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Egypt: Justice orders the dissolution of the former ruling party
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Good afternoon
Posted by: Fred || 04/17/2011 15:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Happy Birthday/Daily Gam Shot

Jennifer Garner aka Wanda in "Dude, Where's My Car?" aka Nurse Sandra in "Pearl Harbor" aka Elektra Natchios in "Daredevil & Elektra" aka Gray Wheeler in "Catch and Release" aka Vanessa Loring in "Juno" (age 39)

Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 04/17/2011 17:24 Comments || Top||

5 Soldiers Killed In Homicide Bombing All Americans From 101st AB
Five troops killed in a suicide bombing this weekend at a military base in eastern Afghanistan were members of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division, a senior U.S. military official said Sunday.

Earlier, authorities had said only that five members of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, which includes troops from the United States and other nations, were killed in the Saturday incident.

The families of all five have been notified of the deaths, and a formal announcement from the Army is forthcoming, said the official, who declined to be identified pending the announcement.

On March 29, the same Army division lost six troops in a series of firefights in eastern Afghanistan.

On Saturday, a suicide bomber wearing an Afghan military uniform struck, killing the five, at a military base, Forward Operating Base Gamberi, in eastern Afghanistan's Laghman Province. The attack came during a meeting between Afghan soldiers and their ISAF mentors.

Four Afghan National Army troops were also killed and eight others, including four translators, were wounded, Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi said in a statement. The wounded were all in good condition, Azimi said.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mojahed claimed 12 foreign soldiers and four Afghan military service members died in the attack. He said the bomber, Abdul Ghani, "joined the Afghan National Army a month ago in order to kill the invaders."

The Laghman Province base is controlled by Afghan security forces. Azimi said Saturday he would not comment on the Taliban spokesman's claim.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 04/17/2011 20:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Rest in peace, with our thanks. Let's hope those who sent the murderer are soon found. According to Strategy Page, we got really good at data mining in Iraq, and have been applying it pretty successfully in Afghanistan/Pakistan.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/17/2011 22:23 Comments || Top||

Foreign Forces Kill Taliban District Chief in Afghanistan
[Tolo News] A Taliban Shadow district chief was killed in foreign forces' air strike in western Afghanistan, local officials said on Saturday.

The incident happened on Friday in Kashak-e-Rebaat Sangi district in east of Herat province when Mullah Mohayuddin a Taliban shadow district chief and three Talibs were killed in foreign forces' air strike, Shafiq Behroziyan, a front man for governor of Herat told TOLOnews. There were no civilian casualties in the attack, he added.

The Taliban have not yet commented.

Previously dozens of Taliban capos and hard boyz have been killed in foreign forces' air strikes in the country.

Kashak-e-Rebaat Sangi is an insecure district in the province where faceless myrmidons have been active. Foreign forces have launched military operations in Afghanistan to clear volatile areas of bully boys.
Posted by: Fred || 04/17/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  One down, thirty-three to go.
Posted by: American Delight || 04/17/2011 8:42 Comments || Top||

#2  I still think it would help with perspective if an artificial rank was assigned to such managers, parallel to military rank.

Likewise, I think it would help morale among our soldiers. For example, it would make a lot more sense to a squad if instead of telling them that they bagged a "Taliban shadow district chief, facilitator and high poobah", that instead they had bagged a "Taliban Lieutenant Colonel."

Doing so also highlights that the Taliban *do not* have military rank, so by the Geneva Conventions, *do not* have the rights and privileges due military personnel.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 04/17/2011 9:15 Comments || Top||

#3  Howzaout "Taliban Lieutenant Colonel Wanna-be," 'moose?
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 04/17/2011 10:00 Comments || Top||

#4  How about "dead SOB"?
Posted by: Old Patriot || 04/17/2011 20:14 Comments || Top||

Suicide Bomber Targets Afghan Military Base
[Tolo News] A jacket wallah wearing an Afghan cops uniform detonated his explosives to a military base in eastern Laghman province on Saturday, officials said.

The incident happened at 07:30 am local time in Dasht-e-Gamberay area of Laghman province and the suicide bomber was wearing an Afghan cops uniform, Zahir Azimi a front man for Afghan Defence Ministry told TOLOnews. Mr Azimi said there was no report about the exact number of casualties in the attack.

...back at the scene of the crime, Lieutenant Queeg had an idea...
officials in Jalalabad hospital said that 4 were killed and 8 others were maimed in the attack and all of them were from Afghan National Army.

Taliban have grabbed credit for the attack.
So they do occasionally acknowledge their work.
The attack comes as on Friday a suicide bomber attacked on Kandahar police headquarters in which three were killed including Khan Mohammad Mujahid, the police chief of the province. Two other coppers have been maimed in the attack, officials added.

