The blasts near the Iranian embassy in Beirut are a clear message by Saudi Arabia to Iran, as by targeting Iran it wants to spread chaos and war also inside Lebanon, political analyst Kevork Elmassian told RT.
RT: We know that a Lebanese group linked to Al-Qaeda has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack. From your point of view, what would be their motive there?
Kevork Elmassian: The group is called Abdullah Azzam and it is affiliated to Al-Qaeda. This is a clear message by Saudi Arabia or it’s an act of war by Saudi Arabia against Iran, this is for the first time the Saudis are crossing the red line by targeting the Iranian Embassy in Beirut. I don’t agree with the Iranian Ambassador who pointed his finger to the Israelis. It’s true that the Israelis are beneficiaries of these explosions but who perpetrated these attacks? They are Al-Qaeda linked groups; their emir is Bandar “bin-Satan” [bin-Sultan] in Saudi Arabia.
We have to know that these explosions happened with two suicide bombers. The Israelis never do such operations, they can use their airplanes and other car bombs. But there were two people, one of them was on motorcycle, he came close to the embassy and tried to explode himself in order to open a route for the other car entering to the embassy, but the security was awake and they shot him. He was forced to explode himself outside the embassy. But in politics we have to understand that this message from Saudi Arabia has come after the war of the Al-Qalamoun mountains. We have to know that Hezbollah and the Syrian army are fighting side by side against Al-Qaeda groups in Syria and recently in Al-Qara area, this area links with Arsal area in Lebanon, where the thousands of militants from Al-Qaeda under the patronage of the Future Movement of Lebanon are having trainings and also smuggling arms into Syria. Also, this area links Homs to Damascus, it is in the center of Homs and Damascus, and most of the terrorists who are coming to the eastern Ghouta area in Damascus, the place where the chemical attack happened, are coming from this area.
RT: Why do you link Saudi Arabia to this case?
KE: Because the militants of the proxies of Saudi Arabia exist in the center between Damascus and Homs and they are spreading all this chaos and terrorism around the cities of Homs and Damascus. Most of the car bombs are coming from this area. When Hezbollah and Syrian army decided to crush the rebellion in this area, the Saudis wanted to send a very historical message to Iran. We have to remember the actions of Saudi Arabia in past few weeks: they refused the membership of the UN Security Council and then they said they were going to work to foil the peaceful negotiations in Geneva for peace in Syria. They are also trying to block any deal between the West and Iran. And the recent reports are saying that Saudi Arabia is going to buy a nuclear bomb from Pakistan, if a deal is reached between P5+1 and Iran. So these historical policies by Saudi Arabia are reflecting the desperation of Saudi Arabia in the Middle East, and by targeting now the embassy of Iran it wants to spread chaos and war also inside Lebanon.
The crime of being conservative is being prosecuted with vengance.
WASHINGTON, November 19, 2013 – Cops are bursting into homes, seizing computers and other “evidence” while groups are being hit with subpoenas that require them to turn over voluminous and sensitive information – including the names of political donors.
The crime of being conservative is being prosecuted with vengance.
In Wisconsin, special prosecutor Francis Schmitz is going after conservative groups that were involved in the fight over the recall of Governor Scott Walker and Walker’s union reforms. Subpoenas are requesting “all records of income received, including fundraising information and the identity of persons contributing to the corporation.” They are seeking lists of conservative donors.
These “John Doe” subpoenas are alarming as, under Wisconsin law, when someone receives one of these subpoenas, the only person they are allowed to discuss the subpoena with is their attorney. Not only does this inhibit First Amendment rights, it stops groups from being able to create a unified defense to allegations.
Among the groups that have been targeted are Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin, The Republican Governors’ Association, The friends of Scott Walker, American Crossroads and the Republican Party of Wisconsin.
The subpoenas, which have been leaked to the media, demand all kinds of internal records, including donation information and the identity of individual donors.
This is political terrorism at work and the special prosecutor in this case is a political terrorist.
Obtaining donor lists for conservative organizations is a long time goal of left wing groups. The IRS, when it went after the Tea Party, wanted donor information, which they are legally precluded from having.
Does anyone believe that if these donor lists were turned over to a special prosecutor they would remain secret?
A great example of what the left is doing is California in 2008 and 2009. California passed Proposition 8, which defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman. The left went nuts.
Liberals obtained copies of the donor list for a number of groups that supported Proposition 8 and then went on a rampage. Donors where harassed. Several either lost their jobs or resigned because of the harassment.
Irate liberals harassed businesses.
There is a legal description of what they did. It is called intimidation; at one time the balliwick of thugs and mobs.
The goal of the left in Wisconsin has been to find out the names of donors who helped Scott Walker. Walker’s reforms crippled the left by drying up a cash cow from forced union dues.
The left never forgives nor forgets. They want payback and they are not beyond using the law, the government or terror to intimidate those who stand against them.
Conservatives need to stand up against this kind of tyranny. Every conservative group that is served with one of those subpoenas should publicly say they have, refuse to comply and take the Wisconsin special prosecutor to Court.
A special prosecutor is just another lawyer who holds a job. He or she is subject to the same disciplinary rules as every other lawyer. This case, certain on its face, looks like the Attorney is using the law to abuse people just for their political beliefs.
That is unethical and that can and should result in that lawyer losing his law license.
The Wall Street Journal, Wisconsin Political Speech Raid Subpoenas hit allies of Scott Walker as his re-election campaign looms, contributed to this report
Riyadh dismisses possible cooperation with Israel to stop Iran from developing a nuclear warhead.
Saudi Arabia has ruled out any contact with Israel, with which it has no diplomatic ties, after a British newspaper reported that the two countries could coordinate efforts against Iran.
The kingdom “has no relations or contacts with Israel of any kind or at any level,” said a foreign ministry spokesman, quoted by state news agency SPA on Monday.
Under the headline “Two old foes unite against Tehran,” Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper said Israel and Saudi Arabia were working together on “contingency plans for a possible attack on Iran if its nuclear programme is not significantly curbed.”
“As part of the growing cooperation, Riyadh is understood already to have given the go-ahead for Israeli planes to use its airspace in the event of an attack on Iran,” it said.
The Saudi spokesman said the report was “completely unfounded”.
The Israeli and Saudi governments are convinced that the international talks to place limits on Tehran’s military nuclear development will do little to slow its development of a nuclear warhead.
Widely believed to have a formidable nuclear arsenal itself, Israel has refused to rule out bombing Iran’s facilities, as it reportedly did with an Iraqi reactor in 1981 and a Syrian facility in 2007.
FOR SOME REASON,
The Powers That Be decided to trash this post, since someone deleted all of the commentary and image previously posted here. Normally I copy my posts before hitting the post button….Screwed-up here. I will try to recapture that which was lost.
[The following is a welcome admission by the Establishment press that our wars have been unmitigated disasters, but it is also very deceptive, falling far short of acceptable standards of journalistic integrity. Despite the long-overdue admission that are wars have been failed efforts, this article is what is known as "limited hangout" propaganda, telling partial truths as a means for concealing more revelatory damning truths. In this case, the writer wants his readers to begin to see our wars as huge "mistakes," human-error caused disasters, rather than criminal wars of aggression. The cold hard truth is that all of our wars have been resounding successes, judging by Pentagon/CIA standards. The disastrous end-products of these wars was the intended result for all of them, destroying the Muslim countries that refused to follow American dictation. We fully intended for the Iraqis, the Afghans, the Pakistanis, Yemenis, Syrians, Libyans and all of the rest of America's perceived "enemies," to experience unimaginable human suffering on a scale far greater than that which has been experienced so far. In addition to all of this, the Imperial plan was to take advantage of the rising chorus of humanity, urging that we remedy all of this misery, as an excuse for inflicting even greater suffering and indignation on these populations under the guise of "humanitarian relief."]
“US ‘humanitarian interventionism’ is the official cover story for the planned destruction of governments and the sustained, relentless punishment of the people who supported those governments…plain and simple.
American foreign policy under Bush and Obama has been a concentrated effort to inflict maximum suffering upon civilian populations, under the cover of pretending to “help” them. America’s foreign policy is criminal…far worse than the alleged ‘crimes against humanity’ which Syria allegedly committed. The chaotic deadly conditions left in the wakes of these criminal wars have affected all of humanity and pushed civilization to the brink of complete collapse. This,makes America’s Imperial wars, by definition, ‘crimes against humanity.’”
Forty-three people died on Friday in clashes between militias in Libya, as did 22 on Sunday from bombs in Iraq. In Helmand, a return of the Taliban to power is now confidently expected. Why should we care? Why should it feature on our news?
The answer is that we helped to bring it about. Britain’s three foreign wars in the past decade were uninvited military interventions to topple installed governments. All have ended in disaster.
In each case – Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan – it was easy to see evil in the prevailing regime. These are bad guys that we need to go after, said the Americans. Yet the removal of law and order from a nation is devastating, however cruel that order may have been. Iraqis today repeat that, whatever the ills of Saddam Hussein, under his rule most ordinary citizens and their families could walk the streets at night without fear of murder or kidnap. Religious differences were tolerated. Iraq should have been an oil-rich modern state. Even the Kurds, scourged by Saddam in the past, enjoyed autonomy and relative peace.
In each of these cases Britain and its allies, chiefly America, intervened to overthrow the army, disband government, dismantle the judiciary and leave militias to run riot. Little or no attempt was made to replace anarchy with a new order. “Nation building” was a fiasco. The British bombs that flattened government buildings in Kabul, Baghdad and Tripoli did not replace them, or those who worked in them. Those who dropped them congratulated themselves on their work and went home.
It is hard to exaggerate the misery and chaos created by so-called “liberal interventionism”. It is hard to think of a more immoral foreign policy, roaming the (chiefly Muslim) world, killing people and sowing anarchy. That is why the blood-stained consequence should be splashed across headlines. Those who seek political kudos by visiting violence on foreign peoples should never be allowed to forget their deeds.
[It is Jews like Benjamin Netanyahu who confirm to the world that there really are many Jewish intellectuals who believe that fomenting wars in other countries is a legitimate survival strategy. Anyone who dares, or has dared to point-out this cold hard fact has been immediately branded as "anti-Semitic." Brand away. I have been in this struggle far too long to care about such infantile nonsense as name-calling anymore. As long as there is an established "nation" with a single-minded foreign policy of stirring-up trouble and instigating war for its neighbors, then there will be NO PEACE in the Middle East. Something has to change. I prefer the path to Peace which puts and end to international trouble-making and the use of any kind of political terrorism by any nation. If Israel or any other nation cannot exist except by creating strife in other nations, then that nation will either have to change, or cease to exist.
It's your choice to make, Netanyahu, but consider this...if the Nations of the world get their heads together and determine that there will be WORLD PEACE, then no shitty little pile of sand calling itself "Israel" will stand in the way of a planet united on that one goal. Zionists and other Imperialists must learn a quick lesson about the mental state of most of the human race...The People are sick and tired of pointless, endless war. We are "mad as hell and we aren't going to take anymore." Zbigniew Brzezinski has been speaking freely about this rapidly building phenomenon, the human race becoming politically aware of their power. There is no longer a static status quo. Things are changing fast and will soon be beyond their meager abilities to control us. I guess that at that time, the proper non-anti-Semitic response would be to feel sorry for the Jews and the collapse of their grand social experiment, forgetting about all the damage that they have done and the lives wasted by the conspiracy to bring it all about. But I prefer a quicker solution...one which lays everybody's cards on the table, exposing all of those "Jokers" who today are world-class state sponsors of terrorism, forcing the players to pay-up and to shut-up.
But for now, I will be happy to see what happens when the arrogance and the obstinacy of the evil alliance of the Wahhabi Saudis and the Zionist Israelis try to stop the international tsunami for Peace that is now building-up within the war-weary hearts of most of the human race.]
Below you are provided with a rough transcription of the interview.
Press TV: James Fetzer, I would like to get your reaction to one of the things that John Kerry has said and he said that aside from sanctions probably having a negative effect with the Iranians to pull out of any talks that it is either a deal or war.
When he makes the statement “war” what does he mean? From the US side or from the Israeli side?
Fetzer: Well, that is a completely outrageous statement for John Kerry to make. I am shocked by that. I mean that the United Nations’ charter specifies all diplomatic relationships…, opportunities must be fully exploited before there is any consideration of military action and that would only be permissible under two conditions, namely: If Iran posed an imminent threat to the United States, which is obviously not the case; or if it had the approval of the Security Council which of course would never happen.
So it is completely and utterly irresponsible for John Kerry to be making such a remark.
Press TV: And during his trip, we know that he was in Israel, he went to the United Arab Emirates and of course he is trying to appease his allies regarding this possible deal with Iran and we can see the positive motions that the US president Barack Obama has made regarding the Congress not to impose more sanctions.
I mean do you think that there is sincerity in not only Kerry but President Obama to have this, at least interim deal signed and how probable do you think that it is?
Fetzer: Well, it is very interesting because there are some signs that Obama, actually, is willing to go against the Israeli lobby and negotiate a diplomatic agreement with Iran.
There should be no interference with Iran’s right to develop nuclear energy. That appears to be an effort by the American nuclear energy industry to circumvent competition because Iran can provide nuclear fuel rods to the third-world countries at less expense than can the American and so they do not like the competition but the fact is that France appears to be the stumbling block and it appears to be because it has a major arms deal with Saudi Arabia and another with Israel.
I am heartened that Obama made those remarks to oppose further sanctions on Iran but the sanctions were never deserved in the first place.
Iran has no nuclear weapons program, even our own intelligence agencies in 2007 and again in 2011 confirmed that Iran was not pursuing a nuclear weapons program.
I believe that it has to do with Iran having abandoned the petrodollar, which of course was also true of Iraq, also true of Libya and we know what happened there and of course with Israel’s determination to achieve domination over the Middle East without any opposition whatsoever from a major power, if in fact there is a diplomatic resolution of this issue then Israel will lose any possible semblance of justification of attacking Iran; even the former of highest levels intelligence service chiefs for Israel have made that observation which is why Netanyahu is so desperate to provoke something here and to not allow, to undermine a diplomatic initiatives that he finds so threatening to his agenda for the Middle East.
Protests in Libya
You are listening to part one of an interview with Farazh Muftah– a spokesperson for the tribal nations of Libya. You can find part 2 of this interview in the near future on our website at voiceofrussia.com
Robles: Can you explain to our listeners about the real situation in Libya right now? What is really happening in Libya?
Muftah: Thank you so much for giving us a chance to explain everything to your people and to your listeners.
Our country was safe and secure until what happened with it in 2011. It was started by lies and dirty games by satellite from many journalists of CNN, al-Arabia, Al-Jazeera, BBC as well and Qatari channels which prepared all the propaganda before the game has been started.
They lied to the people and they said that they will come to Libya to protect the civilian people. They only used this reason as a pretext to destroy our country, destroy all establishment and destroy our regime.
You have to know that the majority of Libyans supported the former regime and we did not have any problem before 2011. Our regime was the fairest regime, it was against Al Qaeda and terroristic groups on the ground and around the world.
