Elsa Pataky [Spanish] aka Sophia Peters in "All Things to All Men (2012)" aka Elena Neves in "Fast Five (2011)" aka Maria in "Snakes on a Plane (2006)" aka Laura Olney in "Beyond Re-Animator (2003)" aka Michelle in "Where the Road Meets the Sun (2011)" aka Diana Dķaz in "Di Di Hollywood (2010)" aka Ilze in "Mr. Nice (2010)" aka Evelyn in "Give 'em Hell Malone (2009)" (age 36)
I suppose it's stupid to ask, "Why were they so close to each other".
Posted by: Redneck Jim ||
"Nobody knows anything about a war until it begins. Just two years before the Polish air force had been blown to hell on the ground. The French caught it the following spring. In spite of that, the same thing happened to our planes at Pearl Harbor. And yet two days later, in spite of all of it the Japs catch our air corps [at Clark Field] on Luzon with its pants down. Only that wasn't the end. Months later, on my way out through Australia, I pass a big American field, and there they are, bombers and fighters parked in orderly rows, wing tip to wing tip. "Hell," they told me, "The Japs are hundreds of miles away." Except that's where they're always supposed to be when they catch you with your pants down, and I thought to myself, Jesus Christ, won't these guys ever learn?"
-- A young American naval officer, early 1942
Generally these aren't "NATO" fuel tankers. They are private Pakistani fuel tankers under contract to move NATO fuel. By blowing these tankers up, they have actually reduced the ability of the Pakistani economy to move fuel domestically for their own use. In other words, the Taliban have just reduced the amount of fuel available in their own gas stations for their own use. But they're apparently too stupid to understand this.
[Tolo News] At least 17 bully boyz were killed this week while planting bombs in the road in three different Afghan provinces, according to local officials.
As many as 11 cut-thoats, including their Iranian trainer, were killed in the blast from an improvised bomb (IED) in northwestern Badghis province, a local official said Tuesday.
The blast occurred in the Bala Murghab district on Sunday while the bully boyz were learning how to plant roadside mines, provincial army commander Gen. Daoud Shah Wafadar said.
The mine went kaboom! killing 11 bully boyz and an Iranian who is understood to have been training the group on how to plant IEDs, he said.
It comes as at least three bully boyz were killed trying to embed an IED in the road in Parwan province, but were fired upon by security forces, a local official said Monday.
The bully boyz were planting the bomb in the Pul Kharawati region of Koh-e-Safi district on Sunday morning when security forces opened fire on them, provincial front man Roshna Khalid said.
Two of the Afghan cops were maimed in the return fire, he said.
Another three bully boyz were killed while planting a bomb in eastern Laghman province on Sunday night, a local official said Monday.
The bully boyz blew themselves up embedding the IED in a road in central Laghman, provincial front man Sarhadi Zwak said.
Meanwhile, ...back at the sea battle, the Terror of the Baltic's career had come to an abrupt and watery end... 12 bully boyz were killed Sunday night in western Kandahar province during a clash with Afghan police.
The bully boyz attacked a police checkpoint in the Shah Wali Kot district and came under fire, provincial front man Jawed Faisal said.
According to Faisal, the clash did not result in any security or civilian causalities.
In addition, a weapons smuggler was killed in a joint Afghan and Isaf military operation in Maidan Shahr district of Wardak province on Saturday, Isaf said in a statement on Monday.
Several other cut-thoat were also killed in operation.
The weapons smuggler, Tor Gul, who was also known as Emal and Mukhlis, was responsible for transporting ammunition and IED components for bully boyz throughout the region, Isaf said.
Since we have all these drones and things, why don't we have video of this stuff? I mean, you could watch Swamp People or NCIS or something, I suppose, but for real warm fuzzies we need video of this.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey ||
Posted by: Large Darling of the Antelope3345 ||
[Al Ahram] Sudanese security forces broke up a protest in central Khartoum on Tuesday by dozens of people demanding the release of relatives jailed for taking part in four weeks of anti-government demonstrations, a witness said.
The demonstrators began gathering in front of national security headquarters in the centre of the capital, but police and security agents quickly dispersed them, the witness said.
"Agents in civilian clothes beat with batons several young men trying to gather," he said. "They jugged Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw! several people and dragged them away." Some protesters briefly held up pictures of placed in long-term storage Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please! relatives.
Some 2,000 people have been tossed in the clink Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please! since small protests began last month against austerity measures and the 23-year rule of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, Amnesia Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch ... dedicated to bitching about human rights violations around the world... said last week, citing Sudanese activists.
Sudan has had no mass protests like those in Egypt or Yemen but opposition to Bashir, in power since 1989, is increasing, accelerated by the country's economic problems.
(Sh. M. Network)-Deadly multiple blasts are reportedly rocked on Tuesday Ęthiopian troops in Somalia's central town of Beledweyne, a town which is under the control of Somali government soldiers and its allied Ęthiopian troops, reports said.
Eyewitnesses confirmed to Shabelle Media that roadside kabooms targeted Ęthiopian forces as they were walking east of Beledweyne, but could not verify the exact number of casualties to the Ęthiopian military.
Following the blasts Ęthiopian forces momentarily halted business and public transportation operations, opening fire at nearby crowds indiscriminately, but No deaths reported.
No Ęthiopian military front man has briefed the media on the incident.
Beledweyne, 350 kilometers north of Mogadishu, and a trading hub near the Ęthiopian border, has witnessed a string of attacks and co-coordinated killings against soldiers and civilians since Al shabab vacated at the end of last year without fighting.
(Sh.M.Network) -- Three Kenyan police officers were killed in an ambush in northeastern Kenya near the Somali border on Monday, the local police chief said, the latest in a rash of attacks in the region.
Kenya has been hit by a wave of grenade and bomb attacks since its troops crossed into Somalia last October and has blamed al Shabaab, al Qaeda-linked militants, and the group's sympathizers inside its lawless neighbor.
The attackers have targeted Kenya's northeast, the capital Nairobi and the port city of Mombasa, threatening the country's lucrative tourist trade.
"Three administration police officers from Liboi have lost their lives. They were attacked while on the way back to Liboi," Garissa county police chief George Kingi told Reuters. Liboi is a border town near Somalia.
"I can't tell how many officers were injured. We have yet to secure detailed information in regard to the attack or point a finger at any group of persons behind the attack," Kingi said.
