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Yemen's president agrees to step down
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 04/23/2011 11:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Effect of a recent tornado?
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/23/2011 16:02 Comments || Top||

#2  1st draft of the Marilyn Monroe "7 year itch" scene. It got better
Posted by: Frank G || 04/23/2011 16:17 Comments || Top||

#3  Birthday/Daily Gam Shot

Simone Simon aka Marie Claudel in "Girls' Dormitory" aka Marie Armand in "Ladies in Love" aka Diane in "Seventh Heaven" aka Belle in "The Devil and Daniel Webster" aka Irena Dubrovna Reed in "Cat People & The Curse of the Cat People" (Died in 2005 at age 94)

Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 04/23/2011 17:30 Comments || Top||

#4  Look up in the sky it's a plane no! it's an Iranian
Predator Drone.
Posted by: Dale || 04/23/2011 17:31 Comments || Top||

#5  I believe I have found who has been pulling the strings in this administration. Major recruitment program in the works. Who's Next;

Posted by: Dale || 04/23/2011 17:51 Comments || Top||

Roadside bomb kills Afghan border policemen
[Al Jazeera] A roadside kaboom has killed five border coppers in southern Afghanistan amid a surge in violence in the country.

Officials said on Friday that the coppers were hit when a mine blew up their vehicle in Spin Boldak district in Kandahar province, late on Thursday.

The AFP news agency said the Taliban had grabbed credit via a text message for the Spin Boldak blast.

Also on Thursday, one 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...
soldier was killed in the east and a nephew of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar
... who used to be known in intelligence circles as The Most Evil Man in the World but who now seems merely run-of-the-mill evil...
, the founder of Hizb-i-Islami, died in Wardak province.

Habibullah Shoab Hekmatyar, a 17-year-old former student in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar, Pakistain, had joined the fight against international forces in Wardak.

Harun Zarghun, a front man for Hizb-i-Islami, said the nephew was killed in a coalition Arclight airstrike along with one of his colleagues in Nirkh district, Zarghun said.

NATO confirmed that there was a coalition Arclight airstrike Thursday in Nirkh, but could not confirm if Hekmatyar's nephew was among four who were killed.

The attack in Spin Boldak is the latest in a wave of attacks against Afghanistan's police and army in the run-up to the start of the transition from foreign to Afghan security control in July.

On the Pak side of the border, two Pak coppers were reportedly killed when hundreds of armed fighters came across from Afghanistan's Kunar province
... which is right down the road from Binny's house in Chitral...

In Khost, another province that borders Pakistain, three Afghan men who were part of a civilian police force guarding a road construction project were killed on Thursday in Spera district, the AP news agency reported an official as saying.

The men, who were part of the so-called Afghan Public Protection Force, opened fire as a NATO helicopter passed overhead.

Abdul Hakim Ishaqzai, a Khost police chief, said the men were killed by NATO forces, but the alliance has not yet commented on the incident.
Posted by: Fred || 04/23/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6490 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa North
Libya army may quit Misrata, let tribes fight rebels
TRIPOLI - Libya's army may quit fighting in Misrata because of 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...
Arclight airstrikes and allow local tribes instead to lead the fight against rebels, the deputy foreign minister said on Friday.

"Now there is an ultimatum before the Libyan army. If they can't resolve the problem in Misrata then the people from the region... will move in," Khaled Kaim told news hounds. "The situation in Misrata will be eased, will be dealt with by the tribes around Misrata and the rest of Misrata's people and not by the Libyan army," he said.

"The tactic of the army is to have a surgical solution but with the Arclight airstrikes it doesn't work."
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/23/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So which "civilians" is NATO gonna "protect" now?
Posted by: Zebulon Thranter9685 || 04/23/2011 0:45 Comments || Top||

#2  I'd say this means Daffy is running out of army resources.
Posted by: phil_b || 04/23/2011 1:56 Comments || Top||

#3  A rebel spokesman in Misrata, Abdelsalam, said pro-Gadhafi tribes were in a minority in the area: “There are two small pro-Gadhafi settlements outside Misrata. They make less than one percent of the population of Misrata and the surrounding area.”
Posted by: phil_b || 04/23/2011 7:30 Comments || Top||

#4  At last. We are now in a new phase. This was supposed to be how things should get resolved.
This is the Arab way. Ancient Tribe blood lines are the only solution in an area that clings to the old ways. Eternal blood feuds and tribal control are the only course in this troubled world. No talk of the western worlds freedom fighters. Now the Tribal leaders will direct the future course of events. Then oil and water will mix again in the most barren of lands.
Posted by: Dale || 04/23/2011 18:48 Comments || Top||

#5  I'd say this means Daffy is running out of army resources.

Or it's a fall-back, regroup and wait for materiel and ordnance to cross the Algerian and Chadian borders.

Remember - the elite units haven't taken part. Yet.
Posted by: Pappy || 04/23/2011 21:04 Comments || Top||

McCain urges recognition for Libyan 'heroes'
Senator John Maverick McCain
... the Senator-for-Life from Arizona, former presidential candidate and even more former foot soldier in the Reagan Revolution...
, one of the strongest proponents in the US congress of American military intervention in Libya, has called on Washington to recognise Libyan rebels' transitional council as the true voice of the Libyan people and transfer frozen assets to them.

McCain also called 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...
to step up its air campaign and said Western allies should provide rebels with training, weapons and command-and-control activities to help overthrow Muammar Qadaffy, Libya's longtime leader.

"I would encourage every nation, especially the United States, to recognise the transitional national council as the legitimate voice of the Libyan people," McCain said, speaking to news hounds in the eastern rebel stronghold of Benghazi on Friday.

"They have earned this right and Qadaffy has forfeited it by waging war on his own people."

McCain, believed to be the most senior Western politician, and the first from the United States, to visit Benghazi since the conflict broke out in late February, made the trip to Libya on his own.

An aide said he met rebel leaders including finance chief Ali Tarhouni and armed forces head Abdel Fattah Younes.

McCain also said he was worried the battle between Qadaffy's troops and rebel forces was reaching a stalemate that could "open the door to radical Islamic fundamentalism".

Rebels 'my heroes'

The US senator's arrival came close on the heels of the US president approving the use of armed drones in Libya against ground forces for the first time since America handed over the military operation to NATO.

Al Jizz's Mike Hanna, reporting from Benghazi, says broader recognition "gives the transitional council a legal standing which it does not at the moment enjoy" along with "extra finance" and "greater political authenticity within Libya itself".

"If the council is recognised as the authentic voice of the Libyan people, then they could receive those funds that have been frozen abroad from the Qadaffy regime," he said.

McCain also denied concerns about the possibility of myrmidon or al-Qaeda elements fighting alongside the pro-democracy forces, telling Al Jizz "they [opposition fighters] are my heroes".
Posted by: Fred || 04/23/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They have some footage showing these 'Heroes' taking care of a prisoner over at Weasel Zippers.

they give him the Nick Berg treatment while the crowd goes apeshit complete with a surge to the front and chants of 'allan snackbar'

go home John. you have used up the goodwill and respect that your service entitled you to and have become a national embarrassment.
Posted by: abu do you love || 04/23/2011 0:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Media Whore Reassures Obama Voters They Made the Right Choice
Posted by: regular joe || 04/23/2011 8:48 Comments || Top||

#3  "go home John. you have used up the goodwill and respect that your service entitled you to and have become a national embarrassment."

