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Largest Military Offensive In Afghanistan Begins
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 02/10/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [18204 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Happy Birthday 02/09

Gone to the Big Gam Locker in the Sky

Peggy Wood aka Mother Abbess in the "The Sound Of Music"

Heather Angel aka Phyllis Clavering in the "Bulldog Drummond Series"

Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha aka Carmen Miranda



Zelma Kathryn Elisabeth Hedrick aka Kathryn Grayson (88)


Mia Farrow, Rosemary in "Rosemary's Baby" (65)



Judith Light aka Donnelly on "Law & Order" (61)


Sharon Case aka Sharon Newman on "The Young and the Restless" (39)



Daily Gam Shot
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 02/10/2010 3:01 Comments || Top||

#2  Happy Birthday 02/10

Gone to the Big Gam Locker in the Sky

Stella Adler, Marlon Brando's first professional acting teacher.



Francesca Neri aka Selena "Collateral Damage" (46)


Daily Gam Shot

Tiger Woods in disguise?


Laura Dern, Dr. Ellie Sattler in "Jurassic Park" (43)



Elizabeth Banks aka Betty Brant in "Spiderman Series" (36)


Daily Gam Shot


Keeley Hawes aka Tamara in "The Avengers" (34)
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 02/10/2010 3:04 Comments || Top||

#3  Lilyan Tashman, swung the bat from both sides of the plate.



Satin Doll

Has she seen Pauline Starke nekkid?

Daily Gam Shot

With her second husband and his boyfriend?

For Fred's "Women Who Bathe" Collection

Nightie Night

Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 02/10/2010 3:51 Comments || Top||

#4  a good day for birthdays!
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/10/2010 5:12 Comments || Top||

#5  There was no RDS&TP yesterday. No gams, no women who bathe, no nightie-night either. My life felt strangely incomplete.
Posted by: Mike || 02/10/2010 9:46 Comments || Top||

#6  Don't forget that Heather Angel was the voice of "Alice" in the Disney animated version of "Alice in Wonderland" also she was in "Lifeboat".

I loved the Bulldog Drummond stuff when I was a kid, they would show those movies on saturday morning TV in Houston.
Posted by: James Carville || 02/10/2010 10:23 Comments || Top||

#7  I forgot to upload yesterday's bloid, then spent most of the day chasing a single bug and didn't notice it wasn't there. Doc usually picks it up when I do that so I guess he was busy, too, which leaves Scooter, who musta also been busy...
Posted by: Fred || 02/10/2010 10:51 Comments || Top||

#8  An open letter to Fred
Apparently I've been blocked by Gloria? (Pink)

I find it unlike the "Burg" to refuse emails from my home computer.

This Violates all that the "Burg" stands for, such dictatorial peactices are a Violaton of free speech , Setting a computer to refuse emails ammounts to dictatorial Cesorsip akin to Castro, Chaez, and Ortega, NOT FRED, In short refusing to allow any appeal, or in fact any communications at all.

I suspect this was done without Fred's knowledge or approval, and ask that this acion (Not being allowed to "Speak") be reiewed by Fred as a Violation of both policy, and ciility.

I had thought the Burg better than this.

Jim David
Redneck Jim
PS Don't bother to block this computer too, it's at the Library, and there are quite a few different libraries in My area
Posted by: mstrmech || 02/10/2010 16:38 Comments || Top||

#9  Ditto the same on more than one occasion # 9.
Things happen I guess.
Posted by: Dale || 02/10/2010 17:03 Comments || Top||

#10  I haven't banned you, nor has Gloria. How'd you know it was her? As far as I know no one else has, and your IP's not in the "banned" file.

Email me at fred-dot-pruitt-at-gmail-dot-com with details. Same with you, Dale.

The last non-spammer I can recall being banned was Zenster, and I wasn't happy with that. I prefer to sinktrap individual comments that go over the line.
Posted by: Fred || 02/10/2010 18:19 Comments || Top||

#11  Alabama has a library? Who knew?
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/10/2010 20:24 Comments || Top||

#12  For the record, it wasn't Gloria who banned redneck jim
Posted by: badanov || 02/10/2010 21:40 Comments || Top||

#13  And the reason for doing so has been explained to him privately.
Posted by: lotp || 02/10/2010 21:55 Comments || Top||

#14  Equally for the record, Mr. David, it was the moderators in conference who got tired of being baited. I missed it, or I would have voted aye, once I found out what the things you wrote meant -- the vocabulary was new to me.

