[Shabelle] According to news from Baardheere in the Gedo region under control by Al-Shabaab ... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord... , report that this morning soldiers from the Somali Federal Government and the Kenyan Defence Forces under AMISOM attacked a base belonging to Al-Shabaab in Taraakoo, approximately 55km east of Baardheere.
It was also said that almost 10 battlewagons specifically designed to carry extremely heavy weapons left early in the morning from their military base in Faafax-Dhuun and headed towards Taraakoo.
No-one has reported any casualties during the attack against Al-Shabaab in Taraakoo of the Gedo region.
[Shabelle] 3 soldiers from the Somali Federal Government's Forces were killed today in the arena of the Police Academy in Mogadishu after the Military High Court received news of their actions and then after sentenced them the death penalty.
The convicted soldiers today were Mohammed Omar Adow (Mana Boolyo) who was found guilty of killing a journalist named Mustaf Hussein between Haawo Abdi and Afgooye in the Lower Shabelle region,Yahya Sheikh Abdullahi and Hussein Ali Ahmed who were security guards for the Members of the Somali Parliament and killed another officer in the Wadajir district.
[Libya Herald] The North Korean-flagged oil tanker that loaded an illegal shipment of oil from Sidra port has been intercepted after it set sail and headed for international waters.
Spokesperson for the General National Congress (GNC) Omar Hemidan confirmed to the Libya Herald that the tanker, named Morning Glory, had been intercepted and was now being escorted to Misrata port. Other reports, however, say it is going to take the oil to Zawia to unload it at the refinery there.
A shipping source said the tanker set sail with members of federalist groups operating under Ibrahim Jadhran on board. Morning Glory successfully sailed a few miles away from the coast before there was an exchange of fire with Libyan vessels.
After the exchange of fire, the captain stopped the tanker, the source said. It is not yet known whether there were any injuries or whether any vessels were damaged.
It is also not clear which Libyan boats were involved in the operation. Vessels under the control of the Navy, as well as fishing boats from Misrata armed with heavy weaponry, were apparently moored off Sidra port waiting for the tanker to attempt to set sail.
[Libya Herald] Confusion surrounds the fate of the North Korean-flagged oil tanker that left Libya this morning after loading an illegal shipment of oil. It is said to be on fire after being hit by a missile. Another report says that it was boarded by the Italian navy. However, it was a brave man who first ate an oyster... Italian officials have denied this.
"Part of the ship is burning because it was shot at," General National Congress (GNC) member Abdullah El-Kabier told the Libya Herald. He was unable to give more details or identify who had fired on the tanker.
The fire has been confirmed by a senior Libyan navy official but is denied by shipping sources.
El-Kabier said that the GNC was so upset with how the oil tanker crisis had been handled that they decided today to hold yet another vote of no confidence against Prime Minister Ali Zeidan ... served as a diplomat for Libya during the 1970s, serving in India under Ambassador Mohammed Magariaf. Both men defected in 1980 and went on to form the National Front for the Salvation of Libya. Zeidan spent nearly three decades in exile in Geneva after the defection. During the revolution Zeidan served as the National Transitional Council's Europe envoy, and is credited as having played a key role in persuading French President Nicolas Sarkozy to support the anti-Qadaffy forces... .
Zeidan had announced that the vessel would be bombed if it did not comply with Navy orders, sparking international concern. The Air Force later refused to follow this instruction.
The Morning Glory docked at Sidra oil export terminal in the east of the country on Saturday morning. Sidra is one three oil ports that have been under the control of federalists under the control of Inbrahim Jadhran.
The vessel allegedly loaded 230,000 barrels of oil and attempted to leave Sidra last night. It was allegedly intercepted by military forces last night and was being. However, it was a brave man who first ate an oyster... in the early hours of this morning, it appears to have managed to escape from its escort and sailed into international waters.
[Libya Herald] Petroleum Facility Guards (PFG) supporting Ibrahim Jadhran were forced from Sirte's Ghardabiya airbase and out of the town's Bu Hadi district today after they were attacked by troops from Misrata.
Military officials told the Libya Herald that the Libya Shield Central Brigade captured the base from the Jadhran forces which had taken it over last week. No one on either side was reported injured in the fighting.
The brigade had been dispatched from Misrata by the Chief of Staff specifically to spearhead an attack on Jedhran forces and liberate the oil terminals and fields, in line with orders from Congress to end to Jadhran's oil terminals blockade. The decision came in the wake of his moves to export oil from Sidra.
