The government says 14 Afghan soldiers and 64 Taleban militants have been killed in fighting and roadside bombings across the country in the past 24 hours. The Ministry of Defense said on Sunday the casualties include 10 Taleban fighters killed in a single operation in Wardak province, west of Kabul. Three soldiers were killed in Wardak by artillery fire and roadside bombs.
Seven more soldiers were killed in Helmand province by roadside bombs, and four others were killed in other attacks across the country.
The Defense Ministry said 27 Taleban were killed, while the Interior Ministry reported 37 killed but no police casualties.
The Afghan army and police, which took over security operations from NATO-led coalition forces this year, have lost 927 troops through June, according to an Associated Press count.
CAIRO -- At least 51 people were killed and 435 injured in clashes early Monday near the Republican Guard headquarters in the Egyptian capital, the Ministry of Health said.
By Middle East standards this isn't even a speed bump...
Supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi had been holding a mostly peaceful sit-in near the compound.
Reuters cited the Egyptian military as saying "a terrorist group" had tried to storm the building early Monday. A Ministry of Defense official said that 200 people were arrested after protesters attacked the site around 4 a.m. local time (10 p.m. ET on Sunday). Some were armed with guns, Molotov cocktails and knives, according to the official. One officer was killed and six troops wounded, the military said.
However, Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and its allies accused security forces of attacking protesters. NBC News was not immediately able to reconcile the differing accounts.
At a news conference, Colonel Ahmad Mohammad Ali, a spokesman for the Egyptian military, blamed the protesters, saying they had attacked police who were "securing the area."
"They were on top of buildings...they either fired or threw things down," the spokesman said, adding that there had been 42 soldiers injured, eight of whom were in a critical condition.
"They were firing live ammunition and the military had to defend itself," the spokesman said.
A statement by the Brotherhood-linked Freedom and Justice Party said more than 53 had been killed and 1,000 injured.
"Early on Monday, supporters of the legitimate elected President Mohammed Morsi performing the mostly peaceful dawn prayer outside the Republican Guard headquarters were massacred with heavy gunfire, live bullets, birdshot and tear gas," the party said in a statement on its website.
Islamist group claims it was fired upon while staging sit-in outside the military facility where toppled President Morsi is being held; Egyptian military says "terrorist group" tried to storm Republican Guard facility.
* GLOBAL TIMES.CN > KILLING OF MORSI SUPPORTERS TRIGGERS CALLS FOR ISLAMIST UPRISING [ + International = Foreign intervention] AGZ COUP.
* RELATED ...
> SAME = OP-ED: TURMOIL IN EGYPT SHOWS COLLAPSE OF US MID-EAT POLICY.
> FARS NEWS AGENCY [FNA] = EGYPT'S MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD PARTY CALLS FOR UPRISING AGZ COUP.
Collectively, I'm sure "post-US", "strategic access" = anti Pro-US "First Island Chain" CHINA over in the East China Sea + South China Sea is watching the USA's = POTUS Bammer's mighty response to same, iff any.
* CHINESE MILITARY FORUM > WELL-DONE, MEDIUM, OR RARE? SALAFIST CANNIBALISM EXPLAINED | [Video]EGYPT SALAFIST UNIVERSITY: ITS OKAY [for Muslims] TO KILL [ + Eat] UNBELIEVERS, ADULTERERS, + ENEMY FIGHTERS.
[An Nahar] Opponents of Egypt's deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi packed Tahrir Square in their tens of thousands on Sunday to show the world his ouster was not a military coup but the reflection of the people's will.
Staged as a counter-demonstration two days after Islamist rallies went kaboom! into deadly violence, the protest raised the stakes as the country's interim leaders struggled to put together a new government.
As the crowds grew, wave after wave of military aircraft skimmed over the capital, with one formation leaving behind long trails of smoke in black, white and red -- the colors of the Egyptian flag.
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[Ynet] As situation in Sinai deteriorates, Islamists attack military checkpoints. Islamist group issues statement saying 'current events ravaging the country' affecting Sinai
Armed men launched a series of attacks on Sunday on security checkpoints in the North Sinai towns of Sheikh Zuweid and El Arish close to the Egyptian border with Israel and the Gazoo Strip, and one soldier was killed.
