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Belmokhtar deputy killed in Mali
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 11/23/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1081 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Birthday Gam Shot

Kelly Brook [English][Filmography](age 34)



Open Architecture Design


Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 11/23/2013 3:36 Comments || Top||

#2  I like her spunk Her Instagram card for her B-DAY

her recent tumblr photos: http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/kelly-brook
Posted by: 3dc || 11/23/2013 12:08 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Top Brotherhood figure arrested in Sinai
[Al Ahram] Egyptian security forces incarcerated
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
a senior Moslem Brüderbund figure in Sinai on Thursday night, reported Rooters website Aswat Masriya.

Brotherhood Guidance Bureau member Ezzat Abdel-Hamid Gharib was arrested in the North Sinai city of Sheikh Zuweid -- the site of numerous armed attacks against security forces since the ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi
...the former president of Egypt. A proponent of the One Man, One Vote, One Time principle, Morsi won election after the deposal of Hosni Mubarak and jumped to the conclusion it was his turn to be dictator...
in July -- and flown to Cairo for investigation.

Security forces have been combing local areas since Wednesday when a bus carrying off-duty soldiers was hit by a bomb-laden car. Eleven soldiers were killed and another 37 injured in the incident near Rafah city, also in North Sinai.

Twenty-nine suspects have been rounded up by authorities and are currently being investigated for links to the attack.

Most high profile Brotherhood members have been arrested since Morsi was removed by the army after mass protests against him, including Supreme Guide Mohammed Badie and his deputy Khairat El-Shater. Most now face charges related to incitement to violence.
Posted by: Fred || 11/23/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [262 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  The thing shapes to a proper Muslim "Civil" war.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/23/2013 2:20 Comments || Top||


Algerian troops intercept foreign terrorists
[MAGHAREBIA] Algerian troops killed five armed forces of Evil at the borders with Libya and Tunisia, Tunisie Numerique reported on Thursday (November 21st).

The men reportedly tried to infiltrate Algerian territory during the World Cup qualifier against Burkina Faso
...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other...
on Tuesday.

Documents found in their all-terrain vehicles identified the forces of Evil as Tunisian, Libyan, and Malian nationals.
Posted by: Fred || 11/23/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [202 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa


Belmokhtar deputy killed in Mali
[MAGHAREBIA] The top aide to terrorist Mokhtar Belmokhtar was killed by French forces in northern Mali, ANI reported on Thursday (November 21st).
Yet another job opening for a bright, ambitious, hard-working, beheading number three...
Mauritanian national Hacene Ould Khalil (aka Jouleibib) and two other jihadists were reportedly killed last week some 220 kilometres west of Tessalit.

Jouleibib was the deputy commander of the "Signed in Blood" battalion, which grabbed credit for the deadly siege at Algeria's In Amenas gas complex and the twin suicide boom-mobileings in Niger in May.

La Belle France's chief of defence staff in Gay Paree last Thursday said only that French forces had "neutralised" several al-Qaeda members in northern Mali. A regional security source in Mali, however, confirmed to AFP the death of Belmokhtar's "right-hand man".

"He was responsible for the management of the group. It is truly a blow to Belmokhtar," the source added.

French forces also reportedly seized a cell phone and a computer belonging to Jouleibib.

Posted by: Fred || 11/23/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [661 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa

#1  deputy commander of the "Signed in Blood" battalion

"looks like he wrote a novel there...all over the sidewalk"
Posted by: Frank G || 11/23/2013 10:48 Comments || Top||

#2  ^9.94

Posted by: Shipman || 11/23/2013 12:39 Comments || Top||


Two Killed as Clashes Erupt in Egypt
[An Nahar] A young boy and a man were killed on Friday as supporters and opponents of ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi
...the former president of Egypt. A proponent of the One Man, One Vote, One Time principle, Morsi won election after the deposal of Hosni Mubarak and jumped to the conclusion it was his turn to be dictator...
clashed in Egypt, officials said.

The confrontations came as pro-Morsi groups called for a week of anti-military protests under the slogan "Massacre of the Century".

That is a reference to the August 14 crackdown by security forces on Morsi supporters in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square where at least 627 people died on that day.

The boy, aged 10, was hit in the head by a bullet when pro-Morsi marchers clashed with his opponents after Friday prayers in the city of Suez, security officials said.

