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DHS Arrests 60 Illegals in Sensitive Jobs
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Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Dagestani minister assassinated
A senior local government official in Russia's turbulent North Caucasus region was killed in an explosion on Friday, local police said. The blast went off as Zagir Arukhov, information and nationalities minister in Dagestan, a semi-autonomous republic, entered the stairway of his apartment block in the regional capital Makhachkala, police said.

Dozens of senior figures in Dagestan's government have been assassinated and some Russian media have dubbed Makhachkala "explosion city." Arukhov's predecessor in the post was also killed in an explosion. Analysts say business disputes and clan rivalries are, for the most part, to blame for the violence in Dagestan. However, the fighting in Chechnya has also spilled over into nearby provinces, including Dagestan.
Posted by: Dan Darling || 05/21/2005 03:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [300 views] Top|| File under:

Italy busts 3 GSPC
Italian police arrested at least three Algerians today after they were convicted of providing logistical support to a terrorist group linked to al Qaida, officials said. Authorities issued the arrest warrants after Italy's highest court upheld the conviction yesterday.
Arrested them after they were convicted? Did we miss something?
According to Naples police, the three were convicted for helping the Salafist Group for Call and Combat, an extremist organisation that aims to overthrow the Algerian government and is believed to have links to Osama bin Laden's al Qaida network. The three were identified as Djamel Lounici, Ali El-Heit and Moustapha Abbes. Lounici is believed to be a key member of the group. The men were originally arrested following a three-year probe that ended in 1997. They were later released, in line with Italian law, which limits the amount of time suspects can be kept in jail before definitive sentence is issued.
"Fly, little Muslim brothers, and be free! Until we get the paperwork done..."
Authorities have issued warrants for nine more Algerians, who are still at large. The 12 Algerians were convicted of supplying arms and false documents to the extremist group in 2002, police said, and given sentences of between three and eight years. The Italian cell was linked to similar groups in Belgium, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Holland and Switzerland, which help providing the arms, police said.
This article starring:
ALI EL HEITSalafist Group for Call and Combat
DJAMEL LUNICISalafist Group for Call and Combat
MUSTAPHA ABESSalafist Group for Call and Combat
Salafist Group for Call and Combat
Posted by: Dan Darling || 05/21/2005 03:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [277 views] Top|| File under:

#1  First convicted, then arrested. I don't think I can add to that.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/21/2005 10:19 Comments || Top||

#2  First convicted, then arrested.
Cuts down on police overtime. Works for me.
Posted by: Steve || 05/21/2005 13:00 Comments || Top||

#3  The Rapid Action Battalion just carries out the sentence first and skips the remaining steps which is bound to be more efficient yet.
Posted by: Phil Fraering || 05/21/2005 13:30 Comments || Top||

German state seeks to expel Hamas leader supporter
The German state of North Rhine-Westphalia said on Friday it has decided to expel a Jordanian national who formerly headed the now-banned Al-Aksa group.
I thought Al-Aksa was connected to Fatah, but perhaps this was just the local name for the cell in Westpahlia...
Without identifying the man by name, as is customary in German legal practice, the state's interior ministry said the man had been given six weeks to leave the country. After that he could be forcibly expelled.
Six weeks will give him time to procure fourteen new sets of ID papers, even if the Paks send them via the slow goat caravan...
Interior minister Fritz Behrens said the suspect, by collecting donations in Germany in order to support the Palestinian extremist group Hamas, had violated the country's spirit of seeking understanding among peoples.
"Kumbayah, m'lord, kumbaya...hey, what are you doing with that scimitar?"
"We will continue to operate firmly against worldwide Islamic terrorism," Behrens said.
Kicking him firmly out of the country at the end of the hearing would be a good start, Fritz.
The Al-Aksa group based in Aachen was banned by the German federal interior ministry in 2003 for its activities to collect donations in support of the Hamas organisation.
In a possibly related story, US undecided on German Security Council seat
Posted by: Seafarious || 05/21/2005 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [273 views] Top|| File under:

Home Front: WoT
DHS Arrests 60 Illegals in Sensitive Jobs
The Department of Homeland Security yesterday arrested 60 illegal immigrants who worked at 12 critical infrastructure sites in six states, including seven petrochemical refineries, three electric power plants and a pipeline facility.

There is no evidence that any of the workers -- who come from Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala -- have any terrorist ties, said officials with the DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

But officials said there is reason to be concerned about their presence at those sites nonetheless.

