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N. Korea appears to have conducted second nuclear test
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Suicide car bomber kills 7 in Somalia
A suicide bomber killed six policemen and a civilian on Sunday in Somalia's capital and hardline Islamist insurgents warned more suicide attacks would target pro-government forces in the coming days. Abdifatah Shaweye, deputy governor of Mogadishu, said the bomber drove a 4x4 vehicle to the gate of a police headquarters and detonated it by the guards. "Four died on the spot, two others died of serious injuries, and one civilian (died)," a police commander, who asked not to be named, told Reuters.

"Abdikadir Mohamed Hasan of our Mujahideen carried out the suicide car bomb," Sheik Husein Ali Fidow, a senior al Shabaab official told reporters in a news conference via phone. "It was committed by a young Somalia boy born in Mogadishu.
Really? Define "young". Did the lad have a choice? Did his parents?
More suicide car bombs are on the way coming hours, days and months," he said.
Eating their young.
Posted by: ryuge || 05/25/2009 00:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336069 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Law Enforcement(six Officers killed, pull quote from Police Commander), Deputy Governor(as in gubmint, plus Pro-gubmint forces), this is Reuters reporting from the Somalia in a parallel universe, correct?
Posted by: Last Breath Farm Resident || 05/25/2009 2:07 Comments || Top||

Over 13,000 UNAMID peacekeepers now in Darfur
The joint African Union/United Nations Hybrid force in Darfur (UNAMID) assigned to install peace in the troubled western region reached 13,454 soldiers, UNAMID said Sunday. By this, UNAMID achieves 69 percent of the UN Security Council's plan to bring stability back into the region, a statement by UNAMID said.

A new batch of 500 Bengali soldiers arrived in the region to "ensure the safety of the civilian population in Darfur", UNAMID Force Commander General Martin Luther Agwai said as he called upon more participation from other countries.

UNAMID headquarters received 52 police advisors from the Philippines, and 39 from Nigeria while more than 60 police officers from Sierra Leone are expected to arrive next week.
No mighty Uruguayans? Why ever not?
UN Security Council assigned UNAMID in 2007 to take necessary action to support the implementation of the Darfur Peace Agreement. The UNAMID was supposed to deploy 26,000 soldiers in the region but it was hindered due to lack of logistics specially jets.
Posted by: Seafarious || 05/25/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336065 views] Top|| File under:

#1  No mighty Uruguayans? Why ever not?

The one company of men they've cleared for foreign service are all busy in Iraq and Afghanistan, Sea. Brazil's not busy...
Posted by: Old Patriot || 05/25/2009 14:05 Comments || Top||

Sudanese army repels attack by rebels, blames Chad
I can't decide if all this Sudan/Chad/Eritrea pointings of fingers and farting in general directions is serious politix or just background noise/smokescreens.
Posted by: Seafarious || 05/25/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336065 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Well, Eritrea is definitely messing in the affairs of Sudan, and supports the Shabaab forces. They'd do anything to cause heartache for Ethiopia, whom they've made their lifelong enemies. Sudan and Chad have been antagonists since somewhere in the third or fourth centuries. Other than that, it's politics as usual in Africa - blame all your troubles on your neighbors, or your colonial masters. Someday, the entire continent is going to have to grow up.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 05/25/2009 14:09 Comments || Top||

Member of 'Gangchil Bahini' killed in encounter with RAB
A terror and member of the notorious 'Gangchil Bahini' was killed early Sunday in a gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion personnel in Savar area on the outskirts of the capital.
The 'Gangchil Bahini' is apparently a criminal gang with little known political activity.
The deceased was identified as Rafiqul Islam Azad alias Sumon, 25, son of Abul Kalam Azad, of Darus Salam in Dhaka.
And an unnamed mother who no longer loves him ...
"Sumon was the main accused of the cases of Savar Thana SI Motiur Rahman murder in 2002 and the double-murder of two RAB members at Amin bazar brickfield in 2007," said a RAB release.
Whacked a couple RAB boys? Oh I'll bet this was a sweet 'encounter' for them ...
Whacked the coppers at Amin bazar brickfield...mebbe there *was* a real-live "crossfire" for once...
It said Sumon was an active member of 'Gangchil Bahini' and wanted on twelve systems in various cases involving murders and arms.

Acting on secret information,
Tip o' the hat to Mahmoud the Weasel ...
... a patrol team of RAB-4 raided NR Filling Station the gang stormed to commit dacoity at about 2:30am.
"Hey! Youse guys won't be committing dacoity around here!"
Sensing the presence of the elite force,
"Hark! My spider-sense is tingling!"
... the robbers tried to flee,
"No time for dacoity, boys! Head for the hills!"
... and fired on the RAB men as they chased the suspects for capture.
Shooting at the RAB while they run away. Real smart.
The RAB members also fired back for their protection, triggering a gun-battle.
Um no, the 'gun-battle', such as it was, was triggered by the dacoits ...
"At one stage of the exchange of gunfire, the terrorists retreated from the place, leaving behind Sumon in critical condition," said the RAB release dictating narrating the late-night encounter.
"Cheez, Sarge, he looks critical."
"Yeah, throw him in the ox-cart and rush him to Savar Thana."
"That's clear across town, Sarge! He'll be dead by then!"
"I know. Get going!"
The RAB members in association with local people rescued and sent Sumon to Savar Thana Health Complex where doctors declared him dead, it added.
"He's dead. What took you guys so long?"
"We brought him in an ox-cart."
A pistol, two bullets, two machetes and two knives were recovered from the scene.
No shutter gun? I'm disappointed.
No lowly country-made weapons on the outskirts of Dhaka, nosiree. Only the high-quality boughten ones. It's in the zoning regs, on down to the courthouse.
Posted by: Steve White || 05/25/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336065 views] Top|| File under:

Four more BDR Jawans taken on remand
Four more BDR Jawans were placed on a four-day remand afresh for further interrogation in the case filed in connection with the mutiny of February 25-26 at Peelkhana Bangladesh Rifles Headquarters.
Plenty of time for the digitalis-spiked tea to work ...
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) sought a seven-day remand each while the Metropolitan Magistrate Mominul Hasan of the CMM Court of Dhaka gran
Posted by: Steve White || 05/25/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336068 views] Top|| File under:

'Sweden' Aslam gets 17 yrs in arms case
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced top criminal 'Sweden' Aslam and three of his accomplices to 17 years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) for possessing illegal firearms and ammunition in his DOHS residence in May, 1997.
Honestly, we don't make this stuff up.
Earlier on November 5, 2003, Aslam was awarded life imprisonment in another case for possessing illegal firearms and ammunition. Fourteen other criminal cases against him remain pending with different courts in the city, sources said.

The other three convicts are Abu 'Finland' Taher Taru, Hassan 'Norway' Imam and Mohammad 'the Dane' Babul. Aslam and Babul were present in the court while the other two were tried in absentia.

According to the prosecution, Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested Aslam from his DOHS residence in the city's Cantonment area on May 20, 1997. A pistol, a shotgun, a shutter gun, a revolver and six bullets were recovered from his house.
A shutter gun! Must have been a serious case then!
An arms case was filed against Aslam and three others with Cantonment Police Station the same day.
Posted by: Steve White || 05/25/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336066 views] Top|| File under:

#1  rigorous imprisonment ?
Posted by: Angainter Henbane8436 || 05/25/2009 3:31 Comments || Top||

#2  rigorous imprisonment ?

that's when your cellmate asks: "top or bottom?" and you notice they aren't bunks
Posted by: Frank G || 05/25/2009 9:56 Comments || Top||

#3  AH8436 - that's where half the inmates are forced to dig a 10-foot deep ditch, and the other half are forced to fill it in, but there always has to be a 20-foot section between them. Oh, and they have to use a soup spoon to do all this.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 05/25/2009 14:15 Comments || Top||

South Korea's president to hold emergency meeting of national security council
Posted by: Oztralian || 05/25/2009 00:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336069 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So since Beijing hasn't reined in their mad lapdog ... how long before Japan and South Korea build nukes?
Posted by: 3dc || 05/25/2009 1:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Given the fine performance of our intel agencies, what makes you think they haven't already? That is in the end the problem of useless and endless UN resolutions and strongly worded statements, it makes concerned parties look out for their own good even if it means going technically rogue. Feeble actions means power flows to other venues for application.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/25/2009 8:30 Comments || Top||

#3  ...It's been suggested for years that Japan has complied with the letter of the law on the Non-Proliferation Treaty - that is, they have produced all the components for several nuclear weapons, but have never assembled them.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 05/25/2009 9:13 Comments || Top||

#4  So since Beijing hasn't reined in their mad lapdog ... how long before Japan and South Korea build nukes?

I'd be very surprised if they don't already have them, Quietly, it's too dangerous to not have them with Kimmie rattling his saber so loudly.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 05/25/2009 14:28 Comments || Top||

#5  Seafarious , were you ever Military?
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 05/25/2009 14:29 Comments || Top||

#6  Does that make a difference?
Posted by: Pappy || 05/25/2009 19:45 Comments || Top||

#7  "making friends, for all the world to see...."
Posted by: Frank G || 05/25/2009 19:47 Comments || Top||

#8  Now I'm confused; I don't even see Seafarious posting on this thread.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 05/25/2009 21:11 Comments || Top||

#9  recent history, my furry friend. As in: not learning a kind lesson. See Saturday/Sunday
Posted by: Frank G || 05/25/2009 21:28 Comments || Top||

#10  Any particular thread?
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 05/25/2009 22:19 Comments || Top||

#11  the one where RJ got pooplisted
Posted by: Frank G || 05/25/2009 23:18 Comments || Top||

#12  I didn't know that happened.

