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Britain: George Galloway get the full Fisking
Posted by Frank G 08/30/2014  08:07 0 Comments 181 words Read the whole thing on page 6
Nice pic at the link
British Parliament Member George Galloway has been hospitalized after being attacked on a London street, the BBC reported Saturday. The assailant was "shouting about the Holocaust," according to the MP's spokesman.
"That's a myth" "really?" *SMACK*
"George was posing for pictures with people and this guy just attacked him, leapt on him and started punching him," the spokesman said.

"It appears to be connected with his comments about Israel because the guy was shouting about the Holocaust."

Police who responded on the scene arrested a suspect.
"I am Spartacus!"
"No, I am Spartacus!"

Galloway may have suffered a broken jaw, a broken rib and severe bruising to the face and head. The Friday night attack in Notting Hill left the Respect MP in "a pretty bad shape," the spokesman said.

there IS a God, his name's not Allah, and he smites assholes occasionally

Home Front: Culture Wars: Police Officer Resigns, Another Is Fired After Ferguson Incidents
Posted by Besoeker 08/30/2014  05:31 0 Comments 71 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Business Insider - Rooters] A police officer has resigned after pointing a rifle at protesters during racially charged demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, and another has been fired for inappropriate social media posts stemming from the two weeks of civil unrest, officials said on Friday.
With this and the accompanying lawsuits, 'entitlement anarchy' has now gained formal approval of the Attorney General and the regime in Washington.

Home Front: Culture Wars: $40 million lawsuit slams Ferguson police actions during recent protests
Posted by Besoeker 08/30/2014  05:16 0 Comments 203 words Read the whole thing on page 3
(Kommunis Nuus Netwerk) -- In a $40 million federal lawsuit, five people arrested recently in Ferguson, Missouri, accuse police of using "wanton and excessive force" and treating U.S. citizens "as if they were war combatants."
Small Arms Fire (SAF) and Molotov Cocktails... are they not weapons of war ?
A complaint filed Thursday alleges that police officers from Ferguson and St. Louis County used unnecessary force and made unjustified arrests as they cracked down on protests after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown earlier this month.

The lawsuit lists Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, Ferguson officer Justin Cosma, several unnamed officers and the city and county governments as defendants.

A St. Louis County police spokesman declined to comment Friday, referring inquiries to the county prosecuting attorney's office. The St. Louis County prosecuting attorney's office told CNN it has no comment on the lawsuit.
Two of the Ferguson police officers have now been fired and Chief Belmar will likely lose his job as well. Lawfare has begun and thanks to the AG and the MSM, the message to Law Enforcement across the nation is clear and present.

Britain: Moved From "Needs Doing" to "Done"
Posted by Bov Flimbers 08/30/2014  03:23 1 Comments 45 words Read the whole thing on page 6
Respect MP George Galloway has 'jaw and rib broken by attacker who shouted comment about the Holocaust as he posed for pictures in Notting Hill'
could not have happened to a more deserving guy
#1: crap - posted before seeing this story
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-08-30 08:12 ||Comments

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: 'Russian troops now directly involved in Ukraine fighting'
Posted by Fred 08/30/2014  00:00 3 Comments 412 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[ARABNEWS] US and Ukrainian officials on Thursday accused Russia of being directly involved in the Ukraine conflict after pro-Kremlin rebels seized control of a key southeastern border town where fierce festivities had been raging.

"Yesterday Russian soldiers took control of the town of Novoazovsk," Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council wrote on Twitter, adding that a number of surrounding villages had also been seized.

US Ambassador to Kiev Geoffrey Pyatt also said "an increasing number of Russian troops are intervening directly in fighting on Ukrainian territory."

"Russia has also sent its newest air defense systems including the SA-22 into eastern Ukraine and is now directly involved in the fighting," Pyatt wrote on Twitter.

After weeks of government offensives that have seen troops push deep into the last rebel bastions in the industrial east of Ukraine, the tide has turned dramatically in the four-month conflict.

Kiev called on NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
for help after a rebel counter-offensive from the southeast border with Russia appeared to smash through an army blockade around the separatist stronghold of Donetsk and threaten the government-held port city of Mariupol.

Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk blasted Russian President Vladimir Putin
...Second and fourth President and sixth of the Russian Federation and the first to remain sober. Putin is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from polonium poisoning. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to Putin. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead...
for having "deliberately unleashed a war in Europe" and called for an emergency UN Security Council meeting, a call echoed by Lithuania.
#1: Also there from 1941-1945 disallowing the need for Ukrainians to learn German.
Posted by: borgboy|| 2014-08-30 05:57 ||Comments

#2: Appears my 'October Surprise' timing was a bit off. I'll give him a few more weeks before he starts moving in his ICBM's.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-08-30 06:37 ||Comments

#3: Urra!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-08-30 06:37 ||Comments

-Short Attention Span Theater-: Massive hair lump removed from patient's stomach
Posted by Fred 08/30/2014  00:00 6 Comments 143 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[ARABNEWS] A medical team in Asir successfully removed a massive, two-kilogram hair lump from the stomach of a 20-year-old patient.

The team, headed by Dr. Antoine Nosta, operated at Muhayil General Hospital.

"The patient came to the emergency room at the hospital complaining of ongoing stomach pain and dramatic weight loss," said Saeed Al-Naqeer, Asir Health Department front man.

"The patient weighed a mere 20 kg upon examination and her health continued to deteriorate when she developed anemia and low protein levels."

"Doctors eventually noticed a large mass in her upper abdomen and discovered that the mass was a lump of hair," said Al-Naqeer. "Doctors spoke with the family, who said that the patient often pulls at her hair."

The patient is currently recovering and is said to be in good health.
#1: Human fur balls? Meow? She mated with a cat?
Posted by: borgboy|| 2014-08-30 06:00 ||Comments

#2: "Doctors spoke with the family, who said that the patient often pulls at her hair."

Too much Fox News ?

Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-08-30 06:32 ||Comments

#3: Cat woman found?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-08-30 06:34 ||Comments

#4: They have have homeopathic remedies for this. One or two applications she could have just yorked it up on the kitchen floor like our cats.
Posted by: BrerRabbit|| 2014-08-30 06:48 ||Comments

#5: Lot of medical expense involved. Hopefully she's a good mouser.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-08-30 06:52 ||Comments

#6: Hmmm, perhaps I have a hair ball problem too.

Posted by: Guillibaldo Bumble9343|| 2014-08-30 07:14 ||Comments

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Fijian UN troops in Golan used as hostages
Posted by Fred 08/30/2014  00:00 1 Comments 850 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[ARABNEWS] Negotiations are going on for the release of 43 United Nations
...the Oyster Bay money pit...
Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) peacekeepers in the Golan Heights who are being held hostage by Syrian rebels, the UN said Friday.

The UN said the captured soldiers are from Fiji and another 81 peacekeepers who are trapped in their positions are from the Philippines.

A UN press office said in a statement on Friday that the peacekeepers were seized "during a period of increased fighting beginning yesterday between armed elements and Syrian Arab Armed Forces within the area of separation in the Golan Heights."

"The United Nations is making every effort to secure the release of the detained peacekeepers, and to restore the full freedom of movement of the force throughout its area of operation," it said.

In Suva, Fijian Commander Brig. Gen. Mosese Tikoitoga said three vehicles filled with about 150 armed rebels had converged on the soldiers' post at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday. He said the rebels demanded the soldiers leave within 10 minutes and insisted they go in rebel vehicles. He said they were then taken by the rebels to an unknown location. He said he's been told they were later transported back to their original post.

In Manila, the Philippine military said in a statement that gunnies had surrounded the Philippine contingent's encampments with Fijian hostages in tow and demanded that the Filipino troops surrender their firearms.

"The Philippine peacekeepers held their ground and demonstrated their resolve to defend their positions," it said. "They did not surrender their firearms as they may in turn be held hostage themselves."

The Security Council issued a statement strongly condemning the seizure of the peacekeepers and calling for their immediate release. UN Secretary-General the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon
... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan...
echoed the council word's in his own statement of condemnation. Reporters asked UN front man Dujarric if the United Nations was in contact with the group holding the Fijians. He declined to specify who the world body was in contact with but said there was communication under way.

Poorly equipped

UN officials say that the peacekeepers, whose job is to monitor the cessation of hostilities, carry small arms that are only to be used in extreme circumstances. In previous situations where UNDOF peacekeepers were held hostage, the troops did not use their weapons.

"In extreme circumstances, these troops are trained and prepared and equipped to defend themselves, but, obviously, each situation has to be analyzed on a case-by-case basis," UN front man Stephane Dujarric said. He said there are contacts being held at different levels, on the mission and on the ground.

"They are talking to representatives of various gangs that they have ... operational contact with. They are talking to countries in the region." The Quneitra crossing on the Golan is a strategic plateau captured by Israel in a 1967 Middle East war. Syria and Israel technically remain at war. Syrian troops are not allowed in an area of separation under a 1973 cease-fire formalized in 1974.

UNDOF monitors the area of separation, a narrow strip of land running about 45 miles (70 km) from Mount Hermon on the Lebanese border to the Yarmouk River frontier with Jordan. There are 1,223 UNDOF peacekeepers from six countries.

Before the Syrian civil war, now in its fourth year, the region was generally quiet and the peacekeepers had mostly found their biggest enemy to be boredom. The force's personnel come from Fiji, India, Ireland, Nepal, Netherlands and the Philippines.

The United Nations said this week that the Philippines has decided to pull out of UNDOF, and from a UN force in Liberia, which is struggling with an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. Blue-helmeted UN troops were seized by gunnies in March and May 2013. In both of those cases they were released safely.

Austria, Japan and Croatia have all pulled their troops out of UNDOF due to the deteriorating security situation and spillover from the Syrian war. Despite the latest crisis, Fijian Army Commander Brig.-General Mosese Tikoitoga told Rooters in an interview on Friday that he would not be recommending to his government that Fiji follow suit.
#1: Good news is they still have their heads on their respective shoulders. For now...
Posted by: borgboy|| 2014-08-30 05:40 ||Comments

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: Locust plague descends on Madagascar capital
Posted by Fred 08/30/2014  00:00 0 Comments 217 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[ARABNEWS] A thick grey swarm of locusts engulfed Madagascar's capital on Thursday, sending children scuttling and causing florists to burn tires in panic.

A bank of ravenous insects clouded the sky over Antananarivo, with countless thousands raining down dead on to the streets.

"We are going to give them to the chickens to eat, if the chickens don't die, we'll eat them," said 13-year-old Anthoni Razafimahatratra, enthusiastically scooping handfuls of insects into a plastic bag.

Locust swarms are common on this Indian Ocean island, with the hot and humid climate serving as an ideal breeding ground.

This most recent outbreak has affected an area the size of Japan and devastated rice and maize fields.

The swarms have multiplied uncontrollably in recent years, because of government inaction following a coup.

Teams from the UN and Madagascar's anti-locust agency have tried for several months to contain the swarms by spraying insecticide by airplanes and helicopters.

Experts said a recent heat wave allowed the locusts to leave their natural rural environment and head for the city.

"I am very surprised at the number of these crickets which invade the city. The state is not in control of the situation," said Jean Ramananarivo, a resident in the capital.

India-Pakistan: Sharif: Protests will not divert our journey
Posted by Fred 08/30/2014  00:00 0 Comments 396 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[ARABNEWS] Pakistain's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf...
said he would not cave in to protests demanding his resignation, striking a defiant note in his first major speech since the crisis erupted two weeks ago.

Sharif told Parliament his government would not be thrown off course by the demonstrations led by Tahirul Qadri
...Pak politician, and would-be dictator, founder and head of Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran and Pakistain Awami Tehrik. He usually resides in Canada, but returns to Pakistain periodically to foam at the mouth and lead demonstrations. Depending on which way the wind's blowing, Qadri claims to be the author of Pak's blasphemy law. Other times he says it wasn't him...
and Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who isn't your heaviest-duty thinker, maybe not even among the top five...
-- who later called off talks with the government for a second time.

Sharif told politicians his Pakistain Moslem League-N (PML-N) government would stay the course. "We are not going to be diverted by these things," he said.

"The journey for the supremacy of constitution and law in Pakistain will continue with full determination and, God willing, there will not be any interruption in it."

An extensive new survey of public sentiment, released on Wednesday, reveals that the ongoing demonstrations are hardly reflective of the views of most Paks.

The annual Pew Research Center survey found that 64 percent of Paks have a favorable view of Sharif.

Arabia: Houthis must end anti-government protests: UNSC
Posted by Fred 08/30/2014  00:00 0 Comments 342 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Iran Press TV] The United Nations
...aka the Oyster Bay Chowder and Marching Society...
Security Council says the Yemeni 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" ...
movement must end protests against the government.

On Friday, the 15-member world body accused the Houthis of attempts "to obstruct the political transition."

"The Houthis and others continue to stoke the conflict in the north in an attempt to obstruct the political transition," said the Security Council.
The members also demanded that the Houthis pull out their fighters from the al-Jawf region "and remove the camps and dismantle the checkpoints they have erected in and around Sana'a."

"The Security Council calls on the Houthis to withdraw their forces from Amran."

The world body has threatened to impose sanctions on anyone who endangers the stability of the Arab country.

Hundreds of thousands of the demonstrators have taken to the streets of the capital Sana'a, calling on the government to resign.

Yemen's northwestern city of Amran, about 72 kilometers (45 miles) north of Sana'a, has also been under the Houthis' control since early July.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Iran completes indigenous missile system
Posted by Fred 08/30/2014  00:00 1 Comments 422 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Iran Press TV] Iran has finished manufacturing a homegrown missile defense system, which is as powerful as the S-300 system that Russia refused to deliver to the Islamic Theocratic Republic.

The Fars news agency published on Friday the first images of the long-range Bavar-373 missile defense system, saying that it is meant to carry the message of self-sufficiency of Iranian armed forces to the world.

