News: 11-Jun-12

  1. Suicides outpace war deaths for US troops: Pentagon
    The suicide rate among the US’s active-duty military personnel has spiked this year, eclipsing the number of troops dying in battle and on pace to set a record annual high since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan more than a decade ago, the Pentagon said on Friday.
  2. Bahraini elderly woman dies of inhaling toxic tear gas
    An 80-year-old Bahraini woman has died due to inhalation of tear gas fired by the Manama regime forces.
  3. Two MKO battalions fuelling unrest in Syria: Report
    The terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) has reportedly assigned some 400 of its members with stirring up unrest in Syria amid the recent surge of violence and atrocities in the crisis-hit Arab state.
  4. Paris court summons MKO ringleader over terrorist activities: Report
    The French Ministry of Justice has summoned the leader of the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), Maryam Rajavi, to a Paris court following investigations into her terrorist activities.
  5. Iraq PM rivals lack votes to oust him, president says
    Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said rivals of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki lack the votes to oust him, stalling efforts to remove a leader who opponents accuse of being increasingly dictatorial.
  6. ‘West seeks sectarian division in Syria’
    Amid growing unrest in Syria, Damascus has blamed “outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups”, insisting that it is being orchestrated from abroad.
  7. Minor earthquake hits Beirut
    A minor earthquake hit Beirut and its suburbs on Sunday, the National News Agency reported.
  8. Al-Qaeda claims Iraqi anti-Shia attack that killed 25
    Al-Qaeda’s front group in Iraq on Sunday claimed a suicide car bombing against the Baghdad headquarters of an Iraqi Shia foundation that killed 25 people, in a statement posted on jihadist forums.
  9. Tit-for-tat abductions near Lebanon-Syria border
    Gunmen abducted four Syrian Alawites and a Shia man on Sunday along the border with Syria after a Sunni Lebanese was kidnapped in the same region, a security official and witnesses told AFP.
  10. Five bombs hit Iraq oil pipelines
    Kirkuk, Iraq — Five bombs exploded at a northern Iraqi oil field yesterday morning, damaging two pipelines without affecting the country’s vital crude exports, officials said. The pipelines transport oil from the Bai Hassan field in the disputed province of Kirkuk to the Ceyhan main pipeline that exports crude via Turkey.

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