An explosion targeted a security forces bus in Damascus on Sunday and injured several people, according to activists.
Residents reported hearing a powerful blast, followed by the ambulance sirens rushing toward Damascus's southern ring road near the neighborhood of Midan. Some activists have said more than one member of the security forces was killed in the attack, but others said there were no dead, only injured.
They said the explosion appeared to have been caused by an improvised explosive device that had been stuck onto the bus.
Saudi security forces shot and killed a man who was among a group that opened fire and hurled a fire-bomb at a cop shoppe in the oil-rich Eastern province, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said on Saturday.
The agency also quoted an Interior Ministry front man as saying that four members of the security forces were maimed in a separate attack by masked gunnies on motor-bikes who fired at two patrols in the village of Sehat, also in Eastern Province, early on Saturday.
Two men were killed on Sunday in Eastern Province, where most of the country's Shi'ite Moslem minority lives, during protests after the arrest of a prominent Shi'ite holy man. The Interior Ministry blamed the killings on criminals but Shi'ite activists said snipers shot them.
Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in their national face... , the world's No. 1 oil exporter and a key US ally, is sensitive to any unrest in the province in case it is fomented by non-Arab Shi'ite power Iran to destabilize the Gulf region. Tehran denies any involvement.
As many as 11 women have been executed by the Taliban in the Shinwari district of northern Parwan province since the start of the year, provincial Women Affairs director Shah Jan Yazdan Parast said Saturday.
As scores of women marched against violence in the scenic provincial capital Charikar on Saturday, Yazdan Parast pointed out that the amateur video of a woman being shot to death in Parwan about a fortnight ago was not an isolated incident with at least 11 others similarly executed this year.
"Since the start of this year, we've recorded more than 70 cases of violence against women, including eleven women being executed by gunnies in the Hiro valley of Shinwari district," Yazdan Parast said. "The media only released the execution of one woman."
Women residents of Parwan marched with banners to protest violence against women, highlighted by the recent public shooting of the 22-year-old known as Najiba, accused of adultery by a Taliban drumhead court in the Shinwari district. She was executed immediately following the verdict.
The execution received global attention and widespread condemnation after the amateur video was released to the media, but the women said more needed to be done.
Protesters called for Afghan security force to launch more operations in the areas controlled by the Taliban in order to enforce government laws and protect the people, particularly the women, in those areas.
"We are protesting the killing of women by unknown gunnies - most of the women in the areas under the control of Taliban are facing violence. We urge the government and the civil society activists to prevent violence and call on security force to clear those areas from Taliban control," head of Parwan civil society network Katol Faqir Zada said at the protest.
A policewomen who was among the protesters blamed the officials responsible in the areas for not taking violence against women seriously.
"We protest because women are facing violence," she said. "Those who commit this violence should be tossed in the calaboose Book 'im, Mahmoud! and prosecuted. None of the responsible organs have respected women rights so far."
And the cushy all-liberal American women's band played on.
Posted by: Jack Salami ||
National Organization of Women denunciation of Taliban violence against women in....10...9...8...I don't think they will.
Seems the libs are so tied to their anti-Christianity paradigm they cannot bring themselves to criticize the "religion of peace" since it is to them the anti-Christianity.
I don't know what will shake the libs from this paradigm of theirs, I guess they really believe in the "State as Religion" themes that Lenin and Trotsky espoused in the 1920's. Very sad they march to a discredited and defunct ideal and they control the mass media and higher education.
Posted by: Bill Clinton ||
#2 National Organization of Women denunciation of Taliban violence against women in....10...9...8...I don't think they will.
Well, quite honestly, I don't every recall them being.... pro-life.
Iranian Khaki to stand trial for allegedly trying to buy 20 tons of special steel for nuclear centrifuges; Chinaman Zongcheng Yi still on the run
More details at link.
The two men have been charged with trying to illegally export nuclear-related material to Iran that could be used in gas centrifuges to enrich uranium, the US Justice Department announced Friday.
A grand jury indictment in the case also charged one of the men with conspiring to procure radioactive material from the United States for customers in Iran.
Parviz Khaki, a citizen of Iran, was tossed in the calaboose Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please! in May by authorities in the Philippines on a US provisional arrest request. The other man, Zongcheng Yi, a resident of China, is a runaway
The indictment alleges that the efforts of the defendants actually did result in the illegal export of lathes and nickel alloy 120 wire from the US through China to Iran. In February 2009, Khaki asked Yi to contact a US company about procuring two Twister Speed Lathes. Yi allegedly purchased these items and arranged for them to be shipped from the US to Hong Kong and ultimately to Iran in June 2009. At Khaki's request, an unnamed conspirator sent a US company an order for nickel alloy, falsely stating that a company in China was the buyer. The US company shipped the nickel alloy to Yi in Hong Kong, who shipped it on to Iran.
