Grace Park aka Kono Kalakaua in "Hawaii Five-0 (TV Series 2012)" aka Akani Cuesta in "The Cleaner (TV Series 2008--2009)" aka Lt. Sharon 'Boomer' Valerii in "Battlestar Galactica (TV Series 2004--2009)" aka Shannon Ng in "Edgemont (TV Series 2000--2005)" (age 38)
President Obama's national health care law will cost $1.76 trillion over a decade, according to a new projection released today by the Congressional Budget Office, rather than the $940 billion forecast when it was signed into law.
Democrats employed many accounting tricks when they were pushing through the national health care legislation, the most egregious of which was to delay full implementation of the law until 2014, so it would appear cheaper under the CBO's standard ten-year budget window and, at least on paper, meet Obama's pledge that the legislation would cost "around $900 billion over 10 years." When the final CBO score came out before passage, critics noted that the true 10 year cost would be far higher than advertised once projections accounted for full implementation.
Today, the CBO released new projections from 2013 extending through 2022, and the results are as critics expected: the ten-year cost of the law's core provisions to expand health insurance coverage has now ballooned to $1.76 trillion. That's because we now have estimates for Obamacare's first nine years of full implementation, rather than the mere six when it was signed into law. Only next year will we get a true ten-year cost estimate, if the law isn't overturned by the Supreme Court or repealed by then. Given that in 2022, the last year available, the gross cost of the coverage expansions are $265 billion, we're likely looking at about $2 trillion over the first decade, or more than double what Obama advertised.
Nato has ordered a security lockdown at its massive base in central Afghanistan after a car surged on to an airfield and burst into flames just as the US defence secretary landed for an official visit.
The incident happened as Leon Panetta touched down at Camp Bastion in Helmand province and prompted a security alert as investigators tried to establish whether he was the target of an attack.
A man was pulled from the burning car and is now being treated at a hospital on the base. Sources said the vehicle was about 100 metres from Panetta's aircraft when it crashed, and that neither he nor any members of his entourage were in any danger. However, the Nato-led International Security and Assistance Force (Isaf) must now determine whether the driver, thought to be an Afghan, was involved in a failed terrorist plot.
Though details remain sketchy, the Pentagon confirmed the vehicle involved was a pickup truck that had been stolen from a soldier in a car-jacking shortly before it drove at speed on to the runway.
"Cheez Sarge, stolen truck on the runway just as the Boss lands. Think it might be terrorists?"
"I dunno, Kowalski, I dunno."
Update A British serviceman was also injured in the incident when the local employee at Camp Bastion deliberately drove the stolen vehicle into a group of soldiers undergoing training near the airfield.
The Afghan managed to get through the heavy security cordon surrounding the airfield in the middle of the base and onto the runway where the politician was arriving.
He managed to break through the perimeter surrounded by armed security and large concrete block guards.
The truck, possibly a pick-up, caught fire and crashed into a ditch on the runway close to where Mr Panetta's jet had just landed or was coming into land.
Initial military reports indicate there were no explosive devices inside the vehicle at Camp Bastion. The car was heading towards a welcoming committee for Mr Panetta when it burst into flames and the alleged perpetrator was arrested.
NYT article sez it was not the truck, but the Afghan himself that was on fire: Mr. Little said that the stolen vehicle had not exploded, contrary to some earlier reports, and that Mr. Panetta had never been in danger. But he could not explain the Afghan's motive or explain why he was on fire.
Allow me to suggest that no explanation is needed beyond the volatile nature of your everyday Musselman. Spontaneous human combustion is, no doubt, a common but underreported phenomenon in regions afflicted by the Religion of Pieces.
Panetta didn't order it, at least from what I reading. An itchy commander worried about PR, or an assistant to the SoD. I'd also like to point out we STILL don't know what the hell the story is regarding the soldier who did the killings. Friday News Dump edition will be informative I hope.
Posted by: Charles ||
After the Fort Hood incident with just one person having a gun, now in the midst of lots of them. This qualifies as a retirement submission. Why should any marine or soldier have any trust of their superiors with an act like that.
[An Nahar] Five al-Qaeda snuffies were killed in an air strike on their car in Yemen's Bayda province on Tuesday, a security official said, after unrest there earlier in the day left five people dead. "A fighter jet raided a car carrying five al-Qaeda jihad boys," said the official. "All five were killed." A tribal chief confirmed the raid.
