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Sudan kills Darfur rebel leader Khalil Ibrahim
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Posted by: Fred || 12/26/2011 11:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [279 views] Top|| File under:


Afghanistan
Afghan MP, 19 others killed in splodydope attack
TALOQAN, Afghanistan: A jacketwalla splodydope suicide bomber killed at least 20 people, including a member of Parliament, and wounded 50 in Afghanistan's northern city of Taloqan on Sunday, police said, the latest in a series of attacks in a once-peaceful region.

The attack occurred while prayers were being read at the funeral of an influential tribal leader. All victims were civilians.
O brave, brave Lions of Islam!
"People were gathering for a funeral when a suicide bomber detonated himself," Mahmod Al-Hussain, a police detective for the northern Takhar province, told Reuters.

Al-Hussain said a member of Parliament, Mutalib Bik, was among the dead and is seen to be the primary target as the attacker came close to him before setting off the bomb. Bik was a former anti-Taleban commander and a former provincial police chief. Takhar does not have any major permanent base for foreign troops. German troops supervise the area from a base in neighboring Kunduz province.

"This reprehensible attack on a funeral further illustrates that the Taleban and other insurgents are waging a murderous campaign against innocent Afghan civilians, including women and children," the US Embassy said in a statement.

Witnesses said the attacker was around 30 years old and dressed in traditional clothing for the region.

President Hamid Karzai strongly condemned the attack. "This attack once again shows the malicious and un-Islamic intentions of the terrorists, who don't even want Muslims in Afghanistan to hold religious ceremonies in a peaceful environment," he said.

Officials gave conflicting figures for the casualties. While local police said the death toll was at least 20, Karzai's office put the number at 10. The Interior MMinistry said 19 were killed and 40 wounded.

Hundreds of men and women were standing outside the hospital in Taloqan, waiting to hear about their family members as people were being brought in on stretchers into the facility.

"Everybody was running when I heard my brother yelling for help," said Hubaidullah, a witness, recalling the explosion.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/26/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [293 views] Top|| File under:


Africa Horn
Sudan kills Darfur rebel leader Khalil Ibrahim
KHARTOUM: The Sudanese Army said it killed the leader of the main Darfur rebel group in fighting Sunday and touted his death as a key victory.

The army said Khalil Ibrahim, who led the Darfur-based Justice and Equality Movement, or JEM, was killed during a military offensive in North Kordofan state to retaliate for a deadly rebel attack there on Saturday. JEM is the most organized and effective military force in Darfur, the western region torn by conflict since 2003. JEM did not join a peace deal signed last year between other Darfur rebel groups and Sudanese President Omar Bashir's government in Khartoum.

JEM representatives could not immediately be reached for comment. But if Ibrahim's death is confirmed, it would be a serious blow to JEM, which has on several occasions threatened to bring down Bashir's regime in Khartoum by advancing toward the capital.

An army statement carried by Sudan's official SUNA news agency said Ibrahim and several associates were killed in Wad Banda, about 700 km west of Khartoum in the North Kordofan region, which borders Darfur.

"The army cut all paths for the group as it was retreating and trying to cross into South Sudan to reorganize its forces," said Sudanese Army spokesman Col. Sawarmy Khaled. "Our gallant armed forces were able to kill rebel Khalil Ibrahim along with some of his associates."

Fighting in Wad Banda had flared up in the past few days. On Saturday, the Sudanese Army said Darfur rebels attacked three locations in neighboring North Kordofan, killing an unspecified number of civilians.

JEM has not claimed responsibility for the attack. However, in a dramatic push in 2008, hundreds of JEM fighters drove through the remote western region and attacked Khartoum's western outskirts. More recently, JEM spread its armed presence from Darfur into North Kordofan.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/26/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [713 views] Top|| File under:


Arabia
Intelligence Chief Shot Dead in South Yemen
[An Nahar] Gunmen rubbed out an intelligence chief on Sunday in the port of Aden in south Yemen, a police official said, blaming the attack on al-Qaeda.

The assailants intercepted the vehicle carrying Colonel Hussein Shabibi, head of internal security in the city's Sheikh Othman district, and shot him dead before making good their escape in a car, the official said.

