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Iranian-American Pleads Guilty to Plot to Kill Saudi Envoy to U.S.
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 10/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [502 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ach. Fectkampf mit schlogger. zehr gut.
Posted by: Ebbotch Elmeang9531 || 10/18/2012 13:45 Comments || Top||

#2  Does that even mean anything?
Posted by: Iblis || 10/18/2012 21:36 Comments || Top||

#3  Maybe, Iblis. It looks like badly spelled German, sort of.


"Kampf" = war, fight

"Mit" generally means "with" but can have other meanings, depending on the context.

"Schlagger" (not "schlogger") = a type of music popular in Germany & other European countries

"Fect" isn't a German word, or even a German spelling. "Fecht" (pronounced "fect" with a gutteral sound at the end), however, is a another German word for "fight" (I think in terms of one-on-one or possibly boxing) (I had to look that one up).

"zehr gut" should be "sehr gut" ("very good").

So apparently EE is trying to say "fightfight with music. very good."

Or some such.

I have no idea why.

Perhaps EE can enlighten us?
Posted by: Barbara || 10/18/2012 22:29 Comments || Top||

#4  He is referring to the Ziegfeld girls dressed for a fencing match, I suspect.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/18/2012 23:52 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
CIA officer killed in Afghanistan suicide bombing
A CIA officer was among those killed by a jacket wallah in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, sources familiar with the incident said, in the latest of a series of fatal insider attacks that have undermined American efforts to turn security over to Afghan forces.
A NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
front man said the bomber was a member of Afghanistan's intelligence service, the National Directorate of Security, or NDS. An NDS front man disputed that, telling the News Agency that Dare Not be Named that the attacker had worn an Afghan uniform to gain access to the building in Kandahar.

A U.S. official said the bomber had served on the Afghan police force for six years before moving to the NDS. He said officials believe the attack was a Taliban operation targeting NDS officers. The bomber was noticed acting suspiciously but detonated the device before anyone could shoot him.

The bomber went kaboom!" as Americans and Afghan officials were arriving to deliver new office furniture to the intelligence headquarters in Kandahar's Maruf district, the AP reported. Two Americans and four Afghan intelligence agents were killed in the blast.

The Pentagon identified the U.S. military casualty as Spc. Brittany B. Gordon, 24, of St. Petersburg, Fla., assigned to the 572 Military Intelligence Company, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.

The second American killed was a CIA officer deployed in Afghanistan, sources familiar with the situation said. CIA staff was briefed on the bombing this week, said the sources, who would not be quoted discussing potentially classified information. The officer's name and role was not disclosed. The CIA had no comment.
Posted by: Fred || 10/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [395 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Might I respectfully ask the Commander of the Styker Brigade to insist that someone else be selected else for the next phueching furniture moving detail to a site where OGA and NDS operate? Please detail someone NOT from your attached Military Intelligence Company..... possibly NOT an analyst. Get a clue Colonel, these are the people who are doing their best all day every day to identify and help detain the bombers. Please use them wisely.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/18/2012 6:59 Comments || Top||


Six Pakistanis being released from Bagram prison
[Dawn] The Ministry of Foreign Affairs told the Lahore High Court on Tuesday that six Paks imprisoned in Bagram Theatre Internment Camp in Afghanistan were being released.

A list of the six Paks to be released from captivity was also submitted to the court of Justice Khalid Mahmood Khan.

The judge praised the efforts of the ministry and observed that this was a proof of the hard work done by the petitioner (Justice Project Pakistain) to bring Pak citizens back.

The judge adjourned further hearing till Nov 15.

The judge was hearing a petition filed by Justice Project Pakistain, a non-profit law firm, for the release and return of Pak citizens from the US captivity.

The petitioner submitted that Pak citizens had been tossed in the slammer
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
in Bagram jail without any charge or trial since 2003. It said they were kidnapped from Pakistain and removed to the infamous US prison in Afghanistan.

Initially the petition was filed for the release of seven Paks, however, later names of more 25 prisoners were included.
Posted by: Fred || 10/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [367 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Pakistan


45 Soldiers Injured in Suicide Attack on Paktiya Military Base
[Tolo] A suicide car boomer detonated his explosives at an Afghan and NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
military compound in eastern Paktiya province on Wednesday morning, injuring 45, local officials said.

The attack took place about 7:30 AM local time in Paktiya's Zermat district, when a jacket wallah in a car went kaboom!" inside the compound, provincial police chief Zulmai Oriakhil told TOLOnews.

"All the casualties are Afghan soldiers," he said.

The Taliban grabbed credit for the attack saying that several of their fighters had attacked the compound started festivities with Afghan forces.

But the provincial police rejected the Taliban claim of clash with security forces.

"There were not any festivities between Taliban and Afghan soldiers in the compound," he said.

He added that there were no NATO troops casualties in the attack.

Mainly US soldiers are based at the compound.

It comes after a suicide kaboom on the Afghan intelligence service's office in Kandahar on Saturday.

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) office in Maluf district was attacked by a bomber with a boom jacket, killing two Americans and four Afghan intelligence staff, local officials said.

NDS deputy front man Shafiqullah Taheri in Tuesday dismissed claims the attack was done by a member of the agency.

Media reports have quoted Afghan and Isaf officials saying it was an NDS staffer.

"It was a suicide kaboom that was carried out by one of our own staff," a senior member of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The Isaf also said the attack was by an Afghan agent.

"I can confirm that one of the members of the NDS detonated a boom jacket that day in Maruf, Kandahar," Major Adam Wojack, an Isaf front man, told AFP.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [344 views] Top|| File under:


NDS Confirms Civilian Killed in Kabul Raid
[Tolo] Afghan authorities confirmed Tuesday that a civilian in Kabul was killed during a night raid by the intelligence agency's forces on Sunday night.

Deputy front man for the National Directorate of Security (NDS) Shafiqullah Taheri said that a civilian was killed during an NDS special forces raid to capture a suspected terrorist.

