shore began on Tuesday firing missiles the port of Kismayu, 500 Km south of Mogadishu,Somalia capital, the largest strategic town in the country that is still under the control Al-Shabaab ... the personification of Somali state failure... bully boys.
Residents, who spoke with Shabelle Media via phone from Kismayu, told that several shells hit today on Al shabab military camps located on the outskirts of the town.There are no reports of damage or injuries.
These naval attacks on Somali's port town of Kismayu followed after Al-Shabaab fighters on shore fired on the vessels on the town's seashore with anti-aircraft rifles and Kenyan warships fired back.
(Sh.M.Network) -- The Kenyan police said on Tuesday that they have launched a major manhunt for two foreign suspects in connection to Monday's huge kaboom in downtown Nairobi which has so far left at least 38 people injured.
Police front man Eric Kiraithe also released a photograph of Emrah Erdogan who is thought to be either a German or Turkish citizen who is travelling on forged papers and appealed to the public to provide vital information that may lead to his arrest.
"Any person with information on Emrah Erdogan should provide the same to the nearest cop shoppe.
"He is believed to be either a citizen of Germany or Turkeyand travelling on fake or forged papers," Kiraithe told journalists inNairobi.
He said Erdogan is believed to have entered Kenya through Garissa in northern frontier from neighboring Somalia on May 3 and is probably still in the east African nation.
The latest development came as United States anti-terrorism experts are helping their Kenyan counterparts in investigating a powerful blast which shattered some buildings on Moi Avenue inNairobi on Monday.
The foreign bomb experts from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) went to the scene of the Monday's blast at a building in the central business district to join local experts who are exploring the possibility that the blast was caused by criminals using an improvised bomb.
Regional deputy police commander Moses Nyakwama said some of their "friends" have joined the Kenyan investigating team to unravel the cause of the huge kaboom.
"You know this is a problem and some of our friends may want to offer certain assistance.
"You cannot get to the root cause of it unless you allow them to join us," Nyakwama told Xinhua by telephone.
"The investigations are on but so far we have not made any arrest.
"What we know for certain is that the kaboom was caused by an bomb which was planted inside the building but not an electrical fault," he said.
Kiraithe said the Sherlocks have concluded that the Monday kaboom was caused by an improvised bomb planted in the building by criminal elements.
"The investigating team is now working to establish the identity of the perpetrators of this serious crime.
"In this respect the team is zeroing on two male suspects whose profile they are piecing together," he said.
The incident came amid heightened security in Nairobi after Somali forces of Evil threatened reprisal attacks in Kenya if Kenyan soldiers who launched cross border incursions since October last year do not leave the Horn of Africa nation.
The Monday attack also came a month after the U.S. Embassy inKenyawarned it has credible information of an imminent terror attack inNairobi.
According to the U.S. embassy, the terror attack is likely to target places that foreigners congregate in the country, including malls and night clubs.
Assanands building which was housing an exhibition was extensively damaged and property of unknown value was destroyed while neighboring buildings were slightly damaged by the blast.
Kiraithe said the team has been able to recover several materials from the scene of the kaboom which have been sent for forensic analysis to determine the composition of the explosive and its method of initiation.
"We are still appealing to anybody with information to provide it to the nearest police officer, public servant or other responsible person."
The police front man said Erdogan is "probably still in the country."
Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Monday termed the blast an act of terrorism.
"This is a cowardly act that should be condemned.
"I urge all Kenyans to support our security forces as they work hard to eliminate acts of terrorism."
"This is a terrible tragedy that has befallen Kenyans. It is unfortunate that snuffies have decided to target innocent civilians with cowardly acts," Odinga said after visiting the scene of the blast.
"We will make sure all residents in Kenya are safe.
"We are under attack because snuffies are being challenged inSomalia," he said.
The east African nation soldiers who are battling Somali cut-throats have intensified military crackdown inside southernSomaliato push back Al-Shabaab ... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord... , blamed byKenyafor a series of cross-border kidnappings.
