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Chad says soldiers in Mali kill al Qaeda's Belmokhtar
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 03/02/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [393 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Birthday Gam Shot (Ouch! That's going to leave a mark.)

Nadine Samonte [Pinoy][Filmography](age 25)

Mahusay na binti

Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 03/02/2013 1:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Camera angle is everything.
Posted by: Alanc || 03/02/2013 8:16 Comments || Top||

#3  I agree, nice legs and the over all shape ain't bad either. Napaka-masarap binti
Posted by: Bugs Slaling1671 || 03/02/2013 8:51 Comments || Top||

Africa Horn
'Three Killed' in Twin Blasts at Somali Beach Restaurant
[An Nahar] At least three people were killed and several maimed in twin attacks at a restaurant on the popular beachfront of Somalia's capital Mogadishu, witnesses and police said Friday.

The blasts, the latest in a string of attacks in the war-ravaged city, were reportedly caused by a suicide kaboomer wearing a vest packed with explosives, followed by a boom-mobile.

"The man went kaboom! when guards at the restaurant entrance tried to stop him... at least three people including the bomber died," said Hersi Adan, a security official who was near the scene of the attack.

"A few minutes later a car parked outside of the building went kaboom! killing another and wounding seven."

The kaboom took place close to Mogadishu's famous Lido beach, which is usually crowded on weekends with families enjoying the beach, playing football or swimming in the Indian Ocean waves.

"The restaurant was busy... I saw the dead bodies of four including the bomber," said Muhudin Hassan, a witness.

Mohammed Abdullahi, a businessman who was inside the restaurant when the attack took place, said he saw the bodies of two security guards and at least nine other people were maimed.

"Many people who were maimed bravely ran away after the kaboom, so more might have been injured," he added.
Posted by: Fred || 03/02/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [347 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

Africa North
Hundreds of Tunisia Salafists Rally for Release of Imam
[An Nahar] Hundreds of Salafists
...Salafists are ostentatiously devout Moslems who figure the ostentation of their piety gives them the right to tell others how to do it and to kill those who don't listen to them...
protested on Friday in the Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid, calling for the release of a holy man tossed in the slammer
Please don't kill me!
as part of an inquiry into a shootout between police and radical Islamists.

The crowd shouted "Ali Larayedh, coward!" referring to the interior minister who has been tasked with forging a new coalition government.

The protesters were demanding the release of of Khalifa Karaoui, the imam of a mosque in Sidi Bouzid who was arrested in southern Tunisia on Tuesday.

Karaoui is suspected of having ties to a group of Salafists accused of opening fire on the police last week, wounding two of them.

The Salafists took refuge in a mosque in Sidi Bouzid, before fleeing, assisted by other Islamists, who prevented the police from entering the place of worship.
Posted by: Fred || 03/02/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [376 views] Top|| File under: Salafists

#1  Hundreds of Tunisia Salafists Rally for Release of Imam

They plan to hang him?
If so, good, if not, why not.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 03/02/2013 11:47 Comments || Top||

Tunisia names Chokri Belaid murder suspect
[MAGHAREBIA] A Tunisian judicial source on Thursday (February 28th) identified the suspected killer of opposition leader Chokri Belaid. Tunis resident Kamel Gathgathi hails from the Jendouba region, his father Taieb confirmed to AFP. Four Belaid murder suspects -- all salafists under age 35 -- were arrested earlier this week, Prime Minister-designate Ali Larayedh said on Tuesday.
Posted by: Fred || 03/02/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [339 views] Top|| File under: Salafists

Egyptian Muslims Clash with Police amid Religious Tensions
[An Nahar] Egyptian police fired tear gas on Friday to disperse Moslem protesters outside a church in southern Egypt after claims that a women who converted to Christianity was hiding in the church, a security source.

The police acted after the protesters pelted them with stones in the town of Kom Umbo, the source said.

The official al-Ahram newspaper reported on its website that police also refused to allow Christian worshipers to leave the church, in order to avoid festivities between them and the protesters.

The Moslems had also protested outside the church on Thursday night.

Sectarian tensions are high in Egypt, which is home to the region's largest Christian minority, with violence occasionally flaring between Moslems and the Coptic Christians.

