A 25-year-old Afghan intelligence officer has been identified as "the main suspect" in the killing of two US military advisers inside the Afghan Interior Ministry building in Kabul Saturday, officials said yesterday.
Abdul Saboor joined the police force two years ago and had one of the highest security clearances in the ministry. He is now believed to be on the run, a senior Afghan official told dpa. Saboor had served in several Afghan ministries and had worked at the Interior Ministry for some time, officials said.
Security forces have already raided his house in the north-eastern province of Parwan, just north of Kabul, and have detained several of his relatives, local television Tolo reported.
Investigators have not yet formally linked the killing to the incident, but it followed Taliban calls for revenge. The group claimed responsibility on Saturday.
One US soldier and one Afghan protester were killed Sunday in a hand grenade attack in northern Afghanistan during a protest against Koran burning, officials said.
"Twenty thousand people took to the streets in Imam Saheb District in the northern province of Kunduz to protest against the burning of the Koran," Sayed Sarwar Hussaini, the provincial deputy police chief said.
"The protesters tried to storm a military base of the international forces in the district. Some of the protesters were armed and threw hand grenades inside the base, resulting in the death of one US soldier and one Afghan protester," Hussaini said, adding six US soldiers were also injured.
Fifteen Afghan policemen, including the district police chief, were injured, he said.
The NATO-led coalition confirmed that an explosion had occurred in an ISAF installation in northern Afghanistan, but said there were no fatalities.
This is still worse then it looks: North Afganistan is not Pashtun/Taliban territory. We area losing the battle for hearts and minds.
The War on Terror like any guerrilla war will be won or lost in the political, propagandistic film. If we had done whaty we should have done ten yeatrs after the fall of Kabul Afgahans should have been burning Korans and looking at everything Arab with suspicion. Instead within weeks of Kabul's fall we allowed Aghans to spend thirty million dolars from tyhe 500 the West was giving them on pilgrimages to Mecca, we allowed an Arab firm to be the provider for their cell phone net (using an inferior technology BTW), last but not least we did nothing to remember them of things like how much piss poor Afghanistan was giving to the Saudis through the hadj and of Al Quida people taking, with Taliban consent, Afghan women as sex slaves.
I remember karzai saying, at the inception of his term, "this will be a sharia governed country" and me thinking "what dumb shits we are". We should have blown up the al-qaeda bases, killed as many as we could, then beat it. What the heck are we doing establishing another muslim country? Ditto iraq.
The Quran in the trash heap was classic PsyOps.
It was PLANTED, when is everyone going to that message.
If the US had said, "We didn't put the Quran in the trash, someone planted it."
The demonstrations and all of the killing was too well organized and too immediate for it to have been spontanteous.
The empty suit should have kept his mouth shut and let us work the situation. By apologizing we have only fanned the flames and essentially admitted to doing something that I do not think we did.
Our troops have been trained ad nauseum about being careful with that book and there is no way our guys would have thrown one into a trash heap and set it on fire in an area that the locals could come. We are not that stupid.
Posted by: Bill Clinton ||
A powerful blast rocked Jalalabad city, the provincial capital of eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar on Monday morning, with feared casualties, local media reported.
According to the report by private TV Lemar, the explosion happened at around 7:00 a.m. local time near the city's airport, Xinhua reported. There are no immediate reports of casualties, the report said, adding "Several vehicles had been damaged in the Monday morning's blast near the Jalalabad city airport."
Meantime, unofficial sources in the province told Xinhua that the blast was a suicide bombing and that the explosion left two people including a policeman injured besides killing the bomber right on the spot.
At least nine gunmen were killed Sunday in clashes between Shiite rebels and Sunni fundamentalists in Yemen's northwestern province of Hajja, a security official said, underscoring severe sectarian tension laying before the country's newly-elected president, Xinhua reported.
"Seven Sunni armed tribesmen and two Shiite rebels were killed early Sunday, while several others were wounded in a fresh fighting in Kishir district in Hajja," an official of the interior ministry told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Hajja, some 127 km northwest of the Yemeni capital Sanaa, has been the scene of almost daily sectarian clashes since early 2011. Local residents said Shiite rebels led by Saada-based Abdulmalik al-Houthi have been trying to overrun the northern regions bordering oil-rich Saudi Arabia.
The sectarian conflict has spread to the northern provinces of Hajja, Saada, al-Jouf and Amran. Since anti-government protests erupted in late January 2011, the Houthi-led rebels have been attempting to expand their control over the restive northern provinces after the government's control was weakened by the protests.
On Aug. 26, 2010, the Yemeni government and the Shiite group signed an agreement in Doha to cement a fragile cease-fire to end an on-and-off war since 2004, but the rebels' clashes with local tribesmen are still rocking the region.
Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi took the constitutional oath before the parliament on Saturday to become Yemen's new president, after a landmark vote last week proposed in a Gulf-brokered power transfer deal to ease the long-time president Ali Abdullah Saleh out of office.
The Houthi Shiite group in the north, as well as pro-separatism Southern Movement in the south and resurgent regional al-Qaida network in the southern and eastern provinces, have announced that they will not recognize the legitimacy of Hadi and the transitional government.
At least two people were killed Sunday in fighting between army soldiers and insurgents in the central Yemeni town of Rada'a, reported local media.
The fighting started when a unit from the elite Republican Guards arrived in Rada'a, some 150 kilometres south-east of the capital Sana'a, to arrest a man suspected of stealing a soldier's gun, local sources told the Yemeni website Mareb Press. The insurgents and soldiers exchanged fire, injuring four people, said the sources.
The two deaths were a soldier and the suspected thief of the gun, they added. A battalion of armed radicals with links to al-Qaeda last month seized Rada'a before releasing it following tribal mediation, dpa reported.
BOGOTA: Colombia's main rebel group said Sunday it is abandoning the practice of kidnapping and will free its last remaining "prisoners of war:" 10 security force members it has held for as long as 14 years.
They're getting really tired of getting their butts kicked by the government security forces, and really, really afraid their days are numbered.
The leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, did provide a date for the liberation in a communique published on its website. The government says the rebels hold 12 security force members.
The FARC's announcement that it would no longer kidnap "for financial ends" was its first unequivocal statement on the practice since it took up arms in 1964. It renounces a tool that in the 1990s helped make Colombia the world's kidnapping capital. It could advance prospects for a peace dialogue sought by the rebels, who number about 9,000 fighters. The government has insisted the FARC end all kidnappings as a minimal first step.
The rebels did not say, however that they were was abandoning hostilities. The FARC has recently stepped up hit-and-run attacks on and the military blames it for bombings and mortar attacks on two police posts in the past month that killed 15 people and wounded nearly 100, most of them civilians.
President Juan Manuel Santos responded to Sunday's statement positively but cautiously via Twitter. "We value the FARC's announcement that it is renouncing kidnapping as an important and necessary, if insufficient, step in the right direction," he said.
As defense minister from 2006-2009, Santos oversaw operations that struck major blows to the FARC. Since he took office in 2010, Colombia's military has tracked down and killed the rebels' two top leaders. Santos has insisted on a halt to kidnapping as a condition for peace talks that the FARC is seeking.
The FARC said it was revoking a "law" its general staff approved in 2000, when Colombia's government ceded a Switzerland-sized swath of the country to the rebels for peace talks that failed two years later.
There was no halt in FARC hostilities during those talks and they collapsed after the rebels' high-profile kidnap of a lawmaker, Jorge Eduardo Gechem, who was held for six years before being released in a goodwill gesture. Gechem was among the last political hostages freed by the FARC.
It is not known how many civilians the rebels currently hold -- the government does not provide figures -- but analysts say FARC revenues from ransom kidnappings in recent years represent only a sliver of income for a group whose main revenue source is the cocaine trade.
Can we make stopping that the next condition for peace talks?
Colombia's anti-kidnapping police said the FARC kidnapped 72 people during the first 11 months of 2011.
The FARC's fronts are spread all around Colombia and tend to operate with relative autonomy so it was not clear whether Sunday's announcement would mean the immediate release of any civilians they currently hold.
The rebels announced on Dec. 27 that they would free six security force members but said a month later that they were delaying the release because of a government "militarization" of the area where the release was planned.
Brazil, which has provided the International Red Cross with helicopters in past FARC liberations, subsequently agreed to help arrange the release.
Latin America's last major rebel movement, the FARC was founded in 1964. It has been releasing captives piecemeal since early 2008.
SEOUL, Feb. 27 -- North Korea stepped up its rhetoric Monday as South Korea and the United States kicked off joint military drills that Pyongyang claims are rehearsals for a northward invasion.
"The war drills are an unpardonable infringement upon the sovereignty and dignity of the DPRK as they evidently target the DPRK which is in the mourning period," the North's official Korean Central News Agency said in an English-language dispatch, referring to the North by the initials of its official name.
The latest warning came as South Korea and the U.S. staged the Key Resolve exercise that will last through March 9, with about 200,000 South Korean and 2,100 U.S. troops participating. Separately, the two allies plan to hold the Foal Eagle joint military exercise from March 1 to April 30.
The North, which has a track record of military provocations against South Korea, routinely condemns the military drills in the South as precursors for an invasion.