Taliban have grabbed credit for the attack.
Two excitements claimed. Three points creates a pattern...
Recently hard boyz have been targeting government buildings in some parts of the country.

...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the style of the American pants...
has stressed on long-term cooperation with Afghanistan in Berlin conference.

On Friday NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in Berlin meeting said that handing over security responsibility did not mean leaving the country.

The Afghan Foreign Minister said that the grinding of the peace processor and reintegration required regional and global cooperation.

There are around 152, 000 foreing forces in Afghanistan, 100,000 of them American troops fighting myrmidons.
Posted by: Fred || 04/17/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa North
YouTube: Just some rebels having fun
Posted by: tipper || 04/17/2011 02:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

#1  attn: Mods, this link is messed up big time.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 04/17/2011 8:50 Comments || Top||

Qaddafis forces bombard Misrata for 3rd day
[Arab News] Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Qadaffy
... a proud Arab institution for 42 years ...
fired at least 100 Grad rockets into Misrata on Saturday, a rebel front man said, in a third day of heavy bombardment of the besieged rebel-held city.

"They fired Grads at an industrial area this morning, at least one hundred rockets were fired. No casualties are reported," Abdelbasset Abu Mzereiq told Rooters by telephone.

Misrata is the only major bastion of the rebels in the western part of Libya. Pro-Qadaffy forces have laid siege to it after the city rose up in revolt along with others against Qadaffy's four-decade rule in mid-February.

More than 100 rockets landed in the city on Friday and rebels said government forces had reached the city center.

Human Rights Watch said it had evidence Qadaffy's forces were firing cluster munitions into residential areas of Misrata. It published photographs of what it said were Spanish-produced cluster bombs, which release grenades designed to explode into fragments and kill the maximum number of people.
I thought cluster bombs were WMDs. At least that's what Code Pink always said...
Mussa Ibrahim, a Libyan government front man, dismissed the allegations, saying: "I challenge them to prove it."

Late on Friday, an aid ship brought nearly 1,200 Misrata evacuees to the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, just a fraction of those stranded in the city and desperate to escape, an official of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), who was on board the Greek ship, said.

There were likely to be 8,000-10,000 migrants who still needed to be evacuated from the city, Jeremy Haslam, an IOM aid coordinator said. The continued bombardment made it impossible to get into many areas of Misrata, he said.

"We threw out the textbook, basically. We couldn't get to the most vulnerable, those who need to get out fastest, because it was too dangerous," Haslam said.

On Friday, US President Barack B.O. Obama acknowledged the military situation on the ground in Libya had reached stalemate three weeks into the war, but said he expected NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the style of the American pants...
allies to force Qadaffy from power eventually.
Posted by: Fred || 04/17/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under:

#1  For Old Spook
Thank you for your service from an ex "Wallmeister".
Posted by: European Conservative || 04/17/2011 0:22 Comments || Top||

#2  fired at least 100 Grad rockets into Misrata on Saturday

Which is, I'm sure everybody will agree, is a terrible crime against humanity.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/17/2011 2:13 Comments || Top||

#3  Why stop at one hundred.
Posted by: Dave UK || 04/17/2011 5:34 Comments || Top||

#4  Oh, it was probably 5 - 6 grads, DUK, and the number 100 comes from local sources (1,2,3, many [= 100]).
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/17/2011 6:45 Comments || Top||

#5  A first class functioning system can fire 40-50 rockets in a 30 minutes or so and then it has to take time out to reload.

They probably have a less than fully functional system so unless they have more than one launcher, its reasonable to suspect a dozen or so rockets hit at once and it seemed to be a hundred.
Posted by: Lord Garth || 04/17/2011 9:42 Comments || Top||

#6  "They fired Grads at an industrial area this morning, at least one hundred rockets were fired.

Destroying domestic industry. Something even Obama can sit back and feel good about.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/17/2011 10:15 Comments || Top||

#7  For years I've heard that the Arab street seethes because the Great and not-so-great Satan(s) were propping up their vicious dictators.

Then I heard the Arab street seethed because we took down vicious dictator Saddam, in an invasion.

So what do they make of us taking on another transvestite brutal dictator and losing?
Posted by: regular joe || 04/17/2011 11:38 Comments || Top||

#8  So what do they make of us taking on another transvestite brutal dictator and losing?

They'll seeth. That's all they know how to do.
Posted by: Secret Asian Man || 04/17/2011 13:54 Comments || Top||

#9  That is the imputus in all this to begin with, duplicitus rational, history by the winners, so forth. The losers will say they won no matter what, so what ya gotta do is kick ass so hard they sound like Wimp Lo.

