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Calif. Father, Son Charged in Terror Ties
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Four arrests in anti-terror raids (UK)
Anti-terrorist police have arrested four men in London. Officers raided three addresses in Barnet and Finchley, in the north of the capital, early on Friday. The men were arrested under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000, and taken to a central London police station for questioning. Police are searching the addresses, raided as part of "ongoing enquiries". Two of the men were arrested in a vehicle in High Road, Barnet.
Thoroughly nice boys. Pillars of the local community. Always at the Mosque. I say brice them.
Posted by: Howard UK || 06/17/2005 04:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ooops - looks ike Iranian dissidents. WTF? Helping out Tehran are we?
Posted by: Howard UK || 06/17/2005 5:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Some of the Iranian dissidents are pretty nasty themselves (Khomeni was an Iranian dissident himself, once). Sometimes the enemy of my enemy is no improvement. I hope these four are an example of that and not some of the good guys.
Posted by: VAMark || 06/17/2005 7:49 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Secret underground communications bunker taken out in Chechnya
An underground bunker with a communications network was discovered in a house where militants had been hiding during a special operation in the Chechen village of Novye Atagi.

"Specialists are getting ready to blow up the foundation of the building to let troops enter the underground premises," a participant in the special operation told RIA Novosti.

According to him, the dwelling house in Novye Atagi was a real fortress. "A tank had to shoot three times to break the meter thick fence," he said.

The owner of the destroyed building gave the plan of the building and underground communications to the law enforcement bodies, however, the plan does not correspond to what we saw, he added.

The special operation in Novye Atagi (the Shalinsky district) began yesterday. Militants were blocked in the building on Thursday.

The Chechen Interior Ministry said: "The militants put up armed resistance. 140 servicemen of the Russian Interior Ministry and ten armored vehicles were sent to Novye Atagi."
Posted by: Dan Darling || 06/17/2005 11:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It's always hard to sort out the fact in this stuff though the find as described is something new in the press coverage of what's been going on in Chechnya. The moojahdean are not that numerous and if this bunker was the goods as advertised it is a significant find. The poor bugger who provided the inaccurate house/bunker plans is probably more than a little under the weather today.
Posted by: Tkat || 06/17/2005 12:22 Comments || Top||

Belgians bust arms dealer stash
Belgian police on Friday said they have seized a huge arsenal of weapons, including rocket launchers, hidden in a garage and are investigating whether arms were sold to terrorists or organised crime rings.

The owner of the garage, a Belgian man with military background, is on the run. No one has been arrested in connection with the cache, found on Wednesday in a town near Brussels.

"He's a big dealer," the head of the Belgian judicial police, Glenn Audenaert, told reporters.

"To my knowledge, this is the biggest arsenal we have ever seized."

Police found a ton of ammunition, a ton of spare parts and dozens of machine guns, rifles and pistols, as well as eight detonators.

Much of the weaponry was illegally smuggled into Belgium from the United States and eastern Europe in the form of spare parts and assembled by the dealer, police said.

Audenaert said there was a clear danger such arms dealers could have links with extremist groups, although police have not found any evidence so far in this case.

But some of the weapons in the stash were the same type found at the time of the arrest of Tunisian-born former professional soccer player Nizar ben Abdelaziz Trabelsi, who was convicted in 2003 for plotting to blow up a military base in Belgium on behalf of al-Qaeda.
Posted by: Dan Darling || 06/17/2005 10:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6489 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Assembled from spare parts 'eh?

Credit for get up and go.
Posted by: Shipman || 06/17/2005 11:07 Comments || Top||

The German Chair: a tale of torture at the hands of an America-hating diplomat
by Bret Stephens, Wall Street Journal EFL'd -- you really should read it all.
TGA, if you know this guy from the consulate, you need to take him aside for a good talking-to.

. . .What occasioned this discovery was meeting a relatively senior German diplomat posted to the New York consulate. My wife--also German--knows his wife socially; our children use the same playground. They had invited us to their home for Sunday brunch.

I should say here that I speak almost no German, and it quickly became apparent that the diplomat's wife spoke almost no English. So it was perhaps natural that, soon after we arrived, she and my wife took to one corner of the spacious apartment while the diplomat ushered me into his study. Less natural was the conversation that followed. I made the normal chitchat of first encounters: praise for the unobstructed (and million-dollar) views of the Hudson River; a query about what he did at the consulate.

But the diplomat had no patience for my small talk. Apropos of nothing, he said he had recently made a study of U.S. tax laws and concluded that practices here were inferior to those in Germany. Given recent rates of German economic growth, I found this comment odd.
Indefensible, even
But I offered no rejoinder. I was, after all, a guest in his home.
Actually, I must give Mr. Stephens credit for the self-discipline to hold his tongue through what followed. I would not have been so restrained.
The diplomat, however, was just getting started. Bad as U.S. economic policy was, it was as nothing next to our human-rights record. Had I read the recent Amnesty International report on Guantanamo? "You mean the one that compared it to the Soviet gulag?" Yes, that one. My host disagreed with it: The gulag was better than Gitmo, since at least the Stalinist system offered its victims a trial of sorts.
"So you mean Gitmo is more like what you folks were doing in the early to mid 1940s--without the gas chambers, I mean."
Nor was that all. Civil rights in the U.S., he said, were on a par with those of North Korea and rather behind what they had been in Europe in the Middle Ages. When I offered that, as a journalist, I had encountered no restrictions on press freedom, he cut me off. "That's because The Wall Street Journal takes its orders from the government."
"So you've discovered Democratic Underground, I see."
"Nein! Daily Kos!"

By then we had sat down at the formal dining table, with our backs to Ground Zero a half-mile away and our eyes on the boats on the river below us. My wife and I made abortive attempts at ordinary conversation. We were met with non sequiturs: "The only people who appreciate American foreign policy are poodles."
"But, Herr Diplomat, I thought you said a moment ago we were bloodthirsty cowboys, not poodles."
"You are bloodthirsty cowboy poodles!"

After further bizarre pronouncements, including a lecture on the illegality of the Holocaust under Nazi law, [a new low point in world moonbattery] my wife said that she felt unwell.
I'm the same nationality as this moonbat? Eeeewww!.
We gathered our things and left.
"Sweetheart, I'm so glad we didn't move to Germany after we got married."
"Honey, why do you think I emigrated? It was to get away from people like him!"

For days now, I've been asking myself why I didn't answer the diplomat in the way he deserved. Partly it had to do with my wish not to spoil the friendship between our wives.
I suspect your wife may be rethinking that relationship.
Partly, too, his assault was so discombobulating I didn't trust myself to respond coherently.
On the other hand, he was pretty incoherent himself, so no biggie.
But the main reason is that, as his guest, I was restrained by an innate sense of propriety, a sense the diplomat did not share.
"It's called 'common courtesy,' Herr Diplomat. Perhaps you have heard of it?"
And herein lies the essence of the torturer's art.

To inflict harm on a defenseless person--whoever he may be, whatever he has done--goes against the human grain. It is one thing to strike out at somebody who has just hit you. It's another thing entirely to abuse someone who, whether as prisoner or as guest, is in your power.

Long ago the Greeks understood that nothing is so barbarous as inhospitality. And according to popular exegesis, God did not destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because of its citizens' sexual crimes but because of their crimes against hospitality--the rape of strangers.

Torturers, however, are those rare people who can inflict injury on the defenseless, work which is made easier for them because they know most people are unable to respond in kind. Thus it was with the German diplomat. Seated at his table, I submitted to his rules. But rather than oblige my submission with courtesy, he took the opportunity to inflict his insults--insults to which I, as a guest, was bound not to resist. . . .

I am tempted to violate journalistic standards here by revealing the diplomat's name. Of course I won't: That's not the sort of man I am. The trouble is, that's one big reason why he is the man he is. German readers especially may recall the words of Brecht: The womb is fertile still, which bore this fruit.
Love that last paragraph.

The e-mail contacts for the German consulate in NYC may be found here. The consul general is Uwe-Karsten Heye, who is probably not the guy in the story. (He looks too old to have school-age kids.) If you choose to write, be polite in your critique--Herr Diplomoonbat might learn from the example.
Posted by: Mike || 06/17/2005 08:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6511 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Interesting story that clearly illustrates the Left's complete derangement. There is no date on when this happened but the European grand (Leftist) project coming unglued in the face of popular democracy doubtless contributed.
Posted by: phil_b || 06/17/2005 9:15 Comments || Top||

#2  It may well have been the ambassador himself. David's Medienkritik covered the ambassador's enlightening interview with the New Yorker at the end of May, and his subsequent clarification. I actually corresponded at length with the ambassador's spokeswoman about his rudeness and historical innacuracy. If you wish to write to her directly, her email is martina.nibbeling-wriessnig@diplo.de
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/17/2005 9:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Logic and reason don't work on knuckleheads and you'll never change the twisted beliefs of somebody as far gone as this. Stephens should have gone ahead and ripped this guy to his face.

If it screws up his wife's friendship with this toad's wife then at least he will never have to endure getting invited over again.
Posted by: Laurence of the Rats || 06/17/2005 9:33 Comments || Top||

#4  An interesting but not at all suprising description. For that we should thank the informant for providing a better understand of that which was generally understood. One thing bothers me though. The poor man's got no backbone or open field running skills whatsoever it seems. It's rarely a good idea to suffer a ejgit nutter fool whether it be in his home or his country. This would especially be the case when he's in your own country and feels entitled to go on an ideological rant about your country. There are a thousand ways to make an ejgit well aware of exactly how you feel short of sucker punching or insulting directly. Repeated, gentle vebal truncheon blows that leave no visible marks are best especially when mixed with disarming humor. I've had the dubious honor of having to deal with a very similar type of experience ever year when I'm with some of my unreformed socialist Irish inlaws as well as a friend's German wife here at home in America. When you feel out the rules of the hometeam so as not to cause grievous harm, it can become great sport and entertainment.
Posted by: Tkat || 06/17/2005 9:46 Comments || Top||

#5  Bret Stephens should reveal the guy's name, and the State Department should PNG his ass.

Posted by: Robert Crawford || 06/17/2005 10:00 Comments || Top||

#6  Phuck 'em.

It's time to give as good as we get. Next time some leftist scum gives you (anybody) crap for being an American, tell them to piss off and crawl home to their shit-hole country.
Posted by: Hyper || 06/17/2005 10:02 Comments || Top||

#7  The German diplomat is a clod. That's not news as their ambassador has previously demonstrated. Mr. Stephens is an interesting guy, too. Recall he poo-poohed the Eason Jordan "American soldiers target journalists" outburst at Davos.

Now he goes to a guy's home and endures insults without comment because of concern for his wife's relationship with the other wife. Is he really incapable of any clever retort? Instead, he goes home and writes a get-even column and has it published in America's best newspaper (or at least it was till Mr. Stephens got to the editorial staff). As if no one in their circles will know about whom this column is written. In a day or two, some member of these circles might even leak the name to the NY Post. Maybe even the oh-so-ethical Mr. Stephens. Wonder what that will do for the wife's friendship.

Sorry, Mr. Stephens merely chose not to fight a fight worth fighting face to face, but to go home and get the proverbial pen/sword and stick it to the other guy between the scapula. Not somebody I'd want to toss back a few brewskis with.
Posted by: Mrs. Davis || 06/17/2005 10:18 Comments || Top||

#8  phil_b:

It cannot be the embassdor himself: the embassador lives at the embassy in Washinton not at New York's consulate.

BTW: When a diplomat is offensive to the country he is assigned to, that country can pressure the diplomats's country for a new one or, if he really, really goes too far, declare him Persona non grata and expel him.

BTW2: Diplomat's job is to soften feathers so it strikes me as highly unusual to send a guy to a country he hates, at least when he is unable to hide this hate. The fact this guy has been appointed to New York means that either the guy who appointed him is a complete idiot or that he considers Germany to be at war, diplomatically speaking, with America

Posted by: JFM || 06/17/2005 10:24 Comments || Top||

#9  JFM, it is clearly both. Look at the way Schroeder is acting. He's the head honcho. It is hard to believe Fischer appears to be the responsible member of the German foreign policy team, but that appears to be the case. This election can't come too soon for German-American relations.
Posted by: Mrs. Davis || 06/17/2005 10:37 Comments || Top||

#10  Mrs Davis:

Many people, myself included, can find themselves unable to adequately respond to such attacks, specially when they are taken by surprise or have to deal with considerations like being the guest of the attacker or when going for the clash would cause a displeasure to their consort, because the attacker is family or because the consort works with him.

It happenned to me last week-end and was unable to find on the spot a good reply for letting know to the moonbat what I thought from him but without going too far. I found it 10 minutes later.

Posted by: JFM || 06/17/2005 11:00 Comments || Top||

#11  Even tho this is the WSJ, it feels phony.
Posted by: Shipman || 06/17/2005 11:10 Comments || Top||

#12  JFM, I don't disagree, but I am suspicious of an editorialist who appears on TV talk shows regularly having the same unrecoverable gobstruckednes that mortals such as you and I suffer.

But even if he did, it is a pretty low thing to write about it in this manner when you finally do come up with the riposte, instead of keeping it to yourself or addressing it to the source. Something just isn't right about Mr. Stephens.
Posted by: Mrs. Davis || 06/17/2005 11:16 Comments || Top||

#13  I'd say it's much more likely that Stephens didn't say anything cuz he was too busy encouraging this guy.

That's what I'd do.

I love to get goof-balls wound up: I'd *really* love it if I could do so & record my efforts in the WSJ.
Posted by: Rawsnacks || 06/17/2005 11:45 Comments || Top||

#14  I'm sending this off to David's Medienkritik.

This should be fun.