The immigrants arrested "pose a serious homeland security threat," Assistant Homeland Security Secretary Michael J. Garcia said in a statement. "Not only are their identities in question, but given their illegal status, these individuals are vulnerable to potential exploitation by terrorist and other criminal organizations."

Some of those arrested could face criminal charges of using fraudulent documents to get the jobs or reentering the country after deportation, officials said.

The sweep is part of a larger ICE initiative over the past two years to remove illegal immigrants working at sensitive infrastructure locations. About 1,100 undocumented workers have been arrested at airports alone. Most of the sites in this week's crackdown are in Texas and California, with others in Oklahoma, Mississippi, Kentucky and Louisiana.

The workers were all employed by Brock Enterprises of Beaumont, Tex., which provides maintenance workers to nuclear plants, chemical manufacturers and other industries. The company cooperated in the probe and is not a target of the investigation, ICE officials said. Many of the workers got the jobs by presenting phony documents to a hiring consulting firm that worked for Brock, officials said.

"These sorts of cases may be high-profile, but they're unlikely to make the country more secure," said Susan F. Martin, a Georgetown University immigration expert. "What's needed is a much more comprehensive reform of immigration policies" to help employers know whether someone is authorized to work. And I'm sure that no one will complain if we tighten the rules about IDs and immigration, right?
Posted by: too true || 05/21/2005 10:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [316 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Good. How about requiring a DNA sample from anyone applying to work at a sensitive site or in a sensitive position? But I would strongly suggest taking DNA samples from all those arrested and deported, against future need, just as fingerprints are taken.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/21/2005 11:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Actually, Ms. Martin, what is required is for companies to actually NOT use illegals, and to crack down on their own as well. (Some companies seem to, quite frankly, not care whether they're hiring illegals or not.)
Posted by: Edward Yee || 05/21/2005 14:09 Comments || Top||

#3  they snagged three at 32nd st Naval Station - working at a fast food outlet - 1 Filipino and 2 mexicans...they're auditing anyone with access to Mil bases or contractors that serve them
Posted by: Frank G || 05/21/2005 16:01 Comments || Top||

#4  Good news, Frank. Thanks!
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/21/2005 17:38 Comments || Top||

US Congress bill to withhold dues from UN unless it reforms
Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2005 00:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [276 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And the Battle for kind of Global Govt., kind of Global -ISM, and whom gets to dominate the same, goes on. Iff the Lefties get their way, it won't be America and Western democracy, and as illustrated by America's sinking of the Navy's USS AMERICA this AM, the Left has no qualms getting or inducing America and Western democracies to create Empire and OWG, or to destroy themselves, as long it results in AMERICAN DEFEAT and ANTi-AMERICAN, MACKINDRIAN/ASIAN-CENTRIC FINAL Socialist and Communist GLOBAL victory. The Left is gonna kill America no matter how many concessions America makes for peace.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 05/21/2005 0:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Posted by: JosephMendiola 2005-05-21 00:17

no prob asn long as they haver good reffreshments. :)
Posted by: muck4doo || 05/21/2005 0:49 Comments || Top||

#3  Not sureI understand Joe's rant, but I love the idea of cutting off dues entrely. Maybe they couldrent some space in France I hear they need a boost to their economy. Of course this will never fly because the GOP had turned into a Gang Of Pussies.
Posted by: Cyber Sarge || 05/21/2005 0:51 Comments || Top||

#4  "US Congress bill to withhold dues from UN unless it reforms"

There, that's better.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 05/21/2005 1:07 Comments || Top||

#5  Barb, ponder and meditate on "unless it reforms".

Do you think it is even remotely possible?

See, neither do I. Everybody knows. It is just a figure of speach.
Posted by: twobyfour || 05/21/2005 1:20 Comments || Top||

#6  Another crack in the wall, another seed planted, more exposure of the sham. Better yet, it's rational and prudent and will be very hard to argue against, given the available evidence. It is in our interests, just as it should be. This may have a better chance than it first appears - the initial knee-jerk phase. That it might "reform" to the point where the institution would ever be more than an Int'l Den of Thieves and "Legitimate" snake-pit of ankle-biting, back-stabbing, duplicitous adversaries is a joke, of course. The UN has been a huge dead rat on our kitchen floor for a long long time, already. But I appreciate Hyde sticking this crowbar in the cell door and putting his (considerable) weight behind it. We'll get out of this self-imposed prison cell sooner because of this.

"However, he [Mark Malloch Brown, Esq] added that withholding dues 'separates you from your allies because it’s seen as America acting alone.'”

