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From Channel4 on Oct16
Driving through a war zone to Aleppo
We took the long way round. Not that there was any choice if we were to avoid the fighting. It takes eight hours to drive from Damascus to Aleppo now, twice as long as before the war.
We passed trucks and tankers with the same destination – the road from Homs through Sulemiyah and north through Khanaser is the only supply route to Syria’s second city. A few miles to the east is territory controlled by jihadis from the Islamic State, while other rebels groups hold land to the west.
But the narrow corridor the government controls did not feel insecure – the soldiers on checkpoints were relaxed and every few miles they had built up a dug-in position from which to survey the flat scrubland on either side..........
Four men appear in London court over alleged ISIS-inspired terror plot
Four young men have appeared in a London court in connection with an alleged terror plot to shoot and kill police officers and soldiers in the capital. The defendants allegedly swore allegiance to Islamic State extremists.
The men, who appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court on Friday, were arrested in raids conducted by Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism command over the past two weeks.
The men allegedly used Google Street View to conduct reconnaissance on Shepherd’s Bush police station and White City Territorial Army Barracks, the court heard. The men also had images of two Metropolitan police officers, the Press Association reported.
The men also possessed a gun with a silencer, ammunition, and a moped – which they were presumably going to use as a getaway vehicle.
Those being charged with terrorism offenses are medical student Tarik Hassane, 21, Nyall Mamlet, 24, Momen Motasim, 21, and Suhaib Majeed, 20. A fifth man, 25-year-old Nathan Cuffy, was only charged with firearm offenses. Police say he gave a converted Baikal handgun and six rounds of ammunition to Mamlet.
The vid below is from YouTube poster Eretz Zen. Worth visiting the channel for some very telling and explosive eye openers.
Pakistani envoy urges UN chief to help deescalate tensions along LoC in Kashmir and Indo-Pak working boundary
Pakistan’s UN Ambassador Masood Khan Friday met Secretary General Ban Ki moon to brief him on the latest situation along the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Kashmir region and the working boundary between India and Pakistan.
The meeting was a follow-up to the letter sent on Oct 12 by the Advisor on National Security and Foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz, in which the the secretary-general’s attention was drawn to the escalation of Indian firing across the LoC and the working boundary between the two South Asian neighbours, and sought U.N.’a intervention.....
UPDATED: 31 suicide bombers in #Iraq in 45 days 46% of them are Saudis. Over 50 tons of explosives used. pic.twitter.com/L49jhLazow
— Zaid Benjamin (@zaidbenjamin) October 18, 2014
Egypt: 3 policemen killed in blast:
Egypt’s state-run news agency says three police conscripts have been killed in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in the Sinai Peninsula.
News agency MENA reported that the slain men came under attack late Thursday while they were driving along a northern Sinai highway. MENA says two were killed instantly, and a third died of his wounds in an el-Arish hospital.
A series of attacks, assassinations and suicide bombings has hit Egypt over the past year following the military ouster of Islamist President Muhammad Mursi......
Donetsk Shelling Kills Two Civilians, Clashes Near Luhansk Rage On: Militia
Shelling and clashes continued in Ukraine's turbulent eastern provinces despite the previously agreed ceasefire, killing at least two civilians in the besieged city of Donetsk, the local self-defense forces said in a statement Saturday.
"Ukrainian army troops fired Grad [missiles] at the Kirov district and Savrasov Street [in Donetsk]. Two civilians died after a shell hit a residential house," the statement published on the official website of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) government said.
Earlier reports said that Donetsk had been targeted for shelling throughout Saturday, with a mortar round hitting a pumping station in the Kuibyshev district and wounding several employees, according to the city hall........
Libyan officials say nearly 100 people have been killed during fighting between rival armed groups across the country over the past week.
The figure was recently released by Libyan Prime Minister Omar al-Hassi, who was elected to the post in August by militias that took control of the capital city, Tripoli.
The Libyan premier currently has the backing of several militia groups.
According to Hassi, some 80 people were killed and thousands were forced from their homes in the western city of Kikla alone.
Hassi has currently taken residence in the capital. His forces are trying to maintain control of Benghazi against attempts for the eastern city by fighters loyal to renegade General Khalifa Haftar....
Tunisia urges Libya to find missing journalists
Prime Minister Mongi Hamdi on Saturday urged Libya to locate two Tunisian journalists who went missing in the neighbouring violence-hit country after their arrest by an armed group.
Investigative journalist Sofiene Chourabi and photographer Nadhir Ktari disappeared on September 8 in the eastern Libyan region of Ajdabiya.....
From vid below you get just a teeny weeny feel for the vast scale of war crimes and human rights abuses going on in Ukraine, most of which are committed by the coup govt and its Nazi battalions.
A U.S.-led coalition airstrike on a gas distribution facility in a stronghold of the Islamic State group set off a series of secondary explosions and killed at least eight people in eastern Syria, activists said Saturday.
The airstrike targeted a distribution station in the town of Khasham in the oil-rich province of Deir el-Zour late Friday, Deir el-Zour Free Radio, an activist collective, said on its Facebook page. The collective named four of those killed and said another four charred bodies were placed in a nearby mosque. It said the slain men were mostly fuel tanker drivers.....
Sweden Steps Up Search for Alleged Foreign Submarine in Stockholm Archipelago
The Swedish Armed Forces have stepped up search efforts in the waters near the country’s capital after receiving “reliable reports” of foreign underwater activity in the area, chief of operations Jonas Wikstrom said Saturday.
“We consider the information to be very reliable. Therefore, we are increasing the number of units in the area,” Wikstrom told reporters Saturday evening.
“This is intelligence work. We are working to determine whether there is or has been foreign underwater activity in the area,” he stated, noting that the search will continue for “as long as it is needed”.
Answering journalists’ questions of whether the alleged underwater activity could have been carried out by Russian forces, Wikstrom stated that he would “absolutely not speculate” on this matter.....
Video: "Dogs are eating from bodies on the streets" Kurdish refugee from #Kobane http://t.co/N1OmeaAMmw
— Conflict News (@rConflictNews) October 19, 2014
Hostages arrive at German embassy after Philippine ordeal
A German couple kidnapped by Islamic militants were handed over to their embassy Saturday after a six-month ordeal marked by constant threats of beheading, as the Philippines confronted a security threat it thought it had overcome.
"With the release from captivity of the two German nationals, our security forces will continue efforts to stem the tide of criminality perpetrated by bandit elements," President Benigno Aquino's spokesman Herminio Coloma said in a statement.
The couple had been handed over to the German embassy in Manila, the Philippine military said.
The Abu Sayyaf released the couple on Friday as its deadline for the German government to pay a $5.6 million ransom and withdraw its support for US offensives against jihadists in Syria and Iraq lapsed........
Two killed in southern Philippines church blast
Two people were killed while three others were wounded in a grenade attack on a church in the southern Philippines, police said Thursday.
Church goers at the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, in the farming town of Pikit, were in the middle of a prayer service early Wednesday evening when the explosion occurred, police said.
A nurse, 54, and a teacher, 39, died from shrapnel injuries, municipal police chief Senior Inspector Mautin Pangandigan said.....