Old goat doesn't understand the blogosphere.
Posted by: anonymous2u || 06/17/2005 12:56 Comments || Top||

#15  I agree with Mrs. Davis. Although the diplomat's comments were inappropriate, there's something "not right" about the way Stephens handled the situation. At least the diplomat was up front with his statements, which he mainly recited from what was said or written by American politicians and American MSM media,whereas Stephens waited until he got to the safety of his office to formulate a response that ended up being a US wide expose. Strange. Did Stephens half believe the accusations? Is he a runofthemill back-stabber - odd that he talks about respecting his host, an innate sense of propriety but then he turns around to tell everyone under the sun about what was said in the privacy of the diplomat's home. What the diplomat said was insulting but what Stephens did was cheesy.
Posted by: Thotch Glesing2372 || 06/17/2005 13:37 Comments || Top||

#16  Engaging idiots' idiocy gives them power by perpetuating the conversation on their terms.

Whether this story is true or not, it's easy to find similar pathetic spew. These fools care nothing for logic or reasoned discourse, and they will not be swayed by facts and history. This vile filth simply deserves ridicule and scorn, not serious debate.

Next time you're confronted by rediculous drivel, don't bother trying to think of the appropriate intelligent response. Treat it like the garbage it is and laugh in their face. Nothing stops them in their tracks like laughing at them.
Posted by: Hyper || 06/17/2005 16:18 Comments || Top||

#17  I don't know Mr. Stephens well enough to know what kind of person he is. I do have some sympathy as I have occasionally been in this situation. I work with a number of fine people at the University, most of whom are in the political spectrum of moderately left to rabidly left. I'm clearly the most conservative person in our group, and I consider myself a moderate conservative. So from time to time I'm in a situation at work (faculty lunch, conference, etc) where I'm biting my tongue rather hard.

I could snap back. I could start the political argument. I'm well-armed with facts (thanks to Rantburg and other weblogs), and I consider myself to be a decent debater. I could do it.

But many times I don't. I bite my tongue. As Mr. Stephens points out, I extend a courtesy to my colleagues. Sometimes I get slapped for that.

Perhaps it's the way I was raised, where courtesy and decent treatment of others was very highly prized. I don't know. But I do know that in the situation Mr. Stephens noted, I very likely would not have gone for the diplomat's throat.

I will note that I was at a dinner party with very good friends of mine about a year ago. Another couple, friendly with my wife adn the wife of our friends, was there, and it was clear that the man of this couple was a card-carrying member of ANSWER. And he and I got into it, pretty intense and in the end, very rude. I still hear about it. My friends support me and understand why I laid into the guy, but I still hear about it.
Posted by: Steve White || 06/17/2005 17:57 Comments || Top||

#18  But Dr. Steve, you didn't turn around a few days later and regurgitate what offended you at the coctail party and publish your rebuttal arguments in the University's newsletter or send all this info by broadcast mail to everyone in your department. I think that's what disturbed me about Mr. Stephen's behavior. He tried to have it both ways. He did not take a stand at the time. But then he made a big to-do after the fact for everyone to read. I still think that's cheesy.
Posted by: Thotch Glesing2372 || 06/17/2005 18:13 Comments || Top||

#19  Dr Steve! You're a closet mauler! You may not want to hear this, especially from me, lol, but good on ya. If you don't actually like it just a little teensy bit when you "still hear about it", then I think there's a problem.

Defending your beliefs, your right to believe them (despite the Fascists' desire to make you shut up and listen to them), and our way of life, well, it's just not something to apologize for - to anyone, anytime, anywhere. If you didn't defend them against a rabid barbarian, since you're an honest man, you would have to face the toughest and harshest judgement possible: your own.
Posted by: .com || 06/17/2005 18:18 Comments || Top||

#20  I do have some sympathy as I have occasionally been in this situation.

It seems a lot of us have been in this situation. Count me in. I've given up on rational conversations and rebuttals with these types of people. But there does come a point at which I just have to say something, and it usually isn't pretty. I have a low tolerance threshold for anti-American diatribes, what can I say :)
Posted by: Rafael || 06/17/2005 18:41 Comments || Top||

#21  The thing is, Germans in this situation don't see themselves as being rude. If challenged, they insist they are offering criticisms in the spirit of honest friendship... the same way they slam Israel for defending itself against terrorists.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/17/2005 18:42 Comments || Top||

#22  For the record, I think Mr. Stephens did the right thing. He is a journalist, its his job to inform the public. The diplomat, an official representing his country, OTOH was deranged enough to say these things to a journalist and someone he had never met before. And even if Mr. S wasn't a journalist or the diplomat didn't know, then in this day and age anyone can be a blogger. I have no time for people like the diplomat who live in a Leftist, timewarp, alternate reality of their own (collective) invention. I repeat Mr. Stephens did the right thing and his motivations for doing so are immaterial to the discussion.
Posted by: phil_b || 06/17/2005 18:42 Comments || Top||

#23  Mr Stephens is a total fool. He should have said, "very interesting, can I quote you on that. That would have forced the man to consider if his statements are worth ending his career over or not, and it would have been done in a professional (he's a journalist after all) and polite manner.
Posted by: RJSchwarz || 06/17/2005 19:08 Comments || Top||

#24  Dr. Steve - apparently that's why I'm seldom invited to faculty dinners - honest to a fault.
Posted by: Frank G || 06/17/2005 19:09 Comments || Top||

#25  Dr. Steve,

I can assure you that whenever you want to leave the Blue City, you will have no trouble starting a practice. And it's kind of fun to be the neighborhood liberal for a change.
Posted by: Mrs. Davis || 06/17/2005 19:33 Comments || Top||

#26  It was a private conversation, so I think it should have been resolved privately.
I don't know how authentic it is. Being a guest does not mean you have to tolerate this kind of crap.
And would a German diplomat would talk like this to a journalist?
It should be remembered that most diplomats did not have a "green" or "red" career. The German Foreign Office has been the "domain" of the Liberal Democrats (FDP) for decades, and diplomats are usually US-friendly, especially the older ones. Older diplomats may even be a bit to conservative, with some "brown" heritage.
I'll guess in a few days this will hit the German press. The WSJ is not ignored here.
And after September 18th we'll take care of problematic cases.
But I can't help it: This article is strange. I guess it would be easy to find out who this diplomat was. Something smells like a cheap shot.
Posted by: True German Ally || 06/17/2005 20:05 Comments || Top||

#27  Not a diplomat involved....But... in the mid 80s I was sitting in the bar of the Barbican Hotel (City of London) and the bartender tried to start a fight with me because he hated Americans and was upset that I was trying to train the help to serve me better then other's with the ILLEGAL ACT of TIPPING. (no VAT included)
It turned out he was head of the local Communist Party chapter and hotel workers union. I was on per-diem with expenses so I decided to argue with the guy and buy drinks at the same time....
I said: I'm bored. How about I buy you drinks with me and we talk about it. There are no other customers around. About six drinks in I got him to admit that he voted for Thatcher!
Argument over!
Posted by: 3dc || 06/17/2005 20:24 Comments || Top||

#28  Truth to tell (I realize this is my 3rd comment in this thread -- sorry, I'm not thinking efficiently today) this reminds me of the story that broke in England some time back. The French diplomat at a dinner party attended by an English journalist who happened to be Jewish -- and the diplomat spent the evening spewing about why should the world have to suffer because of "that shitty little country, Israel." All there knew that this woman was both Jewish and a joournalist, which didn't stop him. Big brouhaha, on his part that a private conversation was made public. This kind of bloody-minded nonsense will only stop when it once again becomes socially unacceptable for the elites to feel free to say such things... and unfortunately the only way to do so is to publically pillory the nasty fools, as Mr. Stephens, who lived for years in Israel and wrote a column for the Jerusalem Post, has done. That the diplomat didn't think to check on the background of his guests shows the calibre of the German foreign service under the Schroeder regime. Hopefully Frau Merkel will quickly appoint someone to clean out the dregs following her election, leaving behind those that TGA speaks so kindly of, who will have the unwelcome task of repairing Germany's reputation in diplomatic circles.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/17/2005 20:43 Comments || Top||

#29  All I can say is that I wouldn't need the WSJ to make my point if I'm confronted with an idiot like that.
Even in his house. Does Mr Stephen think his article won't be investigated? Sorry man, name your source.
Only bad journalists quote the odd taxi driver when trying to prove what "those folks really think".
Posted by: True German Ally || 06/17/2005 21:47 Comments || Top||

#30  I was once out for drinks with a Japanese sarariman when he suddenly declared that there should be no more Hiroshimas, Vietnams, or Nagasakis. I immediately agreed and added that there shouldn't be any more Nanjings either. One thing about the Japanese, they can take a hint, unlike most of the teutonic types I've met.
Posted by: 11A5S || 06/17/2005 23:17 Comments || Top||

#31  Frankly, there are certain responsibilities that befall a host as well; even for the mentioned German diplomat.

But in fairness to Herr Diplomat, he has probably entertained his share of weasel American lefties and thought he was free to make an ass of himself. You know, the same lefties who vowed to move out of the country should Bush be reelected.
Posted by: Captain America || 06/17/2005 23:22 Comments || Top||

#32  I have written to the assistant to the German ambassador in Washington, DC, to give her a heads up that damage control will be needed again. And to let her know that her boss may have been tactless in his comments during an interview last month, but that this gentleman was entirely out of line. I thought it a kindness to do so, she wrote back to me so earnestly after I commented about the last contretemps.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/17/2005 23:29 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
Arrested Deaborn men may be terrorist supporters
A local father and son have been convicted on fraud charges, but documents obtained by Local 4 suggest that the two may have been encouraging terrorist activity.

Ahmad and Musa Jebril , of Dearborn, were convicted of 42 counts, including fraud and conspiracy.

Their attorneys have asked for a lenient sentence, but prosecutors said the men do not deserve a break.

A 10-page document suggested that the men were encouraging anti-American training for a holy war, the station reported.

On Nov. 13, 1995, four Americans, including Jim Allen, of Michigan, were killed when a car bomb exploded in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

A short time after the bombing, CNN received a fax that praised the attack. Federal agents said the fax was sent from the Jebrils' Dearborn home, Local 4 reported.

Authorities said they also seized a family photo album from the home showing Ahmad Jebril as a teenager, dressed as a mujahid, or fighter of a Muslim holy war. According to a memo, agents also found in the home a framed emblem of Hamas, a known terrorist organization, the station reported.

Federal agents said Ahmad Jebril, with his father's permission, would teach radical Islamic classes in the living room of the home. Ahmad Jebril is also accused of operating an anti-American Web site urging a holy war, the station reported.

Attorney Richard Lustig, who represents Ahmad Jebril, believes his client is being targeted.

"I'm taken aback by the personal conduct that's going in this case against my client and his father, and especially the letter," said Lustig.

The Jebrils have not been prosecuted for any terror-related charges and were not believed to have played a role in the Saudi bombing.
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#1  A short time after the bombing, CNN received a fax that praised the attack. Federal agents said the fax was sent from the Jebrils' Dearborn home, Local 4 reported...

Ahmad Jebril is also accused of operating an anti-American Web site urging a holy war, the station reported.

Hello? Aid-and-comfort? Helloooo? Federal prosecutors? Treason mean anything to you? It's in that little-read appendix to US law called the Constitution; you may have heard about it.
Posted by: Robert Crawford || 06/17/2005 12:20 Comments || Top||

#2  "No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court."

We're a long way from those standards, unless you can make them squeal.
Posted by: Mrs. Davis || 06/17/2005 12:24 Comments || Top||

#3  Faxing nasty boomer rants from home? Jihadi web sites? Sounds like a family of many talented members including jihadi fraudsters and would-be rocket scientists! Convicted just in time for Father's Day as the two in California were charged! Good week's work I'd say.
Posted by: Tkat || 06/17/2005 12:29 Comments || Top||

#4  Bet you these guys were going to "never surrender" either.
Posted by: tu3031 || 06/17/2005 12:34 Comments || Top||

#5  We're a long way from those standards, unless you can make them squeal.

How many people saw the fax? How many saw the website? It just takes two witnesses to either act, just as in the text you quoted.
Posted by: Robert Crawford || 06/17/2005 14:42 Comments || Top||

Military-parts dealer in court
LOS ANGELES — A Pakistani military-parts dealer who was arrested outside a Rosarito Beach restaurant this week and deported to the United States at the request of U.S. officials made his first appearance in federal court yesterday. Arif Ali Durrani, 55, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Margaret Nagle and was ordered to be held without bail until his trial, in part because his ties to Mexico and Pakistan make him a flight risk, Nagle said. He'll be arraigned Monday.

Durrani, convicted of illegally exporting HAWK missile parts to Iran nearly 20 years ago, faces charges of illegally exporting components for U.S. fighter jet engines to foreign buyers in 1994.
He was part of the Iran-Contra arms deal.
David Wales, resident agent in charge of the Ventura office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said government officials here have been "on the lookout" for Durrani and seeking his return for six years on the jet-engine charges. Although Durrani was known to be living in Mexico, he couldn't be extradited because he's not a U.S. citizen, Wales noted. "It was basically just a waiting game until the Mexican authorities picked him up," Wales said.

