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Afghanistan
45 dead in Afghanistan fighting
Fresh fighting across Afghanistan left at least 45 people dead on Friday, including a British soldier.

Taliban militants ambushed a joint Afghan and NATO army convoy, sparking a firefight that killed seven Afghan soldiers and 20 militants, the defence ministry said. Five "important" Taliban commanders were among the dead, including the rebel movement's commander for western Badghis province, defence ministry spokesman General Mohammad Zahir Azimi told AFP. "The militants ambushed our convoy," said Azimi, adding that the army called in NATO warplanes to bomb militant positions after the attack. "We called in friendly forces' air power. Seven Afghan soldiers were martyred in the ambush and 20 enemy elements were also killed," he said. Eight Afghan army vehicles were destroyed, he said.

Elsewhere in western Afghanistan on Friday, tribal villagers repelled an attack by Taliban fighters in a battle that left five rebels and two civilians dead. Dozens of Taliban attacked the village of Nal in the western province of Farah, but the locals resisted, provincial police chief Abdul Rehman Sarjang told AFP. "Five Taliban and two villagers were killed in the clash. We have sent a delegation down there to investigate the incident," he said.

Fighters for the Taliban, the Islamic extremists who governed Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, regularly try to overrun remote areas of the country and already control several districts in the south.

Meanwhile, a British soldier serving with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was killed while on patrol in southern Afghanistan's flashpoint Helmand province. Another British soldier was wounded in the incident, the British defence ministry said. The soldiers were part of a patrol checking on a local irrigation project near Jusyalay, northeast of Sangin in the volatile southern province when they came under fire from Taliban fighters. "It was during this engagement that two soldiers were injured. An emergency response helicopter was requested, but sadly one of the soldiers was pronounced dead at the scene," the ministry said in a statement. "The injuries sustained by the second soldier are not life threatening," it added.

The US-led coalition earlier announced that air strikes and ground battles between soldiers and insurgents in Helmand on Thursday had killed at least 10 rebels, with many more believed dead or wounded. Intense clashes have taken place in recent days in the south, a stronghold of the resurgent Taliban, who are seeking to overthrow the government of President Hamid Karzai.
Posted by: Fred || 08/11/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [323 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  We need to go after the mother ship; the source of these Taliban. It seems like there is an unending supply of these SOBs.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/11/2007 7:55 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Three government officials killed in Mogadishu
(SomaliNet) Three people were killed in Yaqshid district, north of the Somalia capital Mogadishu by unidentified gunmen on Friday night, witnesses said. The slain men were reported to be officials recently appointed for the authority of El-Bafar environ of Middle Shabelle region in south-central Somalia.

The security forces rushed to the area of the killings and stepped in investigations over the suspects as the attackers escaped unharmed. No one has yet claimed the responsibility of the latest act of killings. But earlier the insurgents warned anyone involved in the government activities.

Residents told Somalinet that local militants armed with pistols shot the three men dead as they were in Bacaad market, the second largest market in Mogadishu. The killed men have been in Mogadishu for work. The capital is increasingly becoming the butchery for the district officials. More than 10 district commissioners have been assassinated since the arrival of the interim government troops after the ouster of the Islamic Courts late December 2006.
Posted by: Fred || 08/11/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [321 views] Top|| File under: Islamic Courts


Nine people slain in central Somalia in clan festivities
(SomaliNet) Nine people were killed in revenge attack near El-Bur town of Galgadud region in central Somalia on Thursday afternoon, witnesses said. Armed militiamen from Hawadle clan invaded Wabho village 40km east of El-Bur town killing nine men of Murursade clan. The two rival clans from Hawiye tribe had long running clan-feud. There was no immediate effort to mediate the two sides as tension mounts high, according to the sources from there.

Meanwhile, unidentified gunmen have tonight thrown hand grenade bomb at the police station in Huriwa district, north of the capital as the stations recently seen repeated ambush attacks from the local insurgents. No casualty was reported from the latest attack.
Posted by: Fred || 08/11/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [316 views] Top|| File under:


Heavy fighting erupts in Mogadishu
At least four Somalis were killed on Friday as heavy fighting broke out in the capital Mogadishu between insurgents and the Ethiopian-backed government forces, police and witnesses said. An AFP reporter in Mogadishu described the clashes as among the most intense since April, when the interim government wrested final control of the city from an Islamist militia that briefly held large parts of the country.

The latest bout of fighting erupted in southern Mogadishu at around midnight and lasted for an hour and a half, witnesses said, adding that no further clashes were reported on Friday morning. The worst fighting took place around the Holwadag police station, which insurgents attacked with machine guns and rocket launchers. "We suffered no casualties but a civilian in a nearby house was killed," policeman Mohammed Farah said.

Witnesses said insurgents also launched a mortar and rocket attack against a Somali security position near a baby milk factory, killing two soldiers. An officer who wished to remain anonymous said the burials were already under way and added that a number of other government forces were wounded in the incident.

