[MAGHAREBIA] ANP forces eliminated a terrorist near the town of Ifigha, east of Tizi Ouzou, APS reported on Wednesday (June 26th). The Algerian military action on Tuesday reportedly followed citizen tips about the terrorist's location.
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06/28/2013 00:00 ||
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[An Nahar] Libya's Defense Minister Mohammed al-Barghathi is to be replaced, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said on Thursday, the day after deadly festivities between gangs in 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... "The defense minister will be thanked and we are going to name a new minister," Zeidan said in a speech.
He noted that Barghathi had already put forward his resignation at the beginning of May before withdrawing it shortly afterwards at the government's request.
On ground, tension was palpable in the Libyan capital on Thursday, a day after deadly fighting broke out between groups of ex-rebels, highlighting the country's continuing insecurity nearly two years after dictator Muammar Qadaffy ...a proud Arab institution for 42 years, now among the dear departed, though not the dearest... fell.
Much of Libya's recent unrest has centered on the eastern city of Benghazi, the cradle of the 2011 uprising against Qadaffy, where attacks blamed on Islamists have targeted both the authorities and Western interests.
But it now seems to be spreading to Tripoli, where brigades of ex-rebels remain entrenched despite government efforts to disarm them and impose its authority.
Since the fall of Qadaffy's regime, militia groups, mostly ex-rebels, have managed border controls, prisons, strategic facilities in the country and vital institutions.
Coming from different parts of the country, representing different tribes and with varying ideologies, they have received salaries and perks from the authorities, and some have even benefited from smuggling and extortion.
Deadly events on Tuesday and Wednesday epitomized the sense of lawlessness that surrounds them.
A group of gunnies from the city of Zintan who had been guarding oil facilities in the southern desert, attacked the Tripoli headquarters of the petroleum industry security force on Tuesday.
They had been replaced by another group and wanted their jobs back.
Another "brigade" of ex-rebels, loosely attached to interior ministry's high security commission, intervened in the fighting. Five people were killed and five of the Zintanis seized.
On Wednesday, armed Zintanis attacked the Tripoli headquarters of the brigade, located in the capital's Abu Slim district. They ransacked it and freed their comrades.
Five people were also killed in that fighting and another 97 maimed, the health ministry said.
The interim head of Libya's army, General Salem al-Konidi, said "we tried to intervene, but our resources did not allow it".
"The government refuses to equip the army," Konidi told Libya Al-Ahrar television.
On Thursday, military police remained deployed at key points along the airport road near Abu Slim, having arrived during the previous days festivities.
While there were no outright threats, there was a sense among people in the city that there could be more inter-militia festivities.
There are also worries that the city may see further incidents of this kind in retaliatory attacks but limited to inter-militia festivities
Konidi also disowned the Zintanis, who are officially attached to the defense ministry, saying "forces that don't follow our orders don't belong to us".
The government limited itself to issuing a statement overnight in which it regretted the "deplorable acts" and affirmed its intention to enforce its decision to remove "illegal militias" from the capital.
That decision had been taken by the General National Congress (GNC), the country's highest legislative and political authority, after deadly fighting in Benghazi three weeks ago.
And the government said on Thursday that, during the course of the day, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan would speak about the latest festivities.
But while violence hit Tripoli, there were deadly attacks elsewhere in the country.
Overnight, three boom-mobiles went kaboom! in Sebha, 700 kilometers (434 miles) south of the capital. Two people died and 17 were maimed in the blasts, which came at roughly half-hour intervals, officials said.
And in Benghazi on Wednesday, an army officer died after a bomb placed in his official vehicle went kaboom!.
The death of Lieutenant Colonel Jemaa al-Misrati came a day after gunnies killed six soldiers at a checkpoint south of Sirte, the late Qadaffy's hometown.
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06/28/2013 00:00 ||
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Despite the news blackout imposed by Riyadh, reports of widespread riots and clashes have been sweeping the oil-rich Eastern Provinces of Saudi Arabia between Shiite demonstrators and security forces, leaving unknown numbers of dead and wounded. One of the most violent incidents erupted at the funeral of a Shiite demonstrator shot dead by the police. The mourners set fire to police vehicles and shouted slogans calling for the overthrow of the Saudi throne. Friday night, heavy security forces reinforcements streamed to the afflicted region to crack down on the unrest.
