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Europe: Lithuania Signs Non-Binding Deal for U.S. LNG Exports
Posted by Alaska Paul 03/02/2015  00:42 0 Comments 267 words Read the whole thing on page 3
Lithuania and other Baltic States are working to get off Russian Bear Natural Gas. Europe better do the same, though they are notorious can kickers. Lithuania knows only too well the feeling of the Russian Bear Hug. Hat tip: gCaptain
Lithuanian liquefied natural gas (LNG) importer Litgas has signed a non-binding agreement to purchase LNG from the United States' first export terminal, the company said on Saturday.

The Baltic states and Poland are looking to imports from the United States to reduce their dependence on supplies from Russia. Lithuania opened a floating import terminal last year and Poland plans to open another one later in 2015.

U.S. LNG exporters are looking to the small Baltic states and Poland as hopes fade for a boom in Asian demand for cheap North American natural gas.

North America's first LNG export terminal, Cheniere Energy Inc's Sabine Pass, is expected to send first cargoes by late 2015. "We can begin receiving cargoes as early as 2016 to match demand," Litgas Chief Executive Dominykas Tuckus said.

Litgas was not immediately available to comment on the volumes potentially involved.

Litgas has already signed a deal with Norway's Statoil to buy 0.54 billion cubic metres of natural gas per year via Lithuania's floating LNG import terminal, opened last year. It has a further 16 non-binding agreements with companies supplying about half the world's LNG.

Russia's Gazprom was sole gas supplier to the Baltic states until the end of 2014, and Poland gets about half of its gas from Russia.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Obama Regime Backed Rebels in Syria Defeated By Al Qaeda
Posted by Ebbomosh Hupemp2664 03/02/2015  00:00 2 Comments 334 words Read the whole thing on page 1
BEIRUT -- The first Syrian rebel group to be given U.S. weapons collapsed Sunday after losing control of its headquarters to Syria's main al-Qaeda affiliate, further complicating American-led efforts to counter the rise of extremism in Syria.

The rout of Harakat Hazm, whose name means Steadfastness Movement, culminated months of clashes with the al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra in which the moderate group first was pushed from its main headquarters in the northern Syrian province of Idlib and then was ousted Sunday from its new base in the province of Aleppo.

After losing this latest battle, Hazm said in a statement circulated on social media that the movement had been dissolved "in an effort to halt the bloodshed" and that surviving members would be absorbed into a new rebel coalition called the Shamiyah Front.

Nusra fighters boasted on Twitter that they had seized control of U.S.-made TOW anti-tank missiles and other American aid provided to Hazm when they overran the rebels' headquarters in the town of Atarib in the province of Aleppo. The claims could not be verified, and American supplies of weaponry to moderate rebels in northern Syria had in any case been scaled back in recent months since the battles with Nusra began.

The collapse comes as the Pentagon embarks on a new effort to train moderate rebels to fight the Islamic State, a different extremist group that is at odds with Jabhat al-Nusra and has severed ties with al-Qaeda.

Hazm, which once claimed to have 5,000 fighters, had received U.S. weapons under a separate covert program launched last year by the CIA that was intended to bolster moderate rebels and put pressure on President Bashar al-Assad to compromise with the opposition.

Since Islamic State fighters surged into the Iraqi city of Mosul last summer, the Obama administration has refocused its Syria policy in ways that emphasize defeating the Islamic State rather than pressuring Assad to step down.
#1: Another winner picked by O&Co. Pitchers have better batting averages than this MoBro.
Posted by: Alaska Paul|| 2015-03-02 00:54 ||Comments

#2: I suppose we would be cheering a batting average at the Mendoza line?
Posted by: Mystic|| 2015-03-02 01:31 ||Comments

Europe: Radicalization Fear Forces Danish Boy into Juvenile Home
Posted by trailing wife 03/02/2015  00:00 0 Comments 425 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] Danish authorities have forced a 15-year-old Moslem boy into a juvenile home in an unusual move aimed at preventing him being radicalized by his father, a report said on Sunday.

Child care authorities in the town of Aarhus feared that the boy's father might persuade him to travel to Syria to fight with Islamic bully boyz and placed him into care in September, the daily Jyllands-Posten reported.

The paper said the move came after it emerged that the boy had begun to attend the Grimhoej mosque, notorious for refusing to denounce the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....

"You cannot force a lone child into care due to a suspicion of radicalization," the father's lawyer Tage Goettsche told another daily, Berlingske.

Researchers told local media the move was heavy-handed and that a juvenile home might radicalize the boy further through interaction with young criminals.

"You'd typically try to find a foster home," social scientist Hanne Hartoft at Aalborg University told news agency Ritzau.

By late last year Aarhus -- a city of only 324,000 residents -- sent as many as 30 people to fight in Syria.

Some 110 Danish Moslems, out of a total population of 5.6 million, have joined the fight in Syria, according to intelligence estimates.

Measured per capita, Denmark is the second largest European source after Belgium of jihadist fighters going to the Middle East.

The country was shaken by twin shootings in the capital Copenhagen last month, when a gunman killed two people in separate attacks targeting a cultural center and a synagogue.

The gunman -- a 22-year-old Dane of Paleostinian origin -- had been released from prison two weeks before the attacks after serving a term for aggravated assault, raising fears he may have become radicalized behind bars.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: IS Frees 19 Syrian Christians as Ransom Paid
Posted by trailing wife 03/02/2015  00:00 0 Comments 448 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group jihadists on Sunday freed 19 of the 220 Assyrian Christians they took hostage in Syria last week, after a ransom was paid for their release, activists said.

"Nineteen Assyrian hostages arrived on Sunday at the Church of Our Lady in Hasakeh after they were released by IS," said Osama Edward, the director of the Assyrian Network for Human Rights.

"They arrived on two buses from Shaddadeh," the IS stronghold in the northeastern province of Hasakeh where they were tossed into the calaboose, he told Agence La Belle France-Presse.

Edward said an IS religious court decided on Saturday to release the Christians in exchange for a sum of money for each family that IS considers as jizya, or tax, paid by non-Moslems.

He was unable to say how much was paid but recalled that in November IS released Assyrians after receiving payments of $1,700 per person.

The activist said negotiations for the release of all hostages began on Saturday between Assyrian officials and Arab Moslem tribal chiefs.

Last week, IS kidnapped 220 Assyrians in the Tal Tamr area where the bully boy Islamist group has seized control of 10 Christian villages, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Almost 5,000 people have since fled to Kurdish- and government-controlled areas.

Before Syria's civil war erupted in 2011, there were 30,000 Assyrians in the country, among an estimated Christian population of about 1.2 million.

The Assyrians, from one of the world's oldest Christian communities, have faced an increasing threat since IS captured large parts of Syria.

U.N. peace envoy Staffan de Mistura paid a surprise visit on Sunday to a church near the Syrian capital in a show of solidarity with the war-torn country's Christian minority targeted by jihadists.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Army Bombs Gunmen in Qaa Outskirts, Destroys Defenses near Wadi al-Hosn
Posted by trailing wife 03/02/2015  00:00 0 Comments 294 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] The army opened artillery fire Sunday evening after detecting movements by bad boy groups in the outskirts of the Bekaa border towns of Arsal and al-Qaa.

"The Lebanese army fired artillery at movements by the gangs in the Wadi Rafeq area in al-Qaa's outskirts," LBCI television reported.

The army meanwhile issued a communique announcing that one of its units "raided sawmills and stone quarries facing the Wadi al-Hosn area in Arsal's outskirts, destroying fortifications that had been set up by the armed terrorist groups."

Troops found "quantities of hashish, syringes, military equipment and a sum of money," the army added.

Earlier on Sunday, the army thwarted an attempt by gunnies to infiltrate the outskirts of Arsal, reported the National News Agency.

It said that the army engaged in festivities with the terrorists.

A number of the gunnies were killed and others maimed in the fighting that erupted at dawn.

The mountainous area along the Lebanese-Syrian border has long been a smuggling haven, with multiple routes into Syria that have been used to transport weapons and fighters.

The army has been targeting gunnies along the country's eastern border to prevent them from advancing.

The jihadists remain entrenched on the outskirts of Arsal on the porous Syrian-Lebanese border.

Iraq: Iraqi forces kill 16 ISIS militants, repel attack on Sur-Nash
Posted by trailing wife 03/02/2015  00:00 0 Comments 356 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[IraqiNews.com] On Saturday, a security source in Salahuddin province said, that the Iraqi security forces have managed to repel an attack by the ISIS group Lions of Islam and kill 16 elements of the group in northern Samarra.

The source stated to IraqiNews in an interview, "Security forces have managed to repel an attack by the ISIS group Lions of Islam on the area of Sur-Nash, located in northern Samarra," pointing out that, "The forces killed 16 elements of the ISIS group including a key Arab leader, in addition to destroying five armored vehicles that belonged to the group."

Dozens of volunteer fighters killed, injured during fierce battles south of Samarra

[IraqiNews.com) On Saturday, a security source in Salahuddin province said, that 17 elements of al-Hashed al-Sha'bi have been killed, while many others were maimed during festivities with the security forces in south of Samarra.

