ARAB TIMES, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2012
Weapons cargo suspected
Iraq blocks Syria-bound North Korean plane
BAGHDAD, Sept 21, (RTRS): Iraq has Wednesday, said arms transfers were could search their planes any time, ran- fracture Syria along sectarian lines and
Reuters. officials. The report also said Iran was
denied permission to a North Korean organised by the Islamic Revolutionary Moussawi said the scheduled plane’s domly, and whenever we get any evi- dispatching trucks overland via Iraq yield a hostile, hardline Sunni Muslim
plane bound for Syria to pass through Guard Corps. itinerary, from North Korea to Syria, was dence (that they are shipping weapons),” westwards to Syria. regime that could stir up Iraq’s volatile
Iraqi airspace on Saturday because it sus- Weopons what had aroused suspicions but that he said. Sunni-Shi’ite mix.
pects it could be carrying weapons, a sen- “We will seriously stop these plans Upheaval Baghdad has reinforced key points
there had been no contact between the
ior official said on Friday. “Continuing the Iraqi government pol- Iraqi government and North Korea on the (from passing through Iraqi space),” he Syria’s upheaval is politically tricky along its 680-km (420-mile) desert bor-
Iraq on Thursday denied a Western icy to investigate the passing of weapons issue. added added. for Iraq’s Shi’ite Muslim-led govern- der with Syria.
intelligence report that said Iranian air- to Syria through Iraqi land and air space, Mossawi said that despite repeated Although charges that Iraq has allowed ment. Close to Assad’s ally, Shi’ite Iran, US officials said earlier this month
craft had flown weapons and military the Iraqi authorities prevented a North requests from the Iraqi side, the United Iran to send arms to Syria are not new, the Baghdad has resisted joining Western and they were questioning Iraq about Iranian
personnel over Iraqi airspace to Syria to Korean plane from going to Syria, after States had not presented any evidence report said the extent of such shipments is fellow Arab calls for the Syrian leader to flights in Iraqi air space. On Wednesday,
help President Bashar al-Assad battle an they suspected that the plane was ship- that Iranian civilian aircraft were ship- far greater and more systematic than has step down while also calling for a reform US Senator John Kerry threatened to
18-month-old uprising. ping weapons,” Ali al-Mossawi, media ping arms to Syria via Iraq. been publicly acknowledged, thanks to a process in Syria. review US aid to Baghdad if it does not
The allegation, reported by Reuters on advisor to the Iraq’s prime minister, told “We have told the Iranians that we deal between senior Iraqi and Iranian Iraqi leaders fear Assad’s fall would halt such overflights to Syria.
took to the streets of Lebanon, while there Germany’s Manfred Lange, Chief of
Opposition bids were also demonstrations in Basra in Staff of Supreme Headquarters Allied
south Iraq and in the Yemeni capital Powers Europe (SHAPE), said the mili-
Continued from Page 1 Sanaa. tary was telling leaders that there was no
Tunisia had banned all demonstrations good case for military action and the
Constituencies Law from the amid fears of violence and Libya’s second political process had to be pursued.
Constitutional Court. Hamad stressed the city Benghazi braced for rival demonstra- “The military advice is (that) there are
door for dialogue is open if it decides to tions by a jihadist militia and its oppo- not sufficient visible signs at the moment
withdraw the appeal. nents. that a military intervention could lead to
Meanwhile, opposition members have Tensions are still running high after a an improvement of the security situa-
been mounting attacks on the government deadly attack on the US consulate in the tion,” Lange said.
and members of the ruling family city last week which left Ambassador “The political process has to be pushed
expressing their discontent over develop- Chris Stevens and three other Americans forward, sanctions need to take effect. At
ment in the country. They also called on dead. the moment, this situation cannot be
the family to hand over the country to the The White House says the FBI suspects solved by the military in a responsible
government elected by the people. Al-Qaeda may have been linked to the way,” he told a briefing.
