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Four Madrid bomb convicts cleared
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 07/18/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [290 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Its a Flood of Dorothy s this week folks.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 07/18/2008 1:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Pretty. And yet, no botox. Who knew such a thing was possible?
Posted by: Iblis || 07/18/2008 1:45 Comments || Top||

#3  she's got that wall-eye thing going
Posted by: Frank G || 07/18/2008 8:38 Comments || Top||

#4  good peripheral vision
Posted by: Frank G || 07/18/2008 8:39 Comments || Top||

#5  Yup. Avoid dem kind in knife fights.
Truster me on this.
Posted by: .5MT || 07/18/2008 11:33 Comments || Top||

#6  She'd make a good shopkeeper - she could look you straight in the eye while making a sale, and still watch for shoplifters...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/18/2008 11:47 Comments || Top||

#5 6r:Yup. Avoid dem kind in knife fights.
Truster me on this.

I wills.. she'a down rights real skery 6r..

she bes a knife fighter wrapped up in BuuTeeful Bossoms & a Bella Bustiere!
/Disarming Death

/btw, Iblis is corrects ..lay off of the Botox ... way bad stuff!

btw 6r, are you still CEO of thatr self defense class for drop-ded-gorgeous girlz?

'Cause I wanna join the coaching staff... kay?
Posted by: Red Dawg || 07/18/2008 16:38 Comments || Top||

AP Reporter Records Execution Of Women By Taliban
An Afghan journalist who contributes to The Associated Press was freed Friday after his pictures and video footage of two women brazenly executed by the Taliban led intelligence officials to hold him for questioning for two days.

Rahmatullah Naikzad confirmed that authorities had released him, saying he was "fine," and that he'd been let go in time to attend a family funeral.

Naikzad's pictures and footage of the slain women in central Ghazni province, a few hours outside of the capital, were aired internationally and in Afghanistan, prompting widespread anger in Afghanistan over the killings.

President Hamid Karzai personally condemned the crime and, on Wednesday, Afghan intelligence authorities requested Naikzad visit their offices in Ghazni and answer questions about what he knew about the killings.

Prior to covering the executions of the women, whom the Taliban accused of working as prostitutes on a U.S. base in Ghazni city, Naikzad said the Taliban contacted him and asked him to attend the trial of a man and several women accused of various crimes. He said he did not know if the Saturday, July 12, trial would result in an execution.

Naikzad's pictures included one of the two burqa-clad women sitting next to each other a few minutes before their executions. Another photo showed their bodies the following morning, when Naikzad returned to the scene.

His video footage and photos did not show the actual execution, but the audio track did record the women's screams. He told the AP that the Taliban would not allow him to record images of the killings.

Naikzad, a native of the town of Ghazni in the Afghan province of the same name, has worked for AP Television News and AP Photos since July 2007. He also works with a local radio station and is known to government officials in the region, including Kazim Allayar, the deputy governor of Ghazni, who described Naikzad as a good person.

In Afghanistan, it is common for journalists from both local and foreign news organizations to communicate with Taliban. Spokesmen for the hardline militia frequently issue statements and can be reached by phone, text message and e-mail. On occasion, elements of the Taliban also communicate directly with local government officials.

Militants hold sway in sizeable tracts of the country, particularly in the south and east. Much of Ghazni also has come under Taliban control.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 07/18/2008 20:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [400 views] Top|| File under:

#1  follow him and tap his phone.
Posted by: Frank G || 07/18/2008 21:44 Comments || Top||

Afghanistan installing security cameras along Chaman border
The Afghan Border Security Force has started installing security cameras along the Chaman border while Pakistan has expressed concerns over this initiative, Voice of America reported on Thursday. Afghan security officials said that they were installing cameras in a bid to stop the entrance of militants into Afghanistan, Voice of America reported. It quoted an Afghan border military official as saying that militants coming from Pakistan were using the Chaman border to carry out terrorist activities inside Afghanistan's southern and southwestern areas. Quoting FC sources deployed at Chaman border, the show said that Pakistan had serious concerns over the installation of these security cameras and would raise the issue in the upcoming tri-partite commission meeting this month.
Posted by: Fred || 07/18/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [302 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Pakis scared we will see military help/turning a blind eye to militants crossing the border!!!
Posted by: Paul || 07/18/2008 7:17 Comments || Top||

