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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 06/26/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Birthday Gam Shot

Rina Nakanishi [Nippon][Singer and Selected Short Subject Actress](age 26)

Utsukushii Design

Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 06/26/2013 9:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Charles Dana Gibson reportedly used Nesbit as the inspiration for his illustrations of the "Gibson Girl".
The author Lucy Maud Montgomery, unaware of her notoriety, used a photograph of Nesbit—from the Metropolitan Magazine and pasted to the wall in her bedroom —as the model for the heroine of her book Anne of Green Gables (1908).
Posted by: Au Auric || 06/26/2013 10:22 Comments || Top||

#3  Nice bookshelf.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/26/2013 12:49 Comments || Top||

#4  Heady Lamaar

Andrew Catlin 3 weeks ago

*She invented an early technique for spread spectrum communications and frequency hopping, necessary for wireless communication from the pre-computer age to the present day. Truly a unique Soul".
Posted by: Dale || 06/26/2013 21:15 Comments || Top||

#5  Her eyes! Draws you in like a tractor beam.
Allure set on 'Kill.'
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 06/26/2013 23:32 Comments || Top||

Africa Horn
Arab Tribal Clashes in Sudan's Darfur Kill 11
[An Nahar] Fresh fighting between feuding Arab tribes in Sudan's Darfur region has killed 11 people, tribal leaders said on Tuesday, adding to worsening violence in the region.

The Gimir and Beni Halba tribes have been clashing over land ownership since at least April, around Edd al-Fursan about 100 kilometers (60 miles) southwest of the South Darfur state capital Nyala.

Abaker al-Toum, a Gimir chief, told Agence La Belle France Presse the Beni Halba attacked three Gimir villages on Monday.

"They came on vehicles, cycle of violences, horses and camels, with heavy weapons," he said.

"We lost five deaders," and some houses were burned to the ground, he said.

A Beni Halba leader, who declined to be named, confirmed fighting resumed in three areas.

"We lost six of our men," he said in brief comments. "We are fighting to protect our land."

An upsurge in inter-tribal and inter-ethnic fighting "has been the major source of violence, fatalities and displacement of civilian population" in Darfur this year, the head of the African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
-U.N. peacekeeping mission (UNAMID), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, told AFP last week.
Posted by: Fred || 06/26/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Sudan

Africa North
Six Libyan Soldiers Killed in Ambush
[An Nahar] Unknown gunnies launched a dawn attack on Tuesday on a Libyan army checkpoint south of Sirte, the home town of former dictator Muammar Qadaffy
...who single-handedly turned a moderately prosperous kingdom into a dictator's fantasyland and was then murdered by his indignant subjects 42 years later...
, killing six soldiers, a military officer said.

"An attack at dawn Tuesday against a checkpoint of the army in the town of Khuchum al-Kheil, south of Sirte, killed six soldiers who were on guard duty," local military officer Khaled al-Akari was quoted as saying by Lana news agency.

"Two vehicles were burned in the attack," said the officer, adding that the "area was cordoned off and a search was on to find the attackers".

Sirte, the last bastion of Qadaffy to fall into rebel hands in the 2011 uprising, has been largely untouched by the wave of violence shaking the country since the former ruler's regime fell.
Posted by: Fred || 06/26/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  What fricking wave of violence?

It's safer here in Tripoli than it is in Chicago, DC, or Downtown LA.

What a bunch of crap.

We DO have some militias roaming around who were loyal to Daffy and they are causing problems but the Army is actively hunting and closing down those units.

I expect the Libyan Army to be on top of this and have a solution very soon.

Of course the media won't report on any good news in Libya.

All of the American businesses are a bunch of pussies. The streets are crawling with Brits, Italians, and Turks. There will not be any business for the US here unless the US business "brains" crawl out from under their desks and take a few risks.
Posted by: Bill Clinton || 06/26/2013 6:08 Comments || Top||

There will not be any business for the US here unless the US business "brains" crawl out from under their desks and take a few risks.

And, of course, that's what the kinetic action was all about.
Posted by: Caesar Gray1629 || 06/26/2013 10:43 Comments || Top||

Five arrested over Shia murders in Egypt
[Al Ahram] Five people have been locked away
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
for their alleged involvement in a mob attack on Shia Moslems in Egypt's Giza governorate.