Why is he still here?
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 05/25/2009 23:49 Comments || Top||

N. Korea appears to have conducted second nuclear test
North Korea appears to have gone ahead with its threat to conduct a second nuclear test, South Korean media reported Monday. Yonhap News Agency quoted a source as saying South Korea detected an "artificial earthquake" in North Korea that was felt shortly before 10 a.m. YTN television news carried a similar report.
Posted by: Seafarious || 05/25/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336074 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I suppose we now get to see what color panties Obama is wearing. My bet is on yellow.
Posted by: Gerthudion Flereth4851 || 05/25/2009 0:36 Comments || Top||

#2  I am sure that CHINESE LAPDOG chose Memorial Day on purpose for the test - to make his point of Death to the US.
Posted by: 3dc || 05/25/2009 1:21 Comments || Top||

#3  I saw a report that there were Iranian observers for this test...
Posted by: Seafarious || 05/25/2009 1:26 Comments || Top||

#4  Seafarious: Paging Benny...
Posted by: 3dc || 05/25/2009 1:30 Comments || Top||

#5  Obama is going to regret his weakness. So are we.

Events are in motion ...
Posted by: Steve White || 05/25/2009 1:49 Comments || Top||

#6  Events are in motion ...
That phrase is making me feel very uneasy.
Posted by: Gladys || 05/25/2009 3:18 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Angainter Henbane8436 || 05/25/2009 3:26 Comments || Top||

#8  I wonder if Nobama is going to actually do something or resort to citing court decisions. Again.

OK, actually I don't wonder.
Posted by: gorb || 05/25/2009 6:12 Comments || Top||

#9  Governments Urge Security Council Action... International community condemns North Korea nuclear test... possible tighter sanctions... matter of grave concern... pattern of escalating belligerence...

Blah blah blah, yadda yadda yadda...
Posted by: Parabellum || 05/25/2009 7:16 Comments || Top||

#10  Within 50 years, I predict Korea will be China again, the hermit kingdom will be speaking Chinese in schools again, and Russia and Japan are going to feel very defensive.
Posted by: Girlthursday || 05/25/2009 8:34 Comments || Top||

#11  I wonder if Nobama is going to actually do something or resort to citing court decisions. Again.

I think the only thing we can be absolutely sure of is the whining weasel will remind us this is all because of W's 'terrible policies'. Again.
Posted by: Zorba || 05/25/2009 8:53 Comments || Top||

#12  Send Me!
Posted by: Strongly Worded Letter || 05/25/2009 8:56 Comments || Top||

#13  Zorba hit the nail on the head.
Posted by: Hellfish || 05/25/2009 9:03 Comments || Top||

#14  "I wonder if Nobama is going to actually do something." He will express his deep concern and disappointment. The norks will get more food, fuel, and prestige (iow same shit different day). I just wonder how long the South Korea will stand by?
Posted by: Cyber Sarge || 05/25/2009 9:34 Comments || Top||

#15  From the Nypost:

The US is gravely concerned by North Korea's claim to have tested a nuclear device, is still analyzing the data and is consulting members of the UN Security Council on next steps, a State Department official said.

It seems that Sarge and Parabellum made the right guess!
Posted by: Willy || 05/25/2009 9:57 Comments || Top||

#16  "mark my words, people are gonna try things, and we will ineffectually bleat and let them walk on us"

/Sheriff Joe Biden
Posted by: Frank G || 05/25/2009 9:58 Comments || Top||

#17  LOL @strongly worded letter. it took me minute too figure that one out
Posted by: funky skunk || 05/25/2009 10:18 Comments || Top||

#18  good thing Nancy McBotox is over in China right now. She'll set things right
Posted by: Frank G || 05/25/2009 10:48 Comments || Top||

#19  Doubt it Frank - she doesn't have Halfbright's magic broach.

It'll be interesting to see how Japan and South Korea will react to this.

Or will Obambi 'forbid' them from doing anything? I've already heard he wants to go to the 'international community' first. Looks like you might get your chance once again Strongly Worded Letter.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 05/25/2009 11:21 Comments || Top||

#20  The real issue here is what was the yield? The Rooskies say upto 20 ktons, but they overestimated the 2006 test which appears to have been a "fizzle" (core materials didn't come together quickly enough). If this test was successful it bodes very dark especially if the Iranians were present. The horse may be out of the barn and the barn doesn't even have doors.
Posted by: Spot || 05/25/2009 11:22 Comments || Top||

#21  The U.S. Geological Survey registered seismic activity in northeastern North Korea at 9:54 a.m. (0054 GMT), which it initially identified as a 4.7-magnitude earthquake.

If that holds, that should correspond to a 1-2 kiloton explosion. Another fizzle, but stronger than the last test.
Posted by: ed || 05/25/2009 12:54 Comments || Top||

#22  From NukeWars:

Full text of NKorea statement on nuclear test
The following is the full text of the report released Monday by Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) after what the North said was its second nuclear weapons test:

"The Democratic People's Republic of Korea successfully conducted one more underground nuclear test on May 25 as part of the measures to bolster up its nuclear deterrent for self-defence in every way as requested by its scientists and technicians.

"The current nuclear test was safely conducted on a new higher level in terms of its explosive power and technology of its control and the results of the test helped satisfactorily settle the scientific and technological problems arising in further increasing the power of nuclear weapons and steadily developing nuclear technology.

"The successful nuclear test is greatly inspiring the army and people of the DPRK all out in the 150-day campaign, intensifying the drive for effecting a new revolutionary surge to open the gate to a thriving nation.