Jean Claude Van Damme looked pretty in the movies, but after he got his ass flat kicked in a bar they stopped showing his movies. I think there is a lesson there for the cultivated people of matters.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/17/2011 16:02 Comments || Top||

Egypt: Justice orders the dissolution of the former ruling party
[Ennahar] An Egyptian administrative court on Saturday ordered the dissolution of the National Democratic Party (NDP), former ruling party, and the seizure of its assets, said a judicial source.

"The tribunal ordered the dissolution of the NDP and the seizure of its money. Its headquarters and its buildings will be transferred to the government," the source said.

Conducted over three decades by Hosni Mubarak,
...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011...
the NDP is trying to survive the popular revolt that toppled former president February 11. Many of its former executives are under investigation for corruption, and many are already behind bars.
Posted by: Fred || 04/17/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6537 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This leaves the MB as the largest political group in the country. Hopefully the NDP will reorganize enough to prevent a one-party state, but odds now favor the MB getting the next government.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 04/17/2011 8:52 Comments || Top||

#2  I wonder if we can find a judge to do the same thing with the Rethuglycon and Dummycheat parties. Let the Tea Party be the majority party, and the rest of the "minority" parties can suck their exhaust.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 04/17/2011 20:12 Comments || Top||

#3  The last thing I would want is a judge deciding the political makeup of this country.
Posted by: Pappy || 04/17/2011 21:45 Comments || Top||

Libya: NATO raids on Sirte and Al-Hira
[Ennahar] Sirte, the hometown of Libyan leader Muammar Qadaffy,
... a proud Arab institution for 42 years ...
and Al-Hira south-west of Tripoli, were the targets Saturday in air strikes by NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the style of the American pants...
, reported the official Libyan agency Jana.

Raids by "colonialist aggressors crusaders have targeted Saturday morning Sirte, a coastal city of about 120,000 inhabitants located 600 km east of Tripoli, the agency said, without giving details on the targets.

The city had already been the target of raids Friday, according to Jana.

In the afternoon, the agency said that Al-Hira, 50 km southwest of Tripoli, was also targeted by NATO raids, without giving further details.
Posted by: Fred || 04/17/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under:

Forteen soldiers were killed and 12 injured in Azazga
[Ennahar] Forteen soldiers were killed and 12l were maimed Friday night by a "terrorist group" which attacked their outpost in Azazga (140 km) east of Algiers, according to security sources.

This attack would have caused 14 deaths and twelve maimed among the military and one of the assailants, according to residents reached by telephone from Algiers. The body of the latter was seen on a highway, sources said. The exchange of fire lasted over two hours, said the site. The position attacked is situated outside the town of Azazga, on the edge of the dense forest of Yakouren, where al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is very active. The attack came nearly two months after lifting the state of emergency declared in 1992 to contain an Islamic insurgency.
Posted by: Fred || 04/17/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa

Abu Zeid has sent 60 Libyan terrorists in Libya to bring weapons
[Ennahar] According to informed sources, the emir of "Katibet Tarik ibn Ziyad", Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, alias, Ghedir Mohamed, head of the organization of the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat
... now known as al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb...
in the south, has decided to send Libyan activists to Libya on a special mission: bring weapons from the areas where battles are taking place between Libyan forces of Evil and pro-Qadaffy forces.

According to these information citing new repented, Abu Zeid, nicknamed "Essoufi", allegedly ordered sixty snuffies of Libyan nationality, members of his organization, to go to Libya to bring the greatest possible amount of weapons of war and transport it in the Saharan Sahel region
... North Africa's answer to the Pak tribal areas...
. Abu Zeid said that their mission was not to take part in the war as it is "not their war," but to take advantage of the situation in Libya to seize weapons and war equipment.

These revelations are confirming what has been reported by many officials on the attempts of the Salafist organization to bring weapons from Libya to the Sahel Saharan regions.

Chadian President Idris Deby had said that the organization of Droukdal had seized heavy weapons that it would have brought to his strongholds in the Ténéré desert.

An Algerian security official had also told Rooters that the terrorist organization had managed to seize heavy weapons from Libya.

For her part, the U.S. Secretary of State had warned the Libyan opposition on the consequences of exploitation by the snuffies of situation in Libya to seize weapons they would use later in their terrorist operations.
Posted by: Fred || 04/17/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa

Mubarak will be moved to prison after recovery
[Emirates 24/7] Egypt's state prosecutor decided on Friday to transfer ousted president Hosni Mubarak
...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011...
to a military hospital, from which he will be moved to prison when his health improves, state media reported.

