Date: May 1, 2011
Suspect(s): U.S. Navy SEALS
Target: Osama bin Laden
Notes: Alleged 9/11 terror mastermind Osama bin Laden was allegedly assassinated by U.S. Navy SEALS on May 1, 2011, despite it being reported by Fox News that he was died of health problems on on December 26, 2001.
Title: Bin Laden Assassinated Not Martyred
Date: May 2, 2011
Abstract: In the decade since 9/11, many senior al Qaeda leaders and operatives have been killed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and elsewhere, yet still all of these countries remain fragile at best and collapsed at worst.
For Osama bin Laden's assassination to become a
turning point rather than a Pyrrhic victory, the narrative of the event
must be dramatically shifted away from rhetorical overtones about a
"war of ideas" or "struggle for soul of Islam" towards a more neutral
and universal appeal to a global rule of law.
President Obama set the right tone with his statement on Sunday evening that the "United States is not -- and never will be -- at war with Islam. ... Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader. He was a mass murderer of Muslims." For his criminal atrocities, bin Laden was assassinated, not martyred.
That it was American counterterrorism operatives who conducted the assassination on the sovereign soil of a foreign country is an even more important marker. Many see the assassination of rogue individuals as a violation of sovereign immunity and even "playing God," a right that no nation can arrogate to itself. This is false. It is a powerful symbol of our collective evolution that individual perpetrators are targeted for their crimes rather than entire societies punished in wars.
Over the past decade, international law has evolved in such a way as to justify such direct interventions, if only we could act more quickly on the thicket of protocols and deliberations we have invented. The International Criminal Court which oversaw the trial of Serbian war criminal Slobodan Milosevic, has indicted sitting heads of state such as Omar Bashir of Sudan. The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine, ratified in 2005 by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005, sets forth a process for determining whether the international community can be obligated to intervene to prevent crimes against humanity.
The core principle behind these
institutions and treaties is that sovereignty is a responsibility, not a
privilege. This applies not only to dictators and terrorist fugitives,
but to the governments that give them safe harbor (CNN, 2011).
Date: September 20, 2011
Target: Burhanuddin Rabbani, Leader of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council and former Afghan President
Notes: An assassin with explosives hidden in his turban exploded the bomb killing the former president.
Title: Assassination Deals Blow To Peace Process In Afghanistan
Date: September 20, 2011
Source: New York Times
Abstract: An assassin with explosives hidden in his turban was ushered into the home of the head of Afghanistan’s peace process on Tuesday, embraced him and then exploded the bomb, killing him and dealing a potentially devastating blow to the effort to reconcile with the Taliban and end 10 years of war.
The assassination of Burhanuddin Rabbani, the leader of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council and a former president, on the heels of a carefully planned attack on the American Embassy a week ago, underscored the fierce opposition of those who want to shatter the country’s tenuous stability and thwart its tentative steps toward peace.
It also demonstrated once again the ability of the government’s enemies to reach into even the most secure bastions of the capital, whether through treachery or frontal assaults, and to carry out a rising number of carefully selected assassinations. This one, however, may be the most significant of the war.
Without the 71-year-old Mr. Rabbani, it will be exceedingly difficult to move the peace process forward. A complex figure, he was nonetheless one of the few with the stature to persuade the Taliban’s enemies, the former Northern Alliance, to embark on reconciliation discussions.
Western diplomats said that recently Mr. Rabbani had begun discussions with some Taliban members who might have the power to engage in real negotiations. A number of previous contacts had proved to be with impostors or figures who had little authority.
The attack wounded four others, including Masoom Stanekzai, the head of
the peace council’s secretariat, who has also been vital to advancing
the talks, according to Afghan security officials. “Whoever did this
decided they wanted to disrupt those talks,” a Western diplomat said (New York Times, 2011).
Date: September 30, 2011
Target: Anwar Al-Awlaki
Notes: Alleged terror mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki who was dining at the Pentagon shortly after 9/11 was allegedly assassinated by the CIA on September 30, 2011, despite it being reported that he had been killed at least 5 times prior.
Title: The Due-Process-Free Assassination Of U.S. Citizens Is Now Reality
Date: September 30, 2011
Abstract: It was first reported in January of last year that the Obama administration had compiled a hit list of American citizens whom the President had ordered assassinated without any due process, and one of those Americans was Anwar al-Awlaki. No effort was made to indict him for any crimes (despite a report last October that the Obama administration was “considering” indicting him). Despite substantial doubt among Yemen experts about whether he even had any operational role in Al Qaeda, no evidence (as opposed to unverified government accusations) was presented of his guilt. When Awlaki’s father sought a court order barring Obama from killing his son, the DOJ argued, among other things, that such decisions were “state secrets” and thus beyond the scrutiny of the courts. He was simply ordered killed by the President: his judge, jury and executioner. When Awlaki’s inclusion on President Obama’s hit list was confirmed, The New York Times noted that “it is extremely rare, if not unprecedented, for an American to be approved for targeted killing.”