Four Egyptian Shias were killed and several injured in the attack in Zawyat Abu Musalam village on Sunday, an incident which has heightened fears of sectarianism in Egypt.

The mob gathered outside a house where the Shias were sheltering. They then beat them and set the house on fire. The attack was captured on video and went viral on the internet.

Giza prosecutors on Monday ordered the arrest of 15 people implicated in the murders.

The funeral of those killed in the attack took place at Al-Sayeda Nafisa Mosque in Cairo on Monday

Leftist lawyer and former presidential candidate Khaled Ali was among a number of activists who attended the funeral.

The murders have been denounced from across the political and religious spectrum.

Egypt's ultraconservative Salafists
...Salafists are ostentatiously devout Moslems who figure the ostentation of their piety gives them the right to tell others how to do it and to kill those who don't listen to them...
have been accused of fuelling anti-Shia sentiment which led to the attack.

Egyptian Shia leaders are expected to hold a presser on the murder on Wednesday, said Behaa Anwar, spokesperson of Egypt's Shia community and head of the Misr El-Fatimiya Human Rights Centre.

One of those killed was a local Shia leader, Hassan Shehata, officials said.

Anwar vowed to secure justice for the victims of the "heinous massacre."

There is no official tally of Shia Moslems in Egypt but analysts put the number at between 500,000 and one million.
Posted by: Fred || 06/26/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Bahrain Arrests 9 Shiites for 'Planning Prison Break'
[An Nahar] Bahrain announced on Tuesday the arrest of nine Shiites it said are linked to Iran and that were planning to attack a prison to facilitate a jail break.

The interior ministry said arms, ammunition and a plan for attacking the prison were seized.

Those tossed in the calaboose
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
belong to a group called Jaish al-Imam (Army of the Imam), who were planning to carry out attacks on key installations in the country, the ministry said.

This "terrorist cell," which the ministry said had links to Iran, Iraq and Leb, was busted in February. Eight of its members were said to have received weapons and explosives training and were financed from abroad.
Posted by: Fred || 06/26/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Caribbean-Latin America
5 die in southern Chihuahua

For a map, click here. For a map of Chihuahua state, click here.

By Chris Covert

Five members of a family were shot to death Monday night in far southern Chihuahua state, according to Mexican news accounts.

According to a news report posted on the online edition of Milenio news daily, four armed suspects staged an ambush along a dirt road at around 1930 hrs in Guadalupe y Calvo municipality in Baborigame.

The victims were identified as Adelina Carrillo Gutierrez, 61, Jesus Chaparro Loera, 63, Wenceslao Chaparro Carrillo, 36 and two unidentified children ages 11 and 7 were traveling aboard a GMC Sierra pickup truck when the shooting took place.

Several AK-47 and AR-15 spent cartridge casings were found at the scene by investigators.

Guadalupe y Calvo has seen an increase of violent security incidents in recent weeks, the last incident an apparent ambush in a remote part of Guadalupe y Calvo which claimed the lives of four individuals. A previous incident, the kidnapping of a political candidate just a week before that shooting, preceded a renewed deployment of Mexican federal security deployments including army and naval infantry troops to the region.

Meanwhile Mexico's Secretaria de Gobierno (SEGOB) or interior minister, Miguel Osorio Chong formally announced the training of the first of the new Gendarmaria Nacional, totaling 5,000 effectives, according to Mexican news accounts.

The Gendarmaria Nacional which will operate under the aupices of the Policia Federal, was the centerpiece of the new security strategy by the recently elected President Enrique Pena Nieto. The emphasis in the new strategy is to reduce drug and gang related violence which has plagued Mexico for the last several years.

According to a news report posted on the website Animal Politico, Osorio Chong in a radio interview with Joaquin Doriga reiterated his government's commitment "in the coming years" to a "new justice model". The aim, according to several news accounts is to reduce the involvement of Mexico's military in counternarcotics operations, long an objective with Mexico's political left.

The news is a seeming reversal since mention of the Gendarmaria Nacional was omitted from the Plan Nacional de Desarrollo or National Development Plan last May, a move Mexican press claimed was a reneging on a campaign promise Pena made a year ago, despite repeated announcements since Pena's inauguration.

