Likelihood Of Military Rule In Pakistan

ALGIERS — Algerian army killed 16 armed militants affiliated to al-Qaida on Sunday, apparently in response to one of the deadliest militant attacks in months last week that claimed lives of at least nine Algerian soldiers, according to local media.

Armed members of Amn Jirga or private militia formed to fight against Taliban and al-Qaida militants, patrol in the area where their leaders came under attack in the suburb of Peshawar, Pakistan on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010. The remote-controlled bomb attack took place Tuesday morning, apparently targeting their leader. No causality is reported. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

The army operation was launched to track down a terrorist group affiliated to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in the province of Ain Defla, about 145 km south east of the capital Algiers. (Algeria-Al Qaida)
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MANAMA — Bahrain summoned on Sunday Iran’s envoy and handed him a letter of protest following the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei’s pledge to back the “oppressed” nations in the Middle East region, including in Bahrain, according to the state media.
The report said Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdulla Abdullatif Abdulla lodged the protest in a meeting with Iran’s acting charge d’affaires, Mortadha Sanubar, said BNA news agency. (Bahrain-Iran-Khamenei)
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ANKARA — At least 74 people were killed and 375 others injured in traffic accidents across Turkey during the four-day long Eid al-Fitr holiday, private Dogan News Agency reported on Sunday.
The reports said about seven million people hit the road throughout the holiday, mostly heading to the Aegean and southern resort provinces of the country. (Turkey-Accidents)
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DAMASCUS — Syrian forces advanced Sunday towards the city of Zabadani near the Lebanese border, killing 20 rebels, according to the state news agency SANA.
Military units backed by the Lebanese Hezbollah group captured three new areas in Zabadani, in their effort to recapture the key city, northwest of capital Damascus and near the Lebanese border. (Syria-Lebanon-Rebels)
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ADEN, Yemen — Deadly battles broke out on Sunday between the Shiite Houthi group and Gulf-backed fighters in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden, in which 45 people were killed and about 170 others wounded, health officials said, two days after the exiled government announced “liberation” of the city.
A senior health official told Xinhua reporter that 45 people, mostly civilians, were killed and about 170 others wounded during the shelling on the residential neighborhoods in Daar Saad district in northern Aden. (Yemen-Aden) Enditem

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