#2  same response as we should give to Mexico protesting our fence: STFU
Posted by: Frank G || 07/18/2008 9:52 Comments || Top||

#3  Good! They are working to secure their borders. Now, if we could do the same? A wonderful thought.
Posted by: Richard of Oregon || 07/18/2008 14:07 Comments || Top||

British say troops kill Taliban big turbans
In Helmand province in southern Afghanistan, the British Defense Ministry said, British troops killed a senior Taliban leader. Mullah Bismullah Akhund was killed Saturday in the Now Zad district of Helmand, long a Taliban bastion.

The Defense Ministry, in a statement Wednesday, called Bismullah "a senior key facilitator and logistician responsible for the northern Helmand region." The ministry says his death will disrupt the Taliban's leadership structure and hamper the group's ability to conduct attacks. "He is believed to have commanded numerous fighters and was identified by Task Force Helmand as a key player in the insurgency, and criminality, before the strike," according to the International Security Assistance Force.

British troops, who are part of the assistance force, announced the killing Thursday. Saturday's operation occurred 15 days after British troops killed another senior Taliban militant, Sadiqullah, in an Apache missile strike. "Bismullah was closely associated with local Taliban leader Mullah Rahim, whose brother was also killed during this operation," the International Security Assistance Force said.

The Defense Ministry said that "combined with the elimination of Sadiqullah, this is the most significant blow struck against the Taliban logistics and facilitation chain in northern Helmand this year."

The U.S.-led coalition said it also is investigating an airstrike in western Afghanistan's Farah province. Launched after a coalition convoy was attacked Tuesday, it struck a house and killed eight.
Posted by: Fred || 07/18/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [402 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Mullah Bismullah Akhund

In his spare time champion of Iron Bisquick Tonite

Posted by: .5MT || 07/18/2008 11:35 Comments || Top||

#2  The devloper of Pepto-Bismullah.
Posted by: Fred || 07/18/2008 12:24 Comments || Top||

#3  The devloper of Pepto-Bismullah.

RE: Mullah Bismullah Akhund

The Antacid Mullah... Alas he Earped off his Mortal Coil...
Posted by: Red Dawg || 07/18/2008 16:51 Comments || Top||

#4  bismullah != bris millah

you heard it here first
Posted by: Floper Scourge of the French7743 || 07/18/2008 21:15 Comments || Top||

NATO: 'High-priority' Taliban leaders killed in Shindand
(CNN) -- Local security forces and coalition soldiers in western Afghanistan killed several insurgents Thursday in what the NATO command called a "successful operation against high-priority Taliban targets." The operation took place in the Shindand district of Herat province. Two Taliban leaders, Haji Dawlat Khan and Haji Nasrullah Khan, and "significant number of other insurgents" were killed, according to a statement from NATO's International Security Assistance Force.

It added there was no evidence of civilian casualties or accidental damage in the operation, in which a "number of men were discovered handcuffed and imprisoned in appalling conditions in one of the insurgent compounds."

The incident reflects the increasing violence between troops and Taliban militants across Afghanistan and the growing concern in the United States that the war there should be more of a priority than it has been. Since May, the deaths of U.S. and allied troops have far outpaced the toll in Iraq. On Thursday, the toll in Afghanistan was 21 compared to six in Iraq. The International Security Assistance Force did not provide the nationality of the soldier who died in Afghanistan Thursday. Two top Pentagon officials said Wednesday they expect to be able to recommend more troop reductions in Iraq this fall and will try to find ways to increase troops in Afghanistan.

One of the toughest fronts in the war has been the southern province of Helmand. The British Defense Ministry said its troops in southern Afghanistan killed a senior Taliban leader, two weeks after another leading militant died in a British missile attack.

Mullah Bismullah Akhund was killed Saturday in the Now Zad district of Helmand, long a Taliban bastion. The Defense Ministry, in a statement on Wednesday, called Bismullah "a senior key facilitator and logistician responsible for the northern Helmand region." The ministry says his death will disrupt the Taliban's leadership structure and hamper the group's ability to conduct attacks.
Posted by: Fred || 07/18/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [286 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa Horn
Somali Stiffs Summed
At least 13 people were killed during Tuesday clashes in the Somali capital Mogadishu and a regional town of Berdale, Radio Garowe reported today. In Mogadishu, Islamist insurgents attacked a police station and engaged officers in a fierce battle that killed at least 6 people and wounded 7 others, according to witnesses.

A Medina Hospital official said that one police officer and two insurgents are among the wounded people being treated at the hospital.

Four of the victims died when a shell hit their home, neighbors reported.

A Mogadishu police spokesman told reporters that they killed 3 insurgents and repulsed the attack, while Islamist spokesman Abdirahim Isse Addow claimed that the insurgents briefly seized control of the police station. There were no independent reports to verify either claim.

In a separate battle, insurgents ambushed a joint Somali-Ethiopian force that was traveling by foot in Berdale town, in Bay region where the country's parliament sits. The bodies of at least 7 people - all of them fighters - were discovered on Wednesday by Berdale residents and town elders. According to reliable reports, 9 others were wounded during the 20-minute battle.

Islamist spokesmen claimed on local radio to have killed "many soldiers" and "burned vehicles." But one witness told Radio Garowe that "hundreds of Somali and Ethiopian troops arrived afterwards, flying the Somali flag." He stated that he "did not see any burning trucks," but admitted seeing wounded soldiers being transported out of Berdale.
Posted by: Steve White || 07/18/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [287 views] Top|| File under: Islamic Courts

Heavy Fighting Kills 5 in Somali Capital
Witnesses in Somalia say heavy fighting between Islamist insurgents and Ethiopian troops has killed at least five people in the capital. The latest fighting began after Islamic rebels attacked an Ethiopian military base in Mogadishu. Witnesses say several civilians were killed by stray bullets and mortar fire.
Posted by: Fred || 07/18/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [293 views] Top|| File under: Islamic Courts

Africa North
US freezes assets of 4 in Algerian branch of Al-Qaeda
US authorities slapped sanctions Thursday on four suspected leaders of an Algerian branch of Al-Qaeda, saying the group had carried out "numerous attacks" in Algeria.

The US Treasury designated the four leaders of Al-Qaeda in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), who had been were added to a United Nations list of people linked to Osama Bin Laden, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

Those named included Salah Gasmi, identified as the head of the group's information committee; Yahia Djouadi, based in northern Mali and and leader of a cell that includes southern Algeria; Ahmed Deghdegh, identified as the group's finance chief and designated negotiator; and Abid Hammadou, a deputy leader a battalion based in northern Mali.

According to US officials AQIM carried out three attacks east of Algiers in early June 2008, including a bombing near a train station that killed a French national. The group was also believed to be responsible for the abduction of two Austrian tourists in Tunisia in February. One leader of the group told the New York Times in July that the group was prepared to attack the United States or its interests anywhere in the world.

The US action will freeze any assets of the individuals and prevent any Americans from financial dealings with them. "Algeria has shown remarkable courage in the face of horrifying terrorist attacks against its people," said Adam Szubin, director of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). "The four terrorists that we have targeted today are among the most culpable for this violence, as leaders of Al-Qaeda in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb."
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ABID HAMADUal-Qaeda in North Africa
Adam Szubin, director of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control
AHMED DEGHDEGHal-Qaeda in North Africa
SALAH GASMIal-Qaeda in North Africa
YAHIA DJUADIal-Qaeda in North Africa
Posted by: Fred || 07/18/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [283 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa

Spain's Supreme Court Clears 4 in Madrid Train Bombing Case
Spain's supreme court has overturned the convictions of four of the 21 people found guilty of involvement in the 2004 Madrid train bombings that killed 191 people. The four men had been convicted of charges ranging from membership of a terrorist group to supplying explosives.