According to a separate news account, in the first stage of the Gendarmaria Nacional (GN) plan a total of 8,500 soldiers and 500 naval infantry troops would be included in the new security force. It is unclear in Osorio Chong's latest announcement if that part of the plan has been followed. Osorio Chong has said in the past the the new GN would have both police and military training, which suggests that SEGOB has been or will be moving some elements from the army and navy into the GN.

Currently, Mexico's military and federal police appear to be operating in counternarcotics operations under the command of SEGOB, the Policia Federal under its direct control. For years during the administration of Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, the Policia Federal had operated as a separate cabinet level agency. During the legislative honeymoon last December, the Policia Federal were made a sub-agency of SEGOB.

When the elements of the Gendarmaria Nacional are ready to be deployed, they will likely go to the worst of Mexico's trouble spots, mainly on the northern border where the most intense of the drug and gang related violence has taken place over the years.

One likely location will be southern Chihuahua state. Earlier this year Chihuahua governor Cesar Duarte Jaquez announced that Gendarmaria Nacional troops would be deployed to the region, which can now be seen as a rather premature announcement.

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com and Borderland Beat.com. He can be reached at grurkka@gmail.com
Posted by: badanov || 06/26/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

French Police Detain 9 Terror Suspects
[Ynet] French authorities have tossed in the clink
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
nine people in anti-terrorist raids this week, including people suspected of plotting attacks in La Belle France or of belonging to jihadi networks, officials said Tuesday.

Interior Minister Manuel Valls urged police to keep up the pressure in particular on groups preparing fighters to join bully boy snuffies in Syria or to join al-Qaeda. "We will leave no space for these groups," he told news hounds.
An earlier Ynet article adds:
Securityforces in Gay Paree tossed in the clink
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
six people suspected of operating a fundamentalist Islamist cell that has been planning terror attacks, a source familiar with the investigation reported.

According to the source, the suspects, in their 20s and 30s, are known to the police and were arrested for serious criminal offenses.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/26/2013 05:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

Spain jails AQIM cell suspects
[MAGHAREBIA] A Madrid court on Monday (June 24th) arraigned eight al-Qaeda suspects, AFP reported. The men were part of an international network "dedicated to radicalising, recruiting and sending mujahedeen to Syria to wage jihad and become deaders", the court said.

According to the statement, the al-Qaeda-linked cell, dismantled last Friday in Ceuta and the nearby Moroccan town of Fnideq, had links in Morocco, Belgium, Turkey and Syria.

The cell allegedly sent dozens of Spanish and Moroccan jihadists to Syria. At least five of them carried out suicide kabooms.
Posted by: Fred || 06/26/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

Germany Uncovers 'Attacks Plot' Using Model Planes
[An Nahar] German authorities staged raids Tuesday after uncovering an alleged Islamist plot to carry out kabooms using model airplanes, federal prosecutors said.

Elite police units stormed nine sites in southern and eastern Germany as well as Belgium based on suspicion of "preparation of grievous acts of anti-state violence" as well as money-laundering, the federal prosecutor's office in the southwestern city of Karlsruhe said in a statement.

The searches targeted two men of Tunisian origin "suspected of acquiring information and objects with the aim of carrying out radical Islamist explosives attacks using remote-controlled model airplanes".

No arrests were made, and prosecutors declined to provide any further details on the suspects or their alleged targets.

"The aim of today's raids is to collect evidence of possible plans and preparations for attacks as well as information about the means of financing radical Islamist terrorism," prosecutors said.

About 90 coppers took part in the raids early Tuesday, based on warrants issued by two German judges and carried out on the orders of the chief federal prosecutor's office and prosecutors in the southwestern city of Stuttgart.

Beyond the two men of Tunisian extraction, the searches also targeted four of their alleged contacts "on suspicion of financing myrmidon jihad" as well as a fifth person accused of money-laundering.

Public broadcaster SWR reported that several of the suspects studied in Stuttgart, some of them specializing in aeronautics and doing internships in which they flew model airplanes using GPS navigation.
Posted by: Fred || 06/26/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Europe

Home Front: WoT
FBI pulls ‘Faces of Global Terrorism’ ads after Muslims get offended
After a wave of criticism from politicians, advocacy groups and the public, 46 bus ads featuring photos of wanted terrorists will be taken down within the next few weeks, officials said Tuesday.