[Yemen Post] A massive car booming blew up on Tuesday at a checkpoint in the southeastern province of al-Byatha, killing at least three soldiers and wounding 8 others.
A jacket wallah believed to be linked to Ansar al-Sharia ...a Yemeni Islamist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends... , an al-Qaeda offshoot in Yemen, drove his car, which was laden with explosives, to a military checkpoint in the central Bytha city, some 170km southeast the Yemeni capital of Sana'a, a security source told Yemen Post on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press.
The attack left at least 3 soldiers and the bomber killed , and 8 others maimed, said the security source.
The security source blamed AQAP for the attack, arguing it's the only network that targets army and security troops in the country.
AQAP has not grabbed credit for the attack so far.
The attack comes two days after the Air Force launched Arclight airstrikes on the hard boyz whereabouts, leaving at least 45 killed and dozens others maimed.
Al-Bytha was taken over by the bully boy group early this year, but it has pulled out its militias when the government stroke a deal with them, releasing hundreds of their prisoners at security jails.
Al-Qaeda stepped up its attacks on the military posts and personnel in south Yemen, probably taking an advantage of the current security situation.
Last week, the transnational terror network surprisingly stormed a military post in the southern war-torn province of Abyan, killing at least 200 soldiers, wounding dozens others, and seizing a huge amount of weapons.
The newly-elected Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi vowed to eradicate the AQAP from the southern provinces of the country.
It is a chilling image that will go around the world - police taking aim at a woman in a hijab after a tip-off claiming she could have a bomb in her bag. It is not known if the holdall contained an explosive or not but officers were not taking any chances.
It seems the common people of England are willing to be suspicious of someone dressed in Muslim religious garb, and are willing to say something about it.
The incident is on-going eight hours after it started at the seafront in Saltburn, Teesside, today. Army bomb disposal experts are believed to be on site.
Cleveland Police have not yet confirmed the exact nature of the incident but said it was sparked after 'information' they received about the woman's conduct. They said the area has been cordoned off and they are concerned about the welfare of a woman.
Eyewitnesses reported seeing a white woman wearing a dress with a veil sitting on a bench surrounded by armed police, who were alerted shortly after 11am. At 6.40pm, negotiations with her were still taking place.
Residents in Saltburn say they believe it is a woman local to the area.
A bomb disposal team have are also at the scene and a police helicopter has been scrambled. It is understood that a bag is being examined by bomb disposal experts and at one point the woman was face down on the ground as officers covered her with their weapons.
A cordon is in place and Saltburn bank has been shut to traffic.
Some locals claimed the woman had been to a hardware store in the town earlier in the day and purchased items. One, who did not want to be named, said: 'She doesn't say a lot, she's always walking around wearing a white hijab, she's white, My friend tried to say hello to her once, she just snapped at him. We heard she went to M and M DIY Home Improvement hardware store, trying to buy things to make a bomb apparently.'
Sales assistants at the store would not confirm that the woman had been to the shop, however a shopkeeper next door said she had been in the store earlier in the day.
Update 7:20 pm local time (same link):
According to police the 40-year-old woman was detained under the Mental Health Act.
If there was nothing to see it wouldn't have taken 8 hours. She was either being less than totally honest in her dealings with the police or there was something there. Perhaps not a bomb but something she didn't want found.
On the other side of things I'm amazed Cair hasn't adopted a plan to encourage these sort of things. Get enough Hijabs walking around acting suspicious with bags and you either (a) dull the population into accepting that until eventually they are no longer called in and one can take a bag bomb wherever needed (b) you get wonderful news coverage of the facists disarming innocent Mulsims because of their relgion. The result would be the same as police were told to back off and then bag bombs could circulate unimpeded.
Read another that complained they have too few assets in the region to monitor the region, catching only 1/3 of known drug flights--drones, etc. tied up in ME/SAsia. One Palestinian cabbie in USVI was all excited about their growing mosque with all the converts and Muslims coming from "down island"...hop, skip, and jump to mainland by boat or with daily flights to PR and south Florida. Definitely a weak link in border security.
Just think how much heroin and hashish Iranians could bring to a country like Venezuela or even Mexico either in their diplomatic pouches or openly. And you know that with a border with Afghanistan they have access to all the dope they could possible sell. And with Obama refusing to secure our border with Mexico it is coming to a street near you. Not to mention the guns.
* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > IRAN AND HEZBOLLAH HAVE SA-24 "GRINCHES" [advanced MANPADS], vee Uncle Muammar's former arsenal back in Libyuh.
Sooner or later the USDHS + USDOD should expect to see the super-techy stuff, including NucWeaps, in the hands of MilTerrs = NGOS, Islamist or other, operat in the lower Americas.
* FREEREPUBLIC > [Rep. Peter T. King, R-NY] KING ANNOUNCES HEARING ON IRAN/HEZBOLLAH THREAT TO US HOMELAND.
IMo, the Hearing should analyze the CURREN STATE OF THE "GLOBAL JIHAD" + ISLAMIST NUCLEARIZATION,PROLIFERATION; + any Strategic threat to CONUS-NORAM + US Allies therefrom.
* E.g. TOPIX > ISRAEL + PLIGHT OF MIDDLE EAST CHRISTIANS.
Iff post-"Arab Spring" Egypt + Libyuh + now Syruh is any measure, ISLAMIST-LED "ANTI-TYRANNY/DESPOTISM" NEED NOT BE OR INFER PRO-TOLERANCE OR "NEUTRALITY" VEE NON-MUSLIM MINORITIES.
Similar precept as per GLOBAL ECON MARKETS . i.e. WHAT NEW MARKETS OR ACCESS IS THE ECON, DEBT-BURDENED US GETTING OUT FROM ALL THIS GWOT + OWG-NWO + "GLOBALISM"???
I don't see the Bammer nor GOP-DEMS telling the Teamsters, Longshoremen, etal. Organized Unions that their Members have to go to back to school to learn Robotics, Aviation Piloting-Navigation-Mechanics, Starship = SpaceShip Engineering + Astronomical Sciences, etc.???
For a map, click here. For a map of Tamaulipas state, click here. Updating story
By Chris Covert
Updating with new information
The Mexican Secretaria de Defensa Nacional (SEDENA) confirmed a total of six drug cartel operatives have been killed in several shootouts in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas on Tuesday afternoon, according to Mexican news reports.
Previous reports put the death toll at between 10 and 15 with many more wounded.
Shootings have been reported in western neighborhoods of the border city since mid morning. Around noon, several units of the Mexican Army and Naval Infantry forces moved into the area and sealed off eastern and northern approaches, presumably to prevent criminal shooters from escaping the military cordon. The fighting stopped around 1500 hrs.
Reports also say that several more cartel shooters were wounded in the fighting.
The main location of at least one of the firefights was reportedly neighborhoods between Reservas Territoriales and Aquiles Serdan colonies along Avenida Lincon, which was apparently a running gunfight between cartel shooters and Mexican military forces. Some firefights were contained in an area of seven kilometers..
Reports say that citizens saw several individuals lying dead in the streets. An unconfirmed report said that one of the scenes of shootings was a McDonald's restaurant near the intersection of calles Venezuela and Cesar Lopez de Lara.
An unofficial report also said that one Mexican soldier died in the fighting.
Los Zetas practically own the Nuevo Laredo river crossing, so it is presumed the six dead were Los Zetas operatives.
Reports also say that two unidentified local leaders of Los Zetas in Nuevo Laredo have been shot, but those are unconfirmed reports. The number two man in the Los Zetas criminal gang is Michael Trevino, AKA Z40, who controls the Nuevo Laredo crossing.
Los Zetas have in the past in other locations fought Mexican security forces whenever one of their leaders has been threatened with capture, tactics to include road blocks created through carjacking. Those tactics were used extensively last Friday in Jalisco state, when elements of the Mexican Army captured two top leaders of the Jalsico Nuevo Generacion drug cartel. To read the Rantburg.com report on the Guadalajara roadblocks, click here.
Local government officials as well as US consulate officials in Nuevo Laredo have warned residents via Twitter accounts to stay clear of the zones.
Later reports say that simultaneous armed confrontations between Mexican security forces and drug cartel shooters have taken place in Ciudad Miguel Aleman and Piedra Negras, Coahuila, all river crossing cities generally considered to be Los Zetas territories.
Los Zetas have suffered losses in the last week, including 12 operatives killed in a firefight and pursuit with Mexican Army units in Ciudad Miguel Aleman in Tamaulipas. To read the Rantburg.com report on the Ciudad Miguel Aleman pursuit and firefight, click here. Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and political news for Rantburg.com
For a map, click here. For a map of Nuevo Leon state, click here. For a map of Monterrey, click here.