After several unsuccessful efforts to assassinate its own citizen, the U.S. succeeded today (and it was the U.S.). It almost certainly was able to find and kill Awlaki with the help of its long-time close friend President Saleh, who took a little time off from murdering his own citizens to help the U.S. murder its. The U.S. thus transformed someone who was, at best, a marginal figure into a martyr, and again showed its true face to the world. The government and media search for The Next bin Laden has undoubtedly already commenced.
What’s most striking about this is not that the U.S. Government has seized and exercised exactly the power the Fifth Amendment was designed to bar (“No person shall be deprived of life without due process of law”), and did so in a way that almost certainly violates core First Amendment protections (questions that will now never be decided in a court of law). What’s most amazing is that its citizens will not merely refrain from objecting, but will stand and cheer the U.S. Government’s new power to assassinate their fellow citizens, far from any battlefield, literally without a shred of due process from the U.S. Government. Many will celebrate the strong, decisive, Tough President’s ability to eradicate the life of Anwar al-Awlaki — including many who just so righteously condemned those Republican audience members as so terribly barbaric and crass for cheering Governor Perry’s execution of scores of serial murderers and rapists: criminals who were at least given a trial and appeals and the other trappings of due process before being killed.
an authoritarian perspective, that’s the genius of America’s political
culture. It not only finds ways to obliterate the most basic individual
liberties designed to safeguard citizens from consummate abuses of
power (such as extinguishing the lives of citizens without due
process). It actually gets its citizens to stand up and clap and even
celebrate the destruction of those safeguards (Salon, 2011).
Date: October 18, 2011
Suspect(s): NATO, Al Qaeda
Location: Sirte, Libya
Target: Libyan President Mummar Gaddaffi
Notes: Gaddafi was bombed by NATO aeroplanes, pulled from the drainage pipes alive as video footage has shown and was summarily executed using his own personal golden gun.
Title: The Assassination Of Mummar Gaddafi Illegal Under International Law
Date: October 18, 2011
Source: African Legal Brief
Abstract: On the 18th of October, United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Tripoli, Libya. She stated in unusually blunt terms that she would like to see ‘Mummar Gaddaffi dead’. Two days later she got her wish. Mummar Gaddafi was bombed by NATO aeroplanes as he attempted to leave Sirte and rebels from the National Transitional Authority (NTC) pulled from the drainage pipe an injured Gaddafi who had taken cover to avoid the bombardment coming from NATO Aeroplanes.
Gaddafi was pulled from the drainage pipes alive as video footage has
shown and was summarily executed using his own personal golden gun.
This was extra judicial killing supported by a whole Secretary of State
Hilary Clinton. This was a clear violation of the Geneva Conventions in
the acceptance of surrender and the treatment of prisoners of war;
military necessity, along with distinction and proportionality.
Under international law there is no rational for the assassination of Mummar Gaddafi. The original reason, which was resolution 1973 which authorised the protection of civilians, was turned into a regime change instrument. The assassination of Mummar Gaddafi is a blunt admission by America, France and Britain that this crusade was not about protecting civilians, but about regime change. This was a breach of the UN regulations. This was a NATO/US operation in a scramble for Libyan oil.
What NATO and America do not realise is that they have now created a very chaotic situation, probably similar to the one in Iraq if not worse. In the competition for the Libyan oil and Gas, the NTC and the crusading countries risk fanning more conflict amongst the Libyans themselves. Sooner rather than later the Libyans will realise that they have jumped from the frying pan into the fire. The imperial solidarity shown when taking over Libya will surely disintegrate as the scramble for these resources begins
And what was Gadaffi’s crime?
Gadaffi’s principle crime was that he refused to take any loans from institutions like the IMF etc. He refused to join the club of International bankers and decided to set up his own Pan-Africanist bank that would have provided loans to African countries. Gaddafi’s Libya was the only African/Arab country that did not owe any country or institution any money.
The Assassination of Mummar Gaddafi is part of a bigger plot by America to establish US AFRICOM. The United States Africa Command. Africa Command protects and defends the national security interests of the United States by establishing its ‘defence capabilities’ on African soil and taking over regional organizations. To date no African country except Liberia has co-operated with America in having AFRICOM bases on their soil. It is now quite clear that AFRICOM will now move into Libya. The re-colonisation of Libya will then be complete.
