News: 08-Dec-11

  1. Militants attack Iraq’s power infrastructure
    BAGHDAD, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Militants have bombed electrical transmission towers and lines across Iraq, government and army sources said on Wednesday, in a wave of attacks that cut power to several cities and towns.
  2. Innocent Australian Shiite Man Sentenced to 500 Lashes by Saudi Wahhabis
    The 45-year-old Shiite man, named in media reports as father of five Mansor Almaribe, had initially been sentenced to two years’ jail and 500 lashes, but the judge subsequently reduced the length of the jail term to one year.
  3. Pakistan-Based Militants Claim Responsibility for Attacks on Afghan Shiites
    (Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – The deadliest attack came at a mosque in the capital, Kabul, where Shiite worshippers were mourning in the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussain (Ashoura) the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson. A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of men, women and children gathered outside the shrine. The Public Health Ministry says 56 people were martyred and more than 160 wounded.
  4. Why is Rehman Malik thanking Taliban?
    (Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – Interior Minister Rehman Malik caused consternation today by thanking the Taliban for maintaining peace during Muharram, for which authorities had deployed tens of thousands of security personnel across Pakistan to prevent any sectarian attacks.
  5. 21 injured in clash over Muharram procession in India’s Bihar state
    A total of 21 people, including six policemen, were injured in a clash between two groups over passage of a Tazia procession on the occasion of Muharram at Ganga Vihar village in Bihar’s Gaya district Tuesday.
  6. Ban Ki-moon raps Afghanistan Ashura bomb blasts
    The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) have condemned the bomb blasts in Kabul and Mazar-i-Sharif that killed and injured many civilians.
  7. Ashura in Istanbul + Pics
    (Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – The martyrdom day of al Imam al Hussein has been revived in Istanbul by the section of the Hadhrat Abbas’s holy shrine (sharing in Istanbul Fair) near Sultan Ahmad mosque.
  8. Book on Hazrat Abolfazl (AS) republished
    On the eve of the mourning month of Muharram a book is republished on the life and character of Hazrat Abolfazl (AS), son of Imam Ali (AS) first Shia Imam.
  9. Fresh attack kills 19 in Afghanistan
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan: A minibus struck a roadside bomb while driving in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, triggering an explosion that killed 19 Afghan civilians, officials said.
  10. Iraq Denies Planned Execution for Saddam’s Right-Hand Man Tariq Aziz After U.S. Withdrawal
    BAGHDAD — Iraq’s government is denying a report that it will execute Tariq Aziz, one of the Saddam regime’s most prominent figures, after U.S. troops withdraw at the end of the year.

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