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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 06/27/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336064 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Birthday Gam Shot

Julie Ordon [Swiss Cheesecake][Filmography](age 29)

Sports Model Design

Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 06/27/2013 1:16 Comments || Top||

#2  Jayne Mansfield (born Vera Jayne Palmer; April 19, 1933 – June 29, 1967) She was a major Hollywood sex symbol of the 1950s and early 1960s. Mansfield was 20th Century Fox's alternative Marilyn Monroe and came to be known as the Working Man's Monroe. Frequent references have been made to Mansfield's very high IQ, which she claimed was 163. She spoke five languages, including English. She spoke fluent French and Spanish, German that she learned in high school, and she studied Italian in 1963. Reputed to be Hollywood's "smartest dumb blonde", she later complained that the public did not care about her brains: "They're more interested in 40–21–35," she said.
Posted by: Au Auric || 06/27/2013 2:05 Comments || Top||

#3  Allegations that Mansfield was decapitated are untrue, although she suffered severe head trauma. The urban legend was spawned by the appearance in police photographs of a crashed car with its top virtually sheared off, and what resembled a blonde-haired head tangled in the car's smashed windshield. However, this was probably either a wig Mansfield was wearing or her actual hair and scalp. The death certificate stated that the immediate cause of Mansfield's death was a "crushed skull with avulsion of cranium and brain". After her death, the NHTSA began requiring an underride guard (a strong bar made of steel tubing) on all tractor-trailers. This bar is known as a Mansfield bar, or an ICC bar.
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 06/27/2013 3:27 Comments || Top||

#4  x
Posted by: lotp || 06/27/2013 9:23 Comments || Top||

#5  x
Posted by: lotp || 06/27/2013 9:25 Comments || Top||

#6  Y?
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 06/27/2013 9:38 Comments || Top||

#7  ..and she studied Italian in 1963

Or Italian studied her. Can you say meow.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/27/2013 9:58 Comments || Top||

#8  Jayne Mansfield also played the violin pretty well and the piano too (not as well).
Posted by: lord garth || 06/27/2013 10:55 Comments || Top||

Africa Horn
Top Somali militant leader flees former Shebab comrades
[Pak Daily Times] Veteran Somali Islamist leader Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys has fled former comrades in the Al-Qaeda linked Shabaab, officials said Wednesday, the most visible sign yet of splits in the long-running insurgency.
Is that him in the photo? Gentlemen, hold this example before your eyes when you ponder putting henna on your beard... then let it go grey naturally. On behalf of the world's womanhood, I thank you in advance.
Aweys, on both United States and UN Security Council terrorism sanctions lists, has sought shelter in the central Somali province of Himan and Heeb, after festivities with top Shabaab commander Ahmed Abdi Godane.

"It looks like he escaped attacks by Al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
," said Mohamed Omar Hagafey, Himan and Heeb front man, adding he was due to appear in the region's main town of Adado "escorted by the local authorities". Initial reports suggested he was not being held against his will. Himan and Heeb, an autonomous region best known for its pirate and kidnap gangs, is not controlled by Mogadishu's internationally-backed government. Aweys' forces have been allied with Shabaab troops since 2010, but he has been in outspoken opposition to Godane's leadership for more than a year.

But the septuagenarian influential holy man -- listed on UN sanctions lists as aged 78 -- is more of a spiritual figurehead than an active commander, and his split alone is likely to have little if any impact on the operational capacity of the Shabaab.

A wily but outspoken strategist, Aweys was a top leader of the Islamic Courts Union, a radical group that ruled Somalia in 2006 before being tossed by Æthiopian troops who stormed Somalia in a US-backed invasion. A respected former army colonel who fought in the 1977-78 Æthiopia-Somali war, he later commanded the Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya and Hizb al-Islam forces, before allying his gunnies with the Shabaab three years ago in a common fight to overthrow the government.

Aweys, who has recently been based in the southern port of Barawe, one of the few towns left in Shabaab hands, reportedly fled after festivities broke out between troops loyal to him and those of Godane, the main Shabaab leader.

Aweys has reportedly been aligned with a rival-Shabaab faction led by Afghan-trained leader Mukhtar Robow. Washington has offered multi-million dollar bounties for several top leaders, including $7 million for Godane and $5 million for Robow, but has offered no reward for Aweys. However,
corruption finds a dozen alibis for its evil deeds...
US sanctions lists in 2001 named him as a supporter of terrorism.
Posted by: Fred || 06/27/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336077 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

#1  Looks stupid with the Goatee dyed red.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 06/27/2013 6:18 Comments || Top||

#2  TW, how about my pig tail?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 06/27/2013 11:40 Comments || Top||

#3  TW, how about my pig tail?

My dear Ebbang Uluque6305, if you can get a pig to stqnd still for such teatment, more power to you.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/27/2013 14:04 Comments || Top||

Africa North
Armed groups clash in Libya capital: Security source
[Al Ahram] Fighting erupted in the Libyan capital on Wednesday after gunnies from the western city of Zintan tried to free five of their comrades seized by former rebels, a security source told AFP.

