Seventeen Yemeni rustics were killed Thursday in festivities that followed the liquidation of a local al-Qaeda leader by his half-brother in his stronghold southeast of Sanaa, tribal chiefs said.
The festivities erupted after Tarek al-Dahab was rubbed out by his half-brother Hizam in the town of al-Masaneh, a family fiefdom in Bayda province, several tribal chiefs said, confirming that the killer and his brother were among the 17 killed in the shootouts.
"Al-Qaeda gunnies fired rockets at the house of Hizam killing him and his brother Majid, as well as their nephew Ahmed," one source said.
Eleven armed rustics were killed when the vehicle transporting them was also targeted, the sources said.
A tribal chief said that Hizam was "pushed by authorities" to kill Dahab who had in January taken over control of the town of Radah, about 130 kilometers southeast of Sanaa, and 30 kilometers from al-Masaneh.
Dahab and his gunnies withdrew from Radah after holding it for nine days, bowing to tribal pressure.
Authorities have nabbed a Virginia man allegedly on his way to the U.S. Capitol for what he thought would be a suicide kaboom on one of the nation's most symbolic landmarks, Fox News has learned.
The man, a Moroccan citizen who has lived in the United States for a dozen years, was identified as Amine El Khalifi, 29, according to a congressional source. He was nabbed following a lengthy investigation by the FBI, initiated after he expressed interest in conducting an attack. He came onto the radar screen in early December after he told an undercover agent about an earlier plan to bomb a northern Virginia building.
The suspect allegedly weighed hitting various targets ranging from a military installation to synagogues to a Washington restaurant before settling on the Capitol.
The man thought undercover FBI agents assisting him in his plot were associates of Al Qaeda. He purchased bomb materials including jackets, nails and glue in preparation for an attack. He even conducted a test explosives demonstration in a quarry.
When he was nabbed Friday in Washington, he was carrying with him a vest supposedly packed with explosives, but the material inside was not actually dangerous, Fox News was told.
A short time earlier, he had been praying at a mosque in the Washington area. His destination was Capitol Hill.
The public was never in danger, as he had been under constant surveillance for some time, officials said. The FBI provided the suspect with a disabled gun during their ongoing operation, Fox News has learned.
In a statement that did not get into the details of the alleged plot, the U.S. Capitol Police said the suspect was "closely and carefully monitored." Capitol Police confirmed the suspect was nabbed on Friday.
"At no time was the public or congressional community in any danger," the department said.
A senior source involved with law enforcement at the Capitol also told Fox News the investigation was "all very controlled." The source said the U.S. Capitol Police was involved with the FBI and other agencies in tracking the suspect "not more than a year."
An arrest usually indicates charges have been filed in some form, but it's unclear when or how charges would have been filed in this case. It's also unclear if the suspect will be appearing in court Friday. In similar past cases, suspects have made their initial court appearance within hours of their arrest.
Sites in Washington have long been a target for terrorists, especially self-radicalized Death Eaters caught in FBI stings.
In September, a Massachusetts man was nabbed for allegedly plotting to fly bomb-laden model planes into the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol. FBI agents claiming to be associates of Al Qaeda provided 26-year-old Rezwan Ferdaus with what he thought was kaboom for the remote-controlled planes.
Nearly a year earlier, a Virginia man was nabbed for trying to help Al Qaeda plan multiple bombings against Washington's Metrorail system. For months, 34-year-old Farooque Ahmed of Ashburn, Va., had been meeting and discussing "jihad" with individuals he thought were affiliated with Al Qaeda, but in fact he was meeting with FBI agents.
In the past year alone, at least 20 people have been nabbed in the United States on terrorism-related charges, according to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
"Most of the arrests" have involved "lone wolves," radicalized online and able to use the Internet to build bombs, FBI Director Robert Mueller told the Senate committee last month.
The suspect, said by law enforcement officials to originally have come from Morocco and staying in the country illegally, was arrested around noon Friday, blocks from the Capitol, after he received what he thought was a vest containing explosives.
Agents are now conducting searches in Alexandria, Va., where the suspect has been living. FBI officials said El Khalifi has in the United States for the last 12 years illegally, after entering the country legally at age 16 but then overstaying his visa. He was unemployed, the AP reports, and is not believed to have ties to al-Quaida.
