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Tech note...
You may have noticed the appearance of the Translate button. Feel free to try it out. It doesn't have a very big vocabulary yet, but I'm working on it.
Posted by: Fred || 06/11/2008 10:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [386 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It's ok, I don't have a very big vocabulary neither.
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 06/11/2008 10:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Me speak good so no need translator.
Posted by: DarthVader || 06/11/2008 10:40 Comments || Top||

#3  Will it help make sense of my random late night rants? :)
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/11/2008 10:54 Comments || Top||

#4  Will it translate Joe Mendiola? Or Muckspeak?
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 06/11/2008 10:57 Comments || Top||

#5  On linux it just pushed a button.
Posted by: 3dc || 06/11/2008 11:00 Comments || Top||

#6  Nothing can translate Joe.

And do you really want to translate Muck?

The world is a safer place.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/11/2008 11:10 Comments || Top||

#7  How wonderful! All those unique Pakistani words? Fred, you're too good to us!
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/11/2008 11:13 Comments || Top||

#8  It translates into FredSpeak.
Posted by: George Smiley || 06/11/2008 11:47 Comments || Top||

#9  My button just sez:

"Here you go.
And there you are.
Don't forget to.
Hit Fred's tip jar.

Burma Shave."
Posted by: Seafarious || 06/11/2008 11:55 Comments || Top||

#10  Does this mean we'll finally get to know what a shutter gun actually is?
Posted by: tu3031 || 06/11/2008 11:57 Comments || Top||

#11  This is THE MOST INNOVATIVE site I have ever seen!

First Rantburg serves as an information BS filter, then what is left is translated. Now if we can git a spell checker for the comment section...
Posted by: Deadeye Javirong5690 || 06/11/2008 11:59 Comments || Top||

#12  Use Firefox. It has a built in spell checker as well as a way to disable Flash and animated GIFs.
Posted by: ed || 06/11/2008 12:02 Comments || Top||

#13  Windows Internet explorer has a spel chigker button. All we have to do is get folks to use it.
Posted by: GK || 06/11/2008 12:10 Comments || Top||

#14  Translating Joe will be very entertaining on slow nights. Thanks Fred!
Posted by: OldSpook || 06/11/2008 12:18 Comments || Top||

#15  Where for art thou Muck4du?
Posted by: remoteman || 06/11/2008 13:34 Comments || Top||

#16  Red underlines are spell checker complaints that bring up alternates when selected.

image shrunk to fit this venue


Posted by: 3dc || 06/11/2008 14:07 Comments || Top||

#17  3dc, I note that the chellspecker doesn't like Obama.

What suggestions does it give you?
Posted by: Seafarious || 06/11/2008 14:17 Comments || Top||

#18  Real men don't use spell chekers.

And parsing Joe is a mental exercise - do you want us to all get lazy? We'll lose all our cognitive abilities and end up posting on Kos.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/11/2008 14:29 Comments || Top||

#19  Real men don't use spell chekers.

that's what I trell our resadent columnist CrazyFool! ;)
Posted by: RD || 06/11/2008 16:02 Comments || Top||

#20  The button, it does nothing!

... in FireFox...
Posted by: Iblis || 06/11/2008 18:46 Comments || Top||

#21  For Obama
Obadiah
Obadias
Bamako
Alabama




Posted by: 3dc || 06/11/2008 18:57 Comments || Top||

#22  The button, it works fine from my Epiphany browser under VMWare Debian. You have to be in an article it's set to translate. Try it on one of the Pak articles.
Posted by: Fred || 06/11/2008 21:23 Comments || Top||


Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 06/11/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [269 views] Top|| File under:

#1  She would be great, if I had a boot fetish. Curses, foiled again.
Posted by: Richard of Oregon || 06/11/2008 3:11 Comments || Top||

#2  She'd be covering all my fetishes if she had a riding crop.
Posted by: JFK || 06/11/2008 8:17 Comments || Top||

#3  It's between your teeth.
Posted by: gorb || 06/11/2008 13:50 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Accordion Lady alert: Rumors abound
Speculation is growing that the "suspected US missile" that struck in Mohmand Agency yesterday may have been looking for a specific addressee. In this case, a 96-hour rule shall apply unless and until the technicians with the tweezers and zip-lock baggies issue their report.
Posted by: Seafarious || 06/11/2008 01:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [281 views] Top|| File under:

#1  How about 96 minutes instead?
Posted by: gorb || 06/11/2008 2:17 Comments || Top||

#2  If so, wait for Barack Obama's heartfelt apology to the disciples of Allen in 5, 4, 3...
Posted by: JDB || 06/11/2008 2:34 Comments || Top||

#3  We can only hope. If the islamo-cockroach did end up in the roach moetel, we all know that this will not dent let alone end terrorism from allan and his demons. However, I will rest a little easier, with a son in harm's way, that it's the rare bird that does not reap what they so in this life.
Posted by: anymouse || 06/11/2008 2:47 Comments || Top||

#4  Praise be to Allah. One of your faithful servents has come home to Paradise. All right! Virgins line up. One, two, three, ...
Posted by: Richard of Oregon || 06/11/2008 2:50 Comments || Top||

#5  Big deal! How come our ace government workers can track down a mad cow in Canada, but can't find bin Laden? Huh? Can't answer that one, can ya!
/moonbat
Posted by: Bobby || 06/11/2008 6:11 Comments || Top||

#6  Hey Man! or Ayman? Only Allah knows for sure. Is that a forehead knot over there?
Posted by: Frank G || 06/11/2008 7:58 Comments || Top||

#7  I like the fat lady singing better. Never mind... I'd be happy with accordion, too!
Posted by: Spike Uniter || 06/11/2008 8:35 Comments || Top||

#8  I like the fat lady singing better. Never mind... I'd be happy with accordion, too!
Posted by: Spike Uniter || 06/11/2008 8:35 Comments || Top||

#9  Maybe the fat lady can sing with an accordian accompaniment:

"And now, National Public Radio presents the Yankovic Light Opera Company's production of Wagner's Tannhauser, arranged for accordian and polka band by the Czech composer Jaromír Vejvoda. Jaromír Vejvoda was born in Zbraslav on March 28, 1902, and is best known for his popular work 'The Beer Barrell Polka.' Major funding for this NPR Opera presentation is made possible by a grant from the Ford Foundation, by Monsanto Chemical, and taxpayers like you."
Posted by: Mike || 06/11/2008 9:08 Comments || Top||

#10  We can only hope ol knot head got his come-in-uppins. Dancing in the streets may follow after the 96-hour rule is satisfied.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/11/2008 10:01 Comments || Top||

#11  Spike, the accordion players are the traditional warmup act for the Fat Lady.
Posted by: George Smiley || 06/11/2008 11:02 Comments || Top||

#12  The problem with a missile strike is it can be so hard to confirm.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 06/11/2008 11:42 Comments || Top||

#13  Yankovic Light Opera Company

Mike, don't tell me you were a fan of Paul Wilcox's Polka Varieties TV show on Channel 5! Makes me misty-eyed just thinking about it.

(Both the rumor and the show. . . .)
Posted by: GORT || 06/11/2008 15:06 Comments || Top||

#14  Not a polka fan--my ethnicity is Scots and Irish--but I could not escape it growing up in Youngstown:

-- On Sunday afternoons, half the houses in the neighborhood listened to "Larry Walk's Happy Polkaland Show" on WNIO -- with the volume cranked up!

-- Every wedding reception had the "Chicken Dance."

-- And, of course, who could forget the ad blitz for the annual Penn-Ohio Polka Festival at Idora Park?
Posted by: Mike || 06/11/2008 15:34 Comments || Top||

#15  You have my condolences. We only had to visit the relatives annually.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 06/11/2008 15:41 Comments || Top||

#16  I find the timing suspicious

This wasn't the Osama I knew

I could no more disown him than I could...

Unfortunately, because of a staff error
Posted by: mhw || 06/11/2008 18:53 Comments || Top||


Dozens feared dead in Afghan border clash
PESHAWAR: Taliban and Afghan National Army backed by American forces have traded severe firing in Sooran Dara area of Mehmand and Bajaur Agencies on Afghan border late Tuesday evening.
Take the Afghans and the points...
Sources told this correspondent that Afghan National Army backed by American forces and gunship helicopters clashed with Taliban when the former on a tip-off attacked a Taliban hideout in the Sooran Dara area. Unconfirmed reports receiving from the Dara revealed that dozens of Taliban and Afghan National Army are feared dead in the clashes.

Pakistan Tehrik-e-Taliban spokesman Maulvi Umer talking to this correspondent via phone from an undisclosed location said that clashes erupted in Sooran Dara area when American and Afghan National Army backed by gunship helicopters and jets attacked Taliban on the Afghan border. He said that Afghan National Army and American forces and their jets also violated the territorial limits of Pakistan and continued to fly over Mehmand and Bajaur Agencies for few minutes.

Asked about the casualties, he said that though jets had been seen pouring bombs on Taliban but the number of casualties could not be ascertained immediately. He said that Sooran Dara was one of the strongholds of Taliban and Pakistan army had no presence in this area. It was the responsibility of Pakistan army to protect its boundaries but the job is being done by Taliban, he added.
Posted by: Steve || 06/11/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [389 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  In a different report I read 10 Pakistani troops were killed by an "American missile". I wonder if the Pakistani troops were helping the Taliban?
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 06/11/2008 4:31 Comments || Top||

#2  How wonderful for the Afghans that their own troops, in a real army, are protecting their border from vicious foreign invaders... a new experience for all involved. May their countrymen properly appreciate what happened.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/11/2008 6:30 Comments || Top||

#3  The two reports taken together seem to say that the Pak troops = Frontier Corps = paramilitary = border guards = Taliban.
Posted by: Uneagum McCoy7470 || 06/11/2008 8:45 Comments || Top||

#4  The Taliban are just doing jobs regular Pakistanis won't do.
Posted by: Pappy || 06/11/2008 20:24 Comments || Top||

#5  The Taliban are just doing jobs regular Pakistanis won't do.

HA! Youse get the Points Mr. Pappy! >:
Posted by: Gullible Traveler || 06/11/2008 22:32 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Sudanese soldiers and rebels clash in Darfur
Sudanese soldiers and rebels said on Tuesday they had clashed in a remote territory of Darfur over the weekend. The rebel Sudan Liberation Movement's Unity (SLM-Unity) faction said it killed 157 Sudanese soldiers after ambushing an army brigade near Um Keddada in North Darfur on Sunday.

SLM-Unity spokesman Mahgoub Hussein said by email the insurgents had defeated the Sudanese troops, seized a large number of weapons and vehicles, and lost seven of their own fighters. "We fought them because they were coming into our territory," SLM-Unity's general commander Abu Bakr Kadu told Reuters by phone. He said the fighting lasted about five hours and "many government soldiers were killed".

Armed forces spokesman Brigadier Uthman al-Agbash told state media 14 Sudanese soldiers died in repelling the rebel attack. The Sudanese Media Centre quoted him as saying the insurgents had fled the area "leaving behind huge losses of material and human resources".

The joint U.N./African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) on Tuesday confirmed there had been fighting in the area east of the capital of north Darfur El Fasher. "We will be sending an investigation team to the area no later than tomorrow," said UNAMID spokesman Noureddine Mezni.
Posted by: Fred || 06/11/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [286 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Sudan


Africa North
20 killed in Algeria bus station blast
A bomb exploded yesterday at a bus station in a town east of Algiers, killing 20 people, a security source said. The bomb went off in Bouira, some 120km from the capital. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. It was the fourth deadly bomb attack in six days in regions east of the capital of the oil and gas exporting North African country.