Al Shabaab formally merged with al Qaeda this year and has declared war on Kenya because of its incursion into Somalia.
Exact details unclear .. later reports say that one police officer was killed and one seriously wounded. It may be that the first report was wrong, or that 2 incidents occurred. This is the 2'nd attack within a week or so directed against vehicles carrying Kenyan police officers - usually on roads in northern Kenya. Al Shabbab appears to be smuggling weapons and militants thru refugee camps for Somalis located inside Kenya and on the border with Somalia. This poses a big challenge to the Kenyan Gov't - if they close the camps then a lot of innocent refugees will die. But it is almost impossible to enforce security inside these large refugee camps.
[An Nahar] An kaboom rocked central Nigeria's city of Jos on Tuesday, with an official saying a bomb detonated outside a government building while residents reported heavy weapons fire from a lone attacker.
"There was an kaboom this morning... in the Bukuru area of Jos South. The bomb was intended to blow up the secretariat of Jos South local government," said the Plateau state governor's front man Pam Ayuba.
He said it was not yet clear if anyone was killed, but a military front man and residents said one young person died in the attack.
Resident Murtala Abdullahi said an attacker fired a heavy weapon at a building from a main avenue, and that it appeared a Mohammedan school in the Bukuru area, across the street from the government building, was the target.
Militants in a small red car attacked a Muslim school (note: intended targets were Muslim school kids), but the RPG missed the target, struck a nearby house, and killed a 9-yeard old boy there. Later there was a separate attack on a bldg used by security forces in the same town - possibly with one fatality for a person standing outside (unclear).
[An Nahar] Gunmen in south Yemen, where troops are hunting down gunnies linked to al-Qaeda, kidnapped a soldier and cut off three of his fingers, the defense ministry's website said on Tuesday.
The site, 26sep.net, named the soldier as Mohammed al-Jaradi, and said he was kidnapped late on Monday in Daleh, the capital of the province of the same name, and taken him to a village.
Jaradi was later found in the village with three fingers on one hand missing.
The ministry said the authorities were trying to prevent the gunnies from regrouping in Daleh, after they were ousted by the military from neighboring Abyan ...a governorate of Yemen. The region was a base to the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army terrorist group until it dropped the name and joined al-Qaeda. Its capital is Zinjibar. In March 2011, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula declared the governate an Islamic Emirate after seizing control of the region. The New York Times fastidiously reported that those in control, while Islamic hard boyz, are not in fact al-Qaeda, but something else that looks, tastes, smells, and acts the same. Yemeni government forces launched an effort to re-establish control of the region when President-for-Life Saleh was tossed and the carnage continues... province where they had controlled several areas for a year.
It also said the police headquarters in Daleh was shelled on Tuesday by person or persons unknown. Courts there closed several days ago because of the number of armed attacks, it said.
[Yemen Post] Four Yemeni officers including he deputy director of the central prison in Taiz, Saleh Al-Awlaki, were killed and four others were maimed on Monday in an armed ambush installed at Beer Basha of Taiz city, local sources said.
The sources pointed out that the attackers could escape and security forces are still pursuing them, singling out that a five-year child was also killed.
A security official who spoke on condition of anonymity said it was not known who the attackers were.
A suitcase bomb went kaboom! in the early hours of Sunday in the capital Sana'a, killing one civilian, Saddam Abdullah Al-Hubaishi, in the Souq Al-Wahda region of Sana'a.
[Yemen Post] One prisoner was killed and nearly ten others were maimed in the city of Dhamar as violence acts broke out inside the governorate's central prison on Tuesday.
Eyewitnesses said that they heard shootings inside the jail, pointing out that the shootings lasted for two hours.
Security sources said that Ali Jubran was killed as security forces randomly shot fire on prisoners, affirming that the tensions erupted as prisoners refused to allow taking one prisoner out to be executed.
The central prison of Dhamar witnessed violence acts in late 2011 and the beginning of 2012 as festivities broke out between security forces and prisoners in which seven persons were killed and dozens others were maimed.
Well-informed sources said that about 15 persons were killed and dozens others were maimed inside the jail since last September.
Committees formed by the government to probe the events have not disclose any outcomes or reasons of violence.
Policemen foiled in February a large-scale escape attempt by prisoners from the prison. There were several attempts of the prisoners to escape.
The Dhamar central prison witnessed chaos, but the prison management negotiated with prisoners and reconsidered their demands and complaints.
The Yemeni capital, Sana'a, along with some Yemeni main cities witness a state of loose security as suicide kabooms and target of military locations increased during the few past months.
2011 Events that forced the former 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... to step down led to the spread of violence and a break down law and order in some governorates.
[Yemen Post] Security sources have cooled for a few years Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please! a Yemeni soldiers who was intending to detonate himself in a military parade on July 17 inside a camp of the Central Security, security sources said.
According to Yemen Observer, the soldier was cooled for a few years Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please! while having an boom belt inside his suitcase.
The security sources the security forces managed to arrest a jacket wallah after receiving secret information about the bomber who told one of his colleague to not attend the parade.
The suicide bomber is one of the newly admitted members and his name is Fayez al-Sofi, Yemen Observer said.
[Bangla Daily Star] Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd and Social Islami Bank Ltd came into the spotlight yesterday for their alleged links to terrorist financing after a US Senate report exposed British banking giant HSBC's internal governance failure to control flows of suspect funds.
One of the banks was allegedly funding al-Qaeda, and the late Osama bin Laden ... who knows that it's like to live in the belly of a whale only he's not living... 's brother-in-law held shares in a company that has shares in the bank.
In all these cases, profit motive rather than cautions from various levels within the bank and standard procedures ruled the game.
More thoughts were given to the bank's making $47,000 in revenue that might go up to $75,000 a year later than to the terrorist links the banks allegedly had, or the US authorities' view of the banks.
A report of the US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, a congressional watchdog panel, has revealed these troubling information which show a "pervasively polluted" culture at HSBC Holdings Plc.
The bank acted as financier to clients seeking to route shadowy funds from the world's most dangerous and secretive corners, including Mexico, Iran, Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in their national face... and Syria, according to the report.
The US report also mentioned that Al Rajhi Bank, a Saudi bank, was involved in suspicious transactions.
HSBC apologised to the US Senate, saying it takes "compliance with the law, wherever it operates, very seriously".
