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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 02/07/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6483 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Happy Birthday

Gone to the Big Gam Locker in the Sky

Anna May Stewart aka Anita Stewart

Robyn Lively aka Special Agent Vivian Blackadder "JAG" (38)

Cerina Vincent aka Maya "Power Rangers"(31)

Daily Gam Shot

Tina Majorino aka Enola "Waterworld" (After) (25)

Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 02/07/2010 0:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Tina done growed up nicely
Posted by: Frank G || 02/07/2010 13:32 Comments || Top||

#3  UH-OH! Cleanup aisle 2!
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 02/07/2010 18:06 Comments || Top||

Special forces assassins infiltrate Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan
AMERICAN and British troops poised to assault the Taliban stronghold of Marjah have begun targeting insurgent leaders for assassination.

Military sources said special forces had been infiltrating the town on “kinetic' missions — jargon for armed attacks. “Special forces guys have been going in on assassination missions with the aim of decapitating the Taliban force,' one said.

At the British base of Camp Bastion and the adjoining Camp Leatherneck, the US marine base, troops and munitions have been airlifted in by night to avoid enemy rockets. It is clear that international forces are on the brink of a big battle. All yesterday morning, the thud-thud-thud of heavy machineguns and the crump of mortars filled the air.

In a break from traditional military secrecy, American, British and Afghan commanders have announced that Marjah, the last town in Helmand under Taliban control, will be attacked.

Operation Moshtarak (“Together') will be by far the largest offensive since General Stanley McChrystal, the American commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan, instigated his counter-insurgency strategy, backed by President Barack Obama's 30,000-troop “surge'.

About 1,000 Taliban, mostly Afghans but with some foreign fighters in their ranks, are believed to be in Marjah, an opium centre and local headquarters for bomb-making and sending out suicide bombers.

Military sources described the use of publicity as a psychological tactic to intimidate the Taliban into laying down their weapons or fleeing.

The risks are huge. By surrendering the element of surprise, the coalition has given the insurgents time to dig in and expand an already extensive tunnel network. Taliban diehards are known to have been placing bombs along alleyways, roads and in a network of irrigation canals.

“Around Marjah is a mass of canals in a neat grid, the kind of terrain that's difficult to clear, easy to defend,' said a military source.

There was little evidence of a Taliban retreat this weekend. Reached by satellite telephone, a Taliban commander expressed defiance. Said Mawlawi Abdul Ghafar vowed he would never lay down his arms.

“We've got experts and brave fighters who have fought and killed the infidels,' said Ghafar, 38, who commands 120 fighters in what he called the “first battle circle'.

With overwhelming force and air power on the allies' side, the outcome is in little doubt.

Success in Marjah, however, will not be judged on who wins the battle. Late in the day, military commanders have accepted that the solution to the eight-year war will be political, not military.

According to McCrystal's strategy, clearing the Taliban from strongholds such as Marjah is only the first step towards “clear, hold and build'.

In the past, Nato would clear Taliban fighters from towns, but without sufficient troops to remain and secure it. The Taliban simply returned, flushed out any hapless police and seized back control. It was deeply dispiriting to troops who paid a high price in deaths and injuries, and it instilled a deep streak of scepticism in ordinary Afghans.

“For now, the local population is sitting on the fence,' said Frank Ruggiero, the senior American civilian representative in southern Afghanistan, who has hundreds of millions of dollars at his disposal. The money is to implement Washington's plan to make Afghanistan sufficiently stable for it to begin to withdraw troops by the summer of next year.

“They've seen us come and make promises before, and then [we] leave,' Ruggiero said. “They're not coming down off that fence until they are sure that they are secure, that a local policeman is going to be at his post in the morning and that the Taliban are not coming back.'

In Marjah, the plan is to move quickly to set up a local administration and to provide jobs such as clearing roads and canals. “You have to give people something they can see,' said Ruggiero.