The takeover of the airbase by the PFG, arriving in 80 vehicles, was largely overshadowed by the oil tanker story.
There had been attempts to negotiate its departure by local elders but it had refused to leave. It was at this point that the Chief of Staff ordered the Misratans in. According to reports, the brigade, armed with tanks, technicals, canon and Katyusha rocket launchers, halted 50 kilometres west of Sirte for fresh negotiations. When these failed, a source in the brigade said, it attacked, capturing a number of PFG weapons in the process.
According to the source, part of the brigade is tonight stationed at Sirte's eastern entry awaiting reinforcements and instructions from the Chief of Staff to move to Sidra and then on to the other terminals controlled by Jadhran. The source added that the brigade could free the oil ports itself but was acting on the instructions of the Chief of Staff not to move until the arrival of reinforcements.
The force so far is put at 3,000 strong. Latest reports say that three Tebu units, one with 80 vehicles, arrived this evening in eastern Sirte to join it. Other troops are expected overnight, bringing the entire force to 5,000 by tomorrow.
Security in Sirte for much of last year was in the hands of the Zawia Martyrs' Brigade. A senior officer in the brigade, Colonel Jamal Al-Zahwi, is reported saying that when the Libya Shield force arrived in Sirte today it also attacked his headquarters. "We were surprised at this", he said, insisting that his men were under the command of the Chief of Staff. However, Switzerland makes more than cheese... realising their mistake, he said, the Misratan force apologised and left.
[An Nahar] An Egyptian court incarcerated Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out! 77 supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohammed Morsi ...the former president of Egypt. A proponent of the One Man, One Vote, One Time principle, Morsi won election after the deposal of Hosni Mubarak and jumped to the conclusion it was his turn to be dictator... Tuesday for three years for rioting during deadly festivities in Cairo that killed dozens last August, a judicial source said.
The court also ordered that they report to police regularly for another three years after their release.
The fighting erupted in the days following August 14, when hundreds died in festivities when security forces stormed two sit-ins demanding Morsi's reinstatement after his ouster by the military in July.
The defendants were placed in durance vile Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages! in central Cairo as they marched toward the al-Fath mosque in the Ramses area -- the site of festivities between Islamist protesters and security forces, state news agency MENA reported.
Separately, a criminal court in the southern city of Assiut sentenced 10 students from al-Azhar University, the most prestigious institution in Sunni Islam, to three years for being members of a banned group and obstructing public work.
They were also convicted of possessing publications that allegedly incited people to oppose authorities.
[An Nahar] Egyptian police on Tuesday rubbed out a krazed killer suspected of being involved in a January kaboom against Cairo police headquarters, the interior ministry said.
The bombing in the heart of the capital, one of many attacks targeting security forces since the ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi ...the former president of Egypt. A proponent of the One Man, One Vote, One Time principle, Morsi won election after the deposal of Hosni Mubarak and jumped to the conclusion it was his turn to be dictator... in July, had killed four people.
Mohammed al-Sayed Mansour al-Toukhi was killed in a shootout with coppers when they came to arrest him in an eastern Cairo neighborhood, the ministry said.
His killing comes a day after police said they had tossed in the clink Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please! a man suspected of being involved in one of the four bombings on January 24 that rocked Cairo a day before the third anniversary of the revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak ...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011... in 2011.
An al-Qaeda inspired group, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (Partisans of Jerusalem), had claimed the bombing of the police headquarters.
The group has also claimed most of the deadliest attacks in Egypt since Morsi's ouster, saying they were carried out as Dire Revenge™ against an ongoing government crackdown on his Islamist supporters.
[An Nahar] The Libyan parliament ousted Prime Minister Ali Zeidan ... served as a diplomat for Libya during the 1970s, serving in India under Ambassador Mohammed Magariaf. Both men defected in 1980 and went on to form the National Front for the Salvation of Libya. Zeidan spent nearly three decades in exile in Geneva after the defection. During the revolution Zeidan served as the National Transitional Council's Europe envoy, and is credited as having played a key role in persuading French President Nicolas Sarkozy to support the anti-Qadaffy forces... Tuesday after a tanker laden with crude oil from a rebel-held terminal broke through a naval blockade and escaped to sea.
