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FIGHTING IN CAIRO

Supporters of Military, Morsi, Scuffle
By Harold Hutchison

Demonstrators supporting and opposing the military government in Egypt threw rocks at each other as competing protests collided. This is just the latest violence since the Egyptian military ousted Morsi on 3 July.

Since Morsi’s removal from power after a year in office, over 300 people have died in violence. The Moslem Brotherhood has been demanding Morsi return to power, while the Egyptian military is proceeding along with a plan for new elections.

IRANIAN DEFENSE MINISTER INVOLVED IN LEBANON ATTACK

Over 240 Marines Died in Barracks Bombing
By Harold Hutchison

The new Iranian President’s nominee as Defense Minister has ties to the 1983 bombing of the Marine barracks in Lebanon. Hassan Rowani, widely portrayed as a moderate, made the nomination earlier this week.

The 1983 bombing left 241 Marines dead, and prompted the United States to pull out of Lebanon. Hussein Deghahn has a long track record in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps.

RKB WARNS OF TERROR THREAT

SOF Founder Believes War on Terror Spreading

By Harold Hutchison

Barack Obama is ignoring a growing terror threat, Robert K. Brown says, and is not doing enough to handle it. The comments came in an interview with Newsmax TV.

TERRORIST LEADER VOWS TO FREE CAPTURED TERRORISTS

Al-Qaeda Bigwig Broke out in 2007
By Harold Hutchison

The leader of Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen has vowed to free a number of terrorists held in prison. Nasser al-Wuhayshi, who broke out of a Yemeni prison in 2007 and who later became the leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula made the vow in a letter.

The letter comes as the American embassy in Yemen remains closed and an attack killed five Yemeni troops guarding a gas export facility. A series of UAV strikes have reportedly killed 38 terrorists.

CONSULATE IN LAHORE EVACUATED

“Specific Threat” Cited
By Harold Hutchison

The American consulate in Lahore, Pakistan has been evacuated of all “non-emergency personnel” in the wake of a threat. This came as a pair of attacks in Quetta over the last two days killed 36 people.

The consulate evacuation comes as a number of American embassies were closed in 19 countries for most of this week. The State Department issued a new travel alert urging Americans to postpone non-essential travel to Pakistan.

UAV STRIKE WHACKS SIX

Third Strike in Three Days
By Harold Hutchison

For the third time in three days, an American UAV has carried out a strike against al-Qaeda terrorists in Yemen. The strike reportedly killed six militants, and is the sixth UAV strike in two weeks.

SILENCING FORT HOOD VICTIMS?

Wounded Soldier’s Wife Vows to Keep Speaking Out
By Harold Hutchison

Victims of the attack at Fort Hood are being gagged by the Department of Defense, according to the wife of one of those wounded. The claim comes as Nidal Hasan, who is accused of carrying out the attack, is being court-martialed.

“DOD slapping victims with gag orders after #fthood testimony. Can't talk denial of benefits and separating family of deceased from wounded,” Autumn Manning tweeted.

YEMEN FOILS TERROR ATTACK

American UAV Strike Kills Seven
By Harold Hutchison

The government of Yemen claims it has foiled a terrorist attack by al-Qaeda that would have targeted oil and gas export platforms. At the same time, the second UAV strike in two days is believed to have killed seven members of al-Qaeda.

According to a report by VOA News, the deployment of Yemeni troops to possible targets foiled the attack, which would have used terrorists dressed in stolen army uniforms to seize key locations in Mukalla and Shabwa.

UAV STRIKE IN YEMEN

Four Al-Qaeda Killed
By Harold Hutchison

An American UAV strike in Yemen is believed to have killed four members of al-Qaeda. The strike comes as the United States has evacuated its embassy in Sana’a, the county’s capital, as embassies in another 18 countries remained closed.

More details about the threat emerged, including the fact that intercepts of electronic communication between al-Qaeda’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and Nasser al-Wuhayshi, who heads al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Zawahiri reportedly ordered Wuhayshi to carry out an attack.

BOKO HARAM THUGS WHACKED!

Nigerian Forces Take Out 32 Militants
By Harold Hutchison

Nigerian forces have killed nearly three dozen militants tied to the terrorist group Boko Haram in two separate attacks. Three Nigerian policemen were killed, but 32 members of the terrorist group were killed.

Boko Haram has been responsible for a number of attacks in the northern part of Nigeria since 2009 that have killed thousands. A recent surge in attacks by the group lead Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan to order additional troops into the region in May.

CLOSURE OF EMBASSIES EXTENDED

Shutdown to Last Rest of Week
By Harold Hutchison

The closure of American embassies in 19 countries, most of them in the Middle East, has been extended to cover the rest of this week. The shutdown comes amidst warnings of a planned al-Qaeda attack.

American embassies in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Algeria are re-opening, but others, including those in Israel, Egypt, Kuwait, and Yemen are remaining closed. Yemen is where al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is based.

WORLDWIDE TERROR ALERT

Embassies to Close Sunday – Al-Qaeda Cited
By Harold Hutchison

American embassies across the Middle East will be closed Sunday due to a new terror alert issued by the State Department, which states that “al-Qa’ida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August.”

HASAN RENOUNCES CITIZENSHIP

Documents Sent to Fox News
By Harold Hutchison

Nidal Hasan, who is facing a court martial over the 5 November, 2009 shooting at Fort Hood that killed 13 people and wounded 30, has renounced his American citizenship and his oath as a soldier. The renouncements came in a package of documents sent to Fox News.

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD NOT BACKING DOWN

Vows to Continue Protests Until Morsi Restored
By Harold Hutchison

The Muslim Brotherhood, which supported former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, is vowing to continue protests until he is returned to office. The vows come despite the most recent incidents of deadly violence that left 80 people dead and hundreds injured.

Morsi, deposed on 3 July, had taken power in 2012, a year after Hosni Mubarak was deposed after ruling for nearly three decades. He quickly became unpopular, and drew massive opposition from the Egyptian public.

PAKISTAN PRISON BREAK!

Militants Freed in Attack
By Harold Hutchison

As many as 250 militants were sprung from a Pakistani prison after an attack by the Pakistani Taliban. Local cops were outgunned and overwhelmed during the attack. A previous prison attack in April 2012 had freed a few hundred prisoners.

The alleged mastermind of the attack was one of those freed in the April, 2012, prison break. Adnan Rasheed had recently gained notoriety for an open letter to Malala Yousefzai, a 16-year-old girl shot in the head by the Pakistani Taliban for promoting the education of women.