Monday 30 July 2012
Issue No .4
Ramadan massacre at mosque near Hama
The Daily Star : Lebanon News Syrian troops killed up to 30 worshippers, as they were entering a mosque to attend Ramadan evening prayers, in a village northwest of the city of Hama, opposition activists said Tuesday, as helicopters strafed the country’s second city Aleppo. “Troops and Shabbiha left the roadblock on the edge of Sharia and crossed the main road and began firing automatic rifles at the worshippers as they were entering the mosque,” Jamil alHamwi, one of the activists, said by telephone from al-Ghab Plain. “We have confirmed the names for 15 bodies, and it is estimated there is a similar number still to be collected from the streets,” Hamwi said. The roadblock was manned by troops backed by tanks as well as militiamen recruited from Alawite villages near Sharia, he added. Government shelling in the southern town
Islamic cooperation meetings held by the Islamic Summit Conference Source: Agencies The Preparatory Meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, at the level of Foreign Ministers, convened before the 4th special session of the Islamic Summit, in Mecca on 26 and 27 of Ramadan , called for by the Saudi monarch, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz. The Organization, in a press statement today, stated that the conference would discuss the situations in many countries of the Muslim world, intensify efforts to confront and address the sources of strife and discord, reunite the Islamic nations and promote Islamic solidarity.
Afghan police officers join 20 Taliban militants
of Herak also killed six children Tuesday, an activist group said, taking the nationwide death toll to over 70. “At least seven civilians, including six children, were killed by regime forces’ shelling of the besieged town of Herak,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. A video distributed by the Britain-based watchdog showed the bodies of dead children, including a young girl in a pink and white dress, lying on a blood-smeared floor. “Herak has been under shelling for 10 days,” an unidentified man says in the amateur video. “The world is watching. Where are the Arabs and Muslims when these children are killed during Ramadan?” he pleaded, referring to the Muslim holy month which began last week. “Where is Islam? Bashar, I hope your children will suffer the same fate,” he screamed, addressing President Bashar Assad.
Iraq court says President Jalal Talabani cannot testify in the trial of the country’s fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi Al-Arabiya News The trial of Iraq’s fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, accused of running death squads, was postponed Tuesday after defense requests to call President Jalal Talabani to testify were again denied. Hashemi, last known to be in Turkey, is being tried in absentia along with several of his bodyguards in a case which when initially filed in December as U.S. troops were pulling out worsened a brewing political crisis. The vice president, a Sunni, insists the charges filed by the Shiite-led government are politicallymotivated. “The federal appeals court rejected all
of the appeals we filed, and returned the whole case to the CCCI,” said Muayad al-Izzi, head of Hashemi’s defense team, referring to the Central Criminal Court of Iraq. Among the appeals was a request that Talabani and other top officials be brought to testify as character witnesses on Hashemi’s behalf. The request had previously been rejected by the court hearing the case, so the defense team attempted to have it overturned by Iraq’s federal appeals court. After the appeals were rejected, a judge hearing the case set the date for the next hearing as August 14. The trial, which began May 15, has
previously heard testimony that silenced pistols were found in raids on Hashemi’s house and that of his son-in-law, while bodyguards and other officials say they were offered money, or were coerced, into carrying out attacks on the vice president’s orders. Hashemi, one of Iraq’s top Sunni Arab officials, was accused in December of running a death squad and, along with his staff and bodyguards, faces around 150 charges. After the initial charges were filed, he fled to Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region before embarking on a regional tour that has taken him to Qatar, Saudi Arabia and then Turkey. Ankara has said it will not extradite him to Iraq.
Khartoum announce the killing of dozens of Justice and Equality
PRESS TV According to local officials, at least 20 Afghan police officers defected, following a dispute with the Australian soldiers in Chahar Chino district of Uruzgan Province. “The Australian soldiers beat the Afghan guards after some verbal disputes in a military camp in Charchino district of Uruzgan province,” Wali Dad, a local police chief said. He further added that the Afghan police officers set fire to security towers and defected to the Taliban, taking weapons and ammunition. The US-led Australian troops in Uruzgan are slowly relinquishing control to their Afghan counterparts in a security transition. Insecurity continues to rise across Afghanistan
Source: Agencies The Sudanese army denied the claims of the coalition of rebel forces in eastern Darfur and South Kordofan, saying that they had been defeated and had suffered large. This statement contradicts the announcement made by the Revolutionary Front - a coalition of armed movements in Darfur and South Kordofan and Blue Nile – which claims to have taken control of Kirkdh, eastern Darfur and the oil fields in Baobab Alhtbaun and South Kordofan. A spokesman for the Sudanese army, Khaled Saad, stated that the Front had lost two battles with the army, adding that army had killed more than fifty of the Justice and Equality insurgents in fighting in eastern Darfur and destroyed 25 armed vehicles. Both the Sudanese army and the rebels announced yesterday that there were clashes near the border with South Sudan.
Iran makes first oil tanker
Iran launched its first domesticallyproduced aframax oil tanker, Iranian media reported on Tuesday, sidestepping growing Western sanctions which have targeted oil exports and battered its maritime trade. The oil tanker was
ordered by Venezuela, Iran’s Fars news agency reported. “The production of the aframax ship is the first export shipbuilding activity of Iran, and we must continue by attracting more customers,” said Mehdi Etesam,
managing director of Iran Maritime Industrial Company SADRA, according to Fars. It was not clear if further Iranian-made aframaxes were under order. Aframaxes can carry up to 700,000 barrels of oil.