[Al Ahram] A roadside kaboom killed 10 civilians, including women and a child, heading for a wedding party in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, officials said. Prob'ly had wimmin in it without their faces covered or somethin'...
"Ten civilians, including four women and a child were killed in a roadside kaboom as they were going to attend a wedding party in Musa Qala district of Helmand ...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan... province," the provincial governor's front man Ahmad Zeerak told AFP.
Seven children were maimed in the blast, which police blamed on Taliban turbans.
The attack took the day's toll in the Afghan war to 18, with a jacket wallah on a cycle of violence killing three coppers in a pre-dawn attack and five Afghan troops dying in a roadside kabooming.
The blasts came as Afghan forces take increasing responsibility for the fight against Taliban hard boyz as US-led NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions... combat troops prepare to pull out by the end of 2014.
The suicide kaboom came in Kandahar city in the south of the country while the soldiers died in Laghman province in the east.
"Around 5:00 am, a suicide bomber on a cycle of violence detonated his explosives at a police checkpost, leaving three Afghan coppers killed and two others maimed," the provincial governor's front man, Javed Faisal, told AFP.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but similar attacks have been claimed by Taliban Islamists fighting to bring down the US-backed government of President Hamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai ... A former Baltimore restaurateur, now 12th and current President of Afghanistan, displacing the legitimate president Rabbani in December 2004. He was installed as the dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime in late 2001 in a vain attempt to put a Pashtun face on the successor state to the Taliban. After the 2004 presidential election, he was declared president regardless of what the actual vote count was. He won a second, even more dubious, five-year-term after the 2009 presidential election. His grip on reality has been slipping steadily since around 2007, probably from heavy drug use... The roadside kaboom hit a pick-up truck carrying Afghan army soldiers, killing five and wounding one in Mehtarlam, the Laghman placid provincial capital, Sarhadi Zwak, the provincial governor's front man, said.
[Tolo News] The Jihadi Council led by Afghanistan's Energy and Water Minister Mohammad Ismail Khan has started distributing weapons to its members in western Herat ...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns... province, the provincial front man Mahiuddin Noori said Wednesday.
Noori warned that gangs apart from the Afghan cops are against the law and the distribution of weapons is a criminal offence.
"In the past several months, the non-government Council of the Mujahedeen [Jihadi Council] has distributed weapons to the residents which is against Afghanistan's laws," Noori said on Wednesday, adding that there is proof of this claim.
He showed a signed piece of paper with the Jihadi Council's appointment of a commander or "security official".
"Anyone who distributes weapons apart from the government commits a crime. It is against the national interests of the government and the country and it will be prosecuted. The justice and security organs are investigating this issue," he said.
However, Caliphornia hasn't yet slid into the ocean, no matter how hard it's tried... Jihadi Council leaders denied the claim, although they confirmed that the men have grouped into "units" and appointed commanders.
"According to the order from Ismail Khan, we have already inaugurated 30 to 40 Mujahedeen units and assigned their commanders. Weapons were not distributed by unit commanders," Jihadi Council deputy chief Khuwaja Shamsuddin said Wednesday.
Herat's provincial governor Dawood Shah Saba emphasised yesterday that the residents of the western province will not accept militias.
"I want to clearly say that the people of Afghanistan rely on their sons as the police and army and national security department, which have the ability to protect the national illusory sovereignty and honor of the country. They do not need any more for the agents of outsiders," the governor said in a gathering in Herat on Tuesday.
The Jihadi Council was formed in Herat last year under the leadership of former Jihadi commander and current Energy and Water Minister Mohammad Ismail Khan.
Last week he revealed that plans were underway to re-form the army which had fought the Soviet Russians in the 80s, claiming that because NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all.... had failed to secure Afghanistan against the bad boys, the Mujahedeen would do it themselves.
I'd say just let Ismail (and Dostum and the others) round up their boyz, give them arms, ammunition, and a few tanks, and let them clean out the Talibs. It's pretty obvious the ANA isn't going to do it.
We beat them with special forces - the failure was that we tried to nation build from a culture that is not college educated, is majoritily illiterate, number one export is heroin, does not respect women's rights, and is trapped in a 800AD theocracy mentality.
[Al Ahram] Rebels in Sudan's main oil state said on Thursday they had shot down a government Antonov military aircraft after it had bombed targets in the Nuba mountains, part of South Kordofan state.