Shabibi was the latest security officer to be targeted in recent months in south Yemen in attacks generally attributed by officials to al-Qaeda.

The Islamist turban network has turned 11 months of political turmoil in the capital Sanaa to its advantage, using the popular revolt against 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...
to bolster its presence in south and east Yemen.

Militants linked to al-Qaeda control several regions and towns including Abyan scenic provincial capital Zinjibar, where they clash regularly with government forces and tribal auxiliaries.

Government forces are also sometimes supported by U.S. drone strikes in their battle against the Partisans of Sharia, the al-Qaeda-linked bad turban group that took over most of Zinjibar in May.
Posted by: Fred || 12/26/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [284 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia


Yemen leader urges truce after troops kill protesters
[Pak Daily Times] Yemen's acting leader on Sunday urged foes and loyalists of President Ali Abdullah to call a truce, after Saleh's forces killed nine people demanding he be tried for the deaths of demonstrators over nearly a year of protests against him.

Troops from what witnesses identified as key loyalist units opened fire on tens of thousands of protesters approaching Saleh's compound in the capital on Saturday after a days-long march from the city of Taiz, chanting "No to immunity!". They referred to a pledge to spare Saleh prosecution in exchange for giving his powers to his deputy, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, and letting a government including opposition parties lead Yemen to a February election to replace Saleh after 33 years. That government is to separate Saleh's forces from rebel army units and tribal militias they have fought in Sanaa, a key to the power transfer deal Yemen's wealthier neighbours brokered to avert a civil war they fear will affect them.

The state news agency on Sunday quoted Hadi as saying during a meeting with the US ambassador to Sanaa, Gerald Feierstein, that all sides "must commit to a truce and respect its rules forbidding escalation" that would threaten the transition deal. Hadi was echoing a note struck by the US side just before the killings, when Feierstein was quoted by a Yemeni news outlet as telling a group of Yemeni journalists that the protest - which set out days earlier from Taiz 200 km (125 miles) to the south - was a provocative act.

Feierstein and other embassy officials did not respond to calls on Saturday and Sunday seeking comment on the remarks. Washington long backed Saleh as a cornerstone of its "counter-terrorism" policy in Yemen, which includes the use of drones to kill alleged al Qaeda members. A CIA drone strike killed Anwar al-Awlaki
... Born in Las Cruces, New Mexico, zapped in Yemen, al-Awlaki was a dual citizen of the U.S. and Yemen. He was an Islamic holy man who was a trainer for al-Qaeda and its franchises. His sermons were attended by three of the 9/11 hijackers, by Fort Hood murderer Nidal Malik Hussein, and Undieboomer Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. He was the first U.S. citizen ever placed on a CIA target list...
, a US citizen linked to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, earlier this year. Hours after the killings, Saleh said he would leave for the United States and give way to the new government and the vote to pick his successor. But he gave no timetable for leaving and vowed to return, this time in opposition to the government.

"An unstable Yemen means an unstable region. So, protect the security, unity and stability of Yemen, neighbour states," he told news hounds. "Its security is yours." A defence ministry website, September 26, on Sunday cited an unidentified official denying the military - key units of which are led by Saleh's son and nephew - played any role in the killing of the protesters in Sanaa. It pinned the blame on the interior ministry - now led by an opposition figure - calling witness and news accounts of pro-Saleh troops shooting protesters "baseless, mendacious claims that are part of a vicious media campaign against the defence establishment."

The interim government, led by a former foreign minister who joined the opposition against Saleh, late on Saturday called for an investigation of the killings. The youth-led protesters who have taken to the streets against Saleh bitterly condemn the opposition parties - some of which once took part in Saleh's governments - for agreeing to grant him immunity, and demand that he and his inner circle be tried and banned from power.
Posted by: Fred || 12/26/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [302 views] Top|| File under:


Caribbean-Latin America
13 more dead found near Tampico, Tamaulipas -- UPDATED
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Updating about how the victims died.

Thirteen unidentified individuals were found shot to death by a Mexican Army patrol near Tampico, Tamaulipas Christmas Day, according to Mexican news accounts.

The victims were found inside an abandoned trailer on a road called the Moralillo-Tampico bypass, just west of Tampico. The army unit was dispatched to the location based on an anonymous tip.

