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Guards of senior Muslim Brotherhood figure arrested in Egypt
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 07/02/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [366 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Birthday Gam Shot

Jerry Hall[Filmography](age 57)



Fashion Design


Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 07/02/2013 1:46 Comments || Top||

#2  That reminds me: Anybody seen the Stones' "Living Dead" tour?
Posted by: Muggsey Mussolini || 07/02/2013 14:57 Comments || Top||

#3  Yep. Oakland. Right up front. It was too close. Couldn't hear the guitar very well. Those guys are looking real ropey. It was a good show but not going to see them again.
Posted by: Remoteman || 07/02/2013 15:29 Comments || Top||

#4  Jerry Hall has legs that go from way over there to way over here.

Isn't it great?
Posted by: Bill Clinton || 07/02/2013 17:20 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Taliban hit NATO supplier's Kabul compound, kill 7, in latest attack on high profile targets
[Washington Post] Taliban attackers set off a truck bomb early Tuesday and killed five security guards at a 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...
supplier's compound in Kabul, the latest in a series of bold attacks on high profile targets in the Afghan capital.

The attacks have driven home that the Taliban have no intention of ending the violence, even though they have indicated they are willing to talk peace and have opened an office in Qatar for that purpose.

"This (attack) has no link to the grinding of the peace processor," Taliban front man Zabiullah Mujahid told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named in a telephone call. Attacks "will continue all over the country occupied by the foreigners," he said.

Before dawn, a jacket wallah drove a small truck packed with explosives to the outer gate of the logistics center used to supply NATO troops and detonated it, said Kabul provincial police chief Mohammad Ayoub Salangi. The kaboom blasted a huge crater in the ground and damaged a guard tower.

Two truck drivers waiting to enter the compound were killed in the blast along with the bomber, he said.

Then four gunnies stormed into the breach and battled with security guards. An Afghan police special response team and security guards battled the attackers for about an hour before killing them, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. One Afghan and four Nepalese guards were also killed, the ministry said.

In a statement on the Taliban website, Mujahid said only three gunnies were involved in the "attack on a big foreign base important for NATO logistics," listing the assailants by name.
Posted by: Fred || 07/02/2013 12:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [330 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Raskamboni militia backed by Kenyan troops take control of Kismayu
[Shabelle] the Raskamboni militia of Ahmed Madobe and the Kenyan peacekeeping forces took full control of Kismayu after they jointly fought militias loyal to colonel Bare Hirale who hails from a majority clan in the Juba regions.

The militia group backed by Kenyan troops fought off Hirale's forces yesterday in a fierce battle which claimed many casualties.

Many residents fled the Somalia's second largest city which is home to almost 30 clans.
All of whom dislike each other...
An eye witness in Kismayu said that the militia group are now searching houses and at the same time looting valuables belonging to the residents.

Bare and his allied forces have withdrawn from the city are now based at a town not far from Kismayu where they are regrouping to attack the Kenyan forces in Kismayu.

"We have changed our tactics and starting from today we will attack the Kenyan forces too. We viewed them as peacekeepers but chose to support directly the Raskamboni militia" said a top official from Hirale's troops.
Maybe it's because the Raskambonis were willing to keep the peace and you weren't. Or maybe the Raskambonis offered the Kenyans a better deal...
It has been confirmed that the Kenyan troops took part in yesterday's battle as the Raskamboni militia surrendered most of the cities districts.

The Somali federal government has called for calm in Kismayu and urged the fighting opponents to come to the table and negotiate. However the defiant Raskamboni officials dismissed the calls and opted to fight.

Gedo a region which is among the three regions which constitutes Jubaland has criticized Kenya and AMISOM for supporting a clan militia against another clan militia. They warned that they too will give support to Hirale if the matter is not solved immediately.

