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Sufi Mohammed survives Taliban kaboom attempt
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Posted by: Fred || 06/10/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [285 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Man. Pearls everywhere. Around her neck. On her arm. In her hair. I'll bet acquiring those took several installments. But she looks happy, so I'm sure it was worth all the effort. Now all she has to do is figure out how to get those pearls out of her hair.
Posted by: gorb || 06/10/2008 3:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Queenie! Where have you been girl?
Posted by: Jack is Back! || 06/10/2008 3:38 Comments || Top||

#3  I feel a strange compulsion to take up beadcrafts.
Posted by: Mike || 06/10/2008 12:59 Comments || Top||

-Lurid Crime Tales-
Iraqi Anbar Sheik Offers Men To Go To Afghanistan to Fight Al Qaeda and the Talibun
Eli Lake reports in the New York Sun that Sheik Ahmad al-Rishawi from Iraq’s Anbar Province is now volunteering to do something similar, only in reverse. He’ll lead a new contingent of “Afghan Arabs” into Afghanistan to help fight against Al Qaeda and their Taliban allies.

WASHINGTON — The leader of the tribal confederation that has fought to expel Al Qaeda from most of Iraq's Anbar province is offering his men to help gin up a rebellion against Osama bin Laden's organization along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
In an interview, Sheik Ahmad al-Rishawi told The New York Sun that in April he prepared a 47-page study on Afghanistan and its tribes for the deputy chief of mission at the American embassy in Kabul, Christopher Dell. When asked if he would send military advisers to Afghanistan to assist American troops fighting there, he said, “I have no problem with this, if they ask me, I will do it.”
Posted by: Kufr al-juhud || 06/10/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [300 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This sounds like the sort of man to lead Iraq. Screw the idea of sitting on defense - go chase the scumbags to the ends of the earth.

There is nothing that could improve the image of the Iraqis - and Islam in general - to western skeptics like me, than to see an Arab legion form to hunt down and exterminate the extremist Islamicists - on a global basis.

Posted by: Lone Ranger || 06/10/2008 0:06 Comments || Top||

#2  This artiiiikle, amongst others, again affirms to me that Osama + Islamists are indeed after the destabilization and control of large parts of CENTRAL ASIA + PERIPHERALS, espec in the hopes of acquiring Cold War Commie, other NUC/WEPTECHS AMAP ASAP. "TIS A BATTLE NOW FOR CENASIA = ASIA.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/10/2008 2:08 Comments || Top||

#3  It was mentioned in an earlier thread by someone much smarter than I, that it would be a good thing for Iraq to project its force abroad. This would seem to be a good opportunity. A chance for jihadis outside of Iraq, to feel the bite of death delivered by the ISF. That would be sweet. It would definitely send a message to Iran.
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 06/10/2008 3:25 Comments || Top||

#4  But, but - this is so mercenary like. Reminds me of the Brits using the Hessians in Revolutionary war. This will not fly with the libs, the left and further left - Obama. This is a subject that is definitely "not relevant" - so lets please move on. Nothing to see here.
Posted by: Jack is Back! || 06/10/2008 3:41 Comments || Top||

#5  yeah, but nothing flies with the libs except perhaps the idea that people other than themselves should sacrifice for the good of others.
Posted by: Sninert Black9312 || 06/10/2008 3:45 Comments || Top||

#6  But, but - this is so mercenary like.

Nope. This sounds like the International Brigades a concept the left is in love of, because despite that they were not fighting for freedom but for creating a Spanish colony for Stalin.
Posted by: JFM || 06/10/2008 8:35 Comments || Top||

#7  An expeditionary light infantry battalion from the Iraqi Army could be very useful in Afghanistan, if properly led and supported.

It provides the Allies in Afghanistan a very "Muslim" battalion that might not stir local sensitivities as badly as a US or Brit unit would in some areas. But to make it most effective, then need to pull in some Shia and Kurds as well.

