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U.S. Drone Attack In Pakistan Reportedly Kills 15 Suspected Militants
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 03/13/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [408 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Happy Birthday/Daily Gam Shot

Dana Delany aka Nurse Colleen McMurphy in "China Beach (TV Series 1988–1991)" aka Susan Barnes in "Fly Away Home (1996)" aka Mrs. Beal in "Wide Awake (1998)" aka Cat Fonifam in "The Outfitters (1999)" aka Karen Bennett in "Mother Ghost (2002)" aka Anthea Farrow-Smith in "The Right Temptation (2000)" aka Annie in "Multiple Sarcasms (2010)" (age 57)

The old double-cross
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 03/13/2012 2:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Yes my dear, I have once again been a.... very naughty boy.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/13/2012 2:08 Comments || Top||

#3  I've heard of CFM's but what do you call an ENTIRE outfit like that?

Personally I'd call that a good time, just needs a little olive oil, grape jam, and a rubber duckie or two and with that whip and bustier, it would be a hot time....please don't tell Hillary I said that.
Posted by: Bill Clinton || 03/13/2012 10:24 Comments || Top||

#4  Dana Delaney was exquisite in Tombstone.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 03/13/2012 11:17 Comments || Top||

#5  It is a neo-classic dominatrix outfit, Bill Clinton.
Posted by: Shieldwolf || 03/13/2012 12:06 Comments || Top||

#6  Actually, it's a Hollywood costumer's idea of what a dominatrix would wear.
Posted by: mojo || 03/13/2012 14:55 Comments || Top||

#7  Oh, Priscilla, at last I've found you
Come let me put my arms around you
Oh, Priscilla, you sweet, sweet thing, you

She reminds me quite a bit of my wife at one time.
Posted by: Glenmore || 03/13/2012 19:09 Comments || Top||

#8  CFM?

a measurement of air volume?
a maker of jet engines?
i am not knowing? ( but would volunteer for a littelr one on one tutoring.....)
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 03/13/2012 19:27 Comments || Top||

#9  CFM = Come F**k Me.
Posted by: Secret Asian Man || 03/13/2012 20:49 Comments || Top||

#10  A.K.A. 'adult' costuming.
Posted by: Pappy || 03/13/2012 22:01 Comments || Top||

#11  AKA in a bar, wearing "shoes", at 2AM
Posted by: Frank G || 03/13/2012 22:56 Comments || Top||

#12  How about FDTMAM?

First dinner, then a movie...
Posted by: badanov || 03/13/2012 23:12 Comments || Top||

Afghan lawmakers demand US soldier faces public trial
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/13/2012 08:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [368 views] Top|| File under:

#1  US citizens demand Afghan officials run their own cou before demanding anything.ntry resposibly
Posted by: chris || 03/13/2012 9:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Nope. No locals need apply.

Military court, full boat - General-level, competent to hand down a death penalty.

Fairly tried, and if convicted (likely), immediate execution by firing squad.
Posted by: mojo || 03/13/2012 12:46 Comments || Top||

#3  Dunna know, mojo.

From what I've been hearing this soldier has a documented history of head trouble. We don't execute people with mental trouble. (Though I'm afraid that the Obamanation would have 0 problem with that if he thought it would help his image)
Posted by: AlanC || 03/13/2012 15:22 Comments || Top||

#4  Doesn't matter - he's done the deed and must be publicly punished if the Afghans are to be mollified and the whole magilla kept from exploding.

Bad? Sure, but not as bad as the alternative.

Complaints? Send them to Pvt. Eddie Slovik.
Posted by: mojo || 03/13/2012 15:49 Comments || Top||

#5  You're assuming there's anything we can do to put the genie back in the bottle at this point. Obama probably secretly is relieved to have his excuse to pull out fully before the election.
Posted by: Charles || 03/13/2012 19:03 Comments || Top||

#6  Well Hell, they still haven't had the trial for Major Nadal Hasan for killing and wounding those soldiers in Fort Hood, and that's been since 11/2009. Fry his ass first.
Posted by: texhooey || 03/13/2012 19:25 Comments || Top||



* SAME > US SOLDIER KILLED AT MASSACRE SITE, as part of a visiting Govt. Prayer Delegation which was fired upon + which included two of Prez Zardari's own brothers.

Similar Arctic also on DRUDGEREPORT.

FYI despite the mil forum Artic header, IMO its not too clear from the Artic per se iff the dead Soldier was actually American, or a US Contract Security, or even Afghani???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/13/2012 21:06 Comments || Top||

#8  Send them to Pvt. Eddie Slovik

Slovik was executed for desertion, something that was on the rise at a time when combat was arduous and costly.

Posted by: Pappy || 03/13/2012 22:07 Comments || Top||

#9  ..immediate execution by firing squad.

Take it up with the Military Court of Appeals. Otherwise, just blow off the steam.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/13/2012 22:09 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
Gunmen Kill 3 Christians Near Nigerian Flashpoint City
[An Nahar] Gunmen rubbed out three Christians near the flashpoint central city of Jos, hours after 10 people were killed in a suicide kaboom of a Catholic church, the Plateau state government said Monday.

The gunnies struck late Sunday in a village south of the city, where Christian-Mohammedan tensions were running high after the church attack, government front man Pam Ayuba told Agence La Belle France Presse.

"Unknown gunnies, in an apparent ambush late Sunday, waylaid and rubbed out three people and injured two others -- all Christians -- in Chugwi village," Ayuba said.

"We suspect that the attackers were herdsmen. They left with the handsets of those killed and called numbers on their phones to alert their relations that they were responsible for the killings," he said from the scene of the attack.

Ayuba, who is a native of the Christian village, said no arrests have yet been made.

A jacket wallah went kaboom!" outside a Roman Catholic church in Jos on Sunday, killing seven people and sparking panic in which security forces shot three others dead.
Posted by: Fred || 03/13/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [285 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram

Darkness returns to Sana'a after targeting electricity lines
[Yemen Post] Darkness returned again to Sana'a on Sunday after sabotage acts targeted electricity lines linking between Sana'a and Marib in Al-Shabwan of Marib governorate.

Sources of the Public Electricity Corporation said that the attacks caused an entire suspension of the gas-operated station located in the restive governorate of Marib.

The sources said that teams of the corporation will embark on repairing the lines of damages on Monday morning.

The sources urged all Yemenis to confront such sabotage acts, pointing out that the cuts of electricity lead to much suffer of the citizens.

Separately, an American-Turkish delegation is to arrive in Sana'a on Monday with the aim of implementing investment projects in the field of electricity.

The regional representative of the PEG Company, Hashim Al-Thawar, said the company plans to develop the capacity of electricity and its infrastructure.

He affirmed that the company has willingness to build up electricity stations that operate with diesel, gas or oil, pointing out that it will offer many facilitates that could assist and hasten the implementation of the projects.

He said the company intends to establish several technical institutes in three Yemeni stations with the aim of training and qualifying the Yemeni cadres.

Yemen's electricity supplies have been damaged many times since the eruption of the eleven-month-old protests demanding the ousting of President President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...

Electricity crisis led to the paralysis of factories, laboratories, workshops and many service sectors, pushing further Yemenis to unemployment.
Posted by: Fred || 03/13/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [303 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Two bombers killed in south Yemen
[Yemen Post] Yemeni Ministry of Interior announced on Sunday that two bombers suspected of being linked to al-Qaeda have been killed in the southern trouble-torn province of Abyan.

