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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 04/20/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Happy Birthday/Daily Gam Shot

Carmen Electra aka Linda Porter in "Date Movie" aka Drew Decker in "Scary Movie" aka Mystique in "Epic Movie" aka The Beautiful Assassin in "Disaster Movie" (age 39)

Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 04/20/2011 0:34 Comments || Top||

#2  The former Mrs. Dennis Rodman
Posted by: Beavis || 04/20/2011 6:34 Comments || Top||

#3  Mrs. Dennis Rodman

There is your Creepiest Phrase of the Day.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/20/2011 9:23 Comments || Top||

#4  very hot lady, but jeez, that'd be like doing a petri dish now....
Posted by: Frank G || 04/20/2011 9:37 Comments || Top||

#5  I thought Dennis Rodman himself was Mrs. Dennis Rodman.

Learn something every day.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 04/20/2011 11:58 Comments || Top||

#6  Didn't she get her start as one of Prince's babes?
Posted by: mojo || 04/20/2011 15:05 Comments || Top||

#7  Thanks for the imagery, Frank G! Just as I was having a very nice turkey club sandwich at the Bethel, Alaska Airport..............
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 04/20/2011 16:08 Comments || Top||

British Soldier from 11 EOD Regiment killed in Afghanistan
Rest in peace with our thanks.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/20/2011 07:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ammunition Technical Officer killed in Afghanistan named by MoD as Captain Lisa Jade Head.

Captain Head described by CO of 11 EOD Regiment as "a self-assured, highly effective operator and a well liked leader"

"She is gone but will never be forgotten by her Regiment who I know she was proud to be part of and whom are immensely proud of her."

Capt Mike Kennedy: "Lisa was the bravest most courageous woman I have ever met. She typified the sprit of the Ammunition Technical Officer"

Major Al Brown: "The British Army and the people of Afghanistan have lost an extremely skilled and courageous soldier today, someone dedicated to protecting the lives of others and the world is a poorer place for it."

Liam Fox: "We owe a great debt of gratitude for her bravery...her commitment... for sacrifice she has made to defend our national security."

Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/20/2011 12:55 Comments || Top||

3 Would-be-Suicide Bombers Arrested
[Tolo News] Three would-be-jacket wallahs were tossed in the slammer in Spinboldak district in southern Kandahar province, provincial officials said on Tuesday.

Kandahar Governor Toryalai Weesa said the would-be-suicide bombers were tossed in the slammer by border police forces while crossing into Afghanistan from Pakistain.
That's pretty sad, actually.
Two of the suicide bombers are Paks and one other is Afghan, Governor Weesa said.

"They were jugged in Spinboldak bordering area while crossing into Afghanistan," Governor Weesa said.

A top provincial security official in Kandahar province said the would-be-suicide bombers are around 15 years old and had been trained in Quetta city of Pakistain.

"They were trained in a religious school in Quetta which is run by Mullah Abdul Rahim. They were told they would make it to paradise if they blew themselves up," a senior provincial security official in Kandahar, Abdul Razaq, said.

Southern Kandahar province had recently been the scene of a huge wave of myrmidon-led violence.

Four days ago Kandahar Police Chief Khan Mohammad Mujahid was hit in a suicide kaboom.

Afghan officials see Pakistain behind most of the attacks, something often denied by Pakistain.

Recently National Directorate of Security announced that 90 percent of myrmidon attacks are sketched on the other side of Afghan borders.
Posted by: Fred || 04/20/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Two Taliban Militants Killed in Clashes with Afghan Forces
[Tolo News] At least two Taliban fighters were killed in festivities with Afghan forces in Maidan Wardak Province on Monday, local officials said.

The festivities happened at 05:00 pm local time in Khir Abad district of the province during which two Talibs were killed and one Afghan soldier was maimed, Shahidullah Shahid,a front man for governor of Maidan Wardak told TOLOnews.

There is no report of any civilian casualties in the festivities, he added.

The Taliban have not yet commented about the incident.

Insurgents have previously attacked on Afghan forces' check posts and vehicles, but suffered heavy casualties.

Insurgents are active in most villages of the province and use Improvised Explosive Devices to target Afghan and foreign forces.

Recently gunnies have attacked on Afghan forces' bases, vehicles, check posts and and targeted some Afghan officials in the province.

Isaf on Monday said Insurgents have lost the potential to "challenge"
Afghan forces and foreign troops in the war amid a dramatic surge in Taliban-led violence.

At a joint presser with NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the style of the American pants...
Senior Civilian Representative's spokesperson, Dominic Medley, in Kabul Isaf Spokesperson Gen. Josef Blotz said 60 percent of thug-led attacks target civilians, tribal elders, religious leaders and government officials.

General Blotz said this year's statistics indicate an increase in assaults striking civilians, tribal leaders and government officials.
Posted by: Fred || 04/20/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa North
Two US Journalists Killed in Libya
MISRATA, Libya - Two US journalists were killed in Libya Wednesday, the Business Insider reported. The website reported that Tim Hetherington -- who was nominated for an Oscar this year with co-director Sebastian Junger for "Restrepo," a documentary about US troops in Afghanistan -- was killed in Misrata along with fellow photojournalist Chris Hondros.

The source for the information was Andre Liohn, a fellow photographer who announced the news on his Facebook page.

"Sad news Tim Hetherington died in Misrata now when covering the front line. Chris Hondros is in a serious status. Michel Brown and Guy are wounded but fine."

Liohn, who claimed to be at a hospital in Misrata, later reported on his feed that Hondros had died.

Hondros was a Pulitzer Prize-nominated photojournalist whose work appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, and the Economist, according to Business Insider.

On Tuesday, Hetherington tweeted, "In besieged Libyan city of Misrata. Indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO."
AoS at 1920 CT: I should have made this clear: I respect these guys and any journalist who goes smack into the middle of a war zone. RIP both of them.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/20/2011 15:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Hey, LSM, these ragtag Muslim rebels you adore are getting wiped out on the battle field. What are doing in the middle of it. Are you THAT stupid?????
Posted by: Ulolurt Turkeyneck5976 || 04/20/2011 15:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Photojouirnalists, heh? They'll only get a 24 hours of chatter from the MSM. Real JOURNALISTS would receive weeks of paeans from the talking heads. See that's how you'll know who's real and who's a wannabe.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 04/20/2011 16:22 Comments || Top||

#3  They will be mi.....

