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Captured: Abu Talha, Mosul's Most-Wanted
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Security Forces Arrest Five Chadians for Killing Frenchman
Saudi security authorities said they arrested five Chadians belonging to the "deviant group", the term used to describe Al-Qaeda militants, yesterday. The Chadians confessed to murdering a French national and also committing several armed robberies in Jeddah last year. An Interior Ministry statement said the five formed a "criminal gang based on misleading fatwas (religious rulings) that justified to them the committing of murder and armed robbery" to finance their operations.

Frenchman Laurent Barbot, an engineer who worked for a defense electronics company, was shot in his car in September 2004 as he left a supermarket in Jeddah. The statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency said three of the Chadians rented a car using fake identification and tailed the Frenchman, and when he stopped at a neighborhood one of them opened fire with a machine gun, killing him.

Foreigners, and particularly Westerners working in the Kingdom, have been the targets of attacks by militants over the past two years in different parts of the country. Several people, including civilians as well as members of the security forces, have been killed in the attacks. The arrests of the five indicate that security forces have got the militants on the run with their sustained offensive. Normalcy has returned to the streets of the Kingdom with more and more Westerners seen shopping and enjoying leisure activities.

The statement said the five also confessed to carrying a series of armed robberies last year at several sites including the offices of British Airways as well as a number of supermarkets. "Finding no employees in the airline's main office which was closed at the time, they (the five Chadians) went to the back office and surrounded seven employees and threatened them with automatic weapons. They then forced them to open the safe and then took what was inside. One employee managed to trigger the alarm prompting the attackers to leave in a hurry," said the statement. The five also attacked two supermarkets where they held the employees at gunpoint before robbing the safes and taking a number of pre-paid telephone cards. One of the arrested men tried to kill an expatriate by firing at him, while the foreigner was near a bank in Jeddah. The expatriate was not hurt in the incident. Security forces also seized the weapons and other material used in the attacks. "Despite the precautions taken by these individuals who seek to spread corruption on earth and their attempts to remain in hiding, the security forces succeeded in arresting the five men and seizing the weapons and tools used in the crimes. The five confessed to committing the crimes and they would be refered them to the Shariah court", the statement said.
Posted by: Fred || 06/16/2005 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Y'mean killing Frenchmen is illegal?

What a world...
Posted by: mojo || 06/16/2005 10:07 Comments || Top||

#2  US forces have captured Abu Talha in Mosul. it just broke on Fox and is breaking on the wires. I don't know how to post an article on Rantburg.

Bloomberg has it.

Posted by: Grins Sluper5274 || 06/16/2005 10:12 Comments || Top||

#3  Fred check the wires ....Abu Talha has been caught in Mosul.
Posted by: Grins Sluper5274 || 06/16/2005 10:13 Comments || Top||

#4  The French engineer working for a defense company in Saudi Arabia wouldn't be sharing expertise in their "nonexistent" nuclear program, would he? Our "allies" are our worst enemy in the WoT. The French supplied the nuclear know-how for the plant Israel took out and a leading arms supplier to Iraq years ago.
Posted by: Danielle || 06/16/2005 11:45 Comments || Top||

Major Hack Attack on UK Financial Networks
Highly-organised and sophisticated hackers are being blamed for "industrial-strength" attacks on vital computer networks aimed at stealing commercially and economically sensitive information.

Nearly 300 UK government departments and businesses, considered part of the country's critical national infrastructure, have been bombarded with a sophisticated electronic attack for several months, the National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination Centre has revealed.

The infrastructure includes communications, energy, finance, health, transport and government sectors.

Similar attacks have been reported in other countries, including the US.

"We have never seen anything like this in terms of the industrial scale of this series of attacks," said Roger Cumming, director of NISCC, which protects critical infrastructure from electronic threats.

"This is not a few hackers sitting in their bedrooms trying to steal bank account details from individuals. This is aimed at organisations, targeted at gaining information and is extremely well organised and well structured."

The NISCC will on Thursday issue a warning to business to be on alert for the hackers, the first time the secretive organisation has made such a high-profile announcement, highlighting the severity of its concerns.

Many of the attacks appear to be coming through internet addresses located in Asia, Mr Cumming said, although he declined to specify which countries. The NISCC and National Hi-Tech Crime Unit are working with the authorities in those countries to track and close down these addresses.

The attacks have come via unsolicited e-mails that contain a "Trojan", or malicious computer code contained inside an apparently harmless file. When opened, the code secretly installs itself on to the user's computer, allowing a remote attacker to gain control of the system.

Mr Cumming said the attacks were unrelated to the industrial espionage network discovered last month in Israel, which was also using Trojan virus software.

The NISCC believes no significant information has been stolen from the critical national infrastructure organisations. However, there is concern the attacks may spread to the wider business community. In particular, banks, insurers and other financial institutions could be affected.

Mr Cumming is urging all businesses to monitor their IT systems and tighten security. The hackers have focused on individuals whose jobs involve dealing with sensitive information, and have tried to collect user names and passwords and upload data from the infected computers.

The NISCC warns that bogus e-mails are difficult to spot. The subject lines have been tailored to refer to news articles that would specifically interest the recipient and the e-mails have been "spoofed" to make it appear they come from trusted contacts.

Cyberwarfare and cyber industrial espionage has been growing exponentially in the last few years. Bringing down our economy was one motive for the 9/11 attacks on Manhattan. Bringing down the nets accomplishes the same thing.
Posted by: too true || 06/16/2005 08:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I finger it as Indonesia and China.

Indonesia has prior history of web attacks: against Malaysia and against the Corby websites.

It has a well-trained computer warfare military wing - it just doesn't advertise it.