At this time, investigators believe that El Khalifi was acting alone.
El Khalifi will appear in federal court this afternoon.
WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) A northern Virginia landlord says he thought a Moroccan man arrested in an alleged suicide bombing plot in Washington was suspicious and called police a year and a half ago.
Frank Dynda said Friday that a woman who leased an apartment in his Arlington building apparently married Amine El Khalifi and then moved out. He says when Dynda told El Khalifi to leave, he said he had a right to stay and threatened to beat Dynda up.
Dynda says he thought El Khalifi was making bombs, but police told him to leave the man alone. Dynda had El Khalifi evicted in 2010.
On a related note, authorities also executed a search warrant on a residence in Arlington Friday afternoon. It is unclear whether El Khalifi lived at the house. FBI and Arlington County Police were seen speaking with two men at the location.
I spose it's a good thing it was not BATFE running the sting. They'd prolly have given him a live vest and then "lost track" of him...
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
02/17/2012 17:22 Comments ||
I think that such schmucks need a new word to describe them. I think the Yiddish word, co-opted by Mad Magazine, "furshlugginer", which means a combination of "confounded", "darned", "crazy", "foolish" and "well-worn, beat-up, piece of junk".
As Iran goes Nuclear + other post-"Arab/Muslim Spring" ME States demand their own NucProgs,
unfortunately I suspect the skills of wannabes like Khalifi + DC Boyz will improve to Amer's detriment.
Again, + however rough or imperfect, IRAN + RADICAL ISLAM, ETAL. NEED NUCLEAR WEAPONS TO PROVE THE "CALIPHATE'S" PARITY, IFF NOT SUPERIORITY OR DOMINANCE, VEE ANY + ALL NON-ISLAM.
New 911's or worse is coming to CONUS-NORAM - its only a question of time, which history suggests Islamic Conquerers-Warriors are very good at manipulating to use agz their enemies, espec vee the highly inter-competitive West. ALL THINGS EQUAL, ISLAM'S GREATEST SINGLE WEAPON AGZ THE CHRISTIANS ARE THE CHRISTIANS THEMSELVES.
Detroit-- Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the privileged student from an affluent Nigerian family who became known as the "underwear bomber" received four life sentences Thursday, the maximum penalty for trying to kill almost 300 people aboard a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day 2009.
One feels for the heartache of his father, who reported his son to the nearest American embassy. This sentence is not a kindness, given that the Pantibomber's lap will never be unburnt.
"This court has no ability to control his motivation, which appears to be unchanged," said U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds, before issuing the sentence to a packed courtroom in downtown Detroit. "I can control his opportunity to act on those intentions." The convict had two outbursts following the FBI video of the mock bomb exploding, shown in court today.
"God is great!" he shouted. He is expected to be sent to Supermax, the Alcatraz "القطرس " of the Rockies, whose inmates include Unabomber and University of Michigan graduate Ted Kaczynski and Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols, a Lapeer Michigan native.
In this case, I am actually of mixed minds as to whether he should go to ADX Florence, for two reasons.
The first being that he is just a "useful idiot" of others. He has no great value as a leader, nor does he particularly inspire others to do what he did. The second is that his father tried hard to prevent him from doing a terrorist act, by notifying the CIA of his intentions before he returned to the US.
However, he did try to slaughter a plane full of innocent people.
The other reason is that ADX Florence is too "good" for him. If you look at the unofficial list of its current inmates, they are really 'major league'. Not only for what they did, but the *continuing* threat they represent.
ADX Florence, above all else, is for people that the US government is truly 'angry' with. People that we want to make an example of.
The US has plenty of supermax prisons, any of which would be just fine for this loser.
The demonstration took place after a bomber on a motorcycle struck in a market in the northwestern town of Parachinar, killed 23 Shiite Muslims and wounding 50.
Local government administrator Wajid Ali said many of the 23 dead were shoppers or people with stalls in the market, he said.
After the attack, security forces fired on crowds protesting the attack, killing three people, said Ali.
A local Taliban commander, Fazal Saeed Haqqani, claimed responsibility for the attack in Parachinar, whose population is mostly Shiite. He justified the attack by saying that Shiites had been attacking Sunnis.
