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36 Civilians, 28 Troops Killed in Fresh Syria Violence
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 02/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [348 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Congrats to the NY Giants for winning the Super Bowl. Having already won the big game before AND the delecible Gisele, Tom Brady has earned enough accolades already to let this one pass.
Posted by: Scooter McGruder || 02/06/2012 0:38 Comments || Top||

#2  Happy Birthday/Daily Gam Shot

Mamie Van Doren aka Silver Morgan in "Girls Town (1959)" aka Saxie Symbol in "3 Nuts in Search of a Bolt (1964)" aka Peggy DeFore in "Teacher's Pet (1958)" aka Cpl. Bunky Hilstrom in "Francis Joins the WACS (1954)" aka Nora Hall in "The Navy vs. the Night Monsters (1966)" aka Moana in "Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1968)" aka Lilith, Harem Slave in "Yankee Pasha (1954)" (age 81)

A pick-me-up for Gorb

Danger, Safety Glasses Required
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 02/06/2012 0:45 Comments || Top||

#3  Married five times. Aged well. Healthy look about her. OK, OK, OK you know what I mean.
Posted by: Dale || 02/06/2012 9:46 Comments || Top||

#4  Wow. Mamie is about 76 in this pic, and I can't help but stare at her jugs. Is that wrong?
Posted by: gorb || 02/06/2012 20:05 Comments || Top||

US soldier shoots Afghan guard: Afghan police
[Dawn] An American soldier shot and killed an Afghan guard at a base in the country's north, apparently because the American thought the guard was about to attack him, Afghan police said on Sunday.

There have been a growing number of attacks by Afghan soldiers against international forces in Afghanistan in recent years, some the result of arguments and others by bully boy infiltrators. Last month, an Afghan soldier shot and killed four unarmed French troops last month at a base in eastern Afghanistan.

Friday's shooting in Sari Pul province in northern Afghanistan resulted from an unfortunate misunderstanding, said Sayed Jahangir, the deputy police chief for the province.

Afghans guard the outside perimeter of the base and Americans guard inside. Jahangir said that the Afghan guard _ a man named Abdul Rahim _ wanted to go into the base and started arguing with the American at the door. Rahim did not raise his weapon, but the American thought he was about to do so and fired, Jahangir said.

"Our initial reports show that the American thought he was acting in self defense," Jahangir said. Rahim was a private guard, not an Afghan soldier or policeman, Jahangir said.

US forces were "aware of an incident in northern Afghanistan" and were investigating, said US military front man Lt. Col. Jimmie Cummings. He declined to provide further details.
Posted by: Fred || 02/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [254 views] Top|| File under:

#1  'Guess the "arguing" Afghans should familiarize themselves with the "why?" behind Robert Heinlein's famous assertion: "An armed society is a polite society."

You want to "argue"? - here, meet my "peacemaker."

Sort of like how door breaching munitions are called "master keys."
Posted by: Lone Ranger || 02/06/2012 0:49 Comments || Top||

#2  I prefer it this way than the other
Posted by: Uleatch Dribble8106 || 02/06/2012 3:04 Comments || Top||

#3  He may spend some years in prison, but dead is forever.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/06/2012 3:05 Comments || Top||

#4  oh i'm sure they will be in a big hurry too give him some time. But like grom said dead is forever
Posted by: chris || 02/06/2012 7:01 Comments || Top||

#5  The Afghan Contract Guard workforce (if that is who he was) bears close monitoring.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/06/2012 9:41 Comments || Top||

#6  apparently because the American thought the guard was about to attack him, Afghan police said on Sunday.

It's happened before.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/06/2012 10:48 Comments || Top||

#7  This Afghan police force has been infiltrated and is not exactly trustworthy. Sounds like self-defense.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/06/2012 10:50 Comments || Top||

Seven dead in attack on Afghan police building
[Dawn] Seven people were killed Sunday in a suicide car kaboom on police headquarters in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, a bastion of Taliban militancy, the interior ministry said.

Three coppers and four civilians died in the blast in the car park, the ministry said in a statement, while nine other people were maimed.

"At around noon today (0730 GMT), a suicide car boomer detonated his explosive-packed car in district one of Kandahar that killed seven, including three police and four civilians and maimed nine others", the ministry statement said.

Kandahar governor Tooryalai Weesa also said there were seven deaths, but said five of those were police and gave a maimed toll of 19, including 13 women and kiddies.

