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Police File Chargesheet Against Kerala Businessman Who Ran Over sk© Security SAVER SALE …

Thrissur: Police today filed a chargesheet in the sensational murder of a 51-year-old security guard allegedly by beedi tycoon Mohammed Nisham at the Judicial First Class Magistrate court at nearby Kunnamkulam. The chargesheet contained scientific evidences and other documents to prove the charges, including murder, against Nisham, police said. Statements of 12 eyewitnesses, including Nisham’s wife Amal, had been been recorded under section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

Besides, statements of over 100 witnesses had also been recorded and attached with the chargesheet. Police said they also have plans to move court for a speedy trial. The businessman, who was in an inebriated state, had allegedly in a fit of rage assaulted Chandrabose and later rammed his luxury vehicle into him over delay in opening the gate of his residential complex here on January 29.

The guard succumbed to injuries on February 16.

The case had evoked widespread protests across the state.

Affiliate of Al Qaeda Seizes Major Yemeni City, Driving Out the Military

AL MUKALLA, Yemen Militants from Al Qaeda 1 s affiliate in Yemen tightened their grip on this coastal city in the country s south on Friday, driving soldiers away with mortar fire so that the city was left undefended, witnesses said. The Qaeda fighters first entered Al Mukalla on Thursday and seized crucial government buildings, including a presidential palace. On Friday, residents fled to the outskirts of the city, as military commanders and their troops abandoned their bases, leaving behind American-made Humvee vehicles and other equipment to be seized by looters or the advancing fighters from the affiliate, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

The storming of Al Mukalla, Yemen s fifth-largest city, was the group s boldest attack since the start of a military offensive led by Saudi Arabia against the Houthis 10 days ago. The relative ease with which the militants captured large parts of the city raised fears of a broader expansion by the Sunni extremists, who have proved adept in the past at exploiting turmoil in Yemen to capture territory. Saudi officials have said their military action was aimed at driving the Houthis, a former rebel movement from northern Yemen, out of territory they had captured over the past eight months, and at restoring Yemen s exiled president, Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, to power.

A Saudi military spokesman said on Friday that the effort was making progress, and that the Houthi units were increasingly isolated from their leadership and consumed with internal squabbles. But the Houthis, who already control Sana, the capital, have proved stubborn foes, killing at least three Saudi soldiers during border skirmishes. They have been able to advance across Yemen and are now fighting for control of Aden, the second-largest city, which lies west of Al Mukalla along the southern coast.

In an effort to prop up fighters who are resisting the Houthis, the Saudi military airdropped boxes of weapons and ammunition into the city on Friday, according to local news media reports. Relief agencies have warned about the quickly escalating humanitarian cost of the war. The United Nations humanitarian relief coordinator, Valerie Amos, said on Thursday that more than 500 people had been killed in fighting over the past two weeks, including more than 90 children.

Tens of thousands of people have been displaced, amid increasing shortages of food and medicine, she added.

Aden has been shaken by the worst of the fighting, which has killed dozens of civilians.

Medical workers have also been caught up in the violence

The Arab League Joint Military Force

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern 1 , Associate Professor of Law at Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, FL, considers the ramifications of the recent Arab League agreement to form a joint force in the context of historic efforts on joint defense and economic cooperation … J URIST recently noted the 22-member League of Arab States (a/k/a Arab League) formation of a voluntary but unified military force to oppose growing threats to its members, especially the intensifying instability in Yemen 2 . This effort is consistent not only with the Arab League’s September 2014 3 resolution to combat extremist groups like the Islamic State (IS), but reflective of 65 years of varied cooperation under the Treaty of Joint Defense and Economic Cooperation 4 .

During the waning days of World War II, six nations formed the nascent Arab League in Cairo on March 22, 1945; Egypt, Iraq, Transjordan (Jordan after 1946), Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Syria. In May 1945, Yemen joined the group, joined as a member on May 5, 1945. Amongst its first security actions, Arab League members Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon invaded Israel during the 1948 War of Independence / Palestine War, and, less formally, Arab volunteers forming the Arab Liberation army joined Arab League forces.

While armistice agreements were concluded with Israel, conditions for sustainable peace never resulted especially in light of 400,000 Palestinian Arabs fled from Israel to refugee camps in Arab League nations Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. By 1950, the six original Arab League nations concluded the Treaty of Joint Defense and Economic Cooperation, ostensibly to “consolidate relations” between member states, “maintain their independence and their mutual heritage,” and “to cooperate for the realization of mutual defense and the maintenance of security and peace” as well as “consolidate stability and security.” Article 6 of that treaty, then as now, provides for a Joint Defense Counsel, assisted by the Permanent Military Commission under Article 5, to draw up plans of joint defense and their implementation, and by two-thirds majority vote, to bind Contracting States regarding joint defense decisions. This alliance would be tested some six years later when Israeli forces launched air and ground assaults into Egypt’s Sinai peninsula after Egypt’s first President of the Republic, Gamal Abdal Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal.