MP Faisal Al-Muslim stressed the attack, but it remains unclear whether it He added that with little prospect of
country and the will of people are at was a pre-planned assault or whether it action at the United Nations “it is clear
stake. He said the government wants to sprang out of a protest against the film. that the Alliance doesn’t have any mili-
control the Parliament and this is the rea- There were also demonstrations across tary plans on Syria.”
son why the Constituencies Law has been Asia in Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan and
referred to the Constitutional Court. By Bangladesh, where about 10,000 took to
doing that the government wants to con-
trol laws passed by the Assembly.
the streets of Dhaka to condemn the film Newswatch
and the French cartoons.
Addressing members of the ruling After French satirical weekly Charlie
family, Al-Muslim said, “Our message to Continued from Page 1
Hebdo printed cartoons caricaturing the The judge also issued an order protecting
the ruling family — which he said did not founder of Islam, the government said it
give in return what Kuwaitis gave to the the position of students currently in the UK
would deny requests to protest against the with full immigration status. (AP)
family — is the citizens chose professed film and news of the cartoons appeared
their love and embraced the family for slow to filter to the Islamic world. ❑ ❑ ❑
more than 260 years and there had been Meanwhile, western missions were on SEOUL: South Korea said its navy patrol
never a conflict for the chair but rather high alert across the Arab World, and boats fired warning shots Friday at six
was regarding who should handle the France closed its missions, schools and North Korean fishing boats that crossed
administrative affairs of the country.” cultural centres in 20 countries for the their disputed Yellow Sea border in the lat-
He stressed that the people are part and day. Schools in Tunisia were ordered shut est of a series of incursions.
parcel in the management of affairs of the Indian policewomen detain members of the radical Islamic women’s group Dukhtaran-e-Millat, or daughters of the nation, None of the North Korean vessels were
from Wednesday, and those in Egypt from during a protest opposing anti-Islam film ‘Innocence of Muslims’ in Srinagar, India, Sept 21. Police have clamped a day-
State and that no one disputes that ‘ruling Thursday. hit and they swiftly returned to their side of
is for the Sabah family’. long curfew in parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir’s main city and chased away protesters opposing the film produced in the western sea boundary after the incident,
Protests erupted in Lebanon, Yemen, the United States. Authorities in the region also temporarily blocked cell phone and Internet services to prevent viewing
He said the best way is to listen to the a Defence Ministry spokesman told AFP.
Iraq and in Jerusalem’s Old City, but secu- the film clips. (AP) “Dozens of Vulcan machine gun rounds
demands of the people. He asked, “Is rity forces were on alert to thwart any vio-
there any citizen who is satisfied with were fired into waters near North Korean
lence after the main weekly Muslim fishing boats which violated the sea bor-
education, health, housing, airports and prayers at noon — a traditional focal point In Benghazi, thousands of Libyans the Libya army” read banners raised by heel: BlackBerry messages are routed
bridges? Where is the money which was der,” the spokesman said. (AFP)
for protest. marched on Friday in support of democra- protesters gathered at the city’s Tibesti through its own data centers. That means
earmarked for development?” ❑ ❑ ❑
In Lebanon’s southern port city of cy and against the Islamist militias that Hotel before marching to Al-Kish Square, information is more secure, but it also
He stressed former government admin- Sidon, Sunni clerics called “a day of rage” Washington blames for an attack on the close to the barracks of several militia creates a single point for potential failure. BRUSSELS: Vivendi’s Universal Music
istration had failed. Al-Muslim explained against insults to the Prophet Mohammed US consulate last week that killed four brigades. Messages sent through phones from Group clinched EU regulatory approval on
applications for housing welfare in the but urged followers to contain their anger Americans including the ambassador. “Our law is God’s law, not the law of Apple and other vendors do not travel Friday to buy EMI’s recorded music unit for
past were 30,000 and now the figure has to inside mosques. The “Rescue Benghazi day” demon- the jungle,” women chanted. through any central network, so they do $1.9 billion after agreeing to sell record
reached 90,000 “which indicates serious Separately, thousands of supporters of stration called for the government to dis- Banners also paid tribute to US ambas- not have that same weakness. labels that bring in nearly a third of the
mess in the government administration, the powerful Shiite movement Hezbollah band armed groups that have refused to sador Chris Stevens, who was killed along British company’s revenues.
