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Afghanistan
War Against Terrorism 'Unwinnable' Unless Pakistan Fights: Sediqi
[Tolo News] The war against terrorism cannot be won if the international community does not pressure Pakistain to do more to fight terrorism on its soil, Afghan Ministry of Interior front man Sediq Sediqi said Sunday.

"As long as the hard boyz safe havens are not eradicated from Pakistain and the country does not come under more pressure to be more serious against the bully boys, the war against terrorism will be unwinnable," Sediqi told TOLOnews.

US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistain Marc Grossman recently emphasised the need for the joint cooperation between both countries.

The hard boyz are widely regarded to have safe havens in Pakistain's western tribal region near the Afghan border, posing a major threat to the security of both Afghanistan and Pakistain with several coordinated attacks launched on Afghan soil in recent years.

As the foreign forces hand over responsibility of security to the Afghan cops, the fear of Taliban and bully boy infiltration into the Afghan forces ranks is rising as attacks by uniformed Afghans on foreign and Afghan cops has spiked this year and deteriorated relations between the allies.

Adding fuel to the fears is a report from The News Agency that Dare Not be Named on Saturday saying that as foreign troops draw down from Afghanistan, the terrorist Al Qaeda network is trying to take over some of the eastern parts of the country to expand their presence and prepare for the complete withdrawal of foreign combat troops.
Posted by: Fred || 10/22/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  "Safe havens in Pakistan's western tribal regions near the Afghan border" > which is prolly related as to why Beijing started biting its fingers when Chinese medias reported on the alleged collapse or near-collapse of Party-Govt authority in west China provinces.

* IIRC DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS [paraph] > RUSSIA WANTS NATO RESPONSIBILITY, NEW AFGHAN SECURITY APPRATUS AFTER 2014. Title + Artic to that effect.

More popularly known as a "guaranty/surety" from the US-NATO that AFPAK Hard Boyz won't be visiting the Caucasus anytime soon.

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/22/2012 1:40 Comments || Top||

#2  More popularly known as a "guaranty/surety" from the US-NATO that AFPAK Hard Boyz won't be visiting the Caucasus anytime soon.

Amazing how the USSR/Russia has always tilted at the Western/NATO windmill.
Posted by: Thusort Ebbomoting1144 || 10/22/2012 16:54 Comments || Top||


Taliban deny their bombs cause most Afghan deaths
"We're depraved and incompetent," the spokes-Talib added.
[Dawn] The Taliban dismissed on Sunday a UN report that roadside kabooms are causing most civilian casualties in Afghanistan as "Western propaganda."

Taliban front man Zabiullah Mujahid claimed that the cut-throats only use the weapons to target foreign troops and the Afghan cops.

"By spreading such propaganda they are trying to prevent us from planting bombs which cause the deaths of invaders in our country," he said in an emailed statement.

On Saturday, the UN mission in Afghanistan urged the cut-throats to end the use of roadside kabooms, also known as improvised bombs or IEDs, saying they were by far the biggest killer of civilians in the conflict. The organization used the term in reference both to bombs detonated by remote control and landmines that go off when a vehicle goes over them.
Posted by: Fred || 10/22/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  They need to get the word they should be going against infrastructure like water, cell towers, electricity and pipelines.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/22/2012 9:09 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Official: DOD Seeks 'Small Footprint' in Africa
Djibouti, which boasts a natural harbor and roads that link the interior with the coast.
...And Google tells me, is 5,600 miles from Benghazi...
The country has interest from four U.S. combatant commands -- U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, U.S. Central Command and U.S. Transportation Command, officials said. In addition, other nations work with the Djiboutian government to ensure security in the area.

Djibouti and Camp Lemonier represent a strategic gold mine, Dory said. But Camp Lemonier, she added, will remain an expeditionary base.

"It will remain an austere base. "We will make improvements for force protection, but you will not see a golf course at Camp Lemonier, ever," she said.
Posted by: Sherry || 10/22/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sniff, sniff, is there no love for LIBERIA???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/22/2012 0:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Interesting timing of the release, 17 Oct. Appears to, by inference, highlight the "optimal" capability and reach which allegedly does not exist. Could we have a bit more on the capabilities which in fact, do exist ?

Note to planners: Keep in mind you'll not get a great deal of cooperation from Mugabe or Zuma. White faces aren't generally listened to by these lads. Yes, you remember Mugabe and Zuma. They are the single majority party, democratically elected gents that the west has helped fund and install over the past few decades. Weaver birds home to roost ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/22/2012 8:28 Comments || Top||

#3  Liberia still has a lot of UN troops hanging around. Probably best not to mix them.
Posted by: James || 10/22/2012 22:29 Comments || Top||


Obama Nominates Rodriguez to Africa Command Chief
President Obama has nominated Army General David M. Rodriguez to succeed Army General Carter F. Ham as the commander of U.S. Africa Command, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said, October 18, 2012.

U.S. Africa Command is the newest combatant command, and its headquarters is in Stuttgart, Germany. The command encompasses all of Africa and its adjacent waters except for Egypt.

The Senate must confirm Rodriguez, who currently is commander of U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg, N.C.

"He has served in a variety of key leadership roles on the battlefield," Panetta said in announcing the nomination. Rodriguez was the first commander of the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, the corps-level command in Afghanistan. He was the commander during the surge into Afghanistan, "and was a key architect of the successful campaign plan that we are now implementing," Panetta said.