This is happening apparently and surprisingly with own AU and SADC being completely conspicuous with their silence. Whatever the case we see a new developing international trend were the there is a green light in the killing of leaders. This is a new US strategy of benefiting from African resources by creating destabilised states which are chaotic and hence have no central governments controlling anything. We have seen this in the Congo, Uganda, Somalia and now in Libya. This creation of chaos gives them justification for military intervention. We probably will see this soon in South Sudan. As Southern Africa and indeed Zimbabwean we need to be aware of this worrying growing international trend in which the scramble for Africa has taken a new dimension. They kill our leaders and make you believe that you were complicit (African Legal Brief, 2011).
Date: October 11, 2011
Suspect(s): Iran (Manssor Arbabsiar & Gholam Shakuri)
Location: New York, New York
Target: H.E. Adel A. Al-Jubeir, Saudi Ambassador to the United States
Notes: U.S. officials say the suspects in the case were working on a "murder for hire" scheme to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States using explosives
Title: Alleged Plot To Kill Saudi Ambassador Fuels U.S. Push To 'Isolate' Iran As Pols Call Plot An 'Act of War'
Date: October 11, 2011
Source: Fox News
Abstract: The alleged Iranian government-backed plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States is quickly exacerbating already flaring tensions between Washington and Tehran.
Members of Congress were quick to condemn Iran over the plot.
Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, speaking on Fox News, called the plot an "act of war" against the United States.
"We have to do something," he said, saying the specifics of the response should be left up to the Defense Department and the president.
But a senior Defense official told Fox News the announcement Tuesday "is not a trip wire for military action in Iran."
"No one should read into this as a pretense for any type of military response," another senior Defense official added.
Speaking to Fox News on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the subject, the officials said the Pentagon sees the alleged plot as a criminal act that is rightly being handled by the Department of Justice.
Late Tuesday night, the State Department issued a travel alert for Americans, warning those at home and aboard to watch out for possible attacks linked to the alleged plot.
Attorney General Eric Holder, in announcing the plot and criminal charges filed against two individuals, would not say exactly how high up the plot went in the Iranian government. He said it was "directed and approved by elements of the Iranian government," specifically noting the alleged involvement of members of Iran's special operations Quds Force.
But U.S. officials made clear they will use the plot to marshal international pressure against the regime.
"The United States is committed to holding Iran accountable for its actions," Holder said.
A State Department official on Tuesday called the case a "flagrant violation of international law."
And Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. would work with its allies to "send a very strong message that this kind of action, which violates international norms, must be ended."
In a separate interview with the Associated Press, Clinton said the plot "crosses a line," and that she and President Obama were calling international leaders to tell them what happened. She said they want to "pre-empt" any efforts by Iran to deny responsibility, as well as "enlist more countries in working together against what is becoming a clearer and clearer threat" from Iran, according to the Associated Press. She said the reaction could "further isolate Iran."
The Treasury Department fired the first diplomatic shot Tuesday afternoon, imposing sanctions on five people allegedly linked to the plot, including four members of the Quds Force -- which is part of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Two of them, Manssor Arbabsiar and Gholam Shakuri, were charged Tuesday in New York federal court, though Skahuri remains at large. The Treasury Department said the other Quds officials named were also involved in the plot. The sanctions will freeze any U.S. assets held by the individuals and prohibit anyone in the U.S. from doing business with them.
U.S. officials say the suspects in the case were working on a "murder for hire" scheme to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States using explosives. They allegedly reached out to a U.S. source in Mexico posing as a drug cartel representative. Arbabsiar allegedly tried to hire the source and his accomplices to carry out the attack.
Arbabsiar, who was arrested by federal agents on Sept. 29, later confessed to his involvement and said senior Quds officials were directing the plot, according to the Justice Department.
A brief analysis from Stratfor Global Intelligence cautioned against any claims of high-up Iranian involvement. The analysis said the plot as described "seems far-fetched" considering "its ramifications would involve substantial political risk."
"Iran has been known to carry out preoperational surveillance in the United States, but it has not yet used this intelligence to carry out a high-profile attack," the analysis said, suggesting the Tehran links were "exaggerated."
An Iranian representative at the United Nations has denied the U.S. allegations.
But Clinton said in the AP interview Tuesday that the claims are "well-founded."Clinton plans to meet Wednesday with the Swiss ambassador to Iran, a meeting that will surely provide an opportunity to address the allegations unveiled Tuesday. The Swiss serve as the United States' diplomatic representatives in Iran in the absence of any formal U.S.-Iran relations (Fox News, 2011).
Date: November 9, 2011
Suspect(s): Frederick W. Thomas, Dan Roberts
Age(s): 73, 67
Location: Georgia, USA
Target: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder & Former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney
Weapon: Bombs, Ricin
Notes: The four men accused of planning to bomb federal buildings, disperse the toxin ricin in major U.S. cities, and assassinate federal judges and prosecutors
Title: Attorney General, Former Congresswoman, Federal Judges Were Alleged Targets Of Georgia Terrorists
Date: November 9, 2011
Source: The Atlantic
Abstract: The assassination of U.S.