The hard boy group has also come under pressure from Uganda,Burundi and Sierra Leonesoldiers who recently pushed them out of the outskirts of Somali capital Mogadishu, and from Ęthiopia, which seized Baidoa town recently.
The east African nation has suffered several grenade attacks since late last year when the Kenya Defence Forces attacked Al- Shabaab cut-throats in Somalia following a series of cross-border abductions targeting foreigners.
On Saturday, two grenade attacks were staged in northernKenya, the area that has suffered most of such attacks suspected to be staged by the Al-Shabaab sympathizers.
Kenyais planning to install closed circuit television cameras along the streets in the main cities, with the assistance of the Chinese government, to deter such attacks.
Since the Kenya military incursion into Somalia, several attacks believed to have been carried out by Al-Shabaab have occurred in Mandera, Wajir, and Garissa and Dadaab districts of northern Kenya even as the military reports gains against the group by capturing their military bases and killing scores of them.
[Iran Press TV] At least six people, including three civilians, have been killed in Somalia's northern Puntland ...a region in northeastern Somalia, centered on Garowe in the Nugaal province. Its leaders declared the territory an autonomous state in 1998. Puntland and the equally autonomous Somaliland seem to have avoided the clan rivalries and warlordism that have typified the rest of Somalia, which puts both places high on the list for Islamic subversion... region after a roadside kaboomwent kaboom! as security forces tried to defuse it.
The Wednesday blast occurred in Galkayo, a town separating the semi-autonomous Puntland from the self-proclaimed separate region of Galmudug. ...a semiautonomous region in central Somalia, bordering Puntland on the north. Galmudug is not trying to obtain international recognition as a separate nation, but rather considers itself autonomous within the larger Somali federalism, for what that's worth... "Three members of the security forces and three non-combatants were killed in the kaboom," security official Mahdi Abdulahi said.
No group has grabbed credit for the blast, which is the latest in a series of attacks in the restive region controlled by various militia forces.
Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.
The weak Western-backed transition government in Mogadishu has been battling the al-Shabaab ... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda... fighters for the past five years, and is propped up by a 12,000-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 from Uganda, Burundi and Djibouti.
Somalia is one of the countries generating the highest number of refugees and internally displaced people in the world.
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] A British aid worker freed after a kidnap "ordeal" of nearly three months in Sudan's Darfur region has arrived in the capital Khartoum following his release.
Patrick Noonan stood silently on the steps of a VIP airport terminal, flanked by officials, after a flight from conflict-plagued Darfur.
"He's been through an ordeal. We were told how strong a man he was and I think that's true," Tony Brennan, charge d'affaires of the British embassy, told news hounds in a brief airport presser.
He added that Noonan had come through with "his head held high." Asked how he had been treated in captivity, Noonan looked at a news hound and said nothing before he was driven away.
He wore a white collarless shirt, and his face was marked with red blotches.
"After 86 days in captivity in the South Darfur region of Sudan, British aid worker Patrick Noonan, who was working for the World Food Programme, has been released," the UN agency said in an earlier statement.
Noonan had been in Sudan for about two years and was working as a logistician in Nyala town when he was kidnapped by "gunnies" on March 6, the statement said.
A German kidnapped in Nigeria in January, allegedly by Al Qaeda's north African branch, was killed by his captors Thursday during a military raid in the northern city of Kano.
A miliary official said, "The German abducted in January has been killed by his abductors early this morning. Following intelligence reports, men of (a military task force) raided a hideout where he was being held by his abductors."
Two other sources also confirmed Edgar Raupach's death. The victim was said to have been shot and stabbed by his captors. The sources also said a number of the abductors were killed in the raid. Differing figures were provided on the number of abductors killed, ranging between two and five.
The engineer was kidnapped on the outskirts of Kano in January.
Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in March said it was holding the German and that it wanted to swap him for a jailed Muslim woman.
It seems several terrorist "commanders" were in the area and may have been captured or killed. Five bad guys died it seems. I wonder if the German was killed before the raid even began, or after they figured out they were being attacked.
[Nigerian Tribune] But for the vigilance of the police and other security agents in Kaduna on Tuesday, the Democracy Day celebrations would have been cut short as suspected snuffies attempted to bomb a bus stop near the Punch newspaper office at Katsina roundabout.