The no-confidence motion was approved by 124 of the 194 members of the General National Congress, four more than the majority required, MPs said.
Zeidan, an independent elected with the support of liberals, has proved incapable of bringing to heel the myriad of former rebel militia that have carved out their own fiefdoms since the 2011 uprising that toppled the autocratic rule of Muammar Qadaffy ...whose instability was an inspiration to dictators everywhere, but whose end couldn't possibly happen to them... .
The premier was himself briefly kidnapped by former rebel militia in the heart of the capital last October.
In a new humiliation for his government, a North Korean-flagged tanker laden that had taken on a cargo of oil from a rebel-held terminal in the east slipped the warships deployed to intercept it and escaped to sea earlier Tuesday.
The Morning Glory, which docked in al-Sidra Saturday and is reported to have taken on at least 234,000 barrels of crude, is the first vessel to have loaded oil from a rebel-held terminal since the challenge against the 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... authorities erupted last July.
Zeidan's government had threatened armed action, even an air strike, to prevent the tanker getting away with the oil bought from the rebels' self-declared autonomous regional government without the authorization of the state-owned Libyan National Oil Corp.
But bad weather prevented the small naval vessels -- mostly fast patrol boats -- from following the huge ship out into the Mediterranean from al-Sidra, MPs said.
"The oil tanker took advantage of poor weather conditions to head for the open sea. The ships that were surrounding it were not in a position to follow," one MP told Agence La Belle France Presse.
MPs voiced anger at the failure of Zeidan's government to make good on its threat to stop the tanker by force if necessary.
"The situation in the country has become unacceptable. Even those MPs who used to support the prime minister no longer have any alternative," MP Suad Gannur told AFP.
[An Nahar] Two coppers guarding a polio ...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set... vaccination team in northwest Pakistain were were rubbed out by gunnies on Tuesday, police said, the latest setback to efforts to eradicate the crippling disease.
Militant strikes and threats of violence have badly hampered a campaign to stamp out polio in Pakistain, which along with Nigeria and Afghanistan are the only countries where the disease remains endemic.
Tuesday's attack took place in the village of Gandi Umar Khan, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) west of the nearest city of Dera Ismail Khan ... the Pearl of Pashtunistan ... , on the second day of an inoculation drive, senior police official Sadiq Baluch told AFP.
Nisar Khan Marwat, another police officer, confirmed the attack, adding: "Two police officials were accompanying two local polio workers when four gunnies riding on two cycle of violences shot at them."
The copperswas struck down in his prime while the polio workers themselves were unhurt, he added.
According to an AFP tally, 54 people have been killed in attacks on polio teams in Pakistain since December 2012.
Pakistain recorded 91 cases of polio last year, up from 58 in 2012, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Victims are left dead, paralyzed or with withered limbs.
Pakistain's failure to defeat polio stands in stark contrast to its neighbor and great rival India, which recently celebrated the eradication of polio three years after its last case.
[E-PAO.NET] In a brazen daytime attack, Naxals today ambushed a security team killing 20 personnel including 11 of the CRPF and also a civilian in a chilling reminder of the 2010 massacre of 76 securitymen in the same area in the worst-hit Sukma district of Chhattisgarh.
The attack at 1015 am at 'Jeerum Nullah', 400 km from here, came when a contingent of 44 joint security forces personnel was trapped and struck by heavy fire and landmine blasts while it was out for an operational task in the jungles of Tongapal, close to the Dantewada and 'Jeerum Ghati' axis, notorious for Naxal violence.
The location of the major ambush by a large group of Naxals is close to the 'Jeeram Ghati' area in Sukma district in the Bastar region where the top Congress leadership of the state was wiped out by Maoists in May last year when they killed 25 people.
"11 CRPF personnel and four state coppers were killed.
Inspector Subhash of CRPF was leading the squad and he has also been killed," DIG (SIB) of Chattisgarh police Dipanshu Kabra told news hounds.
A civilian was also killed in the attack, he said, adding three people have been injured.
An assistant commandant rank officer of CRPF is also believed to among the victims, sources said.
Chhattisgarh's Additional Director General of Police (Intelligence) Mukesh Gupta said the joint team was attacked by a large group of Naxals numbering close to 100 .
A large manhunt has been launched to nab the attackers who escaped in the thick jungles.
It was not immediately known if the Naxals had suffered any casualties.
