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'Osama lair carved out of Pak army academy; ISI man helped in hunt'

'Osama lair carved out of Pak army academy; ISI man helped in hunt' | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it
The book also claims that army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani may have been briefed by the US on its operation to kill bin Laden, some five months in advance.

 

n a fresh damning disclosure, a new book has claimed that Abbottabad house where al-Qaida chief lived was "carved out" from Pakistan military academy compound and its powerful army chief may have been briefed beforehand on the 'kill Osama mission'. ...

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Nigeria to pursue Boko Haram financiers

Nigeria to pursue Boko Haram financiers | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it
Nigeria's government is considering targeting Boko Haram's strategists and financiers.
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Civilian Deaths From US Drone Attacks Much Higher Than Reported

Civilian Deaths From US Drone Attacks Much Higher Than Reported | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it
Gareth Porter: New investigative work shows that civilian deaths in Pakistan, including from second wave attacks, higher than Pentagon reports.

 

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Well, the numbers—there are a lot of numbers my piece, and in order to really boil this down to the simplest terms, what I've done is to combine all of these strikes in 24—the data on all the strikes in 24 cases, which involved 11 strikes which the Pakistani lawyer Shahzad Akbar gathered material on and 13 strikes on which the Bureau of Investigative Journalism gathered material. And combining all that data, what we find is that the number of—the proportion, I should say, of the civilian casualties and the total casualties which was reported by the New America Foundation as being 38 percent in these 24 strikes is in fact 70 percent.

 

That's a huge difference, an 84 percent increase in the proportion of civilians in those casualties reported in these 24 strikes. So it's really quite a major revelation. It's a major reversal, because previously civilian casualties were being reported as a fairly—certainly much less than 50 percent, and now they're much more than 50 percent of the casualties in this set of 24 strikes. ... 

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COMMENT : Pakistan: open season on the Shia — Dr Mohammad Taqi

COMMENT : Pakistan: open season on the Shia — Dr Mohammad Taqi | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it
More vicious than the massacre at the Babusar Top was the muffled response of the Pakistani political leaders, rightwing intelligentsia and the military leadership 

 

Pakistan continues its tragic journey down the xenophobic abyss. As this country gets over a blood-soaked Eid, let me recall a 44-word short story by Saadat Hasan Manto. He wrote:

 

“Ripping the belly cleanly, the knife moved in a straight line down the midriff, in the process slashing the cord, which had held the man’s pajamas in place. The one with the knife took one look and exclaimed regretfully, ‘Tut, tut, tut! … Mishtake!” ...

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Fresh drone attacks a slap on rulers’ faces: JI leader

Fresh drone attacks a slap on rulers’ faces: JI leader | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it

KARACHI: Condemning the fresh drone attacks in North Waziristan while people celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr, Jamaat-e-Islami Sindh chief Asadullah Bhutto said that the open terrorism of America is a slap on the face of Pakistan’s rulers who are playing the role of mercenaries. In a statement on Sunday, the JI leader said the US drone attacks were violation of international laws and the sovereignty of Pakistan. Bhutto said Pakistan had become a war-field owing to the wrong policies of rulers. “Even the GHQ and other national defense organisations are not safe now of the terrorist attacks,” he added. He warned of grave consequences of military operation at the behest of US in North Waziristan and urged the rulers to announce withdrawal from the war of foreign powers instead of bartering away the honour and integrity of country. ppi

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2 killed in attack on FC convoy

2 killed in attack on FC convoy | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it

QUETTA: As many as two passersby were killed and 16 others, including five women and four children, were critically injured when a remote- controlled bomb went off near Musa Colony on Sariab Road on Tuesday. According to police, the bombing occurred as a convoy of Frontier Corps (FC) was patrolling the area. The bomb was planted in a car. Soon after the convoy passed, the bomb exploded, killing a man on the spot and injuring 17 others. “The FC personnel convoy escaped the attack because of a bomb jammer their vehicle was carrying,” FC sources said. Two rickshaws, a taxi and a motorcycle were destroyed and windows of many houses smashed. “At least 20kg of explosives were used in the blast,” the Bomb Disposal Squad officials said. The deceased and injured were taken to the Civil Hospital where one of the injured succumbed to injuries. The deceased were identified as Shahib Dad and Muhammad Aslam. staff report