"The test will contribute to defending the sovereignty of the country and the nation and socialism and ensuring peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and the region around it with the might of Songun."
Posted by: 3dc || 05/25/2009 12:56 Comments || Top||

#23  Debka: Israel to drill missile attack from many directions
Deputy defense minister Matan Vilnai outlined the nationwide civil defense exercise to be staged next week in a briefing to the Knesset foreign affairs and security committee Monday, May 25. Next Tuesday, he said, sirens would send the entire population heading for the nearest shelters or protected sites.

Vilnai explained that the exercise was configured on the presumption of a missile assault from three or four directions synchronized with large-scale terrorist attacks up and down the country. He stressed that this was no fantastic scenario divorced from reality but highly credible in the event of a war.

Drills conducted in the last two years and the lessons of the 2006 Lebanon war and 209 Gaza conflict had been factored into the coming exercise, said the deputy minister. In both, Israel's population had come under heavy missile bombardment.

Upgraded "gas masks" would be redistributed to the population later this year.
Posted by: 3dc || 05/25/2009 13:00 Comments || Top||

#24  Might be about time for the Japanese to conduct a "test".

I'd like to take this opportunity to once again denounce our government for its China policy. In the past several decades both Republican and Democrat administrations have pretended that we can peacefully engage the Chinese, trade with them and act as though they are peace loving, trustworthy folk. The people in the Chinese communist government are most certainly not peace loving, trustworthy folks. They are pragmatic, calculating, deceitful, evil bastards. They conquered Tibet, set their sites on Taiwan, make trouble in Nepal, make trouble in India, oppress their own people, export WMD technology to Pakistan and now they have encouraged Kimmie in this latest threat to their neighbors and to us. We have compromised our economic system and compromised our national security in the name of profits. The fact that a representative of our government in now in China kissing their asses is a bizarre abomination. It makes me sick. It seriously pisses me off.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 05/25/2009 14:14 Comments || Top||

#25  "It is being reported that North Korea gave warning of an imminent test to the US less than an hour before it happened."

Interresting to say the least. Could anyone confirm if this is standard operating procedure?

Posted by: Spairong Lumumba1031 || 05/25/2009 15:07 Comments || Top||

#26  It will take a couple of days until degassing occurs and we have a reading of the type of radioactive stuff that was released. Probably Uranium 235, not plutonium.
Posted by: Lord garth || 05/25/2009 16:02 Comments || Top||

#27  from Arms Control Wonk

The plot is based on the Mb to yield estimates for dry-rock, close coupled, underground nuclear explosions. I’ve used the USGS estimate for the yield calculation. The graph can only be used as a general indication because the exact geological conditions of the area is not known. It is known to have a shallow water table, which could explain why the Russians always get their yield calculations on the high end. We also don’t know how well this test was coupled to the rock.
Posted by: john frum || 05/25/2009 16:14 Comments || Top||

Update: The Project for the CTBT has a calculation from Martin Kalinowski:

The U.S. Geological Survey readings indicate a seismic body wave of magnitude of 4.7, which is larger as compared to the value of 4.1±0.1 in 2006. According a preliminary assessment by Martin Kalinowski of the University of Hamburg, this corresponds to an explosive yield of about 3 to 8 kilotons TNT equivalent with a most likely yield of 4 kt. In 2006. The yield of the 2006 test explosion was approximately 0.5 to 0.8 kt TNT equivalent.

Posted by: john frum || 05/25/2009 16:22 Comments || Top||

#29  "When will we see an accounting of the Bush Obama failures whith regard to North Korea." How many times have we heard that one? But I bet Obama will make peace in the Middle East, just like Dimmy Carter.
Posted by: Cyber Sarge || 05/25/2009 16:24 Comments || Top||

#30  FYI Nancy and John Kerry are in Shanghai.
Posted by: Cyber Sarge || 05/25/2009 16:34 Comments || Top||

#31  No pressure on North Korea will work.
The target must be Beijing
Posted by: European Conservative || 05/25/2009 16:35 Comments || Top||

#32  To clsrify:

"... any nuclear missile launched from Cuba against any nation in the Western Hemisphere is an attack by the Soviet Union on the US, requiring a full retaliatory response against the Soviet Union."

Now replace Cuba by North Korea and Soviet Union by China.

THIS will get their attention

Posted by: European Conservative || 05/25/2009 16:39 Comments || Top||

#33  Not sure if that would be effective either. With the current crop in the WH and Congress - they will probably want to schedule a UN Security Council meeting in response to a full-scale first-strike launch by China or Russia.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 05/25/2009 17:00 Comments || Top||

#34  100ft below what used to be the UN Building
Posted by: European Conservative || 05/25/2009 17:15 Comments || Top||

#35  Quick. Pass cap & trade!!!
Posted by: Iblis || 05/25/2009 17:40 Comments || Top||

#36  NO worries about North Korea they are already Marxist and socialist; right where Obama wants them.

