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17 killed in Afghan blast
Seventeen civilians, including children, were killed and around 30 others wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up near a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) convoy in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, police said. Soldiers with NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were also wounded in the attack, some of them seriously, an ISAF spokesman said.

The bomber was on foot and blew himself up as a convoy of ISAF troops were passing through a bazaar in the town of Dehrawood in the southern province of Uruzgan, provincial police chief General Mohammad Qasem said. “There was a suicide bombing. Seventeen people, all of them civilians, have been killed and around 30 others were injured,” he told said. Some of the dead were schoolchildren, he said.

ISAF said that it was most likely a suicide attack. “There are ISAF and civilian casualties,” spokesman Major John Thomas said in Kabul, adding that the ISAF soldiers were badly wounded.

A spokeswoman for the NATO-led force in Kabul said that six Afghan civilians were killed and 13 wounded. Seven soldiers from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were also hurt, she said.

“This is an indiscriminate use of a Taliban extremist bombings, which have killed and injured both civilians and soldiers,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Mike Smith, the ISAF spokesman in the south.

The NATO-led force did not give out the nationalities of its casualties and would not confirm that the blast was in Uruzgan, where most ISAF troops are Australian or Dutch. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the extremist Taliban movement, which is waging an insurgency backed by Al-Qaeda, has carried out similar attacks.

Tuesday’s was the deadliest suicide attack since the one in Kabul on June 17 that killed 35 people, most of whom were police trainers.

Separately, a soldier with the US-led coalition in Afghanistan died of wounds suffered earlier in a shooting on a military base in the west of the country, the force said Tuesday. The shooting was in Guzara district in the Herat province, the same area where two Afghan soldiers were killed and several other troops were wounded when another opened fire on a military base on Monday. “An investigation into the events surrounding the soldier’s death is being conducted,” the coalition said in a statement. A military official who wished to remain unnamed said that two US advisers were also wounded in the latest shooting.

Taliban insurgents have increased the number of suicide attacks against the nearly 50,000 foreign troops in Afghanistan this year after suffering heavy casualties in conventional attacks. Some 6,000 people have been killed, including 1,500 civilians, in Afghanistan in the last 18 months.
Posted by: Fred || 07/11/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Maybe I have been living in a cave but since when do we have a NATO led presence in Afghanistan AND a US-led coalition in Afghanistan?
Posted by: Jack is Back! || 07/11/2007 10:39 Comments || Top||

Africa Horn
Gun battle kills five in southern Somalia
(SomaliNet) A new flareup of fighting between Somalia government troops and militia loyal to former ruler in lower Shabelle region, south of Somalia left five people dead and six others wounded on Monday, local residents said this morning.

Eyewitnesses in Shalanbod town, 10 km away from the coastal Marka city, the provincial capital of lower Shabelle region told Somalinet by telephone this morning that the fighting started yesterday in the town between the newly arrived government forces and militia loyal former administration in the region. “The fighting lasted many hours till last night in Shalanbod where the warring sides exchanged heavy weaponry.
"Hey, how'dya like a howitzer?"
"Gee thanks. Here, take a mortar."
"Don't mind if I do."
Government soldiers took control of the town and there is still a war tension in the area,” said Osman Mayow a local resident. The gun battle has stopped this morning despite sporadic gun fire that could be heard near the town. The fighting has had an impact on the inhabitants in Shalanbod.

Meanwhile, one civilian was killed and two others were wounded in a skirmish in Marka city this morning between the government soldiers and armed militiamen.
Posted by: Fred || 07/11/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:

Somalia: blasts kill civilians at Bakara market
(SomaliNet) Four separate bombs exploded in Mogadishu’s Bakara market killing at least two persons and wounding seven others some of them policemen. Government soldiers involving in the major security operations are target for bomb attacks carried out by the opposition groups. “As I was harrying to work place, a bomb exploded outside the Abu-Hureyra mosque inside Bakara market, it was a huge blast caused by a hand grenade bomb thrown by unknown person who sneaked through the public,” said Amino Mohamed.

A number of government policemen have been injured in the first blast while three other explosions rocked the market. Medical sources say that the injured policemen were taken to Medina hospital. The government soldiers did not open fire today as they used to make when bomb explodes.

Dozens of civilians have been killed and hundreds more were wounded in Mogadishu since the interim government began the search operations a week ago.
Posted by: Fred || 07/11/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under: Islamic Courts

#1  What is it with Muslims and markets? They're always blowing the places up. Did some merchant put his thumb on the scale when he sold Mohammed a pound of dates way back when, and now they have a religious vendetta going on?
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/11/2007 7:25 Comments || Top||

#2  Mogadishu is too primitive to have airliners, subways, skyscrapers or night clubs. So open air markets will have to do.

If I may suggest an alternative for islamic bombers. The local mosque has the largest, most densely packed crowds. Explode yourselves over there and maximize the bodycount per explosive yield. Allah gives extra virgins for that.
Posted by: ed || 07/11/2007 7:52 Comments || Top||

Police commander wounded in Mogadishu
(SomaliNet) Five government soldiers including the commander of the police station in Dharkenley district, southwest of the capital were wounded in a bomb explosion which occurred in the settlement overnight, sources say on Tuesday.

A bomb was hurled at a car carrying the police station commander and a number of his security guards as they were patrolling near Macmacanka tea-shops in Dharkenley district, according to the district commissioner Abdulahi Moalim. “The injury of the commander was not serious and now he is in hospital, we will find those who were behind the attack,” said Moalim. The security forces reached the area of the blast and began investigations to find the attacker.

Meanwhile, around 8:00pm local time last night two explosions happened in Bulo-Hubey area near the main airport of Mogadishu. Residents told Somalinet that the target of the blast seemed to be on the Ethiopian soldiers who yesterday searched several houses and found weapons. There is no immediate casualty on the Ethiopians.