"The army and people of the DPRK are fully ready to fight a war with them," the dispatch said. "The warmongers will meet destruction in the fire kindled by them if they go reckless misjudging the strong will of the Koreans to defend peace."
Seoul and Washington say the exercises are defensive in nature.
"Abdul-Latif said that 'jihad' in America should be a 'physical jihad,' and not just 'media jihad,' expressing his view that it was necessary to take action rather than just talk," an FBI agent told the court. "Abdul-Latif referred to the 2009 Fort Hood massacre, when a single gunman killed 13 people ... (and) said that if one person could kill so many people, three attackers could kill many more."
KARACHI: Three people, including an activist of Awami National Party (ANP), were killed in separate incidents of target killing in the metropolis on Sunday.
In the first incident, a 32-year-old Ibrahim, son of Ahmed Hussain, was sitting at his friend's shop in Bukhari Colony, where two armed men riding a motorcycle targeted him within the precincts of Orangi Town police station. According to details, Ibrahim was shot once on his head. He was taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH), where he succumbed to his injuries. The deceased worked as a watchman in Bukhari Colony. The police said the victim was an activist of ANP.
Separately, unknown motorcyclist assailants targeted and killed a young man, who was physically impaired, identified as Abdul Kareem, 35, son of Mojuddin. Police officials said that the culprits shot and killed him while he was sitting near his home in Aligarh Colony, Orangi Town. Police sources said that the deceased belonged to the Urdu speaking community and had no affiliation with any political party.
Meanwhile, a bakery worker was also shot dead in an act of target killing in Hussainabad within the jurisdiction of Azizabad police station. The victim was identified as Zubair. He was taken to the ASH where he breathed his last. The deceased was resident of Orangi 11½ and used to work at Lajawab Bakery in Hussainabad.
Ten down, a quarter million to go. These ten must not have paid the 'border fee'...
CHAMAN: A law enforcement agency has arrested 10 Afghan nationals under the Foreign Act. Official sources said that 10 Afghan nationals entered Pakistan from Afghanistan illegally and were taken into custody, as they could not produce travelling documents. They were booked under the Foreign Act and later shifted to the Chaman jail.
LANDIKOTAL: At least six extremists were killed as helicopter gunships attacked the banned Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) hideouts in Nari Baba area.
According to sources, many bases of the LI were destroyed, and a large quantity of weapons was recovered in a search operation after the attack. Security forces and Tawheedul Islam volunteers also made progress on the ground destroying posts under LI's control in order to clear the entire area of the terrorists.
"The operation will continue until the whole area is cleared of the extremists," security officials said.
BANNU: Unidentified terrorists attacked a police station with rockets followed by heavy gunfire on Sunday. No loss of life was reported.
According to officials, unidentified assailants fired three rockets on Ghouriwala Police Station in Bannu and opened fire with automatic weapons. A portion of the police station building was partially damaged in the attack but police officials remained unhurt.
The police retaliated, forcing the attackers to flee the area.
Sort of like the RAB, but no spot onto which to place a lifeless perp...
They cordoned off the area after the incident and launched a search operation but no arrest could be made.
Just as well about the spot, then, seeing as there was no lifeless perp to place there...
The attack spread fear among the locals. They were of the view that when even security forces are not safe from terrorists attacks then who will guarantee security of their lives and property.
BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: Six civilians were wounded in an improvised explosive device attack in northern Baghdad while an army colonel was injured and his brother killed in an armed attack south of the Iraqi capital on Sunday, a security source said.
"An IED went off today at Nazim al-Tabqajli square in al-Azamiya, northern Baghdad, leaving six civilians wounded and causing severe damage to stores near the blast site," the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
In a separate incident, unidentified gunmen attacked a vehicle driven by Colonel Abdullah Hammad in al-Dora area, southern Baghdad, he said, adding the attack left him wounded and his brother killed. The gunmen managed to escape.
A Palestinian woman from Islamic Jihad has been on a hunger strike since the Israel placed her under administrative detention 11 days ago. This is the second high-profile hunger strike by an Islamic Jihad member in recent months.
The woman, Hana Shalbi, 30, says she was subjected to a body search by a male Israeli soldier upon being detained and was assaulted when she resisted. Shalbi says prison officials have put her in periodic solitary confinement as punishment for her hunger strike.
Shalbi lives in the West Bank village of Burkin near Jenin. She previously served 25 months under administrative detention; her detentions were repeatedly renewed. She was set free as part of the prisoner-exchange bargain that freed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
Other administrative detainees have announced their intention to refuse to appear in Israeli military courts starting on March 1.
United States Democratic Congressmen Gerald Nadler and Elliot Engel and Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents Malcolm Hoenlein were attacked by Arab rock throwers on Friday afternoon as they visited the Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives.
