A U.S. CH-47 Chinook helicopter made what was described as a "hard landing" Monday on a bomb-pocked airstrip in the dark, injuring 14 U.S. soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division. The accident occured near Khost. The helicopter was extensively damaged. Col. Frank Wiercinski said the soldiers received medical treatment for non-life-threatening injuries. The soldiers were taking part in an air assault combat operation at the time of the "hard landing." A Pentagon official blamed a "brown-out" for the accident. A brown-out occurs when the helicopter's rotors stir up so much dust from the ground it can no longer get enough airlift to remain in flight.
About 2,000 supporters of the Taliban rallied in Peshawar to denounce a crackdown on radical Islamic groups in the country. Leaders of the rally said they had the right to wage jihad. "We can remove Musharraf whenever we want to," Syed Munawar Hassan, acting chief of the Jamaat-i-Islami, told the rally. Maulana Samiul Haq, head of the 35-party pro-Taliban Pakistan-Afghanistan Defence Council, told the crowd Muslims would continue to wage jihad against non-Muslims in places such as Chechnya, Palestine and Afghanistan. The protesters, who gathered at a football ground in Peshawar, denounced what they called the inhuman and insulting treatment of Al-Qaeda and Taliban prisoners by US forces, and demanded a halt to the "acts of barbarism". People who lop off other people's heads, chop off their hands, and marry 12-year-old girls describe us as committing "acts of barbarism"?
Pakistan's military government said it was releasing the leader of the country's main Islamic party on medical grounds. Jamaat-e-Islamic party chief Qazi Hussain Ahmed, detained in North West Frontier province since November, was at the forefront of protests by religious parties opposed to Pakistan's support for U.S.-led military strikes on Afghanistan. "He is being released on medical grounds," advocate-general of North West Frontier province Qazi Rashidul Haq told the Supreme Court, where defense lawyers had sought Ahmed's release because of a suspected heart ailment. The court heard Ahmed would undergo medical treatment at a cardiovascular institute in Lahore, capital of the central province of Punjab. "He was sprung for medical reasons. They were sick of him." Betcha his heart heals up enough so he's back ranting from a podium in a week or two.
After an investigation of the Karine-A Incident by a Palestinian committee, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Yasser Arafat dismissed Brig. Gen. Fouad al-Shoubaki, who was in charge of military financial affairs, and replaced him with Muhammad al-Batrawi. Al-Shoubaki already had been detained by the Palestinian Authority. Arafat also issued arrest warrants for Col. Fathi al-Razem, deputy chief of the Palestinian naval police, and official Adel Awadallah. Both men are traveling outside Israel, the Palestinian Authority said. Yeah. Prob'ly as far outside Israel as they can get. Wonder if they'll ever be seen again?
Six Palestinian thugs jailed in Bethlehem escaped after their families attacked and took control of the prison. Palestinian police said they put up some resistance but up to 70 people, including family members, stormed the prison where the men were jailed when the Palestinian Authority came under international pressure to crush militants. The men belonged to an armed group which is linked to President Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction, and to the Islamic Jihad group.
what exactly does the authority mean in "Palestinian Authority"? Posted by Anonymous 1/28/2002 9:40:10 PM
Seven policemen were among nine people injured in a grenade attack by militants in downtown Srinagar. The snuffies tossed the grenade at the policemen who were disembarking from a vehicle. Two civilians were also injured. The condition of none of the injured was serious.
Twenty one Maoists and four policemen were killed in violence in Nepal. The rebels were killed during a five-hour long encounter with the security forces at Sankranthi Bazar in Terhathum district, 500 km east of Kathmandu. Three armed rebels and 41 suspects were arrested. Four policemen were killed on Monday in a bomb blast triggered by the rebels at Fulbari in western Nepal's Kailali district. The explosion took place when their vehicle drove over a device planted on the road killing them on the spot and leaving seven injured.
In another attack, the little known Khumbuwan Liberation Front, struck a hydroelectric power plant causing $526,000 worth of damage.
Eleven persons, including nine police personnel, were killed in a landmine blast triggered by suspected members of the People's War Group in Jharkhand's Gumla district. The landmine exploded as the Jharkhand Armed Police patrol jeep approached the site, killing nine policemen and two villagers on the spot.
