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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 04/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Halters...why do they hate us???
Posted by: Ricky bin Ricardo (Abu Babaloo) || 04/10/2012 1:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Happy Birthday/Daily Gam Shot

Chyler Leigh aka Dr. Lexie Grey in "Grey's Anatomy (TV 2005– )" aka Janey Briggs in "Not Another Teen Movie (2001)" aka Cindy in "Kickboxing Academy (1997)" aka Molly Reins in "Brake (2012)" (age 30)



Halters...why do they hate us???

WTF

Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 04/10/2012 11:49 Comments || Top||

#3  It's all fun and games until you put an eye out.
Posted by: gorb || 04/10/2012 12:05 Comments || Top||

#4  Our Miss Brooks looks rather nekkid under them clothes.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/10/2012 16:26 Comments || Top||

#5  "WTF" = That 80's Show???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/10/2012 22:49 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Nine killed in suicide bomb blast
NINE people were killed when two suicide bombers rammed their vehicle into a local government compound on the road from the airport to the western Afghan city of Herat today, police said.

An AFP reporter, among the first to arrive at the scene, said he saw shattered bodies lying among rubble and mangled pieces of metal after the bombing.

Herat province as well as most of western Afghanistan is relatively calm as insurgents have concentrated their attacks in the south and east.

The responsibility for nearly all of Herat province has been transferred, or is in the process of being transferred, from NATO troops to Afghan forces.
This article starring:
Herat
Posted by: tipper || 04/10/2012 01:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [293 views] Top|| File under:


Africa Horn
Deadly Fighting Breaks Out in Gedo region, southern Somalia
(Sh.M.Network)- At least 3 people were killed and dozens injured as heavy fighting
... as opposed to the more usual light or sporadic fighting...
between Transitional Federal Government (TFG) troops backed by Kenyan army and Al-Shabaab
... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
hard boyz raged in Gedo state, over the last 24 hours, reports said on Monday.

The Fierce fighting erupted after TFG military forces attacked Al-Shabaab's large military base in Mudaale village which sets between Bardere and Fahfah-dhuun towns in Gedo region of southernSomalia, according to residents and officials.

Residents of Bardere district said that they could hear the sound of gunfire and heavy weapons from both warring sides during the combat, killing three combatants. Al-Shabaab fighters are still in the village.

Gedo region has been a battle zone over the past few months, particularly jihad boy-held areas where the hapless Somali government backing Kenyan army want to retake from Al-shabab linked with Al Qaeda.
Posted by: Fred || 04/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [312 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Somali pirates hijack vessel with 17 Indians
(Sh.M.network)- At least 17 Indians were taken hostage as Somali pirates hijacked a Dubai-owned vessel in March, media reports said on Monday.

Nigeria-bound oil tanker MT Royal Grace that set off from the Sharjah port was hijacked on March 2 by the pirates.

Three Nigerians, one Pak and a Bangladeshi were also among the 22 crew members of the ship.

The families of the Indian crew have appealed to the Ministry of External Affairs to take steps and ensure safe release of the hijacked members.
Posted by: Fred || 04/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [300 views] Top|| File under: Pirates

#1  Watch : 2 0r Three Weeks : Interval
Posted by: Snakes Lumplump2116 || 04/10/2012 17:42 Comments || Top||


Blast kills 8, injures 40 in Baidoa town, Bay region
(Sh. M. Network)- Witnesses say a kaboom has killed at least 8 people and maimed 40 others, some of them seriously inSomalia's southern town ofBaidoain Bay region, just 250 Km south of the capital,Mogadishu.

Mohammed Ibrahim Habsade, a Somali MP confirmed the death to Shabelle Media station inMogadishuby phone while he was in the town. He also said the blast was hidden in a small refrigerator and has been targeted government soldier in military convoy at a market in the heart of Baidoa early hours on Monday.

Figures on the casualties were reported to be both soldiers and civilians who were nearby the site of the blast. The victimized have been rushed to the hospitals in Baidoa for treatment.

No group has so far grabbed credit for the attack, but security forces were put on high alert after the kaboom to avert further attacks.
Posted by: Fred || 04/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [316 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Africa North
U.N. convoy targeted in explosion in east Libya
A United Nations convoy was targeted on Tuesday when unidentified attackers threw a hand grenade at it in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, an intelligence source said.

The grenade missed the convoy, setting off an explosion but there were no injuries or deaths, the source told Reuters.
Posted by: tipper || 04/10/2012 11:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [428 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ROTFLMAO
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/10/2012 15:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Probably : Sensunni Lives There : About To Abort
Posted by: Unusoger Ebborong4523 || 04/10/2012 17:40 Comments || Top||

#3  Thanks for all the help deposing the G'man, NATO.

Now, get out.
Posted by: Bobby || 04/10/2012 19:03 Comments || Top||


Blast hits Egypt pipeline carrying gas to Israel
An kaboom hit the Egyptian pipeline carrying gas to Israel and Jordan on Monday for 14th time since the uprising against President Hosni Mubarak
...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011...
began last year, security sources said.
 