'' We will start with the Kenyan troops based in El Adde and head to Kismayu'' said the governor of Gedo region Mr. Kalil in today's protests which occurred in most towns in Gedo region.
Posted by: Fred || 07/02/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [362 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Raskamboni would be a great name for a villan.
Posted by: Muggsey Mussolini || 07/02/2013 10:30 Comments || Top||

#2  Colonel Hirale's forces were overwhelmed by the Zamboni Bren Gun carrier mounted Raksamboni cavalry. :-(
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/02/2013 10:44 Comments || Top||

#3  "Cheez, there we were in Kismayo, minding our own business, and all of a sudden there was a thunder clap and we got raskambonied."
Posted by: Steve White || 07/02/2013 11:28 Comments || Top||

#4  Tne gunnies, supposedly the good-guy gunnies, are searching houses and looting valuables.
Figure they'll give the stuff back if the owners can prove ownership?
Or was that the RCMP in Canada?
Hard to keep up.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 07/02/2013 11:41 Comments || Top||

#5  An armoured Zamboni for when you really, really, want to own the ice.

Did the Russ every build an armoured something for Lk. Lagoda use?
Posted by: Shipman || 07/02/2013 13:02 Comments || Top||


Kenyan planes bombard Somali military bases inside Somalia
[Shabelle] it has been reported by residents of Berhane that the Kenyan war planes last night bombarded military bases in the lower Juba region of Somalia.

Col Abshir Abdi Hashi who is among the officials in Berhane confirmed with Shabelle radio station in Mogadishu that the planes specifically targeted SNM bases in the region a town situated 60 km from Kismayu.

The colonel said that the military bases were destroyed completely by the planes and some of his soldiers got injured during the bombardment.

The colonel added that the bombardments caused civilian casualties and destroyed many properties.

Mr. Abshir said that the Kenyans used special bombs designed in the UK against the SNM forces.

Mr. Abshir finally said that the Kenyans are invading Somalia and are using Alshabab as a scapegoat to launch attacks on Somali civilians and SNM troops.

This comes as the Kenyan troops actively took part in the Kismayu fighting as they sided with the Raskamboni militia of Ahmed Madobe.

Ahmed Madobe who was a top leader in The Islamists fighting in Somalia declared himself the president of Jubaland and is now in control of Somalia's second largest city with the help of Kenyan forces.

The Kenyan forces have been accused of committing atrocities in the Juba regions and the federal government has called for the replacements of more neutral ones.
Posted by: Fred || 07/02/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [322 views] Top|| File under:


Africa North
Algeria dismantles terror support network
[MAGHAREBIA] Algerian troops uncovered a terror support network east of blood-stained Tizi Ouzou, Tout sur l'Algerie reported on Sunday (June 30th). The operation followed the arrest of a terrorist in possession of grenades in the town of Aïn El Hammam. The four suspects are from Ihesnaouen, where ANP troops last week discovered a terrorist bunker full of supplies.
Posted by: Fred || 07/02/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [462 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa


Rival Egypt protesters exchange gunfire in Suez
[Al Ahram] Supporters and opponents of Egyptian Islamist President Mohamed Mursi exchanged gunfire in the city of Suez at the mouth of the Suez Canal on Monday, witnesses said.

At least 16 people have been killed in festivities between rival protesters since Sunday, when millions of Egyptians flooded the streets to demand Mursi resign.

"The sound of gunfire is everywhere. Supporters and opponents are going back and forth," said one witness, Karim el-Sayed, in Suez.
Posted by: Fred || 07/02/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [437 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  The people are speaking. They had a taste of radical islam imposed on them and said, "Hell No" !

God Bless them and good hopes for the future.
Posted by: Mikey Hunt || 07/02/2013 1:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Popcorn with jalapeno jelly.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/02/2013 2:27 Comments || Top||

#3  Arm both sides. 8^(
Posted by: AlanC || 07/02/2013 6:45 Comments || Top||

#4  Um, no. The opposition in Egypt may not be the Tea Party but large parts of them are preferable to the Brøderbünd. I don't think we're going to get a democratic republic out of the Egyptians but something that is a lot less Islamicist would be good enough for now.
Posted by: Steve White || 07/02/2013 8:37 Comments || Top||

#5  Steve, I was pointing out that we're already arming the government, MB, Islamist side.

It's time to arm the sorta good guys.
Posted by: AlanC || 07/02/2013 8:47 Comments || Top||

#6  I don't think we're going to get a democratic republic out of the Egyptians but something that is a lot less Islamicist would be good enough for now.