The “Faces of Global Terrorism” ad was criticized for promoting stereotypes of Muslims and painting a broad brush against one group.

The ad is part of a campaign launched earlier this month by the Puget Sound Joint Terrorism Task Force for the U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice program. It features 16 photos of wanted terrorists sandwiched between the taglines “Faces of Global Terrorism” and “Stop a Terrorist. Save Lives. Up to $25 Million Reward.”
Posted by: tipper || 06/26/2013 09:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10803 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Reality promotes some stereotypes. Therefore, we must stop showing reality.
Posted by: AuburnTom || 06/26/2013 11:58 Comments || Top||

#2  Does that mean they'll take all the wanted posters out of the Post Offices?
Posted by: Spanky Glusosing8708 || 06/26/2013 12:16 Comments || Top||

#3  Thirty two people are on the most wanted terrorist list.

By my count, 30 are muslims.

1 is an alumnus of the Black Liberation Army and was last seen in 1984.
1 is an animal rights terrorist.
Posted by: lord garth || 06/26/2013 13:02 Comments || Top||

#4  If the shoe fits...
Posted by: Newc || 06/26/2013 15:18 Comments || Top||

Army accused of attacking post-funeral ceremony
[Pak Daily Times] The Baloch Republican Party (BRP) has accused the Pakistain Army of targeting a post-funeral ceremony and torturing the relatives of the dear departed.

In a statement issued to the media, the BRP claimed that relatives of the "Sui massacre" victims had gathered after burying their loved ones when Pak forces gatecrashed. "The forces kidnapped several people including two brothers Ashraf Bugti s/o Pondhal Bugti and Dostain Bugti s/o Pondhal Bugti and threatened the people who had come to express their condolences. The families and relatives of the victims were severely beaten up and the ceremony of the post-funeral reception was forcibly ended by the forces," said the BRP. The party accused the state of having no regard for fundamental human rights.
...not to be confused with individual rights, mind you...
"State forces claimed that those killed during military offensive in Sui operation were armed gunnies but reality is they were all innocent Baloch civilians which is now supported by the recent statement of Human Rights Commission of Pakistain where prominent Human Rights activist Asma Jahangir said that while the HRCP was in Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
, seven young men were picked up from Mathh area of Dera Bugti by the FC and subsequently summarily executed," said the statement.

BRP also claimed that Pak forces were also increasing their presence in Noshki area of Balochistan. Baloch Republican Party has appealed to the international community to end its prolonged silence "over the genocide of Baloch people, state atrocities, human rights abuses and war crimes perpetrated by the state forces in Balochistan."
Posted by: Fred || 06/26/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Two killed in firing on tribal peace lashkar
[Pak Daily Times] QUETTA: At least two persons were killed and 10 other sustained severe injuries in two different incidents on Tuesday. In the area of Dera Bugti RD 238, some unidentified arms assailants opened indiscriminate firing on tribal peace Lashkar resultantly two persons was struck down in his prime while one other sustained severe injuries. However,
women are made to be loved, not understood...
the attackers managed to escape from the scene successfully. Upon receiving information police reached on the site and shifted the dead bodies to hospital for an appointment with Dr. Quincy.
Posted by: Fred || 06/26/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa

Iraq bombs targeting protesters, pilgrims kill 14
[Pak Daily Times] Bombs targeting protesters and pilgrims outside Storied Baghdad
...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate...
killed 14 people on Tuesday, the latest in a surge of violence that has sparked fears of a revival of all-out sectarian conflict.

The latest attacks came a day after 35 people were killed nationwide, most of them in a wave of boom-mobileings in the capital, as Iraq grapples with a prolonged political deadlock and months of protests among its Sunni Arab minority.

No group immediately grabbed credit for the attacks, which pushed the overall corpse count for June above 350. But Sunni snuffies linked to al Qaeda frequently target Shia Mohammedans -- both the protesters and the pilgrims were from Iraq's Shiite majority -- whom they regard as apostates.

Tuesday's deadliest attack struck the ethnically-mixed town of Tuz Khurmatu, which lies in a tract of territory in the north that Kurdistan wants to incorporate into its three-province autonomous region over Storied Baghdad's objections.

Two jacket wallahs blew themselves up inside a tent packed with Shia Turkmen protesters in the town, killing at least 11 people and wounding 55, the town's interim mayor and a doctor said.

