03.01.2011 Afghan violence in 2010 has killed thousands officials said
The number of Afghan police killed in the year of 2010 fell from 7% to 1,292% despite of the spreading violence across the country government officials said on Monday. Ministry of the Interior spokesman, Zemari Bashary said that 2,447 Afghan police were wounded while 5,225 insurgents killed and 949 wounded.
Then there was 6,716 security incidents in 2010, like ambushes, roadside bombs, suicide bombs and rocket attacks as the insurgency has spread out of the traditional stronghold places such in the south and east for the last two years into peaceful areas in the north and west. Some numbers from United Nations has reported that 2,412 civilians were killed and 3,803 wounded between January and October 2010, a 20%more than in 2009. The Defense Ministry reported that 821 Afghan soldiers were killed in 2010 but they didn’t have numbers for 2009. Foreign forces also suffered high casualties in 2010 with 711 troops killed, 2/3 of them American being the deadliest year from 2009 with only 521 deaths according to www.iCasualties.org.
Brigadier General Josef Blotz, spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), said that the large number of casualties among Afghan security forces “is a testament to their sacrifice, to their efforts, to their commitment, they’re fighting for their country.” He ended by saying;”Before it gets better, unfortunately is has to get worse and this is what we saw toward the end of 2010.”
04.01.2011 Suicide of a Prince
The youngest son of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, Alireza Pahlavi was found dead in his home in Boston after “struggling for years to overcome his sorrow”, his brother Reza Pahlavi said. It is also said that Alireza Pahlavi went into a deep depression after the death of his sister Leila Pahlavi in 2001, who was found in a London hotel room after overdosing on barbiturates. Pahlavi’s depression “grew over time” because of his departure from Iran, living in exile, the death of his father and then his sister who he was very close to.
05.01.2011 Free Mossad agent R65
A vulture used by researchers in Tel Aviv University to track down migration patterns flew and wandered away into Saudi territory and caught by the authorities who immediately assumed that the vulture was used by Israel for espionage purpose and that the bird was a Mossad agent. The poor bird was found in a rural area wearing a transmitter and a leg bracelet bearing the words “Tel Aviv University”. It is not the first time that Israel has been accused of using animal agents. Last month, the Egyptian regional governor of Sinai suggested that the shark in the red sea who attacked tourists was planted by Israel.
06.01.2011 Blasphemy law
Salman Taseer, governor of Punjab province was killed by his bodyguard because of his views of the countries strict blasphemy law and the death penalty. He started to campaign against the law already in November 2010 when he said “that he didn’t want to abolish the law but change it in such way that if you insult any Prophet, no matter who he is, then that is a criminal offence but should not be punishable by death”. Taseer made the comment because of the case of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy. Taseer also said that Bibi epitomized the type of people the blasphemy law affects.
“It’s a law which gives an excuse to extremists and reactionaries to target weak people and minorities,” he explained. “I mean, no big, rich, powerful man has gone in under the blasphemy law. It’s only poor people.”
“And then, people went around to the leading mosques, to the leading Imam, trying to find someone who would read the funeral prayers but they all refused to do so. The message was; shut up or get shot.
07.01.2011 Suicide attack in Kandahar
17 people were killed and 23 injured in a suicide attack at a crowded public bath house in Afghanistan’s southern province Kandahar. The town Spin Boldak is situated 70 miles (110 km) east of Kandahar, capital of the province were Taliban has had a stronghold for a long time. The bombing in Spin Boldak happened as the bath house was filled with people getting ready for the Friday prayer. BBC’s Bilal Sarwary in Kabul said that Afghanistan’s security institutions have been targeted the recent weeks of attacks on the countries army and police who is expected to take over the security responsibilities from the international forces. Zalmai Ayoubi, governor of Kandahar condemned the attack by saying; “This brutal and inhumane act was the work of the enemies of Islam and humanity.”
08.01.2011 Riots in Algeria
2 people were killed and 300 injured in the riots that erupted in Algeria because of rising food prices and a housing crises. The protests started earlier this week over food items such as prices, milk, oil and sugar. Similar protests but some violent has also erupted in Tunisia where 4 people were killed and the government has stricken hard against the protesters, at the same time, reporters without borders condemned the arrest and disappearance of bloggers and online activists in several Tunisian cities.
The National Soccer team in Algeria cancelled their matches scheduled for Friday and Saturday to prevent large groups of young people from gathering since the protesters mostly has been young men who has broken into buildings and burned tires on the street. Another thing that adds fuel to the protesters anger is the high rates of unemployment and housing issues in the country together with socio-economic problems. The government on another hand has blamed the global economic crises for the rising prices.
09.01.2011 Assassin in Arizona
A gunmen opened fire intending to assassinate a US representative outside Tucson, Arizona in a supermarket, killing 6 and wounding 12 including the congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Five people, including Chief Judge John Roll of the U.S. District Court for Arizona and Gabe Zimmerman, a Giffords staffer, died at the scene. The sixth victim, a 9-year-old girl, was pronounced dead at a hospital. An Arizona law enforcement source and a federal law enforcement source identified the suspect as Jared Lee Loughner but the investigators are not convinced that Loughner came alone to the supermarket and they are looking for another man who was nearby the suspect. Although the Police said they hadn’t reported any threats involving federal officials, the agency still had advised other members of the Congress to take “reasonable and prudent precautions regarding their personal safety and security.”
Giffords, 40, was shot once in the head at close range and underwent surgery at University Medical Center in Tucson but was listed in critical condition.
President Barack Obama sent FBI Director Richard Mueller to help coordinate the joint investigation, which federal authorities stressed did not appear to have any connection to terrorism.