Archive for September 29, 2008

Car bomb kills 17 in Damascus

Posted in Israel with tags , , on September 29, 2008 by indonesiaunderground

Sunni Muslim jihadists striking against the Alawite regime? Sunnis striking against Shi’ites? Or someone else? Whoever did this, in the Islamic media it will be blamed on the Zionists and Crusaders. “Killer car bomb hits Damascus,” by Albert Aji for the Times Online, September 27:

A car bomb killed 17 people and injured 14 others on a crowded residential street in Damascus today, according to Syrian television.It said a car packed with 440 pounds (200 kilograms) of explosives blew up on Mahlak Street, in a southern district of the Syrian capital close to the city’s international airport. . The charred remains of the car was shown by television in the street near a primary school as firefighters stood near a wide crater believed be caused by the blast….

Bassam Abdul-Majid, the Syrian Interior Minister, called the bombing a terrorist act and said all the victims were civilians. But he would not say who might have been responsible. “We cannot accuse any party. There are ongoing investigations that will lead us to those who carried it out.”

Such bombings are rare in Syria, a tightly controlled country where President Bashar Assad’s regime has used heavy-handed tactics to crack down on dissent.

But over the last year, the country has witnessed two high-profile assassinations. Several explosions have also been blamed on Sunni Muslim militants opposed to Syria’s secular government.

Today’s bombing was by far the largest to hit the capital in recent times. It shattered building and car windows and twisted the roof off one car, according to footage aired on Syrian television.

The explosion occurred at the intersection that leads to Saydah Zeinab, a holy shrine for Shia Muslims frequently visited by Iranian and Iraqi pilgrims about five miles (8km) away. A building used by the intelligence services is also located in the area, but cars are not normally allowed to park nearby….

Source : http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/022859.php

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Chavez Minati Pengembangan Reaktor Nuklir

Posted in Nuclear Weapon with tags , , , , , , on September 29, 2008 by indonesiaunderground

Senin, 29 September 2008 – 15:38 wib
Widi Agustian – Okezone
CARACAS – Presiden Venezuela Hugo Chavez mengungkapkan, akan mengembangkan reaktor nuklir untuk tujuan kedamaian.

Rencana tersebut dilontarkan, setelah beberapa hari sebelumnya Rusia menawarkan bantuan nuklir kepada pemimpin dari negara sosialis Amerika Latin tersebut. Dengan demikian, hal ini merupakan tantangan untuk Washington.

“Venezuela tertarik untuk mengembangkan energi nuklir, tentu saja untuk tujuan kedamaian, medis, serta untuk generator listrik,” ujar Chavez, seperti dikutip reuters, Senin (29/9/2008).

Lebih jauh dia mengungkapkan, Brazil dan Argentina telah memiliki reaktor listriknya masing-masing, untuk itu Venezuela pun harus memilikinya.

Chavez mengatakan, Venezuela adalah salah satu negara anggota kartel minyak OPEC yang pernah mengembangkan reaktor nuklir pada beberapa dasawarsa lalu, tetapi tidak dilanjutkan karena adanya tekanan dari AS.

Dia mengatakan, Perdana Menteri Russia Vladimir Putin akan membantu dalam pengadaan reaktor. “Kami sudah memiliki komisi kerja untuk menangani isu ini,” katanya.

Namun, Chaves tidak mengatakan kapan reaktor tersebut akan siap dilakukan. Walaupun demikian, kabar tersebut tetap dapat mengganggu hubungan negara tersebut dengan AS.

Dia mengaku, telah ditantang berulang kali oleh AS, khususnya karena turut mempertahankan nuklir Iran dari AS dan Eropa.

Chavez pun melontarkan pernyataan kontroversial, akan mengusir duta besar AS dari Venezuela pada bulan ini, dan mengulangi ancamannya untuk menghentikan penjualan minyaknya ke negara tersebut, yang merupakan 10 persen dari impor minyak AS.

Venezuela mendukung kerja sama dengan Rusia sejak mendapat tekanan dari AS, yakni sejak adanya konflik dengan Georgia. Dengan demikian, mereka berdua menjadi lebih kuat untuk menghadapi AS. (rhs)

Source : okezone.com

Holiday Bombings Kill 27 in Baghdad

Posted in Iraq with tags , , , on September 29, 2008 by indonesiaunderground

Published: September 28, 2008
BAGHDAD — Five bomb attacks struck Baghdad on Sunday, three of them aimed at civilians who were out holiday shopping and strolling. Security sources said at least 27 people had been killed and 84 wounded.

The bombings reinforced fears among a growing number of residents that the security situation in Baghdad was deteriorating, even though over all it remained at the most stable level since the American-led invasion in 2003, according to data measured by the United States military command.

The worst of the bombings, in a bustling market of the central Karada district, seemed intended to inflict casualties on people preparing to celebrate a major holiday at the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month.

First, a car bomb blew up in a parking lot on Attar Street. Then as crowds gathered, a second bomb exploded, in what seemed to be an effort to kill or maim bystanders, several witnesses said.

Brig. Gen. Qassim Atta, an Iraqi military spokesman, said the attacks involved a car bomb and a roadside homemade bomb. He put the toll at 13 dead and 46 wounded.

An official at the Interior Ministry, who did not want to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the media, gave a toll of at least 19 killed and 72 wounded.

Police officers at the scene provided a toll of at least 18 killed and 41 wounded. Conflicting tolls are common in the confusion that follows attacks in Iraq.

Ayman Saadi, a resident, said he ran away when the first bomb went off, expecting a second detonation. “We have become accustomed to these traps,” he said.

Nearby, a Karada resident who identified himself as Abbas Jarousha stood in disbelief as he received a call on his cellphone from a stranger who said that he had found Mr. Jarousha’s brother’s phone and that the brother was dead.

The blasts in Karada occurred about 7 p.m. as many people poured onto the streets after the breaking of the daytime fast observed by most Iraqis during Ramadan, which ends Monday. Ramadan is followed by Id al-Fitr, a five-day holiday during which families customarily go out strolling, and children receive gifts and parade in new clothes.

Many people were out shopping on Sunday in Karada, where vendors were selling shoes, clothes, watches and perfume. Attar Street is also home to Jabbar Abu al-Sharbat, a cafe renowned for its pomegranate and raisin juice.

Baghdad was jarred by another explosion shortly before sundown in Shurta, a neighborhood on the city’s southwestern side. A bomb placed in a parked vehicle at a market there killed 12 and wounded 35, according to the Interior Ministry official.

Mizher Abed Hanoush, a Shurta resident, said the attack took place near a Shiite house of worship, or husseiniya, now occupied by the Iraqi Army.

Mr. Hanoush said the husseiniya previously had served as the local base of the Mahdi Army militia of Moktada al-Sadr, the anti-American Shiite cleric. It was taken over by the army in the aftermath of battles this year between Iraqi and American forces and the militia in Baghdad and the south.

Mr. Hanoush echoed concerns voiced by many Iraqis in recent weeks about the fragility of the security situation in Baghdad. “The situation is turning to the worse again, I do not know why,” he said.

Earlier, an Iraqi soldier was killed and three others were wounded when their patrol hit a roadside bomb in Mansour, a neighborhood in western Baghdad. Also, a bomb inside a vehicle exploded on a main road in the Amil neighborhood, killing the driver, the Interior Ministry official said.

Atheer Kakan contributed reporting.

Source : The New York Times