Khaki and Yi are each charged with one count of conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act by conspiring with others to export US goods to Iran without a required US Treasury Department license. Both are also charged with one count of conspiring to defraud the US, two counts of smuggling, two counts of illegally exporting US goods to Iran in violation of IEEPA and one count of conspiracy to engage in money laundering.
Both defendants face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for conspiring to violate IEEPA; five years for conspiring to defraud the US, 10 years for each smuggling count, 20 years in prison for each IEEPA count and 20 years in prison for conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Shiite terror group claims to have exposed spy ring in Beirut; says operatives were on Israel, CIA's payroll
May God watch over their families and keep them safe, and grant the souls of the accused safe haven.
Hezbollah announced that it has set to sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock, in a pestilential prison with a life-long lock Drop the rosco and step away witcher hands up! three people it believes were running a spy ring on behalf of the United States and Israel, the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya news network reportedTuesday.
The suspects, identified as Mohammed al-Husseini, Jihad Jaloul and Mohammed al-Sabaa, were apprehended in a southern Beirut suburb, the report said.
A report by the Lebanese daily An-Nahar added that the men "were not members of Hezbollah but had good relations with people in the group."
The three "double agents" had reportedly infiltrated Hezbollah's ranks some time ago and sources within the Shiite group said that they provided both the CIA and the Mossad with "valuable information."
An unnamed Hezbollah source told the news agency that the three had received large amounts of money for their espionage work.
Hezbollah considers al-Husseini the most dangerous among the spies, the report said, as he was tasked with shadowing Hasan Izz-Al-Din, a high-profile Lebanese terrorist wanted by the US in connection to the hijacking of a TWA flight 847 in 1985.
The Lebanese newspaper al-Mustaqbal ... the Future Movement, political party led by Saad Hariri... hedged that Jaloul and al-Sabaa fled Leb in May were either in Africa or Israel.
Disgusted by the ongoing peace talks, the head of the biggest Muslim terrorist insurgent group in the Philippines threatened today to continue with its armed struggle as they can no longer make the people wait for endless negotiations with the government.
In a statement, Ibrahim Murad, chief of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), said,
Warning: Awkward translations ahead.
"We are negotiating with the Philippine Government not for the interest of our organization but for the entire Bangsamoro people. We cannot hold any longer our people to wait an endless talk with the government.
"Everything has an ending. The negotiation has been prolonged to 40 years accounting it from 1975 from the Moro National Liberation Front until now but the problem has not been addressed. If political struggle is exhausted, arm struggle may have been the other way."
The rebel leader said they have already made many compromises. He said, "We hope President Aquino shall fulfill his commitment to conclude the peace negotiation in the tenure of his administration as only 3 years more for him to do it."
Chief government negotiator Dean Marvic Leonen also reiterated the need for urgency to sign a peace pact. He said, "Our final agreement should be simple but meaningful and it should be signed within this year so that there is an opportunity to implement and assess and learn some more."
There are several countries around the world that are trying to deal with the political headache of accommodating a Muslim region within a larger framework of different groups/tribes. Examples include the Philippines & Nigeria. It's pretty near impossible to meet the demands of the hardline Islamics when they essentially want their own autonomous region governed by Sharia law. That demand boils down to a declaration of independence - of sorts.
The Moros have a long history of jungle & ocean warfare - they were fierce fighters and pirates in the times that the Spaniards occupied the Philippines. They will not "go quietly into the night".
Personally, I'm more curious about how the NPA = Commie Party of the Philippines feel about this + Panataq Shoal dispute wid Beijing.
By most accounts regional Jihadis Groups are still funneling $$$, arms, + fighters into the Southern PHIL + elsewhere in SE Asia. IN addition, AFAIK Turkey + Pakistan + Iran are negotiating wid Rising China for Basing, MWR rights vee Hainan island. Lastly, INDIAN MUSLIM ACTIVIST GROUPS ARE WARNING THAT A VIOLENT EXPLOSION/BACKLASH MAY OCCUR AGZ NEW DELHI IFF IT KEEPS REJECTING OR FAILING TO MAKE SUCH REFORMS WHEREBY MINORITY INDIAN MUSLIM SOCIAL, ECON RIGHTS ETC. ARE PAR WID THE MAJORITY HINDUS.
* CHINESE MILITARY FORUM > [Twitter] UNDER DIPLOMATIC STRAIN, JAPAN RECALLS ENVOY IN ITS DISPUTE WID CHINA OVER ISLANDS [Senkakus], + WW2 sex slavery.
* SAME > 30 CHINESE FISHING BOATS ARRIVED IN SPRATLYS.
