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A leaked report published on Wednesday by The Guardian 1 implicates Egypt s armed forces of participating in the disappearance, torture and killing of civilians across the country during the 2011 Egyptian revolution, an uprising in which the military initially professed neutrality before President Hosni Mubarak 2 was removed from power . The document 3 is a 16-page chapter from a presidential fact-finding commission that submitted its findings in January to President Mohamed Morsi, according to The Guardian . Mr .

Morsi is Egypt s first freely elected president and a former high-ranking leader in the Muslim Brotherhood . The freelance reporters who obtained the document, Evan Hill and Muhammad Mansour, did not reveal who leaked it to them . The revelation is sure to put pressure on both Mr .

Morsi and the military, a dominant force in Egyptian economics and politics that receives more than $1 billion in military assistance from the United States each year . The fact-finding commission was hand-picked by Mr . Morsi, according to The Guardian s report .

4 The document, which is in Arabic, cites specific cases of civilian disappearances, torture and death at the hands of the Egyptian military . Portions of the report, including testimony provided by witnesses and family members to the fact-finding commission, have been highlighted and translated 5 as part of an interactive feature on the Guardian Web site . Translated portions of the report include the testimony of a man named Abdel Moneim Abdel Hamid Fayyed Allam, who told the commission that his son, a lawyer named Osama Abdel Moneim Abdel Hamid, disappeared after leaving their home in the country on Feb .

1, 2011, to join protests in Tahrir Square in Cairo . Mr . Allam told the commission: I headed to Cairo to search for him in hospitals and police stations and had a number of lawyers with me, after that, I received a call from a young person called Hani Heikal, and he told me that he was with my son Osama in military prison, and he was tortured with many people, and that Osama died after severe torture, and he does not know where he was buried .

Immediately after his quoted testimony, the document describes how Mr . Allam found his son dead 19 days later: Allam started searching for his son in the morgue until 19 February 2011, when he was informed by a lawyer that his son Osama was in Zeinhom Morgue, and he went there and recognised him, and he saw his son was misshapen from severe torture, and his skull fractured, and had signs of beating on his body; and Allam accused the military intelligence who kidnapped him with general intelligence and the officers who tortured him at the military prison and the Egyptian museum and all who participated in this crime . The military officially refused to take a side during the 2011 uprising that ousted Mr .

Mubarak . After 18 days of street protests the military assumed control of the country, elevating a council of 21 senior officers as the country s supreme leaders . But the military s position as a guardian of the revolution was soon badly tarnished by a series 6 of violent 7 crackdowns 8 on protesters 9 and high-profile accusations of torture and sexual assault in custody 10 , as well as the widespread use of military trials for civilians 11 .

In 2011, Egypt s military government tried more than 12,000 civilians 12 in front of military courts, a number that far outstripped the number of civilians given such trials during three decades of Mr . Mubarak s autocratic reign . While the military may no longer be viewed as a defender of the popular will, the document published by The Guardian is notable because it suggests that the Morsi government may have established evidence of military wrongdoing during the transitional period .

This will put pressure on both the country s newly elected leaders and the old barons in the military, who denied the report 13 to an Egyptian newspaper, El Balad, on Wednesday morning . However, Egyptian human rights activists quoted by The Guardian said that this leak might not be enough to spark an investigation of the military s activities during the early days of the revolution, because according to a constitution written by Mr . Morsi s political allies last fall and passed in a popular referendum in December, the military maintains the sole authority to investigate allegations of crimes committed by its members .

The constitution is a bar forever, said Heba Morayef, the Egypt director for Human Rights Watch . We ve been arguing from the start that there will never be military accountability within the military judiciary . It s just never going to happen in Egypt, she said .

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On a tour of duty to Afghanistan, two Irish members of the British army talk to Ciara Kenny about life as soldiers and their reasons for joining up I wouldn t talk about it in the pub in Dublin The Royal Dragoon Guards on tour in Helmand province in Afghanistan I have a long family history in the military, says Conor, a 25-year-old from Dublin . My great grandfather was a member of the Royal Irish Regiment of the British Army during the first World War, and fought in the Battle of the Somme in France and Passchendaele in Belgium . My granduncle joined the Royal Tank Corps in the 1930s before the second World War, lying about his age to get enlisted .

His stories about becoming a troop sergeant, fighting Rommel in north Africa and escaping as a prisoner of war in Yugoslavia had a huge influence on me . I started thinking seriously about a career in the army while studying business, economics and social studies at Trinity College . I never had any real desire to pursue economics or finance as a career, and craved a challenge .

During my final year I applied for the British Army Officer Academy at Sandhurst in Surrey, and was offered a place for the following year . With the 12 months I had free, I decided to do something mad and went to live in Japan, playing rugby for Yokohama, working in Irish bars and travelling the Far East . The main draw to the British Army is that they get involved, which Ireland s neutral status doesn t facilitate .

In a world where conflicts are no longer national but cultural and ideological, the concept of neutrality is rather outdated, I believe . For the whole of 2011 I trained for 18 hours a day, Monday to Sunday, learning my trade as an officer and how to deal with every conceivable scenario . The course is divided into three terms: the first covers basic soldiering skills; the second works on planning and command skills; and the final term puts it all into practice .