Yup, could not even make a stand up challenge to obama. He ran a dirty campaign in his home state, he just gets worse and worse. I am sick of him personally.
Posted by: newc || 04/23/2011 9:33 Comments || Top||

#4  Please retire and go out to pasture, John. The country thanks you for your service and is now finding out you are a grade "A" dipshit too. Please just go away.
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/23/2011 10:11 Comments || Top||

#5  Attention 'Ho. When I saw on the ballot our choices for President, and the Alaska choices for Senator, I just knew that were in trouble. You want a graveyard spiral into the ground or do you want to auger in? Those were my thoughts.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 04/23/2011 14:14 Comments || Top||

Libyan rebels report gains in Misrata fighting
[Dawn] Rebels have battled Moammar Gadhafi's troops for control of central Misrata, driving dozens of snipers from tall buildings in hours of urban warfare and gaining a tactical advantage in the only major city held by the opposition in western Libya, witnesses said.

Also on Thursday, the Libyan government ramped up its rhetoric against 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...
, warning that "it will be hell" for the alliance if it sends in ground troops, even though Perfidious Albion's prime minister said the Western nations were not moving toward such a deployment.

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said President Barack B.O. Obama has approved the use of armed Predator drones in Libya. The drones allow for low-level precision attacks and are uniquely suited for urban areas such as Misrata, where NATO airpower has been unable to protect civilians when Gadhafi's forces are operating inside the city.

Elsewhere, rebels captured Thursday a Libyan border crossing into Tunisia, forcing government soldiers to flee over the frontier and possibly opening a new channel for opposition forces in Gadhafi's bastion in western part of the country.

At least seven people were killed in Thursday's fighting for the main Misrata thoroughfare of Tripoli Street, bringing to 20 the number slain in three days in Libya's third-largest city.

Misrata has been besieged by government forces for nearly two months, with human rights
...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions...
groups estimating hundreds of people killed. Tripoli Street is the site where two Western photojournalists were killed Wednesday as the rebels tried to dislodge the snipers loyal to Gadhafi perched on rooftops.

The street, which stretches from the heart of Misrata to a major highway southwest of the city of 300,000 people, has become a front line for the rebels and Gadhafi's forces.

The rebels took over several buildings along parts of the street, enabling them to cut off supplies to a Gadhafi unit and dozens of rooftop snipers who have terrorized civilians and kept them trapped in their homes, said a doctor who identified himself only as Ayman for fear of retaliation.

"This battle cost us lots of blood and deaders," the doctor said.

Residents celebrated and chanted "God is great" after the snipers left a battle-scarred insurance building that is the highest point in central Misrata, according to a witness who identified himself only as Sohaib.

"Thanks to God, the snipers decamped, leaving nothing behind at the insurance building after they were cut off from supplies, ammunition, food and water, for days," added another resident, Abdel Salam.

He called it a major victory because the structure gave the pro-Gadhafi forces a commanding view of the city.
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AQIM creates camp near Mauritania
[Maghrebia] Al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) established a new base in Mali, close to the border with Mauritania, Journal Tahalil reported on Thursday (April 21st). According to AFP, AQIM fighters were seen east of the Malian city of Nara, in the Wagadou forest. Security sources in Mali said that the camp would likely be used for launching terror attacks in Mauritania.
Posted by: Fred || 04/23/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa

Yemen's president agrees to step down
Yemen's President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh has accepted a deal negotiated by neighboring Gulf nations to step down, according to a senior Yemeni Foreign Ministry official.

Saleh and the Yemeni opposition have both agreed to the deal in principle. But Saleh hasn't yet signed the agreement, which mandates that he leave office within 30 days and provides complete immunity for him and those who served in his regime.

Posted by: ryuge || 04/23/2011 14:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6488 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Now get obooboo to agree to a similar deal, but no immunity for anybody in his claque...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/23/2011 15:15 Comments || Top||

Rival camps hold protests in Yemen
[Al Jizz] Opponents and supporters of the Yemeni president have flooded the streets of Sanaa, the capital, and the southern city of Taiz to stage rival demonstrations.

Friday's rallies took place as 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. ...
gave a guarded welcome to a Gulf Arab plan for a three-month transition of power, delivered to him the day before.

He told supporters in Sanaa that any arrangements had to be "within the framework of the Yemen constitution" - language which could mask objections to the plan. He also vowed to "confront challenge with challenge", but without bloodshed.

"Guns can be used today but you cannot use them to rule tomorrow. We reject war," he said.

Protesters demanding that Saleh quit dubbed the day "Last Chance Friday", while pro-government demonstrators called it "Reconciliation Friday".

The weekly day of communal prayers for Mohammedans has in recent weeks become an occasion for rival political rallies.

In his address to his supporters, broadcast live on Yemeni state television, Saleh said: "We are keen to maintain the unity of the people and to avoid bloodshed ... and we will face them (anti-government protesters) without weapons.

"We need to make sure that we are rejecting bloodshed."

Framework of constitution
Saleh said that his government "welcom[ed]" the GCC's initiative, and that it would deal with it with "positively ... within the framework of the Yemeni constitution".

...back at the secret hideout, Scarface Al sneeringly put his proposition to little Nell...
Saleh's opponents erupted into the streets in central Sanaa to demand his immediate resignation.

Army and police personnel were deployed in force to prevent any festivities between the two demonstrations, each of which attracted thousands of supporters at squares just a few kilometres apart.

Thousands more anti-government demonstrators took part in the rally in Taiz, an opposition stronghold.

Amen al-Basha, the chairperson of the Arab Sisters Forum for Human Rights and a pro-democracy activist, told Al Jizz that Saleh's "regime has lost the trust [of Yemenis]".

"It is the desire of the people, it is the will of the people, for Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down immediately," she said.

Pro-democracy protesters would not accept any plan that did not include this provision, she said.

Parliamentary opposition groups and Saleh's government have been mulling over the GCC plan under which Saleh would step down 30 days after the formation of a national unity government, but protesters in Sanaa say they reject such a plan.

"Neighbouring countries; no negotiations, no dialogue," read posters carried by anti-government demonstrators, apparently referring to the GCC plan, under which Saleh would transfer powers to Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi, the country's vice-president.

The Peaceful Youth Revolt, a group that has helped organise protests against Saleh's government, issued a statement rejecting the GCC initiative, saying "it does not include Saleh's immediate ouster", and "provides safeguards to him, his family and aides who are all killers".

Confrontations have raged on between security forces and anti-Saleh protesters in recent days, with medics and witnesses reporting that eight people have been rubbed out since Tuesday, including a passer-by and a policeman.

GCC proposal
The plan formulated by Gulf Arab mediators calling for a three-month transition that would end with a presidential election was made public on Thursday by a government official.