The court also upheld a lower court's acquittal of one of the alleged masterminds of the al-Qaida inspired attacks, Rabei Ousmane Sayed Ahmed, also known as Mohammed the Egyptian. The Supreme court said Thursday there was not enough evidence to condemn him as an organizer of the attack.
"Yeah. Da witnesses is all dead!"
The early morning bombing of four packed commuter trains was the deadliest terror attack in the west since the September 11 attacks in the US in 2001.
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Posted by: Fred || 07/18/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [292 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Europe

#1  Spain's Supreme Court Clears 4 in Madrid Train Bombing Case

Oh well...
Posted by: Red Dawg || 07/18/2008 3:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Now they are living among you, plotting their squalid little deeds again.
Posted by: bigjim-ky || 07/18/2008 8:11 Comments || Top||

#3  Poetic justice would be for these four "model citizens" to blow up the Spanish Supreme Court

Wasn't there a terrorist attack on the Spanish Supreme Court several years ago?

Morons. What the F#(@&! do they teach in law school these days?
Posted by: James Carville || 07/18/2008 10:54 Comments || Top||

#4  What the F#(@&! do they teach in law school these days?

That the beauty or cleverness of the argument takes precedence over common sense...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/18/2008 11:24 Comments || Top||

#5  Drop their asses from a high bridge in low repair. Dis known as Frankoism.
Posted by: .5MT || 07/18/2008 11:38 Comments || Top||

#6  What the F#(@&! do they teach in law school these days?

That political agendas are more important than the law.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 07/18/2008 11:42 Comments || Top||

#7  Hey!
Posted by: Frank G || 07/18/2008 11:47 Comments || Top||

#8  Just another example why it's impossible to fight an unconventional war in the courts. These people only know how to deal with ordinary criminals. Terrorists are NOT "ordinary" criminals, but the most dangerous kind of rot any free nation could imagine. Shoot to kill, and accept the loss of intelligence value. At least you won't have to capture the same idiots over and over.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 07/18/2008 11:59 Comments || Top||

#9  Do we have any sort of a rating for the degree of hospitality a country has for terrorists? A poor ranking on that would translate into many tourist dollars lost.
Posted by: Richard of Oregon || 07/18/2008 14:04 Comments || Top||

#10  Mr Carville and others

I read fluent (fluent as a native spaker) Spanish and since I grew in Spain and it was West's first defat in the WOT I have studied the thing with passion.


1) Muach/all the evidence apperas to have been planted

2) There have been many, many bizaree things in teh investigation. Do you know that NO analysis of teh xplosives was performed, do you know that the wagons were sent to sacrpyard and destroyed the day after of the explosions thus amking forensics impossible? Do you think this is normal proceudre?

3) None of the suspects had links with the Islamist movement in fact a few of them to be silent apostates. One of the suspects was arrested just because a cell phone had been sold in his shop, the others were mere petty criminals.

4) All of them were confidents of the pôlice.

These are facts.

Nowask yourself: what if it waqs really done by other people? Who benefitted from the crime?
Posted by: JFM || 07/18/2008 14:47 Comments || Top||

#11  Well, JFM, I think most of us got the feeling from the git go (American vernacular) that there was something "strange" about the way this case was handled by the Spanish authorities and the way the bombing seemed to have helped Zapatero (sp) get elected in the name of paz. Perhaps my comment about the law schools was aimed more at certain judges in the USA than in Spain.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 07/18/2008 15:16 Comments || Top||

#12  Now le's make some guessing but first agains ome facts.

The first there we are sure beacuse theyw ere made openly;

First; In the very moring a fter the bombings Zapatero was hinting to teh media its waqsn't ETA.

Second: It wasn't the bombings who upturned the result of the elections it was the combination of bombings and an agitprop propaganda made by the socualusts and Grupo Prisa the mots, by far, powerful MSM group in Spain who has and had had many, many things to thank to teh Socialists.

