h/t Michael Yon
About 150 Afghan schoolgirls were poisoned today after drinking contaminated water at a school in the country's north, officials said, blaming it on conservative radicals opposed to female education.
Since the 2001 toppling of the Taliban, which banned education for women and girls, females have returned to schools, especially in Kabul.
"We are 100 per cent sure that the water they drunk inside their classes was poisoned. This is either the work of those who are against girls' education or irresponsible armed individuals," said Jan Mohammad Nabizada, a spokesman for education department in northern Takhar province.
An Afghan National Army soldier was killed when he opened fire on a NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all.... convoy in southern Kandahar province on Monday, a military official said.
Good. That's how it's supposed to go.
"A soldier from ANA Supportive Unit opened fire on a NATO convoy travelling to Kandahar airport and was killed in return fire," Commander of 205th Corp Abdul Hamid Wardak said.
There were no NATO fatalities in the incident, he added.
Meanwhile, ...back at the shouting match, a new, even louder, voice was to be heard... Kandahar security forces seized a cycle of violence full of bombs in the Aino area of Kandahar city, provincial front man Jawed Ahmad Faisal told TOLOnews.
No suspects were incarcerated in connection with incident, he added.
"Coordination between Afghan cops should increase in order to prevent attacks like those occurred in Kabul, Pashtun-infested Logar, Paktia and Nangarhar The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country.. ," Faisal said.
"Security checkpoints have increased in Kandahar and discovery of the motorbike was also as a result coordination between security forces," he said, also asking Kandahari citizens to cooperate with the security forces.
At least eight coppers and five non-combatants were killed in Sunday's coordinated attacks launched by forces of Evil in four provinces of the country.
Another 74 others, including 32 security forces, were maimed in the incidents.
Around 36 forces of Evil attacked government and foreign facilities in Kabul, Pashtun-infested Logar, Nangarhar and Paktia provinces.
Afghan cops rapidly responded to the Death Eaters; however, forces of Evil resisted for more than 18 hours in Kabul.
The Taliban grabbed credit for the attacks, saying that the German and British Embassies and Isaf HQ were their prime targets.
[Tripoli Post] Sudanese warplanes bombed a UN peacekeepers' base, damaging it but causing no casualties in the first such attack since a recent escalation of fighting with South Sudan, reports by ADP indicate.
The area's information minister, Gideon Gatpan said that bombing raids on Sunday also killed nine civilians elsewhere in South Sudan's Unity border state, adding that bombs were dropped near the oil-producing state's capital Bentiu, as well as in the village of Mayom, some 60 kilometres to the west.
Gatpan said that in Mayom seven non-combatants were killed and 14 maimed. Two fighter jets released eight bombs east of Bentiu and two bombs fell inside the UN camp in Mayom destroying a generator and a radio. Others fell in villages around Bentiu, where two people were killed.
UN peacekeeping mission front man Kouider Zerrouk confirmed the attack on the small base, but said "there were no casualties, no one was maimed".
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Given the condition of the Sundanese Air Force, I'm wagering the tactic is drop-and-scoot.
Then there's this:
Nanchang A-5 Fantan . 15-20 of the aircraft were delivered to Sudan by China in 2003, supposedly financed by Iran. Some 100 or so of an A-5 variant are also in service with The Pakistani Air Force.
The Axis of Evil is growing. Not sure about any sane reasoning coming out of Iran, but they need as many proxies and allies as they can get when they are under sanctions. Refugees from such countries as Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Bosnia, etc. are forming gangs such as the Sudan Posse, even adopting American gang dress and hip-hop. According to the FBI's 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment, gangs are responsible for between 48%-90% of violent crime. Gangs are increasingly engaging in non-traditional gang-related crime, such as alien smuggling, human trafficking, and prostitution. Gangs are also engaging in white-collar crime such as counterfeiting, identity theft, and mortgage fraud, primarily due to the high profitability and much lower visibility and risk of detection and punishment than drug and weapons trafficking, but they are also linked to the cartels. Gang members are acquiring high-powered, military-style weapons and equipment which poses a significant threat because of the potential to engage in lethal encounters with law enforcement officers and civilians. Typically firearms are acquired through illegal purchases; straw purchases via surrogates or middle-men, and thefts from individuals, vehicles, residences and commercial establishments....I dunno, but my guess the chaos created is intended to usher in the Mad Mullah from the Hell-Well and gives the DoJ plausible deniability for Fast and Furious and Operation Castaway.