Attorney General Eric Holder and former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney was part of
the terrorist plot hatched by four North Georgia men, federal prosecutors said
Wednesday in a bond hearing for the accused.
The four men accused of planning to bomb federal buildings, disperse the toxin ricin in major U.S. cities, and assassinate federal judges and prosecutors pleaded not guilty at the hearing in U.S. District Court in Gainesville.
The alleged leader, Frederick W. Thomas, 73, of Cleveland, and Dan Roberts, 67, of Toccoa, are charged with conspiring to buy explosives and possessing an unregistered silencer. Toccoa men Samuel J. Crump, 68, and Ray H. Adams, 55, face charges of conspiring to make and disperse ricin, according to the federal indictment.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert McBurney said law enforcement officers seized 52 weapons and 30,000 rounds of ammunition from Thomas’ home. The weapons included assault rifles, shotguns, pistols with extended magazines and revolvers, and "sniper round" bullets and “sub-sonic” ammunition designed to be used with silencers, he said. McBurney did not say where the guns and ammunition were kept in the home.
But defense attorney Jeff Ertel countered that Thomas is an avid gun collector and hunter. He said all of the weapons were legally owned, a point McBurney conceded. Ertel said his client has 30 years of Naval service, is loyal to his country, and is not a threat.
“It’s not an arsenal put together to assassinate people. It’s a gun collection he had,” said Ertel, who called Thomas’ son, Paul Thomas, to testify about their father and son hunting trips.
McBurney noted that Thomas’ arsenal included weapons used in military activities, not designed for hunting.
“You don’t hunt with a bomb,” McBurney said. “You don’t put a silencer on a gun to shoot a deer.”
After hearing nearly two hours of testimony regarding whether Thomas should be granted bond, U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan Cole adjourned the proceeding without making a decision or hearing about the other defendants.
Testimony for the remaining defendants will be heard Tuesday. The hearing will decide whether the men will remain in jail until they are tried. Testimony for Crump and Adams will focus more on the accusation that the group planned to manufacture ricin as a weapon of mass destruction. The men hoped to spur a revolution that would restore, in their eyes, a more Constitutional government, according to federal affidavits.
Ertel called Thomas’ wife, Charlotte, to testify about his frail health, which includes emphysema, diabetes, degenerative spine disease and shoulder problems, she said.
Charlotte Thomas said her husband is unable to hang a picture on a wall. At times during the proceeding, Thomas appeared to have labored breathing and puffed on an inhaler. His wife also delivered his hearing aids to him.
Charlotte Thomas said she’s never heard her husband talk about hurting anyone.
“He loves his country,” she said. “He’s the most patriotic man I’ve ever met.”
Ertel also raised questions about the confidential informant who recorded the group's conservations for the FBI. He said the informant was charged with child molestation in South Carolina shortly before he began recording the group’s meetings.
McBurney told Judge Cole that the men’s age should not be considered in the decision to grant bond. He also said this is not a case of men just talking fantasy, but rather they had taken actions to realize their plan of destruction. Those steps included casing federal buildings in Atlanta, stock-piling weapons and purchasing the illegal silencer and what the men thought were explosives from an undercover federal agent.
It was the final step that resulted in Thomas’ arrest, he said.
“Age is not a barrier to the crimes these defendants are
charged with,” McBurney said. “He can pull a trigger as well as you and I can” (The
Date: November 11, 2011
Suspect(s): Mexican Drug Cartel
Target: Mexican Interior Minister Francisco Blake
Notes: Mexican Interior Minister Francisco Blake was killed in a helicopter crash. Television images showed the scattered wreckage of the helicopter on a green hillside south of the capital where Blake and the seven others on board were killed.
Title: Mexican Interior Minister Killed In Helicopter Crash
Date: November 11, 2011
Abstract: Mexican Interior Minister Francisco Blake was killed in a helicopter crash on Friday, a blow to the government as it fights powerful drug cartels.
Television images showed the scattered wreckage of the helicopter on a green hillside south of the capital where Blake and the seven others on board were killed.
But in a televised address, he said no explanations for the crash could be ruled out as he paid tribute to Blake, calling him "a great Mexican".
"The investigations will be exhaustive and will consider all the possible hypotheses," Calderon said.
Mexico is locked in a brutal conflict against drug cartels that has killed 45,000 people in the last five years and Blake was a key member of Calderon's security team.
Locals near the crash site, a remote area only accessible by dirt roads, said the weather was poor when Blake's helicopter fell from the sky on Friday morning.
"We could hear the motor, which didn't sound good," said farmer Humberto Ramirez from the village of Caserio de Cortez, about 1.5 km (1 mile) away. "We couldn't see where it came down."
Blake is the second interior minister under Calderon to be killed in an air crash. The previous one three years earlier was declared an accident. Ironically, Blake lauded that very predecessor in the last tweet from his Twitter account.