By Chris Covert
Six unidentified suspects were shot and killed by an Mexican Army patrol Monday night in Los Herrera municipality in Nuevo Leon state, according to Mexican news accounts.
Four men and two women were killed in the incident. Reports are unclear as to if the suspects fired on the army patrol first, but news reports make it clear shots were exchanged.
The suspects were travelling aboard a Chevrolet Aveo and a Honda sedan along Los Herrera-Cerralvo when they encountered the army patrol.
Agents with the Nuevo Leon Agencia Estatal de Investigaciones (AEI) said that several assault rifles and quantities of ammunition were found in the vehicles, along with quantities of drugs, which type was not disclosed in reports.
It was also disclosed that the dead were probably part of one of the Tamaulipas drug gangs, though the report did not elaborate.
Los Herrera is about 75 kilometers due east of Monterrey, astride a road linking Mexican Federal Highway 40 with Federal Highway 54 in Cerralvo.
Three other shootings took place Monday and Tuesday, including one Escobedo municipal traffic police agent shot dead.
A headquarters for the Nuevo Leon state Agencia Estatal de Investigaciones (AEI) was attacked by armed suspects early Tuesday morning in Montemorelos municipality.
The building on Bulevar Capitan Alonso de Leon was damaged on the outside, but no one was hurt. Five AEI agents were on duty at the facility at the time of the attack.
Mexican Army units and Nuevo Leon state police agents were dispatched to patrol the area.
An unidentified man was shot and critically wounded, and a woman was wounded in a shooting attack in south Monterrey Monday night. The male victim was out walking with his unidentified pregnant wife near the intersection of calles Paseo del Norte and Paseo Cumbre in Formerrey 45 colony, when several armed suspects shot him. Another woman, Maria Magdalena Martinez Sanchez, 30, was hit in the leg, presumably by stray rounds. Several 9mm spent shell casings were found at the scene.
An unidentified Escobedo transit police agent was shot to death in Escobedo Tuesday evening. The shooting took place at 1740 hrs near the intersection of avenidas Monterrey and Las Torres in Nueva Esperanza colony.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com.
Security services in Azerbaijan have incarcerated 22 people they say were hired by Iran to carry out terrorist attacks against the U.S. and Israeli embassies as well as Western-linked groups and companies. Iran will be "rejecting" the arrests and blaming them on Zionists within 24 hours. You heard read it here first.
The national security ministry said Wednesday that the 22, all Azerbaijan citizens, had been trained in Iran, its southern neighbor, by Iran's Revolutionary Guard. It did not specify when the arrests were made.
In February, Azerbaijan announced the arrest of another suspected terrorist group allegedly working for Iran's secret services, and in January it incarcerated two people accused of plotting to kill two teachers at a Jewish school in the capital, Baku.
In 2007, Azerbaijan convicted 15 people in connection with an alleged Iranian-linked spy network accused of passing intelligence on Western and Israeli activities.
Azerbaijani authorities said a Revolutionary Guard operative, Akper Pakravesh, recruited an Azeri identified as N. Kerimov while he was in Iran in 1999 and gave him the job of assembling a group of other Azerbaijanis to act as spies.
The security ministry said in its statement that Pakravesh met with members of the group in Moscow and in the Syrian capital of Damascus, ...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world... providing them with financing and equipment.
Automatic assault rifles, grenades, ammunition, explosives were seized during the group's arrest, officials said.
Planned targets included diplomatic missions, the offices of a Jewish organization, the local headquarters of international oil giant BP and an American-themed fast food restaurant.
Israeli authorities have linked Iran to three other incidents -- claims that Iran denies.
Authorities in Thailand in February incarcerated a group of Iranian citizens they said were planning a kaboom on Israeli diplomats.
In the same month in New Delhi, the wife of an Israeli diplomat and three others were maimed by attackers using magnetic bombs. That same day, a similar bomb was found on the car of a driver for the Israeli Embassy in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi.
Tehran denies any links to the attacks outside its borders, but accuses Israel of directing the slayings of Iranian scientists as well as other clandestine acts, such as a computer virus that targeted uranium enrichment equipment.
Azerbaijan, an oil-rich former Soviet nation of 9 million people wedged between Russia and Iran, has nurtured close relations with the United States and played an active role in Western-led counter-terrorist programs. That foreign policy has placed a strain on its ties with Iran, which hosts a sizable ethnic Azeri community.