Third: he impact of teh agitprop campaign was multiplied hundedfold by the fact that government seemd to be lying was telling that every clue pointed to ETA while Prisa radios and TVs were reporting of clues being dicovered pointing to ilsmaists (BTW some of Prisa's allegations were white lies). Thus governement looked to be lying in order to win the elections.

The fourth one we don't know for sure since these were internal communications between governement and police but it seemd that polica was giving informations to governement with a delay of severl hours. Now reread point three.

And now le's go to the hypothesis.

1) Bombings were perpetrated by islamists and it was coincidence it was so close to the elections. Their goal was merely to kill infidels, specially the hated Spaniards who had had the insolence to liberate their land from Islam, athing who still hurst in places like Saudi Arabia. When learning of bombings some people in the socilist party mounted a conspiration to upturn the result of the elections. Notice that in this case it was not important to arrest the perpetrators, the important thing was to "discover" pieces of evidence, to arrest some Arabs and o it just in the right moment (BTW when the suespcts was arrested it was just in the day before the elctuions when the law severly retricted governmen's speak.)

2) THe choice of the date was not a coincidence. It really aimed to overthrow the governemnt. But as I said thisz wouldn't have worked without the agitprop made by socialists and Prisa and it wouldn't have worked without the discovery just at the right time, never an hour too late or too soon of pieces of evidence (who weren't there just an hour soooner) and arrests who were also made just at the right moment.

So either the perpetrators had a such thorough knowledge of Spain's political life and of the leadership of Spanish police tha they could predict their reactions or...., or whetver the perpetrators (ETA, Al Quaida, God know what) they were working hand in hand with some high ranking socialists and doing it before the elections.

I tend to believe it was hypothesis 1: PSOE using the bombings and having evidence planted: if they had had time for planning even a third artae policeman or spook would have done a better job.
Posted by: JFM || 07/18/2008 15:53 Comments || Top||

#13  The last sentence of my previous post was wrong uncomplete. Here it is

I tend to believe it was hypothesis 1: PSOE leraning of the bombings when they were perpetrated and making a quick plan to having evidence planted in order to win the elections: if they had had time for planning even a third rate policeman or spook would have done a better would have done a better job at planting evidence so it didn't look too suspicious and at scapegoating more credible suspects (as I said none of them had links with Islamists and most/all of them were pôlice confidents).

Posted by: JFM || 07/18/2008 16:05 Comments || Top||

#14  Jfm, you've hinted several times at making an article about this; I know this is time-consuming, and you've got a life, but I think it would be useful you put on your thoughts on this in an extented form; like France, Spain has had a dark underbelly of "parallal polices" (see the links between the socialists and the GAL), I'm not sure I would be as comfortable about the 1) hypothesis (bombing its own citizens is something I accept for putin, but would seem way too criminal for a western pol, this is NOT what they're expected to do)... but a nexus between the eta, the islamists and moles from the politicized intelligence agencies sure is a distinct possiblity (that is, the socialists could know it was going to happen due to some moles in the eta, again, see the GAL, and took plans to piggyback it to power).
In any regards, there most probably WAS a manipulation to get the PSOE in power, this has been discuted elsewhere by other people(media camaign by msm groups closely affiliated to the socialists, crowd manipulation & obsfucation police), and it jibes with your ideas about that. So, having you elaborate about it would be interesting IMHO.
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 07/18/2008 16:14 Comments || Top||

#15  Ok, I misread Jfm (I read too fast), I thought he was hinted the PSOE was complicit in the actual bombing, while in fact, it's me who is the most conspiratorial here, sorry!
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 07/18/2008 16:17 Comments || Top||

#16  Everywhere politically motivated judges are acquitting terrorists, in protest of the anti terrorism laws. The current government of Spain was only elected after the 3-11 massacre. The previous government was a supporter of the GWOT. The current goofs endorse the "fraternity of civilizations" fraud.
Posted by: Snerelet Untervehr4255 || 07/18/2008 16:25 Comments || Top||

#17  Anon5089

My belief is based on a tenuou ground: the planting of evidence and its coverup were far too botched up and amateur-like to have been preplanned. It looks like everything was organized "on the march".