Mexican officials, who said Durrani was in their country illegally, arrested Durrani in Rosarito Beach on Sunday, and on Wednesday they put him on a flight from Mexico City en route to Pakistan via Los Angeles. He was arrested by federal agents when the flight arrived at Los Angeles International Airport.
Oops, I always get those "direct" and "non-stop" flights mixed up as well. I'm sure it was an innocent mistake by the Mexican officals.
The indictment, which dates from 1999, alleges Durrani's now-defunct company, Lonestar Aerospace in Ventura, illegally exported 150 compressor blades for the General Electric J85 military aircraft engine to foreign customers in 1994. The J85 engine powered the F-5E "Tiger II" fighter jet and the U.S. T-38 "Talon" trainer aircraft. The compressor blades for this engine are classified as "defense articles" by the United States, making their export subject to strict controls.
Like I said yesterday, up to his old tricks
In 1987, Durrani was found guilty of illegally exporting guidance systems for the HAWK anti-aircraft missile from the United States to Iran. Durrani served more than five years in prison and was released in September 1992.
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Calif. Father, Son Charged in Terror Ties
A father and son were indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on charges they lied to authorities investigating links to Pakistani terrorist training camps connected to al-Qaida. Hamid Hayat, 22, was accused of lying to the FBI earlier this month when he said he did not attend a terrorism camp in Pakistan in 2003 and 2004, prosecutors said.
His father, Umer Hayat, 47, was charged with lying to investigators when he denied that his son had attended such camps. The FBI said the elder Hayat later admitted to flying his son to Pakistan and paying for the camp, which was run by the friend of a relative.
The indictment said the younger Hayat falsely told authorities he was not involved with a terrorist organization, he never attended a terrorist camp and he had never received any weapons training at such a camp. In an affidavit, the FBI said Hamid Hayat attended a terror camp for about six months before returning to the U.S. intending to wage attacks. They said they found no immediate threat or terrorist activity.
Defense lawyer Wazhma Mojaddidi said Thursday that Hamid Hayat "has most definitely never attended a terrorist training camp." The Hayats, both U.S. citizens living in the farming town of Lodi, have pleaded not guilty and are being held without bail. They are scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.
The FBI spent several years investigating possible links to terrorism in Lodi, about 30 miles south of Sacramento. Members of the 2,000-member Pakistani community there have said they have been harassed by authorities, and on Thursday two groups said they would file complaints.

In other developments, a 68-year-old Pennsylvania man who told undercover federal agents he had "no loyalty for America" was indicted Thursday on a single count of attempting to support al-Qaida by allegedly trying to build a bomb and sell it to the terrorist group or its affiliates. If convicted, Ronald Allen Grecula, of Bangor, Pa., could face up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

In Arkansas, a graduate student who allegedly told a professor that he was leaving to fight in a Palestinian holy war was in federal custody Thursday. Federal agents arrested Arwah J. Jaber on a criminal complaint accusing him of knowingly attempting to provide support to a foreign terrorist organization.
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Hazmat Crews Visit Israeli Embassy
Hazmat crews are investigating a case of white powder at the Israeli Embassy in Northwest Washington. D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Alan Etter says an employee in the building on International Avenue opened what appeared to be a greeting card and was exposed to white powder. There are no reports of injuries, and only one person was exposed to anything potentially harmful. Traffic in the area will likely be tied up during the investigation.
More talcum powder, is my guess...
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#1  Bwaaahaaaaa, little do they know that Anthrax hasn't bothered Jooooooooos since 1917.
Posted by: Shipman || 06/17/2005 11:11 Comments || Top||

#2  What happened in 1917, Shipman?
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/17/2005 20:50 Comments || Top||

Muhammad, Malvo Indicted in Maryland
Snipers John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo were indicted Thursday on six counts of murder in Montgomery County. Each is charged with murdering six people in the county between Oct. 2 and Oct. 22 2002, including four who were shot and killed within a three-hour span Oct. 3. Prosecutors say if convicted, Muhammad could be sentenced to death, while Malvo, who was 17 at the time of the shootings, faces six consecutive life sentences. Ten people died and three were wounded during the shootings that terrorized metropolitan Washington and involved police from Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia on a regionwide manhunt.
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Kentucky Gal gets the Silver Star for Valor
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#1  Is She a Hatfield or a McCoy? I guess Kentucky boys figured one sister could handle Iraq.
Posted by: RG || 06/17/2005 0:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Good on ya, Sgt Hester! Warfare is blind to everything but war-fighting ability, whether in the form of firepower, mobility, bravery, smarts and coolheadedness, lifesaving skills, and / or marksmanship. She had it and applied it. Bravo, Leigh Ann!
Posted by: .com || 06/17/2005 1:17 Comments || Top||

#3  But remember: women are not capable of combat.
Posted by: Jackal || 06/17/2005 1:39 Comments || Top||

#4  As 'Patton' would say; she won't have to tell her grandkids...she shoveled s*** in Louisiana!
Posted by: smn || 06/17/2005 1:59 Comments || Top||

Posted by: anon1 || 06/17/2005 2:29 Comments || Top||

#6  Hester, a native of Bowling Green, Ky., joined the Kentucky Army National Guard in April 2001 and moved to Nashville in 2003, according to a biography provided by the Army. She works as a retail store manager. Her unit deployed to Iraq in November 2004 and remains in the Baghdad area, escorting convoys and assisting the Iraqi Highway Patrol.

Also receiving the Silver Star for that action was Staff Sgt. Timothy Nein of Henryville, Ind., and Spc. Jason Mike of Radcliff, Ky. Five other members of their unit received other medals for the action, including another woman, Spc. Ashley Pullen of Edmonton, Ky.

Wonder who their Representatives and Senators are in their districts and states. We have some potential candidates here boys!
Posted by: Snetle Tholurong5083 || 06/17/2005 8:45 Comments || Top||

#7  See the article above. We also discussed this ambush thoroughly at the time.

Sgts Hester and Nein performed Audie Murphy type heroics. Spc Mike's actions were equally astounding.
Posted by: Chuck Simmins || 06/17/2005 10:01 Comments || Top||

#8  She works as a retail store manager

Shoplifters will be prosecuted.
Posted by: mrp || 06/17/2005 10:04 Comments || Top||

#9  Previous Rantburg article here.
Posted by: Mike || 06/17/2005 11:00 Comments || Top||

#10  Congrats to all the squad. They did a great job of attacking the 40-50 ambushers in defilade.
One item that jumped out when first reading their account was that their .50 BMG only had tracer rounds. The low down was that the .50 was unable to penetrate trench lines and walls where the jihadis were shooting from, making this squad's job twice as hard.

That is an indictment of unseriousness and piss poor planning by the pentagon when the US doesn't have enough ball and AP ammo to equip a unit that has a high probability of engaging in firefights. Instead of using the past 3 years to build war production plants to supply all our needs, the pentagon has had to go to civilian and foreign companies to supply even the most basic materiel such as .223 rounds.
Posted by: ed || 06/17/2005 11:40 Comments || Top||

#11  Two thoughts:

1) My opinion on Women in Combat is, Changing...

2) I have never understood why the Feminist Movement does not embrace Gun Rights.
Posted by: Tom Anon || 06/17/2005 12:58 Comments || Top||

#12  Tom Anon - Because the Feminist Movement is dedicated to gaining political power, and the kind of power they wish to exercise (socialist) is threatened by an armed populace.
Posted by: Laurence of the Rats || 06/17/2005 14:24 Comments || Top||

#13  ed

I just heard that 50 Cal tracer rounds are real rounds with a coating that burns so the gunner can tell where the rounds are hitting.

Is that correct?
Posted by: RG || 06/17/2005 14:50 Comments || Top||

#14  RG
Posted by: Shipman || 06/17/2005 17:38 Comments || Top||

#15  Ed's has a point but he I think is just angry. A .50 round of any variety will kill ya dead.
Posted by: Shipman || 06/17/2005 17:40 Comments || Top||

#16  Sorry. Incendiary, not tracer, rounds. From BlackFive's After Action Report:
Their only complaints in the AAR were: the lack of stopping power in the 9mm; the .50 cal incendiary rounds they are issued in lieu of ball ammo (shortage of ball in the inventory) didn't have the penetrating power needed to pierce the walls of the building; and that everyone in the squad was not CLS trained.
Posted by: ed || 06/17/2005 17:56 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
JI, Abu Sayyaf gearing up for suicide attacks
A radical organisation of Christian converts to Islam with close links to the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group has emerged in the Philippines, raising fears of a new cycle of terrorist attacks, possibly suicide bombings.

The most senior Philippine security official sounded the alert as the Government set up a taskforce to investigate intelligence that Jemaah Islamiah and Abu Sayyaf are recruiting suicide bombers in the country's south.

The new intelligence suggests the two terrorist groups are also recruiting disaffected members of another group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which is involved in peace negotiations with the national government.

"Abu Sayyaf has succeeded in networking itself with Jemaah Islamiah and even al-Qaeda," said Norberto Gonzales, national security adviser to President Gloria Arroyo. "Rajah Sulaiman group is an organisation of Christian converts that has established links to Abu Sayyaf [and] its operation is under the control of Abu Sayyaf."

Suicide bombings had been used by Jemaah Islamiah but were rare for Filipino terrorist groups, he said. "In the case of the converts, we are looking at this seriously. Martyrdom is very strong in the Catholic faith," he said, speaking of potential suicide bomber recruits. Abu Sayyaf appeared focused on the cleansing of infidels, and there "will be new attempts at conversion".

The Rajas Sulaiman Group claimed responsibility for bombing the SuperFerry 14 in Manila Harbour on February 26 last year, killing more than 100 people. The group member Redondo Cain Delloso is in jail awaiting trial for the bombing.

Mr Gonzales told the Herald the role of Filipino terrorists had historically been to provide training venues, not to export terrorists. But recent intelligence on marine terrorism from those in custody suggests this may be changing. It claims Jemaah Islamiah and Abu Sayyaf members are being trained in scuba diving in preparation for attacks on ships.

Mr Gonzales said fewer than 10 people were understood to be involved in the plot. "So far, all the operations we have uncovered were done by very small cells.

"In the past we always thought bombings were connected to some of the things we did domestically, but we are now looking at an international extension, at a new global phenomenon."
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Afghanistan/South Asia
Tales from the Bangladesh Police Log
Arman identifies 7 people from video footage" Top terror" Arman now in RAB custody has identified seven people who were suspected of being involved in the August 21 grenade attack on Awami League grand rally from a video footage, informed sources told the New Nation last night.
"Ouch, OK, it was him, him and I think him. Now put "THAT" away!"

Sources said that police has now got important lead to the August 21 grenade attack but would not confirm the source of the information.
Meanwhile, RAB members yesterday are learnt to have recovered a live grenade in the early hours of yesterday from village Borodeshi in Savar, in the outskirts of the city, apparently acting on the confessional statement of Arman.
What, he didn't want to take you to it in person? Smart boy

The RAB also nabbed one Amzad Hossain alias Anju, an accomplice of listed criminal Nazrul Islam, who is also accused in a number of criminal cases, including the murder of a police officer.
According to intelligence sources, the recovered grenade was very similar to the grenades hurled at the Awami League rally on August 21 and British envoy to Bangladesh Anwar Choudhury last year.
Sources said Arman reportedly confessed to the interrogators that he had close links with 10 to 12 former and present ministers, state ministers and members of Parliament. Ten mobile SIMs were also recovered from Arman. Intelligence wing of RAB divided into four groups were verifying phone numbers from the SIM card memory banks.
Cross checking names with phone numbers. Making a list and checking it twice, gonna find out who's naughty and nice, RAB is coming to town

Mob lynch top outlaw
CHUADANGA, June 16: Mob lynched an identified regional leader of outlawed Biplobi Communist Party at Boalia village of sadar upazila on Thursday, reports UNB. Informed sources said Akkas Ali, 32, went to the village at 6-30am for collecting tolls.
"Show me the money!"
The villagers caught hold of him and beat black and blue leaving him dead.
Police said Akkas was wanted in 10 criminal cases, including six murders.

Nurses, doctors—all hostages-Faridpur Hospital—now a den of extortionists!
"Next on Fox!"
FARIDPUR June 15:—Faridpur General Hospital situated in the heart of the town is in the grips of anti-social elements. The doctors, nurses, patients and their attendants have become hostages in the hands of these elements most of whom are allegedly drug-addicts.
The notorious elements equipped with knives and daggers kept hidden in the pockets of their pants and shirts extort money from the patients and their attendants posing threat. This situation of extortion and cheating that has long been prevailing in the hospital has worsened recently.
Normally you only see this kind of extortion from the hospital billing department

On the night of June 11, a gang of drug addicts entered the hospital with lethal weapons and spend the whole night in and around the paying ward to the extreme horror of the on duty nurses and doctors. It is learnt by some nurses and attendants of patients that the miscreants forcibly took away money from some attendants of patients coming from far-flung areas of the district.
A sense of extreme insecurity has been prevailing among the inmates of the hospital. The concerned authority should security in the hospital campus.