Another top security official died in a helicopter crash in 2005, prompting one analyst to question security protocols for government aircraft and say the string of deaths could be down to more than just bad luck.
As interior minister, Blake was responsible for helping Calderon implement his strategy against drug gangs, as well as negotiating with opposition parties in Congress. Lawmakers held a minute's silence as a mark of respect for Blake.
Mexico's peso and its IPC stock index lost ground after Blake's death, although the peso firmed again after Calderon said an accident looked likely.
Calderon's presidency has been dominated by his decision to send in the army against drug gangs shortly after he took office in December 2006.
He canceled his appointments for the day and called off a planned trip to Hawaii where he was due to take part in an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.
U.S. President Barack Obama, himself on the way to Honolulu for APEC, called Calderon from Air Force One to express his shock and sorrow at Blake's death.
The soaring death toll has battered support for the ruling National Action Party (PAN) ahead of a presidential election next July, and this year dragged down Calderon's approval ratings to their lowest levels of his term.
Born in Tijuana on Mexico's border with the United States, Blake trained as a lawyer and served as a deputy for his home state of Baja California. He became interior minister in 2010.
"There is great sadness, firstly for the loss of a great friend, but also because this is a very severe blow in the midst of a war against criminals inside Mexico," said Socrates Bastida, a leader of the PAN in Baja California.
On November 4 2008, then interior minister Juan Camilo Mourino and several others died when their small plane crashed near a major Mexico City boulevard. Investigators concluded the plane was flying too close to a much bigger jet plane ahead of it.
In his last tweet on November 4, Blake said: "Today we remember Juan Camilo Mourino three years after his passing, a human being who worked toward the creation of a better Mexico."
In 2005, Ramon Martin Huerta, public security minister in the previous PAN administration, was killed in a helicopter crash just outside the city. It was declared an accident too.
"Statistically, it is starting to become very difficult to blame these accidents on human error," said Armand Peschard-Sverdrup, a Mexico expert at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies.
"The Mexican government has to review its security protocols for all aircraft and vehicles ... and you have to be open to the idea that this was not a random accident."
The government's website lists a fleet of eight planes
and nine helicopters, which are used frequently by officials (Reuters,
Date: November 14, 2011
Suspect(s): Hugo Chavez
Target: Venezuela Presidential Candidate Maria Corina Machado
Notes: Dramatic video posted to YouTube purports to show the initial moments of an attack against Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Maria Corina Machado and her supporters.
Title: Video Purports To Show Attack On Venezuelan Opposition Candidate
Date: November 14, 2011
Abstract: Dramatic video posted to YouTube purports to show the initial moments of an attack against Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Maria Corina Machado and her supporters.
The video begins with the candidate addressing residents and reporters shortly after she threw the first pitch in a softball game. Thirty seconds into the roughly 50-second clip, several gunshots ring out; people scatter. Some board a bus while a voice in the video shouts: "Go, go, go!"
Separately, El Nacional newspaper published a photo of what it said was the shooting, showing two people on a motorcycle. Wearing a red T-shirt, the man on the back is pointing a gun at a bus.
It was not clear from the video whether Machado boarded the bus, nor whether the bus in the video was the same as the one in the photograph. However, a campaign spokesman told CNN en Español a pair of people on a motorcycle fired shots into a bus carrying Machado and her supporters.
Machado, who was not injured in the incident, also said that shots were fired in the open, and at her vehicle.
Machado is one of several presidential candidates who will participate in a primary election next year. The winner will be the unity opposition candidate to run against President Hugo Chavez.
She spoke to CNN en Español shortly after the attack, which Machado said left one person injured.
She blamed "criminal gangs" for the shooting and faulted the national government for ceding control.
"The government has absolutely lost control and, in many cases, has been complicit with the criminal gangs," she said. Machado accused the government of providing some groups with weapons.
CNN contacted the Interior and Justice Ministry and the
Venezuelan Ministry of Communication and Information for comment on the
incident, but did not receive a response (CNN,
Date: November 14, 2011
Suspect(s): Liberian Riot Police
Target: Winston A. Tubman
Notes: Tubman stated that "When I disembarked from the vehicle and attempted to head into the building, I was instantly pushed by one of our security guards, unfortunately for this young comrade, he was hit at that very moment by an assassin's bullet that we believe was intended for me."
Title: CDC's Tubman Claims "Assassination Attempt"
Date: November 14, 2011
Source: All Africa
Abstract: The Standard Bearer of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), Cllr. Winston A. Tubman, says he is convinced that the November 7 violence between Liberian riot police and supporters of the CDC was an "assassination attempt" on his life and that of his vice standard bearer, George Manneh Weah.
During the violence, at least three persons reportedly died, while several persons got seriously wounded and properties including vehicles belonging to the United Nations Mission in Liberia(UNMIL) and business people and private citizens were destroyed.
