Read the first paragraph on these current stories. The entire region is spinning out of control. US Afghan Supply lines are vulnerable to being cut off by the Pakistanis. The Afghan prison break indicates the return of the Taliban. Obama is warning Syria about Iran and Iran and Iraq are making judicial deals. NATO is further engaging with Libyan rebels in the Libyan Civil War. Iraq wants the US out.
Hundreds of rebels in prison escape
Press Association, Monday April 25 2011
More than 400 inmates have escaped from the main prison in Kandahar city, Afghan officials said.
They said many of the men who dug a tunnel out of the facility are Taliban insurgents.
Prison supervisor Ghulam Dastagir Mayar said that they estimate about 476 prisoners escaped through a tunnel they had dug to the outside.
He said the jailbreak happened about 11pm on Sunday and that many of those missing were held for working for the insurgency.
Kandahar prison holds about 1,200 inmates.
Police and government officials also confirmed the jailbreak but said they did not have details.
Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi said about 100 of those who escaped are Taliban commanders and many of the others are fighters with the insurgency.
Imran threatens to block NATO supply routes
PTI holds sit-in against drone attacks; Javed Hashmi, Marvi Memon also joined Dharna
Peshawar—Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) Chairman, Imran Khan said on Sunday that if drone strikes inside Pakistan did not stop within 30 days, protesters will block all NATO supply routes across Pakistan.
Khan also warned that protesters would march to Islamabad to force the government to take a stand on the issue if drone strikes continue.
The PTI Chairman made the announcement during day two of his party’s sit-in against drone strikes in Peshawar. Thousands of people arrived in the Hayatabad locality of Peshawar for the protest.
The Pak-Afghan road which is the main supply route for the NATO troops in neighbouring Afghanistan was totally blocked and no supplies could be delivered on Sunday.
Iraqis rally against extending U.S. troops presence
By Jamal al-Badrani
MOSUL, Iraq | Sun Apr 24, 2011 4:38pm EDT
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) -Thousands of Iraqis rallied in the northern city of Mosul Sunday in one of the biggest protests yet against any extension of the U.S. military presence in Iraq.
Protests have swelled in the city since April 9 -- the eighth anniversary of the day U.S. forces toppled Saddam Hussein's statue in Baghdad -- but remain peaceful.
Sunday, around 5,000 people, including provincial council members and tribal leaders, rallied in the main square against extending the U.S. troops presence beyond the year-end deadline.
"We are trying to put pressure on the government to not even think about extending the presence of Americans (in Iraq), who brought havoc to our country," said Sheikh Barzan al-Badrani, chief of the Badrani tribe in Mosul.
Nato aircraft have attacked Colonel Gaddafi's compound in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, badly damaging three buildings.
The Libyan authorities described the buildings as locations where the colonel held meetings.
Earlier, loud explosions were heard in Tripoli as Nato aircraft flew overhead. Three Libyan state television channels went off-air immediately afterwards but later resumed transmission.
The BBC's Ian Pannell sent this report from Tripoli.
WASHINGTON- The United States President Barack Obama on Friday condemned "the use of shocking violence" of the Syrian regime, which he accused of seeking help from Iran to punish its own people after a day during which more than 70 people were killed.
TEHRAN (ISNA)-Iran and Iraq are going to sign judicial agreements.
The documents will be inked in presence of Iranian Judiciary Chief Sadeq Amoli Larijani by justice ministers of Iran and Iraq.
Iranian judicial experts have already reached an agreement on terms of the contracts.
Experts of Iran and Iraq justice ministries have been in talks since last week and finally led to agreement on extradition, transfer of criminals who are sentenced to jail-term and judicial cooperation in criminal cases.
The agreements will be binding after being approved by legal authorities of the two sides.
Iraqi Justice Minister Hassan al-Shammari is in Tehran and met with Iranian counterpart Morteza Bakhtiari.