[Iran Press TV] A US unmanned aerial vehicle has crashed in Afghanistan's eastern province of Paktia.
The Western military alliance, 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... , confirmed the Sunday incident, saying the drone went down due to technical problems.
However, a good lie finds more believers than a bad truth... the Taliban have grabbed credit for the crash.
[Haaretz] It is unclear whether the rocket was part of an attempt to launch rockets at specific targets within Israel.
Israeli security officials say that the rockets that landed on Friday in the area near Ovda and Mitzpeh Ramon, were launched after a request by big shots of the Moslem Brüderbund in Egypt. According to these officials, the rockets were launched from the Sinai Peninsula by a Bedouin unit, according to Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, orders, even though Hamas itself wasn't the initiator of the launching, but responded to the request of the Brotherhood, who wanted such an event on the eve of the second round of presidential elections in Egypt. It is yet unclear why the Brotherhood requested such an unusual action, a first military strike against Israel, or whether the strike was aimed at specific sites in the area.
The remains of the 122 mm Grad rockets ...Soviet-developed 122-mm rockets, usually launched from trucks. Newer versions are reported to have a range of up to 30 km.... were discovered yesterday in the Ovda area, north of Eilat, and in the Mizpeh Ramon area. Security forces began searching for the remains on Friday after hearing the kabooms. This was the first time rockets landed in these areas. Last April three Grad rockets were launched at Eilat. Then, too, there was no prior warning, and the fact that they were fired from the Sinai Peninsula was clarified only after their remains were found. In August, 2010, five Grad rockets were launched from Egyptian territory, causing the death of a Jordanian citizen. In recent months Israeli officials have repeatedly expressed their fear that the Sinai Peninsula has become a greenhouse for Islamist terror groups, and is being used by Hamas as a "back yard," for various experiments. Last August, a deadly terror attack from the peninsula was initiated, according to Israeli officials, by the Popular Resistance Committees, and carried out by Islamist Extremists.
[Iran Press TV] Egyptian authorities have jugged You have the right to remain silent... several people for allegedly selling "invisible ink" pens in polling stations on the first day of the presidential runoff elections.
Secretary General of the Supreme Presidential Elections Commission Hatem Bagato said most of the suspects were jugged You have the right to remain silent... in the coastal city of Alexandria and authorities have started an investigation into the plot.
The inks of the pens will be erased two to four hours after writing and they have been distributed among the voters with the aim of damaging the election process, he said.
After the spread of the rumor, the commission called for distribution of 50,000 pens in 13,000 polling stations, urging the judges of the polling centers to use only indelible ink pens.
Egyptian people are going to the polls for the second and final day of voting on Sunday to choose their president with the Moslem Brüderbund candidate Mohammed Morsi running against former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq.
[Iran Press TV] Egypt's ruling junta has issued a new constitutional declaration, reassuming legislative powers after the country's constitutional court dissolved the elected parliament, a report says.
[Al Ahram] Authorities in restive northern Nigeria's Kaduna State on Sunday imposed a 24-hour curfew following several kabooms on churches in the area, a government front man and police said.
"The government has approved a 24-hour curfew with immediate effect in the state due to a breakdown of law and order," government front man Reuben Buhari told AFP.
The police also confirmed the decision.
"A 24-hour curfew is now in force throughout the state," Kaduna state police front man Aminu Lawan said, adding that security agents would ensure compliance. The curfew followed a series of coordinated kabooms on churches in several cities in the state early Sunday.
[Al Ahram] At least 10 people were killed on Sunday after a series of church bombings in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna sparked riots by Christian youths, an AFP reporter saw. "I saw 10 bodies being taken to the mortuaries after Christian youths protested the attacks on the churches around mid-day." the reporter said.
[Al Ahram] Three suicide kabooms on churches rocked a northern Nigerian state Sunday, killing at least 21 people and wounding about 100, officials said, prompting protests in a state that has previously been strained by religious tensions.
The first two blasts occurred within minutes of each other and targeted two churches in the city of Zaria, said Kaduna State police chief Mohammed Abubakar Jinjiri. A third blast hit a church in the city of Kaduna about half an hour later, Jinjiri said.