China would be my next guess.
Posted by: anon1 || 06/16/2005 9:17 Comments || Top||

#2  This is interesting especially in light of computer failures on Wall Street recently.
Posted by: jawa || 06/16/2005 10:13 Comments || Top||

#3  This explains a lot! Thanks for posting, tt.
Posted by: Bulldog || 06/16/2005 13:57 Comments || Top||

#4  DoD has the capability to 'counter-attack', but the lawyers [you know like the ones that had to be asked 'mother may I' when the CIA had a potential Predator shot shot at him and were told 'wait' during the early stages of the Afghan campaign] say 'no'. We might harm some poor third party who's too damn lazy to monitor their servers for routing highjackers.
Posted by: Cleresing Glerert2363 || 06/16/2005 14:01 Comments || Top||

#5  Love the graphic!!
Posted by: IG-88 || 06/16/2005 20:28 Comments || Top||

Caribbean-Latin America
Colombian Warlord Lays Down His Weapons
A brutal paramilitary warlord who made a fortune in Colombia's drug trade demobilized more than 400 of his fighters at a ceremony Wednesday under a peace deal critics say could let him get away with murder. Under the command of former underworld assassin Diego Murillo, members of the "Heroes of Tolova" faction of the paramilitary United Self-Defense Forces, or AUC, sang the national anthem before laying down their weapons, including assault rifles and grenade launchers. "Only a peaceful and constructive dialogue will make it possible to build a harmonious and prosperous country," Murillo told the ceremony at a soccer stadium in this tiny cattle-ranching hamlet 280 miles northwest of the capital, Bogota. He called on his leftist rebel foes to follow suit and enter peace talks. The disarmament plan, however, has drawn criticism from the United Nations, U.S. lawmakers and human rights groups, who warn it may bring neither peace nor justice.
Yeah. Most things draw criticism from the same bunch, don't they?
Under an amnesty bill pushed by President Alvaro Uribe, Murillo and some of his men may escape any meaningful punishment. The Heroes of Tolova have been blamed for numerous atrocities in northwestern Colombia, and the United States has described Murillo as "the top leader of one of the world's largest cocaine cartels."
Posted by: Fred || 06/16/2005 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under:

Mexico Deports Pakistani Man
Authorities in the border city of Tijuana deported a Pakistani man who is under investigation by U.S. authorities for alleged weapons trafficking, and U.S. police took him into custody Wednesday. A man identified as Pakistani citizen Arif Durrani, a former legal U.S. resident who was deported from the United States in the late 1990s, was sent by Mexico on a flight to his native Pakistan. But he was taken into U.S. custody during a layover in Los Angeles, said U.S. consulate spokeswoman Liza Davis. Another U.S. official speaking on customary condition of anonymity confirmed that Durrani was the target of an ongoing arms trafficking investigation. However, she and other officials refused to divulge specific details of the investigation, or confirm if Durrani was the man who was convicted in 1987 for selling missile parts to Iran, and who claimed he had been part of the Iran-Contra scandal.

Mexican authorities had also said earlier the Pakistani was wanted in a weapons trafficking probe. He was detained earlier this week along with three Afghan-born men and a Syrian, all of whom apparently entered Tijuana from the United States. All five men were detained at a Tijuana hotel with hookers; none had a Mexican tourist visa, and all were considered to be in the country without permission. The five were picked up as federal police and soldiers were deployed over the weekend to reinforce local police struggling against a surge in violence linked to drug gangs along the Mexico side of the U.S. border. The Afghans and the Syrian are all U.S. citizens or residents and all were deported to the United States Wednesday; none of them faces any charges or apparently any ongoing investigation there.
Posted by: Fred || 06/16/2005 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:

#1  He was detained earlier this week along with three Afghan-born men and a Syrian, all of whom apparently entered Tijuana from the United States.

goddam sandbaks! who in gaurdin tijawana! tryin rooin teh goddam donkee shows. timen start em menudo mens.

Posted by: muck4doo || 06/16/2005 0:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Good job organizing the layover in LAX.
Posted by: gromky || 06/16/2005 1:01 Comments || Top||

#3  Ask Mexico about extraditing the cop-killer back to Denver. An illegal alien who shot 2 police officers, killing one -- 2 shots to the back of the head, left a widow and 2 kids. All because they wouldnt let his drunk ass into an ex girlfriend's wedding (and on top of it he is married and has a kid with someone else).

Been hearing noises (Congressman Tancredo supposedly) that Mexico is saying they will decided *IF* they are going to extradite him in 1 to 3 YEARS. And in order to get that out of the Mexicans, they had to take the death penalty and life-without-parole off the table.

Mexico is NOT our friend. This was likely just an accident on their part.
Posted by: OldSpook || 06/16/2005 8:26 Comments || Top||

#4  I believe FOX reported the two cops were guards at a baptism, which makes me wonder why they felt the need to have police there. Weddings are popular in terrorist circles as the families gain political and business advantages. I agree about Mexico not being our friend and I think there is more to the story here. Denver is a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants, just inviting trouble.
Posted by: Danielle || 06/16/2005 12:10 Comments || Top||

#5  Durrani, a former U.S. resident, was convicted in the United States in 1987 of selling missile parts to Iran and served five years in prison. He was deported from the United States in 1998 and apparently has lived in Mexico since then.
It was unclear whether the current investigation was related to Durrani's prior conviction.

I'd say no, he most likely has been up to his old tricks again.

He had claimed to have acted as part of the 1980s Iran-Contra scandal, in which arms were sold to Iran to finance Nicaraguan rebels when the U.S. Congress had barred such aid. In 2003, Durrani petitioned a U.S. court to have his conviction overturned and asked to review more government documents to try to prove he sold the parts at the behest of former Lt. Col. Oliver North and other U.S. officials.