Lol. This is supposed to trigger the "unilateral" knee-jerk freakout, and probably will - in the dimly lit corridors of LLL-Land. Bite me, Brown. Since we're talking about our money, our support, our interests, we SHOULD be acting alone, unilaterally, to determine our course of action - sans interference. Who else, pray tell, should be involved? Jan England? ROFL! Yewbetcha.
Posted by: .com || 05/21/2005 1:55 Comments || Top||

#7  Marxists spend their lives studying and specializing in fomenting revolutions. Trust them when they fear the first one who steps out of line and questions the colletive wisdom: He is acting unilaterally. They fear the single man who suddenly ACTS to stop the insanity that everyone else is too terrified to contemplate: He MUST start the revolt by acting unilaterally. The first voice to speak out, the first one who says, "No", is always acting unilaterally, and thus is the threat that must be stopped.

They, and their heirs, the communists, KNOW that situations can be bad in an area, making the populace ripe for revolution. They send in revolutionaries IN ORDER TO BE THE FIRST TO SPEAK OUT AND ACT. Men and excitated atoms in a laser can be charged up and unleash a enormous amount of energy, but are held back, UNTIL THE FIRST ONE DISCHARGES. Then the entire crystal fires, the entire nation goes up in flames.

Watch how crowds act: they kinda feel held back, restrained, fearful of doing anything because they are unsure of each other, until the FIRST person speaks out, shouts a rebel yell, says, "THIS IS BULLSHIT!", breaks ranks, faces down the offenders, SHOWS COURAGE. His excample gives courage to the next to step out, and then the next.

These assholes always fear the first one. They have GOOD REASON to fear.
Posted by: Ptah || 05/21/2005 6:38 Comments || Top||

#8  Is that an outbreak of ALL CAPS Mendiolitis?
Posted by: True German Ally || 05/21/2005 9:19 Comments || Top||

#9  All caps, definitely, TGA, but Ptah will never suffer from Mendiolitis (love the neologism!).
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/21/2005 10:24 Comments || Top||

#10  Germany was kicked out of the League of nations in 1933, this will be a good excuse to kick the USA out of the UN. The USA very rarely pays its dues in any case.
Posted by: Grearong Elmurong9235 || 05/21/2005 16:00 Comments || Top||

#11  hee hee - you throw out the trash and next day it piles up again....
Posted by: Frank G || 05/21/2005 16:04 Comments || Top||

#12  "...this will be a good excuse to kick the USA out of the UN."

ROFLMAO!!! What the hell gives you the idea that we'd give a shit if you did, you impotent little EUnuch????
Posted by: Mahmoud || 05/21/2005 16:31 Comments || Top||

#13  Please do kick us out -- the U.S. pays some 25% of the U.N.'s income, as I recall. And I wonder how Japan would feel about such a thing? As I recall, Japan is the second largest donor to the U.N., after the U.S., followed by Germany... I can't imagine either country would be very pleased at having to make up the lost dues.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/21/2005 17:55 Comments || Top||

#14  GE9325 is trolling again - after yesterday's spanking
Posted by: Frank G || 05/21/2005 17:57 Comments || Top||

#15  Dang - Had I known that, I could've have spent all that money on lingerie, instead of on dominatrixes.
Posted by: Marv Alpert || 05/21/2005 19:28 Comments || Top||

#16  Shucks, can't we conjure up a high school car wash or a brownie sale? Let's will won for the Kofi?
Posted by: Captain America || 05/21/2005 20:24 Comments || Top||

#17  "...this will be a good excuse to kick the USA out of the UN."

And vice versa, please.
Posted by: BH || 05/21/2005 22:03 Comments || Top||

Hezbollah involved in Hariri hit?
Reason's 'Hit and Run' blog points to a Kuwaiti magazine (Al-Siyassa, text in Arabic) that claims that Hezbollah had something to do with Rafik Hariri's death. How interesting.
Posted by: Steve White || 05/21/2005 12:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [321 views] Top|| File under:

#1  avoids getting Pencil-neck's hands dirty
Posted by: Frank G || 05/21/2005 12:56 Comments || Top||

#2  How so? I've always gotten the impression that Syria works to protect Hezbollah.
Posted by: Phil Fraering || 05/21/2005 19:03 Comments || Top||

#3  Hezbollah has to maintain turmoil in Lebanon, especially along the Israeli border, to justify their existence. They are foreign (Iran and Syrian) funded tools of mischief. I wouldn't mind seeing a death match between Hezbollah and Ein-El-Hellhole's worst Paleo killers... pay-per-view?
Posted by: Frank G || 05/21/2005 19:18 Comments || Top||

Rifaat Assad to return to Syria
Rifaat Assad, the younger brother of former Syrian President Hafez Assad and uncle of President Bashar Assad, announced his decision to return to Syria after 20 years in exile to pursue his "national and political role." In a statement issued in Nicosia, spokesman Harith al-Khayer said that the 67-year-old Rifaat's decision to return to Syria aimed at "fulfilling his political responsibilities and the will of the Syrians to build a society of justice, freedom and peace."

