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Shamsher Mobin and 250 others arrested
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [450 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Glad I had a better 2013 than Champ did. Hope that continues for, like, ever.
Posted by: Iblis || 12/31/2013 17:06 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Al Jazeera Says 3 Reporters Arrested In Egypt Over Illegal Hotel Broadcast
[AlAhram] As government campaign against the Qatar-based station continues, Egyptian police say two Al-Jazeera
... an Arab news network headquartered in Qatar, notorious for carrying al-Qaeda press releases. The name means the Peninsula, as in the Arabian Peninsula. In recent years it has settled in to become slightly less biased than MSNBC, in about the same category as BBC or CBS...
channel news hounds, not three, are locked away
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!

Qatar's Al Jazeera Channel said on Monday Egyptian security forces have arrested three of its journalists following Interior Ministry accusations of illegally broadcasting from a hotel suite.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 12/31/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [361 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Meaning that Al Jizz got too much into the story? Or meaning that we would've stepped on the rioters heavier had the press not been there?
Posted by: JohnQC || 12/31/2013 11:46 Comments || Top||

#2  In Egypt (and elsewhere,) Al-Jazeera is viewed as a facet of the Qatari government; Qatar's leadership were very strong sponsors of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Posted by: Pappy || 12/31/2013 14:25 Comments || Top||


Egypt Hands 139 Morsi Backers 2-Year Jail Terms
[An Nahar] An Egyptian court Monday sentenced 139 Islamist supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi
...the former president of Egypt. A proponent of the One Man, One Vote, One Time principle, Morsi won election after the deposal of Hosni Mubarak and jumped to the conclusion it was his turn to be dictator...
to two years in jail over violence that erupted in July, state news agency MENA reported.

MENA said the sentences could be subject to appeal, while the defendants, who are currently in jug, could each be bailed for 5,000 Egyptian pounds ($700 or 550 euros).

The military deposed Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, on July 3 and his supporters have regularly staged demonstrations demanding his reinstatement.

The demonstrations have often deteriorated into violence and street festivities, with the military-installed authorities cracking down on Islamists.

The repression has left more than 1,000 people killed since Morsi's ouster and thousands more tossed in the calaboose
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
, including the entire top leadership of the Moslem Brüderbund to which Morsi belongs.

Last week the authorities designated the Brotherhood a "terrorist organization" and accused the 85-year-old movement of a kaboom north of Cairo that killed 15 people.

Hundreds of thousands of Brotherhood members now face prison sentences if they hold demonstrations or are found in possession of the movement's recordings or literature.

It also means that Brotherhood leaders currently on trial face possible death sentences if found guilty.
Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [189 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Tunisian Ansar Al-Sharia leader seized in Misrata
[Libya Herald] Confusion still surrounds today's capture in Misrata of the leader of Tunisia's Ansar Al-Sharia, with Washington denying early reports that US special forces were involved in the operation.

That Saifallah Benhassine, also known as Abu Iyadh, who heads Tunisia's branch of the bad boy Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia
...a Salafist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends. There are groups of the same name in Libya, Tunisia and Yemen, with the Libyan and Tunisian versions currently most active...
, was seized, does not seem in doubt. But the details of his arrest and indeed his current whereabouts remain unclear. Normally reliable sources in Misrata declined to speak to the Libya Herald about what had happened. Tunisian security sources were reported as saying today that that Benhassine was incarcerated
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Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [265 views] Top|| File under: Ansar al-Sharia


Troops Find 6-Ton Explosives Cache in Mali
[An Nahar] French and Chadian troops have destroyed almost six tons of explosives and weapons found in Mali's rebel-infested desert north, the United Nations
...an organization which on balance has done more bad than good, with the good not done well and the bad done thoroughly...
said on Monday.

The Chadian soldiers, from the U.N.'s MINUSMA peacekeeping mission, were patrolling an area near the Algerian border with troops from La Belle France's Operation Serval when they made the discovery, a U.N. statement said.
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Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [350 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa

#1  The statement said the destruction of 5.7 tons of ammonium nitrate and some 40 grenades had dealt "another severe blow to the resources of terrorist groups."

