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Leb: Wissam al-Hasan Assassinated in Beirut Bomb Blast
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Posted by: Fred || 10/20/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [534 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Heh, Rockette Alpha getting the pack in line.
Posted by: Shipman || 10/20/2012 3:51 Comments || Top||

#2  It's the top of the ninth, they're down by three...and everyone has sore feet.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/20/2012 16:21 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Six Afghan police poisoned, shot dead
SIX Afghan policemen have been shot dead after being poisoned by colleagues in southern Afghanistan.

The shooting, which is the latest in a series by Afghan security personnel targeting their local and foreign colleagues, occurred in the Gereshk district of volatile Helmand province on Thursday.

"A cook and a policeman first food-poisoned their colleagues in their post, and after they fell unconscious they were shot dead," provincial spokesman Ahmad Zeerak said.

He said the policeman involved in the shooting had been arrested but the cook was still at large.

Farid Ahmad Farhang, a provincial police spokesman, confirmed the incident.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, according to purported spokesman Yousif Ahmadi, who said eight policemen were killed and their weapons seized.
Posted by: tipper || 10/20/2012 06:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [392 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sounds like a bad B movie script. Time to leave the afghans to their theater and go home.
Posted by: 49 pan || 10/20/2012 10:55 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Kenyan jets bomb Al shabab-held Somali city
(Sh.M.Network)--Kenyan military jets bombed on Friday on Al shabab controlled village located on the outskirts of Dhobley, a town located near Kenyan border, reports said.

Local residents said the Kenyan fighter jets have carried out an air strike on military targets belonging to the al-Shabaab
... the personification of Somali state failure...
Islamic thug group in a hideout area, 15 Km away from Dhobley city, causing unconfirmed casualties.

"The air raid happened as the Al shabab fighters were mobilizing the suburbs between Dhobley and Afmadow, and the jets dropped more than five bombs on the armory and camps," a witness said on condition of anonymity.

It was immediately unclear where there has been any casualty in the aerial attack.

Al-Shabaab and Kenyan army officials were unavailable to reach for comments on the air strikes so far.
Posted by: Fred || 10/20/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [384 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Grenade attack on wedding party in Mogadishu wounds 10
(Sh.M.Network)--At least 10 people are confirmed to have been injured in a grenade attack on a wedding party in Somali capital, Mogadishu on Friday evening, witnesses and police said.

Ali Mohamed, deputy district police boss, told Shabelle Media by phone that the hand-grenade was lobbed into a house at former Milk factory in Hodon district, where hundreds of men and women were taking part this evening a wedding ceremony.

Mr. Mohamed has immediately accused Al shabab to be behind the kaboom.
Posted by: Fred || 10/20/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [379 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Puntland captures boat carrying heavy weapons
(Sh.M.Network)--An official in Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland
...a region in northeastern Somalia, centered on Garowe in the Nugaal province. Its leaders declared the territory an autonomous state in 1998. Puntland and the equally autonomous Somaliland seem to have avoided the clan rivalries and warlordism that have typified the rest of Somalia, which puts both places high on the list for Islamic subversion...
said they have seized on Thursday a boat carrying heavy weapons at a town along the coast of Barri region.

Abdisamad Mohamed, the governor of Barri region, told news hounds that the boat which was laden with rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), anti-tank mines and other explosive weapons has been seized by Puntland forces during operations.

"The smugglers had fled by the time the Puntland forces have tracked down the ferry after a tip-off by local residents in coastal Qandala village," he added.

Reports said boat as coming from Yemen and the weapons has been destined for Somali beturbanned goons of Al shabab-linked with Al Qaeda.
Posted by: Fred || 10/20/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [362 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Africa North
Not just USA ambassadors
The political tension which has shaken Tunisia in the past few months had a tragic epilogue yesterday in Tataouine, a southern city badly hit by the economic crisis, where the regional coordinator of Nidaa Tounis, a new party which staunchly opposes Ennahdha, died after being beat up.

...The attack occurred yesterday morning during a demonstration in Tatauoine. The event was one of many organized by Ennahdha in the country in support of its government and for the ousting of former regime members.

...When the demonstrators arrived in front of the regional farmers and fishermen union of which Naguedh was secretary, a brawl ensued in which fire bombs were used. Police reportedly only intervened after Naguedh had already been badly beaten up after he had attempted to flee. The high official of Nidaa Tounis died shortly after being taken to hospital by car.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/20/2012 06:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [412 views] Top|| File under:


At Least 2 Dead in Shelling of ex-Gadhafi Bastion in Libya
[An Nahar] Libyan fighters linked to the army on Friday pounded the town of Bani Walid, a former bastion of toppled strongman Muammar Qadaffy
... one of those little rainstorms from the Arab Spring...
, killing at least two people, local sources said.

"We have received two people dead and 16 maimed until now," said Abdullah al-Mansouri, deputy director of Bani Walid's hospital.

"The shelling is ongoing so the number of casualties could grow," he said, adding that those killed were a 13-year-old boy and a man in his fifties.

The military commander of the town, Salem al-Waer, gave a higher toll and said shelling had intensified. "Five people were killed and more than 40 homes destroyed by rocket fire and mortar rounds," Waer told Agence La Belle France Presse by telephone.

