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Terror plot uncovered when 11 suicide vests found at Afghan military HQ
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 03/27/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [488 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Happy Birthday/Daily Gam Shot

Elizabeth Mitchell aka Erica Evans in "V (TV 2009– )" aka Julia 'Jules' Sullivan in "Frequency (2000)" aka Principal Carol Newman in "The Santa Clause 2 (2002) & The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006) aka Edele in "Running Scared (2006)" aka Juliet Burke in "Lost (TV 2004–2010)" aka Dr. Karen Winterman in "Double Bang (2001)" (age 42)



Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 03/27/2012 0:44 Comments || Top||

#2  Played Principal Carol Newman? I never ever had a principal like her.
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/27/2012 9:19 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Terror plot uncovered when 11 suicide vests found at Afghan military HQ
A major terrorist plot targeting Afghan soldiers was revealed Monday at the Ministry of Defense headquarters in Kabul. An official at the ministry, who asked not to be identified, said that 11 suicide vests were found in three rooms in the area surrounding a parking lot at the Ministry.

The investigation is still in its early stages but it is known that 11 buses were scheduled to leave the parking lot carrying Afghan army personnel. The working theory among investigators so far is that a bomber was meant to get on each of those buses and stage a spectacular simultaneous attack.

Six Afghan soldiers were arrested immediately and it is believed they were ready to carry out a suicide attack. The BBC reports that 12 additional arrests have been made.

The Afghan government has not yet confirmed the plot, but CBS News has learned that Afghanistan's defense minister has been called to the presidential palace to give a full briefing on the details of the investigation. The palace itself is less than a mile away from where the vests were found.
Posted by: ryuge || 03/27/2012 06:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [833 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I would feel like circling the wagons at this point.
Posted by: newc || 03/27/2012 13:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Stories like this will be coming out of the 'Stan until they run out of high explosive to load the vests with.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 03/27/2012 14:21 Comments || Top||

#3  Well, first the positive --someone found these vests which were located in three separate rooms. Someone was in the ball. On the other side, the security levels to get to the DOD HQ looks lke an Afghan version of Get Smart. Why have one guard when you can have 7? Lastly the targets were ANA by other ANA (proportedly). A properly worked media spin by the govt to underline what bastards these terrorists are -- ie the plotted massive deaths of Afghans might be strategically useful. I doubt that it will happen though, just more whining and handwringing about recent USA involved incidents - and thus reinforcing the negative media spin. Watch and shoot. Or listen for the bombs.
Posted by: Northern Cousin || 03/27/2012 21:13 Comments || Top||

#4  I would've delivered them to Karzai and exploded them. Unstable...red wire green wire, whatever
Posted by: Frank G || 03/27/2012 21:24 Comments || Top||

#5  Maybe the fact that there are talkers still assure some of the Loyalty some Afghans still have for our Soldiers.
Posted by: newc || 03/27/2012 21:48 Comments || Top||


Allen: Investigation of Afghan killings to look at leadership climate
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/27/2012 03:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [321 views] Top|| File under:


Africa Horn
Sudan armies clash in border region
Clashes have broken out between the armed forces of Sudan and South Sudan in several disputed border regions, both sides said, Al Jazeera reported.

South Sudan's army, the SPLA, said the Sudanese air force had attacked the disputed areas of Jau and Pan Akuach. The SPLA had also repelled an attack by Sudanese forces in the area of Teshwin inside South Sudan, SPLA spokesperson Philip Arguer said on Monday.

Sudan's army spokesperson Sawarmi Khalid Saad confirmed the fighting in the border area of Sudan's South Kordofan state and the southern Unity state, without giving the exact locations. He did not say who had started the fighting.

"I think due to this attack, the government now is changing its strategy to deal with the southern government," Rabie Abdul Atti, an advisor to Sudan's minister of information, told Al Jazeera.

The fighting has forced President Omar Hassan al-Bashir to suspend plans to visit South Sudan on April 3, Sudan's state radio reported. Bashir had been due to hold talks with his southern counterpart Salva Kiir during his visit to the southern capital Juba to resolve tensions that have surged since South Sudan seceded from Sudan last year.
Posted by: Steve White || 03/27/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [414 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sudan didn't do very well when fighting a ragtag rebel army. I don't give much for their chances now South Sudan has the resources of a state.
Posted by: phil_b || 03/27/2012 2:36 Comments || Top||


Iran-bound Brazilian sugar ship hijacked off India
DUBAI: An Iranian bulk carrier of Brazilian sugar was hijacked in the eastern Indian Ocean early on Monday with 23 crew on board, international shipping monitors said.

The Eglantine, which according to Reuters shipping data loaded in Rio de Janeiro in late February, was hijacked off India's southwest coast by suspected Somali pirates, NATO's counter-piracy mission said.

Attacks as far away from Somalia as Monday's hijacking are rare. Although NATO, EU and Iranian naval forces are trying to protect merchant shipping, the Indian Ocean is too big for them to effectively patrol all of it.

The U.S. has identified the vessel as being operated by Iranian government shipping companies blacklisted by Washington. The vessel was carrying over 63,000 tonnes of cargo when it left Brazil, the world's biggest sugar exporter, according to shipping data.
Posted by: Steve White || 03/27/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [427 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Uh, uh, EEEEEEEEKKKKK - THEM! TTTTHHHEEEMMMM!

The classic Movie.

gut nuthin.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/27/2012 0:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Are the Somalia pirates franchising?