Reports say the victims were likely members of a rival criminal group. The victims had all been "double-tapped", meaning they were all shot twice in the chest.

The area around Tampico and points south in northern Veracruz have been forming a new battleground between Los Zetas criminal gang and gangsters associated with the Gulf and Sinaloa Cartels, which have merged east coast operations since last summer.

Recent Mexican news reports have suggested that newly deployed military units, including Mexican Army and Mexican Naval Infantry units (Marines) in border areas and subsequent counternarcotics operations in the area have forced criminal groups south to fight over revenue generating turf.

The new find raises the death toll in the area to 39 individuals in five days since December 21st.
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Posted by: badanov || 12/26/2011 07:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [270 views] Top|| File under:


India-Pakistan
17 Taliban killed in Kurram and Khyber agencies
[Pak Daily Times] Security forces on Sunday pounded terrorists' hideouts near Afghan border in Kurram and Khyber agencies killing 17 terrorists. Official sources said, in Kurram, at least 15 bad boyz were potted and several others injured when troops retaliated attack on a security checkpost, in which a security official was killed and four other were maimed. Four terrorists' hideouts were also destroyed during the operation. Meanwhile,
...back at the barn, Bossy had come up with a new idea...
two bad boyz were potted and 13 injured in a clash between security forces and cut-throats in tehsil Bara of Khyber Agency.
Posted by: Fred || 12/26/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [312 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Sipah-e-Sahaba behind Shahbaz Bhatti's murder, says Malik
[Pak Daily Times] Interior Minister Rehman Malik
Pak politician, current Interior Minister under the Gilani administration. Malik is a former Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) intelligence officer who rose to head the FIA during Benazir Bhutto's second tenure. He later joined the Pak Peoples Party and was chief security officer to Bhutto. Malik was tossed from his FIA job in 1998 after documenting the breath-taking corruption of the Sharif family. By unhappy coincidence Näwaz Shärif became PM at just that moment and Malik moved to London one step ahead of the button men.
said on Sunday that red warrants for assassins of former Federal Minister Shahbaz Bhatti had been issued and soon they would be brought to justice. "The two assassins are activists of the banned outfit Sipah-e-Sahaba.

They had managed to reach Middle East. However,
there's no worse danger than telling a mother her baby is ugly...
we are making efforts for their arrest and will bring them back to the country," he added. He was talking to media after a Christmas cake cutting ceremony at a local church. Malik said Shahbaz Bhatti sacrificed his life for principles adding that his services for interfaith harmony would long be remembered. He felicitated the Christian community on Christmas and said, "Pakistain People's Party (PPP) considers Christians their brothers and not a minority." He said Christians played an important role for country's independence and after that their contributions for the development of the country were highly commendable.

To a question Malik said that law and order in the country had improved and that was evident from the current political environment. He said the government made foolproof security arrangements for the gathering of Pakistain Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in Bloody Karachi.

However,
we can't all be heroes. Somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by...
he asked all the parties to avoid using provocative language against each other as it was against democratic norms. He said neither he nor any member of his party had ever used harsh words against PTI chief Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who who convinced himself that playing cricket qualified him to lead a nuclear-armed nation with severe personality problems...
. "In democracy, there are certain ethics and parameters and others should follow these," he said. He warned that PPP would also revise its policy if others did not stop using improper language against its leadership. To a question about intelligence agencies, he said that as per charter of intelligence agencies those did not come under the Interior Ministry.

To another query regarding Shahbaz Taseer's whereabouts, Malik said he was kidnapped from Lahore and there were conflicting reports about his location. Punjab government can better tell about his the whereabouts, he added.
Posted by: Fred || 12/26/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [284 views] Top|| File under: Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan


Three Indian policemen killed in IHK shooting
[Pak Daily Times] Three Indian coppers were killed and another got injured following a shooting at barracks in Indian held Kashmire, an official said on Sunday.

The incident happened late Saturday evening inside the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp in the Himalayan town of Kulgam. "We have three CRPF personnel dead and one injured," a police official said, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
. Other personnel inside the barracks at the time of the shooting were jugged for questioning, he added. It was not immediately clear if there were one or more shooters involved in the attack.
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Iraq
14 injured in car blast in Dujeil
SALAHAL-DIN / Aswat al-Iraq: A booby-trapped car, driven by a suicide bomber, has blown up south of Dujeil township, in Salahal-din Province on Sunday, wounding 14 persons, including 6 Army men, a Salahal-din security source reported.