Oh wait, nevermind.
Posted by: Iblis || 04/20/2011 17:21 Comments || Top||

#4  You pays your nickel and you takes your chances. Same deal everybody gets in a war zone.
Posted by: mojo || 04/20/2011 17:27 Comments || Top||

#5  Being a war corespondent is VERY dangerous duty. And these guys took that duty, and paid the ultimate price. By all accounts I have seen, they were good at it too (the boots-on-the-ground reporters usually are, it's the clowns in the studio that screw it up.) I salute them, and offer prayers for their families.
Posted by: Glenmore || 04/20/2011 18:46 Comments || Top||

#6  I agree, Glenmore.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 04/20/2011 19:22 Comments || Top||

#7  much respect RIP, wonder if the co director of Restrepo is the one who stayed and did all the camera work on the documentary?
Posted by: chris || 04/20/2011 19:40 Comments || Top||

#8  Tim Hetherington -- who was nominated for an Oscar this year with co-director Sebastian Junger for "Restrepo"

Photojournalism has been getting a bad name lately, what with blatant paleo-fauxtography, cleverly framed 'crowd' shots at rallies and such, but if Restrepo is any indication, Hetherington was the real deal.

note: Restrepo is a combat documentary that tells the story of a year in the life of an Army platoon at an outpost in Afghanistan. Watch it and be moved, awed and humbled.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/20/2011 19:48 Comments || Top||

#9  Restrepo shopuld be mandatory viewing in high schools! If they can push all that liberal; bullshit down our kids throats then they should be shown what real men and women go through in war zones like afghanistan and the losses they endure. Might teach alot of the youth today too show a little more respect too our soldiers before the professors at places such as berkely get ahold of them and warp their senses.
Posted by: chris || 04/20/2011 21:07 Comments || Top||

#10  In the immortal words of Gunny Hartmann "he's got guts and guts is enough" - applies to anyone that goes and puts themselves on the line to tell the story of our guys doing the fighting.
Posted by: OldSpook || 04/20/2011 22:53 Comments || Top||

Mounting Evidence of Rebel Atrocities in Libya
While the International Criminal Court has announced that it is investigating charges of war crimes against Muammar al-Gaddafi and other members of the Libyan regime, harrowing video evidence has emerged that appears to show atrocities committed by anti-Gaddafi rebels. Among other things, the footage depicts summary executions, a prisoner being lynched, the desecration of corpses, and even a beheading. The targets of the most serious abuse are frequently black African prisoners. The ultimate source of the footage appears to be rebel forces or sympathizers themselves.

What is probably the most harrowing of the clips depicts a public beheading. A man with a long knife can be seen alternately sawing and hacking at the neck of a man who has been suspended upside-down. The victim's inert body is soaked in blood. The beheading takes place in front of a burnt-out building in what appears to be a public square. The Dutch public broadcaster NOS has identified the location as the main square of the rebel capital of Benghazi.
Rest of the article describes the atrocities and the links. Really, I don't know why anyone is surprised. It is a CIVIL WAR. This shit happens.
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/20/2011 14:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10799 views] Top|| File under:

#1  What kind of an idiot thought that Arabs won't commit atrocities?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/20/2011 15:02 Comments || Top||

#2  What kind of idiot would expect a population that has known nothing but violence to be humane in the treatment of their former oppressors or their agents?
Posted by: Cyber Sarge || 04/20/2011 15:09 Comments || Top||

#3  What kind of idiot would expect a population that has known nothing but violence to be humane in the treatment of their former oppressors or their agents?

The American MSM and their masters the Socialist/Nationalist Democrats.
Posted by: Ulolurt Turkeyneck5976 || 04/20/2011 15:31 Comments || Top||

#4  I would expect it in any civil war. If I found foreign mercenaries supporting the government forces suppressing me here in a war, I surely would shoot them in the back of the head and dump them in a ditch.
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/20/2011 15:37 Comments || Top||

#5  This would appear to be something to avoid, Mr President.
Posted by: Unavigum Turkeyneck2012 || 04/20/2011 18:51 Comments || Top||

#6  "This would appear to be something to avoid, Mr President."

So he'll plunge right in, of course. :-(
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 04/20/2011 19:28 Comments || Top||

#7  What is probably the most harrowing of the clips depicts a public beheading. A man with a long knife can be seen alternately sawing and hacking at the neck of a man who has been suspended upside-down. The victim's inert body is soaked in blood. The beheading takes place in front of a burnt-out building in what appears to be a public square. The Dutch public broadcaster NOS has identified the location as the main square of the rebel capital of Benghazi.

I don't think Gaddafi the Commie has done anything remotely like this. This is jihadist theater - designed simultaneously to frighten non-jihadists and recruit believers of a similar bent. All the more reason to hope that Gaddafi liquidates the opposition.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 04/20/2011 20:39 Comments || Top||

#8  Somehow, I am starting to believe I would derive some sort of perverse satisfaction from seeing Moo-mar come out on top of this.

Most importantly, because it'd be perceived (by some) as a defeat for Bambi.
Posted by: Bobby || 04/20/2011 21:31 Comments || Top||

#9  What kind of an idiot thought that Arabs won't commit atrocities?

The ones that bought the line that this group would be in the mode of other so-called freedom fighters?
Posted by: Pappy || 04/20/2011 22:28 Comments || Top||

#10  I don't think Gaddafi the Commie has done anything remotely like this.

There is a stone wall in a cemetary in Lockerbie I would invite you to visit.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/20/2011 22:36 Comments || Top||

#11  There is a stone wall in a cemetary in Lockerbie I would invite you to visit.

And there is a site in downtown Manhattan, under which I was walking in the subway tunnel one sunny morning when word came that a bomb had detonated in the World Trade Center, requiring that all trains be rerouted uptown. Just as we quickly overlooked the tens of millions killed by our former Nazi and Shintoist enemies as the Iron Curtain came down over the Eastern Bloc and an increasing part of the Third World, we may find it advantageous overlook incidents between us and some of the Commies who scored points against us - especially in view of the fact that jihadists killed thousands back in the continental United States. In looking back at the Lockerbie incident, I think I've just figured out why Sarkozy seems to want Gaddafi out at any cost - UTA 772 (France's version of Pan Am 103).
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 04/20/2011 23:04 Comments || Top||

France, Italy step up efforts for Libyan rebels
Full article is Aaay-Peee so just highlights here. If you read the original you'll see just how many people can't be named or choose to remain anonymous.
PARIS -- France vowed Wednesday to step up airstrikes on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's forces and acknowledged that it has military officers already working with Libyan rebels on the ground.

Italy joined Britain in announcing their commitment of military instructors to train the rebels.
Italy joining the effort for trainers in Benghazi is more than I thought they would do, but I'm not surprised that the French and British are stepping up.
European powers and the Libyan opposition remained firm against sending foreign ground troops into Libya, a dangerous and politically risky step. However NATO, which is leading the U.N.-sanctioned international military operation to protect civilians, is now acknowledging that airstrikes alone cannot stop the heavy shelling of cities by Gadhafi's forces.

"France has placed a small number of liaison officers alongside our special envoy in (the rebel stronghold) Benghazi," French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Christine Fages said in an online briefing Wednesday.

A French diplomat said the French officers are not combat troops and are not teaching Libyan rebels weapons skills. Instead, he said, they are working on logistics and organizational help. France sent a diplomatic envoy to Benghazi earlier this month. French government spokesman Francois Baroin suggested less than 10 officers were involved and insisted the move conforms to the U.N. resolution authorizing the international military campaign in Libya.
Like hell they aren't training the rebels. Logistics alone won't get the rebels to stand their ground under an artillery bombardment.
France has championed the international campaign in Libya. President Nicolas Sarkozy met Wednesday with visiting Libyan opposition leader Mustafa Abdel-Jalil, who said he asked France "to intensify the support accorded to the Libyan revolution."

"We will intensify the strikes," Sarkozy responded, according to a presidential aide.

"We will help you," Sarkozy promised his Libyan visitor.

A NATO official said there had been no pressure from France to increase allied strikes, but that France might increase its own contribution. The official was not authorized to be publicly named.