In one instance, when Islami Bank wanted to open a US dollar account with the HSBC US office, questions were raised about the Saudi bank Al Rajhi's 37 percent ownership in Islami Bank. Ears of HSBC's anti-money laundering unit were cocked.
But the then head of HSBC Global Banknotes, Chris Lok, felt that his interest in considering a new account depended upon whether there was enough potential revenue to make.
"Is this an account worth chasing....How much money can you expect to make from this name? It's just that if the revenue is there then we are prepared for a good fight," he wrote. "The money is there and we should go for this account."
"Then Lok and others approved the account despite questions about its [Islami Bank] primary shareholder Al Rajhi Bank, whose past links to terrorist financing had received attention in the media ...and troubling information about Islami Bank itself," the senate report said.
HSBC's own Financial Intelligence Group (FIG) unit had reported that Sheikh Abdur Rahman, chief of Bangladesh's terrorist outfit JMB, had an account with Islami Bank. Bangladesh Bank found that two branches of Islami Bank had been engaged in "suspicious transactions" and urged the bank to take action against 20 bank employees for failing to report the suspicious transactions, according to the FIG report.
Six top snuffies including JMB chief Abdur Rahman and his deputy Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai were executed for killing two Jhalakathi judges in 2007.
HSBC's Know Your Customer unit had reported that Islami Bank be classified as a highest risk client but HSBC rejected the suggestion. It meant HSBC did not subject the bank to any enhanced monitoring.
HSBC's another internal report said a Saudi NGO, International Islamic Relief Organisation (IIRO), had been implicated in terrorist financing by the US government and included on the list of those prohibited to do business in the US. The IIRO had accounts with both Islami Bank and Social Islami Bank, and yet HSBC's Compliance Department denied an internal request of due diligence on the bank.
"Today, although HSBC exited the US banknotes business in 2010, Islami Bank remains a customer of two dozen HSBC affiliates," the report said.
Similarly on Social Islami Bank, the HSBC's internal report said two shareholders of the bank -- the IIRO and Islamic Charitable Society Lajnat al-Birr Al Islam -- had alleged links to terrorism.
"IIRO has also reportedly funded al-Qaeda directly as well as several of its satellite groups. Osama bin Laden's brother-in-law Mohammad Jamal Halifa headed the Philippine branch of the IIRO," said the FIG's internal report.
While the FIG cautioned about opening an account of Social Islami Bank, it failed to inform HSBC that Lajnat al-Birr, whose original name is Benevolence International Foundation, was designated by the US as a "financier of terrorism" with whom US persons are prohibited from doing business.
There were debates within HSBC about whether to open an account of Social Islami Bank, and yet the account was finally opened.
The FIG of HSBC also cautioned the bank about keeping Social Islami Bank as a client, an advice ignored by the British bank.
According to the US report, HSBC Bank USA, the US affiliate of the Asia-focused bank, supplied US dollars to Islami Bank and Social Islami Bank despite evidence of their links to terrorist financing.
The report, prepared by a team led by Senator Carl Levin, said in the case of Islami Bank, the factors included substantial ownership of the bank by al Rajhi, the central bank's fines for failing to report suspicious transactions by bad turbans, and an account provided to a terrorist organization.
And in terms of Social Islami Bank, the factors included ownership stakes held by two terrorist organizations whose shares were exposed but never sold as promised, and a bank chairman found to be involved with criminal wrongdoing.
The report said Al Rajhi Bank was associated with Islami Bank Bangladesh that provided an account to a Bangladeshi who had been accused of involvement in a terrorist bombing.
Islami Bank was fined three times for violating the anti-money laundering requirements in connection with providing bank services to "militants."
Al Rajhi Bank provided a correspondent account to Social Islami Bank, whose largest single shareholder had been the IIRO for many years.
A second shareholder was the precursor to the Benevolence Islamic Foundation, also later designated by the US as a terrorist organization, said the report.
In a statement on Monday, HSBC said, "We will acknowledge that, in the past, we have sometimes failed to meet the standards that regulators and customers expect. We will apologise, acknowledge these mistakes, answer for our actions and give our absolute commitment to fixing what went wrong.
"We have learned a great deal working with the Subcommittee on this case history and also working with U.S. regulatory authorities, and recognise that our controls could and should have been stronger and more effective in order to spot and deal with unacceptable behaviour.
"We believe that this case history will provide important lessons for the whole industry in seeking to prevent illicit actors entering the global financial system."
The bank said with a new big shotship team and a new strategy in place since last year, the HSBC Group has already taken a number of concrete steps to augment the framework to address these issues including significant changes to strengthen compliance, risk management and culture.
A Canadian was among seven suspected terrorists militants killed Friday by Russian security forces in Dagestan. William Plotnikov, 23, died in a gun battle with Russian security forces near the village of Utamysh. A police officer was also killed.
Plotnikov was born in Russia but moved with his parents to Canada, where they lived in Toronto. He became a Canadian citizen in 2008. He was an avid boxer who trained at the European Boxing Club in Toronto under coach Boris Gitman.
"He was an excellent boxer. I thought for sure he would be good enough for (the) Olympics," said Gitman, who cried during an emotional interview.
Gitman said, "He wasn't comfortable here; he was looking for something and I don't think he found it here. He never talked about going back to Russia, he never talked about politics. But I saw him change while he was here; he wasn't satisfied by this Canadian life. But how his life could end like this, I have no idea."
At least 3 people confirmed dead.
According to BurgasInfo.com not one but two buses were blown up. Unclear if the second one was also carrying Israeli tourists.
According to Bulgarian press Sega.bg, and confirmed by other wire sources, a bus with 40 Israeli tourists was "blown up" at 5:30 pm local time at the local airport of the seaside town of Bourgas. Sega says that according to BTV "it is an assassination attempt." The bomb was located in the trunk of a white bus with Israel tourists from Israel who were en route to the seaside town of Sunny Beach according to an airport source. The mayor of the city, Dimitar Nikolov confirmed the news according to Sega.
Furthermore, according to the airport's website, an Air Via flight from Tel Aviv landed at 4:50 pm local time. The shock wave was so large it also exploded two neighboringing buses located in the arrival area of the airport. The number of casualties is currently unknown, but at least three people are dead according to the local police, with dozens wounded. Sega adds "the flames are huge with three firetrucks on the scene and seven ambulances driving out charred people."
Wouldn't surprise me if this turns out to be some AQ Sunni/SA offshoot fomenting aggression between Israel & Iran and making it look like Iran's doing. Result would be debilitating or eliminating one or both players in the coming struggle.
