Like most folks in the sprawling remote desert camp, [Lt. Col. Christopher K.] Raible, 40, a Marine squadron commander fighter pilot, faced two choices: seek cover or run toward the sound of gunfire.
"The difference between me and some people is that when they hear gunfire, they run. When I hear gunfire, I run to it," the squadron commander had often told his Marines half in jest.
When it became clear Bastion was under attack, Raible threw on body armor and jumped in a vehicle with [Major] Chambless. Because his rifle was not nearby, the commander charged into the combat zone armed only with a handgun. The two men exchanged nary a word during the short drive as they scanned the landscape for insurgents. When they got to the flightline, Raible dashed into a maintenance room and began barking out orders to the Marines who would soon push the assailants back.
Backed by a handful of men, he ran toward another building to check whether the troops there were safe. Along the way, Raible and his men were attacked. He and Sgt. Bradley W. Atwell, 27, of Kokomo, Ind., died of wounds from an explosion, Lt. Col. Stewart Upton, a military spokesman, said. Chambless was devastated but not particularly surprised.
"It was very fitting that he was killed leading his men from the front," the major said.
[Dawn] Afghanistan banned all Pak newspapers from entering the country on Friday in an attempt to block the Taliban from influencing public opinion via the press.
The order, issued by the Ministry of Interior, adds to the mounting tension between the neighboring countries.
It focuses specifically on blocking entry of the papers at Torkham, a busy border crossing, and directed border police to gather up Pak newspapers in the three eastern provinces of Nangarhar The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country.. , Kunar and Nuristan.
In a statement, the ministry said the newspapers were a conduit for Taliban propaganda.
"The news is not based in reality and it is creating concerns for our countrymen in the eastern provinces of Afghanistan," the ministry said in a statement. "Also, the newspapers are a propaganda resource of the Taliban spokesmen."
The tensions between the two countries were highlighted Thursday at a UN Security Council meeting, when Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul called on Pakistain to stop shelling in the border province of Kunar, which he said has killed dozens of civilians.
He said the attacks were jeopardizing bilateral relations "with potential negative consequences for necessary bilateral cooperation for peace, security and economic development in our two countries and the wider region."
Many Pak Taliban fighters have fled to Kunar and surrounding areas after Pakistain's army pushed them out of its tribal region, taking advantage of the US military's withdrawal of most of its forces from these Afghan border provinces in recent years.
[Dawn] Afghanistan has called on Pakistain to halt cross-border shelling, warning the UN Security Council that the attacks could jeopardise already tense relations between the two countries.
A UN envoy meanwhile said that there were a growing number of "uprisings" against the Taliban in areas of Afghanistan under the group's control.
Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul said Thursday that attacks from Pakistain into his country were "a matter of deep and serious concern" and had caused "unprecedented anger and frustration among Afghans."
Afghanistan has accused Pakistain of staging repeated shelling barrages across the poorly policed border into Kunar province ... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country.....
"We reiterate our call for an immediate and complete end to these acts, which have taken the lives of dozen of Afghans, mainly civilians, while leaving many maimed," Rassoul told the 15-nation council during a meeting.
He said the Afghan government was in contact with Pakistain to end the attacks "holistically and resolutely."
Rassoul said that Afghanistan wants "close and fruitful relations" with its neighbour, which has frequently been accused of backing Talibs seeking to overthrow President Hamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai's ... A former Baltimore restaurateur, now 12th and current President of Afghanistan, displacing the legitimate president Rabbani in December 2004. He was installed as the dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime in late 2001 in a vain attempt to put a Pashtun face on the successor state to the Taliban. After the 2004 presidential election, he was declared president regardless of what the actual vote count was. He won a second, even more dubious, five-year-term after the 2009 presidential election. His grip on reality has been slipping steadily since around 2007, probably from heavy drug use... government.
Pakistain in turn says groups of Pak Taliban sheltering in Afghanistan have infiltrated the border to resume attacks on its security forces.
The UN special representative in Afghanistan Jan Kubis meanwhile told the meeting that "reports of uprisings against the Taliban in various parts of the country are a new development requiring greater analysis".
He added, however, that the causes of the new violence are "complex".
"Desire for local communities to have security and justice led them to taking the situation into their own hands. There is a risk of even greater fragmentation of the security environment," Kubis said.
"Many of these localised conflicts would appear to be resistance to the Taliban, but not necessarily in support of a greater government presence."
Kubis told news hounds that most of the "uprisings" were in the south of Afghanistan and could be a protest against Taliban policies against, for example, schools.
"This is an invitation to the government to increase support for the communities, to increase the delivery of law and order, to increase delivery of government services," he added.
A US-led international force of some 110,000 troops are in Afghanistan helping the Karzai government fight Taliban turbans. The force is due to leave by the end of 2014.
Hey Rantburg ... did you get that photo from Gerald Bull's old memoirs? You know you're gonna' have to sell all those old cannon barrels in your garage. You can't keep using them to roll pizza dough :-)
LOL! ACtually I think that particular gun was/is? in Fortress Munroe, where it may have hit a target a long, long, long, long way away. But you can't trust the Coast Artillery in these matters, it's unlikely they even saw the target.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Kamel Amr said Thursday that Hamas had not opened a bureau in Cairo, MAAN reported.
"Nope, not them, we'd never let their kind in here. It's, um, someone else."
Amro told the Al-Ahram daily that Hamas officials were welcome in Cairo as visitors, but denied reports the party had opened an office there.
"No, no, certainly not!"
Turkish state media reported Thursday that Hamas had permanently closed its politburo in Damascus and moved its staff to Cairo.
A Hamas official told the Anadolu Agency that Hamas officials in Syria would begin working in Cairo from October. The official said Egypt gave Hamas permission to relocate to Cairo six months ago but the offer was not publicized "perhaps due to a request by the Egyptian government or due to expectations on the end of crisis in Syria."
Or it's just the usual Arab hospitality for their brother Palestinians...
