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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 10/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [358 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Birthday Gam Shot

Glynis Barber [South Africa](age 57)


Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 10/25/2012 10:27 Comments || Top||

#2  Yikes, Sabrina! You bustin' out all over, girl.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 10/25/2012 11:11 Comments || Top||

#3  WARNING!

Magweb is classed as a insecure site by my browser. Best not to click on Glynis.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/25/2012 12:35 Comments || Top||

#4  Naughty girl Glynis!
What happened when Google visited this site?

Of the 86 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 5 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2012-10-25, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2012-10-25.

Malicious software is hosted on 1 domain(s), including wickedwolfgifts.com/.

This site was hosted on 2 network(s) including AS36351 (SOFTLAYER), AS15169 (Google Internet Backbone).
Posted by: tipper || 10/25/2012 17:21 Comments || Top||


--Tech & Moderator Notes
HEY HEY HEY -- RANTBURG NEEDS YOU....
How is it that you dazzle your friends and cohorts with up-to-the-minute news? Yea, you know of what I am speaking. It’s Rantburg U, of course....... Rantburg gets its click... and it needs one more from you.....

It’s election time and we got Benghazi hanging over us. I don’t know about you, but I do lots of forwards of articles and comments found here in Rantburg.
(Comments is why we call it Rantburg U and those comments often present you seemingly smart when opinionating in conversations)
Also, Christmas is coming – there is a PayPal button available over on the right. Keep scrolling, it's there. (Fred is working on Google Wallet, Amazon doesn’t seem to always work) so think about gifting yourself another year, week or day of Rantburg.... You owe it to yourself.

Need to snail mail a check? Email Fred for address.... can’t find Fred’s click for email? Just post.... you will get an answer.

And know, you just gave so others can click.........

And don't even think about posting an article with the title in all caps.....
Posted by: Sherry || 10/25/2012 02:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [455 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Amazon don't work? That's disturbing. I get acknowledgements from Amazon - does that mean Fred got it?

Well, I'm going to try it again, just because of Sherry's incredibly effective ... request.
Posted by: Bobby || 10/25/2012 6:50 Comments || Top||

#2  donated today

site said it was the 'Rantburg Defense Fund'
Posted by: lord garth || 10/25/2012 9:10 Comments || Top||

#3  Paypalled my usual
Posted by: Frank G || 10/25/2012 9:21 Comments || Top||

#4  I'm in.
Posted by: Iblis || 10/25/2012 9:56 Comments || Top||

#5  Thanks, Bobby -- you gave me my smile of the morning...
Posted by: Sherry || 10/25/2012 10:05 Comments || Top||

#6  Fred, Look for an envelope from me in the next few days -- my early Hanukkah present to myself. Good idea, Sherry!
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/25/2012 10:56 Comments || Top||

#7  donated today as well. Long live the 'burg.
Posted by: Broadhead6 || 10/25/2012 11:52 Comments || Top||

#8  I gave a bit earlier, but will hit the tip jar as soon as my paypal account stabilizes: this weekend for sure.
Posted by: Ptah || 10/25/2012 12:21 Comments || Top||

#9  So is the Amazon thingy defunct? It's the one I use and I can't get it working.
Posted by: Grunter || 10/25/2012 12:48 Comments || Top||

#10  I usually use Amazon too, Grunter, but they've changed some interfaces and Fred doesn't have it working again yet.
Posted by: lotp || 10/25/2012 13:14 Comments || Top||

#11  Thanks, lotp. Will tip in some spondooliks when it is going again.
Posted by: Grunter || 10/25/2012 14:59 Comments || Top||

#12  I'm in and thanks for such a great site.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/25/2012 15:41 Comments || Top||

#13  Paypalled with pleasure! Long live the'Burg!
Posted by: GoldenShellback || 10/25/2012 18:41 Comments || Top||

#14  Happy to Donate, wish it could be more. Thanks for all you do Fred and to the rest of you behind the scenes. Rantburg has been an excellent resource of information. It's very much appreciated.
Posted by: Jan || 10/25/2012 19:43 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
British female medic and Royal Marine killed in Afghanistan
Military officials said they were investigating the deaths amid conflicting reports of what had happened and "a very confusing picture on the ground".

The Marine, from 40 Commando, and the soldier, understood to be a woman aged 25 from 3 Medical Regiment, were initially believed to have been shot dead by Taliban insurgents while on patrol in Nahr-e Saraj district.

However there were other reports they may have been killed by an Afghan policeman or soldier in an insider attack. Meanwhile, an Afghan police official said that the deaths were believed to have been caused by friendly fire when a British unit fired on another in a case of mistaken identity.

A spokesman for British troops in Helmand said the two "died from injuries sustained whilst on patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district".

