From a site that is not one of our usual sources, so the story must be considered unconfirmed. That it was printed is nonetheless a datum.
[Khaama Press] Hundreds of local residents in eastern Nuristan province on Tuesday protested against Koran burning ...One of the basic tenets of Islam is that once a Koran has been printed it is expected to last for all time, no matter how old, ratty, and smelly other, lesser holy books may become. Should it actually become necessary to put a Koran out of its misery there is a ritual that includes extensive charivari, featuring long drawn-wailing and head bonking, ritual wife beating, and the sacrifice of dozens of women's noses and pubic lips. When the actual disposal has been completed there is a prescribed period of celebratory gun sex with the expectation of a minimum of two hundred casualties. Should actual infidels dispose of a Koran, Islamic custom calls for three weeks of rioting and a minimum of three dozen dead, which is a holdover from the days of Moloch worship... by Talibs group in this province.
Provincial security Chief Gen. Ghulamullah Nuristani confirming the report said protests sparked in central Paron district after Talibs burnt a local school.
Gen. Nuristani further added at least 500 local residents of Paron district participated in the demonstration. Provincial security Chief Gen. Ghulamullah Nuristani said the demonstrators were shouting anti-Taliban slogans and urged for justice.
This comes as Talibs burnt a school in Want Waigal district two days back. According to provincial education department chief Dr. Ghulam Hussain hundreds of books including religious books and 300 Korans were burnt inside the school.
Nuristan province located on the bordering regions with Pakistain is among the volatile regions in eastern Afghanistan where Talibs are frequently carrying out insurgency activities. Local security officials say the Talibs backed by Pak military forces are frequently carrying out insurgency activities in various districts of this province.
Meanwhile a number of districts of eastern Nuristan province also witnessed cross-border incursion from Pakistain where hundreds missiles were fired into this province.
Many moslems consider a Quran with excess decorations to be a desecration. When moslems visit Saudi Arabia, the guards examine the Qurans the visitors have brought with them. If the Quran has excessive decorations or any illustrations or if the pagination is not to the liking of the Saudis, the Quran is confiscated and burned.
The Taliban described in this article may be doing something like this.
Posted by: lord garth ||
so no musical or "pop-up Mo" Qurans, LG?
Posted by: Frank G ||
It's worse than that, Frank. If you don't use the same 12 point Helvetica font that Mo used, you're an infidel.
Ya know, a pop-up Quran would be pretty cool. Kids love those things.
I'm shocked that the CIA hasn't made a big deal out of Taliban Koran burnings long ago. It would not take much to make the suggestion that things were done improperly or for improper reasons. Instead we let them define things for us when we burn a few desocrated Korans the proper way.
CIA did well in the first few months after Sept 11 but its hard to see whats been done since. If they are active they are very subtle.
CIA? are they the subtle folks responsible for shootouts in Karachi and compromising humanitarian efforts to eradicate polio?
I am sure that they are doing a great job on tactics and day-to-day problem solving with some oopsies like those above, but strategically I can't believe they are doing anything.
If they were doing their Strategic job of framing the local problems in our favor, then we would be seeing a dozen threads of Koran interpretation arguing over the meaning of the thing on Al Jaziera, NBC and Detroit public radio. And we would see unexpected IED events in North Wazoo that blew up some do-badders from time to time. And we would see bags of counterfeit Pakistani currency being used to buy up local hard boys to be shipped to Syria. And we would see a serious effort to broadcast in Urdu information to help educate people about lives that they might aspire to live. And some lib-tard would have leaked a story about deep infiltration of the Pakistani identity, health and census system to develop enduring information about each individual there.
Do we see any of these things? NO. Tactically competent, strategically MIA. I have been hoping to see any sign of strategic thoughts since Petraeus took the reins, but sadly see nothing.
[News 24] A bomb strapped to a donkey by Taliban gun-hung tough guys killed an Afghan district police chief and maimed three others, an official said on Tuesday.
The explosive-laden donkey was tied to a bridge near the gate of the local government headquarters in Charsada, in impoverished central Ghor province, before police chief Gul Ahmad arrived at work on Monday, the official said.
"When the district police chief's vehicle was passing, the bomb was went kaboom! by remote control, killing the police chief on the spot," provincial spokesperson Abdulhai Khatibi said.
Three other copperswere maimed, he said, blaming the attack on Talibs.
