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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 02/16/2009 10:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ah! Another poor lass left with only the drapes to clothe her nakid body. Thanks, Fred.
Posted by: Richard of Oregon || 02/16/2009 11:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Sure that's not a lace tablecloth?
Posted by: gorb || 02/16/2009 12:04 Comments || Top||

#3  Happy Birthday

Edgar Bergen died 1978 (Now)

Vera-Ellen - died 1981 (Now)

Sonny Bono - died 1998 (Now)

Patty Andrews (Midddle) - 91 (Now)

Gretchen Wyler - died 2007 She founded The Ark Trust, presenter of the annual Genesis Awards for animal protection. This event is now a program of The Humane Society of the United States
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 02/16/2009 12:28 Comments || Top||

#4 

Hat tip to Fred, He delayed the DS & TP until the eleventh hour and then produced the only photo of Ivy not destroyed during Sherman's march to the sea. A film poster featuring Ivy will have to do for now.

Ivy's career lasted but two years spanning 5 films of which she was the leading lady in only the first film, "Facinating Youth". Her career died in 1928 and she passed away in Georgia in 1999.

GB is currently TAD and had to use field tools to try to meet this challenge.
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 02/16/2009 15:00 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Recovering Taliholic falls off wagon, US makes him cold turkey
The US-led forces in Afghanistan say they have killed a wanted Taleban commander in the country's west.

Mullah Dastagir was killed along with other militants in an air strike in Badghis province, the US army said. Dastagir was responsible for a surge in violence in Badghis in recent months, including an attack which killed 13 Afghan soldiers in November, it said. The commander was recently released from jail after elders pledged he would not return to violence, officials said.
And now he won't.
Forces targeted a rebel compound overnight in a "precision strike" in the village of Darya-ye-Morghab in Badghis, a troubled region on the Turkmenistan border, the US military said in a statement.

Provincial police chief, Sayed Ahmad Sameh, confirmed the incident. "Mullah Dastagir and Mullah Baz Mohammad, two big Taleban commanders and eight of their men were killed in the air strike by the coalition forces," news agency AFP quoted him as saying. The pair were top Taleban leaders in the province, he said.

The Afghan defence ministry said there may have been as many as 12 deaths in the incident.
Not to mention the fluffy ducks ...
Baghdis Governor Ashraf Nasery said Dastagir had been captured but was freed in late 2008 after a petition by elders that he would not return to violence. "The government trusted the guarantee of the villagers, Mr Nasery told Associated Press. "Unfortunately, as soon as he was released he rejoined the Taleban."
Maybe you should level the village?

This article starring:
Mullah Dastagir
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 02/16/2009 15:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6489 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I love a story with a feel-good ending!
Posted by: Frank G || 02/16/2009 15:59 Comments || Top||

#2  Baghdis Governor Ashraf Nasery said Dastagir had been captured but was freed in late 2008 after a petition by elders that he would not return to violence.

Sounds like that had about as much effect as Muzzammil Hassan's restraining order.
Posted by: tu3031 || 02/16/2009 16:02 Comments || Top||

#3  Well, he wont return to violence again. God is great.
Posted by: Richard of Oregon || 02/16/2009 16:39 Comments || Top||

#4  allahu akbar
Posted by: rabid whitetail || 02/16/2009 17:04 Comments || Top||

#5  Can we get some precision strikes on everyone with the word "Mullah" in their name?
Posted by: Parabellum || 02/16/2009 17:28 Comments || Top||

#6  How's about an accident for those Elders?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles the flatulent || 02/16/2009 18:32 Comments || Top||

#7  What Parabellum said!

Hey.....wait a minute!
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 02/16/2009 19:14 Comments || Top||

#8  How's about an accident for those Elders?