Can't believe the Persians would be this stupid and overt no matter what they say publicly(although I've been wrong before).
Someone else at play, methinks.
Posted by: Mullah Richard ||
Could be a 'double-reverse' though, and that would lend some credence to the Iran connection.
Posted by: Mullah Richard ||
Currently 7 seven and 32 injured ... but figures may change. A very sad incident - prayers for the families and survivors. Based on eye witness accounts, it may have involved a suicide bomber. But that is unclear.
This would be pretty stupid by Iran, unless they think they're about to lose Syria and hope Isreal will choose targets there. With the Zionist enemies they may be hoping to unite/discredit the Regime. Of course that might be moot point as well considering Assads the only one left alive out of his Cabinet.
Posted by: Charles ||
7 people now confirmed dead ... 35 injured with several in critical condition. News reports conflicting - with some stories saying the bombing was done by an explosive device in the luggage, while eye witness statements imply a suicide bomber.
Date and timing points to Iran - this could be a very clever way for another group to set up the Iranians as the guilty party. Mossad will have to work very hard to run the true perpetrators to ground.
The Persians need to do something to keep up their reputation, given the various in-country whackings and network attacks. Expect to see more of the same, along with associated reprisals. The Israelis are quite persistent and have long memories.
[Dawn] The Anti-Terrorist Court (ATC) trying suspects accused of criminal masterminding the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai has decided that the findings of a commission that visited India to gather evidence cannot be used in the case, a defence lawyer on Tuesday said.
Riaz Akram Cheema said the court found that the report by the eight-member commission had no legal value because the commission did not cross-examine four witnesses in India.
The court is trying seven suspects, including the alleged commander of the banned group Lashkar-e-Taiba ...the Army of the Pure, an Ahl-e-Hadith terror organization founded by Hafiz Saeed. LeT masquerades behind the Jamaat-ud-Dawa facade within Pakistain and periodically blows things up and kills people in India. Despite the fact that it is banned, always an interesting concept in Pakistain, the organization remains an blatant tool and perhaps an arm of the ISI... , which has been blamed for the 2008 attacks that killed 166 people.
The Pak commission that went to India in March included defence lawyers and prosecutors. But Cheema said India did not allow them to cross-examine key witnesses, including the lone attacker who survived.
[Dawn] Gunmen opened fire on a UN vehicle in Pakistain's volatile city of Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... Tuesday, wounding a foreign doctor working on a polio ...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set... immunisation campaign and a local driver, officials said.
The shooting, which happened in the low-income eastern neighbourhood of Soharb Ghoth, was the latest sign of disturbing resistance to a widely publicised three-day vaccination campaign, which began Monday.
The Taliban have banned immunisations in the northwest, condemning the campaign as a cover for espionage since a Pak doctor was tossed in the slammer Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit! after helping the CIA find the late Osama bin Laden ... who went shovel-ready... using a hepatitis vaccination programme.
"A WHO vehicle was fired upon with gunshots. One international staff and one local driver were maimed in the incident," Maryam Yunus, spokeswoman for the United Nations ...a formerly good idea gone bad... ' World Health Organization, told AFP.
She said the doctor from Ghana and the Pak driver had been transferred to a private hospital in the southern port city where their condition was stable.
"They are out of danger," Yunus said.
Attacks on foreigners are rare in Bloody Karachi, but parts of the city are highly volatile. Ethnic, sectarian and politically-linked violence has killed at least 740 people in the city so far this year alone, rights activists say.
Police blamed the shooting on two Afghan men. Soharb Ghoth neighbourhood is home to thousands of Afghan refugees and migrants from northwest Pakistain looking for work in what is Pakistain's largest city, with a population of 18 million.
Local cop shoppe chief Mohammad Sultan said the doctor could have been targeted deliberately, because he had been working in the neighbourhood for about three months.
"It could be related to the polio campaign, as there is resistance in the population against it. We are, however, still investigating the real motives,"Sultan told AFP.
The UN staff were travelling in an unmarked, white double-cabin pick-up.
Local TV channels broadcast footage of bullet holes in the vehicle.
A health expert, speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media, said the attack was the latest in an alarming trend of violence against polio workers.
He said there had been threats and announcements in mosques branding the vaccine anti-Islam and blamed "a new wave of attacks on polio workers" on the CIA's use of Pak doctor Shakeel Afridi to help find bin Laden.
The doctor was jailed for 33 years in May after helping the CIA find Osama bin Laden using a hepatitis vaccination programme as cover.
"It has become a very serious and critical issue. People suspect foreigners involvement in the programme and fake campaign by Afridi has given further credence to conspiracy theory," he said.
He said polio workers were beaten in the capital Islamabad on Monday, a team fired on in the southern town of Jacobabad and a cycle of violence stolen in the southwestern town of Ziarat.
"It is an alarming situation because neither the government, nor international aid agencies have a clear strategy to deal with this issue," he said.
WHO said later Tuesday that there was currently "no evidence to suggest that this was a deliberate or targeted attack against polio eradication efforts or WHO".
Pakistain is one of only three countries where polio remains endemic, along with Afghanistan and Nigeria.
The Taliban ban and insecurity have forced officials to postpone inoculations in parts of Pakistain's northwestern tribal belt, jeopardising the health of more than 350,000 children.
Pakistain says 34 million children under five will be targeted in the campaign that runs until Wednesday.
The highly infectious disease affects mainly the under-fives and can cause paralysis in a matter of hours. Some cases can be fatal.
The Lancet medical journal has said vaccination problems led last year to Pakistain's highest number of polio cases in a decade, 198, compared to 144 in 2010.
[Dawn] At least five people bit the dust in different areas of Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... , DawnNews reported.
Police locked away Into the paddy wagon wit' yez! Inam mullah, a member of banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP).
A political worker was rubbed out in the area of Quiadabad. The tension prevailed in the area after the incident.
A hairdresser lost his life when unknown people opened fire on his shop.
Another man was killed in Qaim Khani colony of Baldia town.
Meanwhile, ...back at the pond, the radioactive tadpoles grown into frogs. Really big frogs, in fact... Special investigation cell Malir raided a hideout in Khokhra par arresting a prominent member of the gang war Shahid.
According to police, Shahid was involved in several murders and he was a close companion of Baba Ladla. Five kilograms of hashish and hand grenades were recovered from his possession.