The real "blow" comes when you flatten the manufacturing facilities which produces and ship the AN. We've really never made that bold leap in Afghanistan however. The facilities belong to our friends in Pakistan. In fact the Pakistani Fatima Group recently attempted to build a plant along the Ohio river in Indiana. It was only constituent pressure on congress that precluded it from happening.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/31/2013 4:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Pix or it didn't happen.
You can move six tons in a big truck along a decent road. Then your depot needs to be near the decent road.

Or you can move six tons in a lot of small vehicles over lousy terrain.
Somebody should notice.

Or you can get something like an off road five-ton military vehicle.
Somebody's in on it.

Like to know if the stash was "discovered" by patrols, discovered because intel sent the patrols into the area without telling why, or busted by intel.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 12/31/2013 8:15 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
Children Beheaded in Central African Republic Fighting
[An Nahar] At least two children have been beheaded in the fighting which has gripped the Central African Republic, the U.N. agency for children said Monday, adding "unprecedented" levels of violence were being committed against youngsters.

UNICEF said that of the two children beheaded, one had also been mutilated.

It also said it could verify the deaths of at least 16 children and 60 injured since the outbreak of fighting in early December.
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Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [323 views] Top|| File under: Seleka


Arabia
Southern militants rise in Lahj
[Yemen Post] Police sources in the southern restive province of restive Lahj
... a Yemeni governate located in the southwestern corner of the Arabian Peninsula. It is the stomping grounds on the southern secessionist al-Harak movement
confirmed on Monday that at least 10 soldiers were killed earlier in the day when armed Death Eaters believed to be affiliated to the Southern Movement attacked a military outpost, in al Habylan area, 20 kilometres away from the province entrance.

Militants assaulted the armed forces armed with machine guns and launch-rockets. Far from being a simple case of hit and run, Death Eaters aimed to lay waste the outpost and seize control of that particular area, right on the outskirt of Lahj where they could control all comings and goings.
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Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [247 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Calls for mediation in Sa'ada amid more violence
[Yemen Post] While the Houthis (Shiite tribal group based in the northern province of Sa'ada organized politically under the name Ansar Allah) have managed despite reports of heavy losses, both in men and in territories, to further advance against Salafi snuffies throughout Yemen's highlands, tribal leaders and officials in the capital, Sana'a are said to be working on a ceasefire agreement.

Such renewed calls for calm came amid a net escalation in violence in Sa'ada. Resident confirmed on Monday that the Houthis went kaboom! a Salafi Mosque in Sa'ada as part of a clean-up operation against all things Salafi in the region.

Witnesses to the Mosque attack told the local press, Houthi
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Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [253 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Bahrain Says It Seized Iranian, Syrian Explosives
[An Nahar] Bahraini authorities said Monday they have seized a boat smuggling explosives made in Iran and Syria into the Sunni-ruled kingdom, which quashed a Shiite-led uprising in 2011.

The boat, which had two Bahrainis aboard, was stopped over the weekend at two nautical miles (3.7 kilometers) off the archipelago's coast, public security chief Major-General Tareq al-Hasan said.

He said it had been tracked over a distance of 118 nautical miles (218 kilometers) northeast of the kingdom.
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Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [505 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Note the stuff was labeled. No effort to sterilize it.
Bastards don't even care if they're found out. Which tells you something.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 12/31/2013 8:09 Comments || Top||

#2 
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/31/2013 8:16 Comments || Top||

#3  Strange - smuggling across the Gulf is generally overlooked. Someone must have tipped off the authorities, or the Bahrainis are unusually watchful.
Posted by: Pappy || 12/31/2013 14:31 Comments || Top||

#4  Or the shipper didn't pay off the right people, perhaps?
Posted by: Barbara || 12/31/2013 20:21 Comments || Top||

#5  Maybe. There is (or was) a lucrative cross-traffic in smuggling goods across the Gulf.

