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Yemen sends thousands of troops to fight Qaeda
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Africa Horn
UN suspends food aid to southern Somalia
Somalia's hardline Islamist militia, Al Shabab, has forced a halt to United Nations food relief, putting at least one million Somalis at risk of hunger.

The UN's World Food Programme (WFP) suspended its food relief operations today, citing repeated threats by Al Shabab commanders, raids on its offices, and detention of its staff. Al Shabab commanders in the southern portion of Somalia had gone as far as demanding monetary payments to ensure the security of WFP staff, and also placed demands that WFP found untenable, such as firing of Somali women staffers and coordinators of food-relief programs.

“Ninety-five percent of the territory where WFP operates is controlled by Al Shabab, and in November, Shabab gave us a list of 11 conditions for aid agencies to meet, including removing women from jobs in aid work,' says Peter Smerdon, spokesman for WFP in Nairobi, where most of the agency's Somali operations are coordinated. “They also made a demand for payment of $20,000 over six months for security. We can't agree to the conditions and to that payment, so feel that it is time to pull out for the moment.'

The pullout of food aid reflects the hard line of Al Shabab, which increasingly appears to be led by foreign jihadists, who are replacing the local Islamists agenda of mere governmental takeover with a much broader objective of taking on the West in a permanent jihad. Shabab's top leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane, appears to have been sidelined after he disavowed the suicide bomb blast in a Mogadishu market that killed some 23 people. Security experts say that Mr. Godane has been replaced by foreign Islamists, who have no ties with the community, and no qualms about the effects of bomb blasts or cutoffs on the local population.
Posted by: ryuge || 01/06/2010 12:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [339 views] Top|| File under:


Africa Subsaharan
Kenya 'deports Muslim hate cleric Abdullah al-Faisal'
He's not here, so don't embargo us.
Kenyan police say they have deported a Jamaican-born Muslim cleric notorious for preaching racial hatred but have declined to say where he has gone.

Abdullah al-Faisal had been sent to a "friendly neighbouring country" despite trouble finding a country to take him, a police spokesman told the BBC.

But a Muslim group later insisted Faisal was still in Nairobi.

Kenyan officials have said Faisal was being deported because of his "terrorist history".

He has served four years in a UK prison after being convicted of soliciting the murder of Jews and Hindus.

But the authorities have since given mixed signals over Faisal's whereabouts.

Some reports say Kenya has failed to deport him because no other country is willing to have him.

Other reports quote officials as saying he was sent by road to Tanzania on Monday night.

Terrorist 'watch-list'

Police spokesman Eric Kiraithe told the BBC there had been difficulties with deporting him because no-one wanted to grant him a visa even for transit.

Mr Kiraithe confirmed only that Faisal had left Kenya and that his final destination was Jamaica.

Shortly afterwards, Al-Amin Kimathi, of the Muslim Human Rights Forum, insisted that the authorities had not managed to expel him.

Faisal was arrested after attending evening prayers at a mosque in Mombasa last Thursday.

Muslim campaigners in Kenya have claimed Muslim clerics were being targeted.

"It is wrong for this government to allow other scholars to come in the country and accept them and deport other scholars without any reason so far," one Muslim protester said.

But Immigration Minister Otieno Kajwang said Faisal was on an international watch-list of terrorists.

The minister, quoted in Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper, admitted they had no charges against him, but said: "We are not deporting him because he is a Muslim.

"We are deporting him because of his terrorist history and the fact that he is on the international watch-list."

African connection

Faisal was born Trevor William Forrest in St James, Jamaica, and left the island for the UK 26 years ago.

His parents were Salvation Army officers and he was raised as a Christian.

At the age of 16 he went to Saudi Arabia - where he is believed to have spent eight years - and became a Muslim.

He took a degree in Islamic Studies in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, before coming back to the UK.

Faisal spent years traveling the UK preaching racial hatred urging his audience to kill Jews, Hindus and Westerners.

A year after being deported from the UK in 2007, he was preaching in South Africa.

