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Somali Militants Will Block Aid to Famine-Stricken Areas

Somalia's militant group al-Shabab says it will not allow aid groups it has banned from operating in famine-stricken areas of the country.

The al-Qaida-linked group has called the United Nations declaration of a famine in two areas under its control "propaganda."

This week the U.N. declared a famine in southern Somalia's Bakool and Lower Shabelle regions and said nearly half of Somalia's population needs urgent aid. On Friday the World Health Organization said five more regions in southern Somalia are on the brink of famine.

Serbia Hands Hadzic to War Crimes Tribunal

Serbia has extradited the former leader of Croatia's ethnic Serbs, Goran Hadzic, to the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands.

Serbia's justice minister made the announcement on Friday. Hadzic's lawyer, Toma Fila, told reporters a day earlier in Belgrade that his client had waived the right to appeal extradition.

Fresh Violence Erupts in Pakistan's Karachi

Fresh violence has erupted in Pakistan's largest city, with at least 11 people killed Friday.

More than 18 others were wounded in clashes between rival groups in Karachi.

Authorities would not say whether the killings were politically motivated.

Political and ethnic violence has killed at least 100 people in Karachi so far this month. The unrest has escalated since the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) party pulled out of Sindh province's ruling coalition in June.

Special Forces Discover Large Insurgent Drug and Weapons Cache

Australian Special Forces and their Afghan partners have further reduced the ability of insurgents to finance their illegal activities after a large drug and weapon haul in Daykundi Province.

On July 10, 2011, the Afghan National Interdiction Unit (NIU), supported by members of Australia’s Special Operations Task Group (SOTG), seized a tonne of opium, several kilograms of heroin and over two tonnes of chemicals used to make illegal drugs. The operation also uncovered more than 20 weapons including pistols, rifles, machine guns and ammunition.

Security force conducts clearance operation on insurgent encampment

In Sar Rowzah District, Paktika province, security forces, including Afghan special forces, killed more than 50 insurgents during a security clearance of a known Haqqani network foreign fighter encampment site.

The encampment site was a staging area for Haqqani and foreign fighters. These fighters were moved into the country by Haqqani insurgents who planned to use them for attacks throughout Afghanistan.

The Haqqani network has been responsible for several high-profile attacks against the Afghan government and citizens, including the recent Intercontinental Hotel attack in June.

Marine Corps Osprey squadrons transfer authority in Afghanistan

Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264 transferred responsibility of providing aerial assault support to Marines and coalition troops on the ground in southwestern Afghanistan to VMM-162, at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, July 18.

With VMM-162 in place to support combat operations, the Marines of VMM-264, commanded by Lt. Col. Brian G. McAvoy, are now slated to return home to Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C.

Battle of Bull Run: The men who saved the Army

Starting in 2011, the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War begins. Since the founding of the nation and independence, no event has shaped the nation with such force and long-lasting consequences. On July 21, the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Bull Run (known in the North as First Manassas) will be observed. Bull Run marked the first major land battle of the Civil War, and would see the 3d Infantry Regiment earn one of twelve battle streamers for its role in this “brothers war.”

Hezbollah On the Border

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Ohio police video causes outrage

OUTRAGE: Fury erupts over Ohio traffic stop video; NW activists join debate

A profanity-laced dash-can video from a Canton, Ohio police car that shows a street cop threatening a legally-armed citizen with felony charges, and possible execution, is racing across cyberspace at warp speed, enraging gun rights activists all over the country, including the distant Pacific Northwest.


Article by Dave Workman