Also featured prominently in Clancy's Hunt for Red October and Red Storm Rising, for that reason, I suspect. Admiral Greer, in both books, was also named after an important WW II vessel Greer, and an earlier Admiral, too, it seems.
This day in history:
1781 - The Continental Congress adopts the Articles of Confederation.
1811 - Leaders of the Mameluke dynasty are killed by Egyptian ruler Muhammad Ali. (Mameluke's source of Marine Officers sword)
1845 - President John Tyler signs a bill authorizing the United States to annex the Republic of Texas.
1847 - The state of Michigan formally abolishes capital punishment. (Look at them today)
1872 - Yellowstone National Park is established as the world's first national park.
1936 - The Hoover Dam is completed.
1946 - The Bank of England is nationalised. (Again)
1953 - Joseph Stalin suffers a stroke and collapses. He dies four days later.
1971 - A bomb explodes in a men's room in the United States Capitol: the Weather Underground claims responsibility. (Obama's buddy Ayers?)
2002 - U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda begins in eastern Afghanistan.
The first signs of a Pakistani footprint is showing up in the bloody mutiny that shook Bangladesh this week. As mass graves continue to spew forth more bloody tales - 10 more bodies have been recovered, bringing the toll to 76 - what is emerging slowly is a larger design behind the apparently senseless killing over the past couple of days.
The preliminary interrogation of some of the rebels has thrown up the name of Salauddin Qadeer Chowdhury, a well-known shipping magnate and reportedly very close to the Pakistan military-intelligence complex and the opposition BNP. According to sources monitoring the situation, about one crore taka has already changed hands to help the mutiny along.
Chowdhury, a close associate of opposition BNP leader Begum Khaleda Zia, was closely connected to the Chittagong arms drop case of April 2004 - the arms were apparently intended for ULFA. The ships were caught carrying the arms.
Salauddin Chowdhury, belonging to an old Chittagong family, has been close to Pakistan for decades.
Trouble continues to brew in Dhaka, where the army cadres, particularly mid-level officers, are spoiling for a fight with the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) cadres. So far, the Bangladesh army leaders, led by army chief Moeen Ahmed, have kept the officers in check, which is making the present situation slightly different from 1975.
According to the fire service operations chief, Sheikh Mohammad Shahjalal, 50 officers are still missing. "We have so far removed 10 dead bodies. They are badly decomposed and many are mutilated," he said. "They not only shot them dead but some bodies were badly mutilated with bayonets," Shahjalal said.
It is increasingly clear that the chief targets are the army chief Moeen Ahmed and prime minister Sheikh Hasina who, reports say, has been moved to an army guest house for her personal safety.
In fact, a number of plots are surfacing, all intended to create confusion while the real targets would have been attacked.
Sources are also pointing to the scale of the brutality of the murders, the mutilations, etc, which they say are tell-tale signs of the Islamist ideologies that have infiltrated the lower cadres of the BDR, thanks to their extensive Jamaat-e-Islami and Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) connections.
Behind the mutiny is the war crimes tribunal that Sheikh Hasina promised to set up for the trial of Pakistani collaborators or razakars from the independence war. This had created trouble inside Bangladesh and Pakistan as well. In fact, Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari sent an emissary to Sheikh Hasina, Pervez Ispahani, to persuade her to put off this trial as it could embarrass the Pak army considerably.
After the dust has settled down, Sheikh Hasina and Ahmed are likely to launch a purge of their own in the army, which is likely to create its own tensions. In any case, it promises to keep Sheikh Hasina off balance for a while, as Bangladesh joins other tottering nations on India's periphery.
Posted by: john frum ||
03/01/2009 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan
Breaking sports news:
"This just in. Bengalis 1 - Punjabis 0. Film at 11".
Now back to our regular programming: The Man from SWAT.
Posted by: Jack is Back! ||
03/01/2009 10:48 Comments ||
Colombian security forces have clashed with a Marxist rebel group and captured one of its most notorious kidnappers. Soldiers fought Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) rebels in the central province of Cundinamarca, killing 10 and capturing another eight. Among those taken was a leader known by the alias "El Negro Antonio", whom authorities have been seeking for well over a decade. One soldier was killed in the combat and a kidnap victim rescued.