Abdel Maguid Mahmud "decided to transfer the former president Hosni Mubarak to one of the military hospitals," from one in the Red Sea resort of Sharm El Sheikh, the official MENA news agency reported.

Mubarak would be placed under "the necessary security," it reported.

It added Mubarak would remain "jugged under preventive custody according to prison laws with the obligation of informing the state prosecution as soon his health improves and the opportunity arises to move him to a prison."

Mubarak suffered a heart attack earlier this week during questioning by prosecutors over his alleged involvement in the deaths of anti-regime protesters.

He and his two sons were subsequently remanded in jug for 15 days.

The report said the prosecution had asked the interior ministry to transfer Mubarak to a hospital in Cairo's Tora prison, where his sons Alaa and Gamal are along with a growing number of former ministers and regime officials.

The interior minister responded by saying the prison's hospital was not equipped to deal with a rapid decline in the 82-year-old's health and recommended a military hospital, the report said.
Posted by: Fred || 04/17/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under:

#1  To encourage other dictators to fight to the last.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/17/2011 1:55 Comments || Top||

JMP Delegation to Meet GCC Foreign Ministers in Riyadh Sunday
[Yemen Post] A delegation from the opposition coalition, the Joint Meeting Parties, heads on Sunday to Saudi capital Riyadh to meet the GCC foreign ministers.

The rotating president of the coalition, Yasin Saeed Noman, told Aljazeera Satellite Channel that the delegation will brief the Gulf ministers on what is happening in Yemen.

Previously, the JMP informed the GCC member states that it wanted to explain the situation in Yemen before their second declaration that should complete the GCC proposal for a peaceful transfer of power, he said.

The regime was misleading our brothers in the Arabian Gulf and that was seen as a roadblock to explain the things here as they are being done as the situations are gravely deteriorating, he made clear.

The GCC states welcomed our explanation and the meeting will take place Sunday afternoon, he said.

Regarding the reports that there was a U.S.-EU vision for a timeframe for the ouster of the Yemeni regime in the light the GCC proposal, Noman said that there was a 'misconception'.

" The U.S. and EU thoughts for the Yemeni crisis were thrashed out even with the regime and they focused on the implementation of the first initiative, nothing else," he said.
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Yemeni women stage massive protest
[Iran Press TV] In Yemen, thousands of outraged women have defended their right to protest in the capital and other cities over remarks made by President President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh.
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, after serving as a lieutenant colonel in the army. He had been part of the conspiracy that bumped off his predecessor, Ibrahim al-Hamdi, in the usual tiresome military coup, and he has maintained power by keeping Yemen's many tribes fighting with each other, rather than uniting to string him up. ...
President-for-Life Saleh
... exemplifying the Arab's propensity to combine brutality with incompetence...
had earlier said that it was un-Islamic for women to join men in demonstrations against him, Rooters reported.

In response, around 5,000 women erupted into the streets in Sana'a on Saturday. The protesters, who have filed a complaint against Saleh for disrespecting women's rights, marched from University Square to the office of Attorney General Abdullah al-Olafi.

Similar protests were held in the industrial city of Taizz, south of the capital, Sana'a. Sit-ins were also held there and in the city of Ibb.

Women argue that their participation in the demonstrations is religiously sound, and that the president is exploiting religion after failing to stop the protests through employing tribes and security forces.

The demonstrators continue to call on Saleh to step down after nearly three months of protests. While Saleh says civil war could break out if he steps down before an orderly transition, the protesters say they want him out immediately.

...back at the barn, Bossy had come up with a new idea...
a local Yemeni newspaper has revealed that Saleh will step down from power in 30 days upon the designation of a new vice president. This is according to a timetable set by the US and EU ambassadors.
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Bahraini women die amid crackdown
[Iran Press TV] At least two Bahraini women have died as a result of a crackdown on the opposition, while thugs backed by Saudi forces stormed the village of Karzakan following the country-wide protests.

Azizeh Hassan died in her home after pro-regime thugs stormed houses in Bilad al-Qadim district, a Press TV correspondent reported on Saturday.

Moreover, a female teenager died a month after she was attacked by pro-regime thugs in Manama. Jawaher Abdul-Amir Kuwaitan was in a coma at the capital's al-Salmaniyah Hospital.

A number of rallies were held in cities and villages across the country, including in A'ali, Diraz, Karzakan and Bani Jamrah, on Friday.

...back at the Hubba Hubba Club, Nunzio had his hands full of angry bleached blonde...
Al Khalifa loyalists backed by Saudi forces poured into the streets of Karzakan, terrorizing and damaging properties.

Security forces have stepped up their crackdown on the opposition, with over 800 people now being tossed in the clink.