On Sunday, 12 people including a French engineer were killed by a twin bomb attack at a railway station east of Algiers. Six soldiers were killed in the same province on Thursday when their convoy hit a bomb planted by rebels. A day earlier, bombs killed two people near a military barracks in Bordj El Kiffan, about 25km east of the capital.

Posted by: Fred || 06/11/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [292 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa


Arabia
Yemen court condemns Shia rebel to death
A Yemeni court sentenced a Shia rebel to death and 12 others to jail terms of up to 10 years yesterday after they were convicted of forming an armed group and killing two security officers.

The court acquitted one of two women among a total of 15 defendants charged with forming "Sanaa's Cell Two" by Huthi Zaidi rebels who have been battling security forces in northwest Yemen since 2004. Charges against a male defendant who died in prison were dropped.

The man condemned to death was named as Jaafar Al Mirhabi, 25. Among those sentenced to prison was the editor of Zaidi weekly Al Shura Abdel Karim Al Khiwani, who was jailed for six years. Four of the defendants were sentenced to 10 years in prison, while two others were jailed for eight years. Another defendant was jailed for six years.

Mona Ali Zaid Al Khalek, the second woman in the alleged cell, was sentenced to four years in prison, while three other people were handed down jail terms of between one and five years.

The group, whose trial opened last July 4, was convicted of plotting to attack Yemeni troop transporters and government buildings and contaminate the water supply of military bases. They were also found guilty of killing two security officials who died chasing "criminals," court papers said, without providing details.

Yemen's union of journalists condemned the sentence against Khiwani, who was taken into custody straight after the sentence was pronounced. "The court sentence against Khiwani is harsh. We reject and condemn it, and it should be revoked," said the head of the union, Nasr Taha Mostapha.

Yemen's Saada province in the northern mountains on the border with Saudi Arabia has been the heartland of an uprising launched by the Zaidi rebels in 2004 in which thousands of people have died.
This article starring:
Abdel Karim Al Khiwani
Jaafar Al Mirhabi
Posted by: Fred || 06/11/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [263 views] Top|| File under:


Britain
Al-Qaeda suspect being deported
The first man with suspected links to al-Qaeda to be convicted of terrorist charges in Northern Ireland is being deported back to Algeria. Officials of the Border and Immigration Agency collected Abbas Boutrab from Maghaberry Prison on Tuesday afternoon. The Algerian, who has served his sentence, is due to be flown from Heathrow within the next 24 hours. He was convicted in November 2005 of downloading information on how to blow up a passenger jet.

A judge at Belfast Crown Court said he was satisfied that his possession of the material was "not out of curiosity but was for terrorist purposes". He was originally arrested in Newtownabbey on the outskirts of north Belfast over suspected immigration offences. Police later found computer discs with downloaded bomb-making instructions. His trial was told that police believed he had previously lived and operated across Europe.
This article starring:
ABAS BUTRABal-Qaeda in Europe
Posted by: Fred || 06/11/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [277 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Europe


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Bomb blast injures 12 in Russia's Chechnya
A bomb explosion in a cafe in Russia's turbulent Chechnya region injured eight policemen and four other people on Monday night, investigators said on Tuesday. "It was a terrorist act," said Maryam Nalayeva of the Chechen department of the Russian Prosecutor General's Investigative Committee. "Investigators have established that a homemade explosive device went off in the cafe. We are working to determine its type," she said,

Investigators initially said that a domestic gas canister had caused the explosion.

The blast went off on Monday night in the 'Dallas' cafe in the Leninsky district of Grozny, the Chechen capital that was devastated by two separatist wars since 1994, but has been largely rebuilt over the past few years.

Posted by: Fred || 06/11/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [270 views] Top|| File under: Chechen Republic of Ichkeria

#1  Next time those commie a-hole, democracy poseurs are riding our ass about some flippant complaint of how we do things in Iraq/ME someone should throw Chechnya up in their face.
Posted by: Short Bonaparte7590 || 06/11/2008 9:52 Comments || Top||

#2  I like the way they refer to it as "Russia's Chechnya" as in the Chechnya region of Russia. What has this world come to when even al Rooters neglects to pay proper lip service to the legitimate aspirations for independence of the brave Chechnyan Lions of IslamTM?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 06/11/2008 14:13 Comments || Top||


Europe
Spanish police arrests 8 Algerians suspected of belonging to Al-Qaeda
Eight Algerians have been arrested in Barcelona after being suspected of having link to “providing logistic and financial support to groups belonging to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb,” Spain’s Interior Ministry said in a communiqué, yesterday. The same communiqué said that 5 other people have been arrested in Valencia, eastern Spain, and another one in Navarra District, in the northern part of the country.

Those arrested are likely to be charged with belonging to a terror group, following measures taken by the National Court, in Madrid, noting that the arrest operations have been carried out by the National Court, which is in charge of terrorism cases.

The Interior Ministry communiqué further stated that 10 others have also been arrested, believed to have links with terror groups, without providing their nationalities or the place of arrest.

The same communiqué said that the 8 arrested Algerians are suspected of recruiting jihadists and providing logistic as well as financial support to terror groups belonging to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Since yesterday morning Spanish Police have been searching houses of the arrested, while confiscating €7000, documents, CDs, video records, and telephone cards.
Posted by: Fred || 06/11/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [273 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa


India-Pakistan
Nato airstrike kills 11 Pakistani soldiers in 'cowardly and unprovoked attack'
Posted by: tipper || 06/11/2008 06:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [478 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sounds like the attack actually happened and was in response to a Taliban attack. The rest of the story is not so clear. Possibilities:
1) Clever Talibunnies (oxymoron alert) attacked NATO and retreated in a manner to implicate nearby Pakistani Army post.
2) Pakistani soldiers were simultaneously Taliban who had attacked Afghan post.
3) NATO/US observers or flyers screwed up and hit the wrong target.
Posted by: Menhadden Snogum6713 || 06/11/2008 7:49 Comments || Top||

#2  Note the Pak military use of the "martyr" term. Hell, take the mask off: they are jihadis. Pak border troops are usually Balochis, Waziris or Pashtos. These groups are more anti-American than the Punjab majority.
Posted by: McZoid || 06/11/2008 8:54 Comments || Top||

