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Yemen sends thousands of troops to fight Qaeda
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 01/06/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [476 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "You'll forgive me if I take a minute to get accustomed to you."
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/06/2010 6:46 Comments || Top||

#2  "Golf Bravo, paging Golf Bravo to the white courtesy phone . . . ."

Halter-d states.

She still has the hat.

D.G.S.

The sultry one, with the fire in her eyes.
Posted by: Mike || 01/06/2010 11:19 Comments || Top||

#3  Gene Tierney aka Laura

"I dreamed I filmed Laura without my Maidenform Bra"


Invasion of the Face Snatchers

Nice Cylinder Heads

Do blonde's have more fun?

Pretty Officer 3rd Class

Daily Gam Shot X 2

Some people think Yank was a Pron Magazine

Nightie Night


Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 01/06/2010 11:52 Comments || Top||

#4  ... just a face on a passing train...
Posted by: Fred || 01/06/2010 15:52 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Feel Good Story: Taliban Workplace Accident
H/T Www.weaselzippers.net
Kabul, Afghanistan: Fourteen suspected terrorists died Tuesday night when the bus they rigged with explosives blew up prematurely, police said.
Allah disapproved.
They been smote.
Those CIA-approved wiring diagrams are great!
The explosion occurred as the suspects were riding the bus in the province of Kunduz, said police chief Abdul Raziq Yaqobi. Yaqobi said the suspects wanted to attack Afghan police or foreign soldiers.
Posted by: Sherry || 01/06/2010 11:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [361 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The real tragedy: There were some empty seats.
Posted by: Atomic Conspiracy || 01/06/2010 14:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Taliwhacker 1: "Oh, allan the gracious. Oh, allen the powerful. Take this weapon we have made and eliminate the infidels".

Boom!!!!
Posted by: anymouse || 01/06/2010 15:57 Comments || Top||

#3  The wheels on the bus went all around.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 01/06/2010 16:01 Comments || Top||

#4  Ahh... Haliburton R&D at it again....successful test I'd say
Posted by: Warthog || 01/06/2010 16:40 Comments || Top||

#5  That does feel good for a change.
Posted by: Phith Dingle6292 || 01/06/2010 17:24 Comments || Top||

#6 

Quick! Someone clean up the street... Send for the clean-up crew.
Posted by: BigEd || 01/06/2010 17:26 Comments || Top||

#7  Is there a group rate on virgins?
Posted by: ed || 01/06/2010 19:05 Comments || Top||

#8  I suppose all 14 volunteered to get blown to smithereens when they rammed the bus into whatever. Seems to be a bit overindulgent. I don't think more than one of them will get their doe-eyed virgins. They can fight about it in hell, I guess.
Posted by: gorb || 01/06/2010 22:03 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Puntland MP assassinated in Somalia
[Iran Press TV Latest] A lawmaker serving in the local parliament of Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland has been assassinated.

On Tuesday, Puntland MP Abdullahi Ali was walking outside a mosque in the port city of Bossasso when a man armed with a pistol approached and shot him several times, eyewitnesses said.

Police arrived on the scene as the man was fleeing, and according to some residents, the police went in pursuit of the assassin and there was an exchange of gunfire, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Abdullahi was the second Puntland MP killed in the past two months.

On November 11, Puntland MP Ibrahim Elmi Warsam was gunned down in Garowe, the administrative capital of Puntland.

On the same day, the chief justice of the Puntland high court, Sheikh Mohamed Abdi Aware, was assassinated in Bossasso.

On Monday, January 4, Puntland security forces thwarted an attempt to set off a bomb at Bossasso's main port.

Despite the recent upsurge in violence, Puntland, which declared itself an autonomous part of Somalia in 1998, has enjoyed relative peace compared to other regions of Somalia.
Posted by: Fred || 01/06/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [326 views] Top|| File under: Islamic Courts


Somali pirates release Pakistani vessel
[Iran Press TV Latest] Somali pirates have released a Pakistani fishing vessel after using it to hijack a UK-owned car carrier in the Indian Ocean.

The maritime watchdog Seafarers Assistance Programme said on Tuesday that the vessel and its 29-person crew were released on January 2 about 900 nautical miles north of the Seychelles, AFP reported.

The fishing vessel was seized on December 6.

On January 2, the pirates used it as a "mother ship" to capture the more valuable UK-flagged car carrier.

