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Pak commandos dropped into Taliban stronghold
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 05/12/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Happy Birthday: May 12th.

Florence Nightingale - died 1910 (90)

Katharine Hepburn - died 2003 (96)

Howard K. Smith - 2002 (87)

Mary Kay Ash - died 2001 (83)

Yogi Berra - 84 "Yankee" (Now)

George Carlin - died 2008 (71)

Millie Perkins - 71 "The Diary of Anne Frank" (Now-2005)

Vanessa A. Williams - 46 "Soul Food" (Now)

On this day in history: May 12th.
1941 – Konrad Zuse presents the Z3, the world's first working programmable, fully automatic computer, in Berlin.
1949 – The Soviet Union lifts its Blockade of Berlin.
1949 – The western occupying powers approve the Basic Law for the new German state – the Federal Republic of Germany.
1962 – Douglas MacArthur delivers his famous "Duty, Honor, Country" valedictory speech at the United States Military Academy.
1965 – The Soviet spacecraft Luna 5 crashes on the Moon.
1975 – Mayagüez incident: the Cambodian navy seizes the American merchant ship SS Mayaguez in international waters.
2002 – Former US President Jimmy Carter arrives in Cuba for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro becoming first President of the United States, in or out of office, to visit the island since Castro's 1959 revolution
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 05/12/2009 3:58 Comments || Top||


#3  Saw her up close in 1968 at the San Antonio HemisFair as she and Ranier opened the Monocan trade pavilion. Extremely lovely and GRACEFUL.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 05/12/2009 11:01 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Sahel military operation suspended to facilitate hostage negotiations
[Maghrebia] Algeria, Mali, Niger and Mauritania will suspend their joint operation against al-Qaeda in the four countries' border region for two weeks, El Khabar reported on Monday (May 11th) citing a high-ranking security source. The decision aims at saving the lives of the British and Swiss hostages held by al-Qaeda in northern Mali while negotiations reportedly continue between terrorists, Malian mediators and Salafists living in Europe. The military forces already deployed in the region will remain in position. The release of the two hostages is expected in the coming weeks.
Posted by: Fred || 05/12/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa


Libya reports prison suicide of top Qaeda man
A Libyan Islamist whose fabricated testimony about Al Qaeda was used by the United States to justify its 2003 invasion of Iraq has killed himself in his Libyan jail cell, a Libyan newspaper reported on Monday.

Ali Muhammad Abdelaziz Al Fakhiri, aka Ibn Al Sheikh Al-Libi, "was found dead after he committed suicide," Oed newspaper reported on its website, adding Libyan authorities were investigating.
"He may even have been found dead before committing suicide."
"What were his last words before he committed suicide?"
"Don't shoot!"

Captured by US-led forces in Pakistan in the weeks after the September 11, 2001 attacks, Al Fakhiri later made up a story about links between Al Qaeda and Iraq to avoid torture while in the custody of a third country, according to a 2006 US Senate Intelligence Committee report.
Posted by: Fred || 05/12/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

#1  excellent! two lying memes in one! We invaded Iraq because of AQ ties, and he did it to avoid "torture". Economical lying, good job, Dailytimes.pk
Posted by: Frank G || 05/12/2009 7:48 Comments || Top||

#2 

Oh yeah! I remember the ugly guy. Enjoy your paradise!
Posted by: Kofi Claitle6576 || 05/12/2009 9:24 Comments || Top||

#3  Easiest way to torture this guy would be to give him a mirror...
Posted by: tu3031 || 05/12/2009 9:56 Comments || Top||

#4  thanks Kofi i was wondering if that was the al libi i remembered, unfortunately that face is scarred into my brain about like KSM in that night gown when they caught him
Posted by: rabid whitetail || 05/12/2009 11:56 Comments || Top||

#5  A little research sez that's Abu Farraj al-Libbi, whom I believe resides at Guantanamo By The Sea. Easy mistake to make though...
Posted by: tu3031 || 05/12/2009 14:24 Comments || Top||

#6  You're excused TW, I can't tell one bearded crazy from another either.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 05/12/2009 14:48 Comments || Top||

#7  Oh ur right! Well here's a better picture.