OOOOOOOOO, you just feel the Fishing Ban, can't ye???
* SAME > TAIWAN MULLS EXTENDING RUNWAY IN SPRATLYS, at Taiping Island.
Great for mainland China iff-n-when it finally formally does RE-UNIFY wid Taiwan - until then, ITS A MIGHTY BIG "???" THERE, LOU!
* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > MANILA SLAMS ASEAN FAILURE TO ISSUE STATEMENT ON SOUTH CHINA SEA.
* SAME > [Korea Herald] CHINA'S STRATEGY PUTS US IN DILEMMA ON KOREAN PENINSULA.
ARTIC = in time of near or de facto state collapse, or military crisis, Beijing may send select PLA units for rapid deployment to Pyongyang + near the inter-Korean DMZ to deter the US-ROK, etal. from crossing the 38th parallel.
IOW, iff one doesn't believe right now that China does NOT control the DPRK, in part or in subjective whole, ONE BETTER BELIEVE CHINA WILL IFF NORTH KOREA COLLAPSES OR CHINA'S INTERESTS ARE DIRECTLY THREATENED.
SUB-IOW, CHINA WON'T HESITATE OR DEBATE THE ISSUE, + ITS PLA WILL ARRIVE AT THE DMZ FASTER THAN THE US-ROK REINFORCEMENTS WILL.
GOOD OR BAD, IIUC KOREAN PEOPLE END UP THE LOSERS, ESPEC PER THE DPRK - the ROK will be the only remainder of ancient Korye = Gogyruro, etc.???
A series of bomb attacks on Friday night which wounded three people and put all ATMs in Yala's Bannang Sata district offline. It was not possible for people to withdraw money from ATMs in Bannang Sata on Saturday, forcing customers to use bank tellers.
Police were alerted to four coordinated ATM bombings at about 8:30 p.m. Friday night. A grenade attack and another bomb blast elsewhere followed.
Muhammad Zuwae, who was riding a motorcycle past an Islamic Bank of Thailand ATM when one of the bombs went off, was wounded and taken to a nearby hospital. Bombs were set off at three other ATM locations in the district at the same time. No one was hurt in these blasts.
Soon afterwards, three M79 grenades were fired at a group of police welfare houses behind Bannang Sata district police station, slightly injuring Pornpitak Thaipan, a military ranger volunteer who lived in one of the homes. It is believed that the attackers had intended to hit the police station itself, but had missed their target.
A fifth bomb was detonated inside a trash bin in front of a government office, injuring a policeman who was working to control traffic near the attacked ATMs.
A police investigation revealed at least 10 terrorist insurgent suspects were involved in the attacks. Half of them carried out the bombings and the other half were involved in the grenade attack on the police station.
The attackers are thought to be members of an terrorist insurgent group led by Mukta Alimamae. He succeeded Ma-ae Apibalbae who was killed last year in a battle with security forces in Yala's Than To district.
The ATM attackers appeared to know the range of the security cameras as they avoided being clearly filmed while carrying out the attacks. About five people were filmed by a security camera at one ATM briefly before a bomb went off there. Only a blurred image of their heads was captured however.
In neighboring Pattani province, military ranger volunteer Ezun Duengpano was killed in a drive-by shooting around midday yesterday. He was riding a motorcycle home when two attackers approached on a motorcycle. One of them shot him repeatedly with a handgun.
Security officials in both Pattani and Narathiwat are increasing security measures ahead of Ramadan which will start later this month. Intelligence reports suggested terrorists insurgents are plotting more attacks during that period.
A paramilitary ranger was killed in a drive-by shooting in Pattani's Saiburi district late Saturday morning. The victim was identified as Ranger Esun Dingpanoh of Paramilitary Ranger Company 44 in Pattani.
The victim was driving his motorcycle on a local road when a gunman riding pillion on another motorcycle opened fire on him with a .38 mm pistol. The attackers then fled. Esun was hit in the head and torso and died on the spot.
[An Nahar] Russian forces have killed six gun-hung tough guys in a clash in the troubled Caucasus region of Dagestan ...a normally inoffensive Caucasus republic currently bedevilled by low-level Islamic insurgency, occasional outbreaks of separatism, ethnic tensions and terrorism, primarily due to its proximity to Chechnya. There are several dozen ethnic groups, most of which speak either Caucasian, Turkic, or Iranian languages. Largest among these ethnic groups are the Avar, Dargin, Kumyk, Lezgin, and Laks. While Russers form less than five percent of the population, Russian remains the primary official language and the lingua franca.. that also claimed the life of a member of the security forces, a report said Saturday.
The festivities overnight started on a main road south of Dagestan's main city of Makhachkala and then continued in the surrounding forests and vineyards as the security forces gave chase to the orcs.