Copts, who make up between six and 10 percent of the country's 83 million people, have complained of an increase in sectarian attacks since an uprising overthrew president Hosni Mubarak
...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011...
in early 2011.
Posted by: Fred || 03/02/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [421 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Dozens of Egyptian Christians Held in Libya's Benghazi
[An Nahar] Around 50 Egyptian Christians suspected of trying to convert Mohammedans have been tossed in the calaboose
You have the right to remain silent...
in the eastern city of Benghazi on illegal immigration charges, a Libyan security official said on Friday.

"Forty-eight Egyptian traders who worked in the Benghazi municipal market have been arrested based on reports of suspect activities," the source told Agence La Belle France Presse.

He said they were found in possession of a quantity of Bibles, texts encouraging conversion to Christianity, and images of Christ and the late Pope Shenuda of Egypt's Coptic Christians, none of which were for "personal use."

But the main charge was illegal entry into Libya, he said.

A video posted on the Internet shows dozens of men with shaved heads squatted on the floor in a tiny room as a bearded Libyan recounts how they had been arrested on charges of proselytising.

A local official, meanwhile, said the group of men were being well treated and would be deported after an investigation over illegal immigration was completed.

Four foreigners -- an Egyptian, South African, South Korean and a Swede with a U.S. passport -- were arrested in Benghazi in mid-February on suspicion of trying to convert Mohammedans to Christianity, something that is strictly banned in Islam.
Posted by: Fred || 03/02/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [334 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Manouba salafists prevent 'Harlem Shake'
[MAGHAREBIA] Tunisian salafists prevented fellow Manouba University students from performing internet dance craze "Harlem Shake" on Thursday (February 28th), Tunisie Numerique reported. Police were forced to intervene after the clash turned violent.

Since a weeks-long protest last year against the university's niqab ban, the suburban Tunis campus has seen several altercations between secular and Islamist students.

...back at the cheese factory, all the pieces finally fell together in Fluffy's mind...
a mass "Harlem Shake" in front of the education ministry is staged for Friday. The move comes in response to the probe ordered by Education Minister Abdellatif Abid into the Tunis "Harlem Shake" video made by students in the Menzah 6 neighbourhood.
Posted by: Fred || 03/02/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [382 views] Top|| File under: Salafists

#1  ...Stopped clock, and all that....I hate that damned dance.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 03/02/2013 8:41 Comments || Top||

Algeria targets Tizi Ouzou terrorists
[MAGHAREBIA] ANP troops on Thursday (February 28th) uncovered explosives and weapons in Tizi Ouzou, following an ambush that left a terrorist dead, Tout sur l'Algerie reported.

The operation between Tadmait and Drâa Ben Khedda came one day after another terrorist was killed in Tleta Hidoussen.
Posted by: Fred || 03/02/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [428 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa

Africa Subsaharan
Chad says soldiers in Mali kill al Qaeda's Belmokhtar
Chadian soldiers in Mali have killed Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the al Qaeda commander behind a bloody mass hostage-taking at an Algerian gas plant in January, Chad's military said on Saturday.

His death would be a major blow to Islamist rebels in northern Mali who have been pushed into their mountain strongholds by French and African forces.

"On Saturday, March 2, at noon, Chadian armed forces operating in northern Mali completely destroyed a terrorist base (...) The toll included several dead terrorists, including their leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar," Chadian armed forces spokesman General Zacharia Gobongue said in a statement read on national television.

Belmokhtar claimed responsibility for the seizure of dozens of foreign hostages at the In Amenas gas plant in Algeria in January in which more than 60 people were killed.

The report of his death comes days after Chad's President Idriss Deby said soldiers in Mali had killed another leading al Qaeda commander in the Sahara, Adelhamid Abou Zeid.
Posted by: tipper || 03/02/2013 17:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [734 views] Top|| File under:

Nigeria claims killed Boko Haram commander
[CAPITALFM.CO.KE] Nigerian troops killed a suspected commander of the Islamist group Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
and three of his lieutenants during an operation in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, the army said Tuesday.

"The commander and his three lieutenants bit the dust during an exchange of fire," Joint Task Force (JTF) front man Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa said in a statement.

The four suspected snuffies were killed on Monday in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state and main base of the bad boy group whose insurgency is believed to have killed at least 3,000 people since 2009.

The Nigerian forces had been combing the city for Boko Haram fighters suspected of involvement in attacks that the army said killed three civilians and left six soldiers maimed last week.
Posted by: Fred || 03/02/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [342 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram

NIGERIA: Multiple explosion in Maiduguri
[CODEWIT] About four Improvised Explosive Devices suspected to have been planted by terrorists in Maiduguri the Borno state capital , Thursday, exploded at different locations within the metropolis.