"A civilian was killed in an exchange of fire between the bully boy and the security forces. The bully boy was hidden in the neighboring house," Taheri said at a press briefing in Kabul.
The man being sought was captured by the security forces, and is charged with planning attacks against Kabul Airport, Parliament and the Ministry of Interior, Taheri said.

However,
if you can't say something nice about a person some juicy gossip will go well...
local residents of Kabul's Yakatoot area where the raid took place reject any existence of a suicide kaboomer or Taliban in the area, while the family of the civilian who was shot said he was killed in the family yard.

"At around 12:00 at night, they [security forces] came down from the roof and entered our yard. When my father came out, he asked 'What's going on?' They shot him. And my father died," one of the family members told TOLOnews on Monday.

"They didn't let us get close to the dead body of my uncle. They threatened to kill us if we came closer," another family member said.

A resident said the security forces warned them before the raid not to leave their homes.

"They said don't come out of your house otherwise we will shoot you. Then we just sat at home and they entered our houses [yards]. They were saying there were jacket wallahs, Taliban, but they couldn't find anything," the resident said.

The residents said that many houses were searched by the security forces in the area.

"They came to my house as well and locked all of us in one room. Their target was Taliban and suicide attackers, but this is not true," a fourth resident said.

Taheri rejected residents' claims that US or foreign forces were involved in the raid, saying it only conducted by NDS special forces.

Director of Afghanistan Research and Economic Unit Mir Ahmad Joyenda called for a thorough investigation into the civilian's death.

"Such incidents should be seriously investigated," Joyenda told TOLOnews Tuesday.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336 views] Top|| File under:


Taliban Commander Killed, Another Captured in Afghan Offensives
[Tolo] A Taliban capo was captured and another was confirmed killed in joint Afghan and NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
-led troops operations in Afghanistan, Isaf said on Wednesday.

A senior Taliban capo was tossed in the clink
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during an operation in southern Kandahar province on Wednesday, Isaf said in its operational update, adding that he controlled Taliban liquidation attempts, improvised bomb operations, and suicide kabooms throughout Kandahar district.

The soldiers also tossed in the clink
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a number of suspected snuffies and seized multiple IED-making materials as a result of the operation, the statement said.

Isaf also confirmed the death of Taliban capo Qader during a security operation in Kandahar province on Saturday.

"Qader was responsible for the movement of weapons and ammunition throughout the province," it said.

Meanwhile,
...back at the barn, Bossy had come up with a new idea...
Afghan Special Police with coalition forces recovered a number of weapons, IED components and narcotics in Uruzgan province yesterday. The find included 15 rocket propelled grenade warheads and 300 kilograms of hashish, according to Isaf.

And joint forces killed five snuffies observed engaging in "nefarious activity" during an operation in Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province Tuesday, the Isaf statement said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [359 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Policeman, Two Attackers Killed in Kenya Grenade Blast
[An Nahar] A Kenyan police officer was killed and nine others maimed Wednesday when suspected Islamists hurled a grenade at them during a house raid in a clash that left two assailants dead, police said.

The violence was the latest in a string of festivities and police raids on Kenya's coast, a popular tourist region where Islamists and a separatist movement have increasingly battled with security forces.

Regional police chief Aggrey Adoli told AFP several officers "were seriously injured," saying the attackers may be Kenyan supporters of neighboring Somalia's Shebab, an Al-Qaeda linked cut-thoat group.

"One of the officers died in hospital...eight others are still in hospital," Adoli said. One officer was discharged.

"We have intensified the search for more suspects, we want to ensure the area is safe," he added.

Adoli said police had rubbed out one of the attackers, while the other was killed by one of his own grenades.

The raid was carried out after a tip-off in the coastal Likoni region, just south of Kenya's main port Mombasa, and police recovered two firearms, two live grenades and ammunition, he said.

Kenyan police have in recent days launched a crackdown on members of the Mombasa Republican Council, a separatist group. On Monday two people were killed as police jugged
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MRC leader Omar Mwamnuadzi.
Posted by: Fred || 10/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [354 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Africa North
Libyan militias shell former Gaddafi stronghold town
Libyan militias operating alongside the defense ministry shelled the former Qadaffy stronghold of Bani Walid on Wednesday, with one person killed and another 18 injured in counter-attacks, a local militia leader and a medical source said.

The hilltop town was one of the last to surrender last year to the rebels who overthrew longtime leader Muammar Qadaffy
... who had more funny outfits than Louis XIV...
. It has come back into focus with the death last month of rebel fighter Omran Shaban after two months of detention in Bani Walid.

Shaban, from nearby Misrata, was the man who found Qadaffy hiding in a drain pipe in Sirte on October 20, 2011.

Libya's ruling national congress had ordered the defense and interior ministries to find those who kidnapped Shaban and were suspected of torturing him to death, and given Bani Walid a deadline to hand them over.

Elders have tried to negotiate a solution as militias have taken up position around parts of the town, at times clashing with local fighters.

"Bani Walid has been shelled since this morning from three sides - the south, the east and southeast," Colonel Salem al-Wa'er, a front man for Bani Walid's fighters, said by phone.

Without giving details, he said one person had been killed and that Bani Walid fighters had stopped a car which was carrying gas masks. A Misrata hospital source said 18 fighters from Misrata had been injured in counter attacks from Bani Walid.

Militia forces from Misrata and other towns, operating together in a coalition known as Libya Shield affiliated to the Defence Ministry, have deployed around parts of Bani Walid.
Posted by: Fred || 10/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [479 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Hopefully our noble allies are using a humanitarian form of artillery.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 10/18/2012 22:06 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
6 Russians, 1 Estonian Kidnapped Off Nigeria
[An Nahar] Kidnappers have boarded a ship off Nigeria and kidnapped seven crew members, including six Russians and one Estonian, in the latest such incident in the region, French company Bourbon said on Wednesday.