The question being asked is whether the Taliban will choose to slink away and wait 18 months for an American withdrawal to begin. It is a high-stakes game, and the people of Marjah are expected to be at the heart of it this week.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 02/07/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The title of this news item alone, will have the bleeding hearts PC Brigade spluttering into their " Fair Trade Decaffeinated Coffee "
Posted by: Dave UK || 02/07/2010 7:56 Comments || Top||

#2  The irony is also that SF much prefers to do the Hearts & Minds activities, since it is a lot more challenging and ambitious than doing the rough trade.

With H&M, SF guys can often end up as de facto provincial warlords, with hundreds of followers. One less heralded such individual not too long ago became not only the most powerful prince in one of the -istans, but the conduit of that entire nations activities with the US. He could have easily ruled that entire country.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 02/07/2010 8:53 Comments || Top||

#3  There's something oddly medieval about this tactic. What's next, are we going to start having champions issuing challenges to single combat?
Posted by: Mitch H. || 02/07/2010 8:57 Comments || Top||

#4  I had always thought that that would have been a great propaganda tactic during the early WoT. Too bad we have exactly zero propaganda to discredit anything the enemy says about us.
Posted by: gromky || 02/07/2010 9:15 Comments || Top||

#5  It's been a long American tradition to take out the other guys leaders.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/07/2010 11:23 Comments || Top||

#6  Snakes without heads seldom bite.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/07/2010 11:37 Comments || Top||

#7  it's a lot easier to achieve a political settlement with a dead enemy
Posted by: Frank G || 02/07/2010 13:37 Comments || Top||

#8  Interesting. I want to see just what our special forces can do. Hope there are Barrett equipped snipers in the mix. Terrorize the terrorists
Posted by: Mike Hunt || 02/07/2010 14:06 Comments || Top||

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 02/07/2010 21:21 Comments || Top||

Africa Horn
'Ransom sought for UK ship carrying arms to S Arabia'
Somali pirates have demanded $15 million, the largest amount of ransom so far, from UK ship Asian Glory reportedly carrying hundreds of modern cars and weapons.

The ship, headed to Saudi Arabia, was coming from Singapore when the Somali pirates hijacked it, a Press TV correspondent reported. The UK ship was reportedly carrying expensive cars and modern weapons for Saudi Arabia to launch additional attacks on Yemen's Houthi fighters.

The largest amount of money given so far for the release of a ship in the Gulf of Aden was $7 million, which was given to a Greek tanker last week.
Posted by: Fred || 02/07/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6498 views] Top|| File under: Pirates

#1  How the hell do you let an arms carrying ship get captured by pirates?

This smells!
Posted by: 3dc || 02/07/2010 20:14 Comments || Top||



* SAME > [Nigerian]NOBEL LAUREATE: UK, NOT NIGERIA, IS A BREEDING GROUND FOR ISLAMIST TERRORISTS. Argued that attempted Detroit Airline Bomber ABDULMUTTALAB was radicalized in the UK, NOT Nigeria, hence the UK should be on the US TERROR-WATCH LIST OF COUNTRIES, not Nigeria???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 02/07/2010 21:39 Comments || Top||



Gut nuthin.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 02/07/2010 21:45 Comments || Top||

Houthis kill 23 Yemeni government soldiers
Twenty three Yemeni government soldiers have reportedly been killed by Houthi fighters in two separate incidents in northern Yemen.

Fifteen Yemeni government troopers lost their lives in an ambush on a military supply convoy in the Wadi al-Jabara district, while the other 8 soldiers were killed in clashes in the city of Saada.

The Yemeni offensive against Houthis, which was joined by Riyadh in November, has so far claimed the lives of many civilians and displaced thousands of others from their homes in northern villages.

The developments come as the Houthi fighters offered to accept the six conditions for a truce originally set by the government at the end of last month.

Yemen has stepped up its military operation in the region despite the offer by the Houthi leader to end the six-month conflict.
Posted by: Fred || 02/07/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under:

Eight troops killed as Saudi forces attack Yemen
The Saudi Arabian Air Force has launched a new round of assaults on northern Yemen, causing devastation and more civilian casualties.