Confirming the incident to newsmen, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Kaduna, DSP Aminu Lawan, said around 6.00 a.m., his command was alerted to the suspicious movement of a strange man in the area.
"We deployed the anti-bomb squad of the command to the scene after receiving a distress call from residents of the area that they spotted an unknown man dropping an object. Our men quickly moved to the scene and immediately condoned off the area to residents and motorists away from the scene.
"After combing the entire vicinity, they discovered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) tucked into an old television set by the side of the road near the former office of the Kaduna State Transport Authority (now occupied by the NURTW). Our men successfully detonated the
IED and there was no casualty," Lawan said.
As news of the planned bombing spread, there was confusion in that densely populated part of the city as newspaper vendors, distributors, taxi drivers and market women scampered for safety.
An eyewitness said, "for almost two hours, the area was blocked and motorists were made to go through adjoining streets. Luckily, no one is affected."
[Yemen Post] Fierce festivities between the army troops assisted by tribal militias and al-Qaeda linked gunnies continued on Wednesday morning in the southern Yemeni province of Abyan, ...a governorate of Yemen. The region was a base to the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army terrorist group until it dropped the name and joined al-Qaeda. Its capital is Zinjibar. In March 2011, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula declared the governate an Islamic Emirate after seizing control of the region. The New York Times fastidiously reported that those in control, while Islamic hard boyz, are not in fact al-Qaeda, but something else that looks, tastes, smells, and acts the same. Yemeni government forces launched an effort to re-establish control of the region when President-for-Life Saleh was tossed and the carnage continues... leaving at least 20 forces of Evil and 7 soldiers killed, according to local sources.Sources said that fierce festivities erupted in the early hours of Wednesday morning between the two warning sides in the outskirts of Ja'ar town, the second biggest city in Abyan and al-Qaeda stronghold.
The army has been imposing siege on Ja'ar as a part of an effort to push the forces of Evil out.Military operations intensified at the behest of President Abdurabu Mansour Hadi ...the second and possibly the last president of Yemen, successor to former President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh... who ordered the troops to storm the al-Qaeda-controlled towns and kick the forces of Evil out of them.According to the sources, al-Qaeda carried out a counter attack on military troops stationed around Ja'ar but the army troops and the rustics managed to repel the attack, and kill 20 bully boys. After the foiled al-Qaeda attack, the army troops have tightened their siege on the bully boys.
Meanwhile, ...back at the pond, the radioactive tadpoles grown into frogs. Really big frogs, in fact... the local news website said government troops from 135 and 201 Brigades managed to foil some bully boys' attempts to infiltrate into army positions.Ansar al-Sharia ...a Yemeni Islamist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends... infiltrated into some army outposts in the past few months, killing dozens soldiers and wounding dozens of others.
[Bangla Daily Star] Three alleged robbers were killed in a shootout with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel in the Sundarbans at Sharankhola upazila in Bagerhat yesterday morning.
The dear departed -- Nobokumar Halder, 35, Mihir Roy, 22, and Fakhrul Sheikh, 25, -- were members of a gang locally known as Akash Bahini, said Major Sabbir Rahman Osmani, deputy commanding officer of Rab-8.
He said on secret information, "Hello? Is dis da Rab? Lissen, dis is Mahmoud da Weasel..."
they raided a den of the robbers on the bank of Shapla canal around 10:00am. "Boss? What're we doin' out at 10:00am? We jus' got to bed! Nobody holds secret meetings at 10:00am!" Spider senses tingling at the proximity of the law enforcers, "It's da Rab!"
"I knew I shoulda stayed in bed!"
the criminals opened fire "Open fire, men!"
on them prompting the Rab officials to fire back, Osmani said. "Sergeant Shafiq!"
"We will return fire!"
"Yes sir, sir!"
After the robbers expeditiously departed at a goodly pace, Rab officials recovered the three bullet-riddled bodies, he added. "Jeez! You can see light right through his brisket!"
"Shuddup and mop."