The press coverage in Arab lands would be a very important propaganda weapon: "Iraqi Army helps Muslims in Afghanistan defend against the apostate predators of Al Qaeda"

On the practical side, combat experience in a foreign land will bond them like nothing else. And rotate the battalion after 6 months. Then the IA uses this battalion as leavening for the Officers and NCO corps in a regiment. Coming back with tales of how they stood tall, and how they all work together. Nothing better than combat veterans to shape a regiment.

This could be a very good thing to do.
Posted by: OldSpook || 06/10/2008 9:40 Comments || Top||

#8  While this guy is admirable, and it would make great publicity here in the US that Iraqis want to do this, I somehow thing Afghans will be kinda reluctant. The afghans on our side arent that fond of arabs, and wont make fine distinctions among them.
Posted by: liberalhawk || 06/10/2008 9:41 Comments || Top||

#9  Oh and for you Obama types out there:



Damn how can people be so WRONG for so LONG and just not get it?

They get away with it thanks to the mainstream press burying things to keep the image of "losing" present in those not knowing someone over there or reading milblogs.

The mainstream press needs to be cleaned out with a flamethrower.
Posted by: OldSpook || 06/10/2008 9:43 Comments || Top||

#10  nope no Shia. the afghans arent fond of Shia either. The Taliban massacre of Hazara Shia was apparently a very extreme expression of a disdain of the Shia thats fairly widespread over there.

Kurds, who are Sunnis, but not Arabs (and speak a related language) might be a better idea.
Posted by: liberalhawk || 06/10/2008 9:43 Comments || Top||

#11  lib, compared to inserting a Brit or US battalion (loaded with Christians, Jews, and all kinds of ethnicities), an Arab Muslim one, even with some Shia in it, would likely be far more acceptable by the locals/tribals in those areas.
Posted by: OldSpook || 06/10/2008 9:46 Comments || Top||

#12  I dunno OS. You ever read "The Kite Runner"?

My impression, its like asking would Germans in the late 1940s rather be occupied by Frenchmen, or by a battalion of German Jews from America.

I think, on the whole, theyd rather have the Americans than Shia. But the book I read focused on upper class Kabulis, maybe its different in the Pashtun countryside. I doubt it though.
Posted by: liberalhawk || 06/10/2008 9:51 Comments || Top||

#13  And then the wind changed direction .......
Posted by: Mad Eye || 06/10/2008 10:34 Comments || Top||

#14  Suppose there are a group of people pissed al-q killed their family members? Not mercenaries if the motive is (cue Smog voice) Revenge! Do it, at the least al-q could not automatically trust out of area jihadis.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/10/2008 11:01 Comments || Top||

#15  "occupied"

Lib: That's the error in your analogy.
Posted by: Iblis || 06/10/2008 12:11 Comments || Top||

#16  Stuff like that has unintended consequences. If we don't need them, then don't allow it.
Hell, in the first full moon, they would be raping the goats and then all hell would break loose.
Posted by: wxjames || 06/10/2008 13:13 Comments || Top||

#17  I've wondered about the opposite. The Afghan government could spare a company sized force for Iraq without question. If the Mongols can do it, the Afghans can.

As for Iraqis in Afghanistan, I'd much prefer to see them in Syria or Iran, both of which locations I believe the Sheik might agree with.
Posted by: Chuck Simmins || 06/10/2008 13:17 Comments || Top||

#18  Korean Marines were kick-ass helpful as well. Sometimes those closest to the enemy get it, sometimes they don't.

I would love an Iraqi battalion but I'd have it ready on the Syrian border or in other "Arab" areas. I don't want them projecting too far.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 06/10/2008 16:18 Comments || Top||

#19  hope no Shia. the afghans arent fond of Shia either

Anbar is Sunni, very, very Sunni

The Taliban massacre of Hazara Shia was apparently a very extreme expression of a disdain of the Shia thats fairly widespread over there.