The bombers were killed when their cycle of violence, which was packed with explosives, accidently blew off, according to the Ministry website, which cited local security sources.
Consult Mutual of Gaza for the proper procedures in such cases. They're the experts.
Yasser Mohammed Salem al-Hawi, 21, and Munif Hadi Haroon al-Hawi,20, intended to launch suicide kabooms on army posts in the province. But unfortunately for them they died before doing so, the source added.

Separately, Ministry of Interior said it had incarcerated 4 Somalis suspected of ties with al-Qaeda in the southern province of Lahj.

The Somali nationals are believed to be linked to the Mohammedan Youth group, al-Qaeda offshoot in the African country that sent at least 300 hundred fighters to help their fellow Yemeni terrorists, the ministry said.

"The Somalis were incarcerated in a road connecting Lahj province to Abyan," said the ministry, adding that the Somalis confessed that they had entered the country illegally.

Investigation with the African suspects is still under way, according to the ministry.

Al-Qaeda has stepped up its attacks on the military posts and personnel in south Yemen, taking an advantage of the current security situation.

Last week, the transnational terror network surprisingly stormed a military post in Abyan, killing at least 200 soldiers, wounding dozens others, and seizing a huge amount of weapons.

In reaction, the Air Force stepped up its Arclight airstrikes in the couple of days ago on the hard boys' whereabouts, leaving at least 50 of them killed.
Posted by: Fred || 03/13/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [282 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia

Interior Ministry unveil terrorist plans against government facilities
[Yemen Post] The Yemeni Interior Ministry has said that security services have unveiled a terrorist plan of Al-Qaeda forces of Evil to target vital government facilities in a number of the governorates.

The ministry said in its website that Al-Qaeda forces of Evil plan to use car booms against public institutions and vital positions.

In a statement it made it clear that it will seriously deal with Al-Qaeda threats, affirming that it took a number of security procedures to encounter the plans.

The ministry emphasized that it will go on its war against terrorism everywhere , citing that the organization suffers of a hysteria state following the success of the early presidential elections.

In a previous statement, the ministry had revealed that 300 forces of Evil of the Somali Al-Shabaab
... Harakat ash-Shabaab al-Mujahidin aka the Mujahideen Youth Movement. It was originally the youth movement of the Islamic Courts, now pretty much all of what's left of it. They are aligned with al-Qaeda but operate more like the Afghan or Pakistani Taliban...
Movement arrives in Yemen early of March to fight with Ansar Al-Sharia ( Supporters of the Islamic law) against the government forces.

It further said that it seized four Somalis while they were en route to Abyan governorate where festivities between the terrorist group and the Yemeni army are ongoing, hinting that Al-Qaeda forces of Evil admitted about the plans.

Units of the Yemeni military are taking part in securing some public institutions, banks as well as bridges and tunnels.

Yemen witnessed an increase of the violent acts that are carried out by Al-Qaeda beturbanned goons. More than 185 Yemenis were killed in Al-Qaeda attack on some military positions of Abyan.

The Yemeni army launched strikes on Friday against the strongholds of Al-Qaeda in Abyan and Al-Badha, killing at least 40 beturbanned goons.

Several families have decamped Abyan, seeking refuge in nearby villages, fearful of the increasing festivities between Al-Qaeda forces of Evil and the military.

Posted by: Fred || 03/13/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [269 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia

Houthi leader: Tribes prevented us from expelling the Americans
[Yemen Post] Spokesman of the Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates....
group in Hajja governorate Abu Yahya Al-Matari has said the group wants to drive the Americans out, pointing out that the tribes of Hajja encountered them and prevented them from reaching the US embassy in Sana'a.

In a meeting with more than 20 Yemeni journalists and activists visiting some areas of Hajja where violent festivities broke out between the Houthis and rustics, Al-Matary affirmed that they want to get to the US embassy and some Yemeni coasts to expel the Americans.

He claimed that the group has the ability to control many Yemeni governorates militarily, hinting that they prefer to widespread their culture peacefully.

He told the journalists that the group fighters went to Hajja with the aim of protecting a leader of the group, Yousf Al-Mudan, stressing that they have the right to exist in anywhere inside Yemen.

The Houthi group whose main slogan is "God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews." accused the tribes of fighting a proxy war with America and Israel.

A ten-member team of journalists and activists visited Hajja early of this weak to review the damages and consequences of the festivities between the Houthis and some tribes of Hajja.

Prominent local human rights
...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions...
organizations such Hood, Seyaj, the Yemeni Observatory for Human Rights, and other organizations and activists took part in this mission.

News reports stated on Saturday that Germany warned the Houthi group of using violence to gain political objectives, urging the group to renounce the violence and engage in the political process.

Posted by: Fred || 03/13/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [300 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  Make note of this.
Posted by: newc || 03/13/2012 0:28 Comments || Top||

Caribbean-Latin America
More Mexican Mayhem: Juarez Edition

For a map, click here. For a map of Chihuahua state, click here

By Chris Covert

Five unidentified men were shot to death and a woman was wounded in a shooting at a Chihuahua, Chihuahua beauty salon Monday evening, according to Mexican news accounts.

The shooting took place at the Performance Salon near the intersection of calles 39th and José Joaquin Calvo in San Rafael colony east of Zona Centro in the city.

Shooters arrived at the barber establishment aboard two vehicles, dismounted and started firing. Two of the victims were waiting for a haircut, while a third was already receiving service.

The other two victims attempted to flee the fusillade by foot but were caught by gunfire.

Five other individuals were killed in ongoing drug and gang related violence in Chihuahua state, including two Ciudad Juarez municipal police agents.
  • A man was found shot to death in Juarez Monday. José Murguia Gomez, 35, was found near the intersection of calles Batopilas and Carlos Adame in Anahuac colony. The victim was shot following a foot pursuit.

  • An unidentified woman was found dead near Juarez Monday. The victim was found in Campesina colony near the intersection of calles José Isabel Sanchez and Benito Juarez.

  • An unidentified employee of an eating establishment was shot to death early Monday morning in Juarez. An armed suspect entered the place in Partido Romero colony near the intersection of Avenida 16 de Septiembre and Calle Emilia Calvillo, shouting at the victim before shooting him.

  • Two undercover Ciudad Juarez municipal police agents were shot and killed Monday. The agents were observing an attempted hijacking of a food delivery truck at a grocery store in Rancho Anapra colony near the intersection of calles Quimera and Remora. The two agents attempted to detain the armed suspects when the suspects opened fire on the officers killing them. The El Diario de Coahuila news story said that 16 Juarez municipal police officers have been killed in the line of duty since the start of the year.

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com.
Posted by: badanov || 03/13/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [288 views] Top|| File under:

#1  One might almost suspect there was a war going on over there or sumthin'.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/13/2012 0:25 Comments || Top||

#2  I guess the movie El Mariachi was a docudrama.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 03/13/2012 11:57 Comments || Top||

March 12th Mayhem in Monterrey: Soldiers bag 15 bad guys

For a map, click here. For a map of Nuevo Leon state, click here. For a map of Monterrey, click here

By Chris Covert

Mexican Army units have killed a total of 15 armed suspects in three separate incidents in and around Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, according to Mexican news accounts.