Sudan's armed forces front man did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Insurgents of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) said in an emailed statement they had downed the aircraft around 5 p.m. (1400 GMT) on Wednesday in South Kordofan's Jau area, near the border with South Sudan.
It was not immediately possible to verify the claim. Sudan restricts access for journalists to South Kordofan, where fighting between rebels and government forces broke out shortly before South Sudan seceded last year.
"Before it was downed, it (the Antonov) carried out air strikes on various areas in the Nuba mountains," the SPLM-N statement said, referring to an area in South Kordofan.
[Al Ahram] In a report published Thursday by pan-Arab daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, a military source in North Sinai claimed that well-planned attacks are being carried out in North Sinai against senior officers who have been leading a campaign against jihadist elements in the peninsula.
On Tuesday, the inspector of general security in North Sinai was shot in Al-Arish, sustaining injuries to his jaw and arm.
The source further stated that there is proof to link the perpetrators of Saturday's attack that killed three coppers and the group that targeted the security head Tuesday.
Late Wednesday, an Egyptian military official announced that a new set of military personnel and apparatus reached Al-Arish, MENA news service reported.
The source stated that it was part of an attempt to assist the police forces in their "intensive campaign against terrorism" that for the past several months has targetted police forces in the peninsula, MENA reports.
[Bangla Daily Star] A drone strike near the Yemeni capital killed three suspected al-Qaeda members including a orc wanted for a deadly attack on the US embassy in Sanaa, security officials said yesterday.
They said the drone strike, believed to have been carried out by the United States, targeted a car near the village of Beit al-Ahmar in the Sanhan region, 15 kilometres southeast of Sanaa.
Three people were killed and two maimed, they said.
[Yemen Post] Unknown gunnies attacked and left at death's door a Yemeni officer in downtown the capital Sanaa amid a series of liquidations targeting senior army and intelligence officers in the country.
Officials at the interior ministry said on condition of anonymity he gunnies fired at Major. Muhammad Hussein Al-Feel while he was at the local administration ministry in Al-Hasaba area before noon Wednesday.
"The gunnies were on a cycle of violence and they shot Hajib in his head and bravely ran away," the officials continued.
The officer suffered serious injuries and he was taken to the intensive care unit of the police hospital immediately, the officials adding, the officer worked as a central security delegate to the interior ministry.
Tens of Yemeni senior officers, mostly intelligence detectives, have been assassinated in Yemen this year amid security disorder which is part of big challenges that were deepened by the latest events in the country including the 2011 popular uprising.
[Yemen Post] The Interior Ministry has directed to ban cycle of violences with no registration plates in all Yemeni governorates after several Yemeni officers were assassinated by gunnies on cycle of violences.
The ministry stated that security campaigns will be conducted to pursue those cycle of violences which have no registrations plates.
Al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula had called its members to use cycle of violences and avoid using vehicles after US drones increased against them.
It further cautioned its operatives against using cell phones, urging them to use internet under coded names.
On Wednesday, a Yemeni officer was assassinated by a gunnies on cycle of violence nearby the Interior Ministry.
Yemeni security sources said that the incident carries the hallmarks of al-Qaeda, pointing out that they have no evidence about that.
A Yemeni analyst and specialist on terror groups, Saeed al-Jomahi, has said that Al-Qaeda will continue carrying out liquidations against Yemeni military officers.
Most liquidations focus on individuals working in counterterrorism operations, particularly officers of the Political Security, an intelligence service.
The Interior Ministry has recently launched a anti-weapon campaign in which it focused on combating gun spread and carrying in main cities.
[Dawn] A security man was killed and 14 persons received injuries in a kaboom at Sadda Bazaar in Kurram Agency ...home of an intricately interconnected web of poverty, ignorance, and religious fanaticism, where the laws of cause and effect are assumed to be suspended, conveniently located adjacent to Tora Bora... on Wednesday.
Official sources said that an improvised bomb (IED) was planted by faceless myrmidons at Ajab Khan Chowk in Sadda Bazaar that went off at 11:15am. A security man identified as Khial Bacha was killed and 14 persons, including three security personnel and two children, were maimed in the blast, they said. They added that two shops were also destroyed partially in the kaboom.
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa ... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central... Governor Barrister Masood Kausar expressed concern ...meaning the brow was mildly wrinkled, the eyebrows drawn slightly together, and a thoughtful expression assumed, not that anything was actually done or indeed that any thought was actually expended... over the attack and said that such acts should be thwarted. He said that government with the cooperation of local people would take necessary measures to overcome the situation.