This is a long way from Somalia.
Posted by: phil_b || 03/27/2012 2:38 Comments || Top||

#3  Unless it wasn't just sugar, phil_b.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/27/2012 5:06 Comments || Top||

#4  I figure they just had a lot of coffee that neededd sweetening.
Posted by: AlanC || 03/27/2012 9:28 Comments || Top||

#5  Where's it going to? North Korea!?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/27/2012 9:56 Comments || Top||

#6  What? Is somebody trying to imply that it wasn't Somalians?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 03/27/2012 11:38 Comments || Top||

#7  MORE SUGAR!
-- Firesign Theatre
Posted by: mojo || 03/27/2012 12:25 Comments || Top||

#8  It was hijacked in Maldives waters. Maybe they have a base there. Quite a few remote atolls.
Posted by: phil_b || 03/27/2012 17:59 Comments || Top||

#9  The use of Mother ships (also hijacked)and the expansion of organized crime (and their ability to organize - hence their name)has meant a massive expansion of the area of ops for the pirates.
The last pirates taken by the US (remember the thankful Iranians) have now been handed over to the Seychelles for trial. Interesting the two countries with the largest jurisdictional interest (Iran due to the victims) and USA (due to conrol of the captured pirates)couldn t seem to sort it out who gets to try these block heads. I am sure the Seychelles are getting some money for their effort.

The Iranian "sugar boat" makes for some new twists. The money is in the possible ransom for the crew, not for the goods. Not sure Iran is in the ransom game. So poor move for the Pirates. As a blacklisted ship not to many countries will want to touch this one - opps another poor move for the pirates. There is also the possiblity of fuel issues if one wants to steam this sugar boat back to Somalia. Opps again. This ship just might end up being sunk "as a warning" to others.
Posted by: Northern Cousin || 03/27/2012 20:53 Comments || Top||

#10  Iranian boat hijacked, nobody around to help?

SWEEE-EEE-T!
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 03/27/2012 21:48 Comments || Top||


Ethiopian troops seize El Bur, central Somalia
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] Ethiopian forces on Monday seized the main base of the Al Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab
... successor to the Islamic Courts...
hard boyz in central Somalia, the latest stronghold the snuffies have lost in recent months, witnesses said.

Ethiopian troops and fighters from the pro-government militia Ahlu Sunna Wal Jamaa seized El Bur town, some 150 kilometres south of the Ethiopian border, after a brief exchange of fire.

"Ethiopian troops have taken positions inside and outside the town, but most of the residents decamped before they arrived," said Abdukadir Sahal, a resident.

The loss of the town tightens the net on the hardline Al-Shabaab, who are facing attacks on multiple fronts by regional armies.

"There was brief exchange of gunfire on the outskirts of town but Al-Shabaab decamped... there are Ethiopian troops with armoured trucks, pulling heavy artillery weapons," Sahal added.

"There was no fighting inside El Bur, but Al-Shabaab fighters are not far away," said Ahmednur Fodade, another resident.

Ethiopian soldiers in battle trucks began the advance on El Bur at the weekend, bolstering allied fighters from Ahlu Sunna at the central Somali town of Dhusamareb, before pushing on some 100 kilometres (60 miles) south.

El Bur is the fourth Al-Shabaab stronghold to be seized by the Ethiopian forces, who deployed into lawless Somalia in November, after Kenya also sent troops into southern Somalia to battle the ruthless militia.
Posted by: Fred || 03/27/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [307 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Mortar shells kill 2 near Somali presidential palace
(Sh.M.Nework)- At least two people were killed and eight others injured after mortar bombardment near Somalia's presidential palace in the heart of Mogadishu, residents said on Monday.

Residents at squalid settlement, in Mogadishu's Wardhiglay district confirmed to Shabelle Media that some mortars hit inside Villa Somalia, the presidential palace while other missed their target and slammed into nearby an IDP camp, killing two displaced, a son and his father.

Residents at the IDP camp 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...
over the shells and reported heavy gunfire in the area overnight but could not confirm the exact casualties.

This is the second attempt to strike at the heart of the embattled Somali government palace in less than two week. TFG officials remained silence to talk about the barrage.
Posted by: Fred || 03/27/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [290 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Kenya closes border with Somalia
(Sh.M.Network) -- As tension mounts high in Lower Jubba region near the border towns, Kenya has closed the border to avoid further insecurity acts and attacks into its soil, reports said on Monday.

Sources said the tension followed after Kenyan military have incarcerated several brass hats of government troops in Lower Jubba region, south west ofSomalia, sparking a growing tense of fighting between bothSomaliaandKenyaforces.

Mohammed Amin, Somalia MP told Shabelle Media that Kenyan military have taken into custody on Monday at least three senior army officers of TFG forces in Qoqani village near Afmadow town. The motive of the arrest is yet unclear.

BothSomaliaandKenyaofficials have not commented on the issue so far, but locals say they are too scared over the growing tensions between the two sides.Kenyais the key ally of TFG forces battling against Al-shabab.
Posted by: Fred || 03/27/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [399 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

#1  Why can't we do the same thing to our Southern border?
Posted by: texhooey || 03/27/2012 23:51 Comments || Top||


Fresh fighting in Mogadishu
(Sh.M.Network) -- Heavy fighting
... as opposed to the more usual light or sporadic fighting...
betweenSomaliagovernment soldiers and Al-shabab gunnies took place overnight some parts in south of the chaoticMogadishu, security officials said.