Ham has served as the Africa Command chief since March 2011. "Under his leadership, Africom has played a very central role in some very important missions," the secretary said. "From the NATO campaign in Libya that led to the fall of Gadhafi to successful counterterrorism efforts in Somalia [and] Yemen to efforts we are now involved in in Nigeria and Mali and elsewhere, General Ham has really brought Africom into a very pivotal role in that challenging region."

The nation is "deeply grateful for his outstanding service," he said.
Question -- is this a "normal" time for transition? Does Command serve a "term?" Me as a civilian, finds the timing interesting....
Posted by: Sherry || 10/22/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Was Ham just there until they could find and get up to speed the replacement for the first guy who was relieved for cause?
Posted by: Penguin || 10/22/2012 0:58 Comments || Top||

#2  Yes, General Ham was only a temp replacement. I fear, dear readers, that what we have here is yet another excellent example of affirmative action gone mad.

The fellow General Ham replaced suffered a lengthy investigation while tucked away in a Pentagon do-nothing post. Seems he had a few.... spending irregularities while touring Africa.

The Army's not so little black secret.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/22/2012 7:07 Comments || Top||

#3  Fall back position. Pulling out of Afghanistan.
Posted by: Glavilet the Scantily Clad6504 || 10/22/2012 9:16 Comments || Top||

#4  Does Command serve a "term?"

My other explanation wouldn't take.
So short answer term=tour in military parlance.
Yes, there is a time bracket to sit in a billet.
Too little = too much organizational disruption by new guys.
Too much = locking people out of jobs and promotions down the rank structure.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/22/2012 21:31 Comments || Top||


Morsi Shown: Mouthing "Amen" To "Grant Us Victory Over The Infidels"
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed deepening concern over the anti-Semitic rhetoric coming from the highest echelons of Egyptian society.

In a nationally broadcast Friday sermon attended by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and other high ranking government officials at the Al-Tanaeem Mosque in Mersa Matruh, Imam Fatouh Abdul Nabi, who is the head of the Islamic Endowment in Matruh Governorate, called on God to "deal harshly with the Jews and those who are allied with them."

At the conclusion of the sermon, which primarily focused on how Muslims should use their conscience to control their actions, Imam Abdul Nabi said, "Our God, grant us victory over the infidels... Our God, deal harshly with the Jews and those who are allied with them... Our God, our God, deal harshly with the Jews and those who are allied with them... Our God, frighten their masses... Our God, disperse their union... Our God, show us your strength over them, your greatness over them... Our God, reveal to us your wrath over them, you are the Lord of creatures."

During this part of the sermon, President Morsi was shown on television mouthing "amen."
52 seconds... group hypnosis...
Posted by: Sherry || 10/22/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:


Egyptians turning toward Iran, want nuclear weapons
A poll of Egyptians conducted last month shows that they have increasingly positive views of Iran, believe that both Iran and Egypt should obtain nuclear weapons, and still trust their own military more than any other institution in Egypt. The poll of 812 Egyptians, half of them women, was conducted in a series of in-person interviews by the firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and sponsored by the Israel Project, a pro-Israel advocacy organization with offices in Washington and Jerusalem. According to the poll, Iran is viewed favorably in Egypt, with 65 percent of those surveyed expressing support of the decision to renew Egypt-Iran relations and 61 percent expressing support of the Iranian nuclear project, versus 41 percent in August 2009.

Sixty-two percent of those polled agreed that "Iran and its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, are friends of Egypt," though 68 percent held unfavorable views of Shiite Muslims.
And do those Shiite Iranians think of themselves as Egypt's friends? They are, after all, the same people who sent those saboteurs over to blow up the Suez Canal or something a year or so ago, remember?
Iran's deputy defense minister said recently that the Iranian regime is seeking more military cooperation with Egypt. "We are ready to help Egypt to build nuclear reactors and satellites," he said on the occasion or Egyptian President Mohammed Morsy's meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last month. Morsy's office has said the two didn't discuss military cooperation.
Brilliant: the reactors will be a joint Egyptian-Iranian construction project based on a Soviet design copied by the Chinese, handed off to the Norks, and improved by the Pakistanis. What could possibly go wrong?
Eighty-seven percent of respondents want Egypt to have its own nuclear bomb.
Avi: "Ooooooh, targets! And we can watch them dig beforehand, too."
Israel Project CEO Josh Block told The Cable that the statistics show the effect of Morsy's outreach to Iran and the danger of regional proliferation of nuclear weapons if Iran is successful in obtaining a nuclear bomb.

"Very scary to people opposed to proliferation of nuclear weapons, let alone to unstable countries in the world's most turbulent part of the world, is the 87 percent who want Egypt to build nuclear weapons," he said. "Morsy's dangerous embrace of Iran is leading a surprising shift in favor support for Tehran, which has for decades been seen by Egyptians as their top threat, as well as for their work on nuclear weapons."
Fortunately, for this ambition, as we saw in Syria, North Korea provides a turnkey operation, complete with technicians. So all that's needed is a great deal of money to pay for it all.
No worries, Uncle Sugar can provide that. It'll be called, "food aid"...
Egyptians are overwhelmingly focused on the dire state of their domestic economy. Only 2 percent of those polled said that "strengthening relations with other Muslim countries" should be one of Morsy's top two priorities, and 45 percent agreed with the statement that "Egypt needs to focus on things at home and should be less involved in regional politics."
Like, for example, having enough foreign exchange to buy food...
Nevertheless, 74 percent of those polled said that disapprove of Egypt having diplomatic relations with Israel -- an increase from 26 percent in August 2009 -- and support for a two-state solution to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is at only 30 percent. Seventy-seven percent agreed that "The peace treaty with Israel is no longer useful and should be dissolved."