Last February, commander of Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili said the missile is expected to be ready by March 2015.

He said the infrastructure for manufacturing Bavar-373 were prepared and the "bottlenecks" in the project were removed.

Under a contract signed in 2007, Russia was obliged to provide Iran with at least five S-300 defense systems.

alcohol has never solved anybody's problems. But then, neither has milk...
Moscow refused to deliver the system to Iran under the pretext that it is covered by the fourth round of the United Nations
...where theory meets practice and practice loses...
Security Council sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear energy program.

Over the past years, Iran has attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and systems.

On August 24, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani unveiled two marine cruise missiles, Ghadir and Nasr-e Basir, as well as two unmanned aerial vehicles, Karrar-4 and Mohajer-4, during a ceremony in Tehran.

The Islamic Theocratic Republic has so far designed and manufactured a variety of indigenous missiles, including Sayyad-2, Khalij-e-Fars (Persian Gulf), Mehrab (Altar), Ra'd (Thunder), Qader (Mighty), Nour (Light) and Zafar (Triumph).

Iran unveiled its first domestically-manufactured long-range combat drone, the Karrar (Striker), on August 23, 2010. Since then the country has manufactured a variety of other high-tech surveillance and combat unmanned aerial vehicles.

The Islamic Theocratic Republic has repeatedly assured its neighbors that its military might poses no threat to other countries, insisting that its defense doctrine is based on deterrence.
#1: ....Commentators have noted the only real threat to deployment of the Bavar-373 is the current embargo on Estes D-class motors.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski|| 2014-08-30 07:12 ||Comments

Home Front: WoT: Obama under fire for admitting he has no ISIL strategy
Posted by Fred 08/30/2014  00:00 7 Comments 672 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Iran Press TV] President Barack Obama
Because I won...
is facing intense criticism for admitting the United States does not have a strategy to address the ISIL terrorist organization after a week of bluster about eliminating that "cancer."

The US president said Thursday that he was not planning to significantly expand the military action against ISIL anytime soon. American military planes have carried out over 100 Arclight airstrikes against the terror network in Iraq since August 8.

"I don't want to put the cart before the horse. We don't have a strategy yet," Obama said in a briefing with news hounds at the White House.

"My priority at this point is to make sure that the gains that ISIL made in Iraq are rolled back and that Iraq has the opportunity to govern itself effectively and secure itself," he stated.

Obama's remarks came after days of heated debate within his national security team about whether to strike ISIL in Syria. Earlier this week, Obama authorized military surveillance flights over Syria, a move that was seen as a prelude to subsequent Arclight airstrikes.

Republican critics were quick to bounce Thursday, criticizing the president for his self-admitted lack of strategy while ISIL is growing in strength in both Iraq and Syria.

Sen. John Maverick McCain
... the Senator-for-Life from Arizona, former presidential candidate and even more former foot soldier in the Reagan Revolution...
, one of Obama's fiercest foreign policy critics, tweeted Thursday that ISIL was the largest and richest terrorist group in history.

At an event in Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party, Thursday night, Rep. Paul Ryan
...U.S. Representative for Wisconsin's 1st congressional district, serving since 1999. He is a member of the Republican Party. He proposed an alternative to President Obama's 2011 budget and made himself the target of both Democrat and Republican verbal pies...
, (R-Wis.) also responded to Obama's comment, saying the US needed a "strategy to finish them off."

"Not to contain them ... but to fundamentally finish them off. And I don't think the president sees this moment for what it is," he added.

Rep. Louie Gohmert, (R-Texas) said on Fox News that the B.O. regime's strategy to address the ISIL terror network was inadequate.

"He did say we don't have a strategy, but he followed that up by saying the strategy is to nip it in the bud. Well, unfortunately, it's not in a bud, it's full-blossom," Gohmert said.

Calls for striking ISIL grew more intense following last week's brutal beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Death Eater group in Syria which was posted in a video online.

Obama said Thursday that military leaders were presenting him with a "range of options" for addressing the terrorist group that, according to some intelligence officials, poses the greatest threat to the US homeland since al-Qaeda before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
#1: O rules ad hoc and he needs no stinkin' strategy!
Posted by: borgboy|| 2014-08-30 05:43 ||Comments

#2: would one of these options possibly include "Kick their asses"? /sarc
Posted by: Bov Flimbers|| 2014-08-30 05:49 ||Comments

#3: He'll be nominating a U.S. Ambassador, recommending U.N. membership, and providing foreign aid for the moderates of the Caliphate before he leaves office. Anyone note the protestations and senior leader resignations and retirements at the Five Sided Nut Pentagon, U.S. State Department, and DIA CIA ?
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-08-30 05:50 ||Comments

#4: A Prediction: when Obama leaves Office, he will do 2 things for sure; 1) become SecGen of the UN - they will kick BKM to the curb to get TheOne; 2) Revert to Islam, thus starting a trand among the clueless in this country and others - "coz he is cool an I wanna be just like him"

Call me wrong in 2017
Posted by: Bov Flimbers|| 2014-08-30 06:01 ||Comments

#5: Revert to Islam

One must depart, before returning.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-08-30 06:26 ||Comments

#6: Obama has no strategy to defeat ISIL because he does not want to defeat them. He choose sides and the mainstream media did not even care to notice. All his policies in the Middle East has been to support the Muslim extremists.
Posted by: Airandee|| 2014-08-30 06:38 ||Comments

#7: Champ's position on beheadings is clear. He be heading to the golf course.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-08-30 07:19 ||Comments

Europe: Pro-Russians tighten control over Ukraine's coastal town
Posted by Fred 08/30/2014  00:00 0 Comments 475 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Iran Press TV] Pro-Russia forces in southeastern Ukraine say they have tightened control over the strategic coastal town of Novoazovsk.

The Novoazovsk mayor said pro-Russia forces entered the southeastern town with dozens of tanks and armored vehicles on Wednesday after three days of heavy shelling in the area.

The takeover of Novoazovsk is seen as a major victory for pro-Moscow fighters in eastern Ukraine. The key resort town on the Azov Sea lies along the road linking Russia to Ukraine's port city of Mariupol and onto Crimea, which rejoined Russia in a popular referendum in March.

The news comes a day after the government in Kiev accused Moscow of sending Russian troops and tanks to back its supporters in the town.

On Friday, Dmitry Peskov, spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin
...Second and fourth President and sixth of the Russian Federation and the first to remain sober. Putin is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from polonium poisoning. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to Putin. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead...
, denied the allegations.
No, no! Certainly not!
saying regular Russian troops are not fighting alongside pro-Russia forces in eastern Ukraine.

Our "reaction can only be full disagreement," Peskov said, adding, "We have already denied these reports many times."

The pro-Russians say their next push will be toward Mariupol.

Pro-Moscow fighters have also released a video of four Ukrainian army soldiers and a Death Eater from pro-government Azov Battalion who are held captive in Novoazovsk.

...back at the Council of Boskone, Helmuth ordered the space pirate fleet to attack Zemblonia...
a number of Ukrainian soldiers are reportedly trapped outside the town of Ilovaysk, some 50 kilometers east of Donetsk.

Pro-Russia forces say they will let the troops go only if they lay down their arms and pledge not to use them against the people of the east.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Besieged UN peacekeepers ready to fight Syria militants
Posted by Fred 08/30/2014  00:00 1 Comments 300 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Iran Press TV] About 75 members of a UN peacekeeping force besieged by Takfiri adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
Lions of Islam in Syria say they are ready to use force to defend themselves.

The UN peacekeepers, all from the Philippines, are stationed in the Golan Heights and are trapped in two separate defense bases established by the UN.

Sources say Lions of Islam have surrounded the UN bases, demanding that they surrender their weapons and the bases.

This comes as foreign-backed Lions of Islam in the region are holding a separate group of 43 peacekeepers from Fiji. Talks with the gunnies are underway to free the hostages.

The United Nations organization originally established to war on dictatorships which was promptly infiltrated by dictatorships and is now held in thrall to dictatorships...
Security Council has strongly condemned the assaults against the peacekeepers. A number of countries including Iran have also slammed the abductions in Golan.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-08-30 03:00 ||Comments

Africa North: Libyan militias claim to down Haftar forces' plane
Posted by Fred 08/30/2014  00:00 0 Comments 317 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Iran Press TV] Libyan militias claim that they have shot down a plane belonging to forces of retired General Khalifa Haftar.

The militias said on Friday that they had fired a missile at the plane and downed it in the eastern city of al-Bayda.

corruption finds a dozen alibis for its evil deeds...
Haftar's front man Mohammed Hegazi rejected the claim, saying that the crash was caused by a technical fault.

"The plane was on a military mission when it crashed due to a technical malfunction. The pilot, identified as Ibrahim al-Manfi, was killed in the crash."

Haftar launched a military offensive in the country's east on May 16, vowing to crush the bully boyz and "establish stability in Libya."

Libyan authorities have denounced Haftar's attack as a "coup" bid.

The inter-militia battles are part of the chaotic situation posing security concerns all over the North African country.

A top Libyan official warned the United Nations idea whose time has gone...
Security Council on Wednesday that the country could descend into a "full-scale civil war" if militias are not disarmed.

The situation in Libya "since the 13th of July, has become even more complicated and the situation might unravel into a full-blown civil war if we're not very careful and wise in our actions," Libya's UN Ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi told the Security Council.

Iraq: The Lone Ranger rides again -- America's return to Iraq
Posted by Fred 08/30/2014  00:00 1 Comments 900 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[Iran Press TV] In an interview with Thomas Friedman of the New York Times
...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...
on August 8, President B.O. stressed that the US was only fighting the Islamic State (IS, or ISIS) in Iraq as a partner, not as Iraq's or the Kurds' air force. Obama claims his officials are reminding everyone, "We will be your partners, but we are not going to do it for you. We're not sending a bunch of US troops back on the ground to keep a lid on things." Now, less than three weeks later, the strategic picture has changed, and emphases on "partnerships" have faded while the US military complex advances largely on its own.

US air strikes temporarily stalled the IS advance, but its expanding territorial control (now roughly equal in area size to Jordan) and the beheading of an American news hound led Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to declare IS a threat "beyond anything we've seen." Washington has increased the number of US advisers sent to Iraq, and there is even talk of carrying out air strikes in Syria. Drones are already flying overhead.

We have witnessed this sudden turnaround many times before, haven't we? The pattern is all too familiar. First, the President and other top US leaders soft-pedal talk about a modest direct role in a conflict: no boots on the ground, just a few air strikes to create better odds for our side. Then the characterization of the threat changes, from local to regional and even global, exemplified Pentagon press secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby's warning on August 26, of the "global aspirations" of ISIS.

What was once called a terrorist group is now an insurgency with grand ambitions that may carry to our doorstep. This change in scope is followed by dropped talk of partnership and political reform in our ally's capital. Now the threat takes on highest priority. Congress follows the administration's lead by abandoning its responsibility to authorize war or otherwise challenge the commander-in-chief.

Once the stakes have risen in the minds of decision makers, the US role becomes paramount. After all, if not us, who? The US thus becomes the victim of its unilateralist impulse. When presidents of both parties have decided to intervene abroad--in Korea, Vietnam, the Dominican Republic, Leb, Grenada, Panama and Iraq, for example--they always acted in the name of national security and were quite prepared to go to war without allies. When they accepted offers of help, it was only on the condition of total US control of war making. War "by committee" was unacceptable, as Donald Rumsfeld famously said in relation to the first Gulf War. What the US wants are "coalitions of the willing"--governments willing, that is, to follow US orders.

Now the US is facing the IS largely on its own. The "we" in Obama's interview with Friedman includes no one else but us--unless, that is, you include Syria, whose dictator has already thrown down the welcome mat at the prospect of the US becoming involved in its civil war and bombing IS soldiers.

Where are US allies in this supposedly monumental battle--not just the Europeans in NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the cut of the American pants...
but the Japanese, the Koreans, and the Australians? If the IS is an "imminent" threat to "international security," as Chuck Hagel has suggested, why haven't others clamored to join the battle? Why hasn't the US brought this global threat to the United Nations
...a formerly good idea gone bad...

The US is again playing sheriff without a posse and the consequences are predictable and dire. US bombs will kill a certain number of IS fighters, but how many more recruits will IS gain as a result? How much more likely will an attack on a target in the US become as Washington makes the war on IS its own? How much less likely will a political settlement of Iraq's internal struggle be?

As the US, the Lone Ranger, focuses its attention and resources on the threat du jour, political change and the development of civil society in Iraq and Syria will remain on hold. Yet those transformations are the keys to demobilizing the IS and neutralizing its grandiose ambitions. Trying to level the playing field unilaterally with bombs and advisers is a sucker's game and will only make things worse.
#1: Amongst our traditional allies, they will go in only to protect their interests as lone rangers also. Not to partner with Obama.
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Home Front: WoT: US identifies nearly a dozen citizens joining terror groups
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[Iran Press TV] Nearly a dozen Americas who have traveled to Syria to fight for the ISIL terrorist organization have been identified by US intelligence and law enforcement agencies, according to a new report.

Senior American officials say the ISIL terror network has been successful in attracting more American and European fighters to Syria in recent months, The New York Times
...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...
reported on Thursday.

ISIL has attracted both men and women from different parts of the United States, US officials said. In Minnesota, for example, young Somali-American women were being recruited by violent groups to support the snuffies in Syria.

US intelligence agencies have been able to specifically identify Americans fighting for ISIL based on information collected from travel records, family members, intercepted electronic communications, social media postings and surveillance of Americans abroad who had expressed interest in going to Syria, the officials said.

The US government estimates that as many as 300 Americans are fighting alongside the brutal group in Iraq and Syria, prompting widespread concern in Washington that the snuffies may threaten the US upon their return.

Many more Europeans-- more than 1,000, according to many estimates-- have joined ISIL in Syria to fight against Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Terror of Aleppo ...
. The British government has identified about 500 of its citizens who have gone to Syria.