The festivities erupted early hours on Sunday night after Al-shabab elements attacked with mortars Somali military base at Ex-control Afgoye checkpoint, south of Mogadishu where is largely controlled by TFG soldiers, causing an unconfirmed casualty, soldiers or civilians.

"The battle was extremely fierce and spread many neighborhoods,including Hoosh village in Dharkenlay district. We managed to ward off the gunnies from the area and now our soldiers maintain the full control," Ahmed Abdullah yare, a TFG military commander at Ex-control Afgoye checkpoint told Shabelle Media.

The situation remains calm this morning as TFG soldiers conducting security operation at the area which located a main road linksMogadishuto Lower Shabelle region of southernSomalia.
Posted by: Fred || 03/27/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [626 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

#1  Practicing for a soccer match with the Egyptions.
Posted by: Glealing Hapsburg2820 || 03/27/2012 16:35 Comments || Top||


4 injured in a bomb attack in Mogadishu
(Sh.M.Network)- Witnesses say at least four people were maimed after a land mine blast was targeted on a checkpoint controlling by soldiers underSomaliagovernment in the capitalMogadishu, witnesses said Monday.

The blast went off early Monday morning at Fagah junction in Yaqshid district where witnesses said two soldiers were among the maimed people in the kaboom that could be heard parts inMogadishu.

"I saw two civilians and soldiers being evacuated from the site of the blast at Fagah intersection. Shortly after the incident many soldiers mounting with pick ups have arrived at the scene and started search operations to find out the attackers," a witness told Shabelle Media by phone.

No one has immediately claimed the responsibility of the blast yet.
Posted by: Fred || 03/27/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [301 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Ahlu Sunna forces seize strategic town in central Somalia
(Sh.M.Network) The pro-Somali government forces of Ahlu Sunna Waljam'a (ASWJ) backed by Ethiopian troops have taken full control of a strategic town in central Somalia after Al-Shabaab
... Harakat ash-Shabaab al-Mujahidin aka the Mujahideen Youth Movement. It was originally the youth movement of the Islamic Courts, now pretty much all of what's left of it. They are aligned with al-Qaeda but operate more like the Afghan or Pakistani Taliban...
fighters vacated the town following no heavy battles, an official confirmed.

Heavily armed Ethiopian troops along with Ahlu Sunna soldiers chased away hundreds of Al-Shabaab fighters from El-Bur town in Galgadud region, centralsomalia, and seized the town late on Monday afternoon.

Sheik Ahmed (Ilka-ase), the deputy chairman of executive council for Ahlu Sunna, told Shabelle Media by phone while he was in El-Bur that Al-Shabaab fighters abandoned the town without any bloody festivities on Monday as columns of Ethiopian and Somali forces advanced.

He added that Ahlu Sunna fighters supporting by Ethiopian troops are in full control of the town and will restore it the law and order as soon as possible.

It was impossible to reach Al-shabab forces of Evil linked with Al-Qaeda for comments about the Ahlu Sunna Walajama'a fighters claim.
Posted by: Fred || 03/27/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [320 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Africa North
Deaths as rival militias clash in Libya
Clashes between rival militias in southern Libya have killed 20 people, a doctor at a regional hospital said, highlighting the challenge the government faces in imposing its authority months after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, Al Jazeera reported.

A local doctor, Ibrahim Misbah, said on Monday that 20 fighters died of gunshot wounds and more than 40 people were wounded.

Local council member Ahmed Abdelkadir said clashes first broke out on Sunday between former rebel fighters from Sabha, Libya's fourth largest city, and gunmen from the Tibu tribe after a Sabha man was killed in a dispute over a car. He said the militias opened fire at each other on the outskirts of Sabha.

"The numbers are from the Sabha side only. The Tibu wounded are being taken to a different hospital," Misbah said by phone.

Sabha fighter Oweidat al-Hifnawi said the fighting centered around the airport road and that at one point Tibu fighters controlled the entrance of the airport.

"The airport is now under our control but it is not functioning at the moment," Hifnawi said.
Posted by: Steve White || 03/27/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [331 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Who could see it coming?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/27/2012 4:40 Comments || Top||


Angry Malians protest against military junta
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] Malians marched in Bamako Monday to protest against the junta while Tuareg rebels threatened to capture a key northern city, piling political and military pressure on the coup leaders.

More than 1,000 people gathered in front of the stock exchange for a rally organised by a united political front against the soldiers who seized power on March 22, calling the junta a group of "thugs".

"We demand a return to constitutional order," and "Down with the putschists, long live democracy, long live Mali," read banners held up by the protesters who began their rally by singing the national anthem, some raising their fists.

There was little sympathy for the soldiers among men, women and kiddies who see them as a band of hoodlums looting the state when they should be fighting off a Tuareg rebellion in the north.
"Bloody malingerers!"
The march fell on a national holiday celebrating the country's previous coup on March 26, 1991 when President Amadou Toumani Toure led a band of soldiers to overthow the 23-year-old dictatorship of Moussa Traore after a crackdown on a public uprising against the leader.

Having led the country to its first democratic polls a year later, Toure was considered a hero and later democratically elected in 2002. He was due to step down after serving two terms following elections scheduled for April 29.

"In memory of our deaders, let's fight for these soldiers to return to their barracks," one leader shouted.

Life returned to normal in the capital Bamako where shops re-opened and people ventured out to do their shopping after several tense days following the mutiny in which renegade soldiers shot their way to the presidency.
Posted by: Fred || 03/27/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [315 views] Top|| File under:


Doctor says tribal clashes leave 20 dead in Sebha
[Tripoli Post] A doctor at the main hospital in the southern Libyan city of Sabha says at least 20 people have been killed in tribal festivities there on Monday.