[Dawn] In what was possibly the first protest of its kind, a religious organization was met with gun sex by the police in Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... , when they gathered to demonstrate against the shutdown of a Shia watchdog website. That's why: they're Shiites, next thing to infidels.
The Shia Action Committee was protesting the alleged ban of the website www.shiakilling.com, when they were stopped at downtown Bloody Karachi's Numaish Chowrangi, DawnNews reported on Tuesday.
The protestors, who were reportedly in hundreds, set off from Shah-e-Khurasan area (Jamshed Town), chanting anti-government slogans on their way. When they reached Numaish Chowrangi, police tried to stop them, which led to an altercation between both parties. Police officials then resort to gun sex. While the crowd dispersed to the nearby alleyways, some still managed to move past Numaish and continued with their agitation.
A website, which monitors and maintains a "death count" of Pak Shia Moslems targeted in sectarian violence, has been banned by the Pakistain Telecommunication Authority, which operates on the directives of the Ministry of Information. Upon attempting to access the website, users are met with a "Access denied" message, a usual occurrence for banned websites.
Pakistain has previously banned social networking websites including Facebook and Twitter for carrying content considered disrespectful towards Islam and the Holy Prophet ((PTUI!)).
BANNU: Two burqa-clad bully boyz stormed a police arsenal and special branch office here on Monday and both of them were killed in an ensuing clash with police.
According to officials, the two bombers, who were wearing boom jackets, entered the armoury and special branch office in the old building of the city cop shoppe and fired at the guard, injuring him seriously.
They hurled grenades and held eight coppers hostage.
DIG Nisar Ahmad Tanoli and DPO Waqar Ahmad reached the place with a heavy contingent of police which encircled the area. Army and FC platoons aided by armoured personnel carriers were also called in as bully boyz holed up inside the building.
Security personnel rubbed out one of the attackers while the other went kaboom!". Two copperswere maimed but the eight hostages were safely rescued.
DPO Waqar Ahmad told news hounds that the bully boyz had come to the area on cycle of violences and their handlers had left after dropping them near the special branch office.
He said the attack might have been carried out to avenge a police operation against bully boyz in Bannu district.
Some sources said the attack had been carried out by four bully boyz but police officials insisted that there were only two attackers and all the people tossed in the slammer Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un! on suspicion had been freed after interrogation.
Taliban front man Ehsanullah Ehsan grabbed credit for the attack in a telephone call to AFP.
They took credit for a spectacular failure? Okaaaay...
MI Chief Kochavi tells Knesset's Defense Committee military has been able to intercept mobilization of multiple terror cells based in peninsula
The IDF has been able to thwart the mobilization of over 10 terror cells based in the Sinai Peninsula, Director of Military Intelligence Major-General Aviv Kochavi told the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Tuesday.
In a briefing to committee members, Kochavi said that the IDF currently has multiple would-be terror infrastructures under surveillance.
According to Jerusalem sources, the growing terror infrastructure in Sinai was one of the subjects discussed during US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ... sometimes described as The Heroine of Tuzla and at other times as Mrs. Bill, never as Another Philander C. Knox ... 's visit in Israel and her Monday meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak.
The military has been able to thwart several attempted terror attacks by Sinai-based terror groups.
Still, forces of Evil have used machine guns, rockets and explosives against Israelis on several occasions lately, one of which claimed the life on an Israeli working on the new Israel-Egypt border fence.
Deployment in the sector was increased following the deadly terror attack by an Islamic Jihad ...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the liquidation of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah... terror cell on a bus traveling on Highway 10, in the summer of 2011. Nine Israelis were killed.
Turning his attention to Syria, Kochavi said that in all likelihood Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad The Scourge of Hama... 's regime will not survive the uprising.
"It may take more time, I can't give you an exact number, but it will happen," he said.
The MI chief further warned that the security concerns evident in Sinai may soon echo in the Golan Heights, as a result of the Islamic Jihad's tighting grip on Syria.
Still, Kochavi said that chances of an imminent armed conflict between Israel and Syria are low.
Meanwhile, ...back at the shouting match, a new, even louder, voice was to be heard... the IDF has reported a significant increase in the number of youths slated for service in MI, with the corps' recent officers training growing by an impressive 25%.
Military Intelligence sources attributed the change to the recent strategic upheavals in the Middle East and the "birth" of new intelligence arenas, including Turkey, Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in their national face... and Sinai.
So they're gonna grant "autonomy" to the Muslims on Mindanao? How long before they have to grant autonomy to the Muslims on another island? Does anybody really believe that it can be contained to one island?
Security experts say more than 800 hit by operation, including infrastructure companies, financial services firms and Mideast embassies
Security experts have uncovered an ongoing cyber espionage campaign targeting Iran and other Middle Eastern countries that they say stands out because it is the first such operation using communications tools written in Persian.
Israeli security company Seculert and Russia's Kaspersky Lab, said on Tuesday that they identified more than 800 victims of the operation. The targets include critical infrastructure companies, engineering students,
Engineering students? The trailing daughters' university provides antivirus services for free, to protect againt the university's system being shut down. I can see Emglish lit. majors missing something technical, but engineering students??
financial services firms and government embassies located in five Middle Eastern countries, with the majority of the infections in Iran.
Seculert and Kaspersky declined to identify specific targets of the campaign, which they believe began at least eight months ago. They said they did not know who was behind the attacks or if was a nation state.
"It's for sure somebody who is fluent in Persian, but we don't know the origin of those guys," said Seculert Chief Technology Officer Aviv Raff.
Plenty of native Farsi speakers in Israel. Plenty in America, too, some of whom are Jewish.
The Mahdi Trojan lets remote attackers steal files from infected PCs and monitor emails and instant messages, Seculert and Kaspersky said. It can also record audio, log keystrokes and take screen shots of activity on those computers.
The firms said they believed multiple gigabytes of data have been uploaded from targeted machines.
"Somebody is trying to build a dossier of a larger scale on something," Raff said. "We don't know what they are going to do at the end."
Researchers have previously said that nation states were almost certainly behind the Flame virus, which was discovered earlier this year, and Duqu, which was uncovered in 2011.
Seculert and Kaspersky dubbed the campaign Mahdi, a term referring to the prophesied redeemer of Islam, because evidence suggests the attackers used a folder with that name as they developed the software to run the project.
