Monday, December 19, 2011

BREAKING : Democratic People's Republic of Korea leader Kim Il Jong dead at the age of 69, state media reports


Autopsy indicates Kim Jong Il died of a massive heart-attack; "Hermit Kingdom" much like "Dear Leader," a basket case, dictator of failed state:  Reported to die on "tour," 8:30 PM local time on the 17th

Al Jazeera
12/19/2011

North Korean state television has reported that long-time leader Kim Jong-il died of a heart attack, plunging the impoverished nuclear-armed nation into uncertainty.

   The official news agency KCNA said Kim died on Saturday of a "severe myocardial infarction along with a heart attack" on board a train during one of his field trips outside the capital of the communist country.

   An autopsy was performed on Sunday, and the North declared a period of national mourning from December 17 to 29.

The "Dear Leader" like his father Kim Il Sung a flake
Meanwhile, the Yonhap news agency said the South Korean military has been placed on emergency alert, as shares on the stock market in Seoul fell nearly five per cent.

South Korea's presidential Blue House has called an emergency National Security Council meeting, and the country's central bank and market regulators have also announced emergency meetings.

Reclusive 'dear leader'

    Kim is believed to have suffered a stroke in 2008 but appeared relatively vigorous in photos and video from recent trips to China and Russia and in numerous trips around the country carefully documented by state media.

    The leader, reputed to have had a taste for cigars, cognac and gourmet cuisine, was believed to have had diabetes and heart disease.

   The news comes as North Korea prepares for a hereditary succession. In September 2010, Kim Jong-il unveiled his third son, the twenty-something Kim Jong-un, as his successor, putting him in high-ranking posts.

Kim Jong Il in later years bore looks of opium addict
"Just a couple of days ago, it was publicised that he was visiting a military installation," Don Kirk of the Christian Science Monitor told Al Jazeera.

"Obviously there will be a long period of pubilc mourning in the country, but the sense is that at least he organised his succession with [his son] Kim Jong-un taking over."

"The country looks stable, but whether it will remain stable is not clear," he said.

    Kim, 69, took power in 1994 upon the death of his father, Kim Il-sung, the first leader of the country.

    Pyongyang is due to celebrate the milestone 100th birthday of Kim Il-sung in April 2012.



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US Flag Lowers in Iraq Marks supposed official end of Us Iraq Occupation


U.S. military is not out of Iraq, thousands remain as "security;" Obama, CIA fooling no one; continue lying about military deaths, injuries

National Turk
12/16/2011

Us Iraq War over ? The US standard flag was lowered in a military base in Baghdad during a ceremony full of self-praise for what US President Barrack Obama described in Front Bragg as extraordinary successes in this Arab nation.

U.S. troops from Iraq being shipped to Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait
 Baghdad / NationalTurk – The US flag was lowered in Baghdad in a theatrical ceremony, bringing nearly nine years of US military operations in Iraq to a formal end and leaving behind a devastated country with over 100,000 deaths plus 4500 dead US soldiers.

    At the ceremony, US defense secretary Leon Panetta congratulated officers and troops for the big sacrifice made by about 1.5 million army soldiers since March 2003 when the invasion to Iraq began to defeat Saddam Hussein.

    Panetta, who travelled from Afghanistan to preside over the ceremony, said the Iraq operation has resulted in a lot of blood spilt and money spent.

    A small group of soldiers will remain in Iraq as members of the security personnel of the US embassy in Baghdad with nearly 16,000 people.

     There are about 200 military advisors and private contractors training the Iraqi forces.

Obama's first illegal war loss, Afghanistan to follow
For his part, Iraqui Parliament President Osama Al Nujaifi considered it illogical for such an enormous amount of nearly 16,000 workers to remain in the US embassy after the formal withdrawal, and urged the government to respond to this fact forcefully.

   Al Nujaifi announced that the parliament will call on Prime Minister Al-Maliki to inform about the results of his recent visit to Washington after the November 11 statements of the Islamic Supreme Council led by Ammar Al-Hakim.

    The council said that the large number of US workers is an excuse to keep that huge number of soldiers in the country; they are now using other means to stay in Iraq, added Al-Hakim.
Us Iraq Occupation over : Toll 4500 US soldiers lives, 100000 Iraqis perished

    The Pentagon has had up to 170,000 men in more than 500 military bases n Iraq; some 4,500 of them were killed, the majority as a result of attacks by the resistance in a period during which 100,000 Iraquis were killed and countless people were injured.