A lawmaker representing the ruling United Russia party in the parliament of the Russian republic of Dagestan has been arrested for alleged links with Islamic terrorists insurgents.
Magomed Magomedov was detained on June 27 during a break in the parliamentary session. The Dagestani leader's office confirmed the reports but refused further comment. Magomedov is a member of the parliamentary committee for interethnic relations and religious issues.
Lawmakers immediately voted to expel Magomedov from parliament.
The official death toll rose to 35 Friday from an outburst of violence that included knife attacks on police in a far-western region that has seen frequent clashes between China's Muslim minority Uighurs and the ethnic Han majority.
Initial reports said 27 people were killed Wednesday in a remote town in the Xinjiang region, with state-run media saying that knife-wielding assailants targeted police stations, a government building and a construction site - all symbols of Han authority and influx in the region.
The updated death toll included some of the severely injured dying in the hospital. It also included 11 assailants shot dead in Lukqun township in Turpan prefecture, the state-run Xinhua News agency said. Two police officers were among the 24 people they killed, Xinhua said.
The reports did not identify the ethnicity of the attackers, nor explain what may have caused the conflict in the Turkic-speaking region, where Uighurs have complained of suppression and discrimination by Han people. The report also said police captured four injured assailants.
The Wednesday violence - described as a terrorist act by China's state media - was 1 of the bloodiest incidents since unrest in the region's capital city of Urumqi killed nearly 200 in 2009.
It was impossible to independently confirm the state-run media accounts. The Global Times said police set up many checkpoints along the 30-kilometer (19-mile) road to Lukqun and dissuaded reporters from traveling there due to safety concerns.
Information is tightly controlled in the region, which the Chinese government regards as highly sensitive and where it has imposed a heavy security presence to quell unrest. However, forces are spread thin across the vast territory and the response from authorities is often slow.
Xinjiang (shihn-jeeahng) is home to a large population of minority Muslim Uighurs (WEE'-gurs) in a region that borders Central Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan and has been the scene of numerous violent acts in recent years, including the riots in the capital four years ago.
[An Nahar] Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been indicted on a total of 30 counts, including the use of a weapon of mass destruction, over the April attacks, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
Tsarnaev, 19, faces the death penalty or life imprisonment on 17 of the counts. Three people were killed and more than 260 were maimed in the bombings at the finish line of the Boston marathon.
The teen has also been charged with shooting dead a campus police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as he and his accomplice brother Tamerlan attempted to steal his vehicle.
Tamerlan, 26, was killed in a shootout with police three days after the April 15 bombings.
Among the other charges delivered against the younger Tsarnaev are bombing of a public place, malicious destruction of property resulting in death, carjacking and firearms offenses.
A Moslem of Chechen origin, Tsarnaev was naturalized as an American citizen last year. That worked well.
[Pak Daily Times] MINGORA: At least two alleged bad boyz were potted in a shootout on Thursday, while the police said it managed to rescue 10 hostages from their captivity. According to media reports, the alleged terrorist opened indiscriminate fire on a police party in the suburbs of Dandona Qilla.
[Pak Daily Times] MASTUNG: At least two people received bullet wounds in an attack on NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis.... containers in the Dasht area 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... on Thursday. Levies sources said that unidentified armed motorcyclists opened indiscriminate fire on two containers passing through the area, injuring the drivers and setting ablaze the trucks. The attackers managed to escape from the scene. A rescue team rushed to the site and shifted the injured men -- identified as Asmatullah and Shah Pasand -- to Civil Hospital. Levies personnel cordoned off the area and launched a search operation to trace the attackers.
[Pak Daily Times] A woman was killed in an honour killing, while two others including a cop were bumped off in cityon Thursday.
In what looks like an honour killing, a woman was axed by her husband over suspicions of illicit relation. Official of Jackson cop shoppe said deceased 35-years-old Kulsoom's husband Nawaz killed her with an axe and later expeditiously departed at a goodly pace. On being informed police reached the spot and shifted her body to 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... (CHK) for postmortem. Police told that deceased hailed from Sargodha.