In Rome, Defense Minister Ignazio La Russa said 10 military instructors will be going to Libya to help the rebels, but again ruled out sending Italian ground troops. La Russa spoke after meeting with British Defense Secretary Liam Fox, who said many of the Libyan rebels "have no military experience, they have little understanding of weaponry or military tactics."

"The best way in which we can assist them is to give them some technical capabilities in how to organize themselves," Fox said.

The British minister said the situation was "not that different from what's happening in Afghanistan, where we've decided that training up security forces so that the Afghans themselves can look after their security is the best way forward."
Notice that in Afghanistan we have 150,000 people 'training up security forces'. And killing Taliban. But mostly killing Taliban. The same thing could easily happen in Libya, at least until Gaddafi's mercs get tired of being killed.
Britain said Tuesday it was sending up to 20 military advisers to help Libya's rebel forces.

A spokesman for Libya's National Transitional Council, the political wing of the rebel movement, said Wednesday the military advisers would be a big help.

"My understanding is that it will all be administrative help, nothing with weapons and nothing in the field," Mustafa Gheirani said.
That comes next.
The rebels have repeatedly said they do not want foreign troops on the ground.
That comes when the rebels are facing imminent defeat.
French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet suggested the U.N. Security Council should weigh whether to send ground troops. "It's a real question that merits international reflection," he said after a Cabinet meeting Wednesday.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/20/2011 13:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

Brits join ground fight in Libya
BRITISH military officers are set to hit the ground in Libya to bolster rebels fighting tyrant Colonel Gaddafi. The advisors will go into the country's second city of Benghazi — the stronghold of the pro-democracy opposition.
I think we sort of saw this coming, and figured it would be either the Brits or the French who would make the first move. Wonder if the advisors are there for training only or whether they'll include forward air controllers and their protectors.
Foreign Secretary William Hague said today: "The National Security Council has decided that we will now move quickly to expand the team already in Benghazi to include an additional military liaison advisory team. This contingent will be drawn from experienced British military officers."

Mr Hague said the move was needed to help protect civilians in Libya and was compatible with the United Nations resolution which authorised a no-fly zone. He said in a statement: "The United Kingdom is strongly committed to the effective implementation of the provisions of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1973.

"With the Libyan people still faced with continuing attacks by Gaddafi's forces, the need to protect civilians in Libya is our highest priority.

"UNSCR 1973 authorises member states to take all necessary measures to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas under threat of attack from Gaddafi.

"The UK's substantial and early military contribution to the enforcement of UNSCR 1973 has helped saved the lives of thousands of civilians threatened by Gaddafi's murderous regime. As the scale of the humanitarian crisis has grown, so has the urgency of increasing our efforts to defend civilians against the attack from Gaddafi forces."

Mr Hague described the rebels' political body, the National Transitional Council (NTC), as "legitimate political interlocutors".

Britain has supplied body armour and telecommunications equipment to help them take on Gaddafi's forces.

Mr Hague said: "We have stepped up our contribution to international efforts to relieve the humanitarian crisis in Libya, in particular in Misrata, and a UK diplomatic team led by Christopher Prentice has been liaising closely with the opposition in Benghazi.

"These additional personnel will enable the UK to build on the work already being undertaken to support and advise the NTC on how to better protect civilians. In particular they will advise the NTC on how to improve their military organisational structures, communications and logistics, including how best to distribute humanitarian aid and deliver medical assistance."

Mr Hague said the deployment is fully within the terms of UNSCR 1973 to protect civilians but also rule out a foreign occupation force on Libyan soil.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/20/2011 13:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10798 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Wonder if the advisors are there for training only or whether they'll include forward air controllers and their protectors.

As time is short , I would suspect that FST's will be employed , if not already in place/en route . The main issues with this rucus is the backward/forward motion on the 'battlefield' . Its very apparent that the 'rebels' couldnt run a bath even with close air support

FST = fire support team , upto 6 strong personel in normal conditions. Something the Royal Marines are quite good at .
Posted by: Oscar || 04/20/2011 13:54 Comments || Top||

Egypt questions former vice-president
[Al Jazeera] Omar Suleiman,
... Now former Vice president of Egypt. From 1993 until his appointment to that office in 2011 he was Minister without Portfolio and Director of the Egyptian General Intelligence Directorate (EGID)...
the former Egyptian vice-president, has been questioned in connection with violence against protesters during the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak,
...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011...
the president, the general prosecutor's office has said.

Suleiman, the country's long-time chief of intelligence, was questioned about "information held by the intelligence services on the events of the January 25 revolution," the prosecutor's office said on Tuesday.

He was asked about "the killing of protesters during peaceful [anti-regime] protests and over the wealth of the former president and his family," it said.

Mubarak, who had ruled Egypt since 1981, named Suleiman his first ever vice-president on January 29 in a bid to placate the growing protest movement.

Nationwide protests that erupted on January 25 and eventually toppled Mubarak's regime, left at least 800 people dead and more than 6,000 injured.
Posted by: Fred || 04/20/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under:

Terror attacks kill 20 Algerian troops
[Maghrebia] The week-end corpse count for Algerian soldiers reached 20 on Sunday (April 17th), after a roadside kaboom killed an army captain and four troops in corpse-littered Boumerdes. The daytime blast reportedly sent the soldiers' vehicle into a ravine in Doukane, near Ammal.

Another bomb kaboom Sunday in Bouira killed a gendarme and maimed three others. The al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) brigade led by Abdelmalik Droukdel
... aka Abdel Wadoud, was a regional leader of the GSPC for several years before becoming the group's supremo in 2004 following the death of then-leader Nabil Sahraoui. Under Abdel Wadoud's leadership the GSPC has sought to develop itself from a largely domestic entity into a larger player on the international terror stage. In September 2006 it was announced that the GSPC had joined forces with al-Qaeda and in January 2007 the group officially changed its name to the Al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb....
deputy Abu Selmane was suspected in the attacks, Tout sur l'Algerie reported.

On Friday, 14 soldiers died when hard boyz besieged their Azazga military camp. At least 50 hard boyz attacked the army outpost between Azazga and Yakouren at 8pm. The assailants planted bombs and blocked nearby roads with trees to prevent access by military reinforcements before attacking the ANP troops with machine-gun fire, bombs and grenades.

The hard boyz opened fire in the air just meters away from the unit to attract the attention of the army elements. Meanwhile,
...back at the scene of the crime, Lieutenant Queeg had an idea...
another group of hard boyz fired on the army personnel with Kalashnikovs. The clash continued for more than two hours. Two bad boyz were potted in the fighting, according to security sources.

The attack was the deadliest mounted against Algerian troops since July 29th, 2009, when a terrorist ambush on a military convoy in Damous (Tipaza region) killed more than a dozen soldiers.

According to security sources, the hard boyz seized a significant quantity of weapons. A dozen soldiers were stabbed with knives and sustained serious injuries. Helicopters were used to transfer maimed troops and the bodies of the dead.
Posted by: Fred || 04/20/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa

Fighting rages in Misrata; NATO frustrated
[Arab News] Heavy fighting
... as opposed to the more usual light or sporadic fighting...
raged Tuesday in the western Libyan city of Misrata, witnesses said, while a NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the style of the American pants...
commander complained the alliance was having trouble destroying Muammar Qadaffy's mortars and rockets attacking rebels there and Perfidious Albion said it would send senior military officers to advise the opposition in the east.