Although donkey bombs are rare in Afghanistan, they are occasionally used by gun-hung tough guys as a way of getting close to targets.
An Isaf soldier was killed following a roadside kaboom blast in southern Afghanistan on Monday, the organization said in a statement.
Isaf did not provide more details about the exact location of the incident nor the nationality of the soldier.
A total of six Isaf soldiers have died in Afghanistan in the past week.
The tally of Isaf soldiers' deaths this in Afghanistan this year now stands at 274, according to icasualties.org, an organization that tracks military fatalities. The majority of those who died are Americans, with 211 US soldiers being killed this year. From Britannia, 28 soldiers died.
There are currently 130,000 foreign troops in Afghanistan. Of those, 90,000 are from the US.
A jacket wallah detonated his explosives-laden truck inside a 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... and Afghan military base in central Pashtun-infested Logar province on Tuesday morning, wounding 13 labourers and two NATO soldiers, a local official said.
The incident happened at 10:00 am local time in Pul-e-Alam, the placid provincial capital, a member of the local government's media office, Miriwais Mirzakwal, said.
"The suicide bomber was in a truck that carried construction materials inside the base," Mr Mirzakwal said.
The maimed were taken to a nearby hospital, he added.
The Taliban said they carried out the attack, and claimed to have killed several NATO soldiers in the blast.
The districts of Pul-e-Alam, Mohammad Abha and Baraki Barack in Pashtun-infested Logar are considered volatile, with gunnies regularly targeting Afghan and Isaf troops.
(CNN) -- Gunmen attacked a church in the central Nigerian state of Kogi, killing at least 19 people, a military official said Tuesday.
Among the dead was the pastor of the Deeper Life church in Okene, Lt. Col. Gabriel Olorunyomi said.
No one has claimed responsibility, but immediate suspicion fell on the militant Islamic group Boko Haram, which has carried out similar church attacks in the past.
An eyewitness told CNN that the attackers were carrying sophisticated firearms and shot randomly at the members of the congregation gathered for Bible study Monday night. Blood flowed through the church as bodies fell limp, the witness said.
"Let them know that now it's the time for revenge God willing," the group said then. "From now on, they either follow the right religion or there will be no peace for them."
Religious attacks have been on the rise in Nigeria recently. Christian and Muslim militant groups have attacked each other's religious sites, claiming retaliation for prior attacks.
At least three people were killed and 14 were wounded in an explosion at a mosque in Maiduguri last month.
And on June 17, at least 50 people were killed at three churches. Boko Haram claimed responsibility.
"Let them know that now it's the time for revenge God willing," the group said then. "From now on, they either follow the right religion or there will be no peace for them."
(CNSNews.com) -- Boko Haram ... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality... is demanding that Nigeria's Christian president convert to Islam or resign, a stance that again calls into question the B.O. regime's playing down of religion as the primary motivation for the radical group.
In an online video clip released over the weekend, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau told President Goodluck Jonathan ... 14th President of Nigeria. He was Governor of Bayelsa State from 9 December 2005 to 28 May 2007, and was sworn in as Vice President on 29 May 2007. Jonathan is a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP). He is a lover of nifty hats, which makes him easily recognizable unless someone else in the room is wearing a neat chapeau... to "repent and forsake Christianity."
The News Agency of Nigeria said Shekau, speaking in Hausa, said the president should convert or resign if he wanted Boko Haram to end its violent campaign.
Presidential front man Reuben Abati dismissed the demand as attempted "blackmail."
"When Nigerians voted overwhelmingly for President Jonathan in the 2011 general election, they knew they were voting for a Christian," he told news hounds in the federal capital, Abuja.
"He has the mandate of Nigerians to serve his fatherland. Nobody should imagine that he will succumb to blackmail."
Inviting an enemy to convert to Islam or face the consequences is a longstanding tradition in Islam, modeled on the example set by the religion's seventh century prophet.
A hadith (the writings and sayings of the prophet) by Sahih al-Bukhari quotes Mohammed as saying, "I have been ordered (by Allah) to fight against the people until they testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is Allah's Apostle, and offer the prayers perfectly and give the obligatory charity, so if they perform a that, then they save their lives an property from me except for Islamic laws and then their reckoning (accounts) will be done by Allah."