Parachinar and the nearby region of Kurram have been plagued by sectarian violence for several years. Shiites have been the overwhelming victims.
PESHAWAR, Feb 16: About eight persons including three copperswere maimed when a man hurled a hand grenade at them on Bara Road in suburbs of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar on Thursday.
An official said that an unidentified man hurled a hand grenade on coppers when they were sitting at a roadside makeshift restaurant in Batatal area.
"An official Elite Force Inam Khan and his two companions had parked their armoured personnel carrier and were taking lunch at Khalil Hotel when they came under attack," he added. He said that five other persons, present there, were also inured in the attack.
SSP Tahir Ayub told journalists at the blast site that the terrorist managed to escape towards tribal area after attacking the police party. He said that police were fully alert but they could not check each and every person roaming in the area.
He said that the area was close to tribal region and hard boyz could easily escape there.
The SSP said the police also got information about presence of a would-be jacket wallah and searched the area but could not find him.
An official of the Bomb Disposal Unit told Dawn that about 400 grams of explosives, mixed with ball bearings, were used in the blast.
The official said that Death Eaters also tried to target members of a peace committee in Mashokhel area of Badhber with a bomb but no one was injured in the blast.
About four kilogram explosives, he said, were used in the blast. "The members of peace committee, riding a motorcar, remained unhurt as the explosives were outdated and Death Eaters failed to detonate the same properly," he added.
MIRAMSHAH: Missiles fired by US drones rained on suspected krazed killer targets in North Wazoo on Thursday, killing at least 21 people.
According to sources, six people were killed and two others injured when two missiles slammed into a compound in the village of Spilga near Miranshah ... headquarters of al-Qaeda in Pakistain and likely location of Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Haqqani network has established a ministate in centered on the town with courts, tax offices and lots of madrassas... . The identities of the persons who died could not be ascertained.
Hours later, another drone attacked a moving vehicle on the Zekerkhel-Khaisur road in Mirali tehsil.
Official sources said 15 members of a krazed killer group were killed. Their bodies were charred.
Local people rushed to the place and carried out rescue work.
Unmanned planes kept flying over the area throughout the day.
AFP adds: A security official said Uzbek Islamic fascistihad been killed in the attack on the vehicle.
Those who died in the first attack belonged to Badar Mansoor and the Haqqani network, loyal to the Afghan Taliban, another official said. Last Thursday, officials said Mansoor, described as the "de facto leader of Al Qaeda in Pakistain" had been killed in a drone strike in North Waziristan.
The New America Foundation think-tank in Washington says drone strikes in Pakistain have killed between 1,715 and 2,680 people over the past eight years.
According to an AFP tally, 45 US missile strikes were reported in the tribal belt in 2009, 101 in 2010 and 64 last year.
President Barack Obama The Cambridge police acted stupidly... last month confirmed for the first time that US drones attacked Taliban and Al Qaeda Islamic fascistion Pak soil.
Local people rushed to the place and carried out rescue work at gunpoint.
Posted by: Frank G ||
02/17/2012 7:20 Comments ||
Tumbling bowling pins would be an inadequate graphic for this post. You'd need a picture of several lanes at the bowling alley...
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
02/17/2012 7:30 Comments ||
Any chance of aiming our drones at The emergence of the "Defend Pakistan Council" movement has raised suspicions that the group has approval from elements in the powerful military and security establishment, aiming to bolster public support for a hardline position. The group's rise comes as the military is trying to assert its position in renegotiating its troubled relationship with the United States and as Pakistan prepares for elections likely to take place later this year.
KARACHI, Feb 16: A young man was rubbed out in North Nazimabad late on Thursday night in what appeared to be a targeted attack on sectarian grounds that also left a woman and a seven-year-old boy maimed, police said.
They said 22-year-old Kazim Ali was returning home after pulling down the shutters of the general store where he worked as a salesman when armed riders intercepted him near Wahid Colony.
"According to area people, there were two attackers on a cycle of violence," said Sajid Javed, the SHO of the North Nazimabad cop shoppe.
