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Army 'flees second Pakistan fort'
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Airport at Kansas town evacuated when inert grenade found in luggage
A regional airport was evacuated and locked down for three hours because an inactive hand grenade was found in a traveler's carry-on bag.

The grenade, which had been emptied of explosive and disarmed so it could be used for decoration or display, was found Tuesday by security screeners at Hays Regional Airport. "They moved the bag from the terminal and, upon further inspection, determined what looked like a grenade was a grenade, but it was inert," said Assistant Police Chief Philip Hartsfield. "Obviously this item should never have been carried on the airport."

Airport officials said they believe the traveler, who was later allowed to board a flight, had put the grenade in the bag by accident.
"Honey! Have you seen my grenade?"
Posted by: Fred || 01/17/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [284 views] Top|| File under:

#1  carried on the airport?

what is this? Somalinet?
Posted by: Frank G || 01/17/2008 6:24 Comments || Top||

#2  "Obviously this item should never have been carried on the airport."

Not obvious to me. A gallon of gasoline poses a lot more danger that that hunk of metal. Howmany people drive through that airport with gas?
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 01/17/2008 7:20 Comments || Top||

#3  I've seen those Grenades at offices with a sign "Complaint Dept, Take a number", and a tag with '1' on the pin, probably the same thing. (Had one at the DMV last time I was there)
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/17/2008 9:31 Comments || Top||

#4  Thats what it sounds like Redneck Jim - barely made the morning news.

Nimble Spemble, it is Hays Kansas so not very many :) Probably look more like a bus stop to y'all.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/17/2008 11:23 Comments || Top||

#5  i wonder the mind think that would be in place to come to the conclusion that an inert object that is in no way a weapon and in no manner illegal to possess would 'obviously never to be carried in an airport'

good god... maybe we should obviously not bring peanut butter to the airport. after all there are people who have fatal allergic reactions to the mere smell of it.
Posted by: Abu do you love || 01/17/2008 17:01 Comments || Top||

Army 'flees second Pakistan fort'
Pakistani troops have abandoned a fort in a remote tribal area, a day after another was overrun by pro-Taleban militants, officials and witnesses say.

They say that paramilitary personnel at Sipla Toi military post in South Waziristan left their positions fearing an attack by the militants. But an army spokesman told the BBC he had received no such reports. On Wednesday, the army said hundreds of militants temporarily seized a fort in the Sararogha area of South Waziristan. Locals told the BBC that 30-40 troops had been stationed at Sipla Toi, some 90km (55 miles) from the town of Dera Ismail Khan. The outpost is nearly as big as the one at Sararogha. "According to our reports, the troops abandoned the fort on their own. Some left last night, others went away this morning.

"There was no attack from the Taleban," a South Waziristan tribal administration official based in the town of Tank told the BBC. A resident of the area said that the retreating troops had not left any weapons or ammunition behind.
A Taleban spokesman, Maulvi Umar, told the BBC Urdu service that militants had captured the Sipla Toi fort. But there was no independent confirmation of his claims. South Waziristan is a known stronghold of pro-Taleban and al-Qaeda militants. The region has been at the centre of fighting between the army and militants in recent months. Correspondents say the militants are now openly challenging the army in the area bordering Afghanistan. They are eroding confidence in the government's ability to ensure stability for elections due next month that are meant to complete a transition to civilian rule.

The army said seven soldiers were killed in the Sararogha attack and 15 men are still missing. The Taleban say they killed 16 troops and captured another 12 during the fighting. The army said about 200 militants had charged the fort in the Sararogha area from four sides on Tuesday night. Local officials and other reports suggested the number of militants may have been nearer to 1,000.
Observers say it was the first time that militants have captured a fort in Pakistan. The BBC's M Ilyas Khan says that if the militants had stayed in the fort, they would have made themselves the target of the military's artillery or helicopter gun ships. The army says that up to 40 attackers were killed in the fighting, something the tribal fighters deny. Officials said troops at the fort came under rocket and automatic weapons attack from militants. Soldiers returned fire and the battle went on until early on Wednesday morning
Posted by: john frum || 01/17/2008 11:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [905 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Got the coordinates? MRLS standing by.
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/17/2008 12:14 Comments || Top||