"Bourbon confirms that seven crew members, six Russians and one Estonian, were kidnapped during the boarding of the Bourbon Liberty 249, which occurred on October 15, 2012 in Nigeria," a statement from the oil industry servicing firm said.

"The other nine crew members are still onboard the vessel which is heading for the Port of Onne. They are safe and sound, and in good health."

The statement did not give the location of the kidnapping, but Onne is located in the Niger Delta, the country's oil-producing region.

The Bourbon Liberty 249 is an anchor handling vessel, the kind used to tow anchors for oil rigs or mobile drilling rigs.

According to private security consultants Drum Cussac, the incident occurred some 40 nautical miles off Brass along Nigeria's southern coast.
Posted by: Fred || 10/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [367 views] Top|| File under: Pirates


Arabia
Saudi Jails 16 Qaida Suspects for up to 25 Years
[An Nahar] A Saudi court has sentenced 16 Al-Qaeda suspects to between three and 25 years for murder and attacks on the kingdom's oil facilities, the official SPA news agency reported Wednesday.

The defendants, 15 Saudi nationals and a Yemeni, were convicted of "carrying out terror attacks, targeting oil (sites), and carrying out liquidations," the report said.

The court, which handed down the sentences late on Tuesday, also accused the suspects of "establishing Al-Qaeda training camps," inside Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in their national face...
Two defendants were sentenced to 25 years in prison, one man was sentenced to 15 years, and two others were each locked away
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
for 12 years.

The other 11 defendants received jail terms ranging from three to six years.

In June 2011, Saudi courts began trying dozens of people accused of involvement in deadly attacks between 2003 and 2006 after authorities launched an all-out campaign to eradicate Al-Qaeda in the country.
Posted by: Fred || 10/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [359 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia


Caribbean-Latin America
33 dead found in Calera municipality in Zacatecas

For a map, click here. For a map of Zacatecas state, click here. For more information about the Las Negrita narcofosa, click here

By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

As Mexican security forces field units conduct searches for graves in Calera municipality in Zacatecas state, the Procuraduria General de Estado (PGE), or state attorney general Arturo Nahle Garcia, announced Wednesday that the genetic profiles of 33 different individuals have been made from remains discovered more a year ago, according to Mexican news accounts.

A news item posted on the website of El Sol de Zacatecas news daily said that the the remains from 43,000 bone fragments have been identified with the help of students from the Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas after they were discovered in late July, 2011.
*blink* That's a lot of technique work. Kudos to the students.
Mexican Army units at the time discovered 14 mass graves near the village of Las Negritas.

The identities of four of the 33 individuals have already been determined, including a woman and two children as well as a man identified as Ernesto Cordero Anguiano.

Cordero Anguiano was reported missing in December, 2010 as part of a group of eight hunters from Guanajuato who disappeared in Sierra de Morones.

On Tuesday morning, a unit of the Proteccion Civil staff from Fresnillo municipality located 11 metal drums and several items of clothing near Rancho Los Angeles in Calera municipality near Los Negritos. The drums were rusted and had been perforated by gunshots.

A Mexican Naval Infantry unit was later called to the location to assist in the search for graves.

Nahle Garcia later released information that the drums did not appear to have any genetic material or remains, but were slated to be tested nonetheless.

The original find in late July was made just after a large counter-narcotics operation involving Mexican Army, Mexican Navy and Policia Federal troops ended in Jalisco and Zacatecas states in June, 2011.

Meanwhile, two unidentified armed suspects were killed in an armed encounter with a Mexican Army unit in Panfilo Natera municipality late Monday morning.

According to a separate article posted on the website of El Sol de Zacatecas, the army road patrol exchanged gunfire with an unknown number of armed suspects, killing two near El Rancho El Tejaban.

The description of the encounter suggested the road patrol happened upon a static armed encampment.

Following the conclusion of the firefight, soldiers seized eight AR-15 rifles, seven AK-47 rifles, 24 40mm grenades, four grenade launcher attachments, 217 weapons magazines, radios, tactical gear and one hand grenade.

Among the eight vehicles seized were one Dodge Ram pickup truck, one Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck, one Ford Expedition SUV, two GMC Sierra pickup trucks and three Chevrolet Cheyenne pickup trucks.

Two motorcycles were also seized at the scene.

Chris Covert writes Mexican drug war and national political news for Rantburg.com
Posted by: badanov || 10/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [341 views] Top|| File under:


Europe
U.S. Embassy in Stockholm Evacuated over 'Possible' Incident
[An Nahar] The U.S. embassy in Stockholm was evacuated on Wednesday over a possible security incident, a front man for the mission told AFP, while police said a suspect envelope had sparked the scare.

"We've evacuated the embassy while we are investigating a possible security incident," embassy front man Jeff Anderson said.

"We are working together with the Swedish authorities."

Swedish police said on their website that a patrol had been dispatched to the embassy after "a letter with unidentified content had arrived at the embassy".

News agency TT reported the letter contained an unidentified white powder.
Posted by: Fred || 10/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [344 views] Top|| File under:


Great White North
Gunman Shoots Canadian Border Officer
[An Nahar] A gunman shot and maimed a Canadian border agent Tuesday before taking his own life, police said.
Sounds like a faded love story rather than terrorism...
The shooting happened as the gunman arrived from the U.S. side to the Douglas Border Crossing in the west of Canada, one of the most frequently used between the two countries, according to a police statement.

The Canadian officer, a young woman, was seriously maimed but conscious and breathing. The border crossing was later closed in both directions.

The motive of the shooting was not immediately known.
Candy Crowley has already declared it a terrorist act, just in case...
Posted by: Fred || 10/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [353 views] Top|| File under:


Home Front: WoT
Iranian-American Pleads Guilty to Plot to Kill Saudi Envoy to U.S.
Clearly a busy time for jihadis -- yesterday that little Bangladeshi lad was arrested for teaming up with the FBI to blow up the Federal Reserve building in New York. (No, of course he didn't know they were Federales -- he was evil, not stupid!)
[An Nahar] Former car salesman Manssor Arbabsiar pleaded guilty on Wednesday to conspiring with the Iranian military to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States in a plot as lurid as any airport thriller.