The violent incidence, described as "Bloody Monday," which was witnessed by two of our staff, ensued when the Liberian riot police prevented hundreds of partisans and supporters of the CDC from holding what the CDC called "peaceful match" against the just ended November 8, presidential run-off election over allegation of fraud in last month's first round of poll.
Incumbent Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of the Unity Party (UP) won the first round of election, but failed to pass the 50%threshold needed for outright victory over challenger, Winston A. Tubman of the CDC.
The CDC boycotted the run-off election, insisting that the first round of election was "rigged", an allegation the National Elections Commission(NEC)-the body clothed with the legal authority to conduct election in the country, categorically rejected. The CDC's allegation of fraud remains unsubstantiated. The U.S, EU, African Union and ECOWAS have since condemned the main opposition's decision to pull out of the run-off.
Addressing a well attended news conference over the weekend at the CDC's headquarters in Congo Town, outside Monrovia, Cllr. Tubman said, partisans of the CDC gathered on the street before the Lonestar Communications Company for more than an hour and the police did nothing until they (he and Weah) arrived on the scene.
Upon arrival, Cllr. Tubman further explained, a Nigerian general of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) contingent named with held admonished them (he and Weah) to turn around and go back into their compound, because he (Nigerian general) feared what would had happened to them (he and Weah).
Predicated on the advice of the unnamed Nigerian general, the CDC's standard bearer averred he and his vice standard bearer immediately turned around to go back into the compound.
But he claimed that officers of the Emergency Response Unity (ERU) and Police Support Unit (PSU) of the Liberia National Police (LNP) began tear gassing them and shooting live bullets in the crowd, mainly targeting them (he and Weah).
Hear Cllr. Tubman: "When I disembarked from the vehicle and attempted to head into the building, I was instantly pushed by one of our security guards, unfortunately for this young comrade, he was hit at that very moment by an assassin's bullet that we believe was intended for me."
"My vice standard bearer and I were hurriedly ushered into the building and were held hostage on the floor and in the closet of my office by attacking ERU and PSU officers for over two hours as they continued to shoot live bullets and tear gas outside. After that, we were taken to the friendly home of a nearby supporter where we remained until a car untraceable to us was used to ferry us out of town to a location away from our headquarters," he continued.
However, the Liberian government through the Ministry of Justice had said there was an exchange of gunfire between the riot police and partisans and supporters of the CDC in which one person was said to have died.
On the other hand, the Director of the Liberia National Police(LNP), Mark Amblard, earlier accused an UNMIL soldier belonging to the Nigerian contingent of discharging fire arms during the violence. But later, he withdrew his accusation against the UNMIL solder after he verified that his accusation was untrue. He then apologized to UNMIL for his unsubstantiated claim against the UNMIL officer.
While terming the shooting incident as unfortunate, the police chief said it was necessary to bring the situation under control.
He pointed out that the LNP had to discharge several rounds of teargas to prevent the further escalation of the violent and "destructive action of the CDCians".
But Cllr. Tubman said the two information provided by the government through the Justice Minister Christiana Tah and the police boss Amblard are all "false and misleading" to the public.
He divulged that the total figure of casualties is not known because, according to him, they were still receiving news of missing partisans since Monday.
However, he added that three persons have so far been confirmed dead
by the CDC, and that over 150 are wounded persons are currently seeking
medical attention at various hospitals around Monrovia. But his account
of three deaths and over 150 persons could not be independently verified
by this paper up to press time (All Africa, 2011).
Date: November 17, 2011
Suspect(s): Pro-Gaddafi Forces
Target: Libya’s National Transitional Council
Weapon(s): Suicide and car bomb attacks
Notes: Gaddafi regime tried to attack the National Transitional Council in Benghazi and tried to kill Western diplomats.
Title: MI6 Foiled Suicide Bomb Assassination Plot In Libya
Date: November 17, 2011
Abstract: British intelligence foiled a plot by Col Muammar Gaddafi’s henchmen to assassinate Western diplomats and Libya’s revolutionary leadership, the Foreign Secretary has revealed.Sources told the Daily Telegraph that the Libyan intelligence service launched a “sustained effort” to conduct suicide and car bomb attacks against Libya’s National Transitional Council.
In a rare speech about the intelligence services, William Hague lavished praise on them and described how he received hundreds of “operational proposals” from MI6 and GCHQ every day.
Among those plans Mr Hague also revealed an unreported plot by a British terrorist network to get training overseas and launch attacks in Britain.
Mr Hague said diplomatic and military success in Libya was backed by “effective intelligence” and with the agencies using “global capabilities to provide insight into the intentions of pro-Gaddafi forces.”
He said the spies had worked to understand the progress of the battles around Brega, Misrata and finally Tripoli, as reported in the Daily Telegraph earlier this year.