#3  My money is on a combination of 2 and 3. The T-bunnies are wholly owned by the P-stans, AND Someone either mis-i.d.'d the target or "forgot" about the ROE.
Posted by: N guard || 06/11/2008 8:54 Comments || Top||

#4  Damagh Khan Mohmand, a local tribesman who witnessed the fighting, said that it lasted for four hours, with Afghan and foreign forces trading fire with the Pakistani militants and with the Pakistan troops.
Posted by: phil_b || 06/11/2008 8:55 Comments || Top||

#5  I'm getting tired of the US getting blamed for every bad outcome. The Pak soldiers are there. Either join the fight or get out of the way.
Posted by: Hellfish || 06/11/2008 8:57 Comments || Top||

#6  I recommend more airstikes. Let Allah sort out the BDA.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/11/2008 9:15 Comments || Top||

#7  I wonder if they were "helping" the talibunnies. Seems to be a common theme along the border.
Posted by: DarthVader || 06/11/2008 9:20 Comments || Top||

#8  if we're going to war with Paki, we'd better make nice with the Russians, or we have no logistics routes into Afghanistan. At least for awhile.
Posted by: liberalhawk || 06/11/2008 9:29 Comments || Top||

#9  4 Damagh Khan Mohmand, a local tribesman who witnessed the fighting, said that it lasted for four hours, with Afghan and foreign forces trading fire with the Pakistani militants and with the Pakistan troops.

Just confirms what side the Paki army are on!!!!
Posted by: Paul || 06/11/2008 9:45 Comments || Top||

#10  more at longwar journal.
story link
Posted by: 3dc || 06/11/2008 9:55 Comments || Top||

#11  Looks like some Pakis got caught doing more than providing intel to the talibunnies...

This is what they have been caught doing...
KABUL, Afghanistan — Pakistani intelligence agents and paramilitary forces have helped train Taliban insurgents and have given them information about American troop movements in Afghanistan, said a report published by a U.S. think tank. The study published Monday by the Rand Corp. also warned that the U.S. will face “crippling, long-term consequences” in Afghanistan if Taliban sanctuaries in Pakistan are not eliminated.

It echoes recent statements by American generals, who have increased their warnings that militant safe havens in Pakistan are threatening efforts in Afghanistan. The study was funded by the U.S. Defense Department.

“Every successful insurgency in Afghanistan since 1979 enjoyed safe haven in neighboring countries, and the current insurgency is no different,” said the report’s author, Seth Jones. “Right now, the Taliban and other groups are getting help from individuals within Pakistan’s government, and until that ends, the region’s long-term security is in jeopardy.”


Posted by: Deadeye Javirong5690 || 06/11/2008 10:43 Comments || Top||

#12  3 Letters for y'all

I S I

Jus' sayin where there's smoke...
Posted by: OldSpook || 06/11/2008 12:25 Comments || Top||

#13  Unprovoked = you can't prove we were shooting at you
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 06/11/2008 12:58 Comments || Top||

#14  For a good read re isi involvement see below

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2008/03/10/taliban/index2.html
Posted by: Nero Chusoger4133 || 06/11/2008 14:02 Comments || Top||

#15  http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/06/11/pakistan.troops.killed/index.html

On Monday, U.S. think tank the Rand Corporation released a report that said some members of Pakistan's intelligence service and the Frontier Corps were helping insurgents in Afghanistan.

The study, funded by the U.S. Defense Department, alleged that members of the two agencies often tipped off militants to the location and movement of coalition forces trying to rout them. It also said personnel within the agencies trained fighters at camps in Pakistan, financed them and helped them cross the border into Afghanistan. The Pakistani military denied that and denounced the report, calling it a "smear campaign" designed to "create doubts and suspicion in the minds of (the) target audience."
"smear" campaign - Hellfire missle - heh, good one, Ali"

Posted by: Eohippus Glomosing7934 || 06/11/2008 14:50 Comments || Top||

#16  On the eve of the US election, duplicitous Pakis, Afghans and Iraqis are stabbing the US in the back. Last weekend, al-Maliki went to Teheran to take counsel from the Ayatollahs; he met with Ahmadinejad and claimed that under SOFA, he would keep US troops barracked until he needed them (read: to wage war on Sunnis). Further, without even having a signed document, he said that Iraq wouldn't be used as a base for war against Iran. Last week, Karzai told a Der Spiegel interviewer that he wished Taliban was on his side, and he praised their morality. And now we have border skirmishing by our Paki ally. Then there is the oil price scam.

Unless SOFA is signed on July 31, Bush will have to seek an extension of the UN resolution on Iraq. Clearly, Iran's Ayatollahs ordered their puppets in the Iraq Parliament to treat the US as beggars and posed untenable absolute preconditions, that would place US SOFA troops under effective Iranian control. After the Soviet Revolution, Lenin signed an agreement giving over half of European Russia to the Germans. That agreement only ended with the German defeat.

August could be a really bad month for the US. Of course, I would toss the UN out, and make terrorist controlled cities look like the Moon. I value the life of a single cockroach more than the lives of every jihadi on the face of the earth.
Posted by: McZoid || 06/11/2008 14:58 Comments || Top||

#17  The Iraqis and Afghans are just being smart politicans and good negotiators. You expected them to be undying allies like the French and Germans?

What's the problem with another year under a un res? I'd rather have an SOFA negotiated by a new administration with leverage than a lame duck desperate to get an agreement. Let the Iraqis worry about how far Hussein will back them for a while.

The Paks know they're next.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 06/11/2008 15:07 Comments || Top||

#18  Just change Pakistani soldiers to Palestinian Policemen
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/11/2008 17:28 Comments || Top||

#19  Terrorist Facilitators also works...
Posted by: john frum || 06/11/2008 18:22 Comments || Top||

#20  WAFF.com [My TItle]> TRIBALS SHOOT DOWN US-CONTROLLED HELO GUNSHIP, KIDNAP 6 NATO SOLDIERS, AND KILL 40 FRONTIER CORPS AND SECURITY FORCES IN RETALIATION FOR KILLING OF PAKI ARMY TROOPS BY NATO AIRSTRIKE.