Appearing at the New York federal court where he had been due to stand trial in January, the Iranian-American entered a surprise guilty plea. He faces up to 25 years in prison at his sentencing, which was set for January 23.

Judge John Keenan asked Arbabsiar: "Is it true that about the spring of 2011 up until the fall of 2011 that you and your co-conspirators ... who were officials in the Iranian military, that you agreed to cause the liquidation of the Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in their national face...
n ambassador to the United States?"

"Yes," he replied, pleading guilty to three counts.

Arbabsiar was set to sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock, in a pestilential prison with a life-long lock
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
in September last year at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, triggering a major legal and diplomatic drama between Washington and Tehran, amid already tense relations.

He was charged along with co-defendant Gholam Shakuri, a senior member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's elite Quds Force, who is on the lam.

They tried to hire a Mexican drug pusher for $1.5 million, first to kidnap the Saudi envoy, then, in a change of plan, to blow him up in a restaurant he frequented in Washington, Arbabsiar said.

He had arranged for $100,000 to be wired to the United States as a down payment, not realizing that the supposed assassin he recruited was in fact working for the U.S. authorities.

"In Mexico we hired a person called 'Junior' who turned out to be an FBI agent," Arbabsiar said in court, although officials say "Junior" was in fact a Drug Enforcement Administration informant, not from the FBI.

A frail looking man with a grey beard and a huge scar across one cheek, Arbabsiar was brought in and out of the courtroom in handcuffs and kept under close watch while he sat at a table with his lawyers.

The former Texas car salesman, who has a gray beard and wore a dark blue prison smock and orange undershirt, seemed nervous and stumbled repeatedly in his answers during the plea procedure.

Asked his age, he looked confused and said, "58, I think."

When Keenan pressured him to confirm clearly that he'd intended to murder the Saudi diplomat, Arbabsiar finally said: "No. Yes, yes."

Throughout, Arbabsiar alternated between casting worried looks around the courtroom and repeatedly smiling, including at the agents seated alongside the prosecutors.

In the run-up to what would have been the trial, the defendant underwent a psychological evaluation. However,
the way to a man's heart remains through his stomach...
defense lawyer Sabrina Shroff told the court Wednesday that nothing had been found to hold up the plea.

"We know of nothing that would address any issue," she said.
Ay Pee adds:
Defense lawyers say Arbabsiar suffers from bipolar disorder.
Which does not mean he didn't do it, and is certainly something that can be handled by prison psychiatrists.
Posted by: Fred || 10/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [747 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


'9/11 mastermind' to wear fatigues at Guantanamo trial
Self-declared 9/11 criminal mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will be allowed to wear military-style camouflage at his Guantanamo Bay trial, a military judge ruled Tuesday.

What KSM and four alleged co-conspirators will wear when they eventually appear before a military tribunal has been disputed in pre-trial hearings, but his defense argued that he had the right to choose military garb.

"Mr. Mohammed is a enjugged
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enemy prisoner of war. He wanted to wear the same type of uniform he wore while fighting for the US-supported Mujahedeen in Afghanistan and in Bosnia," argued military lawyer Captain Jason Wright.

The defense also said it would argue that the defendants had not been, as the prosecution alleges, "unlawful combatants" but soldiers and thus denying them the right to military-style clothing would undermine his case.

Prosecutors argued that KSM should not be allowed to wear a uniform for security reasons, but the military judge, Colonel James Pohl, dismissed this concern at the pre-trial hearing.

"Look around the room. How many guards are here?" he said.

"I'm not going to forbid the camouflage vest unless it is a US army uniform. The only prohibition -- the accused cannot wear clothing inconsistent with his confinement status."
Posted by: Fred || 10/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [363 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

#1  Fatigues, yes, but does he have any sprockets to wear with it?
Posted by: Spot || 10/18/2012 7:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Vercingetorix was strangled at the stake during one of Caesar's triumphs. Nations used to execute their external enemies. Now we engage in lengthy trials that work up tortured arguments about international law based on an illusory set of universal values. No amount of sophistry will lead our enemies to adopt our values.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 10/18/2012 16:43 Comments || Top||

#3  But, but, but Zhang Fei, are you telling me they...they, they don't wish to be just like us ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/18/2012 17:26 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Police arrest key LeJ activist linked to sectarian, target killings
[Dawn] Pak police on Wednesday said they had incarcerated
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a key leader of banned religious outfit the 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 ...
(LeJ), which has been linked to several incidents of sectarian violence in the country.

Hafiz Qasim Rasheed, the 'Amir', or chief, of the bad turban group LeJ's Sindh chapter was incarcerated
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from Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
on Wednesday with a cache of guns and grenades recovered from him, police said.

Additional IG CID Ghulam Shabbir Sheikh told DawnNews that Rasheed was wanted for his suspected involvement in 33 cases of targeted and sectarian killings,including those of lawyers, coppers and political workers.

In 2001, the provincial government of Sindh had placed a bounty of Rs 500,000 on the suspect, while his name was also on the list of most wanted criminals.

Qasim Rasheed alias Ganja, was incarcerated
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after the Crime Investigation Department (CID) of the police received an anonymous tip-off. Hand grenades, pistols and Kalashnikovs were recovered from the suspect.

The suspect has been incarcerated
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
by the police in the past more than once, including an arrest in 2005 for his involvement in a failed attempt
Curses! Foiled again!
at a rocket attack on Bloody Karachi's Civil Lines cop shoppe. During interrogation following his 2005 arrest, police said the suspect had also disclosed his plans to target SP CID Fayyaz Khan.
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US freezes assets of three Taliban-linked Pakistani men
[Dawn] The US Treasury said on Wednesday it had frozen the assets of three Pak-based individuals suspected of backing the Taliban and other jihad boy organizations blamed for violence in Pakistain and Afghanistan.