Fighting was also reported near an Ethiopian army post in the Ali Kamin district, where the dead body of a civilian was later found. "I saw the body of a man who was shot in the head... but nobody knows who killed him," local resident Siyad Adan Fiyore said. A grenade also struck a civilian home in the southern neighbourhood of Shirkole, wounding three brothers, according to the victims' sister. Since being defeated by the Ethiopian army and their Somali allies, insurgents have carried out almost daily hit-and-run attacks but sustained direct clashes have been rare.

The latest violence brings to at least 11 the number of people killed in Mogadishu violence over the past 48 hours.
Posted by: Fred || 08/11/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [314 views] Top|| File under: Islamic Courts

#1  Lots of firing, but only 4 dead is NOT heavy fighting except in the muzzie sense that many bullets were fired.
Posted by: Brett || 08/11/2007 9:56 Comments || Top||


Britain
3 men plead innocence over 7/7 London bombing
Three men accused of conspiring with suicide bombers who killed 52 commuters on the London transport system in 2005 pleaded not guilty during a court hearing on Friday. Mohammed Shakil, 31, Sadeer Saleem, 27 and Waheed Ali, 24, are accused of conspiring to cause explosions on London's transport network or at tourist attractions in London "of a nature likely to endanger life or cause serious injury." The men appeared at London's Central Criminal Court by video link from prison for the pretrial hearing.

Four bombers and 52 commuters died in the attacks on July 7, 2005, when bombs carried in knapsacks exploded on three subway trains and a double-decker bus. The three suspects are all from the Beeston area of Leeds, in northern England, which was home to several of the bombers. Two of the men were arrested on March 22 as they prepared to fly to Pakistan from Manchester Airport. The third was detained in Leeds the same day.
This article starring:
MOHAMED SHAKILal-Qaeda in Britain
SADIR SALIMal-Qaeda in Britain
WAHID ALIal-Qaeda in Britain
Posted by: Fred || 08/11/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [464 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Britain

#1  If you can, convict them and send them to jail for dozens of years. If you can't convict them, deport them for being a "security hazard".
Posted by: Old Patriot || 08/11/2007 13:42 Comments || Top||


Europe
Islamic centre attacked in northern Italy
Two petrol bombs were hurled at the building in Abbiategrasso, on the outskirts of Milan, and a pipe bomb, which did not explode, was left outside.
Unidentified assailants attacked an Islamic cultural centre in northern Italy overnight, police said on Friday, prompting Muslim community leaders to express concern that hostility in Italy towards their faith may be growing. Two petrol bombs were hurled at the building in Abbiategrasso, on the outskirts of Milan, and a pipe bomb, which did not explode, was left outside. No one was injured and the building was undamaged. "There is worry among Muslims about ... Islamophobia," said Omar Camiletti, an adviser to the Muslim World League in Italy.
This article starring:
OMAR CAMILETTIMuslim World League
Muslim World League
Posted by: Fred || 08/11/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [453 views] Top|| File under: Global Jihad

#1  Not Islamophobia (irrational fear of Islam) but Islamoapostrephomia (loathing of Islam).
Posted by: twobyfour || 08/11/2007 0:32 Comments || Top||

#2  We (humans) have something that is called reciprocity---look it up, Omar.
Posted by: gromgoru || 08/11/2007 9:26 Comments || Top||

#3  prompting Muslim community leaders to express concern that hostility in Italy towards their faith may be growing.

Geez, why do you think that is? It's a friggin mystery, I tells ya...
Posted by: tu3031 || 08/11/2007 9:39 Comments || Top||

#4  We need to keep a close watch and see if this type of behavior spreads to other parts of Italy, and to the rest of the EU. If it does, the muzzies had better pack up and head back to where they came from, toot sweet. Many of us here have written about a possible backlash against muzzies. It looks like it's starting, at least in Italy.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 08/11/2007 13:44 Comments || Top||

#5  I'll take "Italy Purchases a Clue" for $500, Alex.
Posted by: Zenster || 08/11/2007 15:19 Comments || Top||

#6  Two fire bombs tossed plus one unexploded pipe bomb = no damage to the Centre. Hmmmm...

Are the reavers so blessed by allan to have incompetent backlashers on their case? Maybe the real perps never meant to cause harm. Maybe the intent was to give the reavers an opportunity to scream islamophobia.
Posted by: Mark Z || 08/11/2007 19:25 Comments || Top||

#7  I think the pipe bomb was left to see if the authorities would return it to the proper owners.
Like let's see which side Sheriff Smokie is on.
Posted by: wxjames || 08/11/2007 20:04 Comments || Top||


Bomb explodes in Ankara; no casualties
A percussion bomb - a device designed to make a loud noise but cause minimal damage - went off Friday in a courthouse in the Turkish capital, state-run media reported. There were no casualties. The device exploded on the fourth floor of a courthouse in Ankara, where the prosecutors' offices are located, the Anatolia news agency said. Only a few people were in the courthouse at the time of the explosion because the judicial institutions are on a summer recess. There was no immediate responsibility claim. Bomb attacks are common in Turkey, where militant leftists and Islamist groups are active.
Posted by: Fred || 08/11/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [313 views] Top|| File under:


Fifth Column
F-14 Parts Sold Despite Sales Ban
Associated Press | August 02, 2007

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Defense Department sold more than hundreds of aircraft parts that could be used on F-14 fighter jets - a plane flown only by Iran - after announcing it had halted sales of such surplus, government investigators say.