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Women’s shopping store blown up in Landikotal

Women’s shopping store blown up in Landikotal | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it

LANDIKOTAL: A bomb went off in a women’s shopping store in KhugaKhel area of Landikotal on Monday. However, no casualty was reported in the blast, local sources said. Some unidentified militants had already warned the owners of the general store not to sell women items like clothes, shoes, bangles and other products. They warned them to close their business. Majority of the locals were of the view that the women general store has facilitated the local women to purchase items of their choice. It would be worth mentioning that the stores for women in Landikotal are also run by women. After an explosion in a mobile shop, people said that it was an alarming situation and the area might once again become a hub of militants to sabotage the peaceful environment. sudhir ahmad afridi

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Taliban threaten attacks on military

Taliban threaten attacks on military | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it
TTP spokesman says have set up suicide bombers squad if army launches offensive

 

ISLAMABAD: The Taliban warned the country’s military they had set up a “suicide bombers squad” to hit troops if an offensive is launched in the North Waziristan.

 

In an email message sent to media, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said it had received “an exclusive intelligence report” about the offensive in North Waziristan from its “sources” in army headquarters. ...

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Karzai advisers blame insider attacks on foreign spy agencies

Karzai advisers blame insider attacks on foreign spy agencies | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it

Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s top advisers said Wednesday that the rise in insider attacks on NATO troops recently is the product of foreign spy agencies infiltrating Afghanistan’s security forces, though they also pinned some blame on what they called “inhumane acts” by U.S. troops and weaknesses in the Afghan vetting process.

 

After months of investigating, members of Karzai’s National Security Council have concluded that both Pakistani and Iranian intelligence organizations are recruiting young Afghans to enlist in the army and police with the intention of targeting Western service members, the officials said, suggesting that the ultimate aim is to destabilize Afghanistan’s forces.

 

As those neighboring countries become concerned about the growing strength of the Afghan army and police, Karzai officials concluded, they have stepped up attempts at infiltration. ...

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Obama’s ‘red line’ warning to Syria on chemical arms draws criticism

Obama’s ‘red line’ warning to Syria on chemical arms draws criticism | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it

President Obama’s warning to Syria that the use of chemical weapons would cross a “red line” for the administration drew criticism Tuesday, with experts saying that the remark could provide President Bashar al-Assad cover to continue battling the opposition with tanks, warplanes and other conventional weaponry.


Obama on Monday used some of his most specific language yet to warn Assad not to use or move Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons, saying that such an action would change his “calculus” about the possibility of a U.S. intervention.

 

“We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is [if] we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized,” Obama told reporters. “That would change my calculus.” ...

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The Persecuted Rohingyas of Myanmar: Need for Political Accommodation and India`s Role

The Persecuted Rohingyas of Myanmar: Need for Political Accommodation and India`s Role | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it

The Rohingyas, numbering nearly a million and thereby constituting a significant portion of the approximately 55 million population of Myanmar, are recognised by the UN as one of the most persecuted ethnic minorities in the world. The level of persecution has only varied over the past few years, and has worsened now. General Ne Win, former dictator Premier of erstwhile Burma (now Myanmar), caused the greatest misery to the Rohingyas and started the process of their deprivation by stripping them of Burmese citizenship in 1982. There has been no reversal of this trend by successive military junta leaders. Instead, further socio-economic isolation and persecution has been brought upon the Rohingyas by successive governments in Yangon. As per conditions presently prevailing in Myanmar, the Geneva Convention on Refugees of 1951 and its Protocol of 1967 are being grossly violated in respect of the Rohingyas.

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Eight attacks, 11 days

Eight attacks, 11 days | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it
There's a crime wave targeting houses of worship, most of them Muslim. Is something sinister at work?

 

David Conrad, a resident of Morton Grove, Ill., was likely peeved by the noise from the Muslim Education Center. Conrad’s home is adjacent to the center’s parking lot, and during the holy month of Ramadan, men, women and children pack the mosque on a nightly basis. On Friday, Aug. 10, Conrad allegedly shot a pellet rifle at the mosque wall, while some 500 people were praying inside. The building structure sustained minor damage, but no one was hurt. Was this just the rumbling of a disgruntled neighbor? Maybe.

