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                                                                                                        Messina picked as campaign manager

Obama taps battle-tested loyalists to lead re-election bid
WASHINGTON, June 11, (RTRS): US                 incumbent, candidacy and has warned             campaign headquarters, says his distance        that Obama narrowly carried in 2008. It         ing his tenure despite a flagging economy.          clean house after an incident involving
President Barack Obama has tapped bat-          supporters against complacency.                 from the White House will help him glean        was the first time a Democratic presiden-       Speculation is rife that the campaign               party crashers at a state dinner in the White
tle-tested loyalists from his 2008 presiden-       The campaign might need that energy to       insights from ordinary people. He worked        tial candidate had won the state since          could exceed the 2008 fundraising total,            House. She has been described as an adept
tial campaign to lead his re-election effort    hold on to swing states like Indiana, North     as a political reporter for the Chicago         Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964.                      but its officials deny that $1 billion is their     and creative staffer who knows how to
in 2012.                                        Carolina and Virginia, and have a shot at       Tribune as a young man. Axelrod has                National field director Jeremy Bird          goal.                                               raise money. Smoot was previously chief
   Here are some of the key players in his      some states Obama lost in 2008, including       worked on mayoral and senatorial cam-              Described by colleagues as an organiz-          National political director Katherine            of staff to US Trade Representative Ron
campaign team, which is headquartered in        Arizona and Georgia, according to               paigns across the nation and presidential       ing zealot, Bird was field and election         Archuleta                                           Kirk and served as finance director for the
Chicago.                                        Messina.                                        campaigns, including John Edwards’ los-         director for Obama in Chicago, Ohio and            A well-connected political operative             Democratic        Senatorial       Campaign
   Campaign manager Jim Messina                    Senior campaign advisor David                ing White House bid in 2004. Axelrod is         South Carolina in 2008. He then gained          from the key battleground state of                  Committee in 2006.
   Messina, a data-savvy number crunch-         Axelrod                                         known for his wry sense of of humor and         additional experience as a deputy director      Colorado, part of Archuleta’s value to the             Deputy campaign director Jen
er, was chief of staff for Obama’s 2008            Axelrod played a critical role as chief      for encouraging his colleagues on Team          at Organizing for America, or OFA, where        Obama campaign stems from her ability to            O’malley Dillon
victory and is running the campaign this        strategist for Obama’s 2008 presidential        Obama to keep an even keel in the face of       he helped the Democratic National               help Obama court the growing Hispanic                  After Obama’s election, Dillon man-
time. The result could depend on whether        campaign and afterward as White House           setbacks during the 2008 campaign. His          Committee’s grassroots group engage sup-        population in that state, which Obama car-          aged day-to-day operations at the
Messina and his operatives can re-invigor-      senior advisor. He was the driving force        specialty is broad strategy and message         porters to lobby for Obama’s policy agen-       ried in 2008 but Republican George W.               Democratic National Committee. She
ate minority and young voters as well as        behind the campaign to elect America’s          advice.                                         da. OFA hopes to leverage the network of        Bush carried in 2004.                               helped run Organizing for America’s
independents who were crucial to the 2008       first black president, helping to elevate a        Battleground state director Mitch            supporters it has built toward Obama’s re-         Archuleta, currently chief of staff for          grassroots outreach that has built a list of
win but abandoned Democrats in last             junior senator from Illinois into the highest   Stewart                                         election bid. Critics argue the group did       US Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, will work           millions of supporters. She will focus on
November’s congressional elections.             job in the land. Axelrod was also at the           Stewart will devise the battle strategies    not do a good job of engaging young peo-        from the campaign’s Chicago headquar-               helping to win battleground states.