On Sunday night, an army patrol in Los Aldamas municipality near ejido Lampacito was fired on by an undisclosed number of armed suspects. Army return fire killed eight suspects.

Soldiers searching the area following the firefight found and released three unidentified individuals aboard a vehicle who had been held hostage by the armed suspects.

Soldiers also secured eight handguns and rifles and four vehicles abandoned in the firefight.

Meanwhile, in the Cadereyta-Jimenez region east of Monterrey, soldiers killed seven individuals in two incidents Sunday evening.

In San Moises colony, a Mexican army patrol attempted a traffic stop of a Nissan Tsuru sedan, but were instead fired on by the vehicle's occupants. A chase ensued that ended at Kilometer Four of Libramiento Alfonso Martinez Dominguez when the occupants, an unidentified man and and woman died.

In the same area at about the same time, army personnel fired on and killed five unidentified individuals including two woman who had been travelling aboard a Volkswagen Bora. Reportedly, one of the dead, in possession of an assault rifle and tactical gear, attempted to escape army gunfire but died a short distance away from the vehicle. The report does not note the location, only that it took place near a municipal sports center.

Following the conclusion of the pursuit soldiers secured four rifles, tactical gear, 300 packages of marijuana presumably divided for retail sale, and weapons magazines and ammunition.

In other news, a total of seven individuals were killed or were found dead in and around Monterrey in ongoing drug and gang violence.
  • A man was found dead Sunday morning on Calle Capitan De castro in Lomas Mederos colony. Santiago Cordoba Cruz, 38, was abducted at gunpoint from his residence in Sierra Ventana in southern Monterrey Saturday night at around 2230 hrs. He had been shot five times. Reports say the victim had a prior criminal conviction for drug sales, but had been working as a bricklayer.

  • A man was found beaten to death in Escobedo municiality Friday afternoon. Luis Alejandro Moreno Ontiveros was found in Alianza Real colony about five kilometers from the National Highway. He was blindfolded and had been beaten about the head with stones.

  • An inmate at Topo Chico prison was found hanged Sunday evening. Crescencio Jesus Martinez Urbano, 40, who was serving time for a 1995 rape of two women was found dead in the prison shower room.

  • An unidentified man was shot to death in Monterrey Saturday night. The victim had been shot 15 times by armed suspects using an AR-15 assault rifle near the intersection of Avenida de la Hacienda and Paseo de la Hacienda in Fomerrey 45 colony. The victim was also stabbed in the neck with a screwdriver. It is suspected the assailants fled the scene on foot.

  • An unidentified man and woman were shot to death at a park in Santiago municipality Monday. The victims were in the village of El Cercado when a male armed suspect shot them.

  • An unidentified woman in her 50s was found beaten to death in Ciudad Solidaridad Monday. The victim was found lying face down near the intersection of calles Frutilla and Nopal in Mirasol colony.

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com.
Posted by: badanov || 03/13/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [286 views] Top|| File under:

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Two terrorists killed in Dagestani gun battle
Security forces said they killed two terrorists militants during a gun battle in Makhachkala, Dagestan's capital.

An unidentified source in the Dagestani law enforcement agencies said that one of the slain terrorists militants is Eldos Zulfugarov, who had been wanted on terrorism charges.

In a related report, Dagestani police said they destroyed a terrorist militant base in the forest near the village of Gubden. Police said they found food and clothing and that the base could accommodate up to 15 fighters.

Three terrorists sentenced for Chechnya killings

Three terrorists militants involved in a deadly attack that killed 84 federal troops in Chechnya were given lengthy prison sentences, the Russian Investigations Committee said on Monday.
No names mentioned
The three were members of an terrorist insurgent group that attacked a unit of federal forces near the town of Ulus Kert in the Argun Gorge on February 29, 2000. Two of the terrorists insurgents were sentenced to 14 years and the third to 13 years in prison.

The battle of Ulus Kert was one of the most tragic episodes of the second war in Chechnya. Some 700 terrorists insurgents also died in the battle.
Posted by: ryuge || 03/13/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [283 views] Top|| File under:

Scuffle at U.N. Council as N. Korea Rejects 'Fabricated' Report
[An Nahar] A scuffle broke out Monday in the U.N. Human Rights Council and a man was jugged by security after a North Korean diplomat said a critical report by an independent expert had been fabricated.

North Korea said it "roundly rejects this useless interpretation" which it said was "fabricated by hostile elements" and it called on the council not to renew the mandate of the special rapporteur on human rights
...which are usually entirely different from personal liberty...
Marzuki Darusman.

As the North Korean delegate was leaving the hall a scuffle ensued and a man was held by U.N. security officials before being later released.

The dispute erupted when council members took note of a report by Darusman, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in North Korea.

The report covers the period from September 2011 to January 2012, when the situation "continued to deteriorate" said Darusman's report.

After the report was presented, several representatives took the floor, led by North Korea, followed by the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
and Japan.

While the Japanese representative was about to finish his speech, the North Korean diplomat stood up to leave and the scuffle broke out.

The report said the human rights and humanitarian situation in North Korea has tanked in recent months, while adding that the leadership transition following Kim Dear Leader Jong-Il
... hereditary dictator of North Korea. His definition of reunification isn't the same as the definition in Seoul...
's death in December was an opportunity for reform.

"The current transition may be a window of opportunity for the country to adopt a reform process and address all questions and concerns in relation to human rights," said Darusman.
Posted by: Fred || 03/13/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [303 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Full Moon?
Posted by: Water Modem || 03/13/2012 2:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Can we have a cage match?
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/13/2012 10:39 Comments || Top||

#3  Special rapporteur?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 03/13/2012 11:22 Comments || Top||

Belgian mosque attacked with petrol bomb, one dead
BRUSSELS - A man threw a petrol bomb through the window of a mosque west of Brussels on Monday, killing the imam and injuring a second person, Belgian newspaper La Derniere Heure reported.

The newspaper quoted police as saying a suspect was detained after the attack in Anderlecht and a large crowd of people gathered in front of the mosque. Police were not immediately reachable for comment.

Belgium has a Muslim population of about 500,000 out of a population of nearly 11 million and there are occasional acts of violence between communities, particularly in areas such as Anderlecht.
Another version of the story from the BBC.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/13/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [287 views] Top|| File under:

#1  According to this article the mosque is largest Shiite mosque in Brussels.

Another very interesting information from the article:
The last time an imam was targetted in Brussels was in 1989 when Saudi-born Abdullah Muhammad al-Ahdal was shot dead.

He served as imam in the Grand Mosque of Brussels and was killed on March of that year by an armed man inside the mosque.

His killing was claimed by a small pro-Iranian group in Lebanon who accussed him of being too moderate and of having rejected the death fatwa slapped on writer Salman Rushdie.

In 1989 even Saudi Wahabis rejected and condemned Rushdie rules. In the 21st century acceptance of Rushdie rules is consensus among Western elites.
Posted by: Thinetle Jamble3987 || 03/13/2012 5:53 Comments || Top||

#2  per this from Flanders News (english version), the bomber was reported to have shouted anti Shiite slogans during the attack

so, yes, it may well be a Sunni attack on the Shiites
Posted by: Lord Garth || 03/13/2012 10:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Green on Green
Posted by: Hellfish || 03/13/2012 12:00 Comments || Top||

#4  My first thought was Kristallnacht, but, now it's more like brown shirts on black shirts.
Posted by: AlanC || 03/13/2012 12:41 Comments || Top||

U.S. Drone Attack In Pakistan Reportedly Kills 15 Suspected Militants
U.S. drone aircraft struck twice in Pakistan's unruly tribal regions along the border with Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing 15 suspected militants, including two senior militant commanders, security and intelligence officials said.