Posted by: Steve || 06/16/2005 13:01 Comments || Top||

Paris court convicts three aides to shoebomber Reid
A top French court jailed three men for terrorist conspiracy on Thursday after finding them guilty of helping "shoebomber" Richard Reid, who narrowly failed to destroy a U.S. airliner over the Atlantic. The court found they had helped Reid during his stay in Paris ahead of his abortive attempt to destroy a Paris-Miami American Airlines flight mid-Atlantic in December 2001 with a bomb hidden inside one of his shoes.
Jacqueline Rebeyrotte, presiding judge at the main Paris criminal court, sentenced Ghulam Rama to five years in prison and expulsion from France once his sentence was served. Rama, 67, a Pakistani with joint British nationality, has already spent three years in jail awaiting trial. It was not immediately clear if he would appeal.
His co-accused, Frenchmen Hakim Mokhfi and Hassan El Cheguer, both aged 31, were each jailed for four years, one year suspended. The court ordered them released as they have been in preventive detention since June 2002. All three men had pleaded not guilty.

During the trial, the court heard that according to French intelligence, Rama had used trips to Britain, New York, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia between 2001 and 2002 as cover while he organized terrorist attacks. A French probe on Reid's activities in France revealed he had used a Paris cyber cafe to contact Pakistan, a trail that led them to Rama, president of the Straight Path Muslim charity. Rama told police he saw Mokhfi and Cheguer with Reid. His lawyer said before the trial began that Rama was sick and confused when police first asked him if he recognized a photograph of Reid. The French pair deny ever meeting Reid. On the first day of the trial, Rebeyrotte read out a French intelligence report that said Rama met several people thought to be close to al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and other known Islamic extremists.

Fellow passengers overpowered Reid as he tried to detonate the custom-made device on the airliner. The British national was jailed for life by a U.S. court in January 2003.
This article starring:
Jacqueline Rebeyrotte
Posted by: Steve || 06/16/2005 11:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Another "jihadi hero". So stupid, he couldn't even light a match...
Posted by: tu3031 || 06/16/2005 12:08 Comments || Top||

Spain Arrests Would-Be Suicide Bombers
More detail on yesterday's busts...
Spanish police arrested 16 suspected militants yesterday, including followers of Abu Mussab Al-Zarqawi and men preparing to become suicide bombers in Iraq, the Interior Ministry said. It was the second European swoop in two days against suspected backers of the Iraqi insurgency, following Germany's arrest of three Iraqis on Tuesday. Eleven of the suspects in Spain were followers of Zarqawi, Al-Qaeda's leader in Iraq, the Interior Ministry said. "Many of them expressed their will to become martyrs for Islam, demonstrating they are extremely radical and dangerous," the ministry said in a statement. It said they belonged to "an established network in our country, tied to the terrorist organization Ansar Al-Islam/Zarqawi network".

The other five were suspected of aiding the cell that carried out the Madrid train bombings of March 11, 2004, which killed 191 people and wounded 1,900 three days before a general election. One Madrid train bombing suspect who escaped police is believed already to have carried out a suicide attack in Iraq some time between May 12-19, the ministry said. He was named as Mohamed Afalah, who police say fled the scene when seven prime suspects for the train bombing blew themselves up on April 3, 2004 after being surrounded by police in a suburban Madrid apartment. The blast also killed a special police agent.

Police and intelligence sources say Iraqi militants have recruited fighters in several European countries to join the insurgency against the Iraqi government and the US-led coalition supporting it. Investigations in Spain, Italy, Germany and Sweden suggest Ansar Al-Islam — a group with which the United States linked Zarqawi before the Iraq war — has emerged as the most prominent militant group engaged in fundraising and recruitment. A French intelligence chief said last month that five young men from a single Paris district had already died in Iraq, one in a suicide attack. The ministry statement said potential suicide bombers in Spain were linked to a central operation in Syria dedicated to "recruiting holy warriors (using the Internet) and sending them to Iraq with the goal of committing suicide attacks against the coalition forces". It said the two main recruiters, both Moroccans, were arrested by Syria in May 2004 and sent back to Morocco.
This article starring:
Abu Mussab Al-Zarqawi
Posted by: Fred || 06/16/2005 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I wonder how much of the terrorist fundraising is originally welfare payments to immigrants.
Posted by: mhw || 06/16/2005 9:06 Comments || Top||

men preparing to become suicide bombers in Iraq
Wonder why Spain bothered, then.

It's not like they give a rat's ass what happens to the Iraqis.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 06/16/2005 13:39 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
Haqiqi sector in-charge convicted in US
A federal jury in Chicago has convicted Mohammad Azam Hussain, a sector in-charge of the MQM Haqiqi for lying to US immigration officials of concealing his membership of the MQM that prosecutors say has a violent history. He was convicted of concealing his membership of the Haqiqi faction of the Mohajir Quami Movement in Pakistan while trying to become a naturalized US citizen in 2003. Mr Azam Hussain, 37, faces up to 10 years in prison, but prosecutors said his sentence would likely be substantially less. He has been in custody since September last year.

Before he came to the United States in 1994, Azam Hussain was "a sector in-charge" for the Haqiqi faction, described by prosecutors as a mid-level post in which he was in charge of a neighbourhood in Karachi. He has admitted he was close to Afaq Ahmad, founder and leader of the Haqiqi faction, who was arrested last year in Pakistan, US authorities said.
Posted by: Fred || 06/16/2005 00:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Good. And when he's served his sentence, deport him with emptied bank accounts. Why should he go home to live as if he were a success?
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/16/2005 5:44 Comments || Top||

Afghanistan/South Asia
Dr Qadeer hospitalised
Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan has been taken to hospital with a heart problem, the government said on Thursday. Doctors have suggested that Dr Khan undergo angioplasty within a few days, a private news channel reported. Federal Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said Dr Khan had been provided all necessary medical facilities and was under the continuous observation of doctors. "He has had some heart pressure ... and he may have angioplasty surgery in the next two or three days," Reuters quoted Sheikh Rashid Ahmed as saying.