Surgeon Ahmed Ali al-Hefnawi told the News Agency that Dare Not be Named most of the fighters died from gunshot wounds.

The deadly clash underlined the fragile nature of Libya and the central government has failed to impose its authority.

The latest festivities erupted after a man from the Tabu tribe allegedly killed a member of the Abu Seif tribe.

According to Hassan Moussa, a commander of the Tabu tribe in Sabha, his people were supposed to meet the Abu Seif tribe for reconciliation when they came under attack Monday.
Posted by: Fred || 03/27/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [297 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Arabia
Al-Qaeda seizes control of another town in Yemen
[Yemen Post] Al-Qaeda announced on Saturday that it has taken control of the coastal town of Radum, in the Yemeni southeastern province of Shabwa.

In a statement released today, and confirmed by a security official, Ansar al-Sharia
...a Yemeni Islamist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends...
, a group affiliated with al-Qaeda, had taken control today of the Radum town.

The Islamic fascisti moved from Azan and other areas of Shabwa to Radum, according to the official, who indicated that the Islamic fascisti took control of town gradually.

Yemen based al-Qaeda wing, which is according to the US administration the most dangerous offshoot of the terror network, has stepped its attacks on military institutions and personnel, taking an advantage of a distracted government.

A Swiss women, working as an English teacher, was kidnapped two a week ago by the Islamic fascisti and she is believed to have been moved to Shabwa, the hometown of the US-Yemeni holy man Anwar al-Wlaqi, who was assassinated by US drone last year.

Early this year, al-Qaeda briefly seized control of Rada, the main town in the southeastern province of Al-Bytha.

Last year in May, the terror network took control of Zinjubar, the bustling provincial capital of Abyan, which has been the scene of almost daily festivities between AQAP and army forces.

Posted by: Fred || 03/27/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [625 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia

#1  As per TOPIX + WORLD NEWS, AQ is repor becom
"perilously" close to turning Yemen into another "Afghanistan" on the Saudi Peninsula???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/27/2012 0:16 Comments || Top||

#2  turning Yemen into another "Afghanistan"
Logistics should be easier for us.
Posted by: Glenmore || 03/27/2012 6:04 Comments || Top||


Clashes with al-Qaeda militants in Abyan
[Yemen Post] Militant groups believed to be linked with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) clashed with government forces on Sunday in the southern restive province of Abyan, local sources said.

The thug groups of Ansar al-Sharia
...a Yemeni Islamist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends...
, AQAP offshoot in the country, were involved Sunday morning in fighting among themselves, leaving some of them maimed, according to the local sources.

Local media reported on Sunday that two faceless myrmidons were maimed when the various groups of Ansar al-Sharia were setting a checkpoint in Moudia district of Abyan.

Yemen-based al-Qaeda wing has expanded its foothold in the southern and southeastern restive provinces of the country, taking an advantage of the distracted government.

In unrelated incident on Saturday evening, AQAP faceless myrmidons managed to assassinate a senior intelligence commander in the southern restive province of Lahj.

Major Kamal al-Shwal was killed when al-Qaeda faceless myrmidons in Lahj ambushed his convoy, a security source told Yemen Post on condition of anonymity.

After killing him, they clashed with army forces in downtown Lahj city, the source said, adding that the group attempted to seize control of the city, but when it found firm resistance, they bravely ran away.

AQAP has stepped up its liquidations and attacks on security and army officials as of late, and so far it managed to assassinate at least dozens of high-ranking commanders of the security and army institutions, especially from intelligence departments.

Posted by: Fred || 03/27/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [303 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia


Attempts of Somalis to enter Aden foiled
[Yemen Post] The newly-appointed Governor of Aden Waheed Rashid has said that security forces have managed to foil attempts of Somalis to infiltrate to Aden, pointing out that the infiltrators are suspected of connection to Al-Qaeda.

Aden witnesses a state of fear after insecurity escalated and emergence of unidentified gunnies inside the strategic port city.

He pointed out that big numbers of Somalis were incarcerated while trying to arrive Abyan, referring that they were being investigated.

According to a report released by media outlets, about 30 masked gunnies caring gun machines and RPG are positioning inside a building at Al-Mukla street and others roaming at areas close to an important port in Aden.

The report said that the fears of locals have lately increased, particularly when festivities between security forces and gunnies broke out inside the city last Thursday.

The governor underestimated the security fears, stressing that the gang, attributing the sources of fears to the fragility of the state.
He affirmed that all concerns and insatiably will be ended if the state weakness was tackled.

He said that the sides that are behind the gunnies are still unknown, pointing out that the security file in Aden is complicated as a result of long-term Accumulations.

Security forces in Aden accuse sabotage sides of provoking turbulence and chaos through recruiting unemployed men, distribution of arms and funds, and formation of armed gangs.

“The problems will be resolved through implementation of the GCC power transfer deal and put and end to all likely risks “Rashid added.
Posted by: Fred || 03/27/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [318 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Caribbean-Latin America
Columbian Air Force raid kills 36 FARC bad guys
By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

Another 36 elements of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) armed Marxist drug dealing gang have been killed in continuing Columbian armed forces operations, according to Spanish language news reports.

The guerillas died from a Columbian Air Force bombing raid in Vista Hermosa municipality, roughly 30 kilometers southwest of Puerto Lleras.

