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U.S. drone kills five insurgents in Miranshah
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--Tech & Moderator Notes
A Sad Little Keyboard Jihadi
A message to our dear Rantburg readers:

We are under a slow motion spam attack by an idiot from Canada who fancies himself a keyboard jihadi...only he doesn't seem capable of more than pasting his all-caps spew into a comment box and hitting submit. Pretty pathetic, but the skilled jihadis have pretty much all gotten themselves killed off since 9/11.

If you feel the need to laugh yourself silly over what he considers Dawa cleverness, take a look in the Sinktrap -- we kept his first attempt for the amusement value.

For the moderators,
trailing wife
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#1  Would it be rubbing salt in 700 year old wounds to point out that both Cut & Paste and the CAPSLOCK key are Western infidel inventions.
Posted by: SteveS || 02/16/2012 15:27 Comments || Top||

#2  The words Pakistan and peace dont go together Wamiq
Posted by: Gruth McGurque5303 || 02/16/2012 15:34 Comments || Top||

#3  Huh.

I just figured someone's dog got on the keyboard.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/16/2012 15:50 Comments || Top||

#4  Poof! It has been yet again evaporated. How sad for him that he is loosing to a little Midwestern housewife known for her complete lack of computer skillz.

both Cut & Paste and the CAPSLOCK key are Western infidel inventions.  

Not to mention electricity, the Internet, computers, English, email addresses (in what strikes me as an unwise move, Mr. wamiq sheikh gave his as CANADIANPEACE_DREAM_OF_A_MOMAN@YAHOO.CA, and his organization as CANADIAN MOJAHIDEEN-E-PAKISTAN. When he gets back from his holiday, Fred can add that to our watch list. If our Canadian members would be good enough to look up CMeP, I would be grateful.)
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/16/2012 15:52 Comments || Top||

#5  Guess there are words in there.

I'll tell ya, what we do to those out here who cheat at cards, especially UNO.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/16/2012 16:03 Comments || Top||

#6  "wamiq sheikh" is the arabic name for the teeny-tiny brand of condoms. Something that covers a thimble of manhood
Posted by: Frank G || 02/16/2012 16:34 Comments || Top||

#7  I think that was a communique from the CBC.
Posted by: Canuckistan sniper || 02/16/2012 17:06 Comments || Top||

#8  I only look at the sink trap when I'm in it...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/16/2012 17:38 Comments || Top||

#9  You guys still hunting your lil canadian jihadist? we're looking for him now too.....
Posted by: Hupains Brown1398 || 02/16/2012 18:35 Comments || Top||

#10  Holy Cow! What kind of mild altering substances is this fellow on? I have seen more intelligent comments from a radio teletype hitting letters randomly in an electrical storm.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 02/16/2012 19:07 Comments || Top||

#11  You people are too easily trolled. Responses are what they crave.
Posted by: gromky || 02/16/2012 21:03 Comments || Top||

#12  tw, could you and the mods do people like me, who don't get to look at Rantburg until after work, a favor? Could you blank out the comment when moving it to the sink trap, rather than removing it? It gets confusing when I get home from work and see people having a conversation about something that doesn't even show up.

It gets confusing after a hard day's work when someone says 'cleanup on aisle 2', and comment #2 is some innocent comment, or something that refers to what was in comment #2.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 02/16/2012 21:03 Comments || Top||

#13  Rambler, I understand that it makes understanding the thrust of the thread difficult, but the Idiot hit us with about twenty-something of the exact same thing long comment over the course of two hours or so. I left one example for those who wanted to see what it was all about, but I was on deck all by myself battling the bogie (did I get that right?) until badanov got home from work and blocked the IP.

gromky, I have not had a good day. Propose a doable solution within my nonexistent abilities or, please, shut up. You are making me cry.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/16/2012 22:11 Comments || Top||

#14  Ahh.... a moderator's work is never done. (but much appreciated TW!).

Guy looks like a very, very, poor immitation of Joe. And, unlike Joe, doesn't make a lick of sense.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/16/2012 22:49 Comments || Top||

#15  We appreciate your efforts, tw. I know from experience how annoying dealing with these infestations can be.

Yeah, deleting stuff can make the thread confusing, but that's life, eh?

Engaging trolls in extended debate is silly and pointless. But it is fun to chew on them a bit. And to reflect on the contributions the Islamic world has made to our modern era - which is basically squat. OK, I'll give them fatwas and piles of corpses. And shawarmas.

Thanks again, tw. The chamomile tea is on me.
Posted by: SteveS || 02/16/2012 23:03 Comments || Top||

#16  Thank you, gentlemen, for your kind words.

gromky, I apologise for my sharp words, but today I really, really needed an afternoon nap instead of that JUSTICE wannabe.

SteveS, had he been arguing instead of repasting the same nastiness repeatedly, I promise I would have left him for y,all to play with. But those mostly seem to have gone the way of the competent jihadis, leaving Satan and his little satanettes to have all the fun.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/16/2012 23:23 Comments || Top||

#17  Make no mistake, I'm all for the wholesale deletion of this pitiful spamming. It doesn't even rise to the level of trolling. I do like the symbolic mockery of leaving a copy in the sink trap for reference. But even that is more than they deserve.
Posted by: SteveS || 02/16/2012 23:35 Comments || Top||

Four Taliban killed in Afghan raid
Four Taliban insurgents were killed in joint Afghan and Nato operation in northern Kunduz province on Wednesday night, the media office of the 303 Pamir Corps based in northern Afghanistan said on Thursday.

The operation, to clear the area of insurgents, was conducted in the Khan Abad district of the province, the media office said.

The insurgents, from Pakistan, had carried out attacks against the government, it added.

No Afghan or Nato soldiers, nor any civilians, were harmed during the operation.

Khan Abad district is considered an insecure area within the province and insurgents frequently engage in violent activities including attacks on Afghan National Police checkpoints.
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Four Taliban killed in Afghan raid
Four Taliban faceless myrmidons were killed in joint Afghan and NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
operation in northern Kunduz province on Wednesday night, the media office of the 303 Pamir Corps based in northern Afghanistan said on Thursday.

The operation, to clear the area of beturbanned goons, was conducted in the Khan Abad district of the province, the media office said.

The beturbanned goons, from Pakistain, had carried out attacks against the government, it added.

No Afghan or NATO soldiers, nor any civilians, were harmed during the operation.

Khan Abad district is considered an insecure area within the province and faceless myrmidons frequently engage in violent activities including attacks on Afghan National Police checkpoints.
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#1  The beturbanned goons, from Pakistain

Surely not our ally? LOL
Posted by: Gruth McGurque5303 || 02/16/2012 10:17 Comments || Top||

Africa Horn
African Troops Attack Islamists Positions in Mogadishu
(Naharnet) - African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
-backed Somali government forces attacked Islamist Shebab rebel posts on the outskirts of the war-torn capital Mogadishu with tanks and artillery Tuesday, officials and witness said.

Burundian troops with the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) launched a pre-dawn attack against holdout positions of the al-Qaeda-allied Shebab, to secure a key road leading from anarchic Mogadishu to the rebel-held town of Afgoye.

"Somalia's army and AMISOM troops advanced on new locations in the Afgoye corridor, they have taken bases there and will continue moving towards Afgoye," said Mohamed Alole, a Somali security official.

"The al-Qaeda gun-hung tough guys started to fight back, but they were defeated and bravely ran away after a brief exchange of gunfire."

On Sunday, AMISOM deputy commander Audace Nduwumunsi told Agence La Belle France Presse that the force would soon attack Afgoye, some 30 kilometers northwest of Mogadishu, which is home to around 400,000 displaced people.

Hardline Shebab fighters abandoned fixed positions in most of Mogadishu last August but continue to control small pockets on the outskirts of the city.

The fighters have instead largely switched to guerrilla tactics in Mogadishu, launching a string of attacks including roadside kabooms and grenade kabooms against the Western-backed government and AU troops.

"The road was closed at dawn with tanks and hundreds of soldiers ... fighting is going on and people there are worried," said Ahmednur Ali, a resident in Mogadishu's K13 area, 13 kilometers from the city center.

"I saw at least three tanks and other armored vehicles moving towards the area, civilian transport was stopped," said Dahir Bare, another witness.

A Shebab commander who spoke to AFP confirmed the festivities but declined to give details, but AMISOM said their attacks had been a success.

"Operations are ongoing to expand the zone of security in Mogadishu," Nduwumunsi said in a statement.

"AMISOM's Burundian contingent took Al Janal hill, which oversees the southern approaches to the Mogadishu International Airport, as well as the Masla building, which sits on the road to Afgoye," the statement said.

Extremist Shebab gunnies have been fighting to topple the Western-backed Somali government in Mogadishu, where the administration survives under the protection of the 10,000-strong AU force.

Regional countries have recently increased pressure on the Shebab, with Kenyan troops battling the rebels in southern Somalia since October.

Ethiopia also sent forces to southwestern Somalia in November, the second such incursion in less than three years.

Boilerplate follows...
Somalia has lacked a
n effective central government since president Mohamed Siad Barre was ousted in 1991, unleashing cycles of bloody conflict that have defied countless peace initiatives.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/16/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [312 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

Yemen journalist close to Awlaqi on hunger strike
SANAA — A Yemeni journalist who was close to slain US-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaqi and was jailed for five years last year for promoting Al-Qaeda is on hunger strike, Reporters Without Borders said on Wednesday.

“Abdul Ilah Haydar Shae... has been on hunger strike since 12 February. He has stopped eating and drinking in an attempt to pressure the authorities to release him,” said the media rights watchdog (Reporteurs Sans Frontieres, RSF) in a statement.
Time for a nasogastric tube. A fat one. Lubrication is optional...
Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who will officially step down on February 21, ordered the freeing of Shae a year ago. But “he was kept in detention as a result of direct pressure from the White House that began the day after the decree, when President Obama voiced ‘concern’ about his possible release because of his supposedly close ties to Al-Qaeda,” RSF said.
No one else in the world listens to Obama. Why would anyone in Yemen?
RSF urged the Yemeni authorities to free Shae and deplored the “interference” by the Unites States, which it said “does not hesitate to violate freedom of expression in order to pursue its war on terror and secure the cooperation of other countries.”

On January 18, 2011 the court specialising in terrorism cases convicted Shae, 34, of “working in the media for the benefit of Al-Qaeda, taking pictures of security buildings, embassies and foreign interests in Sanaa, and inciting Al-Qaeda to attack them.”

After serving his five year prison sentence, Shae, employed by the official news agency Saba and held in jail since August 16, is due to be placed under house arrest for two years.

The journalist said in July 2010 that security agents had kidnapped and beaten him.

“His health is deteriorating rapidly,” RSF said on Wednesday.
His choice...
A group of 146 journalists and activists also issued a statement received by AFP on Wednesday calling for Shae’s release.

“We warn that this decision (to go on strike) threatens his life,” it said. “We launch this campaign to call for saving his life and releasing him.”

“Haydar’s analyses have refuted much of the lies promoted by the media, thus embarrassing both the American and the Yemeni governments,” said the statement, referring to attacks on Al-Qaeda hide-outs in Yemen.

“Most victims of these attacks were innocent women and children who have nothing to do with Al-Qaeda. The decision came to silence (Shae) after he unveiled most of these crimes,” the statement added.

“We urge all local, regional and international rights groups and political parties to take up their duty towards this case,” it said.

Shae, who specialises in terrorism, is considered one of Yemen’s most knowledgeable journalists on Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — the network’s local affiliate. He is also known for his close ties to Awlaqi, the jihadist preacher said by Washington to have been linked to a failed 2009 attack on a US-bound airliner, who was killed on September 30 in an air strike in Yemen.
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#1  let him starve. Save the food
Posted by: Frank G || 02/16/2012 8:12 Comments || Top||

Tales from the Crossfire Gazette
Kushtia - A member of an `extremist` group
Might be a New Biplobi communist, might be an Old Biplobi communist...
Might even be one of those jihadi organizations, though one rarely sees those.
was killed in an `encounter`
Not quite a 'cross-fire' but it will do, it will do...
No,no, it's the same thing. They changed the name after the Rab was called before a judge for cross-firing too many people whose friends and relations claimed they were innocent and without blemish.
with RAB at Padamdi village in Shailkupa upazila in Jhenaidah district on Monday night.
We have no idea where that is.
But a fine-grained enough map, say 1:1, would likely reveal it to an examiner with very sharp eyesight and a 10x loupe...
Without naming the deceased
William? George? Bruce?
and the outlawed party that he belonged to,
Perhaps he was a Purba Banglar communist?
Mahfuzul Haque, Commander of Kushtia RAB camp 12, said they were secretly informed
Hat-tip to Mahmoud the Weasel...
Good old MtW -- the kids have been educated and married off, some of the lads set up in business for themselves, and the grandkiddies are heading off to university now. If only he weren't addicted to the adrenaline rush as he waits for the phone to ring, he'd retire.
that 7/8 members
Not quite a whole member...
That'd be Hadji 'Hafling' Mostafa. He was never quite the same after that chainsaw-juggling accident.
of an outlawed party gathered at the house of one Motiar Rahman to sit for a clandestine meeting tonight.
But don't tell anyone because it's clandestine...
Accordingly RAB 6
So a handoff from RAB 12 to RAB 6...
conducted a leisurely drive
With a truck containing the remains of the bad boy, all trussed and ready to dump...
at the village to arrest the alleged terrorists from the house at 9 pm, he stated.
Awfully early in the evening. Maybe RAB Team 6 had other encounters booked?
Sensing presence of RAB
"Hark! My spider-sense is tingling! Cheez, it's the RAB!"
the `terrorists` opened random, aimless fire on the elite force
Without hitting anyone of course...
provoking retaliation
They had to...
Of course. Rab sergeants are rightfully proud of the training their men get in the finer points of gunplay etiquette.
resulting an unidentified terrorist killed in line of fire
The line from the pistol to the back of his head just behind the ear
while the rest managed to escape
As if they were never there in the first place
leaving behind huge firearms, he added.
"We're talking HUGE firearms, boys!"
"But Sarge, ours are bigger, right?"
"Of course, lad. Ours are always bigger. Allah himself has arranged the universe that this be so forever."
Following the encounter the RAB team conducted a search and found the bullet-hit body of an unidentified `terrorist` lying in a room of the house
Right where they left him...
'terrorist' - sounds like someone once worked for Reuters.
and they also recovered seven firearms and 22 rounds of ammunitions from the house.
Apparently the deader didn't even rate a date with Dr. Quincy at the local medical school morgue...
RAB cordoned the house for several hours soon after the gunfight died down.
So that they could party in peace and quiet...
The gun fires sent a panic wave in the village.
"Oh! Oh! GUNS in our village! Why we never!"
RAB said they recovered two shot guns, one shutter gun, 2 LG, one 9 mm pistol,
Hey! That's only six! Where's the seventh firearm recovered?
two live bombs and 22 bullets of rifle and other guns.
Early in the evening or not, it was a good encounter and so RAB Team 6 earned the coveted placement of a shutter gun at the side of the victim perpetrator. After collecting the usual trophy photographs, the shutter gun was cleaned, put back into its velvet-lined case and returned to the RAB headquarters.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/16/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [381 views] Top|| File under:

#1  wamiq sheikh troll talks thusly: "USA EARTH MIDGET POWER", and "CANADIAN WORLDWIDE PEACE ADDICTION CAMPAIGN APPEAL", amongst the other feverish islamoid turditude.

Well,with the demise of USA midget power, we Canucks would have to step up the plate. We're all for peace... through superior firepower.

(A group of Canucks (some are of Hindu origin) works on a weapon code-named Garuda Puncher. It's totally quiet -- bare the buzz created by high voltage [have to end it there for top secret reasons]. It punches a clean surgical precision hole of a size of Canuck Loonie into anything. The only problem to resolve is to make it stop at some point--for example, if you lined up all the Pakis in a column, one push of a button would make them "holed", and consequently "demised"--make it three-four pushes of a button, to cover differing tallness of the Paki induhviduals. We are also working on audio recognition--if someone utters an Islamic call to prayer or shahada, the Garuda Puncher would zoom on the subject and automatically punch, going six inches above the vocal box)
Posted by: Twobyfour || 02/16/2012 14:50 Comments || Top||

#2  He appears to be posting from Canada, dear Twobyfour. A very rude guest.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/16/2012 14:58 Comments || Top||

#3  TW, Paki nutjobs... which country doesn't have them at this juncture, to their eternal shame. Sad is that a few hundred years back, they were all normal people.
Posted by: Twobyfour || 02/16/2012 15:05 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russian forces kill Islamist rebel leader
MOSCOW - Russian security forces have killed a leader of an Islamist rebel group in the North Caucasus who was accused of plotting a botched suicide kaboom in Moscow and calling for more bombings.

Ibragimkhalil Daudov was found dead in a forest on Tuesday after being maimed at the weekend in a shootout when police stormed a nearby house where he was hiding in the mainly Moslem region of Dagestan, Kommersant newspaper reported.

Daudov beat feet after the shootout, in which four gunnies were killed, but lost a lot of blood and froze to death, Kommersant quoted security officers as saying.

Russia's Anti-Terrorism Committee confirmed Daudov's death and said it had seized videos calling on fellow villagers to leave their families and undertake jihad, or Islamic holy war.
This article starring:
Ibragimkhalil Daudov
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/16/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [307 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ibragimkhalil "Eyechart" Daudov
Posted by: Frank G || 02/16/2012 8:14 Comments || Top||

Iraqi-born cleric in Norway terror trial
OSLO, Norway: An Iraqi-born cleric pleaded not guilty in a Norwegian court Wednesday to charges of making death threats against politicians and encouraging suicide bombings.

Prosecutors said Mullah Krekar, a 55-year-old Islamist who came to Norway as a refugee in 1991, faces several years in prison if found guilty.
But don't deport him, because he couldn't possibly receive a fair trial anywhere else...
Since his arrival, Krekar has made frequent trips to Iraq where he founded the Kurdish Ansar Al-Islam, listed as a terrorist organization by the United States and other nations. It is suspected of organizing suicide bombings against coalition forces in Iraq.

In 2005, a Norwegian court declared him a national security threat and ordered him deported, but later postponed the move because of concerns he could face execution or torture in Iraq.
Prosecutor Marit Bakkevig told the court Wednesday that Krekar had violated Norwegian terror laws by making threats that “were meant to cause fear in society” and force officials to halt the deportation order. “The statements appear as persistent threats,” she said.

Two years ago, Krekar told foreign reporters in Oslo that if he were deported to Iraq and killed, Norwegian officials would “pay with their lives,” according to a transcript included in the indictment presented in court.
Perhaps, but he certainly would have paid with his...
Charges also include comments Krekar made on NBC’s news program “The Wanted” in 2009. He said America deserved the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, and condoned suicide bombings against Americans in Iraq. He is also charged with making death threats on various websites against others.

Krekar’s lawyer, Brynjar Meling, said his client stands by what he said, but he had not broken the law.

“It should not be looked upon as threats,” Meling told The Associated Press on the eve of the trial, adding that it would be “a test case” for drawing the line between Norwegian terror laws and freedom of speech.

The trial is expected to last three weeks.
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U.S. drone kills five insurgents in Miranshah
At least five Orcs and similar vermin were killed in a US drone strike in northwest of Pak on Thursday, local officials said.

The strike took place in Miranshah
... headquarters of al-Qaeda in Pakistain and likely location of Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Haqqani network has established a ministate in centered on the town with courts, tax offices and lots of madrassas...
near Afghan border, Pak security officials said.

A security official said that two missiles were fired by a US drone on a compound used by Death Eaters in Spalga town near Miranshah in which five Death Eaters were killed.

Miranshah is the main town in North Wazoo region, known as stronghold of Taliban and al-Qaeda linked of Death Eaters.

Pakistain, after a NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
air strike on 26 Nov. 2011 on two Pak checkpoints near Afghan border that killed 24 Pak troops, blocked the NATO supply route into Afghanistan and asked US officials to vacate Shamsi airbase which was used for US drone operations in Afghanistan and Pakistain.

US resumed drone operations on January 10.

Recently many Orcs and similar vermin have been killed in US drone strikes in Pakistain.

US officials recently said that eight of al-Qaeda's top 20 leaders were eliminated in the past year, mostly in US drone strikes.
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U.S. drone kills five insurgents in Miranshah
At least five insurgents were killed in a US drone strike in northwest of Pakistani on Thursday, local officials said.

The strike took place in Miranshah near Afghan border, Pakistani security officials said.

A security official said that two missiles were fired by a US drone on a compound used by militants in Spalga town near Miranshah in which five militants were killed.

Miranshah is the main town in North Waziristan region, known as stronghold of Taliban and al-Qaeda linked of militants.

Pakistan, after a Nato air strike on 26 Nov. 2011 on two Pakistani checkpoints near Afghan border that killed 24 Pakistani troops, blocked the Nato supply route into Afghanistan and asked US officials to vacate Shamsi airbase which was used for US drone operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

US resumed drone operations on January 10.

Recently many insurgents have been killed in US drone strikes in Pakistan.

US officials recently said that eight of al-Qaeda's top 20 leaders were eliminated in the past year, mostly in US drone strikes.
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7 Paks Detained in Bagram
Govt ordered to begin talks with US, Afghanistan to bring inmates back home

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday directed the government to begin negotiations with US and Afghan governments for the return of seven Pakistani detainees in Bagram.
Bagram -- say, that's in Afghanistan, isn't it. What were the hard boyz doing in Afghanistan?
Hearing a petition challenging the alleged abduction of the seven Pakistanis, Justice Khalid Mehmood found there to be no serious allegations against the detainees.
Of course he didn't...
He said a Foreign Ministry's report -- submitted to the court earlier -- showed that the government had done nothing to ensure its citizens rights and freedoms as guaranteed by the constitution. The Justice Project Pakistan (JPP), a non-profit law firm, has moved the court for the release of the detainees. The court also observed that it is the government of Pakistan that should be fighting for the rights of its citizens considering that it is in a position to raise this issue at the highest governmental level.

"In these circumstances, respondents are directed to commence negotiations with the government of Afghanistan as well as the government of USA for bringing these detainees in Pakistan for their trial, if any, according to law. The respondents will submit a report within two months from today," the judge observed.

The court scheduled the hearing for March 21 when the ministry is expected to submit a report on the government's talks with US and Afghan governments to secure the release of the detainees.

The JPP's Barrister Sarah Belal welcomed the development, and said, "It is time that institutions of the country begin to stand up for the rights of their citizens...You cannot begin to imagine what it means for the families of the detainees, who wait endlessly for someone, anyone, to pay heed to their plight."
They were simple shepherds. Pious, simple shepherds. Heavily-armed, pious, simple shepherds.
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#1  Troll is leaving droppings everywhere. Because Garuda Puncher isn't ready yet, nuke the troll, by all means.
Posted by: Twobyfour || 02/16/2012 14:56 Comments || Top||

One killed, five injured in Jamrud blast
LANDIKOTAL: One person was killed and five others injured in a bomb blast in Wazir Dhand area of Jamrud tehsil on Wednesday.

According to the area’s local administration, the bomb, planted in a motorcycle, went off in a local market, injuring six persons and damaging many shops. The injured were rushed to Jamrud Civil Hospital and Peshawar Hospital, where one of them succumbed to his injuries.

Khasadar Force personnel rushed to the spot and cordoned off the area. The local administration officials said two vehicles and ten shops were damaged in the incident. So far, nobody has claimed responsibility for the blast, the officials added.

Meanwhile, Jamrud administration recovered three kidnapped persons from Ghundi area of the town.

Separately, Khasadar Force at Begyari checkpost recovered a kidnapped person from a car and arrested the driver, local sources said.
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US captive charged with trying to kill Perv
MIAMI: US prosecutors in the Guantanamo war crimes tribunals filed charges on Tuesday against a Pakistani who grew up outside Baltimore, alleging he plotted with al Qaeda to attack US targets and assassinate former president Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf.

The charges against defendant Majid Khan allege that in 2002, he donned an explosives vest and sat in a mosque in Karachi, where Musharraf was expected. He planned to blow himself up and kill Musharraf, but the plot was foiled when the president failed to show up, the charges said.

Prosecutors allege Khan, 31, was an al Qaeda operative who reported directly to Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, the self-described mastermind of the September 11 attacks. Khan is accused of plotting with Khalid Sheikh to blow up underground gasoline storage tanks in the US – attacks that were apparently not carried out. Khan is also accused of conspiring with al Qaeda operatives in Indonesia to bomb bars, cafes and nightclubs frequented by Westerners.

Khan, a Pakistani with legal US residence, moved with his family to Baltimore in 1996 and graduated from high school there three years later.
Shouldn't he be in Guantanamo?
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Protest for Palestinian hunger striker turns violent
High Court agrees to hear appeal for Khader Adnan's release.

Two border coppers and 20 Paleostinians protesters were lightly injured during festivities on Wednesday afternoon, near Ofer Prison just outside Ramallah.

Some 150 protesters rallied there to call on the defense minister to release Paleostinian prisoner Khader Adnan, 33.

The father of two from Arrabe, near Jenin, has been on a hunger strike for 61 days to protest his administrative detention. He was in the prison until he was transferred to the Galilee Medical Faculty in Safed.

The IDF placed in long-term storage him in his home on December 17, but has not charged him with anything.

There have been media reports that Adnan belonged to the Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the liquidation of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
, but the Shin Bet (Israel Security Service) and the IDF have not confirmed that.

Although his detention order is for four months, Adnan fears it will be extended indefinitely, said Israeli activist Jonathan Pollak, who is a front man for the Paleostinian grassroots organization the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee.

As his medical situation becomes critical, activist support on his behalf has increased.

Wednesday's protest was the third such rally this week outside Ofer Prison. The border coppers shot tear gas and rubber bullets at the protesters, according to Pollak.

An IDF front man said the officers responded with tear gas and riot dispersal means after protesters threw stones at them.

A small protest by Israeli activists was also held outside the hospital in Safed.

On Friday, a demonstration will be held in solidarity with Adnan in the West Bank village of Bil'in, near Modi'in Illit. Pollack said it was possible an additional protest would be held on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the High Court of Justice agreed to hear a petition for release submitted by Adnan's attorney, but it has yet to set a date for the hearing. The appeal relied in part on medical information provided by Physicians for Human Rights-Israel.

The organization said that one of its doctors had examined Adnan five times this week. The doctor has determined that he is in "immediate danger of death," the organization said in a release it sent to the media. When queried, it would not release the name of the physician.

Adnan is receiving an infusion of liquids, salts, glucose and vitamins, the doctor said in the blurb. He has lost 30 kilograms, the doctor said. His condition is weak and he is permanently connected to a heart monitor.

After 50 days of fasting, the muscles can decompose. As a result the heart can fail and the immune system can collapse, the doctor said.
Be strong, Mr, Adnan. Destroy your health permanently for the cause.
It is not possible to survive a hunger strike of longer than 70 days, the doctor added.
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IDF strikes terror targets in Gaza after rocket attacks
Israeli Air Force locates targets in northern, southern Gazoo Strip; IDF identifies direct hits, holds Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, responsible for rocket attacks; strikes come after rocket attacks hit southern communities.

The IDF struck targets in the Gazoo Strip Wednesday night, after five rockets fired from the Strip pounded farming regions in southern Israel.

The Israel Air Force attacked "centers of terror activity in the northern and southern Gazoo Strip," the IDF Spokesman's Office announced in a statement, identifying direct hits.

"The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli citizens or IDF soldiers, and will continue to act against any terrorist activity against the State of Israel," the IDF said. "Hamas is a terrorist organization, and bears all responsibility."

Paleostinian reports of the attack did not mention any casualties.

The IDF said Wednesday night's strikes were a response to rocket fire targeting southern communities in Israel bordering the Strip.

Two rockets went kaboom! in the Sdot Negev Regional Council, two more fell in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council, and a fifth fell in the Eshkol Regional Council.

No injuries or damage were reported in the attacks.

"We can't accept this drizzle of rockets," Yair Farjun, head of the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council said following the attacks. "We live in a bizarre reality" Farjun told The Jerusalem Post. "We switch from emergency and then back to routine. We've lived like this for many years."

Farjun recounted a rocket attack last Friday evening in which a projectile smashed into an area between two homes in a kibbutz, "shattering the tranquility of the Sabbath. And tonight, we heard a massive boom again."

He added that Israel "can't tolerate such a continuing situation, where our calm is shattered. It must be made clear to them that there is a price to this."

On Friday, a Kassam rocket went kaboom! in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council, causing light damage to buildings in the blast radius. The attack prompted a response from the Israel Air Force, which struck four terror targets on Saturday night.

Hospital officials in Gazoo said that the air strike killed a Paleostinian civilian, a guard in his 50s or 60s at an animal farm east of Gazoo City. His caravan was hit by a missile and his adult son was maimed, the officials said.
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Southeast Asia
Philippine troops searching for kidnapped Aussie clashed with Abu Sayyaf
Philippine troops searching for a kidnapped Australian adventurer clashed with Abu Sayyaf terrorists militants in the southern province of Basilan. Reports said the fighting erupted in the town of Sumisip, an area where Warren Rodwell, 52, is believed being held captive by Abu Sayyaf.

Rodwell was kidnapped by five gunmen disguised as policemen in December from his home in the seaside town of Ipil and brought by boat to Basilan.

There were no reports of casualties in twenty minutes of fighting, but troops recovered bomb materials, binocular and a motorcycle left behind by fleeing gunmen led by Ustadz Muads.

Army Colonel Ricardo Visaya, commander of military forces in Basilan,said, "There is an ongoing operation against the Abu Sayyaf and we are tracking down the terrorists."
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#1  It is encouraging to hear that the Philippines and Australia haven't caved to the ransom demands and are working to rescue Rodwell.
Posted by: American Delight || 02/16/2012 7:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Rodwell is a fuckwit who ignored warnings and lived in an area known to have kidnapppers. Now the army has to bail him out. Nice job, asshole.
Posted by: gromky || 02/16/2012 20:49 Comments || Top||

#3  Agreed, gromky.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/16/2012 23:27 Comments || Top||

Couple gunned down in southern Thailand
A man and his wife were gunned down as they left home to gather forest products in Pattani province on Tuesday morning. Anan sae Iew and his wife Lakkhana sae Iew were shot by two men who followed them on a motorcycle as they left their home. The assailants also stole their motorcycle.

In Narathiwat province, police searched a rubber plantation for explosives and other bomb-making materials. They were led to the site by Ibromae Dona, a supporter of the RKK terrorist separatist group who yesterday surrendered to authorities. Two plastic buckets containing 10kg and 5kg of urea fertiliser, two steel boxes which could be used to house improvised bombs, and steel rods cut into small pieces were found.

Village leader killed in drive-by shooting

A village leader was killed in a drive-by shooting in Narathiwat province on Tuesday evening. Police received a report about the shooting at 6:30 p.m. They found the body of Madawee Mayawka, 48, village chief of Ban Kujing Ruapa, behind the steering wheel of his pickup truck.

Madawee was driving his truck on a rural road in his village after attending a meeting at the provincial district office when a gunman on a pickup truck opened fire on him with an M16 assault rifle. The victim was hit several times in the chest and died on the spot. Police blamed separatist terrorists militants.
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Link between Thai, India attacks found
BANGKOK: Thai investigators believe they have found a link between this week’s bomb blasts in Bangkok and New Delhi, a security official said on Wednesday, two of three attacks Israel has blamed on Iran.

“The individual was in possession of the same magnets and we are currently examining the source of the magnet,” National Security Council Secretary Wichian Podphosri said.

A man carrying an Iranian passport lost a leg when a bomb he was carrying in Bangkok went off on Tuesday after an earlier explosion, apparently accidental, at a house he was renting. His other leg had to be amputated. The suspect, identified as Saeid Moradi, was in stable condition in a Bangkok hospital, although he remained unconscious after 10 hours of surgery, said hospital surgeon Suparung Preechayuth.