The elite force also recovered nine firearms, 94 bullets and a trawler from the spot. "Sir, this trawler ain't gonna fit in the evidence locker!"
A trawler is certainly not a boat in this context. It's just another puzzling Bangla English term, like shutter gun. Maybe they actually confiscated something this time instead of just hauling the same old guns out of the evidence locker.
[Dawn] Twelve gun-hung tough guys were killed and eight others received injuries when jetfighters pounded their hideouts in various areas of Orakzai tribal agency on Tuesday.
Sources said that jetfighters targeted Death Eater positions in Jandarkhel and Sama Bazaar areas of Mamozai early in the morning. Four hideouts of gun-hung tough guys were destroyed in the bombardment, they said.
Sources said that 12 gun-hung tough guys were killed and eight others sustained injuries in those areas.
The residents of the areas have vacated their houses and migrated to safer places owing to heavy shelling and bombing by jetfighters. Security forces also conducted search operation in Krolchai, Akhunkot and Barlas areas and recovered huge quantity of weapons, dumped at secret
[Dawn] The Taliban on Wednesday denied reports of the death of Jalaluddin Haqqani, the founder of the Pak-linked Haqqani network which is regularly blamed for major attacks in Afghanistan.
"We strongly dismiss the reports that Jalaluddin Haqqani is dead. He's alive," Taliban front man Zabihullah Mujahid told AFP, attributing the reports to "government propaganda".
The Haqqanis, who are closely affiliated with the Taliban, are a key player in the insurgency against US-led NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions... troops and Karzai's Western-backed government, particularly in eastern Afghanistan.
Tolo, Afghanistan's first 24-hour rolling news television channel, said Jalaluddin had died from kidney disease, claiming on its Twitter feed that the Taliban had confirmed it.
The United States blamed last month's 18-hour assault on Kabul, the biggest to hit the capital in a decade, on the Haqqani network, saying the group's leaders planned the attack from North Wazoo, in Pakistain's lawless tribal belt.
Before stepping down as chief US military officer last year, Admiral Mike Mullen caused a sensation when he told Congress that the Haqqani network was a "veritable arm" of Pakistain's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency.
Haqqani was a mujahedeen leader sponsored by the CIA, Pakistain and Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in their national face... during the fight against Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s.
He served in the Taliban government after it took power in 1996 following years of civil war.
He is known to have close ties to al Qaeda, and after the fall of the Taliban regime in the 2001 US-led invasion, he joined the insurgency. In recent years, his son Sirajuddin has taken on increasing leadership within the group from his father, who was born in 1942.
[Dawn] Nine people, including a political activist, were killed on Tuesday and at least eight others were maimed amid incidents of violence and firing 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... , DawnNews reported.
The renewed wave of violence and assassinations continued in the metropolis as member of a political party Imran Baig was killed in Shah Faisal Colony. The incident sparked chaos and panic in the locality and normal business activity was suspended.
A man was killed by sporadic firing by unidentified myrmidons in Korangi's Zaman Town area. Four people were maimed after a firing incident reported from Tariq Road neighbourhood.
Mehdi Raza and Ahmer Raza were killed by unidentified armed assailants in Orangi Town number 10 near Aslam Shaheed Roundabout.
Meanwhile, ...back at the wine tasting, Vince was about to start tasting his third quart... a tortured dead-body was recovered from 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.... River and two other dead-bodies were found from Lyari Timber Market area. The dead were identified as residents of Liaquatabad's Angara Goth.
Earlier, a man, identified as Abdul Ghafar, who was injured by unidentified attackers' firing, departed this vale of tears during medical treatment.
On the other hand, Civil Judge Syed Zaheer Ahmed Naqvi sustained severe injuries when he was attacked in Federal B. Area block-17. Lawyers and judicial staff boycotted the courts in protest against the incident.
Moreover, Commander Shaukat had been replaced with Mushtaq Meher as DIG South.
The law and order situation remained tense and shop keepers were forced to keep their small businesses shut in different areas of the violence-ridden capital of Sindh.
Two soldiers were seriously wounded when a roadside bomb exploded in Narathiwat province on Thursday morning.
Witnesses said that nine soldiers were patroling on foot on a local road when a 5 kg home-made bomb buried on the roadside was detonated by mobile phone. Sgt Rojana Kul-ampha, 45, and Pvt Wisan Kaewsithong, 23, were critically injured in the explosion and taken to the hospital.
[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... peace 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 said the situation in Syria is "complex" and urged an intensification of international efforts to end bloodshed that has killed thousands of people.
"The Syrian issue is complex, and the world is closely following developments there," Annan told Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh during a meeting in Amman.
"We need to work hard and do our utmost to find a solution to this crisis and end the suffering of Syrian people, who should have priority in all efforts exerted," a foreign ministry statement quoted Annan as saying.
He added that "intensified international efforts are needed to face the situation in Syria and find ways to end the killings there."
Annan, who arrived in Jordan from neighboring Syria on a two-day trip, is due to meet King Abdullah II on Thursday, government officials said.
While in Damascus ...Capital of the last remaining Baathist regime in the world... , the peace envoy met Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Oppressor of the Syrians and the Lebs... , urging him to take immediate steps to end 15 months of bloodshed and warning the country has reached a "tipping point."
The main opposition coalition said on Wednesday that Assad must step down if Annan's peace plan is to be saved.
"An international understanding for Assad's stepping-down is the only way to save Annan's plan and the political solution; otherwise the situation is on the verge of kaboom and will threaten the entire region," said Syrian National Council chief Burhan Ghalioun.
The SNC said that Russia's position on the Syrian crisis is encouraging the regime of Assad to commit "savage crimes."
"Russia has chosen to join ranks with the Syrian regime and to provide it with political cover ... encouraging it to continue committing savage crimes that target civilians, including women and kiddies," it said.
The SNC condemned Russia for "trying to prevent an international condemnation" from being issued against Assad's regime.
Western nations -- the European Union ...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing... , the United States and other governments including Australia, Canada and Switzerland ...home of the Helvetians, famous for cheese, watches, yodeling, and William Tell... -- have ordered out Syria's top diplomats after the killing of at least 108 people, nearly half of them children, during an assault by pro-government forces last week.
[An Nahar] Fierce fighting erupted on Wednesday between regime troops and rebels near Damascus ...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world... and in Homs province, a watchdog said, while reporting 39 more people killed across Syria.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said five people were killed in the Damascus suburb of Douma, a hotbed of anti-regime sentiment, while a civilian was rubbed out in Daraya, in the same province.
Also in Damascus province, government troops opened fire on mourners attending a mass funeral in Al-Diabiya, killing four, said the Britannia-based watchdog.
In central Homs province, four people died at Qusayr, scene of earlier kabooms, while another five people, including a regular soldier, were killed in the city of Homs, it said.
Two people were killed in the region of Hama when fighting took place in the town of Kafarzita between troops and rebels. Later, in Hama city, residents held a general strike to mourn the deaths of the two men.
In Jabal al-Zawiya, a rebel commander was killed in northeastern Idlib.
A sniper rubbed out a man at 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... in the north, while unidentified gunnies killed an 18-year-old in eastern Deir Ezzor. A rebel fighter was also killed in the same province, the Observatory added.
In the same region, visiting U.N. monitors condemned the killing of 13 people whose bodies were found late Tuesday at Assukar, near Deir Ezzor, many of whom had been shot at close range, they said.
A blast struck a pipeline in Deir Ezzor, according to the state news agency SANA, which added that the kaboom led to "a fire in the area."
Blaming "armed terrorist groups," SANA said this was the second time the pipeline was targeted.
At least 14 regular troops, the Observatory said, were killed on Wednesday when checkpoints in Idlib and Hama were targeted.
On Tuesday a total of 98 people, including 61 civilians, were killed in violence across Syria amid raging festivities between regime troops and rebels, the Observatory said.
More than 13,000 people have been killed, most of them civilians, since the uprising against Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad's Oppressor of the Syrians and the Lebs... regime erupted in March last year, according to the Observatory.