In the first strike, a drone fired missiles at a vehicle in the Birmal area of the South Waziristan tribal region, killing eight.

Among the dead were Shams Ullah and Amir Hamza, senior commanders of a pro-government militant faction led by Maulvi Nazir, one of the most influential militant leaders in the region.

Seven suspected militants were killed in the second attack later in the day, when a drone fired missiles at a vehicle in the Sara Khawra area, which straddles the border between North Waziristan and South Waziristan.

Several militant groups, including the Afghan Taliban and al Qaeda, operate in Pakistan's semi-autonomous border regions, taking advantage of a porous border with Afghanistan to conduct cross-border attacks or plot violence elsewhere.

The usually unacknowledged Central Intelligence Agency's drone programme, an important element of the U.S. counter-terrorism strategy in the region, appeared to have been halted after a NATO cross-border air attack killed 24 Pakistani soldiers last November, sparking fury in Pakistan.
Posted by: tipper || 03/13/2012 13:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [631 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "pro-government militant faction". That says a mouthful.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 03/13/2012 15:51 Comments || Top||

Security man killed in Mohmand IED blast
[Dawn] A security man was killed when an improvised bomb went off in Baizai tehsil of Mohmand
... 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 Beautiful Downtown 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...
tribal region on Sunday, officials said.

They said that security personnel were fetching water from a spring in Wali Kor area of Baizai when one of them stepped on the bomb, planted along the track. A security man was killed while his other companions remained unhurt in the blast, they added.

A front man for Mohmand Taliban talked to local journalists by telephone from Qazi's guesthouse an undisclosed location and grabbed credit for the blast.

In Khyber Agency, two persons including a security man were killed and two children received injuries in different incidents in Bara tehsil on Sunday.

Sources said that headless body of a kidnapped official of Frontier Corps was found in Alamgudar area of Bara. They said that the dear departed identified as Jameel Khattak was kidnapped by faceless myrmidons after he got injured during a clash with them.

His beheaded body was thrown on a road at the night and it was found on Sunday morning.

In Jamrud, unidentified persons rubbed out a primitive near Shahkas locality. Sources said that Amir Jan, a resident of Bara,
along with another person was coming to Jamrud on a cycle of violence when he was intercepted by two gunnies, also riding a cycle of violence.

The assailants made their escape good after getting him off from the cycle of violence and killing him on the spot. Reason behind the killing could not be known, however, sources said that the dear departed was member of a banned group from Bara.

...back at the pond, the radioactive tadpoles grown into frogs. Really big frogs, in fact...
two children were maimed when a mortar shell fell on the house of Janas Khan in Akkakhel area of Bara. The injured children were shifted to ICRC hospital in Peshawar.

Also, security forces handed over bodies of six suspected faceless myrmidons to the local political administration. The bodies were later handed over to their relatives at Levies Centre in Bara.

The six suspected faceless myrmidons included four Afghan nationals and two local rustics identified as Jalil Jan Shalobar and Othmankhel Akkakhel. Security forces on Saturday claimed to have killed 36 faceless myrmidons during an operation in Alamgudar area of Bara. Four army men including a lieutenant were also killed in the daylong operation.
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UK government sued for helping Pakistan drone strikes
[Dawn] A human rights
...which often include carefully measured allowances of freedom at the convenience of the state...
group and a law firm took legal action Monday against the British government, accusing it of passing on intelligence to assist US covert drone attacks in Pakistain.

The London-based charity Reprieve and the law firm Leigh Day & Co. are filing papers to the High Court claiming that civilian staff at Britannia's electronic listening agency, GCHQ, could be liable as "secondary parties to murder" for providing "locational intelligence" to the CIA in directing its drone attack program.

The two are acting on behalf of Noor Khan, 27, a Pak whose father was killed by a drone strike in northwest Pakistain in March 2011 while attending a gathering of elders. More than 40 other people were killed in that attack, they said.

Reprieve, which helps death row prisoners and Guantanamo Bay inmates, urged the British government to be more transparent about its role --if any --in the drone program.

"What has the government got to hide? If they're not supplying information as part of the CIA's illegal drone war, why not tell us?" Reprieve director Clive Stafford Smith said.

British officials have never commented publicly on the drones. The Foreign Office and GCHQ declined comment on the legal action Monday, saying they could not speak about ongoing legal proceedings or and intelligence matters.

Since 2004, CIA drones have targeted suspected hard boyz with missile strikes in the Pak tribal regions, killing hundreds of people.

The program is controversial because of questions about its legality, the number of civilians it has killed, and its impact on Pakistain's illusory sovereignty.

Leigh Day & Co. did not detail what evidence the firm has regarding Britannia's alleged role in the drone program, but it cited media reports that quoted an anonymous GCHQ source as saying that the assistance it gave to the US authorities was in 'strict accordance' with the law.

The law firm disputed that, saying GCHQ staff may be guilty of war crimes by passing along detailed intelligence to a drone program that violates international humanitarian law.
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#1  I hope the law firm isnt on a contingency fee, because this case sounds like a looosser!
Posted by: Northern Cousin || 03/13/2012 0:46 Comments || Top||

Fourteen killed in Iraq robbery, attacks
[Dawn] Attacks against al-Qaeda's favorite targets in Iraq killed 14 people Monday as Death Eaters struck security forces, a government office and jewelry stores, demonstrating a continued threat from gangs ahead of a meeting of the Arab world's top leaders in Storied Baghdad
...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate...

Security officials expect al-Qaeda to ramp up violence over the next few weeks as Iraq prepares to host the annual 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...
summit at the end of the month.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Monday's strikes, and numerous gangs in Iraq have mixed attacks on political targets with money-making criminal operations. But al-Qaeda in Iraq for years has been believed to fund itself in part with cash and gold stolen from jewelry stores.

Militants struck first in a pre-dawn raid Monday in the city of Tarmiyah, 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Storied Baghdad, where police said gunnies in at least two cars attacked the local mayor's office. Three coppers were killed, police and health officials said. The mayor was not in his office at the time.

A half hour later and a few miles (kilometers) away, gunnies targeted a police patrol in a drive-by shooting. Two coppers were killed, officials said, and it was not known if the gunnies were the same group who attacked the mayor's office.

A few hours later, two carloads of robbers armed with grenades and guns killed nine people and maimed 14 in a coordinated strike on an eastern Storied Baghdad gold market, officials said. The Orcs and similar vermin simultaneously attacked jewelry stores and a nearby checkpoint.

Storied Baghdad officials said two coppers, two soldiers and two goldsmiths were among the dead at the small market in the Shia neighborhood of Ur.

"At first we heard shootings from the other side of the market, near the police checkpoint," said eyewitness Maitham Moussa, 30, who owns of a dairy shop about 50 yards (meters) from the jewelry stores. "Then we heard shootings very close to us. When the women started to yell, they started to open fire into the air and set off sound bombs."

A police officer said the gunnies stole gold and cash after the late-morning heist, which the Death Eaters pulled off despite a shootout with nearby security forces. Iraqi Army Gen. Hassan al-Baydhani of Storied Baghdad's military command said one of the gunnies was jugged but the rest beat feet.