Their families have been informed.
Posted by: tipper || 10/25/2012 03:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [329 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Rest with God Cpl Bryant and thank you for your selfless service.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/25/2012 8:48 Comments || Top||

#2  RIP and Godspeed Sarah.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/25/2012 15:52 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Somali, AU forces battle Al shabab in Lower Shabelle region
(Sh.M.Network)--A fierce fighting has erupted on Wednesday between Somali National Army (SNA) backed by the African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
forces and Al shabab fighters in Lower Shabelle region of northwestern Mogadishu, reports said.

The combat broke out after Al shabab fighters attacked on new military bases set up by the allied forces that located between Leego and Yaqbariweyne villages on Baidoa corridor, just 100 Km northwest Mogadishu.

The exact figures on the casualties following the fighting are to be confirmed as the area is remains military frontline for the "Operation free Shabelle", which the AMISOM and Somali forces are struggling to retake all rebel-held positions in the Lower and Middle Shabelle regions.

Local residents told Shabelle Media by phone that AMISOM forces have fired string of mortar rounds into the rural areas near the battle zones believed to be Al shabab hideouts. No deaths reported.

No statement was released by the both warring sides on the fighting and shelling.
Posted by: Fred || 10/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [339 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Shabaab women's leader captured
(Sh.M.Network)--The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and those of Somalia have have captured Al-Shabaab
... Harakat ash-Shabaab al-Mujahidin aka the Mujahideen Youth Movement. It was originally the youth movement of the Islamic Courts, now pretty much all of what's left of it. They are aligned with al-Qaeda but operate more like the Afghan or Pakistani Taliban...
women's leader in Kismayu port.

Apart from the woman, the troops also locked away
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
72 suspected Orcs and similar vermin and recovered an assortment of weapons.

Among those locked away
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
was the woman identified as Marianna Issa Mohammed who was identified by residents of Kismayu as the Al-Shabaab women leader.

Her arrest is seen as a boost as the troops race to pacify the city that has been under the rule of the Orcs and similar vermin for long.

KDF information operations officer Col Cyrus Oguna said the Sunday operation was a success because of the cooperation from the locals.

Col Oguna added the troops also locked away
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
five Al-Shabaab members as they tried to enter Kenya in Kolbio area.

Two KDF soldiers were maimed in the exercise after the Orcs and similar vermin engaged them in a shootout that left three of them killed and two AK 47 rifles and an RPG recovered.

"Economic activities continue to thrive at the Port City with 5 ships carrying foodstuffs and cement docking at the Kismayu Sea Port today," said Col Oguna in a statement on Tuesday.

He added the UN and WHO representatives visited the area on a fact finding mission and were received warmly by the locals.

The troops took control of Kismayu last month in an operation that has been seen as a success in their efforts to restore order in the war torn country.

The Kenyan troops crossed to Somalia last year in an operation that was aimed at neutralising the turbans.

In a related development, police in Wajir intercepted a lorry carrying 400 sacks of sugar from Somalia on Tuesday.
Posted by: Fred || 10/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [330 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

#1  So, one sack of crap and 400 of sugar intercepted
Posted by: Frank G || 10/25/2012 17:59 Comments || Top||


Africa North
'Benghazi attack suspect' dies in Cairo shootout
[BBC] A man suspected of involvement in an attack on the US consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi last month has been killed in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, officials say.

The man was killed after an exchange of fire with security services in the Cairo suburb of Madinet Nasr.

Authorities named the man only as Hazem.

Four US diplomatic officials were killed in the Benghazi attack, among them the US ambassador to Libya.

According to the Egyptian officials the suspect was cornered in a flat in Madinet Nasr early on Wednesday morning. He threw a bomb at the security forces, but it bounced back into the flat.

An exchange of fire with the security services then began and went on for several hours, local media reports say.

The suspect's burnt body was found in the property, along with weapons and explosive materials, officials say.

The area was sealed off by police while emergency services dealt with a blaze caused by the exchange of fire.

Emergency services also had to rescue other residents of the building using hydraulic ladders, officials told the al-Ahram newspaper.

One possibility is that the suspect was trying to make his way to the Sinai peninsula, which has become a magnet for militants from across the region, the BBC's Jon Leyne in Cairo reports.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 10/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [857 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Needs the pic of Claude Raines as Inspector Renault, IMHO. They're rounding up the usual suspects.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 10/25/2012 0:03 Comments || Top||

#2  Why do I get the feeling that most of the suspects that knew, planned and helped the incident are about to meet untimely ends?
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/25/2012 0:06 Comments || Top||

#3  Here you go Thing From Snowy Mountain - The unusual suspects are in the background.



'Benghazi attack suspect' dies in Cairo shootout
Posted by: Au Auric || 10/25/2012 1:14 Comments || Top||

#4  Hazem is dead, GM is alive!
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/25/2012 5:24 Comments || Top||

#5  DV - Usual Suspects is usually not even close to the protected real suspects. Just an opportunity to remove some stickier thorns
Posted by: Frank G || 10/25/2012 8:26 Comments || Top||

#6  He threw a bomb at the security forces, but it bounced back into the flat.