The Houthi fighters said on Friday that the Saudi warplanes had launched more than 25 attacks on the areas, wounding two women and destroying four civilian residences.

A number of soldiers stormed two houses in the Shia-populated Sa'ada Province, but were ejected by the locals. Eight servicemen were killed in the ensuing conflict, including a lieutenant identifies one Ahmad Nasser Saleh al-Jamili.

The Saudi military released more than 174 rockets and mortars on the areas of al-Dhaher, Qamamat, Ghafereh, al-Rammadiat and Shada.

The Houthis have been resisting the aerial bombardments since November, when Saudi Arabia joined the Yemeni central government's maximized armed campaign against the Shia fighters.

The government has accused the Houthis of violating the terms of an earlier ceasefire agreement by taking foreign visitors hostage. Riyadh, on its part, claims that the Houthis had been engaged in cross-border attacks on the Kingdom.

The Shia fighters, however, say they are defending their people's civil rights, which Sana'a has undermined under pressure from the Saudi-backed Wahhabis -- adherents to an extremely intolerant interpretation of Islam.

The raids by both sides, meanwhile, rage on despite a number of peace initiatives by the Houthis.
Posted by: Fred || 02/07/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under:

Al-Houthi's fugitive brother sentenced to 15 years in jail
A Yemeni court handed down a 15-year jail sentence against the fugitive brother of Shiite rebel leader Abdul Malak al-Houthi after convicting him of carrying out acts of terror.

The court found Yahia al-Houthi guilty in absentia of plotting the murders of important figures, including the American ambassador in Sanaa. It also convicted him of being in a terrorist organization, assaulting the constitutional order, disseminating tendentious information and contacts with foreign powers.

Houthi, who has fled to Germany, was elected to parliament in 2003 on the ticket of the General People's Congress of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, but his parliamentary immunity was lifted late last year.

His brother heads the Zaidi Shiite rebels who have been fighting Yemeni troops in the northern mountains since 2004.

The defense ministry's online newspaper, September 26, said on Saturday that eleven Houthi rebels were killed in their stronghold of Saada.
This article starring:
Abdul Malak al-Houthi
Yahia al-Houthi
Posted by: Fred || 02/07/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6502 views] Top|| File under:

Yemen asks rebels to implement truce to end war
Yemen has handed over to Houthi rebels a timetable to implement the government's ceasefire terms, in an effort to end the conflict in the north of the country, a Yemeni presidential adviser said on Saturday.

"The security committee has drawn up a timetable ... and it has been handed over to (rebel leader Abdul-Malik) al-Houthi through mediators," Abdul-Karim al-Iryani told reporters.

"If he signs it, the war will stop," he said, adding that committees including rebel representatives would be set up to oversee the implementation of the six truce terms.

The rebels have said they would accept conditions set by Sanaa for a ceasefire that include the removal of rebel checkpoints, withdrawal of forces and clarification of the fate of kidnapped foreigners.

The government says the rebels must also return captured military and civilian equipment, stay out of local politics and end border hostilities with forces of neighbouring Saudi Arabia.

The government's initiative revived tentative feelers to end six years of fighting following the death of 23 Yemeni soldiers in twin rebel attacks in the northern mountains.

Rebels ambushed a military supply convoy in Wadi al-Jabara district on the road between the province of Saada on the Saudi border and Al-Jawf province farther east, killing 15 soldiers on Friday, tribal chiefs said.

Rebel fighters killed another eight soldiers in clashes on Friday in Saada town, the rebels said on their website. A military source confirmed that rebels had launched an offensive against the town from the suburbs, but said it had been repulsed and that several rebel fighters had been killed.