A senior Libyan official, meanwhile, ruled out the possibility of allowing foreign troops to escort humanitarian aid convoys in Libya, saying the government would view such a deployment as a military mission.

Explosions and gunfire were heard in central Misrata, Libya's third-largest city, with festivities between government troops and rebels, said a resident who identified himself only by his given name, Abdel Salam, for fear of retaliation. The city has been besieged by government forces for more than a month.

NATO planes flew over Misrata while the shelling from Qadaffy forces continued, he said, adding that the only targets the alliance hit were radars and air defenses north of the city on Monday night.

NATO Brig. Gen. Mark van Uhm said fighting has been intense in Misrata for the past 10 days, and he said his forces have destroyed more than 40 tanks and several armored personnel carriers there.

"The situation on the ground is fluid there, with ground being won and lost by both sides," van Uhm said at NATO headquarters in Brussels, adding: "Qadaffy's forces have shelled Misrata indiscriminately." But he cautioned that "there is a limit to what can be achieved by airpower to stop fighting in a city." "We are doing everything to prevent civilian casualties by our own attacks (while) degrading (Qadaffy's) ability to sustain forces there," he said.

Adm. Giampaolo Di Paola, the chairman of the alliance's military committee, said in Rome that even though NATO operations have done "quite significant damage" to the Libyan regime's heavy weaponry, what Qadaffy has left is "still considerable." Asked if more NATO air power and bombing are needed, Di Paola said any "significantly additional" allied contribution would be welcome.

Given NATO's humanitarian mandate reflecting the UN Security Council resolution on Libya, which does not allow ground forces, "it's very difficult" to stop the regime's firepower on Misrata, he said.

"It's not a conventional war," the admiral said, declining to say just how much of the regime's firepower has been eliminated or put out of action by NATO's operations so far.

"What is significant is we're preventing Qadaffy from using the full potential of his firepower. Unfortunately we're not able so far to deny him use of all his firepower," Di Paola said.

Di Paola said the alliance had "yet to succeed" in neutralizing the mortars and rockets, especially inside Misrata, where it is "very hard" to destroy that firepower without inflicting civilian casualties.
Posted by: Fred || 04/20/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:




IOW, REBELS = NATO-Coalition Airpower nice, but is not a substitute for Combat Grunts, GADDAFI WILL WIN UNLESS NATO INVADES.

ARTICS = Waffling or failure of NATO to send in potent ground troops may seriously damage or destroy NATO's credibility wid the Rebels + ME Pro-Democracy Movements.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/20/2011 0:56 Comments || Top||

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/20/2011 1:12 Comments || Top||

#3  Wonder if Daffy is smart enough to deploy dummy tanks like Milosevic did?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 04/20/2011 11:52 Comments || Top||

#4  Frustrated with muslims? That's normal.
Posted by: Unavigum Turkeyneck2012 || 04/20/2011 18:53 Comments || Top||

Scores Wounded as Pro-Government Forces, Bullies Attack Demo in Western Yemen
[Yemen Post] The number of the antigovernment protesters who were maimed in Hodeida province climbed on Monday to 88 people after pro-government bullies had attacked a demonstration by the students calling for an immediate ouster of President-for-Life Saleh..

The regime supporters attacked the protest in Al-Kornish Street firing live bullets and teargas at the students, who were chanting: No teaching and no studying until the president was ousted.

Medical sources said at least five were shot by live bullets and dozens of others suffered inhalation and cramp due to teargas.

They were rushed to the field hospitals in the square of freedom in downtown the western province and to private hospitals.

The students also rolled their eyes, jumped up and down, and hollered poorly rhymed slogans real loud expressing their refusal to any initiative that does not call for an immediate ouster of the Saleh regime and trying those who were responsible for killing and injuring the antigovernment protesters in various cities.

Local sources said that some of the protesters were maimed when the riot police dispersed the demonstration coinciding with massive demos in other cities as the unrest is continuing to escalate.
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'Bahrain police abduct 6 female teachers'
[Iran Press TV] Bahrain police have kidnapped six female teachers from school in Muharraq following the regime's crackdown on anti-government protesters.

The teachers were kidnapped on Tuesday, witnesses said.

On Monday, Bahraini security forces placed in durance vile eight teachers and several pupils in the town of Hamad.
So they weren't actually kidnapped. They were arrested.
...back at the shouting match, a new, even louder, voice was to be heard...
the Bahraini education ministry formed a committee tasked with taking action against school officials taking part in anti-government protests and strikes.

Reports said some heads of schools, administration staff as well as teachers have already been summoned for questioning.

To express solidarity with the ongoing revolution, thousands of teachers, called by the Bahrain Teachers Society, went on a strike in February and again during in March.

People in Bahrain have been protesting since February 14, demanding an end to the rule of the Al Khalifa dynasty.

Demonstrators maintain that they will hold their ground until their demands for freedom, constitutional monarchy as well as a proportional voice in the government are met.

Bahraini forces with the help of Saudi, the UAE and Kuwaiti troops have cracked down on the anti-regime protesters. Many people have gone missing since the beginning of the revolution.
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ARTIC = Bahrain [+ Yemeni] Crisis could revive ancient War/Conflict between ARABS + PERSIANS [Iran].



[ENERGIZER Bunny here].




** VARIOUS CMF POSTERS > believe ...
> HONG KONG may become another "YUGOSLAVIA" [Bosnia-Herzegovina], espec as due to 250,000 Non-Chinese? Muslims in HIng Kong becom at odds wid Locals???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/20/2011 1:34 Comments || Top||

#2  There are no riots now, there is no danger to anyone.
There never were any protestors, they were always rioters. They killed several workers, tortured them and then slaughtered them then threw them in the streets.
It was horrifying. We couldn't leave our homes until this state of security was announced.
Why does everyone believe them to be peaceful? I am a woman and I remained at home, because they went to the University and attacked girls and women there. The rioters.
The police only came out to protect us.
I am from the people of Bahrain. I am safe now. That is all that matters.
Posted by: Bahraini Woman || 04/20/2011 4:31 Comments || Top||

#3  I am from the people of Bahrain. I am safe now. That is all that matters.

"Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

-- Benjamin Franklin

But perhaps I am being facile in the face of what certainly appears to be a Bahraini government propaganda attempt.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/20/2011 10:41 Comments || Top||

#4  I dunno, tw. You have Bahraini government propaganda and you have Iran Press TV. I'm sure they're both putting their own spin on things.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 04/20/2011 12:00 Comments || Top||

#5  I'm sure they're both putting their own spin on things.

No doubt you're correct, Ebbang Uluque6305. So we've got a desirous-of-liberty Shiite underclass vs. a status quo Sunni ruling class. There doesn't seem any way this can end well, but it will certainly keep Iran's ruling mullahs engaged until they complete their nuclear devices... at which point they're going to have to decide whether they prefer getting Jewish/Israeli or Sunni/Saudi-Pakistani nukes on the return salvo. Or am I reading this all wrong?
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/20/2011 13:28 Comments || Top||

#6  The only part I'm not sure about is the desirous-of-liberty part. I mean, you gotta wonder how much of this is merely a result of Mad Mullah agitation.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 04/20/2011 16:03 Comments || Top||

#7  Ebbang Uluque6305, if we defined "desirous of liberty" as "we are the rulers instead of the ruled", would that suffice?
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/20/2011 19:47 Comments || Top||

#8  "we are the rulers instead of the ruled"

More like "we are the despots we decried".
Posted by: Pappy || 04/20/2011 22:32 Comments || Top||

Caribbean-Latin America
More Mexican Mayhem
44 Die in Northern Mexico

A total of 44 individuals were murdered in ongoing drug and gang related violence, which included a Juarez police commander shot to death at his residence last Friday.

