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Current Conflict Zones & Most Recent Developments
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04-01-2012 01:46 PM

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Surprise pre-dawn militant attack on southern base kills 7 Yemeni soldiers

Al-Qaida-linked militants staged a pre-dawn surprise attack Sunday on an army base in southern Yemen, killing seven soldiers, military officials said.

The militants sprayed the sleeping soldiers with bullets leaving their bodies severely disfigured, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters.

On Saturday, an al-Qaida-led attack left at least 30 dead on both sides in Lahj province, also in the south. Officials say most of the militants have retreated up a nearby mountain, but that a number continue to battle in the town of al-Rahha.

And in February, al-Qaida claimed credit for a daring assault that on a base that left nearly 200 soldiers dead. The fighters riddled tents where soldiers were sleeping near the town of Zinjibar with gunfire, then paraded dozens of captured soldiers through a nearby town.

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Syria conference: Gulf countries to fund rebels

Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries are creating a multimillion-dollar fund to pay salaries to members of the rebel Free Syrian Army and soldiers who defect from the regime and join opposition ranks, participants at a meeting on Syria said Sunday. One delegate described the fund as a "pot of gold" to undermine President Bashar Assad's army.

The large-scale plan to help Syria's badly overmatched rebels offers a solution to the international divide over whether to arm the rebels or support them through only non-lethal or humanitarian means. It also reflects frustration with months of failed diplomacy aimed at pressuring Assad to stop his crackdown on dissent, as well as hopes of forcing his ouster by shifting the military balance on the ground.

Conference participants confirmed the plan on condition of anonymity because details were still being worked out. It was unclear how the fund would be set up and monitored, or how salaries would be guaranteed. A participant said the fund would involve millions of dollars every month...
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04-01-2012 03:05 PM

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Malian rebels besiege Timbuktu

After seizing the strategic northern Mali towns of Kidal and Gao, Tuareg rebels have begun besieging the ancient city of Timbuktu, taking their fight for a homeland for the nomadic people to the last major government holdout in the north.

Residents contacted by telephone said they were cowering inside their homes as blasts from heavy arms and automatic gunfire crackled around the renowned Islamic intellectual centre where demoralised soldiers are fleeing.

Timbuktu resident Mohamed Lamine said the shooting began at dawn. "We are hearing heavy weapons going off, coming from the south and east of the city. A part of the army abandoned the city last night," he said.

In Gao, the insurgents were going from bank to bank trying to force their way into the safes, said resident Hama Dada Toure. In Kidal, which is now starting its second day under rebel control, residents said an Islamic faction within the larger rebellion was going from shop to shop demanding that business owners take down pictures of unveiled women.
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AFP: Tuareg rebels entered Timbuktu, the last city in northern Mali under government control in the west African nation following a coup

Coup Leader Steps Down as Tuaregs Enter Timbuktu

As Junta leader Sanogo announces that he vows to “re-establish, from today, the Malian constitution of Feb. 25, 1992 and the institutions of the republic”, and set up a transition body with Malian political parties, Tuareg rebels claim to have control over the town of Kidal and have entered Gao and Timbuktu. Africa Nova writes that the army has fled Timbutku and that the main traders there are negotiating with rebels to prevent pillages.
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Turkey's PM urges military action if Syria stays defiant

Turkish PM says 'there will be no other choice' to safeguard civilians

Countries will have to consider armed intervention — even without UN authorization — to stem the violence in Syria against civilians, Turkey's prime minister said Sunday as he hosted a meeting of 60 states to set conditions for a new regime in Damascus.

In his opening address at the so-called Friends of the Syrian People conference, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said "the Syrian regime should not be allowed at any cost" to gain time by dithering over the peace plan put forward by United Nations and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan.

Erdogan said military options might have to be considered if Syria does not co-operate with Annan's plan and the UN Security Council fails to unite in opposition to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

"If the UN Security Council fails once again to bring about its historic responsibility, there will be no other choice than to support the Syrian people's right to self-defence," Erdogan said.
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Mali Tuareg rebels 'control Timbuktu' as troops flee

Tuareg separatist rebels in Mali say they have seized the historic town of Timbuktu after a rapid advance through the north of the country.

