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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sydney siege invokes memory of Fiji's 2000 hostage situation

The 17 hour in Sydney has ended with the death of three people, one of them the hostage taker - Mon
A casualty from the Martin Place siege
Manis or Sheik Haron as he was known.

The deaths came after five of the hostages made a break from the Lindt Chocolate Cafe just after 2am this morning, with armed police storming the cafe and engaging in shooting with the Haron.

It's unclear how the hostages were killed but Australian police said a short time ago one died at the scene and the other in hospital.

Many details about Sheik Haron also remain unclear but media suggest he was a 'lone nutcase' rather than the 'lone wolf' authorities feared.

Media reports say the 50 year old Iranian was on bail and had been serving jail time for the murder of
Hostages made to hold up Shahada flag
his wife; he had also been charged with indecent assault on several women.

The hostage situation began at 9.45am yesterday morning at the popular cafe in Martin Place and there was widespread fear the gunman was linked to the militant group ISIS.

The flag used by Mon Manis fuelled the fear of a terrorist attack. The flag is not that used by ISIS but is known to be used by jihadists.

Media reports this morning say the hostage-taker had demanded the delivery of an ISIS flag and a conversation with Australian prime minister, Tony Abbott. 

Debate in Australia this morning continues to focus on whether Mon Mani was a terrorist attack or not.

The siege made world headlines, especially with Australia on high alert for a terrorist attack
following threats from Isis.

In Fiji yesterday, Fiji's Opposition recalled the country's hostage situation of 2000 when George Speight took Mahendra Chaudhry and his Cabinet hostage in Parliament.

Opposition Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ratu Isoa Tikoca, said in a statement that the Sydney siege is a clear warning to the region that no country is immune from terrorism.

Ratu Isoa urged Fiji citizens to pray for the safe release of those held hostage, and a speedy end to the crisis.
Shahada flag.
He said Fiji had had its own hostage situation in 2000 where citizens were subjected to armed intervention in national affairs four times.'

"That an act of terrorism has occurred in one of the two leading democracies in our region is a stark reminder of just how vulnerable we all are to those determined to unleash violence on a society in pursuit of their extremist goals."

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Anonymous said...

Looks like Aussie CT wasn't ready for that Assault.

He took them by surprise.

They were trying to draw him into a long negotiation to tire him out and then get a peaceful resolution by his voluntary surrender but he started killing the hostages forcing the RAR to storm the building.

By the time they entered the building he had already killed two and wounded others.

One of the Aussie Assault team got shot in the face which means that they entered the building frantically in response to the gunshots going on in there without having prepped for Immediate Action.

The RAR was probably providing security and waiting for their SAS assault team to do the actual Assault.

Anonymous said...

Normally in that situation their Assault Team is on standby at a nearby location waiting for the green-light from their Command that the Assault is to proceed.

The immediate area is secured by a specialist team and the wider area is cordoned off by local Police.

The Assault team does not come in until the green-light comes down after the negotiations have failed. And when they come in they have already prepped for Immediate Action. They know the building, the layout, the disposition of the hostage takers and the area where the hostages are kept.

What happened there in Sydney is the Security team securing the zone was forced to assault the building because the gunman started shooting the hostages.

The flash bangs probably went in the wrong room. That's why the lead man on the Assault team got peppered in the face with a shotgun. Nasty injury to be shot that close with a shotgun. If it gets you in the throat or the jaw its lots of plastic surgery and reconstruction. That guy would have pumped him in the face at very close range. Probably less then two meters. And then got done with the second and third men in who would have pumped him with lead, full clips. End of story.

Very messy

Anonymous said...

Looks like their psychologist specialists and negotiators also misread this gunman.

Yesterday there was an Australian retired General on CNN suggesting that this was a lone deranged gunman with no connection to the Jihadists who was merely looking for media exposure for himself (glory seeker).

That assessment by the Aussie General suggests a Narcissistic personality. It also suggests that their Negotiators and Psyhc guys would have profiled profiled him similarly and planned their work around that.

Some of these guys have multiple personality issues which its not easy to assess just by profiling them via the Negotiator and then plan a strategic approach around.

Guys with split personality disorders can be triggered with very small things. Mood swings are also something that can just change with these kinds of guys, and especially when under stress conditions.

Drawing him out into a long drawn negotiation was probably something that their Aussie strategy guys will relook at. Especially given that they had made the assessment from the outset that he had "mental issues".

Anonymous said...

ASK is also taking all itaukeis in fiji as hostages. He has killed Great Council of Chiefs. Never trust a muslim. They all think the same.

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Anonymous said...

That was some hours before action was taken by the Australian armed forces.

Some of us would think it was a safer procedure as lives were at stake but I dont know for instance in this case you are dealing with a terrorist. If the armed forces were given a map to find inroads and exits then maybe the sooner the attempt to release the hostages by forceful entry would have been the best solution. Perhaps no lives would have been lost - the hostage taker would'nt have a chance to start killing anyone.

Risks are good but sometimes taking risks can be fatal as we know.

Just saying.


Seriously. I didn't vote for FijiFirst but leave ASK out of it. He and other Muslims in Fiji have no connection with Islamic extremists. In fact they have done everything they can to distance themselves from the radicals. ASK is entitled to follow his faith without being insulted. Imagine if he said all Methodists are immoral wife stealers because a couple of ministers have been disciplined for messing with other peoples wives. Yalo vinaka.Stop generalising and start looking at the world with truly Christian attitudes of love and tolerance .

Anonymous said...

Anon @2.39

I thought they should have taken him when he was exposed through he window.

The TV camera's and photographers got pictures of him standing by the window. He was wide open centre mass and head.

I was surprised that they didn't take him.

They would have had their RAR guys and SWAT Tactical shooters from the Sydney team up on those buildings overlooking that Lindt café.

They would have had at least five shooters who could have taken that guy from vantage points overlooking that café and looking into it at multiple times throughout that whole thing

And the information they gathered in the morning from the people who escaped should have made it clear to them that there was only one guy.

Looks to me like the Aussies didn't want to have bloodshed. They wanted a peaceful resolution.

Anonymous said...

Not sure why wannabee special forces are commenting here.
Go to Iraq and join the battle against ISIS ,,,,not keyboarding ,,,,useless

Anonymous said...

The irony is that Canberra has had Fiji on their Travel Advisory site since 2007 as a place where the type of thing which happened in Sydney yesterday is likely to happen.

Its sad that the very thing their Intelligence agencies have been assessing for Fiji since 2007 has instead happened to them.

Anonymous said...

@Anon 3.43

What has ISIS got to do with anything in Fiji that Fiji should go over there and get involved with that mess which has now reached Sydney ?

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous 3:30 PM

And just think of the flak they would have got if they shot the guy and that triggered a bomb off?

There's never a right decision.

Anonymous said...

@Anon 3.57

Yep I have to agree, the Aussies probably had other information with them we're not privy to.

Just a very sad situation.

#illridewithyou said...

No religion preaches hate or violence ....people and individuals do. Don't let ISIS or a few Muslim loonies represent other innocent Muslims. Offer to walk or ride with them if they feel intimidated. Spread the love #illridewithyou

Anonymous said...





Anonymous said...

didn't I say the loser blog owner would delete my comment.
the blog owner lacks any understanding and just can not correlate events-the coup is different to the seize-only if he knew , he/she would not be hiding under the shelter of a blog!!!

Anonymous said...

@ 6.03PM

Well, good to see you predicted Coup 4.5 to dump your comment and it did happen. DUMBASS!!

YOU lack understanding! The events of the Coup 2000 is no different to the hostage siege in Sydney.



Anonymous said...

@ 4.34PM

I passed them standing by the "dead centre of town" heading towards Lami. They were holding caneknives and wearing orange suits.

Conscipiracy Theory said...

Breaking News it now has surfaced that the ISIS Terrorist killed in Sidney was receiving instructions on his mobile from Biman the Opposition Minister for Finance.This news came aboutwhen Aust Police assesed his mobile and traced the calls to the members of the Opposition including Biman.

The ISIS man had a one way ticket to Fiji in his pocket and Police have found out that the ticket was paid by Biman.

It now has surfaced that the members of the opposition were walking out of Parliament thinking that this ISIS guy would walk in and hold HON FFP Members hostage.

Koy hai,bahut wrong plan yaar!!!

Anonymous said...

@ 3.30pm

Looks to me like they didnt have a plan and waited until the Terrorists started killing people out of frustration.

Inaction, non-action, too much speculation - all this can be deadly!

Anonymous said...

It is now apparent that the Aust Police Swat Team and the Aust Military Speacial forces cant handle a single lunatic wannabee terrorist, they should learn to take a page out of Fiji Military on how to handle terrorists,the Lions of the Desert [Fiji Army] knew how to tame the Al Qaeda faction like Al Nusra.

To top it off the Aust Military once wanted to raid Fiji,now we know where the real pussies are.-yeah, Down Under,ha,ha,ha

Anonymous said...

@ 4.34pm

Up to what class you had been to school baiya?

If they was been sweeping the matter under the darpet than these fallahs must be on the noose..apologeese, on the loose.

Anonymous said...

@ 7.07pm

Well I tell you what, the Australia Police SWAT Team had somewhat failed.

Too much squatting and bobbing about the place instead of demonstrating the no-nonsense Special Weapons And Tactics skills they've been practising all these years.

Compared to the Fiji Military boys who won the True Cowardly Bunch of Whimps award after their daring escape from Al Nusra a couple of months down the line, maybe we should just give credit to the Aust Police Swat Team for their unimpressive efforts.

Anonymous said...

Naboro was retaken from armed elements a few years back by an RFMF team.

The prison was stormed after negotiations broke down and the armed hostage takers threatened to start killing the hostages (prison officers).

No hostages were injured or killed, only the hostage takers were killed and a few of them were injured.

But it was a very bloody and nasty affair which should never ever happen again in this country.

There's nothing to admire about all that bloodshed

Anonymous said...

No sniper teams deployed,one minute the media was saying para military units are on the ground, then they say it's Australian commandos conducting the HR operation along with negotiators then they change the story around and say it's police that's conducting and in control of the operations.During formations on getting ready to breach the building,couple flash bangs got tossed in then came what I believe was a full auto burst of fire judging by the muzzle flashes illuminating the building .I wouldn't be surprised if some of those rounds went bouncing around the room.....roll on the incident report should be a good case study.

Anonymous said...

Looks like they were using C7's from the photo's.

Very high velocity firepower for such a confined space.

It will be interesting to see what kind of injuries the 7 injured hostages sustained.

Anonymous said...

Some of those guys have C8 SFW's in that photo of the assault.

There's definitely been big budget from the Canberra for all that very expensive modern gear.

Anonymous said...