The festivities with small arms and heavy weapons broke out in the Abu Slim area near central 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...
, an AFP journalist and witnesses said.
Posted by: Fred || 06/27/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336063 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  I had a ring side seat to that one. It was not in central Tripoli, it was further in the outskirts, I was in the Hadbah district and the fighting was further out than Hadbah.

Apparently two groups got into it. Early accounts say the group from Zintan oil field security guards complaining about not being paid. They were demonstrating at their employers offices in Tripoli when shots were fired. The Army shows up to separate the two groups, the NPS shows up to separate the two groups and then the NPS and the Army start shooting at each other.

It finally died down after dark. 6 Dead.

The Libyan Army has a rapid response team to squash any of these kinds of things and to disarm the combatants. The Security police (NPS) were not supposed to be there.

Obviously the Libyan government has to deal with all of these armed militias running around.

Apparently I am having to eat my words about how quiet it has been here...
Posted by: Bill Clinton || 06/27/2013 4:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Don't feel bad. Six dead still doesn't rise to Chicago standards. Maybe they're better shots in Chicago.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 06/27/2013 11:44 Comments || Top||

Egypt prosecution orders arrest of six new suspects in Shia lynchings case
[Al Ahram] South Giza prosecution ordered Wednesday the arrest of six new suspects in connection to the lynching of five Shias in Zawyat Abu Musalam village, following other arrests related to the same incident.

Investigations into the incident have led to the arrest of 22 suspects. Among the charges suspects face are murder, arson, attempted murder, resisting arrest and sabotage.

A mob of hundreds gathered Sunday in Zawyat Abu Musalam, a Giza village, outside a house where a number of Shias met. The mob ransacked and torched the house, before beating and dragging a number of Shias.

The attack left five Egyptian Shias dead and several injured, heightening fears of sectarian strife in Egypt.
Posted by: Fred || 06/27/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336066 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Iraq

#1  Al Tur - Drugs & Other Contraband Smuggling-Egypt
Posted by: Woozle Fleating9489 || 06/27/2013 22:25 Comments || Top||

#2  Sohag - Guns Smuggled By Gangs-Egypt
Posted by: Flan Cluque1334 || 06/27/2013 22:30 Comments || Top||

#3  Abdul Mazed - Interpol Wanted - Sinai - Egypt - From Bangladesh Originally
Posted by: Boss Brown2301 || 06/27/2013 22:39 Comments || Top||

Egypt prosecutors detain Shia leader
[Al Ahram] Prosecutors in Giza have enjugged
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
a leading Shia figure for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

Mohamed El-Dereiny, who heads the Supreme Council for Ahl El-Beit, a group representing Egypt's Shia Moslems, said he had the weapons for self-defence after receiving death threats.

He told prosecutors he feared he would be killed like Shia Sheikh Hassan Shehata.

Shehata and three other Shias were killed in a hundreds-strong sectarian mob attack in Zawyat Abu Musalam village in Giza governorate on Monday.

El-Dereiny said he used a camera found with the weapons to record a video message to President Mohamed Morsi saying he would protect himself.

El-Dereiny will be detained for four days pending investigations.

A journalist at state news agency MENA and another man incarcerated
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
at El-Dereiny's home were released after questioning.
Posted by: Fred || 06/27/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336069 views] Top|| File under: Salafists

#1  Siwi - Guns & Thugs Readied People Traffic With Unbeknowst Populace- Egypt
Posted by: Zebulon Gliling3236 || 06/27/2013 22:33 Comments || Top||

One Dead, 237 Wounded as Morsi Supporters, Foes Clash in Egypt
[An Nahar] At least one person was killed and 237 were hurt in festivities between supporters and opponents of Mohamed Morsi Wednesday, the health ministry said, as Egypt's Islamist president prepared to address the nation on his first year in power.

Islamists had been holding a pro-Morsi rally in the Nile Delta city of Mansura when opponents began throwing rubbish at them and fighting erupted, a security official said.

Two people were taken to the intensive care unit with live bullet wounds, said the Mansura International Hospital, where the patients are being treated.

A front man for the Moslem Brüderbund, Gehad al-Haddad, said one person was killed in the festivities.

The festivities come amid widespread tension ahead of planned anti-Morsi rallies on Sunday to coincide with the president's first year in office.

Pro- and anti-Morsi gatherings are being held around the country, but confrontations have only erupted in Mansura, a security official said.

Morsi is to speak at 1930 GMT, to highlight his achievements.

In Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the 2011 revolt that toppled president Hosni Mubarak
...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011...
, hundreds of anti-Morsi protesters gathered to watch the president's speech.

Some have announced they will begin a sit-in there.

Others have gathered outside the defense ministry, waving Egyptian flags and chanting against the president.