   Messina has been described as having a       heart of decision making in the White           for key swing states, many of which             ple, many of whom were turned off when          ters to garner support from politicians and            Chief technology officer Harper Reed
short temper. White House former col-           House and strongly defends the 2009 stim-       Obama won in the 2008 election, includ-         the poetry of Obama’s campaign did not          activist groups, among other organiza-                 Reed will work to coordinate the cam-
leagues have likened him to Obama’s for-        ulus package to avert a deeper recession,       ing Iowa, where Stewart was state director.     match the prose of governing in partisan        tions, across the country.                          paign’s website and Facebook interfaces,
mer chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, who           though the United States is still burdened         He later directed field operations for the   Washington.                                        She helped organize the 2008                     e-mail blasts and YouTube videos, numer-
once sent a dead fish to a pollster with        with high unemployment and a flagging           Democratic National Committee’s grass-             Finance director Rufus Gifford               Democratic National Convention and                  ous Twitter accounts and mobile applica-
whom he was angry.                              economy.                                        roots group, Organizing for America. In            A former Democratic National                 worked for Denver Mayor Federico Pena,              tions.
   After Obama won the White House,                He says he had a personal interest in        2004, Stewart worked on John Edwards’           Committee finance director, Gifford will        who held Cabinet positions in former                   Obama’s unprecedented use of technol-
Messina helped build legislative coalitions     helping to secure passage of the 2010           presidential campaign in Iowa and later         be managing the finances of a campaign          President Bill Clinton’s administration.            ogy helped him raise a record-setting $745
and guide political strategy as Emanuel’s       healthcare reform law because he and his        worked as field director for Senator Tom        that could raise more than $750 million,           Deputy campaign director Julianna                million in campaign cash during his first
deputy, when Obama earned his main leg-         wife remember how expensive it was to           Daschle, though Daschle lost his re-elec-       the record-shattering figure Obama raised       Smoot                                               presidential campaign.
islative achievements: the economic stim-       treat their chronically ill daughter.           tion bid.                                       leading up to the 2008 election. Gifford is        Smoot, who was finance director and                 Both technology and fundraising rules
ulus package and healthcare reform.                Axelrod, whose political consulting             Stewart first joined the Obama team in       well connected within the fundraising           headed the president’s fundraising opera-           have changed since then and Reed is
   Messina says he wants the Obama cam-         firm occupies an office in downtown             2007 as an Iowa caucus director and then        community, which allowed him to raise           tion in 2008, was asked to step in as White         recruiting engineers across the country to
paign to be like that of an insurgent, not an   Chicago a few blocks from the Obama             moved to the campaign in Virginia, a state      more than $100 million for the DNC dur-         House social secretary in March 2010 to             help the campaign adapt and innovate

                                                taking off in their patch.                                                                                                                                                                             Police did not stop up to 10,000 people
‘Freedom’ being                                    They fear democracy movements could                                                                                                                                                              who came to the rally, many in cars, said
                                                allow Shiite power Iran to gain influence.                                                                                                                                                          a Reuters witness. Helicopters buzzed
              Continued from Page 1             Bahrain has a Shiite majority and Kuwait                                                                                                                                                            overhead. Bahrain appointed its parlia-
                                                and other Gulf countries have Shiite                                                                                                                                                                ment speaker to lead a national dialogue
participate in protests under the pretext of    minorities.                                                                                                                                                                                         after a crackdown on democracy protests,
demanding freedom and protection of                Sources say a large number of Abul’s                                                                                                                                                             the state news agency said, but the oppo-
dignity. They have been calling for the         family members staged a sit-in in front of                                                                                                                                                          sition said the crown prince should lead
ouster of the prime minister to settle per-     the State Security office, demanding his                                                                                                                                                            the reform process.
sonal scores, considering no one has tam-       release, while a number of lawmakers con-
pered with their freedom or dignity.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Libya
                                                demned the arrest and described it as a vio-
Actually, these lawmakers have disre-           lation of the freedom of expression right.                                                                                                                                                             Turkey said it has offered Muammar
garded the freedom of others and pride of          Lawmakers Musallam Al-Barrak, Dr                                                                                                                                                                 Gaddafi guarantees to leave Libya but
the people. They have abused the                Hassan Jowhar, Dr Yousef Al-Zalzalah and                                                                                                                                                            has yet to receive a reply, as rebels on
absolute freedom in the country with            Saleh Ashour described the arrest as ‘ille-                                                                                                                                                         Saturday accused his forces of shelling a
impunity.                                       gal’ and urged the Interior Minister to                                                                                                                                                             UNESCO world heritage site.
