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Egypt Orders 18 Brotherhood Members Held on Terror Charges
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Let's try it again...
I'm going to try the server swap again on Friday, sometime after noon. If it works okay this time we should be down for an hour or so, with no data loss.

Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [427 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Slipped a few bucks to your local Santero I hope.
Posted by: Shipman || 12/27/2013 0:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Why does bad news always come on Friday afternoon ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/27/2013 5:47 Comments || Top||

#3  still better than Healthcare.gov
Posted by: Frank G || 12/27/2013 7:44 Comments || Top||

#4  I'm going to shut down the web server now (noon by my watch) and I'll back up the database and install on the new server. Once that's done I'll leave for Baltimore. Assuming I haven't missed anything this time, we should be back up in an hour.

Or two.

Today, I hope.
Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2013 11:59 Comments || Top||

#5  back up
Posted by: Frank G || 12/27/2013 13:20 Comments || Top||

#6  Yay.
Posted by: Pappy || 12/27/2013 13:46 Comments || Top||

#7  Database restore is going real slow. Regard these comments as ephemeral.
Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2013 14:47 Comments || Top||

#8  You're not seeing the real Burg at the moment. I might add these comments in later, by hand. Right now, 1.4GB of database is being restored, line by line so's to minimize (hopefully avoid) data corruption.
Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2013 14:49 Comments || Top||

#9  So this 'burg is an illusion, kinda like lunchtime, but even more so.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 12/27/2013 16:45 Comments || Top||

#10  Thank you, Fred.
Posted by: Barbara || 12/27/2013 17:53 Comments || Top||

#11  Since I ran into even more problems with the restore, I'm going to try and do the swap tomorrow morning.

I'm getting a really bad feeling about Faithful Penelope. She'd better live up to her name.
Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2013 21:42 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Muslim Cleric Shot Dead on Kenyan Coast
[An Nahar] A Musselmen holy man was rubbed out by unidentified gunnies on Wednesday night in Ukunda, one of Kenya's prime coastal tourist spots, a local police officer said.

"It doesn't appear to be a normal robbery," Jack Ekakoro, a local police commander said Thursday. "He appears to have been a target of the attackers."

Salim Mwasalim, as the 60-year-old preacher was known, "was shot while walking home from the nearby mosque," he said.

"We're investigating to know the motive and get the attackers," he added, saying the killers had escaped on a cycle of violence.

Ukunda lies on the Indian Ocean, south of Mombasa.

Another Musselmen holy man Hassan Mwayuyu was bumped off under similar circumstances, also by gunnies on a cycle of violence, in the same region on December 6.

A police source told Agence La Belle France Presse that Salim Mwasalim was on a police surveillance list for allegedly recruiting youths to fight alongside Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked Shehab.

Several Musselmen holy mans have been rubbed out in the past months in Kenya's predominantly Musselmen Coast region.

In October, a popular but controversial preacher Sheikh Ibrahim Ismail was rubbed out as he drove in the city of Mombasa, sparking riots.

His killing came at a time when religious tensions in Coast province were heightened by the attack the previous month by Islamist faceless myrmidons on Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall, in which at least 67 people died.

Ibrahim Ismail was widely seen as the successor of radical holy man Sheikh Aboud Rogo Mohammed, who was rubbed out a year earlier as he and his family drove past the cop shoppe in Bamburi.

The Open Society Foundation in a report in November, accused Kenya's anti-terrorism police unit of abuses, torture, forced disappearances and extra-judicial killings. It cited a series of such killings and said it was not aware of credible investigations into any of them.
Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [333 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Africa

#1  A little Shia-Sunni theology dispute?
Posted by: Glenmore || 12/27/2013 11:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Making the world safe for tourists.
Posted by: Caesar Gray1629 || 12/27/2013 19:32 Comments || Top||


Shaboobs behind plot to bomb stadium, sez Æthiops
Ethiopian security officials on Wednesday said that Al Shabaab, a Somali terrorist group allied to Al-Qaeda, was behind a failed bomb attack in Addis Ababa in October. The National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) and the Federal Police said they have arrested five suspects who they says are members of the Al-Qaida's East African wing.