He said Rifaat will announce the date of his return shortly. The spokesman stressed that Rifaat will not present himself as a substitute for the current President Bashar Assad, but that he views the situation in Syria as grave and that efforts ought to be made to re-instate national unity. On Monday, Rifaat had said in a statement that "what is happening in Syria is a real farce and an unconstitutional piece of theater which is a real violation of the law and the Constitution."
Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2005 00:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [288 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Isn't he the drug dealing/using bad brother of Hafez. Kicked out because he was too bad? Or is my memory failing and he's really a nice guy?
Posted by: 3dc || 05/21/2005 2:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Nope, 3dc, he's a bad guy. He ran his brother's praetorian guard, a unit that led the massacre at Hama. But when given the opportunity to overthrow his brother, he wiffed.

Now he's back -- perhaps the son is an easier target?
Posted by: Steve White || 05/21/2005 11:03 Comments || Top||

#3  I thought he was the drummer in Roger Clinton's Band of Brothers?
Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2005 14:55 Comments || Top||

#4  His timing isn't very good this time, either. Should he overthrow his nephew, that puts him right in G.I.Joe's cross-hairs, which seems to be an uncomfortable place these days... at least for a little while.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/21/2005 18:04 Comments || Top||

More Saddam Pictures Discovered
Posted by: Gloger Hupack8041 || 05/21/2005 17:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [393 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Whatever it was the site has pulled it.
Posted by: phil_b || 05/21/2005 19:23 Comments || Top||

#2  "http://www.greenchair.net/funny/images/saddam-makeover.JPG">Here it is.
Posted by: Clagum Ominesh1733 || 05/21/2005 19:36 Comments || Top||

#3  Here it is:

Posted by: Atomic Conspiracy || 05/21/2005 20:18 Comments || Top||

#4  Put fatigues on him and add a cigar, and you have Fidel.
Posted by: mom || 05/21/2005 21:06 Comments || Top||

#5  Fidel: "¿Donde está los niños bonitos?"
Posted by: Frank G || 05/21/2005 21:28 Comments || Top||

#6  OMG... now I can't see.
Posted by: Dave D. || 05/21/2005 21:55 Comments || Top||

#7  Somebody has to say it. MY EYES, THEY BURN!
Posted by: Charles || 05/21/2005 22:44 Comments || Top||

After action report: Operation Matador
An e-mail from Marine Colonel Bob Chase, published at LGF. EFL'd; go read it all.

. . . Matador is now officially over, supposedly, they were going to fight our way back and "destroy" us - guess they missed the turn at the dairy queen. We are back and the final tally was Good Guys - 125+ enemy dead, many more wounded, and 39 detainees of some significant value. The bad guys, who talk a real good game - 9 Killed (6 in the one Amtrak) and 30 wounded (most will return to duty). Not a bad weeks' work.

As we have said, our intent was to make ourselves big by leveraging our firepower and mobility. This area was a real sh*thole for AMZ criminals. We knew it, 1st Division knew it, but working it on a regular basis was tough. We kept some recon there and got the timing pretty well, brought up a bridging unit from the Army in Baghdad, then went across in the middle of the night (that was probably the only part that didn't go on sked (the bank gradient was poorly assessed) but we had near and far-side security already in and a blocking position near the Syrian Border.

The enemy figured out after about 4 hours that we were there in force. They came down with about 100 fighters (no, scratch that - they were TARGETS) and made the poor decision to take on a battalion in open ground. They withdrew - we went after them into a place called Ubaydi. Many mounted boats and tried to escape N, we pushed Air, and the Cobras sunk a bunch of trash barges that night. Meanwhile, we continued to push west across the river. Our far-side units started to see pockets of insurgents move to key areas to emplace mines/IEDs. They came out, snipers took them out; their friends came for the bodies; they, joined them on the deck - permanently. . . .
Posted by: Mike || 05/21/2005 10:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [287 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "They came down with about 100 fighters (no, scratch that - they were TARGETS) and made the poor decision to take on a battalion in open ground."