Tactical situations are simulated, ranging from attacking mountains to counter-insurgency and riot control . I was accepted into the Royal Dragoon Guards, one of four regiments with Irish connections . I chose them because of that, and because their tour to Afghanistan was coming up .

Half the regiment is from Yorkshire and the rest from Ireland, mostly from the North, although there are about 50 guys from the South who have joined up for reasons similar to mine . I chose an armoured regiment, and did my troop leader course with 82 tonne Challenger-2 tanks for six months . Last October, my squadron was deployed to Afghanistan for Operation Herrick 17 .

We are part of the Police Mentoring and Advisory Group, mentoring and training the Afghan National Security Forces so they are ready to police the country after we withdraw in 2014 . The Royal Dragoon Guards has about 500 guys here, but there are many other regiments of the British Army with us, not to mention the Danish, Americans, and Estonians, to name a few . Myself and my troop of 15 lads go on patrol with about 60 Afghan police every day .

I keep the Afghan commander by my side and mentor him during operations, which could involve clearing an area of insurgents or searching compounds for weapons and drug caches . More recently the focus has been on intensive training with the Afghan police . We give them lessons in weapon handling, first aid, literacy and the rule of law .

At the beginning we were working up to 18 hours a day, which was tough . As a commander I had to start planning for the next day s patrol as soon as we got back to base . But there s great camaraderie between us and we have fun .

When you are living in a tent and sleeping beside the same people day after day, you get to know each other very well . During the first half of the tour we regularly came under fire from insurgents . It was challenging at times .

We unfortunately had one very serious casualty caused by an improvised explosive device, which resulted in life-changing injuries for a colleague . I won t easily forget that day, as I was in the same blast, just three feet away . My close friends are supportive of my career choice, but I wouldn t talk loudly about it in the pub when I m home in Dublin .

Every now and again people question me, and I can understand where they are coming from, but most people are just curious about what I do . Since joining the army I haven t slept in the same bed for more than three months . It is great to have the opportunity to see so much of the world .

All the moving around isn t ideal for maintaining a relationship, as I have discovered over the past year, but that s just another challenge I will work around . I try to get home often, and have brought a few friends over to the formal army dinners so they can experience my life . I talk about what it is like to be in the military, but it is hard for them to understand without seeing for themselves .

We expect to be back in the UK in the next few weeks . I ll have some time off on post-tour relief to go home to normality in Dublin for a while . Perhaps one day I will return there to live, but right now it s not even an option .

In Afghanistan, you can be away for months The living area of one Irish soldier currently serving in Afghanistan I had a good upbringing but was a little wild as a kid, says Chris, a 32-year-old from the midlands . When I finished school my mother suggested I join the army, but the Irish Defence Forces turned me down because I was too short . I saw an ad for the British Army on UTV, and 12 years later here I am out in Afghanistan .

I joined the Irish tank regiment of the Royal Dragoon Guards with two guys from the North . We were based in a town called M nster in Germany for the first five years and travelled regularly to Poland for training, living off the back of a tank for weeks at a time . It was a lot of fun, as I got to do what many men dream about when they are boys .

I saw a lot of Germany too, and the nightlife was amazing . It was a great place to spend my 20s . In 2003, we got called to northwest England to cover for the fire brigade who were on strike, so I became a fireman on a 1950s fire engine for a few months .

After that, in 2004, we were sent to Iraq for the first time . The story of Ken Bigley a civil engineer from Liverpool who was captured and killed by Islamic extremists in Baghdad] was big in the news, so it was a daunting time . I ll never forget going to call my mum the night before we flew out and seeing some of the biggest army lads you can imagine crying on the phone to their mothers .

When you are on training in another country, you are only a flight away from home . But out in the likes of Iraq or Afghanistan, you can be away for months without regular contact with family and friends . Relationships often break up under the strain of it .

We call it getting a Dear John letter when your girlfriend breaks up with you . I got mine for the first time in Iraq . In these situations we talk a lot to the lads beside us .

We help each other through . Each regiment has a priest or padre who we can go to, and there are doctors and psychologists too if needed . There is a very strong support network .

I ll be heading back to the UK in 10 weeks . We ll spend a week in Yorkshire winding down, making sure there are no underlying problems personally or professionally after the tour . After that, I ll have a few weeks off to go back home to Ireland and get Afghanistan out of my head .

You live two different lives doing this job your army life and your civilian life . It is rewarding work . I am a radio instructor, and I enjoy teaching .

I don t think I would have had that opportunity if I hadn t joined up . I would probably still be a barman . I ve been to Canada several times to train other soldiers, and had the opportunity to do a lot of travelling .

I ve ridden horses through the Rockies and gone swimming in a glacier lake . I ve been to Mexico on holiday during RR time, and prayed with 13,000 military pilgrims in Lourdes . But I have also lived in a hole in the ground in war zones like Iraq and Afghanistan .

The bad does come with the good. . Growing numbers of Irish in the British army The number of Irish recruits joining the British Army has more than tripled over the last decade, as a result of improved relations between the two countries, the economic downturn in Ireland, and limited recruitment by the Irish Defence Forces . In the 12 months to February, 77 people from the Republic signed up to the British Army, a slight drop from 89 the previous year but a huge increase on the 2002 to 2006 period when an average of just 24 Irish recruits joined per year .

Dozens more are joining the Navy and Royal Air Force every year . There are now more than 400 men and women from the Republic serving with the British Army . The Irish Guards and the Royal Irish Regiment attract the most Irish to their ranks, but the Royal Dragoon Guards, which also has strong Irish connections and traditions, has about 50 soldiers and officers from the Republic .

This article appears in the Life pages of The Irish Times today, and on the main website here 1 .

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Correction Appended The big news this London Fashion Week was supposed to be the return of Tom Ford to the runway, the London debut of L Wren Scott (complete with a dinner Sunday night at the Cafe Royale co-hosted by her boyfriend, Mick Jagger), the buzz surrounding such rising stars as Christopher Kane 1 and JW Anderson 2 and the emergence of the young British model Cara Delevingne as the next Kate Moss . But for the thousands of young fans who packed New Oxford Street in central London on Saturday night, there was only one fashion designer who mattered this week: Rihanna . The pop signer unveiled her first collection for the British retailer River Island for which the British press has reported she is being paid roughly $1.2 million at a cavernous club space jammed with revelers, a few curious members of the fashion press and the occasional local celebrity (including Ms .

Delevingne, who sat in the front row) . Mingling among the heavily female crowd during the hourlong wait for the show to begin (a wait made somewhat easier by the small army of waiters passing out glasses of Champagne), it felt at times more like a girls-night-out than a fashion show, with much of the overheard conversations being of last night s date or last week s breakup and almost no one talking about whether they would make it to Preen the next morning at 9 . As the crowd milled around, clearly interested in what Rihanna would show but perhaps even more interested in the after-party, a black-and-white film, projected on the wall behind the bar, showed on a continuous loop, with Rihanna apparently talking of the inspirations for her fashion line .

I say apparently because the sound was turned off and you couldn t hear a word she was saying . The runway, a multilevel set of platforms, resembled, appropriately, a concert stage and the models strutted out to the accompaniment of rap songs of which roughly every third word is unpublishable here . The clothes were body-hugging and flesh-baring with even the modest cover-ups featuring some elements of see-through design. (You were expecting subtle?) At the end, Rihanna came out in a form-fitting black minidress with her costume designer, Adam Selman, and flashed a quick, sly $1.2-million smile .

Correction: February 19, 2013 An earlier version of this article misstated who Rihanna came out with after showing her River Island collection .

She came out with Adam Selman, her costume designer, not Mel Ottenberg, her stylist .

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Footage from Algeria s ENTV news channel . Algeria s ENTV news channel interviewed a number of local and foreign workers who had been held captive in a gas facility and were freed on Friday, with some of them expressing relief from hospital beds or a bus in this video .

1 2 The footage was some of the first of its kind to be broadcast as Algerian special forces continued to rescue 3 the hostages . As our colleague Steven Erlanger reports 4 , some of the workers managed to hide or escape .

The interviews were in Arabic and English, with some of the men speaking from what appeared to be a medical clinic or from the In Amenas hospital . The men interviewed were asked repeatedly what they thought of the Algerian Army, and they expressed relief and gratitude . A man who identified himself as a Turkish worker said: We were in our rooms .

We just heard what was happening . They saved us . Some of the workers were injured .

It happened so fast, said a man with a bandaged head lying on a hospital bed . Many of those interviewed spoke with British accents . One man who identified himself as Darren Matthews from England, said: I feel safe at the moment but I won t feel 100 percent happy until I m back in the U.K .

after I see my family . My heart goes out to the guys that are still there and hopefully everyone comes home safe because, at the end of the day, it s only work . Another British man said he was very relieved to be out .

As much as I m glad to be out, my thoughts are with colleagues that are still there at the moment . Asked what he thought about the Algerian military, he said, I have never been so relieved as when they came and got us off site . In Arabic, a number of workers, who said they were employees of BP and Halliburton, described being rescued by the army .

The soldiers hit the terrorists . We were all in a room, all 260 of us, standing there, and that s when they struck them by plane . We knew there was a back door, so we broke it down and escaped, one man said .

The man said that a leader of the kidnappers, named Taher, was killed by the Algerian forces . After that there was very heavy shooting, but we got out and escaped . Another appeared to be describing a second army assault on the compound, saying, in part, The army went in at around 12 or 12 and something, they went in with planes and every part of the army, like the special forces .

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A POIGNANT mixture of pride and sadness swept across Teesside yesterday as crowds gathered to pay a respectful silence in tribute to brave war heroes. Serving armed forces men and women and their families joined veterans – and the hundreds of others who simply wanted to pay their respects – at services across Teesside. From larger ceremonies at places like Stockton, Guisborough, Redcar and Thornaby and Billingham, to more modest village gatherings, the area fell silent for two minutes at 11am.

Volunteers from the Redcar RNLI lifeboat station were among hundreds of people paying their respects at the town s war memorial, with crew members and officials led by the station s standard bearer, Derek Robinson. During the ceremony, wreaths were laid by deputy launching authority Bob O Neill and chairwoman of the Redcar Ladies Lifeboat Guild, Jenny Emmerson. Among the RNLI volunteers marching in the parade was the lifeboat station s newest recruit, Ben Howard.