Sof it was a work accident and there is nothing to see here? What Darth said. I have a feeling that these fall guys are going to fall one by one in mysterious ways.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/25/2012 10:29 Comments || Top||

#7  Memo to Fred: per Darth's comments, must get pic from Goodfellas, one where the JFK robbers are getting shot...
Posted by: Steve White || 10/25/2012 10:39 Comments || Top||

#8  Cutouts tend to get cut.
Posted by: mojo || 10/25/2012 16:36 Comments || Top||


Benghazi attack suspect arrested in Tunisia
A Tunisian man who was tossed in the slammer
Please don't kill me!
in Turkey this month with reported links to the attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya is facing terrorism charges, his lawyer said Wednesday, as an Egyptian official said a bad turban suspected of involvement was killed in festivities in Cairo.

An Egyptian interior ministry source told CBS News' Alex Ortiz the suspect in Egypt, known only by his first name, Hazem, was killed after neighbors summoned police for a suspicious resident. The police came in and exchanged fire with the target. The man went kaboom!" in his apartment during the engagement with security forces.

It is unclear whether Hazem was Egyptian, or just living in Cairo. .

An Egyptian official told the News Agency that Dare Not be Named the man recently returned from Libya and kept weapons in his hideout. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief news hounds, said an investigation into the man's possible involvement in the consulate attack is under way.

In Tunisia, suspect Ali Harzi was repatriated on Oct. 11 by authorities in Turkey, and a judge issued his arrest warrant, lawyer Ouled Ali Anwar told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named. He said his client was told by a judge Tuesday that he has been charged with "membership of a terrorist organization in a time of peace in another country."

U.S. officials told CBS News' David Martin Wednesday that Harzi is not considered to be one of the ring leaders of the Benghazi attack; So far the FBI has not been allowed to question him
Posted by: Fred || 10/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [749 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda


Bombed Sudanese factory produced Iranian Shehab missiles
Debka. Salt to taste...
The Yarmouk Complex of military plants near Khartoum, which was bombed five minutes after midnight Wednesday, Oct. 24, by four fighter-bombers, recently went into manufacturing Iranian ballistic surface-to-surface Shehab missiles under license from Tehran, debkafile's military and intelligence sources disclose. Western intelligence sources have not revealed what types of Shehab were being turned out in Sudan but they believe the Yarmouk's output was intended to serve as Tehran's strategic reserve stock in case Iran's ballistic arsenal was hit by Israeli bombers.

The Israeli Air Force has a long record of pre-emptive attacks for destroying an enemy's long-range missiles in the early stages of a conflict. In June 2006, for instance, the IAF destroyed 90 percent of Hizballah's long-range missiles in the first hours of the Leb war.
Posted by: Au Auric || 10/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [362 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Here's another source The Atlantic but does have good info.

And doesn't the US military currently have the largest number of military folks in Israel?
Posted by: Sherry || 10/25/2012 13:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Baby Milk and Ironworks, Inc.™
Posted by: Frank G || 10/25/2012 18:01 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Saudi border guards arrest 60 Yemenis from Saada
[Yemen Post] Saudi border guards incarcerated
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
on Monday about 60 Yemenis from Saada governorate after they attempted to control deserted houses on the Saudi-Yemenis borders, Yemeni media sources affirmed.

They said the Yemenis who are affiliated to the Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is "God is Great, Death to America™", Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews" ...
group tried to control a Saudi Tel-communication cell located in the area.

The Saudi military had engaged in a war with the Houthi group in 2009 after Houthi fighters crossed into Saudi territory.

The Houthi group has recently allied with the former president President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
against their joint political foes, Yemeni media sources affirmed.

Yemeni political sources had stated that Houthi fighters were trained in camps of the Republican Guard led by the elderly son of Saleh, Ahmed Ali in the framework of cooperation between Saleh's family and Houthis. Meanwhile,
...back at the sea battle, the Terror of the Baltic's career had come to an abrupt and watery end...
tribal leaders affirmed that the Houthi group set up three camps in Saada and Amran to recruit and train fighters, pointing out that Houthi fighters are transferred to Iran and Leb to receive training.

The Houthi group had involved in six wars with the central government, the last one ending in 2010. The founder of the Houthi group, Hussein Al-Houthi was killed in 2004 during the first round of the war.

The Houthis are accused of attempting to expand and take control on Saada, Hajja, Amran and other northern governorates with support of Iran. They engaged in fierce battles with tribes of Hajja early of the current year.

Their festivities with Salafis in Saada first erupted in November 2011 and they were ceased in line with truce agreement brokered by tribal leaders

Posted by: Fred || 10/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [370 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Yemen Reveals Qaeda Plot to Retake Former Strongholds in South
[Yemen Post] The Yemeni authorities revealed on Tuesday an Al-Qaeda plot to retake control of cities 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...
including former strongholds such as the strategic city of Jaar, the interior ministry reported.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, AQAP, entrusted the remaining members of its offshoot, Ansar Al-Sharia, in Abyan and Al-Qaeda affiliates in Lahj province to implement the plot, the ministry said.

