KUWAIT Police found a cache of hand grenades and munitions in a Kuwait City suburb yesterday, days after two deadly clashes between security forces and militants, security sources said. "About eight grenades, 10 detonators and a munitions box were found in Abdullah al-Salem suburb," one source said.
The bride wore white.
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01/19/2005 12:46:51 AM ||
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And in the Stateside suburbs people fuss if one of the neighbors has a hunting rifle.
Kuwait has arrested up to 25 Islamists, suspected of links to Al Qaeda and of being involved in a shootout with police, a security source said on Tuesday. The Arab state has stepped up security at oil and other vital installations after the latest in a series of clashes with security forces, saying militants had planned a major attack near Kuwait's largest oil refinery and a US military camp. Kuwait said on Monday up to 15 suspects had been arrested after the shootout on Saturday in the south of the oil-rich Gulf state. "As of Tuesday, authorities are holding up to 25 Kuwaiti and Saudi suspects for questioning," the source said.
Spanish police have arrested an alleged Islamic terrorist with links to al-Qaeda. Algerian Tahar Izerouali was wanted by police as a supposed member of terrorist organisation Ansar al Islam, which has been linked to al-Qaeda. The terrorist cell allegedly supplies false documents and cash to other Islamic extremists across Europe.
Before his arrest, Tahar Izerouali, 35, was leading a normal life in Bilbao, despite being named in an international arrest warrant. He lived in Santutxu, in Bilbao, and worked as a painter.
He has been sent to Madrid where he will face [Judge Garzon] later this week. Izerouel is one of the eight alleged members of a gang linked to al-Qaeda who appeared before a court in Madrid accused of terrorist offences. They are all said to have supplied logistic support for the Septemebr 11 attacks in the US. Garzon said they developed "a network of forgery of documents to provide false identities or fake documents to other members of the network to help them move about, flee or hide or (to help) with their terrorist activities or links with organizations such as Ansar al-Islam, under the orders of Abu Musab al Zarqawi."
Spanish police have arrested an Algerian man wanted for allegedly providing logistical support for the 11 September 2001 attacks on the US. Tahar Izerouel was detained in the Basque city of Bilbao on Tuesday, police said. He was one of eight people indicted by senior judge Baltasar Garzon on Monday for being part of what he called a Spanish al-Qaeda cell. Six of the others are already in jail - five in Spain and one in the UK. Judge Garzon said the group of eight had provided logistical support, false identity papers and other documents to Ramzi Binalshibh, a suspected al-Qaeda member who is in US custody, and to other members linked to the attacks. Judge Garzon has already indicted another 40 people on charges of belonging to an al-Qaeda cell in Spain. Twenty-one of them are due to go on trial over the next few weeks. The other 19 are still at large. Investigators have said Spain, along with Germany, was a major staging ground for the preparation of the 11 September attacks.
And this just in, from historically more reliable sources, BBC claims to be part of what some call a 'news organization' of unbiased neutral 'journalists' operating out of their secret London HQ were, yet again, disproved after Blogosphere Authorities fisked the scare quoted 'content' coming from the al-HQaeda cell and discovered they had no clue what unbiased and neutral actually meant.
Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, in Washington for inaugural festivities, returned to the state after he heard the news....
None [of the suspects whose names have been released] had been listed on previous government "watch lists," the release said.
Authorities did not believe that the individuals were in Boston, according to Romney's spokesman, Eric Fehrnstrom. Unconfirmed news reports indicated that the four had entered the country from Mexico through a San Diego area border crossing. Jan Caldwell, a spokeswoman for the San Diego FBI office, declined to comment on the specifics, but did say that the agency receives "thousands" of threats every day; this one, she said, is being probed like all others. This threat received so much attention because it was leaked to the news media, said Caldwell.
Federal and state officials stressed that the information was of "unknown reliability," and that law enforcement agencies were working together to assess any threat.
A federal judge threw out a lawsuit Wednesday by foreign-born terror suspects challenging their detention in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, ruling that last year's landmark Supreme Court ruling did not provide them the legal basis to win their freedom.
U.S. District Judge Richard Leon ruled that Congress had authorized the president to order the detention of "enemy combatants" for the duration of the war on terror.
The lawsuit by seven of the roughly 550 detainees being held at the U.S. Navy (news - web sites) base failed to show valid legal grounds to overturn that power, Leon said. As a result, the proper place to contest their detainment is before military review boards, not federal courts.
"The petitioners are asking this court to do something no federal court has done before: evaluate the legality of the (president's) capture and detention of nonresident aliens, outside the United States, during a time of armed conflict," Leon wrote.
"In the final analysis, the court's role in reviewing the military's decision to capture and detain a nonresident alien is, and must be, highly circumscribed," he wrote.
Lawyers representing the detainees said they would appeal. If allowed to stand, the decision would "render meaningless" the Supreme Court ruling by allowing detainees access to federal court, but then automatically dismissing their suits as groundless, they said.
"I didn't think it was going to be quite as sweeping as this nor quite as dismissive of the Supreme Court's decisions," said Barbara Olshansky, attorney with the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights. "It means that people can be seized everywhere."
Neal Sonnet, who chairs the American Bar Association's task force on enemy combatants, called Leon's order disappointing. "It flies in the face of what we think the Supreme Court ruled in June that Guantanamo detainees had substantive rights beyond the jurisdictional question," he said.
In its ruling, the Supreme Court rejected the Bush administration's argument that U.S. courts had no business second-guessing detentions of foreigners held on foreign soil. It said the Guantanamo detainees could challenge their detention, but it left lower courts to determine the actual merits of their claims.
The decision prompted a flurry of lawsuits on behalf of detainees. Another judge in the same District Court, Joyce Hens Green, is expected to rule soon on similar claims filed by 55 other detainees.
Leon concluded the detainees presented "no viable theory" to support their claim that they are being held in violation of federal laws. Foreign citizens captured and detained outside the United States have no rights under the Constitution or international law, he said.
Under the military appeal process, detainees may challenge their status as "enemy combatants" in review tribunals as well as at annual administrative hearings that determine whether they still pose a threat or have valuable intelligence.
In addition, detainees may be subject to military trials. However, defendants in such cases have fewer legal rights than prisoners of war. A federal judge ruled the trials denied basic legal rights and ordered the military to come up with a new procedure.
The Supreme Court declined on Tuesday to hear an expedited appeal of that issue while an appeals court reviews the case. Arguments are set for March 8.
Sonnet, who monitored the tribunals in Cuba last August, said the military procedures were inadequate.
"The military review tribunals are a sham," he said. "They don't give any detainee an effective right to contest conditions of his detention."
CNN Northeast Intelligence Network Islamic Terror sites claiming "The Horserace is on - while they chase the horses, the bird will fly" ...Sources close to the Northeast Intelligence Network have verified initial, unsubstantiated reports that authorities are searching for a radiological or "dirty" bomb and nuclear material in the hands of 6-8 men - 4 Chinese, 2 iraqis and others - in the area from Boston to Washington, DC. Multiple sources have indicated that authorities suspect DC as a likely target to disrupt tomorrow's inauguration.