Hamas leaders were due to end a visit to Cairo on Friday after meetings with Egyptian officials.
After which they'll be kicked out...
Assad allowed Hamas to relocate to Damascus after it was ousted from Jordan in 1999, and the party is said to have significant assets in Syria. The party had been reluctant to criticize its ally, who is supported by Hamas' financial backer Iran.
[An Nahar] The veteran leader of Tunisia's ruling Islamist party told Agence La Belle France Presse that the authorities would crack down on hardline Salafists ...Salafists are ostentatiously devout Moslems who figure the ostentation of their piety gives them the right to tell others how to do it and to kill those who don't listen to them... after deadly violence around the U.S. embassy, saying they pose a threat to the country's freedoms and security.
"Each time that parties or groups overstep our freedoms in a flagrant manner, we have to be tough, clamp down and insist on public order," Ennahda chief Rached Ghannouchi told AFP in an interview.
"These people pose a threat not only to Ennahda but to the country's freedoms and security."
Ghannouchi denied that the Ennahda-led coalition government had been lax in its failure so far to arrest Salafist leader Seif Allah Ibn Hussein, suspected of organizing the violent protest on Friday of last week at the U.S. embassy and adjacent American school in Tunis.
Now slain al-Qaeda leader Osama "bin Laden remained at liberty for years without the world's intelligence agencies capturing him, so it's not surprising that someone can go into hiding," he said.
"But the police will hunt him down until he has been tossed in the slammer Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
The Ennadha-led government has come in for strong criticism in the Tunisian press for failing to arrest Ibn Hussein, also known as Abu Iyadh, when he delivered the sermon at a Tunis mosque earlier week.
Ibn Hussein, who heads the bad boyAnsar al-Sharia ...a Yemeni Islamist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends... movement, preached at the al-Fatah mosque in the heart of the capital on Monday surrounded by his followers, and then left, despite a heavy security deployment around the building.
During his sermon, he accused the police of provoking the protesters who attacked the U.S. embassy, and called for the resignation of Interior Minister Ali Latayedh, an Ennahda member.
As fears mounted of fresh violence after the mainly weekly Mohammedan prayers this Friday, Ghannouchi said that from now on the security forces would deal firmly with any breaches of public order.
"The police have learnt the lesson and I don't think there's going to be any repetition (this Friday)," he said.
[Ma'an] The Egyptian army sent military reinforcements to the Sinai on Thursday, security sources said, after authorities raised the alert level in the wake of the killing of a hard boy leader.
Around 50 tanks and armored vehicles were deployed to the eastern bank of the Suez canal for regular training, and to the northern Sinai city El-Arish for anti-terror operations, security sources said.
On Wednesday, Egyptian intelligence warned that "unprecedented attacks" were planned by jihadist groups against security headquarters in north Sinai over the next 48 hours, a security officer told Ma'an.
The military leader of a Jihad group was rubbed out in Sinai on Tuesday, security officials said, raising fears of an escalation of violence in the peninsula.
Security officers told Ma'an that Suleiman Ihmeidan was killed by Bedouins from his own clan as Dire Revenge™ for the killing of a sheikh earlier this year.
Mohammedans angered by cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad should follow his example of enduring insults without retaliating, Egypt's highest Islamic legal official said.
Western embassies tightened security in Sanaa, fearing the cartoons published in a French magazine on Wednesday could lead to more unrest in the Yemeni capital where crowds attacked the US mission last week over an anti-Islam film made in America.
In the latest of a wave of protests against that video in the Islamic world, several thousand Shiite Mohammedans demonstrated in the northern Nigerian town of Zaria, burning an effigy of US President Barack Obama This is a teachable moment... and crying "Death to America™".
In the Pak capital, about 1,000 stone-throwing protesters clashed with police as they tried to force their way to the US embassy on Thursday and the government shut down mobile phone services in more than a dozen cities as part of security arrangements ahead of protests expected on Friday.
The US embassy in Pakistain has been running television advertisements, one featuring Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ... sometimes described as America's Blond Eminence and at other times as Mrs. Bill, never as Another Dean Rusk ... , emphasizing that the US government had nothing to do with the film.
The US and French embassies were closed on Friday in Jakarta, capital of Indonesia, which has the world's biggest Mohammedan population, and diplomatic missions in the Afghan capital, Kabul, were on lock-down.
The cartoons in La Belle France's Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly have provoked relatively little street anger, although about 100 Iranians demonstrated outside the French embassy in Tehran.
In Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring revolts, the Islamist-led government decreed a ban on protests planned on Friday against the cartoons. Four people died and almost 30 were maimed last week when protesters incensed by the movie about the Prophet Muhammad stormed the US embassy.
An Islamist activist called for attacks in La Belle France to avenge the perceived insult to Islam by the "slaves of the cross".
Muawiyya al-Qahtani said on a website used by Islamist bully boyz and monitored by the US-based SITE intelligence group: "Is there someone who will roll up his sleeves and bring back to us the glory of the hero Muhammad Merah?"
He was referring to an al Qaeda-inspired gunman who killed seven people, including three Jewish children, in the southern French city of Toulouse ...lies on the banks of the River Garonne, half-way between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The Toulouse metropolitan area is the fourth-largest in La Belle France... in March.
Condemning the publication of the cartoons in La Belle France as an act verging on incitement, Egypt's Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa said on Thursday it showed how polarized the West and the Mohammedan world had become.
Gomaa said Muhammad and his lover companions had endured "the worst insults from the non-believers of his time. Not only was his message routinely rejected, but he was often chased out of town, cursed and physically assaulted on numerous occasions.
"But his example was always to endure all personal insults and attacks without retaliation of any sort. There is no doubt that, since the Prophet is our greatest example in this life, this should also be the reaction of all Mohammedans."
His statement echoed one by Al Azhar, Egypt's prestigious seat of Sunni learning, which condemned the caricatures showing the Prophet naked but said any protest should be peaceful.