Soldiers all agree they are thankful to be alive

The invasion and occupation, which also left 30,000 US soldiers wounded, displaced 1.75 millions Iraqis and exacerbated sectarian violence that the country is still facing despite the decline since 2006 and 2007, the most violent years.

    President Obama claimed that the withdrawal responded to the commitment to leave Iraq “more sovereign, stable and self-sufficient”, but it was in fact forced by the failure of negotiations for the local parliament to grant judicial immunity to US troops.


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Pakistan: 30,000 Islamists protest against US

Small turnout compared to total number of Pakistanis who want U.S. out

Associated Press
By Sebstian Abbot
12/19/2011

ISLAMABAD (AP) —

More than 30,000 Islamists rallied against the U.S. in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Sunday, demanding Islamabad cut off ties with Washington following NATO airstrikes last month that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

    The protest highlighted the ability of hard-liners to bring their supporters into the streets, as well as the lasting anger over the Nov. 26 attack, which has complicated U.S. efforts to enlist Pakistan's cooperation on the Afghan war.

Pakistanis burn U.S. flag
The U.S. has expressed its condolences for the NATO airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers at two army posts along the Afghan border and has promised to carry out a full investigation. The response has done little to calm anger in Pakistan's military, which has claimed the attack was deliberate.

"All agreements (with the U.S.) should be terminated," Hafiz Saeed, the head of the group that organized the protest, Jamaat-ud-Dawa, told the crowd. "We say all agreements terminated the day the attack happened."

    Jamaat-ud-Dawa is widely considered to be the front group for Lashkar-e-Taiba, a militant organization that was started with help from the Pakistani government to fight archenemy India, but has been officially banned under international pressure.

    Lashkar-e-Taiba is blamed for the 2008 attacks in Mumbai that killed 166 people. India has demanded Pakistan crack down on the group, but Islamabad has shown little willingness to go after Lashkar-e-Taiba or Jamaat-ud-Dawa.
 
Predator killer drone packing Hellfire missiles
Protesters at Sunday's rally shouted, "A friend of the USA and India is a traitor."

Pakistan's alleged tolerance for Islamist militant groups has been one of the main sources of tension with the U.S. Washington has been especially frustrated with Islamabad's refusal to target the Afghan Taliban and their allies and has even accused the country's intelligence agency of supporting the groups.

    Pakistan has also been shaken by speculation over the future of President Asif Ali Zardari, who flew to Dubai on Dec. 6 to receive medical attention. Officials have not disclosed exactly what is wrong with the president, but one associate has said privately that Zardari suffered a "mini stroke" that has left no lasting damage.

Obama, CIA responsible for killings; U.S. would never tolerate it
The president's trip sparked speculation that he was fleeing the country under pressure from the army over his alleged connection to a secret memo sent to Washington in May, seeking its help in averting a supposed military coup following the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

    Presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar has denied the rumors and has said that Zardari had nothing to do with the memo, which was allegedly masterminded by Pakistan's former ambassador to the U.S., Husain Haqqani. The ex-envoy has denied the allegation but resigned in the wake of the scandal.

    Babar said Sunday that Zardari would return to Pakistan "soon," but would not provide further details.

Associated Press writer Zarar Khan contributed to this report.

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NATO Wants a Civil War in Syria – As a Prelude


The die has been cast:  It's war unless madmen Obama, Netanyahu and Ahmadinejad are stopped by The People, odds not good for humanity

GRTV
12/18/2011

Washington is ready to discuss Russia’s UN Security Council draft resolution on Syria, describing some provisions as however “unacceptable” and still not acknowledging that the anti-regime protesters are well-armed.

    What exactly the US and NATO countries consider to be “unacceptable” is the real question, believes Asia Times correspondent Pepe Escobar.

Russian made Syrian MiGs
“Is it that the Syrian government cannot fight an armed insurgency in its own territory?” he ponders. “The Free Syrian Army are getting weapons smuggled from the Middle East to the borders [with Syria] in Turkey and in Jordan as well.”

Pepe Escobar says that the Free Syrian Army, which claims to have more than 25,000 members fighting to bring down President Assad, is in fact turning into a huge militia marshalling forces near Syria’s borders with Turkey and Jordan.