There should be a special category of Darwin Award for these idiots. Volunteering to take on the mightiest military in history on open ground? Sounds like an old-fashioned turkey shoot.
Posted by: xbalanke || 05/21/2005 20:00 Comments || Top||

Al-Qaeda affiliate formed in Gaza
A new Muslim terrorist group linked to al-Qaida has started operating in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian Authority security officials told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.

Jundallah, or "Allah's Brigades," consists mostly of scores of former Hamas and Islamic Jihad members, the officials disclosed. They said Jundallah gunmen launched their first attack on IDF soldiers near Rafah earlier this week.

The IDF said four soldiers were lightly wounded in the attack.

Jundallah is a radical Muslim group that has close ties with al-Qaida in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq, said one official. "We know for sure that the group is especially active in the southern Gaza Strip," he added.

Another official said that, according to intelligence gathered by the PA security forces, Jundallah consists largely of Hamas and Islamic Jihad dissidents who were unhappy with their groups' ostensible pragmatism.

"They believe that Hamas and Islamic Jihad have become too moderate," the official said, referring to the two groups' agreement to temporarily suspend terror attacks on Israel.

The emergence of Jundallah in the Gaza Strip confirms suspicions that al-Qaida has been trying to set foot in the area ahead of Israel's planned withdrawal.

Abu Abdallah al-Khattab, who identifies himself as the spokesman for Jundallah in the Gaza Strip, on Thursday denied that his group was part of al-Qaida or any other international terror group. He also denied that the group was receiving funds from Muslim terror groups around the world.

"Jundallah does not belong to anyone and we don't receive money from any group," he said. "Our group, which was established recently, has vowed to avenge the blood of all Palestinians and Muslims who have fallen victim to Israel and the US."

Khattab hinted that his group was also planning to target US interests in the region. "Our people will not remain idle in the face of American crimes in Muslim countries," he said. "It is forbidden to shed the blood of Muslims and it is our duty to respond. The blood of Muslims is not cheap."

He accused the US of desecrating the Koran and killing Muslims in Iraq. "Soon everyone will see operations [against the US] that would make all the Muslims delighted," he cautioned.

He said Jundallah would not honor the unofficial truce with Israel. "We don't attach any importance to this truce because the occupation forces are continuing their crimes against our people," he added.

Khattab said the attack near Rafah, which was carried out by a Jundallah cell named Abu Dajaneh, was the first in a series of operations that his group was planning against Israel.
Posted by: Dan Darling || 05/21/2005 03:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [300 views] Top|| File under:

Afghanistan/South Asia
Kashmir Korpse Kount
At least four Indian army personnel, including an officer, have been killed by suspected separatist militants in Indian-administered Kashmir. An army spokesman said troops were on patrol in the Rajouri area when they were ambushed. Reinforcements have rushed to the area which has been cordoned off. An army spokesman said Friday's attack took place in a heavily forested area when some five or six militants lobbed grenades at the troops, killing one officer and three other soldiers on the spot. He said local police had joined forces with the army to capture the militants. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.
Posted by: Steve White || 05/21/2005 01:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [290 views] Top|| File under:

Abbas urges end to violence
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called for an end to a flare-up in violence in the Gaza Strip, saying a cease-fire with Israel is in the best interests of all parties. Abbas' comments came as Palestinian militants, including some affiliated with Abbas' ruling Fatah Party, fired on a Jewish settlement in a third straight day of fighting, provoking Israeli threats of retaliation. A Palestinian militant was killed by Israeli forces in an abortive assault on a Jewish settlement. "I hope that all the parties will stick to the truce and [the violence] will not escalate," Abbas said of the cease-fire, which he declared with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on February 8. "Some incidents are taking place here and there, but I hope that we can contain and control all these incidents because the truce is in our interest and in the Israeli interest. So we have to preserve it," he said at the end of a two-day visit to India.

The Palestinian militants' attempted infiltration of Kfar Darom, deeply opposed to Israel's impending pullout from the territory, was claimed by three separate militant groups - Hamas, the Popular Resistance Committee and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades. One gunman was killed and the other two escaped, one of whom was wounded, according to Palestinian medics. Claiming the attack, the three militant groups named the dead man as Mohammad Barakeh, 23, a member of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas. Their joint statement pledged to respect the informal truce but said they were determined to "avenge Israeli crimes."
Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2005 00:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [411 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I'm urging an end to child abuse and world hunger. whew. glad those problem are taken care of.
Posted by: 2b || 05/21/2005 14:59 Comments || Top||

#2  There's that magic word again: "truce".

