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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 10/29/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [345 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Birthday Gam Shot

Joely Fisher [After NJ](age 45)



Before NJ
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 10/29/2012 11:24 Comments || Top||

#2  45, more than just my favorite age and pistol.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/29/2012 11:28 Comments || Top||

#3  Something tells me the nose wasn't the only job.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 10/29/2012 11:43 Comments || Top||

#4  Does your doggie bite?
Posted by: Dale || 10/29/2012 11:54 Comments || Top||

#5  Stu Margolin's (Angel, Rockford Files) little sister?
Posted by: mojo || 10/29/2012 16:42 Comments || Top||

#6  Last Embrace. Strange movie...
Posted by: tu3031 || 10/29/2012 17:16 Comments || Top||


--Tech & Moderator Notes
Apology
Apologies to loyal reader Bobby: I accidentally deleted a post of your about Iran sanctions yesterday while working on the Burg. We're supposed to have a fail-safe in place for that, but with me around there is no such thing as fail-safe.

If Fred can find it we'll run it today.

Again, apologies.

AoS
Posted by: Steve White || 10/29/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I see you found the article. Sadly ... the snark is gone [sob] forever.
Posted by: Bobby || 10/29/2012 5:49 Comments || Top||

#2  "Sadly ... the snark is gone [sob] forever."

There, there, Bobby - we emphasize.

I'm sure it was wonderful snark. :)
Posted by: Barbara || 10/29/2012 12:21 Comments || Top||

#3  If a snark is not safe on Rantburg, is one safe anywhere?
Posted by: Bill Clinton || 10/29/2012 16:01 Comments || Top||

#4  Heh, Bill, at least Doc Steve fessed up.....
Posted by: Sherry || 10/29/2012 16:08 Comments || Top||

#5  The Bellman had bought them a map of the sea
Without the least vestige of land...
Posted by: mojo || 10/29/2012 17:39 Comments || Top||

#6  I wanna see snarks with friggin lasers on their heads!
Posted by: Frank G || 10/29/2012 17:53 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Senior Somali Military Commander Killed in ambush attack
[Shabelle] A senior Somali government military commander was killed in the latest fighting between the government soldiers and Al-shabab snuffies which took place Sunday in Lower Shabelle region of southern Somalia, an official said.

General Mohamed Ibrahim Farah better known as (Gordan),Commander of sector five was assassinated in an ambush attack by Al shabab snuffies at El Waregow area near the port city of Marko, some 100 Km south of Mogadishu, according to military sources.

The attack was said to be fiercest since the allied forces moved in the region two months ago as the rival sides used heavy and light weapons during the bushwhack attack on Govt. military convoy by the beturbanned goons.

Al shabab, which formally merged to Al Qaeda early this year, has not commented on the murder of Gen. Gordan so far.
Posted by: Fred || 10/29/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [343 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Heavy fighting in southern Somalia leaves 5 dead
[Shabelle] A heavy fighting
... as opposed to the more usual light or desultory fighting...
in Somalia’s southern Lower Jubba region has left Sunday at least five people, including soldiers dead, reports said.

Local sources said there has been heavy fighting
... as opposed to the more usual light or desultory fighting...
in the province in recent days between al-Shabaab
... the personification of Somali state failure...
and government troops backing by the Kenyan army.

On Sunday, five people, mostly combatants were killed in the main road which links Kismayo to Afmadow city after al-Shaboobs ambushed a military convoy carrying Somali and Kenyan forces.

Reports suggested that Tanks belonging Kenyan forces were visible in the battlefield as the combat continuing in the area. The allied forces were en route to Afmadow city as the ambush attack happened.
Posted by: Fred || 10/29/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [362 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

#1  Heavy fighting and only five dead? I've seen better body counts from doubles tennis. Don't people take pride in their work anymore?
Posted by: SteveS || 10/29/2012 19:20 Comments || Top||

#2  ROFL, Steve. :-D
Posted by: Barbara || 10/29/2012 19:46 Comments || Top||


Two terror suspects killed in Mombasa
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] Two terror suspects were on Sunday killed at Majengo, Mombasa in a shootout with police during the 1am incident. Read (Police map MRC strongholds)

Coast Deputy PCIO John Gachomo said two suspects were jugged
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
during the raid but four more escaped.

Police also recovered three grenades, a pistol and 37 rounds of bullet ammunition.

On Saturday, a grenade was found in a bus ferrying passengers to Kaloleni.

Mr Gachomo said that one of the suspects killed in the raid was jugged on Saturday evening in Mariakani while heading to Mombasa.

He said the suspect was in possession of a pistol, a silencer, a mask and a GPS machine.

Mr Gichomo said the suspect assisted the police with investigations leading to raids in Majengo and Mtwapa but he was killed under unclear circumstance during the shootout.
Posted by: Fred || 10/29/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [329 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab


Africa North
Two Drones, AC-130 Gunship, and Targets Painted in Benghazi - Breitbart
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/29/2012 03:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [636 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Besoeker and others, what do you make of the comments last night on Fox (Geraldo interview) by retired 4-Star General Jack Keane yesterday:

“The consulate was stormed”.
“There was no gunships in the region”.
“There was nothing that could have prevented it”.
“It was over in about an hour”.
“Forces got there as soon as possible”.
“To politicize this is very hurtful”.


I have problems with Gen. Keanes comments based on some info released. He said AFRICOM had little in available resources. Two drones were available and used for surveillance. The feed did go back to Washington. He did say forces were available in Italy that got there ASAP (24 hours). It does not seem that nothing could have been done. He also claims that the drone feed was not clear enough to distinguish friends (if there were any) from foes.