#2  What a shite army those Paks have.India please note!!!
Posted by: Paul || 01/17/2008 12:22 Comments || Top||

#3  Note that these are manned by "paramilitary forces of the Frontier Corps" per Bill Roggio. Not exactly frontline troops - more like giving a campaign cap to the local bubbas and saying "Now you are a soldier".
Not to say the Pak regulars are primo troops, but these guys are a softer target.
Posted by: Omert Sforza4338 || 01/17/2008 12:47 Comments || Top||

#4  run awwwaaayyy!!
Posted by: Frank G || 01/17/2008 12:56 Comments || Top||

#5  Army 'flees second Pakistan fort'

no TV or running hot water.. so unprofessional pussies bugged out..
Posted by: RD || 01/17/2008 13:00 Comments || Top||

#6  It's been a while, but the Pakistani Army regulars are / were pretty decent. Tough and determined. Big gap between the officer corps and the enlisted. Officers that I worked with were upper crust types who nonetheless were smart and worked hard. Enlisted were decent hard-working long-suffering types.

I wouldn't gauge the regular army by the actions of irregulars. The irregulars likely panicked and rabbited. They are still alive, will be rounded up, and will live, with their shame, for another day.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 01/17/2008 13:40 Comments || Top||

#7  might not be a bad idea to let the Taliban and Al Q completely take over a few districts

then let the locals experience islamic paradise a bit

Posted by: mhw || 01/17/2008 13:41 Comments || Top||

#8  ...more like giving a campaign cap to the local bubbas and saying "Now you are a soldier".

I know that myself and a bunch of my local "bubba" friends would love the opportunity to do just that. As long as we could bring our own weaponry and ammo.

I think the Wazzabilly's would get quite the wake up call when a bunch crack shot Texans start potting their asses.
Posted by: Neville Flenter1162 || 01/17/2008 14:08 Comments || Top||

#9  These guys are given little training, and up to a short time ago had Lee Enfield 303s. They may have cheap Chinese AK-47s now but are typically issued a single clip of ammunition.
They are also local, meaning the Talibs will kill them and their families at will.

The real Pak troops are still on the border with India. The US military aid has gone to equipping them with the latest in weaponry to fight the Indians, not counter-insurgency.
Posted by: john frum || 01/17/2008 14:17 Comments || Top||

#10  JF: The real Pak troops are still on the border with India. The US military aid has gone to equipping them with the latest in weaponry to fight the Indians, not counter-insurgency.

I can't imagine the Punjabs, Sindhis or Mohajirs currently running the country will yield it to a bunch of unwashed Mahsuds or Waziris. They know India's not about to incorporate 200m Pakistanis into the country. If the army's stranglehold on the country is threatened, I suspect it will move against the tribal areas with troops currently on the border with India.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 01/17/2008 14:30 Comments || Top||

#11  When its interests have been threatened, the Pakistani Army has been absolutely ruthless.

Thousands of Balochis were killed in the 70s when they crushed the rebellion.
More than a million Bengalis ("a low people occupying a low land") were slaughtered in 1971.
Hundreds of thousands were raped ("at least the babies will be fair skinned").
More than a thousand Shias were killed in Gilgit, Pak Kashmir in the 1980s (pogrom using Arab militants).

This is the Internet age though... such things are much more difficult for them to hide now.
Lord Curzon's steamroller is not so easy to get going.
Posted by: john frum || 01/17/2008 15:26 Comments || Top||

#12  They may have cheap Chinese AK-47s now but are typically issued a single clip of ammunition.

So a bit like Barney Fife, then?
Posted by: eLarson || 01/17/2008 16:31 Comments || Top||

#13  They're facing Taliban, some of whom got NVGs from the ISI and are heavily armed (HMGs and RPGs).

They've got no body armor, no helmets (except for some WW-1 dish style Brit ones), no night vision, no radios, no fire support (either artillery or airpower).

Many don't even have boots. They wear leather chappals or canvas sneakers.

So they run away....
Posted by: john frum || 01/17/2008 16:57 Comments || Top||

#14  Asia Times: THE RISE AND RISE OF AL-QAEDA, Part 1
Militants make a claim for talks

KABUL - The capture by militants of a fort in Pakistan near the Afghan border is not just another isolated incident in the volatile region. It represents a concerted fightback by al-Qaeda to derail any peace initiatives unless the group itself is directly engaged, rather than local resistance leaders.