The source stated to IraqiNews in an interview, "This afternoon, two suicide kabooms have targeted two sites for the security forces on the Fallujah-Samarra road, which links between Baghdad and south of Samarra," pointing out that, "The two kabooms were followed by fierce festivities between the security forces and the ISIS group Lion of Islams."

“17 deaths and dozens of injuries among al-Hashed al-Sha'bi soldiers were estimated as the number of casualties."

"The festivities between the two sides also resulted in cutting the Samarra-Baghdad road," the source added.

Iraq: Tikriti Toetags Tallied
Posted by trailing wife 03/02/2015  00:00 1 Comments 221 words Read the whole thing on page 1
Iraqi forces kill 9 ISIS militants in artillery strike near Tikrit

[IraqiNews.com] On Saturday, a security source in Salahuddin province said, that nine elements of the ISIS group have been killed in an artillery strike by the security forces in west and south of Tikrit.

The source stated to IraqiNews in an interview, "Security forces backed by al-Hashed al-Sha'bi fighters have conducted an artillery strike on headquarters for the ISIS group Lions of Islam in the areas in west and south of Tikrit, pointing out that, "The operation resulted in killing 9 elements of the ISIS group and destroying two vehicles that belonged to them."

"Security forces are advancing to retake the areas in south of al-Door, located in southeast of Tikrit," the source added.

IA artillery destroys ISIL shelters southeastern Tikrit

[IraqiNews.com] The artillery of the Iraqi Army destroyed the shelters f the ISIL forces of Evil of southeastern Tikrit.

Security source stated to IraqiNews.com "The IA bombarded the ISIL shelters to destroy them of southeastern Tikrit and kill many of the ISIL terrorists."
#1: Mewonders if ISIS is all hat and no ranch.

Give the opposition a gun and a grenade and they seem to fold.

ISIS basic tactics are WWI British meat grinder tactics.
Posted by: Mystic|| 2015-03-02 01:33 ||Comments

Iraq: UNAMI declares 3383 Iraqis killed – wounded in violence events of last February
Posted by trailing wife 03/02/2015  00:00 0 Comments 218 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[IraqiNews] The former Special Reresentative of the UN's Secretary General, Nickoly Mladenov, stated that 3383 Iraqi people were killed in February.
A number that is, at best, hypothetical, pending the exhumation of any mass graves lying about that will subsequently be attributed to the period in question. Ditto for non-mass graves.
The number of civilians killed was 611 (Including 30 civilian police), and the number of civilians injured was 1,353 (including 29 civilian police). "I therefore welcome the consistent calls for unity by the President, the Prime Minister and the Speaker of Parliament. Any effort to achieve unity through reconciliation must be based on the Constitution and the full participation of political, religious and community leaders from across Iraq," the SRSG further stated.
The reconciliation negotiation goes something like this:
ISIS Representative: Surrender or die, infidels!
Gov't Minister for Negotiation and Reconciliation: You'll understand that we can't possibly do that, though we're certainly willing to discuss things while we train for the next step.
Kurdish Colonel (female): Seriously, guys?! *BANG BANG* Hah -- two to the center of mass, as always! Hopefully their next negotiator will be more sensible.

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Senior official on Netanyahu's plane: Congress must be made aware of Iran deal concessions
Posted by Hupineger Glomomp52169 03/02/2015  00:00 1 Comments 12 words Read the whole thing on page 1
#1: If Congress votes down the deal, will he codify it by Executive Order?
Posted by: Mystic|| 2015-03-02 01:34 ||Comments

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Photos of World's last active service F-14 Tomcat jets overhauled in Iran
Posted by Hupineger Glomomp52169 03/02/2015  00:00 1 Comments 28 words Read the whole thing on page 2
Iran: The Cuba of the Aviation world.

#1: The F-14 is such a forward looking AC that they are still quite effective. Their radar is something else. The IDF used F-14s as AWACS for their F-16s when they went after Syria a while back.

I bet the Navy would like to have them back given as how the breathtaking technological breakthroughs of the F-35 are so FUBAR.
Posted by: Mystic|| 2015-03-02 01:40 ||Comments

India-Pakistan: 50 militancy cases identified for speedy trial in Karachi
Posted by Fred 03/02/2015  00:00 0 Comments 325 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[DAWN] KARACHI: Fifty cases of kabooms and Lion of Islam attacks by proscribed organizations have been prioritised for hearing on a day-to-day basis by the 10 antiterrorism courts in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
, it emerged on Saturday.

A list of the 50 cases has been handed over to police to ensure the production of prosecution witnesses in courts.

Sources in the superior judiciary told Dawn that Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali of the Supreme Court of Pakistain, who is also the monitoring judge of the ATCs in Sindh, chaired a meeting which was informed that each ATC in the city picked up five militancy cases for hearing on a day-to-day basis as provided under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) of 1997.

Of the over 2,600 cases pending disposal before the 19 antiterrorism courts across Sindh, nearly 200 militancy-related cases were prioritised for a day-to-day hearing.

The meeting was also attended by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah of the Sindh High Court, who is also judge in charge of the SHC for the ATCs, member of the inspection team-II Judge Abdullah Channa, judges of the ATCs in Karachi, law secretary, finance secretary, special home secretary and an additional inspector general of police.

The sources said Justice Jamali expressed his satisfaction over the performance of the ATC judges when he was informed that 173 cases were disposed of by the ATCs across the province.

India-Pakistan: Security men among 10 held for jailbreak
Posted by Fred 03/02/2015  00:00 0 Comments 1093 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[DAWN] GILGIT: Initial investigations into the jailbreak in Gilgit have revealed that the inmates had carried out the daring act with help from the prison's security staff.
No! Re-e-e-e-e-ally?
Danyor Station House Officer Ghulaam Muhammad and one of the runaway prisoners were maimed after police encircled them in Minwar town, 13km from the jail, but the runaways still managed to escape.
Imagine that.
Gilgit-Baltistan police chief Zaffar Iqbal Awan told Dawn that police and other security forces had launched a search operation on Friday evening after receiving an intelligence tip and a clash took place in a hilly area near Minwar.
"Cop shoppe!"
"Lissen, dis is Mahmoud da Weasel! Da guyz yer lookin' for is hid out in da hilly area near Minwar!"

He said police had sealed off roads near a river, but the besieged prisoners jumped into a ditch and escaped.
"Chaudry, you got the ditch covered?"
"Don't have to, chief! They'd never jump in there [SPLASH!]"

He said the SHO and one of the runaways were maimed in the encounter.
"Ow! My arm!"
"Ow! My leg!"

The official said police had found some drugs, dates and other items left by the fleeing prisoners.
"Dates, Legume?"
"Dates, Inspector!"
"Hmmm... You realize what that means?"
"Look for a dark-haired woman between five feet five and five feet six with brown hair, wearing a plaid dress who speaks with a lisp, in Padi, Thalichi or Diamer district!"

He said the search operation had been extended to Padi, Thalichi and areas bordering Diamer district.
It was the dates that gave 'em away.
Mr Awan said police were checking medical stores and private hospitals in the area to trace the injured prisoner.
"Yeah, doc! He'd be with a woman in a plaid dress. And, oh yeah! There's a hole in him!"
He conceded that the jailbreak attempt by four prisoners had been assisted by some members of the security staff within the prison, but said an investigation was under way.
"We shall root out the miscreants, you betcha!"
He said seven jail staff personnel and three religious leaders had been enjugged.
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
Gilgit cantonment police started the paperwork but haven't done much else against Tanzeem Alfaroqia
Never heard of them before this incident. Neither has Google.
leaders Mir Baz, Jamshid and Inaam and Gilgit Jail wardens Akbar Zaman and Musa Alam, head constable Saifuddin, dispenser Aziz, constable Mohammad Afzal and Frontier Constabulary's constable Arif and obtained their physical remand for seven days from an anti-terrorism court.
Heh heh! They'll never suspect it was me!
"Stick 'em up, constable!"

A joint investigation team is dealing with the case under the supervision of Home Secretary Sibtain Ahmed.
"Defer! Defer! To the Lord High Supervisor!"
POLICE INVESTIGATION: According to initial police investigation, 102 prisoners, including 25 sentenced to death by ATCs, were in the prison at the time of the jailbreak.
"How many we got left, Chaudry?"
"Hmmm... I'd have to do a headcount to give you an exact number, chief!"
"About how many, then?"

They included four men involved in the killings near Nanga Parbat of foreign tourists and their guide and two in the liquidation of SSP Hilal Khan and two army officers in Diamer.

Hazrat Bilal, Dilbar Khan, Liaqat and Habibul Rahman of Diamer were kept in barrack-6. The investigation showed that the four prisoners made a plan to flee on Thursday evening with the help of some members of the security staff.

Their barrack was locked but it had been opened on Friday morning to let them flee. Under the jail rules, the gate may be opened for high-profile prisoners only after permission from the jail superintendent and they may be taken out in case of an emergency with handcuffs, amid tight security.