In part but only in part. The fact is that even if the Hazara dispute it and say they are the original inhabitants of Afghanistan, Pashtun and apparently scientists say that Hazara are left overs of Gengis Khan armies. There was no place where the Mongols were as brutal and sadistic than in Afganistan: allegedly the entire population was killed in the most cruel way (the Afghans had dared to inflict adefeat to the Mongols and kill the son of Genghis who commanded it). Also, until the XIXth century Pashtuns have been fighting the Mogal ie Mongol empire. That is why they hate Hazara so much.
Posted by: JFM || 06/10/2008 17:30 Comments || Top||

#20  Here's an idea. The Iraqi and Afghan armies can meet up somewhere in the middle, say Tehran...
Posted by: Iblis || 06/10/2008 18:01 Comments || Top||

Africa Horn
Somali gunmen capture military base
Hundreds of fighters of the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) on Monday captured the newly set-up Somali military and police base in Heleiwa district and looted the heavy weapons inside, a Press TV correspondent reported. They also looted the stored food inside the base and later set it on fire before escaping. The spokesman of the Union of Islamic Courts fighters vowed to continue the attacks against 'Ethiopian soldiers and their puppets'.

Also on Monday, unknown gunmen killed four people in Hiiran region, in central Somalia.
Posted by: Fred || 06/10/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [279 views] Top|| File under: Islamic Courts

Somali parliament head escapes death
Somali transitional parliament speaker, Sheikh Adan Mohamed Nur, has escaped a terror attack in the nation's southwestern town of Baidoa.

The attackers opened heavy gunfire on the Sheikh -- also known as Madoobe -- killing four guards and critically injuring three others, a Press TV correspondent reported Monday. Sheikh Madoobe, a former militiaman and later warlord, escaped to the nearest building and finding no help walked back to the parliament.

Meanwhile more than 900 Ethiopian soldiers have abandoned their bases in south Mogadishu killing 13 civilians, following news of their top military commander's death. At the same time angry Hawiye clan elders and hundreds of civilians have poured into the streets demanding complete pullout of Ethiopian troops, shouting "dead or alive, Ethiopians must be gone".
This article starring:
Sheikh Adan Mohamed Nur
Posted by: Fred || 06/10/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [264 views] Top|| File under: Islamic Courts

Suspected U.S. missile fired in NW Pakistan
PESHAWAR, Pakistan, June 10 (Reuters) - A pilotless U.S. drone was suspected to have fired a missile into a Pakistani area on the Afghan border on Tuesday, but there was no word on the target or casualties, a government official said.

The missile was thought to have been fired into the Mohmand ethnic Pashtun tribal area in northwest Pakistan where this year, U.S.-controlled Predator aircraft have struck at least four sites used by al Qaeda operatives, killing dozens of suspected militants. "There was an attack by a spy plane close to the Afghan border but we don't have information about casualties or damage," said the government official based in the region. He declined to be identified.

Mohmand has not been a hotbed of support for al Qaeda and the Taliban but militants are known to operate there. A Pakistani military spokesman said he had no information about any missile strike.

Neither U.S. nor Pakistani authorities usually confirm U.S. missile attacks on Pakistani territory, which would be an infringement of Pakistani sovereignty.
Posted by: Steve || 06/10/2008 15:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [377 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Neither U.S. nor Pakistani authorities usually confirm U.S. missile attacks on Pakistani territory, which would be an infringement of Pakistani sovereignty.

Well then there is the Taliban infringement on Afghan sovereignty isn't there? NW Pakinstan must have needed a missile to offset Taliban infringement, eh what?
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/10/2008 15:45 Comments || Top||

#2  Bet W would love to bag OBL before retiring...
Posted by: Iblis || 06/10/2008 16:04 Comments || Top||

#3  Oops!

Posted by: doc || 06/10/2008 16:51 Comments || Top||

#4  Could have been a Ruritanian missile. Did the tail fins have the lavender ostrich feather painted on them? Sure givaway that it's a Ruritanian missile.
Posted by: Steve White || 06/10/2008 16:59 Comments || Top||

#5  Comments over at the Jawa Report are speculating this might be Zawahiri.
Posted by: crosspatch || 06/10/2008 17:36 Comments || Top||

#6  ohpleaseohpleaseohplease . . .
Posted by: gorb || 06/10/2008 18:12 Comments || Top||

#7  Just based on our past deadly strikes the percentages are good we've hit some major player or players this time too.

