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Commander in Chief

Issuing orders like the leader of the fr…leader of the world:

Russian officials have demanded that American warplanes exit Syrian airspace immediately, a senior U.S. official told Fox News early Wendesday.

The official told Fox News that Russian diplomats sent an official demarche ordering U.S. planes out of Syria, adding that Russian fighter jets were now flying over Syrian territory. U.S. military sources told Fox News that U.S. planes would not comply with the Russian demand.

“There is nothing to indicate that we are changing operations over Syria,” a senior defense official said.

“We have had every indication in recent weeks that (the Russians) were going to do something given the build-up,” another defense official added.

The move by Moscow marks a major escalation in ongoing tensions between the two countries over military action in the war-torn country and comes moments after Russian lawmakers formally approved a request from the country’s president, Vladimir Putin, to authorize the use of troops in Syria.

In news of other repudiations of US force:

A promised counterattack by Afghan forces aimed at retaking the strategic city of Kunduz from Taliban militants collapsed early Wednesday as hundreds of soldiers and civilians reportedly fled to the city’s airport, where they were surrounded by insurgent forces.

The New York Times reported that the assault on Kunduz, a city of 300,000 in northern Afghanistan, may have been just the first part of a broader offensive by the Taliban. The paper reported that several military checkpoints and government buildings in Takhar Province, east of Kunduz, had also come under attack by militants.

The Associated Press reported that Taliban fighters began fanning out across Kunduz itself Tuesday, closing roads, throwing up checkpoints and torching government buildings as fearful residents huddled indoors. Afghan forces attempting to retake the city were stalled by roadblocks and ambushes, unable to move closer than about a mile toward their target.

Meanwhile, U.S. warplanes carried out two airstrikes on Taliban positions, and a NATO officer told the AP that more airstrikes were unlikely as “all the Taliban are inside the city and so are all the people.” He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief media on the issue.

I pity the Taliban. Imagine how they’ll feel when they wake up to realize they’re on “the wrong side of history”? They’re an emotional lot—I can see suicides in their future.

There are plenty in their past:


Ramadan Body Count Update

A week ago, we put on our green visors to count the corpses during this joyous holiday season. Our tally ran to 319 dead, 394 injured (some perhaps since dead).

Limber up those fingers, Bloodthirstani, as we tally the fatalities.

(Aside: We will not count deaths from ongoing wars, even as Muslims kill Muslims during the Holey month—sorry, Holy month. The conflicts predate Ramadan, and the body counts are unreliable.)


ISIS apparently launched simultaneous attacks Wednesday on Egyptian military checkpoints, reportedly killing 17 Egyptian soldiers and injuring 30 others.

The wave of violence comes after a spokesman for the Sunni extremist group urged followers to step up attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Egypt’s response:

The Egyptian army has killed not less than 70 suspected militants in a shoot out in North Sinai Friday, the state-owned MENA reported.

The security forces pursued and killed a number of “dangerous and high-profile militants” who were trying to escape after participating in the Wednesday simultaneous attacks on military and police targets in North Sinai and Sheikh Zuwayed that left dozens dead, security sources told Al-Ahram Friday.

The army has used mortars and helicopter gunships to pound and destroy the militants’ hideouts, the source said, adding that the army intends to expand its “proactive military operation” in Sinai until it achieves its objectives and the area is cleared of all “terrorist concentrations.”

In a statement of the armed forces aired on TV Wednesday, the army said more than 100 militants and 17 soldiers were killed during the simultaneous assaults on military checkpoints in North Sinai.

Let’s accept (as if we have a choice) the figure 117.


Four people were wounded in the attack, including one seriously. Two of the victims were evacuated to the Shaarei Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem, among them the seriously wounded victim and one more in light-to-moderate condition.

The terrorist attack in Shvut Rachel is the second attack in several hours. Earlier on Monday, an IDF soldier was wounded in a stabbing attack at Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem.

According to security sources, a female Arab terrorist arrived on Monday morning at the checkpoint adjacent to Rachel’s Tomb, located south of Jerusalem and adjacent to Bethlehem in Judea, where she stabbed a 25-year-old female IDF soldier who was manning the checkpoint several times in the neck.

One person died:

Malachi Moshe Rosenfeld, 26, was brought to rest Wednesday in his hometown of Kochav Hashachar, in the Binyamin region north of Jerusalem.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Malachi succumbed to wounds he sustained in a terrorist shooting attack near the village of Shvut Rachel the previous night.