The investigation also revealed that pistols had been provided to the prisoners from within the jail. The prisoners went to the jail mosque and entered the dispensary after breaking a window. From the dispensary they went to the western side of the jail near the boundary wall. The prisoners scaled the 14-foot wall and jumped onto the Riverview Road at about 2.30am without facing resistance.

When they came to the road, coppers on patrol tried to intercept them, but they opened fire. Police killed Bilal and injured Dilbar in the clash, while Liaqat and Habib fled. The body and the injured prisoner were taken to the Kashorat hospital.

Initial reports said the jail security had been enhanced after a decision to transfer major cases of terrorism to military courts and personnel of Gilgit-Baltistan Scouts, Frontier Constabulary and police were on duty at the time.

Interestingly, Chief Secretary Sikandar Sultan Raja suspended Prisons Inspector General Muhammad Faisal who had himself taken the same action earlier against a deputy superintendent, an assistant superintendent, a head warden and two wardens after the incident.

India-Pakistan: Lakhvi living comfortable 'detention' life in jail: BBC report
Posted by Fred 03/02/2015  00:00 0 Comments 596 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[DAWN] According to a report published by BBC Urdu on Sunday, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi -- the prime suspect and alleged criminal mastermind in the Mumbai attacks of 2008 -- is living a life of comfort while being held in detention at Adiala Jail.

After a long drawn legal battle post-Mumbai attacks, Lakhvi had been granted bail by an Anti-terrorism court that was trying him, a day after the horrific Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
Army Public School massacre.

The ill-timed decision was met with outrage from the international community, especially India.

He was then detained by the government under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) law.

Fast forward to today however, and, according to the BBC report, his detention remains highly unorthodox and suspect.

"He [Lakhvi] can receive any number of guests, any time of the day or night, seven days a week," a jail official told BBC.

It was further alleged in the report that inside his jail cell, Lakhvi enjoys the use of a television, mobile phone and internet access. Moreover, none of his visitors have to identify themselves to jail officials.

Zakir-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, now 55, hails from the Okara district of Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

- the same place as Ajmal Kasab, one of the gunnies in the Mumbai attacks.

It is reported he joined the Jamaat Ahl-e-Hadith (JAH) in 1990, eventually graduating to 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...
(LeT), an armed myrmidon outfit alleged to be active in Indian administered Kashmire.

At the time of the Mumbai attacks, Lakhvi was believed to be the operational head of by-then banned LeT that had been accused by India of planning and executing the atrocity.

India-Pakistan: Two Afghan cops killed in Balochistan
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[DAWN] Two Afghan Police personnel were killed in a bully boy attack in Chaman area of Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
on Sunday.

A senior administration officer in Chaman, who declined to be named, told Dawn via telephone that six turbans on three cycle of violences shot up the vehicle of Afghan Policemen in Chaman's Bypass area.

The assailants sped away on their cycle of violences after the strike, the official said.

The Afghan cops, who belonged to Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province of Afghanistan, were en route to Quetta for medical treatment when the attack took place.

The bodies were shifted to District Headquarter Hospital Chaman for postmortem.

There was no claim of responsibility for the attack.

India-Pakistan: Another jailbreak
Posted by Fred 03/02/2015  00:00 0 Comments 640 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[DAWN] THE successful escape on Friday of a holy warrior involved in the Nanga Parbat massacre and another accused of killing one of the Sherlocks in the case is only the latest in a growing list of jailbreaks by hard boyz charged with heinous crimes. And once again the manner in which the jailbreak was executed suggests the possible involvement of elements among the prison authorities although details about how the escape was effected are still sketchy.

Reportedly, four prisoners somehow managed to convince the prison guards that they were armed and made their escape. In the ensuing shootout, one prisoner was killed and another critically injured. The jail was guarded by three separate law-enforcement and paramilitary bodies, and if and when an inquiry into the event is undertaken, it must look into why security was not foolproof. The prisoners' escape shows that holding hardened hard boyz in jails meant for ordinary criminals is fraught with risk, even though, unlike two other jailbreaks -- at Bannu and D.I. Khan -- this incident did not involve a large force attacking the prison from outside.

The episode highlights the need for special detention facilities for hardened holy warriors. Holding them in facilities meant for ordinary criminals only raises the likelihood of attacks launched by hard boyz from outside, or an escape of the sort just witnessed. The fact that even after two large jailbreaks, and one incident in which an escape tunnel was discovered near a prison in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
, hard boyz continue to be held in ordinary facilities and guarded by forces with poor training shows the authorities' half-hearted approach to law-enforcement functions necessary in the fight against militancy. It is vital that the task of apprehending and detaining hard boyz be taken far more seriously than it is at present. Rather than let the problem of weaknesses in the detention apparatus fester, only to be 'handled' through emotive and sudden calls for handing it over to the military -- as was done with the courts -- the challenge of holding hard boyz in secure facilities needs to be addressed through effective, long-term measures. It is perplexing that hardened hard boyz involved in the Nanga Parbat massacre should be held in a district jail in Gilgit. By now it ought to have been obvious that holding hard boyz is serious business. Unfortunately, as the jailbreak makes clear, authorities here insist on learning their lessons the hard way. We can only hope that this pattern will change in the future.

India-Pakistan: Islamabad police foil terror attack planned for Pakistan Day
Posted by Fred 03/02/2015  00:00 0 Comments 249 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[DAWN] Police in the federal capital on Sunday foiled a terrorist attack that aimed to the strike Pakistain Day parade on 23 March, DawnNews reported.

Police sources said that two suspected holy warriors were tossed in the calaboose
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
during recent raids and confessed to planning an attack.

They said the men were arrested from Ghouri Town in connection with the attack on the Qasar-e-Sakina Imambargah
...since Pakistain is very religiously correct, Shia Moslems can't call their houses of worship 'mosques,' which are reserved for Sunnis. It's not clear if imambargahs are used for explosives storage like mosques are...
which occurred on February 19.

Sources said the arrested men confessed to planning an attack during their interrogation. A large cache of weapons was also seized from their possession.

Earlier in February, it was announced that a joint military parade of Pakistain's armed forces would take place on Pakistain Day after a gap of seven years.

Africa North: Leading Benghazi assassin reported arrested
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[Libya Herald] A man is reported to have been incarcerated
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
in Benghazi, charged with the liquidation in December 2013 of Colonel Kamal Bazaza, head of military intelligence in the city, and in May last year of the editor of the Benghazi newspaper Burniq, Muftah Awad Buzid.

The suspect has been named as Nuri al-Obeidi, a resident of the city's Ras Obeida district. He is also accused of the murder of 28 other people.

No details have been revealed as to when he was arrested nor how the authorities discovered his identity.

He is said to have admitted the killings of Bazaza and Buzid. The latter was rubbed out on Benghazi's Istiqlal Street while on his way to work. The former died when his car blew up, also in Istiqlal Street. Obeidi, believed to be in his 20s, is reported to have disclosed that he shadowed Bazaza for three days before attaching the bomb to his vehicle.

He is said to have claimed that the killing was ordered by Ramadan Al-Rabaie, listed by the Saiqa Brigade last July as a member of Ansar al-Sharia
...a Salafist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends. There are groups of the same name in Libya and Yemen, with the Libyan versions currently most active. Tunisia's Shabaab al-Tawhid started out an Ansar al-Sharia and changed its name in early 2014. It still uses the old name now and then, probably because the stationery's not all used up and the web site hasn't expired yet...
and living in Leithi district. He said that he had been blackmailed by Rabie into carrying them out.

He has also allegedly admitted to killing in September 2012 Sheikh Akram Saleh Al-Drissi, the imam of the Argam Ben Abi Al-Argam mosque in Ras Obeida, its muezzin Moutaz Al-Sharif and 26 other religious figures and political activists.

Following the arrest, Obeidi's home was set on fire.

Africa North: Benghazi protestors carry on despite a mortar attack
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[Libya Herald] A crowd of several hundred demonstrators in Benghazi's Kish Square yesterday ignored a mortar attack and carried on with their protest in support of the Libyan Army and in denunciation of terrorism.

Two mortars landed in the square away from the main concentration of protestors. One or two people appeared to have minor injuries. However,
today is that tomorrow you were thinking about yesterday...
instead of dispersing, the crowd continued to chant angrily. They also protested the death of Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
civil rights activist Intisar Al-Hasairi.

Today IS posted a video made on a contested Benghazi street. After the usual harangue, the closing shots showed what it claimed was a Dignity soldier being bumped off. His white car, which had no registration plates, seemed to be passed by two different terrorist vehicles as he drove along a quiet street. Footage taken by a terrorist beside the gunman showed burst of fire into the white car, before the attackers drove on. Given that the bursts of fire were different, it may be that in succession, two terrorist gunnies were driven by their victim's car.
Did he get out of the car and walk away afterward, like the dead people do in Palliwood films?

Africa North: Weapons continue to flow from Turkey and Qatar to terrorists, claims Ministry of Interior
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[Libya Herald] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
and Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates...
are continuing to supply Lions of Islam operating in Libya with a steady flow of illegally imported weapons, Libyan acting Interior Minister, Colonel Ahmed Ali Baraka, has said in a TV interview.