(In 2006, Iran's diminutive PresidentMahmoud Short Round Ahmadinejad sent President Bush a letter interpreted by some scholars as incorporating an invitation to embrace Islam. He urged Bush to make "a genuine return to the teachings of prophets, to monotheism and justice, to preserve human dignity and obedience to the Almighty and his prophets." Reporting on the letter at the time, Iran's hardline Siasat-e Rooz daily said, "It has been the prophet's way to invite the infidel leaders to the right way.")
Boko Haram has grabbed credit for dozens of deadly bombings and other attacks, mostly targeting Christians in northern parts of Africa's most populous country. It has vowed to cleanse northern Nigeria of Christians.
Declared goals of the group, whose name roughly translates "Western education is forbidden," include banning non-Islamic education and extending shari'a (Islamic law) -- currently implemented in 12 northern states -- across the entire country, 40 percent of whose people are Christians.
Despite its increasingly bloody campaign, the B.O. regime so far has resisted calls by U.S. politicians to designate Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) under American law.
back to the article ... it is suspected that a follow-on strategy for Boko Haram (after bombings of churches and shops) is the assassination of key leaders in politics and civilian life. Hnece this warning to Pres Jonathon might be the prelude to that assassination spree.
Posted by: Ho Chi Ulaviper5695 ||
Shekau should have an accident, ideally a 'work' accident involving high explosives, but I'm not too picky.
Amen TS4671. Comanches dropped in at Pony Creek Church happened upon the preacher and his nephew on a Saturday afternoon, hung the preacher by his ankles from a tree in front of the church, and built a fire on the ground below his head and watched him die slowly above the flames. They then made a sport of tracking down the nephew who was allowed to get away and scalped him. From that time on riflemen were stationed outside the church during services.
The Comanche raiding party soon returned at night to steal horses in the darkness. Dogs woke up people who assembled and the men of the town started tracking them at dawn. By the afternoon all the Comanches were burning in Hell. (I always loved inspirational Christian sermons with a happy ending such as this one.)
[An Nahar] The United States on Tuesday added a wanted Saudi Death Eater alleged to be a top trainer of foreign al-Qaeda gunnies in camps in Afghanistan to its list of global terrorists.
Azzam Abdullah Zureik al-Maulid al-Subhi, better known as Mansour al-Harbi, is among about 80 Saudi citizens which Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in their national face... has put on its most wanted list and wants extradited, accusing them of ties to the al-Qaeda network.
"According to the Saudi Ministry of Interior, Mansour al-Harbi is accused of working at a training camp in Afghanistan and is tied to numerous senior al-Qaeda leaders," the U.S. State Department said in a statement.
Harbi is believed to have traveled to Afghanistan about a decade ago and "is responsible for training cut-throats and for the coordination of imported muscle who travel to Afghanistan to fight against coalition forces."
Being designated a "specially designated global terrorist" blocks all of his property which may be under U.S. jurisdiction and bans Americans from engaging in any business with him, the statement said.
[Dawn] A bomb killed four coppers and maimed 14 others in Pakistain's troubled southwestern province of Balochistan ...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it... on Tuesday, police said.
The incident took place near the town of Turbat, more than 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) west of Quetta, the capital of the oil and gas rich province.
"An improvised bombwent kaboom! near one of the trucks carrying police personnel, killing four of them," senior local police official Farooq Faiz told AFP.
"Police reinforcements were being sent to Turbat to provide security to an upcoming religious congregation," he added.
Two of the 14 injured officers were in a critical condition, he said.
[Dawn] During a search operation in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar's Cantt Bazaar on Tuesday, security forces killed three thugs.
According to the police, the search operation was conducted after a few gunnies who beat feet from the custody of the security forces. After a prolonged search for the runaways, security forces found and killed three thugs.
Meanwhile, ...back at the bake sale, Umberto's Mom's cannoli were a big hit... a roadside blast in Khyber Agency's Jamrud Bypass area damaged to NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis.... containers passing over into Afghanistan.
According to the security officials, the blast occurred at the Jamrud Bazaar Bypass after the NATO supply convoy had already passed.
[Dawn] Two men were bumped off in Jehanabad within the remit of the Pak Colony cop shoppe on Monday.
It was suspected that the killings were in retaliation for Saturday's killing of Johar Magsi, a suspected gangster targeted in the same area, SSP-West Amir Farooqui said.
Police said the two men, killed at around 7am, were identified as Abdul Aleem, 54, and his nephew Liaquat Ali, 30.
They said Liaquat was a watchman at the Sabzi Mandi and Aleem was a pick-up driver at the fruit market. Both men were heading to work on Monday morning when assailants riding a cycle of violence targeted them.