Mr Kajwang said that Faisal had recently "arrived in Nigeria, passed through Angola, Mozambique, Swaziland and Malawi," before crossing from Tanzania into Kenya on 24 December.
Posted by: tipper || 01/06/2010 06:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [370 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Faisal had recently "arrived in Nigeria, passed through Angola, Mozambique, Swaziland and Malawi," before crossing from Tanzania into Kenya on 24 December.

A perverbial Condé Nast Traveller he is.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/06/2010 6:30 Comments || Top||

#2  They should deport these guys to Antartica and let them fend for themselves.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/06/2010 15:20 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Saudi insult to Ayatollah Sistani outrages Iraq
Insulting remarks by a Saudi cleric about the most revered Shia cleric in Iraq, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, have strained relations between Baghdad and Riyadh.

In a Friday sermon in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, a leading Wahhabi cleric, Mohammad al-Ureifi, called Ayatollah al-Sistani an "atheist and debauched."

He also launched an attack on Iraqi Shias accusing them of conspiring with Yemen's Houthis against Saudi Arabia with Iran's support.

Meanwhile, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki strongly criticized the Saudi religious institutes after the cleric's remarks.

He said Saudi religious institutes had a tendency to launch attacks on Shia clerics due to their hostile attitude towards Shia Muslims, AFP reported.

Iraq's Parliament also condemned the remarks by calling on the Saudi government to take transparent position on the issue. In a statement, Iraqi lawmakers said the Saudi cleric had intended to create a rift among Muslims.

They called on the Saudi government to warn the clerics against making provocative statements.

The Iraqi Parliament also called on the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), the Association of Asian Parliaments and Iraqi President Jalal Talabani to condemn the remarks.
Posted by: Fred || 01/06/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [300 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Wha'????? I thought they only did this to the Juice, at least in public.
Posted by: AlanC || 01/06/2010 9:03 Comments || Top||

#2  Sistani has been an asset, unlike this useless cleric.
Posted by: newc || 01/06/2010 10:36 Comments || Top||

#3  Sistani's the only one with any wisdom and the clarity of message to keep people sane, these Wahhabi's are religios zealot freaks with not a single brain cell amoung the lot of em.
Posted by: 746 || 01/06/2010 10:42 Comments || Top||


Britain
UK to launch airport body scanners in few weeks
[Al Arabiya Latest] Britain will introduce its first full-body scanners at London's Heathrow airport in about three weeks' time in the wake of the failed Detroit plane bombing, a minister said Tuesday.

Airports will also be ordered to increase the proportion of people they search by hand and whose baggage they test for traces of explosives, while there will be more sniffer dogs, British Home Secretary Alan Johnson added.

"It is clear that no one measure will be enough to defeat inventive and determined terrorists, and there is no single technology which we can guarantee will be 100 per cent effective against such attacks," Johnson told lawmakers.
Posted by: Fred || 01/06/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [307 views] Top|| File under:


Europe
Slovak Air Security Test Goes Very Wrong
In what no doubt seemed like a good idea at the time, Slovak officials decided to test security at two airports in Slovakia on Saturday by concealing plastic explosives in eight suitcases and waiting to see what happened next.

Here's what happened next: airport security intercepted seven of the suitcases but failed to detect 96 grams of the plastic explosive RDX loaded into one bag, which belonged to a Slovak electrician who lives in Ireland and had no idea his luggage had been tampered with. The man boarded his flight to Dublin, retrieved his bag and went home to his apartment.

The man then unpacked but, The Irish Times reports, “the explosives had been concealed so well that he did not find them.'

Two days later, on Monday, it occurred to someone in Slovakia that one of the explosive-packed bags had gone missing and Slovakian police contacted their counterparts in Dublin to ask for help.

On Tuesday morning, the Irish Army's bomb squad paid a visit to the apartment of the Slovak electrician in Dublin and secured the explosives.

According to a Canadian Press report, the man was detained for several hours by the Irish police who said they “initially were led to believe the man might be a terrorist.' The man was released after Slovak officials made it clear that they had been responsible for planting the explosives.