In North Wazoo Agency, a woman was killed and a man received injuries when mortar shells were fired from across the border on Wednesday.
Sources said that NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all.... forces fired 17 mortar shells from Paktia province of Afghanistan at Wacha Bibi area of tehsil Dattakhel in North Waziristan Agency. They said that several houses were destroyed in the shelling.
A woman was killed and a man identified as Mir Wali received injuries when mortar shells hit the area, they added.
Also, NATO forces fired two mortar shells from Khost province ... across the border from Miranshah, within commuting distance of Haqqani hangouts such as Datta Khel and probably within sight of Mordor. Khost is populated by six different tribes of Pashtuns, the largest probably being the Khostwal, from which it takes its name... of Afghanistan that landed in Ghulam Khan area. However, you can observe a lot just by watching... no casualty was reported in the incident.
In Mohmand Agency ... Named for the Mohmand clan of the Sarban Pahstuns, a truculent, quarrelsome lot. In Pakistain, the Mohmands infest their eponymous Agency, metastasizing as far as the plains of Peshawar, Charsadda, and Mardan. Mohmands are also scattered throughout Pakistan in urban areas including Karachi, Lahore, and Quetta. In Afghanistan they are mainly found in Nangarhar and Kunar... , faceless myrmidons blew up two government-run schools in the small hours of Wednesday.
Local sources said that faceless myrmidons planted improvised bombs at a government primary school in Tora Garai area of tehsil Pandilai and government primary school in Shah Baig Yaseen Kore area of tehsil Haleemzai. The bombs went kaboom! and destroyed buildings of both the schools, they added.
About 111 educational institutions have been destroyed by suspected faceless myrmidons in Mohmand tribal region so far.
[Dawn] Security forces on Wednesday cooled for a few years Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out! two suspected beturbanned goons and demolished three hideouts of a banned gang in Bar Qambarkhel area of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency, sources said.
They said that a heavy contingent of security forces plugged all entry and exit routes to Bar Qambarkhel area before launching a search operation. An indefinite curfew was also imposed in the area, compelling the residents to remain inside their homes.
Security forces took over Pakka Tarrha, Hakim Shah and Spin Dhand bases of Amr Bil Maroof Wa Nahi Anil Munkir, the banned gang, and later destroyed those with explosives. They cooled for a few years Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out! Haji Wajid Khan and Niaz Amin on suspension of having links with the banned group.
Sources said that security forces also bulldozed the houses of Haji Namdar, the late founder of the banned group, and his close associate Haji Sher Gul in two separate localities.
Raids were also conducted to apprehend some of the wanted activists of the banned group. However, a poor excuse is better than no excuse at all... according to sources, most of the sympathisers of the group and desperados had fled the area long ago. They had reportedly crossed over to Afghanistan.
A source close to the group said that they had no intention to resist the security forces so they vacated the area long ago.
Sources said that a group of Bar Qambarkhel elders was still engaged in negotiations with the local political administration to lift the siege of their area. However, a poor excuse is better than no excuse at all... these reports could not be confirmed.
At least nine people, including a policeman and a woman, were killed in different incidents of violence in Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... on Thursday, DawnNews reported.
A man died in firing incident in Surjani town's 'Khuda ki Basti' area.
A head constable of police, Nazeer Ahmed, was killed near Bloody Karachi's Al-Aasif square area when an unidentified person shot up police mobile.
In another incident, an unidentified person opened fire in Orangi No. 4 area of Bloody Karachi killing two relatives Nisar Mehdi and Najam Abbas.
A man was killed in Keemari's Sikanderabad area.
Three men was rubbed out in the areas of Sohrab Goth's Super Market, Dalmia and Baldia town.
A woman died of gunshot wounds in Rehri Goth situated in Landhi area of Bloody Karachi.
Pak Taliban claimed the responsibility of a high-intensity blast targeting the Rangers Headquarters in Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... 's North Nazimabad area early Thursday.
Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP) Spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said that they have more targets on their list and those who would raise voices against them, the Taliban would target them.
He said that the Pak Taliban have their network in the country and would operate from wherever they wanted from.
According to media reports, a truck slammed into one of the entrances of the Rangers compound killing one person and leaving more than a dozen, including civilians, injured.
The injured were shifted to the city's Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.