Blood-splattered items from nearby market stalls lay scattered on the ground after the attack, which destroyed four police cars and damaged nearby buildings, according to an AFP correspondent.
Posted by: Fred || 02/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [255 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa Subsaharan
Sudanese rebels round up coolies.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/06/2012 17:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [261 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I strongly suspect that the Chinese are going to regret their involvement in Africa, as have many more who have gone their before, seeking a quick buck.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 02/06/2012 17:33 Comments || Top||

#2  seeking a quick buck

The Chinese are seeking resources for their industrialization. It just costs them a lot less than the US spends seeking Mideast oil.
Posted by: Shimble Guelph5793 || 02/06/2012 17:52 Comments || Top||

Gunmen attack office of Aden's governor
[Yemen Post] Armed men headed by Abdul-Karim Shaif, deputy governor of Aden, stormed on Sunday the office of the governor of Aden Ahmad Qatabi.

Local sources told Yemen Post that Shaif raided the office, expelled the assistants of the governor, confiscated the official stamps and ordered the Central Bank of Yemen not to deal with the Governor's signature.

This came a day after Shaif and some of the General People Congress officials boycotted a meeting of the security commission chaired by governor on Saturday.

The sources said that Shaif sees Qatabi as not the legal governor, saying that Shaif rejected the return of Qatabi under the pretext that his resignation was accepted by the outgoing President President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
Vice President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi last week issued a decree of re-appointing Qatabi as governor of Aden.

Qaatabi resigned from his position and declared joining to the anti-regime revolution in March,15 days after his appointment as a governor of Aden.

He resigned in protest at killing and wounding hundreds of Yemenis by forces loyal to Saleh on March 18.

The sources said Shaif hinted to disturb the presidential elections due to be held on February 21 in Aden.

The alliance of Yemen's opposition parties, the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP), has cautioned against attempts of officials affiliated to Saleh to disturb the elections.

Yemeni analysts said that some aides of Saleh plan to break down the elections with the aim of halting the GCC-brokered power transfer deal that Saleh was forced to sign in lately November.

Gunmen loyal to Saleh have recently surrounded and attacked some state newspaper and media institutions in protest at commuting their publication policies.

Posted by: Fred || 02/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [267 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia

Clashes continue in south Yemen, four killed
[Yemen Post] Clashes continued on Saturday evening between the army troops and al-Qaeda cut-throats in the southern Yemen province of Abyan, leaving at least 4 cut-throats killed.

The army bombarded heavily al-Qaeda posts in Zinjubar, the bustling provincial capital of Abyan, and Jaar, al-Qaeda stronghold, using heavy artileray and rockets, leaving at least 4 cut-throats killed and 10 others maimed, local military source told Yemen Post.

The bombardment, which hit al-Modia, Bajdar, Bashara, and center of Zinjibar areas, left many vehicles and houses demolished.

Al-Qaeda has strenthened its foothold in the southern provinces of the country, apparantly taking advantage of the distracted and undermined government.

Soddy Arabia and USA have repeatedly expressed their gravest concerns over the terrorist organization's activities, leading US to step us its drone raids on al-Qaeda hideouts and convoys in Yemen.

...back at the wine tasting, Vince was about to start tasting his third quart...
Parliment members in the province have formed a committee to broker a deal between the islamists and the army.
PMs said their efforts are still ongoing and that they hope a ceasefire would be struck soon.

Al-Qaeda has set some conditions to stop its offensives and leave including, pulling out the army personnel and vehicles to barracks and establishing a local rule in the province base on Islami teachings and Sharia.However,
a woman is only as old as she admits...
the army sees such conditions are unachievable and would only prolong conflict.

Massive popular protests calling for President President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
's ouster combined with al-Qaeda anarchy in the south, Shiite insurgency in the far north and increasing calls for the separation of the south has shaken Yemen to the bone, leaving thousands killed, bringing the state to its knees, pushing the econmy to the brink of collapse and triggering a catastrophic humanitaian crisis.

Under enormous pressure from within and abroad, Saleh has signed a deal under which he transfered power to Vice President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi, the consensus candidate for the forthcoming election set to be held on Feburaury 21, in exchange for immunity from prosecution.
Posted by: Fred || 02/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [250 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia

Yemen Air Force refuse to call off strike
[Yemen Post] Yemeni air Force personnel continued their sit-in protest in front of Vice President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi's house demanding that their commander, Mohammed al-Hmar, who is outgoing President President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh's
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
half brother, is removed.