In a report issued Wednesday, the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, said the Defense Department had improved security in its surplus program to prevent improper sales of sensitive items.

But investigators found that roughly 1,400 parts that could be used on F-14 Tomcat fighter jets were sold in February. That came after the Pentagon announced it had suspended sales of all parts that could be used on the Tomcat while it reviewed the security situation.

Take Action: Tell your public officials how you feel about this issue.

Iran, trying to keep its F-14s able to fly, is aggressively seeking components from the retired U.S. Tomcat fleet.

The Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service, the Pentagon's surplus sales division, told investigators the parts were sold because it failed to update an automated control list and remove the aircraft parts before they were listed on its Internet sales site.

Video: Pentagon Sold F-14 Parts Sought by Iran

The GAO's investigation focused on F-14 parts. Iran is known to be seeking those, and if the parts were available publicly, it could endanger national security, Greg Kutz, the GAO's managing director of special investigations, wrote in the report. Iran has managed to obtain U.S. spares in the past, he said.

Posted by: Icerigger || 08/11/2007 12:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [306 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Doesn't seem very smart unless the parts are defective and dangerous.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/11/2007 18:10 Comments || Top||

#2  If no engines or avonics were sold, then it would probably be safe to assume that Iran laid out lots of cracker for stuff that really won't extend their hanger queens' flight hours.
Posted by: Zenster || 08/11/2007 18:18 Comments || Top||

#3  Or if they could be switched off at the most inconvenient moment. >:-)
Posted by: gorb || 08/11/2007 18:35 Comments || Top||


Home Front: WoT
Debka Causes Panic in NYC
Just because a lot of Debka's stuff isn't confirmed, doesn't mean it isn't true. Ref: Iraqi WMDs to Syria) New York police stepped up security throughout Manhattan and at bridges and tunnels on Friday in response to an internet report - which authorities said they could not verify - that al-Qaeda might be plotting to detonate a dirty bomb in the city.

The report triggering the security hike came from Israeli website www.Debka.com, which reported that there has been a rush of electronic chatter on al-Qaeda sites, one saying there would be an attack "by means of trucks loaded with radio-active material against America's biggest city and financial nerve center."

Another al-Qaeda message mentioned New York, Los Angeles and Miami as targets, the Jerusalem-based DEBKAfile reported.

New York City police said in a statement the threat against the city was an "unverified radiological threat," stressed the increased security was precautionary and said the city's alert status for an attack was unchanged at "orange."

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg stressed there was no reason to believe this threat was any different from countless others since the September 11 attacks.

The New York Police Department said in a statement it had increased the deployment of radiological sensors on vehicles, boats and helicopters, and had set up vehicle checkpoints in lower Manhattan's financial district and at bridges and tunnels.

Police confirmed the increased security was in response to receiving information that a dirty bomb may go off on Friday evening around 34th street in Manhattan - a neighborhood with the Empire State Building, New York City's tallest building, Madison Square Garden and Macy's department store.

A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security in Washington said the threat to New York was "unsubstantiated" and there was "no credible information telling us there is an imminent threat to the homeland at this time."

New York has remained on an orange alert - the second highest such level, below red - since the September 11, 2001, attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center.
Posted by: Phil_B || 08/11/2007 05:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [311 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

#1  Why go to all that trouble of setting off a "dirty bomb?" All you need to paralyze NYC is heavy rain.
Posted by: doc || 08/11/2007 8:32 Comments || Top||

#2  "Panic." You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
Posted by: Mike || 08/11/2007 9:22 Comments || Top||

#3  I like to point out that dirty bombs are far more publicity than actual weapon. They have inherent technical problems that make them very difficult to effectively contaminate a wide area.

To start with, the isotope selected has to be widely available, *and* it has to be of a lighter element, *and* it has to have a reasonably long half life *and* it has to be of a type easily consumed by people who will get sick from it.

That means that it has to work both chemically, and emit the right kind of radiation.

First you have to collect it, and in such a way that you don't contaminate yourself yet get enough to contaminate a large area--no mean feat.

It has to be light enough so that when blown into the air by high explosives that it doesn't just fall right down again contaminating just a few dozen relatively easy to clean up square feet.

Third, if it has a short half life, it will be gone either before you can blow it up on target, or it just won't last. And that is important, because of the publicity factor.

