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Dozens of Taliban killed in clashes
I'm waiting for the claim that these were all innocent civilians, mostly women and children.
Seventy-one Taliban rebels have been confirmed killed in a major clash in southern Afghanistan, a district governor said today. "We have 35 Taliban bodies in Panjwayi town and 11 out of the town," district governor Niaz Mohammad Sarhadi said to AFP after the clash that erupted when scores of Taliban attacked the area in Kandahar province around midnight.

Another 25 bodies were found in nearby Sperwan village, he said.
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/20/2006 08:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [294 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Had a feeling something big had happened after 4 Americans killed in a firefight.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 08/20/2006 8:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Must be the start of the dreaded "fall offensive". I see its going about as well as the summer and spring offensive for the Taliwhackers. Condolences and undying gratitude to our soldiers and their families who sacrificed for this.
Posted by: Remoteman || 08/20/2006 9:51 Comments || Top||

#3  Talibanis have no built up defense systems, and limited cover. They wouldn't exist if pro-Taliban mosques were flattened. What kind of "occupation" permits occupied peoples to incite murder of their military commanders?
Posted by: Snease Shaiting3550 || 08/20/2006 10:22 Comments || Top||

#4  An 18:1 ratio isn't high enough for me. I want to see a zero in our column, and if that requires stand-off and/or unconventional weapons, well I'll not lose any sleep over them.

Lest we forget, some Taliban executions... and perhaps the most infamous, Zarmeena.
Posted by: Tony (UK) || 08/20/2006 11:35 Comments || Top||

#5  Allahu akbar!
Posted by: gorb || 08/20/2006 14:07 Comments || Top||

#6  The only way to really shut down the tallibaby offensive is to hit them where they live - in Pakistan. Until then, it's the same old NVA/ARVN situation. I thought we said "Never Again"...
Posted by: Old Patriot || 08/20/2006 14:35 Comments || Top||

Four US soldiers killed in Afghanistan fighting
(KUNA) -- Four US and one Afghan soldiers were killed and six US soldiers wounded in two separate combat operations in eastern and southern Afghanistan on Saturday. Three US soldiers were killed and three wounded while conducting combat operations in the eastern Kunar province on Saturday. The soldiers killed in the troubled Pech Dara district when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device and engaged a group of Taliban extremists. "Our hearts and prayers go out to the families and friends of our fallen warriors," said Brig Gen James Terry, Deputy Commanding General of the Combined Joint Task Force - 76. There was heavy fighting during the operation, but enemy casualties have yet to be reported, said the general. "We remain committed to the government and people of Afghanistan," he vowed.

Separately, in the southern Uruzgan province, one US and one Afghan National Army soldier were killed during a firefight with Taliban the same day. The firefight occurred when a joint Afghan and US army team encountered a large insurgent force while operating in support of the ISAF mission. The patrol was attacked with small arms fire. The patrol returned fire with small arms, artillery and close air support. Three U.S. service members were wounded in the same engagement. They have been medically evacuated to an ISAF medical facility for treatment where they are listed as stable. The patrol continued to exchange fire and repelled about 100 to 150 insurgents for nearly four hours, said a press release. Names of the service members and branch of service are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Posted by: Fred || 08/20/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [311 views] Top|| File under:

#1  od bless them and their families.
Posted by: 49 pan || 08/20/2006 11:06 Comments || Top||

Africa Horn
Somalia: Clashes kill 2 in Hiran region
(SomaliNet) At least two people have been killed and others wounded in armed clashes between rival clan militias in the suburb of Beledwine, the capital of Hiran region in central Somalia, sources confirmed on Saturday. The clashes happened in El-magad village 85km north of the provincial town of Beledweine late yesterday. This latest fighting stems from earlier clan conflict in the area. The battle lasted several hours after both sides got reinforcements. Elders and intellectuals went to the area to ease the tension renewed there.

Latest reports say the situation resumed calm and there is continuing efforts to bring rival sides into talks to sort out the conflict. Meanwhile, an Islamic Court has been installed in Moqo-kori district in Hiran region and Sheikh Ali Afrahow was named to the chairperson of that court.
Posted by: Fred || 08/20/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [303 views] Top|| File under:

Huge cache of arms found in Bandarban
A huge cache of sophisticated arms and ammunition was hauled in from the den of a Myanmar separatist outfit in a deep forest in the hill district late Thursday night.The seizure list prepared by army troops include two (New Nation)

M-16 rifles, six SMGs, three AK-47 rifles, two light machine-guns, one 40MM rocket launcher, five US-made rocket launchers, five shells of rocket launcher, 6,750 bullets of different rifles, 2,000 bullets of heavy machine gun, and 2,000 SMG bullets. Also netted are 2,000 bullets of M-16 rifle, 11 40mm shells of rocket launcher, eight SMG magazines, seven magazines of M-16 rifle, two drum magazines of LMG, two multi-meters, army vests and various military machinery, official sources said.
Not a single shutter gun.
They said the operation was launched acting on a tip-off that a gang of National United Front of Arakan (NUFA) gunmen was in a hill-forest hideout in the frontier upazila Alikadam. Six teams of army kept the den of NUFA at Menching Para in Mirinja hill forest encircled since Thursday morning.

"After recce, the army personnel raided the den late Thursday night. But, sensing the arrival of army troops, ...
... "hark, my spider sense is tingling!" ...
... the miscreants sneaked out into the deep forest leaving behind their arms and ammunition," says a spot account given by the sources.

Then the army men of Alikadam zone, under supervision in Bandarban regional command, dug out the arms and ammunition dumped under earth.
Posted by: Steve White || 08/20/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [281 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It is not the same.
The miscreant is detained
Questioning. (thump) (yeowch)
The 0300 cache retrival run.
Shootout at the abandanoned cache site.
Then it ends with another one for Dr. Quincy. usualy at one of the more obscure medical establishments in the country.

I miss it.
Posted by: N guard || 08/20/2006 9:53 Comments || Top||

Brit hi-tech military gear given to Iran used by Hezb'Allah
High-tech equipment sent to aid Iran in its war on drugs apparently has ended up instead at the front in the Islamic republic's war on the West. Furious Israeli intelligence chiefs have complained to Britain and the United States that sensitive night-vision equipment recovered from Hezbollah fighters during the war in Lebanon was exported by Britain to Iran.

Israeli officials believe the state-of-the-art equipment, found in Hezbollah command and control headquarters in southern Lebanon and used during the month-long Middle Eastern war, which claimed more than 2,000 lives, was part of a British-government-approved shipment of 250 pieces of gear sent to Iran in 2003 and intended to help Tehran track drug traffic on its borders with Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The equipment, which needed special export-license approval from the British government, was passed to the Iranians through the UN Drug Control Program.

Israeli military intelligence confirmed that one of the pieces of equipment is a Thermovision 1000 LR tactical night-vision system manufactured by Agema, a company with branches in England and San Diego.

A spokesman for Agema in San Diego denied all knowledge of the system.

The equipment can spot people and vehicles moving in the dark up to several miles away and would have enabled Hezbollah to detect and record the movements of Israeli forces inside Israel, as well as the military advance into Lebanon.

Britain and Italy have both provided tracking and monitoring equipment over the past decade to try to stem the flow of heroin and opium into Western Europe from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office in London said last night, "The Israeli Defense Forces have confirmed to us they have found some night-vision equipment in south Lebanon that is apparently made in Britain. We're trying to get further details."

The spokesman added that the government tries to "pick its poison" carefully when dealing with Tehran.

"This is an area where we try not to let the nuclear issue prevent cooperation on countering narcotics," he said.
how ... nuanced ... of you, especially when it comes to military equipment
Israeli Army Lt. Col. Olivier Radowicz said the equipment's threat to soldiers was clear as day.

"The night-vision unit was used to observe the movement of troops," he said. "It's very close to the border, so it can see Israeli troops. You can also record what you are watching. Then it is connected to computers. You can obtain a perfect intelligence picture in real time about the situation

Posted by: lotp || 08/20/2006 16:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [310 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And Iran has probably now reverse-engineered the gear and can manufacture its own version for use against us in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thank you very much, drug abusers.
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/20/2006 16:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Air-burst White Phosphorus plays hell with NVG's, and it burns like a sumbitch. Next time in use my Willie Peter 155 rounds.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/20/2006 16:42 Comments || Top||

#3  my 'more' duhhhh.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/20/2006 16:43 Comments || Top||

#4  Besoeker, it's called "identification". No big, I do it once a while. ;-)

Beside WP, EMP may be helpfull as well. If there's will there's a way.