On Sunday, they staged a parade in their sit-in area, in which they reiterated their demand for dismissal of their alleged corrupt boss, al-Hmar, and called on media outlets to shed light on their civil and peaceful protests, warning Hadi and Military Committee of the severe consequence of not meeting their rightful demand quickly.

"Air Force personal set an example for the whole world of how to demand your rights in a civil and peaceful manner, although they can take up arms, "said a high-ranking officer, who requested to remain anonymous.

"We will not call off our strike or lift our camping sit-in until our chief demand is met and we would not settle for anything short of our demand." He added.

Al-Hmar refused to quit, saying he would not get out of al-Dilami air base except dead and that he would fight to the last gasp to keep his job, local media reported.

Saleh' relatives still in control of key military institutions, including Elite Republican Guards, Special Forces, Central Security Forces, Counterterrorism Unit, National Security and Air Force.

Under enormous pressure from within and out, Saleh has signed a deal under which he relinquished power to his long time deputy and Vice President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi, the consensus candidate for the forthcoming presidential election set to take place on February 21, in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

Posted by: Fred || 02/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [251 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Home Front: WoT
Obama Will Need More Than Hope If Israel Attacks Iran
Posted by: newc || 02/06/2012 19:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [294 views] Top|| File under:

#1  How about voting "present"? Will that work?
Posted by: gorb || 02/06/2012 23:16 Comments || Top||

Roadside bomb attack kills soldier in Kurram
[Dawn] A homemade bomb went kaboom! next to a Pak military vehicle in the Alizai area of the northwestern Kurram tribal region, near the Afghanistan border, killing one soldier, security officials said.

Government official, Jamil Khan says beturbanned goons opened fire on the troops after the blast Sunday in the Kurram tribal area. Twelve soldiers were maimed.

Khan said the convoy had been dispatched to provide reinforcements to the Sheendand area of Kurram, where beturbanned goons had set up a hide-out. It is unclear whether any beturbanned goons were maimed or killed in the fighting.

The Pak Taliban have killed thousands of troops and other security officials throughout the country in the past few years.
Posted by: Fred || 02/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [251 views] Top|| File under: TTP

Two protesters shot dead in Balochistan
[Dawn] Two people were killed and four others, including a cameraman of a private television channel, injured in 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...
's Bakhtiarabad town on Saturday when security forces opened fire on people protesting against the killing of wife, daughter and driver of MPA Bakhtiar Domki in 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...
earlier this week.

A strike was also observed in parts of the province on the third consecutive day in protest against the killing.

Balochistan Chief Minister Aslam Raisani has ordered a judicial inquiry into the shooting.

Eyewitnesses said a large number of people belonging to the Domki tribe blocked the Quetta-Sukkur National Highway near Bakhtiarabad, in Sibi district.

The call for the wheel-jam strike was given by the Baloch Republican Party (BRP) and it was supported by the National Party (NP) and Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M).

A Sibi-bound convoy of Frontier Corps coming from Dera Murad Jamali was stopped by the demonstrators.

The FC officials asked the protesters to allow them a passage, but the protesters refused and raised slogans against security forces.

They condemned the killing of granddaughter of Nawab Akbar Bugti and sister of BRP chief Brahmdag Bugti.

Personnel of the Frontier Corps opened fire after they exchanged words with the enraged crowd.

The protesters claimed that it was straight firing that caused death of two civilians and injuries to four people. The FC sources in Quetta, however, said that personnel opened fire in the air to disperse the crowd as the situation was getting out of hand.

The dead and the injured were taken to a hospital in Sibi. Doctors said all the injured were out of danger.

The dear departed were identified as Bando Khan Domki and Miandad Khan Domki. The injured included Ahmad Khan Domki and Afzal Ahmad, a cameraman of Aaj television channel.

The inquiry into the incident would be conducted by a tribunal to be headed by a senior judge of the Balochistan High Court. A district session judge will be a member of the tribunal.