They also included a text file named mahdi.txt in the malicious software that infected target computers.
Russia's Kaspersky computer security lab and Israel's Securlet announced Tuesday that they have discovered that a "Trojan Horse" that has been active in the Mideast for months has infected computers of senior Israeli officials.
According to the security companies, the program collected data, screen shots, and sensitive material from individuals involved with national infrastructures, financial entities, and academic institutions. The experts discovered parts of the program that indicate that it originated in Iran.
[An Nahar] A Syrian general and several soldiers crossed into Turkey on Monday, a Turkish diplomat told Agence La Belle France Presse, bringing the number of defections by generals from Bashir al-Assad's embattled regime to at least 18.
Turkey has become home to dozens of defectors who have crossed the border and formed the Free Syrian Army in opposition to Assad's regime.
The latest defection brings to 18 the number of generals who have fled into Turkey since the conflict in Syria erupted in March last year.
The diplomat, who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity, said Tuesday that almost 42,700 Syrian refugees are now living in camps near the border with Syria.
"We are seeing an increase in the number of Syrians arriving in Turkey, whether they are civilians or military."
syria has about a dozen divisions which probably have about 2 generals each (only 2 or 3 divisions are doing most of the fighting); they probably also have about a dozen staff generals and a similar number of air force generals but even with this, 18 generals is a pretty substantial percentage of the total.
Posted by: lord garth ||
I was surprised they had that many to start with! Are we sure some have not defected twice? [do I need the /sarc tag?]
[Al Ahram] Syrian security forces have confronted fighters who infiltrated the capital Damascus ...Capital of the last remaining Baathist regime in the world... and forced many of them to flee, Information Minister Omran Zoabi said on Tuesday, denying media reports which he said "do not reflect facts on the ground".
"What is happening is that some armed elements infiltrated Damascus and tried to make a move in one of the areas. But the security forces surrounded them and dealt with them - and are still dealing with them," he told Rooters.
"Some (fighters) have surrendered and others escaped on foot and by car and are firing randomly in the air to frighten people," Zoabi said.
[Al Ahram] Israel's military intelligence chief on Tuesday warned that global jihadists have moved into Syrian territory bordering the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights and could soon use the area to stage attacks on the Jewish state.
Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi told a parliamentary committee that the Islamic Islamic fascistihave taken advantage of the chaos created by the Syrian civil war to approach the Golan area.
He said Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Light of the Alawites... has pulled troops out of the Golan to fight rebels in other parts of the country, after concluding that the likelihood of war with Israel at this time is low.
The intelligence chief told politicians that a power vacuum has created a possible arena for anti-Israel operations, like Egypt's Sinai desert.
"The Golan area is liable to become an arena of operations against Israel in much the same way the Sinai is today, and that's a result of the increasing entrenchment of Global Jihad in Syria," he said.
His comments were relayed by a participant in the meeting, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting was closed.
[Al Ahram] Syrian government forces backed by helicopter gunships battled rebels in heavy festivities in Damascus ...The place where Pencilneck hangs his brass hat... , a clear escalation in the most serious fighting in the capital since the country's conflict began last year, activists said.
The fierce festivities, which have raged over the past three days in at least four neighborhoods across the city, were the latest sign that Syria's civil war is moving ever closer to the heart of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Despoiler of Deraa... 's regime. Government forces have already thrown tanks and armored personnel carriers into the battle in the capital, but the use of airpower reflected the intensity and seriousness of the fighting.
The Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Damascus-based activist Maath al-Shami said Tuesday's festivities were concentrated in the neighborhoods of Kfar Souseh, Nahr Aisha, Midan and Qadam.
"I can hear cracks of gunfire and some kabooms from the direction of Midan," al-Shami told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named via Skype. "Black smoke is billowing from the area."
Syria's state-run news agency ...and if you can't believe the state-run news agency who can you believe?... said troops were still chasing "terrorist elements" who had fled from Nahr Aisha to Midan. Syria refers to its opponents as terrorists.
An amateur video showed two armored personnel carriers with heavy machineguns on top along with troops who were said to be advancing in an empty road toward Midan on Tuesday.
Activists have dubbed the fighting in the capital the "Damascus Volcano" in what appears to be an attempt to bring the fighting into Syria's seat of power.
The festivities are the most sustained and widespread in the capital since the start of the uprising against Assad in March last year and a crackdown that activists say has claimed the lives of more than 17,000 people. In the past, festivities happened at night in the capital. Now, the fighting rages during the day -- a sign of the growing strength and boldness of the rebels.
That has brought the bloodshed to the heart of Damascus -- and Syria's largest city, Aleppo ...For centuries, Aleppo was Greater Syria's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third, after Constantinople and Cairo. Although relatively close to Damascus in distance, Aleppans regard Damascenes as country cousins... -- which are both home to elites who have benefited from close ties to Assad's regime, as well as merchant classes and minority groups who worry their status will suffer if Assad falls.
Activists also reported festivities and shelling in the rebel held towns of Rastan and Talbiseh in the central province of Homs.
One amateur video posted online showed helicopters firing missiles in Talbiseh, while another video showed gunnies attacking what appeared to be a government position in Rastan. The caption said the rebels were carrying "intensive operations" in support of Damascus and Homs.
As the violence across the country has spiraled out of control, diplomatic efforts to halt the bloodshed have seemingly come to a dead end.
Much of the international community has condemned Assad's crackdown, but world powers remain deeply divided over who is responsible and how to stop the fighting. The U.S. and many Western nations have called on Assad to leave power, while Russia, China and Iran have stood by the regime.
UN chief the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon ... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan... was headed to China on Tuesday as part of a diplomatic push to get Beijing and Moscow to back a tougher response to attacks by Assad's regime. Ban's trip comes ahead of a UN Security Council vote this week. A Western-backed resolution calls for sanctions and invokes Chapter 7 of the UN Charter.
A Chapter 7 resolution authorizes actions that can ultimately include the use of military force, which US administration and European officials -- for now -- are playing down as a possibility.
Ban was to hold talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao ...Hu has been involved in the Communist party bureaucracy for most of his adult life, meaning his viewpoint has a lot more theory than it does practice. He espouses a Harmonious Society approach, suggesting everybody should play nice or they'll be shot... on Wednesday, with Syria expected to top the agenda.