Skirmishes between Bani Walid fighters and Misrata "militias" were concentrated on the outskirts of the hilltop town, including in the nearby valley of Mardum, the commander said.

"But we are in control of the town," he added.

The spike in violence comes one year after rebels defeated die-hard loyalists of the former regime both in Bani Walid and the desert city of Sirte, hometown of Qadaffy who was captured and killed on October 20, 2011.

The crisis in Bani Walid was triggered by the death of Omran Shaaban, a native of rival city Misrata who was credited with catching Qadaffy.

Shaaban, 22, was kidnapped in July and held hostage for weeks in the oasis town, where he was allegedly tortured, before the authorities brokered his release.

He died last month of gunshot wounds sustained during his ordeal.
Posted by: Fred || 10/20/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [418 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Africa Subsaharan
Attacks Kill Several, Destroy Buildings in Northeast Nigeria
[An Nahar] A series of attacks by suspected 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...
Islamists in northeast Nigeria
... a particularly crimson stretch of Islam's bloody border...
has killed a number of people and destroyed several buildings, residents and authorities said Friday.

Explosions and gunfire that started late Thursday shook the city of Potiskum, with residents reporting several schools and a government building burnt, along with a number of dead.

Police said they were seeking to restore calm and clear unwent kaboom! bombs on Friday morning, while some of the ordnance continued to detonate.

"There are so many bombs here and there and I can't give you the casualty figure now, because our men are still in the field to restore calm," said state police commissioner Patrick Egbuniwe.

A military source said some houses had been destroyed by homemade bombs and a security checkpoint was attacked, but he could not give a corpse count yet.

He said Islamist bully boy group Boko Haram was suspected behind the violence.

"I cannot ascertain as of now how many people were killed, apart from the one (suspect) that I know who was shot at the checkpoint," the military source told AFP.

Residents of the city, which has been repeatedly hit by Boko Haram, described heavy kabooms and gunfire, with the city under military lockdown on Friday morning as security forces sought to track down the attackers.

Two residents spoke of seeing a number of bodies, while one said several schools were burnt, including an Islamic seminary.

"From where I stand, I can see the local government secretariat completely burned and several shops around it smoldering from last night's attack," one resident said.

Another said that "at least five primary schools, including an Islamic seminary, have been burnt in the attacks."
Posted by: Fred || 10/20/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [351 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram


Arabia
Qaida Car Bombing Kills 14 Yemen Soldiers
[An Nahar] Al-Qaeda hard boyz set off a boom-mobile inside an army base in southern Yemen at dawn on Friday, killing at least 14 soldiers, military officials said.

The hard boyz drove through several checkpoints before entering the base of the Yemeni army's 115th brigade in Abyan
...a governorate of Yemen. The region was a base to the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army terrorist group until it dropped the name and joined al-Qaeda. Its capital is Zinjibar. In March 2011, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula declared the governate an Islamic Emirate after seizing control of the region. The New York Times fastidiously reported that those in control, while Islamic hard boyz, are not in fact al-Qaeda, but something else that looks, tastes, smells, and acts the same. Yemeni government forces launched an effort to re-establish control of the region when President-for-Life Saleh was tossed and the carnage continues...
province, where a drone raid killed at least seven Al-Qaeda members the day before, one official told AFP.

"Four members of Al-Qaeda with boom belts... traveling in a military vehicle managed to pass through several army checkpoints to reach the camp" at Shaqra, 35 kilometers (22 miles) from the Abyan capital Zinjibar, another said.

"Two soldiers were killed at the entrance of the base by the assailants who then continued their journey to the camp where three of the four occupants got out of their vehicle, while the driver went kaboom!"," said the official.

In all 14 soldiers were killed and 10 others maimed.

The army killed two of the hard boyz who got out of the vehicle, while a third one managed to escape on foot, officials said, adding that a manhunt was underway.

The attack came 24 hours after rockets fired from a drone near the southern city of Jaar killed at least seven suspected members of the terror network, including a local leader, an official in the restive region said.
Posted by: Fred || 10/20/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [385 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia


Yemen Seizes Parcel Explosives
[Yemen Post] The Yemeni authorities seized explosives including Russian-made bombs inside a parcel that was sent from Hadramout
...the formerly independent Qu'aiti state and sultanate, annexed by Communist South Yemen in 1968, encompassing a region along the Gulf of Aden, extending eastwards to the borders of the Dhofar region of Oman. The people are called Hadhramis and speak Hadhrami Arabic. The city Tarimis estimated to contain the highest concentration of descendants of the Prophet Muhammad (PTUI) anywhere in the world, approximately seven in every square yard...
province to the capital Sanaa on Friday, the interior ministry reported.

"Half a kilo of TNT, two Russian-made bombs, a mine and 50-cm detonator were seized in Sanaa inside the package, which was supposed to contain henna," it said.

Officials at the local land transport company which transported the explosives found the suspicious package and reported it to the authorities, the ministry said, adding an investigation has been launched into the case.