I'm guessing the Elders fingered him.
Word of honor...and all that.
Posted by: tipper || 02/16/2009 20:12 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
US uses unmanned drones to hunt Somali pirates
ABOARD THE USS MAHAN (AP) - American warships off the lawless Somali coast are using unmanned drones to hunt pirates threatening one of the world's most important shipping lanes. Sailors aboard the USS Mahan told The Associated Press they have been using the spy flights daily to spot potential pirate mother ships.
All of our manned drones are being used for other stuff. Secret stuff we can't tell you about.
For years, the U.S. has used drones to track potential terrorists among Somalia's warlords, but the Navy said more and more of the planes are now being used to fight piracy. The drones can fly more than 3,000 feet above sea level and relay pictures detailed enough to recognize the flags flown on fishing boats that Somalis use to avoid detection.
Wait til these puppies can launch a Hellfire ...
The drones take still photos and videos that are instantly relayed to the American ships. The Americans can then send this material to other nations in the international anti-piracy coalition that may have ships near the suspicious vessel.
... to await decisions from the resident legal teams.
On Thursday, pictures taken by the drones, some of which also are equipped with night vision, helped apprehend nine pirates after a night flight relayed pictures of a skiff with a ladder onboard. A skiff had fired a rocket- propelled grenade at a merchant vessel in the area earlier. The American warship dispatched helicopters to provide surveillance and air cover, and it deployed a boat with a search and seizure team. Automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades were found and the nine men onboard were detained, although they had thrown the ladder into the sea. Still, the pictures of the ladder taken by the drone can be used as evidence, as the coalition steps up efforts to pursue the pirates through the courts as well as the waves.
Were they read their rights before the photo was taken? Tusk tusk. Let them go.
"We have a unique capability in which we have an (unmanned air vehicle) that helps us detect the pirates and makes it hard for them to hide," USS Mahan Capt. Stephen Murphy said, pointing to the images the drone relayed to the bridge of the destroyer. "The UAV ... can stay airborne all day and cover thousands of miles (kilometers) of the ocean and be able to spot pirates."
Posted by: Steve White || 02/16/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That's more like it! Follow the ba$+ards home, wait 'til all their worthless friends come over, and nuke their hut.
Posted by: gorb || 02/16/2009 4:53 Comments || Top||

#2  I'd feel better if the drones were armed with Hellfires.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 02/16/2009 7:10 Comments || Top||

#3  Pirateless Drones?
Posted by: Barney Franks || 02/16/2009 7:25 Comments || Top||

#4  Go to your room.

I kinda wish they hadn't released this information. It's not like the pirates can do much to counteract, but you don't go public with your advantages.

Another case of law-enforcement mentality .
Posted by: Pappy || 02/16/2009 9:48 Comments || Top||

#5  How long have we been fighting the pilates of Somalia anyway?
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 02/16/2009 10:11 Comments || Top||

#6  Why not just sink the skiff with its weapons, taking no prisoners? Capturing pirates and having no legal jurisdiction to do anything about them is another waste of our time and tax dollars.
Posted by: Thealing Borgia 122 || 02/16/2009 10:38 Comments || Top||

#7  Kinda hard to launch a Predator with a pair of Hellfire missiles from a destroyer. IIRC, it takes about 600 feet for a loaded Predator to get airborne. The drones the Navy uses can be launched from any vessel, down to Frigates, and possibly even from the Navy's new Littoral ships. I guess Djibouti nixed our using armed Predators from their territory. It's a bit out of the way, to boot. What's needed is an LHA - good-size flight deck, 20+ helicopters (including AH-1 Cobras) and some carry AV-8B Harriers. There are also landing craft of varying types and 1500 Marines on board. It also wouldn't hurt to take several of the old Fletcher-class DDs out of mothballs, refurbish and modernize them, and use THEM for patrolling. Nothing says "stop" quite like four dual-mount 4.5"/50 turrets.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 02/16/2009 13:01 Comments || Top||

#8  Why not just sink the skiff with its weapons, taking no prisoners? Capturing pirates and having no legal jurisdiction to do anything about them is another waste of our time and tax dollars.

Because, unless the pirates attacked naval forces, (which a counter-attack would be self-defense) the Navy needs approval from National Command Authority to do so. Such approval would only come if there was a clear causus belli.

Keep in mind that the actions of the much cited Decatur were taken because the Barbary States attacked and captured American ships and sailors. Same for Operation Praying Mantis against the Iranians.

The Somali pirates have not attacked American-flagged or American-chartered shipping.

It also wouldn't hurt to take several of the old Fletcher-class DDs out of mothballs, refurbish and modernize them, and use THEM for patrolling.

