Kamis, 21 Mei 2015

Yemen war - Civilians' homes demolished by Saudi-led 'coalition' airstrikes

IAF Mirage 2000 Lands On Yamuna Expressway near Mathura

Saudi Arabia 'seeking to head United Nations Human Rights Council'

What a joke.. 
Is the UN becoming a governmental jokers club

It is like Wall Street Bankers appointing a US Govt. Fraud and Irregularity Inquiry commission.


Afghan President Ashraf Ghani playing into Pakistan Army trap

Maulana Mushy baba (Retired) selling Kargil Digestive Churan

India is planning a tough response to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's latest move for an MOU between the Afghan intelligence service (NDS) and Pakistan's infamous ISI, a step that has already created a furore inside Afghanistan. Sources said while New Delhi may not say anything publicly, it has already conveyed its unhappiness.

The deal has been a bit of a surprise. In fact, Ghani's rival-turned coalition partner, Abdullah Abdullah, too was blindsided by the President's outreach to ISI, which is generally regarded as the puppet-master of the Taliban. He had suggested changes in the MOU, but those were not incorporated in the final draft. Even India was in the dark about the agreement, which was presented post facto to the world. The deal may have been signed when Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif visited Kabul last week.

ormer NDS chief Amrullah Saleh tweeted this week: "Intelligence cooperation with ISI means doubting Pakistani duplicity in terror, dishonoring ANDSF's (Afghan National Defense Security Forces) sacrifices and falling in the trap of deception." Ghani's move has coincided with an unusual spike in Taliban violence particularly over the past few days.

Nobody is quite clear about Ghani's logic or his aims, but Indian sources said the deal may have been inspired by the British, who continue to play a role inside Afghanistan. Security sources said it was opposed by the present head of NDS, Rahmatullah Nabil, but he was overruled. Pakistan has long opposed Nabil's presence in NDS, and sources said in recent months, Ghani has been sensitive to Pakistan's objections.

Yet acknowledging the growing backlash, Ghani on Thursday announced the appointment of Masoom Stanekzai as the new defence minister and issued a strongly worded statement to the International Contact Group (ICG). "We will answer war with war, let there be no ambiguity. On a daily basis, I take stock of our security forces, of their well-being and of their orientation. We did not seek war. The war has been imposed on us. But we will overcome this war, let there be no ambiguity," he said. This does not square up with the new deal with Pakistan, which focuses on intelligence cooperation to combat terrorism. Most Afghans believe and they have evidence corroborated by US sources that show the close relationship between Pakistan's ISI and the Afghan Taliban.

Ghani praised Pakistan, particularly Nawaz Sharif's public criticism of Taliban. "We need to see this translated into a programme of action where sanctuary is denied and material support and others [are denied]. It is an extensive programme and we are in good discussions," he said.

However, in the past week, the discomfort inside Afghanistan against the NDS-ISI MOU has only grown. Ghani has openly tried to involve Pakistan in maintaining peace in Afghanistan, including clubbing some recent instances of violence as the work of the Islamic State.

ISIS releases media from Palmyra

Palestinian women make flower pots out of tear gas shells

Photos posted by ISIS inside Palmyra from May 21, 2015

ISIS seizes Syria's ancient Palmyra

All these relics will probably be destroyed

Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria have entered the Unesco World Heritage site of Palmyra after seizing the town next to the ancient ruins, reports say.Unesco says its destruction would be "an enormous loss to humanity", but no damage has been reported there yet.
IS now control the nearby airport, prison and intelligence HQ, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.The militants have previously demolished ancient sites in Iraq that pre-date Islam.
International concern over Palmyra might actually spur the jihadists on to make destroying it a priority, since they delight in challenging and horrifying world opinion.
The ancient ruins are situated in a strategically important area on the road between the capital, Damascus, and the contested eastern city of Deir al-Zour.Palmyra is also close to oil and gas fields which the Syrian government uses to generate electricity for areas under its control in the west of the country.Rising out of the desert, the site contains the monumental ruins of a great city, which Unesco and others consider one of the most important cultural centres of the ancient world.
Dating back to the 1st and 2nd Century, when the region was under Roman rule, Palmyra is dominated by a grand, colonnaded street.

'World's battle'

Syrian state media said pro-government forces had been pulled out of Tadmur, the modern settlement next to Palmyra, after "assuring the evacuation" of most of its inhabitants.The town's population would normally number around 70,000, but it has recently been swollen by an influx of people displaced from other combat areas.The Syrian Observatory reported that more than 100 pro-government troops were killed in overnight clashes around Palmyra.

Many questions will now be asked in Damascus and Baghdad - and above all in Washington - about how the militants have managed to score major advances in both Iraq and Syria this week despite all the efforts to stop them.IS was supposed to be on the defensive in Iraq, where the prime minister announced weeks ago the launching of a campaign to drive the militants out of Anbar province. Now he's lost its capital, Ramadi, just days before they took Palmyra in Syria.

The western coalition's bombing campaign has clearly hurt IS where it could. But it could never compensate for ground forces which are not competent, equipped or motivated enough to stand firm and hit back.Only the Kurds in the north of both countries (most recently in north-eastern Syria) have proven able to do that.

Ukrainian government releases footage of the wreckage of an alleged Russian drone shot down in the country

Seems like a Israeli IAI drone which the Russians had procured a few years earlier

Sri Lanka celebrates victory anniversary over LTTE at Mullivaikkal with military parade

Sri Lankan government is talking reconciliation now.

The Sri Lankan government held a military parade on Tuesday to celebrate six years since the end of the armed conflict when government forces defeated the Tamil armed resistance movement, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Regiments from all four arms of the security forces, including the air force, navy, military and the police, took part in parades in the southern city of Matara.

The Sri Lankan president, Maithripala Sirisena, the prime minister, Ranil Wickremasinghe and other senior government figures including the former president, Chandrika Kumaratunge, and the former Army General who oversaw the military offensive in 2008 to 2009 were also present.

“We never let the brutal terrorism to be arisen in this country again. We will strengthen the process for development and reconciliation. We have kept foremost trust and honor on the tri-forces and leading security divisions. We must clearly state that we will take every possible step to strengthen the military service and to create a suitable environment to work by providing ample physical and human resources to the armed forces especially, when it come to the National Security,” President Sirisena said during this address at the event.

"Extremist groups which attempt to create disharmony among the communities exists in our country, as well as in other countries. In keeping with State Policy, we will take steps to strengthen the National Security and the Tri Forces by providing all the necessary resources to fulfill your duties and responsibilities, while, refuting and rejecting false propaganda of extremist groups," he added.

"We cannot fulfill our expectations for reconciliation only through development. The reconciliation process includes investigating the truth, carrying out justice, eliminating the fear and mistrust and building trust among every community and re-building physical resources which were devastated by the armed conflict. Hence, with the experience of the war, we must understand the requirement of priority for the reconciliation process."

"As I mentioned before, all must unite for development and reconciliation in the country. We must all carry out our responsibilities together to defend the unitary status and territorial integrity on behalf of our nation and country," he concluded.