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Zawahiri says Somalia's Shebab Joined al-Qaida
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 02/10/2012 10:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [232 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Happy Birthday/Daily Gam Shot

Keeley Hawes (English) aka Tamara in "The Avengers (1998)" aka Samantha Taggert in "Chaos and Cadavers (2003)" aka Elizabeth in "Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005)" aka Jane in "Death at a Funeral (2007)" aka Lois Farquar in "The Last September (1999)" (age 36)



Gams, what Gams?
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 02/10/2012 11:39 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Afghan private security handover looking messy
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The push by Afghanistan's president to nationalize legions of private security
Taliban
guards before the end of March is encouraging corruption and jeopardizing multibillion-dollar aid projects
but not really,
according to companies trying to make the switch.

President Hamid Karzai has railed for years against the
lost revenue
of the large number of guns-for-hire in Afghanistan, saying private security companies skirt the law
law? What law?
and risk becoming militias. He ordered them abolished in 2009 and eventually set March 20 of this year as the deadline for everyone except..... NATO and diplomatic missions to switch to government-provided security
Tundra Taliban Guard Co. on the FOB's is still A-OK for US soldiers and Marines
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/10/2012 13:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [228 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Iraq's switch will make Afghanistan's look like Romper Room. The Iraqis want it and it will happen sooner than most expect.
Posted by: Bangkok Billy || 02/10/2012 14:05 Comments || Top||

#2  Does that include his own personal bodyguards?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/10/2012 14:08 Comments || Top||


Karzai: NATO Airstrike Killed Eight Children
[An Nahar] A NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
Arclight airstrike killed eight children in Afghanistan's Kapisa province northeast of the capital Kabul, President Hamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai
... A former Baltimore restaurateur, now 12th and current President of Afghanistan, displacing the legitimate president Rabbani in December 2004. He was installed as the dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime in late 2001 in a vain attempt to put a Pashtun face on the successor state to the Taliban. After the 2004 presidential election, he was declared president regardless of what the actual vote count was. He won a second, even more dubious, five-year-term after the 2009 presidential election. His grip on reality has been slipping steadily since around 2007, probably from heavy drug use...
said Thursday.

The president "strongly condemned the aerial bombing by foreign troops that killed a number of children in Nejrab district" on Wednesday, said a statement from his office.

"Based on information by (the) provincial governor, as a result of an air strike conducted on February 8... eight children were killed," the statement said.

Karzai had assigned a delegation "to launch an all-out probe into the NATO bombing in the province of Kapisa", it added.

A NATO front man said he could "confirm there has been a situation. A joint assessment team went there to identify the situation".

The Afghan president, who has a strained relationship with his Western allies, has regularly condemned NATO for civilian deaths in the decade-long war against Taliban bully boyz fighting to overthrow him.

Kapisa district police chief Abdul Hamid Erkin told Agence La Belle France Presse: "Two nights ago foreign special forces carried out a raid on a house in Geyawa village in Nejrab district.

"The next morning their plane carried out an Arclight airstrike on a house in the village as a result of which seven children and one adult were martyred."

He said commanders of French troops who operate in the area "claimed that the target was a group of Taliban controllers, but we checked the area and there were no Taliban.

"In fact the people in the area have very strong anti-Taliban feelings. We filmed the victims, who were children, and showed it to the French commanders," Erkin said.
Posted by: Fred || 02/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [289 views] Top|| File under:

#1  and a baby milk factory...
Posted by: Iblis || 02/10/2012 0:15 Comments || Top||

#2  A learning event.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/10/2012 5:39 Comments || Top||

#3  But bombing girl schools and kidnapping (and likely raping) Korean women is still ok right?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/10/2012 8:16 Comments || Top||

#4  All I can say is that Bush was a lousy judge of character. Everyone he picked in Iraq was defective in some way, with Maliki being outright anti-American and some kind of dictator-wannabe, and Karzai appears to be a high-functioning drug addict of some kind. We should have guessed as much, given the gushy things he said about Putin.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 02/10/2012 9:32 Comments || Top||

#5  Bush was a lousy judge of character.

Assumes there were some with character Bush could have picked but overlooked. The whole problem with this cesspool that is south west Asia is that assumption is incorrect. That is why we should get out and buy oil from whatever potentate wants to sell and ignore everything else until they change.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 02/10/2012 9:52 Comments || Top||

#6  OK, maybe we should get out. But bomb Karzai first.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/10/2012 10:23 Comments || Top||

#7  "One of the children left a hastily-scribbled note: 'Exterminate them all. The Horror! The Horror!' is all it said..."
Posted by: mojo || 02/10/2012 10:38 Comments || Top||