Authorities in Baku have repeatedly insisted, however, that they will not permit use of the country for any military action against Iran.
[An Nahar] The suspected arsonist behind a deadly fire at a Brussels mosque said Tuesday he set the Shiite place of worship ablaze to scare the community he blames for the violence in Syria, officials said.
Belgium's Mohammedan community was in shock a day after the attack that left a holy man dead.
The suspect, a self-described Mohammedan in his mid-30s, told Sherlocks he sought to "scare" the Shiite community as it was allegedly responsible for Syria's crackdown on dissent, the public prosecutor's office said.
Under questioning the man said "he was shocked by the pictures of what was going on in Syria and wanted to do something to scare members of the community which was responsible" for the violence, front man Jean-Marc Meilleur told the press.
The suspect, who presented himself as a Sunni Mohammedan, was charged with arson resulting in death and remanded in jug. The fact that the attack late Monday was based on religious beliefs is an aggravating factor, said Meilleur.
The man told Sherlocks he had acted alone and decided to carry out the attack two weeks ago but had had no intention to kill.
If not nabbed he would have surrendered to the police, he also told the authorities.
As Sherlocks interrogated him, members of Belgium's Shiite and Sunni communities met to ensure calm after the arson attack, which also left two other people injured.
Interior Minister Joelle Milquet suggested inter-religious strife may be to blame after the man stormed into the Rida mosque with an axe, a knife and fuel, shouting about the conflict in Syria.
"It appears to be a problem between Sunnis and Shiites," Milquet told RTBF broadcaster.
"Belgium will not tolerate this type of act and the importing of this type of conflict on its territory," she said, adding that the government would take "all necessary measures" in coming days to prevent attacks.
WASHINGTON -- An Iranian whose release reportedly had been sought by Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is undergoing deportation proceedings after serving a five year prison sentence for arms smuggling, a US official said Tuesday.
Amir Hossein Ardebili, who was arrested in October 2007 in the Republic of Georgia and extradited to the United States in 2008, was released in February. He was then turned over to the custody of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for removal, according to a US official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
"Ardebili was released from prison for deportation from the United States because he had completed serving his criminal sentence and has no legal immigration status in this country," the official added.
His charges originally came from a three-year international undercover investigation that "exposed Adrebili's role as a prolific arms acquisitions agent for the government of Iran," according to a court document.
"During this investigation, Ardebili negotiated the purchase and illegal export of a number of military components," it said.
Ardebili was sentenced in 2009 to five years in US prison, taking into account the two years already he had served in custody.
Ahmadinejad earlier asked Washington to release eight Iranian nationals who he said were "illegally detained in the United States," among them was Ardebili, according to Iranian media.
The United States has rejected prisoner exchanges between the two countries, amid high tension over Tehran's suspect nuclear program.
[Dawn] Police claimed to have foiled an attempt to carry out a kaboom at a cattle market in Chamkani area of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar on Monday.
They said that police took an abandoned motorcar into custody and recovered 40 kilograms of explosives, detonator, remote control and other items from its cavities.
They said that the personnel of Bomb Disposal Unit defused the explosives. They said that investigations were underway and a case against unidentified Death Eaters was registered at Chamkani cop shoppe.
Meanwhile, ...back at the chili cook-off, Chuck and Manuel's rivalry was entering a new and more dangerous phase... the corpse count of Badhber suicide kaboom reached to 17 as another injured identified as Naveed succumbed to his wounds in Lady Reading Hospital on Monday.
An official said that senior coppers headed by SSP Umer Riaz were busy in investigating the incident.
He said that it was a challenge for police to ascertain as to where from the jacket wallah reached the graveyard and how he carried out the blast unnoticed.
Meanwhile, ...back at the laboratory the fumes had dispersed, to reveal an ominous sight... political administration of Frontier Region of Lakki Marwat launched a crackdown on Bettanni rustics on Monday after the expiry of deadline, set for safe recovery of four kidnapped officials.
Three officials of Sustainable Plains Development Programme (SPDP) identified as Jehanzeb, Kachkol Khan and Awal Khan, residents of Mardan, along with a Levies soldier Naser Khan were kidnapped from FR Lakki on the night between Wednesday and Thursday.
"The officials had gone to the tribal area to inspect the works of SPDP and set up forest nurseries there," official sources said.