A man was killed in similar festivities in the central city of Minya.

Khaled al-Khatib, a senior health ministry official, confirmed the two deaths to state news agency MENA, adding that another 15 people were maimed nationwide.

Disturbances were also reported in some districts of the capital and in other towns.

Police fired tear gas as pro- and anti-Morsi students pelted each other with rocks at Cairo's al-Azhar University, security officials said.

An interior ministry statement said that some students linked to the Moslem Brüderbund torched a tram carriage in the Heliopolis district of the city.

On Thursday, Egypt's interim rulers gave police the power to enter university campuses to quell protests without seeking prior permission from the prosecutor general or university authorities as previously required.

On Friday, police also used tear gas grenades against demonstrators trying to reach Rabaa al-Adawiya Square.

Fighting also erupted in the oasis city of Fayoum some 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of Cairo, and was later broken up by police using tear gas.

At least 27 people were tossed in the clink
You have the right to remain silent...
nationwide, MENA reported.
Posted by: Fred || 11/23/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [143 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Major day-long Derna protest at militia murders and bombings
[Libya Herald] Derna is tense this evening after the murder last night of a respected local figure as he left a mosque. This saw a large day-long demonstration today, protesting the presence of militias and demanding that the police and army take back control of the city.

Fowzy Al-Zowki, the secretary for Derna's council of elders was bumped off as he left the Al-Sahaba mosque last night. Zowki died at Al-Hareesh hospital. At around 4:30am today a bomb went kaboom! outside the Aum El-Mominee girl's school, which also houses the local 60 committee election office.

Zowki had recently given an interview in which he condemned the deteriorating security in the city. Islamist groups have maintained that some decisions made by the council of elders were un-Islamic.
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Posted by: Fred || 11/23/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [246 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Another military barracks handed over
[Libya Herald] The handover of militia bases continues in the wake of the Gharghour tragedy.

Following yesterday's handover of five bases, Camp 27, held by Libya Shield Western Brigade was today handed over to military police this afternoon. Representatives from the militia were not, however, in attendance at the brief ceremony which saw members of Wirshafana Shura Council hand over the base to security forces.

The chiefs of staff for the army, navy and air force -- Mansour Bohajar, Hassan Bushnaf and Jumaa Al-Abani -- travelled to the empty barracks, officially renamed Abdul Fattah Younis Camp, to receive custody of it.
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Posted by: Fred || 11/23/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [267 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Cairo tram set aflame during pro-Morsi protests crashes into cars
[Al Ahram] Egypt's ambulance authority head Ahmed El-Ansary announced on Friday that at least nine were maimed after a tram in Cairo's Nasr City crashed into two cars.

The accident occurred after supporters of deposed president Mohammed Morsi
...the former president of Egypt. A proponent of the One Man, One Vote, One Time principle, Morsi won election after the deposal of Hosni Mubarak and jumped to the conclusion it was his turn to be dictator...
allegedly threw Molotov cocktails at a tram line near Al-Nozha street in Nasr City, setting a train carriage and a nearby kiosk on fire.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 11/23/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [296 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Morsi supporters attack UAE embassy in Cairo
[Al Ahram] Security forces fired tear gas at supporters of deposed president Mohammed Morsi
...the former president of Egypt. A proponent of the One Man, One Vote, One Time principle, Morsi won election after the deposal of Hosni Mubarak and jumped to the conclusion it was his turn to be dictator...
on Friday after they attacked the United Arab Emirates embassy in Cairo's Heliopolis.

Protesters assaulted the embassy's guards, according to Al-Ahram's Arabic website.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 11/23/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [265 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Arabia
Yemen Huthi Rebel MP Gunned Down in Sanaa
[An Nahar] An MP who represented Zaidi Iranian catspaws known as Huthis at a national dialogue was assassinated on Friday in the Yemeni capital, an official from his group told Agence La Belle France Presse.

"Two gunnies opened fire on MP Abdel Karim Jadban as he was leaving a Sanaa mosque," said Abdel Karim al-Khaywani from the Ansarullah (Partisans of God) group.

He said Jadban died of his wounds before reaching hospital.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 11/23/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [257 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Bahrain Shiites Stage March against 'Repression'
[An Nahar] Thousands of Shiites in Bahrain erupted into the streets south of the capital Manama on Friday to protest against what they called repression of the opposition, witnesses said.