An official working for a relief agency involved in rescue efforts said Sunday evening that 21 people had been killed and that at least 100 people were maimed in Sunday's blasts. He spoke on condition of anonymity as he said he wasn't authorized to speak to journalists.
Earlier in the day, Nigerian Red Thingy official Andronicus Adeyemo said the Zaria attacks killed the bomber and at least one other person and left 51 maimed. The Kaduna attack claimed 10 more lives, he said, and maimed 29 people.
Jinjiri said security at the three churches prevented the jacket wallahs from ramming car bombs into the buildings filled with worshippers.
"If not for security, there would have been (many) more casualties," Jinjiri said.
Churches have been increasingly targeted by violence in Nigeria. The situation has led churches in Nigeria's predominantly Mohammedan north to boost their security in a nation of more than 160 million people almost equally divided between Mohammedans and Christians.
Last weekend, a suicide car boomer detonated his explosives outside a church in central Nigeria as gunnies attacked another church in the nation's northeast, killing at least six people and wounding dozens of others.
Attacks on Christian holidays have claimed the most lives. An Easter Day blast in Kaduna left at least 38 people dead. A Christmas Day suicide kaboom of a Catholic church in Madalla near Nigeria's capital killed at least 44 people.
Police tossed in the slammer Drop the rosco and step away witcher hands up! one of the bombers who survived. Jinjiri declined to say who police suspected might be responsible, though a radical Islamist sect known as Boko Haram ... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality... has claimed similar church attacks in the past.
Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is sacrilege" in the Hausa language of Nigeria's north, is waging an increasingly bloody fight with security agencies and the public. More than 560 people have been killed in violence blamed on the sect this year alone, according to an News Agency that Dare Not be Named count.
The Nigerian Red Thingy said young people had started protesting in Kaduna, leading the state government to impose a 24-hour curfew in a state deeply divided along religious lines. An News Agency that Dare Not be Namednews hound also saw billows of smoke over a mosque in a predominantly Christian part of the city. People had mounted illegal roadblocks and were seen harassing motorists. A cycle of violence rider in that same neighborhood lay seriously hurt and bleeding by the road side. Motorbike riders there are often presumed to be Mohammedan and become easy targets during reprisal attacks by Christians.
Kaduna state, which sits on Nigeria's dividing line between its largely Christian south and Mohammedan north, was at the heart of postelection violence in April 2011. Mobs armed with machetes and poison-tipped arrows took over streets of Kaduna and the state's rural countryside after election officials declared President Goodluck Jonathan ... 14th President of Nigeria. He was Governor of Bayelsa State from 9 December 2005 to 28 May 2007, and was sworn in as Vice President on 29 May 2007. Jonathan is a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP). He is a lover of nifty hats, which makes him easily recognizable unless someone else in the room is wearing a neat chapeau... the winner. Followers of his main opponent, former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, a Mohammedan, quickly alleged the vote had been rigged, though observers largely declared the vote fair.
[Yemen Post] Three suspects were sentenced to death after a Yemeni court convicted them of throwing a bomb on a revolution protesters killing one of them last year, informed sources in Taiz city said on Sunday.
The East Taiz court handed down the death sentences in absentia since the three are still on the lam, the sources said. The convicts were named: Omer Ghulais, Muhammad Abdu Saif and Ahmed Hamoud Saeed.
The bomb exploded at the freedom square in downtown in February 2011 in the province, which turned into a battlefield between revolutionaries and the pro-former regime forces.
Al-Bathadi was the first revolutionary victim in the southern province.
The verdict has been hailed by the youth-led protesters in the change and freedom squares in Yemeni cities, with youths inside the change square in Sanaa hoping it will be the first in a series of coming verdicts against all involved in the crackdown against the protests last year.
Activists and lawyers said justice must be established in Yemen, especially on cases related the popular uprising as they argued the verdict in Taiz today was a real victory.
[Yemen Post] A security director was assassinated in Hadramout ...the formerly independent Qu'aiti state and sultanate, annexed by Communist South Yemen in 1968, encompassing a region along the Gulf of Aden, extending eastwards to the borders of the Dhofar region of Oman. The people are called Hadhramis and speak Hadhrami Arabic. The city Tarimis estimated to contain the highest concentration of descendants of the Prophet Muhammad (PTUI) anywhere in the world, approximately seven in every square yard... early Sunday.
