Friday, February 8, 2013
New video footage has surfaced online showing the foreign-sponsored militants in Syria recruiting dozens of children and teenagers. The video, which was posted on the internet recently, shows the commander of a US-backed group in the northern province of Aleppo saying when the children arrive, they are children, but when they leave, they become killing machines. Teenagers are shown being taught how to use assault rifles and other weapons against the Syrian government forces. They are also taught how to disarm enemies by stabbing them or killing them with their bare hands. This is despite the fact that international law prohibits the use of children under 18 in combat and military support operations. Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the turmoil. The Syrian government also says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals. In addition, several international human rights organizations have accused the militants in Syria of committing war crimes.
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http://www.rferl.orgThe international forces in Afghanistan have rejected a UN committee's report that U.S. military forces in Afghanistan have killed hundreds of children in attacks over the last four years. James Graybeal, a spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force, told RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan that the concerns "are categorically unfounded." He said, "equally unsubstantiated is their assertion that U.S. forces use indiscriminate force during their operations." The Geneva-based UN Committee on the Rights of the Child says the casualties were "due notably to [a] reported lack of precautionary measures and indiscriminate use of force." The UN review on policies affecting children is conducted every four years, and its release came as U.S. policy on drone targeting and air strikes is under increased scrutiny in Washington.
On day he issued decree back home to curtail government expenses, Afghan president checks into luxury London hotel
Associated PressA bomb planted near a market in northwestern Pakistan killed 16 people and wounded 17 others Friday, the latest in an uptick in attacks in recent months, government officials said. The blast occurred in Kalaya, the main town in the Orakzai tribal area, said local government administrator Khaistan Akbar. Orakzai is one of several areas in the semiautonomous tribal region along the Afghan border where the military has been battling a domestic Taliban insurgency. No group has claimed responsibility for the latest bombing, but Taliban militants regularly target security forces and civilians in the area. The blast occurred near government and security offices, according to another local administrator, Javed Khan. It damaged one of the shops in the market. Some of the wounded were in critical condition, he said. Initially, the death toll stood at 10 with 23 people wounded. But Khan said that six of those who were wounded later died at a hospital in Kalaya, increasing the death toll to 16. The 17 others who were wounded were being treated, including three who were in critical condition. The military has launched multiple operations against the Pakistani Taliban in the northwest since 2009, but the militants have proved resilient and continue to carry out attacks. Also on Friday, unknown attackers fired rocket-propelled grenades at a paramilitary convoy in southwestern Baluchistan province, killing one soldier and wounding five others, said police official Babil Dashti. Two vehicles were damaged in the attack, which took place in Turbat district, said Dashti. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Baluch nationalists have waged a decades-long insurgency against the government for greater autonomy and a larger share of the province's natural resources. The province is also home to many radical Islamist militants.
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The Express TribuneA senior Shia lawyer, Advocate Malik Jarar Hussain, was shot dead on Gulbahar Road in Peshawar on Friday morning. Jarar was dropping his children to school when two motorcyclists intercepted his car on Gulbahar Road and shot him. He was being rushed to Lady Reading Hospital when he passed away. The attackers managed to flee the area after the incident. The lawyer was a resident of Gunj inside the walled city of Peshawar, but he was residing in Asad Anwar Colony in Gulbahar. Members of the Shia community lashed out at the provincial government and police for their failure to provide security. Two Shia doctors, a police SP and a number of others have been killed in sectarian attacks during the past few months in Peshawar. Earlier, in January 2013, Lawyers from the district bar association had observed a strike and boycotted court proceedings demanding an action by the government to provide security to the lawyers and arrest the culprits.
Radio PakistanPrime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that Pakistan Peoples Party is working to resolve the problems of people with diligence despite inheriting numerous problems and challenges. He was speaking after laying the foundation stone of Thakot-Dasu road in District Kohistan on Friday. The Prime Minister said the party served the people in most difficult times with the support of people and help from Allah. He said Pakistan Peoples Party has offered numerous sacrifices for the cause of democracy and stability of Pakistan. He said founder of the party Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was hanged by a dictator but he still lives in the hearts of the people. He said those making conspiracies against democracy have no interest in solving the real problems of the people. Raja Pervez Ashraf said government started a number of projects for the poor masses. He said under Benazir Income Support Program over 7 million families are being provided a monthly grant of 1‚000 rupees. He said different schemes like insurance and education are also being implemented under BISP to alleviate the poverty. He said those who are trying to close this program are not well-wishers of the people. The Prime Minister directed to provide 40 percent hard area allowance to the employees working in the district. He also announced to get all the damaged schools repaired.