PAKISTAN is allowing Taliban fighters wounded in battles with British and other Nato forces in Afghanistan to be treated at safe houses.
The Sunday Times found Taliban commanders and their fighters recuperating in the city of Quetta last week and moving freely around parts of the city.
In a white-walled compound in the northern suburb of Pashtunabad, more than 30 Taliban were recovering from the bloodiest fighting in Afghanistan since their regime was ousted five years ago.
Dressed in neatly pressed robes with the black turbans and kohl-rimmed eyes typical of the Taliban, they lounged on cushions, sipping green tea and sucking at boiled sweets while laughing at Nato reports that they have sustained heavy casualties.
Among the most defiant was a young commander who had been shot in the calf last month while fighting British troops in Gereshk, a town in the Afghan province of Helmand, and who had returned to Quetta to be treated. Fighting the British is as easy as eating a loaf of bread from my hand, he said in a soft voice. Fighting the British is much easier than the Americans. They have no faith.
that border needs to be ignored by BOTH sides, then. Bomb the "laughing" little retreating fuckers and their home villages and their supply routes. Arclight time. Perv can go suck an egg or go on a permanent book tour. I bet all recuperating Talibs aren't laughing and having a great time.... PR that blows back on em
Posted by: Frank G ||
11/19/2006 10:54 Comments ||
Disproportionate retaliation against terrorists, as implemented in post WW2 Philipines and Malaysia, is the only thing that has ever worked against guerilla tactics. I have no doubt that the Sunday Times accurately reported Taliban bravado. I lived through the Vietnam experience and the fact that fighting unwinnable wars is a recipe for catastrophe should have impacted on our leader's brains. Taliban cannot be beaten if the UN and the OIC continue to support 350,000 (to 2 million) Afghan refugees in Pakistan, while these support a terrorist movement to the point of harborage and recruitment.
NATO took up the obligation of regime change and nation building in Afghanistan because our leaders assumed that it was wanted and would work; nation destruction remains an option. And given the fact that passive sections of that country are producing the bulk of the world's opium harvest, maybe destruction is the solution.
true enuf, but I doubt they showed the rest of the R&R Taliban repair facilities, with the unanestheticized undergoing amputations, sepsis, lingering death, etc. Bet they aren't chuckling dilletantes there. Pak "instability" has been the overriding concern. It's apparent they are no ally, and are actually sheltering and rearming (if not actively directing...and I believe they are) Afghanistan's enemies of stability. Bomb the f*ckers to let them know theer's no safe harbor, and their ISI masters can't protect them, then see how the campaign goes. Pak can go f*ck themselves. What are they gonna do? Recruit MORE Jihadis?
Posted by: Frank G ||
11/19/2006 12:15 Comments ||
We could give all the goats syphilis.
That would bring them to their knees.
As you've already guessed, Frank, they're doing that already. I agree with you. It's time to get Medieval all over their Talib asses. Start whacking the shit out of the border territories. Perv declared Wazoo to be autonomous, so let's hold them accountable by doing some serious damage. What will they do? Demand that Perv intervene militarily when they've been screaming for self-determination? It's time to install some serious fear into these grinning fucks. Give them nowhere to run or hide.
I'm a very strong supporter of ARCLIGHT. It was one mission that instilled "shock and awe" on anyone within 10 miles of the drop box - quite frequently permanent "shock and awe". ARCLIGHT Quetta, the Pakistan side of the Durand line, and downtown Peshawar, where Osama lives. Run a 30-ship strike through the heart of Karachi, and another one through Rawalpindi. Then divide what's left of the country between India and Afghanistan, along the Indus river. Let Pakistan become a distant and sour memory in the minds of the muzzie crapheads throughout the world. The only way to win in a religious war is to thoroughly crush your enemies. While it might not be a religious war on our side, it damned well is on the other side. We need to remember that.
Posted by: Old Patriot ||
11/19/2006 15:41 Comments ||
Dismissing this as nonsense, Musharraf accused Karzai of being totally oblivious of what is happening in his own country.
Dumbass. He might believe himself, but noone else does.
As for the graves, the guy has a point. Show me the graves. Show me the pictures. Each time. These people should be stuck in mass graves because noone will claim them, right? Whining about how it violates a dead terrorists rights and it isn't civilized is crap and an excuse. Show me the graves. They should be visible on the sattelites if nothing else, but I want to see closer pictures. And those who the Taliban would seek recruits from should see these pictures, too.
KHOST: A would-be suicide bomber killed himself after residents and police cornered him
Residents had become suspicious of the man after they identified him as a Pakistani national because of his accent.
in a village in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, police and witnesses said. Villagers just outside the eastern city of Khost, which has seen a spate of suicide bombings in the past months, became suspicious of the man and tried to capture him, also calling in the police, police officer Mohammad Yaqoub said. As police arrived, the man exploded bombs strapped to his body, he said. Yaqoub said residents had become suspicious of the man after they identified him as a Pakistani national because of his accent.
Dangerous terrorist Bahri Djilali, who has sown fear in the Stambul Mountain, situated between Sidi Belabès and Mascara Wilayas, since the mid nineties, surrendered to Oran security services more than a week ago, reliable sources informed El Khabar. The terrorist is said to be a terrorist groups chief. He is to undergo cross-examination on crimes he committed. He is charged of having killed 12 teachers by late 1997 besides other victims of his terrorist attacks in the mid nineties when he was operating with the Armed Islamic Group. After he moved to the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), he was a chief in the West of Algeria.
The terrorist was supposed to be killed in many security operations. He was known as the Starving Wolf was born in Ain Aden (Belabès), where the teachers were killed. The teachers families now are in touch with El Khabar and call for punishing the terrorist. Some families say his confessions should uncover those who participated in the assassination of the teachers and who may have benefited from the national reconciliation charter.
I think we can officially consider Yemen as having gone back over to the other side.
An alleged Al Qaida number two in Yemen may be freed in December, despite his original jail term being confirmed yesterday by a Yemen court of appeal. Chaired by Judge Saeed Al Qata'a, the appeal section of the State Security Court upheld the 37-month sentence, which was issued on May 3 against Mohammad Hamdi Al Ahdal. He was accused of raising funds for Al Qaida in Yemen. Al Ahdal now has about two months in prison. The verdict stipulated three years and one month in jail from the date of the arrest. Al Ahdal was arrested in November 2003 in Sanaa.
For Ghaleb Al Zaydi, who was accused of sheltering Al Ahdal in his house in Marib, eastern Yemen, the court said the period he spent in prison was enough punishment.
When the trial started earlier this year, the prosecutor accused Al Ahdal, also known as Abu Asem Al Makki, of forming an armed gang, financing Al Qaida militants and being involved in the deaths of 18 Yemeni soldiers. While denying the other charges, the 35-year-old Al Ahdal confessed to raising money for Al Qaida. The other charges, he said, he was forced to confess while in solitary confinement for seven months.
He confessed to raising money for families of what he called "mujahideen" or jihadis. "I collected 1.06 million Saudi riyals (about Dh1.04 million) from Saudi businessmen during four years, and I have given all of it to women and children of those martyrs who were killed in the 1994 civil war of Yemen, the wars in Afghanistan, Chechnya and Herzegovina, and also to families of Yemenis detained in Guantanamo and political prisoners in Yemen," he had said. The prosecutor had told the court Al Ahdal had received around $50,000 (about Dh183,700) from Osama Bin Laden to buy arms and explosives.
MOSCOW (AP) - The former head of one of Chechnya's shadowy security forces was fatally shot in Moscow on Saturday by law enforcement officers who were trying to detain him on suspicion of abductions and killings in the violence-plagued southern region, officials said.
Movladi Baisarov was shot when he resisted officers seeking to detain him on a main avenue in the capital, said Svetlana Petrenko, spokeswoman for the Moscow prosecutor's office. A prosecutor at the scene, Irina Bobinova, said he pulled a grenade when police tried to arrest him after he got out of a car.
Never bring a grenade to a gunfight.
Baisarov headed a force that provided security for Chechnya's first pro-Moscow president, Akhmad Kadyrov, who was assassinated in 2004, but had been on increasingly bad terms with Kadyrov's son Ramzan, the region's powerful prime minister. Baisarov's force had reportedly worked before for the separatist Chechen leadership in the late 1990s.
