Update on Islamenoma* in the Middle East and the world:
*Islamenoma - A virulent and deadly cancer which usually first appears in Middle Eastern mosques and metastasises throughout the Islamic body.
AP is reporting that 65 bodies were found Wednesday morning througout Iraq. In Bagdad, 45 bodies were found in Sunni neighborhoods, 15 in Shia neighborhoods. The bodies show signs of torture and the victims had been shot. Sectarian death squads are implicated. Another 30 people were killed and dozens injured in car bombings, mortar attacks and shootings. 2 US Soldiers were killed, one while fighting in Anbar, the other in a car-bombing in Baghdad.
The death toll from the most recent bombing rose to 15 as three more victims died of their wounds. Seven children were among the dead. The blast occurred in a Kurdish majority area and Kurdish separatists are suspected. More that 37,000 people have been killed in fighting since 1984. The BBC reports: "One separatist militant group, the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (Tac), has said it carried out those attacks.
It also warned on its website last week that it would turn "Turkey into hell". "
Four gunmen in two cars rigged with bombs stormed the US Embassy in Damascus while yelling "Allahu Akbar" (God is Great). One of Syria's anti-terrorism forces was killed and 11 other people were wounded including a police officer, two Iraqis and seven people employed at nearby technical workshop. One of the gunmen survived as is being detained. Al-Qaeda group Jund al-Sham is implicated.
Ships bound for Syria and been detained in Cyprus for "mislabeled cargo." Shipped from China and North Korea the equipment seems to be primarily trucks fitted with radars for an air defense system.
In a gun battle with Palestinians , the IDF suffered its first casualty in Gaza in more than two months ago.
From the BBC, a former al-Qaeda bomb maker and bomb making instructor explains why he turned away from terrorism.
The Sydney morning herald reports that Australian troops have killed more than 150 taleban and al-Qaeda during nine days of fighting.