1. There are no or few Fletcher-class left in mothballs.

2. The money spent to overhaul, modernize and train crews to run its propulsion plant and weapons systems is counter-productive. It'd be far easier and cheaper to use the remaining FFG-7 ships or subsidize a Euro or African ship(s) deployment.
Posted by: Pappy || 02/16/2009 13:54 Comments || Top||

#9  How about refurbing the Kitty Hawk and have its home station be Djibouti? The Kitty can operate as the launching/landing station for the Predators, and since it is no longer active duty Navy for manned carrier duties, no big feathers get ruffled if it becomes the first drone carrier.
Posted by: Shieldwolf || 02/16/2009 19:28 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Suspected U.S. drone hits militant nest in Pakistan
PARACHINAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – At least a dozen people were killed in Pakistan's Kurram tribal region on the Afghan border on Monday when a suspected U.S. drone fired missiles at a building used by militants, witnesses and officials said.

"Afghan Taliban were holding an important meeting there when the missiles were fired," an intelligence official in the area said of the attack in a mountainous region called Sarpul, on the outskirts of Baggan village. The attack was the first in the Kurram tribal region and came two days after a missile strike in the South Waziristan tribal region killed at least 25 mostly Central Asian fighters believed to have al Qaeda-links.

Abdul Rahim, a cleric in Sarpul, said he saw around 15 bodies pulled out from the rubble and 20 wounded, though there was no other corroboration immediately available and Taliban militants surrounded the area. He said he saw two missiles fired.

Kurram's top administrator, Arshad Majeed Mohmand, confirmed the strike and said according to his information three missiles were fired, but he had no details about the casualties. It was not immediately known if there were any senior Taliban or al Qaeda figures among the dead.

The building that was hit was formerly used by Afghan refugees' children, but militants moved in around two years ago, according to villagers. "A drone is still flying in the area and smoke can be seen over the area where the missiles struck," said a paramilitary official, also requesting anonymity.

This was the fourth attack since U.S. President Barack Obama took office last month, showing there was no change in policy since the last year of the Bush administration, when attacks by pilotless aircraft against militant targets on Pakistani territory were ramped up.
Posted by: tu3031 || 02/16/2009 10:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6539 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Pakistan

#1  why not hit these sites again when all their buddies show up too help?
Posted by: rabid whitetail || 02/16/2009 10:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Islamabad - A suspected US missile strike in Pakistan's north-western tribal region near the Afghan border left 30 people, most of them Afghan Taliban, dead, an intelligence official said Monday. The attack was believed to be carried out by US unmanned aircraft that targeted a suspected militant hideout in Sadda area of Kurram tribal district.

Four missiles destroyed a huge mud compound that is being used by Taliban as a training camp, according to a local intelligence official. "Our informants told us that around 30 people were killed and around two dozens of them were Afghan Taliban," the official said on condition of anonymity, adding that a dozen militants were wounded.

The camp, located just 15 kilometres from the Afghan province of Khost, was established in the 1980s when locals on the both sides of the border were resisting Soviet Union's occupation forces in Afghanistan. "The camp has now turned into a training centre for those who are resisting new occupation forces (United States and allies) in Afghanistan," the intelligence official said.

Monday's attack is the first US drone strike on Kurram, a relatively calmer district in Pakistan's tribal region that was previously known for sectarian violence between rival Sunni and Shiite Muslims.

American forces, which are running out of patience over Pakistan's failure in eliminating the sanctuaries of al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters launching cross border attacks in Afghanistan, have intensified strikes on rebels' hideouts on its soil.

The fresh air raid came two days after a similar aerial strike on a building in South Waziristan tribal district killed at least 30 people, including some key allies of top militant commander, Baitullah Mehsud.
Posted by: tu3031 || 02/16/2009 13:17 Comments || Top||

#3  Hellfires for HOPE! And CHANGE!
Posted by: A_Rovian_Desciple || 02/16/2009 20:46 Comments || Top||


Pakistan Surrenders
Was there any doubt?
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- The government agreed to impose Islamic law and suspend a military offensive across a large swath of northwest Pakistan on Monday in concessions aimed at pacifying a spreading Taliban insurgency there. The announcement came after talks with local Islamists, including one closely linked to the Taliban.

The move will likely concern the United States, which has warned Pakistan that such peace agreements allow al-Qaida and Taliban militants operating near the Afghan border time to rearm and regroup.

Amir Haider Khan Hoti, the chief minister for the North West Frontier Province, said authorities would impose Islamic law in Malakand region, which includes the Swat Valley. Swat is a one-time tourist haven in the northwest where extremists have gained sway through brutal tactics including beheading residents, burning girls schools and attacking security forces. He said the laws would only be implemented when the valley was peaceful.