The Counterterrorism Blog `They got a call from across the border in Mexico to the California Highway Patrol and he said he brought two Iraqis and four Chineses (individuals)across the border and according to him, they stated soon to follow behind them would be some sort of material,'' said a law enforcement source familiar with the investigation.
``He refers to some sort of nuclear material that will follow them through New York up into Boston.''
According to the source, the caller has not identified himself and did not show up for a meeting with federal investigators in California but he did leave pictures of four Chinese men and some names at a ``drop'' site at the Mexico-California border.
``They were dropped by the source at a location. He literally threw them over a fence from Mexico to the U.S. side,'' said the source. ``There are pictures of the four Chinese and some names but just how accurate they are remains a question''
Massachusetts law enforcement officials were notified of the threat at 5:30 a.m. today through the FBI and Boston Police Joint Terrorist Task Force.
Reuters ABC News reported on Wednesday that teams equipped with radiological sensors were patrolling Boston amid a possible "dirty bomb" threat, but local police said they had no information.
"I haven't heard that we're out there with radiological sensors," said Boston FBI spokeswoman Gail Marcinkiewicz. "Right now all I can tell you is the information that we have has not been corroborated. We have shared the information with our law enforcement partners and we're working aggressively to resolve it."
The ABC News report, broadcast over local Boston radio station WBZ, said an FBI field office in San Diego notified colleagues in Boston that someone may be trying to detonate a dirty bomb in the city.
BOSTON -- The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency has been placed on standby, and public safety officials are meeting at the bunker, according to a published report Wednesday. There have been reports that the FBI office in Boston received a call from an FBI office in California warning officials about a suspicious person that may be in the area, according to the Boston Herald's Web site. No specific threats have been confirmed, but FBI agents in Boston have been put on alert, and officials started to gather at MEMA at about 1:30 p.m.
You cannot get at the Boston Herald piece anymore because of traffic but the little I read of it, before being iterrupted, sounded pretty vague and involved an anonymous tip from a illegal alien smuggler
A law enforcement source, speaking under the condition of anonymity, stated that authorities are searching for 6-8 men, reportedly from Iraq accompanied by suspects of Asian origin- with science backgrounds.
"Adam Yahiye Gadahn. Date of birth used: Sept. 1, 1978. Height: 5-11. Weight: 190 pounds. A U.S. citizen, this man also goes by the names Adam Pearlman, Abu Suhayb Al- Amriki, Abu Suhayb, Yihya Majadin Adams and Yayah."
(others at link)
AC inside source: This is being taken very seriously indeed. It is still probably a hoax but there is additional critical information that has not been released. Can't say more for now.
Just - I saw the first 2 hour show (missed the followup the next night, damnit!) and throughout the show it kept occurring to me that whomever is writing the show is smart, well-informed, and calling a spade a spade. Figured it would be cancelled by Muslim protests, lol!
Fug'em. If I can remember, I'll try to watch it - it really was a decent drama with the most timely topic possible. Let's hope that shitloads of American watch it.
Wouldn't a dirty bomb require a significant amount of radioactive material packed around some conventional bomb? Wouldn't the conventional bomb be something like a ANFO (ammonium nitrate-fuel oil)? It would also seem that after Oklahoma City and WTC I, it would be more difficult to obtain ANFO components. It would also seem that it would be difficult to obtain a sufficient amount of radioactive material to contaminate a large area. I don't know, it just seems that way to me.
JQC, it might be best not to discuss improvised explosive formulations in any detail online.
Just the same, the ingredients for ANFO are still widely available, they are manufactured in huge amounts, they are crucial to the national economy, and there is just no way to control access to them.
Also, a dirty bomb wouldn't require much of it, certainly nothing like the two tons Tim McVeigh to blow up the Murrah building.
Problem with radiological weapons is that they are pure terror weapons and rely more on panic than actual damage or lethality. Besides, if one is crazy enough, it is not too hard to get scrapped x-ray machines in Mexican junkyards and open up their source boxes for the isotopes. Whole load of cast iron lawn furniture got returned to Mexico because of an accident involving an old x-ray machine, that was several years ago.
So no, 20 or 30 pounds of plastique and a couple of pounds of isotope, and a city is devastated - even though most of the death and injuries are caused by the panic.
I was directly involved in running down the Mexican radiology incident. It started not with an X-Ray machine (which aren't radioactive) but with an old cobalt-pellet radiation-therapy machine.
A hospital here in Lubbock sold the machine to a clinic in Mexico, complete with its requisite supply of radioactive cobalt isotopes. The machine broke down and was left derelict, after which the clinic went out of businees. Its assets, including the unrepairable and now unrecognized cobalt machine, were auctioned off. One of the buyers was a scrap dealer who sold his haul, including the cobalt machine, to a Mexican steel mill. The mill used the scrap in a batch of steel that was then used to make structural beams, among other things.
The whole things came to light by an amazing quirk of fate. Some of the beams were sold to an American contractor. The truck-driver hauling them got lost after he crossed the border. In the middle of nowhere, he spotted what he took for an isolated police post and pulled in for directions. He had actually entered a security gate at the White Sands Proving Ground, one of the few places in the country where state-of-the- art radiation detectors routinely come into contact with civilian traffic. The detectors went off the scale, responding to the radioactive cobalt in the beams. The innocent driver was hustled away to the FBI office, the Nuclear Emergency Search Team was called in, and the hunt was on.
Steve: This is a newsworthy posting- thanks for the info. it is the first I had heard. Let us all hope that no terrorist action occures in Boston or anywhere else in the U.S. (It is all a matter of time). I am alarmed at some of the posting's.....I don't take this lightly or as a joking matter.
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01/19/2005 18:33 Comments ||
I did some work at Oak Ridge at one time. There were ponds with low level radioactive waste from the WW II era. Routinely, frogs, ducks, deer, and trees would be checked to see if they glowed in the dark, i.e were radioactive. Most of these ponds have been drained and cleaned up.
I've got one for you, AC. Up there in Panhandle country the ground water is pretty interesting. I worked on a program that predicted the constriction of producing wells from interior pipe build-up of minerals - via lab testing the ground water produced. A batch of wells up there was closing in and a field trip was in order. The pipe was tripped out when it closed in and stored on a concrete pad with a cyclone fence around it. These wells were on a dairy farm. The cow path that Elsie & Co followed each day, to and from the barn, went right by this pad. We arrived and the instant the Geiger counter was turned on, it pegged - at every range selection. We were about 10 yards from this stack of pipe. Strontium, cesium, and good old calcium carbonate as the binder. Heh. That pipe was whisked out of there by 8:30AM the next day. Dunno where it went, but there were no logged phone calls, no memos, no nothing in the company files. I am certain the farmer wasn't told. An ee cummings classic comes to mind: "I've never seen a purple cow, and I never hope to see one. But from the milk we're getting now, there certainly must be one." Heh, heh.
I live about three blocks from the Covenant Medical Center, the old Methodist Hospital where the renegade cobalt machine originated. The hospital in Lubbock was held blameless in the episode, but the Mexican authorities threw the book at the bankrupt clinic owners who had failed to dispose of the machine properly.
.com. I've heard, but cannot verify, that a fair amount of the pipe used in Project Gas Buggy was unaccounted for afterward.