   “This militia now is already involved in a sort of a pre-civil war at both borders with the help of NATO,” Escobar said. “What they want and what NATO wants is a simmering civil war as a prelude for something much tougher ahead, probably after the American elections in one year.”

    Escobar believes that “the fog of pre-war” is already there, and says Russia is making an intelligent move in pushing forward a “pre-emptive resolution.” 
 



    “It condemns both sides and asks for a UN peacekeeping mission to solve the problem,” he said. “If there is a resolution in the UN, the first thing will be to send a UN peacekeeping mission, a fact-finding mission, to Syria.”

    One of the reasons he believes that such a mission must be sent to Syria as soon as possible is because there are still no credible sources of information about what is really happening on the ground.

   “The thing is we still do not know the role of these snipers that we see everywhere,” he explains. “In fact most of the civilian killings are by these snipers. And they even shoot children, this is true. But we do not know for sure if they are working for the Syrian army or Syrian intelligence, there is absolutely no evidence about it.”

    “Look, we don’t know where these snipers come from,” Escobar cited people in Homs as saying. “They could be government, but they could be opportunists, and they could be mercenaries trying to incite civil war.”

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Afghanistan: NATO Troops Shoot Women in Home Raid


Official's house raided, woman killed in Paktia: Be it women, kids or old men, NATO could care less about who it kills, as long as it kills someone

Pajhwok.com
By Daud Tapan
12/18/2011

GARDEZ (PAN): NATO and Afghan forces raided the house of a senior counternarcotics official, arresting him along with two sons and killing a female family member in the capital of southeastern Paktia province, relatives said on Saturday.

Another four women were injured during the overnight raid on the house of Paktia Counternarcotics Department head, Dr. Hafizullah Ahmadzai, who was arrested along with his two sons, a relative, Yusuf Ahmadzai, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

NATO strikes  kill scores of women and children
He said the joint forces opened fire at the family during the raid that came at around 2:30am last night.

Five female members of the family received bullet wounds and later one of the injured died of her wounds, the relative said, adding a second woman was still in a coma.

    
   Ahmadzai said one of the detained sons was student and the other had a medicine shop in Gardez city.

   Deputy police chief Col. Syed Zakria said the operation was conducted against suspected militants, but stopped short of giving further details

    However, the deputy governor, Abdul Rahman Mangal, confirmed the raid was carried out on the house of Hafizullah Ahmadzai.

   He said an investigation team had been sent to the scene and more details would be provided to the media after the investigation was completed.

   The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) media office in Kabul said its troops had carried out an operation targeting a rebel commander in Gardez last night. In a statement, the force said the incident was still being investigated.
 
 
 



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NC soldier, 23, was last US troop supposedly killed in Iraq


This is a disgusting, insulting, ludicrous propaganda piece from AP; more deaths to come in Iraq, Afghanistan and possibly Syria, Iran if Obama can manage it; And no, not one death was worth it, coward parents too scared to go after children's murderers, "don't think about it".... America is dead, they will now allow anything to be done to them

Associated Press
By Tom Babwin and Tom Breen
12/19/2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) —
 As the last U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq on Sunday, friends and family of the first and last American fighters killed in combat were cherishing their memories rather than dwelling on whether the war and their sacrifice was worth it.

    Nearly 4,500 American fighters died before the last U.S. troops crossed the border into Kuwait. David Hickman, 23, of Greensboro was the last of those war casualties, killed in November by the kind of improvised bomb that was a signature weapon of this war.

Bush, Obama accountable for each and every death
"David Emanuel Hickman. Doesn't that name just bring out a smile to your face?" said Logan Trainum, one of Hickman's closest friends, at the funeral where the soldier was laid to rest after a ceremony in a Greensboro church packed with friends and family.

Trainum says he's not spending time asking why Hickman died: "There aren't enough facts available for me to have a defined opinion about things. I'm just sad, and pray that my best friend didn't lay down his life for nothing."

    He'd rather remember who Hickman was: A cutup who liked to joke around with friends. A physical fitness fanatic who half-kiddingly called himself "Zeus" because he had a body that would make the gods jealous. A ferocious outside linebacker at Northeast Guilford High School who was the linchpin of a defense so complicated they had to scrap it after he graduated because no other teenager could figure it out.

David Emanuel Hickman will not be the "last man" in Iraq
Hickman was these things and more, a whole life scarcely glimpsed in the terse language of a Defense Department news release last month. Three paragraphs said Hickman died in Baghdad on Nov. 14, "of injuries suffered after encountering an improvised explosive device."