The blast took place in the northern Sinai at the entrance of the Mediterranean coastal town of Al-Arish. Residents in the city told Rooters they had heard the sound of the kaboom.
Ma'an adds:
The blast took place in the northern Sinai at the entrance of the Mediterranean coastal town of el-Arish. Residents in the city told Reuters they had heard the sound of the explosion.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks on the installation that crosses the increasingly volatile Sinai Peninsula. Security in Sinai was relaxed after the fall of Mubarak in 2011 as the police presence thinned out across Egypt.

The pipeline has been shut since an explosion on Feb. 5.

An Egyptian military source told Ma'an's correspondent that Jihadist groups had thought the pipeline was in use. "They have dug about two meters deep into the sand and laid their explosive device," he said.
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Africa Subsaharan
Nigeria Gunmen Kill Six-Year Old
[Tripoli Post] Gunmen suspected of being members of a radical Islamist sect have reportedly killed over a dozen people - including a 6-year-old girl - in recent attacks in Nigeria's restive northeast, authorities said Monday.

In the northeastern city of Potiskum, gunnies opened fire on a policeman and his family, killing the policeman's six-year-old daughter, Toyin Gbadegeshin, Yobe a State police front man said.

Early Monday, gunnies killed three people when they attacked a cop shoppe, a church and a bank in the border town of Dikwa in the northeast.

Joint Security Task Force front man Lt. Col. Sagir Musa said a local politician, a police officer and civilian and three gunnies were killed in early Monday's attack.

Musa blamed the attack on members of the Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. Currently wearing a false nose and moustache and answering to Jama'atu Ahlus-Sunnah Lidda'Awati Wal Jihad, or Big Louie...
sect.

Gbadegeshin, also blamed Boko Haram, a group waging an increasingly bloody fight with security agencies and the public. More than 380 people have been killed in violence blamed on the sect this year alone, according to an News Agency that Dare Not be Named count.

The attacks follow a Sunday suicide kaboom in the city of Kaduna that killed at least 38 people in a massive blast that rattled a city at the centre of religious, ethnic and political violence in the nation.

While no one immediately grabbed credit for the attack, suspicion immediately fell on Boko Haram, and some fear the attack could further inflame tensions around Kaduna, a region on the dividing line between Nigeria's largely Christian south and Mohammedan north.
Posted by: Fred || 04/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [320 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Arabia
Soldier shot dead in Aden
[Yemen Post] Unidentified gunnies suspected of having links to Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) shot a soldier dead in the southern Yemen port city of Aden, security official told Yemen Post on Monday.

Gunmen killed the soldier in Al-Mansoura district of Aden this morning, said the security official, declining to give any further details.

Separately, local sources from Aden told Yemen Post anonymously that some pro-separation gunnies blocked the main roads in the city in a bid to forcibly impose a complete civil disobedience.

They said sporadic gunshots are heard every now and then from many areas in the city, especially from Al-Mansoura Central Prison, striking fear and panic into the hearts of the residents.

Online Aden News website reported that the main roads of Aden are blocked and that the Southern Movement followers are firing gunshots into the sky.

The Pro-Secessionist Southern Movement, which calls for an outright independence of the south, is very active in Aden, exploiting the

southerners hardships and poverty.

Security situation has spiraled in Aden recently, with cut-throats of Ansar al-Sharia
...a Yemeni Islamist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends...
, al-Qaeda offshoot in the country, roaming the main streets of the city unchallenged.

The terror network has taken over some towns in the south, taking an advantage of the week, distracted government.

Posted by: Fred || 04/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [312 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia


15 al-Qaida militants killed in Louder, seven troops
[Yemen Post] At least 15 suspected al-Qaeda cut-throats were killed in the battles with the army in the Louder city of Abyan on Monday, a day after two dozens were reported killed by drone attacks in the province, the Yemeni official agency Saba reported.

Security officials in Abyan told Yemen Post that seven troops were also killed.

With direct support from the US, Yemen is fighting al-Qaeda cut-throats and the Sharia Supporters in southern and southeastern regions, who have recently revealed plans to expand their presence.

In June, the cut-throats seized some towns in Abyan and declared them as Islamic emirates and since then these towns have become their strongholds.

Yemen has been clashing with Islamic cut-throats for more than a year.
Posted by: Fred || 04/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [323 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia


Saleh's son shows support for President Hadi
[Yemen Post] Former President President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh's
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
eldest son, Ahmed, affirmed his support for the newly-elected President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi, calling on the media of the National Unity Government to review its policies.

In a statement released Sunday from the Republican Guard headquarters which was reported by the GPC party, Ahmed said he will stand by Hadi as he stood by his father, stressing that he will support the constitutional legitimacy at any time.

The Republican Guard discusses the decrees issued by the commander in chief of the armed forces with the state's leadership through the legal means not in the media and press, said the statement.

The Republican Guard forces will work as a part of the armed and security forces, which have been and still defend Yemen regardless of the minority who took advantage of their military posts in furthering personal and partisan interests, added the statement.

The Republican Guard leadership called on the media to revise its polices in a way that copes with the importance and delicacy of the current stage.

Ahmed, who was once the one time apparent heir of his father's rule, is the commander of the Republican Guard, the best trained and equipped troops in Yemen.