But there is another fact: the bombs exploded at about ethe moment were they could cause the lesser number of victims. A bit later and the trains would have acquired speed, a bit earlier they would have been in railways stations, wait a bit more and they would have been in Madrid's central station and the number of victims would have been in the thousands.

Now the police is telling us that bombs were detonated not with timers but with cellphones. If perpetrators were not interested in election's outcome they simply gone for kiling as many infidels as possible. If they were interested in it then too many victims would have caused the postponement of teh elctions. Now look at my hypothesis: if perpetrators were intesrested in the election's outciome then either they had a really good knowledge of Spanish politics and of the Spanish police (I simply cannot envision our French socialists trying to use the bombings like the Spanish did and our police helping them) or they were working with the socialists (who were the only ones who could perform the agitprop part of the plot).
Posted by: JFM || 07/18/2008 17:08 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
Severe Level-2 Threat Warning: Imminent, Gulf State or Turkey
Arab language researchers of the Targeted Actionable Monitoring Center have intercepted communications from an organization closely associated with international terrorists, to include al Qaeda.

Previously intercepted communications from this organization has been proven over time to be reliable.

The communications indicated:

- Jihadist terror cells have been dispatched to an undisclosed location to execute a large scale attack.
- The report calls on everyone to pray for the operation’s success.
- For the reason of OpSec, the terrorist organization was not releasing this location of the attack

An analysis of this threat leads the TAM-C to believe that the large attack may include the Persian Gulf states or Turkey.

Such an analysis is based on earlier communications isolating these regions and the need to target westerners or governments that support the United States in these regions.

Conclusion: This is a clear threat on an imminent attack, and all ITRR clients should take this threat seriously.

Security management professionals are encouraged to immediately assess their preparedness to detect, deter, mitigate, and respond to an act of terror.

Clients of the Targeted Actionable Monitoring Center have received detailed information and the relevant client case workers will receive information as intelligence unfolds.

Timeline: Through 06 August 2008
Posted by: Anonymoose || 07/18/2008 18:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [424 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The shrill is strong with this one.
Posted by: gromky || 07/18/2008 20:12 Comments || Top||

#2  I dunno. The web site shows ads, a "terror alert" is a great way to drive up traffic to increase your ad revenue. The link given on that sire to ITRR is dead and goes to a domain registrar.

Looks kinda bogus to me.
Posted by: Chaith Panda7870 || 07/18/2008 23:12 Comments || Top||

2 die in clashes between militants
Two commanders of the Umer Khalid group and the Shah Sahib group, the rival militant groups fighting in Mohmand Agency, died on Thursday, raising the death toll in the ongoing fighting to three. Sources said that the clashes started between the two militant groups on Tuesday in the Khwazai area. Commander Nisar, who was from the Commander Umer Khalid group and Mansoor, who was from the Shah Sahib group, were seriously injured in the clashes on Tuesday. According to latest reports due to the mediations of a jirga formed by the political administration, the militant groups had ceased fire. Both sides had released hostages and withdrawn from their positions. The next meeting of the jirga would be held after three days.
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Posted by: Fred || 07/18/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [301 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Swat police arrest 3 would-be bombers
Swat police on Thursday arrested three suspected would-be suicide bombers, including one tasked to attack security forces, police officials told reporters in Mingora. Police arrested the three suspects during a routine check at the Ghat Pewchar checkpost in Matta tehsil, the officials said in a press briefing. The officials produced one of the young men at the briefing. "I was being imparted training to carry out a suicide attack and target security forces," 13-year-old Sardar told reporters.
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Posted by: Fred || 07/18/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [395 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

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Posted by: Deadeye Grusock9847 || 07/18/2008 9:23 Comments || Top||

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Posted by: Deadeye Grusock9847 || 07/18/2008 9:23 Comments || Top||

#3  These damn trolls stealin all the good names, where's the line I get in to protest?
Posted by: .5MT || 07/18/2008 11:40 Comments || Top||