They marched in the Shiite area of Bilad al-Qadim, waving the flag of the Gulf state and chanting slogans calling for tossed in the clink
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
members of the opposition to be released.

The opposition led by the Shiite al-Wefaq movement in a statement charged that the government had not implemented the recommendations of a commission of inquiry into violence in the spring of 2011.

The investigation concluded that excessive force had been used by security personnel in the Sunni-ruled kingdom against mostly Shiite protesters.

Friday's statement deplored "the continuing arrests, political trial and discrimination" against the majority Shiite community.

The judicial authorities have stepped up the number of trials of Shiites charged with attacking the police.

In the latest case, an appeals court on Monday upheld jail terms of up to 15 years for 17 Shiites convicted of attacks on the police.

A Shiite-led uprising to demand a democratic reforms in Bahrain was crushed in March 2011.
Posted by: Fred || 11/23/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [173 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Europe
Italy reactivates case against kidnapped Egyptian imam
[Al Ahram] An Egyptian cleric kidnapped from Milan in 2003 as part of the CIA's extraordinary renditions program is facing trial in absentia in Italy on terrorism charges stemming from a decade-old investigation. Prosecutors on Friday requested a prison sentence of six years and eight months for Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, known as Abu Omar, who is in Egypt and unlikely to be handed over if convicted.

A verdict is expected next month in the closed-door fast-track trial, which included only one day of evidence on Friday.

Italy was investigating the former Milan imam when he was kidnapped from a Milan street on Feb. 17, 2003.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 11/23/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [256 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Europe


India-Pakistan
5 Dead as Twin Blasts Hit Pakistan Mainly Shiite District
[An Nahar] Twin bomb kabooms killed at least five people and injured 18 others in Pakistain's port city of Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
on Friday, police said.

The two blasts took place within minutes of each other in the city's bustling, predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Ancholi.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 11/23/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [292 views] Top|| File under: Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan

#1  " Karachi, a city of 18 million people, which contributes 42 percent of Pakistain's GDP, is rife with murder, kidnappings and has been plagued with sectarian, ethnic, and political violence for years."

It has something to do with the amount of Peace in the Religion of Peace ( you may have already noticed.)
Moslem Values...that sort of thing.

And , hey, what is 5 dead Moslems. Are we short of Moslems. I mean, really. Wake me up when there are some real numbers.
Posted by: Spereting Tingle4064 || 11/23/2013 5:59 Comments || Top||

#2  Ho Hum, Dead Moslems and more Dead Moslems.

I couldn't care less.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 11/23/2013 8:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Actually, it's "I could care less."

A bit pedantic? Yes. And I sort-of apologize.

But if one is going to post in the same thread as our resident Hemingway-in-a-flaming-tutu, one really should try to raise the quality level of the overall commentary.
Posted by: Pappy || 11/23/2013 11:21 Comments || Top||

#4  Hummm.....
Where I come from it's a longer form.

As in "I find it difficult to care any less about your situation". *

So I think correctly it would be, "I couldn't care less". "I could care less" implies an certain amount of caring, which I don't think the statement is trying to convey.


* A Professor of Winnowing of my yut.
Posted by: Shipman || 11/23/2013 12:46 Comments || Top||

#5  Ah, yes - you and James are right.

I still maintain right-ness about Hemingway-in-a-flaming-tutu, though.
Posted by: Pappy || 11/23/2013 17:01 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Iraq Sunni Mosques Close over Unrest
[An Nahar] Attacks mostly targeting Sunni-majority areas of Iraq killed 13 people on Friday as the minority community shuttered countless mosques nationwide, complaining that security forces were failing to provide adequate protection.

The move follows a months-long surge in bloodshed, with the latest wave of violence leaving nearly 200 people dead in just the past week, that has forced Storied Baghdad
...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate...
to appeal for international help in combating militancy just months before its first general election in four years.

Officials have also voiced concern over a resurgent al-Qaeda emboldened by the civil war in neighboring Syria which has provided the jihadist network's front groups with increased room to plan operations in Iraq.