"As of now, the bodies of six gun-hung tough guys have been found. The operation is continuing," a security source told the Interfax news agency.
The source said that one member of the security services was killed and three others were maimed.
The Islamist-tinted insurgency the Kremlin has fought in the northern Caucasus in the last years has become increasingly focused on Dagestan, a mainly Mohammedan region on the Caspian Sea inhabited by a patchwork of ethnic groups.
[An Nahar] Gunmen killed nine people, including seven members of the security forces, on Saturday in separate attacks on checkpoints in north Iraq, security and medical officials said.
In the deadliest shooting, five members of the security forces died when gunnies opened fire on a checkpoint in the Turkmen town of Rashidiyah, northeast of the main northern city of djinn-infested Mosul, an army captain said, speaking on condition of anonymity ... for fear of being murdered... Two other security personnel were maimed, the officer said, without specifying how many of the dead were soldiers and coppers. Doctor Omar Danoon at djinn-infested Mosul hospital confirmed the toll.
Iraq's Turkish-speaking Turkmen community includes about 500,000 people living mostly in djinn-infested Mosul, Kirkuk and Tal Afar. They have been the target of a number of deadly attacks, blamed by local authorities on al-Qaeda.
South of djinn-infested Mosul, meanwhile, four people were killed -- two coppers and two civilians -- when gunnies fired at a checkpoint in the village of Hammam al-Alil, provincial police Major General Mohammed al-Juburi said.
[An Nahar] A Lebanese woman in Quebec, who has been accused of supplying weapons parts to Leb, is now facing a terrorism charge, the national news agency, The Canadian Press, said.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said Friday the charge follows an investigation that alleges Mouna Diab committed offences for the benefit of a contact linked to Hizbullah which is considered a terrorist organization in Canada.
Diab 26, was jugged Drop the rosco and step away witcher hands up! in May last year at Montreal's international airport for allegedly trying to smuggle parts for an AR-15 rifle in her suitcase and was later charged with illegally exporting weapons to Leb.
An in-depth investigation brought about the new charge that carries up to a maximum of life in prison for committing an offence for a terrorist group.
The RCMP said Diab was allegedly shipping parts through other Lebanese community members, although those people were unaware of what they were carrying, said the Canadian Press.
"It is alleged that Diab was acting under the direction of a contact person in Leb who is associated with Hizbullah," the RCMP said in a statement.
[An Nahar] The military examining magistrate issued on Saturday arrest warrants against three army officers, who were released last week, in the case of the killing of Sunni Sheikh Ahmed Abdul Wahed and his lover companion.
Judge Riyad Abu Ghida questioned the three officers and reset to sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock, in a pestilential prison with a life-long lock Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw! them, the National News Agency reported.
The three officers were transferred back to the military police jail.
Ex-Prime Minister Saad Hariri Second son of Rafik Hariri, the Leb PM who was assassinated in 2005. He has was prime minister in his own right from 2009 through early 2011. He was born in Riyadh to an Iraqi mother and graduated from Georgetown University. He managed his father's business interests in Riyadh until his father's liquidation. When his father died he inherited a fortune of some $4.1 billion, which won't do him much good if Hizbullah has him bumped off, too. welcomed the detention of the 3 officers and considered it as a step that fortifies the trust of the victims' families, Akkar residents and all the Lebanese in justice and the army.
"The judiciary and the army are two key institutions in the state and should always be trusted by the Lebanese," he said in a statement issued by his press office.
[Dawn] A 'lost' cell phone of a slain trainee has got prime importance for the joint team of intelligence agencies and the coppers probing Thursday's terrorist attack which claimed lives of nine trainees of the Khyhber Pakhtunkhawa (KP) Prisons Department.
A senior detective who is part of the probe team told Dawn on Friday that the major focus of the Sherlocks was a missing cell phone of a slain trainee.
He said the trainee was talking to someone on the cell phone at the doorstep of the private hostel in Rasool Park, Ichhra, and the hard boyz first attacked him.
Initial investigation revealed that the cell phone was still missing and might have been taken away by the assailants, he said.
"If the cell phone is in the possession of the terrorists, we can reach them by tracing its record", he said adding
that efforts were underway for an access to the cell phone record.
He said that at least eight to 10 hard boyz took part in the deadly operation and all of them were highly trained.
Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Aslam Tareen told Dawn the investigations so far suggested the assailants were still in the placid provincial capital. He said several police teams in collaboration with the officials of the sensitive agencies had launched intensive search operations in various localities of the placid provincial capital.
"During search operations the police have taken into custody some 150 suspects", he said adding that the tossed in the clink Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw! were being questioned.