Gas Buggy was a hare-brained "Atoms-for-Peace" plan that tried to free trapped natural gas by pulverizing the surrounding rock with nuclear explosives. The experiments were conducted in SW Colorado, with live shots in gas-bearing strata. It worked beautifully, but the resulting gas was radioactive.
It is an open secret in the awl bidness that there are some remarkably hot spots around the country. One of the best insides jokes has to do with Louisiana when they started up their own State EPA office. They declared a "safe" radiation level that was lower than the background level of return water for everywhere in the state that the people I worked for had ever seen produced. If they had followed LA State Law, every drop of produced water (with the oil / gas) would have had to be treated as Hazardous Waste - the whole nine yards. What actually occurred, with every company - else LA would've had zero oil / gas production and gone bankrupt - was that the produced water was trucked to the coast and dumped in the Gulf. Lol, there are some truly stupid people in Gov't... Stories abound, lol!
Okay, my bad. I misremember the machine type, but the basics are the same : source box for isotopes and voila - radiological weapon base.
Plus, go to top of tall building, detonate with minor shaping to plastique to insure wind dispersal, and major league ensues.
Coal typically contains 1-3 ppm uranium and about three times that much thorium. This is concentrated in the combustion residue (ash) when the coal is burned, with the result that the coal industry is dumping about 800 tons of uranium into the environment every year without a peep of protest from anti-nuke luddites.
If recovered and used in reactors, this uranium would generate more power than was produced by burning the coal from which it was derived.
Some scientists have actually suggested mining ash-heaps at coal-fired powerplants as a readily available source of uranium. Utility companies are naturally pretty skittish about this potential source of additional income. In fact, one local utility would not allow me to take radiation readings from their ash-heaps, declaring that I would have to have a federal court order for this.
Speaking of harebrained schemes. We in Alaska had a proposed 2.4 megaton blast Plowshare project called Project Chariot at Cape Thomson near Point Hope, Alaska, on the northwest coast. This was around 1958. The AEC did alot of work up there, even brought in low level radioactive waste for tracer studies to see where radioactive debris would go after the blast. People got wind of the project and it was stopped. One of the people that blew the whistle was a Univ of Alaska Fairbanks researcher named William Pruitt (maybe Fred's distant relative). UAF was heavily loaded up with US govt research money, so Dr. Pruitt got into trouble for blowing the whistle. There even was made sort of a limerick about it.
There was a young doctor named Pruitt
Who found fallout in Caribou suett
If I tell Dr. Wood, he'll tell me to be good
And I'll rue it
So screw it
I'll do it
Info on the radioactive tracer studies on the project site here.
Posted by: Alaska Paul ||
01/19/2005 20:09 Comments ||
Many years ago in Detroit, a truck carrying used dressings from cancer patients who had had radiation treatment crashed.
The headline assured the readers that the thing "failed to explode."
I don't think we can count on the media to help prevent panic.
Look what they do when two inches of snow is predicted.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey ||
01/19/2005 20:16 Comments ||
All is well here. Tom Menino says this is all from "enornymous" sources so we should have nothing to worry about. Looking for four Chinese in a white van so they should be real easy to find.
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Posted by: Alaska Paul ||
01/19/2005 21:52 Comments ||
lex - I know nothing specific about that area - there was no heavy O&G production there when I was writing simulators. General rule of thumb: there are always more problems at lower altitude - running water has passed over and through more rock heading for the ocean, heh. "Static" aquifers are a different matter - local lithology controls the quality. It seems radon gas happens more often at lower altitudes, too, IIRC.
High is good. I like to be first to pass snowmelt, heh, not the 50th...
No guys... all that there is small stuff!
If Kennedy had not signed the non-p treaty.... Project Orion would have put massive US bases on the moon and the planets!
Talk about macho.... Riding a machine-gun blast of atomic bombs into orbit with spaceships the size of a village is no laughing matter.
It would have worked to! Although, enough flights and all of us left on this mud ball would be mutants with cancer. Orion' Links to the future -- Nuclear Pulse Propulsion
Since we are on the subject, check out Nuclear Space.
This was founded by the same group associated with the Orion link mentioned above. It is also the origin of my nic.
During the early 60s, the US was actually running two Moon-landing programs concurrently. The highly-publicized Apollo program used chemical rockets and was designed to put a man on the Moon by 1970. It succeeded and eventually put a dozen people on the Moon at a cost of $40 billion.
Until its cancellation in 1963, Orion was the concurrent program. It aimed to put 150 people and a thousand tons of equipment on the Moon in 1966, at 1/10 of Apollo's cost. The next destination was Mars, to be reached by 1970 with the Moons of Jupiter for the next decade.
The difference was nuclear energy.
Orion would have been the antithesis of the "lightness at any cost" approach to aerospace construction. Weight might actually be an advantage in keeping acceleration to tolerable limits, and a massive steel armor structure was needed to cope with the shock and radiation. By the time of cancellation, the project managers had tentatively selected Electric Boat Company, a submarine builder rather than an aerospace firm, to construct the first Orion in its covered facility at Groton, Conn. The vehicle would have been built on a barge. This would have been launched in the usual manner, then towed to the tentative Orion launch site at Johnston Island in the Pacific.
Even today, if we absolutely, positively had to get a very large load (thousands of tons and hundreds of people) to the Moon or the planets in a reasonable time, and environmental factors were disregarded, Orion would be the way to do it.
Two children have been shot and seriously wounded in an attack on a school bus in Thailand's southern town of Pattani yesterday, causing widespread concern among the local population. The two wounded boys are being treated at Somdej Pra Yuparaj Hospital in Saiburi District. There were 24 children ranging from kindergarten to high school students on the bus when the unknown gunmen attacked. "We need to review our safety procedures for school buses after this incident. More security forces may be needed to guard school buses from now on," said Mrs. Areerat, the Deputy Secretary-General of the Office of the Basic Education Commission.
No, you need to review your procedures for dealing with Allenist nutjobs.
The shooting came after the deaths of three people in separate, insurgency-related incidents over the past few days. Among the dead was a senior teacher who was gunned down by suspected militants on Monday. Meanwhile, Wimol Chankaew, director of the Pattani Educational Office, said schools across the province would carry on as usual despite the attack. "School buses have been operated by villagers who make private contracts with parents. Yesterday, when the bus came under attack, students were told to lie down on the bus floor. But two of them were hit. It was really shocking as the targets were children," he said.
Army troops overran an Abu Sayyaf camp in the hinterlands of Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat, the military reported on Tuesday. Col. Alfredo Cayton, commander of the Army's 601st Brigade, said troops pursuing the 60-man band of Abu Sayyaf No. 2 man, Isnilon Hapilon, came upon the bandits' lair in BaÂrangay Butril, used as an infirmary for wounded comrades. He said the bandits had apparently fled when the soldiers reached the camp, which was made of bunkhouses and trenches. Troops found rolls of bandage, medical packs and other medical paraphernalia at the camp.
And a big pile of soiled shorts.