and therefore political reform has become The combined group, which would
protested after Friday prayers in Lebanon’
eastern city of Baalbek, an AFP corre-
give up their weapons since the NATO-
backed revolution that toppled Muammar
with three Americans on Sept 11 in what
the White House now calls a terrorist Jobless up include a vast library of current top-selling
and legendary names including Jay-Z,
He added the government administra- spondent said. Gaddafi last year. attack on the US mission in Benghazi.
tion has failed and that the will of the Kanye West, Katy Perry and Pink Floyd,
Fatwa Marchers headed for a main square “Libya lost a friend” and “We want jus- Continued from Page 1 proposed the asset sales after EU regulators
people need to be realized. where a much smaller counter demonstra- tice for Stevens,” signs read.
He pointed to the importance of attend- The Sunni authority for Sidon and sev- Nationwide, employers added only raised concerns over the potential market
tion of hundreds of supporters of hardline Organisers had called the march to 96,000 jobs in August, below July’s gain power of the combined group. (RTRS)
ing the rally at the Erada Square next eral clerics in the northern Lebanese city Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia were wait- demand that the central government in
Monday if the citizens want defend their of Tripoli called for Saudi Arabia and of 141,000 and the average of 226,000 ❑ ❑ ❑
ing. Tripoli tame the armed groups that have jobs a month added in the January-March
dignity and their rights. Egypt’s Al-Azhar — the highest authori- “It’s obvious that this protest is against retained huge power since last year’s PITTSBURGH: An armed man with a mil-
MP Falah Al-Sawagh also stressed the ties in Sunni Islam — to issue a fatwa quarter. itary background took a hostage inside a
the militias. All of them should join the Western-backed uprising that overthrew The US unemployment rate fell to 8.1
government should win the confidence of condoning the murder of anyone associat- army or security forces as individuals, not Muammar Gaddafi. downtown office building Friday then sur-
the Parliament to be able to carry out ed with the film and for those who deni- percent last month from 8.3 percent in rendered after posting Facebook updates
as groups,” medical student Ahmed They demanded the withdrawal of July. But that was only because many
reforms. He added “a minister must be grate Islam or its prophet. Sanallah, 27, said. “Without that there powers conferred on the militias and saying he had “lost everything.”
elected by the people and the prime min- “He who dares to insult Islam and the people gave up looking for work. The Police Chief Nate Harper identified the
will be no prosperity and no success for urged the national congress to pass legis- government only counts people as unem- hostage-taker as Klein Michael Thaxton,
ister should be grilled the same way like Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) shall not the new Libya.” lation criminalising them and codifying
his ministers. Without these reforms, he live. There are things that cannot be toler- ployed if they are actively searching for who wrote on Facebook that people will
In Makkah, the imam of Makkah on the law on bearing arms. jobs. “never have to woryy (sic) about me again”
said, the Parliament will be like a body ated and insulting the Prophet Friday urged that laws be passed to pre- The organisers also called for the with-
that cannot taste, smell and feel.” Mohammed (PBUH) is one of them,” Unemployment increased in several after he took a man hostage inside the office
vent incitement of religious hatred. drawal of all armed groups from state competitive states in this year’s presiden- of a benefits administration firm on the 16th
He said because of reforms there must Sheikh Maher Hammoud, imam of the “We call on the world... to enact a code buildings and institutions and full support
be conviction that Kuwait is for all and tial race. floor of Three Gateway Center.