@8.25 They seem to lack proper CQB training and breaching tactics. The weapons that were used was not compact and designed for that type of mission. The weapon specification Should of been from these variants, the mp5n,tar21,vector,g36c,pdw and lwrc. I saw in the papers some walking with Aug steynr with long barrels.Any military or security contractor personnel who has been trained in cqb warfare will say shortened the barrel or give me something that is more compact and munerverable in tight corners along with tight accuracy in short distance of fire.

The world is bearing the cost of Muslim Inbreeding said...

Massive inbreeding within the Muslim culture during the last 1.400 years may have done catastrophic damage to their gene pool. The consequences of intermarriage between first cousins often have serious impact on the offspring’s intelligence, sanity, health and on their surroundings

A rough estimate shows that close to half of all Muslims in the world are inbred, which increase the risks of negative mental and physical consequenses greatly.

A British Pakistani family is at least 13 times more likely than the general population to have children with recessive genetic disorders.

IQ in inbred children (8-12 years old) is found to be lower (69 in rural and 79 in suburban populations) than that of the outbred ones (79 and 95 respectively).

There are also evidence suggesting that inbred people has a higher risk of developing mental disorders.

"The closer the blood relative, the more likely was there to be a schizophrenic illness."

The increased risk of insanity among children of marriages between cousins might explain why immigrant patients are stressing the psychiatric system and are strongly overrepresented among insane criminals.

The consequences for offspring of consanguineous marriages are unpleasantly clear: Death, low intelligence or even mental retardation, handicaps and diseases often leading to a slow and painful death. Other consequences are:

Limited social skills and understanding, limited ability to manage education and work procedures and painful treatment procedures.

However, inbreeding among Muslims has severe implications for both the Western societies and the Muslim world.

Expenses related to mentally and physically handicapped Muslim immigrants drains the budget for other public services.

In USA, the majority of Muslims have a lower income, are less educated and have worse jobs than the population as a whole.

]Inbreeding may thus explain why only nine Muslims ever managed to receive the prestigious Nobel Prize (5 of them won the "Peace Prize" - for peace that turned out not to last for very long).

The limited ability to understand, appreciate and produce knowledge following a limited IQ is probably also partly the reason why Muslim countries produce 1/10 of the World average when it comes to scientific research:

Anonymous said...

@900pm @855pm @843pm

Thank you Military Police Lieutenant.

Am very impressed with the number of 'em heavy firearm barrels you are so aptly familiar with - description, serial nos..wow..ahem ..ahem.

My contact number Lt. is tartar680gc63 Mose code. Over and

Anonymous said...


ARE YOU SERIOUS?? Let me kindly suggest you take time off and study the Koran. You cant help but see violence, murder and a deep hatred for non-believers. That's what the contents are about. Its fact and its not nice to make up stories especially when it concerns them and us.

Julab Dean said...

Bainimarama is a muslim. He is very radicalised and extremist. Allah hu akbar. Allah is the only god and mohammed is the prophet. All muslims silently support jihadists who are hell bent in killing kafirs, infidels. Watch out for Bainimara and ASK.

Bulkstore watch said...

anon9.20pm.. you say.. only nine Muslims ever managed to receive the prestigious Nobel Prize (5 of them won the "Peace Prize". And how many Fijians or Indians (which I know you are) have won the Nobel Prize apart from the one this year who is fighting against child exploitation, something Indians do very well... including in Fiji where Indian construction companies and supermarkets use children to pack potatoes and onions in the back bulkstore using child labour.

Anonymous said...

@Anon 9pm

All those guys were lined up at the front door of that café and trying to effect a stack entry. Its a Yank method.

When you get stuck at the door like that with the Stack you are in trouble. Too complicated

The Brit SAS entry method is better and safer. Its called the "Overkill" method and its used by all the SF around the world who the Brits have trained. And you don't need all that fancy C8 and what else gear they have showing on the TV beaming out of Sydney to do it. You just need pistols, flash bangs and 4 to 6 guys.

More from the religion of peace said...

Turning in their own kind to quench their blood-lust:

DECEMBER 16, 2014 9:30PM - Taliban gunmen have killed over 100 people, including 82 children, after storming an army-run school in restive northwest Pakistan.
Witnesses described how a huge blast shook the Army Public School in the northwestern city of Peshawar and gunmen went from classroom to classroom, shooting children.
The militants had been ordered to shoot older students, a Taliban spokesman said, adding the attack was revenge for a major military offensive in the region.
At least five insurgents wearing military uniforms have entered the school a source said.

Anonymous said...

I dont care about the Muslim extremist or what, going on the World News...pls can someone just pluck a vudi up Vili Rakoro's arse??

Anonymous said...

Really interesting the guy posting here. He must be a genious knowing the code words used by the army and how to compare.

Someone has already identified him as Mlitary Police LEUTENANT.

Interesting indeed.

Vinaka tubuna.

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Anonymous said...


Not a genius.

Its just basic CQB tactics.

Its likely that some of the hostages injured and even probably one of the killed were injured by the Aussie SF.

It will be interesting to check the injuries on the hostages and even on one of the dead. Most probably some of them will have ballistic injuries consistent with 5.56mm rounds coming out of those Colt variations the Aussie SF used.

They used very high power velocity weapons.

They tried to effect a Stack entry into a café which had only one entry point where they could only enter one at a time into a confined space.

That's very dangerous. For the Assault team as well as the hostages. And its the reason why one of the Assault team even got injured (shot in the face).

Which just shows that if the RFMF has to train for CQB that it should not be done with the Aussies.

Its better to train with the Brits.

This is where the Tactics and training and methods are tested and shown to be useful/ effective or not.

Anonymous said...

That was also an Emergency Action which just makes it all the more clearer what kind of tactics the Aussie SF use because its clear that those guys ran their standard Tactics in effecting that assault.

Those are Tactics they train by. Which means that they have no variations to account for different kinds of situations or buildings (i.e that café).

Beyond the operations we have to look at the tactics because those reveal the kind of methodologies and planning and thinking they do

Looking at the RFMF reengagement with the ADF in those terms its important to evaluate what kind of enhancements to the operational capabilities of the RFMF this reengagement will bring

These seemingly small things count in the bigger scheme of things because its where the tactics and training and methodologies are tested and shown.

Anonymous said...

@ 8.29am
@ 7.55am

Ahem..Good morning Lieutenant - you have such vast knowledge about the proper tactics that the Oz Swat team could have applied.

Maybe you could apply this knowledge plus the surplus aces you have up your sleeve back at the Camp? Teach the boys some aggressive counterterrorism tactics, you know, just in case?

Actually, an intelligent sum up Sir!!

Anonymous said...

SWAT? or do you mean tactical operations unit aka (TOU) the terminology the Aussie police use. typical civilian too much Hollywood films.

Anonymous said...

@ 7.33am

I believe we were all waiting for something like this to happen. The people of this nation are now aware what the next phase, or next probable cause of action will be with Aiyaz Khaiyum when it comes to dealing with people who are "whistleblowers".

Aiyaz and Frank are LIARS and CORRUPT TO THE CORE. Anyone dare probe into their stinking mess and bring it to light, they will be facing immediate retaliation one way or the other.

You have to have similar characters or similar interests matching that of the new Dictator and his puppet in order to survive in their camp. If you are not a 'bird of their feather' you definitely cant stick around for long. And have we not witnessed that ourselves. Look at the list of people who were automatically fired from their jobs because their conscience dictated to them otherwise. You certainly cannot serve two masters when you reach the crux of it all.

Aiyaz and Frank have shown a ruthless lack of conscience when it comes to certain dealings.

All we can say about the two senior Fiji TV staff who were dismissed recently is that they stood up for something good and Aiyaz Khaiyum is the Sore Loser!!

When one door is closed, there's another that's open!! All the best to them!!

Anonymous said...

@ 7.25am

SWAT - Special Weapons and Tactics.

Typical doce - dont know much eh?

Anonymous said...

HAhahhha civy!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Like a true communist government, you have the Fiji First in power and they decree it in their interest to have a newspaper like the unreliable Fiji Sun to be their mouthpiece.


And that STUPID notorious female Indian journalist appears to be very immature and spiteful. Its not like reading an article from a professional well qualified writer or journalist. What she produces speaks volumes of her character - false, biased, malicious and scandalous to the say the least.


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Anonymous said...

Bainimarama Government - unfair and unreasonable. Based upon the following points and if one happens to have a good moral conscience, would we, in all truth and fairness say that the Bainimarama Government was honest and fair in the recent 2014 General Elections???

Aiyaz & Frank instigated :

* the appointment of all the key officials in the Elections Office;

* the appointment of all the Electoral Commission Members, suspected by the Opposition to be Bainimarama Government sympathizers;

* the electoral system with a single national constituency;

* the deliberate design of an “unfriendly” ballot paper without candidate names, photos or party name and symbols- only numbers;

* the banning of independent NGOs from monitoring the counting at the polling stations;

* the banning of pens and paper, and recording media from the polling stations;

and many other decisions, such as the last minute unfair disqualification of Opposition candidates on residential grounds while disallowing a credible opposition challenge to a FFP candidate.

*An Electoral Commission whose views were ignored by the Bainimarama Government.


Anonymous said...





Anonymous said...






Anonymous said...

Fiji is having a hot day today at 33 Degrees. But California is having a ‘Hot Drought’ WORST IN AT LEAST 1,200 YEARS...

Record rains fell in California this week. They’re not enough to change the course of what scientists are now calling the region’s worst drought in at least 1,200 years.

Just how bad has California’s drought been? Modern measurements already showed it’s been drier than the 1930s dustbowl, worse than the historic droughts of the 1970s and 1980s. That’s not all. New research going back further than the Viking conquests in Europe still can’t find a drought as bad as this one.

Anonymous said...

You want a vudi mereoni?

Anonymous said...

Oi lewa watch out I'll come to your house whilst you still in bed sleeping.I'll take your computer your internet,your clothes your daddy's clothes your mummy's clothes your brothers sapo and t-shirts, empty your fridge I'll even kick you all out of your house and claim it with my gang...... what you going to do?sit down and have a cup of shut The fuck up.

Comment deletec said...

Complete disrespect from the editor for the victims of Sydney siege. All just to get more hits on Coup 4.5.

Anonymous said...

Can't beat ga our Fiji Army. If there is such a situation in Fiji, they will come in, drop their guns and pants and bend over to the terrorists like they did in Syria. But the moment an old man or lady kicks up a fuss in Fiji they will execute their rough up tactics with all vigor. yavu lamu sona. sa rui levu ga na vakaraitaki medals on their chest like which wars have they fought in? hahaha hehehe hawhawhaw

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous 12:28 PM

Oh boy the retards show their superiority again;

"" I'll take your computer YOUR INTERNET,your clothes ""

What you gonna do jungle boy, take the phone lines and sell them for scrap?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous at 12:28 PM is bragging about his way of life again.

