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We're losing Afghan war: minister
AUSTRALIA'S new Defence Minister has said the war in Afghanistan will be lost unless there is a change of tactics, and that the current incoherent strategy is good for "stomping ants" but not much more.
Mr Fitzgibbon told his colleagues in Edinburgh, including US Defence Secretary Robert Gates, that while NATO and its allies had been successfully "stomping on lots of ants, we have not been dealing with the ants' nest".
Posted by: tipper || 12/16/2007 18:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6491 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The 'ants' nest' being Pakistan, it is logistically challenging to deal with - the bulk of support for the Afghanistan operation must transit Pakistan. Not to mention Khan's gifts to the uncivilized world which are there.
Posted by: Glenmore || 12/16/2007 20:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Nice of him to notice.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/16/2007 20:46 Comments || Top||

#3  "we have not been dealing with the ants' nest"

Nice of him to notice!
Posted by: DepotGuy || 12/16/2007 21:19 Comments || Top||

Africa North
Prisons transformed into cradle of suicide bombers
New facts are being unfolded concerning some elements that have been released in the frame of national reconciliation and joined back terrorism fiefdoms. Security services have actually recorded about 10 "dangerous" files of terrorists alleged of coordination between them while being jailed, including the recruiter of Abdelkahar Ben Hadj, the son of co-leader of dissolute FIS. The list contains also elements charged of recruitments along borders with Tunisia and Morocco as well as recruiters of the executer of recent suicide car bomb aimed Constitutional Council in Algiers.

Security Services records mention few cases of elements who resumed contacts with terrorist groups while being released from prison between march and August 2006 in the frame of national reconciliation measures. However, despite being few, the released people have been involved in terrorism support and attribution, recruitment activities, joining back nucleus of Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat GSPC and conducting terrorist attacks, security sources told El Khabar. The same sources added that the latest attack recorded is the one executed by Charef Alarabi, alias Abderrahmane Abu Abdenasser Alassimi, who exploded Constitutional Council in a suicide car bomb last 11 December. "Charef Alarabi served two years in El Harrach prison after the court had remanded him into custody in 2004; he was released as soon as Mai 2006 while benefiting from peace and reconciliation measures," the same source mentioned.

Security services do believe actually that "several elements who have been released in the frame of national reconciliation and restored contacts with terrorist groups still believe in Jihad."
Posted by: Fred || 12/16/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa

#1  They still believe that screwing a goat will cure you of the AIDS too.
Posted by: Vortigern Hupavins6724 || 12/16/2007 8:00 Comments || Top||

#2  And of loneliness, my friend.
Posted by: Excalibur || 12/16/2007 8:55 Comments || Top||

Chief Rabbi: Britain is losing its identity
Sir Jonathan Sacks said that the drive for a multi cultural society had left Britain increasingly intolerant and that too many people were embarrassed about their history. In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, he stressed that the historic Union with Scotland and the concept of Britain must be preserved.

Backing the Telegraph's Call Yourself British campaign, he endorsed plans for a British Day, suggested a more inclusive national anthem should be created and urged the Government to give people a "British dream". Sir Jonathan said that he was proud to call himself British. A poll conducted by this newspaper last week found that more than six out of 10 English voters shared his view, but had growing concerns about the future of the Union.

"A tolerant society is one that ignores difference and a multi cultural one is one that highlights them"
The Chief Rabbi said that there was a climate of intolerance that threatened to destroy the country's identity and had pushed faith to the margins. "I think we are seeing a new intolerance," he said. "There is an extravagant over-zealousness in trying not to offend anyone and little do these people realise that other faiths would like Britain to be a Christian country."

Sir Jonathan added: "A tolerant society is one that ignores difference and a multi cultural one is one that highlights them. It is confidence in your own heritage that allows you to be generous to those of another heritage."

His new book, The Home We Build Together, argues that the experiment of multiculturalism has failed.

Sir Jonathan predicted that ending the Union would lead to further fragmentation. "I am concerned about the rise in nationalism in England and Scotland," he said. "We have so much history in common, some of it painful, but all of it contributing to this sense of being together. These bonds of belonging are so important, particularly as we have this splitting into ever smaller fragments, an increased tribalism, in this global age."

He also said that the plan to set aside one day to celebrate Britishness was a good idea, suggesting it should be the equivalent of Remembrance Sunday, "but looking at the future not the past".

While he likes the national anthem, the Chief Rabbi argued that it might be time to introduce something more "inclusive". He said: "We always sing God Save the Queen, but I don't think many other people do."

He also expressed his concern that children were not gaining a sense of identity. "What we have lost in British culture is Sunday lunch, dedicated family time. How many families sit together around the table to enjoy a meal together? We come in and stick the pizza in the microwave and eat watching television.

