Friday, 7 December 2012

'Tentera Malaikat' HAMAS.....



Warak bekalan jihad

GAZA : Barisan pejuang bergelar Komando Qassam kini menjadi pasukan paling digeruni Israel berikutan tidak pernah tewas ketika bertempur biarpun hanya berbekalkan senjata api model lama.

Kehebatan pasukan Komando Qassam yang turut digelar tentera malaikat itu kian tersebar apabila mereka yang dianggotai golongan muda, terpelajar dan ulama mampu menumpaskan ratusan tentera Zionis serta menembak jatuh pesawat pejuang mereka.

Hasrat penulis dan jurugambar menemui pasukan elit itu tercapai apabila wakil Pertubuhan Penyayang Islam Malaysia (Muslim Care) melalui orang hubungan di sini, berjaya mengatur pertemuan dengan sekumpulan anggota Komando Qassam. 

BERANI MATI....anggota Komando Qassam.

Mereka diketuai seorang komander yang hanya mahu dikenali sebagai Sheikh dan pertemuan diadakan di satu lokasi sulit dalam ladang zaitun pada jam 12 tengah malam.

Untuk ke sana, kami dibawa menaiki kenderaan khas sebelum diarah berjalan sejauh 500 meter ke sebuah pondok dalam ladang itu. Di situ, Sheikh bersama kira-kira 20 anggotanya menyambut kami dengan mesra sebelum dibawa duduk mengelilingi unggun api kecil.

Sheikh yang berusia lingkungan 40an itu mmeberitahu anggota Komando Qassam adalah pejuang terpilih di kalangan pemuda Islam Gaza yg mempunyai pengetahuan agama mendalam selain tidak gentar untuk mati syahid.

Menurutnya, pemilihan untuk menjadi Komando Qassam perlu melalui syarat ketat, antaranya mereka perlu solat subuh berjemaah tanpa gagal walau sehari selama enam bulan.

'Bakal pejuang juga diwajibkan menghafaz Al-Quran dan hadis, selain melakukan sembahyang tahajjud setiap awal pagi. Amalan berterusan ini bukan hanya menjadi bekal iman di medan perang tapi juga untuk memastikan setiap langkah kami sentiasa dirahmati Allah', katanya.

Setiap pejuang Qassam dirahsiakan identiti masing-masing berikutan ada antara mereka adalah golongan profesional, guru dan penuntut universiti.

'Setiap mereka yang mempunyai asas agama kukuh akan bekerja pada waktu siang dan menjaga keselamatan Gaza pada wkktu malam hingga pagi. Saya amat berharap rakyat Islam di Malaysia sentiasa mendoakan perjuangan suci kami. Doa kamu semua memberikan kami kekuatan untuk berdepan tentera Israel', katanya.

Sheikh berkata, Komando Qassam kini lebih yakin untuk berdepan tentera Israel apabila mereka kini memiliki ribuan roket model AM75, Fajar 5 dan roket Al-Qassam.

Pasukan komando itu juga dipecahkan kepada beberapa unit yang turut mempunyai kepakaran untuk menghasilkan bom tangan bagi menghadapi tentera Israel.

Sheikh juga berkata, walaupun kelengkapan senjata api amat minimum tetapi mereka yakin Allah sentiasa memberi bantuan dan kekuatan tidak terhingga ketika berhadapan dengan zionis di medan pertempuran. Malah mereka optimis akan menghujani bandar Tel Aviv dengan roket lebih hebat dan berkuasa dan percaya pihak Israel akan lebih gerun dengan apa yang mereka sifatkan sebagai 'hadiah' itu.

FAKTA MENARIK BRIGED KOMANDO AL-QASSAM, HAMAS :

  • Nama bersempena ulama Sheikh Izuddin al-Qassam yang dibunuh tentera British pada 1935.
  • Ditubuhkan di Gaza sebagai briged sayap tentera Hamas pada 1987.
  • Peraturan ketat dengan setiap anggota perlu berpuasa setiap Isnin dan Khamis, hafal hadis dan Al-Quran dan solat tahajjud setiap malam.
  • Dianggap sering mendapat bantuan malaikat ketika bertempur hingga mampu tewaskan tentera zionis yang lebih ramai dan bersenjata lebih canggih.
  • Berupaya menghasilkan bom tangan dan memiliki roket model Qassam, AM 75 dan Fajar 5.
  • Jumlah anggota kini dianggarkan lebih 30,000 dengan kebanyakkannya berkawal di sempadan Gaza-Israel.
  • Sering gunakan kaedah perang gerila termasuk melalui lubang bawah tanah untuk bergerak.
  • Turut dianggotai wanita yang mampu kendalikan rifel AK-47 dan pelancar roket.
Sumber : Harian Metro

US warships to monitor North Korean satellite rocket launch



South Korean people watch a TV screen showing a graphic of North Korea's rocket launch at a train station in Seoul on April 13, 2012 (AFP Photo / Jung Yeon-Je)
South Korean people watch a TV screen showing a graphic of North Korea's rocket launch at a train station in Seoul on April 13, 2012 (AFP Photo / Jung Yeon-Je)
US warships are heading towards North Korea to get the “best situational awareness” prior to a controversial planned rocket launch. The communist state hopes to launch a satellite into orbit, allegedly using technology banned by the UN.
Washington is keeping tabs on North Korea’s proposed rocket launch this month by sending warships equipped with advanced radar and other ballistic missile defense systems to the region.
The US military will be watching the planned launch “very closely,” Navy Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III said. Locklear added that any launch of long-range missiles would violate United Nations Security Council resolutions.
The move comes after Pyongyang showed no signs of aborting what will be its second rocket launch this year, with a launch date set for between December 10th and 22nd.
Satellite picture of launch site
Satellite picture of launch site
Satellite pictures revealed that snowfall may have prevented Pyongyang from preparing the rocket for launch, according to GeoEye satellite images provided to AP. However, unnamed officials in Seoul said that all three stages of the ‘Unha’ rocket had been successfully mounted on the launch pad by Wednesday.
The US and other nations claim the launch is a cover to test long-range missile technology banned under UN resolutions. Pyongyang insists that the launch is solely to put a satellite into orbit.
North Korea launched a similar rocket in April 2012, which crashed into the waters off the Korean peninsula shortly after liftoff.
A South Korean passenger looks at a TV report on North Korea′s rocket launch at Seoul railway station in Seoul April 13, 2012 (Reuters / Kim Hong-Ji)
A South Korean passenger looks at a TV report on North Korea's rocket launch at Seoul railway station in Seoul April 13, 2012 (Reuters / Kim Hong-Ji)
Previously, Japan announced it would shoot down the North Korean missile if it appeared to threaten Japanese security. Tokyo has issued an order to its military to shoot down any rocket debris that infringes on its territory.
The Japanese Navy has deployed two Patriot Advanced Capability-3 batteries on board the JDS Kunisaki on the island of Ishigaki, located roughly 400 kilometers southwest of Okinawa. Patriot systems are also being deployed on Okinawa.
A member of the Japan Self-Defence Forces stands near Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) land-to-air missiles, deployed at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo December 7, 2012 (Reuters / Issei Kato)
A member of the Japan Self-Defence Forces stands near Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) land-to-air missiles, deployed at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo December 7, 2012 (Reuters / Issei Kato)
Based on coordinates provided by Pyongyang, the rocket is expected to fly south, with its stages dropping into the sea west of the Korean peninsula and then east of the Philippines.
projected flight path of ′Unha′ rocket
projected flight path of 'Unha' rocket
The launch window includes two key dates that may be motivating the increased surveillance: December 17 is the first anniversary of the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, and South Korea's presidential election takes place on December 19.
North Korea has yet to successfully launch a three-stage rocket, despite making four attempts since 1998. It is believed to be working on the development of a long-range missile capable of reaching the west coast of the US mainland.
North Korea has invested about $480 million in its upcoming rocket launch, South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung Hwan told legislators this week. Seoul estimates that the launch site cost $400 million, with another $50 million for parts manufacturing near Pyongyang and $30 million for the satellite itself, Hwan said
North Korea’s military arsenal includes Scud, Rodong and Musudan missiles. The Musudan has a range of more than 3,000 kilometers and can carry a 650-kilogram warhead, according to South Korea’s defense ministry.
Location of launch site in North Korea
Location of launch site in North Korea

Powerful 7.3 Quake Strikes Tokyo


Tsunami warning issued in southeastern Japan as powerful 7.3 quake strikes Tokyo




Tsunami warnings lifted by meteorological agency; 5 people taken to hospital in Miyagi prefecture with injuries, none serious -




Update: Miyagi prefecture hit by a tsunami of 1 meter in height; Japan's national broadcaster NHK reports - 

TOKYO (Reuters) - A strong earthquake centered off the coast of northeastern Japan shook buildings as far as Tokyo and led to a tsunami warning for coastal areas of the northeast, public broadcaster NHK said on Friday.