Gaawd, another long one.

Anyhoo, looks the locals are angry and have struck back, wid Paki Govt proclaiming that the killing of Paki Army troops via said NATO airstrike HAS DE FACTO JEOPARDIZED PAKI COOPERATION WID US-NATO???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/11/2008 19:48 Comments || Top||

#21  Very curious - essentially complete confirmation and description of facts, without elaboration, by US, and lots of adverbs and adjectives in Pakistani description.

Tells me we did exactly what we intended, and the other side is caught, confronted and confused.

Let's hope there's no response by US/NATO to Pak. army's series of demands for consultation, remedial actions, enhanced cooperation and so forth. Let them tell us where they are, and we'll tell them to stop moving troops across the border or else.
Posted by: Harcourt Jush7795 || 06/11/2008 22:03 Comments || Top||

#22  From AP:
American officials defended the air attack, saying the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan was retaliating after its troops came under fire about 200 yards inside Afghan territory. The coalition said it had informed Pakistan's army the troops were being attacked from a wooded area near the Pakistani border checkpoint at Gorparai — where the Pakistani troops were killed.

The implication of that account appeared to be that the Pakistani troops were near the insurgents who were attacking coalition forces inside Afghanistan. Buttressing that view, the Taliban said eight of their fighters also died.


Sounds like an old Paki border guards tradition, providing covering fire for the jihad.
Posted by: ed || 06/11/2008 22:27 Comments || Top||

#23  My bet is that the louder they bitch, the bigger we scored.
Posted by: tu3031 || 06/11/2008 22:59 Comments || Top||


Suspected U.S. missile fired in NW Pakistan
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 there had been a clash in the area but on the Afghan side of the border, where Afghan forces had been battling militants. Neither U.S. nor Pakistani authorities usually confirm U.S. missile attacks on Pakistani territory, which would be an infringement of Pakistani sovereignty.
Could have been a Ruritanian missile. Did the tail fins have the characteristic lavendar ostrich feather on a gold lamé circular emblem?
Posted by: Fred || 06/11/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [290 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

#1  Hint: The suspected US missile may. Just may. Have killed somebody in desperate need of a killin'.
Posted by: Seafarious || 06/11/2008 1:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Tell ya what Pakis - you keep those islamist assholes on YOUR side of the border (or dont allow them back once they leave) and we won't be needing to chase them into your uncontrolled terriroty there and kill them.
Posted by: OldSpook || 06/11/2008 1:45 Comments || Top||

#3  It might of been a UFO?
Posted by: Blinky Elmaitch9489 || 06/11/2008 1:58 Comments || Top||

#4  A pilotless U.S. drone?

No such thing. The pilot is just somewhere else.
Posted by: Intrinsicpilot || 06/11/2008 2:07 Comments || Top||

#5  Musta been some kind of work accident.
Posted by: gorb || 06/11/2008 2:18 Comments || Top||

#6  Just another blessing from heaven. Keep 'em coming.
Posted by: Richard of Oregon || 06/11/2008 3:09 Comments || Top||

#7  I think they should utilize that airborne tesla coil which successfully struck 3 targets last week...spread the rumor that the gods of the decendents of Macedonia are upset.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/11/2008 11:49 Comments || Top||

#8  BAAL hasn't had his usual amount of blood sacrifices from the Pashtuns yet this year, and is on the prowl. All children and goats should be locked up immediately, and allowed out only between the hours of noon and 12:14PM.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 06/11/2008 12:41 Comments || Top||

#9  Obviously NAZI UFOs operating from their secret bases in Antarctica.
Posted by: borgboy || 06/11/2008 13:56 Comments || Top||

#10  Suspected U.S. missile fired in NW Pakistan

Naw!

Any idea who fired it? No?

Good.
Posted by: mojo || 06/11/2008 14:16 Comments || Top||


Three killed in Kurram attack
Three people were killed in the Balyameen area of the Lower Kurram Agency on Monday when unidentified men opened fire on a vehicle, political authorities said. The vehicle was travelling to Balyameen from Anzari when gunmen opened fire, killing Sajid Hussain and driver Ahmed Gul at the scene. Another unidentified man died soon after. Political authorities have registered a case and begun an investigation. However, local sources said the attack was a result of a tribal feud.
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Bomb blast in Miranshah injures two
Two people were critically injured on Tuesday after a remote-controlled bomb exploded in a village five kilometres from Miranshah city in North Wazoo. The bomb blast occurred around 3pm. The injured were rushed to the Miranshah Headquarters Hospital, where one of the victims named Sher Ayub was said to be in a critical condition.
Posted by: Fred || 06/11/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [280 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Blast damages Internet café
A bomb blast damaged an internet cafe in the Phandu police station limits on Monday, police officials have said. Officials said unidentified militants blew up the cafe in the Malik Sarwar Plaza at around 11:30pm. The blast damaged the café slightly and no causalities were reported. This is the first incident of its kind in which an internet cafe had been blown up in the provincial metropolis, after an accident on April 3 in which suspected militants blew up four CD shops in the limits of the Badhaber police station. CD shops and internet cafes across the NWFP have been targeted or forced to close during the ongoing wave of militancy.
Posted by: Fred || 06/11/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [266 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


No CIA base in FATA: Musharraf spokesman
RAWALPINDI: Presidential spokesman Rashid Qureshi on Tuesday, terming some of the news reports as baseless and concocted, said that no permission was granted for setting up a CIA base inside FATA for missile strikes by drones on militants.