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] Sudan's parliament voted unanimously on Monday to brand the government of South Sudan an enemy, after southern troops invaded the north's main oilfield.
"The government of South Sudan is an enemy and all Sudanese state agencies have to treat her accordingly," the parliament's resolution said.
After the vote, parliamentary speaker Ahmed Ibrahim El-Tahir called in the legislature for the overthrow of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) which rules the South.
"We announce that we will clash with SPLM until we end her government of South Sudan. We collect all our resources to reach this goal," he said.
World powers have urged restraint after fighting began with waves of aerial bombardment hitting the South, whose troops last Tuesday seized Khartoum's main Heglig oil region from Khartoum's army.
It is the most serious clash since July 2011 when South Sudan separated after an overwhelming "yes" vote under a peace deal that ended 22 years of civil war.
When the South became independent, Khartoum lost about 75 percent of its oil production and billions of dollars in revenue, leaving the Heglig area as its main oil centre.
Tuesday's attack caused a total production shutdown, Ahmed Haroun, the South Kordofan governor, said last week.
Legislators said those responsible for the loss of a region which accounted for about half the country's oil output should be held accountable.
"How did we lose Heglig in a matter of hours?" Samia Habani, a Khartoum MP, asked in the chamber. "This is something unacceptable."
Alfa Hashim, an MP from Darfur in the country's west, said the seizure of Heglig was "something rare in the history of Sudan's army" and someone must be found responsible.
Some have called for the resignation of Defence Minister Abdelrahim Mohammed Hussein, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court ... where Milosevich died of old age before being convicted ... for alleged crimes against civilians in Sudan's western region of Darfur.
A number of MPs sought a suspension of the constitution and elected government in South Kordofan state, which includes Heglig, to give the military a free hand to fight the South.
The latest unrest follows festivities around Heglig that broke out on March 26.
Although South Sudan disputes that Heglig belongs to Sudan, the area is not included in the roughly 20 percent of the border officially contested.
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Iran has repor asked the South Sudan Army-Security forces to leave the Heglig oil field region.
[An Nahar] Switzerland ...home of the Helvetians, famous for cheese, watches, yodeling, and William Tell... on Monday confirmed that a female national had been kidnapped in Mali's Timbuktu, the fabled city seized by Islamists following after a coup in the west African nation.
A statement by the federal department of foreign affairs (FDFA) in Bern said that authorities were in contact with the woman's family and "were making every effort to ensure the kidnap victim is released unharmed," but did not identify her.
Local reports said she was a Christian woman in her 40s named Beatrice who had lived in the ancient city for years and was active in the local community.
Officials at the Swiss government's Agency for Cooperation and Development office in Bamako and at the Swiss embassy in Dakar, which is also responsible for Mali, are in touch with local authorities, the FDFA said.
The government said it had advised its nationals to leave the country temporarily following the March 22 coup and had been advising against travelling to Mali since December 2009 because of a higher risk of kidnappings.
"Because of the deteriorating security situation following the military coup and the advance of the rebels in the north of the country, since March 30 the FDFA has advised the Swiss nationals living in Mali to leave the country temporarily," it said.
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Iff Rising Iran is able to de facto control or politically dominate the sovereign Gulf Island-States, it may be able to obstruct or seriously damage any US-led AmphibOp inside the Gulf, while all but forcing the US-Allied to attack from the Sea of Oman, i.e. WIDIN RANGE OF ITS COMBAT/TACTICAL AIRPOWER + LRBMS BASED IN SOUTHERN, SE IRAN.
IFF IRAN'S STRATEGY ISN'T SO MUCH "TO WIN" AGZ THE US VERSUS "TO NOT LOSE", IT MAY NEED ONLY TACTICAL, NOT STRATEGIC, NUCWEAPS AT THIS TIME TO DEFEAT A US-LED GROUND INVASION. Besides fostering international anti-US "brinkmanship" among the "Great/Nuclear Powers", ITS FOCII WILL LIKELY BE TO CAUSE AS MANY CASUALTIES AS POSSIBLE, NOT TO DE FACTO STOP A US-LED GROUND INVASION.
E.g. 1950 KOREAN WAR > CHINA'S WINTER MIL INTERVENTION AGZ US-LED UN FORCES AT THE YALU = allowed the UN Milfors to approach the Yalu + proclaim "Victory in Korea" while massive intervening Chicom forces covertly or stealthily infiltrated along their flanks + rear, ultimately mil "ambushing" + destroying many US Units as they "sat down for Thanksgiving dinner".