US military officials say the savage bully boy group is growing in strength and is much more capable than the one US forces faced when the group was called "al Qaeda-Iraq" during the US war in Iraq from 2003-2011.

Since the beginning of the Syrian unrest in 2011, at least four Americans have died fighting for terror groups. Last week, Douglas McAuthur McCain, 33, was killed by a US-backed bully boy group battling ISIL.

On Thursday, The Washington Post reported that at least four Western hostages were waterboarded by ISIL, the same practice that was used by the George W. Bush administration on detainees during the so-called war on terrorism.
#1: US intelligence agencies have been able to specifically identify Americans fighting for ISIL based on information collected from travel records, family members, intercepted electronic communications, social media postings and surveillance of Americans abroad who had expressed interest in going to Syria, the officials said.

All no doubt, benefits of new technology and Tactics Techniques and Procedures which were little known or unavailable for last year's Boston Bombing.

[sarc off]

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India-Pakistan: Army statement echoes govt's view: Nisar
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[DAWN] After the military issued a statement saying it was playing the role of controller in the ongoing political crisis at the government's behest, the interior minister lamented over what he called the misunderstandings being created on the mediation to manage the deadlock in Islamabad.

"The statement released by the ISPR first came to me," Chaudhry Nisar said, adding that he showed to the statement to the prime minister who also approved it.

"ISPR's statement is echoing the government's view," he said.

Nisar went on to explain the government's decision of engaging the army and said: "We asked who the protesting parties trusted to which they said they trusted the army...on this the government gave the army the responsibility to facilitate the process within the constitutional and legal ambit."

Expressing exasperation over the protests by Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf
...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations....
(PTI) and Pakistain Awami Tehrik (PAT), Nisar said the blame-game and accusations made by two groups against the government was unfortunate.

He also referred to the varying versions of who called whom and who sought the military's role to mediate the crisis, Nisar said there was no need for "this misunderstanding but it was created on purpose" by forces who wanted to use the army for their political gains.

No one had requested the government to be made a guarantor or an arbitrator in the crisis, he said, adding that having the army as a guarantor and an arbitrator would be unconstitutional.

The army is totally apolitical and is working within its legal perimeters, the interior minister said, adding that the word "facilitate" and it was constitutionally viable.

"The facilitation being done by the army has been allowed and authorised by the government," he read out from his notes in an attempt to dispel the impression that the government may have relinquished, if not lost, control of the situation.

The interior minister said that if anyone has any grievances with the government, the solution to that was not to seek the prime minister's resignation as was being done.

He referred to the FIR registered over Model Town saying that it was strange that while the tragic incident had taken place in Lahore, the insistence was on for nominating the prime ministers and even federal ministers in the complaint.

Lamenting that groups had adopted the culture of threats and hurling abuses at the government to push forward their agendas, Nisar said, adding that it was the government's accommodating nature that had ensured that the requisite FIR was registered.

Nisar made clear that the government would allow no red lines to be crossed, adding that it was the duty of the country's law enforcement agencies and its armed forces to ensure that these are not crossed so Pakistain does not become a Banana Republic.

"We have tried to make sure that there is no loss of life, adding that if the protesters wanted to put the country's armed forces to test by standing in their way, it would expose that they do not have Pakistain's interests at heart," he said.

The minister warned that if the protesters engaged in violence, the consequences of that situation would be up to them and not the government.

Britain: Demons of a British ghetto
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[DAWN] They are the underbellies of Britannia; streets where the organization and sterility and order of the Western world are suddenly suspended.

Here, people take chances with the rules; throw rubbish in the streets, double-park, let their toddlers roam wild, jump before cars.

Pakistain and Paks live on in these British ghettos; where curries and conversations are reconstructed to be just like they were in the homeland, before a father, or a grandfather or even a great grandfather left to work in Britannia.

A man who rapes a child must be cursed and condemned by their community, but if the community itself cannot find the words to do so; to acknowledge the helplessness of the victim and the cruelty of the criminal; the crime does not exist. It is invisible.
They were the lucky ones, these chosen forbears, they got the chance to earn in pounds, even if the cost of doing so was far greater than they had imagined. Culture lost, morality dislocated and worse of all the disdain and indignity of serving those that were once your conquerors.

The story of the racism Paks face in Britannia has been oft told and much repeated. The ensuing generations, of original British migrants, are raised in stunted, suspicious communities. Theirs is the sentence of belonging nowhere; neither to Pakistain nor to Britian, neither present nor past.

Extremist recruiters lurk in mosques, predatory to their confusions of culture, parasitic to their fervid desires for authenticity, real Islam, true Pakistain, hyphenated Britannia.

Unwanted by mainstream British culture, whose encounter with racism and religious difference refuses to adulterate the "britishness" or include the brown-skinned or the mosque-worshiping; British Pak youth are the vulnerable progeny of the already marginalised.

It is no surprise then, that the worst, most egregious moral scourges dwell within this fetid environment of secrets and suspicion.

In a report released this week, the borough of Rotherham, which has a significant Pak British population, detailed how several men of Pak British descent have been involved in nearly 1400 cases of sexual exploitation of children between the years 1997-2013.

The report was shocking not simply for its crime stats, but also because the law enforcement officials and social service workers, who should have come to the aid of the exploited children failed to do so. Following the release of the report, several law enforcement and council officials who did not act in a timely manner, have offered their resignations.
Good. Let us hope they will thereafter be shunned by polite society... and everyone else as well.
In the aftermath, Moslem groups and Pak groups have all condemned the criminals; endorsing the consensus that concerns over racism should never have prevented local officials who could have spoken out from doing so.

That is all very well and commendable for its good intentions and meaningful outrage; but ineffective in exposing the genealogy of silence and subterfuge which allowed 1400 children to be brutalised and trafficked by ruthless criminals, belonging to their community for over a decade.

To truly address that, there must first be recognition of the fact that British Paks lack a vocabulary for having any honest conversations about sexual exploitation within their families or their communities.

Shoved under tables by taboos, the issue gets condemned to silence and in the shame-based dynamics of a culture where visible piety is equated with actual goodness.

A man who rapes a child must be cursed and condemned by their community, but if the community itself cannot find the words to do so; to acknowledge the helplessness of the victim and the cruelty of the criminal; the crime does not exist. It is invisible.

With the obscurantist clouds of undeserved blame and castigation lingering so low and so dark, the reality of actual evil cannot be seen.

It is not just the silences of the immigrant culture which helped to sustain this criminal activity.

The other factor is the trend of stigmatisation and marginalisation in Britannia, which encouraged their police to rather keep aloof of the criminals (and let them go about their business) than do the right thing and risk being labeled 'racists'.

This second silence -- which shoves immigrants in ghettos, refuses to allow cultures to evolve and poses tradition as an argument for immigrant exclusion -- is also to blame for the depth of the depravity, the sheer number of victims and just how untouched the perpetrators were for so long.
#1: It short, it's all the fault of the Brits. And, IMO, it is---for believing innate nature can be changed.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-08-30 03:37 ||Comments

#2: But its their 'cultural heritage'!

//sarc off
Posted by: borgboy|| 2014-08-30 06:11 ||Comments

#3: ---for believing innate nature genetics can be changed.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-08-30 07:55 ||Comments

India-Pakistan: Politicians decry army's role in politics
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[DAWN] As Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who ain't the brightest knife in the national drawer...
and Tahirul Qadri
...Pak politician, and would-be dictator, founder and head of Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran and Pakistain Awami Tehrik. He usually resides in Canada, but returns to Pakistain periodically to foam at the mouth and lead demonstrations. Depending on which way the wind's blowing, Qadri claims to be the author of Pak's blasphemy law. Other times he says it wasn't him...
left their containers for separate meetings with the army chief on Thursday night, leaders from across the political spectrum regretted that things had to come to this juncture, where the military would get involved in a political issue.

The most significant reaction came from a PTI leader.

Former PML-N stalwart Javed Hashmi, who is known for his outspoken opposition to military's involvement in politics, said "After this, we will not be able to hold our heads high. It is shameful time for all politicians who, despite having the time, could not resolve the crisis on their own".

Speaking to a TV channel, he said that real democracy would only flourish in the country when politicians were able to make their own decisions. The most one can expect from the army is the role of a guarantor between two parties, said Mr Hashmi.

When pressed, Mr Hashmi explained he was known as "Mr Naraaz" within the party for his propensity towards taking principled stand. He stressed that he would never accept martial law in the country.

"This is end of democracy, the Constitution and supremacy of the parliament in the country," said retired Justice Tariq Mehmood when he heard of General Raheel Sharif's intervention to defuse the ongoing crisis.

This is the same Justice Mehmood who was at the forefront of the lawyers' movement, which was brought to fruition by the intervention of another military chief, Gen Sharif's predecessor Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani
... four star general, current Chief of Army Staff of the Mighty Pak Army. Kayani is the former Director General of ISI...

"I feel no shame in admitting that military intervention was wrong then and it is wrong now. But considering that all political parties in the country were trying to resolve the impasse, having the army chief mediating between the quarrelling sides is something which will be remembered as a moment of collective disgrace for all politicians across the political spectrum," he said, adding that Gen Kayani's involvement wasn't as overt as Gen Sharif's has been.

"I wonder how, after succumbing to military pressure, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf...
will face parliament, which has been supporting him throughout," he mused.

JI Emir Sirajul Haq
...current head of the Pak Jamaat-e-Islami. Siraj was born in 1962 and entered politics shortly after that...
had a more cautious response. He told a TV channel that if the army could intercede and end this crisis, well and good, but the military had no role in politics.

JUI-F spokesperson Jan Achakzai had a similar response. "It is a failure of the politicians who could not resolve the crisis. But I welcome any deal that remains within the spirit of democracy and the Constitution of Pakistain," he said.

PPP leader Syed Khursheed Shah, who is also leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, said he would ask the prime minister why the army chief had to be asked to mediate when nearly all political parties were present in the house and had offered their services to them.

Former Punjab governor and PPP leader Latif Khosa put the onus of the military's involvement in this crisis squarely on the ruling PML-N's shoulders. "After killing 14 innocent PAT workers, the Sharif brothers were unwilling even to register their FIR," he said, adding that the government's delaying tactics in dealing with PAT and PTI further complicated the situation.

Talking to DawnNews, prominent lawyer and rights activist Asma Jahangir criticised both Tahirul Qadri and Imran Khan, saying that, "Those who had wasted 15 days must be discouraged."

Nearly all parliamentary parties and politicians pleaded with them, but they did not heed anyone's advice, she said. "Now, on a single phone call, they rush to Army House."

She bitterly criticised military's blatant involvement in political affairs, and said instead of using their proxies to destabilise the system, why don't they impose direct military rule.

ANP's Haji Adeel said it is wrong to make the military a political guarantor; parliament is the supreme guarantor. "This is a major failure for all politicians," he said.

India-Pakistan: A day of shame
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[DAWN] THE scenario looks bleak. No compromise seems to be in sight to break the current political impasse, if you can call it that. Watching the sordid drama being played out live on TV is depressing.

Where do we go from here is a question on many minds. Don't know which stats are credible but it would be safe to say that the economy will not react well to weeks of protests and uncertainty with no clear indication of the way forward.

No matter how carefully couched, appeals for military intervention have been made whether it was the wish for the 'umpire' to raise his finger or the demand for sending home the government and packing up the assemblies, as the Constitution provides for neither action.

That the elected government, no matter how flawed some claim its mandate is, displayed inertia rather than quickly identifying the essential elements of the crisis and dealing with those added to pushing things to where they are today.

A graver blunder for the government was not to gradually build on the back of good governance a credibly durable right to civilian supremacy. This isn't to suggest its mandate didn't grant it this as did the Constitution. But the ground reality is what it is too.

It misgauged the affront the army felt over both the denial of the reportedly agreed exit to former military strongman Pervez Perv Musharraf
... former dictator of Pakistain, who was less dictatorial and corrupt than any Pak civilian government to date ...
and the government seemingly coming down on the side of Geo TV in the media group's row with the ISI.

Spooked by Tahirul Qadri
...Pak politician, and would-be dictator, founder and head of Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran and Pakistain Awami Tehrik. He usually resides in Canada, but returns to Pakistain periodically to foam at the mouth and lead demonstrations. Depending on which way the wind's blowing, Qadri claims to be the author of Pak's blasphemy law. Other times he says it wasn't him...
's motives, the government lost its head in trying to get tough with him and smeared its hands with blood when it was the one with everything to lose and its detractors of various denominations with everything to gain.

The outrage of Dr Qadri and his supporters over the killing of their workers in the Model Town tragedy and the stubbornness of Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who who convinced himself that playing cricket qualified him to lead a nuclear-armed nation with severe personality problems...
, who has been led to believe that the last election was stolen from him, is also being reflected in the language being used.

While 'chor, lutere, daaku' (thieves, bandidos, etc) became the norm when the PPP was in power, the current crisis has seen the Oxford-educated Imran Khan saying his sit-in had led to 'geeli shalwarein' (wet pants) of those sitting in parliament.

The reaction of orthodox political-religious leaders such as Maulana Fazlur Rahman to the dancing and singing women activists of the PTI was predictable. It was nauseating to hear PML-N's Hamza Shahbaz saying: "Maaon, behnon ko nachwane, gawane se inqilab nahi aata". (A revolution won't come by making mothers and sisters sing and dance).

The irony of his statement was lost on the junior Sharif. If women can participate equally and publicly in political activity in an environment where bigots are at liberty to push their hate-steeped, misogyny-filled agenda and sectarian forces of Evil roam freely to draw blood it is a revolution of sorts.

In an otherwise bleak scenario, the participation of women in large numbers can be one silver lining. The other, of course, is the almost universal recognition of the need for electoral reform in a country where almost every electoral exercise has ended in disputes over the outcome.