A police constable was rubbed out near Liaqat chowk within the premises of Rizvia cop shoppe. Police officials said that Muhammad Asif, 32, was attacked by unidentified gunnies when he was sitting near to his house with a friend.
As a result Asif sustained multiple bullet wounds and was struck down in his prime, however his friend remained safe. Victim's body was taken to Abassi Shaheed Hospital (ASH). Police informed that deceased was deployed at crime branch, and further investigations into his murder are underway.
A man was bumped off in Nazimabad No 2, within the precincts of Gulbahar cop shoppe. Officials said that victim namely 40-years-old Irfan Ullah Ansari, was killed when he was returning home after offering Fajar prayers at mosque located near Pardah Park. Armed pillion riders shot up him, resultantly, he sustained multiple bullet injuries and was struck down in his prime. The body of victim was handed over to heirs after autopsy at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH).
Lawyer Sindh High Court Ahmed Ali Jan Bangash departed this vale of tears after one week treatment at local hospital. Baghadai Police said that on June 23 unidentified gunnies sprayed bullets on his car when Bangash was passing through the area along with his son Shabir Ali Jan Bangash.
Police further informed that victim's son was killed on the spot, while he was admitted at local hospital adding that the culprits had attacked them over sectarian basis.
Bodies found: An unidentified bullet riddled body of a man was found near Navel Flats, Agra Taj Colony within the remits of Kalri cop shoppe. Police expects the victim to be around 30-years-old. It said that unidentified culprits kidnapped the victim and later threw his body at said place after killing.
The body was moved to morgue for identification after autopsy at CHK. Police further said the victim apparently looked like belonging to Kachi community.
Another young man belonging to Kachi community was found dead within the remits of Chakiwara cop shoppe. Police said the victim was 26 year old and later moved his body to morgue for identification.
Suspected terrorists insurgents detonated a bomb targeting a vehicle carrying rangers in Pattani province yesterday, but mistimed the explosion and did not inflict any casualties.
In Yala province, suspected terrorists insurgents opened fire on 3 local residents at a market, killing one person. The slain woman was the mother of two children who were also shot and injured.
Defense Minister Sukamphon Suwannathat said the situation in the far South was improving, but pointed out that bombing attempts were hard to counter due to a lack of necessary equipment.
Meanwhile, locals in Yala said they believed the new seven-point demand from the BRN would likely be rejected because violence was still ongoing in the far South. They also said that if a withdrawal of security forces really was to take place, the residents would need to exercise increased caution in their lives.
[An Nahar] A suicide kaboom in a Christian area in the heart of the Syrian capital on Thursday killed at least four people, state television ... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
"A terrorist suicide kaboom... in Damascus has left four people dead and several others maimed," the broadcaster said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the toll, adding that the likely target of the bombing was a Shiite Mohammedan charity located in the Christian neighborhood.
"According to preliminary reports, four people were killed and several others maimed," said the Britannia-based Observatory.
"The bombing took place close to the Ihsan charity, which is Shiite," watchdog director Rami Abdel Rahman told Agence La Belle France Presse.
"I believe the charity was the actual target."
Though it began with peaceful protests calling for the fall of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad One of the last of the old-fashioned hereditary iron-fisted fascist dictators... 's regime, Syria's war has grown increasingly sectarian over time.
The majority of Syria's rebels -- like the population -- are Sunni Mohammedan, while Assad belongs to the Alawite minority, an offshoot of Shiite Islam.
Sectarian tensions have grown further in recent months, ever since the entry into Syria's conflict of Leb's Hizbullah.
Residents of the neighborhood told AFP the police blocked off the road linking the two historical neighborhoods of Bab Tuma and Bab Sharqi, where the bombing took place.
An AFP journalist saw a corpse stretched out on the pavement.
At least two shops were damaged by the blast, said the correspondent, adding that firefighters, security forces and soldiers were all deployed in the area.
Official television channel Al-Ikhbariya broadcast footage of the body of a man in a white T-shirt, saying it was the remains of the jacket wallah.
It also showed body parts strewn across the area.
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06/28/2013 00:00 ||
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MURDER BOMBING, Not suicide.
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[An Nahar] Lebanese men from al-Tufayli family kidnapped eight Syrians in retaliation for the capture of their next of kin in the eastern city of Baalbek, they claimed in a statement released late Wednesday.