Gunmen in pickup trucks exchanged gunfire with soldiers and police in Sheikh Zuweid in the early hours of the morning, but there were no casualties, security sources said.
In two separate attacks by armed assailants on Sunday evening in El Arish, one soldier was killed and a police officer maimed, security sources added.
Hardline Islamists have launched sporadic attacks in North Sinai since the ouster of longtime President Hosni Mubarak ...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011... in 2011 created a security vacuum in the region.
On Sunday, the Salafi Jihadi group, one of the biggest Sinai-based Islamist bully boy groups, issued a statement on a jihadist website saying that "current events ravaging the country" were affecting Sinai.
It also threatened attacks on the "repressive practices" of the police and military forces on people in Sinai.
The group has issued statements threatening attacks on Israel previously, but this was the first known direct threat they have issued against Egyptian security forces.
A policeman died and two others were injured in a bomb blast in Sitra on Saturday evening. Public Security Chief General Tariq Hasan early on Sunday morning issued a statement confirming the death of on-duty officer Yasser Dhaib. He said that the explosion was caused by a homemade bomb.
Giving details of the terror attack, the chief said the police had confronted a group of individuals who were targeting the Sitra Police Station. As the officers moved in to secure the area, the attackers detonated a homemade bomb in a terror act that led to the death of Yasser Dhaib. The explosion also injured two other police personnel who were rushed to the hospital for treatment.
The chief said police later secured the area and began examining the blast site. An investigation was launched to identify and apprehend those responsible for the attack.
Meanwhile, violence and attacks against policemen continued on Saturday with an attack in Janabiya where three policemen were injured and their police patrol vehicle was gutted, the Interior Ministry announced through its Twitter account.
Two suspected terrorists militants were killed in Buinaksk, a city in the Russian republic of Dagestan.
A spokesman for the republic┬'s interior ministry said, ┬"On Saturday night, traffic police officers stopped a car with two men for an identity check. The men opened fire and fled. They were blocked and killed some 1.5 hours later."
According to a preliminary investigation, the men were identified as active members of a local terrorist militant group. Police seized two Kalashnikov assault rifles from them.
[Dawn] In a sign of resurgence of violence in old city areas after a lull followed by a high-level meeting presided over by President Asif Ali Ten Percent Zardari ... husband of the late Benazir Bhutto, who has been singularly lacking in curiosity about who done her in ... on law and order in the city on Saturday, three young men were rubbed out in Lyari's Kalri and Storied Baghdad ...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate... i localities on Sunday evening, according to police officials.
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[Dawn] LAKKI MARWAT, July 7: Police claimed here on Sunday to have tossed in the calaboose Please don't kill me! five forces of Evil during a search operation in the district.**
An official said that the operation was launched after they got information that forces of Evil had entered the district to carry out subversive acts. He said that the forces of Evil were arrested in Nawazikhel, Malakhel, Sherikhel, Ghazikhel, Tabbi Murad and Wazir Kallay localities of Darra Pezu.
The official said that police, backed by commodes of elite force and anti-terrorism squad and armoured personnel carriers, took part in the operation.
Meanwhile, ...back at the dirigible, the pilot and the copilot had both hit the silk. Jack! Cynthia exclaimed. Do you know how top drive one of these things?
Jack wiped some of the blood from his knuckles. No, he said. Do you?... 48 coppers including sub-inspectors, assistant sub-inspectors and station house officers were transferred in the district.
[Dawn] A 'commander' of the Haqqani network and an Al Qaeda operative were among the 17 people killed in drone strike in North Wazoo earlier this week, according to official sources.
They said those killed in the strike in Serai Darpakhel area near Miranshah ... headquarters of al-Qaeda in Pakistain and likely location of Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Haqqani network has established a ministate in centered on the town with courts, tax offices and lots of madrassas... Bazaar included Mullah Akhtar Zadran, a 'commander' of the Haqqani network, and Abu Saif Al-Jazeri, an operative of Al Qaeda.