20 injured as cops intervene in dispute over land in Sylhet
Sylhet :At least 20 people including two women were injured due to indiscriminate baton charge by the Kotwali police. A police constable injured himself by the bullet of his gun as he opened fire on the people at Khadimpara in the Sylhet city on Thursday afternoon. A sub-inspector was closed immediately and a divisional investigation committee was formed in this connection, said sources in the police.
The injured constable and two women were admitted to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital in the evening.
Locals said there was a longstanding dispute over a piece of land between residents of Bahar Colony and the principal of Zinnunine Madrassah for a long time.
Ah, a madrassah land grab
The rival groups came to face each other on Thursday afternoon at around 5:00pm to take possession of the land.
"This land ain't big enough fur both of us!"
A team of the Kotwali police led by sub-inspector Derick, reached the spot and charged batons indiscriminately on the people of Bahar Colony to disperse them.
Taking the side of the holy man I see..
Constable Barney Fife Amal hit himself in the leg by his own gun, when he was trying to open fire on the mob.
"Shit, that's gonna leave a mark!"
At that time, the angry police personnel charged batons on the residents of Bahar Colony, which left at least 20 injured.
"Barney shot himself! Let's get em!"
Later, another team of the Kotwali police reached the spot and brought the situation under control.
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Minister: Al Qaeda Regrouping
KABUL, Afghanistan — Al Qaeda has ferried about half a dozen Arab agents into Afghanistan in the past three weeks, two of whom detonated themselves in homicide bombings in the south targeting a packed mosque and a convoy of U.S. troops, Afghanistan's defense minister said Friday.
Had to import Arab boomers, did they?
Rahim Wardak told The Associated Press he received intelligence that Usama bin Laden's terror group is regrouping and intends to bring Iraq-style bloodshed to Afghanistan. He also warned that the country could be in for several months of intense violence ahead of key legislative elections. "We have gotten reports here and there that they have entered — at least half a dozen of them," Wardak said. "The last report is that they came in just close to the time of the mosque attack."
The June 1 mosque blast killed 20 mourners at the funeral of a moderate cleric assassinated days earlier. That same day, a shoulder-launched, surface-to-air missile was fired at an American aircraft but missed.
On Monday, a homicide bomber drove up to a U.S. military vehicle in Kandahar and detonated himself, wounding four American soldiers.
"It looks like there has been a regrouping of Al Qaeda and they may have changed their tactics not only to concentrate on Iraq but also on Afghanistan," Wardak said over tea at his wood-paneled office next to the heavily guarded presidential compound. Authorities recovered the head of the mosque attacker and said he appeared to be of Middle Eastern descent. Wardak said initial indications are that the second homicide attacker also was an Arab.
More than likely. Afghans have more sense.
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#1  The Afghan government would be wise to mobilize public opinion against this crap now before things start notching up.
Posted by: Bomb-a-rama || 06/17/2005 16:33 Comments || Top||

U.S. Freezes Iraqi Suspect's Assets
WASHINGTON — The Bush administration moved Friday to freeze the finances of Muhammad Yunis al-Ahmad, who is on a list of the most-wanted supporters of insurgent groups in Iraq. The Treasury Department's action means any bank accounts or financial assets belonging to him that are found in this country will be blocked. The government also is asking the United Nation's member countries to freeze al-Ahmad's assets. It's the latest effort by the administration to try to make it harder for insurgent groups in Iraq to get financial support. The department said al-Ahmad is currently a "financial facilitator" and "operational leader" of the New Regional Command of the New Baath Party. With the ouster of former Iraqi leader, Saddam Hussein, the old Baath Party was dissolved and another formed under new leadership.
"The Iraqi government has charged al-Ahmad with providing funding, leadership and support to several insurgent groups conducting attacks against the Iraqi people, the interim Iraqi government, Iraqi National Guard, the Iraqi police and coalition forces," the department said in a release.
Al-Ahmad is on a list, released earlier this year by the U.S. Central Command, of the most-wanted supporters of insurgent groups in Iraq. A $1 million reward has been offered for information leading to his capture. The department said al-Ahmad was a "high-ranking" member of the Saddam's old Baath Party in Iraq and officials believe he has fled to Syria. Al-Ahmad is a key figure in the reconstituted Baath party, the government alleged. It said al-Ahmad is a deputy to Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, the leader of the New Baath Party. Al-Douri, a member of Saddam's inner circle who is already on the government's terror-financing blocking list, is also leader of the New Regional Command.
We haven't heard from Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri in a long time. Wasn't he really sick with cancer, or something?

This article starring:
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Terror Networks & Islam
Jazeera TV says to air video from Zawahri
DUBAI (Reuters) - Arabic Channel Al Jazeera said it would air Friday a new video tape from al Qaeda's deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri, in which he criticized U.S. plans for Middle East reform.
We haven't heard from him in a while.
It said that in the video Zawahri also attacked the pro-Western governments of Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
The television briefly aired footage of the Egyptian right-hand man of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden wearing a white turban with a rifle by his side, but no audio could be heard. Al Jazeera said it would later air Friday fuller excerpts of the videotape.
Must be sweeps week

Zawahri and bin Laden, believed to be hiding in the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan, have eluded capture since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on U.S. cities carried out by al Qaeda.
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#1  Why not the Big O? Why did he send in a second-stringer? Has he given up on public appearances?
Posted by: Bobby || 06/17/2005 15:17 Comments || Top||

#2  perhaps he gave up breathing...
Posted by: Mac Suirtain || 06/17/2005 15:18 Comments || Top||

#3  Perfect timing actually.

We got the Dems and the Left clamoring about the Downing Street Memo where instead of telling all the analysts and intelligence people who were interviewed by the Senate panel to fix intelligence, we have the Administration telling some British spymaster.

On top of that we have Dick Durbin's (my home state senator and yes I sent him a note) comments on the treatment of Al-Qaeda at Gitmo.

Now we'll have Zawahri come and tie it all together. I'm sure he'l be making a Jihadist call to fight the infidels and the new governments in Afghanistan and Iraq. Thereby making those calling for a deadline on when to leave looking like useful fools giving aid and comfort.
Posted by: danking70 || 06/17/2005 15:43 Comments || Top||

Africa: Subsaharan
US, British Spies Hunt Al-Qaeda-Linked Somali Extremists in Kenya
NAIROBI, 17 June 2005 — US and British agents are now in Kenya tracking members of two Al-Qaeda-linked extremist groups thought to have infiltrated the country from Somalia to set up terrorism cells, a senior Kenyan official said yesterday. Kenyan government spokesman Alfred Mutua said the spies had come to the east African nation to follow up intelligence suggesting that operatives from Al-Ittihad Al-Islamiya and Al-Takfir Wal-Hijra had crossed the border recently.
"We have agents here from the American government, from the British government and other governments who are here working," he told reporters at a news conference in Nairobi.
"They come, they go, they follow their leads." "We have been investigating a lot of these so-called cells, so-called organizations and so-called groupings," Mutua said. "A lot of them are just suspicions and hearsay and this is one of the cases we are looking into to find out if there is any authenticity (to it)," he said.
An official with the British embassy in Nairobi declined to comment specifically on Mutua's remarks but confirmed that Britain and Kenya were now actively cooperating on counter-terrorism. "I can confirm that we are in contact with Kenyan authorities and we cooperate where possible," the official said.
The two groups in question are both suspected of having strong ties to Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network, which has claimed responsibility for two deadly suicide attacks in Kenya. In August 1998, two car bombs went off almost simultaneously outside the embassies of the United States in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam in neighboring Tanzania, killing 224 people and injured around 5,000. Then, in November 2002, a vehicle packed with explosives drove into the lobby of an Israeli-owned hotel near the port city of Mombasa and detonated, killing 15 people and the three presumed suicide bombers. Both attacks, and an attempt to shoot down an Israeli airliner leaving Mombasa on the same day as the hotel bombing, were claimed by Al-Qaeda, prompting foreign governments to issue terrorism alerts for Kenya and east Africa.

Washington says that the estimated 2,000-strong Al-Ittihad Al-Islamiya, which wants to impose Islamic law throughout lawless Somalia, are linked to Al-Qaeda and have a presence in Kenya and Ethiopia. Al-Takfir Wal-Hijra is now believed to have cells in Mogadishu from where it is looking to expand, according to intelligence officials who believe lawless Somalia is a potential breeding ground and base for terrorists.
"You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious. "

In 2003, a UN panel said the country's arms free-for-all makes it a convenient springboard for groups such as Al-Qaeda to launch attacks in the region.
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#1  We'll need local help.
Hi Lucky!
Posted by: Shipman || 06/17/2005 17:33 Comments || Top||

Africa: North
Armed clashes in Egypt's Sinai peninsula
AL-ARISH, Egypt - Egyptian forces swept the Sinai peninsula Friday for men suspected of deadly October 2004 resort bombings, sparking clashes that left a policeman and a gunman dead, security sources said. Acting on a tip, 1,000 police launched an operation in the centre of the Red Sea peninsula and were met with armed resistance from the suspects and the Bedouin tribes protecting them, the sources said.
One of suspects targeted by the raid, Salem Kheidr al-Shnub, was killed as well as one Egyptian policeman, Fathi Mohammed Abdel Hamid, the sources said. Three other policemen were wounded.
According to official figures, 34 people, including several Israeli tourists, were killed and more than 10 wounded on October 7 in triple bomb attacks on the Hilton Hotel Taba and two other neighbouring resorts. The Egyptian interior ministry had said that several of the suspects were killed or arrested in previous raids.
Security services detained hundreds of people in the Sinai region following the bombings, sparking a string of protests from detainees' relatives and criticism from rights groups.
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#1  Nice flutter you give me Steve.
Posted by: Moshe Shipman || 06/17/2005 13:34 Comments || Top||

#2  I had visions of the Egyptian 3rd Army surrounded again...
Posted by: Laurence of the Rats || 06/17/2005 14:15 Comments || Top||

#3  al-Shnub? A terr named al-Schnub?
Posted by: Fred || 06/17/2005 14:51 Comments || Top||

#4  A terr named al-Schnub?

Awright, buddy - Hold it right there!
Posted by: .PC Police Thingy || 06/17/2005 15:05 Comments || Top||

Iraq's al Qaeda denies arrests linked to group
Iraq's al Qaeda wing denied on Friday that several people arrested in Spain and Iraq this week were its members, according to an Internet statement. U.S. forces said on Thursday they had detained a senior associate of Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al Qaeda's leader in Iraq, while Spain announced on Wednesday the arrest of 11 suspected Zarqawi followers. "We've become used to the lies of the crusaders and their followers. Every now and then they hold a Muslim and say they have captured an aide to Sheikh Zarqawi," the statement said. "Spain claimed it has arrested a group of Zarqawi aides. Each Muslim, now is suspected of belonging to al Qaeda," said the statement signed by the group's spokesman Abu Maysarah al-Iraqi. "In Mosul, the enemies of God claimed to have arrested a senior official and aide to Zarqawi...We tell you that your brothers are well...and continuing their jihad," it added.
OK, we got the right guy then.
The statement could not be immediately authenticated. U.S. forces said they had captured Mohammed Khalif Shaiker, also known as Abu Talha or the emir of Mosul, on Tuesday in Iraq's third largest city. Zarqawi's group has claimed responsibility for some of the deadliest bombings in Iraq. In December last year, U.S. forces in Mosul announced the capture of one of Shaiker's deputies, Abdul Aziz Sadun Ahmed Hamduni, also known as Abu Ahmed, and the next day seized another deputy.
This article starring:
ABU AHMEDal-Qaeda in Iraq
ABU TALHAal-Qaeda in Iraq
Posted by: Steve || 06/17/2005 13:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Right. They belong to a different gang of thugs.
Posted by: Bobby || 06/17/2005 13:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Enemies of God? Lol? Hell me and God are like that! We do lunch every day, breakfast too, I will admit that God's a tough dinner date tho, very A list, luckily he's got this weird trip of being in 3 or 6 fine parties at once. Very strange but very, very hip.

/Praying the Creator is have a sense of fun.
Posted by: Shipman || 06/17/2005 13:45 Comments || Top||

#3  Day 3 of Zarq's group issuing statements not signed by Zarq. This Abu Maysarah is a fairly chatty fellow...
Posted by: Seafarious || 06/17/2005 14:20 Comments || Top||

More on Operation Spear
U.S. and Iraqi forces launched a new offensive on Friday near the Syrian border in western Iraq, killing at least 30 suspected insurgents, the U.S. Marines said.

The purpose of Operation Spear is to destroy a safe haven for insurgents and foreign fighters near the Iraq-Syrian border in Karabila, in the huge, volatile Anbar province, according to the military. About 1,000 troops -- including U.S. Marines and sailors and Iraqi soldiers -- are involved.

Insurgents fired on U.S. and Iraqi forces with small arms, machine guns, rockets, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades, the military said. Coalition forces fired tank rounds, machine gun fire and 81 mm mortar rounds.

War planes dropped 2,000-pound Joint Direct Attack Munitions on insurgent targets and set up an explosive line charge intended to clear routes of roadside bombs and vehicle-borne makeshift bombs.

Two U.S. Marines were wounded when their amphibious assault vehicle struck a mine in the southern part of the city, U.S. military sources said. A medical evacuation chopper carried away three injured civilians, but the wounds are not believed to be critical.

Marines encountered several car bombs rigged to explode as they approached Karabila Friday morning, said Col. Stephen Davis, commander of Regimental Combat Team-2, 2nd Marine Division. The Marines destroyed each bomb in controlled explosions, Col. Davis said.

Karabila, just a few miles from Qaim east of the Syrian border, is the same town in which Marines fought with insurgents about a week ago, on June 11, killing about 40 insurgents, the military said.

The U.S. military suspects there are about 100 foreign fighters in this city of 60,000, Davis said. Many of the civilians have fled the city, including women and children who were seen crossing the Euphrates River early Friday, he said.

U.S. and Iraqi forces have launched several offensives in the area in recent weeks aimed at stopping the flow of foreign fighters into Iraq.

Earlier this month, an Islamist Web site posted the names of 390 foreign fighters it said have been killed in Iraq.

The site said that the greatest number of foreign fighters came from Saudi Arabia, followed by Syria and Kuwait.

CNN is unable to verify the information, but other Islamist Web sites have posted similar figures.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Donald Alston said Thursday that coalition troops are learning lessons from two recent deadly attacks involving infiltration of Iraqi security forces.

Suicide bombers made their way onto two Iraqi bases, killing 23 soldiers at a dining facility at an Iraqi army post in Khalis on Wednesday and three Wolf Brigade police commandos in Baghdad on Saturday.

In the Saturday killings, Alston said the attacker was "a murderer who ... had found a way to get credentials ... and then he used those credentials to get the access that he did and to perform that deed."

Regarding the bombing at the Iraqi base on Wednesday, Alston said the bomber was "an impostor wearing Iraqi Army clothes, going into a restaurant, sitting down at a table waiting for more officers to come in so that he could ... cause as much death and destruction as he could."

Alston said the attack "speaks to a need to improve force protection procedures around these facilities."

A car bomb exploded outside a Shiite mosque Friday afternoon near Baghdad's Sadr City neighborhood in the eastern part of the city, authorities said. There were no immediate reports of casualties, but the blast ignited two fuel containers and caused significant damage.
Posted by: Dan Darling || 06/17/2005 11:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6486 views] Top|| File under:

#1  War planes dropped 2,000-pound Joint Direct Attack Munitions on insurgent targets and set up an explosive line charge intended to clear routes of roadside bombs and vehicle-borne makeshift bombs.

Doesn't sound very knock knock. Hummm...
Posted by: Shipman || 06/17/2005 13:47 Comments || Top||

#2  I didn't know that "war planes" could "set up an explosive line charge".