The Swat Taliban said Sunday they would observe a 10-day cease-fire in support of the peace process. They welcomed Monday's announcement, which did not mention any need for the militants to give up arms. "Our whole struggle is for the enforcement of Shariah (Islamic) law," Swat Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan said. "If this really brings us the implementation of Shariah, we will fully cooperate with it."

Hoti gave few details, but said the main changes were included in existing laws stipulating Islamic justice that have never been enforced. They allow for Muslim clerics to advise judges when hearing cases, but do not ban female education or mention other strict interpretations of Shariah espoused by the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan. "This was the people's demand ... for speedy justice." he said. "There was a (legal) vacuum and we will be filling that vacuum in the near future," he told a news conference.

Hoti also said that troops in Swat, which had been conducting an offensive there against the militants, would now go on "reactive mode" and retaliate only if attacked. Pakistani military officials were not immediately available for comment.

Also Monday, three missiles believed fired from a U.S. unmanned aircraft destroyed a house used by a local Taliban commander in the Kurram tribal region of the northwest, killing 30 people, witnesses said. It was the first known such strike in Kurram. Most of the strikes have occurred in South and North Waziristan, other tribal regions considered major Taliban and al-Qaida strongholds.

Rehman Ullah, a resident of the targeted village of Baggan, said drones were seen in the sky before the attack and that he saw 30 bodies dug up. An intelligence official said field informants reported that militants showed up at the village bazaar and ordered 30 caskets. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to media. The U.S. has stepped up missile strikes in the border region since August, killing some suspected top militants. Pakistan routinely protest the strikes, saying it undercuts its fight against terror.

Regaining the Swat Valley from militants is a major test for the Pakistani government. Unlike the semiautonomous tribal regions where al-Qaida and Taliban have long thrived, the former tourist haven is supposed to be under full government control and lies less than 100 miles (160 kilometers) from the provincial capital, Islamabad.
Ummmmmm...guess it's not maybe?
Speaking in India, U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke said he was waiting to hear from the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan about details of the Taliban cease-fire. Holbrooke said the unrest in Swat was a reminder that the United States, Pakistan and India face an "an enemy which poses direct threats to our leadership, our capitals and our people."

Among those Islamists taking part in talks with the government in the provincial capital Peshawar was Sufi Muhammad, who Pakistan freed last year after he agreed to renounce violence. Muhammad is father-in-law to Maulana Fazlullah, leader of the Taliban in Swat. Hoti said Muhammad had agreed to travel to Swat and urge the militants to give up their arms. "Seeing the trend we can hope peace will soon be restored in Swat," he said.
And I can hope I hit Mega Millions...
President Asif Ali Zardari has been indirectly involved in the dialogue after growing increasingly concerned about civilian casualties in Swat, said an official in the president's office who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information.
Posted by: tu3031 || 02/16/2009 09:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6496 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  Free fire zone designation?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/16/2009 12:39 Comments || Top||

#2  #1: Free fire zone designation?
Posted by: Procopius2k|


How about, "All of Pakistan", P2K?
Posted by: Old Patriot || 02/16/2009 13:03 Comments || Top||

#3  Does this mean that Pakistain will quit complaining about our drone zaps in the area. Since they don't govern that area, its not sovereign territory.

All kidding aside, Pakistain is about to do a Somolia and disintegrate into a series of fiefdoms ruled by warlords and thugs. Pakistain exists in name only as far as I am concerned.
Posted by: James Carville || 02/16/2009 15:19 Comments || Top||

#4  And so the bell toll for the Umma.

Wherever Muslims have full sway, they
immediately disintegrate into
a series of fiefdoms ruled by
warlords and thugs.

That since the year 750AD...
Posted by: Ming the Merciless || 02/16/2009 23:50 Comments || Top||


Security on high alert in Bannu
Security has been heightened in Bannu on Monday to meet any untoward incident.

According to police sources, strict checking is being done by police and security forces at various points in the city while special jawans of the police are on patrolling across the District round the clock.

Meanwhile, police has been equipped with the latest weapons.
Posted by: Fred || 02/16/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Hoti to formally announce Nizam-e-Adl Regulation today
Tanzim Nifaz Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM) chief Maulana Sufi Muhammad and NWFP Government have signed a joint declaration for the enforcement of Nizam-e-Adl Regulation in Malakand Division.

The NWFP Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti is set to formally announce the implementation of Nizam-e-Adl Regulation in Malakand Division today.

Meanwhile, provincial law minister Arshad Abdullah told that the regulation would be enforced only after complete restoration of peace in Malakand.