In Alexandria and several Nile Delta provinces, Islamist groups have held rallies in support of him.

Egypt is deeply polarized.

Morsi's supporters say he is an elected president who is working to root out decades of corruption in state institutions. Any attempt to remove him from office would be a coup against democracy, they say.

His opponents accuse him of concentrating power in the hands of the Moslem Brüderbund from which he hails and of failing the aspirations for freedom and social justice that inspired the revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

Egypt's powerful army, which has been on the sidelines of politics since Morsi's election, warned it would intervene if violence breaks out in the country.

The military has brought in reinforcements of troops and vehicles in key cities in order to protect vital establishments in case of potential unrest, security officials said.

The festivities come amid widespread tension ahead of mass anti-Morsi rallies planned on Sunday. With Islamist parties having called for their own rallies to support the president on Friday, there are fears of more unrest.

Organizers of a campaign dubbed Tamarod (rebellion in Arabic) say they have collected more than 15 million signatures in support of a snap presidential election just a year after Morsi took power.
Posted by: Fred || 06/27/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336063 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Morsi is to speak at 1930 GMT, to highlight his achievements

Means it should be over by 1933 GMT.
Posted by: Pappy || 06/27/2013 10:06 Comments || Top||

#2  1933 eh?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/27/2013 13:00 Comments || Top||

#3  Yes, 1933.

/innocent look
Posted by: Pappy || 06/27/2013 15:30 Comments || Top||

Libya Army Officer Killed in Car Bomb
[An Nahar] A Libyan army officer died on Wednesday after a bomb placed in his official vehicle went kaboom! in the restive eastern city of Benghazi, medical and security sources said.

The attack occurred a day after gunnies killed six soldiers at a checkpoint south of Sirte, the hometown of Muammar Qadaffy
...Proof that a madman with money will be politely received for at least 42 years until his people get tired of him and kill him...
, highlighting the continuing insecurity in Libya since the 2011 revolution that ousted and killed the long-time dictator.

Lieutenant Colonel Jemaa al-Misrati was "gravely maimed and died of his injuries in the operating room," an official at Benghazi's Al-Jala hospital said.

Witnesses said the bomb went kaboom! shortly after Misrati left home, with a security official saying the vehicle had been "booby trapped".
Posted by: Fred || 06/27/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336063 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

Egypt Military Source: Rocket Explodes In Central Sinai
[Ynet] Paleostinian news agency Maan reported on Tuesday that an Egyptian military source said a rocket had landed in a desert area of central Sinai earlier in the day. According to the source, the rocket has a range of 50 km and it fell east of the Suez Canal without causing damage or casualties.

The source did not rule out the possibility that the rocket was launched as part of the training of gangs in the Sinai.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/27/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336063 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

Africa Subsaharan
Nigeria Charges Hizbullah-linked Men with Terrorism
[An Nahar] Nigeria on Wednesday charged three Lebanese allegedly linked to Hizbullah with "terrorism related offenses."

Five Lebanese were implicated last month after a huge cache of arms and ammunition was found in their premises in the northern city of Kano and the capital Abuja.

Three of them -- Mustapha Fawaz, aged 49, Abdallah Thahini, 48 and Talal Ahmad Roda, 51 -- were hit with a six-count charge of terrorism, while a fourth suspect was freed and the fifth was said to be on the run.

The three were also said to hold Nigerian citizenship.

Court papers said they "professed to belong to Hizbullah's military wing, an international terrorist organization, and you thereby committed an offense..."

The trio were accused of conspiracy "to receive training in preparation to engage in the commission of a terrorist act."

The suspects were also alleged to have "directly rendered support to a terrorist group" by providing in their premises "weapons for terrorist activities."

They were accused of permitting "a meeting connected with act of terrorism to be held" at their premises, an upscale supermarket and amusement resort in Abuja.

Thahini was said to be the coordinator of Hizbullah in Nigeria as well as a conduit to transfer funds for its operation.

The suspects pleaded not guilty
"Wudn't me."
to the charges and the judge ordered that they be remanded in jug until the next hearing on July 8.

Defense lawyer Ahmed Raji said Nigeria would not be able to sustain the charges of belonging to a "terrorist group" since there has not been a formal declaration of Hizbullah as a "terrorist sect" by the government.

Last month, Nigeria's security services discovered a home in Kano where weapons they claimed were intended to attack Israeli and Western targets in Nigeria were kept.
Posted by: Fred || 06/27/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336063 views] Top|| File under: Salafists

Army Captures Boko-Haram Leaders, Recovers Weapons In Borno, Yobe
[CHANNELSTV] The Federal Government troops deployed to Yobe and Borno have captured some notorious leaders of the terrorist group, Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
, and recovered various weapons.
The Director of Defence Information, Brigadier General Chris Olukolade disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday.

In the statement, Mr Olukolade gave the report of a nine-member Defence Headquarters Operational Assessment Team, sent by the Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ola Ibrahim, to the two states.

