Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Mali, October, 31, 2012 / Malí, 31-10-2012

What to Make of Foreign Fighters in Mali -- al Wasat
US seeks Algeria's support in possible Mali move -- AP
Clinton in Algeria for Talks on Mali -- AP
Clinton presses Algeria on Mali intervention plan -- Reuters
US, Algeria See Moderate Tuaregs as Key to Ending Mali Partition -- Voice of America
EU considers sending 200 troops to train Mali army -- Reuters
Mali: Conflict Puts Freedom of 'Slave Descendants' in Peril -- All Africa

Les djihadistes du Nord-Mali, nouveaux maillons du trafic de cocaïne vers l’Europe -- France 24
Mali: quand l'armée tire à boulets rouges sur les civils touaregs -- Slate afrique
L’Algérie se fait courtiser -- La Pays
Clinton tente d'obtenir le feu vert d'Alger à une intervention au Mali -- France 24

Syria, October, 31, 2012 / Siria, 31-10-2012

Syria Live Blog -- Al Jazeera
Syrians Are War Correspondents, Too -- Amal Hanano, Foreign Policy

Afghanistan, October 31, 2012 / Afganistán, 31-12-2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

Iran boasts : drone transmitted live data

Afghanistan, October 29, 2012 / Afganistán, 29-10-2012

Depurando responsabilidades sobre lo ocurrido en Bengasi

Has General Ham Been Fired? -- American Thinker

Sunday, October 28, 2012

¿Dónde está Abu Musab?

Syria, October 28, 2012, Siria, 28-10-2012

Afghanistan, October 28, 2012 / Afganistán, 28-10-2012

Afghanistan mosque suicide bomb attack kills at least 41 -- BBC
Suicide bomber kills 40 at Afghan mosque during Eid -- Reuters
Dozens killed in Afghan mosque blast -- The Guardian
Suicide Bomber Kills 40 at Afghan Mosque During Eid -- Reuters
Suicide bomber kills 40 at Afghanistan mosque -- L.A. Times
Afghanistan: Suicide bombing at mosque kills more than 40 -- Global Post

Four International Service Members Killed in Afghan Attacks -- New York Times
2 more US troops die in insider attack in Afghanistan -- Stars and Stripes
Two U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan are latest victims of 'green on blue' insider attacks -- Daily Mail
'Friendly fire’ kills British woman soldier in Afghanistan -- The Telegraph
Afghanistan death: Tributes for Comber woman Channing Day -- BBC

Facing Taliban threats, Afghan interpreters wait for U.S. visas -- Washington Post
New Zealand to resettle Afghan interpreters -- BBC
Shades of Iraq in Afghanistan? Problems with shoddy contracting work -- Dan Murphy, Christian Science Monitor
Afghanistan’s hard road to 2014 -- The Economist
We're Winning in Afghanistan. Why hasn't the media noticed? -- Stewart Upton, Foreign Policy

Naciones Unidas investigará el empleo de UAVs por los EEUU / U.N. to probe drone attacks by U.S.

MQ-1 Predator. Photo : Reuters

Are US drone strikes a war crime? -- Al Jazzera

Artículos sobre "yihadismo" (fuente abierta y acceso libre). Del 21 al 27 de octubre de 2012.

Borderline Chaos? Securing Libya’s Periphery -- Peter COLE, Carnegie Endowment

Al Qaeda is making a comeback -- Jack KEANE, The Washington Post

The Man Who Brought the Black Flag to Timbuktu -- William LLOYD-GEORGE, Foreign Policy

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Mali, October 25, 2012 / Malí, 25-10-2012

Exécutions sommaires de civils azawadiens par l'armée Malienne -- Mouvement National de Liberation de Azawad