The air raid was part of an ongoing Columbian Army operation launched five days ago in the wake of an ambush which killed 11 Columbian Army soldiers in Arauca municipality in the eastern border area with Venezuela ten days ago.

Since those killings. Columbian Army troops have killed 36 FARC guerrillas during the night of March 20th-21st. The total dead for FARC now stands at 72. The losses have been termed a major blow by Columbian defense minister Juan Carlos Pinzon.

The most recent ground operation has captured three unidentified FARC leaders and led to the seizure of weapons including 17 AK-47 rifles, 11 Galil 5.56mm rifles, eight AR-15 rifles, seven M-16 rifles, one FAL 7.62mm rifle, a machine gun, grenades, pistols and weapons magazines.

An upcoming hostage exchange of hostages from FARC, facilitated using Brazilian helicopters, is expected to take place between April 2nd and 4th near an airfield near Villavicencio. However, reports now say that exchange has been delayed for "logistical reasons."
Posted by: badanov || 03/27/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [370 views] Top|| File under:

#1  An upcoming hostage exchange has been delayed
While it's tough on current hostages, this approach to 'hostage exchange' is far better for the future.
Posted by: Glenmore || 03/27/2012 6:09 Comments || Top||

#2  not familiar with the Galil 5.56?
Posted by: bman || 03/27/2012 9:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Galil 5.56
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/27/2012 11:38 Comments || Top||

#4  Googled the Galil. Apparently made in Israel.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 03/27/2012 11:43 Comments || Top||

#5  The Galil is a standard assault rifle for the Columbian armed forces and is produced there under licence.

Al
Posted by: Frozen Al || 03/27/2012 13:00 Comments || Top||


11 dead following intergang shootout in Chihuahua state -- UPDATED

For a map, click here. For a map of Chihuahua state, click here Updating the story for new facts including the dead count, identity of eight of the dead and arms seized.

By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

Eleven unidentified individuals were found dead in the Sierras of western Chihuahua state Monday, the aftermath of a gunfight between rival criminal groups, according to Mexican news accounts.

The gunfight which killed the ten took place between Sunday night and Monday morning.

A group of Chihuahua state police and ministerial agents Monday had been dispatched to an area called La Guitarra in Temosachi municipality, when it came under small arms fire from an armed group of unknown size waiting in the hills.

The group which fired on the police apparently withdrew when the agents returned fire. Neither the police nor their attackers had been wounded by gunfire in the incident. Police agents were unable to initiate pursuit of their attackers.

In the location agents found 11 dead, all apparently members of a criminal group.

The dead were identified as Hermes Yañez Gamezm 39, AKA El Choco, Jose Olivas Gamez, 35, Jose Juan Bojorquez Soto, 22, Ruelas Moncerrat Castle, 29, Arturo Tello Salinas 36 all from Cuauhtémoc municipality.

Also identified were Gil Noe Varela Gonzalez, 39, Efrain Marquez Perez, 53, Jesus Tello Mendoza, 25, all from Temosachi.

Security forces also seized one .22 caliber rifle, one AR-15 rifle, one grenade and nine ballistic vests.

A Mexican Army unit was subsequently dispatched to the area to provide additional security.

Temosachi municipality is between Madera municipality and Ciudad Cuauhtemoc, about 200 kilometers west of Chihuahua city.

Temosachi is also in the area of Mexico known as the Tarahumara Sierras, which is populated by indigenous Indians, some of whom are direct ascendants of the Aztecs. Criminal groups have in the past forced indigenous communities in Chihuahua and Durango state to grow drugs for sale, acting as feudal lords when those communities refused by torching residences.

The area is also undergoing a food crisis termed as a structural famine due to drought and extreme low temperatures, due to the fact that many Indian farmers in the region are subsistence farmers.

Last month the Catholic Bishop of the Tarahumara diocese, Rafael Sandoval Sandoval told a religious group in Puebla that Tarahumara Indians are forced to grow drugs to survive because of the drought conditions.

Chris Covert write Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
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1 wounded in three grenade attacks in Tamaulipas

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By Chris Covert
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One unidentified individual was wounded in three separate grenade attacks in Matamoros and Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas Sunday night and Monday morning, according to Mexican news and Twitter reports.

Originally, those reports said five had been hurt, but an announcement by the Tamaulipas state Procuraduria General de Justicia or attorney general posted on the state website Monday night said only one had been wounded.

Sunday night's attack took place near the Televisa television studios in Matamoros. That attack took place around 2200 hrs EDT near the intersection of avenidas Manuel Cavazos Lerma and Fresnos in Paseo Residencial colony. The detonation caused no injuries or damage.

In Ciudad Victoria, one grenade was detonated in a vacant lot near the intersection of calles 9th and Coahuila in San José colony at around 0950 hrs. No damage or persons wounded were reported in that attack.

A second grenade attack took place at a car dealership near the intersection of calles 9th and Berriozabal, presumably near Zona Centro. One individual was wounded in that attack. Some unspecified damage has been reported.

The attack took place at about 1020 hrs EDT. The attorney general report said that explosions accompanied the detonation of the grenade, which usually means small arms fire.

Several attacks using grenades and small arms fire were initiated over the last two weeks in Ciudad Victoria. The most serious, on March 14th took the lives of four individuals.

News reports say the Tamaulipas state Secretaria de Seguridad Pública and Procuraduria General de Justicia revealed those March 14th attacks were part of an intergang gunfight between rival criminal groups.