You can understand why these village outcasts hold tradition and culture so close to their hearts and are so worried about others not respecting it.

This idiot has not yet realised he's one of the scum the majority want eradicated.

Anonymous said...

@2.05 and 2.21pm hahahahahhahahahaha.; )

franky said...

Ahhh 'multiculturalism' - the gift that keeps on giving.You don't see too many fundamenmtalist Christians doing this anywhere in Aust. One of the nutjobs even went so far as to blame the Aust government for 'letting' his halfwit daughter go to join IS !!?? Where were you dad?

Anonymous said...

@ 12.28pm

Io eh? Dont forget to take my moocow too okay? You dumbass good-for-nothing stook!

Make yourself useful uludrika!

Anonymous said...

@ 12.51pm

What did the editor say?

If you referring to me at 11.44am, that was meant for the donkey at 11.30am who couldnt write anything sensible but total crap... the editor had to chop his head off! So the goof is throwing tantrums at 12.28pm.

Real silly clown!

Reaping what you sow said...

Taliban scum kill 130, mostly children, in the name of allah. Pakistan funded the Taliban, now paying the price for supporting terrorism. The killings are very sad, and the heart goes out to the grieving parents. Terrorism is to be condemned, not praised. Unfortunately people in Pakistan and other muslim countries are out on the streets in numbers celebrating when Muslim terrorists commit atrocities and murder people in other countries.

Unfortunately nothing will be learnt from this latest carnage and it will be business as usual. Western countries need to close the door on muslims or else what happened in Pakistan will happen in their own countries by home-grown terrorists.

Anonymous said...

FDB SAYS Khaiyum has defended his ambush of foreign investors in the property market by claiming he DID consult. He said his consultation was the post-budget forum organised by the Fiji Chamber of Commerce at the Grand Pacific Hotel. He just doesn’t get that consulting means talking to people to find out how it affects them BEFORE springing the new law on them. For some strange reason it was left to Government Member of Parliament Ashneel Sudhakar to explain that the main focus of the Land Sales (Amendment) Bill No. 28 of 2014 did not apply to land outside town and municipal boundaries. So what about the people in Savusavu? And does that do anything to reduce the damage already done to investor confidence?

Anonymous said...

Well it will probably surprise some of you on this Board that the Phonecians (yes those guys whose descendants are in what is today Lebanon and Syria) are the first human civilisation to have invented a phonetic alphabet. Because of them we have our ABC today. They discovered that technology of making the connection between sound and written characters and so invented an alphabet based on phonetics.

Algebra (yes the same stuff you had to learn to pass your Fiji School Leaving Certificate Mathemetics) was invented by the Arabs.

And yes one of this years Nobel Prize winners is a Muslim girl from Pakistan.

And maybe some of you have not heard or seen the modern Arabic music scene. Rachid Taha, Diana Hadad, Cheb Khalid etc etc etc Even Sting did his Desert Rose with a world renowned Arabic musician whom you can all hear on youtube.

The "Islamic militants" have a purely militant (violent) ideology for "political reform". In that regard they are no different from the Christian Lords Liberation Army in Uganada or even the Christian South Lebanese Army in Lebanon.

Demonising a whole civilisation seems like the easy way out. Understanding the dynamics of whats happening and the structural context requires more than just dumb slogans.

Anonymous said...

By Damian Grammaticus
BBC News, Delhi

Condom factory
There is a "lack of awareness" over condom sizes

A survey of more than 1,000 men in India has concluded that condoms made according to international sizes are too large for a majority of Indian men.

The study found that more than half of the men measured had penises that were shorter than international standards for condoms.

It has led to a call for condoms of mixed sizes to be made more widely available in India.

The two-year study was carried out by the Indian Council of Medical Research.

Over 1,200 volunteers from the length and breadth of the country had their penises measured precisely, down to the last millimetre.

The scientists even checked their sample was representative of India as a whole in terms of class, religion and urban and rural dwellers.

Anonymous said...

Sonny Bill Williams: Islam brings me happiness

By Gary Morley and Neil Curry, CNN

November 27, 2013 -- Updated 1159 GMT (1959 HKT)

CNN) -- It was in the cave of Hira that the prophet Muhammad received the first revelation of the Quran. For rugby's original wild child Sonny Bill Williams, meeting a Tunisian family who lived with their five children in a one-bedroom flat in the south of France proved pivotal to his conversion to Islam.

The New Zealander's unshakeable belief in the Almighty has proved to be the making of one of the island nation's most gifted -- and controversial -- sports stars.

"I was real close with them, and I saw how happy and content they were. And to see how they lived their lives, it was just simple," Sonny Bill Williams, a prodigious rugby talent, professional boxer and tattooed poster boy, tells CNN's Human to Hero series.

"One thing I've learned over my career is that simplicity is the key. On the field, off as well."

"I've become a true Muslim," added Williams. "It's giving me happiness. It's made me become content as a man, and helped me to grow. I've just got faith in it and it has definitely helped me become the man I am today."

Anonymous said...

Religion Steps into the Boxing Ring: Ali in ’64

By: Jeff Nilsson

Published: January 21, 2012

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali, now 70 years old, is one of America’s most admired athletes. He has received an honorary doctorate at Princeton University, the Spirit of America award, the Presidential Citizens Medal, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

All these honors in late life could obscure the fact that Muhammad Ali, in his youth, was a highly controversial figure—a racial revolutionary, some feared.

Ali had been generally popular up to the day he beat Sonny Liston in 1964 to become boxing’s heavyweight champion. Shortly afterward, though, he announced that he’d joined the Nation of Islam, and changed his name from Cassius Marcellus Clay to Muhammed Ali.

Ali’s religion was still a hot issue in 1965, when he fought former heavyweight champion Floyd Paterson. In an unpublished story, Post writer Bill Bridges described how the Ali-Patterson bout was being regarded as a test of Christianity and Muslim faiths. Some of Ali’s supporters, who had become estranged when he joined the Nation of Islam, were hoping that a Patterson victory would convince Ali to return to his old faith. After Patterson was defeated, however, there was no more talk about the match proving which was the superior faith.

Anonymous said...

The Itaukei nationalists vilifying the Muslims on the blog forget that the founder of that nationalist ethos and its true champion is a Muslim.

Muhammed Apisai Tora fought in Malaya for the RFMF. Led the oil strikes and led the Taukei Movement in 1987 and again in 2000.

He remained committed to his cause. He went to jail at the age of 76 with his walking stick.

Leading from the front.

Ironic that you should vilify Islam when the champion of the Taukei Movement and one of its stalwarts is a Muslim warrior from Natalau in Sabeto.

Anonymous said...


Looking at the conflicts in the world today and since the end of World War II, a significant portion of the deaths, mayhem, destruction and unrest caused have been the result of inter-Muslim disputes. Most notable are the eight-year war between Iraq and Iran; the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq; the Pakistan-Bangladesh conflict; the Syrian, Lebanese, Yemeni and Somali civil wars; intersectarian Muslim violence between Shia and Sunni in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq; inter-Palestinian factionalism; and the decade-long mass violence by Muslim religious extremists during centuries of conflict between Shia and Sunni.

Where Muslims have been at risk of displacement and under attack in Bosnia, Kosovo and Kuwait, their rescue was made possible only by the efforts of the United States.

Anonymous said...


Muslims are numerous but powerless. Divisions among Muslims, especially between Sunni and Shi'ites, have consigned the Muslim Middle East to almost a century of Western control. Muslims cannot even play together.

The Islamic Solidarity Games, a regional version of the Olympics, which were to be held in April in Iran, have been cancelled, because the Iranians and the Arabs cannot agree on whether to call the body of water that separates Iran from the Arabian Peninsula the Persian Gulf or the Arabian Gulf.

Anonymous said...


As of 2006, Tora remained a controversial figure. In mid-2004, he clashed with Police Commissioner Andrew Hughes, taking offence at a speech Hughes had made at the annual general meeting of the Pacific British Chamber of Commerce in Suva on 24 August. He said that as an Australian, Hughes should remember how his country had oppressed its Aborigine population to the point of genocide and had denied voting rights to many of them as recently as 1967. It was inappropriate, he told the Senate, for an Australian to come to Fiji attack the indigenous population. "Too often these days when people speak out on certain matters there are attempts to intimidate or muzzle them and breach their rights by throwing allegations of racism or making hate speeches," he said. "I would like to warn Mr Hughes to be careful," he declared. "To do his own work properly and not to tread where angels fear to tread." He went on to say that the 1997 Constitution was "nothing less than a fraud on the Fijian people."
In 2005, Tora came out strongly in favour of the government's controversial Reconciliation, Tolerance, and Unity Bill, which aims to establish a commission empowered to compensate victims and pardon perpetrators of the 2000 coup, and has harshly attacked its detractors. In a Senate speech on 24 August 2004, he clashed publicly with the Military commander Commodore Frank Bainimarama (an implacable opponent of the legislation), accusing the Military of "playing politics." He also questioned how, in view of the Auditor General's report that the Military was unable to operate within its budget, it had obtained funding for its nationwide campaign against the bill, which involved soldiers visiting villages to educate the people on the Military's perception of it.

Koran-sanctioned lying to infides: taqiyya and kitman said...

mohammed (the curse of mankind) was a muslim role model. He was truly evil - a liar, thief, rapist, paedophile, plunderer, conman and mass murderer. This example so many muslims emulate today through child marriage, terrorism, and pedophilia through sex with young boys in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Because Mohammed lied and cheated in order to advance islam, some followers feel entitled to do exactly the same. Two forms of lying to non-believers are sanctioned by the koran, taqiyya and kitman, to gain the trust of non-muslims in order to draw out their vulnerability and defeat them.
Qur'an (3:28) tells Muslims not to take non-muslims as friends, unless it is to "guard themselves." Never trust a muslim. They can never be true friends with kafirs. It is against their very religion. They call it religion of peace. This is taqiyya and kitman at work.

Anonymous said...


One may not agree with Tora's views (I don't) but one cannot help but respect his courage and commitment (I do).

Going to prison at the age of 76 with his walking stick and having that shown on the TV with him leading the way to the prison van because he didn't want a suspended sentence over that incident involving that roadblock in Nadi says something about the character of the man.

And when you look back at his political career and before that his Unionist career you can see that he thinks through what he says and what he does.

He has a point when he makes an argument (which is not something that can be said for some of the other Taukei nationalists of the bean cart variety which now seem to be the plague of this nation).

Apisai Tora Ahmadi Muslim Sect said...

Apisai Tora was Qadiyanese, which Muslims revile and reject as a cult and sect. Their leader is considered a liar, kafir and impostor. Mirza Ghulam Ahmed falsely claimed prophethood and dreamt that "that I was God.” (Aina-e-Kamalat Islam. P.564.

he also claimed he was Krishna and jesus Christ (Tazkara P.381). Mirza Ghulam dreamt he saw Muhammad Begum naked. She was a young married women he was blackmailing into marriage with these muslim prophets have one thing in common - they are horny bastards always trying to steal other's wives.

Mirza Ghulam claimed that at first God converted him into Mary for two years then made him pregnant by blowing the soul of Jesus into him; he remained pregnant for 10 months, then God converted him into Jesus. This is how he became Mary and Jesus. (Rooahni Khazain vol 19 pp. 87-89).The Qaidanis freely believe this crap , yet they redicule the 2nd coming of Christ.

Muslim and pusedo-muslim quick to judge and condemn other religions but their beliefs are really fucked-up and weird.

Anonymous said...

Apisai Tora was fearless and he stood for his people, the Itaukei.

He continued the fight for the rights of the itaukei right up till I can remember, that roadblock with a group of people, he got arrested for that, charged and jailed.

But somehow he was to be feared because he had a cause and that was to defend and protect and pursue the interests and rights of the indigenous Fijians. He showed it in his courageous and bold stand in his speech, his opinions and actions.

Unfortunately, he chose to be Muslim but his love and dedication towards the plight of the Fijian people drove him to do what he did.

That doesnt change the fact that Mohammed was indeed the CURSE OF MANKIND and the Koran, EVIL!

Anonymous said...

" they are horny bastards always trying to steal other's wives. "

Even worse - Yazidi women captured by ISIS are treated like cattle. These women are sold, raped, enslaved!!!

The power of the Koran and Muslims - nothing but pure evil. Was Mohammed really a Prophet or was he sent from hell to bring a true curse upon mankind?

@ 651pm/659pm : Sonny Bill Williams and Mohammed Ali?? Why mention these men?? They may sound significant to you as you defend the Muslims and their beliefs, but to us who know better, we say "let them choose a false religion, worship a false god. The choice of life to perdition - its theirs of their own making"!!


Anonymous said...

Perhaps you have been told or taught that the name Allah is simply another name for God, and that Muslims and Christians and Jews all worship the same God no matter what we choose to call Him. That is absolutely false, and it is one of the platform tenants of Chrislam. The Koran clearly teaches that Allah HAS NO SON, and for that reason alone Allah cannot be the God of the Bible because both the Old and New Testaments declare that God has a son. His name is JESUS CHRIST, LORD AND SAVIOUR OF MANKIND!!

Anonymous said...

Palestinians Submit Draft To Divide Israel 1967

The Arab backed draft resolution on dividing the Land of Israel and going back to the pre-1967 borders will be submitted TODAY and may go to the Security Council for a vote.

Russia China France Britain and America - very possible that all will vote against Israel.

Obama says that in his final two years of presidency 'there will be a peace agreement'.

Zecharaia 12. Prophecy. " Jerusalem will becoming a cup of trembling...."

Anonymous said...

Peeking into ISIS Kill Plot for the USA first...

ISIS is beginning to spread their fear tactics once again but this time they are threatening with scorpion bombs as well as poisoning the water supply. Their goal is to kill as many infidels as possible. To kill anyone and everyone who is opposed to their god, “Allah.”

According to a 26 page Fatwa manifesto written by Nasr Al-Fahd, a Saudi theologian, they target and desire the complete annihilation of the United States killing as many as they can. Here are just a few of the quotes found in this disturbing manifesto:

“Peace, mercy and blessings of God. It is no secret what was published in the media about the intention to hit America with weapons of mass Destruction. So what is the Fatwa ruling for the Mujahideen to use these? Is it permissible at all? Is it the Mother of necessity? … This issue, needs a complete message; and gathering from evidence and scholarly sources to the question regarding The House of War and how to practice Jihad-u-Dafi’ (Repulse Jihad) and the meaning of destruction of crops including reproduction of life (children) religiously, and so on which I will collect what was given by Allah’s will”. (Page 2)

“If the infidels cannot be repulsed from the Muslims except by resorting to using such weapons, then it may be used even if it killed and wiped them out completely including decimating their crops and their descendants. I will include the details in my letter I mentioned. Therefore the question is asked and the answer is given and the matter is closed and concluded. (see Page #2)”

“Ibn Rajab said regarding Allah’s mercy in his collection on science and governance, p 112: “in charity it is permissible to kill people and animals in the easiest way and do not increase in the torture and the easiest method to kill a human being is to strike off the neck with the sword of violence in accordance to the Quran when “you meet the unbelievers then strike off their necks”(Quran) “فإذالقيتمالذينكفروافضربالرقاب” and it also said: “I will spread horror/terror in the hearts of the unbelievers, smite above their necks and smite there fingertips thereof” (see Page 5)

“Section I: evidence for an age to use specific weapons for a particular enemy:
And so like if America at this time; the issue to hit with these weapons [mass destruction] is permissible without mentioning the evidence of the second section the following (evidence of general legality); because Allah Almighty says “to punish in similar fashion as you were afflicted”, and the Almighty says “Attack who attacks you in similar ways as you were attacked,” and the Almighty says “Pay evil with evil,” so the observer sees American aggression on Muslims and their lands during the past decades concludes the permission to use aggression with reciprocity only as has been collected by some of the brothers the number of dead from amongst the Muslims with their weapons of direct and indirect, methods to bring the number close to ten million. And as for the lands that [America] burned with their bombs and their explosives and rockets not one can enumerate except Allah, and whatever else happened in Afghanistan and Iraq, and this is what caused the wars on many of the Muslims causing homelessness. So if bomb is launched at them that will kill ten million of them, and it will burn their land as much as they burned the Muslim lands this is therefore permissible without the need to mention any other evidence, but other evidence may be needed if we are to perish of them more than this number!” (Page 8)

As you can tell from above it is their intent to kill close to ten million of us. Be it through weapons of mass destruction or any other means. But their latest scare tactics include shooting scorpion bombs, disease bomb, and poisoning the water supply….

Anonymous said...

Then why was Fijian Holdings (yes that Itaukei Corporation)going to Muslim Malaysia for assistance on the structure and set up of its operations ? If the Muslim are so odious to the Itaukei nationalists then what were they doing in Malaysia ?

Better still why did Siti Weleilakeba and Qarase deal with Carpenters knowing that it had been taken over by the Malaysians ?

The Itaukei nationalists have now graduated from xenophobia to the Indo Fijians in general to xenophobia to the Muslims as a whole ?

Fourteen years ago it was against the Indo Fijians. Two years ago it was against the Chinese. Today its against the Muslims.

So who are going to be the next group of people to blame for the Itaukei nationalists ?

Leqa levu ni leqa tu na koroturaga. Sa veilecayaki kecega.

Anonymous said...

@8:43 AM
Next group will be those from Muaniweni.

KUA NI RERE said...





Justice and sleep at last

Serafina Silaitoga
Thursday, December 18, 2014

Nathaniel Lal and his dad Rajesh Lal celebrate the High Court's decision against the Ministry of Education. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA+ Enlarge this image

Nathaniel Lal and his dad Rajesh Lal celebrate the High Court's decision against the Ministry of Education. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA

NATHANIEL Lal shed tears of joy after the High Court in Suva quashed the Ministry of Education permanent secretary's decision to award biology students of Labasa Sangam (SKN) College zero in the 2012 Fiji Seventh Form Certificate Examination.

Anonymous said...

@ 8.43am

Hello, I think it would be simple arithmetic that if you want to get on in business you've just got to deal with all different types of people be it Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Buddhists.

So if you are referring to Qarase and Co dealing with Carpenters because they are Malaysians???

I think you are getting way off track here!! Doesnt relate to all the comments re the Muslim religion and Mohammed and the Koran stated earlier on in the show.

Okay for example, I dont believe in the Muslim religion, but hey, dont I just love their food!! Yum, Yum!!

Same with business. I will deal with different nationals despite their beliefs and form of worship because hellloooooo, that's just part of every day life.

You see what I mean??? Please do not hesitate to see me in my Chambers if you are having problems understanding??

Anonymous said...

You dont have to breach your contract in order to be sent home.. you just go when told I suppose!! Only in Fiji!!

Go Hari Punja - your the man! Back those unjustly fired by Fijian Holdings CEO, Mr Taliban!!

Punja is now backing Fiji TV employment lawsuits against Fijian Holdings.

Punja has said he will make sure that all communications shared amongst the board members available to be used in the tribunal actions will ensure maximum embarrassment to the craven leadership of Fijian Holdings, majority owners.

Both dismissed executives have been assured of the 100 percent support of Hari Punja – who holds 26 percent of Fiji TV’s shares and two board nominations.

Fijian Holdings chairman Iowane Naiveli has already admitted to the media the two were sacrificed...

‘’I can categorically say that there is no breach of contract; you don’t need to breach a contract to go home’’


All what FIJI FIRST GOVERNMENT is about!!!

Anonymous said...

"And the truth shall set you free" the boy's father said.

The High Court ordered the first respondent, Minister for Education, to direct the second respondent, the education permanent secretary, to convene a proper inquiry into allegations of malpractice against the applicants (students) and detail the allegations in writing to them with sufficient particularity (including evidence relied upon).

Jubilant day for those students who worked so hard and labelled cheats at exams sat - they won their case!

Ministry of Education - you didnt do a good job getting concrete evidence that ALL these students cheated?

Probably assumed eh? Hmmmmmmmmmmmm

Thank God - truth prevails to the end.

nayacakalou said...

@Anon 8:45...I do agree with you,as the only way you can be sacked,is if contract is breached.If they did not,than they could only be stood down,and be given other post,unless they quit.If FTV just lay them off,they can not be seen hiring anyone else ,for that matter,and it sem's like a breach already,as they have taken someone already.

Anonymous said...


Its really a question of the filthy lucre isn't it ?

Which probably explains how the Momi landowners lost their native land at the hands of the champions of Itaukei affirmative action ? Speaking out of both sides of one's mouth ?

And so you practice that on your client's as well do you ?

How convenient it mus be for you !

Anonymous said...

@Nayacakalou 1:11 PM

What was their contract ?

What were their contract 'performance' clauses ?

What were their previous warnings regarding non performance ?

What were their individual KPIs ?

Did they attain these KPIs ?

Anonymous said...

Contracts are one thing.

There's also fiduciary duties.

Both of them were Executives of Fiji TV.

I would think their "take the highway" letters were partly as a result of this problem with the Fiji TV licensing arrangements with FBC but not limited to that only as it probably also extends to the litany of problems with the Sky Pacific change over of channels over the last few months.

You have to remember that its not only the Board who have issue, the clients actually have setup Facebook pages to vent their frustration on why Sky Pacific has now become the biggest headache to their TV enjoyment since Sky Pacific unilaterally switched away from Fox to the new Warner setup.

Fiji TV also lost a lot of money because of that botched change of channels transition. They probably ended up forking out double what they were supposed to have collected in revenue and saved.

E sega ni TV station nei Tata....that's the lesson to take home.

Anonymous said...

@ 1.32pm

I think you are overly stressed?

Business is business. You can choose to cheat your customer if you wish based on his religion or race, simply cause you are racist or you just enjoy discriminating or incriminating simply because he is Muslim or Hindu or whatever.

So what if Carpenters is a Malaysian firm? They're thriving in Fiji aren't they?

All depends how you relate to the matter? Filthy lucre if you see it that way. I dont. Carpenters dont either, nor does anybody.

As for your comments reMomi?? I think you are overly stressed!!

Anonymous said...

So who is next Aiyaz?

The couple in the "white house"?

Anonymous said...


There have been talks on extending the term of some Permanent Secretaries for another three months.

This has been confirmed by the Chairman of the Public Service Commission, Josefa Serulagilagi who said they have little time on hand to go through the advertising and other processes.

He said they are still waiting for instructions from the Public Service Minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum on when the Permanent Secretaries positions will be advertised as the term for all the positions will come to an end on the 31st of this month.

Anonymous said...

"Most importantly, we need to stop breeding a society of thugs and thieves that we have created.

We must curb the habit for the betterment of generations to come."

Above statement from SIMON HAZELMAN, Savusavu in the Fiji Times Letters to the Editor on criminals and tourism.


Sa yawa man!!

Anonymous said...


A new duplex staff quarters at Government House was opened today.

While opening the staff quarters, President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau said it is vital for Government staff to have decent living quarters.

Ratu Nailatikau said the staff at Government House serve the top people visiting Fiji and they are expected to be given the best service.

Ratu Nailatikau also said the quarters was built at a time when a Governor from Hong Kong came to serve in Fiji and resided at the quarters.

He added since then, the quarters had not been renovated and were used over the years by various staff and families.

The staff duplex quarters took four months to build by a local firm and cost $315,000.

Anonymous said...

And so the story goes that the very Ratu Nailatikau who is doing the great honour of opening this new staff duplex quarters might just want to think of reserving one for him and madame in the very near future!!

Anything can happen amongst a band of thugs. We learn they can easily turn one against the other!!!

Anonymous said...

chk out racist digicel ad (all indian) and the racist fbc ad where the indo fbc announcer beats up 3 indigenous youths about to rob the indo......

meanwhile bai and the indigenous FFirst brainless idiots continue to live happy

Anonymous said...

Trues up I just saw that today, very racist indeed.

KUA NI RERE said...

@Anonymous 12:08

Are you saying the Labasa students NEVER CHEATED DURING THEIR 2012 Exams?



nayacakalou said...

@ Anon 2:03...My advice to Tanya,is to take them to Court,and start looking for green pasture's.I belive,she is an Australian Graduate and her skill is needed down under.Fiji is alway's home,and for dictators,their day's are coming,and the Law will always win.

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Anonymous said...

Discussions in the Aussie media are asking why the snipers did not shoot the gunman.

Interesting discussion because one of the answers from a Police Tactical shooter was that they were worried about the glass suggesting that they aren't sure about their ballistic penetration.

Looks like they are using standard 55gr M193 or 62gr M855 which is not suitable for glass.

Ballistics was probably not upto the job, hence the reluctance to take the shot amongst their guys.

Anonymous said...

They should probably look Stateside for good ballistics for their 5.56 gear.

Corbans 55 grain JHP or even the Winchester silver tip will do the job on glass.

Would have thought that's where the ANZUS alliance comes in handy

Anonymous said...

MARCHING ORDERS? Meanwhile, Government House sources say Khaiyum has also given President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and his wife Adi Koila Mara TWO WEEKS TO PACK AND GET OUT IN THE NEW YEAR!

Anonymous said...

@ 8.02pm

Following report seems to indicate that ALL of the students didnt cheat?? The Ministry of Education actually accused the whole lot of them and gave them a big 0???

NATHANIEL Lal shed tears of joy after the High Court in Suva quashed the Ministry of Education permanent secretary's decision to award biology students of Labasa Sangam (SKN) College zero in the 2012 Fiji Seventh Form Certificate Examination.

NATHANIEL Lal was saying that he and his OTHER COLLEAGUES won their court case.

He says the decision by the Ministry of Education to award US with a zero in ALL OUR BIOLOGY PAPERS AFFECTED US GREATLY BECAUSE PEOPLE SAW US AS STUDENTS WHO CHEAT.

"Justice has finally prevailed and the truth has certainly set us free," he said yesterday. "The word of God never fails as it says that the truth will set us free and it happened to me, my family and ALL my other colleagues who were victimised through the decision."

"We thank God for His faithfulness because He was always on our side. At least we now know what the truth really is.

"But we thank tertiary institutions such as the University of Fiji, FSM and USP for giving us a chance to pursue our dreams despite the situation we faced in 2012."

The High Court stated the students were denied natural justice, were not afforded procedural fairness and the decisions of the respondents were irrational.

Nathaniel's dad, Rajesh Lal, said they were blessed to have the best lawyers representing them.

Anonymous said...

@ 8.45pm

Cant believe they were not sure about the effectiveness of their shots upon glass impact yarr.

Dont snipers in the military or police know what their special sniper rifles are capable of achieving? Long distance, short distance, thickness of glass, possible penetration, bullet proof se sega.

Man sounds like these special units go purchase the sniper rifle and then proceed to measuring the thickness of the glass of the building that they're going to aim at. Sounds crazy. he he

Maybe they didnt do their homework and were unsure, so hesitated all that while. That's even crazier.


Anonymous said...


Might help you understand why at times a sniper is not sure whether his shots will actually penetrate and hit the target.

"Bulletproof" glass is very different to ordinary glass. More correctly called bullet-resistant glass (because no glass is totally bulletproof), it's made from layers of polycarbonate (a tough type of plastic), sandwiched in between pieces of toughened glass. This sandwich of layers is called a laminate. It can be up to ten times thicker than a single pane of ordinary glass and it's usually very heavy.

When a bullet strikes bulletproof glass, its energy spreads out sideways through the layers. Because the energy is divided between a number of different pieces of glass and plastic, and spread over a large area, it is quickly absorbed. The bullet slows down so much that it no longer has enough energy to pierce through—or to do much damage if it does so. Although the glass panes do break, the plastic layers stop them flying apart."

Think of bulletproof glass as "energy-absorbing" glass and you'll have a good idea how it works.

Anonymous said...

@ 10.20pm

Vinaka Lieutenant!

Anonymous said...

Fiji military says overseas ties help against internal threats
Updated at 5:26 pm today

Fiji says strengthening ties with overseas defence forces will help the country defend itself against any internal security threats.
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Photo: AFP

A spokesperson for the Fiji military told FBC News that the Sydney cafe siege, where a gunman held people hostage for almost a day this week, demonstrates the changing security situation.

Lieutenant Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho says that event, which claimed the lives of two hostages, shows how important it is for Fiji to engage with its defence counterparts.
New Zealand's defence minister Gerry Brownlee visited Fiji this week and held talks with a range of top military personnel including Army Commander Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga.

Mr Brownlee's visit follows a list of recent visits by top military representatives from France, Britain, Australia and the US.
Fiji has also strengthened its military ties with China, India and the United Arab Emirates, and is expected to host Russia's defence minister early next year.

Next story in Pacific: Vanuatu to chair key ACP body

waila said...

Ah, the power of Wikipedia - it makes a clown sound like the Oracle of all wisdom.

Islam's Latest Contributions to Peace said...

2014.12.17 (Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan) - A Fedayeen suicide assault on a bank leaves ten others dead.

2014.12.16 (Radaa, Yemen) - Twenty schoolgirls are among thirty-one innocents pulled into pieces by two Sunni suicide bombers.

2014.12.16 (Mosul, Iraq) - ISIS releases video of a mass beheading with thirteen victims kneeling in front of Shahada flags.

2014.12.15 (Yarmouk, Syria) - al-Nusra publicly executes two Palestinians for blasphemy.

2014.12.13 (Qandho, Somalia) - A religious teacher is beheaded by Religion of Peace rivals.

2014.12.13 (Haditha, Iraq) - Two Shahid suicide bombings leave twelve dead.

Anonymous said...



Anonymous said...

@ Dec 18th 10:04 pm

The snipers placed on vantage points looking down onto the café would be "slope shooting".

What that means is that they are shooting from an elevated position and have to account for the gradient of the shot.

On a horizontal level you have a clear image of the target and you level the weapon horizontally, but on a slope you need to account for gradient because you are not shooting on a straight horizontal.

Guys are taught to "shoot low" when taking a slope shot.

So the Aussie snipers will also have taken that into account. The ballistics were probably already a worry for them and then the deflection of the bullet as it hits the glass on that slope shot would have been a bigger worry.

There would probably have been no windage to be concerned about on that shot because the buildings are probably 25 to 30 meters apart depending on where the sniper was placed from across the street.

A sniper has to sight to get his cosine for the shot. What that means is you look at an object close to the target and you set your mils on that and then you work out the angle and you do you fix on the guy you are looking at hitting.

Shooting low and at glass on the slope is not as easy as it seems.

The Aussie shooters would have had all that running through their minds.

Basically they were not confident to take the shot. THat is what it comes down to.

All these other excuses about a deadmans switch bomb and the glass and etc etc etc are just excuses.

Anonymous said...

@18th December 10.04 pm

That issue of the glass penetration also shows that logistics is very important.

Getting to the scene and then finding that variable (of a glass window) and then running through your scenario's as to whether you have the ballistics to do the work and not even being sure whether you can do it (because you haven't trained for this scenario) isn't good.

You can see that their snipers were still using the old method of reporting back to their Command via two way radio.

That means they haven't upgraded to the Kappa CVS RS which is now basically standard throughout NATO. Its basically a camera system which allows your Commander to see exactly what each sniper is seeing. Plus there is thermal imaging optics which will have allowed them to verify whether what the gunman was carrying was an explosive device.

That real time Intelligence would have made a difference for them had they had the equipment.

Basically its not just how much money you put into your logistics. Its much more importantly about getting fit for use equipment.

Canberra has put in billions since 2001 in buying all this fancy gear.

They look good on the TV walking around like Ninja's.

But its game time which counts.

There's a lesson in this for Fiji which we can learn as well. Logistics isn't just about the latest James Bond stuff. Its about functionality.

Aiyaz Diktator said...

A-G: Claim ludicrous

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Friday, December 19, 2014

PARLIAMENT Opposition has called for the reinstatement of two former Fiji Television senior executives whose contracts were terminated on Monday.