After you would blow up such a bomb, you have to get somebody on site with Geiger counters to both verify the radiation *and* who will blab it to the media *and* to a media that will blab it to the public. Unless you create a public panic, it doesn't work. Otherwise the government can discreetly clean it up and not make a fuss.

The problems just get worse and worse. If the isotope is too light, it wafts away with the next breeze; too heavy and it just sits there, to be washed away with the next rain. Most of the contamination would be on people's shoes, which means that it is just as likely to get in them as typical shoe dust--not likely in any quantity.

If the isotope isn't readily absorbed by people and retained in the body, it just passes through, most likely with minimal harm.

It just goes on and on. This is not to say that it can't be done, just that the odds of a typical dirt ball putting an effective dirty bomb together is pitifully small.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 08/11/2007 9:31 Comments || Top||

#4  It is false 99 times out of 100. It really isn't worth reading because it is generally a waste of everyone's time to consider what they publish. Sure, every once in a while they publish something that turns out to be true but I toss that in the coincidence bin. A hundred monkeys trying at random will eventually produce a readable sentence.

Posted by: crosspatch || 08/11/2007 13:01 Comments || Top||

#5  Also keep in mind that hype in the media about "dirty bombs" only serves to INCREASE their effectiveness. Dirty bombs are practically harmless. They won't kill very many people and the radiation they release would not be harmful. It's just that they WOULD release measurable amounts of radiation and people are so terror stricken of ANY amount of radioactivity that it would require billions to decontaminate areas of levels or radiation that aren't harmful.

A dirty bomb is a psychological panic weapon simply designed to scare people. Media reports like this just serve to increase the impact of them.
Posted by: crosspatch || 08/11/2007 13:06 Comments || Top||

#6  #3 Anonymoose & #5 Crosspatch,

We live in a society that thinks it'll get cancer from smelling someone else's cigarette or that grilling a steak will cause polar bears to drown.

People like John Edwards have grown rich off the scientific ignorance of (some) Americans.

"Dirty" bombs would be 100 times more effective than the DC Sniper even if they
resulted in zero deaths.
Posted by: JDB || 08/11/2007 13:14 Comments || Top||

#7  I'm in NYC ... no panic here. Drink up!
Posted by: doc || 08/11/2007 13:55 Comments || Top||

#8  #7 I'm in NYC ... no panic here.
Posted by doc


Then why are so many people running...

;-)
Posted by: Elmigum Gonque3914 || 08/11/2007 14:29 Comments || Top||

#9  Cause that is what we do...
Posted by: A Jogger || 08/11/2007 14:34 Comments || Top||

#10  Great analysis, 'moose. I'd like to see who wants to sacrifice themselves grinding up a chunk of radioisotope into particles fine enough to disperse properly. Unless they're wearing a lead-lined clean room "space suit" they would probably be the only casualty the bomb ever caused.

I'll repeat, hit us with a dirty bomb and we should retaliate by dusting Medina, on short or no notice, with the exact same isotope—in much larger quantities—and right before the haj. Hit us with another one after that and both Medina and Mecca get dusted right before every haj for the next five years. Same goes for anthrax or any other biological attack. Decontaminating the shrines would cost untold billions of dollars.

Screwing with the haj is the one sure way to reach out and touch around 1,000,000 Muslims all at once. If they suddenly realized that their life-long dream—not to mention a huge chunk of personal earnings—all went down the toilet because some terrorist wingnut decided to mess with America, they just might go home and strangle the local radical imam. Most Muslims only get one chance to make a pilgrimage to the shrines. Ruining that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is a sure-fire way of making Islam aware of how their constant terrorism comes with a price tag attached.
Posted by: Zenster || 08/11/2007 15:15 Comments || Top||

#11  Zenster! How diabolical!

I read in the Scientific American a few years back that the deaths from panic would far outweigh the deaths from radiation. But 'Moose's analysis is more compelling about the hazard than the article!

I gave it up when the the editors could hardly allow any article to be printed without Bush- bashing.
Posted by: Bobby || 08/11/2007 16:03 Comments || Top||

#12  Zenster! How diabolical!

Thank you. I came up with the idea when I first arrived here at Rantburg and began examining what measures could possibly consitute a functional deterrent to terrorism. I still welcome any and all suggestions. If Islam hopes to survive, it'd damn well better hope we figure something like this out because the alternative doesn't involve their further participation.
Posted by: Zenster || 08/11/2007 16:18 Comments || Top||

#13  One of the greatest tools against dirty bombs are fire trucks : firemen in their breathers wash the area down with fire hoses. Than, and a good rain storm would reduce the true effectiveness of a dirty bomb to about zero - the panic effectiveness due to the modern phobia about anything remote dangerous would kill hundreds if not thousands.
Posted by: Shieldwolf || 08/11/2007 16:49 Comments || Top||


Man who bypassed security made it on to flight in Charlotte
Airport officials said today that a man who bypassed security screening likely managed to make it on a flight and leave Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. The Transportation Security Administration noticed shortly before 8 a.m. that the man had slipped past screeners sometime earlier that morning. Officials searched about 15 planes on the ground and shut down Concourse C, said agency spokesman Jon Allen.