My opinion is based on open sources, but from the amount of assets we've got to nail these bastards it should be just a matter of time.

Posted by: RD || 06/10/2008 21:03 Comments || Top||

#8  See FREEREPUBLIC > ARE WE HUNTING HIM [Osama Bin Laden]? OBL in the Badlands???

*WND > JOSEPH FARAH's G2 Bulletin - AL QAEDA's [Zawahiri]CALL FOR FREELANCERS. Any dedicated Muslim that can strike e.g. NORWAY, etc.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/10/2008 21:16 Comments || Top||

#9  Ol' Knothead would be an excellent casualty, if so....

Posted by: Frank G || 06/10/2008 21:39 Comments || Top||

One killed, six injured in Kurram Agency
Violence in Pewar in the Kurram Agency on Monday killed one person and injured six others, Kurram Agency Political Administration sources said.

Iqbal Hussain died and six people were injured after a mortar-shell exploded near Ghandikhel mosque. The incident occurred when unidentified militants allegedly started firing from the Mangal and Kharoti mountains near the Pak-Afghan border.

The injured were immediately taken to the agency Headquarters Hospital in Parachinar, where some of the injured are said to be in a serious condition.

Tribal elders Haji Ali Hussain and Nawaz Ali said the incident was an attempt to derail the peace talks between Shias and Sunnis in the agency. Tribesmen are peace loving people, they said, and demanded the government take measures against those trying to sabotage the peace talks.

ANP: Meanwhile Awami National Party (ANP) Kurram Agency President Qurban Ali Tori and ANP Kurram Agency General Secretary Syed Jaffar welcomed the release of jirga members. Police on May 20 detained jirga members including 25 elders from each of the Shia and Sunni sects of the Kurram Agency after they allegedly failed to identify those responsible for violating the peace agreement between the two.

Tori and Jaffer also assured the newly appointed Kurram Agency political agent Muhammad Azam Khan of their support for maintenance of law and order in the agency, and welcomed the political agent’s efforts to open highways and roads in the area.
Posted by: Fred || 06/10/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [285 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

More Taliban to be released today
The NWFP government is set to release more Taliban prisoners from Taimargara Jail today (Tuesday), Daily Times has learnt. An official source said six Taliban detainees, who had been involved in minor crimes, would be freed today. “Those people are being released on bail.” He said approximately 60 Taliban were still imprisoned at Taimargara Jail. Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan confirmed their men would be freed either yesterday or on Tuesday.
Posted by: Fred || 06/10/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [272 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Four Pakistani policemen killed in militant ambush
Suspected Taliban militants killed four policemen in an ambush in northwestern Pakistan, while an Islamist leader escaped a bomb attack in the same area on Monday, officials said.

The incidents came despite peace talks between the new government and the hardline militants aimed at stopping a wave of extremist violence in Pakistan's troubled mountain regions bordering Afghanistan.

The attack on the police happened on Sunday night in Matani, near Peshawar, the capital of troubled North West Frontier Province, senior police investigator Nasirul Mulk told AFP.

"The militants hid near a gas station and opened fire on the police van. It was a surprise attack -- the police party could not even retaliate because the hail of bullets was so sudden," Mulk said.

Four policemen were killed and a senior police officer was wounded in the attack, he said, adding that a hunt was under way for the killers.

Separately four policemen escorting Sufi Mohammad, the chief of the banned pro-Taliban group Tahreek Nifaz-e-Shariat Mohammadi (TNSM), were wounded in a bomb blast on Monday, officials said.

Mohammad was freed in April after spending seven years in jail for allegedly sending rebels to fight the US-led invasion which eventually toppled Afghanistan's hardline Taliban regime. "A remote controlled bomb was planted alongside the road which went off as the escort van passed by it. The TNSM chief remained unhurt in the attack" in his native town of Dir Maidan, a security official told AFP. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for either attack.
Posted by: Fred || 06/10/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [269 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Peace deal with Swat militants scrapped
The government has scrapped its peace deal with the Taliban as militants have reneged on their promise to stop violence, Prime Minister’s Adviser on Interior Affairs Rehman Malik said on Monday.