Khan was taken from his Islamabad home to a military hospital in Rawalpindi after developing heart problems on Wednesday, according to an official source, who wished to remain anonymous. The scientist had been suffering from stress and was receiving treatment for hypertension, the source said.
Posted by: Fred || 06/16/2005 10:46:44 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under:

#1  If he's under stress, that's good for us, right?
Posted by: Phil Fraering || 06/16/2005 23:43 Comments || Top||

"Zarqawi is an American agent"
"All Evidence Proves that Al-Zarqawi Works for America"

"All the evidence proves that Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi is working for America, because his victims are Iraqis and not [members of] the coalition forces under the command of the American occupation forces in Iraq. Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi's official title is 'leader of Al-Qa'ida's faction in Iraq.' Osama bin Laden is the commander of the Al-Qa'ida organization, and this proves that [Al-Zarqawi's commander,] bin Laden, has [also] been an American agent ever since he operated against the USSR forces in Afghanistan in favor of the Americans!

"Let's read the statement issued two days ago on behalf of Al-Zarqawi in Iraq after he killed and wounded dozens of people from among the Interior Ministry and Iraqi army forces, by means of booby-trapped cars in a number of cities in Iraq!

"Raising a few questions is unavoidable in order to clarify the situation and [to understand] who this Al-Zarqawi with Jordanian nationality is.

"One of the questions is: which of the two should Al-Zarqawi oppose — the American occupation army and the foreign coalition forces, or the Iraqi military and police forces?! The statement issued by Al-Zarqawi and his organization says that they struck and killed dozens of [members of] the Interior Ministry and Iraqi army forces, whereas there was no mention of Al-Zarqawi targeting the American occupation forces and the coalition forces of the various nationalities. [In fact,] the statement did not even mention the occupation army in Iraq!"

The Massacre of the Iraqi People is Aimed at Strengthening the U.S. Occupation in a Region Vital to American Interests

"Another question [to be raised] is whether the world is so naive as to believe the American statements, which claim that Washington has allocated $25 million for Al-Zarqawi's arrest or for information leading to his arrest. [After all,] why arrest Al-Zarqawi and allocate all these millions while he is working for America?

"In addition, why is Al-Zarqawi massacring innocent Iraqi citizens and [members of] the Iraqi National Guard, the Iraqi army and the Iraqi Interior Ministry? Al-Zarqawi undeniably aims to harm the Iraqi people and members of the Iraqi forces, who undergo training to protect [their] homeland in the future. This massacre of the Iraqi forces and the Iraqi people is meant to strengthen the American occupation of the region [that is known to be] the main route to Central Asia, formerly under USSR control, [and that is] rich in oil wells, and surrounds Iran and the Caspian Sea..."
Posted by: tipper || 06/16/2005 20:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6506 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I'm convinced.
Posted by: Scott R || 06/16/2005 20:34 Comments || Top||

#2  This theory is quite compelling ... to those lacking all logic and even minimal intellect. Here are some examples of flaws in reasoning that dive off the top of my head with the athleticism of an Alcapulco cliffdiver:

1. We conquered Iraq militarily. If we wanted to blow up some civilians for our jollies, we could do so without Zarqawi's help.

2. While Zarqawi is killing Iraqis, for the most part, they are often police officer candidates that we are expending assets to find, recruit and train.

3. His continued activity clearly demonstrates our inability to capture or kill him. Demonstrating effectiveness and competence is normally the sought after result of military action.

4. If Zarqawi is an American agent, then why are all the anti-American crowd (even in the US) lionizing him as a freedom-fighter or minuteman?
Posted by: Super Hose || 06/16/2005 20:49 Comments || Top||

#3  I, for one, would love a rumor on the Iraqi street that Zarqawi is a Joo. Maybe even some pictures of him dressed as a Rabbi. Imagine how with an ego like his, he would just go bananas.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 06/16/2005 21:13 Comments || Top||

#4  The LLL say MEMRI is a front for Mossad,if this true does this mean he ain't a US agent. Are they just saying this because He is an agent and they want us to believe he ain't an agent?
Being a moonbat must be tough, got to remember which is more important to buy today more of that killer weed or more reynolds wrap.
Posted by: bruce || 06/16/2005 21:21 Comments || Top||

#5  "You're an American agent!!"

"No, YOU'RE an American agent!!"

"No, YOU'RE an American agent!!"
Posted by: Bomb-a-rama || 06/16/2005 21:37 Comments || Top||

#6  Do these people understand, that we could of wiped Iraq (except for the oil fields) off the face of the earth, and not had to put up with the constant attacks at us like Gitmo and Abu Garib. If we wanted to kill Iraq's it would of been easier, and we could could of shown the UN how many Nuclear weapons we got rid of, to make the world safer. Or is this the Middle East version of Scrabble face?
Posted by: plainslow || 06/16/2005 21:45 Comments || Top||

#7  oooh! im gotta spred teh werd!
Posted by: muck4doo || 06/16/2005 21:50 Comments || Top||

#8  Shouldn't that be "Zionist American Agent"?
Posted by: True German Ally || 06/16/2005 22:07 Comments || Top||

#9  I don't even have a response to that. What a f'ing idiot.
Posted by: bgrebel9 || 06/16/2005 22:51 Comments || Top||

#10  Well, if the Z-Man is just another pawn of America (BWAHAHAHAHA), that makes him an infidel, right? And killing infidels is good, right? So everyone get busy and whack the Big Z for Allan.

Frankly, I don't see a downside to this story except maybe another pebble added to the mountain of evidence that islamic fundamentalists are fundamentally and completely insane.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/16/2005 23:16 Comments || Top||

#11  evidence that he's a Mousad agent
Posted by: macofromoc || 06/16/2005 23:58 Comments || Top||

Pirates attack supertanker near Basra
Pirates attacked a supertanker anchored close to the Basra oil terminal in Iraq early yesterday morning, a shipping company announced today.

Christer Martensson, the Basra port manager for Gulf Agency Company (GAC) told Times Online the attack occurred between 3 and 3.30 am on Wednesday morning.

Three men armed men were spotted aboard the tanker, but escaped when the alarm was raised. There were no casualties.