According to Baraka, Turkish and Qatari aircraft are flying in and out of Libya Dawn
...aka Fajr Libya, the Islamist operation launched to counter that of General Khalifa Haftar (Operation Dignity). It is made up of the Libya Shield militia (Misrata and Moslem Brotherhood), Libya Revolutionaries Operations Room (Moslem Brotherhood), and Tripoli Brigade (close to Abdul Hakim Belhaj, head of Al-Watan party). Financing and moral support come from Turkey and Qatar...
-controlled Mitiga air base with the weapons which, he said, showed "clear and explicit support" for terrorism in Libya.

The accusations against Turkey and Qatar by the Libyan government have been ongoing since the attacks began on Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
by the Misrata Brigades this past summer.

Last June, General Khalifa Hafter issued an order for all Turks and Qataris to leave eastern Libya within 48 hours under the suspicion that they were supporting terrorist activity.

Last September, Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni accused Sudan and Qatar of backing Libya Dawn and warned that if they did not stop, diplomatic relations would be cut.

Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir has since patched things up with Thinni. The latter had also suggested that Qatar had changed its policy. However,
it's easy to be generous with someone else's money...
this latest attack, indicates a continuing suspicion.

Just last month, Qatar and Turkey were forced to withdraw from the African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
's International Contact Group for Libya (ICG-L) in Addis Ababa after the delegates from Libya, Egypt, the UAE, 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 the Soddy national face...
and Guinea boycotted the session over the presence of the Qatar and Turkey, claiming that the two countries had nothing to contribute to the African Union (AU).

Qatar continues to be widely accused in Libya of interfering in Libyan politics and of supporting the Moslem Brüderbund and Islamists, an accusation it denies.

Turkey denies similar allegations. It points out that it has been at the forefront of trying to help rebuild stability and security in the country by helping train the Libyan police and army.

Nevertheless, Turkey is one of a handful of countries which has publicly received officials from the otherwise internationally-rejected Tripoli administration and parliament.

Africa North: Canadian parliament killer buried in Libya
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The rest of the story, such as it is.
[Libya Herald] The gunman in the 22 October 2014 shooting at Canada's parliament in Ottawa has been buried in Libya, according to a relative.

Candian-born Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, whose father is Libyan, was shot and killed by a guard after he had rubbed out a Canadian solider on duty outside the parliament.

The Libyan Embassy in Ottawa has confirmed that Zehaf-Bibeau's body was sent to Libya. According to his cousin, Ashraf Zehaf, the body was buried in mid-November in the presence of his father, Bulgasem Zehaf, who had traveled to Libya for the funeral.

Libyan consular official in Ottawa Khalifa Al-Ghuwel has confirmed that that Zehaf-Bibeau's body was released to the father to take to Libya for the burial.

Zehaf-Bibeau was 32 years old at the time of his death and was known to be a drug addict suffering with mental issues. He had converted to Islam in 2004 and visited Libya. In the months leading up to the shooting, he had planned to leave Canada, reportedly for Libya, and was living in an Ottawa homeless shelter as the government processed his Canadian passport.

According to Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Commissioner Bob Paulson, the "passport issue was central to what ws driving" Zehaf-Bibeau, and the gunman had gone so far as to make a video prior to the attack in which he allegedly expressed his motives as being related "to Canada's foreign policy and in respect of his religious beliefs".

According to family members in Libya, however, it was more likely that Zehaf-Bibeau was frustrated after earlier attempts to return to Libya, his father's homeland.

"The Canadian government is primarily responsible for all of this," said Zehaf.

His Canadian mother told news hounds that her son was simply mentally disturbed.
#1: Should have chopped him up and fed him to feral pigs.
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Arabia: Yemen's president declares Sanaa an 'occupied capital'
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[YEMENONLINE.INFO] Yemeni President Hadi declared the city of Sanaa an occupied capital on Sunday and accused 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. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
Death Eaters of turning against political dialogue, the Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

What has happened in Sanaa is a coup, the president, who now operates in the southern city of Aden, said. Hadi arrived in Aden earlier this week after fleeting the Houthi-run capital where he was put under house arrest by the Shiite bully boys.

In related news, the first Iranian flight landed in Sanaa, a day after officials from the militia-controlled city signed an aviation agreement with Tehran, Agence La Belle France-Presse reported.

The Mahan Air plane arrived in Sanaa carrying a team from the Iranian Red Islamic Thingy and medical aid, an aviation official told AFP.

Senior Iranian diplomats were on hand to welcome the flight -- the first between the two countries in many years.

Yemen's official Saba news agency, which is controlled by the Shiite murderous Moslems who overran Sanaa in September, said that under the deal Iran Mahan Air and Yemenia would operate 14 flights each a week.

Arabia: Yemen's president says Saleh conspired with Iran to undermine power transfer deal
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[YEMENONLINE.INFO] President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi accused his predecessor on Sunday of conspiring with Iran to scuttle a 2011 deal backed by Gulf states to transfer power to him in cooperation with the Shi'ite Moslem 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. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...

Hadi, who assumed office in 2012 after 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...
resigned following months of protests against his 33-year rule, fled to the southern port city of Aden last month after the Houthis battled their way to the presidential palace.

He told tribal leaders, heads of political parties and other figures at a meeting in Aden that Saleh, who heads the General People's Congress party, the biggest bloc in parliament, had sent a parliamentary delegation to Iran to coordinate efforts to undermine the power transfer deal.

"Hadi said that this alliance between Saleh and the Houthis, in coordination with Iran, was behind the fall of Sanaa on Sept. 21 to the Houthi militias," a source at the meeting told Rooters. "No, the historic city (Sanaa) has become an occupied capital," he added.

Afghanistan: Violence killed 70 Afghans in February
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[Iran Press TV] Latest official data show that some 70 people, nearly half of them civilians, bit the dust and more than 80 others sustained injuries in a spate of terrorist attacks across Afghanistan in February.

According to the figures released on Sunday, as many as 20 kabooms took place in Afghanistan in the second month of the current year.

In the last attack of the month, two children were killed and 16 civilians were maimed when a boom-mobile targeted the vehicle of Afghan politician, Farhidoon Mohmmand, in the eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
Province. The politician escaped the act of terror unharmed.

Additionally, about 11 roadside kabooms took place throughout Afghanistan last month.

At least 10 assassinations happened in Afghanistan in February, leaving government officials, security forces and local leaders dead.

Pro-government civilians, civil servants, religious leaders and tribal elders were also the victims of assassinations.

Europe: Spain rejects Greece accusation of anti-Athens 'axis'
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[Iran Press TV] The Spanish prime minister has rejected his Greek counterpart's claim that Spain and Portugal have formed "an axis of forces" to topple the government in Athens.

"We are not responsible for the frustration generated by the radical Greek left that promised the Greeks something it couldn't deliver on," Mariano Rajoy said on Sunday.

His remarks came in response to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras who on Saturday accused Madrid and Lisbon of attempting to sabotage talks for the eurozone extending the Greek bailout program.

"Their plan was and is to wear down, topple or bring our government to unconditional surrender before our work begins to bear fruit and before the Greek example affects other countries," Tsipras said.

Britain: 'UK benefited from Saudi torture to stop attack'
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[Iran Press TV] A fresh report says the British government used real-time torture in 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 the Soddy national face...
to prevent al-Qaeda kabooms in 2010.

According to the Independent, the former head of the UK Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, has said torturing suspected Lions of Islam produces "useful information," and that "real-time" intelligence was obtained via torture in Saudi Arabia to help thwart a terrorist bombing on British soil some years ago. John Sawers also defended the UK security services against reports that torture played a role in the radicalizing of British Moslems.

The report said the discovery of a printer cartridge bomb on a UPS cargo aircraft at the East Midlands airport was made possible in 2010, only because two British government officials in Saudi Arabia were in "immediate communication" with a team using "torture" to interrogate an al-Qaeda operative.

The terror plot was to use cartridge bombs to bring down two aircraft over the eastern United States. However,
today is that tomorrow you were thinking about yesterday...
British authorities intercepted the first device at the cargo airport hub after what they described as a "tip-off" from Saudi Arabia.

A second device was intercepted aboard a freight plane in Dubai; both aircraft had started their trips in Yemen.

There was reportedly a frantic search prompted by "two or three" calls to Saudi Arabia after the tip-off, with security services battling to find the device. French security sources revealed the device was within 17 minutes of detonating when bomb disposal teams disarmed it.

One intelligence source said: "The people in London went back on the phone two or three times to where the interrogation was taking place in Riyadh to find out specifically where the bomb was hidden. There were two Britons there, in immediate communication with where the interrogation was taking place, and as soon as anything happened, they were in touch with the UK. It was all done in real time."