"A booby-trapped car, driven by a suicide bomber blew off against an Iraqi Army checkpoint south of Dujeil township, wounding 6 of its elements and 8 civilians, as a preliminary result," the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Dujeil township, is 130 km to the south of Tikrit, the center of Salahal-din Province, 175 km to the north of Baghdad.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/26/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [291 views] Top|| File under:


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Gaza Militants Fire Rockets, Mortars at Southern Israel
[An Nahar] Gazoo Islamic fascisti have fired two rockets and two mortars at southern Israel, none of them causing any injuries or damage, the Israeli military said on Sunday.

"We identified two rocket launches from Gazoo at Israel to the Eshkol and Shaar Hanegev regions Saturday night," a spokeswoman told Agence La Belle France Presse, adding two mortars were fired at Israel the evening before.

An Israeli police front man told AFP that a small number of mortar shells have been launched at Israel during the past week.

Tensions between Gazoo-based Islamic fascisti and the Jewish state were on the rise earlier this month, with groups in the coastal territory lobbing dozens of rockets and firing mortars into southern Israel.

Israel's military hit back with air raids that killed two Islamic fascisti and two civilians.

The Israeli military frequently attacks Gazoo in response to such rocket fire, at times targeting Islamic fascisti it says are about to fire rockets over the border, or carrying out raids against specific krazed killers.

Israeli military officials have warned about the prospect of a future large-scale operation in the territory.
Posted by: Fred || 12/26/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [285 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  "Nah, we wuz just shootin' off sum fireworks in celebration of Prophet Isa al-Masih's burthday" - Gazoo Near-Humanoid
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 12/26/2011 11:57 Comments || Top||


Israel: Palestinian Infiltrators from Gaza Seized
[An Nahar] Israeli soldiers jugged five Paleostinians trying to infiltrate the Jewish state from the Gazoo Strip on Sunday, an Israeli military spokeswoman said.

"This evening the soldiers spotted and set to sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock, in a pestilential prison with a life-long lock three Paleostinians who were trying to cross the security barrier separating Israel from the central part of the Gazoo Strip" controlled by the Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, movement, she told Agence La Belle France Presse.

"A little later, another two Paleostinians were apprehended farther north in similar circumstances, and all five were taken for interrogation by Shin Bet," Israel's domestic security service, the spokeswoman added.

A military source said that soldiers fired two flares during the operations.

Earlier, the military said gunnies inside Gazoo had fired two rockets and two mortar rounds at southern Israel, but no casualties or damage were reported.

"We identified two rocket launches from Gazoo at Israel to the Eshkol and Shaar Hanegev regions Saturday night," a spokeswoman told AFP, adding two mortars were fired at Israel the evening before.

A police front man told AFP that a small number of mortar rounds have been fired at Israel during the past week.

Tensions between Gazoo-based gunnies and Israel increased earlier this month, with groups in the coastal territory lobbing dozens of rockets and firing mortar rounds into southern Israel.

Israel's military hit back with air raids that killed two gunnies and two civilians.

The military frequently attacks Gazoo in response to such rocket fire, at times targeting gunnies it says are about to fire rockets over the border, or carrying out raids against specific thugs.

Israeli military officials have warned about the prospect of a future large-scale operation in the territory.
Posted by: Fred || 12/26/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [286 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syrian Military Aircraft Fly over Bekaa Border
[An Nahar] Syrian helicopters on Sunday hovered over the outskirts of the Bekaa border town of Arsal before returning to the Syrian airspace, Future News TV reported.

For its part, Leb's state-run National News Agency said Syrian military aircraft flew over Syria's border with Leb's Bekaa Valley. It did not elaborate.

On Tuesday, Defense Minister Fayez Ghosn warned that al-Qaeda members have entered Leb through Arsal "under the guise of being members of the Syrian opposition," noting that he will raise the issue in cabinet.

During a meeting at his office with a delegation of high-ranking Lebanese army officers, Ghosn said: "We have information that certain operations are taking place at some illegal border crossings, especially in Arsal, where weapons and some al-Qaeda terrorist elements are entering (the country) under the guise of being members of the Syrian opposition."