The Yemeni army launched earlier this year a US-backed offensive and drove the forces of Evil out of their strongholds in Abyan and Shabwa provinces.

Hundreds of forces of Evil including senior were killed, injured and cooled for a few years
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
and the army regained key towns in Abyan including the capital Zinjibar and Jaar during the offensive.

Meanwhile,
...back at the abandoned silver mine, the water was up to Jack's neck and still rising...
the Yemeni authorities have been hunting the remaining Qaeda operatives across the republic killing and arresting tens of terrorist suspects and dismantling Qaeda cells including those responsible for deadly suicide kabooms in recent months.

The US drones have largely contributed to targeting key beturbanned goon leaders and operatives mainly in southern and southeastern regions.

Al-Qaeda forces of Evil have lately carried out deadly raids against military bases in Abyan killing and wounding tens of soldiers.

The raids indicated Al-Qaeda has started to regroup and reminded the people of similar raids on army bases last year when Al-Qaeda was still on its strength.

"The plot meant the forces of Evil have not learned a lesson from the severe blows including the golden swards operation which drove them out of their strongholds in this province earlier this year," officials at the ministry were quoted as saying.

"Yemen is well-prepared to eradicate terrorism and face like the plots and the forces of Evil will receive severer blows this time," they added.
Posted by: Fred || 10/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [330 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia


Yemen seizes released detainees from Iraq
[Yemen Post] Yemen's intelligence service, the National Security, has placed in long-term storage
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
on Wednesday morning six Yemenis who were released from Iraqi prisons.

Families of the detainees could not meet them at Sana'a Airport as they were taken to another gate and transferred to a custody of t he National Security.

A Yemeni human rights
...which are usually entirely different from personal liberty...
group, Hood, called to swiftly release the returnees and allow them to spend Eid al-Adha holiday, a Moslem religious holiday, with their families.

About 16 Yemenis including two women are still languishing in Iraqi jails. One man was sentenced to death, but the Yemeni authorities have recently received insurances that he will not be executed.

Prime Minister Mohammad Salem Basindwa had called the Iraqi authorities to extradite Yemenis imprisoned in Iraq.

The Iraqi Ambassador Assad Al-Samraee said, in a meeting with Yemeni officials, Iraq will positively respond to the demands of exchanging detainees between Yemen and Iraq.

Sana'a has witnessed protests carried out by relatives of Yemenis imprisoned in Iraq in which they demanded the Yemeni government to form a ministerial committee to follow up cases of Yemeni detainees held in Iraq.

Yemen nationals have been languishing at Iraqi prisons since nine years on charges of entering Iraq illegally.

According to human rights groups, Yemeni prisoners were not enabled to defend themselves or have lawyers.

A lawyer of a Yemeni human rights group, Hood, had said that Yemeni detainees face risks in Iraq, accusing the Yemeni government of ignoring their cases.

Posted by: Fred || 10/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [340 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia


Bangladesh
Criminal killed in 'shootout'
[Bangla Daily Star] An alleged criminal was killed in a "shootout" between his accomplices and Rab members in Kachua upazila of Chandpur early yesterday.
Kachua upazila of Chandpur: Out of the way spot. Quaint bed and breakfasts
Betcha a Garmin can't find it...
Betcha Old Patriot can.
The dear departed was identified as Jamal Hossain alias Boro Jamal, 45, son of Adam Ali of Megdai village in the upazila.

Several Rab members also sustained injures during the shootout, said Md Alamgir Hossain, officer-in-charge of Kachua Police Station, quoting Rab officials.

Jamal was accused in five cases including robbery and theft, he said.
Baby, he's a bad man... Good robber, but a bad man.
The OC said on a tip-off that Jamal and his gang were preparing to commit a robbery, a team of Rab-11 conducted a raid at Bachaiya village in the upazila around 2:00am.
0200, Sarge. I've heard about these early morning ops, Sarge.
Shutup and lock and load.

Spider senses tingling at the proximity of the elite force, the gang opened fire on them, forcing the Rab to retaliate.
That's the good guys returning fire, for the uninitiated...
After around a half an hour-long gunbattle, Jamal's bullet-ridden body was found lying in a pool of blood
Right where the coppers had dumped it...
Queerly enough, the only bullets found after 30 minutes of wild firing into the night were the two behind poor Mr. Jamal's ears.
while his accomplices managed to evaporate.
As if they'd never been there...
Police took the body to Chandpur Sadar Hospital morgue for his appointment with Doctor Quincy.
"He's dead, Jim."
" Dr. Quincy is a doctor among doctors. He made the diagnosis without even looking!"
Rab men recovered a firearm and several machetes from the spot.
That's the gang's mistake right there: never bring machetes to a gun fight.
Posted by: Fred || 10/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [357 views] Top|| File under:


Former Pres. of ICNA to be Charged with War Crimes
Ashrafuzzaman Khan, a former president and secretary-general of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), will be charged with war crimes, according to Mohammad Abdul Hannan Khan, coordinator of the investigation agency of the Bangladesh's International Crimes Tribunal.