That they tracked it practically leaving Iran (there's roughly 140-150 nautical miles of water between Bahrain and Iran, and they tracked it at 118 nautical miles out) indicates the Bahrain authorities were either extra-alert or tipped off.
Posted by: Pappy || 12/31/2013 21:15 Comments || Top||


Eight Dead in Attack on Troops in South Yemen
[An Nahar] Five soldiers and three hard boyz were killed Monday during an attack on an army position in southern Yemen in which the assailants also kidnapped four troops, a military source said.

According to the source, the attack was carried out by southern secessionists, but secessionist leaders denied the accusation.

Southern Yemen is also home to a powerful al-Qaeda affiliate suspected of carrying out a string of attacks on security forces.
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Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [259 views] Top|| File under:


Bangladesh
S'ganj AL leader hacked to death
[PRIMENEWS.BD] Sirajganj: A local Awami League leader was hacked to death by unidentified miscreants in Sadar upazila on Monday afternoon.

The dear departed was identified as Saiful Islam, 40, sports secretary of the ruling party's Sadar upazila unit and son of Abdul Gafur of Baoitara village.

Police said a gang of miscreants swooped on Saiful in front of his house around 4:30pm.

The attackers chopped the Awami League leader indiscriminately, leaving him dead on the spot.

On information, Sirajganj Police Super SM Emran Hossain and local AL leaders rushed to the spot.

Following the killing, the houses of local Jamaat and BNP leaders came under attack.
Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [424 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...don't have much food on their table,
but they got a lot of forks and knives,
and they got to cut something. Dylan '62
Posted by: 2sealys || 12/31/2013 10:41 Comments || Top||

#2  o_0
Posted by: Shipman || 12/31/2013 15:51 Comments || Top||

#3  Makes sense in a way, Ship.
Posted by: Pappy || 12/31/2013 21:17 Comments || Top||


Bangla: Shamsher Mobin and 250 others arrested
[Dhaka Tribune] Over 250 BNP-led 18-party alliance activists, including BNP Vice-Chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury, were tossed in the slammer
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
in Dhaka and nine other districts yesterday. An Awami League leader was killed in Sirajganj and 65 people were maimed in festivities with law enforcers and ruling party activists across the country.

Detective Branch (DB) personnel arrested the BNP vice-chairman from in front of party chief the loathesome Khaleda Zia
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Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [777 views] Top|| File under:


BNP calls for indefinite blockade from Jan 1
[NEWAGEBD] The Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led opposition alliance on Monday called nationwide blockade of roads, railway and waterways for an indefinite period from January 1 pressing for election under a non-party government cancelling the 'farcical' election slated for January 5.

Khandker Mahbub Hossain, adviser to the Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson the loathesome Khaleda Zia
Three-term PM of Bangla, widow of deceased dictator Ziaur Rahman, head of the Bangla Nationalist Party, an apparent magnet for corruption ...
, announced the new programme at a hurriedly called briefing at his house at Baridhara in the evening.

The BNP-led alliance would also observe nationwide demonstration today in protest against the government obstruction to the opposition's 'march for democracy' and the oppressive measures on the opposition activists.

Khandker Mahbub, also the Supreme Court Bar Association president, announced the programme after the police had denied Khaleda Zia going out of her house and placed in durance vile
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
the party's vice-chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury on the day.

On Sunday, another vice-chairman Hafizuddin Ahmed was also arrested as he was coming out of the National Press Club announcing the continuation of 'march for democracy' programme.
Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [201 views] Top|| File under:


BNP leader killed in joint forces drive
[NEWAGEBD] A local leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party was killed in Satkhira and several hundred activists were enjugged
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
as the joint forces continued their drives in different districts from Sunday midnight to Monday.

New Age correspondent in Satkhira reported that local BNP leader Anwarul Islam, 42, also chairman of Agardari union parishad in Stakhira, was killed in 'shootout' between joint forces and opposition activists at sadar upazila on Monday afternoon.
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Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [246 views] Top|| File under:


China-Japan-Koreas
China says police kill 8 'terrorists' in Xinjiang
[Ynet] Authorities in western China say that police under attack from "terrorists" fatally shot eight of them and captured a ninth.