Through the doom and gloom, it may also be worthwhile to mention another positive: the debate over governance and the focus on corruption in the country. Yes, one would have to be utterly optimistic to believe that this debate would make a huge difference but it would be right to say the next election could well be fought so much more on performance than slogans.

Another silver lining is the drawing in of a new breed of voter into the process. Where in Western societies, the lament of the observer is over the disinterest of the dispossessed on voting day, in Pakistain where the educated, more affluent sections of society fussed the most they voted the least. Now that's changed.

Equally, there is no doubt that the Pak political landscape continues to resemble a roller-coaster for just as one finishes counting the positives, recognises that there is so many hearty developments to rejoice in, there is a thud and a new ugly reality.

No matter how adamant the protesters and how unrealistic their demands, the fact that the army has been drawn in by the democratically elected government as well can only be a cause for concern if not outright shame.

Perhaps, the speech of the leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Syed Khurshid Shah, aptly reflected the concern of many in the country who believe in the supremacy of parliament as a representative institution.

Whether the statements by Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri following their chat with the army chief, where one got the impression that the latter's 'mediation' made no difference at all, were mere bravado or a reflection of unchanged positions will become clear over the coming hours.

That, as these lines were being written another round of talks was on, albeit without a breakthrough, was a marked improvement on the earlier stance of the protest leaders that there was no point in talking at all till the resignation of the prime minister was on the table.

One can't see the current state of play sustaining itself for much longer but with the deeply cemented positions of Imran Khan and Dr Tahirul Qadri it'll be equally difficult to call exactly how it will end with none having to make what will be seen as a humiliating climbdown.

The only certainty the past two weeks have thrown up is that whether Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf...
completes his term or is unable to, the cause of civilian supremacy has been dealt a severe blow. The machinations of other players notwithstanding the civilian politician will have to shoulder the bulk of the blame.

India-Pakistan: Nine including six Zikirs gunned down in Balochistan
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[DAWN] QUETTA: At least nine people were killed and eight injured in two different firing incidents in Quetta and Awaran districts 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...
in less than 24 hours, officials said.

Superintendent of Police (SP), Imran Qureshi told that armed motorcyclists shot up a butcher shop in Sariab Road area of the Balochistan capital. He said three people sitting inside the shop were killed.

"The incident seems to be an act of assassination," Qureshi said. The assailants drove away on their cycle of violence after the attack.

In another incident, six people of Zikri community were killed and eight injured in a firing incident in Balochistan's Awaran district on late Thursday night, officials said.

Armed holy warriors opened an indiscriminate fire at a worship place of Zikri sect in Pao area of Awaran.

A levies official, who requested anonymity owing to sensitivity of the matter, told via telephone that four holy warriors tiding two cycle of violences attacked the Zikirs' worshiping place.

The attackers fled away on their cycle of violences after the attack.

Levies personnel reached the area and shifted the dead bodies and injured to a nearby health unit. According to doctors, all the victims had received multiple bullet wounds and the condition of two of the injured was serious.

Panic prevailed in the remote village of Balochistan in the aftermath of cold blooded murder of six people. Zikris in the area had already been receiving threats by holy warriors groups. However,
today is that tomorrow you were thinking about yesterday...
there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

The firing incidents have come a day after the killing of two journalists working for Online news agency and their accountant in Kabir Building area of Quetta's Jinnah Road.

Armed men barged into the office of the local news agency and killed Irshad Mastoi, the Bureau Chief of Agency along with news hound Ghullam Rasool and accountant Muhammad Younas.

India-Pakistan: India says it is willing to discuss Kashmir
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[DAWN] Days after calling off talks with Pakistain, and two days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Japan, India on Thursday signalled its willingness to discuss the Kashmire issue with Islamabad in a bilateral format.

India's disruption of this month's proposed foreign secretaries' talks had set off strong disapproval of Mr Modi's decision across world capitals, including in Washington where the Indian prime minister is due to meet President Barack Obama
I inhaled. That was the point...
next month.

Japan, due to host Mr Modi for five days from Saturday, is a staunch supporter of India-Pakistain dialogue. Reports said Mr Modi was hoping to clinch a hitherto elusive civil nuclear supplies deal with Japan during the visit.

Reports said the latest affirmation of discussions on Kashmire came from Indian Foreign Ministry front man Syed Akbaruddin, who was reacting to Pakistain government's remarks that the Indo-Pak dialogue without discussions on Kashmire was "unacceptable".

"As regards engagement with Pakistain, we have made it very clear that we will engage in the framework of Simla agreement and Lahore Declaration and both these provide for discussing all outstanding issues, including Jammu and Kashmire. Our view is very clear, a bilateral framework to discuss all outstanding issues, including the issue of Jammu and Kashmire," he said.

India-Pakistan: 400 policemen found missing from duty
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[DAWN] ISLAMABAD: Police personnel on security duty at the sites of the sit-ins staged by the PTI and PAT seem to be fed up with their long hours duties.

During the last three days, over 400 police personnel were found disappeared from their places of duty at the Red Zone. Besides, some of the senior coppers have either gone on leave or were found not available at their duty points.

A senior police official on the condition of anonymity told Dawn that over 400 personnel from the Punjab police had disappeared from the high security area.

When the in-charges of the coppers were asked about the whereabouts of the coppers, they claimed that the officials had fallen ill.

facts are stubborn; statistics are more pliable...
only about 100 of the coppers were actually ill and needed medical rest," the officer said, adding the remaining coppers had left for their stations in Punjab without informing the authorities concerned.

He said the office of the inspector general of the capital police had been approached with a request to contact the Punjab police to take action against the officials. He said action was also sought against the in-charges of the coppers in the capital city for their failure to stop the officials from leaving their duty spots.

Similarly, a deputy superintendent of the capital police was found absent from his duty point. "He has only been communicating with his senior officers through the official wireless set from his office or home since August 15."
#1: Are there donuts in Islamabad?
Posted by: Steven|| 2014-08-30 03:37 ||Comments

India-Pakistan: PPP asks Shahbaz to resign
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[DAWN] PPP Punjab President Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo has asked Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif
...Pak dynastic politician, brother of PM Nawaz Sharif, chief minister of Punjab...
to resign after the court's direction to register a murder case against him (Shahbaz) and others for their alleged involvement in killings at Model Town on June 17.

"The court has ordered registration of a case over the Model Town incident. Now Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif should honour his commitment and resign forthwith," Wattoo told a news conference here on Thursday.

He said a peaceful procession was the fundamental right of people under democracy and it did not require any administrative action.

"The use of brutal force in Model Town against the unarmed Pakistain Awami Tehrik (PAT) workers was totally unjustified," he said, adding the Model Town incident had aggravated the already volatile situation in the country.

Mr Wattoo said it was the government's responsibility to take initiative in resolving the crisis in the wake of sit-ins by the Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf
...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations....
and PAT. He said had the government responded to the demand of the PTI earlier by opening the four constituencies of Lahore for votes' verification the crisis would not have arisen.

The PPP leader said his party continued supporting democracy and it would oppose any move against the democratic process.

Africa North: Thinni government resigns to allow for new PM elections
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[Libya Herald] Caretaker Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni and his government have resigned to make way for fresh prime ministerial elections in the House of Representatives.

In a statement released today the outgoing government said its ministers had tendered their resignations in accordance with the county's constitutional declarations. It said the decision had been made out of the desire to bring stability through a new inclusive government of national unity.

Thinni's interim government reiterated that the House of Representatives was "the only legitimate authority in the country" and left with a parting shot to the General National Congress (GNC) which reinstated itself last week. Referring to the GNC's appointment of its own Prime Minister, Omar Al-Hassi, it called the act a "rebellion against the legitimacy of parliament which is recognised by the international community".

Thinni is one of five possible prime ministers put forward by the House of Representatives yesterday. Ashur Shwuail, a former Minister of the Interior, Omar Al-Habbasi, a lawyer and civil society activist, Ali Al-Tikbali, a member of parliament for 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...
and Aref Al-Nayed, the Libyan ambassador to the Emirates, are also in the running.

Thinni was appointed by the former General National Congress (GNC) to replace Ali Zeidan in March and has served as Caretaker Prime Minister since then despite the short-lived election of Islamist-backed Prime Minister Ahmed Maetig.

The GNC and its rival government are yet to react to Thinni's resignation. The Hassi government has, however, selected seven of its own ministers including former GNC president Nuri Abu Sahmain.

There was confusion this week about the possible resignation of six government ministers over, allegedly, concerns for their safety and disagreements within the cabinet. The government denied the claims saying if ministers were to resign it would be dealt with through the official channels.

Justice Minister Salah Al-Marghani did however tender his resignation four days ago saying he could not perform his duties in the face of the violence in the country. It is not clear if Thinni ever accepted the resignation.

Africa North: Egypt prepared to take lead in ensuring stability in Libya
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[Libya Herald] Egypt has said that is prepared to lead an international coalition under the umbrella of the Arab League organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing...
to stabilise Libya, adding that it would also carry out military strikes if requested by the Libyan House of Representatives.

The Egyptian government says it will present the proposasl to the UN Security Council on 25 September.

Just last night, the UN voted unanimously to take action against those who threaten Libya's stability and democratic process. The resolution broadened the parameters of existing UN sanctions on the country to include both travel bans and financial penalties for those groups and individuals that supported acts that "threaten the peace, stability or security of Libya".

Egypt has welcomed the resolution, particularly the Security Council's ban on arms shipped to militias and its decision to instruct Libya's neighbouring countries -- including Egypt -- to inspect all cargoes to and from Libya to ensure they do not contain arms and munitions or any other illicit items.

In June, Egyptian authorities discovered a shipment headed toward Death Eaters on their side of the border containing more than 1,000 weapons, including grenades and machine guns. Officials believe that these militias have similar ambitions to those of ISIS in Iraq and that they want to overthrow Sisi and establish a Islamic state in Egypt.

Egypt, which has struggled to find stability since its own revolution, has a lot to lose should Libyan violence bleed over its border and weapons continue to flow freely.

Africa North: Four Egyptian Chrisitians abducted near Sirte
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[Libya Herald] According to the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms, four Egyptians were kidnapped in Libya yesterday, near Sirte,, targeted specifically because they were Christians.

The four victims are all related -- three are brothers and the fourth is the son of their cousin. The Egyptian human rights
...which are usually entirely different from personal liberty...
group, which received notification of the kidnapping from a member of the victims' family, said that the four had been on their way from 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...
to the Egyptian border when they were kidnapped.

They were in a vehicle with three other Egyptians, who are Moslems, and had just passed through Sirte when they were stopped at a checkpoint. Armed men asked to see the passengers' papers and passports. Then they began asking each passenger about his religious beliefs.

According to one of the other passengers, when the gunnies realised that four of the Egyptians were Christians, they ordered them to disembark and ordered the driver to depart with the other three. One of the passengers and the driver tried to ask what was going to happen to the victims. The abductors became angry and began to threaten them, telling them to leave immediately.

When the remaining passengers reached Egypt, one of them informed the family of the victims. According to the human rights group, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also been notified and has promised to take action.

The four men are named as brothers Jamal Matta Hakim, Rafat Matta Hakim, and Romani Matta Hakim, and the son of their cousin, Adel Sadiki Hakim.

Egyptians leaving Tripoli had been leaving via the Tunisia border crossing. It was reported yesterday that Egypt's Ministry of Foreign Affairs warned Egyptians not to use that border crossing anymore, citing dangerous living conditions at the border. This is thought to be the reason why the men traveled the longer distance east from Tripoli toward Egypt's Salloum crossing.

Afghanistan: Released Al-Qaeda Prisoner Leading Insurgents in Kunduz
Posted by Fred 08/30/2014  00:00 1 Comments 772 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Tolo News] A senior al-Qaeda leader who was released from prison on two separate occasions by the Afghan government is now leading the group's Death Eater activities in northern Kunduz province, according to local officials.

The Kunduz police have identified the krazed killer leader as Qari Belal, who fled to Pakistain after the collapse of the Taliban regime in 2001 but was then invited to return to Kunduz by the Peace Council chaired by Sibghatullah Mojaddedi, the former Afghanistan's Caped President.

Kunduz court officials have indicated Belal was jugged
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
by Afghan cops twice since his return to the country, but that both times he was released. The said the releases were ordered by President Hamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai
... A former Baltimore restaurateur, now 12th and current President of Afghanistan, displacing the legitimate president Rabbani in December 2004. He was installed as the dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime in late 2001 in a vain attempt to put a Pashtun face on the successor state to the Taliban. After the 2004 presidential election, he was declared president regardless of what the actual vote count was. He won a second, even more dubious, five-year-term after the 2009 presidential election. His grip on reality has been slipping steadily since around 2007, probably from heavy drug use...

Security officials have labeled Belal a high ranking al-Qaeda commander who commands some three hundred fighters in Kunduz. Local police believe Belal has criminal masterminded numerous suicide kabooms and overseen the planting of roadside kabooms throughout the province. They have connected him directly to the killings of several Afghan soldiers.

"The al-Qaeda commander has been released by those hidden hands who are supporting the network and currently he takes charge of commanding al-Qaeda related fighters in Kunduz and fighting the security forces," Kunduz Police front man Syed Sarwar Hussaini told TOLOnews.

The reports from Kunduz come as snuffies have ramped-up violence around the country this summer, a push that many Afghan security officials and military analysts have in part attributed to ill-advised prisoner releases. Some have been more direct in blaming President Karzai, who has tried to defend the some 3,000 prisoners that he has released over the years by saying they were either wrongfully imprisoned or had insufficient evidence against them.

According to Qazi Abdul Malik, an official at the Kunduz provincial court, Belal has been charged in the Chahar Dara district of Kunduz before, but was released on the basis of Presidential Palace policy

."The president and our elders have always released the killers of the people of Afghanistan from jail before carrying out justice, this is a betrayal of the innocent people of Afghanistan," Kunduz MP Wahdood Paiman told TOLOnews.