A doctor in a nearby Storied Baghdad hospital confirmed the police casualty figures. They all spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information. Al-Baydhani put the number of dead at six. Conflicting casualty totals are common in the immediate aftermath of attacks in Iraq.

Although violence has dropped significantly since the sectarian fighting that brought Iraq to the edge of civil war just five years ago, deadly attacks still happen almost every day.

US officials as recently as September said jewelry robberies were a main source of funding for al-Qaeda in Iraq as it grapples with dwindling financial support. The Sunni cut-thoat movement also frequently targets officials of the Shiite-led government in a campaign to undermine confidence in its authority.
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IDF strike kills two militants in Gaza, as rockets continue to hit southern Israel
[Haaretz] Two Paleostinian Islamic fascisti were killed in the latest Israel Defense Forces strike in Gazoo on Monday, raising the corpse count since the beginning of the escalation on the Israel-Gazoo border on Friday to 25.

IDF sources said the bad boyz were potted while preparing to launch rockets into Israel. The IDF added that in recent days the terrorist cell had fired rockets into Israel.

Paleostinian Islamic fascisti in the Gazoo Strip fired more than 40 rockets at Israel on Monday, as the heavy cross-border barrage continued well into its fourth day. Two of the rockets fired Monday went kaboom! near Gedera, just 40 kilometers south of Tel Aviv, and another struck inside the southern city of Ashdod.

Overall on Monday, 47 rockets went kaboom! in Israeli territory, and 13 were intercepted by the Iron Dome system.
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#1  Islam has spread all over the world! They can't even let non-muslims have a small slice of their own thousands of year old homeland.

These islamists are only mad because they cannot convert the Jews and their land so they must kill innocents.

If Israel ever falls, another country will become the new Jew.
Posted by: Fat Bob Unotch3711 || 03/13/2012 19:27 Comments || Top||

Egypt official: Israel, Gaza militants agree to ceasefire
[Haaretz] Israel and jihad boy factions in the Gazoo Strip have agreed to an Egyptian-mediated truce to end four days of cross-border violence, a senior Egyptian security official told Rooters on Tuesday.

The official said both sides "agreed to end the current operations" including an unusual undertaking by Israel to "stop liquidations" in a deal expected to take effect at 1 A.M. local time.

There was no immediate comment by Israel or the Paleostinian factions regarding the deal.

Shortly before the official's comment, a senior Israeli official said that if the Paleostinians stop firing rockets toward Israel, the Israel Defense Forces will stop reacting with attacks on the Gazoo Strip, according to Army Radio.

An Israeli military front man declined to comment.

Gazoo's Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, leadership, whose own cadres have kept out of the fighting, had confirmed on Sunday that Egypt was working on a deal to stop the violence.

On Monday, the Egyptian ambassador to the Paleostinian Authority said that he expects Israel and Gazoo to reach a ceasefire within 48 hours.

"Egypt is determined to reach a ceasefire within 48 hours," said Yasser Othman, adding that a ceasefire would be reached despite current difficulties and the refusal of Israel to stop its activities in the Gazoo Strip.

Othman denied claims of a Hamas politician Yunus al-Astal, that Egypt suggested a ceasefire in exchange for supplying petrol to the Gazoo Strip. He added that an Egyptian team was currently in Gazoo, in order to solve the petrol supply problem.

Egyptian intelligence officials have been leading efforts to mediate between Israel and Hamas in the last few days, in order to calm the escalation on the Israel-Gazoo border.

Egyptian diplomats said on Monday that there is an effort to bring about a ceasefire by Tuesday morning.

"We hope that we will succeed to reach quiet tonight," said one Egyptian diplomat.

Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya'alon said that Hamas approached Egyptian intelligence and asked to pass a message to Israel regarding the renewal of calm.

"We do not carry out negotiations with Hamas," Ya'alon said.

"Our response through the Egyptians was very simple, this is basically our policy since the beginning of the current administration: if you are quiet, we will be quiet, if you shoot, or plot attacks, we will hit you, and so the ball is certainly in their court."

The Egyptian diplomat who is involved in the efforts to bring about the ceasefire said that Egyptian intelligence has been talking with Amos Gilad, head of the Defense Ministry's diplomatic-security bureau since Sunday, as well as with different Paleostinian factions, with an emphasis on Hamas.

According to him, the attempt to reach an agreement for a ceasefire between Sunday night and Monday failed, after the two sides continued fire.

"We are doing everything to end this round of violence at the earliest opportunity possible," the Egyptian diplomat said.

"We will try again to do this today. We are continuing to work in order to have a quiet night. We want both sides to stop firing, but we still have not received final answers."
Posted by: Fred || 03/13/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [614 views] Top|| File under: Islamic Jihad

#1  "Egypt is determined to reach a ceasefire within 48 hours,"

I'm guessing Egypt is worried about an IDF ground operation chasing the rats out of Gaza and into Egypt. Continued Paleo rocketry from Egypt proper will mean Israeli air strikes on Egyptian territory. Would *you* trust the discipline of Egyptian mil forces to keep things from spiraling out of control?
Posted by: SteveS || 03/13/2012 0:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Not this time, Ahmad.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/13/2012 1:09 Comments || Top||

#3  the egyptian military is also worried about their own population, many of whom want to go to war with Israel or, at least, support the Gaza war with Israel
Posted by: Lord Garth || 03/13/2012 8:02 Comments || Top||

#4  Perhaps all this has been Iran hoping to goad Israel into giving a little demonstration of how well Iron Dome works?
Posted by: gorb || 03/13/2012 8:02 Comments || Top||

#5  Latest update.
7 projectiles fired after 'cease-fire' came into effect
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/13/2012 8:40 Comments || Top||

#6  There's a useful map at g(r)omgoru's link, showing the ranges of the various thingies the Gazans can launch. Odd how many toys they have, given that the tunnels are only used for peaceful purposes.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/13/2012 11:12 Comments || Top||

#7  7 projectiles fired after 'cease-fire' came into effect

Typical Palestinian cease fire.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 03/13/2012 11:27 Comments || Top||