Posted by: Kofi Claitle6576 || 05/12/2009 18:28 Comments || Top||


Car kaboom in Coptic quarter of Cairo
The Egyptian Ministry of Interior confirmed on Monday that the last night car bombing close to a Coptic Church in Zaitun district of Cairo resulted from an improvised explosive devise. A Fiat 128 went off last night when its owner was attending a wedding party at Al-'Azra Church. The bombing prompted panic among the passersby and the residents of the area.

Another remotely-controlled explosive charge has been diffused in the same area by the mine experts of the General Administration for Civil Protection, the ministry said in a press release here.

The security forces launched a combing operation in the neighborhood in search for the culprits, the statement said. Investigations are underway to reveal all dimensions of the incidents and the identity and motives of the perpetrators, it added.
Posted by: Seafarious || 05/12/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The Copts might consider getting several of their own trained to defuse bombs, as it appears their neighbors are getting overexcited again.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/12/2009 7:46 Comments || Top||

#2  Incidentally, zeitun is the site of one of the most famous and witnessed (probably several hundred thousands witnesses over 2 years, almost all of them muslim, by the way) marian apparition in all History, even before Fatima.

See
Apparitions of Our Lady in Zeitun

So, whatever it was (actual Marian apparition, ufo, demonice deception, etc, etc, YMMV), it was well-witnessed and well-recorded, though the vids and pics don't show much past a luminous shape often with accompanying "orbs", but even for egyptian muslims, it was an undeniable "supernatural" event. So, in a way, it's bewildering the local djihadists would strike at the oppressed kufr minority at hand in this very place, whihc would have some kind of significance even for the Master Religion.
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 05/12/2009 8:01 Comments || Top||

#3  Our Lady of Zeitoun
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 05/12/2009 15:38 Comments || Top||


Bangladesh
2 killed in Rangamati gunfight
[Bangla Daily Star] Two activists of United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) were killed in a gun battle with army members during a raid at Badalchhari under sadar upazila yesterday.

The army men rounded up two UPDF activists in the predawn raid. A huge number of arms and ammunition were also recovered from the UPDF hideout, 30 kilometres off the district town.

Acting on a tip off, a team of army from Sadar Zone led by Maj Sheikh Jillur Rahman cordoned off the hideout at about 4:00 am.

Sensing their presence, UPDF men opened fire triggering a gun battle that left two activists of UPDF dead on the spot.

Both detainees -- Sumon Chakma, 19, and Basanta Chakma, 20 -- were handed over to Kotwali police, military sources said.

The identities of the dead could not be known as of 5.30 pm yesterday.

Arms and ammunition retrieved from the den include a US-made M-16 rifle with magazine, 245 live bullets, 2 light guns (LG), 2 walkie-talkies, knives and uniforms.
Posted by: Fred || 05/12/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The RAB really should've copywrighted these things...




Posted by: tu3031 || 05/12/2009 14:15 Comments || Top||


200 sepoys held in 7 dists
[Bangla Daily Star] About 200 suspected BDR rebels were arrested from different sectors, battalions and camps in seven northern districts yesterday as the police started filing sedition cases against the border troops across the country for staging February 25-26 mutiny.

Police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) assisted by army personnel arrested suspected mutineers from different BDR units as courts concerned issued warrant against them following filing of the cases.

Later police hauled the BDR jawans before the courts in the districts concerned which ordered to send them to jails.

Meanwhile, a Dhaka court placed 37 suspected BDR mutineers on a five-day remand each yesterday in connection with the carnage in the Pilkhana headquarters.

Of the arrestees, 51 were detained in Dinajpur, 20 in Joypurhat, 25 in Thakurgaon, 22 in Panchagarh, 33 in Rangpur, 34 in Kurigram and 15 in Lalmonirhat.

Earlier, law enforcers prepared a list of BDR jawans who looted arms from armouries and came out of their camps to stage mutiny across the country. The home ministry finally approved 40 sedition cases in 27 districts in connection with the mutinies at different BDR units.

Earlier on Sunday, 149 BDR jawans were rounded up from different BDR battalions and camps in Bandarban and Rangamati following filing of sedition cases against them.