They said that political administration held a jirga with the elders of Bettanni tribe with a clear message to get the kidnapped officials released within four days or face action.
"The tribal elders failed to play their role in securing release of the kidnapped officials within the stipulate time," they said, adding that failure of tribal elders forced authorities to initiate action under the collective responsibility clause of Frontier Crimes Regulation.
They said that more than 36 tribal elders were set to sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock, in a pestilential prison with a life-long lock besides sealing their business centres in Tajori town.
"The authorities also impounded six vehicles of the tribe," they added.
SRAELI warplanes have conducted two air strikes in northern Gaza, several hours after militants fired rockets at southern Israel, the military says, despite both sides agreeing a truce.
The raids were launched after a Palestinian rocket hit a town in southern Israel, lightly injuring one person, an army spokesman said.
Palestinian security sources confirmed only one raid which struck a wood yard in northern Gaza City, setting the structure alight but without causing injuries.
But a military statement said it had targeted "two terror activity sites in the northern Gaza Strip" in response to rocket fire on southern Israel yesterday, which came just hours after Israel and Gaza militant groups had agree to observe a ceasefire.
"The targeting of these sites is in response to the rockets fired at Israel over the past day," it said. The spokesman said eight rockets had exploded in Israeli territory throughout yesterday.
Under the terms of a truce agreement which came into force early yesterday, both Israel and militants from Islamic Jihad, who were responsible for most of the rocket attacks, had agreed to hold their fire.
But there was no indication that either side saw the rocket fire, or the subsequent raids, as putting an end to the Egyptian-brokered agreement.
The fighting erupted on Friday when Israel assassinated a militant leader, prompting armed groups to launch a barrage of rockets across the border.
Israel hit back with multiple air strikes, leaving 25 people dead, most of them militants.
In a separate development, medics said a seven-year-old Baraka al-Mughrabi died today from injuries sustained in a shooting accident at a funeral of one of the people killed in the Gaza confrontations.
Family members told AFP he had been critically injured in the head during funeral in eastern Gaza City when there was gunfire in the air.
Posted by: Redneck Jim ||
Interestingly, I saw this little gem in the middle of a Jerusalem Post article from the 11th:
According to Mordechai, since the beginning of the violence on Friday, 150 rockets have been fired by Palestinian terror groups, although 40 landed inside Gaza and another 37 were intercepted by the Iron Dome counter-rocket defense system.
In other words, almost a quarter of the thingies shot off by the Gazans landed in Gaza itself. No wonder they were ready to cry "Hudna!" (Crying Pax is against their religion, when unbelievers are at the receiving end.)
IAF aircraft struck two centers of terrorist activity in northern Gaza on Tuesday night, according to a statement by the IDF Spokesperson.
The statement said that direct hits were identified at the targets, and added that the airstrike comes in response to high trajectory fire into Israeli territory.
Despite reports that Egypt had brokered a ceasefire between Israel and the Gaza-based terror groups, which went into effect late Monday night, terrorists continued to fire rockets and missiles into Israel throughout the day on Tuesday.
One person was lightly injured on Tuesday evening after being hit in the hand by flying glass when a rocket hit Netivot. 11 people suffered shock. The attack came just hours after a pair of rockets slammed into the Ashkelon beaches. No physical injuries were reported in that attack.
During the four days of hostilities, terror groups fired more than 200 rockets at Israeli civilians, while the IAF responded by targeting the cells firing the rockets -- killing 27 Gazans, of whom 25 were terrorists.
[Haaretz] Gazooforces of Evil fired a Grad-type Katyusha rocket toward the western Negev on Tuesday, despite a Egypt-mediated cease fire between Israel and jihad boy groups that went into effect earlier in the day.
The rocket struck a residential area if the town of Netivot, with one person lightly maimed. Eleven people were treated for shock.
Despite a ceasefire agreement reached late Monday night, the Kayusha attack on Netivot wasn't the only launch on Tuesday, with seven rockets and five mortar shells fired toward southern Israel. They went kaboom! in open areas and there were no reported casualties.
All in all, nearly 200 rockets have went kaboom! in Israeli territory since the latest round of violence between Israel and Gazoo broke out on Friday and until the Israel Defense Forces and Gazooforces of Evil agreed to cease fire.
Responding to rocket fire, the Israel Air Force carried out 37 Arclight airstrikes in the Gazoo Strip, 19 strikes targeted rocket-launchers and 18 targeted weapons warehouses in response to rocket attacks.