The explosions occurred simultaneously at Baga road, Customs, Gamboru general areas at about 3pm, while that last one in London ciki happened at about 6pm.

An unconfirmed report from a hospital source said, over six corpses including security operatives and that of civilians were brought to the mortuary of the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.

When contacted, State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Yuguda Abdullahi said, he was aware of only one blast in Maiduguri where he personally visited the scene, but declined comment on the number of casualties.
Posted by: Fred || 03/02/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [350 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram

Jamaat-Shibir men go on rampage
[Bangla Daily Star] Jamaat-e-Islami
...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores...
and Islami Chhatra Shibir
... the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh...
men continued their attack on law enforcers and ruling party men across the country for the second day yesterday resulting in festivities that left three people dead and hundreds injured.

At least 13 coppers and three journalists were among the injured.

...back at the pool hall, Peoria Slim had found another sucker...
four people, including two coppers, who were maimed in Thursday's violence in Gaibandha, Noakhali and Satkhira, gave up the ghost yesterday raising the corpse count to 40 in two days.

Jamaat-Shibir men have been on the rampage since Thursday when a tribunal sentenced Jamaat Nayeb-e-Ameer Delwar Hossain Sayeedi
...Islamic orator and politician. He was a former Member of Parliament in the National Assembly of Bangladesh from 1996 to 2008, and is one of the most prominent leaders of the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami...
to death for crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War.

A few district administrations yesterday imposed a ban on gatherings to avert untoward incidents.

Yesterday, Jamaat-Shibir activists blocked highways, threw brick chips at police, vandalised vehicles and roadside shops, and removed railway sleepers disrupting rail commutation with some districts.

Following Thursday's violence, police in several districts filed cases against large numbers of Jamaat-Shibir activists.

In the capital, at least 10 people were maimed when Jamaat-Shibir men clashed with law enforcers at Malibagh.

Witnesses said around 300 activists brought out a procession in Malibagh Chowdhury Para area after Juma prayers and police fired rubber bullets and teargas shells to disperse them.

The Jamaat-Shibir men vandalised around 10 vehicles.
Posted by: Fred || 03/02/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [365 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-e-Islami

Three terror suspects arrested in France
Following the adventures of the gentleman who killed three off-duty French soldiers, then shot up a Jewish school last year, the French appear to have gotten very serious about their jihadi problem. And when the French really get serious, things happen.
Three Chechens with suspected links to an alleged terrorist cell in Spain have been arrested in France, according to Spanish authorities.

Spain's Interior Ministry said the arrests were carried out jointly by France and Spain. They were based on information uncovered in August when a series of raids in Linea de Concepcion, a town near Gibraltar, led to the arrest of suspected Islamic terrorists allegedly planning attacks on European targets.

The three recent arrests were made in northern France. Ali Dokaev was arrested in Noyon, about 60 miles northeast of Paris, and the other suspects in the Paris area, Elsy Issakov in Les Lilas and Mourad Idrissov in Genevieve des Bois.
Posted by: ryuge || 03/02/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [424 views] Top|| File under:

Home Front: WoT
2 US Men Indicted In Series Of Synagogue Bombings
[Ynet] Two US men have been indicted in a series of firekabooms on synagogues. Prosecutors in New Jersey's Bergen County say a grand jury has voted to indict 20-year-old Aakash Dalal and Anthony M. Graziano,

The 30-count indictment includes attempted murder, bias intimidation and arson charges, among others.
More details from The Times of Israel:
A grand jury handed up a 30-count indictment against Aakash Dalal and Anthony M. Graziano, Prosecutor John Molinelli said.

Graziano faces nine counts of attempted murder stemming from the firebombing of a rabbi’s residence in Rutherford on Jan. 11, 2012. Police said Molotov cocktails were thrown at Congregation Beth El in Rutherford, igniting a fire in the second-floor bedroom of the rabbi’s residence where he, his wife, five children and his parents were sleeping at the time and escaped serious injury.

Both Graziano and Dalal are charged with bias intimidation, conspiracy to commit arson upon a synagogue and aggravated arson. They also face charges related to terrorism, possession of destructive devices and hindering apprehension.

The two were both 19 at the time, and are childhood friends from Lodi. They are facing up to life in prison if convicted on all charges.

Brian Neary, an attorney representing Dalal, said his client will plead not guilty.

“He’s a college student, not a mastermind,” Neary said.