An official at the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt, whose population of 83 million people is 10 percent Christian, also condemned the cartoons as insults to Islam.
Last week, some Egyptian protesters scaled the US Embassy walls and tore down the flag. They clashed with police for four days, although most of the thousands of Egyptians who erupted into the streets did so peacefully.
Gomaa said insults to Islam and the response, including the killing of the US ambassador in Libya and attacks on other Western embassies in the region, could not be dissociated from other points of conflict between the West and the Mohammedan world.
He cited the treatment of Mohammedans at the US detention center in Guantanamo, the US-led war in Iraq, drone attacks in Yemen and Pakistain, and the demonisation of Mohammedans by far-right European parties as "underlying factors" for the tension.
"To then insist on igniting these simmering tensions by publishing hurtful and insulting material in a foolhardy attempt at bravado - asserting the superiority of Western freedoms over alleged Mohammedan closed-mindedness - verges on incitement," he said in his statement published on the Rooters blog FaithWorld.
After the invasion of the US embassy in Tunis on Friday last week, the Tunisian Interior Ministry has banned protests against the cartoon this Friday "to prevent human and material losses".
The European Union ...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing... issued a joint appeal, through its foreign policy chief, with the Arab League ...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing... , African Union ...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful... and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation for "peace and tolerance".
"We condemn any advocacy of religious hatred that constitutes incitement to hostility and violence," the EU said.
"While fully recognizing freedom of expression, we believe in the importance of respecting all prophets, regardless of which religion they belong to."
Iran's Foreign Ministry front man, Ramin Mehmanparast, condemned the cartoons as "a systematic plot" against Islam.
"The coordinated and continued silence of Western countries towards these hateful anti-Islamic actions, is the primary reason for the repetition of such insulting actions," he said.
He was speaking a day after French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius called the publication of the cartoons a provocation.
The Danish cartoonist who outraged Mohammedans with a drawing of the Prophet seven years ago said the West could not let itself be muzzled by fear of offending Islamic sensibilities.
Kurt Westergaard, whose lampoon of Mohammad in the Jyllands-Posten paper nearly got him killed by an axe-wielding assassin in 2010, told Austrian magazine News he had no regrets about his work and said freedom of speech was too precious to relinquish.
"Should we in future let ourselves be censored by Islamic authorities in deeply undemocratic countries?" he asked.
For many Mohammedans, any depiction of Muhammad is blasphemous.
The furore over the anti-Islam film and the cartoons has presented a tough challenge to new authorities in Arab countries where popular uprisings have tossed entrenched autocrats.
In Libya, where militias that helped overthrow Muammar Qadaffy ...Custodian of Wheelus AFB for 42 long years until he was ejected from the gene pool by his indignant citizens... still wield much power, the foreign minister offered a further apology for US ambassador Christopher Stevens' death to visiting US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns on Thursday.
Stevens and three other Americans died in an attack on the US consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi by gunnies among a crowd protesting against the film that denigrated the Prophet.
The Chinese government has reacted irritably to calls from Seoul for an investigation and apology from Beijing for allegedly torturing a South Korean activist who was imprisoned for helping North Korean defectors there. Beijing apparently warned Seoul it would deal "by the book" with South Korean NGOs and religious groups operating in China.
Hate to say it but a South Korean to goes into China to help defecting North Koreans is on his own. It's rather like a missionary going to Borneo to convert the headhunters...
According to a diplomatic source in Seoul, China said it would restrict the activities of South Korean groups helping North Korean defectors there after the South Korean government called for a probe into the alleged torture of Kim Young-hwan and raised international awareness of the issue.
Beijing has apparently started another investigation of the activists in China who aided Kim. Ethnic Koreans in China as well as some Chinese activists are said to have aided him.
Meanwhile, a group of Kim's supporters said they will halt their efforts to increase pressure on China, including plans to submit evidence of torture to an international organization.
"We have succeeded in raising awareness of this problem in China, South Korea and the international community through both local and foreign media," they said in a statement. "We believe that there will be no further imprisonment and torture of activists supporting North Koreans in China."
The supporters added that they believe their efforts helped improve the human rights situation in China to a certain degree. It is possible that the supporters issued the statement because they fear that Beijing will act on its warning.
ION TOPIX > SOUTH KOREA FIRES ON NORTH KOREAN FISHING BOATS.
Looks like the Pyongyang Boyz want in on the Sino-Nippon island disputes [Daoyus/Senkakus] in the East China Sea???
* BHARAT RAKSHAK > US ON KOREAN UNIFICATION.
ARTIC AUTHOR > US = CHINA = prefers the STATUS QUO on the Korean Peninsula, ergo ROK and only the ROK - NOT the US + China + Russia + Japan - and the KOREAN PEOPLE must take the lead as per any drive for formal inter-Korean [Re-]Unification.
* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > HONG-KONGERS RAISE BRITISH FLAG, TELL MAINLANDERS TO GET LOST.
* WORLD NEWS > CHINA TO KEEP SHIPS, FISHING BOATS NEAR SENKAKUS, to facilitate pressure on Japan as needed.
* SAME > HERE'S TWO PAPAGRAPHS THAT COULD FORCE US INVOLVEMENT IN LATEST CHINA-JAPAN SPAT.
Aka Article 5 of 1960 US-Japan Treaty on Cooperation and Security.
* WAFF > WID CHINA'S RISE, JAPAN SHIFTS TO THE RIGHT.
IMO its BOTH "post-US", "Manifest Destiny" centric China, + anti-China Japan, that have shifted to the right.
* CHINESE MILITARY FORUM > NODA ADMITS TO
"MISCALCULATION" OER DIAOYUS.
* TOPIX > JAPAN AND CHINA MUST COMPROMISE OER ISLANDS: PM NODA.
Good luck wid that - Rising China wants concessions as per its post-US "Manifest Destiny" + overseas PLA milbases befitting a Global Superpower = future World #1/El Supremo.