  • Two unidentified individuals were shot and wounded in an attack at an veternarian's office in Juarez last Thursday. The shooting took place near the intersection of calles Niños Heroes and Porfirio Diaz in the Melchor Ocampo colony. Reports say extortion may have been a factor in the shooting.

  • An unidentified man said to be an attorney was shot and wounded in Juarez Thursday. The victim was driving his Pontiac Grand Am sedan near the intersection of calles Norzagaray and Cloro when he was fired on. The victim then drove his vehicle to the Puente Sante Fe to seek refuge where a Mexican Army unit had set up a checkpoint.

  • Three children were burned to death in an attack in Juarez Thursday. The children's mother said individuals threw a Molotov cocktail at her residence in the Alta Vista colony. The three victims, aged 4 and 3 years old, and 18 months old, were unable to escape, but the mother did with minor injuries.

  • An unidentified man was shot to death and his female companion was wounded in Juarez Thursday afternoon. The victims were walking together near the intersection of Zaragoza and Ramon Rayon in the Zaragoza colony when shooters aboard a vehicle fired on them.

  • An unidentified man and woman were shot to death in Juarez Thursday. The victims were travelling aboard a Ford Explorer in the Linda Vista colony when they were pursued by armed suspects for a brief time before they were shot.

  • A skeleton was found in the Juarez-Casa Grandes highway Thursday. The victim's remains were scattered around a 60 meter radius in the Plaza de Acuña colony.

  • A Juarez police commander was shot to death at his residence in Juarez Friday. Commandante Mario Ramon Gonzalez Echevarria was shot at his home near the intersection of calles Posada Pompa and San Juan.

  • An unidentified man was shot to death Friday in Juarez. The victim was performing maintenance on a vehicle near the intersection of calles Rincon de Extremadura and Ramon Rayon in the Rinconada del Torres colony when armed suspects shot and killed him. Nine 9mm spent cartridge casings were found at the scene.

  • An unidentified man was shot to death in Chihuahua, Chihuahua Friday. The victim was near a convenience store filling station when armed suspects travelling aboard two SUVs shot and killed the victim.

  • Two unidentified men were shot to death in Chihuahua, Chihuahua in two separate incidents Friday, according to the Mexican news daily La Polaka.
    • A Chihuahua municipal police officer was shot to death near the intersection of calles 24 and Secretaría de Hacienda. Reports say armed suspects travelling aboard a Toyota SUV were the shooters.

    • An man was shot to death near the intersection of calles Orquídeas and 2 de abril. The armed suspects involved matched the description of another armed group which murdered another man earlier in the day in northern Chihuahua city.

  • A man was shot to death in Juarez Friday night. Victor Alonso Chavez was shot twice outside his residence near the intersection of calles Justo Sierra and Che Guevara in the Manuel Valdez colony.A message was left with the victim, but its contents were not revealed.

  • An unidentified man was shot to death and the female accompanying him was wounded in a shooting in southern Juarez late Friday night. The victim was shot eight times near then intersection of calles Sendero Nebata and Sendero Mancebo in the Senderos de San José colony.

  • Two unidentified men were wound executed and mutilated in Chihuahua, Chihuahua early Saturday morning. The victims were found in the Venceremos colony with a message left presumably by their executioners. The content of the message was not revealed.

  • A search Sunday of the Centro de Readaptacion Social (CERESO) in Serdan Achilles turned up numerous contraband, including two .380 caliber pistols, 161 rounds of ammunition for various weapons, 114 doses of marijuana, a cigarette rolling machine, 18 doses of cocaine, five cell phones, 44 doses of methamphetamine and six gallons on homemade liquor.

  • An unidentified man was found beheaded and mutilated in Juarez Sunday morning. The victim's head had been placed on a stick near the intersection of calles Paraguay and Malecon in the Hidalgo colony. A message was scribbled on a wall as a warning to El Chapo. the street name of Oaquin Guzman Loera, leader of the Sinaloa cartel.

  • Two unidentified men were found murdered in two separate incidents in Juarez Sunday, according to the Mexican news weekly La Polaka.
    • A man was found shot to death and wrapped in a blanket near then intersection of calles Miguel de la Madrid and Aerojuarez.

    • A man was found tortured to death in an abandoned office building on Calle 20 de Noviembre.

  • An unidentified man in his 20s was found beaten to death in Chihuahua, Chihuahua Sunday. The victim was found in an arroyo in the El Mirador colony.

  • An unidentified man was found shot to death in Juarez Sunday evening. The victim was found bound hand and foot and gagged with duct tape, then dumped in an abandoned dump near the intersection of calles La Conquista and Lamprea. He had a single gunshot wound to the head.

  • A man was shot to death in Juarez Sunday evening. Jesus Manuel Carmona, 43, was near the corner of calles Octava and Hermanos Barragan in the 2 de Octubre colony when three men shot him, and then fled aboard a vehicle.

  • Two unidentified individuals were shot to death and one man was wounded in two separate incidents in Juarez late Sunday night, according to the Mexican news daily La Polaka.
    • A man was shot to death in the Infonavit Salvarcar colony aboard a pickup truck and then dumped on the streets. A companion was also shot but survived the shooting.

    • A man was forcibly removed from his vehicle near then intersection of calles Manuel Ponce and Municipio Libre and then shot to death.

  • A woman was shot to death a remote location late Sunday night. Judith Gabaldon Gaytan, 23, was shot on the Chihuahua-Juarez highway near the Siete Cabecitas monument. She was a resident of Juarez.

  • A woman was shot to death in Meoqui, Chihuahua early Monday mrning. Rubi Elizabeth Renteria Villareal, 36, was shot inside a commercial establishment called Snack. Several AK-47 assault rifle spent cartridge casings were found at the scene.

  • An unidentified man was shot to death in Juarez Monday. The victim was aboard a step van near the intersection of calles China and Fiji in the Infonavit Tecnológico colooy near the Jose Marti primary school. Six 9mm spent cartridge casings were found at the scene.

  • Two unidentified men were shot to death at a tire shop in Juarez Monday afternoon. The victims were at the shop located near the corner of calles Mora and Granjero when they were attacked. Several .40 caliber and AK-47 assault rifle spent cartridge casings were found at the scene.

  • Three young men were shot to death in Chihuahua, Chihuahua Monday afternoon. Reports say the victims were pursued by armed suspects who were riding aboard two vehicles near the intersection of calle Che Guevara in the 20 Aniversario colony when they were shot.

  • An unidentified teenager was shot to death in Juarez Monday. The victim was practicing dance moves in a residence near the intersection of calles Pez Espada and Cangrejo in the Apapra colony when armed suspects shot him.

  • Two individuals were shot to death in two separate incident in Sonora, according to the Mexican news daily Critica.
    • Raul Trinidad Arteaga, a teacher at the Escuela Secundaria General Manuel Íñiguez Camberos numero 7, was shot to death as he boarded his Ford Lobo (F-150) pickup truck on calle Francisco Villanueva in the Algodones colony in Ciudad Obregon last Friday. His unidentified daughter was in the vehicle when the attack took place but was unharmed.