   Is it not strange that those claiming to     quickly release Abul. Dr Al-Zalzalah                                                                                                                                                                   Fresh Nato-led strikes send up plumes
be part of the opposition -although very        alleged that the arrest was based on sectar-                                                                                                                                                        of smoke on a daily basis in Tripoli, but
small, sit back at home in front of their       ian grounds, while Dr Hassan Jowhar said                                                                                                                                                            US Defence Secretary Robert Gates
computers to abuse, attack and accuse           “arresting Tweep (Twitter user) Nasser                                                                                                                                                              warned that the air war on the strong-
people and officials through their post-        Abul is a violation of freedom of expres-                                                                                                                                                           man’s forces could be in peril because of
ings on the Internet, while they enjoy the      sion and he should not be held in detention                                                                                                                                                         military shortcomings.
best foods and drinks that define their         without a charge.” Minister of Interior                                                                                                                                                                On Saturday, two blasts shook Tripoli
potbellies, and then they drive to the          Affairs would be held responsible for this,                                                                                                                                                         in the afternoon, witnesses said, in appar-
demonstrations in flashy cars? Most of          he added.                                                                                                                                                                                           ent air strikes targeting the Salaheddin
these people are government workers,               MP Mohammad Hayef Al-Mutairi,                                                                                                                                                                    and Ain Zara districts. Residents said sev-
who protest at night and fail to show up at     however, sided with the State Security and                                                                                                                                                          eral waves of blasts also rocked the city
the office in the morning. They still           said we should not give in to the pressures                                                                                                                                                         on Friday.
receive the highest salaries at the end of      to release the Tweep who abused the com-                                                                                                                                                               In a military update on Friday’s strikes,
the month, in addition to allowances,                                                           The solar powered airplane, Solar Impulse, takes off from Brussels Airport, in Zaventem, on June 11. The plane, operat-                             the British defence ministry said its fight-
                                                panions of the Prophet (PBUH), the                       ing solely on solar energy, is headed for its second International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget. (AFP)
bonuses, ‘threat’ money, and ‘curse’ tips.      regimes of the Gulf countries and members                                                                                                                                                           ers had destroyed four tanks “hidden in
   Yes! This is what is happening in            of the National Assembly on his Twitter                                                                                                                                                             an orchard” near the town of Al-
Kuwait. The opposition members live in          homepage.
                                                                                                        Solar-powered plane on second international flight                                                                                          Aziziyah, southwest of Tripoli.
affluence. They have the prerogative to                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tornado and Typhoon jets also bombed
hold protest actions at night, so they will                                                     Swiss solar-powered aircraft Solar              made history in July 2010 as the first          hours, 10 minutes and 19 seconds                    a military base at Al-Mayah on the west-
not get burned by the scorching heat at         ‘Somali pirates’                                Impulse took off Saturday for its sec-          manned plane to fly around the clock            above Switzerland, flying at 9,235                  ern outskirts of the capital, it said.
noon! They employ their maids to carry                                                          ond international flight from Brussels          and through the night on the sun’s              metres (30,298 feet).                                  Nato said a tank and a rocket launcher
the placards for them to ensure their                                                           for Paris where it will be showcased at         energy.                                             This time, the high-tech plane is               were also targeted on Friday near the
                                                              Continued from Page 1             an international air show.                         Last month it completed its first            expected to rise around 2,500 metres                rebel-held city of Misrata.