Lest we fergit, 1990's + Pre, Post-911 NET > THE REAL OR GREATEST BATTLEFIELD AS PER "GLOBALISM", OWG-NWO, + THE GWOT IS IN THE HALLS OF THE US CONGRESS + WASHINGTON DC, THE HEARTS-N-MINDS OF THE GOVT-PEOPLE OF THE SUPERPOWER OR HYPERPOWER USA, NOT OVERSEAS ALA COMBAT IN FOREIGN LANDS.
The nature of the Radical Islamist threat, as complemented by the premises of so-called
"Asymmetric Warfare" + related, IS SUCH THAT THE US MAY BE FORCED TO CONQUER THE WORLD EVEN IFF MAINSTREAM AMERICA DOESN'T WANT IT OR LIKE IT.
IMO any use of TacNukes = Tac Nukes-WMDS/CBRN(E/EM) by Iran agz any invading US-Allied Ground Forces is consistent wid the premises behind Iran's preferred "JAPAN/EGYPT", "NUCLEAR ENERGY" MODEL.
Iff a Saudi-Iran War does break out on the Arabian Peninsula, the Scenario is real that US Marines etal. may have to liberate Base-Too-Far Qatar + Emirates first just to successfully mount a follow-up ground invasion of Iran.
The outcome of the 2012 POTUS Elex will be as decisive for Iran as anything wid the GCC.
[Yemen Post] Riot police forces managed to disperse on Monday protesters camping in front of the Tax Authority headquarters in the Yemeni capital of Sana'a.On Sunday, dozens of businessmen staged an open-ended sit-in protest in front of the Tax Authority HQ demanding that the tax sales law be canceled, corrupt officials be purged, and their confiscated goods be released. Prominent businessmen were at the forefront of protests including, Hassan al-Kabous, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief.
Police forces used tear gas bombs and fired shots in the sky in an effort to disperse the protesters, leaving at least some businessmen maimed of suffocation, local sources close to the government-owned building told Yemen Post anonymously.The maimed merchants were reported to have been raced to some hospitals in the capital.One merchant participating in the sit-in, Ali al-Hababi, said that the way the security forces dealt with them was barbaric especially given that their demonstrations were conducted in a peaceful, civil manner. "We are not Death Eaters to treat us like this, we only call for our rightful rights," he added.The Tax Department director, Mohammed Galeb, said on Sunday that groups of armed thugs are surrounding the department's headquarters, calling on security sources to assume its role and break the siege imposed on them.
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[Yemen Post] Inmates of the Central Prison in the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah continued their sit-in demonstration for the second day in protest over the delaying of their cases by courts and prosecutions. Police attempted to disperse the crowd with tear gas and firing live shots in the sky, leaving at least 40 prisoners maimed, 7 of whom are at death's doors.The injured inmates were rushed to the Saudi Hospital for treatment, local security source was quoted as saying.
The prisoners started their sit-in rally yesterday demanding that the authorities revamp the bad services and conditions of the prison, and that the prosecutions and courts stop neglecting their cases. The protesters also complain of bad health conditions that prompted infectious diseases to spread among them.The Riots police was called in to deal with the protesters. They used more than 25 tear gas bombs in a bid to disperse the prisoners after the provincial security chief, and the head of Hajjah prosecution failed to convince the them to stop their protests, the paper said, citing sources from the prison.Yesterday afternoon, one of the protesting prisoners attacked the jail director, Yahia al-Mualmi, by stabbing him right in the neck with a sharp dagger. However, it was a brave man who first ate an oyster... al-Maualmi injury was described as light and his health condition as stable by doctors.We have been attacked in the presence of the provincial security chief and the provincial prosecutor as we refused to listen to them and stop our protests, a prisoner was quoted saying.The police presence was at least doubled in and around the prison and strict security measures were taken to foil any potential collective escape of prisoners after the riots today.
[Yemen Post] US drones targeted al-Qaeda an vehicle in the southeastern Yemeni province of Shabwa with five strikes, sources told Yemen Post.The drone targeted the beturbanned goons' car in Karma area in Azzan district, of Shabwa, which is considered to be al-Qaeda stronghold as it's the hometown of the Yemeni-American holy man Anwar al-Awlaqi, who was killed last year by a drone attack.