Allen said 12 other flights left the airport prior to the search, and officials now believe the man is on one of those flights. Those planes will be reverse-screened when they land, he said.

TSA spokesman Chris White said the planes were headed for La Guardia in New York; Baltimore; Windsor Locks, Conn.; Dallas-Fort Worth; Jacksonville, Fla.; Memphis, Tenn.; Indianapolis; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Orlando, Fla.; Los Angeles; Boston; San Diego; Philadelphia; St. Louis; and Washington.

White said the flight to Baltimore already landed without incident, and TSA officials did not find the man on board. "We're investigating what happened and it's too soon to say whether there was malicious intent or whether it was someone who was confused and passed the security screening," Allen said.

The Federal Aviation Administration shut down all outbound flights from Charlotte for about an hour beginning shortly after 8 a.m., said Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the agency in Atlanta. Some planes were held on the tarmac but later cleared to leave, while others were directed to return to the gate, she said.

The airport experienced delays of up to an hour, but Bergen said there were no longer any widespread back-ups at the airport.
Posted by: lotp || 08/11/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [302 views] Top|| File under: Global Jihad

#1  Yeah, but at least all of our shoes got scanned before he bolted through.
Posted by: Zenster || 08/11/2007 1:43 Comments || Top||

#2  Any reports of his nationality or ethnicity?
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/11/2007 8:06 Comments || Top||

#3  Or religion?
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/11/2007 8:07 Comments || Top||

#4  You got to watch those Quakers.
Posted by: Galactic Coordinator Shins1195 || 08/11/2007 8:48 Comments || Top||

#5  I'm sure there's security cams so what's the trouble finding him?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/11/2007 12:26 Comments || Top||

#6  I dont know about you guys, but I ALWAYS feel secure when I look at the TSA
Posted by: Abu do you love || 08/11/2007 13:10 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Huge fire at Kashmir army depot
Thousands of Kashmiri villagers have been evacuated after a huge fire broke out at an Indian army ammunition depot, injuring at least 25 people.

A state of emergency has been declared and camps have been set up for the evacuees from the surrounding villages.

The area, in Anantnag district, was rocked by rapid explosions and blanketed by a massive plume of smoke.

An Indian defence ministry spokesman has ruled out sabotage or an attack by militants as the cause of the blaze.

Despite this, at least three Kashmiri separatist groups have said they started the fire.

The fire broke out in an ammunition depot at Khandroo near Achkdal.

Explosions have occurred regularly since the blaze began and the authorities say at least 13 villages have been evacuated, while people in many other villages have fled in panic.

The authorities have set up at least four relief camps for the affected people. Police have also blocked all roads leading to the ammunition depot.

About 700,000 Indian soldiers are stationed in Kashmir to combat several militant groups.

Kashmir is claimed by both Pakistan and India. They have fought two wars over Kashmir since independence.
Posted by: john frum || 08/11/2007 14:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [317 views] Top|| File under:

#1  About 700,000 Indian soldiers are stationed in Kashmir to combat several militant groups.

Err... actually not.

There are about 340,000 Indian soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir state. Only 80,000 troops are involved in counterinsurgency duty. About 160,000 are assigned to the borders where they defend against several Pak armored corps and the Chinese PLA forces as well as infiltration across the LOC. Another 100,000 sustain the logistics train to the Himalaya.

The J+K State Police actually outnumber the Indian army COIN troops.
Posted by: john frum || 08/11/2007 14:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Rats, John, you rained on my parade. I was gonna point out how 700,000 troops is a real quagmire!
Posted by: Bobby || 08/11/2007 17:36 Comments || Top||

#3  The Paks like to think that they tie down 700,000 troops. This figure gets reported all the time.
Also 70,000 dead (another bogus figure).

These numbers are useful for the Pak psyche. The realization that they have radicalized their country for nothing is too terrible to absorb
Posted by: john frum || 08/11/2007 17:49 Comments || Top||


Two power pylons blown up
Miscreants on Friday blown up two power pylons in Kohlu district, suspending electricity to the city. Police said the miscreants had planted explosive materials near the electricity poles 14 kilometers from Kohlu. The blast damaged the poles and the supply of electricity was suspended.
Posted by: Fred || 08/11/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [315 views] Top|| File under:


FC man shot injured in Miranshah
Militants on Friday opened fire at a check post, around half a kilometre east of Miranshah in North Waziristan, injuring a Frontier Corps official. Located on the Miranshah-Bannu road the check post is manned by the army and the FC personnel. Security forces returned the fire and the militants fled.
Posted by: Fred || 08/11/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [323 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Darra Taliban launch drive against 'criminals'
Equipped with rocket launchers and Kalashnikov rifles, the Taliban, aged between 15 and 20, have taken positions in the surroundings hills and roads of Dara Bazaar, while khasadars have restricted their movement to their checkposts. Senator Abdur Raziq and MNA Dr Nasim from Darra neither denied nor announced their support for the Taliban.
DARRA ADAMKHEL: The Taliban have blown up eight houses of alleged criminals in a "drive against anti-social elements" here on Friday. The Taliban also found four people, who had been kidnapped for ransom, and 18 stolen cars from the hideouts of the alleged criminals. The Taliban have so far killed four criminals, including Ameer Said alias Charg, the leader of an alleged criminal gang. Political authorities have failed to take the control of destroyed houses of tribesmen from the local Taliban.

Equipped with rocket launchers and Kalashnikov rifles, the Taliban, aged between 15 and 20, have taken positions in the surroundings hills and roads of Dara Bazaar, while khasadars have restricted their movement to their checkposts. Senator Abdur Raziq and MNA Dr Nasim from Darra neither denied nor announced their support for the Taliban.

Sources told Daily Times that the government had started moving the FC and military to Dara Adamkhel to take control of the area. Senator Raziq told reporters on a visit to the area that the Taliban had formed a "reformative organisation against anti-social elements and un-Islamic activities". Dr Nasim told Daily Times that they had started negotiations to resolve deadlock between Taliban and political administration.
Posted by: Fred || 08/11/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [496 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  If the talibunnies are truly "confined to their checkposts", this is a great time to use napalm to clear them out.

I'm beginning to believe we need something the size of Global Hawk, very stealthy, with the capacity to carry a pair of napalm canisters. Let them swoop down on these targets at night, drop their weapons, and return to their base (NOT in Afghanistan) for another load. Global Hawk has the range to do this from Diego Garcia.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 08/11/2007 13:55 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Roadside bomb kills Iraqi governor (Shiia on Shiia?)
THE governor and police chief of Iraq's southern Diwaniya province have been killed in a roadside bombing, police said.

Police said the two men had been returning to Diwaniya, the provincial capital, from a funeral for a leading tribal sheikh 30km east of the city when the bomb hit their convoy of four-wheel drives.

Three of their bodyguards were also killed.

Governor Khalil Jalil Hamza was a member of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council (SIIC), the biggest Shiite party in Iraq, whose armed wing, the Badr Organisation, has been in conflict with the Mehdi Army militia of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

Police named the police chief as Major-General Khaled Hassan.
Posted by: phil_b || 08/11/2007 10:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [444 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I believe Mookie has wacked other rivals.
Posted by: Bobby || 08/11/2007 16:04 Comments || Top||

#2  By the way, where is Mr. Tooth Decay these days? Is he still hiding under a bed in Tehran?
Posted by: tu3031 || 08/11/2007 16:07 Comments || Top||

#3  Mr. Tooth Decay

That slander is just not funny mr. tu.

Our Glorious Muqtada al-Sadr was born with Oral Diseases, and I'm going to stick a Big Black Pin into my Big Bubba Ameriki doll for that crack?

so There!
Posted by: Mullah Of Hoof And Mouth Disorders || 08/11/2007 20:08 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Gunmen attempt to kill Fatah officer in West Bank (Popcorn Alert)
Anonymous persons attempted to assassinate Palestinian police commander Idris al Ja'bari in his West Bank home near Hebron on Saturday. Seventeen shots were fired at al Ja'bari, who suffered critical injures and according to Palestinian reports was taken to an Israeli hospital for treatment.

Palestinian Authority sources believed Hamas operatives to be responsible for the shooting, as an act of retaliation for the arrest of their comrades by the Fatah government. As of yet these are only speculations, and no one has been arrested in the matter.

A few days prior to the shooting, the PA had carried out another wave of arrests of Hamas militants in most parts of the West Bank, including Hebron, which is considered a Hamas stronghold. Arrests were also carried out in al Ja'bari's village of Khalkhoul near Hebron. Hamas members later wished to protest the arrests in the Hebron area, but were prevented from doing so by the Palestinian police.

Around 3am Saturday morning, Khalkhoul police chief Idris al Ja'bari made his way to his home after a wave of arrests, and was met at his doorstep by anonymous men who opened massive fire at the officer, injuring him critically. Saturday's attack has aroused concern that if another wave of killings breaks out, it may be very difficult to end.

Hamas sources have warned Fatah over the past few days that their patience was wearing thin and that continued harm of its men could lead to a harsh reaction.
Posted by: phil_b || 08/11/2007 10:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [328 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Fatahaphobia?
Posted by: DepotGuy || 08/11/2007 12:12 Comments || Top||


Islamic Jihad now two-stage rocket scientists
The Iranian-sponsored Islamic Jihad has reported the development of an extended-range missile. Jihad's military wing, Al Quds Brigades, said it has developed a two-stage missile with a range of up to 22 kilometers. The missile was identified as the Quds-4 and has been fired toward Israeli cities. "We see this missile as a strategic asset," a Jihad operative involved in the project said.