Early this morning the Ethiopian forces raided a mosque near the area of the last night’s explosion arresting several worshipers.
Posted by: Fred || 07/11/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under: Islamic Courts

Africa North
Suicide attack in Algeria kills eight
A suicide bombing Wednesday killed eight people outside an army barracks in a town southeast of Algiers, security sources said. Witnesses said a suicide bomber drove a vehicle at high speed into the barracks in Lakhdaria.
Posted by: ed || 07/11/2007 06:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa

#1  In Iraq we shoot speeders who do not immediately obey commands to slow down. Bet Algeria will now too. In the US we punish cops who shoot speeders, or even just their tires.
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/11/2007 7:27 Comments || Top||

Morocco holds 15 Qaeda suspects
Moroccan police have detained 15 Al Qaeda suspected members who were plotting to blow up sensitive targets in the North African country, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The main Arabic daily Al Massa, quoting security sources, said four of the 15 suspects came from Al Qaeda’s base in Algeria and had sneaked into Morocco to prepare “dangerous and sophisticated” terror attacks. Morocco, citing an intelligence warning of an imminent attack, last week raised its security alert to the highest level and deployed more than 5,000 police and paramilitary gendarmes to guard strategic points.

Assabah, another Arabic daily, said separately that a Moroccan anti-terrorist police squad had arrested three Al Qaeda suspects who were preparing bomb attacks in Morocco. The newspaper said the three were detained after a French intelligence tip-off that they intended to link up with other Al Qaeda members from Algeria and Mauritania and carry out attacks in Morocco. Asked to comment, an Interior Ministry official said: “We are only aware of the arrest of 13 Syrians who came from Algeria illegally to try to reach Spain. They are illegal migrants”.
Posted by: Fred || 07/11/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa

Rab arrests 'JMB man' bullet-hit during raid
An alleged activist of outlawed Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) yesterday received bullet injuries during a raid by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at a house in the city's Mirpur area and was later arrested along with his wife.

Rab also seized a pistol, several bullets during a two-hour raid at the house on the ground floor of a three-storey building in Block-E, Road no 1, Mirpur-1.

The elite force identified the bullet-hit JMB suspect as Shakhawat, but the name of his wife could not be known. The owner of the house said Shakhawat and Saiful rented the house on May 1, identifying themselves as cousins.

Local said they heard sounds of two gunshots from the house and saw a bullet-injured person was being taken away from there.

Rab officials from Mymensingh and Dhaka jointly conducted the raid at 9:45am following information extracted from Saiful, who was arrested for killing Rafiqul Islam, a madrasa teacher, in Muktagachha, on Monday.

Three criminals, including Saiful and Sagor, gunned down Rafiqul while he was going to the madrasa at Dullachandi in Muktagachha from his house in Binnakuri on Monday morning. Local caught Saiful and Sagor and handed them over to Rab.
Posted by: Fred || 07/11/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh

#1  saw a bullet-injured person
I love the not quite right english of Crossfire(tm) stories. How many rounds of bullet were used?

raid at 9:45am following information extracted from Saiful, who was arrested

That was quick. bet it was painful,too.
Posted by: N Guard || 07/11/2007 0:13 Comments || Top||

2 JMB militants get 10 years in jug in Sylhet
A speedy trial court here yesterday sentenced two Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) militants to 10 years rigorous imprisonment (RI) each in the August 17 serial blasts case. Mohsin Khan, 27, son of Late Rusmot Ali of Kaziatal village in Muradnagar upazila and Abdul Hye, 27, son of Late Abdul Malek of Asadnagar village of Bhrahmanpara upazila in Comilla, were convicted for their active participation in exploding bombs at six spots here on August 17, 2005.

The two were teachers of Sengram Dakhil Madrassa in Jaintapur upazila. While pronouncing the verdict, Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal Judge Biplob Goswami also fined each of them Tk 5,000, in default, to suffer one year more RI.

Earlier, the convicts admitted their complicity with the incident of serial blasts before the District Judge's Court here. Kotwali police sub-inspector (SI) Chand Miah submitted charge-sheet before the magistrate's court on November 17, 2005. Police also submitted a supplementary charge sheet on January 16, 2006. Examining all records and witnesses, the court pronounced the judgement under Section 3 of Explosives Act.

The two convicts along with another accused will be produced before Speedy Trial Tribunal as trial of two more cases in connection with August 17 serial blasts will begin in the same court on July15 and 16, court sources said. Trials of all the cases in connection with the August 17 blasts are likely to be completed by August this year, court sources informed.
Posted by: Fred || 07/11/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh

Glasgow attack suspect 'dying'
Not sure if this is good or bad news. On the one hand, it's nice that he is dying, but on the other hand, it would be much nicer if he took much longer to die in agony.
A suspect in the failed terror attack on Scotland's busiest airport was unlikely to survive his severe burn injuries, a doctor who treated him said Tuesday.

Khalid Ahmed, 27, is in a Scottish hospital with burns suffered after allegedly crashing a Jeep Cherokee into the Glasgow airport a day after police found two unexploded car bombs in central London.

"The prognosis is not good and he is not likely to survive," a member of the medical team that treated him at the Royal Alexandra Hospital near Glasgow said on condition of anonymity because details about patients' condition are not to be made public.

"He has third-degree burns over most of his torso and limbs. It is beyond repair and because he has lost so much skin he is now vulnerable to infection and won't be able to fight it."
Posted by: tipper || 07/11/2007 10:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under: al-Tawhid

#1  What about the damage to his balls?
Posted by: Chuck Simmins || 07/11/2007 11:02 Comments || Top||

#2  The examining doc couldn't find 'em.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 07/11/2007 11:05 Comments || Top||

#3  Breaking news -- roasted nuts found on Smeaton's shoe
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 07/11/2007 11:12 Comments || Top||

#4  We had this yeaterday, but I'm perfectly willing to take even more shots at him...
Posted by: tu3031 || 07/11/2007 11:41 Comments || Top||

#5  Still reading "zero," Fred.
Posted by: Mike || 07/11/2007 11:48 Comments || Top||

#6  Anything I can do to help?
Posted by: Steven || 07/11/2007 12:26 Comments || Top||

#7  Just a small taste of things to come in this man's future.
Posted by: newc || 07/11/2007 12:40 Comments || Top||

#8  > Anything I can do to help?