UK gummint needs to do something yesterday, remember the radioactive material intercepted recently by Bulgarians?
Posted by: twobyfour || 08/20/2006 17:17 Comments || Top||

#5  Identification - not just a river in Africa.
Posted by: 6 || 08/20/2006 17:21 Comments || Top||

#6  you're blaming the drug users, try blaming the gov agency that gaye the shit too them in the first place
Posted by: honkey || 08/20/2006 17:35 Comments || Top||

#7  Expect no help from the Foreign Office twobyfour, they are known to be pro-Arabist.
Posted by: Tony (UK) || 08/20/2006 17:36 Comments || Top||

#8  "Thank you very much, drug abusers."

No. Thank you very much stupid credulous BASTARDS that did not anticipate that the Iranians would use the gear for purposes other than what they stated.

NOTHING, not even a slice of bread, should go to Iran from the West.
Posted by: Texas Redneck || 08/20/2006 18:24 Comments || Top||

#9  Drug abusers provide the funds to Iran and other terrorists.
Efforts to restrict the drug trade and accompanying money stream divert resources from other areas. They also provide avenues for valuable technology to find its way into enemy hands - as you say, this should not happen anyway, and it is not the direct fault of the drug abusers, but the 'demand' provided by the drug abusers market is a root cause.
That said, I am not entirely averse to drug legalization - let's buy the stuff direct from the farmers at their price and give it away free to anyone who wants it, as long as they stay inside a compound someplace while they use it. Hand them a shovel, let them dig a grave, then give them all the drugs they want. Kind of harsh on the users - but better for everyone else.
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/20/2006 18:48 Comments || Top||

#10  No. Thank you very much stupid credulous BASTARDS that did not anticipate that the Iranians would use the gear for purposes other than what they stated.

NOTHING, not even a slice of bread, should go to Iran from the West.

Word, Texas Redneck. Your statement applies to everyone but our most staunch allies. Anyone care to recall the $43 MILLION dollar Taleban aid package sent by the Bush administration in 2001? The 1993 Trade Center bombing was final notice that the looming spectre of global terrorism would soon (if it hadn't already), overshadow the always puny war on drugs.

That said, I am not entirely averse to drug legalization - let's buy the stuff direct from the farmers at their price and give it away free to anyone who wants it, as long as they stay inside a compound someplace while they use it. Hand them a shovel, let them dig a grave, then give them all the drugs they want. Kind of harsh on the users - but better for everyone else.

Now you are making a lot more sense, Glenmore. And, no, it is not "[k]ind of harsh on the users" if they are also offered intensive counseling as an alternative to personal grave-digging. This would certainly beat our currently overcrowded prison system or Europe's horrendous "needle parks."
Posted by: Zenster || 08/20/2006 21:01 Comments || Top||

#11  Show me the money, mate. Now let's sit down and have some fish and chips.
Posted by: Art || 08/20/2006 21:26 Comments || Top||

UK charity watchdog checking claims
Britain's charity watchdog said on Saturday it was examining claims that several suspects in the alleged London plane plot were linked by their involvement with an aid group that raised money for victims of last year's earthquake in Pakistan. Crescent Relief London was reportedly founded in 2000 by Abdul Rauf, whose sons are suspects in the case. Rauf is being questioned by investigators in Pakistan. Abdul Rauf reportedly stepped down from the charity group's board several years ago. The Times newspaper says the aid group may have linked plot suspects in High Wycombe.
Posted by: Fred || 08/20/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [288 views] Top|| File under:

Mutiny on Flight 613
It's starting. British holidaymakers staged an unprecedented mutiny - refusing to allow their flight to take off until two men they feared were terrorists were forcibly removed. The extraordinary scenes happened after some of the 150 passengers on a Malaga-Manchester flight overheard two men of Asian appearance apparently talking Arabic. Passengers told cabin crew they feared for their safety and demanded police action. Some stormed off the Monarch Airlines Airbus A320 minutes before it was due to leave the Costa del Sol at 3am. Others waiting for Flight ZB 613 in the departure lounge refused to board it.

The incident fuels the row over airport security following the arrest of more than 20 people allegedly planning the suicide-bombing of transatlantic jets from the UK to America. It comes amid growing demands for passenger-profiling and selective security checks. It also raised fears that more travellers will take the law into their own hands - effectively conducting their own 'passenger profiles'.

The passenger revolt came as Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary was accused of using the terror crisis to make money. Government sources say he boasted to an official at the Transport Department: "Every time I appear on TV, I get a spike in sales."

Websites used by pilots and cabin crew were yesterday reporting further incidents. In one, two British women with young children on another flight from Spain complained about flying with a bearded Muslim even though he had been security-checked twice before boarding.

“Passengers noticed that, despite the heat, the pair were wearing leather jackets and thick jumpers and were regularly checking their watches.”
The trouble in Malaga flared last Wednesday as two British citizens in their 20s waited in the departure lounge to board the pre-dawn flight and were heard talking what passengers took to be Arabic. Worries spread after a female passenger said she had heard something that alarmed her. Passengers noticed that, despite the heat, the pair were wearing leather jackets and thick jumpers and were regularly checking their watches.

Initially, six passengers refused to board the flight. On board the aircraft, word reached one family. To the astonishment of cabin crew, they stood up and walked off, followed quickly by others. The Monarch pilot - a highly experienced captain - accompanied by armed Civil Guard police and airport security staff, approached the two men and took their passports. Half an hour later, police returned and escorted the two Asian passengers off the jet. Soon afterwards, the aircraft was cleared while police did a thorough security sweep. Nothing was found and the plane took off - three hours late and without the two men on board. Monarch arranged for them to spend the rest of the night in an airport hotel and flew them back to Manchester later on Wednesday.

College lecturer Jo Schofield, her husband Heath and daughters Emily, 15, and Isabel, 12, were caught up in the passenger mutiny. Mrs Schofield, 38, said: "The plane was not yet full and it became apparent that people were refusing to board. In the gate waiting area, people had been talking about these two, who looked really suspicious with their heavy clothing, scruffy, rough, appearance and long hair. Some of the older children, who had seen the terror alert on television, were starting to mutter things like, 'Those two look like they're bombers.'

“Then a family stood up and walked off the aircraft. They were joined by others, about eight in all. We learned later that six or seven people had refused to get on the plane. There was no fuss or panic. People just calmly and quietly got off the plane.”
"Then a family stood up and walked off the aircraft. They were joined by others, about eight in all. We learned later that six or seven people had refused to get on the plane. There was no fuss or panic. People just calmly and quietly got off the plane. There were no racist taunts or any remarks directed at the men. It was an eerie scene, very quiet. The children were starting to ask what was going on. We tried to play it down."

Mr Schofield, 40, an area sales manager, said: "When the men were taken off they didn't argue or say a word. They just picked up their coats and obeyed the police. They seemed resigned to the fact they were under suspicion. The captain and crew were very apologetic when we were asked to evacuate the plane for the security search. But there was no dissent. While we were waiting, everyone agreed the men looked dodgy. Some passengers were very panicky and in tears. There was a lot of talking about terrorists."

Patrick Mercer, the Tory Homeland Security spokesman, said last night: "This is a victory for terrorists. These people on the flight have been terrorised into behaving irrationally. For those unfortunate two men to be victimised because of the colour of their skin is just nonsense."
I know this is an election year, but you sir are a damned idiot who has descended towards the Nancy Pelosi swamp of gaseous emissions.
Posted by: lotp || 08/20/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [688 views] Top|| File under:

#1  " . . . everyone agreed the men looked dodgy . . . Passengers noticed that, despite the heat, the pair were wearing leather jackets and thick jumpers and were regularly checking their watches. "

Patrick Mercer, the Tory Homeland Security spokesman, said last night: "This is a victory for terrorists. These people on the flight have been terrorised into behaving irrationally. For those unfortunate two men to be victimised because of the colour of their skin is just nonsense."

Well, sheesh what do the authorities expect?

Posted by: ex-lib || 08/20/2006 0:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Anyone who boards a commerical aircraft and doesn't evaluate the relative safety of the flight, is a damn fool.

Anyone who doesn't consider the make-up of the "fellow travelers" is a damn fool.
Posted by: Captain America || 08/20/2006 0:14 Comments || Top||

#3  "...what do the authorities expect?"