Now London-based political commentator Professor Rodney Shakespeare believes the British government is part of the problem itself as, "firstly, it is an outrage that they justify torture when it is known that it does not work.
How is that "known?" They've just described an incidence where it does work. But don't believe the evidence of your lying eyes. Professor Shakespeare's an Expert™ so we should go by his opinion.
The point is once you have tortured, you have destroyed the values of the society you are trying to protect."
To protect society from the likes of the people who killed Daniel Pearl or perpetrated 9-11 or the London bus kabooms I'd be perfectly willing to skin the turban with a blunt butter knife and rub him down with salt from head to toe. If they don't abide by the rules of ar then they forfeit any call upon those same rules.
Professor Shakespeare told Press TV's UK Desk in a Sunday interview that confessions under duress were also usually misleading as the victims could concoct stories under pressure.
Except that information doesn't exist in a vacuum. It's also harder to maintain consistency in a lie under duress. If the information's concocted then it's back to the barbecue fork and the rubber gloves.

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: Sierra Leone's vice president quarantines himself for Ebola
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[Iran Press TV] Sierra Leone's vice president has voluntarily quarantined himself after one of his security guards died from Ebola.

Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana on Sunday decided to put himself in quarantine for 21 days following the death of one of his security personnel last Tuesday.

It is the first time a high-ranking official is quarantined for fear of spreading the epidemic that according to the most recent figures released by the World Health Organization (WHO) has claimed 9,600 lives in the world.

Africa North: Bomb blast kills at least two people in Egypt's Aswan
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[Iran Press TV] A kaboom has killed at least two people in Aswan, a major tourist town in southern Egypt, police say.

The Sunday kaboom, caused by a device planted near a cop shoppe, maimed five others including a policeman, security sources said.

Egypt has undergone a series of shooting attacks and bombings since the North African country's first democratically-elected president, Mohammed Morsi, was ousted by the army in July 2013.

The violence has hit various parts of the country, especially the volatile Sinai Peninsula, where the army has been battling Lion of Islam groups, including Ansar Beit al-Maqdis.

In recent months, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis members have staged deadly attacks on Egypt's police forces and grabbed credit for a series of attacks on military facilities in the capital, Cairo, as well as the Sinai Peninsula.

Iraq: Shiite militia continues trainings outside Kirkuk
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[RUDAW.NET] Members of the Shiite militia group known as the People's Mobilization Forces, or PMF, have announced the completion of their fourth training course in the Kirkuk area.

An estimated 400 fighters have been trained in the use of heavy weapons and other tactics since the start of the first round of the program, according to a Rudaw news hound.

PMF officials on the Kirkuk front said there was close coordination with the Peshmerga, adding that the Kurdish forces were not opposed to the military training courses.

Shiite militias have one large military base as well as five smaller near Kirkuk. The PMF continually trains its fighters on weapons and resistance tactics, such as defusing land mines.

The Shiite militia training areas are far from the ISIS frontlines. The PMF has announced the trainings will not be done in secrecy and has invited the media to take part.

"Some media believe if we enter into Kirkuk,
... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time...
a fight will break out," Irfan Abdul Muhsin, deputy commander of the PMF forces in Kirkuk, told Rudaw.

"But we will protect Kirkuk and Iraq," he said.

Terror Networks: Peshmerga repel ISIS attacks on Mahkmour front
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[RUDAW.NET] Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
s bully boyz launched two attacks on Peshmerga forces at the Mahkmour front early on Sunday.

"Islamic bully boyz attacked our forces around 4 am today in the Sultan Abdulla area. The fight continued for about half an hour. The second attack happened around 5 am, and our forces retook control of the area," Muslih Bradosti, the Peshmerga commander at Mahkmour, told Rudaw.

A numbers of ISIS fighter were reportedly killed and maimed. Meanwhile,
...back at the secret hideout, Scarface Al sneeringly put his proposition to little Nell...
at least 15 others are believed to be hiding in mosques and houses in the area with no way to escape.
#1: As I said, all hat no ranch or should I say all banners and no guts?
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Report: Iran's Khamenei likely to live only two years
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Be still, my heart!
[RUDAW.NET] Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will likely live only two more years, the French daily Le Figaro reported on Saturday, citing intelligence sources.

The paper wrote that Khamenei's prostate cancer has reached stage four and has started to spread to the rest of his body, according to Western intelligence sources. The 76-year-old leader was admitted to hospital last September for cancer treatment.

Le Figaro's report raises the question of Khamenei's successor, and a possible power struggle among Iran's top political and religious leaders after his death.

Iranian state media have regularly published pictures of the all-powerful supreme leader on his hospital bed and under surgery. Analysts believe that the publication of his health condition has Khamenei's own approval.

Shortly after he was admitted to hospital last year, Iran's former Intelligence Minister Ghorbanali Dari Najaf Abadi said in a public speech: "In any case, we have to start thinking about the era after him (Khamenei)."

The Grand Turk: PKK umbrella group welcomes Ocalan's call for peace
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[RUDAW.NET] The umbrella group of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) welcomed jugged
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
leader Abdullah Ocalan's recent statement regarding the so called grinding of the peace processor in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
and described the call as a "historical step."

"Ocalan's statement is historical. If Turkey lives up to its commitments, we promise to do the same on our part," stated the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) Sunday.

"This is a great chance our leader has given to the Turkish state, in the name of our movement and nation," it added.

The group said it would consider laying down arms in the coming Congress if the two parties reach an agreement regarding the 10 terms laid out by their jugged
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
leader, which include, among other things, a new constitution and drawing regional and national jurisdictions.

In a statement this wekend, Ocalan said time for "lasting and stable peace" has come which requires "historical decisions." He then called on PKK guerillas to "end armed resistance and instead resort to democratic solutions."

Caribbean-Latin America: US officials called 'terrorists' mock Venezuela travel ban
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[CHRON] Conservative U.S. politicians banned from traveling to Venezuela by socialist President Nicolas Maduro are taking the restriction as a badge of honor.

Maduro laid out a series of measures against U.S. diplomats and tourists Saturday night, including a promise to limit the size of the embassy here and impose a tourist visa requirement.

Maduro also gave a list of conservative U.S. officials who would be barred from entering Venezuela. He named former President George W. Bush, former Vice President Dick Cheney and several congressmen.

"They can't come to Venezuela because they're terrorists," Maduro said before a crowd that had gathered to protest imperialism. "Out of here, terrorists."

Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said on Twitter that she was proud to be listed among such "good company." Another Florida Republican, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, responded with faux disappointment.

"I've always wanted to travel to a corrupt country that is not a free democracy. And now Castro's lapdog won't let me!" he wrote on Twitter.

Africa North: Egypt parliamentary poll looks set for delay after court ruling
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[EURONEWS] Egypt's parliamentary poll looks set to be delayed after a court ruled part of an election law was unconstitutional and the main election committee said it was working on a new timetable for the long-awaited vote.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi directed his government to amend the law within one month.

The first phase of the poll is due to start on March 22. The election is the final step in a political roadmap the army announced in July 2013.

Another court ruling later this month will definitively decide whether or not the elections will be delayed.

The latest development highlights Egypt's rocky path towards democracy since the ousting of Islamist President Mohammed Mursi in 2013 by the army after mass protests against the rule of Egypt's first democratically elected leader.

Iraq: Iraq Launches Offensive on ISIS North of Baghdad
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[NBCNEWS] Iraq's army and Shi'ite militia have launched a long-awaited offensive against ISIS in Salahuddin province, a stronghold of the radical Islamist fighters north of Baghdad, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Sunday.

The ultra-radical fighters control several strongholds in the mainly Sunni Moslem province of Salahuddin, including Tikrit, hometown of executed former president Saddam Hussein. They also hold other towns on the Tigris river north of the government-held city of Samarra, which Abadi visited on Sunday.

"The prime minister and armed forces chief ... announce the start of the security campaign to liberate Salahuddin," a statement issued by Abadi's office said as he met military leaders in the province, where thousands of troops and militia have gathered for battle.

In comments broadcast on Iraqi television, Abadi said the Islamist Lions of Islam would be pushed out of all of Salahuddin and offered their supporters a final opportunity to hand themselves in. "I call upon all those who have been deluded and made mistakes in past to lay down arms today," he said. "This is their last chance. If they insist on staying on their wrong path they will receive the fair punishment they deserve because they ... stood with terrorism."

Africa North: El-Sissi leading a Churchillian fight against Hamas
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[TIMESOFISRAEL] It's not yet clear quite how an Egyptian court's decision Saturday to define Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,, in its entirety, as a terror group will play out. Hitherto, only the organization's military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, was defined as such, but the new ruling widens the definition to include the political branch. Does this mean that from here on out Egypt will completely ban Hamas, cutting all ties to the group including those involving Cairo's own intelligence agencies?

What can be said with a high degree of certainty, especially in light of the almost hysterical response to the ruling in the Gazoo Strip, is that on a symbolic level this is Cairo's declaration of war on Hamas. Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is proving that there is only one leader in the Middle East who can be compared to Winston Churchill, and he sits in Cairo.

With Sissi, it's not just talk. It's action too. He has, memorably, now made a series of speeches calling for a revolution in Islamic thought, to shift the emphasis away from violence and to create a more humane Islam. He has declared war upon radical Islam wherever it may be -- not only upon the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
and its affiliates, who have attacked Egyptians in Libya and Egypt proper, but on the Moslem Brüderbund and its affiliates as well.