At least seven grenade and small arms attacks have been made in Ciudad Victoria alone since March 14th, nearly all of them between rival criminal groups. At least five have been killed and many more have been wounded in these encounters.

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
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Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Terrorists have killed 34 clerics in Dagestan since 1998
Filed under "Religion"!
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Europe
Toulouse killings: Police obtain Merah video
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Home Front: WoT
Pilot screamed about threats from al-Qaida, bombs aboard jet
A JetBlue captain raced inside an airliner screaming obscenities and shouting about threats from al-Qaida and bombs aboard the aircraft, forcing an emergency landing Tuesday in Amarillo, passengers said.

A half-dozen to 10 passengers jumped atop the pilot and pinned him to the floor, passengers said. Flight 191 landed at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport at 10:11 a.m., JetBlue said in a statement. The aircraft was carrying people bound from New York to Las Vegas, Nev., for a security convention, passengers said. The pilot went to a restroom, then emerged, “shouting, ‘Iraq, al-Qaida, terrorism, we’re all going down.’"

"It seemed like he went crazy,” said Gabriel Schonzeit, of New York City, who was seated in the third row and traveling to the security convention. JetBlue and Transportation Security Administration officials described the pilot as having a medical condition.

The plane’s co-pilot “became concerned that the captain exhibited erratic behavior,” according to a preliminary investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.
“The captain had exited the cockpit during the flight, after which the co-pilot locked the door,” agency spokeswoman Brie N. Sachse said. “When the captain attempted to enter the locked cockpit, he was subdued by passengers.” Lynn Lunsford, an FAA spokeswoman, said the agency “does not release the names of pilots in incidents, particularly while an investigation is ongoing.”

He was transported to Northwest Texas Hospital, officials said. He has not been identified. The crew kicked the pilot out of the cockpit, and he turned unruly, attempting to use the intercom system, which had been disabled, said Josh Redick, 41, of New York. The pilot later attempted to re-enter the cockpit, but his security code appeared to have been changed, Schonzeit said.

When the pilot began pounding on the cockpit door, a former prison security guard grabbed him by the neck and choked the captain until he collapsed, Schonzeit said. “We all knew in the front rows if he got back in the cockpit, we were going down,” Schonzeit said. The captain started pounding on the door when another passenger, a former prison security guard, grabbed the pilot by the neck and choked him until he collapsed.

“The pilot was a very large man, bigger than me,” said Schonzeit, who stands 6 feet, 3 inches and weighs 250 pounds. A flight attendant was elbowed in the ribs during the struggle to keep the captain subdued, Schonzeit said. The passengers tried to bind the captain’s wrists behind his back with a zip tie, but he broke it, Schonzeit said. “I couldn’t have broken those,” Schonzeit said.

Passengers handed over their belts to bind the pilot’s arms, Schonzeit said. Another Captain, traveling off duty on Flight 191, entered the flight deck prior to landing at Amarillo, and took over the duties of the ill crewmember once on the ground,” JetBlue’s statement said. The Airbus A320 jet departed at 7:28 a.m. from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport Airport, JetBlue said.

Passengers deplaned and went through security checks with their carry-on luggage. During the check, authorities brought in a drug dog to search a passenger's bags. JetBlue said the passengers will continue their trip on another plane. Federal airport officials are directing all inquiries to JetBlue, TSA spokesman Luis Casanova said. The FBI is investigating. “It seems to be more of a medical issue than a security issue at this point,” he said.
Posted by: phil_b || 03/27/2012 17:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [546 views] Top|| File under:

#1  OK, so I can understand about the re-screening ( but even that seems a stretch) but why a drug dog for the PAX bags when it was Capt Kirk that went Gonzo???
And what sort of protocol is there that lets some guy who says he is an off duty pilot jump in the seat? that seems like a ready made take over. unless some of the flight crew personnaly knew this guy, this also seems a bit strange.


Guy in pilot costume: Here, Miss, let me fly this thing since you seem to be short a pilot.
Miss: Are you a pilot?
Guy: No, but I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express once.....
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 03/27/2012 21:47 Comments || Top||

#2  JetBlue's not that big - somebody on the crew (other than the nutcase) probably knew him, USN.
Posted by: Barbara || 03/27/2012 21:49 Comments || Top||

#3  Huh, why does He think there are bomb thingys aboard his aircraft - did this Pilot know somebody whom knew somebody whom knew somebody whom ........???

Sudden Restroom Epiphany syndrome = vision???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/27/2012 22:36 Comments || Top||

#4  I bet they thought someone dosed him with acid.
Hence the drug dog.
Posted by: bigjim-CA || 03/27/2012 22:54 Comments || Top||

#5  thanks Barbara.

from the airliner archives: JetBlue used to be AirTrans until there was that little oxygen canister thingy over the everglades several years ago....
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 03/27/2012 23:53 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Two brothers killed in North Karachi
[Dawn] A gunny bag containing the body of a young man was found on Sunday shortly after his younger brother, who went out in his search, was rubbed out in North Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
, said police.

The victims were not affiliated with any religious or political party, said the police, suspecting that both the brothers were killed over personal enmity.

Twenty-seven-year-old Qasim Ilyas had gone missing on Saturday, said an official at the Khwaja Ajmair Nagri cop shoppe.

When he did not return home till Sunday morning, his family became worried and subsequently his brother, Ayaz Ilyas, 25, went out to find him, the official said.

Quoting eyewitness accounts, the police said Ayaz was targeted by gunnies riding a cycle of violence in Sector 5-C/1 of North Bloody Karachi.