An attorney representing Graziano couldn’t be reached for comment.

Graziano is being held on $2.5 million bail. Dalal is in custody on $5.5 million bail.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/02/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [395 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "He's a college student, not a mastermind."
That goes without saying.
Posted by: Jonah || 03/02/2013 5:27 Comments || Top||

#2  20 years, no parole. Ant gets the top bunk.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/02/2013 7:05 Comments || Top||

#3  Just from the names it sounds like Racketeer wannabee meets little dick Islamist.
Posted by: Shipman || 03/02/2013 15:12 Comments || Top||

Shia body member gunned down
[Dawn] A young man associated with the Shia Ulema Council was sprayed with bullets on his doorstep in Incholi on Thursday in what police suspected as part of the ongoing wave of sectarian killings.

The officials said two men riding a cycle of violence pulled up outside the residence of 21-year-old Danish Hussain, situated in block 20 of the Federal B Area, in the early hours of the day and called out his name posing to be his friends.

"As he came out, they fired multiple shots at him and sped away," said an official at the Samanabad cop shoppe. "He sustained two bullet wounds each in the head and chest and was struck down in his prime. Gunshots attracted other members of the family who rushed out and found Danish lying in a pool of blood."

The body was later moved to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities Following the targeted murder, tension gripped the locality and businesses remained closed in Incholi and neighbouring blocks of F.B Area.

A Shia Ulema Council front man condemned the killing alleging that he was killed by members of a banned cut-thoat outfit. He said the victim was associated with the council as an active member. The incident also attracted condemnation from the Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Mohammedaneen (MWM). A party front man regretted that despite giving assurances to the MWM, the government had failed to stop killings on sectarian grounds.

The police later registered an FIR (27/2013) under Sections 302 (premeditated murder) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistain Penal Code against unidentified suspects on a complaint of the victim's elder brother.

'Missing' man found rubbed out
A 30-year-old Khokhrapar resident, who had gone missing on Wednesday morning, was found rubbed out in Memon Goth on Thursday, police said.

They added that Mohammad Irfan was found rubbed out near Hamal Marriage Lawn in Memon Goth a day after he had gone missing after leaving home situated in the Gilanabad area of Malir for Korangi where he worked as a labourer.

"The victim was tortured before being fired a single bullet in the head," said an official at the Memon Goth cop shoppe.

He said the body was later moved to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for medico-legal formalities.

The police said the victim was not associated with any political or religious group.

Muttahida man killed
In the Sohrab Goth area, a man who had recently joined the Muttahida Organising Committee after parting ways with a nationalist party was killed in an armed attack near a pharmacy, police said.

They added that 33-year-old Akhtar Gabol was standing outside a pharmacy in Faqeera Goth where gunnies riding a motorbike pulled up and fired multiple bullets before speeding away.

"The victim sustained two bullet wounds and died during treatment at the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital," said Sohrab Goth SHO Inspector Naeem Khan.

"He had recently joined the MQM's sister organization, MOC, after parting ways with a nationalist party," the officer said, adding that he was a private security guard by profession.

Man bumped off
A resident of Orangi Town was sprayed with bullets in the Manghopir area in the evening, said the area police. They added that 28-year-old Mohammad Shakeel was found rubbed out in an isolated area called Murghi Khana. He sustained six gunshot wounds, the police said.

"The victim was a resident of Faqeer Colony in Orangi Town," said Manghopir SHO Inspector Ashfaq Baloch.

He added: "We have seized 16 spent bullet casings from the crime-scene.

"It seems that the victim had been kidnapped before being brought here and sprayed with bullets," he said.

The inspector said the victim was not associated with any political or religious group. "The motive for his killing is not yet clear," he added.
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Eight militants killed in air strike
[Dawn] At least eight Death Eaters were killed and 12 suffered injuries as jet fighters pounded turban hideouts in Mamozai tehsil of Orakzai Agency
... crawling with holy men, home to Darra Adam Khel, the world's largest illegal arms bazaar. 14 distinct tribes of beturbanned primitives inhabit Orakzai agency's 1500 or so square kilometers...
on Thursday.

Sources said jets targeted turban positions in Jendri and Shah Wali villages of Mamozai tehsil at 4:50pm.

The bombing destroyed three turban hideouts, they said, adding eight Death Eaters were and 12 others were maimed.