Let me guess.....uniformly flaw abiding idiotarians with ostrich heads?
Posted by: Duh! || 08/20/2006 0:16 Comments || Top||

#4  Tories have been worthless since they replaced Margret Thatcher with John Majors. Now they can be counted on to, like American Democrats, say anything they think might help them get back into power.
Posted by: RWV || 08/20/2006 0:27 Comments || Top||

#5  This is the kind of action required for the dolts to listen. They either fly their damn planes with a few Muzzies or they remove Muzzies and fly full loads. Their choice. Everyone has a belly full of hot air and regurgitated palaver.
Posted by: SOP35/Rat || 08/20/2006 0:57 Comments || Top||

#6  "This is a victory for terrorists."

Actually, that's stupid. It's public recognition of the problem's source. Profiling by the public, since the "authorities" won't do it.

What it is, for this thick twit, is the first of many "mutinies" to come. Eventually, there will be a monetary penalty for any carrier who books dodgy "asians" (love that bullshit, LOL). And when it hurts enough - they won't be booked. Expect the same for anyone dressed in Arab or Muslim drag, too.

And step one will have been taken in quarantining Islam - and the authorities will be scrambling to keep up with the will of their people.
Posted by: flyover || 08/20/2006 1:03 Comments || Top||

#7  "This is a victory for terrorists. These people on the flight have been terrorised into behaving irrationally. For those unfortunate two men to be victimised because of the colour of their skin is just nonsense."

No. It is unfortunate that these people on the flight did not trust their government to adequately provide security, having already sacrificed much their reputations to "correctness".
Posted by: Fordesque || 08/20/2006 1:08 Comments || Top||

#8  "This is a victory for terrorists. These people on the flight have been terrorised into behaving irrationally. For those unfortunate two men to be victimised because of the colour of their skin is just nonsense."

Rumplestiltskin couldn't spin sh!t any better than this policy wonk does. The front line of law enforcement does not reside in the police. Law abiding citizens who report suspicious activity and crimes in progress are a much more numerous source of alerts.

While it is certainly not a crime to be Muslim or Asian in public, to be so and behave in a conspicuous manner is going to set off warning bells with non-Muslims for the next several decades. Five long years of heinous Islamic atrocities guarantees this.

This is the reward Islam deserves for not more aggressively purging its own self of jihadists. The outside world will now take the task upon itself and will do the job with far less finesse or discernment than fellow Muslims could have brought to it.

Many times I have asked how it is that the outside world has had the task of fighting Islamic terrorism foisted upon it when that job rightfully belongs to Muslims. Now we see the direct result of Islam's unwillingness to clean its own house. All that awaits is the incredibly delicious ironic duty of all Mythical Moderate Muslims™ to uncomplainingly (as if!) comply with the decision-making that they have, by default, thrust upon a less discriminating public that has finally tired of ceaseless Islamic atrocities.

I, for one, can only applaud the passengers of Flight 613. They paid hard-earned money for their holiday passage and have the right to point up any unseemly risk that might endanger them in their pursuit of happiness. What, no danger you say? How many people who were not more motivated to bring profiling intense scrutiny to bear upon questionable individuals are now dead?

Most hilarious of all is how Shiites and Sunnis must finally come to realize that they are helpless to incur profiling for their own protection from each others' constant and murderous onslaughts. How richly they deserve such lack of safety.
Posted by: Thiling Crailet7432 || 08/20/2006 2:27 Comments || Top||

#9  Thiling Crailet7432 = Zenster
Posted by: Zenster || 08/20/2006 2:27 Comments || Top||

#10  In some way, this is a nice reversal of role : does anyone remember the stories of Moderate Muslims willingly "playing terrorist" while on board, to scare the infidels?
I remember reading here about an arabic speaking woman who "infiltrated" a muslim PR stunt at a mosque (ROP in english for wimmen guest) and who overheard such a stunt while men discussed in arabic; also, that scare about syrian musicians who acted like that and were spotted by a journalist who thougt it was a dry run or a terror attack; and there was others here, IIRC.

Nice to see fear has switched side.
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 08/20/2006 2:31 Comments || Top||

#11  What struck me about the asinine Tory comment is that he tied it to the men's skin color.

The passengers were quite clear that they were responding to behavior - hot bulky dress coming from Malaga in the summertime???

That would stand out to me. "Jumper" = what Americans call a sweater. So these guys get on a plane with bulky sweaters bunched around their midsections, and leather jackets over that, keep checking their watches nervously and talk in Arabic (or whatever) on a flight to Britain.

I don't think it was the skin or the Arabic that triggered the refusals. It was the dress, which was so out of place for the weather but so tailor made to hide things under, plus the nervous concern for exactly what time it was.

In retrospect, if these were devout Muslims, their concern for time might be tied to the obligation to pray. But with all the rest tied in and with the failure of the British muslim community to clearly distance itself from the extremists and to help rout them out .....
Posted by: lotp || 08/20/2006 6:16 Comments || Top||

#12  I can hardly wait for the protests and seething to start....but bravo to the passengers for quietly and calmly making their wishes known, and demonstrating what civilized behavior is.
Posted by: Swamp Blondie || 08/20/2006 7:23 Comments || Top||

#13  Sounds like the 'consent of the governed' is becoming rather threadbare.

Will the authorities take notice and -

a - alter their behavior to regain the confidence of the people rather than the happiness of a few?


b - invoke more laws and regulation and power to shut the people up?

My Vegas bet is on b.
Posted by: Jomp Sheanter3669 || 08/20/2006 9:22 Comments || Top||

#14  lotp, we were just talking about screening on the basis of behavior yesterday, weren't we? Looks like the passengers were ahead of the security types.
Posted by: Steve White || 08/20/2006 9:52 Comments || Top||

#15  I travel btwn DCA and ATL all too often. I watch em all, especially the shuck and jive TSA gummit employees!
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/20/2006 10:23 Comments || Top||

#16  Shuck & jive?? What do you look for?
Posted by: lotp || 08/20/2006 10:27 Comments || Top||

#17  Good question. I don't trust them, never have. They stand between the electronic screening devices and the aircraft door, nothing else is there. Two or three of these misfits could commandeer a flight or hand something off to a passenger at the Gate and we'd be in a world of kak.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/20/2006 10:32 Comments || Top||

#18  At this point, thanks to politics and Norm Mineta, the TSA agents are the lowest life-form on the security food chain. S'what happens when one hires ex-rent-a-cops or turns the whole thing into a workfare program.

The scary part is, I don't think an incident is going to change things much. Too much institutionalized incompentency.
Posted by: Pappy || 08/20/2006 11:20 Comments || Top||

#19  Ditto Pappy.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/20/2006 11:25 Comments || Top||

#20  My comments on TSA are on record. Former hamburger flippers with fancy uniforms.

Hope they gave Norm Mineta a full cavity search when he left the DOT building.
Posted by: SR-71 || 08/20/2006 13:49 Comments || Top||

#21  The passengers did the right thing---they followed their intuition and instincts. Maybe the two suspicious chaps just wanted to f*ck with the passengers' heads by talking arabic and dressing inappropriately for the weather. Security personnel found nothing on them, but the passengers didn't like the way they acted, the situation did not feel right, so they did what they could to insure their safety.

Good work. They did the right thing. When the people lead, the leaders will follow. If the MSM does not cover this story, then the Net will do it. Who knows, this may be one of a number of incidents that will turn the tide. Governments need their a$$es kicked to do the right thing.

A job well done, passengers on Flight 613!
Posted by: Alaska Paul back home || 08/20/2006 14:26 Comments || Top||

#22  This story won't just be sweeping the right side of the web. I sent the url of the newspaper article to a retired friend of mine down in Florida, in response to a couple of those "all the bad things done by Muslim males age 18-40" and "is it already too late?!?!?" thingies she just sent to her entire address book. She is a bit of a hysterical type so I will not give her this website, but she's one of those nexus-type people who know everybody, so look for old folks to start doing their own active profiling in the coming months... not at all a bad thing.

"A pack, not a herd"
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/20/2006 23:10 Comments || Top||

#23  Just today, while the JonBenet clown was flown from Bangkok in a $5,000 dollar biz class seat with champagne toasts and prawns, I was hustled to the "special security" area at JFK, subjected to multiple extremely personal wandings, had the soles of my feet inspected and the entire contents of my handbag swabbed for explosives. I am not a happy camper.
Posted by: Seafarious || 08/20/2006 23:13 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
Bomb Squad Sweeps Plane, Man Questioned
We're going to see a lot of this for a while -- and probably a lot of deliberately false alarms designed to tire out security and probe for weaknesses, too.
Bomb-sniffing dogs swept a Delta Airlines flight from Atlanta upon landing Saturday after authorities said a passenger tampered with a smoke detector and moved ceiling panels in a lavatory.