Baisarov's history reflects the volatile web of shifting allegiances and rivalries that contribute to persistent violence and tension in Chechnya, the site of two wars in the past 12 years pitting separatist rebels against Russian forces and their Chechen allies.
According to the weekly newspaper Moskovskiye Novosti, Baisarov's force in recent years was under the control of the Federal Security Service, which is the main successor of the KGB and was formerly headed by President Vladimir Putin. However, the newspaper said, the unit the force was attached to was dissolved early this year, and in October police and prosecutors said they were seeking to detain Baisarov on suspicion of involvement in the killing of 10 people.
Baisarov had denied responsibility for the killings, blaming Kadyrov for his troubles with authorities and contradicting Kadyrov's claims to be bringing order to Chechnya, Ekho Moskvy reported.
the Chechen Wars: brutal credit due to FSB/FSS and Ramzan Kadyrov.
a thug's thug: The Soviets/Russia have always recognized a good one when they see one, and the Wahhabi/Salifist ded-ers rue the day Ramzan and Moscow became 'friends'. The lovely Islamic Wahhabi/Salifists Chechens blew up Ramzan's father, Akhmad Kadyrov, which didn't exactally endear Ramzan to their point of view.
Movladi Baisarov former Head of Chechen Force killed.
Baisarov 'freelanced' like many other 'Kommander' in Chechnya/Ingushetia faction-fest, working all sides and cashing in on every flip.
He now 'Swims with the door nails'
It is *NOT* healthy... to be "on increasingly bad terms with Kadyrov's son Ramzan".
Ramzan is just scum, brutalised as a child, think of a more ignorant psychopathic Uday, however as russia is not known for it's PC credentials it works for them. Its a harsh fact that laying waste to everything in sight seems to be a fact muslim caliphates can comprehend.
Homemade bombs exploded on Saturday in two oil wells in Chechnya and a third device was found in another well in what authorities said they suspected was an attack by rebels in the violence-plagued southern Russian region. Nobody was hurt in the blasts or the fire that raged in one of the wells after the explosions, the interior ministry branch in Chechnya said. The ministry said investigators believe the bombs were placed in the wells near the regional capital, Grozny, by a group of three or four people. After blasts at two wells, authorities found a bomb at a third well and defused it, the ministry said.
Major fighting has died down in Chechnya since the second of two separatist wars in the past 12 years began in 1999, but the mostly Muslim region is plagued by rebel attacks as well as violence blamed on Russian federal troops and forces of the Moscow-backed Chechen government. Chechen leaders say the federal government is not giving the region a fair share of proceeds from the sale of the oil it produces.
...Mohammed Islam who was arrested...with almost $120,000 in cash is under investigation as to whether he has terrorist connections....Islam [strange name wonder what religion he has] allegedly had $118,000 in $50 notes in a suitcase and a mobile phone concealed in his rectum when he was arrested at a Surfers Paradise bus station.
Islam [strange name wonder what religion he has] allegedly had $118,000 in $50 notes in a suitcase and a mobile phone concealed in his rectum when he was arrested at a Surfers Paradise bus station.
Second stupid Hadji in a week. Something is up and usually with Moslems, it involves massed death and destruction. A part of the Qu'ran where you get a tingily feeling in your ass before a boomer goes off.
This is a Mark I field phone.
Muhammad Islam PBUHR(Peace be unto his rectum)
used the diesel fuelled, titanium reinforced, semi mobile, barbed gattlingphone Mark XVII.
our condolences to his family.
Posted by: Elder of Zion ||
11/19/2006 14:04 Comments ||
And I thought the American Tourister gorilla ad was something.
convicted al-Qaeda bomb-maker serving a jail sentence in Northern Ireland carried out dummy runs for a potential terrorist plot at Dublin and Knock airports, The Observer can reveal.
Last Tuesday the expelled Islamist cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed was seen exhorting young British Muslims in an online broadcast from Beirut to target Dublin because he incorrectly believed US troops used the airport as a transit centre on the way to Iraq and Afghanistan. Now it has emerged that key al-Qaeda bomb-making expert Abbas Boutrab visited both Dublin and Knock airports. Information on the airports was found at his north Belfast flat three years ago, according to evidence at his trial in Belfast Crown Court last November.