Our correspondents from Rangpur, Dinajpur, Kurigram, Thakurgaon and Lalmonirhat report: The courts issued warrant orders after officers in charge (OC) concerned filed sedition cases with the Judicial Magistrate Courts of the districts on Sunday on charge of rebellion in different BDR sectors and battalions.

BDR sources said suspected BDR rebels were identified by examining video footages of different television channels and photographs published in different local and national dailies and on the basis of statements of BDR personnel.

Prior to the raids, administrations in the districts beefed up security deploying army, Rab and police personnel around BDR units.

Last month, 42 BDR jawans under Dinajpur sector were sent to Dhaka Pilkhana BDR Headquarters for interrogation.

Our court correspondent adds: The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Dhaka yesterday placed 37 BDR jawans on remand after the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) produced them before the court with a petition for a seven-day remand for each of them.

The court, however, granted only five-day remand for them.

Of 37 BDR jawans, 30 were shown arrested earlier while seven others were shown arrested yesterday raising the number of total arrestees in the case to 1382.
Posted by: Fred || 05/12/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Looks like Doctor Quincy is gonna be a busy man...
Posted by: tu3031 || 05/12/2009 9:54 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Pakistan commandos dropped into Taliban stronghold
MARDAN, Pakistan (AP) - Helicopters dropped Pakistani commandos into a Taliban stronghold in the Swat Valley on Tuesday, pressing ahead with an offensive the army said had killed more than 750 militants and driven around 800,000 people from their homes. Despite claims of success in an operation that began after heavy U.S. pressure, the army said it had yet to start operations in the region's main town of Swat, where witnesses say Taliban insurgents are in control and preparing for what could be bloody door-to-door fighting.

Choppers placed troops on "search and destroy" missions in the remote Piochar area in the upper reaches of the Swat Valley, army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said. Officials have identified Piochar as the rear-base of an estimated 4,000 Taliban militants. It is seen as a possible hiding place of Swat Taliban chief Maulana Fazlullah.

Farther south, a suspected U.S. missile attack flattened a house and killed at least eight people in another militant bastion near the Afghan border. The missile strike destroyed a house in Sara Khora, a village in the South Waziristan tribal region, Pakistani security officials said.

Initial intelligence reports said eight people died. Agents on the ground were still trying to discover the identities of the victims. Yar Mohammad, a resident of the area, told The Associated Press by telephone that he had seen Taliban militants removing bodies from the building and taking them away in vehicles.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/12/2009 14:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6538 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Does anybody believe this? How about getting some reporters embedded with the Pak troops?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 05/12/2009 16:19 Comments || Top||

#2  "For it's YAR! YAR! YAR!..."
Posted by: mojo || 05/12/2009 17:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Embedding with Pak troops, even their Special Ops, would require more stones than any sane individual should have.
Posted by: tipover || 05/12/2009 17:46 Comments || Top||

#4  pak army will not let reporters in war zone. this is what i have been saying for at least 3 days there is no vids or pics of dead taliban seems too be alot of bullshit too me
Posted by: rabid whitetail || 05/12/2009 17:59 Comments || Top||

#5  Sure missing the Indian Army page "Army in Cashmir"
wich had pictures of their daily score of
'slimes terr trophy kills.

'Twas a daily read, so soothing...until some
PC asshole pulled the pages...
Posted by: Ming the Merciless || 05/12/2009 20:32 Comments || Top||

#6  Surely it would be available somewhere on the internet, Ming the Merciless?
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/12/2009 21:19 Comments || Top||

#7  ...he had seen Taliban militants removing bodies from the building and taking them away in vehicles. = future dead civilians in the next suspected or alleged U.S. missile attack.
Posted by: Willy || 05/12/2009 21:39 Comments || Top||

#8  To access internet archive sites, you
need to remember the exact site name...

However, despite widespread muslim censorship,
you still occasionally get good shot of these
dead rats of allah-satan:

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Posted by: Ming the Merciless || 05/12/2009 21:55 Comments || Top||

#9  Are you sure he's dead, Ming? He looks like he's actively -- and uncomfortably -- involved in holdding that position. But I could be wrong, I've only ever seen one dead person, who died comfortably in his own bed... and a variety of small pets, who never looked anything like the gentleman in question.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/12/2009 23:06 Comments || Top||


ANP says Dir cleared of Taliban, Taliban fleeing after shaving beards
ISLAMABAD: Awami National Party's Information Secretary Senator Zahid Khan claimed on Monday that security forces operating in upper and lower Dir districts had flushed out or killed almost all Taliban militants.
"Oh, yeah, sure. They're all dead."
However, he said, the forces were still facing stiff resistance in Mingora although most of the government buildings in the Swat town had been cleared of militants.