Bottom line, THIS IS NOT A FREEDOM OF SPEECH ISSUE. So all of you, please shut the fuck up about your Constitutional rights. Constitutional rights are what you have in a government building or a public square patrolled by the police, not Fred's private living room. You can tell it's private, because with a couple of keystrokes he could shut the door to all of us, and never have to put up with such nonsense again. Contrariwise, Constitutional rights are what bratty teenagers complain are being taken away when they don't get to wear miniskirts to necking parties.

*clue bat returned to rest position.* Excuse me while I go in the corner and cry over having to yell.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/10/2010 22:24 Comments || Top||

#15  heh - TW said "fuck". Ima secretly pleased
Posted by: Frank G || 02/10/2010 22:35 Comments || Top||

#16  Strong language for strong feelings, Frank. When I curse it is a sign that I am seriously angry. It would be a good idea to walk very carefully through that minefield.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/10/2010 22:47 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Howitzer Call-for-Fire Drills, Helmand Province, Afghanistan
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 02/10/2010 16:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [347 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Oh damn, that's hard work. Gun bunnies do more power lifting in a day than I would be comfortable with in a year.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 02/10/2010 16:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Heh.

"We make it unfair. Nothing can withstand the Marine-Air-Ground Task force."
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 02/10/2010 17:14 Comments || Top||


Largest Military Offensive In Afghanistan Begins
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 02/10/2010 06:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [815 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Good luck chaps n ladies, think about you every day.
Posted by: Oscar || 02/10/2010 9:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Y'all are not alone.

Stay sharp, good decisions, get'm good.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/10/2010 11:32 Comments || Top||

#3  I don't think the offensive has in fact started. This is simply a report on preparations. Or did I miss something?
Posted by: Pstanley || 02/10/2010 13:19 Comments || Top||

#4  Best of luck to the troops!

I'm somewhat skeptical though. Is this offensive conducted under McChrystal's general ROE or are there specific (more robust) ROE for this operation?

There will certainly be some civilians, or Taliban pretending to be civilians in the city once the fighting starts, and they will be in harms way.
Posted by: Jort Munster5255 || 02/10/2010 13:30 Comments || Top||

#5  "There are no marines in Marjah!"

/Kandahar Bob
Posted by: Frank G || 02/10/2010 19:05 Comments || Top||

#6  All this publicity makes me this thing is set up for failure. I hope not for the troops sake. Even though I think the war on the Taliban/Pashtuns is doomed to failure.
Posted by: phil_b || 02/10/2010 20:49 Comments || Top||

#7  There is another psychological impact of telling them we are coming. First of all, it completely neutralizes any of their intelligence that might have warned them in advance. By assuming that they would have found out anyway and making a show out of the buildup, at least a certain segment of Taliban intelligence collection is mooted.

But more importantly, if we say we are going to kick their asses and then go about doing so, there is a certain amount of loss of credibility among the civilian population that they will find hard to get back. They have been sitting there in that town clinking their bottles taunting our warriors to come out and play (somewhat obscure movie reference). In the meantime, reinforcements have been arriving by the planeload. They are, I believe, going to discover themselves surrounded before the battle begins in earnest.

Posted by: crosspatch || 02/10/2010 23:32 Comments || Top||


1st Battalion 6th Marines - What we pack
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 02/10/2010 06:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [486 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Gotta love even a self-described POGUE carrying 500+ rounds of 5.56mm. I hope he gets to use all of it!
Posted by: Grunt_0369 || 02/10/2010 7:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Yomp tab yomp tab
Posted by: Oscar || 02/10/2010 8:59 Comments || Top||

#3  Would you be so kind as to translate that, Oscar? My vocabulary is clearly still incomplete.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/10/2010 9:08 Comments || Top||

#4  Yomp - Royal Marine slang for Tactical Advance to Battle (tab).. A march with full battle gear and everything you need for survival in the wilds

I believe over on your side of the pond its called 'humping'
Posted by: Oscar || 02/10/2010 9:21 Comments || Top||

#5  Humping correct. 500 rounds 5.56 is not too much, more is more common.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 02/10/2010 9:36 Comments || Top||

#6  Thank you, gentlemen. I didn't know either term, so now my vocabulary is doubly enriched.

