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Two killed, one injured in attack on vehicle
AIP: Two people were killed and another wounded when unidentified gunmen opened firing on a vehicle in Balakh province on Thursday.
Balkh isn't Pashtun country. I'd guess this'd be IMU or Arabs...
The security chief of Balakh province Naseeruddin Hamdard confirmed to Afghan Islamic Press that unknown people opened indiscriminate firing on a passenger vehicle in Chamtal district of Balkh province today’s afternoon, killing two and injuring one inmate. The killed and injured people are civilians and dwellers of Chamtal district, he added. Meanwhile a resident of the area told Afghan Islamic Press that the vehicle was of a local non-governmental organization and the people killed and injured in the attack were the workers of the NGO. However, Naseeruddin Hamdard rejected this notion.
Posted by: Fred || 06/09/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [282 views] Top|| File under:

Taliban claims fresh attacks in Ghazni
AIP: Taliban on Thursday claimed fresh attacks on Afghan and foreign forces in Ghazni province. Spokesman of Taliban guerillas Qari Muhammad Yousaf while talking to Afghan Islamic Press by phone from an undisclosed location in Quetta said, “Taliban blew up a vehicle of Afghan National Army with remote controlled landmine in Andar district of Ghazni province today. The vehicle was completely destroyed and three soldiers were also killed, he added.
Source is Afghan Islamic Press, so reliability is low.
Similarly in another claim, Qari Muhammad Yousaf said, “A US military vehicle was also destroyed by Taliban fighters in Sarad area of Andar district of Ghazni province today but we have no details about the damage.” Five soldiers were killed when a vehicle of Afghan Army was destroyed by our fighters in Khugyani district of Ghazni province today, the Taliban spokesman said in the third claim.
Posted by: Fred || 06/09/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [283 views] Top|| File under:

Africa Horn
Somalis Expect US, Ethiopian Intervention
IOL - MOGADISHU — Ethiopia and the US are expected to intervene militarily in Somalia especially after the Joint Islamic Courts (JIC) fighters have seized full control of the capital Mogadishu following four months of fighting with a US-backed warlord alliance, well-placed sources told IslamOnline.net on Tuesday, June 6. "Ethiopia has put its troops along the borders with Somalia on maximum alert and might push them into its Horn of Africa neighbor to stem further advances by the JIC fighters," said the sources, which spoke only on condition of anonymity. The Ethiopian government will try everything in its power to prevent the JIC fighters from capturing the strategic central city of Jowhar, some 90 kilometers north of the capital, they added.

The JIC announced Monday, June 6, seizing control of nearly all of the lawless capital and a key supply line for the Alliance for the Restoration of Peace and Counter-Terrorism (ARPCT) on its northern outskirts. In a statement read over local radio stations, the chairman of the city's Joint Islamic courts, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmad, said 15 years of warlord control of Mogadishu was over and urged residents to accept the new leadership. "We are not against any group and will deal with the outside world in a manner that takes the interests of our country and people into account first," he said.

At least 347 people have been killed and more than 1,500 wounded, many of them civilians, in fierce battles between the JIC fighters and the ARPCT since February.
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Posted by: Steve || 06/09/2006 16:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [419 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Although it is tempting to picture a brutal Taliban-like regime grinding its heel into the Somalis until their tribalism is utterly destroyed, the military adage is "never allow your enemy any advantage."

For this reason, I would suspect that we will first fortify all neighboring countries against al-Qaeda incursions, and then use proxy forces to do in the Islamic Courts. If it is Christian Ethiopia, we might even encourage them to raze all Mosques and convert the population, after exterminating all of the Imams and Mullahs.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 06/09/2006 17:23 Comments || Top||

#2  If we intervene, we should do it from the air. Kinda rearrange the ground. We need to deny the terroritory to Al Q, not do nation building in sh*tholes like Somalia.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 06/09/2006 19:10 Comments || Top||

#3  AP is right. The place is a hell-hole and is not worth the life of another US military personnel. JDAM's are the weapon of choice...especially if the a-holes start moving on toward Jowhar. There's not much place to hide.
Posted by: anymouse || 06/09/2006 21:14 Comments || Top||

#4  Disagree about JDAMs in Somalia. The lay of the land lends itself to cluster bombs : flat, with long stretches of empty countryside. Also, the Somali Islamists are using thin-skinned vehicles which are glorious targets for cluster munitions. Of course, you should also mix in some white phosphorous and napalm for maximum effect on truck-mounted infantry.
Posted by: Shieldwolf || 06/09/2006 21:53 Comments || Top||

#5  What's the baby duck / fluffy bunny population in Somalia? Have they all been eaten, or might they be harmed? The BBC reporter is on hold and, well, he wanted to get a bit of a head start on his condemnation piece. He's kinda slow that way.
Posted by: Glavitch Angineter5765 || 06/09/2006 22:12 Comments || Top||

#6  No bombing campaign: too costly politically right now.

Instead, reinforce and cut deals with Somaliland and Puntland -- guarantee their existence and stability if they play ball with us. That means they keep the islamonuts out, provide intel, and perhaps some quiet basing capability. We work to upgrade their military training so that they can defend themselves from al-Q militas.

In the meantime, we build intel assets and figure out what the al-Q surrogates in Somalia are doing. Then we flatten them.

This isn't something we do in haste, nor do we do it loudly. We need to more quietly and with guile. Help our friends and arrange multiple accidents for our enemies.
Posted by: Steve White || 06/09/2006 22:44 Comments || Top||

Africa North
Dahab Bomber Gives Himself Up
Cairo, 9 June (AKI) - Egptian police have arrested a major indictee for last April's terror attacks at Red Sea holiday resort of Dahab, Galal Salam Qorei. The terror suspect turned himself in at a police station in Cairo on Thursday, and police arrested him immediately after verifying his identy, the Arab website Moheet said. Qorei's arrest comes just a few days after the holding for questioning of three other people suspected of planning and carrying out the attacks. Qorei, 26, is from el-Arish, a small town in the northern Sinai peninsula.

Moreover, the Egyptian interior ministry announced last Friday that three other suspected terrorists had been killed during a gunfight between with the police in the Sinai region.

The terror attacks of Dahab tourism resort in the Egyptian Sinai peninsula, on 24 April, killed 20 people - including three foreign tourists - and wounded 70. Although at first investigators said remotely detonated bombs had caused the three explosions in a restaurant, a cafe and a supermerket, it subsequently emerged that suicide bombers caused at least two of the blasts. Resorts in the southern Sinai peninsula have been hit before. Bombers struck the last time in July 2005, when at least 67 people were killed in Sharm el-Sheikh.
Posted by: Steve || 06/09/2006 08:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [284 views] Top|| File under:

Africa Subsaharan
South Africa handed over hard boy to Paks
South Africa on Thursday said that it had handed over a Pakistani national and alleged terror suspect to Pakistani officials, following claims by his lawyer that he had been turned over to US intelligence agents or their allies. Khalid Rashid “was an illegal foreigner in South Africa. He was arrested and deported to his country of origin, Pakistan,” the Home Ministry said in a statement.

“(The) government can confirm that he was handed over to Pakistani officials who travelled to South Africa to receive him,” it said, adding that Islamabad had “acknowledged in writing that he arrived in Pakistan on November 6, 2005. Therefore, further information on his whereabouts should be sought from Pakistan. Our responsibility ... is not only to implement laws pertaining to illegal immigration; but also to protect our country from being used either as a hide-out or as a base for terrorist activities.”

Rashid’s lawyer Zahir Omar plans to ask the ministers of home affairs, intelligence and security to testify in court to establish the whereabouts of Rashid Khalid. “I suspect he is being detained in an American detention centre in a former Soviet country,” Omar said on Wednesday. Omar said that he had obtained an intelligence report to the home affairs minister stating that British authorities suspected Khalid of having links to an international terrorist network. “The reason for Rashid’s abduction was the mere suspicion that he was linked to international terrorism,” Omar said, adding that while he had some ties to the Taliban militia in Afghanistan, he was “not a major player”.
In a just world he'd be a dead player. But I'll settle for him being on his way to Diego Garcia, or at least talking to large Bulgarian men with truncheons...
Posted by: Fred || 06/09/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [292 views] Top|| File under:

#1  What about the lovely out of doors dentention center at the South Pole Station. He would like it there!
Posted by: 3dc || 06/09/2006 15:25 Comments || Top||

Tales from the Crossfire Gazette
An alleged terrorist and extortionist was killed in crossfire during a shootout between his cohorts and the metropolitan police in the city early today (Thursday). Police arrested Ashikur Rahman Rinku, 30, of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddho) at Sonadanga in the city on Wednesday night.
Another day, another soon-to-be-dead commie
Son of Mohammad Aminul Islam Master of Sonadanga, Rinku was wanted in six criminal cases including two for murder, police said.

Police arrested the terrorist from Sonadanga bypass road at about 10-30 pm yesterday (Wednesday) with one pipe gun and two bullets, said SI Hayat.
"Hey Bob, forget signing out the shutter gun. Rinku brought his own."
Police sources claimed that acting on his statement, police along with Rinku went to raid a hideout near a graveyard in Basupara area of the city to recover illegal arms and nab his accomplices.
Our story now moves to the deserted graveyard.....
Sources added that when the law enforcers reached near the Basupara graveyard, his accomplices who were hiding opened fire on them, prompting a gunfight between the two sides. During the gunfight, Rinku tried to escape but bullets hit him and he died on the spot.
"Feet, don't....BANG...BANG..erp,....rosebud...."
Rinku’s accomplices managed to flee the scene, leaving behind one pipe gun and three bullets.
Posted by: Steve || 06/09/2006 09:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [282 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Accomplices moved so fast out of the graveyard you'd think they weren't even there.
Posted by: Inspector Clueso || 06/09/2006 11:07 Comments || Top||

#2  There is an aspect to these continuing sto-o-ories that has me deeply perplexed: how is it that the captured criminal is able every time to communicate to his accomplices where he is leading the RAB to, and what time he is going to be there? It is uncanny in that it never fails that the RAB in the process of defending themselves always seem to shoot the bad guy in the trademarked Crossfire, and almost amazingly enough, never is one of the hidden accomplices hit. It reminds me of the old Saturday Morning serials where the bad guys ALWAYS runs out of bullets and after several tries, realizes it and throws the now-empty gun back at the hero, but never is the Lone Ranger (or his trusty horse Silver, for that matter) struck. I stay awake at night wondering about these things. Or maybe its the chili....
Posted by: USN, ret. || 06/09/2006 14:06 Comments || Top||

#3  Perhaps another 300-400 or so of these Sto-o-ories and you'll be able to noodle your way through, USN.
Posted by: Seafarious || 06/09/2006 14:09 Comments || Top||

#4  Is a pipe gun a single shot shutter gun?
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 06/09/2006 14:12 Comments || Top||

#5  I love the Crossfire Gazette because it is as stylized as a Greek tragedy or your favorite bedtime story. You know how it is going to end, you just can't wait to get to the good parts.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/09/2006 14:16 Comments || Top||

#6  Thanks, Sea. They read just like a Louis L'amore novel, chapter 3 and the last one always have the gunfight. Count on it. (PS first post was done w/ sarc tag cloaked)
Posted by: USN, ret. || 06/09/2006 14:36 Comments || Top||

#7  So was mine, lol.
Posted by: Seafarious || 06/09/2006 15:07 Comments || Top||

#8  Many years ago they had a Superman Series on TV (Black and white) we always thought it odd that the bad guy would empty his gun into Superman's chest while Superman just stood there and let the bullets bounce off, but whenever the Villan threw his now empty revolver at Superman, Superman would duck.