Mauritania (yes, Mauritania):

Al-Qaeda’s North African franchise claimed responsibility for an ambush in Mali in which at least six United Nations peacekeepers died on Thursday, according to a news agency in neighbouring Mauritania.

Al-Akhbar, which regularly carries credible claims of responsibility by jihadist groups, said it had received a statement from Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) admitting the killing of “seven MINUSMA soldiers”.

That’s 7 more.


Rebel fire on a residential district of Yemen’s second city Aden killed at least 31 civilians Wednesday as loyalist forces in the central city of Taiz launched a manhunt for 1,200 escaped prisoners.

Both cities have seen heavy fighting as loyalists of exiled President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi battle to fight back Houthi rebels with the support of a Saudi-led bombing campaign launched in March.

The Saudi-Houthi thing predates Ramadan, but these were civilian deaths, so we’re gonna count ’em.

31 more.


An Afghan official says a nighttime Taliban attack on police checkpoints in the strategic Wardak province south of the capital, Kabul, has killed seven local policemen.


Suicide attackers Tuesday targeted foreign troops in Kabul and a police headquarters in restive southern Afghanistan, killing two people and wounding nearly 60, as the Taliban’s bloody summer offensive showed no signs of letting up.

A powerful blast echoed around the Afghan capital as a suicide car bomber hit a convoy of foreign military vehicles on the main road to the airport, around 500 metres (550 yards) from the US embassy, wounding at least 17 people.

Hours earlier at least two civilians were killed when a suicide truck bomb detonated at the gate of the police headquarters in Lashkar Gah, the capital of volatile Helmand province.

Tuesday’s violence came less than two days after 11 soldiers were killed in a Taliban ambush in the normally relatively peaceful western province of Herat.

I think that’s 15.

Of course, Muslim-on-Muslim murder in Syria and Iraq dwarfs anything we’ve counted so far.

What is it with Ramadan anyway?

Prof. Dr. Mordechai Kedar on Friday explained why the Muslim fast month of Ramadan has sparked a worldwide terrorism spike, in a special interview with Arutz Sheva.

Kedar noted that during Ramadan, the rituals of fasting and prayer bring many Muslims to feel closer to Allah.

I told you this was a blood sugar thing.

This is in stark contrast, he said, to how many rulers of Islamic countries took power, conducted themselves, or treated their people – and the leadership’s lack of adherence to religious law or lack of merciful rule often led to a sense of righteous indignation during Ramadan.

As a result, he said, there have been tensions between Muslims and leaders of Arab countries during the month-long holiday in many different periods of history.

“This is why, by the way, the Ottoman Empire in many places and at many times would announce the start of Ramadan in the morning, or at dawn, by the shot of a cannon,” Kedar noted.

Not only was it to notify the people of the beginning of the fast, he said, but “also to remind the people who is behind the cannon – and that they should be very careful not to say something against the ruler or especially to do something against the ruler.”

Kedar added that, today, Ramadan “adds to the religious adrenaline” of Muslim holy wars in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East, as well as the fervor of terror groups who vow to increase attacks on the West – and this “definitely motivates people to launch more attacks against the infidels and all those who are viewed as enemies of the Islamic world.”

I’ve grown tired of the whole exercise. If Muslims themselves can’t be bothered to care why they slaughter each other, especially during Ramadan, why should I give a crap?

But this is worth remembering:

“In Sinai there is a war, there is an all-out war,” he reflected, noting “this is not a new thing.”

“Sinai became a vacuum of lawlessness, and many jihadists came from Egypt and from other parts of the world into Sinai, found there a safe haven, and they are acting against the regime big-time,” he said. “The regime tried to ignore this for a long time – but when you ignore small problems, they become big problems.”

Ain’t that the truth.

PS: I did wonder aloud if the total would top 1,000. I don’t think that will be a problem (with two weeks to go), regardless of how or whom you count.

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The Obama Regime Gets it Right Again

Terrorism? Don’t be silly. How droll!

Deputy White House press secretary Eric Schultz, filling in for Earnest, would not call the Taliban a “terrorist group,” but instead an “armed insurgency.”

At today’s briefing Josh Earnest seemed to double down on the rhetoric by tip-toeing around the term ‘terrorist group.” Earnest used phrases like “this description that you have put forward” and “designating them in a way that you have described.”