Pursuit operations are ongoing against Hapilon and his second-in-command, the foreign-trained terrorist Omar Janjalani, who had both been reported as among the 12 bandits either killed or wounded in a clash on January 7 with police agents and Army soldiers in Barangay Lomitan in Palimbang. The joint police-Army offensive under Cayton and Chief Supt. Antonio Billones, Central Mindanao police chief, was launched in response to the series of Abu Sayyaf attacks in December that left at least six villagers dead and thousands fleeing their houses. "There's no letup in the hunt for the bandits. Other units are looking for the bodies of HaÂpilon and Janjalani," Billones told The Times.
Go check behind the deserted factory down by the docks. Right around 3 in the morning. Tell 'em Steve sent ya.
I'll be very happy to hear that Isnilon is decomposing...
Two of the Abu Sayyaf's top leaders, the brothers Bedis and Alo Binago, were also killed in the clash on January 7, sparking retaliatory attacks two days later by some 600 fighters of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Mamasapano and Shariff Aguak towns in Maguindanao. Seven soldiers were killed when the rebels, led by one Abdul Wahid Tunkod, deputy of Umbra Cuta or Ameril Umbra, overran two Army outposts in Barangays Linantangang in Mamasapano, and Labo-Labo in Shariff Aguak. The military responded with mortar fire and air strikes, killing more than 50 Moro fighters in the biggest and bloodiest encounter since the two sides forged a cease-fire in 2002 ahead of peace talks aimed at ending more than 25 years of separatist insurgency in the south.
Guess it got un-forged...they're apparently beating the plowshares back into swords.
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The headline sez he was bumped off, the text sez he was nabbed. Maybe they nabbed him and then bumped him off?
JOINT military-police operatives raided last Monday the hideout of a notorious Abu Sayyaf bandit in Isabela, Basilan province and arrested a suspect who was implicated in the 2001 mass kidnapping of 19 vacation-goers, including foreigners at the posh Dos Palmas resort in Palawan. Southcom spokesman Colonel Domingo Tutaan revealed to Sun.Star Zamboanga the identity of the Abu Sayyaf suspect as Ysmael Jakur, a native of the island province. Tutaan said Jakur had a standing warrant of arrest issued by the Basilan Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 2, under Judge Danilo Bucoy for kidnapping and serious illegal detention in connection with the Dos Palmas kidnapping that included among its victims the three Americans, namely, Christian missionary couple Martin and Gracia Burnham and countryman Guillermo Sobrero.
Tutaan said Jakur had been under surveillance by the operatives in the island under 103rd Army Brigade commander Colonel Raymundo Ferrer. Tutaan said the suspect was already turned over to the Philippine National Police (PNP) authorities in Basilan. "He was linked in the 2001 Dos Palmas kidnapping perpetrated by the ASG. He was arrested at 9:30 a.m., last Monday, on the strength of an existing warrant of arrest issued by the Basilan court under Criminal Case No. 3537-1129," Tutaan disclosed. Jakur's arrest came following the fall into the military hands of another notorious Abu Sayyaf bandit identified as Ustadz Namier Jamir, in Jolo, Sulu, last Saturday.
Jamir, who reportedly ranked No. 9 in the Abu Sayyaf hierarchy, was involved in several past kidnappings and other crimes in the region. He was said to be among the original founders of the ASG, along with its first leader Abdurajak Janjalani, who was killed in the l998 shootout with the police forces in Maluso, Basilan. Janjalani's younger brother, Khadaffy, took over the overall leadership, following the older Janjalani's demise, and has strengthened their ties with the Al-Qaeda Network in recent years. Jakur could be among those sentenced in absentia by the Basilan court after they were prosecuted for their involvement in past kidnappings in the region late in 2004, a DOJ source told Sun.Star Zamboanga Tuesday. Among the 19 sentenced to death & life imprisonment by the court in the island, at-least five remain at-large and are the subject of a continuous police-military manhunt.
I checked some other Philippine news outlets and they say he's been jugged. Currently undergoing "tactical interrogation".
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01/19/2005 12:04:05 AM ||
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... In Iraq, the US army has deployed for the first time a 42nd Infantry Division unit known as "Intel Snipers", i.e. sniper-trained soldiers of the division's 173rd Long Range Surveillance Detachment. They are armed with newly-issued M-14 rifles which have never been surpassed as a marksman's weapon... Capt. Michael Manning, commander of the US unit, describes the M-14 as a tremendous force multiplier. It is an integral part of the unit's equipment for LRS-Long Range Surveillance and targeting. In Iraq, the unit will operate 80-100 km inside enemy terrain, observe and report on improvised explosive devices and indirect fire and, if ordered, eliminate insurgents with their sniper rifles which are capable of neutralizing targets at a distance of 800 meters.
The American Intel Snipers will also be charged with sterilizing the vicinity of US bases, command posts and convoys of hostile threats...
The deployment in Iraq of the 42nd Infantry Division's 173rd Long Range Surveillance Detachment with their M-14 marksman's rifles likewise indicates that the assertions coming from President George Bush and outgoing secretary of state Colin Powell regarding the beginning of US troop withdrawals from Iraq are premature. The Iraq war is far from over. Deploying the 173rd Long Range Surveillance Detachment may be an effective ad hoc device for widening the distance between terrorists and their would-be victims at the local level... But it cannot promise to extinguish the terrorist threat for good.
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01/19/2005 11:22:08 AM ||
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Wonderful! How disconcerting and demoralizing for the bad guys when, in the midst of quietly (vewy, vewy quietly) enjoying their nefarious doings, their heads suddenly go pop, one after another. I do like the American style of making war.
I used the M-14 and it is an excellant weapon. Zhang Fei, snipers do prefer bolt action rifles because of the noise of ejecting a spent round and chambering a new round. The spent round can be rather noisy when it is ejected. too much noise and you could give away your position, however, if you are far enough away the noise may not be a problem.
Posted by: Deacon Blues ||
01/19/2005 13:04 Comments ||
Marines adopted the Model 700 Remington in 1966 (M-40).The Army tried various weapons.But the M-14 (M21)offered advantages in their opinion.
1.In case of target movement,or error on sniper,another round could be fired immediately.
2.Engaging multiple targets
3.Both semi and full-automatic fire capability enabled the sniper to defend himself or engage the enemy as warranted.
These attributes seem to fit the articles description of 173RD's current mission.
I'm no sniper. But from what I learned when I considered buying a particular rifle recently (including advice from people who are / have been snipers in operational settings) it's a mistake to evaluate rifles for long range precision shooting based on the model alone. Apart from the military standardized rifles, there are a lot of choices to be made that affect precision: caliber, barrel length, twist and the ammo used. The Remington 700 offers a wide range of these and the higher calibers are popular with many serious competitors for both bench and free shooting. Of course, lots of those guys load their own ammo to get it just right, too. Scope, bipod or sling etc. also have an important effect .....
I fired a matched condition M-1 with half-minute clicks trying out for the Marine Rifle team in '64 with peep sights.Excellant weapon.