The Web site Slovakia Today reported that the tests were carried out at two airports — one in Bratislava, the country's capital, and the other in central Slovakia.

The Canadian Press reported that the explosives were loaded onto a Danube Wings flight to Dublin from Poprad-Tatry Airport.

Irish authorities said that Slovakia's interior minister had been in touch to convey “his government's profound regret for this incident,' Reuters reported.
Posted by: tipper || 01/06/2010 05:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [317 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Note to jihadis - infiltrate the security services, then you can load explosives into anyone's bag. The only downside is that you don't get blown up at the same time.
Posted by: Bobby || 01/06/2010 6:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Irish electrician and flat dweller returns to Dublin from Slovakia with RDX in his bag?

Oh what the hell Tommy, let's just go check it out and THEN have a pint and watch St. Vincents.

Posted by: Besoeker || 01/06/2010 6:22 Comments || Top||

#3  Nah, that's just "gone wrong". It wouldn't have gone very wrong unless the explosives had detonated midair.
Posted by: Mitch H. || 01/06/2010 10:17 Comments || Top||

#4  There have been incidents of Japanese police doing the same thing with drugs, too, just to see what happens.
My wife and I fly US to Australia five or six times a year between us, and we never check luggage anymore. One carry on bag in the overhead bin, and that's it.
Posted by: Grunter || 01/06/2010 10:38 Comments || Top||

#5  This is not an "incident".
This is criminal behavior.
Posted by: European Conservative || 01/06/2010 13:51 Comments || Top||

#6  My mother worked for Northwest Airlines back in the day and they occasionally had her walk through security with a fake grenade to test the security. I think this sort of thing works best when the "mule" knows about it and a powerful figure is there to straighten things out afterwards. The way they handled it in Slovakia was a bit sketchy.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 01/06/2010 20:49 Comments || Top||

#7  Uh, uh, D *** NG IT, does this mean 1960's GUAM TAOTAMONOAS + future PENN STATER, "WHAT, YOU'RE A COMMIE-RUSSIAN-CZECHOSLOVAK!" SHE-COULD-HAVE-BEEN-A-US NAVY SEAL/COMMANDO CALENDAR BABE "WENDY" needs a 2010 BAMMER BAILOUT???

gut nuthin.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/06/2010 21:44 Comments || Top||

#8  The old maxim: Always carry your own bomb aboard because the probability of two bombs on a plane is infinitesimal.

The old maxim corollary: The more security employed to prevent you carrying your own bomb aboard, the greater probability that there is a bomb.
Posted by: Skunky Glins**** || 01/06/2010 22:29 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Obama Blames Gitmo For "Formation Of al Qeada In Arabian Peninsula"
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 01/06/2010 13:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [311 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I blame W. Not only did he and Cheney each personally fly the airliners into the Twin Towers, but then they went on to directly recruit jihadis in Arabia. /sarc
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 01/06/2010 13:15 Comments || Top||

#2  I blame Obama for being a clueless dumbass.
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/06/2010 13:20 Comments || Top||

#3  I blame Mohammed (bpuh).
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 01/06/2010 13:38 Comments || Top||

#4  Blame cannot rest with Barry, it must rest elsewhere. These so-called terrorist issues are subsidiary and only detract from the media's ability to extol his virtues and continuance of the administration's monopolistic control of what remains of the private sector and economy. He must never deviate from the principles and philosophy which brought him to power. The overriding objective of totalitarian governments must always be the retention of power.

Posted by: Besoeker || 01/06/2010 14:19 Comments || Top||

#5  Then who bombed the USS Cole?
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 01/06/2010 14:49 Comments || Top||

#6  Discerning cause and effect is not the strong suit of muslims or the leftist media.
Posted by: ed || 01/06/2010 15:02 Comments || Top||

#7  Jihadi recruiting tool:

Thomson, IL, "Melon Capital of the World." It is also located in Carroll County a leading Hog producing region in Illinois. Illinois is #4 in hog production.