Police told Sudan Tribune that the suicide bombers planned to bomb Addis Ababa stadium when over 20,000 spectators were watching a qualifier for the football World Cup between Ethiopia and Nigeria. A few hours before kickoff, two suicide bombers died after the bomb they were preparing for the attack accidentally exploded at their residence near Bole International Airport.
Thank goodness the splodydopes were color-blind...
Police say they arrested three other suspects but five suspected bombers who entered the stadium remain manage to escape after aborting their mission.

The suspects, who appeared on state television confessed that they were trained and sent by Islamist militant group Al-Shabab to detonate multiple bombs at Addis Ababa Stadium where government officials were in attendance.

They said there was also a plan to carryout another suicide bombing targeting the tens of thousands of people who gathered in the Jigjiga town of Ethiopia's eastern Somali region to mark the 8th Ethiopian Nations, Nationalities and Peoples' Day which was celebrated two weeks ago. Top government officials including Prime Minister HaileMariam Desalegn were in attendance of the national occasion.

"The failed terrorist attempt at Addis Ababa Stadium was one among the number of similar attempts foiled due [to] joint coordinated efforts of the people and government of Ethiopia" NISS said in a statement.

October's terrorist attempt in Addis Ababa follows al-Shabaab's attack at Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, which killed at least 65 people. Following October's terror attempt, security has been tightened across the capital, Addis Ababa, as well as at main gateways and areas where public events take place.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/27/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [174 views] Top|| File under:


Africa North
Police defuse bomb outside Kafr al-Sheikh Security Directorate
[Egypt Independent] Kafr al-Sheikh police on Thursday defused a bomb that was placed in a cycle of violence outside the governorate's Security Directorate.

The cycle of violence was suspiciously parked inside the buffer zone of the building with no license plates. The bomb was connected to the gas tank and was set to explode when the engine starts.
Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [196 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Benghazi colonel killed
[Libya Herald] Another senior military officer has ben killed in Benghazi. Colonel Ahmed Fathi Suweri, who worked at the army's data office, was killed in a drive-by shooting in the city's Birkah district this morning.

According to a front man for Benghazi Joint Security Room, Suweri was rushed to Benghazi Medical Centre after being shot in a hail of bullets but died there of his injuries.

The Libyan news agency LANA quoted friends of the dead man saying that he was known for his integrity and professionalism and that Benghazi lost one of its best officers.
Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [272 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Lots of colonels are buying the farm in Benghazi---a cabal of majors?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/27/2013 4:25 Comments || Top||

#2  he was known for his integrity and professionalism

Anarchist societies are no respecters of rank. Besides, no 'integrity or professionalism' is needed in the data office.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/27/2013 5:57 Comments || Top||

#3  Besides, no 'integrity or professionalism' is needed in the data office.

Hey Besoeker, do you work for UEA or Michael Mann?
How about Al Gore?
Posted by: AlanC || 12/27/2013 8:18 Comments || Top||


Sebha Local Council stops work because of attacks
[Libya Herald] Following an attack by gunnies against its offices yesterday morning, Sebha Local Council has suspended its work.

"It's not the first assault. We've seen a series of attacks earlier this year", Deputy Council Leader Azideen Eiffa told the Libya Herald today.

Eiffa added that a hand grenade had also been thrown at the Sebha offices of Libya Al-Watania TV causing slight damage, but again no casualties.

Asked who was responsible for the attack on the council officies, Eiffa said that he did not know. "They were just gunnies."

No one was injured in the attack. But given the insecurity it was unreasonable to expect council employees to work in such conditions.

" We're on strike," he said. "We have the right to do so. We demand greater protection for our employees."

The army and the police had to be reinforced, he demanded. The army had set up checkpoints at exits and entrances of the town, he said, but it was not strong enough. It has itself been subject numerous attacks, he said.

There had been a meeting of the south's Congress members a month ago in Sebha to discuss security but there had been no results, he added.

"Security in Sebha is so fragile. We demand a much greater presence of the army and police and that they be fully trained and equipped."
Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [209 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Morocco Says it has Dismantled 'Terrorist Cell'
[An Nahar] Moroccan authorities said Thursday they had dismantled a "terrorist cell" operating in several cities that included people trained in the use of firearms and explosives.

North Africa has been on heightened alert in recent years as regional jihadist groups have grown more powerful and as the turmoil in Libya following Muammarr Qadaffy's 2011 overthrow has left the vast and mostly desert region awash with weapons.