On Wednesday, several hundred insurgents armed with assault rifles and rockets stormed the remote Sararogha Fort in the South Waziristan tribal area and routed its garrison from the Frontier Constabulary (FC), a paramilitary force formed of men from the


Pakistani military spokesman Major General Athar Abbas said 40 militants had been killed in an exchange of fire when they managed to enter the fort after blowing up a wall.

A Taliban spokesman, Maulvi Omar, however, claimed that 16 FC personnel had been killed and 24 more captured. He said only two of his men had been killed, while a dozen had sustained injuries. "The fort is still in our control," the self-proclaimed Taliban spokesman added in a phone call to the offices of a Pakistani newspaper.

Unrest has escalated in South Waziristan since the government singled out Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud for his alleged involvement in the assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto on December 27 in the army garrison city of Rawalpindi.

All the same, Islamabad has tried to defuse the situation by negotiating with selected Taliban leaders. Most recently, a Pakistani Taliban shura (council) headed by Hafiz Gul Bahadur in North Waziristan responded positively to a government offer of a ceasefire, despite opposition from Takfiri elements who view non-practicing Muslims as infidels.

The backlash was immediate. Militants launched attacks in Mohmand Agency, followed by Wednesday's mass assault.

This response is orchestrated by al-Qaeda from its camps around the town of Mir Ali in North Waziristan. Al-Qaeda views any peace agreements with the Pakistani Taliban as a government maneuver to split the militants, and also says Islamabad has been consistently intransigent over the years.

Al-Qaeda demands that it be the chief interlocutor in any peace talks, and it has set its bottom line: guarantees of the withdrawal of all security forces from the tribal areas; enforcement of sharia law, the release of Maulana Abdul Aziz of the radical Lal Masjid (Red Mosque), who was apprehended last year; and that President Pervez Musharraf step down.

Graphic ideology
Al-Qaeda has fought back strongly in the tribal areas after being forced onto the back foot as a result of Pakistani security operations. Its hardline message is well summed up by a video now in circulation, a copy of which Asia Times Online has viewed.
It comes from the camp of Tahir Yuldashev, leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, in Mir Ali. It carries bloody footage, including that of severed heads, backed by messages from top Takfiri ideologues in the tribal areas, including Abdul Khaliq Haqqani and Yuldashev.

The video traces some of the successes of the insurgents, including mass surrender scenes of Pakistani armed forces in South Waziristan and detailed footage of the October 2007 war in North Waziristan - the biggest battle in the history of Pakistan's tribal regions. There are scenes of Pakistani F-16s bombing towns and the retaliation of the Pakistani Taliban. The video claims the killing of 150 Pakistani soldiers and shows footage of their bodies, burnt vehicles and seized equipment.

The video is primarily a declaration of war against the Pakistani army and urges to struggle to continue until Islamabad is captured. The video portrays Musharraf as the prime accused.

With propaganda material such as this, al-Qaeda aims to stamp its authority on the area. At the same time, Jundullah, a purely militant outfit whose objective is to target Pakistan's pro-US rulers and US and British interests in the country, has been revived. Its members receive training in Afghanistan and South Waziristan.

The curtailment and revival of al-Qaeda
The mastermind of a new approach in Iraq was former US ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and US commander in Iraq General David Petraeus, who introduced peace ideas in early 2007 which resulted in Anbar Awakening. This is an alliance of about 200 Sunni sheikhs drawn mostly from the Dulaimi tribe and dozens of sub-clans who were fighting against al-Qaeda.

With arms, money and aid from the US, they established links with indigenous Iraqi tribal resistance movements in Samarra, Tikrit and Mosul to target al-Qaeda, which has proved successful in curtailing the group's operations in Iraq.

This initiative was copied by the British in southwest Afghanistan and by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence in South Waziristan and North Waziristan, with channels of communication with the Taliban being established.

A new leadership within the Taliban was nurtured and given arms and money by the Pakistani army. The outcome was the massacre of Uzbeks in South Waziristan and the removal of al-Qaeda bigwigs from North Waziristan.