"I think that's one reason why the deregulation of Sunday was a mistake. It gave us one day in seven where who you are is not determined by how much you spend."
Posted by: Steve White || 12/16/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This guy almost gets it completely. Loses track of what he's trying to do when he talks about changing the national anthem though.
Posted by: Mike N. || 12/16/2007 0:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Depends. If the change is to "Land of Hope and Glory," maybe for the good.
Posted by: Fred || 12/16/2007 0:24 Comments || Top||

#3  more inclusive national anthem
Gawd Save the Queens and Other People of Interdeterminate Sexuality?
Posted by: Thomas Woof || 12/16/2007 1:08 Comments || Top||

#4  The sad reality is France, Spain, Germany, and the United States face the same dilemma. The elitists view multiculturalism, open borders and free immigration as the key sustainment of their socialist, the gummit will take care of you cradle to grave tax & spend ponzi schemes. Unfortunately, quite a lot more is at stake in all of this than simple national identity. I suspect the Japanese have had it right all along.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/16/2007 1:28 Comments || Top||

#5  well if Kosovo is going to be separated from Serbia then the same could happen to Scotland and Wales....The Basque Country...Corsica...North and South Belgium.....
Posted by: Spinerong Jones9261 || 12/16/2007 2:36 Comments || Top||

#6  There is no inherit reason that flanders and walloonia should be the same country, based on the need for a buffer between France and the netherlands a couple centuries ago; and Scotland has a lot more or a case for independance that kosovo does
Posted by: Albemarle Cleaque8456 || 12/16/2007 4:27 Comments || Top||

#7  Scotland will have a referendum on independance within the next 2 years.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/16/2007 5:10 Comments || Top||

#8  As an ex-brit my vote for a new national anthem would be William Blake's Jerusalem.

BTW the feet is a reference to Jesus. And also the 'nor shall my sword sleep in my hand' reference may yet prove to be remarkably precient.

Here are the words but go google an audio version. It is a moving hymn.

(disclaimer: I'm not a Christian, but I love this song)

And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England's mountains green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
On England's pleasant pastures seen?
And did the Countenance Divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among these dark Satanic Mills?
Bring me my Bow of burning gold:
Bring me my Arrows of desire:
Bring me my Spear! O clouds unfold!
Bring me my Chariot of fire.
I will not cease from Mental Fight,
Nor shall my Sword sleep in my hand
Till we have built Jerusalem
In England's green and pleasant land.

From Milton, a poem in two Books (1804-1808) by
William Blake.
Posted by: phil_b || 12/16/2007 5:26 Comments || Top||

#9  This is the natural consequence of decades of the Left's savaging of Western history, accomplishments and social norms: alienation, anomia, an unwillingness to act in national self-interest and ultimately societal fragmentation.

We can no longer cede control of schools and the media to those who so despise their homeland.
Posted by: Bill Chaving6409 || 12/16/2007 5:37 Comments || Top||

#10  Let us never forget the central tenet of multiculturalism, as practiced:

All cultures are equally valid, except for Western civilization, which is uniquely bad.
Posted by: no mo uro || 12/16/2007 7:04 Comments || Top||

#11  You people are right. The entire west faces this problem. The left has almost been completely successful in destroying western culture, morals and identity. And as goes our identity, so goes us.
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/16/2007 8:28 Comments || Top||

#12  Do I hear the "new " European constitution??.."destroying western culture, morals and identity"......
Posted by: Jeremiah Omans5729 || 12/16/2007 10:17 Comments || Top||

#13  It is all about replacing a system that worked so well that others immigrated to take part, with multiple systems that the immigrants are running away from yet, can't quite shake out of thier heads, they are so used to the old ways they left.
Posted by: www || 12/16/2007 10:52 Comments || Top||

#14  Milton's poem seems to apply better to the USA. Many of the founding fathers saw this country as either a new Jerusalem or a "city on a hill," taking the best parts of European civilization and establishing a better alternative. The US faces the same issue as Britain.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 12/16/2007 18:34 Comments || Top||

#15  Briton of Mosaic faith.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/16/2007 20:47 Comments || Top||

#16  "A tolerant society is one that ignores difference and a multi cultural one is one that highlights them. It is confidence in your own heritage that allows you to be generous to those of another heritage."


Which would explain the islamonutcases....
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 12/16/2007 22:14 Comments || Top||

#17  New national anthem? How 'bout dumping "God Save the Queen" for this little ditty, then nuking some popcorn as we wait for the Seething and Whining™ to begin...
Posted by: Ricky bin Ricardo (Abu Babaloo) || 12/16/2007 22:46 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Azerbaijan: Western Secrets Sent to Iran
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) - Azerbaijan's security agency said Saturday that 15 people convicted this week of treason had passed information on U.S., British and Israeli activities in the ex-Soviet republic to Iranian intelligence.

The Court for Grave Crimes on Monday sentenced the 15 to lengthy prison sentences in a case that highlighted Azerbaijan's concern over the influence of neighboring Iran. The 15 were arrested in January on suspicion of crimes including plotting to forcefully seize power, treason, organizing a criminal group, possession of weapons and drugs, and counterfeiting.

The National Security Ministry gave new details about the group, which allegedly passed to Iranian agents details on Western embassies, companies, pipeline operations and employees operating in Azerbaijan from 2005 to 2006. Two members of the group allegedly met repeatedly with intelligence agents in Iran, where they received training, equipment, maps and more than $10,000 in funding, the ministry said.

Said Dadashbeyli, the alleged leader who worked at a U.S.-Azerbaijani drilling company, sought Iranian support for a plot to seize power in Azerbaijan and establish Islamic law in the oil-rich country. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison, along with two other group members. The others received sentences ranging from two years to 13, the court said.

Dadashbeyli's lawyer said the charges were unfounded.
"Lies! All lies!"
Predominantly Muslim Azerbaijan has increasingly been caught in a tug-of-war for influence between the secular, democratic West and its large southern neighbor. Rumblings of Shiite political Islam have been particularly noticeable in the more conservative regions that border Iran, and the secular government has displayed concern over Iranian influence and Islamic extremism.
Of course, Iran's northwest region has a sizable Azeri population, so this could cut both ways.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/16/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The Court for Grave Crimes

We could look into trying something similar. Convicting traitors and saboteurs instead of giving them Pulitzers.
Posted by: Excalibur || 12/16/2007 8:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Why bother. Sedition and traitorism are the "highest forms of patriotism" as far as most of our political elites are concerned...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/16/2007 8:55 Comments || Top||

#3  Excalibur -

We could look into trying something similar. Convicting traitors and saboteurs...