Well, there was a guy named Hosni Mubarek who fit that description...
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 07/02/2013 12:58 Comments || Top||


Egypt forces arrest Brotherhood leader's guards
[Al Ahram] Egyptian security forces tossed in the clink
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
15 armed bodyguards of the number two in the ruling Moslem Brüderbund, Khairat El-Shater, on Monday after an exchange of fire in which no one was injured, security sources said.

The sources said the shootout occurred when security forces went to arrest the guards for alleged unlawful possession of firearms they are suspected of having used to shoot at protesters attacking the Brotherhood's headquarters on Sunday.

Eight people were killed and more than a dozen injured in festivities around the Brotherhood building on a suburban hilltop overlooking Cairo.

Shater's family telephoned Al Jazeera television station to report that his home was under attack.

Shater's own whereabouts were not immediately known. He is widely regarded as the strongest personality in the Islamist movement, but who was barred from running for president last year because he had been locked away
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
under toppled ex-President Hosni Mubarak
...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011...
's authoritarian rule.

The incident occurred on a day when the armed forces issued an ultimatum to Islamist President Mohamed Mursi to agree within 48 hours on a power-sharing consensus with opposition parties or face more direct military intervention.

Generals from Egypt's powerful armed forces ruled Egypt for six decades until Mursi was elected last year after an uprising in 2011 ended Mubarak's rule.

Shater, a wealthy businessman and influential Brotherhood leader, was seen by many Egyptians as the shadow power behind Mursi's throne. He was hated by Mubarak who put him in jail for many years.

One of Shater's bodyguards was sentenced to one year in prison earlier this year for owning an illegal weapon. A security source said his other guards had "illegal arms and were a threat to Egypt's security".
Posted by: Fred || 07/02/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [294 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  For a second I thought it read 'Khairat El-Shatner'.
Posted by: Pappy || 07/02/2013 8:31 Comments || Top||


16 dead, 781 injured in clashes across Egypt since Sunday
[Al Ahram] 16 people have been killed and 781 maimed in violence across Egypt since Sunday, according to the health ministry.

Nine of the deaths took place in Cairo and seven in the governorates of Alexandria, Beni Suef, Kafr El-Sheikh, Fayoum and Assiut.

Eight of the nine Cairo deaths happened as violence flared outside the Moslem Brüderbund headquarters in the suburb of Moqattam, when those inside fired at youth hurling petrol bombs and stones at the building.

The four-storey headquarters was overrun and ransacked by dozens of youths on Monday morning following a night of deadly violence which the Islamist group blamed on "thugs."

Also in Cairo, 23-year-old man died "from pneumonia and shortness of breath" outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace, a focal point of Sunday's million-strong rallies against Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

Millions of Egyptians erupted into the streets across the country on Sunday to call for Morsi to step down, while tens of thousands of the president's mostly Islamist backers have been camped out for the fourth consecutive day outside a local mosque in Cairo in support of his electoral mandate.

Factional rivalries have triggered street fighting across Egypt over the past week, with mounting fears of further violence over the coming days of demonstrations.

On Sunday, three protesters were rubbed out in Upper Egypt's Assiut in festivities between supporters and opponents of the beleaguered president.

One protester was killed in similar deadly festivities in Egypt's second city of Alexandria, one in the Nile Delta's Kafr El-Sheikh, one in Beni Suef and one in Fayoum.

In Alexandria, a woman died on Monday after succumbing to injuries sustained on Friday. She had been accidentally shot by a birdshot pellet while standing on her balcony watching festivities between rival demonstrations in the Mediterranean city
Posted by: Fred || 07/02/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [395 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Egyptian Islamist Wasat party HQ firebombed
[Al Ahram] The headquarters of the moderate Egyptian Islamist party Wasat was set on fire on Monday, in an expansion of attacks on Islamist organizations across the country.

Unidentified assailants threw petrol bombs at the building.

Earlier on Monday, the headquarters of the ruling Moslem Brüderbund was overrun by youths who ransacked the building after those inside were evacuated following a night of violence that killed eight people.

The Wasat Party was founded in the 1990s by former members of the ruling Moslem Brüderbund but was not officially permitted until after the 2011 uprising that overthrew Hosni Mubarak
...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011...