Took me many years to realize that the revolver would hurt, that's why the actor would duck.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 06/09/2006 15:11 Comments || Top||

#9  Wait, do you mean theses crossfires are not really crossfires? I'm crushed. And I had so much esteem for the RAB and their agents who bounces bullets off their foreheads.
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 06/09/2006 15:17 Comments || Top||

Muslims in anti-terror raid demonstration
More than 100 Muslims protested angrily over the controversial east London anti-terror raid, expressing fury at alleged police brutality and Government oppression of the Islamic community. The demonstrators, prime among them the outspoken Islamic figure Anjem Choudary, gathered outside Forest Gate police station to voice their anger over police tactics and what they claim is their deliberate targeting of ordinary Muslims. But the family of the two brothers arrested during last Friday's raid in Lansdown Road expressed their opposition to the demonstration, urging the local community not to give it their support.

However, the protest continued as demonstrators waved placards emblazoned with a variety of anti-government and anti-police slogans, including: "Tony Blair terrorist", "Stop police brutality", and "Blair: shoot first ask questions later". Orchestrated by the leaders of the demo, who took it in turn to address the protesters using a loud hailer, they chanted: "British police go to hell" and "Tony Blair murderer". Placards were waved and the chanting was forceful, but the demonstration was peaceful and there were no arrests.

Many members of the area's Muslim community were clearly opposed to the protest, with some voicing their opposition and accusing the organisers of "making a bad situation even worse".
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Posted by: Steve || 06/09/2006 16:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [322 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I hope the police got lots of pictures.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 06/09/2006 16:52 Comments || Top||

#2  These are the guys the "moderate" muslims should have been counterprotesting

Posted by: PlanetDan || 06/09/2006 17:05 Comments || Top||

#3  These guys ARE the moderate muslims
Posted by: kelly || 06/09/2006 18:41 Comments || Top||

#4  LOL, kelly!
Posted by: Glavitch Angineter5765 || 06/09/2006 18:45 Comments || Top||

#5  Only 100? Pretty pathetic turnout, when one remembers the hundreds of thousands who marched against invading Iraq only a few years ago.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/09/2006 19:22 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Police Chief, His 3 Children Shot Dead
Six people, three of them children, were killed in an attack on a car which carried the head of the OMON special police force in the Russian Caucasus republic of Ingushetia, Russian news agencies reported on Friday. The car, carrying the commander of OMON special police of Ingushetia Musa Nalgiyev, came under fire in the town of Karabulak Friday morning, the Interfax news agency reported, quoting a source in the local police directorate.

“As far as we know, Nalgiyev was going from his home to his office. At 8:55 a.m. Moscow time, unknown assailants with automatic weapons opened fire on his car,” the source said. The ITAR-TASS news agency reported that Nalgiyev traveled with three of his children and two bodyguards. All of them died in the attack. Police have launched a special operation to find the attackers, the agencies said.

Also Friday, the deputy administrator in a village near the border with war-torn Chechnya, was killed in a drive-by shooting, the regional branch of Russia’s Interior Ministry said.
Posted by: Steve || 06/09/2006 08:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [282 views] Top|| File under:

Great White North
Teacher witnessed transformation of some bomb-plot suspects
A Muslim religious leader in Toronto who knows some of those charged in the suspected bomb plot says the young men underwent rapid transformations from normal Canadian teenagers to radicalized introverts. Sayyid Ahmed Amiruddin got to know Saad Khalid, 19, and some of the other alleged conspirators at a local mosque.

Khalid was arrested last Friday at a warehouse, where he and another suspect allegedly took delivery of what they thought was ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer, and the same substance used in the deadly Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. Fifteen others are also facing charges connected to the alleged plot.

Amiruddin says Khalid used to come to his mosque to pray, sometimes in the company of Zakaria Amara and Fahim Ahmad, two of the alleged ringleaders. "They would enter into the mosque to pray, and they would pray in a very aggressive manner, and they would come in military fatigues and military touques and stuff. It looked to me that they were watching a lot of those Chechnyan jihad videos online and stuff."
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Posted by: ryuge || 06/09/2006 06:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [393 views] Top|| File under:

#1  His observations:
-from normal Canadian teenagers to radicalized introverts
-military fatigues and military touques
-watching a lot of those Chechnyan jihad videos
-try to recruit younger teens to the fundamentalist Wahhabi view
-once preached that Canadian forces were in Afghanistan to rape Muslim women

So did he contact the authorities?

Posted by: PlanetDan || 06/09/2006 8:28 Comments || Top||

#2  PlantDan -

You mean like Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold's parents, associates, and school authorities contacted authorities?
Posted by: Glaising Glaigum5899 || 06/09/2006 9:04 Comments || Top||

#3  Touques? Take off, eh!
Posted by: 11A5S || 06/09/2006 9:44 Comments || Top||

#4  "You mean like Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold's parents, associates, and school authorities contacted authorities? "

There was a few little things called 11 September and 7 July, that came in the interim between Columbine and now. Columbine it self should have been enough of an alert.
Posted by: Fordesque || 06/09/2006 9:47 Comments || Top||

#5  Straight out of A Clockwork Orange.
Weird, huh ?
Posted by: wxjames || 06/09/2006 10:03 Comments || Top||

#6  "Excuse me teacher, me and me blokes are going out for a bit of the old ultraviolence".
Posted by: mcsegeek1 || 06/09/2006 10:24 Comments || Top||

#7  Sufis reject the ideology of jihad!?

That's a new one on me. I'll have to look into this.
Posted by: bigjim-ky || 06/09/2006 10:59 Comments || Top||

#8  "Pray in a very aggresive manner"? Interesting concept.
Posted by: Unomosing Unavinter9201 || 06/09/2006 12:26 Comments || Top||

#9  head-slamming
Posted by: Frank G || 06/09/2006 12:57 Comments || Top||

#10  "They would enter into the mosque to pray, and they would pray in a very aggressive manner, and they would come in military fatigues and military touques and stuff. It looked to me that they were watching a lot of those Chechnyan jihad videos online and stuff."

ie. Pointing A$$ up to Allen while furiously pounding forehead on floor and chanting, Al-Snack-Bar Al-Snack-Bar Al-Snack-Bar Al-Snack-Bar

Posted by: RD || 06/09/2006 14:03 Comments || Top||

#11  Sufis reject the ideology of jihad!?

That's a new one on me. I'll have to look into this.

@ bigjim-ky :
Jihad Watch Bostom Sufism Without Camouflage (Beyond Stephen Schwartz)

Plus IIUC traditional north-african islam was sufism (salafism being rapidly supplanting it), didn't stop them from being pirates and raiding christian coastal villages to capture slaves, or to commit countless atrocities during independence war.
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 06/09/2006 14:40 Comments || Top||

#12  If your local muslims are waltzing around town in fatigues and NOT GI issue, it is time to take them down HARD.
Posted by: Cyber Sarge || 06/09/2006 19:21 Comments || Top||

#13  Fatigues are all the rage at the local high schools here in the middle of the Midwest, Cyber Sarge. The local different schools even have their own colour waves, according the Army Surplus store -- one is red/black, another blue/grey/black, and so forth. And the girls like to wear them with little lacy tops. Of course, that kind of an outfit worn with a hijab might be a bit startling... especially on a big, bad jihadi-boy like the kids arrested up north.... ;-
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/09/2006 23:37 Comments || Top||

Canadian jihadis in touch with UK, Pakistan, and Afghanistan jihadis
This pretty much vindicates my piece in the upcoming WS print edition that this wasn't just a "homegrown" plot.
It's alleged that they called their project Operation Badr. And before its unravelling gripped the world's attention on the weekend, it made quieter noises that police say they picked up on: a seemingly inconsequential gun seizure at the Canada-U.S. border; a gunshot near Cochrane in Northern Ontario; bullets shattering statues of Hindu gods during a target practice in a remote area in the Township of Ramara, Ont.; and the printing of business cards with a decidedly non-threatening e-mail address, Studentfarmers@hotmail.com.

According to a copy of a Crown synopsis viewed yesterday by The Globe and Mail, police have months worth of surveillance, communication intercepts and physical evidence that were amassed before a monitored buy of $4,000 worth of ammonium nitrate fertilizer on Friday. This sting is said to be the final chapter of months of dogged police work, leading to the arrest of 17 suspects.

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Posted by: Dan Darling || 06/09/2006 04:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [334 views] Top|| File under:

#1  “Mr. Ahmad blamed constant spying by CSIS for forcing him into criminal activity.”

Hmmm…I’m no lawyer but he may want to tweak his defense strategy.
Posted by: DepotGuy || 06/09/2006 8:56 Comments || Top||

#2  They are not Canadian or British muslims, they are armed caliphate colonialists.

Say NO to muslim immigrants.

Say NO to mosques.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 06/09/2006 10:02 Comments || Top||

#3  Say burn to Korans.
Say bulldozer to mosques.
Say expell, convert, or else to muzzies.
Posted by: wxjames || 06/09/2006 10:08 Comments || Top||

#4  What do you do with cockroachs? expel? Convert?

Expel to where? That's just moving the problem.

Convert or else? Huh! Even a so-called "convert" is not welcomed in my neighborhood.
Posted by: Captain America || 06/09/2006 16:15 Comments || Top||

#5  WS print edition

WOOT! I knew 'em when.
Posted by: 6 || 06/09/2006 16:53 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Across from ground zero, a memorial to lost firefighters is built
Posted by: anonymous2u || 06/09/2006 14:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [293 views] Top|| File under:

Home Front: WoT
NYC Jihadist Caught in UK
This hasn't gotten much play:
Outside of the Burg, you mean ...
A young man who was raised in Queens and earned a degree from Brooklyn College faced a London court yesterday on shocking charges that he conspired to smuggle military gear and money to al Qaeda terrorists fighting the United States in Afghanistan.