Documents indicate that the al-Qaeda commander was initially brought to Kunduz by the province's Peace Council. In an official letter, signed by Sibghatollah Mujadidi, the committee had asked the security forces in Kunduz not to disturb Belal.

But when security forces previously searched Belal's home, they discovered that he was carrying many Afghan and Pak ID cards and passports under different names.

Belal is not the only krazed killer leader who was released from prison and is currently waging war against the Afghan government in Kunduz. Mullah Salam has also been identified by local security forces, and is said to command some 3,000 fighters at present.
#1: thanks Hamid!
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-08-30 08:13 ||Comments

Afghanistan: Armed Men Gang Rape Women in Suburbia Kabul
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[Tolo News] A number of gunnies gang raped four women who were on their way home from a wedding ceremony last Friday evening.

Last week on Friday around 9 p.m. on Paghman-Qargha road a group of gunnies stopped two vehicles carrying eight women home from a wedding they had attended in Paghman, a district of Kabul, in a township known as De Araban 20 kilometers away from Kabul City. The women and two men were forced to exit the vehicles.

When the men and women got out of the car, their jewelry and money were robbed and the two men were beaten by the group of 14 unknown gunnies.

While the men were being brutally beaten, three eyewitnesses stopped to help the men in danger, instead were beaten as well.

"We could not see what condition the women were in because we were scared," Ahmad Zahir, one of the three men who stopped to help, said. "We wanted to escape the scene alive. They took us to a place where animals don't even go."

Noorullah, the other eyewitness of the three, said he and his friends were tortured badly that night, but recalls the horrifying screams and cries of the women.

"They took the women out of the cars and harassed them...a lot," Noorullah said. "The women were captive to those men until 2 a.m."

Sources on the condition of anonymity said that four of the eight women were transferred to a nearby hospital on Saturday morning, but the families of the victims did not want the tragedy to be publicly disclosed, so they left the hospital with the women.

it's easy to be generous with someone else's money...
hospital officials have confirmed the incident, but did not want to come before the camera.

When the tragic incident took place the Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs (MoI) was not prepared to confirm the incident even after four days had passed and after consecutive phone calls and messages from TOLOnews news hounds.

A week later, on Thursday the Kabul police department confirmed that two of the 14 men have been tossed in the clink
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
in connection to the looting of the jewels and money of the victims, but not the heinous crime.

"What was reported to us was that jewels and money were robbed," Kabul Police Chief Gen. Zahir Zahir said. "So far no one has complained about a gang rape. These men have not talked to us about the harassment of the women. If it is proved that they have raped the women, I command my men to bring the remaining criminals to me dead."

The Kabul police department has said that efforts are underway to arrest the criminals that are still out there.

The perpetrators will be arrested and their jewels and money will be returned, but reviving the honor of the family and healing their wounds is impossible.

Afghanistan: Pakistani Insurgents Involved in Nuristan Attack
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[Tolo News] Afghan military officials on Friday announced that among the 28 turbans who were killed on Thursday in crossfire with the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in Do Ab district of eastern Nuristan province revealed a number of Pak hard boys.

The officials of the 201 Selab Military Corps said that after eight days of fighting against the hard boys, the ANSF have regained control of the district.

They said that they found Pak documents on the bodies of the dead hard boys, adding that among the dead were two Taliban leaders, Mullah Nematullah and Sultan.

"The flag of the country can, once again, be raised in Do Ab district as the Afghan troops built the way toward reconstruction and defeated the enemies," Mohammad Zaman Waziri, commander of the 201 Selab Military Corp, said.

Officials explained the detail of their operation saying that the Taliban had destroyed the routes to enter Do Ab so that the Afghan forces could not enter the area.

During the eight-day operation, U.S. military forces, Afghan commandos and police were working alongside each other. The clash resulted in the death of an Afghan police and soldier.

India-Pakistan: Haqqania Madrassa Largest Islamic Training Center for Taliban
Posted by Fred 08/30/2014  00:00 2 Comments 350 words Read the whole thing on page 2
That'd be Samiul Haq's madrassa. Remember he was the Pak govt negotiator with the Pak Talibs?
[Tolo News] Deputy head of the largest Islamic training center, Darul Uloom Haqqania Madrassa located in Pakistain, called on the Taliban to fight against the Afghan government and foreign troops on Monday during an exclusive interview with TOLOnews.

Reports indicate that Mullah Omar
... a minor Pashtun commander in the war against the Soviets who made good as leader of the Taliban. As ruler of Afghanistan, he took the title Leader of the Faithful. The imposition of Pashtunkhwa on the nation institutionalized ignorance and brutality in a country already notable for its own fair share of ignorance and brutality...
, the notorious Taliban leader, has awarded the madrassa many times in training newcomers to fight.

"We call on the Afghan Taliban's and ask them what relations do the thousands of foreign troops have with Afghanistan?" asked Mawlana Hafiz-ul-Haq Haqqani, deputy head of the Darul Uloom Haqqania Madrassa. "They should fight against them [foreign troops] and the Afghan government."

More than 4,000 Afghan and Pakistain Taliban are currently being trained by the madrassa. Those who have completed their training join either willingly or forcefully are sent off to fight in Afghanistan targeting military and non-military personnel.

According to a number of Pak political experts, during the soviet invasion in Afghanistan many members of the Mujahidin were trained by the madrassa and sent out to defend the country.

"Those who fought against the soviet troops alongside the Mujahidin were trained by the Pak madrassas," Mohammad Jan Babur, Pak journalist, said.

Political analyst in Pakistain, Shamim Shahid, said the "Taliban regime in Afghanistan are graduates of Pakistain's madrassas."

The Haqqania Madrassa trains more than 4,000 students, but Pakistain has roughly 16,000 active madrassas in the country, of which almost 600,000 students are learning.
#1: just more proof that we are fighting pakistan in afghanistan.
Posted by: Paul D|| 2014-08-30 05:15 ||Comments

#2: Destroy the structure.
Posted by: borgboy|| 2014-08-30 05:48 ||Comments

Africa North: Tunisian terrorist arrested in Libya
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[MAGHAREBIA] Several 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 Libyaand 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...
snuffies wanted in Tunisia were jugged
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
in Libya, Mosaique FM reported on Thursday (August 28th) quoting a security source. The authorities are negotiating the transfer of the detained snuffies to Tunisia.

One of the detainees, Ahmed Rouissi, is wanted in connection with the Chokri Belaid murder and the Jebel Chaambi terrorist attacks.

Afghanistan: Helmand Conflict Results in Heavy Losses
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[Tolo News] In the past two months the battle in Sangeen district of Helmand Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province has taken the lives of more than 900 people--Taliban, civilians and security forces--and injuring around 1,100 others, commander of the 215 battalion of Maiwand said.

Governor of Helmand, Muhammad Naeem, said that the casualties in the past two months are unprecedented compared to the past 10 years and in addition adds that alongside the lives lost, many families are now displaced and in search of safety.

"We are taking serious preparations. New forces are arriving to replace the forces that have been here for the past two months."

More than 400 Taliban bully boys, 270 security forces and 230 civilians have been killed in the Sangeen festivities and around 500 Taliban, 200 security forces and more than 400 civilians have been maimed, according to Gov. Naeem.

According to local officials in Helmand, the district is also facing attacks by illegal gangs creating scattered quarrels for the security forces as the battle continues with the Talibs.

Helmand is not the only province that has witnessed and faced attacks by the Taliban offense, the provinces of Kandahar, 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..
, Kunduz, Baghlan, Badakhshan, Faryab and Nuristan have fallen victim to the intensive battles.

Africa North: Mali armed groups agree to end hostilities
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[MAGHAREBIA] Malian gangs on Thursday (August 28th) agreed to cease all hostilities before peace negotiations resume next week in Algiers, AFP reported.

The six rebel groups also agreed during their Burkina Faso
...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other...
meeting on a united position for the upcoming talks with Bamako.

The United Nations
...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...
envoy to Mali and mediators from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will meet the gangs on Friday before going to Algeria for the talks, which start on September 1st.

Arabia: No invitation to expelled US official, says Bahrain
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Bahrain has denied that it extended an invitation to US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour Tom Malinowski to visit the country.
Ah, Champ, making more friends in the region?
The US official was asked to leave the country in July by Bahrain’s foreign ministry because of his interference in Bahrain’s internal affairs. These activities included holding meetings with opposition leaders.

Bahrain’s Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abdulla Abdullatif Abdulla, said in a statement on Thursday that Bahrain did not invite the US official. The Bahraini official said that current contacts between Bahrain and the United States aim to overcome the effects of Malinowski’s recent visit and to ensure that the deep-rooted ties of friendship between the two countries are not affected.

The undersecretary noted that the remarks made by the State Department spokesperson carried several inaccuracies regarding the kingdom, stressing that Bahrain is committed to moving forward with the reform initiative launched by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

He added that Bahrain does not prohibit freedom of expression in accordance with the law as it safeguards its security and stability and guarantees the welfare of its citizens at all times. He said that such an approach was well known to the United States as it faced incidents of vandalism and unrest recently.

The undersecretary stressed that the kingdom did not need “outside agitators observers” — as mentioned by the spokesperson — to assess its progress and policies.

India-Pakistan: Pakistan crisis deepens as Sharif denies seeking army role
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Pakistan’s prime minister distanced himself from an army move to intervene in the crisis on Friday, saying he was not turning to the military for help to defuse the stand-off.
So Nawaz is finding it difficult to ride the tiger, is he?
But in an embarrassing twist for the prime minister, the army swiftly denied this, saying it had been specifically instructed by the government to step in.

Nawaz Sharif’s efforts to end the conflict have repeatedly failed in recent days, leaving Pakistan locked in a dangerous deadlock with thousands of protesters massing outside parliament for weeks in a country that has seen a string of military coups.

Opposition leaders Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri announced late on Thursday they would directly negotiate with army chief General Raheel Sharif. Both men later held talks with the general. Qadri has not commented on the discussions while Khan said the army would act as a guarantor on one of his key demands, for an investigation into his accusations of fraud in an election last year.

Addressing parliament on Friday, Sharif said he had nothing to do with the army’s decision to step into the conflict. “The army did not ask to play the role of mediator, neither have we requested them to play such a role,” he told the assembly where he enjoys a strong majority. Sharif added that he had not objected to both Khan and Qadri meeting the army chief. “If ... they want to meet the army chief then they should certainly meet,” he said.

However, the army’s Press wing quickly tweeted: “(The army chief) was asked by the Govt to play facilitative role for resolution of current impasse, in yesterday’s meeting, at (Sharif’s) House.”

The army’s involvement is likely to unnerve some Pakistanis but it also offers Khan and Qadri a face-saving solution to end their deadlocked protest as both are seen as close to the military.

Thousands of Qadri and Khan supporters have camped since August 15 in Islamabad’s so-called Red Zone. But as the protest movement began to lose steam following the army’s intervention, only about 1,000 people remained there on Friday compared with about 10,000 late on Thursday. When Khan turned up to make another speech on Friday afternoon, he addressed an almost empty site. “Freedom or death — those are my two choices. The jinn has left the lamp and can’t go back in,” he said from atop a shipping container.

Many protesters said they felt deflated after two weeks of rallying. “What was the point of sitting here for two weeks and saying we are here to find a peaceful, political solution if we were going to go running to the army?” said Sidra Faisal.
"I could have been studying for my board exams!"

China-Japan-Koreas: Two Norwegians plan to open art academy in North Korea
Posted by ryuge 08/30/2014  00:00 1 Comments 325 words Read the whole thing on page 3
North Korea's government has approved plans by two Norwegian artists to open an art academy in the country. Henrik Placht and Morten Traavik traveled to North Korea together for the first time in August to develop the proposal and to look for potential sponsors. So far they have received financial support from the Prince Claus Fund.

The academy is to be called DMZ. It will primarily be an academy for North Korean students, but the plan is to open it up for international exchange programs.

Placht said, "One of the reasons for us going to North Korea is that we don't believe in sanctions and the boycott of art. Next year we are planning an exhibition and workshop in North Korea, in co-operation with the North Korean government, which will feature well-known international artists as well as North Korean artists."

The artists already have contacts in North Korea thanks to Traavik, who has produced several art projects in the country. In 2012, Traavik organised The Promised Land, a performance in Kirkenes, Norway, in which North Koreans holding flags instructed more than 200 Norwegian soldiers to create sequences of images using individual placards.

That same year, Traavik also produced the first Norwegian arts festival in North Korea, “Yes, we love this country”, named after the Norwegian national anthem. Meanwhile, earlier this year, he arranged for musicians from the Kum Song Music School to come to Bergen in western Norway to perform a Norwegian children's play.

Placht also has experience setting up academies in extreme political contexts. In 2002, he founded the International Academy of Art Palestine, where he was a project director until 2009. Placht said, "I will be able to draw on my experiences in Palestine when it comes to fundraising, curating and co-operating with the government. But I will also seek to create trust with North Korea so that they will have a natural ownership of the academy."
#1: Norway is getting bizarre. Most popular name in Oslo is Muhammed. Norway is also getting very antisemitic.
Posted by: borgboy|| 2014-08-30 06:04 ||Comments

Southeast Asia: What does ISIS mean for Indonesia?
Posted by ryuge 08/30/2014  00:00 0 Comments 23 words Read the whole thing on page 2
Nothing good, one imagines, like everywhere else where they alight.

Home Front: Politix: Obama 's Team Could Not Agree on a Syria Strategy
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After a week of talk of eliminating the "cancer" of ISIS, President B.O. said Thursday that he was not planning to significantly expand the war against the Islamic bad boy movement anytime soon. His remarks came after days of heated debate inside the top levels of his own national security bureaucracy about how, where, and whether to strike ISIS in Syria. But those deliberations, which included a bleak intelligence assessment of America's potential allies in Syria -- failed to produce a consensus battle plan.