The party has allied itself with the Brotherhood since President Mohamed Mursi took office a year ago. It proposed a draft law for judicial reform in the Islamist-dominated upper house of parliament, sparking a revolt among thousands of judges earlier this year.
Posted by: Fred || 07/02/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [334 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Guards of senior Muslim Brotherhood figure arrested in Egypt
Egyptian security forces Monday arrested several guards of Khairat al-Shater, the deputy leader of the ruling Muslim Brotherhood movement, after an exchange of fire near his house, a security source said, dpa reported.

Al-Shater's son, Saad, told Al Arabiya broadcaster that police forces opened fire on their house in Cairo and arrested the driver. It was not clear whether al-Shater, seen as the most influential man in the brotherhood, was at home at the time.
Posted by: Steve White || 07/02/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [674 views] Top|| File under:


Africa Subsaharan
Large parts of town razed by troops hunting Boko Haram insurgents
[Gulf Times] Nigerian soldiers fired wildly "at anybody in sight" during a deadly April incident in the northeast of the country, a police report cited yesterday by the country's Human Rights Commission said.

Troops completely "razed" five wards of the town of Baga during the rampage, according to police findings quoted in the rights commission's new report.

The incident was reportedly sparked by the killing of a fellow soldier.

The police report on the violence that began on April 16 in Nigeria's remote northeastern corner and may have continued into the following day had not been previously made public.

The Red Thingy has said that 187 people were killed during the incident, while a local senator put the corpse count at 228.

Nigeria's military has denied accusations of abuses, insisting 37 people were killed, 30 of whom were krazed killers, six civilians and one a soldier. Military officials further denied fires were lit during the violence, saying they were caused by Islamist snuffies terrorising the region.

The commission report, says police provided the same corpse count as the military, though it does not say if the victims were civilians.

Brigadier General Chris Olukolade, a defence front man, said the military stood by its previous account.

The police report cited differed from what had been previously discussed between the police and military, he conceded, but declined to provide further details.

A police front man said he could not comment as he had not yet read the report.

The commission's report on the Baga incident and insecurity in general in the northeast does not assign blame, as it was unable to visit the area because of safety concerns.

Mobile phone lines have also been cut in much of the northeast since the military launched a sweeping offensive in the region on May 15 to try to end a four-year insurgency by Islamist hard boy group 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...

Soldiers involved in the Baga incident were part of a multi-national task force that includes personnel from Nigeria, Niger and Chad, the report said. The borders of the three countries converge in Nigeria's northeast corner.

But under the rules of the force, only Nigerian soldiers would have been operating on Nigerian territory, rights commission head Chidi Odinkalu said.

Troops are said to have returned to Baga after a soldier was rubbed out, allegedly by members of Boko Haram. Other soldiers may have also been maimed.

The commission noted allegations that the soldier's killing "was one of many acts of provocation with fatal consequences attributed to (Boko Haram) which may have inspired or invited a firm response by the military deployment in the town."

The police incident report as quoted by the commission said troops who arrived after the soldier was killed had "started shooting indiscriminately at anybody in sight", including domestic animals.

"This reaction resulted (in) loss of lives and massive destruction of properties."

The commission added later that the police report had established that five wards--Bulabulin, Bayan Tasha, Panpan Gajagaja, Adam Kolo and Bagadaza--had in the words of the police, been "completely razed down by the soldiers".

It quotes the police report saying "properties worth millions of naira were lost 'through fire which burnt over 30 vehicles, 57 cycle of violences, 100 bags of beans/maize'".

The Baga violence was among a string of incidents contributing to 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...
's May 14 declaration of a state of emergency in the northeastern states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe. Baga is located in Borno, the worst affected of the three.

The rights commission report cited claims that Boko Haram "had active or dominant presence" in up to 12 of Borno's 27 districts when Jonathan declared the state of emergency.