A statement said they had "control of the entire region" of Timbuktu, and had ended the Malian "occupation".

Eyewitnesses said the rebels bombarded a local army base, but government troops had already left.
The rebels' statement said they would now begin their "mission of defending and securing the territory of the Azawad, for the happiness of its people".

Azawad is the rebels' term for the entire north of Mali, which they want recognised as an independent Tuareg homeland.

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04-01-2012 08:35 PM

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•REC  Wrote: (03-31-2012 01:41 PM)
Dozens of Taliban killed fighting in west Afghanistan

Dozens of Taliban fighters were killed in U.S. air strikes and a gun battle in western Afghanistan after an insurgent attack on an Afghan army patrol, NATO and Afghan officials said on Friday.

A spokesman of the International Security Assistance Force said the patrol came under attack in Gulistan district in western Farah province on Wednesday, prompting a call for air support.

"Numerous insurgents were killed, and several motorbikes were damaged or destroyed" following two strikes by coalition aircraft, he said.

Abdul Raoof Ahmadi, a police spokesman in western Afghanistan, said 30 Taliban were killed and another 15 wounded in the fighting in the remote area.


How about calling them what they really are: citizens defending their country against foreign invaders.

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04-01-2012 08:39 PM

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•REC  Wrote: (03-31-2012 01:53 PM)
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uk fco:We advise against all travel to Mali and you should leave if you have no pressing need to remain.

Those Tuaregs look extremely well armed with a lot of Russian equipment acquired in Libya.


Mali Coup Militants Were Trained In America By The US Military

Posted by Alexander Higgins - March 25, 2012

The US State Department admits the militants and their leader, who just overthrew the Mali government, were professionally trained by the US military in America.

Last week a military coup overthrew the Mali government which drew a bit of attention from the corporate media and a damning condemnation from the United Nations.

The coup came just months before the nation was to hold popular elections and while the event unfolded US officials remained quiet about the unrest.

In an apparent bid to fend off growing criticism of the coup from the international community, the leader of the coup Amadou Haya Sanogo, began making television appearances during which he stated he had been trained by the U.S. government.

Today, the Patrick Barnes, a U.S. Africa Command official based in Washington, came forward and admitted that the allegations are true.

Barnes told that Washington Post that United States provided the coup leader with professional military training on several occasions inside of the United States times as part of their International Military Education and Training program.

Barnes explained that the program is meant to train security forces so they can improve their ability to track down al-Qaeda sympathizers who kidnap Europeans and other foreigners for ransom.

J. Peter Pham, an African affairs specialist at the Washington think tank Atlantic Council, told the Washington Post “It would be hard to find an officer at his rank or higher in the Malian military who hasn’t received training.”

Another detailed revealed by Barnes is the US and ally EU nation’s were scheduled to hold a massive anti-terrorism exercise last month which would have prepared the Mali military to properly respond to an event like the coup that unfolded.

Instead of the exercise happening the training event was cancelled by western officials who cited unrest in the nation as the reason for the cancellation.

The Washington Post further reports the coup was sparked due to Malian fighters from Libya...
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04-02-2012 04:11 PM

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FLASH: Russia has dispatched the Black Sea Fleet guided-missile destroyer RFS Smetlivy (DDG 810) to Syria.

Russian destroyer heads for Syrian port: Report

A Russian navy destroyer has set out on a planned mission to the Syrian port of Tartus, where it will arrive in a few days, reports say.

According to Russian military officials the warship left its Black Sea base of Sevastopol for the Mediterranean during the weekend and will soon arrive at Syria’s second largest port of Tartus.

Navy officials said that the ship would receive fresh supplies of food and water before carrying out planned exercises maneuvers near the Syrian coast.

"This will be a purely technical port call that is conducted by almost all Russian navy ships conducting exercises in the Mediterranean," Interfax news agency quoted a senior source in the Russian navy as saying.

The team on board the destroyer will not be leaving the ship while it is docked, the source added.
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04-02-2012 04:15 PM

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Mali crisis deepens as Islamist group plants flag in Timbuktu

Residents said on Monday that the ominous black flag of an Islamist rebel faction is now flying over Mali’s fabled city of Timbuktu, which over the weekend became the last major government stronghold in the country’s north to fall to the rebel advance.