At 600 yards,the 20" target bullseye looked smaller than the width of the front sight blade.Heh
RKB, true. I have an 1859 Whitworth rifle. It fires a 471 grain, .451 calibre lead slug. I consistantly hit targets at 1000 yards over open sights.. Yes, it is a Civil War muzzle loading sniper rifle. I use 60 grains of Fg powder. The barrel is not round on the inside with traditional rifling grooves but is hexagonal with a 1 in 28 twist. The barrel length is the same as an 1853 Enfield, a long rifle. The bullet is machined to match. It has a 4" drop at 500 yards with 1 degree of elevation. The British Army was hitting targets at 1500 yards. A lot does depend on caliber, bullet weight, and rifling.
Posted by: Deacon Blues ||
01/19/2005 15:15 Comments ||
is that your yankee rifle or your southron rifle? jeez..... i'm so temped. LOL!
The Confederate Army bought 1000 of them in 1863 and all 1000 made it through the blockade. They came complete with bullet mold, bullet sizer, wad cutter, and cleaning kit.
Posted by: Deacon Blues ||
01/19/2005 16:24 Comments ||
Cool Half .....
Posted by: Bill Clinton ||
01/19/2005 16:39 Comments ||
Guys, I hate to say it, but you're not quite reading what it says. These are issued as "Marksman's weapon". There's a vast difference between designated marksmen and the traditional snipers. Snipers can and do prefer bolt action rifles over semi-automatics of any type. But what a sniper does isn't the same. DM's are usually imbedded with troops and work in a supporting role directly with troops. Sniper teams can and do operate the same way, but DM's are intended to provide an accurate aimed fire capability beyond that of normal troops and intelligence gathering via their better optics and training. Example below
Thanks, Silent, it's been a while for me. I don't recall this from the late '60's early 70's. In fact, the sniper training was almost discontinued. Waaaaay back in the Great Unpleasantness, good marksmen were called Riflemen and a bit later in the war, Sharpshooters.
Posted by: Deacon Blues ||
01/19/2005 19:28 Comments ||
Which of course brings to mind the old TV show "The Rifleman" ....
A diplomat from Kazakhstan has been shot and seriously wounded in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. Sapargali Aubakirov, a deputy counsellor at the Kazakh embassy, was shot in the head at his home on Tuesday night and was in a coma, police said. They said the wounded diplomat was found on Wednesday morning and that nothing had been stolen from the home. A BBC correspondent at the scene says police believe the attack was a criminal rather than political act.
That's today's story, they can say no more
Ehsan Sadiq, superintendent of the Islamabad police, said the diplomat's servant had left the house at 1900 on Tuesday and returned on Wednesday at 0700 to find the house locked. He contacted embassy officials who broke into the home and found the wounded diplomat. Senior Islamabad police official, Mehboob Aslam, told the Associated Press that police were investigating whether the diplomat had quarrelled with people who were visiting him on Tuesday night. Another police official told the AFP news agency a single bullet cartridge was found, but no weapon. The diplomat's car was also missing, they said.
Islamabad CSI is on the case
UPDATE: Pakistani Foreign Office spokesman Masood Khan named the diplomat as Sapargali Aubakirov, a counsellor at the Kazakh embassy in Islamabad. He said Aubakirov was in critical condition. "The incident is being investigated," he said. "So far, the cause is not known." Aubakirov was in a coma on a life support system at Islamabad's Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, said Amjad Mehmood, a doctor there. "He is in very serious condition. The treatment part is over, now let's see." Reporters saw Aubakirov being wheeled into intensive care, his head heavily bandaged. Assistant Superintendent of Police Tahir Ayub said there was nothing to indicate an act of terrorism. Asked if it could have been a suicide, he said: "That cannot be ruled out."
"There's the little matter of no gun in his hand, but that fact can be changed to fit the story later if needed"
A security official, who asked not to be identified, quoted doctors as saying that Aubakirov had little chance of surviving. He said a .30 mm shell casing had been found in the diplomat's living room and his car was missing. Ayub said two men had stayed with the diplomat overnight. "They had food and drinks together. We saw no sign of violence. The people who were with him were known to him," he said, but declined to elaborate. Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said it appeared the people who spent the night had taken the car.
Islamists attacked Jatra, says arrestee
Islamist militants of Jamatul Mujahedin (JM) were involved in Saturday's bomb attack on a Jatra (a folk theatre form) show in Laxmikola village in Shahjahanpur upazila, a detainee confessed to police yesterday. Shafiqullah, who was arrested Monday, also disclosed names of several JM militants responsible for the attack. He admitted he is a JM militant but claimed he had no link with the incident.
"It wasn't me, it wuz dem udder guys! Please don't take me for a ride tonight!"
Police have not disclosed the names for the sake of investigation. They took Shafiqullah to a magistrate's court yesterday, seeking a 15-day remand. Police arrested Shafiqullah from a house in Gabtoli upazila and seized powerful explosives and bomb-making substances.
Meantime, the district administration has recently stopped giving permission for any cultural function to take place on security grounds. Besides, no permission will be given in future unless the organisers obtain police clearance first. Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC-Revenue) M Rezaul Karim said, "Giving permission to arrange cultural programmes has been stopped on security grounds." The organisers will be given permission once they get security clearance from police and the thana nirbahi officer (TNO), Karim added.
Bogra Superintendent of Police Kazi Mortaz Ahmed said they have asked the district administration in a letter not to give permission to hold any programme without a security certificate.
"No dancing allowed unless we get some overtime"
Early probe in crossfire would have made law enforcers cautious
Former chief justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman yesterday said the law and order men would be more cautious if a report on every death in "cossfire" as asked for since the first such incident occurred. "We have belatedly decided to get a report on every death in crossfire. We ought to have asked for the report when the first incident of death occurred. That would make the law and order men more cautious" said Habibur Rahman, also former chief adviser of caretaker government.
Or at least been more creative
He said however the report is to be made under the Police Regulations.
Justice Habibur was speaking as chief guest at the closing session of a three-day conference on "Human Rights and Governance: Local and Global Perspectives" in in the capital, organised by Manusher Jonno (MJ), an organisation working to promote human rights. "We often forget that the reputation of a country does not depend on how severely the miscreants are dealt with, rather it depends on what treatment is meted out to the accused" he said. Noted lawyer Dr Kamal Hossain and Rokia A Rahman, president of Women Entrepreneurs Association attended the function as special guests. Shaheen Anam, Team Leader of Manusher Jonno, was in the chair.
The former chief justice said that during the "Operation Clean Heart" more than 40 people died in custody. "Instead of facing that uncomfortable situation boldly, we closed all doors of enquiry by passing an indemnity bill" he said.
So the cops got a "get out of jail free" card, sweet!
Dr Kamal Hossain expressed his frustration over the prevailing law and order situation and said no case is taken at any police station without consultation. "I am saying this from my own experience and survey at different bar associations of the country" he added.
The three-day session concluded by presenting a set of recommendations. According to the recommendations, there should be no extra judicial killing without trial, since freedom of judiciary and the government's willingness are enough to curb crime.
Poverty reduction strategic paper (PRSP) and Millennium Development Goal (MDG) should be taken into account while formulating government rules in establishing good governance and human rights.
The role of the attorney general as an independent public prosecutor is vital to keep the judiciary above controversy.
Competent people should be appointed judge in the higher court. Articles 33 and 35 of the constitution should be upheld to function criminal procedure.
Any government move to violate the criminal procedure by forming special forces like the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), Cheetah and Cobra should be resisted.