Since then, Nigeria's military has claimed major successes in pushing out the Islamists. Independent confirmation has been impossible however, with phone lines cut and access to remote areas restricted.
Posted by: Fred || 07/02/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [368 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram

#1  "Marching through Baga."
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/02/2013 2:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Troops completely "razed" five wards of the town of Baga during the rampage,

It's the usual third world response in draining the swamp. Makes it hard for guerrillas to swim among the population if the population isn't there to swim among.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/02/2013 7:57 Comments || Top||

#3  There is indeed a danger for the Nigerian army: you can be so heavy-handed that you end up pissing off the people more than Boko Haram has. They might want to study what worked and didn't work for us in Iraq.
Posted by: Steve White || 07/02/2013 8:31 Comments || Top||

#4  Lacking the money and resources (and disciplined soldiers), they may be taking a page from the Sri Lanka experience.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/02/2013 9:38 Comments || Top||

#5  Or the Congo. Or Biafra during their own civil war.
Posted by: Pappy || 07/02/2013 10:19 Comments || Top||

#6  Ref the page from Sri Lanka's book:
Richard Fernandez of Belmont Club noted that the government had a terrific weapon in the fight against the rebels: The Sri Lankans; government, army, civil service, population, are not white. Thus, concerns about human rights violations were almost invisible and never something which needed to be calculated into various strategies.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 07/02/2013 13:58 Comments || Top||

#7 
Thus, concerns about human rights violations were almost invisible and never something which needed to be calculated into various strategies.


Except that they're fighting Muslims, so that calculation works the other way.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 07/02/2013 17:21 Comments || Top||


Vigilantes going after Boko Haram work under military supervision
[Osun Defender] The military's Joint Task Force, JTF, in Borno State, Sunday, allayed the fears of people in the state over the activities of the youth vigilante groups hunting the Islamic Fundamentalist sect, 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...

The JTF said the young men are operating under the supervision of the military.

Maiduguri residents had recently began to raise concerns and fears over the activity of the Civilian-JTF especially as regards the possibility of being infiltrated by the Boko Haram or myrmidons.

The JTF Spokesman, Sagir Musa, said in a statement that the Task Force supports and "commends the heroic and patriotic efforts of citizens and residents of the state especially the youths who are daily rising against Boko Haram Terrorism in the state".

"The JTF has since commenced the process of monitoring, guiding and regulating the activities of the vigilant youths with the view to making them operate within the ambit of the law.

"This is in order to making them more useful in fighting Boko Haram terrorism in Borno without becoming a nuisance to the society.

"The JTF therefore requested the public to support, cooperate with the youths and report any noticed unwholesome acts of the youths to the security agencies or any JTF locations nearest to them".
Posted by: Fred || 07/02/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [340 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Arabia
Saudi Court Jails 18 'Extremists' for Fighting Abroad
[An Nahar] A Saudi court sentenced 18 men, some of them foreigners, to jail terms of between seven months and 15 years on Monday after convicting them of fighting in foreign conflicts on behalf of Sunni Mohammedan Death Eater groups, state media reported.

The official SPA news agency did not specify which foreign conflicts they were found guilty of participating in but in recent months Saudi officials have expressed growing concern about Saudi volunteers fighting in the war in Syria, and Saudis have also been active in Iraq.

The 18 men were found guilty of "adopting a Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who most be killed...
(Sunni Death Eater) ideology, and breaking away from the rule of the ruler by travelling to the lands of sedition to take part in fighting," the news agency said.

Some of the accused were also convicted "forging identification papers and sheltering runaways wanted by the security services," it added.

Some were found guilty of possessing weapons and plotting to kill a Saudi policeman.

Other charges included "collecting funds to support fighters in Iraq" and posting recruitment videos on the Internet.

The statement did not detail the nationalities of the foreigners among those convicted.

It said 13 of the 18 had lodged appeals.

Saudi officials have issued increasingly stern warnings against volunteers from the conservative Sunni Mohammedan kingdom heading off to fight alongside the mainly Sunni rebels trying to oust Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Horror of Homs...
.

But diplomats say hundreds of Saudis, perhaps even several thousand, have gone regardless.

The involvement of Saudis in jihadist groups active in Iraq and Syria has stoked concerns in Riyadh of a resurgence of the deadly Al-Qaeda attacks that rocked the kingdom between 2003 and 2006.
Posted by: Fred || 07/02/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [424 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra


India-Pakistan
LEAs shoot bandit, arrest 20 in Karachi
[Pak Daily Times] Law enforcers killed an alleged bandit in an encounter, and placed in durance vile
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
around 20 suspects during separate targeted raids on Monday.

Mobina Town police claimed to have arrested an alleged hit man Babu Bangali, son of Qadir Sheikh, wanted in the murder case of a Pakistain People's Party (PPP) worker Imran Butt.