The Quds-4 was said to have a range of between 18 and 22 kilometers. Jihad said the missile was tested in April 2007 and fired into the northern section of the Israeli city of Ashkelon. The new missile was said to measure 3.2 meters, with a diameter of 25 centimeters. Jihad said Quds-4, with a weight of 40 kilograms, contains an explosive warhead of between seven and nine kilograms. The warhead was said to be consist of TNT.

Jihad military spokesman Abu Ahmad said Quds-4 contains two stages. He said the first stage of the missile separates after 30 seconds of flight -- or nine kilometers -- leaving the remaining weapons component to continue toward its target. "A two-stage rocket would frustrate any Israeli rocket defense system," the Jihad operative said.

Abu Ahmad said the development of Quds-4 was facilitated by unidentified foreign assistance. He said Jihad sent operatives abroad for training in rocket and missile development. Jihad was also said to have developed indigenous capabilities. Sources said the insurgency group plans to use C4 explosives to increase the power of missile and rocket warheads.
Posted by: ryuge || 08/11/2007 01:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [313 views] Top|| File under:

#1  IJ: ""We see this missile as a strategic asset... A two-stage rocket would frustrate any Israeli rocket defense system,"

Well, probably not for long.

Israel: "We see Islamic Jihad as a legitimate target."
Posted by: twobyfour || 08/11/2007 2:53 Comments || Top||

#2  We have a two-stage system for the islamic jihadis. There is the firing of the missile or the dropping of bombs (stage 1) and then there is the explosion (stage 2).
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/11/2007 8:29 Comments || Top||


Hamas arrests 4 Fatah members in n. Gaza Strip
Hamas forces arrested four Fatah members late Friday in the northern Gaza Strip for "violating the law," Hamas said, sparking a protest from relatives of those arrested. Some 150 woman and children took to the streets, storming Hamas headquarters in the town of Beit Hanoun, demanding their relatives be freed. Witnesses said the protesters were beaten with sticks. Ten were evacuated to a local clinic for treatment, medical officials said.

The arrests mark the first time since Hamas's bloody takeover of the Gaza Strip that it acknowledged it had arrested Fatah members because of their affiliation. In the past, Hamas had claimed to only arrest individuals for specific crimes.

Earlier Friday, thousands of Hamas demonstrators took to the streets of Gaza to protest the death of one if its people in the West bank, whom Hamas said was tortured by Fatah forces loyal to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
Posted by: Fred || 08/11/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [308 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  It's 20 now.
Posted by: gromgoru || 08/11/2007 9:22 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Soldier injured during ambush in southern Thailand
Insurgents ambushed security forces at at least six locations in Yala from Friday night to Saturday morning, injuring one soldier. Police said insurgents attacked soldiers in Raman, Krong Pinang, Yaha and Than Tho districts. The one at Ban Sa-ae in Krong Pinang district were injured.

Also on Saturday morning, insurgents also toppled three electricity poles in Yala's Muang district, which blocked traffic on Yala-Betong road. They also placed suspicious object near the location, but it turned out to be fake bomb.
Posted by: ryuge || 08/11/2007 00:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [326 views] Top|| File under:


Philippines military kills 58 militants
The Philippine military will step up offensives against Muslim rebels after it lost 26 soldiers in the heaviest fighting in the volatile south in nearly three years, the head of the armed forces said on Friday.

General Hermogenes Esperon said two extra battalions would be sent to the remote southern island of Jolo, where clashes between troops and Muslim separatists killed at least 58 people on Thursday.

"I'm very sad but it doesn't mean we will give up," Esperon told reporters. "We will not stop, we will go after them. We expect fiercer battles." The army shelled Muslim rebel positions and raked them with helicopter fire overnight but suspended operations on Friday following a request from the provincial governor.

The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), a Muslim rebel group that signed a peace deal with the largely Catholic central government in 1996, said its members were involved and that it had asked the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to help stop the fighting. "We informed the OIC of the current situation through e-mails and a fax direct to Jeddah," said Hatimil Hassan, the MNLF deputy head and an elected member of the regional legislative assembly in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Fighting has been confined to a small part of the island of Jolo but there were dangers that it could spill over to nearby areas and other rebel groups could take advantage of the situation, Hassan told reporters.

The military said the rebels were from Abu Sayyaf but the less radical MNLF said its cadres were involved. Unlike Abu Sayyaf, the more secular MNLF has no known links to regional Islamic militant network Jemaah Islamiah.
Posted by: Fred || 08/11/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1024 views] Top|| File under: Abu Sayyaf

#1  second report of same battle.

General Hermogenes Esperon said two extra battalions would be sent to the remote southern island of Jolo, where clashes between troops and Muslim separatists killed at least 58 people on Thursday.