hands will not be stressed. They teach
them the slogans that should be chanted,           Andrew Mwangura, a Kenya-based for-             The pioneering aircraft took off at          international flight from Switzerland to        in altitude. The flight is being transmit-             The rebels said pro-Gaddafi forces
while their vehicles with two drivers each      mer maritime official and now maritime          1637 GMT in cloudy conditions,                  Belgium.                                        ted live on www.solarimpulse.com.                   were shelling the western city of
come behind them so that when they get          editor of the Somalia Report confirmed the      according to images shown on its                   HB-SIA relies on 12,000 solar cells              The Solar Impulse team is aiming                Ghadames, close to the borders with
                                                release, saying the crew were safe, but said    website       www.solarimpulse.com.             on its 64-metre (200-foot) wings to             to make possible transamerican,                     Tunisia and Algeria, which boasts a
tired, they can continue their march                                                            Heavy rain and strong winds had pre-            charge the batteries that provide the           transatlantic and round-the-world
inside the car. What kind of freedom do         he was unable to confirm whether money                                                                                                                                                              UNESCO World Heritage site and is
                                                had been paid.                                  vented it from taking off at 0230 GMT           energy for the 10-horsepower electric           flights — in stages — in 2013 and
these people demand? When, where and                                                            as scheduled.                                   motors driving four propellers.                 2014 using a slightly larger aircraft.              famous for its Roman-era ruins.
how have their dignities been violated?            Somali pirates are making millions of                                                                                                                                                               “The people of Ghadames appeal to
                                                dollars in ransoms from seizing ships in the       Solar Impulse HB-SIA, which has                 It holds the endurance and altitude              The 49th international air show at
   The lawmakers, who have been spear-                                                          the wingspan of a large airliner but            records for a manned solar-powered              Le Bourget, just outside Paris, runs                UNESCO and international organisations
heading these protests, milk the nation         Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden, despite the                                                                                                                                                          to protect the ancient city,” rebels said in
                                                                                                weighs no more than a saloon car,               aeroplane after staying aloft for 26            from June 20 to 26. (AFP)
day and night without any hindrance, yet        efforts of foreign navies to clamp down on                                                                                                                                                          a statement.
they still take to the streets with placards,   such attacks.                                                                                                                                                                                          Rebels also reported clashes on Friday
shouting slogans at the top of their lungs         Maritime piracy costs the global econo-                                                                                                                                                          and Saturday at Kekla and Bir al-Ghanem
to demand the ouster of the prime minis-        my $12 billion a year according to
                                                                                                                                            Heart disease patients studied                                                                          in the mountainous Jebel Nafussa region
ter, who repeatedly demonstrated his                                                                                                                                                                                                                where there has been weeks of fighting.
resolve to respect freedom of expression
without limits.
   Those who have been following the
ongoing drama may have been astonished
                                                30 killed in                                        Deaths no higher in coffee lovers                                                                                                                   Newswatch
by the irrational demands of the partici-                     Continued from Page 1                 NEW YORK, June 11, (RTRS):                   Autonoma de Madrid in Spain, told             focused on 11,697 women who devel-
pants. The onlookers cannot find any               Saleh is in a stable condition and               Women with heart disease who down a          Reuters Health in an email.                   oped heart disease or had a stroke
explanation for this other than reckless-       recovering from injuries suffered in an             few cups of coffee each day tend to             One problem with generalizing the          sometime between 1976 and 2002.                      34 killed in Pakistan
ness. How can one demand for something          attack on his palace, the country’s ambas-          live as long as those who avoid the          current results, she explained, is that         Of those women, 62 percent contin-
he possesses and uses freely? In spite of       sador in London said on Saturday.                   beverage, a large study finds.               all the women in the study were nurs-         ued to drink caffeinated coffee after                PESHAWAR, Pakistan, June 11, (Agen-
the tragic drama, we do not raise an eye-          “He’s in stable condition and recover-              The results, reported in the              es — so they might not be representa-         their diagnosis.                                     cies): At least 34 people were killed in a
brow as long as the actions of this minor-      ing,” Abdulla Ali al-Radhi, Yemen’s                 American Journal of Clinical                 tive of women with heart disease in                                                                suspected suicide bombing in a market
                                                ambassador to Britain, told Reuters.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Risk                               area in Pakistan’s volatile northwestern
ity cause no harm. It rather creates an                                                             Nutrition, add to a mixed bag of             general.