"It was one of the night watchmen that saw them," said Mr Martensson, "He saw three men armed with an assault weapon and knives. He also saw a rifle. He managed to alert the bridge and the duty officer. When that happened, the pirates fled the vessel, into a small speedboat I think."

The attempted raid is the latest in a series of attacks on the deep water oil terminal, which exports most of Iraq's crude oil.

Yesterday's boarding comes just two weeks after pirates armed with AK-47 rifles attacked the crew of the Nord Millenium, a supertanker that was waiting to load oil.

Last year the terminal was targetted by a suicide boat attacks apparently launched by al-Qaeda.

Mr Martensson said that coalition troops have been providing increased security around the terminal and that GAC would continue to serve the port.

Elsewhere in Iraq on Wednesday, six US soldiers died in around the troubled city of Ramadi, 70 miles west of Baghdad. A roadside bomb killed five marines outside Ramadi and a sailor was killed by gunfire inside the town as Shia politicians stepped up their efforts to bring the Sunni region into the political process.

The casualties, announced this morning, brought Wednesday's death toll to 57, making it the bloodiest day of the last month in Iraq.

In the most significant attack, twenty-six new Iraqi soldiers were killed after a suicide bomber wearing a military uniform blew himself up in a mess tent at an army base in Khalis, about 45 miles north of Baghdad. The dead men had been queueing for lunch.

Also yesterday, the Iraqi Special Tribunal that will try Saddam Hussein for crimes against humanity over the coming months released a second videotape.

The latest tape, which has no sound, shows a judge questioning three senior members of Hussein's former government, including the dictator's half brother Sabawi Ibrahim al-Hassan, who was handed over by Syrian authorities in February.
Posted by: Dan Darling || 06/16/2005 14:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Mr Martensson said that coalition troops have been providing increased security around the terminal and that GAC would continue to serve the port.

Yeah - like snipers. Pick a few of these jackasses off, word will start to get out...
Posted by: Raj || 06/16/2005 15:59 Comments || Top||

Hamas outlines contacts with EU Diplomats
Man, when will these guys (like the UN) stop lollygagging around about Hamas "Political wing" vs. it's "Miltary wing"? And note that US Diplomats stated there's a softening on our position w/ Hamas, but the White House says there's been no change. Condi needs to clean house and quick!
Posted by: BA || 06/16/2005 13:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6508 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I forget...

What was Britain's position on the Sinn Fein, IRA "political wing"

Posted by: PlanetDan || 06/16/2005 16:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Yeah talkings with Nazi political wing was supposed to teach something. But History is the most negleted discipline here in Europe. Worst blind is that dont want see.
Posted by: Hupomoque Spoluter7949 || 06/16/2005 21:48 Comments || Top||

Al-Qaeda extends deadline for Iraqi hostages
Al Qaeda's wing in Iraq gave the U.S.-backed government another 72 hours to free women prisoners, threatening to kill 36 Iraqi soldiers it holds hostage if it does not comply, according to an Internet statement on Thursday.

"We, the al Qaeda Organisation in Iraq, announce extending the deadline to kill the 36 soldiers from the infidel guards to the next 72 hours," the group led by Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi said in a statement posted on an Islamist Web site.

"Release the helpless Muslim women from the Interior Ministry prisons and other jails," it added.

It was not immediately possible to verify the authenticity of the statement, which was signed off with a name that usually accompanies the group's official announcements.

The Sunni Muslim group, which has often abducted and killed officials and soldiers, said a high-ranking officer was among the 36 troops it was holding.

The group said in an Internet posting on June 9 that it was holding the soldiers, and gave the Iraqi government 24 hours to release all women prisoners. It later extended the deadline by 72 hours and said it was interrogating the soldiers.

Iraqi police said on June 8 that 22 Iraqi soldiers from the mainly Shi'ite Muslim south had been kidnapped after leaving their base in the town of Qaim, a stronghold of the Sunni Muslim insurgency near the Syrian border in western Iraq.

Two days later, witnesses said the bodies of 16 people killed execution-style had been found dead in western Iraq, but it was not clear if the victims, who were in civilian clothes, were the soldiers.
Posted by: Dan Darling || 06/16/2005 13:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Start executing one "female prisoner" (aka Dr. Death and Mrs. Germ) a day until the hostages are released.

Stop dicking around with these jerks.
Posted by: mojo || 06/16/2005 13:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Rooters: the U.S.-backed government

Rooters Dudes: see, there was this election back in January, -- you remember the thing with all the purple fingers? -- so how about we change that phrase to "popularly backed government" or "elected government." Otherwise, people might think you were suggesting it was a puppet regime, and I'm sure you don't mean that.
Posted by: Matt || 06/16/2005 14:28 Comments || Top||

More on the Abu Talha capture
A top aide to Al-Qaeda frontman Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has been captured in Iraq's northern city of Mosul, the US military revealed.

Mohammed Khalaf Shakar, also known as Abu Talha, is "Zarqawi's most trusted operations agent in all of Iraq," a military statement said Thursday.

"This is a major defeat for the Al-Qaeda's terrorist organisation in Iraq. Zarqawi's leader in Mosul is out of business," said US Air Force Brigadier General Donald Alston.

According to the military statement, he surrendered to US and Iraqi forces on Tuesday without a fight in "a quiet neighbourhood in Mosul" after they were led to his whereabouts by "multiple intelligence sources."

"According to former Talha associates, Talha never stayed more than one night at any one residence," the statement added. Alston, the new top military spokesman, told reporters in Baghdad: "Numerous reports indicated he wore a suicide vest 24 hours a day and stated he would never surrender. Instead Talha gave up without a fight."

Iraqi authorities said recently they had captured one of Abu Talha's most trusted aides and his financial manager, Motleq Mahmud Motleq Abdullah, also known as Abu Raed, in Mosul on May 28. They had also announced the arrest of another Zarqawi aide in Mosul known as Mullah Mehdi.