It does seem that the most that could have been done would have been in the area of prevention. Emails and security reports indicated that the situation on the ground building up to 911 would indicate that more security should have been made available rather than less. One report that puzzles me that no one has commented on is that there reports of foreign voices among the attackers. It would seem that it would be important what nationality the foreign voices were, e.g. were they Iranian? It would seem that a Tier 1 or 2 force could be staged and scrambled fairly quickly? Does a Tier 1 force come with their own transportation? The claim was that they were at the airport in Benghazi but could not find transportation to the consulate.

I would like to see some basic questions answered such as: Who, what, when, why, where, and how for all players? I don't think we know much about this major clusterphuck. There has been too much obfuscation, disinformation, and ambiguity coming from Washington. I'd like to see more hearings. How about interviewing those 30 people who were saved at the consulate? How about interviewing the decision makers?
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/29/2012 10:29 Comments || Top||

#2  I re-read this posting and realized it was rather poorly organized. Keane did say that two drones were dispatched; one initially which was replaced with another as the first needed fuel. His general take was not much more could be done other than what was done.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/29/2012 10:42 Comments || Top||

#3  (Geraldo interview) by retired 4-Star General Jack Keane

Says Geraldo found an apologist to shore up his boy's eroding situation.

If these are the facts, just give all the applicable Congressional committees direct access to the players, which we already know has been refused.

Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/29/2012 10:45 Comments || Top||

#4  Beauzeau and Seals

This previewed OK, I sure hope it doesn't blow the boundaries.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 10/29/2012 10:52 Comments || Top||

#5  Ouch.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/29/2012 11:00 Comments || Top||

#6  I don't remember whether it was this general or not, but I did hear yesterday that some of the injured from the fight are still in the hospital.
Posted by: Sherry || 10/29/2012 11:02 Comments || Top||

#7  What you are looking for John (what we are all seeking) is a chronological After Action Report (AAR), which would contain wat we used to call the "Five W's" (your who, what, when, where, and how). Not exactly rocket science is it? What would soon follow and be very closely studied at Fort Leavenworth would be... "Lessons Learned".

Ques: Does a Tier 1 force come with their own transportation?Answer: Tier 1 enjoys absolute priority for airlift, to include capabilities not found or available in DoD.

Ques: It would seem that a Tier 1 or 2 force could be staged and scrambled fairly quickly? Answer: All US missions abroad have an on-the-shelf, Non-Combatant Evacuation (NEO) plan. Execution and timing are key, essential elements of a successful planning effort.

Voice intercept comment: Out of 365 dates on the calendar, if asked to pick a date for monitoring signals in a troubled, middle-eastern area, what date might you select ?

Ironically, General Keane used the descriptors "delay and procrastination" regarding the administration's reluctance to action UBL. Gateway Pundit video.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/29/2012 11:11 Comments || Top||

#8  and I will never forget the look on Lt. Col Woods face as his interview with Hannity ended.

Answer to the question "Could you have made a difference?"

With deep hurt on his face and in his eyes, he answered, "I wish we had been there."

Fox has been using it all weekend.
Posted by: Sherry || 10/29/2012 11:13 Comments || Top||

#9  Also interesting to note, virtually the first person to go media-wide with the Mohamaad Video story was United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Ms. Susan Rice.

Coincidence possibly, but perhaps the alleged "host-nation" approval for military action was only one component of the administration's approval process.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/29/2012 11:21 Comments || Top||

#10  Two drones, one AC-130 and the targets were painted but the guy who could give the order to pull the trigger went to bed. He was derelict in his duty and not for the first time either.

Am I wrong? Tell me I'm wrong.

But even if I am then why weren't Marines already there to provide the security that had already been denied several times before the attack? The security that any halfway reasonable person could see was necessary?

Further, why couldn't we have just left Qdaffy alone in the first place? Did anybody really believe that whoever replaces him will be better? Does anybody really believe this Arab Spring thing is anything more than Islamic radicals attempting to impose Sharia on their Caliphate?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 10/29/2012 11:25 Comments || Top||

#11  If help was available and forces were asked to "stand down," what the hell kind of message is that to our armed services everywhere. The message to me is that when you have your backs up against the wall, don't expect help. That is a terrible message to send to the troops.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/29/2012 11:30 Comments || Top||

#12  With due respect to the retired general, he was not on the ground. Another point to consider, Gen Carter Ham was returned to Bremerton under "mysterious" circumstances after Benghazi (did he have too much info). FYI, here is a fairly comprehensive timeline from Peter Ferrara at Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterferrara/2012/10/25/benghazi-obamas-actions-amount-to-a-shameful-dereliction-of-duty/
Posted by: warthogswife || 10/29/2012 13:27 Comments || Top||

#13  from Michael Yon
Pentagon Statement on General Ham

George Little tweet:

"Let me be clear to those spreading rumors: Gen. Carter Ham of AFRICOM has NOT been replaced. He's an excellent leader, doing fantastic job."
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/29/2012 13:58 Comments || Top||

#14  tweet?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 10/29/2012 14:24 Comments || Top||

#15  It would seem that the drone flying about was armed. Otherwise why would the folks on the ground have painted the mortar target with a laser, which could potentially give away their position? If there was an armed asset overhead, who, specifically, made the decision not to use it?

Two points: This smells a whole lot like when Valerie Jarrett talked O out of taking out UBL, not once but twice. Was she advising the Pres in this situation too?