The seizure occurred hours after official reports said Al-Qaeda bombers carried out early Friday suicide kabooms and raids on a military base in the southern province of Abyan
...a governorate of Yemen. The region was a base to the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army terrorist group until it dropped the name and joined al-Qaeda. Its capital is Zinjibar. In March 2011, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula declared the governate an Islamic Emirate after seizing control of the region. The New York Times fastidiously reported that those in control, while Islamic hard boyz, are not in fact al-Qaeda, but something else that looks, tastes, smells, and acts the same. Yemeni government forces launched an effort to re-establish control of the region when President-for-Life Saleh was tossed and the carnage continues...
killing at least 18 soldiers and injuring others.

The incidents come amid an ongoing, massive hunt for Al-Qaeda forces of Evil across the republic in which many forces of Evil including big shots have been killed, placed in long-term storage
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
and injured in the past few months

Posted by: Fred || 10/20/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [392 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia


Nine Qaeda Operatives Including Senior Leader Killed in Yemen Raid
[Yemen Post] At least nine Al-Qaeda operatives were killed including most dangerous leaders from AQAP and its offshoot Ansar Al-Sharia in a Yemeni raid early on Thursday.

The state-run September 26 website quoted a military source in Abyan
...a governorate of Yemen. The region was a base to the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army terrorist group until it dropped the name and joined al-Qaeda. Its capital is Zinjibar. In March 2011, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula declared the governate an Islamic Emirate after seizing control of the region. The New York Times fastidiously reported that those in control, while Islamic hard boyz, are not in fact al-Qaeda, but something else that looks, tastes, smells, and acts the same. Yemeni government forces launched an effort to re-establish control of the region when President-for-Life Saleh was tossed and the carnage continues...
province as saying the Death Eaters were targeted in the Jabalain area.

"They were surrounded and raided by the 119 infantry brigade and the pro-government popular committees as Al-Qaeda continued to receive devastating blows," the source said.

"Nadir Haider Nasser Al-Shadadi, one of the most wanted leaders of Al-Qaeda, was among those killed," the source continued.

This month, Yemen sentenced several terrorist suspects to death and to years in prison after convicting them of joining Al-Qaeda and forming gangs that attacked military and security chiefs, offices and public properties.

Earlier this year, the Yemeni army launched a US-backed offensive and drove Al-Qaeda Death Eaters out of their strongholds in Abyan and Shabwa provinces. Hundreds of Death Eaters including big shots were killed, injured and enjugged
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
The authorities are now continuing a massive hunt for the remaining operatives, with many key of them and cells enjugged
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
in the past few months.
Posted by: Fred || 10/20/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [400 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia


Home Front: WoT
Panetta Blocks Senior Officers From Responding To House Committee On Benghazi
The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee is demanding answers from four senior United States military officers about whether there was advance warning of terrorist threats and the need for greater security prior to last month’s terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

However, an aide to the chairman, Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, (R., Calif.), said the office of secretary of defense Leon Panetta blocked the senior officers from providing the answers last night.

“The chairman is disappointed that the administration won’t respond to this basic request for information,” the aide said.

“It is nearly unprecedented that the office of the secretary of defense would prohibit a member of the uniformed military from answering direct questions posed by the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.”

The chairman’s letters are dated Thursday. They were sent to Gen. Carter F. Ham, commander of the U.S. Africa Command, which is responsible for military activities in Africa; Adm. William H. McRaven, commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command; Vice Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, director for operations at the Pentagon’s Joint Staff; and Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

McKeon asked the officers to provide answers to questions about security threats by the close of business Friday.
Posted by: Sherry || 10/20/2012 10:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [990 views] Top|| File under:

#1  more evidence that pinata is just another bambi schill. at one time he had a spine; musta had a democratomy.
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 10/20/2012 11:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Panetta needs to be on every Sunday talk show, this week and next week, trying to explain why the HASC is not entitled to question active duty military officers, without civilian interference.

Posted by: Lone Ranger || 10/20/2012 11:31 Comments || Top||

#3  "Let me be clear! It was a spontaneous, yet well-planned, response to a terrorist youtube-related attack on Mohammed"
Posted by: Frank G || 10/20/2012 11:36 Comments || Top||

#4  Technically speaking, only someone subject to the UCMJ can prefer charges against someone else subject to the UCMJ. Panetta can't subject anyone to the UCMJ, he has to use a lack, like say CJCS. Cause any commissioned officer can submit their resignation/retirement papers and like the former DoJ attorney, appear before Congress and answer questions. Of course that takes integrity which a lot of the uniform political appointees surrender for the job titles.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/20/2012 11:37 Comments || Top||

#5  So the question Romney needs to ask in Monday's debate is: Mr. President, what are you hiding?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 10/20/2012 12:19 Comments || Top||

#6  I believe Panetta has just issued a phueching illegal order!

In a post yesterday I asked "who have we not heard from, yes, the Department of Defense". Well, here it is, per usual....on a Friday.

Congress knows this is a presidential cock-up of the first order, and they know who would have recommended an extremis force or NAO (Non-Combatant Evacuation) mission on a poorly secured consulatte. They also know who would have failed to provide the leadership and the go ahead.

The onion continues to be peeled.