Eyewitnesses said dead bodies were retrieved from the rubble of destroyed houses and the injured were taken to a local hospital.
Posted by: Fred || 03/02/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [357 views] Top|| File under: TTP

#1  We really should have upgraded the Paks to F-102s when we had the chance.
Posted by: Shipman || 03/02/2013 15:16 Comments || Top||

School blown up in Lakki Marwat
[Dawn] A boys government primary school was blown up in Abakhel village in Lakki Marwat district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
province on Friday.

The Lakki Police Station House Officer, Mashal Khan has confirmed that Government Boys Primary School Zairan Kally has been bombed by the myrmidons in early wee hours and have destroyed its three rooms and a Varanda

He said that there is no loss of life but only the school building has been destroyed due to the kaboom carried out through home made IEDS.

Meanwhile the Frontier Corps Media Cell spokesmen Major Fazl talking about the school bombings in Mohmand Agency
... Named for the Mohmand clan of the Sarban Pahstuns, a truculent, quarrelsome lot. In Pakistain, the Mohmands infest their eponymous Agency, metastasizing as far as the plains of Peshawar, Charsadda, and Mardan. Mohmands are also scattered throughout Pakistan in urban areas including Karachi, Lahore, and Quetta. In Afghanistan they are mainly found in Nangarhar and Kunar...
on Thursday, where the bully boyz claimed to have destroyed four schools, said that the bully boyz have started a new technique of blowing up the already destroyed or damaged schools in the tribal region to make headlines in media.

He said that the four schools which the bully boyz claimed to have destroyed in Mohmand Agency on Thursday were already abandoned because of earlier destruction and were non-functional.

To a query he said, the only reason for bombing the already bombed schools is to get media attention but he said the media should take care about reporting such incidents and need to have to be verified from the administration.

"All these non functional schools were in the far off areas, there buildings already destroyed, so its beyond understanding, why these schools were first bombed and than the claim made for their destruction, it just to terrorize the local population and get media attention," he replied when asked why the security forces have failed to guard these schools.
Posted by: Fred || 03/02/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [401 views] Top|| File under: TTP

Car bombs in Iraq kill five
[Dawn] Two boom-mobiles went kaboom! in a sheep market south of Storied Baghdad
...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate...
on Friday, killing five people and wounding dozens of others, officials said.

Brigadier General Abdul Jalil al-Assadi, the police chief of Diwaniyah province, said the bombs went off about 7:30 am (0430 GMT) in the market, south of the province's eponymous capital.

Dr Adnan Turki, the director of the Diwaniyah health department, put the toll from the blasts at five dead and 45 maimed.

The blasts came a day after at least 26 people were killed and more than 60 maimed in a series of kabooms in the Storied Baghdad area and shootings in northern Iraq.
Posted by: Fred || 03/02/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [364 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Iraq

Southeast Asia
Six wounded in market bombing in southern Thailand
Two bombings occurred in Narithiwat province on Friday, a day after the signing of a consensus agreement by National Security Council secretary-general Paradorn Pattanatabut and BRN liaison office official Hassan Talib in Kuala Lumpur.

The bombings were not a prelude to the failure of the peace talks agreement signed with the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, said Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday. Ms Yingluck said people should not jump to the immediate conclusion that the government's efforts to arrange negotiations would prove futile.

Narathiwat's Muang district was hit by two bombings during a six-hour time span on Friday. One soldier and five civilians were wounded when an explosive device hidden inside a motorcycle exploded at 5:50 a.m.

The blast occurred at a fresh market in Muang Narathiwat municipality. Witnesses said that a youth parked the motorcycle in front of the morning market, near a pickup truck used by soldiers guarding the market, and then disappeared into the crowd.

Five minutes later a bomb hidden on the bike went off, wounding a soldier and five civilians, one of whom was in critical condition. The explosion also damaged six motorcycles and two pickup trucks parked nearby.

Police blamed separatist terrorists militants.

Around noon, a large retail store, nearby shophouses and motorcycles were damaged by a car bomb blast in the district. The 20kg explosive device concealed inside a pickup truck parked in front of Jip Heng shop, went off opposite the Muang Narathiwat police station. No one was injured or killed in the blast.