The nation is incredibly indebted to those retired Navy SEALS and some friendly Libyan militia. Were it not for their actions, the death toll could easily be 34 rather than 4.
Posted by: remoteman || 10/29/2012 14:30 Comments || Top||

#16  #15 It would seem that the drone flying about was armed. Otherwise why would the folks on the ground have painted the mortar target with a laser, which could potentially give away their position? If there was an armed asset overhead, who, specifically, made the decision not to use it? Remoteman.

A telling key and essential piece of information would be the timing (precise chronology of events) of the rescue bird and survivors leaving Benghazi Airport enroute to Tripoli, and the order to Return to Base (RTB) of any persistent surveillance drones, armed or otherwise, as well as any other platforms orbiting the site.

If the RTB of drones coincided with 'wheels up' of the rescue bird..... well, not so good for the stay-behind element. Nor will be looking too good for the decision maker(s) in post analysis phase.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/29/2012 14:39 Comments || Top||

#17  The most noticeable thing about Benghazi - there is still no clear picture of what happened. How long has it been now ... over 6 weeks since the incident.

The most reasonable cinclusion is that a clear picture of events NEVER existed on Sep 11 - even to our top commanders. They knew some details, but did not know others. The whole thing was never pulled together in real time. We don't have a command chain that can respond to a blurry series of events in an attack scenario. We have leaders who demand total clarity before they can reach a decision ... and it doesn't exist.
Posted by: Raider || 10/29/2012 14:55 Comments || Top||

#18  On something of this magnitude there is absolutely no reason that the exact sequence of events is not known. It is also not believable that the what did he know and when did he know it cannot be answered.

Everyone I have heard of has denied issuing a stand down order, BUT, no one has spoken about who should have issued a weapons free order.

Is this all about waiting for President Present and therefore no one moved?
Posted by: AlanC || 10/29/2012 15:06 Comments || Top||

#19  A "Clear picture" ....is constructed over time; minute by minute, event by event. It's called a "Common Operational Picture" or COP and is fed to decision makers via briefings, Situation Reports SITREPs, and hourly or event driven updates.

All intelligence, both stratetic and tactical feed the COP. The line between strategic and tactical is oftentimes blurred, but the COP is constantly updated. The COP of Benghazi continues to be built and assessed this very hour.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/29/2012 15:10 Comments || Top||

#20  I continue to hear the tired, bullshi*, meaningless term... "The Fog of War". Whenever I hear that term I default to assessing the speaker as an obfuscater or as having a paper arsehole.

Unknowns are labled "Ingelligence Gaps". Intelligence Gaps become the commander's Primary Intelligence Requirement or PIR. They usually come in sets of ten. An example might be:

Hybothetical Commander's "Top Ten" PIR
1. How many personnel assaulted the consulate and safe house?
2. Where was the marshalling area for the assault force?
3. To what location did the assault force retire?
4. What types of motor vehichles were used by the assault force?
5. How many members of the assault force were killed in action (EKIA), and where were the bodies taken for burial?
6. What types of weapons were used by the assault force?
7. What ethnic nationalities comprised the assault force.
8. Who many members of the assault force were wounded in action (EWIA), where were treated for injuries, or if flown out of country for treatment, when and to where?
9. Who is now claiming responsibility for the attack.
10. What are open source media reporting about the attack, and when did they begin their reporting.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/29/2012 15:50 Comments || Top||

#21  The "Top Ten" provided above help define the Common Operational Picture (COP). As intelligence "GAPS" are filled, new GAPS of lesser (or higher) priority may be placed on the Top Ten. Effective intelligence efforts are constantly focused on the Commander's PIR and the intelligence GAPS needed to refine the COP. This is (or should be) a continual process and exercise of refinement.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/29/2012 16:01 Comments || Top||

#22  Besoeker .. thanks for the explanation on the COP.

I think what we are seeing is the Fog Of Information - not the Fog of War. There is a very human tendency for human ebings (incl. decision makers) to give high emphasis to live video feeds. It's the same basic reason why people love to see live satellite pix of events on CNN. The human mind "believes" this information is more reliable - because you are seeing it in real time. Therefore, it is quite possible that the COP was set aside, in favor of the live feeds of images from the drones over Benghazi.

But what exactly can a drone TV camera show you in a situation like that? There are figures running around, there is weapon fire, there are buildings on fire and columns of smoke. It's not possible to pick out a demarcation that separates "good guys" from "bad guys". So how do you give an order to engage a target on the ground??

Without clear information from American ground participants - it's quite possible that key decision makers were faced with "information paralysis". Of course, this doesn't guarantee they would have made a call to respond with an aerial gunship ... but you will never know.
Posted by: Raider || 10/29/2012 16:16 Comments || Top||

#23  John 15:13 "Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."

At the safe house, after 7 hours of battle, former Navy Seal Woods continued to fight, to paint the motor position with laser, continued to request a strike, over and over again, as the motor team's spotter walked each motor round closer and closer to the annex untl the annex was hit. Woods body was found slumped over the heavy machine gun. Hattip - Mr Wood's father, this afternoon.
Posted by: wr || 10/29/2012 17:44 Comments || Top||

#24  The Panetta Doctrine
Posted by: tipper || 10/29/2012 17:53 Comments || Top||

#25  Sorry, bad link. Try this:
The Panetta Doctrine
Posted by: tipper || 10/29/2012 17:56 Comments || Top||

#26  Well, according to AFRICOM's own website, it was stood up on October 1, 2008..

Four years is an awfully long time for a major command to NOT have a SEAL team ready to go, especially in a region of the world where terrorists and pirates regularly operate.
Posted by: Ptah || 10/29/2012 19:17 Comments || Top||

#27  This incident probably will cause Sec Ops Command to re-think where their forces are positioned.