The elite republican guards forces had a leading role in helping Saleh endure more than a year of tenacious protests against his long rule and in cracking down on peaceful protesters.
Posted by: Fred || 04/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [302 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Bangladesh
Azad flees to India, 2 sons held
[Bangla Daily Star] Abul Kalam Azad, a runaway war crimes suspect widely known as Bachchu Razakar, decamped to India through the Hili border in Dinajpur on April 2, Rab said yesterday, quoting his jugged sons.

Members of Rapid Action Battalion yesterday picked up Azad's elder son Shah Mohammad Faisal Azad, 36, younger son Abul Kashem Muhammad Mushfiq Billah alias Jihad, 34, brother-in-law Kazi Ehtesham-ul Huq Liton, 40, from a house in the capital's Sutrapur around 5:30am and friend Abul Kashem Azad, president of C & F Agent Association, from Hili Port in the evening.

The four were tossed in the slammer for helping Azad flee the country, said Commander M Sohail, director of Legal and Media wing of Rab.

Azad is facing an arrest warrant for committing crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War. The International Crimes Tribunal-2 had issued the warrant on April 3.

Azad left Dhaka on March 30 and stayed at hotel Capila, owned by Abul Kashem Azad, at Hili Port, added Sohail.

Earlier on Sunday, Azad's daughter Samania Zannati filed a writ petition with the High Court seeking its directives to the government to produce before it two "missing" sons and a brother-in-law of Azad.

Samania claimed that law enforcers had picked up her brothers Faisal and Jihad and maternal uncle Kazi Ehtesham-ul Huq Liton early on Friday from Dhaka and her family still did not know of their whereabouts.

According to the petition, plainclothes members of Detective Branch of police and Rab picked up Faisal and Jihad from the residence of one of their relatives in Gandaria and Ehtesham from his Shyampur home.

The families of the trio have looked for them at different cop shoppes, but police denied any one of them had been jugged.

Contacted by The Daily Star, the petitioner's counsel barrister Nasir Uddin Ahmed Ashim said his client had requested some coppers to record a general diary over the incident, but they did not.

The HC bench of Justice Abdul Awal and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal yesterday fixed today for hearing the petition, added Nasir.
Posted by: Fred || 04/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [318 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-e-Islami

#1  Reckon the 'missing' family members will be found on 'the spot' in some allah-forsaken upazila with a round of bullet nearby?????
Unlikely the stutter gun will be there, having been polished to a rich shine prior to being resecreted in the velvet lined case....
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 04/10/2012 0:56 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
Mexican Army bags 4 bad guys in Coahuila -- UPDATED

For a map, click here For a map of Coahuila state, click here Updated with new information from El Diario de Coahuila news daily

By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

A total of four unidentified armed suspects died in an exchange of gunfire Monday in Castaños municipality in Coahuila state, according to Mexican news accounts.

A Mexican Army unit on road patrol observed a Chevrolet Cheyenne extended cab pickup truck in the town near the intersection of calles Zaragoza and Matamoros, which then attempted to flee the scene. Several of its occupants opened fire on the army unit.

The ensuing pursuit passed by Castaños city hall. The gunfire precipitated the temporary evacuation of about 80 individuals.

Army return fire killed all three passengers and the driver. Following the gunfight, soldiers recovered four AR-15 rifles, one submachine gun, 58 weapons magazines, 1,258 rounds of ammunition, eight bulletproof vests and one grenade. The truck had been reported stolen.

An unidentified woman was hit by the pickup truck as it attempted to elude the army patrol. An unidentified Coahuila state police agent was also wounded in the crossfire.

Castaños is five kilometers south of Monclova city and is on Mexico Highway 57, which leads to the border city of Piedras Negras. The site is also roughly 50 kilometers north of the state capital of Coahuila, Saltillo, which has recently been the site of several repeated confrontations between rival criminal gangs and Mexican security forces in including Mexican Army units.

Castaños is also 50 kilometers northwest of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon.

Nearly all Mexican federal agencies including Secretaria de Defensa Nacional (SEDENA), the controlling agency for the Mexican Army and Air Force, Secretaria de Marina (SEMAR), the controlling agency for the Mexican Navy and others have completely shut down their news functions in accordance with Article 41 of the Constitution of the United States of Mexico, which forbids government propaganda or news of any kind to be released during a federal election campaign.

Various state agencies, though not all, are observing the Article 41 suspensions.

Article 41 news suspensions are expected to be resumed the day after the July 1st presidential and federal legislators elections.

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
Posted by: badanov || 04/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [339 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Watch : Illegal Immies Extend From San Diego Tunnel border with gang that farts and Pot Tunnel 2 and monies laundered in region latest : Ar-15
Posted by: Snakes Lumplump2116 || 04/10/2012 17:44 Comments || Top||


Europe
Small bomb damages Greek reform ministry
A small makeshift bomb exploded on Monday outside a branch of a Greek ministry tasked with cutting 150,000 public sector jobs by 2015, causing damage but no injuries. The bomb was made of at least five gas canisters, police said. A similar bomb exploded at the office of former Prime Minister Costas Simitis on Tuesday last week.
Posted by: Pappy || 04/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [311 views] Top|| File under:


India-Pakistan
Raisani sacks seven officials over killing of six Shias
[Dawn] Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani on Monday sacked seven police officials on duty when unidentified gunnies rubbed out six Shia Moslems in Quetta, DawnNews reported.