According to the plan, a unity government led by the opposition would work to organise presidential elections within two months of Saleh's resignation. Saleh's term runs until 2013.

The GCC proposed "the formation of a national unity government with 50 per cent held by the ruling party, 40 per cent by the opposition and 10 per cent by other parties," an official said, who spoke on condition of anonymity, was quoted by the AFP news agency as saying.

A day earlier, Saleh said he would "resist" calls to resign and would abide by the constitution in any transfer of power.

Addressing a women's group in Sanaa on Wednesday, he reiterated he would relinquish power only through elections.

"We will continue to resist ... undaunted and committed to constitutional legitimacy, while rejecting the plots and coups," Saba news agency quoted Saleh as saying.

"Let those who want to attain power rely on the ballot box. Change can only come about through elections and within the framework of constitutional legitimacy."

Munir al-Mawri, a Yemeni-American journalist, told Al Jizz that "Saleh will practically be unable to rule Yemen without the support of the GCC".

"He can try to buy time but he knows very well that he is losing and that he should leave as soon as possible," he said.

"He is concerned about the consequences after he leaves. He knows how many crimes he has committed in his country, especially after killing so many protesters. By asking for guarantees for not being prosecuted, he is admitting that he committed crimes."

Saleh, who has been in power since 1978, has faced protests since late January calling for his departure that have cost more than 130 lives.
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Protests break out in Omani city
[Al Jazeera] At least 1,000 protesters have taken to the streets in Oman's southern port city of Salalah in one of the biggest pro-reform demonstrations since scattered unrest began in the Gulf Arab sultanate two months ago.

The protesters assembled in a car park across the street from the governor's office on Friday, where a preacher led mid-day prayers and led them on a march across the city.

"The Omani people are not afraid of protesting for as long as it takes for reform, [but] first and foremost is to get government officials, who have been embezzling funds for years, to stand trial," Amer Hargan, the leader, told the crowd.

The crowd marched through the streets after his sermon.

The Rooters news agency put the number of protesters present at around 3,000 while the AFP news agency said the it was closer to 1,000 people.

Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the who has ruled Oman for 40 years, promised a $2.6bn spending package last Sunday after nearly two months of demonstrations all over the country.

Omani demonstrators have focused their demands on better wages, jobs and an end to corruption. Many are angered by the state's perceived unwillingness to prosecute ministers sacked for corruption in response to demonstrations in February.

They are also impatient to see more employment opportunities, after Qaboos vowed last month to create 50,000 jobs.

Small-scale unrest
Unrest in Oman has been on a relatively small scale, with dozens of protesters camping out in tents near the quasi-parliament, the Shura council, in the capital Muscat. A sit-in that had lasted for weeks in the industrial town of Sohar, the epicentre of Oman's protest movement, was suppressed when security forces cleared road blocks and placed in durance vile hundreds for alleged acts of vandalism.

Earlier this week Oman announced pardons for 234 people placed in durance vile during protests, but did not say when they were freed.

Gulf Arab oil producers, keen to prevent popular uprisings from taking hold in their region, launched a $20bn aid package for protest-hit Bahrain and Oman last month. That job-generating measure, which will give $10bn to each country to upgrade housing and infrastructure over 10 years, was more than had been expected.

Qaboos has offered a series of job reforms, including a monthly allowance for the unemployed and pay rises for civil servants.

But in Salalah, protesters said the wage increase to 200 rials ($520) a month from 140 rials ($366) was not enough.

"I got a job last week in the private sector, but it is only 200 rials and that is not enough to look after myself.

The government needs to double the minimum wage," Ali al-Mahrati, protester, said.

Qaboos promised in March to cede some legislative powers to the partially elected Oman Council, an advisory body. This means that only the sultan and his cabinet can legislate, but a transfer of powers has yet to be announced.
Posted by: Fred || 04/23/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

Eight Killed in Mareb Tribal Attack
[Yemen Post] At least four elite republican guard forces were killed and four rustics in an attack on a military complex in Mareb according to tribal leaders. The tribal leader said that the attackers were not Al-Qaeda members but had links to Al-Qaeda bad turbans.

According to eyewitnesses, six governmental tanks were destroyed, three completley, when fierce festivities took place between rustics and govenrmental forces. The festivities took place near the Sana'a-Mareb road as rustics succseeded in taking four tanks and ammunition from elite republican guard forces.
Posted by: Fred || 04/23/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia

Five Killed in Rebel Attack on Yemen Security Forces
[Yemen Post] At least fiveYemeni elite republican guards soldiers were killed and several others injured in an attack by gunnies Thursday morning in Irr Mountain, Yafe'e, Lahj province, south of Yemen, a security official in Lahj confirmed.

According to eyewitnesses in Yafe'e, the attack was planned by Taher Tammah, head of a notorious southern rebel group calling itself "Sro Himyar Bridigade". Two of the attackers were killed in the attack and at least 4 injured according to the security official in Lahj province. The offcial saidthe number of causalties could increase due to a number of the injured being at death's door.

"Sro Himyar Bridigade" is the only southern rebel group, and came to fame after admitting of standing behind the killing and kidnapping of numeours southeren security personnels. Last year, the bridigade announced responsibility for the killing of at least 10 security forces.
Posted by: Fred || 04/23/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia

Bahraini forces open fire on protesters
[Iran Press TV] Saudi-backed Bahraini troops have opened fire on anti-government demonstrators in the village of Karzakan, injuring at least one protester.

Witnesses say the maimed protester was taken away by security forces, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Hundreds of anti-regime demonstrators also poured into the streets in the northwestern Bahraini village of Diraz on 'Qur'an Friday,' condemning the government's brutal crackdown on protesters.

Following the protest rally, security forces backed by military tanks and bulldozers rolled into the village. Diraz residents say authorities are planning to destroy village's mosques.

Since the beginning of anti-regime protests in Bahrain, authorities have reportedly demolished nearly 30 mosques across the Persian Gulf state.

Some of the mosques were located in Karzakan, Salmabad, Bu Quwah, and A'ali.

Also on Friday, Saudi-backed Bahraini troops entered Sitra and Malikiyah to prevent anti-government protest rallies.

The recent protests in Bahrain come while pro-government media is trying to show that the anti-government demonstrations have ended and that life has returned to normal.

According to state media, the Bahraini king has ordered compensation be paid to soldiers and security staff maimed in protests, including housing and other benefits for their families.

Dozens of protesters have been killed and scores have been injured since the uprising began in Bahrain in mid-February.

Protesters are demanding an end to the rule of the Al Khalifa dynasty.

Protesters say they will continue their street demonstrations until their demands for freedom, constitutional monarchy as well as a proportional voice in the government are met.
Posted by: Fred || 04/23/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

Saleh rejects GCC proposal
[Arab News] Yemeni 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. ...
on Friday rejected a GCC proposal that he step down within 30 days from the date of his acceptance of the deal.

Speaking at a rally of his supporters, Saleh said he would accept the GCC proposal only if it is within Yemen's constitutional framework. Under the constitution, Saleh's term as president ends in 2013.