Police blamed the bombings on an terrorist insurgent group active in the province.
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Seized Chinese Weapons Raise Concerns on Iran
Axes of Evil combined forces. Surprised?
An Iranian dhow seized off the Yemeni coast was carrying sophisticated Chinese antiaircraft missiles, a development that could signal an escalation of Iran’s support to its Middle Eastern proxies, alarming other countries in the region and renewing a diplomatic challenge to the United States.
Among the items aboard the dhow, according to a review of factory markings on weapons and their packing crates, were 10 Chinese heat-seeking antiaircraft missiles, most of them manufactured in 2005.
"when was that embargo?"
The missiles were labeled QW-1M and bore stencils suggesting that they had been assembled at a factory represented by the state-owned China National Precision Machinery Import and Export Corporation, sanctioned by the United States for transfers of missile technology to Pakistan and Iran.
two "partners in peace", right John F'n Kerry?
The Chinese missiles were part of a larger shipment interdicted by American and Yemeni forces in January, which American and Yemeni officials say was intended for the Houthi rebels in northwestern Yemen. But the presence of the missiles in the seized contraband complicates an already politically delicate case.

The shipment, which officials portray as an attempt to introduce sophisticated new antiaircraft systems into the Arabian Peninsula, has raised concerns in Saudi Arabia, Oman and Yemen, as the weapons would have posed escalated risks to civilian and military aircraft alike.
perhaps the MEK needs the same?
And it has presented the Obama administration with a fresh example of Iran’s apparent transfer of modern missiles from China to insurgents in the larger regional contest between Sunni-led and Shiite-led states, in which the American military has often been entwined.
Not with Chuck "friend of the Mullahs" Hagel at DOD, and John F'n "tool of our enemies" Kerry in charge
Posted by: Frank G || 03/02/2013 18:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And the deployment of the USS Truman has been delayed not even a week and our nose is already being rubbed in the sh!t of Obama.....
Posted by: USN,Ret. || 03/02/2013 20:54 Comments || Top||

Tripoli Roads Blocked over Bekaa Dispute between Army, Shahhal Bodyguards
[An Nahar] Several roads were blocked on Friday in the northern city of Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
in protest at a dispute that erupted between army troops and the bodyguards of Salafist holy man Dai al-Islam al-Shahhal in the Bekaa town of Majdal Anjar.

"An army patrol jugged
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
one of al-Shahhal's bodyguards for carrying a visible weapon in Majdal Anjar," OTV quoted a military source as saying.

Voice of Leb radio (93.3) said "army troops confiscated the machinegun of one of al-Shahhal's bodyguards who was trying to block Majdal Anjar's road and a verbal dispute ensued."

"They later returned the machinegun," the radio station added.

MTV said Shahhal was "insulted at a security checkpoint."

Later on Friday, LBCI television reported that protesters blocked the Azmi and Mejdlayya roads in Tripoli, the Salafist holy man's hometown, to condemn the incident.

Protesters shouted slogans condemning "the harassment against holy mans" and threatening further escalation "should this treatment continue."

The situation was already tense across the country on Friday, after strict security measures in the Sidon suburb of Abra managed to prevent a sit-in held by Islamist holy man Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir from turning violent.

Also on Friday, Islamist inmates rioted at the Roumieh prison while four men confronted Sheikh Hisham Khalifeh during his Friday sermon at the Mohammed al-Amin Mosque in downtown Beirut.

On Friday morning, Shahhal said the military institution is "largely infiltrated."

Gendarmery commander Brig. Gen. Joseph Doueihi noted that "a certain party coordinated and synchronized the Islamist protests in several regions at noon."
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Syria Jihadists Take Iraq Border Post
[An Nahar] Jihadist fighters of Al-Nusra Front have seized control of a checkpoint on northeast Syria's border with Iraq, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday.

The rebels overran the post at Yaarubiyeh in oil-rich Hassakeh province on Thursday after fierce festivities with government forces, the Britannia-based Observatory said in a statement.

The border crossing had been controlled by rebel forces last year before the army recaptured it.

Al-Nusra Front, an increasingly influential factor in Syria's conflict, also took control of the nearby town of Shaddadeh and surrounding villages in mid-February.

It first gained notoriety for its suicide kabooms in Syria's main cities and has evolved into a strong fighting force leading attacks on battlefronts throughout the country.

The Front's tactics and suspected affiliation to al-Qaeda's offshoot in Iraq have landed it on the U.S. list of terrorist organizations.

Rebels of the mainstream Free Syrian Army have told Agence La Belle France Presse that Al-Nusra fighters, despite their small numbers, have greater economic and logistical support than other snuffies and funding from abroad.

The jihadist group targets strategic points mainly in eastern Syria, including oil and gas facilities, and draws recruits from the local population by paying them a salary.
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