He said: I served in the British Army before joining the Merchant Navy, so I was very proud to be part of the ceremony today. At Stockton, Teesside Humanists laid a wreath at the town s Cenotaph for the first time in the Remembrance Day ceremony s history – the first time non-religious servicemen and women were recognised by a specific tribute during the Stockton service. And community groups were also heavily involved in the day, with Eston Residents Association and Normanby Local History group both helping organise their respective ceremonies.

After the service at the cenotaph on Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, outside Albert Park, veterans shared their tales of war. Others shared the heroics of their ancestors, telling stories that had been passed through families for generations. Ron Shaw, 78, from Ormesby, who served in the Korean War, has been involved in the business of selling poppies for the British Legion for the past fortnight.

He said: Our officer got killed in a tunnel. The Chinese asked us to surrender and we wouldn t surrender – so they blew the tunnel up with him in it. Ron was in the Army Cadets and said it was nice to see so many girls becoming cadets nowadays , as was evident at remembrance day parades across Teesside.

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11th November 2012 Picture by Katie Lunn Story by Sarah Walker. James Bennett, 31, from Great Ayton, joined his grandad Keith Harkin, 77, who was in the Royal Air Force from 1953-56, at the remembrance service in Middlesbrough. James himself was a light dragoon who served in Iraq, but was medically discharged a couple of years ago.

Edward John Cope, five, proudly showed off his miniature medals which he wore at the service, just like his daddy, Stewart, 38. Edward, from Eaglescliffe, explained: The yellow one is for Iraq, the dark one is for Bosnia and one is for the Jubilee. They are my dad s.

He gave me them. Mum has also got one, but she s only got the Jubilee one. The mini medals are exact replicas of Stewart s, which highlight his 13-year service as a Royal Engineer.

Stewart, who recently finished his service at Catterick, said: The service was very good and it was warm for a change. The whole Cope family attended, including Stewart s wife Sally, 38, and parents John, 67, and Joan, 62, of Eston. John admits he never wore his medals at remembrance services for the first couple of years as he felt slightly embarrassed to do so.

But now, having acquired miniatures for the whole family, he does. He said: You just feel a bit of pride to actually wear them. Paul Kenyon, 59, a quality technician, spoke of his pride in his great uncle Albert Kenyon, who was killed in battle in 1918.

He said: We ve only just found out he was killed in Albert and there is a memorial to him there. I have his medals but they re not mine to wear. Veteran Edward Sockett, 94, from Brambles Farm, also attended the Middlesbrough service.

He said: I was with the Green Howards fourth battalion. There s always a good lot of people here at this service. Son Malcolm Sockett, 56, explained five generations of Socketts attended yesterday s service, including his granddaughter Saffron, nine.

The support worker said: I make sure I m off work every year to take him. Meanwhile Redcar MP Ian Swales had his car – a VW Golf, registration NU57 KCY – stolen while he was attending the Remembrance Sunday service in Redcar. The car was parked near his office at Redcar Station Business Centre.

In the car were four wreaths which Mr Swales intended to lay at other war memorials in his constituency.

I was absolutely gutted when I found the car had been taken, said the MP.

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Published 9 Nov 2012 12:30 0 Comments THE generations will be united on Sunday as they gather at war memorials across the district to pay their respects and mark Armistice Day. Remembrance Sunday coincides this year with Armistice Day, the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, when the peace treaty was signed between the Allies and Germany to cease hostilities on the Western Front and end World War I. Flags will be lowered and the Two Minute Silence will be respected across the district as veterans and members of the Armed Forces remember their fallen comrades, and the rest of the district gives thanks for their heroic contributions.

Remembrance Sunday parades and services taking place: ARBORFIELD 10.30am Parade forms in RBL Club car park; 10.45am march to War Memorial at Eversley Road-Swallowfield Road-Mole Road junction. BURGHFIELD 10am Assemble at The Triangle, Sulhampstead Road; 10.15am March to St Mary the Virgin Church for the wreath-laying and Drum Head Service at the War Memorial in the churchyard. Flypast by Chinook helicopter from RAF Odiham.

CAVERSHAM 10.25am Assemble at Westfield Road Park; 10.35am march along Gosbrook Road, Church Street and down Promenade Road; 11am service at War Memorial in Christchurch Meadows COLD ASH (at Hermitage) 10.46am Assemble at Lipscombe Close; RBL members, Royal Engineers from Denison Barracks parade to church, refreshments afterwards at Village Hall. COMPTON (at Hampstead Norreys) 10.20am Assemble at White Hart and parade to War Memorial for wreath laying and church service. HURST (see Winnersh) KINTBURY 10.45am Service at Memorial in St Mary’s Churchyard followed by service in church, with contingent from Royal Engineers, Denison Barracks, Hermitage.

LAMBOURN 10.45am service and wreath laying at War Memorial in St Michael and All Angels churchyard. Then to the church for Reading of Names and remembrance service. MORTIMER 10.50am Assemble at War Memorial; 11am Two Minutes’ Silence, then parade to St John’s Church for service.

NEWBURY 10.30am Parade moves off from Park Way via London Road and Northbrook Street to War Memorial at St Nicolas Church for short service at 10.50am and Two Minutes’ Silence at 11am; then to St Nicolas for service. PANGBOURNE 2.30pm Parade assembles Horseshoe Road opposite police station; 3pm march to Pangbourne Parish Church for service, laying wreaths at War Memorial en route, led by Pangbourne College Band. READING 10.15am Muster; 10.45am Brock Barracks.

Mayor, MPs, and Waterloo Band 7 Rifles for Two Minutes’ Silence at 11am and March Past. (Security is very tight. No cars (even for disabled) allowed into the barracks and no patking available at Wilson School. Please allow extra time for security check.) READING 6.15pm Salvation Army Citadel, Anstey Road.

Festival of Remembrance: All welcome SHINFIELD 10.40am Parade from Shinfield Health Centre car park to War Memorial on School Green for 10.50am service and wreath laying. SONNING 9.50am Assemble at Pearson Hall in Pearson Road; 10am via Pearson Road, High Street and The Bull access road to War Memorial and service at St Andrew’s Church. TADLEY 10.45am Parade from Heath End Village Hall to Baughurst War Memorial for service and wreath laying; 2.30pm separate parade from Glebe Close, Tadley, to St Paul’s Church for service followed by wreath laying at War Memorial.

THATCHAM 10.30am Assemble behind Waitrose supermarket, then to War Memorial for service and wreath-laying and march to St Mary’s Church for short service. TILEHURST 10.30am Parade from car park behind the Co-op at The Triangle for service and wreath laying at the War Memorial. Afterwards parade to RBL Club, Downing Road.

TWYFORD: 10.10am Parade organised by Scouts leaves Medical Centre car park led by Maidenhead Concert Band via the bowling green to St Mary’s Church and War Memorial for service. WARGRAVE 9.30am Assemble in Church Street; 9.40am march to St Mary’s Church for 10am service; 10.45am to War Memorial for service and wreath laying then march back through High Street. WINNERSH & DISTRICT (at Hurst) 10.30am Assemble in The Castle car park, Hurst: 10.45am short march to St Nicholas Church for service and then wreath laying ceremony at War Memorial.

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As a Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by Taliban militants last week fights for her life in a British hospital, a battle to tarnish her reputation is being waged on social networks and news sites in Pakistan . In yet another statement to the Pakistani news media defending the assassination attempt, a Taliban spokesman claimed on Tuesday that young Malala Yousafzai, who had criticized the Islamists for closing girls schools in a blog she wrote for the BBC when she was 11, was a spy who divulged secrets and created propaganda . The spokesman, Ehsanullah Ehsan, also took pains to note reports that the girl had turned 15 in July, suggesting that this meant that she was no longer a child .

Even if no sign of puberty becomes noticeable, he said, this age of the girl marks the end of prepuberty phase . That being the case, he added, the Taliban executed the attack on an adult girl only after she emerged as a pivotal character in the media war against us . The Taliban s media wing issued the statement after an outpouring of sympathy for the girl, and anger at the militants, swept Pakistan .

As my colleague Declan Walsh reported, Front-page headlines have carried updates of her medical treatment, schoolchildren held prayer services and candlelight vigils, and the political system has united to condemn the Taliban with an unusual vehemence and unity . That solidarity, however, has been less than universal online, where extreme nationalists and politicians from religious parties who support the Taliban have attempted to tarnish the image of the young activist by spreading rumors of her supposed complicity with the American military . One of the main elements in the viral campaign is a mislabeled image of Malala and her father, Ziauddin, meeting in 2009 with President Obama s envoy to the region, Richard Holbrooke .

Malala Amreekee fojee hukkaam k sath http://t.co/AYUQNmF8 Dr Samia Raheel Qazi (@srqazi) 13 Oct 12 As the Pakistani journalist and blogger Beena Sarwar noted, the image was posted on Twitter repeatedly by Samia Raheel Qazi, a senior figure in Pakistan s largest religious party, Jamaat-e-Islami . Ms . Qazi, who is the daughter of the party s former leader, added a caption that falsely claimed that the child had attended a meeting with American military officers .

Far from being a glimpse of a secret meeting, however, the image is actually a still frame taken from a documentary about the family made by my colleague Adam Ellick . As the film makes clear, the Yousafzais and other grass-roots activists were invited to meet Mr . Holbrooke on July 24, 2009, as they made their way home to the Swat Valley, following a Pakistani military operation to regain control of the region from Taliban militants .

When it was her turn to speak, Malala said simply, I will request you all, and respected Ambassador, I will request you that if you can help us in our education, so please help us . After Ms . Qazi circulated the falsely captioned image of Malala with Mr .

Holbrooke, several Pakistani journalists expressed outrage that she appeared to be spreading rumors about the young shooting victim. @beenasarwar @srqazi Attacking teen victim battling for her life after murderous attack for demanding a right to education a new low Talat Aslam (@titojourno) 13 Oct 12 Maham Ali, a rights activist who knows Malala, called for the hate tweets to stop . I wish people would stop retweeting the hate tweets against Malala . It s painful for those who know her .