“It is important to draw a distinction between the Taliban and al Qaeda,” Earnest told Karl. “The Taliban has resorted to terror tactics, but those terror tactics have principally been focused on Afghanistan.”

Earnest also called the Taliban a “dangerous organization.”

The dude’s a regular soothsayer!

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for an attack at a military base at Kabul’s international airport that killed three Americans and one Afghan Thursday.

A U.S. official confirmed that the shooting occurred at about 6:40 p.m. local time Thursday. There was no further comment because the incident was under investigation.

The Taliban’s claim of responsibility came in a message from spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, who identified the attacker as a man named Hessanulla from Laghman province, just east of Kabul.

Mujahid said that the militant had infiltrated the ranks of Afghanistan’s forces to stage the attack and wore an Afghan police uniform. An Afghan official with the country’s Defense Ministry said the attacker was in an Afghan army uniform. According to The Washington Post, Mujahid added in a tweet that the terrorist had “opened fire on invaders” before he was “martyred by return fire.” It was not immediately clear if the Afghan confirmed dead was the gunman.

Earnest later amended his remarks to add that the Taliban were “mean” and “big bullies”. He said they made him “so mad he could just spit”.

Actually, he did allow this:

Press Secretary Josh Earnest later acknowledged that the Treasury Department had put the Taliban on a terror list as far back as 2002.

Earnest also acknowledged that the Taliban “carry out tactics that are akin to terrorism, they do pursue terror attacks in an effort to try to advance their agenda.” The Obama administration has repeatedly said the U.S. government does not negotiate with terrorists, despite trading five Taliban fighters held at Guantanamo for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

We don’t negotiate with “terrorists”, you understand, just with “armed insurgencies”, “dangerous organizations”, and “akin” groups. (That puts the Taliban on par with patriot and tea party organizations as far as the Regime is concerned.)

In case you forgot, “this description that you have put forward” gave safe haven to Osama bin Laden. But then, Osama wasn’t a terrorist either, but “a guy who lives in [Tora Bora], who’s a [Islamic holy man] who I know and who I have not received some official endorsement from. He’s not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis.”


Beaucoup Harem

We’ve said repeatedly that all these non-Islamic Islamic terrorists seem to be in competition with each other.

We seem to be right:

Boko Haram militants are reported to have kidnapped 185 women and children, after slaughtering 32 people in an attack on a remote village in northeast Nigeria.

Two officials, who requested anonymity, said the group gathered the women and children together and took them away in trucks after burning most of the village with petrol bombs

‘After killing our youths, the insurgents have taken away our wives and daughters,’ said Mukhtar Buba, who fled Gumsuri to the Borno state capital Maiduguri.

The other local official said the insurgents ‘stormed the village in a convoy of vehicles (armed) with petrol bombs’ and heavy weapons.

Buba, the resident, said more than half the village had been destroyed.

‘The terrorists mercilessly attacked us and killed at will,’ he told AFP.

Amateurs. Rank Amateurs.

Iraq’s Ministry of Human Rights claims the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) murdered 150 women simply because they refused to marry or perform sexual acts with the terrorists.

“At least 150 females, including pregnant women, were executed in Fallujah by a militant named Abu Anas Al-Libi after they refused to accept jihad marriage,” said the Ministry. “Many families were also forced to migrate from the province’s northern town of Al-Wafa after hundreds of residents received death threats.”

The militants buried the victims in mass graves in the city.

And then in a Fox-Butterfield-is-that-you moment if there ever was one:

Militants claim they adhere to a very conservative interpretation of Islam, yet they run brothels and keep sex slaves.

All this, bear in mind, after the Taliban slaughtered 132 children, what, only yesterday? The ball’s already back in their court!

PS: Sorry to be a bummer, but I do think it better that you know what’s going on. I trust you get that.


Can You Top This?

Your move, ISIS:

The Taliban stormed a military-run school in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday and gunned down at least 126 people, most of them children, in one of the country’s deadliest attacks in recent weeks.

Hours after the attack, the Pakistani military was still exchanging gunfire with the militants inside the Army Public School and Degree College, in the violence-plagued city of Peshawar, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) from the country’s capital, Islamabad.

Most of those who died were between the ages of 12 and 16, said Pervez Khattak, chief minister of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where Peshawar is located.