Member of Opposition Professor Biman Prasad in a press conference yesterday alleged the removal of CEO Tevita Gonelevu and head of content Tanya Waqanika was a result of the Government's directive, who, as majority stakeholders in Fijian Holdings Ltd interfered in a commercial entity of which FHL is the majority shareholder.

Anonymous said...


Waila, You referring to Lt Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho?

No way, cant be a prophetic clown. I watched him on TV the other night. He is pretty sure of what he says and is proud of his boys getting promoted etc.

Anonymous said...

@ 9.03am

Wow, Thanks Commander. Truly amazed. I think to sum it all up you are pretty much saying that functionality and common sense is not in the knowledge but in the application of the knowledge.

Have a great day Commander! If I could I would like to apply for a good post in the Military or Police Force. Maybe one day in the future?

Anonymous said...


Yes, very clear logic.

Maybe Oz armed combatants will need to polish up their act. People didnt have to die at the hands of a terrorist but unfortunately did. Im certain there would now be alot of indepth study or an urgent investigation taking place as where they failed or maybe how they could have done better? You know, that's how things go these days. Sometimes it works out a success and at times its a failure, lives are lost and then the blame game sort of creeps into the whole scenario.

Life is like that but thanks for the brilliant thoughts Sir.

Anonymous said...


In January 24, 2007, RFMF and police personnel detained four young men, including 19-year old Sakiusa Rabaka, ostensibly for smoking marijuana. They took the men to the Black Rock Military Base, near Nadi, and forced the men to participate in severe exercises, which included multiple beatings.

Among many indignities, the soldiers forced one man to perform oral sex on an unconscious co-detainee. The four were dropped off at a police station the following day, where they confessed to their crimes, and then released. Rabaka died as a result of injuries sustained during the assaults.

The RFMF attempted to frustrate the criminal investigation into this incident. The army refused to allow the police to interview eight RFMF soldiers suspected of involvement. The police then lost the file, necessitating that much of the investigation be redone.

The DPP ultimately charged eight RFMF soldiers and one police officer with murder, at which point the RFMF tried to send them abroad on a UN peacekeeping mission.

The attempt was nearly successful, with only a last minute intervention resulting in the accused being asked to de-board a UN chartered airplane at the airport. Following trial, all nine were convicted of manslaughter and assault occasioning actual bodily harm on March 17, 2009 and sentenced to four years, imprisonment.

The following RFMF soldiers based at the RFMF,s Black Rock Base in Nadi in February 2007 were convicted: (1) Taione Lua; (2) Ulaiasi Radike; (3) Etonia Nadura; (4) Ratunaisa Toutou; (5) Joeli Lesavua; (6) Jona Nareki; (7) Laisa Kurimavua (8) Napolioni Naulia Patrick Nayacalagilagi, a police officer at the Namaka Police Station in February 2007, was also convicted.

Anonymous said...

Anyone seen Momo Vili Rakoro? Just tell him that Fiji Military is being buddies again with our close allies Aust and NZ. This is a friendly courtship once again and all seems well. I dont know who is sucking up to who in the latest developments and who will greatly benefit but I can see its for Fiji's safety and all is well. There you go Vili. We have our allies back. Australia and New Zealand never left us in the first place - we, Fiji did, through our lawlessness in the Land via the aid of Aiyaz and Frank and shamefully against international law.

Just clamp your ears next time Aiyaz opens his mouth to LIE about unlawful events that took place in order to hogwash the reality and seriousness of the crime that our nation had committed.

Lt Col Qiliho said while Fiji welcomed the re-engagement of the defence co-operation between these countries, it would, at the same time, acknowledge the relationships with South Korea, Russia, China, India and Malaysia which were established following the events of 2006.

He said Fiji could not work in isolation because of the vast ocean surrounding it, adding that our porous borders were vulnerable to transnational crimes.

"We don't have air assets, the Australians and French and NZ used to provide air surveillance and capabilities before and we welcome that again in order to fully supervise our areas," Lt-Col Qiliho said in an interview.

Anonymous said...

No man is an island. In our pride and foolishness we reject those closest to us, who have always 'watched our backs' and aided in our economic, social and political development over the years.

Simply, because we just want to have our own rebellious ways.

Following that, nothing but turbulence along the way.

Anonymous said...


This Obama regime declaration of war against the Russian Federation, known as House Resolution 758, the GRU confirms, was passed overwhelmingly by the US Congress on 5 December without the American peoples knowledge and/or consent, a fact shockingly described by the award-winning author, and Professor of Economics (emeritus) at the University of Ottawa, Michel Chossudovsky, who stated: “This historic vote – which potentially could affect the lives of hundreds of millions of people worldwide– has received virtually no media coverage. A total media blackout prevails.”

Former US Congressman Ron Paul, likewise, this report states, blasted this declaration of war by stating:

“Yesterday the US House passed what I consider to be one of the worst pieces of legislation ever. H. Res. 758 was billed as a resolution “strongly condemning the actions of the Russian Federation, under President Vladimir Putin, which has carried out a policy of aggression against neighboring countries aimed at political and economic domination.”

In fact, the bill was 16 pages of war propaganda that should have made even neocons blush, if they were capable of such a thing. That is why I can hardly believe they are getting away with it again, and this time with even higher stakes: provoking a war with Russia that could result in total destruction!”

As to the why of the Obama regimes plan to attack the Federation, this report continues, was articulated earlier today by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov who said:

“It is hardly a secret that the goal of the sanctions is to create social and economic conditions to carry out a change of power in Russia”. and who further warned, “There will be no easy or fast way out of this.”

And to how the Obama regime is preparing for this war, the GRU warns, can be seen in their massive deployment of weapons and troops into the European Union and which even their own NATO experts have warned is intensifying: “We have already boosted our presence in the eastern part of our alliance. We have five times more planes in the air. Our forces start an exercise every two days. And we have also increased the number of ships in the Baltic and the Black Seas.”

Anonymous said...

@Anon 9.31am

Just because it sounds exciting doesn't necessarily mean it is exciting. You will find it boring if you are looking for excitement.

Most soldiers are forever looking at opportunities to do business, better their farms, invest in small ventures. Improve their family circumstances. Basically, do things other than being a soldier.

The fact is there's lots of other exciting and rewarding work to do other then joining the Army or Police if you are looking for excitement.

Anonymous said...

SYDNEY (AP) — Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said.

Queensland state police said they were called to the home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora on Friday morning after receiving a report of a woman with serious injuries.

When police got to the house, they found the bodies of the children inside. The victims range in age from 18 months to 15 years.

The tragedy comes when Australia is still reeling over the horrific hostage seige a few days ago.

Anonymous said...

@ 2.00pm

I appreciate your thoughts and find it helpful.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Dear Aunty Nur..

So what's this we hear on the grapevine regarding your client 1000 Sands?

They not living up to their promises to build Fiji the flashiest Casino ever? No show now? And how much in debt does 1000 Sands owe Fiji First?

What a farce! Fiji First Government again with a crooked deal all going downhill.

I hope Frank remembers to take that hilarious native indian headgear off - he and Aiyaz were made to look like big buffalo fools! Hahahahaha

What's next?

Anonymous said...




* Demand full inquiry into the unfair dismissal of Fiji TV's CEO and Head of Content.
* Reveal to the people the terms of sub-licensing agreement between Fiji TV and FBC TV. Believed lopsided and in favour of FBC TV.
* Reveal how Fiji TV received funds for sharing of live feed of the Gold Coast 7s. FBC CEO TOLD THE MEDIA THE MONEY WAS SENT TO THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS, the Fiji TV CEO however said THEY DID NOT RECEIVE ANY MONEY.
* The Attorney General to release correspondence of approval from FIFA AND WORLD RUGBY ENDORSING THE SHARING OF EXCLUSIVE FEED FOR THE FIFA WORLD CUP IN JUNE/JULY AND GOLD COAST 7S IN OCTOBER. This was also requested by World Rugby in its letter to the AG on 4/12/14.

The Prime Minister should know that the whole of Fiji is sitting up and waiting for answers.

The people demand an honest answer

Cant hide now - not even Aiyaz has any more magic in his useless wand!!

KUA NI BOCI said...

RO KEPA's water meter was disconnected as she didn't pay $5000 water bill. Now she will complain ASK and Baini instructed
WAF to do this. Poor Ms Kepa.

Ganesh said...

Fiji is different. Suva isn't Sydney. In Fiji, we let our version of ISIS rule by terror for eight years and then "democratically" elected it our government.

The Heckler said...

The difference between Fiji and the Lindt Chocolates hostage situation in Sydney is that Bainimarama buys cooperation by letting some of his hostages eat their fill of stolen chocolates.

Unknown said...

Thanks for your post.
point to point

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 1:20, thank you for your attempt, however lame, to defend the indefensible -- namely, Putin's annexation of Crimea and invasion of Ukraine.

I don't mean to sound patronising, but obviously you need a primer regarding the nature of representative government. Like most democracies, America's system is built upon representative government. The Congress is elected by the people to represent the people. The people do not decide every issue by referendum; most are decided by their elected representatives, who comprise the Congress. Therefore, to say that a bill that passed the Congress did so without the consent of the American people is simply nonsensical.

The goal of the U.S. sanctions isn't regime change in Moscow. Only a Putin sympathiser would ascribe such a motive, as no Western career politician would harbour the illusion that Putin could be so easily dislodged from his present position of dictatorial power.

It's ludicrous to claim the Obama Administration is seeking war with Russia. Clearly, America is simply reacting to Putin's aggression in Ukraine as well as his untoward pressure on the Baltic nations, including hundreds of Russian figher jet incursions and multiple coastal infiltrations by Russian submarines.

Putin has taken some very provocative and dangerous steps. Don't be surprised when his neighbours respond by taking their own measures in self-defence.

Anonymous said...

@Anon 12pm

Interesting post.

I imagine Putin has already made those strategic calculations.

This Russian decision should be taken in context i.e the period 1993 till todate because it gives a clearer picture of the "success rate" which Putin has had with his overt military actions within that part of the Caucuses (Chechnya, Georgia, the regions bordering Chechnya, Yugoslavia etc etc etc).

The Yanks have had a disaster in Afghanistan and Iraq. The African situation is still pretty much up in the air (Kenya, Uganada and the other regions where Yank SF is presently operational in Africa).

Russia under Putin seems to have a better scorecard. He completed the work in Chechnya, they've stabalised most of the Caucuses. He fought a war in Georgia.

This thing going on in the Ukraine and Crimea is basically managed by the Russian FSB and GRU who have advisers on the ground working with the "Self Defence Units" who are complemented by Russian SF and so far they appear to have held their own. It certainly seems to be a better performance then what the CIA and Yanks and British SF are currently producing in Iraq and Syria.