We'd run outta congressmen and senators toot sweet, tho.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 12/16/2007 9:27 Comments || Top||

#4  We'd run outta congressmen and senators toot sweet, tho.

And how would this be bad, Mike?
Posted by: PBMcL || 12/16/2007 11:50 Comments || Top||

#5  I'd nominate a "former vice-president" as the test case.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 12/16/2007 12:28 Comments || Top||

Down Under
Bali bomber warns of terror doom for Australia
IN a visit sure to anger the families of those killed in the 2002 Bali bombings, radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir has been allowed to see the three death-row bombers in jail to offer them guidance.

Himself convicted then acquitted of his role in the murderous nightclub attacks which killed 202 people, including 88 Australians, Bashir told the terrorists that they must be patient and not weak, and that they were mujahidin (holy warriors).

Also alleged to have been the spiritual leader of terror group Jemaah Islamiyah, questions are being asked why authorities allowed the 69-year-old to visit his one-time protege at Nusakambangan, an island prison complex off the southern coast of Java.
To prepare them for the pardon that's coming, of course.
Bashir was among a group of Islamic preachers, family members and lawyers who visited the so-called smiling assassin Amrozi, his older brother Mukhlas and Imam Samudra on Saturday.

Before going into the jail, Bashir warned of a "big disaster" for Indonesia if the three were executed for their crimes, admitting their methods in defending Islam were wrong. "It is true they were defending Muslims but their methods were wrong. That is why they are now fasting to pay for the loss of innocent lives," he said.
Fasting works, as long as they're dead when they're done.
Bashir also delivered a sermon to the group, during which some family members are reported to have cried. He asked them to be patient in the test they were facing. "Convince yourself that you are a mujahidin. A mujahidin cannot be weak, sad and show grief and have to be patient," he told the men.

He also said the Indonesian Government should review the convictions and death penalties of the trio.

The men themselves, who have never expressed any remorse for their crimes except to say they are sorry that fellow Muslims died in the bombings, warned of doom for Australia. "Not long now Australia will go down. Its world will go down, the people will go down and doom on their Armageddon," Samudra said in English. "Specially for you Australia. Tell to your Minister, if you kafir did not convert to Islam then you will go to hell. Take America for example. Now their condition is worse than Russia."
This article starring:
Abu Bakar Bashir
Jemaah Islamiyah
Posted by: tipper || 12/16/2007 11:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under: Jemaah Islamiyah

#1  I hate to say it, but I envision a war between Indonesia and a consortium of Australia, the Philippines, India, and the US in the not-too-distant future, primarily about transit rights of ships through the Straits of Malacca. Muslim extremism is just too strong in Indoensia. The war will take place within the next ten years. Indonesia will lose, and be forced to give up territory, including the western half of the island of Timor, West Papua, and the portions of Borneo controlled by Indonesia. It may also lose some of the islands around Singapore and several other small pieces of territory. That won't stop anything, but it will certainly slow it down.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 12/16/2007 12:36 Comments || Top||

#2  And after Indonesia Muslim extremists finish screwing up their island paradise, volcanoes, tsunamis, landslides, and things of that nature will finish them off, Insh'Allan.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 12/16/2007 15:12 Comments || Top||

#3  Good of him to suspend taquia for a while.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/16/2007 20:51 Comments || Top||

#4  ya know, g(r)omgoru? I notice it takes about 1-1.5 minutes for you to read articles, absorb comments, and render judgement. Nice Evylen Woohead Seed reading on your part, or else you just have a guick knee-jerk response. While I usually agree with your sentiments, it would make me appreciate that junction if you just READ THE F*CKING MATERIAL before you responded? just saying...
thanks, in advance
Frank :-)
Posted by: Frank G || 12/16/2007 21:44 Comments || Top||

#5  my only point being: you're smarter and better than that - I've seen it before
Posted by: Frank G || 12/16/2007 22:19 Comments || Top||

David Hicks preparing for life outside the wire
On December 29, Australia's most controversial prisoner is due to be escorted from his cell in the maximum-security G Division of South Australia's Yatala Prison and led to the front gates. Waiting beyond them will be a new kind of hell for the 32-year-old former soldier of jihad. David Hicks, please meet your new Goliath: a voracious battalion of media stormtroopers.
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Posted by: Seafarious || 12/16/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I think, given the choice, I'd take the prison.
Posted by: bigjim-ky || 12/16/2007 8:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Here's hoping he can't even think about breaking wind without some Oz spook filing areport...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/16/2007 8:59 Comments || Top||

#3  Having forsaken Islam during his early years at Guantanamo, he would now like to obtain a degree in ecology or zoology at Adelaide University.

He might have become an apostate, but those long nights cuddled up to the goats in Afghanistan to keep warm, must have aroused other interests of a bestial nature in him.
Posted by: tipper || 12/16/2007 11:22 Comments || Top||

#4  Roo skinner...Do ya think ...asif?
Posted by: DepotGuy || 12/16/2007 22:17 Comments || Top||

Mullah Krekar: Insurance against terror
Dangerous terrorist Controversial Mullah Krekar, former leader of Islamist guerrilla group Ansar al-Islam, and now eligible for deportation after a Supreme Court ruling, has written an open letter in Aftenposten.