And our leader Col Gaddafi – the fairest guy – announced and reported to the United Nations Security Council, the US and other Western countries that they must arrest Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda groups, it was in 1987.
At that time no one listened to our side. The reality and the truth is that the Western world and especially the USA and the CIA, which gave control to America, they knew already that Bin Laden works with them.
Nowadays, they brought all the Al Qaeda terroristic groups to Libya at the beginning of the crisis and we call it a conspiracy against our country.
France, the United States, Italy, Qatar, Turkey, the Muslim Brotherhood and terrorist groups – they used Security Council resolution of 1971-1973 to launch and intervention and “protect” the civilian people. But they killed the people, as you know now approximately more than 500,000 people have been killed in Libya.
Muftah: Yes, about half a million has been killed in Libya since 2011 up to now. The majority of this number has been killed by NATO and the United States, the rest of them have been killed by militias and terrorist groups, and Al Qaeda as well.
Al Qaeda has a full control of Tripoli – the capital. There is no government, there is no regime, there is not an agency in Libya.
The solution now is to return the people who have been exiled to their country, to their land, to try to sort out all the problems in Libya.
Americans supported Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya and in Egypt as well.
Now in Egypt the Muslim Brotherhood’s regime has been finished and destroyed by the Egyptian people, more than 32 million people went on the streets.
In Libya still America and some Western countries support Al Qaeda and terrorist groups, especially in Tripoli – the capital of Libya. This is the big problem facing the Libyan people that NATO and the USA supported Al Qaeda and terrorist groups.
And the American administration – Obama and John McCain – are representatives of Al Qaeda terrorist groups.
John McCain is their close friend, he supported them and he talks about them every day. They plan how to support them, how to protect them. This is the big problem which faces the whole world.
In the future, I warn all of the people, we report that in a few days it will become a big problem and danger facing the whole world, especially the Western countries.
Now the Libya is the main source for terrorists, the main source for Al Qaeda training, the main source of weapons, main source of crimes and criminal groups.
Now the danger has reached Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Mali, Chad – they get the resources and establish control over our cities in Libya. As you know, they burned more than four or five cities in Libya. In Tawergha all cities have been completely burned in 2011.
And where was Tawergha, now it is a place for Al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood training.
Bani Walid attack of 2012 was by militias, about 20,000 militias attacked Bani Walid city to try to establish control over it, but it was hard for them, because the people in Bani Walid are brave and strong fighters, they were against and they defended their city. They got the out back to Misrata militias.
Now, we have another problem the international community must know about – the unknown and uncontrolled presence in Misrata and Tripoli which is controlled by Al Qaeda terrorist groups.
It is a hard situation for more than 30,000 Libyan civilian people inside the prisons. Nobody knows their fates. It is a situation of unknown presence without any control from the government, because there is no government.
Even the so-called Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has been kidnapped by militias. And they still lie to the people, lie to the community, they lie to the media and he says he is the Prime Minister.
There is no Prime Minister in Libya, there is no parliament in Libya, there is no government in Libya, there is no regime in Libya now, only Al Qaeda and terrorist groups.
Let’s me tell you something about the problem with Interpol. When NATO and Americans invaded Tripoli with militias and terrorist groups, they attacked the Interior Ministry and the office of Interpol was taken over by militias.
The militias reported papers and documents to Interpol. That is why Interpol has now called and is asking (searching) for more than 200 Libyan people who are living abroad.
There is no Interpol in Libya, it is impossible. There are militias all cities,the whole country controlled by militias and where is Interpol? There is no Interpol in Libya.
2 million Libyan people have been exiled and they are living in a bad situation in Tunisia, Algeria, Niger, Chad, Mali, Egypt, Malta and a small number of them in the Western countries. There is no United Nations that cares about us, there are no human rights organizations that care about us, there is no international community that cares about us.
This is the truth and this is the reality, and this is our story.
Nobody will bring control in our country, nobody will clean up our country, only Gaddafi loyalists know how to clean out the terrorist groups and Al Qaeda. And we have our own experts, more than 2,000 security experts outside Libya, they have been exiled. And they are followed by Al Qaeda terrorist groups.
Every day they kill an officer from our military, every day they kill one member of the security section in Libya, every day they kill civilian people, kidnap them, rape the ladies, rob stores and banks.
This is the situation now in Libya. This is the real story. This is the truth and this is what is happening in Libya right now.
Robles: It sounds like complete anarchy. Can you tell me what was life like before the NATO invasion? What was life really like for Libyan people when the US and NATO said they were oppressed and they were being killed, and everybody hated Gaddafi? What was life really like?
Muftah: No! This is not truth. The truth is that all the Libyan people liked Gaddafi, supported our leader. Our leader was an honest man. He was a patriot, a strong man and defended our country.
He was against the international law which allowed them to invade any country, to attack any country, to bomb any country.
You cannot imagine how is it to burn and attack civil cities, to burn them and then bomb for two months about three or four times every day. Did you think about this? How is it that the NATO forces, their airplanes, their military, which were prepared to fight against Russia and then attacked a small city like Bani Walid?
From February 2011 up to October 2011 NATO attacked and bombed.
Most of the cities, as I told you, have been burned and destroyed, all cities – Sitra, Bani Walid, Tawergha, Qawalish, Mashashita, Ar Rayaniya, now Tiji.
Every day now Tiji is exposed to attacks from militias in Zintan.
This is the truth and this is the real story. We were living in so good situation, nobody was against Gaddafi. There were a few people and they say that this is a political group. But they ran away from the military in 1971-1973 to America and America protected them, and America used them as spies, as Ali Zeidan.
Ali Zeidan has stolen money from our Embassy in India and ran away to Germany.
He’s stolen the Libyan Embassy’s money in Delhi which was sent to use to help Muslim people in India and he ran away to America.
America protected (Magallion?) and America used him as a spy.
(Magallion?) is a member of the CIA. Ali Zeidan is from Gestapo, a member of German intelligence. This is the truth, this is the story.
Robles: I see. Why do you think they want to keep a condition of anarchy in Libya?
Muftah: In Libya right now there is no control, there are no companies, there is no government, there are no embassies.
All the foreign people, all representatives of foreign companies, all diplomatic groups in Libya are threatened and killed by Al Qaeda.
Al Qaeda announced a few days ago that they will start killing all diplomatic people in Libya.
And there is no infrastructure from 2011. There are no buildings, there is no development, there isn’t anything.
Even all the money in the Central Bank invested outside Libya has been stolen by these militias.
There is no money, there are no resources now because oil exports have been blocked by militias.
Robles: Who is in control of the oil right now?
Muftah: The militias since 2011 sell the Libyan oil in the Mediterranean Sea without any documents, without anything. It is a black market. Many groups from the eastern part did not allow Ali Zeidan, from the puppet government to sell oil unless they have a know and help to plan and organize how to sell our oil.
Robles: Is oil still flowing out of Libya right now?
Muftah: No, not any more. It’s been blocked by many groups in Ras Lanuf, Sitra, Zueitina. And even yesterday I think a group from west part militias has blocked gas, which is supplied to the south of Italy.
Robles: I’d like to ask you a question. In Egypt we now know the United States supported the Muslim Brotherhood, like they supported Al Qaeda, like they created Al Qaeda, like MI5 created the Muslim Brotherhood – the Egyptian people have filed crimes against humanity charges against the US and Barack Obama. Can the Libyan people do the same thing?
Muftah: Yes, we have a lot of things, we have a lot of documents which will show to the world what was happening because of Obama and the Western countries.
Of course, because they started to help the militias and the Muslim Brotherhood from the beginning of the conspiracy against Libya.
Robles: Is there any movement or any group of lawyers or former judges who could organize a formal criminal complaint and deliver it to Hague?
Muftah: Yes, our group and our lawyers, who have been exiled as well, they are preparing all the documents and all files to bring them to ICC or to any international court, to show them all the evidence how NATO and America destroyed the country and destroyed the land of Libya. They are working on it.
My friend John, you have to know that there is no stability, no development and infrastructure, there is no growth for all the countries who were invaded or attacked by NATO and America.
You were listening to part 1 of an interview with Farag Muftah – a spokesperson for the tribal nations of Libya. You can find part 2 of this interview on our website at voiceofrussia.com in the near future.
The first photo was taken inside one of the villas that had been occupied by the Misurata militias in Tripoli in Gharghour – on the ground floor was found some human organs inside the cans glass for their illegal trade in human organs:
Photo: James and Joan Moriarty
Algeria Square Tripoli:
Photo: James and Joan Moriarty
Misurata Militias that killed protesters yesterday:
Photo: James and Joan Moriarty
Mitiga Air base, Tripoli:
Photo: James and Joan Moriarty
Photo: James and Joan Moriarty
[Shame on you, Gen. McRaven...all of your predecessors were smarter than that! These guys are just practicing the deadly skills that your boys taught to them, and you want us to believe that the problem is that you need to train them better?
Hell, you guys backed the head of an al-Qaeda terrorist group as Libyan military chieftain, after your men murdered the President of Libya Your Islamist proxies have murdered the entire legitimate Libyan govt. Now that their terrorism is making Africom look bad, you beg for the privilege of making them even better terrorists, only you call them "Freedom Fighters" when you try to sell them to the American people. I hope that you burn in Hell for what you guys have done to this world.
You should be congratulating your terrorist proxies for a job well done, every time that they carry-out another massacre, even if they massacre the trainers that you intend to send them.]
[McRaven is a freak, trying to sneak his fellow freaks into any combat position that SOCOM can dream-up (SEE: SOCOM Peddles Its “Wet Dream” of Creating Global Web Under SOF Control ; Special Forces Chief Seeking Blank Check To Attack Anyone, Anywhere He Wants). Now that America's Islamists are openly causing problems in Libya for the CIA and the Pentagon, the "Slick-Operator-In-Chief" thinks that he might be able to sneak a few more of his "irregular forces" back into Tripoli, under cover of "correcting the Islamist militias" (SEE: Dozens dead in clash with Libyan militiamen in Tripoli).
WHAT A WHOPPER! This guy, just like ALL U.S. officers and American politicians, lies to us so often that he must think that he has some kind of weird diplomatic immunity. After the recent public stink which was spontaneously generated around Obama's intention to enter the war against Syria, one would think that they would be reluctant to try it again, so soon. Pentagon warmongers will have to play catch-up with the politicians, who have slowly come to realize that the American people are waking-up. There will be a great electoral correction of America's course to the Nazi shoals, since most politicians don't want to be swept aside in the anticipated great house-cleaning. The American people have started sobering-up, after having drunk deeply from the poisoned chalice of the plastic patriotism that has been dispensed so freely by Bush/Cheney and the neocon traitors. More Americans are coming to understand that the Pentagon and the CIA have been taken over by a bunch of Nazis.
By all means, allow the Pentagon to complete the Nazification process among the nascent little national militaries that it is raising-up all over the Africom mischief zone. If no one besides a handful of "conspiracy theorists" opposes this rising-up of the new "Fourth Reich," an American global "Reich," then we all might as well start practicing our goose-stepping and stiff-armed salutes to our tall, thin, dark-skinned "Fuhrer."]
Socom chief warns counter-terrorism training will be risky
Ansar al Shariah supporters protest the United States’ capture of Abu Anas al-Libi / AP
BY: Bill Gertz
November 16, 2013 7:45 pm
Simi Valley, Calif. — The U.S. military is preparing to conduct military and special operations training for Libya’s military and the training will risk including Islamist terrorists among the trainees, according to the commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command.
Adm. William McRaven said in a brief interview Saturday that the counterterrorism training operation has not begun. “We’re in the early stages,” he told the Free Beacon.
McRaven said a major gun battle erupted in Tripoli last week among opposing militias, a sign of instability in the North African country. The training is needed to stabilize Libya, an oil-rich country beset by mounting terrorism and Islamist militias.
During a panel discussion on the war on terrorism at the Reagan National Defense Forum, McRaven disclosed that the Libyan military training would include both conventional forces training and special operations training and that there will be risks.
“We are going to have to assume some risks,” McRaven said. “Right now we have the authorities to do that training, and I think as a country we have to say there is probably some risk that some of the people we will be training with do not have the most clean records, but at the end of the day it is the best solution we can find to train them to deal with their own problems.”
McRaven disclosed the plans for Libyan training when asked about problems encountered in training foreign special operations forces.
McRaven said the training would include a “very, very thorough review” of the Libyans who will take part.
Since the ouster of Muammar Gadhafi in 2011, Libya has had a weak government in a region dominated by Islamist militias ranging from al Qaeda affiliates to Islamists that do not support al Qaeda.
A weak central government has resulted in the spread of militias throughout the country. Weak border controls also have made the country a safe haven for jihadists.
Intelligence reports from earlier this year said some of the Islamists are engaged in training jihadists fighters who are then dispatched to Syria to join Islamist rebels there fighting the regime of Syrian President Bashir Assad.
The four-star admiral said the risks have been explained to senior leaders, including Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, and the regional combatant commanders.
The U.S. covert raid to capture al Qaeda leader Anas al Libi also has led to a backlash by Islamist militias operating in Libya.
The terrorists who attacked the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, killing Ambassador Christopher Stephens and three other Americans, were linked to al Qaeda.
The group, Ansar al Sharia, continues to operate openly, despite promises by President Barack Obama to bring those who carried out the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks to justice.
Additionally, Ansar al Sharia has grown more belligerent in recent months, apparently abandoning propaganda efforts to rebrand itself as a nonviolent militia.
Libyan militias also have seized some oil production facilities and have been selling oil to fund their activities.
Recently, al Qaeda terrorists reportedly infiltrated into Libya through the poorly protected southern border, according to a U.S. official.
McRaven said the military and special forces training will be carried out through the U.S. Africa Command, the military command in charge of Africa, and that negotiations with the Libyans are still underway.
Between 5,000 and 7,000 Libyans will receive conventional military training from the United States.
“And we have a complementary effort on the special operations side to train a certain number of their forces to do counterterrorism,” McRaven said.
Special operations training for the Libyans raises the prospect that some of the most advanced military tactics and operations could be compromised to Islamists.
Both training programs are being developed with Africom and supported by the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli.
France, successfully bribed by the Wahhabi Salafi Sheikhdoms of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates, is all set to veto any peaceful resolution of the Iran-West standoff on Iran’s nuclear programme. According to various media reports:
“France’s tough line in major power talks (9-10 November 2013) with Iran may frustrate those looking for an early deal over Tehran’s nuclear programme, but is helping Paris to seal strategic new links with Gulf states and Israel….Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius emerged just after midnight from Saturday’s talks in Geneva to insist more work was needed to remove the risk of an Iranian nuclear bomb, rankling those Western allies who believed they were on the brink of an accord that has eluded negotiators for a decade.