Khan revealed the plans for the indictment during a press briefing October 9. Khan will be charged by Bangladesh's International Crimes Tribunal for his involvement in the torture and execution of 18 political opponents in 1971 during Bangladesh's fight for independence from Pakistain.
Posted by: Au Auric || 10/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [338 views] Top|| File under:


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Three suspects in Tatarstan cleric attacks killed
Three terrorists militants killed in Tatarstan's capital Kazan were suspects in high-profile attacks against Islamic leaders in the Russian region earlier this year, according to Russia's Investigative Committee.

In July, Tatarstan's leading Muslim cleric, Mufti Ildus Faizov, was wounded in a car bombing and his former deputy, Valiulla Yakupov, was gunned down in attacks conducted by suspected Islamists.

Two members of the Federal Security Service were killed in the fighting in Kazan along with the three terrorists militants on October 24.

Tatarstan's Interior Ministry said the terrorists militants blocked a street in Kazan and shot at police. It added that one of the dead men appeared to be wearing a suicide belt packed with explosives.
Posted by: ryuge || 10/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [380 views] Top|| File under:


Home Front: WoT
Ahmed Ressam's sentence increased to 37 years
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 10/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [310 views] Top|| File under:

#1  per sentence he will be in the slammer until 2034 and on supervised release from then until 2039

when he was arrested, his car had


10 green plastic garbage bags with 118 pounds (54 kg) of a fine white powder (which tests later identified as urea, used to manufacture explosives and fertilizer),
2 lozenge bottles filled with primary explosives hexamethylene triperoxide diamine (HMTD) and cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine (RDX),
2 plastic bags with 14 pounds (6.4 kg) of a crystalline powder (later shown to be aluminium sulfate, used primarily as a desiccant, to keep things dry),
two 22-ounce olive jars with 2.6 pounds (1.2 kg) of golden-brown liquid (later identified as secondary explosive ethylene glycol dinitrate (EGDN), an extremely explosive and volatile nitroglycerin equivalent that is twice as powerful as TNT), and
4 operational timing devices designed to detonate primary explosives, consisting of small black boxes containing circuit boards connected to Casio watches and 9-volt battery connectors. When the watch alarm would ring, an electrical charge would pass from the battery to a small lightbulb which had had its glass covering removed, exposing the filament; the bulb would heat, ignite, and detonate the other bomb ingredients in a chain reaction.
Posted by: lord garth || 10/25/2012 14:46 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
US drone kills at least five in North Waziristan
[Dawn] At least five people were killed Wednesday when a US drone targeted a suspected jihad boy compound about 10 kilometres from the main town in volatile North Wazoo region, intelligence sources said.

The US drone fired three missiles in Tappi village, about 10 kilometres southeast 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...
, on a compound which intelligence sources said was a jihad boy facility.

Two missiles hit the house and one struck a vehicle resulting in the death of four suspected jihad boys. A woman was also killed in the strike, sources added. The official sources also said that three cows have also been killed as the house was completely destroyed.

The political administration and the military authorities do not comment on such drone strikes although Pak administration has been complaining to the US government about the illegality of the drone operation.

The identity of those killed in this strike could not be ascertained from independent sources, however the intelligence sources claimed the targeted compound was a suspected jihad boy hideout.
Posted by: Fred || 10/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [340 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Pakistan

#1  I sometimes get the feeling the old dumb iron munitions would be more effective - spot a target, drop a B-52 load on him/them. Make the collateral damage hurt - shelter a target in your village and more than a house and a couple of cows get whacked.
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/25/2012 7:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Arc light
Posted by: Shipman || 10/25/2012 17:57 Comments || Top||

#3  Drink up!
Posted by: Frank G || 10/25/2012 18:23 Comments || Top||

#4  Why are we whispering???
Posted by: tu3031 || 10/25/2012 18:26 Comments || Top||

#5  Whispering 'cuz he's cheap and doesn't want too many takers on his round of drinks.
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/25/2012 19:03 Comments || Top||


Incidents of violence claim six lives in Karachi
[Dawn] Six people were killed in incidents of violence across 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...
, DawnNews reported on Wednesday.

Two bodies, bearing marks of torture, were found from the city's Lea Market and Manghopir areas.

Moreover, one person was rubbed out by unknown gunnies in Bloody Karachi's Machar Colony.

In separate incidents, a man and a woman were stabbed to death with knives in Abbas Colony and in Clifton area's Neelam Colony.

Furthermore, one person, who had been maimed during an incident at North Nazimabad's Landikotal roundabout, departed this vale of tears during treatment at a hospital.