Krekar, born Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad in Iraq, has been assessed a threat to national security and can be deported for violation of immigration laws in Norway for repeated visits to his homeland. His expulsion remains on hold as Norwegian authorities do not yet consider him to be assured of a safe return.
If he lasts five minutes on the ground in Kurdistan that's safe enough.
In a lengthy article in newspaper Aftenposten on Friday, Krekar made an outspoken appeal, that included a wish for continued peace in Norway, arguments that his only sins here have been those of unreserved use of freedom of speech, and that his presence may be a guarantee against terrorism in the country.
"Nice country you got here. Be a shame if something happens to me, and then something happens to you."
Krekar asked that Norwegians spare a Christmas thought for the millions of Iraqi and Afghan children who do not have peace, and who have had their "oil stolen from them and sucked away by invasion companies".
This article starring:
Ansar al-Islam
Posted by: Fred || 12/16/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under: Ansar al-Islam

#1  Is there a low-fee mutual fund that specializes in Invasion Companies? Ima interested.
Posted by: Thomas Woof || 12/16/2007 1:10 Comments || Top||

#2  He said he had no ambitions in Norway, which he sees as a place of transit, until the time he can "return home for good, sit on a mountain in peaceful Kurdistan, and die as a good Muslim".

So...what's the problem? Get the Holy Man on a plane and make his wish come true...
Posted by: tu3031 || 12/16/2007 10:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Helicopter, set him right at the tip of some snowy deserted pesk, leave.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 12/16/2007 13:35 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Bush's foreign policy in free fall, says Bolton
US President George W. Bush's foreign policy is in free fall and puts the nation's security at risk, former ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton told a German magazine.
John buddy, I like you, but you're going a step too far.
Mr Bolton, who was a leading hawk in the US administration and favoured a tough stance against Iran, North Korea and Iraq, told the Der Spiegel weekly that Mr Bush needed to rein in Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. “His foreign policy is in free fall. The president is acting against his own judgment and instincts (and is) under the influence of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice,” he was quoted as telling the magazine.

Mr Bolton said Dr Rice's was the dominant voice on foreign policy and that she was a channel for the views of liberal career bureaucrats in the foreign ministry. “(Mr Bush) does not supervise her enough. That is a mistake,” he was quoted as saying, adding that a moderate foreign policy was a threat to US security.

“North Korea will, for example, now keep its nuclear weapons. And the Iranians have got a signal from our own intelligence services that they can do whatever they want.

“I am not as confident as the intelligence services that Iran has stopped its nuclear weapons program.”
I'm not confident at all, but the NIE isn't Condi's fault.
The former diplomat, who quit his UN job last December after failing to win Senate confirmation and now works at a think-tank, also predicted a withdrawal of US troops from Iraq if Hillary Clinton became the next US president.
Posted by: tipper || 12/16/2007 11:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I don't know if foreign policy is that bad, but I do believe Bush does need to get more involved with his lieutenants action items.
Posted by: www || 12/16/2007 14:39 Comments || Top||

#2  What happened to Bush? Between the North American Union and his backing off of a strong foreign policy stance, you have to wonder.
Posted by: Whomong Guelph4611 || 12/16/2007 17:00 Comments || Top||

#3  I think the DC koolaid finally got to his brain.
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/16/2007 17:22 Comments || Top||

#4  The kinder, gentler Bush of 2000 asserting (or not) himself.
Posted by: ed || 12/16/2007 17:27 Comments || Top||

#5  I have to disgree with your comments, tipper. Condi's organized annapolis and promised hundreds of millions to the palestinian "government" without calling for accountability or an honest effort on the part of the recipients to keep a promise that they made. Israel has delivered on its promises a good deal of the time, and is castigated when it stops BECAUSE THE PALEOS NEVER KEPT THEIR SIDE OF THE BARGAIN.

Mr. Bolton was WASTED on the UN: he should have had Condi's job.

The republican candidate who promises to nominate, and fight for, Bolton as Secretary of State will have my vote. Yes, even Giulani or McCain, queasy pro-life position they may have. Normally, I'm a single-issue candidate (pro-life), but that fight will be lost if we lose the War On Terror.
Posted by: Ptah || 12/16/2007 18:07 Comments || Top||

#6  Wel-l-l, and lest we fergit, RIAN > "ALTERNATIVE FUTURES FOR RUSSIA" REPORT + "JANUARY 7, 2008" > 1960's "GET FIDEL" in 2008 becomes "GET PUTIN" on Jan 7, 2008. The "CUBAN MISSLE CRISIS" becoms an anti-US "RUSSIAN/PUTIN MISSLE CRISIS" - OLIVER STONE GETS TO MAKE ANOTHER NEW MOVIE, on how PUTIN = FIDEL got DUBYA = JFK first before the latter got him???

In summation:
*USA vs Iran
*USA vs Radical Islamism, etc.
*USA vs North Korea
*Israel vs Iran - post NIE.
*China vs Taiwan
*Russia vs China?
*Russia vs. Everybody
*China vs. Rusia vs, USA vs Everybody.
*North Korea vs. Everybody
*North American union?
*African Union?