Blow bacteria into his room (necrotizing fasciitis) please.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/11/2007 12:41 Comments || Top||

#9  allegedly crashing a Jeep Cherokee into the Glasgow airport

So they're alleged burns, too? Let me know when he allegedly dies.
Posted by: Bobby || 07/11/2007 12:42 Comments || Top||

#10  Notice: the hand sanitizer is haram.
Posted by: Seafarious || 07/11/2007 12:52 Comments || Top||

#11  Let's see...slather him in pig grease, then put him in a crow's cage outside the airport so people can poke him with sticks.

Too bad all the old fun punishments are gone.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 07/11/2007 13:49 Comments || Top||

#12  And the worst for him was the burnt pigmeat odor afterward. Will his muslim Dignity ever recover? doubtful.
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 07/11/2007 14:01 Comments || Top||

#13  Some thoughts...when he dies the brave lions of Islam will confer martyrdom upon him; but they also have the ..."he was denied proper care, he was murdered by the infidel doctors, he was tortured for information during his last hours, etc., etc., etc. ad nauseum"... Sooooo, lets' just off the slimeball and be done with it.
Posted by: WolfDog || 07/11/2007 14:04 Comments || Top||

#14  A lingering miserable agonisitc death for one who sought to kill so many in an instant is merely poetic justice. This cretin specifically timed his attack to coincide with the greatest headcount of parents and their children at Glasgow's air terminal. This rectal cavity cannot die slowly enough. The 9-11 atrocities erased any shred of humanity I might feel for Islamic terrorists. Each one of them should perish in the same fashion as Khalid Ahmed but without any painkillers. For these religious fanatics who are so joyous about slaughtering innocents in such abundance an excruciatingly drawn out demise comes nowhere near cruel and unusual punishment.
Posted by: Zenster || 07/11/2007 14:05 Comments || Top||

#15  Does this hurt?
How about this?
Posted by: eLarson || 07/11/2007 14:13 Comments || Top||

#16  Nice to know he got a haymaker off a weegie afore he departed.
Posted by: Howard UK || 07/11/2007 15:19 Comments || Top||

#17  I'd suggest packing his wounds in salt...but that might stop the infections from setting in.

How about vinegar?
Posted by: AlanC || 07/11/2007 15:58 Comments || Top||


Ha ha ha Khalid... Ain't no virgins here my boy... But the roasting you got was but a foretaste... Besides them virgins ain't gonna do you much good, I see something already got burned off... He he he.... And without that you might consider a burqua, so no one gets the wrong idea...
Posted by: Tell D Truth || 07/11/2007 16:58 Comments || Top||

#19  Our Florida Black Vultures don't wait for something to die before starting. Then down in Miami a patient in the ICU was attacked by fire ants. My vote is with the fire ants, so much protein so little time!
Posted by: bruce || 07/11/2007 17:53 Comments || Top||

#20  Serious question. Isn't using pigskin for grafts part of burn treatment?
Posted by: tu3031 || 07/11/2007 20:16 Comments || Top||

#21  Ya mean ta say that we could toss him around on the gridiron afterwards?
Posted by: Zenster || 07/11/2007 20:32 Comments || Top||

#22  allegedly.
Posted by: WTF || 07/11/2007 20:37 Comments || Top||

#23  Maybe we could kick him around the gridiron...
Posted by: tu3031 || 07/11/2007 20:44 Comments || Top||

#24  Let's see...slather him in pig grease

Hell no. First, that's a horrific use of good lard. Second, it would keep the burns germ-free and might ease the pain a little.

Just wrap him TIGHTLY in dirty sheets soaked in lemon juice.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 07/11/2007 20:49 Comments || Top||

#25  Just wrap him TIGHTLY in dirty sheets soaked in lemon juice.

RC, your reliability should be an inspiration to us all.
Posted by: Zenster || 07/11/2007 21:40 Comments || Top||

#26  "The prognosis is not good"

Depend on your point of view.

"and he is not likely to survive"

And the downside is....?
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 07/11/2007 22:08 Comments || Top||

London bomb plotters jailed for life
Four men convicted of a conspiracy to bomb London's public transport system in July 2005 were jailed for life on Wednesday, with the judge setting them a minimum term of 40 years. The four -- Muktar Said Ibrahim, Yassin Omar, Ramzi Mohammed, and Hussain Osman -- were found guilty Monday over a failed bid to set off four bombs in London on July 21, 2005, two weeks after suicide bombings which killed 56.
Posted by: ed || 07/11/2007 06:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Britain

#1  Sigh.

Get used to your concrete steel bars boys and count your moon god stars that you aren't in Texas.
Posted by: Icerigger || 07/11/2007 6:59 Comments || Top||

#2  I think the citizens of Texas would be more than happy to relieve England's prison overcrowding by taking their jihadis into Huntsville's prisoner population, as short a stay as it may be. Guantanamo inmates also welcome.
Posted by: ed || 07/11/2007 7:15 Comments || Top||

#3  I thought capital punishment was not legal in Mexico - they still have it in the northern provinces (Texas, New Mexico, Arizona & California)?
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/11/2007 7:29 Comments || Top||

#4  "minimum term of 40 years"? that's not a life term. Most likely they will serve much less.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 07/11/2007 10:00 Comments || Top||

#5  Just make sure they don't have their devil book and do not let them spread their psuedo-religious poison among the other prisoners.
Posted by: treo || 07/11/2007 10:10 Comments || Top||

#6  Her Majesty's Inspector of Prisons will make sure that they have 3 squares a day, TV, library, expert counselling and lots of exercise. This will be more country club than punishment. I'll bet they are on the internet now reading Rantburg and laughing into their merlot.
Posted by: Jack is Back! || 07/11/2007 10:46 Comments || Top||

#7  A firing squad would work better. Citizens wouldn't have to pay for these terrorists for the rest of their lives and all the niceties they want. This would also send a strong message that we will not tolerate such "crapulence" (Zenster trademark) from the likes of islam anymore.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/11/2007 10:52 Comments || Top||

#8  A firing squad would make money! You could auction to right to be part of executing the mother fuckers.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/11/2007 13:16 Comments || Top||

#9  HD&Q.
Posted by: Howard UK || 07/11/2007 15:38 Comments || Top||

No Verdict on Two 21/7 Would-Be Bombers
A jury of nine women and three men sitting at Woolwich Crown Court in south London yesterday failed to reach a verdict on the remaining two 21/7 terror suspects — Manfo Kwaku Asiedu, 33, and Adel Yahya, 24, who could either face a retrial or be released without further charges.