The CCPO said though the probe team had found no clue to the terrorists, efforts were yet underway to reach them.
He hoped the missing cell phone of a trainee might lead the police to the assailants.
Meanwhile, ...back at the bunker, his Excellency called a hurried meeting of his closest advisors. It was to be his last. They discussed the officers's efficiency rating system... Mr Tareen said security at all the important buildings, sensitive installations and offices of the police and law enforcement agencies had been intensified with the
deployment of additional force.
"Next 24 hours are critical," the Lahore CCPO said.
Meanwhile, ...back at the wrecked scow, a single surviver held tightly to the smashed prow... IG Habibur Rehman said the Joint Investigation Team had been directed to utilise all available resources to track down the terrorists.
Addressing a meeting held at the office of the district police officer, Gujrat, on Friday, the IG said the investigation team had also been directed to step up investigation into the terror attack by keeping in view similar terror attacks at Babu Sabu interchange and an army base in Gujrat.
Gujranwala Regional Police Officer Capt Amin Vains (retired), CPO Kamran Yousaf and all district coppers of the range attended the meeting.
[An Nahar] Syrian troops and pro-regime militias stormed and torched a southern town on Saturday, reports said, as U.N. observers visited a central village where a mass killing has provoked harsh global condemnation.
Hundreds of soldiers backed by helicopter gunships attacked Khirbet Ghazaleh in the province of Daraa -- the cradle of a 16-month uprising -- amid heavy gunfire, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
An activist on the ground who identified himself as Bayan Ahmed gave a similar account, saying pro-regime militias were setting alight houses in the town.
"The army entered without resistance as the rebel Free Syrian Army left town. The shelling has maimed dozens of people but we don't have medical resources to treat them," he added.
Elsewhere, a pregnant woman was among 72 people killed across the country on Saturday, the Observatory said, a day after 118 people died including dozens of civilians bumped off by troops at anti-regime protests.
It said the toll comprised 34 civilians, including nine women and seven children, 17 rebels and at least 21 soldiers.
An Agence La Belle France Presse journalist said fighting Saturday near the Turkish border between government troops and rebel fighters left at least 10 rebels dead and 15 maimed.
A suicide truck bomb in the central province of Hama has killed three civilians and one security officer, Syria's state news agency reported.
SANA said the attacker, who covered the bomb with onions, detonated the explosives in the town of Muhrada.
The anti-regime Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the bomb targeted the local military security headquarters. Both said the dead included two women and a child.
Bombings of security buildings throughout Syria have grown more common as the uprising against Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad The Scourge of Hama... has become dominated by the rebel insurgency seeking to overthrow his regime.
- Assad will use them in future massacres
- Assad wants to relocate them to an area to where the Alawites could retreat in case of further setbacks
- Assad's forces boobytrap some of them and leave them for the rebels to capture, then boom - lots of dead rebels and no blame
Posted by: lord garth ||
All of the above. Add to it that high ranking army defectors turned rebels, who have been trained in chemical warfare employment, may be quite interested in securing some of the WMD for themselves. In which case Vlads little Spetznaz security force may soon have quite a kak sandwich on their hands.
I agree Raider. I do hope our intelligence community is monitoring all of this very closely. Also in need of monitoring is the recently reported graduation or natural progression from tribal, thug related crime to al Shabab sanctioned terrorism in the region of the Western Cape in South Africa. A natural propression which all comes as no surprise to those watching over the past few years. The nuclear facility at Pelindaba near Pretoria would be a fine catch.
JERUSALEM: Israel was still holding five foreign women activists on Saturday who were arrested in the West Bank after a demonstration a day earlier, a police spokeswoman said.
OMG! They've been held overnight?! The BEASTS!!!!1!!
"Five European activists arrested Friday during a demonstration in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) remain in detention," Luba Samri told AFP.
"The five women are accused of causing disturbances during the event" in the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh, she said, adding they will face a hearing later Saturday in a Jerusalem court for their eventual deportation to Sweden, Italy and Britain.
"Four others, including Israeli nutcase activist Jonathan Pollack, were also apprehended by border guards but later released Friday after a brief interrogation," she said.
At the same time, she denied the arrest of American journalist Ben Ehrenreich of the New York Times magazine. On Friday, an activist group said 12 people were detained by Israeli soldiers during the demonstration, including the five foreigners, Pollack and Ehrenreich.
Since 2009, Nabi Saleh has been the site of weekly demonstrations staged by Palestinian villagers, Israeli and international activists who oppose encroachment by a neighboring Jewish settlement.
The weekly pageantry thus both satisfying the souls of the protesters and accomplishing absolutely nothing at all.
BAMAKO, Mali: Radical Islamists in northern Mali have briefly detained about 90 protesters and whipped them in an apparent attempt to intimidate the locals, a witness said Saturday.