According to police sources, 17 suspects have also been locked away in connection with killing of Hazara community earlier today.

The drive-by shooting took place at the busy Prince Road in the Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
capital.

"Two gunnies riding a cycle of violence opened fire on a shoe store killing four Shia Moslems and wounding three others," senior police official Muhammad Tariq told AFP.

"It was most probably a sectarian incident but the police are investigating," he said.

Another police official, Jehangir Shah, also confirmed the incident and the four casualties.

Later, two out of three injured gave up the ghost in a hospital.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Balochistan is rife with religious militancy and sectarian violence between majority Sunnis and minority Shia Moslems, and a regional separatist insurgency.

Hundreds of civilians have been killed since Baloch rebels rose up in 2004 against the federal government, demanding political autonomy and a greater share of profits from the oil, gas and mineral resources in the region.
Posted by: Fred || 04/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [320 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Curfew relaxed in Gilgit
[Dawn] The government on Monday announced relaxation in the curfew which was imposed in Gilgit after sectarian festivities claimed at least 14 lives, DawnNews reported.

Officials said that the curfew would be relaxed from 2pm to 5pm.

Moreover, people would not be allowed to wear jackets or chadar during this time period.

The town has been under an indefinite curfew since April 3. There was a two-hour relaxation only on Friday.

The region had remained cut off from the rest of the country because of suspension of traffic on Karakoram Highway.
Posted by: Fred || 04/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [303 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Gunmen on bikes kill three despite pillion ban
[Dawn] While police were on high alert and a ban was imposed on riding double in the city, there was no let-up in assassinations on Sunday, when at least three people were rubbed out by gunnies riding cycle of violences in different areas.

A 42-year-old man was killed and two workers of the Pakistain People's Party were maimed in separate incidents of firing in Orangi Town.

Ibrahim Mehroz Khan was returning home early Sunday morning when he was bumped off at Frontier Morr, said a duty officer at the Pirabad cop shoppe.

He said gunnies riding a motorbike fired at him and sped away. The victim sustained gunshot wounds to the head and chest.

The body was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital and handed over to the victim's family after medico-legal formalities, said the official.

He was a resident of Pareshan Chowk in the Mominabad area.

Shortly afterwards, two workers of the Pakistain People's Party were targeted within the remit of the Pirabad cop shoppe. District West PPP general secretary Siddique Akbar and his
associate Haroon were maimed in the attack near Kati Pahari.

Both sustained multiple bullet wounds and were shifted to a private hospital, police said.

The official quoted party sources as saying that Akbar was also the chairman of the party's district west Zakat committee.

Just a couple of days back, three senior workers of the PPP were killed in Orangi Town.

In Nazimabad No 2, a young man was rubbed out near Inquiry Office after being kidnapped, police said.

Four men riding two motorbikes brought a hostage with them near Zia-ul-Haq School and fired multiple shots at him before speeding away, said SP Liaquatabad Division Noman
Siddiqui.

Police said the body was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for a post-mortem examination.

Another young man was killed near old Sabzi Mandi over what police described as personal enmity.

Shakeelur Rehman, 26, was returning home when he was targeted by gunnies riding a motorbike, police said.

They added that the victim worked as a munshi at a rickshaw stand.

The police quoted the victim's family as saying that he had personal enmity with his cousins.

A case (FIR 92/2012) was registered at the PIB cop shoppe under Sections 302 (premeditated murder), 109 (abetment) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistain Penal Code against the victim's paternal cousins on a complaint of his father, Qareebur Rehman.
Posted by: Fred || 04/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [334 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Well, if bans on pillion riding won't work, maybe they could try banning weapons.
Posted by: gorb || 04/10/2012 0:07 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
22 Filipino troops injured by bomb near captured Abu Sayyaf camp
22 soldiers were injured, five of them in critical condition, in a landmine explosion near a fallen Abu Sayyaf camp in the hinterlands of the nearby province of Basilan.

Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) spokesman Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang said the explosion occurred around 8:40 a.m. Tuesday at Abong-Abong Peak, Sitio Pansol, Barangay Baiwas, Sumisip, Basilan. The identities of the injured soldiers were not immediately available except that they are from the 13th Scout Ranger Company of the Army's 4th Scout Ranger Battalion based in Basilan province.

The explosion happened when “some troops” tripped on an improvised bomb fashioned out as a landmine while there were conducting combat recon patrol near a former Abu Sayyaf camp. Government troops took the Abu Sayyaf camp last month.

Wesmincom chief Maj. Gen. Noel Coballes said the Abu Sayyaf terrorists bandits had "designed the area to be impenetrable" before it was overrun by the troops last month.