"They fired several shots and two of them hit Kazim, one each in the neck and chest. He was rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where he died. The firing also left passers-by 22-year-old Nadra and seven-year-old Umair maimed, but they are stable."
He said the victim was a resident of the same area and used to return home at the time when he was attacked. The gunnies used a 9mm pistol in the attack, he added.
"Apparently it is a assassination case on sectarian grounds. But a few things need to be ascertained before moving with further investigations," added the SHO.
The Jaffria Alliance condemned the murder of the Anjuman Naujwanan-e-Pakistain member.
Two U.S. drone strikes struck Islamist Death Eaters in Pakistain's tribal badlands on Thursday, killing at least 13 fighters in North Wazoo near the Afghan border, officials said.
The aircraft fired missiles hours apart on separate targets in what is considered the premier bastion of Taliban and al-Qaeda in Pakistain as the government in Islamabad welcomed the Afghan and Iranian leaders for a summit.
Five Death Eaters were killed in the first attack that destroyed a compound in Spalga town near Miranshah ... headquarters of al-Qaeda in Pakistain and likely location of Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Haqqani network has established a ministate in centered on the town with courts, tax offices and lots of madrassas... and at least eight died in the second attack on a vehicle near the town of Mir Ali, about 25 kilometers to the east.
"The corpse count may rise," a Pak security official warned Agence La Belle France Presse after the second strike targeted Death Eaters travelling in a double cabin pick-up.
"At least eight myrmidon have been killed in the second strike," he said, describing them all as "foreigners".
Another security official in Miranshah, the capital of North Waziristan, put the corpse count at 12, saying they were all Uzbek Islamist fighters.
"The vehicle caught fire and the dead bodies are badly mutilated," he added.
The United States says Pakistain's tribal belt provides sanctuary to Taliban fighting in Afghanistan, Al-Qaeda groups plotting attacks on the West, and Pak Taliban who routinely bomb Pakistain and other imported muscle.
Those killed in the first attack were loyalists of Badar Mansoor and the Haqqani network, loyal to the Afghan Taliban whose leaders are understood to be based in North Waziristan, one of the Pak officials said.
Last Thursday, officials said Mansoor, described as the "de facto leader of al-Qaeda in Pakistain" was killed in a drone strike in North Waziristan.
Mansoor was considered one of America's main targets in the country, wanted for kabooms on the minority Ahmadi sect that killed nearly 100 people in May 2010 and the chief link between al-Qaeda and the Pak Taliban.
The United States has blamed the Haqqani network for some of the most spectacular attacks carried out in Kabul, including last September's siege of the U.S. embassy.
On Thursday, Pakistain hosted Afghanistan's Caped PresidentHamid 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... and Iranian leader Mahmoud Short Round Ahmadinejad for a regional summit at a key juncture in peace efforts with the Taliban.
President Barack Obama B.O.... last month confirmed for the first time that U.S. drones target Taliban and al-Qaeda Death Eaters on Pak soil, but American officials do not discuss details of the covert program.
According to an AFP tally, 45 U.S. missile strikes were reported in Pakistain's tribal belt in 2009, the year Obama took office, 101 in 2010 and 64 in 2011.
The program has dramatically increased as the B.O. regime looks to withdraw all foreign combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.
U.S. diplomatic cables leaked by WikiLeaks in late 2010 showed that Pakistain's civilian and military leaders privately supported U.S. drone attacks, despite public condemnation in a country where the U.S. alliance is hugely unpopular.
The New America Foundation think-tank in Washington says drone strikes in Pakistain have killed between 1,715 and 2,680 people in the past eight years.
Pakistain is reviewing its entire alliance with the United States and has kept its Afghan border closed to NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis.... supply convoys since the November strike.
It ordered U.S. personnel to leave the Shamsi air base in southwestern Pakistain, widely believed to have been a hub for the CIA drone program, and is thought likely to only reopen the Afghan border by exacting taxes on convoys.
The aircraft fired missiles hours apart on separate targets in what is considered the premier bastion of Taliban and al Qaeda in Pakistain as the government in Islamabad welcomed the Afghan and Iranian leaders for a summit.
Five Death Eaters were killed in the first attack that destroyed a compound in Spalga town near Miranshah, and at least eight died in the second attack on a vehicle near the town of Mir Ali, about 25 kilometres to the east.