The rebels also attacked the home of a leading trial chief in Saada province, Othman Mujalli, who is a member of the Yemeni parliament and recently rallied to the government, provincial officials said. Mortar fire killed Mujalli's son, Hamid, and four other civilians, they said.
Posted by: Fred || 02/07/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Hey, King Abdullah--why not take off the gloves and firebomb Sa'ada into glass? Give the Houthis a final deadline to accept terms of surrender, and if they don't agree, then accept NO terms EVER and obliterate them.
Posted by: American Delight || 02/07/2010 14:01 Comments || Top||

Will launch jihad to liberate Hyderabad from India: Pak militants
Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, accused of masterminding the Mumbai attacks, said the only solution to problems between India and Pakistan is the "liberation of Jammu and Kashmir, failing which radical groups would resort to the "option of jihad".

He also warned India that the liberation of the erstwhile state of Hyderabad was also on the JuD's agenda.

Addressing a gathering of about 10,000 people at the Mall Road here to mark 'Kashmir Solidarity Day', Saeed said this is the message he would convey to Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram if he came to Lahore during his upcoming visit to Pakistan.

"We are not against composite dialogues. I ask Chidambaram to first come to Lahore before going to Islamabad and hold talks with me. I will tell him a solid solution to the problems between India and Pakistan," said Saeed, accused by India of masterminding the Mumbai attacks.
Posted by: john frum || 02/07/2010 17:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6527 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Taiba

#1  since Hyderabad is in the middle of India that would be interesting if it were to switch sides. East Pakistan had enough troubles not being directly connected to West Pakistan, this would be strategically far worse.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/07/2010 17:32 Comments || Top||

#2  Correct RJS. Then again, perhaps the Hyderabadis could "liberate" Pakistan. I doubt that's what Saeed has in mind.
Posted by: Halliburton - Mysterious Conspiracy Division || 02/07/2010 17:40 Comments || Top||

#3  he liberation of the erstwhile state of Hyderabad...

There's ALWAYS just one more thing. I think the Indians realize this, but it's good to keep in mind here when the apologists trot out their lines ("If *only* they would do thus and such, there would be no more jihad...") *SPIT*
Posted by: Free Radical || 02/07/2010 18:24 Comments || Top||

#4  There is Junagadh state as well

After that, the Pakistan as envisioned by the man who actually coined the name - Choudhary Rahmat Ali...

Rehmat Ali’s concept of Pakistan was nebulous, impractical and fantasy-ridden. It was to include the entire northwest of India, Kashmir, the Kathiawar peninsula, Kutch, and several enclaves deep within UP, including Delhi and Lucknow. There were to be two independent Muslim states besides Pakistan: Bangistan comprising Bengal and Assam in the east and Osmanistan in the south. These two were to form a federation with Pakistan. The 243 principalities or Rajwaras were to be divided among caste Hindus and “others” and then herded together in a ghetto called Hanoodia. As for the Sikhs, they were to be pushed into an enclave called Sikhia. Other races and religions were to inhabit an encampment by the name of Hanadika. Every non-Muslim was to remain subservient to the master race he called “The Paks”. And yes, the subcontinent was to be renamed Dinia. He did not say how he was going to bring all that about.
Posted by: john frum || 02/07/2010 18:40 Comments || Top||

#5  Since India has accused Hafiz Mohammad Saeed of masterminding the Mumbai attacks and Pakiwakiland won't turn him over.... why doesn't India make an example of Hafiz Mohammad Saeed with an ending that denies him all those virgins...
Posted by: 3dc || 02/07/2010 18:56 Comments || Top||

#6  Like if the USA can do UAV attacks India should at lease be able to purchase his exit...
Posted by: 3dc || 02/07/2010 18:57 Comments || Top||


WORLD MIL HISTORY > typically, poorly-trained Militants are be no match for professional military or even paramilitary forces. IMO THE TALIBS + ALIGNED ARE MORE LIKELY TO "SHOOT-N-SCOOT" ONCE THIS OFFENSIVE BEGINS - they will suffer some combat casualties, but mostly will attempt to intentionally withdraw/fall back into regions of neighboring sovereign countries, + resume AFPAK fight again later.