France’s bottom-line position should have come as little surprise to other negotiators heading to Geneva last week…..France is currently struggling to reform its weak domestic economy…Yet with France only last week hit by a second sovereign debt downgrade from ratings agency Standard and Poor’s over its failure to kickstart its sluggish economy, Paris does not hide the fact that it regards exports to the Middle East as a precious source of growth and jobs. In October, France sealed a contract to modernise six naval ships and tankers from Saudi Arabia, having won in July one billion euros worth of contracts with the United Arab Emirates for anti-aircraft radars and military observation satellites.
French officials say they are also optimistic on securing a large deal to deliver anti-aircraft defence missiles to Riyadh and the sale of Rafale fighter jets to neighbouring Qatar.
“The international context, our consistent position on Syria and our relations with Saudi Arabia have contributed to addressing the unimpressive military ties we once had,” Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said just after the Saudi deal.
The question now is to what extent France is ready to go out on a limb and veto any possible nuclear deal with Iran, with a new round of talks set for November 20.”
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[This is the same scenario which would play-out in the US, if the govt ever moved against Mexican illegals... minus any indiscriminate head-chopping. The royals will be greatly dismayed when they finally figure-out that there are ZERO SAUDIS who are willing to take the menial, demeaning, jobs that are usually done by foreigners and dark-skinned types, which pay next to nothing. This exercise in bad judgement reveals the intellectual liabilities of the Saudi royal family, almost as much as their string of stupid decisions regarding Libya, Syria and Lebanon (and in a dozen or more other Muslim countries). King Abdullah and Bandar are truly mental midgets, imbeciles, in charge of millions of Islamic radicals and trillions in petrodollars. Will the dumb ass royals now try to fill all of those millions of menial jobs at gunpoint?
The burning of Riyadh to the ground will be a sight that will warm my hardened old heart!]
(RIYADH, Saudi Arabia) — Garbage is piling up on streets around the mosque housing the burial site of the Prophet Muhammad. Grocery stores have shut their doors and almost half of Saudi Arabia’s small construction firms have stopped working on projects.
The mess is because foreign workers on which many businesses rely are fleeing, have gone into hiding or are under arrest amid a crackdown launched Nov. 4 targeting the kingdom’s 9 million migrant laborers. Decades of lax immigration enforcement allowed migrants to take low-wage manual, clerical and service jobs that the kingdom’s own citizens shunned for better paying, more comfortable work.
Now, authorities say booting out migrant workers will open more jobs for citizens, at a time when unemployment among Saudis is running at 12.1 percent as of the end of last year, according to the International Monetary Fund. But the nationalist fervor driving the crackdown risks making migrant workers vulnerable to vigilante attacks by Saudis fed up with the seemingly endless stream of foreigners in their country.
Since the Saudi government began issuing warnings earlier this year, hundreds of thousands of foreign workers have been deported, though some were able to avoid arrest by getting proper visas in an amnesty program. That amnesty ended last week, and some 33,000 people have since been placed behind bars. Others have gone into hiding.
With fewer people to do the job, the state-backed Saudi Gazette reported that 20,000 schools are without janitors. Others are without school bus drivers. Garbage became so noticeable around the mosque housing the Prophet Muhammad’s tomb that a top city official in Medina helped sweep the streets, the state-backed Arab News website reported.
About 40 percent of small construction firms in the kingdom also have stopped work because their foreign workers couldn’t get proper visas in time, Khalaf al-Otaibi, president of the World Federation of Trade, Industry and Economics in the Middle East, told Arab News.
Saudis say dozens of businesses like bakeries, supermarkets, gas stations and cafes are now closed. They say prices have also soared for services from mechanics, plumbers and electricians.
Adam Coogle, a Middle East researcher for Human Rights Watch, told The Associated Press that if the kingdom wants to be serious about the problem, authorities should look at the labor laws and not at the workers. Saudi Arabia’s sponsorship system, under which foreign laborers work in the kingdom, gives employers say over whether or not a foreigner can leave the country or change jobs, forcing many into illegal employment.
“The entire system by which Saudi Arabia regulates foreign labor is failing,” he said.
The owner of a multi-million dollar construction company in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, said he had to halt all of his projects. He told the AP he was not the legal sponsor of most of his laborers but that they made more money working as freelance hires.
“These people have worked in this country and their blood is in the stones and buildings,” he said, speaking anonymously for fear of government reprisal. “You cannot just, like that, force them out.”
Despite feeling the loss of the everyday work the foreign laborers provided, Saudis largely have cheered on the police. Residents have taken matters into their own hands on several occasions, despite police calling on the public not to make citizen arrests.
Over the weekend, Saudi residents of Riyadh’s poor Manhoufa neighborhood fought with Ethiopians, detaining some, until police arrived more than two hours later. Video emerged of a crowd of Saudis knocking on the door of an Ethiopian man’s house, then dragging him out and beating him in the street. A Saudi and a migrant were killed and dozens wounded in the clashes.
The violence began when east Africans protesting the crackdown barricaded themselves in the narrow streets of Manhoufa, throwing stones, threatening people with knives and damaging cars. Days earlier, an Ethiopian man was killed by police chasing down migrants.
Violence broke out again days later in the same neighborhood, and a Sudanese man was killed in clashes Wednesday. In the Red Sea coastal city of Jiddah in the poor al-Azaziya neighborhood, clashes also broke out when police combed the area for migrants.
“This is not racism or a lack of respect for diversity, but you cannot imagine how much negative comes from these groups instead of positive. These people, every day, cause problems,” said Jiddah resident Abdulaziz al-Qahtani, who posted online video from the Riyadh clashes that he said a friend took.
Since the weekend clashes, Saudi officials say 23,000 Ethiopians, including women and children, have turned themselves in to the police. Authorities are now holding them in temporary housing ahead of deportation, saying many have no documentation at all, having made their way into the kingdom with the help of smugglers by way of Yemen.
Ethiopia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that officials in Addis Ababa sought an explanation from Saudi Arabia’s envoy over the “mistreatment” of Ethiopians in the kingdom.
Workers from neighboring Yemen also face harassment. Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Tawakkol Karman posted a picture last week on her Facebook page of what appeared to be a Saudi man in his car grabbing hold of a Yemeni man for a police officer.
Saudi columnist Abdul-Rahman al-Rashed cautioned Saudis to remember that without “a strong state and oil revenues” they too may have emigrated in search of work.
“Those deprived of the chance of a proper life can understand the feeling of those wanting to seek a better life,” he wrote in the Asharq al-Awsat newspaper.
Batrawy reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Prediction: even if HealthCare.gov is fixed by the end of the month (unlikely), Obamacare is going to be repealed well in advance of next year’s election. And if the website continues to fail, the push for repeal—from endangered Democrats—will occur very rapidly. The website is a sideshow: the real action is the number of people and businesses who are losing their health plans or having to pay a lot more. Fixing the website will only delay the inevitable.
It is important to remember why it was so important for Obama to promise repeatedly that “if you like your health insurance/doctor, you can keep your health insurance/doctor.” Cast your mind back to the ignominious collapse of Hillarycare in 1994. Hillarycare came out of the box in September 1993 to high public support according to the early polls. This was not a surprise. Opinion polls for decades have shown a large majority of Americans support the general idea of universal health coverage. But Hillarycare came apart as the bureaucratic details came out, the most important one being that you couldn’t be sure you’d be able to keep your doctors or select specialists of your choice. The Clintons refused to consider a compromise, but even with large Democratic Senate and House majorities the bill was so dead it was never brought up for a vote.
Remember “Harry and Louise”? Obama did, which is why he portrayed Obamacare as simply expanding coverage to the uninsured, and improving coverage for the underinsured while leaving the already insured undisturbed. But the redistributive arithmetic of Obamacare’s architecture could never add up, which is what the bureaucrats knew early on—as early as 2010 according to many documents that have leaked. The wonder is that Obama’s political team didn’t see this coming and prepare a pre-emptive strategy for dealing with the inevitable exposure of the duplicity at the heart of Obamacare’s logic. Now that people are losing their insurance and finding that they may not be able to keep their doctor after all, Obamacare has become the domestic policy equivalent of the Iraq War: a protracted fiasco that is proving fatal to a president’s credibility and approval rating. The only thing missing is calling in FEMA to help fix this Category-5 political disaster.
Senate Democrats endangered for re-election will lead the charge for repeal perhaps as soon as January, after they get an earful over the Christmas break. They’ll call it “reform,” and clothe it in calls for delaying the individual mandate and allowing people and businesses to keep their existing health insurance policies. But it is probably too late to go back in many cases. With the political damage guaranteed to continue, the momentum toward repeal will be unstoppable. Democrats will not want to face the voters next November with the albatross of Obamacare.
The politics of the repeal effort will be a game theorist’s dream. Tea Party Republicans will resist “reforms” to Obamacare in favor of complete repeal. Democrats will try to turn the tables and set up Republicans as obstacles to reform, hoping to inoculate themselves prospectively from mayhem at the polls next November. The House might want to insist that the Senate go first; after all, it was the Senate version of the bill that the House had to swallow after Scott Brown’s election in January 2010. The House can rightly insist that the Senate needs to clean up the mess they made. Obama may well give Capitol Hill Democrats a pass on a repeal vote, and veto any bill that emerges. He’ll never face the voters again.
This wouldn’t be the first time that a health care entitlement was repealed. The same thing happened in the late 1980s with catastrophic coverage for seniors. Because seniors were made to pay for their benefits under that scheme, the uproar forced Congress to repeal the measure barely a year after it went into effect. Obamacare looks to be on the same political trajectory, and for the same reason. Obamacare represents the crisis of big government; the limits of administrative government have finally been breached. For the first time ever, some polls are showing a majority of Americans doubting the goal of universal health coverage.
The hazard of the moment is that a compromise “reform” that drops the mandate and attempts to restore the insurance status quo ante could leave us with an unfunded expansion of Medicaid and a badly disrupted private insurance market. Republicans should avoid both the political traps and a new fiscal time bomb by being ready with a serious replacement policy, based on the premium support tax credit ideas that John McCain advocated (poorly) in 2008. While anxious liberals are in dismay, they should recognize that Obamacare may well have achieved its chief purpose of making universal or at least greatly expanded health coverage a fixture of American social policy. The cost to liberalism may prove fatal, however.
WAITING TO BE DEPORTED: Pakistani and other illegal expatriates stage a sit-in under the Palestine street overpass in Jeddah on Monday. (Photo by Irfan Mohammed)
Jeddah: Irfan Mohammed
Thousands of undocumented expatriates are desperately seeking to get arrested and deported, as a last resort to end their plight.
Large numbers of expatriates in Jeddah and other cities in the Western Province are determined to leave the Kingdom as most of them have failed to meet the conditions laid down by the authorities at the Deportation Center during the grace period. They are now desperately looking for avenues that will land them in a police vehicle, the first step to going home.
Security forces detained more than 20,000 undocumented expats in the first two days of their inspection campaign in the western and southern regions of the Kingdom. Most of the foreigners arrested are from Indonesia and Yemen. In Jeddah alone, 12,091 expatriates were arrested, and the figure is increasing daily.
The Palestine overpass at the intersection of Prince Majed Street has virtually turned into a “check-in counter” for visa violators who wish to return to their countries. Thousands of expats have been frequenting this place and staging sit-ins demanding arrest for the past three days.
On Monday, thousands of visa violators including women and children from Indonesia, Pakistan, Ethiopia and Somalia staged a sit-in under the overpass requesting to be deported.
The crowd swelled by the minute with expatriates arriving in taxis with their travel bag and photocopies of their travel documents.
Speaking to Arab News, they said their attempts at the Deportation Center over the past five months of the amnesty period had failed, and this was their only recourse to return home.
Mohammed Khalid, a Pakistani expatriate, said: “They can only arrest and imprison me and that is exactly what I am looking for.”
The credit for this modus operandi goes to Indonesian expats who chose this spot for their arrest the day after the amnesty ended. They staged a sit-in for 12 hours, and were finally picked up by the police who bundled them into dozens of buses and shifted them to the Deportation Center in Makkah. The following day, hundreds of Yemenis followed the same route for arrest but in different parts of the city.
Pakistani visa violators were the next to gather followed by Ethiopians, Somalis and people of other nationalities. About 600 Filipino violators mainly women and children were arrested by security forces near the Philippine Consulate in the Rehab district and shifted to Shumaisy Deportation Center in Makkah.
Jazan and Najran in the south, both considered gateway to Saudi Arabia for Yemenis, Somalis and Eritreans, also faced similar situations with thousands of Yemeni expats gathering in various places to be arrested.
In Jazan alone, 11,000 Yemeni violators were detained in one day.
According to diplomatic sources, security authorities are dealing with illegal expatriates in a cooperative and humane way.
Undocumented expats who get arrested are transferred to the new deportation center in Shumaisy, which was opened at the end of the grace period.
“All arrested expatriate will be scrutinized by security authorities for possible involvement in any crime and their nationality will be confirmed by the consulate of their country. Only then will they be deported,” said Nawaf Al-Bouq of Jeddah police.
The lifeless body of SunniSheik Saad El-Deen Ghieh.
BEIRUT (AP) — Masked gunmen riding a motorcycle assassinated a Sunni sheik on Tuesday in a volatile northern Lebanese city plagued by sectarian clashes linked to the war in neighboring Syria, media reports said.
The two attackers opened fire at Sheik Saad El-Deen Ghieh’s car as he was driving by in Tripoli, 85 kilometers (53 miles) north of Beirut, reported the official National News Agency. Ghieh was taken to hospital and died shortly afterward.
Soldiers were deployed to the area to prevent fighting following the attack.
Tripoli has long been the scene of sectarian clashes related to the Syrian civil war, with two impoverished neighborhoods bitterly split between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government.
The Bab Tabbaneh district is largely Sunni Muslim, as are Syria’s rebels who have led the armed uprising against Assad’s rule. The Jabal Mohsen neighborhood is dominated by residents of Assad’s Alawite sect, a Shiite offshoot.
Street battles have killed scores of Tripoli residents, and two car bombs outside Sunni mosques in August killed at least 50 people.
Several Tripoli residents, speaking on condition of anonymity because they did not want to be perceived as involved in the sectarian tensions, said the assassinated sheik belonged to a Sunni organization that has good relations with Lebanon’s powerful Shiite Hezbollah militant group.
Another member of the group, the Islamic Work Front, was taken into custody in August following the Tripoli mosque bombing, suspected of involvement in the act.
[This marks the beginning of Fazlullah's reign of terror at the helm of the TTP and the re-blossoming of the spy wars in KP. It is unknown what relationship new TTP deputy, Khalid Haqqani, has to Jalaluddin, but the removal of Naseer-uddin and the simultaneous rise of Khalid within the Haqqani clan cannot be coincidental.
Nasiruddin supported pursuing peace talks with both the Afghan and Pakistani governments. In his position as an intermediary between the Haqqani network and its generous Gulf donors, he made regular trips to the Gulf, where he is alleged to have made contact with Tayeb Agha, who runs the office of the "Taliban Emirate" in Doha (SEE: Taliban group share peace talks draft with Pakistan). This means that he has been tainted by contact with the Qatari pig, which immediately draws a line between him and the Saudis.]