 

But given a chain of incidents at mosques across the country over the past two weeks, the Morton Grove shooting doesn’t appear to be an isolated event. In the past 10 days, there have been eight cases of vandalism and attacks on houses of worship across the nation, including the deadly shooting spree in a Sikh gurdwara in Wisconsin on Aug. 5. The other seven incidents were mosque defacements, which have sent a tremor of fear through America’s Muslim community.

 

 

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Taliban Attack on Pakistan Base Viewed Unlikely to Trigger Big Changes

Taliban Attack on Pakistan Base Viewed Unlikely to Trigger Big Changes | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it

A Taliban assault on Thursday against a Pakistani military base where nuclear weapons might be stored is unlikely to trigger any significant shifts in that nation’s counterinsurgency approach, according to South Asia experts (see GSN, Aug. 16).

 

“I don’t think that this is going to lead to any fundamental change of policy,” said Pervez Hoodbhoy, a professor at Lahore University of Management Sciences and Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad. “But this is [the Pakistan Taliban] sending a message to the Pakistan army that the closer you get to the Americans, the more we shall attack you.”

 

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Pakistan will decide this defining battle

Pakistan will decide this defining battle | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it
If Pakistan's nuclear weapons are in danger, only the Pakistani government can solve the problem.

 

Kamra airbase, 40 kilometres north-west of Islamabad, is believed to host components of Pakistan's nuclear-weapons programme, although officials deny it. The attack on Kamra in the early hours of yesterday morning, claimed by Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan militants, will raise further concerns about the country's ability to safeguard its nuclear arsenal. ...

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48 dead in ethnic clashes in Kenya

48 dead in ethnic clashes in Kenya | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it
Police said Wednesday that clashes between rival ethnic groups in southern Kenya left at least four dozen people dead.

 

Kenyan authorities said fighting between the Orma and Pokomo ethnic groups left at least 48 people dead in some of the worst fighting since disputed presidential elections in 2007. Police said many of the victims were women and children killed with machetes, the BBC reports. ... 

 

 

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War in Afghanistan Claims 2,000th American Life

War in Afghanistan Claims 2,000th American Life | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it
As the war in Afghanistan wears on, an analysis of troop casualties reflects the effect of the 2010 troop surge and points to the growing danger from an ostensible ally.

 

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A week later, with the death of Specialist James A. Justice of the Army at a military hospital in Germany, the United States military reached 2,000 dead in the nearly 11-year-old conflict, based on an analysis by The New York Times of Department of Defense records. The calculation by The Times includes deaths not only in Afghanistan but also in Pakistan and other nations where American forces are directly involved in aiding the war. ... 

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EDITORIAL : Cutting terrorism’s financial roots

EDITORIAL : Cutting terrorism’s financial roots | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it

The lack of effective coordination amongst the state institutions charged with the task of ensuring, enforcing and maintaining security and law and order by means of intelligence gathering, surveillance, policing, policy development, legal infrastructure, diplomacy, etc, has inexorably over time shifted the balance of power in favour of non-state actors. Surprisingly, instead of striking at the root of the problem, it is the symptoms that are sought to be cured rather than the disease itself. ...

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US drones kill 3 militants in North Waziristan

US drones kill 3 militants in North Waziristan | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it
A US drone strike on Tuesday killed at least three militants in the tribal region near the Afghan border, security officials said.

Two US drones fired four missiles on a vehicle in Shnakhura village, 10 kilometres from Miranshah.

 

“We have received confirmed reports that three militants have been killed in the drone strike on a vehicle. However, the identities of the militants are not yet clear,” a senior security official told AFP in Peshawar.

 

Another official in Miranshah said a compound near the vehicle was “badly damaged and engulfed in flames” in the strike.

Separate but unconfirmed reports suggested more than three militants may have been killed. ...