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/16/2007 19:31 Comments || Top||

#7  OOOOPSIES, BRUSSELS JOURNAL > THESE BOOTS ARE GONNA WALK ALL OVER YOU. The future EU as empowered, enabled by the recent [anti-Euro Voter/national referendum?]LISBON summit???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/16/2007 19:33 Comments || Top||

#8  Bush has a foreign policy---beyond hanging on in Iraq no matter what?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/16/2007 20:45 Comments || Top||

#9  Yeah, Bushs foreign policy is kinda like our 51st states Israels, only he's actually trying to do something about the problem.
Posted by: Mike N. || 12/16/2007 21:58 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
Lackawanna One gets reduced sentence
A federal judge agreed Friday to take a year off the prison sentence of a man who was among six who admitted to attending a terrorist training camp but who helped prosecutors in his case and others. Yahya Goba, 30, had been sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2003 after pleading guilty to providing material support to a terrorist organization by attending the al-Qaida training camp. "The nature and extent of Goba's assistance, his willingness to testify at trial, and particularly the fact that his cooperation has been entirely voluntary and come at a heavy cost to himself and his family, warrants the 12-month sentence reduction," said U.S. District Judge William Skretny.

Goba has since testified in several other cases, exceeding the obligations of his plea agreement, according to federal prosecutors who sought the reduction. Most recently, Goba testified in the trial of Jose Padilla, 37, who along with two co-defendants was convicted Aug. 16 in Miami of conspiracy to murder, kidnap and maim people overseas.

Goba and five other young Yemeni-American men from Lackawanna, outside Buffalo, were arrested in September 2002 after investigators learned they received military-type training at the al-Farooq camp in spring and summer 2001. All pleaded guilty and received sentences between seven and 10 years. With the sentence reduction, Goba is expected to be released sometime in 2010.
This article starring:
Judge William Skretny
Yahya Goba
Posted by: Seafarious || 12/16/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

#1  NEWSMAX > LA TIMES - SEARS TOWER Conspirators' plans were well-advanced and within 60 days of being impemented, i.e. moving from planning to de facto attack operations.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/16/2007 19:12 Comments || Top||

Perv sez emergency rule saved his job Pakistain
ISLAMABAD - President Pervez Musharraf said on Saturday that his emergency rule had saved Pakistan, as he addressed the nation just hours after repealing it in the face of fierce criticism at home and abroad.

In a televised speech that underlined what he said was his central role in bringing democracy to the nuclear-armed Islamic nation, the president also vowed that elections next month would be ”absolutely fair”.
"As fair as any election has ever been in Pakistan!"
Musharraf, who lifted the order earlier Saturday, said he had imposed it as a last resort because the country, a key part of the US-led international “war on terror”, faced a serious threat of militant violence. “Against my will and as a last resort, I imposed emergency rule and saved Pakistan from destabilisation,” he said. “It was inevitable, in my view, and that is why I imposed it,” said Musharraf, wearing a sombre black tunic in the pre-recorded announcement.

“The wave of terrorism and militancy has been stopped under the emergency and there has been considerable improvement in the overall situation,” he said.
Tell that to the folks in Swat.
The main opposition leader, former premier Benazir Bhutto, added to the pressure on Musharraf on Saturday, accusing him of trying to rig the election -- a charge the president flatly rejected. “I give this commitment to the people of Pakistan and to the world outside that the elections are going to be absolutely fair and transparent,” he said. “Some political leaders are talking about rigging when the elections take place on January 8. They are talking about this rigging when the campaign has not yet started,” he said. “This is totally baseless.”

Late Friday, Musharraf authorised a raft of last-minute amendments to the constitution -- including one to block the next parliament from challenging the legality of the emergency order or trying to undo its provisions.
Really does inspire a country's democratic tendencies, doesn't it.
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No justification for boycott: Fazl
JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Saturday welcomed the lifting of emergency rule by the president, terming it a good omen for democracy in the country. The JUI-F leader said that while there had been no need to boycott the polls under the state of emergency, the elements pressing for the boycott now had no justification.
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Posted by: Fred || 12/16/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-e-Ulema Islami

Ahmadis boycott polls over 'discrimination'
The Ahmadi community of Pakistan has announced that it will boycott the upcoming general elections because of what it claims to be religious discrimination by the Election Commission (EC) when it issued a separate list for Ahmadi voters in a joint electorate system, Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya (JA) officials told Daily Times on Saturday.

They said that no community member would contest the elections or vote come election day, and those who did would no longer be considered part of the community.

Salimuddin, a spokesman for the JA, told Daily Times that following the display of the separate voter lists, he wrote a letter to the chief election commissioner (CEC), drawing his attention to the “stark violation of the fundamental rights guaranteed in the constitution and Pakistan’s international human rights commitments”.

“This is also contrary to the spirit of justice and equality. Since the inception of Pakistan in 1947 to the time of General Ziaul Haq, all national elections were conducted on the basis of the joint electorate system. This was in line with the vision of the founding father of the nation and was enshrined in the 1973 Constitution,” he said.
Posted by: Fred || 12/16/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Media Reports 6 Bogus Iraq Stories in 6 Weeks!
There mus not be enough bad news, because they've had to resort to making it up. Gory details at the link.
Posted by: Mike || 12/16/2007 11:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  wow! 29 % of Americans, Germans and Britians trust their news. Wow. Who would have thought that number to be so high?
Posted by: Whomong Guelph4611 || 12/16/2007 17:08 Comments || Top||

Hakim confident Iraqi forces can keep order in Basra
BAGHDAD - One of Iraq’s most influential Shia figures has said he is confident the country’s security forces will be able to maintain order in the mainly Shia province of Basra, which is to be handed over by British troops on Sunday. Abdel Aziz al-Hakim, who heads the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council (SIIC) -- a mainstay of the governing coalition of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki -- also told AFP in an interview on Saturday he continued to seek the departure of all foreign troops. “I do not see any forewarnings of violence in Basra,” Hakim said. “The Iraqi government has announced that security will be in Iraqi hands, and that will be done from tomorrow.”