The poll found that 64 percent of Egyptians still feel warmly about the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which ran Egypt in the interim period before Morsy was elected, and 81 percent approve of the job they are doing. Forty-nine percent of Egyptians polled felt warmly about Morsi, and 43 percent felt warmly about the Muslim Brotherhood.

Forty percent felt warmly about the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, but only 11 percent felt warmly about the Salafist Nour Party, a hard-line Islamist party that fared well in the parliamentary elections.

American politicians fared poorly in the poll, but among them Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the most popular at 25 percent favorability. President Barack Obama scored 16 percent and Republican nominee Mitt Romney only 8 percent, although only half of Egyptians polled knew who Romney was. (Ahmadinejad's favorability rating? Forty-three percent.)

Asked, "Do you think that President Barack Obama is more on the side of Arabs or more on the side of Israel?," 68 percent of Egyptians said Israel, and 60 percent said that Obama's presidency had been "a negative thing" for the Arab world.
Posted by: Steve White || 10/22/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Maybe we will see a Nazi-Soviet Pact right here in the 21st Century. Egypt and Iran can probably figure out something that economically benefits both sides, they can both use their power to stop the actual fighting and just split up Syria and Lebanon. Hell, Morsi and Ahmadinejad will probably get a Nobel Prize out of it.
Posted by: Penguin || 10/22/2012 0:56 Comments || Top||

#2  Don't forget _who_ put Morsi into power. Hint: Four years age got a job at the White House.
Posted by: JFM || 10/22/2012 4:20 Comments || Top||

#3  Egyptians ... want nuclear weapons

On top of Aswan dam OK for delivery?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/22/2012 15:01 Comments || Top||

#4  Nuclear armed Iran, Pakistain, North Korea, and Egypt--not a comforting thought. The ultimate maniac suicide bombers. If they get POd over some cheap and tawdry internet video, can we expect them to unleash nuclear weapons on the West while we are trying to jail the guy who made the video?
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/22/2012 16:45 Comments || Top||

#5  Further down in the Rant roll, Steve ponders why Britain wants to retain nuclear weapons. At this rate Andorra will get in line.

They're rioting in Africa.
they're starving in Spain.
There's hurricanes in Florida and Texas needs rain.
The whole world is festering with unhappy souls. the french hate The Germans. the Germans hate the Poles.
Italians hate Yugoslavs. South Africans hate the Dutch and I don't like anybody very much!
But we can be tranquil and thankful and proud for man's been endowed with a mushroom shaped cloud.
And we know for certain that some lovely day someone will set the spark off and we will all be blown away.
They're rioting in Africa. there's strife in Iran.
What nature doesn't do to us will be done by our fellow man.

- " The Merry Minuet "
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/22/2012 17:34 Comments || Top||


France says fight against Mali Islamists will be 'difficult'
[Al Ahram] Military intervention to recapture Mali's north from Al-Qaeda linked Islamists will be an uphill task requiring "toughened" soldiers, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Sunday. The vast region fell under control of radical Islamist groups including the Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in the chaos that followed a March coup in a country that was once considered one of Africa's most stable democracies.

The United Nations
...what started out as a a diplomatic initiative, now trying to edge its way into legislative, judicial, and executive areas...
and the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
have agreed to provide training for Malian troops "which can start immediately," Fabius told French television.

"The Malian troops will be trained and they will try to retake the cities in the north like Timbuktu, Kidal etc.," he said, adding that this could start in weeks.

"After that there will be another operation which is more difficult that is to confront Al-Qaeda and its outlets. This requires hardened troops," he said.
Posted by: Fred || 10/22/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Dine


Bangladesh
My husband innocent, wife of Ramu suspect tells press
[Bangla Daily Star] Tofail Ahmed, chairman of Naikkhangchhari upazila parishad
...where?...
and a prime suspect in the Ramu mayhem according to the government investigation report, sent his wife Monwara Begum to address a presser in Cox's Bazar Press Club yesterday.

Monwara Begum read out Tofail's written statement defending him and rejecting the probe findings about her husband's alleged involvement in the attacks on the Buddhist community.

She claimed her husband was in Dhaka for official purposes, which was why she had to address the presser.

"He is not a runaway and was here (Naikkhangchhari) only two days ago," Monwara said.

According to newspaper reports, the probe body said that a meeting was held on September 28 at Tofail's residence a day before the attacks that destroyed 18 temples and 50 houses of the Buddhist community.

Monwara rejected the allegation soon enough, saying it was quite impossible to organise such a meeting as their home was situated in a restricted zone where members of BGB and intelligence departments also reside.

Tofail's statement also termed the newspaper reports as "false and imaginary" as the government investigation report has not been made public yet.