#8  Karzai has conveniently forgotten the 4 French soldiers that were shot and killed by his ANA soldier within the last 2 weeks. Not that that excuses any deaths of noncombatants that cannot be supported by Additional Protocol 1 sections 52 to 58. In short one NEVER targets children, unless they are doing something that makes them a military target, or they are too close to a mil target - where discrimination and proportionality come into play. Human error is, however, always a factor ---and well we are dealing with the French here - not that any other coaltion country can claim a perfect record. It only takes some misunderstanding as to the coordinate numbers to dial in the wrong place. Oh - so that might mean a language issue between French and English over the secure net?? Oh. Like thats not a possibility.
No matter -these things do get investigated to the teeth each and every time. And now with Afghan investigators too.
Karzai is on thin ice there. He knows the above. He just has to say it for the masses, or so he thinks. It would be better if he fully explained the process to his people. They might even start to believe him.
Posted by: Northern Cousin || 02/10/2012 11:21 Comments || Top||

#9  He is an ungrateful S.O.B!
Posted by: Paul D || 02/10/2012 13:56 Comments || Top||

#10  #9 He is an ungrateful S.O.B!
Posted by Paul D


Islamic "gratitude" is a bit different than that which we are accustomed to.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/10/2012 14:20 Comments || Top||

#11  Watching BBC news re Syria tonight.Guy in Homs says we call on the Arab League to help us.We call on muslims to help us.Still no help.We now call on Obama to help us.ie Last resort to ask non muslims!.The Sunnis have spent the rest of the year slagging us off/fighting us in Afghan/Iraq etc.Horrible hypocrites th lot of them!
Posted by: Paul D || 02/10/2012 16:00 Comments || Top||

#12  What was the baby duck and baby bunny count, Hamid?
Posted by: OldSpook || 02/10/2012 20:05 Comments || Top||

#13  Watching BBC news re Syria tonight.Guy in Homs says we call on the Arab League to help us.We call on muslims to help us.Still no help.We now call on Obama to help us.ie Last resort to ask non muslims!.The Sunnis have spent the rest of the year slagging us off/fighting us in Afghan/Iraq etc.Horrible hypocrites th lot of them!

As I've said before, the Gulf kingdoms aren't about to help the Muslim Brotherhood come to power in Syria, given that its long-term goal is to create a caliphate via military conquest that incorporates their kingdoms under its rule, before turning its attention to the infidel.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 02/10/2012 20:51 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Zawahiri says Somalia's Shebab Joined al-Qaida
[An Nahar] Somalia's Death Eater Shebab fighters have joined ranks with al-Qaeda, the terror network's chief Ayman al-Zawahiri
... Formerly second in command of al-Qaeda, now the head cheese, occasionally described as the real brains of the outfit. Formerly the Mister Big of Egyptian Islamic Jihad. Bumped off Abdullah Azzam with a car boom in the course of one of their little disputes. Is thought to have composed bin Laden's fatwa entitled World Islamic Front Against Jews and Crusaders. Currently residing in the North Wazoo area. That is not a horn growing from the middle of his forehead, but a prayer bump, attesting to how devout he is...
announced in a video message posted on jihadist forums on Thursday.

"I will break the good news to our Islamic nation, which will... annoy the crusaders, and it is that the Shebab movement in Somalia has joined al-Qaeda," Zawahiri said.

In the first part of the video, Shebab's leader Ahmed Abdi Godane, also known as Mukhtar Abu Zubair, addressed Zawahiri, saying: "We will move along with you as faithful soldiers."

"In the name of my mujahideen brothers, leaders and soldiers... I pledge obedience," Zubair said.

"Lead us on the road of jihad and martyrdom, in the footsteps that our martyr the late Osama bin Laden
... who doesn't live anywhere anymore...
had drawn for us," he added, referring to al-Qaeda's former leader who was killed last year in a covert U.S. raid on his hide-out in Pakistain.

The Shebab group proclaimed its allegiance to bin Laden in a video documentary distributed in 2009.

The hardline Somali Islamists are fighting to overthrow a fragile western-backed transitional government in the war-torn Horn of Africa country.
Posted by: Fred || 02/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [578 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

#1  They were already connected. But I wonder what Zawahiri had to give up to get a loyalty oath from Zubair...
Posted by: American Delight || 02/10/2012 12:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Probably not much. Likely it's meant to encourage contributors.
Posted by: Pappy || 02/10/2012 14:16 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Egypt’s Brotherhood says it should govern
The Brotherhood makes its move...
CAIRO -- A spokesman for Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood which now dominates parliament called on Thursday for the caretaker cabinet to be sacked and replaced with a Brotherhood one after deadly football riots.
The Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, which won almost half of parliament’s seats in elections over November and December, had said it would work with the military-appointed cabinet for a transitional period.

But the Brotherhood’s spokesman Mahmud Ghozlan said the February 1 riot at a football stadium in the Mediterranean town of Port Said, which left more than 70 dead, showed that the government had failed to manage the country.

The incident “proved that the cabinet has failed in administering the country,” he told AFP.

“If this happens, the party that won the most votes is best suited” to form a government, he said in response to a question on whether the Brotherhood’s party should form the cabinet.

The Brotherhood was the most organised opposition movement during president Hosni Mubarak’s rule, which ended with a popular uprising that toppled him a year ago and ushered in military rule. Since then, the Islamist movement has in turn cooperated with the ruling generals and opposed them over such matters as a military role in drafting a new constitution.
I'm guessing the Brotherhood and the generals real soon now will have a meeting of common interests and work out how to fleece run the country. As an Islamic state.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [305 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Egyptians should publish an ad "Dictator wanted. Previous experience a plus."
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/10/2012 5:41 Comments || Top||

#2  And let them take credit for the coming famine, too.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 02/10/2012 9:54 Comments || Top||

#3   And let them take credit for the coming famine, too.  