The passenger, a San Antonio man who was not identified, was being questioned by federal authorities at San Antonio International Airport, FBI spokesman Erik Vasys said. "We're just trying to determine what his intentions were," Vasys said. "It may be a simple issue which does not result in an arrest."
FBI guy didn't immediately assure us that the perp wasn't a terrorist. Whoa ....
The passenger on Delta Flight 6492 was overheard being "disruptive" in the lavatory by flight attendants and had spent an extended amount of time there, said Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Jennifer Peppin. A bomb-sniffing dog that inspected the lavatory upon landing "showed some interest," airport spokesman David Hebert said. A bomb squad then swept the plane but found no suspicious materials, he said.

Thirty-six passengers were on board and flight attendants didn't grow suspicious of the passenger until late into the flight, Hebert said.
Posted by: lotp || 08/20/2006 07:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [299 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sounds like he might have been a sperm donor on a tight schedule.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/20/2006 11:29 Comments || Top||

The Waiting Game
Cover story in "The Herald" - a Pakistani magazine

As the frontier summer intensifies, the breeze in the serene mountain village of Hisari near Garhi Habibullah is pleasantly cool. South of the village, spread on the pine-covered slopes of a hill overlooking Kunhar River, is the guardroom of a camp run by Hizbul Mujahideen (HM). A jeep track leads past the barrier into the residential quarters, a series of barracks each with its small kitchen. A separate building houses the camp’s office and a small library. There is a mosque, which serves as the main lecture hall and a main kitchen that cooks three meals a day for the 250 residents.

But unlike the usual verve and operational precision that mark life at such camps, the atmosphere in the Hisari camp appears to be one of lethargy and disorientation. Some distance from the residential compound, on a level ground that is fenced off, a dozen men wearing T-shirts and track pants are playing football.

In the residential area, there are signs of gardening and rabbit farming by the residents who prefer to run their independent kitchens. Others loiter inside the office or library, or listen to patriotic songs on the cassette players they are allowed in the camp. What is going on? “The boys are frustrated,” confides a senior inmate. “The Pakistanis have cut off their budget and they are left with little hope of seeing action in the Indian Kashmir.”
Any of them ever think of becoming auto mechanics? That at least has a future ...
Apparently, more than a thousand trained militants from the Indian Kashmir are currently stranded in three HM camps in the Hazara region of the Frontier province alone. Of these, the Hisari and Batrasi camps are located in the Mansehra district while a third camp is located in Boi in district Abbottabad. Sources say that thousands of other militants find themselves similarly confined to camps run by half a dozen smaller Kashmiri groups or predominantly Pakistani outfits such as the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LT), Jaish-e-Mohammad (JM), Harkatul Mujahideen (HuM) and al-Badr Mujahideen (ABM) in the Frontier and Pakistan-administered Kashmir regions.

This situation is the result of what some term Islamabad’s policy of “demobilising militants” to create conditions for a negotiated settlement of the Kashmir issue. This policy marks a radical departure from Islamabad’s earlier support to Kashmiri militants. “The top brass of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) conveyed to the Kashmiri militant leaders in January that they should not even think of crossing the Line of Control (LoC), armed or not,” says one militant leader based in Islamabad.

Continued on Page 49
Posted by: john || 08/20/2006 08:49 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [526 views] Top|| File under:

#1  it is now on the record that General Zia-ul-Haq’s government orgaised the pro-independence Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front to start the insurgency in Kashmir in 1988

This came out in a book published this year by a JKLF founder (can't remember his name right now). It is often claimed that rigged elections sparked the uprising but the campaign by Zia predated the 1988 elections. It was launched after the end of Societ occupation of Afghanistan, when Pakistan was able to reorient the jihad infrastructure towards India.

Thomas Mark's study of counterinsurgency in Kashmir points out that it coincided with a demographic bulge - lots of idle young men with nothing to do.

They jumped onto buses whose conductors shouted "'pindi 'pindi" (Rawalpindi) and were carried into Pakistan for training.

Srinagar was a no go area for Indian security forces. It took a sustained army operation to reassert control.

The entire generation of young kashmiri muslims, drawn to the idea of jihad were slaughtered over the next decade by the Indian counterinsurgency campaign.

India traditionally grinds down insurgencies, using its huge military manpower to pin down and local police forces to exterminate insurgents.
Posted by: john || 08/20/2006 9:06 Comments || Top||

#2  It is striking that a Pakistani publication quite clearly states the source of the Kashmir jihad, its funding and official backing.

There is none of the stuff you would see in a NYT or reuters story - "India claims that Pakistan backs the rebels but Pakistan denies this".

Everone in Pakistan knows the truth and there is no need to obfuscate it.

VS Naipaul writes that Indian textbooks are full of lies about muslim rule. They whitewash the history of muslim atrocities. To get the true story, one must read the Pakistani textbooks which reproduce the actual accounts from the muslims kings where they boast that to glorify allah, they slaughtered X hundred thousand hindus , they burned Y hundreds of temples, they enslaved Z thousand women.
Posted by: john || 08/20/2006 9:14 Comments || Top||

#3  This came out in a book published this year by a JKLF founder (can't remember his name right now)

It was JKLF chief Amanullah Khan in the second volume of his autobiography Jehad-e-Musalsal published June 2005.

"the ISI first established contact with the JKLF in early 1987 through the organisation's senior leader Dr.Farook Haider.

After lengthy deliberations they were asked to start an armed campaign on July 13,1988. But the campaign could not begin before July 31 that year, when bomb blasts rocked the Amar Singh club and the central post and telegraph office in Srinagar.

The marriage between the ISI and the JKLF couldnot last for more than a year.

The JKLF parted ways with the ISI in the early 90s when the intelligence agency idicated that it would prefer to have an ISI official attending JKLF organisational meetings in the capacity of an observer. This request cvam at a time when pro-Pakistan militants with experience in guerilla warfare had become available in large numbers from Afghanistan following the withdrawal of Soviet troops.

Posted by: john || 08/20/2006 9:26 Comments || Top||

#4  As the frontier summer intensifies, the breeze in the serene mountain village of Hisari near Garhi Habibullah is pleasantly cool.

Some distance from the residential compound, on a level ground that is fenced off, a dozen men wearing T-shirts and track pants are playing football.

In the residential area, there are signs of gardening and rabbit farming by the residents who prefer to run their independent kitchens.

Sounds like the last episode of Abu Spin & Marty, the one that ends with Annette in a Burka.
Posted by: 6 || 08/20/2006 12:29 Comments || Top||

#5  John thx for the report, super as per usual.

would this be the founder?
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front: Mohammad Maqbool Bhat


While militants of the Pakistani groups can just walk out of the camp, go home and start a new life, Kashmiris from India enjoy no such luxuries,” says a Kashmiri fighter hibernating in Islamabad. Given that they are “outsiders” in Pakistan, these militants are subject to a different camp discipline.

Until two years ago, they were not allowed to marry Pakistani women or mix with the local population. Even now, they are not allowed to leave their camps or attempt to go back home either by crossing the LoC or via Nepal,” he adds.

this is when you realize that you've reached a station in life lower than whale shit.


Larger Pakistani organisations such at LT and JM have been able to diversify themselves in the aftermath of last year’s earthquake and have registered as relief organisations under different names, but the predominantly Kashmiri HM is caught between a rock and a hard place. “Since 9/11 we have known that this would happen.We even made some preparations, but the axe has fallen a bit too soon,” says a senior HM activist.

JI & JM, "thanks for the help USA"

see ROP
Posted by: RD || 08/20/2006 13:08 Comments || Top||

#6  would this be the founder?
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front: Mohammad Maqbool Bhat

No, it was Amanullah Khan who spilled the beans about the 1987 meetings.

This policy of holding jihadis in reserve will result in attacks on western targets that will invite retaliation on Pakistan.

The ISI simply cannot control these folk. While India is next door, a trained jihadi will have been viewing inflamatory arab media footage from the Gaza, Lebanon and Iraq. This makes the US a preferred target. If a jihadi gets his hand on a pakistani nuke, he will prefer to attack "the great satan" rather then India.

Posted by: john || 08/20/2006 17:42 Comments || Top||

#7  The desparate pakistani attempts to link the plane plot to al qaeda in Afghanistan and to deflect attention from the LeT and JeM camps that trained the would be bombers result from this demobilization policy.
Posted by: john || 08/20/2006 17:45 Comments || Top||

#8  Any of them ever think of becoming auto mechanics? That at least has a future ...

Hey, by strict definition, wormfood is a "future" too.