Quds mosque, said in his sermon. of honour and binding law to prohibit and for measures to revitalise the police and Thaxton’s friends responded to his
the country should leave aside the notion “Every one of these should be killed.” The rate in Michigan rose to 9.4 per-
criminalise any violation of monotheistic army. cent from 9 percent. The rate ticked up a Facebook postings by urging him to end the
of sheikhdom. He stressed any Sheikh In Iraq’s southern city of Basra, thou- religions and prophets,” Sheikh Saleh bin A rival protest in the same square by situation peacefully, including one who
cannot be a prime minister if he is not sands of people burned American and tenth of a point to 12.1 percent in
Mohammed al-Taleb said in his weekly jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia drew hun- Nevada, which has the highest unem- asked him to think of his mother. (AP)
chosen by the people. Israeli flags and carried pictures of Iran’s sermon at the Grand Mosque. dreds of people waving black and white ployment in the nation. Republican nom- ❑ ❑ ❑
Former MP Khaled Shukhair stressed supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. “Let the politicians and policy makers flags inscribed with the Muslim declara-
the need for political reforms saying the They shouted slogans such as “No, no inee Mitt Romney campaigned in Nevada WASHINGTON: Republican presidential
know that the people express uncontrolled tion of faith. on Friday. candidate Mitt Romney was releasing his
country has money and abilities “but the America, no, no Israel” and “Yes, yes for reactions when sacred symbols are humil- “There is no God but God,” they chant-
authority doesn’t want to build the coun- the Messenger, we sacrifice for you, O Unemployment rates also rose in five long-promised 2011 tax return Friday,
iated,” he said, urging “the wise” in the ed, as well as “Obama is the enemy of other battleground states: Wisconsin, though he has been pressured to release
try.” Messenger of God,” referring to Prophet West to “prevent those who ignite fires.” God,” referring to US President Barack
He added, “We strive for political Mohammed (PBUH). Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New many more years of tax forms.
“We advocate dialogue, understanding Obama. Hampshire and Iowa. Ahead of the Romney release, expected
reforms and for this reason we must sup- Hundreds of Yemenis also protested, and tolerance, but it will be in vain if we
port the popular demand for an elected The militia, which rejects democracy Still, unemployment was flat in three at 3 pm (1900 GMT), aides for the candi-
chanting “Death to America, death to continue to perpetuate hatred... against and refuses to join security forces which date said he earned almost $13.7 million
government.” He stressed members of Israel,” as they tried to march on the US closely contested states that are rich in
Islam, the Prophet and the Muslims.” they see as tainted by the presence of electoral votes: Florida, Virginia and last year and paid more than $1.9 million in
the ruling family does not want an elect- embassy in Sanaa, but security forces In Paris, France banned protests on taxes — an effective tax rate of 14.1 per-
ed government because they are fighting Gaddafi loyalists, raged against a film Ohio.
used armoured vehicles and water cannon Friday against cartoons published by a made in America mocking Islam and cent.
for the ‘throne’ and over other issues. to stop them. The rate in Florida held steady at 8.8
satirical weekly denigrating Islam’s French cartoons depicting the Prophet percent. Florida also recorded the sec- The tax release comes after a difficult
The protesters demanded “the depar- Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) as part of a Mohammed (PBUH). week for Romney in which a leaked, secret-
ond-highest job gain in the nation last
17 perish in ture of the US ambassador and foreign
forces in Yemen,” in reference to 50
security clamp-down while prayers took
place across the Muslim world.
“If defending our prophet is terrorism
then we are terrorists” read signs in their
month, adding 23,200 jobs. ly recorded video showed him saying near-
ly half of the country doesn’t pay income
Marines sent last week to protect the Recent polls have shown President taxes. (AP)
The country’s Muslim population, protest. Barack Obama with a big lead in
Continued from Page 1 embassy. drawn largely from ex-colonies in North ❑ ❑ ❑
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Pennsylvania, and also ahead of Romney
crowd near the US consulate was among and West Africa, shrugged off the contro- in Virginia and Iowa. BERLIN: Two aging German leftist terror-
10 people killed in the country’s largest announced Thursday she was setting up
an official review of security at a US mis-
versy as imams in mosques denounced RIM fixes That makes Florida and Ohio critical to ism suspects have gone on trial on charges
city. the pictures but urged their followers to Romney’s chances of winning the elec- related to arson and bombing attacks in the
Five people were killed in Peshawar, sion in Libya following a militant attack remain calm. late 1970s.
on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi Continued from Page 1 tion. Romney is launching a three-day
including the driver for a TV channel Interior Minister Manuel Valls said pre- Ohio bus tour Monday and will campaign The 79-year-old Sonja Suder and 71-
which blamed police for his death. which killed four Americans. fects had orders to prohibit any protest which is preparing to launch a next-gen- year-old Christian Gauger are suspected
She unveiled the move just before eration BlackBerry with a new operating in Colorado on Sunday.