Locally known as Jamaat's man, Tofail has a nephew, Abdul Moktadir who, along with Omar Faruk exhibited and distributed the offensive Facebook images to Uttam Kumar Barua's page to provoke locals against the Buddhists.
Posted by: Fred || 10/22/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-e-Islami

#1  Her argument may had worked iff it was BURMA/MYANMAR, given that many pro-Salafist Muslims want to see Burma, among other, back under Islamic control.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/22/2012 1:19 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
Defying Police, N. Korean Defectors Launch Balloons
A group of North Korean defectors have launched balloons carrying 120,000 propaganda leaflets toward their former homeland on Monday.

Pyongyang had threatened military retaliation before the planned launch by Members of Freedom Fighters for North Korea.

Blocked by police from reaching the initial launch site, some of the defectors secretly headed to an alternative launch site out of view of South Korean authorities, a history museum on Ganghwa, about an hour's drive west of the capital, Seoul.

Group leader Park Sang-hak says the launch from the original site, Paju, had been authorized by the government and that blocking it at the last minute was ridiculous.

He then questioned why South Korean President Lee Myung-bak would "stand with the North Korean leadership" in stopping the group's activity.

A spokesperson for the Presidential Blue House denies involvement in trying to block the balloon launch, calling it a matter for the defense ministry and police.
Posted by: Fred || 10/22/2012 10:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6483 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Uh, uh, THE HARD BOYZ HATE PARTY BALLOONS!

Oh wait, its North Korea...

Still no mighty NKPA attack yet agz the ROK's balloon vendors as of this post.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/22/2012 20:33 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
PPP Punjab lawmakers want Sharifs disqualified for polls
[Dawn] The Pakistain People's Party Punjab parliamentarians on Saturday passed a resolution demanding disqualification of Sharif brothers for contesting elections for at least 10 years after the Supreme Court's verdict on Air Marshal (retired) Asghar Khan's plea.

The resolution was passed at a meeting of PPP provincial politicians here, presided over by Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly Raja Riaz.

The resolution also sought suspension of chief minister's assembly membership and putting the names of Shrif brothers on the Exit Control List.

It demanded the federal government should hold a transparent probe into the charges against all politicians who received money from the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) to stop the PPP from coming into power in 1990.

It also demanded court martial of the two army officers involved in the Mehrangate scandal.

Talking to news hounds after the meeting, Raja Riaz said the Sharif brothers had also conspired to topple the PPP government in 1993 and later got a "fake" two-thirds mandate in 1996.

"Now everyone knows how the Sharifs manage to win the elections," Riaz said, demanding not only the Sharifs should be declared disqualified in the light of the Supreme Court's verdict but criminal proceedings should also be launched against them.
Posted by: Fred || 10/22/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Imran urges Zardari to act against Sharifs
[Pak Daily Times] Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf
...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations....
(PTI) Chairman Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who ain't the brightest knife in the national drawer...
said on Sunday that after the decision of Supreme Court (SC) in Asghar Khan case, the president has the "opportunity to take strict action against the Sharif brothers who had taken money to establish IJI".

"In light of SC's verdict, neutral investigation should be launched against those who had taken money from secret agencies so that malign, corrupted elements could be eliminated," Imran said in a statement.

The PTI chief said that it has been proved that money was given to establish IJI and it is also "clear that so-called politicians had received the amount".

He said that the government should implement decision of the SC "at once" and disqualify those people who had received money.

"Today, corruption is common in all over the country. Punjab has become defaulter because of corruption and worst performance of its leaders," Imran said.

"Zardari should take strict action against these people so that no body could dare to change the decision of public in the future," he said. "Corrupt Sharif brothers should not only be disqualified, they should also be held accountable," the PTI chief said. online
Posted by: Fred || 10/22/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
PM: No immunity for those firing rockets from Gaza
There will be no immunity for those firing rockets on Israel from Gazoo, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Monday morning.

Netanyahu's comments, before meeting Quartet
... The Quartet are the UN (xylophone), the United States (alto), the European Union (soprano), and Russia (shortstop). The group was established in Madrid in 2002 by former Spanish Prime Minister Aznar, as a result of the escalating conflict in the Middle East. Tony Blair is the Quartet's current Special Envoy....
envoy Tony Blair, came amid the latest round of missile and rocket fire from Gazoo, and the IDF actions to combat it. The IAF struck two Gazoo terrorist cells attempting to launch mortar shells into southern Israel on Monday. Paleostinian sources said two bad boyz were potted in the the first strike on Monday morning.
Posted by: Fred || 10/22/2012 10:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:


Jordanian Salafi Cleric: We Planned Attack In Israel
[Jerusalem Post] A Jordanian Salafist-jihadist holy man with ties to al-Qaeda said on Saturday that jihadists from his country had planned to carry out a suicide attack in Israel.

Abu Muhammad al-Tahawi said that Jordanian Salafist-jihadists had wanted to carry out an attack but the plan had failed.

However,
today is that tomorrow you were thinking about yesterday...
Tahawi said that Jordanian Salafists
...Salafists are ostentatiously devout Moslems who figure the ostentation of their piety gives them the right to tell others how to do it and to kill those who don't listen to them...
were "getting closer to Paleostine via Jordan, Syria and Leb," according to a report on Jordan's Albawaba news website on Sunday.