He also denounced the opposition. "We strongly reject all plots against freedom, democracy and political pluralism. They (the opposition) want to grab power via coups." he said. "You have to remain firm before the renegade and cowardly elements. We will confront (their) challenge with challenge."

Saleh said he is determined not to fire the first bullet. "We will not cause bloodshed. We will confront them with all means without causing bloodshed."

The official media put the number of Saleh's supporters, who gathered near the presidential palace on the "Friday of Reconciliation," to over 100,000.

In an apparent attempt to parade their huge turnout and mount pressure on Saleh's regime, the youth-led street protesters moved their protests' epicenter to Al-Sitteen Street in the capital where thousands of people converged Friday. The crowd rejected any initiative that grants Saleh and his family immunity, and called for his immediate and unconditioned departure.

The pro-democracy protesters said that the narrow streets at Taghyir Square could not show their real strength. The rally was escorted by soldiers loyal to Gen. Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmer, who has defected to the cause of the opposition.

In the city of Taiz, anti-Saleh protesters staged a huge demonstration and rolled their eyes, jumped up and down, and hollered poorly rhymed slogans real loud against Saleh's regime and rejected any compromise. Similar protests were organized in cities of Mukalla, Ibb and Maren.

In a separate development, at least 11 soldiers were killed Friday when beturbanned goons raided a military checkpoint in the province of Mareb, a stronghold of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a local journalist told Arab News.
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Caribbean-Latin America
Bad Guys Torch Three Homes in Durango, Kidnap 12
For a map, click here. For a map of Durango, click here
Armed suspects torched three homes and five vehicles in a kidnapping and terror spree in Durango Thursday, the capital of the north central Mexican state of Durango, according to Mexican news accounts.

The first incident too place in the Residencial Santa Teresa colony, which is a gated community. A number of armed suspects threatened armed guards at the entrance to the community, who then let them in. The suspects kidnapped a unreleased number of people in a residence on Avenida Coliseo before setting it and an ATV at the site afire.

Later about ten armed suspects walked to a residence on Calle Atenguillo in the Jalisco colony, abducted ten individuals, then set the house and three vehicles on fire before leaving the area.

Finally at a residence on Calle Mimbres in the Colinas del Saltito colony, armed suspects kidnapped an unreleased number of people before setting the home and a luxury SUV parked in the garage afire.

Inside the third home police found police caps and boots.
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#1  This is why colonias are popping up on the American side of the border as those in the ruling caste [re:purer Spanish blood] move their families into gated communities in El Norte. Having dumped their indio y mestizo population by the millions on the US in order to put off reform and revolution in the home country, it may not be a safe assumption as such troubles tend to follow.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/23/2011 9:48 Comments || Top||

Death Toll in Tamaulipas Mass Grave Rises to 177
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The death toll in the mass grave site in San Fernando, Tamauliaps reached 177 Friday as 32 more bodies were exhumed, according to Mexican press accounts.

Based on the number of complaints received to date, the death toll could well climb to more than 200 by next week.

News reports now say that many of the victims already recovered may be murders unrelated to the late March serial bus hijackings and massacres in San Fernando. Forensics have indicated some of the victims may have been killed as far back as last October, 2010.

Reports also say that many people are now coming forward with complaints on missing persons. The Tamaulipas attorney general's office has received 85 calls, 237 complains or denunciations, and 280 individuals have provided DNA samples. The office has opened a separate office to handle queries regarding the mass murder.

The graves have been found in several areas around San Fernando, including Brecha El Arenal, Las Norias, Ejido San Vicente and Ejido Francisco Villa, as well as the Américo Villarreal colony.

Although the reason for the serial bus hijackings in late March remains shrouded in mystery, an unsigned, uncredited report released by the Mexican drug war news blog Blog Del Narco, suggests the hijackings were part of a recruitment drive by Los Zetas in the area.

The report describes in vivid detail how passengers were separated, abused and ultimately murdered save for a small number of men who were then told they were part of the Los Zetas.

The report has since been removed.
Posted by: badanov || 04/23/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The press gang is back?
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 04/23/2011 7:38 Comments || Top||

#2  The report describes in vivid detail how passengers were separated, abused and ultimately murdered save for a small number of men who were then told they were part of the Los Zetas.

You can take an Aztec out of Tenochtitlan, but you can't take Tenochtitlan out of the Aztec.

Actually, it reminds me of a thread in the novel Lucifer's Hammer but without the cannibalism. Of course, reports are not delving into particulars yet.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/23/2011 8:20 Comments || Top||

#3  It was pretty much standard practice with various Soviet and Chinese-trained 'liberation movements'.
Posted by: Pappy || 04/23/2011 21:08 Comments || Top||

More Mexican Mayhem
35 Die in Northern Mexico

A total of 35 individuals were killed in ongoing drug and gang related violence in northern Mexican states, including five men shot to death in the Cerro de la Cruz colony in Chihuahua, Chihuahua.

  • A woman in Juarez Achilles, Chihuahua was run over and killed by a prison guard Tuesday. Maria de Jesus del Socorro Nieto Sapien was attempting to enter the Juarez Centro de Readaptacion Social (CERESO) for visiting hours when she was hit by a minivan driven by Andres Adame Villa on Calle Barranco Azul. Adame Villa was arrested at the scene.

  • A Chihuahua state police agent was shot to death by his wife in a domestic dispute in Chihuahua, Chihuahua early Tuesday morning. Cesar Guevara was arguing with his unidentified wife when she grabbed the gun, put it to his head and fired. The shooting took place at the couple's residence near the intersection of calles Lopez Mateos and 15th in the Villa Juarez colony.

  • One man was shot to death and two others were wounded in a shooting in Chihuahua, Chihuahua Wednesday. The victims were travelling aboard their Dodge Neon when they were fired on by armed suspects aboard a van, and initiated a pursuit, which ended near the intersection of avenidas Niños Heroes and Colon. Jaime Gilberto Valencia died just after reaching a medical clinic, while the other two unidentified men were treated at local clinics.

  • A prison break ended with one unidentified prison guard shot to death and four others wounded in Juarez Wednesday. The Ford Econoline van used to transport the prisoners from the CERESO in Juarez to a Chihuahua state operated facility in the south came under gunfire in an ambush near the intersection of calles Tecnologico and Oscar Flores in the Granjas colony, and was forced off the road. Yahir Martinez died a short time later while receiving medical attention. Three prisoners escaped with the shooters.

  • A man was shot to death and immolated in Chihuahua, Chihuahua Wednesday. Pedro Acosta Holguin, 60, was found near the intersection of calles 63rd and Aldama in the Popular colony.

  • An unidentified suspected carjacker was shot to death by municipal police in Chihuahua, Chihuahua Wednesday. The suspect was aboard a vehicle he and two other accomplices had stolen minutes before they were intercepted by Chihuahua municipal police near the intersection of calles Yucatan and Vialidad de Sacramento. The two other suspects escaped aboard a Nissan sedan.

  • An unidentified woman was shot to death in Chihuahua, Chihuahua Wednesday. Reports say armed suspects aboard a Nissan Altima and two other SUVs fired on the victim near the intersection of calles 55th and Degollado in the Tiradores colony.