I could be wrong, or maybe the reporter's a military ignoramus. Hmmm...
Posted by: Parabellum || 06/17/2005 18:13 Comments || Top||

#3  About 1,000 troops -- including U.S. Marines and sailors Sailors? Aren't they supposed to drive ships? I didn't think there were many of those in the middle of the desert, but I s'pose I could be wrong. ;-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/17/2005 20:56 Comments || Top||

Africa: Horn
Sudan renews open support of al-Qaeda
U.S. intelligence and security agencies are investigating reports that Sudan's government has renewed its covert support for al Qaeda and other Islamic terrorists, The Washington Times has learned. The information was obtained in the past several weeks and includes details on an agreement the Islamist government in Khartoum reached with al Qaeda-linked terrorists and other Muslim extremists, say U.S. government officials familiar with the reports. The officials say the reported covert support of terrorism includes training in the use of chemical and biological weapons acquired from Iraq and comes as retaliation for foreign intervention in Sudan's Darfur region.

The disclosure comes as the CIA has set up a liaison program with Sudan's intelligence service that included a recent U.S. visit by the head of Sudanese intelligence. Sudan's government claims to be cooperating with the United States in the war on terrorism. And one U.S. official told The Times: "Al Qaeda no longer has an established operational presence in Sudan."

A State Department official said the reports of al Qaeda aid are being investigated. But the official said the reports have not been confirmed and that so far they do not appear credible. "We don't have any indication of any sort of government of Sudan links to al Qaeda at this point," the official said. However, the official noted that Sudan is a large country and that "elements of the government" could be involved in backing terrorists. A Sudanese Embassy spokesman could not be reached for comment.

The U.S. officials said the reports disclosed that Sudan concluded an agreement with al Qaeda-linked terrorists in July 2004, under which Khartoum lifted restrictions on foreign Islamists who were in Sudan working with al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in 1994. The reports being investigated include information stating that bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, visited one of the camps in southern Sudan in the past two to three years, the officials said. The camp was a base for bin Laden before he moved from Sudan to Afghanistan in 1996.

U.S. officials say nearly 500 foreigners are in Sudan for training as Islamic terrorists. The trainees include Palestinians and nationals from Iraq, Iran, Indonesia and Pakistan. At least four al Qaeda training camps are operating in Sudan. A fifth training camp in Khartoum is limited to Sudanese Islamists. Two of the five are in Khartoum, one is in southern Sudan, and officials said the locations of the other two are still under investigation. The reports also indicate that the training includes the use of explosives and machine guns, as well as training in the use of weapons of mass destruction reportedly obtained from Iraq, the officials said.

Officials say the Sudanese government agreed last year to release funds held in banks that were deposited by al Qaeda in the 1990s, and to allow al Qaeda members to travel from outlying regions in Sudan into Khartoum. The Sudanese also agreed to give al Qaeda trainees free passage, and to arrange for the Sudanese army to provide supplies and equipment for the training.

The FBI is one of the U.S. agencies investigating the new information on foreign terrorist training in Sudan. An FBI spokesman declined comment on the probe. The CIA also has been briefed on the information. Asked about new reports of terrorism training, an agency spokesman declined comment. The activities of the foreign terrorists are being carried out under the direction of an Islamist cleric known as Sheik Mohammed Abdel-Kareem, the officials said, and are retaliation for what the government sees as Israeli and other foreign meddling in Darfur, where government-backed militias have been killing civilians in tribal violence.
Interesting that it's Kareem and not Turabi whose auspices al-Qaeda is allegedly operating under. One of the major reasons why al-Qaeda fell out of favor in Khartoum (at least openly) post-2001 was because of bin Laden's backing of Turabi. If they've found a new holy man to start running with who's in good with Bashir he probably wouldn't have any qualms about supporting them.
Sudan's Interior Minister Abdel Rahim Mohammed Hussein told London's Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper earlier this month that "aid is reaching the [Darfur] rebels from Israel via Eritrea."

"They are also receiving aid from a number of church organizations in Europe," he said.

The new information on Sudanese terror training also backs reports from nongovernmental organizations working in Sudan, said Eric Reeves, a Sudan specialist at Smith College in Northampton, Mass. "NGOs operating in Darfur have told me they have seen camps for Middle Eastern nationals, although they are unsure what the connection is to al Qaeda," Mr. Reeves said in an interview. "But they're there."

Mr. Reeves said the Sudanese government is "extremely adept at covering its tracks." If Khartoum is backing Middle Eastern terrorists, it is probably because the government wants to warn the United States and other Western supporters of aid efforts in Darfur that Sudan is willing to turn the region into "another Iraq," Mr. Reeves said.
This article starring:
Eric Reeves, a Sudan specialist at Smith College in Northampton, Mass.
Interior Minister Abdel Rahim Mohammed Hussein
Posted by: Dan Darling || 06/17/2005 11:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Surprize mater?
Posted by: gromgoru || 06/17/2005 18:34 Comments || Top||

#2  The activities of the foreign terrorists are being carried out under the direction of an Islamist cleric known as Sheik Mohammed Abdel-Kareem, the officials said, and are retaliation for what the government sees as Israeli and other foreign meddling in Darfur, where government-backed militias have been killing civilians in tribal violence.
Sudan's Interior Minister Abdel Rahim Mohammed Hussein told London's Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper earlier this month that "aid is reaching the [Darfur] rebels from Israel via Eritrea."
"They are also receiving aid from a number of church organizations in Europe," he said.

How utterly dreadful. I can see why retaliation would be necessary. /end sarcasm

What horrible people!
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/17/2005 21:33 Comments || Top||

U.S. Army Marines in Iraq
June 17, 2005: In a major change from past practice, the U.S. Army is now taking care of "brown water" (riverine) operations. During the Vietnam war, the riverine operations were run by the navy and coast guard (although the army supplied the infantry and heavy other support ashore.) In Iraq, the army bought small boats (for example, 26 foot fiberglass models, with twin, 115 HP outboard engines), and put its troops on the water. The army does have boats for river operations, but these are used by army engineers to quickly build bridges across rivers, or to move small number of infantry across rivers to clear enemy forces from the other side. But in Iraq, the rivers and marshes are major highways for Iraqis, plus the source of fish and other materials. The waterways are used by terrorists and anti-government forces as well. The bad guys have boats, and move people and weapons on the water. The many islands in the rivers and swamps also provide good hiding places for weapons. But now that U.S. Army troops are patrolling the river, the enemy has to be more cautious, and less effective. American troops also use helicopters, and vehicles along the shore, to move troops around. And then there are the UAVs, which terrorists have come to hate. The UAVs often pick up signs of recently buried weapons, ammo or explosives. Troops in boats soon arrive with shovels, and another terrorist attack plan is torpedoed.

The U.S. Navy still does some riverine operations, but only with their SEAL commandoes. The SEALs have their own boats for this work. But, otherwise, the navy has gotten out of the riverine business.
Posted by: Steve || 06/17/2005 10:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Notin new, in 1945 the US Army operated the largest force (in numbers) of military watercraft in the world.

/yes Ima being dodgy with the verbage
Posted by: Shipman || 06/17/2005 11:14 Comments || Top||

Phalanx Zaps Mortar Shells in Iraq
June 17, 2005: Two modified Phalanx anti missile system have been sent to Iraq, to destroy rockets and mortar shells fired into the Green Zone (the large area in Baghdad turned into an American base). The Phalanx is a 20mm cannon designed to defend American warships, by destroying anti-ship missiles. Phalanx does this by using a radar that immediately starts firing at any incoming missile it detects. The modified versions sent to Iraq, called the C-RAM (Counter-Rocket Artillery Mortar) system has had it's software modified to detect smaller objects (like 82mm mortar shells).
The original Phalanx, it was found, could take out incoming 155mm artillery shells. This capability is what led to C-RAM. The other modifications include linking Phalanx to the Lightweight Counter Mortar Radar and Q-36 Target Acquisition Radar. When these radars detect incoming fire, C-RAM points toward the incoming objects and prepares to fire. C-RAM also uses high explosive 20mm shells, that detonate near the target, spraying it with fragments. By the time these fragments reach the ground, they are generally too small to injure anyone. The Vulcan used 20mm depleted uranium shells, to slice through incoming missiles.
The C-RAM, like the Vulcan, fires shells at the rate of 75 per second. Another advantage of C-RAM, is that it makes a distinctive noise when firing, warning people in the Green Zone that a mortar or rocket attack is underway, giving people an opportunity to duck inside if they are out and about. Without C-RAM to stop the incoming shells, they usually land without hitting people. The Green Zone is a big place, but something usually gets damaged during each attack, and sometimes the shells are duds, meaning they remain dangerous until found and removed. It took about a year, from the time an army general demanded that some kind of anti-mortar weapon be found, until the first C-RAMs arrived in Iraq.
Posted by: Steve || 06/17/2005 10:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Trouble with this is that what goes up must come down. I wouldn't be surprised if the hail of high explosive 20mm shell falling from the sky do more damage than the mortars. The same is true from antiaircraft batteries in urban areas.

On a related note, the Germans continued Zepplin raids on London in WWI even after it became clear that their relatively light bomb loads were having little effect because of the damage caused by falling AAA shells and the high cost to the Brits of making and shooting the shells.
Posted by: RWV || 06/17/2005 11:07 Comments || Top||

#2  I just wouldn't want to be on the down side of all those 20mm rounds when gravity does its thing, if you know what I mean. It's one thing for a big ship to fire hundreds of round at something at sea, but I can just imagine the damage these 20's make when they hit something in a city.
Posted by: Mr.Bill || 06/17/2005 11:11 Comments || Top||

#3  Read the article, the shells detonate to safe size. That said I'll bet the accidents caused by the sound of the system are greater than mortar damage.
Posted by: Shipman || 06/17/2005 11:26 Comments || Top||

#4  Shipman, not sure there is a safe size. A penny doesn't weigh very much, but would you like to be under one that was dropped off a building? How many stories?

Bad idea for the Green Zone. Better idea for FOB's in the boonies.
Posted by: Chuck Simmins || 06/17/2005 11:30 Comments || Top||

#5  Actually these would be perfect for Israel's defense against the Qassam missiles.

The green zone might provide a good test bed. Let's see if, in this case, the phalanx debris does much damage or not.
Posted by: mhw || 06/17/2005 11:35 Comments || Top||

#6  A penny doesn't weigh very much, but would you like to be under one that was dropped off a building? How many stories?

No, but I wouldn't worry about it.

Pennies have low terminal velocities and low masses. It'll hurt, maybe bruise, MAYBE break the skin, but it won't be a serious injury.

Don't believe me? Ask these guys.
Posted by: Robert Crawford || 06/17/2005 12:14 Comments || Top||

#7  Besides that pennies have flutter recovery.

/Estes buy it kid, cheap
Posted by: Shipman || 06/17/2005 13:53 Comments || Top||

#8  Fragment size from fused 20mm set for use in CRAM is less than the nail on your pinkie finger. Far less than a penny. and they lose thier velocity rather quickly outside the burst radius due to irreular shape (bad aerodymanics), much like the fragments from a grenade do at a given distance (5m for the M203 40mm grenade for example)

Consider that the detonation altitude should be in excess of 50m (remember these are high-trajectory mortar shells and rockets being shot down), I doubt there is any risk at all, except for UXO, and that is minor compared to impact of HE rockets or mortar rounds.

I hope they get these up to the field positions too - places like LSA-A and some of the FOBs could use an R2D2 standing guard against mortars, plus the vectors for the POO from the fire-finder radars that come with the system would be pretty handy too for the QRF to roll up on (or UAVs to look at and track when the Muj scoot).
Posted by: OldSpook || 06/17/2005 15:11 Comments || Top||

#9  Not that I'm not thankful for all the wondrous efforts made to protect us in the Zone (of course I am), but I agree with those who say it might be a better fit for FOBs and other areas with less surrounding urban area. In any case, in one of the other under-reported good news stories of the war, indirect fire on the Zone had dwindled to practically nothing -- and literally nothing, compared to the second half of '04. You will have noticed the deafening silence about this -- but that seems to be MNF-I policy, and it might make sense not to draw attention to the fact.

The controlled detonations in the Zone have caused more (accidental) damage than enemy fire in recent months. They under-estimated one last month and blew out several windows in the Palace. One this afternoon sounded like it probably broke some glass at one our buildings here.

All that said, I have to add that it's just incredibly cool that we now have a means to intercept short-range ballistic weapons like mortars.
Posted by: Verlaine in Iraq || 06/17/2005 15:26 Comments || Top||

#10  ViI! Welcome back! Um, did the concussion damage the gold-plated (or are they solid?) bathroom fixtures? Ya gotta maintain some standards, bro, lol!
Posted by: .com || 06/17/2005 15:30 Comments || Top||

#11  Precisely Old Spook, your wisdom rings true... perhaps connect the whole system to a roaming UAV with a mini gun or some Hellfires or some shit. Let's integrate some more whoop ass into this so their first mortar is their last! One way ticket to Allah!
Posted by: Mountain Man || 06/17/2005 15:31 Comments || Top||

Consider that the detonation altitude should be in excess of 50m (remember these are high-trajectory mortar shells and rockets being shot down), I doubt there is any risk at all, except for UXO, and that is minor compared to impact of HE rockets or mortar rounds.

I hope they get these up to the field positions too - places like LSA-A and some of the FOBs could use an R2D2 standing guard against mortars, plus the vectors for the POO from the fire-finder radars that come with the system would be pretty handy too for the QRF to roll up on (or UAVs to look at and track when the Muj scoot).

Those have to be two of the geekiest, most Tom Clancyesque paragraphs ever written.
Posted by: Mike || 06/17/2005 15:35 Comments || Top||

#13  perhaps connect the whole system to a roaming UAV

A prof. buddy has a proposal out to mod some UAVs to tie things together in interesting ways....