The blast was heard across the city and fear and panic gripped the citizens. It caused damage to nearby buildings and shattered windows in the vicinity.
Senior police official Javed Odho told a television channel that the bomber had used more than 100 kilograms of explosives in the attack.
Witnesses reported seeing a large plume of smoke in the sky.
Television footage of the blast site showed what appeared to be an apartment block with a gaping hole in the middle where the bomb went off and part of the two-story building was razed.
Emergency and rescue teams had reached the site of the kaboom.
A portion of a building inside the Rangers compound collapsed and caught fire and efforts were being made to put out the blaze.
Rangers created a perimeter around the building to hold off journalists and bystanders.
One of the Rangers, Muhammed Farooq, said he was preparing for work when he looked out the window and saw a vehicle smash through the main gate and into the building.
"Then there was a really big bang and I lost my balance and I saw a lot of smoke and then I lost consciousness," he said, speaking from the hospital.
The area was cordoned off by security forces as investigations into the incident went underway.
Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan and Interior Minister Rehman Malik Pak politician, Interior Minister under the Gilani government. Malik is a former Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) intelligence officer who rose to head the FIA during Benazir Bhutto's second tenure. Malik was tossed from his FIA job in 1998 after documenting the breath-taking corruption of the Sharif family. By unhappy coincidence Nawaz Sharif became PM at just that moment and Malik moved to London one step ahead of the button men. He had to give up the interior ministry job because he held dual Brit citizenship. condemned the attack and sought a report from IG Sindh on the incident.
[Dawn] Iraqi officials say two car booms have killed three people and maimed at least seven in a town south of Storied Baghdad ...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate... Police officials say the first bombing took place in a residential area of the predominantly Shia town of Mohmoudiya early Thursday, killing two people and wounding four.
Another car boomwent kaboom! seconds later at a parking lot near the town's electricity directorate, killing one person and wounding three.
Mahmoudiya is about 30 kilometers south of the Iraqi capital.
Health officials at the town's general hospital confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorised to talk to the media.
Either the bomb makers are getting inept or the populace is getting more careful...either way, I am glad so few were killed.
Boy I just don't know what on earth to think of Iraq right now, both sides have, essentially, gotten what they wanted in the form of government and regional authority. I guess the 1200 year old blood feud over the succession to Mohammed still lives...
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[An Nahar] Two guards of vice president Tareq al-Hashemi were Thursday sentenced by an Iraqi court to death for planting a roadside kaboom, at a hearing boycotted by defense lawyers who said it was unfair.
Hashemi, a top Sunni official and a prominent critic of Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ... Prime Minister of Iraq and the secretary-general of the Islamic Dawa Party.... , has himself being handed four death sentences in absentia. He dismisses the charges against he and his staff as politically-motivated.
Thursday's rulings follow death sentences for six other bodyguards at a hearing on Tuesday. Defense lawyers stayed away from both trials to protest what they alleged were pre-arranged verdicts.
"The court issued death sentences for two bodyguards of Tareq al-Hashemi because they were accused of being responsible for a bomb kaboom at Mustansariyah intersection" in east Storied Baghdad ...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate... , said Muayad al-Izzi, who heads Hashemi's defense team.
"Defense lawyers boycotted the case, because it seems the rulings of the court have already been decided," he added.
Izzi said his team were considering boycotting further hearings on charges against Hashemi scheduled for December 2 and December 5, but had not yet made a final decision on whether or not to do so.
Judicial front man Abdelsattar Bayraqdar did not respond to requests for comment.
Hashemi, his secretary and his guards were originally accused of running a death squad in mid-December 2011 as the last U.S. troops left the country.
He fled to Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region, which declined to hand him over to the federal government, and then embarked on a tour that took him to Qatar and Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in their national face... , and finally to Turkey.
[Jerusalem Post] No one was injured by the blast, but a jeep which was in the area was blown sideways by the force of the blast.
Terrorists on Thursday blew up a massive tunnel they had dug from southern Gazoo toward Israel, the IDF said.
No one was injured, but a jeep that was in the area was blown sideways by the force of the kaboom. The blast may have been set off by remote control.
Earlier on Thursday, Brig.- Gen. Micky Edelstein, the new commander of the Gazoo Division, led soldiers into Gazoo to investigate the area, following a string of kabooms in recent days, including one on Tuesday that maimed three soldiers.
The soldiers uncovered several bombs after crossing the border, some of them very powerful, IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai said.