  • Five unidentified individuals were shot to death in four separate incidents in Juarez Wednesday evening, according to the Mexican news daily La Polaka.
    • A man was shot on Calle Granja.

    • Two individuals were shot to death near the intersection of Ruanda and Gambia in the Infonavit Oasis colony.

    • One man was shot to death near the intersection of calles Eje Vial and Granjas.

    • One man was shot to death near the corner of calles Toronja Roja and Sorgo.

  • Three unidentified men were shot to death in Chihuahua, Chihuahua Thursday. The victims were at a residence near the intersection of calles Rio Aros and Gonzalez Cossio in the Paseo Vallarta colony when armed suspects travelling aboard a three vehicle convoy fired on them. Reports say 60 spent cartridge casings from AK-47 and AR-15 assault rifles were found at the scene.

  • Two unidentified men were shot to death in two separate incidents in Juarez Thursday, according to the Mexican news daily La Polaka.
    • A man was shot to death near the intersection of calles Antimonio and Maria Martinez.

    • A man was shot to death in the Mexico 68 colony near railroad tracks.

  • Two unidentified individuals were shot to death and three others were wounded in a shooting in Juarez Thursday. Armed suspects came to a location on Periferico la Juventud and shot the five in the street.

  • A Juarez municipal police officer was shot to death Friday. Lozano Salas was aboard his GMC Tahoe SUV near the intersection of calles Platino and Carranza in the Aldama colony when he was attacked by armed suspects who were travelling in vehicles.

  • An unidentified man was found beaten and stabbed to death near Chihuahua, Chihuahua Friday. The victim had been dumped near Cuervos de Pericos on the Chihuahua-Juarez highway. Cuervos de Pericos is a known dumping ground for murders in the area.

  • Five unidentified men were shot to death at a residence in Juarez Friday. The victims were in a garage at a home near the intersection of calles 66 and Ochoa in the Rosario colony when armed suspects aboard exited two pickup trucks and began firing. Reports say AR-15 and AK-47 assault rifles were used in the shooting.

  • An unidentified man was found shot to death in northern Chihuahua city Friday. The victim was found on Avenida Veneceramos where it intersects with an arroyo. Four 9mm spent shell casings were found at the scene.

  • Five unidentified individuals were shot to death in Chihuahua, Chihuahua Friday. The victims were at a residence on Calle Ochoa in the Cerro de la Cruz colony when they were attacked by armed suspects using AK-47 assault rifles.

  • Two unidentified men said to be mechanics were shot to death in a remote area on the Casa Grandes highway near Juarez Friday. The victims were in a workshop on calle Hortensia Licon in the Villa Esperanza colony when they were shot.

  • A man was shot to death in San Carlos Nuevo Guyamas, Sonora Thursday night. Fermin Lara Lopez, 34, was with friends near the intersection of Bulevar Beltrones and Calle Satelite when armed suspects riding aboard a Volkswagen Jetta shot and killed him.

  • A Mexican Army unit in Juarez found and arrested two men said to be shooters in Wednesday's prison break. The suspects were found aboard a sean two kilometers from the scene of the break on avenida Las Granjas Poniente in the Santa Elena colony.
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More bodies recovered from Mexico mass graves
[Al Jazeera] Authorities in Mexico have pulled 37 bodies from a mass grave in the north of the country and are continuing to dig in the area.

Federal police digging in the outskirts of Durango, capital of the Mexican state of the same name, uncovered the severely decomposed bodies.

Police found 26 bodies on Wednesday and 11 on Thursday.

The local prosecutor's office said in a statement late on Thursday that the 11 bodies included one dead woman.

The tally brings to more than 57 the number of bodies pulled from at least two ditches in the area in the last two weeks, according to local media.
Posted by: Fred || 04/23/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

Norks threaten 'merciless' fire over propaganda leaflets
SEOUL -- North Korea on Friday threatened to launch "unpredictable and merciless" fire against South Korea over its anti-Pyongyang leaflets, the latest warning amid a flurry of diplomatic efforts to ease tensions on the divided Korean Peninsula and revive stalled talks on the North's nuclear programs.

South Korean activists and defectors frequently send hundreds of thousands of leaflets calling for a popular revolt to topple North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, which the North sees as psychological warfare against it. In a carefully orchestrated move, they floated some 200,000 leaflets on April 15 that included stories of the uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East in hopes of inspiring North Koreans to eventually rise up against their longtime autocratic leader.
I can imagine that rattled a few cages...
April 15 is the birthday of North Korea's late founder Kim Il-sung, the father of the current leader, and is one of the most important holidays in the isolated country along with that of his son.
Ooooooh, that really rattled their cages...
On Friday, the North's military warned in a message to its South Korean counterpart that leafleting "is a form of psychological warfare and just a clear-cut war provocation to a warring side."

"Direct fire at the area where leaflets are let fly will be a legitimate punishment" against the violator of an armistice agreement that ended the 1950-53 Korean War, the North's military said in the message carried by the country's official Korean Central News Agency.

It also warned that it will "expand the scope of direct fire ... into full-scale destruction fire at any area anytime," noting that confrontational moves from Seoul against the North "will result only in unpredictable and merciless punishment from our army."

But as the North's news agency issued the warning, South Korean activists floated some 300,000 leaflets near the eastern land border with North Korea. Lee Min-bok, who organized the campaign, said he will continue to send leaflets, saying the North's threat is an indication that leaflets are having an impact on North Koreans.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/23/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under:

#1  If the Norks do launch artillery at the ROK the smart move would be to immediately launch counter battery fire. I doubt that the Norks are prepared to up the ante and it would alter the Norks political calculations of the possible costs of provoking the south in the future.
Posted by: Mike Ramsey || 04/23/2011 11:02 Comments || Top||

#2  The Norks have a lot of guns in bunkers to menace SKor. Using 155mm artillery with accurate fires would need one round per bunker, which just takes too long.

One solution would be a peculiarity: heavy, medium range bombers capable of dropping dozens of independently GPS targeted Small Diameter Bombs that can penetrate 5-8 feet of reinforced concrete.

The bombers themselves would be fairly low tech, and would drop their bombs from far outside any SAM range, probably three dozen bombs per aircraft. Just a dozen such aircraft would neutralize most of the Norks offensive artillery capabilities within a few minutes.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 04/23/2011 11:36 Comments || Top||

#3  If the Norks are crazy enough to do it, they probably could hurt the people launching the balloons. Those folks should take reasonable precautions to operate quickly, launch at different times, from different places, and get away quickly.
Posted by: rammer || 04/23/2011 17:50 Comments || Top||

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/23/2011 22:10 Comments || Top||

#5  CHINA'S CPC + PLA are prob quietly thanking the GOD OF EARTHQUAKES for 03/11 + Japan's ongoing FUKUSHIMA CRISIS, as the scenario is there that they could takeover Japan + recover Okinawa, Taiwan etc. islands in due time widout need of waging any major Regional War.