“There are reports that Nasiruddin and other senior Haqqani leaders also maintain residences in the immediate vicinity of ISI headquarters in Islamabad.” He was no doubt killed in the vicinity of ISI HQ in Islamabad.
[Just down the road from ISI HQ, is Bhara Kahu, the spot where he was alleged to have been killed, according to Afghan Taliban spokesman.]
By Painda Hikmat Nov 11, 2013 – 14:17
KABUL (PAN): A son of the Haqqani Network’s leader has been shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, a militant leader said on Monday.
Jalaluddin Haqqani’s son, Dr. Nasiruddin Haqqani, was gunned down in front of his residence in Islamabad last night, a senior Taliban leader confided to Pajhwok Afghan News.
There was no immediate of claim of responsibility for the murder that happened in the Barakau area Barakau area, the source said, adding the attackers managed to escape on a motorbike.
Dr Nasir came under attack while returning home from a mosque. His body has been dispatched to Miranshah for burial, scheduled later in the day.
He was in charge of political affairs of the militant outfit that has been engaged in an armed struggle against US-led foreign troops in Afghanistan.
In August 2012, another son of the top insurgent leader, Badruddin Haqqani, was killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region of North Waziristan.
Regarded as a fierce commander of the network, Badruddin was struck with missiles from the CIA-operated pilotless aircraft while leaving his hideout in Shawal Valley.
Home” published the text of the first communication for “international criminal” accused Obama and the leaders of the “Brotherhood”
of committing crimes against humanity
Provided by Dr. Nabil Medhat Salem, Professor of Law, a complaint to the International Criminal Court, for himself and as a member of the Egyptian Bar Association, against U.S. President Barack Obama and all of Muhammad Badi leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed El-Beltagy and Essam el-Erian and Safwat Hijazi and Asim Abdalmagd, to do Obama accidentally agreement and incitement and assistance to the armed elements of the Muslim Brotherhood in the commission of crimes against humanity in the period from 03/07/2013 to 08/18/2013, the Arab Republic of Egypt.
I got “home” to the text of the communication, which is the first of its kind, which came pursuant to Article 15 of the Statute of the International Criminal Court, and referred to trial before this court in the light of the outcome of the investigation pursuant to Article 13.
The text of the communication submitted by Dr. Nabil Medhat Salem lawyer cassation that “Article 7/1 of the Statute of the International Criminal Court as a” means any of the following acts “crime against humanity” when committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any combination of the civilian population, with knowledge of the attack: (a) murder. (B) Extermination. (C) slavery. (D) Deportation or forcible transfer of population. (E) Imprisonment or other severe deprivation in any other manner of physical liberty in violation of fundamental rules of international law. (F) Torture. (G) Rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, enforced sterilization, or any other form of sexual violence of comparable gravity. (C) Persecution against any identifiable group or a specific population for political reasons, racial, national, ethnic, cultural, religious, or gender-related, as defined in paragraph 3. Or for other reasons that are universally recognized as impermissible under international law, in connection with any act referred to in this paragraph or any crime within the jurisdiction of the Court. (I) Enforced disappearance of persons. (J) The crime of apartheid. (K) Other inhumane acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering or serious injury to body or to mental or physical health.
Shows the text of this article that crimes against humanity based on the three pillars of the following: First: to commit the act Almathm in the context of a widespread and systematic against any civilian population, and the second: to take this action one of the pictures of the following: (1) murder intentional, (2) genocide, (3) slavery, (4) forcible transfer of population, (5) Imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty, (6) Torture and the intentional infliction of severe pain or suffering physical or mental person is under the control of the accused, (7 ) rape, (8) persecution, (9) enforced disappearance of persons, (10) apartheid, (11) Other inhumane acts, and third: take a picture mental element is criminal intent.
As it was, it was hard probes Case No. 338 for 2013 cover of the appellant Ismailia, and the sentence, and investigations of public prosecution in the events of peaceful demonstrations in front of the Palais des Federal, and investigations into the events of resolving the occupation field fourth Adawiya and the Renaissance and Fath Mosque, and what has been extracted from under the platform fourth Adawiya of bodies distorted by the effects of torture and intentional infliction of physical pain is severe, and CDs containing video tapes illustrated locally and globally that the armed elements of the Muslim Brotherhood driven instigation publicly Mohammed Badi guide the group, and Mohammed El-Beltagy and Essam el-Erian and Safwat Hijazi and Asim Abdalmagd members of the Guidance Bureau congregation committed crimes against humanity that killed deliberately premeditated many groups of civilians in the governorates of Egypt different, as Pett intent and determined to kill them during the peaceful demonstrations that took place in front of the headquarters of the Federal Government in Heliopolis, Egypt to demand the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi Ayat of office. And the detention of several other groups of civilians, and deprivation of physical liberty, torture, and that these crimes have continued within the period from 03/07/2013 until 08/18/2013 throughout and around the provinces of the Republic, accompanied by depriving them intentional and severe deprivation of fundamental rights because of their political identity and religious, Mr. Barack Hussein Obama teamed up with all of Mohammed Badi and Mohamed El-Beltagy and Essam el-Erian and Safwat Hijazi and Asim Abdalmagd and armed elements of the Muslim Brotherhood in the commission of these crimes accidentally agreement, incitement and assistance, that agreed with them to commit, حرضهم publicly on it, and helped them to implement by providing them with firearms and cartridges contrary to international law, and the article 25/1 of the Statute of the International Criminal Court held this court jurisdiction to try natural persons for crimes committed against humanity, and the Article 27 states that applied the Statute of the Court equally to all persons without any distinction based on official capacity. In particular, the official capacity of a person, whether as Head of State or Government or as a member of a Government or parliament, an elected representative or a government official, not تعفيه in any way from criminal responsibility, nor does it constitute in itself, a reason for reduction of sentence, and immunities and procedural rules that are linked to the official capacity of the defendant does not preclude the exercise of jurisdiction by the Court it, and the Article 13 authorizes the Attorney General the authority to refer the case to the International Criminal Court if he had started the investigation on its own in the crimes within the jurisdiction of this Court based on the information that reaches to his knowledge about them.
[The following is one of those rare reports where the readers' commentary is more relevant than the article itself. It is highly unusual for a "legitimate press" source like the Philadelphia Inquirer to allow anti-Israeli, anti-Jewish comments to stand. "JohnWV" nails American leaders as Israeli lackeys and AIPAC as a subversive organization. I will be very interested in seeing what sort of response Philly's large Jewish community will muster to this challenge. If anything significant comes of this, I will try to follow-up.
As for the actual report itself, it is nice to see Kerry turn his sharp tongue towards one of America's true enemies, Netanyahu. Oh, to have been a fly on that wall.]
Of today’s Americans, 2% are Jews. Of today’s American millionaires, 50% are Jews. As in Weimar Germany, they are organized and cunningly extract enormous amounts of money from our economy without contributing value. Wall Street has become a Jewish run casino serving itself and Jewry. Our news media is mostly Jewish owned and blatantly Israel/Jew biased. Our electoral process has been corrupted by AIPAC, the Jewish Conference of Presidents and more enormous amounts of Jewish money. Israel has occupied not just Palestine, but America too. The Wall Street felons remaining unpunished, AIPAC actually writing congressional legislation, and lack of treason indictments attest to the depth of the occupation. The Jewish state instigated all our Mideast wars and benefited from all. None were in American interests, yet we did the dying and suffered the Great Recession. Our diminished America is now being overthrown from within and transformed into a world dominating racist ultrapower, the JEWISH STATE OF AMERICA.— JohnWV
Josef Federman, Associated Press
JERUSALEM – A pair of testy public exchanges last week appear to have undone whatever good will was created between the Israeli and U.S. governments during a high-profile visit by President Obama early this year.
Tensions burst into the open during a swing through the region by Secretary of State John Kerry. In an interview broadcast on both Israeli and Palestinian TV, Kerry questioned Israel’s seriousness about peace with the Palestinians. Hours later, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired back, vowing not to cave in to concessions to the Palestinians – and also saying he “utterly rejects” an emerging nuclear deal between world powers and Iran.
The rancor signals a tough road ahead for the twin American goals of finding a diplomatic solution for Iran’s nuclear program and forging peace between Israel and the Palestinians. And it raises the specter of a return to the uncomfortable relationship that has often characterized dealings between Obama and Netanyahu.
Israeli news reports describe Netanyahu as being in “shock” over the possible Iranian compromise. Netanyahu, who sees Iran as an arch-enemy, has vowed to do anything, including a military strike, to prevent Iran from reaching weapons capability.
Obama and Netanyahu took office just months apart in 2009, but seemed to have little in common. At joint appearances they appeared uncomfortable and even occasionally sparred.
The lack of chemistry seems rooted in vastly different worldviews. Obama is a proponent of diplomacy and consensus, while Netanyahu believes Israel can trust no one and must protect itself.
And there has been constant friction over Netanyahu’s insistence on continuing to settle Jews on occupied land even as he negotiates with the Palestinians.
Over the summer, Kerry persuaded Israel and the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table for the first time in nearly five years. To get talks going, Palestinians dropped a demand for an Israeli freeze on settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, captured territories that Palestinians claim for a future state. To get Palestinians back to talks, Israel committed to releasing 104 long-serving Palestinian prisoners. The U.S. apparently gave vague assurances settlement construction would be restrained.
With negotiations making no visible progress, Israel’s release of a second round of Palestinian prisoners two weeks ago – all jailed for killing Israelis – set off an uproar. Netanyahu followed the release by announcing plans to build thousands of settler homes, infuriating the Palestinians, the Americans, and the moderate camp in Israel itself.
Kerry told Israel’s Channel 2 TV on Thursday that Israel faced the possibility of international isolation and renewed violence with the Palestinians if peace efforts failed. He also said continued settlement construction raised questions about Israel’s commitment to peace. Netanyahu responded the next morning. “No amount of pressure will make me or the government of Israel compromise on the basic security and national interests of the State of Israel,” he said.
The two had a tense meeting that stretched more than two hours, and a planned joint appearance to the media was canceled.
Iraq is still suffering from the US invasion because the apparatus of state oppression and terror is still in place, killing people every day. But few in the US seem to realize the scale of the war crimes committed in Iraq, an expert author told RT.
In an exclusive interview with RT, Nicolas J.S. Davies, author of “Blood On Our Hands: The American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq,” said that the world should learn the lessons from US invasions, such as respect for international law and the futility of military force.
For more on this topic, see RT’s Special Report dedicated to unprecedented raise of violence in Iraq in 2013.
Questionable US objectives in Iraq
RT: Has America achieved any of the goals it had at the beginning of the invasion in 2003?
Nicolas J.S. Davies: That depends how you define those goals. If the intention was to invade a foreign country and destroy its government and its society, then yes, it did.
If you take US officials at their word and accept that they had an intention of replacing that regime and that society with something better, then obviously they did not.
My friend was in Iraq a few months ago and he found very few people in Iraq today who would say that their lives are better now than under Saddam Hussein’s regime. And that is not to say good in any way about Saddam Hussein, it is to say that the United States and its allies destroyed Iraq.
The invasion was not just some sort of mistake. The invasion and occupation were a serious crime, a crime of aggression under the UN Charter as (then-Secretary General) Kofi Annan acknowledged. And aggression was defined under the Nuremberg principles and by the judges at Nuremberg as the supreme international crime.
‘US blown out UN Charter in the past 12 years’
The wisdom of renouncing aggression and war in the UN Charter is borne out by what we have seen in all the acts of aggression that the US has committed over the past 10-12 years. Not one of them has in fact managed to reduce terrorism, managed to establish a better form of government, or managed to make anybody safer.
So when we look at the absolute chaos today in Iraq, Libya and Syria, I think we have to ask who is responsible – and are these in fact crimes for which people should be held criminally responsible?
RT: Many people blame the US for the current unrest in the country saying America has “stirred up a hornets’ nest.” What do you think?
ND: Well, except that Iraq was not a hornet’s nest. And once again this bears out the wisdom of the UN Charter.
Let me read you a very short quote from Norwegian general Robert Mood, who oversaw the peacekeeping force that went into Syria in 2012 to oversee the failed ceasefire.
“It is fairly easy to use the military tool, because, when you launch the military tool in classical interventions, something will happen and there will be results. The problem is that the results are almost all the time different than the political results you were aiming for when you decided to launch it. So the other position, arguing that it is not the role of the international community, neither coalitions of the willing, nor the UN Security Council for that matter, to change governments inside a country, is also a position that should be respected.”
So I think it is a lesson for all of us, for the whole world, to learn from this experience. It is exactly what he just said.
We need a framework of international law respected by all – including the most powerful countries like the United States.
‘Every US military intervention since the WWII has been a complete disaster’
The use of military force cannot achieve any constructive goals, as our leaders claim.
You know, since World War II every US military intervention everywhere has been a complete disaster, whether you’re talking about Korea, Vietnam, Central America in the 1960s or all this entire history of the past 12 years.
You know, really, after Vietnam, I think most Americans understood this. Richard Barnet, who founded the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, wrote a book called “Roots of War” in 1972. He said in that book that the irony is that we’re at a point where the No. 1 country has perfected the science of killing; that at the very moment that this has happened, it is no longer a practical means of political domination.
And as I say, this is the irony of our country, the United States, in world history: That at the point where we have these weapons powerful enough to destroy the entire world, we can no longer use them to any practical constructive purpose. And yet, we have virtually bankrupted this country.
Since Richard Barnet wrote these words in 1972, the US has spent at least $17 trillion on its military, which happens to be exactly equal to our supposedly unsustainable national debt.
This is really now just a tragic history, but what we should do is to try and learn from that and recommit to the rule of international law. We just saw how effective it could be in Syria, by actually practicing working diplomacy within the rule of international law, bringing the chemical weapons of the regime to the UN to dismantle them – and how much better that works than launching missile strikes.
‘US employed classic divide-and-rule strategy in Iraq’
RT: This year has proved to be most deadliest in Iraq for the last five years. Why is the situation on the ground getting worse?
ND: Well, because Iraq is still suffering from the destruction of its regime and its government and its society by the United States. The United States employed a classic divide-and-rule strategy, pitting people of different sects against each other, inciting violence that is completely unprecedented in that country. And now has instilled a sectarian-based government that only represents people of only one sect. It is still receiving huge amounts of so-called security assistance from the United States.
The United States built powerful organs of state terrorism in Iraq. The CIA sent a retired colonel by the name of James Steele to Iraq in 2004. He eventually recruited 27 brigades of special police commandos who then waged a reign of terror that killed tens of thousands of mostly Sunni men and boys in Baghdad and around the country. They have since been rebranded, first as the National Police, when one of their torture centers was discovered back during that period, and now as the Federal Police. They are still effectively run by Adnan Al-Asadi, who has been the deputy interior minister there since 2005.
So that regime of state repression and terror that the United States installed in Iraq is still functioning, and still conducting extrajudicial executions, in addition to one of the largest numbers of supposedly legal executions in the world.