Talking to newsmen outside the parliament house, he said the provincial government had done its home work for rebuilding and rehabilitating government and private buildings destroyed in the war and it would need at least Rs80 to Rs90 billion for the job.

Mr Khan said he had been informed that the Taliban were on the run in Dir and a number of them had been seen fleeing after shaving off their beards.

He expressed the hope that the military operation would end sooner than expected because local people were now coming out in support of the troops fighting foreign elements and forcing them out of their areas.

Answering a question about the problem of transport faced by the fleeing people, the ANP leader said the government had allowed the vehicles on which customs duty had not been paid to carry stranded people. Such vehicles are not allowed to ply on roads in areas other than Malakand.

He said the NWFP government would soon start reconstruction work and payment of compensation to the heir of innocent people killed by the militants.
Posted by: Kofi Claitle6576 || 05/12/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Shaving their beards & fleeing! What a great thing to read to start the day!
Posted by: whatadeal || 05/12/2009 3:49 Comments || Top||

#2  if the past is any guide, the Taliban will be back in a few months and in greater numbers

like the Sand People, they are easily startled
Posted by: lord garth || 05/12/2009 5:44 Comments || Top||

#3  Mr Khan said he had been informed that the Taliban were on the run in Dir and a number of them had been seen fleeing after shaving off their beards.

Don't know if that's true or hype from KHAAAAAAANNNN, but if true, that's really funny. Hey, imitaing The Prophet™ in each and every possible way is a biggie in the whole salafi/djihadist/whahabi/whatever playbook, how he slept, what he ate for breakfast, what he thought, what he dood, how he crapped,... donw to the very lenght of his Manly (henne-dyed) Beard™... that is, until you are fearing for dear life, and are running away in abject fear, because, to borrow a famous quote, you aren't so tough, after all... then, it is ok to shave the beard you had other men grow under bodily threats.
Oh, boy, they must feel so violated. It's so wrong, it's funny.

I wonder if they would have converted to judaism, should it have helped them flee better? Possibly!
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 05/12/2009 6:51 Comments || Top||

#4  (monotone dispatch voice)
Suspect was seen fleeing on foot. Has a lot of dots of... on his face(/voice)

Er... they don't use toilet paper. How would such inexperienced shavers stop the bleeding?!
Posted by: eLarson || 05/12/2009 7:58 Comments || Top||

#5  A5089, quite naturally they will transform the shame and Humiliation to a towering righteous Wrath. And somehow it will come back to those damn dirty Juice.
Posted by: Seafarious || 05/12/2009 8:16 Comments || Top||

#6  eLarson: The same way they staunch other bleeding, with animal dung. When you die of infection, it just means that you didn't pray hard enough.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 05/12/2009 8:45 Comments || Top||

#7  Shaving the beards, eh? Bet Mo brings down an unpious shitstorm on them for that...
Posted by: tu3031 || 05/12/2009 9:58 Comments || Top||

#8  Nah, it's a deception/hudna thing.
Posted by: Seafarious || 05/12/2009 9:59 Comments || Top||

#9  I figure the next step is steal wifey's burka and head for the hills...
Posted by: tu3031 || 05/12/2009 10:33 Comments || Top||

#10  this makes no sense, they are fleeing or killed most but are meeting heavy resistance? Is it true that lice usually infest clean ppls hair? Because i have always wondered how they didn't have one hell of an outbreak
Posted by: rabid whitetail || 05/12/2009 11:54 Comments || Top||

#11  If they did have any outbreak of lice... how could anyone tell?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 05/12/2009 12:01 Comments || Top||

#12  I'd be more worried about Talibunny moles in the thousands of people fleeing the area.
Posted by: mojo || 05/12/2009 13:30 Comments || Top||

#13  god wouldn't you hate too catch one of these rats, not too mention the diseases they may be carrying but the stench
Posted by: rabid whitetail || 05/12/2009 13:30 Comments || Top||

#14  ALL dead people stink, RW.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 05/12/2009 16:09 Comments || Top||

#15  Set up roadblocks and check for razor burn.
Posted by: Bertie Ulumble2954 || 05/12/2009 17:50 Comments || Top||

#16  Boys r smelly. Especially Taliban ones.
Posted by: GirlThursday || 05/12/2009 20:01 Comments || Top||

#17 

Tally-ban...easy to spot,
black nose over white lantern jaw...