Treasury said it froze all US assets and prohibited any US individuals from doing business with Maulawi Adam Khan Achekzai, Aamir Ali Chaudhry and Qari Ayyub Bashir.

Adam and Chaudhry were involved in the production of bombs for the Taliban and the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP), the Pak Taliban, the US Treasury said in a statement.

Bashir coordinated financial support for the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) in Afghanistan and Pakistain, it added.

"As these designations demonstrate, we will continue to work to dismantle the terrorist support networks operating in Afghanistan and Pakistain, paying special attention to those involved in the manufacture of IEDs (improvised bombs)," said David Cohen, US undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.
Posted by: Fred || 10/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [362 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Wonder if that will cause Bambi's pension to become even smaller?
Posted by: USN,Ret. || 10/18/2012 0:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Only 3?
Posted by: Ebbaving Slinese3273 || 10/18/2012 0:28 Comments || Top||


Shelling from Afghanistan injures three in North Waziristan: officials
[Dawn] At least four mortar shells were fired across the border from Afghanistan on Wednesday, injuring three people in Pakistain's troubled tribal region of North Wazoo, security officials said.
Dunno why they should be concerned. They don't control that area anyway.
According the officials, the shells hit a residential compound located in Hasan Khel village, around 30 kilometres east of Miranshah
... headquarters of al-Qaeda in Pakistain and likely location of Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Haqqani network has established a ministate in centered on the town with courts, tax offices and lots of madrassas...
, the main town in North Waziristan tribal region.

Three people were reported to have been injured in the incident.

Both Pakistain and Afghanistan have accused each other in the past of repeated shelling barrages across the poorly policed border.

A senior Afghan army general visited Pakistain earlier this month to discuss the issue of cross-border shelling, which has soured relations between the two neighbours.

The two countries share a common 2,400-kilometre mountainous border, and Taliban and other al Qaeda-linked beturbanned goons are known to have carved out strongholds on either side.
Posted by: Fred || 10/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [354 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Pakistan


Belgian al Qaeda recruiter killed in Pakistan: report
[Dawn] A Belgian-Tunisian al Qaeda recruiter who allegedly mentored an bad turban who rubbed out seven people in La Belle France this year has been killed in Pakistain, according to the US monitoring service SITE.

SITE said a post on an bad turban web forum on Monday announced the death of Moez Garsalloui, who had grabbed credit for one of the attacks carried out by Mohamed Merah in the southern French city of Toulouse
...lies on the banks of the River Garonne, half-way between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The Toulouse metropolitan area is the fourth-largest in La Belle France...
in March.

Garsalloui was a jihadist recruiter and propagandist formerly based in Belgium and Switzerland
...home of the Helvetians, famous for cheese, watches, yodeling, and William Tell...
, SITE said, who remained focused on signing up bully boyz to attack targets in Europe even after moving to the battlefields and training camps of Pakistain and Afghanistan.

The post announcing Garsalloui's death said he was killed in a "raid", SITE said without elaborating, having previously escaped bombings in Miranshah
... headquarters of al-Qaeda in Pakistain and likely location of Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Haqqani network has established a ministate in centered on the town with courts, tax offices and lots of madrassas...
, the main town in the North Wazoo district of Pakistain's lawless tribal areas.

No details of the raid were given but the jihadi website announcement appeared a few days after two US drone strikes in North Waziristan killed 23 people, according to Pak security sources.

The death notice named Garsalloui as the leader of "Jund al-Khilafah", or Army of the Caliph, a bad boy unit that grabbed credit for Merah's attack outside a Jewish school on March 19.

A forum post from one of Garsalloui's accounts in April described meeting Merah in Pakistain and mentoring him, SITE said, helping him as he struggled to make himself understood to other fighters in Arabic.

Garasalloui and his wife, Belgian-Moroccan Malika el Aroud, were convicted by a Swiss court in June 2007 for running websites that supported terrorism.

He was set to sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock, in a pestilential prison with a life-long lock
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
for three weeks and then moved to Belgium, where he and his wife were accused of recruiting jihadists to fight in Afghanistan.

He left Europe in late 2007 and was later identified as a link between al Qaeda leaders and a Belgian network that was disrupted by raids in December 2008, accused of planning an imminent attack.
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Four Afghan soldiers found dead in Tirah
[Dawn] The bullet-riddled bodies of four Afghan soldiers were found in Tor Darra locality of Tirah valley in Khyber Agency on Tuesday.

Sources said that the four Afghan soldiers were kidnapped from Afghanistan some time ago by unidentified hard boys. They were killed and their bodies were dumped on the Pakistain's side of the border, they added.

Meanwhile,
...back at the sandwich shop, Caroline was experimenting with ingredients of increasing volatility...
security forces cooled for a few years
You have the right to remain silent...
39 more suspected hard boys, including two Afghans, during a search operation in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency.

The search operation was launched in Bakarabad locality of Ghundi and a daylong curfew was imposed in the area.

The suspected hard boys, cooled for a few years
You have the right to remain silent...
during house-to-house search, were shifted to army camp in Landi Kotal for interrogation.

Security forces also seized a large quantity of ammunition during the eight hours operation. Officials said that the search operation was conducted after they received credible information about presence of beturbanned goons in the locality. They said that the operation was necessitated after frequent attacks by NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
containers in Jamrud.

In Nowshera, two suspected beturbanned goons were cooled for a few years
You have the right to remain silent...
in a joint operation by security forces and police on the night between Monday and Tuesday.

Officials said that two suspected beturbanned goons Qari Mohammad Saeed and Mohammad Karim were cooled for a few years
You have the right to remain silent...
during the operation in Banda Nabi village in Pabbi area. They said that illegal weapons were also recovered from the possession of cooled for a few years
You have the right to remain silent...
persons.