Apparently, more than a thousand trained militants from the Indian Kashmir are currently stranded in three HM camps in the Hazara region of the Frontier province alone.

Isn't there some way to arrange some spectacular "work accidents" at these "camps"? A couple of ammunition dump "explosions" would go a long way towards solving this problem.
Posted by: Zenster || 08/20/2006 20:48 Comments || Top||

FC seizes weapon caches in Noshki, Dera Bugti
The Frontier Corps (FC) seized a huge quantity of arms and ammunition near Noshki and Dera Bugti in two different operations on Saturday. According to the FC, Balochistan, security forces raided two militant camps near Dera Bugti district and found two anti-aircraft guns, 30 missiles, 367 rockets, 4,380 bomb fuses, 4,191 shells of anti-aircraft guns, switches of anti-tank landmines, two bags containing detonators, 10 different types of rockets and 152 SPG grenades. The corps also found 39,000 rounds of different rifles, 152 grenades and hundreds of detonators in the operation. In the second raid in Anam Bostan near Noshki, FC and Chaghi militia seized 2,260 rounds of anti-aircraft guns and 200 kilogrammes of opium.
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Suspected LJ militant nabbed
MULTAN: Police have arrested a suspected Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militant wanted for an anti-terrorism court judge's murder, officials said on Saturday. It is also suspected that he was involved in President Musharraf's assassination plot. Mehmood Ahmed was arrested from his home in Rehman Colony in Bahawalpur when he came to meet his family late on Friday, said police official Ghulam Haider Marth. Marth said Ahmed was wanted for his involvement in a 1998 car bombing that killed a judge and another citizen.
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Matiur Rehman in Pakistan’s custody
ABC News reported on Friday that Pakistani officials have arrested a top Al Qaeda commander and that he could provide clues on the whereabouts of Islamic militant cells worldwide and Osama bin Laden. The television network said Pakistani police arrested Matiur Rehman based on leads in the investigation of a foiled plot to bomb US-bound airplanes from London.

US law enforcement officials have been notified by the Pakistanis that Rehman is in custody, according to ABC. No independent confirmation of the report was immediately available. US intelligence officials say they cannot confirm his arrest and remain skeptical of the reports, ABC said. Rehman is seen as a connection between Qaeda and Pakistani extremists in major cities worldwide, ABC said.

Meanwhile, the Pakistani government on Saturday confirmed that a senior Qaeda leader based in Afghanistan masterminded the London terror plot. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam refused to give the nationality or identity of the alleged mastermind, and said the disclosure was not meant to shift responsibility onto Afghanistan. “Afghanistan is also suffering because of Al Qaeda terrorism,” Aslam told AP. “But what we have stated, we stand by it: We have evidence that suggests that the plot was hatched by Afghanistan-based Al Qaeda.”

Aslam’s comments follow accounts from Pakistani intelligence officials that an Qaeda leader based in Afghanistan’s eastern Kunar province masterminded the plans to blow up US-bound jetliners. The officials allege the mastermind was in touch with Rashid Rauf, a Briton arrested in Pakistan and identified by the government as a “key person” in the plot.
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#1  Afghanistan-based Al Qaeda.”

Ah, yes. That'll be the ISI and its pet jihadis, then. Thanks ever so for clarifying, Ms. Aslam.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/20/2006 7:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Whole lotta squealing goin on.
Posted by: john || 08/20/2006 12:37 Comments || Top||

Mumbai on high alert; terror strikes apprehended
(KUNA) -- India's commercial capital Mumbai has been put on red alert for Sunday, which is the Parsi New Year day, with intelligence inputs of possible terror strikes. Official sources told reporters in Delhi Saturday that they have assessed that Sunday was a crucial day for Mumbai as they have certain intelligence reports about possible terror strikes. The authorities have made arrangements to have extra security around temples, malls, theaters, sensitive establishments, public places and places of economic importance for Sunday, the sources said.

Sunday is the Parsi New Year and also the birthday of late Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who was killed in 1991 in a bomb blast triggered by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam of Sri Lanka. The sources said, ''The terrorists have been unsuccessful in their objective of provoking communal riots in Mumbai following the July 11 serial blasts. So they will try again and see if they succeed the next time. But no crime is perfect. These terrorists should remember that." Nearly 200 people were killed and 700 injured in July 11 serial blasts at Mumbai.
Posted by: Fred || 08/20/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [331 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I had an interesting conversation the other day with an Indian lady who'd moved here from Bombay two decades ago, the wife of the local Indian grocery shop owner. She said she'd gone back to visit this spring, the first time in a number of years, and was appalled by the changed behaviour of the Muslims there. A key piece of background to this conversation is that Bombay is, as I understand it, the financial center of India, with the manufacturing center of Bhopal (yes, the one where the gas was released that killed all those poor people) about 50 km away. So anyway, in the old days a few years ago, the Muslims were well integrated into the city, and dressed and behaved like everyone else; there were things the local Muslims were known for -- food, f'r instance, and application of henna designs for brides -- and everyone went to the Muslim neighborhoods to get those things for special occasions.

This last visit, she said, she watched an imam on the special Muslim television station, and in answer to viewers' questions he said that when responding to the greeting of a neighbor it was critical to first know the neighbor's religion; if the neighbor was a Muslim or a Christian, one responded with "Salaam aleikum," but otherwise only ever with "Death to the Jews and Hindus." the women had gone veiled, she said, and for the first time in her life she felt distinctly unsafe walking in the Muslim neighborhoods.

Mr. Wife agreed that when he had spent time in that part of the world, back in 1988-91, the religions were well integrated, and the locals had always taken him to restaurants run by Muslims.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/20/2006 7:59 Comments || Top||

#2  So TW, do you think the change she reported is due to increased Wahabbist influence, increased influence from Paki-sourced radicals or something else?

Well, it is pretty clear that Islam is going off the tracks worldwide. I think what we are seein is the trickle down of the post-1973 oil price spike that massively increased the amount of money in the Arab-muslim world. It has been used since to spread the rabid version of the religion. It wasn't like the dog didn't have distemper before, but now it is foaming at the mouth and snapping at vapors. Put it down.
Posted by: Remoteman || 08/20/2006 10:13 Comments || Top||

#3  Remoteman, perfect analysis, correct conclusion. I could not agree more.
Posted by: SOP35/Rat || 08/20/2006 12:29 Comments || Top||

#4  I've no information to make that judgement Remoteman. My gut feel is just the zeitgeist of Triumphalist Islam, the same spirit that sends those idiots here to boast about how they are going to destroy Israel and set y'all to cleaning their servants' toilets while they rape your wives and daughters.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/20/2006 14:44 Comments || Top||

Snipers kill 16 pilgrims in Baghdad
Snipers fired on a major Shiite religious procession in Baghdad Sunday, killing at least 16 pilgrims and injuring 230, officials said. Four suspected gunmen were shot dead by police.

The attacks occurred from rooftops along several points of the procession toward the shrine of Imam Moussa Kadhim in north Baghdad. They occurred in three predominantly Sunni districts — Fadhil, Haifa and Saligh — Health Ministry spokesman Qassim Allawi told The Associated Press.

Security forces killed two snipers in Fadhil and two suspected insurgents who tried to mingle with the crowed in the mixed neighborhood of Zafraniyah, police said. In one neighborhood, security forces and Shiite militias were seen exchanging gunfire with unseen assailants. Gunfire echoed in the streets as people ran for cover.

The government had deployed thousands of troops and banned private vehicles from the streets to prevent attacks during the two-day commemoration marking the death in 799 of Imam Moussa ibn Jaafar al-Kadhim, one of 12 Shiite saints.

Tens of thousands of Shiites participated in the religious procession Sunday, chanting Islamic slogans and wearing white shrouds to symbolize their willingness to die for Islam. "We heed your call, Oh Imam!" the pilgrims sang, beating their chest and flagellating themselves with steel chains in a traditional Shiite expression of grief.

A security cordon was thrown around golden-domed shrine where the imam is buried, and all pilgrims were frisked before entering. Troops posted on rooftops closely watched the devout who waved the green flag of Islam and banners of their tribes in vibrant colors.
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#1  These guys are palookas who don't deserve the title of sniper. Now, Charles Whitman - that's what I call a sniper.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 08/20/2006 10:27 Comments || Top||

#2  The ones that died are true martyrs.
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 08/20/2006 11:15 Comments || Top||

#3  Not exactly a "scoop" in foreign internal defense (FID) curriculum, but the undisputable antedote for enemy snipers are your own very well trained own snipers. Where were they?
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/20/2006 11:45 Comments || Top||

#4  Now, Charles Whitman - that's what I call a sniper.