According to the opposition Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights and the al-Wefaq party, the prominent human rights
...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions...
lawyer Mohammed al-Tajer was tossed in the clink on Saturday night during a raid on his house.

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights in Manama has said that those jugged by government forces undergo torture. The group has also cited incidences of families receiving the bodies of those who died in jug with bruising and lashing marks.

Since the beginning of anti-government protests on February 14, scores of protesters have been killed and many others gone missing. Many of the families believe those tossed in the clink are most likely being jugged at the Sheikh Isa military base.

Most Bahraini media outlets have been blocked and mosques demolished by the government. Additionally, doctors and others who help the injured protesters have been targeted in arrests.

Bahraini protesters are demanding an end to the 200-year rule of the Al Khalifa dynasty.
Posted by: Fred || 04/17/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Iran is pushing the Shias into protests, then distracting the Iranian populace with the whipped up hysteria. Nice double game if they can get away with it. Why aren't we actively subverting the Mullahs and RG by arming the opposition and disrupting the gov't ops?
Posted by: Frank G || 04/17/2011 10:10 Comments || Top||

#2  "Why aren't we actively subverting the Mullahs and RG by arming the opposition and disrupting the gov't ops?"

Two words, Frank: The Won.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 04/17/2011 10:12 Comments || Top||

#3  It is not halal to arm the brother of your brother.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/17/2011 10:18 Comments || Top||

#4  Thank you Mr. B my new word for the day.
"Good Intention and naive doesn't mean HALAL"
Posted by: Dale || 04/17/2011 13:00 Comments || Top||

Kashmir rebels kill woman poll candidate in India
[Bangla Daily Star] Suspected Mohammedan rebels rubbed out a woman candidate contesting village-level polls in restive Indian Kashmire, police said yesterday.

Haseena Akhter, in her forties, was fighting elections in her village of Pakherpora, 35 kilometres from Kashmire's summer capital, Srinagar.

The Panchayat or local body elections, which began on April 13, are being held in two phases in the revolt-hit Mohammedan-majority state after a gap of 10 years.

"Akhter was dragged out by unidentified gunnies who raided her residence on Friday night and killed her in the compound at point-blank range," a police brass hat told AFP, requesting anonymity.

Separatist politicians and jihad boy groups have called for a boycott of the local polls, terming the exercise an attempt by India to "strengthen its occupation of Kashmire".
Posted by: Fred || 04/17/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6488 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I suspect these 'rebels' are not from Kashmir and are not rebels since, being born in Pakistan, they have no allegiance to a foreign state. Pakistani terrorists cannot be rebelling against India.
Posted by: john frum || 04/17/2011 20:23 Comments || Top||

Violence in Karachi continues, seven more killed
[Dawn] Seven people were killed in different incidents of violence across the metropolitan city Bloody Karachi on Saturday, DawnNews reported.

An Abdullah was killed and two others were maimed when gunnies opened fire on Saturday morning.

Unknown assailants opened fire on the Chief Secretary Officer Jamal Khan of ANP in Shah Latif twon

In another incident in Malir district unknown assailants fired on ANP's Chief Security Officer, Jamal Khan's car in which one of the guards was killed instantly while two others were severely injured.

One of the guards pegged out at the hospital.

Another person was rubbed out near singer chowrangi in Korangi area. While a twelve year old boy was killed by a stray bullet in Sohrab Goth area.

Two people were maimed during a firing spree on a shop located near post office in Liaqatabad area. One of the victims, Ayub a.k.a Raja pegged out on the way to the hospital.

Also, an unidentified dead body was recovered from Guilstan-e-Jauhar.
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Two FC men, militant killed in Kurram attack
[Dawn] Two security personnel and a beturbanned goon were killed in exchange of fire during an attack on a security post in Khpayanga area of lower Kurram tribal region on Friday.

Sources said that a group of armed gun-hung tough guys attacked an FC checkpost with heavy weapons. As a result, two personnel Wasim Khan and Hakeem Khan were killed and another one was injured. A beturbanned goon was also killed when FC men retaliated.

The bodies of secret police were shifted to FC headquarter from where they will be dispatched to their native towns.

...back at the argument, Jane reached into her purse for her .38...
a government-run primary school was partially damaged when an bomb planted by unknown myrmidons went off in a remote village of Malakand protected area early on Friday morning.Sources said that unidentified gun-hung tough guys had planted the device along the outer wall of the school building in Sholwai, some 25km from district headquarter Batkhela, which went kaboom! with a big bang. As a result, the boundary wall of the school was partially damaged.

The Malakand Levies have lodged a case and started investigation.
Posted by: Fred || 04/17/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under: TTP

NATO oil tanker torched in Dera Murad Jamali
QUETTA: Unidentified gunnies in Dera Murad Jamali set ablaze a tanker carrying fuel supplies for NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the style of the American pants...
troops stationed in Afghanistan on Saturday.