There were deep divisions inside the administration's deliberations over Syria. One set of officials advocated for a campaign to decimate ISIS in both countries by striking ISIS targets across Syria. This camp pushed for hitting near Aleppo where they are advancing, and with at least some coordination with the moderate Syrian rebels. The group, which included officials from State Department, intelligence community and some parts of the military, came up with extensive targeting options for the president that included not only ISIS military assets, but their infrastructure, command and control, and their financial capabilities. Even the oil pipelines they use to export crude for cash were on the target list.

Another group of officials -- led by White House and National Security staffers but also including some intelligence and military officials -- favored a more cautious approach that spurned any cooperation with the Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
and focused strikes inside Syria on targets near the Iraqi border. The objective: cut off ISIS supply lines to Iraq. That strategy would fall more squarely within the existing limited missions that Obama has already outlined for his war.

Inside the intelligence community, there is a dispute about whether the Free Syrian Army, which has been fighting ISIS in Syria all year with little international support, can be a reliable partner for any military mission inside Syria. Concerns about working with the FSA in part stem from worries that elements of the opposition have in the past joined forces with Jihadist forces like al-Nusra, al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria. Obama himself has expressed concern
...meaning the brow was mildly wrinkled, the eyebrows drawn slightly together, and a thoughtful expression assumed, not that anything was actually done or indeed that any thought was actually expended...
about this as well, telling New York Times
...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...
columnist Tom Friedman earlier this month that arming the moderate Syrian opposition would have made no difference in the civil war there and the idea that moderate rebels could defeat the Assad regime was a “fantasy.”

Obama addressed the White House press corps Thursday afternoon just before personally chairing a meeting of his National Security Council, his top cabinet members and national security staffers. The meeting was the culmination of an intense week-long process that included series of lower level meetings and at last one Principals' Committee that officials described as an effort to convince Obama to expand his air war against ISIS in Iraq to Syria as well. But before the meeting even started, the president seemed to have made up his mind.
#1: "Any successful strategy ... needs strong regional partners," Obama told reporters Thursday.

His "strategy" is to find a way out and he's found it. Besides, a defeated ISIS [and global jihad] could result in victory for a U.S. led force, the benefits of which, would likely not come during his watch. Besides, he does not see U.S. dominance of anything as a positive.

BLUF: There's nothing in any of this for him or his entitlement constituency, therefore it will not happen. He's off raising campaign funding for a lagging political party which he hopes can defeat 'the man.' He has no interest in building a coalition of the willing against jihad.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-08-30 06:23 ||Comments

#2: Some decisions are tough like when to use an 8 iron or 9 iron.
Posted by: Airandee|| 2014-08-30 06:39 ||Comments

-Land of the Free: This Week in Guns: August 30th, 2014
Posted by badanov 08/30/2014  00:00 0 Comments 1070 words Read the whole thing on page 3

By Chris Covert

Never letting a dead peasant go to waste, a Vermont writer with a teaching sinecure wants to first take your guns away because the 2nd Amendment was actually a political sop so that slave holding colonies would adopt the Constitution. I read somewhere years ago that it was a sop, but to every man who had served and fought in the Revolutionary War as well as those whose very existence relied upon a firearm. Ordinarily I would say, wow he really does care, except his solution is legislative mandated theft and murder, very popular these days but ultimately a line that better not be crossed.

Chris Matthews, AKA Mr Tingles, also didn't even let the body get cold before applying the tragedy as what happens when Gun Rights are fully exercised. No, Chris, only the terminally fascist are in danger when gun rights are fully exercised. And this incident is firmly under the rubric of 100 percent preventable. The child wasn't ready for a fully automatic firearm, and the instructor's family will pay terrible price for that realization. At least the girl survived the incident.

News from Connecticut, where the next big confrontation with the government could take place after 2015: it turns out the bar association had been stampeded by the association's leadership into supporting Connecticut's draconian gun laws. The revolt in the ranks was so acute, can you guess what happened to the leadership?

If you guessed run out of the state on a rail with tar and feathers, you lose. If you guess they failed to sign an Amicus Curiae to an appeal of the gun law, you win.

That is the state of our brave barristers. "Hey, we didn't sign the Amicus Curiae we drafted. We're so brave!"

And finally the Big News for Gun Rights in California where a federal appeals court ruled that California's 10 day waiting period for the purchase of firearms was Unconstitutional. Funny how that works. California drafts laws which are Unconstitutional in nearly every part and probably the most Unconstitutional in the nation, but a judge decides that a tiny part of it, a minor annoyance is a bridge too far for California's basic human rights. And this is s'posed to be some great victory for human rights.


Rantburg's summary for arms and ammunition:

Prices for pistol ammunition were mixed while prices for rifle ammunition were unchanged. Prices for used rifles were mixed while prices for used pistols were mostly lower.

Pistol Ammo

.45 Caliber, 230 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (3 Weeks)
Cheapest, 50 rounds (2 Box Limit): O.D. Green Supply, Tulammo, steel cased, .28 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Browning Ammo and More, American Quality, reloaded, .29 per round (From Last Week: -.01 Each)

.40 Caliber Smith & Wesson, 180 grain, From Last Week: -.01 Each
Cheapest, 50 rounds: I.Q. Metals, HSM, FMJ, Factory Seconds, .24 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: I.Q. Metals, Store Brand, reloaded, .23 per round (From Last Week: +.01 Each)

9mm Parabellum, 115 grain From Last Week: Unchanged

Cheapest, 50 rounds: O.D. Green Supply, Fiocchi, Brass Cased, FMJ, .19 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 1,000 rounds: I.Q. Metals, HSM, Reloaded, FMJ, .19 per round (From Last Week: +.01 Each)

.357 Magnum, 158 grain, From Last Week: +.01 Each
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Goose Island Sales, GECO, FMJ, .39 per round
Cheapest Bulk: 250: LAX Ammunition, Store Brand, Reloaded, .34 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (6 Weeks))

Rifle Ammunition

.223 Caliber/5.56mm 55 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (4 Weeks)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Cheaper Than Dirt, Tulammo, steel cased, .22 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 1,000 rounds: Bulf Ammo, Wolf WPA, steel cased, .24 per round (From Last Week: +.01 Each)

.308 NATO 145 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Selway Armory, Brown Bear, steel cased, .45 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: SG Ammo, Silver Bear, steel cased, .45 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (11 Weeks)(!))

7.62x39 AK 123 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (4 Weeks)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Ammunition Depot, Wolf, steel case, .22 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Cheaper Than Dirt, Brown Bear, steel case, .23 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (4 Weeks))

.22 LR 40 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged
Cheapest, 50 rounds (2 box limit): O.D. Green Supply, CCI Blazer, Brass, .07 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Munire USA, Armacor Precision, .10 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (4 weeks))

Guns for Private Sale

.223/5.56mm (AR Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $545 Last Week Avg: $570 (-)
California (229, 222): Smith & Wesson M&P15: $400 (Same Gun) (!!)
Texas (304, 307): DPMS Sportical Carbine: $550
Pennsylvania (168, 157): Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport: $600
Virgina (204, 203): Anderson Arms: $575
Florida (402, 395): Bushmaster Carbon 15: $600

.308 NATO (AR-10 Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $945 Last Week Avg: $955 (-)

California (49, 54): DPMS LR308: $875 (!)
Texas (45, 51): DPMS LAR308: $1,000 (Same Gun)
Pennsylvania (25, 25): Bushmaster ORC: $1,100 (Same Gun)
Virginia (45, 42): DPMS LR308: $900 (!) (Same Gun)
Florida (82, 84): Bushmaster ORC: $850 (!) (Same Gun)

7.62x39mm (AK Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $595 Last Week Avg: $584 (+)
California (49, 44): Saiga: $600
Texas (77, 72): Czech VZ58: $650
Pennsylvania (51, 50): Pioneer Arms $600
Virginia (89, 80): Czech VZ58: $525 (!) (Same Gun)
Florida (129, 132): Czech VZ2008: $600 (Same Gun)

7.62x54mm (Dragunov Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $1,075 Last Week Avg: $1,000 (+)
California (0): None Available
Texas (0): None Available
Pennsylvania (0): None Available
Virginia (3, 2): Romak PSL: $950 (!)
Florida (5, 7): Romak PSL: $1,200


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Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Found: ISIS 'Weaons of Mass Distruction' Laptop of Doom
Posted by Besoeker 08/30/2014  00:00 0 Comments 560 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Foreign Policy] ANTAKYA, Turkey �-- Abu Ali, a commander of a moderate Syrian rebel group in northern Syria, proudly shows a black laptop partly covered in dust. "We took it this year from an ISIS hideout," he says.

Abu Ali says the fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), which have since rebranded themselves as the Islamic State, all fled before he and his men attacked the building. The attack occurred in January in a village in the Syrian province of Idlib, close to the border with Turkey, as part of a larger anti-ISIS offensive occurring at the time. "We found the laptop and the power cord in a room," he continued, "I took it with me. But I have no clue if it still works or if it contains anything interesting."

As we switched on the Dell laptop, it indeed still worked. Nor was it password-protected. But then came a huge disappointment: After we clicked on "My Computer," all the drives appeared empty.

Appearances, however, can be deceiving. Upon closer inspection, the ISIS laptop wasn't empty at all: Buried in the "hidden files" section of the computer were 146 gigabytes of material, containing a total of 35,347 files in 2,367 folders. Abu Ali allowed us to copy all these files -- which included documents in French, English, and Arabic -- onto an external hard drive.

The laptop's contents turn out to be a treasure trove of documents that provide ideological justifications for jihadi organizations -- and practical training on how to carry out the Islamic State's deadly campaigns. They include videos of Osama bin Laden, manuals on how to make bombs, instructions for stealing cars, and lessons on how to use disguises in order to avoid getting arrested while traveling from one jihadi hot spot to another.

But after hours upon hours of scrolling through the documents, it became clear that the ISIS laptop contains more than the typical propaganda and instruction manuals used by jihadists. The documents also suggest that the laptop's owner was teaching himself about the use of biological weaponry, in preparation for a potential attack that would have shocked the world.

The information on the laptop makes clear that its owner is a Tunisian national named Muhammed S. who joined ISIS in Syria and who studied chemistry and physics at two universities in Tunisia's northeast. Even more disturbing is how he planned to use that education:

The ISIS laptop contains a 19-page document in Arabic on how to develop biological weapons and how to weaponize the bubonic plague from infected animals.
Not mentioned here is on Tuesday, the terrorist group [ISIS] offered her [captured American Aid worker] freedom in exchange for $6.6 million and the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist with ties to al Qaeda, who is serving an 86-year prison term in the mental health unit at the federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas.
Today's elevation of the UK's terrorist threat level to "Severe" was reportedly based on "no specific intelligence." If permitted to speak freely, I'd wager the lads at Porton Down might have a slightly different take. Interestingly [or possibly not] I've seen nothing from the UN on the discovered laptop.

Europe: War in Europe is not a hysterical idea
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-Obits-: Imprisoned spy John A. Walker TANGO UNIFORM
Posted by Besoeker 08/30/2014  00:00 2 Comments 86 words Read the whole thing on page 3
RALEIGH, N.C. -- A former American sailor convicted during the Cold War of leading a family spy ring for the Soviet Union has died in a prison hospital in North Carolina, officials said Friday. Retired Navy Warrant Officer John A. Walker Jr. died Thursday at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke said. The cause of death was not immediately released. He was 77.
Hopefully his death involved a great deal of pain and suffering.
#1: Goodbye asshole
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Terror Networks: From Al-Qaeda to IS, familiar games and known players
Posted by Fred 08/30/2014  00:00 1 Comments 1413 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[ARABNEWS] Those who cannot remember the past, cautioned George Santayana, are condemned to repeat it.

Those who think in cliches are bound to repeat them.

I hate to sound like a conspiracy theorist but the scepter of IS -- and all such groups -- is evidently a grand conspiracy against Islam and its followers, just as Al-Qaeda had been. And you see the fingerprints of CIA, Mossad and their willing collaborators all over this baby.
So Barack ObamaI think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody...
, who stood against Bush's wars and his apocalyptic visions of a world divided between Us and Them, is not just back bombing Iraq -- fourth US president to do so -- he seems to read from the self-same script.

"No just God would stand for what they (IS) did yesterday, and for what they do every single day," the US president declared, responding to the slaying of US journalist James Foley in Syria.

When was the last time you heard this invocation of the divine and the whole business of civilizational conflict, the good versus evil? We have been here before, and not long ago either.

Obama may not exactly envision himself on a 'divine mission' to save the world, as his predecessor did, but he has ended up doing just about the same. Only the pretext seems to differ.

Then it was supposedly to rid the world of Saddam Hussain's mythical weapons of mass destruction or to confront him on his support to Al-Qaeda in planning 9/11, as Bush claimed.

Now it is to save the Christians and Yazidis from the clutches of the IS bigots. Truly touching the lengths America goes to every time to save the wretched world.

Taking Obama's lead, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and even cousins across the pond have gone all hyper screaming: "Apocalypse Now . . . end-of-days . . . We must prepare for everything . . . an imminent threat to every interest we have . . . This is beyond anything we have seen . . . "

In the words of Robert Fisk
...British journalist who is invariably on the other side of any question. The logic of his prose is so shaky, the ideas so predictable, that he has given his name to the process of mocking a piece of poorly reasoned hackery. He was once beaten up by an Islamic mob and decided they had every right to thump him because he was so Western...
, Hagel and Dempsey were pure Hollywood. It only needed Tom Cruise at their presser to utter the words "Mission impossible. " David Cameron
... has stated that he is certainly a big Thatcher fan, but I don't know whether that makes me a Thatcherite, which means he's not. Since he is not deeply ideological he lacks core principles and is easily led. He has been described as certainly not a Pitt, Elder or Younger, but he does wear a nice suit so maybe he's Beau Brummel ...
, in the great tradition of Tony Blair who swore the UK was just 45 minute away from an Iraq WMD strike, sees the IS unleashing its terror on the UK streets. For years one saw such exaggerated nightmarish scenarios regularly spawned by the West vis-a-vis Al-Qaeda and of course Iraq and Iran.