As of yet, there is no reports of causalities resulting from the attack but a tribal source told Yemen Post on condition of anonymity that the five people who were in the car are all presumably killed.
Further, the drone has targeted some hideouts in the areas between al-Hota and Azzan districts of Shabwa, media outlets said.
US intensified its drones attacks in the southern parts of Yemen in an effort to compensate for the disrupted military cooperation on fighting the terror network. The cooperation, which is based on training, funding, and donating equipment, was suspended owning to the unrest that plagued the country last year.Azzan, a district in Shabwa, was taken over by al-Qaeda gunnies who found little resistance by security forces.The terror network also take control of some towns in the war-torn province of Abyan, including Zinjubar, the placid provincial capital, taking an advantage of the distracted army.
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Yes, the home of the Tomb of the Sponge, containing the remains of aliswacky. My bad, alwaswacky.
[Emirates 24/7] Britannia's Labour Party on Sunday suspended peer Nazir Ahmed over reports that he offered a £10 million ($15.9 million, 12.1 million euros) bounty for the capture of US President Barack Obama Why can't I just eat my waffle?...
The Lord also offered a similar incentive for the capture of former US president George Bush in response to a US reward for the capture of suspected terrorist Hafiz Muhammad Saeed ...who would be wearing a canvas jacket with very long sleeves anyplace but Pakistain... , according to Pakistain's Express Tribune newspaper.
Mexican Naval Infantry units have detained a total of nine suspects -- allegedly affiliated with the Jalisco Nueva Generacion drug cartel -- including two top leaders in three operations in Veracruz state, according to data provided by the Mexican Secretaria de Marina (SEMAR).
The three counternarcotics operations all took place in Boca del Río municipality, starting in Infonavit colony, where marines detained five suspects identified as José Manuel Sanchez Sanchez AKA Cunita, 42, Adriana Reyes Leal, 18, Noemi de la O. Rodriguez, 30, Martha Crisol Martínez Portillo AKA Tita, 22 and Levi Vergara Yepez AKA Coca, 25.
Marines also secured guns, munitions, quantities of crack cocaine and marijuana and one vehicle.
Based on an anonymous citizen's complaints and information developed from the Infovanit colony stop, marines were dispatched to Primero de Mayo where they detained two individuals on a motorcycle identified as Jorge Luis Feria Hernandez, 23 and José Francisco Torres Lopez, 27.
In Primero de Mayo, Mexican Marines also seized guns, drugs and other contraband, including a motorcycle.
SEMAR said that Jorge Luis Feria Hernandez was the Jalisco Nueva Generacion cartel's financial agent for the area.
A final operation took place in Nueva Era colony where Marines detained Noe Humberto Hernandez Perez AKA La P, 28 and a female companion, Claribel Casas Duran, 24.
SEMAR said that Hernandez Perez was the Jalisco Nueva Generacion's plaza leader for the Boca del Rio/Veracruz region. Weapons, drugs, ammunition and other contraband were seized in the aftermath of the arrest.
The Jalisco Nueva Generacion drug cartel's top leaders -- Erick Valencia Salazar, AKA El 85 and Nemesio Oseguera, AKA El Mencho -- were detained in a Mexican Army operation earlier last month in Jalisco state, the aftermath of which saw massive numbers of roadblocks and gun battles between cartel operatives and Mexican security forces in Guadalajara, Jalisco, the cartel's home turf. To read the Rantburg.com report on the Mexican Army operation in Guadalajara last month, click here
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
[Dawn] At least five people, including two activists of the Sunni Tehrik ...formed in Karachi in 1992 under by Muhammad Saleem Qadri. It quickly fell to trading fisticuffs and liquidations with the MQM and the Sipah-e-Sahaba, with at least a half dozen of its major leaders rubbed out. Sunni Tehreek arose to become the primary opposition to the Deobandi Binori Mosque, headed by Nizamuddin Shamzai, who was eventually bumped off by person or persons unknown. ST's current leadership has heavily criticized the Deobandi Jihadi leaders, accusing them of being sponsored by Indian Intelligence agencies as well as involvement in terrorist activities... , were killed in different parts of the city on Sunday, said police and party sources.
In Lines Area, officials said, two ST activists were rubbed out in an act of assassination in the early hours of Sunday.
Mohammad Yaha, 35, was sitting with Rashid Rasheed, 30, near the latter's home in Gulshan-e-Zahoor, where gunnies riding a cycle of violence pulled up and spayed them with bullets before fleeing, the police said.
