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Goodwill gesture: Pakistan hands over 29 detained Afghans
[DAWN] Pakistain on Friday handed over 29 Afghan nationals, apprehended during Operation Zarb-e-Azb
..the Pak offensive against Qaeda in Pakistain and the Pak Taliban in North Wazoo. The name refers to the sword of the Prophet (PTUI!)...
from different areas of North Wazoo Agency, to Afghanistan as 'goodwill gesture'.

The Afghan nationals were in jug of Pak security forces and were handed over to Afghan authorities at Ghulamkhan on Pak-Afghan border today, said a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

It said that Afghans were apprehended during Operation Zarb-e-Azb from different areas of North Waziristan Agency.

After detailed investigation it was established that these individuals did not have links with terrorists, but were undocumented Democrats, living without valid documents, said the statement.
Posted by: Fred || 11/01/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [9 views] Top||

Afghan president makes rare reference to Taleban
[ARABNEWS] Afghanistan's new president invited the Taliban to join in a grinding of the peace processor backed by the international community on Friday, in an unusual direct reference to the gunnies who have stepped up attacks aimed at bringing down his month-old government.

Speaking at a conference on Afghan peace and reconstruction in Beijing, Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money. ..
Ahmadzai made no specific proposals and indicated government forces wouldn't back away from the fight. However,
by candlelight every wench is handsome...
his mention of the Taliban by name marked a departure from his usual public references to them as "political opponents."

"Peace is our highest priority. We invite the political opposition, particularly the Taliban, to join and enter Afghan dialogue, and ask all of our international partners to support an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned grinding of the peace processor," Ghani Ahmadzai said.

"We must not and will not permit groups pursuing grand illusions to use our country as the battleground or launching-pad against the international system," he added. It wasn't immediately clear if there was any particular significance in Ghani Ahmadzai's reference to the Taliban by name, beyond the fact he was speaking to an international audience on his first state visit abroad.

Ghani Ahmadzai's attitude toward the Taliban has been a departure from that of his predecessor, 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...
, who habitually referred to the gunnies as his "brothers" and castigated the United States for its military presence in Afghanistan.

In response, the Taliban have intensified suicide kabooms, roadside kaboomings and rocket attacks in Kabul to give the impression that Ghani Ahmadzai's government can't protect the capital.
Posted by: Fred || 11/01/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [8 views] Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russia's war bloody war on Chechen exiles
A former Chechen separatist official says he was abducted and tortured in France in August by men he believes to have been Russian security agents exacting revenge against him for accusing Putin of war crimes, according to a new report by Time magazine.

Time reported that the attack on Said-Emin Ibragimov in Strasbourg came only weeks after the former separatist communications minister sent a criminal complaint to the International Criminal Court accusing Putin of atrocities during the Second Chechen War. Ibragimov said he was released after being held captive and tortured for two days by men who spoke flawless Russian, with Moscow rather than Chechen accents.

French police are investigating the incident, one of several in recent years that have seen Chechen exiles and opponents of Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov targeted in violent, often fatal, attacks across Europe and the Middle East.

Here are five prominent high-profile incidents involving Chechen exiles targeted or threatened while living abroad over the past decade.
Posted by: ryuge || 11/01/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [29 views] Top||

#1  Should have given him Chechen burial.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/01/2014 5:26 Comments || Top||

#2  So, missed you in Grozny, eh?
Posted by: ed in texas || 11/01/2014 8:24 Comments || Top||

The Grand Turk
Turkey questions US-led coalition's too much focus on Kobani
[Iran Press TV] Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
says the so-called US-led military campaign against the ISIL Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
holy warriors has concentrated too much on the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani.

"Why Kobani and not otherwise towns like Idlib, Hama or Homs ... while Iraqi territory is 40 percent controlled by the ISIL?" Erdogan told a news conference in Gay Paree on Friday after talks with his French counterpart, Francois Hollande
...the Socialist president of La Belle France, an economic bad joke for la Belle France but seemingly a foreign policy realist...
Erdogan added, "There are only 2,000 fighters in Kobani. It is difficult to understand this approach. Why has the coalition not acted in other zones?"