The Xinjiang government news portal Tianshan Net says the group of nine attacked police Monday in Kashgar with knives, and by throwing explosives and burning cars.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/31/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [305 views] Top|| File under:

#1  As per GROONG, iff Azerbaijan as the next post-Syria Crisis [Iraq 2?] is not that far from Count Dooku's Boyz in the Caucasus, it taint that far from Xinjiang or Central Asia either.

* BHARAT RAKSHAK > A PAKISTAN WIDOUT NUKES [NucWeapons] IMPORTANT FOR WORLD PEACE.

As per a JIHAD-FREE or MOSTLY JIHAD-FREE World???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/31/2013 2:09 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
At least three killed in Charsadda blast
[DAWN] A bomb planted outside a house in Charsadda went kaboom! on Monday and killed at least three people, including a woman and two children, DawnNews reported.

According to police, unknown miscreants planted the bomb outside the home of a local, which went kaboom! causing a nearby house to collapse.

In the blast, a woman died along with two children while her husband and another child were receiving treatment at a hospital.

Charsadda lies close to Pakistain's troubled northwestern tribal region where troops have been locked for years in deadly battles with Death Eaters.

The city has seen attacks by snuffies in the past few years, with targets ranging from civilians to coppers and other law enforcement personnel.
Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [203 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Cops killed in attack near imambargah in Rawalpindi
[DAWN] RAWALPINDI: At least two coppers were killed and another was injured along with a passerby as unknown persons opened fire near an imambargah in Dhoke Syedan area of Rawalpindi on Monday, DawnNews reported.

The coppers were posted near an imambargah in Rawalpindi's Dhoke Syedan area where they were performing their duties when they came under attack from unknown cycle of violence-riding gunnies.

At least four persons, including three coppers and a passerby, were maimed in the attack who were shifted to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Two of the maimed cops gave up the ghost during treatment whereas the condition of the other two maimed was reported as critical by hospital sources.
Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [190 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Jhangvi


Three MWM candidates shot dead
[DAWN] Three men belonging to the Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen were rubbed out in a targeted attack when they were returning home after filing their nomination forms for the Jan 18 local government election on Sunday evening, police said.

SSP-East Pir Muhammad Shah told Dawn that four assailants riding two cycle of violences sprayed a yellow cab with bullets in the Dalmia area and rode away.

He said that three men and a woman were travelling in the taxi and they were heading home in Mughal Hazara Goth in Gulistan-e-Jauhar after filing their nomination forms at the office of the deputy commissioner, East, for the upcoming LG elections.
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Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [252 views] Top|| File under:


QWP lawmaker sent to jail
[DAWN] A local court sent to jail Qaumi Watan Party MPA Sultan Mohammad Khan after he was placed in durance vile
You have the right to remain silent...
by police on charges of terrorism.

Police said that the MPA visited Charsadda cop shoppe to set free five persons, arrested over firing in the air in Amirabad village. The politician and his three bodyguards aimed guns at the law enforcers, they alleged.

SHO Mohammad Ejaz Khan started the paperwork but haven't done much else against the MPA and his bodyguards under different sections of Anti-Terrorism Act and Pakistain Penal Code.

Police said that the MPA tried to force them to free the arrested persons besides using abusive language. Later, QWP workers blocked road briefly and criticised the provincial government for arrest of Mr Khan.
Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [185 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


'Bomber' killed in Hangu
[DAWN] KOHAT: An unidentified would-be jacket wallah was killed when his explosive-laden vehicle fell into a ditch in Chargano Mela in Hangu on Sunday, police said.

They said that the vehicle went kaboom! and the suicide bomber was killed on the spot. He was brining the explosive-laden vehicle to settled area of Hangu from Palosin tribal region, they added.