Talking to reporters, Rashid Qureshi said that a recent book of Ahmed Rashid reveals that President Pervez Musharraf allowed a secret CIA base inside FATA in January this year to plan missile strikes by drones in militants. He categorically said that these were unsubstantiated rumours, stressing that President Musharraf never allowed a secret CIA base inside FATA.
"Lies, all lies!"
The author wrote in the book that CIA Director General Micheal Hayden visited Islamabad and discussed ways with President Musharraf to set up a secret base in FATA for operation there and later he (Musharraf) agreed to grant permission for it.

UAVs hover across Waziristan: There have been flights of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles over different areas of North Waziristan. These areas include Danda, Miranshah, Razmak and their adjoining areas. These UAVs made close to the ground flights in the above areas, sources said. A wave of fear gripped the areas after the said flights.
Posted by: Steve || 06/11/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [288 views] Top|| File under:


Iraq
500 insurgents surrendered their weapons - Must be a typo: Harry Reid
The U.S. military says more than 500 insurgents in central Iraq have surrendered their weapons and joined the reconciliation process.
I thought only the Iraqi Army surrendered weapons, this has to be a typo: Harry Reid.
A statement Wednesday reports the surrender began about three weeks ago in the Balad region, northwest of Baghdad. A U.S. commander in the region, Lieutenant Colonel Bob McCarthy, called this a key step in re-integrating the former insurgents into their communities.
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 06/11/2008 15:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [400 views] Top|| File under:

#1  War's further lost.
Posted by: DK70 the scantily clad || 06/11/2008 20:14 Comments || Top||

#2  they have us right where they wanted us: burdened down with the logistics of what to do with all the surrendered weapons. Damn!
Posted by: Frank G || 06/11/2008 21:07 Comments || Top||

#3  Damn Logistics!

500 insurgents surrendered their weapons

Think of all the Pro'zac, Ex'cedrin, Toilet Paper and suicide watches.. And that's just for the Journalists!
Posted by: Gullible Traveler || 06/11/2008 22:12 Comments || Top||


Haji and Muji move to the Burbs
Hi Boss, this is Haji. I finally got my car back from Farouks Auto-Body and VBIED Shop. I think he did a great job. Muji thinks it's too Farouked up.

Anyway, Muji and I decided to move to my Uncle Naji's in the Burbs. We need to get away from all the car vandalism in the city. Of course, Muji would not move without bringing his goat.

At first this presented a problem because the complementary 155MM shells Farouk installed in the back seat left no room for Muji's goat. We solved this problem by donating the shells to the local Al-Kaboomie Home for Retired Suicide Bombers. They are giong to use them for anvils in their vocational training sheet metal shop.

Well, we proceeded to Uncle Naji's. He has made us most welcome, but refuses to let Muji bring his goat into the house. We decided to leave the goat in the car last night.

Wouldn't you know it when we got up this morning some pranksters had hidden my car in the bushes. We found the car OK, but can't find Muji's goat. We can hear if faintly calling but we can't find it.

We'll be late for work but Uncle Naji is loaning us his Mercedes. Do you know of a place where we can get it detailed. That's the least we can do to repay him for his hospitality.

Insha'Allan

Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 06/11/2008 13:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [304 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Oh my Gawd.. those gouche Ameriki!

Wot absoutely Rude Fellows!

Now our poor poor SplodyDoper hast to walk to work!

boo whoose!
Posted by: Mujis Mom || 06/11/2008 16:15 Comments || Top||

#2  I have to admit, the Muji and Haji tales make me feel as warm and cuddly as the Nuggets from the Bangladeshi/Pakistani press. Another nice one, GolfBravo USMC!
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/11/2008 19:01 Comments || Top||


2 civilians killed by gunmen in Mosul
(VOI) – Two civilians were killed by unknown gunmen in eastern Mosul city, said a source from Ninewa police on Tuesday. "Unknown gunmen, driving a modern vehicle, opened fire on two civilians in al-Dargezliya neighborhood, eastern Mosul," the source told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq - (VOI) on condition of anonymity. "The two victims died instantaneously," he said. "One of them is a civil servant at Ninewa health directorate, while the other is a labor," he explained. "The reasons as to why the two persons were targeted by gunmen is yet unknown," he said. The source did not mention further details, but said that the two corpses were admitted to the city's morgue.
Posted by: Fred || 06/11/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [262 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency


Security forces arrest 30 wanted suspects, seize weapons in Baghdad
(VOI) - Iraqi security forces on Tuesday arrested 30 wanted suspects and defused a number of roadside bombs over the past 24 hours, Baghdad's security operations said. “Security Forces captured nine wanted persons, defused four roadside bombs and seized C4 used in explosives along with quantities of weapons and ammunitions in the districts of Kadhimiya, Mansour, and western al-Rashid,” said a statement issued by Baghdad's security plan and received by Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq - (VOI).

In Baghdad's eastern side, Rusafa, “security forces arrested eleven wanted persons and six suspects and seized two vehicles carrying copper along with weapons, as well as defusing eight roadside bombs in the districts of Adhamiya, Sadr City and Baghdad al-Jadida (New Baghdad),” the statement noted.

In Baghdad suburbs, "security forces captured four wanted men in the districts of al-Nahrawan, Abu Ghraib, and Mahmoudiya”. The announcement pointed out “the operations left one officer killed and six ranks wounded,” without adding further details about the operations.
Posted by: Fred || 06/11/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [282 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

#1  The Iraqi security forces been busy. May the officer who was killed find himself speedily in Paradise, and the six wounded ranks speedily recover. And may their families be comforted by the pride of their nation.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/11/2008 11:30 Comments || Top||


Salman Bek mayor escapes assassination attempt in Kirkuk
(VOI) - The mayor of Salman Bek district survived an assassination attempt on the road that leads to the district, during which one of his bodyguards was injured, the mayor of Tuz Khormato said on Tuesday. “A bicycle bomb, left on the road that inks Tuz Khormato to Salman Bek, went off targeting the vehicle of Mayor Rashied Ali, wounding one of his bodyguards,” Mohamed Rashied told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI). He did not add further details. Salman Bek is located 10 km south of Tuz Khormato, which lies 85 km southwest of Kirkuk.
Posted by: Fred || 06/11/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [409 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency


U.S. army discovers 4 bodies in Ninewa
(VOI) - The U.S. army on Tuesday discovered four Iraq security elements that were kidnapped earlier, a military source said. “Four kidnapped person were found dead in Ninewa province,” said a U.S. army statement received by Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq - (VOI).