Moreover, the Sindh Rangers conducted an early morning raid in Lyari's Shah Baig Line area and placed in long-term storage
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
Baba Lashari, a man suspected of involvement in gang wars.

The suspect identified various locations where looted goods had been hidden. The Rangers then raided these locations and recovered the stolen goods.

According to Rangers' sources, the placed in long-term storage
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
suspect was allegedly involved in serious crimes, including assassinations.
Posted by: Fred || 10/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [345 views] Top|| File under:


Suspect, passer-by killed in Bara search operation
[Dawn] Two persons including a suspected cut-thoat were rubbed out while another was injured during a search operation in Akkakhel area of Bara on Tuesday, sources said.

Although security forces declined to give details of the search operation conducted in Gud Malang and Misri chowk localities of Akkakhel, local sources said that the dead included a passer-by and an activist of a local cut-thoat group.

Sources said that the operation was conducted jointly by army and Frontier Corps. They said that security forces rounded up 150 residents of the area and shifted them to Fort Salop for investigation.

The officials of Bara political administration, when contacted, said that such operations had become a routine exercise in Bara with little or no results.

"They (security forces) never share such information and plans with the local administration and most of the time they act on their own," said an administrative official, who wished not to be named.

The forces also imposed curfew in most areas of Sipah including Alam Gudar and Dogra on Tuesday.

Spokesman for the security forces Maj Fazl, who was away from Bara, told Dawn on phone that he had no details of the search operation.

Local officials said that they had anticipated the Akkakhel operation soon after the killing of six coppers including SP Khurshid Khan in an attack by forces of Evil on Ghaziabad police post on the outskirts of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.

It was generally believed that the attackers had come from Akkakhel and went back to the area after killing SP Khurshid Khan and other coppers.

Meanwhile,
...back at the pound, Zebulon finally found just the friend he'd been looking for...
Commandant Khyber Rifles Col Fayaz on Tuesday handed over 35 Kukikhel
...a tribe of primitives inhabiting Khyber Agency. They are a branch of the Afridi tribe. Traditionally they have been migratory, tromping between Jamrud and the Rajgal valley with the seasons. The tribe has had mustache-cursing relationships with several other tribes, including the Zakkakhel and Kambarkhel, and with the Mullagori. They make welcome most anyone with a turban and automatic weapons, but every once in awhile they get together a tribal lashkar to mollify the government...
and three Zakhakhel rustics, tossed in the slammer
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
during Ghundi operation, to a delegation of tribal elders.

The commandant also returned 24 light weapons, seized during the operation, to the tribal elders.

The meeting was arranged by the local political administration after the Kukikhel rustics expressed resentment over the Ghundi operation in which local elders were not taken into confidence.

In Mohmand Agency
... Named for the Mohmand clan of the Sarban Pahstuns, a truculent, quarrelsome lot. In Pakistain, the Mohmands infest their eponymous Agency, metastasizing as far as the plains of Peshawar, Charsadda, and Mardan. Mohmands are also scattered throughout Pakistan in urban areas including Karachi, Lahore, and Quetta. In Afghanistan they are mainly found in Nangarhar and Kunar...
, Levies personnel and volunteers of Haleemzai Peace Committee demolished the houses of five suspected forces of Evil in Roadh Mandi area on Tuesday.The owners of the houses were identified as Saraf Khan, Zawo Jan, Zar Shah, Amir Shah and Akbar Shah.

Earlier, a jirga of Haleemzai tribe decided to demolish the houses of the suspected cut-thoats, who were allegedly involved in a kaboom in the area.

The participants of the jirga said a fine of Rs1 million would be imposed on those rustics, who provided shelter to cut-thoats.

Addressing the jirga, Haleemzai Peace Committee chief Malik Mohammad Ali said that they would extend full support to security forces and political administration to restore peace in the area.

In this connection, an agreement was also signed by the rustics, bounding them to stand united to fight against forces of Evil and protect their area.
Posted by: Fred || 10/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [351 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar-e-Islami


Court acquits two in Sherpao attack case
[Dawn] An anti-terrorism court has acquitted two suspects charged in a devastating suicide kaboom targeting former federal minister Aftab Ahmad Sherpao which had left 53 persons dead and another 137 injured when they were offering Eid prayers in 2007.

The court presided over by Syed Asghar Ali Shah pronounced that the case was badly investigated and the evidence on record did not connect the two suspects, Moslem and Arif Khan, with the commission of the offence.

Official sources informed that the order was announced by the presiding officer on October 22, but due to security reasons it has so far not been made public.

The occurrence had taken place on December 21, 2007 on the occasion of Eidul Azha when Aftab Sherpao was offering prayer along with his two sons, Sikander Sherpao and Mustafa Sherpao, and several other people at his native Sherpao village.