Local security sources said an explosive bomb targeted at the car of brigadier Muhammad Al-Harmaly, security director in the Roukab area in Mukalla city.
"The bombing killed the officer and two other soldiers and injured others while they were leaving the security office in the district," the sources continued.
Al-Qaeda is believed to behind the attack, which came days after its forces of Evil were severely defeated and driven from 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... province, they said.
After its last stronghold in Abyan fell in the hands of the army, Al-Qaeda vowed to step up its attacks against key US and Yemeni targets in retaliation.
Plano police believe the suspect was carrying an explosive device that blew up, causing minor damage to the gas main and leaving him critically injured.
"We don't know any of the whys," police spokesman David Tilley said. "We don't know why he was back there, what type of device he had. That's what we're trying to figure out."
That may have to wait until the suspect has recovered from the life-threatening injuries he suffered in the explosion.
The man, who has yet to be identified, first told authorities that he was jogging and was struck by a hit-and-run driver, but that story quickly unraveled, Tilley said.
"His injuries to his body are all on the front of his body," he said. "If you get hit by a car, you're going to have scratches, you're going have road rash, you're going to have something all over your body."
He remains hospitalized at Medical Center of Plano.
Meanwhile, the Plano police bomb squad and FBI agents are scouring the area, and Parker Road has yet to reopen.
Tilley said gas service in the area has not been affected because the utility company quickly switched to another regulatory system.
FYI MEMRI.ORG > HIZB AL-TAHRIR AMERICA: SET TO HOLD JUNE 17 CONFERENCE IN ILLINOIS, ADVOCATES JIHAD, SAYS IRAN + SAUDI ARABIA ARE "MODERN, NON-EXPANSIONIST NATION-STATES", + HAVE THUS ABANDONED "THE DEFINITIVE [ISLAMIC] OBJECTIVE OF JIHAD" AS STIPULATED IN THE KORAN.
IIUC, by inference an "Islamic/Islamist America" under the auspice of the Hizb al-Tahrir
would be PRO-EXPANSIONIST VEE NON-ISLAMIC NATIONS???
ARTIC = HIZB AL-TAHRIR BANGLADESH, PAKISTAN have called for Military-led coups in their home countries.
* TOPIX > AMERICA'S MARXIST [Marxist-Communist] PICNIC: WHY GOVERNMENT NO LONGER WORRIES ABOUT COMMUNISTS.
Cold War = POTUS Reagan-era views, e.g. subjective profiling for real-or-potential Commie allegiances; versus the alleged Commie-born-n-raised "Obamunist" in the White House [dedicated Marxist-Commie family background + upbringing, education, influences]. COMMIES HAVE CHANGED THEIR DESCRIPTIVE LABELS, BUT NOT THEIR IDEOLOGY.
Lest we fergit, 1990's CLINTONISM > RIGHTISM IS THE NEW LEFTISM, GOP-RIGHT IS THE NEW DEMOLEFT, FASCISM IS THE NEW COMMUNISM.
[Dawn] Violent incidents of bloodshed continued 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... , as eight more people bit the dust and several received injuries on Sunday, DawnNews reported.
The new wave of assassinations has possibly escalated after the death of Awami National Party (ANP) leader Liaquat Bangash, whose body found in Rabia city near Bloody Karachi's Gulistan-e-Jauhar area on Saturday.
Tension prevailed and the markets remained closed in the area after the death of Bangash.
Addressing a presser, Acting Additional Inspector General (AIG) Ghulam Shabbir Sheikh said that Bangash, in his efforts to escape from police, jumped from the height which resulted in his death.
The acting AIG issued 'shoot on sight' orders if any myrmidon was seen taking the law in his/her hands.
Two men were rubbed out in the Surjani town's sector 10. A man was rubbed out and another was injured in the in sector L-1 of the same area.
A man received bullet wounds after faceless myrmidonsshot up Maskan roundabout in Gulshan-e-Iqbal..