Twenty-six Paleostinians were killed as a result of IAF strikes on Gazoo. Out of these 22 were forces of Evil and 4 were civilians who were in the area of IAF strikes, but were not involved in the rocket fire.
Earlier Tuesday, IDF officials announced that, following the ceasefire, 207,000 schoolchildren in communities 7-40 kilometers from Gazoo would be returning to their studies on Wednesday, for the first time since the beginning of the week.
[An Nahar] Russia said Tuesday it will press Syria to accept international monitors who could observe the implementation of a "simultaneous" ceasefire between government troops and rebels.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia was discussing the proposal with both the Arab League ...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing... countries and at the United Nations ...boodling on the grand scale... , where the Security Council debated the crisis on Monday.
"The objective is for both sides to understand that there is an independent observer watching how they meet demands -- and we are definitely going to be making such demands -- for an immediate ceasefire," he said.
"This must be simultaneous. We must not have a situation in which the government is required to leave the cities and villages while the gangs are not made to do the same.
"This is unrealistic, not because we want the bloodshed to continue, but because the unilateral withdrawal of government forces is completely unrealistic," Lavrov told news hounds.
"The Syrian authorities will not go for that, whether we like it or not."
[An Nahar] Arab League ...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing... chief Nabil al-Arabi on Tuesday called for an international probe into "crimes" committed against civilians in Syria, particularly in the flashpoint provinces of Homs and Idlib.
"Media reports about the horrible pictures concerning crimes committed against innocent civilians in Homs and Idlib and other parts of Syria can be described as crimes against humanity," Arabi said in a statement.
"There must be an international, independent probe to reveal the truth about what is happening and identify those responsible for these crimes and refer them to justice," he added.
Arabi stressed that no one "can remain silent about this, from a humanitarian and ethical" point of view.
He also urged the Syrian government "to cooperate" with any international probe and "to punish" the perpetrators.
On Monday, the Syrian opposition denounced the "massacre" of 47 women and kiddies in the flashpoint central city of Homs and activists posted videos online that showed graphic images of charred bodies and children with mutilated and bloodied faces.
Syrian state television ... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
also aired gruesome footage showing homes with white walls splattered with blood, bodies of women and kiddies piled on top of each other, and several men, with bullet wounds to the head, lying facing down in a disused building, their hands tied behind their backs.
The grisly murders in Syria's third-largest city Homs came less than two weeks after regime troops stormed its rebellious Baba Amr neighborhood, following a month-long bombardment in which activists say 700 people were killed.
There have been also mounting reports of casualties in the northwestern province of Idlib where the Syrian army has since March 9 carried out an offensive in the mountainous region near the Turkish border.
[An Nahar] Syria condemned on Tuesday Israeli air raids on the Gazoo Strip that killed 25 Paleostinians, calling on world powers to act urgently to put an end to them.
Syria "roundly condemns Israeli aggression against the Paleostinian people and urges the international community to undertake urgent steps to put an end to these activities and to sanction those responsible," said a foreign ministry statement.
The ministry also reiterated "Syria's support for the people of Gazoo."
The statement came nearly 24 hours after an Egyptian-brokered deal came into force under which Israel 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 liquidation of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah... , responsible for most of the rocket and mortar fire that drew Israeli retaliation, agreed to hold their fire.
The violence began on Friday with Israel's liquidation of the head of the radical Popular Resistance Committees (PRC).
That prompted forces of Evil to fire hundreds of rockets and mortar rounds into southern Israel, wounding people and prompting the closure of schools.
Israel responded with dozens of air strikes, targeting forces of Evil and weapons facilities.
Paleostinian medics put the total corpse count late on Monday at 25, with more than 80 hurt.
Of those killed, 19 were forces of Evil and six were civilians, including two minors.
[An Nahar] Kinda makes you wonder how those weapons got into Ein el-Hellhole, dunnit?
The army intelligence tossed in the slammer on Tuesday two people and seized weapons and ammunition from vehicles near the Ein el-Hellhole Paleostinian refugee camp, the National News Agency reported.
NNA said a pickup loaded with ammunition was seized at the camp's entrance near the southern city of Sidon while the occupants of a Mercedes carrying a DShK Soviet-era machinegun were tossed in the slammer as they were going out of the shantytown.
NNA said the army seized the DShK machinegun and tossed in the slammer two men identified with their initials as M.M.A. and A.Z.