Many months ago, the president set out on a wide-scale military operation in the Sinai Peninsula that his associates have assessed will last two to three years. During this period, he has said, Egypt will pay a price, perhaps a heavy one, but there is no choice and no escape from carrying it out.

When IS operatives in Libya kidnapped Coptic Egyptians and executed them, Sissi again did not hesitate: He sent Egyptian air force jets to bomb dozens of IS targets on Libyan soil.

The court decision underlines his approach: There is no distinction between a military wing and a political wing. He'll leave any such nuances to various international officials, mostly in Europe, who have recently tried to create a dialogue with Hamas.

Iraq: More than 2,000 fighters of Diyala will take part in battle of Tikrit
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[IraqiNews.com) The security committee in the Diyala provincial council confirmed Saturday that more than 2,000 volunteer fighters from the people of the province will participate in the battle to liberate Tikrit.

Committee chairman Sadiq al-Husseini said in an interview for IraqiNews.com, "More than 2,000 volunteer fighters from Diyala people will participate in the battle to liberate Tikrit from ISIS control."

Husseini added, "The liberation of Tikrit has a strategic importance to Diyala, because of the long common borders that have been exploited by ISIS to attack some areas, like al-Adim district (75 km north of Baquba), during the last few weeks."

Africa North: Egypt Army: 172 Sinai Militants Killed in February
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[AnNahar] Egypt's army said Sunday at least 172 Death Eaters were killed in February in joint police and military operations in the restive Sinai where security forces are battling an Islamist insurgency.

The Death Eaters were killed in a series of security operations in the peninsula after a deadly January 29 attack by jihadists left 30 people dead, mostly soldiers.

The army said the Death Eaters were killed in the North Sinai cities of El-Arish, Sheikh Zuweid and in the town of Rafah that borders Israel and the Paleostinian Gazoo Strip.

Another 229 suspected jihadists were tossed in the clink
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
in these operations, while 85 krazed killer hideouts were destroyed last month, the army said in a statement accompanied by a picture of a suspected krazed killer rubbed out.

Egypt's army has poured troops and armor into the region to fight an Islamist insurgency since the ouster of president Mohammed Morsi in July 2013.

Most attacks are spearheaded by Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (Partisans of Jerusalem), the Egyptian affiliate of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
jihadist group that has seized territory in Syria and Iraq.

Arabia: Rival Yemeni Camps Entrench as Iran Flights Arrive
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[ABCNEWS.GO] An Iranian airplane delivered supplies to Yemen's Shiite rebel-held capital on Sunday, while the president gained support from influential tribal and provincial leaders in signs that the rival camps seeking to rule the rapidly unravelling country are entrenching their positions.

The first direct flight from Shiite powerhouse Iran to Sanaa was carrying 12 tons of medical supplies as well as tents and and Red Islamic Thingy aid workers, Iran's deputy ambassador Rasai Ebadi told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named. It came a day after rebel 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. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
representatives signed an agreement in Tehran to set up 14 direct weekly flights between the two countries.

The move underscored how the rebels, who are widely suspected of being backed by Iran, are strengthening their grip over state institutions and exercising sovereign power in Sanaa even as the country's president insists he is still in charge after fleeing to the south.

"The Houthis want to show they're not disconnected from the world, that they are not desperate, so they're reviving relations with Iran," said Yemen analyst Hisham al-Omeisy.

"The flights are a bit peculiar and people are surprised. Yemenis don't usually fly to Iran, for tourism or work or medical treatment, so 14 weekly flights seems like a bit too much. The point of the medical supplies was to kill the rumor that more weapons will be coming in to support the Houthis," he added.

Iraq: MP attributes not sending Kurdistan Region Budget by Baghdad to delay in delivering Kurdistan Region oil to Baghdad
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[IraqiNews.com] MP, Areez Abdullah, the head of the Oil and Energy Committee attributed not sending the Budget of Kurdistan Region by Baghdad to the delay in delivering the agreed upon quantity of oil by Kurdistan Region to Baghdad.

Speaking to IraqiNews.com "The two sides are adherent to the oil agreement but there are some issues related to not sending the budget by Baghdad to Kurdistan Region."

"Kurdistan Region announced that it cannot send the agreed upon quantity on time and they will do that in the next three months and that's resulted in not sending their budget by Baghdad," he concluded.
#1: Baghdad needs to be Kurdistan Bitch after how it has acted.

Pick up your shit, Baghdad. And leave the Kurds alone.

That's an order, malingerers.
Posted by: newc|| 2015-03-02 00:56 ||Comments

Iraq: Residential Complex inaugurated for political prisoners in Maysan
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[IraqiNews.com] The local government in Maysan province inaugurated a residential complex for the political prisoners.

The Authorized Manager of the Construction Company, Hassan Hassani stated to IraqiNews.com "The Complex is for the Foundation of the Political Prisoners and consist of 763 residential units."
It seems an odd thing to build when so many Iraqis have been made homeless by the war. And it seems an awful lot of units -- how many plitical prisoners does Iraq have, and where did they come from?

Iraq: Iraqi forces kill, wound 19 terrorists in western Baghdad
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[IraqiNews.com] A source in Baghdad Operations Command stated Saturday, that 19 hard boyz have been either killed or injured in a security operation in western Baghdad.

The source stated to IraqiNews in an interview, "A force from the 53rd Brigade has managed to attack the terrorists' hideouts in the areas of Albu-Elwan and al-Shurtan, located in western Baghdad," pointing out that, "The security operation resulted in killing 5 Death Eaters and injuring 7 others in the two areas."

"Another force from the 33rd Brigade, with support from al-Hashed al-Sha'bi forces, conducted a counter operation against a terrorist group in the area of Albu-Elwan, resulting in killing 3 hard boyz and wounding 4 others," the source added.

Iraq: 3 terrorists sentenced to life time imprisonment in Thi-Qar
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[IraqiNews.com] Three persons accused of terrorism charged were sentenced to life time imprisonment in Thi-Qar province.

Security source stated to IraqiNews.com "The Criminal Court in Thi-Qar sentenced three persons in a life time imprisonment where they of them are from Baghdad province."

Iraq: ISIS attack on Iraqi-Saudi border foiled
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[IraqiNews.com] Ministry of Interior announced Saturday, that an ISIS attack on a Saudi-Iraqi border has been foiled, leaving a number of attackers dead and maimed, while others fled.

Ministry front man Brigadier General Saad Maan said in a statement received by IraqiNews.com, "A force of the 5th Brigade in the border guard foiled an attack by ISIS elements Mahfour Ngenh station in Anbar."

Maan added, "A number of ISIS elements were killed and maimed, while others fled."
A good thing the Saudis invested in all that fancy border control technology in addition to a double row of fencing and an earth berm beyond that. Perhaps we could learn from their example...

Iraq: Anbar Antics
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Iraqi joint forces kill 46 terrorists in al-Baghdadi, Anbar

[IraqiNews.com] On Saturday, a military source in al-Jazirah and a-Badiyah Operations Command announced, that 46 bully boyz have been killed in an extensive security operation by the Iraqi joint forces in al-Baghdadi district.

The source informed IraqiNews, "A joint force consisting of army troops and local police elements, with support from the federal police and the Golden Division, in addition to armed rustics, has conducted an extensive security operation in the district of al-Baghdadi, located in al-Anbar province."

"The operation resulted in killing 46 elements of the ISIS group, including 21 jacket wallahs," the source added.

"Violent festivities between the ISIS group holy warriors and the security forces have broken out in the area between the residential block and the Guwana Bridge in west of al-Baghdadi district," the source has noted.

11 suicide bombers including a Chinese killed in al-Baghdadi

[IraqiNews.com] Anbar Provincial Council announced on Friday, that joint forces represented by the local police, the Army and the rustics have managed to regain control over the residential complex in al-Baghdadi and free dozens of families, after 11 ISIS jacket wallahs, including a Chinese, were killed.

The front man for the provincial council chairman, Solaiman Qubaisi said in statements followed by IraqiNews, "15 ISIS suicide bombers took advantage of the military forces withdrawal and broke into the complex."

Qubaisi added, "This came after the withdrawal of the 27th Brigade of the 7th Division of the Iraqi Army from the residential complex to be replaced by another force, according to reports in the district. ISIS took advantage of this loophole to launch its attack."

ISIS executes five year old girl west of Ramadi

[IraqiNews.com] The ISIS group executed on Friday a five-year-old girl, while a another six-year-old child died of fear as ISIS elements broke into the governmental complex in al-Baghdadi west of Ramadi, according to a security source in Anbar.

The source said in an interview for IraqiNews.com, "ISIS elements executed today a five-year-old girl whose family fled when the government complex was attacked in al-Baghdadi district (90 km west of Ramadi)."

The source, who requested anonymity added, "Another child, six years old, died of panic and fear as the government complex was being attacked by the ISIS myrmidons.