Police officials arrested the suspect in a targeted raid carried out in Rajput Colony, an area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal. Police said that the accused killed PPP's worker along with his brother Babal Bangali and accomplices Anwar and Nanno in 2010 in Surjani Town. It is worth mentioning that the police nabbed the brother and accomplices after few months, however, Babu was in hiding.

Separately, Steel Town police patrol foiled a robbery bid after a brief encounter, and arrested one alleged robber in Surjani Town. Bandits started shooting to escape the scene, however in retaliatory firing one bandit Husnain sustained bullet injuries and was abandoned by his accomplices who fled.

Moreover, Rangers claimed to have held 17 notorious criminals including members of banned outfits and hit mans during raids in Ittehad Town, an area of Baldia Town and Liaquatabad. Officials also claim to have recovered huge caches of weapons, eight bombs and police uniforms from their possession.

Similarly, West zone police apprehended an alleged targeted killer Naveed alias Choto during a raid at Kunwari Colony, an area of Manghopir and recovered TT pistol, snatched police SMG and a cracker bomb from his custody. Police said that the accused is wanted in 16 cases of murder, including liquidation of six coppers.

In another foiled robbery bid, an alleged bandit Mohammad Gulab died and another escaped after a brief police encounter. Police also recovered a TT pistol from his custody.
Posted by: Fred || 07/02/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [322 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


IHK shuts down as police, rebel killed
[Pak Daily Times] Indian-held Kashmire (IHK) largely shut down on Monday and hundreds of police were deployed in the troubled region's main city after the weekend shooting of two civilians by the army, a police chief said.

The shutdown to protest against the shootings came as a police officer and a bully boy were killed in a separate incident south of the main city Srinagar, said Kashmire's police chief Abdul Gani Mir. The officer and the rebel died in the village of Mandoora, 35 kilometres from Srinagar, during a shootout that also maimed three soldiers, the police chief said. "We launched an operation based on intelligence of the presence of snuffies in the area," Mir said.

"One of our boys was martyred in the operation," Mir said, also confirming the death of the rebel. In Srinagar shops and other businesses, along with schools, were closed and traffic was light after a separatist group called for a strike in the region to protest at the weekend killings. The region was tense after the weekend shootings in which soldiers opened fire on angry villagers, killing one. The villagers had been protesting the shooting of a teenager by the military just hours earlier during a hunt for snuffies in Markondal village north of Srinagar. Hundreds of police and paramilitary troops were deployed in the inner parts of Srinagar on Monday to try to prevent protests, while a curfew was imposed on parts of the region. Despite the curfew, hundreds of villagers in the northern town of Hajin erupted into the streets, shouting anti-India slogans, while some tried to torch an army-run school. "Curfew is strictly implemented. The area is calm now," police superintendent Bashir Khan told AFP.
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Four killed, one abducted in Balochistan
[Pak Daily Times] QUETTA: At least four people, including three labourers, were killed in Naseerabad and Jaffarabad, while unidentified people kidnapped a government official in Quetta on Monday.

According to police, unidentified gunnies opened fire on a group of labourers in Khan Kot area of Naseerabad, killing three of them. The dear departed were identified as Noor Muhammad, Jabar and Gul Muhammad.

In Jaffarabad, on a tip-off, police recovered a body from Dera Allayar Bypass. He deceased was identified as Abdullah, 27. Police said the dear departed, who belonged to Orangi Town of Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
, was tortured to death. In another incident, gunnies kidnapped a section officer of the Home Department from Sariab Road of Quetta. Police said that Syed Manzoor Shah Bukhari was heading towards Sariab Mill when four gunnies kidnapped him.
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Three ST activists among 4 killed
[Pak Daily Times] KARACHI: At least four people including three activists of Sunni Tehrik
...formed in Karachi in 1992 under by Muhammad Saleem Qadri. It quickly fell to trading fisticuffs and assassinations with the MQM and the Sipah-e-Sahaba, with at least a half dozen of its major leaders rubbed out. Sunni Tehreek arose to become the primary opposition to the Deobandi Binori Mosque, headed by Nizamuddin Shamzai, who was eventually bumped off by person or persons unknown. ST's current leadership has heavily criticized the Deobandi Jihadi leaders, accusing them of being sponsored by Indian Intelligence agencies as well as involvement in terrorist activities...
(ST) were rubbed out in separate incidents of assassination on Monday.