    • A municipal police officer in Huatabampo, Sonora was found shot to death in Jiconhueca, Sonora. Alberto Escarcega Robles, 49, was a 20 year law enforcement veteran, and was found in an irrigation ditch tortured and shot.

  • The 70 year old mother of a former police officer was stabbed to death in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora Monday. Alejandrina Vivian García, 70, was stabbed to death in front of her son, Alejandro Vivian Garcia, who was found bound and stabbed in chains at a residence near the intersection of calles Zaragoza and Sonora in the Ezperanza colony. Alejandro Vivian Garcia was formerly with the Ciudad Obreon tactical response unit before he was dismissed earlier last year.

  • Two unidentified men in their 20s were shot to death in Caborca, Sonora Monday. The victims were found on the Las Calabazas road.

  • Two men and two women were shot to death, and one woman was wounded in Tijuana, Baja California, Monday. Police were dispatched to a residence on Calle Benito Juärez in the Niño Artillero colony in the Sanchez Taboada delegation, where they encountered a woman in her 30s who apparently had been wounded in the shooting. Inside the residence were found Alma Delia Urrutia Carrillo, 38, Jose Manuel Navarro Zaragoza, 35, Carlos Veläsquez Zaragoza, 30, and Diana Esmeralda Godines Rodriguez, 30. Reports say eight 9mm spent cartridge casings were found at the scene.

  • A man was shot to death at a business in Tijuana, Baja California Sunday night. José Enrique Cisneros Bojorquez, 23, was shot in the neck by a lone armed suspect at the Extra store in the Parque Industrial Pacífico colony. The armed suspect then fled the scene on foot towards the Camino Verde colony.

  • A six year old girl was shot in Torreon, Coahuila Sunday morning. The victim was caught between two armed groups when a stray round hit her in one of her buttocks. Her wound was classified as minor and she is expected to survive the shooting.

  • One man was shot to death and another was wounded in a shootout in a nightclub in Torreon, Coahuila late Friday night. Jose Arredondo Corrujedo, 49, died early Saturday morning while Sergio Delgado, 35 was released after being treated. The shooting took place at the Boomerang night club near the intersection of bulevars Miguel Aleman and Rebollo Acosta. Reports say at least two shooters were involved
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#1  Busy, vicious people. Will they calm down as the population ages?
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/20/2011 10:56 Comments || Top||

India sez no operation planned against Somali pirates
NEW DELHI: India may have diverted a warship from the Gulf of Aden to the coast of Somalia in the wake of pirates refusing to release seven of the 15 Indian sailors being held hostage on merchant vessel Asphalt Venture, but no armed or intervention operation is on the cards as of now.

``Our prime interest is to save the life of every Indian sailor being held hostage...that is the guiding concern for the government,'' said overseas Indian affairs minister Vayalar Ravi on Monday.

The government has been taken aback by the refusal of pirates to release all the 15 Indian sailors on board Asphalt Venture, which was hijacked last September while on its way to Durban from Mombassa, despite the vessel owners having paid a huge undisclosed ransom for their release. The sea brigands are keen on a "swap deal'' with the Indian authorities, which has apprehended around 120 pirates after sinking their vessels on the high seas over the last few months.

"The warship which has been diverted, a Talwar-class guided missile frigate, is meant to keep an close eye on the situation...friendly foreign navies have also been alerted as a safeguard,'' said a senior official.

Even as the evolving situation is being watched closely, India remains against armed intervention in hostage situations due to the risk of "collateral damage'' among the hostages. "Most crews of hijacked ships are of mixed nationalities in nature,'' he said. "Moreover, the 54 Indian sailors being held hostage are on six different ships in dispersed locations along the Somali coast in places like Hobiyo, Kaduur, Grisbe and others. The minute an operation is launched at one place, hostages at other sites will come under immediate threat,'' he added.

In non-hostage situations, however, the Navy is now adopting "proactive and aggressive measures'' approved by the government to take the battle to pirates. The government has also decided to allow armed guards, akin to sky marshals deployed on civil airliners, on Indian merchant vessels to keep the sea brigands at bay.
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#1  INDJUH's armed forces are in the midst of upgrade + modernization, + don't have much Naval, Air mil assets or sustainable LR capabilities at this time to unilaterally send agz the Somali Bad Boyz.

* OTOH TOPIX > SOMALIA: UN AGENCY [UN IMO]DEPLORE PIRATES' USE OF [captured] SEAFARERS AS HUMAN SHIELDS, belabeling the Pirates' method as "Crime(s) agz Humanity at Sea".
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/20/2011 1:08 Comments || Top||

#2  The Indian Air Force can level the Somali coastal pirate havens from their bases in India.
Posted by: john frum || 04/20/2011 19:24 Comments || Top||

#3  Long time no read, John. Glad to see you are still around.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 04/20/2011 19:28 Comments || Top||

#4  "The Indian Air Force can level the Somali coastal pirate havens from their bases in India."

Shall I order more popcorn, John?
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 04/20/2011 19:30 Comments || Top||

Five killed in fresh wave of violence in Karachi
[Dawn] The wave of violence continued in Bloody Karachi on Tuesday, with at least five people killed, DawnNews reported.

During the past 24 hours, 11 people were killed in various localities of the city.

Unknown gunnies opened fire on Tuesday morning in Sarjani town, killing one person.

In Shah Latif Town, gunnies opened fire near a petrol station killing another person.

Three bodies were recovered from Korangi, FC Area and Gulbahar.

According to the Sindh Home Ministry, 500 murders have taken place during the current year, while 114 lives have been lost due to murder.
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2 kidnapped Shabaks found dead in Ninewa
NINEWA / Aswat al-Iraq: The two kidnapped Shabaks were found dead in west of Mosul on Tuesday, a security source said.

"Policemen found today the two civilians from the Shabak minorities, who had been kidnapped earlier, dead near al-Mahlabiya district, west of Mosul," the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

"The bodies bore signs of gunshot wounds to the head and chest," he added. "The two men had been kidnapped earlier along with a Kurd working in the oil field while visiting the city of Mosul for business."

"The forces still searching for the Kurd," he said.
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31 injured in Iraq's Sulaymanieh
[Iran Press TV] At least 31 people have been injured in fresh festivities that erupted between protesters and security forces in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

Three of the injured were shot at with live bullet near Sulaymaniyah University, located 260 kilometers (161 miles) north of Storied Baghdad,
...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate...
a Press TV correspondent reported on Tuesday.

A number of journalists have also been incarcerated.

The festivities came after around 100 people were maimed in Peeramard Street in the city on Monday.

...back at the buffalo wallow, Tex and his new-found Indian friend were preparing a little surprise for the bandidos...
Kurdish regional Prime Minister Barham Saleh on Tuesday offered to step down from the party leadership in protest.

On Sunday, at least 35 people, including seven coppers, were maimed after police and protesters clashed in the region's second largest city of Sulaymanieh.

Thousands of people have spilled out into the streets to protest against corruption and lack of freedom in recent months.