Two Pakistanis, who were involved in last week's attack on the American Center at Kolkata, were shot dead in an encounter with the police in Jharkhand. Those killed have been identified as Mohammed Idris alias Mohammed Zaheed of Punjab province of Pakistan and Salim, from the same province. The raid was conducted by Delhi and Hazaribagh police.
The G-Men cordoned off the entire area. "Come out with your hands up, Mohammad!" Inspector A K Sinha called through a bullhorn. "We've got you surrounded!"
"You'll never take me alive, copper!" Mohammad hollered.
Around 6.30 am the two gunnies opened fire at the policemen and tried to sneak out of the house. Saleem was shot dead on the spot ("They got me, Mohammad!"), while Idris, who was critically wounded, died at the Sadar hospital ("Ma! It's gettin' dark!"). Idris, in his dying declaration, admitted to having shot dead four policemen at the American Center on January 22. Somewhere, in Hollywood Heaven, James Cagney is groaning. Wonder how much terrorism would drop in the world if they didn't let these guys go to moompitchers?
Border Security Force guards in Kashmir shot dead two separatist militants belonging to Lashkar-e-Taiba. The two were iced in the central Kashmir district of Budgam. "The encounter erupted after the BSF raided a hide-out, where the two had taken refuge..." a spokesman said. "We have recovered two wireless sets, besides other arms and ammunition from them. Their rank in the group is being ascertained."
Police searching for missing Wall Street Journal report Daniel Pearl said they had interrogated five men in connection with the case, but had no idea where the journalist was. They also dismissed as a hoax an e-mail saying Pearl had been kidnapped which a US official said had been sent to some US and Pakistani media by a group calling itself, "The National Movement for the Restoration of Pakistani Sovereignty". A police official in Lahore said the five men who were briefly detained were involved with a group thought to have links to banned pro-Kashmiri group and the Al Qaeda network. "They were interrogated in connection with Daniel Pearl's disappearance," said the Lahore police official. "Pearl was actually trying to interview the head of that group who is reported to have good connections and contacts in groups close to Al Qaeda."
A nationwide hunt was launched after Wall Street Journal reporter Pearl, 38, went missing on Wednesday in Karachi. The US official said the e-mail stated Pearl had been kidnapped because he was an agent for the US Central Intelligence Agency and was being kept in "inhumane" conditions to protest against US treatment of Taliban and Al Qaeda prisoners being held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. "We have checked the e-mail," said a Karachi police official. "I can only say it's a hoax, we're not taking it seriously." Ummmm... What about the pictures?
A Palestinian who wounded a soldier and a policeman by driving into them was shot and killed by police after a three-hour chase. Police used a helicopter and set up roadblocks in the dragnet for the man, who intended to run down as many people as possible. Hizbullah's Manar television suggested it was a terrorist attack, saying the Palestinian was from Fatah. According to Palestinian Authority security sources, however, the man, who was unarmed, was a known car thief who had apparently been trying to evade capture. Nevertheless, security sources stressed that the man, who deliberately drove into a soldier after refusing instructions to stop at a checkpoint, then ran down a policeman and reportedly tried to hit civilians, was not on a joyride. This account seems to read a little diffently from the Reuters version.
Security forces are searching for two Palestinians, one of whom stabbed seven-year-old Almog Gilad in the backyard of his home yesterday in Eilon Moreh and then fled toward the nearby village of Azmut. Benny Katsover, the community's spokesman, said the boy said he had noticed two Arabs outside his home. They attacked him, one stabbing him with a knife in the buttocks, and fled. Yeah, buddy! There'll be dancing in the streets of the West Bank tonight!
Eight more people including six extremists have been killed in Algeriaâs ongoing civil war. Security forces conducting a sweep near Lakhdaria, 70 kilometers east of Algiers, gunned down six rebels on Friday. A soldier was killed and two were wounded when a homemade bomb exploded during the sweep.
British special forces have entered Somalia twice in recent weeks to hunt for members of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network. Two teams of six soldiers from Britain's Special Air Service infiltrated into the Somali bush to locate up to four individuals wanted by Washington and London. They were probably sent in using "stealth" helicopters and operated day and night, setting up temporary observations posts by day, the source added. "Most of the effort there so far has been intelligence-based, but there have been a handful of these sorts of operations," an unnamed source said. Britain and the US started operations in Somalia as early as last October, with details of possible targets being fed back to Washington and London.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
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