Still ... there will always be a problem if a wave of terrorists make it over the outside wall and get in amongst the buildings of a US consulate. At that point overhead protection is of limited use. And very likely the jihadists learned that lesson from Benghazi.
Posted by: Raider || 10/29/2012 22:36 Comments || Top||


Egypt forces arrest gunman who fired at police patrol
[Ma'an] Egyptian police on Sunday enjugged
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
a gunman who opened fire on a police patrol in the Sinai peninsula, Ma'an's news hound said.

Two gunnies opened fire on a police patrol in the Sinai, leading to a shootout with Egyptian security forces. The gunnies then hid in a house before police managed to make an arrest. The other gunman managed to escape.

Disorder has spread in Sinai since former President Hosni Mubarak
...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011...
was ousted in a popular uprising last year, with Islamist beturbanned goons stepping up attacks on security forces and the Israeli border. Egypt's President, Muhammad Mursi, has vowed to restore order.

Egyptian forces began two months ago their biggest security crackdown in decades after beturbanned goons killed 16 border guards in the deadliest attack there since Egypt's 1973 war with Israel.

But efforts to impose central authority in the lawless desert region are complicated by the indigenous Bedouin population's ingrained hostility to the government in Cairo.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/29/2012 02:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [369 views] Top|| File under:


Mali Islamists bulldoze independence monument in Timbuktu
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] Lunatics controlling northern Mali on Saturday took a bulldozer to an independence monument in Timbuktu, where they have destroyed many world heritage treasures in recent months, witnesses said.

"At the moment I can see eight Islamists with a bulldozer. They are busy destroying Timbuktu's independence monument," one witness told AFP.

"With the help of a tractor the Islamists are busy destroying the Timbuktu independence monument," said another witness, speaking to AFP by telephone.

The cut-thoats, who seized control of Mali's vast north following a disastrous coup in March, began a campaign of destruction of Timbuktu's cultural treasures in July that prompted an international outcry.

They had already removed the head of a horse alongside the monument, as well as destroying the tombs of ancient Mohammedan saints and the "sacred door" to a 15th-century mosque.

The snuffies consider the tombs to be "idolatrous" and have also threatened to destroy the city's three ancient mosques, one of which dates back to 1327.

Once considered one of Africa's most stable democracies, Mali has slid into chaos since the March 22 coup overthrew the government of president Amadou Toumani Toure.

Tuareg rebels and a number of Islamist groups backed by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) capitalised on the power vacuum in the south to seize an area larger than La Belle France.

But the Islamists then overran the Tuareg and have imposed their strict version of sharia on areas under their control, arresting unveiled women, stoning an unmarried couple to death, publicly flogging smokers and amputating suspected thieves' limbs, according to residents and rights groups.

Western powers fear the zone could become a new haven for terrorists, and are scrambling to help Mali come up with a plan to win back its territory, offering logistical support and training to its weak army rather than troops.

The plans will be presented to the United Nations
...When talk is your weapon it's hard to make yourself heard over the artillery...
in late November

Despite the fragility of the interim government in Bamako, which has failed to assert itself, 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...
this week re-admitted the nation as it seeks to stamp out the cut-thoat threat.
Posted by: Fred || 10/29/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [345 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Dine

#1  Just wait'll they get to D.C. Lotsa monumnets there!
Posted by: Bobby || 10/29/2012 6:08 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
Iran naval task force 'docks in Sudan'
An Iranian naval task force has docked in Sudan, carrying with it a "message of peace and security to neighbouring countries", Iranian state media report.

The vessels, which include a corvette and freighter, set sail from Iran last month, the Irna news agency said.

Their arrival comes six days after explosions destroyed an arms factory in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum.

Sudan has complained to the UN that Israel bombed the factory, which is believed to have been operated by Iran.

Israel has neither confirmed nor denied responsibility for the inciden
Posted by: tipper || 10/29/2012 20:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [514 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Target rich enviroment.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 10/29/2012 21:16 Comments || Top||

#2  If I was in the Iranian Navy, I'd want to be as far away from Iran as possible for the next few months, even if it meant docking somewhere off in BFE.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/29/2012 21:44 Comments || Top||

#3  Any Israeli Air Force strikes on Iran or other ships at Port Sudan or at any target in Port Sudan would be coordinated with the Saudis. Iran knows this, but I don't think the BBC does.
Posted by: lord garth || 10/29/2012 22:35 Comments || Top||

#4  Meanwhile, not to be outdone by the Iranian Navy, ....

* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > IRAN EXPANDS MILITARY AND INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITIES IN AFGHANISTAN.

Tehran must heard the Turkish Army was sending elemental support to Afghanistan.

Add to earlier various MSM-Net Reports on Iran seemingly engaging in new Dipomatic, Econ rapprochement vee the Central Asian -Stans.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/30/2012 0:02 Comments || Top||


US drones kill 4 AQAP fighters in rare strike in northern Yemen
Please only post headline links to Long War Journal.
Posted by: Au Auric || 10/29/2012 14:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [347 views] Top|| File under:


10 dead as Nigeria church bombing sparks revenge attacks
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] A suicide kaboomer drove a car boom into a Nigerian church on Sunday, sparking fierce reprisals that saw a Christian mob burn a man alive in day of a bloody of violence that left at least 10 people dead and 145 maimed.