On Wednesday, Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said the handover had been decided because Iraqi forces were ready to take over control of Basra. “Our security forces are at a good level” and Iraq’s forces can manage “security in the province,” he said.

British Major General Graham Binns, head of coalition forces in southeastern Iraq, recently said the violence in Basra had plummeted. “I’m confident the current level of violence is sufficient for the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) to handle,” Binns said.
Bad boys must understand that if violence spikes upwards it will require the intervention of American troops, whose methods are .. different .. than those of the Brits. They really don't want us in Basra.
Speaking himself about the situation, Hakim said: “There are meetings between these forces, and if there is competition between them, that is the nature of democracy, and political competition will not turn into violence.”
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Meeting of all Iraqi powers being prepared -- Source
A well-informed Iraqi source here said on Saturday that the Egyptian capital is currently preparing to convene a meeting of all Iraqi factions in Cairo next month in an attempt to resume the process of reconciliation that has been frozen repeatedly.

The Middle East News Agency (MENA) quoted the source as saying it was not yet decided whether the meeting would be held under the auspices of Egypt directly or under the umbrella of the League of Arab States, which has already organized a Conference on Iraqi National Accord or be co-sponsored between the two sides.
The source explained that the proposed meeting is expected to include all powers in the Iraqi arena, both involved in the political process or outside in addition to the tribal parties whose weight has increased on the Iraqi arena in light of the failure of the political forces in resolving the crisis in the country.

It pointed out that Cairo recently witnessed numerous visits of various Iraqi delegations from all spectrums of the Iraqi society, such as the Sadrist bloc, in addition to a number of prominent tribal powers in the Iraqi society, pointing out that these visits were part of the preparations for the proposed meeting.
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Tens of thousands show up in Hamas' Gaza rally
Tens of thousands of people rallied in central Gaza City on Saturday to mark Hamas’s 20th anniversary, in a show of force six months after the movement seized control of the territory.

Waving green flags and banners, throngs of Palestinians poured into Katiba Square ahead of the rally at which dismissed Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya and other officials were expected to speak. The rally is set to be the largest show of strength since the Hamas seized control in Gaza in June, routing forces loyal to president Mahmoud Abbas and further deepening the economic and political isolation of the coastal strip.

It comes just a month after a similar mass rally by Abbas’s Fatah movement ended in bloodshed when Hamas forces opened fire, killing several people. A huge banner reading “We will not recognise Israel” was placed on the backdrop of the stage in defiance of Israel’s closing of Gaza to all but essential humanitarian supplies after Hamas’s bloody seizure of power. Former minister and senior Hamas member Said Siam told AFP that the massive turnout “is the answer to those who say Hamas is losing ground.”

Capable of new uprising: The Palestinians are capable of launching a new uprising against Israeli occupation like the intifadas of 1987 and 2000, exiled Islamist leader Khaled Meshaal said. “Our people are capable of launching a third or fourth intifada until victory is ours,” the Damascus-based Hamas chief said. “Whoever thinks that Hamas has reached a dead end is wrong,” said Meshaal. “Anyone who thinks legitimacy stems from international support is also wrong, it comes from the people,” he said, alluding to Hamas’s upset parliamentary election victory over Abbas’s secular Fatah faction in January last year.

Israel releases mayor: Israel has released from jail a senior Hamas member who was elected mayor of a West Bank town while in Israeli custody, Palestinian security officials and Hamas said. Jamal al-Tawil, mayor of the town of Al-Bireh, was released on Thursday after being held in an Israeli prison for almost six years, Hamas said on a website.

Palestinian security officials in the occupied West Bank confirmed the release, but Israeli officials were not immediately available for comment due to the Jewish Sabbath.
Posted by: Fred || 12/16/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  How can there even be a peace process between Israel and people like this? The Palestinians have to fundamentally change their beliefs and expectations before any progress can be made.
Posted by: Bill Chaving6409 || 12/16/2007 5:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Gaza is a boil on the butt of Israel and it needs to be lanced.
Posted by: Glenmore || 12/16/2007 5:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Tempting target from the air. MOAB with resulting pressure wave would make Hamas Hamess.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 12/16/2007 15:21 Comments || Top||

#4  Celebrating the coming xx billion from International Donors?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/16/2007 20:49 Comments || Top||

#5  Target rich environment. That is, could be, if Israel would do something for themselves. Uncle Shugga ain't fixin Gaza for them.
Posted by: Mike N. || 12/16/2007 21:44 Comments || Top||

Sophistication of Hajj's murder underscores Syria's role
Wednesday's car bombing of Lebanese General Francois Hajj is being treated as something of a murder mystery because, unlike Lebanon's other recent assassination victims, the general was not an overt foe of Syria. Yet the method of his killing, along with the political benefits that accrue from his death, hardly rule out a Damascene hand.

Hajj made a name for himself earlier this year by routing Fatah al-Islam, a Sunni terrorist group that had been hiding out in the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared, up the coast from Beirut. This has led to speculation that Hajj was killed by that group to avenge its defeat. While that may be true, what's more significant is that Fatah al-Islam is widely suspected of being controlled and aided by Damascus. The sophistication of the bomb that killed Hajj -- a remote-control device similar to the one that killed anti-Syrian figures Gebran Tueni, Walid Eido and Antoine Ghanem -- underscores that suspicion.