Morocco's interior ministry said the operation had netted an individual who locked away
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
'>were tossed into the calaboose
in the past on terrorism charges and who was now coordinating nationwide operations, including fundraising and recruiting myrmidons.

The ministry did not specify the number of people nabbed
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
nor the cities in which the operation took place.

Morocco has announced the dismantling of several alleged terrorist cells this year, and authorities have expressed concern
...meaning the brow was mildly wrinkled, the eyebrows drawn slightly together, and a thoughtful expression assumed, not that anything was actually done or indeed that any thought was actually expended...
about the proliferation of krazed killer groups.

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the global terror network's North Africa affiliate, released a video in September calling for jihad in Morocco, which it referred to as a "kingdom of corruption and despotism".
Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [186 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa


Egypt Orders 18 Brotherhood Members Held on Terror Charges
[An Nahar] Egyptian prosecutors ordered at least 18 Moslem Brüderbund members, including an ex-politician, held on accusations of belonging to a terrorist group, a day after the government blacklisted the movement, state media reported.

They include the son of a deputy leader 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...
's movement, which the government declared yesterday a terrorist organization, the official MENA news agency said.

Seven were incarcerated
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
for a renewable two-week period in the city of Alexandria and 11 in the Nile Delta town of Zagazig.

Police also tossed in the calaboose
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
16 suspected Moslem Brüderbund members for passing out leaflets in support of the group and "inciting to violence," the agency reported.

The Brotherhood's designation as a terrorist group means anyone taking part in these rallies could be sentenced to five years in prison, the interior ministry said.

Possessing their literature, or supporting them "verbally or in writing," is punishable by up to five years in prison, a ministry statement said.

The Brotherhood still organizes almost daily protests demanding Morsi's return almost six months after the military overthrew him.
Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [620 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Several wounded in Cairo bomb attack on bus
A bomb went off near a public transport bus in the Egyptian capital on Thursday, injuring five people, security officials and a medic said.

Security officials said the improvised bomb had been placed next to a bus in the north Cairo neighbourhood of Nasr City and police defused another bomb nearby. The victims received mild to moderate injuries, a health ministry official said.

The interior ministry said the bomb had been planted in a grassy area at the intersection of two busy streets in Nasr City.

The bombing comes two days after a suicide car bomber killed 15 people, mostly policemen, in an attack on their headquarters in a Nile Delta city. The bombing in Cairo appears to be the first against civilian targets, although it could have exploded prematurely.

A suicide bomber had set off a car bomb in September in the same neighbourhood in an attempt to assassinate interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim as his convoy passed by. The minister survived but a bystander was killed in the explosion.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/27/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [171 views] Top|| File under:


Africa Subsaharan
Some 40 Bodies Recovered in C. Africa after Clashes
[An Nahar] Some 40 bodies have been recovered in the Central African Republic's capital of Bangui in just one day, following festivities there, the International Committee of the Red Thingy told Agence La Belle France Presse in Geneva on Thursday.

"Around 40 bodies have been recovered for the moment, and first aid has been given to around 60 people maimed," ICRC front man David Pierre Marquet said.

The bodies were recovered since Wednesday in Bangui by the Central African branch of the Red Thingy, he said. He said another 60 or so bodies were recovered last Monday.

Marquet said the ICRC did not yet have a complete corpse count for the Central African Republic since a spasm of violence was unleashed December 5.

"We'll know more tomorrow (Friday) because there is currently a curfew and nobody is able to go out, not even emergency personnel," he said.

Amnesia Amnesty International has said at least 1,000 people died in two days of bloodshed from December 5. There have been no reliable figures for the number of dead since.
Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [202 views] Top|| File under:


Arabia
Gunmen Kill Three Yemeni Soldiers
[An Nahar] Gunmen killed three soldiers in an attack on an army checkpoint in Yemen's restive southeast Thursday, a military official told Agence La Belle France Presse.

Several other soldiers were maimed in the attack that took place at the entrance of Shahr, a town in the Hadramawt province, an al-Qaeda stronghold.

Witnesses said gunnies in a car shot up the checkpoint and then fled, adding that the army had sent reinforcements to the scene of the attack.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has been blamed for most of the increasingly common hit-and-run strikes on military personnel and officials.

