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Publication Date : 06-05-2013
Myanmar has beefed up security measures and tightened control over travelling visa after reports of possible terrorist attacks in the country, according to Min Aung, Police Lt. Col. of the Myanmar Police Force.
“We’ve been reported the terrorists are trying to enter the country and attempt bombing. So, we have ordered [regional police forces] to step up security measures. We must be always alert as they may wait for the chance to attack. Security has been tightened at the border checkpoints, too,” he said.
Indonesian terrorist Abu Bakar Bashir has recently called for a ‘jihad’ in Myanmar, rousing the mujahideens or the Islamic militants. This alerted the regional police to carry out necessary inspections in predominantly Muslim areas, Police Col. Hla Moe from Railway Police Department of Myanmar Police Force said.
“As the terrorists say they will wage jihad in Myanmar, we have to raise our security measures. We conduct inspections at the gates of and inside the city, said Mandalay Region Police Force’s Police Lt. Col. Tun Naing.
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An Israeli F-16 I fighter jet takes off from the Negev desert (Photo: AFP)
Confirmation that Israeli warplanes have carried out a series of air strikes in Syria against consignments of missiles being shipped to Hizbollah in southern Lebanon has highlighted Iran’s attempts to reinforce its regional allies in anticipation of military conflict with Israel.
As I revealed last month, recent intelligence reports indicate that Iran has revived its efforts to ship weapons to the radical Hamas movement in Gaza. Following negotiations between members of the Quds force from Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Sudanese government officials and Hamas leaders earlier this year, Iran has chartered a number of Boeing 747 cargo planes to smuggle weapons to Hamas via Sudan.
Published on Apr 21, 2013
This video footage shows an Arab jihadist surrounded by men carrying weapons, some who are riding horses, reading a statement from the Islamic Movement of the Taliban, which was originally founded in Afghanistan and headed by Mullah Omar.
The speaker vows not to let any of the Nations of Infidelity – whom he specifically refers to as Shiites and Christians – enjoy any safety or security. He also vows to implement strict Sharia law in Syria.
Published April 12, 2013
April 12, 2013: Japanese Self Defense Forces personnel refuel a PAC-3 missile interceptor, deployed at the compound of Japan’s Defense Ministry amid a tense situation over a possible missile launch by North Korea in Tokyo. (AP)
Magic Martin posted the video below in a comment on another post. It never ceases to amaze me how odd and, well, laughable really, North Korean Vogon style poetry is and Mad Magazine style graphics are. Who are those two guys they drew cartoons of and then ran over in tanks. I think one of them is Commander Spock and the other one I think is Margaret Thatcher. And how much fuel would it take to run over those cartoon figures which, had it gone into tractors, could have maybe fed a few people in the slave labour camps.
On the other hand I think there may be a touch of genius in this. Perhaps the strategy here is to lull us into a false sense of confidence and then attack us with brooms.
Virtually every intelligence analysis has been waiting for one key moment to unfold in North Korea, and it just happened. I am not talking about the military moves of key North Korean missiles which occurred last week, nor am I speaking about the recent decision to resume operations at its Yongbyon nuclear complex. The closure of the Kaesong industrial complex is what everyone has been waiting for.
The Kaesong industrial complex is the key economic revenue source for North Korea. It is a joint venture between the North and South allowing South Koreans to serve as mentors and managers in the industrial complex.
According to a March 29th NightWatch report, “South Korea’s Unification Ministry said that 160 South Koreans traveled to the Kaesong complex from the South. The total number of South Koreans at Kaesong on Thursday was more than 1,000.”
The same report claims that all phone and fax lines from the North complex connecting to the South were operable. However, as of today, South Korea’s Unification Ministry reported that North Korea is allowing South Korean workers to leave the Kaesong joint industrial zone but is blocking workers from traveling north.
North Korea may be preparing a fourth nuclear test, it has been reported, one day after China’s president issued an indirect call for the country’s leaders to avoid sowing “chaos for selfish gains.”
The Punggye-ri nuclear test facility in North Korea Photo: AFP/Getty Images
By Tom Phillips in Shanghai
3:56AM BST 08 Apr 2013
Signs of possible test preparations had been detected at Punggye-ri in North Korea, suggesting a fourth test could be imminent, an unidentified South Korean official told the JoongAng Daily newspaper.
“There are recent active movements of manpower and vehicles at the southern tunnel at Punggye-ri,” the “high-ranking” official said.
“We are monitoring because the situation is similar to behaviour seen prior to the third nuclear test.”
Frankly I am kind of surprised that there are any there at all.
Kim Dum Fuq’s latest appearance and warning
H/T Magic Martin
Its like peeking into a cathode ray TV in the 1950s. Some old doomsday Science fiction show.
I think it was anti Ikhwan people who made this. Kinda cool from that perspective.
At the end of the day, the US can and really should fly a few thousand surgical sorties into the DPRK and destroy their ability to make war utterly while killing as few people as possible. This would enrage the leadership so much they would have to slaughter a few of their own people just to claim it was America’s fault.
H/T Magic Martin.
This appears to be Russian hardware being prepared and moved.
H/T Ted L
- N Korea has moved what appears to be a Musudan missile to its east coat
- U.S deploys missile defence system to Pacific island of Guam
- ‘The moment of explosion is approaching fast,’ warned North Korea
- U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel: ‘Real and clear danger’ from North
- Chinese soldiers and weaponry massing on border with Korean Peninsula
- John Kerry warns that North is ‘provocative, dangerous and reckless’
- North Korea’s Twitter account has been hacked
- David Cameron: North Korea is an ‘unpredictable and aggressive regime’
By Jill Reilly
PUBLISHED: 02:16 GMT, 4 April 2013 | UPDATED: 15:50 GMT, 4 April 2013
The United States has deployed a battalion equipped to fight chemical and biological attacks in South Korea following North Korea’s declaration that troops have been cleared to use ‘smaller, lighter and diversified’ nuclear weapons.
The battalion – which left South Korea in 2004 – will provide nuclear, biological and chemical detection, equipment decontamination and consequence management assistance to support the U.S. and South Korean military forces.
North Korea today warned ‘the moment of explosion is near’ as it declared that troops have been cleared to ‘mercilessly’ attack the U.S.
The Pentagon said on Wednesday it was sending an advanced ballistic missile defense system to Guam in the coming weeks, as U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel cited a “real and clear” danger from North Korea.
North Korea has singled out U.S. military bases in Guam, a U.S. territory in the Pacific, and Hawaii among its potential targets in threats in recent weeks that have put the Korean peninsula on edge and triggered a change in the U.S. defense posture and missile defense planning.
H/T Magic Martin
By Jung Ha-Won (AFP) – 2 hours ago
SEOUL — North Korea dramatically escalated its warlike rhetoric on Thursday, warning that it had authorised plans for nuclear strikes on targets in the United States.
“The moment of explosion is approaching fast,” the North Korean military said, warning that war could break out “today or tomorrow”.
Pyongyang’s latest pronouncement came as Washington scrambled to reinforce its Pacific missile defences, preparing to send ground-based interceptors to Guam and dispatching two Aegis class destroyers to the region.
Tension was also high on the North’s heavily-fortified border with South Korea, after Kim Jong-Un’s isolated regime barred South Koreans from entering a Seoul-funded joint industrial park on its side of the frontier.
In a statement published by the state KCNA news agency, the Korean People’s Army general staff warned Washington that US threats would be “smashed by… cutting-edge smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear strike means”.