He was more, too, than the man who bears the symbolic freight of being the last member of the U.S. military to die in a war launched in the political shadow of 9/11, which brought thousands of his fellow citizens out into the streets to oppose and support it. Eventually, the war largely faded from the public's thoughts.

    "There's a lot of people, in my family included, they don't know what's going on in this world," said Wes Needham, who coached linebackers at Northeast when David was a student. "They're oblivious to it. I just sit and think about it, the courage that it takes to do what they do, especially when they're all David's age."

    And they were mostly young. According to an Associated Press analysis of casualty data, the average age of Americans who died in Iraq was 26. Nearly 1,300 were 22 or younger, but middle-aged people fought and died as well: some 511 were older than 35.

Iraq dead hundreds of thousands and they will continue to die
"I've trained a lot of kids. They go to college and you kind of lose track of them and forget them," said Mike King of Greensboro Black Belt Academy, where Hickman trained in taekwondo for about eight years. "He was never like that. That smile and that laugh immediately come to mind."

The pain is fresh for people who knew Hickman. But the years have not eased the anguish of those who lost loved ones in the war's earliest days, when funerals were broadcast live on local television, before the country became numb to the casualty count.

    Vicky Langley's son, Marine Pvt. Jonathan Lee Gifford, was killed just two days into the war. More than eight years later she sits in her Decatur, Ill. home, surrounded by photographs of him and even a couple of paintings of him in his dress uniform that total strangers created and sent her.

    She said she doesn't concern herself with thoughts about the cost of the war and whether it was worth the life of her son and all the others who died.

    "Only the Iraqi people can answer that," she said.

    She thinks of her son constantly. She recalls the first day of kindergarten and how she came home and "turned on every appliance I could (because) it was just so quiet without him." She remembers how as a young man he would call her, without fail, when the first snow of the year started to fall. She still hears the knock at her door at 11 at night, and the chaplain telling her that her 30-year-old son had been killed in Iraq.

U.S. military parents now "don't wnat to think about" kid's killers
And she sees him in the 4-year-old daughter he left behind, who is now 12. Lexie Gifford's thin frame and face are miniature versions of her father's, her smile a replica of his. She has the same slow, I'll-get-there-when-I-get-there walk. For a reason nobody understands, a while back started popping frozen French fries in her mouth just like her dad used to do.

    As the last troops prepared to leave Iraq, Langley was getting ready.

    "I'll probably sit and cry," said Langley, 58. "I'll be happy for the ones you can be happy for and sad for the ones you are sad for."

Hundreds of soldiers remains wound up here in a Virginia landfill
Langley's life has been one catastrophe after another since her son died. The next year her husband died. Then months later, doctors told her the reason she was feeling poorly was that her kidneys had shut down. That was followed by a fall and a broken back. Today, as she waits for her name to come up on a list for a kidney transplant, she gets around the house she shares with her mother in a motorized scooter.

    The one thing she doesn't have, she said, is guilt. Though she talked her son out of enlisting in the military a couple times over the years, the reasons began and ended with concerns about the safety for her only child.

    But after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, she knew there would be no talking him out of enlisting. Besides, she said, "If I was young enough I would have gone in, too."

Military dead likely closer to 50,000 in "mainstream media" coverup
Even though the country's mood was much different in 2009 when Hickman joined the Army, he had no doubts about his decision, Trainum said.


    "When I talked with him on the phone a week before, he wasn't unhappy about where he was or regretting being there at all," Trainum said. "It was just going to work for him, and he was looking forward to getting his work done and getting home."

    Hickman, Gifford and the others left behind parents and spouses and children like Lexie, whose memories of her Marine father are what one might expect of a girl who was four when she last saw him.

Parents of military dead refuse to accept responsibility for kid's deaths
"He popped out of a Christmas box," she said, of the Christmas just before Gifford was deployed, when he hid inside a large box to surprise his daughter. "He was tall. He had brown hair. He was nice."

    The losses linger for people who saw the flag-draped coffins come home.

   "I used to watch all the war stories on TV, you know," said Needham, Hickman's old coach. "But since this happened to David, I can't watch that stuff anymore. I just think: That's how he died."



Associated Press news researcher Monika Mathur contributed to this report. Babwin reported from Decatur, Ill.

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