There are a number of helpful products made from hogs. Insulin is one of them. Feed the Jihadi's high sugar diets until they become diabetic, then give them a choice inject pig juice or die.

Note to Deacon Blues: In 2000 Allan told the Jihadi's that Bush would steal the election in Florida and open GITMO so they bombed the Cole.
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 01/06/2010 15:50 Comments || Top||

#8  I can still hear those feeder lids banging GB. :)
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/06/2010 16:23 Comments || Top||

#9  BS and horsefeathers!

Al-Qaeda arose as a Wahabi opposition to the parasitic House of Saud. Widespread support in that cesspool of terror, is revealed in the fatwah support of Taliban issued by every major Saud-Wahabi cleric. The Sauds ceased indulgence only when Taliban-alQaeda took a jihad position against the Sauds. When the Taliban was tossed in 2001, they escaped in some of the 400 Toyota trucks that they received from the Saudi kleptocracy.
Posted by: Pearl Snitle9579 || 01/06/2010 17:08 Comments || Top||

#10  Obamath:

Gitmo > AQAP

Bush > Gitmo

QED, Bush > AQAP
Posted by: Skunky Glins**** || 01/06/2010 22:35 Comments || Top||


The One Feigns Impact with Clue Bat
"We dodged a bullet but just barely. It was averted by brave individuals, not because the system worked, and that is not acceptable."
But if the system does work, we can't tell anybody, because only Bush does that, to scare people.
"When a suspected terrorist is able to board a plane with explosives on Christmas Day, the system has failed in a potentially disastrous way."
Not a potentially dangerous way, Wordsmith, just a disastrous way that, as you noted above, was averted by a brave individual, not your socialist state.
"While there will be a tendency for finger-pointing, I will not tolerate it," Obama lectured them.
Especially not at me!
Only if we can point the finger at someone else - like ... Bush.
"We will do better, and we have to do it quickly. American lives are on the line."
And not just the dopes who volunteered to be tools and cannon fodder for us elites, these were voters. On the other hand, they could all vote Democratic if they were dead.
But, just in case you suspect a change, while Gitmo transfers wil slow down -
Make no mistake, we will close Guantanamo prison." The camp, "was an explicit rationale for the formation of al-Qaida" operating in Yemen.
Posted by: Bobby || 01/06/2010 06:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [315 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "We dodged a bullet but just barely. It was averted by brave individuals, not because the system worked,

If only for the blink of an eye, Barry sets aside 'exuberant incompetence.'
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/06/2010 6:59 Comments || Top||

#2  What the elite forget is that the "brave individuals" are the system not the cluster of self important centralized control freak bureaucrats. They are just the supporting staff and agents.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/06/2010 8:14 Comments || Top||

#3  Great. Now Obama is offering to save us from his own appointees!

The camp, "was an explicit rationale for the formation of al-Qaida" operating in Yemen.

Dumb*ss. If it wasn't Gitmo, it would be black helicopters. Or Booooosh. Whatever.
Posted by: Free Radical || 01/06/2010 8:28 Comments || Top||

#4  He is dumber, and this is worse than I could have ever imagined.

Sometimes I want to take our federal government and flogg it as a whole.
Posted by: newc || 01/06/2010 10:34 Comments || Top||

#5  I saw the asshole-in-chief spewing lies all over the TV, I kept my supper down, Barely.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/06/2010 12:19 Comments || Top||

#6  The thrust of his statements was
"Somebody screwed up,
BUT IT WASN'T ME.
And somebody will pay,
BUT IT WASN'T ME
The system failed,
THAT BUSH BUILT.
and I'll find who's responsible,
BUT IT WASN'T ME."
get the idea?
Oh yeah, i got it, ass covering asshole.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/06/2010 12:25 Comments || Top||

#7  spewing lies all over the TV, I kept my supper down, Barely. If you're going to watch TV while eating, keep your remote with you, well-oiled and with fresh batteries.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 01/06/2010 13:18 Comments || Top||

