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In Pakistan school attack, Taliban terrorists kill 145, mostly children

Women mourn for a student who was killed during an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School, at his house in Peshawar on Dec. 16, 2014.

Women mourn for a student who was killed during an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School, at his house in Peshawar on Dec. 16, 2014.

An indiscriminate attack by a Pakistani Taliban group that killed 145 children and adults at a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan is drawing worldwide condemnation — even from Afghanistan’s Taliban. Seven people wearing explosive vests killed 136 children and nine staff members when they opened fire, seemingly at random, at the school in Peshawar, Pakistan, Asim Bajwa, a Pakistani military spokesman, told reporters. All seven attackers also died, although it was not clear whether they blew themselves up or were killed, Bajwa told The Associated Press. “Their sole purpose, it seems, was to kill those innocent kids. That’s what they did,” Bajwa said.

As evening arrived, Pakistani officials declared a military operation to clear the school of attackers to be over. Throughout the day, terrified parents visited area hospitals, frantically searching for their children. “My son was in uniform in the morning. He is in a casket now,” parent Tahir Ali wailed as he came to a hospital to collect the body of his 14-year-old son Abdullah, according to The Associated Press. “My son was my dream. My dream has been killed.

” Students in green uniforms could be seen on Pakistani television fleeing the school. More than 1,000 students in grades 1 to 10 attend classes at the school, including many children of military families. Besides those killed in the attack, numerous people were injured, Chief Minister Pervez Khattak of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province said earlier. Ambulances were seen transporting the injured after the attack started in the early morning. Among the injured were 121 students, three staff members and nine Pakistani military commandos, a military official said. The attack drew widespread condemnation, even from the Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan. 548 “Killing innocent children is against the principals of Afghan Taliban and we condemned,” Afghan Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement to the media. “Our thoughts are with the families of those who lost their love[d] ones.” Pakistan’s neighbors, India and Afghanistan, and the United States also were among those who sent condolences. “By targeting students and teachers in this heinous attack, terrorists have once again shown their depravity,

” President Obama said in a statement. “We stand with the people of Pakistan, and reiterate the commitment of the United States to support the government of Pakistan in its efforts to combat terrorism and extremism and to promote peace and stability in the region.” Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistan native who survived a 2012 shooting and won the Nobel Peace prize for her efforts to promote education, denounced the attack in a Facebook post on her Malala Fund nonprofit page. “I am heartbroken by this senseless and cold blooded act of terror in Peshawar that is unfolding before us,” she wrote in the statement. “Innocent children in their school have no place in horror such as this.”

Pakistan has been on an offensive, dubbed Zarb-e-Azb, against the Tehreek-e-Taliban, a Pakistani militant group trying to overthrow the government. Taliban spokesman Mohammed Khurasani claimed responsibility for the attack in a phone call to media, citing revenge for the killings of Taliban members, the AP reported. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif rushed to Peshawar to show his support for the victims and vowed the attack on the school would not deter the government’s fight against the group.

Pakistani army troops arrive to conduct an operation at a school under attack by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar, Pakistan, Dec. 16, 2014.

Pakistani army troops arrive to conduct an operation at a school under attack by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar, Pakistan, Dec. 16, 2014.

“The government together with the army has started Zarb-e-Azb and it will continue until the terrorism is rooted out from our land,” Sharif said. “We also have had discussions with Afghanistan that they and we together fight this terrorism, and this fight will continue. No one should have any doubt about it.”

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Benghazi attack resulted from US ‘allowing arms deliveries’ to militants

A vehicle (R) and the surrounding buildings burn after they were set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi late on September 11, 2012.

The deadly attack on US diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, could have been prevented if Washington had not allowed arms shipment to reach al-Qaeda-linked militants, said a group launched to unearth truth behind the 2012 ordeal.

“The White House and senior Congressional members deliberately and knowingly pursued a policy that provided material support to terrorist organizations in order to topple a ruler [Muammar Gaddafi] who had been working closely with the West actively to suppress al-Qaeda,” the Citizens Commission on Benghazi (CCB) said in an interim report released Tuesday.

As a result of such policy, there has been “utter chaos” in Libya, across North Africa and beyond, “the spread of dangerous weapons (including surface-to-air missiles), and the empowerment of jihadist organizations like al-Qa’eda and the Muslim Brotherhood,” the group said in the document, entitled “How America Switched Sides in the War on Terror.”