You know, in Iraq, you can be sentenced to death for property crimes; you can be sentenced to death on accusations of terrorism, in trials that only last, at best, an hour or two, with very little legal representation. Human rights officials from the UN have absolutely condemned the justice system – so-called justice system – that the US has established in Iraq, and have demanded – the UN Human Rights Council has demanded – that Iraq immediately cease these hangings.
Sometimes they hang more than 40 people in one day, including women as well. This is just a reign of terror. And in that sense, some of the worst aspects of the US occupation are still continuing today.
RT: Can we expect the situation to change?
ND: There has always been resistance in Iraq to this reign of terror, and to this highly illegitimate government. And most of that is political, non-violent resistance. Since 2011 when the Arab Spring began – you know, there were massive demonstrations all over Iraq in 2011 during the Arab Spring, they were not reported very much in the West, for political reasons. There is a great demand from the people of Iraq to change this situation.
But as long as the US continues to support this highly repressive government it is very difficult, and it is continuing to cause the sacrifice of thousands of lives. It is obviously exploited by extremists, by Islamists, Sunni groups supported by the Saudis and others on the other side. So you’ve got an extremist Shiite government and you’ve got extremist Sunni, right-wing fundamentalist terrorism and you’ve got millions of innocent civilians caught up in the middle. But their capacity for resistance was systematically broken down by the US occupation.
Hundreds and hundreds of academics were killed. Thousands of professionals fled the country during the US occupation. Almost anyone who could get out fled for their lives, amid the threat of death from various militias and factions in Iraq. It will take an awful lot for Iraq to recover from this.
‘US never accounted for war crimes’
But for American viewers watching this, I think it’s important to understand our responsibility and our government’s responsibility for this. President Nixon promised $3.3 billion in reparations to Vietnam, but not a penny of that was ever paid. We should be paying reparations to help the people of Iraq recover for what was done in our name to them. We should be pressing, pressing for our leaders to be held accountable for these crimes.
A couple of weeks ago, I went with a group of people here in Miami to the Canadian consulate and met with the political officer there, because Mr. Richard Cheney, the former vice president of the United States, was scheduled to speak at an economic forum in Toronto. So we along with human rights groups and lawyers in Canada and the United States were asking Canada to please do what we have failed to do, to honor its obligations under the convention against torture. To either bar Mr. Cheney from entering Canada, or if he was allowed into Canada, to please arrest him and investigate his alleged crimes. Unfortunately, the very conservative government in Canada failed – once again – to uphold its obligations under the convention against torture.
The US occupation of Iraq, as well as being an act of aggression, when you consider that probably about 10 percent of the Sunni population were killed, and probably 25 percent of them were driven from their homes, clearly meets the definition of genocide as it is defined in the genocide convention. The occupation included systematic, daily violations of the convention against torture and many, many articles of the Geneva Conventions.
So the US officials responsible for all of that really have many charges to answer. And we should understand, as Americans, that while there have been indictments in Spain, and Mr. Bush was prevented from traveling to Switzerland, Mr. Rumsfeld was almost prevented from traveling to Belgium at one point – the primary responsibility under all the international treaties that the United States has signed is on us. It is our responsibility to hold senior, major American war criminals responsible for their crimes.
And that continues. The Obama administration has not just failed to hold the officials of the previous administration accountable, but has continued many of these crimes. Aggression is aggression, whether it’s a full-scale invasion or simply flying drones over another country and blowing up people’s homes.
So the US crimes continue. After the US was convicted by the International Court of Justice in the 1980s of committing aggression against Nicaragua, it said it would simply no longer recognize the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice. It has never recognized the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, which so far is functioning as an international African court because the only people that have been charged have been from Africa. And of course this is completely undermining the legitimacy of the court. Little by little, no one in Africa is going to cooperate with it if they see it as simply targeting their own leaders while leaders of the United States and other countries just completely get off the hook.
So we have a collective responsibility, which we can fulfill by the payment of war reparations, and we have criminal accountability by which we need to charge civilian and military officials who were responsible for the horrors inflicted on the people of Iraq, under our own laws, under the United States War Crimes Act, for the crimes they committed.
‘American viewers are not familiar with horrors of modern Iraq’
RT: The mainstream media is often portraying terror attacks and deaths in Iraq as mundane. But the war doesn’t seem to be over. Why do the Western media often turn a blind eye to the everyday struggle of Iraqis?
ND: Some of your viewers may be surprised to hear some of the things I’m saying because the US media has simply never addressed this incredible human tragedy in Iraq in these kinds of terms. In fact, I think any reporter who talks to people in Iraq today can ascertain pretty quickly that very few people – only perhaps those affiliated with the government that was installed by the occupation, perhaps some of those people would feel they’re now better off – but for ordinary Iraqis probably very few would say they’re better off today.
And yet, this would come as a surprise to many Americans. Many Americans, because the media has reported in such a bias fashion in this entire catastrophe, many Americans are unaware. You mentioned in your invitation to me that the Iraq Body Count, which as some estimate of 100,000 or 200,000 Iraqis killed, but that is based on passive reporting. Actual epidemiological studies in Iraq have found anywhere from 400,000 to over 1 million Iraqis killed.
Les Roberts, who pioneered epidemiology in war zones, in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, took part in one of those epidemiological studies in Iraq, and he found exactly the same pattern in Iraq as he found in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo: that passive reporting of deaths in a war zone generally only capture between 5 percent and 20 percent of the actual deaths that emerge from more in-depth studies. So the Iraq Body Count is based on passive reporting, they’re taking numbers from the Iraqi Health Ministry, numbers reported in the Western media and sort of adding those up. Again, Les Roberts found exactly the same thing in Iraq as he found in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, that probably 5 to 20 times as many people as that were actually killed in Iraq.
‘The true numbers of victims in Iraq is much higher’
Yes, thousands of people are still being killed, and the exact numbers are probably very hard to know. It is less than during most of the US occupation. Most of the people killed during the US occupation were killed by US or allied forces, or by US-trained Iraqi forces. When the Iraqi Health Ministry reported in 2004 and 2005 that that was the case, that most of the deaths were not from resistance forces or insurgents, but from the occupying forces, that was reported even in The Miami Herald, actually, by McClatchy, by Nancy Youssef who did some very good reporting.
The BBC – but once the BBC got a hold of it and started reporting that, John Simpson reported that in preparing for a Panorama show in Britain for the BBC, but before the actual Panorama show aired, he was contacted by the Iraqi Minister of Health saying, “No, no, no, that’s not what the numbers show,” that these were their own figures, he said, “No, no, we really have no idea who killed all these people.” On the web you can find sites like the Information Clearing House. You can find the original BBC report, and then you can find its retraction and the reedited report sort of apologizing for having reported what the occupation health ministry had told them.
So, really, when we look at Libya, when we look at Syria, we really need to understand. I think Americans deserve more credit than they usually get for grasping these issues, and I think that kind of explains why we saw this massive, massive outcry against the prospect of new US aggression against Syria.
If people want to know more about the US invasion and destruction of Iraq, please get a hold of a copy of my book, it’s called “Blood on Our Hands: The American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq.” People can also read my other work on Syria and on US militarism and war crimes.
Nicolas J S Davies
King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
With elections to the United Nations Human Rights Council quickly approaching, and with Saudi Arabia standing as a candidate, we are writing to urge Your Majesty’s government to take concrete, visible steps to meet its obligation to “uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights,” as set forth in UN General Assembly Resolution 60/251. In advance of the November 12 elections, Saudi Arabia should signal its willingness to address ongoing human rights concerns by releasing all human rights and civil society activists jailed in 2013 solely on the basis of their peaceful exercise of freedoms of expression and association, including Abdullah al-Hamid, Mohammed al-Qahtani, Abd al-Karim al-Khudr, and Raif Badawi.
We also urge the Saudi authorities to stop ongoing prosecutions of human rights activists Mikhlif al-Shammari, Waleed Abu al-Khair, and Fadhel al-Manasif.
Saudi Arabia has increased repression of independent activists in 2013, pursuing prosecutions on vague catch-all charges, such as “breaking allegiance with the ruler,” “trying to distort the reputation of the kingdom,” and “participating in setting up an unlicensed organization.” Several nonviolent activists, including al-Shammari, Abu al-Khair, and al-Manasif, face closed trials before Saudi Arabia’s terrorism tribunal, the Specialized Criminal Court, which has a poor record of ensuring the right to an adequate defense.
In addition, dozens of others in 2013 have faced harassment, intimidation, threats of prosecution, and bans on foreign travel in response to their peaceful activism.
The continued prosecution of human rights defenders directly contradicts Saudi Arabia’s claims of support for human rights and is inconsistent with a presence on the Human Rights Council. Halting the crackdown on independent activists would indicate Saudi Arabia’s willingness to improve its human rights record as it campaigns for a seat on the Council.
Saudi Arabia should also set timetables for passing long-awaited legislation, such as a written criminal penal code and an associations law that comply with international standards. Though these laws have been under discussion since 2009, to the knowledge of Human Rights Watch, authorities have taken no action toward passing them in 2013.
In the absence of a written penal code, individual prosecutors and judges have wide latitude to define and punish alleged criminal behavior based on individual interpretations of Islamic law, allowing for prosecutions on broad politicized charges such as “distorting the reputation of the kingdom.”
Saudi Arabia also lacks an associations law, forcing independent non-charity organizations to operate illegally, and leaving activists liable for criminal prosecution for “setting up an unlicensed organization.”
Cooperate with the Human Rights Council
UN General Assembly Resolution 60/251 also calls for all members of the Human Rights Council to fully cooperate with the council, including with its special procedures. Earlier this week, more than 40 civil society groups wrote to you and all other UN member states emphasizing the importance of this commitment, and their expectations for states seeking elections to the Council.
Saudi Arabia has the following outstanding visit requests by special procedures:
- Special rapporteur on freedom of expression and opinion (requested in 2004)
- Special rapporteur on trafficking (requested in 2005)
- Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (requested in 2008)
- Special rapporteur on extrajudicial summary or arbitrary executions (requested in 2005, 2008)
- Special rapporteur on freedom of religion (requested in 2006, reminder in 2008 and 2009)
- Special rapporteur on torture (requested in 2006, 2007, and 2010)
- Special rapporteur on human rights defenders (requested in 2012)
Saudi Arabia should immediately agree to these visits and schedule them for as soon as possible.
Saudi Arabia should also accept key recommendations made during the interactive debate of the seventeenth session of the Universal Periodic Review on October 21, 2013, including those recommending an end to the discriminatory male guardianship system, accession to major international human rights treaties such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, ending the death penalty, especially for children, and ensuring adequate human rights protections and redress mechanisms for migrant workers.
The Human Rights Council election provides an important moment for Saudi Arabia to demonstrate a commitment to addressing human rights concerns, and we appreciate Your Majesty’s consideration of those mentioned in this letter.
Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights
Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative
International Service for Human Rights
Hassan Shire Sheikh
East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project
Ziad Abdel Tawab
Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies
Sarah Leah Whitson
Middle East and North Africa division
Human Rights Watch
[Sad to admit the hard facts about Pakistan, but militant/terrorist leaders tend to tell the truth more often there than does the actual government leaders do. I can find no fault with the following TTP claims. The first quotes are from the Dawn article on Fazlullah, blaming the Pak govt. for killing Hakeemullah.]
“Pakistani rulers are slaves of the Americans and Pakistan is a US colony. The rulers are keeping the people in the dark and deceiving the nation by speaking about talks while conspiring with the US to harm the Taliban.”
The TTP holds “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif responsible for the death of Hakeemullah. `He bargained and sold out Hakeemullah to the Americans and we hold Nawaz Sharif and his Pakistan Muslim League responsible for his death.”
“We are one hundred percent sure that Pakistan fully supports the United States in its drone strikes.”
[No matter what the lying Pakistani or Western press says to the contrary---There is NO DAYLIGHT between the Pakistani and American militaries on the drone assassination program, a hard fact that the militants have always understood. All of this nonsense about "good" or "bad Taliban" is tabloid journalism, intended to mislead the viewing or reading public. Consider the words of the most disputed "good/bad Taliban," before he too was murdered by one of Obama/Kayani's drones, Mullah Nazir had the following to say:
“Pakistan has misled the common population that America carries out these attacks and we cannot do anything to stop them. All the spies that we have caught turned out to be employees of Pakistan. The location-tracking SIMs that they use had been provided by Pakistan. We have also released their video clips. The spyware and intelligence is fully associated with the Army. A couple of days ago, an American CIA officer confessed that Pakistan’s airbases are being used for these attacks and that Pakistan itself is involved in them. They have even threatened us themselves that it is we who are striking you and that either you should renounce Jihad or we would attack. The assertion that America is behind this and we are helpless is only meant to deceive the public. All these attacks that have happened and are still happening are the work of Pakistan.”
“Pakistan serves America. 70% of the assistance America receives is provided by Pakistan. They have martyred our Mujahid brothers; those of them who were leading us and were our elders. Whenever we raise our head, Pakistan pursues us. Thus we are compelled to war Pakistan. It is not because India or Russia has bribed us…not at all…rather, we have been compelled to do so. Pakistan does not leave us alone.”
“Actually, it is the ISI that executes operations at mosques, not the Mujahideen. They are enemies to us and so they scare people about us being thugs and things like that. We are Mujahideen and we never carry out martyrdom operations in the vicinity of Muslims. It is the Army upon which we execute such operations. The Army is our target because it has aided the Americans. We do carry out martyrdom operations throughout Pakistan but we renounce and condemn those of them in mosques and marketplaces. It is our enemy that does it.”
[Before the drone campaign blossomed under Obama, we have the following testimony on Pakistani Army culpability from an anonymous Mehsud militant.]
[Fazlullah has promised to wage an intensive bombing campaign across Punjab in revenge for Hakeemullah's murder, which is anticipated to force the Army's hand, achieving the long-sought North Waziristan offensive that the Pentagon has been screaming for (SEE: 'Red rag to a bull': New TTP chief could push army to military action). Fazlullah is the CIA/Saudi agent who started a war against the Pak Army in Swat and Bajaur, before the Army drove him into Afghanistan's Nuristan/Logar region. He has maintained his attacks upon the Army from the sanctuary there. Having him in charge of the TTP is the CIA's "wet dream" come true. There will be no drone attacks upon Fazlullah. While Fazlullah was in control in Swat, there were zero drone assassinations there, after the single disastrous attempt to kill Ayman Zawahiri there in 2006, blowing-up a religious seminary in Chenagai village, claiming the lives of 82 boys and their teachers.
Whoever was the traitor that planted the CIA tracking chip on Hakeemullah, effectively silencing the new govt attempts to negotiate peace, did a very great disservice to his country. The Pakistani people just jumped from the frying pan right into the middle of the fire.]
MIRAMSHAH, Nov 7: The outlawed Tehreek-iTaliban Pakistan chose on Thursday Mullah Fazlullah, a fugitive militant ensconced in Afghanistan, as its new leader.
The umbrella organisation representing dozens of militant groups vowed to take revenge from Pakistani rulers and security forces f or the killing of its leader Hakeemullah Mehsud in a drone attack last week.
Miramshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan, reverberated with gunfire in celebration after the announcement of the selection of the 39-year-old militant leader from Swat, who ruled the northern district for two years before he was driven out in a military operation in 2009.
He had entered into a peace deal with the then ruling Awami National Party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa through his father-in-law Maulana Sufi Muhammad, leading to enforcement of the Nizam-i-Adl Regulation in 2009. But the deal collapsed when militants refused to lay down arms and a full-fledged military operation was launched in Swat.
According to intelligence officials, Fazlullah, who was known as Radio Mullah for his use of FM frequencies to broadcast sermons to the people of Swat, was in Afghanistan`s eastern Nuristan province from where his fighters carried out raids on Pakistani border posts.
The Fazlullah group had accepted responsibility for a roadside bombing in Upper Dir that killed Maj Gen Sanaullah Niazi and another officer in mid-September this year and subsequently released a video of the attack.
The TTP announced that its shura had also chosen Sheikh Khalid Haqqani, a little known militant leaderfrom Swabi, as its deputy leader, effectively shifting the militant leadership from the tribal region to the settled districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
In a recent video message, Khalid Haqqani outlined TTP`s global jihad mission and said: `Our ongoing struggle is not restricted to the boundaries of Pakistan but connected to all [jihadi] movements in different regions of the world.
`Now we have people at the helm in the TTP who are opposed to talks with the government. This indicates the mood within the TTP,` a senior security official said.
`Not that there has ever been any optimism before, but this development changes the entire equation,` he said.
`The leadership has passed on from one set of radicals to another. They are all hardliners.
But some former security officials said the appointment of leaders from outside the tribal region indicated a rift between rival groups within the TTP vying for the top slot.
`The Mehsuds wouldn`t let the leadership go away from TTP`s birthplace,` former intelligence officer retired Brig Asad Munir said.
`Fazlullah and Khalid Haqqani have been brought in to avert a rift between rival Mehsud groups,` he said.
But the leader of TTP executive shura, Asmatullah Shaheen Bhittani, said at a news conference in Miramshah that the unanimous election of the new leaders disproved the `propaganda` about a rift within the TTP.
He also threatened that the `federal government and Punjab and other provinces and security forces will be our target`.
He held Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif responsible for the death of Hakeemullah. `He bargained and sold out Hakeemullah to the Americans and we hold Nawaz Sharif and his Pakistan Muslim League responsible for his death, he said.
Bhittani said the militants would expand their activities to Punjab which so far has largely remained peaceful. `We are not politicians who issue hollow threats.
Our revenge from Punjab, the federal government and the security forces will be exemplary,` he said whiletalking to Dawn.
`But we assure the people that they would not be harmed.
However, the assurance is likely to be believed only by a few people as the government says about 50,000 people have lost their lives in terrorist attacks in more than a decade of militant activities in the country.
Bhittani accused the government of pursuing a dual policy. `Pakistani rulers are slaves of the Americans and Pakistan is a US colony. The rulers are keeping the people in the dark and deceiving the nation by speaking about talks while conspiring with the US to harm the Taliban,` he alleged.
(According to news agencies, Asmatullah Shaheen said at the press conference that the TTP would not negotiate with the government `until it announces the complete enforcement of sharia`.
`There will be no more talks as Mullah Fazlullah is already against negotiations with the Pakistan government,` Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said.
`We are one hundred percent sure that Pakistan fully supports the United States in its drone strikes,` he said.
Fazlullah opposes polio vaccinations and ordered closure of girls` schools.)
[They used the same process in Bosnia and in Iraq. The Pak Army is very efficient. The Saudis called upon them during the siege of the Grand Mosque in Mecca. Their disciplined trainers are very efficient at transmitting that training to rebel groups.
It is laughable that the media is trying to make us believe that the Saudis would attempt to revive the trans-national network of Islamist recruitment and supply necessary for such a "shadow war," without help from both the Pentagon and the CIA. The name of the game is deniability. The CIA has been very methodical in using first Qatari, then Saudi funds to reestablish the Islamist recruitment network in Syria. First, the Qatari project brought in the most violent, radical Islamist militants....let's call them "al-Qaeda," When the uproar began over the barbarity of these thugs, then the Saudis created the Nusra nexis, to impersonate "good Islamists," even though they too have been called "al-Qaeda." The Saudis demand international support, on the grounds that failure to assist their good Islamists, would be tantamount to surrendering Syria to the "bad al-Qaeda," even though the Gulf monarchs are financing both sides. It is all a grand show for our benefit.
It is long past time that we helped Bashar al-Asad to eliminate ALL of these vermin "Islamist" scum from his country. The question then becomes, do we then clean-out the huge nest of "Islamist" vipers in Riyadh? That will all depend upon the Saudis themselves. Will they also admit the error of their ways and seek to help the international effort to repair the unimaginable desolation that they have wrought in Syria? Would such a change of heart make amends for the war crimes committed by both the US and the Saudis in creating this war?]
The Kingdom is turning to Pakistan to train Syria’s rebels. It’s a partnership that once went very wrong in Afghanistan. Will history repeat itself?
BY DAVID KENNER
BEIRUT — Saudi Arabia, having largely abandoned hope that the United States will spearhead international efforts to topple the Assad regime, is embarking on a major new effort to train Syrian rebel forces. And according to three sources with knowledge of the program, Riyadh has enlisted the help of Pakistani instructors to do it.
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, along with the CIA, also supported the Afghan rebels against the Soviet-backed government during the 1980s. That collaboration contains a cautionary note for the current day: The fractured Afghan rebels were unable to govern after the old regime fell, paving the way for chaos and the rise of the Taliban. Some of the insurgents, meanwhile, transformed into al Qaeda and eventually turned their weapons against their former patrons.
While the risk of blowback has been discussed in Riyadh, Saudis with knowledge of the training program describe it as an antidote to extremism, not a potential cause of it. They have described the kingdom’s effort as having two goals — toppling the Assad regime, and weakening al Qaeda-linked groups in the country. Prince Turki, the former Saudi intelligence chief and envoy to Washington, said in a recent interview that the mainstream opposition must be strengthened so that it could protect itself “these extremists who are coming from all over the place” to impose their own ideologies on Syria.
The ramped up Saudi effort has been spurred by the kingdom’s disillusionment with the United States. A Saudi insider with knowledge of the program described how Riyadh had determined to move ahead with its plans after coming to the conclusion that President Barack Obama was simply not prepared to move aggressively to oust Assad. “We didn’t know if the Americans would give [support] or not, but nothing ever came through,” the source said. “Now we know the president just didn’t want it.”
Pakistan’s role is so far relatively small, though another source with knowledge of Saudi thinking said that a plan was currently being debated to give Pakistan responsibility for training two rebel brigades, or around 5,000 to 10,000 fighters. Carnegie Middle East Center fellow Yezid Sayigh first noted the use of Pakistani instructors, writing that the Saudis were planning to build a Syrian rebel army of roughly 40,000 to 50,000 soldiers.
“The only way Assad will think about giving up power is if he’s faced with the threat of a credible, armed force,” said the Saudi insider.
A State Department official declined to comment on the Saudi training program.
Saudi Arabia’s decision to move forward with training the Syrian rebels independent of the United States is the latest sign of a split between the two longtime allies. In Syria, Saudi officials were aggrieved by Washington’s decision to cancel a strike on the Assad regime in reprisal for its chemical weapons attack on the Damascus suburbs this summer. A top Saudi official told the Washington Post that Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan was unaware of the cancelation of the strike. “We found about it from CNN,” he said.
As a result, Saudi Arabia has given up on hopes that the United States would spearhead efforts to topple Assad and decided to press forward with its own plans to bolster rebel forces. That effort relies on a network of Saudi allies in addition to Pakistan, such as Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, and France.
As Sayigh laid out in his Carnegie paper, Saudi Arabia is attempting to build “a new national army” for the rebels — a force with an “avowedly Sunni ideology” that could seize influence from mainstream Syrian opposition groups. In addition to its training program in Jordan, Saudi Arabia also helped organize the unification of roughly 50 rebel brigades into “the Army of Islam” under the leadership of Zahran Alloush, a Salafist commander whose father is a cleric based in the kingdom.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R) of California said the estimate the committee had received from the Pentagon was about $30 billion.
“This isn’t a couple billion,” he said.
He then posed another question. “Could the fact that we haven’t won yet indicate that there’s something wrong more fundamentally, other than we don’t have enough troops there?” he wondered aloud, before directing another question to Keane.
“General, you were in Vietnam,” Mr. Rohrbacher began. “Do you think that we just needed to keep a couple extra troops there and the situation would have cleared itself up?”
Rohrbacher did not wait for a response, but went on to note that $15 billion is the “whole gross national product” of Afghanistan.
As the White House grapples with just how many US troops should still be in Afghanistan by the end of next year, some longtime Pentagon advisers are increasingly convinced that any “plausible” deal that ends the longest war in American history will involve legalizing the Taliban.
Others say President Obama should continue to keep US force levels in the tens of thousands so that they can continue to train Afghan soldiers in the art of running an army.
More than 12 years after US troops began fighting in Afghanistan and after thousands of lives lost, it is an “inconvenient fact” that the Afghan National Security Forces will not be ready to secure their government or their territory after 2014, says Frederick Kagan, an analyst at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington and a former member of Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s strategic assessment team back when the general, now retired, commanded US forces in Afghanistan.
US “combat operations” are slated to end by late 2014, although that doesn’t necessarily mean that any US troops left on the ground at that point will be doing any less fighting, Pentagon officials note, because they will be tasked with training, which often means fighting alongside Afghan soldiers and police.
If the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF, as they are known in Pentagon parlance) are unable to win the war outright after 2014 – a fair possibility, given that they are unable to win the war now with the help of US troops, helicopters, and intelligence assets – ”that leaves only two plausible long-term outcomes to the conflict,” says Stephen Biddle, a senior fellow in defense policy at the Council on Foreign Relations and a former adviser to now-retired Gens. David Petraeus and McChrystal in Afghanistan.
One is a “negotiated settlement with the Taliban at some point, whether near or distant,” he told lawmakers at a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Middle East subcommittee last week. “The other is defeat for the Afghan government.”
A settlement with the Taliban “represents at best a least-bad option,” Dr. Biddle said. “But a deal along these lines would nevertheless be preferable to outright defeat and, properly structured, could preserve the two core interests at the heart of the US war effort: that Afghanistan not become a base by which militants could strike the United States or our allies in the West, and that Afghanistan not become a base for destabilizing its neighbors, including Pakistan.”
Today, analysts and many US lawmakers believe that the White House will opt to leave a US force of some 8,000 to 10,000 troops in the country, though the administration has warned that the “zero option” could be on the table if Afghan President Hamid Karzai does not agree to certain legal protections for US troops.
In a series of recent congressional hearings and think tank discussions, Washington continues to debate the proper number of US troops to stay in Afghanistan post-2014.
Seth Jones, a former adviser to US Special Operations Forces and an analyst at the Rand Corp. sees between 8,000 and 12,000 US forces “that really let Afghans do the bulk of the fighting” as “probably being sufficient.”
Other analysts would like to see the US keep more of its troops in the country. “If the requirement in Afghanistan to achieve vital US national security interests is 15,000 troops but the White House is only prepared to put 12,000, is the president really prepared to put up a fight over 3,000 troops?” asked Dr. Kagan at a Foreign Policy Initiative discussion last month.
Retired Gen. Jack Keane, a former vice chief of staff for the Army and now the chairman of the board for the Institute for the Study of War (a think tank run by Kagan’s wife, Kimberly Kagan), told lawmakers on the House Foreign Affairs Committee last week that the “residual” US force size post-2014 should be about 20,000 US troops.
At the same hearing, Kagan warned that 20,000 troops would be a “very high risk” but that, “with a great deal of difficulty, it’s feasible.”
He added that, on the basis of his assessments, the force size should be “upwards of 30,000.”
Mr. Keane came with another request: that the US continue to fund the 352,000 Afghan security forces through 2020, and not reduce the funding as many in Congress have advocated. “We’re actually arguing over what – $2 billion or $3 billion a year for five years?” Keane said. “That makes no sense to me whatsoever.”
On this point, lawmakers chided Keane about the “offhand way” he was describing the costs of the war.
“Here in Washington these days we have debates in every one of our committees about where we spend money and how we spend money and what our priorities are, and I don’t think it’s irresponsible for us to struggle through … whether $2 billion or $3 billion a year more in Afghanistan is something that we should be spending,” said Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Middle East subcommittee.
Another lawmaker asked Keane what the cost of keeping 30,000 troops a year in Afghanistan would be. “I don’t know,” Keane replied.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R) of California said the estimate the committee had received from the Pentagon was about $30 billion.
“This isn’t a couple billion,” he said.
He then posed another question. “Could the fact that we haven’t won yet indicate that there’s something wrong more fundamentally, other than we don’t have enough troops there?” he wondered aloud, before directing another question to Keane.
“General, you were in Vietnam,” Mr. Rohrbacher began. “Do you think that we just needed to keep a couple extra troops there and the situation would have cleared itself up?”
Rohrbacher did not wait for a response, but went on to note that $15 billion is the “whole gross national product” of Afghanistan.
He then proposed a less conventional end to the war. “I assure you, with the experience that I have had in Afghanistan, which is extensive, that for $3 billion we can buy off every tribal leader and every political leader in that country,” Rohrbacher said. “And for an extra $1 billion, there can be smiles on their faces and they can wave American flags,” he added. “Just get our troops out of there.”
The Pentagon will bring US force levels – currently at some 54,000 – down to 34,000 by February, just before Afghan presidential elections scheduled for April.
The White House says it is still negotiating with Mr. Karzai over a bilateral security agreement to keep troops in Afghanistan past the end of 2014.
He then proposed a less conventional end to the war. “I assure you, with the experience that I have had in Afghanistan, which is extensive, that for $3 billion we can buy off every tribal leader and every political leader in that country,” Rohrbacher said. “And for an extra $1 billion, there can be smiles on their faces and they can wave American flags,” he added. “Just get our troops out of there.”
He hailed Islam as the religion of blessing and privileges for all and expressed regret that the divine religion is misrepresented by extremist Wahhabis as the religion of bloodshed and violence.
Iranian cleric noted that Takfiri (excommunicating) behaviors would turn attractions of Islam into a reason for repulsion and stated while the modern world is ready to embrace Islam, extremist behaviors by Wahhabi groups have intensified Islamophobic efforts.
“Behaviors of Takfiri groups are threatening for the whole world and are not limited to Islamic countries.” Said senior scholar and demanded Muslim clerics not to take silence against Takfiri groups.
He announced that Iran’s holy city of Qom will host Shia and Sunni figures in an international conference on threats of Wahhabism for Muslims and humanity as well as ways to confront the issue.
Senior cleric said extremist Takfiri groups are not brave enough to enter scientific debates rather they are only capable of carrying out suicide attacks and kill the civilians.
Religious figure reiterated that the only aim is to confront minor excommunicating Wahhabis while Shia clerics develop close ties with Sunni scholars.