"Our Paleostinian brothers who are now in Aleppo
...For centuries, Aleppo was Greater Syria's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third, after Constantinople and Cairo. Although relatively close to Damascus in distance, Aleppans regard Damascenes as country cousins...
[Syria] will then go to Israel to fight there," he said, speaking at a funeral ceremony for a Salafist killed fighting against Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
One of the last of the old-fashioned hereditary iron-fisted fascist dictators...
's forces in Deraa, Syria. "Jihad requires patience."

Tahawi's remarks come after the Jordanian Salafist jihadist movement said that to date it has sent 250 fighters to Syria to join the fight against Assad, the Arabic-language Jordan Zad news site reported on Sunday.

According to the report, a source within the movement said that some of the Jordanian Salafists have assumed leading roles around Damascus
...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world...
, Aleppo, Deraa and Idlib.

According to the Long War Journal, an American news website, many foreign jihadists including from Egypt and Jordan are fighting in Syria in the al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al- Nusra terrorist group, which has carried out several suicide kabooms at government and military installations. Jabhat al-Nusra is active across all Sunni areas of Syria, and has carried out most of its attacks in Damascus, according to Foreign Policy magazine.

In May, Tahawi published a written statement in support of Jabhat al-Nusra, calling on Mohammedans to go and fight in Syria against Assad.

In his statement, Tahawi praised suicide kaboom attacks in Syria and elsewhere, saying that the "people who wrapped boom belts around themselves" in Iraq and Afghanistan helped defeat the US, and that jacket wallahs would also expel Israel and the US from Mohammedan lands in the Levant.

Last week, the Jordanian authorities tossed in the clink
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
two Salafists, Zayed Sweiti and Firas Khalailah, as they returned to Jordan from Syria.

Both men are Jordanian cousins of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who founded al-Qaeda in Iraq.

Jordan has an estimated 5,000 Salafist Jihadist supporters, according to United Press International.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/22/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Cousins of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi" > **** cough *** cough **** cough ***** ...

As for the Holy Man, true or not it means more headaches to come for Israeli PM Benji.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/22/2012 1:14 Comments || Top||


Fatah claims victory in first West Bank poll since 2006
[Pak Daily Times] Paleostinian president the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
... a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial...
's Fatah party was on Sunday claiming victory ahead of the results of local elections in the West Bank, in the first such vote since 2006.

Although preliminary results were due to be released at 1600 GMT, Fatah officials and supporters were openly jubilant after 12 hours of voting in a ballot which was boycotted by the rival Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, movement which rules Gazoo. "Fatah won a victory in this election," party front man Ahmad Assaf said. "Despite Hamas's efforts, participation was good which proves that people reject Hamas policies," he said, without elaborating.

Shortly after the polls closed, supporters in the southern city of Hebron took the streets to celebrate their victory. The Central Elections Commission put turnout at 54.8 percent, with chairman Hanna Nasser saying the vote had gone "very smoothly." The last time the Paleostinians voted was in the general elections of January 2006, which the Hamas movement won by a landslide; Hamas also chalked up major wins a year earlier during the last local elections.

This time however, Hamas refused to take part following the collapse of unity talks with Fatah, leaving the Abbas's party to face off with independents and leftist factions like the PFLP and DFLP. the first time on Saturday, there was a noticeable absence of the usual faction flags on the streets, with only Paleostinian flags and candidates' posters visible, correspondents said.
Posted by: Fred || 10/22/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority


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France Says Syria 'Likely' Involved in al-Hasan Assassination
[An Nahar] French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Sunday that Syria was probably involved in the Ashrafiyeh car booming that killed Intelligence Bureau chief Maj. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan and at least three other people.

"It is likely... Everything indicates that this is an extension of the Syrian tragedy," Fabius told French television, accusing Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Scourge of Qusayr...
of spreading his country's conflict beyond its borders.

"I wish to express how much we condemn this dreadful attack, how much we are in solidarity with the Lebanese people and government," Fabius said.

He called Assad a "manipulator" who wanted to spread the "contagion to Turkey, Jordan and Leb."

The French foreign minister also accused Hizbullah of involvement in the Syrian conflict.

"Hizbullah is in the Lebanese government and we don't see much of their role," he said. "But their presence in the conflict has been apparent in the past few days, such as the drone which overflew Israel."
Posted by: Fred || 10/22/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iran: Obama Sent Secret Message Recognizing Our Nuclear Rights
This gets the salt tag. Champ can't possibly be this stupid -- or he knows he's going to lose the election no matter what and really wants to monkey-wrench Romney.
Last week, Reza Kahlili, a former Revolutionary Guard member wrote that Iran had reached a deal with the Obama Administration to preserve portions of its nuclear program.

Hossain Ebrahimi told reporters yesterday that Obama sent the regime a secret message. On Saturday, the Iranian regime confirmed this report.

The Iranian regime revealed on Saturday that the Obama Administration sent them a secret message through the Swiss Embassy recognizing their nuclear rights. The Swiss government, acting through its Embassy in Tehran, serves as protecting power for U.S. interests in Iran.

Fars News reported via Weasel Zippers:

Senior Iranian parliamentary sources revealed on Saturday that the Swiss envoy to Tehran has quoted US President Barack Obama as acknowledging Iran’s nuclear rights.

Swiss Ambassador to Tehran Livia Leu Agosti attended a meeting with senior Iranian foreign ministry officials a few days ago to submit a letter from the US president to Tehran leaders.