Maham Ali (@Mahamali05) 14 Oct 12 In a subsequent update, the Islamist politician defended her decision to circulate the image by endorsing, obliquely, the theory that Malala s shooting was part of an American-led conspiracy to justify further strikes in Pakistan . Ms . Qazi wrote that she had shared the image only because we condemn those who used this little candle in the wind .

In addition to Elton John s tribute to Princess Diana, Ms . Qazi appeared to be referring to a conspiracy theory promoted in recent days by Islamist politicians and nationalists who claim that Malala was shot by American intelligence agents in order to deflect criticism of drone strikes or build public support for Pakistan s Army to move against militants in the tribal area of North Waziristan . Ms .

Qazi s father, Qazi Hussain Ahmad, who is the Islamist party s former leader, hinted darkly at the conspiracy on Pakistani television, condemning those who, he said, used Malala . Before she circulated the image, Ms . Qazi passed on a series of claims from conspiracy theorists who insisted that the attack was a ploy .

They Say 9/11 Was Staged To Wag A War A/g #Afghanistan . Is #Malala Being Exploited For #NorthWaziristan War ? Media Is Setting The Ambiance !

Shahmeer Khan (@MeFixer) 12 Oct 12 #Malala is talk of the world, Allegedly Taliban shot her. . It s Just like Alleged #WMD of Iraq, Let s see what comes out of this one Rizwan Yahya (@RizwanYahya) 12 Oct 12 So the attack on #Malala Yousufzai was for gaining support and sympathy of Pakistanis for North Waziristan Operation ? #Drones #Pakistan Altamash Shaikh (@An_ScorpioN) 12 Oct 12 In a detailed report on the viral campaign against Malala on Pakistani Facebook pages and Twitter feeds, Jahanzaib Haque, the Web editor of the English-language Express Tribune, explained that the conspiracy theory widely shared online was outlined in an article headlined C.I.A . Behind Attack on Malala; Attackers Are in Afghanistan .

That report, from a Web site called The Lahore Times, which is set up to look like a replica of The New York Times, begins with the assertion that the United States of America was behind the attack on the schoolgirl . It goes on to claim that Taliban militants are in fact American agents: Evil U.S . forces created a dirty plan to kill Malala and they gave the task to Tehreek-e-Taliban or Black Water (Xe) .

A part of the report, in bold type and somewhat broken English, calls the Pakistani Taliban, a coward terrorists organization which works close with C.I.A., Mossad and R.A.W., referring to the American, Israeli and Indian intelligence agencies . As Mr . Haque reported, another formulation of the same theory was posted on Facebook by the Pakistani nationalist blogger Ahmed Quraishi, who wrote: Fact is, the U.S .

is partially responsible for Malala Yousafzai s plight . The killers of Malala are a bunch of criminals known as Swat Taliban . This terror group was roundly defeated by Pakistan Army in 2009 and flushed out from northern Pakistan .

That action by Pakistani military was a lesson to American commanders in Afghanistan in how to successfully defeat terrorists . But Pakistani officials have discovered last year to their horror that the entire leadership of this terror group, the Swat Taliban is alive and well and thriving in terror training and resting camps inside Afghanistan under the watch of U.S . Army .

Although it requires a deeply conspiratorial mind to believe, as Pakistani nationalists do, that the American military has the power to choose which Islamist militants operate from areas of Afghanistan under the control of the Afghan Taliban, every good conspiracy is woven from scraps of the truth . As the journalist Ahmed Rashid explains in a post for The New Yorker, the Pakistani Taliban s leader, Mullah Fazlullah, described as the mastermind of the attack on Malala, does appear to be based in Afghanistan . Fazlullah s forces were defeated by the Pakistani Army in 2009 after the public was incensed by a video showing Fazlullah s gunmen flogging naked women .

The army, also under enormous American pressure, moved some 2.5 million people out of the Swat Valley and sent in eighty thousand troops to clear Swat of militants except that Fazlullah and his commanders escaped across the border into Kunar province, in northeastern Afghanistan . From Kunar, which is under the control of like-minded Al Qaeda affiliates, the Afghan Taliban, and multiple other groups from Central Asia, the Caucasus, China, and Europe, Fazlullah has recently relaunched his movement, attacking army posts inside Pakistan s tribal belt and then retreating back to Kunar, where Pakistan cannot touch him . While Mr .

Rashid, who is based in Lahore, does not embrace the theory that Mullah Fazlullah is an American agent, he notes: Afghan officials have quietly admitted to me that Fazlullah s actions are being backed by the Afghan intelligence services. (Officially, Afghanistan denies all such charges.) He adds: Afghan support for extremists like Fazlullah is, in a sense, return pay . Pakistan s army has done exactly the same thing for the past twelve years allowing Afghan Taliban to launch strikes into Afghanistan against United States and Afghan forces and then retreat back into Pakistan . Now both countries are more evenly balanced in this dangerous, brutal, bloody proxy war one that is leading to open war, with Pakistan s army shelling Fazlullah s camps and Afghan villages in Kunar almost every day, angering the Afghan public .