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Five kidnapped in Balochistan

Five kidnapped in Balochistan | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it

QUETTA: At least five people were kidnapped from Bolan and Pishin districts on Wednesday as lawlessness continues in the province. According to sources, at least three people were kidnapped from Bolan area while they were on picnic. Bolan, which used to be an attractive picnic spot, has seen a decline in tourists in the last few years due to the prevailing lawlessness and rampant insurgencies in the province. Moreover, it is the area where Baloch militants usually attack security forces’ convoys. The kidnapped persons were identified as Mohammad Khan, Lal Moham and Abdul Qadir belonging to the Rasinai tribe. In another incident, two traders were kidnapped from Pishin area of Balochistan. According to sources, the traders, identified as Abdul Zarif and Mohammad Zahir, were on their way to Pishin from Quetta when unidentified persons intercepted their vehicle and kidnapped them at gunpoint. staff report

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Gilgit heating up following Shia killings

Gilgit heating up following Shia killings | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it
Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) on Tuesday witnessed violence when two people, including one FC official, were killed in different firing incidents.

 

The GB region has been hit by a wave of violence following killing of 25 Shia passengers in Lulusar on August 16. Despite heightened security, various firing incidents killed two people, including an FC man, while another was injured. ...

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Russia: Western powers ‘instigating’ Syrian opposition groups to take up arms to unseat Assad

Russia: Western powers ‘instigating’ Syrian opposition groups to take up arms to unseat Assad | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it

Russia accused Western powers Wednesday of “openly instigating” Syrian opposition groups to take up arms in their fight to unseat President Bashar Assad.


Moscow has been Syria’s key protector throughout the 17-month uprising that has evolved into a full-blown civil war, shielding Assad’s regime from international sanctions and providing it with weapons despite an international outcry.

 

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said the West “has done nothing” to urge the Syrian opposition to start a dialogue with the government.

“Instead, they are engaged in openly instigating it to continue their armed struggle,” it said in a statement. ... 

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Book on Osama bin Laden raid, by a U.S. commando, due next month, publisher says

Book on Osama bin Laden raid, by a U.S. commando, due next month, publisher says | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it

A U.S. commando involved in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden last year has written an inside account of the still-classified mission that is scheduled to be released next month, according to the book’s publisher.


The author, who uses a pseudonym, “was one of the first men through the door on the third floor of the terrorist leader’s hideout and was present at his death,” according to a statement from Dutton, the New York-based publisher.

 

If the description is true, the book would shatter the secrecy maintained by members of the team of Navy SEALs involved in the raid on bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. ...

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Syria Intensifies Counterinsurgency in Damascus

Syria Intensifies Counterinsurgency in Damascus | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it

Opponents of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria reported a widening campaign by the military to sow fear and death in neighborhoods where the rebels are strong.

Gunfire and shelling rocked Damascus, Syria, and its suburbs on Wednesday as opponents of President Bashar al-Assad reported a widening campaign by the military to sow fear and death in neighborhoods where the rebels are strong and the government is too weak to assert full control. ... 

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Next: nuclear Taliban? | World War 4 Report

Next: nuclear Taliban? | World War 4 Report | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it
What great timing. On Aug. 16, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta spoke to reporters at the Pentagon about a new report from the Congressional Research Service entitled "Pakistan's Nuclear Weapons: Proliferation and Security Issues"

 

ir country then those nuclear weapons could fall into the wrong hands." That same day, militants from the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan attacked Minhas Air Force Base near Kamra, outside Islamabad—a site where aviation research takes place, and is believed to be closely linked to Pakistan's nuclear program. Nine attackers and one guard were killed, a senior officer injured, and a surveillance plane damaged. It was the fourth and most audacious attack on the base. Pakistan Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan claimed responsibility, saying it was revenge for the death of leader Baitullah Mehsud in a US drone strike in 2009, and the commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden last year. ... 

 

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Agencies Don’t Often Share Tips on Potential Terrorist Activity

Agencies Don’t Often Share Tips on Potential Terrorist Activity | Women and Terrorism. | Scoop.it

Nearly half of federal agencies are not sharing documented incidents of potential terrorist activity with U.S. intelligence centers, according to officials in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (see GSN, Sept. 15, 2009).

 

The Homeland Security and Justice departments since 2008 have been teaching federal officials and police to deposit, through a secure network, reports of suspicious behavior while being mindful of civil liberties. The point of the technology is to piece together terrorist plots before they are executed.

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