The Turkish government has repeatedly called on the US-led coalition to carry out Arclight airstrikes beyond Kobani in an implicit reference to the Syrian army positions.

Analysts say Ankara, having already won the US green light, plans to let the ISIL murderous Moslems seize Kobani, known in Arabic as Ain al-Arab.

Ankara says it fears that Kobani might be taken over by Syrian Kurds allied to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a group that has been fighting for an autonomous Kurdish region in southeastern Turkey since the 1980s.
Posted by: Fred || 11/01/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [20 views] Top||

#1  Erdogan is using Kobani as a place where his opponents will use up assets, but he'll try to drag it out and create as much chaos as possible.
Posted by: ed in texas || 11/01/2014 7:38 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
Susan Rice is Managing the War on ISIS, Not the Pentagon
The Pentagon brass placed in charge of implementing Obama’s war against ISIS are getting fed up with the short leash the White House put them on.
Top military leaders in the Pentagon and in the field are growing increasingly frustrated by the tight constraints the White House has placed on the plans to fight ISIS and train a new Syrian rebel army.

As the American-led battle against ISIS stretches into its fourth month, the generals and Pentagon officials leading the air campaign and preparing to train Syrian rebels are working under strict White House orders to keep the war contained within policy limits. The National Security Council has given precise instructions on which rebels can be engaged, who can be trained, and what exactly those fighters will do when they return to Syria. Most of the rebels to be trained by the U.S. will never be sent to fight against ISIS.

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Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664 || 11/01/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [152 views] Top||

#1  Where the f... did Obama get all these weird women in his administration? It's like they are aliens or something. I would be hard pressed to find such odd ladies in the rest of the population.
Posted by: 3dc || 11/01/2014 1:03 Comments || Top||

#2  Interesting point, 3dc. Is this what happens when your mom's name is Stanley?
Posted by: SteveS || 11/01/2014 2:45 Comments || Top||

#3  Here's a consoling thought for you. Imagine how frustrated (We've lost our Empire to what?!) it makes the Russians feel.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/01/2014 5:53 Comments || Top||

#4  'Managing' is an interesting euphemism for what the administration is doing.
Posted by: ed in texas || 11/01/2014 7:40 Comments || Top||

#5  More like mismanaging
Posted by: chris || 11/01/2014 7:56 Comments || Top||

#6  Ref #1: In the cases of Rice, ValJar, Pelosi, Oprah, and Beyoncé Knowles it may have something to do with the money.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/01/2014 8:10 Comments || Top||

#7  Any ideas of what the "tiniest of details" are?

I think such a list would be very funny to see.......except for the fact that it may get soldiers killed.
Posted by: AlanC || 11/01/2014 8:29 Comments || Top||

IS bigger threat to Pakistan than Taliban, Al Qaeda: Altaf
[DAWN] Muttahida Qaumi Movement
...English: United National Movement, generally known as MQM, is the 3rd largest political party and the largest secular political party in Pakistain with particular strength in Sindh. From 1992 to 1999, the MQM was the target of the Pak Army's Operation Cleanup leaving thousands of urdu speaking civilians dead...
(MQM) chief Altaf Hussain said on Friday that Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) Death Eaters are bigger threat to Pakistain than Taliban and Al Qaeda, DawnNews reported.

Speaking at a presser via telephone from London ‐ where he has been living in self-exile for the last two decades ‐ he said that Pakistain was facing a devastating threat in the shape of Islamic State, citing sudden appearance of its flags in the country specifically from southern Punjab to Islamabad.

Hussain said that Death Eaters were leaving Taliban outfits to join the new Lion of Islam group. "IS is more dangerous than Taliban and Al Qaeda," he said.

The MQM chief said that his party was the first to raise voice against increasing 'Talibanisation' 10 years ago, adding that nobody paid heed to his warnings then.