No less important is that in targeting Hajj, who had reportedly been tipped to become the next chief of staff, a message has been sent that the Lebanese military is now fair game. The current chief of staff, General Michel Suleiman, is the nominee to be Lebanon's President, and Damascus is ambivalent about his candidacy. Murdering Hajj is a signal to General Suleiman and other officers not to chart too independent a course from Syria.

All this should alarm the Bush Administration, which was instrumental in evicting Syria from Lebanon in 2005. Instead, it has been helping to rehabilitate Bashar Assad's regime. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a point of meeting one-on-one with her Syrian counterpart at a regional meeting on Iraq in May. Syria's state-run news agency condemned the Hajj assassination via an unnamed government official, but the Syrians also condemned the murder with a remote-control bomb of Rafik Hariri in 2005. A U.N. probe into that murder has found overwhelming evidence of Syrian complicity.

The difference this time is that State Department spokesman Sean McCormack praised Syria for its condemnation, calling it "positive if continued over time." Maybe Secretary Rice believes she can get the Syrians to play nice on Iraq and Israel while thwarting their ambitions in Lebanon. For their part, the Syrians tend to view such American entreaties as signs of weakness. On Tuesday, Syrian Vice President Farouq Sharaa remarked that "no one in Lebanon, even with foreign support, can win the battle against Syria." The next day Hajj was dead, which, if nothing else, was a perfect illustration of Mr. Sharaa's point.
Posted by: Fred || 12/16/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Ima thinkrn a whole lotta Syrian honchos need to have exploding cars accidents before that two-bit thug nation will change. Start now - turnabout is fair play
Posted by: Frank G || 12/16/2007 8:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Maybe instead of targetting one syrian thug/punk, we just target a neighborhood and tell them "sorry for the collateral damage, we'll be more careful NEXT TIME"
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 12/16/2007 9:28 Comments || Top||

#3  Jockey of Norfolk, be not bold, for Dickon thy master is bought and sold
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/16/2007 21:06 Comments || Top||

North Korea supplying weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon
The United States believes North Korea has become a major supplier to the Iranian-sponsored Hezbollah group. The U.S. Congress raised the prospect that North Korea was providing weapons, technical assistance and military training to Hezbollah. The Congressional Research Service cited reputable sources that Pyongyang equipped Hezbollah with missiles and rockets used during the war against Israel in 2006.

CRS, which provides independent analysis to Congress, discussed the purported North Korean aid to Hezbollah amid plans by the Bush administration to remove Pyongyang from the State Department list of terrorist sponsors. The report, first obtained by the Reuters news agency, cast doubts on claims that North Korea has ended support for groups deemed terrorists.
Posted by: Fred || 12/16/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

#1  almost like there's an "axis" or sumpthin'
Posted by: Frank G || 12/16/2007 10:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Axis of Evil
Posted by: Helmuth, Speaking for Cromong3228 || 12/16/2007 13:41 Comments || Top||

#3  Well, let the CIA come out with a NIE report about the Norks shutting down counterfitting, drug smuggling, nuclear weapons development and manufacture, aid to terrorists, selling of missiles to terrorist sponsoring nations, and the US will start showering Kimmie with gifts and Manna.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 12/16/2007 15:17 Comments || Top||

#4  Lots of room to be two-faced about this. U.S. companies supply arms to the world. Are we going to tell North Korea that we don't support a free market? If so, are we going to put the same pressure on Russia and China? I think what needs to be happening is that Israel needs to publicly inform North Korea and Iran that Israel is in a state of war with Hezbollah and will sink any vessels carrying arms to Iran or Hezbollah. Then they need to sink one to show they're serious. Or they need to whack Iran and let North Korea read between the lines.
Posted by: Darrell || 12/16/2007 15:34 Comments || Top||

#5  true, Darrell, but Hezbollah is not a state, but a militia in Lebanon, a sovereign state, and which answers to their masters in other sovereign states - Iran and Syria. As such, it could be said that NK is arming a rebel army and such shipments are subject to interruptions and sanctions. Shoot the f*ckers down, sink their ships, and they'll learn.
Posted by: Frank G || 12/16/2007 16:04 Comments || Top||

Iranian Revolutionary Guard to conduct maneuvers in Gulf waters Sunday
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard will conduct naval exercises in the northern region of the Gulf waters on Sunday, announced here an Iranian military commander on Saturday.

The commander of the Second Marine force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Brigadier General Ali Razmjo, in statements reported by the Iranian news agency, said that "hundreds of marine units of this force, including rocket launchers and Frigates and torpedo launchers and commando units and divers and air units and troops will be involved in the naval maneuver."

He added that "these exercises -- to be held in three phases -- will extend from the northern province of Bushehr to the Aslouiat region and will take four days to finish," pointing out that modern units and equipment will be used in these maneuvers aimed at raising the fighting and deterrent capability of the National Guard forces. He further added that " during these maneuvers, there will be firing from marine units, and air and naval mine-laying operations and attacks by marine, air and naval units to seize the supposed enemy's naval pieces while defending islands in the Gulf waters. The maneuvers will involve also the seizure and destruction of the supposed enemy's marine platforms and will entail carrying out reconnaissance and rescue operations."
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Posted by: Seafarious || 12/16/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

#1  LOL. Sounds like they're planning an assault landing on a carrier task force. Tricky when the beach is moving at 45 40 mph in excess of 30 kts. and made of steel.
Posted by: Thomas Woof || 12/16/2007 1:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Gonna be tricky to do if the subs don't show up.
Posted by: gorb || 12/16/2007 2:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Just remember to put in the drain plugs. You don't want to be doing a Sean Penn.
Posted by: SteveS || 12/16/2007 2:28 Comments || Top||

#4  And bring another couple boxes of baking powder.
Posted by: Seafarious || 12/16/2007 3:11 Comments || Top||

#5  I used to absolutely live for The Big Picture wonder if it made it to DVD.