Christian youths erupted into the streets of the northern city of Kaduna with machetes and sticks after the blast, targeting those they believed to be Moslems as anger again boiled over due to repeated church bombings in recent months.
Even good Christians only have so many other cheeks to turn...
Attackers beat a cycle of violence taxi driver near the church, then put his bike on top of him before dousing him with petrol and setting him on fire, an AFP correspondent who saw the violence said.

Two other bloodied bodies apparently killed by the mob were seen near the church.

A rescue official on condition of anonymity also spoke of the man being burnt and said rescuers could not save him because the mob was too violent.

The mob also attacked an ambulance in the ensuing violence, but there was no indication that rescuers were maimed.

"So far we have eight dead and 145 injured from the church blast," Musa Ilallah, regional coordinator for the National Emergency Management Agency, told AFP, noting that his corpse count included the suspected bomber.

The attacker rammed what residents said was an SUV into St. Rita church, shaking the Malali neighbourhood of Kaduna, a city that has suffered a wave of deadly violence blamed on Islamist bully boy group Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
"All of a sudden it drove on high speed and rammed into the church wall, forcing its way into the church premises," said witness Samuel Emmanuel.

"Initially I thought the driver had lost control of the vehicle. Suddenly there was a huge kaboom as the car reached the church building. It was dust, fire and smoke all over."

A front man for Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency confirmed the kaboom and said rescuers had been rushed to the scene.

"A number of casualties evacuated to hospitals," said Yushau Shuaib. The incident was suspected to be triggered by a jacket wallah in a car."

An AFP correspondent said mobs were yelling "why the church?" and some were carrying weapons, including machetes. Local elders were seeking to restore calm.

Residents had earlier spoken of festivities having broken out between Christian and Moslem residents.

The attack came after Friday's Moslem Eid al-Adha holiday, but it was not clear if there was any link.

In June, Boko Haram grabbed credit for three suicide attacks on churches in Kaduna state, where the city of Kaduna is located, which led to deadly rioting. Dozens of people were killed in the violence.

Boko Haram's insurgency in northern and central Nigeria has led to more than 2,800 deaths since 2009.

While Moslems have often been its victims, it has in recent months also specifically targeted churches.
Posted by: Fred || 10/29/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [341 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram

#1  Moslem sh!t
Posted by: newc || 10/29/2012 0:22 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Yemen Raid Kills 3 Militants Including Saudis, Injures Leader
[Yemen Post] Three Al-Qaeda operatives including two Saudis were killed and a key leader injured in an Arclight airstrike in Yemen's northern province of Saada which lies along the border with Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in their national face...
, the state-owned September 26 website reported on Sunday.

The site quoted the governor of Saada, Faris Manaa, as saying Omer Saleh Batais, one of the most wanted leaders of Al-Qaeda, was injured in the strike in the Wadi Al Abu Jabara area.

"Batais had hid the operatives inside his house," he said.

The two Saudis, not named, were responsible for financing terrorist operations in some Yemeni provinces, he said, pointing out the targeted operatives had tried for more than five years to make the Wadi Al Abu Jabara area as a transit route for gun-hung tough guys to infiltrate into the provinces of Marib, Shabwa, Jawf and 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...
Yemen's army launched earlier this year a US-backed offensive and drove Al-Qaeda gun-hung tough guys out of their strongholds, which were seized during the 2011 uprising in Abyan and Shabwa.

In the meantime, the army is continuing a massive hunt for the remaining operatives across the republic, with tens of gun-hung tough guys including big shots and cells tossed in the calaboose
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
in recent months.

US drones have largely contributed to targeting many krazed killers, mainly wanted leaders.
Posted by: Fred || 10/29/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [358 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia


10-Year Old Dies in Yemen Missile Accident
[Yemen Post] A 10-year old boy died while playing with an extruded missile in Yemen's southern province of Taiz on Sunday, the Yemeni state news agency Saba reported quoting a statement by a local security source.

Mubarak Muhammad Naji died and two girl children, 9-year old Ohoud and 12-year old Asmaa, were maimed in the kaboom of the missile that happened in 6th Street, the source said.

The authorities have and launched an investigation into the accident and warned to avoid such stuffs when found, Saba said.

Taiz was one of the Yemeni cities which turned into open battlefields for fierce battles between pro- and anti-revolution forces last year.

When mass protests erupted against the former regime, the unrest deepened the country's crises and then conflicts killed thousands and displaced hundreds of thousands of families in the north and south.

Scores have been killed and injured in landmine kabooms since displaced families returned to their homes 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...
where the army fought and drove Al-Qaeda out of their strongholds this year.
Posted by: Fred || 10/29/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [365 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia


India-Pakistan
Three killed, 25 injured in Nowshera blast
[Dawn] Three people were killed and at least 25 injured when an kaboom took place in the Ziarat Kaka Sahib area in Nowshera on Sunday.

According to the Nowshera police, a remote-controlled bomb had been planted on a bicycle in front of the main gate of the shrine of Kaka Sahib.

The shrine houses the grave of a famous Pashtun Sufi saint Kasteer Gul, who is known as Kaka Saheb. The shrine is often frequented by locals and a large number of people were also gathered there today on the occasion of Eid.

Security forces had cordoned off the area and the injured were shifted to local hospitals.

Among the 25 injured, five were reported to be in a critical condition.

SHO Nowshera Mumtaz Khan stated that the bomb weighed between 3-5kg and had been hidden inside a bag of fruits kept on the bicycle.

Mian Iftikhar Hussain, information minister for the Khyber Pakhthunkhwa province where the attack occurred, also confirmed the incident and casualties.