Syria : arms trafficking and truce / Siria : tráfico de armas y tregua

U.S. Not Supplying Stinger Missiles To Syrian Rebels: Pentagon -- Reuters

Lybia : war goes on / Libia : sigue la guerra

Afghanistan, October 25, 2012 / Afganistán 25-10-2012

Combined Force Arrests Taliban Fighter -- US Department of Defense

Más sobre el consulado de Bengasi

Libya Leaks, Charges Leave Questions Unanswered -- Bloomberg Businessweek
Military Prepared for Benghazi Rescue, But Arrived Too Late --
Pentagon mum on Libya response -- Washington Times
E-Mails Offer Glimpse at What U.S. Knew in First Hours After Attack in Libya
-- New York Times
E-mails: White House knew of extremist claims in Benghazi attack -- CNN
Emails show militant group took credit for Benghazi attack -- NBC
Libya militia tensions hampered post-attack U.S. rescue effort -- L.A. Times
Republicans Press White House for Explanation on Benghazi Emails -- ABC News
Clinton: Internet Claim of Responsibility for Attack Proves Nothing -- Voice of America
US downplays Facebook claim on Benghazi attack -- AFP
The Real Libya Story: There Is No Story -- Michael Hirsh, The Atlantic
Obama Knew Benghazi Was Terrorism And Did Nothing -- IBD Editorial
White House on Benghazi email -- Jamie Dupree, AJC
Benghazi e-mails: What did Obama administration know when? -- Howard LaFranchi, Christian Science Monitor
Why didn't President Obama tell the truth about what happened in Benghazi? -- CNN's Jack Cafferty

White House Responds to Release of Real-Time Emails About Benghazi Attack -- ABC News
E-mails: White House knew of extremist claims in Benghazi attack -- CNN
State Department emails from day of Libya attack show Al Qaeda-tied group on radar -- FOX News
Report: U.S. knew quickly of terror claims in embassy hit -- USA Today
Emails offer insight on Benghazi attack -- UPI
Emails detail unfolding Benghazi attack on Sept. 11 -- CBS
Emails show U.S. officials told of militants within hours of Benghazi attack -- Washington Times
Emails: White House informed Al Qaeda group behind Benghazi attack within two hours -- Washington Times
State Dept. Email to White House at 6:07 PM on 9/11/12: 'Ansar al-Sharia Claims Responsibility for Benghazi Attack' -- CNS News
Rogers: Emails make it 'difficult' to conclude Benghazi attack 'spontaneous' -- The Hill
White House, State Dept knew within hours that Benghazi was a terrorist attack -- Human Events
The Shocking, World-Changing New Libya E-Mails
-- David Weigel, Slate
Emails show White House knew of terrorists’ Benghazi claim within two hours. So why blame a video for two weeks? -- Kyle Wingfield, AJC
White House e-mails blow up its Libya cover story -- Jennifer Rubin

¿Ha bombardeado Israel un objetivo en Sudán?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Alerta de plaga de langosta en Argelia, Libia, Mauritania y Marruecos

De octubre de 2003 a agosto de 2004, las langostas se extendieron por Chad, Níger, Malí, Mauritania, Senegal, Marruecos, Argelia, Libia y Túnez.

Las plagas de langosta en el "sahel" de los últimos decenios raramente atravesaron el mar Mediterráneo, como ocurrió en 1956, cuando una de ellas alcanzó la región de Extremadura.

En julio de 2007 el gobierno Español envió aviones de fumigación contra la langosta a Marruecos.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) -- New locust alert for northwest Africa

Mali October 24, 2012 / Malí, 24-10-2012

Syria, October 24, 2012 / Siria, 24-10-2012

Syria Live Blog -- Al Jazeera
Syria crisis: UN mulls peacekeepers but ceasefire hopes fade - Tuesday 23 October 2012 -- The Guardian

Report: At least 20 killed in Aleppo as rebels battle Syria army -- NBC
Syrian army shelling kills 20 at Aleppo bakery: activists -- Reuters
Killed seeking bread: Nightmare reality for Syria's hungry -- CNN
More than 180 killed in Syrian violence today -- CNN
Syrian Warplanes Strike Rebel-Held Town in North -- ABC News/AP
Shell from Syria hits Turkish health centre: CNN Turk -- Reuters
Syrian anti-aircraft shell hits Turkey -- AP
In Syria's Idlib, tired rebels try siege tactics to gain ground -- Reuters
Syrian regime and rebels constantly adapt arsenals -- AP
Damascus vigilantes vow to defend turf -- Washington Post
First ‘pay day’ for Syrian rebels in Aleppo -- Al Arabiya
Report: France Sending Money to Syrian Civil Revolutionary Committees -- CNN
Syrian rebels worried al-Qaeda infiltrating rebellion -- USA Today
Syrian opposition driven into arms of Islamists -- Deutsche Welle
Bashar al-Assad issues Syrian prisoner 'amnesty' – but not for 'terrorists' -- The Telegraph
Aleppo: Scenes from a city under siege -- USA Today
U.N. expects to feed 1.5 million Syrians monthly till mid-2013 -- Reuters