Police sources said the deaths of the securitymen were caused due to bullet injuries.
Chattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has cancelled his scheduled programme and convened an emergency meeting of security officials in the state capital here.
"The area is heavily mined and hence reinforcements are treading cautiously," CRPF Inspector General (Operations) in Delhi Zulfiquar Hasan told PTI.
The incident took place in the same area where Naxals had killed 76 police personnel in April 2010, the biggest blow to security forces till this time in anti-Naxal operations.
The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and Jerusalem District Police announced on Wednesday the arrest of a Paleostinian resident of east Jerusalem on suspicion of cutting cooking gas pipes in residential buildings in Jerusalem, as part of a one-man terrorism campaign.
The suspect, 48-year-old Aziz Musa Uwisat, who holds an Israeli identification card and is a resident of Jabel Mukaber, is also suspected of a knife attack in 2012.
Security forces said Uwisat confessed during questioning that after hearing about a gas leak that led to a deadly building collapse in Jerusalem in January, he took the decision to sabotage gas pipes in residential buildings housing Israeli Jews, in order to kill as many people as he could.
"His motive was nationalistic, that is certain," a security source told The Jerusalem Post.
According to police, the man admitted to his interrogators that he had indeed carried out the crimes with the intent of harming Jews in Dire Revenge™ for the entrance of Jews to the Temple Mount.
At least 11 people including seven Philippine soldiers were killed in a series of attacks that occurred within hours of each other. The attacks were launched by suspected members of the communist New People's Army (NPA) in Davao del Sur province in Mindanao, the military and police reported.
Provincial military spokesman Captain William Rodriguez said ten others were injured in the attacks, one of the deadliest staged by the NPA in Mindanao since their peace talks with the government collapsed. Rodriguez also acknowledged the seven soldiers killed including a junior officer, belonged to a team of reinforcements aboard a truck hit by a landmine believed to have been set off by the militants.
Regional police spokesman Chief Inspector Jed Clamor said about 50 heavily armed NPA militants wearing camouflage uniforms arrived in three vehicles and attacked the station after 4 a.m. on Monday.
Two of the 14 policemen at the station were killed and three others, including two detainees, were injured in the fierce encounter that ensued. In the pursuit operation, combined police and military teams killed two NPA militants and captured nine others.
At about 9 a.m. on Monday, a platoon of soldiers were dispatched aboard a military truck to reinforce their beleaguered colleagues. On the way, a landmine thought to have been planted by the militants along the road exploded, killing seven soldiers and injuring seven others, Rodriguez said.
[An Nahar] Three people were maimed on Tuesday when rockets fired from Syria landed in various Bekaa towns.
At least 4 rockets fired from Syria hit the al-Qantara area in al-Nabi Sheet's outskirts, said MTV.
The head of the Nabi Sheet municipality told LBCI that an elderly man was maimed by one of the rocket attacks.
Another rocket landed in a farm in the same town.
Later on Tuesday, state-run National News Agency said "Ali Zein al-Moussawi, his wife and one of their children were maimed when a rocket fell near the house of Hussein Qassem al-Moussawi in al-Nabi Sheet."
"They were rushed to the Riyaq Hospital," it added.
In the wake of the attack, President Michel Suleiman ...before assuming office as President, he held the position of commander of the Leb Armed Forces. That was after the previous commander, the loathesome Emile Lahoud, took office as president in November of 1998. Likely the next president of Leb will be whoever's commander of the armed forces, too... reiterated his call for "the warring parties in Syria to neutralize Lebanese border towns and villages and from their shelling."
And as he condemned the attack that "maimed Lebanese citizens and damaged houses and properties in the Bekaa towns of al-Nabi Sheet and Sirein," the president asked the Lebanese Army to "take all the necessary steps to defend frontier villages and to defend the innocent residents, who are paying with their lives and wealth for these conflicts."
On Sunday, a number of rockets fired from the Syrian side of the border landed in the northern region of Akkar.
On Saturday, rockets fired from Syria landed in the Bekaa regions of al-Hermel and al-Qaa.
Bekaa towns, with a majority of Shiite population, have repeatedly come under rocket attacks by either rebels seeking to topple Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Supressor of the Damascenes... 's regime or gunnies supporting them.
The Syrian troops loyal to Assad also continue to carry out air raids on Arsal, a majority Sunni town, which is an escape route for rebels and smugglers.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
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