Africa Subsaharan: Mob Kills Woman over Suicide Bombing Scare in Nigeria
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[AnNahar] A mob in the northeast Nigeria
... a particularly crimson stretch of Islam's bloody border...
n city of Bauchi on Sunday beat a woman to death and burnt her body over suspicion she was a jacket wallah, police and witnesses said.

"At about 0700 hours (0600 GMT), information at our disposal revealed that a yet to be identified lady who allegedly refused to allow herself to be screened at the entrance of Muda Lawal Market Bauchi was attacked by irate mob," Bauchi state police front man Haruna Mohammed said in a statement.

He said the mob "set her ablaze," adding that she died before police could rescue her.

Mohammed said police had deployed to the scene to disperse the mob but no arrest was made.

An eyewitness, Isa Safiyanu, told Agence La Belle France-Presse that the woman, who was accompanied by a man, raised suspicion when two bottles were found strapped to both sides of her waist after she refused to be frisked with a metal detector at the entrance of the bus station.

"When her hijab was raised over her head two bottles were found strapped to her waist and the crowd descended on the young woman," he said.

"They beat her to death and placed a used tire on the body, sprinkled it with petrol and set it on fire," he said.
But left her companion entirely untouched and unarrested? #WarAgainstWomen
According to a police source in the city who asked to remain anonymous, it was unlikely the woman was carrying explosives which would have went kaboom! when her assailants attacked her.
...or cooked off when the body was burnt...
"The only plausible explanation is she could have been sent on a test mission to see if it was possible to enter the bus station without being screened," the source said.
And now they know.
The killing follows a spate of suicide kabooms in recent days blamed on Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
Islamists targeting bus stations in northern and central Nigeria.
#1: Muslims killing muslims...cry me a river...
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The Grand Turk: Reports: CCTV Shows Syria-Bound UK Girls at Istanbul Bus Station
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[AnNahar] Security footage appears to show three British girls, believed to be heading for Syria to join Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) bully boys, waiting at a bus station in Istanbul before traveling to a Turkish town on the Syrian border, media reported Sunday.

Close friends Kadiza Sultana, 16, and 15-year-olds Shamima Begum and Amira Abase, boarded a flight from London to Istanbul on February 17.

British police, who have said the girls are thought to have since entered Syria, and their families have launched urgent appeals for the teens to return home.

The CCTV images show the three girls entering a bus terminal in Istanbul's Bayrampasa district on the European side of the city, which the trio reached by metro from the airport.

They are seen wearing winter coats on top of their niqabs, two of them with hoods pulled up and carrying luggage as they wait, according to footage on the Aksam newspaper's website, which cited security sources.

The footage was recorded in the early hours of February 18, less than 24 hours after the girls left their homes in east London telling their families they were heading out for the day.

At one point they can be seen leaving the waiting lounge of the busy terminal along with other passengers and walking through a snow-covered path into the departure lounge.

The time codes on the images suggest that the girls waited at the terminal for nearly 18 hours before taking a bus to the southeastern Turkish city of Sanliurfa close to the Syrian border.

Aksam said that Turkish police were trying to identify the passengers in the footage helping the girls carry their luggage at the bus station.

The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, which has been under fire from its Western allies of failing to do enough to stop jihadists crossing into Syria from its territory, accused Britannia of failing to provide information about the girls sooner.

A senior counter-terrorism officer with London's Metropolitan Police, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball, said about 60 British women have gone to Syria.

Of these, 22 were reported by their families, including 18 who were aged 20 or younger, she said. The last five reported to have traveled were just 15 and 16.

"This is a growing problem and it's one of real concern," Ball told BBC television, saying that the travel industry must work with police to identify those en route to Syria.

"The more everybody involved in travel understands this problem and can be alerted and be vigilant and look out for people, the better."

But she added: "Some of these women and girls are very carefully prepared for their travel so they don't stand out. They take unusual routes and it is very had to spot them."

An estimated 550 Western women have traveled to join the snuffies in Iraq and Syria.

Olde Tyme Religion: Mullah In Norway: Those Who Do Not Respect 30% Of The World's Population
Posted by Hupineger Glomomp52169 03/02/2015  00:00 2 Comments 76 words Read the whole thing on page 2
What the #&!! is going on in Norway of late?
He's got a point -- 30% of the world's population is Christian, and if you don't respect Christianity then certainly you have no right to...
...oh, that's not the 30% he's talking about!
#1: Well exporting more than 800 moslems resulted in a 30% drop in CRIME.

Ad Fuck 30% of the worlds Heritics anyways, really.

just because you have numbers does not mean you are right, it just means you are that proportionate of the Devils riding crop.

Fuck you and your islam.

It is over.
Posted by: newc|| 2015-03-02 00:54 ||Comments

#2: In the Koran, it says you should live in Islamic lands. so be it

What this is about
Posted by: newc|| 2015-03-02 01:10 ||Comments

Arabia: Bahrain charges 17 bombing suspects with forming militant group
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Manama -- Bahrain’s public prosecutor has charged 17 people with forming a militant group and carrying out bombings that wounded security personnel, the state news agency said on Saturday.

The group had set off bombs in the island kingdom’s Maqaba, Al Janabiya, Budaiya and Qarya villages, prosecutor Ahmed Al Hammadi was quoted as saying.

“The members had agreed to set up a terror cell to make explosives and weapons to carry out terror acts, target security forces ... and spread panic among people,” he said, according to Bahrain News Agency.

Their trial will begin on March 22 and two of the defendants outside the country will be tried in absentia, he added.

There have been a growing number of attacks using explosives, often targeting police-men.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Syria rebels reject envoy plan to freeze Aleppo fighting
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Beirut -- Syrian rebel forces in Aleppo on Sunday rejected UN envoy Staffan de Mistura's plan for a freeze in fighting in the divided northern city, dealing a blow to his peace efforts.
That didn't take long...
"We refuse to meet with Mr Staffan de Mistura if it is not on the basis of a comprehensive solution to Syria's drama through the exit of (President) Bashar al-Assad and his chief of staff, and the prosecution of war criminals," a newly-formed Aleppo revolutionary commission said.

The political and military grouping was set up on Saturday at a meeting in the Turkish border town of Kilis attended by exiled coalition chief Khaled Khoja, other opposition figures and Aleppo civil society representatives.

De Mistura’s proposal "falls short of an initiative to resolve the humanitarian crisis of our people targeted by the regime’s use of chemical weapons and barrel bombs prohibited by the international community," it said in a statement.

Aleppo's opposition forces also turned down preferential treatment for their region over other areas of Syria stricken by the country’s deadly conflict since 2011.

"Syria and its people are one and indivisible. The blood of our brothers in Daraa (in the south), in Ghouta (near Damascus), in Homs (central) and in other Syrian provinces are no less important than our blood in Aleppo," they said.

De Mistura on Saturday held talks in the Syrian capital to try to finalise a deal to freeze fighting in the war-ravaged second city of Aleppo. He met foreign minister Walid Muallem and agreed to send a delegation from his Damascus office to Aleppo on a fact-finding mission, state news agency SANA said, without giving a date.

"The mission will aim to assess the situation on the ground and to ensure that, once the freeze is announced, humanitarian aid can significantly increase and to prepare arrangements to follow up on violations of the freeze," the UN said.
The UN always tries to arrange a truce or a freeze, since they think that a truce equals peace. Problem is that one side always looks at a truce as an opportunity and the other side looks at it as a threat. That's why there is no truce.
The Swedish-Italian diplomat "hopes to set in motion as soon as possible his project" to halt fighting in Aleppo for six weeks, said a member of his delegation.

He has met government officials and opposition chiefs in recent weeks to promote his plan for a temporary truce in Aleppo in order to move aid into the northern city, as a starting point to be expanded to other regions. However, De Mistura, who has made the Aleppo freeze the centrepiece of his mediation efforts since he was named in July as special envoy to Syria, incurred the wrath of the opposition last month by describing Assad as "part of the solution" to the conflict.
Not very 'diplomatic' of him...

Terror Networks: US-led coalition launches air strikes on Daesh targets in Iraq, Syria
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Washington -- A US-led coalition launched seven air strikes in Iraq and two in Syria since early Saturday against Daesh militants, the Combined Joint Task Force said on Sunday.

The military statement said two air strikes involving US drones in Syria near Al Hasakah struck a Daesh tactical unit and destroyed two vehicles. In Iraq, the US-led coalition used warplanes and drones to strike near Al Asad, Al Qaim, Kirkuk and Mosul, destroying Daesh tactical units, boats, a storage facility, buildings and other targets, according to the statement.

The strikes all took place between 8 am on Saturday and 8 am on Sunday local time, the statement said.

China-Japan-Koreas: S. Korea, U.S. set to begin annual joint military drills
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SEOUL -- South Korea and the United States will kick off their annual joint military drills this week, the Combined Forces Command (CFC) said Sunday, amid North Korea's repeated threats against the exercises.

The computerized command post exercise, called Key Resolve, will be held from Monday to next Friday to improve the combined forces' operation and combat capabilities to deter threats from the North. The two-week war game will involve about 10,000 South Korean and 8,600 American troops to test various scenarios in which South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff plays a leading role in conducting operations.

Separately, the allies are scheduled to carry out the field training exercise Foal Eagle, which involves a set of land, sea and air maneuvers, from Monday to April 24. The two-month tactical training will mobilize about 200,000 Korean and 3,700 American troops, mostly from overseas.

According to the CFC, the USS Fort Worth, a 3,450-ton Freedom-class littoral combat ship, will take part in the Key Resolve drill. The combat ship is armed with surface warfare mission package capabilities, including an MH-60R helicopter and Mark 110 57-millimeter gun.

Five countries -- Australia, Canada, Denmark, France and Britain -- are scheduled to participate in the exercises, with the Neutral Supervisory Commission to observe and monitor them to ensure they do not break the Armistice Agreement signed at the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

A military source said South Korea and the U.S. have stepped up their joint surveillance system in the run-up to the joint military drills.

North Korea has called on the allies to stop the military drills, calling them a dress rehearsal for an invasion of the communist country.

China-Japan-Koreas: N. Korea fires 2 short-range missiles into East Sea
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SEOUL -- North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the East Sea on Monday in an apparent saber-rattling against annual military drills between South Korea and the United States, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

"North Korea fired two short-range missiles with a range of some 490 kilometers into the East Sea from its western port city of Nampo between 6:32 a.m. and 6:41 a.m. today," the JCS said in a short release.

Factoring in its range, the missiles are presumed to be Scud-C or Scud-D type ones, according to JCS officers, adding they appear to have landed in the East Sea after flying across its inland areas.

Monday's firing is the North's third missile launch this year. Last month, the bellicose regime fired five short-range missiles into the East Sea from its eastern border town of Wonsan just two days after the launch of anti-ship missiles under the guidance of leader Kim Jong-un, according to the JCS.

Noting that the firing "appears to be the North's provocations in opposition to the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises," the JCS said it "remains vigilant against any additional launches while strengthening the readiness posture."

Earlier in the day, an unidentified spokesman for the General Staff of the (North) Korean People's Army issued a statement and vowed "merciless strikes."

"Key Resolve and Foal Eagle are an undisguised encroachment upon the sovereignty and dignity of the DPRK and an unpardonable war hysteria of dishonest hostile forces," said the statement carried by the North's state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) monitored in Seoul.

"The only means to cope with the aggression and war ... is neither dialogue nor peace. They should be dealt with only by merciless strikes," the North said, warning that the U.S. and South Korea "will have to bitterly regret the irretrievable consequences to be entailed by Key Resolve and Foal Eagle."

The two-week war game Key Resolve mobilizes about 10,000 South Korean and 8,600 American troops to test various scenarios in which South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff plays a leading role in conducting operations, while the field training exercise Foal Eagle involves a set of land, sea and air maneuvers, from March 2 to April 24 by 200,000 Korean and 3,700 American troops.

The large-scale annual drills are expected to further heighten tensions on the Korean Peninsula, with Pyongyang issuing near-daily threats of harsh retaliation of "hostile" forces.

Despite Pyongyang's demand, South Korea and the U.S. have said they will go ahead with the plan, as the regular exercises are defensive in nature and aim solely to bolster readiness against a possible invasion by the communist North.

China-Japan-Koreas: N.Korea Resumes Tests for Smaller Missile Warheads
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North Korea has resumed high-explosive tests believed to be aimed at making smaller and more powerful warheads for ballistic missiles, a government source said Wednesday.

Intelligence officials here believe North Korea's next nuclear test will produce a yield of at least 10 to 15 kilotons. That would be similar in power to the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II. The last nuclear test in 2013 produced an estimated yield of 6 to 7 kilotons.

But the government source added there are no signs that the North is preparing for a nuclear test at the site in Punggye-ri, North Hamgyong Province.

Africa Horn: Fighting drives hundreds in south-western Somalia into misery
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BAKOL, Somalia -- Hundreds of residents in south-western Somalia who escaped fighting between government troops backed by the African Union and the Al-Qaeda linked militants face misery, hunger and diseases in bush areas in Bakool region, Garowe Online reports.
Not that you or I would be able to distinguish this misery from the usual misery of the region...
The fighting already displaced thousands of nomads and residents in rural areas, creating a humanitarian situation in Bakool region, hard-hit by the anti militants push led by AU forces.

Abdifatah Duwane,the commissioner for Yel town told Radio Garowe that the displaced families face water shortages and basic health care, adding woes to their already fragile situation. He urged aid agencies to come to assistance for the families who fled into rural areas, leaving behind their homes and livestock of which they were heavily dependent on.

Residents in El-Bar, a small rural town in the region reported on saturday that fighting between the two sides killed at least 11 people, mostly civilians who were caught in the middle of the offensive against the insurgent fighters trying to topple the western-backed government in Somalia.

Africa Horn: Bomb kills senior Puntland commander
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GALKAYO, Somalia -- A suspected roadside bomb killed a senior Puntland commander in Galkayo town on Sunday, the latest in string of attacks targeting the government's officials Garowe online reports. Duran Omar, the custom duty chief for Galkayo town was killed after a bomb targeted his car in the centre of the city which has seen deadly attacks against Puntland officials in recent months.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack; however government officials often blame Al-Shabab for such attacks.

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Were Chechen security personnel behind Nemtsov's death?
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The possibility of a Chechen connection should not be dismissed, given Nemtsov's repeated criticism of Chechen chief Ramzan Kadyrov, and the fact that since 2011, security personnel loyal to Kadyrov have reportedly engaged with impunity in abductions and killings in Moscow. Alternatively, Kadyrov's men may have killed Nemtsov at Russian President Vladimir Putin's behest.
#1: This might be it - Chechens already inclined to do him in, and Putin gave them the nod. Putin gets plasible deniability, and everyone knows Chechens are assholes.
Posted by: OldSpook|| 2015-03-02 01:36 ||Comments

Southeast Asia: Phillipine troops attack 300 Abu Sayyaf militants on Basilan Island
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Southeast Asia: 26 deaths so far in five-day Mindanao assault
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[Business World] A military assault on Islamist militants in the southern Philippines entered its fifth day on Saturday, with the toll rising to 24 guerrillas and two soldiers dead.

Ten Abu Sayyaf rebels were killed in a two-hour battle on Friday after the army struck their jungle lair on Jolo island with artillery and helicopter gunships. Another 14 rebels and two troops had been killed since the fighting erupted on Tuesday, said Col. Alan Arrojado, who is leading the assault.

Battles have been raging in the mountainous and thickly forested villages of Patikul town. The militants were reportedly moving with three Malaysian Jemaah Islamiyah members who were providing them with bomb-making training.

Military spokesman Col. Restituto Padilla said, "This (assault) will not stop until we put an end to the Abu Sayyaf."

Southeast Asia: Female defense volunteer shot in Narathiwat
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[Bangkok Post] A female village defense volunteer was shot and seriously hurt in an attack in Narathiwat province on Sunday afternoon. Eyewitnesses said that two men arrived on a motorcycle and the pillion passenger opened fire at Apichaya Chaichana, 30, hitting her in the left ribcage, before fleeing. Police recovered three empty M16 bullet casings at the scene.

Home Front: Politix: Where's Hillary? Netanyahu doesn't want you to ask
Posted by Hupineger Glomomp52169 03/02/2015  00:00 2 Comments 35 words Read the whole thing on page 4
imho, Mr. Netanyahu is correct. Timing is everything, and this type of "marketing" will distract from his serious message to our country.

They should have waited a week.

#1: Agreed, HF52169. Bibi needs to keep his speech centered on the existential threat of Iran and its nuclear weapons program.

The rest is side show, which he does not need. Just focus on the facts and the intelligence. That will be frightening enough.
Posted by: Alaska Paul|| 2015-03-02 00:52 ||Comments

#2: If the proposed deal with Iran contains half the stuff that rumors have proposed, when Bibi pulls the cat out of the bag on that bogus maneuver, there could be some blood letting in Washington.

I bet the public outcry will be deafening.
Posted by: Mystic|| 2015-03-02 01:46 ||Comments

Home Front: Politix: "Enough Is Enough:" Cuts To Air Force Reduce Squadrons By 75 Percent
Posted by Hupineger Glomomp52169 03/02/2015  00:00 3 Comments 61 words Read the whole thing on page 1
"When we deployed to Operation Desert Storm in 1990, our Air Force had 188 fighter squadrons in the inventory. This budget will take us to 49," said General Mark Welsh, the Air Force chief of staff. "There were 511,000 active duty airmen during Desert Storm. We have 200,000 fewer today."

#1: The Obama REGIME wants to transfer money from defending Americans to staffing up federal agencies to go after Americans.
Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664|| 2015-03-02 00:15 ||Comments

#2: Take the DHS budget and give it to the military.
Posted by: OldSpook|| 2015-03-02 01:37 ||Comments

#3: The funding to pay for food stamps must come from somewhere.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-03-02 02:24 ||Comments