They added that both victims sustained multiple gunshot wounds and were rushed to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where doctors pronounced them dead on arrival.
Following the medico-legal formalities, the police handed over the bodies to the families.
Police Sherlocks said 16 spent bullet casings of 9mm and TT pistols were found at the crime-scene. They said that Rashid was an air conditioner technician.
An ST front man said both victims were associated with the Lines Area sector of the party.
Their funeral prayers were offered after Asr near their homes. They were buried in a local graveyard. ST leadership and a large number of party workers attended the burial. Heavy contingents of police and Rangers were deployed in the locality to avert any untoward incident.
[Dawn] The Kohat police has established several new checkpoints at various places on its borders with Bannu and Hangu for the arrest of prisoners who beat feet from Bannu central jail on early Sunday.
The police said that according to information received by the regional police headquarters in Kohat, about 384 prisoners had beat feet from the Bannu jail, which came under attack by the jihad boys.
They said that police parties had also started operation in different residential and mountainous parts of Kohat and checking passengers coming from Bannu on the highways.
Deputy inspector general of police, Kohat region, Imtiaz Shah had deputed several contingents of police in Lachi tehsil of Kohat, Shakardarra and Sumari-Hangu road to foil escape of any prisoner through Kohat into other districts.
The officials said that the border with the tribal areas was also being monitored because some of the prisoners wanted in heinous crimes like kidnapping for ransom belonged to the tribal areas.
However, the man who has no enemies isn't anybody and has never done anything... none of the fleeing prisoners has been locked away in Kohat area till filing of this report.
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[An Nahar] Israeli authorities were on Monday holding 47 foreigners pending deportation, out of 79 barred from entering the Jewish state because of their links to a pro-Paleostinian campaign, an official said.
"There are 47 people still awaiting deportation, including 37 Frenchies, eight Britons, an Italian and a Canadian," immigration official Sabine Haddad told Agence La Belle France Presse.
"Those who remain will be repatriated by the same airline companies that brought them to Israel as soon as there are places available for them," she added.
All 79 activists would be barred from entering Israel for five years, Haddad said.
Hundreds of Israeli police had been deployed at the airport from Saturday night in a bid to prevent the arrival of a wave of foreigners taking part in the "Welcome to Paleostine" fly-in campaign, also known as the "flytilla."
Organizers of the campaign, now in its third year, had been expecting to welcome up to 1,500 people, but Israel vowed to prevent them from entry, warning airlines they would be forced to foot the bill for the activists' immediate return home.
The organizers said in a statement on Monday that the jugged activists had begun a hunger strike "in solidarity with the April 17 Paleostinian Prisoners' Day on one hand and to renew the demand for their basic right to move freely in the occupied West Bank, especially to Bethlehem."
European airlines, under Israeli pressure, cancelled the tickets of at least 300 Tel Aviv-bound passengers, sparking angry protests in several European capitals.
According to Haaretz newspaper, over a third of the names presented to the airlines were added to the blacklist without any concrete evidence they were planning anything illegal.
Quoting a senior source familiar with the list, the paper said there was no evidence that 470 of the 1,200 names on it -- compiled by Israel's Shin Bet internal security agency -- were involved in "pro-Paleostinian activities" or affiliated with the "flytilla."
Police at the airport also placed in durance vile nine Israeli activists who had come to support the visitors.
[An Nahar] Syrian forces were locked in fierce shootouts Monday with rebels in one city and shelled another, as the U.N. chief urged "maximum restraint" after the arrival of observers to oversee a truce aimed at ending 13 months of bloodshed.
Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Light of the Alawites... 's forces killed at least 45 civilians and were fighting rebels at Idlib in the northwest, while also shelling the flashpoint central city of Homs, said the Local Coordination Committees and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Twenty-three non-combatants were killed in Idlib, nine in Hama, six in Homs, three in Daraa, two in al-Qameshli, one 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... and one in the Damascus ...Capital of the last remaining Baathist regime in the world... suburb of Douma, the LCC said.
Since a U.N.-backed ceasefire came into force at dawn Thursday, at least 55 people, mostly civilians, have died in violence that prompted U.N. chief the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon ... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan... to urge Syria to ensure the truce does not collapse, the Observatory said.
It said on Monday that 11,117 people have been killed in 13 months of unrest -- 7,972 civilians and 3,145 military and gunnies, including fewer than 600 rebel fighters.