I really did think the Ikhwan would be clever and patient enough to let the generals and the secularists take the blame for the economic collapse. I was wrong.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/10/2012 14:57 Comments || Top||

#4  I really did think the Ikhwan would be clever and patient enough

No, they're not. However, I think the generals are taking note of who is sticking their head up the highest and will eventually follow the old Chinese proverb.
Posted by: Pappy || 02/10/2012 18:46 Comments || Top||


Egypt Bedouins Kidnap 19 Police
[An Nahar] Egyptian Bedouin kidnapped two coppers and 17 conscripts in Sinai on Thursday after a primitive was killed in a shoot-out with police, security officials said.

The officials said the Bedouin took the coppers at gunpoint after attacking their station near the border with Israel in the increasingly restive peninsula.

They said the kidnappers, who took their captives to a desert location not far from the station, had reached an agreement to release the coppers but have not yet freed them.

The official MENA news agency reported that the gunnies had only besieged the coppers in their station, without abducting them, and later withdrew after negotiations with tribal leaders.

Militants belonging to Bedouin tribes, which complain of discrimination by the central government in Cairo, stepped up attacks on police and a pipeline exporting gas to Israel after president Hosni Mubarak's
...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011...
overthrow last year.

Earlier this month, armed Bedouin briefly kidnapped two American women and their Egyptian tour guide in southern Sinai, demanding the release of a relative. The tourists were released unharmed.
Posted by: Fred || 02/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [253 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Africa Subsaharan
Nigerians flee to Cameroon to escape Islamist violence
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] Nigerians have decamped in droves to neighbouring Cameroon to escape violence claimed by the Islamist Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. Currently wearing a false nose and moustache and answering to Jama'atu Ahlus-Sunnah Lidda'Awati Wal Jihad, or Big Louie...
group and Dire Revenge™ attacks by Christians.

"Everybody is insecure in Nigeria. The fear is all-pervading," said a Nigerian Christian priest, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
, in Fotokol, a Cameroonian border town where dozens have taken shelter in the last few weeks.

It is located about 100 kilometres (60 miles) from the Nigerian city of Maiduguri, the bastion of the shadowy Boko Haram sect which has been blamed for a slew of terror attacks that have sowed panic in Africa's most populous nation.

Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation and largest oil producer, is roughly divided between a mainly Moslem north and predominantly Christian south.

Boko Haram has claimed to be fighting for an Islamic state in Nigeria's north, but its demands have varied.

"Many Nigerians like myself have decamped their villages in the south. We feel secure in Cameroon," the priest said in Fotokol.

"That is why I am sheltered here," he added. He has rented a house which is about 10 minutes by cycle of violence to the nearest town in Nigeria, Gamboru Ngala, where he heads the local Catholic church.

It is difficult to gauge the exact number of Nigerians who have decamped to Cameroon as they cross the border illegally, but there are easily dozens sheltered here since the attacks and tit-for-tat ripostes by Christians.

Mahamat Tujani, a Moslem trader from Maiduguri, decamped to Kousseri near Fotokol. "I abandoned my business and my family to seek refuge at the home of my cousin," a Cameroonian, he said. "I beat feet out of fear."

He hoped to return home soon, he said, "but if the killings continue, I will bring over my family members here."

Boko Haram has been blamed for scores of kabooms in Nigeria's Moslem-dominated north. It grabbed credit for January 20 coordinated bombings and shootings in Nigeria's second-largest city of Kano that left at least 185 people dead -- Boko Haram's deadliest attack yet.

The August suicide kaboom of UN headquarters in the capital Abuja which killed at least 25 people was also attributed to the group. "When you scent danger, you must escape," the priest said.

"Even in the Gospel, the Lord says the moment you sense danger, you must escape. If you don't it's suicide," he said.

The priest said two Christians from the mainly Christian Igbo ethnic group were killed in Mobi in Adamawa state about three weeks ago.
Posted by: Fred || 02/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [240 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram

#1  File under How the Death Cult Spreads.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/10/2012 10:31 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Two Killed in South Yemen Anti-Elections Demo
[An Nahar] Yemeni security forces rubbed out two southern Yemeni activists during a demonstration Thursday in Daleh against presidential elections to be held later this month, witnesses and activists said.

"Southerner wake up, no more elections," chanted the protesters referring to a referendum-like election in which Vice President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi stands as a sole candidate based on a Gulf brokered deal signed by departing 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...
in November.

"Clashes erupted and security forces opened fire killing two activists," said one of the witnesses.

The protesters marched towards the headquarters of the electoral committee in the city of Daleh in an attempt to drive its members out of the city of Daleh when security forces opened fire, witnesses said.

Activists from the separatist Southern Movement, who say the election fails to meet their aspirations for autonomy or southern independence, confirmed the deaths.

Some factions of the movement have been campaigning for a boycott of the election, while others openly call for preventing the election from taking place at all.