Shopkeepers put down the shutters and streets gave a deserted look in Khuzdar, Kalat, Mastung, Gwadar, Turbat and other towns of the province.
Posted by: Fred || 02/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [270 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Southeast Asia
Filipino villagers may have helped kill Abu Sayyaf terrorist
Posted by: ryuge || 02/06/2012 05:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [257 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A heartening thought.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/06/2012 14:02 Comments || Top||

Former defense volunteer gunned down in southern Thailand
A former defense volunteer in the southern Thai border province of Narathiwat was gunned down while riding his motorcycle home after a terrorist gunman blocked the road with a fallen tree.

According to the preliminary investigation, Ruplee Ahsee, 33, was returning home at 5:30 a.m. and found a large tree blocking the road close to his house. He stopped his motorcycle to clear the log and the terrorist gunman, hidden in nearby foliage, walked toward him and used a .357 pistol to shoot the victim twice in the head. The terrorist attacker then fled the scene.

Mr Rulee was a local resident who worked as a motorcycle taxi driver. He formerly worked as a defense volunteer.
Posted by: ryuge || 02/06/2012 05:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [261 views] Top|| File under:

IRGC death condolences
January 28 -- Over the last few days, four former commanders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps passed away without the usual condolences to their families from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Moreover, Guard chief Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari and former IRGC chief Major General Yahya Rahim-Safavi, now senior military adviser to Khamenei, did not bother to attend their colleagues' memorials either.

It didn't go unnoticed, however, that Khamenei then conveyed his condolences to Ali Fadavi, commander of the IRGC naval forces, whose father recently died.

The four who had apparently fallen from the good graces of the Supreme Leader were Mansoor Torkan, Dr. Vafa Ghaffarian, Ahmad Sayyafzadeh, and Abbas Mohri.

Torkan, 50, chief operating officer of Yadman-e Sazeh Company, affiliated with the Tehran municipality, died on January 20 of an apparent stroke. He and his brothers fought in the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s. Two were killed in combat. Another brother, Akbar Torkan, has served in several administrations since the 1979 Revolution.

Ghaffarian, 52, board chairman of the Telecommunications Company of Iran, passed away on January 21. After graduating with a degree in electronics, Ghaffarian joined the IRGC and played an important role in its electronic warfare during the war with Iraq. He was also deputy minister of defense for research and development in 2004-5, and also taught at Malek-e Ashtar University which is controlled by the IRGC, after receiving a Ph.D. in industrial engineering.

Sayyafzadeh, 55, a senior IRGC commander during the war, died on January 23. During the war, he was the operational commander of the IRGC in Ahvaz, the provincial capital of Khuzestan, which is in southwest Iran, and later the operational commander of the IRGC in Khuzestan. He was also in charge of planning and operation of the Najaf and Karbala military bases. He took part in some of the most important operations during the war, and was injured repeatedly during the war, particularly as a result of Iraq using chemical bombs and ammunition.

Mohri, 52, a senior IRGC commander during the war, died on January 24. No cause of death was given. At the time of his death, Mohri was deputy Dean of Faculty of Culture in Emam Hossein University, where many hardliners have studied and received their degrees.

Hossein Alaei, the first commander of the IRGC naval forces, who wrote a scathing article in Ettela'at newspaper two weeks ago implicitly criticizing Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, paid tribute to Sayyafzadeh. "He participated in all the important operations against the dictatorial regime of Saddam Hossein," he wrote. After his controversial article in Ettela'at angered the hardliners, including 12 IRGC commanders, Alaei published another article, this time in Jomhoori Eslami newspaper, emphasizing once again that "all dictators will be toppled." He also said he wondered whether "we will witness the overthrow of another dictator by next February [of 2013]." A group of families of IRGC officers and commanders who have been killed in the past, have written a letter to Alaei, declaring their support for him.

Sayyafzadeh and Mohri were very important IRGC commanders during the war. Former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani did send his condolences to the families of the two men.

Over the past 15 months, four other IRGC commanders, past and present, have also died. In April 2011, three IRGC officers, including Colonel Seyyed Ali Shadmehr, who was an IRGC commander during the war with Iraq, were killed in a car crash.

Earlier, in November 2010, Brigadier General Seyyed Mohammad Ali Mousavi Shushtari, 47, deputy commander of the IRGC ground forces for intelligence, passed away. ISNA, the Iranian Students News Agency, reported that he had been ill, but did not specify the cause of his death.