The trial judge, Justice Fulford gave crown prosecutors until today to decide whether Asiedu and Yahya would face a retrial. He ordered that the two remaining defendants be remanded to custody but accepted that a bail application on behalf of Yahya may be made later.

Asiedu was accused of being the “fifth” bomber targeting White City station but who subsequently got cold feet and abandoned his bomb in bushes at Little Wormwood Scrubs. He insisted the bombs were real, but that he was duped into carrying them.

Crown prosecutor, Nigel Sweeney QC, claimed Yahya of High Road, Tottenham, north London, was part of the “inner circle” of bombers and accused him of playing an important behind-the-scenes planning and logistics role. Yahya denied all knowledge of the conspiracy.
Posted by: Fred || 07/11/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Britain

#1  Disgusting! Their defense is: we never intended to let off the bombs; we just wanted to protest treatment of Muslims. The BBC should be knocked down about 10 notches for indoctrinating idiots to believe that crap. When German leftist jury holdouts were nullifying fact in that country's courts, jury trials were limited. That can happen in UK. In 2002, a law was passed that ended universal protection from self-incrimination. The reform process ain't over.
Posted by: McZoid || 07/11/2007 4:55 Comments || Top||

Indian police stall Dr. Haneef probe
Indian police have refused to co-operate with the Australian Federal Police (AFP) investigation into the background of arrested Gold Coast doctor Mohammed Haneef.

An AFP officer arrived in India at the weekend to begin examining Dr Haneef's local connections.

But India's Criminal Investigation Bureau says it will not share information with the Australian officer until he presents an Australian court-issued document relating to the case.

The investigation is now at a halt until the paperwork is processed.

Defence Minister Brendan Nelson, who is on a visit to India, says Australia and India need to improve ties on conducting criminal investigations.

Meanwhile in Australia, Federal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock says Dr Haneef will be able to resume his life "free of any taint" if he is eventually freed without charge.

The Indian national was detained last week as part of investigations into the failed UK car bomb plots.

Yesterday Australian Federal Police (AFP) sought a third custody extension, but legal argument and procedural matters took up most of the day and the hearing was adjourned until Friday.

Mr Ruddock says the police request for more time to detain Dr Haneef will be considered when the hearing resumes.

"We are a society where people are frequently charged and it's thought that there is sufficient evidence that people have a case to answer, but if they're found not guilty, then the presumption of innocence until proven guilty applies and people are able to resume their lives, free of any taint," he said.

"When you have to deal with authorities abroad .. they're talking to law enforcement authorities in the United Kingdom and as I understand it in India ... that liaison over different time zones is a factor that needs to be taken into account.

"And the reasonableness of any request is to be determined by a judicial officer."

Questions over magistrate

The legal wrangle over Dr Haneef's on-going detention has now reportedly embroiled the Brisbane magistrate hearing his case.

It is understood Dr Haneef's lawyer Peter Russo has asked for the un-named magistrate to disqualify himself on the grounds of possible bias.

Mr Russo would not elaborate, but is remaining optimistic.

"We are making headway," he said. "Part of the application was this legal argument which we have done now."

Police 'desperate'?

Meanwhile a justice expert from the Australian National University says it appears that the AFP are becoming desperate in their attempt to charge Dr Haneef.

Dr Brett Bowden from the Centre for International Governance and Justice says it looks like police are struggling to find a concrete link between Dr Haneef and the attacks in London and Glasgow.

"Whether it's a sign that they actually don't have anything or they're just trying to gather more, to get some concrete links to the failed terrorist attacks in London and Glasgow [I do not know]," he said.

"I fear that nine days without charge may mean that they don't actually have anything.

"Nine days seems an awful long time to be honest.

"As I understand it, the police have gone back to his apartment to gather more forensic evidence.

"Whether that means they didn't do a thorough enough job the first time around, or that they're getting desperate, you'd hope that if they'd found something to charge him with they would've done it by now."
Posted by: Oztralian || 07/11/2007 18:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6498 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Defence Minister Brendan Nelson, who is on a visit to India, says Australia and India need to improve ties on conducting criminal investigations.

Ya think? This guy shouldn't walk away from this ever. If his friends and support network dig deep into India's ongoing cases that's a fair point.
India has to watch their own cases and procedures

But if you let him walk you are guaranteed to have people work outside India to bring him to justice, screwing up your cases with no say
Might as well do both rather than neither
Posted by: Bad Left Eye || 07/11/2007 23:35 Comments || Top||

Report: U.S. Aborted Raid on Al Qaeda Leaders in Pakistan in 2005
A top-secret operation in early 2005 meant to "snatch and grab" top Al Qaeda members in Pakistan was aborted at the last second when former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld decided the raid was too risky, according to The New York Times.

Intelligence officials were targeting a meeting that they thought included Al Qaeda No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri, the man believed to run much of the terrorist group’s operations, a former senior intelligence official involved in the mission told the Times.

But Rumsfeld called off the operation after deciding it had become too risky in terms of American lives and relations with Pakistan. Rumsfeld was apparently concerned with Pakistan's ban on the U.S. military operating in its tribal areas and the rift the mission could cause.

The raid had started off as a small number of military and CIA personnel but before launch ended up including several hundred people, according to the report. Then director of the CIA, Porter Goss, appealed to Rumsfeld to carry out the operation, but was rejected, the Times reported

Click here to read the full New York Times report.

Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 07/11/2007 12:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

#1  This is several days late and probably a bit exaggerated seeing as it was in the NYSlimes. Andy McCarthy (I think) of NRO ripped this apart the other day.
Posted by: Tibor || 07/11/2007 19:55 Comments || Top||

#2  Here's Tibor's link. link Mr. McCarthy is highly indignant.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/11/2007 22:11 Comments || Top||

Mullah Khalil in custody
The government on Tuesday took Maulana Fazlur Rehman Khalil, chief of the banned Harkatul Mujahideen, into protective custody after the death of Abdur Rashid Ghazi, sources told Daily Times. “Fazlur Rehman Khalil has been taken into protective custody at his residence-cum-madrassa in Islamabad in view of the security situation,” said the sources.