Following the shooting, residents shifted the victim to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where he died during treatment, the police said.

Shortly afterwards, they added, a gunny bag containing the body of the victim's elder brother, Qasim, was found in the same sector.

Qasim had a meat shop in the area and his younger brother, Ayaz, was a photographer, said Ajmair Nagri SHO Illyas Shah.
Posted by: Fred || 03/27/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [310 views] Top|| File under:


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Paleos throw curly toed slippers at UN chief
Literally.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/27/2012 02:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [422 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ""All this violence must stop," he said in Gaza. "I would urge the Palestinians from Gaza: they must stop firing rockets on the Israeli side... this killing of civilians is not acceptable."

Gaza gunmen broke a weeks long lull in violence after Ban's arrival in the region on Wednesday, firing a volley of mortar shells into southern Israel."

Well, he sure has a lot of influence, doesn't he.

On the other hand, I don't pay attention to his sorry ass, either.
Posted by: Barbara || 03/27/2012 20:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Quite the feet.
Posted by: Northern Cousin || 03/27/2012 21:18 Comments || Top||

#3  go to your room.
Posted by: Pappy || 03/27/2012 21:36 Comments || Top||

#4  Good one, NC. ;-p
Posted by: Barbara || 03/27/2012 21:47 Comments || Top||


Israel Cuts Contact with U.N. Human Rights Council
[An Nahar] The Israeli foreign ministry decided on Monday to cut contact with the United Nations
...what started out as a a diplomatic initiative, now trying to edge its way into legislative, judicial, and executive areas...
Human Rights Council after it said last week it would investigate Israeli settlements, a front man said.

"There was a decision by the foreign ministry to sever work contacts with the organization," ministry front man Yigal Palmor told Agence La Belle France Presse, adding that Israel had yet to formally inform the council of its decision.

"There won't be working relations with them, conversations, passing papers, making visits, exchanging information, consulting one another, attending meetings," he added. "That's work, and it will not take place."

Council head Laura Dupuy said the Israeli move was "most regrettable."

"I have no doubt that it is in the interest of Israel to cooperate with the Human Rights Council on this investigative mission, not least so that it can explain its own policies and actions to the independent commissioners once they are appointed," she said.

The Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, movement in the Gazoo Strip slammed the Israeli decision, with front man Fawzi Barhoum calling it a "Zionist attempt to blackmail" international institutions that criticize Israel.

"This is proof of the vulnerability of the Zionists in front of rights organizations and the U.N., and will generate a wide international consensus on the oppression of the Paleostinian people and the justice of their cause," he said in a statement.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Sunday called publicly for a boycott of the council, which last Thursday passed a resolution ordering the first investigation into how Israeli settlements may be infringing on the rights of the Paleostinians.
Posted by: Fred || 03/27/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [326 views] Top|| File under:

#1  How soon may we do the same?
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/27/2012 10:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Those who live in the Southland would pronounce the council as "The Human Rats Council" and they would be right!
Posted by: borgboy || 03/27/2012 13:48 Comments || Top||

#3  I'm not too sure about the "Human" part, borgboy.
Posted by: Barbara || 03/27/2012 15:18 Comments || Top||

#4  Besides borgboy - that's insulting to Rats.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 03/27/2012 16:18 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Philippine security forces hands off in MNLF-MILF clashes
Never interfere when your enemies are destroying themselves
.
Posted by: ryuge || 03/27/2012 06:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [305 views] Top|| File under:


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syrian troops enter Lebanon to battle rebels
Syrian troops entered north Lebanon on Tuesday, destroying farm buildings and clashing with Syrian rebels who had taken refuge there, according to local residents.

Abu Ahmed, 63, a resident of the rural mountain area of al-Qaa, said, "More than 35 Syrian soldiers came across the border and started to destroy houses."

Another resident said that the soldiers, some moving in armored personnel vehicles, fired rocket-propelled grenades and exchanged heavy machinegun fire with rebels.
Posted by: ryuge || 03/27/2012 06:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [449 views] Top|| File under:

#1  would've been a nice time for Israelis to destroy the APCs on the ground. Kinda embarrassing for Leb and Syria
Posted by: Frank G || 03/27/2012 8:37 Comments || Top||

#2  More results of "Smart Diplomacy". Not accomplishing much is it?
Posted by: AlanC || 03/27/2012 9:25 Comments || Top||

#3  would've been a nice time for Israelis to destroy the APCs on the ground

And spoil the show?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/27/2012 11:47 Comments || Top||

#4  Please let them chase rebels into a Hezbollah Minefield. Or let them hit a Weapons Cache. Would be glorious
Posted by: Charles || 03/27/2012 12:24 Comments || Top||

#5  Glorious idea Charles.

Anyway for the Juice to get the Hezzies fighting the Syrians? (Pssst, you know those rebels you're looking for? They're right over there with the Hezzies, wink, wink, nudge, nudge)
Posted by: AlanC || 03/27/2012 13:23 Comments || Top||

#6  Yuuup - IMO this is why Israel sents its IDAF aircraft flying into Lebanese airspace.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/27/2012 23:44 Comments || Top||


Syria Troops Shell Homs after Night Demos
[An Nahar] Syrian troops shelled Khaldiyeh district in the flashpoint city of Homs early Monday after a night of nationwide protests against the regime, activists and monitors said.

Khaldiyeh, targeted in a week-long campaign to flush out regime opponents, was hit by mortar rounds that set alight houses in the neighborhood, said the Local Coordination Committees (LCC) activist group.