Not only did this become an Arab League security matter, but also a proxy conflict with an Anglo-French reinforcement of Israeli gains and Soviet support of Arab demands. The predecessor to the currently proposed Arab League Military Forces was the Joint Arab Command (a/k/a United or Unified Arab Command), under the guise of the Treaty of Joint Defense and Economic Cooperation, established by the then-thirteen member states of the Arab League during their January 1964 summit in Cairo. That 1964 summit would also set conditions for future conflict, rather than conflict resolution.

That summit gave rise to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) , which would sustain an insurgency in Lebanon, reaching an intense level of conflict in the 1982 War in South Lebanon, and acts of terror and violence in Israel and beyond, until Israel and the PLO agreed to mutual recognition in 1993 5 in an historic bid for peace. Two conflicts shortly thereafter would show the Joint Arab Command as ineffective in joint defense. Notwithstanding King Hussein of Jordan’s years of secret meetings with Israeli leaders, and assurances that Israel had no intentions of attacking Jordan, in November 1966, Israel undertook Operation Shredder incursion into the Jordanian-occupied West Bank.

By mutual defense pact, Jordan and Egypt placed the Joint Arab Command under command of the Egyptian military’s chief of staff in May 1967 as both Arab League nations built up forces along their borders with Israel. The June 1967 Six-Day War was marked by simultaneous Israeli attacks against Egypt and Syria, and resultant Israeli gains in the Gaza Strip, the Sinai Peninsula, the Golan Heights and the West Bank. During the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Arab League member Egypt attacked across the Suez Canal, and Syria maneuvered from the north, in efforts to reclaim territory lost to Israel during the 1967 war.

The final 1974 cease-fire resulted in Israel withdrawing back across the Suez Canal and a portion of the East Bank, and relinquishing some territory to Syria. In the aftermath of the 1967 Six Day War, eight leaders of the Arab League set the conditions for continued strife with Israel with the September 1967 Khartoum Resolution’s Three No’s: “no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with it.” The 1978 Camp David Peace Accords between Egypt and Israel resulted in an abiding peace between the two nations but also Egypt’s suspension from the Arab League until its readmission in 1989 and the Arab League headquarters moving to Cairo. The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) has lauded 6 the Arab League’s common security consensus over the Saudi-sponsored Arab Peace Initiative in 2002, yet lamented the League’s failure to coordinate its policy over both the 1990-1991 Gulf War and the 2003 Iraq War.

In more recent years, the Arab League did not intervene in most of the Arab revolts throughout the Middle East and North Africa in 2011, but called for the UN Security Council to impose a no fly zone over Libya to protect civilians from air attack. Notable recent Arab League changes bode well for stronger, more cohesive efforts with the appointment of the renowned Egyptian diplomat and foreign rights lawyer Nabil Elaraby, and member nations Jordan, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates joining as part of the coalition to enforce UN Security Council Resolution 1973.

7 The CFR has also noted that since those actions, the Arab League’s efforts towards security included suspending 8 Syrian membership, attempting to broker an agreement 9 with the Assad regime and, for the first time in its history, assembled a team of observers to monitor the implementation of its plan and officially calling for Assad to step down in January 2012 and requested a resolution from the UN Security Council to support this proposal. Most recently, in March 2015, 14 of the Arab League’s 22 nations assessed the success of ongoing Saudi-led allied air strikes against Shi’a Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Those operations are part of a 10-nation military coalition 10 against the coup by Arab League members Morocco, Egypt, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE, joined with nonmember Pakistan. The Houthis are seeking to reinstate the ousted past Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was replaced 11 in a February 2012 referendum that formally ushered in Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, previously Yemen’s vice president, into the role of transitional president. Reports quote 12 US President Barack Obama has reaffirmed his support for the military action taken in Yemen, and Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi saying he “backs calls for a unified Arab force” to confront security threats in the Middle East and North Africa.

Yemen’s President-in-exile Abd-Radu Mansour Hadi has said that the Houthis are “Iran’s Puppet” that has “destroyed Yemen with political immaturity.” In the words of William Shakespeare from his play The Tempest 13 , “What’s past is prologue.” Considering the historic cohesion, or lack thereof, of past Arab League mutual defense efforts, this future Joint Military Force will do well to study past efforts when it faces this new proxy war between a military force led by Saudi Arabia and Egypt, against the Houthi militia, whose allies 14 number Iran, Russia and China, as well as future challenges to mutual defense and the maintenance of security and peace. It should also develop capabilities not only for space, sea, land and air, but the fifth dimension of warfare 15 , cyber warfare, since present and future adversaries are likely to pose threats in each of those domains. Professor Govern began his legal career as an Army Judge Advocate, serving 20 years at every echelon during peacetime and war in worldwide assignments involving every legal discipline.