Happy hunting to all involved! May all that ordnance find worthwhile targets.

Posted by: trailing wife || 02/10/2010 11:21 Comments || Top||

#7  Yup. "Hump that pack up the trail, troop!"
Posted by: mojo || 02/10/2010 16:27 Comments || Top||

#8  I stand behind my statement: 500+ rounds for a POGUE is a more than usual. 99% of POGUES won't fire that much in their entire deployment. That's why I said I hope he gets to use all of it.

Get some!
Posted by: Grunt_0369 || 02/10/2010 19:35 Comments || Top||

#9  Ammo loadout depends on the unit. In the Cav we always carried a ton, 600 per man even with HQ units, but half that was in the track still on bandoliers. Nice thing about being armored Cav, the only thing we humped were TOW missles when we dismounted. "Scout DISMOUNT!". 300m dash with a frikken TOW missile, and full battle rattle including chem gear and mask packed along, enough to tear your lungs up, especially in sand. I remeber one of the better things about making NCO was I got to carry the launcher and only had to run once, instead of humping 2 TOW rounds on 2 trips.

Airborne was a different story. Everyone carried full battle load, because you never knew where you'd land, so everyone had to have full ammo (lesson learned at Normandy and passed down ever since)
Posted by: OldSpook || 02/10/2010 20:30 Comments || Top||

#10  True OS, I was 173rd and 82nd, so my point of view may be skewed. What you carried was all you were going to get.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 02/10/2010 22:42 Comments || Top||


Pakistan Is Said to Pursue Role in Afghan Talks
Like a dog chasing a car, what would they do if they caught it?
Posted by: Ebbiling Gleans5974 || 02/10/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [360 views] Top|| File under:


Keep "Heads Down" in Helmand Offensive: NATO
[Quqnoos] NATO warns Afghan civilians to "keep their heads down" when a major joint military offensive begins in Helmand province. Mark Sedwill, NATO's senior civilian representative in Afghanistan, admitted on Tuesday that the offensive was likely to prompt more people to leave the area.

The fighting around the town of Marjah -- a key Taliban stronghold and a hub for nacro-trade -- is expected to be one of the largest since the collapse of the Taliban. Thousands of US Marines, NATO and Afghan troops are massed in the province for Operation Mushtarak which aims to drive Taliban out of Marjah.

"We very much hope that the military phase of this operation will go ahead swiftly and with as little incident as possible," Sedwell told reporters in a briefing at NATO headquarters in Kabul. "The success of the operation will not be in the military phase.

"It will be over the next weeks and months as the people ... feel the benefits of better governance, of economic opportunities and of operating under the legitimate authorities of Afghanistan," he said.

Gulab Mangal, Helmand's provincial governor, said a commission has been formed to handle the flow of displaced people.

"The commission is fully prepared. We have got tents. We've got food. We've got everything in place," he said at the joint news conference with Sedwill on Tuesday. "So far we have had two waves of displaced people from the area - 72 and 92 families."

Authorities have not advised people to leave the Marjah area but have warned them to stay inside and avoid road travel once the operation begins. "The message to the people of the area is of course keep your heads down, stay inside when the operation is going ahead," Sedwell said.
Posted by: Fred || 02/10/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [354 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Somalia: Islamist politician's home 'attacked'
The home of Somalia's Islamic Party leader Sheikh Oman Fidow Hassan was firebombed near the capital Mogadishu on Tuesday, the country's Radio Shabelle reported.
So there you have it: his home was "attacked" with a "bomb."
Hassan and his family were not at home at the time and no casualties were reported in the attack on Afgoi village, 30 kms south of Mogadishu, the radio reported.
They were "out."
Villagers said the attack caused a deafening explosion that was heard several kilometres away.
The "explosion" was deafening.
"It's not the first time that we've been attacked liked this. Next time I will tell you who ordered the attack," an unnamed villager was quoted telling Radio Shabelle.
We'll be "waiting."
Posted by: Fred || 02/10/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [359 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

#1  Some explosives can be pretty sensitive about how they are stored.
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/10/2010 7:49 Comments || Top||


Somali pirates free Panamanian ship, crew
A ransom of 3.1 million dollars has secured the release of a Panamanian-flagged ship and its crew of 26, said the Somali pirates holding the ship since October.
"Aaar! Rum fer everybody! The check's cleared!"
The 22,000-ton bulk carrier, Al Khaliq, was seized on October 22, some 180 nautical miles from Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. The ship's crew is said to consist of 24 Indians and two Burmese.