IDF official: Army ready for ground op in Gaza
Iran encouraging Islamic Jihad to fire rockets at Israel, escalation could prompt ground incursion, senior officer says. IDF hasn't used all measures at its disposal, he says
Perhaps they'll show good sense and expel them this time.
Per the discussion in the Burg yesterday, it just might be time to evict all the Gazooks into the Sinai. Let them wander for the next forty years or so. Or perhaps their brother Arabs will take them in .. to Mauritania...
Is Gaza war in cards? The current round of fighting between Israel and Palestinian terror groups could prompt Israel to launch a ground operation in the Gaza Strip, a senior IDF official said Monday.
The comments were made as Gaza terror groups continued to shell southern Israel communities with dozens of rockets and mortar shells Monday.
Two such rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system over Ashkelon Monday evening. Military officials said the advanced system shot down 85% of the rockets fired from Gaza in the past four days. Meanwhile, the IDF struck several targets in Gaza, killing at least two terrorists Monday night. 
The official said that Iran and the Islamic Jihad's headquarters in Damascus "are encouraging the terrorist organization to continue the current round of rocket fire until they obtain a significant gain."
The recent escalation in Israel's south, which has seen more than a million residents come under heavy rocket fire, has already been described by the IDF as "unprecedented in scope." According to the senior officer, there is "no end in sight" to the current round of fighting.
"The IDF is prepared for any development, including a situation where we are forced to launch a ground operation," the IDF official said. "We have everything we need and are ready to step it up if needed. There are many measures that we haven't employed yet."
"There is no effective control in Gaza, and no clear distinction between the political and military wings of Hamas... we are prepared to turn it up a notch," he said
Tel Aviv at risk? 
Military officials have stressed that Hamas' lack of involvement in the current round of aggression points to the dominance of the Islamic Jihad, which has enjoyed rising popularity in Gaza.
"They haven't been paying attention to the Hamas for the past two years, because it can't rule Gaza or enforce the law," the official said, adding that the terror group also enjoys the support of its headquarters in Damascus and is being portrayed as the "defender of the Palestinian people.'"
So far, the official noted, 22 terrorists have been killed in IDF airstrikes, including Islamic Jihad mid-level commanders. In addition, three civilians were killed in close proximity to rocket-launching sites.
"This points to a cynical exploitation of civilians, and so far we have acted with utmost precision to prevent the loss of innocent lives," the official said.
Asked whether there is a possibility that the rockets will reach the Tel Aviv-area, the senior officer said that terror groups "are always contemplating whether to fire their (long-range) Fajr rockets, but they realize the consequences and make the cost-benefit calculation."
However, this could change should the fighting continue, the IDF official said.
"If we boost our offensive activity in Gaza, I suppose they won't keep their Fajr missiles as museum exhibits," he said.
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#1  Just, if you must take the ground; make sure you inform them that it is not the Gaza strip you are invading, it's Gush Katif you are re-claiming.

Gaza was a launch pad.
Posted by: newc || 03/13/2012 0:30 Comments || Top||

#2  My guess is it would be a repeat of 2006 only with a "twist". Iran encourages Gaza to crank up the missiles to precipitate a land incursion by Israel. As soon as Israel does that, Hezbollah starts firing missiles from Lebanon in order to provoke a land attack into Southern Lebanon.

Once that happens, Syria claims the entire country must "come together" to defend Lebanon from Israel in a last ditch attempt to put down the uprisings and attempt to rally the country around Assad.

In other words, precipitate an Israeli invasion in order to distract the Syrian rebels and possibly even justify Iranian intervention.
Posted by: crosspatch || 03/13/2012 1:58 Comments || Top||

#3  A quarter football field is better than a full one?
It will not matter what happens. Israel will get dragged in some way, any way.

Everyone knows this.
Posted by: newc || 03/13/2012 2:45 Comments || Top||

#4  Might be a good idea to clear the decks before the balloon goes up with Iran.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 03/13/2012 11:32 Comments || Top||

#5  I dont believe the IDF will go in this time.
Most of the real targets are not in the Gazzo strip anymore.
The real ammunition depots, manufacturing facilities, training camps, and terror infrastructure are dispersed in the Sinai peninsula in what used to be egyptian territory in Mubarak's day and has turned into the "wild east" where there is no law and no significant Egyptian military presence.
If we want to destry the terror infrastructure we will need to invade the Sinai in a full fledged reocupation war.
Eventually this will most probably happen but not now and not untill we settle the Iranian problem.
IMHO if Iran is successfully defanged, Israel will have to retake the Sinai peninsula within 5 years in order to provide a buffer zone and protect Israel's southern border because the Egyptians are not going to do a thing about this hellhole.
Posted by: Elder of Zion || 03/13/2012 12:43 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
MILF has no plans to join new Muslim government
The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) assured its counterpart in the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) that the group does not plan to be part of the new Muslim government in the event a peace deal is signed this month.

A statement on the MILF website said, "We want to assure our brothers in the MNLF of the inclusive policy of the MILF in this negotiation. As a matter of fact, we do not even imagine a personal agenda in this exercise, say holding public office. That is far from our mind.

"For this reason, we want to appeal to everyone including all Moro leaders particularly politicians, not to barter the better future of our people for the fleeting rewards of the present."

The MILF statement came after the government panel and the MNLF met in Bandung, Indonesia to discuss the last stage of 1996 final peace agreement brokered by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. The major provisions of the 1996 peace deal are the following:

  • establishment of the Special Zone of Peace and Development to be managed by the Southern Philippines Council for Peace and Development and its own consultative assembly;

  • integration of former MNLF combatants into the government security forces;

  • provide broad powers to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) government pertaining to economic, financial, business and commercial matters;

  • devolution of development-related offices/agencies to the autonomous Muslim region;

  • Muslim representation in the national government; and,

  • implementation of the shariah and the madaris (Islamic law and educational systems)
    See also:
    Malaysians will continue to monitor Mindanao
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    Assad's Forces take Idlib
    A city of about 150k population about 100 mi north of Homs (which was taken last week) and about 50 mi south of Turkish border
    The Syrian army recaptured the northern rebel stronghold of Idlib near the Turkish border, a major base that military defectors had held for months, a pro-government newspaper and an activist group reported Tuesday. An international rights group, meanwhile, said the regime was mining the border with Turkey.
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    Iran Stands by Syria, Blames U.S. for Unrest
    [An Nahar] Iran stands fully behind Syria and blames the United States and Arab nations for the bloody unrest shaking its ally, media on Monday quoted a deputy foreign minister as saying.

    "The Islamic Theocratic Republic of Iran underlines its total support for the Syrian people and government," Hossein Amir Abdollahian said, according to Iran's official IRNA news agency.

    He said Western and Arab nations "that support the insecurity and instability in Syria are responsible for any aggravation of the crisis in Syria."

    Amir Abdollahian said Iran continues to believe in a "political solution" based on reforms agreed to by Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
    Light of the Alawites...

    In a separate interview to Russian media picked up by the Iranian daily Kayhan, the deputy foreign minister said: "The troubles in Syria are happening with the backing of the United States, European and Arab countries with the massive delivery of weapons to the country."

    Iran, the principal Middle East ally of Assad's government, has denied U.S. allegations it is sending arms to Syria to help put down the uprising there.

    It has also voiced its opposition to any military intervention in Syria.

    A diplomatic clash is brewing over the situation in Syria among U.N. Security Council members. Russia and China have already twice vetoed resolutions condemning the violence.

    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...
    peace 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...
    left Damascus
    ...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world...
    on Sunday without managing to secure an accord to end bloodletting in Syria, as fighting raged in major flashpoints leaving dozens more dead.
    Posted by: Fred || 03/13/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [271 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

    Syria Accuses Saudi Arabia, Qatar of Backing 'Terrorists'
    [An Nahar] Soddy Arabia and Qatar are backing "armed terrorist gangs" operating in Syria and so are responsible for the bloodshed in the country, Information Minister Adnan Mahmoud told Agence La Belle France Presse on Monday.

    "Some of the countries backing armed terrorist gangs, such as Soddy Arabia and Qatar, are accomplices to the terrorism targeting the Syrian people ... and bear responsibility for the bloodletting," he said.

    Mahmoud accused the "terrorist gangs" of massacring women and kiddies in the restive central city of Homs at the weekend to stoke an international outcry against the Damascus
    ...Capital of the last remaining Baathist regime in the world...

    "Terrorist gangs carried out the most horrible massacre in the Karm el-Zaytoun neighborhood of Homs ... in order to incite international reaction against Syria," he said.

    Earlier on Monday, the Syrian opposition and activists said the bodies of 47 women and kiddies, some of them with their throats slit, had been found in Homs and blamed the killings on the regime.