Five people were seriously maimed in the onslaught on the district, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britannia-based monitoring group.

In the eastern hot spot of Deir al-Zour, security forces carried out dawn raids in which 16 people were placed in long-term storage, the LCC said in a statement received by Agence La Belle France Presse.

Gunshots were heard as they conducted a similar operation in the town of Saraqeb, in the northwestern province of Idlib, according to activists on the ground.

Raids were also staged in villages of southern Daraa province, cradle of a year-old popular uprising against the regime of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Oppressor of the Syrians and the Lebs...
which has spread across the country.

Monitors say that more than 9,100 people have been killed since the revolt broke out in mid-March last year.

The latest security operations came after a night of protests against the Assad regime.

In the central city of Hama, many marched through several neighborhoods late Sunday night to denounce the raids carried out during the day by troops in search of regime opponents, activists reported.

In the countryside, the military shelled the Hama provincial town of Qalaat al-Madiq, with numerous residents taking flight from the assault as well as a worsening humanitarian situation.

Demonstrations were also held in and around Damascus
...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world...
and Aleppo
...For centuries, Aleppo was Greater Syria's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third, after Constantinople and Cairo. Although relatively close to Damascus in distance, Aleppans regard Damascenes as country cousins...
, Syria's second largest city, in support of the rebel Free Syrian Army and demanding the fall of the Assad regime.
Posted by: Fred || 03/27/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [295 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Syria Says Foiled 'Terrorist' Infiltration from Turkey
[An Nahar] Syrian forces clashed Monday with a group of "terrorists" seeking to enter the restive northwestern province of Idlib from Turkey, killing and wounding a number of them, official media reported.

"The authorities today foiled an attempt by a group of armed cut-throats to enter Syria from Turkey, in an area between the towns of Darkush and Salqin," the official SANA news agency reported.

Syrian border guards clashed with the group, a number of whom were killed and maimed, while others decamped to Turkey, according to the report.

"Turkish medical teams evacuated the dead and maimed," SANA said, adding that the authorities "seized weapons that the cut-throats had left when they decamped, like guns, RPG rockets, modern communication devices and explosives."

Syrian officials frequently blame cut-throats for attacks carried out against the security forces.

The Local Coordination Committees activist group, which organizes protests on the ground, also mentioned festivities in Darkush, but said they were between regular soldiers and deserters fighting for the rebel Free Syrian Army.

Monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the festivities had left six regime troops maimed, while the LCC said army bombardments had caused several houses to catch fire in the area.

Turkey on Monday became the latest country to close its embassy in Damascus
...The City of Jasmin is the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the world. It has not always been inhabited by the same set of fascisti...
A Turkish diplomatic source said the mission was closed because of deteriorating security conditions in Syria and that all diplomatic personnel had left Damascus.
Posted by: Fred || 03/27/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [291 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Norway Closes Embassy in Syria
[An Nahar] Norway said Monday it was closing its embassy in Damascus
...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world...
for security reasons, following other countries that have done the same for safety concerns or to protest against the regime's crackdown.
Posted by: Fred || 03/27/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [277 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Syria Offers New Response to Annan's Proposals
[An Nahar] Syria has responded afresh to U.N.-Arab League
...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing...
envoy Kofi Annan
...Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh and so far the worst Secretary-General of the UN. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for something or other that probably sounded good at the time. In December 2004, reports surfaced that Kofi's son Kojo received payments from the Swiss company Cotecna, which had won a lucrative contract under the UN Oil-for-Food Program. Kofi Annan called for an investigation to look into the allegations, which stirred up the expected cesspool but couldn't seem to come up with enough evidence to indict Kofi himself, or even Kojo...
on his six-point proposals to end the crisis in the country, the former U.N. chief's front man said Monday.

"The Syrian government has formally responded to the Joint Special Envoy for Syria, Kofi Annan's 6-point plan, as endorsed by the U.N. Security Council," he said in a statement. "Mr. Annan is studying it and will respond very shortly."

Annan's plan calls for a U.N.-supervised halt to fighting with the government pulling troops and heavy weapons out of protest cities, a daily two-hour humanitarian pause to hostilities and access to all areas affected by the fighting.

The special envoy also sought the release of people jugged over the past year of the uprising against Assad in which monitors say more than 9,100 people have been killed.

Syrian authorities had already given a first round of response to his proposals in mid-March, but the special envoy had sought more information from Damascus
...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world...

The latest response came after a team dispatched by Annan to Syria returned after three days of discussions with Syrian authorities.

Annan, who secured backing from Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for his mediation efforts in their meeting Sunday, is due to visit Beijing Tuesday to brief leaders about his proposals.

In Moscow, Annan said only Syrians could determine President Bashar-al-Assad's fate and called for the rival sides to negotiate an end to the conflict.

"I think only Syrians should decide the issue of Assad's resignation," Annan told Russian news agencies in remarks translated into Russian.

"It's important to sit all Syrians behind a negotiating table," he said a day after meeting Medvedev.

The envoy added that it was "incorrect to give any deadlines" for ending the violence in Syria.

Medvedev warned Sunday that Annan represented the last chance for avoiding a civil war in Syria and promised him Russia's full support.

China and Russia have previously drawn criticism for blocking U.N. Security Council resolutions condemning Syria's protracted and deadly crackdown on protests, and their support is crucial for Annan's plan to move forward.
Posted by: Fred || 03/27/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [321 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria



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