* DAILY TIMES.PK/FORUMS > PHILIPPINES SAYS COUP PLOTTER IN SECRET [authorized?] CHINA TALKS.
* TOPIX > RIFT OVER SENKAKUS THREATENS TO DIVERT CHINA FROM REFORM.
No more or notasmuch "Soft Power/Diplomacy".
* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > JAPANESE MEDIA REPORT TWO PLAN FFGS SPOTTED NEAR DIAOYU ISLANDS, approxi 150-kms = 80 nautical miles away.
No violation per se of Japanese territorial waters, but close enuff to put the JSDF on alert.
The Chin fishboats appear to be lingering back few hundred kilometers while PLAN surface vessels are closer.
RELATED CHINESE MILITARY FORUM > UNCONFIRMED: TWO PLAN LANDING SHIPS REPORTEDLY ANCHORED 25-KMS OFF DIAOYU ISLANDS.
* SAME > NO CHINESE FISHING FLOTILLA SEEN HEADING FOR SENKAKUS: JIJI PRESS, quoting JCG Regional/Sector Chief Hiroshi Majima.
* CHINA DAILY FORUM > [Russia Today = Video] US PENTAGON KNOWS CHINA WILL BE ENEMY #1 AFTER 2017.
Lest we fergit, 1990'S SINO-RUSSIAN "WAR AGZ THE US NOT ONLY POSSIBLE BUT DESIRED".
[1960's-70's Guam Taotamonas here, in case RT 2012, etc. is not enuff].
* WORLD MILITARY FORUM > XINHUA: RUSSIAN EXPERT DEDUCES SINO-JAPANESE CONVENTIONAL WAR OVER DIAOYUS ISLANDS, JAPAN GSDF [Army] IN MUCH BETTER SHAPE/POSITION TO TAKE ON CHINA'S PLA THAN JASDFS [Air Force] OR JMSDFS [Navy], JAPAN AIR SDFS COULD LOSE UP TO 150 AIRCRAFT IN COMBAT OPERATIONS AGZ PLAAF AND PLA.
* SAME > VLADIMIR PUTIN ORDERS RUSSIAN MILITARY TO PREPARE PLANS FOR SINO-JAPANESE CONFLICT OVER DISPUTED ISLANDS. RUSSIAN PACIFIC FLEET UNITS DISPATCHED TO SOUTH KURILS FROM VLADIVOSTOK.
* SAME > JAPANESE SCHOLARS IDENTIFY NINE (9) MAJOR DOMESTIC CRISES THAT CAN PUT JAPAN ON PATH OF SELF-DESTRUCTION [State collapse-implosion] WITHIN FIVE YEARS.
2017, or very shortly thereafter???
* SAME > ANALYSIS: PLAN TYPE 054A MISSLES CAN COVER WHOLE OF DIAOYUS ISLANDS AGZ JAPAN NAVY AND AIR FORCE.
Iff things don't change.
* SAME > EXPERTS: PLAN MAY USE "SUNBURN" NUCLEAR-CAPABLE TLCMS AGZ JMSDF DURING DIAOYU NAVAL BATTLE.
Again, China's newest warships are akin to Japan's older types. Personally, I don't see how the PLAN, China + PLA, can defeat the JSDFS unless it does use Nukes in Preeemptive of "First-Strike" [Nuclear or post-Conventional].
Two men alleged to have used texts and social media to organise a pro-Australia rally in the wake of last week's violent Muslim protest were yesterday arrested for inciting and promoting violence. It's alleged the pair were attempting to organise the rally in Sydney's central business district this weekend.
As American and French diplomats in Sydney put their nationals on high alert amid fears of more Islamic unrest, police arrested a 20-year-old in Ingleburn and a 21-year-old man in Sydney.
While downplaying threats of a repeat of last Saturday's violence, Assistant Police Commissioner Alan Clarke said 300 extra officers would be in Sydney's business district this weekend.
The US Embassy has advised its citizens to avoid Hyde Park and Martin Place, while the French embassy said it was taking a "zero-risk" approach after a magazine published cartoons of a naked Mohammad.
Clarke said a further charge would be laid against former champion boxer Ahmed Elomar, who is alleged to have taken part in last Saturday's riots. As well as affray, he is now accused of using a flag pole to hit a police officer.
A 19-year-old Belfield man has become the ninth adult to be charged over the violence after he was charged with affray and throwing a bottle at police during the riots.
France banned protests on Friday against cartoons published by a satirical magazine denigrating Mohammad as part of a security clamp-down while prayers took place across the Muslim world.
Interior Minister Manuel Valls said prefects had orders to prevent any protest and to crack down if the ban was challenged. He said, "There will be strictly no exceptions. Demonstrations will be banned and broken up."
Mohammed Moussaoui, head of the French Muslim Council, called both the film and the cartoons "acts of aggression" but urged French Muslims not to protest in the streets. He said, "I repeat the council's call not to protest. Any protest could be hijacked and counterproductive."
Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said there had been anti-French demonstrations in Afghanistan, Egypt and Indonesia, but there were no incidents against French nationals. He said, "In a certain number of countries, the measures (closures) will be kept in place as a precaution on Saturday and Sunday."
The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, announced today that it is representing U.S.Army Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Dooley, a 1994 Graduate of the U. S. Military Academy at West Point. In April 2012, LTC Dooley, a highly decorated combat veteran, was publically condemned by General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and relieved ofhis teaching assignment because of the negative way Islam was portrayed in an elective course entitled, Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism.
Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center observed, "In order to appease Muslims and the White House, General Dempsey and the Department of Defense rushed to punish LTC Dooley. In the process, they violated not only our Nation's core principles of free speech and academic freedom guaranteed by our Constitution, but also, a number of the military's own regulations dealing with academic freedom and non-attribution policies of the National Defense University (NDU) to which LTC Dooley was assigned. They violated the right to due process of law and even by-passed the University's Provost, who under NDU's own rules has primary responsibility for adjudication of this matter."