Eid truce hopes fade as clashes rage in Syria -- Al Jazeera
Hopes Dim for Syrian Cease-Fire -- Voice of America
U.N. mulling peacekeepers if Syrian foes reach cease-fire -- CNN
UN planning peacekeeping force for Syria, contingent on cease-fire, Security Council mandate -- Washington Post/AP
UN peacekeeping chief says preparing Syria contingency plans -- Reuters
Syria peacekeeping contingency plan mulled at UN -- BBC
Syrian rebels demand Assad suspends military flights for Eid ceasefire -- The Telegraph
Syria rebels pessimistic on mediator's ceasefire plan -- Reuters

Syria's civil war spills violence across borders into Jordan, Lebanon -- FOX News
Syrian violence spills into Jordan, Lebanon -- Al Arabiya
Lebanon and Jordan Move Quickly to Contain Syria-Related Violence -- New York Times
Jordanian Soldier Killed as Syrian Conflict Spreads -- Voice of America
Jordan soldier killed fighting militants: minister -- AFP
Jordan seeks to curb flow of fighters to Syria -- Washington Post

On Turkey's Syrian frontier, fears of a sectarian spillover -- Reuters
Turkey assures Europe on Syria -- Deutsche Welle
Syria strife tests Turkish Alawites -- Al Jazeera
Turkey looks to Iran, Russia to tackle Syria crisis -- AFP

Vatican's Syria mission is postponed -- FOX News/AP
Broadcasters say Syria, Iran jamming news info -- AP
Syria will be a defining issue of the next US presidency -- Martin Chulov, The Guardian
How to Vet Potential Allies in Syria -- Andrew J. Tabler and Jeffrey White, Washington Institute

Lebanon, October 24, 2012 / Líbano, 24-10-2012

Lybia, October 24, 2012 / Libia, 24-10-2012

Fighting flares anew in western Libyan stronghold of Gadhafi regime backers -- FOX News/AP
Conflict reminder of Libyan challenges -- UPI
Deadly fighting rages in Libya's Bani Walid -- Al Jazeera
Libya: Clashes in Bani Walid claim 22 lives as families flee -- Global Post
Libyan Refugees Flee Siege of Bani Walid -- Daily Beast
Libyan Town Under Siege Is a Center of Resistance to the New Government -- Post-Gazette/New York Times
Gadhafi partisans in Libya express anger as Bani Walid siege continues -- Kansas City/McClatchy News
Libya Gaddafi Death Anniversary - Unfinished Business --
Libya: UN Chief Alarmed By Fighting in Bani Walid, Calls for Peaceful Resolution to Conflict --
For better or for worse? Libya plagued with violence, instability one year after Gaddafi -- RT

Bing West : First, Aid the Living

Copio de Bing West, National Review Online : First, Aid the Living.

A U.S. ambassador is missing and his diplomatic team is desperately fighting off terrorist attacks. Our commander-in-chief and his national-security team in Washington are listening to the phone calls from the Americans under attack and watching real-time video from a drone circling overhead. Yet the U.S. military sends no aid. Why?

On September 11, at about 10 p.m. Libyan time (4 p.m. in Washington), Ambassador Chris Stevens and a small staff were inside our consulate in Benghazi when terrorists attacked. The consulate staff immediately contacted Washington and our embassy in Tripoli. The White House, the Pentagon, the State Department, and numerous military headquarters monitored the entire battle in real time via the phone calls from Benghazi and video from a drone overhead.

Our diplomats fought for seven hours without any aid from outside the country. Four Americans died while the Obama national-security team and our military passively watched and listened. The administration is being criticized for ignoring security needs before the attack and for falsely attributing the assault to a mob. But the most severe failure has gone unnoticed: namely, a failure to aid the living.