Hosted by imgur.com
Posted by: Ming the Merciless || 05/12/2009 20:40 Comments || Top||

#18  OTOH PAKISTANI DEFENCE FORUMS > ZARDARI: US CIA AND PAKISTANI ISI CREATED THE TALIBAN.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 05/12/2009 22:17 Comments || Top||


40 suicide bombers enter into various areas from Bonair
[Geo News] This has been revealed that 40-45 suicide bombers have entered into various areas of the country. According to sources, these suicide bombers have been sent by the extremists belonging to Bonair. The sources said that the government has directed the law-enforcing agencies to arrange strict security measures to halt the suicide bombers' likely attacks.
Posted by: Fred || 05/12/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Pakistan

#1  But why would anyone suicide when some of the best scuba diving in the world is just off the beach? Oh, not that Bonaire? Sorry 'bout the mix-up.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/12/2009 7:49 Comments || Top||


Suicide attack kills 10 in Darra
A suicide car bomber killed 10 people in an attack on an FC checkpoint in Darra Adam Khel on Monday. "Ten people were killed. Three of them died of their injuries in hospital. And seven people are injured," an intelligence official told AFP.

Officials said a six-year-old girl and two security personnel were among those killed when the suicide bomber exploded his car near the checkpost. "The target was the checkpost but he couldn't manage to reach the soldiers because of a queue of cars," police spokesman Fazal Naeem told Reuters.

Vehicles on the Kohat-Peshawar road were hit by the bombing. Online said the attacker was 17 years old. Eleven members of a family and 13 security personnel were injured in the attack, it said.

President Asif Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani condemned the attack.
Posted by: Fred || 05/12/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under: TTP


700 Taliban killed so far, says Malik
The security forces have killed 700 Taliban in four days of military operation in Swat, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Monday. Twenty security personnel had also been killed, and nineteen others injured. "The operation will continue until the last Talib," Malik said. "We haven't given them a chance. They are on the run. They were not expecting such an offensive."
Posted by: Fred || 05/12/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: TTP

#1  That sign makes me :(

2 a.m. kittuah sez.... I can has 12 cheezburgers?
Posted by: .5MT || 05/12/2009 7:46 Comments || Top||

#2  i still want too see some dead talibunny bodies before i believe all this. They are already talking about AID too rebuild damged buildings( how much could it cost too rebuild a mud hut) but the only hting i have seen is a vid of Paki soldiers walking across an open field looking less trained than a paintball warrior
Posted by: rabid whitetail || 05/12/2009 11:58 Comments || Top||

#3  I remember when the first MickyDees opend in Montgomery, yes theburgers were small, but at 10Cents get as many as you could eat for less than a buck a person, (Yes I really AM that old)
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 05/12/2009 14:45 Comments || Top||

#4  The first McDonald's hamburger I ever ate was in Colorado Springs in 1964. I can't even imagine how many I've eaten since then, but I know I've eaten McDonalds in 23 different countries.

Now if only the Paks would release some pics of dead Talibunnies. Anybody that kills innocent women and children should be left for the wolves and buzzards to clean up. They don't deserve a "decent burial".
Posted by: Old Patriot || 05/12/2009 16:14 Comments || Top||

#5  ...Old enough to remember growing up on Lake Erie and the ONE McD's was a walk-up building (no seats)that was closed 6 months of the year because it was too cold to go eat hamburgers.

