Friday, November 21, 2014
USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Jordan, UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Israel, Syria, Turkey, Kurdistan, Yemen, Nigeria, France with (Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad ) Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Albania, Estonia, Hungary, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Japan, Republic of Korea, Ireland, Spain, Slovakia, Norway, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Novorussia, Ukraine, Russia, Chechnya, Somalia, Iran, India, South Korea, North Korea, Central African Republic, Kenya, Tunisia, The Philippines, Egypt, Albania, Serbia, China, Sudan, South Sudan, Bukina Faso, Palestine, Georgia, Chad, Spain, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Nepal, Congo, Uganda, Romania .....
Up to 80 people killed by suspected Ugandan rebels in Congo: group
Suspected Ugandan ADF-NALU rebels have killed between 50 and 80 people in attacks near the eastern Congolese town of Beni, slitting the throats of many of their victims, local sources and witnesses said on Friday.
In a statement, Civil Society of North Kivu, the province where Beni is situated, said the killings had occurred on Thursday evening about 10 km (6 miles) east of Beni airport, where U.N. peacekeepers, known as MONUSCO, are based.
"We already saw 70 bodies. The authorities are searching for other bodies," said a priest who saw the massacre site.
The attackers were dressed in Congolese army fatigues and pretended to be soldiers before the killings and they slit many of their victims' throats, said the priest, who declined to be named.....
AQAP rejects Islamic State's 'caliphate,' blasts group for sowing dissent among jihadists
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), an official branch of al Qaeda, has released a video rejecting the Islamic State's announced caliphate and chastising the group for sowing discord among jihadists.
The newly-released video stars Harith bin Ghazi al Nadhari, a senior AQAP sharia official, who responds directly to a Nov. 13 speech made by Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the head of the Islamic State. The video is titled, "A Statement about What was Contained in the Speech of Sheikh Abu Bakr al Baghdadi 'Even If the Disbelievers Despise Such'," and was first translated by the SITE Intelligence Group.
In addition to rebuking Baghdadi and the Islamic State, Nadhari also renews AQAP's bayat (oath of allegiance) to al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri, and affirms Zawahiri's oath to Taliban chieftain Mullah Omar. Nadhari says "it is known" that al Qaeda "has had a pledge of allegiance to Mullah Omar...for nearly twenty years."..........
Home minister Rajnath Singh
on Thursday raised the issue of growing radicalization among Muslims in Nepal settled near Indo-Nepal border with Nepal PM Sushil Koirala and Home Minister Bam Dev Gautam. Certain pockets in these areas are learnt to have become fishing pools for Pakistan's ISI and is suspected of being used against India....
Mexican Protesters Look to Start a New Revolution
The fury sparked by the disappearance of more thant 40 students in Iquala will not die. But where it will lead remains far from clear.
Thursday was an annual holiday in Mexico, the anniversary of the start of the Mexican Revolution against the dictator Porfirio Díaz in 1911. The giant faces of yesteryear’s heroes, Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata, were part of a lighted holiday display that gazed down on the Zócalo, the main plaza in downtown Mexico City. But the usual military parade and reenactment of scenes from the revolution were canceled amid talk that a new revolution is brewing.
Public indignation continues to run high after the murders on September 26 of three students from a rural teachers’ college in southern Mexico and the abduction of forty-three of their classmates by police accused of working in league with a drug cartel. On Wednesday, at a rally in the nearby city of Cuernavaca, parents of the missing students declared that the anniversary of the Mexican Revolution was “the day that we will make our revolution if that is the way the President Enrique Peña Nieto wants it; we are going to march because we want our children found.”.......
Kenya police find explosives in mosque raidsl
More than 150 suspected of ties to al-Qaeda-affiliated-al-Shabab arrested as arms and bombs seized in Mombasa mosques.
Kenyan police have found explosives after a series of raids on three mosques this week in Mombasa and arrested more than 150 people suspected of being supporters of al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabab.