He said the team visited troop locations in various parts of Borno and Yobe.

"The commanding officer narrated the conduct of the operation to rid the (Sambisa) forest of the gunnies who had made the location their sanctuary," he said.

The front man quoted the commanding officer as saying that some notorious leaders of the gunnies had been captured while some materials recovered in their camp had provided useful intelligence for subsequent operations. He did not name the captured Boko Haram leaders.

"The team was shown the various weapons, including rockets and locally fabricated weapon accessories captured in the forest," he said.

He said items recovered included a large number of Improvised Explosive Devices- making materials, laptops, mobile communication equipment used for shooting and posting online videos, as well as locally made rockets and rocket launchers.

"Also, seized vehicles of different brands were shown to the team.

"Several vehicles destroyed by the gunnies as well as their tailoring equipment apparently used in producing fake uniforms were also shown to the team,'' he said.

He said the commanding officer told the team that the unit suffered casualties in men and equipment.

The defence spokesperson said troops were currently engaged in night and day patrols of the area to dominate the forest and apprehend any terrorist who might be lurking around. He said the Chief of Defence Staff expressed satisfaction with the high level of successes so far recorded in the operation.
Posted by: Fred || 06/27/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336063 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram

Caribbean-Latin America
11 die in Tamaulipas state including 8 bad guys

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By Chris Covert

A total of 11 individuals have been killed in separate drug and gang related incidents in Tamaulipas state since Tuesday, according to Mexican news accounts.

Four unidentified individuals were killed in a gunfight with a Mexican Army detachment in Reynosa Wednesday morning, according to a news report which appeared in the online edition of Milenio news daily.

According to the report, the gunfight took place at about 0900 hrs in Ampliacion Rodriguez colony and then spread on Bulevar Acapulco to Petrolera colony near a school, and finally concluded at around 1015 hrs.

Armed suspects were traveling aboard a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, and had apparently fired on a Mexican Army road patrol. Army return fire killed three. One of the dead was identified as Javier Antonio Cardenas Lopez, 30, from Sinaloa state. In the pickup truck, soldiers seized three rifles, 38 weapons magazines, six grenades and estrellas metalicas or metal stars, which are used to puncture vehicle tires.

One unidentified Mexican Army fusilero was killed and another was wounded. Five other unidentified civilians were wounded in the crossfire, three of them requiring medical attention.

In San Fernando municipality, a total of five armed suspects were killed in a firefight Tuesday night with a Mexican Army unit.

According to a news account posted on Milenio's website, the gunfight took place at around 2015 hrs near ejido Guadalupe Victoria and El Rancho La Isla, where armed suspects traveling aboard an H3 Hummer fired their weapons on the army patrol.

The dead ranged in age between 16 and 40, and were not identified in the news report. Five rifles, one grenade launcher, 28 weapons magazines and an undisclosed number of grenades were seized following the firefight.

San Fernando municipality is roughly halfway between Matamoros and Ciudad Victoria, the state capital of Tamaulipas, and in the past has been the scene of some of the bloodiest incidents in the drug war.

Meanwhile, two days ago the body of a Mexican journalist was found dead in Reynosa along with an unidentified female, according to a Proceso wire report which appeared on the website Yancuic.com.

The partially buried body of El Ciudadano columinist Mario Ricardo Chavez Jorge was found near ejido Santa Clara. The female companion found with him had been decapitated.

Monday, a total of 52 migrants were rescued from a safe house in Reynosa by a security group, according to Mexican news accounts.

A news report which appeared in the online edition of El Siglo de Durango news daily said that a Base de Operacones Mixtas (BOM) of Policia Federal and state police stopped two suspects traveling aboard a Dodge Avenger sedan. The suspects revealed the location of the safehouse where the migrants were detained..

The news account did not disclose the location of the safe house. Of the 52, 48 were from Guatemala and two each were from El Salvador and Mexico.

The suspects were identified as Pablo Avellaneda Torres and Luis Angel Perez Sanabria.

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com. He can be reached at grurkka@gmail.com
Posted by: badanov || 06/27/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336063 views] Top|| File under:

Riots in China's Xinjiang region kill 27: Xinhua
[GOOGLE] Riots in China's ethnically divided Xinjiang region on Wednesday left 27 people dead, according to state media which said police opened fire on "knife-wielding mobs".

It was the deadliest spasm of violence to hit the troubled western region since 2009. Xinjiang is about twice the size of Turkey and is home to around 10 million members of the mostly Moslem Uighur ethnic minority.

Police shot at "mobs" who had attacked cop shoppes, a local government building and a construction site, the Xinhua news agency said, citing local officials.

"Seventeen people had been killed... before police opened fire and rubbed out 10 rioters," it said. The mobs were also "stabbing at people and setting fire to police cars", the report said.

Nine police or security guards and eight non-combatants were killed before police opened fire, the report said, adding that three other people were taken to hospital with injuries.