Khalil was a close aide of Ghazi and had played a vital role in talks between the government and the Lal Masjid administration on Monday night. The sources said that Khalil was taken into protective custody to avoid a backlash following Ghazi’s death. They said Farooq Kashmiri, another militant commander, who was called in from Azad Jammu and Kashmir two days ago, was already in the government’s custody.
This article starring:
Harkatul Mujahideen
Posted by: Fred || 07/11/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under: Harkatul Mujahideen

#1  The guy is chief of a banned group, and he's put into protective custody. Pakiwakiland in a nutshell...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/11/2007 7:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Fazalur Rehman Khalil, a militant leader who figures in India's list of 'most wanted' terrorists, was roped in by Pakistani authorities to persuade radical cleric Abdul Rashid Ghazi of Lal Masjid to give in before security forces launched a crackdown on the mosque.

Along with Jaish-e-Muhammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar and Lashker-e-Taiba founder, Hafeez Mohammed Sayed, Khalil is in the list of 'most wanted' terrorists that India has handed over to Pakistan.

Khalil was patronised by the Pakistani establishment when he was involved in militant activities in Jammu and Kashmir, but became a hot potato after 9/11. He was also one of the five signatories of Osama bin Laden's fatwa in 1998 asking Muslims across the world to kill American citizens.

He was arrested in May 2004 by the Pakistan government after he continued to defy the government and send militants into Afghanistan to fight along with the Taliban. He was released subsequently for "lack of evidence".
Posted by: John Frum || 07/11/2007 15:52 Comments || Top||

SSP activist shot dead
Unidentified assailants gunned down an activist of the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) late on Monday night in the jurisdiction of Shah Qabool police station, police said. Police officer Latif told Daily Times that Hayat Khan was shot dead at around 2am outside his Nishtarabad house. He said police had registered a case on the widow’s complaint. According to police, the deceased had no previous enmity.

A few years ago, Hayat Khan was a suspect in DIG Farooq Hyder’s murder case, but was later acquitted by a court. Meanwhile, the NWFP government has tightened security in the wake of the Lal Masjid operation. Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Abdul Majeed Marwat said, “We have deployed policemen around government installations, markets and other public places.”
This article starring:
Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Abdul Majeed Marwat
DIG Farooq Hyder’s murder case
HAIAT KHANSipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan
Police officer Latif
Lal Masjid
Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan
Posted by: Fred || 07/11/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under: Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan

#1  Extry! Extry! Readallaboutit! Activist Deactivated!
Posted by: WTF || 07/11/2007 20:45 Comments || Top||

Pakistan on red alert against possible militant backlash
The federal government has declared a red alert in the country, particularly in the NWFP, for fear of a backlash following the operation against Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa, sources in the Interior Ministry told Daily Times on Tuesday.

The sources said that a crackdown on the Tehreek Nifaz-e-Shariah Muhammadi (TNSM) was on the cards since the banned organisation was involved in terrorist activities in Swat Valley, particularly attacks on military convoys.

The sources said that militants and students of various madrassas took to the streets in several parts of the NWFP and the tribal areas on Tuesday to protest against the Lal Masjid operation. The protesters stormed the offices of the political agents of Khyber and Mohmand (Upper) agencies and reportedly manhandled the political agents and tried to take them away. The Interior Ministry has directed the NWFP police to tighten security for senior government officials and religious personalities.

The sources said that the Interior Ministry had directed all provincial home departments to conduct siege and search operations against suspected militants who may carry out suicide attacks in retaliation to the Lal Masjid operation. The NWFP police has beefed up security around mosques, madrassas, imambargahs and foreign missions and police patrolling has been increased on all major highways.

Meanwhile, the sources said that some workers of international humanitarian organisations carrying out relief activities in Swat, Batagram and Balakot had been either beaten up or kidnapped by madrassa students. They said that TNSM activists backed by Maulana Fazlullah may be involved in the attack.

In Batagram, hundreds of gun-wielding madrassa students and locals blocked the Karakoram Highway and fired in the air to protest against the Lal Masjid operation.
Posted by: Fred || 07/11/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under: TNSM

#1  The clerics don't have the numbers; Mushy has almost 85% public support in his attack on the Red Mosquitos.

Re the picture: what's Rage-Boy's pic tag?
Posted by: McZoid || 07/11/2007 5:01 Comments || Top||

#2  If true, then I would call it "flushing them out".

McZoid: Right click on the pic and select "properties". His mother warned him several times that if he didn't stop making that face it would freeze like that!
Posted by: gorb || 07/11/2007 5:14 Comments || Top||

#3  Shoot all militant backlashers on the spot. Repeat as necessary. Quickly. This kind of situation will resolve if you stay aggressive - but will devolve into long-term semi-anarchy if you even start to back off.
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/11/2007 7:34 Comments || Top||

#4  If Musharraf has the 85% support, he will have the necessary backing for wiping out any large groups of armed "protestors." The hands of Rage Boy and everyone around him had better be empty.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 07/11/2007 9:14 Comments || Top||

#5  some workers of international humanitarian organisations carrying out relief activities in Swat, Batagram and Balakot had been either beaten up or kidnapped by madrassa students.

Hee, hee, hee. Idiots.
Posted by: gromky || 07/11/2007 10:43 Comments || Top||

#6  If Mushy has 85% support for wiping out the nest in the red musk then why not support wiping out the center - NWF and the tribes supporting AQ, Doc and Binny? That 85% seems about as real as Saddam's 100% approval rating.
Posted by: Jack is Back! || 07/11/2007 10:57 Comments || Top||

#7  The problem is Islam. The problem has always been Islam.
Posted by: Crusader || 07/11/2007 12:16 Comments || Top||

#8  These pr*cks have a backlash against cartoons and everything else under the friggin sun.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/11/2007 17:16 Comments || Top||

Ghazi killed as commandos storm Lal Masjid
Abdul Rashid Ghazi, deputy chief cleric of Lal Masjid, was among dozens killed as Pakistan Army commandos stormed the mosque compound after a weeklong standoff with militant students. More than 50 militants and nine soldiers were killed in the 15-hour offensive, which kicked off shortly before dawn on Tuesday, said Major General Arshad Waheed, director general of ISPR, at a late night press briefing. He said 29 soldiers and many others were injured, but could not give exact figures. He did not say how many women and children were killed. Independent sources said the total death toll was likely to be much higher. Social worker Abdus Sattar Edhi told reporters that his charity had supplied 500 shrouds to the security forces.