Abu Talha is accused of masterminding some of the deadliest attacks against US and Iraqi forces in Mosul. Iraq's third-largest city, it has been a major front for the insurgency since November. "Talha fell like so many others fall, and that is through a combination of factors that ultimately catch up to him," Alston said. "In his case like so many others along the way, civilians helped us get closer to him."

The Iraqi government said in early March that 11 of Zarqawi's top aides were captured and seven killed and that Abu Talha was the most significant man in the network left standing. In a diagram of the network released at the time Abu Talha is shown mustachioed with a full head of hair and appears to be in his 30s.
This article starring:
ABU RAEDal-Qaeda in Iraq
ABU TALHAal-Qaeda in Iraq
Brigadier General Donald Alston
MULLAH MEHDIal-Qaeda in Iraq
Posted by: Dan Darling || 06/16/2005 12:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6513 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I heard he was singing like a canary. We can only hope that this cockraoch will help turn over more rocks...and more cockroaches will die or sing like canaries.
Posted by: anymouse || 06/16/2005 13:10 Comments || Top||

#2  A top aide to Al-Qaeda frontman Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has been captured...

They're all top aides and lieutenants. Who'd admit to being the 'gofor' or 'second backup to the third in line suicide candidate'? They're all there for glory [of killing women and children at the market place] and their 72 virgins.
Posted by: Cleresing Glerert2363 || 06/16/2005 14:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Zark lost his bed buddy! Take heart Zark, he will remain in waiting for you.
Posted by: Flavins Flineque6690 || 06/16/2005 14:42 Comments || Top||

Captured: Abu Talha, Mosul's Most-Wanted
Coalition and Iraqi Security Forces captured the leader of Al-Qaida in the Mosul region June 14. Muhammad Khalaf Shakar, also known as Abu Talha, is Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's most trusted operations agent in all of Iraq. He was captured without incident. Multiple intelligence sources led Coalition forces to Abu Talha's location in a quiet neighborhood in Mosul. According to former Talha associates, Talha never stayed more than one night at any one residence, and always wore a suicide vest, saying he would never surrender. Talha gave up peacefully to Coalition forces and supporting Iraqi Security Forces, and is fully cooperating with Coalition and Iraqi officials.
This article starring:
ABU TALHAal-Qaeda in Iraq
Posted by: tipper || 06/16/2005 10:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6515 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This is as big as getting Zarqawi....Talha was connected to cells in Europe. Good day indeed.
Posted by: Grins Sluper5274 || 06/16/2005 10:26 Comments || Top||

#2  I hope it was Kurds who got the intelligence to find him. Screw you WaPo (reference to an article yesterday).
Posted by: phil_b || 06/16/2005 10:36 Comments || Top||

#3  He'll "never surrender" huh?

Talha gave up peacefully to Coalition forces and supporting Iraqi Security Forces, and is fully cooperating with Coalition and Iraqi officials.

Typical Jihadi pussy.

Posted by: tu3031 || 06/16/2005 10:51 Comments || Top||

#4  suicide vest wasn't used huh? Coward
Posted by: Frank G || 06/16/2005 10:51 Comments || Top||

#5  always wore a suicide vest, saying he would never surrender

"Yarrrr! They'll never take me alive! I'll blow myself to Allan and take 50 of the infidels with me. Yarrr!

Oh. Good morning, officers. Lovely day, isn't it? Here, just slip those cuffs on for me and I'll bend over for my cavity search."
Posted by: Seafarious || 06/16/2005 10:56 Comments || Top||

#6  Most of all I like the "he gave up peacefully and is fully cooperating". People will see high ranking Al Quaida as just a bunch of coards. And those he knew will get nervous. Of course many jihadists will refuse to believe about his cowardice
Posted by: JFM || 06/16/2005 10:56 Comments || Top||

#7  So Fred - Feeling more positive, lately?
Posted by: Bobby || 06/16/2005 11:17 Comments || Top||

#8  I guess, "Never give up; never surrender"

only applies in movies about TV shows that never existed.
Posted by: mhw || 06/16/2005 11:17 Comments || Top||

#9  "Typical Jihadi pussy." Yup that is typical of the leadership that always claim that they will never be taken alive, but somehow the great Satin (with it's Zionists cohorts) manage to trick them all into surrendering. At least the Hussein brother put up a fight before they were killed.
Posted by: Cyber Sarge || 06/16/2005 11:37 Comments || Top||

#10  "Man, I fought off like a hundred US troops with my numchucks. I have great ninja skills."
Posted by: BH || 06/16/2005 11:43 Comments || Top||

#11  Typical Islamic terrorist. All talk, no action when the fit hits the shan.
Posted by: mmurray821 || 06/16/2005 12:26 Comments || Top||

#12  Chicken shit.....just like the rest of them. Convincing others to blow themselves to bits then raising the white flag when their life is in danger of ending.
Posted by: Nock Eyes Nilberforce || 06/16/2005 14:15 Comments || Top||

#13  #!/usr/bin/perl -killjihadis
use WEAPON::Simple;
$muslim = shift @MuslimTerrorSuspect
my $tolerance = 0;
$brainwave = 1;

while ($muslim) {

if ($muslim == "jihadis"){
$muslim .. "is a big freakin pussy";

while ($brainwave) {
my $useweapon = new WEAPON::SIMPLE::Basballbat(); # use == side of head...sent to allan
$brainwave = 1;}
$muslim = shift @MuslimTerrorSuspect;

Print "job complete";

Posted by: anymouse || 06/16/2005 14:38 Comments || Top||

#14  Abu Talha is all turban no jihad.
Posted by: TomC || 06/16/2005 15:09 Comments || Top||

#15  sigh. wish they had video for al-jizz.
Posted by: PlanetDan || 06/16/2005 16:19 Comments || Top||

#16  anymouse:

sorry. I don't speak french.
Posted by: PlanetDan || 06/16/2005 16:19 Comments || Top||