The UK-flagged ship and its crew of 25 were transporting 2,300 vehicles produced by South Korean manufacturers Hyundai and Kia.
Posted by: Fred || 01/06/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [322 views] Top|| File under: Pirates


Africa North
Algerian police dismantle drug trafficking network
[Maghrebia] Algiers police dismantled an important drug-trafficking network last week, El Moudjahid quoted police officials as saying on Monday (January 4th). Six alleged members of the network were arrested and a vehicle loaded with 100kg of cannabis was seized during the operation.
Posted by: Fred || 01/06/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [330 views] Top|| File under:


Arabia
US forges alliance with Saddam officers to fight Yemen al-Qaeda
Posted by: Phith Dingle6292 || 01/06/2010 17:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [343 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sorta like how the French used ex-Wehrmacht soldiers to try and hold Indochina after the war, but let's hope our foray turns out better.
Posted by: Steve White || 01/06/2010 19:58 Comments || Top||

#2  ION RENSE > TIMES ONLINE.UK > [UN World Bank Pert]BANKRUPT AND FEEBLE YEMEN CAN SURVIVE ONLY YEAR, afore likely experiencing TOTE ECON COLLAPSE??? Yemen's econ unemployed, other may choose to go to war to make a buck = SURVIVE [play into the hands of AQAP, other Militant Groups].

IOW, ARTIC SUB-READ > YEMEN NEEDS A POTUS BAMMER = USGOVT BAILOUT!

* Also, WMF > DO NOT DOUBT: IMPERIALIST US WILL USE ITS AL QAEDA PROXY TO BUILD MILITARY BASES IN YEMEN TO CONTROL THE MIDDLE EAST, MUSLIM HOLY LAND OF SUADI ARABIA, RED SEA AND SUEZ CANAL, AFRICA, AND CHINA'S TRADE-OIL ROUTES. CHINA MUST DEV EFFECTIVE RESPONSE.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/06/2010 20:29 Comments || Top||

#3  FT.COM > BAILOUT PLAN SPLITS KUWAIT, + US WARNED OVER MILITARY AID TO YEMEN, espec by own US + [anti-Militants]Yemeni Govt.Officials.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/06/2010 20:36 Comments || Top||

#4  I've long felt the US should create some sort of Foreign Legion. You don't have to grant citizenship to folks in the legion. Pack it full of Arabs. Ex Bath'ists or whomever has been cleared. They could do Blackwater type jobs.

A long time ago the Reagan Administration had an agreement with Argentina to have Argie troops in Central America doing some of the dirty work America was unwilling to get involved in personally. The Falklands War killed the agreement but it was a good idea. Sort of like Koreans fighting in Vietnam.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 01/06/2010 20:54 Comments || Top||


Former bin Laden bodyguard is among ex-guerrillas in Yemen
When he served in the Afghan mountains as Osama bin Laden's bodyguard, Nasser al-Bahri said, he was known as "The Killer." Today, Bahri is a business consultant in Yemen who favors Western-style pinstriped shirts, crisp slacks and black loafers. But his ideas are still radical: Ask him whether jihadists should kill Americans on U.S. soil and he replies without hesitation, "America is a legitimate target."

The arc of Bahri's life helps to explain why Yemen was an attractive place for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the 23-year-old Nigerian who allegedly tried to bomb a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day, to be indoctrinated into the Islamist world of jihad. Thousands like Bahri, who have returned from wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and other Muslim lands, are disengaged from the fight against the West, yet express sympathy for al-Qaeda's violent core philosophies.
Posted by: ryuge || 01/06/2010 01:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [498 views] Top|| File under:

#1  There are influential Seculars in Yemen who would like to have a go at the Islamists. All they are lacking is: US Presidential support for Seculars in Muslim countries.

I am reminded of a portrait of Egyptian President Mubarek's Cabinet, with their wives, during his first term. All women wore Western dress, with permed hair and makeup. A recent similar photo revealed wives in total Islamic garb. Islamofascists will not be defeated until Seculars are supported in the Muslim tyrannies. Forseeability: zero.
Posted by: Pearl Snitle9579 || 01/06/2010 17:02 Comments || Top||

#2  TOPIX > PENTAGON: ONE IN FIVE RELEASED GITMO DETAINEES REJOINS THE JIHAD. USDOD tells POTUS Bammer.

CHIEF WIGGUM > THATS ONE HELLUVA FINE
"OOOOOPPPSIES" THERE, LOU!
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/06/2010 23:04 Comments || Top||


Saudi attack rages in Yemen, civilians 'die'
Houthi fighters in Yemen said Tuesday Saudi warplanes had launched several airstrikes on residential areas in northern parts of the country, killing at least 2 civilians and leaving several others wounded.

According to a statement released by the Houthi leader's office, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, more than 410 missiles were launched overnight into civilian areas.

The warplanes targeted a market in northern Sa'ada province and destroyed several shops and residential homes in Al-Talah.

Several air raids were launched into al-Maran region in Sa'ada, while a number of villages in Amran province were targeted.

The fighters, however, said they repelled several attacks by Saudi forces on Jebel al-Ramih early Tuesday morning.

They said Saudi forces had withdrawn from the area by noon. They also claimed they had exploded a hummer vehicle belonging to the Saudi military.

Saudi Arabia joined the Yemeni government's campaign against the Houthi fighters in November 2009. The fighters accuse Riyadh of targeting civilian areas far from the Saudi-Yemeni border.