Nationwide protests erupted against Saleh's regime in January 2011, triggering months of bloodshed.

Residents in the formerly independent southern region complain of discrimination by the Sanaa regime in the distribution of resources since the union between north and south in 1990.

The south broke away again in 1994, sparking a brief civil war that ended with the region overrun by northern troops.

Hadi, himself a southerner, is the sole candidate in the election to succeed the veteran strongman who is standing down after more than three decades in power.
Posted by: Fred || 02/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [238 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Prison breakout attempt in central Yemen, eight killed
[Yemen Post] At least 8 prisoners have been killed in festivities between inmates and prison guards on Wednesday in the central province of Dhamar, some 100km south the Yemeni capital of Sana'a, leaving at least 8 prisoners killed.

"A group in Dhamar Central prison inmates attacked the prison guards as they attempted to break out in Wednesday afternoon," local security officer told Yemen Post, requesting anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press.

"Apparently, the inmates' relatives managed to sneak in some weapons, which the prisoners used in the festivities with the security,"

The guards were compelled to use force and fire on them to prevent their collective escape attempt, leaving at least 8 killed and scores others injured, the security sourced added.

Some of the maimed are in a very critical condition, according to local sources and medics.

"The guards fired on us without any reason at all; we just tried to form a committee to negotiate with them on some issues," Local media quoted a prisoner in Dhamar Central Jail as saying.

Yemeni Hud Organization for Human Rights has called on the general attorney and prosecution to probe into the incident, holding them responsible for any potential repression against the prisoners.

It's noteworthy that prison breakouts have increased as of last year, apparently due to the current unrest the country is experiencing.

Like many countries in the Middle East and North Africa, Yemen has witnessed massive popular protests demanding the ouster of 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...
, pushing the economy to the brink of collapse, bringing the state to its knees and triggering many festivities at various fronts in the fragmented-country.
Posted by: Fred || 02/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [252 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia


Britain
British Islamists Jailed for Plotting Terror Attacks
[An Nahar] A British court on Thursday tossed in the clink nine Islamists inspired by slain Al-Qaeda lynchpin Anwar al-Awlaqi for planning terror attacks on targets including the London Stock Exchange.

The nine men, who are all British nationals of Bangladeshi and Pak origin, had pleaded guilty to a variety of terror-related offences at a hearing a week ago at Woolwich Crown Court in southeast London.

Judge Alan Wilkie sentenced three of the men to "imprisonment for public protection" -- an indeterminate jail term for suspects regarded as dangerous -- while the other sentences ranged from 16 years to five years.

Wilkie said they were "fundamentalist Islamists who have turned to violent terrorism in direct response to material, both propagandist and instructive, issued on the Internet by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula."

Awlaqi, the U.S.-born leader of AQAP, was killed on September 30 in an air strike in Yemen.

Wilkie added that it was a "difficult and complex sentencing" that "gives rise to a number of issues of principle and has a high profile".

Prosecutors said the men belonged to a group of fundamentalists who planned a spate of mail kabooms during the run-up to Christmas 2010 and discussed launching a "Mumbai-style" atrocity.

Four of the men -- Mohammed Chowdhury, 21, and Shah Rahman, 28, from London and brothers Gurukanth Desai, 30, and Abdul Miah 25, from Cardiff -- admitted preparing for acts of terrorism by planning to plant an improvised bomb (IED) in the toilets of the London Stock Exchange.

Miah was tossed in the clink for 16 years and 10 months, Chowdhury for 13 years eight months, Rahman and Desai for 12 years each.

Three others, Mohammed Shahjahan, 27, Usman Khan, 20, and Nazam Hussain, 26, all from Stoke in central England, received indeterminate sentences with a minimum of eight years for making longer-term plans which included taking part in "terrorist training" in Pakistain.

Another man, Omar Latif, 28, from Cardiff, admitted preparing for acts of terrorism but was not involved in the specific plots and was tossed in the clink for 10 years four months.

Mohibur Rahman, 27, from Stoke, admitted possessing a copy of Inspire, an Internet magazine produced by AQAP, and was tossed in the clink for five years.

The Crown Prosecution Service said after the hearing that the men were "not members of al-Qaeda but they were clearly influenced" by Awlaqi.

"What they had in common was that they all held extreme fundamentalist religious beliefs and were committed to converting those beliefs into terrorist action," CPS counter-terrorism lawyer Piers Arnold said.

During the case, prosecutors said police found a handwritten target list at the home of one of the men that included the Stock Exchange, the U.S. embassy in London, Mayor of London Boris Johnson and two rabbis.

They also talked about travelling to a orc training camp in Pak Kashmire.

The group, who met due to their membership of various Death Eater Islamic groups, had originally challenged the charges against them and were due to stand trial, but at the 11th hour they changed their pleas to guilty.
Posted by: Fred || 02/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [249 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Europe

#1  one way of reducing unemployment figures-send all islamist to prison.
Posted by: Paul D || 02/10/2012 6:42 Comments || Top||


Europe
Dupe entry: Uka gets life in prison for attack on US airmen at Frankfurt Airport
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/10/2012 13:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [266 views] Top|| File under:


The Grand Turk
Suspected woman suicide bomber blows self to bits in Istanbul
A woman whom Turkish police suspect of having been a suicide bomber died in Istanbul late on Thursday after explosives that she was carrying were set off, according to media reports on Friday. The woman was ripped to shreds by the explosion that occurred in the Sancaktepe neighborhood of the city, said NTV television. There were no immediate reports of others being hurt in the explosion.