Coballes said the military would continue despite the incident. He said, "Efforts to clear the area of Abu Sayyaf bandits along with their landmines and improvised bombs will continue in order to ensure that civilians who would want access to Abong-Abong Peak for farming are assured of their safety."
Posted by: ryuge || 04/10/2012 06:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [326 views] Top|| File under:


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Cameraman Killed as Al-Jadeed Crew Comes Under Gunfire from Syria
[An Nahar] Al-Jadeed TV cameraman Ali Shaaban was killed on Monday in the northern border area of Wadi Khaled when he and two of his colleagues came under gunfire from the Syrian side of the border.

Reporter Hussein Khreis and cameraman Abed Khayyat managed to escape unharmed.

The TV network said the crew was in the area with the aim of filming a report about the situation there.

Shaaban was rushed to Al-Salam Hospital in al-Qbayyat where he later died of his wounds.

Khreis confirmed that he and his colleagues came under gunfire from the Syrian side of the border and that they were inside Lebanese territory.

Al-Jadeed accused the Syrian army of the deadly shooting, saying it shot up its team which was on the Lebanese side of the border.

"Ali Shaaban became a martyr after the Syrian army opened fire on the al-Jadeed car," the channel said.

Khreis said the shooting took place even though the television team had "greeted the Syrian forces guarding the border."

"We were filming the Syrian areas, but we were in Lebanese territory, and we chatted with the Syrian brothers (border guards) and continued our trip," said Khreis.
Posted by: Fred || 04/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [313 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Brothers.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 04/10/2012 1:47 Comments || Top||


Leb Opposition Warns Cabinet against Handing Over Refugees to Syrian Regime
[An Nahar] The March 14 forces warned the cabinet on Monday against handing over any Syrian refugees who entered the country to escape the Syrian regime's crackdown against protests, the Kuwaiti newspaper al-Seyassah reported.

According to sources the opposition will take all the necessary measures on the issue and will hold the government responsible for the repercussions of such a decision on Leb.

Al-Mustaqbal
... the Future Movement, political party led by Saad Hariri...
Movement MP Khaled Zahraman rejected handing over the Syrian refugees who have decamped the deadly crackdown by the regime on protestors as it violates the international treaties.

"If Leb responded to the Syrian regime's demands, then Prime Minister Najib Miqati's cabinet will be the regime's accomplice in killing the Syrian people," Zahraman said.

He lashed out at ministers who described the Syrian refugees as "terrorists" during the last cabinet session.

Zahraman said that the government's failure to approve a request by Social Affairs Minister Wael Abou Faour to allocate LL100 million to provide more humanitarian assistance to the Syrian refugees is "shameful".

Media reports said on Saturday that Lebanese authorities are hesitant in handing over Syrian refugees to Damascus
...Home to a staggering array of terrorist organizations...
, fearing that such a move would lead to increased international pressure on Leb.
Posted by: Fred || 04/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [327 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Ban 'Strongly Deplores' Fatal Shootings from Syria into Lebanon, Turkey
U.N. leader the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon
... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan...
on Monday "strongly" deplored the fatal cross-border shootings from Syria into Leb and Turkey earlier in the day, U.N. front man Martin Nesirky said in a statement.

Ban also made a final plea for Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
The Scourge of Hama...
to halt attacks on civilians ahead of a Tuesday deadline to withdraw troops and heavy guns from Syria's cities.

"The secretary general reiterates his demand that the government of Syria immediately cease all military actions against civilians and fulfill all of its commitments made through joint special envoy Kofi Annan
...Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh and so far the worst Secretary-General of the UN. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for something or other that probably sounded good at the time. In December 2004, reports surfaced that Kofi's son Kojo received payments from the Swiss company Cotecna, which had won a lucrative contract under the UN Oil-for-Food Program. Kofi Annan called for an investigation to look into the allegations, which stirred up the expected cesspool but couldn't seem to come up with enough evidence to indict Kofi himself, or even Kojo...
," said Nesirky.

Syria had accepted Annan's plan for government troops and weapons to be withdrawn from cities by Tuesday but put up last minute conditions that opposition groups must make a written guarantee that they would lay down their arms.
Posted by: Fred || 04/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [298 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  I am sure the families of Lebanon and Turkey feel much safer now knowing they have this memo from the UN with which they can use to protect themselves.

Why the UN hadn't offered to protect them with memos before the bullets started flying and killed their family members is anyone's guess. But I am sure they are all sleeping better knowing those memos are now posted and keeping them safe from harm.

Posted by: crosspatch || 04/10/2012 2:22 Comments || Top||

#2  I like Spanky Moon better, or just "Spanky" for short.

Posted by: crosspatch || 04/10/2012 2:27 Comments || Top||

#3  See also DEFENCE FORUM INDIA > RUSSIA IS MASSING TROOPS ON IRAN'S NORTHERN BORDER + WAITING FOR WESTERN ATTACK.

Technically speaking, Russia's Boyz = Motherly Airborne, etc. can go anywhere in the Region, including but not limited to Iran proper.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/10/2012 2:36 Comments || Top||

#4  Iran and Russia have a mutual defense treaty. Any attack on Iran is considered an attack on Russia. I guess this is their way of saying they mean it.

