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PHOTO: Fellow journalists and supporters crowd around the body of Ahmed Addow Anshur, who was murdered in the Somali capital of Mogadishu Wednesday.

May 24, 2012

A local journalist was gunned down in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, becoming the sixth journalist killed so far this year and putting the east African nation on track to have its deadliest year ever for media workers.

Ahmed Addow Anshur, who worked at a local radio station, was murdered by four armed assailants on motorcycles near a market midday Wednesday, according to the National Union for Somali Journalists (NUSOJ). NUSOJ said the attackers escaped the scene and the motive for the killing is not yet known.

Anshur’s death marks the sixth killing of a local journalist in Somalia since the new year and the second this month, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

In a statement, the NUSOJ said the targeting of journalists is part of a concerted effort to “undermine the media freedom and freedom of expression,” but the organization’s Secretary General, Mohammed Ibrahim, said it’s often difficult to tell who is actually be behind the attacks.

Somalia has been rocked by violence for the past two decades as the transitional government battles militant Islamists, including the al Qaeda-allied terrorist organization al-Shabaab, for control of the country. Al-Shabaab, which includes in its ranks several American-born fighters such as the rapping jihadist Omar Hammami, occasionally claims responsibility or is blamed for the killings, but other times — such as in Anshur’s case — the journalists are gunned down in areas controlled by the government.

There are also a variety of violent criminal gangs to consider, Ibrahim said, not to mention journalists who are simply caught in the crossfire.

“[The journalists] know that it’s risky, it’s deadly, but they respect their profession,” said Ibrahim, a veteran Somali journalist who is the first recipient of the Galloway Family Foundation Fellowship for International Investigative Reporting at the ABC News Brian Ross Investigative Unit. “They report to the outside world the situation on the ground. It is a great bravery.”

Before coming to the U.S., Ibrahim contributed reporting from Somalia to the New York Times and worked closely with Pulitzer prize-winning Times reporter Jeffrey Gettleman.

The United Nations special representative to Somalia condemned Anshur’s murder in a statement today and said journalism in the war-torn nation is “essential to a free and functioning society.”

“It is well known that Somali journalists have the most difficult working conditions in the world,” the U.N. representative, Dr. Augustine Mahiga, said. “But that does not make it any easier to accept when one is brutally killed. Ahmed Addow Anshur was targeted in cold blood for carrying out his doing his job as a professional journalist…”

In all, the CPJ counts 41 journalists that have been killed in Somalia since 1992 and has named the country the most dangerous on the continent for media workers. The deadliest year to date was 2009, in which nine journalists were killed.

from:  http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/somali-journalist-gunned-sixth-killed-months/story?id=16422739#.T76DZEVSTNk

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Ahmed Addow Anshur

18454 14465 151839            69

 

his path of destiny = 69 = A marked man.

Ace of Pentacles Tarot card

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Top U.S. envoy in Pakistan plans to step down this summer

May 8, 2012        4:22 am

U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter, who has had to help navigate Washington’s uneasy alliance with Islamabad through one of its lowest points since the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, plans to step down sometime this summer, U.S. officials said Tuesday.

Munter told his staff in Islamabad of his decision Monday, said a U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the matter. It is not known who his replacement might be, but one name that has surfaced among diplomatic circles is Richard Olson, who currently heads up U.S. economic and development efforts in Afghanistan.

Munter became Washington’s top envoy in Islamabad October 2010, replacing Anne Patterson, who had been at the post for more than three years. During his tenure, Munter has struggled to walk the line between building stronger diplomatic ties with Islamabad through billions of dollars in economic aid and infrastructure projects, and pushing a U.S. security agenda that demands Pakistan’s cooperation in pursuing Al Qaeda and Taliban militants.

Not long after his arrival, he faced his first major crisis in January 2011, when a CIA contractor shot to death two Pakistani men at a busy intersection in the eastern city of Lahore. The contractor, Raymond Davis, insisted that the men were trying to rob him, but Pakistanis viewed the incident as a blatant example of American arrogance and confirmation that U.S. intelligence operatives were secretly roaming the country. Davis was released from custody several weeks later and returned to the U.S., but the episode dealt a severe blow to U.S.-Pakistan relations.

Ties between Washington and Islamabad grew even more strained with the secret U.S. commando raid last May that killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden at his compound in the city of Abbottabad. Bin Laden’s five-year presence in a military city — in a house not far from the Pakistani army’s version of West Point — raised serious questions in the U.S. about whether Pakistan’s security establishment knew of the Al Qaeda leader’s whereabouts and kept quiet. Pakistanis, meanwhile, were deeply angered by Washington’s decision to carry out the raid without first informing Islamabad.