"El Negro Antonio" is a Farc guerrilla with 33 arrest warrants outstanding against him.
The operation took place in the mountain range of Sumapaz in Cundinamarca province. It is a severe setback for the Farc, not just because of the number of rebels killed and captured, but because it hinders its plans to reopen a movement corridor into the capital, Bogota. It was along this corridor that El Negro Antonio used to move kidnap victims out of Bogota and into the rebel-controlled lowland jungles.
Under their new leader Alfonso Cano, the Farc rebels have been seeking to retake the initiative snatched from them over the last five years by the US-backed military. The rebels are seeking to bring their four-decade-old war back into the cities, particularly Bogota, where their attacks have far greater impact than in the countryside.
The US has boosted aerial espionage against North Korea in recent months amid escalating tensions in the Korean peninsula, a report says.
Unnamed military sources told the official KCNA news agency that spy planes had violated the country's air space for at least 180 times just in a single month. The sources claimed the planes belonged to the US and South Korean armies.
"Their intentions of invading the DPRK (North Korea) have reached an extremely reckless phase," the report said.
The report comes as North Korea is gearing up to transport a satellite into orbit with a rocket. The move has alarmed the international community where it is believed that Pyongyang is preparing to test-fire a long-range missile, believed capable of reaching US territory.
The US Pacific Command has reacted to the situation by saying the military was "fully prepared" to shoot down any North Korean ballistic missile. "We will be fully prepared to respond as the president [Obama] directs," Adm. Timothy Keating said in an interview with ABC News on Thursday.
Tensions between the two Koreas have risen to the highest level in a decade after the conservative South Korean government of President Lee Myung-bak announced joint exercises with the US.
South Korean Defense Minister Lee Sang-Hee earlier warned that a limited naval clash may break out around the two countries' disputed border in the Yellow Sea -- where bloody clashes occurred in 1999 and 2002. North Korea, however, accuses President Lee of using "nonexistent nuclear and missile threats" from Pyongyang as a pretext for an invasion.
TheUS Pacific Command has reacted to the situation by saying the military was "fully prepared" to shoot down any North Korean ballistic missile. "We will be fully prepared to respond as the president [Obama] directs," Adm. Timothy Keating said in an interview with ABC News on Thursday.
yeah, rigghhhttt. Like the zero will grow a pair
Posted by: Frank G ||
03/01/2009 10:33 Comments ||
And I thought the election of the Obamessiah meant group-hugs all around.
A hundred eighty flights in one month? With what? That's 6 sorties a day. We could map all of North Korea to a scale of 1:1 with that many sorties. I don't doubt there are RC-135s flying in international airspace around Korea, with the best sensors we can devise, but I doubt they're EVER in North Korean airspace.
Fred, I'm amused by that photo - a Navy P-2V with Army markings? Now just where did that bird fly?
Posted by: Old Patriot ||
03/01/2009 13:57 Comments ||
Actually, it occurs to me that the whole "shoot down the missile thing" could be a setup to give zero what he wants. N. Korea shoots a missile at the middle of the Pacific between Hawaii and Alaska, we shoot an antimissile at it and it fails, and Zero's "proven" that missile defense doesn't work.
CNN has a detail-less item about a missle strike and AP radio news said a few minutes ago that there was a strike aimed at Mullah Fazlullah. One can hope.
A U.S. missile strike on a house near Sararoha in northwest Pakistan on Sunday killed nine people and wounded three, Pakistani intelligence officials said. They said the strikes were aimed at militant targets, and local media reported the hits targeted Taliban locations. The CBS story has the strike on Murghiban, in South Wazoo. Google maps doesn't have a location for that one. Sararoha is apprently a cluster of compounds called Sararogha. Click on the name link and zoom in a little to see what it looks like prior to any strikes...
Doesn't look like the strike went after taliban big turbans. Suspected US missiles kill 7 in northwest Pakistan The missiles landed in Murghiban village in the South Waziristan tribal region and also wounded three people, two Pakistani intelligence officials said. At least four of the dead were believed to be foreign militants, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
They said drones believed to be used by the U.S. were seen in the air ahead of the strike and that Taliban fighters surrounded the damaged stronghold afterward. The compound was allegedly a militant training facility, the officials said, citing field informants.