President of Iraq's Kurdistan region Massoud Barzani
... hereditary head of the Kurdish Democratic Party, maybe a little too close to the Medes and the Persians for most people's tastes...
announced plans last month to shake up the regional government and enact reforms, but demonstrators demanded more reforms.
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Pops sez Hamas dunnit
Look what dey done to my boy...
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The father of a Jordanian man who died Tuesday during a raid on a building in the Gaza Strip suspected of housing the killers of Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni says Hamas killed his son. "It does not make sense that he killed himself. Islam forbids that. They killed him," Mohammad Al-Birizit said in Amman, disputing the interior ministry's claim that his son Abdul-Rahman committed suicide.
Yeah, well...you know, Islam forbids a lotta things.
"My son used to read the Koran, pray and fast Ramadan."
Jeez, pops, maybe he shoulda got laid more often. Although, if it was unibrow guy, I can see why he didn't...yeesh!
"We do not know what to do now. If we are officially informed of his death, the family will meet to decide," he told the Agence France-Presse news agency.
Decide...what? Dire Revenge™?
Posted by: tu3031 || 04/20/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

#1  When the upper 10% of the men can maintain harems of up to four wives, that means the bottom 30% of the men don't get laid. It's a numbers thing.

"Nothing personal you understand, Abdul, you're just a bottom thirty-percenter. Say, why don't you go kill someone or explode yourself instead?"
Posted by: Steve White || 04/20/2011 13:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Read the headline as POPE sez Hamas Dunnit.

Let to some interesting streams of thought.
Posted by: AlanC || 04/20/2011 13:24 Comments || Top||

PA: No suspects held in Mer-Khamis murder
[Ma'an] The killer of Israeli-Paleostinian theater director Juliano Mer-Khamis has not been found, Paleostinian Authority security officials said Tuesday.

PA security services front man Adnan Dmeiri said investigations were ongoing into the fatal shooting of Mer-Khamis in Jenin refugee camp on April 4, clarifying statements made Monday by President the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
... a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial...
on Al-Arabiya satellite television.

Abbas told Al-Arabiya that a suspect had been jugged in connection with the murder and was being questioned.

One suspect was jugged shortly after the killing, but was released after interrogation Dmeiri said.

Juliano Mer-Khamis, 52, was shot five times while leaving the Freedom Theater he reestablished in the camp. His mother, a Jewish Israeli, had founded the theater. His father was a Paleostinian born in Nazareth.

Dmeiri's comments were made at a conference on PA security services and the media, organized by the government and the Center for Strategic Studies and Research.

The front man said Abbas constantly reminded security leaders that citizens' dignity was more important than the law "because the law was designed to protect citizens' security and dignity."

Dmeiri said the media played an important role in developing democracy and monitoring the performance of security services.

He said the media illustrated the goals of security services to citizens.

"We always wish to provide media outlets with information, however, in some cases we avoid releasing information until investigations are complete."
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1 2 dead in clash with murder suspects
[Ma'an] Two suspects in the murder of an Italian activist died and another sustained injuries Tuesday when Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, security forces raided a building in Gazoo City after a short standoff outside, officials said.

The Hamas-run Interior Ministry said Abdul-Rahman Al-Breizat and Bilal Al-Umari were killed in the raid. Both were identified as suspects in the killing of Vittorio Arrigoni.

Al-Breizat threw a grenade at Al-Umari and then shot himself, the ministry said. The third suspect, Mahmoud Muhammad Nimir Salfiti, was injured and jugged by security forces.

Earlier, security forces surrounded a home in central Gazoo where the three men were hiding. Special forces closed in on the house and evacuated homes in the area.

The owner of the home, Amer Abu Ghulah, surrendered to police. Security officials were urging suspects inside to give themselves up and snipers were positioned on the roofs of neighboring homes, witnesses said.

A statement from Gazoo's Interior Ministry declared the area a closed security zone "because of the suspicion of the presence of the runaways." Roads leading to the building were blocked, Rooters reported.

"The operation is under way," a security official said earlier.

On Monday, the Gazoo government released photos of the three suspects in the murder of Arrigoni, who was found hanged hours after his abduction by a group demanding the release of Salafi prisoners.

On Sunday, Gazoo Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh
...became Prime Minister after the legislative elections of 2006 which Hamas won. President Mahmoud Abbas dismissed Haniyeh from office on 14 June 2007 at the height of the Fatah-Hamas festivities, but Haniyeh did not acknowledge the decree and continues as the PM of Gazoo while Abbas maintains a separate PM in the West Bank...
offered police a reward for the arrest of those involved, and police announced a closure of sectors of the Strip in an attempt to close in on the suspects.
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#1  I wonder if they're actually guilty---of this specific thing, I mean.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/20/2011 15:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Probably not - but never waste an opportunity, correct?
Posted by: Pappy || 04/20/2011 22:35 Comments || Top||

Syria Bans All Demos as 10 Killed in Homs
[An Nahar] Syria imposed on Tuesday a total ban on all demonstrations after warning of a crackdown on an "armed revolt" by Islamist bully boyz and security forces fired on protesters in the city of Homs, killing at least four.

Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim al-Shaar told people "to refrain from taking part in all marches, demonstrations or sit-ins under any banner whatsoever," state news agency SANA reported.

He warned that if demonstrations were held, "the laws in force in Syria will be applied in the interest of the safety of the people and the stability of the country."

Shaar was understood to be alluding to the emergency law in place since 1963. Its repeal has been a central demand of reformists demonstrating since March 15, and President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
One of the last of the old-fashioned hereditary iron-fisted fascist dictators. Before going into the family business Pencilneck was an eye doctor...
promised at the weekend to rescind it within a week.

The law restricts civil liberties, imposes restrictions on public gatherings and freedom of movement and allows the "arrest of anyone suspected of posing a threat to security."

When the protests first began, the authorities relaxed its enforcement to permit peaceful gatherings, but Shaar's announcement would appear to close that loophole.

The announcement came hours after the authorities vowed to suppress what they called an "armed revolt" in the country by Salafists, Mohammedans who espouse an austere form of Sunni Islam that seeks a return to practices common in the early days of the faith.

The authorities said three army officers and three children were killed by "armed criminal gangs" around the city of Homs.

"Armed criminal gangs who block roads and spread fear in the area, came upon General Abdo Khodr al-Tellawi, his two children and his nephew, and killed them in cold blood," the official news agency SANA reported. The victims' bodies were "mutilated", SANA added.

Two other officers "fell as deaders to armed criminal gangs' bullets in Homs", the agency said.

An activist said "the sit-in was dispersed with force. There was heavy gunfire," an activist reached by telephone told Agence La Belle France Presse.

He said that very early Tuesday the security forces swarmed into Al-Saa Square, where some 20,000 people were staging a sit-in, scattering protesters who had vowed not to leave until Assad stepped down.

Another said four people were killed, but gave no details.

At least 200 people have been killed by security forces or plain-clothes police since the start of the protest movement, according to Amnesia Amnesty International.

Just hours before the attack on Al-Saa Square, the government vowed to suppress "armed revolt" it said was undermining national security.

"The latest incidents have shown that ... armed Salafist groups, particularly in the cities of Homs and Banias, have openly called for armed revolt," said an interior ministry statement carried by SANA.

It accused such groups of killing soldiers, coppers and civilians, and of attacking public and private property, and warned that "their terrorist activities will not be tolerated."

The authorities "will act with determination to impose security and stability in the country" and will "pursue the hard boyz wherever they are in order to bring them to justice and end the armed revolt", it said.