Yep, in some sick way.
Compare and contrast the actions of the police in Texas with the actions of the Colorodo police during the Columbine horror. Once the 2 Texas coppers cleared the killing zone they went straight up the tower and never looked back. Didn't do much getting ready.

Posted by: 6 || 08/20/2006 12:34 Comments || Top||

#5  Yes, and and one of the coppers blew him away with a shotgun, from Wikipedia;

Which of the officers actually killed Whitman has been hotly disputed as both later claimed that they had been the one to kill him, but by any measure McCoy fired his shotgun twice, and Martinez fired six rounds from his revolver before taking the shotgun and approaching the limp Whitman and firing again point-blank

Well done Officer Martinez!
Posted by: Tony (UK) || 08/20/2006 13:17 Comments || Top||

#6  Funny how the mind works - the first time I went to Austin, about 1990 - as soon as I saw the tower, I said, "Charles Whitman" and the Texans in the car were impressed. My daughter graduated from UT three years ago, and the almost-ex-USMC reservist is still enrolled.
Posted by: Bobby || 08/20/2006 17:17 Comments || Top||

#7  What kind of "snipers" kill 16 and injure 230?
Posted by: gromgoru || 08/20/2006 19:29 Comments || Top||

#8  The 230 are from the ensuing panic. Shooting into a packed crowd does not a ‘sniper’ make. Just some yahoo [Gulliver’s Travel type] spraying a crowd at a greater than normal distance. However, it is MSM which can not tell the difference between a tank and an APC or self-propelled artillery. The ever more traditional - fake but true.
Posted by: Unimble Elmomort5902 || 08/20/2006 22:01 Comments || Top||

Two Iraqis killed, three wounded by Iranian artillery at border
(KUNA) -- Two Iraqi civilians were killed on Saturday and three others were wounded when Iranian artillery shelled a number of villages near Qandeel Mountain at the Iraqi-Iranian border, an Iraqi Kurdish source told reporters. Turkish and Iranian tanks and troops had been deployed along the borders with Iraq over the past few weeks, and many Kurds had left their positions on the borders after four days of Iranian shelling.

Officials in Iraqi Kurdistan also reported that Turkey had shelled a number of Iraqi villages in the area, while fleeing families set up tents behind Qandeel Mountain and some six villages were totally evacuated.

And in Kirkuk, a police source told KUNA that an Iraq civilian was killed and five others were wounded when an explosive device blew up in front of one of the shops in Huwaija Market.

Furthermore, the US Army said in a statement that joint forces killed 97 terrorists and arrested 501 others in operations that commenced on July 9 in Baghdad. The statement added that 59 weapons caches were also discovered. According to the statement, 30,000 troops were taking orders from Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki with the aim of instilling security in the capital.
Posted by: Fred || 08/20/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [476 views] Top|| File under:

#1  We need to give the Kurds counterbattery equipment to take out at least the Iranians.

Maybe an A-10 passover?
Posted by: 3dc || 08/20/2006 3:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Something is not right about this.

Perhaps KUNA is intentionally mixing the good Kurds with the PKK Kurds to stir up some grief.

I do not doubt for a moment that the US commanders on the ground in Iraqi Kurdistan would very loudly object if the good-guy Kurds were receiving Turkish artillery fire - and report immediately any Iranian fire and request what was needed for counter-battery action.

As reported, I don't buy it.
Posted by: flyover || 08/20/2006 3:20 Comments || Top||

#3  I wonder if we didn't give a tacit OK for the Turks to shell the PKK in return for their interception of Iranian 802 missiles a couple weeks ago.
Posted by: wondering || 08/20/2006 7:33 Comments || Top||

#4  The Turks are double dealing. They claim the planes searched had no weapons while planes they let through have been seen unloading weapons and troops in Syria. Never, ever trust them.
Posted by: ed || 08/20/2006 9:54 Comments || Top||

#5  We need to give the Kurds counterbattery equipment to take out at least the Iranians.

How many more form-fitted casus belli must we ignore before finally bombing the crap out of Iran?

The Turks are double dealing. They claim the planes searched had no weapons while planes they let through have been seen unloading weapons and troops in Syria. Never, ever trust them.

Thank you for that BGO*, ed.

* Blinding Glimpse of the Obvious
Posted by: Zenster || 08/20/2006 22:03 Comments || Top||

#6  The Kurds who are being fired upon are South Kurdistani civilians. This has been going on for days (and sporadically for several months), and has been all over Kurdish media. It also came out Friday in the Guardian. Today, it looks like the NYTimes finally figured out something is going on.

But, that's okay. PJAK managed to wax an Iranian officer last week. HPG managed to wax a JITEM NCO last week, and last night, HPG blew up a natural gas pipeline that runs from Iran through Turkey, as a warning to the enemies about their joint military operations against Kurds.

See Firat, or for those who have trouble with Turkish, see Washington Post, Reuters, and CNN.

If you read those three Western reports, you'll get the same details that are in the Firat report.

The attack should not be considered unusual, as Murat Karayilan, and others, have said that if Turkey and Iran attack Kurds, or any Kurdish faction, there would be retaliation.

Besides, as far as I know, there are only 200-300 US military in South Kurdistan. What are they going to do about almost 300,000 Mehmetciks and an unknown number of pasdarans?
Posted by: Azad || 08/20/2006 22:06 Comments || Top||

Iraqi human rights activist killed, four Qaeda members arrested
(KUNA) -- Unknown assailants killed a human rights activist in the Iraqi capital on Saturday while Iraqi police announced the arrest of a cell of the terrorist organization of Al Qaeda in the northern parts of the country.

An Iraqi police statement said a worker of the Iraqi Human Rights Council was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Diyala northeast of the Iraqi capital. The statement gave no further details, but pointed out that the incident took place near the town of Bani Saad near Baquba, the center of the Diyala Governorate.

In the meantime, Iraqi police reported the arrest of a cell of the terrorist organization of Al Qaeda during a police ambush in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk. A police statement, received by the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) in Kirkuk, said the police operation was carried out in support of the US-led multinational forces in Iraq after receiving intelligence information. A search operation in the Baath neighborhood in Central Kirkuk resulted in the arrest of four wanted terrorists who are members of the al Qaeda group in Iraq. According to the statement, the four detainees confessed to carrying out bombing attacks against civilians in different parts of the country.
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#1  Human rights activist....but the terrorists don't appreciate human resources cause they are inhuman scum.
Posted by: Captain America || 08/20/2006 0:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Unknown assailants killed a human rights activist

Friendly fire
Posted by: badanov || 08/20/2006 7:06 Comments || Top||

Suspected killer of Italian tourist arrested
The Shin Bet arrested a Kabatiya resident under suspicion that he stabbed an Italian tourist near the Old City in Jerusalem about a week ago, it was released for publication on Saturday. The 24-year-old man, Ashraf Hanaysha confessed to the charges and re-enacted the incident. Hanaysha was associated with the Islamic Jihad.
Posted by: Fred || 08/20/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [291 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Now that you've got him, what are you going to do with him ?
Posted by: SOP35/Rat || 08/20/2006 1:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Maybe give him to the Italians and see how far he gets?
Posted by: gorb || 08/20/2006 1:33 Comments || Top||

Arab stabs, lightly wounds two in central J'lem
An Arab teen stabbed and lightly wounded two Jews in central Jerusalem late Saturday in a criminally motivated attack, police said. The assailant, who stabbed the two in their feet with a piece of glass, was arrested on the scene. The two victims were being treated by Magen David Adom medics.
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#1  Why am I getting a mental picture of Billy Ray Valentine in his Veteran hustle mode?
Posted by: Tony (UK) || 08/20/2006 7:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Genesis 3:15.
Posted by: Fordesque || 08/20/2006 11:29 Comments || Top||

Annan: IDF activity violates cease-fire resolution
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan announced Saturday night that the IDF activities in Baalbek, in the Bekaa valley in southern Lebanon, constitute a violation of the UN cease-fire resolution that went into effect on Monday, CNN reported. Earlier, UN Middle East envoy Terje Roed-Larsen said that "if what was reported is true, this is a clear violation of the cease-fire."
Posted by: Fred || 08/20/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [474 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It seems logical that Hezb'Allah rearming itself would be a violation of 1701. Am I wrong? If this is so, why would it be a violation to go smack them? Seems pretty obvious, but this is the UN here, I guess.
Posted by: gorb || 08/20/2006 0:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Considering there are only two UN resolutions (1559 and 1701) that make rearming Hezbos a violation, Kofi chooses to simply ignore.