Syed "Fahad" Hashmi, 26, who was indicted in Manhattan last month, said he would fight extradition to the United States. He is wanted here for moving funds and military equipment to the notorious terror camps in South Wazirisrtan, Pakistan, between January 2004 and May 2006.

Hashmi allegedly conspired with Queens computer programmer Muhammad Junaid Babar, who was arrested in 2004 after he was busted delivering night-vision goggles, sleeping bags, waterproof socks and ponchos to training camps in the same area in Pakistan.

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Posted by: growler || 06/09/2006 10:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [333 views] Top|| File under:

#1  al Mujahiroun are a nasty bunch.
Posted by: lotp || 06/09/2006 13:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Which borough did they grow up in, Celesteville?
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 06/09/2006 13:22 Comments || Top||

#3  I hope the FBI and NYPD are keeping a close watch on these scumbags.

Nope.... sorry... that would be 'profiling'.... a definate no-no. ( At least until a few thousand more people get murdered in a couple more 9-11's....).
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/09/2006 13:52 Comments || Top||

#4  These guys driving taxis in Manhattan? Talk about terrorists.
Posted by: Captain America || 06/09/2006 16:21 Comments || Top||

#5  I wonder how many of them are undercover cops or confidential informants?
Posted by: tu3031 || 06/09/2006 16:23 Comments || Top||

Jihad Fear in Queens
Snipped, duplicate. Sorry.
Posted by: tu3031 || 06/09/2006 10:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [297 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sounds like it's hard to convince almost all the immigrants who have gone from living in shit to owning their own business and enjoying prosperity that the U.S. is a bad place. This is at least a positive note. But their kids on the other hand.
Posted by: bigjim-ky || 06/09/2006 10:56 Comments || Top||

#2  Robert Wagner has a school named after him? Good going Number Two!
Posted by: Frank G || 06/09/2006 12:55 Comments || Top||

#3  BJK: Sounds like it's hard to convince almost all the immigrants who have gone from living in shit to owning their own business and enjoying prosperity that the U.S. is a bad place. This is at least a positive note. But their kids on the other hand.

Two of the people quoted are Sikhs (the bearded guys who wear turbans) and one is a Hindu. They're all South Asians (the region that was once British India, now split up into India, Pakistan and Bangladesh). The Muslims are a hodgepodge who speak various Indian languages. Many Sikhs are from Punjab (in India*), and understand the Punjabi language, which may be a help in penetrating South Asian Muslim groups.

* India is composed of dozens of former kingdoms, each with a distinct spoken and written language. Think Switzerland, cubed.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 06/09/2006 18:46 Comments || Top||

#4  * India is composed of dozens of former kingdoms, each with a distinct spoken and written language. Think Switzerland, cubed.

That would be distinct, mutually unintelligeable languages. That's why the first thing they do is learn English, so as to be able to communicate beyond their village. Different parts of India even indicate yes and no differently, or so Mr. Wife informed me: half nod and shake their heads like we do in the West, half reverse it (nod for no, shake for yes), and the remainder (these are not mathematical fractions) are so confused that their heads literally go in circles for both.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/09/2006 19:43 Comments || Top||

#5  TW: That would be distinct, mutually unintelligeable languages.

Mutually intelligible languages are typically called dialects.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 06/09/2006 20:09 Comments || Top||

#6  Some are dialects, some are genuine languages, Zhang Fei. It's my understanding that India, because of all of those historically inpenetrable valleys and lost jungle kingdoms and such, is even more diverse, linguistically, than China... approaching Africa, in fact.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/09/2006 20:33 Comments || Top||

Saudi threatens to blow up US plane
US authorities have arrested a Saudi national who threatened to blow up an airliner after he was turned down for a job as a translator for the US military in Iraq. Saleh Nasser Al Suwailem, 45, admitted he had made the threat at the US Army's Fort Benning base in Georgia on Tuesday, but said he had no intention to carry it out, according to court documents.

Suwailem was at the base to prepare to become an Arabic translator for US operations in Iraq, according to a court affidavit. After being told he could not get the job because he lacked security clearance, and had to fly back to his home in Boise, Idaho, he started drinking with an acquaintance.
Isn't that rather un-Islamic?
"Saleh Al Suwailem was upset that he did not get the job and had to fly home the next day, so he spontaneously stated: 'Okay, I'm going to bomb the plane'," FBI agent Todd Kalish said in the affidavit.

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Posted by: ryuge || 06/09/2006 07:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [359 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Just a dumb assed drunk. Send him home.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 06/09/2006 7:57 Comments || Top||

#2  heh, with an alk record the religious police would not be amused.
Posted by: 3dc || 06/09/2006 9:06 Comments || Top||

#3  Nah. He'll bring them home some porn...
Posted by: tu3031 || 06/09/2006 9:07 Comments || Top||

#4  Jail him in Georgia and feed him cold grits and red-eye gravy until ........... his clearance is granted, whhahahaha.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/09/2006 11:53 Comments || Top||

#5  This article from the Idaho Statesman has a few more details that makes it sound a bit less innocent. Two thoughts occured to me after reading this article: First, the magistrate felt he was a "security risk". That seems to me to be a big step beyond just saying that he was being arrested for making a joke about a bomb.

Secondly, Boise is not that large and any dark skinned person stands out. So how is it, in such a small community of Muslims that the FBI (has a state office in Boise) didn't know about him until a security clearance was conducted? He failed the security clearance - so someone knew something about him that wasn't very savory. If indeed he is a security risk it makes me wonder how it could be that he was unnoticed in such a small pool of folks.

Posted by: 2b || 06/09/2006 12:11 Comments || Top||

#6  /Give him an upgrade. Pork BBQ.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 06/09/2006 12:13 Comments || Top||

#7  A spokesman for the local Islamic community said he hopes the incident won't fuel distrust for people with Middle Eastern or Muslim-sounding names.

A federal magistrate ordered Saleh Al Suwailem, 45, held by the U.S. Marshals Service after a hearing Tuesday in Columbus, Ga. He is charged with making a terrorist threat against an airplane, and is due back in court Tuesday.

According to a criminal complaint, Al Suwailem was at Fort Benning on Monday, where he was going through the process to become an Arabic interpreter for a communications division that hires interpreters for operations in Iraq.

After he was told he would not be hired because he was denied a security clearance and that he would have to fly home to Idaho the next day on a Delta flight, he started drinking with some acquaintances, the complaint says.

"OK, I'm going to bomb the plane," he blurted out, according to the complaint.

When he was questioned by Fort Benning officials about the remark, he said it was a joke and that he did not actually plan to bomb the flight.

The FBI was alerted and Al Suwailem was arrested. In their request to have the defendant detained, the government argued that he poses a flight risk. The magistrate who ordered him held also described him as a security risk. The order did not say why.

Every time there is an arrest like Al Suwailem's or the recently uncovered alleged plot to blow up Canadian buildings involving people with Middle Eastern-sounding names, it raises the spectre of a backlash against the community, said Boise State University Professor Said Ahmed-Zaid, who is a spokesman for the Islamic Center of Boise.

"People are nervous and frightened, but they need to realize that the Muslim community here in Boise is also frightened," Ahmed-Zaid said.

A number listed under Al Suwailem's name was disconnected when the Statesman called Wednesday.

Reached at his office Wednesday, Al Suwailem's lawyer, David Roberts, said, "I'm just not going to comment."

Posted by: 2b || 06/09/2006 12:13 Comments || Top||

#8  The fact that there are Muslims in Idaho is shocking. But note where they are located. The unniversity staff. This is so dangerous. These lefty administrators allow this scum to come in. They fly very low in the first years. Meanwhile all their imported grad students may be AlQ. They set up local cells, just like Sami at Univ. South Florida. Another low flying outpost turned into a cell. The Univ. California Irvine is a strong Muslim outpost, thanks to a growing Muslim faculty. This should be stopped. These are by far the most dangerous infiltrators one could imagine.
Posted by: SOP35/Rat || 06/09/2006 12:48 Comments || Top||

#9  I don't find it shocking that there are Muslims in Idaho. There are white supremacists there too, along with a lot of ordinary people.

SOME Muslim academics here are dangerous. The issue for us all as a nation is to sort those out from decent people.
Posted by: lotp || 06/09/2006 13:15 Comments || Top||

#10  Dear lotp,

I disagree. The issue is not "for us all as a nation" to discern who is decent or who is not. If there's a nutter Baptist, he's most likely to be found by other Baptists. If there's a nutter Elk, he's most likely to be found by other Elks.

If there's a nutter Muslim, the best place to look for him is gonna be in his church. Baptist, Elk or Muslim, I'm gonna be lookin' at his buds and asking them why they covered for the as#####. Unless and until Muslims take responsibility for Muslims there is never going to be an improvement in Muslim behaviour. When golfers start blowing up tennis players, I'm going to be looking to golfers to clean up their act. I'm not going to assert that it's a responsibility for "us all as a nation...to sort those out from decent people".

If I'm at a library association meeting and one of the board members starts talking about cutting off the heads of the non-readers, I'm gonna make a stink about it.

Posted by: OregonGuy || 06/09/2006 19:05 Comments || Top||

#11  :)
Posted by: Glavitch Angineter5765 || 06/09/2006 19:16 Comments || Top||

#12  At 45, a person is assumed to have enough experience to know when it is safe to be stupid. Even when drunk. I'm afraid I've no pity for the gentleman in question. Revoke his visa and send him home.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/09/2006 19:48 Comments || Top||

Assam rocked by deadly explosions
At least four people have been killed by a bomb in Guwahati, the main city in the Indian state of Assam, police say. The blast, in a busy market place, happened on Friday afternoon. At least 15 people were injured. Overnight, one person was killed and 30 others injured in four separate explosions elsewhere in Assam. Police say they suspect rebels of the United Liberation Front of Assam (Ulfa) are behind the attacks. The rebels have denied involvement. Rebels have been fighting for independence since 1979 in a struggle which has claimed 10,000 lives.

Officials say three people died immediately in Friday's blast in Guwahati's central Machkhowa market. A fourth person died on the way to hospital. Police say Thursday's attacks were carried out by unidentified men who threw grenades in four towns overnight, striking markets and a police station. The police said the explosions happened in Nowgaon, Golakganj, Dhubri and Mongoldoi areas between 2100 and 0200 local time (1530-2030 GMT Thursday).