The jihadist group rarely claims responsibility for such attacks, but said it was behind a brazen daylight assault on the Yemeni defense ministry that killed 56 people earlier this month.
Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [197 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Three terrorists gunned down in Dagestan
Three suspected terrorists militants were killed Wednesday in the Russian republic of Dagestan. The armed men opened fire on police after their car was stopped for a routine identification check in the central town of Buynaksk. Two law enforcement officers were injured in the ensuing gun battle with the terrorists militants.

In the latest attempt by Moscow to stamp out the insurgency, Russia's government has recently passed legislation that criminalizes training in terrorist camps and forces the relatives of terrorists to pay for the damages caused by their attacks.
Posted by: ryuge || 12/27/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [208 views] Top|| File under:


India-Pakistan
PML-N activist shot dead
[DAWN] KARACHI: A young man was bumped off in a suspected targeted attack in Awami Colony on Thursday morning, police said.

Gunmen riding a cycle of violence attacked Abdul Hameed, 32, on 'Singer Pul'. He was coming home on a cycle of violence after dropping his children at a private school in Zaman Town. He sustained two bullet wounds in the head and chest and was taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where doctors pronounced him dead
He's dead, Jim!

"It appears to be an act of assassination," said Awami Colony SHO Hatim Khan Marvat. He said the victim was the vice president of the Pakistain Mohammedan League in UC-9, Awami Colony. Mr Hameed ran a general store in the area and originally hailed from Hazara.

Man rubbed out inside office

A young man was rubbed out in the Ferozabad area, police said.

Irfan Khaliq, 32, was shot at and maimed inside an office of a private firm in PECHS, Block-2. He was taken to the JPMC, where doctors pronounced him dead
He's dead, Jim!
.He was a tailor in the Tariq Road area and lived in Gharibabad.

He had gone to the company's office, where he was murdered, Ferozabad ASP Akhter Farooq said. He said Mr Khaliq was tossed in the slammer
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
in a robbery case in the recent past and released from prison. "The police are investigating whether the murder is the outcome of an extortion or transaction-related activity," said the ASP. "We are sure the murder took place inside the firm's office."

Man killed in Chakiwara

A young man was rubbed out and two passersby were maimed in Chakiwara.

Police said Imran SLearned Elders of Islamn, 27, was passing through the main Chakiwara road near 'Sara petrol pump' when four gunnies riding two cycle of violences and wearing helmets opened fire on him. He sustained multiple bullet wounds and was taken to the Civil Hospital 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...
, where he was pronounced dead.
He's dead, Jim!


Two passersby Sajjad Nazar, 25, and rickshaw driver Usman Ghani also sustained minor bullet injuries.

Relatives told the police that the dead victim was working in a factory in Shershah, said Chakiwara SHO Sajjad Mangi. He said the victim was a resident of Dubai Chowk.

Robbers kill man in minibus

A young man was rubbed out by suspected robbers on resistance in a moving passenger vehicle in Rizvia Society, according to police.

They said three suspects entered a minibus of X-3 route at the Nadria roundabout and demanded cellphone from Noor Khan Ghazi, 30. As he resisted, the suspects fired at him and fled, said Rizvia Society SHO Hasan Haider. He sustained a single bullet wound in an eye and was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where doctors declared him dead.
He's dead, Jim!


Mysterious killing

A man was rubbed out in a 'coaster' in Saeedabad under mysterious circumstances.

Police said an armed man entered the vehicle and sat on a seat next to Mohammad Ishaq, 53, near the Bismillah roundabout. He saw the pistol and asked the man why he was carrying the weapon, said Saeedabad SHO Saghir Hussain. And a heated argument a scuffle ensued between them, leading to the victim's killing, added the officer. The suspect fled. The body was taken to the Civil Hospital Karachi for a post-mortem examination.

Young man found dead in Manghopir

A young man was found shod dead in the Manghopir area on Thursday.

Police said the perforated carcass of the man in his early 30s was found in a hilly area near Ghazi Goth. The corpse was shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where his identity could not be ascertained immediately.