"Watergate was very bad and resulted in the resignation of a sitting president, but no one died".
Charles Krauthammer
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/20/2012 13:14 Comments || Top||

#7  (Above should read NEO vs NAO)
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/20/2012 13:27 Comments || Top||

#8  Just to add an important tidbit, while Ambassador Stevens had $4.00 per hour, unarmed Libyan Security Guards to augment a very small State Department RSO staff, in Libya, where there were repeated, active threats and acts of violence, Valerie Jarrett, the Senior Staff Advisor to the President on "assistant to the president for public engagement and intergovernmental affairs" has SIX full time Secret Service Agents assigned to her in a 24/7 protection detail, a mission never before offered to staff in that role. Read the article to see what the Commander-in-Chief really thinks is important. Caution, it will make you angry!

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Posted by: NoMoreBS || 10/20/2012 13:43 Comments || Top||

#9  I believe Panetta has just issued a phueching illegal order!

Actually, SecDef can prevent them from providing answers. Whether or not it's a wise thing to do is another story.
Posted by: Pappy || 10/20/2012 13:56 Comments || Top||

#10  If congress can call the SECDEF to testify, surely they can call up anyone under him. You may be correct Pappy, but my sensing is, it's an illegal directive or order. The flag officers mentioned, clearly have a grasp on ground truth. Panetta is simply trying to 'run the clock out'.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/20/2012 14:01 Comments || Top||

#11  Oh, it's a block alright. Like his stint at the CIA, Panetta is doing what he was chosen for.
Posted by: Pappy || 10/20/2012 14:16 Comments || Top||

#12  MY GI Bill is long gone, but I think it's clearly time for me to enroll in the nearest anger management course. This stuff is making me go mad.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/20/2012 14:20 Comments || Top||

#13  Besoeker said: "Panetta is simply trying to 'run the clock out'. "

Insightful, my friend.
As soon as the Nov election is decided - the USA-Israel-Iran nuclear issue is going to raise its head in a major way. I don't know what the President will ultimately do. But I doubt seriously that Netanyahu will sit on his hands for very much longer. And when the next ME war erupts ... the whole Libya incident will be completely forgotten.
Posted by: Raider || 10/20/2012 15:49 Comments || Top||

#14  There is some open source RUMINT that Champ's so-called "October Surprise" may be ongoing secret negociations which will result to a US/Iranian deal on nuclear weapons development. The disclosure of Iranian intelligence involvement in the Benghazi consulate attack would certainly queer the pudding.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/20/2012 16:26 Comments || Top||

#15  Whether or not it's a wise thing to do is another story.

Like they sez: it's the cover what gets ya.

As for RUMINT, Wretchard was floating the idea the Oct Surprise was a trade: one ambassador for the islamo-sheik Morsi wanted sprung. That's why no one got worked up about the attack/demonstration, which sadly went awry.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/20/2012 16:48 Comments || Top||

#16  ..cause its work so well with the Norks. I have some swamp land to sell you too.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/20/2012 16:48 Comments || Top||

#17  a post-election Romney request for mass-retirement of political jackasses from the DOD, DOS, DOJ, DOE, EPA, CIA, .... is in order.

Root out these bastards
Posted by: Frank G || 10/20/2012 16:58 Comments || Top||

#18  I've been amazed over the years, the questioning minds and analytic scenarios that surface on this blog. One might suppose it's not the first rodeo for many here. I am quite umbled to be in such company, if only digitally. :-)
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/20/2012 16:59 Comments || Top||

#19  I must leave you now. Time for my evening duties; Driving Ms. Besoeker to dinner someplace or other. The granite tops will not be littered this late, someone else will fix.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/20/2012 17:06 Comments || Top||

#20  Valerie Jarrett, the Senior Staff Advisor to the President on "assistant to the president for public engagement and intergovernmental affairs" has SIX full time Secret Service Agents assigned to her in a 24/7 protection detail, a mission never before offered to staff in that role.

Because, my friends, there has never been an assistant to the president who actually controlled the president. The guy she's 'assisting' is only a puppet.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 10/20/2012 17:21 Comments || Top||

#21  And remember, since somewhere around Sept 17, Romney/Ryan are being "read" in on the Security Briefings... Gotta mean something....
Posted by: Sherry || 10/20/2012 18:37 Comments || Top||

#22  Valerie Jarrett, the Senior Staff Advisor to the President on "assistant to the president for public engagement and intergovernmental affairs" has SIX full time Secret Service Agents assigned to her in a 24/7 protection detail

She needs them to keep the animal control officers at bay.

Seriously Valerie is Obama's minder. She is the one who always advised against taking Bin Laden out. I wouldn't put it past her to have advised him to leave the Ambassador's ass hanging in the wind so that we have an excuse to leave that part of Libya to Al-Qaeda, further demoralizing our diplomatic corps and military.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 10/20/2012 18:44 Comments || Top||

#23  I am curious about the Benghszi Drone.

I'd bet during this event we had a good look at what was going on.
Posted by: Dale || 10/20/2012 18:47 Comments || Top||

#24  Most transparent adiminstration ever.
Posted by: OldSpook || 10/20/2012 19:59 Comments || Top||

#25  Driving Ms. Besoeker to dinner someplace or other. The granite tops will not be littered this late, someone else will fix.