By 4:30 p.m. Washington time, the main consulate building was on fire and Ambassador Stevens was missing. In response, the embassy in Tripoli launched an aircraft carrying 22 men. Benghazi was 400 miles away.

At 5 p.m., President Obama met with Vice President Biden and Secretary of Defense Panetta in the Oval Office. The U.S. military base in Sigonella, Sicily, was 480 miles away from Benghazi. Stationed at Sigonella were Special Operations Forces, transport aircraft, and attack aircraft — a much more formidable force than 22 men from the embassy.

In the past, presidents had taken immediate actions to protect Americans. In 1984, President Reagan had ordered U.S. pilots to force an airliner carrying terrorists to land at Sigonella. Reagan had acted inside a 90-minute window while the aircraft with the terrorists was in the air. The Obama national-security team had several hours in which to move forces from Sigonella to Benghazi.

Fighter jets could have been at Benghazi in an hour; the commandos inside three hours. If the attackers were a mob, as intelligence reported, then an F18 in afterburner, roaring like a lion, would unnerve them. This procedure was applied often in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Conversely, if the attackers were terrorists, then the U.S. commandos would eliminate them. But no forces were dispatched from Sigonella.

In the meantime, while untrained and poorly led by American standards, the terrorists at Benghazi were proving to be lethal. They forced the Americans to abandon the consulate, with the ambassador still missing, and fall back to an annex a mile away. When the terrorist gang followed the Americans, looters took the opportunity to ransack the empty consulate. But when they found Ambassador Stevens unconscious on the floor, they stopped looting and rushed him to a hospital. Unfortunately, the doctors could not save his life. Not knowing who he was, they took the cell phone from his pocket and called numbers. By about two in the morning, the American embassy received word that the ambassador was dead.

At about the same time, the 22 men from the embassy in Tripoli had arrived at the Benghazi airport. They drove to the annex to assist in its defense against persistent terrorist attacks. Around 4 a.m. Libyan time — six hours into the fight — enemy mortar rounds killed two of the defenders on the roof of the annex.

The fight began at 10 p.m. and petered out at dawn when the Libyan militia came to the aid of the Americans.

It is bewildering that no U.S. aircraft ever came to the aid of the defenders. If even one F18 had been on station, it would have detected the location of hostiles firing at night and deterred and attacked the mortar sites. For our top leadership, with all the technological and military tools at their disposal, to have done nothing for seven hours was a joint civilian and military failure of initiative and nerve.

Secretary of State Clinton has said the responsibility was hers. But there has been no assertion that the State Department overruled the Pentagon out of concern about the sovereignty of Libyan air space. Instead, it appears passive groupthink prevailed, with the assumption being that a spontaneous mob would quickly run out of steam.

Firefights, however, wax and wane from dusk to dawn. You cannot predict ahead of time when they will stop. Therefore a combat commander will take immediate action, presuming reinforcements will be needed.

The administration wrongly blamed a mob for the attack. Yet ironically, Mr. Obama’s chances of reelection would have plummeted were it not for the human decency of a mob that took the ambassador to the hospital before the terrorists returned.

If the terrorists had taken his body and, with no Special Operations Forces hot on their trail, taunted America the next day — claiming the ambassador was still alive — the Benghazi tragedy would have escalated into an international disaster. The U.S. military sent no aid. Why?

Afghanistan, October 24, 2012 / Afganistán, 24-10-2012

The upside of aid to Afghanistan
-- Ian Woolverton, The Australian
Afghanistan: The Ends, Ways, and Means -- D. Robert Worley, Huffington Post

Roma no paga traidores

UNODC (2012) The use of the Internet for terrorist purposes (.pdf)

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (2012) The use of the Internet for terrorist purposes

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Líbano / Lebanon

Reino Unido : juicio a tres "islamistas" / UK : three "islamists" on trial

Más contradicciones sobre lo sucedido en Bengasi / More contradictions on the Benghazi attack

Why the Benghazi terrorist attack still dogs Obama -- Brad Knickerbocker, Christian Science Monitor

Caucaso / Caucasus

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