Claudine Auger aka Bond girl Dominique "Domino" Derval (Sans Voice) in "Thunderball" aka Laura in "Black Belly of the Tarantula" aka Paulette in "Triple Cross" aka Jacqueline Meyrand in "The Killing Game" (age 70)
A NATO airstrike earlier this month killed a key Al Qaeda number three operative in Afghanistan -- a regional commander in charge of suicide bombings and cash flow, the international military coalition said Tuesday.
NATO identified the man killed in the April 13 airstrike in Dangam district of eastern Kunar province as Abu Hafs al-Najdi, also known as Abdul Ghani. The alliance said the strike also killed a number of other insurgents, including another Al Qaeda leader known as Waqas.
The U.S.-led coalition said Tuesday it had killed the second-most-wanted insurgent in Afghanistan, a senior al Qaeda leader from Saudi Arabia who was responsible for setting up terrorist training camps and launching attacks on U.S. and Afghan forces.
The Saudi, identified by the coalition as Abu Hafs Al Najdi, also known as Abdul Ghani, operated mostly from the mountainous Kunar province in northeast Afghanistan. A list of the 85 most wanted terrorists released by the Saudi government in 2009 placed him 21st; that list gave his real name as Salef Nayef Eid al Mahlafi, and put his current age at 27.
Abu Hafs al-Najdi, also known as Abdul Ghani, a Saudi Arabian, was killed 12 days ago in Dangam district, on April 13, as he met other senior insurgents and al Qaeda members, an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) statement said.
"Abdul Ghani was responsible for the co-ordination of numerous high-profile attacks. On the morning of his death, he reportedly directed the suicide attack that killed tribal elder Malik Zarin and nine other Afghan civilians," ISAF said.
ISAF said he was one of more than 25 al Qaeda operatives killed in Afghanistan during operations over the past month in the lead-up to Afghanistan's summer fighting months.
SAF began hunting him in Afghanistan in 2007.
It looks like the connections mapping program we used to such effect in Iraq is starting to pay dividends in Afghanistan. Well done to all involved!
Detailed information not released until about two weeks later.... I wonder - did we perhaps send some SpecOps folks in after the attack to collect cell phones, computers, etc.? Will we be seeing 5-10 similar reports in another 2 weeks? One can only hope.....
[Tolo News] At least five Afghan civilians were maimed in a roadside kaboom blast in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, local officials said.
The incident happened at 09:00 am local time in Chaperhar district of Nangarhar ...on the main road from Lovely Peshawar. The capital is Jalalabad. The population of 1,334,000 consists mostly of Pashtuns with a few Arabs and Pashais... province when a roadside kaboom struck a civilian car, Ahmad Zia Abdulazai, a front man for governor of Nangarhar told TOLOnews.
The maimed were taken to a nearby hospital in the province, he added.
No group including the Taliban has grabbed credit for the incident.
Once again the Taliban are silent on the subject, having realized entirely too late that it really was not A Brilliant Idea after all.
Insurgents used Improvised Explosive Devices to target Afghan and foreign forces in the province.
Nangarhar province is bordered by Pakistain and forces of Evil are active in most villages of the province.
Momand Dara, Lal Poor, Goshta and Acheen districts are the insecure districts in the province where cut-throats often carry out attacks on Afghan police check posts.
Posted by: Fred ||
04/26/2011 00:00 ||
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[Tolo News] A total of 453 beturbanned goon leaders have been jugged or killed so far this year, Isaf Spokesperson said on Monday. ... or approximately the number that broke jail yesterday...
Speaking at a conference Isaf Spokesperson Gen. Josef Blotz said more than 2,000 low level faceless myrmidons have been captured and 500 other faceless myrmidons have been killed.
"More than 30 suicide kabooms have been targeted in soft targets since the beginning of the year," Gen. Blotz said. "While the overall number of suicide attacks continues to decrease as it has since 2008."
The number of Haqqani linked beturbanned goon leaders have been incarcerated or killed in the operations this year hit 50, he said.
"High profile attacks are likely to continue or even increase as faceless myrmidons attempt to promote a perception of instability. This tactic by faceless myrmidons causes large number of civilian casualties," he said.
"The operations against Islamic movement of Uzbekistan and Haqqani leaders are part of a broad campaign to disrupt and defeat beturbanned goon networks throughout the country."
Security condition has been the worst these months since the beginning of US-led combat back in 2001.
Recently faceless myrmidons have shifted their attack tactic by targeting public locations and high profile government officials.
Posted by: Fred ||
04/26/2011 00:00 ||
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That almost makes up for the 500 who escaped a few days ago. That and the $50 billion spent so far this year.
What happened to charging the executed for the cost of the bullet, as the Chinese used to? Send the bill to the Arabs/Pashtuns/Pakiwakis, let the sons of their grandsons be paying forever for this. If a Dane can bring the wrouth of Jordan onto the whole of Denmark through a drawing, etc, surely Lawfare and the cost of doing things can be demanded equally at cost per dirtmonger killed divided by interested tribal Moslem nations, and let the reckoning stand for generations until it is paid. I, for one, am sick of this shit.