Bet it worked, too...
Resident Hama Cisse of Goundam town, some 100 kilometers (60 miles) west of Timbuktu, said members of the radical sect Ansar Dine went from door to door in the morning to arrest the leaders of a protest against them.
The protest erupted Friday after a young Islamist militant whipped a woman carrying a baby for not wearing what he considered to be an adequate veil, he said. The baby fell and was critically injured, according to Cisse and other residents.
But a spokesman for the Al-Qaeda-linked group that vows to introduce strict laws, Sanda Abou Mohamed, dismissed the protests as a smear campaign, saying the baby had not been injured. He also maintained that the group "hasn't whipped anyone in Goundam."
"Lies! All lies!"
Another resident reached by phone, Ousmane Yattara, said angry citizens marched toward the radicals' base, vandalized the premises and took their food supplies.
If you shoot the radicals you can take their food and prevent them from whipping you in return...
Residents said more than 100 people took part in Friday's protest.
The situation in Goundam remained tense Saturday, with most residents staying in their houses while the radical Islamists have set up checkpoints on all roads leading to and from the town. About two thirds of the population of about 13,000 inhabitants has already fled the city, joining an estimated more than 300,000 people who fled to neighboring countries or southern Mali to seek refuge from the Islamists.
[VOA News] U.N. observers in Syria have visited the central village of Tremseh, where opposition activists say more than 150 people were killed in an attack on Thursday.
U.N. officials say an 11-vehicle team entered the Sunni farming village in Hama province on Saturday to gather information about the incident.
On Friday, U.N. envoy Kofi Annan ...Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh and so far the worst Secretary-General of the UN. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for something or other that probably sounded good at the time. In December 2004, reports surfaced that Kofi's son Kojo received payments from the Swiss company Cotecna, which had won a lucrative contract under the UN Oil-for-Food Program. Kofi Annan called for an investigation to look into the allegations, which stirred up the expected cesspool but couldn't seem to come up with enough evidence to indict Kofi himself, or even Kojo... blamed government forces and armed forces of Evil for what he called "atrocities" in Tremseh. Opposition activists said it was the worst single act of violence since the anti-government uprising began last year.
Syrian state media blamed snuffies for the massacres.
Meanwhile, ...back at the pool hall, Peoria Slim had found another sucker... the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights tells VOA at least 31 people were killed in anti-government related violence across Syria on Saturday. Activists also say Syrian forces pounded the southern town of Khirbet Ghazaleh.
The government attack on the Syrian village of Tremseh mainly targeted the homes of rebels and activists, the UN mission in the country has said.
It said heavy weaponry including artillery and mortars was used.
A UN spokeswoman issued a statement after inspectors visited the scene of Thursday's attack, in which at least 200 people are said to have died.
The BBC's Jim Muir says the initial findings seem to contradict earlier reports of a massacre of civilians.
Instead, the inspectors' preliminary findings are more in line with the government's claims that it was attacking what it calls "nests of terrorists" or rebel hideouts, our correspondent says.--http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-18840535
(Sh. M. Network)-A roadside Bomb tore through a convoy carrying Somali government soldiers in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia on Saturday, killing a civilian and seriously wounding several others, including troops, Witnesses said.
Residents in Mogadishu's Huriwa district who asked not to be named said they could see thick black smoke billowing from the scene of the kaboom, which the security source said was caused by a remote-controlled landmine.
"A Somali government truck was blown up... I do not know if any soldiers were maimed or killed in the attack," a Witness said, adding that a civilian person walking by Bomb site dead.
The aftermath of the kaboom, dozens of heavily armed security forces cordoned off the scene and began searches nearby streets, to hunt down the criminal masterminds, but no arrests over the attack were reported so far, according to locals.
No group has clamed responsibility for the blast.
Insurgents from the turban Islamist movement of Al shabab have increasingly adopted the tactics of Iraqi guerrillas since the interim Somali government and its African Union ...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful... troops allies forced them out of the capital Mogadishu in August, last year after a brief war.
(Sh. M. Network)-Somalia's Islamist cut-throats of Al shabab are reportedly burnt trucks carrying tones of popular narcotic leaves known as Khat in the port town of Kismayo, situated some 500 kilometers(310 mils) south of Mogadishu.
Reports from the rebel-held strategic port town of Kismayo, the quiet provincial capital of Lower Jubbaregion say that the cut-throats set a blaze on the vans ferrying Khat owned by traders who were seeking to bring Khat into the town.
Witnesses said that Al shabab cut-throats have taken all Khat dealers into custody in the city and promised to put them on beturbanned goon-owned courts in the region.