"..but I hope that we can contain and.."

He hopes? Doesn't this "leader" have any authority?
Posted by: Bomb-a-rama || 05/21/2005 22:56 Comments || Top||

Afghanistan/South Asia
Nuggets from the Urdu Press
Do away with Durand Line!
Reported by Khabrain: Speaking on a book on the Durand Line at the Peshawar Press Club, intellectuals said that the Durand Line was not a boundary but an agreement. It must be pulled down so that the Pushtun nation could be reunited. Begum Nasim Wali Khan of the ANP said that the Durand Line was an artificial border and when General Zia allowed 3.2 million Afghans to cross over, he did away with it. She added that Bacha Khan was buried in Jalalabad to indicate that the Line was artificial and the Pushtun nation was one. Afzal Lala of Pakhtunkhwa Qaumi Party said that the Pushtuns had been divided into four and as long as they remained separated, the Pushtun nation would not come into being. He also recommended that passports between Afghanistan and the Pushtun-populated Pakistan be abolished because it was the country of the Pushtuns.

Nargis goes to Hajj
Sarerahe reports in the Nawa-e-Waqt that the famous Pakistani dancer Nargis has decided to perform Hajj next year. Nargis was that miracle of big poundage who hit the dance floor and made it shake. Just one thumka (grind) was of 50 horse power, making the audiences tremble in their seats. But she has a heart of a Muslim beating in her ample bosom; income from one dance would be enough for Hajj.

Deal with Akbar Bugti
Columnist Yasin Rizvi wrote in Khabrain that his 'inside' news was that the government had made another deal with Nawab Akbar Bugti, which would involve paying huge sums of money to the Nawab for the Bugtis recently killed. This was most unfair because Akbar Bugti had a private army and kept a private prison. He trained his men with the help of foreign enemy trainers and made them prey on Pakistani troops.

Pakistan and Israel
Columnist Dr Zahoor Ahmad Azhar wrote in the Nawa-e-Waqt that Pakistan's enslaved-by-Uncle-Sam intellectuals keep saying that Pakistan is a failed state. Its politicians, officers and others are looting Pakistan with both hands and sending dollars abroad. Despite this, Pakistan's natural wealth has not been exhausted. On the other hand, a small state equal to the stone in a date, Israel, has to be helped with big dollars by the United States. Pakistan is indeed a miracle of God, and Pakistan is Khuda Dad (God given). Despite all this, Israel is called a successful state and not a failed state like Pakistan.

Give away Chenab Nagar!
The daily Nawa-e-Waqt published a statement by Maulana Ilyas Chinioti of Khatm-e-Nabuwwat fame, that the Qadianis had bought 1034 acres of land in Chak Dhugian for only Rs 10,000 — which was far too little. He appealed to Pakistan from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, that the land should be repossessed from the Qadianis and distributed free to the Sunni population living in Chenab Nagar, formerly Rabwah.

Muslims should not have fun
Ex-diplomat Dr Yasin Rizvi wrote in Khabrain that Pakistanis were busy celebrating the basant festival and the spring observances, while the Muslims of Kashmir were dying and Palestinians were being killed by the Jews. He said Muslims should not have fun when there were so many tragedies being heaped upon them. He admired the Iranians for not having any fun.

Can a woman lead prayer?
According to Sarerahe in the Nawa-e-Waqt, Dr Israr Ahmad said that a woman could neither make the call for prayer nor lead a namaz in which men were her followers. According to Dr Javaid Iqbal, however, a woman could lead the prayer and this was a kind of ijtihad that any Muslim should be able to do.

Musharraf and the mullahs
Writing in the Jang, PPPP leader Mr Iqbal Haider said that General Musharraf has steadily bent in favour of the mullahs. In 1999, he praised Mustafa Kemal Pasha as the great secular leader of Turkey, but at a SAARC conference in 2000 he denied that he had said this. Musharraf then included a mullah in his cabinet at the recommendation of the religious parties, although he had been trained at the very seminary where the Taliban were trained. He decided to sign the CTBT, but backed off from it when a religious party began a campaign against his decision. One extremist religious organisation demanded that all reference to Dr Abdus Salam as a Pakistani hero be removed from textbooks, which he did. Then the parliament began to formulate legislation against honour-killing, which the mullahs did not like. The ruling party was made to oppose the bill. Last but not least, the inclusion of the religion entry in the passport was accepted, once again under pressure from extremist religious parties.