"Our agreement is conditioned with peace,'' Abdullah said. 'They have to succumb to law. They have to put down their arms.''

"We hammered out a peace truce with TNSM after getting green-signal from President Asif Ali Zardari," he added.

A formal announcement in this connection will be made by the Chief Minister Hoti at the Frontier House today.
Posted by: Fred || 02/16/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under: TNSM


Taliban calls cease-fire in Pakistan's Swat
Taliban insurgents announce a 10-day ceasefire in Pakistan's restive north-west Swat Valley after months of unrest, a militant spokesman says. "We're announcing ceasefire as a goodwill gesture to the ongoing talks between Maulana Sufi Mohammad and the government," Muslim Khan, a spokesman for the Taliban militants said.

The ceasefire announcement comes amid talks between the North West Frontier Province's (NWFP) government and a pro-Taliban cleric, Sufi Mohammad, the leader of Tahrik-e-Nifaz Shariat. Sufi had dispatched hundreds of his men to fight in Afghanistan during the 2001 US-led invasion. He was released last year by Pakistani security forces after spending almost eight years in jail.
Large numbers of the fearsome tribesmen he dispatched to fight the hated infidel now reside in the boneyard. Others had to be ransomed from the shipping containers that were their new homes.
The peace agreement, which is expected to be announced on Monday, binds the provincial government to implement Taliban-style strict laws in the Malakand division, which comprises Swat and its adjoining areas. The Taliban spokesman said the decision for a 10-day ceasefire has been made in view of the ongoing efforts by its allied group for the enforcement of Taliban laws in the region, according to a Press TV correspondent.

Meanwhile in an interview with US TV network CBS on Sunday, Pakistani President Asif Zardari said the Taliban had established presence across 'huge parts' of Pakistan. "We are aware of the fact that the Taliban are trying to take over the state of Pakistan," he said.
"... which is why we surrendered Malakand to them."
The Taliban militants have set up a parallel administration with courts, taxes, patrols and checkpoints in the troubled Swat region.

Swat, once a popular destination for Pakistani and foreign holidaymakers, has descended into chaos in recent months, with pitched battles between insurgents and the Pakistani army. The ceasefire brings a pause in fighting between the Pakistani army and the insurgents in Swat that has raged since November 2007. The 900-square-km (3,500-square-mile) Swat Valley lies less than 160 km (100 miles) from the capital, Islamabad. About 1,500 Pakistani soldiers have been killed in fighting against militants since 2002.
This article starring:
SUFI MOHAMADTNSM
Posted by: Fred || 02/16/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under: TNSM

#1  Beginning of the end for Pakistan...

Hussein Obama will have "lost" Pakistan,
will he nuke it as promised?

It is Iran all over again, soon the quick
collapse with the ISI agents roasted of spits...sweet justice!!!
Posted by: Ming the Merciless || 02/16/2009 0:28 Comments || Top||

#2  It is Iran all over again, soon the quick
collapse with the ISI agents roasted of spits...sweet justice!!!


Unlikely. The civilian government will fall, but the ISI won't.
Posted by: Pappy || 02/16/2009 10:05 Comments || Top||


Geo News finds Mumbai training ground in Pakistan
Pakistani news channel Geo TV has uncovered the training grounds of the terrorists who attacked Mumbai in November 2008. The channel claims to have found out the training ground and the house that Mumbai attacker Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab and his partners used for training.

The area where the terrorists trained is situated about 100 kilometres from the India-Pakistan border. Geo TV traced the isolated building in Dori which could have been the training ground for the 26/11 attackers. The door is bolted at present, but inside there are unmistakable traces of people living.

Blankets and mattresses lie scattered while Islamic literature is stacked in order and in one corner a shelf full of medicines is stored. The newspapers lying on the floor on the floor with reports of the Mumbai carnage indicate the building was in use even during and after the attack.

The caretaker of the house says he was ordered by the suspected terrorists to stay away from the house. "I had been given some numbers. I did not speak to them," says the caretaker Mumtaz.

Residents of the area say seven terrorists stayed in the house and travelled in a motor launch. Located just 40 kilometres away from Karachi, from where the terrorists sailed for Mumbai, Dori was a perfect launch pad for the 26/11 attackers.