Among the dead were a former deputy provincial governor and his two sons, as well as a former provincial councillor. The protesters had been rallying over poor security in the town, which is regularly hit with attacks.

"Today is the worst day of my life -- no one remains from my friends and relatives," said Hassan al-Bayati, who suffered wounds to an arm and a leg, speaking from his hospital bed.

Referring to the heavy security presence in the town, Bayati continued: "I ask our politicians -- what is the value of the thousands of army and peshmerga (Kurdish security forces) who cannot protect Tuz, even though they are deployed everywhere?"
Posted by: Fred || 06/26/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Baloch Liberation Army

Tel Aviv Police Thwart Assassination Attempt
[Ynet] Police thwarted an liquidation attempt Friday, confiscating a firearm and an bomb found on two suspects in south Tel Aviv.

Two suspects were jugged
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
Friday and will be brought for a remand hearing Tuesday.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/26/2013 05:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That's criminal, not terror.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/26/2013 11:42 Comments || Top||

#2  That's criminal, not terror.

I wondered, g(r)omgoru -- thanks.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/26/2013 16:48 Comments || Top||

Debka so salt: Russia evacuates Tartus
Russia evacuates Tartus, also military, diplomatic personnel from Syria. High war alert in Israel

Moscow announced Wednesday June 26, that the evacuation which had begun Friday of all military and diplomatic personnel from Syria was now complete, including the Russian naval base at Tartus.

"Russia decided to withdraw its personnel because of the risks from the conflict in Syria, as well as the fear of an incident involving the Russian military that could have larger consequences," said a defense ministry official in Moscow. He stressed that a 16-ship naval task force in the eastern Mediterranean remains on post and arms shipments, including anti-air weapons, would continue to the Syrian government in keeping with former contracts.
Posted by: 3dc || 06/26/2013 11:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under:

Russia reports pullout from small base in Syria
Posted by: tipper || 06/26/2013 12:25 Comments || Top||

#2  J-Post has it too.
'Russia said pulling army personnel from Syria'
Posted by: linker || 06/26/2013 20:20 Comments || Top||

Report: Iran Dismantles Terrorist Sabotage Network
[Ynet] An Iranian news agency is reporting that security forces have dismantled a terrorist and sabotage network in southern city of Shiraz.
No, they didn't put the Revolutionary Guards in jug...
The semi-official ISNA says the network planned bombings and liquidation attempts during Iran's presidential election earlier this month. The report on Tuesday did not say how many suspects were involved or give their names. It said the network had links with the CIA, Israel and some neighboring "reactionary" Arab nations.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/26/2013 05:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Commies

Clash between Members of Krombi Family, Political Party near Tariq al-Jedideh
[An Nahar] A dispute erupted into an armed clash on Tuesday between members of the Krombi family, who are residents of Tariq al-Jedideh, and members of a political party in the adjacent Farhat neighborhood, state-run National News Agency reported.

Machineguns and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) were used in the fighting, NNA said.

It later reported that calm was restored after army troops intervened and staged patrols in the area.

Al-Jadeed television said the clash erupted in the western neighborhood that is adjacent to the Sabra Paleostinian refugee camp.

LBCI television said the fighting took place behind the Cite Sportive between supporters of Amal Movement and residents from the area.

But al-Jadeed said the Krombi family, "which hails from Arsal and supports al-Mustaqbal
... the Future Movement, political party led by Saad Hariri...
Movement," clashed with the al-Droubi family, which supports Shaker al-Berjawi, head of the pro-Syria Arab Movement.
It's the Greens vs. the Blues all over again.
Berjawi, however, denied that he or any of his supporters were involved in the incident.

"The raising of al-Nusra Front flags in a pro-Syrian revolution neighborhood was met with the raising of religious flags in another neighborhood in Sabra, which sparked the festivities," MTV said.

"Three days ago, the Amal Movement requested the removal of the Shiite religious flags and they were removed, but the festivities erupted after the flags were raised again," it added.

OTV said the army reinforced its presence in the Farhat neighborhood and prevented the presence of gunnies "after an armed clash between two families."
Posted by: Fred || 06/26/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Wounded Syrians Taken into Israel for Medical Care
[An Nahar] Two maimed Syrians were admitted to Israel overnight for hospital treatment, a military spokeswoman told Agence La Belle France Presse on Tuesday, the latest in several dozen cases to be allowed across.