Assam police intelligence chief Khagen Sarmah told the BBC that separatist rebels belonging to the Ulfa group are active in the area where the overnight blasts took place. "Though there is no evidence yet that the Ulfa was involved, the needle of suspicion points to them," he said.
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Indian court charges Geelani with sedition
An Indian court has charged Syed Ali Shah Geelani, a hardline Kashmiri separatist leader, with sedition and ordered him into police custody five years after an arrest warrant was issued. A warrant for Geelani's arrest was issued in Poonch in 2001 on charges of inciting people against India during a series of speeches.

Police said 77-year-old Geelani, head of a breakaway faction of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, an alliance of separatist parties, was arrested on Wednesday on arriving in Poonch, a town 144 kilometres northwest of Jammu. "Soon after he checked in Hotel Star in Poonch town, our police party immediately took him into custody," a senior police official, told Reuters. A local magistrate ordered Geelani, who says he requires constant medical attention due to heart problems, into police custody until June 29. Geelani's supporters staged protests in Srinagar on Thursday, and his party called for a strike on Friday.
Geelani, Gilani. Where have we heard that name? Oh yeah PakiWaki holy man Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani has a bunch of followers in the US as part of the Jamaat al-Fuqra movement. The DC snipers had links to that group. Gates of Vienna has more...
Posted by: Fred || 06/09/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [326 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This "hardline" leader has a son, a medical doctor educated at the expense of Indian taxpayers, who works in another part of India, safe from the jihadi killers. He of course encourages others to send their sons on jihad.
He is provided a security team, paid for by the Indian government, to protect him from even more extreme jihadis.

Posted by: john || 06/09/2006 6:43 Comments || Top||

Continuing Persecution Renews Calls for Assyrian Safe-Haven in Iraq
Assyrian Christians (also known as Chaldeans and Syriacs) continue to be targeted within Iraq. Recent attacks have highlighted the varied groups perpetrating the attacks. On March 17, 2006, Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) paramilitaries broke into Mr. Slewo David Simon's home in Batnaya, a Christian town in Northern Iraq. Mr. Simon had recently emigrated to the US after a series of altercations and incidents with KDP militants. As the armed assailants broke into the home, Mr. Simon's neighbors Mr. Nabil Jaro and his brother Mr. Faris Jaro interceded to prevent the break-in and looting.

Later that afternoon at 5 pm, KDP personnel dressed as Iraqi National Guards forcibly entered Mr. Nabil Jaro's home. The KDP paramilitaries ransacked Mr. Jaro's home, broke his furniture, and confiscated his gun. Mr. Jaro was then roughed up and arrested as his terrorized family looked on. Mr. Jaro was then taken to the KDP occupation center in Tel-Kaif in the Nineveh Plain on trumped up charges of terrorism. KDP officers then served Mr. Faris Jaro with an arrest warrant and indicated that his brother, Mr. Nabil Jaro, would not be released until he turned himself in as well. The next day, Mr. Faris Jaro turned himself in, accompanied by his terrified elderly mother and another brother. Two KDP officers along with two other KDP personnel proceeded to severely beat both brothers for several hours while shouting derogatory anti-Christian and anti-Assyrian insults.

Fearing that her sons may be killed, the mother pleaded with her sons to apologize to their attackers in order to be released. Following an apology under duress, the brothers were released. Their neighbor's home has since been expropriated as the new KDP party office in Batnaya in the Nineveh Plain. The establishment of a KDP party office in an area without any Kurds is widely believed to be intended to "bring Christians in line" and dampen enthusiasm for any independent political expression.

Assyrians in other parts of Iraq have not fared much better due to a steadily deteriorating security situation...
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Al-Zarqawi Death Poses Problems For Kurdish Militants
Erbil, 9 June (AKI) - The death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi will have repercussions on the morale of armed Kurdish Islamist groups active in some areas of Iraqi Kurdistan, especially at Kirkuk and Mosul, a senior Kurdish intelligence source has said. There is a strategic relationship between these formations and al-Zarqawi's group, the official told Adnkronos International (AKI), explaining that these ties date back to the Saddam regime. "Al-Zarqawi visited Kurdistan for the first time in the winter of 2002 when in the border area of Horaman, controlled then by the Ansar al-Islam of Mullah Krekar, he met some leaders to discuss jihadi issues and coordination."

"This initial contact was consolidated thanks to Omar Baziyani, who was head of the Tawhid (Unity) which had broken away from Ansar al-Islam, after they had suffered serious military losses to the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan working with the US forces at the start of the war to topple Saddam. These defeats forced Tawhid militants to retreat beyond the border into Iran" the source said.
"After Baziyani and his group shifted to Iran, they tried to resume contact with al-Zarqawi whose base was in Fallujah.

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Posted by: Steve || 06/09/2006 15:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [342 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Trust after something like this becomes so fragile. ... heh heh heh..
Posted by: 3dc || 06/09/2006 22:06 Comments || Top||

Zarqawi Survived Initial Bombing
Abu Musab al Zarqawi was alive, even conscious, when coalition forces arrived at the site of the bombing, a U.S. military officer told Fox News Friday morning.
Good, he had time to suffer
Army Maj. Gen. William Caldwell told Fox & Friends that Iraqi police were the first to arrive on the scene, and they found Zarqawi in the rubble -- the only one to have survived the initial attack. He said Zarqawi even tried to roll off a stretcher at one point, when he realized who his rescuers were.
"Feet, don't fail me....Hey, where are they?"
When U.S. troops arrived on the scene, they recognized Zarqawi, who died "a short time thereafter."
That's all Caldwell said about it. At a military briefing on Thursday, U.S. officials said Zarqawi died in the bombing, although some press reports on Thursday indicated that he lived for a short time after the attack. The confirmation that he lived for a short time follows additional debriefings of troops who were there, Caldwell told Fox News. U.S. military officials were holding another briefing in Baghdad Friday morning.
Posted by: Steve || 06/09/2006 09:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [271 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Can these guys carry pigs blood around, for just such an occasion. Splash him a little you know.
Posted by: plainslow || 06/09/2006 9:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Having seen the video of those bombs hitting one is amazed he was even recognizable, let alone alive. Those Iraqi country houses must be a lot tougher than they look.
Posted by: Glenmore || 06/09/2006 9:45 Comments || Top||

I want to know, did he have one leg, or two?

Posted by: Manolo || 06/09/2006 9:58 Comments || Top||

#4  Hopefully He's still alive and being interrogated.

Living dead.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 06/09/2006 10:00 Comments || Top||

#5  Today's NY Post reported: "Two bombs were used because the safe house had recently been 'reinforced,' an Air Force spokeswoman said"


"The 500-pound laser- and satellite-guided bombs used in the attack on Zarqawi are considered the most accurate in the Air Force arsenal. They're designed to kill - but not obliterate - and left military forces with Zarqawi's body intact as well as what Caldwell called a 'treasure-trove' of intelligence"
Posted by: growler || 06/09/2006 10:02 Comments || Top||

#6  This is such great news. I can't wait to buy a beer for the SF troop who got to stand there and watch his life fade away. Oh this just makes my day. Let's hope ol Binny lives about ten minutes longer when we get him and they capture it on video.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 06/09/2006 10:41 Comments || Top||

#7  I would have stuffed a suasage down his throat in the final seconds of his life, with the video phone rolling of course. Send that to Al-Jizz and see if it makes the evening edition.

Not that I walk around with a sausage in my pocket or anything, but you know.
Posted by: bigjim-ky || 06/09/2006 10:49 Comments || Top||

#8  Muthra, Kerry, and Ted claiming that his death is a war crime and against the GC in 5... 4... 3..
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/09/2006 10:53 Comments || Top||

#9  What, doesn't everybody walk around with a sausage in their pocket?
Posted by: Michael Moore || 06/09/2006 11:08 Comments || Top||

#10  A Reuters reporter this morning during a Pentagon news brief was asking the General giving the briefing if Zarkie had been shot. He asked the question pointedly and repeatedly despite the General stating that he had no such information.

It was plain to me that the Reuters reporter was trying to intimate that Zarkie had been deliberately executed by US troops or Iraqi police after the bombing failed to kill him outright.

It was outrageous, but somewhat expected from a Reuters reporter IMO.

Posted by: FOTSGreg || 06/09/2006 11:20 Comments || Top||

#11  iz he still ded?
Posted by: muck4doo || 06/09/2006 11:27 Comments || Top||

#12  I was so excited to see Zark's pre-mortem bruising and swelling in the picture...he suffered a little, anyway, before awakening in hell. Hardened Iraqi farmhouses sound like part of the old Baathist's underground network. I heard there were 6 total dead, three men and three women, including Zarqawi and al Rahman, and no children. Who were the women? They also went on an additional 39 raids, besides the 17 simultaneous ones at the time of the bombing. I'll bet everybody is scrambling and sweating it out as they have no idea what leads they are following now! The arrests and plots averted in Europe may even be part of this treasure trove....this is sooooo exciting finally to see the evil they plot turned back on their own heads!
Posted by: Danielle || 06/09/2006 11:34 Comments || Top||

#13  At the briefing, someone asked if he had gotten any medical care. I just pictured the medic saying: "This may hurt a bit - in fact, count on it."

/It's a vile thought, I know. But I like it!
Posted by: Xbalanke || 06/09/2006 11:53 Comments || Top||

#14  "He mumbled something, but it was indistinguishable and it was very short," U.S. military spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said at a news conference.

Maybe it was, "Rosebud"...
Posted by: tu3031 || 06/09/2006 11:58 Comments || Top||

#15  Allan be praised, this is NO SHIT!

Upon hearing the approaching 4th ID quick reaction force, the Zarcman threw down a hot schwarma and Pepsi, leaped off the streacher and grabbed an RPK-74 from a young Iraqi soldier.
Three hundred Iraqi army personnel immediately scattered and took cover. Being a very experienced squad machinegunner, Zarcman was unfowling the RPK-74 chamber as US soldiers approached. Repeaded demands to "put down the weapon" were ignored as the Zarcman, with a large knife and one hand and the PPK in the other raised the barrel, screaming "Allan Ak Bar" as he charged the approaching force attempting to fire the jammed weapon. Badly outnumbered by a force of nearly 12,000 infidel US personnel, the rest is history.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/09/2006 12:11 Comments || Top||

#16  I hope Zarq was long enough for a medic to check his vitals--the preferred method for terrorists is to put your boot on the neck and feel for a pulse.
Posted by: Dar || 06/09/2006 12:18 Comments || Top||

#17  The SOB was a sadist who enjoyed slowly sawing off the heads of victims.

Hope he died slowly, in great pain.

Posted by: john || 06/09/2006 12:27 Comments || Top||

#18  FOTSGreg, He should have replied that we shot him with something a bit larger than a rifle, about 488 pounds larger than a rifle X 2.