Circumstantial evidence suggested that he was kidnapped and killed somewhere else and his body was thrown there, said Manghopir SHO Ghulam Hussain Korai. He said the victim with a short beard wore trousers and shirt.
Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [217 views] Top|| File under:


Bicycle Bomb Kills Four in Eastern India
[An Nahar] A bomb planted on a bicycle killed four people when it went kaboom! near a school in the Indian state of West Bengal on Thursday, the Press Trust of India reported.

Six other people were maimed, several critically, after the bomb went off in Bajrapara district of the state in India's east, the news agency said, quoting police and hospital officials.

Police said the bomb had been tied to a bicycle but did not name any group or individuals suspected of being behind the blast.

Domestic myrmidon movements have carried out a series of deadly kabooms in India in recent months, including an attack in the state of Bihar earlier this month that killed seven police.
Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [213 views] Top|| File under:


Southeast Asia
Four blasts in three days rock southern Thailand
Following Sunday's triple bombing incident which injured 27 people, southern Thailand has been shaken again with no less than four bombings over the past three days. Eight people, including six policemen, have been wounded in the latest series of attacks which began on Tuesday.

The latest bombing, which happened yesterday, hit a sentry booth of a customs office near the Malaysia-Thailand border in the Tak Bai district, in Narathiwat province. A 40-year-old soldier manning the booth and a local resident were injured in the explosion.

A day earlier, an bombing occurred in the same district. The attacks are believed to target soldiers from the Narathiwat Special Task Force 31. The troops experienced a close call as that bomb exploded about 800 meters away from a police checkpoint along a road. The soldiers were patroling the area in pick-up trucks when the blast occurred.

On Tuesday, two policemen were wounded after a bomb exploded under their vehicle in Yala province. The bomb was stuffed inside a small cylinder and planted in a drainage pipe.

The bloodshed continued when another four policemen were wounded following an explosion in the same province on the same day.
Posted by: ryuge || 12/27/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [196 views] Top|| File under: Thai Insurgency


Once upon a time in West Papua
Mass killings and torture have been reported from the Indonesian territory of West Papua
Posted by: Anon1 || 12/27/2013 18:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [638 views] Top|| File under:

#1  When you read this one, click on the link in it that says "read more on the Biak massacre". It is an eye opener and no mistake what has been going on in secret
Posted by: Anon1 || 12/26/2013 18:03 Comments || Top||

#2  So did anybody have a read? What do you think?
Posted by: Anon1 || 12/26/2013 21:28 Comments || Top||

#3  Sounds similar to what happened in Burma wrt the Shan.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 12/26/2013 21:45 Comments || Top||

#4  Welcome back, Anon1! We've missed you.

Horrible what is still happening over there. But yes, as the Snowy Thing points out, that same evil story is being told elsewhere.

The key question, it seems to me, is: Why has Australia chosen to be complicit over X number of changes of government? At the link the claim is that Australia is afraid, but why should that be so?

If you don't see and answer before the rollover, I'll move the story to tomorrow, to give you and our readers a chance to respond.

Thanking you in advance I remain,
yours, etc.
TW
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/26/2013 23:37 Comments || Top||

#5  HelloTW lovely to see you! And Thing, thank you so much for having a look! They are trying to keep it secret so anyone who even knows, its a small triumph for freedom
Posted by: Anon1 || 12/27/2013 5:40 Comments || Top||

#6  Bless your good heart TW. I think Australia is scared as we have 21 million and Indonesia has 200 million plus they have better war planes than us and some serious amphibious hardware
Posted by: Anon1 || 12/27/2013 5:41 Comments || Top||

#7  You've had 130 views since you posted yesterday at suppertime, dear Anon1, so Rantburgers are reading, if not yet commenting. My apologies, but somehow I managed to lose your clever headline -- what was it?
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/27/2013 6:16 Comments || Top||

#8  Ahhh it was... Once upon a time in West Papua :) bless you!
Posted by: Anon1 || 12/27/2013 6:39 Comments || Top||

#9  Fixed. Thank you for your patience.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/27/2013 6:43 Comments || Top||

#10  Wow. I had heard of none of this. So indonesia is cleansing an ethnic group that used to make up half of. The population?
Posted by: Oscar Ulamp7088 || 12/27/2013 7:26 Comments || Top||

#11  Indonesia needs lebensraum - as practiced/attempted by Germany from c. 1900 until they were stopped, and West Papua won't satisfy for long. The world condemns a more benign version by Israel but ignores this - mustn't offend Muslims or oil exporters.
Tangkuban Perahu could be the next Tambora - that might change things.
Posted by: Glenmore || 12/27/2013 12:03 Comments || Top||

#12  The penalty for rape should be death, immediate and sudden, yos there should be a trial, to establish guilt, then an immediate hanging.