* CHIN BLOGGERS = China wid its 1.4 - 2.6 Bilyuhn population can afford to lose some to Japan-based radiation poisoning iff it means taking over Japan + rolling back US power.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/23/2011 22:21 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
3 suspicious passengers taken off United flight in Denver
A United flight had to return to the Denver International Airport gate Thursday night because of three suspicious passengers on board. The flight was United Flight 593 to Orange County.

According to reports, Denver Police boarded the plane after it returned to the gate and arrested four people. Everyone was taken off the plane for a security sweep.

According to the Transportation Security Administration, the four suspects were questioned in the terminal and were released. Witnesses described the suspects as middle aged. Two are Caucasian and two are of Middle-Eastern descent.

It is unknown at this time why the people were deemed "suspicious."

The flight departed after about a 2.5 hour delay.
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Border clash kills at least 10
[Al Jazeera] At least 10 Pak security forces personnel were killed when hundreds of fighters crossed the border with Afghanistan into Pakistain at Lower Dir early Thursday morning, security forces said on Friday.
Returning home after a hard day of jihading. It's worse than a factory job, it is indeed.
The influx resulted in a major clash, Hyder reported, and the security forces called in helicopter gunships and fighter-bomber aircraft for air support.

An official said that the dead included Frontier Corps soldiers and police officials.

The fighters entered Pakistain from the Afghan border province of Kunar, and the clash took place in the Khankai area of Lower Dir.
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US drone kills 23 people in Pakistan
A US drone strike targeting Taliban in northwest Pakistain killed 23 people including three civilians on Friday, officials said, after 16 security forces died in an cut-thoat attack.

It was the first missile strike to hit North Wazoo tribal district since a diplomatic furore erupted between Pakistain and the United States over a drone attack on March 17, which killed 39 people including civilians.

The pilotless aircraft targeted two compounds in Spinwam, 40 kilometres (25 miles) northeast of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan.

"The drones launched two successive attacks. In the first strike they fired two missiles and in the second they released three more," a military official in the area said.

Military officials in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar said the corpse count had risen from 20 to 23, with two women and one boy among the dead, although that could not be independently verified.

Another official said the rest of the dead were cut-thoats, but there was no report of any high value target and their nationalities were unknown.

"The missiles hit a house and a nearby guest house in Hasan Khel town in Spinwam area," another official said, adding that the two buildings belong to a primitive supporter of local Taliban leader Gul Bahadur.

Local security and administration officials in Miranshah gave a higher toll of 25 dead, including three women and four children.
Posted by: Fred || 04/23/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Pakistan

#1  Shoot em up.
Posted by: Dave UK || 04/23/2011 7:57 Comments || Top||

Gunship helicopters pound militant hideouts in Khyber agency
[Dawn] Pakistain security forces targeted cut-thoat hideouts in the Tirah valley of Khyber Agency with gunship helicopters on Friday, killing eight snuffies and injuring 11, DawnNews reported.

According to government sources three cut-thoat hideouts were wiped out during the shelling.

Sources said that the action was taken after conflict between two religious groups had escalated in the region, which had resulted in the death of at least 30 people.

The gunship helicopters targeted different cut-thoat hideouts in the Tirah Valley.
Posted by: Fred || 04/23/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar-e-Islami

Insurgents kill 14 Pakistani troops: Officials
[Dawn] Pak officials say hundreds of cut-throats attacked a checkpoint in a northwest district along the Afghan border overnight, killing 14 security forces.

Officials from the police, government and intelligence agencies said the fighting was still ongoing Friday morning. They did not know how many cut-throats died in the festivities in the Khankai area of Lower Dir.

Lower Dir lies just outside Pakistain's tribal regions, where al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters have proliferated. The army has carried out operations against cut-throats there and in the tribal areas.

The four officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media. Army officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Posted by: Fred || 04/23/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: TTP

Sympathiser of anti-Taliban lashkar beheaded
[Dawn] Militants beheaded a sympathiser of anti-Taliban lashkar and threw his body on the main Matani-Adezai Road on the suburbs of provincial metropolis on Thursday morning, locals and police said.

The victim was identified as Niaz Badshah of Matani village. He had been kidnapped on April 11 from Kishangarh Road. Police said that he (victim) was a welder and had a workshop at Matani Bazaar.

The villagers said that he was a sympathiser of Adezai Qaumi Lashkar, which had been fighting against Taliban since 2008. A source said that a resident of Kashangarh village had requested him to visit his residence to take proper measurement for preparation of an iron gate for him.

The welder, riding a cycle of violence, had been picked by unidentified gunnies. His cycle of violence was left abandoned on the road. However,
The all-purpose However...
it is yet to be ascertained as to who had asked him to visit his residence.

The source said that following his disappearance local elders held a meeting and through a unanimously adopted resolution requested Taliban to release him as he was a poor man and lone bread earner of family. But they received no positive response from the other side.

It was learnt that a letter was also placed on the body, stating that those supporting anti-Taliban groups would meet the same fate.

Dilawar Khan, the head of Adezai Qaumi Lashkar, when contacted, confirmed that Niaz Badshah was his close friend and used to visit his residence frequently. He was opposed to Taliban, he added.

"I had asked him many times to avoid speaking against Taliban and visiting my house as it was dangerous for him but he was a bold persons and never felt any fear," Mr Khan said, adding Taliban were involved in his murder.

Police said that the body was handed over to his relatives after postmortem for burial. A case against unidentified Islamic fascisti was registered at Matani cop shoppe.
Posted by: Fred || 04/23/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under: TTP

CIA Drone Strike Kills 26 in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD—Missiles fired by a CIA drone in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region killed at least 26 people in the latest in a series of strikes that have inflamed tensions between the U.S and Pakistan.

The pilotless predator drone operated by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency fired at least 10 missiles at a mud-brick compound in a predawn attack Friday, a Pakistani intelligence official said.

At least three women were among the dead. The identities of other victims weren't known.

A local tribal elder said the compound was used by suspected militants. "The entire compound was turned into rubble. Some women and children were also believed to have been killed in the strike," Mehboob Jan said.

Meantime, hundreds of militants attacked a Pakistani security post along the Afghan border, killing at least 14 army soldiers. The attack in the remote lower Dir district underscored the growing strength of the militants despite a military offensive against them.
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ISI number three nabbed in Falluja
ANBAR / Aswat al-Iraq: Army forces managed on Friday to arrest Islamic State of Iraqi emir in Falluja and three of his aides, a security source said.

“Army forces arrested Abu Adel, the emir of the Islamic State of Iraq in Falluja, and three of his aides after receiving inellegence information on their presence in separate areas in the city,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

“The forces seized also a big weapons depot in a wanted man’s house in al-Jaghiefi neighborhood, where they found 11 sticky bombs, explosive belts, light weapons and amounts of TNT and C4,” he added.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/23/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Good job soldiers!
Posted by: Mike Ramsey || 04/23/2011 9:13 Comments || Top||

Gazans miss Israel with rocket, hit UN, injure 3 UN workers
Three UNWRA workers were maimed Friday morning after a projectile fired from the Gazoo Strip into Israel landed near the Karni border crossing and hit a UN building.