The Thomas More Law Center played a pivotal role in defending LtCol. Jeffrey Chessani, USMC, another loyal military officer, who was ordered to face a court martial to appease the Iraqi government and anti-war politicians, especially Congressman John Murtha (D-PA). A military judge dismissed the charges against Chessani on the grounds of undue command influence.
Parroting the FBI's reason, namely, "political sensitivity" as the reason for not thoroughly investigating Army Major Nidal Hasan, which ultimately led to the Ft. Hood Massacre, General Dempsey on 24 April 2012 ordered a review of instruction that was "disrespectful of the Islamic religion" to ensure "cultural sensitivity."
The result is certain. Officers and instructors see what has happened to LTC Dooley, and will refrain from telling the truth about Islam or confronting the difficult strategic challenges facing our nation for fear of jeopardizing their professional careers. The Pentagon has still apparently not learned from the politically correct policies that led to the Ft. Hood massacre. Lawsuit to follow?
LTC Dooley, a highly decorated combat veteran, was publically condemned by General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and relieved ofhis teaching assignment because of the negative way Islam was portrayed in an elective course entitled, Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism.
Just what the hell is it with officers (in my USN enlisted days, we called 'em "zeroes") when they get close to flag/general rank? I have a cousin who's a hard-left academic and will give you chapter and verse about Amerikkka's eeeeville military caste, pulling the strings from behind the curtain and just waiting for the right moment to pull a "Seven Days in May." But between this jackass and the former Army CoS who whined about his fear that Maj. Hasan's little misadventure at Ft. Hood would make the Army's "diversity" his greatest casualty, I'm wondering if the modern military promotes ever anyone with testicular fortitude beyond field grade. Far from imitating Burt Lancaster about to overthrow the gummint, they all seem to sit cringing in fear of whatever useless political hack is running the show at any particular moment.
Posted by: Ricky bin Ricardo (Abu Babaloo) ||
Gottfried calls is our "custodial class" in After Liberation: Mass Democracy in the Managerial State.
Our senior leaders are our masters and minders, cur "custodial class". The common man and thinker finds himself pitted against an enlighted cadre of minder bureaucrats, educators, media intellectuals, and fully indoctrinated service academy alumni. In addition to providing a watchdog service for social justice, they are kept quite busy making sure "Bible thumping conservatives", "homophobes," "sexists" and "xenophobes" are reported upon and kept fully in check. Proper social engineering and diversity depends upon these people. They will not soon go away.
Just what the hell is it with officers (in my USN enlisted days, we called 'em "zeroes") when they get close to flag/general rank?
They quit being uniformed officers and become politicians. All those top layer appointments are done by the President and Secretaries [also Presidential appointees]. Given that these people usually have zero effective military experience, they prefer the usual cordial 'yes' men to keep the organization operating, sort of like ward heelers or shop stewards.
The service itself doesn't help itself because they've entrenched a personnel selection system below that which promotes management over battlefield leadership. Even though we've been at war for 10 years they never stood down the peacetime selection process and implemented a methodology to quickly select and promote superior tacticians/leaders.
"We, as Americans, have to put limits and borders [on] freedom of speech," Qatanani, leader of the Islamic Center of Passaic County (ICPC), told TheBlaze.
First, you are fucking wrong. Free speech has no borders. End of story.
He explained that while Americans may "have the freedom" to speak their mind, ultimately, they "have no right to [talk about Muslim] holy issues" as it will incite "hatred or war among people."
Second, fuck your moon god prophet and his goat raping ways. You don't like it? Fuck right off. I'll fucking slit your throat and throw you in the dumpster if you try to harm my countrymen for expressing their constitutional rights. I may not agree with it, but I'll fight to the death to defend their right to say it.
During the last few days both a Shiite cleric originating from the Iranian regime and a Sunni cleric tied to Hamas have openly called on the US government to restrict basic human rights of all Americans.
Both are politically connected to America's major political parties at highest levels of government.
Where's the condemnation of these islamofascists by high-level politicians? Why doesn't any of their erstwhile(?) pals categorically reject their demands and sever any ties, now that they removed their masks?
Why doesn't one of the candidates for President take this opportunity to create a Sister Souljah moment?
The interesting story here is the dogs that haven't barked.
I don't advocate getting down in the gutter, but I think some backlash against labelers of speech is in the offing...
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
In present day Western society? Never heard of "racist" or "sexist" speech, Darth?
Oh I know it. And you still can't get arrested for it if you spew it at the top of your lungs on the street corner. Fired from a job maybe (and rightfully so, that shit is unprofessional) but not locked up.
About 4-5 years ago a usefull idiot air head politician stood in front of a crowd of Muslims in a park somewhere on the East Coast and asked that if they dissagreed with US Politics while in the US, "you would not resort to violence would you?"
They roundly booed him for suggesting they would and the MSM lapped it up. Now the real truth rares its ugly head.
I know how to say phuck you in English but how do you say in Arabic, Farsi, Urdu or pashto just to cover all bases--did I miss any? If you don't believe in our Constitution, go back to one of the muzzie countries where they have Sharia Law--don't screw with our Constitution.
It's the same principle as people who move to a red state to escape blue state taxes. As soon as they arrive, they begin agitating for and voting for what they left behind. Telling them to go back to their hellhole is a waste of time. They want their old hellhole but with better economic opportunities.
It works like this: If you put a teaspoon of chocolate ice cream in a gallon of dogshit, you get dogshit. If you put a teaspoon of dogshit in a gallon of chocolate ice cream, you get dogshit.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
They roundly booed him for suggesting they would and the MSM lapped it up. Now the real truth rares its ugly head.
If they agreed with this Imam or with Dearborn Shiite Imam Qazwini this wouldn't be dishonest.
They want government enforcement of Sharia speech restrictions. And apparently they're about to get what they want.
Geez, Darth - don't hold back. Tell us what you really think.