Meanwhile, an anti-terrorist court (ATC) in Pakistan has sent eight accused including Lashkar-e-Toiba founder Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, the alleged mastermind of the Mumbai terror attacks, on a 14-day remand to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). Dawn News has reported that the eight accused, against whom a First Information report (FIR) was registered by the FIA on Thursday, were produced before the ATC Judge Sakhiu Muhammad Kahut at some undisclosed location.

They have reportedly been charged with planning, financing and abetting the Mumbai terror attacks.

Earlier, government sources had told Dawn News that the trial of the eight accused would be held at the Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi because of security reasons. Officials say the FIA has also requested the government to provide two bullet-proof vehicles for transporting the high-profile suspected terrorists.
Posted by: Fred || 02/16/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  They make sand tables, you better believe it. They also post warfare related "Technical manuals". They mock villiages, scenes, and test response times.
Posted by: newc || 02/16/2009 1:54 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Iraqi army finds al-Qaeda prison in Mosul
Aswat al-Iraq: Iraqi army forces on Sunday discovered an al-Qaeda prison in western Mosul city, according to an army source. "On Sunday, an Iraqi army force found an underground prison in a deserted house in Rajm al-Hadid area near al-Maash market, western Mosul," the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. The al-Qaeda-run prison, where executions and torture took place, was found in light of intelligence tips, the source explained.
Posted by: Fred || 02/16/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Iraq

#1  I'm sure the MSM will give the discovery this tip billing monday morning as well as 24x7 coverage of the Al-Q torture of innocent civilians for the next 18 months. And I'm sure AmNasty International and Human Rights [abuse] Watch will be sure to condem them as well...

churping crickets...

(and no.... I am not on any high-powered drugs. But I may be delusional....)
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/16/2009 1:02 Comments || Top||

#2  CF, your comment is fitting your name! LOL The media will say it was a center to protect kids.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 02/16/2009 6:57 Comments || Top||

#3  49pan "The media will say it was a center to protect kids."

You forgot that it's also a baby milk factory.
Posted by: AlanC || 02/16/2009 9:19 Comments || Top||

#4  What's with all this baby milking that goes on in the middle least???
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/16/2009 10:00 Comments || Top||

#5  there's no cows, and goats are for lovin'
Posted by: Frank G || 02/16/2009 10:42 Comments || Top||

#6  The only "Baby Milk Factory" worth a damn comes two per female person.
Posted by: Rednek Jim || 02/16/2009 12:11 Comments || Top||

#7  Nothing to see here, folks. Move along.

/MSM
Posted by: Mike N. || 02/16/2009 12:13 Comments || Top||

#8  The Mainly Sleaze Media should be one of the primary targets in the next revolution.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 02/16/2009 13:09 Comments || Top||

#9  OP- I couldn't agree with you more! They are the most active and most vocal source of treason. The purge will be ugly and well deserved.
Posted by: Rob06 || 02/16/2009 13:30 Comments || Top||


4 suspects arrested on terror charges
Aswat al-Iraq: Four wanted men on Sunday were arrested on terror-related charges in southern Thi-Qar province, according to a police source. "In cooperation with emergency personnel, a force from Souk al-Shoyoukh police station arrested three suspects on terror charges," read a statement released by Thi-Qar police and received by Aswat al-Iraq news agency. Another wanted man was also attested in the province, according to the statement.
Posted by: Fred || 02/16/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency


Mass grave found in Diyala
Aswat al-Iraq: Iraqi forces on Sunday found a mass grave containing the remains of eight unknown bodies in a village near Baaquba city, according to a security source. "This afternoon, Salam police forces discovered a mass grave in Albo Tima village, al-Salam district (15 km north of Baaquba), containing decomposed bodies of eight unknown persons who were shot dead," the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

"The bodies were found in an orchard in the village, which was one of al-Qaeda's main strongholds in Diala," the source explained.

Twenty mass graves have been discovered in the village throughout the past few years. Bodies of civilians and army and police personnel who were killed by al-Qaeda after it had taken control of the village were found in the graves.
Posted by: Fred || 02/16/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Iraq


6 wanted men nabbed in Mosul
Aswat al-Iraq: Six wanted persons on Sunday were arrested in Ninewa's Mosul city, according to a military source. "The men were arrested in Adan neighborhood, eastern Mosul, following intelligence reports," a source from the Iraqi army's second division told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
Posted by: Fred || 02/16/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

#1  Wanted man in Mosul,
Wanted man in Kirkuk too
Wanted man in Tikrit
For playin' the kazoo.
Posted by: mojo || 02/16/2009 2:47 Comments || Top||