I only hope he was alert enough for his last vision to be of a dusty, determined, proud American soldier looking into his eyes. So he would completely understand who it was that killed him.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 06/09/2006 12:39 Comments || Top||

#19  At the very least I hope the maced his open wounds.
Posted by: 3dc || 06/09/2006 12:43 Comments || Top||

#20  His last words were : please, save me, I don't wanna die!
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 06/09/2006 13:11 Comments || Top||

#21  "I'm not dead . . . I'm getting better . . . I think I'll go for a walk . . . I feel happy, I feel happy--"
Posted by: Mike || 06/09/2006 13:52 Comments || Top||

#22  Pic of Zark's Safe Crater.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 06/09/2006 14:08 Comments || Top||

#23  This is up at Blackfive, attributed to a DOD contractor:

We ALL got that SOB.

Some grandmother somewhere in America works in a factory soldering wires to a harness that will connect to a little square box containing a little projection camera for an F-16 Heads Up Display.

A young man or woman a year removed from high school pulled pins from 500lb bombs on a hot desert tarmac.

Another kid in America works in a foundry pouring hot aluminum alloys which will eventually find its way to the compressor stage of the F-100 engine that will power an F-16 from a runway.

Someone in America sang in a church choir on Sunday, and on Monday was holding a rivet gun, helping build another warplane, which will help keep us free.

Some group of brave men in the darkness, shined a little laser beam against a building.

Some geeky American, known for his/her math skills wrote a little program that turns numbers into coordinates.

Some young American decided to become a pilot after watching the Thunderbirds or Blue Angels put on a show.

Some American you or I will never meet, had an idea, which became GPS.

Some kid who last year was dancing at a Prom pulled the chocks.

Some kid wiped the canopy that a year ago was wiping car windshields in their summer job at the local car wash back home.

Someone working in a rubber factory had no idea that his or her work product was tucking itself into its bay as the pilot brought up the gear 20 ft off the deck.

Some little American girl who years ago was all about MTV and CDs gave a vector, cleared hot.

Some pilots did their job.

SHACK, baby.

AMERICA got that son of a bitch.

Every damn one of us.

All I can say is that before he died, I hope it hurt like hell.

This one's for Nick Berg.

Posted by: Matt || 06/09/2006 14:39 Comments || Top||

#24  "Corrected Link"
Disassembled Safe House pics @ http://www.strategypage.com/gallery/articles/military_photos_200668234813.asp

Not a sausage in sight, though............
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 06/09/2006 15:20 Comments || Top||

#25  I watched some of the briefing this morning. These "reporters" have got to be the lowest form of scum.

The aplumb of the briefing officers amazes me. If I were doing one of these briefings I have no doubt that I would be an E1 shortly thereafter.
Posted by: kelly || 06/09/2006 16:16 Comments || Top||

#26  Zarq's last words were "I should have had a V8"
Posted by: FeralCat || 06/09/2006 16:57 Comments || Top||

#27  "Feet, don't fail me....Hey, where are they?"

Ack! Now that darlins is damn cold, crude and damn funny. Sometimes I swear that thisn green one is the worst of the lot.
Posted by: 6 || 06/09/2006 17:09 Comments || Top||

#28  Right On, Matt!

No sense
No feeling
No brains
No headache


...when Iraqi police got there he was muttering something...
"Hey, it's gettin' awful warm. Where am I going?"
Posted by: BigEd || 06/09/2006 18:44 Comments || Top||

#29  I'm glad he wasn't killed immediately. It gave him the chance to see a US soldier before he died and have one last piss in his pants. In those last few seconds he knew he was a prisoner of the US Army.
Posted by: Apostate || 06/09/2006 18:51 Comments || Top||

#30  The soldier walks up. Zarky look up one last time. Soldiers looks at Zarky points finger like he got a gun and whisper Bang your dead and smiles and Zarky goes to Hell.
Posted by: djohn66 || 06/09/2006 19:12 Comments || Top||

#31  Sheer poetry, Matt. Thank you for posting that.

I don't know what's the matter with me today -- that's made me all weepy.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/09/2006 19:36 Comments || Top||

#32  Rosebud.....
Posted by: Jaiting Chavirt8662 || 06/09/2006 19:45 Comments || Top||

#33  so... he didn't survive the genus Sus plasma transfusion?
Posted by: 3dc || 06/09/2006 22:29 Comments || Top||

$25 million bounty will be honored, Iraqi leader says
Easy for him to say, it's not his loot...
Iraqi Prime Minister Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said today that the $25 million bounty on Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's head will be honored.
Why is this coming from Maliki?
"We will meet our promise," al-Maliki told al-Arabiya television without elaborating.
He's got a hole mouse in his pocket.
The United States had put forth the $25 million bounty for information leading to the death or capture of al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq. Al-Zarqawi, a 39-year-old Jordanian-born terrorist, was killed in a U.S. airstrike Wednesday.
And a fine ZAP it was, too.
Also killed in the airstrike was al-Zarqawi's deputy and spiritual adviser Abu Abdul-Rahman al-Iraqi, who had been key to pinpointing his boss' location, U.S. military spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said. Intelligence officials identified al-Iraqi with the help of an insider in al-Zarqawi's network and began tracking his movements, watching when he would meet with his boss.
Trust nobody. Ever again. Heh.
The U.S. also has a $25 million bounty for al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. Al-Zarqawi swore allegiance to bin Laden in 2004.
And this is the only thing AP can toss in to muddy the water.
Posted by: Glavitch Angineter5765 || 06/09/2006 03:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [306 views] Top|| File under:

#1  AP skidmarks. Gotta get a jibe in there somewhere don't they.
Posted by: bigjim-ky || 06/09/2006 11:52 Comments || Top||

#2  And don't forget the pony.
Posted by: Glaising Glaigum5899 || 06/09/2006 12:46 Comments || Top||

#3  They should donate it to schools and water projects and make that VERY public, unless there was a specific someone who ratted him out. One has to wonder, though, if that someone would be safe if made public . . . so a matching funds reward? Do both and let THAT be known.
Posted by: ex-lib || 06/09/2006 13:05 Comments || Top||

#4  Rewards stink, especially when the person receiving the reward may be just as contemptible as the target. But, they'd better pay up if they want any more 'tips'.
Posted by: mcsegeek1 || 06/09/2006 13:58 Comments || Top||

#5  Maybe they could have Ed McMahon deliver the check.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 06/09/2006 14:16 Comments || Top||

#6  Make them sign for the check to verify proper delivery and to get the GPS for the next set of 500 lbs bombs.
Posted by: Spang Fleger3829 || 06/09/2006 21:31 Comments || Top||

Haditha residents were offered a choice - plant IED's and be paid, or refuse and be killed
If true, this changes the whole complexion of events.
It will take courage for normal Iraqis to blow the whistle on the insurgents among them. Take Haditha, site of the alleged Marine massacre that global publicity has made a household name for moral collapse. But how about this for moral collapse: Haditha is mined with IEDs, the remote bombs that kill U.S. soldiers. A source with contacts among the Marines there called this week to explain how this works: Insurgents offer Haditha residents $100 to plant an IED; if they decline, the insurgents promise to murder them and their families, and they do murder non-collaborators. These are villages where everyone knows everyone, not Paris in 1942. As a result of the insurgents' Satanic kill-or-die policy, my source said, any conceivable bond between U.S. troops there and the local population has been broken.
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#1  carumba

it's behind the registration thingy
Posted by: RD || 06/09/2006 2:11 Comments || Top||

#2  The whole thing, which is mostly about Zarqawi:

The life of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi did not represent the word of God. This is false, a simple, dull lie. Whatever claims have been made through history in God's name, there is no imaginable sense in which the nations that emerged from World War II would grant legitimacy to al Qaeda's claims for God's blessing.

But it is a powerful lie. It appears to be the simple lie, we learned this week, that turned 17 Canadian Muslims from normalcy to planning the mass murder of fellow Canadians. It was the lie beneath the bombings of civilians in Madrid, London, Bali and the U.N.'s Baghdad headquarters. It was the lie beneath September 11.

It is doublethink: the contradictory belief, and it is a belief, that the murder of civilian innocents is a moral act, a "holy war." This is the powerful amoral lie that has allowed Zarqawi and al Qaeda to recruit men and women from a world-wide pool of 1.3 billion Muslims to wrap themselves in dynamite and set off bombs in the cafes and markets of Iraq and Israel. Or Ottawa. They then call it martyrdom. It is not martyrdom. It is mass murder.

If nothing else, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi understood that the effect on people of unrelenting mass murder in the global village would be corrosive. As with September 11's second falling tower, Zarqawi knew that he could force everyone in the dazed world community to participate via information electronics in every beheading, in every bombing of Iraqi police stations or open-air markets, and in every homicidal IED (improvised explosive device) detonated beneath American troops.

Zarqawi understood that promising to make constant murder a phenomenon of the world's life, and proving he could deliver on that promise, would corrode the possibility of normal human relationships everywhere -- among Iraqis, between Iraqis and coalition forces, and in the U.S. between supporters of the Iraq war and those opponents of the war who abhor terrorism but have simply gone numb before Zarqawi's limitless capacity to kill. Western Europe has been made supine.

Now he has been killed, and this should rightly be called a moral victory.

In normal political terms, calling something a "moral victory" is often considered grasping at straws, putting a good face on a loss. In November 2000, for instance, the Green Party called Ralph Nader's quixotic presidential quest a moral victory that exposed two corrupt parties. Today some will diminish claims of a moral victory in the killing of Zarqawi; for them it is a Pyrrhic victory, not much more than an uptick in George Bush's "failed war." But I think the high stakes here make it a very powerful moral victory and that the better analogy would be to the anti-Soviet dissidents, such as Andrei Sakharov or Natan Sharansky.

Like Stalin, Zarqawi has used barbaric levels of personal violence to drive all of us -- resident inside the Iraqi hell or in the watching world -- toward a psychological gulag, a place of submission. Faced with news earlier in the week of 17 heads in two fruit crates, we are expected to give up, to throw in the towel against the day when "the word of God will be supreme." Each Soviet dissident was a singular event that stopped the world from internalizing the moral and psychological free fall of Soviet totalitarianism. Killing Zarqawi, who personally beheaded Americans Nicholas Berg and Eugene Armstrong, is a similar abrupt brake.

It stopped Zarqawi himself. His moral abyss is not inevitable. Those among us who insist on belittling yesterday's achievement in Baqubah are simply lost to reflexive opposition to the U.S. side. But for many others, up against the insurgency, the possibility of reversing the recent drop in political support for this necessary effort seems possible again.