Mohammed Khurrassani, the TTP spokesman, told CNN the attack was revenge for the killing of hundreds of innocent tribesmen during repeated army operations in provinces including South Waziristan, North Waziristan and the Khyber Agency — all restive regions along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan.

For the past few months, the Pakistan military has been conducting a ground offensive aimed at clearing out militants in these areas. The campaign has displaced tens of thousands of people.

Oh. Okay, then.

Just don’t tell Boko Haram:

Residents of northern Nigeria are more on edge than ever. On top of a year of unprecedented terror at the hands of Boko Haram, an increasing number of young girls are donning explosive devices and blowing themselves up in public places—all in the name of the terror group, known for its egregious crimes against Nigeria’s women.

ISIS now says “make love not war”:

The situation for Syrian women has worsened since July at the hands of Islamic State, said Valerie Amos, the UN’s under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief.

She described how women and female children as young as 12 are enslaved and sexually abused. “Women captured as slaves by [Islamic State] have been sold in markets in Raqqa. Some are sold to individual men. Others are kept by [Islamic State] in rest houses and face multiple rapes by fighters returning from the battlefield,” Amos reported during a UN Security Council session on Monday.

We like to have a few laughs at the expense of victims of Islamic terrorism. But Islamic terrorists are testing even our talent at enjoying the misfortunes of others.

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The Obama Doctrine

You have to listen to Hillary and Harry Reid to discern it: What difference does it make?

MANU RAJU, POLITICO: Looking back at the way this was rolled out, do you think the White House could have been a better job looping in Congress during these negotiations?

SEN. HARRY REID: Listen, Manu [Raju], and everyone here, the timeline was very, very brief here. This has nothing to do with briefing this down in the classified briefing. We all know that the president had a very short period of time to make a decision. He made the decision to bring him home, and I’m glad he did because in my opinion, based on nothing in the classified briefing, in my opinion, every day that he was there was a day closer to his dying.

RAJU: How come you were the only one who got a heads-up the day before?

REID: I’m not sure I’m the only one. I mean, this is making a big deal over nothing. The whole deal, is it Friday or Saturday? What difference does it make? What difference does it make?

Sound like someone else you know?

Hillary said that after Americans were killed by Islamist terrorists; Reid said it before. I guess that’s the difference.


Welcome Home, Bowe Bergdahl!

I find it hard to quarrel with Obama bringing home an American POW.

But others are free to fire away!

In exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Berghdahl, the U.S. has released five senior Taliban commanders from the Guantanamo Bay prison. They are considered some of the worst of the worst.

The five Guantanamo detainees released by the Obama administration in exchange for America’s last prisoner of war in Afghanistan, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, are bad guys. They are top Taliban commanders the group has tried to free for more than a decade.

According to a 2008 Pentagon dossier on Guantanamo Bay inmates, all five men released were considered to be a high risk to launch attacks against the United States and its allies if they were liberated. The exchange shows that the Obama administration was willing to pay a steep price, indeed, for Bergdahl’s freedom. The administration says they will be transferred to Qatar, which played a key role in the negotiations.

While not as well known as Guantanamo inmates like 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the Taliban 5 were some of the worst outlaws in the U.S. war on terror. And their release will end up replenishing the diminished leadership ranks of the Afghan Taliban at a moment when the United States is winding down the war there.

“They are undoubtedly among the most dangerous Taliban commanders held at Guantanamo,” said Thomas Joscelyn, a senior editor at the Long War Journal who keeps a close watch on developments concerning the detainees left at the Guantanamo Bay prison.

I think one American life is worth five Taliban lives, even 500, 5,000. I’m not sure where I stop. But if these scum don’t have GPS devices planted up their recta for later reckoning, I will be heartily disappointed.

PS: Under law, I heard on the news, Obama was to have given Congress 30 days notice. But he claimed time was of the essence. I am in no position to contradict him, but there will be consequences for this rash action. The best of those consequences, of course is the return of Sgt. Bergdahl to his family. For the worst of them we’ll just have to wait and see.

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George W. Who?

After five years of Obama, it’s almost as if Bush never happened:

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has urged residents of the embattled city of Fallujah to force out insurgents linked to al-Qaeda who have taken control there.

Mr Maliki said if the people expelled what he called terrorists, they would be spared military action.

Iraqi forces are preparing to recapture the city, which has been out of government control for days.