impression locally and internationally          “He’s in his wing in the hospital, no                                                               Nor can the study discount coffee as          Overall, 1,159 women had died by                  city of Peshawar late on Saturday, a hos-
                                                                                                    research on whether caffeinated coffee                                                                                                          pital official said.
that the scope of freedom in Kuwait             longer in intensive care. He’s conscious            is a hazard for people at high risk of       a possible cause of cardiovascular            2004. That risk was no greater among
should not be expanded. Freedom has             and talking.”                                                                                    problems, at least in some people.            coffee drinkers than non-drinkers,                      “The death toll is now 34. Ninety peo-
                                                                                                    heart problems.                                                                                                                                 ple have been wounded and 21 of them
been abused up to the extent of humiliat-          Medical sources in Saudi Arabia,                    In theory, coffee could be problem-          “What this study shows is that, in a       including women who drank at least
ing and attacking others, including HH          where Saleh underwent surgery after suf-                                                         general population, there’s no obvious        four cups of java per day.                           are in serious condition,” Jameel Shah, a
                                                                                                    atic because it has caffeine and other                                                                                                          spokesman for Lady Reading Hospital,
the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser                fering burns and shrapnel injuries in the           compounds that can raise blood pres-         harm, or benefit, to consuming coffee            One possibility is that women in rel-
Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah whose                attack eight days ago, and Yemeni offi-                                                          after a heart attack,” said Ahmed El-         atively worse health would choose to                 the main government hospital in the city
                                                                                                    sure or have other negative effects on                                                                                                          told Reuters.
pictures were burnt and slogans were            cials said on Saturday two other officials          the cardiovascular system.                   Sohemy, an associate professor at the         avoid caffeinated coffee, the study
raised against him. However, no one has         wounded along with Saleh had been                                                                University of Toronto who has studied         authors note. But they found no evi-                               ❑      ❑      ❑
                                                                                                       But some studies have found that
been imprisoned, while we see pools of          taken for more surgery.                             coffee drinkers have no increased risk       coffee intake and heart health.               dence that changes in women’s coffee
                                                   The condition of Prime Minister Ali                                                                                                         intake after their heart complication or             RIYADH, Saudi Arabia: Prince Khalid
blood flowing in other countries where                                                              of a second heart attack or premature           The problem is that certain individ-                                                            bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the
the people merely demanded reforms.             Mohammed Megawar and another cabi-                  death. A few others have even hinted at      uals may benefit from some caffeine,          stroke explained the findings.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    eldest child of Saudi Arabia’s King
   At this point, we want to repeat our         net member, they said, was “serious”.               protective effects from coffee.              while others may be harmed, accord-              They also accounted for factors like              Abdullah, has died, state media reported
question: What sort of freedom and dig-                            Syria                               In the new study, which followed          ing to El-Sohemy, who was not                 age, weight, high blood pressure and                 Saturday. He was 54.
nity do these lawmakers want? Do they                                                               nearly 12,000 U.S. nurses with a history     involved in the new study.                    diabetes, and still found no association                Prince Khalid died Friday and funeral
intend to demand for the fall of the               Harrowing      eyewitness      accounts                                                                                                     between coffee consumption and risk
                                                mounted on Saturday after Syrian forces             of heart disease or stroke, those who           Recent studies have pointed to the                                                              rites were performed in the Saudi capital
regime after the ouster of the prime min-                                                           regularly drank caffeinated coffee were      importance of genetics, El-Sohemy             of death.                                            Riyadh, according to a statement by the
                                                backed by helicopter gunships killed at                                                                                                           The findings, Lopez-Garcia said,                  Saudi royal court.