Alas, Al-Qaeda has nearly been wiped out; Saddam and Bin Laden have been eliminated and Iran has been suitably neutralized.

So the world needed, or rather the mighty military industrial complex that drives the US economy needed, a new enemy to keep its good, old wars going. And the fearsome IS chief Abubakr Al-Baghdadi with his black, murderous mobs and their blood-curdling acts of casual brutality is perfect for the job profile. Even Al-Qaeda, or what remains of it, seems to be fearful of and is shocked by their viciousness and sheer savagery.

The tales of mass murder, rapes and abductions of Christians, Yazidis and even Moslems by the hordes of the IS or Islamic State, as it absurdly likes to call itself now, already seem to be the stuff of legends. Not surprisingly, they have shaken and outraged people around the world-- the Moslems more so. The IS and the so-called caliphate it promises is like our worst nightmare come true.

It materialized out of thin air, like clouds of locusts, taking over the vast swathes of Iraqi and Syrian territory. As Yvonne Ridley reasons, IS has achieved in a matter of weeks what the US and its allies failed to do in 10 years of occupation. This hasn't happened by accident; military victories on this scale take strategic planning and inside help.

So who, exactly, is behind IS? More importantly, who stands to benefit from this carefully calibrated mayhem in the heart of the Middle East? The same folks who created Al-Qaeda and used it ingenuously and effectively for years until Osama and his baby had exhausted their uses and were past their sell-by date.

Look at the uncanny similarity in the methods used by Al-Qaeda and IS -- from the chilling murder of Daniel Pearl to the barbaric beheading of James Foley this month, both US journalists incidentally.

I hate to sound like a conspiracy theorist but the scepter of IS -- and all such groups -- is evidently a grand conspiracy against Islam and its followers, just as Al-Qaeda had been. And you see the fingerprints of CIA, Mossad and their willing collaborators all over this baby.

As author Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya argues, the targeting of Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria and attempts to remap the Middle East are aimed at paving the way for the clash of civilizations that the likes of Samuel Huntington and Bernard Lewis have obsessed over for years.

So it is good that Arab and Moslem states seem to be waking up to the monster that is staring them in the face. The recent Arab ministers' brainstorming in Jeddah and the Saudi-Iran confabulations seeking a common front against IS are welcome. So are the strong denunciations by top Islamic scholars and ordinary Moslems.

The Moslem world has never in its long history faced a greater challenge. Doubtless, IS is a clear and present danger. And it wouldn't, most probably, have come into existence if it had not been for the spectacular lies and crusades of Bush and Blair. The Israeli crimes against humanity and relentless persecution of its helpless victims have also helped radicalize generations of Arabs and Moslems -- even those born in Western climes, as is apparently the case with the alleged British killer of James Foley.
One can just hear it whispered among the grander wives of Saudi Society, as they discuss the latest exploits of what now calls itself the Islamic State. "Parvenus!" they hiss, and "Nouveau riche upstarts! How dare they act just our illustrious ancestors did only a century or two ago, and claim to be equal!"
#1: This is beyond anything we have seen

This is news to you? Ask the Jews of Medina
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-08-30 06:47 ||Comments

Home Front: WoT: ALERT: Feds Warn of Southern Border Terrorist Attack via Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
Posted by Ebbomosh Hupemp2664 08/30/2014  00:00 4 Comments 492 words Read the whole thing on page 2
Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued. Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat.

Specifically, Judicial Watch sources reveal that the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is confirmed to now be operating in Juarez, a famously crime-infested narcotics hotbed situated across from El Paso, Texas. Violent crimes are so rampant in Juarez that the U.S. State Department has issued a number of travel warnings for anyone planning to go there. The last one was issued just a few days ago.

Intelligence officials have picked up radio talk and chatter indicating that the terrorist groups are going to “carry out an attack on the border,” according to one JW source. “It’s coming very soon,” according to this high-level source, who clearly identified the groups planning the plots as “ISIS and Al Qaeda.” An attack is so imminent that the commanding general at Ft. Bliss, the U.S. Army post in El Paso, is being briefed, another source confirms. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not respond to multiple inquiries from Judicial Watch, both telephonic and in writing, about this information.

The disturbing inside intelligence comes on the heels of news reports revealing that U.S. intelligence has picked up increased chatter among Islamist terror networks approaching the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. While these terrorists reportedly plan their attack just outside the U.S., President Obama admits that “we don’t have a strategy yet” to combat ISIS. “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” the commander-in-chief said this week during a White House press briefing. “I think what I’ve seen in some of the news reports suggest that folks are getting a little further ahead of what we’re at than what we currently are.”

The administration has also covered up, or at the very least downplayed, a serious epidemic of crime along the Mexican border even as heavily armed drug cartels have taken over portions of the region. Judicial Watch has reported that the U.S. Border Patrol actually ordered officers to avoid the most crime-infested stretches because they’re “too dangerous” and patrolling them could result in an “international incident” of cross border shooting. In the meantime, who could forget the famous words of Obama’s first Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano; the southern border is “as secure as it has ever been.”

These new revelations are bound to impact the current debate about the border crisis and immigration policy.
#1: If Obumble pushes amnesty... and then we get hit in the south with a terrorist attack it is over for him.

Little wonder all the amnesty chatter on the MSM outlets suddenly dried up over the past 2 days.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2014-08-30 00:03 ||Comments

#2: Update: Fox reports on a Texas Department of Public Safety bulletin on the threat.

“A review of ISIS social media messaging during the week ending August 26 shows that militants are expressing an increased interest in the notion that they could clandestinely infiltrate the southwest border of US, for terror attack,” warns the Texas Department of Public Safety “situational awareness” bulletin, obtained by
Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664|| 2014-08-30 00:22 ||Comments

#3: In the history of the world most would consider the illegal immigration of 10 million as an attack. The people hired to protect the border decided to be the welcoming committee. We already lost the battle.
Posted by: Airandee|| 2014-08-30 06:41 ||Comments

#4: Setting the stage for a terrorist incident which will herald the arrival of Martial Law and the establishment of FEMA regional governance. The people will demand Washington and the regime do something, and they will.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-08-30 06:50 ||Comments

International-UN-NGOs: If You Want To Stop ISIS, Here Is What It Will Take
Posted by Steve White 08/30/2014  00:00 2 Comments 157 words Read the whole thing on page 4
Angelo Codevilla at The Federalist writes common sense with an inside-the-beltway look. He's right though his thinking is conventional and statist. A more magnificent bastard like Dick Cheney would call up the appropriate CIA office and let loose some substantial, quiet wet-work until the surviving rulers of Qatar, Saudi-controlled Arabia and yes, even Turkey, would do as we 'ask'.

Though there's no reason why both approaches couldn't be tried at the same time.

The idiot who wrote the other day (and who Fred methodically took apart) about our need to "understand" evil (and not call it 'evil') would miss this important codicil: yes, we need to understand evil thoroughly. We need to understand the 'context'. Then we need to kill it. Understanding it will make sure we get the killing done.
#1: Warms the cockles of my bright Heart - "we need to understand evil thoroughly. We need to understand the 'context'. Then we need to kill it. Understanding it will make sure we get the killing done."
Posted by: newc|| 2014-08-30 03:48 ||Comments

#2: ISIS seems to be custom made to appall Westerners, just saying.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-08-30 06:37 ||Comments

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: First case of Ebola confirmed in Senegal
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Report: Assad Partially Recaptures Syrian Golan Heights
Posted by trailing wife 08/30/2014  00:00 1 Comments 204 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[ArutzSheva] Reports Friday indicate that Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Terror of Aleppo ...
's forces have partially recaptured the Quneitra region just east of the Israeli-Syrian Golan Heights border, which rebel forces captured in intense fighting on Wednesday.

According to the reports from the Iranian Fars news agency as cited by Walla!, the Syrian army has regained control over several Quneitra villages, including Jaba, Tel Krum and Al Ruachi.

The fighting continues on Friday morning in an attempt to take back full control after rebels seized the Quneitra crossing to Israel from the Syrian side.

Senior IDF sources predicted Assad's move, projecting that he would try to reconquer the vital area over the course of Thursday night. One source defined the security situation as "troubling," while adding "it's clear to us that the Syrian army doesn't want to deteriorate the situation and is being very careful about errant fire towards the Israeli side."
#1: he may be serious.
Posted by: newc|| 2014-08-30 02:48 ||Comments

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Security Services 'Foiled Massive Cyber-Attack on Israel'
Posted by trailing wife 08/30/2014  00:00 0 Comments 658 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[ArutzSheva] Elite Israeli cyber-defenders repelled attack during Protective Edge; concerns hackers could seek to take control of armed drones.

The IDF and Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) prevented a major cyber attack on Israel during Operation Protective Edge, military officials say.

According to the IDF's official blog, the unprecedented attack was carried out by anti-Israel hackers "from all over the world", aided by the Iranian government. The coordinated attack was timed to coincide with Al Quds (Jerusalem) Day, the yearly anti-Israel event organised worldwide by the Iranian regime.

The IDF's cyber defense division was drafted in to mount a defense as hackers mounted a systematic attempt to take down Israeli websites. It was joined by the Shin Bet security services, which recently revealed it had set up an elite cyber-defense unit to defend against precisely such an eventuality.

The incident underscored how at the same time as Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, and Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
are improving their rocket and tunnel capabilities, Israeli cyberspace also faces a real threat from an increasingly innovative enemy.

"It wasn't like this in previous operations," said Col. N, who heads the army's cyber defense division. "For the first time, there was an organized cyber defense effort alongside combat operations in the field. This was a new reality."

While previous cyber attacks were either the work of lone individuals or relatively amateurish hacker collectives, this latest attempt was far more professional.

"Today, they're organizing much more quickly, and it takes them much less time to carry out powerful strikes," Col. N added. "During Operation Protective Edge, we saw attacks on a greater scale and on a more sophisticated level. A significant amount of thought and investment stood behind the attacks we saw."

And possibly indicating an even deeper level of coordination with terrorist networks on the ground, he described how the cyber escalation ebbed and flowed in-tandem with an increase in physical hostilities.

"There was a direct connection between the progression of the fighting and cyber attacks. Once the IDF began its ground operation, there was a surge in the number of attacks and their level of sophistication."

Ultimately, the attack was repelled by Israel's own elite units of cyber-defenders, but Col. N. warned this would certainly not be the last such attack.

He outlined several nightmare scenarios which the IDF was preparing for, including attempts to hack the military's computer system to gain control of its own armed drones and use them to attack Israel. Hackers could also seek to shut down or disrupt the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange or the Israeli electrical grid.

Major terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah, together with Iran, were already showing an increasing interest in the field of cyber terror. And as the IDF becomes increasingly adept at dealing with physical threats such as rockets, its enemies are seeking new avenues of attack.

"There is a significant amount of development in the cyber field," Colonel N. explained. "This is a field that [these groups] are already involved in ... and all of these groups share information."

"I won't be surprised if, next time, we meet [terrorists] in the cyber dimension," he said.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: US Delivers Military Aid To Lebanon
Posted by trailing wife 08/30/2014  00:00 3 Comments 179 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Ynet] The United States has delivered the first shipment of weapons to Leb to help bolster its military as it faces a growing threat from Islamic snuffies amid the fallout from neighboring Syria's civil war.

The weapons were displayed at the Beirut military air base on Friday after arriving earlier this week. The shipment included anti-tank artillery, mortars and rifles. A sample of the weapons was placed on a white satin-covered table with camouflage netting.

Earlier this month US Ambassador David Hale announced the deliveries and said they were in response to a request from the Lebanese armed forces for emergency assistance after Islamic snuffies overran a Lebanese town near the Syrian border, killing and kidnapping soldiers.

Since 2006, the US has given Leb more than $1 billion in military assistance.
#1: US Delivers Military Aid To Lebanon Iran.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-08-30 03:03 ||Comments

#2: Madness!
Posted by: borgboy|| 2014-08-30 05:50 ||Comments

#3: Moderates in the Caliphate have needs as well. We're simply seeing 'Nation Building' from the Champ's perspective.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-08-30 05:55 ||Comments

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: Guinean Security Forces Break Up Riot In Ebola-Racked South
Posted by trailing wife 08/30/2014  00:00 0 Comments 167 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Ynet] Riots broke out in Guinea's second-largest city Nzerekore over rumours that health workers had infected people with the deadly Ebola virus, a Red Thingy official and residents said on Friday.

A crowd of young men, some armed with clubs and pistols, set up barricades across the southern city on Thursday and threatened to attack the hospital before security forces moved in to restore order.

Gunshots were fired by the rioters and several people were maimed, said Youssouf Traore, president of the Guinean Red Thingy.

"A rumour, which was totally false, spread that we had sprayed the market in order to transmit the virus to locals," Traore said. "People revolted and resorted to violence, prompting soldiers to intervene."

China-Japan-Koreas: North Korean Leader's Money Manager Defects In Russia
Posted by trailing wife 08/30/2014  00:00 2 Comments 211 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Ynet] A senior North Korean banking official who managed money for leader Kim Pudge Jong-un
...the overweight, pouty-looking hereditary potentate of North Korea. Pudge appears to believe in his own divinity, but has yet to produce any loaves and fishes, so his subjects remain malnourished...
has defected in Russia and was seeking asylum in a third country, a South Korean newspaper reported on Friday, citing an unidentified source.

Yun Tae Hyong, a senior representative of North Korea's Korea Daesong Bank, disappeared in Nakhodka, Russia, last week with $5 million, the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper reported.

The Daesong Bank is suspected by the U.S. government of being under the control of the North Korean government's Office 39, which is widely believed to finance illicit activities and was blacklisted by the US Treasury Department in 2010.