“The Swat agreement is scrapped as the militants have [continued] their attacks on security forces.”
The NWFP government signed a peace agreement last month with militants in the Swat valley. The militants had agreed that they would refrain from attacking the security forces. “The Swat agreement is scrapped as the militants have [continued] their attacks on security forces,” Malik told a group of reporters in Islamabad.
That's prob'ly a pretty good reason for scrapping it.
The announcement comes a day after Taliban militants killed four policemen in an ambush in Mattani, near Peshawar. The Taliban accused the government of not honouring its commitments under the deal on Sunday.
"Aaaar! That why we kilt 'em! They wuzn't bein' peaceful-like!"
Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Islamabad Kamal Hyder quoted Malik as saying earlier on Monday that escalating violence against government forces meant there was no point in continuing with the deal signed last month. “The Interior minister... has admitted that there has been an escalation [in attacks],” Hyder said, “and that if the government did lose its patience and the militants in that area did not stop their activities then the deal would be off.”

Hyder said that the government was talking from a position of strength having fortified positions and moved the military into the Swat valley. “The government’s contention is that as long as those people do not allow the government to re-establish its power over the entire region, then they will not give in to any of [the Taliban’s] demands. “Many analysts are looking at this as a warning shot by the government to the Taliban, saying to them that the challenge to the government is unacceptable,” Hyder said.

Hyder said that there were elements within the Taliban who are averse to peace with the government and are attempting to sabotage any dialogue between the two sides.

Big tragedy: Responding to questions during the National Assembly question hour, Malik said law-enforcement agencies had averted a ‘big tragedy’ after arresting three “students” who were allegedly on a suicide mission in Islamabad on Sunday. He said the alleged suicide bombers were ready to strike within an hour, but did not disclose their identities and intended targets. Rehman said the vehicles seized from them were packed with explosives weighing between 200 kilogrammes and 400 kgs, which could have destroyed a whole sector.
This article starring:
Adviser on Interior Affairs Rehman Malik
Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Islamabad Kamal Hyder
Posted by: Fred || 06/10/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [261 views] Top|| File under: TNSM

Sufi Muhammad survives bombing
Sufi Muhammad, leader of the TNSM, on Monday survived a remote-controlled bombing initiated by local Taliban in NWFP. Police official Abdur Rehman said that four policemen were injured in the blast but Sufi Muhammad escaped unscathed. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility with spokesman Maulvi Umar saying that the incident was in retaliation to the killing of local Taliban in Tank and Bajaur. He said the attack had not targeted Sufi Muhammad.
"Otherwise," he said, combing his fingers through his beard in a sinister manner, "he'd be dead!"

This article starring:
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan
Maulvi UmarTehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan
Police official Abdur Rehman
Sufi MuhammadTNSM
Posted by: Fred || 06/10/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [823 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Hey Perv, why don't you ask the US to conduct an ARCLIGHT strike over the main base of these miscreants? Then your vaunted army can go in and pick up the pieces to see how many were killed.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 06/10/2008 14:39 Comments || Top||

Haji and Muji run an errand, on foot again
Hi boss, this is Haji, me and Muji went down to Kabob Bell to pick up the Soddy migrant workers like you had requested. They were still milling around so we put two in the truck while Muji and I ducked out to the Farouk U Sadr Mosque for a quick prayer.

While at the Mosque I wanted to see if we would qualify for any virgins if we were killed in a traffic accident with the Infidels. You know that Muji, what a one track mind, all he wanted to know was will he be reunited with his goat in Paradise.

Well, anyway when we got back to the pick up site at Kabob Bell the truck and the sandbacks were gone. I can tell you though they left one hell of a mess. There is scrap metal all over the place. Also there is some sort of red smog hanging over the area. Maybe the proper term is not smog but blog.