Vice-Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Hossein Ebrahimi told FNA that during the meeting, Agosti had told the Iranian officials that President Barack Obama recognizes Iran’s right of access and use of the nuclear technology.

“There are a couple of points with regard to this (US) message (to Iran),” Ebrahimi said and added, “Firstly, during the session to submit the message, the Swiss ambassador to Tehran quoted the US president as saying that ‘we (the US) recognize your nuclear rights’.”

As regards the second issue, the lawmaker said that the Swiss diplomat had also quoted Obama as saying that “I didn’t want to impose sanctions on your central bank but I had no options but to approve it since a Congress majority had approved the decision.”

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast said on Sunday that Iran has received a US message regarding the Strait of Hormoz via three different channels.

“The US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice had handed a letter to Iran’s Ambassador to the UN Mohammad Khazayee; the Swiss Ambassador to Tehran (Livia Leu Agosti) also conveyed the same thing; and Iraqi President Jalal Talabani delivered the same message to Iranian officials,” he said last Sunday.

The US letter follows threats by Iran last month to shut off the Strait of Hormoz – the world’s most important oil shipping lane – if new US and EU sanctions over its nuclear program halted Iranian oil exports.
Posted by: Steve White || 10/22/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Once again, HILLARY already did it.

Iff true, the Devil will be in the Details, i.e. how much Enrichment is to be allowed + for what.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/22/2012 0:27 Comments || Top||

#2  I can only hope and pray that this report is false.
Posted by: Raider || 10/22/2012 1:01 Comments || Top||

#3  My SWAG is the Iranians are just messing with us. It weakens the support for sanctions. If the Americans have cut a secret deal, why should anyone else take an economic hit by not dealing with the Persians?
Posted by: SteveS || 10/22/2012 1:13 Comments || Top||

#4  In spite of the 34,5oo,ooo Google hits resulting form Obama October Surprise Iran, if an administration with the impeccable integrity of the Champ's has denied such letter, I am quite certain it did not happen.

There will be a video presentation entitled "The Third Jihad" this afternoon at 13hrs45 in Rantburg's Pruitt Hall for any who would like to attend.

Posted by: Besoeker || 10/22/2012 7:34 Comments || Top||

#5  Well, let's see is Champ bothers denying it.
Posted by: Iblis || 10/22/2012 10:51 Comments || Top||

#6  Could this be Trump's "Big" surprise he's letting out this week?
Posted by: bigjim-CA || 10/22/2012 11:16 Comments || Top||

#7  Nowadays men lead lives of noisy desperation.
James Thurber
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/22/2012 11:25 Comments || Top||

#8  #4 "In spite of the 34,5oo,ooo Google hits resulting form Obama October Surprise Iran,"

When you are using the number of google hits as a fact to prove a point, please remember to put quotation marks around the phrase you are googling. Otherwise the count is for all permutations of the words in the search term. The correct count for "Obama October Surprise Iran" is 955 as of this morning.
Posted by: Penguin || 10/22/2012 11:44 Comments || Top||

#9  I don't doubt that O might do this, but I do doubt that it will mean anything. It's just more rope-a-dope from the mullahs because they aren't quite done yet. They'll drag out the talks until they have a bomb (or bombs) and then use them. The only line to take with them is the hard one.
Posted by: Spot || 10/22/2012 12:00 Comments || Top||

#10  Thanks Penguin, quite correct.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/22/2012 12:00 Comments || Top||

#11  Thanks Penguin, quite correct.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/22/2012 12:00 Comments || Top||

#12  Hey, if it's secret, you're not supposed to tell the newsies, guys.
Posted by: mojo || 10/22/2012 13:14 Comments || Top||

#13  A clever little bit of Psychological warfare: 0bama is flaky enough to give this claim a "credible at first glance" feel to it.
Posted by: Ptah || 10/22/2012 13:16 Comments || Top||

#14  I first read of the secret message on The Blaze 9-3-12--conveyed during Ban's visit to Tehran. Champ was afraid Israel would take out their nuke facilities and sent a message official WH policy did not support them and didn't want retaliation against our resources in the region. Claudia Rosett further supports this in her article in PJM: http://pjmedia.com/claudiarosett/un-brings-u-s-a-new-low-in-iran-diplomacy/
Excerpt:
Ban, while touring the Tehran regime, has brought in tow a former U.S. assistant secretary of state, Jeffrey Feltman, who just last month moved to the UN to serve as under-secretary-general for political affairs...
The photo gives a wider view of Ban’s meeting with Khamenei, in which Khamenei sat authoritatively in a chair, and Ban sat humbly on a couch — and there, sharing the couch right next to Ban, is the American, Jeffrey Feltman.

Feltman looks ill at ease, eyeing the photographer while Ban’s attentions are all on Khamenei. There are plenty of reasons for Feltman to look uneasy. This is a diplomatic coup for Iran’s regime, which tops the U.S. list of terrorist-sponsoring states, thumbs its nose at UN and U.S. sanctions, and continues to pursue nuclear weapons, coupled with threats to America and America’s allies — including the genocidal threat to annihilate Israel. Nonetheless, not only has the UN secretary-general gone to Iran to round out the guest list of Iran’s pals in “non-alignment.” He has also brought with him, under the UN banner, a former high-ranking U.S. diplomat, to help pay court to Khamenei.