According to official sources, the vehicle carrying fuel for NATO troops was on its way to Kandahar from Bloody Karachi when unidentified attackers, riding a cycle of violence, shot bullets at it on the National Highway near Dera Murad Jamali in the limits of the Sadar Levies Station. As a result of the firing, the tanker caught fire and was destroyed completely. However,
The wishy-washy However...
no casualty was reported in the incident. After committing the crime, the gunnies managed to escape from the scene.

Balochistan Levies officials reached the site and cordoned off the area, soon after the incident. No outfit had claimed the responsibility for the attack until the filing of this report. Balochistan Levies has started the paperwork but haven't done much else against the unidentified attackers. Further investigations are underway.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/17/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under:

Gas pipeline blown up in Dera Bugti
QUETTA: Unidentified hard boyz blew up a gas pipeline in Pir Koh area of Dear Bugti on Saturday, forcing the suspension of supply to a gas purification plant.

According to official sources, faceless myrmidons had planted an bomb near a 24-inch diameter pipeline supplying gas to a purification plant from Pir Koh gas field. The device went off with a huge bang disrupting supply to the plant.

The sources said that many parts of Punjab would face gas shortage due to the damaged pipeline. Reportedly, Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) experts have been called in and repair work on the damaged portion of the pipeline has been started. A case has been registered against the unidentified myrmidons and investigation is underway. No group claimed the responsibility for the blast till the filing of this report.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/17/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

13 injured in students' clash
KARACHI: Thirteen students were maimed in a clash between two students' organisations at the Dawood College of Engineering & Technology within the limits of Jamshed Quarter cop shoppe here on Saturday.

The clash took place between the Islami Jamiat Tulba (IJT) and Jeay Sindh Students Federation (JSSF) when the IJT students tried to stop a student of JSSF from playing songs on his mobile phone. The verbal exchange soon turned violent as both the groups started fighting with sticks. However,
The ever-popular However...
the administration of the college intervened and tried to bring the situation to normality. Later, they again clashed, leaving 13 students injured. Police shifted the injured to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre.

A heavy contingent of police and Rangers rushed to the scene and took the situation under control. No FIR was lodged till filing of this report.

...back at the wreckage, Captain Poindexter awoke groggily...
a fight broke out between the students of the Pukhtoon Students Federation and the Imamia Students Organisation in the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology within the limits of Aziz Bhatti cop shoppe that left four students injured. The fight started on campus and later on the students came out on the University Road and blocked it for half an hour. However,
The ever-popular However...
the police and Rangers rushed to the scene and controlled the situation. No one was tossed in the clink and no FIR was lodged till filing of this report.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/17/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

Dozens of Salafis Arrested in Jordan
[Ennahar] Seventy-Islamists were tossed in the slammer in the northern Jordan after violent protests in which dozens of people were maimed Friday, mostly coppers, said Saturday an official of security services

Prime Minister Maarouf Bakhit has accused the group of being part of an armed organization, based on an "obscurantist ideology," and warned that his government would stand firm against it.

The suspects, members of the Salafi Movement (Sunni ultra-conservative), were tossed in the slammer Friday during raids in Zarqa, where the festivities took place, and in the nearby town of Rassifeh, hours after Islamist protesters had attacked police, the source said.

Initially, 120 people were tossed in the slammer. Fifty were released and 70 were interviewed for alleged involvement in the violence in Zarqa on Friday, the official said under condition of anonymity.

According to a member of the Salafist movement, 22 of its leaders were among those jugged, including its leader, AbdelChahatah al-Tahawi.

The festivities, the worst in three weeks in the country, were held Friday as anti-government demonstrations were held in several cities in Jordan.

Police chief, Hussein Majali, had said that evening that police had intervened to "prevent the Salafists to attack people who were shopping.

Fifty-one coppers were hit with "knives, sticks and sharp tools, and 32 were treated for inhaling tear gas," said the source, who also reported eight civilians "injured when police fired tear gas."
Posted by: Fred || 04/17/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "obscurantist" means deliberately vague.

So, an "obscurantist ideology" means either that the ideology itself is vague; or, more likely, that like the rest of Islam, they are encouraged to lie and deceive to those not of their sect.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 04/17/2011 9:06 Comments || Top||

Hamas holds 4 suspects over Italians murder
[Ma'an] The Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, government said Saturday it has placed in durance vile two more suspects in connection with the murder of an Italian activist, hanged hours after his abduction.