Anyway, me and Muji will start hoofing it (camel toeing) to work.

Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 06/10/2008 13:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [282 views] Top|| File under:

#1  While at the Mosque I wanted to see if we would qualify for any virgins if we were killed in a traffic accident with the Infidels.

Stop! Stop! Stop!

Ima plum Out Of Virgins of any kind even Goats G'damnit!!

Thoes G'Damn infidels clipped sooo many Mujis last year we plum ran OUT of Virgins this year!

Tell all the SplodyDopes that Ima giving out 72 tubes of Black Virgin whack-off cream instead!

Made in China but i did said hocus-pocus over dem
Posted by: Allah || 06/10/2008 20:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Inshallah, Intelligent Design outcomes.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/10/2008 20:45 Comments || Top||

#3  Thanks GBUSMC. These guys deserve their own show.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 06/10/2008 20:53 Comments || Top||

U.S. calls in airstrike in N. Iraq
American soldiers called in an airstrike Monday during an attack on a house believed used by foreign fighters, killing five militants and capturing more than a dozen others, the U.S. military said.

The firefight broke out early Monday when American soldiers, acting on information from an Iraqi prisoner, came under heavy gunfire as they approached the suspected hideout in a remote area of northwestern Iraq, the U.S. said in a statement. Soldiers called in an airstrike, which destroyed the house, triggering secondary explosions from the weapons and explosives stored inside, the statement said.

Five men were confirmed dead, and multiple suicide vests and heavy machine guns were also found in the ruins of their hideout, it said.

The statement did not give a precise location for the raid. But northwestern Iraq has long been used by al-Qaida and other Sunni militant groups as an infiltration route for smuggling weapons and fighters into the country from Syria, according to the military.

Monday's battle was among a series of raids over the past two days in northern Iraq against Sunni militants, who remain active despite suffering severe setbacks last year in fighting with U.S. and Iraqi forces in Baghdad. In Beiji, an industrial city about 150 miles north of Baghdad, American soldiers detained five suspects Monday in an operation against a militant bombing network. An alleged al-Qaida in Iraq bomber was captured Monday with another suspect in Mosul, and five others were arrested south of the city, the military said.

The al-Qaida in Iraq "emir" of Tikrit, a Sunni Arab city north of the Iraqi capital, was arrested late Sunday along with three other suspects, the statement said. Two other al-Qaida suspects were picked up in Baghdad.

U.S. officials have said al-Qaida and other Sunni groups have been trying to undermine efforts to reconcile Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish communities in the north and pressure Sunni tribesmen against cooperating with the Shiite-led government in Baghdad.
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 06/10/2008 10:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [278 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Iraq

#1  Once again, we win, they die....quagmire.
Posted by: wxjames || 06/10/2008 13:03 Comments || Top||

#2  MSM Editor: "What you got on Iraq?"

MSM Reporter: "Well, let's see... There's an eight-year old Iraqi girl in Karbala who says that her cat Muffy is stuck in a tree. But the Marines are on it."

MSM Editor: "Dammit. What we got on the economy?"
Posted by: Matt || 06/10/2008 13:24 Comments || Top||

Suicide car bomb kills US soldier, wounds 20
BAGHDAD - A suicide truck bomber who concealed his explosives under tanned animal hides struck a US patrol base on Sunday in northern Iraq, killing one US soldier and wounding 20 other Americans, US and Iraqi officials said. Two Iraqi contractors working at the base in Tamim province also were wounded, according to a brief statement from the military.

Tamim has a mixed population of Arabs, Kurds and Turkomen, with the oil-rich city of Kirkuk as its capital. Three American soldiers were killed last Wednesday by gunfire in Tamim.