"As soldiers worked to fix the fence in the area, the tunnel blew up under the [fence] route," Mordechai said. "It was a very large kaboom, leaving a four- to five-meter crater. We believe the blast is a result of the work carried out by the army west of the border, though this needs to be confirmed."
The IDF does not yet know how the tunnel was intended to be used. "It was a very big tunnel, of the likes we haven't seen in a long time," Mordechai said.
On Tuesday morning, an kaboom tore through the Gazoo border, wounding three soldiers.
Last month, Paleostinian gunnies detonated a bomb on the border, seriously wounding an IDF company commander, who lost his left hand. Both incidents occurred in the same area of southern Gazoo where Thursday's bombfilled tunnel exploded, and where the bombs were found by the Israeli force inside the Strip.
There are frequent attacks on the border by a host of Gazook terrorist factions -- Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,, Islamic Jihad ...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the liquidation of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah... and smaller organizations. The attacks often take the form of mortar fire, bombs, rocket fire and machine-gun attacks, as well as attempts to enter Israel.
[Al Ahram] A mortar bomb fired from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Thursday, the Israeli military said, with spill-over from the conflict in the Arab country on the rise.
An Israeli military source said the mortar bomb landed in an Israeli village and had not gone off. No casualties or damage were reported. A military front man added that a few mortars had been fired, all of them errant and not aimed at Israeli targets.
The incident follows several similar events in the past week, as fighting has flared in close-by Syrian villages between Syrian rebels and forces loyal to Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Before going into the family business Pencilneck was an eye doctor... .
[An Nahar] An Armenian plane carrying humanitarian aid for Syria was forced to land in Turkey on Thursday for an inspection of its cargo, the Anatolia news agency reported.
The cargo plane landed at Erzurum airport in eastern Turkey where teams of police and troops with sniffer dogs began their searches, it said.
The plane was allowed to take off for Syria after nothing suspect was found aboard, NTV television reported.
The Armenian foreign ministry said the landing was planned.
"It was a planned landing. The plane is carrying humanitarian cargo for Syrian Armenians in Aleppo ...For centuries, Aleppo was Greater Syria's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third, after Constantinople and Cairo. Although relatively close to Damascus in distance, Aleppans regard Damascenes as country cousins... ," Armenian foreign ministry front man Tigran Balaian told Agence La Belle France Presse in Yerevan.
It was the second time in a month that the Turkish authorities have ordered an Armenian plane heading for Syria to land for security checks.
On October 15, another Armenian plane carrying humanitarian aid to Syria's battered second city of Aleppo was forced to land at Erzurum airport but the plane was allowed to resume journey after officials said no suspect cargo turned up during searches.
[An Nahar] Syrian rebels and forces loyal to Damascus ...Home to a staggering array of terrorist organizations... were fighting Thursday for control of a military border crossing in the north of the country on the Turkish frontier, Turkish media reported.
The festivities near the town of Ras al-Ain erupted late Wednesday and were still going on Thursday, the reports said.
Two Turks were maimed by ricocheting bullets from the Syrian side, Turkey's private NTV television reported.
Shell fragments also hit a hospital in the border town of Ceylanpinar which lies across from Ras al-Ain, causing panic among residents, and local schools were closed for the day, the Hurriyet newspaper said.
About 200 Syrians have fled Ras al-Ain into Turkey, where local authorities have warned people to avoid the border, according to Hurriyet, which added that Turkish armed vehicles and howitzers were sent to Ceylanpinar.
[An Nahar] State commissioner to the military court Judge Saqr Saqr charged on Thursday a Lebanese man and two Syrians with helping three Fatah al-Islam A Syrian-incubated al-Qaeda work-alike that they think can be turned off if no longer needed to keep the Leb pot stirred. inmates escape from Roumieh prison, the oldest and largest of Leb's overcrowded prisons.
The National News Agency reported that the three men were also charged with facilitating a prison break attempt for another inmate.
On November 1, Internal Security Forces thwarted a jail break attempt by a Fatah al-Islam inmate from Roumieh prison, who was planning to wear a black Islamic veil ¬"chador¬" and climb down using a rope from bloc ¬"B¬" that the Islamist inmates are held in.
In October, it was discovered that three Fatah al-Islam prisoners had fled the jail at least a month ago.
Sixteen security forces members have been jugged Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'! in the scandal amid reports that the wide ¬"security and judicial purification¬" operation of the prison will be carried out soon.
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