Boutrab lived in the Irish Republic for four years after successfully applying for political asylum using a fake identity. He left Lucan, Dublin, in 2002 after becoming the main suspect in a knife attack on an asylum seeker and moved to Belfast, where he lived under another false ID.
He was arrested after a joint MI5-PSNI operation in 2003 and information on his PC showed he had advanced a method of adapting ordinary electronic devices - including a cassette recorder - to detonate explosives in an aircraft.
Boutrab was convicted of possessing information on bomb-making and sentenced to six years' imprisonment. Evidence given at his trial stated that he was part of the al-Qaeda plot to smuggle the bomb on to an aircraft and detonate the device as it circled over a major American city.
While Boutrab lived in Lucan, under the alias 'Yocef Djafari', he attracted no suspicion. Papers discovered in Belfast showed that he entered the Republic unchallenged and successfully applied for asylum status in 2001.
It was also discovered that he stole a passport in Dublin airport in September 2001 from an Italian tourist named Fabio Parenti, and had used this in Northern Ireland.
The origins of Boutrab have yet to be established, though it was discovered that his first trace in Europe was in 1992 when fingerprints matching his were found in Holland belonging to a man travelling under the alias Maured Benali. When he was arrested in Belfast three years ago he was found to have nine separate sets of identity papers.
Al-Qaeda's presence in Ireland became apparent last August when the Garda seized a DVD with lectures on how to construct detonators and bombs while it was on its way to Britain. One senior officer in the Garda Siochana described the content of the training DVD as 'brilliant and terrifying'.
(KUNA) -- Two members of Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) were killed Saturday and one Turkish soldier was injured during clashes in southeast of the country. NTV, a local news station in Turkey, said in its website that the clashes occurred in Polomor town an area in Tunceli province southeast Turkey. The number of PKK casualties went up by eight since the military, which lost one solider, launched its offensive three days ago. Since the clashes between the PKK and the Turkish government started in the 1980s, up to 37,000 people, most of them Kurds, died in their efforts to establish a state in southeast area of Turkey.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (CNN) -- About 500 people were evacuated from the New Mexico State Fairgrounds Expo as a precaution Saturday evening after low levels of radiation were detected, police said.
A Geiger counter registered the presence of radiation after two objects were discovered at the 236-acre fairgrounds in the heart of Albuquerque, said Lt. Juan Martinez, a spokesman for New Mexico state police.
The objects, one appearing to be a pipe bomb and another that appeared to be a paint can, were found under a car parked near the fairground's fine arts building, Martinez said. One object was marked "nuclear" and the other, "cobalt," he said.
Police believe the radiation was coming from Cobalt 57, a material used in the medical and plumbing industries. Cobalt-57 is a radioactive poison used in biological research. A bomb squad unit and hazardous materials teams were searching the area for any additional devices.
Cobalt as used by hospitals is generally harmless or even beneficial if b12 deficiant, unless you eat kg quantities of it, definitely university frat prank or deranged mongoloid's responsible, but watch the media hype.
The Jammu and Kashmir police have arrested two Village Defence Committee (VDC) members, who had allegedly connived with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants and also helped them snatch weapons of other VDC members in Doda. Police said the arrested VDC members, who have been identified as Ghulam Mohammad son of Lassa Batt and Ghulam Hussain son of Ahmedu, residents of Tander, Garethar, connived with LeT-men, and surrendered their rifles and ammunition.
Sources said investigations into the snatching of four rifles of VDC members by the militants revealed that two militants of LeT outfit, whose identity has not been established so far, approached VDC members Mohammad and Hussain at Tander on October 13 and asked them to hand over their weapons and ammunition, given to them in their capacity as VDC members.
The question bothering investigators working on Fridays suicide attack in Peshawar is why the bomber had his original identity card, Rs 700 and a telephone diary in his pocket at the time of the attack. Why would a suicide bomber need these things when he is out to hit his target? is the question that investigators are trying to answer.
"It was a genuine ID card. Who the hell carries a genuine ID card in Pakland? I didn't even know there were any!"