In addition to currently teaching at Ave Maria School of Law he has also served as an Assistant Professor of Law at the United States Military Academy and teaches at California University of Pennsylvania and John Jay College.

Unless otherwise attributed, the conclusions and opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not reflect the official position of the U.S.

Government, Department of Defense, or Ave Maria School of Law.

Jury awards $38.5 million-plus in 2010 shooting deaths of 2 workers at … – Brandon Sun

The Canadian Press – ONLINE EDITION By: The Associated Press Monday, Mar.

30, 2015 at 8:59 PM | Comments: 0 1 PHILADELPHIA – The families of two women killed by a co-worker at a northeast Philadelphia plant 4 1/2 years ago were awarded $38.5 million in punitive damages from a security guard firm on Monday. The decision by the Common Pleas Court panel came in the suit filed against U.S. Security Associates Inc.

of Georgia in the September 2010 shooting deaths at the Kraft Foods plant. A separate panel earlier ordered the firm to pay more than $8 million in compensatory damages. LaTonya Brown, 36, and Tanya Wilson, 47, were killed and another employee wounded by a deluded employee who thought co-workers were spraying her with toxic chemicals, according to authorities.

Yvonne Hiller, 48, who is serving two life terms in the slayings, had been suspended after making violent, profanity-laced threats but returned from her car minutes later with a loaded .357 Magnum, authorities said. Attorneys for the families said security guards failed to protect employees during the rampage. Attorney Shanin Specter said in a statement that the verdict sends a message that company guards “can’t simply run away in the middle of the crisis.

They actually have to act like security guards.” U.S.

Security Associates, however, vowed an appeal, saying in a statement that “the evidence presented was not sufficient for a punitive damages award.” The firm also said its personnel “made reasonable decisions and acted with courage in the face of a direct threat to their own lives.” “In no sense did they or USSA display an intentional disregard for the safety of others,” the company said while adding that “the people of USSA sympathize deeply” with the families of the victims

World View: Syria’s al-Assad Regime Suffers Major Military Setback in Idlib – Breitbart News

This morning s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com 1 Syria s al-Assad regime suffers major military setback in Idlib Arab League positions harden against Houthis and Iran Syria s al-Assad regime suffers major military setback in Idlib Al-Nusra fighters, one carrying an al-Nusra flag, celebrate in central Idlib (Reuters) A group of seven jihadist factions, led by the al-Qaeda linked Jabhat al-Nusra (al-Nusra Front), appear to have seized the city of Idlib, dealing a major blow to the regime of Syria s president Bashar al-Assad, who recently declared that Idlib would be freed. The Syrian army forces collapsed rapidly after four days of heavy fighting, according to the jihadists. They were able to make use of American-made TOW missiles that the US had previously provided to friendly anti-Assad rebels.

The TOW missiles were used to neutralize Syrian tanks. Al-Nusra is an al-Qaeda linked group, and is in fact the official branch of al-Qaeda in Syria. It did not join the Islamic State (IS or ISIS or ISIL or Daesh) when the latter broke away from al-Qaeda two years ago.

The al-Qaeda linked groups and ISIS are theoretically allies fighting the al-Assad regime, but they also get into battles with each other, and there may be a major battle shaping up over who s going to control more of Syria. Idlib is a the capital of the northwestern province named Idlib. The city has 165,000 people and is close to the main highway linking Damascus to Aleppo and to the coastal province of Latakia, a stronghold of Syrian president Bashar Al Assad.

The jihadists were jubilant after victory, posting videos of themselves taking down al-Assad posters, and yelling Alluha Akbar! This is the second time in a week that al-Assad has been humiliated by an al-Nusra victory. Last week, al-Nusra captured the ancient and strategic town of Busra Sham in southern Syria.

Idlib is the second major provincial capital that the al-Assad regime has lost to jihadists. Al-Nusra captured another provincial capital, Raqqa, but it was subsequently seized from al-Nusra by ISIS, and has now become the headquarters of ISIS. With the world focused on ISIS, al-Nusra has quietly consolidated its power in Syria.

Al-Nusra now controls a large stretch of land from the border with Turkey to southern Syria. Control of Idlib means that jihadists can freely move back and forth between Turkey and Syria. Some analysts believe that Turkey is funding some al-Qaeda linked groups because its major objective is the defeat of al-Assad.

The National (UAE) and Belfast Telegraph and Long War Journal 2 3 4 Arab League positions harden against Houthis and Iran Operation Decisive Storm, which is the name of the 8-country military operation to bomb Houthi targets in Yemen, led by Saudi Arabia, entered its fourth day on Saturday night.