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ARABICA - A Daily Shot Of What the Arab World is Saying/Hearing/Sharing

A R A B I C A ارابيكا

By Kristen Gillespie


YEMEN SHELLING
*Nine civilians, including at least one child, were killed on Friday in Yemen's second-largest city after President Ali Abdullah Saleh's forces shelled the neighborhood where protesters are gathered, Al Jazeera reported. The shelling continued into the early morning, where undeterred demonstrators held a rally in Taiz and in Sanaa under the banner of "Friday of No Immunity for Murderers." Opponents of Saleh say negotiations for his removal should not allow immunity for Saleh and his family members.

*Meanwhile, the official news website 26 September reports nearly daily that Yemeni officials are involved in "ongoing efforts to restore security and stability in the country," and to "complete the operational mechanism for the GCC initiative." UN Special Envoy Jamal bin Omar is the latest in a long line of diplomats and international officials who have arrived in Sanaa to pursuade Saleh to resign.

NASRALLAH SPEAKS
*Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah says that a war on Syria and Iran is unfolding – and the situation is in Hezbollah's favor. The Americans and Zionists know that the war against Iran and Syria will spill over and affect the region, Nasrallah said in a speech telecast to supporters in Beirut from an unknown location. As for Syria, anyone betting on the fall of Assad's regime will lose, Nasrallah said.

BLOOD THAT KEPT DRIPPING
*The Syrian Revolution Facebook group, now with more than 309,000 supporters, has a logo for Homs that has blood dripping off the letters. Protests continued on Friday around the country, with demonstrators in Rastan, the site of heavy fighting between the army and defectors, shouting "God, Syria, freedom and that's it" – a play on the usual chant at rallies for Bashar al-Assad during which people chant, "God, Syria, Bashar and that's it."

*Here, a protest outside Aleppo – noteworthy because Aleppo itself has not joined the movement to bring down the regime. In the village of Mara, the men singing and dancing have all covered their faces to avoid detection by Syrian intelligence agencies. One man holds up a sign reading: "God is with us."

November 11, 2011

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600 Miles To Moscow? Attack? Defend? What Ukraine’s Drone Strikes In Russia Really Mean

A Ukrainian soldier from the 63 brigade was seen flying a drone as part of military training simulating an attack

Anna Akage

As they’ve done for the past year, Ukrainians have spent the past three days studying maps and calculating distances. But there's a difference now: The maps are of Russia.

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The unprecedented drone attacks this week of airfields deep inside Russian territory open a new phase in the war that is both tactical and symbolic. Though still without official confirmation from Kyiv, nobody doubts that the Ukrainian military executed the three strikes between Monday and Tuesday hundreds of kilometers inside Russia, which killed three and injured at least nine, including the strategic military air base of Engels.

Alexander Kovalenko, a Ukrainian military and political observer of the Information Resistance group, writes on his Telegram channel: "International war observers have seen that regardless of what struck the Russian airfields, it bypassed the lauded Russian air defense system and accomplished the task," he said. "They see not only that the supposed No. 2 military in the world not only drags old T-62 tanks and D-1 howitzers into the combat zone in Ukraine, but that it essentially has no air defense."

French weekly magazine L’Express declared: “Ukraine wants to show that Russian territory is not safe.”

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