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 02/07/2010 20:33 Comments || Top||

Gunmen kill Nepal media baron with alleged Dawood/ISI links
KATHMANDU: Twelve years after Mirza Dilshad Beg, a controversial – and powerful – Nepali MP with links with Dawood Ibrahim and the ISI, was gunned down on a public road in Kathmandu by a rival gang, a Nepali media baron, also rumoured to have the same connexions, shared the same fate.

Jamim Shah, a Nepali of Kashmiri origin who headed the Space Time Network, was gunned down in broad daylight near the French Embassy in Kathmandu's crowded Lazimpat area on Sunday, close to the Indian and British Embassies. Police told TNN two masked men on a motorcycle fired at Shah's car around 2.55 pm, hitting both him and his chauffeur, Mathura Man Malakar. Shah, in his 40s, was shot in the chest and died while being treated at the nearby Teaching Hospital. Malakar has been hit in his left thigh.

Though police were informed about the number of the motorcycle, no arrests had been made till the time of writing this report. Shah ran the Channel Nepal television station that in 2000 instigated anti-India riots when it falsely reported Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan as saying that he hated Nepalis. Four people died in the violence that followed and scores of Indian shops and businesses came under attack. Though the channel was banned for some time, it was lifted once the furore receded.

Shah also ran a newspaper, Space Time, that carried anti-India propaganda. In 2004, he came under the ire of the Indian government who asked Nepal to freeze the assets of Space Time Network, alleging that it was funded by Dawood. Shah is also believed to have had ISI links. However, he had stoutly denied both allegations.

Shah's killing comes after the arrest of Yunus Ansari, son of former Nepal minister Salim Miya Ansari. Ansari was caught recently after Nepal police busted a fake Indian currency network that ran from Karachi. Yunus Ansari is currently behind bars.
Posted by: john frum || 02/07/2010 09:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6487 views] Top|| File under:

Blasts probe yet to gather pace as toll rises to 33
[Dawn] As the death toll in Friday's twin blasts rose to 33 on Saturday, the police launched investigations into the attacks with serious professional flaws in their approach and made no effort to obtain the readily available CCTV footage from the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), the scene of the second explosion that killed more than a dozen people.

The investigators also faced handicaps because the surveillance cameras installed in the area adjoining the site of the first attack -- the Shahrah-i-Quaideen flyover -- by the city government and the Sindh IT ministry to help the traffic police are not yet operational. Such cameras had provided technological edge to the investigation into the Ashura bomb blast followed by arson attacks.

"We have gathered a number of facts to reach a final assessment," said DIG for investigation Ghulam Qadir Thebo, heading a four-member investigation team, including three other senior officers. However, he responded in the negative when asked about the acquisition of the CCTV footage from the JPMC.

"In addition to the police, there are other teams of investigations looking into the incident. We are coordinating with the people concerned and the process is in its initial stages."

A senior official at the JPMC said the footage of the emergency unit, released by the health department, shows there were a number of other CCTV cameras installed inside the hospital, monitoring movements in the health facility.

"We have six cameras installed outside the emergency unit," said the head of the casualty at the JPMC Dr Seemi Jamali, who is also a director of the federally-administered hospital.

"Similarly, there are a couple of wards of the hospital, which are being monitored through the same surveillance system. After Friday's incident and suspension of emergency services, our department is fully operational."

With no such technological option available for the first incident, the investigators now plan to look into the traffic movement on Sharea Faisal preceding the attack on the bus carrying people to the Chehlum procession. They are obtaining footage captured by the city government' command and control centre through a camera installed at Karsaz.

"Almost hour-long footage before the first blast has been acquired from the city government's facility to spot any suspects travelling on Sharea Faisal to reach the spot of the first target. The police and other investigation agencies are taking care of this footage," said an official.

However, movements on other parts of one of the city's busiest roads remained unrecorded as nearly half-a-dozen surveillance cameras installed by Sindh's IT ministry on Sharea Faisal for the assistance of the traffic police have yet to become operational.