Posted by: crosspatch || 04/10/2012 2:38 Comments || Top||

#5  What good will ground troops do, if the attack on Iran comes entirely from the air? Do they plan to join Iran in attacking Israel?
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/10/2012 8:53 Comments || Top||

#6  To actually take out many of the facilities, they would probably need ground troops. Air strikes would set the project back a year or two, but that is about it.

Posted by: crosspatch || 04/10/2012 13:40 Comments || Top||


HRW: Syria forces Conducting Summary Executions
[An Nahar] Syrian security forces and pro-regime militias have executed more than 100 civilians and rebel fighters in attacks on protest hubs since late 2011, Human Rights Watch
... dedicated to bitching about human rights violations around the world...
said on Monday.

Many of the summary and extrajudicial executions were carried out last month, and at least 85 of those killed were residents who never took part in fighting, including women and kiddies, said the New York-based watchdog.

HRW, which made the allegations in a 25-page report based on the accounts of witnesses, urged the United Nations
...an idea whose time has gone...
Security Council to ensure such crimes are documented.

"In a desperate attempt to crush the uprising, Syrian forces have executed people in cold blood, civilians and opposition fighters alike," HRW emergencies researcher Ole Solvang said in a statement.

"They are doing it in broad daylight and in front of witnesses, evidently not concerned about any accountability for their crimes."

The report said many of the executions occurred in the flashpoint provinces of Homs and Idlib, among them "at least 47 people, mainly women and kiddies" in the city of Homs on March 11 and 12.

It said that in such cases, the security forces acting alone or together with Shabiha snuffies executed people trying to flee, shot or stabbed people in their homes, or executed residents while conducting house searches.

In the report, one resident of Homs' Baba Amr district described how the army executed his brother and four of his neighbors when they overran the city on March 2

"Louai, who asked that his real name not be used for fear of reprisals, said that the army first entered his neighbors' house, dragged the four men who were there outside, and slaughtered them with knives in front of their families.

"The soldiers then came into Louai's house, and, when he and his brother raised their hands, shot at them both, wounding Louai and killing his brother," said HRW.

The watchdog appealed to the Security Council to ensure any U.N. mission mandated to oversee a peace plan drawn up by international envoy Kofi Annan
...Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh and so far the worst Secretary-General of the UN. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for something or other that probably sounded good at the time. In December 2004, reports surfaced that Kofi's son Kojo received payments from the Swiss company Cotecna, which had won a lucrative contract under the UN Oil-for-Food Program. Kofi Annan called for an investigation to look into the allegations, which stirred up the expected cesspool but couldn't seem to come up with enough evidence to indict Kofi himself, or even Kojo...
is allowed to collect evidence of such crimes.

The plan on ending the year-long bloodshed in Syria appeared to be in jeopardy on Monday, less than 24 hours before government forces were supposed to start pulling back their armor from protest hubs.
Posted by: Fred || 04/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [309 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Hey, you can't execute me! I have a letter here that "strongly deplores" that sort of thing! See, your bullets can't penetrate it.

Posted by: crosspatch || 04/10/2012 16:33 Comments || Top||


Syrian Rebel Army Ready to Respect Truce
[An Nahar] The Syrian rebel army said Monday it is ready to respect a truce brokered by U.N.-Arab League
...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing...
envoy Kofi Annan
...Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh and so far the worst Secretary-General of the UN. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for something or other that probably sounded good at the time. In December 2004, reports surfaced that Kofi's son Kojo received payments from the Swiss company Cotecna, which had won a lucrative contract under the UN Oil-for-Food Program. Kofi Annan called for an investigation to look into the allegations, which stirred up the expected cesspool but couldn't seem to come up with enough evidence to indict Kofi himself, or even Kojo...
if the regime of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
The Scourge of Hama...
abides by the peace deal.

"We have announced that we will cease operations against the army of the regime on the morning of April 10, and we will respect this pledge if the regime commits to respecting the terms of the (U.N.) plan," Free Syrian Army front man Colonel Kassem Saadeddine said in a statement received by AFP.

He said the FSA reiterated its "total commitment to the plan" which demands the regime withdraw from protest cities on Tuesday with a complete ceasefire set for 48 hours later.

The peace plan appears to be in jeopardy after the regime laid down conditions for a pullout, saying it would only carry out its side of the bargain if rebels first handed over written guarantees to stop fighting.

Rebel army chief Colonel Riyadh al-Asaad countered: "We are committed to the Annan plan... We will present our guarantees and our commitments to the international community, but not to this (Syrian) regime."
Posted by: Fred || 04/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [690 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Hundreds of Fighters Surrounded Dahiyeh after Geagea Assassination Attempt
[An Nahar] Leb was on the verge of civil strife last week, similar to the situation that pervaded the country after the 2005 liquidation of former Premier Rafik Hariri, after news of the failed liquidation attempt against Lebanese Forces
A Christian political party founded by Bashir Gemayel, who was then bumped off when he was elected president of Leb...
leader Samir Geagea
... Geagea was imprisoned by the Syrians and their puppets for 11 years in a dungeon in the third basement level of the Lebanese Ministry of Defense. He was released after the Cedar Revolution in 2005 ...
broke out, reported the Kuwaiti al-Seyassah on Monday.