On January 9, 2009, an aircraft carrying 11 IRGC officers crashed and killed all of them: eight brigadier generals, one lieutenant brigadier general, and one colonel. The senior IRGC commanders among them included Brigadier General Ahmad Kazemi [he was promoted to Major General posthumously]; commander of the IRGC ground forces and deputy chief of the IRGC; Brigadier General Saeed Moatamedi, commander of the mechanized Mohammad Rasoolallah Division; and Brigadier General Saeed Soleimani, deputy commander of the IRGC ground forces for operations.

Kazemi was a very important IRGC commander during the war with Iraq, and his death sparked intense speculations. The air crash was shrouded in secrecy. Brigadier General Yahya Rahim-Safavi, IRGC chief at that time, said that the cause of the crash was "an explosion inside the aircraft," but did not divulge more details. Earlier, the IRGC said that the crash had been caused by "mechanical problems." Rahim-Safavi never mentioned the explosion ever again.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/06/2012 07:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [380 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Relatively young men. Mainly (maybe entirely) not 'natural' deaths. Someone doing coup-preventative maintainence?
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/06/2012 9:17 Comments || Top||

#2  seems the regime survived a mini operation valkyrie
Posted by: Lord Garth || 02/06/2012 11:11 Comments || Top||

#3  Hey Khamenei, checked under your bed lately?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 02/06/2012 12:31 Comments || Top||

#4  All 4 dead in the span of 5 days (Jan 20 - Jan 24)!

Posted by: Twobyfour || 02/06/2012 13:13 Comments || Top||

#5  They save the sticky bombs and drive-bys for the scientists.
Posted by: Pappy || 02/06/2012 13:31 Comments || Top||

#6  Sounds like a Night of Long Knives. Near the end of his life, Brezhnev conducted a military command purge, from the most hard liners to the least, that had pestered him from before the time he took office, after they had deposed Khrushchev.

He had spent all his years in office getting ready for that purge, which with his death, knocked the Soviet military out of dominance and elevated the KGB, which has effectively ruled since, with the exception of Yeltsin.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 02/06/2012 15:44 Comments || Top||

#7  On a practical note, I wonder if all of these guys were with the "Mullah faction", or the "Nutjob faction", or a "third faction"? I seem to recall that Nutjob replaced a lot of commanders with his fellow cultists, loyal only to him and their cult.

The trouble is that such loyalties only become obvious to outsiders long after the fact.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 02/06/2012 15:52 Comments || Top||

#8  Oh, well. There's more where they came from...
Posted by: The MOSSAD || 02/06/2012 20:56 Comments || Top||

#9  It's been said that Stalin's prewar purge of the officer corps--I don't recall the numbers but I recall being astonished--was one of the reasons the Red Army did so poorly early in the war. Mostly--not always, agreed--if we don't have the best man for the job in the job, we probably have one of the best three of those who might logically have it. Knock those guys off, and you have the regimental commander who scared Stalin least jumped up to command the division--for example. Without the necessary time, experience, staff schools, evaluations. Even if he were going to be a good division commander in, say, three years, he's not good now.
So it depends on whether you intend to use the tool whose upper ranks you are purging. Stalin was, and barely got away with it. Khamanei....this is the IRGC. Can he do without it?
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 02/06/2012 21:22 Comments || Top||

Arab League to Continue to Try Mediating in Syria
[An Nahar] 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...
will continue working to end political violence in Syria to stave off foreign military intervention after Russia and China blocked a U.N. resolution condemning Damascus
...Capital of the last remaining Baathist regime in the world...
, league chief Nabil al-Arabi said on Sunday.

Arabi said the 22-member organization would continue working with the Syrian regime and opposition for a "political solution" to Damascus' deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protests.

Arab nations had proposed the resolution which Russia and China vetoed at the U.N. Security Council on Saturday, and which backed an Arab League plan to end Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
The Scourge of Hama...
's crackdown.

Vetoing the resolution "does not negate that there is clear international support for the vaporous Arab League's decisions," Arabi said in a statement.

The league "will continue its efforts with the Syrian government and opposition, in coordination with concerned parties, to achieve its uppermost goal to stop all acts of violence and killing, and to protect civilians."

The bloc will work to "find a political solution that will achieve reforms and the process of change demanded by the Syrian people, which would preserve it from ... any foreign military intervention," he said.

Arab leaders and officials attacked the U.N. on Sunday after Russia and China blocked a resolution condemning the Damascus regime, as Tunisia urged the world to cut diplomatic ties with Syria.