"Drugs are for debilitating the infidels, you fools!"
(Sh.M.Network)- Elite cops are investigating claims that terror group al-Shabaab ... the personification of Somali state failure... is behind the murders of 14 Christians in the Western Cape.
The killings occurred within a 10-month period across the province, from Mossel Bay to Philippi, Macassar and Paarl.
All of the victims were ∆thiopian Christians living here and the murders were initially thought to be random xenophobic attacks on foreigners.
The latest of these is a shop owner who was bumped off in Philippi last Friday.
But police are now investigating new evidence that the killings have been carried out by Somalia-based Al-Shabaab.
It is the first time there has been any suggestion that Al-Shabaab -- which has links to Al-Qaeda -- is operating in South Africa.
Authorities were made aware of the link to the Cape killings when a Christian bishop, also a former police inspector, noticed a distinct pattern in the murders.
The bishop -- who does not want to be identified out of fear that he may be targeted -- has sent three letters to President Jacob Zuma highlighting his concerns.
In one letter -- seen by the Daily Voice -- the bishop states: "Since September, seven of my ∆thiopian Community have been shot, of which two have died and five seriously maimed... these are in fact acts of members of Al-Shabaab.
"Al Qaeda affiliates operating undercover by Somalis pretending to be normal refugees... the motive appears to be to try and drive out ∆thiopian shop owners."
A response from the President Jacob Zuma's office addressed to the bishop advised him to take his findings to the "private secretary to the Minister of Police... the department placed to engage with you".
In an interview with the Daily Voice, the bishop reveals he is currently in close contact with a special task force intelligence officer who has been assigned to the case.
The bishop -- who is the head of a 4 000-strong congregation -- fears more of his flock will be targeted by the terrorists.
"We want authorities to do something because we know this is the work of al-Shabaab," he says.
"If nothing is done, the ∆thiopian population will be depleted.
"The presidency's office said I should apply to the Minister of Police.
"After that a special task force police officer was assigned.
"As a bishop, I feel responsible for my congregation."
The bishop says he dug deeper and discovered hitmen were being hired to carry out the killings.
"A crime has a pattern and when I pieced it together I saw that it was only ∆thiopian Christians being targeted... they are in fact holy deaders who have died because they are Christians," the bishop adds.
"It became more complicated, that local hitmen were being paid, you can pay a hitman R400.
"The immigration authority needs to investigate whether these Somalis are here as refugees or terrorists, al-Shabaab."
The bishop says he held a three-hour meeting with MEC for Community Safety Dan Plato in March where he outlined his disturbing findings.
Plato claimed he could not recall details from the meeting because he is constantly inundated with complaints.
"I meet so many people," Plato says.
But he warned people should be wary about calling attacks on foreigners "xenophobic" when it sometimes is the result of criminal activity or "infighting between foreigners".
Meanwhile, ...back at the buffalo wallow, Tex and his new-found Indian friend were preparing a little surprise for the bandidos... Father Mike Williams of the Anglican Catholic Church also reveals members of his congregation have been targeted by gunnies with connections to Mohammedan beturbanned goons.
"In July, we have lost seven members of our church," he says.
"In Langa, I took police to the scene where [a member] was shot in the leg inside his Spaza shop.
"He was badly injured when these guys stormed inside.
"Another member of our congregation, who is a father, was shot but the bullet only hit (his) shirt. It was a miracle.
"Father Wondimu Shanko of our congregation has since fled out of South Africa because of what is happening.
"We had an incident in 2010 where a man, Abera Feyissa, lost his right leg in an attack. He was lucky to survive."
Al-Shabaab is a terror group that controls most of the Southern and Central parts of Somalia, where it has imposed its own strict version of Islamic law.
But the terror group -- which has links to al Qaeda -- has been attempting to extend its influence acrossAfrica.
Al-Shabaab describes itself as waging jihad (holy war) against the "enemies of Islam".
And it is believed members have reportedly intimidated, kidnapped and killed many foreign aid workers.
Just this month, it is believed Islamist bully boyz attacked two churches in eastern Kenya, killing 17 people and wounding 60 more.
A group of masked men threw grenades into the African Inland Churchin Garissa, close to the Somali border, and opened fire.
The terror attacks in Kenya began last September in response to a government clamp down on al-Shabaab.
It is believed al-Shabaab and al Qaeda are trying to expand their sphere of influence across the Sahara and Sahel desert..
In 2008, al-Shabaab killed 30 people in a series of bombings in Somaliland.
And in July 2010, two al-Shabaab jacket wallahs wearing vests stuffed with explosives surrounded a crowd watching soccer in the Ugandan capital,Kampala.