The newspaper said North Korea had asked Russian authorities for cooperation in efforts to capture Yun.
#1: Donate 50% of the 5 mil to Putin's favorite charity, and you can be on your way...
Posted by: borgboy|| 2014-08-30 06:06 ||Comments

#2: Keep smiling Chubby, the guy to your right took all your money...Yeah, that's OK you'll just print some more...Where have I heard about that financial technique...never mind.

Posted by: Guillibaldo Bumble9343|| 2014-08-30 07:24 ||Comments

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Jerusalem: Three Fire Bombs Thrown At Jewish Family Home
Posted by trailing wife 08/30/2014  00:00 0 Comments 42 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Ynet] Three fire bombs were thrown Thursday at the home of a Jewish family in Abu Tor neighborhood in Jerusalem. Damaged caused, but no injuries reported.
Boys being boys...

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: U.N.: Number of Syrian Refugees Tops Three Million Mark
Posted by trailing wife 08/30/2014  00:00 2 Comments 839 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[AnNahar] More than three million Syrians have fled the civil war ravaging their country to become refugees -- a million of them in the past year alone, the United Nations
...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...
said Friday.

"Syria's intensifying refugee crisis will today surpass a record three million people," the U.N.'s refugee agency said in a statement, adding that the number did not include hundreds of thousands of others who fled without registering as refugees.

Less than a year ago, the number of registered Syrian refugees stood at two million, UNHCR said, pointing to reports of "increasingly horrifying conditions inside the country" to explain the surge.

It described "cities where populations are surrounded, people are going hungry and civilians are being targeted or indiscriminately killed."

The increasingly fragmented conflict raging in Syria has claimed more than 191,000 lives since erupting in March 2011.

In addition to the refugees, the violence has also displaced 6.5 million people within the country, meaning that nearly 50 percent of all Syrians have been forced to flee their homes, UNHCR said.

Over half of all those who have been uprooted are children, it lamented.

- Enormous strain on neighbors -

Most of the Syrian refugees have found their way to neighboring countries, with Leb hosting 1.14 million, Jordan 608,000 and Turkey 815,000.

The strain on the host countries' economies, infrastructures and resources is "enormous", UNHCR stressed, adding that nearly 40 percent of the refugees were living in sub-standard conditions.

The agency said its work to help the Syrian refugees now marked the largest operation in its 64-year-history.

"The Syrian crisis has become the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era, yet the world is failing to meet the needs of refugees and the countries hosting them," U.N. refugee chief Antonio Guterres said in the statement.

"The response to the Syrian crisis has been generous, but the bitter truth is that it falls far short of what's needed," he added.

Donors have handed over more than $4.1 billion to help those affected by the conflict, but UNHCR said another $2.0 billion was needed by the end of this year alone to meet the urgent needs of the refugees.

David Miliband, former British foreign secretary and the current head of the International Rescue Committee, was quick to react to the new refugee tally.

"The three million refugees from the Syria conflict represent three million indictments of government brutality, opposition violence and international failure," he said in a statement.

"This appalling milestone needs to generate action as well as anger," he said, also calling for "greatly increased efforts" to reduce the suffering of civilians left inside Syria.
Action: require the refugees to provide manpower to help defend their refuge by becoming soldiers in this existential war for the Arab world. Sunni, Shiite, or other, they all chose against the taqfiris when they fled, and their families will suffer equally should that refuge be overrun. Any Fifth Columnists found among them -- or among the refugee population as a whole -- to be summarily shot, of course. Trials are for peacetime.
- Fleeing Syria 'last resort' -

UNHCR meanwhile decried that "increasing numbers of families are arriving (in neighboring countries) in a shocking state, exhausted, scared and with their saving depleted."

"Most have been on the run for a year or more, fleeing from village to village before taking the final decision to leave," it added, pointing out that for most of the one in eight Syrians who have become refugees, crossing the border was a last resort.

More than half of those arriving in Leb had fled at least once before crossing the border, while one in 10 had fled more than three times, UNHCR said, adding that one woman claimed to have moved no fewer than 20 times before crossing into Leb.

Meanwhile there are worrying signs that the journey out of Syria is becoming more difficult, the agency said.

Many people are being forced to pay bribes at a growing number of armed checkpoints along the borders, and those crossing the desert into eastern Jordan are being forced to pay smugglers hefty sums to take them to safety, it said.

The agency also voiced deep concern for several hundred Syrians trapped inside the remote al-Obaidi refugee camp in Iraq after U.N. agencies and other groups were forced to abandon their offices and warehouses as the region became overrun by Islamic State jihadists.

"National partners are continuing to provide supplies and maintenance, but the situation is volatile," it said.
#1: Open Borders: a leftist dream come true! Unfortunately it is a dystopia not a utopia...
Posted by: borgboy|| 2014-08-30 05:54 ||Comments

#2: Gives me hope for the eventual solution of the "Palestinian Problem".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-08-30 06:32 ||Comments

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Three Men Suspected of Fighting against Army Detained in Arsal
Posted by trailing wife 08/30/2014  00:00 0 Comments 324 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] The Lebanese army detained on Friday a pickup truck driver trying to transport wanted Syrians to the neighboring country through the northeastern border town of Arsal, media reports said.

The army issued a communique saying that "an army checkpoint locked away
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
at 08:30 pm on Thursday the driver of a Hyundai pickup, Khaled Deeb al-Krenbi, who didn't hold any identification papers and had in his possession a gun and its ammo."

"Two Syrians were detained with Krenbi... Mohammed Abdul Sater and Adullah Mohammed al-Akkouk, who are suspected of fighting against the army in the region of Arsal."

The army statement said that the detainees were handed over to the competent authority for legal action against them.

The National News Agency reported earlier that al-Krenbi was smuggling two wanted "terrorists," who are reportedly the escorts of Imad Ahmed Jomaa, a member of the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front.

Jomaa's arrest prompted festivities on August 2 between the army and Islamist faceless myrmidons in Arsal, which left 19 soldiers, 16 civilians, and dozens of jihadists dead.

He was known to be a member of al-Nusra Front, al-Qaeda's Syria franchise, but a video that surfaced in recent weeks shows him pledging allegiance to the Islamic State, which reportedly appointed him as the leader of the turban Fajr al-Islam Brigade.

Media reports said that the three men were detained at Ain al-Shaab army post.

The detainees were transferred to the army barracks in Ablah region and later moved to Beirut for questioning.

Iraq: Jihadists Behead Iraq Kurdish Fighter
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[AnNahar] The jihadist Islamic State group has posted video of the execution of a captured Kurdish fighter, in a warning to Iraqi Kurdish leaders to end military cooperation with Washington, a monitoring group said.
"Resistance is useless!"
The United States has carried out a wave of air strikes against the jihadists in northern Iraq, helping Kurdish forces to claw back ground lost to the murderous Moslems earlier this month.

The video, titled "A message in blood to the leaders of the American-Kurdish alliance," opens with 15 men in orange jumpsuits standing around the IS flag.

Three of the men ask Kurdish regional president Massud Barzani "and the Kurdish government to end their relationship with the U.S. ... military intervention in northern Iraq," the SITE Intelligence Group monitoring service said.
Consider them dead, as they will be the moment someone over there gets in a mood, and work to erase IS from the face of the Earth. nothing less will do.
"Any mistake or recklessness from you will lead to the (loss) of our life," SITE quoted one of the men as saying.

The video then cuts to three masked men dressed in black standing in front of a mosque with another man wearing an orange jumpsuit kneeling in front of them. They then behead him.
Golly, only one instead of all? They must be more concerned about the Kurds than the Shiites as foes.
The video follows another released by IS showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley and threatening another kidnapped news hound Steven Sotloff with the same fate if U.S. air strikes are not halted.

It also comes hot on the heels of video of scores of bodies that IS boasted were those of Syrian soldiers they had captured and executed following their seizure of a northern key air base last weekend.
#1: Kurds are offering Iraqi Christians sanctuary. Their women are also fighting with them, sometimes referred to as the Amazonian Corp. Jihadis believe that if they are killed by a woman they will not get to heaven so they are cautious about who they get into a firefight with in Kurdistan.
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#2: Jihadis believe that if they are killed by a woman they will not get to heaven...

Sounds like we need to nuke the place and have a woman press the button.
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#4: One of these days we ought to square off against these yoyos and send in a tactical force comprised of nothing but our most capable women warriors; then we will hear the lamentations of their men.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran: PM: Negotiations Underway to Free Fijian Peacekeepers
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[AnNahar] Talks were underway Friday to release 43 Fijian peacekeepers taken hostage by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, the Pacific nation's Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said.

Bainimarama said the peacekeepers were believed to be safe and his government was working closely with the United Nations
...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...
to secure their release.

"The latest information we have is that they are safe and I can say now that the negotiations for their release have already begun," he said in a statement.

"I want to assure the families of the soldiers we are doing everything possible to secure their safe return."

Bainimarama said Fiji was "united as a nation in praying for their safe return".

"These men are peacekeepers, not combatants in the Syrian conflict, and there is no need for them to be detained," he said.

The Fijians, who were on duty in a U.N.-patrolled zone, were taken hostage by about 150 Syrian rebels on Thursday.

About 75 Philippine peacekeepers who refused to surrender were involved in a tense standoff with gangs in the same area, Philippine officials said.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: 75 Philippine U.N. Peacekeepers Defy Syria Rebels
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[AnNahar] Dozens of heavily armed Philippine peacekeepers defied Syrian rebels on Friday in a Golan Heights standoff, hours after the fighters took hostage 43 Fijian soldiers there, the Filipinos' commander said.

Seventy-five Filipino troops were defending two fortified posts in the U.N.-patrolled zone after gangs surrounded them on Thursday and demanded they give up their weapons, Colonel Roberto Ancan told news hounds in Manila.

Ancan, the commander of the Philippines' peacekeeping operations division, said no shots had been fired during the stand-off, but that his troops were prepared to engage in combat.

"We can use deadly force in defense of the U.N. facilities," Ancan said.

"I (would) just like to emphasize our troops are well-armed, they are well-trained... they are well-disciplined warrior peacekeepers."

The military said the soldiers were occupying U.N. Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) posts about four kilometers (2.5 miles) apart in the buffer zone between Syria and Israel that was created after a 1974 ceasefire.

The U.N. earlier said 81 Filipino peacekeepers were surrounded, but Ancan said there were only 40 Filipinos in one post and 35 in the other.

On Wednesday Syrian rebels, including murderous Moslems from the Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front, stormed one section of the buffer zone and exchanged fire with Israeli troops.

A day later the fighters captured 43 Fijians, forcing them to surrender their weapons then taking them hostage.

Ancan said the rebels used an English-speaking Fijian hostage to relay their demand to the Filipino peacekeepers, who refused and stood their ground.

Philippine President Benigno Aquino described the situation in the Golan Heights as "tense".

But, in brief comments to news hounds, Aquino sought to calm fears about the fate of the troops.

"So far, we should not worry. The news is that the situation looks stable," Aquino said.

There are currently 1,200 UNDOF peacekeepers: from the Philippines, Fiji, India, Ireland, Nepal and the Netherlands.

India-Pakistan: Pakistani Academic Held by Taliban for Four Years Freed
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[AnNahar] Pak troops have recovered a prominent academic held for four years by the Taliban in the country's troubled northwest, officials said on Friday.

The Pak Taliban kidnapped Ajmal Khan, vice-chancellor of Islamia College University Beautiful Downtown Peshawar 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.
, the capital of northwestern troubled Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
province, in September 2010.

A security bigshot in Peshawar told AFP that Khan was recovered from "an operational area in North Wazoo tribal district".

The Pak military has been waging a major assault against Taliban strongholds in North Waziristan since mid-June.

A statement from the Pakistain military said "security forces safely recovered Mr Ajmal Khan" but gave no details of how he came to be freed.

It said: "Security forces and intelligence agencies were trying to locate Ajmal Khan since 8 September 2010 when he was kidnapped in Peshawar while he was going to the university."

Ajmal had appeared in several video messages asking the government to negotiate his release with Pakistain's Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP) movement, which began a bloody insurgency against the state in 2007.

Government officials said despite many rounds of back-channel talks in the past, Taliban had refused to release Khan, demanding the release of important Taliban capos held by security forces.

Pakistain rights activists, university teaching staff and students in the northwest had protested against Khan's kidnapping many times but all efforts to recover him were futile.

Northwest Pakistain suffers from chronic insecurity, largely connected to the semi-autonomous tribal belt near the Afghan border.

India-Pakistan: Gunmen Kill Six Worshippers at Pakistan Shrine
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[AnNahar] Gunman opened fire on worshipers at a shrine in southwest Pakistain, killing at least six members of a minority Islamic sect and wounding seven others, officials said on Friday.

The attack came at a shrine of the Zikri community in Awaran district, around 650 kilometers southwest of Quetta, the capital of restive 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...

Oil and gas rich Balochistan is wracked by a separatist insurgency, Islamist Death Eaters and sectarian violence and attacks on minority groups are not uncommon.

"Three gunman came on two cycle of violences and fired at the worshipers, praying at sunset. At least six people have been killed and seven others are injured," Akbar Harifal, the senior administration official in the area, told Agence La Belle France Presse.

"The gunnies escaped after the attack."

Provincial home secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani also confirmed the attack.

Zikris are relatively a new sect of Moslems in Pakistain who worship in groups at shrines and on mountains in remote, sparsely populated Balochistan.

No group has claimed the attack but graffiti warning Zikris and Hindus to embrace mainstream Islam or face being killed appeared on the walls in the province last week.

Balochistan, which borders Iran and Afghanistan, is Pakistain's largest province but also its poorest and least developed.

Ethnic Baluch rebels have long waged a low-level insurgency seeking either full independence or a greater share of the province's mineral wealth.

The province has also been the scene of numerous bloody terror attacks on Shiite Moslems.