Russia and China on Saturday used their diplomatic muscle for the second time in four months to block a resolution condemning the violence. The other 13 countries in the 15-member council voted for the resolution.

Rights groups say the Syrian regime's crackdown has killed more than 6,000 people since democracy protests broke out in March last year.

The Arab League which suspended an observer mission in Syria due to an upsurge in violence, is due to meet in Cairo on February 11 to review the mission.
Posted by: Fred || 02/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [257 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  LOL

Anyone else find it ironic that the tyrants of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain are lecturing Syria about human rights and democracy?

Reminds me of Simon Cowell lecturing contestants about their dress sense.
Posted by: denisnealson || 02/06/2012 8:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Arab League to Continue to Try Mediating in Syria

EXACTLY as it should be, and we stay the hell out of it!
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/06/2012 17:17 Comments || Top||

#3  #1 should not have been sink trapped. Absolutely right for pointing out the pot calling the kettle black.
Posted by: Shimble Guelph5793 || 02/06/2012 17:45 Comments || Top||

#4  It wasn't the message. It was the poster.
Posted by: Pappy || 02/06/2012 18:14 Comments || Top||

Turkey Criticizes Iran over Its Silence on Syria
[An Nahar] Turkey's deputy prime minister Bulent Arinc criticized Iran on Sunday for the country's silence over Syria's violent crackdown on protests.

"I am addressing the Islamic Theocratic Republic of Islam: I do not know if you are worthy of being called Islamic," Arinc said, according to the Anatolia news agency.

"Have you said a single thing about what is happening in Syria?"

Arinc was speaking at a meeting of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) party in Bursa, in Turkey's northwest.

Iran is Syria's main ally in the region and detractors have accused Tehran of helping Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad's
Light of the Alawites...
violent suppression of protests that have swept the country since March 2011.

About 6,000 people are thought to have been killed in the clampdown.

Arinc condemned as a "massacre" Friday's killings in Homs, a center of protest were more than 200 people were killed.

Turkey, once a close ally of neighboring Syria, has been at the forefront of international criticism against the Damascus
...Capital of the last remaining Baathist regime in the world...
regime and has also become a haven for many Syrian opposition activists.
Posted by: Fred || 02/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [330 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Turkey and Syria sparring over human rights reminds me of how the Republican primaries are going.
Posted by: Super Hose || 02/06/2012 23:30 Comments || Top||

Grenade Blasts Rock Rival Tripoli Neighborhoods
[An Nahar] An Energa-type rifle-launched grenade was fired on Sunday at an area located between the rival Tripoli neighborhoods of Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh, state-run National News Agency reported.

Only minutes later person or persons unknown tossed a hand grenade at the stream of the nearby Abu Ali River, NNA said.

The two incidents did not cause any casualties or damage, according to the news agency.

The two neighborhoods have in the past been the scene of deadly sectarian festivities between Sunnis and Alawites and tensions remain high in the area.
Posted by: Fred || 02/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [314 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Arab culture haven't quite adapted to firearms yet.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/06/2012 4:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Hey Mahmoud, watch THIS!!
Posted by: Bill Clinton || 02/06/2012 10:56 Comments || Top||

#3  I think the second incident was just redneck fishing.
Posted by: Super Hose || 02/06/2012 23:32 Comments || Top||

U.S. Vows to Dry Up Funding, Arms Shipments to Syria Regime
[An Nahar] U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
... sometimes described as the Smartest Woman in the World and at other times as Mrs. Bill, never as Another William H. Seward ...
vowed Sunday to bolster existing sanctions against the Syrian regime and seek further ones to block funding and arms shipments to Damascus
...The City of Jasmin is the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the world. It has not always been inhabited by the same set of fascisti...
Seeking other ways to turn the screws on Assad a day after Russia and China vetoed a resolution on Syria, Clinton said Washington will also work with Syria's friends worldwide to support the peaceful aims of the opposition.

"What happened yesterday at the United Nations
...aka the Oyster Bay Chowder and Marching Society...
was a travesty," Clinton said during a visit to Bulgaria following her failed talks in Munich with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

"Those countries that refused to support 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...
plan bear full responsibility for protecting the brutal regime in Damascus," a forceful Clinton told a presser with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.