Man who killed Allama Ghulam Najafi
According to the Nawa-e-Waqt, Shia scholar Allama Ghulam Hussain Najafi was gunned down by two men after a rehri-wala blocked his car as he was headed towards the Jamiatul Muntazar in Lahore. As part of the plan to kill him, the rehri-wala terrorist had set up his cart seven months. Guns had been hidden in the cart. Najafi was nearly killed earlier when an assassin entered his seminary as a student, but was caught before he could do the job. Najafi served the Shia seminary for 25 years, was a prolific writer and often debated with Sunni opponents. In 1989, he was fired upon at a bus stop, but he survived after receiving seven bullets in his body. According to the daily Pakistan, Allama Najafi's daughter, who was driving the carrier wagon, was injured but was able to take him to Ittefaq Hospital where the doctors refused to treat him. After that, she was able to take him to the General Hospital.

Imam Masjid rapes teacher
According to Khabrain, Lahore Factory Area's Imam Masjid Ismail and his wife trapped a lady teacher Sofia, then forced her to have sex with the cleric. Ismail obtained photographs of the teacher by stealth then blackmailed her into meeting him. In this he was helped by his wife. He also threatened the teacher's family because of his religious authority. The local citizens registered a case of rape against him.
Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2005 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [304 views] Top|| File under:

#1  What a Treasure Trove, lol!

"He admired the Iranians for not having any fun."
Mee too!

"Man who shot Liberty Valance killed Allama Ghulam Najafi"
Took two guys to do this, too. Fantasy History repeats.

"Imam Masjid rapes teacher"
And his wife helped. Prolly bucking for promotion to Wife #1.
Posted by: .com || 05/21/2005 1:02 Comments || Top||

#2  Lol, beat me to it, .com.
Muslims should not have any fun. Agreed.
Posted by: Spot || 05/21/2005 9:27 Comments || Top||

#3  Nargis was that miracle of big poundage who hit the dance floor and made it shake.

It ain't over 'til the fat lady foxtrots...
Posted by: Raj || 05/21/2005 9:27 Comments || Top||

#4  But she has a heart of a Muslim beating in her ample bosom; income from one dance would be enough for Hajj.

And one grind would make her audience tremble. I don't think it was the foxtrot the generously endowed lady was dancing...
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/21/2005 10:16 Comments || Top||

#5  Brings back memories of "Tons o' Fun" and "Go-Go Bonnie, an eighth of a ton"
Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2005 10:25 Comments || Top||

2 clerics' houses destroyed on jirga's orders
Armed tribesmen on Friday destroyed the houses of two clerics for allegedly sheltering Al Qaeda suspects in Bajaur Agency besides fining them Rs 1 million each after a jirga (tribal council) decided to act against them, a tribal elder said. Hundreds of armed tribesmen burnt the houses of Mulla Muhammad Amin and Mulla Faqir Muhammad to punish them for protecting suspected Al Qaeda members, the tribal elder told Daily Times.

The clerics were punished for violating the decision taken by a jirga on January 28, 2004. Security forces in a raid early this month arrested around a dozen terror suspects including an Uzbek, from the houses of Mulla Amin and Mulla Faqir and seized weapons from them. Tribal councillor Malik Shah Jehan said the punishment was announced "without evidence against the two accused", adding that the government had not given them proof that the arrested men were foreigners, but they were carrying out the exercise according to their tribal customs. "The government did not make any formal announcement about the arrests, but press reports suggested the arrest of a foreigner from their (the clerics') houses," he told the jirga. Witnesses said families of Mulla Amin and Mulla Faqir did not resist when the houses were destroyed. However, a remote-controlled bomb went off when the armed tribesmen were going to damage the house a cleric after doing the same to another's.
This article starring:
Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2005 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [305 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Oh my. Will there be a Master of Pretentious Arrogance Sighting here?

Methinks yes. It cannot help itself. Turd Alert!

Fuck Yeah!
Posted by: .com || 05/21/2005 1:26 Comments || Top||

#2  I can see why .com is skeptical: we've been calling for Righteous Justice to fall down on the heads of CLERICS, not just the cannon fodder. Here's a report of that happening? Are these Shias in a Sunni community, or Sunnis in a Shia community?

Grain of salt time.
Posted by: Ptah || 05/21/2005 6:13 Comments || Top||

Six arrested for Qaeda link
Police arrested six militants in separate raids for allegedly sheltering Al Qaeda fugitives and planning rocket attacks against the army, police and security officials said Friday. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said three of the suspects were captured this week in Multan. The three are said to be members of the banned Hizbul Mujahideen outfit.