In a development that reaffirms Pakistans duplicity and its links to the top terrorist organisations in the region, TIMES NOW has learnt that one of the top bosses of Pakistans intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has held talks with Osama bin Ladens key aides in Miram Shah in Pakistans restive Federal Administered Tribal Area.
In fact, highly placed intelligence sources have told TIMES NOW that around the time when Pakistans Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi was visiting Washington and meeting officials of the Barack Obama administration and reaffirming Pakistan's determination to fight terrorism, a senior ISI official of the rank of a major-general no less was meeting Sirajuddin Haqqani considered an ally of the Taliban as also al-Qaeda Chief Laden.
Sources said that the subject of discussion in the meeting was the shifting of Haqqanis operations from North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) in Pakistan to Afghanistan in exchange for ceasefire with Pakistan Army and to halt military operations if the Haqqanis moves their operations from the NWFP into Afghanistan.
Another topic was the construction of the Khost-Gardez road being built by Indian company in Afghanistan. The ISI urged Haqqanis to sabotage efforts by the Indian government to help Afghanistan government to build the Khost-Gardez road. The meeting assumes significance because the Haqqanis are not ordinary players but hold a great deal of influence in the region and can dictate the course of the war on terror in the region. Jalaluddin Haqqani and Sirajuddin Haqqani are Pashtun warlords and military leaders with links to Taliban and al-Qaeda boss Laden.
Haqqanis have been accused by the coalition forces of carrying out the late-December 2008 bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan at an Afghan elementary school near an Afghan barracks that killed several schoolchildren, an Afghan soldier, and an Afghan guard; no coalition or USA personnel were affected. They are also supposed to have facilitated the attack on the Indian Embassy in Kabul. Haqqanis were also linked to Maulvi Jabbar suspect in IC-814 hijacking. Haqqanis are linked to Maulvi Jabbar of the Peshawar Shura who was in touch with the hijackers of the IC-814 in 1999.
Haqqani is the son of Jalaluddin Haqqani, one of the most feared Afghan commanders, who fought against the Soviet occupation during the 1980s. Jalaluddin, now aged and in failing health, lives in Khost and has passed the reigns of the Haqqani terror network on to his second son, Sirajuddin. Jalaluddin Haqqani once had strong ties with the CIA, according to published accounts. But now he and his son are wanted men. The US military has placed a bounty of $200,000 on Sirajuddin Haqqanis head.
Iraqi security forces say they have captured 11 members of the country's al-Qaeda network, including the group's self-styled "oil minister".
Ali Mahmoud Mohammed and 10 other suspected insurgents were detained on Saturday in a village in Iraq's volatile Diyala province, reports say. He is suspected of planning attacks on oil tanker trucks.
al-Qaeda in Iraq used the self-proclaimed ministerial titles to refer to key members of their organisation. Iraq's interior ministry described Ali Mahmoud Mohammed as the organisation's "oil minister".
The latest raids come just a week after al-Qaeda in Iraq's self-styled "irrigation minister" and "finance minister" were arrested in another operation on 21 February.
The head of al-Qaeda in Iraq is said to be known as the group's "war minister".
Much of al-Qaeda's support comes from the area around Diyala and in the province of Nineveh. Although its capacity for staging attacks has been reduced, it is still viewed as a major threat in Diyala and around the northern city of Mosul.
oil minister, irrigation minister, finance minister
I await the capture of AQI's "prime minister" with bated breath.
/Ok, I don't, because I turn blue fairly quickly. But still, congratulations to the Iraqis are in order. They are doing their best to be ready for the time when there are officially only 50,000 or so American troops remaining in-country.
Aswat al-Iraq: A car bomb attack left al-Maamoun police chief and wounded 10 others in western Baghdad on Saturday, a police source said. "The car bomb, which went off near al-Sayer restaurant in al-Mansour neighborhood, western Baghdad, killed Lt. Colonel Mohammed Ghazi and wounded 10 others," the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He did not give more details. Earlier in the day, a police source said a car bomb blast left one man killed and three others wounded in al-Mansour.