Two people were rubbed out in the areas of Baldia town and Quaidabad.
Dead bodies of a man and a woman, identified as Shabana and Liaquat, were found from a farmhouse located in the area of Gulshan-e Maymar.
At least 21 people have bit the dust in the last 36 hours in the violent killings of the city.
Heavy troops of police and Rangers have been deployed in different areas of the metropolis.
Additional police deployment
An additional force of 500 coppers has been called from interior of province under a well-planned strategy to combat the crimes especially the extortion, assassinations and kidnapping for ransom in Bloody Karachi.
The additional force has been deployed at different places in the city, while the measures are being taken to strengthen the number of police personnel deployed at posts and pickets particularly in old city trade centers.
Moreover, 1000 surveillance cameras are being installed at trade and business centers and they would start functioning shortly, as currently these cameras are being tested.
[Dawn] A former office-bearer of the Awami National Party died after he reportedly jumped from the fourth floor of a building to escape arrest during a raid conducted by the Rangers in Rabia City, Gulistan-i-Jauhar, early Sunday morning, police said. "What was that he said before he jumped?"
"He said 'You'll never take me alive, coppers!'"
"Hmmm... Y'know, he was right."
Following the incident, tension gripped different areas, including Gulistan-i-Jauhar, Safoora Goth, Pehlawan Goth, University Road, Lasbela and Patel Para, where some armed men fired into the air compelling traders to pull down shutters. "Arrr! Close yer shops to show support or we'll kill the lot of yez!"
Heavy contingents of police and Rangers were deployed in the localities, but the situation remained tense during the day. "Calling all cars! Calling all cars! Gun sex in Rabia City!"
The police claimed to have arrested two men for the firing that they said left at least three people wounded. "Step away from the guns witcher hands up! And put out those cigarettes!"
While Additional IG Ghulam Shabbir Shaikh said Bangash died after he jumped from the building to avoid arrest "Yep. That's what he did. I seen it!"
Sindh ANP Secretary General Bashir Jan, who had reservations over the police version, said the body was swollen indicating that he had been administered poison. "Quick, Officer Chaudry! While nobody's looking, administer this iocaine powder and throw him out the window!"
"Hey! I don't...!"
"Shuddup, you! Open yer mouth wide!... Wider!"
Doctors at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where the body was shifted, reserved a post-mortem report and sent a sample to a lab for a chemical examination. "Doctor Quincy! Pick up the white courtesy phone!"
"The deceased had a criminal record as he was involved in several cases of crime, including that of targeted killing," said the acting city police chief, Shabbir Shaikh. "Sounds like he was a pretty bad guy, huh?"
"Just another Karachi alderman."
He added that Liaquat Bangash had been arrested in the past also. "Put down the heavy weapons and step away witcher hands up, Alderman!"
On Sunday morning, law-enforcers came under fire when they tried to raid the Rabia City residential complex, the officer said, explaining that the law-enforcers then cordoned off the area. Finally as they entered an apartment, he said, Liaquat Bangash tried to escape by jumping from the building but fell to the ground and died. Jumped out the window and fell to the ground? That doesn't usually happen, does it?
Initial port-mortem findings showed multiple fractures of the rib-cage as the cause of death, the officer said. "What do you think, Doctor Quincy?"
"I think he looks like an asterisk, Sam."
Following the autopsy, the body was shifted to Pehlawan Goth for funeral. A large number of people attended the funeral prayers. "Jeez! I never seen a coffin that wide!"
Sindh ANP Secretary General Bashir Jan said that Liaqauat Bangash had remained a district and alderman ward president of the party but his party membership was suspended because he was facing an inquiry. While he did not explain the nature of the inquiry, he expressed reservations over the police version about the death of the former party leader.
Mr Jan said that Bangash was brought in a critical condition to a private hospital in Gulistan-i-Jauhar but was then referred to the JPMC, where he was pronounced dead.
He quoted party workers as saying that the body was swollen, which, according to them, indicated that he had
been poisoned. He then quoted hospital sources as saying that there were marks of rope on his hands and neck and the rib cage was broken.