A worker of ST was shod dead at Sector 5-F, New Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
.

Police officials said the victim Junaid Sultan, 22, was standing outside his home, when unidentified armed riders approached him and opened fire. As a result, he was struck down in his prime. The body was shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) for an appointment with Dr. Quincy.

A local leader of ST was bumped off in Block-2, Baldia Town. Police said the victim Farooq, 35, son of Noor Mohammad left to his home for a workplace, where unidentified gunnies riding a cycle of violence intercepted him and opened fire. He was struck down in his prime. Further investigation is underway.

Another activist of ST was rubbed out at Sector 11-F, New Karachi within the remits of New Karachi Police station.

Police officials said person or persons unknown riding a motorbike sprayed bullets on victim Aslam Qadri and escaped. The boy succumbed to his wounds. ST Spokesman said four activist of ST had been rubbed out in separate incidents of assassination in last two days and slammed the law enforcers for not providing their workers protection.

A rickshaw driver was rubbed out near Jona Masjid within the limits of Storied Baghdad
...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate...
i cop shoppe.

Police said unidentified armed motorcyclist intercepted the victim, Zubair, and shot him multiple times, thus killing him on the spot. Police said the victim was a resident of Haji Peer Mohammad Goth and ran a rickshaw. The body was shifted to (CHK) for postmortem.

A body of a man was found near from graveyard, Indus Plaza within the remits of Soharab Goth cop shoppe.

Police said the dear departed was identified as Javed Khan, resident of Machar Colony. They said unidentified culprits kidnapped the victim from somewhere and later dumped his body after shooting him multiple times. Police said that deceased was affiliated with criminals group.

Another body of a man was found at Dee silva Town within the remits of Shahreh-e-Noor Jahan cop shoppe.

Police said unknown culprits kidnapped the victim and later threw his body at the said place after torture. The body was shifted to Civil Hospital, Karachi (CHK), where the dear departed was identified as Imran aka Kawa, resident of Qasba colony.

Similarly, a bullet-riddled, tortured mark body of a man was found near from Dua Hotel within the remits of Kalri cop shoppe.

Police said unidentified culprits kidnapped him from somewhere and later threw his body after torture and shooting him multiple times. The body was shifted to the CHK for an appointment with Dr. Quincy. Deceased was later identified as Imran, resident of Qasba Colony.
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Iraq
Iraq Bombings against Shiites Kill Eight
[An Nahar] Two bombings, one a suicide kaboom, in Shiite Mohammedan areas of confessionally mixed Diyala province, north of Storied Baghdad
...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate...
, killed eight people and maimed dozens on Monday evening, officials said.

The attacks were the latest in spiraling violence that has coupled with a prolonged political deadlock and months of anti-government protests to spark concern Iraq could see a revival of brutal sectarian war.

In Muqdadiyah, northeast of Storied Baghdad, a jacket wallah set off his explosives-rigged vest in the middle of a funeral for a Shiite man, a police colonel said.

The 10:00 pm (1900 GMT) attack killed at least five people and maimed 15, the officer and a doctor at the local hospital said.

Meanwhile,
...back at the Alamo, Davy was counting their remaining cannon balls and not liking the results...
in the nearby thriving provincial capital Baquba, a bomb went off at a cafe in a predominantly Shiite neighborhood, killing three people and wounding 12.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
DNA Samples Taken from Asir and Shaker Relatives to Identify Charred Bodies
[An Nahar] State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr has asked for the DNA samples of Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir's mother and the brother of singer-turned Salafist Fadel Shaker, the state-run National News Agency reported on Monday.

NNA said the results of the tests will be compared with the DNAs of two burned bodies found by the army after taking control of the complex of al-Asir near the southern city of Sidon following two days of heavy gunbattles last week.

Saqr, who is overseeing the initial investigation carried out by the military intelligence into the fighting in Abra, released nine people who had been locked away
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
at the end of the battles.

Thirty suspects remain in jug, the agency added.

The fighting, which was sparked last Sunday when Asir's supporters opened fire on an army checkpoint, left around 18 soldiers and more than 20 gunnies dead.