Police sources, when contacted, confirmed arrest of the suspected beturbanned goons and said that both of the cooled for a few years
You have the right to remain silent...
persons belonged to Orakzai Agency
... crawling with holy men, home to Darra Adam Khel, the world's largest illegal arms bazaar. 14 distinct tribes of beturbanned primitives inhabit Orakzai agency's 1500 or so square kilometers...
In Lakki Marwat, police thwarted a sabotage bid by defusing two bombs near Matora village on Bannu-D.I. Khan Road on Tuesday.

Police received information about presence of suspicious material near a petrol pump on Bannu-D.I. Khan Road. A police party was sent to the spot that found a ghee canister and a cement bag lying there unclaimed.

The Bomb Disposal Squad was called by the law-enforcers that recovered bombs from the canister and bag. Both the bombs were defused safely by the personnel of Bomb Disposal Squad.

Officials said that the bombs weighed 10 and five kilograms respectively.

Meanwhile,
...back at the sandwich shop, Caroline was experimenting with ingredients of increasing volatility...
an army soldier Tayyab Khan, who was killed in South Wazoo Agency, was laid to rest in his native village Masha Mansoor. Civil and army officials, villagers and people from different walks of life attended his funeral prayers.
Posted by: Fred || 10/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [380 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Pakistan


Education director, PPP man among nine shot dead
[Dawn] KARACHI: A top education officer, a worker of the Pakistain People's Party and a policeman were among nine persons killed and several others were maimed in gun attacks in the city on Tuesday.

Police said the director for education of the Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
Metropolitan Corporation was rubbed out in the KMC's education office in Hyderabad Colony on Jamshed Road, where three gunnies entered and shot him dead.

"The gunnies held the around 20 staff members at gunpoint, went into the office of education director Shamim Khan and fired three bullets at him," said DSP Qaiser Ali Shah.

The suspects fled without facing any resistance.

The victim was rushed to the Civil Hospital Bloody Karachi, where he was pronounced dead.
He's dead, Jim!
on arrival, the police said.

"Mr Khan was readying to leave for home at around 5.15pm, when two of his friends came to see him. Meanwhile,
...back at the sea battle, the Terror of the Baltic's career had come to an abrupt and watery end...
three suspects walked into the office, held the staff at gunpoint and shot at the director education," said DSP Shah.

The victim suffered gunshot wounds in the chest and head causing his instant death, the police said.

The suspects used 9mm pistol. The police found several spent bullet casings at the scene of the crime. The suspects had come to the office on a cycle of violence.

The police said they were not sure about the motive for the killing.

Sindh Minister for Education Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq and the KMC administrator condemned the murder of the education officer.

PPP worker rubbed out

An activist of the Pakistain People's Party was bumped off in a North Nazimabad locality on Monday.

Police said the incident took place near Pahar Ganj within the remit of the Shahrah-e-Noor Jehan cop shoppe.

"Sajjad Hussain aka Balti was having tea at a restaurant when two gunnies riding a cycle of violence fired shots at him," said SP-North Nazimabad Latif Siddiqui.

"The victim suffered bullet wounds in the head which caused his instant death."

The police shifted the body to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities.

District central president of the PPP Syed Sohail Abdi said Syed Sajjad Hussain Kazmi had gone to the area to get his car repaired when he was attacked.

The victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds in the head and chest, said Mr Abdi.

"Sajjad was the PPP's city information secretary and was head of the 'martyred gallery' of the party workers killed over the years. He collected details of slain party workers, and now he himself has met the same fate," said Mr Abdi.

Following the killing, tension gripped the Shahrah-e-Noor Jehan area where shops and markets were forced to close by protesters.

Funeral prayers for Sajjad Hussain were held at Imambargah Babul Ilm in North Nazimabad. Later he was buried in the Mohammad Shah graveyard in North Bloody Karachi.

A large number of people carrying the coffin of the victim staged a sit-in at the Five-Star Chowrangi.

Burnes Road killings

Two men were bumped off on Burnes Road in the night.

Police said the incident took place near the Government College for Women, where gunnies riding a cycle of violence targeted two men on another cycle of violence.

Police said the victims suffered multiple gunshot wounds and were pronounced dead on arrival at the CHK.

They were identified as Kamal Shah, 36, and Alam Zeb, 33, residents of Haji Mureed Goth and C-1 Area in Liaquatabad, respectively.

A senior police officer of the area said two pistols were found in the possession of the victims.Police said one of the victims was a court bailiff.
The police were not sure about the motive for the killing.

Soldier Bazaar attack

A young man was bumped off and another was maimed in a gun attack in Soldier Bazaar No 2 on Tuesday night.

Police said the incident took place within the remit of the Soldier Bazaar cop shoppe, where gunnies riding a cycle of violence opened fire on a paan kiosk.

Police said as a result of the firing two men identified as Ali Abbas, 30, and Hasan were maimed.

They were taken to the CHK, where Ali died during treatment and Hasan was admitted for treatment.

"Two suspects carried out the shooting at a paan kiosk, killing a man and wounding another. The motive for the attack was not immediately clear," DSP Qaiser Ali Shah said.

Wounded lawyer dies

A lawyer who had been maimed in what police described as a sectarian attack on Jahangir Road last Friday died in a private hospital on Tuesday.

Mirza Waqar Hussain Naqvi, 50, a lawyer of the Sindh High Court, was targeted by gunnies on Jahangir Road within the remit of the Jamshed Quarters cop shoppe on Oct 12.

"The incident took place at 8.45am. Mr Naqvi was coming from home in Nazimabad when four gunnies riding two cycle of violences opened fire on his car (AQD-203) near Teen Hatti," DSP Qaiser Ali Shah said. "The driver accelerated the car to escape, but the victim suffered six gunshot wounds," he added.

The maimed man was taken to the Aga Khan Hospital, where he was operated upon.

He was also an office-bearer of the Pasban-e-Aza and brother-in-law of Allama Sajid Shabbir.

The lawyers' fraternity had condemned the attack.

Two bankers maimed

Two bankers were maimed in an attack on their car in Gulshan-e-Iqbal on Tuesday evening.