An Israeli citizen was killed Monday morning when Orcs and similar vermin infiltrated the southern border with Egypt. Israel Defense Force soldiers and Orcs and similar vermin are currently exchanging fire on the border, near Kerem Shalom.
The attack follows a few days of intelligence warnings.
Initial information reveals that a terrorist cell penetrated the fence along the border with Egypt and clashed with IDF soldiers. The exchange of fire is currently continuing. Communities near the border have been put on high alert.
Posted by: Barbara ||
Various terrorist groups are thick as thieves in that part of the world. If a terrorist group, as an example say the MB becomes a majority party in one of the muslim countries (say Egypt), when do they cease to be terrorists and transition into full blown enemy?
Any major Israeli mil counter-response in the Sinai, espec iff Israel refuses to pull its IDF from newly secured areas, could induce the Muslim Brotherhood + aligned to demand Egyptian dev Nuclear Weapons to counter [US-approved?]Israeli mil "aggression" agz Egypt???
[Jerusalem Post] PFLP hard boyz fire at least 5 mortars at IDF forces, who return fire into Gazoo; Paleostinians medics say 1 moderately injured.
IDF soldiers and armed Paleostinians exchanged fire near the Gazoo Strip border on Sunday, resulting in the moderate injury of one Gazook according to Paleostinian Ma'an news agency.
The IDF Spokesman's Office said that an IDF patrol conducting routine activity adjacent to the Gazoo Strip border were attacked by Paleostinian terrorists, who fired eight mortars at the forces.
The Jihad Jibril brigades of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Paleostine ... Paleostinian Marxist movement, founded in 1967. It is considered a terrorist organization by more than 30 countries including the U.S., European Union, Australia, Canada, and Antarctica. The PFLP's stated goal is the establishment of a socialist State in Paleostine. They pioneered armed aircraft hijackings in the late 60s and early 70s... (PFLP) grabbed credit for firing five mortar shells at the Israeli forces in the area, according to Ma'an.
In response to the attack, IDF soldiers fired towards suspicious areas but did not confirm a hit. Paleostinian medics, quoted by Ma'an, said that a man suffered moderate injuries and was transferred to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital for treatment..
Also Sunday, a number of Arab youth were suspected of throwing lit firecrackers at an army base outside of Jerusalem, starting a large forest fire. Ten soldiers at the Oferit Army base in Jerusalem next to Mount Scopus were lightly injured on from smoke inhalation and two were taken to the Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital for treatment.
Israeli tanks and bulldozers have carried out an incursion into the city of Deir al-Balah in the central Gazoo Strip, injuring a Paleostinian during the attack.
Israeli bulldozers also destroyed on Sunday agricultural land in Deir al-Balah, located about 14 kilometers (8.5 miles) south of Gazoo City.
The latest Israeli attack on Gazoo was carried out on the same day when an illegal Israeli settler rubbed out two Paleostinians in the city of al-Khalil in the southern occupied West Bank.
Meanwhile, ...back at the shouting match, a new, even louder, voice was to be heard... acting Paleostinian Authority chief the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas ... a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial... condemned the killing of the two Paleostinians on Sunday.
Israel conducts attacks against the Gazoo Strip on an almost regular basis.
Three Paleostinians were maimed in an Israeli Arclight airstrike on southern Gazoo on June 1.
On March 30, Israeli troops rubbed out a 20-year-old Paleostinian in the city of Beit Hanoun in northern Gazoo Strip on a day when thousands of pro-Paleostinians had gathered in the occupied territory to mark the Paleostinian Land Day.
In addition to Arclight airstrikes and ground attacks, the Tel Aviv regime also denies about 1.7 million people in Gazoo their basic rights, including the freedom of movement and the right to decent living, work, health and education.
Security forces killed a notorious kidnapper in a clash in Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines. Officials said Wahid Pingli, believed to be behind a spate of kidnappings for ransom in Zamboanga, was killed on Sacol Island after a 15-minute gun battle over the weekend.
Army Colonel Buenaventura Pascual, commander of a local anti-terror task force, said, "His neutralization is a big relief for Zamboanga."
He said police and military forces were serving an arrest warrant on Pingli on his hideout when opened fire on soldiers and policemen. He aadded that security forces had recovered an automatic pistol and a grenade launcher, including mobile phones and a medical kit from his hideout.