Police and paramilitary troops and to crack down if the ban was chal- of carrying out two attacks by the radical
deployed en masse fired off volleys of addressing US lawmakers in closed-door lenged. system that the company hopes will help Revolutionary Cells group on German com-
tear gas to hold off protesters from briefings to discuss the US “security pos-
ture, before and during the events and the
“There will be strictly no exceptions. it regain its stride.
RIM said it was investigating the cause
Syria army, panies in 1977, and a third in 1978 on the
Heidelberg Castle. Suder is also suspected
breaching barricades that sealed access to Demonstrations will be banned and bro-
Western embassies and consulates. steps we have taken since.” ken up,” he told a news conference in the of the outage and did not say how wide- of involvement in a deadly attack on the
“I will advise Congress... I am launch- spread the problem was, though Britain’s Continued from Page 1 OPEC headquarters in Vienna in 1975,
In Islamabad gunshots were also fired southern port city of Marseille.
ing an accountability review board that Mohammed Moussaoui, head of the Vodafone Plc said some of its clients president had received nine Egyptian German news agency dapd reported. (AP)
outside the five-star Serena Hotel and
police baton-charged some 8,000 protest-
will be chaired by ambassador Thomas French Muslim Council, described both were affected by the outage. journalists and had a chat with them ❑ ❑ ❑
Pickering,” Clinton told reporters, before the film and the cartoons as “acts of “This outage could not happen at the about the latest developments in the ADEN: Yemeni security forces arrested two
ers trying to penetrate the heavily-guarded her meetings. worst quarter ... when all devices are country.
diplomatic enclave. aggression” but urged French Muslims suspected al-Qaeda members in the main
Under US law, the secretary of state not to protest in the streets. coming out and the Christmas season is The minister said none of the journal- southern town of Aden, a security official
Protestors threw stones, shouting must convene an accountability review approaching. They are close to their last ists took notes as the meeting was con-
“Americans are dogs” and “Friends of And in Los Angeles, a US judge said on Friday.
board within 60 days of a security inci- refused Thursday to order the video shar- chance, if they miss it, they will not sidered a “personal visit,” but a reporter The official, asking not be identified, said
America are traitors”, while setting fire to dent at a diplomatic mission which recover,” said IDC analyst Francisco for the weekly Al-Ahram Al-Arabi pub-
an effigy of a nameless American. ing website YouTube to take down a trail- the two men were arrested as they drove
involves “serious injury, loss of life, or er for the anti-Islamic film. Jeronimo. lished some of what was said. through the Sheikh Othman district of cen-
The government had declared Friday a significant destruction of property,” a Last October a system-wide failure of The weekly quoted Assad as saying tral Aden, without giving other details.
“day of love for the prophet”, but for One of the actresses in the movie, had
State Department official said. lodged a complaint, alleging that she was the service left tens of millions of frus- that the rebels “will not succeed” and that Al-Qaeda took advantage of the weak-
hours shut down mobile telephone net- Pickering, who will head up the review trated BlackBerry users on five conti- a foreign military intervention such as the ness of Yemen’s central government in 2011
works in an apparent bid to prevent duped into appearing.
board, is an 80-year-old retired diplomat But Los Angeles Superior Court Judge nents without email, instant messaging one that helped topple Libyan leader during mass protests against now ousted
extremists from exploiting the protests to who had a four-decade career notably as and browsing for four days. Muammar Gaddafi will “not be repeated” president Ali Abdullah Saleh to expand its
carry out bomb attacks. Louis Lavin refused Cindy Lee Garcia’s presence in the east and south of the impov-
ambassador to the United Nations from request for a restraining order to prevent It took days for RIM’s chiefs to apolo- in Syria.