The commission, set up last year by US center-right press watchdog Accuracy in Media (AIM), is comprised of retired senior military officers and CIA insiders and experts. Its goal is to answer the remaining questions about the September 11, 2012 attack on the diplomatic compound in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

Following a seven-month review of the bloody incident, the Commission blamed the Obama administration for failing to prevent a multi-million dollar United Arab Emirates weapons shipment from getting into hands of al-Qaeda-linked militants.

The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is seen in flames.

The United States switched sides in the war on terror with what we did in Libya, knowingly facilitating the provision of weapons to known al-Qaeda militias and figures,” Clare Lopez, a member of the commission and a former CIA officer, told the MailOnline.

Lopez claimed that the weapons that came into the city of Benghazi “were permitted to enter” by American armed forces who were blockading the approaches from air and sea.

They were permitted to come in. … [They] knew these weapons were coming in, and that was allowed,” she said. “The intelligence community was part of that, the Department of State was part of that, and certainly that means that the top leadership of the United States, our national security leadership, and potentially Congress – if they were briefed on this – also knew about this.”

Now all those arms are in Syria, according to another commission member, Retired Rear Admiral Chuck Kubic.

Talking to journalists on Tuesday, he noted that Gaddafi, Libya’s overthrown and killed leader, “was not a good guy, but he was being marginalized.”

According to the commission findings, shortly after the beginning of the Libyan uprising in February 2011, Gaddafi “offered to abdicate.” However, Washington, “ignored his calls for a truce,” the group wrote, which led to extensive loss of life – including the four Americans – chaos, and detrimental outcomes for U.S. national security objectives across the region.

We had a leader who had won the Nobel Peace Prize,” Kubic said, “but who was unwilling to give peace a chance for 72 hours.”

On March 21, 2011, the US Army General Carter Ham, who was leading the American forces enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya, said that attacking Gaddafi was not part of the mission.

That, Kubic noted, was a signal to the Libyan leader that there was a chance for a deal.

By 22 March 2011, Qaddafi verifiably had begun to pull his forces back from key rebel-held cities such as Benghazi and Misrata. Word was passed that he wanted a way out of the crisis and was willing to step down and permit a transition government to take power in his stead,” the report said.

In exchange for the stepping down, Gaddafi reportedly wanted permission to continue fighting al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) – the north-African wing of the terrorist organization. The second condition was the lifting of the sanctions against Gaddafi himself, his family members and people loyal to him.

However, the CCB said, despite the willingness of both the US Army General and the Libyan leader to pursue the possibility of truce talks, “permission was not given to Gen. Ham from his chain of command in the Pentagon and the window of opportunity closed.”

The Obama Administration and the National Security Staff did not immediately respond to questions about the commission’s findings, the Daily Mail reported.

We don’t claim to have all the answers here,” Roger Aronoff, AIM’s editor told journalists. “We hope you will, please, pursue this. Check it out. Challenge us,” he added.

The Commission’s findings are based on information they got from interviews with “several knowledgeable sources,” they said. As part of the investigation, the CCB along with AIM have also filed 85 document requests under the Freedom of Information Act. The requests were addressed to the Department of State, Department of Defense, CIA and FBI.

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NATO suspends civilian and military cooperation with Russia

April 1, 2014 shows a view of the Foreign Affairs meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels.

April 1, 2014 shows a view of the Foreign Affairs meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels.

NATO has announced that it is suspending all military and civilian cooperation with Russia over the Ukrainian crisis, the bloc said in a joint statement.

“We have decided to suspend all practical civilian and military cooperation between NATO and Russia. Our political dialogue in the NATO-Russia Council can continue, as necessary, at the Ambassadorial level and above, to allow us to exchange views, first and foremost on this crisis,” the statement reads. The alliance plans to review its relations with Russia at a meeting in June.

The decision could affect cooperation on Afghanistan in areas such as training counter-narcotics personnel, maintenance of Afghan air force helicopters, and a transit route out of the war-torn country. Other projects around fighting terrorism, drug trafficking, and dealing with the disarmament and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction could also be impacted.