The two men entered Israel via the Quneitra crossing on the Golan Heights. There was no word on whether they were civilians, rebel fighters or government troops.

Gil Maor, a front man for Ziv hospital in the northern Galilee town of Safed, confirmed to AFP that it had admitted a man with gunshot and shrapnel wounds to the legs who had undergone an operation and was said to be in moderate condition.

Over the past four months, Ziv hospital has treated 28 Syrian casualties, he said.

The second Syrian, who had a head wound, was taken to the Western Galilee Medical Center in the coastal town of Nahariya.

Nahariya hospital front man Haggai Einav told AFP that, since the beginning of the conflict, nearly 20 maimed Syrians had been treated at the institution, including a 13-year-old girl who was admitted on Saturday.
Posted by: Fred || 06/26/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Expect gratitudeTM
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/26/2013 4:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Handwritten Thank You Infidel Pig cards for sure.
Posted by: Shipman || 06/26/2013 16:13 Comments || Top||

#3  Also : Israel Uses Intellgencia To Look Into Boomville Bihar : Watch : Allah Akbar-Them
Posted by: Lonzo Grundy9840 || 06/26/2013 17:30 Comments || Top||

Syria Battles Rage in Damascus, Aleppo, Says NGO
[An Nahar] Fierce battles raged on the edges of Damascus Tuesday as the army pressed a major assault to crush rebels around the capital, a monitoring group and activists said.

And in the contested city of Aleppo in the country's north, rebels attempted to advance into western regime-held districts, sparking festivities with government forces, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

"The army is trying to take over Qaboon, Barzeh, Jubar, Al-Hajar Al-Aswad and Yarmuk," said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman, referring to neighborhoods in the northern, eastern and southern outskirts of the capital.

"The army doesn't have the capacity to take over these neighborhoods, and the rebels are fighting back. But the humanitarian situation there is catastrophic," Abdel Rahman told AFP.

An activist in Qaboon said the army's offensive on the capital's northeastern district entered its sixth day on Tuesday.

"The district is the only entrance (from the east/northeast) into the capital... Regime troops fear the (rebel) Free Syrian Army will use Qaboon to enter into Damascus," said the activist, who identified himself as Anas.

Speaking to AFP via the Internet, Anas described a critical lack of medical and food supplies in his neighborhood.

"The humanitarian situation is so bad it would make anyone cry," he said.

Activists meanwhile said the army shelled other rebel-held areas around Damascus in its bid to drive rebel forces out of the capital.

The Local Coordination Committees, a grassroots network of activists, reported shelling on Yarmuk Paleostinian camp in southern Damascus.

And the Syrian Revolution General Commission reported that army tanks pounded rebel stronghold Daraya southwest of the capital, keeping up a months-long campaign to crush the insurgency there.

In northern Syria, meanwhile, festivities in western Aleppo raged on, days after rebels launched an offensive on regime-held neighborhoods there.

"The rebels and the army are engaged in tit-for-tat operations ... in Rashidin and Ashrafiyeh" in the west of Aleppo, said the Observatory's Abdel Rahman.

The rebels' first major advance on Aleppo took place nearly a year ago. Though they took control of a large number of neighborhoods during the assault, the city has been at a near-standstill for many months, with neither side making significant advances.

Meanwhile in central Homs, violence raged in Tel Kalakh and Qaritin villages, as Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Trampler of Homs...
loyalists pressed an assault on the countryside near the city dubbed by activists "the capital of the revolution".

In Qaritin, rebels battled the army as it tried to storm the town, said the Observatory. Meanwhile,
...back at the precinct house, Sergeant Maloney wasn't buying it. It was just too pat. The whole thing smelled phony, kind of like a dead mackeral but without the scales...
troops summarily executed a detainee from Tel Kalakh as they pressed an attempt to take over the rebel town, it added.
Posted by: Fred || 06/26/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  and speaking of Aleppo, the regime declared Operation Northern Storm,i.e., the operation to retake Aleppo, on or about June 10.

Assad mouthpieces bragged the op would begin in days or maybe hours but mostly the anti regime forces have been on the offensive. Some sources say that Hezbollah commanders have resisted going that far into the Syrian heartland, other sources say that the lack of air attack assets is preventing Op Northern Storm from beginning.