Good for you B. I, on the other hand, after having been accused of guzzling the last of the Kaluha, even the stash in the RV, had to prove to Spousal Unit that that was not so. My dinner tonight consists of hot tongue and cold shoulder.
But at least the Kaluha is safe.
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 10/20/2012 21:33 Comments || Top||

#26  While attention is focused on who knew, when did they know, and why were we lied to, it seems that no one cares about the egregious failure of this administration to come to the aid of Americans under mortal attack by hordes of terrorists .The attack was monitored real time both audio and video for most of the attack.We had military assets less than an hour away which could have destroyed the attackers in minutes from 10000 feet,Did no one lift a finger to repel the savages and save our fellow Americans?How disgraceful.
Get to the bottom of the lies and misdirections by all means, but keep in mind why they died. Their fellow citizens who had the knowledge and the power to save them, and whose sacred trust it was to come to their aid. did nothing to help them.
Losing the election is not sufficient justice for everyone involved, for every coward who dared not speak, who worried more about chains of command and overfly permission and their careers.For the sake of the Republic and the safety of generations to come, an example of the fruits of cowardice and political correctness should be established now.
Sincerely
John Morrissey
Edina Mn 55436
Posted by: Snomolet Sninese9457 || 10/20/2012 21:51 Comments || Top||

#27  A new and much more dangerous “October Surprise” is now being calculated and calibrated by Pharaoh’s 6 NOV victory crew.
They’ll be assiduously and satanically working with Iranian leadership to miraculously negotiate non-proliferation “talks” with the dinner jacket to temporarily suspend their nuke development projects. He’ll also cajole the 12th imam to stay down in the well for a few more months as Team Zero loots our Treasury (broke) scouring for a fat RDTE seed money down-payment to restart.
SURPRISE! (Psst..never happen).
Posted by: canalzone || 10/20/2012 22:21 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
10 more killed in Karachi
[Pak Daily Times] KARACHI: Three activists of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) and two Mohajir Qaumi Movement-Haqiqi (MQM-H) workers among 10 people were killed in the city violence on Friday.

Three seminary students, affiliated with ASWJ, were killed at Abul Hassan Ispahani Road, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, within the precincts of Mobina Town cop shoppe. Police said that two pillion riders shot and killed 26-year-old Azizur Rahman, son of Abdul Ghaffar, 27-year-old Qari Moavia and 23-year-old Muhammad Shahzad. Their bodies were moved to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for medico-legal formalities.

A police official said that victims were students of Darul Khair Madrassa situated in Gulistan-e-Jauhar. They were on their way to seminary after participating in the protest held by ASWJ at Scouts Colony against frequent murder of ASWJ men. Deceased were residents of Pehlwan Goth, Gulistan-e-Jauhar and hailed from Ali Pur, Muzzaffargarh, Punjab.

Following the incident, a heavy contingent of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) reached the scene to avoid any further untoward incident. ASWJ front man Taj Hanfi condemned the killing and demanded early arrest of the culprits.

Later faceless myrmidons opened intense aerial fire and pelted passing vehicles with stones and got commercial activities shutdown forcibly in the vicinity.

A man belonging to Qadiyani community, was bumped off, while three others were maimed at Madina Colony, Baldia Town within the limits of Baldia cop shoppe. According to police, four faceless myrmidons opened targeted firing at a vehicle AUU-695, resultantly four men, Farooq 56, son of Manzoor, Saad 26 son of Farooq, Hammad 24, son of Farooq and Nusrat 53, received multiple bullets wounds. They were rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) for treatment, where Saad departed this vale of tears. A police official said that all victims were relatives and were returning to their homes on a car.

Deceased Saad was the electrical engineer and he got marriage a couple of days ago, while his father runs a generator business.

Two activists of Mohajir Qaumi Movement-Haqiqi (MQM-H) were killed at sector 6, Korangi within the limits of Awami Colony cop shoppe. A police official said that victims, 27-year-old Furqan son Qasim and 26-year-old Ahmed Ali son of Zafar Ahmed were going somewhere, when unidentified gunnies shot them dead and escaped. Their bodies were brought to JPMC for his appointment with Doctor Quincy. MQM-H spokesperson Khalid Hameed condemned the killing of their party workers and demanded early arrest of the culprits. Two more people were bumped off at sector 3, Baldia Town within the jurisdiction of Saeedabad cop shoppe. A police official said that one of the victims was 30-year-old Shahzad son of Farooq, while his lover companion was yet to be identified. He said that both were on their way on a cycle of violence. As they reached near NADRA office, armed pillion riders opened fire on them, resultantly both received fatal bullet and was struck down in his prime. Their bodies were brought to ASH for autopsies. Deceased Shahzad lived in the same area. He further said that political or sectarian affiliations of victims were not yet cleared.

A man was killed at Nasir Jump within the limits of Korangi cop shoppe. A police official said that two pillion riders rubbed out Yousuf, 25, son of Hussain, and bravely ran away. His body was shifted to JPMC for medico-legal formalities. The dear departed was the resident of Zia Colony.