ister? The recent events have proven that       least 25 protesters, prompting the US to            no more likely to die than non-coffee-       told Reuters Health in an email.
these lawmakers do not represent anyone                                                                                                             Some research, for example, has            “support the idea” that people with                     Prince Khalid was honorary head of the
                                                toughen its stance on President Bashar al-          drinkers during the study period - which                                                   heart disease who already drink coffee
except themselves. They do not express                                                                                                           linked coffee drinking to increased                                                                Jiddah-based football club Al-Ahli and was
                                                Assad.                                              for some was more than 20 years.                                                           do not have to give it up.                           on the board of trustees at the King
the will of the citizens who have realized         As the turmoil neared the three-month                                                         risks of high blood pressure in people
that their elected representatives are suf-                                                                           Link                       who are naturally “slow metabolizes”             But she also advised checking with                Abdullah University of Science and
                                                mark, the international outcry grew over                                                                                                       your doctor, particularly if you have                Technology. He was not in line for the
fering from unstable conditions, which          Assad’s use of deadly force against his                Researchers found no link between         of caffeine. But the reverse pattern has
                                                                                                    a woman’s coffee intake and her risk                                                       uncontrolled high blood pressure or                  throne. (AP)
have prompted them to commit political          own people, with protests planned in                                                             been seen in people who quickly
sins and become ungrateful for God’s                                                                of death from heart attack, stroke or        process caffeine: more coffee, lower          other conditions that could be aggra-                              ❑     ❑      ❑
                                                more than a dozen world cities including                                                                                                       vated by caffeine — like sleep prob-
blessings to them and the nation. They          Montreal, New York and Paris.                       any other cause. And that was true           heart risks.                                                                                       DURHAM, North Carolina: Four peo-
have failed in their repeated attempts to                                                           even of women who downed four or                “What this study doesn’t tell us is        lems or anxiety.                                     ple have been found shot to death along a
                                                   An estimated 3,000 mourners on                                                                                                                 El-Sohemy was even more cautious.
seize the seat of power or push for the fall    Saturday filed through the coastal city of          more cups per day.                           who might coffee be harmful to, and                                                                highway in a North Carolina business
of the regime and the prime minister.                                                                  “Our results suggest that coffee          who might benefit from it,” El-               It is hard to make individual recom-                 research park.
                                                Latakia for the funeral of one of at least                                                                                                     mendations on safe coffee intake,                       The Durham County Sheriff’s Office
Anyone who dreams beyond his capabil-           nine protesters shot dead by security               drinking is OK for patients with car-        Sohemy said.
ities ends in frustration. He is just like                                                          diovascular disease, but it would be            The findings come from the long-           according to the researcher, because of              says the bodies of three women were found
                                                forces the day before, activists said.                                                                                                         genetic variations in people’s caffeine              early Saturday in a car on NC. Highway 54
someone who tries to farm in the sea!              The mourners chanted slogans praising            desirable to replicate our results in        running Nurses’ Health Study, which
                                                                                                    other populations,” lead researcher Dr.      began tracking more than 100,000              metabolism.                                          in Research Triangle Park, while the body
                                                the “martyrs,” an activist who was pres-                                                                                                                                                            of a man was outside the car. Lt Stan
                                                                                                    Esther Lopez-Garcia, of Universidad          female nurses in 1976. The researchers               See Also Pages 31 & 32
Kuwait tweep                                    ent said.
                                                   Around the country, 25 people were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Harris says the shootings weren’t random,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    but he said he couldn’t disclose any other
                                                killed on Friday, including three in the                                                                                                                                                            details.