Hundreds have already fled shelling and air strikes by government forces.

Mr Maliki called on “the people of Fallujah and its tribes to expel the terrorists” so “their areas are not subjected to the danger of armed clashes”, state television reported.

The former Iraqi national security adviser, Mowaffak al-Rubaie, has told the BBC it was impossible to defend all of Iraq from attacks by the al-Qaeda-linked militants the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIS.

At least Obama kept his promise to get our boys out!

Where else did he say he’d do that?

A young Afghan girl has been detained wearing a suicide vest in southern Afghanistan, officials say.

She was held on Sunday night in Helmand province, as she tried to carry out an attack on border police, an interior ministry spokesman told the BBC.

The girl, reported to be as young as eight and thought to be the sister of a prominent Taliban commander, is said to be in a state of shock and confusion.

Police told the BBC she was encouraged to carry out the attack by her brother.

Awww, sweet!

Al Qaeda and the Taliban terrorizing innocent Muslims across Asia and the Middle East, especially little girls: it’s almost like the years 2001-2009 never existed!

More on the Al Qaeda-ization of Iraq:

The climactic battles of the American War in Iraq were fought in Anbar Province, with U.S. forces at great cost retaking the city of Fallujah at the end of 2004 and Ramadi, the provincial capital, in 2006-07. The latter success was sparked by an unlikely alliance with tribal fighters that turned around what had been a losing war effort and made possible the success of what became known as “the surge.” By 2009, violence had fallen more than 90%, creating an unexpected opportunity to build a stable, democratic and prosperous country in the heart of the Middle East.

It is now obvious that this opportunity has been squandered, with tragic consequences for the entire region. In recent days the Iraqi army appears to have been pushed, at least temporarily, out of Fallujah and Ramadi by al Qaeda in Iraq militants. A battle is raging for control of Anbar Province with some tribal fighters supporting the government and others AQI. Mosul, the major city of northern Iraq and a longtime hotbed of AQI activity, could be next to fall. If it does, AQI would gain effective control of the Sunni Triangle, an area north and west of Baghdad the size of New England.

AQI’s control would stretch beyond the Sunni Triangle because its offshoot, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, dominates a significant portion of Syrian territory across the border. This creates the potential for a new nightmare: an al Qaeda state incorporating northern Syria and western Iraq.

We’ve had tens of thousands of troops in Germany, Japan, South Korea, etc. for how many decades? And this limp-di*ked loser can’t manage to keep won what thousands gave their lives to win?

Hard as it may be to concede, this failure may be the worst, the most inexcusable, of his myriad failures.



Another target to acquire, Mr. President:

The new head of the Pakistani Taliban, Mullah Fazlullah, has ruled out peace talks with the government, vowing revenge for his predecessor’s death.

Mullah Fazlullah? That can’t be his real name, can it? What’s his wife’s name, Banana Fana?

Oh yeah, go ahead and laugh:

Mullah Fazlullah was named the new leader six days after Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in a drone strike.

Mullah Fazlullah is a particularly ruthless commander whose men shot the schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai.

Okay, his bad-ass bona fides are legit. But how many eyes does he have? You can’t be a real mullah with both your eyes intact.

That’s what I’m talking about. Stare ’em down, Omar. He’s got Bette Davis eye.

Anyhow, the Pakistani Talibani are hardly feeling forgiving toward President Obama for wasting their latest Mehsud:

“The talks about peace between Pakistan and Taliban leaders is just a trap of enemies and to distract the masses. All political parties that are part of government are considered to be our enemies.”

Shahidullah Shahid, another spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, or Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP), told Agence France-Presse news agency: “Holding peace talks is not even an issue to discuss – this government has no authority, it is not a sovereign government, it is a slave, a slave of America.

“Holding peace talks is a waste of time.”

Mehsud was killed when missiles struck his vehicle in the North Waziristan region on 1 November.

The Pakistani government reacted angrily. Interior Minister Chaudry Nisar Ali Khan said that the drone strike was “not just the killing of one person, it’s the death of all peace efforts”.

Hard to see how he’s wrong. I’m all for greasing these goons, but I’d like to think it’s part of a greater strategy. We take out a grandma here, a wedding party there, for every trophy we bag. And then another one pops up, fully sighted no less! As the song goes, is that all there is?