Also killed in the strike are said to be two Punjabi Death Eater 'commanders' -- Rana Ashraf and Naveed Butt. The other 13 victims were 'foot soldiers', the sources said.
However, if you can't say something nice about a person some juicy gossip will go well... there was no independent confirmation of the claim.
[Dawn] A former assistant director of Intelligence Bureau (IB), Mujahid Khan was bumped off by unknown myrmidons in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar ...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire. on Sunday night, DawnNews reported. If I was a Moslem, I think I'd do my head bonking indoors, preferably at home. They'd have to get me with a sniper.
According to police, Khan was attacked in Peshawar's Sheikhabad neighbourhood when he was returning home after offering evening prayers at a local mosque. He sustained serious bullet wounds in the attack.
Later, the former spymaster succumbed to his wounds at Lady Reading Hospital in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa ... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central... capital.
The motive behind the killing is not ascertained as yet, however, Police have launched an investigation into the incident.
At least five people were killed and 50 others, including women, were injured when an explosion occurred at an eatery situated in Old Anarkali┬'s food street area of Lahore on Saturday, media reported. Police identified two of the dead as a six-year-old girl Sadia and a 20-year-old boy Fahad Tasleem, DawnNews reported. The condition of eight injured persons is said to be critical.
The Punjab capital had so far remained immune to the wave of bombings that has terrorised the three other provincial headquarters over the past four years. Television channels quoted the provincial police chief as having told his force to be on alert as ┬"more acts of terror┬" could follow ┬"within 72 hours┬".
Preliminary police inquiries suggested that a time device had been placed between chairs near Bokhara Restaurant. It created a one-foot deep crater when it exploded.
Witnesses and police said the street was almost packed to capacity when the device went off. The diners started crying and running here and there in utter confusion.
The blast was so intense that it damaged some cars and motorcycles parked on nearby roads and also an electricity transformer. Some shops were also damaged.
It left tables, chairs and other articles of furniture scattered all over the place. Shopkeepers closed their shops soon after the blast. Policemen and officials of other law enforcement agencies in large numbers cordoned off the place and both ends of the food street. Footages from CCTVs installed at some shops were obtained by police to identify the culprits.
The blast occurred in a high security zone which is home to government offices, including the Central Police Office. An extensive search operation was conducted in the area a few days ago.
Summary of IT's extensive timeline, updating yesterday's report:
[IndiaToday] Sunday morning there were serial explosions inside and outside the Mahabodhi temple in Bihar -- four inside the temple complex and four outside between 5:30 and 5:58 a.m. Two monks were injured, one a national of Myanmar, the other of Tibet. Three other bombs were defused, one near a large statue, the other at the bus stand, the third in the afternoon at a nearby hotel.
An alert has been sounded on the border between India and Nepal.
Police are probing links of a man held in Kolkota after being arrested Saturday with explosives to the banned terrorist outfit Indian Mujahideen. The IM is suspected of involvement in the Bodh Gaya bomb blasts, officials said. "Anwar Hussain Mullick, 42, was arrested from a bus stop in the heart of the city late on Saturday evening with explosives and fake Indian currency notes," a senior official of the Special Task Force said here Sunday.
Sketches of two additional suspects believed to be behind the blasts were released by police late Sunday evening.
A village defense volunteer was gunned down in an attack in a rubber plantation in Pattani province on Sunday morning. The attack occurred on a road inside a rubber plantation near Ban Khlong Chang.
As Somchai Chainui was returning home from the plantation, he was attacked by four men who followed him on two motorcycles with pistols. Somchai was shot more than 10 times and was killed instantly. The attackers took Somchai's 9mm pistol before fleeing.
[An Nahar] Five Philippine soldiers and three rogue Moslem rebels have been killed in festivities ahead of the resumption of peace talks aimed at ending a decades-old rebellion, the military said Sunday.
The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, a splinter guerrilla group, ambushed an army truck and attacked an army camp on Saturday, said regional military front man Major-General Romeo Gapuz.
The fighting occurred two days before the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the country's largest Moslem guerrilla force, were to resume talks in neighboring Malaysia on Monday.