Brig. Sarhat Qadir, a senior officer in the Kirkuk police department, said the bomber targeted a U.S. patrol base in a mostly Sunni Arab residential area in Rashad, about 25 miles southwest of Kirkuk. The suicide attacker rammed his vehicle into blast walls outside the gates of the small U.S. base, located in a residential neighborhood of Sunni Arabs, Qadir said. He added that the explosives were concealed under tanned animal hides.
Posted by: Steve White || 06/10/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [271 views] Top|| File under:

Turkey forces kill 2 PKK insurgents
Two suspected Kurdish separatist insurgents have been killed in fighting with government forces in Turkey's Kurdish-dominated east.

Security officials said that the clashes erupted in a mountain region in Tunceli province when troops came across Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) insurgents, AFP reported. Fighting was continuing in the Ovacik region, they added.

Turkey has stepped up an offensive against the PKK since December with aerial raids on rebel hideouts in neighboring northern Iraq.
Posted by: Fred || 06/10/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [279 views] Top|| File under:

Car bomb leaves 4 dead in Iraq
Iraqi police say a parked car bomb has exploded in the Karrada neighborhood in eastern Baghdad, killing 4 people and wounding 7 others. Police say the bomb targeted a passing police patrol in the Karrada neighborhood around 11:15 a.m. Monday. An army lieutenant was among the dead. At least seven other people were wounded, and many cars and shops were damaged.
Posted by: Fred || 06/10/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [272 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

Israel strike kills 3 Gaza militants firing mortar
Sorry, no vid. :-(

But you can check out the vid in Haji and Muji's latest adventures and maybe that will help! :-)

AP - An Israeli airstrike killed three Palestinians firing mortars at southern Israel on Tuesday, while Israel's leaders debated whether to pursue a truce with Gaza's Hamas rulers or launch a broad military offensive against militants in the coastal strip.

The Israeli attack came after militants bombarded southern Israel with 20 mortar rounds in the space of an hour, and Hamas said the strike killed three members of one of its mortar squads.

At the time, Israel's top three officials — Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni — were discussing what to do about Gaza.
Maybe if they wished with all their heart that the terrorists would suddenly figure it out, then it will all just go away.
With four Israeli civilians killed by rocket and mortar attacks this year, Israel's leadership is under growing pressure to do something about the near daily assaults. Barak and other officials have repeatedly said an Israel offensive is only a matter of time.
A long time.
Officials refused to comment on Tuesday's meeting of the three leaders. But Barak later told the Israeli Cabinet that he believes "we should talk less" about plans for Gaza, according to a participant. "When the time comes, we'll act," Barak was quoted as saying by the participant, who agreed to discuss the session only if not quoted by name because the talks were private.

Gaza militants have been bombarding southern Israel with rocket and mortar attacks for seven years, but increased their rate of fire after Israel pulled its troops and settlers out of the territory in 2005. The attacks ratcheted up after Hamas militants overran Gaza a year ago. Israel's military has limited its reprisals to focused attacks, fearing a broad military campaign would result in heavy casualties on both sides.

One of Hamas' key bargaining chips is Gilad Schalit, the Israeli soldier it has been holding for nearly two years. Hamas hopes to trade the 21-year-old tank crewman for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, but Israel has balked at releasing the militants, some of whom are serving time for fatal attacks on Israelis.
If Israel is so concerned about the casualty figures then don't trade him for anything the terrorists could use to further their cause. I'd consider an annual Find Gilad "event" to be held in Palestinian-occupied territory that the military participates in until he is returned safely.
Hamas made good on a promise to former President Carter and allowed the captured soldier to send a letter to his parents. It was delivered to them Monday. Schalit's father, Noam, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that his son pleaded for his life and appealed to his government not to abandon him. He declined to quote directly from the letter.

The soldier has not been seen since he was seized in a cross-border raid in June 2006, when two other soldiers were killed. An audio recording of his voice and two other letters were released previously.

Egypt has been trying to broker a truce, but the cease-fire efforts have faltered over Israel's demand that Hamas free Schalit as part of the deal and a Hamas demand that Israel lift a blockade that has confined Gazans to their tiny seaside territory and deepened their poverty.

This week Hamas marks the first anniversary of its violent takeover of the coastal strip from security forces affiliated with moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Hamas rejects the Jewish state's right to exist and has said publicly it wants a truce to rearm and regroup.