Pirate leaders in the pirate den of Harardhere, north of the capital Mogadishu, told the media by phone that the ship had been deserted following the payment.

Other sources confirmed that the ship was free.

A fisherman told the AFP that he had seen some of the pirates returning ashore from the ship with bags of cash.

The sea bandits are currently holding 11 foreign vessels together with more than 200 crew members, and have made millions of dollars in the past weeks in exchange for several ships.

In one instance, the pirates received seven million dollars for the 330-metre-long Greek supertanker hijacked last month.

Despite an international naval presence off the coast of Somalia to take on the rising piracy in one the world's busiest shipping lanes, Somali pirates were responsible for more than half of the 406 hijacking attacks worldwide last year, showing an alarming 40 percent increase, according to figures from the International Maritime Bureau.
Posted by: Fred || 02/10/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [328 views] Top|| File under: Pirates


Africa North
Mali rejects al-Qaeda demands
[Maghrebia] Mali will not concede to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb's demands to free four jailed terrorists in exchange for French hostage Pierre Camatte, AFP reported on Monday (February 8th), citing security sources in Bamako. Among the 4 prisoners is an Algerian said to be a "high-ranking" AQIM member. Last Friday, al-Qaeda extended the deadline for executing Camatte to February 20th.

In related news, the $5 million ransom demanded by AQIM for three kidnapped aid workers should arrive in Mali from Spain this week, Spanish daily El Mundo reported on Monday. Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's son, Seif al-Islam, will reportedly mediate the exchange.
Posted by: Fred || 02/10/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [338 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa

#1  Kudos to Mali for showing some backbone. Satisfying to see Al Qaeda looking weak, postponing deadlines, being cry-babies. Wish Spain would be as tough as Mali.
Posted by: American Delight || 02/10/2010 18:17 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
Somali forces 'kill al-Qaeda man' - Amar Ibrahim
Posted by: Ebbiling Gleans5974 || 02/10/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [369 views] Top|| File under:


Europe
Spain frees Moroccan allegedly linked to Madrid bombing
[Maghrebia] The Spanish Supreme Court on Monday (February 8th) acquitted Moroccan-born Mohamed El Idrissi, one of four terrorists convicted of helping one of the 2004 Madrid bombers to escape, MAP reported. The court upheld the sentences of Algerian Kamal Ahbar and Moroccan Samir Tahtah for recruiting suicide bombers for Iraq. The Maghreb men were arrested when their terrorist network was dismantled in Barcelona in 2005.
Posted by: Fred || 02/10/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [354 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Europe

#1  So how do you acquit someone who has already been convicted? And what does the prison time to? About 16 hours per dead and injured.
Posted by: ed || 02/10/2010 8:42 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
NYPD World Trade Center 9/11 Aerials
Posted by: ed || 02/10/2010 12:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [350 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Thank you, Ed.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 02/10/2010 15:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Never forgive, never forget

I learned everything i needed to know about Islam on 9/11.
Posted by: bman || 02/10/2010 16:08 Comments || Top||

#3  --thanks, Ed. I shared it with all my friends on facebook.
Posted by: Tom- Pa || 02/10/2010 16:14 Comments || Top||

#4  I learned everything i needed to know about Islam on 9/11.

This will be my quote of the week
Posted by: Hammerhead || 02/10/2010 19:04 Comments || Top||

#5  But, but, but we can't show these pictures!

It might inflame the rednecks people!

/Lefties & MSM (but I repeat myself)
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 02/10/2010 19:28 Comments || Top||

#6  They certainly inflame me.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 02/10/2010 20:50 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Maulvi Noor Jamal said next in barrel after Hakimullah Mehsud's death confirmed
[Dawn] Sources said that Maulvi Noor Jamal has been nominated as Hakimullah Mehsud's succesor.
"Into the barrel wit' yez, Nur!"
Maluvi Noor Jamal! C'mon down!!
"You look like a man who needs life insurance to cover all your wives and kiddies!"
Maulvi Noor Jamal is a native of the Orakzai Agency and rose to power as the leader of the Taliban in the Kurram tribal area. He was also given responsibilities for Orakzai when the military began the Waziristan offensive in October.