Don't know how many resolutions you have to have before Kofi would consider rearming the problem. Iraq violated 17 previous resolutions, so it looks like we have a ways to go yet.
Posted by: Captain America || 08/20/2006 0:23 Comments || Top||

#3  Per 1701 language...

"15. Decides further that all states shall take the necessary measures to prevent, by their nationals or from their territories or using their flag vessels or aircraft;

a. the sale or supply to any entity or individual in Lebanon of arms and related materiel of all types, including weapons and ammunition, military vehicles and equipment, paramilitary equipment, and spare parts for the aforementioned, whether or not originating in their territories, and;

b. the provision to any entity or individual in Lebanon of any technical training or assistance related to the provision, manufacture, maintenance or use of the items listed in subparagraph (a) above, except that these prohibitions shall not apply to arms, related material, training or assistance authorised by the government of Lebanon or by Unifil as authorised in paragraph 11; "

Now, given this language, is it likely that the government of Lebanon authorizes the above?
Posted by: Captain America || 08/20/2006 0:26 Comments || Top||

#4  Kofi is going to Lebanon on Monday, so I am sure he will ask his buddy Nasalboy to stop the Iranian-Syrian shipments..../..scarcism off
Posted by: Captain America || 08/20/2006 0:28 Comments || Top||

#5  I forgot about the 17 mulligans thingy. More if the US doesn't get involved, I guess. Silly me!
Posted by: gorb || 08/20/2006 0:28 Comments || Top||

#6  More 1701 language...

14. Calls upon the government of Lebanon to secure its borders and other entry points to prevent the entry in Lebanon without its consent of arms or related materiel and requests Unifil as authorised in paragraph 11 to assist the government of Lebanon at its request;

Posted by: Captain America || 08/20/2006 0:29 Comments || Top||

#7  Next time we want any wisdom from you Koffee, we'll beat you over the head. Until then, STFU.
Posted by: SOP35/Rat || 08/20/2006 1:03 Comments || Top||

#8  Well #6 -- you just about summed it up --
prevent the entry in Lebanon without its consent of arms or related materiel

As I read this UN mandate, Lebanon has to give its consent for arms or related materials to enter its country.

Well... Lebanon is giving its consent with the stance its government has adopted in the last 24 hours.

On to the next resolution. Saddam had 17 -- take one down, pass it all around, 15 bottles of resolutions on the wall.
Posted by: Sherry || 08/20/2006 1:06 Comments || Top||

#9  Israel didn't need or want your fucking ceasefire farce in the first place, you megalomaniacal self-important fuckwit. Take your putrid corrupt scam artists and feckless gaggle of dictators and fuck off.

If any of the Lebs or your tools sticks their nose out of their redoubts, expect to have it shot off. This is a setup, a slow-motion ambush. Fuck it. No dice, bitch. Take your clowns and hie thee back to the circus. All bets are off.

Having nothing left to lose is a powerful thing.
Posted by: flyover || 08/20/2006 1:48 Comments || Top||

#10  Having nothing left to lose is a powerful thing.

It can be "liberating"! :-)
Posted by: gorb || 08/20/2006 1:52 Comments || Top||

#11  Freedom
Posted by: 6 || 08/20/2006 5:48 Comments || Top||

#12  Lebanon already broke the ceasefire on many, many occasions. Rocket fire is not a violation, Kofi? Scirmishes? How bout YOU, Kofi. YOU are a violation.

What was gotten here with your UN-Organization? No Israeli Hostages released, Hiz is still not disarmed, Hiz wants to kidnap More Soldiers, the fusing of Hezbollah with the Lebanese Army. Your basic CF wrapped up in UN human shields that are not even formed yet.

I AM watching you Constantly condemn .01% of the worlds population while you preside over genocide in Sudan.
Posted by: newc || 08/20/2006 5:49 Comments || Top||

#13  "Kofi Annan" is a synonym for "irrelevant". "Diplomacy" that is not a "win-win" is irrelevant, and there can be no win-win when one side denies the other's right to exist.
Posted by: Darrell || 08/20/2006 11:36 Comments || Top||

#14  Seems that IDF are following the terms of 1701. It would appear that Kofi and crew are in violation. Violation by Inaction. But projection is a standard reaction from this do nothing crowd.
Posted by: john || 08/20/2006 12:45 Comments || Top||

#15  This cease-fire (inappropriate term) is a disaster for Israel. It is a simple negation of any progress that Israel has made in the destruction of Hizb'Allah.

This whole fiasco can be laid at the feet of Olmert and Peretz. Their version of half-way war has strengthened their enemy. There were NO consequences for Hizb'Allah's Syrian and Iranian enablers. NONE. Before this Hizb'Allah/Iran problem can be solved, Israel needs to deal with the Olmert/Peretz disaster. I hope for Isreal's sake that the Israel citizens can do this quickly. Time is of the essance.

The world is putting off the inevitable by this farce of a cease-fire. There WILL be a confrontation with Iran. This IS WW2 all over again, when the great powers did not call Hitler's bluff.

I feel Wrechard's Three Conjectures coming on. And I am not joking about this.
Posted by: Alaska Paul back home || 08/20/2006 14:39 Comments || Top||

#16  I fear you may be right, AP.
Posted by: lotp || 08/20/2006 14:45 Comments || Top||

#17  All that Kofi lacks are some swastika armbands. His anti-Semitism could not be more blatant nor his appeasement of terrorism.
Posted by: Zenster || 08/20/2006 20:38 Comments || Top||

#18  The UN needs to be closed.
Posted by: SR-71 || 08/20/2006 22:50 Comments || Top||

IDF arrests 2 Palestinians with bombs near Nablus
IDF forces on Saturday night arrested two Palestinians who were carrying three pipe bombs at the Beit Ayba checkpoint near Nablus. The bombs were detonated safely, and the two were transferred to security forces for investigation. PrintE-mailSubscribe
Posted by: Fred || 08/20/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Remember the Schludwiller commercials?

"Well now, where you boys goin' with all that high explosive?"
Posted by: gorb || 08/20/2006 0:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Another "industrial accident" (red wire - blue wire syndrone), opportunity missed.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/20/2006 11:37 Comments || Top||

#3  I am in favor of execution on the spot.
Posted by: SR-71 || 08/20/2006 22:51 Comments || Top||

Israeli solider killed in Palestinian attack in Gaza strip
(KUNA) -- An Israeli soldier was killed by an armed Palestinian activist in east Gaza Strip on Saturday, Israel Radio said. The radio quoted a military spokesman as saying that the Palestinian shot dead the Jewish soldier at a cross-point between Rafah city and the northern part of the West Bank. The Palestinian who tried to use a car to flee the scene was chased by an Israeli patrol which killed one person in the car and arrested another. The Israelis were not sure if the man, who was killed, was actually the activist who shot dead the solider.

Meanwhile, Al-Aqsa Brigades, the military wing of Fatah movement, claimed responsibility for firing three rockets on the town of Sderot in southern Israel.
Posted by: Fred || 08/20/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [312 views] Top|| File under:

#1  activist huh? says right there he's a killer. Asshats
Posted by: Frank G || 08/20/2006 10:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Yeah, I wondered about that too FrankG.

I think we should see a 'proportionate' response from the IDF, something like levelling the killers house, getting his family to pay for it and just for good measure, level a dozen of his neighbours hovels too and blame our 'activist' for it...
Posted by: Tony (UK) || 08/20/2006 11:23 Comments || Top||

Soldier killed in Jordan Valley shooting attack
An Israeli soldier was killed Saturday when a terrorist opened near the Bekaot checkpoint in the Jordan Valley; IDF soldiers manning the checkpoint returned fire and shot the terrorist dead.
video of the attack at the link
Posted by: lotp || 08/20/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [281 views] Top|| File under:

Iran to Offer 'Multifaceted Response' to Western Nuclear Incentives Package
Wonder if they have any fireworks planned for the announcement?

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran will offer a "multifaceted response" to a Western package of incentives aimed at persuading it to suspend uranium enrichment activities, but insisted Sunday it would not cease enriching uranium.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said a compromise has to be achieved during future negotiations.

"We won't suspend (uranium enrichment). Everything has to come out of negotiations. Suspension is not on our agenda," Asefi told a press conference Sunday.

The U.N. Security Council passed a resolution last month calling for Iran to suspend uranium enrichment by Aug. 31 or face the threat of economic and diplomatic sanctions. Iran has rejected as "illegal" the binding resolution, saying it had not violated any of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty.