He said: “According to our initial information it was a remote-controlled bomb but we are waiting for a final report from the bomb disposal officials.”
Posted by: Fred || 10/29/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [387 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Jhangvi


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
IAF Strikes Back At Gaza Rocket Launching Sites
[Jerusalem Post] Terrorist targets hit after projectiles land in open areas in Eshkol region; further six rockets launched following IAF strike.

The Israeli Air Force hit back at targets in the Gazoo Strip overnight on Sunday, the IDF Spokesperson Office said.

A further six rockets fell overnight on the Eshkol Regional Council area following the IAF strike, Army Radio reported.

IDF spokesmen announced that the IAF struck terrorist targets in Gazoo, including a rocket launching site in the northern Gazoo Strip and a center of terrorist activity in southern Gazoo.

Paleostinian sources announced damage done to two rocket launching squads in Khan Younis and Beit Hanoun, with no injuries reported.

The IDF said that the Arclight airstrike was in response to high trajectory fire into Israeli territory after Paleostinians in Gazoo fired three long-range Grad rockets
...Soviet-developed 122-mm rockets, usually launched from trucks. Newer versions are reported to have a range of up to 30 km....
at Beersheba on Sunday morning, threatening to end a brief period of calm.

The Popular Resistance Committees, one of several smaller terrorist factions in the Gazoo Strip, said it had launched one of the projectiles.

The rockets triggered air raid sirens on the outskirts of the city, and hit in open areas, the Israel Police said.

The Beersheba Municipality canceled school on Sunday as a result of the threat of ongoing violence. Beersheba Mayor Rubik Danilovich noted that in recent years, Paleostinian rockets had hit four schools and kindergartens in the Negev city, adding that casualties were avoided because they were closed ahead of time.

"If there are missiles, there will be no school," said Danilovich, who took the decision to shut the schools despite instructions by the IDF Home Front Command to keep them open. School is to resume as usual on Monday, as no rockets fell in the area overnight.

Earlier on Sunday, two short-range Kassam rockets went kaboom! in the Eshkol region, also striking open areas and triggering rocket alert sirens.

Shortly after that attack, the Israel Air Force struck a rocket-launching cell in central Gazoo.

"We identified an accurate strike, and subsequent kabooms [of rockets in the cell's possession]" the IDF Spokesman's Office said.

Paleostinian sources said the strike killed one Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, man and maimed another. The army said the cell was in the final stages of preparing to fire into southern Israel.

The violence continued later in the day when Paleostinians fired mortar shells at an IDF force on a routine patrol of the Gazoo border.

No injuries were reported.

In the afternoon, three Paleostinian rockets went kaboom! in the Hof Ashkelon region, triggering sirens.

Soon afterward, four rockets struck in the Eshkol region.

The violence follows a three-day lull since last week, when Gazoobased bully boyz fired more than 80 rockets at Israeli towns and cities.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/29/2012 02:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336 views] Top|| File under:

#1  17 Rockets fired into Israel on 10-29 as of early pm local time
Posted by: lord garth || 10/29/2012 8:33 Comments || Top||

#2  "If there are missiles, there will be no school," said Danilovich
What, like a SNOW DAY!

The Israeli Air Force hit back...with no injuries reported.

Somebody needs to upgrade their munitions, and spend more time training on the pickle.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/29/2012 10:28 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Three Philippine marines killed in clash with Abu Sayyaf
Three Philippine marines and two Abu Sayyaf terrorists were killed and 10 other government troops were wounded in a clash in a remote village in Sulu yesterday morning.

Troops from Marine Battalion Landing Team 6 were sent to Bakong village after receiving reports that the Abu Sayyaf was holding kidnap victims in the area. At around 6:30 a.m., the troops clashed with undetermined number of Abu Sayyaf members, believed to be under leadership of Radullan Sahiron.

Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang said the group encountered also included followers of Tahil Sali, a commander of the Moro National Liberation Front. He said, "The Marine company was conducting patrol to verify reports of the presence of kidnap victims in the area."

As of 3 p.m, Cabangbang said intermittent fighting was still ongoing between the two sides. He said Maj. Gen. Rey Ardo "has ordered the dispatch of all available air and naval assets to support the engagement troops and to ensure that the KIAs (killed in action) are recovered and the WIAs (wounded in action) are brought to the nearest medical facility."
Posted by: ryuge || 10/29/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [384 views] Top|| File under: Abu Sayyaf


Grenade attack injures 16 in southern Thailand
In Pattani province yesterday, 16 people including three six-year-old girls were injured in a grenade attack at a food shop which was packed with diners and visitors to a nearby night market during the Muslim holiday.

Eyewitnesses said two men on a motorcycle approached the shop and the rider threw a grenade at tables on a sidewalk connected to the beachfront food shop. The grenade used was an American-made M-61, judging by a safety lever left at the scene.

Police and rescue workers had to wait before securing the scene and treating the injured until an abandoned motorcycle could be checked for explosives, but none were found.
Posted by: ryuge || 10/29/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [342 views] Top|| File under: Thai Insurgency


20,000 displaced by Rakhine violence
[Bangla Daily Star] More than 22,000 people have been displaced by violence in Burma's Rakhine state, mostly from the Moslem Rohingya minority, the government says.

UN officials who joined a government tour said many of the displaced, who are in squalid camps, boats, or on islands or hilltops, needed urgent aid.

More than 4,600 houses have been burnt.

Earlier Burma acknowledged more than 80 people had been killed and whole villages destroyed in violence between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingyas.

The total number displaced since festivities broke out between the two groups in June is now 100,000.

There is long-standing tension between ethnic Rakhine people, who make up the majority of the state's population, and Moslems, many of whom are Rohingya and are stateless.