Shortly after night fell the gunfire died down, but Ghazi’s residence had still to be swept of possible resistance, and two explosions - possibly stun grenades - were heard after midnight, Reuters reported.

Gen Arshad told AFP that troops had secured 80 percent of the complex. He said the operation was taking so long because the militants were using women and children as human shields, they were well trained and heavily armed, and because of the complex layout of the 75-room compound, which had been extensively booby-trapped. “The operation is in its last stages. There are one or two areas to be cleared,” he said.

Security forces have besieged Lal Masjid in Operation Silence since July 3. The assault was approved after last ditch talks between a delegation of ministers and clerics led by PML President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain failed to negotiate a surrender with Ghazi.

Security forces began the offensive at around 4:30am in a hail of bullets, teargas shells and stun grenades. Blasts from inside the compound could be heard throughout the day. The Interior Ministry said Ghazi had holed up in a basement bunker along with 10 diehard supporters when Special Services Group commandos ambushed the place. Ghazi and his men died in the assault. Ghazi’s ailing mother was also killed.

According to initial reports, Ghazi was killed in an explosion but later reports suggested that he died of multiple bullet wounds. The ministry claimed he was given the option to surrender but his men did not let him do so. Surviving militants fought on after Ghazi was killed at the climax of the siege.

The security forces “rescued” Umme Hassan, the principal of Jamia Hafsa and wife of its chief cleric Abdul Aziz Ghazi, and her daughter along with some 25 female students. It was not clear how many more women and children were inside. The women were shifted to the Pakistan Sports Complex for debriefing. The forces also arrested more than 90 students, including hardcore militants.

President General Pervez Musharraf had reportedly directed the forces to capture Ghazi and his men alive so that they could be interrogated for their terror links and operations. He later praised the SSG commandoes for the ‘successful operation’.

The government decided not to lift the curfew in G-6 until the completion of the operation and after combing the area for explosives. Police sealed off the capital early on Tuesday morning and nobody was allowed to enter the city until 10am.
Posted by: Fred || 07/11/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6518 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Muzzie Ghazi was a mullah
Muzzie Ghazi preached jihad bullah
Muzzie Ghazi wasn’t very savvy was he?
Posted by: Zenster || 07/11/2007 0:32 Comments || Top||

#2  His fleas are wearing tiny black armbands and observing a day of mourning.
Posted by: Seafarious || 07/11/2007 0:34 Comments || Top||

#3  The worms will curse us for sending them such a rotten meal.
Posted by: Cluper Lumumba3694 || 07/11/2007 4:22 Comments || Top||

#4  Allahu akbar!
Posted by: gorb || 07/11/2007 5:15 Comments || Top||

#5  Ghazi was killed in an explosion but later reports suggested that he died of multiple bullet wounds

I'm guess he died of fear knowing the whole Islam thingy is a pile of garbage.
Posted by: Icerigger || 07/11/2007 7:20 Comments || Top||

#6  "I surrender!"
"No, you don't"
Posted by: Frank G || 07/11/2007 8:42 Comments || Top||

#7  Ghazi, we hardly knew ye.
Posted by: wxjames || 07/11/2007 10:18 Comments || Top||

#8  Chalk one up for Perv and the Pak Army. I didn't know they had it in them. Hope they don't stop now because there's plenty more where Ghazi came from.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 07/11/2007 11:29 Comments || Top||

#9  there's plenty more where Ghazi came from.

That's the problem, Ebbang Uluque6305 . Just as with China's execution of Food Minister Zheng, Ghazi's abrupt departure is merely window dressing designed solely to appease the West. The rot in Pakistan goes so deep that only a dedicated campaign of leveling all the madrassahs would have the least effect. Musharraf simply does not have the courage for this and neither would Pakistan's population countenance such an act.

All of this leads me to suspect that Pakistan has some extremely "interesting times" in its future.
Posted by: Zenster || 07/11/2007 15:48 Comments || Top||

Iraq police seize 200 explosive belts on Syrian border
Iraqi security forces seized 200 explosive belts Wednesday along the Syrian border, Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Abdul-Karim Khalaf said. The belts were found during a search of a truck that had crossed into Iraq from Syria at the Waleed border station. Khalaf said the driver was detained but he would not give his name or nationality.

U.S. military spokesman Brig. Gen. Kevin Bergner told reporters that 60 to 80 foreign fighters enter Iraq "in any given month" — 70 percent of them through Syria. He said up to 90 percent of the suicide attacks in Iraq were carried out by "foreign-born al-Qaida terrorists." He cited the July 1 suicide attack that collapsed part of a major bridge across the Euphrates River north of Ramadi. A second bomber was supposed to have attacked the bridge but backed out and was captured, Bergner said.

The surviving attacker told interrogators he had been recruited by al-Qaida in his home country, flown to Syria and smuggled across the border to Ramadi, where he stayed for about 10 days before the attack. Bergner would not give the would-be attacker's nationality, but other military officials said he was a Saudi. They spoke on condition of anonymity.

A number of private security analysts have questioned the U.S. military's emphasis on al-Qaida in Iraq, but Bergner insisted that al-Qaida in Iraq and its allies were the main focus because they were the "main accelerant in sectarian violence and the greatest source of these spectacular" suicide attacks "that are killing Iraqis in such large numbers."