#4  well .5, there are at least 9846 other Deadeye Grusocks available...... should be able to find one that fits.
Posted by: USN,Ret. || 07/18/2008 13:53 Comments || Top||

#5  .5MT - Howzabout "Shipman"?
Posted by: PBMcL || 07/18/2008 16:52 Comments || Top||

#6  Can't. He's a member of the Nym of the Month Club.
Posted by: Pappy || 07/18/2008 21:10 Comments || Top||

#7  "Shipman"? Hah! what kind of nut would have a name like that?
Posted by: Frank G || 07/18/2008 21:19 Comments || Top||

Army drives militants from Hangu villages
Security forces on Thursday hit militants around Hangu district, clearing several Taliban strongholds, sources told Daily Times. "We have cleared Shamana Fort and Zarguri and Naryab areas north of Hangu," military spokesman Major General Athar Abbas told Daily Times by telephone. He added that the "operation will be expanded as some areas are yet to be cleared".

In the crackdown launched late on Wednesday, "the security forces, backed by tanks and gunship helicopters, also secured Naryab Dam", local officials said. The spokesman said there were some casualties on the militants' side, adding that the exact numbers were not available.

Taliban spokesman Mulla Shaheen confirmed the clashes, conceding that four militants had been wounded. Sources in the security agencies said four vehicles of the militants were also hit in Zarguri and Sarmalo. The militants retaliated by firing rocket-propelled grenades at the security forces that called in gunship helicopters and targeted the area near Torawarey, the sources added. "There's normal resistance and now our troops are advancing," Abbas said, according to AFP.

Orakzai: Residents said intermittent mortar fire could be heard, but intelligence and government officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said most militants had already fled to Orakzai, a neighbouring tribal region. Security forces launched the crackdown after 15 soldiers were killed in an ambush last weekend.
Posted by: Fred || 07/18/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [314 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Pakistan army targets militants, Baitullah threaten local government
A top Taliban leader threatened Thursday to attack the provincial government in northwestern Pakistan unless it quits after the army launched an operation against militants in response to an ambush that killed 17 troops.

Spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said army forces, backed by helicopter gunships, drove out militants from the town of Zargari, and were advancing to other militant hideouts nearby. He gave no report of casualties, but local police official Saif Ullah said two civilians were hurt Thursday when a mortar landed near their home on the outskirts of Zargari.

Militant supporters of Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud on Saturday ambushed a convoy of paramilitary Frontier Corps near Zagari and killed 17 troops. Five militants also died in the clash, which came days after police arrested a militant known as Rafiuddin, a deputy of Mehsud. "We have cleared those areas of militants where they attacked and killed our soldiers," Abbas said.

An army statement said the operation was called by the government of North West Frontier Province to secure Hangu district, where Zagari is located, and would continue until the area was cleared of militants.

A spokesman for Mehsud blamed the provincial government for military operations in Hangu and other frontier regions. Maulvi Umar said in response, Taliban would not honor peace deals signed with provincial authorities and threatened violence if the North West Frontier Province administration, which came to power after Feb. 18 national elections, did not quit. "We will attack the provincial government and the ANP leaders after five days if they do not quit," he said, referring to the Awami National Party.

Provincial government spokesman Iftikhar Hussain rejected the threat, saying the administration had a popular mandate. "We will not step down (based) on a threat from some individual," he said. "They are threatening to follow the path of violence, while we believe in peace."

The ANP government has negotiated peace deals with militants and tribes in regions including the Swat Valley and Khyber since the election that ousted from power allies of President Pervez Musharraf.

In a shift in policy, the new civilian administration has promoted dialogue to curb the escalating militant violence in Pakistan rather than relying on the military force often used by Musharraf, a former army strongman and key ally in the U.S.-led war on terror. U.S. officials have expressed concern that the peace deals give Taliban and al-Qaida militants more freedom in Pakistan's tribal regions and say the tactic has led to a spike in cross-border attacks into Afghanistan.
Posted by: Fred || 07/18/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [320 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Jewish - Muslim spat sours Saudi interfaith meeting
No, it couldn't be!