Attacks on Friday struck Sunni-majority areas in and around Storied Baghdad, and the main northern city of djinn-infested Mosul, leaving at least 13 dead and 25 others maimed, security and medical officials said.

Four separate shootings and bombings in the capital, including one adjacent to a Sunni mosque, killed at least six people, while blasts in the nearby Sunni towns of Abu Ghraib and Tarmiyah left three others dead.

Further attacks near djinn-infested Mosul, a mostly Sunni city in restive Nineveh province, killed four people -- two soldiers and two coppers.
Posted by: Fred || 11/23/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [202 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State of Iraq


Nine Dead as Iraq Struggles to Stem Surge in Unrest
[An Nahar] A series of bombings and shootings, mostly in Sunni-majority areas of Storied Baghdad
...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate...
and northern Iraq, killed nine people Friday as security forces struggle to stem a protracted surge in bloodshed.

The attacks, which followed consecutive days in which more than 100 people were killed overall, are the latest in a flare-up that has prompted Storied Baghdad to appeal for international help combating militancy just months before Iraq's first general election in four years.

Officials have voiced concern over a resurgent al-Qaeda emboldened by the civil war in neighboring Syria which has provided the jihadist network's front groups with increased room to plan operations in Iraq.

Attacks on Thursday struck in and around Storied Baghdad and the main northern city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
.

Explosions in the capital and the predominantly Sunni Arab town of Tarmiyah just to the north left five people dead, including two anti-Qaeda Sunni militiamen, security and medical officials said.

Further attacks near Mosul killed four people -- two soldiers and two coppers.
Posted by: Fred || 11/23/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [224 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State of Iraq


Southeast Asia
Philippine troops kill NPA militant
Philippine soldiers killed a communist militant in a clash in the southern province of Compostela Valley. The fighting erupted in the village called Bagong Silang where troops cornered the New People's Army gunman and shot him. Officials said local villagers tipped off the military about presence of the gunman.
Posted by: ryuge || 11/23/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [200 views] Top|| File under: Commies


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Lebanon IDs an Iranian Embassy bomber
[CHRON] Lebanese Sherlocks likely have identified one of the jacket wallahs who targeted the Iranian Embassy
...You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy!...
in Beirut in an attack that killed 23 people, a senior judicial official said Friday.

The official said the suspected bomber, Mouin Abu Daher, is from the southern Lebanese city of Sidon. The official said authorities suspect Daher as his father told Sherlocks his son was involved.

The official said Sherlocks took DNA samples from Daher's father Friday to compare to remains of one of the suspected bombers.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't allowed to release the information.

An al-Qaeda-linked group, the Lebanese Abdullah Azzam Brigades, grabbed credit for the attack Tuesday. They said it was payback for the military support that Iran and the Shiite Lebanese militia Hezbollah provide against the mainly Sunni rebels fighting the government of Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Leveler of Latakia...

The Syrian conflict, in its third year, also has become a confrontation between regional powers. It has exacerbated tensions between Leb's Sunnis and Shiites as well. The embassy bombing was one of the deadliest in a series of attacks targeting Hezbollah and Shiite strongholds in Leb in recent months.

The judicial official said Sherlocks believe Abu Daher was a follower of a charismatic Sunni preacher in Sidon, Ahmad al-Assir. Assir and his hard-line supporters battled Lebanese soldiers, supported by Hezbollah fighters, in days of festivities in July.

Among those who died in the Iranian Embassy was Ibrahim Ansari, a 54-year-old Iranian diplomat who took up his post a month ago and was overseeing regional cultural activities. On Friday, Iranians in Tehran escorted his body through the streets after prayers. They carried posters of his image, chanted and mobbed his coffin, draped in the Iranian flag.
Posted by: Fred || 11/23/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [261 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

#1  a 54-year-old Iranian diplomat who took up his post a month ago and was overseeing regional cultural activities

"Cultural attache?" And I thought only Langley and Moscow was into that sort of thing.
Posted by: Pappy || 11/23/2013 11:24 Comments || Top||


Syria Rebels Take Key Qalamoun Town from Army
[An Nahar] Rebels in Syria seized a key town Friday in Qalamoun province that has been under army control since the outbreak of the conflict, a monitoring group and the opposition said.