Late last year, when Afghan forces became involved in a nighttime firefight along the disputed and thinly guarded border between Pakistan s Mohmand tribal region and Afghanistan s Kunar Province, they called in American airstrikes on positions that were only identified later as Pakistani Army posts . Two dozen Pakistani soldiers were killed, and Pakistan s government responded by closing NATO supply routes into Afghanistan and ordering the Central Intelligence Agency to vacate an air base in Pakistan used for drone operations . Another part of the online backlash to the support shown for Malala were demands from Pakistani nationalists that the news media should pay as much attention to the victims of American drone strikes .

Several images of children said to have been wounded or killed in drone strikes were sent to journalists, with the demand that they be given equally intense coverage. @Fahdhusain I m saddened by #malala attack.But you should raise voice for these innocent kids inj and killed by drone http://t.co/aTnxb3Sm Taimour (@Taimourarif) 12 Oct 12 One of the journalists, Beena Sarwar, pointed out that one widely circulated, heartbreaking image, presented as an example of an overlooked drone victim, actually showed a 7-year-old girl named Laiba who was shot by members of Pakistan s paramilitary Frontier Constabulary in 2008. @Taimourarif The girl being portrayed as #drone victim is Laiba; her leg was shattered by FC gunfire .

See Dawn report http://t.co/t1wdImf9 beena sarwar (@beenasarwar) 13 Oct 12

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Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by Taliban militants this week, was airlifted on Thursday to a leading military hospital in Rawalpindi, near the headquarters of the Pakistani Army . The young activist, who was targeted because of her outspoken support for the education of girls in Pakistan s Swat Valley, remained in critical condition, unconscious and breathing with the help of a ventilator . She was moved to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi a day after surgeons in the provincial capital Peshawar successfully removed a bullet that had passed through her head and lodged in her shoulder .

An Urdu-language video report from Pakistan s Geo News included images of the airlift, as news of Malala s condition continued to grip the country . An Urdu-language video report from Pakistan s Geo News on the condition of Malala Yousafzai . Close friends of the family who were at the hospital in Peshawar told The Times that doctors there were more optimistic about Malala s chances of survival after the surgery, but said the next 24 hours would be critical .

A team of about 10 doctors is waiting to see if the extreme swelling in her head, known as severe edema, will be reduced . They added that the girl s breathing had improved after surgery but that she still needed a ventilator . One of her doctors, Mumtaz Khan, told Agence France-Presse, The bullet has affected some part of the brain, but there is a 70 percent chance that she will survive .

The operation, performed by army surgeons with extensive trauma experience, included a procedure known as decompressive craniotomy, in which part of the skull is removed to allow room for the brain to swell . While there was no conclusive assessment of possible brain damage, Malala was moving her hands and feet, which suggests there is no paralysis, and she did verbally respond to a teacher immediately after the incident . The News International, Pakistan s largest English-language daily, reports that a panel of Pakistani and British doctors made the decision to move the girl to Rawalpindi rather than a medical center abroad .

As our colleague Declan Walsh reported, there is widespread outrage in Pakistan about the shooting, in which two other girls were wounded . A video report broadcast on Wednesday by Pakistan s Express News showed supporters of the girl praying for her recovery . A video report from Pakistan s Express News on prayers for Malala Yousafzai .

The chilling effect of the shooting in the region remains hard to gauge . Abbas Nasir, who contributes to the Pakistani newspaper Dawn, reported on Twitter that one girl in Swat made a bold statement of defiance in a live interview on a Pakistani television station on Thursday . Malala s classmate tells ARY: Every girl in Swat is Malala .

We will educate ourselves . We will win . They can t defeat us .

Abbas Nasir (@abbasnasir59) 11 Oct 12 If only those at the helm were as determined, as courageous . Abbas Nasir (@abbasnasir59) 11 Oct 12 These girls are a slap in the face of the cowards, of the appeasers, of those who choose to sit on the fence . Abbas Nasir (@abbasnasir59) 11 Oct 12 At about the same time, however, the BBC News correspondent Aleem Maqbool reported that attendance was down at a school for girls near the site of the attack on Malala .

flag at half mast at malala s school in swat . head of nearby school says half her pupils haven t attended since attack http://t.co/POpDaJlz Aleem Maqbool (@AleemMaqbool) 11 Oct 12 In a video report later on Thursday from outside Malala s school, Mr . Maqbool said: All the students were given the last couple of days off to mourn, but also because so many of them were traumatized .

And this feels like a city, Mingora, in the Swat Valley, that s been traumatized as well . Residents, he said, were terrified that the army, which drove the Taliban out of the valley in 2009, would not be able to protect them against the fundamentalist militants . Mr .

Maqbool also noted on Twitter that the Pakistani Taliban were engaged in an apparently unprecedented effort to justify their attack in a series of statements to the media . never known pak taliban to issue so many statements trying to justify an attack . now say they were not targeting the girl but her ideas Aleem Maqbool (@AleemMaqbool) 11 Oct 12 As Saeed Shah reported for McClatchy, Ehsanullah Ehsan, a spokesman for Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, commonly known as the Pakistani Taliban, sent a written statement defending the attack on the girl to reporters on Wednesday, as outrage over the shooting grew .

Relying on references to the Koran, Islamic history and Shariah Islamic law the statement, in English and containing eccentric capitalizations, misspellings and grammatically awkward phrases, left no doubt about the wide gulf that separates the Taliban from the mainstream of Pakistani thought . It s a clear command of Shariah that any female that by any means plays (a) role in war against mujahideen (holy warriors) should be killed, the statement said . Malala Yousafzai was playing a vital role in bucking up the emotions of Murtad (apostate) army and Government of Pakistan, and was inviting Muslims to hate mujahideen .

