Tuesday, September 18, 2012

News from the lands of the Klingons and cavemen

....Up to 12 people are reported to have been killed   in a suicide bomb attack on a minibus carrying foreigners near the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Eight South Africans were killed in the attack which took place on a major road leading to the international airport.
Afghan insurgent group Hezb-e-Islami has claimed responsibility for the blast, which it says was in response to a recent anti-Islam video.
It comes as Nato says it will restrict operations with Afghan forces from now.
A South African foreign affairs ministry spokesman said the eight victims worked for a private aviation company.

Turks on Sunday continued their protests of the anti-Islam film and the American politicians inciting racism in the region, burning the United States flag outside the U.S. embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara and chanting slogans condemning the U.S. policy against Syria.
The protestors, who had gathered upon the invitation of the Turkish Labor Party, also criticized the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan for its support of the policies of the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama against Syria.
the protestors near the Embassy held signs, one of which said "Killer America, get out of Turkey," while other protestors gathering elsewhere beyond the perimeter of the Embassy carried signs saying things like "The United States, your end will be terrible.".......

Seven soldiers were killed and 63 were injured  today after a Turkish military convoy transporting unarmed soldiers returning from leave was hit by a rocket before coming under fire in an ambush conducted by suspected militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in eastern Turkey.
Some 200 soldiers who had returned from sick or home leave were being transported to their respective military units with a convoy of 5 buses, with 10 armored vehicles escorting the transports. The traveling soldiers were unarmed and in civilian clothing, Bingöl Gov. Mustafa Hakan Güvençer said. 
The convoy was traveling on the road between Bingöl and Muş when a bus in the convoy was hit by a rocket at around 12:45 p.m. Militants hiding on the side of the road opened fire on the vehicles with assault rifles, prompting a firefight with soldiers guarding the convoy.
 The bus which was hit by the rocket caught on fire; soldiers trapped inside the vehicle escaped through the smashed windows as clashes erupted.....

Saudi women can now travel within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)  using their smart identity cards without an exit letter or a passport, a senior official has said.
The decision gives women a travel privilege that was previously confined to men.
“There is no need now for the exit permit and Saudi women can travel within the GCC states and can benefit from the e-gates available,” Bader Bin Mohammad Al Malek, the spokesman for the passports directorate, told local Arabic daily Al Watan.
The GCC, made up of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, agreed in 2010 to allow their citizens to travel within the alliance on their national smart ID cards and without the need to carry a passport............

Missiles fired by Syrian warplanes hit Lebanese territory    Monday in one of the most serious cross-border violations since Syria's crisis began 18 months ago, security officials in Beirut and Lebanese state media said.
The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations, said four missiles fired by two Syrian jets hit a rugged and remote area on the edge of the Lebanese border town of Arsal. No casualties were immediately reported.
Lebanese President Michel Suleiman ordered an investigation into the border shelling Monday, without openly blaming Syria.

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