Did Feltman have a choice? After all, he left his career with the U.S. government, and on July 2 joined the UN, where he now works for Ban.
Posted by: Lumpy Elmoluck 5095 || 10/22/2012 15:42 Comments || Top||

#15  Good find, Lumpy Elmoluck 5095.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/22/2012 16:12 Comments || Top||


Al-Hassan: Slain Lebanon general pointed at Syria as Hariri's assassins
[Al Ahram] Wissam al-Hassan, a top Lebanese security official killed Friday in a Beirut car booming, suspected the regime in neighbouring Syria of murdering his mentor, former prime minister Rafiq Hariri.

The grey-moustached general, 47, a Sunni Mohammedan, had sent his wife and children to Gay Paree because he "knew he was a target," said a Lebanese opposition leader hostile to the regime of Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
The Scourge of Hama...

As intelligence chief of Leb's police, the Internal Security Forces (ISF), Hassan dismantled Islamist networks in his country and shut down Israeli-linked spy operations.

But his master stroke was the August 9 arrest, in which ISF played a central role, of former Lebanese information minister Michel Samaha, suspected of planning attacks in Leb's north at the behest of Syrian intelligence official Ali Mamlouk.

Hassan had already pointed the finger at 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...
, not only for the Hariri liquidation in 2005 but also for a series of killings over the following three years of Lebanese figures opposed to Syria.

His ISF were deeply involved in seeking the arrest of those responsible.

"They targeted General Hassan because he jugged
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
Michel Samaha and he was a security official who feared nothing," said opposition politician Samir Geagea
... Geagea was imprisoned by the Syrians and their puppets for 11 years in a dungeon in the third basement level of the Lebanese Ministry of Defense. He was released after the Cedar Revolution in 2005 ...

Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi condemned what he called the "terrorist, cowardly" attack.

Born in northern Leb's Koura region, Hassan entered the police academy in 1983.

Later responsible for protocol, he was often at Hariri's side.

The prime minister's murder, as he drove along the waterfront, sparked an international outcry which forced the withdrawal of Syrian troops who occupied Leb during its civil war which ended in 1990.

No one has ever been tried for Hariri's murder but a UN-backed tribunal indicted four members of the Shiite Mohammedan group Hezbollah, which now dominates the Lebanese government and is allied to Damascus.

After Hariri's death, Hassan took on the position he held until his own murder on Friday.

ISF officers described him as "the man for difficult jobs" but also one in the shadows.

When he died, he was travelling in an unmarked car without a convoy, something his killers must have known because they attacked him in an alley with a car boom that waited for him to pass, a government official said.

But Hassan "moved with exceptional security measures," the source added.

Officials said seven other people also died in the blast, although the ISF and Red Thingy gave a lower overall toll of three dead on Saturday.

"We have lost a pillar of security but we are not going to give up because we must protect the security of the country," said the ISF chief, General Ashraf Rifi.

According to Geagea, himself a target for liquidation last April, "General Hassan alerted us every time to the threats against" members of the opposition hostile to Damascus.

The "14 March" opposition coalition has been targeted about a dozen times since 2005, Geagea said.

Asked whether Syria was behind the attack on Hassan, he replied: "Who else could it be?"
Posted by: Fred || 10/22/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Qabbani: Pressuring PM to Resign through Street Action is Forbidden
"It's practically unconstitutional!"
[An Nahar] Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani on Sunday stressed that "pressuring the premier to resign through street action is forbidden and totally rejected."

"Granting and withholding confidence from governments can only happen at parliament, in line with the constitution and democracy," the mufti added.

The opposition March 14 forces have called on Prime Minister Najib Miqati to resign, in the wake of the liquidation of Maj. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan, chief of the Internal Security Forces' Intelligence Bureau in a massive car booming.

Several people were maimed as security forces used tear gas on Sunday to repel demonstrators trying to storm the Grand Serail, the headquarters of the Lebanese government in downtown Beirut, amid calls for Prime Minister Najib Miqati to resign.

Following the funeral nearby of slain Maj. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan, chief of the Internal Security Forces' Intelligence Bureau, "young people headed towards the building in the city center, but security forces blocked them by firing into the air and using tear gas," a policeman on the scene told Agence La Belle France Presse.

The group was estimated at a couple of hundred people.

During funeral orations for slain Maj. Gen. al-Hasan and his bodyguard Chief Warrant Officer Ahmed Suhyooni, former premier Fouad Saniora called on Miqati to resign and stressed that the March 14 forces will not engage in dialogue before the government's departure.
Posted by: Fred || 10/22/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah


Hariri Says People to Peacefully Oust Miqati
[An Nahar] Former prime minister Saad Hariri
Second son of Rafik Hariri, the Leb PM who was assassinated in 2005. He has was prime minister in his own right from 2009 through early 2011. He was born in Riyadh to an Iraqi mother and graduated from Georgetown University. He managed his father's business interests in Riyadh until his father's liquidation. When his father died he inherited a fortune of some $4.1 billion, which won't do him much good if Hizbullah has him bumped off, too.
on Sunday received phone calls from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
... sometimes described as The Heroine of Tuzla and at other times as Mrs. Bill, never as Another Elihu B. Washburne ...
, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and U.N. chief the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon
... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan...
, who offered him condolences on the liquidation of Maj. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan and his bodyguard Ahmed Suhyouni.