UN special 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... , meanwhile, was meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin ...Second President of the Russian Federation and the first to remain sober. Because of constitutionally mandated term limits he is the current Prime Minister of Russia. His sock puppet, Dmitry Medvedev, was installed in the 2008 presidential elections. Putin is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law. During his eight years in office Russia's economy bounced back from crisis, seeing GDP increase, poverty decrease and average monthly salaries increase. During his presidency Putin passed into law a series of fundamental reforms, including a flat income tax of 13%, a reduced profits tax, and new land and legal codes. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to Putin. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile... in Moscow to discuss the conflict. Annan is seeking support for his faltering peace plan, which put some 300 UN observers in Syria to monitor the implementation of a cease-fire.
That truce never took hold, however, and the monitors have been largely confined to their hotel for weeks because of the escalating bloodshed. The mission expires on July 20.
The leader of Syria's outlawed Moslem Brüderbund, Mohamad Riyad Shukfa, criticized Annan's six-point plan and the observer mission, saying "the Syrian people have no faith in it."
"We would like this mission to leave Syria soon because it gives more chances to Assad to kill," Shukfa said from Turkey, where the Brotherhood, which was crushed in 1982 by Assad's late father and predecessor, Hafez Assad, is holding a meeting.
In Tehran, Iranian Foreign Ministry front man Ramin Mehmanparast warned against foreign intervention in Syria. Iran, one of Syria's strongest allies, offered to mediate and host a meeting between Syrian government and rebels to help resolve the conflict.
"Iran is prepared to use all its capacities to resolve the crisis in Syria," Mehmanparast told news hounds Tuesday.
The Syrian opposition is unlikely to accept Iran, which has provided Assad with military and political backing for years, as a mediator.
The Observatory and al-Shami said helicopters fired heavy machine guns during overnight festivities in the neighborhoods of Qadam and Hajar al-Aswad.
An amateur video showed a military helicopter flying over the Damascus neighborhood of Qaboun. The narrator could be heard saying "aerial bombardment" of Qaboun, although the helicopter was not seen firing in the 30-second video. The authenticity of the video could not be independently verified.
Another activist in the capital, who asked to be identified only as Bayan because of fear for her safety, said troops fired mortar rounds at the neighborhoods of Qaboun and Jobar, causing a major fire near Jobar's Grand Mosque.
"People are trying to extinguish the fire with water hoses or buckets filled with water," Bayan said via Skype. She added that government troops had set up checkpoints around Damascus and were searching cars and demanding passengers' identity cards.
Al-Shami said residents of hard-hit areas were fleeing to safer neighborhoods where they were staying at schools and mosques. He added that many of the maimed were being treated at secret hospitals for fear they might be tossed in the clink Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit! if taken to official ones.
The Local Coordination Committees activist group reported heavy shelling of rebel-held areas in the central province of Homs where they said there were casualties.
As the violence has escalated, the number of Syrians fleeing the bloodshed has swelled to some 112,000, according to United Nations ...a formerly good idea gone bad... . The U.N. refugee agency said women and kiddies make up three-quarters of those whom it has assisted or registered in Iraq, Jordan, Leb and Turkey.
This is a clear sign of impending disaster for the Syrian regime, since we know any military with hair on its chest fights exclusively using infantry. For instance, Coalition forces in Iraq were infantry-only - helicopter gunships, jet fighters, bombers, AC-130's, A-10's, drones, MLRS's, tracked howitzers played no part in the conflict, since our infantry commanders viewed the supporting arms the way a fish views a bicycle.
If "Pencil Neck" falls just as occured in Egypt anf Lybia, israel will be bracketed on two fronts by Islamic extremist nations. Only extremists in Syria will have access to chemical weapons arsonal. Israel will have to nuke Damascus WHEN major jihad begins.
(SANA) - An armed terrorist group Tuesday at dawn attacked al-Qaboun third electricity converter station, causing big financial loss and breaking down three converters.
An official source at Ministry of Electricity said that an armed terrorist group attacked the station with mortar and RPG shells, leaving material damages estimated at SYP 300 million due to the harm caused to three converters and maintenance levers, in addition to the burning of the station.
The source pointed out that maintenance workshops restored the voltage and replaced the damaged parts to re-operate the station in two days.
The authorities are hunting the terrorist group in the neighboring area to the station, the sources pointed out.
Authorities Confront and Chase down Terrorist Groups in Neighborhoods in Damascus
The authorities confronted an armed terrorist group that was opening fire and attempting to block roads in Naher Aisha area in Damascus.
An official source told SANA that the authorities managed to deal with the hard boyz and cleared the roads in the area.
The source added that the authorities continue to chase down an armed terrorist group in the outskirts of al-Midan neighborhood in Damascus, inflicting heavy losses in the terrorists' ranks.
In al-Maysat neighborhood, the authorities chased a group of three terrorist who opened fire on an ambulance, injuring the ambulance driver and the accompanying medic.
An official source told SANA that two of the hard boyz have been enjugged Book 'im, Mahmoud! and that the authorities are still searching for the third.
In Bab Sereijeh area, the security personnel confronted a number of hard boyz who opened fire randomly at the citizens and shops and killed them.
Two Citizens Injured in Booby-trapped Car Blast in al-Midan Neighborhood
After being hardly hit by the authorities, members of the armed terrorist groups blew up a booby-trapped car in al-Midan injuring two people, according to the source.
The terrorist attack resulted in injuring two citizens and caused great damage to the buildings, shops and cars in the site of the blast.
Some residents of al-Midan neighborhood said that the neighborhood is one of the most densely populated areas in Damascus that is why the gunnies wanted to use the innocent Syrian citizens as human shields.
The residents hailed the efforts of the Syrian Army members who evacuated the citizens and helped them flee away from the bombs and bombings carried out by the terrorist gunnies.
Some citizens said that the gunnies entered the neighborhood and opened fire randomly using different types of weapons then the Syrian army forces interfered, clashed with the hard boyz and released the incarcerated Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please! citizens.
They expressed gratitude for the Syrian army, stressing their cooperation with authorities in chasing the terrorists, pointing out that the terrorist acts will not undermine their determination or unity.
Terrorists Attack General Establishment for Printing in Barzeh, Damascus
An armed terrorist group attacked the building of the General Establishment for Printing in Barzeh with RPGs and machineguns.
Director of the Establishment Zouhir Suleiman told SANA news hound that the attack caused big material damage to the building, in addition to damaging printing equipment and the building's doors and glass facades.