Paleostinians reported three injured from alleged IDF tank fire in the Sajaiye neighborhood east of Gazoo City, according to a report by the Ma'an news agency.

The IDF denied the report, saying that it was not operating in the area and that the three UN workers were maimed due to an erroneously fired mortar or rocket.
Ha'aretz adds that the injured were not UN workers.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/23/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Red on Red.
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/23/2011 1:58 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Scooter McGruder || 04/23/2011 3:58 Comments || Top||

#3  The UN needs to understand the oppressed Paleo culture and just accept this, just like Da Juice, right?
Posted by: Frank G || 04/23/2011 7:32 Comments || Top||

#4  No need to worry, the UN has plenty of replacement workers.
Posted by: Dave UK || 04/23/2011 7:53 Comments || Top||

#5  "Well, boys will be boys. We will send a memo of some sort to our Gazoo friends, though" - Unnamed UN Official
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 04/23/2011 8:39 Comments || Top||

#6  UN grant to Palistinians for guided missles to be forthcoming
Posted by: regular joe || 04/23/2011 8:45 Comments || Top||

#7  Gaza: Rocket Sex

..when you have nothing else to do till the next Euro check arrives in the mail.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/23/2011 9:06 Comments || Top||

#8  Ha'aretz adds that the injured were not UN workers.

Whoops, I guess the UNHRC doesn't have to get involved after all, thereby avoiding an embarassing situation.
Posted by: gorb || 04/23/2011 14:29 Comments || Top||


...for beating me to the "Red on Red" comment :-D
Posted by: Ricky bin Ricardo (Abu Babaloo) || 04/23/2011 17:20 Comments || Top||

#10  Clearly Bush's fault.
Posted by: Highlander || 04/23/2011 19:46 Comments || Top||

3 Palestinians wounded in Gaza blast
(Ma'an) -- Three Paleostinians were maimed Friday by an kaboom east of Gazoo City, medics said.
Ouch! My feet!
Paleostinian medics said three factory workers sustained multiple injuries in Ash-Shuja'iyeh and were transferred to the Ash-Shifa Hospital.

Gazoo emergency services front man Adham Abu Selmiya blamed Israeli tank fire.

The ever-popular However...
an Israeli army front man said there was no military activity in the area at all on Friday. Israeli sources said the blast was likely caused by mortars fired by Paleostinian faceless myrmidons trying to target Israel.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/23/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6515 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It is terrible how these people suffer. What on earth is the UN going to do about this ?
Posted by: Dave UK || 04/23/2011 7:55 Comments || Top||


But its nice to read the paper and articles and know that I don't have to do a darn thing about it. And the prospect of the Middle Eastern Peace Process fills me with hope, hope that one day we middle American peace!

Im so optimistic, since the death toll has dropped so much.
Posted by: Fi || 04/23/2011 18:42 Comments || Top||

#3  We have Middle American peace peace process where Iowans and Mississippians and New Yorkers and Los Angelenos just get along! And then the Middle East will just copy us and get they'll get along with one another, too.

Posted by: Fi || 04/23/2011 18:46 Comments || Top||

Jordan Detains 136 on 'Terror' Charges
[An Nahar] Jordan has jugged 136 people on "terrorism" charges a week after scores were hurt when Islamist Salafist
...Salafists espouse an austere form of Sunni Islam that seeks a return to practices that were common in the 7th century. Rather than doing that themselves and letting other people alone they insist everybody do as they say and they try to kill everybody who doesn't...
protesters clashed with police in the northern city of Zarqa, a police front man said on Friday.

"The involvement of 136 people brought before the prosecutor of the State Security Court for terrorism and unrest has been proven, and it was decided to detain them," front man Mohammad Khatib said, quoted by Petra news agency.

Khatib spoke of the "the involvement of 100 other people on the run who will be referred to the attorney general of state security once they are tossed in the slammer."

The Salafists, who espouse an austere form of Sunni Islam, clashed with security forces during a demonstration in Zarqa, northeast of Amman, on April 15, leaving 91 people maimed.

An investigation showed the demonstrators had carried out the attack armed with "sharp weapons including swords, axes, daggers, sticks and iron bars," said Khatib.

They "caused damage to public and private property... caused trouble... by beating and stabbing a number of citizens and members of security forces," he said.

The front man said the accused forced shops to close and took control of the Omar Bin al-Khattab mosque in Zarqa "causing fear and frightening the faithful."

Unlike other protests calling for reform that have rocked Jordan in recent weeks, the Salafist demonstrators have been demanding the release of 90 Islamist prisoners.

Among those they want freed is Abu Mohammed al-Maqdessi, the one-time mentor of slain al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who hailed from Zarqa.

The Salafists, who seek a return to practices common in the early days of Islam, have been protesting for several weeks, also staging demonstrations in the capital.

Jordanian Prime Minister Maaruf Bakhit has accused the Islamists of belonging to an armed organization, and said his government would take a tough line against them.
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Body of Arrigoni suspect to be returned to Jordan
[Ma'an] The body of a Jordanian charged with murdering an Italian activist left Gazoo on Friday through the Erez crossing on Israel's border, officials said.

The Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs coordinated with the Gazoo government to return Abdul-Rahman Al-Breizat's body to Jordan via Israel, sources in the Paleostinian liaison office told Ma'an.

Al-Breizat died Tuesday during a raid on a building in the Gazoo Strip suspected of housing the killers of Vittorio Arrigoni.

The Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,-run interior ministry said that Al-Breizat shot himself during the raid, after throwing a grenade at two others also suspected of killing Arrigoni.

Al-Breizat's father said Hamas killed his son.

"It does not make sense that he killed himself. Islam forbids that. They killed him," Mohammad Al-Breizat said Tuesday in Amman.

"My son used to read the Koran, pray and fast Ramadan. We do not know what to do now. If we are officially informed of his death, the family will meet to decide," he told the Agence La Belle France-Presse news agency.

Arrigoni was found hanged in a northern Gazoo home on April 15, hours after he was kidnapped by a group demanding the release of Salafi prisoners. The group posted a video online Thursday saying Arrigoni would be executed if the prisoners were not released within 30 hours.

It was unclear why they killed their hostage before the expiry of the deadline.
Posted by: Fred || 04/23/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

Southeast Asia
Bombers planned to film Indonesia church blast
[Straits Times] THE plotters of a foiled Easter church bombing in Indonesia had planned to film the attack for broadcast, police said on Friday, with the nation on its highest level of alert.

Anti-terror police tossed in the clink 19 terror suspects and defused five bombs around the church, on the outskirts of Jakarta, on Thursday. Some of the devices had been positioned on a nearby empty plot where a gas pipe runs underground.

'They had prepared to shoot the bombing of the church and broadcast it.

That was their plan,' said national police front man Anton Bachrul Alam.

He said the police tossed in the clink the criminal mastermind of the planned church attack in Aceh after he decamped Jakarta.