Mustafa Sherpao had also received injuries in the blast. FIR of the bombing was registered at Umerzai cop shoppe in Charsadda under several sections of Pakistain Penal Code and section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act.
Posted by: Fred || 10/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [349 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


15 arrested over Hoti convoy attacks
Fifteen people have been locked away
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
over two kabooms on the convoy of Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti on Monday, district police officer Abdul Rashid said on Tuesday.

Mr Rashid told Dawn here that police were interrogating suspects mostly from Swabi and hoped that the culpable people would be locked away
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
'very soon'.

He, however, refused to disclose the suspects' names and native areas.

The first blast occurred on Swabi-Jehangira Road when the chief minister was on the way to Karnal Sher Khan Chowk for the inauguration of Swabi-Mardan and Swabi-Topi roads, while the second blast took place in Shewa Adda area when the chief minister's convoy was passing through it.

The bombs were planted on cycle of violences.

Meanwhile,
...back at the laboratory the fumes had dispersed, to reveal an ominous sight...
Awami National Party leaders condemned attacks on the chief minister's convoy.

In a joint statement issued here, provincial user and zakat minister Zar Shahid Khan said Monday was a day of happiness for locals because the chief minister was to announce a huge development package for them but enemies of peace carried out the cowardly act to spread terror.

Former MNA Haji Rehmanullah lauded the role of the chief minister, saying Mr Hoti despite the attack addressed the public meeting in Swabi grid station and told party leaders and workers that the government backed their efforts and knew their difficulties and sacrifices.

"We are followers of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan and stick to his non-violence philosophy. However,
there's no worse danger than telling a mother her baby is ugly...
it doesn't mean that we can't defend our homeland. We are preachers of peace and love peace but no one can browbeat us," he said.

ANP district general secretary Tamraiz Khan said leaders and parliamentarians in the district denounced the attacks over the chief minister's convoy and lauded Mr Hoti's courage.
Posted by: Fred || 10/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [398 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Israel says 79 rockets fired at it from Gaza
Paleostinians fired dozens of rockets into Israel from Gazoo on Wednesday and an Israeli air strike killed a krazed killer, a day after the Emir of Qatar made a rare visit to the enclave's Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, leadership.

Hamas grabbed credit for some of the rocket and mortar kabooms, prompting some Israelis to wonder whether it had been emboldened by the Qatari visit on Tuesday that broke the Islamist group's diplomatic isolation.

In recent months, Hamas has largely held its fire when other krazed killer factions have launched cross-border rocket attacks, but the sudden upsurge in violence stoked fears that the hostilities could escalate further.

Hamas accused Israel of stepping up air strikes in the Gazoo Strip, a move it said was meant to convey Israeli anger over Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani's visit, and pledged to "continue to hold a gun ... until Paleostine is liberated".
Posted by: Fred || 10/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [861 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


Jordan Arrests Syrians Carrying Walkie-Talkies
[An Nahar] Jordanian police said on Tuesday they have placed in long-term storage
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
seven Syrians for carrying 35 "advanced" walkie-talkies, which are banned in the kingdom.

"The seven Syrian men were placed in long-term storage
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
on Monday in Amman and Irbid (in the north)," police front man Mohammed Khatib told Agence La Belle France Presse.

"In addition to the 35 advanced walkie-talkies, which are illegal here, they had types of receivers that can be directly linked to satellites, three personal computers and a night vision device."

He gave no further details.

The arrests were made on the heels of Jordan's announcement it had foiled a "terrorist plot" and placed in long-term storage
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
11 al-Qaeda suspects who planned to carry out suicide kabooms against shopping malls, foreigners and diplomatic missions in the kingdom.

Separately, a Jordanian soldier was killed before dawn on Monday in a clash with gun-hung tough guys trying to cross the border into neighboring Syria.
Posted by: Fred || 10/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [333 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Now if they had bayonets and horses the Jordanians would have called Obambi at 3am.
Posted by: Steven || 10/25/2012 12:19 Comments || Top||

#2  ...and automatically forwarded to the State Department watch desk.
Posted by: Pappy || 10/25/2012 12:57 Comments || Top||


Debka: Israel halts war games to deploy troops, resources in escalating Gaza sector
Defense minister Ehud Barak and Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz decided Wednesday, Oct. 24, that the heavy Palestinian missile assault from the Gaza Strip, which escalated to 60 rockets on Israeli civilian locations, in a few hours, must be stopped. The bulk of the personnel taking part in the joint Israeli-US war game Austere Challenge 12 and the Turning Point 6 home front exercise were ordered to pull out, together with anti-missile interceptors and other resources, and redeploy in southern Israel across from the Gaza Strip.

Following this decision, another 13 rockets were fired at Ashkelon early Wednesday afternoon.