The interior ministry "managed to arrest two suspects" in the murder on Friday of pro-Paleostinian activist Vittorio Arrigoni, in addition to two other suspects previously taken into custody, a statement said.

"The security forces continue to hunt other members of the group responsible for the murder," said the statement.

The suspects placed in durance vile were being questioned about Arrigoni's murder, it added, without revealing their names or when they were placed in durance vile.

Hamas had said Friday two suspected kidnappers were placed in durance vile and security officials were looking for accomplices.

The Italian activist was found hanged in a house north of Gazoo City, the ruling Hamas government said on Friday, blaming a radical Islamist group for his murder.

"The government media office denounces the criminal kidnapping and murder of an Italian solidarity activist... who was found by security hanging in an abandoned house in northern Gazoo," Hamas said on Friday.

Hamas government front man Ihab Al-Ghoussein branded the murder a "heinous crime which has nothing to do with our values, our religion, our customs and traditions."

"The other members of the group will be hunted down and the law will be applied," Al-Ghoussein said on Friday.

The pro-Paleostinian International Solidarity Movement named the activist as 36-year-old member Vittorio Arrigoni, who had been living in the Gazoo Strip for much of the past three years.

In a video posted on YouTube, the kidnappers said Arrigoni had been taken hostage in order to secure the release of an unspecified number of Salafists jugged by Hamas security forces.
Posted by: Fred || 04/17/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6486 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  the usual ones, I suppose.
Posted by: Zorba Spiting3997 || 04/17/2011 14:39 Comments || Top||

Jordan Arrests 70 Islamists After Bloody Clashes
Jordanian security forces have arrested 70 Islamists after violent protests in which many people were hurt, most of them policemen, a security official told Agence France Presse on Saturday.

The suspects, members of the ultra-conservative Sunni Muslim Salafist movement, were rounded up during raids Friday in the town of Zarqa and nearby Rassifeh, hours after Islamist protesters attacked police, the official said.

Initially 120 people were detained but 50 of them were later let go while 70 were quizzed about their involvement in the violence in Zarqa, a northern industrial town, said the official who declined to be named.

Those found guilty would be prosecuted, he added.

A member of the Salafist movement meanwhile told AFP that 22 prominent figures of the Islamist group including its chief in Jordan, Abdul Shahatah al-Tahawi, were among those detained.

More than 90 people, most of them policemen, were hurt Friday when Islamist Salafist demonstrators armed with swords, daggers and clubs attacked police in Zarqa during protests.(AFP)
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/17/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

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Man gunned down, ranger injured in southern Thailand
Suspected Muslim terrorists insurgents killed a man and seriously injured a paramilitary ranger in separate attacks in Yala and Narathiwat yesterday.

Musae Sa-lae, an assistant village official was shot and killed in Yala province while driving a motorcycle at 6:30 a.m.

Musae was going to work in his rubber plantation when attackers hiding at the side of the road shot him, where he died at the scene.

Later that afternoon, a member of the 46th Rangers Regiment was seriously injured in a drive-by attack which police suspected was the work of terrorists extremists in Narathiwat province.

Volunteer ranger Muhammad Yakee, 26, was riding his motorcycle home when he was followed by two men on another motorcycle. The pillion rider took three shots at him and then they fled the scene. One bullet pierced the victim's neck and exited through his mouth. Muhammad was taken to the hospital and immediately underwent surgery.

Bomb wounds Thai soldier

A soldier was seriously wounded when a roadside bomb exploded in Narathiwat province on Saturday night.

The explosion took place about 8:30 p.m. when the 7-man patrol unit was patrolling the road on motorcycles.

The suspected terrorists militants detonated the home-made bomb while Pvt Chakkrapong Thongrit, 21, was passing by on a motorcycle. He was seriously injured and was taken to the district hospital.
Posted by: ryuge || 04/17/2011 08:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under:

Indonesia police release pictures of mosque bomber
[Straits Times] INDONESIA police are attempting to identify the jacket wallah who went kaboom!" in a mosque as police were praying, wounding 30 people.

Police front man Maj. Gen. Anton Bahrul Alam says forensic doctors have been examining the DNA of the bomber, whose mangled body was found at the scene of the blast at a town in West Java.

He says the bomber's head is still intact. A picture of his face was released Saturday.

Alam said the bomber was wearing five layers of pants to hide the bomb that was strapped to his body.

Friday's attack was the first on a mosque in Indonesia since gun-hung tough guys started targeting the predominantly Mohammedan country a decade ago.
Posted by: Fred || 04/17/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under: Jemaah Islamiyah

Syria: Assad expressed his sorrow over deaths
[Ennahar] Syrian President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
One of the last of the old-fashioned hereditary iron-fisted fascist dictators. Before going into the family business Pencilneck was an eye doctor...
on Saturday expressed his sadness at the death of dozens of people during demonstrations against the regime, in a speech before the new government broadcast on public television.
Posted by: Fred || 04/17/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "I weep for you," the Walrus said:
"I deeply sympathize."
With sobs and tears he sorted out
Those of the largest size,
Holding his pocket-handkerchief
Before his streaming eyes.