"The BIFF is hell-bent on derailing the (Philippines-MILF) peace talks by launching simultaneous attacks against civilian and military installations," Gapuz said in a written statement.
The BIFF set off a roadside kaboom as a military truck drove past in the mainly rural Datu Piang municipality, killing three soldiers, officials said.
A Philippine Army unit based nearby killed three of the rebels in a subsequent firefight, they added.
BIFF forces simultaneously attacked an army detachment in another section of the town, killing two other soldiers, a military report said.
BIFF front man Abu Misry confirmed that his group was behind Saturday's attacks.
"We will continue our guerilla offensives against the military until they leave Maguindanao," Misry told Catholic-run local radio station DXMS in a telephone interview, referring to a Mindanao province where his group operates.
The group is led by Ameril Umbrakato, a former senior MILF official who was expelled in 2011.
His renegade group has been blamed for a series of raids across Mindanao in 2008 that left nearly 400 people dead and displaced hundreds of thousands.
[An Nahar] Two roadside kabooms went kaboom! at the entrance of the northeastern town of Hermel on Sunday, injuring three people, including two soldiers, the army and the state-run National News Agency said.
They said that the first bomb targeted a Honda CRV, damaging the vehicle and injuring its driver Iman Nasereddine, who hails from the town of al-Ain.
She was taken to Hermel state hospital.
The second bomb went off when an army patrol was inspecting the site of the first kaboom. The blast injured an officer and a soldier and caused damages to the vehicle, the army communique and NNA added.
Media reports later said that the military found the remote control device used to set the blasts.
Security sources said that the incident was linked to the conflict in neighboring Syria.
[An Nahar] A shooting broke out on Sunday near the residence of caretaker Agriculture Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan in Baalbek reportedly over family disputes that the Hizbullah minister has nothing to do with.
"A dispute between the head of al-Khodor Municipality and members of the Hajj Hasan family erupted into gunfire on the public road in the Baalbek area of Hawsh al-Nabi, where the residence of Agriculture Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan is located," MTV said.
"The house was hit by two gunshots," the TV network added.
Meanwhile, ...back at the argument, Livia had made her point with her knee to Jane's stomach... LBCI television said "unknown gunnies opened fire near Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan's residence in Baalbek's Hawsh al-Nabi over family disputes."
But Hajj Hasan himself denied to OTV that his Baalbek residence had come under gunfire.
Later on Sunday, Hizbullah issued a statement saying "reports of unknown gunnies opening fire on the residence of the agriculture minister are totally baseless," urging media outlets to "seek accuracy before publishing such news."
Intense fighting in the central Syrian city of Homs has left 60 to 70 percent of a besieged rebel-held district damaged, destroyed or uninhabitable, a monitoring group said on Sunday. The estimate from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights came nine days into an all-out army assault on the rebel-held Khaldiyeh and Old City neighbourhoods, which have been under siege for more than a year.
On Sunday, regime forces subjected insurgent areas of the city to fierce shelling, said the Observatory.
'Sixty to 70 percent of buildings in Khaldiyeh are either totally destroyed, partially destroyed, or unsuitable for habitation,' Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.
'Of all Syria's cities, Homs has suffered the highest levels of destruction... Images of Homs make it look like a world war has hit the city. Much of it has been flattened,' he added.
Amateur video posted online by activists on Sunday showed flames and thick black smoke rising from several empty burnt-out buildings already riddled with holes. Some structures shown in the video are barely standing.
'Even if the regime takes the neighbourhoods back, there's barely a house left standing to return to,' said Abdel Rahman.
'It would even be dangerous to return. People from Homs are constantly under regime surveillance wherever they are in Syria, because their city has served as a rebel bastion since early in the revolt' against President Bashar Al Assad.
On Sunday, government troops used mortars, rocket fire and heavy artillery to target rebel areas in the city, the Britain-based Observatory said. On the edges of Khaldiyeh, fresh clashes broke out between rebels and troops and pro-regime militiamen, it added.
According to the United Nations, some 2,500 to 4,000 people are trapped in the besieged areas.
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