Posted by: Fred ||
03/01/2009 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency
Aswat al-Iraq: Police patrols in Thi-Qar on Saturday defused two roadside bombs to the north of Nassiriya city, according to a release issued by the province's police directorate. "The roadside bombs were found on the banks of the al-Gharaf river, in al-Refaee district (80 km north of Nasseriya)," said the release that was received by Aswat al-Iraq news agency. "One of the bombs weighs 7 kg and the other weighs 5.5 kg," it added. The release pointed out that the two roadside bombs were defused without causing any damage or casualties.
Posted by: Fred ||
03/01/2009 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency
Palestinians fired two advanced Kassam rockets probably Grad-style that were made in iran in pieces and reassembled in Gaza
at Ashkelon on Saturday Feb 28
morning, in an attack that saw one projectile tear through an empty school, destroy classrooms, and spray shrapnel in all directions.
The two rockets, which were retrieved and analyzed by police sappers, had a 170-mm. diameter, which allowed for a greater amount of explosives to be packed inside.
Police on Saturday said 65 rockets and mortar shells have hit the South since the end of Operation Cast Lead on January 18, leading to four light injuries.
Bam-Bam is taking his time. He is going to do this the right way and not rush in without both strategy and forces. I think this is what is forcing Hamas to pre-empt with Kassam's. That and the Mullahs want to see some actual field tests. I am hoping and praying he takes the initiative while Hillary is on her next mission to the area. I'd love to see him pre-empt Hillary's folly.
Posted by: Jack is Back! ||
03/01/2009 10:54 Comments ||
How many Ksssams will another 436 million euros buy?
Not as many as the $900 million Obama is giving them.
Palestinian militants in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip fired five rockets at Israel on Saturday, according to the Israeli military, further straining a fragile month-old ceasefire. No one was killed or wounded in the attacks, with two of the rockets striking near the Israeli town of Ashkelon, around 21 kilometres (13 miles) from the impoverished territory.
Palestinian militants have fired more than 100 rockets and mortar rounds at Israel since the fragile January 18 truce that ended Israel's massive military offensive on Gaza, which killed more than 1,300 Palestinians and 13 Israelis.
Israel has in turn carried out several air raids targeting alleged militants, weapons caches and smuggling tunnels beneath the Gaza-Egypt border.
A rocket fired by Palestinian militants in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip exploded near a school in Israel on Saturday, causing damage but no injuries, Israel's military said.
The rocket, one of three fired from the coastal territory on Saturday, landed in the courtyard of a school in the Israeli city of Ashekelon, some 12 km (7 miles) north of the Gaza border. Shrapnel flew into classrooms. Authorities said the school was empty for the weekend. Israel has responded to similar attacks with air strikes.
Egypt has been trying to broker a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas to take the place of a shaky Jan. 18 ceasefire that ended a 22-day Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. There have been almost daily exchanges of fire since then. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Saturday's rocket fire.
"Crashes into School" Since when do exploding rockets "crash?" Sounds like Rocketman unsuccessfully landed his craft, or gramps was trying to park the minivan when he hit the gas rather than the break.
Posted by: regular joe ||
03/01/2009 13:42 Comments ||
I hope this doesn't affect the Peace Processor. Chunks of rocket casing and dead schoolkids tend to jam the spinning blades.
Police and soldiers Sunday rounded up five Muslim men on charges of killing and beheading two Buddhist villagers last week. About 100 police and soldiers were deployed to search Lapae village and Anae village in Tambon Bongor in Rangae district at 6:30 am and arrested the five suspects. They arrested Masanusi Duerama, 40, Abdulsaman Ali, 42, Maroning Baga, 44, Abdullateh Saleh, 35, and Nurasi Musoh, 38.
I've got a suggestion, too. Plant 'em over a living root knot of bamboo, and water generously for several days. Sit there and ask 'em questions about others in their group. When they don't answer, pour some more water over them. It's not "waterboarding", but the results will prove satisfactory.
Posted by: Old Patriot ||
03/01/2009 14:28 Comments ||
ONE of three Red Cross workers being held by militants in the southern Philippines has re-established contact more than a week after the group was last heard from, a report said on Saturday.
Filipina Mary Jean Lacaba, 37, said life in captivity was tough for her and colleagues Eugenio Vagni of Italy and Andreas Notter of Switzerland and called on government negotiators to step up efforts to secure their release.
Posted by: Fred ||
03/01/2009 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Abu Sayyaf
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.