At least eight Death Eaters have been killed in the second strike, he said, describing them all as foreigners.
Another security official in Miransha put the corpse count at 12, saying they were all Uzbek Islamist fighters
The vehicle caught fire and the dead bodies are badly mutilated, he added.
The United States says Pakistains tribal belt provides sanctuary to Taliban fighting in Afghanistan, al Qaeda groups plotting attacks on the West, and Pak Taliban who routinely bomb Pakistain and other imported muscle.
Those killed in the first attack were loyalists of Badar Mansoor and the Haqqani network, loyal to the Afghan Taliban whose leaders are understood to be based in North Waziristan, one of the Pak officials said.
Last Thursday, officials said Mansoor, described as the de facto leader of al Qaeda in Pakistain was killed in a drone strike in North Waziristan.
Mansoor was considered one of Americas main targets in the country, wanted for kabooms on the minority Ahmadi sect that killed nearly 100 people in May 2010 and the chief link between al Qaeda and the Pak Taliban..
These "price tag attacks" have been occuring for a while, and possibly before that without the label. It's a sign that more and more Israelis have given up on the possibility of a diplomatic solution with the Palestinians, and at the individual level are taking their own steps. It will no doubt continue until the Israeli government takes action action effective enough that the Palestinians become quiescent.
Vandals believed to be Jewish gunnies set light to a car in a village in the northern West Bank on Thursday, Israeli police said.
The incident took place in Nabi Elyas village, just outside the northern town of Qalqilya, with the words "price tag" scrawled near the burnt out car.
Police said one person had been tossed in the calaboose in connection with the incident, but gave no further details.
"Price tag" is a euphemism for Dire Revenge hate crimes by Israeli Death Eaters, which normally target Paleostinians and Arabs, usually in retaliation for state moves to dismantle unauthorized settler outposts.
The attacks tend to involve the vandalism or destruction of Paleostinian property and have included multiple arson attacks on cars, mosques and olive trees, although the perpetrators are rarely caught.
Last year, police say 65 indictments were handed to gunnies suspected of assault or for causing property damage in price tag attacks.
Despite the rising number of arson attacks, police say they are often unable to press charges given the lack of evidence.
I disagree with this, from a tactical point of view. I call it the "dog-coyote" theory.
Dogs almost always fight to establish dominance, and though their brawls can cause serious injury to each other, their *intent* is to establish who is superior and who is inferior.
Coyotes, on the other hand, only fight to kill, most often for food. They do not fight for dominance.
So, when dogs and coyotes fight, even if the dog is larger and a better fighter, the coyote will usually win, because it uses no restraint at all, but intends to kill.
Importantly, humans can adopt either mode, but with the same result. The Paleos endlessly say that they want to kill all the Jews and destroy Israel; but the Israelis only fight to establish dominance, and can't get it through their head that this is not a slap-fight.
The only reason a LOT more Jews aren't dying is because they are particularly good fighters, and well equipped with the technology for fighting. But both of these things are fleeting, and eventually the Paleos will either figure out how to fight better, or smuggle in the technology they need to kill.
And then LOTS of Jews will die, and Paleos will never, ever, give Jews any quarter, because as they keep saying, endlessly, they want to kill all the Jews and destroy Israel.
Seriously, how many wars by Arabs trying to destroy Israel does it take before the Jews finally get it through their head that this is a fight to the death?
Even on the small scale, burning a car is just a slap that means nothing. Burning a person means something.
Probably not a new phenomenon. I remember seeing a documentary in which a Sabra described the olden days (paraphrased): "We used to sometimes get hit from the Arab villages. So we would hit them back, but always a little bit harder!"
Kuwait's Al-Jarida newspaper claims Israel was able to prevent liquidation attempt on defense minister during his recent visit to Singapore; Israel denied report
Kuwait's Al-Jarida newspaper reported Thursday that Israel was able to prevent an liquidation attempt on Defense Minister Ehud Barak, during his visit to Singapore this week.
According to the report, the Mossad -- collaborating with local authorities -- was able to stop the assassins, who planned on targeting Barak during his visit to the Singapore Air Show.
