Mauritania: Shooting hospitalizes President Aziz. Mauritania President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz is undergoing treatment for a gunshot wound in a military hospital in the capital Nouakchott. Aziz was "lightly wounded" after a military patrol accidentally fired on his convoy, the government said on Saturday. No details yet on how the patrol accidentally fired on its own president. Reuters adds that 'Mauritania launched numerous military operations on Islamist bases in neighboring Mali before a rebellion in that country split it in two, placing its vast desert in the hands of heavily-armed groups linked to al Qaeda.'
Israel: Air force strikes Gaza, kills one. 'IAF jets struck three terrorist targets in northern and central Gaza Saturday morning in retaliation for a Grad missile attack on the Israeli town of Netivot Friday night. The IDF Spokesman's Unit said that accurate hits on target were identified. On Saturday evening, AFP reported that one person was killed, in what seems to be a separate IAF strike. The IDF issued a statement saying that members of the Shura Council / Global Jihad were eliminated but did not specify how many had been killed or give further details. ...' The BBC, quoting Palestinian sources, says 'Hisham al-Saedni, the leader of a jihadist Salafist group, was killed as he rode a motorcycle in the town of Jabaliya on Saturday.' Reuters: 'An Israeli air strike killed the Palestinian leader of an al Qaeda-affiliated group in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, Hamas and medical sources said. ... The group, rival to Hamas, has an Islamist ideology shared by al Qaeda and sources have said that Saedni joined al Qaeda in Iraq at the beginning of the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.'
Israel / Terrorism: Hezbollah CFO flees to Israel. Al-Arabiya: 'Hezbollah’s CFO has fled to Israel taking with him large sum of stolen money, classified documents and maps, local news media reported on Friday. The news website, Now Lebanon, cited Hezbollah officials saying that the 29-year old telecommunication engineer, Hussein Fahs, has crossed to Israel carrying with him $5 million in embezzled money from the group. Fahs is also head of Hezbollah’s operational communications network. ...'
California: Voters to ease "three strikes"? 'More than a decade after California set a national trend toward longer sentences for habitual criminals with its three-strikes law, crime in the Golden State is down, prison costs are up - and voters are poised to soften the hardline stance. ... Proposition 36 also is a relatively narrow adjustment to 1994's Proposition 184, known as Three Strikes and You're Out, which lengthened sentences for repeat offenders. The new proposition would let some criminals who have been in jail twice (two strikes) avoid a 25-years-to-life sentence for a third crime if it is judged to be nonviolent and nonserious. ...'