Friday, December 10, 2010

Binocular Snapshot for 12/10/2010

LastDayWatchers the curse continues as

Attacks in Iraq kill 4, including 2 policemen

"BAGHDAD -- Police captured four gunmen after a shootout in Saddam Hussein's hometown Friday following a drive-by attack on a security checkpoint that killed two guards, officials said.

Also Friday, a roadside bomb killed two people in Baghdad.

The gunbattle took place in Tikrit, some 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of the capital, where armed men in a speeding car opened fire on a checkpoint. The assailants fled into a fruit orchard, and were captured after a shootout with police.

In Baghdad, a roadside bomb exploded near a bus, killing two people and wounding seven"

The extension of terror expand

Suicide bomber kills 15 in attack at hospital in Pakistan

"A Taliban suicide bomber killed 15 people in an attack today at a hospital in Pakistan's insurgency-infested northwest.

The suicide bomber detonated his car packed with explosives at a hospital in the district of Hangu in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

The target of the attack is not yet clear, but the Taliban and the allied Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, which serves as street muscle for al Qaeda in Pakistan, have stepped up suicide attacks against government officials, anti-Taliban tribes, and Shia Muslims over the past week. The district of Hangu has a sizable Shia population.

The Taliban and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi have carried out three other suicide attacks since Dec. 6. On Dec. 8, a Taliban suicide bomber struck a bus carrying Shia refugees attempting to return to their homes in the tribal agency of Arakzai. The attack killed 18 civilians.

On Dec. 7, a suicide bomber attacked the chief minister of the southwestern province of Baluchistan, wounding 10 people. The al Qaeda-linked Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed credit for the attack.

On Dec. 6, a pair of Taliban suicide bombers killed 50 people, including government officials, tribal leaders, security personnel, and two journalists, in an attack on a meeting of anti-Taliban tribal leaders in Mohmand. Omar Khalid, the leader of the Taliban in Mohmand, claimed the attack and said such strikes would continue as long as tribal leaders work with the government.

Over the past year, Taliban suicide bombers have also attacked numerous police, intelligence, and military installations, as well as religious institutions in Pakistan. The Taliban have demanded that the Pakistani military end operations in the northwest and halt its support for US Predator strikes against al Qaeda and other terror groups sheltering in the tribal areas."

And the coagulation of the horns congeal

Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, to set up strategic cooperation

"Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Thursday that a regional strategic cooperation mechanism among Jordan , Lebanon, Syria and Turkey, is going to be set up.

Davutoglu made the remarks at a joint press conference with visiting Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem after their talks in the Turkish capital Ankara. He did not elaborate on the details of the mechanism.

Davutoglu said that Turkish-Syrian relations were improving and the two countries had full-scale cooperation, adding that the two foreign ministers discussed the preparations of the second High- Level Strategic Cooperation meeting to be held on Dec. 21.

Referring that 51 agreements were signed between Turkey and Syria last year, Davutoglu said that the second meeting would focus on implementing these agreements and projects.

“We believe this relationship is the one which will change fate of the region,” he said.

Davutoglu said that they also discussed the latest developments in Lebanon and Iraq in their talks. “Iraq’s stability is of great importance for Turkey and Syria,” he said.

Turkey and Syria shared similar perspectives in regard to regional issues, Davutoglu added.

For his part, Moallem voiced his country’s desire to further improve its strategic cooperation with Turkey, adding that Syria was determined to exert more support for stability in Lebanon. Xinhua"

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