And, I agree.
Posted by: Barbara ||
It was bound to happen one day anyway in this man's OWG Amerika - no time like the present???
We should take away their personal freedoms since they clearly don't want any, + assure them that our guns won't be used to defend them + all that is theirs, Women + Computer + pet goldfish, etc. when the North Koreans do finally invade + conquer Amerika.
[Dawn] Pakistain and the US are repairing ties which had plunged to an all-time low, Pak Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said Friday, despite violent anti-American protests rocking her country.
"The last 18 months were very, very difficult," Khar said at the start of talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ... sometimes described as America's Blond Eminence and at other times as Mrs. Bill, never as Another Condoleezza Rice ... , adding the nations were doing "better than we could have expected to do in rebuilding the trust."
The two women leaders were meeting at the State Department as violent protests flared for another day across Pakistain, targeting American diplomatic missions, and fueled by anger at an anti-Islam film which Moslems say insults their faith.
As Pak police fought back with gunshots and tear gas in five major cities, 15 people were killed and more than 200 maimed.
Anger in Pakistain has spiked since the killing of al Qaeda leader the late Osama bin Laden ... who went shovel-ready... in a secret US commando raid on his Pak compound in May 2011, and a US Arclight airstrike in November which killed more than 24 Pak troops.
The incidents saw relations plunge, as Islamabad closed border crossings into Afghanistan to NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A single organization with differing goals, equipment, language, doctrine, and organization.... convoys, forcing them to take a longer, more expensive route to supply their troops, until the blockade was lifted in July.
But Khar insisted that after efforts to renew the relationship over the past few months "we stand at a time of opportunity."
"At a time of opportunity to seize the trust deficit mantra and start building on the trust by walking the talk, that achieves the interests that are clearly common."
Clinton said their shared top priority was "pursuing our joint counter-terrorism objectives to ensure the security of American and Pakistain citizens alike."
[Dawn] Interior Minister Rehman Malik Pak politician, Interior Minister under the Gilani government. Malik is a former Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) intelligence officer who rose to head the FIA during Benazir Bhutto's second tenure. Malik was tossed from his FIA job in 1998 after documenting the breath-taking corruption of the Sharif family. By unhappy coincidence Nawaz Sharif became PM at just that moment and Malik moved to London one step ahead of the button men. He had to give up the interior ministry job because he held dual Brit citizenship. on Friday said that Pakistain Moslem League -- Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif ... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf... should not use the Youm-e-Ishq-e-Rasool for political point-scoring, adding that, members of banned ...the word banned seems to have a different meaning in Pakistain than it does in most other places. Or maybe it simply lacks any meaning at all...
organizations were being sent from Punjab towards Islamabad, DawnNews reported.
Speaking to media representatives in Islamabad, Malik said mobile services had been suspended in the capital and that the military remained on high alert.
The minister moreover said that mobile services would also remain suspended in Murree, Chakwal and Beautiful Downtown Peshawar ...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire. , adding that, the federal government had approached chief secretaries of two provinces for services' suspension.
Responding to a question over the court's directives pertaining to his dual nationality issue, the minister said he would present all the facts before Chairman Senate Nayyar Bokhari.
He reiterated that the issue of his disqualification from parliament membership would be decided by the Senate's chairman.
Malik said there were a number of politicians who still kept their dual nationalities, adding that, if asked, he would produce evidence to prove the allegation.
On the security situation in Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... , the minister said the city had seen a growing number of IED blasts, adding that, there were intelligence reports pertaining to possible terrorist attacks in certain cities.
Arsalan case and NAB
Writing in Jang Hamid Mir stated that the corruption case of Arsalan, son of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, was handed over for investigation to NAB whose chief Admiral (Retd) Bukhari's daughter was in the employ of real estate tycoon Malik Riaz the accuser of Arsalan. The team of Sherlocks put together by NAB included one Kausar Iqbal employed on contract at National Bank with links to Malik Riaz, and SP police Faisal Memon also connected to Malik Riaz. Attorney General Irfan Qadir prosecuting the case was not long ago working for Malik Riaz as his lawyer.
Mudslinging and Imran Khan ... aka Taliban Khan, who is the lightweight's lightweight... Columnist Irfan Siddiqi wrote in Jang that Imran Khan used his hospital and his university as part of his political appeal to the masses, but was now complaining that fallout from his political wrangling was affecting his charity institutions. Imran Khan was wrong in complaining because the charity institutions were deliberately made to enhance his image in politics.
Sharmila sued for Rs 10 crore
According to daily Jang famous chief news hound Ansar Abbasi sent a legal notice to PPP spokesperson Sharmila Farooqi for having passed insulting remarks against him. He has asked for Rs 15 crore. His lawyer has noted in the legal notice that in 2000 NAB had charged Sharmila's parents Usman Farooqi and Nafisa Farooqi with corruption. In 2001 they got out of the case after plea-bargaining and returning the money allegedly embezzled by them. They were debarred from politics for 21 years but later on this was reduced to 10 years after which Sharmila was appointed adviser to CM Sindh in 2008 against the rules. Sharmila is said to have accused Abbasi of having asked her for a bribe of Rs 10 crore.
Justice Sharif 'murder' case
Famous columnist Haroon Rasheed stated in Jang that according to reports Zardari, Salmaan Taseer and Babar Awan planned to murder Chief Justice Punjab Khwaja Muhammad Sharif in 2009. A cell was created in Governor's House where 12 notorious criminals were contacted. This news caused reaction from Punjab government which charged DIG Sarwar Sukhera to find out facts. Zafar Qureshi got into action from federal interior ministry and Justice Qazi Faez Isa took it up in a commission. The whole scandal started with a report written by Special Branch additional director DG Col Ehsanul Haq saying Justice Sharif would be attacked and killed during milad. The other officer who concocted the report was Special Branch director Shahid Mehmood but he later denied he had a hand in it.