I am sure a firm handshake and a book exchange will break the ice with the Norks.
Posted by: airandee || 05/25/2009 18:15 Comments || Top||

#37  Data is all over the place, esp wrt the 2006 test. USGS has: The shallow, magnitude 4.7 seismic event that occurred on 25 May 2009 at 00:54:43 UTC is linked to the claim of a nuclear test by North Korean officials. While the USGS cannot positively identify the seismic event as a nuclear test, it was shallow and located in the vicinity of the 9 October 2006 North Korean nuclear test (magnitude 4.3). Moreover, comparisons of the seismograms of the 9 October 2006 and 25 May 2009 events at individual seismic stations shows similar features, suggesting that the two events are in close spatial proximity and are the same type of source, although the more recent event is larger.

That implies an explosion 2.5X the strength of the 2006 test, often given as 550 tons TNT.
Posted by: ed || 05/25/2009 18:16 Comments || Top||

#38  Caught only a passing segment, + could be mistaken, but I believe CNN NEWS Babe this AM was desribing how NOKOR nuke test back in 2006 appeared to had caused a series of regional quakes which was not discerned until this test.


* Compare wid OLD DREAMS/VISIONS e.g. GUAM TAOTAMONAS > KEY PACIFIC ISLANDS in future conflict being intentionally destroyed by nucweaps in order to deny to an enemy ["MIL/AREA DENIAL"]???

[shaking PAN-KOREAN "SPICY SQUID" fists angrily].
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 05/25/2009 18:46 Comments || Top||

#39  I thought that was Halliburton?
Posted by: European Conservative || 05/25/2009 19:11 Comments || Top||

#40  Prediction: The Norks decided to stop fooling around with plutonium and built a uranium bomb, which they pretty much couldn't screw up.

Posted by: Angie Schultz || 05/25/2009 21:14 Comments || Top||

#41  NOKOR's test now appears to had been of 10-20 Kiloton estimated magnitude [subject to change], as based on analysis of datums from USGS regional monitoring sta.


POSTER > opined that IHO Israel is far better prepared than the USA for any TERROR-MISSLE WAR COMBO/SCENARIO becuz:
(1) Israel has 00's of BMD Interceptors aimed for wide multi front(s), whereas the USA, USSA = USR, only has approxi 12 ea. = DOZEN aimed on one front [East Asia = NOKOR vee FORT GREELY Alaska];

The day is slwoly but steadily looming when the USA will also face such a scenario.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 05/25/2009 21:56 Comments || Top||

Mehsud deserted by key ally
Baitullah Mehsud, leader of Pakistan's insurgents, has been deserted by a key ally -- possibly on the orders of Afghanistan's Taliban leader Mohammed Omar -- leaving him isolated before an expected attack by security forces, Taliban sources said.

The commander, Haji Nazeer of South Waziristan tribal agency, had in February formed an alliance, the Shura Ittihad-ul-Mujahideen, with Mr Mehsud and Hafiz Gul Bahadur, the top commander of North Waziristan agency, on orders from Mr Omar. The purpose of ordering the alliance was to rein in Mr Mehsud who, up to that point, had acted as head of the Pakistani Taliban factions, and force him to focus on fighting the growing US military presence across the border in Afghanistan, sources close to Mr Omar said.

"The Amir-ul-Momineen [Mr Omar's spiritual title] had written three letters to Baitullah, warning him that his attacks inside Pakistan were undermining the jihad in Afghanistan," said the source,
I don't doubt that's true.
identifying himself only as "Ghaznavi", a militant tag that indicates his birthplace as Ghazni in Afghanistan."Baitullah has failed to listen to the repeated warnings, proving him to be America's biggest agent against Pakistan," he said during a recent interview in Karachi.
Poor Mr Baitullah -- becoming his own worst nightmare!
That's a shame; I had hoped the US Marines would be his worst nightmare ...
Mr Omar had decided against making public such views because he did not want to be seen as partisan in Pakistan's internal affairs, he said. He refused to confirm or deny whether Mr Nazeer had been instructed to withdraw support to Mr Mehsud, but conceded that their future actions "would reflect advice from Mullah Omar, rather than Baitullah".
No longer a trusted advisor and, it seems, no longer a mullah.
The relationship between Mr Mehsud and Mr Nazeer has never been an easy one. Mr Nazeer was a signatory to a peace agreement between militants and the government in 2006 in which he had agreed to expel foreign al Qa'eda terrorists from South Waziristan. His militia subsequently chased them out of areas controlled by his Wazir tribe, but clashed with Mr Mehsud's fighters after they gave sanctuary to the fleeing foreign fighters, most of them from Uzbekistan. Their rival militias continued to fight until Mr Omar ordered them to join in February.

Tribal elders in Wana, the administrative headquarters of South Waziristan, said they have seen no indication that Mr Nazeer was preparing to fight. They said large-scale army and paramilitary reinforcements had driven unopposed over the past two weeks through the area dominated by his militia, taking up positions along the mountainous boundary occupied by the Mehsud tribe. They attributed this to Mr Nazeer's record of avoiding a destructive conflict with security forces and to his affiliation with the Wazir tribe, which farms the temperate fertile plains areas of the tribal agency.