Since the eruption of the uprising against the Syrian regime on March 15, scores of Syrians have decamped to Leb through illegal border crossings, while the Syrian authorities have justified their frequent violations of the Lebanese borders under the pretext of pursuing "armed terrorist gangs."
Posted by: Fred || 12/26/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [298 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  So now both al-Qaeda and the Syrians are poking around the Arsals, huh? Typical.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 12/26/2011 8:33 Comments || Top||


10 Dead as Syria Opposition Urges Monitors to Visit Besieged Homs
[An Nahar] The opposition Syrian National Council appealed Sunday for the 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...
to immediately send observers to the besieged city of Homs and other hotspots of a bloody crackdown on dissent, as activists said security forces killed 10 civilians across the country.

The call came a day before a first group of Arab League observers is set to arrive in Syria to begin monitoring a deal the 22-member bloc agreed with the government in Damascus
...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world...
aimed at ending nine months of violence.

"Since early this morning, the (Homs) neighborhood of Baba Amro has been under a tight siege and the threat of military invasion by an estimated 4,000 soldiers," the SNC said in a statement received by Agence La Belle France Presse.

"This is in addition to the nonstop bombing of Homs that has been going on for days," said the council, the main umbrella group of opponents of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Sonny, disguised as Fredo, trying to be Mike...
.

The central city of Homs has been a focal point of the Assad government's crackdown on anti-regime demonstrations, as well as the site of fierce festivities between the army and mutinous soldiers.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that security forces on Sunday pounded Baba Amro with mortar fire, wounding eight people.

"The neighborhood is still under heavy machinegun fire," the Britannia-based watchdog said in a statement received by AFP, noting that two people were killed in different parts of the city.

Security forces also raided the town of al-Jerdi in eastern Deir al-Zour province, wounding four people and arresting dozens more, it said.

Meanwhile,
...back at the chili cook-off, Chuck and Manuel's rivalry was entering a new and more dangerous phase...
the Local Coordination Committees, the main activist group spurring protests on the ground, said security forces killed Sunday four civilians in Homs, five in Deir al-Zour and another person in the southern Daraa province.

A nine-member advance team of Arab monitors arrived in Syria on Thursday to pave the way for the observer mission to oversee the deal to end the crackdown, which the U.N. estimates has killed more than 5,000 people since March.

"The Syrian National Council demands that the vaporous Arab League observers go to Homs immediately, specifically to the besieged neighborhoods, to fulfill their stated mission," it said in the statement.

"In addition, we demand that the observers go to all the hotspots in Syria, or withdraw and conclude their mission if it is not possible for them to do so.

"We hold the Arab League and the international community accountable for the massacres and bloodshed committed by the regime in Syria," said the opposition group.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem has said he expects the Arab League observers to vindicate his government's contention the violence in the country is the work of "armed terrorists."

Western governments and rights watchdogs blame the Assad regime for the bloodshed.

Opposition leaders charge that Syria agreed to the mission after weeks of prevarication in a "ploy" to head off a League threat to go to the U.N. Security Council over the crackdown.

Muallem met the advance team of Arab League officials on Saturday, in talks the ministry's front man called "positive".

Arab League Assistant Secretary General Samir Seif al-Yazal, head of the nine-member advance team, said the first group of observers, more than 50 experts, would leave for Damascus on Monday.

They will eventually number between 150 and 200.

The mission is part of an Arab plan endorsed by Syria on November 2 that also calls for the withdrawal of the military from towns and residential districts, a halt to violence against civilians and the release of detainees.

But since signing the agreement, the Assad regime has been accused of pressing on with its crackdown on dissent.

The opposition SNC and human rights
One man's rights are another man's existential threat.
activists have charged that the Syrian government was behind twin suicide kabooms on Friday that killed 44 people in Damascus.

Assad's regime has blamed the attacks on "terrorist organizations," including al-Qaeda, although it has yet to release details on how it reached such a conclusion.

The SNC said "the Syrian regime, alone, bears all the direct responsibility for the two terrorist kabooms."

It said the government was trying to create the impression "that it faces danger coming from abroad and not a popular revolution demanding freedom and dignity."