The officials said that Ali Sher, Hafiz Ijaz Ahmed and Pir Muhammad Jamil were captured this week during a raid in Multan. "I confirm that these people sheltered some Arab Al Qaeda men in recent months. They are in our custody and we are questioning them," one security official said.

During the raid they seized some compact discs and a diary that contained names and telephone numbers of some Al Qaeda figures, another security official said. "We are 101 percent certain that they have been working for Al Qaeda. They have been helping and sheltering Al Qaeda terrorists," the second official said. When contacted, Divisional Police Officer Multan Sikandar Hayat said he could not confirm or deny the arrest of the three Hizbul Mujahideen activists.

AP adds: The three other suspects, alleged members of an outlawed militant group, were seized in the NWFP on Thursday for planning rocket attacks against an army facility in Bannu, police said. "We also seized four rockets, some guns and detonators from a house they were hiding in," said Abid Ali, police chief in Bannu, who accused the three of being members of the Jaish e-Mohammed militant group. Pakistan has outlawed several militant groups that support Al Qaeda, and its security agencies have arrested more than 700 Al Qaeda men after the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.
This article starring:
Abid Ali, police chief in Bannu
ALI SHERHizbul Mujahideen
ALI SHERJaish e-Mohammed
Divisional Police Officer Multan Sikandar Hayat
HAFIZ IJAZ AHMEDHizbul Mujahideen
HAFIZ IJAZ AHMEDJaish e-Mohammed
PIR MUHAMAD JAMILHizbul Mujahideen
Hizbul Mujahideen
Jaish e-Mohammed
Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2005 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [300 views] Top|| File under:

#1  When these articles get posted, can the country in question be listed? IOW- Can the lead for this article be [PAKISTAN] ... or whatever?
Posted by: Glains Theash7392 || 05/21/2005 15:05 Comments || Top||

#2  Fred, clicking on "Multan" got me the following:

Parse error: parse error in C:web
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Have fun tracking it down!
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/21/2005 17:30 Comments || Top||

#3  Glains Theash7392, if you hover over the title of the article, you'll see http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_21-5-2005_pg7_4 This means that the article comes from The Daily Times, and English language newspaper in Pakistan. After a while you'll come to recognize these things. In the meantime, I used to find reading the posts with an atlas beside me very, very helpful. ;-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/21/2005 17:35 Comments || Top||

#4  Error's fixed. Had an extra "}".
Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2005 19:10 Comments || Top||

#5  I tend to amend headlines where the location or other important contextual info is needed, e.g. in this case 'Six arrested (in Pakistan) for Qaeda link'.
Posted by: phil_b || 05/21/2005 19:31 Comments || Top||

Zarqawi aide denies granting respite to security officials
In three separate messages issued to the Internet today, May 20, 2005, al-Qaeda in Iraq through its officials spokesman, Abu Maysara al-Iraqi, denies media reports that the group's leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had granted a four-hour respite to security officials, and claims responsibility for a bombing today in al-Kazimiyah, northern Baghdad, and several attacks across Iraq from May 9 through May 18.

Al-Qaeda in Iraq, in the first statement, refutes "what the satellite channels disseminated, which have said that our Sheikh, [Abu Musab] al-Zarqawi
 had granted a respite of four hours to the officials of the security systems who are loyal to the Jews and the Christians." Rather, the group states that they have their own "consistent and known news media channels" which broadcast all of their statements.

The second message describes a car bombing in Abdul Mohsen al-Qazimi Square in the al-Kazimiyah district of Baghdad, which targeting the "vice forces of the police and losing army who are loyal to the Christians and the Jews
." Following the detonation of the explosive, the message claims that the bomb "killed a great number of them."

A multitude of attacks via suicide bombings and mortar, RPG, and Katyusha rocket attacks on several sites throughout Iraq between May 9, 2005 and May 18 are enumerated in the third communiqué, including the kidnapping Saturday of Khalaf Ateyah al-Sabaawe, "an officer of the infidel guards." The communiqué lists attacks on American and Iraqi forces, highlighting the destruction of Humvees, armored vehicles, and "American forces headquarters."
Posted by: Dan Darling || 05/21/2005 00:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [283 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I sincerly hope they capture and try your homicidal ass in time to be tried along side soddom Insane, because you two are exactly the same kind of criminal: one had power and the other tried to gain that same kind power and use it the same way.
Posted by: an dalusian dog || 05/21/2005 14:57 Comments || Top||

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