#8  You can take substenance while watching Barry on the teevee? You are truly a man among men.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/06/2010 13:41 Comments || Top||

#9  Sometimes I take strong drink when watching television or visiting Rantburg. However, I get into rants that often don't make much sense and the typing suffers. Come to think of it also happens when sober. It must be global warming (sarc).
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/06/2010 15:15 Comments || Top||

#10  No, JohnQC. It is all Bush's fault.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 01/06/2010 18:17 Comments || Top||


Home Front: WoT
Pressure on Obama to reveal what Britain said about Detroit bomber
Barack Obama is under pressure to disclose what information MI5 passed to the American authorities about the Detroit bomber after Downing Street disclosed that a file had been "shared" with the CIA in 2008. After initially denying that they had received British intelligence, senior American sources confirmed last night that they were "reviewing" what British information had been received on Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.

The admission is embarrassing for the White House and threatens to provoke a rift with Gordon Brown. The conflicting briefing over the shared intelligence also suggests that the transatlantic relationship may have weakened in recent months.

Confirmation that Abdulmutallab's name was passed to the US in 2008 would be a major blow to Mr Obama, although it could also open up accusations that George W Bush's administration failed to collate intelligence properly.

The Prime Minister's spokesman disclosed on Monday that MI5 information had been shared with the Americans more than a year ago. Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary, confirmed this in the House of Commons yesterday. The information is understood to have detailed Abdulmutallab's contacts with radical preachers but did not give warning that he might be a terrorist threat.

White House sources are thought to be furious over the British intervention, with Mr Obama already under pressure over intelligence failures concerning the thwarted attempt to blow up the US airliner.
Mr. Brown was going to tell Obama more just before Bambi refused to meet with him ...
Yesterday, the Prime Minister's spokesman played down the rift. Both British and American officials insisted the intelligence would not have prevented the attempted attack.

However, there are growing questions as to why Abdulmutalab was granted a US visa and why his name was not on a US watch list.

In an official briefing on Monday, the Prime Minister's spokesman said of the Detroit bomber: "Clearly there was security information about this individual's activities and that was information that was shared with the US authorities."

A US counter-terrorism official did not deny that information on Abdulmutallab had been received from Britain but told The Daily Telegraph: "It's wrong to think that there was, from any source, information that identified Abdulmutallab as a terrorist, let alone a terrorist who was planning to carry out an attack in the United States."

Yesterday morning, the Prime Minister's spokesman issued a revised statement that said: "There is no suggestion that the UK passed on information to the US that they did not act on." He then said that Downing Street would not be commenting further on intelligence matters.

Chris Grayling, the shadow home secretary, said: "This is the second time in a week that Downing Street had given false information to the US about the nature of its discussions with the United States about over terrorist issues. For a Prime Minister to behave in this way is nothing short of a complete disgrace. These are highly sensitive issues of national importance and should be dealt in a manner that is free from political opportunism and spin."
Posted by: Steve White || 01/06/2010 15:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [294 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Brits: "we put it on data DVDs. As you are no doubt well aware, Movie DVDs do not play in both countries' players, chump"
Posted by: Frank G || 01/06/2010 20:19 Comments || Top||

#2  the transatlantic relationship may have weakened in recent months.

And by 'recent months', we mean since Dear Leader's inauguration.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/06/2010 22:00 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Eighty per cent of Mohmand cleared, says army
[Dawn] Security forces on Tuesday said they flushed out most of the militants from the Mohmand tribal region.

Due to normalisation of the situation, schools and some bazaars had opened in the cleared areas and government offices also started their operations.

"Mohmand is a big agency and up till now 80 per cent of the area has been cleared," commander of the Mohmand Operation, Colonel Saifullah, said.

He said operations near the Afghan border were necessary as militants take refuge in the region.

Around 350 militants were killed while 300 others were severely injured, he said.

Regarding the security forces' causalities, he said around 65 soldiers had been martyred in 2008 and 2009.

He said resistance was still being faced in the region's Safi tehsil and Khwazai tehsil but now the forces were shifting towards the next phase which entailed bringing stability to the area.