Plaasmoorde [farm killings], the inevitable move to the Western Cape, the winelands, and the wealthy, white urban areas. The genocide that never makes the western news. No coincidence their targets include Christians and the city of Paarl [Pearl], a symbol of colonial South Africa.
[Bangla Daily Star] A gunman was killed during an attack on a cop shoppe as four Saudi coppers were maimed in a separate assault on their patrols in the kingdom's Shiite-populated east, state media reported.
"Four masked gunnies on cycle of violences entered Al-Awamiya police centre where one of them threw a petrol bomb while the rest shot up the station," interior ministry front man Mansur al-Turki said, quoted by SPA news agency.
"The guards dealt with them, killing one while the rest (of the assailants) fled," said Turki.
The attack in the Shia town of Al-Awamiya took place on Friday evening, less than a week after two protesters were killed in festivities with police in Qatif district following the arrest of a prominent Shiite holy man.
[Yemen Post] Benjamin Malbrancke, the delegate of the International Committee of the Red Thingy (ICRC) kidnapped on 21 April by armed individuals near the town of Hodeida, in northern Yemen, is free.
"We are relieved and extremely happy to have our colleague back with us, in good health. His return marks the end of many long, hard days, full of anxiety for him and his family, as well as for the team here in Yemen and for his friends," said Eric Marclay, who heads the ICRC operations in the country. "We would like to express our deep gratitude to all those who have lent us their support during these long weeks, so that Benjamin can now look forward to soon rejoining his family."
The ICRC delegate was kidnapped around 5 p.m. local time on Saturday 21 April 2012 around 30 kilometres from Hodeida town. He was in an ICRC vehicle on his way to the airport.
[Yemen Post] At least three central security soldiers were maimed after unidentified armed people fired mortars on the central security camp in the Khour Maksar district in Yemen's port city of Aden on Friday, the interior ministry reported.
Four mortars landed inside the camp wounding the three members and now deputy interior minister has ordered to investigate the incident and hunt those involved, it said.
In a separate incident in Aden which has been experiencing alarming security disorders, gunnies fired at the cop shoppe in the Mansoura district and bravely ran away, the ministry said.
There were no reports of casualties from the second incident.
Clashes have recently erupted between fans of the Southern Movement, Harak, and the security forces in Mansoura amid protests condemning the security deterioration and tight measures in the port city.
The protesters have also called for the government to give priority to the south issue amid preparations for a comprehensive national dialogue.
Harak has been struggling since 2007 to demand a fair solution to the south cause and sometimes it presses for secessionism.
Al-Qaeda has stepped up its operations carrying out several deadly suicide kabooms in several Yemeni cities including the capital Sanaa, in what seems to be retaliation after the severe blows in the south.
The army with direct support from the US drove Al-Qaeda Islamic fascistifrom their strongholds in 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... and Shabwa and have killed hundreds of them including big shots since May.
In the meantime, the persistent unrest, mainly security disorders, is casting a cloud over the West-backed democratic transition, after the Yemeni parties signed a power-transfer deal following the 2011 turmoil.
[Saudi Gazette] Police fired water cannon and tear gas as they clashed with stone-throwing Kurdish protesters in southeast Turkey Saturday, while snuffies elsewhere in the region detonated a bomb which maimed 12 coppers.
Kurdish members of parliament were caught up in the trouble as police and demonstrators battled on the streets of the main south-eastern city of Diyarbakir, where the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) was planning to hold a rally.
The provincial governor had refused the party permission to hold the rally, planned in part to call for the release of tossed in the slammer Drop the rosco and step away witcher hands up! Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) thug leader Abdullah Ocalan.
The rally coincided with the first anniversary of a declaration of "democratic autonomy" by Kurdish politicians, and it was also exactly one year after PKK guerrillas killed 13 soldiers in an attack in Diyarbakir.
While the street festivities continued in Diyarbakir, PKK snuffies detonated a roadside kaboom by remote control, wounding 12 coppers after they got out of a vehicle in eastern Turkey, security sources said.
The attack took place outside a police shooting range in the province of Van, which is on the border with Iran. The maimed police were not reported to be in a serious condition.
[Dawn] At least seven people were killed in incidents of violence across Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... , DawnNews reported.
The body of a man who had been rubbed out was recovered from Malir Town's Aansu Goth area.
Moreover, a man's body bearing torture marks was recovered from an area near Sohrab Goth's Al-Asif Square. The body was shifted to a nearby hospital.
In another incident, a man was rubbed out in Bloody Karachi's Orangi Town.
Moreover, assailants rubbed out a man and a woman in the city's Khokhrapar area.
On Jamshed Road in the city's Jamshed Town, unknown gunnies attacked a trader who was rubbed out.
In the city's Landhi Town, assailants opened fire on a truck which led to the death of its driver.