[Emirates 24/7] Libyan leader Muammar Qadaffy's office in his immense Tripoli residence was destroyed in a NATO air strike early Monday, while loud kabooms were heard in several districts of the capital as warplanes roared overhead.
A Libyan official accompanying journalists at Qadaffy's compound said 45 people were maimed, 15 seriously, in the bombing. He added that he did not know whether there were victims under the rubble.
"It was an attempt to assassinate Colonel Qadaffy," he affirmed.
Seif Al Islam, Qadaffy's son, described the bombing as "cowardly."
"This cowardly attack on Muammar Qadaffy's office may frighten or terrorise children but we will not abandon the battle and we are not afraid," he said, claiming that NATO's battle was "lost in advance."
NATO warplanes had already late Friday targeted the Bab Al Aziziya district, where the presidential compound is located.
"Have you seen all these people who are at Bab Al Aziziya despite the raids?" Seif Al Islam asked. "How are you going to vanquish these people?"
At around 3:00 am (0100 GMT) smoke was still rising from part of the building that was hit, watched by dozens of people shouting slogans praising the Guide.
A meeting room facing Qadaffy's office was badly damaged by the blast.
African leaders had met these with Qadaffy two weeks ago to propose a peace plan that was accepted by the regime, but turned down by the rebels.
The international coalition had already destroyed a building in the presidential compound, calling it a command centre.
Heavy kabooms had shaken the centre of Tripoli shortly after midnight Monday (2210 GMT Sunday) as warplanes overflew the Libyan capital. The blasts, the strongest to have hit the city so far, shook the hotel in which foreign correspondents here are staying not far from downtown.
The kabooms hit several districts of Tripoli, which has been the target since Friday of intense NATO raids.
Libyan state television transmissions were briefly cut off right after the kabooms, before resuming a few minutes later.
The official state news agency JANA quoted a military source as saying that "several military and civilian sites in the city of Tripoli were the targets of raids by the crusader colonialist aggressor (NATO) which caused human and structural damage."
An international coalition intervened in Libya on March 19 under a UN mandate to end the bloody suppression of a revolt that started in mid-February against the Qadaffy regime, which has been in power for 41 years.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation took over command of the military intervention on March 31.
NATO forces flattened a building inside Muammar Qadaffy's Bab al-Aziziyah compound early on Monday, in what a press official from Qadaffy's government said was an attempt on the Libyan leader's life.
Foreign journalists were brought to the scene in Tripoli when firefighters were still working to extinguish flames in a part of the ruined building a few hours after the attack.
The press official, who asked not to be identified, said 45 people were hurt in the strike, 15 of them seriously, and some were still missing. That could not be independently confirmed.
Qadaffy's compound has been struck before, but NATO forces appear to be stepping up the pace of strikes in Tripoli in recent days.
In Brussels, a NATO front man, said the alliance is increasingly targeting facilities linked to Qadaffy's regime with government advances stalled on the battlefield.
"We have moved on to those command and control facilities that are used to coordinate such attacks by regime forces," the front man said, on condition of anonymity, of the strike on Bab al-Azizya.
A target nearby, which the government called a car park but which appeared to cover a bunker, was hit two days ago.
The United States, Perfidious Albion and La Belle France say they will not stop their air campaign over Libya until Qadaffy leaves power.
Meanwhile, ...back at the wreckage, a single surviver held tightly to the smashed prow... Saif al-Islam Qadaffy, the Libyan leader's son, struck a tone of defiance. He claimed that Qadaffy has "millions of Libyans with him" and said NATO's mission was doomed to fail.
"The bombing which targeted Muammar Qadaffy's office today...will only scare children. It's impossible that it will make us afraid or give up or raise the white flag," he was quoted as saying by the Jana state news agency.
"You, NATO, are waging a losing battle because you are backed by traitors and spies. History has proved that no state can rely on them to win."
Washington has taken a backseat in the air war since turning over command to NATO at the end of March but is under pressure to do more. This week it deployed Predator drone aircraft, which fired for the first time on Saturday.
"You, NATO, are waging a losing battle because you are backed by traitors and spies.
History has proved that no state can rely on them to win."
You bring up a really good point there Saif ol' boy. But the fly in your ointment is nobody on the NATO team has been willing to actually define victory. Seems like their "win" was already achieved by simply initiating this multilateral experiment in the first place. Blowin da shit outta you boys is just a bonus.
[Arab News] An kaboom at a hotel killed three people and maimed 14 others in northeastern Nigeria only days before the state's gubernatorial election, police said Monday. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
A second kaboom went off Monday morning at a cattle market in the town of Maiduguri, which has long been wracked by violence related to the radical sect.