Best burgers in the world were right down the road anyways at Midway Oh-boy:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g50313-d539829-Reviews-Midway_Oh_Boy_Restaurant-Elyria_Ohio.html

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 05/12/2009 20:15 Comments || Top||

#6  The first McDonalds I had a hamburger at was in Dothan, Alabama in 1970. You could get a Big Mac, small fries, and a small drink for 99 cents. It opened in the summer of 1970.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 05/12/2009 20:56 Comments || Top||

#7  We just had a Sonic open here in Santee, and the line had to park on a side street. All the while there's an In-N-Out a half mile away. Go figure. I'll take the INO any day
Posted by: Frank G || 05/12/2009 21:26 Comments || Top||


52 Taliban killed in Swat fighting
The security forces said on Monday that they had killed 52 Taliban in 24 hours during the ongoing military operation in Swat. Three soldiers were killed as the security forces reoccupied Banai Baba. Troops pounded Taliban positions in Kabal, Tutano Banda, Deda Khura, Peochar, Sarbande and Matta areas of Swat, the military said.The road to Khawazakhela was also secured.
Posted by: Fred || 05/12/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under: TTP

#1  Only 52 taliban in 24 hours? I was expecting today's number would like 50 gagilliionbillion with no Pak military casualties. WEAK!
Posted by: Kofi Claitle6576 || 05/12/2009 9:21 Comments || Top||


Troops heading towards Mingora from two directions : Army ready for house-to-house combat: ISPR
The military is prepared for house-to-house combat to flush out the Taliban from their urban strongholds in Swat. "We have prepared for house-to-house fighting but if the militants leave Mingora, then we will avoid it," Maj Gen Athar Abbas said.
"And one thing we like is avoiding a fight with people who're armed and somewhat dangerous!"
He said forces were heading towards Mingora from two directions. They would link up before assailing the city in force.

Elite commandos: Officials on Sunday said elite commando troops had been dropped into parts of Mingora for advance combat as the army lifted a curfew to allow thousands of civilians to flee.

After three days of heavy fighting, thousands of people who had been stranded left Mingora. Thousands more, many on foot or donkey-pulled carts, had streamed out of the valley during the curfew. "Everybody wants to get out of this hell," said a resident. "Some are driving out while many are just on foot. They don't know where they're heading but staying here means death."

In Mardan, an NWFP government official said 100,000 displaced people were expected to join the 252,000 already there.

The army on Sunday said it had killed at least 180 suspected Taliban over the previous 24 hours. It said at least 140 bodies were discovered in a camp in Shangla.
Posted by: Fred || 05/12/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Iraq
Militant Group Denies Abu Omar al-Baghdadi Is in Iraqi Custody - Elvis spotted in Tikrit
A group linked to al-Qaida in Iraq is denying Iraqi government reports that its leader was recently arrested. The Islamic State of Iraq says the man it claims is its leader, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, is fine.

The group says on an Islamist Web site it does not know the person who Iraqi authorities arrested last month and presented as al-Baghdadi.

The Iraqi army said it captured the Sunni insurgent leader in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. The United States did not confirm the report. Iraqi authorities in the past have announced the arrest or killing of major insurgent leaders, to only later say the reports were false.
Because we weren't done taking their heads apart ...
In addition, U.S. military commander General Kevin Bergner previously had said al-Baghdadi may not be a real person, but rather a fictional character created to put an Iraqi face on the otherwise foreign leadership of al-Qaida in Iraq.
So shoot this one, and when al-Q says it wasn't the right one, find another #3 and shoot him too ...
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 05/12/2009 17:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Well, ok. I guess you won't mind if we shoot this one, then.
Posted by: mojo || 05/12/2009 17:41 Comments || Top||

#2  i heard Jimmy Hoffa was selling newspapers in Atlanta
Posted by: rabid whitetail || 05/12/2009 17:55 Comments || Top||


US files murder charges in Iraq soldier shooting
BAGHDAD – A U.S. Army sergeant who was due to leave Iraq soon after multiple tours has been charged with murder and aggravated assault in the fatal shooting of five fellow soldiers at a U.S. military counseling clinic in Baghdad, a U.S. official said Tuesday.

Sgt. John M. Russell of the 54th Engineering Battalion based in Bamberg, Germany was charged with five counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault in Monday's shooting, Maj. Gen. David Perkins told reporters.

It was the deadliest case of soldier-on-soldier violence since the Iraq war began in 2003 and has drawn attention to the issue of combat stress and frequent deployments to battle zones. Russell was taken into custody by military police outside the clinic following the shooting at Camp Liberty, Perkins said.