Start with the Iraqi police. On the news of Zarqawi's death, they were seen rejoicing in Sadr City, one of Baghdad's poorest districts. No order can be sustained in Iraq's cities unless men have the courage to serve as police. Thus the insurgency makes them a top target.

Iraq's new, aggressive Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said yesterday that Baqubah-area residents offered tips for the air strike. This is a potentially important turn. The respected Iraqi bloggers at Iraq the Model wrote this week from Baghdad, "Severed heads of civilian Iraqis were found twice in fruit boxes in and around Hibhib [near Baqubah]; a terrible crime that shocked Iraqis." So there are limits.

It will take courage for normal Iraqis to blow the whistle on the insurgents among them. Take Haditha, site of the alleged Marine massacre that global publicity has made a household name for moral collapse. But how about this for moral collapse: Haditha is mined with IEDs, the remote bombs that kill U.S. soldiers. A source with contacts among the Marines there called this week to explain how this works: Insurgents offer Haditha residents $100 to plant an IED; if they decline, the insurgents promise to murder them and their families, and they do murder non-collaborators. These are villages where everyone knows everyone, not Paris in 1942. As a result of the insurgents' Satanic kill-or-die policy, my source said, any conceivable bond between U.S. troops there and the local population has been broken.

Getting Zarqawi doesn't solve this. But it helps. It shows average Iraqis that someone -- their new government, the U.S., the Jordanian intelligence service and people like themselves -- are capable of organizing to resist the insurgency's stone killers.

It is ironic that Hamas's statement yesterday described Zarqawi as "martyred at the hands of the savage crusade." "Crusade" was one of the favorite words used by the "slaughtering sheik." While the West gave up holy wars centuries ago, Zarqawi and al Qaeda have made it explicit that moral claims justified their murders, and many Muslims believe this. We understand that. We should then understand that the defeat of al-Zarqawi is a moral victory, and an important one.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 06/09/2006 2:19 Comments || Top||

#3  Zhang Fei,
if that ain't the whole of it then, would you kindly post the rest of it in the comments section?
thanks in advance.
Posted by: RD || 06/09/2006 2:21 Comments || Top||

#4  damn that was fast ZF, LOL

thank youse!
Posted by: RD || 06/09/2006 2:22 Comments || Top||

#5  I just don't think that that average American or European, growing up safe as we do in our tree-lined streets, can comprehend the savagery. The press should come to comprehend it over time, but they fail for various reasons catalogued here and elsewhere.

One of my pet peeves has really become people who point out Malaysia as the platonic ideal of counter insurgency. Malaysia was the exception to the rule, not the ideal. In Malaysia, the Brits were faced with a minority of Chinese ethnic guerillas who were fairly easy to isolate from the Malay population.

In Vietnam, Iraq and Algeria where you have a large number of indigenous guerillas, these wars ae much harder to win. Aside from Roman style scorched-earth campaigns or multi-generational campaigns like we fought against the Moros or the brits fought in India, nothing has been proven to work. You can't win hearts and minds when the insurgents simply stop the heart and dash out the mind of the bloke you just dug a well for... and his wife's, and his children down to the infant.
Posted by: 11A5S || 06/09/2006 10:02 Comments || Top||

#6  I dont think the point of Malaysia is to say its EASY to win, but to show its POSSIBLE.
Posted by: liberalhawk || 06/09/2006 15:19 Comments || Top||

#7  but were ethnic Chinese really fewer in number in Malaysia than Sunni Arabs are in Iraq? Maybe easier to tell apart from the Malays?
Posted by: liberalhawk || 06/09/2006 15:20 Comments || Top||

Blasts kill 20, injure 38 in Iraq after Zarqawi's death
A blast in southern Baghdad killed 20 and injured 38 civilians on Thursday after announcing the death of the leader of Al-Qaeda terrorist group in Iraq, Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi. In a press statement, an Interior Ministry source said the blasts were caused by bombs planted in a flea market in Baghdad Al-Jadidah district. The injured, he added, included a number of women.

In Kirkuk, Iraqi police found the bodies of two Iraqis in the city's western and southern districts. Speaking to KUNA, a police source said the first body belonged to a 38-year-old merchant named Mahmoud Abdullah Salamah and the other belonged to a civilian who was kidnapped on Wednesday. While two blasts took place without any casualties, a Multi-National Force (MNF) patrol was attacked with a rocket launcher but the size of damage has not been reported.
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Car blast kills seven, injures 18 in Kazmiah neighborhood
Seven Iraqis were killed and 18 others were injured according to initial estimates on Thursday, due to a car blast in Kazmiah neighborhood north of here. An official Interior Ministry source told Kuna that a booby trapped car parked at roadside went off at 19:30 p.m. causing the killing or injury of 25 Iraqis. The blast took place at a location that was center of demonstrations by Kazmiah residents after news on slaying Al-Qaeda chief in Iraq, Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi.

The source said most probably the number of victims will rise after efforts made by rescuers to pull out other victims. The ambulances whisked to nearby hospitals 17 who were injured and seven who were killed so far in the car blast.
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Car blast kills 8, injures 22 in Iraq
Eight Iraqis were killed and 22 were injured when a car bomb exploded in Al-Ameen vegetable Market in south-east Baghdad, according to eyewitnesses Thursday. The eyewitnesses told KUNA nearby stores and properties were severely damaged by the blast. On the other hand, police sources expected the number of casualties to rise. The Iraqi police and Multi-National Force (MNF) in addition to local forces surrounded the location of the blast to prevent onlookers from entering it.
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Booby-trapped car kills 10, injures 7 in Baghdad
A third Booby-trapped car exploded Thursday in Al-Sha'ab market east of Baghdad killing ten Iraqis and injuring seven, said a security source. The source told KUNA that the car was parked at a market in Al-Sha'ab area east of Baghdad. The car exploded at 8:15 PM local time and caused damage to properties in the area. The death of the leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, triggered several car bombings today which left many civilians either dead or injured.
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Daytime curfew imposed in Baghdad on Friday
Iraqi Television announced Thursday that a daytime curfew will be imposed on Friday in Baghdad and Dhaialy province. The curfew in Baghdad will start from 11:00 am local time until 3:00 pm while the Dhaialy curfew will begin from 8:00 pm until 6:00 am. Sources at the ministry of Interior indicated reasons behind the curfew were that Iraqi security forces were trying to prevent terrorist activities from occurring.

Baghdad witnessed today several bombings which resulted in the deaths of 25 Iraqis and injuries of 46 others. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki announced that a security plan for the Iraqi capital is on the way.
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#1  Now that's some great news!!!

Go get'em boys!
Posted by: Danking70 || 06/09/2006 0:49 Comments || Top||

#2  They want people off the streets so that they may safely roll up some more turds perhaps?
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 06/09/2006 1:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Cut off the cell phones, too. All of them. Permanently.
Posted by: Glavitch Angineter5765 || 06/09/2006 1:51 Comments || Top||

#4  the two provinces are ones with mixed Sunni - shia pops.

They dont want some Zarqo follower to go blow up another Shia mosque in revenge.
Posted by: liberalhawk || 06/09/2006 9:14 Comments || Top||

Top Palestinian Militant Killed In Gaza Raid
Gaza, 9 June (AKI) - A former head of Israel's Shin Bet domestic security service said on Friday that the Israeli army (IDF) had to take out senior Palestinian militant, Jamal Abu Samhadana, who died in an air strike in the border town of Rafah late on Thursday. "Samhadana had to go. He was involved in terror attacks, one of the few who never tried to hide it," Ami Ayalon told Israeli Army Radio.

Samhadana, who was director general of the Hamas-led interior ministry, was one of four killed in the attack on a training camp, which injured seven others. He was one of Israel's most wanted men in Gaza. The Israelis claim he was responsible for most of the Kassam rocket attacks against their nation. He was also thought to be involved in a 2003 attack on a US convoy in the Gaza Strip.

Samhadana founded the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) - which regularly launches home-made rockets into Israel, and has vowed to avenge it leader's death. "The Zionists and Israelis have opened the gates of hell by assassinating Abu Samhadana," said PRC spokesman Abu Abir, quoted by the Jerusalem Post on Friday.
They opened the gates of hell, and tossed Abu in.
Palestinian officials also condemned the attack: an interior ministry spokesman called it a "crime". In April, the Hamas-led government sought to appoint Samhadana as police comissioner, but the move was blocked by Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas.
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#1  That 2003 convoy was the one in which Americans trying to award *Fulbright scholarships* were killed...
Posted by: Seafarious || 06/09/2006 8:59 Comments || Top||

#2  "The Zionists and Israelis have opened the gates of hell by assassinating Abu Samhadana,"

Why doesn't the PRC just leave the gate open? It'll save everybody a lot of time and trouble.
Posted by: tu3031 || 06/09/2006 9:02 Comments || Top||


Street swarm.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 06/09/2006 9:11 Comments || Top||

#4  So, Gaza is built over the Hellmouth? That explains a lot.
Posted by: Steve || 06/09/2006 9:11 Comments || Top||

#5  After the assassination, crowds ran through the streets of Rafah holding aloft body parts of the dead men.

Wonder why the MSM doesn't run and rerun video of this?
Posted by: phil_b || 06/09/2006 9:32 Comments || Top||

#6  The Jews need to make a daisy cutter that is full of pig blood instead of kerosene(or whatever it is). That would be kewl Beavis.
Posted by: bigjim-ky || 06/09/2006 11:03 Comments || Top||

#7  What do the do with the body parts after dancing about with them? Throw them in the garbage?
Posted by: 3dc || 06/09/2006 22:32 Comments || Top||

IDF arrests 3 fugitives, is fired upon in W. Bank
IDF forces arrested three fugitives overnight Thursday in the West Bank.

Two of the arrested persons were members of the Islamic Jihad and were arrested in a village north of Jenin. A member of Fatah was arrested in Nablus.

Around the same time, Palestinians opened fire on IDF forces near the Pisgot settlement east of Ramallah. Troops returned fire. No one was wounded in the incident.
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Jordan says its intelligence helped kill Zarqawi
This has been reported elsewhere yesterday, but just in case you didn't know ...
AMMAN - Jordanian intelligence helped in the operation that led to the killing of Al Qaeda’s leader in Iraq Abu Musab Al Zarqawi on Thursday, a Jordanian spokesman said. “There has been early exchange of intelligence information with the United States that helped in the operation that killed Zarqawi,” government spokesman Nasser Joudeh told Reuters.

“This has been an Iraqi operation,” Joudeh later told a news conference. “However, all parties concerned in pursuing Zarqawi have been cooperating in terms of intelligence over many months to try to locate him and Jordanian intelligence have been part of this.”
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#1  Success has a thousand fathers....
Posted by: Kelly || 06/09/2006 0:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Thank you very much.