58 Abu Sayyaf? MNLF? mooselimbs hummm...

in the mixed up soup of islands and offshoot groups of Abu Sayyaf, MNLF, and the Jemaah Islamiah 58 KIA is the largest bag of rag heads yet.
[26 Philippine soldiers died also RIP]
Posted by: Red Dawg || 08/11/2007 20:34 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Helicopters pound terrorists in north Lebanon camp
Helicopter gunships pounded terrorist bunkers in the northern refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared Thursday and troops advanced across the rubble to uproot Fatah al-Islam militants. The state-run National News Agency (NNA) said the Gazelle gunships fired a total of 12 rockets at Fatah al-Islam bunkers as the troops advanced to wipe out the remaining terrorists in the camp. The bombs are of UH - 1H type and each weighs about 454 kg or 1000 lbs, according to army sources . These bombs are left over from the Hawker Hunter fleet. The Hawker Hunter was a British jet fighter aircraft of the 1950s and 1960s.

Reporters quoted an officer as saying "the army made a breakthrough in the last quarter where the Fatah al-Islam gunmen are entrenched." The soldiers "destroyed some buildings with explosives, uncovering the entrances to underground tunnels and fortifications" still held by the die-hard extremists, he said.

An army spokesman confirmed there had been progress on Thursday. "This advance is progressing slowly because of the rubble and the booby-trapped terrain," he said.

Meanwhile, the military continued to bombard Nahr al-Bared, starting a number of fires in the impoverished shantytown, a reporter said. Sheikh Mohamad al-Hajj, a Muslim cleric who has acted as a mediator in previous bids to end the crisis, said the army has agreed to let his team enter the camp again to contact Fatah al-Islam. But a military spokesman would not confirm this, saying only that the army "seeks the unconditional surrender of the gunmen."

More than 200 people, including 136 soldiers, have been killed since the conflict started on May 20. Most of the camp's 3o,000 residents have fled since the battles erupted, but about 60 women and children related to Fatah al-Islam fighters remain in Nahr al-Bared. The army has accused the Islamists of using them as human shields.
Posted by: Fred || 08/11/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [320 views] Top|| File under: Fatah al-Islam

#1  Are they suggesting that helicopters can drop a 1,000# dumb bomb?

That would be a novel invention.
Posted by: bigjim-ky || 08/11/2007 9:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Maybe it's not the bomb that's dumb, bigjim. ;-p
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 08/11/2007 9:40 Comments || Top||

#3  if they have the tunnel openings.... there are lots of options that come to mind... but first does arab militant tunnel construction use the "drain trap" technique to protect the tunnels?

Posted by: 3dc || 08/11/2007 11:55 Comments || Top||

#4  I still think napalm might help.
Posted by: Abu do you love || 08/11/2007 13:14 Comments || Top||

#5  Now you're thinking. Maybe one of those water buckets they use for fighting forest fires. Drop the load of napalm, let it seep into their hidy-holes, then drop a flare.
Posted by: Canukistan || 08/11/2007 14:21 Comments || Top||


G'morning...
Qazi pig-bitin' mad over 'military's silence on US threats'Darra Taliban launch drive against 'criminals' Calls to oust NATO forces echo at Kabul jirga3 men plead innocence over 7/7 London bombingPhilippines military kills 58 militantsAbbas snubs Yemeni bid for unity gov'tRussian footage of underwater pole claim taken from Titanic film
Posted by: Fred || 08/11/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [448 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Excellent Fred. More dog and lady pics please.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/11/2007 1:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Ina remains as stylish as always! (sigh)
Posted by: Phinater Thraviger || 08/11/2007 2:45 Comments || Top||

#3  So that is the famous dog that made it into Basic English textbooks! ;-)

Ina see Spot run...
Posted by: twobyfour || 08/11/2007 2:57 Comments || Top||

#4  She's practicing her Shakespearean acting.

"Out, damm Spot."
Posted by: Phil_B || 08/11/2007 5:56 Comments || Top||

#5  How much fo da dawg?
Posted by: Bad Newz Kennels || 08/11/2007 8:27 Comments || Top||

#6  Pay no attention to this post. Reseting cookie.
Posted by: Gary and the Samoyeds || 08/11/2007 11:41 Comments || Top||

#7  The damn dog's head blocked out the best part of her!
Posted by: AnkleMan || 08/11/2007 12:35 Comments || Top||

#8  Hello! Help solve the problem.
Very often try to enter the forum, but says that the password is not correct.
Regrettably use of remembering. Give like to be?
Thank you!
Posted by: AltaGid || 08/11/2007 17:43 Comments || Top||

#9  Where's the spot on this dog?
Posted by: Pancho Jamble1384 || 08/11/2007 20:16 Comments || Top||

#10  Grrrrrr....



wooof!


snifffff!!
Posted by: Red Dawg || 08/11/2007 20:37 Comments || Top||



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