The festivities occurred early Wednesday in the Lukqun township of Shanshan County, Xinhua said, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) from the desert city of Turpan and about 250 kilometres from the regional capital Urumqi.

The reason for the violence was not immediately clear, and police in Turpan refused to comment when contacted by AFP.

Residents of Shanshan County contacted by telephone said that police -- some armed with guns -- had been stationed at crossroads, and were blocking entrances to areas near where the festivities occurred.

"There are police on every road, every crossroad has been blocked," a woman who answered the phone at a restaurant in the county said, without providing her name.

A market worker who identified herself as a member of the Uighur minority and gave her surname as Ta said police carrying tasers had been stationed outside government offices, cop shoppes and courts in the county.

Many of Xinjiang's Uighur community complain of religious and cultural repression by Chinese authorities, and the region is regularly hit by unrest.

Chinese authorities have often blamed festivities in the region on "terrorists", but initial state-media reports did not mention terrorism.

A verified Twitter account run by state-broadcaster CCTV called the violence a "riot", saying it was correcting an earlier message which described it as an "insurgent attack".

Dilshat Rexit, a front man for the World Uyghur Congress, an exile group branded by Beijing as "separatist", said "continued repression and provocation is the cause of conflict". His comment came in a statement sent to AFP after news of the violence emerged.
Posted by: Fred || 06/27/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336063 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Is there any group with whom, or country in the world where, Muslims DON'T have/cause trouble?
Posted by: AlanC || 06/27/2013 9:24 Comments || Top||

#2  The rest of the world lives in the 21st century. It is natural that an 8th century culture would have difficulty fitting in and endure frustrations leading to violent outbursts.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 06/27/2013 9:40 Comments || Top||

EU Delays Round Of Turkish Entry Talks
Of course they do. Was it ever really a question?
[Ynet] The European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
rebuked Turkey on Tuesday for its crackdown on anti-government protesters by postponing a new round of membership talks for at least four months, but said its path to the EU remained open.

The EU had planned to open a new chapter, or policy area, in talks with Turkey on Wednesday, reviving the Turkish membership bid that has been virtually frozen for three years.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/27/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336063 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They're gonna talk turkey?

Go to your room.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 06/27/2013 11:49 Comments || Top||

The Grand Turk
Turkey Protests Restrict Erdogan's Foreign Activism
[Jpost] Expert: Ankara still may act in key regions, including Gazoo; twenty jugged
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
in latest raid in Turkey.

The unrest in Turkey is forcing Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to expend his political capital at home, possibly leading to a more relaxed foreign policy.

The demonstrations, which began in May, continue to reverberate as authorities arrested 20 in a raid in Ankara on Tuesday.

Erdogan's efforts to quash the protests and have his supporters hold rallies across the country could mean, contrary to what some analysts are saying, that he may double down not only at home, but also abroad.

Some of the first foreign policy consequences of the government's crackdown were felt on Tuesday, when the EU postponed a round of membership talks with Ankara to October.

The Istanbul-based Hurriyet Daily News attributed the delay to Europe's disapproval of the clampdown. Though Turkish admission to the EU has long come up against resistance among some member states, the current protests have bolstered these voices.

The report by the BBC on Monday that Turkey is intimidating its journalists will not improve matters.

And on the US front, despite President Barack Obama
I mean, I do think at a certain point you've made enough money...
's close relationship with Erdogan, it seems that these protests could sour how American decision-makers view the Turkish leader.

To Turkey's south, the Syrian civil war rages and despite strong rhetoric from Erdogan and some support for fellow Sunnis fighting in the opposition, Ankara has not taken military action against the Assad regime.

Soner Cagaptay, director of the Turkish Research Program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told The Jerusalem Post that Turkey now has "an opposition movement that transcends the parliament, taking its organized voice to the streets." It will be able to challenge Ankara's Syria policy, he said.

Cagaptay expanded on this point: "Currently many Turks want Assad to go, but many of them also do not support Ankara's Syria policy which they think has exposed Turkey to the fallout of the Syrian war.

Accordingly, the new street opposition is likely to check Ankara's Syria policy.

"This suggests that Turkey is going to compete with the United States to lead from behind in Syria," he added.

Mustafa Akyol, a columnist for Hurriyet and the author of the book, Islam without Extremes: A Mohammedan Case for Liberty, agreed, telling the Post the protests will further restrict Ankara's room for maneuver in Syria by focusing the attention of the government on domestic troubles rather than foreign policy.

"A Turkish intervention in Syria, which was already unlikely, is now unimaginable," he said.

a person who gets all wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package...
despite analysis that Turkey has lost much of its ability to act in Syria and other areas, the country still is more likely to act in critical regions, according to Anat Lapidot-Firilla, a Turkish expert and senior research fellow at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem.

Lapidot-Firilla points out three exceptions to what she calls Turkey's strategic retreat.