For now, they have apparently narrowed down their investigation to an Afghan prayer leader of the mosque where the bomber, Nadeem, spent the night before the attack. Imam Maullah Jan and one of his three sons are still in police custody, whereas the two brothers and father of the bomber, who were arrested soon after the blast along with Jan, were released on Friday. The mosque has been sealed, and Jans family has shifted to an unknown location. All their things are still in the house, but they locked it and took the women and children to an undisclosed location, said Sahibzada, the owner of the house.
Ali Shah, one of Nadeems brothers, told Daily Times his father, brother and he were interrogated by security agencies for some time and then we were released because we did not have much to tell about the incident. Ali claimed Nadeem had spent four months with a tablighi group, but investigators said that Ali had not been able to answer certain questions, which suggested that Nadeem went somewhere else, most probably a training camp.
That's assuming there's a difference between a tablighi group and a training camp.
It was the last thing I expected of my son, said Nadeems father Sarzameen, adding that Nadeem had been receiving telephone calls about which he did not tell anybody anything. Intelligence agencies have been looking for clues in the Pishtakhara area to find out about the names and numbers listed in Nadeems diary.
PESHAWAR: Police arrested a Punjabi man here who was planning to blow up Corps Headquarters, security sources said on Saturday, a day after a suicide bomber killed two policemen in a Peshawar suburb. He was picked up from near the office of the corps commander in the cantonment area and handed over to security agencies for interrogation, the sources said. The suspect is from Gujranwala district of Punjab province and is said to be mentally imbalanced. The suspect told interrogators he wanted to blow up Corps Headquarter, but did not say what his motive was.
IRAQI security forces have identified the area where the five Western hostages kidnapped two days ago are being held, a top police official said overnight. "We have identified the area where they are held. I can't disclose the place," Mohammed Ali al-Mussawi, chief of operations at the police headquarters of Basra, the southern Iraqi city, said.
On Thursday militiamen disguised as police officers seized the five Westerners - four US citizens and an Austrian - as they guarded a convoy of trucks from Kuwait that was stopped at a police checkpoint near Safwan, near the Kuwaiti border. Yesterday Mr Mussawi said all the five hostages are "still held captive" with none of them found dead or rescued as reported earlier.
On Friday a Basra provincial official said that two American hostages had been rescued in a police raid and that one was found dead. "Iraqi police found the body of an American where they conducted a raid in which two other Americans were freed," the official said.
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GUNMEN in Baghdad killed a prominent Shi'ite Islamist politician overnight as Condoleezza Rice appealed to Iraqis not to let the sectarianism fuelling an orgy of violence destroy their country. In what looked like a sectarian assassination, Ali al-Adhadh of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) was shot dead with his wife as he drove in mainly Sunni west Baghdad, police and SCIRI member Adnan al-Obeidi said.
US Secretary of State Rice said during a visit to Vietnam that Iraqis "have one future and that is a future together. They don't have a future if they try to stay apart".
A recent surge of kidnappings by men in uniform has stoked fears of infiltration of Iraq's security forces by members of both sectarian militias and criminal groups.
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BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraqi and American forces fought Sunni insurgents in an hours-long street battle Saturday in the increasingly violent city of Baqouba, as residents fled indoors under the rattle of automatic weapons fire and the blasts of rocket-propelled grenades. City police said at least 18 people were killed and 19 wounded.
The city was chaotic following the fighting, and Baqouba's police media office said it was not known how many of the dead were Sunni insurgent fighters. The Americans reported no dead or wounded among U.S. forces.
Violence in Baquoba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad, has skyrocketed in recent weeks, particularly after a major battle between Sunnis and Shiites in the nearby city of Balad last month. Scores of civilians in Baqouba have been killed in the violence in the past two weeks alone.
dunno, Bobby - we can't ask the dead guys. They might disagree
yeah, I know it was sarcasm, you forgot to close your html tag LOL
Posted by: Frank G ||
11/19/2006 16:49 Comments ||
Just thought a little perspective was in order. There has been just one major battle involving the US thus far in this war (9/11/2001). There will be more, no matter what we do. And, I suspect, they will make all my above examples look small. It is the cost of apathy.
The IDF said on Saturday night that it was suspending an airstike on the Gaza home of a Popular Resistance Committees commander after hundreds of Palestinians formed a human shield around the building. The Palestinians flocked to the home of Mohammedweil Baroud in the northern Gaza town of Beit Lahiya after he received a warning from the IDF late Saturday giving him 30 minutes to leave the house.