The police suspect that the woman was acting on behalf of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
Posted by: ryuge || 02/10/2012 01:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [238 views] Top|| File under:


Clashes Leaves 13 Kurdish Rebels, One Turkish Soldier Dead
[An Nahar] Thirteen Kurdish rebels and one Turkish soldiers were killed Thursday in festivities in southeastern Turkey, Anatolia news agency reported, quoting local officials.

One soldier was killed and six maimed overnight when rebels from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) opened fire on an army unit near Cukurca, close to the Iraqi border, Hakkari provincial governor Muammar Turker told Anatolia.

"Our forces fired back and fighting went on for about an hour and a half. The faceless myrmidons then beat feet under cover of darkness, while we recovered the bodies of four of them," he added.

A second clash, also overnight, occurred in Ilica, Bingol province, where security forces stormed a house occupied by rebels, local authorities told Anatolia.

"Three members of the organization were captured and the bodies of nine others found," local authorities said, adding that assault rifles, grenades and explosives were recovered from the house.
Posted by: Fred || 02/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [244 views] Top|| File under:


India-Pakistan
Military claims severing militants' supply route
[Dawn] The army claimed on Wednesday to have made major progress in an operation in Kurram Agency
...home of an intricately interconnected web of poverty, ignorance, and religious fanaticism, where the laws of cause and effect are assumed to be suspended, conveniently located adjacent to Tora Bora...
after clearing the snow-covered Jogi mountains and severing a vital supply route to forces of Evil in North Wazoo.

"Jogi mountains, which were being used by forces of Evil as their hideout, have been captured and the area is well defended," an army officer said after COAS Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani
... four star general, current Chief of Army Staff of the Mighty Pak Army. Kayani is the former Director General of ISI...
visited troops in Kurram Agency.

Gen Kayani was updated about Operation Azmari Ghero launched last November for flushing out beturbanned goons.

This was one of the most intensely carried out recent operations in which 69 troops, including five officers, and about 160 beturbanned goons, including foreigners, were killed.

"The cut-throats fought pitched battles because it was one of their important lairs and served as an important link between Tirah valley and North Waziristan," the officer said. He said North Waziristan had now been cut off from three sides.

The officer stayed short of claiming a victory against forces of Evil in the area and said they were still holding some area towards Tirah valley, which is their stronghold.

"Success of the operation will not only secure Kurram but will also sever linkage of terrorist groups in North Waziristan and Fata.

"Due to this significant effect, the operation is characterised by tough resistance from desperate cut-throats against the resolve and determination of the forces," the ISPR said in a statement.
Posted by: Fred || 02/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [264 views] Top|| File under: TTP

#1  *except the supplies the ISI sends
Posted by: Frank G || 02/10/2012 12:39 Comments || Top||


Eight more missing people die in mysterious circumstances
[Dawn] Forty one Paks disappeared under mysterious circumstances have been traced out while eight of them have died, the government said in a report.

The government told the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances, headed by retired judge Javed Iqbal, that many of the disappeared people were still in the custody of country's law enforcement agencies.

Though authorities mentioned names of the dead but they did not say causes and circumstances of their death.

A copy of the report available to the Dawn.com disclosed that six were from northwestern Swat
...a valley and an administrative district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistain, located 99 mi from Islamabad. It is inhabited mostly by Pashto speakers. The place has gone steadily downhill since the days when Babe Ruth was the Sultan of Swat...
valley where Pakistain army launched an operation against Islamic fascisti in 2007. They included Abdul Laiq, his brother Mohammad Laiq, Moazmeen Khan, Pervaiz Khan, Zor Talab Khan, Lahore Khan.

Whereas, Shahid Mehmood and Wadera Jalab were from Attock-Punjab and district Kohlu 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...
respectively.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry has recently opened a case of another eleven out of them four men had died in the custody of intelligence agencies.

The relatives of the dear departed filed a petition in the court after they found their bodies in a hospital in northwestern city of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar. The remaining seven are still with the agencies.
Posted by: Fred || 02/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [254 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  I think if you find the corpse, they're no longer "missing"...
Posted by: mojo || 02/10/2012 16:04 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Paleo prisoner on 55th day of hunger strike
JERUSALEM -- In a high-stakes gamble, an imprisoned member of a Palestinian militant group has waged a hunger strike for almost two months, trying to draw attention to Israel's military justice system and its treatment of detainees who can be held without charge for lengthy periods.