The vehicle was completely damaged in the kaboom, police said. They added that the bomber could not reach his target otherwise he would have caused huge losses to lives and properties of people.
Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [271 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Police foil bomb plot near Musharraf's farmhouse route again
[DAWN] Police on Monday recovered four packets of kabooms near the farmhouse of former military ruler General (retd) Pervez Perv Musharraf
... former dictator of Pakistain, who was less dictatorial and corrupt than any Pak civilian government to date ...
, DawnNews reported.

The explosives were recovered from the green belt on Park Road, attached to an electricity pole.
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Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [268 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Pakistan


Iraq
44 MPs Resign, Deadly Clashes as Iraqi Army Dismantles Ramadi Protest Site
[An Nahar] Iraqi security forces killed 10 gunnies in festivities that broke out in the Ramadi area as they tore down a year-old Sunni Arab anti-government protest camp on Monday.

As the fighting raged, mosques exhorted followers to "go to jihad," or holy war, while gunnies later replaced security forces on some streets in the city of Ramadi, near the protest site.

The violence, which came just days after a deadly raid on the home of a Sunni politician in Ramadi, threatens to escalate widespread anger among Iraq's Sunni Arab minority.
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Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [266 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Southeast Asia
NPA vows more, bigger attacks in 2014
Maoist militants promised to launch wider and bigger offensives with more armed fighters next year.

Jorge "Ka Oris" Madlos, the spokesperson of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) for Mindanao, said the New People's Army (NPA) will intensify attacks especially in the southern Philippines. The NPA is the armed wing of the NDFP and the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).

Madlos told reporters during the CPP’s 45th founding anniversary on December 26, they will deploy more NPA fighters in their attacks against the government forces in 2014. Madlos claimed that in 2010, the NPA initiated 250 attacks, 350 armed operations in 2011, and more than 400 offensives in 2012.

He said, “This year, the revolutionary forces launched more than 400 offensives, and next year, we will launch more than 500 tactical offensives."

Based on the CPP statement, part of their tactical offensives were successful assaults on Del Monte Philippines plantation, the raid conducted on an army detachment in Barangay Lantad, Balingasag, Misamis Oriental.

Also included was the confiscation of firearms of Dasia Security Agency in Tagum City and the raid on Philippine National Police headquarters in Kibawe town in Bukidnon and Don Victoriano, Misamis Occidental.
Posted by: ryuge || 12/31/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [318 views] Top|| File under:

#1  IIRC its the NPA which is repor also vowing to raise its numbers of armed fighters to 25,000, a move which I interprete as being in response to the MNLF's vow to continue the "true" Moro struggle for independence from Manila, not just autonomy.

On a larger, more international scale, methinks it safe to say that the schism between Secular Commie-Socialist and so-called IslamoFascist [Islamic Theo-Socialists] is getting WORSE.

Meanwhile, HOBBIT 2 fans, not to be outdone by Infidel Commies ...

* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > INDIAN MUJAHIDEEN VOWED TO NUKE SERAT [wid PAK-supplied NucBomb], YASIN BHATKAL [IM India Chief] TELLS COPS - TIMES OF INDIA.

RELATED TOPIX > PAKISTANI ISLAMISTS HAD PLAN TO NUKE INDIA CITY | ... ... NUCLEAR TERROR IN INDIA.

* Also from DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > SUNNI-MONARCHS BACKED ANTI-SHIA PROPAGANDA THREATENS A SECTARIAN CIVIL WAR IN MUSLIM WORLD | SUNNI MONARCHS BACKED YOUTUBE HATE PREACHERS: ... ... WILL ENGULF THE ENTIRE MUSLIM WORLD - THE INDEPENDENT.UK

* FREEREPUBLIC > PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY REPORT PREDICTS - THIRD INTIFADA IN 2014.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/31/2013 2:00 Comments || Top||


320 bombings in southern Thailand this year
Posted by: ryuge || 12/31/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [190 views] Top|| File under:


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Lebanese Army Opens Anti-Aircraft Fire after Syrian Airstrike
[An Nahar] The Lebanese army opened anti-aircraft fire on Monday at Syrian warplanes that hovered the eastern border town of Arsal.