The gunbattles concentrated in the area of Bilal Bin Rabah Mosque and nearby buildings.

Al-Asir, a 45-year-old holy man who supports the overwhelmingly Sunni rebels fighting to topple Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
The Scourge of Hama...
, is no where to be found along with Shaker, a onetime prominent singer-turned Salafist.

Asir teamed up with him when around two years ago he began agitating for Hizbullah to disarm.
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Report: Jordan Air Force Captain Joins Syria Jihadists
[An Nahar] A Jordanian air force captain has allegedly "deserted" and joined Syria's jihadist Al-Nusra Front to fight against Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad's
Light of the Alawites...
forces, a member of his family and a Salafist leader said on Monday.

"Ahmad Atallah Shbeib al-Majali, born in 1984, took a leave from his job last Wednesday and traveled to Turkey on Friday and from there he went to Syria to join the rebels," the family member told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The relative added that Majali was promoted just two weeks ago.

The Jordan Armed Forces refused to comment, while there was no immediate reaction available from the government.

A Salafist leader confirmed Majali's defection and that he has joined Al-Nusra, which seeks to establish an Islamic state in Syria.

"The captain from the southern city of Karak has been in touch with members of Nusra and has decided to join them. There are eight people fighting with Nusra from his area," he told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Al-Nusra Front is among the most prominent groups fighting against Assad's forces in the Syrian conflict

Another source told AFP that Majali was not a pilot.

"He has deserted and could face the death penalty if convicted of desertion," the source added without elaborating.
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Army Deploys to Contain Tripoli Unrest
[An Nahar] Unrest erupted Monday afternoon in the northern city of Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which 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...
as a man was locked away
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
for interrogation after he appeared alongside singer-turned-Islamist Death Eater Fadel Shaker in a video circulated in the wake of the Abra battle.

"A hand grenade was hurled near Tripoli's Serail as gunnies appeared on the city's streets and blocked roads in al-Nour Square and al-Beddawi," MTV reported.

LBCI television said gunnies were roaming the city's streets on cycle of violences while firing their guns in the air.

A percussion bomb was hurled at al-Nour Square as businesses closed in the area, state-run National News Agency reported.

"Clashes erupted between the army and gunnies at al-Salam roundabout in Tripoli," LBCI said.

Later on Monday, Voice of Leb radio (93.3) said "more gunnies" arrived at al-Nour Square and "some of them tried to provoke security forces by firing an RPG over the serail."

"Unknown individuals are hurling hand grenades in Tripoli's Abi Samra, al-Mitain, al-Zahriyeh and Dam wal Farz," it added.

Al-Jadeed said gunfire was heard in the vicinity of the Rashid Karami International Fair Complex.

"An army post tasked with preserving security near the Syrian Social National Party's office in Tripoli has come under gunfire and the army sent reinforcements to the area," Voice of Leb said.

Army units started deploying across the city later on Monday in a bid to contain the unrest.

"The Lebanese army has deployed along the road linking Nini Hospital to the Abdul Hamid Karami Square," al-Jadeed said.

Voice of Leb said the army "stormed al-Nour Square and fired a flare bomb in the location, which prompted protesters to leave the square after army troops and vehicles deployed in it."

"The army has seized full control of the al-Behsas, al-Jemmayzet and al-Nour Square areas and the commando and airborne regiments have arrived on the scene to settle things decisively," military sources told LBCI.

"The army reopened roads in al-Behsas and the Abdul Hamid Karami roundabout and gunnies have retreated to the city's internal alleyways," state-run National News Agency reported.

Earlier on Monday, LBCI said "a threat has been issued that all roads in Tripoli would be blocked in case the army did not release Ghali Haddara, who was arrested by intelligence agents in Tabarja after appearing in a recent video with Fadel Shaker."

For its part, Voice of Leb radio (93.3) said gunfire erupted at Souk al-Qameh in protest at the arrest of Ghali Haddara in al-Qobbeh.

Shaker is now on the run with fellow runaway holy man Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir.

The pair are now being sought in a nationwide manhunt after festivities between Asir and his Salafist supporters and the military in the southern city of Sidon that left 18 soldiers and at least 20 gunnies dead.
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#1  Guess the Arab Spring Obama helped impose on the peoples of Tunisa and Egypt was not well liked by their citizens.
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