Jamal is in his late thirties and was a maulana at a local madrassah before he was made the leader of the Taliban in Kurram.
"What do you mean, you haven't done your homework?"
He had a close relationship with Mehsud and is known for his brutality.
[SLAP! SLAP! SLAPPETY SLAP!]
"Owwwww!"

One resident who left Khurram for fear of being wanted by him said Jamal "...kills humans like one will kill chickens."
[BANG!]
"Aaaiiieee! [Thud!]"

Jamal is also the man who is allegedly overseeing the flogging of two men and a teenage boy in a recently broadcast video.

This article starring:
Maulvi Noor Jamal
Posted by: Fred || 02/10/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [874 views] Top|| File under: TTP

#1  Hmm... Asia Times was betting on "Qari Hussain Ahmed Mehsud, 22".
....

Along with Hakeemullah Mehsud, other hardline commanders emerged, such as the brutal Qari Hussain Ahmed Mehsud, the chief of suicide bombers. The militants who had moved from South Waziristan, mainly to North Waziristan and Orakzai Agency, practically abandoned their "Pakistani" dispensation as they moved closer to al-Qaeda or its allied groups.

A suicide attack this year on a US Central Intelligence Agency base in Khost province in Afghanistan, in which several top agents were killed, is an example in which several North Waziristan-based groups joined hands. These included al-Qaeda's Lashkar al-Zil (Shadow Army), headed by Ilyas Kashmiri and Hakeemullah.
Unlike Baitullah Mehsud, Hakeemullah never saw himself as a tribal warlord of any particular region; he moved around a lot, never staying in one place for too long.

If Hakeemullah is dead, Qari Hussain Ahmed Mehsud, 22, is likely to take over his position, which is now centered on spreading the Takfeeri ideology and which calls for attacks from Kabul to Karachi. Qari Hussain has already personally undertaken such work in Swat and other Pakistani tribal areas.

Syed Saleem Shahzad is Asia Times Online's Pakistan Bureau Chief. He can be reached at saleem_shahzad2002@yahoo.com
Posted by: 3dc || 02/10/2010 0:09 Comments || Top||

#2  The Mehsud's: The Kennedy's of the Wazoos...
Posted by: tu3031 || 02/10/2010 0:20 Comments || Top||

#3  Vacancy at Retards inc.

A vacancy has arisen in the Wazoo, the applicant must demonstrate the ability to :

communicate at all levels of management, particularly G.O.A.T.S

an ability for planning and organizing of training young boys to kill themselves randomly for no intelligable purpose

managing information or general administration support of disorganised bunch of psychotic rabble who have consumed far too many drugs

monitoring and reporting whatever sick idea floats your boat

evaluating and decision-making from a cave with no comms allowed

financial budgeting and control the local population by beatings and murder

producing and distributing vast quantities of heroine

maintaining/repairing absolutely nothing

quality control for the production of more brainwashed boy-drones

health and safety using equipment and systems , non existant

creating and developing mayhem in the name of a cult

self-development opportunity for short periods

plus any responsibilities associated with the post

Fixed term contract , subject to change
Posted by: Oscar || 02/10/2010 4:51 Comments || Top||

#4  Who ever it is, please pick up your leadership vestments.
Posted by: ed || 02/10/2010 8:24 Comments || Top||

#5  FYI the TTP is rejecting any claim that Hakeemullah is dead, ala DAILY TIMES.PK.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 02/10/2010 22:02 Comments || Top||


Mangal Bagh's nephew arrested in Bara tehsil
[Dawn] Security forces arrested a militant commander on Tuesday who also happens to be the nephew of Lashkar-e-Islam leader Mangal Bagh during a search operation in Bara Tehsil.

According to an FC official, the action was taken on a tip-off and the arrested militant has been shifted to an unknown location for investigation.

An operation is underway since the past few months and security forces claimed that they have killed at least 100 militants and arrested over 200.

A curfew has been placed in Bara Tehsil while security forces target militant hideouts in the area.
Posted by: Fred || 02/10/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [410 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Israeli warplanes strike southern Gaza
Israeli warplanes attacked targets near Egypt's borders in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, Palestinian witnesses and security sources said early Wednesday.