The statement cited passages from the Koran that the Taliban said justified the killing of children as well as women, and it said that killing someone engaged in rebellion against Islamic law was not just a right but obligatory in Islam . If anyone thinks . . . that Malala is targeted because of education, that s absolutely wrong, and a propaganda of (the) Media, the statement said .

Malala is targeted because of her pioneer role in preaching secularism and so called enlightened moderation . And whom so ever will commit so in future too will be targeted again by TTP . The producers of the television program Bolta Pakistan posted the Taliban spokesman s complete, uncorrected statement on Facebook .

As Al Jazeera English reported, on Wednesday the regional government of the province where Malala was shot offered a reward of more than $100,000 for information leading to the arrest of the gunman .

A video report from Al Jazeera English on anger over the attack on Malala Yousafzai.

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Last Updated, 12:35 p.m . A spokesman for the Taliban in Pakistan s Swat Valley took responsibility for the shooting on Tuesday of a 14-year-old activist who is an outspoken advocate of education for girls . The attack on Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head on her way home from school in Mingora, the region s main city, outraged many Pakistanis, but a spokesman told a newspaper the group would target the girl again if she survived .

Ehsanullah Ehsan, a spokesman for Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, commonly known as the Pakistani Taliban, told Reuters in a telephone interview that Malala was pro-West, she was speaking against the Taliban and she was calling President Obama her idol . He admitted that she was young, but said that she was promoting Western culture in Pashtun areas, referring to the ethnic group in northwest Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan whose conservative values the Taliban claims to defend . Another girl, one of two others wounded in the attack, said in a television interview with Pakistan s Express News that a man had stopped the school bus and asked which girl was Malala before opening fire .

A video report from Pakistan s Express News on the shooting of a 14-year-old activist in Pakistan s Swat Valley on Tuesday features an interview with a wounded witness . Pakistan s Express Tribune reported that doctors at a hospital in Mingora, the region s main city, said that Malala was out of danger because the bullet that struck her skull and came out on the other side and hit her shoulder had not damaged her brain . The newspaper added that the girl was later moved to Peshawar in a Pakistani Army helicopter .

The military s press office later released photographs of soldiers evacuating Malala and tending to her in another hospital. # Pakistan Army doctors give treatment to injured #Malala Yousafzai at CMH, #Peshawar. (Picture via AFP) http://t.co/Mjr6RYW2 PakistanMilitaryNews (@PakMilitaryNews) 9 Oct 12 Malala s uncle said that her condition remained critical, in a telephone interview with Nazrana Yousufzai, a journalist from Swat who now works for Voice of America s Pashto-language service in Washington . I have just spoken to Ahmed shah a closed family member of #Malalai Yousfzai, Says According to Doctors Her condition is critical . Godbless Nazrana Yousufzai (@NazranaYusufzai) 9 Oct 12 Malala became well-known in Pakistan as the author of a blog for the BBC s Urdu-language Web site, Diary of a Pakistani Schoolgirl, in which she chronicled life under Taliban rule, after the Swat Valley was overrun by the Islamist militants in 2009 .

At that time, she wrote later, some of us would go to school in plain clothes, not in school uniform, just to pretend we are not students, and we hid our books under our shawls . Pakistani activists and bloggers expressed their concern and anger at the shooting online . Malala Yousufzai stood up to the horrors of the Pakistani Taliban, in Swat, before the rest of the country had woken up to the danger .

saeed shah (@SaeedShah) 9 Oct 12 Come on , brothers, be REAL MEN . Kill a school girl . Nadeem F .

Paracha (@NadeemfParacha) 9 Oct 12 Please refrain from spreading rumours . Malala is alive . She has always been a fighter & I know she s going to win this battle as well .

Maham Ali (@Mahamali05) 9 Oct 12 An Afghan blogger, who writes as @FroghWazhma, insisted that the attack showed the Taliban s claim to represent Pashtun culture was false . Malalala targeted by those promoting Pashtoon culture as violent & dark . She IS a symbol of Pashtoon resistance against darkness & cruelty .

Wazhma (@FroghWazhma) 9 Oct 12 My colleague Adam Ellick interviewed Malala extensively in 2009, for a two-part documentary about her father s struggle to reopen a school for girls in Swat after the Pakistani military regained control of the valley from the Taliban . Even after the Taliban were pushed out of Swat by the military, the young girl remained a fierce critic of their ideology . Looking back on the period of Taliban control, Malala told the BBC last year: The situation in Swat was normal until the Taliban appeared and destroyed the peace of Swat .

They started their inhuman activities, they slaughtered people in the squares of Mingora and they killed so many innocent people . Their first target was schools, especially girls schools . They blasted so many girls schools more than 400 schools and more than 50,000 students suffered under the Taliban .

We were afraid the Taliban might throw acid on our faces or might kidnap us .

They were barbarians, they could do anything .

A BBC News video report on Malala broadcast last year included footage of her reading from the diary she kept under the pen name Gul Makai when she was 11.

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