There were no casualties from that blast, police chief Mike Zuokumor said.
"The enemies of Nigeria are scaring people from coming out to vote," Zuokumor said as election workers prepared for Tuesday's gubernatorial poll. Officials already have delayed governor elections in two other northern states after violence following the April 16 presidential vote left at least 500 dead.
The radical group known as Boko Haram ... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. Currently wearing a false nose and moustache and answering to Jama'atu Ahlus-Sunnah Lidda'Awati Wal Jihad, or Big Louie... had released a statement earlier Sunday defending its string of deadly attacks on police and religious leaders in recent months.
"All the people that we are killing, including ward heads, politicians, the police and the army have erred, because they are associating themselves with the government in its effort to arrest our Mohammedan brothers and sabotage Islam," the group said in its statement released Sunday.
While the presidential vote sparked deadly riots across northern Nigeria, Borno state has seen little violence directly related to the voting so far this month. The group did, however, claim responsibility earlier this year for killing Modu Fannami Gubio, the Borno state candidate of the All Nigeria People's Party.
[Iran Press TV] Saudi security forces have attacked anti-government protesters in the eastern city of Qatif, firing tear gas and live rounds to disperse the demonstrators.
Anti-government protesters in Qatif are calling for human rights ...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions... reforms, freedom of expression and the release of political prisoners. None of which they have in Iran, either, but that never stops a master propagandist from his calling...
Of course they have such things in Iran, for a very specific definition of each, where all mean complying with the official government line.
They are also calling for the immediate withdrawal of Saudi troops from neighboring Bahrain.
After dispersing the protesters by force, Saudi troops attacked several homes in the city and incarcerated many people. They also destroyed vehicles parked in the streets.
Soddy Arabia's east has been the scene of anti-government protests over the past months.
Human Rights Watch says more than 160 dissidents have been incarcerated since February as part of the Saudi government's crackdown on anti-government protesters.
"Saudi authorities have incarcerated over 160 peaceful dissidents in violation of international human rights law since February 2011," HRW said in a statement last week.
HRW also criticized the European Union and the United States, Soddy Arabia's allies, for not taking a harder line over Riyadh's arrest of dissidents.
"As the list of Saudi political prisoners grows longer, the silence of the US and the EU becomes more deafening," Christoph Wilcke, a senior Middle East researcher at HRW, said in the statement.
A Saudi-based human rights group had earlier reported that Saudi authorities have incarcerated 100 protesters for taking part or organizing anti-government demonstrations.
Human Rights First Society (HRFS) also revealed that some of the detainees were subject to torture both physically and mentally.
In Soddy Arabia, protest rallies and any public displays of dissent are forbidden and are considered illegal. Senior Wahhabi holy mans in the kingdom have also censured opposition demonstrations as "un-Islamic."
Yemeni security forces have opened fire on anti-government protesters, killing and wounding several civilians, medics say.
Despite a deal that would see President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh ... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, after serving as a lieutenant colonel in the army. He had been part of the conspiracy that bumped off his predecessor, Ibrahim al-Hamdi, in the usual tiresome military coup, and he has maintained power by keeping Yemen's many tribes fighting with each other, rather than uniting to string him up. ... stand down within a month, hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters erupted into the streets across Yemen on Monday, calling on Saleh to quit immediately.
Protesters say they do not trust Saleh to leave office as promised since he has made similar pledges in the past which he did not keep.
In the city of Ibb, south of the capital Sana'a, at least one protester was killed and over 30 others maimed after security forces and Saleh loyalists attacked a protest march.
"Security forces rubbed out a protester and maimed 30 others, eight of them by live rounds," a medical source in Ibb told AFP.
According to witnesses, gunnies "belonging to the ruling party" also attacked a sit-in demonstration in the southeastern province of al-Bayda, killing at least one protester.
Also in the flashpoint city of Taizz, at least 10 protesters were maimed after security forces fired live rounds and tear gas at anti-regime demonstrators to disperse the huge crowd.
Similar anti-Saleh rallies were also held in Sana'a, Mukalla and Hudaydah. However, The essential However... there were no reports of festivities there.
"No rest, no respite for the executioner," the protesters shouted.
Protesters also condemned an exit plan offered by Arab states of the Persian Gulf under which Saleh would hand over power to his deputy in 30 days in exchange for immunity from prosecution.
Yemen's ruling party, the General People's Congress, accepted the plan on Saturday. Saleh has ruled Yemen for 32 years.
According to local sources, at least 300 protesters have been killed and many others injured during festivities with riot police and forces loyal to the Yemeni president armed with batons, knives and sticks.
[Iran Press TV] Bahraini authorities have jugged three players from the national football team who expressed support for anti-regime protests across the kingdom.
Six clubs, two in the top division and four in the second, were also withdrawn from domestic leagues after they refused to play to protest against Manama's brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters. Sheik Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, the vice president of the Bahrain Football Association, said the clubs would also be fined for their refusal to play, adding that two top division clubs could also face relegation.