U.S. officials say that violence in Anbar province, long the focal point of the Sunni insurgency, dropped by 50 percent after local Sunni tribes joined U.S. and Iraqi forces in fighting al-Qaida last year. That has led to a series of reprisal attacks by al-Qaida against Sunnis in Anbar and elsewhere who have abandoned the insurgency. On Wednesday, insurgents drove to a house in the Anbar town of Karmah, locked the occupants inside, and blew up the house, Iraqi police and U.S. military officials said. Eleven people were killed. The house was owned by a member of the Provincial Security Forces organized to protect towns and villages against extremists, the U.S. military said.
Iraqis betting their lives, their fortunes, and their entire families -- never mind their sacred honour -- that we will stand with them.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/11/2007 18:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6502 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Syria needs to get in line behind Iran and Pakistan for its turn on the ass-kicking machine.
Posted by: Zenster || 07/11/2007 19:56 Comments || Top||

#2  The main problem is that there are way too many candidates well deserving of an ass-kicking, and not enough determined and dedicated ass-kickers available.
Posted by: Snorong Bonaparte3451 || 07/11/2007 22:23 Comments || Top||

#3  The main problem is that there are way too many candidates well deserving of an ass-kicking, and not enough determined and dedicated ass-kickers available.
Posted by: Snorong Bonaparte3451 || 07/11/2007 22:24 Comments || Top||

#4  The main problem is that there are way too many candidates well deserving of an ass-kicking, and not enough determined and dedicated ass-kickers available.
Posted by: Snorong Bonaparte3451 || 07/11/2007 22:24 Comments || Top||

#5  The main problem is that there are way too many candidates well deserving of an ass-kicking, and not enough determined and dedicated ass-kickers available.
Posted by: Snorong Bonaparte3451 || 07/11/2007 22:25 Comments || Top||

#6  The main problem is that there are way too many candidates well deserving of an ass-kicking, and not enough determined and dedicated ass-kickers available.
Posted by: Snorong Bonaparte3451 || 07/11/2007 22:26 Comments || Top||

#7  The main problem is that there are way too many candidates well deserving of an ass-kicking, and not enough determined and dedicated ass-kickers available.
Posted by: Snorong Bonaparte3451 || 07/11/2007 22:26 Comments || Top||

#8  The main problem is that there are way too many candidates well deserving of an ass-kicking, and not enough determined and dedicated ass-kickers available.
Posted by: Snorong Bonaparte3451 || 07/11/2007 22:26 Comments || Top||

#9  The main problem is that there are way too many candidates well deserving of an ass-kicking, and not enough determined and dedicated ass-kickers available.
Posted by: Snorong Bonaparte3451 || 07/11/2007 22:26 Comments || Top||

#10  The main problem is that there are way too many candidates well deserving of an ass-kicking, and not enough determined and dedicated ass-kickers available.
Posted by: Snorong Bonaparte3451 || 07/11/2007 22:26 Comments || Top||

#11  The main problem is that there are way too many candidates well deserving of an ass-kicking, and not enough determined and dedicated ass-kickers available.
Posted by: Snorong Bonaparte3451 || 07/11/2007 22:30 Comments || Top||

#12  Well you've certainly made your point.
Posted by: jds || 07/11/2007 22:34 Comments || Top||

#13  You sure about that, SB? ;-p
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 07/11/2007 22:37 Comments || Top||

#14  It's true I wanted to emphasize a point, but I think what showed more was my inexperience with the Internet control settings. Sorry for the waste of good bandwidth, but I have it fixed now. Now we return you back to the ass-kicking channel.
Posted by: Snorong Bonaparte3451 || 07/11/2007 22:46 Comments || Top||

#15  A nine point repeat post. I do believe that this sets a heretofore unprecedented all time Rantburg Record™.
Posted by: Zenster || 07/11/2007 22:49 Comments || Top||

#16  Forgive my obvious oversight. A TEN point repost. My Boggle crashed amidst such bombardment.
Posted by: Zenster || 07/11/2007 22:52 Comments || Top||

#17  Well, if you're going to screw up, you might as well go for the record, I say.

As far as the belts are concerned, can't they just be returned to the senders? Maybe the truck with the belts can be delivered from 20,000 feet to the Presidential Palace in Damascus, just to let them know we care. Anything else would be a waste of good explosives.
Posted by: Snorong Bonaparte3451 || 07/11/2007 23:02 Comments || Top||

Al-Qaeda 'kills, wounds' 4000 in six months
AL-QAEDA in Iraq killed or wounded more than 4000 Iraqis in suicide attacks in the past six months, US military spokesman Brigadier General Kevin Bergner said today.

Bergner said most of these attacks were carried out by foreign-born “terrorists” and that while their numbers are “relatively small ... their effects are very, very devastating on the people of Iraq.”

He said that around 60 to 80 foreigners are brought to Iraq every month by al-Qaeda in Iraq, a local militant group that sprang up in the wake of the US-led invasion of March 2003 and professes allegiance to the global Jihadi front.

“They are the principal threat in a complex security environment. al-Qaeda is the principal destability factor targeting the Government of Iraq,” Brig-Gen Bergner said, in a weekly briefing largely dedicated to the al-Qaeda threat.

He said US-led coalition forces continued to target the group's strongholds across Iraq and that they had “killed or captured 26 high-level leaders during May and June”.
Posted by: tipper || 07/11/2007 12:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Iraq

#1  i guess it 9is bushs' fault though
Posted by: sinse || 07/11/2007 14:23 Comments || Top||

#2  The spokesman should have emphasized that the al-Q were killing Muslims. That the only people they can kill are helpless and innocent Muslim women and children.

That would go over real well.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 07/11/2007 17:44 Comments || Top||

Michael Yon: Al Qaida on the run in Baqabah
. . . Al Qaeda’s ultimate failure in much of Anbar and now in parts of Diyala relates back to one of the pillars of success—or failure—in this war: Values. People who understand how to tamp down this war realize the critical pillar that values can play into success or failure in counterinsurgency, or COIN. . . .

The focus on al Qaeda makes sense here, where local officials have gone on record acknowledging that most of the perhaps one thousand al Qaeda fighters in Baqubah were young men and boys who called the city home. This may clash with the perception in US and other media that only a small percentage of the enemy in Iraq is al Qaeda, which in turn leads to false conclusions that the massive offensive campaign underway across Iraq is a lot of shock and awe aimed at a straw enemy. But as more Sunni tribal leaders renounce former ties with al Qaeda, it’s becoming clearer just how heavily AQ relied on local talent, and how disruptive they have been here in fomenting the civil war.