Richard Ngatia, a local police chief, said investigators on Wednesday found a grenade and three machetes at Mombasa's Mina mosque, while two 10-litre petrol bombs and a bomb detonator were uncovered at Swafaa mosque.
Police raided two mosques on Monday, seizing weapons and anti-government literature that they said was evidence of militant activity.
Police had arrested 376 people during the raids, which started on Sunday, but 91 were subsequently released for lack of evidence. Prosecutors said 158 would be charged with being members of al-Shabaab........
Moscow and Kiev accused each other on Thursday of violating a ceasefire and the United States warned Russia the West might punish it further for its "military escalation" of the Ukraine crisis.
Ukraine accused Russia of sending soldiers and weapons to help separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine launch a new offensive in a conflict that has killed more than 4,000 people. Russia warned Kiev that any resumption of hostilities against the separatists would be catastrophic for Ukraine.........
'A Rain of Fire': Ukrainian Forces Used Little-Known Soviet-Era Incendiary Weapons to Attack Iloviask
Iloviask was once a sleepy small town in eastern Ukraine, but by mid August this year war was knocking at the door as fierce fights between pro-Russia rebels and Ukrainian forces raged through surrounding villages and countryside. The distant explosions which illuminated the night sky on August 14, however, looked nothing like the grad rocket and mortar fire that the locals had come to recognize.
At first, the town's residents thought the Ukrainians were just celebrating a victory. "It seemed like they were setting off fireworks after retaking a nearby village from the militia," 52-year-old Elena Sychova, the caretaker at school 14, told VICE News. "But then we realized it wasn't stopping. It was getting closer and closer to us. It was like a rain of fire."
A subsequent investigation by VICE News, including an independent expert analysis of retrieved rocket remnants by Armament Research Services (ARES), showed that the "fireworks" were in fact thousands of incendiary elements cascading out of a Soviet-era 9M22S rocket in mid-flight......
Troops clash with Muslim militants in Philippines,15 dead
Philippine troops clashed on Friday with Islamist militants on a remote southern island and 14 people were killed in the first major encounter since the army launched an offensive almost a month ago, military officials said.
Militants from the Abu Sayyaf group had been avoiding contact with government forces on the island of Jolo since the release of the two German captives last month after ransom was reportedly paid.
Army rangers killed nine rebels in a four-hour gun battle after the soldiers raided a camp where 300 of the al Qaeda-linked militant were based, said army spokesman Captain Rowena Muyuela.
He said five soldiers were killed and 26 were wounded......
Boko Haram militants 'seize Nigerian town of Chibok'
Boko Haram militants have seized the north-eastern Nigerian town of Chibok, from where they kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in April.
Militants attacked and took control of the town, in Borno state, on Thursday evening, residents who escaped told the BBC.
Boko Haram has repeatedly targeted villages around Chibok over recent months.
The group says it is fighting to create an Islamic state in Nigeria........
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants fighting in Iraq and Syria claimed in a video posted online on Sunday that they beheaded several Syrian hostages and an American.
The video came two days after a United Nations panel investigating war crimes in Syria said the extremist group has been receiving “external support” in the past four years.
In a highly choreographed sequence earlier in the video, jihadists marched at least 18 hostages, said to be pilots and officers from the Syrian Arab Army, past a wooden box of long black military knives, each taking one as they passed, then forced them to kneel in a line and simultaneously decapitated them.
In the video, which is the latest in a series of mass executions and other atrocities carried out by ISIS, the extremist group announced the beheading of Peter Kassig and issued warnings to the US President Barack Obama, Britain and others including Shia Muslims.
"To Obama, the dog of Rome, today we are slaughtering the soldiers of [Syrian president] Bashar and tomorrow we will be slaughtering your soldiers. And with Allah's permission, we will break this final and last crusade, and the Islamic State will begin to slaughter your people on your streets," a masked militant said......
Romania will increase its troops in Afghanistan with maxim 450 soldiers starting next year, said President Traian Basescu after signing a memorandum about it. The Romanian troops will unfold protection missions in the Kandahar airport’s neighbourhood.