But al-Qaeda diligently sowed the seeds of its ideology among the downtrodden and dead-end jihadis of Pakistan's underground militant organizations, such as the Laskhar-i-Jhangvi and the Jaish-i-Mohammed, who felt betrayed over Islamabad's withdrawal of active support for the struggle in Kashmir.

This effectively stemmed the rise of the neo-Taliban, and Pakistani and Afghan warriors have fully embraced the global jihad ideology of al-Qaeda.

Al-Qaeda believes it has sufficiently changed the situation in Pakistan and Afghanistan and that the first regional dialogue with al-Qaeda - involving Britain, the United States and Pakistan - will start in South Asia.

Indeed, al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, in audio and video messages last year, surprised many when he urged the West for dialogue.

Of course, this was not a straight-forward offer of an olive branch, but an indication that al-Qaeda aims to be the main negotiator of Muslim issues, rather than local groups such as the Taliban, Iraqi tribes and Hamas in Palestine.

In Pakistan and Afghanistan, this is already happening.
Posted by: 3dc || 01/17/2008 17:12 Comments || Top||

#15  "They are still alive, will be rounded up, and will live, with their shame, for another day."

Whiskey Mike, don't be so sure. Bill Roggio is reporting that eight Shia soldiers that were captured in the first fort had their throats slit.

Posted by: Frozen Al || 01/17/2008 17:15 Comments || Top||

#16  Neville, there's a world of difference between Pak bubbas and our own redneck bubbas - aiming for instance. No offence intemted
Posted by: Omert etc. || 01/17/2008 17:51 Comments || Top||

#17  Lord Curzon's steamroller is not so easy to get going.

Huh? The only quote I could find from this guy was "Gentlemen never wear brown in London."
Posted by: Black Charlie Unomoter8139 || 01/17/2008 17:57 Comments || Top||

#18  “Not until the military steam-roller has passed over the country (Waziristan) from end to end, will there be peace. But I do not want to be the person to start the machine.”

Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India 1899-1905
Posted by: john frum || 01/17/2008 18:34 Comments || Top||

#19  Be advised that it is quite possible that neither of these events really happened. The Pakistani press can print a lot of things. Some of them are actually true.
Posted by: crosspatch || 01/17/2008 18:35 Comments || Top||

Posted by: john frum || 01/17/2008 18:36 Comments || Top||

Posted by: john frum || 01/17/2008 18:36 Comments || Top||

#22  Lord Curzon's steamroller is not so easy to get going.

Not if your name is Conway.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 01/17/2008 18:55 Comments || Top||

#23  Yall people comparing crack-shot civilians to an army are off base. It takes much more than being able to shoot well. It takes time and good NCO's to take a mob and form it into an effective fighting force.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 01/17/2008 19:00 Comments || Top||

#24  Can you imagine what it must feel like to be a classically trained, western educated man or woman living in Pakistan (read civilized, not islaimic fundie)? They sit there there watching their country come apart at the seams. For years they thought the threat was from "India" when in fact the threat was from directly within their own borders.

Islam corrupts and perverts all it comes into contact with. I hate islam.
Posted by: Mark Z || 01/17/2008 19:35 Comments || Top||

#25  I know that myself and a bunch of my local "bubba" friends would love the opportunity to do just that. As long as we could bring our own weaponry and ammo.

Again, intel sez the Taliban/Al Qaeda are setting up for conventional warfare; organizing at the brigade level and perhaps higher. It was an organized force of battalion strength that took the fort. Meaning somebody is arming them, training them, and teaching them to fight smart. Could be the Russians, ex-Soviet 'Stans, Pakistanis, or... other... parties.