The Burmese authorities regard the Rohingya as undocumented Democrats and correspondents say there is widespread public hostility to them.
Posted by: Fred || 10/29/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [355 views] Top|| File under:


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Riyadh Financing Mossad's Operation against Iranian N. Scientists
TEHRAN (FNA)- A report by a well-known journalist revealed that Saudi Arabia has provided financial backup for the Israeli Mossad agency's terror operations on Iran's nuclear scientists.

The collaboration between Mossad and Riyadh was unveiled by Barry Lando in an article titled "A Strange Alliance: Are the Saudis Bankrolling Israel's Mossad?"

Barry M. Lando, a graduate of Harvard and Columbia University, spent 25 years as an award-winning investigative producer with 60 Minutes. His latest book is "Web of Deceit: The History of Western Complicity in Iraq, from Churchill to Kennedy to George W. Bush."

Lando wrote:

A friend, with good sources in the Israeli government, claims that the head of Israel's Mossad has made several trips to deal with his counterparts in Saudi Arabia-one of the results: an agreement that the Saudis would bankroll the series of assassinations of several of Iran's top nuclear experts that have occurred over the past couple of years. The amount involved, my friend claims, was $1 billion dollar. A sum, he says, the Saudis considered cheap for the damage done to Iran's nuclear program.

At first blush, the tale sounds preposterous. On the other hand. it makes eminent sense. The murky swamp of Middle East politics has nothing to do with the easy slogans and 30 second sound bites of presidential debates.
Posted by: Glinesh Craling7938 || 10/29/2012 11:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [482 views] Top|| File under:

#1  At first blush, the tale sounds preposterous. 2nd and 3rd blush too.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/29/2012 13:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Actually when you think about what an Iranian Nuke would do to the body politik in the MENA region, the house of Saud would be inclined to cut a deal to have the Israelis do the wet work and they continue to tut tut the episode.

It does not sound that far fetched, a nuclear weapon in the hands of some madmen can create strange bedfellows among the rational.
Posted by: Bill Clinton || 10/29/2012 15:57 Comments || Top||

#3  On 4th blush, I'd tend to agree with you.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/29/2012 16:37 Comments || Top||

#4  At Fifth blush ... I'd agree. It's doubtful.
But if it's real ... heck I would have undercut the Israeli's and done the job for just $800,000,000.00
That's a savings of 20% !!! :-)
Posted by: Raider || 10/29/2012 19:28 Comments || Top||

#5  Historically, Christians allied with Muslims and vice-versa against their co-religionists all the time, both when Islam was in ascendance and when it was in decline. Of course, they did so openly back when the divine right of kings more or less let them do anything short of apostasy.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 10/29/2012 22:29 Comments || Top||


2 Hamas Leaders Killed In Syria, Sources Say
[Ma'an] Two Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, leaders were killed by the Syrian army in Deraa refugee camp on Saturday, Paleostinian sources said.

Ahmad Khalil Khalil and Ahmad al-Kharoubi were shot by Syrian soldiers in the country's southern refugee camp, sources told Ma'an.

The bodies reportedly lay in the street for several hours before ambulances were able to reach the area.

Syrian opposition activists reported a return to heavy government bombardment in major cities on Saturday, further undermining a truce intended to mark the Mohammedan Eid al-Adha religious holiday.

More than 150 people were killed on Friday, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based opposition organization with a network of sources within Syria.

Earlier in October, Assad's forces bombed Deraa camp killing at least 20 Paleostinians and injuring dozens more, Paleostinian refugees in Damascus
...Capital of the last remaining Baathist regime in the world...
told Ma'an. Sources in Deraa camp said that artillery shells and mortars targeted several streets near the area's mosque.

Some 225,000 Paleostinian refugees have been directly affected by the 18-month-old uprising against Assad.

In August, Paleostinian official Muhammad Shtayyeh said around 400 Paleostinians had been killed in the internal conflict, although that figure is estimated to have significantly increased in recent months.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/29/2012 02:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1018 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  only two? Try harder
Posted by: Frank G || 10/29/2012 18:12 Comments || Top||

#2  It's a start.... (Barely)
Posted by: Barbara || 10/29/2012 19:43 Comments || Top||


Malaysians Arrested In Lebanon For Al-Qaida Links
[Jerusalem Post] Two Malaysians, suspected of links to al-Qaeda, have been placed in durance vile
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
in Leb, Malaysia's Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said on Sunday.
Just pilgrims. Simple pilgrims. Simple, heavily armed pilgrims...
Local newspapers said the two were believed to have been trying to make their way to Syria to join the 19-month-old revolt against Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Light of the Alawites...
, where Islamist Islamic fascisti are taking an increasingly prominent role.

The two, aged 28 and 21, were placed in durance vile
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
on October 18 and were expected to appear in court on Monday, the foreign minister said in a statement.

In Beirut, a Lebanese judiciary official confirmed that two Malaysian nationals had been placed in durance vile
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
on charges of terrorism and links to al-Qaeda.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/29/2012 02:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [319 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda


Blast Kills Minieh Arms Maker Working on Machinegun for Syria Rebels
[An Nahar] A home-made weapons manufacturer in north Leb was killed in a blast in his workshop on Sunday while trying to make a machinegun for Syrian rebels, a Lebanese security official told Agence La Belle France Presse.

Marwan al-Qassab was working on a DShK heavy machinegun to be smuggled into Syria to support the snuffies when a blast rocked his workshop, the official said on condition of anonymity.

"Marwan al-Qassab had a small, illicit weapons factory in the town of Minieh," 10 kilometers (six miles) north of the coastal city of Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of thich is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
, he added.