The police said the victims suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died before they could be taken to hospital. The bodies were shifted to the Civil Hospital Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... for medico-legal formalities.
Following the killings, tension gripped the Jehanabad area. Additional police and Rangers were deployed to tackle the situation.
The SHO of Pak Colony cop shoppe said that Johar Magsi was killed by assailants in Magsi Mohallah in Jehanabad. He was an associate of the Rehman Dakait group, he added.
It was being suspected that the Saturday killings were carried out by a suspect associated with the Arshad Pappu gang and relative of the victims, Aleem and Liaquat.
The police said they believed that the Monday morning killing was carried out to avenge Saturday's killing.
Policeman bumped off A policeman was killed in Lyari ...one of the eighteen constituent towns of the city of Karachi. It is the smallest town by area in the city but also the most densely populated. Lyari has few schools, substandard hospitals, a poor water system, limited infrastructure, and broken roads. It is a stronghold of ruling Pakistan Peoples Party. Ubiquitous gang activity and a thriving narcotics industry make Lyari one of the most disturbed places in Karachi, which is really saying a lot.... on Monday evening.
Police said the incident took place in Moosa Lane, near Kausar Masjid, where police constable Mohammad Siddique was rubbed out by gunnies riding a cycle of violence. The victim was sitting at a paint shop near the mosque when he was targeted, the police added.
The constable was posted at the Anti-Extremist Cell of the Criminal Investigation Department headed by SP Aslam Khan.
Police shifted the body to the Civil Hospital Bloody Karachi for medico-legal formalities. The victim was a resident of Moosa Lane and father of two children.
SP Aslam Khan visited the mortuary to examine the body of the slain police constable. At the time of the incident, the slain police constable was performing surveillance duty in the Baghdadi area. He had also played an important role during the last Lyari operation, SP Aslam Khan said.
The funeral prayer of the slain police constable was offered at the Garden police headquarters on Monday night.
According to official data, more than 50 police personnel have been bumped off in the city during the seven months of the current year.
Bandit killed At least one suspected bandit was killed when three bandidos were shot at by police during an encounter in Sohrab Goth on Monday night.
Police said the suspects were fleeing after snatching valuables from people in the Sohrab Goth area when a police party chased them, prompting a shootout.
Later, one of the bandidos was found dead near the storm drain under the Sohrab Goth bridge while the police were searching for what they believed the body of a second suspect, SDPO Iftikhar Lodhi said. The third suspect escaped, he added.
At least six cellphones and a pistol were found on the dead, SDPO Lodhi said. The dead could not be identified immediately.
Young man's body found The unidentified body of a young man bearing torture marks was fished out from a storm drain in North Nazimabad on Monday.
Police said the body was found in the drain in Block-N, and the victim was killed around two days ago. The dead, in his early 20s, appeared to be an Afghan.
The body was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities. Later it was shifted to the Edhi morgue for want of identification.
[Jerusalem Post] Vague tip arrived in Israel weekend before attack, but it was enough to spur IDF into action, preparing forces.
Many thanks due to the tipster and the brave men of the Bedouin Reconnaissance Battalion, who took on a tank armed only with standard issue machine guns.
The first tip about the attack that took place along the Egyptian border on Sunday night arrived in Israel sometime over the weekend.
It was vague and unclear, without details of time, place, target or type of attack. But with that scanty information in hand, OC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Tal Russo needed to prepare his forces for an attack he did not exactly know where or how would happen along a border that runs some 230 km.
As other indicators set off alarms in the Southern Command's intelligence division, Russo and his troops got ready. For that reason, for example, Russo decided to evacuate soldiers from borderline positions near the Kerem Shalom Crossing -- where the Death Eaters would later breach the border -- out of fear that anti-tank missiles would be fired at their positions.
About 20 minutes before the attack, the IDF noticed that something was happening on the Egyptian side of the border.
It was exactly then that around 35 gunnies stormed an Egyptian military base some 2 km. from the border, broke into the dining hall as the soldiers were sitting down for the daily iftar meal -- at which Mohammedans break their fast during Ramadan -- and shot and killed 16 soldiers.
They then stole an armored vehicle.
Joined by a pickup truck, estimated to have been carrying half-a-ton of explosives, the armored vehicle began heading towards the border, a regular sight for IDF surveillance teams.