Or perhaps not:
An Israeli official denied the report, saying "we have no knowledge of this affair." I blame George W. Bush
The newspaper based its report on information from "high ranking Israeli defense officials."
Al-Jarida went on to quote the sources as saying that prior to Barak's visit, the Israeli intelligence agency contacts Singapore authorities and gave them "highly classified information suggesting a cell comprising of Iranian and Hezbullies operatives were planning to assassinate the Israeli defense minister."
A covert operation based on the information resulted in the arrest of three suspects.
The paper added that the cell had "very accurate information" about Barak's itinerary and planned to have him under surveillance during his stay in Singapore. The liquidation was to take place in Barak's hotel.
According to the report, the Mossad is taking an active part in the suspect's interrogation.
Syrian armor moved on the main hubs of an 11-month uprising on Thursday killing at least 22 people, monitors said, a day after Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Despoiler of Deraa... set a vote for a new constitution.
Opposition groups rejected the newly proposed constitution and urged voters to boycott a referendum set for this month, and to step up efforts to oust Assad.
As troops pummeled the central city of Homs for a 13th straight day, 18 people were killed in central Hama province and four others died in the southern city of Daraa, monitors reported.
Assad, whose government has vowed to crush dissent, on Wednesday decreed a vote for February 26 on a new charter that could end nearly 50 years of single-party rule.
The United States dismissed the move as "laughable," saying "it makes a mockery of the Syrian revolution." Russia, a major weapons supplier to Damascus ...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world... , welcomed it.
And the Local Coordination Committees, a main opposition activist group, rejected the new charter and called for a vote boycott, as well as stepped up efforts to topple Assad.
"The draft constitution is no more than a political tool or a policy paper written by the barbaric regime," it said in an emailed statement.
"We see no alternative but to topple the regime along with its symbols, representatives and foundational ideology.
"The Local Coordination Committees calls upon our people to reject and boycott the alleged referendum to confirm the lack of public support for this criminal regime."
The Syrian National Council, the most representative opposition group, is also likely to reject the constitution, given one of its guiding principles is "to overthrow the regime using all legal means."
Regardless, the proposed charter rules out most of the opposition as it bans religious parties and dual nationals, preventing the SNC, which includes the Moslem Brüderbund, and most of its leadership from running for office.
The proposed charter drops Article 8, which declares the ruling Baath Party as the "leader of the state and society," allowing for a multi-party system, state television ... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
In April, Assad scrapped emergency rule in force since 1963 when the Baathists took power in a coup d'etat. But he has repeatedly promised reforms that have failed to materialize since the uprising erupted in March.
The 46-year-old president, who succeeded his late father Hafez in 2000, said the constitution would usher in a "new era" for Syria, SANA state news agency reported.
Analysts said the referendum was too little, too late and fell short of what was required to end the uprising inspired by similar movements that last year overthrew authoritarian leaders in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said security forces killed at least 14 people, most of them army defectors, in shelling of a town in the central province of Hama. Another four soldiers died in other festivities in the region.
"At least 10 mutinous soldiers were killed, among them officers, in shelling of the town of Kfar Nabuda, in Hama province. Four civilians were also killed in the shelling of the town," the Britannia-based monitor said in a statement
Elsewhere, a civilian and three soldiers were killed in the southern city of Daraa, after troops deployed heavily and clashed with army defectors.
Regime forces were also shelling Homs, which has been under a relentless assault that has killed nearly 400 people since February 4, according to international rights watchdogs.
"The neighborhood of Baba Amr is once again being shelled this morning," the Britannia-based Observatory said. "The shelling also targeted the neighborhoods of Inshaat and Khaldiyeh."
Meanwhile China, which along with Russia has faced a barrage of criticism for blocking a second U.N. Security Council resolution on Syria, said it was sending an envoy to the country to push for peace.
Syrian troops on Thursday attacked rebel strongholds in Deraa where the uprising against Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Lord of the Baath... erupted nearly a year ago, and the UN chief said crimes against humanity had almost certainly been committed in Syria.
The assault on Deraa followed a thrust against rebels in the cities of Hama and Homs, which has faced nearly two weeks of bombardment from Assad's forces, in an apparent campaign to crush the revolt against his repressive rule.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
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