A man was stabbed to death at Manghopir area within the limits of Manghopir cop shoppe. Police said that Shah Murad 30, son of Saleh Muhammad, was stabbed to death by unidentified man. His body was shifted to ASH for medico-legal formalities. Police suspected that the incident occurred over a personal enmity.
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25 labourers recovered from North Waziristan
[Pak Daily Times] The political administration recovered at least 25 kidnapped labourers from the North Wazoo Agency on Friday. According to police, the kidnapping had taken place near Mandan Gate area of Bannu a week ago. Unidentified men came on cars from South Waziristan and tempted labourers sitting along the road by offering Rs 1,000 per day wage in North Waziristan. The witnesses of the kidnapping said that 25 labourers agreed to go with the men, while the relatives of the kidnapped workers said that they had gone to Waziristan to search for them but could not find anyone. The political administration recovered these labourers from North Waziristan.
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One killed in Held Kashmir hotel attack
[Pak Daily Times] At least three gunnies attacked a popular hotel in the Indian-held Kashmire on Friday, killing a bellboy and leaving at least two other people injured, security forces said.
Remember the Pak cross-border fire a couple days ago? It's almost like the two were related...
The armed gang began shooting outside the Silver Star Hotel on the outskirts of the main city of Srinagar at about 4:30 pm (1100 GMT) before entering the premises and firing "indiscriminately", according to a police statement. Police said in the statement that "the cut-throats had planned an... attack on army vehicles which were passing by. They did not succeed and thus tried to enter a nearby hotel." The dead man was a bellboy, a security bigshot said from the scene, while police said two others have been "rushed to hospital where they are being operated upon".

Afadal Mujtaba, a deputy inspector general for Srinagar police, told AFP that "these three gunnies opened fire and killed this boy and injured two others". Dozens of soldiers and paramilitary police called to the spot cordoned off the four-storey hotel and were undertaking a search inside the hotel and the surrounding area to try and catch the gunnies, who are thought to have fled. The motive for the attack remained unclear, although the police referred to the attackers as "militants".
So the motive was to kill some people and terrify the rest. Typical jihadi hatefulness.
Friday's attack, the first in Srinagar since May of this year, occurred on a day when several bigwigs from the army, police, intelligence agencies and government met to review the security situation in the state. In the May attack, two motorcyclists fired on a group of army officers, injuring seven. Militant attacks on tourists or the tourist industry are rare and gunnies usually target security forces in their convoys or check-points.
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3 FC men killed in Quetta blast
[Pak Daily Times] At least three security personnel were killed and ten others, including five coppers and a woman, were maimed in a remote-controlled blast in the thriving provincial capital on Friday.

According to the sources, the blast targeted a Frontier Corps (FC) convoy that was patrolling the Badini intersection area. "The bomb was attached to a bicycle and it was remote-controlled blast," sources said, and added that at least three coppers were killed and 10 others were critically injured. A large number of police and FC personnel rushed to the spot and cordoned off the area following the incident.

The dear departed and injured were shifted to the Civil Hospital Quetta for medical aid. The dear departed were identified as Nawab Khan, Sarmad and Wajid Khan, and injured security personnel were identified as Sajad Ahmed, Feroz Ahmed, however identity of three others could not be ascertained. Two of the seriously injured security personnel were referred to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) for treatment. DIG (Investigation) Hamid Shakil told news hounds that at least two coppers were killed and ten others, including four coppers, a woman and a passerby, were maimed in the blast. The Bomb Disposal Squad said that around eight to 10 kilogrammes of explosives were used in the attack.
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Iraq
Roadside bomb, shootings kill at least 11 in Iraq
Back-to-back kabooms in a crowded Storied Baghdad
...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate...
market near a revered Shiite shrine killed at least 11 people Saturday, officials said, shattering days of relative calm in the Iraqi capital.

The bombings, which happened within about a minute of each other, appeared aimed at intimidating Iraq's Shiites, who are a frequent target of Sunni krazed killers.

The blasts struck about 500 meters (yards) from a shrine where two revered imams are buried, damaging nearby shops and buildings, according to police, who confirmed the casualty figures.

The attacks came as many shoppers were out buying new clothes in anticipation of the Eid al-Adha holiday, which begins in about a week.

"It was a busy time for shopping, so there were a lot of people around," said Ahmed Naseer, the owner of a stationary shop nearby. "When I came out, I saw burning carts and merchant stalls, and children crying and women screaming out of fear. The whole place was full of panic."
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Iraq attack kills four south Asian pilgrims
[Bangla Daily Star] Gunmen blew up a bomb and shot up a bus packed with south Asian pilgrims, killing four worshippers and wounding 11 others north of Storied Baghdad
...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate...
, officials said yesterday. The coordinated attacks took place late Thursday near the town of Balad, with security officials and medics identifying the victims as Pak Shias. There was no immediate confirmation from the Pak embassy.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Deaths in Syria as function of time
the wikipedia chart on this looks a bit like a hockey stick

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Satellite photos of Iran military site bring questions of explosives testing
New satellite imagery released by the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) shows some changes at a military site of great interest to the UN nuclear watchdog.

The watchdog, or IAEA, suspects that Iran carried out explosives tests at the Parchin site back in the early part of the decade, tests consistent with the construction of a nuclear weapon. Iran denies that its nuclear program has a military dimension, but it will not let inspectors into Parchin.

In a satellite photo from August released by ISIS, visible is the structure where the explosives tests were believed to have been carried out, covered by a tarpaulin. In a September photograph, released today, the tarpaulin is off. The photograph is not evidence of an explosives test, but it is suspicious, given the IAEA has been asking for access to Parchin, and Iran will not let its inspectors in.