Khader Adnan, 33, has refused food for 55 days, making his hunger strike the longest ever waged by a Palestinian detainee. With his condition rapidly deteriorating, Israeli authorities, who consider him a terrorist, are nonetheless scrambling to keep him alive. His death could turn the previously obscure Adnan into a Palestinian hero and set off new violence.
That, unfortunately, is the only reason to spare Khader...
Adnan, a member of the armed group Islamic Jihad, has lost 60 pounds (27 kilograms) and now weighs about 140 pounds (63 kilograms). His skin is discolored, his hair has fallen out, he cannot walk, and he has been shackled to his bed, said lawyers and his wife Randa, who have seen him in a series of Israeli hospitals.

He is drinking water that is occasionally enhanced with electrolytes and vitamins he needs to keep him alive. His condition is considered severe.
The whole point of a hunger strike is to shock your enemy into changing his behavior. Stalin understood that; that's why he always let hunger strikers starve to death. After a short while no one did hunger strikes in the Soviet Union anymore.

It's callous of me to say that Khader should be granted his wish. I know. But Khader can end this and find a less stressful way of protesting. The Israelis can't yield or they'll have a hundred Paleos starving on the Cindy Sheehan smoothie™ hunger strike diet, and HRW and AI all over them as usual.
Or they could do what (I believe) they do in USA prisons when prisoners try this: Tie him down then stick a tube down his nose, into his throat, and pump pureed food into his stomach. Not fun for the prisoner, but it keeps him fed whether he wants to be or not.
The protest could not only cost Adnan his life but could also have political implications.

Islamic Jihad, a violent Iranian-backed militant group that has killed dozens of Israelis in suicide bombings and other attacks, has vowed to punish Israel if Adnan dies.
But they're vowing Dire Revenge™ regardless...
The group could fire rockets into Israel from its stronghold in the Gaza Strip, where it has recently built up a powerful arsenal of new weapons.

Adnan was a spokesman for Islamic Jihad in the West Bank. It isn't known if he directly participated in attacks on Israelis.
But it's a good guess...
Adnan is being held under a policy known as "administrative detention," said his lawyer, Tamar Peleg-Sryck. The system allows Israel to hold suspected militants without charge based on secret information that is not shared with lawyers. It is generally used in cases deemed high-risk.

"Adnan was arrested with an administrative arrest warrant for activities that threatened regional security," an Israeli military spokesman said without elaborating. "An appeal was filed by the defendant and it is under review."

Adnan is being held under guard at an Israeli hospital, and prison officials say they are watching his condition closely. The prison service declined comment Thursday, but officials have said in the past that they have permission to force feed Adnan if necessary.

Adnan's lawyers appealed the detention order Thursday at a special hearing in the hospital, said Mahmoud Hassan, one of his lawyers. There was no ruling and the judge could take a week to give his decision.

Hassan, who works for the prisoners' advocacy group Addameer, said he was barred from discussing specifics of the hearing. But he said Adnan attended the hearing in a wheelchair, his hands and feet in shackles. He spoke with difficulty and vowed to continue his hunger strike.

Adnan is only allowing doctors from the Israel branch of Physicians for Human Rights and the International Committee of the Red Thingy Cross to check on his condition. Neither group would comment.

The second longest hunger strike in Palestinian history was by a woman who refused food for 43 days before she was released in 1997.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [299 views] Top|| File under:

#1  to be successful as a hunger striker - someone has to care. I don't. Starve, you paleo scum. No virgins for you!
Posted by: Frank G || 02/10/2012 8:09 Comments || Top||

#2  I guess that paleo diet really does make you lose weight.
Posted by: Jeremiah Spomoque7216 || 02/10/2012 8:21 Comments || Top||

#3  Adnan, a member of the armed group Islamic Jihad, has lost 60 pounds (27 kilograms) and now weighs about 140 pounds (63 kilograms).

Perfect weight for riding the high mountain stages of the Tour de France!
Posted by: Raj || 02/10/2012 8:30 Comments || Top||

#4  No Jamba Juice?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/10/2012 12:45 Comments || Top||

#5  He is drinking water that is occasionally enhanced with electrolytes and vitamins he needs to keep him alive. His condition is considered severe.

I recommend taking him off the lytes and vitamins. A teaspoon of salt dissolved in a cup of apple cider vineger (hot, hot as he can stand it) twice a day might help the hair loss. Same for the lawyers.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/10/2012 13:16 Comments || Top||

#6  Coming up on 2 months and still not dead? I don't think he's doing it right.
Posted by: mojo || 02/10/2012 16:06 Comments || Top||

#7  You beat me to it, mojo. ;-p
Posted by: Barbara || 02/10/2012 19:28 Comments || Top||

#8  After drinking the apple cider vinegar and salt he may give up his fast so he doesn't have to drink it again.
Posted by: gorb || 02/10/2012 21:12 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Massive car bomb kills one, injures 13 in southern Thailand
A car bomb killed one and wounded 13 people in downtown Pattani province yesterday morning. Local officials said an explosion was heard at around 8 a.m. It was a bomb believed to weigh about 30 kg planted in a stolen pickup truck that had been parked in front of the provincial health office.

Shrapnel severely injured a retired government official identified as Manit Uma. He lost his right arm and sustained serious head wounds. He died at the hospital later. Two men aged 18 and 37 were seriously injured by shrapnel and severe burns. Eleven others were slightly wounded, including two girls aged two and five.