The two suspects were taken to a military base for questioning, the agency added.
The seizure came in light of the army intelligence's arrest of an bully boy network that was allegedly planning to carry out attacks on the military school in al-Fayyadiyeh and an army base in Hamat.
The ringleader has been identified as Abu Mohammed Toufiq Taha, the head of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades at Ein el-Hilweh, who is on the run.
[An Nahar] At least 48 persons were reported killed in violence across Syria on Tuesday, including 25 members of the security forces, as a pro-government daily said the regime had captured the rebel city of Idlib.
"Twelve members of the security services who headed for the town of Dael to carry out arrests were killed ... when their vehicle was ambushed by a group of armed deserters," said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The attack in the southern region of Daraa was the second bushwhack the same day on the military, which has led a year-long crackdown on dissent that activists say has cost more than 8,500 lives.
As the regime battles to mop up resistance, Syria's Al-Watan newspaper said government forces had recaptured the rebel stronghold of Idlib city in the northwest, following what activists said were three days of heavy shelling.
"A major operation launched three days ago in Idlib ... ended in record time with army units wrapping up search operations during which dozens of gunnies and runaways were killed," the daily said.
Activists acknowledged the army had deployed in the city but said they faced pockets of resistance by rebel fighters.
"The army has taken up positions at main intersections but one cannot say that it controls the whole city as it has avoided deploying in some neighborhoods," said Milad Fadl, a krazed killer reached by Agence La Belle France Presse in Beirut.
The Observatory said the army had shelled several districts of Idlib, leaving an unknown number of casualties and with festivities taking place in pockets of resistance.
There were fears that Idlib could meet the same fate as the Baba Amr rebel neighborhood in the central city of Homs that suffered a month-long blitz by government forces before its capture on March 1.
The Observatory said that elsewhere in Idlib province, located near the Turkish border, at least 10 Syrian soldiers were killed in a pre-dawn rebel attack on an army checkpoint in the town of Maaret al-Numan.
Seven civilians, including a 14-year-old youth, were killed in Maaret al-Numan, the Britannia-based group said, adding that army troops bumped off six of them in a car transporting maimed people.
The group, whose reports could not be verified due to government curbs on foreign media, also said eight non-combatants were killed in and around the city of Homs, including a woman in Tal Kalakh, near the Lebanese border.
An army colonel and major died in Aleppo ...For centuries, Aleppo was Greater Syria's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third, after Constantinople and Cairo. Although relatively close to Damascus in distance, Aleppans regard Damascenes as country cousins... province, while three deserters were killed in festivities with regular troops in Abadani, just north of the capital, and four civilians in Damascus ...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world... province.
One civilian and a member of the security forces were killed in the northern province of Aleppo after fierce festivities between security forces and armed rebel groups in the town of Aazaz.
[Dawn] Syria's embattled Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad One of the last of the old-fashioned hereditary iron-fisted fascist dictators... issued a decree on Tuesday setting May 7 as the date for parliamentary elections that were delayed last year, the state news agency SANA reported.
The vote is part of a raft of reforms announced by Assad in a bid to calm a year-long uprising against his regime that began with democracy protests.
Assad's announcement comes as peace envoy Kofi Annan ...Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh and so far the worst Secretary-General of the UN. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for something or other that probably sounded good at the time. In December 2004, reports surfaced that Kofi's son Kojo received payments from the Swiss company Cotecna, which had won a lucrative contract under the UN Oil-for-Food Program. Kofi Annan called for an investigation to look into the allegations, which stirred up the expected cesspool but couldn't seem to come up with enough evidence to indict Kofi himself, or even Kojo... said he was awaiting a response from the Syrian leader on "concrete proposals" which he had submitted to him in two rounds of talks in Damascus ...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world... at the weekend.
"I am expecting to hear from Syrian authorities today since I left some concrete proposals for them to consider," the UN-Arab League ...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing... envoy told news hounds in Ankara after a meeting with the Syrian opposition.
"Once I receive their answer we will know how to react."The elections would be the third time a legislative vote has taken place in Syria since Assad came to power in 2000.
The last parliamentary poll in 2007 saw the National Progressive Front, a coalition led by Assad's Baath Party, seize, as expected, the majority of the 250 seats in the assembly.
The May 7 vote was originally set to take place in September but was delayed to allow Assad to carry out reforms in the face of the revolt threatening his regime.