The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights, however, says that the suspended clubs mostly belong to protest-hit villages and that they were suspended from the league for two years and fined USD 20,000.
Bahraini authorities had earlier suspended nearly 200 athletes, coaches and referees for joining the anti-regime campaign.
Meanwhile, ...back at the precinct house, Sergeant Maloney wasn't buying it. It was just too pat. It smelled phony... anti-government activists have launched a Facebook campaign calling on Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone not to reschedule the Bahrain Grand Prix (GP) until "basic human rights ...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions... and freedoms are restored" in the kingdom.
The Bahrain GP was scheduled to be the F1 season-opener on March 13 but was canceled in February by Bahrain's crown prince after the beginning of anti-government protests. The F1 season began, instead, at the Australian GP in Melbourne on March 27 and Formula One's governing body has given Manama until May 1 to decide if a new date can be set this year.
More than 30 protesters have been killed and scores of others injured since the uprising began in Bahrain in mid-February.
Many journalists, bloggers, doctors, lawyers and opposition activists have been incarcerated as part of a widespread crackdown on anti-regime protests. One never sees that in Tehran...
Protesters are demanding an end to the rule of the Al Khalifa dynasty. Protesters say they will continue their street demonstrations until their demands for freedom, constitutional monarchy as well as a proportional voice in the government are met.
[Iran Press TV] Scores of Yemenis have been maimed in shootings carried out by the country's security forces to disperse demonstrators in the southern city of Taiz, while nationwide anti-government protests continue.
Hundreds of thousands of protesters in the critical city faced the security forces who fired bullets and tear gas to break them up, AFP reported Monday.
The protesters, who have been demanding the ouster of the longtime Yemeni President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh since January, chanted "No rest, no respite for the executioner [Saleh.]"
The Yemeni protesters carried banners that read "No negotiations, no dialogue."
Yemen's Deputy Information Minister Abdoh al-Janadi earlier confirmed at a presser that Saleh will step down and that the transition of power will take place in accordance with the Yemeni constitution.
The Yemeni opposition has agreed to the deal, which also calls for a unity government to be formed within a week.
The anti-government protesters also demand that the Yemeni incumbent president should be held accountable for the violent crackdown on protesters.
The Yemeni protesters have faced the government's brutal crackdown by riot police and supporters of Saleh, who are often armed with knives and batons.
According to local sources, the corpse count in Yemen has surpassed 300 since anti-government protests began in late January.
[Yemen Post] In a blurb issued today by Joint Meeting Parties, JMP, they welcomed the GCC initiative and accepted being part of a national unity government on condition that this takes place upon the submission of President-for-Life Saleh's resignation.
The GCC proposal calls on the opposition to form a unified government as soon as the agreement is signed, but the JMP said they will do 30 days later, when Saleh is asked to step down.
The opposition acceptance of the GCC proposal with their comments were handed over to the Secretary-General of the GCC. The JMP thanked the GCC for thier efforts in helping Yemen get out of its crises.
The JMP asked its partners in the GCC to put more pressure from on the Yemeni regime to stop the bleeding and to respect the constitutional right of Yemenis as they express themselves peacefully.
[Bangla Daily Star] Rapid Action Battalion yesterday tossed in the calaboose two members of banned Islamist thug outfit Harkatul Jihad al Islami (HuJI), Founded in 1984 by Fazlur Rehman Khalil and Qari Saifullah Aktar. The Bangla branch was established in 1992 with assistance from Osama bin Laden. Recruits come mostly from Deobandi madrassahs. HuJI and Fazlur Rehman Khalil are signators of bin Laden's declaration of war on the west.
including its acting chief Abdul Hannan Sabbir, from a hideout at Keraniganj.
Keraniganj Upazilla (the things are apparently capitalized when part of a place name, like County Cork) is somewhere in the middle of Dhaka District, which is somewhere in Bangladesh. It can most definitely be found on a map of sufficient detail. It is noted for giving the world Mohammad Rafique, Left Arm Spinner (no doubt something awfully grand) for Bangladesh National Cricket Team.
Sabbir, 51, is an accused in sensational cases for carrying out kabooms on an Udichi programme in Jessore and a Pahela Baishakh celebrations event at Ramna Batamul, said Rab officials at a presser at its headquarters in the capital.
A miscreant of the first water, that man.
The other arrestee Ainul Haq, 28, was coordinating recruitment and secret training of HuJI thugs.
Not quite as secret as hoped, poor dear.
Sabbir was also sued in a case filed for planting a 76 kilogram bomb at Sheikh Hasina's rally venue at Kotalipara in Gopalganj in 2000.
According to Rab, the arrestees rented a house near Pachgona Government Primary School in Ati Bazar area a month ago by disguising themselves as garment workers.