There should also be a penalty of death for a false report of rape, you lie, you die.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 12/27/2013 14:34 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Gunmen Kidnap Two Omani Citizens in Baalbek
[An Nahar] Unknown gunnies on Thursday intercepted a car in the Bekaa city of Baalbek and kidnapped two Omanis who were in it.

"Five armed individuals who were in a black Grand Cherokee carrying no license plates intercepted in the Baalbek area of al-Kayyal a Mercedes C240 cab that came directly from the Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut," state-run National News Agency reported.

They took the car and two Omani citizens who were in it to an unknown destination, the agency added.

Meanwhile,
...back at the shattered spaceship, Fffflirgoll the Arcturan slithered stealthily toward the control room, where the humans had barricaded themselves...
OTV said security forces were interrogating the Syrian driver of the cab, noting that the Mercedes was hijacked at the intersection leading to the Bekaa town of Bouday.
Posted by: Fred || 12/27/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [168 views] Top|| File under:


Truce near Damascus Broken as Warplanes Bomb Aleppo
[An Nahar] A day-old truce in a besieged rebel-held town near Damascus broke down Thursday as Syrian warplanes bombed the divided northern city of Aleppo for a 12th straight day, activists said.

By Wednesday, the Aleppo air blitz that began on December 15 had killed at least 422 people, mostly civilians, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britannia-based group relying on activists and other sources inside the war-torn country.

In Moadamiyet al-Sham, near the capital, festivities broke out on Thursday afternoon, a day after opposition and regime sources announced a truce for the town, which had been under a suffocating army siege for a year.

The opposition blamed Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Light of the Alawites...
's troops for breaking the truce.

"They opened heavy machine-gun fire without any reason. It means there are people from the regime who don't want the siege on our town to be lifted. They are trying to end the truce in any way possible," Ahmad, a local activist, told Agence La Belle France Presse via the Internet.

The Syrian Revolution General Commission, a network of activists on the ground, confirmed the fighting, and said the army was sending "heavy reinforcements" towards the town.

On Wednesday rebels raised the national flag above the town in accordance with a ceasefire deal that was supposed to allow food in, but Ahmad said none had arrived.

Negotiations were under way for another truce in Barzeh, northern Damascus, according to activist Emad al-Barzawi, but he said "there has been no decision yet."

Barzeh has come under frequent bombardment in recent months, forcing hundreds of residents to flee.

In Aleppo, the country's second city and onetime commercial hub, the airforce kept up its offensive a day after 12 people were killed in aerial attacks in and around the city, said the Observatory.

Regime aircraft launched a fresh attack using TNT-packed barrels against the city's Hanano district, and another air strike against Daret Ezza in the surrounding province, according to the Observatory.

The European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
, the United States and the 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...
have condemned the air force's use of barrel bombs, and the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch
... dedicated to bitching about human rights violations around the world...
has described their use as "unlawful" because they do not discriminate between civilians and fighters.

"When the bombing starts, you feel like you're going to die any second," Abu Omar, an activist in the town of Marea near Aleppo, told AFP via the Internet.

"The regime sees us all as Death Eaters -- fighters, civilians, men, women, children. To them, anyone who lives in a liberated (rebel) area is a terrorist."

An estimated 126,000 people have been killed since the start of Syria's uprising, which began with peaceful protests in March 2011 but escalated into a civil war after regime forces fired on demonstrators.

The regime has always referred to the opposition as "terrorists," even before the rise of powerful jihadist groups among the rebels.

Pro-regime newspaper Al-Watan said the army had carried out "door-to-door operations" on Wednesday in Adra, northeast of Damascus, where it said 57 "terrorists" have been killed.

State news agency SANA meanwhile said Salafist tough guys assassinated a Mohammedan holy man in Damascus province "while he was on his way out of the mosque after evening prayers."
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#1  Hudna works both ways.......
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Grenade Hurts 3 in Tripoli after Jabal Mohsen Man Shot
[An Nahar] Unknown assailants on Thursday shot and maimed a young man who hails from the Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen, as three other people were maimed in a grenade attack.