I'd give Neville and his bubbas about 12 hours of survival. Maybe.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/17/2008 21:46 Comments || Top||

#26  Pappy: Neville's 12 hours would be a damn site better than what is reported in this case...
Posted by: Abu do you love || 01/17/2008 22:18 Comments || Top||

Three 'suicide bombers' arrested in Hyderabad
The Hyderabad police have arrested three suspected suicide bombers from the city on Wednesday, Geo News reported. The channel quoted police sources as saying that the three men belonged to Swabi district, NWFP, and could possibly be suicide bombers. It cited the sources as saying that the suspects were between 15 to 17 years of age and were planning to carry out subversive activities at the time of arrest.
Posted by: Fred || 01/17/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [282 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

#1  There is a Hyderabad in Pakistan, and a larger better known one in India. Since this is a Pakistani story from a Pakistani site I have to assume this is the Pakistani Hyderabad. So what where they doing?
Posted by: rjschwarz || 01/17/2008 14:11 Comments || Top||

Suicide bomber held in Chakwal
The Chakwal police said on Wednesday that they had arrested a suicide bomber and seized eight kilogrammes of explosive material and other bomb devices from him.

Chakwal District Police Officer Maqsood Khan told a press conference here that police, on a tip-off, raided a house in the village of Thoha Mehram Khan and arrested Abdul Ghafoor. “Ghafoor has confessed to have had a plan to kill former Punjab chief minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi and Chakwal District Nazim Sardar Ghulam Abbas at a public meeting that was to be held in Talagang,” the DPO said, adding that the meeting had been postponed in the wake of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s killing in Rawalpindi.

Maqsood said Ghafoor and his companions were now planning to attack Muharram processions in Chakwal and Talagang. He said 23-year-old Ghafoor was a member of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Harkatul Mujahideen. “He also has links with the terrorist group that attacked a Pakistan Air Force bus in Sargodha last year,” the DPO said.
Posted by: Fred || 01/17/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [281 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Jhangvi

Security convoy escapes bomb blast in Swat
A security forces convoy escaped a roadside bomb blast with no casualties in the Chhota Kalam area on Wednesday.

Security sources said the convoy, which was on its way to Matta from Kabal, had crossed the blast site seconds before the bomb went off. The forces opened fire and sealed off the area after the explosion. They also launched a search operation and arrested many armed militants in the area. A curfew, meanwhile, remained imposed in the Kabal, Kanju, Bara Bandai, Shakar Darra, Bareem Chowk, Veenai, Shor Gut and Beyochar areas on Wednesday. The authorities, however, relaxed the curfew in the Mingora, Khwazakhela, Matta and Kalam areas.
Posted by: Fred || 01/17/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [373 views] Top|| File under: TNSM

Finger found at GPO blast site doesn't match records
The team investigating the January 10 suicide attack at GPO Chowk on The Mall has found more clues leading to the bomber’s identity, sources told Daily Times on Wednesday.

Sources said the team had found a finger, which they suspected was of the bomber. They said the team tried to match the fingerprints with those kept with the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), but failed to find a match.

Sources said the finger was then given to foreign investigators who sent it abroad to match with the prints of prisoners released from American custody at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

“Identifying him will definitely help investigators trace the suspect’s trail and maybe even net others,” sources added.

Sources said the team had also managed to find a charred leg, which they suspect belonged to the bomber. “The leg will help investigators make a cast of the bomber’s footprint, which can be important in investigations,” they said.

Sources said that in light of intelligence reports, security forces were raiding locations in Shorkot, Sargodha, Bhakkar and Mianwali to catch people who might be involved in the attack. “Investigators are keeping an eye on markets and collecting information on people dealing with chemicals and ball bearings. They want to talk to people who recently bought ball bearings in bulk,” sources added.

Separately, a special team arrested five militants from Sargodha on Monday. These militants were involved in the suicide attack on a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) bus and on the Police Lines in Sargodha in November last year.

The militants have been identified as Umar Farooq alias Hassnain, Muavia alias Abdullah, Muhammad Abrar alias Sikandar, Muhammad Asghar Qadri and Khalid Usmani. Law enforcement personnel also seized a large quantity of explosives including 29 kilos of gunpowder, electric detonators, small balls made of steel and wireless remote controls.
Posted by: Fred || 01/17/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [281 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

#1  Give me the finger willya!! Well here, have this one instead.
Posted by: Steven || 01/17/2008 12:06 Comments || Top||

NWFP governor's nephew 'abducted'
Unknown people kidnapped the nephew of NWFP Governor Owais Ahmad Ghani from the University Town area here on Wednesday, sources said. The sources, requesting anonymity, said Aminullah, aged 9-10 and a student of the City Public School, was abducted along with his driver Umar Hayat, both traveling in a double cabin pick-up (D-1791). When contacted, the University Town police station officials declined to comment on the incident, and said they had not received any such report. SSP Operations Imtaiz Shah also denied the reports.
Posted by: Fred || 01/17/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [281 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Boom bitch kills 7, wounds 15 (Khan Bani Sa'ad)
A female suicide bomber detonated a suicide vest at a traffic circle in Khan Bani Sa’ad, Iraq, Jan. 16. Seven civilians were killed and 15 wounded in the attack, according to reports from Coalition Forces operating in the area.