“They worked to identify key political figures, develop contacts with the emerging opposition and provide political and military intelligence,” Mr Hague said.
He added that “most importantly, they saved lives” and described how the Gaddafi regime tried to attack the National Transitional Council in Benghazi, and to kill Western diplomats.
“The agencies obtained firm intelligence, were able to warn the NTC of the threat and the attacks were prevented,” he added.
Sources said the plan was hatched by Abdullah Senussi, Gaddafi’s head of intelligence during the battle for Brega in March.
“The agencies were able to identify the threat and work with the fledgling NTC to ensure that measures were taken,” the source added.
Describing another plot - which sources said was linked to “al-Qaeda and its franchises” - Mr Hague said the security and intelligence agencies were able to uncover a network of Britons travelling abroad for terrorist training and to “detect their intentions.”
He said that agents recruited by MI6 reported on what the group were doing and added: “This revealed that members of the network had discussed mounting attacks in the UK.” Ministers were kept fully informed as the plot was uncovered and British officials approached the “government in question” and worked with it to arrange the “lawful arrest of a key figure in the network which disrupted the conspiracy before such plans could be developed.”
In a highly unusual speech in front of the heads of MI5, MI6 and GCHQ, Mr Hague praised the “integrity, skill and professionalism” of the men and women who work for them.
He said their values were “the finest values of the United Kingdom” and said they were “among the very best, and is some areas, the best, in the world.”
Referring to mistakes over Iraq and allegations of complicity in rendition, he said the government was “drawing a line under the past.”
“It takes a particularly special person to work in an environment where your work is concealed from those around you, your successes, your bravery and the danger you face go largely unnoticed, and in which you may never answer back at public criticism,” he added.
“Threats are launched at us secretly, new weapons systems are developed secretly and countries or terrorist groups that plan attacks or operations against us do so in secrecy,” Mr Hague said. “We need a covert capability to monitor threats and to contribute to timely action against them.”
He praised the agencies’ ability to get secret intelligence from human
sources, defectors and from intercepted communications and added: “They have
a fundamental and indispensable role to play in keeping our nation safe and
helping us to understand other countries” (Telegraph, 2011).
Title: Somali President, Kenyan FM Escape Bomb Attack
Date: September 12, 2012
Source: Yahoo News
Abstract: Somalia's new President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and the visiting Kenyan foreign minister escaped unharmed on Wednesday from an apparent suicide bomb attack on a Mogadishu hotel where they were holding a news conference, witnesses said.
The attack, in which two explosions shook the Somali capital, underscored the huge security challenges facing Mohamud after the first presidential vote in Somalia in decades which raised hopes for change after 20 years of violent anarchy.
A Reuters witness said two bodies could be seen outside the hotel, one of whom appeared to be a suicide bomber, and there was a large crater in the road.
Mohamud and Kenyan Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Ongeri continued the news conference for several minutes after the blasts.
"First and foremost we will address the security issue. Priority number one is security and priority number two and priority number three," Mohamud said moments after the blasts.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility. On Tuesday, however, al Qaeda-linked Somali militants branded Mohamud a "traitor" and vowed to continue their jihad against a government they say serves only Western interests.
Mohamud's election by Somali lawmakers was hailed by his supporters as a vote for change in the war-ridden Horn of Africa country that has lacked effective central government since 1991 (Yahoo News, 2012).
Title: Prince Harry Targeted In Fatal Taliban Attack On 'Impregnable' Military
Date: September 15, 2012
Abstract: Nineteen Taliban attackers with armed rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and automatic weapons breached the perimeter of Camp Bastion in a well-planned raid which shocked senior officers.
Two American Marines were killed and five aircraft were damaged or destroyed before Western soldiers led by British troops killed 18 of the attackers and took one prisoner.
The Taliban rushed to claim a propaganda victory, saying that Prince Harry, who is an Apache helicopter pilot based at Bastion, was the intended victim of the attack.
They also said they had been inspired to attack the camp, home to 28,000 personnel, by an American-made film which insults the prophet Mohammed, and which has prompted attacks on Western embassies across the Middle East and Africa.
Qari Youssef Ahmadi, the Taliban’s spokesman, said: “We attacked that base because Prince Harry was also on it and so they can know our anger. Thousands more suicide attackers are ready to give up their lives for the sake of the Prophet.”
The attack comes just days after the Taliban announced it was launching 'Harry Operations’ aimed at killing or wounding the Prince.
But the statement was dismissed by the Ministry of Defence who said it was “entirely predictable” that the Taliban would claim that the Prince was the primary target even though he was no where near the point of attack.
A senior Army officer told The Sunday Telegraph: “This was a determined attack which achieve its aim of getting global press coverage. They are masters of propaganda. But they are deluded if they really think they can storm Camp Bastion and kill or seriously injure Prince Harry. The attack was never going to succeed but in reality that was never really its aim.”