In Brussels, Ban called on Damascus to exercise "maximum restraint" and the opposition to "fully cooperate" to cement the shaky ceasefire.
An advance team of six international observers arrived in Damascus late on Sunday, the United Nations ...boodling on the grand scale... said.
The delegation -- the first of 30 monitors the U.N. Security Council approved on Saturday -- will set up a headquarters and prepare routines to verify a cessation of hostilities.
"They've arrived and they will start work (on Monday) morning," U.N. peacekeeping department front man Kieran Dwyer said. "The other monitors in the advance party are still expected in Syria in coming days."
The remainder would come from around the Middle East and Africa "so we can move people quickly and they are experienced in the region," he told Agence La Belle France Presse.
Their mission is just one part of the six-point peace plan that Syria agreed with U.N.-Arab League ...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing... 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... The former U.N. chief wants more than 200 observers to be deployed in Syria, but the Security Council has said there would be a full mission only if the violence halts.
The United States warned on Monday that heightened violence in Syria threatens the sending of the full mission.
New attacks by government forces "call into question the wisdom and viability" of sending the full force, said the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice.
The observers were welcomed by Syria, which hoped they would see for themselves the "crimes" committed by "armed terrorist groups," said the state news agency SANA.
They face a perilous task, with Western nations doubting Assad's commitment to the ceasefire amid reports his forces have kept battering rebel strongholds and clashed with rebels.
A spike in deadly violence forced the vaporous Arab League to end its own Syrian monitoring mission in late January, barely a month after sending observers.
Qatar's emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, told a presser in Rome on Monday that the chances for success for the Annan peace plans were "no higher than three percent."
On Monday, security forces killed two civilians when they fired on a car in Hama, while a third passenger later died of wounds, said the Observatory.
In the same province, security forces killed a 16-year-old youth after it shot up random in the village of Khatab, said the Observatory.
Elsewhere, fierce shootouts broke out at dawn between forces loyal to Assad and rebels in the northwestern city of Idlib, is said.
Four civilians were rubbed out by security forces during the shootout.
Security forces also rubbed out a civilian in the town of Inkhel, southern Daraa province, where the uprising against Assad's iron-fisted rule erupted in March 2011.
Regime forces resumed shelling rebel neighborhoods of Khaldiyeh and Bayyada in the central city of Homs, killing three people, the Observatory said.
The authorities on Sunday charged that rebels had "intensified" attacks on security forces and civilians, warning of a response, as state media published a list of alleged acts of violence.
Ban voiced concern over the shelling of Homs.
"I am very much concerned about what has happened since yesterday and today," he said. "It is important, absolutely important, that the Syrian government should take all the measures to keep this cessation of violence."
China and Russia, which raised earlier reservations over the text of the peacekeepers resolution and had vetoed past resolutions, backed Saturday's vote at the Security Council that approved the monitoring mission.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem, meanwhile, was due to arrive Monday in Beijing to brief Chinese officials about the U.N.-brokered truce, China's state Xinhua news agency said.
Meanwhile, ...back at the wrecked scow, a single surviver held tightly to the smashed prow... Syrian tribes opposed to Assad said Monday they would join forces in an "Assembly of Tribes," Syrian opposition members and media reported.
"Today we proclaim, as children of all tribes, an Assembly of Tribes," opposition Syrian National Council (SNC) member Mahmut al-Maslat said in a statement read out on behalf of the assembly.
[Tripoli Post] The first six-strong advance party of observers from the United Nations ...boodling on the grand scale... are starting work in Syria Monday. They would make contact with the Syrian government and opposition, before beginning to monitor the fragile ceasefire. Another 24 will be arriving in Damascus ...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world... by the end of the week.
The advance party from the UN's Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) arrived in the capital Damascus on Sunday, a day after the UN Security Council passed a resolution authorising their deployment.
The monitors' first tasks will be to liaise with the government of Syria, the Syrian security forces and begin to reach out to the opposition so that all sides understand they've arrived, and that mission's pre-advanced team has begun its work in monitoring.
This follows the Security Council's authorisation for sending an advance team of up to 30 unarmed military observers to Syria to report on the implementation of a full cessation of armed violence, pending the deployment of a United Nations supervision mission that will be tasked with monitoring the ceasefire.
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Hey, did you see that?
What should we do?
I dunno? Write it down?
How about the back of this menu? Waiter, could you bring us another menu? And the wine list...
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.