The attacks have so far killed scores of civilians and displaced thousands of others.

The Yemeni government claims the fighters are seeking to revive an imamate that was toppled in 1962. The fighters, however, say they demand an end to government's social, economic and political "discrimination" against Shias as well as Saudi-backed attempts to spread Wahabism -- a sect that preaches controversial and violent actions -- in the northern areas.

According to the Houthis, alongside the Saudi attacks on Tuesday, Yemeni warplanes launched at least 18 air strikes on populated areas of Al-Swf, Al-Salam, Al-Shanan and Damaj in the beleaguered north.

Shia fighters said they inflicted heavy losses on Yemeni forces as they were planning to attack Harf Sufyan in Amran province. They also claimed they had exploded five tanks and left several Yemeni forces killed in the region.

They said joint Saudi-Yemeni aerial and ground attacks continue late Tuesday.
Posted by: Fred || 01/06/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [504 views] Top|| File under:

#1  410 missiles only hit 2 people.
Is it possible to shoot that badly?
Posted by: 3dc || 01/06/2010 0:10 Comments || Top||

#2  It's like how they throw grenades ...
Posted by: Steve White || 01/06/2010 0:40 Comments || Top||

#3  And shoot their guns .

And how often their opinions are correct and well founded
Posted by: Oscar || 01/06/2010 3:20 Comments || Top||

#4  I'm waiting for the baby duck count.
Posted by: Mizzou Mafia || 01/06/2010 3:57 Comments || Top||

#5  Houtis need green helmets. Lotsa of green helmets.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/06/2010 9:07 Comments || Top||

#6  Holding my breath for leftists protesting against the Saudis. Turning red... turning blue... turning black... Whew I nearly die. What? no leftists? Is it because it is too cold outside?
Posted by: JFM || 01/06/2010 11:27 Comments || Top||

#7  410 missiles? Not 411?
Amazing how quickly and how accurate their stats are.
Sounds like another 3am wedding party in the desert, to me.

A civilian is a terrorist without a rifle.
Posted by: Mike Hunt || 01/06/2010 12:28 Comments || Top||

#8  Civilians `die' or is it 'civilians' die, or is it 'civilians die'?
Posted by: Perfesser || 01/06/2010 16:13 Comments || Top||

#9  Amazing how quickly and how accurate their stats are.

I assumed they counted all the missiles checked out of inventory as shot at the enemy, Mike Hunt. Of course, I'm just guessing.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/06/2010 23:29 Comments || Top||


Yemen sends thousands of troops to fight Qaeda
[Al Arabiya Latest] Yemen has sent thousands of security forces to take part in a campaign against al-Qaeda in three provinces, and authorities have detained five suspected fighters from the group, a security source said on Tuesday. "The campaign is continuing in the capital and in the provinces of Shabwa and Maarib," the source told Reuters, speaking on customary condition of anonymity. The manhunt is also going on in the southern province of Abyan.
Zindani's neither in jug nor dead. They're not really serious.
" The campaign is continuing in the capital and in the provinces of Shabwa and Maarib "
Security source
Meanwhile, the United States embassy in Yemen reopened on Tuesday, an embassy official said, a day after Yemeni forces killed two al-Qaeda militants they said were behind a threat that had forced U.S. and European missions to close.

"We are reopened," a U.S. embassy official said. The embassy had closed on Sunday in response to what it said were al-Qaeda threats and came as concern grew about stability in the poorest Arab country.

The British and French embassies resumed operations but remained closed to the public, diplomats at those embassies said.
Posted by: Fred || 01/06/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [848 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia

#1  TOPIX > YEMEN: GOVT. NEEDS US AID, NOT TROOPS, TO FIGHT AL QAEDA MILITANTS.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/06/2010 23:06 Comments || Top||


Europe
Turkey arrests 20 Kurds for suspected links to PKK
[Iran Press TV Latest] The Turkish police have detained 20 people over suspected connections with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in simultaneous operations across four provinces.

According to the Anatolia news agency, anti-terror police rounded up the suspects in dawn raids on 22 locations in the southern provinces of Mersin, Gaziantep, and Hatay and the eastern province of Adiyaman. They were all brought to Gaziantep to be interrogated.

The detentions came in parallel with an operation in December in which 31 people were arrested in 11 provinces over links to the PKK and its off-shoots in urban centers.

Several mayors from the recently banned Democratic Society Party (DTP) were among those taken into custody. Over 100 people have been charged so far in the latest investigation into the PKK's activities.

The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) is listed as a terrorist organization by many members of the international community, including Turkey, Iran, the United States, and European Union member states.

Over 40,000 people have lost their lives since the PKK launched an armed campaign against Ankara in 1984, as part of a quest to establish an independent Kurdish state in southeastern Turkey.
Posted by: Fred || 01/06/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [343 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  WAFF > [FT.com]US LOSING TURKEY AS A STRATEGIC ALLY.