The announcement noted “four persons had been kidnapped in Talzala and Mahalabiya villages in Ninewa.” It identified two of them as policemen and the other two as fresh recruits. The announcement did not provide further details about the kidnapping operation. The Iraqi government launched a large-scale security operations in Ninewa on May 3 to crack down on gunmen and violence ravaging the third largest Iraqi city and its major northern city.
Posted by: Fred || 06/11/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [394 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

#1  The Marines did it!
Posted by: Jack Murtha || 06/11/2008 20:53 Comments || Top||


Army forces arrest al-Qaeda-linked group commander in Kirkuk
(VOI) - Iraqi army forces on Tuesday arrested an al-Qaeda-linked group commander in Kirkuk, a military source said. “Iraqi army 3rd battalion conducted a raid-and-search operation in al-Riadh district, 60 km south-west of Kirkuk, capturing a commander of the self-proclaimed Iraq’s Islamic state,” a military source, who requested anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq - (VOI). “Army forces seized a number of publications and Cd’s belonging to the group,” the source added without elaborating on the details. The elf-proclaimed Iraq’s Islamic state is a mantra for seven groups, in which al-Qaeda network in Iraq is the major one, staging attacks in central and west Iraq.
Posted by: Fred || 06/11/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [266 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Iraq


55 wanted men, 10 suspects arrested in Thi-Qar
(VOI) - Police forces detained 55 wanted men and 10 suspected gunmen during security operations launched throughout Thi-Qar, the media spokesman for the Thi-Qar police said.

"Policemen waged today a crackdown operations throughout the southern province, where they arrested 43 wanted men in central Nassiriya," Major Nasser al-Majedi told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq - (VOI). "They also captured ten suspected armed men and eight wanted men in Souk al-Sheyoukh in southern Thi-Qar, in addition to four wanted men in al-Gabayesh district in the eastern section of the province," he added. "Two missiles were also found," the officer noted. Nassiriya, the capital of Thi-Qar, is located 380 km south of Baghdad.
Posted by: Fred || 06/11/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [272 views] Top|| File under: Mahdi Army


4 wounded in attack on provincial council member
(VOI) – Four security guards were wounded when an explosive charge went off near a motorcade carrying a provincial council member in Thi-Qar province, a police source said on Tuesday.

"An improvised explosive device planted on the road leading to al-Hajjam area in southern Souk al-Shoyoukh area detonated while a motorcade carrying Abdel Ali Rissan, a provincial council member, was passing the location," Major Nasser al-Majidi told Aswat al-Iraq-Voices of Iraq- (VOI). "The explosion wounded four of his security personnel and caused severe damage to one of the vehicles of the motorcade," al-Majidi noted, adding that police forces sealed off the area immediately after the blast and set up a committee to investigate the attack.
Posted by: Fred || 06/11/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [275 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency


Six soldiers arrested in Karbala
(VOI)- Six Iraqi soldiers were arrested on Tuesday over the charge of collaborating with kidnappers in the Shiite sacred city of Karbala, police chief said. “Security forces, today, arrested six Iraqi soldiers seemingly collaborated with an armed group attempting to kidnap a family near al-Hussein General Hospital in central Karbala,” Major General Raed Shawkat told Aswat al-Iraq- Voices of Iraq- (VOI). “The soldiers were close to the attempted kidnapping location but they did not respond the help a family of three while going out of a hospital,” he explained.
Posted by: Fred || 06/11/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [281 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency


Head of Saddam tribe blown up by car bomb
AWJA: The head of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein's Al Bunwer tribe was killed by a car bomb planted in the town of Awja, 150 kilometres north of Baghdad, on Tuesday, police said. Sheikh Ali al-Neda died when a bomb planted in his car exploded as he was driving along a highway after leaving his home.

The bomb appears to have been fixed underneath Neda's car, said Major Hassan Emhimid, a police officer in the nearby town of Tikrit. "Sheikh Neda was the victim of assassination. When he left his house there was a bomb in his car that killed him and a driver and wounded two of his guards," said Major Ahmed Subhi, head of a counter-terrorism unit in Salahuddin province.
"Revenge is a dish best served cold"
It was Neda, a member of Iraq's minority Sunni Arab sect, who took Saddam's body for burial after the Iraqi leader was executed in December 2006 after the Iraqi High Tribunal crimes against humanity. Gunmen shot dead Neda's brother Mahmoud in 2006.

Salahuddin Governor Hamad al-Qaisi imposed an indefinite curfew in Awja following the incident, while police sealed off the town and searched for the perpetrators of the attack. "We condemn this assassination. We will pursue anyone who tries to undermine security and stability," Qaisi told Reuters, adding "We will investigate until we capture the criminals." Neda's aides have said he had no political affiliation.

Restraint: On the first anniversary of Saddam's hanging Neda, 65, urged Iraqis to forget the past and work for unity, saying "We have to build a future without revenge." Saddam's cousin Shabeeb al-Majid, was in no mood for reconciliation after hearing of Neda’s death. "We are not accusing anyone at the moment. But we will get revenge and kill 40 people in retaliation for the four (bomb victims)," said Majid, who was among a group of people offering condolences to Neda's relatives at the tribal head’s home.

Neda's armed guards held up photographs of him and Saddam. Neda was buried at the Old Awja graveyard beside the graves one of his sons and his brother. Hundreds of tribal leaders attended the burial. "Saddam's execution was a tragedy for us and the killing of the sheikh was a tragedy as well," said Neda's cousin, Talal al-Nasiri.