The pickup truck that carried the bomb had phony license plates. Investigators checked its engine number and found it belonged to a Pattani woman identified as Wachiraporn Maneechote. She had been attacked by gunmen on Nov 27 last year and they had stolen her vehicle.

The explosion set fire to vehicles and passers-by. The blast tore the truck in half leaving the two sections 15 meters apart. It also damaged the provincial health office, a local educational office, residences of an assistant provincial governor and judicial authorities, and people's houses in a radius of 300 meters.

The location is full of government offices and residences of high-ranking officials and the road is a frequent route for pupils and government officials. However, the blast happened after children had reached school and before government officials left their homes.

Authorities thought the bomb was meant to target defense volunteers who would have used the road to gather at the Pattani provincial hall at 9 a.m. for an event marking the anniversary of the Territorial Defense Volunteers Administration. However, the nearly 1,000 defence volunteers took a detour.

Another bomb exploded on a local road in Narathiwat province at 7:50 a.m. yesterday. It is believed the bomb was intended to attack a group of six soldiers returning from escorting local teachers to school. The blast injured a sergeant major and a private.

In Bangkok, the National Security Council (NSC) approved a policy to be implemented in the next three years for peace-keeping operations in the South. The NSC secretary-general said the policy focused on peaceful solutions to violence in southern border provinces.
Posted by: ryuge || 02/10/2012 00:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [243 views] Top|| File under:


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syria TV: Explosions rock city of Aleppo, 17 killed
Seventeen people were killed in explosions which targeted Syrian military and security buildings in the northern city of Aleppo on Friday, Syria's Addounia Television channel reported.

It said the death toll, which included civilians and members of the security forces, was based on preliminary information. It gave no further details.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/10/2012 05:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [234 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This looks like a rerun of the Ikhwan's campaign of bombings and assassinations in the late '70's and early '80's that culminated in Assad pere's usage of tank and artillery units to flatten the Ikhwan's home base in Hama. The Gulf Arabs are making a lot of noise about Sunnis being killed, but I doubt they really want the Muslim Brotherhood ruling Syria, because the Ikhwan's goal is to abolish the Gulf monarchies, making them mere provinces in an ummah-wide caliphate, and using their oil revenues to make war on the infidel instead of buying luxe properties in London and hanging out with pricey European call girls.

Note that the Muslim Brotherhood gave birth to al Qaeda - Zawahiri was part of the Ikhwan before he migrated over to al Qaeda. Around the turn of the 20th century, the Saud family had to crush the Ikhwan before the dynasty was able to acquire a firm hold on power, because Brotherhood wanted to go to war with the entire world, whereas the Sauds were happy with owning a chunk of the Arabian peninsula. Now that the Brotherhood is about to acquire Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, history (i.e. big - and potentially catastrophic - events that nobody expected) is about to return to the region in a big way.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 02/10/2012 9:02 Comments || Top||

#2  the wikipedia website on the 2011-2012 syrian uprising has a total fatal causualty estimate from anti Assad sources. As of yesterday, the count was above 8000, not including Assad's military
Posted by: Lord Garth || 02/10/2012 9:44 Comments || Top||


Rebel ambush kills 7 Syria security forces
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] A rebel ambush near the southern Syrian town of Daraa killed at least seven security forces and maimed dozens on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

"The security forces were travelling on board two buses when they were ambushed on a bridge by dissident soldiers," Rami Abdul Rahman, head of the Britannia-based group, told AFP.

Abdel Rahman said the ambush took place some 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of Daraa, cradle of the revolt against the regime of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Sonny, disguised as Fredo, trying to be Mike...
. The army encircled the region following the ambush.
Posted by: Fred || 02/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [228 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Germany Expels Four Syrian Diplomats
[An Nahar] German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on Thursday Germany was expelling four diplomats from the Syrian embassy in Berlin after the arrest of two men suspected of spying on regime opponents.

"After the arrest of two people suspected of spying for Syria, I have decided to expel four members of the Syrian embassy in Berlin," Westerwelle said in a statement.

"The Syrian ambassador has been informed of this decision," added the minister.

According to diplomatic sources, there were "clear indications" that the four had carried out "acts not in accordance with diplomatic law."

The diplomats and their families now have three days to leave the country, the sources added.

Further steps against Syrian embassy staff could not be ruled out if it emerged that the 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...
regime was continuing to interfere with opposition figures and Syrian people in Germany, added the sources.

Two men, identified only as 47-year-old German-Lebanese citizen Mahmoud El A. and 34-year-old Syrian national Akram O., were tossed in the slammer in Berlin on Tuesday.

Westerwelle summoned Syria's ambassador following the arrests.

"The position of the federal government was made unmistakably clear at this meeting that the possible action against the Syrian opposition in Germany will not be tolerated," the ministry said.

In late December, a Berlin local politician active in the Syrian opposition was attacked by two men in his home in a case the German foreign ministry said it was following closely.

The man's party, the Greens, said it suspected the Syrian secret services were behind the assault.
Posted by: Fred || 02/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [249 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Libya Orders Syrian Diplomats to Leave
[An Nahar] Libya has ordered Syrian diplomats to leave the country within 72 hours, just days after the main Syrian opposition group took over Damascus's
...Capital of the last remaining Baathist regime in the world...
mission in Tripoli, the official news agency reported Thursday.