Perkins said two of the dead were officers — doctors from the Army and Navy — and the others were enlisted personnel seeking treatment at the clinic. He did not identify the victims by name. He said a probe has also begun into whether the Army has enough mental health facilities in Iraq to care for stress cases.

The U.S. military is coping with a growing number of stress cases among soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan — many of whom are on their third or fourth combat tours. Some studies suggest that about 15 percent of soldiers returning from Iraq suffer from some sort of emotional problems.

Perkins gave few details of the shooting since the investigation is ongoing and added that there were conflicting accounts of what happened. He said the alleged assailant had been referred to the clinic by his superiors, presumably because of concern over his mental state. Perkins said Russell was "probably" on his third tour of Iraq but was due to leave soon.

Perkins said the assailant's weapon had been taken away, but somehow he got a new weapon, entered the clinic and opened fire.

In Washington, a Pentagon official said the alleged assailant had been escorted to the clinic, but once inside got into an argument with the staff and was asked to leave. After he and his escort drove away, Russell allegedly took control of the escort's weapon and returned to the clinic, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.
Posted by: tu3031 || 05/12/2009 10:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  New hero / sweetheart for the code pink / antiwar crowd...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/12/2009 11:07 Comments || Top||

#2  tv
Posted by: Girlthi || 05/12/2009 11:27 Comments || Top||

#3  From Seattle Times (written by NYT):

American soldier's rampage in Iraq refocuses attention on stress

Better refocus on their stress before it reaches the U.S. Population murder rate...
Posted by: CrazyFool || 05/12/2009 11:32 Comments || Top||

#4  Tawdry exploitation of this fratricide notwithstanding, this legal case is a definite game changer in how mental health is addressed. JAG officers Ive spoke with have maintained that the stigma surrounding mental health counseling and the Regs pertaining to the handling of soldiers needing help is
is a final frontier that is inadequately ameliorated by current practices. Cracks that were already forming in the foundation of the Army now are springing leaks, and will be dealt with. Unfortunately it had to come to this. It's no revelatio that when you play with fire via multiple consecutive tours of duty many will get burned.
Posted by: GirlThursday || 05/12/2009 11:42 Comments || Top||

#5  Tawdry exploitation of this fratricide notwithstanding, this legal case is a definite game changer in how mental health is addressed. JAG officers Ive spoke with have maintained that the stigma surrounding mental health counseling and the Regs pertaining to the handling of soldiers needing help is
is a final frontier that is inadequately ameliorated by current practices. Cracks that were already forming in the foundation of the Army now are springing leaks, and will be dealt with. Unfortunately it had to come to this. It's no revelatio that when you play with fire via multiple consecutive tours of duty many will get burned.
Posted by: GirlThursday || 05/12/2009 11:42 Comments || Top||

#6  Did I mention sorry for fat fingering duplicate posts? My 3G is set on burst apparently.
Posted by: GirlThursday || 05/12/2009 11:48 Comments || Top||

#7  It's no revelatio that when you play with fire via multiple consecutive tours of duty many will get burned.

Agree. It's also a real tribute to our men and women serving that these types of incidents are rare. God bless them.
Posted by: Zorba || 05/12/2009 12:39 Comments || Top||

#8  TV news just misreported, "At a drug clinic where he was a patient".

Bastards, how many will hear this and NOT the truth.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 05/12/2009 13:15 Comments || Top||

#9  AP says it was his third tour in Iraq:

A Pentagon official says the soldier charged in the deaths of fellow troops in Baghdad is a 10-year Army veteran on his third tour of duty in Iraq. Army Sgt. John M. Russell previously did two one-year tours of duty there, one starting in April 2003 and another beginning November 2005. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak on the record.