Defence of Pakistain Council's own 'supply route'
Writing in Jang Saleem Safi stated that during the month of Ramadan the Defence of Pakistain Council will lie low because its members were all holy mans who will be fasting and not thinking of going out on roads. They were against the NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions... 'supply route' but were unable to protest against it because their own 'supply route' will be reopened during the month of Ramadan.
Hafeez Sheikh next ruler?
Daily Express had Nusrat Javeed commenting on the possibility of finance minister Hafeez Sheikh ruling Pakistain as a caretaker ruler after getting the OK signal from Army Chief General Kayani ... four star general, current Chief of Army Staff of the Mighty Pak Army. Kayani is the former Director General of ISI... and after approval from the masters of Pakistain in Washington. If Raza Rabbani knows this, he wrote, he should think of resigning from the parliamentary committee in charge of national security.
Civil judge in a dance party
Reported in Express the High Court in Lahore took serious note of a civil judge of Khanewal Bilal Masud taking part in a dance party and has started an inquiry after which the civil judge resigned his job. Judge Masud was filmed dancing with a girl in a closed room after which the footage was placed on Youtube.
Nawaz Sharif 'noora' wrestler!
Leader of Tehrik Insaf Imran Khan was quoted by Jang as saying that Nawaz Sharif ... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf... was a champion of fixed bouts (noora kushti) and if he took part in Olympics he would walk away with gold. His son owned property worth Rs 50 billion. He said Shahbaz Sharif's farce with running his office in a tent will not work. He said if Zardari ever came out in public he would find that the people had abandoned him.
Praising Iskander Mirza
Writing in Express Abdul Qadir Hasan stated that Pakistain's first president Iskander Mirza was an exemplary figure because he made no money through corruption and after being removed from his job went to London and lived there on his meagre pension. He was a scion of Mir Sadiq of Deccan. (Wrong, Mir Jafar of Bengal - Ed.)
Corpse comes alive but...
Reported in Express a man in Baldia Town Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... was buried after he passed away but he spent only one night in repose inside his grave after which he pushed the soil of the grave aside and came out. His relatives accepted him back but after three days he passed away again but this time it was final. He got two burials in the process.
Most people don't like earthly world
That's because they're in Pakistan, which used to be a lovely place when it was part of the British empire.
Famous chief news hound enthusiastically reported in Jang that according to a survey 84 percent of the people in Pakistain thought they were religious although 77 percent limited that to merely worship rituals. But 82 percent said they were religious because they did not believe in the earthly life and preferred the world after earthly life.
Immoral leaders in government
Famous columnist Altaf Hasan Qureshi wrote in Jang that the three parties in power - PPP, MQM and ANP - were deeply mired in avarice (hirs), incompetence (na-ehli), and maladministration (bad-intizami). They are now in the open with the full destructive potential. On the other hand the religious and politicians who were arrayed against them were faced with a trial of their integrity.
Columnist Nazeer Naji wrote in Jang that Pakistain's first constitution was framed in 1956 but it lasted only two years. After that General Ayub gave Pakistain a constitution which was set aside by General Yahya. After him the new government refused to accept it and gave Pakistain its 1973 constitution which General Zia came and set aside. His constitution was set aide by Nawaz Sharif who changed it, which was then changed by General Musharraf.
A diagnosis of PPP
World famous columnist Mujahid Mansuri wrote in Jang that the real face of the PPP was disclosed by Nazeer Naji who stated that people of Pakistain were emotional and self-destructive and were attracted to the PPP's narrative of cruelties borne by the party leaders. On the other hand, the opponents of PPP spoke of their victories. Those who sang of their victories often lost and the PPP won on the basis of its list of sufferings. Once again the PPP after a misrule of four and half years has found new tormentors (zalim) so that they can be seen as victims (mazloom). PPP will be the most unusual party in the world when it enters the electoral field boasting its non-success.
The United States has denied visas to about 20 Iranian government officials hoping to attend next week's United Nations General Assembly, including two ministers, Iran's Fars news agency reported on Saturday.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a regular at the assembly since he took office in 2005, will give his final speech there on Wednesday and will address a meeting on the "rule of law" on Monday.
But of the 160-or-so visas requested by the Iranian delegation two months ago, about 20 were turned down, Fars said.
For the first time, Iran's highest-ranking military official has tied the reappearance of the last Islamic messiah to the regime being prepared to go to a war based on ideology.
"With having the treasure of the Holy Defense, Valayat (Guardianship of the Jurist) and martyrs, we are ready for a big war," Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said, according to Mashregh news, which is run by the Revolutionary Guards.
"Of course this confrontation has always continued; however, since we are in the era of The Coming, this war will be a significant war."
Shi'ites believe that at the end of time great wars will take place, and Imam Mahdi, the Shi'ites' 12th imam, will reappear and kill all the infidels, raising the flag of Islam in all corners of the world.
Vahidi became the Revolutionary Guards intelligence officer after the 1979 Islamic revolution and later was promoted to chief commander of the Quds Forces. He is on the Interpol most-wanted list for the Jewish community center bombing in Buenos Aires in 1994 that killed 85 and injured hundreds.
Vahidi also played a major role in the 1996 Khobar Tower bombing in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 U.S. servicemen.
Speaking at a mosque in remembrance of the martyrs who died in service to Iran, Vahidi stated that, "The Islamic republic is going to create a new environment on the world stage, and without a doubt victory awaits those who continue the path of martyrs. ... we can defeat the enemy at its home and our nation is ready for jihad. Martyrdom has taught us to avoid wrong paths and return to the right path. Martyrdom is the right path, it's the path to God."
Vahidi said Iran's enemies would have taken action in Syria in the past couple of years if they had the capability. Iran is a much more formidable power than Syria, he said, and concluded that Tehran can easily wipe out the "Zionist regime" of Israel.
Several U.S. officials, including Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have called the officials of the Islamic regime "rational actors." Another reason for Dempsey to go...