8 Terrorists Killed Tens Others Injured While Making Explosive Devices in Yabroud, Damascus Countryside
In Yabroud region in Damascus Countryside, 8 bad boyz were potted and tens others were maimed when a workshop for making bombs went kaboom! while they were inside.
SANA news hound quoted a source at the Police Command in the province as saying that the place where the hard boyz were making explosive charges was in a farm, noting that among the killed was Ousama al-Assali, who was a leader of an armed terrorist group and had been wanted for crimes of murder and abduction.
Traffic Police Wound and Arrest Terrorists in Daraa countryside
In Daraa countryside, members of Traffic Police in Bakhbab repelled an armed terrorist group driving a car and heading to Damascus.
A source at the Police Department told SANA news hound that the clash resulted in the injury of two terrorists, Hatem al-Abd and Abdul-Rahman al-Azzawi.
The source added that the driver Mohammad Abdul-Karim al-Mahamid and another terrorist was enjugged Book 'im, Mahmoud! in the clash and three Russian rifles were seized by the police members.
Authorities Clash with Terrorist Groups in Aleppo Destroying 14 Vehicles
Authorities on Monday clashed with armed terrorist groups riding in ten vehicles and attacking residents and law enforcement members in Bethraton and Bayanon in Aleppo.
An official source told SANA news hound that the clash caused heavy losses among the hard boyz and destroyed the ten cars with the hard boyz inside.
The source added that the authorities also clashed with armed terrorist groups in Aazaz area in the Province, adding that they were blocking roads, stealing and attacking citizens.
The authorities destroyed four cars supplied with machine guns and caused heavy losses among the terrorists.
The bodies of the hard boyz Mohammad Fawzi Hafez, Ghazi Mohammad al-Ezzo, Ismail Hamandoush, Omar Qadour al-Sayyed Ali and Mohammad Akkash were identified, according to the source.
Authorities Storm dens used by hard boyz in Hama, confiscate weapons
Following information by families and investigations, the competent authorities in Hama stormed yesterday a number of dens used by hard boyz in al-Hamediya and al-Hader neighborhoods.
A source in Hama told SANA news hound that the authorities clashed with the terrorists, causing big losses among them and arresting many others.
It added that the authorities confiscated big quantities of weapons and ammunitions including 37 rifles, 5 snipers, 3 machine guns, 11 hand-made bombs, 23 RPGs, 3 pistols and hundreds of bullets.
Law Enforcement members in al-Eremeh, Aleppo, clash with terrorists
Law enforcement members of al-Eremeh neighborhood in Aleppo confronted an armed terrorist group which attacked the police department there.
A police source told SANA news hound that the clash caused big losses among the terrorists, destroying a Pickup car used by them.
Authorities Arrest Terrorist Involved in Bombing a Café in Aleppo
A blast hit Express Café in Bab al-Nasr area in Aleppo on Monday evening.
Authorities in Aleppo enjugged Book 'im, Mahmoud! Mohammad Walid Aurwa in Bab al-Nirab area in Aleppo with a Czech-made pistol and a cell phone near the site of the blast.
Searching the cell phone, the authorities found a video filming the bombing of Express Café with a voice announcing that Aisha's Sons Battalion adopts the bombing.
Syrian rebels declared the battle to "liberate" Damascus ...The place where Pencilneck hangs his brass hat... has begun as heavy fighting ... as opposed to the more usual light or desultory fighting... raged across the capital on Tuesday and Russia said it will do everything to support a tattered peace plan.
The proclamation by the Free Syrian Army came as U.N.-Arab League ...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing... envoy Kofi Annan ...Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh and so far the worst Secretary-General of the UN. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for something or other that probably sounded good at the time. In December 2004, reports surfaced that Kofi's son Kojo received payments from the Swiss company Cotecna, which had won a lucrative contract under the UN Oil-for-Food Program. Kofi Annan called for an investigation to look into the allegations, which stirred up the expected cesspool but couldn't seem to come up with enough evidence to indict Kofi himself, or even Kojo... said the 16-month-old crisis, which is increasingly being described as a civil war, was at a "critical time."
The front man for the FSA's Joint Command, Colonel Kassem Saadeddine, said in Homs that "victory is nigh" and that the fighting would not stop until the whole of the capital has been conquered.
"We have transferred the battle from Damascus province to the capital," said Saadeddine. "We have a clear plan to control the whole of Damascus. We only have light weapons, but it's enough."
"Expect surprises," he added, without elaborating.
Fighting between Assad's forces and the Free Syrian Army has raged in Damascus since Sunday, and the FSA announced on Monday the launch of a full-scale offensive dubbed "the Damascus volcano and earthquakes of Syria."
Hours later, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said regime helicopters fired into Qaboon district of Damascus, while festivities broke out in al-Midan and al-Hajar al-Aswad neighborhoods.
"Regime forces used helicopters equipped with heavy machineguns to strike the district of Qaboon," the Observatory said.
An activist in the capital told Agence La Belle France Presse that FSA fighters had blocked an attempt by the army to storm Qaboon.
"The army tried to raid the neighborhood yesterday but the FSA stopped them," said the activist, who calls himself Omar.
Backed by tanks and low-flying helicopter gunships, the army randomly pounded the neighborhood with mortars and heavy machinegun fire, he said.
An activist who said he was in al-Midan said via Skype that the army was shelling the neighborhood "hysterically."
"The collapsing regime has gone mad," said the man, who identified himself as Abu Musab.
"The army has tried to storm the district, but the Free Syrian Army has stopped them. So they have intensified their shelling. They are shelling everything," he said, adding Ghazwat Badr mosque had been destroyed.
Witnesses also reported heavy machinegun fire in Sabaa Bahrat Square in the heart of Damascus, as well as in Storied Baghdad ...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate... Street, a main road nearby.
The regime vowed on Monday not to surrender the capital.
"You will never get Damascus," read the headline in Al-Watan newspaper, which is close to the regime.
In that context, the Israeli army's intelligence chief said Assad has moved troops from the Golan Heights next to Israel toward Damascus and other internal conflict zones.
"Assad has removed many of his forces that were in the Golan Heights to the areas of (internal) conflict," Major General Aviv Kochavi told MPs.
"He's not afraid of Israel at this point, but mainly wants to augment his forces around Damascus," Kochavi said, while saying the "probability of a conflict between Israel and Syria as a last resort for Assad is low."