Despite the harsh public statement, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen backtracked when speaking to reporters after the ministerial meeting on Tuesday, apparently muddying the message the alliance wants to send. Rasmussen said that NATO expects Russia to continue working with the alliance on the important issues.

“I would expect the counter-narcotics projects to continue, I would also expect the Afghanistan-related cooperation projects to continue, the transit arrangements, as well as helicopter projects also because we have a joint interest in ensuring success on our mission in Afghanistan,” Rasmussen said.

NATO foreign ministers also urged Moscow in “to take immediate steps … to return to compliance with international law.”

The bloc said that it was stepping up its cooperation with Ukraine, promoting defense reforms and increasing the activity of a liaison office in Kiev.

The goal will be to modernize Ukraine’s armed forces, including through Ukraine’s involvement in more of NATO’s military exercises, according to Rasmussen. As of now, the efforts to modernize will come short of sending weapons to Ukraine.

Ukraine provided NATO members with a list of “technical equipment” it required for the nation’s armed forces, which did not include weaponry, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Andrey Deshchitsya told a news conference after meeting with NATO ministers.

NATO and Ukraine issued a joint statement after a meeting of their ministers in Brussels. They said that they would “implement immediate and longer term measures to strengthen Ukraine’s ability to provide for its own security.”

A series of meetings in Brussels was called on Tuesday in response to what the bloc sees as Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea. The bloc called on Moscow to reduce its troop number in Crimea to pre-crisis levels, withdraw them to their bases and taper military activities along its border with Ukraine.

Ministers ordered military planners to “develop as a matter of urgency a series of additional measures to reinforce NATO’s collective defenses”, a NATO official told Reuters. This might include sending troops and equipment to NATO allies in Eastern Europe, holding more exercises, taking steps to ensure NATO’s rapid reaction force could deploy more quickly, and a review of NATO’s military plans.

Military planners will come back with detailed proposals within weeks, the alliance official said.

The Republic of Crimea declared its independence from Ukraine following the March-16 referendum, in which 96.77 percent of the voters chose to rejoin Russia. Despite calls to boycott the vote and provocation attempts, 83.1 percent of Crimeans took part in the poll.

Crimea became part of Russia in 1783, but was transferred to the Ukrainian SSR in 1954 by Nikita Khrushchev – a move that ex-Soviet leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Mikhail Gorbachev, has called a “mistake.” Following the fall of the USSR in 1991, Crimeans were forbidden to hold a referendum on independence from Ukraine, and a procedure for making such a referendum possible has never been clearly defined in Ukrainian law.

Many people in the predominantly Russian-speaking region also rejected the coup-appointed Kiev authorities, and some feared that nationalist radicals aligned with the opposition might launch a persecution of Russians living in Crimea.

However, a closer look shows that the neo-Nazi scare was not the only thing that concerned Crimeans about the coup-appointed authorities. One of the first moves of the post-coup Ukrainian parliament was an attempt to strip the status of regional minority languages, including Russian. The political program of the nationalist Svoboda party, which currently occupies four seats in the cabinet of ministers in Kiev, also clearly stated that it seeks to deprive the region of its autonomy and to make it an oblast (administrative division) instead of an Autonomous Republic. According to a common belief among the Russians living in Crimea, some of the Tatars, members of the Mejlis organization, also counted on the ex-opposition Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party to support them in declaring the region a Tatar national autonomy, despite Russians and Ukrainians making up over 70 percent of the population and Tatars accounting for only about 12 percent of it.

Crimeans have also been consistently against Ukraine becoming a NATO state, and have staged protests against Ukrainian-NATO drills in the past. Polls showed that more than half the people living in Crimea considered NATO a “threat.”

Despite Ukraine’s non-aligned status enshrined in its Constitution, the coup-appointed authorities said they are considering changing the relevant part of the supreme law, just as NATO’s chief stated they were “intensifying” their cooperation with Ukraine.

Responding to such remarks, the Russian government reminded that pushing for NATO integration in Ukraine during Viktor Yushchenko’s presidency had in the past led only to a “widening of the split in Ukrainian society, the majority of which anything but supports the idea of Ukraine entering the NATO military block.”

 

Facts you need to know about Crimea and why it’s in turmoil

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Russian Senator seeks to strip President Obama of Nobel over double standards

A Russian senator has asked the Nobel Committee to annul the award given to the US President last year claiming Barack Obama’s double standard policy has helped develop the political crisis in Ukraine.