First, she said, Turkey is unlikely to stop its involvement in the Kurdish autonomous region in Iraq. Second, and related to the first point, Turkey will continue to press ahead at full speed with its plans to secure the flow of natural gas, which is badly needed for its industry and its goal of becoming an energy hub.

Lastly, Turkey's election campaign is starting and therefore Erdogan will most likely continue the country's activity related to the Paleostinians and the Gazoo Strip, as it can always be used to distract the public from domestic troubles.

"Gazoo is a treasure" for the Turkish regime, she said.

But on Syria, a bark but no bite policy may continue. For example last month, Erdgoan said Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Leveler of Latakia...
will "pay a very, very heavy price" for mass killings.

Burak Bekdil, a columnist for Hurriyet, told the Post Erdogan may now ramp up the rhetoric again to score some political points.

The trouble for Erdogan, said Bekdil, is that he is not sure how he can do this without risking a Syrian response, or one from one of its allies -- Iran, Russia, or China.

If Erdogan dares to take a bold action to back up his rhetoric, "he will have limited options," said Bekdil.
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#1  Doesn't the EU have some sort of Tradesman Membership?
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Eight preachers kidnapped from Awaran
[Pak Daily Times] AWARAN: Armed men kidnapped eight members of Tableeghi Jamaat at gunpoint from a mosque, while a Frontier Corps personnel was killed and three others maimed in a remote-controlled blast on Wednesday in the Awaran district of 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...
Unidentified gunnies kidnapped eight members of Tableeghi Jamaat at gunpoint from a mosque in Jhao area of Awaran.

The victims were from Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
and Bannu districts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...

Levies sources said that they were not informed about the activities of the group, otherwise security arrangement would have been made for them. However,
those who apply themselves too closely to little things often become incapable of great things...
security forces have launched a search operation for the recovery of the missing men. Meanwhile,
...back at the shouting match, a new, even louder, voice was to be heard...
snuffies targeted an FC convoy with a roadside kaboom in the Mashkay area of Awaran. An FC man was killed in the blast, while three sustained injuries.
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#1  You mean the search for the missing heads...
Posted by: Bob Snore6814 || 06/27/2013 22:48 Comments || Top||

SHO shot dead in Peshawar
[Pak Daily Times] PESHAWAR: Another senior police official, second in three days, was rubbed out in an attack by gunnies near Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
's border with Khyber Agency on Wednesday, officials said.

Hayatabad Police Station SHO Mera Jan was killed and four coppers were maimed in the attack near Karkhano checkpost on the main highway linking Khyber tribal region with Peshawar. Mira Jan was on routine patrol along the main Pakistain-Afghanistan highway when his vehicle came under gunfire near an Afghan market, a police official said. "The in-charge of Hayatabad Police Station was struck down in his prime, whereas four coppers escorting the police officer were maimed in the attack and are being treated," the official told media while declining to be identified. Mera Jan was patrolling the highway to ensure safe entry and exit of 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...
supply trucks. On Monday, DSP Traffic Amanullah Khan and his driver were bumped off while on their way to office.
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Video of kidnapped Czechs demands release of jailed Pakistani
[Pak Daily Times] PRAGUE: A video message on Wednesday purporting to show two Czech women hostages in Pakistain demanded the release of a Pak national tossed in the slammer
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
in the United States in return for their freedom.

Antonie Chrastecka and Hana Humpalova, both 24, were kidnapped in Pakistain in March. They speak in the video against a background of photographs of Aafia Siddiqui
...American-educated Pak cognitive neuroscientist who was convicted of assault with intent to murder her U.S. interrogators in Afghanistan. In September 2010, she was sentenced to 86 years in jug after a three-ring trial. Siddiqui, using the alias Fahrem or Feriel Shahin, was one of six alleged al-Qaeda members who bought $19 million worth of blood diamonds in Liberia immediately prior to 9-11-01. Since her incarceration Paks have taken her to their heart and periodically erupt into demonstrations, while the government tries to find somebody to swap for her...
, a neuroscientist who was given an 86-year sentence by a US court in 2010 for shooting at FBI agents and soldiers in Afghanistan

The video showed close-ups of the two women's passports and a sign saying: "Our Demand is only: release Dr Aafia."

"We appeal to our families and our president and all Czech people and the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
to make every effort for cooperation," Humpalova reads in the video, saying it was shot on April 16, a day after the Boston Marathon bombings.

"Our health is in good condition but our life in risk." It made no mention of the identity of the kidnappers.

Rooters could not verify the authenticity of the video.

The Czech Foreign Ministry said it had seen the tape and was analysing it.

"We are concerned about their health and safety," the ministry said. "We demand their immediate release and support all efforts of both their families in this direction."

Czech television station TV Nova said it was given the video by a person calling herself Orna Moshe. It was also posted on a Facebook page that was set up under that name on Sunday.