#17  Yep, it's Geek to me too.
Posted by: Shipman || 06/16/2005 19:31 Comments || Top||

#18  Always use eq to compare strings, anymouse. Dan, Perl isn't French. It can be made into Latin, however.
Posted by: Eric Jablow || 06/16/2005 21:47 Comments || Top||

#19  Abu Raad (Talha's consiglierie) was arrested 2 weeks ago. Guess he decided to rat out his boss in record time. Here hoping Talha rats out Zman. Break out the Panties of Doom.
Posted by: ed || 06/16/2005 22:41 Comments || Top||

#20  "Now appearing for at Mosul's Detention Club - Christina Aguilera"!
Posted by: Pappy || 06/16/2005 23:10 Comments || Top||

Afghanistan/South Asia
Tales from the Crossfire Gazette
Outlaw killed in 'crossfire'
A cadre of underground Purba Banglar Communist Party's Janajuddha faction was killed in 'crossfire' between police and outlaws in Harinakundu upazila in Jhenidah in the early hours yesterday.
I wish they'd throw in a few twists to these stories. Oh, well, let's get this over with. Step One:
Police arrested Younus, 42, son of Amzad Hossain of Rotidanga village in Harinakundu, from his village on Tuesday afternoon.
Step Two:
Following his statement at Harinakundu Police Station,
Step Three:
the law-enforcers took him to Charpara to seize his firearms, the police said.
Step Four:
They said Younus died in 'crossfire' when outlaws opened fire on them...
Step Five:
and they (police) returned fire...
Step Six:
at around 12:30am.
Optional Step Seven:
Constables Motiar Rahman, Mamun Khondoker and Abdul Matin were wounded during the 'shootout', the police claimed.
Step Eight:
They seized one shutter gun and two bullets from the spot.
With the death of Younus,
Step Nine:
accused of five murders, 27 people were killed in 'crossfire' or 'encounters' with the law-enforcers in Jhenidah since November last year.
Let's see what else is going on in beautiful Bangladesh:

Husband kills wife in Comilla
COMILLA, June 15:—A housewife was poisoned to death allegedly by her husband for dowry at Alekharchar, on the outskirts of the town, on Monday, reports UNB. Police and locals said Shahjahan Saju beat up his wife Nasima mercilessly and poured poison into her mouth for refusing to bring dowry from her parents.
This type of crime happens on a weekly basis. Very sad.
Nasima, mother of a child, was rushed to Sadar hospital where she died later. Family sources said Saju, who married Nasima five years back, used to torture her for dowry. A case was filed.

Son kills father in Sirajganj over dirt
SIRAJGANJ, June 15:—A son killed his father in village Swaruppur in Shahzadpur upazila today. The deceased was identified as Abu Bokr (70). Eyewitnesses and police said that the son Hafizur Rahman (35) killed his father over land dispute. Hafizur was removing earth from a land owned by his father. The father Abu Bokr asked Hafizur not to remove earth from his land Hafizur got aggrieved and blew a spade blow to his father. Abu Bokr was admitted to Sirajganj Sadar Hosital where he succumbed to injuries today. A case was lodged with Shahzatpur police. Hafizur went on hiding.
Posted by: Steve || 06/16/2005 09:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Wonder if Hafizur has one of those "I ♠ my father" bumper stickers?
Posted by: Dar || 06/16/2005 10:29 Comments || Top||

#2  Now I know what they mean by "dirt poor".
Posted by: tu3031 || 06/16/2005 10:54 Comments || Top||

#3  We saw earlier this week what happens when you deviate from RAB procedure #745: there are witnesses. Very bad. Stick to proper documented procedures and the RAB will achieve ISO-9000 certification and CMM Level 4 status in no time.
Posted by: Jackal || 06/16/2005 12:17 Comments || Top||

#4  A quick google reveals that a shutter gun is a paintball gun. Ummmm...
Posted by: Chuck Simmins || 06/16/2005 13:29 Comments || Top||

#5  A quick google reveals that a shutter gun is a paintball gun

I looked that up too, but we're talking Bangladeshi speak here. There may be a paintball gun called a Shutter Gun, but I don't think paintball guns are shutter guns. Unless they convert them to fire real ammo like the kids used to convert cap pistols into zip-guns.
Amen, not that I know anything about that.
Posted by: Steve || 06/16/2005 13:54 Comments || Top||

#6  I good portion of RBs' translation budget is devoted to cracking the mystery of the shutter gun.

Hummm.... maybe with RBs clout with the BangaNews maybe someone should write a letter to Abu Action Line and just ask.
Posted by: Shipman || 06/16/2005 19:29 Comments || Top||

67 Bangladeshi troops martyred in UN peace missions
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan on Tuesday said 67 Bangladeshi troops including 63 army personnel and four police personnel were martyred while they were in various peacekeeping missions of the United Nations, reports BSS.
No dates mentioned, but seems to be for last FY.
Responding to a question raised by BNP lawmaker Shamsul Alam Pramanik (Naugaon-4) in the Jatiya sangsad, he said Bangladesh so far earned more than US dollar 16 crore from the peacekeeping missions during the outgoing fiscal year(2004-05).
(A Crore equates to 10 million.)
In reply to another question from treasury bench member Shahidul Islam (Kustia-2), the foreign minister said Bangladeshi peacekeepers have been now working in 12 countries including Afghanistan under the UN supervision. Other countries are Burundi, Peoples Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, East Timur, Ethiopia-Eritrea, Georgia, Kosovo, Liberia, Sierra- Leone, Sudan and West Shahara.
Much like Fiji, Bangladesh troops are an export crop.
Posted by: Steve || 06/16/2005 09:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

Iraqi Kidnappers Got the Blues
June 16, 2005: Kidnapping has long been a favorite weapon of terrorists. Killing people is one thing, but when you kidnap them, the terrorizing effect lasts much longer. In Iraq, over 200 foreigners have been kidnapped so far (as of the first week of June). Of those, 17 percent were killed, 47 percent released (with, or without, ransom), three percent escaped or were rescued, a quarter are still held, while the fate of the rest is unknown.