Security forces rubbished off reports of Nato forces penetrating Mohmand and other tribal areas and said Pakistan's borders were being tightly guarded.

Colonel Saifullah did not give any tentative date for wrapping up the operation but said the army wants to wind it up as soon as possible.
Posted by: Fred || 01/06/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [483 views] Top|| File under: TTP

#1  I hereby invoke the 80-20 rule.
Posted by: Jeager Panda5130 || 01/06/2010 14:50 Comments || Top||

#2  TOPIX > AFGHANISTAN: TALIBAN OPERATING CLOSE TO AFGHAN-TAIJIK BORDER.

* SAME > AL QAEDA TOO AGILE TO BE DEFEATED BY US "WHACK-A-MOLE" STRATEGY [aka US large-scale military operations-campaigns].
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/06/2010 23:09 Comments || Top||


Fazl asks govt to quit U.S. alliance
[The News (Pak) Top Stories] Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has asked the government to quit the United States-led alliance against terror and implement the resolution unanimously passed by parliament for formulating anti-terror policies to safeguard Pakistan's integrity.

"It is due to the government's pro-US polices that the war on terror has reached our homeland and now lives and properties of the people are not safe," he said while talking to reporters on Monday after offering Fateha for the souls of Shah Hasankhel, who died in the massive suicide blast.

Fazlur Rehman said the nation was paying a heavy price for the pro-US policies of the present government. He said 58 per cent issues relating to terrorist activities in the country would come to an end if the government announced its withdrawal from the so-called US-led alliance against terrorism. The government, he said, should review its policies in the light of the resolution passed by parliament instead of mere condemning the terrorist activities in the country. He said the government should ponder over the reasons and factors behind Shah Hasankhel-like incidents. The JUI-F leader sympathised with the bereaved families and affected people of the village.
Posted by: Fred || 01/06/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [333 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-e-Ulema Islami


Perpetrators of Ashura blast identified: police
[Geo News] Culprits responsible for the bomb blast at the Karachi's main Ashura procession have been identified, CCPO Karachi Wasim Ahmed told Geo on Tuesday.

Speaking to Geo News, the CCPO disclosed that police was now aware how the Ashura blast was planned. "We are also aware who wants to disturb peace of Karachi city," he said.

Ahmed said he was aware of the perpetrators of Ashura blast and other leads in this regard. He further said a similar attempt to carry out another terrorist attack in Karachi was thwarted by the police on 1st January.

"We have successfully safeguarded the city for two years, he said, adding he can not share these information according to some compulsion," said Ahmed.
Posted by: Fred || 01/06/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [303 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Pakistan


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Egyptian border guard shot dead in clash with Gazans
Egyptian security forces and Palestinians clashed at the Gaza border on Wednesday over the delay of an international aid convoy, killing one Egyptian border guard and wounding 10 Palestinians.

The Egyptian state news agency said Palestinians shot and killed the border guard who was in a observation tower overlooking the frontier. Nine other guards were injured by stones.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/06/2010 09:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [328 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I know that it's very French but isn't about time for a whiff of the grape?

Galloway & pals too.
Posted by: AlanC || 01/06/2010 10:00 Comments || Top||


PFLP: Suspension of negotiations no longer sufficient
[Ma'an] The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine called for a review of the Oslo process and negotiations that stem from its premises, blaming the recent Israeli decision to okay construction of tens of new settlement homes in East Jerusalem.

In a statement, the party lamented what it called the "extent of Israeli disregard for the Palestinian side, the Arab side and international law," and said Palestinians require a renewed position, stronger than the settlement construction halt for peace talks position currently held by the Palestinian Authority.

The PFLP said the Palestinian priority should be on the creation of a unified leadership, the revival of the national struggle with the PLO as the sole representative of the Palestinian people. Within that framework, it said, a new strategy for dealing with Israel must be formulated.
Posted by: Fred || 01/06/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [295 views] Top|| File under: PFLP


Hamas pledges loyalty to Arabs: Saudi FM
[Al Arabiya Latest] Exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal has assured Saudi Arabia his movement is loyal to Arab states, the kingdom's foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, said on Tuesday.