“It is our collective responsibility to 1989 to 1992, as well as envoy to Israel gise over the problems and the compa- In his remarks, Assad also launched erished country. (AFP)
YouTube, a subsidiary of Google, from
protest peacefully without causing harm and Jordan. continuing to show the 14-minute pack- ny’s handling of the issue was heavily one of his harshest attacks on Saudi ❑ ❑ ❑
or damage to life or property,” said Prime In Geneva, the UN’s human rights criticised. Arabia and Qatar, which have been
Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf as shops, age of clips from the film. WASHINGTON: Ann Romney’s airplane
agency on Friday condemned French Garcia is one of three actresses in the “This is an opportunity to demonstrate among his strongest critics and backers of made an emergency landing in Colorado on
markets and petrol stations shut en masse satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo’s publi- that RIM has learnt lessons from last the opposition, saying they are trying to Friday after its cabin filled with smoke,
film to have come forward claiming they
in an unprecedented closure. cation of cartoons. were tricked into taking part in the pro- year. If it is handled poorly again, it could influence the region with their money. Politico reported, citing the campaign of her
Washington has warned citizens not to “Both the film and the cartoons are duction since the explosion of violence in see a faster erosion of its installed base,” “They think their money can buy husband, Republican presidential chal-
travel to Pakistan and spent $70,000 to air malicious and deliberately provocative,” Muslim countries in the Middle East, said Canalys analyst Pete Cunningham, geography, history and a regional role,” lenger Mitt Romney.
TV adverts in the country disassociating said Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the Africa and Asia last week. acknowledging that the impact from Assad said, according to the Egyptian The report said everyone on board was
the American government from the film, UN High Commissioner for Human Her lawsuit, filed Wednesday, alleges problems lasting just a few hours would weekly. safe. (RTRS)
made by extremist Christians in the Rights Navi Pillay. that the movie’s director, identified by the likely be minimal. “They are giving terrorists weapons ❑ ❑ ❑
United States. “In the case of Charlie Hebdo, given pseudonym Sam Bacile, presented it as an Earlier this week some customers of T- and money with hope of repeating the
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton they knew full well what happened last Mobile, the fourth-biggest US mobile Libyan model,” Assad added. “Instead of
MIDDLETOWN, Pennsylvania: A mal-
adventure film about ancient Egyptians functioning pump at the site of the worst
on Friday reminded governments of their week with the film, it seems doubly irre- called “Desert Warrior.” service provider, faced a service disrup- helping regional stability, they are sup- nuclear power plant accident in US history
“solemn duty” to protect diplomatic mis- sponsible on their part to have published tion that affected emails and internet plying armed elements with weapons and has triggered an automatic shutdown.
sions, saying that “they must be safe and these cartoons,” he told reporters in Rally browsing for some BlackBerry users. training in order to weaken the Syrian Thursday’s shutdown at Pennsylvania’s
protected places”. Geneva. Thousands of Libyans rallied against The BlackBerry once dominated the state.” Three Mile Island was the second in as
While the protests turned ugly in Colville stressed that Pillay understood militias in the tense city of Benghazi on corporate market because companies NATO does not believe that military many months. Government regulators and
Pakistan, in other Muslim countries there why people wished to protest against the Friday, drowning out a protest by radical believed RIM was best at protecting intervention in Syria would bring any plant officials say it poses no threat to pub-
was no serious violence during demon- film and the cartoons for their “disgrace- Salafists furious over a film and cartoons enterprise data and prevent the theft of improvement in the security situation lic health or safety. Operator Exelon
strations. fully distorted image of Muslims,” but deemed offensive to Islam. corporate secrets. there, a senior alliance official said Generation Co says no detectable levels of
In the Arab world, Sunnis and Shiites insisted they should do so peacefully. “No to armed formations” and “Yes to The outages highlight RIM’s Achilles Friday. radiation escaped. (AP)