Shia jurisprudent vowed that he would join Sunni scholars to confront extremist groups and show the true kind face of Islam to the world.
Iranian cleric also touched upon the issue of Nikah Jihad (sex jihad) in Syria calling that a great shame by Wahhabis and urged Muslim communities and clerics not to take a neutral stance against these measures.
According to Ayatollah Makarem Muslims have to protect each other and excommunication of other Muslims is in full contrast with lifestyle and teachings of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).
The State Department said Hakimullah was responsible for a failed May 2010 attempt to detonate a car bomb in New York’s Times Square besides several key incidents.
The spokesman said the State Department of US could not confirm the death of Mehsud.
Dialogues with Pakistan on bilateral relations were continue, the spokesman further said.
AFP Adds: The United States Monday admitted to “tensions” and occasional “misunderstandings” in its relations with Pakistan, but implicitly defended the killing of TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud.
The government in Islamabad reacted angrily to the attack on Hakimullah Mehsud, saying it would scuttle its peace talks with the group.
“There inevitably will be some tensions and occasional misunderstandings between our two countries,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.
“We hope to continue to make progress in the relationship, and we continue to seek ways for our countries to cooperate on the entire range of shared interests that we have, from economic to security issues.”
Carney would not confirm the drone strike that killed Mehsud, in line with normal practice in such attacks, but he said the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader had a long list of extremist credentials, including a failed bombing in Times Square, New York, in 2010.
Carney charged that Mehsud and other TTP leaders had “publicly vowed to continue targeting the United States and Americans.”
Mehsud was also wanted in connection with the killings of seven Americans at a US base in Khost province, Afghanistan.
A Kurdish female fighter from the Popular Protection Units (YPG) carries a walkie-talkie as she stands near fellow fighters carrying their weapons and using binoculars in the Kurdish town of Ifrin, in Aleppo’s countryside October 14, 2013. REUTERS/Roshak Ahmad
The Committees for the Protection of the Kurdish People (YPJ), the main Kurdish militia in Syria, has battled other rebel groups in a bid to carve out an autonomous region in the northeast, where the army is no longer deployed.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based group that relies on local activists and other sources, said that “since Saturday, a total of 19 localities have fallen into the hands of Kurdish fighters.”
“The jihadists have been trying to regroup their fighters to reclaim lost ground,” it said, referring to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Al-Nusra Front, hardline groups linked to Al-Qaeda.
The Kurdish and jihadist fighters have long been battling for control of the northeastern Hasake province bordering Turkey and Iraq, which is rich in petroleum and grain.
The latest clashes came a week after Kurdish fighters seized the Yaarubiyeh crossing on the Iraq border, which had been a key transit point for arms and jihadist fighters carrying out attacks in both countries.
The fighting between the Kurds and rebels ostensibly struggling to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has added another level of complexity to the civil war, which has claimed an estimated 120,000 lives since early 2011.
The uprising against Assad began in March 2011 as a series of peaceful protests inspired by the Arab Spring, but soon escalated into a full-blown war after his security forces launched a brutal crackdown.
Hundreds of suspected terrorists have been freed in a series of brazen jailbreaks that U.S. counter-terrorism analysts now suspect may all be part of an al Qaeda-coordinated “Great Escape”-like plot, officials told ABC News.
Just this week, a small group of the escaped showed themselves to be back to their old ways, captured on video carrying out an attack against security forces in Iraq.
While firm connections between the jailbreaks have not been conclusively established, similarities in the tactics al Qaeda-affiliated assault teams used to free known militants in Libya, Iraq and Pakistan, which all occurred within a week of each other this summer, and a relevant message on jailbreaks from Osama bin Laden’s successor, lead many to suspect coordination.
At a minimum, the bloody external assaults that freed the jihadis, along with a subsequent uptick in violence in North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia, has caused alarm.
“We are very concerned about it,” said one of several U.S. officials tracking the jailbreaks who spoke to ABC News.
Officials said they feared the legion of terrorists sprung from behind bars could target U.S. and other western interests overseas — or even in the homeland.
The Westgate mall terror attack in Nairobi, Kenya, last month, which left more than 60 dead including Western shoppers, added to the jitters already felt over suddenly having to worry about hundreds of liberated inmates expert in assassination, making improvised explosive devices and leading terror cells.
The prison attacks also have become a rallying cry in public statements by Al Qaeda affiliates in Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Tunisia and Yemen, and prompted a global INTERPOL alert last August.
Prisons in Taji and at Abu Ghraib near Baghdad were assaulted July 21 by heavily armed terrorists, who freed comrades from al Qaeda-Iraq (AQI), according to U.S. and Iraqi officials. Since then, a wave of suicide and vehicle bombings has slain thousands in Iraq — which officials partly blame on the freed inmates — while other former convicts have moved through al Qaeda staging areas in the western desert to fight in Syria.
“You can’t ascribe all of the violence to the jailbreaks, but it has replenished AQI’s stocks,” one U.S. official told ABC News. “They have given AQI an advantage with their numbers and experience.”
“There were more than 600 [escapees], most are AQI, ISIS and other terrorists,” Hakim Al-Zamili, a member of the Iraqi parliament who closely follows security issues, told ABC News in Baghdad. “Those AQI fighters have the ability to influence and to work in groups on the ground. The jailbreak operations have given them the motive and support to move on, and also the motive to free other [terrorist] inmates.”
Al Qaeda yesterday posted video online of armed former inmates who escaped from Abu Ghraib capturing and executing Iraqi military officers.
A week after the Iraq breakouts, more than 1,000 inmates escaped a prison in Benghazi, Libya, though many who overwhelmed the jail were said to be relatives of petty criminals held there, one of the U.S. officials cautioned. Other prisoners escaped in much smaller numbers in separate incidents elsewhere in Libya around the same period.
On July 30, a prison in Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan, was attacked by Tehrek-e-Taliban Pakistan using almost identical tactics, techniques and procedures as in al Qaeda’s Iraq assaults. The attackers liberated a dozen or more known terrorists picked up in the tribal areas.
The sophisticated D.I. Khan operation was claimed to have been carried out by former Pakistani air force officer-turned-extremist Adnan Rasheed, who was busted out of a prison in Bannu, Pakistan last spring. He subsequently helped form a special terror unit in the tribal areas, Ansar al-Aseer, to stage more attacks to free terrorists in Pakistan, he declared in a video online.
“The first purpose of this group is to make your release possible by all means,” Rasheed said, addressing those locked up, as he squatted with two European mujahideen cradling Kalashnikov rifles in their laps.
Violence has continued in Pakistan, but links to the hardcore extremists freed in the recent jailbreaks has not been firmly established, sources said.
The incidents in the three countries coincided with a new propaganda tape on July 31 by al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, who took the reins of the terror group after Osama bin Laden’s death at the hands of U.S. Navy SEALs in May 2011. Some may have laughed at his promise to free terrorists in the heavily garrisoned U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but he also repeated past vows that al Qaeda “will not spare any effort until we free them and all our captives.”
Some U.S. officials told ABC News that the attacks particularly in Pakistan and Iraq suggested a coordinated operation by core al Qaeda, led by Zawahiri. Other officials said most of those who escaped the prisons were more a threat to the region or American interests overseas than the U.S. homeland, and evidence of any coordinated strategy was only circumstantial.
But the incidents in Iraq and Pakistan involved assaults from the outside that bore distinct similarities, all the sources agreed.
At the D.I. Khan prison, the attackers used explosives to enter the old facility at a weak point and then gunmen charged inside, where they used loudspeakers to call out specific inmates who were well known terrorists held there. The two prisons in Iraq were attacked in similar fashion.
“You have to wonder why they did this and what they’re up to,” said another U.S. security source closely monitoring the events.
The success of the Westgate mall shootings last month that paralyzed the Kenyan government and its armed forces for days — perpetrated by as few as four gunmen from Somali militant group al-Shabab, including a European — has only heightened worries that U.S. interests will be targeted overseas. But officials focused on protecting the U.S. homeland also have been monitoring developments stemming from the jailbreaks for months.
“The spate of jailbreaks is likely to prove highly significant operationally,” terrorism analyst Daveed Gartenstein-Ross of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies told ABC News. An increased threat to the U.S. is possible, but in the case of Iraq, “a rather remarkable talent pool was returned to the streets.”
Al-Shabab in Somalia, Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as well as al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen each hailed the jailbreaks in messages last August and called for more.
“Imprisonment will not be for long and shackles will not remain,” promised AQAP leader Abu Baseer al-Wuhayshi in an Aug. 11 statement.
Wuhayshi, a former aide to Osama Bin Laden, was among two-dozen terrorist inmates who escaped a Yemen prison in early 2006 and then with other escapees formed AQAP, now considered the number one threat to the U.S. homeland by the Obama administration.
“With suspected Al Qaeda involvement in several of the breakouts which led to the escape of hundreds of terrorists and other criminals, the INTERPOL alert requests the Organization’s 190 member countries’ assistance in order to determine whether any of these recent events are coordinated or linked,” the Aug. 13 message from the international law enforcement organization said.
ABC News’ Mazin Al-Mubarak contributed reporting from Baghdad, Iraq.
Although Al Saud used the slogan of monotheism to justify its performance until the fall of the second Saudi and Wahhabi period, in the beginning of the third era Wahhabism itself turned into means of advancing Britain’s goals in the Islamic world.
In the past, cooperation between Wahhabism (belief) and Al Saud (politics and power) provided the grounds for development of the Wahhabi doctrine. In recent years, however, collaboration between political Salafism (Al Saud Wahhabism) and the UK and US colonialism replaced the former so that Saudi-UK relations are currently regarded as unique.
Indeed, the question is how a movement, which claims of monotheism and trimming religion and also considers as lawful blood, property and honor of Muslims and believers under the guise of fighting against polytheism, becomes accomplice with a colonial power such as Britain and preserves its interests along with the holy shrines?
The Basis for Wahhabi ideas grew in the shadow of power and politics. In the internal dimension, there is no doubt that the relationship between Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab and Muhammad ibn Saud, the emir of Al-Diriyah, guaranteed the survival of Wahhabism.
But another important question is that how could Wahhabism manage to resist barriers and pervade its invitation without strong beliefs and even charismatic leadership?
At that time, Wahhabism faced at least two major obstacles. First, the public and Muslim scholars’ opinion, according to which the movement by Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab was contrary to the principles of Islam. The opposition was so widespread that included even Wahhab’s father and brother.
Second, it faced opposition from local rulers. Emirates of Riyadh and Eynieh were in disagreement with the Wahhabis. Riyadh’s administration passed on between Saudi emirs for years. Following a success in clampdown on the Saudis, the Egyptian army sent Saudi emirs to Istanbul and beheaded them to set examples for false claimants.
However, in complete surprise, a thought that was unable to develop in its origin and was destroyed, took root in another country and grew in exile.
With a little reflection, it could be understood that deviant movements became able to persist and continue growth when they gained the support of Britain.
Britain, on which the sun never set before, realized in the beginning of the twentieth century that the time has passed from the old colonial era and also direct presence in its colonies. As a result, it decided to find ways in order to be present in other countries indirectly. Therefore, the method of colonialism changed in Islamic countries and the so-called neo-colonialism emerged.
One of the UK’s most important policies concerning the issue was to create discord and division among Muslims in order to prevent their convergence for Islamic unity and ultimately thwart the establishment of Muslim Ummah. The best strategy to reach that goal was generating factions and Takfiri movements among Muslims. Consequently, Britain pressed ahead with the creation and support of deviant movements.
The colonial policy was pursued in two axes. First, it focused on finding people who could follow the objectives of colonialism by forming fake faiths. Second, the policy centered around supporting deviant and anti-religion movements in the Islamic world, such as liberal, nationalist or Salafi movements that contradict transcendental teachings of the religion.
In regard with Wahhabism, the question is that did the British colonialism form the sect from the beginning and lead the deviant movement before the call by Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab or did the UK recognize and revive divisive features, which are in line with its policies in Islamic countries, after Wahhab’s call especially in the third Saudi period?
Clearly, if Britain’s role in the creation of the sect could be denied, its part in the revival of the school after Wahhab’s death and his exit from the peninsula could not be ignored.
But of course, there is evidence, indicating the relationship between British spies and Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab in his studying time prior to unveiling his invitation.
In a book titled “Memoirs Of Mr Hempher”, the British spy Hempher explains in details his relations with Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, the way to instill doubts and the approach to form Wahhab’s deconstructive character.
Meanwhile, some people disputed the book’s authenticity, saying it was written by opponents of Wahhabism and there was no such a person in the history. But the spread and admissibility of the book in scientific assemblies show that there are certain elements of truth in it. What confirms the accuracy of parts of the book’s content is data about Wahhab’s personality, beliefs and teachings.
In fact, having a look at the nature of Wahhabism’s call, we could obviously notice teachings of colonial schools, including excommunication of all Muslims, fight against their public beliefs, using doubts to create uncertainty and dispute in the Islamic community, permitting the blood of Shia and Sunni Muslims, destruction of Islamic monuments and sacred places that results in the loss of Muslims’ religious identity, and finally battle with concepts such as recourse, pilgrimage and building shrines over graves that cause separateness between future generations and previous outstanding teachings.
In political dimension, Wahhabism took steps completely in line with the UK’s objectives despite claims of fighting against polytheism and reviving monotheism.
Now, even if we admit that Britain played no role in the creation of Wahhabism and in the education of Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, we could have no doubts at all about the UK’s part in the revival of the sect. Both arguments lead to one specific conclusion. Although the school of Wahhabism may not be inherently made by colonialism, it fully performed its job, which concentrated on implementing the goals of colonialism in the Islamic countries.
Article by Montea Cristo: Freelance Journalist
Girlfriend of man killed during questioning about his relationship with Boston Marathon suspect deported after weeks of detention
The family and supporters of an unarmed Chechen, shot in mysterious circumstances by FBI agents investigating his friendship with Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, have accused US authorities of mounting a campaign of “intimidation and harassment” against his associates.
The girlfriend of Ibragim Todashev was deported at the weekend after spending two weeks at an immigration detention center in Florida. She had already spent several months in jail for having an expired visa earlier this summer. Another friend of Todashev is also in jail.
Todashev, 27, was shot on 22 May after being questioned about his friendship with Tsarnaev, one of two brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombing on 15 April that killed three spectators and injured more than 260. Several inquiries into Todashev’s death are under way.
His family believe that authorities investigating the Boston bombing have unfairly targeted people close to Todashev. Tatiana Gruzdeva, 20, who lived with Todashev at the apartment in Orlando, Florida, where he was killed, arrived in Moscow on Saturday morning after being deported from the US. Todashev’s father Abdulbaki and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Florida-based Islamic advocacy group representing the family, told the Guardian that the deportation followed months of “hounding” of his son’s friends by federal authorities.
Another roommate, Ashurmamad Miraliev, 20, has been in jail since 18 September on a charge of tampering with a witness in a year-old assault case. The Florida chapter of CAIR said he was denied access to a lawyer. “People who had anything to do with him are being put behind bars. I don’t know why. It’s supposed to be America, it’s supposed to be a democracy,” Abdulbaki Todashev said.
FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said he had no knowledge of Gruzdeva’s deportation and would not comment on CAIR’s claim that Todashev’s friends had been intimidated.
But CAIR communications director Samantha Bowden said Gruzdeva, who is originally from Moldova, was told by FBI agents when she was detained earlier this month that a year’s extension to her visa, granted after her first period in jail, was being rescinded simply because of an interview she gave to a Boston magazine.
The Guardian has learned she was questioned briefly by Russian authorities on her arrival in Moscow, then released to join her mother. “We’re glad it was a successful deportation and that she is safe and well,” Bowden said.
Todashev, meanwhile, said he is still waiting for an explanation of his son’s death, almost five months after the shooting and the launch of separate inquiries by the FBI, the Department of Justice and Jeff Ashton, the state attorney for the Orlando area.
Speaking to the Guardian from his home in Grozny, he said that he has heard nothing, despite personal assurances from state and federal officials in Florida that he would be kept informed.
“They promised it would be an honest and just investigation, but so far there has been no information at all,” said Todashev, who met Ashton during a trip to the US in August. “I said to them: ‘Everything is obvious. You can investigate what you like, but everything is already clear.’”
Todashev was killed in May after FBI and other law enforcement agents questioned him for several hours about his friendship with Tsarnaev.
After the bombing, there was speculation that Tsarnaev may have been involved in a 2011 triple murder in Waltham, Massachusetts, in which his best friend was killed. According to initial media reports, Todashev had just confessed to having also been involved in the Waltham murder when he lunged at the FBI agents with a knife or ceremonial sword that was hanging on a wall.
However, several different accounts of the shooting soon emerged and the FBI backtracked from the initial assertion that Todashev was armed. Lawyer Hassan Shibly, executive director of CAIR’s Florida chapter, said an investigation by the group, including a private postmortem, concluded that Todashev was shot seven times, including once in the back of the head.
“We have also been able to ascertain that only one agent drew his weapon, and fired the shots,” Shibly said. “Agents are trained to draw their weapons the minute there is a threat. If Ibragim was really such a threat, why did the other officers not draw their weapons?”
Abdulbaki Todashev said he was convinced his son was subjected to a cold-blooded execution by federal agents acting “worse than bandits”. He said his son knew Tsarnaev only casually from a mixed martial arts gym in Boston they both used to attend and that he was almost immobile from recent knee surgery and unable to threaten anybody.
Apart from brief statements in which the FBI claimed Todashev turned violent during questioning, the agency has consistently refused to comment. Bresson said: “The review is still ongoing. Keep in mind it’s not just the FBI conducting a review. The Department of Justice and other outside entities are also reviewing. While that is still ongoing, we cannot discuss.”
CAIR says that Gruzdeva and Miraliev were both held without access to lawyers. The pair acted as drivers for Todashev during his recent visit to the US. “It’s intimidation and retaliation, pure and simple,” Bowden said. “These are two people very close to Ibragim, who helped his father in his quest for justice while here, who have spoken out against the FBI for its overreach and intimidation tactics.
“Neither had any connection to any terrorism whatsoever, yet the FBI has been following their every move and denied them the right to an attorney and of free speech.”
The progress of the Department of Justice inquiry is uncertain, and its press office is currently closed due to the US government shutdown. A spokeswoman for state attorney Ashton told the Guardian only that his investigation was ongoing and that he would not comment until it was complete.
Bowden said that CAIR would wait for the results of the inquiries before deciding on possible civil legal action, but that the group was “sceptical of the FBI policing itself”.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed in a shootout with Boston police on April 19, four days after the bombing. His brother Dzhokhar, 20, remains in custody charged with murder and using a weapon of mass destruction.
Pakistani policemen search a vehicle in Bannu, a town on the edge of Pakistan’s lawless tribal belt …
Miranshah (Pakistan) (AFP) – The Pakistani Taliban’s ruling council met Saturday to choose a new leader after a US drone killed Hakimullah Mehsud, as a senior government minister launched a bitter attack on Washington over the strike.
Mehsud, who was under a $5 million US government bounty, was buried late Friday after being killed when a drone targeted his car in a compound in North Waziristan tribal district.
The killing of its young, energetic leader represents a major setback for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a coalition of factions behind some of the most high-profile attacks to hit Pakistan in recent years.
But it also threatens the government’s efforts to begin talks to end the TTP’s bloody six-year insurgency that has left thousands of soldiers, police and civilians dead.
Interior minister Chaudhry Nisar slammed the US strike as a “drone attack on the peace process”, saying a team of religious clerics was about to meet the TTP with a view to starting peace talks when Mehsud was killed.
“Brick by brick in the last seven weeks we tried to evolve a process by which we could bring peace to Pakistan and what have you (the US) done?” he said.
“You have scuttled it on the eve, 18 hours before a formal delegation of respected ulema (religious scholars) was to fly to Miranshah and hand over this formal invitation.”
The foreign ministry said it had summoned US ambassador Richard Olson to protest over the drone strike that killed Mehsud and another that hit a day earlier.
The ministry statement also stressed that despite the drone strike the government was “determined to continue with efforts to engage the TTP”.
Islamabad routinely condemns drone strikes as a violation of sovereignty, and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif urged President Barack Obama to end them during White House talks last week, but summoning the ambassador is an unusual step.
Mehsud’s death is the third major blow struck against the TTP by the US this year, following the killing of number two Waliur Rehman in a drone strike in May and the capture of another senior lieutenant in Afghanistan last month.
The TTP’s supreme shura, or decision-making council, met Saturday to decide who should now lead the network, which emerged in the wake of a deadly 2007 military raid on the radical Red Mosque in Islamabad.
A Taliban commander told AFP the process was being held up because the meeting location keeps moving to avoid the attentions of the US drones that fly overhead almost continuously.
Candidates under consideration to take over from Mehsud include Asmatullah Shaheen Bhittani, the head of the central shura, and Khan Said, alias Sajna, who became number two after Rehman’s death in May.
He accused the government of running a “dual policy”, supporting the US and at the same time saying it wants talks.
“Taliban will not talk with Pakistan until drone strikes are stopped,” he said.
Opposition parties accused the US of using the drone strike to stymie the peace process before talks proper had even started.
Former cricketer Imran Khan, leader of the Pakistan Tehrek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party that rules in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said the strike had “sabotaged” peace talks and showed the US did not want peace in Pakistan.
PTI said it would call an emergency session of the provincial assembly to block NATO supply convoys transiting Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on their way to Afghanistan.
Pakistan blocked all NATO supply routes through its territory for seven months in 2012 in protest at a botched US air raid that killed 24 soldiers.
For the US, Mehsud’s death will represent a success for the CIA’s drone programme at a time when it is under intense scrutiny over civilian casualties.
The killing has prompted fears of TTP reprisals, as happened after the death of founder Baitullah Mehsud in 2009.
Mehsud became TTP leader after a power struggle following Baitullah’s death in a drone strike in August 2009
His death was widely reported in 2010 but he resurfaced in a video taunting the West and vowing more attacks on US targets.
The TTP has risen to become arguably the biggest security threat facing Pakistan. It was behind the 2008 bombing of the Islamabad Marriott hotel and the attempt to kill schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai last year.
The TTP also claimed the 2010 Times Square bomb plot after training Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad.
[With Karzai back in his box, the US drags-out its tired excuse for a "Taliban" leader, Mutasem Agha Jan, who doesn't even live in the AfPak region; he lives in Turkey.
Mutasem Agha Jan, the head of Taliban Political Committee, said on Tuesday that peace negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban would recommence soon, signaling the first major sign of hope for a process that has been stalled since June.
With President Hamid Karzai away in London to participate in trilateral talks with Britain and Pakistan launched for the purpose of getting peace negotiations with the Taliban back on track, Agha Jan’s statement on Tuesday came as a welcomed surprise.
Many experts have grown doubtful of any reconciliation deal being struck between the militants and Kabul before the spring elections or the withdraw of foreign troops in 2014. However, Agha Jan leant credence to his claims by asserting that his authority to move the peace talks forward came on behalf of the Taliban’s supreme leader, the reclusive Mullah Omar.
The High Peace Council (HPC) was highly positive about the announcement, suggesting it was reliable signal that tangible gains in the peace process were soon to come.
“He doesn’t only speak for himself, he talks on behalf of the Taliban’s top commander Mullah Omar, and Omar is the leader of the Taliban group, so it’s really positive and we support it,” said HPC spokesman Maulavi Shahzada Shahid.
Agha Jan said the Taliban’s renewed willingness to come to the negotiating table was based on their desire to bring the country out of crisis and establish longstanding peace in Afghanistan.
“Taliban are ready for a ceasefire, we don’t support war,” he said. “All, including the Taliban, have paid a major price in the war.”
The Taliban political leader’s comments fly in the face of the fears of many Afghan and foreign officials and experts who have suggested the insurgent group is looking to derail the upcoming elections. Nevertheless, those fears are based on the observation of action, like the recent assassination of the Kunduz IEC Chief and abduction of five IEC officials in Faryab province. For now, the Taliban’s commitment to peace remains rhetorical.
That does not mean Agha Jan’s announcement on Tuesday was not a major break for the process that has been stagnant since an attempts at talks floundered in Qatar nearly five months ago. As the HPC’s remarks indicate, a statement of willingness and expectation that talks will begin soon is a major step.
Over the past months, the Afghan government has been focusing on making inroads with Pakistan in hopes of getting it to help get the peace process rolling. Those efforts have not seen much success, as Karzai’s request to have Taliban leader Mullah Baradar released from prison was agreed to by Islamabad, but then never carried through.
That issue was expected to be an item of discussion this week between Karzai and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in London.
Members of the Afghan government and their unofficial delegates have reportedly been engaged in backroom communication with the Taliban in hopes of kick-starting the peace process. Whether or not that behind-the-scenes dialogue played a part in Agha Jan speaking up on Tuesday is uncertain.
One of the major reasons Karzai government officials have been so eager to make progress on the peace process, other than the fact that Karzai will not be in a position to do so after the election in April, is that the NATO combat mission ends in December of 2014. The departure of coalition troops from Afghanistan has led to a significant amount of hand-wringing about a potential security vacuum that could mean a death blow to the still fledgling Kabul regime that has been in place since 2003.
Although not likely in favor of a continued presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan, Agha Jan also expressed concerns about the stability of the country in the coming years.
“We have major concerns, and history shouldn’t be repeated,” he said. “Afghanistan should not slide back into a chaotic era as we witnessed following the collapse of President Najbullah when various groups engaged in bloody wars and Afghanistan was devastated.”
Incidentally, the Taliban was the group that brought that era of “blood wars” to an end.
Agha Jan served as the Minister of Finance during the Taliban regime. He was blacklisted by the U.S. two years ago. Around that time he was injured and left Afghanistan for Turkey to seek medical treatment. He has been residing there ever since.
File – Syria’s Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Qadri Jamil listens during a news conference in Moscow, in this August 21, 2012.(REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov)
The president’s move came after Qadri Jamil, a vice premier for economic affairs, met Saturday with the U.S. point man for Syria, Ambassador Robert Ford, in Geneva to discuss proposed peace talks.
SANA said Jamil was sacked after an “absence without authorization from his post” as well as “activities and meetings outside the country without authorization from the government.”
The State Department confirmed the Jamil meeting with Ford.
“Ambassador Ford met on Oct. 26 in Geneva with the Syrian deputy prime minister, who … led a government-affiliated internal opposition party and who has now reportedly departed that post,” spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
“Ambassador Ford stressed that we must all work for a political solution on the lines of Geneva, that Assad and the inner circle have lost legitimacy and must go.”
She would not confirm reports that, according to a political source in Syria, Jamil had proposed joining the opposition delegation to peace talks and that Ford had said he could not represent both sides at once.
But Jamil appeared to confirm this version of the meeting, speaking from Moscow during an appearance on the Russia Today television news channel.
Jamil said he had no information about his dismissal, after the interviewer asked him about breaking reports indicating that he had in fact been fired.
As for his recent meetings, Jamil acknowledged that he had met with State Department officials but declined to identify them. He added that Washington “misunderstood” the nature of his political orientation, as an opposition figure holding a Cabinet post.
“They wanted us to go [to Geneva] as part of the government delegation … we agree with the government on about 10 percent” of its policies, Jamil said.
He said he informed the American officials of his view that the National Coalition should not be seen as the sole representative of the opposition.
Jamil also told Lebanon-based Al-Mayadeen TV that he had met with a Russian diplomat and U.N. officials. He did not say whether his moves were coordinated with Assad.
“I am not an employee,” he said. “I am a political activist.”
Assad has said in principle that his government would attend talks, but it would not negotiate with the country’s disparate armed rebel groups.
Assad Tuesday also issued a decree granting a general amnesty for all crimes committed up to Oct. 28, with a 30-day window for perpetrators to turn themselves in to authorities. The president has issued several such decrees since the uprising began in March 2011.
Separately, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem insisted that only the Syrian people could choose their future, rejecting Western and Arab demands that Assad step down.
Moallem made the remarks during a meeting with Lakhdar Brahimi, the U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria.
“Syria will attend Geneva II based on the exclusive right of the Syrian people to choose their political future, to choose their leaders and to reject all forms of external intervention,” Moallem said.
“The dialogue will take place between Syrians,” he added, rejecting regional and international interference in any dialogue.
He also said that all statements about the future of the country, particularly “the one from London,” were “infringements on the rights of the Syrian people” and “preconditions to the dialogue before it has even started.”
That was a reference to the Oct. 22 meeting of the so-called Friends of Syria group of countries, key backers of the Syrian opposition.
At the meeting, Western and Arab powers agreed with Syrian opposition leaders that Assad had no future role to play in the country.
Brahimi himself insisted that the Geneva conference would be “between the Syrian parties” and that only Syrians would decide their future, SANA reported.
He added that there was an agreement on “the importance of ending the violence, terrorism and respecting Syrian sovereignty,” according to SANA.
Brahimi held a separate meeting with Hasan Abdel-Azim, the head of the National Coordination Body, a Syria-based faction interested in representing the opposition in Geneva.
As Brahimi presses his tour to drum up backing for the talks in Geneva, its prospects remain in doubt, with Syria’s
increasingly fractured rebels having yet to say whether they would attend.The main opposition National Coalition has said it would refuse to attend talks unless Assad’s resignation was on the table – a demand rejected by Damascus.
Assad himself has cast doubt on the possibility of talks, and has said he would not negotiate with any group tied to the rebels fighting his forces or to foreign states.
In a statement issued Tuesday, the National Coalition criticized Brahimi for dealing with the Syrian authorities and the opposition on an “equal footing,” and said the veteran diplomat had “gone beyond the role assigned to him.”
“Brahimi’s latest remarks on the possibility of Assad playing a role in the transitional period and the participation of Iran in Geneva II only intensify international polarization and make it harder to reach a political solution to the crisis in Syria,” the group said.