A former Lebanese security official residing in Gay Paree told the daily: "The moment the attempt was announced, hundreds of LF, Phalange Party
The Kataeb (Phalange) party was founded by Pierre Gemayel in 1936, who modeled the party after Spanish and Italian Fascist parties he had observed as an Olympic athlete during the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin, then Nazi Germany. The movement's uniforms originally included brown shirts and members used the Nazi salute. Despite the party's uniform, its strong sense of nationalism and dedication to a single charismatic leader, the Lebanese Kataeb was not and never became a fascist party nor did it espouse a totalitarian ideology.
, and National Liberal Front fighters, as well as Lebanese army backers, headed to the regions that surround Beirut's southern suburbs and Shiyyah area, Hizbullah and AMAL's respective stronghold."

The fighters, who came from the areas of Hazmieh and Fayyadiyeh, deployed in Ain al-Rummaneh, Baabda, and al-Antouniyeh near the Dahiyeh southern suburbs ahead of storming al-Shiyyah and later Dahiyeh, said the unnamed official.

He revealed that Lebanese intelligence confirmed that some 2,300 Christian fighters had in fact deployed in those areas.

The development could have resulted in sectarian strife, but it was avoided after it was announced that Geagea had survived the attack on his life, he added.

The official stated that Geagea and his parliamentary bloc had indirectly accused Hizbullah and its ally Free Patriotic Movement
Despite its name a Christian party allied with Hizbullah, neither free nor particularly patriotic...
leader MP Michel Aoun
...a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hizbullah...
of being behind the liquidation attempt.

This accusation can be interpreted as a sign of "an impending invasion by the Christians of the March 14 camp of the FPM regions in order to end its presence in Christian areas and return unity among the Maronite ranks," the former security official told al-Seyassah.

Last Wednesday, Geagea beat feet an liquidation attempt by snipers as he was taking a walk in the garden of his Maarab residence.

The LF leader did not make a direct accusation of who he thinks is behind the attack, saying that he will keep his thoughts to himself.

He noted however that one camp in Leb "has not and will not be a target of an liquidation."
Posted by: Fred || 04/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [314 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Rubbish. If this had happened, it wouldn't take a week to get to the press.
Posted by: Matt || 04/10/2012 8:55 Comments || Top||


Syria Peace Plan in Jeopardy as Monday Clashes Kill 170
[An Nahar] A peace plan for Syria was in jeopardy on Monday as deadly fresh festivities raged after Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad's
Light of the Alawites...
government laid down conditions for it to pull troops and armor out of protest hubs.

Security forces killed 151 people across the country, among them more than 30 women and kiddies and four rebels, the Local Coordination Committees, the main activist group spurring protests on the ground, said.

Fifty-two people were killed in Homs, 45 in Aleppo
...For centuries, Aleppo was Greater Syria's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third, after Constantinople and Cairo. Although relatively close to Damascus in distance, Aleppans regard Damascenes as country cousins...
, 33 in Hama, 13 in Idlib, six in the countryside around Damascus
...Capital of the last remaining Baathist regime in the world...
, one in Deir Ezzor and one in Daraa, the LCC said.

Tension also escalated with neighboring Turkey after shots across the border maimed two Syrians and a Turkish translator near a refugee camp hosting people who beat feet from forces loyal to Assad.

And a Lebanese television cameraman was rubbed out by Syrian troops manning the frontier with Leb which is also hosting thousands of Syrian refugees.

Under a peace deal brokered by U.N. and Arab League
...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing...
envoy Kofi Annan
...Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh and so far the worst Secretary-General of the UN. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for something or other that probably sounded good at the time. In December 2004, reports surfaced that Kofi's son Kojo received payments from the Swiss company Cotecna, which had won a lucrative contract under the UN Oil-for-Food Program. Kofi Annan called for an investigation to look into the allegations, which stirred up the expected cesspool but couldn't seem to come up with enough evidence to indict Kofi himself, or even Kojo...
, Syria's armed forces are supposed to withdraw from protest centers on Tuesday, with a complete end to fighting set for 48 hours later.

But the truce already appears in jeopardy after Damascus said it would only carry its side of the bargain if rebels first handed over written guarantees to stop fighting, a demanded rejected by rebel army chief Colonel Riad al-Asaad.

The 11th-hour demand came as weekend violence claimed almost 180 lives, most of them civilians, a surge in bloodshed that former U.N. chief Annan described as "unacceptable."

Making matters worse, fresh fighting killed another 155 people on Monday, including 19 soldiers, according to the LCC and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

At least 35 non-combatants were killed in regime forces' shelling of the village of Latamna, in the central Hama province, according to the Observatory.

"The regime had thought that it would control all areas (of rebels by April 10). As this is not happening, it is procrastinating to gain time," said the Observatory's Rami Abdel Rahman.

"If the Annan plan does not work, no other plan would, and Syria would plunge into a civil war," he told Agence La Belle France Presse.

Two others died of wounds after being smuggled into Turkey along with 15 others injured in an overnight clash with regime forces in the province of Aleppo, Anatolia news agency said citing a health official.

Tension heightened along the borders as shots fired from Syria maimed two Syrians and a Turkish translator, in the first case of Syrian fire from across the border hurting people on Turkish soil.