ARTIC > among other Points as per Turkey, indics that Brazil, South AFrica, Turkey, + India are aggressively modernizing democracies whom still retain DEEP SUSPICIONS OF THE "WHITE, RIC, WESTERN WORLD".

8 SAME > LE MONDE: THIRD WORLD WAR MAY START FROM TURKEY. Turkey is seeking strategic andor geopol rapprochement wid both PROTO-NUCLEAR ISLAMIST IRAN, + well as ALREADY NUCWEAPS STATE RUSSIA WID ITS RISING MUSLIM POPULATION, + is likely to procure potent Trade-Mil ties wid both [read, ADVANCED WEAPONS, MILTECHS]. TURKISH-LED ISOLATION = CONTAINMENT OF SLOWLY ECON, DEMOGRAPHICALLY WEAKENING NATO, AKA JUDEO-XTIAN EUROPE, ON ITS OWN FUTURE GEOPOL "MINOR" ISTHMUS-ENCLAVE OF EUROPE.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/06/2010 21:10 Comments || Top||

#2  ION, Muslim-majority or Muslim-dominated SCO-CSTO = MUSLIM "Asian Community of Nations" [Nuclearized] will in LT supplant NATO + EU, + geopol reduce the latter to "also-ran" loser status???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/06/2010 21:14 Comments || Top||


Fifth Column
Al-Qaeda target British soldiers returning from Afghanistan
British-based Islamist radicals are targeting Army soldiers - especially snipers - returning from fighting in southern Afghanistan, The Sunday Telegraph has learnt.
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 01/06/2010 17:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [532 views] Top|| File under:

#1  He added: "Sniping is a cold and calculating art. You have to be prepared to kill someone at a long range who may not be posing any direct threat to you. Every sniper who deploys to Helmand will return with several kills, many will be into double figures and this is something which is not lost on al-Qaeda or their sympathisers. Islamists would see targeting snipers as something is "acceptable" because they are killing a soldier who has killed one of their brothers.

Imagine returning home and have to deal with the enemy at your house. Attackers jailed and their whole families need to be exiled.
Posted by: Phith Dingle6292 || 01/06/2010 17:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Wouldn't those British-based Islamist radicals be surprised if they found returning Army soldiers - especially snipers - were targeting them?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 01/06/2010 17:58 Comments || Top||

#3  I remember a rather chilling tale told by a retired FBI agent, whose neighbor was a retired British soldier who had fought in the Burma campaign, one of the most vicious fights in the Pacific War.

The FBI man noted that the vet's front door was ajar, so he went over to see if he was okay. He found the vet sitting in a comfortable chair, looking well, but across from him, sitting in another chair facing him, was a young man who looked awful.

He was an armed robber who had tried to rob the vet, and he was a mess. Hair askew, face covered with tears, sweat and snot, having soiled his pants in terror, but not a mark on him. Paralyzed in fear, he could not get off the chair.

On a coffee table between them sat the robber's loaded handgun. Within easy reach of the robber. The vet was seemingly unarmed.

The FBI agent called the police who had to lift the robber out of the chair, as he could not get up out of his own volition. Later the robber admitted to the police that he had tried to rob him, and intended to plead guilty.

The FBI agent, mystified, but not willing to say so, remarked to the vet, "You're going to have to get that chair cleaned."
Posted by: Anonymoose || 01/06/2010 18:15 Comments || Top||

#4  Enjoyed that short story so much Moose, I read it three times.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/06/2010 19:46 Comments || Top||

#5  ION FT.COM > UN OFFICIAL TELLS USA IT RISKS AFGHAN DEFEAT [Outgoing UN Envoy to KABUL Kai Ede].

"Kai Ede" > Yokay, I'll bite, isn't this the ONE-EYED, DEMON-FIGHTING, WISE OLD JAPANESE WOMAN VILLAGE SHAMAN-ALLY from the "INUYASHA" TV 'Toon???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/06/2010 20:19 Comments || Top||

#6  Al Qaeda is like an alien race that descends on peaceful Britain. Like AvP, sorta.
However, Al Qaeda are picking the wrong crowd to mess with.
Posted by: GirlThursday || 01/06/2010 21:05 Comments || Top||

#7  This is stories I make popcorn for. Sort of like the black gang thinking a group of Army Rangers were skinheads and starting a fight with them in a Tacoma mall.