Police said the attack took place at Mochi Mor within the remit of the Gulshan-e-Iqbal cop shoppe, where gunnies riding a cycle of violence opened fire on the car.

As a result of the firing, Amir Naqvi and Mohammad Abbas suffered multiple gunshot wounds. They were rushed to a private hospital, where they were admitted for treatment.

The police quoting hospital sources said the condition of Amir Naqvi was critical. Amir, who was at the wheel, bore the brunt of the attack.

Both men were colleagues and employees of a private bank. Amir was a resident of Ancholi and Abbas of Gulshan Block 10.

DIG-East Shahid Hayat said the attack appeared to be sectarian in nature.

Policeman killed

A policeman, who recently got married for a third time, was bumped off in North Nazimabad on Tuesday.

Police said the incident took place at the KDA Chowrangi, where Mohammad Shafee, 50, was riding his cycle of violence to work when assailants also on a cycle of violence opened fire on him and fled.

The victim was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
He's dead, Jim!
on arrival.

The victim was posted in the investigation wing of the North Nazimabad police, SP-North Nazimabad Latif Siddiqui said.

"The killing appears to be motivated by personal enmity. The victim had very recently contracted a third marriage," SP Siddiqui said.

Three young men found dead

The bodies of three unidentified young men were found in two different parts of the city on Tuesday.

Two of the men were found dead off Mauripur Road in the morning.

Police said the bodies were found in a narrow street on Ahmed Shah Bukhari Road close to Crown Cinema within the remit of the Kalri cop shoppe.

Both victims were in their mid-20s and the bodies bore torture marks and gunshot wounds in the head, police said.

The bodies were taken to the Civil Hospital Bloody Karachi for medico-legal formalities. Later they were taken to the Edhi morgue for want of identification.

Another unidentified body was found in Mohammad Colony, better known as Machhar Colony, within the remit of the Jackson cop shoppe in the morning.

Police said the body bore torture marks and a gunshot wound in the head.

Police shifted the body to the Civil Hospital Bloody Karachi for medico-legal formalities.

Builder dies

A builder maimed in an attack on National Stadium Road late on Monday night died during treatment early on Tuesday morning in a private hospital.

Police said the incident took place within the remit of the New Town cop shoppe, where assailants riding a cycle of violence opened fire on a jeep, wounding Haji Ahmed, 65. He was rushed to a nearby private hospital, where he died later.

Police said the victim was a resident of PECHS Block-2 and the owner of the Subhanallah construction company.

The police said the killing could be related to some business matter.
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Vaccinator killed in Quetta attack
[Dawn] QUETTA: A vaccinator died when a team of polio
...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set...
vaccinators came under attack near here on Tuesday.

The attack took place near Rindgarh on the outskirts of the city.

The All Pakistain Paramedical Staff Federation has condemned the attack and demanded arrest of the killers.

Addressing a presser, president of the federation Abdul Samad Raisani reminded the government of its responsibility to provide security to teams engaged in anti-polio campaigns to ensure success of the vaccination programme.

Officials said the attack highlighted resistance to the country's immunisation campaign, adds AFP.

The shooting happened a day after a three-day campaign was launched across the country, senior government official Tariq Mengal said.
Posted by: Fred || 10/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [333 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Gaza Militants Fire Rocket into Israel
[An Nahar] Paleostinian forces of Evil in the Gazoo Strip fired a rocket into southern Israel on Wednesday, but it fell on open ground close to the border, Israeli police said.

"No injuries or damage were caused," police front man Micky Rosenfeld told Agence La Belle France Presse.

Early in the morning, Israeli aircraft struck what a military statement called "a terror activity site in the northern Gazoo Strip."

That raid was itself in response to Paleostinian rocket fire on Tuesday night which went kaboom! near a home in southern Israel, causing property damage and hysteria, police said, after a two-day lull in cross-border violence.

On Sunday, five projectiles from the coastal strip hit southern Israel, part of a wave of tit-for-tat duels beginning on October 7 when an air strike targeted two 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...
in the southern city of Rafah, killing one and critically wounding the other.
Posted by: Fred || 10/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [367 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  but it fell on open ground close to the border, Israeli police said.

How many times have we read that?
"Flash, fire the 'propellant repulser' ray!"
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/18/2012 15:10 Comments || Top||


Fatah's Military Wing Claims Responsibility For Rocket Attack On South
[Ynet] The military wing of Fatah, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades has grabbed credit for Tuesday night's rocket attack on the south, Ma'an News Agency reported.

It was further reported that Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,' training facilities were severely damaged following the IDF's bombing of terror hubs in Gazoo.
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Southeast Asia
Defense volunteer killed in southern Thailand
A village defense volunteer was gunned down in an ambush in Yala’s Krong Penang district on Thursday morning. Witnesses said that the victim was returning home on his motorcycle when gunmen hiding in a roadside rubber forest fired on him with assault weapons. The attackers then fled. The victim took was hit in his torso several times and died on the spot.

Police blamed separatist terrorists militants.

RKK member killed in Narathiwat gun battle

A top member of the RKK separatist group wanted on at least 10 warrants was killed in an exchange of fire with police in Narathiwat province on Monday evening.

The clash took place after a combined 50-man military-police force laid siege to a house where three or four terrorists militants were reported to have been in hiding, planning terrorist attacks in Si Sakhon district. When the authorities showed up, three men escaped out of the house through the back door and one provided covering fire for his colleagues. The two sides exchanged shots for about 10 minutes. While the scene, the security team found a man lying dead holding a .38 pistol in one hand in the rubber plantation behind the house. The others escaped.

The dead man was later identified as Sofh Torueno of Narathiwat's Ruso district. He was a core RKK member wanted under warrants for more than 10 cases of violence in three districts. The cases included the murder of a marine in 2004, a attack that killed two marines in front of Lalo railway station in 2004; the shoting and wounding of a police officer in Bacho district in 2005; the attack on an army base in Rangae district from which a number of weapons were stolen; the murder of a soldier in Ruso district; and an attack on a vehicle of owned by a cosmetics company in Rueso, killing the driver, in 2010.