They dressed in patchwork, which fooled everyone, especially the school kiddies up the street.
Three teams of Rab-10, including members of its bomb disposal unit, jointly raided the house around 2:00am yesterday and captured the HuJI men.
Mahmoud the Weasel's fourth cousin twice removed on his mother's side was actually the landlord. That and brickyard owner are two of the favored professions of the Weasel clan.
The law enforcers also recovered some compact disks (CDs), a bomb-making manual and organisational books of the outfit.
And cell phones?
HuJI has been trying to reorganise recently, claimed Commander M Sohail, director of Legal and Media Wing of Rab.
"HuJI members were visiting different madrasas to recruit members and impart training to them. Analysis of such activities suggests they were planning to carry out subversive activities," he told The Daily Star.
Of course. That's why zakat money supports such institutions. It is better give of your substance to support a jihadi than to go on jihad yourself, after all.
An Afghan war veteran Sabbir was the founding organising secretary of HuJI and later acted as commander of its northern unit.
Hailing from Bogra, he used to reside in Rajshahi and run a women's madrasa there.
He absconded from Rajshahi after the present government took over and launched a combing operation against thugs, mentioned the Rab official.
The thug took training on arms and explosives at camps in Ukhia under Cox's Bazar to join Iraq war in 1988, but Indian police tossed in the calaboose him for trespassing.
Trespassing? That seems a bit mild, given what he was doing while spending time uninvited on someone else's property...
Later in 1993, he returned home and started training the new recruits of HuJI.
"All right, lads -- attach the red wire to the black wire, twist together and get the wire nu-- NO, Belalullah, NOT the green wi--"
"Dammit, we lose more trainees that way. Who knew inbreeding led to so much colourblindness!"
On December 14 last year Rab busted a HuJI den at Raujan of Chittagong and tossed in the calaboose four military trainers. Sabbir was present there and managed to escape arrest.
The mills of the Rab grind slowly, but...(you know the rest, of course.)
According to confessions made by already tossed in the calaboose HuJI leaders, the beturbanned goons are responsible for more than 20 deadly bomb and grenade attacks since 1999 that killed over 100 people.
An al Qaeda "assassin" accused of bombing Christian churches and a luxury hotel in Pakistan was working for British intelligence at the same time, according to leaked files.
The claim about Adil Hadi al Jazairi Bin Hamlili is made in secret reports on detainees at the US military's Guantanamo Bay prison camp obtained by the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.
The Algerian, who was captured in Pakistan in 2003, was described by interrogators as a "facilitator, courier, kidnapper, and assassin for al Qaeda". They also believed he had withheld important information from Canadian and British intelligence and (was) a "threat to US and allied personnel in Afghanistan and Pakistan".
The files, handed to The Guardian and Daily Telegraph by WikiLeaks, also indicate at least 35 terrorists held at Guantanamo had been radicalised by extremist preachers in the UK.
Abu Qatada and Abu Hamza are identified in the documents as having recruited and sent dozens of extremists from all over the world to fight against the West in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
[Dawn] The supply of goods to NATO forces in Afghanistan will resume on Monday after remaining suspended for three days owing to the rally and sit-in organised by Pakistain Tehrik-i-Insaf in the scenic provincial capital against US drone attacks in tribal areas.
The president of All Sarhad Goods Transport Federation, Ashraf Khan, told Dawn that about 6,000 vehicles had been stopped owing to sit-in but they would start transporting goods from Monday`s morning. "We would resume work from tomorrow," he said.
He added that the sit-in had caused huge financial losses to the government. He said that government had already cut NATO supplies as now only 100 trucks were allowed to take goods to troops in Afghanistan every day via Beautiful Downtown Peshawar and Khyber Agency.
The route, he said, was also used by other large containers supplying rice, pulses and other commodities to Afghan markets. Only 200 trucks of cements were transported to Afghanistan per day, he said.
On the other hand participants of the sit-in claimed that it was first show of its kind that stopped NATO supplies at least for three days.
"It shows that we can do it for longer period," said a participant Farman Ali, a student of Swari College in Buner. To participate in the rally, he embarked a bus to lend his support to Imran Khan ... who isn't your heaviest-duty thinker, maybe not even among the top five... . Like him, hundreds from Islamabad, parts of Punjab and other areas passed sleepless night on the road to convey their anger to the government on an issue, which they said, was related primarily to illusory sovereignty of the country.
"We shouldn`t indulge in number game. Simple is that we have stopped NATO supplies for three days, which means we can do it," Javed Umar from Rawalpindi said.
Many said they were jubilant over the success of the rally and sit-in.
However, The all-purpose However... the venue of the rally irked residents of Hayatabad as Bagh-i-Naran Chowk hosted the excited and emotional PTI workers. Some of the activists even tailored clothes from PTI flags.
Caps of Insaf Students Federation were a common sight. The sit-in didn`t draw as many people as expected but it was an organised effort and also caused political problems to local leaders, who were supposed to do the job before someone else.