A major security review is now under way into how such an assault could be launched on a base which is surrounded by state of the art fortifications and defences.
The attack began at around 10.00pm (local time) on Friday night when 19 heavily Taliban gunmen forced their way through the outer perimeter wire. One report said they had approached on Toyota pick-up trucks.
Some reports suggest that a five foot wide hole was cut through a fence when a Taliban gunman detonated an explosive suicide vest in the eastern edge of the base, close to the main runway.
The remaining fighters poured into the base firing mortars and RPGs, as well as Kalashnikov AK-47 automatic weapons.
They managed to damage or destroy up to five aircraft - none of them British - including at least one United States Marine Corps Harrier jump jet during the ensuing battle. A fuel storage tank and a helicopter maintenance tent was also damaged in the attack.
Smoke was still rising from it yesterday morning, according to footage released by the Taliban which they claimed was of the Helmand perimeter.
It is not clear at this stage whether the gunmen managed to break into the main base or were just confined to the outer perimeter.
British troops from 5 RAF Force Protection Wing (51 Squadron RAF), the RAF Regiment, were first on the scene and helped repel the insurgents in a gun battle lasting more than five hours.
Several British airmen were wounded in the firefight but none of the injuries were classed as serious.
Senior defence sources have told The Sunday Telegraph that the Taliban launched the attack after posing as farmers in a nearby maize plantation.
It is understood that the National Directorate of Security, the Afghan equivalent of MI5, believe the Taliban monitored activity on the eastern side of the camp for at least two weeks before launching the suicide mission.
Sources added that a number of fighters detonated their suicide vests as British troops approached them, injuring some of the RAF Regiment troops in the process. It is understood that 18 of the 19 insurgents were killed and one was taken prisoner.
The attack is now the subject of a major investigation in which senior officers will want to know how the Taliban launched such an audacious attack against what is supposed to be one of the world’s most secure military bases.
There was deep concern yesterday over the fact the attack had even been launched.
Camp Bastion, which is currently estimated to occupy an area similar to the town of Reading, is ringed by 30ft wire fences topped with triple concertina barbed wire.
Large areas of the base are also protected by a 24 mile long, 30 ft high concrete blast wall interspersed with watch towers equipped with floodlights and manned by heavily armed, specially trained troops.
The camp is located in the central Helmand desert and is completely isolated, with the exception of a few small farms close to the eastern perimeter.
All approaches to the base are carefully monitored and the British protection force is equipped with a variety of surveillance devices and radar which should be able to identify any movement on the ground or in the air out to a range of 20 miles.
Given the high levels of security, senior commanders will now try to establish how the Taliban managed to identify and exploit a seemingly unknown vulnerable point in the camp’s defence. One theory being explored last night is that the Taliban may have been given inside information by either a member of the Afghan National Army or a one of the several thousand “locally employed civilians” who work on the base.
An MoD spokesman said: “The threat to all our service personnel is continually assessed and all measures taken to mitigate it. The deployment of Captain Wales has been long planned and the threat to him and others around him thoroughly assessed. Any risk posed by his deployment, based on the capability, opportunity and intent of the insurgency, is continually reviewed. Last night’s attack was dealt with swiftly by International Security and Assistance Force (Isaf) personnel, including UK forces, and a number of insurgents were killed.
“A clearance operation has been conducted and work to assess and investigate the incident continues.”
Captain Wales, as he is known to his colleagues, is part of the 100-strong 662 Squadron, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps. He will serve as a co-pilot gunner with the Apache unit for the duration of his four-month tour.
The Prince celebrated his 28th birthday yesterday in the hours after the attack with a message from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who had arranged for him to receive their congratulations before they left for their tour of Asia.
Prince Harry first served in Afghanistan in 2008 as an on-ground air controller, but he was forced to cut the tour short when the news blackout, which was protecting his position on the front line, was breached.
It is understood that it will be business as usual for Harry as he comes to the end of his in-theatre training and is expected to begin taking part in operational sorties by the end of the week.
The Apache is one of the most lethal pieces of military hardware in Afghanistan. It has taken part in thousands of operation in the past six years and is often the weapon of choice for troops pinned down by Taliban fire. The helicopter carries a variety of weapons including rockets, anti-tank hell fire missiles and a 30 mm multi-barrelled chain gun. The helicopter, which affords both pilot and gunner a huge amount of protection, has also taken part in rescue operations.Attacks have taken place inside and close to Camp Bastion in the past - although none on this scale, and none involving a direct frontal attack. A British soldier was killed in 2009 by an IED planted on a range close to the base and in April an Afghan civilian employed on the camp drove a vehicle at a plane carrying Leon Panetta, the US defence secretary (Telegraph, 2012).