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported at least 21 civilians killed on Friday and 20 people killed by security forces on Saturday.

The bodies of four jugged civilians were found on Saturday bearing signs of torture in Hula in Homs province, it said in a statement.

The Observatory demanded the Arab League "immediately head to the town of Hula to document this flagrant violation of human rights which is just the tip of the iceberg of what is going on in Syria."

The plight of Syrians was a focus of Pope Benedict XVI's Christmas Day prayers.

"May the Lord come to the aid of our world torn by so many conflicts ... May he bring an end to the violence in Syria, where so much blood has already been shed," he told pilgrims in the Vatican.
Posted by: Fred || 12/26/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [269 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Syrian opposition calls for UN role to end crisis
[Pak Daily Times] The 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...
must bring the UN into the effort to stop Syria's bloody crackdown on protesters, the top opposition leader said Sunday, as security forces pressed ahead with raids and arrests around the country.

Burhan Ghalioun, the Gay Paree-based leader of the Syrian National Council, made the plea as Arab League officials were setting up observer teams, part of their plan to end nine months of turmoil that has killed more than 5,000 people, according to the UN

Opposition groups believe the vaporous Arab League is not strong enough to resolve the crisis, which is escalating beyond mass demonstrations into armed festivities - and a double suicide kaboom that shook 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...
on Friday.

In a televised speech marking Christmas, Ghalioun said, "I call upon the Arab League to ask the Security Council to adopt its plan in order to increase possibilities of its success and avoid giving the regime an opportunity not to carry out its obligations."

He said the opposition council "holds the international community to its responsibilities and asks them to use all available means to put an end to the tragedies experienced by the Syrian people".

"The barbaric massacre must stop now," Ghalioun said. The Arab League has begun sending observers into Syria to monitor compliance with its plan to end to the crackdown on political opponents. The 22-member bloc has warned that it could turn to the UN Security Council to help stop the violence that began nine months ago.

The Arab League plan requires the government to remove its security forces and heavy weapons from city streets, start talks with opposition leaders and allow human rights
One man's rights are another man's existential threat.
workers and journalists into the country. Syria agreed to the plan but has stalled implementation.

Mohamed Ahmed Mustafa al-Dabi, head of the Arab League observer team, traveled to Damascus late Saturday after meeting with Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby to discuss arrangements of the mission. More observers are expected to arrive Monday.

On Saturday, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees activist groups said troops shelled the town of Juraithi in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour. An unknown number of people were maimed and dozens jugged. They also reported that parts of the restive central city of Homs was bombed Saturday, killing at least three people.

The two groups also blamed the regime for the liquidation of former member of Assad's ruling Baath party in Homs Ghazi Zoaib and his wife later Saturday. The groups said Zoaib had recently expressed support of the opposition.

The Syrian government has long contended that the turmoil in Syria this year is not an uprising by reform-seekers but the work of Islamic fascisti and foreign-backed armed gangs.
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Two weeks of WOT
Mon 2011-12-26
  Sudan kills Darfur rebel leader Khalil Ibrahim
Sun 2011-12-25
  Two Christmas Day church bombings in Nigeria kill 28
Sat 2011-12-24
  Syria Says 40 Dead in Capital Suicide Blasts, Opposition Blames Regime
Fri 2011-12-23
  Arab Observers Arrive in Syria to Monitor Peace Plan
Thu 2011-12-22
  Explosions rock Baghdad; 18 killed, dozens injured
Wed 2011-12-21
  185 Syrians Dead as corpse count hits three digits for the first time
Tue 2011-12-20
  Syria allows Arab observers
Mon 2011-12-19
  20 Civilians, 6 Troops Killed in Fresh Syria Violence
Sun 2011-12-18
  Kimmie Dead
Sat 2011-12-17
  Australian terror conspirators jailed for 18 years
Fri 2011-12-16
  Syrian Dissidents Declare Creation of 'National Alliance'
Thu 2011-12-15
  U.S. War in Iraq Declared Officially Over
Wed 2011-12-14
  33 Civilians, 7 Regime Troops Killed
Tue 2011-12-13
  Mexican Army bags 11 bad guys in Tamaulipas state
Mon 2011-12-12
  Mysterious explosion kills 7, injures 16 in Iran

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