The news is a worrying development for Mali, where Tuareg rebels took advantage of chaos sparked by a coup in the distant capital of Bamako late last month to claim the three largest northern towns, including Timbuktu.

Early Monday, a member of the military who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter said that he saw a 10-car convoy carrying the rebel Ansar Dine enter the ancient city, located over 1,000 kilometres from Bamako. They drove to the Cheikh Fort Sidi Elbakaye military camp in Timbuktu, where they planted their black flag.

France rules out military intervention in Mali

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Monday that the situation in Mali was “rapidly deteriorating” but ruled out sending French soldiers to the former colony.

“The situation is dangerous, that is why I have asked all citizens whose presence is not essential to leave the country,” Juppe told journalists in Dakar.

He said with six French hostages currently being held by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in the region “we are clearly a target”.

“We can help with logistics or training but there is no question of putting French soldiers on Malian soil.”

Juppe expressed concern over the role of armed Islamist groups fighting alongside the Tuareg rebels in an ambiguous relationship which has the various groups controlling northern Mali since fabled Timbuktu fell on Sunday.

“It appears that this extreme Islamist/Jihadist faction is taking the upper hand among the different Tuareg factions,” he said.
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Royal Navy to tackle Somali pirates

A Westcountry ship will lead an Anglo-French armada to blast Somali pirates in their hideouts before they set sail, according to reports.

Devonport-based HMS Bulwark is likely to play a part in the mission to search the Somali coastline to find the gangs in their camps before they venture out to sea.

Whitehall sources suggest HMS Bulwark – an amphi-bious landing ship – and the Portsmouth-based helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious will sail to the Mediterranean with frigates – also from Devonport – and Royal Fleet Auxiliary supply ships.

The ships are said to be preparing to take part in war games with the French nuclear aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, after which British Prime Minister David Cameron will announce the fleet's deployment along the Somali coast.

Apache helicopter gunships would be used to attack the pirate hideouts and boats before they leave port, it was reported, while HMS Bulwark will carry 500 Royal Marines from 45 Commando.

When asked by Labour MP Gavin Shuker to rule out air strikes and a ground offensive in Somalia, the Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, told The Commons: "I don't think it would be sensible for me to rule out anything in the long term."
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Yemeni officials say latest government airstrikes in south have killed 43 al-Qaida militants

Yemeni officials say the latest government airstrikes in the country's south have killed 43 al-Qaida militants.

Military officials say government forces on Tuesday took control over a mountainous area of al-Rahha in the southern province of Lahj, after pounding al-Qaida hideouts there for the past three days. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

REC: I'm fairly sure these airstrikes are carried out by US units.
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Afghan militants poison, attack police; 6 killed

Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghan authorities say insurgents have poisoned the food of policemen and then attacked their checkpoint in southern Afghanistan, leaving six people dead.

The Helmand province governor's office said Tuesday that militants poisoned the food at the police outpost in Nahri Sarraj district and then started a gunbattle Monday night with police there.

Four policemen were killed and two were wounded in the fighting. The bodies of two civilians also were found at the checkpoint.

Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi claimed responsibility, saying the insurgents poisoned the police and took their weapons.
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South Sudan Shoots Down Sudanese Jet

South Sudan's military shot down a Sudanese fighter jet in its territory after two military planes bombed an area around South Sudanese oil fields, the country's military spokesman said Wednesday.

Col. Philip Aguer said South Sudan's Air Defense Forces shot down a Sudanese MiG-29 jet fighter Wednesday afternoon in South Sudan's Unity State. Col. Aguer said he was present for the confrontation, and that the downed Sudanese MiG was one of two flying over the Naar and Toma South oil fields. He said the two MiGs had dropped "many" bombs since morning.

South Sudanese forces shot down the MiG with an anti-aircraft gun, he said.

The Sudanese "don't know that we have the capacity. They underestimate the SPLA," Col. Aguer said, referring to South Sudan's forces, the Southern People's Liberation Army.

Hostilities between the two sides have grown in recent months, even as the south has said it is trying to avoid a return to war. A planned meeting between the presidents of Sudan and South Sudan scheduled for Tuesday was canceled by Sudan.
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