    Syrian state media acknowledged that residents of the central city had been murdered but attributed the deaths to "armed terrorist gangs."
    Posted by: Fred || 03/13/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [295 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

    #1  Goody, goody.
    Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/13/2012 1:07 Comments || Top||

    #2  Green on green. How'bout a nice bucket of popcorn?
    Posted by: Twobyfour || 03/13/2012 2:02 Comments || Top||

    #3  Upon hearing a man and woman arguing at the end of the bar, quickly finish your drink and without notice, make your way to the door.

    Posted by: Besoeker || 03/13/2012 2:11 Comments || Top||

    Syrian Opposition Says ex-Defense Minister Tlass in Paris
    [An Nahar] Syrian regime stalwart and former defense minister Mustafa Tlass has arrived in Gay Paree with one of his sons but they are not defecting, opposition representatives told Agence La Belle France Presse on Monday.

    Tlass arrived in La Belle France from Syria with his wife and his businessman son Firas, the Gay Paree-based opponents said. His other son Manaf, an officer in the Syrian regime's military, is believed still to be in Damascus
    ...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world...

    Mohammed al-Rashdan, member of the National Committee for Support of the Syrian Revolution, told AFP: "He has been in La Belle France for five days after having an argument with Assef Shawkat, (President) Bashir al-Assad's brother-in-law."

    Shawkat is the current deputy defense minister and husband of President Assad's sister, Bushra.

    A source close to the Syrian community in exile told AFP: "Tlass and his son Firas arrived in Gay Paree yesterday (Sunday). I don't think this is a defection. He will be here a while but it is with the regime's authorization."

    Other Syrian regime opponents confirmed Tlass' presence in La Belle France but denied reports that he was about to announce his defection or that he was meeting with opposition members.

    A Sunni Moslem, Tlass was Syrian defense minister from 1972 to 2004, having befriended Bashar's father and predecessor as Syrian president, Hafez, at military academy.
    Posted by: Fred || 03/13/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [290 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

    Annan Urges Halt to Syria Killing, U.N. Says Civilians Face Desperate Situation
    [An Nahar] International mediator 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...
    called Monday for an immediate halt to the killing of civilians in Syria as he arrived in Turkey for talks on the crisis.

    "The killing of civilians must end now. The world must give a clear message that this is unacceptable," Annan, who is mediating on behalf of the United Nations
    ...aka the Oyster Bay Chowder and Marching Society...
    and 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...
    , said in comments carried by Turkey's NTV channel.

    In a brief statement at Ankara airport Annan said the situation in Syria was "complex."

    He urged Syrian authorities to grant free access to humanitarian aid for the civilian population in areas where anti-regime protests have flared up.

    The bodies of 47 women and kiddies, some with their throats slit, were found in the restive Syrian city of Homs after a "massacre" that sent families fleeing the area, activists and the opposition said on Monday.

    And activists said that the Syrian army launched a new assault in the restive northern province of Idlib and the city itself, where residents are suffering "indescribable" humanitarian conditions.

    In Geneva, the president of a special U.N. Human Rights Council inquiry into human rights
    One man's rights are another man's existential threat.
    in Syria said unimpeded humanitarian access should be the rule and not the exception.

    Annan said he was confident that talks for a settlement of the year-old Syria crisis would eventually succeed.

    "We will launch a political process and we will reach a settlement," Anatolia news agency quoted him as saying, but he added that this "will not be easy."

    Annan left Syria empty-handed on Sunday after failing to secure an accord.

    The U.N.-Arab League envoy departed from Damascus
    ...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world...
    at the end of a two-day mission during which he said he presented Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
    Oppressor of the Syrians and the Lebs...
    with "concrete proposals" to halt unrest that monitors say has claimed more than 8,500 lives since March last year.

    Annan was to inform Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of his talks in Damascus and later confer with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

    He was to leave Ankara on Tuesday morning but said he would not have time to visit Syrian refugee camps in southern Hatay province, where 12,605 Syrian have sought shelter, according to the latest Turkish figures published Monday.

    Also on Monday, U.N. human rights investigator Paulo Pinheiro called for urgent action, noting that Syrian civilians face a "desperate situation."

    "The exodus continues to Leb, Jordan and Turkey. The desperate situation of civilians needs to be addressed as a matter of utmost urgency," the Brazilian commissioner told the U.N. Human Rights Council.

    "The intensification of armed confrontations has widened the trail of suffering," said Pinheiro, head of the Council's Commission of Inquiry, which was not allowed to enter Syria.

    "The human rights and humanitarian situation becomes bleaker day after day in neighborhoods in Homs, Idlib, Hama, rural Damascus and Dar'a," he said, decrying a month of "unrelenting shelling" in Homs' Baba Amr district.

    "Those who decamped the area reported summary executions and mass arbitrary arrest campaigns," Pinheiro said, adding that more than 500 children have been killed since the start of Syria's unrest a year ago.

    Commissioned last August by the Human Rights Council, the U.N. panel concluded in a first report published in November that Syrian security forces committed crimes against humanity during the brutal repression of demonstrators.
    Posted by: Fred || 03/13/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [315 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

    Syria Opposition Demands 'Urgent' Military Intervention after 47 Women, Kiddies Massacred in Homs
    [An Nahar] The bodies of 47 women and kiddies, some with their throats slit, were found in the flashpoint Syrian city of Homs prompting the opposition to call Monday for foreign military intervention.

    The Syrian authorities accused "terrorist gangs" of carrying out the killings in a bid to intensify pressure on Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
    Oppressor of the Syrians and the Lebs...
    's regime at a meeting at the United Nations
    ...an international organization whose stated aims of facilitating interational security involves making sure that nobody with live ammo is offended unless it's a civilized country...
    on Monday of foreign ministers of the major powers.

    At the meeting Western governments stepped up their pleas to Russia and China to end their blockage of action by the U.N. Security Council action over the Syrian government's deadly assault on protest cities.

    But Russia showed little sign that it would change its stance, with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov slamming "risky recipes" which he said risked increasing conflict in the Middle East.

    International peace 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...
    , in Ankara after a weekend mission to Damascus
    ...Home to a staggering array of terrorist organizations...
    , acknowledged that a settlement in Syria would "not be easy" but renewed his demand for an immediate halt to the "unacceptable" killings of civilians.

    U.N. chief the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon
    ... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan...
    called on Damascus to respond "within the next few days" to the set of concrete proposals which his predecessor handed to Assad in their talks on Saturday and Sunday.

    The grisly murders in Syria's third-largest city Homs came less than two weeks after regime troops stormed its rebellious Baba Amr neighborhood, following a month-long bombardment in which activists say 700 people were killed.

    Activist Hadi Abdallah told Agence La Belle France Presse the bodies of 26 children and 21 women, some with their throats slit and others bearing stab wounds, were found after a "massacre" in the Karm el-Zaytoun and al-Adawiyeh neighborhoods of the besieged central city.

    "Some of the children had been hit with blunt objects on their heads, one little girl was mutilated and some women were raped before being killed," he said.

    Activists posted videos online that showed graphic images of charred bodies and children with mutilated and bloodied faces.

    The Local Coordination Committees, which organize protests on the ground, called for a day of nationwide strikes on Tuesday in mourning for the dead.