"After Faisal Haidar al-Maarrawi from the Syrian town of al-Maarra and his brother Rifaat along with their gang kidnapped our son Mohammed Medhat al-Tufayli, several young men from the family kidnapped eight Haidar members," said the statement.
Al-Tufayli was kidnapped at noon Wednesday in the outskirts of the town of Nahle, said the state-run National News Agency.
The eight Syrians were later kidnapped while working in livestock grazing in Nahle, it said.
Among them were Khaled Haidar, his brother Ahmed, Hussein Haidar, and Mohammed Darwish.
[An Nahar] Syrian regime forces stormed a town in the central province of Homs on Thursday after days of fierce festivities with rebels, a monitoring group said.
State television said the army had "restored peace and security" to Al-Qariatayn.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman said regime forces had "stormed the town of Al-Qariatayn" after days of fighting.
"Now the army is searching the town and detaining people," he said.
The army has been pressing an assault on villages surrounding Homs city, dubbed "the capital of the revolution" by anti-regime activists.
Few enclaves remain in rebel hands today.
Regime forces have besieged rebel-held districts in Homs city for more than a year, shelling them daily.
Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Scourge of Qusayr... 's troops seized the former rebel stronghold of Qusayr in the province earlier this month, supported by fighters from Hizbullah.
North of Homs city, the army has intensified its bombardment of rebel-held Rastan and Talbisseh.
On Thursday, the army renewed shelling the town of Houla, scene of a massacre last year, according to the Local Coordination Committees, a network of activists.
To the east, rebels maintain a presence in a handful of areas, among them Palmyra in the eastern desert.
"The army wants to secure a kind of moral victory by crushing Homs," Abdel Rahman said.
"Areas east of Homs city are important because they lie near Damascus province," he told Agence La Belle France Presse.
Activists in and near Damascus have reported daily bombing of rebel areas, and a major assault that has lasted more than a week against the Qaboon and Barzeh districts in the north and east of the capital.
Meanwhile, ...back at the fist fight, Jake ducked another roundhouse, then parried with his left, then with his right, finally with his chin... the army has captured parts of Barzeh, the Observatory said.
"Regime troops used mortars and rocket fire to target Qaboon," said the Syrian Revolution General Commission, another network of activists.
In southern Damascus, festivities raged around the Yarmuk Paleostinian refugee camp, said the Observatory.
Towns near Damascus held for months by opposition forces for months, such as Harasta, Zamalka and Douma, have been coming under intense fire, said the Observatory.
Clashes also raged in Rashidin district in the northern city of Aleppo, the Observatory said, days after a rebel attack aimed at taking regime-controlled areas of the city.
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06/28/2013 00:00 ||
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[An Nahar] Hizbullah vacated several apartments in the area of Abra in the southern city of Sidon, handing them over to the Lebanese army, three days after gunbattles turned the city into a battle zone.
The apartments, which lie meters from the Bilal bin Rabah Mosque compound in which Salafist holy man Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir was a preacher, were one of the main reason for the fierce campaign launched by him against Hizbullah.
TV footage showed two apartments burned and damaged.
The army and security forces on Tuesday launched a manhunt for Asir after festivities between soldiers and his supporters left around 18 troops dead.
The military consolidated its grip on Sidon after overrunning the holy man's mosque complex late Monday. But Asir remained on the lam.
Syria's civil war has been bleeding into Leb for the past year, following similar sectarian lines of Sunni and Shiite camps. The military has struggled on multiple fronts in the eastern Bekaa valley and 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... , where armed factions have fought street battles that often last several days.
Al-Asir, a 45-year-old holy man, supports the overwhelmingly Sunni rebels fighting to topple Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Horror of Homs... Few had heard of him until last year, when he began agitating for Hizbullah to disarm and to clear the apartments near his mosque.
Last year, he set up a protest tent city that closed a main road in Sidon for a month in a sit-in meant to pressure Hizbullah to disarm.
Earlier this month, he accused the army of "defending" the apartments owned by the Shiite party.
He warned he would resort to a "military option" if his demand to vacate them were not met.
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06/28/2013 00:00 ||
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This is what happens with Rent Control, plan accordingly.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.