Barhoud heads a cell responsible for firing Kassam rockets at Israel. The incident was the first time Palestinians have tried to prevent an airstrike. The crowd chanted anti-Israel and anti-American slogans, and people said they were prepared to give their lives to protect the home. "Yes to martyrdom, no to surrender," the crowd chanted.
"We came here to protect this fighter, to protect his house and to prove that we are capable of defeating this Zionist policy," said Nizar Rayan, a local Hamas leader who joined the protest.
Posted by: Frank G ||
11/19/2006 11:36 Comments ||
Ohh, the Horror!!! The 'Arab Street' can't wait to pipe the kiddies and women charred to death holding hands around the home! And brought to us via 5.1 sound and rich 3d color, into our living rooms!
How churlish of the IAF to deny all of these martyrs their wish. Next time, make their dreams come true. A few more repeats and people will be much less eager to cluster up at target locations. All Israel gets in treturn for their restraint is more Qassam rockets launched at them. What part of this equation do they not understand?
I have a semi-bright idea: find two hamas bigs that live within sight of each other. Call #1, and let them know the IAF is coming so they can build the Ring of Martyrs, then completely obliterate #2's home with no warning, but withing sight of the ROM. Sends a nice message
Posted by: Frank G ||
11/19/2006 12:46 Comments ||
Hey, Frank G, that's a purdy good idea! Kill one or two, but educate tens or even hundreds! Do it, for the Children(Tm), education is their future!
This is why the Slammers might win - they understand how to weaponize our own decency against us. To win against Islam, we will have to become a vicious as they are - communicate in a language they will understand.
Writer Raymond Kraft explains Western softness very well: The Islamic movement has turned the civility of the United States and Europe into a weapon and turned it against us. It has weaponized niceness, it has weaponized compassion, it has weaponized the fundamental decency of Western Civilization. We have become too civilized to defeat our enemies, perhaps too civilized to survive.
If Israel gets hit bad, there won't be anything habitable left. I have no doubt they have an automatic full release response for attacks from certain quarters - and will be instantly fed confirming satellite info. Somehow I do not believe the hand-wringers - it will not get to that point... But I'm obviously in the minority in that belief.
The army is using sniffer dogs to track down rebels on the run who fiercely fought troops in Zambales on Thursday. Sniffer dogs from a K9 unit of the Philippine Army are combing the mountains of Zambales and nearby areas for the rebels who escaped with comrades who were either killed or injured in the attack, said Major Bong Razalan on behalf of the Northern Luzon Command.
Ummm... Somebody send a memo to the Joint Chiefs of Staff: if we're not already using bloodhounds and such to track down bad guyz, why aren't we?
A member of the New People's Army (NPA) was killed and 12 weapons seized in Thursday's clash at Lucapon village in Zambles, Razalan said "More NPA members were believed killed or seriously wounded during the encounter, but their bodies were taken away by their comrades," Razalan said
Posted by: Frank G ||
11/19/2006 16:26 Comments ||
Vietnam K-9 units, the dogs and their handlers, were credited with saving thousands of lives in the war. There are countless stories of how the dogs prevented an ambush, discovered deadly mines or booby traps, or sounded the alarm against infiltrators. (See Famous War Dogs for some Vietnam stories.) These dogs were so effective that the VC offered bounties for killing military working dogs and their handlers.
Three to four thousand scout and sentry dogs served in Vietnam, largely German Shepherds. Sadly, at the end of the conflict, in a decision that remains painful decades later, most of the in-country dogs were euthanized. Fewer than 250 dogs were returned to the United States or other locations.
FIVE people were shot dead and one policeman was wounded in a string of drive-by shootings by suspected Islamic militants in Thailand's restive Muslim-majority south, police said. A 60-year-old Buddhist cattle raiser was gunned down while walking, before suspected insurgents burned his body and left it on the roadside in Yala, one of three violence-torn southern provinces bordering Malaysia.
A 52-year-old Buddhist street ice cream seller was also shot dead on Friday by two suspected insurgents on a motorcycle in Yala where another Muslim villager, 27, was killed late on the same day while riding a motorcycle, police said.