#2  I know dancing girls don't come cheap, especially in this age of Obama austerity...but if Obama can spend nearly a trillion dollars on Porkulus, I'm sure Fred can come up with a few measly dancing girls.
Posted by: Sonny Ebbeamp1305 || 02/16/2009 7:46 Comments || Top||

#3  The Iraqis are just cleaning up the remaining rif-raff now, SE1305. They don't rate dancing girls, and the goats are too shy to dance.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 02/16/2009 13:11 Comments || Top||

#4  Y'don't get your 72 virgins until after you're dead.
Posted by: Fred || 02/16/2009 17:42 Comments || Top||


Arms depot found in Falluja
Aswat al-Iraq: Police personnel on Sunday found a cache containing weapons and explosives in a deserted area in eastern Falluja city, according to a police chief. "An underground weapons cache was found in a deserted agricultural site in al-Laheeb area, eastern Falluja," the head of Fursan al-Karma Center, Col. Saad Abbas, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. "The cache contained six rockets, two Grad rockets, nine hand grenades, etc," he added.
Posted by: Fred || 02/16/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency


US soldier killed in southern Iraq
Baghdad (ANTARA News) - A US soldier was killed by an improvised explosive device in southern Iraq on Sunday, the American military said. It did not locate the attack or give details but said in a statement that the soldier was a member of the US-led coalition,s division for central Iraq.

At least 4,245 US military personnel have died in Iraq since the 2003 invasion, according to an AFP tally.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/16/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under:


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Things return to normal in Gaza
"Mysterious explosions", "training sessions" gone wrong. The Good Old Days are back...
Gaza – Ma’an – A Palestinian was killed on Monday morning and four others were injured in a mysterious explosion in the northern Gaza Strip, medical sources reported. One Palestinian, identified as Rajab Usama Subuh, 25, was killed in the blast, while two of four others injured in Beit Lahiya were in critical condition just before noon on Monday.
Hey, Rajab. Do that grenade juggling thing again.
On Sunday, a Palestinian woman was killed by a stray bullet in the Al-Mughraqa area of Gaza, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) reported. Buthaina Abu Rabee, 46, was shot in the chest while armed Palestinian fighters were holding a training session at the abandoned Israeli settlement Nitzarim, near Abu Rabee’s house, according to her son, Hamada. Nitzarim is hundreds of meters from the house. Abu Rabee was transported to the Al-Ahli hospital in Gaza City and was pronounced dead shortly after.
Nice shot, Mahmoud. We'll be sending you to sniper school...
PCHR noted a number of deaths resulting from the misuse of weapons in the Palestinian territories, calling for restrictions on firearms.
Gun control in Gaza. Good luck with that...
Posted by: tu3031 || 02/16/2009 11:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6516 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Told them not to jump through the hoop of fire while wearing their boom belts but do they listen? NO-O-O-O-O-o-o-o-o ...
Posted by: Steve White || 02/16/2009 13:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Does misusing a weapon mean forgetting where the igniter safety is on your Yves Saint Laurent suicide vest?

Those guys have to understand that five pounds of Symtex, while a really delightful fashion statement and the fumes from which drive the local ladies all aflutter, should never be worn to dinner if you intend to have Bananas Foster
Posted by: James Carville || 02/16/2009 15:22 Comments || Top||

#3  Look at the bright side: no leg and foot wounds this week!
Posted by: A_Rovian_Desciple || 02/16/2009 20:44 Comments || Top||

#4  apparently, he overestimated the drop at that distance
Posted by: Frank G || 02/16/2009 20:50 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Bombing of monk protection unit injures 5 in southern Thailand
One soldier and four civilians were injured by a time bomb planed by Muslim terrorists insurgents to attack a Buddhist monk protection unit in this southern border province Monday morning.

The explosion occurred on a roadside just 600 metres away from the Waeng district police station at 7 am. No monks were injured. Several of the injured were Muslim parents and students, walking to a nearby foods shop.

Police said the bomb detonated by a digital watch exploded while a unit of five soldiers, who were escorting three Buddhist monks to collect alms, were arriving at the scene.

Private Chavalit Chaitawatpong, 24, was injured. Wasana Saelua, 55, the owner of the house in front of which the bomb exploded, was also injured. Three others injured persons were Faridah Samoh, a teacher, Rusanee Duerahim, 13, a student, and Dechawet Maha.
Posted by: ryuge || 02/16/2009 05:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under:



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