Of late, the US drone strikes had increased to a level that even National Assembly had adopted a resolution against those attacks but staging a protest to block supplies to Afghanistan was something new.
Friday`s night was fun-filled. Young PTI workers danced at a show, organised by the party`s culture wing to energise the youths after the day-long fatigue and sweating.
Lawmaker from the violence-wracked Bajaur Agency, aka Turban Central Akhunzada Mohammad Chitan, who spoke in afternoon, set aside the impression that drone attacks were becoming popular in the tribal areas.
He demanded that drone attacks should be halted immediately. The PTI set an example to hold an agitation against drone strikes, he added.
Many others also delivered speeches. Some leaders stayed away from the show despite announcing support to it.
Crooner Musharraf Bangash sang endlessly throughout the night. His song ` Qurban qurban me sar ao mall shah warna waziristan da pakhtano watan de ` (I`ll sacrifice my life for the motherland, Wazoo is the land of Pakhtun) aroused people, especially the tribal youths, who danced to the rhythm for hours.
His other numbers sung and written after 2001 that showcase life before and after war in tribal areas sent warmth all around and at times it seemed an exclusive music show because the participants were responsive.
Even the speakers of other languages enjoyed Bangash`s songs and the background music.
The sit-in was also different on another count. The participants were educated jean-wearing modern boys as well as simple-looking semi-literate villagers. Women portion also had people from different strata of the society.
Posted by: Fred ||
04/26/2011 00:00 ||
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[Iran Press TV] A series of bomb kabooms at a cop shoppe in Pakistain's northwestern city of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar have maimed several people, officials say.
Did they time them with their standard issue Casio watches?
According to Pak police officials, three back-to-back bombs went kaboom! inside Gulbahar cop shoppe on Monday, a Press TV correspondent reported.
At least eight people, including four police officials were hurt in the blast which also damaged nearby buildings.
Some of the seriously injured have been transferred to nearby hospitals.
Security forces have remained a constant target of turbanhard boyz who are trying to overthrow the government in Islamabad.
More than 4,000 people have died in kabooms across Pakistain since 2007.
In a separate development, the head of the Tehreek-e Insaf party has warned of a wave of protests if the US fails to stop the non-UN-sanctioned drone attacks on Pakistab within a month.
Imran Khan ... who isn't your heaviest-duty thinker, maybe not even among the top five... issued the warning at a sit-in blocking a key road near the northwestern city of Peshawar. The route is used for delivering supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan.
Khan said the rallies would be aimed at halting deliveries of goods to foreign troops in neighboring Afghanistan.
Several other protests against US drone attacks have been held in Pakistain over the past weeks.
BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: An improvised explosive device attached to a presidential vehicle went off in southern Baghdad on Monday, leaving two persons aboard wounded, a security source in Baghdad said.
The IED, attached to a presidential pickup truck, went off near Dhu al-Tabiqayn bridge in the area of al-Jadiriya, southern Baghdad, leaving two persons aboard injured, the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
The wounded persons were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment, the source added.
KIRKUK / Aswat al-Iraq: A combined force arrested seven wanted persons, including a financier for the so-called Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) group, in two operations in Kirkuk on Monday, a senior security official said.
A force from the Kirkuk Districts Police Department and Iraqi army, backed by U.S. troops, arrested in accordance with Article 4 of the law on terrorism six wanted men members of the ISI, including a financier of the armed group, in the district of al-Huweija, KDPD Director Brig. Sarhad Qader told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
The first raid covered the villages of al-Hanaf and al-Gheraib, in the district of al-Abbasi, (80 km) southwest of Kirkuk, while the second covered Debij village, in the district of al-Touz, Salah al-Din province, he said.
Meanwhile, a source from the Kirkuk-based Joint Coordination Center said an improvised explosive device went off near a military vehicle boarded by a JCC officer in Huweija, leaving a guard wounded and the vehicle damaged.
Seven dudes nabbed? That's a good operation which indicates some sophistication on the part of the Kirkuk coppers & jundies. Next time just do it in Baghdad where more of the ISI slimeballs are probably operating.
Posted by: American Delight ||
04/26/2011 13:36 Comments ||
the so-called Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) group
As terrorists have no sense of irony or humor, it is the opinion of Lt. Joe Leaphorn that this is no coincidence.
Terrorists Insurgents detonated a roadside bomb to attack the governor of Pattani province Tuesday morning but no one was wounded.
The explosion of the bomb hidden in a motorcycle blew out three tires on Governor Nipon Narapitak's vehicle. But the governor had his driver continue to drive out of the area to seek help from the Panare district police station.
The explosion occurred at 9:30 a.m. while the governor was returning from attending a ceremony at a private Islamic school.