Hundreds of rebels now control most of Deir Attiyeh, with the exception of the Bassel hospital and a small hill, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The majority Christian town north of Damascus is home to 10,000 people and is situated on the strategic route linking the capital to Homs in central Syria.

It was seized by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and al-Nusra Front, as well as other Islamist fighters, said the Observatory, which relies on a network of activists, doctors and lawyers on the ground for its reports.

The opposition National Coalition welcomed the capture of Deir Attiyeh.

"After fierce fighting lasting several days, the (mainstream rebel) Free Syrian Army in Damascus province has successfully liberated the town of Deir Attiyeh in the Qalamoun area," the Coalition said in a statement.

"It is a success that exposes the lies of the regime (of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Before going into the family business Pencilneck was an eye doctor. If he'd stuck with it he'd have had a good practice by now...
) about fictitious victories," the opposition added.

The rebel advance comes three days after the army took Qara, which for many months had been under opposition control.

A Syrian security source told Agence La Belle France Presse "the Death Eaters that were expelled from Qara have found refuge in... buildings on the edges of Deir Attiyeh and the army is currently handling the problem."

Assad's regime refers to the armed opposition as "terrorists."

His army, backed by fighters from Leb's Hizbullah, has fought rebels all week in several areas of Qalamoun, which is strategic because it is near the Lebanese border.

Regime warplanes on Friday staged 16 air strikes on Qalamoun, the Observatory said.
Posted by: Fred || 11/23/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [219 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Army Defuses Car Bomb in Bekaa
[An Nahar] Lebanese army experts defused at dawn Friday a car rigged with hundreds of kilograms of explosives in the eastern Bekaa Valley but failed to arrest its driver.

The army took over the vehicle between the towns of Maqne and Younine after armed gangs engaged in a gunbattle following midnight, said Voice of Leb radio (93.3).

The state-run National News Agency said the black car had been rigged with around 500 kilograms of TNT.

The army also found two mortars and a high-tech remote control to set off the explosives in the Buick carrying the license plate G/401907.

NNA said bullets had pierced the car's front window and tires.

The incident came three days after jacket wallahs struck the Iranian embassy in Beirut's southern suburbs, leaving 25 people dead and 147 maimed.
Posted by: Fred || 11/23/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [202 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in the Levant


Report: 7 Booby-Trapped Cars Have Entered Lebanon
[An Nahar] An alleged list containing details about "seven booby-trapped cars" that have entered Leb has surfaced on social networking websites, only a few days after the deadly twin bombing that targeted the Iranian embassy in Bir Hassan.

The document being circulated is supposedly a copy of a cable that was sent by the General Directorate of State Security to the Directorate General of Internal Security Forces.

The list details the types, colors and others details pertaining to the vehicles
Posted by: Fred || 11/23/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [358 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in the Levant

#1  Note to self: lay in popcorn/condiments supplies.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/23/2013 2:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Will there be live music?
Posted by: Pappy || 11/23/2013 11:25 Comments || Top||

#3  You ever heard Arab music, pater?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/23/2013 12:54 Comments || Top||

#4  Yes - three Middle-Eastern tours' worth.
Posted by: Pappy || 11/23/2013 17:04 Comments || Top||


Jihadists Cut Down 150-Year-Old Oak in Syria
[An Nahar] Jihadists cut down a 150-year-old oak tree in Atme, on Syria's border with Turkey, after they accused locals of worshiping it, a pro-jihadist source said.

"Thank God almighty, the tree... aged more than 150 years has been removed, after people were worshiping it instead of God," said the source on Thursday via his Twitter account named "our call is our jihad."

He also posted pictures of a man in a black mask using an electric saw to cut down the tree. A black al-Qaeda-style flag bearing the Islamic profession of faith had been planted on top of the tree.

The jihadist sympathizer used the hashtag used by supporters of the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the tree had been cut down, adding that it stood next to an ancient shrine in Atme.

After jihadists took over the shrine and prevented people from going to pray there, prayers were held by the tree instead.

The reports came hours after ISIL took over the town of Atme in northwestern Syria's Idlib on Thursday, according to the Observatory and a local rebel source.

ISIL "have taken over Atme... They have set up checkpoints across the town," said Abu Leila, a rebel from Idlib who was angered by the capture.

He saw it as a strategic loss for mainstream opposition fighters, many of who have been at loggerheads with the jihadists.

