Various Interesting Stories

1- Last week a suicide bomber attempted to kill Saudi Arabia’s anti-terror chief, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef. The bomb worked, the explosion occurred, and the bomber was blown to smithereens, but his target, who was in the same room with him, was only very slightly injured. How? Well, because the suicide bomber was carrying the bomb in his rectum, and this aimed the blast away from his target. AP story here.

There have been various media reports about how Assiri blew himself up. One by the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya television network said the attacker concealed the explosives in his anus, allowing him to evade detection. The network also quoted an expert as saying that the method of concealment aimed the blast away from the target, while blowing the bomber to bits.

2- The Washington Times reports that all these years later, the lack of translators is still hampering the war on terror.

The necessary cadre of U.S. intelligence personnel capable of reading and speaking targeted regional languages such as Pashto, Dari and Urdu “remains essentially nonexistent,” the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence wrote in a rare but stark warning in its 2010 budget report.

3- I’m still trying to find out whether the local police are investigating pastor Blake Lorenz for luring a teenaged girl across the country to hang out at his house. YouTube video here. It’s not like he’d be the first Christian man this week in the news for abducting or seducing an underaged girl.

This YouTube video has footage of Rifqa herself. The person who posted this video is very skeptical and accuses Rifqa of (bad) acting. If you’re interested, see for yourself. I think I’ll keep my opinion to myself.

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