Soldiers from 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division groundevacuated the wounded to a medical facility at Joint Combat Outpost Key West and airevacuated the seriously injured to a Coalition medical hospital in Balad. “This type of attack is very tragic, but it is no surprise that al-Qaeda in Iraq chose to attack at this time by using a suicide bomber against civilians,” said Lt. Col. James Brown, 4-2 SBCT executive officer. “Our recent operations in the area have resulted in the death of several key AQI leaders and have helped bring reconciliation between the area’s tribal leaders. In addition, in conjunction with our Iraqi Army partners, we are currently opening up a key route between Baghdad and Baquba, all of which is putting extreme pressure on AQI in the area.”

“The suicide-vest spike is indicative of the declining support AQI has with the Iraqi population,” said Lt Col. Patrick Mackin, 4-2 SBCT intelligence officer. “In terms of quantity of overall attacks, we have seen a dramatic decrease throughout Diyala province, but the attacks we have seen are more spectacular, which produce a large amount of causalities. We are convinced the result of these attacks will be the exact opposite of what AQI wants, as the attacks will further disenfranchise the Iraqi population with AQI, and support for AQI’s operations will decrease.”
Posted by: Fred || 01/17/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [267 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

#1  I would like to commend the person who came up wid the handle "Boom Bitch"!

says it all.. 'cepting her ugly parts, sic

Ugly Boomed Bitch Pieces!

Posted by: RD || 01/17/2008 11:51 Comments || Top||

#2  We kill AQI, they retaliate by killing random civilians with a suicide bomber. Lacks even a hint of strategy if you ask me. For all AQI knows, half of them could have been hardcore sympathizers.
Posted by: bigjim-ky || 01/17/2008 13:25 Comments || Top||

#3  For all AQI knows, half of them could have been hardcore sympathizers.

Not now, and not their families and friends either. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/17/2008 18:10 Comments || Top||

Soldiers capture high value target south of Baghdad
Multi-National Division Center Soldiers, in support of Operation Phantom Phoenix, captured 15 suspected extremists, including a high-value target individual, during an air assault raid 25 miles south of Baghdad Jan. 14.

The HVT suspect is believed to be involved in planning attacks against Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition Forces and for contributing to sectarian violence. Soldiers from Company C, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), from Fort Campbell, Ky., currently attached to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, captured the suspects based on a tip from a local citizen.
Posted by: Fred || 01/17/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [293 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

Suspected al-Qaeda counterfeiter arrested (Baghdad)
Tips led Multi-National Division - Baghdad Soldiers to an alleged al-Qaeda in Iraq extremist in southeastern Rashid Jan. 14. Soldiers of 2nd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, from Vilseck, Germany, attached to Task Force Dragon, arrested a man sources claimed was an al-Qaeda counterfeit identification maker during a raid in the Hadar neighborhood. The suspected counterfeiter was taken to a Coalition Forces’ detention facility for further questioning.

Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers are conducting offensive operations in support of Operation Phantom Phoenix to kill or capture al-Qaeda and other extremists in order to deny them rest and sanctuary in the city of Baghdad and the surrounding rural areas.
Posted by: Fred || 01/17/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [290 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Iraq

Palestinians: IAF kills 2 PRC men
Two Palestinian operatives from the Popular Resistance Committees were killed on Wednesday night when the IAF fired a missile at a car in the central Gaza Strip, near the Bureij refugee camp, Palestinians reported. The IDF said that the targeted vehicle was loaded with weapons.