However, Asefi confirmed that Iran would offer its formal response on Aug. 22 to a package of Western incentives offered in June that calls on the Islamic Republic to suspend, not permanently halt, the enrichment program.

"It will be a multifaceted response," he said.

The package offers a series of incentives to Iran including promises that the United States and Europe will provide civilian nuclear technology and that Washington will join direct talks with Iran.

Iran has said the package was an "acceptable basis" for a compromise.

Asefi said part of the package was "convincing" but there still are ambiguities that need to be clarified in talks.

He warned that Europe would be the "loser" if it followed the U.S. in imposing sanctions against Iran.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman said Iran has lived with U.S. sanctions for nearly three decades and has made all preparations for tougher time. "We have prepared ourselves for all possibilities," he said.

"If sanctions are imposed ... it will be easy (for us) to cope with it," the spokesman said, warning Europe it would be the one hurt by the measure.

"If Europe imposes sanctions, it will destroy the bridges behind it and will deprive itself of work in the future," he said.

Asefi insisted the world can't afford ignoring a powerful country like Iran and join the U.S. in imposing sanctions.

"Iran's influence in the region is clear. A country like Iran has extensive political, economic and cultural capabilities. Will other countries ignore Iran's capabilities in their political and economic cooperation?" he said.

The United States and its allies accuse Iran of seeking nuclear weapons. Tehran has denied the charges saying its nuclear program is aimed at generating electricity, not bombs.

Iran has adopted a national plan to meet 20,000 megawatts of electricity through nuclear energy in the next 20 years.

The Islamic republic has said it will never give up its right to enrich uranium and produce nuclear fuel, but has indicated it may temporarily suspend large-scale activities to ease tensions.
Posted by: Sherry || 08/20/2006 19:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [417 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Nice warm up act , Hamid. Ready to negotiate anything that's not negiotiable? UN bought 8 days to the 31st to dither, but the 8 days may only be on the calendar.
Posted by: Inspector Clueso || 08/20/2006 20:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Iran needs to learn that they're not the beginning and end of the world. I'd like to see a multifaceted response to Iran's crap - B-52s, B-1s, B-2s, ship-, submarine- and aircraft-launched cruise missiles, Navy and Air Force multirole aircraft pounding targets, some AC-130 and A-10 gunfire, and about 200,000 US, Iraqi, British, Polish, and Czech troops on the ground, with more being raised back at home. Lots of napalm, willie-pete, cluster-bombs, JDAMS, MOABS, and whatever else we can stir up. I'd LOVE to have had a half-dozen BBs to target shoreline targets, especially in the Persian Gulf, but we gave up that option for more carriers. I'm beginning to believe the "end of the Battleship" was a grave mistake - they still have a role to play in modern warfare.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 08/20/2006 21:45 Comments || Top||

Iran Test-Fires 10 Short-Range Missiles
Iran test-fired 10 surface-to-surface short-range missiles on Sunday, a day after it launched a series of large-scale military exercises throughout the country, state-run television reported. The Saegheh missile had a range of between 50 and 150 miles, the report said. It did not specify whether the missile was capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, but it was not believed to be.

State-run television said the missile was built based on domestic know-how, although outside experts say much of the country's missile technology originated from other countries.

Iran said it launched the new military exercises Saturday to introduce a new defensive doctrine.

"We have to be prepared against any threat and we should be a role model for other countries," local newspapers quoted army spokesman Gen. Mohammad Reza Ashtiani, as saying earlier this week.

The military exercises come as Iran faces heightened international scrutiny because of its contentious nuclear program and for supporting the guerrilla group Hezbollah in Lebanon. The U.N. Security Council passed a resolution last month calling for Iran to suspend uranium enrichment by Aug. 31 or face the threat of economic and diplomatic sanctions.
more on recent Iranian missile advances at the link
Posted by: lotp || 08/20/2006 15:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [298 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The Saegheh is a member of the Iran Aerospace Industries Organizaton (AIO) family of products which is subordinate to the Sanam Industrial Group also known as "Department 140 of the Defense Industries Organization (DIO).

Their product line includes: missiles, rocket launchers, gyroscopes, bombs, and mortars; research, design, development, manufacturing, construction, and implementation of missile and aerospace projects; supplying non-military items and services such as fuel pumps, technical and engineering services, and research and development.

Please update your target folders with the following facility location geo data:

Latitude 35 degrees 47' North, longitude 51 degrees 30' East; 12.7km northeast of Tehran; province of Tehran.

Thank you Google.

Posted by: Besoeker || 08/20/2006 16:55 Comments || Top||

#2  Short range? Not to residents of Tel Aviv.
Posted by: Snease Shaiting3550 || 08/20/2006 17:12 Comments || Top||

#3  It is part of a "multifaceted response".

Like two faced.
Posted by: newc || 08/20/2006 20:43 Comments || Top||

#4  And what response is Tehran going to give once it and 40 other cities are glowing embers? Lots of bragadoccio, but little connect with reality. Remember the "Highway of Death"? Want to see it again?
Posted by: Old Patriot || 08/20/2006 21:32 Comments || Top||

Hizbullah Threatens To Kidnap IDF Soldiers
(IsraelNN.com) Hizbullah's southern Lebanon terrorist leader has threatened to order the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers in retaliation for the IDF's capture of Hizbullah terrorists early Saturday. At least two terrorists were arrested and three others killed in the raid on Hizbullah, which had received arms from Syria in violation of the United Nations Security Council ceasefire.

Navil Quavik also reiterated the terrorist organazation's refusal to disarm as required by the resolution. He added that Hizbullah has the right to attack the IDF so long as it remains in Lebanon. Israel has said its troops will remain until an international force arrives.
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 08/20/2006 02:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [308 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Good idea, the Israelis wouldn't start a WAR over something like that, would they?
Posted by: Perfesser || 08/20/2006 5:32 Comments || Top||

#2  Hmmmmmmmmmm. Wonder if Kofi would consider that a violation of the ceasefire?
Posted by: tu3031 || 08/20/2006 10:47 Comments || Top||

#3  good that means they got' em, so much for mission failure
Posted by: Legolas || 08/20/2006 11:01 Comments || Top||

#4  As with their outrageous suggestion of trading thousands of terror operatives for a single soldier, mention of renewed kidnappings should be met with immediate bombing or barrage of so many acres of enemy territory. These psycho loons must be taught to STFU if they have nothing constructive to say. Such preening for the camera needs to result in prompt retaliation. A lesson sorely in need of learning by Iran's Ahmadinejad.
Posted by: Zenster || 08/20/2006 20:42 Comments || Top||

Cluster bomb blast kills 40-year-old man near Tyre
(KUNA) -- A cluster bomb left behind by the Israeli forces blew up on Saturday killing a 40-year-old man and wounding a civilian, a security source said. The source told KUNA that bomblet blew up in the town of Ras Al-Ain south of the port city of Tyre, killing Ali Bou Eid and seriously wounding Hussein Kiki. The bomblet blew up when the pair were inspecting their properties in a cultivated field and placing stones around cluster bombers scattered onto the ground.

Several Lebanese have been killed and wounded in blasts of ordnance left behind by the Israeli forces or dropped by warplanes during the recent fighting. Authorities have repeatedly warned citizens to refrain from approaching sites, previously struck with artillery or aircraft. Local and foreign bomb disposal experts have been trying to locate and safely set set off the bomblets, many scattered in groves and among rubble of badly damaged or devastated properties in southern Lebanon, scene of nearly a month of Israeli attacks.
Posted by: Fred || 08/20/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [315 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Hizbollah is claiming that "10%" of cluster bombs did not explode. The Serbs made the same claim during the Clinton-War for Islam. Lies won't cease until there are no more liars.
Posted by: Snease Shaiting3550 || 08/20/2006 7:59 Comments || Top||

#2  "killing a 40-year-old man and wounding a civilian"

I wonder what he meant by that? The 40-year-old was NOT a civilian, one would suppose. The what WAS he - Lebanese Army, Hizzbollah, UN observer?
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/20/2006 9:01 Comments || Top||

Good Morning...
Posted by: Scooter McGruder || 08/20/2006 04:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [305 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Crazy Good Scooter.
Posted by: 6 || 08/20/2006 5:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Dirty bird.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/20/2006 6:49 Comments || Top||

#3  I'll bet she was gorgeous before she bleached her hair.
Posted by: Fred || 08/20/2006 9:49 Comments || Top||

#4  Get out yer Sgt Pepper album cover..
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 08/20/2006 12:11 Comments || Top||

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