United States and Iraqi officials have highlighted an improvement in security in Iraq that has led to sharp drops in violence five years after the US-led invasion to topple Saddam. But US commanders have said that the gains are fragile and reversible.
Posted by: Steve || 06/11/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [283 views] Top|| File under:


AQI Leaders, Others, Captured In Baghdad
BAGHDAD – Coalition forces captured three wanted men and two of their associates in Baghdad Monday. Using information from an operation May 27, Coalition forces captured two wanted men, one of whom is allegedly a leader in an al-Qaeda in Iraq group. The two men, captured with two associates, allegedly belong to an AQI group with roots in Anbar province, but currently operating in the northern belt around Baghdad. The men are suspected to have ties with AQI leaders in the capital.

Also in Baghdad, Coalition forces captured an alleged AQI leader with long-standing ties to various terrorist networks, including AQI’s bombing network and other terrorist leaders. During the operation, a man ignored several warnings and approached the security perimeter. After repeated warnings to halt his advance, including warning shots, Coalition forces perceived a hostile threat and engaged the man, killing him.
So did they capture the leader dead (not necessarily a bad thing) or did they kill his guard in the process of capturing the leader?
“The Iraqi people have grown weary of terrorists and criminals,” said Lt. Patrick Evans, MNF-I spokesperson. “They have increasingly begun to partner with Iraqi and Coalition forces to capture and disrupt terrorist and criminal networks.”
Posted by: Menhadden Snogum6713 || 06/11/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [274 views] Top|| File under:

#1  “The Iraqi people have grown weary of terrorists and criminals,” said Lt. Patrick Evans, MNF-I spokesperson. “They have increasingly begun to partner with Iraqi and Coalition forces to capture and disrupt terrorist and criminal networks.”
In the final analysis, the war in Iraq has been an astounding success. Few coalition fighters have been killed, with the exception of bombs set on lines of recruits of Iraqi forces. On the other hand, the insurgency has little to show for tons of explosives except the deaths of countless Iraqi civilians. When assessing the results of a war, one has to evaluate the degree of success of both sides, and the enemy of the coalition has won no battles, lost high percentages of fighters and equipment, and has been reduced to a 'criminal network', increasingly unwelcomed by the Iraqis. The coalition, on the other hand have used the seeking and killing of insurgents as training while they build an experienced force for Iraq, and a stable government.
The fat lady is about ready to sing.
Posted by: wxjames || 06/11/2008 10:01 Comments || Top||

#2  In the final analysis, the war in Iraq has been an astounding success.

In the final analysis the Army came up with the tactics necessary to prevail on the battlefield. However strategic victory in the war continues to elude the forces of freedom and will depend to a large extent on the outcome of this fall's election. Unless freedom finds an articulate leader prepared to make the case for total victory, it will remain elusive.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 06/11/2008 10:54 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Two Palestinians killed in Rafah underground tunnel system
A Paleostinian man was killed on Monday evening when an underground tunnel collapsed in the city of Rafah, underneath the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. Paleostinian medical sources identified the victim as 20-year-old Fadi Khalifa. His body was taken to Abu Yousif An-Najjar Hospital in Rafah. Earlier on Monday, Paleostinian sources said that 27-year-old Majdi Khdair was killed in a similar tunnel collapse in the Salam neighborhood of Rafah.
Posted by: Fred || 06/11/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [279 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  When it comes to digging, God gave more brains to the cute creatures in the picture than Allah gave to the Paleos.
Posted by: Ptah || 06/11/2008 8:54 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Thai terrorists kill cop, burn body in front of wife
Bloodthirsty animals Suspected separatist rebels in Thailand have shot dead a senior police officer in the country's Muslim-majority south and burned his body in front of his wife. A group of terrorists militants followed Somkid Taptimsri, a 44-year-old deputy investigator in Yala province, to his father-in-law's house and shot him last night, local police said. They then doused his body and his car with petrol and set him on fire as his wife tried to call for help, police said.

And:

A roadside bomb in Yarang district went off Tuesday, injuring two soldiers while carryout out foot patrol. Police said the bomb was set off manually through electrical wire linked to a detonator about 100 metres away from where the bomb was placed.
Posted by: ryuge || 06/11/2008 00:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [289 views] Top|| File under:

#1  What cracks me up (so to speak) is that this is horrible, YET this is lost in the background noise of the bloody borders of islam; this doesn't make the international news, bar the news agencies, and it doesn't even get much comments here; it's so... routinely, sadly, it would certainly warrant the meatgrinder graphic. Just an another day worth of thai jihadism.
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 06/11/2008 7:15 Comments || Top||

#2  The thing that is even more depressing than the fact that atrocities really are routine, is the abject refusal to acknowledge (and general ignorance of) the fact that this is part of the worldwide war in which we are participating. You are so right on both counts, A5089. I like my comforting illusions as much as the next guy, but you'd think that 9-11 would have been enough of a wake-up call for more smart and influential people than it seems to have been. I just don't get it.
Posted by: ryuge || 06/11/2008 15:48 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Hizbullah chief assassinated after warning Syria's Assad of coup plot
Snip, duplicate.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 06/11/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [277 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Is it just me or does "Bushra" sound like some kind of 1960's Japanese horror movie monster.

Godzilla vs. Bushra

The Return of Bushra
Posted by: crosspatch || 06/11/2008 1:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Assad wouldn't have to worry about the MB or Hizbies if he didn't play the terror card. Frankensteins murder their makers.
Posted by: McZoid || 06/11/2008 5:20 Comments || Top||

#3  McZ

I'm going to have to go ahead and disagree with you on that.

Every Arab ruler has to worry about assasination by various enemies no matter how they deal with the terrorism issue.

The King of Jordan, the King of SArabia, the Pres of Egypt, all of them deal with terrorism somewhat differently and all have extensive multilayered security services, including special agents who are in charge of making sure other special agents are in line.
Posted by: mhw || 06/11/2008 12:58 Comments || Top||

#4  DUPE?? couldn't find it, so I'll use this one. >:
Posted by: Mr. Magoo || 06/11/2008 16:21 Comments || Top||



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