Tag: War

Islamist rebel urges ‘total war’ with Russia

MOSCOW - The Chechen Islamist rebel leader who is Russia's most wanted man has issued an appeal for recruits for a "total war" against the Russian state, in a new video message posted on Thursday. "A total war is in progress, fight the enemy where ever you can," Doku Umarov said standing alongside two other militants in a snow-covered forest in a video posted on militant website hunafa.com.
As well as repeating calls for women to join the rebellion, Umarov called on Russian

US, S Korea launch war games amid N Korea threat

SEOUL - US and South Korean troops on Monday launched major annual land, sea and air exercises, amid North Korean threats to turn Seoul into a "sea of flames" in the event of any provocation. The Key Resolve/Foal Eagle drills are the first of their type since the communist state's deadly shelling of a South Korean border island last November.
The US and South Korea said the exercises are defensive in nature while training their forces "to respond to any provocation". North Korea

North Korea threatens US, South with ‘all-out war’

SEOUL - North Korea threatened "all-out war" in response to exercises by South Korean and US troops due to start Monday and told Seoul to stop cross-border propaganda, upping the rhetoric against its arch rivals. Pyongyang would respond to the upcoming drill, with "unprecedented all-out counteraction" that would turn the South's capital Seoul into a sea of flames, the Korean Central News Agency said Sunday.
"The army and people of the DPRK will return bolstered nuclear deterrent

Qaeda Iraq ‘war minister’ killed in raid

BAGHDAD - One of Al Qaeda leaders in Iraq, identified as the militant group's "war minister", has been killed in a raid, a senior Iraqi official said on Friday. Noman Salman, also know as Al-Nasser Lideen Allah Abu Suleiman, the war minister for the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), was killed on Thursday night in Hit, about 130 km west of Baghdad, a spokesman for the Baghdad operations command said.
"Based on intelligence, Iraqi security forces carried out the raid that killed him.

Pakistan welcomes US report on avoiding water war

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Foreign Ministry on Thursday welcomed the United States (US) Senate report on "Avoiding water wars in South and Central Asia", which acknowledged that the dams, India was building in Occupied Kashmir, would limit the water supply to Pakistan.
Foreign Office Spokesperson Tehmina Janjua said, "The report substantiates Pakistan's concerns at the building of dams by India on the western rivers in violation of the Indus Waters Treaty." The report released by US

Gaddafi declares war on his people

TRIPOLI - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Tuesday said he would not step down despite a nationwide revolt against his rule, vowing to die in Libya as a martyr and threatening tougher action against protesters.
A visibly angry Gaddafi called protesters rats and mercenaries who wanted to turn Libya into an Islamic state. "I am not going to leave this land. I will die here as a martyr ... I shall remain here defiant," Gaddafi said in a speech on state television.
"Muammar

Meherjaan: A Story of War and Love

DHAKA - A Bangladeshi film about a love affair set in the backdrop of the 1971 liberation struggle has stirred up heated debate, prompting the distributor to pull it from cinemas.
Meherjaan - A Story of War and Love, which features some of South Asia's biggest stars including Victor Banerjee, an Indian actor of Bengali descent, working in Hindi, Bengali and some English language films, and Jaya Bachchan, wife of Indian movie star Amitabh Bachchan, was released last month to

Mirza declares war on Sharifs

KARACHI - Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfikar Mirza on Sunday announced an all out war against PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif during a charged address to a public rally in Lyari area of Karachi. "I am announcing war against Nawaz Sharif and [PTI chief] Imran Khan. Nawaz must avoid undemocratic attempts. I am not a thug, but can become one to protect my country. The numbers game of 'Takht-e-Lahore' is an old story," he said.
Mirza's comments have come days after PML-N leader and Punjab

Bosnian Serb indicted over Sarajevo war crimes

SARAJEVO - Bosnia's state prosecutor on Saturday charged a former Bosnian Serb soldier with murder, rape and intimidation of non-Serbs in the capital Sarajevo during the 1992-95 Bosnian war. The indictment of Veselin Vlahovic, 42, for crimes against humanity is one of the most extensive issued by the Bosnian war crimes court, said Boris Grubesic, spokesman for the prosecutor.
"The indictment has 56 counts and describes some of the most brutal war crimes committed against

Zardari urges completion of small dams on war footings

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday advised the government to complete under-construction small dams on war footings, as it would not only help in the development of land and water resources, but would also generate employment opportunities for the poor besides distribution of state lands of the command areas amongst the poor women.
He expressed these views during a presentation given to him here at the Presidency on progress made so far in building small and medium

Afghan war winnable without Pakistan help: US general

WASHINGTON - NATO-led forces can still win the war in Afghanistan even if Pakistan fails to move against militant havens on the border, a top US general said on Tuesday. "That's not a mission stopper in my mind," General David Rodriguez, deputy US commander in Afghanistan, told a Pentagon news conference.
US officials have long pressed Islamabad to crack down on the Haqqani network and other militants based in North Waziristan, saying the insurgents exploit the area as a

Egypt has limited war chest to avert financial crisis

CAIRO - Egypt has substantial reserves to avoid an external payments crisis but these could be seriously depleted within weeks if political protests continue, while its banks may struggle to cope with a rush of withdrawals. In the two working days after the protests erupted on Tuesday, which was a bank holiday, Egyptians and foreign investors transferred hundreds of millions of dollars out of Egypt, currency traders estimated.
The government had $36 billion in foreign reserves at

US support for Afghan war slips to new low’

WASHINGTON - US public support for the war in Afghanistan has dropped to the lowest level since Barack Obama became president, a poll showed on Tuesday. The survey by Quinnipiac University showed voters said by a 51 to 41 percent margin than the United States should not be involved in Afghanistan. The support level in the survey in early January was down from 44 percent in November and well below the peak of 59 percent a year ago. Still, the respondents said by a 46 to 40 percent

AKUH wages bloody war on Acinetobacter

KARACHI - The Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) has started running different tests in its various wards to ascertain the presence and intensity of Acinetobacter - a lethal and infectious agent contracted during treatment (nosocomial pathogen), Pakistan Today has learnt.
Sources told Pakistan Today that the AKUH administration has started conducted the tests in all the wards and corridors of the hospital to find the incidence of Acinetobacter, with the intensive care unit

Brisbane a ‘war zone’ as huge flood smashes city

BRISBANE - Australia's third-largest city Brisbane resembled a "war zone" Thursday with whole suburbs under water and infrastructure smashed as the worst flood in decades hit 30,000 properties.
Shocked evacuees surveyed the damage after floods that have swept eastern Australia peaked about a metre (three feet) below feared levels around dawn, sparing thousands more properties in the besieged river city. Queensland's tearful state premier Anna Bligh said relief was tinged with

Kuwait PM visits Iraq for first time since war

BAGHDAD - Kuwait's prime minister arrived to a red carpet welcome in Baghdad on Wednesday in the first such visit since Saddam Hussein's forces invaded the oil-rich emirate in 1990. Television footage showed Sheikh Nasser Mohammad al-Ahmad al-Sabah being greeted at Baghdad airport by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari and deputy foreign minister Labid Abbawi. The Kuwaiti national anthem played as Sheikh Nasser walked down a red carpet to the group of

Pakistan to win onion and tomatoes war

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan is certain to win the vegetable war with India, as the government believes that banning onion export would increase its rival's woes and reduce domestic public pressure, while a reciprocal ban on tomato exports would be curtailed through the easily available curd.
A senior Commerce Ministry source said Pakistan would not lift the ban on onion export through land route to India and would even impose a ban on exports through the sea route, as Sri Lanka too has