The Libyan foreign ministry has given "72 hours for the Syrian diplomats to leave the country," the official LANA news agency reported, quoting a ministry statement.
Posted by: Fred || 02/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [238 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Cautious Welcome for U.N.-Arab League Mission in Syria
[An Nahar] The major powers gave a cautious welcome on Thursday to proposals to send a joint 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...
-United Nations
...an international organization whose stated aims of facilitating interational security involves making sure that nobody with live ammo is offended unless it's a civilized country...
mission to monitor Syria's deadly crackdown on protests.

La Belle France said there had to be "guarantees" for the mission. The U.S. and German ambassadors to the United Nations said their countries were studying the idea raised by U.N. leader the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon
... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan...
on Wednesday.

Ban said the head of the vaporous Arab League had told him that he would be sending observers back to Syria, where Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad's
The Scourge of Hama...
crackdown has cost thousands of lives, and wanted it to be a joint UN-Arab League operation.

The UN leader said consultations would be held with the Arab League and U.N. Security Council members in coming days "before fleshing out the details." Arab League foreign ministers are to meet in Cairo on Sunday and could follow up the proposal.

Ban said international action had to be taken as he fears the violence will worsen after the Security Council failed to agree to a resolution condemning the Syria violence.

It was not immediately clear whether the new proposal would need formal Security Council approval but diplomats said it could not work without the backing of the major powers.

"We are going to study it," U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, said of the proposal without adding any further comment.

La Belle France called the return of observers to Syria "a step in the right direction if they can freely and completely carry out their mandate."

The observers must be able to travel freely and meet anyone they wish, said La Belle France's foreign ministry front man Bernard Valero in Gay Paree.

"Cooperation between the United Nations and the Arab League on this return must allow it (the mission) to work credibly and efficiently," Valero said.

Germany's UN ambassador Peter Wittig said his government had spoken to Arab League head Nabil ElAraby on Thursday to discuss the proposal.

"We will take a close look at it," Wittig told news hounds, calling it a "very serious" idea. "There are of course conditions that have to be fulfilled before such a joint mission can take place."

Morocco's UN envoy, Mohamed Loulichki, the Arab representative on the 15-nation council gave implicit backing to the scheme.

"As far as Morocco is concerned any initiative that could help to implement the Arab initiative, which is very comprehensive, is most welcome."

Russia and China on Saturday vetoed a Security Council resolution -- proposed by Arab and European nations -- which aimed to back an Arab League plan for Syria.

The League plan calls for the Syrian president to hand over powers to a deputy so new elections can be held.
Posted by: Fred || 02/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [245 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Fred,

Help me here with the diplomatic parlance, what does "cautious" mean in diplomatic circles?

Assad hid under his desk during the meeting?

The UN mission was chased out of the office by dogs?

Assad's bodyguards had their weapons drawn during the entire meeting?

What was it?
Posted by: Bill Clinton || 02/10/2012 13:10 Comments || Top||


Syrian Forces Kill 126 People, 107 from Homs
[An Nahar] Security forces killed 126 people in Syria on Thursday, 107 of them in Homs in the latest government blitz on the besieged city, said Local Coordination Committees.

Six people were killed in Maarat al-Naaman in Idlib, ten others in Reef Damascus
...Capital of the last remaining Baathist regime in the world...
, two in Ain al-Arab Koubani 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...
, and one in Latakia.

Activists said that some of the Homs victims were burned beyond recognition.

"Twenty three people have died in the shelling that began at dawn on the Baba Amr neighborhood and one died in Khaldiyeh," said Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

"The bodies of several of the victims in Baba Amr were completely charred," said the head of the Britannia-based group.

Abdel Rahman said the government assault on the central city, which began on Saturday, has left more than 400 people dead.

Ali Hazuri, a doctor in Baba Amr reached by telephone from Beirut, said the shelling had eased overnight but resumed at daybreak on Thursday.

"The shells are raining down on us and regime forces are using heavy artillery," he said.

Omar Shaker, an activist in Baba Amr also reached by phone, added that residents of the neighborhood were hiding on the ground floor of buildings as there were no underground shelters.

"When you venture outside, you can see craters every 10 meters (yards)," he said.
Posted by: Fred || 02/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [239 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  This kind of heavy handed killing may well be the result of Hezbollah reinforcing the Assad forces.
Posted by: lord garth || 02/10/2012 8:34 Comments || Top||

#2  The photos I've seen involve mostly men of military age lying wounded and burka-clad women standing around. It's possible that the Alawite infantry are advancing into the city and calling for artillery strikes or tank fire against any significant resistance.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 02/10/2012 9:09 Comments || Top||

#3  The destruction in the photos generally tends to be composed of tight shots of a single building rather than wide angle shots of city blocks of collapsed buildings.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 02/10/2012 9:17 Comments || Top||

#4  Looks just like the pics from Lebanon II: only the green helmet is missing.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/10/2012 9:37 Comments || Top||



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