Will be interesting to see if he gets his grant.
Posted by: 3dc || 06/17/2005 15:43 Comments || Top||

#14  Mike - Though technically true, pun intended, just trying to picture OS as a geek is quite a howler!

Ah, the New Breed: Gentleman Warriors. Where through and through applies to firepower and intellect.
Posted by: .com || 06/17/2005 15:44 Comments || Top||

#15  I read where the army refused to deploy a smaller version of this system in the green zone.

Posted by: 3dc || 06/17/2005 17:17 Comments || Top||

#16  Sorry for the jargon guys. I've actually discussed this with some old buddies who are still in and have come off deployment in al-Iraq recently. THey and I were talking with some engineers from "name" contractors about C3I systems integration for field use (the geneiss for my other posts today on how DHS/Border-patrol could leverage curent technology to lock down a border region). Someone has to tell these great engineers/geeks how things work in the "real world". So, you learn the geek-speek (and the way they think is important too), and it mixes rather well with military jargon and acronyms.

And when you get into that mode, you tend to jargon up - and I fogot to drop it into plain English for you folks. SOrry bout that.

Codex below:

R2D2 is what the CIWS was called when first deployed shipboard back in my youth due to its dome-on-cylinder appearance.

QRF = Quick Reaction Force (bascially the guys staning by locked and cocked to go after baddies or pull some ambusehd/ied'd group's nuts out of the fire)

LSA = Logistics Support Area (BIG fixed bases)

LSAA = LSA Anaconda

POO = Point of Origin (bascially where they bad guys fired from)

POI = Point of Impact (when used as counterpart to POO).
also can be Person of Interest when executing a "cordon and search" of premises.

FOB = Forward Operating Base. A lot smaller than an LSA, used mainly by the triggerpullers to serve as a central point for area patrol/operations, fire control, barracks and field maint.

UXO = Unexploded Ordnance. (I think this is a Brit term, or at least thats where I picked it up ages ago from some gent in a red beret with an enourmous moustache and a sadistic attitude when it comes to realism in field training)

CIWS = Close-In-Weapons-System. Mk-15 Phalanx 20mm automatic gun&mount rapid firing. Ship-mounted, desinged as a last ditch direct fire against incoming missles (sea skimmers, or popups mainly)
Posted by: OldSpook || 06/17/2005 17:34 Comments || Top||

#17  OTICK
Posted by: Shipman || 06/17/2005 17:45 Comments || Top||

#18  OldSpook, I'm proud (?) to say that the only acronym I didn't know was "LSAA".

Carry on!
Posted by: Parabellum || 06/17/2005 18:22 Comments || Top||

#19  LSAA is an FTM as a TLA as it has four letters.
Posted by: Mrs. Davis || 06/17/2005 19:18 Comments || Top||

#20  ...Now, let's take an R2 and give it an IR/LL capability that can be slaved to a joystick. Imaging the fun when you can pinpoint a terr with a few thousand rounds of 20mm.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 06/17/2005 20:53 Comments || Top||

#21  Thanks for the vocab lesson, OS. I saw FOB and started to think the U.S. Postal Service had gotten involved. I have an aquaintance who is an inspector for the USPS, and his phone number is unlisted for cause, but this would have meant they were taking the job perhaps just a tad too seriously. ;-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/17/2005 21:08 Comments || Top||

Afghanistan/South Asia
Al-Qaeda supply lines shifting north
The search for Osama bin Laden has shifted hundreds of miles north, but Pakistani and U.S. officials tell ABC News it remains centered in an area around the Pakistan-Afghanistan border where the al Qaeda leader and his deputies seem to be able to move freely.

Some of the new clues in the search come from a small Pakistani market town in the tribal region of Chitral.

The town is believed by officials to be part of the al Qaeda supply network and shopkeepers told ABC News consultant Alexis Debat this week of foreigners buying large quantities of food.

Debat says shopkeepers told him that "a group of Arabs came down from the mountains in a jeep and loaded bags of rice and flour and drove back up the mountain back to Afghanistan."

Along a rugged road and then by foot, ABC News followed the trail described by the shopkeepers to an area just short of the border where Afghanistan is visible over the mountains.

Just last month, Pakistani Army officials say they discovered an al Qaeda compound in the nearby Bajaur region, which captured fighters said was regularly used as a safe house for bin Laden's number two man Ayman al-Zawahri.

The prisoners reportedly told Army interrogators that a heavily guarded, masked man regularly visited in February and March.

"Tracking the supply lines, tracking the communication lines is something everyone is trying to do," says former CIA Afghanistan and Pakistan station chief Gary Schroen.

"It's very, very difficult there," says Schroen. "I think that the Pakistani Army movements are probably telegraphed long in advance."

Pakistani officials believe Zawahri and bin Laden move between a string of safe houses in the winter months and then retreat to mountain caves in the summer months when Pakistani forces operate.

The Pakistani Army now says it came very close to Zawahri last year when it raided another house, in South Waziristan, which they say turned out to be a hidden al Qaeda command center.

Buried underground was a huge cache of weapons, radios, and sophisticated electronic equipment, including video editing machines.

Video of the secret hideaway obtained from the Pakistani Army was broadcast for the first time today on ABC News' "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings."

"It's a command and control facility because it does have radio communications," says ABC News consultant and former White House counter-terrorism chief Dick Clark, who viewed the tape obtained by ABC News.

"Exactly how many bunkers are there?" asks Clark. "And if this was a year ago it obviously hasn't led us to Zawahri or bin Laden."

Last month Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf claimed significant progress in the fight against al Qaeda there. "We have broken their back," Musharraf said in an interview with the Financial Times.

"They cease to exist as a cohesive, homogenous body under good command and control, vertical and horizontal," he said.

However, ABC News has discovered other recent signs of unabated al Qaeda activity in the region.

A new set of propaganda tapes obtained by ABC News this week shows fighters in a night attack on what is described as a military convoy. The fighters praise bin Laden.

The tapes also show a truck being rigged as an improvised rocket launcher. According to the narration on the propaganda tape, which is in the local Pashto language, the weapon was intended to hit a U.S. target in Afghanistan.

And there is also a harsh warning for anyone helping in the hunt for bin Laden.

The tape shows an Afghani man it says was about to die for spying for the Americans. The man is identified on the tape as Masail Shah. No date is specified with the claim.

In a forced confession, the man says he was recruited by Americans in the Afghanistan city of Khost and offered up to $80,000 for each al Qaeda commander he spotted across the border in Pakistan.

The tape shows a satellite phone the man says the Americans provided him.

The CIA had no comment on the tape but its officers have been attempting to establish a network of informants in the area.

"It does illustrate how dangerous it is for the guys that we hire," says the former CIA station chief Schroen. "Why it is difficult to find people who are willing to risk themselves to go into these areas and look for the al Qaeda. His execution apparently was proof that there's a high price to pay if you're caught."

At the end of the tape, there is a picture of the slain man, as seen in a local newspaper under a headline saying the American informant had been slaughtered.
Posted by: Dan Darling || 06/17/2005 10:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "The tape shows an Afghani man it says was about to die for spying for the Americans. The man is identified on the tape as Masail Shah. "

Another muslim martyred by the murdering jihadis.
Posted by: liberalhawk || 06/17/2005 11:02 Comments || Top||

Raven 42, Heroes All
In March 2005, a unit of the Kentucky National Guard was ambushed in Iraq. That combat resulted in the deaths of 27 terrorists, and no U.S. deaths. The reports have made their way up the chain of command, and there was an awards ceremony yesterday. Oh, yeah, a girl won the Silver Star.

Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester of the 617th Military Police Company, a National Guard unit out of Richmond, Ky., received the Silver Star, along with two other members of her unit, Staff Sgt. Timothy Nein and Spc. Jason Mike, for their actions during an enemy ambush on their convoy. Other members of the unit also received awards.

Hester's squad was shadowing a supply convoy March 20 when anti-Iraqi fighters ambushed the convoy. The squad moved to the side of the road, flanking the insurgents and cutting off their escape route. Hester led her team through the "kill zone" and into a flanking position, where she assaulted a trench line with grenades and M203 grenade-launcher rounds. She and Nein, her squad leader, then cleared two trenches, at which time she killed three insurgents with her rifle.

When the fight was over, 27 insurgents were dead, six were wounded, and one was captured.

Hester, 23, who was born in Bowling Green, Ky., and later moved to Nashville, Tenn., said she was surprised when she heard she was being considered for the Silver Star. "I'm honored to even be considered, much less awarded, the medal," she said.

Being the first woman soldier since World War II to receive the medal is significant to Hester. But, she said, she doesn't dwell on the fact. "It really doesn't have anything to do with being a female," she said. "It's about the duties I performed that day as a soldier."

Hester, who has been in the National Guard since April 2001, said she didn't have time to be scared when the fight started, and she didn't realize the impact of what had happened until much later. "Your training kicks in and the soldier kicks in," she said. "It's your life or theirs. ... You've got a job to do -- protecting yourself and your fellow comrades."

Nein, who is on his second deployment to Iraq, praised Hester and his other soldiers for their actions that day. "It's due to their dedication and their ability to stay there and back me up that we were able to do what we did that day," he said.

Hester and her fellow soldiers were awarded their medals at Camp Liberty, Iraq, by Army Lt. Gen. John R. Vines, Multinational Corps Iraq commanding general. In his speech, Vines commended the soldiers for their bravery and their contribution to the international war on terror. "My heroes don't play in the (National Basketball Association) and don't play in the U.S. Open (golf tournament) at Pinehurst," Vines said. "They're standing in front of me today. These are American heroes."

Three soldiers of the 617th were wounded in the ambush. Hester said she and the other squad members are thinking about them, and she is very thankful to have made it through unscathed. The firefight, along with the entire deployment, has had a lasting effect on her, Hester said. "I think about it every day, and probably will for the rest of my life," she said. Blackfive has the After Action Reporthttp://www.blackfive.net/main/2005/03/after_action_re.html. John Donovan has the medals awarded.

Posted by: Chuck Simmins || 06/17/2005 09:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I just hope some of the brave Lions of Islam™ got to look in this woman's face as she twisted the bayonet deep in their guts, wrenching their piss-poor excuses for lives from them. Nice.
Posted by: Howard UK || 06/17/2005 10:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Sounds like these guard folks acquitted themselves with honor, spirit, and intelligence. A credit to those who trained them and their leadership.
Posted by: Tkat || 06/17/2005 10:34 Comments || Top||

#3  Nice to see the MSM on top of this story - NOT!
Posted by: DMFD || 06/17/2005 16:51 Comments || Top||

#4  Oops! My bad - hit the 'omitted results' button - the press actually IS covering this story. Good for them!
Posted by: DMFD || 06/17/2005 16:52 Comments || Top||

Israel to Build Sea Barrier Off Gaza Coast
The Israeli navy plans to build a sea barrier off the coast of northern Gaza to keep out potential attackers once Israel pulls out of the coastal strip this summer, military officials said.
euroweenie/ISM/muslim/dhimmi outrage in 5.....4.....3....

The navy concluded the barrier, stretching 950 yards into the sea, is necessary because of the expected loss of surveillance systems in the planned pullout, military officials told an Israeli reporter in Gaza, requesting that their names not be used because the project is still being discussed.

Designed to keep potential attackers from swimming to the Israeli coast, the barrier's first hundred yards will consist of cement pilings buried into the sandy bottom, the Jerusalem Post newspaper reported Friday. The paper said the structure will extend another 800 yards in the form of 1.8-yard-deep fence floating beneath the surface.
they should figure out how to electrify it. now that would be cool!

A Palestinian official reacted angrily to the report.
seething? was there any seething involved? I dunno, maybe I'm spoiled, but it's just not any good anymore without some first class pali seeting.

"I hope the Israeli mentality of barriers will end," said negotiator Saeb Erekat. "Now they have land barriers and tomorrow sea barriers and the day after sky barriers and what else? Will they put a barrier around each Palestinian individual or house?"
"Plus," he added, "it makes it so much more difficult to kill joos. We're going to have to ask for more aid."

Gaza, home to 1.3 million Palestinians, is surrounded by an Israeli fence built to keep back attackers and which prevents Gazans from being able to come and go. Israel is also building a barrier between itself and the West Bank.
SPAN CLASS=HILITE>they left out the word effective..."an effective Israeli fence."

"This is the wrong policy. This is political blindness," said Erekat. "The answer to all these woes of security and so on in is a meaningful peace process, is building the bridges with the Palestinians, is ending the occupation."
seems the article left out the part where he also talked about disarming and dismantling terrorist groups

The military officials said construction of the new sea barrier will begin soon and that it will be a major project costing millions of dollars, though they did not say how much. The barrier is not expected to be complete in time for Israel's planned withdrawal from Gaza, set to begin in mid-August.

Israel closed two border crossings with Gaza on Friday after receiving intelligence information warning of Palestinian militants on their way to carry out attacks, the military said, adding that Israel notified the Palestinian Authority but they did not act to apprehend them.
hmmm. paleos are curiously silent on this topic

In another development Friday, Israel said its dispute with the U.S. over its military technology sales to China will be worked out soon, a day after U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, due in Israel this weekend, acknowledged a sharp disagreement with Israel over the issue.

"We are attentive to American concerns. The issue will be solved over the next few weeks and we will work out all the points of dispute," said Raanan Gissin, an adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Rice told a news conference on Thursday that Israel "has a responsibility to be sensitive" to U.S. concerns, adding that American officials have had "difficult" discussions on the China sales with the Israelis.

"I think they understand now the seriousness of the matter," Rice said.

She said Washington is increasingly concerned about military modernization in China. The U.S. fears this could upset the security balance in Asia and make it more difficult for the United States to help defend Taiwan from a mainland attack.

China must not be allowed to undertake a "major military escalation" before there are assurances that it will be a "positive force" on the international scene, Rice said.

According to Israeli officials and recent media reports, the United States has imposed a series of sanctions on the Israeli arms industry in recent months because of it sales to China.