Damm, just when I got used to "crossfire" with my coffee!
2 robbers lynched in Bagerhat
Two robbers were lynched by a mob at Kashimpur village under Bagerhat Sadar upazila on Monday night. They are Abul Hossain alias Abu 'dakat', 38, ringleader of notorious 'Abu Bahini' of the Sundarbans and his second-in-command Haidar Shaikh, 31.
Police said Abu along with his six accomplices stormed into the house of shrimp trader Mahatab Shaikh at about 11:00pm. As the inmates cried for help, neighbours rushed to the spot, caught Abu and Haider and beat the two dead. The rest four however managed to flee.
On information, police reached the spot at about 11:50pm, recovered the bodies and sent them to Bagerhat Sadar Hospital for autopsy. They also recovered a .32 revolver, two bullets and three bombs from the scene. According to Bagerhat police superintendent, Abu 'dakat' was accused in 14 criminal cases including several for murder. He was sentenced to 57 years of rigorous imprisonment in three robbery with murder cases.
So why was he out on the street?
Not just imprisonment, but rigorous imprisonment!
People of Bagerhat, fishermen and bawalis of the Sundarbans and owners of shrimp enclosures of the district have heaved a sigh of relief at the death of the two notorious criminals.
"Hurray! Drinks are on me!"
Hunt for other members of 'Abu Bahini' and their arms and ammunition is going on, the police superintendent said.
"Soon as we can find a subsitute for "crossfire". We're looking into "heart failure" and "suicide"."
Dutch ministers have decided against a gradual withdrawal of the nation's peacekeeping troops from Iraq and the mission will end as planned mid-March, it was reported on Monday. Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, Foreign Minister Ben Bot and Defence Minister Henk Kamp met on Monday morning to discuss a proposed gradual withdrawal to ensure a vacuum is not left behind in the Dutch patrol area. But a spokesman for Balkenende later told news agency ANP that the soldiers will be definitely withdrawn as planned in March. The full Cabinet will confirm the decision at its weekly meeting on Friday. The Dutch security responsibilities in the patrol area in the southern Iraqi province al-Muthanna will then be handed over to the British in March.
There's some diplo-maneuvering later in the article. "Several hundred" troops will remain to "dismantle" the camp, and there are rumors the intel people may stay in country...
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01/19/2005 1:01:11 AM ||
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Fair enough. After the new government is confirmed, the Iraqis are supposed to take care of themselves. Dank ye wel!
I wonder how these soldiers will take to being abused by Moslems back home
Sort of like how the American soldiers will respond to leftist abuse here: run for office and quietly change things, permanently. The next 20 years are going to be very interesting. (The Sixty-Eighters got it all their own way for a generation. Now its time for the 9/11-ers.)
Multiple bomb blasts yesterday damaged a bridge over the Indus river, a vital source of water in parched southern Pakistan, police said. Unidentified attackers fixed explosives to the six pillars of the Jamshoro bridge, 170km north of Karachi, police officer Dost Ali Baloch told AFP. "It was quite powerful material which damaged the pillars of the bridge," he said, adding that a protective shield under the bridge averted major destruction. Experts were brought in to assess the damage but traffic was still passing over the bridge, he said.
However, buses were only allowed to carry an extra 40 people on their roofs, instead of the usual 60.
The Jamshoro bridge is on top of the last water barrage at the tail of the Indus river, which supplies much of Pakistan's irrigiation and drinking water needs. No organisation had claimed responsibility for the blast but the police said it was an "act of sheer terrorism."
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01/19/2005 12:57:42 AM ||
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With terror attacks in Israel & Iraq, plus daily news concerning the eventual showdown with nuclear, terrorist Iran, coupled with Syria-Lebanon, the last thing we need is additional problems in nuclear Pakistan.
Posted by: Mark Espinola ||
01/19/2005 1:32 Comments ||
The terrorists almost destroyed the six pillars of Islam.
Posted by: Alaska Paul ||
01/19/2005 2:17 Comments ||
Are jihadi boyz running out of things to blow up? Kinda sounds like a professional deformation. Scratching the itch... Once a jihadi, always a jihadi.
ISLAMABAD Military courts have sentenced at least three Pakistan air force service men to prison terms ranging from two to nine years for alleged links to an outlawed militant group, relatives of the men said yesterday.
No F-16 flights for you boys!
The trials were not announced, but relatives said they had taken place on two southern air force bases between October and December of last year. Military trials in Pakistan are often shrouded in secrecy, and air force spokesman Air Commodore Sarfraz Ahmad would not confirm the court martials. Aslam Khattak, a former air force chief warrant officer and the father of one of the defendants, Nasruminallah Khattak, said the three airmen were charged with giving donations to the banned Sunni extremist group Jaish e-Mohammed, and of receiving small-arms training at the group's camp in Balakot, in northwestern Pakistan. He said his son was innocent.
"He's innocent! Pure as the driven snow!"
The younger Khattak, 18, was sentenced to two years in prison, as was Saeed Alam, 19. Another young airman, Munir Ahmed, was given a nine-year sentence, said Abdus Samad, Ahmed's brother. President Gen. Pervez Musharraf outlawed Jaishe Mohammed in 2001 as part of efforts to end extremism. The three young airmen whose cases came to light yesterday were not apparently involved in any of the attempts on Gen Musharraf's life.
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01/19/2005 12:53:47 AM ||
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No F-16 flights for you boys! That's probably a worse punishment for them than the actual jail time.
A car bomb exploded outside the cement blast barriers of the Australian Embassy in Baghdad on Wednesday, witnesses said. It was not immediately clear if there were any casualties. The blast rocked the capital around 7:00 a.m. and was followed about a half hour later by another explosion, which sent a column of black smoke rising above the eastern part of the city. There was no word on what caused that blast. Officials at the Australian Embassy could not immediately be reached. The embassy is located in Baghdad's central Jadiriyah neighborhood.
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01/19/2005 12:45:16 AM ||
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Lots of noise and smoke, but no casualties, and the barriers weren't breached. Not exactly a success for the Lions of Islam.
It seems to me that the terrorists are going through men and materiel at a frantic pace before the elections. They are using up assets that will be harder and harder to replace. The key in this situation is the Allies' and Iraqis staying power to stay the course. More Iraqis will rat out cells. The bases for action for terrorists are diminishing, witness Fallujah, and now Mosul is being addressed. The tide is turning, but we have to keep the MSM and the LLL of the backs of our military so they can do their job.
Posted by: Alaska Paul ||
01/19/2005 13:47 Comments ||
A Palestinian has blown himself up near a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip, killing one Israeli soldier and wounding seven, Aljazeera reported. Correspondent Wail Dahduh said the wounded had all been evacuated from the scene by helicopter. The Islamic group Hamas claimed responsibility for late Tuesday's attack, which took place at a highway intersection near the Gush Katif settlement bloc in central Gaza. Settlements built on occupied Palestinian territories are considered illegal in the eyes of international law. Witnesses were quoted as saying the bomber approached a group of people at an al-Matahin Road intersection and blew himself up. The military wing of the Hamas resistance movement, Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, said it carried out the operation and identified the Palestinian who blew himself up as Omar Suleiman Tabash from Absan village, near Khan Yunus.