Meanwhile, a Revolutionary Guards report quoting the head of the Guards' public relations, Ramezan Sharif, revealed that Iran has military assets in several countries.
The presence of Quds Forces in Syria and Lebanon, Sharif said, is with the goal of supporting the Islamic nations and for the special situations that exist in those countries.
Sharif said Iranian presence is based on international laws and that, "Currently the Revolutionary Guards has presence in 15 countries, among them Syria and Lebanon, while the Iranian military also has presence in some other countries."
As revealed recently, terrorist assets of the Islamic regime have been put on high alert for attacks on Israeli and U.S. interests. This extends from the Middle East to Africa, Latin America and the United States.
In a report Thursday in the Washington Times, Kevin L. Perkins, deputy director of the FBI, told a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that the agency considered Iran's assets a "serious threat."
"Quds Forces, Hezbollah and others have shown they both have the capability and the willingness to extend beyond that (Middle East) region of the world and likely here into the homeland itself," he testified.
Guard commanders have openly stated that they have recruited assets from Latin America and even some from European countries to avoid suspicion by intelligence agencies and will target America should it get involved militarily against Iran.
Remember that it is in the Iranian's interest to act as crazy as possible to keep up the price of oil, which is the only thing they produce that anyone wants.
If the price drops to $50/bbl, their future prospects would be grim.
The conflict arises as the Saudis try to lower prices enough to bankrupt alternative oil production, like tar sands and tight oil, which requires getting prices down to that level. If they can't do that, then all their customers will go away and their future plans will be spoiled.
So, just expect continued crazy talk from Iran's government, and continued production growth from the Saudis. The only way out for the Iranians is to do something crazy that lets them continue to export while upsetting the growth in Saudi production. That is not a big war, but sabotage and treachery.
Iranian military leaders unveiled a new missile defense system Friday that is built to destroy "aggressive" U.S. aircraft, according to reports. The system, dubbed Ra'd, "has been built in a bid to confront U.S. aircraft and can hit targets 50km in distance and 75,000 feet in altitude," Iranian General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the nation's Aerospace Force Brigadier, told Iran's Fars News Agency Friday.
The new system is evidence that Iran's military capabilities are becoming more sophisticated as it gets closer to building nuclear weapons capabilities, foreign policy experts told the Free Beacon.
"This means the clock is ticking down" on a preemptive strike on Iran by the U.S. or Israel, said Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon adviser on Iran and Iraq. "With the more progress they make with their missiles, they may take the option off the table for us."
While Iran's nuclear ambitions have received widespread coverage in the Western press, its growing military capabilities on other fronts have not drawn as much attention.
"Iranian engineers are talented and those who don't work on the nuclear program are very good at reverse engineering" Russian weaponry and other systems, Rubin said.
The Ra'd system was built in Iran, Fars reported, just like a recently announced cruise missile that is reportedly capable of reaching any Israeli city.
Iran's Air Defense Unit released to Fars specific information regarding the new missile defense sytsem's capabilities. The highly-advanced home-made Ra'd (Thunder) air defense system is equipped with 'Taer' (Bird) missiles, which can trace and hit targets 50km in distance and 75,000f in altitude.
The announcement was made amid an Iranian military parade Friday. The Mehr news agency also reported on the new system.
Iranian Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari was quoted by Fars as saying the defense system is being "mass-produced": "The Ra'd air-defense system, which is more advanced than the Buckeye system has recently been developed and is now being mass-produced," Jafari told reporters in a press conference on Sunday.
The defense system could complicate a possible Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear sites, Rubin said. "It forces Israel to rush out any decision" it might make regarding a strike, Rubin said.
While Western officials usually view Iran's military bluster with skepticism, Rubin said that the increased announcements could be a sign that Iran is serious about responding to Western threats.
"Whether they're exaggerated or not, the Israelis know the direction the Iranians are going and will be forced to play their hands," he explained. "You can only hold off so long."
The State Department is poised to remove a myrmidon Iranian dissident group from its list of foreign terrorist organizations, the culmination of a long, multi-million-dollar lobbying effort to sway U.S. politicians, officials and members of the group said Friday.
Supporters of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, better known as the MEK, gathered for an early celebration rally in front of the State Department hours after the news leaked that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ... sometimes described as The Heroine of Tuzla and at other times as Mrs. Bill, never as Another Richelieu ... had sent word to Congress about the decision. Officially, the decision isn't yet public, and lawyers for the group said they were advising caution in case there were unforeseen conditions attached to the delisting.
"The department is now in the process of sending a classified communication from the secretary to the Congress today regarding the designation of the MEK. I'm not in a position to confirm the contents of this because it's classified," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.
Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Agency says Tehran gave IAEA 'false information to protect its nuclear facilities,' claims MI6 info connected to scientists' liquidations
Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Agency Fereydoun Abbasi said Thursday that Tehran "occasionally" gave the ineffective International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) "false information" to protect Iran's nuclear facilities.
In an interview with the London-based al-Hayat newspaper, Abbasi said, "There is no choice but to mislead other intelligence bodies. Sometimes we show weaknesses we don't have. Sometimes we show strengths we don't have. Later this is evident in talks with the IAEA."
He added, "What is unacceptable is that the IAEA treat us as convicted felons having to prove their innocence. There are elements who accuse us and the IAEA is trying to prove these allegations, similarly to what happened in Iraq."
The Iranian official, who is heading a delegation to the IAEA's 56th General Conference in Vienna, accused the British secret service of sharing information on nuclear scientists with the IAEA.
"We have been tracking the activity of MI6 which has collected information about people killed by Zionist intelligence agents, for the past seven years. Some of the information presented by the IAEA is connected to these events," he said.
Abbasi, who escaped an liquidation attempt before being appointed Iran's atomic energy chief, said at the conference earlier this week, that "terrorists" may have infiltrated the IAEA's ranks.
He revealed that power lines to from the city of Qom to the underground Fordo plant were blown up a month ago. Abbasi noted that no damage had been caused to the uranium enrichment facility.