The muzzie sympathizers are going to get a lesson in life very shortly....
Posted by: 49 Pan || 01/06/2010 22:01 Comments || Top||

#8  I'm confused, 49 Pan. Unlike Army Rangers, snipers engage at a distance, they don't hit people over the hear with a rock. How would that help if a group of idiot bad guys plans to jump one?
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/06/2010 22:12 Comments || Top||

#9  ION NEWS KERALA > [US CRS] US REPORT: DAWOOD "D-COMPANY" SOUTH ASIAN CRIME SYNDICATE [Pakistan, India AO] IN CAHOOTS WID LeT, AL QAEDA.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/06/2010 23:12 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
US State Dept Revokes Pantybomber's Visa - (Just-in-time)
Under the category of looks-like-about-12-days-too-late, the State Department has announced it is revoking the U.S. visa for suspected Nigerian underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.

That will show him and who knows how many others that the Obama administration really means business.

The 23-year-old al-Qaeda-trained terrorist was on a terrorist watch list because he had traveled to Yemen for training. His father also warned U.S. officials
that was State Dept Officials but Hillary isn't taking any blame for this - its all the fault of the intel community
he was dangerous. President Obama admitted Tuesday that U.S. intelligence experts knew much about the man but "failed to connect the dots" causing a "potentially disastrous" situation.

"Intelligence was not fully utilized and not fully leveraged," the Democratic president said sternly. "We have to do better, and we have to do it quickly." Obama said he found the lapses "unacceptable." And he ordered even more reviews.

The president also announced that after consulting with Atty. Gen. Eric Holder, he had decided not to send any more Guantanamo Bay prisoners to Yemen due to the unsettled situation there. But this would not affect his determination to close the prison someday.

The would-be bomber from Nigeria is in jail accused of the blessedly botched bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day that could have killed almost 300 people. The fuse fizzled in his explosive-laden underpants.

Passengers had to hit the young male there many times to put out the fire.

The suspect is no longer talking on the advice of his court-appointed attorney.
Posted by: lord garth || 01/06/2010 08:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [478 views] Top|| File under:

#1  File under "Close the barn door."
Posted by: Fred || 01/06/2010 10:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Morons.
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/06/2010 10:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Don't worry, they'll do better with health care.
Posted by: Mike || 01/06/2010 11:09 Comments || Top||

#4  The president also announced that after consulting with Atty. Gen. Eric Holder, he had decided not to send any more Guantanamo Bay prisoners to Yemen due to the unsettled situation there. But this would not affect his determination to close the prison someday.

Someday, huh? Someday? Like, when the WOT is over? How does it feel, Barry, when reality bites you in the butt?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 01/06/2010 11:57 Comments || Top||

#5  -Whump! Whump!-

Help! I need some water now!

-whump whump whump-

"But sir, you got the fire put out."

-WHUMP! whump whump-

I know, I'm just getting really thirsty.

-whump whump...WHUMP!-
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/06/2010 12:22 Comments || Top||

#6  The worst part of all of this is they threw him into the criminal justice system and now he's all lawyered up.

No intel, no interrogations, no info, no nothing.

That's what is wrong with this administration and their criminal justice approach to the GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR, once a guy goes into the court system we lose any chance of getting him to talk about anything except name rank and serial number.

Putting this guy anywhere except in a chair with a spot light and a rubber hose is a disgrace.

As long as these clowns treat the jihadis as common criminals instead of terrorists, we will never win this battle.

Coming soon to your television set:

"The incredible disappearing city"

and its sequel:

"The incredibly stupid comments made by the leader"
Posted by: Karl Rove || 01/06/2010 14:46 Comments || Top||

#7  Maybe he can cop a plea.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 01/06/2010 17:53 Comments || Top||

#8  VARIOUS NET POSTERS > argue WHY IS POTUS BAMMER MAKING THE USA = TSA, DHS, etc. FEDS SOLELY WHOLLY, WOOLEY, THE BIRD-DIDN'T GET-THE-WORD RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FAILURES IN AMSTERDAM + NIGERIA = OVERSEAS SOVEREIGN COUNTRIES???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/06/2010 20:52 Comments || Top||

#9  We do not know what the Undietallab told the FBI before his lawyer showed up. Nor should we know.

His Yemeni handlers do not know either. But they are led to believe, as are we all, that he is silent.

Someone is watching and listening or they really are as stupid as they appear. Of course, looking stupid is not necessarily a bad thing.

Posted by: Skunky Glins**** || 01/06/2010 21:54 Comments || Top||

#10  Hey - it only took 12 days. The DoJ takes ten times that long.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/06/2010 22:27 Comments || Top||

#11  TOPIX > [satire]PRAVDA: UMAR FAROUK AABDULMUTAB DID IT TO STOP GLOBAL WARMING. Pesky Freedom- and Consumer-Based, etc. Airport + Airliner Aircraft + Passenger, etc. greenhouse gas emissions that will most certainly doom the earth.

versus

SAME > SHOULD GREAT BRITAIN LIQUIDATE ITS MUSLIM VISITORS, and its rising Muslim Population, in the Name of God, Queen, all things British + kidney pies, + entire Free World???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/06/2010 23:01 Comments || Top||


Home Front: WoT
Moussaoui loses U.S. court appeal
Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person convicted in a U.S. court on criminal charges related to the Sep. 11, 2001, attacks, lost a bid on Monday to overturn his guilty plea and his sentence of life in prison.