Recent exchanges of rocket and artillery fire reflected his anger at being repeatedly targeted by US drones, pilotless planes, which he sees as a violation of the 2006 peace agreement, rather than any desire to push security forces out of the area, they said. "He has always hated violence because of the suffering it inflicts on us as a people. Right now our annual crop of fruit and vegetables is almost ready for harvest. Nazeer knows that the harvest is key to our survival and would never do anything to imperil it," said an elder, who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing security fears.
Gosh, fears of who?
Local journalists, who also sought anonymity, said they had been summoned for a meeting with Mr Nazeer on Thursday, but he had failed to arrive for the meeting because of the threat posed by constant drone activity in the area. Hafiz Gul Bahadur, also a Wazir tribe member, has been under similar pressure from drone attacks in North Waziristan agency, suggesting a broader strategy involving both the Pakistani and US governments. The journalists were not informed of the purpose of the meeting, but surmised its purpose was to give "editorial advice" about their coverage of forthcoming hostilities between the security forces and Mr Mehsud's militia, which is estimated at 15,000 strong.
"Editorial advice" -- so that's what they're calling it nowadays.
The political administration of South Waziristan summoned the Darai Mehsud, a council of elders from the three clans of the Mehsud tribe, on Thursday and, as per the laws governing the tribal agencies, collectively gave them responsibility for security forces in the area. However, tensions exploded on Thursday night when a car packed with explosives was driven into the wall of a paramilitary fort at Jandola, killing 12 people in the market outside.

As expected, the 15-member tribal Mehsud council, led by Maulana Miraj-ud-din, a former senator, on Friday travelled into the mountains for peace talks with Mr Mehsud and returned empty-handed, although it did fulfil the collective responsibility imposed upon the group by the government, local journalists said. Security forces responded to the suicide attack on Saturday by firing long-range artillery guns at Mehsud villages.

The build-up to outright conflict has prompted an exodus of members of Mehsud's tribe to Jandola and Tank, towns to the west; they have now started arriving in the nearby North West Frontier Province city of Dera Ismail Khan, residents said.
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#1  sounds like they where trying too get the journalist too the meeting so that maybe 1of the drones would strike and of course make a big international outcry. By the time they are through making up a new name for their offshoot group they have already parted ways
Posted by: funky skunk || 05/25/2009 10:15 Comments || Top||

Riots follow SSP leader's targeted killing
A senior activist of the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) was gunned down in a target killing on Sunday. Allauddin, 40, was the Lines Area Unit Incharge of the banned religious outfit, and had earlier worked for the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LJ).
Lest we forget, the two are pretty much the same outfit. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi does most of the generalized killing -- they've become the core of AQ-Pakistan -- while SSP specializes more in bumping off Shiites and pretending to be the political wing.
A source in the Criminal Investigation Department told Daily Times the deceased was currently engaged in reorganising the SSP in Karachi. The killing occurred early on Sunday, when three unidentified men on a motorcycle shot Allauddin seven times with a 9mm pistol. Following the incident, participants of Allauddin's funeral prayers started shooting guns in the air outside Imambargah-e-Ali Raza.
Imambargahs are Shiite mosques.
Inspired by the firing, dozens of people belonging to Fiqa-e-Jafferia gathered on the road and started rioting by burning tyres and pelting stones on passing vehicles.
That'd be the Shiites defending themselves and mayheming.
Jamshed Town Superintendent of Police Javed Akbar Riaz said the SSP's rival members had claimed the SSP workers were targeting them and the imambargah. He said a case had been registered against several SSP leaders.
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Posted by: Fred || 05/25/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336069 views] Top|| File under: Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan

Info sharing leads to Qaeda men's arrest in Pakistan
Pakistan's security agencies have arrested two Al Qaeda suspects -- a Saudi and a Yemeni -- with the help of American intelligence and logistical support this year, the New York Times reported on Sunday. Pakistan has shared information from their interrogations with the United States, the newspaper said.
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Troops secure important Mingora areas, kill 10 Taliban
RAWALPINDI: Troops have secured several important areas in Mingora, including a crossing infamous for beheadings carried out by the Taliban, said security forces on Sunday as the military killed 10 more Taliban in various areas of Swat. The ISPR said that 10 Taliban and three troops were killed in gunbattles in various areas of Swat, while 14 Taliban were also arrested.

Five of the Taliban were killed in Malam Jabba when the forces were tipped off about their presence in the area. “Their bodies are lying along the road,” said the ISPR.

The troops secured various important areas in Mingora – including Wattakai Chowk, Nawakilli Chowk, Nishat Chowk, Sirafe Chowk, Gulshan Chowk, Green Chowk, Haji Baba Chowk and Sohrab Chowk – in the 24 hours preceding the latest ISPR update on the operation. Green Chowk is infamous for beheadings carried out by the Taliban. The military said troops came across 12 IEDs and defused four during the operation in Mingora.
What did they do with the other eight?
After surrounding Peochar valley, troops entered Peochar village and seized a huge cache of arms from Taliban hideouts and overtook a factory manufacturing bombs and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), “The people of Peochar are cooperating with the security forces,” said the ISPR in a statement.
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18 killed in Orakzai shelling
HANGU: Fighter jets and helicopter gunships pounded Taliban hideouts in Orakzai Agency on Sunday, with the AP news agency reporting at least 18 people killed in the offensive. AP quoted a government official as saying that the targets were strongholds of Hakeemullah Mehsud, a deputy to Baitullah Mehsud. Hundreds fled the area amid the fighting.