"Atme was oxygen for the (rebel) Free Syrian Army" fighting to topple Syria's Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Leveler of Latakia...
, he told Agence La Belle France Presse.

The rebels had been using Atme "as an entry point for everything from weapons to food, and as an exit point for the maimed" into Turkey's hospitals, said Abu Leila.
Posted by: Fred || 11/23/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [367 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in the Levant

#1  Could've been the tree where Texas won its independence from Santa Anna ...

Oh wait ...

Or did Jihadis do the dirty deed???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 11/23/2013 0:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Gaia is not pleased.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/23/2013 2:28 Comments || Top||

#3  They sure are scared of any OTHER religion.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 11/23/2013 8:34 Comments || Top||

#4  It was a tree. Just a tree.

Allah is terrified of a simple tree...
Posted by: CrazyFool || 11/23/2013 9:03 Comments || Top||

#5  This kinda did it for me, yeah I know.

Go PencilNeck Go!
Posted by: Shipman || 11/23/2013 9:03 Comments || Top||

#6  I'd prefer the jihadists focus on killing each other and Leave the Trees Alone!
Posted by: regular joe || 11/23/2013 9:05 Comments || Top||

#7  Meh....

Bombs are made by fools like me,
But only Poulan can kill a tree.
Posted by: Shipman || 11/23/2013 9:06 Comments || Top||

#8  An...electric saw?!

For an ultra-pious move, why using tools of the infidel? Just cursed jihadic islam. Again.

If his heroes fell a tree, does McCain make a sound?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 11/23/2013 9:58 Comments || Top||

#9  If his heroes fell a tree, does McCain make a sound?

A Tree campaign fund-raiser Grows in Brooklyn*.

*Okay - Midtown Manhattan. But it doesn't have the same ring...
Posted by: Pappy || 11/23/2013 11:29 Comments || Top||


Syria Islamist Rebel Factions Merge
[An Nahar] Seven key Islamist groups fighting Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Scourge of Qusayr...
's regime in Syria announced a merger to form an "Islamic Front" on Friday, pledging to work towards an Islamic state.

"The Islamic Front is an independent military and social force that is aimed at bringing down Assad's regime in Syria and at replacing it with a just Islamic state," it said in a statement.

The statement was published after a rebel front man, Abu Firas, announced on Facebook "the complete merger of the major military factions fighting in Syria".

Among the groups joining the merger are Aleppo's biggest fighting force Liwa al-Tawhid, the Salafist Ahrar al-Sham and the Army of Islam, which is concentrated around Damascus.

The Kurdish Islamic Front also joined the front.

The creation of the joint force follows major regime advances on key battlegrounds around Damascus and Aleppo in northern Syria.

Opposition sources and experts have attributed the regime's successes in part to rebel disunity.

While Salafist tough guys from different groupings have in the past formed alliances, Friday's was the first merger.

The announcement came days after the death of Liwa al-Tawhid's charismatic military chief Abdel Qader Saleh, who had reportedly made calls for unity.

All the groups are Islamist and merged "under the banner of 'There is no god but God, and Mohammed is his prophet'," said Abu Firas of Liwa al-Tawhid, citing the Islamic profession of faith.

Speaking to Agence La Belle France Presse over the Internet, Abu Firas said "the doors are open to all the military factions, and a committee is working to study the entrance of all groups that also want to join" the merger.

"It has been decided that all the factions' military, media, humanitarian and administrative offices will merge over a transitional period of three months," he added.

News of the merger came as anti-Assad protesters in Syria erupted into the streets for their weekly demonstrations, this time under the rallying cry "The blood of the martyr (Abdel Qader Saleh) unites us."

Saleh died from his wounds Monday, after an air strike hit the building in Aleppo where he and other faction leaders were meeting days earlier.

Activists on the ground welcomed the merger as "bad news" both for Assad's regime and for the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which has fought against some rebel brigades in opposition-held areas.

"The news will terrorize the regime and ISIL at the same time," said an activist group.

Also welcoming the merger, Aleppo-based activist Abu Omar told AFP it "will help bring control to all the liberated (opposition-held) areas in Syria, and prevent the emergence of divided statelets."

Apart from daily violence, rebel areas are racked with insecurity and criminality that flourish with the lack of a centralized authority.
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