"A young Alawite man was shot and maimed on Tripoli's Syria Street" in the Bab al-Tabbaneh district, LBCI television reported.

OTV identified the man as Khodr Abbas, saying he was transferred to al-Saydeh Hospital in Zgharta for treatment.

Later on Thursday, state-run National News Agency said "an unidentified assailant hurled a hand grenade near the Barrad al-Bissar area in (Tripoli's) al-Zahriyeh, wounding two army soldiers and a civilian man."

Several media outlets said gunfire was heard after the kaboom of the grenade.

More than 20 attacks have targeted Jabal Mohsen residents in several areas of Tripoli in recent months.

On December 11, two young men who hail from Jabal Mohsen were shot and maimed in the city.

A similar assault earlier this month sparked a new round of deadly gunbattles between Jabal Mohsen and the rival Sunni neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh.

Tensions between the neighboring areas date back to Leb's 1975-1990 civil war but have been exacerbated by the conflict across the border in Syria, where Alawite Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
The Scourge of Hama...
is battling a Sunni-led uprising.

The unrest worsened when twin bombings rocked two Sunni mosques in the city, leaving around 45 people dead and 500 others maimed. Several suspects from Jabal Mohsen have been accused of involvement in the bombings.
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Asir Supporters Charged with Attempted Murder of Soldiers
[An Nahar] The Military Prosecutor charged on Thursday several supporters of Salafist holy man Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir
...Leb Salafist holy man with the usual grouch against Shiites. Currently on the run, he seems intent on reigniting the Leb civil war...
with belonging to a terrorist group and attempting to kill Lebanese soldiers, the National News Agency reported.

The other charges issued by Judge Saqr Saqr against the detainees were gun possession and involvement in terrorist attacks.

Saqr referred the detainees, whose number was not revealed, to the first military examining magistrate.

The army said last Thursday that five suspects were tossed in the slammer
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
and handed over to the relevant authorities during raids in the southern city of Sidon.

Backed by a surveillance aircraft, the military staged a major search operation in the groves, valleys and forests situated east of Sidon.

The operation was carried out to determine whether there are any "gunnies, weapons hideouts or runaways" in the area, said the army statement.

The raids came a few days after near-simultaneous attacks on the military in Sidon.

The communique did not mention the names of the arrested suspects but media reports said at least two of them had ties to al-Asir, who has gone into hiding since the deadly gunbattles between his supporters and Lebanese soldiers in Sidon last June.

Lebanese pop idol Fadel Shaker has also disappeared with the 45-year-old bearded holy man.

Both have been charged along with scores of other suspects with forming an armed gang with the aim of committing crimes, undermining the state's authority and harming its prestige.
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Terror Networks
University of Maryland course on terrorism.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/27/2013 11:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [589 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I just took a look: according to one of their tables, there are no terror attacks in Israel. Tells me all I need to know about this course.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/28/2013 2:24 Comments || Top||

#2  I believe there is a 'round table' during week number one, on the King David Hotel bombing.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/28/2013 3:26 Comments || Top||

#3  The King David Hotel bombing was an attack carried out on July 22, 1946 by the militant right-wing Zionist underground organization the Irgun on the British administrative headquarters for Palestine
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/28/2013 7:36 Comments || Top||

#4  Why then, you can see why this horrific episode might need to be discussed by a Blue Ribbon Round table of smart folks. Let's be honest here, the King David attack cleared the score from the unfortunate incidents in the north a few years earlier.

Once the field is leveled let's see how we do...


no... wait.

Posted by: Shipman || 12/28/2013 11:26 Comments || Top||

#5  Tells me all I need to know about this course.

A reasonable fear, given the sorry-ass state of academia these days. Not to discount what you are saying, but a quick look at the GTB yielded this: results for Israel

I've taken a few on-line courses at Coursera and they have been uniformly excellent. Of course, they have been in STEM topics (AI, linear algebra, social networks, data analysis, etc), none of which have an overt political agenda.

I just signed up, so I'll let you know how it works out.
Posted by: SteveS || 12/28/2013 12:04 Comments || Top||



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