Sunday afternoon before football or summer back-to-back in a rainout.

Made me a war-monger.
Posted by: Thomas Woof || 12/16/2007 10:50 Comments || Top||

#6  The two things I remember about the BIG PICTURE was industrial fish stick production for the mess hall, and an item about the Brit's training the Mau-Mau killer dogs. Chicago it came on at 6:30 am saturday morning.
Posted by: bruce || 12/16/2007 17:20 Comments || Top||

#7  "The Big Picture" > Gawd, I actually still remember that great show.

YNET > ISRAEL'S ANNUAL INTELIGENCE ESTIMATE > Israel strongly believes Iran will have a bomb = efective bomb tech knowledge by or come 2009. Short of Iran-specific, pro-democratic "regime change" occurring, this means ISRAEL MAY CONDUCT A PREEMPTIVE MIL STRIKE IN 1 -1 1/2 YEARS, OR LESS, IN THE NAME OF SELF-SURVIVAL, to which IRAN has already well indic it will retaliate or respond by military or other means [read - Terror] AGZ USA ANDOR ISRAEL SINCE IRAN CONSIDERS ANY UNILATER ISRAELI STRIKE AS SYNONYMOUS WID A DE FACTO ATTACK = MIL STRIKE BY AMERICA. IOW, US/ISRAEL-IRAN WAR IN 2009 IFF NOT SOONER, NOT IN 2010 or AFTER??? Iran is not giving up its enrichment nor nucprogs, while Israel for its part will not accept Terror-suppor Radical Iran having any sort of nuclear arsenal, nor anti-Israeli Radical Islamism receiving any sort of nuctech from Iran or elsewhere.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/16/2007 21:30 Comments || Top||

Terror Networks
Al-Qaeda's No.2 wants to hear from you
AL-Qaeda sympathizers have been asked to send in their questions for the terror network's second in command, which he will then answer in an online interview next month.

The plan was announced in a new video posted on the internet in which al-Qaeda's No.2, Ayman al-Zawahri, mocked today's British handover of security in southern Iraq to local forces as a sign that insurgents are gaining the upper hand.

The video, carried by Islamic websites, was issued as Britain handed over security to Iraqi forces in the last of four provinces it once patrolled, effectively marking the end of nearly five years of British control of southern Iraq.

The websites invited readers to send in questions during the next month for Zawahri to answer in an "open interview".

"Reports from Iraq point to the increasing power of the mujahideen and the deteriorating condition of the Americans," Zawahri told an off-camera interviewer from As-Sahab, al-Qaeda's media arm.

"And the decision of the British to flee is sufficient (proof of this)," he said, sitting beside shelves full of books.

"Iraq is the most important of the fields (in which Islamic militants are fighting)," Zawahri said on the video, which carried English subtitles.

The video carried footage of insurgent videos and from television news stations, including a segment showing critical remarks about the US strategy in Iraq by Ricardo Sanchez, former top US commander in Iraq.

Zawahri dismissed optimistic remarks made by current US officials: "Either the American administration is lying outrageously ... or the Americans have not learned anything from four years of war ... as they did not learn from their defeat in Vietnam."

Zawahri said agents might have infiltrated the ranks of the al-Qaeda-linked group Islamic State in Iraq to carry out attacks on the innocent and commit other crimes, in order to encourage Sunni groups to ally themselves with US-led forces against al-Qaeda. He called for a swift investigation of this.

"If it becomes clear that some group is involved in these crimes, they should be exposed to defeat the plots of the Americans," he said, calling on other insurgent groups to unite with Islamic State in Iraq.
Posted by: tipper || 12/16/2007 18:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "agents might have infiltrated the ranks"

How long before Harry and Nancy demand a public Congressional hearing on that speculation by Zawahiri?
Posted by: Glenmore || 12/16/2007 20:35 Comments || Top||

#2  Ooooh! Ooooh! I've got one:
"What's your current location? (longitude and latitude)"
Posted by: DMFD || 12/16/2007 20:53 Comments || Top||

#3  "would Rosie be exsanguinated, crushed under a wall, or exalted as a tool of the Caliphate before being exsang...."
Posted by: Frank G || 12/16/2007 21:05 Comments || Top||

#4  Hopefully it will go as well as the Republican YouTube Debate.
Posted by: Super Hose || 12/16/2007 21:08 Comments || Top||

#5  If it were urgent, would you hoof it...you know what I mean.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 12/16/2007 22:45 Comments || Top||

#6  boxers or briefs
Posted by: mhw || 12/16/2007 22:50 Comments || Top||

#7  How about, bite me!
Posted by: djh_usmc || 12/16/2007 23:07 Comments || Top||

#8  The websites invited readers to send in questions during the next month for Zawahri to answer in an "open interview".

heh or how about,

'Hey Zawahri, why not come on down from that hidey hole cave "mr winner, to anywhere in Iraq, including Basra"?'

LOL!! :)

Posted by: RD || 12/16/2007 23:29 Comments || Top||

Britain fleeing from Iraq: al-Qaeda
Posted by: Oztralian || 12/16/2007 18:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:

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