Moments earlier, with over 50 Kassam rockets striking Israel on Wednesday alone, Defense Minister Ehud Barak vowed to increase the pressure on the Gaza Strip until the terrorism stops. "We will increase the pressure on the Gaza Strip in order to bring an end to the Kassam rocket fire," Barak said during an opening speech at a Naval graduation ceremony in Haifa.
Posted by: Fred || 01/17/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [352 views] Top|| File under: Popular Resistance Committees

#1  You might hint that your missiles are aimed, not free flight, and hit what they;re aimed at, plus Israel doesn't need a lot since they're aimed , not just shot "That-a-Way".

I think they've got the idea that Israeli Missiles are as inaccurate as their Rockets, A fatal assumption.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/17/2008 9:43 Comments || Top||

#2  Ummm, second thought,
"Never correct your enemy when he's making a mistake".
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/17/2008 9:54 Comments || Top||

#3  The only thing that's guaranteed to work with the misfits inhabiting Gaza is a walking artillery barrage from 600-700 weapons. Second option is to seal 'em up tight and make Egypt take care of them. That will accomplish two things: reduce the daily cost Gaza imposes upon Israel, and cost Israel's enemies ("peace treaty" not withstanding) dinero they could otherwise use to make war against them.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 01/17/2008 14:08 Comments || Top||

#4  I thought that a couple of weeks ago Israel promised to respond to all rocket attacks with a like attack. guess that didn't have any teeth (either)
Posted by: USN,Ret. || 01/17/2008 14:16 Comments || Top||

#5  Israel needs to retaliate with overwhelming force to rocket attackets. I agree with OP that a walking artillery barrage would be the most appropriate response. Just set the center of the target, draw a circle of agreed-upon radius and pound it to rubble. Tit for tat gets you nowhere. The Japanese and the Germans surrendered because of overwhelming force, and the threat of total annihilation, not because the Allies were nice and considerate people.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 01/17/2008 21:36 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Southern Thai terrorists return to the spotlight
Posted by: ryuge || 01/17/2008 06:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [290 views] Top|| File under: Thai Insurgency

Was there a terrorist attack planned against Moussa ?
An apparent terrorist attack along Beirut airport road was accidentally aborted Wednesday less than two hours before the scheduled arrival of Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa to resume efforts aimed at implementing an Arab initiative to end Lebanon's ongoing crisis. A senior security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Naharnet a police patrol had just erected a checkpoint a few hundred meters from the entrance to the airport premises when an unidentified man riding a motorcycle and heading towards the checkpoint suddenly slammed on the brakes and made a "sharp U turn, dropping an object." Members of the patrol shouted at the motorcyclist and rushed to check the object that "turned out to be a Grenade Launcher (Energa)."

The unidentified motorcyclist drove " on the wrong side of the road and then turned left towards the Raml al-Ali district where he vanished," the source said. After checking the Grenade Launcher it turned out to be "of the same type used in previous attacks against police barracks," he explained. The encounter occurred at 12:50 local time, Moussa's plane touched down at 2:30 pm.
Posted by: Fred || 01/17/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [292 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  shouted at the motorcyclist and rushed to check the object

More training needed, NEVER "Rush what you don't know", it might go "Boom"
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/17/2008 9:48 Comments || Top||

Good Morning..
Posted by: Fred || 01/17/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [267 views] Top|| File under:

The above comment by Chris points out exactly what IÒve been saying
about debt company fees. They are at the WRONG end of the program. In
the old days, we used to charge a very small retainer up front, but
the main fee was based on a percentage of the savings achieved during
the negotiation. So the fees were based on success, and did not interfere
with the clientÒs ability to accumulate funds for some early settlements.
Nowadays, itÒs a rare company that operates this way, and the result is
that very few settlements take place during the first 12 months clients
are enrolled in a third-party debt settlement program. Skip the fees! Learn
how to do this yourself. YouÒll be out of debt faster, and youÒll have
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Posted by: debtsettlement || 01/17/2008 2:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Ack! There's a troll obscuring the view!
Posted by: gorb || 01/17/2008 2:43 Comments || Top||

#3  I still laugh every time that picture replaces a troll. Now if only we could apply that to real life...
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/17/2008 9:12 Comments || Top||

#4  my word, I had no idea they made legs like that way back then......
Posted by: Omaimp McCoy5874 || 01/17/2008 12:51 Comments || Top||

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