According to the Reuters news agency, security officials said the government forces were targeting a group of Taliban in Orakzai who were preparing to travel to South Waziristan on the Afghan border to fight the army there. The news agency also quoted a Taliban spokesman, Maulvi Haider, as saying that 13 of his men had been killed and vowed revenge. "We'll hit back and our target could be anywhere in Pakistan," he said.
"We shall have Dire Revenge™!"
Local sources told Daily Times that helicopter gunships and fighter jets attacked Jama Masjid and adjacent centres in Dabori area of Upper Orakzai, Mattani and Khawageri. A seminary near Ghalju was also targeted and another was damaged in shelling in Lower Orakzai. Three Taliban centres were also destroyed in Laddah, Atmankhel and Ferozkhel, and the death of three Taliban was reported from Lower Orakzai.

The sources told Daily Times that at least eight Taliban hideouts were destroyed. The political authorities confirmed the offensive.
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Taliban commander among seven held in Charsadda
Police in Charsadda district have said they caught seven Taliban during a raid on a seminar on Saturday night. Charsadda police chief Riaz Khan said the arrested men included Qari Ihsanullah, a Taliban commander suspected of carrying out attacks both in Pakistan and Afghanistan. "We recovered three suicide jackets, explosives and assault rifles from their possession," he said of the Saturday night raid.
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Two top Maoist leaders killed in 'encounter'
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TADVAI (WARANGAL DT.): Two top Maoist leaders -- Patel Sudhakar Reddy alias Suryam alias Srikanth and Kanugula Venkataiah -- one a Central Committee member and the other a State Committee member, were killed in an exchange of fire with the police in the early hours of Sunday on the Gaurappa hillocks near Lavvala village in the thick Tadvai forest area.

According to Superintendent of Police V. C. Sajjanar, on credible information about the increased movement of naxal groups in the forest area, special party police teams were pressed into combing operations for the past two weeks. One of the parties spotted a group of naxals camping on the top of Gaurappa hillocks near Lavvala village in Tadvai mandal in the early hours of Sunday and there was a sudden exchange of fire. Two naxals were killed and the police recovered one AK 47, one 9 mm pistol, one 8 mm rifle, three kitbags, Rs. 20,000 in cash and revolutionary party literature. The deceased were identified as Patel Sudhkar Reddy (49) alias Suryam alias Venkat Reddy, native of Kurthi Ravala Cheruvu of Maldarkal mandal in Mahabubnagar district, a Central Committee member of CPI (Maoist) and the other was identified as Kanugula Venkataiah (29) alias Prasanna alias Bhujanga Reddy, native of Inapur village in Cheriyal mandal of Warangal district who was a State Committee member of the CPI (Maoist) and a member of its technical wing.

Patel Sudhakar Reddy was involved in a number of sensational murder cases, including that of former Home Minister Alimineti Madava Reddy and senior IPS officers Umesh Chandra and Vyas. He also masterminded the assassination attempts on former Chief Ministers N. Chandrababu Naidu and N. Janardhan Reddy. He played a key role in the police station attacks of Bommala Ramaram, Thirumalagiri, Eragondapalem, Yadagirigutta, Dindi and some other police stations in the State.

He was also involved in three landmine blasts at Bandlamotu and Vepanagandla, in which two SIs and 12 constables were killed. He looked after the military activities in Orissa, Bihar, Jharkhand and Maharashtra and was made member of the Central Committee.

Kanugula Venkataiah started as State Secretary of the Radical Students Union (RSU). In 1993 he went underground and worked in Cherial, Gerailpally and Nalgonda area committees. In 2006, he was taken into the technical wing of the party and was made State committee member.
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Paks wax 10 turbans, arrest 14 more
Pakistani security forces Sunday claimed securing more area of significant importance from the militants' seizure and killed 10 more militants while 14 others were arrested in ongoing operation in northern district.

Moving from street to street, the security forces have secured important areas of Mingora city in Malakand Division while in various areas of Swat 10 militants have been killed and 14 others were arrested, the military said in a statement. During the operation, three security personnel were also killed, it said, adding, six others were injured, in the last 24 hours.

After surrounding the Peochar Valley, the security forces have entered the Peochar village where search and cordon operation is continuing, the statement said. So far, it added huge cache of arms have been recovered from miscreants hideouts along with an extensive factory of making bombs and IEDs.
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#1  oh lord , the check must have arrived from the US when they start arresting them this "offensive" is about too be over
Posted by: funky skunk || 05/25/2009 10:20 Comments || Top||

Eight killed in suicide attack on US troops in Mosul
BAGHDAD - Eight people were killed when a suicide bomber drove a car packed with explosives at a US patrol in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Sunday. The explosion, which took place in the Mosul neighbourhood of al-Duwasa, also killed the bomber and wounded another 26 people, police told the German Press Agency dpa.

Police in Mosul, some 400 kilometres north of Baghdad, did not provide any further details, and the US military did not immidiately make any public statement about the attack or whether any US soldiers had been hurt.
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#1  ? Our guys or no?
Posted by: newc || 05/25/2009 6:45 Comments || Top||

Female leader of suicide bomber network is captured in Baghdad
Iraqi counter terrorism forces (ICTF) arrested on Saturday a woman suspected of leading a suicide bomber network operating in Baghdad, the US Army said Sunday.

