- The Syrian jihadi rebels say they shot down a government helicopter over Damascus . They might as well take credit for this one. The government has at least 175 more. Wiki
- Taliban "party-poopers" beheaded 17 men gathered for traditional singing and dancing in Helmand Province where the marines have spent so much time on COIN in the last couple of years. Taliban Islam does not tolerate such frivolity as music and dancing. Hmmm. Cotton Mather wasn't this much of a prude.
- Garbage in Cairo is collected by Coptic Christians who feed the edible parts to pigs. President Mursi's relations with the whole Coptic "thing" is still rather indeterminate. Last year htere was a Muslim inspired general round-up and wasted slaughter of the swine and as a result the Cairene population is faced with a crisis of garbage accumulation.
You couldn't make this stuff up if you were writing fiction nobody would believe it. pl