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Swat militia ‘kills insurgents

Posted in violence on September 3, 2009 by admin

Members of a local tribal militia in Pakistan’s Swat valley have killed three suspected militants, police say.The confrontation took place in the Galoch area of Kabal, near the region’s main town Mingora, witnesses said. One volunteer was wounded in the clash.

Reports say fighting began when suspected militants attacked the tribal militia who then retaliated. The army command in Kabal has been encouraging local people to raise their own militias against insurgents.

So the infighting could get worse in the area.


3 Fort Lewis soldiers die in Afghanistan

Posted in foreign policy, violence with tags , , on September 2, 2009 by admin

Three Fort Lewis soldiers were killed Monday in Afghanistan, and a total of nine have been killed in two weeks.All are members of the 5th Stryker brigade that deployed in July.

A 20-year-old from Cumberland, Maine, Pfc. Jordan Brochu, and a 19-year-old from Yorba Linda, Calif., Spc. Jonathan D. Welch, were killed by one roadside bomb, and a 21-year-old from Shasta, Calif., Spc. Tyler R. Walshe, was killed by a separate bomb.

An Spanish sergeant was also lightly wounded today while they were fighting Talibans in Qala i Naw.

Caracas Major: “State terrorism is taking shape in Venezuela

Posted in ideology, society, violence on September 2, 2009 by admin

Caracas Metropolitan Mayor Antonio Ledezma said that “state terrorism” is developing in Venezuela. Reference was made to the statements made last week by Attorney General Luisa Ortega Díaz, who criminalized protests, and the remarks made by Minister of the Interior and Justice Tareck El Aissami a day before a march held on August 22 against the Law on Education which, according to Ledezma, were aimed at “intimidating the population.”

IAB: Venezuela is the most notorious case of persecution of the press.
Venezuela Police Raid Opposition Home as Chávez Attacks Opposition Governor.

Ahmadinejad’s Imam: Islam Allows Raping, Torturing Prisoners

Posted in ideology, violence with tags , , on September 2, 2009 by admin

“Can an interrogator rape the prisoner in order to obtain a confession?” was the follow-up question posed to the Islamic cleric.

Mesbah-Yazdi answered: “The necessary precaution is for the interrogator to perform a ritual washing first and say prayers while raping the prisoner. If the prisoner is female, it is permissible to rape through the vagina or anus. It is better not to have a witness present. If it is a male prisoner, then it’s acceptable for someone else to watch while the rape is committed.”

This reply, and reports of the rape of teen male prisoners in Iranian jails, may have prompted the following question: “Is the rape of men and young boys considered sodomy?”

Ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi: “No, because it is not consensual. Of course, if the prisoner is aroused and enjoys the rape, then caution must be taken not to repeat the rape.”

A related issue, in the eyes of the questioners, was the rape of virgin female prisoners. In this instance, Mesbah-Yazdi went beyond the permissibility issue and described the Allah-sanctioned rewards accorded the rapist-in-the-name-of-Islam:

“If the judgment for the [female] prisoner is execution, then rape before execution brings the interrogator a spiritual reward equivalent to making the mandated Haj pilgrimage [to Mecca], but if there is no execution decreed, then the reward would be equivalent to making a pilgrimage to [the Shi’ite holy city of] Karbala.”

One aspect of these permitted rapes troubled certain questioners: “What if the female prisoner gets pregnant? Is the child considered illegitimate?”

Mesbah-Yazdi answered: “The child borne to any weakling [a denigrating term for women – ed.] who is against the Supreme Leader is considered illegitimate, be it a result of rape by her interrogator or through intercourse with her husband, according to the written word in the Koran. However, if the child is raised by the jailer, then the child is considered a legitimate Shi’a Muslim.”


Official Leak: Ruholamini died of torture.
Ruholamini’s father satisfied. Khamenei doesn’t want folks like Abdol-Hossein Rouhol-Amini, a campaign adviser to conservative presidential candidate Mohsen Rezaei, to line up with critics of the hard-line regime — including opposition leaders Mir Hossein Moussavi and Mehdi Karrubi, Rashid said. “It’s a dividing tactic,” he said.

Mourinho menaced by Islamists

Posted in counterterrorism, society, violence on August 30, 2009 by admin

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Next Iraqi Govt can have deep ties to Iran

Posted in counterterrorism, foreign policy, terrorist attacks, violence with tags , , , , , on August 29, 2009 by admin / Iraq – Iraq coalition excludes PM Maliki

Iraq’s major Shia parties announced a new coalition on Monday that excludes Nouri al-Maliki, prime minister, a development that will probably force him to join forces with non-traditional allies if he seeks to keep his job after parliamentary elections in January.

If the coalition remains intact and secures a majority of seats in the January 16 vote, Iraq’s next government will probably be run by leaders with deep ties to Iran, which would considerably curb American influence as US troops continue to withdraw.

The Shia coalition will be led by the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council, a conservative party that is among Iran’s closest allies in Iraq. It also includes the staunchly anti-American Sadr movement, as well as a few Sunni groups.

Mr Maliki’s Dawa party will not be part of the group because alliance leaders refused to guarantee that he would remain prime minister if the coalition secured a majority of seats.

An unsatisfactory end-game in Iraq. Just last January, in provincial elections, Maliki’s allies did extremely well, while the Iranian backed faction did poorly. What changed? Plainly, it was the security situation. Why did it change? In large part because American forces pulled back from the cities and Maliki has been reluctant to call for their help. As Max Boot notes, Maliki compounded the problem through foolishly over-confident measures like taking down concrete barriers in Baghdad.
To be sure, Maliki’s push to lessen the American presence helped account for his popularlity in the first instance. But he may discover that, though a clever move in the short-term, his approach to the U.S. ultimately was a bad bet for his political career, not to mention his country.
Behind the carnage in Baghdad. Iran’s links with Maliki are so close, said this Iraqi intelligence source, that the prime minister uses an Iranian jet with an Iranian crew for his official travel. The Iranians are said to have sent Maliki an offer to help his Dawa Party win at least 49 seats in January’s parliamentary elections if Maliki will make changes in his government that Iran wants.

Uribe at UNASUR points to terrorism and drug trafficking as key subjects

Posted in counterterrorism, foreign policy, violence with tags , , , on August 29, 2009 by admin

Uribe: Unasur cannot ignore the effects of terrorism and drug traffic – Daily News – EL UNIVERSAL

Terrorism, arms traffic and drug traffic cause serious troubles in South America, which “cannot be ignored,” and require governments to join efforts, said Colombian President Álvaro Uribe prior to the opening of the Unasur summit in Bariloche, Argentina.

“Arms traffic, drug traffic, which is ultimately the largest means of support of terrorism, form part of the security projects that cannot be disregarded within integration processes,” Uribe told Colombian journalists in Bariloche, on Thursday night, Efe reported.

…Uribe insisted on saying that violence in his country has particularly hit the poorest. They are “most affected by displacing and have been most affected by increasing poverty in the country as a result of violence.”