Minutes before midnight, F-16 jets dropped a bomb on a smuggling tunnel beneath the borders, used by Palestinians to bring in various goods into the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip, witnesses said. Shortly afterwards, the planes fired three missiles at destroyed installations that once served as Gaza's airport in southeastern Rafah, security sources added.

On Tuesday night, a home-made rocket fired from Gaza landed in southern Israel, causing no damage. The Israeli attacks in Rafah apparently came in response to the rocket-fire which was claimed by a previously-unknown Islamist Salafi group.
Posted by: ryuge || 02/10/2010 06:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [355 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The Israeli attacks in Rafah apparently came in response to the rocket-fire

Written by somebody who's apparently human.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/10/2010 10:01 Comments || Top||

#2  The tipping point in Gaza will come soon. The population of Gaza will have to decide whether Hamas is their best option or is it peace.
The Israelis would do well to continuously remind the Gazans (and the whole world for that matter) that the blockade will be lifted as soon as the attacks stop. Israel left Gaza in an attempt to find a peaceful solution. Land for Peace. This was met with scorn and thousands of rockets shot into Israel. Israel really has no choice. Every country has the right to protect it's citizens. There must be penalties in place as a result of Hamas Gaza's bad behavior. The world must stop funding terror in the middle east. Especially the UN.
Posted by: Mike Hunt || 02/10/2010 12:10 Comments || Top||

#3  "Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip"

Gee, it's too bad Gaza doesn't have any other place they could get goods & services from except Israel. If only Egypt were next door....
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 02/10/2010 12:53 Comments || Top||

#4  The tipping point in Gaza will come soon.

I disagree. There is still a lot of foreign money flowing into a very small area, and the flow of that money is controlled by Hamas. The only possible alternate power is the PA, which is not competent to do much of anything.
Posted by: Pstanley || 02/10/2010 13:47 Comments || Top||

#5  From the report: Shortly afterwards, the planes fired three missiles at destroyed installations that once served as Gaza's airport in southeastern Rafah, security sources added. Hmm. That's interesting.
Posted by: Pstanley || 02/10/2010 13:48 Comments || Top||


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This is not your father's Huey
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#1  Four blades; no more whup whup whup....
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Southeast Asia
Three killed, two wounded in southern Thailand
Terrorists Suspected militants shot dead two Muslims and a Buddhist and wounded two other men in a fresh series of gun attacks in Thailand's troubled south on Wednesday, police said.

A 45-year-old Muslim villager was killed instantly when two men on a motorcycle opened fire as he rode his motorbike home from a mosque in the province of Pattani. In a similar attack in Pattani, terrorists suspected militants shot the assistant to a village leader, a 47-year-old Muslim man, as he rode home from a market. He later died of his injuries.

A 47-year-old former government volunteer was also shot dead by two gunmen at a bird singing competition in Pattani.

At least three terrorists suspected militants in neighbouring Yala province hid by a roadside and fired at a car carrying a 35-year-old Buddhist soldier and a 39-year-old village leader, wounding them both.
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#1  ION DAILY TIMES.PK > ELECTIONS MEAN NOTHIN TO MYANMAR'S ETHNIC ARMIES, nor does the STATE NAME "MYANMAR/BURMA" = STATE NATIONALISM.

ITO there are only LOCAL ETHNIC GROUPS [self-srule?], NOT ANY COMMMON STATE, NATION OR COUNTRY CONCEPT-IDEA KNOWN AS "MYANMAR/BURMA"???

* SAME > BANGLADESH GENERAL: ELECTIONS ARE A SLOW STEADY DEATH.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 02/10/2010 22:08 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Two Mousavi aides released from prison
Two senior aides to Iran's defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi have been released from prison.

Alireza Beheshti and Mohamad-Reza Tajik were both released on bail, the website of the Tehran judiciary announced on Tuesday.

The statement did not elaborate on the amount of the bail for the two men.

Beheshti, the son of the late Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti, the martyred head of Iran's judiciary in June 1981, was arrested more than a month ago.

Tajik, who has served as vice president of the Strategic Studies Center during President Khatami's government, was also among the dozens of people detained for involvement in the post-election riots in Iran.
Posted by: Fred || 02/10/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [329 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran



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