The two women were kidnapped 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...
, near the Afghan border. There had been no news on their fate since they disappeared and no group grabbed credit for the abduction. Kidnapping for ransom is relatively common in Pakistain, and snuffies occasionally take foreigners hostage.
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SHC judge injured; 10 killed in Karachi blast
[Pak Daily Times] KARACHI: A kaboom on a Sindh High Court judge on Wednesday killed at least ten people and injured 15, including the judge, police said.

The intended target of the forces of Evil was senior Sindh High Court judge Justice Maqbool Baqar, who was on his way to the court along with an escort of four Rangers personnel on two cycle of violences and two police vehicles. The convoy was near Burns Road when the powerful bomb went kaboom!. However,
there is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened...
Justice Baqar did not suffer any major wound. The blast also damaged Rangers' motorbikes, police vehicles, walls and windowpanes of a nearby building.

Rescue teams rushed to the blast site and shifted the injured to the Civil Hospital 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...
, where at least ten people, including two Rangers personnel, six coppers and the driver of the judge's car died. The 15 injured people were admitted for treatment. Justice Baqar was later shifted to the Aga Khan Hospital, where doctors termed his condition out of danger. According to the hospital, his condition is satisfactory as he had only received minor injuries. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah visited Justice Baqar and confirmed that his condition was satisfactory.

A large number of law enforcers, including Rangers and police, reached the blast site and cordoned off the area to avoid any untoward incident. The Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) was also summoned to the blast site to collect evidences and determine the nature of the kaboom. According to initial report of the BDS, the bomb was rigged to a cycle of violence which was parked along a footpath outside the Hanfia Masjid. The BDS experts said an improvised bomb (IED) was used in the blast. They added that the bomb weighed around six to eight kilogrammes and contained nuts, bolts and ball bearings.

Police officials said Justice Baqar had serious threats from myrmidon outfits, including outlawed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
... a 'more violent' offshoot of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistain. LeJ's purpose in life is to murder anyone who's not of utmost religious purity, starting with Shiites but including Brelvis, Ahmadis, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Rosicrucians, and just about anyone else you can think of. They are currently a wholly-owned subsidiary of al-Qaeda ...
. They said that about 12 CCTV cameras were installed in the vicinity of the blast site and law enforcers were examining the footages from them for leads. The Sindh police chief has sought a detailed report from the Karachi additional IG regarding the attack. A police statement said that IGP Shahid Nadeem Baloch has also instructed that the scene of the crime be secured for the collection of all the available evidences. The IGP further directed that with the collaboration of the Forensic Division of Sindh Police all the available evidences be collected from the scene and the process of investigation be made result-oriented.

Baqar has a reputation for honesty and has also served as a judge in special anti-terrorism courts set up to hand down quick judgements in terror cases. TTP front man Ehsanullah Ehsan claimed the responsibility of the attack, saying they detonated the bomb remotely. "We attacked the judge in Karachi as he was taking decisions against shariah and he was harmful for mujahideen,'' he said. Ehsan further said that the judge was targeted for what he said were "anti-Taliban and anti-mujahideen decisions", and that the group would continue to target judiciary.

President Asif Ali Ten Percent Zardari
... husband of the late Benazir Bhutto, who has been singularly lacking in curiosity about who done her in ...
, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf...
, MQM chief Altaf Hussain and leaders of political parties have strongly condemned the blast. Expressing sympathies with the bereaved families, they prayed for the departed souls and for the courage of the affected families to bear their losses with fortitude. The president and prime minister directed the authorities concerned to ensure that best medical assistance is provided to the injured.
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Five dead in Iraq disputed territory
[Al Ahram] A series of attacks killed five people in northern Iraq on Wednesday, all of them in a swathe of disputed territory where diplomats fear tensions could spill over into all-out armed conflict.

The violence struck in and around the ethnically mixed cities of Kirkuk and Tuz Khurmatu, which lie at the centre of a tract of land stretching from Iraq's eastern border with Iran to its western frontier with Syria.

Kurdistan wants to incorporate the area into its three-province autonomous region over the objections of the central government in Storied Baghdad
...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate...
Near Kirkuk,
... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time...
a roadside kaboom killed three people -- a man and two women, all of whom were relatives -- as they were driving a truck filled with produce, police and a doctor said.

In the city itself, gunnies killed a soldier and maimed another, while a tribal chief was found dead in Tuz Khurmatu, having suffered multiple gunshot wounds. His body also bore signs of torture, officials and medics said.

The unresolved row over the tract of territory is persistently cited by diplomats and analysts as one of the biggest threats to Iraq's long-term stability, with fears the tensions could result in armed conflict between the central government and Kurdish security forces.

Iraq has seen increased levels of violence since the beginning of the year, coinciding with protests by the country's Sunni Arab minority, which alleges it is being unfairly targeted by the Shiite-led authorities.
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J'lem Resident Convicted Of Contacting Hezbollah
[Ynet] Jerusalem District Court convicted city resident Assam Mashahra in a plea agreement of contact with a foreign agent and conspiracy to deliver information to the enemy.