Most of the Iraq kidnappings were by Iraqi gangs of Sunni Arabs. These guys eventually lost interest in nabbing foreigners, mainly because it was easier, and safer, to go after Iraqis. Over 90 percent of total kidnap victims in Iraq were Iraqis. Grabbing Iraqis was not risk free either. Most Iraqis belong one of the hundred or so tribes that define Iraqi society. If you kidnap someone who is particularly well connected in tribal circles, you are in big trouble. Al Qaeda learned this the hard way when, in late 2004, they began kidnapping tribal leaders as a way to maintain tribal support for terror operations. This tactic backfired, as the tribes saw red and came after al Qaeda. Caught between deadly American troops and angry Iraqi tribesmen, grabbing foreigners suddenly seemed less important. Aside from the long shot chance that taking a foreigner might get some foreign troops removed, it's just too much trouble and too risky. This is especially true as there are more Iraqi police out there. Take a foreigner, and word tends to get out on the street. If the Americans pick up your scent, it can get real ugly, real fast. Thus the vast majority of kidnap victims are Iraqis.

The kidnappers have a new problem; Iraqi police. The kidnapping is, like suicide bombers, very unpopular among Iraqis. With more police in service, there is more opportunity for Iraqis to tip off the cops about where kidnap victims might be held. Increasingly, police raids are finding and rescuing kidnapped Iraqis, and, recently, a kidnapped Australian as well.
Posted by: Steve || 06/16/2005 08:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:

#1  maybe the un can start a work training program so these guys can find other work?
Posted by: Cyber Sarge || 06/16/2005 12:59 Comments || Top||

#2  I've got the perfect job for them, CS.

Rope Tester.

And there's plenty of work for all of the jihadis, as each can test a rope only once. ;-p
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 06/16/2005 13:33 Comments || Top||

#3  Whoa, Barbara! Cutting not just to the bone, but through the bone, as usual. I do enjoy your comments -- and the sheer envy your words inspire, darn it!
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/16/2005 14:41 Comments || Top||

Africa: North
Supporters of Islamic groups seized
ALGIERS, Algeria, June 16 (UPI) -- Algerian security forces rounded up 42 people on charges of backing and providing logistic support to armed Islamic groups, reports said Thursday. French-language daily Le Soir D'Algerie quoted a security source as saying the arrests took place Tuesday in Hassassina and Tamesnas some 250 miles west of Algiers.
The detainees were accused of offering shelter and providing food and medicine to Islamic gunmen in the region. The source said the suspects also were accused of laundering money they got from selling cattle seized by gunmen in operations against farmers.

Posted by: Steve || 06/16/2005 08:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6495 views] Top|| File under:

Israel arrests two Islamic Jihad members
TEL AVIV, Israel, June 16 (UPI) -- Israeli troops arrested two Palestinians belonging to the militant Islamic Jihad in the West Bank on suspicion of planning attacks against Israel. Radio Israel said Thursday, quoting military sources, that the suspects were rounded up in the village of Harithiya near Jenin, north of the West Bank, for "planning to carry out an attack in the next few days." The army and Israel's internal security agency, the Shabak, said Wednesday that another group of Palestinian activists were arrested earlier under suspicion of planning a suicide attack inside Israel.
Shabak said the group comprised eight Palestinian youth between 15 and 16 years of age from the camps of Askar and Balata in the West Bank. It said they belonged to the Fatah militant group and their purported suicide operation was financed by Lebanon's Shiite militant group, Hezbollah.
Posted by: Steve || 06/16/2005 08:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under:

New security operation in Iraq
BAGHDAD, June 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. army said Thursday it launched a major security operation in central and southern Iraq to stem mounting violence. A statement by the army said an estimated 1,000 U.S. troops carried an all-out security operation dubbed "White Shield" involving raids and searches of houses and suspected insurgent hideouts in Hulla.
It said at least seven gunmen were arrested and arms, including ammunition, weapons and 10 kilograms (more than 20 pounds) of explosives, were seized.
In a separate statement the U.S. military command said five Marines were killed in an explosion that cut through their convoy in the region of Haklaniya, near the city of Ramadi in western Iraq Wednesday. In the meantime, witnesses said a car bomb exploded near an Iraqi army patrol in the region of Salikh north of Baghdad, wounding six soldiers. More than 40 Iraqis have been killed and dozens wounded in separate bombing attacks in Iraq Wednesday.
In another incident, police arrested a would-be suicide bomber who tried to detonate himself near the commander of a brigade affiliated with the interior ministry.
Posted by: Steve || 06/16/2005 08:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Its encouraging that they could begin another major operation so soon after the previous one.

On the other hand, its discouraging that another operation is so sorely needed.
Posted by: mhw || 06/16/2005 12:21 Comments || Top||

#2  It's a step-wise progression, mhw. Each location cleaned out frees them up to fix the next one. This is actually a very good thing.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/16/2005 14:43 Comments || Top||

Afghanistan/South Asia
2 killed in Karachi late-night shooting
Two people were gunned down on M.A. Jinnah Road near Radio Pakistan in the early hours of Thursday in what is believed to be part of the ongoing confrontation between the Sunni Tehrik and the Muttahida Quami Movement. Police said Faizul Hasan Butt and Mohammad Ashraf, both in their early thirties and office-bearers of the Sunni Tehrik, were riding on a bike when armed assailants, travelling in a car, sprayed them with bullets. The victims were taken to the Civil Hospital Karachi in an Edhi ambulance where one of them was declared dead on arrival. The other victim died a little later. Police said the assassinations seemed to be part of the current rivalry between the two parties.
This article starring:
Sunni Tehrik
Posted by: Fred || 06/16/2005 00:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

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