MADRID (Reuters) - A groundbreaking interfaith conference this week ended on a sour note, with a political spat between Muslims and Jews that Saudi organizers wanted to avoid.

Hopes of a follow-up meeting appeared to be scotched.
It was the Jews fault
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah had gathered followers of the world's major faiths for the Madrid conference to seek religious reconciliation and showcase a more liberal image of his kingdom's austere version of Sunni Islam.
That would be wahabism
It was the first time Saudi Arabia, where non-Muslims cannot practise their faith openly, had invited Jews to such a meeting and the aim was to skirt hot issues like the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, in order to focus on problems facing humanity.
How nice of them
But televised exchanges between Jewish Rabbis and Muslim participants went too far, according to one Middle Eastern diplomat.
What, they refused to pay the poll tax?
"This was too much, it crossed the line," said the diplomat, who asked not to be named.

Organizers played down a discussion on Zionism between Ezzeddin Ibrahim, an adviser to the president of the United Arab Emirates, and Rabbi Marc Schneir, North American chairman of the World Jewish Congress, which drew media attention.

"UAE Official Attacks Zionism at Saudi Conference," said The New York Sun newspaper.
Posted by: Free Radical || 07/18/2008 16:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [376 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Hopes of a follow-up meeting appeared to be scotched.

I assume that was a nod to our pious muslim Saudi friends

Posted by: Frank G || 07/18/2008 18:54 Comments || Top||

#2  A groundbreaking interfaith conference this week ended on a sour note

Damn - and I was hoping for at least the release of a single of them singing "We Are The World".
Posted by: Pappy || 07/18/2008 21:18 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Fresh attack in Thai South injures soldier after cease-fire claimed
(Xinhua) -- Insurgents in Thailand's southernmost province of Yala launched a fresh attack against soldiers on Thursday afternoon, just hours after some so-called insurgency leaders issued a cease-fire announcement through Thai army-controlled TV 5.

One soldier of an army patrol team was severely injured during the gun attack in Yala province, a military source told Xinhua.

The army unit was on patrol duty while the insurgents shot them from a roadside jungle. The attackers escaped from the venue after the attack and the injured soldier was rushed to a nearby hospital.

Posted by: Fred || 07/18/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [348 views] Top|| File under: Thai Insurgency

Final Court Appeal of Convicted Bali Bombers Dismissed
Indonesia has denied final appeals for three men on death row convicted for deadly bombings on the island of Bali in October, 2002. Chad Bouchard reports from Jakarta.

The Indonesian Supreme Court rejected appeals from the three Islamic militants, and sent their decision to a district court in Bali. The decision means Ali Ghufron, Imam Samudra and Amrozi Nurhasyim are one step closer to the firing squad.

The men were convicted in 2003 for their part in deadly nightclub bombings, which killed 202 people on the resort island. Court officials say their most recent appeal, which was filed in May, was declared invalid. Their last option is to appeal for clemency from Indonesia's president, but the men have repeatedly stated they would not do so because they are unwilling to admit wrongdoing.

Deputy Attorney General Abdul Hakim Ritonga says the three men are running out of legal options. He says in the case of the three bombers, they are waiting word on the decision from the Supreme Court. After that, he says, there will be no longer a reason to delay the executions.
Posted by: Fred || 07/18/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [325 views] Top|| File under: Jemaah Islamiyah

#1  Firing squad!?

That's a Soldiers right, to die by a firing squad.
These worms should be hanged, like criminals.
Posted by: bigjim-ky || 07/18/2008 8:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Electric chair set to slow roast...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/18/2008 11:26 Comments || Top||

#3  100 ft. razor at 18% negatory incline
5 gallons Aqua Velva
1 prisoner
Sum sembly lequired

Posted by: .5MT || 07/18/2008 11:43 Comments || Top||

#4  the olde form returneth!

Posted by: Red Dawg || 07/18/2008 16:57 Comments || Top||

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