Then he shouldn't have spoken.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/12/2009 14:33 Comments || Top||

#10  Mental health issues have always been a career-ending problem for most military personnel. The Military really needs to re-think how they treat people who are literally "burned out". Most combat troops are given a way of expressing their "anger" by responding to attacks. Guys in the rear don't have that opportunity. There's always a few that can't find any relief, and keep everything locked up inside. They're the ones that do stupid things. Most aren't fatal to anyone, even themselves. This is the exception.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 05/12/2009 16:26 Comments || Top||

#11  There are myriad flags on this one. His supervisors were concerned enough to disarm him and provide an escort. Makes you wonder what was said and done at that Mental Health clinic. The troop was already under great stress due to the fact he had been disarmed and under escort by his own commander. If the folks at the clinic treated him like an E-1 trainee with a hangnail then......
Posted by: tipover || 05/12/2009 17:41 Comments || Top||


US Army: soldier killed by IEP in Basra
The US Army announced that a soldier was killed on Sunday in Iraq's southern city of Basra. According to a US Army statement, the soldier was killed after his vehicle rolled over an improvised explosive device. The identity of the soldier or his unit was not announced by the statement.
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Southeast Asia
20 rebels die in Philippine clash
More than 20 Muslim rebels have been killed in fierce fighting in the southern Philippines in retaliatory attacks following the gunning down of a local police chief, police said Monday.

The fighting in the southern island of Jolo broke out after Abu Sayyaf members ambushed Chief Superintendent Julasirim Kasim, killing him and four of his men last Thursday. Five rebels were also killed in the attack. Since then, residents in the area have reported seeing numerous Abu Sayyaf bodies left behind after clashes with government forces, local police official Director Felizardo Serapio said.

"The civilians in the area sighted 20 more Abu Sayyaf killed aside from the five terrorists killed earlier in the encounter," he said. Serapio said that the Italian Red Cross hostage being held by the rebels, Eugenio Vagni, was reportedly sighted on the outskirts of Indanan town in Jolo but police are still trying to confirm this. Vagni and two other members of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Swiss Andreas Notter and Filipina Mary Jean Lacaba, were abducted while on a humanitarian mission to Jolo January 15.

Notter and Lacaba were recovered separately by security forces that included Kasim's men in April, but Vagni remains in the hands of the Abu Sayyaf who are known for kidnapping foreigners and Christians and holding them for ransom.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Roxana Saberi freed by Iranian appeal court verdict
Rather like a Cold War novel, this one reads ...
Roxana Saberi, an American journalist convicted in Iran on spying charges, is to be freed after an appeals court downgraded her sentence. Lawyers for the 32-year old said the court had reduced the eight-year jail sentence to a suspended two-year term and she would soon be freed.

The Iranian-American television reporter had lived in Iran for six years before she was charged with "cooperating with a hostile state" after her arrest in January. The harsh sentence provoked an international backlash that prompted Iran's hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to express concern that she had received due process. After his intervention the head of the Iranian judicary asked for the appeal court review.

"The verdict of the previous court has been quashed," lawyer Saleh Nikbakht said. "Her punishment has been changed to a suspended two-year sentence and she will be out of prison."

Miss Saberi's father Reza said he and his wife Akiko were on their way to Tehran's Evin jail, where their daughter has been held, "to bring our daughter back home". Mr Saberi said his daughter would be allowed to leave Iran.

The former US beauty queen launched a hunger strike on April 21 in protest at her sentence, taking in only water or sugared water, but she ended it after about two weeks after being briefly hospitalised in the prison clinic.

The sentence was handed down just weeks after US President Barack Obama proposed better ties with Tehran after three decades of severed ties.

Iran, which does not recognise dual nationality, has said Miss Saberi had continued working "illegally" after her press card was revoked in 2006. Miss Saberi, who is also of Japanese origin, has reported for US National Public Radio, the BBC and Fox News.
Posted by: Steve White || 05/12/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I read several blogs and responses on this yesterday and the one that made the most sense to me is that this is a case of extortion. The mullahs seized Saberi for the purpose of receiving something in return from USA. The question is what did they receive from Clinton to release her besides being called a humanitarian country?
Posted by: bman || 05/12/2009 11:21 Comments || Top||

#2  What a coincidence the little fame-ho manages to get herself arrested (wine, anyone?) just as she's ready to return here to shop her book.

LOL I wish they'd kept her.

Posted by: Zorba || 05/12/2009 12:17 Comments || Top||

#3  The mullahs got something; we likely won't find out for a couple of years.
Posted by: Pappy || 05/12/2009 16:26 Comments || Top||



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