Posted by: lord garth || 06/26/2013 8:56 Comments || Top||

Army Contains Fierce Clashes between Families in al-Laylaki
[An Nahar] Heavy festivities renewed on Tuesday afternoon between two families in Beirut's southern suburbs, but the army intervened and managed to contain the fighting.

"Clashes fiercely renewed between the families of Zoaiter and Hjoula in the Beirut southern suburb of al-Laylaki," state-run National News Agency reported earlier.

"Residents urged the army and security forces to intervene and rescue them due to the intensity of gunfire," it said.

Media reports said machineguns and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) were used in the gunbattle.

In an interview with LBCI television, one of the residents said: "People were maimed and our houses are burning and we urge the army commander to send a force to the area, which is a Lebanese region that no one is caring about."

The Lebanese Red Thingy, however, announced that no one was killed or maimed after its medics scoured the area in the wake of the festivities.

The fighting sparked fear among the citizens as dozens of them made appeals to security forces, the TV network said.

"Army units have encircled the al-Laylaki region and started pursuing the shooters," it added.

LBCI explained that the fighting had "nothing to do with politics, as it erupted over living issues and disputes over buildings and money."

"The army locked away
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
two people in al-Laylaki neighborhood and some residents fled the area," LBCI reported later.
Posted by: Fred || 06/26/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  it erupted over living issues and disputes over buildings and money."
I'll wager a woman was involved.
Posted by: Shipman || 06/26/2013 4:32 Comments || Top||

#2  I'll wager a woman was involved.

And you'll lose---it was a sheep.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/26/2013 14:36 Comments || Top||

#3  :)
I knew that.
Posted by: Shipman || 06/26/2013 16:15 Comments || Top||

Manhunt Launched for Asir
[An Nahar] Army Commander General Jean Qahwaji inspected on Tuesday military units in the southern city of Sidon as security forces launched a major manhunt for radical Salafist holy man Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir.

In the coastal city meanwhile, the army worked to consolidate its control, after troops overran Asir's headquarters on Monday afternoon.

Soldiers evacuated civilians trapped in their homes since the fighting with Asir's supporters began on Sunday afternoon, and detonated explosives abandoned by Asir's supporters as they fled on Monday.

The 24 hours of festivities were the worst to hit Leb since the beginning of the conflict in neighboring Syria, which has inflamed sectarian tensions in the country, sparking sporadic fighting.

A day of mourning was announced for the 17 soldiers killed in the fighting, and the government held a moment of silence.

Qahwaji left Sidon without making any statement.

The streets around Asir's complex were packed with people who came to inspect their homes and shops, many of which were damaged during the fighting.

"Some say he is disguised as a woman and that he has traveled to Tripoli."
Lebanese commandos patrolled streets littered with burnt-out cars and others riddled with bullets.

Speculation was rife as to the whereabouts of Asir, the radical holy man known for his opposition to Hizbullah, and his antagonism to the army.

A day earlier, the Lebanese judiciary issued a detention order for Asir and 123 of his followers, and on Tuesday, Leb's military and security bodies were all mobilized to search for him, a security source said.

"There are several hypotheses on his whereabouts," the source told Agence La Belle France Presse.

"Some say he is disguised as a woman and that he has traveled to Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
(in northern Leb). Others say he may have fled to Syria."

"It is also possible he is hiding in (the southern Paleostinian refugee camp of) Ein el-Hellhole," he added, referring to a Paleostinian refugee camp in Sidon.

A military source said the army had tossed in the clink
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
"dozens of people suspected of loyalty" to Asir as they captured his headquarters on Monday night.

Journalists who toured the complex, which includes a mosque, several office building and apartment blocks, saw abandoned weapons, including rocket launchers and machine guns, as well as fatigues.

The complex in Abra, on the eastern outskirts of Sidon, is a residential area and dozens of civilians were trapped by the fighting, which left several apartments in the area burned out.
Posted by: Fred || 06/26/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under: Salafists

#1  Speculation was rife as to the whereabouts of Asir, the radical holy man known for his opposition to Hizbullah

so he's not all bad
Posted by: Frank G || 06/26/2013 8:07 Comments || Top||

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