Anonymous said...

The FRUNZE did a lot of work on analysis of their tactical approach in Afghanistan and identifying the mistakes both and the broader structural level (integration of forces) and at the small unit level (tactics) in the 80's and 90's.

Those methodologies were further refined in the First Chechen war after they discovered that the MOUT theatre of the Chechen battlefield had its own unique challenges.

By the time the Second Chechen war happened the Russian SF and Intelligence was well prepared for the tactical demands of that asymmetric MOUT theatre.

What they are now doing in Syria with the Iranian Pasdaran in support of the Syrian National Army is a culmination of years of battle field experience and post op analysis and refinement both with MOUT asymmetric warfare and mobile desert warfare.

All that experience has come together in the Ukraine for Putin's strategic geopolitical move into Crimea.

The Russians may not have the same level of technological advancement as the Yanks and NATO but they have tactically experienced troops. Most of their men in the Crimea have probably done 20 years of battle experience since the 90's in Chechnya, Dagestan, the broader Caucuses and other regions of the Middle East where the Russians have been active since the end of the Cold War.

Underestimating Putin is a mistake.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I'd certainly agree that Putin is not to be underestimated. He might well be the most dangerous person in the world.

I also agree that the Russian military has plenty of experience with asymmetrical military operations on urban terrain. In that respect it's a lot like the RFMF, which isn't to be underestimated, either. It has lots of asymmetrical MOUT experience, too. It's shown it's incapable of guarding the Golan Heights, but it sure knows how to intimidate unarmed civilians in Suva.

Anonymous said...

@9.05 am Golan Heights is an Observer mission, not a combat one.

In any event the Golan Observers (from all contributing countries) have vacated the Golan for their own safety and the last remaining Observation Post on the Syrian side of the Golan has been manned by a Fijian troop.

RFMF is in static positions in the Golan and its rile is limited to static observation work and mobile patrols.

The lack of Security in the Golan involves deeper issues then just basic frontline patrols and OP's.

The Syrian National Intelligence and Security apparatus has all but broken down on the Golan which means that their ability to read the socio cultural and economic situation and the issues affecting security in that region is defunct.

They have lost control of the Golan to the groups who are now operating in that area freely.

The challenge for the Syrian National Army is to first retake the ground on the Golan and establish their footprint across the whole Golan. They are struggling to do that, so you cannot expect Observation missions to do anything more than what the Syrians have managed, and in any event the Rules governing the UNDOF's deployment to the Golan are clear. They are there to Observe and report breaches of the ceasefire line and the protected zone.

You don't need to be a Military Officer to realise that the breach is self evident. Just switch on al Jazeera or any TV channel any day of the week for the latest from the Golan.

By the way a Fijian Colonel has now been appointed head of UNDOF (Kalouniwai)

AND UNIFIL has requested a complement of Fijian troops to go back into Southern Lebanon (RFMF had withdrawn from Southern Lebanon in 2001/2002).

The Advance team is on its way to Southern Lebanon to do the recce.

There will definitely be new equipment and technical upgrades coming in for the RFMF as a result of this fresh UNIFIL deployment. High tech upgrades.

NVS equipment, and working with drones and learning how to use them is one thing that the RFMF will upskill on with this new UNIFIL mission.

Very good that with the new Government coming in post September elections that the UN has now deemed fit to lend Fiji another chance at UNIFIL.

I believe that the Officer School at QEB needs to be strengthened and upgraded as well as the NCO school. And the perfect opportunity is now here for the integration with the UOF and FNU who have got some solid Political Science and Strategic studies academics on their Roll now and who can do a lot of good for the RFMF in terms of the Officer curricula in that regard.

I also believe that tighter integration with the British Army should be a priority. Especially in the areas of training, both Officers and NCO.

Anonymous said...

@9.05 am By the way its a simplistic view taking the tactical issue that caused the capture of the 40 and trying to correlate that to the overall operational effectiveness of the RFMF in so far as the Golan is concerned.

True there may have been lapses on the tactical level with the 40, but the broader strategic theatre within which that event occurred is also relevant.

The Filipino's did well tactically, but the net effect of what they did was that they exposed the broader Intelligence networks at work within that area to the militant groups and so compromised the effectiveness of the Intelligence gathering of the Israel's and the Qatari's which had upto that stage kept a lid on the fighting at a low intensity.

The broader Intelligence networks had to scramble to secure the Filipino's exfiltration after that stand off with the militia's.

Straight after the Filipino's made that getaway the Militia's in that area went on war footing and since then they have not turned back.

ISIS signed an Agreement with al Nusra straight after that event and all the groups have now consolidated on a common front within that area of operations.

The Golan is now a full blown war zone and neither the Qatari's, the Israel's nor the Yanks are able to get a handle on it anymore. The exposure of their Intelligence networks as a result of the Filipino scramble has led to a "clean up" on the Golan as the militants have tracked down and executed those "assets".

Anonymous said...

Most of what you say may be true, but more needs to be said.

I don't know the source of your information that the terrorists have tracked down and murdered intel assets on the Lebanon border, but I would not impute the blame for that to the AFP, as its soldiers were only doing what duty demanded, which was to resist and evade. The Filipino peacekeepers kept, and brought glory to, their arms. The RFMF, on the other hand, surrendered theirs and only heaped further disgrace on their uniforms.

I say FURTHER disgrace because the repeated domestic political intervention of the RFMF, and in particular its participation in cowardly acts of bullying led by Bainimarama, have earned it a reputation as the "most failed institution in Fiji". Bainimarama literally shat his uniform on his headlong flight through the cassava, but the RFMF figuratively shat its uniform by joining Bainimarama in his many acts of treason against Fiji.

The recent phony elections gave the UN sufficient political cover to let the RFMF hold onto a UNDOF role. The RFMF is clearly not up to the task, but the UN has little choice but to scrape the bottom of the barrel, given the fact that no other country is desperate or callous enough to volunteer its troops for such use as cannon fodder.

The Americans know Fiji's elections were designed for one outcome, and one outcome only, but they're more than happy to go along with the pretense that the elections were credible enough, in order to be able to drop their sanctions against the RFMF.

So, Merry Christmas to the RFMF. You're getting new access to UAVs, night vision equipment, and probably even M-4's. But you're still a pack of pusillanimous bullies led by no-school traitors.

Anonymous said...


The net result of what the Filipino's did is that the whole area is now a no go zone for the UN Observers, not just the Fijian troop.

The whole mission has been rendered defunct by that action.

The Filipino's had to be exfiltrated by Israeli and Qatari Special Forces after their ammunition started running low on the Saturday.

Qatari SF led the Filipino's out of the Hot zone and got them through to the Israeli lines with the support of the Israeli's.

The worst case scenario was that the Syrian National Army would have to place fires with their Howitzers to create a corridor for the Filipino troop to escape were there contact with the militants.

Luckily it was a cold night and the al Nusra men went to their homes to sleep.

That was what allowed the Filino's to be exfiltrated.

Immediately after that exfil operation al Nusra started targeting the FSA structures.

The FSA is the Yank operation in Syria funded and backed by the Yanks and sharing information and intelligence with the Yanks.

Anonymous said...

Al Nusra killing of FSA leader tests fragile truce in southern Syria

Phil Sands and Suha Maayeh
December 16, 2014

Amman // A fragile truce was holding on Syria’s southern front on Tuesday after Jabhat Al Nusra killed a senior commander in a western-backed rebel group, accusing his faction of being sleeper agents for ISIL.

Mousab Ali Qarfan, who also went by the name Mousab Zaytouneh, was a leading figure in the powerful Shuhada Al Yarmouk Brigades. He was killed by the Al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra in Sahem El Golan, along with three other fighters from his group, on Monday.

The Yarmouk Brigades are part of the western-affiliated rebel alliance, still commonly referred to as the Free Syrian Army (FSA), which have been supported by the Military Operations Command (MOC) in Amman.

According to opposition sources monitoring Al Nusra, and information published on social media by activists close to the Al Qaeda affiliate, senior Al Nusra commanders believed Zaytouneh was secretly in league with the extremist militant group ISIL.

The Yarmouk Brigades are headed by Mohammad Al Baridi, known as Al Khal. They operate in southern Syria, including suburbs of Damascus. The unit headed by Zaytouneh operates in the south-west region of Deraa province, near the borders with Jordan and Israel.

There have been persistent rumours in rebel circles that various FSA brigades have secretly aligned themselves with ISIL, although none have been publicly named.

Moderate rebel commanders on the southern front denied the allegations about Al Khal, some saying the killing was part of an effort by Al Nusra to weaken a strong moderate rebel front.

Anonymous said...

Aussie Intelligence advised Ratu Jone Kubuabola to go to Amman (in Jordon) and meet with the "Military Operations Command" which is basically the CIA/ Yank clearing house for the operations in Syria by the FSA.

Its similar to what they had in Peshawar in the days when Azzam and Bin Laden were doing the logistics for the CIA during the war against the Russians in Afghanistan.

Had Ratu Jone followed Aussie Intelligence advise and gone to Jordon the 44 would have died because at that time the FSA (and ISIS) were trying to locate where the 44 were being held and mount an attack to have them killed so that the blame would fall on al Nusra.

Anonymous said...

By Ruth Sherlock, Gaziantep

12:33PM GMT 02 Nov 2014
The Telegraph

Two of the main rebel groups receiving weapons from the United States to fight both the regime and jihadist groups in Syria have surrendered to al-Qaeda.

The US and its allies were relying on Harakat Hazm and the Syrian Revolutionary Front to become part of a ground force that would attack the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).

For the last six months the Hazm movement, and the SRF through them, had been receiving heavy weapons from the US-led coalition, including GRAD rockets and TOW anti-tank missiles.

But on Saturday night Harakat Hazm surrendered military bases and weapons supplies to Jabhat al-Nusra, when the al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria stormed villages they controlled in northern Idlib province.

The development came a day after Jabhat al-Nusra dealt a final blow to the SRF, storming and capturing Deir Sinbal, home town of the group's leader Jamal Marouf.

For the United States, the weapons they supplied falling into the hands of al-Qaeda is a realisation of a nightmare.

It was not immediately clear if American TOW missiles were among the stockpile surrendered to Jabhat al-Nusra on Saturday. However several Jabhat al-Nusra members on Twitter announced triumphantly that they were.

Anonymous said...

Some pretty strong allegations. What basis do you have for claiming that the FSA intended to get our troops killed?

Also, it strikes me as pretty churlish to blame the fact that the Golan Heights is now a no-go area on the Filipino exfiltration. Again, the AFP were only doing their duty to resist and evade. What made the area a no-go zone was the rise of Al-Nusra and other rebel forces and their willingness and ability to attack UNDOF positions. It wasn't the AFP's exfiltration but the ignominious surrender by the RFMF that showed most conclusively that the UNDOF mission was no longer tenable.