"Members of the security forces rushed to the scene, and found his body shredded by the blast."

North Leb is home to many sympathizers -- most of them Sunni Moslem -- of the revolt against Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Supressor of the Damascenes...
.
Posted by: Fred || 10/29/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [350 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


52 Dead in Syria Clashes, Air Raids after Eid Truce Collapses
[An Nahar] Fighting, air raids and a car booming shook Syria on Sunday, monitors said, as the international community looked to pick up the pieces of a failed bid to halt the violence for a Mohammedan holiday ceasefire.

Rebels stormed regime positions in the suburbs of Damascus
...The City of Jasmin is the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the world. It has not always been inhabited by the same set of fascisti...
as air strikes pummeled opposition-held areas on the outskirts of the capital, activists and a watchdog said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a regime air raid strike in the northwestern province of Idlib killed 16 people, including seven children.

The four-day ceasefire proposed by 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 Lakhdar Brahimi already collapsed amid festivities, shelling and car kabooms hours after it had been due to take effect with the start of Eid al-Adha holidays on Friday morning.

An army statement on Sunday blamed the ceasefire's collapse on "violations" by rebels. The rebels for their part have said they have only reacted to regime attacks.

With hopes shattered of even a temporary halt to the 19 months of bloodshed in Syria, diplomats said Brahimi is looking ahead to new efforts to tackle the crisis.

He is to go to the U.N. Security Council in November with new proposals to push for talks between Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Oppressor of the Syrians and the Lebs...
and the opposition, U.N. diplomats told Agence La Belle France Presse, and will head this week for Russia and China to discuss the crisis.

"The political process will not start until Assad and the opposition have battered each other so much that there is no choice. They are not there yet, but Brahimi has some ideas," an envoy at the Security Council said.

On the ground Sunday, rebel forces seized three military posts in the Damascus suburb of Douma amid fierce fighting and killed four soldiers at another checkpoint in the region, the Syrian Observatory said.

A car boom destroyed Sbeineh southeast of the capital, it said, although there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Regime warplanes hit the nearby towns of Irbin, Zamalka and Harasta, where the military has been trying for weeks to dislodge rebel forces, the group said.

They also struck a building in the town of Bara in Idlib, killing 16 people including seven children and five women, the Observatory said.

At least 52 people were killed on Sunday including 29 civilians, according to a preliminary count compiled by the Observatory, following 114 deaths on Saturday.

The Britannia-based Observatory relies on a countrywide network of activists, lawyers and medics in civilian and military hospitals.

In northern commercial hub 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...
, fighting broke out in several districts, as the army shelled two neighborhoods including the ancient UNESCO-listed souks in the heart of Syria's second city, it said.

Assad's regime has blamed the rebels for the failure of the ceasefire, with gunnies responding that they have only responded to regime violence.

In a statement released on Sunday, the army said that the rebels sought to "destroy" the country.

"The terrorist groups' ongoing, brazen violations to the declared truce are hard proof that they are complicit in the project to shatter and destroy Syria," it said.

It vowed to hit rebels "with an iron fist in order to eradicate them and to save the nation from their evils."

Brahimi had hoped the Eid truce might lead to a more permanent ceasefire to push for a political solution and allow aid to reach stricken areas of the country.

Rights groups say more than 35,000 people have been killed in the conflict, which began as an anti-regime uprising but is now a civil war pitting mainly Sunni rebels against Assad's regime dominated by his minority Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam.

In the Mohammedan holy city of Mina, meanwhile, enraged pilgrims cursed Assad and prayed for his death on Sunday as they hurled pebbles at pillars representing Satan in the final ritual of the annual hajj pilgrimage in western Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in their national face...
Rebel flags billowed among vast crowds of pilgrims headed towards the stoning site amid chanting of anti-Assad slogans.

"Oh God, may we see Bashir al-Assad soon hanged or burnt, kicked out or a humiliated prisoner," one Syrian yelled through a loudhailer as dozens behind him shouted "Amen".
Posted by: Fred || 10/29/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [857 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Iraq Searches Syria-Bound Plane from Iran
[An Nahar] Iraq stopped and searched a Syria-bound cargo plane from Iran for weapons for the second time in a month on Sunday, but allowed it to continue as no banned items were found, an official said.

The United States has been pressuring Storied Baghdad
...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate...
to ensure all Iranian aircraft flying through its airspace are ordered to land and checked for weapons, but Iraq has said it will only stop planes when it has doubts about the cargo being transported.

"We ordered an Iranian cargo plane traveling to Syria to land at Storied Baghdad International Airport for inspection," Nasser Bandar, the head of Iraq's civil aviation authority, told Agence La Belle France Presse.
Posted by: Fred || 10/29/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [547 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Meanwhile, Iraqi Shia fighters are flooding into Syria to boost Baby Assad + Alawites.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/29/2012 23:49 Comments || Top||


Terror Networks
Al Qaeda leader Rashid Rauf killed in drone strike, family says
A senior al Qaeda operative who had been plotting terror attacks in Europe and had escaped Pakistani custody in December 2007 was killed in a drone strike, according to family members who are planning to sue the British government.

Rauf's family is planning on suing the British government for providing information to the US that aided in targeting him, according to the Birmingham Mail.

"The Americans could not have found and killed him without help from British intelligence officers who shared information," a friend of the Rauf family who has maintained he was innocent told the Birmingham Mail. "The family want answers. They want to see the evidence that Rashid was a dangerous terrorist."
Posted by: Au Auric || 10/29/2012 14:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [474 views] Top|| File under:



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