Lauding the role Pakistain Army was playing in fight against militancy in the country, Hussain said that army on its own cannot save the country from the existing threats and urged masses to put their input as well.
Posted by: Fred || 11/01/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10 views] Top||

Gullu Butt sentenced to 11 years in prison
[DAWN] An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Thursday sentenced Gullu Butt -- the infamous baton-wielding man caught vandalising property during violence in Model Town June 17 -- to 11 years in prison.

The court also enforced a fine of Rs100,000 on Butt.

Butt's counsel said they will appeal the decision in the Lahore High Court (LHC), adding that his client did not commit an offence calling for such severe punishment.
"Eh, smash a few cars. No big thing..."
Earlier on Monday, Butt had apologised to the Pakistain Awami Tehrik (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri
...Pak politician, and would-be dictator, founder and head of Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran and Pakistain Awami Tehrik. He usually resides in Canada, but returns to Pakistain periodically to foam at the mouth and lead demonstrations. Depending on which way the wind's blowing, Qadri claims to be the author of Pak's blasphemy law. Other times he says it wasn't him...
over his actions and later retracted his statements during a hearing in the court, claiming that he had never smashed any vehicles and that the police was lying about his involvement.
"No, no! It wudn't me! Somebody else was using my mustache!"
Butt was indicted by an ATC on Sept 19 for his violent exhibition outside the Minhajul Koran Secretariat.

The car-smashing vandal was released from Camp Jail on Sept 26 after the Lahore High Court declared his detention illegal.
He's one of Nawaz's bully boyz...
Speaking to news hounds, Butt had claimed his innocence and accused the police of spreading false propaganda campaign against him. He had also claimed that the baton presented in court did not belong to him.
"Nope. Never laid eyes on it before!"
Butt's stance over the issue has not been consistent. In an exclusive interview with DawnNews, Butt had narrated his version of events, saying he was ashamed of his past and regretted his actions.
"So get me off, okay?"
"I am apologising to the entire nation. I am neither a criminal nor a criminal's offspring. I am willing to fall in Allama Qadri's feet to ask for his forgiveness," he had said. "Whatever I have done is in front of the media ... I am ashamed of that, and ask the entire nation to forgive me."
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#1  It would be too easy, but...
Posted by: Steven || 11/01/2014 1:35 Comments || Top||

#2  Yeah, too easy Steve, still it's gotta be done.

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"Sledge-O-Matic will teach the dumbest dog to play dead, it puts the cat out all night, and it keeps the neighbors' kids in their own damn yards."
Posted by: Shipman || 11/01/2014 7:51 Comments || Top||

Thousands flee army operation in NW Pakistan
[Iran Press TV] More than 170,000 people have been forced out of their homes in Pakistain's northwestern tribal regions due to a fresh army offensive against pro-Talibs.

"Since October 13, 171,559 people have moved from Khyber to Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
and Kohat," the tribal disaster management department front man, Haseeb Khan, said on Friday.

He added that a small proportion of the displaced people have been selected to reside at government-run camps, while the majority of the refugees are staying with their relatives.

Earlier this month, the Pak military launched an operation in the mountainous and troubled Khyber Agency, where turbans are said to have holed up in remote hideouts.

In June, at least 800,000 people left their homes in the crisis-hit North Wazoo after the army launched a full-scale offensive dubbed Zarb-e Azb, or "The Strike of the Prophet's Sword," against Lion of Islams.

Refugees from North Waziristan poured into the city of Bannu, located some 240 kilometers (150 miles) north of the capital, Islamabad, and other neighboring regions. The mass exodus resulted in overcrowding, scarcity of food as well as high rents.

On October 29, the Mighty Pak Army front man, Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa, said the months-long battle against Death Eaters in North Waziristan has been a success, as the Lion of Islam corpse count in the region hit 1,100.
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US lauds China’s growing role in Afghanistan
Posted by: ryuge || 11/01/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [30 views] Top||

#1  Every day I think they've reached the bottom. Every day I'm surprised anew.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/01/2014 5:23 Comments || Top||

#2  It's not every day you find someone to take a used war off your hands. (I guess it must be the opium...)
Posted by: ed in texas || 11/01/2014 8:22 Comments || Top||

Sistani urges Iraq govt. to help Sunni tribes against ISIL
[Iran Press TV] Iraq's most senior Shia holy man, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has called on Baghdad to rush to the aid of the country's Sunni tribes in their fight against the ISIL Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...