Anonymous said...

Report: Syrian rebels seize UN weapons on Golan

Syrian ambassador says Jabhat al-Nusra has driven out all UN peacekeeping forces from Golan Heights, captured their uniforms, vehicles.


Published: 09.17.14, 00:02 / Israel News

Syrian rebels linked to al-Qaeda have seized UN weapons, uniforms and vehicles from peacekeepers in the Golan and set up a "safe zone" to wage attacks, the Syrian ambassador said Tuesday.

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The United Nations on Monday was forced to pull back hundreds of peacekeepers to the Israeli-side of the Golan after Syrian rebels advanced on their positions.

Anonymous said...

Written by Pranav Kulkarni | New Delhi | ///

September 4, 2014 4:19 am The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) has come out in support of an Indian Lt General saying he acted as per the rule book, a day after a Filipino officer accused him of endangering the safety of peacekeeping troops from Philippines during a stand-off with Syrian rebels over the last weekend. The Chief of Staff of the UNDOF in Syria, an official from Philippines, had resigned citing differences in handling the Golan Heights crisis with force commander Indian Lt General Iqbal Singh Singha alleging that “the UNDOF commander wanted to save the Fijians at the expense of the Filipinos”. The Philippines military has reportedly sought probe against Lt Gen Singha pertaining to standoff at the Golan Heights wherein 44 Fijian peacekeepers of the UNDOF were abducted by one al Nusra, a Syrian rebel group. The Filipino officer said that Singha had ordered the Filipino peacekeepers in the UNDOF to “lay down their weapons” to ensure safety of the Fijian peacekeepers. Backing the Indian official, the UN mission in a statement said, “Philippines bypassed the chain of command and the permanent representative of Philippines in UN , New York, COAS, Philippines and the erstwhile Force Commander of UNDOF, Maj General (Retired) Natalio Ecarma III (presently deputy minister in Philippines), adversely interfered in the decision making mechanics of UNDOF, jeopardising the safety of own and Fijian troops.” “The field commander was in constant touch with the Position commanders directly and was appreciating their brave stand and exhorted them to stay calm and not aggravate the situation as efforts were ongoing for their safe passage .It may be recalled that on four occasions in the past the FC had successfully handled similar situations,” it said. According to the note, the COS of the mission — the Filipino officer who resigned — took orders from “Manila and acted with myopic focus only on the contingent, compromising the mission planning to ensure safety of all peacekeepers irrespective of contingents”. “These interference further deteriorated the operational capability of the Philippines contingent which after the announcement of their withdrawal from the mission in the third week of August 14, were losing interest and displayed considerable drop in performance,” it stated. - See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/un-body-backs-indian-officer-in-stand-off-with-philippines/#sthash.LcUJIVd4.dpuf

Anonymous said...

Al-Nusra aims to end the Syrian revolution: FSA General Staff

November 19, 2014
ARA News

Al-Hasakah, Syria – The Chief of the General Staff of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Abdul Ilah al-Bashir, issued a statement Tuesday condemning the repressive practices of al-Nusra Front (al-Qaeda branch in Syria) against the FSA factions in the countryside of Idlib and Hama.

“The FSA is fighting all kinds of terrorism in Syria, and the practices of the al-Nusra Front reflect a conspiracy against our moderate rebel factions,” the General Staff said.

According to al-Bashir, al-Nusra’s intention to control the countryside of Idlib and Hama “is an apparent attempt to end the Syrian revolution across the entire country”.

“The recent actions by al-Nusra in Daraa, Deir ez-Zor, and Homs and now in Idlib and Hama, as well, are in the interest of the Syrian regime.”

“Al-Nusra Front’s attacks against our FSA fighters only serve the Assad regime, while we fight against this regime and terrorists of the Islamic State (ISIS),” al-Bashir said.

“We will never forget our captives at the hands of al-Nusra, including the detained commander of the FSA in southern Syria,” the FSA’s General Staff added.

Anonymous said...

Update: 11:27, 09 December 2014 Tuesday

Around 150 fighters belonging to the Free Syrian Army have been detained by the al-Nusra Front in Syria’s Idlib province

Around 150 fighters belonging to the Free Syrian Army have been detained by the al-Nusra Front in Syria’s Idlib province, The Anadolu Agency has learnt.

The AA was recently given access to prisoners in al-Nusra's custody.

Al-Nusra, which controls most of Idlib province’s countryside, has charged the Free Syrian Army fighters of not only attacking their group, but also being involved in alleged corruption.

Anonymous said...

Just as I thought. You got nothing. All you can do is re-publish the self-serving statements of the UN commander. But no amount of whitewash now will remove the stain from your uniform.

Anonymous said...

Visit to boost military relations

Torika Chandra
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

UNITED States Army Pacific deputy commanding general Major General James Pasquarette took time out from his visit to Fiji to remember Fijian soldiers that perished in WWII.

Major General Pasquarette who is on a four-day trip to Fiji, visited the National War Memorial Site at Battery Hill in Veiuto to lay a wreath for the fallen soldiers.

He also met defence Minister Captain Timoci Natuva who reaffirmed the ministry's commitment to ensuring the safety and security of all Fijians through the respective roles that the ministry, police, RFMF and immigration play.

General Pasquarette commended Fiji for her contribution to global peace and security through its peacekeeping contributions and reaffirmed their commitment to assist Fiji's military.

Anonymous said...

September 05, 2014 · 6:30 PM EDT

Reporter Hermione Gee

The United Nations compound in Irbil, Iraq is an austere environment of asphalt, cement and blast walls, peppered with nondescript buildings where the organization’s employees live and work. But five days a week, at dawn and dusk, the drab landscape is briefly transformed by a Christian choir.

It's a choir of Fijian soldiers who recently moved to the capital of Iraq's Kurdish region from Baghdad, as part of the UN's peacekeeping force in Iraq.

“Right back from childhood … we do this,” says Major Mikael Racumu, who commands the 68 Fijian peacekeepers. In Fiji, village life has communal activities, including singing, he says, “both in religious activities and traditional activities. So singing is traditional and part of our culture. To us, it’s just natural. If anyone starts singing, every other [person] around comes in harmonizing.”

A battatlion from the Fijian army has been stationed in Iraq since 2004, charged with protecting UN personnel and facilities there. Now the threat from Islamist militants has put them on the front line of a regional conflict

Naomi Tora is one of nine women who serve as female searchers for the unit — a position similar to a security guard. She is very aware of the risks that her job carries — even in their peacekeeping capacity, five of her colleagues have been killed in the line of duty while in Iraq. Fijian troops were also among the UN peacekeepers recently captured by Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda.

Tora says the Fiji Army has been chosen to come and work for the UN. "Every day, when we get a briefing from our in-charges, they always tell us the weapons that we have ... don’t match whatever forces are coming from outside. So we believe that there is a great force that looks after us all, and that is why we always try to better how we serve Him.”

Anonymous said...

Sep. 3, 2014
The Indian Army may be in for some embarrassment after Philippines has reportedly demanded an investigation against UNDOF commander Lieutenant General Iqbal Singh Singha, who is heading the multi-national troop force in Golan Heights, for allegedly putting Filipino soldiers in harm's way.
On 28 August, Syrian rebels reportedly took a group of Fijian peacekeepers hostage and later surrounded the encampments of Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights.
The rebels demanded the surrender of Filipino troops which was immediately refused by them, despite orders from Lt Gen Singha who wanted them to raise the white flag and drop their arms. The Filipino soldiers were backed from their own army commanders and it reportedly sparked a 7-hour long gun battle between the two sides.
UNDOF commander Lieutenant General Iqbal Singh Singha (C). Image courtesy UNDOFUNDOF commander Lieutenant General Iqbal Singh Singha (C). Image courtesy UNDOF
A Rappler report said despite being told to lay down their arms to ensure the safety of Fijian peacekeepers, the troops refused to and managed to walk with arms and ammunition to the next UN encampment during a lull in fighting in the night.
Clearly expressing disappointment at the role played by the Indian general, Philippines Armed Forces chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr said that he wanted the UNDOF commander investigated for allegedly taking life-threatening decisions regarding the Filipino soldiers.
"First, in the terms of reference, it was not indicated there that we can be ordered to surrender our firearms. The UNDOF commander wanted to save the Fijians at the expense of the Philippines," Catapang Jr told reporters on Monday, the Rappler reported.
Incidentally the Fijian troops are still to be released, prompting questions over whether the Filipino troops' choice was a prudent one, despite the danger it put them in.
Fijians this week have been holding candlelight vigils for their troops, reportedly 45 in number, who have been held by the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front in an unknown location since 28 August. The UN says it's negotiating with the insurgents, who have made several demands for releasing the Fijians, including being taken off the UN terrorist list.

Anonymous said...

Oct. 10, 2014

UNDOF commander Singha now says Filipino troops bravely faced Golan Heights incident

“The Filipino and Fijian peacekeepers bravely faced the situation, and exhibited raw courage, resilience and patience,” UN Disengagement Observer Force Commander (UNDOF) Lt. Gen. Iqbal Singh Singha said in a briefing with United Nations Security Council.

“Despite of all such challenges, it is to the credit of the senior management and peacekeepers from all the troop-contributing countries that in all incidents of detentions since last year, all peacekeepers have been released safely without any harm,” Singha added.

Singha previously said that Filipino peacekeepers act unprofessionally and defied orders. “It is an act of cowardice to desert posts especially when a delicate ceasefire was in place.”

Weeks after the incident last August, all Filipino peacekeepers went home. Peacekeepers were welcomed as heroes by President Aquino. During an event in Malacanang, Aquino said the Filipino troops were put in a “mission impossible.”

Currently, the Philippine government is waiting for the result of UN probe regarding the Golan Heights incident. Result of the probe will determine if Philippines will redeploy troops.

Anonymous said...

Hey, cowardly RFMF cut-and-paste guy, it's been a week now. Why don't you answer the challenge put to you December 27, 2014 at 4:32 PM?

Anonymous said...

Still waiting.

Anonymous said...

The cut-and-paste coward doesn't seem to want to answer. No doubt, though, that he'll continue peddling his lies elsewhere in search of a more gullible audience.

apisai natuva said...

The Sydney siege by a Muslim fanatic lasted a day with a messy outcome, the 2000 coup backed by thousands of concerned FIJIANS went for 56 days and jail time for TREASON YET FIJI CONTINUES TO BE HELD HOSTAGE TODAY 8 YEARS AND COUNTING from the TREASON COMMITED IN 2006 BY BAINIMARAMA NOT TO MENTION THE BEATINGS,MURDER,LOSS OF JOBS AND RAMPANT CORRUPTION.

Anonymous said...

Excellent point, Apisai!

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