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Why We Blow Up Grandmas

With sympathy and respect to the Waziristan family who traveled to Washington to testify how an American drone wasted grandma when they went out to pick okra (as we reported), this is why:


The U.S. ambassador to Islamabad was summoned to Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday, a day after Pakistan Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud was killed by a U.S. drone strike.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry did not explain why the envoy was summoned. A U.S. State Department official confirmed the meeting to CNN but would not disclose details about it.

The State Department official would not discuss U.S. operations in Pakistan but stressed the Pakistan Taliban’s 2009 attack on a U.S. base in Afghanistan and claims of responsibility for a failed attempt to bomb Times Square in New York.

Mehsud, who had a $5 million U.S. bounty on his head for his alleged involvement in the 2009 attack , was killed in a drone strike in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, senior U.S. and Pakistani officials told CNN.

He was buried overnight, though the body was burned beyond recognition, Taliban sources said. The organization was scheduled to meet Saturday to pick a new leader, the sources said.

Saleem Mehsud, a journalist who is close to the Mehsuds and familiar with the Pakistan Taliban, told CNN on Saturday that the central shura, or council, of the Pakistan Taliban has approved Sheheryar Mehsud as its new chief.

Sheheryar Mehsud is from the Jangara area of South Waziristan and belongs to the Shabikheil sub-tribe within the larger Mehsud tribe, he said. That’s the same sub-tribe that Baitullah Mehsud, who led the Pakistan Taliban before Hakimullah Mehsud, belonged to.

I think I see their problem. (Have you seen Deliverance?) Their gene pool is more like a puddle.

Still, the family might have a point. There’s no shortage of Mehsuds to take over the Pakistani Taliban; but they had only one grandma. Nailing a terrorist leader isn’t going to put okra on their table.


You Were Saying?

Spoke (or wrote) too soon:

An Indian author whose memoir about her dramatic escape from the Taliban became a Bollywood movie was shot dead by militants in Afghanistan, police said Thursday.

Sushmita Banerjee, also known as Sushmita Bandhopadhya, was killed outside her home in Paktika province, according to Dawlat Khan Zadran, the police chief of eastern Paktika province.

He said suspected Taliban insurgents broke into her house Wednesday night, blindfolded and tied up her husband, and fled with Banerjee.

Her body was found Thursday, dumped outside a madrasa, or religious school, in the outskirts of Sharana city, the provincial capital.

“She had around 20 bullet holes in her body,” Zadran said.

In 2003, her book was made into a Bollywood film, “Escape from Taliban.” Bollywood movies are extremely popular in Afghanistan.

Well, this will make a hell of a sequel.

The Taliban are the Mounties of the Hindu Kush: they always get their woman—and riddle her with bullet holes.


The Enemy of My Enemy Is… Wait, What?

Scorecards! Get your scorecards! Can’t tell the terrorists without a scorecard!

Taliban fighters from Pakistan say they have united with al Qaeda forces in Syria to fight the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The commander of the Pakistan Taliban, Abdul Rashid Abbasi, has told CNN that the first batch of fighters has arrived in Syria and established a command and control center to launch operational activities alongside Syrian rebel fighters. Abbasi, a close associate of Pakistan Taliban head Hakeemullah Mehsud, told CNN that 120 fighters are already in Syria.

The Taliban commander went on to say that another batch of fighters made up of 150 men will arrive in Syria this week.

“We shall be sending more volunteers, but cannot give exact numbers at this moment, but we will provide whatever support is needed by our Syrian brothers,” Abbasi told CNN.

Syrian rebels, whom we (sort of) support, are fighting alongside Taliban mercenaries, whom we (most certainly) do not. At the behest of Al Qaeda. (You don’t even have to ask.) President Obama, the Great Uniter.

Meanwhile, Jamo no mo’:

A senior Syrian official, Mohammed Darrar Jamo, has been shot dead in the southern Lebanese town of Sarafand.

Mr Jamo, a supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, was attacked early on Wednesday morning as he entered his house.

Lebanese sources say gunmen opened fire on him but left his wife, who was with him at the time, unharmed.

The attack is being seen as the latest sign of how the conflict in Syria is threatening to destabilise Lebanon.

Ya think?

How many times have we laughed at the notion of the Arab Spring as a liberation or a democratic awakening? That one never gets old. In reality, it’s just another excuse for a people in no need of one to kill each other.

Whatever floats your boat.


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