The unofficial armed wing of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' ruling Fatah party announced last night that it will halt its attacks in Israel proper, starting within the next 48 hours. Zacharia Zubeidi, the Jenin commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, said his organization would also consider suspending its attacks in the West Bank if Israel likewise declared an end to its attacks. "If Israel declares a cease-fire ... then we will consider a complete cease-fire," Zubeida told Israel Channel One Television.
His announcement came shortly after Abbas announced he would incorporate the Al-Aqsa Brigades into the official Palestinian security forces to "protect" its members from being pursued by the Israeli Army. Zubeidi and his men backed Abbas during his election campaign and gave him a warm welcome during a visit to Jenin.
NOT good enough. This means they will continue attacks in the territories, since all settlers are considered legitimate targets, even 6 month old "settlers". No, you get no respite till you end ALL violence against Israelis EVERYWHERE.
I can't understand why anyone with a family would want to stay in the territories when Israel is offering to compensate them. I know, family farm and all that - but what kind of person exposes their wife and kids to that great of a risk on a daily basis??
1. Uh, stiff necked people (am kishei oref)? Youre not chasing me out of here kind of people?
2. Its not like Israel "proper" is perfectly safe. And its not like it isnt possible to take precautions in a settlement.
3. People who think of settlement as how Israel "proper" was developed, and who see abandoning settlements in the "territories" as a denial of the entire enterprise of the state.
In any case the compensation stuff is still in progress - its not going to happen overnight, but over several months. And compensation is being offered only for settlers in Gaza, and the northern corner of the West Bank (near Jenin). There is currently NO disengagement from elsewhere in the West Bank, and thus no compensation.
Note well - Im NOT a big fan of the settlement ideology, or of the settlements (apart from those close to Israel "proper" which I think should be annexed). BUT - I know enough about such people, and have enough indirect connections, that their motives are NOT incomprehensible to me.
I wonder if this puzzles people here who think Im some kind of lefty cause I try to understand the motives of various not so nice people in the muslims world (not the terrorists, but the fence sitters who themselves sometimes sympathize with the terrorists, etc) since I also try to understand Israeli settlers and extremists.
Its not that im giving up my principles, so much as I think we understand more if we use our imaginations and try to see the world from a different POV - can even help us make better strategic decisions.
A British soldier, one of three accused of abusing Iraqi civilians in their custody, has pleaded guilty to one charge of assault at the start of a court martial. The soldiers from the Royal Fusiliers regiment were charged on Tuesday in the UK with mistreating civilians at a food depot, known as the Bread Basket, outside the southern Iraqi city of Basra on or around 15 May 2003. The troops had been sent to stop looters who were stealing food aid from a warehouse.
The bulk of the evidence in the case is a package of around 22 photographs taken by servicemen at the food depot. One photograph shows two Iraqi men being forced to simulate sex acts while another depicts a man tied to a forklift truck. Lance Corporal Darren Larkin pleaded guilty to battery for assaulting an unknown male but denied a separate charge of disgraceful conduct of an indecent kind. "He is ashamed of his unacceptable act," his lawyer William England told the seven-member military panel sitting at Roberts Barracks. "He realises he has brought shame on his family and his regiment."
this must go all the way up to minister of defense donald rumsfeld and prime minister george w. bush--they only get the small fry
Posted by: SON OF TOLUI ||
01/19/2005 2:06 Comments ||
Maybe because only the small fry is guilty?
P.S. SOMEONE track SON OF TOLUI's IP and route it to Homeland Security ... or someone who'll actually do something about it.
Posted by: Edward Yee ||
01/19/2005 4:00 Comments ||
Looks like someone needs a good long stint in The Roundhouse to contemplate the consequences of their actions. Lets hope this doesn't place the rest of the lads in danger. Son of T - please use opening and closing irony tags.
Posted by: Howard UK ||
01/19/2005 10:41 Comments ||
Roundhouse - wtf!! Got violence on me mind..Glasshouse.. duh!
Posted by: Howard UK ||
01/19/2005 10:42 Comments ||
Maybe because only the small fry is guilty?
Apparently, SOT must think that each and every order originates solely at the top.
SOT's father must be pretty damned clueless, to say the least.
Unknown assailants in southern Iraq have gunned down two more candidates running for the political coalition of interim prime minister Iyad Allawi in the 30 January elections. Alaa Hamid, who was running on Allawi's slate of candidates for the 275-member National Assembly, was shot dead Monday in the southern port city of Basra in front of his family. A second candidate, Riad Radi, was also shot dead. Radi was planning to run in a local race for Basra's provincial council on a list supported by Allawi's party. Masked gunmen fired on his car on Sunday as he was driving home.
Various Islamist groups opposed to holding elections while US troops remain in the country have warned candidates not to run. With less than two weeks until the vote, many candidates have not even announced they are running for fear of being attacked.
does it really help SCIRI that much? - the elections are nationwide Prop. Rep, so if people are mainly voting based on the leaders, this shouldnt hurt Allawis votes. More likely the usual Sunni insurgents.
Not this time I'd wager, Lh. Have you read the al Jazeera article linked to above? The location suggests a higher chance of Shia perps being responsible, and Basra's the Iranian-inspired and Iranian thugs' turf. This was most likely Shia-on-Shia.
('Selma' was me, btw - tripping over cookies once again (was going to post something relating to Sideshow Bob and his German language tattoos yesterday, but never got round to hitting the button).)
A car bomb has exploded in south Baghdad, killing four guards and injuring eight people near the offices of a leading Iraqi Shia party, Aljazeera reports. Tuesday's bomb exploded by a checkpoint barrier about 60m from the headquarters of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), an important Shia party. "A suicide bomber tried to drive into the Jadriyah office of SCIRI," Haitham al-Hussaini, a spokesman for the party, said. Rida Jawad Taqi, head of SCIRI's political relations, told Aljazeera: "Terrorists and extremists from al-Qaida and al-Zarqawi groups are behind the attack, particularly those coming from outside Iraq." Iraqi journalist Ziyad al-Samarrai told Aljazeera the number of casualties might rise as the blast occurred near Baghdad University, which is usually crowded with students. Al-Samarrai said that the bomb probably targeted the SCIRI office and that the building was damaged in the explosion.
An Iraqi group calling itself The Islamic Resistance Group in Iraq - al-Numan Brigades has posted a videotape on its website showing what it called eight Chinese captives and alleging that they were working with US forces in Iraq. A spokesman for the captors threatened to kill the eight Chinese within 48 hours unless China clarifies its role in Iraq. Also Tuesday, one of interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's candidates in the 30 January elections was killed in the southern city of Basra, officials in Baghdad and Basra said. The officials, who did not give the name of the victim, said he was killed on Tuesday morning. Fighters trying to derail Iraq's election have repeatedly attacked government officials and election workers.
Not much they can do. The reality is that most countries don't have very palatable options when their nationals are kidnapped. It doesn't make sense to risk the lives of hundreds of troops (if they're allowed in-country) to rescue 8 people. And if the Chinese knew where the hostages were, they would be better off having GI's carry out the rescue - that way some of the hostages actually make it out alive. I can almost guarantee that we have better intelligence in Iraq than the Chinese do.