“The double standard policy is incompatible with the title of Nobel Peace Prize laureate. I think the Nobel committee must take an objective look at the situation and consider the possibility of taking the title from Barack Obama,” Senator Lyudmila Bokova (Saratov Region) was quoted as saying by the Izvestia daily.

“The latest statements and activities of Mr. Obama are clearly aimed against the non-violent solution of the Ukrainian crisis. Besides, the US President is pursuing the objective of world domination and the interests of the Ukrainian people is the last thing to be taken into consideration by him,” the Russian politician said.

Bokova added she had thoroughly studied Barack Obama’s Nobel speech and everything in it was right, but the US President’s own actions now contradict his position.

The United States has stopped being a guarantor of international security and is only forcefully imposing its own interests and values upon other nations, the senator added.

“The double standards policy has become America’s main modus operandi on the international arena. The whole world has repeatedly witnessed that applying double standards is not only inadmissible but also dangerous as it leads to uncontrolled outbursts of violence and Human Rights violations,” Bokova said.

On Friday last week Russia’s Upper House passed a motion condemning the sanctions the United States and the European Union imposed on Russia over the Ukrainian crisis and the accession of the Crimean Republic into the Russian Federation. Earlier last week State Duma deputies suggested Western nations imposed personal sanctions on all of them, expressing solidarity with blacklisted colleagues.

In November last year two Russian NGOs, Officers of Russia and Soldiers’ Mothers, asked the Nobel Committee to evaluate the information according to which Barack Obama had noted he was ‘very good at killing people’ while discussing drone warfare with his close aides. Russian activists claimed that these words were hardly compatible with the title of a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. They also added that the Peace Prize bestowed on Obama was a sort of ‘advance’ given in return for promises and press statements made during the previous election campaign, but in reality the deeds of the US leader contradict his earlier rhetoric and this means that the ‘advance’ can be rescinded.

President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prise in 2009, shortly after taking office in 2008.

 

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Responding to an article by Reuters , which headlined : Egypt jails key figures of 2011 uprising

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Ahmed Maher, Ahmed Douma , Mohamed Adel , and Alaa Abdel Fattah are not Political activists or symbols of the protest movement that ignited the revolt in 2011.

They  just traitors and mercenaries been trained by agents of intelligence services in Serbia and  other to drop the Egyptian state

Their sentences ( today- sunday ) include prison labor and fines of 50,000 Egyptian pounds each, only for violating a law that requires police permission for demonstrations.( general law )

The trial (soon ) for allegedly collaborating with countries , allegedly finance from  foreign organizations , conspiracy  .. the execution waiting  all of  them, and all the traitors .

Ahmed Doma  admits on air that he attacked police officers and kidnapped some of them and beat them up during the events of January 25th , saying that there is no such a peaceful revolution as mentioned by some media outlets.. He also admit that he burned the Scientific Research Institute (Which has an unprecedented human heritage) by throwing Molotov bottles on it..

On the other hand I would like to ask the members of the U.S. Congress about the procedures followed in case that someone attempt to storm the building of the Ministry of Defense or the U.S. intelligence building or the White House..??

Well, this’s exactly what  Mohamed Adel , member of the April 6 Movement .. he got caught by cameras while he break into the state security building with another person and steal files and CDs with highly confidential information affecting Egypt’s national security.., then he sell these information to a private U.S. company operating in the field of publishing, has a close relationship with the C.I.A .

Mohamed Adel , Foreign funding

This is Alaa Abdel Fattah calls for cutting the hand of the army, the police and the Egyptian judiciary ( the three pillars of the state ).

Ahmed Maher  a founder of the April 6 movement,. was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011??  Nobel Prize for Betrayal  !!!!

Ahmed Maher , Foreign funding

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6vnOZn6WP8

Ahmed Maher & Mohamed Adel , Foreign funding

TO :

( Amr Aly ) Yes , it’s a coup .. but against The great conspiracy which 6 April movement participated in .

( Sally Toma ) Yes , you are enemies of the state,will not get away with what you did .

(  Reuter )  Chose your reporters and tell the truth .

   By : khaled Abd Elaziz , Tamer Abo El-Hoda