[An Nahar] Syria on Monday sealed off its border with Jordan, the kingdom's information minister Taher Adwan said, hours after troops backed by tanks swept into the Syrian southern flashpoint town Daraa.
"Syria closed its land borders with Jordan. The Syrian decision is related to the internal situation in Syria," Adwan told the state-run Petra news agency.
"We hope movement at the border goes back to normal soon."
Thousands of Syrian troops backed by tanks swept into Daraa, around five kilometers from the Jordanian frontier, firing on residents and leaving bodies lying in the streets, activists and witnesses said.
One witness reported seeing five bodies in a car that had been riddled with bullets.
"We tried to cross into Syria but the Syrian authorities closed the only two border posts with Jordan, Daraa and Naseeb," a Jordanian witness in Amman told Agence La Belle France Presse, speaking on condition of anonymity ... for fear of being murdered... .
Another witness said he could "see Syrian tanks, armored cars and troops blocking the road to Daraa."
However, The contradictory However... Syria's official news agency SANA cited the director general of customs, Mustafa Bukai, as denying the border had been sealed.
"All the border posts with our neighbors, including Jordan, are open. The movement of cars and goods is normal," he said.
The military assault comes as Syria is engulfed in anti-regime protests and amid a crackdown on demonstrators across the country in which according to rights activists and witnesses more than 135 people have been killed and scores incarcerated since Friday.
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[An Nahar] Syrian troops backed by tanks stormed the flashpoint town of Daraa on Monday killing at least 25 people, witnesses said, as a leading rights activist accused 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... of opting for a "military solution" to crush dissent.
Troops also launched assaults on the towns of Douma and al-Muadamiyah near Damascus, witnesses said, as the head of the U.N. human rights ...which often include carefully measured allowances of freedom at the convenience of the state... agency slammed what she said was the Syrian security forces' disregard for human life.
Amman said Syria had Monday sealed off its border with Jordan in a statement quickly denied by a top Syrian customs official.
An activist in Daraa, Abdullah Abazid, told Agence La Belle France Presse by telephone that Syrian forces were bombarding the town near the Jordanian border with heavy artillery and that "at least 25 deaders have fallen."
"There are still bodies sprawled in the streets," he said as loud kabooms and shooting could be heard in the background.
"They are pounding the town with heavy artillery and machine guns," Abazid said, adding that snipers posted on rooftops were also shooting.
Rights activists said a 3,000-strong military force swarmed into Daraa in the early hours of Monday, with tanks taking up positions in the town center and snipers deploying on rooftops.
A witness reported at least five bodies in a car that had been raked by gunfire.
"We saw with our own eyes, they were in a car that was riddled with bullets," the witness said, adding that he was on a rooftop and could hear intense gunfire reverberating across the town.
"The minarets of the mosques are appealing for help. The security forces are entering houses. There is a curfew and they fire on those who leave their homes. They even shot at water tanks on roofs to deprive people of water."
Later Monday, a military official said troops entered Daraa on Monday at the request of citizens to hunt "extremist terrorist groups."
"In response to calls for help from the inhabitants of Daraa, who urged the armed forces to intervene and the killings and destruction by bad boy terrorist groups, units entered Daraa this morning to restore calm and security," state television quoted the military official as saying.
"The army is now pursuing these groups with the help of the security forces and has incarcerated several of them and seized large quantities of weapons and ammunition," the official added.
"As a result of the confrontations there were a number of deaders in the ranks of the army and the security forces," he noted, adding that an unspecified number of suspects were "killed and maimed."
A massive crackdown was also underway Monday in Douma, 15 kilometers north of Damascus, and nearby al-Muadamiyah, rights activists said, reached by telephone.
"Security forces have surrounded a mosque and are firing indiscriminately. Streets are cut off from each other and Douma is isolated from the outside world," said an activist, adding that there have been sweeping arrests in the town since Sunday.
The military assaults come as Syria is engulfed in anti-regime protests that have sparked security force crackdowns in which more than 360 people have been killed, according to rights activists and witnesses.
Of these, more than 140 people have died since Friday alone.
The crackdown comes despite 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... signing on Thursday decrees ending a draconian state of emergency, imposed by the Baath Party when it seized power in 1963, to placate more than a month of pro-democracy protests.
He also abolished the state security court that has tried scores of regime opponents outside the normal judicial system and issued a decree "to regulate" peaceful demonstrations.
Rami Abdul Rahman, a prominent rights activist told AFP that Monday's assaults showed Damascus had decided to crush the protests militarily.
"It is clear that the Syrian authorities have taken a decision for a military and security solution," Abdul Rahman, head of the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP by telephone.
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called on Syria to stop the use of violence against protesters.
"The government has an international legal obligation to protect peaceful demonstrators and the right to peaceful protest," Pillay said in a statement issued in Geneva.
"The first step now is to immediately halt the use of violence," she added.
Pillay called the Syrian government's response to the demonstrations erratic.