But then, the two vehicles stormed through the Egyptian border gate and then through the Israeli gate as well, the same one Gilad Schalit crossed through late last year.
A few months ago the IDF had placed several concrete slabs directly opposite the gate to prevent such infiltrations, but the armored vehicle had no problem maneuvering itself right past it.
The pickup truck though, got stuck in the sand.
In Israel, the armored vehicle started driving south, in the direction of Eilat, directly alongside the border fence with Egypt. After about a kilometer it encountered a group of soldiers from the Bedouin Reconnaissance Battalion which opened fire with its standard-issued machine guns. Despite sustaining only minor damage, the armored vehicle decided to turn around and head back towards the Kerem Shalom Crossing where it again turned right on Road 232, the main highway that runs through the Eshkol Region.
In the meantime back at the border gate, the pickup truck suddenly went kaboom!, shaking windows in nearby IDF bases. Later, soldiers were to find remains of at least one person, although the body was unidentifiable.
Back to the armored vehicle.
After driving for about 100 meters on the highway, it encountered another force from the Bedouin Reconnaissance Battalion which again opened fire, but failed to stop the vehicle's advance.
Driving at speeds of around 70 kph, the IDF feared that the vehicle was on its way to a nearby Israeli town and decided to send three tanks onto the highway, one from the north, one from behind and one from the west. After the vehicle had crossed some 2 km, an Israeli aircraft, diverted to the scene, fired off a missile, finally causing the necessary damage to stop the vehicle's advance.
Video at link.
The bombing, approved by Russo, was not a simple decision and was unprecedented due to the fact that it took place inside Israeli territory.
After the vehicle stopped, two of the Death Eaters exited it and headed for cover in nearby fields, opening fire at a farming vehicle. In the meantime, the tank, behind, fired two shells from a short distance, destroying the vehicle and killing at least five other Death Eaters still inside.
Later, after a short shootout, IDF soldiers killed the two Death Eaters outside.
Most of the Death Eaters were found to be wearing explosive bomb belts which has led the IDF to believe their target was to infiltrate either an IDF base or a nearby town and kill as many people as possible. The identities of the attackers are still unknown, although a majority of them are believed to be Beduin from the Sinai Peninsula.
The attack was also very similar to the cross-border attack that took place last August near the Netafim Crossing during which eight Israelis were killed. Then, the attackers were also Beduin, were also wearing boom belts and also carried out a sophisticated attack.
While the IDF was successful in averting a major disaster -- such as would have occurred had the attack succeeded -- it ultimately understands that many more attacks are in the planning and that the key to preventing them will be an increase in cooperation with the Egyptians as well as in defenses along Israel's southern border.
General Kojaiv, speaking from Moscow, denies the claim here.
Russian General Vladimir Petrovich Kojye denied reports he was killed by Syrian rebels on Wednesday. "I wish to confirm that I am live and well," he told reporters in Moscow. He did not mention when he last visited Damascus.
"My phone hasn't stop ringing all day," he told Russia's Interfax news agency.
[An Nahar] Several Syrian shells hit the northern Wadi Khaled region at dawn Tuesday, damaging several houses and causing panic among residents, the National News Agency reported.
NNA said the shells struck houses in the Bqaiaa-Mqaibleh area near the legal Bqaiaa-Jisr al-Qmar crossing, damaging the houses and forcing residents to flee to safer areas.
Shells also hit bushes along al-Kabir river on the outskirts of the towns of Hekr Janine, Qashlaq and Ammar al-Baykat, NNA said.
Several people have been killed and injured in recent months from Syrian shelling or infiltration into Lebanese territories by Syrian troops fighting armed rebels that are seeking to overthrow Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Despoiler of Deraa... .
[An Nahar] Anti-regime gunnies killed 16 civilians, mostly Alawites and Christians, in an attack Tuesday on a housing compound for power company employees near Homs, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
"Armed men stormed the Jandar Residential Compound, firing indiscriminately and killing 16 Syrians, among them six Christians, six Alawites -- including the compound director -- and four Sunnis," said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.
Abdel Rahman said the Jandar Power Station employs Syrians, as well as foreigners, mainly from Iran and Japan, who live with their families at the compound in Jandar village, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the central Syrian city of Homs.
"The village and its surrounding areas are Sunni," he added.
The majority of Syria's population is Sunni Mohammedan, while the ruling clan of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Before going into the family business Pencilneck was an eye doctor... belong to the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam.