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Bombs and battles hit northern Iraq, more than 70 dead
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 06/11/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [402 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Birthday Gam Shot

Yui Aragaki [Nippon][Filmography](age 25)



Design Cleanup


Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 06/11/2013 1:31 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
Boko Haram hide guns in coffin, kill 13
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Suspected Islamist terrorists insurgents who hid weapons inside a coffin have shot dead 13 people in an attack targeting informants in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, two witnesses said on Sunday.

Friday's attack came as Nigeria's military makes its most concerted effort yet to end a four-year terrorist insurgency by Boko Haram, a terrorist sect that has killed thousands in a campaign to create a state governed by Islamic law in Nigeria's northeast. Fearing the northeast was turning into a de facto Islamist terrorist enclave similar to northern Mali before French military action in January, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency last month in three states.

The military claim to have driven Boko Haram terrorists fighters out of Maiduguri and from their camps near borders with Chad and Niger.

But around ten terrorists men pretending to be driving to a burial came to an area of Maiduguri late on Friday, pulled the guns from the coffin and opened fire on some houses where vigilantes who aid the military live, witnesses said.

"The Boko Haram killed 13 residents during their sporadic gunshots," said an eyewitness, Saleh Ibrahim. He said soldiers later shot dead six insurgents whose bodies were left by the road.

A spokesman for the military joint task force (JTF), Sagir Musa, declined to comment on the attack but said vigilante groups in the area of Maiduguri targeted by the terrorists gunmen had helped identify Boko Haram suspects.

"People have been assisting the JTF with information to arrest the Boko Haram, so they were not happy and they came to deal with people there," said another witness, Ali Musa.
Posted by: Steve White || 06/11/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [449 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram

#1  "The Boko Haram killed 13 residents during their sporadic gunshots," said an eyewitness

Sounds more like fire discipline than "sporadic".
Posted by: Pappy || 06/11/2013 20:50 Comments || Top||


Bangladesh
Criminal killed in 'gunfight'
[Bangla Daily Star] An alleged carjacker was killed in a "shootout" between his cohorts and DB police in the capital's Ramna Park area early yesterday.
A promising beginning...
The dead is Zakir Hossain Raju, 30, from Barguna district.
A three-namer, suggesting solidly middle class antecedents.
Acting on secret information
*Ring, ring* "Mahmoud the Weasel's great-grandson four times removed, here."
that a white private car was going towards Ramna after violating a police signal from Tejgaon industrial area,
"Sergeant Belal! A dreadful crime is in progress!!"
a team of Detective Branch (DB) of police chased the car from Bailey Road at around 3:00am, said Asaduzzaman, senior assistant commissioner of DB police.

When the car reached near Ramna Chinese Restaurant gate,
That seems oddly specific, but perhaps it is more meaningful to a Bangladeshi readership...
the carjackers opened fire on them,
Naturally.
triggering a "shootout," he said.

At one stage of the "shootout", Zakir was caught in the line of fire while the rest managed to flee the scene.
... as though they had never been...
claimed Asaduzzaman.
And we believe him. Oh, yes! we believe!
The injured was rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where on-duty doctors declared him dead.
He's dead, Jim!
Police seized the car and recovered a pistol and three bullets.
Which were polished by the summer intern before being returned to their velvet display cases in the evidence room.
The car was hijacked from the capital's Dhanmondi area on May 5.
A thoroughgoing miscreant, that one. It doesn't say, but we know he was wanted on twelve systems, and quite possibly his soul was so black with misdeeds that even his mother could not love him.
Posted by: Fred || 06/11/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336 views] Top|| File under:


Britain
Islamists Jailed for Plotting Attack on British Right-Wingers
[An Nahar] Six Islamic forces of Evil were handed lengthy jail terms in Britannia on Monday for plotting a murderous attack on a far-right group.

They planned to attack a rally by the English Defense League (EDL) -- a group which opposes the spread of radical Islam in Britannia -- in June last year but turned up after the demonstration had ended.

They were armed with two shotguns, swords, knives, a nail bomb and a partially-assembled pipe bomb.
An interesting assortment of armaments...
The plot only unraveled when two of them men were stopped by chance while driving back home from the rally location in Dewsbury in northern England.
"Dammit, Omar, this is England! I told you to drive on the left side of the road!"
Their car was found to contain not only the weapons arsenal but also 10 copies of a hate-filled note referring to Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister David Cameron
... has stated that he is certainly a big Thatcher fan, but I don't know whether that makes me a Thatcherite, which means he's not. Since he is not deeply ideological he lacks core principles and is easily led. He has been described as certainly not a Pitt, Elder or Younger, but he does wear a nice suit so maybe he's Beau Brummel ...
Omar Mohammed Khan, 31, Jewel Uddin, 27, Mohammed Hasseen, 24, Anzal Hussain, 25, Mohammed Saud, 23, and Zohaib Ahmed, 22 -- all from Birmingham in central England -- admitted planning the attack at a hearing on April 30.

Khan, Uddin and Ahmed were enjugged
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
for 19-and-a-half years, with the other three enjugged
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
for 18 years and nine months.

They will be eligible for release after two-thirds of their sentences but could be recalled to prison in the five years following the end of their full term.
Posted by: Fred || 06/11/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [353 views] Top|| File under: Salafists


Caribbean-Latin America
Mexican Policia Federal seize 1.4 tons of pot

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By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

Mexican Policia Federal units seized 1.4 metric tons of marijuana in two seizures in northern Mexico according to Mexican news accounts.

According to a news report which appeared in the online edition of Milenio, a Policia Federal regional security division unit was operating a checkpoint on Mexican Highway 40D in Coahuila state between Saltillo, Coahuila and Monterrey, Nuevo Leon when a truck was stopped and searched. Inside the van police found 84 packages of marijuana in a hidden compartment totalling 1,344 kilograms.

The truck had originated from Torreon, Coahuila. The driver, identified in the news account as José Luis Aranda Contreras, 49, was detained at the scene.

Meanwhile in Sonora state, a Policia Federal unit, part of a regional security division operating a checkpoint on Sonora State Highway 37 between Carborca and Puerto Peñasco, inspected a Ford Ranger pickup truck with three individuals aboard, finding marijuana hidden in the tires.

According to the news report which appeared on the website of El Sol de Mexico news daily, the drugs were arranged in a metal container in a circular pattern. The total amount seized was 68 kilograms.

Raul Gonzalez Santos, 31, and Aleyda Ibarra Acedo, 30, were detained at the scene, while an unidentified minor was also in the truck was presented to the public ministry.

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com and BorderlandBeat.com He can be reached at grurkka@gmail.com
Posted by: badanov || 06/11/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [344 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Drop in the bucket.
Posted by: Tyranysaurus Sneth4452 || 06/11/2013 8:51 Comments || Top||

#2  marijuana hidden in the tires.

That's a new one.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 06/11/2013 9:42 Comments || Top||


Mayhem in Ciudad Juarez: 7 die

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By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

Three unidentified individuals were shot to death in front of a bar in Ciudad Juarez in Chihuahua state early Monday morning, according to Mexican news accounts.

According to a news item posted on the website of La Polaka news daily, two men and a woman were shot in front of La Academia bar near the corner of calles Zaragoza and Cardenas in Primero de Mayo colony in southern Ciudad Juarez at around 0200 hrs.

Four other unidentified individuals were killed or were found dead in Ciudad Juarez since Sunday night, according to separate news reports which appeared in La Polaka news daily.
  • An unidentified man was shot to death in southern Ciudad Juarez Monday. The incident took place near the intersection of calles Fragata and Trasatlantico in Hacienda de las Torres colony, where armed suspects approached the victim, a street vendor, then shot and killed him.

  • An unidentified man was found shot to death in Ciudad Juarez Monday. The victim was found near the corner of calles Barbachano and Yepomera.

  • An unidentified man was found strangled to death in Ciudad Juarez Monday. The victim was found inside a residence near the corner of calle Carlos Amaya and Ramon Alcazar in Constitucion colony. He had been strangled with a plastic bag.

  • One unidentified man was shot to death and another was wounded in a shooting in Ciudad Juarez Monday evening, according to a news report posted on the website of El Diario de Juarez. The victim crashed his Nissan Titan pickup truck into another vehicle, a Dodge Neon on Avenida Paseo de la Victoria near Calle Tapioca at around 1820 hrs. Armed suspects who had been pursuing the victim then fired on the driver from the passenger side, killing him. The driver of the Neon was injured in the crash, but was not hit by gunfire. A separate La Polaka report said the sedan involved in the crash was a Chevrolet Cavalier. The La Polaka report also included a photo of the scene which showed a white Chevrolet Astro van was also involved in the crash.

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com and BorderlandBeat.com He can be reached at grurkka@gmail.com
Posted by: badanov || 06/11/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [357 views] Top|| File under:


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Debka: Moscow sets up Russian Golan brigade
Posted by: 3dc || 06/11/2013 10:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [348 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Debka keeps wanting to put an app on my iPhone. Kinda rude of them.
Posted by: Caesar Gray1629 || 06/11/2013 10:50 Comments || Top||

#2  They're basically private-sector spooks, Caesar. Spyware is pretty much their deal.
Posted by: Mitch H. || 06/11/2013 14:08 Comments || Top||

#3  Peacekeepers are usually little better than armed rabble. No one uses first line combat troops for peacekeeping, and Russia of all places has precious few of them. So why put real soldiers in the Golan?
Posted by: Iblis || 06/11/2013 14:51 Comments || Top||

#4  Among other, Russia wants to cut off the regional $$$ + arms flows to the Caucasus militants.

Essens Russia is flanking the Caucasus Hard Boyz wid its military. One must also keep in mind Tsarist + Soviet Russia's historical interest in Turkey, Iran, Iraq, + Syria-Lebanon for Mil + Trade access to the Med in lieu of the Black + Caspian Seas.

Lastly, Moscow blames the US-West for the arms being received by the Caucasus militants, wid "polite" or subtle references to the Bammer + "Fast-N-Furious", "criminal/illegal" schemas.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/11/2013 19:40 Comments || Top||


Fifth Column
Santa Monica shooter ID'd: If you're expecting a Swedish Baptist, you're in for a shock
At Olympic High, Santa Monica's alternative school for students who have struggled in traditional programs, inappropriate behavior is not uncommon. But what a veteran English teacher saw on the computer screen of a student named John Zawahri stopped him cold.

The solitary teen who regularly ditched class was surfing the Internet for assault weapons, the teacher recalled Monday. Alarmed, he sent Zawahri to the principal's office. Within days, the police were involved and Zawahri was admitted to UCLA's psychiatric ward.
Zawahri... Zawahri... Where have I heard that name before?
The teacher, who requested anonymity, on Monday recounted the 2006 incident at Olympic as Santa Monica College reopened its campus after a deadly rampage Friday in which authorities say Zawahri, armed with an assault rifle, gunned down five people.

With the last of those victims identified, the focus turned to what motivated Zawahri, who was shot to death by police outside the college library, and how he obtained the rifle and another weapon.

Authorities are tracing two firearms used by Zawahri. One weapon was a .44-caliber handgun that a federal law enforcement official described as a "curio- or relic-type" weapon that might have been in the shooter's family for years. The second was an AR-15 type semiautomatic rifle. Investigators are looking into whether Zawahri's possession of the gun was prohibited under California's long-standing assault weapons ban. The rifle was being examined Monday at the Sheriff's Department crime lab, a local law enforcement source said.
Good idea. Just call it a learning experience. We'll probably need new laws to protect us from this sort of thing in the future.
"We've been at his house, going through his computer too," the federal official said.

Authorities want to know how Zawahri, an unemployed 23-year-old with what associates said was a history of mental problems, obtained vast quantities of ammunition. Several sources said Zawahri had 40 large-capacity magazines in pouches in his clothing and in a bag he carried. Each magazine held about 30 rounds. The ammunition was strapped to his body — including his chest and thighs — as well as in pouches in his clothing and protective vest, they added.
Posted by: Frozen Al || 06/11/2013 16:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [476 views] Top|| File under:

#1  40 x 30 round mags he was carrying. A wonder he could move. Also, I'm curious why all the TV stills I've seen show only an AR upper, and with an unusual flash hider.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/11/2013 18:38 Comments || Top||

#2  Still can't recall seeing that he was Muslim, just that his family was of Jordanian or nearby extraction - could have been Christian, like IIRC Sirhan Sirhan.
Posted by: Glenmore || 06/11/2013 19:12 Comments || Top||

#3  old news
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 06/11/2013 19:43 Comments || Top||

#4  The name may be old news, but nowhere in that article does it say he was Muslim. It may somewhere, but so far, from all I have seen, he could be a Baptist (though not Swedish.)
Posted by: Glenmore || 06/11/2013 19:47 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Turkish police storm Taksim Square
Posted by: 3dc || 06/11/2013 01:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [340 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Taksim, Tahrir, confusing.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/11/2013 1:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Tianamen too...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/11/2013 7:10 Comments || Top||

#3  Erdogan was apparently having a friendly chat with some reps of dissidents when his goons started beating demonstrators.

Nice touch.
Posted by: lord garth || 06/11/2013 9:05 Comments || Top||

#4  Hey, that city's seen much worse done to protesters. At least he didn't invite them all to a soccer stadium.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 06/11/2013 9:52 Comments || Top||

#5  That's because Erdogan put his Bellisarius in jail.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/11/2013 12:33 Comments || Top||

#6  Narses led half the troops. I'm sure he has a Narses.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 06/11/2013 13:40 Comments || Top||

#7  As Justinian rallied himself, he created a plan that involved Narses, a popular eunuch, as well as the generals, Belisarius and Mundus. Carrying a bag of gold given to him by Justinian, the slightly built eunuch entered the Hippodrome alone and unarmed, against a murderous mob that had already killed hundreds. Narses went directly to the Blues' section, where he approached the important Blues and reminded them that Emperor Justinian supported them over the Greens. He also reminded them that the man they were crowning, Hypatius, was a Green. Then, he distributed the gold. The Blue leaders spoke quietly with each other and then they spoke to their followers. Then, in the middle of Hypatius's coronation, the Blues stormed out of the Hippodrome. The Greens sat, stunned. Then, Imperial troops led by Belisarius and Mundus stormed into the Hippodrome, killing the remaining rebels.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/11/2013 14:12 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Militants attack Nato containers in Khyber; six killed
[BETA.DAWN] Six people were killed when forces of Evil attacked three NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
containers in Shagai area of Jamrud tehsil of the Khyber tribal region on Monday.

Security forces were engaged in a firefight with the forces of Evil who attacked the containers and set them on fire.

As a result, six people, including the drivers of the containers were killed.

Assistant Political Agent Jehangir Azam Wazir told Dawn.Com that about 15 forces of Evil armed with heavy weapons and rockets attacked the NATO trucks carrying military hardware near Shah Gai mountains.

"The attack was so sudden and quick that they first fired rockets on the vehicles and then bombed them, destroying the vehicles and the military hardware they were carrying," he said.

He confirmed the corpse count. "Six people have died in the attack. Three were drivers and cleaners who were burnt in the vehicles while three others who had been shot down were shifted to the Jamrud hospital."
Posted by: Fred || 06/11/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [329 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Pakistan


School blown up in Charsadda
[Dawn] Unidentified persons blew up a government primary school for girls in Sar Dheri area here on Sunday morning.

Official sources said that the myrmidons planted two improvised bombs (IEDs) in the building of government primary school for girls in Resaldar Kallay on Saturday night that went off in the small hours of Sunday.

The school building was destroyed in the kabooms. According to bomb disposal squad personnel, 10 kilograms of explosives were used in the blasts.
Posted by: Fred || 06/11/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [328 views] Top|| File under: TTP

#1  blew up a government primary school for girls

Of Course, Girls are yucky.
They grow up and become Mothers.
(Maybe yours)
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 06/11/2013 1:26 Comments || Top||


Three policemen among eight killed in city
[Dawn] Eight persons, including three coppers, were killed in grenade and gun attacks in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
's southern and eastern neighbourhoods on Sunday, police said.

"Three persons bit the dust in today's violence in Lyari," said Karachi police chief Iqbal Mehmood.

The police said that a six-year-old girl and a teenage boy were killed and nine others maimed when faceless myrmidons threw a hand-grenade in a Storied Baghdad
...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate...
i area and escaped.

"We received total 11 injured of the grenade attack," said Dr Nisar Shah, a medico-legal officer at the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK). Sajid, 15, son of Shahnawaz, was brought dead while Dua, six, daughter of Abdul Samad, died during treatment, he added.

He said that the condition of Faraz, seven, son of Khair Muhammad, was critical. Other maimed were identified as Rasheeda, 40, Lal Khaton, 60, Nadeem Shah, 12, Sahil Juman, 10, Din Muhammad Baloch, 60, Asa Muhammad, 13, Nazir Muharram, 43, and Rehmat.

Storied Baghdadi SHO Abid Tanoli said that the incident was a result of infighting between two groups. He said that Storied Baghdadi, Chakiwara and Kalri were the most troubled areas in Sunday's violence.

As several localities reverberated with the sound of heavy gunfire, a woman, identified as Sobia, 23, wife of Samiullah, sustained bullet wounds in Storied Baghdadi.
A passer-by was rubbed out while another maimed in the Dhobi Ghat area.

Garden SHO Saleemullah Khan said that Rafiullah Khan, 50, and Junaid Haroon, 25, were on their way on foot when they were fired upon allegedly by Lyari
...one of the eighteen constituent towns of the city of Karachi. It is the smallest town by area in the city but also the most densely populated. Lyari has few schools, substandard hospitals, a poor water system, limited infrastructure, and broken roads. It is a stronghold of ruling Pakistan Peoples Party. Ubiquitous gang activity and a thriving narcotics industry make Lyari one of the most disturbed places in Karachi, which is really saying a lot....
gangsters.

They were taken to the CHK where Rafiullah died during treatment, he added.

The city police chief said that initially the police faced some problems in reaching the Dhobi Ghat area. "As police and Rangers moved in, the situation was brought under control."

DIG-South Dr Amir Sheikh said that the police and Rangers had vacated their eight to 10 pickets in the troubled areas of Lyari on Saturday evening following violent reactions by elements in Lyari in protest over the killing of an alleged criminal and a passer-by during a Rangers raid. "A third force took advantage of this situation," said the DIG.

He said that it appeared that the 'truce' between the elements in Lyari and Kutchchi community had been broken now.

Two coppers rubbed out
Assailants sprayed a police mobile van with bullets, killing two coppers and wounding another in Patel Para on Sunday.

The incident came a day after the killing of three youths, including two activists of the Awami National Party, in the same area.

SSP East Imran Shaukat said that a police mobile van with three personnel was stationed near the Fatima Bai Hospital when four gunnies riding two cycle of violences emerged there, opened indiscriminate fire and fled.

Constables Imran, 35, and Iqbal, 36, died from multiple bullet wounds while Amir, 34, was admitted to a private hospital at death's door.

He said that the coppers were sitting in the vehicle and they could not return fire.

The SSP said that there was heavy deployment of law-enforcers in the area following the Saturday's triple murder. There were five police mobiles on the same road but the assailants targeted the mobile which was stationed at the end.

About the motive and identity of the culprits, he said: "The attack was carried out by a gangster namely Khayam."

He said that the suspect had a gang in the area.

He said that the killing of three persons in the locality on Saturday was a result of infighting between two groups.

SSP Shaukat said that the Khayam's group had attacked members of other group around two weeks ago and in retaliation two members of his group were targeted on Saturday by their rival group.

"Based on eyewitnesses' accounts, circumstantial evidence and intelligence reports, the police were conducting raids in different areas. Nine persons have been placed in durance vile
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
and one of them is being treated as a suspect in the coppers killing."

He said that the heavy deployment was made to prevent festivities between 'the two groups.'

Another policeman killed
A policeman was rubbed out in the Sachal area on Sunday evening.

Police said that Sadaruddin ended his duty at the District Central Headquarters and later got off from some public transport near Sohrab Goth, where his brother-in-law along with his wife and children was already waiting for him to pick him up to go home near Subzi Mandi.

As he was about to sit in the car, gunnies from behind fired a single shot that hit in the head. He was struck down in his prime, said Sachal SHO Haroon Korai.

Electrician rubbed out
An electrician was rubbed out in the Kharadar area on Sunday evening, police said.

Muhammad Nadeem, 42, was sitting at his shop near Akhund mosque when gunnies opened fire on him and fled.

He sustained three bullet wounds and was taken to the CHK where doctors pronounced him dead
He's dead, Jim!
on arrival.The victim was a resident of Garden-East.

The police said a deceased brother; Muhammad Aslam, lodged an FIR against unknown persons.

One killed in clash
A man was rubbed out while five others were maimed in an armed clash over the possession of a plot in Gulistan-e-Jauhar on Sunday.

Police said that there was a land dispute between Pariyal Shah and Mir Muhammad in Hussain Hazara Goth, which tuned ugly on Sunday.

The dear departed was identified as Syed Irfan Hussain. The body was shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for a post-mortem examination.
Posted by: Fred || 06/11/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [362 views] Top|| File under:

#1  An electrician was rubbed out in the Kharadar area on Sunday evening,

Look for bombs, triggered by electricity.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 06/11/2013 9:49 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Bombs and battles hit northern Iraq, more than 70 dead
[REUTERS] Insurgents attacked cities across Iraq on Monday with car bombs, suicide blasts and gun battles that killed more than 70 people in unrest that has deepened fears of a return to civil war.

No group claimed responsibility for the day-long attacks, most of them in northern Iraq, but officials blame much of the violence that has killed nearly 2,000 people since April on Sunni Islamist insurgents linked to al Qaeda's local wing.

Weeks of bloodshed have accompanied rising political tensions between Iraq's majority Shi'ite leaders and members of the Sunni community, who believe they have been marginalized since the fall of Saddam Hussein after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

But war in neighboring Syria, where Shi'ite Iran and the region's Sunni Gulf states are backing opposing sides, has also put pressure on Iraq's own balance among Shi'ite, Sunni and ethnic Kurds who share power in a fragile government.

Markets in two northern Iraqi towns were hit early on Monday, police said. Later attacks targeted security forces. In the northern city of Mosul, suicide bombers and rocket fire struck police headquarters, killing 24, many of them police and soldiers.
Posted by: Fred || 06/11/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [667 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Iraq


Olde Tyme Religion
Debka:First clash between Syrian rebels and Iraqi soldiers. Baghdad bankrolls Assad’s war
Posted by: 3dc || 06/11/2013 10:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [431 views] Top|| File under:

#1  AW, the plot thickens. Now Turkey also is having difficulties. Obama the great ditherer and the resulting actions. Russia wants greater influence. That influence is in Russia's best interest in Putin's mind. I wounder what China is doing. I know they want oil. They seem to be cozy with Iraq that way now.
Posted by: Dale || 06/11/2013 12:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Seems like time to order more popcorn. Let them bleed one another dry. Then have a weakened Assad retain power. Not a great outcome, but it seems a preferable one to have hard core salafists in power.
Posted by: remoteman || 06/11/2013 12:52 Comments || Top||

#3  Saudi-led Sunni OWG Caliphate versus Iran-led Shia OWG Caliphate versus Turkish-led OWG Caliphate aka "Ottomans Part II/Deux".

D *** NG IT, WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG!
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/11/2013 20:01 Comments || Top||

#4  OOOPPPPSS, my bad, forgot Nuclear "Greater Pakistan" as well as the Malay-Indonesian Boyz.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/11/2013 20:02 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Thai ranger dies in bomb blast ahead of peace talks
An army ranger was killed and another injured in a bomb blast in Pattani province yesterday. The attack took place about 11 a.m. on a road where an eight-man unit was on patrol. The bomb was buried in the road and detonated as the foot patrol passed.

Hours later, a combined taskforce sealed off a village near the blast site and rounded up 20 people for questioning. Authorities took their fingerprints and DNA samples before releasing them.

In Narathiwat province, a 50-member taskforce yesterday seized what they believed to be bomb-making materials during a raid on a village in Rueso district. The unit found fertilizer, a cooking gas cylinder, thick wires and power cables in a house belonging to Mado-si Sama-ae. Experts said the seized materials could have been turned into a 25 kg bomb.

Mado-si was detained for questioning. He admitted owning the cooking gas cylinder, but said he had no knowledge about the rest of the materials.
Posted by: ryuge || 06/11/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336 views] Top|| File under: Thai Insurgency


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Belgian Man Killed Fighting in Syria
[An Nahar] A young Belgian man has been killed in Syria while fighting for an Islamist group and his brother was placed in durance vile
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
on his return home from the war-stricken country, newspapers said Monday.

Belgian authorities and Islamic groups have become increasingly concerned about a growing number of young men leaving to fight in Syria against the regime of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Terror of Aleppo ...
, some of whom are suspected of war crimes.

Tarik Taketloune, 20, a car mechanic from Vilvorde, a suburb of Brussels,
That's a good Walloon name...
was shot in the head and killed on Friday as he slept in a house near Aleppo, the Phlegmish newspaper Het Nieuwsbald said, quoting his father. He may have been shot by a fellow fighter after saying he wanted to go home, his father said.
Or maybe he said "Goddammit!" and paid the penalty...
The house was occupied by members of Sharia4Belgium, an Islamist group which has sent several young men to fight in Syria. Sharia4Belgium has formed its own brigade which is under the command of the al-Qaeda linked Al-Nusra front.

Taketloune's older brother Elias, 23, was arrested on his return to Belgium on June 3 and has been tossed in the calaboose
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
on suspicion of terrorist activities, their father said.

Taketloune is the third Belgian to be killed while fighting in Syria, while there are unconfirmed reports of a fourth death, Belgian newspapers said.

Separately Hussein Elouassaki, 22, who is regarded as the leader of the Belgian fighters in Syria, said in a conversation recorded by police that he had slit the throat of a Syrian soldier, according to the reports.

He may also be among a group of men speaking in Phlegmish and French who feature in a recent video of a man being decapitated with a knife, the newspapers said.

His younger brother Hakim Elouassaki, 21, meanwhile told his girlfriend that he had shot a prisoner in cold blood, the reports said.

Hakim was seriously maimed in March and returned to Belgium, where he was arrested in April during a series of raids by Belgian authorities aimed at cracking down on fighters travelling to Syria.
Posted by: Fred || 06/11/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [370 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra


Roadside Bomb Targets Armed Men in Bekaa Van
[An Nahar] A roadside kaboom targeted on Monday a van transporting gunnies to Damascus in Leb's eastern Bekaa valley, causing several casualties, security sources said.

The sources told local media outlets that the kaboom went off when the van was passing through the town of Taanayel.

LBCI TV said several gunnies riding the vehicle were maimed but they continued their way and headed to the Masnaa border crossing where they were questioned by General Security officers.

They later entered Syrian territories.

A BMW with tinted windows was also damaged in the blast.

The sources denied that the kaboom was the result of a rocket attack as earlier reported.
Posted by: Fred || 06/11/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [342 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria



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