Police said Pingli was a senior member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and tagged as behind the kidnapping of a US woman Gerfa Lunsmann and her son Kevin, and a Filipino relative while they were vacationing in Zamboanga City.
MOSCOW -- The Interfax news agency said Monday that two Russian navy ships are to sail to Syria to protect Russian citizens and its naval base there. This would mark the first time since the uprising in Syria started that Russia is sending extra troops to its base in Syria.
Interfax quoted an unidentified Russian navy official as saying that the Nikolai Filchenkov and Caesar Kunikov amphibious assault vessels will be heading to the Syrian port of Tartus, but didn't give a precise date.
No word on the name of the sea-going tugboat that will accompany them...
The official said the ships will carry an unspecified number of marines to protect Russians in Syria and evacuate Saddam's weapons of mass destruction materials from Tartus if necessary.
Tartus is Russia's only naval base outside the former Soviet Union with Russian personnel of an unspecified size. The bulk of Russian military men in Syria are military advisers teaching Syrians how to use Russian weapons.
Russia has shielded Syria's regime from international sanctions over its crackdown on protests. It also continued to provide it with arms.
Posted by: Steve White ||
* FREEREPUBLIC this AM > [Itar-Tass = Russia]BLACK SEA FLEET SHIPS READY TO GO TO SYRIA - GENERAL STAFF.
* SAME > IRAN, RUSSIA, CHINA, + SYRIA TO LAUNCH BIGGEST JOINT WARGAME IN MIDDLE EAST.
* TOPIX > RUSSIA: WE WILL NOT SUPPORT ANY FOREIGN FORCE INTERVENTION IN SYRIA.
I'm interpreting the above Artic as Russia saying it will not support any US-led or non-US led, "Libyuh/Gaddafi-style"?, UN Coalition = "Coalition of the Willing" agz Assad.
On a separate note, I don't see Russia giving up its Med base at Tartarus under any conditions, Assad or post-Assad.
'Tis a serious "Catch-22" for Russia - the anti-Assad Syrian rebels are supported by the Radical Islam whom also directly or indirectly support the Caucasus jihadis-insurgents. Russia also has an interest in protecting its Caucasus security [strategic flank(s)] by making sure neither Iran nor Turkey, etc. achieve their ambitions of regional + trans-regional ethnic reunification vee the former Soviet -Stans. OUTSIDE OF RECOVERING THE GOLAN HEIGHTS VEE ISRAEL, SYRIA MAY BE IRAN'S ALLY BUT HAS NEVER DISPLAYED THE EXPANSIONIST ZEAL OF IRAN. RUSSIA DOES NOT WANT ANY "ASSAD/SYRIA DOMINO" TO EXTEND TO THE CAUCASUS + CENTRAL ASIA.
RUSSIA = CHINA in SCS + Taiwan = "front-line" of Russia's geopolitical security + desired future "manifest destiny" under alleged
"proxy/surrogate" US-Western threat, i.e. US-NATO, UNO support for anti-Assad, pro-Islamist Syrian rebels.
A situation which is NOT helped by allegations by the Catholic Patriarchate of Jerusalem that the SYRIAN REBELS ARE USING CHRISTIANS AS "HUMAN SHIELDS" AGZ ASSAD'S SECURITY FORCES.
[An Nahar] Troops pounded besieged districts of the flashpoint city of Homs as 10 people were killed across Syria on Sunday, taking the weekend corpse count to nearly 80, a watchdog said.
A civilian was killed in the rebel stronghold of Khalidiyeh, which, like other parts of the central city, was "being shelled and shot at by regime forces who have been trying to enter these districts for several days," said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Speaking to AFP via Skype from Homs' Old City neighborhood, activist Abu Bilal said the regime siege of several parts of the city was "suffocating."
"They are shelling us all the time. There's very little food and water, and we're running out of medication."
Abu Bilal reiterated fears expressed by the opposition and rights watchdogs on Saturday that, should regime forces enter the encircled districts, people trapped in them "will be massacred."