In neighboring Pattani province on Friday, a Buddhist security guard, 35, was shot dead while riding a motorcycle after work. Another Buddhist villager, 33, was gunned down later in the day when he was shopping at a food market. Early on Saturday, a border patrol policeman was seriously wounded in a drive-by shooting.
Sri Lanka's Navy clashed with Tamil Tiger rebels off the island's northwest coast yesterday, each claiming to have sunk the other's vessels, while the military said a rebel ambush on land killed three soldiers. The Navy said it sank three Tiger boats near the northern Mannar peninsula, while the rebels said they sank two navy boats and killed 10 sailors in the incident. Both sides claimed their vessels were still afloat and intact, and denied fatalities on their side.
As a new chapter in Sri Lanka's two-decade civil war escalates, with more than 3,000 troops, civilians and rebels killed so far this year alone, it is often impossible to tell what has really happened in far-flung attacks, with each side contradicting the other.
Military spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samara-singhe said small navy inshore patrol craft engaged the Tiger vessels off the Mannar peninsula after detecting suspicious boat movements, and that helicopter gunships were called in to help. He said no navy boats were sunk. "Three LTTE boats were sunk, and four navy sailors have gunshot injuries, but their craft are intact," Samarasinghe said. Samarasinghe said three soldiers were killed in a separate incident and 15 civilians were wounded when suspected Tigers ambushed an army truck in the northern district of Vavuniya with a Claymore fragmentation mine.
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Re, Your Picture
All of thise ships sitting in that pretty line are sporting identical Camo paint jobs.
Posted by: Redneck Jim ||
11/19/2006 9:01 Comments ||
Mister Jim, that there is either TF 38 or TF 58. Noone fucked with it. Last folks that tried, died. Camo? Hell Spruance turned on the landing lights to speed recovery during the Marianna Turkey Shoot. Those in other words are the big boyz, the bad doods, Gawds own killers.
Typically in that era, the paint jobs were not so much to make a ship invisible as to make it appear much longer or shorter or give a false appearance of its speed, to try to confuse sub targeting.
The United States built, manned, trained, and fielded more than 100 carriers during World War II, including almost 60 "jeep" carriers used for ASW work and support. Now we're down to a dozen in a war where we NEED carrier air groups for forward bombardment. I'd also like to see a dozen or so new-construction battleships for pounding the he$$ out of shore installations. There's nothing else like parking a volkswagen-size arty shell in someone's living room for getting his attention.
Posted by: Old Patriot ||
11/19/2006 16:04 Comments ||
Shipman, technically we're around 20-24 if you include the LHDs and LHAs that are basically everyone elses normal fullsize carrier.
It's not so much the numbers, but the American unwillingness to fully use them. For instance, the 40 fleet + light carriers have about the same tonnage as current US fleet carriers. Though the 80 or so WWII escort carriers have twice tonnage of the 12 current LHAs+LHDs.
Battleships are good for impressing primitives. Not so good for destroying enemies armed with long range antiship missiles.
(KUNA) -- As many as five soldiers and five students were killed Saturday in a claymore mine attack and a shooting in Northern Sri Lanka, while a naval battle between Tamil rebels and Sri Lankan navy also started today off the country's Northwest coast. The claymore mine was targeting a Sri Lankan army truck in Vavuniya in Northern Sri Lanka Saturday, news agencies reported from capital Colombo. As many as three students were killed and eight injured in the blast. Soon after the mine blast there was shooting, which killed two more students and injuring other students.
Since the start of September, only 17 Katyusha rockets have been found in south Lebanon, a UNIFIL spokesman currently stationed in the region said on Saturday night. The spokesman added that UNIFIL troops were taking all necessary steps to prevent the presence of illegal weapons south of the Litani River, as was outlined in UN Resolution 1701.
Since the ceasefire, additional rockets, weapons and military equipment have reached Hezbollah, said an Israeli intelligence officer. We assume they now have about 20,000 rockets of all ranges a bit more than they had before July 12. Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, has confirmed the Israeli estimate. In a recent interview with al-Manar, the Hezbollah television station, he claimed his organisation had restocked its arsenal and now held at least 30,000 rockets, sufficient for five months of war.
Boy Howdy is UNFIL gonna be surprised when the other 29,983 suddenly appear in the air.
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.