Military sources report that the two exercises were effectively halted -- "reduced" according to the official communiqué - after a wide range of towns and villages within range of the Gaza Strip, including Ashkelon, took a heavy beating from round after round of rockets, including Grads.
Posted by: Au Auric || 10/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [307 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The way to 'solve' this missile problem is for the Israelis to shoot an exact equal number of rockets or bombs, indiscriminately into Palestinian Gaza villages.
Only much larger.
Like daisycutters.
1 rocket = 1 daisycutter.
Pooft... problem solved after first day.
Posted by: Mikey Hunt || 10/25/2012 1:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Interesting.
I thought the timing of the combined exercise would diminish and confuse the IDF with silly US support obligations. Now it seems a possible predeployment to disguise the fielding of equipment.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/25/2012 6:51 Comments || Top||

#3  reports today are that Egypt told Hamas to stop and Hamas did stop -- only one rocket fired since midnight 10-25 local time as of 10-25 noon local time
Posted by: lord garth || 10/25/2012 7:16 Comments || Top||

#4  Sign that the Paleos fear Zero will lose so they're making hay while they can?
Posted by: AlanC || 10/25/2012 9:38 Comments || Top||

#5  Ma'an reports the Al Mujahideenn Brigades continued shooting off rockets on Wednesday, although Israel still says only one made it over the fence.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/25/2012 13:24 Comments || Top||

#6  Sign that the Paleos fear Zero will lose so they're making hay while they can?

Sign that Paleos don't fear Israel.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/25/2012 15:03 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
250 families displaced by clash in southern Mindanao
At least 250 families were evacuated after a fresh encounter between village guards and suspected members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Cotabato. The firefight occurred on Monday between the village guards of Lower Paatan and at least 20 heavily armed BIFF members. A paramilitary member was injured in the incident.

Police and military personnel were immediately deployed in the area, prompting the lawless elements to withdraw toward the Liguasan Marsh.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said, "At least 250 families were evacuated and temporarily sheltered at Lower Paatan Elementary School."

See also:
MNLF ready for Bangsamoro dialogue
Posted by: ryuge || 10/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [335 views] Top|| File under:


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syria Launches Air Raids ahead of U.N. Briefing
[An Nahar] Syrian warplanes raided the rebel-held town of Maaret al-Numan on Wednesday, monitors said, as peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi prepared to brief the U.N. Security Council on his ceasefire efforts.

The U.N.-Arab League
...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing...
envoy has proposed a ceasefire for the Mohammedan holidays of Eid al-Adha which start on Friday but without securing any firm commitment from the government or rebels who have been locked in conflict for the past 19 months.

The hoped-for halt in fighting that has killed an estimated 34,000 people and which is now costing around 100 lives a day aims to clear the way for a political dialogue to resolve the conflict.

On the ground, the air force carried out fresh strikes on Maaret al-Numan where the two sides are battling for control of a key military base and a stretch of the highway linking Damascus
...Capital of the last remaining Baathist regime in the world...
and 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...
, the country's second city.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the rebel Free Syrian Army and Al-Nusra Front, an Islamist group, were leading the assault on Wadi Deif base near the town in the northwestern province of Idlib.

Five members of the same family, including a woman and a child, were killed in an air strike on Maaret Shamirin village in the province, according to the Britannia-based Observatory.

It said air raids further south targeted Irbin and Harasta, in the suburbs of the capital Damascus, where four rebels were killed in festivities.

Five more civilians died in shootings and bombardment of Harasta and 20 were maimed in shelling as regime forces tried to wrest back control, the monitoring group said, adding that several districts of Aleppo also came under air strikes.

A total of 164 people were killed in nationwide violence on Tuesday, including 89 civilians, 34 rebels and 41 soldiers, the Observatory said.

In Moscow, Russia's top general said on Wednesday that the rebels had secured shoulder-launched missile systems capable of shooting down aircraft, including Stingers made by the United States.

"We have information that the rebels fighting the Syrian army have shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles of several states, including Stingers," General Nikolai Makarov said, quoted by Interfax news agency.

On the diplomatic front, United Nations
...an organization originally established to war on dictatorships which was promptly infiltrated by dictatorships and is now held in thrall to dictatorships...
front man Martin Nesirky said Brahimi was pressing hard for a truce and would brief the divided Security Council on his efforts on Wednesday.

"It remains to be seen what will happen" about the ceasefire, said Nesirky. "Mr Brahimi is pushing extremely hard as is the secretary general because this is an extremely important moment."

He said the envoy wanted "a long-lasting ceasefire that will enable a political process to unfold."

The 15-member Security Council is bitterly divided over the conflict, with Western nations pressing for international actions against the regime of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
The Scourge of Hama...
while Russia and China have been blocking these moves.

U.N. peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous spoke on Monday of tentative plans to assemble a peacekeeping force if a ceasefire takes hold. "We are getting ourselves ready to act if it is necessary and a mandate is approved," he said.

Damascus has said Brahimi's visit was "successful" although there was no concrete outcome. The Arab League, however, has dampened hopes of a truce, saying the chances of it coming into effect were "slim."
Posted by: Fred || 10/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [322 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria



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