A U.S. appeals court rejected arguments by Moussaoui, who is serving his sentence at a supermaximum federal security prison in Colorado, that his guilty plea was invalid because the U.S. government failed to turn over classified evidence that could have helped in his defense.

"Moussaoui challenges the validity of his guilty plea and his sentences" on the various counts, the appeals court said in its ruling. "We affirm Moussaoui's convictions and sentences in their entirety."

Moussaoui, a French citizen of Moroccan descent, pleaded guilty in 2005 to taking part in an al-Qaeda conspiracy to crash hijacked planes into U.S. buildings. The conspiracy included the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon.

In 2006, a federal jury in Alexandria, Virginia, sentenced Moussaoui to life in prison, rejecting demands by prosecutors that he get the death penalty.

Moussaoui testified at his trial that he was supposed to hijack a fifth plane and crash it into the White House. He was arrested several weeks before the Sept. 11 attacks after raising suspicions at a Minnesota flight school.

A three-judge panel of a U.S. appeals court based in Richmond, Virginia, rejected arguments by Moussaoui's lawyers that his conviction should be overturned and he should be resentenced because his constitutional rights were violated.

His attorneys had argued in the appeal that Moussaoui's trial preparations had been impaired because his lawyers could not tell him about classified evidence the government had that could have helped his case.

His attorneys said Moussaoui had a fundamentally unfair trial and raised various other arguments, including that his choice of lawyer had been rejected.

But U.S. Justice Department attorneys said U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema, who presided over the trial, made sure that Moussaoui understood his rights.

They said Moussaoui wanted to plead guilty, against the advice of his lawyers, and that he knew the gist of the classified evidence in question.

The court also rejected a request by Moussaoui to send the case back to Brinkema for further proceedings based on the government's disclosure of classified information while his appeal has been pending.

"The finality of the guilty plea, entered knowingly, intelligently, and with sufficient awareness of the relevant circumstances and likely consequences, stands," the appeals court concluded at the end of a 78-page opinion.
Posted by: Fred || 01/06/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [445 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda


India-Pakistan
Security forces kill three militants in Swat
[Dawn] Three militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Swat. Official sources said a soldier was also injured during the clashes.
The militants were trying to infiltrate the Banjir area of the valley when their movement was detected by troops.

Security forces also recovered a cache of arms and some wireless sets from their possession, sources said.

Meanwhile, ten suspected militants, including three key commanders, were taken into custody from the Qamarkhel area of Khyber agency's Bara tehsil.

A powerful explosion also rocked the Tora road of Bara tehsil, damaging a security forces' vehicle. No casualties were reported in the incident.
Posted by: Fred || 01/06/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [351 views] Top|| File under: TTP


US citizen acquitted after police drop charges
Anti-Terrorism Court Judge Muhammad Anwar Nazir on Monday acquitted a US citizen after police dropped charges against him and sent five others to jail for 14 days.

Earlier, the police produced Khalid Farooq, Umar, Aman Ahmed, Waqar and Rami before the court. The police dropped charges against Khalid Farooq, who was acquitted. The court also directed the police to submit the challan on January 18. A large contingent of the police was also present on the occasion.

The police had arrested Umar and his four colleagues from Aziz Bhatti Town here on December 9, 2009. They were produced before the court on Dec 15 and the Lahore High Court admonished the police for not producing them within 24 hours. Later, Khalid Farooq was also arrested.

Khalid Farooq is a Pakistani, who migrated to the US in 1980. His son, Umar, who was born in the US, came to Pakistan, along with his friends, in December. He was to tie the knot in Pakistan and his friends had come to attend his wedding ceremony. After their arrest, his family approached the US consulate and the FBI investigated the matter. The US State Department, in an official statement on Dec 11, expressed the hope that the arrested Americans would be expatriated.

Police sources said emails of the accused showed that they wanted to take part in Jihad and were trying to establish links with extremists in Fata. They claimed that Rami Zamzam had links in Dubai and the accused were planning to carry out terrorist activities in Pakistan.

They said maps of some sensitive areas were recovered from the accused. They said Umar was staying in the house of his brother-in-law, Fahim, who had a quarrel with his servant. The servant told the police about the presence of the Americans, they added. The US Islamic Council in Alexandria had said Umar and his colleagues were preachers, who used to visit abroad for preaching Islam.
That's certainly a coals to Newcastle approach -- are there any Pakistanis who have not at least heard the good news of Islam?
Posted by: Fred || 01/06/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [340 views] Top|| File under: Global Jihad


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Israeli airstrike on Gaza kills one, injures four
[Iran Press TV Latest] At least one Palestinian resistance fighter has been killed and four others critically injured in an Israeli airstrike on southern Gaza.