The indictment indicates that in June 2012 Mashahra traveled to Beirut, where he met with Hezbollah several times. In meetings, one of the organization's computer instructors showed him how to work with encryption software and messaging to keep in touch with them after his return to Israel.
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20 Syrians hurt in Beirut stabbing attack
[Bangla Daily Star] At least 20 Syrians were maimed in a stabbing attack yesterdaywhen their vehicle was targeted by a group of unknown attackers in eastern Beirut, a police source told AFP.

"Three cars with tinted windows intercepted a minibus carrying 25 Syrians in the Jisr al-Wati neighbourhood. Eight men attacked the passengers with knives, injuring 20 of them," the source said.

Police surrounded the site of the incident, and an AFP photographer at the scene saw blood on the seats of the mini-bus and on discarded t-shirts inside the vehicle and on the street.

The National News Agency said the group was headed to a studio to record Syrian folklore music.

The incident comes as the conflict in neighbouring Syria raises tensions in Leb, with the violence regularly spilling over the border.
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#1  a minibus carrying 25 Syrians

Wouldn't believed it, except for experience.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/27/2013 12:59 Comments || Top||

Raids Ongoing in Abra amid Reports that Asir Did Not Leave Sidon
[An Nahar] Army raids are ongoing in Abra neighborhood of the southern city of Sidon to look for gunnies who supported Salafist holy man Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir in his festivities with the military institution, amid reports that the Imam of the Bilal bin Rabah mosque might have never left the city.

MTV reported on Wednesday that cautious calm is prevailing in Sidon, except for the sound of detonating bombs left in the battlefield.

It added that people coming to inspect their houses are prevented from approaching the area, as the army "has not yet finished its search for explosives and gunnies."

"Army patrols are roaming Abra and its surroundings and a checkpoint erected in the area is inspecting all vehicles passing in the neighborhood," MTV noted.

"Men jugged
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
during the festivities are being subjected to strict investigation," the same source pointed out.

Al-Manar television revealed that a large number of rocket-propelled grenades were found in al-Asir's security zone, and that "offices, chairs and even water bottles were booby-trapped."

Regarding al-Asir's fate, security sources told MTV that "the holy man's phone calls are being tracked."

"Investigation so far revealed that al-Asir is using an international number and that he is still in Sidon," MTV announced.

...back at the mall, Clarissa suddenly spied Mr. Bartlett at the checkout counter. He was buying Grecian Formula!...
OTV reported that a Sidon figure was communicating with al-Asir "until the last hours of the battle," revealing also that a Turkish mediator contacted the holy man and asked him to leave the port city and head to the north, "but no to (the northern city of) 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...
OTV stressed: "Investigation is ongoing and al-Asir did not head to Syria or to Tripoli."

In another report, security sources told LBCI television that "al-Asir was still in he security zone at 7:00 pm on Sunday."

They elaborated: "A female neighbor of the holy man told Sherlocks that he (al-Asir) came to the building around 6:00 pm Sunday and accompanied her to the basement where a group of people were hiding."

"Al-Asir stayed with us for an hour and then he left," she remarked.

"The siege around the zone was not completed yet on Sunday night, and there is a possibility that the holy man left the block along with 25-40 people during these hours," the security sources explained.

They said, however, that "he might have never left the southern city and its surroundings."

"Despite Paleostinians denying that al-Asir has entered (the refugee camp of) Ain el-Helweh, and promising not hide him, we still have doubts that he might be there or in one of the city's mosques," they said.

"And at Sunday night, he might have been transferred to another city."

Al-Asir is being tracked through monitoring phone lines that were in his possession and other lines that he might have access to, the sources informed LBCI.

"We are also keeping an eye on his Facebook and Twitter accounts."
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#1  Fake Beard, or possibly Fake MAN.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 06/27/2013 6:25 Comments || Top||

#2  Wishing him farewell and a good escape...would not want "Festivities" to end too soon, dont we?
Posted by: Bob Snore6814 || 06/27/2013 22:55 Comments || Top||

Palestinian Snipers Fight For Assad
[Ynet] Paleostinian refugees serving in sniper units throughout Syria's capital Damascus are helping Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Horror of Homs...
cling to power, three years after the eruption of the bloody civil war that has claimed the lives of more than 90,000 people. CNN news hound Fred Pleitgen accompanied the snipers during a day of fierce battles in the Damascus suburb of Yarmouk.

"We're on the front line with Paleostinians fighting for the Assad regime. Snipers do much of the fighting, and death can come any second," Pleitgen says in a video released by CNN.

Yarmouk, which was set up by the Assad regime as a Paleostinian refugee camp decades ago, "bears the scars of war," the CNN news hound says.

Pleitgen then asks the commander of the snipers unit who his enemy is. "They are mostly Islamists from al-Qaeda and Jabhat al-Nusra; mostly foreigners from the Emirates, Afghanistan and Pakistain, but also Syrians and Paleostinians," says the commander.
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