The one thing they can do that we can't is talk to Saddam's henchmen (via backchannels), who are undoubtedly indebted to the Chinese for their assistance throughout the post-Desert Storm sanctions. These guys will want to keep good relations with the Chinese government in case they ever return to power. China can also work out a deal where they provide free weaponry to the guerrillas in exchange for their people.
The criminals in Iraq, don't all have the same agenda. So no country is really safe from these kidnappings. The only thing people can do is make it not worth it for the criminals. Send trops. The one agenda they all have is get the coalition out. If they kidnap, and countries sent trouops, they would realize the kidnappings ain't working.
Technically, you are correct Edward Yee (#3), the military's army is about 2 million, however I was simply refering to the vast potential of civilian male reserves between 18 and 40 that China could 'tap' in a draft of national security defense! And being sarcastic about their international help!
Police officers yesterday arrested a suspected terrorist in Mombasa. Detectives arrested the suspect at Likoni in South Coast, where he has been living after arriving in Kenya from Yemen one month ago. The suspect, sources said, was being hidden by some people in Likoni at a place where suspected terrorists were believed to have hidden before they bombed the Paradise Hotel in Kikambala in 2002. The suspect is a Yemeni, police sources said.
Last month, a former Algerian army man was arrested in Kwale on suspicion he was a terrorist. The Islamic teacher was arrested by the Anti-Terrorist Police Unit on suspicion he had been communicating with one of the most wanted terrorists, Harun Faizul. Police also suspected that the teacher, who is the principal of Islamic Centre at Waa, was a member of Armed Islamic Group who fled Algeria in 1991 after the Government outlawed the Islamic Salvation Front. Police suspected that Haji who stays in Mombasa's Old Town is a member of the Osama Bin Laden-led Al Qaeda. Haji was, however, released from custody after he successfully applied for it. But since his release in December, police are yet to return his work permit and passport and other documents. The man who has been in Kenya for 10 years is married to a local and claimed that even the Algerian Embassy had confirmed he is not a wanted man in Algeria.
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QUETTA: Two small homemade bombs exploded in a bazaar in Gwadar, shattering windows, police said on Tuesday. No one was reported injured. The explosions occured about 15 minutes apart late on Monday. Mir Azad Baloch, spokesman of the Balochistan National Army, claimed responsibility for the explosions in a telephone call to the Quetta Press Club. Both bombs were planted in garbage bins in a street in Gwadar, said Shakil Durrani, a senior police official. Azad Baloch threatened more bombings if the government launches a military operation. Meanwhile, a rocket was fired at the FC camp in Nuskhi on Tuesday night but it fell near the district coordination officer's house. Nushki police said there was no loss of life or property.
ISLAMABAD: Military courts have sentenced three PAF servicemen to prison for alleged links to Jaish-e-Muhammad, relatives of the men said on Tuesday. The trials were not announced, but relatives said they had taken place between October and December. Nasruminallah Khattak, 18, and Saeed Alam, 19, was sentenced to two years in prison. Munir Ahmed was given a nine-year sentence.
Given their ages, I'd assume they're all small fry.
Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said on Tuesday that the situation in Sui was normal and gas was being restored to all parts of the country. Talking to Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Yousaf about the province's situation, he expressed satisfaction over the situation in Balochistan, saying the government wanted to restore gas as soon as possible so that the province could earn GST and royalty and the lives of the people would improve. The leaders also talked about setting up an industrial zone in Gwadar with the prime minister saying that work on the project would start soon and it would generate employment opportunities for the people of the area. Progress on all current development projects in Gwadar, Quetta, Chaman, Zhob and other areas was also reviewed. Balochistan Finance Minister Ehsan Shah and Health Minister Hafiz Hamadullah accompanied Jam Yousaf.
Meanwhile, thousands of Baloch tribesmen armed with weapons reached Dera Bugti after the provincial government requested the federal government to deploy federal security forces in the area. A VOA report on Tuesday said that about 20,000 to 25,000 Bugtis reached the area after FC contingents were sent to Dera Bugti. Law enforcement agencies have set up checkpoints in Sui and are monitoring people movement.
A day of violence left nine people including five militants, a Lashkar-e-Taiba commander and an election candidate dead in gunbattles and bomb attacks in held Kashmir, authorities said on Tuesday. Indian border guards suspected early on Tuesday that several militants were sneaking into Indian territory in the mountainous Achhar sector, near the Line of Control (LoC) that divides the two Kashmirs, said BD Sharma, inspector general of the Border Security Force. "We detected an infiltration bid last night in Poonch district and five infiltrators have been killed," Sharma told The Associated Press, adding it was the biggest attempt by militants this year to enter Kashmir.
The mortar fire from the Pak side of the border may have been the tip-off...
Sharma said the infiltrators were detected near an electrified barbed-wire fence that India has constructed to stop fighters from entering Pakistan. It covers 580 kms of the 745-km LoC. An Indian army truck was blown up later on Tuesday by an improvised explosive device in nearby Jugal-Sukhi village, killing a soldier and injuring two others, Sharma said.
Looks like some got through...
The local commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba group and another militant was shot dead by Indian soldiers in Doda. The slain commander was identified as Farooq Mir, but Sharma couldn't confirm his identity. Meanwhile, suspected militants overnight shot dead a candidate in next month's municipal polls, AFP reported. Noorudin Sherwani was ambushed in Baramulla as he was returning from a mosque, police said. He was the first candidate to be killed by militants opposed to the municipal elections. Sherwani belonged to the state government's coalition partner Congress, which also rules India nationally.
GUWAHATI: India's army said on Tuesday it had killed 126 separatist rebels and captured several hundred more in a crackdown begun three months ago in the revolt-hit northeastern state of Manipur. Since operations intensified in October, 459 rebels have been captured in Manipur, one of seven remote northeastern states that are hotbeds of ethnic and tribal fighting for autonomy or independence, the army said. Soldiers have smashed key rebel bases belonging to the outlawed United National Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and the Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup, the army said in a statement. "The rebels are on the run and we are getting full cooperation from Myanmar", which is preventing insurgents from sneaking across the border, the statement said.
KARACHI: Multiple bomb blasts on Tuesday damaged a bridge over the Indus River, police said. Unidentified attackers fixed explosives to the six pillars of the Jamshoro bridge, 170 kilometres north of Karachi, police officer Dost Ali Baloch said. "It was quite powerful material which damaged the pillars of the bridge," he said, adding that a protective shield under the bridge averted major destruction. Experts were brought in to assess the damage but traffic was still passing over the bridge, he said. The Jamshoro bridge is on top of the last water barrage at the tail of the Indus river, which supplies much of Pakistan's irrigation and drinking water needs. No organisation had claimed responsibility for the blast but the police said it was an "act of sheer terrorism."
Two suspected militants were killed while planting a bomb by the roadside in Makeen, military spokesman Major General Shaukat Sultan told Daily Times on Tuesday. He said the two militants died as they left an improvised explosive device on a road used by government and military vehicles. Maj Gen Sultan said that the bomb exploded late on Monday and the security forces found the two bodies on Tuesday morning. He suspected that both militants were foreigners.
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