“At present, Romania has 200 troops deployed for the Resolute Support mission who will train Afghan forces. By today’s memorandum we also assume the mission of protecting forces at the Kandahar Airport and the area around it, with 420 troops. Other 20 will offer logistic support for the new mission that will start on March 2015,” Basescu announced, reports local Digi24.
In Mali's desert French troops hunt al Qaeda well by well
If the French army and its allies are to keep al Qaeda at bay in the desert of northern Mali they must stop them seizing the biggest prizes in the sea of white sand - the wells.
So this month a column of soldiers from France, Burkina Faso and Mali, in armored vehicles and pick-up trucks, churned toward a village north of Timbuktu where herders water camels and goats.
They were looking for signs of infiltration by militants who need water as much as the locals do and aim to convert villages to their ideology.
France uses drones, jets and helicopters in its Operation Barkhane mission to eliminate jihadist sanctuaries across five Sahel countries, but winning local support is key and that means face-to-face contact, soldiers said........
Burkinabe army sets leadership deadline for opposition
Burkina Faso's military ruler has told activist groups they have until Sunday afternoon to provide a list of candidates for interim national leader.
Lt Col Isaac Zida agreed a transition plan with civilian political groups on Thursday, but no leader was named.
The groups have agreed to submit a list of candidates to a 23-member council, which will then select a single leader.
Col Zida took over from long-time leader Blaise Compaore, who was ousted after mass street protests in October.
But then protests erupted against army rule after Col Zida suspended the constitution and cracked down on dissent.
International bodies threatened sanctions unless civilian rule was restored.
A deal was reached on Thursday to install an interim legislative chamber and a transitional leader until elections are organised next year........
This is supposedly the work of Libyan jihadis blowing up a government tank. Mute the sound unless you want to grit your teeth and damage them.
Report: ISIS Takes Control of a Libyan City
Derna is just hours from Tobruk, where what's left of the central government is based.
Militants loyal to the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) are now in control of a Libyan city of near the Egyptian border, according to a new report.
CNN, citing unnamed Libyan sources, reports that militants control Derna, a city only a few hours from Tobruk, where the remnants of Libya’s central government fled to after being forced out of the capital this summer. Approximately 300 of the 800-strong force in control of Derna are reportedly hard-line Libyan jihadists who fought with ISIS in Iraq an Syria.
The report is the latest sign of ISIS looking to expand its footprint across the Middle East despite U.S.-led air strikes against it in Iraq and Syria. Libya has been in turmoil since the fall of former strongman Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011.......
Five Israelis were killed in a frenzied assault by two Palestinians who targeted worshippers at a Jerusalem synagogue, the latest in a series of deadly attacks that many fear is pushing the city to the edge of a dangerous escalation in violence.
Four of the people killed were rabbis, three holding joint US citizenship, one with dual British citizenship. The fifth victim was an Israeli policeman, who succumbed to his injuries late on Tuesday night.....
Jerusalem ‘extremist Jews’ triggered more violence says expert
Christian, Jewish and Muslim clergy united in prayer outside Kehillat Bnei Torah Synagogue in Har Nof, Jerusalem in which four worshippers and a policeman were killed, 24 hours earlier.
“Our future in the world is dependent on God,” said one man outside the building, where it is reported that a security guard was posted.
“We came to this place to express our stance against this criminal act, which involved an assault against the sanctity of the house of God, and against unarmed worshippers,” said Sheik Samir Assi, Imam of Al-Jazzar mosque.
But hatred is historic and runs deep. A Jewish ultra-Orthodox woman shouted from her window at the Imam, “You don’t have faith! Rubbish, you don’t have faith!”
For the first time in nine years a Palestinian’s home was demolished on Wednesday, the resumption of a punitive tactic which sparked controversy in the past.
Abdel-Rahman Shaloudi had lived in the house in East Jerusalem. He was shot by security forces and subsequently died after he rammed his car into a train stop in the city...........