Posted by: Danking70 || 06/09/2006 0:57 Comments || Top||

#3  So's there's at least three stories out there now:

• The Jordanians tipped us off
• We trailed the holy man
• Locals tipped us off

How much you wanna bet that none of them are true?
Posted by: 11A5S || 06/09/2006 1:07 Comments || Top||

#4  I will bet that Jordan shouldn't advertise this to much,aince they will get dipped in pooh by the dead bastards fans, family and friends.

I think their spy guys helped. They have feet on the ground and are reliable.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 06/09/2006 1:21 Comments || Top||

#5  Actually, I would be willing to be that all three are true to a certain extent - operations like this weld together discrete pieces of information into a functional whole.
Posted by: Shieldwolf || 06/09/2006 2:08 Comments || Top||

#6  Three stories. Maybe true, maybe false. Maybe a little of each. From the terrorist point of view, you can't be sure if someone was turned, a cell was broken or who might have ratted you out. Suspicion is a terrible thing. Hee hee.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/09/2006 2:53 Comments || Top||

#7  Interesting. I have no doubt that the Jordanians would have tipped us off. But they also want to be publicly KNOWN that they tipped us off.

Not only support, but PUBLIC support. In any case, Thanks!
Posted by: Grasing Shath2732 || 06/09/2006 5:45 Comments || Top||

#8  This way the Jordanians also get credit for avenging the wedding bombing in Jordan some months back. Arab public opinion frowns on terrorist attacks against Arab civilians, while still sadly silent (at best) and gleeful (at worst) on murder of non-Arab civilians. In other words, their main motivation for going public may be less to give us support and more to show their own public they aren't impotent when it comes to responding to terrorist attacks on their own soil. Nevertheless, a damned sight better than paying off terrorists, as some other countries do.
Posted by: Odysseus || 06/09/2006 6:00 Comments || Top||

#9  Radio guy Jay Severin said it came from intel from prisoners.
Posted by: Seafarious || 06/09/2006 9:01 Comments || Top||

#10  we trailed the holy man, whom we first located (to begin the tail) due to a tip from inside AQ, and that tip may have come from a source Jordan intell was running.

Think abou it - theyve had the motive = Zarqo was sending boomers there way - they had the means - An intell service compose of native arabic speakers, who can easily blend into the population, and who presumably have experience penetrating terrorist groups - and the opportunity - plenty of chance to move people across the border into Iraq.
Posted by: liberalhawk || 06/09/2006 9:21 Comments || Top||

#11  "Radio guy Jay Severin said it came from intel from prisoners."

Its also possible that Jordan supplied intell that aided in the interrogation, or intell that helped catch those prisoners.
Posted by: liberalhawk || 06/09/2006 9:25 Comments || Top||

#12  Apparently Mossad claims they were in on it too.

Posted by: Frozen Al || 06/09/2006 9:31 Comments || Top||

#13  They also have a motive to go public; make sure Zarks family realizes they will be next if there's any monkey business in Jordan. Not a good day to be a Zarka
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 06/09/2006 9:31 Comments || Top||

#14  And as Ronnie used to say, there's no limit to what you can do if you let others take the credit.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 06/09/2006 9:32 Comments || Top||

#15  Bingo, NS.
Posted by: lotp || 06/09/2006 9:58 Comments || Top||

#16  "plenty of chance to move people across the border into Iraq."

Reflecting on that. AQinIraq is made up heavily of foreign arabs, right? "Hi, Im Abu Ahmed, and Im from Amman, and I want to join the Jihad" How the hell does AQ know he ISN'T actually a Jordanian agent, recruited in Amman, if not actually a Jordanian operative? I mean in the past they probably tried to vet people with their contacts in the salafi community in places like Jordan - but how picky can they be these days, when theyve lost so much cannon fodder? We kill lots of them, but they always seem to replace em - this may well be the fruit of increasingly desperate recruiting practices.
Posted by: liberalhawk || 06/09/2006 11:54 Comments || Top||

#17  I saw a report last night on the "martyrdom wedding celebration" held in Zark's hometown in Jordan. The camera crew was eventually chased away by dozens of children and teens pelting them with rocks. There must have been a hundred little future Zarks shouting their usual Allen bla bla bla with nothing but total hatred in their eyes. Not that I don't appreciate the tip Jordan, but if you really want to help, start in your own neighborhood.
Posted by: mcsegeek1 || 06/09/2006 12:09 Comments || Top||

#18  Unfortunately for Iraq, ratlines of terrorists into Iraq is a very effective and cheap way for the surrounding Arab countries to dispose of their local whackos. It is the approach of making the entry into Iraq a bit difficult and then report the entry of the idiots to the local Iraqi and/or American units. The permitting country gets credit for warning us about the incoming terrorists, gets rid of a bunch of their headaches, and creates a continuing drain on the individuals who would be doing such terrorism in their home countries - since there is the buglight of Iraq calling to the terrs in its siren voice.
Posted by: Shieldwolf || 06/09/2006 13:21 Comments || Top||

#19  But it wasn't Apache trackers. Nope. All lies! No gentlemen from the White Mountains were involved. No they weren't 1st on the scene. Don't worry about Apache, they hate Army life and are slovenly.
Posted by: 6 || 06/09/2006 17:26 Comments || Top||

#20  I like the hints the tip came from within AQ - keeep it up and watch for the purges
Posted by: Frank G || 06/09/2006 18:32 Comments || Top||

#21  Zarq put out a hit on the King and his loved ones. Extra motivation
Posted by: Captain America || 06/09/2006 22:31 Comments || Top||

Suspected Palestinian collaborator executed
NABLUS,West Bank - The body of a Palestinian suspected of collaborating with the Israeli authorities, was discovered on Thursday in the northern West Bank, medical and security sources said.
Not a word so far from Amnesia International ...
The man from the Balata refugee camp in Nablus was kidnapped four days ago by members of the radical Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades faction, loosely affiliated to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s Fatah party.
Home of a thousand splinters.
Does anyone here have a belt sander?
Sure, here ya go, right next to the #7 on the table ...
A spokesman speaking anonymously on behalf of Al Aqsa told AFP the man had been executed as punishment for collaborating with Israel and for being responsible for Israeli killings of militants from the group. Two other suspected Palestinian collaborators, including a mother of four, were similarly killed in Nablus on May 30.
They should have claimed they had IQs too low to permit execution. The ACLU would have jumped right in to save them ...
Palestinian human rights groups sorta oppose the killing of alleged collaborators and quietly, very respectfully call for their trial and punishment according to law.
And then kill them.
Since the outbreak of the Palestinian uprising in September 2000, dozens of suspected collaborators have been killed without any recourse to the courts.
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#1  Palestinian due process on display once again...
Posted by: tu3031 || 06/09/2006 7:44 Comments || Top||

Three Palestinians killed, five others injured in Israeli mortar attack
Israeli Army gunners shelled eastern Gaza late Wednesday killing three Palestinians and slightly wounding five others. Palestinian security sources said the Israeli artillerymen shelled a house and a position belonging to the Palestinian national security. Medical resources said the dead bodies were torn apart due to fiery explosions caused by the shelling.
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#1  Fiery explosions caused by the shelling...sounds like they had secondary explosions...gee, were they making rockets or something? Why else would be secondaries otherwise. Sounds like damn fine shooting and intel on the part of the IDF.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 06/09/2006 18:05 Comments || Top||

Palestinians launch two missiles at southern Israel
Two missiles were launched from northern Gaza Thursday and exploded in southern Israel, an Israeli Army spokesman said. The spokesman told Israeli radio that "one of the two missiles exploded at the entrance of the agricultural village of Gevim, where one woman went into shock and required hospitalization." He added that the second missile fell on an open area and did not result in any damage.

The Palestinian attacks on southern Israel come a few hours after Israeli warplanes dropped thousands of flyers warning the Palestinians from the consequences of the missiles attacks against Israeli villages and settlements.
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#1  will wonders never cease? Kuna actually seems to be gaining some grasp of Israeli geography.
Posted by: liberalhawk || 06/09/2006 9:16 Comments || Top||

Israeli Army arrests four infiltrators
Israeli Army arrested four people early Thursday morning while trying to infiltrate Israel through its borders with Egypt. A spokesman for the Israeli Army told Israeli radio that "four foreigners were trying to infiltrate Israel" from the area near its borders with Egypt. "The four infiltrators are being interrogated by authorities," he said. It was not mentioned whether they were armed.
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Sri Lanka
15 Tamil rebels killed in factional fight in Sri Lanka
At least 15 Tamil rebels were killed when a rival faction launched an attack against their defence lines in Sri Lanka's Northeastern district of Trincomalee on Thursday. The breakaway Karuna faction of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) attacked three bunkers of their rivals on Thursday morning killing at least 15 Tiger cadres, news agency Press Trust of India reported from capital Colombo. The attack came a day after eight people were killed in a mine attack in the neighbouring district of Batticaloa in Eastern Srilanka.

The upsurge in violence came as the LTTE and Colombo were due to meet in Norway capital Oslo later on Thursday to discuss the safety of Norwegian truce monitors, according to the news agency.
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Terror Networks
Days before death, Al Zarqawi had turned against Shi'ite Hizbullah
From Geostrategy-Direct, subscription.
For the first time, Al Qaida has publicly expressed opposition to the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah. Before he was killed by U.S. forces on June 7, Al Qaida network chief Abu Mussib Al Zarqawi had warned Hizbullah to disarm and urged Sunnis in Lebanon to oppose the Shi'ite group. In an audio message posted on the Internet, Al Zarqawi said Hizbullah was protecting Israel.