"O Oysters," said the Carpenter,
"You've had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?'
But answer came there none--
And this was scarcely odd, because
They'd eaten every one.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 04/17/2011 11:45 Comments || Top||

Syrian president introduces reforms
[Iran Press TV] Syrian President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
One of the last of the old-fashioned hereditary iron-fisted fascist dictators. Before going into the family business Pencilneck was an eye doctor...
has introduced a new package of reforms which he says will meet the demands of anti-government protesters.

Addressing his new cabinet, Assad said he expects the decades-long state of emergency to be lifted within a week, the News Agency that Dare Not be Named reported.

"Contrary to what some people think, that this will destabilize Syria, I think lifting the state of emergency will boost security in Syria while at the same time safeguarding the dignity of the Syrian people,'' he told his cabinet.

He called on the new government to engage in a national dialogue with people and respect their aspirations for freedom.

The wishy-washy However...
he stressed that the Syrian people should be patient because reforms will not produce instant results.

Demonstrations, in the meantime, were reported in several cities, including the capital 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...
and the northwestern city of Banias.

A Syrian rights group has said the government is responsible for the death of 200 protesters since mid-March.

Assad said an investigation into the death of civilians and troops is underway and results will soon be announced.

On Thursday, the president issued amnesty for those jugged during the protests, aside from those the government considers to have committed criminal acts.

Syrian authorities blame the protests on armed gangs and foreign powers. The government recently announced the arrest of foreign elements it accuses of provoking the recent unrest in the country.
Posted by: Fred || 04/17/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Posted by: ANONYMOUS || 04/17/2011 17:40 Comments || Top||

#2  hmmm. Your message is too subtle, perhaps it's me, but I'm not getting it.

Timmy's in the well? Is that you, Lassie?
Posted by: Frank G || 04/17/2011 19:05 Comments || Top||

#3  Timothy Charles Kalemkarian

1994: Write in Candidate for US Senator (Lost)
1998: Candidate for Mayor of Moorpark (Lost; 2.5%)
Candidate for Oak Park Unified School District (Won; 26.9%)
2000: Candidate for Moorpark City Council (Lost; 0.8%)
2000: Write-in Candidate for President (Lost)
2004: Write-in Candidate for President (Lost)
2004: Write-in [Republican] Primary Candidate for President (Lost)
2010: Primary Candidate for US Senator (Lost; 0.8%)

From other sites:

Mr. Kalemkarian is a perennial candidate, who has alternated between running for US Senate and the Presidency. He is best remembered for kicking off his 2000 campaign for the top spot by marching back and forth across the street from Monica Lewinsky’s parents’ home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles wearing a sandwich board. He has no web site or distinguishing political stances other that an avid follower (himself, maybe?) who trolls the comments sections of political blogs leaving comments about how qualified Kalemkarian is for office.

Apparently this clown's been dumping this spam practically everywhere since 2007, if not earlier.
Posted by: Pappy || 04/17/2011 21:51 Comments || Top||

#4  Damn. I was hoping it was Lassie
Posted by: Frank G || 04/17/2011 22:07 Comments || Top||

Syria protests swell as tens of thousands turn out
Posted by: Mike Ramsey || 04/17/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  time to help this along
Posted by: Frank G || 04/17/2011 11:08 Comments || Top||

#2  "time to help this along"

Agreed, Frank.

So look for Bambi to either do nothing or kiss Assad's ass some more. >:-(
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 04/17/2011 11:24 Comments || Top||

#3  If you want Bambi to help this along, persuade him that the protestors are hard-core Islamists, the Salafists, Al Q, etc.

Then he could be on the side most inimical to the US, where he likes to be.
Posted by: AlanC || 04/17/2011 11:39 Comments || Top||

#4  If you want things to be better in the ME, then the best place to start is Syria. Get rid of the Pencil Neck regime with something better, then Lebanon gets better, same with Iraq, even Gaza, as the influence of Hizb'Allah and Iran greatly diminish. There will be more effect than playing around in G'Daffy's sandbox.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 04/17/2011 15:21 Comments || Top||

#5  The "something better" is gonna be the trick, AP.

If they would turn inward and kick out the Iranians, that'd be great. I'm afraid that's too much to hope for.
Posted by: Bobby || 04/17/2011 16:40 Comments || Top||

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