"During the phone calls, discussions also tackled the developments which Leb is witnessing after the heinous liquidation. (Ex-)Premier Hariri stressed that the Lebanese people are staging a civil, democratic movement to overthrow the government of Premier Najib Miqati, adding that March 14 forces will boycott the government until it falls, as it is the product of the Syrian-Iranian axis and is working to achieve the interests and influence of this axis at the expense of the interests and security of Leb and its people," Hariri's office said in a statement.

Meanwhile,
...back at the desert island, Bert was realizing to his horror that he'd had only one bottle for one message, and he'd forgotten to include a return address...
Speaker Nabih Knobby Berri
Speaker of the Lebanese parliament, a member of AMAL, a not very subtle Hizbullah sock puppet...
received a phone call from Fabius that tackled the rapid developments in Leb.

The French minister also telephoned Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Wally Jumblat
... Druze politician, head of the Progressive Socialist Party, who's been on every side in Leb at least four times. He'll sell you his friends for a dollar, but family comes higher because of shipping and handling...
. The PSP's media department said Fabius stressed during the conversation La Belle France's solidarity with Leb amid this sensitive period as well as French President Francois Hollande's
...the Socialist president of La Belle France, and a fine job he's doing of it...
permanent support for the Lebanese state and all the Lebanese.

Al-Hasan was killed in a powerful car booming that rocked Ashrafiyeh on Friday and left at least three people dead and more than 100 maimed.

In a televised address later on Sunday, Hariri said: "Our call for the government's departure is not lust for power."

"Toppling the government is the only way towards real dialogue in the country," he noted.

"What we want is to topple the government democratically and peacefully and we are not advocates of violence," Hariri added.

"Today, after the martyrdom of Wissam al-Hasan, we have taken a stance and we won't heed the advices of some countries that are saying that this government is in Leb's interest," Hariri stressed.
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Suleiman Urges Speedy Indictments in Samaha, Nahr al-Bared Cases
[An Nahar] President Michel Suleiman
...before assuming office as President, he held the position of commander of the Leb Armed Forces. That was after the previous commander, the loathesome Emile Lahoud, took office as president in November of 1998. Likely the next president of Leb will be whoever's commander of the armed forces, too...
on Sunday stressed that the government "must not provide cover for perpetrators and criminals" and called for "speeding up the indictments" in the cases of ex-minister Michel Samaha and the Nahr al-Bared festivities, in a speech eulogizing slain Maj. Gen. Wissam a-Hasan, chief of the Internal Security Forces' Intelligence Bureau.

"I cannot but express my deep feelings of grief and pain over the deaders, topped by Maj. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan and Chief Warrant Officer Ahmed Suhyooni, and I extend my warmest condolences to the families of the deaders, their comrades, the minister of interior, the prime minister and everyone who loved the deaders," said Suleiman at the ISF headquarters in Ashrafiyeh.

Prime Minister Najib Miqati also attended the honoring ceremony.

"I see that this institution is being punished by the liquidation of its chief, the martyr Major General, as the Intelligence Bureau has managed under his leadership to unveil the networks of espionage and terrorism and to foil harm and a major strife by seizing the explosives" that were transported by ex-minister Samaha from Syria to Leb, added Suleiman.

The president, who awarded al-Hasan the National Order of the Cedar in Grade of Grand Officer, said the slain general "managed to thwart the conspiracy and prevent it through his soul and blood."

"This liquidation is targeted against the Lebanese state and the martyrdom requires us to close ranks and cooperate at the level of citizens and the institutions, especially the political and security institutions. The judiciary and the security agencies cannot perform their duties without the support of the political authority," Suleiman added.

"I call on security authorities to be firm and strict, as they enjoy the people's support, and I call on politicians, the government and the political officials not to provide cover for the perpetrators. Make security forces and judges feel that they have real support and this is out duty," he went on to say.

"Enough! Unveil the crimes, starting with the liquidation of ex-PM Rafik Hariri and the rest of the figures," Suleiman asked the authorities, calling on the judiciary to "speed up the indictments in the cases of Michel Samaha and Nahr al-Bared."
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US and Iran deny any deal for bilateral nuclear talks
[Al Ahram] Washington and Tehran deny media news which reveals mutual talks over the latter's controversial nuclear program
Posted by: Fred || 10/22/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Given its historical hardline stance, there are only two reasons for Iran to compromise now wid the US vee the P5+1 Nuke talks.

> Iran expects the US attitude to change oer time, e.g. new POTUS Admins. THE "JAPAN MODEL" IS INTERPRETED IN THE US-WEST AS A SUCCESSFUL, ALBEIT PROBLEMATIC, DETERRENCE MODEL - IFF IT WORKED FOR JAPAN, IT CAN WORK FOR IRAN???
> Iran is counting on many or all of the "Arab/
Islamic Spring" Govts. in LT to NOT compromise wid the US + UN, + to proceed forward wid their own indigenous nuclear agendas, actions which in turn would "force" Iran to demand or make changes to any contemporary anti-NucWeaps agreement wid the P5+1 + UNO.

ADVANTAGE - once again, IRAN + RADICAL ISLAM.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/22/2012 1:07 Comments || Top||



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