Israeli warplanes struck the Gaza Strip late on Tuesday near the southern city of Khan Yunis, Reuters reported.

The Popular Resistance Committees said its members had been targeted by the attack.

The fatality appears to be the first in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict this year, and the first since Israel killed six Palestinians in separate incidents in the West Bank and Gaza in late December.
Posted by: Fred || 01/06/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [419 views] Top|| File under: Popular Resistance Committees

#1  Are you interested in joining? The benefits are terrific. The trick is not to get killed. That's really the key to the benefit program.

Vince Recardo, 'The In-Laws.'

Posted by: Besoeker || 01/06/2010 5:40 Comments || Top||

#2  The dead terrorist resistance fighter was named Jihad Smyre Jihad Smairi Jihad Sumeri, a senior member of the Nasser Salaheddin Brigades. Which, as everybody knows, is the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees.

La'anatullah, a$$h*le
Posted by: ryuge || 01/06/2010 12:14 Comments || Top||

#3  Ok, not a complete loss, but they missed the Gallows-Sway convoy by miles. I expect better from the IDF.
Posted by: Atomic Conspiracy || 01/06/2010 13:37 Comments || Top||


Galloway convoy blocks entrance to Egyptian port following riot
[Ma'an] Over 2,000 riot police were called to the scene of the Galloway convoy's camp site at the port of Al-Arish on Tuesday Kevin Ovenden, Viva Palestina convoy leader, said in a statement on the organization's website. "This late afternoon we were negotiating with a senior official from Cairo who left negotiations some two hours ago and did not return. Our negotiations with the official was regarding taking our aid vehicles into Gaza," he wrote. "We have now blocked the entrance to the port and we are now faced with riot police and water cannons and are determined to defend our vehicles and aid."
We've got "aid" and stupidity on our side. That makes us the LAW around here, see? We can do whatever we want you dumb cops!
Spokeswoman for the convoy, Alice Howard, told Ma'an that the delegation was due to arrive at the Rafah crossing with their vehicles carrying humanitarian and medical aid on Tuesday, 2pm local time. "The Egyptian authorities have by their stubbornness and hostility towards the convoy, brought us to a crisis point," Ovenden added.

Meanwhile, Israeli media reported that three were injured during the clashes between riot police and convoy members on Monday evening, according to the Israeli daily Ynet.
Posted by: Fred || 01/06/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [332 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Haha - recent info suggests at least 50 injured .... Bet they wish they were back in the nice snow in blighty!!

I truely hope George Galloway is smacked around a lot , the arrogant worm he is
Posted by: True Tommy || 01/06/2010 2:15 Comments || Top||

#2  "We have now blocked the entrance to the port and we are now faced with riot police and water cannons and are determined to defend our vehicles and aid."

Oh, yeah, I'm sure the egyptians will take that with humor, and give a good-natured, tongue-in-cheek response. It's a match made in Heaven.
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 01/06/2010 3:03 Comments || Top||

#3  Any chance of this moonbat abuse pr0n getting to YouTube? I'm sure video of Galloway getting to know an Egyptian clue bat would be rather popular.
Posted by: Cornsilk Blondie || 01/06/2010 4:37 Comments || Top||

#4  The Jerusalem post report is here.

One issue is the convoy demanded to be allowed to take vehicles into Gaza contrary to the Egyptian understanding that it was just medicine.
Posted by: lord garth || 01/06/2010 8:04 Comments || Top||

#5  I'd suggest copious napalm, but knowing Arab ineptitude when it comes to aerial bombardment, they'd probably flash-fry their own cops by accident.
Posted by: Mitch H. || 01/06/2010 10:12 Comments || Top||

#6  What hilarity insues when reality intrudes into fantacy.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 01/06/2010 11:26 Comments || Top||

#7  latest report is that some Americans and Brits in the Galloway convoy have been arrested by the Egyptians
Posted by: lord garth || 01/06/2010 12:07 Comments || Top||

#8  Wouldn't it be grand if Galloway was arrested, then sent to a very rural Egyptian prison to await trial, and then they lost his paperwork?

Guard Farouk: "Who's the white guy in cell 23?"

Guard Abdul: "The noisy one? Probably a molester of goats."

Guard Farouk: "That dirty rat. Someone like him once molested my favorite goat. I couldn't bear to touch her after that, the slut!"