He added that dozens of civilians in the Old City, in central Homs, were maimed, "and many of them will die if they don't get treatment as we can't get any of the injured out."
Amateur video posted on YouTube by anti-regime activists in the surrounded Homs district of Jourat al-Shiah showed widespread destruction, deserted streets and parts of a building shelled and on fire.
"We don't have any milk for the children, nor water, nor electricity," a woman whose house was destroyed tells the unidentified cameraman.
"We are not scared. We don't want weapons or money. We just want a way to get our children out of here," says the mother of two.
The Observatory had reported on Saturday that more than 1,000 families were trapped in Homs, adding that there was a lack of medical staff and equipment.
Home to several rebel hideouts, Homs has been under intermittent attack by regime forces ever since its Baba Amr neighborhood was relentlessly pounded for a month earlier this year and retaken by the regime.
Elsewhere in the country, among those killed on Sunday was a civilian rubbed out by a sniper at Khan Sheikhun in the northwestern province of Idlib, the Observatory said.
In the northern province 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... , regime forces shelled Abyan ...not the same Abyan as the one in Yemen... village, killing one man, it said. ...similar results, though...
According to activist network the Local Coordination Committees, "violent shelling" of Babka village in Aleppo province led "residents to panic, and to flee." Violent shellings are pretty common. Non-violent shellings are a rarity.
Violence also hit other areas of Syria, including the eastern province of Deir al-Zour, where festivities between regime troops and rebels killed two people, one of them a rebel fighter, the Observatory said.
In the central province of Hama -- one of the first to rise up against the regime of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Trampler of Homs... -- at least three regime troops were killed in fighting on Sunday morning, the monitoring group said.
In Damascus ...The City of Jasmin is the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the world. It has not always been inhabited by the same set of fascisti... , a young man was rubbed out, the watchdog added, while another was bumped off in the suburbs of the capital.
Troops and rebels clashed in Mliha village in Damascus province overnight, the Observatory said.
Forces loyal to Assad also shelled the rebel bastion of Douma, on the outskirts of the capital, for the fourth day in a row.
Sixty-nine people were killed across the country on Saturday -- 51 civilians, 16 troops and two rebels -- according to the Observatory which says more than 14,400 people have died in the 15-month uprising, most of them civilians.
[Iran Press TV] Iran's Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi says at least 20 people, involved in the liquidation of Iranian nuclear scientists, have been identified and cooled for a few years. Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw! Moslehi told news hounds on Sunday that the arrests were made following the identification of two terrorist groups and through multiple sting operations across the country, IRNA reported.
He added that more information about the places where the suspects had been tossed in the clink Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please! , will be released in the future.
On June 14, Iran's Intelligence Ministry announced the capture of the main elements behind the murder of Iranian nuclear experts.
"The key perpetrators of the liquidations of Majid Shahriari, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan (two of the slain nuclear scientists), and Reza Qashqaei (the driver) were identified and, in a series of swift and authoritative operations, were cooled for a few years Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw! and transferred to detention facilities," the ministry announced in a statement on the same day.
The statement made mention of Iran's extensive intelligence operations following the liquidation of the first Iranian nuclear scientist in 2010 and pointed out that investigations had led to the identification of a number of Israeli intelligence officers and their mercenaries.
Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan was targeted on January 11 when an unknown motorcyclist attached a magnetic bomb to his car near a college building in Tehran. He was immediately killed and his driver, who had sustained injuries, died a few hours later in hospital.
The deadly incident happened after some US presidential hopefuls in November 2011 openly called for conducting covert operations against Iran to stop its nuclear energy program. The measures they advised included the liquidation of Iranian nuclear scientists and carrying out acts of sabotage against the country's nuclear facilities.
Dariush Rezaeinejad and Professor Masoud Ali-Mohammadi, another Iranian nuclear scientist, are also among the victims of acts of terror.
On July 23, 2011, unidentified gunnies killed Rezaeinejad outside his house in Tehran.
Terrorist attacks targeted Shahriari and Fereydoun Abbasi, the current director of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, on November 29, 2010. Shahriari was killed immediately, but Abbasi sustained injuries.
Iran condemns Washington and Tel Aviv for the strings of deadly attacks mounted against its nuclear experts.