"The installation of these cameras has been completed, but they have not been linked up to make them operational," said a source in the police's traffic section.

"Of the total 40, a few cameras installed across the city to regulate and monitor traffic movement, cameras at the Tipu Sultan, Baloch Colony, Drigh Road, Star Gate, Kala Board, FTC Bridge, Regent Plaza and the Mehran Hotel intersections have been made operational mainly for demonstration."

A number of investigators kept visiting the sites of the two blasts and police now look for forensic examination of different objects collected at the scenes.

"The two blasts were of similar nature as emerged from their modus operandi," said Mr Thebo, the DIG for investigation. "And the bomb recovered and defused further strengthened our findings that computer monitors were used in the two attacks. We have collected samples and chemical examination would further determine the nature of explosive used, but it's not C-4, which was used in previous bomb attacks in the city."

He said the remains of the motorcycle used in the first blast had been moved for a forensic examination, which would establish its make and features such as registration.

"The numbers of the reiteration, engine and chassis were punched. We are waiting for the result of the forensic examination, which would help determine facts about the motorbike," he added.
Posted by: Fred || 02/07/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under: TTP

Enmity claims 14 lives in Gujrat
[Dawn] Fourteen people were killed and two injured on Saturday after a group of armed men opened fire on them in a village in Gujrat district.

The multiple murders happened in Sirya village, near Kotla Arab Ali Khan, some 30 kilometres from here, on Saturday.

According to police, the murdered men were installing a hand-pump at an outhouse when their rivals attacked them with sophisticated weapons.

Six of the dead were relatives and belonged to the Ilyas group and the rest were workers and passers-by. They were identified as Ishtiaq Anwar, Mohammad Arshad, Mohammad Farooq, Fida Husain, Raja Mohammad Akram, Imran Akram, Rizwan Akram, Sajjad Akram, Qamar Shahzad, Ziaullah, Mohammad Akbar, Mohammad Yasir and Waqar.

The injured were identified as Tahir Anwar and Khurram. The bodies and the injured were taken private hospitals in Kotla and Kharian.

Sources said the attackers belonged to the Dhenda group whose two men were killed last year.

The motive behind the killing was said to be old enmity continuing for 15 years. About 40 to 50 have fallen victims to the feud. Five women of families belonging to the Ilyas group were killed in different attacks last year.

The district police officer suspended the SHO of Kakrali police station after the incident.

Family members of those killed held a demonstration outside the police station in late night. According to sources, they refused to burry the bodies till the arrest of the killers.

Tension gripped the village and extra police personnel were deployed to prevent any untoward incident.

Posted by: Fred || 02/07/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under:

Twelve injured in Quetta bomb blast
[Dawn] Twelve people, three FC personnel among them, were injured when a bomb exploded near a hotel on the busy Jinnah Road on Saturday.

CCPO Shabbir Sheikh said the bomb was fitted into a motorbike and a time device was used to detonate it.

He said the motorbike was parked outside the hotel because the terrorists wanted to target innocent people just to create harassment.

In a statement released to the media late in the night, the Balochistan Liberation Army claimed responsibility for the explosion.

According to sources, the hotel owner after suspecting the presence of an unattended motorbike, had informed police about it. However, the device went off before the arrival of bomb disposal personnel.

"Three vehicles, including a mobile of the Frontier Corps, were hit when the bomb exploded," Mr Shaikh said.

The injured FC men were taken to the Combined Military Hospital and the nine civilians were admitted to the Civil Hospital.

The blast damaged glasses and windowpanes of the hotel, nearby shops and other buildings.

Pieces of exploded motorcycle lay scattered over a radius of 200 meters.

The Jinnah Road remained closed for two hours. It was opened after clearance by bomb disposal personnel. Markets in the area, however, remained closed.

Bomb disposal personnel said four to five kilograms of explosive was fitted into the bike.

The CCPO said that pillion riding had been banned and police had been ordered to impound all vehicles and motorcycles without number plates.