Guard Abdul: "Say...Maybe we should put him in Bobo's cell. Bobo will teach him a lesson he will never forget!"
Posted by: Anonymoose || 01/06/2010 12:26 Comments || Top||

#9  hopefully The Islamic #7 Truncheon of Clue™ is applied repeatedly and with sufficient enthusiasm
Posted by: Frank G || 01/06/2010 13:23 Comments || Top||

#10  Can't Gallows-sway simply put out his staff and cause the Red Sea to part? The Egyptians wouldn't dare follow.
Posted by: Atomic Conspiracy || 01/06/2010 13:33 Comments || Top||

#11  2. Obama's friend Bill Ayers is there
The Left wing cliques around the world are so organized that they band together almost like a fanatical religious sect. On the one hand many on the Left are anti-religion but have formed what is essentially a religion but without a god. Currently Obama is their god. Worrisome for Israel is that there are key people who have the ear of the US president who are taking part in this Gaza convoy. Bill Ayers is there and this man is a known radical with exteme views who is in the Obama circle.
Gilad144 - Israel (01/06/2010 11:44)
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 01/06/2010 15:01 Comments || Top||

#12  Given the Hamas-Egyptian border feud, I doubt that they are too eager to let the convoy move forward. PLEASE OH PLEASE let the them post a you tube video.
Posted by: Cyber Sarge || 01/06/2010 18:55 Comments || Top||

#13  Make the border like a pitcher plant, or the Hotel California. You can check out, but you can't leave.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 01/06/2010 21:29 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Thai terrorist who killed 11 arrested
Police arrested a southern gunman in Songkhla province, who confessed that he had murdered 11 people in the violence-plagued South. Asama Haelae, 27, was arrested on Monday, and admitted he was involved in 15 terror insurgent cases and had killed 11 people, including villagers, security officers and reporters.

Following his arrest, the police were able to track down about 10 more members of the separatist group in four districts of Songkhla and three southern provinces of Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani. Arrest warrants will be issued against them

Asama is being detained in a police station in Songkhla's Chana district amidst tight security.
Posted by: ryuge || 01/06/2010 01:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [369 views] Top|| File under:


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iran bans contact with 60 groups including BBC
[Al Arabiya Latest] Iran has banned its citizens from having contact with 60 organizations including the BBC, Human Rights Watch and opposition website Rahesabz as well as U.S.-funded broadcasters, and renewed execution threats against protesters state media have reported.

The deputy intelligence minister in charge of external affairs said that the 60 blacklisted groups were suspected of being involved in efforts by Western governments to topple the Islamic regime as part of a "soft war" and that it was an offence to communicate with them.

"Any kind of contact by individuals or legal entities with those groups involved in the soft war is illegal and prohibited," state media quoted the deputy minister as saying on Monday without giving his name.

The blacklisted organizations also included U.S. government-funded Voice of America and Radio Farda as well as U.S.-based pro-monarchist satellite channels, Israeli public radio and the outlawed rebel People's Mujahedeen.

The deputy minister also called on the public to avoid "irregular contacts with embassies or foreign nationals or centers linked to them".

"Citizens should be alert to the traps of the enemies and cooperate with the intelligence ministry in protecting the nation and neutralizing the plots of foreigners and the conspirators," he said in allusion to opposition sympathizers who have held repeated protests over the past seven months.

Other blacklisted groups included the Brookings Institution, U.S. philanthropist George Soros's Open Society Institute and the Washington-based National Endowment for Democracy.

On Monday, Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi said that Iran had arrested several foreign nationals at anti-government protests during Shiite Muslim Ashura rituals last month that left at least eight people dead.

"They had entered Iran only two days before Ashura. Their cameras and equipment have been seized," he added, without specifying how many had been arrested or their nationalities.

In late November, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Iran was in the throes of a "soft war" with its enemies abroad, who were fomenting the street protests that have hit the country since hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed June re-election.

Iranian-American Kian Tajbakhsh, who used to be an independent consultant for Soros's Open Society Institute, was rearrested in the aftermath of the election and sentenced to 15 years in jail.

Posted by: Fred || 01/06/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [318 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  PAKISTANI DEFENCE FORUM > [mountainous]IRAN SHIELDS ITS NUCLEAR EFFORTS IN MAZE OF UNDERGOUND TUNNELS.

IOW, any and all of Iran's overt GOOGLE/YAHOO-MAPPED NUCFACS comprise only the lessor of the Nucfacs true capoaxcity, wid the bulk being located in decentralized underground tunnel 'plexes.

SUB-IOW, ANY US-ISRAELI AIR, LR MISSLE STRIKES BY ITSELF "WILL" FAIL, NOT "MIGHT" FAIL, TO DESTROY IRAN'S NUCPROGS REGARDLESS OF LEVEL OF DAMAGE INFLICTED. ONLY A "GREAT-POWER" RISQUE' MAJOR GROUND INVASION + MIL OCCUPATION OF IRAN HAS ANY CHANCE OF SUCCESS.

As seriously affected by ongoing US-World economic troubles [bankrupt USA], + US-specific GWOT anti-Militant struggles outside of Iran + Persian Gulf proper.

SUB-SUB-READ, IRAN WINS = GETS ITS NUKES NO MATTER WHAT OR WHOM!
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/06/2010 21:26 Comments || Top||



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