Washington has halted cooperation on several projects, frozen delivery of sensitive equipment, and is even refusing to answer telephone calls from Israeli defense officials, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported this past weekend.

The dispute stems from the Israeli sale of unmanned drone aircraft technology to China. State-owned Israel Aircraft Industries sold Harpy drones to China in the early 1990s. Harpy parts were shipped to Israel last year for what American defense officials said was an upgrade.

Israel has denied the American contention, saying the Harpy units were undergoing routine maintenance. Israeli military officials have said work on the Harpy deal has been frozen.
Posted by: PlanetDan || 06/17/2005 08:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Their prior engineering experience with Moses and the Red Sea should serve them well.
Posted by: Chuck Simmins || 06/17/2005 9:55 Comments || Top||

#2  "I hope the Israeli mentality of barriers will end,"

Oh it will end. The problem is you are too blind to see the root cause you Paleostenian Jihad apologist.

It will end when the Palestinian mentality of suicide bombing, rockets, and mortar attacks on Isreali (Jewish) civilians ends.
Posted by: OldSpook || 06/17/2005 10:05 Comments || Top||

#3  sounds like a good idea to me.
Posted by: liberalhawk || 06/17/2005 10:52 Comments || Top||

#4  950 metres? That's nothing... go ouot 2 km, turn south for 5, turn east for 2. Drain.
Posted by: William the Silent || 06/17/2005 11:34 Comments || Top||

#5  William, if the sea levels are going to rise due to global warming (yeah, right), what is the point of starting up a Dutch-style polder system? Especially when the Palestinians will only destroy the dikes anyway? ;-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/17/2005 21:17 Comments || Top||

Afghanistan/South Asia
Disgraced Scientist and Islamic Hero AQ Khan
Pakistan's disgraced nuclear scientist, AQ Khan, who admitted illegally transferring technology overseas, is in a stable condition after a heart scare.
And we all know what "stable" means.
A presidential spokesman said Dr Khan, 69, had suffered chest pains on Tuesday but denied he had had a heart attack. Dr Khan undertook a check for blocked arteries and was given the all-clear. Dr Khan is seen by many Pakistanis as a hero for founding the nation's nuclear industry but has been under virtual house arrest since February 2004. Maj Gen Shaukat Sultan, military spokesman and media secretary for President Pervez Musharraf, said Dr Khan was now "absolutely fine and stable".
There's that word again.
"He did not have any heart attack," Gen Sultan said.
Yet. This is what you call "laying the groundwork"
He said Dr Khan had been declared fit and well after an angiogram at a military hospital in Rawalpindi on Friday.
"Has the remote controlled device been inplanted?" "Yes, General."
Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said Dr Khan was still at the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology along with his family members. Dr Khan has been confined to his home since his public confession early last year that he illegally transferred nuclear technology to countries including North Korea, Libya and Iran. He was given a pardon by President Musharraf because of his services to the nation's nuclear industry. The government has always denied any involvement in the leaking of the technology. This year it confirmed Dr Khan had supplied nuclear centrifuges - which can be used to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons - to Iran. Dr Khan has not been allowed to receive visitors and international investigators probing global nuclear proliferation have not been allowed to question him.
"Sorry, you can't see him. He's much too ill. Maybe next year."
President Musharraf has said the discovery of the Khan network was the most embarrassing episode in his political career. Former CIA director George Tenet described AQ Khan as being at least as dangerous as Osama Bin Laden.
Posted by: Steve || 06/17/2005 08:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6486 views] Top|| File under:

#1  President Musharraf has said the discovery of the Khan network was the most embarrassing episode in his political career.

Then why did you pardon him, asshole?
Posted by: tu3031 || 06/17/2005 9:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Then why did you pardon him, asshole?

The embarassment came from Khan being caught, not from what Khan did.
Posted by: Robert Crawford || 06/17/2005 9:50 Comments || Top||

#3  Nice summation RC.
Posted by: Shipman || 06/17/2005 11:04 Comments || Top||

#4  ...Given the Iranian announcement earlier in the week that the Pakistanis in general and Dr Khaaaaaaaaan! in particular had helped in their nuke program, I kinda had a feeling the Doc was going to have heart problems.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 06/17/2005 20:37 Comments || Top||

#5  heaven forbid his hospital suite has stairs
Posted by: Frank G || 06/17/2005 21:23 Comments || Top||

Israel to Build Sea Barrier Off Gaza Coast
Posted by: tu3031 || 06/17/2005 08:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The headline is misleading. The Israelis plan to build a barrier along the maritime border between Israel and Gaza - i.e. from the coast out to sea. The Paleos are predictably seething.
Posted by: phil_b || 06/17/2005 9:03 Comments || Top||

#2  how is it any different than constructing a big intake valve for a powerplant?
Posted by: 3dc || 06/17/2005 17:21 Comments || Top||

#3  We'll you've stumbled on to it 3dc, the seething is going to be used to preheat the feedwater. I expect SH is on to the deal.
Posted by: Shipman || 06/17/2005 17:48 Comments || Top||

Another Big Operation in the Wild West
BAGHDAD, Iraq - The U.S. military launched a major combat operation Friday, sending 1,000 Marines and Iraqi soldiers to hunt for insurgents and foreign fighters in a volatile western province straddling Syria.

Operation Spear started in the pre-dawn hours in Anbar province to hunt for insurgents and foreign fighters, the military said. The area, which straddles the Syrian border, is where U.S. forces said it killed about 40 militants in airstrikes in Karabilah on June 11.

The rest of the article is a re-hash of old news.
Posted by: Bobby || 06/17/2005 07:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under:

#1  As large and area as it is, geography and logistics provide some limits to movement for the terrs. We, on the other hand, with JSTARS, unmanned UAV's and manned aircraft have an unlimited ability to patrol. Our only issue is the ability to act in near real time on intelligence gained. The better able our ground forces can react with immediacy, the more terrs get their raisins.
Posted by: Chuck Simmins || 06/17/2005 9:58 Comments || Top||

#2  On a Friday? Isn't that some sorta war crime?
Posted by: Shipman || 06/17/2005 11:28 Comments || Top||

#3  It's the U.S. military, Ship - what isn't a war crime?
Posted by: Raj || 06/17/2005 12:43 Comments || Top||

Afghanistan/South Asia
Detailed account of how the Kashmir Jihad started
A separatist leader based in Pakistani-administered Kashmir has alleged that Kashmiri militants were initially trained by Pakistan's intelligence agency - the ISI - in the late 1980s. Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Amanullah Khan says the move had the blessings of Pakistan's then military ruler General Zia ul-Haq. His allegations are made in a new edition of his book Continuous Struggle, which was first published in 1992. The new edition of the book is yet to be published but the BBC News website was able to secure extracts of the book. It contains the most hard-hitting account of Pakistan's alleged involvement in the Kashmir insurgency from a Pakistan-based Kashmiri leader so far.

Mr Khan says the ISI first made contact with the JKLF in early 1987, through the organisation's senior leader Farooq Haider. He says Mr Haider made a deal with the ISI whereby the JKLF was to bring young Kashmiris willing to fight Indian rule to Pakistan-administered Kashmir. They would then be given military training and arms by the ISI, he says. The objective was to start an insurgency in Indian-administered Kashmir.

According to Mr Khan, the JKLF was told by the then chief of the ISI, General Akhtar Abdur Rehman, that the ISI would not interfere with the JKLF's ideology. "I was told by Brigadier Farooq of the ISI that the agency would lend us unconditional support as directed by General Zia ul-Haq," he says. "He also said the ISI would not intervene in JKLF's organisational matters." Mr Khan says it was also agreed that no JKLF leader "engaged at the political and diplomatic front" would accept money in cash from the ISI. It was a verbal agreement, he says. The first batch of eight young fighters from Indian-administered Kashmir were said to have reached Pakistan-administered side in February 1988. They were given military training and weapons by the ISI and sent back with instructions not to start anything until they were given a green signal from Pakistan, Mr Khan writes.

Mr Khan then says that three separatist leaders, Mohammed Afzal, Ghulam Hasan Lone and Ghulam Nabi Bhatt were called to the Pakistan side in June 1988. "After lengthy deliberations, we asked them to start the insurgency on 13 July, 1988. But for some reason, the insurgency could not begin before 31 July when the Amar Singh Club and the central post and telegraph office in Srinagar were bombed." Mr Khan gives "credit for the first action" to six militants - Humayun Azad, Javed Jehangir, Shabbir Ahmed Guru, Arshad Kol, Ghulam Qadir and Mohammed Rafiq. "After that, there was an endless stream of militants coming into Azad [Pakistan-administered] Kashmir." Mr Khan says the JKLF parted ways with the ISI in early 1990 when the ISI demanded that one of its officers be allowed to attend the JKLF meetings "as an observer".
It was after this that ISI support shifted to Hezbul Mujahideen, and the movement went from being a nationalist insurgency to a pan-Islamic Jihad.
Posted by: Omoluger Ebbatle8086 || 06/17/2005 00:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That's you, right Paul?

I thought the Hizb ul-Mujahideen were popular with the ISI because they're the only jihadi group that is made up, well, largely of Kashmiris. So was the shift towards them really a case of moving away from a Kashmiri insurgency towards a multi-national Islamist movement or did that come later?
Posted by: Dan Darling || 06/17/2005 10:44 Comments || Top||

#2  Dear Dan, Not sure if the relationship between the HM and ISI made this a pan-Muslim insurrection but I do know that ISI has established several Terror groups including the HUJI, LET and Badr outfits. I also read there are some internecine clashes between these groups as well as Fedayeen attacks on Indian SF. The ISI also supports NE Indian rebel groups in Assam, Tripura and Nagaland. Pakland is a problem and the whole nuke thing gives me the willies. Need to get chummy with India.
Posted by: Rightwing || 06/17/2005 12:41 Comments || Top||

#3  Yeah Dan, that was me.

The JKLF was a secular liberation movement, the Hezb on the otherhad was set up by the Jamaat-e-Islami. They are less fanatical than the pan-Islamists that came later, but the Hezb fought in favour of annexation to Pakistan, rather than independence, and they argued this with the typical Islamist argument that there should be less Muslim countries rather than more.
Posted by: Paul Moloney || 06/17/2005 18:12 Comments || Top||

#4  typical Islamist argument that there should be less Muslim countries rather than more.

whaaaaaat? We agree on something?
Posted by: Frank G || 06/17/2005 19:32 Comments || Top||

#5  So the ISI started it all.
The claims that Indian rigging of elections in 1988 led to an uprising by Kashmiris that was later used by Pakistan is false.
It was never a nationalist struggle. It was jihad, using the Afghan jihad as a template.

Posted by: john || 06/17/2005 20:22 Comments || Top||

Riots in Karachi after three ST workers killed
Violence spread to various parts of the city on Thursday following the killing of three Sunni Tehrik (ST) activists late Wednesday night. In the violence on Thursday three men, a woman and a girl were injured in firing and three public transport vehicles were set on fire in the city, the police said. Two ST activists, Faizul Hasan, 35, and Ashraf Sammon, 32, were shot dead on M A Jinnah Road. Danish Hameed, who was shot in Ramaswamy, died in a hospital late Wednesday night.

Later, violence erupted in Ramaswamy, Ranchhore Lines, Kharadar, Garden, Bohrapir, Chuna Bhatti, New Karachi, Lines Area, Al-Falah, Shah Faisal Colony, Landhi and Lyari where miscreants fired in the air and forced shopkeepers to pull their shutters down. A passenger coach was set on fire in Arambagh. Clashes were reported between ST and MQM workers in New Karachi, where two minibuses were set on fire. In Lines Area, Shah Faisal Colony, Al-Falah, and Landhi, miscreants pelted vehicles with stones. Police patrolling was intensified in the troubled areas. Tension was prevailing in the areas.
This article starring:
Sunni Tehrik
Posted by: Fred || 06/17/2005 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This from a nation with primitive nukes..
"What football?"
Posted by: 3dc || 06/17/2005 0:56 Comments || Top||

#2  The Sunni Tehrik are fond of wearing brown turbans.
Posted by: Paul Moloney || 06/17/2005 1:42 Comments || Top||

#3  How ironic, Paul. Do they wear coordinating shirts?
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/17/2005 9:28 Comments || Top||

#4  ST vs MQM is it? I really need a program here. If anyone wishes to do so I'll be thankful, especially if you keep it brief :)
Posted by: liberalhawk || 06/17/2005 10:49 Comments || Top||

#5  Sunni Tehrik are Brehvli Sunni Jihadis, the MQM are ethnic Mohajirs. The MQM is currently favoured of the administration, so now they are trying to expand their turf into areas controlled by other parties; like the ST
Posted by: Paul Moloney || 06/17/2005 18:03 Comments || Top||

#6  sounds like civil war material?
Posted by: Frank G || 06/17/2005 19:18 Comments || Top||

GI Charged With Murdering Two Officers
A U.S. Army staff sergeant was charged with murdering his two commanders last week at a base outside Baghdad, the military said Thursday in what is believed to be the first case of an American soldier in Iraq accused of killing his superiors. The military initially concluded that the June 7 deaths of Capt. Phillip T. Esposito, of Suffern, N.Y., and 1st Lt. Louis E. Allen, of Milford, Pa., were caused by a mortar round. But on Wednesday, the military charged Staff Sgt. Alberto B. Martinez of Troy, N.Y., with two counts of premeditated murder, according to a statement issued in Baghdad.

Martinez, 37, is a supply specialist with the Headquarters Company of the 42nd Infantry Division, New York Army National Guard. Esposito, 30 and the father of a 1-year-old girl, was company commander and Allen, 34 and a father of four, was a company operations officer. The "fragging" incident occurred near Tikrit — Saddam Hussein's hometown 80 miles north of Baghdad — at Forward Operating Base Danger (search) in what used to be one of the ousted Iraqi leader's palace on the banks of the Tigris River.