According to state-run National News Agency, the Syrian warplanes prompted the Lebanese army to respond after it raided Khirbet Daoud, which lies in the Eastern Mountain Range in an area adjacent to the barren mountains of the town of Arsal.

LBCI reported that Syrian warplanes hit the area with three rockets.
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Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [461 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Theylve already unloaded and left, what are they shooting at.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 12/31/2013 19:06 Comments || Top||


One Person Injured in Shooting in Tripoli
Unknown assailants opened fire on Monday at an Alawite resident of the northern city of Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which 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...
reported the National News Agency.

It said that Youssef Khalil was maimed in his legs in the Bab al-Hadeed area in Tripoli. He has since been transferred to Saydet Zgharta Hospital for treatment.

Five days ago and in a similar incident, Khodr Abbas from Tripoli's majority Alawite Jabal Mohsen neighborhood was also maimed in a shooting in the city.

Over 20 of such incidents against Jabal Mohsen residents have been reported in a reflection of the impact the Syrian crisis is having on Leb.

The divisions in Syria are being reflected in the city as Tripoli's Jabal Mohsen neighborhood supports the country's ruling regime while the Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood backs the Syrian rebels.

The tensions between the rival neighborhoods have erupted into armed festivities between the two sides on numerous occasions since the Syrian uprising began in March 2011.
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Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [251 views] Top|| File under:


UNRWA: 15 Palestinians Dead from Hunger in Syria Camp
[An Nahar] At least 15 Paleostinians have died of hunger since September in a besieged refugee camp in the Syrian capital Damascus, the U.N. agency for Paleostinian refugees told Agence La Belle France Presse on Monday.

"Reports have come in over the weekend that at least five Paleostinian refugees in the besieged refugee camp of Yarmuk in Damascus have died because of malnutrition, bringing the total number of reported cases to 15," U.N. Relief and Works Agency front man Chris Gunness told AFP.

He warned of a deteriorating situation in the camp, where some 20,000 Paleostinians are trapped, with limited food and medical supplies.
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Posted by: Fred || 12/31/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [425 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Yeah, but are the lights still on at the Gaza Mall? That's the important question.
Posted by: Shipman || 12/31/2013 15:52 Comments || Top||

#2  But on the plus side, at least they didn't die by blowing themselves up.
Posted by: Barbara || 12/31/2013 20:23 Comments || Top||


Israel Sends Sniffer Dog into Area Disputed by Lebanon
[An Nahar] Israeli forces on Monday sent a sniffer dog into a border area disputed by Leb, one day after rockets fired from the South drew retaliatory Israeli shelling.

"An Israeli force backed by a troop carrier and a military jeep on Monday opened a metallic gate in the al-Thugra area, which lies on the border opposite the entrance of the town of Adaisseh, sending a sniffer dog into a disputed area," Leb's National News Agency reported.

The dog advanced 30 meters and scoured the area for some time, the agency added.

The Lebanese army and U.N. peacekeepers went on alert as a precaution, it said.

On Sunday, the Israeli army fired around 32 artillery shells into the Lebanese border area of al-Khraybeh, after unknown individuals launched two rockets into northern Israel from southern Leb.

The United Nations
...where theory meets practice and practice loses...
Interim Force in Leb (UNIFIL) said Monday that the Lebanese army found "four rocket firing sites with improvised launch mechanisms" in al-Khraybeh, east of Khiam.
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Syria Evacuates 5,000 From Town Near Damascus
[Ynet] The Syrian government evacuated some 5,000 people Sunday from an embattled industrial town near Damascus where al-Qaeda-linked rebels have been battling government troops for more than two weeks, the state news agency said.
... and if you can't believe the state news agency who can you believe?

Opposition fighters from Jabhat al-Nusra, or the Nusra Front, swept into Adra northeast of the capital in mid-December, reportedly killing civilians, many of whom are members of the Alawite and Druse sects. Both minority communities largely support Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Leveler of Latakia...
, who himself is an Alawite, against the primarily Sunni-led rebellion.
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