Police said he had been charged with illegal possession of explosives, causing explosions, attempted murder and assaulting a police officer.

Two other men shared the rented house with him. One was arrested at Bangkok’s international airport on Tuesday but he has not yet been charged. The other was arrested on Wednesday afternoon at Kuala Lumpur airport as he tried to board a plane to Tehran, Malaysian police said. The suspect, in his 30s, had evaded authorities at Bangkok airport and flown to Malaysia.

Police Inspector General Ismail Omar said he was arrested on intelligence from Thai authorities and was being investigated for “terrorism activities” related to the Bangkok bombings.

In the Bangkok attack, one bomb went off in the bombers’ home. Another was thrown at a taxi that wouldn’t take one of the men who left the house. The third blew off the man’s leg when he tried to throw it at police and it either went off before he could throw it or it hit something and ricocheted back at him.

The American, British and Australian embassies in Bangkok told their citizens to be vigilant in light of the explosions but did not advise against travel to the capital.

A day earlier in the Indian capital, a bomb wrecked a car taking an Israeli embassy official to pick up her children from school, police said. The woman was in stable condition on Wednesday after surgery to her spine and liver. Her driver and two passers-by suffered lesser injuries in the attack.

On the same day, an attempt to bomb an Israeli embassy car in Tbilisi failed and the device was defused, Israeli and Georgian officials said.

Israel’s ambassador to Thailand said the bombings in Bangkok, New Delhi and Tiblisi bore similarities.

“If you put together all the details that we have until now, including the disclosure of the explosives, they are very similar, if not the same as that were used against our diplomats and our people in India and Georgia,” he told Thai TV.
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29 Dead across Syria as Troops Assault Hama
(Naharnet) - Syrian troops on Wednesday launched an assault on the central city of Hama, as ongoing violence killed 29 people across the country, a rights group said.

Loud blasts could be heard in the Hama's Hamidiyeh and other neighborhoods, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Rami Abdul Rahman, head of the Britannia-based monitoring group, said ongoing festivities had killed 20 people, including nine civilians, in Al-Atareb, northwestern Aleppo
...For centuries, Aleppo was Greater Syria's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third, after Constantinople and Cairo. Although relatively close to Damascus in distance, Aleppans regard Damascenes as country cousins...

A kaboom killed three people in Jisr al-Shughour, a 16-year-old schoolgirl was rubbed out in southern Daraa province and gunfire and kabooms rocked the northern city of Idlib, said the Observatory.

Five soldiers died when a bomb attached to their armored vehicle by army deserters went kaboom! in the town of Sermin, Idlib province, it added.

In Damascus
...The City of Jasmin is the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the world. It has not always been inhabited by the same set of fascisti...
, dozens of pro-regime young Syrians gathered in front of the Russian embassy to thank Moscow and Beijing for their support, state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?

"We are here to thank Russia and China," said one woman who urged Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Before going into the family business Pencilneck was an eye doctor...
to deploy the army across Syria and to strike what she called gangs "with an iron fist."

As diplomats said they would seek a condemnation of the violence at the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday, China called for an "inclusive dialogue" between the government and opposition protesters.

China and Russia have faced a barrage of criticism for blocking a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning the Assad regime.

Rights groups say more than 6,000 people have been killed since regime forces launched the crackdown on protests calling for democracy, which were launched 11 months ago to the day.
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Good morning!
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#1  Happy Birthday/Daily Gam Shot

Amanda Holden (British) aka Judge on "Britain's Got Talent (2007–present)" aka Lizzie in "Big Top (TV Series 2009)" aka Sarah Trevanion in "Wild at Heart (TV Series 2006– )" aka Mia Bevan in "Cutting It (TV Series 2002– )" (age 42)

Talented Gams
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 02/16/2012 3:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Leigh Taylor Young was the hawt. Check her out as "the furniture" in Soylent Green. I tried to get the same decorator for my Condo
Posted by: Frank G || 02/16/2012 7:52 Comments || Top||

#3  WAS the hawt would be the operative word. Hasn't aged well. See mud fence.
Posted by: remoteman || 02/16/2012 16:51 Comments || Top||

#4  Seemed like a good place to set my cookie.
Posted by: gorb || 02/16/2012 17:03 Comments || Top||

#5  Hmm...I see a tan tummy that calls out for adoration.
Posted by: Elmising Poodle6592 || 02/16/2012 22:27 Comments || Top||

#6  WAS the hawt would be the operative word. Hasn't aged well. See mud fence.

I'm willing to cut her plenty of slack on this score since she just turned 67. The genetic staying power of Lauren Bacall and Julie Christie is a rare thing.
Posted by: Ricky bin Ricardo (Abu Babaloo) || 02/16/2012 23:34 Comments || Top||

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