According to ISIS, the activity at Parchin has been going on for months. “It is difficult to determine the scope and nature of the ongoing activity. Alterations to this site, for all intents and purposes, have to be seen as clean-up operations with the intent to degrade or eliminate the IAEA’s ability to examine the site.”

David Albright, head of ISIS, says that given the tests took place so long ago, the Iranians would have had plenty of time to sanitize the site, making the recent flurry of activity all the more curious.

Yesterday, speaking at Chatham House in London, Yukiya Amano, the director general of the IAEA, noted that there has been intensive activity at the site, but Parchin is not the only problem.

“We have identified 12 areas that we need clarification. We cannot draw conclusions at this stage, but it is very obvious for us: We need to seek clarification from Iran, and as Iran continues to say that all the activities are of a peaceful purpose, it should be in the interest of Iran itself.”

Parchin is one of those 12 areas. The others include issues about procurement of materials that could be used for a nuclear weapon, documents about warhead design, and various other experiments believed to have gone on, most of them many years back, consistent with nuclear weapons work.

Amano and his inspectors have had many discussions with their Iranian counterparts to come up with a way to get those questions answered.

They agreed on some sort of formula, but the Iranians now are refusing to go forward.

Amano was asked how long the world has to get the answers it needs. He would not be drawn, saying there were all sorts of different estimates and that it is not his job to do those sorts of calculations.

Meanwhile, at ISIS, officials are concerned that at least the story of what happened at Parchin will never be known. The text accompanying the photographs states, “It is increasingly difficult to believe that an IAEA visit will yield any significant breakthrough in the inspectors’ efforts to find answers to the military dimensions of Iran’s program.”

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Suicide Bomber Kills 2 Guards At South Iran Mosque
[Jerusalem Post] Six others, including three children, injured at mosque near Pakistain border; same mosque was hit in 2010.

A jacket wallah killed two guards as he went kaboom!" outside a mosque in a restive southern province of Iran on Friday after being prevented from reaching worshippers inside, Iranian media reported.

The bomber set off his boom belt a few hundred meters (yards) outside the Imam Hossein mosque in the city of Chabahar, killing two members of the Basij militia that were on guard, Fars news agency reported.

Six others, including three children, sustained injuries in the kaboom, it said.

Chabahar is in Sistan-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...
province, near the Pak border. It has a history of unrest, with the mainly Sunni Mohammedan population complaining of discrimination at the hands of Iran's Shi'ite Mohammedan authorities.

An attack by two suicide bombers at the same mosque in 2010 killed 39 people including women and kiddies during a religious ceremony.

The Sunni rebel group Jundollah, which says it is fighting for better rights for Sunni Mohammedans in Iran, grabbed credit for that attack, which it said was in Dire Revenge™ for the execution of its leader, Abdolmalek Rigi.

The group is believed to be based in Pakistain and since 2003 has claimed a number of attacks and kidnappings inside Iranian territory.

In its most audacious attack, it targeted a meeting of Revolutionary Guards and tribal figures from Sistan-Balochistan in October 2009, killing six senior commanders and 29 others.

Iran says Jundollah has links to al Qaeda and has accused Pakistain, Britannia and the United States of supporting it to stir instability in its southeast. The three countries deny backing Jundollah.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/20/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [460 views] Top|| File under: Jundullah

#1  Seems like the boomer is the way of the muslims whether they be Sunni or Shia.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/20/2012 10:49 Comments || Top||

#2  actually, suicide bombers have been almost exclusively Sunni for the past decade or so
Posted by: lord garth || 10/20/2012 20:37 Comments || Top||


17 Lebanese Killed in Syrian Army Ambush at Border
[An Nahar] Seventeen Lebanese people were killed on Friday in an ambush by the Syrian army at the Lebanese-Syrian border, reported Voice of Leb radio (93.3).

It said that the Lebanese were killed when Syrian troops ambushed their bus as it was heading from Leb's al-Qaa region to Syria al-Jousseh.

One of the casualties has been identified as Hamza Amer.

His body has been retrieved and returned to Leb, said VDL.

The fate of the remaining passengers is unknown.

The border between Leb and Syria has witnessed tensions since the eruption of anti-regime protests in Syria in March 2011.

Syrian troops have repeatedly infiltrated Lebanese border territories in pursuit of what it called army defectors and armed gangs.
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#1 

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Iran Gas Flow Halted After Blast, 28 Soldiers Injured
[Ynet] The gas flow on a pipeline carrying Iranian natural gas to Turkey was halted due to an explosion in eastern Turkey late on Thursday, injuring 28 soldiers, Turkish energy officials said.

The blast occurred in the area of Eleskirt, a town in Agri province in eastern Turkey, the officials said, on condition of anonymity. It was not clear what caused the blast, and when the gas flow will resume, they said.
But in the meantime Iran will lose income, and it will be believed the explosion occurred with malice aforethought.
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#1  Turk army doing pipeline maintenance now? Not optimal.
Posted by: Shipman || 10/20/2012 3:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Good catch, Shipman. :-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/20/2012 10:46 Comments || Top||


Air Force Bombs Rebels Besieging Syrian Base
[An Nahar] Syria's air force carried out raids on Friday morning against rebels besieging a major military base in the northwestern province of Idlib, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

"Military aircraft dropped bombs that targeted rebels camped near (the base at) Wadi Deif," concentrating their firepower on the villages of Talmans and Maashemsha, said the Britannia-based monitoring group.