The demonstrators arrived in their thousands at Al-Saa Square on Monday, many setting up tents, a day after 11 people were killed by security forces in Homs and a nearby town during a day of massive nationwide protests.

Inspired by popular uprisings that toppled hardline rulers in Tunisia and Egypt, the protesters vowed not to leave Al-Saa Square in the center of Homs until Assad's regime fell.

They dismissed as insufficient Assad's pledge to repeal the emergency law and demanded the release of all political prisoners and an end to arbitrary arrests.

Since the beginning of the protest movement more than a month ago, the authorities have repeatedly blamed violence on "armed gangs."

Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said Syria will proceed with reforms as promised, but warned against "sabotage" by protesters, SANA reported.
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Syria government approves lifting state of emergency
[Ennahar] Syrian forces opened fire to disperse protesters early in Homs Tuesday, activists said, the latest city to be swept by the tide of unrest against President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad's
One of the last of the old-fashioned hereditary iron-fisted fascist dictators. Before going into the family business Pencilneck was an eye doctor...
authoritarian rule.

By midday Tuesday they said the center of Homs resembled a ghost town, with shops, markets and schools all closed in the city of around 700,000 people, where 17 protesters were killed Sunday night.

Security forces including Assad's irregular "shabbiha" militia "chased people in the streets of Homs until 6 a.m. (0300 GMT)," one activist in the city said. "The streets are empty."

Another said that 25 maimed people were in hospital.

Rights groups say more than 200 people have been killed in the protests which swept across Syria after demonstrations first broke out in the southern city of Deraa a month ago, inspired by the Arab uprisings which toppled leaders in Egypt and Tunisia.

The protests, the first such revolt since an Islamist uprising was ruthlessly put down in 1982, comprise all shades of society, including ordinary Syrians, secularists, leftists, tribals, Islamists and students.

The rallying cry in the protests has been "Freedom, Freedom. God, Syria and Freedom only. Some shouts of Allahu Akbar (God is Greatest) resonated after Friday prayers.

Assad, who has ruled for 11 years since assuming power on the death of his father Hafez al-Assad, has responded with a combination of limited concessions and fierce crackdowns.

In a sign that authorities would offer no ground to protesters, the Interior Ministry Monday night described the unrest as an insurrection by "gangs belonging to Salafist organizations" trying to terrorize the population.

Salafism is a strict form of Sunni Islam which many Arab governments equate with bad turban groups like al Qaeda. Assad and most of his inner circle are from Syria's minority Alawite community, adherents to an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam.

The government says Syria is the target of a conspiracy and authorities blame the violence on armed gangs and infiltrators supplied with weapons from Leb and Iraq, a charge opposition groups say is unfounded.

State news agency SANA said Tuesday that an army brigadier and three family members were ambushed and killed on Sunday by "armed criminal groups" in Homs. Two other officers were also killed in the city on the same day, it said.
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* TOPIX > "SYRIA UNDER US PROXY ATTACK", SAYS AL-WATAN NEWS AGENCY, vee mainly anti-ASSAD Salafist forces controlled by the USA + KSA + Lebanon?

> REGIONAL GOVTS-STATES = that support the US, KSA, or else have an interest in getting rid of the Assad regime.
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Syrian security forces open fire on rally
[Arab News] Syrian security forces fired tear gas and live ammunition Tuesday at anti-government protesters who took over a main square in the country's third-largest city, witnesses and activists said.

An eyewitness said police used loudspeakers to call on protesters camped out at Clock Square in the center of the city of Homs to evacuate the area. Shortly afterward, security forces moved in, firing first tear gas, then live ammunition at the protesters who had brought mattresses, food and water to the site in an Egypt-style sit-in, vowing to stay until President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
One of the last of the old-fashioned hereditary iron-fisted fascist dictators. Before going into the family business Pencilneck was an eye doctor...
is ousted.

"They shot at everything, there was smoke everywhere," an activist in Homs said by telephone. "I saw people on the ground, some shot in their feet, some in the stomach." Other protesters confirmed his account, and said the exact number of casualties was not clear. All of the activists spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

At least 200 people have been killed in the past month in Syria as security forces have launched a deadly crackdown on a growing protest movement, human rights
...which are usually entirely different from personal liberty...
groups say.

The protesters have also become bolder. More than 5,000 anti-government demonstrators took over the square in Homs on Monday, vowing to stay until Assad's ouster.

The government, however, has blamed the weeks of anti-government unrest in the country on ultraconservative Mohammedans seeking to establish a fundamentalist state and terrorize the people.

The Egypt-style standoff in Homs followed funeral processions by more than 10,000 mourners for some of those killed in festivities Sunday that a rights group said left at least 12 people dead.

Many Syrians also say pro-government thugs -- known as Shabiha -- have terrorized neighborhoods with tactics such as opening fire into the air.

The government has in the past blamed "armed gangs" seeking to stir up unrest for many of the killings, such as the ones who fatally shot seven people, including three army officers, on Sunday in Homs.

On Monday, the Interior Ministry identified the gangs as "armed Salafi groups," referring to an ultraconservative form of Islam that has its roots in Soddy Arabia and can be found all over the region.

The statement carried by the state news agency said they were seeking to establish "emirates" and were "abusing the freedoms and reforms launched in the comprehensive program with a timetable by President Bashir al-Assad."
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Angry Syrian protesters bury 12 of their comrades
[Arab News] Thousands demanded the overthrow of Syrian President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
One of the last of the old-fashioned hereditary iron-fisted fascist dictators. Before going into the family business Pencilneck was an eye doctor...
on Monday at the funeral of eight protesters killed in the central city of Homs as unrest swelled despite a promise to lift emergency law.

Activists in Homs said the eight were killed late on Sunday during protests against the death in jug of a tribal leader.

A rights group claimed at least 12 people died countrywide in violence on Sunday. Ammar Qurabi, head of Syria's National Organization for Human Rights, said apart from the eight deaths in Homs, 160 km north of Damascus
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, four protesters were killed in festivities between security forces and protesters in the northern cities of Latakia and Idlib.

"From alleyway to alleyway, from house to house, we want to overthrow you, Bashar," the mourners chanted, according to a witness at the funeral in Homs. YouTube footage showed thousands of people filling a wide city square.

At least four coffins were carried by the funeral marchers, said a witness. Security forces stayed away from the mourners in an apparent move to avoid confrontation, said the witness.

Assad, facing a month of demonstrations against his Baath party rule, said Saturday that legislation to replace nearly half a century of emergency law should be in place by next week. But his pledge did little to appease protesters calling for greater freedoms in Syria, or curb violence which human rights
...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions...
organizations say has killed at least 200 people.

"Homs is boiling. The security forces and the regime thugs have been provoking armed tribes for a month now," a rights activist told Rooters from the city. Civilians who erupted into the streets "were shot at in cold blood," he said.

Further north in Jisr Al-Shughour around 1,000 people called on Monday for "the overthrow of the regime," echoing chants of protesters who overthrew leaders in Egypt and Tunisia, at the funeral of a man they said was killed by security forces.

Foreign Minister Walid Muallem pledged Monday that Syria will go ahead with reforms as promised, but warned against "sabotage" committed by protesters, the state-run SANA news agency reported.

"Those who want reforms should not use weapons or violence or carry out acts of sabotage by torching state institutions and cutting off roads," he said.
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