              Continued from Page 1             Qabun district of Damascus, after pro-             State television reported that “armed        enter a village lower down the valley, sur-     Arab Emirates troops in March and intro-               Officers responded after receiving a call
   Democracy activists have used social         testers took to the streets after the main      terrorists” had opened fire there, killing      rounded by soldiers holding guns.               duced martial law, which ended last                 just before midnight of shots fired. Harris
media to debate, organise and share infor-      weekly Muslim prayers, activists said.          and wounding members of the police and             People were killed, and soldiers burnt       week, to help end the protests.                     says that when officers arrived, the victims’
mation in Bahrain where the government             Fridays have become a rallying point         security forces.                                crops of wheat and ripped up olive groves          “Some try to manipulate our demands,             car was the only one on the road. (AP)
crushed a protest movement in March after       in the revolt against Assad’s regime,              Syrian troops used tanks to attack a vil-    afterwards, the witness said.                   to make them Shiite demands. This is not                           ❑     ❑       ❑
inviting Saudi and United Arab Emirates         whose backlash on pro-democracy                 lage in the north of the country, the BBC          After the attack he said he left his vil-    true. We are not calling for an Iran, but to        BOGOTA: Eight policemen were killed
forces to help restore order.                   protests that erupted in mid-March has          reported on Saturday, citing a witness          lage with his family and moved to the           build up our political reforms together,            Saturday in northeastern Colombia when
   Bahrain questioned a rights activist in      killed more than 1,200 civilians, rights        who had fled across the border to Turkey        Turkish border.                                 Shiite and Sunni, which will benefit all            their helicopter crashed because of an
April for publishing an image which             groups say.                                     from a neighbouring village.                                                                    Bahrainis,” said Sheikh Ali Salman, head            apparent mechanical problem, according to
appeared to show signs of torture on a man         The death toll mounted as detailed              The use of tanks would mark a further                         Bahrain                        of the opposition group which organised             the Colombian military.
who died in detention during the unrest. It     accounts emerged from some of the thou-         escalation in the violence used by Syrian          Thousands of Bahrainis attended a            the event.                                             “Right now, we have seven people who
is not clear if the case will be brought to     sands of refugees who fled to Turkey            troops to quell protests against President      rally for political reform on Saturday in          “We will continue peacefully and we              unfortunately died at the crash site, and one
court.                                          from bloodshed in the northwestern town         Bashar al-Assad, and follows reports on         the Gulf Arab state that crushed a pro-         will continue our peaceful demonstratra-            who died after being evacuated,” said
   A Bahraini journalist said last month he     of Jisr al-Shughur.                             Friday from activists that helicopter gun-      democracy protest movement in March.            tions,” he said, as the crowd responded             Colonel Rafael Forero, who commands the
was questioned about his Twitter postings          Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the               ships had been used to disperse crowds             Bahrain, where the Sunni Al-Khalifa          shouting “peaceful, peaceful!”                      military brigade in the region.
during two hours of detention.                  London-based Syrian Observatory for             for the first time.                             family rules over a majority Shiite popu-          The protest was announced in advance                Among the dead soldiers were the heli-
   Gulf Arab governments, run by closely-       Human Rights, reported that helicopters            The BBC’s witness said he came from          lation, has accused activists of being sec-     but did not receive government permis-              copter’s four crew members and four mem-
allied ruling families, are trying to stop      flying over the town of Maaret al-Numan,        a hillside village 4 km from the northern       tarian and backed by Shiite power Iran.         sion, opposition supporters said. It was            bers of the police anti-narcotics service.
protest movements that brought down             near Jisr al-Shughur, had fired on a police     town of Jisr al-Shughour, and that at           The opposition deny both charges.               held in the Shiite district of Saar, west of           Witnesses said the accident took place as
Egyptian and Tunisian leaders this year         station which protesters had seized.            around 6 a.m. on Friday he saw 40 tanks            Bahrain brought in Saudi and United          the capital.                                        the helicopter was taking off in the town of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    La Salina in Casanare province. (AFP)

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