The gunnies have launched what they call a "final assault" against the strategic military camp of Wadi Deif where about 250 soldiers have been holed up for days. The base also houses tanks and fuel.

The battle for the base has killed at least six soldiers, according to the Observatory, which said that the facility has been surrounded by around 2,500 rebel fighters.

To the west of the base, regime warplanes battered a residential area of the rebel-held town of Maaret al-Numan on Thursday, killing at least 49 people, almost half of them children, rescuers told an AFP correspondent at the scene.

The air strikes destroyed two housing complexes and a mosque, where many women and kiddies had been taking refuge, in the strategic northwestern town. Among those killed was a nine-month-old baby.

All of the victims buried under the rubble of the residential buildings had been retrieved, but bodies were still under the rubble of the nearby mosque, according to the rescuers and hospital officials.

Violence across Syria killed 168 people on Thursday -- 70 civilians, 61 soldiers and 37 rebels, said the Observatory, which relies on a network of activists, medics and lawyers for its information.
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#1  Yokay, I'll bite, I thought the MSM-Net said the Rebs already captured it???
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Leb: Wissam al-Hasan Assassinated in Beirut Bomb Blast
[An Nahar] Brigadier General Wissam al-Hasan, chief of the Intelligence Bureau of the Internal Security Forces, was killed on Friday in a car kaboom in the Beirut district of Ashrafiyeh, state-run National News Agency reported.

The powerful kaboom rocked a street adjacent to Sassine Square in Ashrafiyeh, leaving seven other people dead and 78 others maimed, in the first such attack in the Lebanese capital since 2008.

Hasan was close to former Prime Minister Saad Hariri
Second son of Rafik Hariri, the Leb PM who was assassinated in 2005. He has was prime minister in his own right from 2009 through early 2011. He was born in Riyadh to an Iraqi mother and graduated from Georgetown University. He managed his father's business interests in Riyadh until his father's liquidation. When his father died he inherited a fortune of some $4.1 billion, which won't do him much good if Hizbullah has him bumped off, too.
and hostile to the regime in Syria. He had been tipped to take over as ISF head at the end of this year.
Posted by: Fred || 10/20/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [782 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  You'd think with all this money, he'd have the smarts to get the hell out of there...but nooooo...
Posted by: Crirt Unusonter7978 || 10/20/2012 0:36 Comments || Top||


8 Dead, 78 Hurt as Powerful Car Bomb Hits Beirut
[An Nahar] A powerful car boom on Friday rocked a street adjacent to Sassine Square in Ashrafiyeh, leaving eight people dead, including Brigadier General Wissam al-Hasan, chief of the Intelligence Bureau of the Internal Security Forces.

Seventy-eight people were maimed in the first such attack in the Lebanese capital since 2008, according to state-run National News Agency.

The booby-trapped car was parked outside a five-story building facing al-Farah Library, around 200 meters from the Phalange Party
The Kataeb (Phalange) party was founded by Pierre Gemayel in 1936, who modeled the party after Spanish and Italian Fascist parties he had observed as an Olympic athlete during the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin, then Nazi Germany. The movement's uniforms originally included brown shirts and members used the Nazi salute. Despite the party's uniform, its strong sense of nationalism and dedication to a single charismatic leader, the Lebanese Kataeb was not and never became a fascist party nor did it espouse a totalitarian ideology.
's Central House, NNA said.

An Agence La Belle France Presse photographer saw two apartment buildings devastated by the bombing. One building was ablaze as Red Thingy workers evacuated bloodied casualties.

Balconies were torn off by the force of the blast, windows shattered and cars crushed by falling masonry.

Flying glass from the shattered windows maimed more than 20 people inside their apartments, NNA said.

The agency noted that the blast did not target the convoy of a political figure.

"We heard a powerful kaboom. The earth shook under our feet," said Roland, 19, among a large crowd of army, rescue workers and onlookers at the scene.

Interior Minister Marwan Charbel later arrived on the scene to inspect the kaboom's aftermath.

Georges Kettaneh, in charge of the Red Thingy operation, said at least 37 people were maimed.

Relatives of employees at BEMO bank, whose windows were broken, dashed to the area to look for their children. "Where is Pierre?" one man cried, as a young woman searched for her mother in the rubble.

Nancy, aged 45, was in tears as she reflected on having nearly missed death.

"I was just coming home when I saw my house in flames. I would have been dead if I had stayed home."

A rescue worker, identifying himself as Rahmeh, said "this reminds me of attacks during the (1975-1990) civil war and after the war."

Prime Minister Najib Miqati said "the government and all its security and judicial authorities are on alert to unveil the circumstances of this blast, pursue and punish the perpetrators, and foil any attempts to drag Leb back to the episode of bombings."

Miqati also declared Saturday a day of national mourning and ordered the closure of state institutes, the lowering of flags to half-mast and the modification of TV and radio programming.

An extraordinary security meeting was also held at the Grand Serail to discuss the attack, while cabinet was expected to convene on Saturday morning to address the situation.
Posted by: Fred || 10/20/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [440 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Nothing wrong with Lebanon that another faction and a billion dollars won't cure.
Posted by: Shipman || 10/20/2012 3:56 Comments || Top||



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