"I asked Khaled Meshaal whether the movement stood with Arabs or with others," Prince Saud said, referring to Iran, a strong regional backer of Hamas, the Islamist group that rules Gaza.

"Meshaal insisted that Hamas was an Arab movement and that the Palestinian question was an Arab issue," the Saudi minister said at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh after talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Posted by: Fred || 01/06/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [301 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Translation: Yer not with them filthy Persians are ya?
No, no! We just take their money and orders...
Posted by: Spot || 01/06/2010 8:04 Comments || Top||

#2  "...Exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal has assured Saudi Arabia his movement is loyal to Arab states..."

possible translation: The check from the Mullahs bounced.
Posted by: lord garth || 01/06/2010 8:38 Comments || Top||

#3  If you got the money and guns, we got the loyalty!
Posted by: SteveS || 01/06/2010 23:01 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
The Iranian People fight back
Baseej/IRG motorcycle thugs get mobbed, de-cycled, and beaten.



More, faster, please.
Posted by: Jeager Panda5130 || 01/06/2010 14:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [422 views] Top|| File under:

#1  When they have lost their fear of the police baton is when the revolution begins.
Posted by: Jeager Panda5130 || 01/06/2010 16:27 Comments || Top||

#2  Heh, kewl! Plus they open the gas tanks and light a match... no mo' Moto for u.
Posted by: Scooter McGruder || 01/06/2010 17:35 Comments || Top||

#3  Good! MORE!!!!
Posted by: Ptah || 01/06/2010 19:33 Comments || Top||

#4  How long until even Obama and State Dept cannot ignore it?

Its a shame they pulled the funding for assisting these folks with communications, organizational and other non-violent help. Its amateur hour in the Whitehouse.
Posted by: OldSpook || 01/06/2010 23:28 Comments || Top||


Saudi Arabia and Iran haggle over Bin Laden's children
The London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat reports that Bakr bin Laden, Osama's 16-year-old son, arrived in Damascus on December 25, 2009 after spending 8 years in Iran, while his sister Iman is still taking refuge at the Saudi embassy in Tehran. Another son of Bin Laden, Omar, said that he and his mother have requested visas to enter Iran but have not yet been granted them.

Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal said on Sunday (January 3) that Saudi Arabia was negotiating a deal with Iran to release Iman, and the Saudi daily Al-Majalla reported December 28 that Syria was mediating between the two countries in this affair.
Posted by: ryuge || 01/06/2010 12:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [350 views] Top|| File under:


Execution threats
Iran's interior minister warned opposition activists on Tuesday they risk execution as enemies of God if they continue anti-government demonstrations, and the foreign ministry said arrested foreigners face punishment.

Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar made the latest threat after the Intelligence Ministry said on Monday several foreigners engaged in a "psychological war" against the Islamic Republic were arrested on Dec. 27 in the bloodiest unrest since the aftermath of a disputed June 12 presidential poll.

The opposition says the vote was rigged to secure President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election. The authorities deny the accusations, which they say were part of a Western-orchestrated plot to overthrow the Islamic system.

Eight people were killed in clashes between security forces and supporters of opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi on the Shi'ite mourning day of Ashura. More than 40 leading reformists, including four advisers to Mousavi, have since been arrested.

"After Ashura, anyone who takes part in riots will be considered as 'mohareb' (waging war on God) and an opponent of national security," Najjar said, according to the official IRNA news agency.

Despite such warnings, the opposition has shown no inclination to back down and street protests have continued sporadically in the six months since the vote.
Posted by: Fred || 01/06/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [321 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  God has enemies? Who knew?
Posted by: mojo || 01/06/2010 14:49 Comments || Top||

#2  I thought God had fire and brimstone. What have the Iranians got?
Posted by: Skunky Glins**** || 01/06/2010 22:46 Comments || Top||



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