Upon receiving a warrant issued by the Central Investigation Court, the ICTF arrested the suspected leader of a cell responsible for recruiting and preparing females for attacks as suicide bombers, a US Army press release which circulated here today said.

The suspect confirmed her identity after being interrogated and was taken into custody.

[The] head of the special operations task force, Major Seth Krummrich, said "the arrest of the suspect strikes a crippling blow to the female suicide bomber network in Baghdad. The success of this Iraqi-led operation could definitely provide insight and lead to future arrests of senior terrorist leadership," he added. "This is a great representation of what a unified and well synchronized ISOF (Iraqi Special Operations Forces) intelligence and operational organization can accomplish," Krummrich said.
Oboy -- more cell phones and computers to play with!
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Good Memorial Day morning
Posted by: Steve White || 05/25/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336069 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I expect Teh One will have a lotta push back. His thin skin? Might make for serious Shadenfreude, along with sorrow
Posted by: Frank G || 05/25/2009 0:46 Comments || Top||

#2  Color in the Defender Scimitar!

And a kimmy sized nuke.

What a Memorial Day start.
Posted by: 3dc || 05/25/2009 1:20 Comments || Top||

#3  I thought the color pic was appropriate for today. Don't expect color often, though, unless Fred wills it.

Particularly with the news coming out this morning, more than ever we owe thanks to the men and women who protect us. I only hope we're good enough for them.
Posted by: Steve White || 05/25/2009 1:48 Comments || Top||

#4  Happy Birthday: May 25th.

Bill “Bojangles” Robinson - died 1949 (71)

Igor Sikorsky - died 1972 (83)

Binnie Barnes - died 1998 (95) "Gittel Enoyce Barnes - The Private Life of Henry VIII"

Claude Akins - died 1994 (67)

Kitty Kallen - 87 "Big Band Singer"

Jeanne Crain - died 2003 (78) "Fred's Bathtub Collection"

Dixie Carter - 70 "Designing Women" (Now)

Mike Myers - 46 "Austin Powers, Dr Evil" (Now)

On this day in history: May 25th.
1787 – In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, delegates convene a Constitutional Convention to write a new Constitution for the United States. George Washington presides.
1895 – Playwright, poet, and novelist Oscar Wilde is convicted of "committing acts of gross indecency with other male persons" and sentenced to serve two years in prison.
1925 – Scopes Trial: John T. Scopes is indicted for teaching Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
1935 – Jesse Owens of Ohio State University breaks five world records and ties a sixth at the Big Ten Conference Track and Field Championships in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
1940 – The Battle of Dunkirk begins.
1977 – Star Wars is released. It rapidly becomes a cult classic and is the start of a six-movie franchise.
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 05/25/2009 4:06 Comments || Top||

#6  A poem by A. Lawrence Vaincourt

Just a Common Soldier
(A Soldier Died Today)

He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past,
Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.

And tho’ sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we’ll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,
And the world’s a little poorer, for a soldier died today.

He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life,
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going on his way
And the world won’t note his passing, though a soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell their whole life stories from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land,
Some guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow, who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?

A politician’s stipend and the style in which he lives
Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives,
While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal and, perhaps, a pension small.

It’s so easy to forget them for it was so long ago
That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know
It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?
Or would you prefer a soldier who has sworn to defend
His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?

He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us we may need his like again,
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier’s part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor while he’s here to hear the praise,
Then at least let’s give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline in the paper that would say,
“Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.”
Posted by: gorb || 05/25/2009 6:20 Comments || Top||

#7  Amen gorb, and God bless those who serve today, and care for the souls of those who gave all.
Posted by: Ptah || 05/25/2009 6:41 Comments || Top||

#8  Thank you all for your service and sacrifice.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 05/25/2009 8:48 Comments || Top||

#9  I talked with some war vets who thought it was a smashing good idea to call it a "Memorial Day Global Warming Bar-B-Que", in that a lot of veterans think the day is equally patriotic for honoring the noble dead and telling Washington, D.C. to ____ off.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 05/25/2009 10:23 Comments || Top||

#10  Gorb, that was nice... Thanks for posting it.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 05/25/2009 17:38 Comments || Top||

#11  Hope you all had a good Memorial Day. To remembrances of deployments, friends and days past. But especially heartfelt thanks to family members, friends and all Americans who currently serve and sacrifice for our great nation.

Off to finish this day in style.
Posted by: ed || 05/25/2009 18:26 Comments || Top||

#12  The Pearl Harbor survivor didn't appear in last year's parade or this year's. This year, the former Stalag something-or-other POW wasn't in the parade either. We had three gold star families, one active duty family, five fire trucks, no politicians except for the mayor, three school bands, all the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and the VFW/Legion color guards. A short parade, all entrants fitting and proper.
Posted by: mom || 05/25/2009 19:31 Comments || Top||

#13  red sea
Posted by: maxx0101 || 05/25/2009 21:03 Comments || Top||

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