'This is a new cell. The criminal mastermind had planned to activate the bombs on Friday using timers,' Mr Alam said.
Posted by: Fred || 04/23/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under: Jemaah Islamiyah

5 massive bombs found near Indonesia church
[Straits Times] TERROR suspects placed in durance vile on Thursday led police to five massive bombs buried beneath a gas pipeline near a church just outside Indonesia's capital, officials said.

Mr Djoko Suyanto, a security minister, said he believed Islamic snuffies had been plotting an attack ahead of Easter celebrations. The US embassy urged Americans to be vigilant. The explosives, safely defused at the scene, had been set to detonate by cell phone at around 9am on Friday.

'The army and police are under high alert,' Mr Suyanto told news hounds, adding that troops would be deployed at churches and other strategic locations. 'We want to guarantee safety.'

Indonesia, the world's most populous Mohammedan nation, has been battling snuffies since 2002 when Al-Qaeda-linked snuffies attacked two nightclubs on Bali island, killing 202 people, many of them foreign tourists. Several attacks since then targeted glitzy hotels, restaurants and an embassy, killing another 60. Hundreds of suspects have been placed in durance vile, convicted and nabbed.

National Police Chief Gen Timur Pradopo said the 19 suspects were placed in durance vile on Thursday, including six accused in a series of mail bombs sent last month to liberal Mohammedan activists and a former anti-terror chief. Several people were maimed in the parcel bombings, none seriously.

The placed in durance vile men eventually led police to the gas pipeline 100m from a Catholic church large enough to hold 3,000 people in Serpong, Gen Pradopo said. They discovered five bombs that together weighed 150kg and were rigged to be detonated by cell phone, according to Nardi Atmaja, a church official at the scene.
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More Than 70 Dead, Scores Hurt in Syria 'Good Friday' Demos
[An Nahar] More than 70 people were killed by security forces during massive demonstrations on Friday across Syria, in one of the bloodiest days since pro-democracy protests erupted in mid-March, according to activists and human rights
...which are usually entirely different from personal liberty...

"The Syrian security forces committed massacres in several towns and regions today, so far killing 72 people and wounding hundreds," said the London-based Syrian Human Rights Committee in a statement received by Agence La Belle France Presse.

Several Syrian rights activists also published provisional lists recording the deaths of more than 70 people across the country on Friday.

Facebook page The Syrian Revolution 2011 also reported that at least 70 protesters were killed in the demos, identifying 60 victims in the following areas: "Ezreh (Ihsan al-Halqi, Anwar al-Obeid, Nizar Suleiman, Taher Hariri, Sufian Hariri, Sufian Suleiman, Adel al-Tawfiq, Ibrahim al-Qallab, Bilal al-Shouha, Hussein Diab, Abdul Ghaffar Shehadeh, Qassem Assaad, Mohammed al-Jarad, Mohammed Ziab)

"Hirak (Osama al-Hiraki), al-Maadamiyah (Abdul Menem Qarqoura, Mazen Qarqoura, Ahmed al-Sheikh, Suleiman Ibrahim, Ahmed al-Ghandour, Mahmoud Maatouq, Ahmed Maatouq, Diaa Hazzaa, Iyad Sawwan), Douma (Khaldoun al-Droubi, Mohammed al-Saour, Mohammed al-Deirawani, Salim al-Qallaa, Abdullah al-Qallaa, Baraza (Kamal Barakat)

"Al-Hajar al-Asswad (Mohammed al-Hamzat, Yaman al-Agha, Mohammed Raad, Mohammed al-Agha, Issa al-Bahtari), Zamalka (Wael Oryeti, Ahmed al-Mamlouk, Ezzeddine al-Naddaf, Ahmed Jebara, Mohammed al-Fattal), Harasta (Ali Darwish, Mohammed Dakhilallah, Khaled Hammad)

"Jobar (Omar al-Homsi), Homs (Fawwaz al-Haraki, Mutaz Rouba, Jaddou al-Omar, Ammar al-Salman, Ramez Anas, Sami Hasan, Mohammed al-Sheikh, Mohammed al-Kahil, Mahmoud al-Jouri, Abdul Rahman al-Qadi, Mohammed al-Mohammed, Radwan Lalou, Salem Bakkour, Alaa Orabi, a member of Harfoush family, a member of al-Tawil family."

Earlier, witnesses and activists reported at least 38 people killed in one of the bloodiest days since pro-democracy protests erupted in Syria in mid-March.

Dozens of people were also maimed when security forces opened fire with live rounds to disperse protesters who erupted into the streets in several cities in response to calls for "Good Friday" rallies, they said.

Ammar Qurabi, chairman of the Syrian National Human Rights Organization, spoke to AFP of "49 deaths and 20 people reported missing."

Rights activists and groups reported 15 killed at Ezreh in Daraa province south of the capital, hub of the anti-regime protests that erupted on March 15. They also reported 15 killed in the city of Homs in central Syria.

They said another 30 people were killed in areas near 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 said the rest of the victims were killed in other towns.

The official SANA news agency spoke of "eight dead and 20 maimed including members of the security forces in an attack by armed criminals in Ezreh," and "two coppers killed and 11 maimed in Homs and Damascus by gangs."

The protests come despite decrees on Thursday by 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...
scrapping nearly five decades of draconian emergency rule and abolishing state security courts that operated outside the normal judicial system to try people seen challenging the regime.
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Israeli Intelligence Unveils Hizbullah's Alleged Network Abroad
[An Nahar] Israeli intelligence sources revealed what they said were the names of top Hizbullah members who were part of a network operating abroad to carry out "terrorist operations."

Israel Radio said on Friday that Talal Hmeih heads the Hizbullah network as Imad Mughniyeh's successor. It said Ahmed al-Faed his main assistant, decamped to Jordan 10 years ago after trying to target Israel with a Katyusha missile.

Explosives detonation engineer operating abroad is Ali Najem-Eddine, who was responsible for planning an attack on the Israeli embassy in Azerbaijan in 2008, the report remarked.

The network list includes Malek Obeid, allegedly an explosives and detonation devices expert, who participated in the preparation and installation of an improvised bomb that detonated in the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires in 1992.

Israeli intelligence sources confirm that Najem-Eddine and Obeid are considered high-ranking explosives engineers and potential threats to Israeli targets, the radio said.

Naiem Hreis is designated to recruit agents for Hizbullah all over the world and has the Brazilian nationality. Meanwhile,
...back at the Hubba Hubba Club, Nunzio had his hands full of angry bleached blonde...
Mohammed Taher Oglo is responsible for recruiting agents in Turkey, the report said.

The Israeli radio said that the network operates directly under the supervision of Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and provides frequent reports to the Iranian National Guard.
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Leb: Inerga-type Rocket Hits Tripoli's Jabal Mohsen
[An Nahar] An Inerga-type rocket-propelled grenade hit the Tripoli neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen on Thursday night, causing material damage and "terrorizing" residents, As Safir daily reported.

The rocket landed near Café Omran that lies behind the Harakat al-Shabaab field around 11:00 pm, the newspaper said.

The incident took place on the eve of a demonstration that Hizb Ut-Tahrir is planning to hold in the northern port city against the Assad regime in Syria.

The army threw a tight security dragnet in the area of the attack and launched an investigation.
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