The latest crisis, U.S. air strikes that mistakenly killed 24 Pakistani soldiers near the Afghan border last November, further derailed the troubled alliance and prompted Islamabad to bar NATO convoys carrying supplies to troops in Afghanistan from using Pakistan as a transit country. Five months later, Pakistan has yet to reopen the supply routes.

News of Munter’s planned departure comes at a crucial time, as both the U.S. and Pakistan continue talks on new ground rules for future relations in the wake of the border incident. During a visit to Islamabad April 27, Marc Grossman, Obama’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, failed to produce any progress on the reopening of NATO supply routes.

Munter could have stayed on for a third year but opted not to do so. Embassies in places like Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan are considered hardship postings, U.S. officials said, and a two-year stint in those locations is considered the norm.

During an interview with Bloomberg Radio in New Delhi Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised Munter’s performance and said she understood his decision to leave the post early.

“I’m going full-out for two years and then I’m going to need to step off this fast track,” Clinton said. “It was totally his request, and we’re going to honor that.”

from:  http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/05/top-us-envoy-in-pakistan-plans-to-step-down-this-summer.html

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Cameron Munter

3145965 435259                61

 

his path of destiny = Escaping unharmed.  Shirking responsibility.  Doing the unexpected.

Seven of Swords Tarot card

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Wanted -- Fahd Mohammed Ahmed al-Quso -- Up to...

May 6, 2012          2033 GMT

A senior operative of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula wanted for his role in the USS Cole bombing was killed by an airstrike in Yemen on Sunday, Yemeni officials said.

Fahd al Quso, 37, was killed while riding in a vehicle in the Rafdh district in Shabwa province, according to the officials.

Al Qaeda members confirmed the death in text messages to local media, saying al Quso died along with a companion identified as Fahd Lakdum.

Al Quso was indicted by a federal grand jury in New York in 2003 on 50 counts of terrorism offenses for his role in the October 12, 2000, bombing of the USS Cole in Aden, Yemen. The bombing killed 17 U.S. sailors.

In addition to being one of the most-wanted terrorists in Yemen, the FBI had offered a $5 million reward for any information leading to al Quso’s capture.

He had been at large since escaping in April 2003 with eight others from a Yemeni prison, where they had been held on suspicion of involvement in the Cole bombing.

Earlier Sunday, two security officials told CNN that four Yemeni airstrikes killed six suspected al Qaeda militants and wounded two others in Lawder district of Abyan province.

The Defense Ministry said that 10 other suspected militants had been killed since Saturday morning in the same province’s Zinjibar district.

The ministry said that the strikes were targeting two locations: a militant hideout and a training site.

Nine troops were wounded in Abyan’s capital of Zinjibar when a mortar exploded, a senior Defense Ministry official told CNN. Two of the wounded were in critical condition, he said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the news media.

Local security officials said that the offensive has been the fiercest since last year, when the country began its anti-terrorism efforts.

More than 240 militants have been killed over the last month in Abyan alone, the security officials said.

“Al-Qaeda has been greatly weakened over the last two months and we expect them to evacuate strategic positions over the next two weeks,” a senior official in Abyan who is not authorized to speak to the news media told CNN on condition of anonymity.

He said that 24 soldiers were killed during the same period of time.

Yemeni government military planes roam the skies of Abyan throughout the day, residents said.

“We wake up in the morning and see bodies laying on roads or near our farms. Most of the attacks take place late at night or early morning,” said Yasser al-Numairi, a resident of Abyan.

The violence comes as newly elected President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi has vowed to increase the pressure on al Qaeda until they are eradicated from every Yemeni village.

“Our fight against al Qaeda will continue until the displaced citizens can return safely to their homes and terrorist operatives surrender and lay their arms,” Hadi said Saturday night in a speech broadcast on Yemen Television.

The Interior Ministry said on Sunday that 14 suspected al-Qaeda militants were arrested in April and that it will continue hunting down terrorists nationwide.

Al Qaeda is seeking to take advantage of the political unrest in Yemen to expand into new areas of southern Yemen.

from:  http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/06/world/africa/yemen-airstrikes/

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Fahd al Quso was born on November 12th, 1974 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fahd_Mohammed_Ahmed_al-Quso

November 12th, 1974

November 12th

11 + 12 +2+0+1+1 = 27 = his personal year (from November 12th, 2011 to November 11th, 2012) = Following through.

Ace of Wands Tarot card

27 year + 4 (April) = 31 = his personal month (from April 12th, 2012 to May 11th, 2012) = Controversy.

Five of Wands Tarot card

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http://predictionsyear2012.com/

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