In a statement read out by an aide to Ayatollah Sistani in the holy city of Karbala after Friday prayers, the holy man pointed to the recent massacre of the Sunni Albu Nimr rustics in Anbar Province, saying, "What is required from the Iraqi government ... is to offer quick support to the sons of this tribe and other tribes that are fighting Daesh (ISIL) terrorists."

"This will offer the opportunity to the other tribes to join the fighters against Daesh (ISIL)," he said.

On Thursday the bodies of at least 220 men from the Albu Nimr tribe, who had been seized by the ISIL days earlier, were found in two mass graves.

The Albu Nimr tribe has been resisting against the ISIL invasion since early October.

The ISIL bandidos bandidos murderous Moslems have been committing terrible atrocities in Iraq and Syria, including mass executions and beheading of local residents as well as foreign nationals.

According to a report by the UN Security Council, thousands of foreign bandidos bandidos murderous Moslems from 80 countries have flocked to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside the ISIL or other such groups.
Posted by: Fred || 11/01/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [9 views] Top||

Kerry apologizes Netanyahu for 'chickenshit' remark
[Iran Press TV] US Secretary of State John F. I was in Vietnam, you know Kerry
Former Senator-for-Life from Massachussetts, self-defined war hero, speaker of French, owner of a lucky hat, conqueror of Cambodia, and current Secretary of State...
has called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to apologize for offensive remarks made by an unnamed American official.

The top US diplomat on Friday talked with Netanyahu over the issue, according to the Israeli media.

On Tuesday, a senior B.O. regime official described Netanyahu as a "chickenshit," expressing the US president's frustration with the Israeli leader.

"The thing about Bibi [Netanyahu] is, he's a chickenshit," the official told US magazine the Atlantic when asked about the foreign leader who seems to frustrate Barack Obama
teachable moment...
the most.

The apology came one day after Kerry condemned the remarks by the anonymous White House official.

"We condemn anybody who uses language such as was used in this article," Kerry said during an appearance at the Atlantic's Ideas Forum on Thursday. "It is disgraceful, unacceptable, damaging."

"I have never heard that word around me in the White House. I don't know who these anonymous people are who keep getting quoted, but they make life much more difficult," Kerry said.

On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest dismissed the comments.

"Those comments do not reflect the United States' position, and they do not reflect the personal views of the president of the United States," Earnest said.
Posted by: Fred || 11/01/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [48 views] Top||

#1  That only took a week. Plenty of time for the original insult to get play in the world press.
Posted by: SteveS || 11/01/2014 0:29 Comments || Top||

#2  Name the official.
Posted by: Incredulous || 11/01/2014 5:33 Comments || Top||

#3  Remember when the toddler uses the F word. The first question is - where did he/she learn that from? Nuff said.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/01/2014 7:37 Comments || Top||

Palestinian Assassin was a serial arsonist, assaulted 3 wardens in prison
[Ynet] Israeli Arab Muataz Hijazi, aged 32, who shot Rabbi Yehuda Glick at point blank range, was an Islamic Jihad operative who spent 11 years in Israel jail, during which his sentence was extended over a series of violent attacks.
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Peshmerga fighters enter Syrian border
[Ynet] Iraqi peshmerga fighters began entering the Syrian border town of Kobani Friday night where they were expected to join the battle against Islamist Death Eaters besieging the town, activists said.

The Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Kobani-based activist Mustafa Bani said 10 vehicles carrying Iraqi peshmerga fighters and their weapons have entered the town. They said the Iraqi Kurdish force entered from an area west of the town near the strategic Tel Shair hill.

The Observatory and Bali said it was not immediately clear how many peshmerga fighters of the force of 150 have entered Kobani.
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