The military initially concluded the commanders were killed by "indirect fire" on the base — a mortar round that struck a window on the side of the building where Esposito and Allen were. A criminal investigation was launched after it was determined that the "blast pattern" at the scene was inconsistent with a mortar attack. Martinez is believed to have allegedly used some kind of explosive device, possibly a grenade, in the attack, military officials said on condition of anonymity because the matter was still under investigation. He was charged with two counts of premeditated murder, said a statement by the Multinational Task Force in Iraq. He currently is at a military detention facility in Kuwait. His alleged motive was unclear. He has been assigned a military attorney and has the option of hiring a civilian lawyer, authorities said. "Staff Sgt. Martinez has been and will continue to be afforded the extensive rights under the Uniformed Code of Military Justice," military spokesman Col. Billy J. Buckner said.
A senior NCO? What on earth ...
Posted by: Fred || 06/17/2005 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It'll be interesting to hear if Martinez has undergone a religious conversion lately.
Posted by: Robert Crawford || 06/17/2005 7:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Fred,

The National Guard is a mixed bag, so a SSG may or may not be of the same skill and calibre as an active duty SSG. Much more organizational politics in promotion/slotting in state units. May have something to do with back home [NY] rather than Iraq.
Posted by: Snetle Tholurong5083 || 06/17/2005 8:49 Comments || Top||

#3  Fragging the Company Commander and Ops Officer sounds like he thought they "had it in for him". Maybe got a bad write-up, passed over, wouldn't let him go home early to handle a personal problem, etc.
And a E-6 Staff Sergeant is not a "Senior NCO", more a mid-level. E-7 is where senior grade starts.
Posted by: Steve || 06/17/2005 9:53 Comments || Top||

#4  Danny Deever.
Posted by: Chuck Simmins || 06/17/2005 9:59 Comments || Top||

#5  Ah, here we go:
TROY, N.Y. -- The family of a U.S. Army staff sergeant charged with murdering his two commanders in Iraq was touched by a string of recent tragedies, a neighbor said Thursday.
Alberto B. Martinez, 37, lost his home to a fire in December 2002 and moved back to his childhood residence with his father in this industrial city along the Hudson River just north of Albany, long-time neighbor Barbara Prevost said. His mother also had died in recent years, Prevost said. In a January interview with WRGB-TV in Albany, Martinez's wife described her struggle with her insurance company over the fire at their home in nearby Cohoes.
"I really want my husband to be able to concentrate on what he needs to do in Iraq, and that's unfair to him," Tamara Martinez told the station. The couple has two children.

The "wouldn't let him go home to handle personnel problems" reason is looking better.
Posted by: Steve || 06/17/2005 11:31 Comments || Top||

#6  what about the muslim who threw the grenade in the tent
Posted by: Thraing Hupoluper1864 || 06/17/2005 16:10 Comments || Top||

#7  My comment is the one in salmon, so it was me questioning a 'senior NCO', not Fred. Thanks for the correction.
Posted by: Steve White || 06/17/2005 17:36 Comments || Top||

Al-Zarqawi Blamed for Spike in Iraq Deaths
A U.S. general on Thursday blamed Iraq's recent spike in bloodshed on a terrorist leader condoning the killing of fellow Muslims, while a suicide car bomber rammed into a truck in Baghdad, killing at least eight police officers and wounding 25 others. The U.S. military also reported that five Marines and a sailor were killed Wednesday near the volatile western city of Ramadi. Jordanian-born terrorist leader Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi's hope to provoke sectarian war suffered a setback Thursday when the Shiite-led parliament and leaders of the disaffected Sunni Arab minority, which is thought to provide the backbone of the insurgency, agreed on a process for drafting Iraq's constitution.

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Don Alston took aim at al-Zarqawi, saying the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq is most responsible for the nearly 1,100 violent deaths since the Shiite-led government took office seven weeks ago. "With Zarqawi's push recently, we certainly see the fantastic rise in the number of civilians killed, given that he has proclaimed that taking out civilians is an acceptable thing," said Alston, spokesman for the U.S.-led international military force in Iraq. Last month, an audiotape said to be from al-Zarqawi denounced the country's majority Shiites as collaborators with the Americans and said it was justified for Muslims to kill such people even if they are Muslims.

Alston's focus on al-Zarqawi, whose small group is blamed for many of the bloodiest attacks and hostage takings in Iraq, apparently was aimed at reinforcing growing dissatisfaction among Iraqis over insurgents targeting civilians. He said that anger has brought an increase in calls to tip lines. "We are getting reports that cells in his network are concerned about the consequences of this behavior and a consequence of what it has done to the Iraqi people," Alston said. "The Iraqi people are increasingly exposing the insurgency. This is not a popular insurgency." He said tips to Iraqi authorities resulted in Tuesday's arrest of Mohammed Khalaf, also known as Abu Talha, who was al-Qaida's leader in Mosul, 225 miles northwest of Baghdad. "This is a major defeat for the al-Qaida terrorist organization in Iraq. Al-Zarqawi's leader in Mosul is out of business," Alston said.
Posted by: Fred || 06/17/2005 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:

#1  What? Iraq terrorists disclose terror routes on internet forum,

Posted by: War on Islam || 06/17/2005 3:50 Comments || Top||

#2  Learn to use html imbedded links, genius.
Posted by: badanov || 06/17/2005 5:05 Comments || Top||

#3  "War on Islam"

You? You think you're some tough WarGod fighting Islam? Moron. You couldn't lick a stamp, cheesedick.

Sometimes I almost wish that those who come here full of wild-eyed hate and bile - real or imagined - without a scintilla of experience or reason or logic or understanding or knowledge to support it - would find themselves under Zarqi's knife. Then they could have the short ugly epiphany, just before the lights go out, and actually fathom what they spew. The blithe skippy scatter-brained fucks who blow in and rattle & prattle about casually nuking shit are less than clueless.

It takes life-long training in insanity to be a Zarqi. You've got to be sterile, hollow, everything of value exterminated or scooped out and ground to dust by a grim barren bestial ideology that feeds on the unfortunate captives and dysfunctional offal of mankind.

Someday, we will all be forced to skirt close to the edge of sanity to survive. I'd wager it will happen more than once, too, as there are equally implacable abominations, other than Islam, ahead. They're just biding their time and playing their hands better than the jihadis - waiting to see who wins this round.
Posted by: .com || 06/17/2005 6:43 Comments || Top||

#4  I'd wager it will happen more than once, too, as there are equally implacable abominations, other than Islam, ahead.

Posted by: Robert Crawford || 06/17/2005 7:41 Comments || Top||

#5  Bravo, .com!!
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 06/17/2005 8:02 Comments || Top||

#6  and amen, too.
Posted by: mom || 06/17/2005 10:03 Comments || Top||

#7  "Someday, we will all be forced to skirt close to the edge of sanity to survive"

A lot of us are there already, I think. :)

Not meaning no disrespect to anyone HERE of course. I guess.
Posted by: liberalhawk || 06/17/2005 10:47 Comments || Top||

#8  Bite me, Lh.
Posted by: .com || 06/17/2005 12:14 Comments || Top||

#9  Don't forget, Al-Z is under the control of Americans, who are all controlled by the Jews. Where did we lose the aliens controlling our world?
Posted by: Bobby || 06/17/2005 13:27 Comments || Top||

#10  Hear, hear, .com. All except the "bite me" bit, of course. Liberalhawk, I sometimes manage to get to the end of JosephMendiola's posts. Skirting close, indeed. And then other times he makes perfect sense to me... so which side of the divide am I on, I wonder. ;-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/17/2005 21:12 Comments || Top||

Hooded Islamic heroes don't want no damned conferences
Dozens of hooded insurgents surrounded a downtown mosque in Ramadi, 70 miles west of Baghdad, to prevent a meeting of local politicians and tribal leaders on the country's new charter and reconciliation efforts. "We told them to leave Iraq's issues for us, we are the only ones who can liberate Iraq by fighting infidels and not by holding conferences. And instead of spending money for this conference, they have to give it to us to buy weapons to help our fighting against the Americans," a masked man told Iraqi reporters outside the empty mosque.
Posted by: Fred || 06/17/2005 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6525 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Why weren't they shot on sight?
Posted by: 3dc || 06/17/2005 0:58 Comments || Top||

#2  Larger than Fallujah, Ramadi has been left to fester far too long.

I wish we would just blockade the city, cut the water off and tell them to eat bombs.
Posted by: Red Dog || 06/17/2005 2:03 Comments || Top||

#3  all in due time.
Posted by: bgrebel9 || 06/17/2005 3:12 Comments || Top||

#4  ramahdi delenda est
Posted by: SON OF TOLUI || 06/17/2005 3:44 Comments || Top||

#5  They are some brave studmuffins when there's nothing but civvies around, ain't they? Oooweee!

Just as with Fallujah, before, apparently Ramadi is being used as the safe haven, the magnet, to concentrate these Lions of Islam in one area.

Come! Yes, come to Ramadi! Sanctuary and plenty of streets to strut!

Hmmm. What's the MOS for Lion Tamer / Varmint Killer?

Posted by: .com || 06/17/2005 4:08 Comments || Top||

#6  Hmmm. What's the MOS for Lion Tamer / Varmint Killer?

Posted by: badanov || 06/17/2005 4:29 Comments || Top||

#7  Not 0311 or 11B10? Lol. You must be a hardcore tanker, bad, heh. Knox?

Posted by: .com || 06/17/2005 5:51 Comments || Top||

#8  :) I hope like hell you used a calculator.
Posted by: Shipman || 06/17/2005 7:24 Comments || Top||

#9  One of the 'benefits' of letting the terrorists alone in Ramadi is that they tick off the locals.

It makes the ultimate clean up easier.

Having said that however, Ramadi is a big city and its hard to cordon it off (the fallujah cordon wasn't that effective and many suicide bombs got through)
Posted by: mhw || 06/17/2005 8:29 Comments || Top||

#10  Hood
Posted by: badanov || 06/17/2005 9:06 Comments || Top||

#11  "And instead of spending money for this conference, they have to give it to us to buy weapons to help our fighting against the Americans"

Conferences are stupid wastes of time, but weapons and force are good. Geez, if only these guys werent Islamists and baby killers, they could fit in pretty well with some other folks I know :)
Posted by: liberalhawk || 06/17/2005 10:44 Comments || Top||

#12  WTF liberalhawk? Normally I enjoy reading your comments, but I am truly disappointed and offended by your clumsy effort at equivacation. Did you actually mean to equate Rantburgers who want to defeat Islamofacsism and who believe in robust self defense, with those who seek to mass murder and enslave mankind under a religion based on the selfish whims of a egomaniacal madman, and whose most notable contribution in the last several hindred years has been the suicide car bomb? Smiley face or not, I expected higher standards from you.
Posted by: ed || 06/17/2005 11:21 Comments || Top||

#13  Where?
Posted by: Bismarck || 06/17/2005 11:31 Comments || Top||

#14  for the ultimate in tanking plasure back in CONUS, nothing beats Irwin in August.
Posted by: Just Abou Enough! || 06/17/2005 15:01 Comments || Top||

#15  bad - One of the most fun things I've ever done is firing LAWs (the old M-72s) on the hulk range at Knox. Last one I saw was in Falling Down, heh. BTW, methinks hitting hulks is funner than blowing up sewers, lol!
Posted by: .com || 06/17/2005 15:12 Comments || Top||

#16  WTF liberalhawk?

I think the "liberal" part of him overpowered the "hawk" part. Either that, or someone's spoofing his name.
Posted by: Robert Crawford || 06/17/2005 15:18 Comments || Top||

#17  LH is just getting down with the 'double or nothing' 'strategy' of Durbin et al...
Posted by: rilly || 06/17/2005 18:16 Comments || Top||

#18  Ar Ramadi (Ramadiyah) info page at Global Security. The maps they offer there, here and here, leave a LOT to be desired. Anyone have a good map / sat image of Ramadi?
Posted by: .com || 06/17/2005 18:35 Comments || Top||

#19  a pic of a parking lot of small rubble substitute?
Posted by: Frank G || 06/17/2005 20:06 Comments || Top||

#20  bgrebel9: "all in due time." @ 03:12 AM.

Huummmm, bgrebel9 can see into the future!
Posted by: Red Dog || 06/17/2005 21:01 Comments || Top||

#21  This sort of situation is really looking for a transparent robot blimp (make it a tad harder to shoot) with IR or UV laser and a good power source.
(sit way up there and cause unexplainable 2nd and 3rd degree burns on trigger fingers and such... Mess with their minds.)
Posted by: 3dc || 06/17/2005 21:05 Comments || Top||

#22  3dc, check out the work of a dear friend of mine. The basic work was done long ago, it's now just a matter of fine-tuning for this particular need and situation. ;-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/17/2005 21:39 Comments || Top||

#23  Trailing Wife!!! I love your links....
Posted by: 3dc || 06/17/2005 23:07 Comments || Top||

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JAMMU, India - Three policemen died on Thursday after being ambushed by militants in revolt-hit Indian Kashmir and 11 people were wounded when a grenade tossed at a minister's car exploded among pedestrians, police said.

The rebels ambushed a police patrol at Budhal in the border district of Rajouri, 156 kilometers (97 miles) northwest of Kashmir's winter capital Jammu, said police spokesman J.P Singh. "We have recovered three dead bodies from the ambush site in Budhal and are looking for the four other constables who were part of the police team," said Singh. "They are missing as of now...probably taking cover in the jungle after the militant firing," added Singh. "We have rushed troops to the area."

At least 11 pedestrians, including three paramilitary soldiers, were injured when a grenade hurled by militants missed its target and exploded on the road in Avantipore, 36 kilometers south of Srinagar. "The rebels had hurled the grenade at Kashmir Junior Home Abdul Rehman Veeri's car but it fell short of the target. The minister was not even travelling in the car at the time of the attack," said a police spokesman. "Three security personnel from the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force and eight civilians were wounded by the grenade explosion," he added.
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