The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3, the U.S. Geological Survey said, adding that there was no risk of a widespread tsunami. That was revised from an earlier estimate of 7.4.



A warning for a one-meter tsunami was issued for the coast of Miyagi Prefecture in northeastern Japan, which was hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

That quake triggered fuel-rod meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear plant, causing radiation leakage, contamination of food and water and mass evacuations in the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl in 1986.

The government declared in December that the disaster was under control, but much of the area is still free of population.

Tokyo Electric Power Co, the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant, reported no irregularities at its nuclear plants after the latest quake.

(Reporting by Leika Kihara and Tomasz Janowski; Writing by Nick Macfie; Editing by Edmund Klamann and Ken Wills)




Japan earthquake tsunami warning issued

A tsunami warning has been issued after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck off Japan's eastern coast.
The epicentre of the quake was about 245km (150 miles) south-east of Kamiashi at a depth of about 36km, the US Geological Survey said.
The quake was felt in the capital Tokyo, media report.
The tsunami warning was issued for the coast of Miyagi Prefecture, which was hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.
The US-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no threat to the wider Pacific Ocean but that a tsunami could be generated that was destructive for local coastlines.
Warnings of the tsunami height varied between 50cm and 2m.
Evacuations have been ordered from some of the affected areas.
A presenter on state broadcaster NHK told viewers: "Remember last year's quake and tsunami. Call on your neighbours and flee to higher ground now!"
Buildings were reported to have swayed violently in Tokyo.
The 9.0 magnitude quake that struck on 11 March 2011 left more than 15,000 people dead and more than 3,200 missing.
That quake triggered a meltdown of fuel rods at the Fukushima nuclear plant, causing radiation leaks and mass evacuations.
The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power, told Agence France-Presse there were no reports of problems there this time.


Japan earthquake prompts regional tsunami warning

TOKYOA strong earthquake has jolted northeastern Japan and authorities have issued a warning of a possible tsunami.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said the earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Miyagi prefecture at 5:18 p.m. (0818 GMT) Friday.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no risk of a wider tsunami in along Japan's coast, but a warning was issued for the coast of Miyagi, which was devastated by the much larger quake and following tsunami in March 2011.
National broadcaster NHK television broke off regular programming to warn that a strong quake was due to hit shortly before the earthquake struck. Afterward, the announcer repeatedly urged all near the northeast coast to flee to higher ground.
Friday's quake was centered about 150 miles east of Sendai, the capital city of Miyagi.
Randy Baldwin, of the U.S. Geological Survey, told Sky News "this may be considered an aftershock itself," from the 2011 temblor, as the tectonic plates under the region are still settling into place.
The earlier warning said the tsunami in northeastern Japan could be as high as 2 yards, but reports on Japanese television warned of a wave only about half that high.
Buildings in Tokyo swayed for at least several minutes as the quake struck.
The magnitude-9.0 earthquake and ensuing tsunami that slammed into northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011, killed or left missing some 19,000 people, devastating much of the coast. All but two of Japan's nuclear plants were shut down for checks after the earthquake and tsunami caused meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant in the worst nuclear disaster since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.
Immediately following Friday's quake, there were no problems at any of the nuclear plants operated by Fukushima Dai-Ichi operator Tokyo Electric Power Co., said a TEPCO spokesman, Takeo Iwamoto.


Earthquake hits east coast of Japan

One-metre tsunami hits northeast coast after quake with preliminary magnitude of 7.3 strikes off Miyagi prefecture.
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2012 09:26

A one-metre-high tsunami has hit Japan's northeast coast  following a strong earthquake, according to the country's meteorological agency.

The wave was recorded on Friday in Ishinomaki, a city in Miyagi prefecture that was badly hit by the tsunami of March 2011, which killed thousands

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the earthquake, with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3, struck in the Pacific Ocean off the Miyagi coast at 08:18GMT.

The epicentre was 10km beneath the seabed.

Buildings as far as in the capital Tokyo swayed for at least several minutes.

A presenter on state broadcaster NHK repeatedly told viewers to get to safety. "Remember last year's quake and tsunami," he said. "Call on your neighbours and flee to higher ground now!"

Sayaka Matsumoto, communications officer at the Japan Red Cross, told Al Jazeera that she felt "quite [a] large shake” at her organisation’s headquarters in Tokyo.

Matsumoto said the quake felt about "half the size" of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami in March 2011 that killed or left missing around 19,000 people.