    Syrian state television
    ... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
    also aired gruesome footage showing homes with white walls splattered with blood, bodies of women and kiddies piled on top of each other, and several men, with bullet wounds to the head, lying facing down in a disused building, their hands tied behind their backs.

    Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said news of the killings in Homs had prompted hundreds of families to flee the city.

    Syrian state TV said the weekend killings were a clear ploy by "armed terrorist gangs" to grab the spotlight ahead of the meeting of major powers in New York.

    "We are used to them committing more crimes before meetings of the U.N. Security Council," it said.

    But at a meeting in Istanbul, the opposition Syrian National Council called for "urgent Arab and international military intervention."

    Reading from a prepared text, senior SNC official Georges Sabra called for the creation of a "no-fly zone" over all of Syria and "strikes" against the Syrian armed forces.

    At the U.N. Security Council meeting in New York, there was no sign of any narrowing of the rift between Western governments and Beijing and Moscow on how to respond to the crisis.

    French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said: "It is unacceptable that our council be stopped from assuming its responsibilities.

    "After months of blocking, I appeal to China and Russia to hear the voices of the Arabs and the world conscience and join us."

    But Lavrov maintained his argument against "unilateral" U.N. action, and repeated Russia's condemnation of 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...
    's air strikes in Libya to justify its opposition to the West's campaign on Syria.

    Change in the Arab world "must not be achieved by misleading the international community or manipulating the Security Council," Lavrov said.

    "There is no doubt whatsoever that the Syrian authorities bear a huge share of responsibility for the situation," Lavrov said, but he added that the government was now fighting gangs, not just unarmed protesters.

    The U.N. chief called for the major powers to unite behind Annan's peace mission as joint envoy of the world body and the 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...
    "I appeal to the Security Council to unite strongly behind ending the violence and supporting Mr. Annan's mission to help Syria pull back from the brink of a deeper catastrophe," Ban said.

    In Ankara, Annan acknowledged that the situation in Syria was "complex" but he was confident that talks for a settlement of the year-old crisis, which human rights
    ...which often intentionally defined so widely as to be meaningless...
    monitors say has claimed more 8,500 lives, would eventually succeed.

    "We will launch a political process and we will reach a settlement," Anatolia news agency quoted him as saying.

    As the Britannia-based Observatory reported 22 dead in new violence on Monday, the head of a U.N. human rights probe said that civilians trapped by the fighting in besieged protest cities were facing a "desperate situation."

    "The intensification of armed confrontations has widened the trail of suffering," the president of the U.N. Human Rights Council inquiry Paulo Pinheiro said.

    "Unimpeded humanitarian access should be granted as a rule, rather than an exception."

    Continued on Page 49
    Posted by: Fred || 03/13/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [408 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

    #1  The Russians are not stupid and they have some real 'skin in the game' on this one as well. They seriously do not want to see the Saddam's bugs and gas cache fall into the hands of Arab Springers.
    Posted by: Besoeker || 03/13/2012 2:42 Comments || Top||

    #2  Where are the Sunni lions of the world when you need them? I'm pretty sure Sunnis around the world believe that Arab Sunnis are being massacred in Syria by Alawite infidels. And yet the response has been - to ask the infidel West to intervene. Mao's expression "paper tiger" is an apt term for the Sunnis of the world - big talkers all...
    Posted by: Zhang Fei || 03/13/2012 20:07 Comments || Top||

    Miqati Confirms Discovery of Cell Planning Attacks on Army
    [An Nahar] Prime Minister Najib Miqati confirmed on Monday that the Lebanese army had busted a cell within its ranks planning attacks on military barracks.

    In remarks to news hounds at the Grand Serail, Miqati said: "The Lebanese army uncovered a terrorist cell that was planning an attack on its barracks and is carrying out the necessary investigation."

    He said the cell is active in northern Leb with branches in the Paleostinian camps and mainly in Ain al-Hilweh. "But it has nothing to do with the situation in Syria."

    His confirmation came after al-Akhbar daily reported that the army nabbed two Salafist soldiers linked to the Abdullah Azzam Brigades allied with the al-Qaeda terrorist network.

    The men are reportedly part of a larger network consisting of four Lebanese and one Paleostinian identified as Abu Mohammed Toufiq Taha who is the Brigades' ringleader in Ein el-Hellhole and wanted on several charges.

    While Taha is on the run, the other six were nabbed by the army intelligence, al-Akhbar said.
    Posted by: Fred || 03/13/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [295 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

    Armed group attacks diesel pipeline in Syria
    [Emirates 24/7] An gang attacked a pipeline carrying diesel from Syria's Homs province to Hama, the country's state news agency said.
    ... and if you can't believe the state news agency who can you believe?
    on Monday.

    Sana said a plume of smoke was seen rising from the pipeline and that the authorities were working on fixing it.

    Oil pipelines have been frequently hit during the one year uprising against President Bashar Al Assad. Opposition activists accuse government forces of sabotaging the pipelines to cut off oil products from anti-Assad cities.
    Posted by: Fred || 03/13/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [277 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

    Car bomb kills girl, wounds 25 in southern Syria
    [Emirates 24/7] A car boom killed a schoolgirl on Monday and maimed 25 others at a school in the southern Syrian city of Deraa, the scene of sporadic street fighting between Free Syrian Army rebels and President Bashar Al Assad's troops, an opposition activist said. "The car went kaboom! at nine in the morning in Al Kashef neighbourhood in front of Al Mahatta High School for Girls, which has been active in (anti-Assad) demonstrations," Maher Abdelhaq said from the city on the border with Jordan.
    Posted by: Fred || 03/13/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [300 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

    #1  Freedom fighters in action.
    Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/13/2012 1:10 Comments || Top||

    Syrian leaders must face international court: France
    [Emirates 24/7] French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe on Monday demanded at the UN Security Council that Syrian leaders face international trials over the deadly crackdown on opposition protests.
    Preferably courts that can keep certain financial dealings secret while still convicting Pencilneck for 'crimes of humanity'...
    Juppe also appealed for Russia and China to hear the "world conscience" and agree on a UN resolution condemning the Syria violence.

    Britannia's Foreign Secretary Williams said Monday that most countries believe the UN Security Council has "failed" in its duties to the Syrian people by failing to pass a resolution condemning violence in the country.

    Hague called for renewed efforts to pass a resolution at a ministerial meeting of the 15-nation council, organised by Britannia, on the Arab Spring uprisings.

    "In the eyes of the overwhelming majority of the world, this council has so far failed in its responsibilities towards the Syrian people," Hague told US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
    ... sometimes described as The Heroine of Tuzla and at other times as Mrs. Bill, never as Another Condoleezza Rice ...
    and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and other brass hats.

    "It has failed to address the brutal oppression of peaceful protesters by the Syrian regime, and it has not yet put its weight and authority behind the 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...
    's efforts," he added.

    Hague called for the council to pass a resolution which calls for "an immediate end to the brutal repression and violations of human rights
    ...which often intentionally defined so widely as to be meaningless...
    " and support for international efforts to end the conflict.
    Posted by: Fred || 03/13/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [292 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

    #1  More from the L'État Français....? Oh, sorry. It just slipped out.
    Posted by: Besoeker || 03/13/2012 2:18 Comments || Top||

    #2  Personally, I don't mind. But, I thought, French wanted the bloodshed to stop---which means not leaving Assad & Co with nothing to lose.
    Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/13/2012 11:49 Comments || Top||

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