Adding urgency to Israel's debate about Gaza are assessments by its military intelligence that Hamas is rapidly upgrading its arsenal with Iranian assistance. Brig. Gen. Yossi Baidatz, a senior intelligence officer, told the Cabinet on Tuesday that Hamas now has rockets with a range of 12 miles, endangering a significant swath of southern Israel, according to the meeting participant. Militants are also increasingly using powerful 120-mm mortar shells instead of smaller projectiles, Baidatz was quoted as saying.

While battling militants in Gaza, Israel has been trying to pursue peace with Abbas and his West Bank government. Peace talks resumed at a U.S.-sponsored conference in November after seven years of conflict, but have been marred by the same problems that derailed earlier negotiations — Palestinian complaints about Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank and Israeli concerns that Palestinians are far from ready to assume responsibility for security.

On Tuesday, a politically charged tax transfer from Israel reached the Palestinian treasury a week late, Yusuf Zumor of the Palestinian Finance Ministry confirmed. It appears the delay was at least partly punitive because Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad lobbied European nations not to boost their relations with Israel.

Israel collects some tax revenues for the Palestinians and transfers the money each month, deducting money that the Palestinians owe Israel for electricity and medical costs. The revenues pay the salaries of Palestinian government workers, whose wages were delayed because the transfer was overdue.
How about $100,000 per Kassam, too?
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#1  That wasn't a mortar it was the air funnel of a bunker for scared bunny wabbits and baby ducks.
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#2  The guys in this photo?
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Dozens killed in Sri Lanka fighting
Seven soldiers and 17 Tamil Tiger rebels are killed in clashes in the past days in Sri Lanka's northern Welioya region, the military says. The troops supported by mortar and artillery fire captured five positions, military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara confirmed, adding that 35 rebels and 19 soldiers were injured in the fighting.

A further 30 rebels and six soldiers were killed in weekend fighting in the northern districts of Jaffna, Vavuniya, Polonnaruwa, and Mannar, he said.

The latest fighting follows the Friday twin bus blasts that left 24 civilians dead, added the military.

On the other hand, the pro-rebel TamilNet claimed that during the past 24 hours, 24 Sri Lankan soldiers were killed and 68 more wounded on two fighting fronts in the north Mannar district.
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#1  Why the crappy ratios?
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Overnight clashes injure 4 in Lebanon
At least four people have been wounded in overnight clashes between supporters of rival political factions in eastern Lebanon. Armed men opened fire with machine guns, mortar rounds and rockets in the village of Saadnayel in the Bekaa Valley during the night. The tension lasted until dawn despite army intervention, security sources said on Monday.

The Voice of Lebanon radio station also said at least 50 RPGs and mortar shells fell on Saadnayel and Taalbaya in central Bekaa overnight. The army has moved in force to the area by Monday morning, but tension is still prevailing. Similar clashes had also broken out between rival factions in the capital, Beirut.
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'Ain al-Helweh bomber was Saudi'
A man killed outside of a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon before detonating a bomb was probably a Saudi national, officials say. The would-be suicide bomber was shot dead last month outside of Ain al-Helweh refugee camp in southern Lebanon, near Sidon. The incident "during which a man, probably of Saudi nationality, was killed has forced us to take strict and urgent security measures," Sultan Abul Aynan, who heads the Fatah faction in Lebanon, was quoted by AFP as saying Monday.

"After the death of the suicide bomber, we arrested another young man of Saudi nationality who had entered the camp a few days earlier," the official added. "Fatah's military wing has formed a force of 500 armed men to monitor security in Ain al-Helweh," he said. The man was killed by Lebanese troops in May as he tried to detonate his explosive charges.

The army identified the would-be bomber as a 28-year-old
Palestinian called Mahmud al-Ahmad Yassin but Palestinian officials said that the man was carrying false identity papers marked with the logo of the UN relief agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA).
This article starring:
Mahmud al-Ahmad YassinJund al-Sham
Sultan Abul AynanFatah
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