"Hizbullah is an independent state inside Lebanon," said Al Zarqawi, in a message broadcast by the Qatari-based Al-Jazeera television. "It presents deceitful slogans about Palestinian liberation when in fact it serves as a security wall [for Israel] and prevents Sunnis from crossing its borders." It was the first time Al Qaida has spoken out against Hizbullah. Over the past year, several anonymous attacks against Hizbullah in Lebanon have been attributed to Al Zarqawi. "Oh, Sunnis," Al Zarqawi said in a four-hour tape. "Prepare to get rid of the infidel snakes and their poison and don't listen to those advocating an end to sectarianism and calling for national unity. This is a weapon to get you to surrender."
A four-hour tape????? This guy was going for the Fidel Castro blowhard award. Out of your league, Zark.
Hizbullah quickly responded to Al Zarqawi. On June 2, Hizbullah cleric Afif Nabilsi warned Al Zarqawi to stop inciting the Sunni community in Lebanon.
"Hey, Zark! This is our turf. F*ck off and die. (Whoa....Allan listened to us...that's heavy...we better think our requests through so we don't screw up).
On June 1, thousands of Hizbullah members and supporters rampaged through southern Beirut as well as the Bekaa Valley to protest a Lebanese television show that lampooned Hizbullah Secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah.
"Watch out, Mamoud! There's a herd of Hiz-bees on a stampede and they're comin' yer way! Take Cover. They're like hornets with turbans!"
Police did not intervene.
"We ain't touchin' em. They're frogs-in-a-box mental!"
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Many in terrorists' 'next generation' dead
MADRID, Spain - They rose up quickly to take up Osama bin Laden's call for jihad, ruthless men in their 20s and 30s heralded as the next generation of global terror. Two years later, 40 percent are dead, targets of a worldwide crackdown that claimed its biggest victory with the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al-Qaida's front man in Iraq. Manhunts in Asia, Africa and Europe have pushed most of the rest deep underground — finding refuge in wartorn Somalia or the jungles of the southern Philippines. While there are still recruits ready to take up al-Qaida's call to arms, analysts say the newcomers have fewer connections than the men they are replacing, less training and sparser resources.
The learning curve has a real sharp drop at the end
"There are more people popping up than are being put away," said Magnus Ranstorp, a terrorism expert at the Swedish National Defense College. "But the question is whether the new ones have the fortitude to take up the mantle and carry the struggle forward. I don't see that they have."

A 2004 Associated Press analysis named a dozen young terror suspects as first-round draft picks front-line leaders, their hands stained with the blood of attacks from Bali to Baghdad, Casablanca to Madrid.

Al-Zarqawi, who sat atop the 2004 list as the biggest threat after bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahri, died Wednesday when U.S. forces dropped two 500-pound bombs on his hideout northeast of Baghdad.
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Posted by: Steve || 06/09/2006 15:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [320 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "I'm not convinced that there is somebody ready to step in and fill Zarqawi's shoes," he ( Ranstorp) said.
Ask Christiane Amanpour. She knows of many, many others to fill in for Z-man. Doesn't she?
Posted by: GK || 06/09/2006 16:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Succession planning was never Mo's strong suit either. Started lots of problems.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 06/09/2006 16:28 Comments || Top||

#3  40 percent are dead, targets of a Yankee worldwide crackdown
Posted by: 6 || 06/09/2006 17:29 Comments || Top||

#4  Christiane was aptly nicknamed a war slut by someone (I don't recall who).
Posted by: Frank G || 06/09/2006 18:33 Comments || Top||

#5  #4 Probably ssome guy from San Diego.
Posted by: GK || 06/09/2006 19:40 Comments || Top||

#6  Forty percent? Wow!
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/09/2006 19:58 Comments || Top||

#7  Frank...I thought she was called the "War Whore"?
Posted by: anymouse || 06/09/2006 20:46 Comments || Top||

#8  try RB search for "war slut" - it's the CNN carpetbagger/Jamie Rubin marrying /anti-american b*tch

Posted by: Frank G || 06/09/2006 20:58 Comments || Top||

#9  Hackworth called her Death Girl.
Posted by: tu3031 || 06/09/2006 21:31 Comments || Top||

Binny calls for Allan to punish GWB, killPerv, no word from Allan
From Geostrategy-Direct, subscription.
Osama Bin Laden is urging Muslims in Pakistan to attack Americans and the Pakistani government, pamphlets being circulated in the region state.

The leaflets were seen at markets in Miransha and Mir Ali on May 6. They called on Pakistani Muslims to help the “oppressed people of Waziristan” in northern Pakistan.

The message states: “Pakistani Muslims, may Allah reward you and bless you for what you did for your brothers who were affected in the Oct. 8 earthquake. It is incumbent upon you to come forward and help the great sons of the tribal Pakhtuns whose houses have been demolished by the Pakistan Army to please the U.S. government. I pray to Allah Almighty to accept the martyrdom of those who laid down their lives in jihad and gave health to the injured and blessed their families. I also pray to Allah to punish Bush, Pervez Musharraf, and their forces and give them the punishment that they deserve as well as giving an opportunity to one of the lions of Islam to kill Bush's slave in Pakistan.”
Can't afford to take out a full page spread in the New York Times, Binny? Are we down to pamphlets? Sorry about Zark. Nothing personal, it was just business, ya know.
Al Qaida has tried several times to assassinate Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf but failed.
Lions of Islam blew it twice.
Meanwhile, the FBI is seeking to set up a field office in Chitral, Pakistan, in the remote frontier province bordering Afghanistan.
Not exactly a cushy duty station.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 06/09/2006 15:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [317 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Pamphlets, he's down to pamphlets?
Ha, Ha!
Keep your head down Binny!
Did someone say duck!!
Posted by: bigjim-ky || 06/09/2006 15:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Note that he got around to punishing the Z-man first.

Posted by: DoDo || 06/09/2006 15:27 Comments || Top||

#3  Circulate free korans with reward/wanted posters for Binny and his buddies on the back of every page. I know they would order them disposed of --- but how do dispose of the Allan writ?
Posted by: 3dc || 06/09/2006 15:28 Comments || Top||

#4  Won't work, Walter. You defaced the Q'u'o'r'a'n. Allan trumped ya. Sorry.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 06/09/2006 15:33 Comments || Top||

#5  Doesn't matter.
They have to dispose of them.
Posted by: 3dc || 06/09/2006 15:37 Comments || Top||

#6  I was thinking a wide area airdrop distribution.
Posted by: 3dc || 06/09/2006 15:38 Comments || Top||

#7  Wide area airdrop distribution - courtesy of a B52 with accompaniment by arclight.

Posted by: FOTSGreg || 06/09/2006 15:46 Comments || Top||

#8  Troubadours Wanted: Groupies Follow

Excellent groung floor opportunity to see the Ummah and spread the word of al-Qaeda triumph over infifdel dogs while recruiting tomorrow's Lions of Islam. Special incentive compensation for recruits with suicide bomber potential. Ability to memorize long poems must be demonstrated by recitation of Koranic verses selected at random. Perfect pitch a plus.

Apply at the Main Mosque in Quetta.
Posted by: Osama bin L:aden || 06/09/2006 15:55 Comments || Top||

#9  Can grease spots publish pamphlets from the caves of Tora Bora?
Posted by: GK || 06/09/2006 16:00 Comments || Top||

#10  Storm from the East, Robert Marshall -

Once Genghis Khan had entered the ‘cupola of Islam’, as Juvaini described Bukhara, he rode into the largest mosque thinking it was the Sultan’s palace. When it was explained that it was a house of God, he ordered it to be converted into stables and the cases that held the Koran to be used for mangers. As copies of the Koran were thrown to the four winds, Genghis mounted the pulpit inside the mosque and lectured the citizens about the treachery of their Sultan. ‘I am the punishment of God’, he told them. ‘If you had not committed great sin, he would not have sent a punishment like me.’
Posted by: Thirt Angish6387 || 06/09/2006 16:08 Comments || Top||

ohhh great, I'm picturing Binny-Binn-Binn goin' door to door wanting to Share A Special Message. I can picture him wearing a tie and white starched shirt. Allan willing of course..
Posted by: macofromoc || 06/09/2006 16:20 Comments || Top||

#12  You defaced the Q'u'o'r'a'n.
You're up s creek AP, you left out a K and the 2nd U.

Hummmm..... maybe I'll make good spellin my first beginners Fatwa.
Posted by: 6 || 06/09/2006 17:32 Comments || Top||

#13  Binny once owned Afghanistan (ok, it looked better in the real estate brochure he was shown). From there he launched worldwide terror with total impunity (and only occaisionally had to duck when Clinton lobbed a cruise missile his way).

Now his "followers" are distributing pamphlets in the Wuzzupistan equivalent of K-Mart.

Binny can't even get martyred these days!!
Posted by: Justrand || 06/09/2006 17:41 Comments || Top||


Pamphlets? Yes Pamphlets. And on the back, there is two dinars off on a Whopper with fries...

He's running low on cash, so Osamie sold advertising...

"Have it your way, at BURGER MULLAH!"

Posted by: BigEd || 06/09/2006 18:37 Comments || Top||

#15  Binny once owned Afghanistan (ok, it looked better in the real estate brochure he was shown).

LOL Justrand. My fear for Somalia is that it will become Afghanistan II. Allowing training grounds and transshipping points for export. We'll see, but I bet these assholes will be destabilizing Nigeria (even more) in the near future
Posted by: Frank G || 06/09/2006 18:44 Comments || Top||

#16  Good work, 6. I wazz in a hurry. No way to whip out a fatwa. Continue on to the next lesson. Peas be whith ye.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 06/09/2006 18:52 Comments || Top||

Tech note...
I've put Thugburg back on line. It should only work now if the user has a cookie, though I haven't tested that part. I've also worked on the search page, though there's still more to do on that. Let me know when the bugs crawl out on either.
Posted by: Fred || 06/09/2006 00:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [284 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Get the Raid out, Fred. I tried to open several of the Thug pages and each time was notified that the page was closed due to abuse.
Posted by: GK || 06/09/2006 8:58 Comments || Top||

#2  Works for me from Editor page.
Posted by: Steve || 06/09/2006 9:08 Comments || Top||

#3  Now it works for me too. Thanks.
Posted by: GK || 06/09/2006 12:08 Comments || Top||

Good morning...
Posted by: Fred || 06/09/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [304 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Oh my, oh my, oh my, oh my!
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 06/09/2006 1:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Oh this is cool, nice one Fred!
Posted by: Tony (UK) || 06/09/2006 1:20 Comments || Top||

#3  Lol. Jealousy is such an ugly thing.
Posted by: Glavitch Angineter5765 || 06/09/2006 1:36 Comments || Top||

#4  heh check out Sophia checking the Mansfeild....


Hot Loin Alert kidz, avert thy innocent eyes.

Posted by: RD || 06/09/2006 2:06 Comments || Top||

#5  Damnit, RD, access denied from my line.
What is the source ?
Posted by: wxjames || 06/09/2006 10:22 Comments || Top||

#6  Hey wait a second, that's not a head.
Posted by: 6 || 06/09/2006 11:02 Comments || Top||

#7  wxjames thisn?
Posted by: RD || 06/09/2006 12:13 Comments || Top||

#8  These front-page images are utterly amazing
Posted by: Captain America || 06/09/2006 16:16 Comments || Top||

#9  Thanks, RD.
Now I feel better.

Jayne, 'Hi everybody, how's your weeekend ?'
Sophia, 'Jayne, You're hung like a cow tan, been to Acapulco ?'
Posted by: wxjames || 06/09/2006 17:23 Comments || Top||

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