She said the 13 of the 15 Security Council members who backed the resolution sought to start a "process for political engagement that would lead to a transition" to a new democratic Syria.

"We feared that failure to do so would actually increase the chances for a brutal civil war," she said, recalling that Syrians were beginning to arm themselves against the crackdown.

"Faced with a neutered Security Council we have to redouble our efforts outside of the U.N. with those allies and partners who support the Syrian people's right to have a better future," Clinton said.

"We have to increase diplomatic pressure on the Assad regime and work to convince those people around President Assad that he must go and that there has to be a recognition of that and a new start," she said.

"We will work to seek regional and national sanctions against Syria and strengthen the ones we have," she said.

"They will be implemented to the fullest to dry up the sources of funding and the arms shipments that are keeping the regime's war machine going," she said.

"We will work to expose those who are still funding the regime and sending it weapons that are used against defenseless Syrians including women and kiddies," she said.

The veto came hours after the opposition Syrian National Council (SNC) reported a "massacre" overnight Friday in the central flashpoint city of Homs.

Activists and residents said more than 230 civilian, including women and kiddies, were killed during an assault by regime forces.

"We will work with the friends of a democratic Syria around the world to support the opposition's peaceful political plans for change," Clinton said without naming them.

They are likely to include Turkey, Arab countries and Western European nations.

On Sunday, Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi said the bloc would press on with mediation efforts to find a political solution in Syria to avoid foreign intervention in the country.
Posted by: Fred || 02/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [317 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  So... new Muslim Brotherhood governments in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt aren't enough? We have to make sure that we get one in Syria too, eh?
Posted by: American Delight || 02/06/2012 7:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Dry up?

Heck we should increase arms shipments. Cash on the barrel head.

I hope both sides win big.
Posted by: kelly || 02/06/2012 19:55 Comments || Top||

#3  How does she expect our sanctions to discourage the flow of weapons from Iran to Syria?

Also if Russia and China vetoed the passage of a "strongly worded" resolution in the UN, what leads her to believe that either will honor sanctions?

The Russians may be providing technical advice on how to level your own cities. The Chinese could also provide some know-how on how to lubricate your tank treads with the bodies of your own citizens.
Posted by: Super Hose || 02/06/2012 23:41 Comments || Top||

36 Civilians, 28 Troops Killed in Fresh Syria Violence
[An Nahar] Syrian security forces killed 36 people across the country on Sunday, most of them in the central protest hub of Homs, activists said, after nine regime troops were killed overnight at the hands of rebels according to a rights group.

The Local Coordination Committees, the main activist group spurring protests on the ground, said security forces killed 22 people in Homs, six in the flashpoint northwestern province of Idlib, five in the restive countryside around Damascus
...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world...
, two in the southern province of Daraa and one in the northern province of 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...

Among the dead were five children and two women, the LCC said.

The Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, meanwhile, said 14 regime troops were killed in Idlib, seven in Homs, four in Daraa and three in Zabadani near Damascus.

It reported earlier on Sunday that nine Syrian soldiers died and 21 were maimed in festivities overnight with armed rebels in Idlib.

The Observatory said Idlib's army casualties occurred in three separate festivities at Jebel al-Zawiya, which borders Turkey.

The Turkey-based Free Syrian Army, which comprises army deserters and armed volunteers, regularly attacks the security forces in a bid to halt their brutal crackdown on dissent which rights groups say has killed more than 6,000 people since mid-March.

Intense gunfire rang out overnight at the Syria-Turkey frontier as Damascus moved to root out the opposition in a Syrian border village, a local source said Sunday.

According to a Turk living in a border village in southern Turkey's Hatay province, machinegun fire rattled late into Saturday night in the regime-led operation against the opposition in the Ain al-Beida village.

"We were very scared, the shots damaged our satellite dishes," said the source who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Turkish television station NTV quoted other villagers saying that another Syrian village, Khirbet al-Joz, had also been targeted by Syrian forces.

According to press agency Anatolie, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has telephoned the governor of Hatay to obtain details about the situation on the ground.

Some 7,500 Syrians have decamped violent repression to Turkey since anti-government protests began in March. Most are living in camps in Hatay.

Once a close ally of Syria, Turkey has since been at the forefront of international criticism over the Damascus regime's crackdown on protests.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also urged his once close friend, Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad,
Despoiler of Deraa...
to quit.
Posted by: Fred || 02/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [613 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

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