Posted by: Fred || 02/07/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6510 views] Top|| File under:

Troops wrest Damadola from Taliban
[Dawn] Security forces captured Damadola, Taliban's stronghold 15 kilometres north of Bajaur Agency headquarters Khar, on Saturday, military sources said.

According to the sources, the capture was one of the 'major successes' achieved by troops since the launch of operation Sherdil on Aug 6, 2008, in Bajaur.

Damadola town, in Mamond tehsil, is the native town of Maulana Faqir Mohammad, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan's deputy chief. Until four years ago, it had been a stronghold of Tehrik-i-Nifaz-i-Shariat Muhammadi.

According to security forces and the political administration, militants had established a number of training centres and underground bankers in the town. Maulana Faqir and his close associates used to issue directives to their men from the area.

The place came into limelight after US drones carried out four attacks over the past four years. A number of local and foreign militants, including Maulana Liaquat, a close aide of Maulana Faqir, were killed in the strikes.

According to sources, troops captured Damadola on Saturday morning after overcoming stiff resistance by militants. They said that although troops had cleared key points of the town, a few pockets were still under Taliban control.

The sources said that most of the militants had been killed in the operation and a number of them might have been buried alive in underground bunkers and hideouts.

APP adds: An operation was launched by security forces and volunteers of Qaumi Lashkar on Jan 27 to clear Damadola of terrorists.

An FC spokesman said that during the operation a number of hideouts and bunkers had been destroyed and 60 terrorists killed. Seven soldiers lost their lives.
Posted by: Fred || 02/07/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6502 views] Top|| File under: TTP

Iraqi militants post video of kidnapped US citizen
[Iran Press TV Latest] An Iraqi militant group says they kidnapped a US citizen because the Iraqi government reneged on its promise to obtain the release of members of the group held in US-run prisons and arrested more of its members.

On Saturday, the League of the Righteous said they abducted US military contractor Issa T. Salomi, 60, a US citizen of Iraqi origin.

The Pentagon said he went missing in Baghdad on January 23.

"This is a direct response to the arrests of leaders of our group two weeks ago," an unidentified member of the group said. "We will resume attacks against the occupiers and this abduction is the first of our actions," he added.

An almost two-minute Internet video showed the captive man, wearing a US military uniform, reading out the group's demands for the release of detainees who had "resisted occupation" and "never been involved in any serious crime against their fellow innocent Iraqis."

Salomi, pictured against a black flag bearing the militant group's name, also called for the conviction of employees of US security firm Blackwater, since renamed Xe Services, accused of killing unarmed Iraqi citizens in the capital's Nisoor Square in 2007.

"The second demand is to bring the proper justice and the proper punishment to those members of the Blackwater company who have committed unjustifiable crimes against innocent Iraqi citizens," he said in the video.

"I also would like to relay the justifiable demand of the Iraqi Islamic resistance for the complete withdrawal from Iraq, so that Iraq can become a sovereign nation."

This is the first high-profile kidnapping of a foreigner in Iraq since the same group kidnapped British IT expert Peter Moore and his four bodyguards, also Britons, in Baghdad almost three years ago.
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Dead Thai terrorist previously involved in multiple attacks
An terrorist insurgent killed during in a sustained exchange of gunfire with a combined force of provincial rangers and soldiers in the violence-plagued southern province of Narathiwat on Saturday was involved in attacking a school bus and army bases in the past.

Thirty-five-year-old Korseng Ahamad, a leading member of the Runda Kumpulan Kecil (RKK) terror insurgent group which operates in the restive South, was shot dead while five other jihadis militants were able to withdraw after combined government forces attacked their makeshift shelter on a mountain in Ruso district. One of the escaping jihadis militants was wounded, officials said.

According to the authorities, Mr. Korseng was a suspect in attacking on a school bus, raiding a ranger camp at which three rangers were wounded and assaulting army bases in the area several times in the past. Soldiers, rangers and tracking dogs are now searching for the five terrorists insurgents who escaped during the attack.
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