At least 63 people were killed and scores wounded after bombers struck Shiite religious observances on Tuesday in three cities in Afghanistan.
"In Kabul, the suicide bomber was apparently among a procession of worshipers outside one of the main Shiite mosques, the Abul Fazal Abbas shrine in the Murad Khani neighborhood, close to the finance and defense ministries, when he detonated an explosive vest. The mosque was damaged by the blast.
“The explosion took place inside the crowd,” said a wounded man, Said Zaki, 18, whose face and clothes were covered in blood. “We didn’t see who this person was but he was definitely on foot. We saw 30 or 40 people on the ground missing arms and limbs.”
The worshipers were beating their chests to show their sorrow at Imam Hussein’s martyrdom, with some of them also flagellating themselves, using barbed chains to beat themselves on the back."
Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the Shiite militant group Hezbollah, made a rare public appearance on Tuesday in Beirut
"Reiterating his support for Syria’s government and claiming that his group was better trained and armed than ever.
“I want to deliver a message that is not new, but final and conclusive to all those who are conspiring and hoping and betting on change,”
Mr. Nasrallah said.
“This resistance in Lebanon will survive and you will not be able to defeat it through your psychological, media, political and intelligence wars.”
Hezbollah, the single most powerful actor in Lebanon, Nasrallah said his appearance was meant to send a clear message to those “who believe they can threaten us.”
“Our numbers are increasing day after day, and we are getting better and our training is becoming better and we are becoming more confident in our future and more armed. And it someone is betting that our weapons are rusting, we tell them that every weapon that rusts is replaced.”
He said the United States was seeking the ouster of Mr. Assad to make up for what he described as its loss in Iraq, where after nearly nine years of war, American troops are to fully withdraw by Dec. 31.
“The American administration abandons its followers and allies at the first crossroad to search for its interests,” he said. “Our Arab and Islamic nations should know that the American administration is the enemy and the threat.”
Mr. Nasrallah spoke to mark Ashura, the holiest day on the Shiite Muslim calendar, as tens of thousands of the group’s followers gathered in the southern suburbs of Beirut."
"Nasrallah reiterated his support for Assad's regime on Tuesday, accusing the United States of seeking to destroy Syria "to make up for its defeat in Iraq."
He accused some in the Syrian opposition of catering to US agendas in Syria and the region, and called on protesters to realize that they were being "used" for the wider aim of striking at Assad's regime for its support for Hezbollah and other anti-Israel groups in the region.
Ashoura is one of the holiest days of the Muslim Shiite calendar. It marks the anniversary of the death in the seventh century of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson Imam Hussein.
His death in a battle outside of the Iraqi city of Karbala sealed Islam's historical Sunni-Shiite split, which still bedevils the Middle East."
Drone that crashed in Iran may give away U.S. secrets
"Though the drone flight was a CIA operation, U.S. military personnel were involved in flying the aircraft, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the secrecy involved.
The jet-powered, bat-winged RQ-170 Sentinel drone is considered one of the most advanced in the U.S. arsenal, with stealth technology and sophisticated computer systems that enable it to penetrate deep into hostile territory without detection.
Spokesmen for the CIA, White House, Pentagon and congressional intelligence oversight committees declined to comment.
Although the Sentinel's capabilities remain largely classified, it is believed to carry the latest in cutting-edge cameras and sensors that can "listen in" on cellphone conversations as it soars miles above the ground or "smell" the air and sniff out chemical plumes emanating from a potential underground nuclear laboratory.
Ever since it was developed at Lockheed Martin Corp.'s famed Skunk Works facility in Palmdale, the Sentinel drone has been cloaked in tight secrecy by the U.S. government.
But now the drone that the Iranian military claims to have brought down for invading its airspace might be made far more public than the Pentagon or Lockheed ever intended."
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