A suspected supporter of the terrorists militants was taken for questioning.
Posted by: ryuge || 10/18/2012 05:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [353 views] Top|| File under: Thai Insurgency


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Turkey fires back after shell from Syria lands in Hatay
Turkey's armed forces fired back over the border into Syria on Wednesday after a mortar shell shot from Syria landed just inside Turkey's Hatay border province, the provincial governor's office said. Nobody was killed or maimed by the mortar shell, the statement said. The military had returned fire from a base in the Turkish border town of Hacipasa, it added.
Posted by: Fred || 10/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [384 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


5,000 Pro-Hizbullah Fighters Defending Lebanese-Inhabited Border Towns in Syria
[An Nahar] There are near daily festivities in Syria close to the Lebanese border between rebels and fighters loyal to Hizbullah, Agence La Belle France Presse quoted local residents as saying on Wednesday.

Activists have long accused Hizbullah, a long-time recipient of support from Syria, of joining the fight to crush the 19-month insurgency against the regime of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Lord of the Baath...

The fighting is taking place in Syrian villages inhabited mainly by Lebanese, in an area where the common border is not well-defined and where many villages actually straddle the frontier.

"Our villages are being attacked by rebels who want to enter, and we defend ourselves," a resident of Zeita, whose village has seen frequent festivities, told AFP on Wednesday, requesting anonymity.

Clashes are taking place "in some 20 Shiite villages in (the central Syrian province of) Homs, which are inhabited by some 30,000 people," he added.

Assad is an Alawite, a sect that is an offshoot of Shiite Islam.

"More than 5,000 gunnies are protecting our villages, and most of them are close to Hizbullah," the resident said. "Some 16 fighters have been killed since the start of the conflict."

Rebels also report frequent festivities.

"Hizbullah transports weapons and ammunition across the border in ambulances, day and night," said Fahd al-Masri, a front man for the rebel Free Syrian Army's joint command.

"They take the international road, without stopping at the border post."

Asked by news hounds in Beirut on Wednesday about Hizbullah's role in Syria, international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said: "Nobody has discussed this with me, not today, not previously."
Posted by: Fred || 10/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [365 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

#1  As per my earlier posts, the Sunni Pakis = Taliban are repor killing andor persecuting the mostly Shiite local population of Bamiyan province, Pakistan - NO HEZBOLLAH IN PAKISTAN TO PROTECT THEM.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/18/2012 0:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Hizbollah has a main supply base south of Homs and there are satellite supply bases near it.

Good chance the fighting is about the rebels trying to take a base or two.
Posted by: lord garth || 10/18/2012 0:17 Comments || Top||


Security Clampdown in Syrian Capital
[An Nahar] The Syrian authorities have tightened security measures around government buildings in Damascus
...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world...
for fear of new rebel attacks, a pro-government daily reported on Wednesday.

"Security measures around official buildings and companies," Al-Watan newspaper said.

Concrete fortifications have been erected around the building housing the state news agency SANA in the Baramkeh district of the heart of the capital.

Similar measures have been taken for Damascus town hall in the Salhiyeh district, also in the city center, it said.

For several months, Damascus has seen a heightened security presence after parts of the city became combat zones for festivities between the army and rebels, and there have also been multiple attacks on government buildings.

Bombings claimed by rebels have targeted several intelligence buildings, the police headquarters in central Damascus and the army headquarters.

Several roads have been closed to traffic and the number of checkpoints has increased, causing widespread traffic jams.

The conflict in Syria has killed more than 33,000 people since the outbreak of an anti-regime revolt in March last year, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Posted by: Fred || 10/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [351 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Syrian Forces Pound Rebels in North, Damascus
[An Nahar] Syrian warplanes Wednesday blitzed rebel targets around the strategic northern town of Maaret al-Numan while ground forces shelled opposition belts outside the capital Damascus,
...Home to a staggering array of terrorist organizations...
a watchdog said.

"The Syrian airforce have made no less than six sorties early morning, pounding the villages of Deir Sharqi, Maarhtat and Bsida, east of Maaret al-Numan," which rebels captured a week ago, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Violent festivities also erupted in Maarhtat, where rebels attacked a six-tank convoy of government troops as it made its way to reinforce the Wadi Deif army base, the largest in the region.

Maaret al-Numan is strategically located in the northwestern province of Idlib, on the highway linking Damascus to embattled Aleppo
...For centuries, Aleppo was Greater Syria's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third, after Constantinople and Cairo. Although relatively close to Damascus in distance, Aleppans regard Damascenes as country cousins...
, Syria's second city and commercial hub.

The rebel blockade of the highway is preventing army reinforcements from reaching Aleppo, which has been the theater of intense fighting for the past three months.

At least five people were killed across the province of Aleppo and the city of the same name as government forces pounded the area and clashed with rebels who fired rockets into an army base, the Observatory said.

Further south, in the central city of Homs, nicknamed the capital of the 19-month anti-regime uprising, troops shelled the rebel neighborhoods of Khaldiyeh in the north and Juret al-Shiyah in the center.

Violence also erupted in areas around Damascus, said the British-based Observatory which relies on a network of activists, lawyers and medics on the ground inside Syria for its information.

Rockets rained on Douma, the capital's rebel-held northeastern suburb which was also rattled by gunfire, it said, adding that the southern suburb of Artus and Yabrud in the north were also shelled by troops. Heavy festivities erupted in the town of Nabk north of Damascus.
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  Taliban bravely shoot Pakistani schoolgirl campaigning for peace
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  Syria Rebels Advance in North, Pushed Back in South
Sun 2012-10-07
  1 dead, 10 arrested in anti-terror sweep in France
Sat 2012-10-06
  US suspected drone kills five persons in Shabwa
Fri 2012-10-05
  18 Republican Guards killed in Damascus province
Thu 2012-10-04
  Violence and Protest in Iran as Currency Drops in Value

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