The incident, which happened on the eve of a visit by Annan to the refugee camps, prompted the Turkish foreign ministry to demand the Syrian mission in Ankara to "immediately halt the shooting," according to a diplomatic source.

Around 25,000 Syrian refugees are currently housed in camps in Turkey's three provinces bordering Syria, where civilians have been fleeing the deadly crackdown over the past year.

The Milliyet newspaper reported Monday that Turkey would consider using troops to secure humanitarian corridors in border areas should the number of Syrian refugees swell to above 50,000.

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Miqati, whose government is dominated by pro-Syrian parties, condemned the death Monday of Lebanese cameraman Ali Shaaban, who worked for the Beirut-based al-Jadeed television, killed by Syrian gunfire.

Chinese foreign ministry front man Liu Weimin, meanwhile, urged the Syrian government to honor its truce commitments.

"China urges the Syrian government and parties concerned in Syria to seize the important opportunities, to honor their commitment of ceasefire and withdrawal of troops," said Liu.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem was due to hold talks Tuesday in Moscow with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. Ally Russia, along with Beijing, has blocked two U.N. Security Council draft resolutions condemning Damascus for its bloody crackdown.

On Sunday, the Syrian foreign ministry outlined the regime's new conditions in a statement.

"To say that Syria will pull back its forces from towns on April 10 is inaccurate, Kofi Annan having not yet presented written guarantees on the acceptance by armed terrorist groups of a halt to all violence," it said.

It said the regime was also awaiting written guarantees from the governments of Qatar, Soddy Arabia and Turkey "on stopping their funding to terrorist groups," referring to the regime's key regional critics.

Rebel army chief Colonel Asaad countered: "We are committed to the Annan plan... We will present our guarantees and our commitments to the international community, but not to this (Syrian) regime."

FSA front man Colonel Qassem Saadeddine reiterated on Monday the rebel force's readiness to cease fire on Tuesday "if the regime commits to respecting the terms of the (U.N.) plan."

After Turkey, Annan will travel to Syria's ally Iran, for a visit to Syrian refugee camps near the border, a Turkish diplomatic source said.

On Sunday, he urged Syria's government to respect its commitments on troop withdrawals.

"I remind the Syrian government of the need for full implementation of its commitments and stress that the present escalation of violence is unacceptable."

The Security Council has formally endorsed the Tuesday deadline for a ceasefire, but Damascus said a day later that the number of "terrorist acts" has risen since the deal was agreed with U.N.-Arab League envoy Annan.

Annan "said he would work to stop the violence, disarm gangs... initiate a comprehensive national dialogue with opposition movements," when he met Assad last month, the foreign ministry said.

La Belle France denounced as "unacceptable" the new Syrian demands.

The United Nations
...boodling on the grand scale...
says more than 9,000 people have been killed since anti-regime protests broke out in March 2011, while monitors put the number at more than 10,000.

On Monday, Human Rights Watch
... dedicated to bitching about human rights violations around the world...
said security forces and pro-regime militias had executed more than 100 civilians and rebels in attacks on protest hubs since late 2011, urging any U.N. mission to Syria to collect evidence.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 04/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [736 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Sega is coming out with a new game for X-Mas this year like duck hunt but you hunt Syrian refugees instead over the boarder in TURKEY!
Posted by: Grereter McCoy2439 || 04/10/2012 10:29 Comments || Top||

#2  Peace plan #1376 or peace plan #1378?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/10/2012 10:35 Comments || Top||

#3  Well I wouldn't advise to piss off the Turks. They might just think it's time to get some of "their" territory back.
Posted by: European Conservative || 04/10/2012 10:40 Comments || Top||

#4  Popcorn.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/10/2012 10:53 Comments || Top||

#5  EC: Are you suggesting Isreal would back Turkey's claim to Syria if they invaded and liquidated Assad and Jihadi's both? Cause I can't see Isreal sitting by and letting Turkey get the whole country without taking some Elbow-room.
Posted by: Charles || 04/10/2012 11:47 Comments || Top||

#6  by one count, the number of fatalities is close to 13,000

as a comparison, the total number of Paleo civilians killed by Israelis in 2011 was no more than about 20 (depending on what one considers a civilian, the actual number could be as low as 5)
Posted by: lord garth || 04/10/2012 14:36 Comments || Top||

#7  Extra butter with that, grom? ;-p
Posted by: Barbara || 04/10/2012 18:42 Comments || Top||

#8  Isn't that NOT-DICK CHENEY???

gut nuthin.

* ION WAFF > [Syruh FM Walid al-Moualem] SYRIA ACCUSES TURKEY OF ARMING MILITANTS, HELPING REBELS ACROSS BORDER.

versus

* SAME > RUSSIAN "SLAP" IN TURKEY [was] FOR [Northern] CYPRUS:"YOU ARE AN ILLEGAL OCCUPYING POWER.

ARTIC = Russ FM rcommends Russ Citizens refrain from investing or buying properties in alleged illegally Turk-occupied Northern Cyprus.

Moscow protecting both new EEZ + Greek Slavs.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/10/2012 21:47 Comments || Top||



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