Nadler and Engel are hard-left progressive Democrats. I don't advocate violence against them at all, but perhaps this incident will begin to wake them up.
A large "baseball-sized" rock was thrown at the group, and just missed hitting Congressman Nadler. Both he and Rep. Engel are from New York. They spoke Saturday night at the International Committee for the Preservation of Har Hazeitim's Emergency Forum on Violence at Mt. of Olives Ancient Jewish Cemetery.
"He's fine. No one was hurt. I think they were waiting for their bus, and then a rock was thrown... and then Israeli police officers chased the person away. They didn't catch them. Then they got on the bus and left," said Nadler's spokesman, John Doty.
Engel issued a statement confirming the report.
"As we were about to board the bus at the conclusion of our visit, I heard a rock hit a car about 100 feet from us. I saw police jump out of their vehicle to ensure our safety. I don't know if the rocks were thrown at us or at the police. All I know is that we heard a thud and later someone brought over the rock. We were told that the incidents happen like this all the time, but it is disconcerting to actually be a part of it," he said.
"This incident is just more evidence that the vandalism of the graves, and the harassment of those who visit the cemetery need to be stopped," Engel continued.
There have been many cases of vandalism against the Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives. After a rock attack in late November, an Arab perpetrator was found guilty on the basis of video evidence that showed him vandalizing the ceremony, and he was sentenced to three months in prison for his crime.
A meeting was called for Saturday night in Jerusalem, including members of Knesset, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon and Hoenlein, to address the recent acts of Mount of Olives desecration.
"Though it is unknown who was behind the rock-throwing or who paid the November vandal caught on tape, Palestinians and their supporters frequently deny the Jewish connection to Jerusalem and other locations in Israel. Examples include rebranding Jewish holy sites as Muslim, denying the Jewish Temple ever existed in Jerusalem, and identifying Jesus as a Palestinian. Erasing the Jewish connection to the Mount of Olives can only serve the political efforts to bolster the Palestinian claim to the Jerusalem, while challenging Israel's," stated The Blaze.
Charley J. Levine, adviser to the Preservation Committee in Israel stated, "This is not a freak occurrence. This sort of vicious vandalism and desecration occurs at Har Hazeitim [Mount of Olives] every single day, some orchestrated and some spontaneous. It is a shame of enormous proportion that this takes place at the oldest and largest Jewish cemetery in the entire world," he told Arutz Sheva.
perhaps this incident will begin to wake them up
Not hardly. The first thought this sort of incident stimulates in these bozos is "I'm important..." The second thought is "I don't deserve this, but America does..." The third thought is "Not to worry, the president will issue an apology..."
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
one of Hek's able-armed throwers? Ooops. Wrong country.
I have no problem with them catching a rock upside their head. It's called "reaping what you sow"
Posted by: Frank G ||
Future unnamed presidential candidate:
"And then there was the time we came under sniper fire in......"
The Agency is a U.S. government espionage and special operations agency, but one that is extremely secretive -- so much that it doesn't have a proper name. Charlie Borden (known as "The Official"), the director of The Agency, explained that the organization takes on cases that the other agencies "can't, won't, or don't". References in the show point to the Agency as being a "Cold War relic", which makes it likely that The Agency was founded during that time.
The most curious characteristic of The Agency is how it keeps being "absorbed" by Federal Departments that are completely unrelated to intelligence. During the first season, The Agency was a division of the fictional federal "Department of Fish and Game." In the pilot episode, it was explained this was due to the fact that at the time the Department of Defense was having budget cuts while the DFG had a surplus of money.
During the second season, The Agency changed departments several times, having been absorbed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Department of Health and Human Services, and (very briefly) the United States Postal Service before settling in the fictional Bureau of Weights and Measures. All of this led to a running gag in which Hobbes and Fawkes are never taken seriously as federal agents, since their identifications always include their department name.
At least seven law-enforcement members were killed Sunday night when an armed group opened fire at the forces' checkpoint in a suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus, private Sham FM radio reported. The attack took place in the Yabrud suburb of Damascus, said the report without further details.
back at the ranch...
state-run SANA news agency said Sunday that more than 40 armed men surrendered themselves to the authorities along with their weapons at the restive Baba Amr neighborhood in central Homs province, Xinhua reported.
In northern Idlib province, another hub of armed clashes, engineering units dismantled six explosive devices weighing between 40 kg and 50 kg and rigged for remote-controlled detonation near the town of Oweid in Jabal al-Zawye area.
Another six explosive devices were dismantled in the town of Kansafra in Idlib, said SANA, adding that the devices were hidden in bathroom boilers.
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