"Just a few days after the announcement of sweeping and important reforms, we are seeing such disregard for human life by Syrian security forces," she said.
Meanwhile diplomats said that Perfidious Albion, La Belle France, Germany and Portugal are seeking a U.N. Security Council condemnation of the killing of demonstrators in Syria and a call for an independent investigation.
After new violence in Syria, the four European nations on the 15-member council distributed a draft statement to other countries on Monday and hope it could be quickly agreed upon, a council diplomat said on condition of anonymity.
"The statement condemns the violence and calls for restraint," the diplomat told Agence La Belle France Presse.
It backs a call made by U.N. chief the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon at the weekend for a "transparent" independent investigation into the killings of hundreds of demonstrators in Syria in recent weeks.
Ban said Assad's government must "respect international human rights, including the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, as well as the freedom of the press."
The European statement also notes a move by Assad to end a five-decade-old state of emergency and highlight's Syria's importance to stability in the Middle East, the envoy added.
A diplomat from a second council nation confirmed that the draft statement was being considered. The statement's success will depend on the attitude of Russia and China, which traditionally resist initiatives that they see as interfering in a country's internal affairs.
Tens of thousands swarmed cities and towns across Syria on Friday to test implementation of the reforms authorized by Assad a day earlier, but security forces used live rounds and tear gas against them, activists said.
Jordan's Information Minister Tahen Adwan, meanwhile, said Syria had "closed its land borders with Jordan", a few hours after the start of the assault on Daraa, which is situated around five kilometers from the frontier.
But Syria's official news agency SANA cited the director general of customs, Mustafa Bukai, as denying the closing of the border and saying "all the border posts with our neighbors, including Jordan, are open."
The protests against Assad's regime started mid-March in Daraa and spread to other major centers, including the capital Damascus.
Syria blames "armed gangs" for the unrest aimed at fuelling sectarian strife among its multi-religious and multi-ethnic communities.
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Wikipedia on Hafez al Assad's ascension to power:
In 1970, then-Air Force General Hafez al-Assad, an Alawite, took power and instigated a "Correctionist Movement" in the Ba'ath Party. His coming to power has been compared to "an untouchable becoming maharajah in India or a Jew becoming tsar in Russia â an unprecedented development shocking to the majority population which had monopolized power for so many centuries."
The following Wikipedia background may provide clues as to why Iran is Syria's natural ally, as long as it remains under Alawite rule, regardless of the fact that Syria is secular, whereas Iran is theocratic:
Alawis are self-described Shi'i Muslims, and have been called Shia by other sources including the highly influential Lebanese Shia cleric Musa al-Sadr of Lebanon. On the other hand, conservative Sunnis do not always recognize Alawi as Muslims. At least one source has compared them to Baha'is, Babis, Bektashis, Ahmadis, and "similar groups that have arisen within the Muslim community", and declared that "it has always been the consensus of the Muslim Ulama, both Sunni and Shi'i, that the Nusayri Alawi are kuffar unbelievers and mushrikun polytheists."
The problem for Alawites is that defeat could mean marginalization and exile at best, or large scale massacres and exile for the survivors at worst. Not the ideal outcome for a people who are thought to be descended from the original Hittite inhabitants of the area, as opposed to the Sunni Arab usurpers of their land:
Professor Felix von Luschan (1911), according to his conclusions from anthropometric measurements, makes the Druze, Maronites, and Alawites, together with the Armenians, Bektashis, âAli-Ilahis, and Yezidis of Asia Minor and Persia, the modern representatives of the ancient Hittites.
[Iran Press TV] Several people have been killed and many more injured after gangs clashed with Syrian security forces in the southern city of Daraa.
Syrian authorities say at least seven people, including four soldiers, were killed during the overnight festivities in the city. Some reports, however, put the corpse count at 25.
Witnesses say thousands of Syrian troops backed by tanks have entered Daraa.
Syrian authorities blame gangs and foreign elements for the violence.
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... has repeatedly denied allegations that security forces are responsible for the death of protesters, saying they have been given clear instructions not to hurt civilians.
According to human rights ...which are usually entirely different from personal liberty... activists, hundreds of people have been killed since the beginning of protests in Syria in mid-March.
Two Syrian politicians have resigned to protest against security forces' failure to protect the people. The mufti of Daraa is also reported to have resigned.
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[Dawn] Witnesses say Syrian security forces are opening fire in the suburbs of 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... and in the southern town of Daraa.
Both areas have become flashpoints for violence since the uprising 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... regime began five weeks ago. The witness accounts could not immediately be confirmed.
In Daraa, one witness said Syrian army tanks and soldiers rolled into the city on Monday and gunfire was heard. In the Damascus suburb of Douma, security forces sealed the town before opening fire, witnesses said.
More than 300 people have been killed since the uprising against Assad's regime began in mid-March, according to rights groups.
Friday was the deadliest day to date with 112 killed. The witnesses spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.
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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
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