Al Qaeda’s recruiting efforts in Baqubah were not much different than what they used in Mosul as 2004 changed into 2005 and Iraq’s first elections loomed. (I was in Baqubah at that time.) I wrote about how thugs and gangs and fugitive fundamentalists on the run from Fallujah flooded into Mosul and murdered people by the hundreds. Al Qaeda had excellent publicity and media teams and a sales pitch that worked effectively for a long time. But the reason for Zawahiri’s recent desperate recruiting drive is the fact that AQ values in action have turned local people against them. We are not always fighting AQ on the battlefield because they can be so difficult to find, but month by month, year by year, we can destroy them on the moral battlefield; they are savages and most people can see it.

Over here, the fact of al Qaeda murdering children is just that: it’s a fact. How they chose to commit the murders is a variable that changes from incident to incident. I’ve written often about how Iraqis, as a rule, love and greatly value their children. This makes the children especially vulnerable as targets for terrorists. That is a brutal fact.

Al Qaeda drinks and uses drugs here. This is not propaganda. This is not even news, it’s a fact that I wrote about back in 2005. Zarqawi, the now-dead former leader of AQI, was best known for causing the deaths of thousands or tens of thousands of Iraqis, and raping women all over the land and over in Jordan. Whether Zarqawi raped women from village to village, or one woman from each village, I do not know. But Zarqawi cultivated his image like a pro. Rape and murder were his trademarks.

The same Zawahiri who issued al Qaeda’s latest call for recruits sent a letter to Zarqawi back in 2005, warning him to stop cutting off people’s heads and broadcasting it. Zawahiri’s version of a “Values Message” cautioned Zarqawi that these grostesqueries were losing al Qaeda the support of Muslims. He was right. Al Qaeda is no longer welcome in Baqubah.

Much more, including a video interview with an "insurgent" who's now on our side, at the link.
Posted by: Mike || 07/11/2007 11:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Iraq

#1  So where are they running to?
Posted by: tu3031 || 07/11/2007 13:39 Comments || Top||

#2  I guess we are going to have a semantic problem with ex-insurgents who are now on the Coalition side (as opposed to ex-insurgents who are dead or ex-insurgents who have opted out of the fighting altogether).

The BBC and al-guardian will probably refer to them as "'former' insurgents" or something similar.

I'd be inclined to go with acronyms.

FICAs = former insurgents now coorporating with the Allied coalition.
Posted by: mhw || 07/11/2007 13:47 Comments || Top||

#3  Importantly, they are losing places where they can run to, and not immediately come under attack from the locals. This really matters, because they are desperate to find some place to go to set up shop, regroup and rearm, and get their stuff together. If they have to stay on the road, they lose.

Just today they tried to force their way into a village, which looks very much like desperation.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 07/11/2007 17:48 Comments || Top||

Dupe entry: 30 Terrs Killed in Last 3 Days
July 9 - Sadr City, Baghdad: 8
July 10 - Sherween: 20
July 11 - Mosul and western Baghdad: 2
Posted by: Chuck Simmins || 07/11/2007 10:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

#1  I would be very interested in our actual estimation of how many AIF are left in country, and their breakdown. My guesses are al-Q, probably less than 1000; criminal gangs, 2000; Iranian backed groups, about 2000; Sunni and Shiite militias, maybe 3000; various & sundry others, 1000.

This is a liberal estimate, and includes those who might fight, but aren't, and those that stay in their 'hood.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 07/11/2007 11:13 Comments || Top||

#2  moose

as important as the number at any one time is the flux...

the number of new Al Q coming from the Syria side, the Saudi side, the Persian side.

the number of new Al Q recruits and rented types among the indigeous population
Posted by: mhw || 07/11/2007 11:43 Comments || Top||

U.S.-Iraqi forces retake village
U.S. and Iraqi forces drove out Sunni extremists who had attacked a remote village northeast of Baghdad, a U.S. commander said Wednesday. The militants had fled north from a U.S. offensive in the city of Baqouba, where American forces are fighting to uproot al-Qaida in Iraq fighters and other Sunni insurgents who used the area to attack nearby Baghdad, Lt. Col. Fred Johnson told The Associated Press in Baqouba.

The fighters attacked the village of Sherween, 35 miles to the northeast, on Monday, sparking a fierce battle with armed residents trying to defend their homes, according to the deputy governor of Diyala province, Auf Rahim, who received a call from residents Tuesday pleading for help from the Iraqi army. Rahim said he was told by the residents that the fighters had taken over the village in fighting that killed dozens from both sides.

A U.S. and Iraqi army force moved into the village Tuesday night and drove out the insurgents in a battle that left at least 19 extremists dead, Johnson said. He did not comment on any casualties among the coalition forces.
Rest at link.
Posted by: ed || 07/11/2007 06:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

#1  This is the kind of operation we forsee for all 2,436 American troops to remain in Iraq. They will stay on a remote, hidden base of operations until some bad buys actually do some bad things, and the good guys call for secret American back-up.

We would provide our permission in a matter of hours, except during sleeping and family-time hours, of course.
Posted by: Nancy and Harry || 07/11/2007 7:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Practically speaking, this is very good news, as it means that there are fewer and fewer places for the bad guyz to go, so that they now have to try and force their way into towns. Any opposition at all from the locals screws them over royally.

It is like what happened to the brigands when the seven samurai showed up. They brigands have to take the village, or starve.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 07/11/2007 8:58 Comments || Top||

#3  Good news indeed 'moose. The locals didn't hesitate to take up arms against the terrorists and also had enough confidence to call in support from the Iraqi Army. This exactly the kind of mindset that we need to see take root.
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 07/11/2007 9:36 Comments || Top||

#4  Good news to hear the locals fighting AQ. Great news to hear they called for help.

Send them to their makers.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/11/2007 9:58 Comments || Top||

#5  Sherween is thought to have about 5000-10000 people and a mixed shia-sunni demographic.

If this mixed ethnic town actually put up a spirited fight against a good sized unit of Al-Q, that's a good sign.

Of course that just one town.
Posted by: mhw || 07/11/2007 10:06 Comments || Top||

#6  But there's a lot more doom and gloom at the full AP article! Did ya'll miss that?
Posted by: Nancy and Harry || 07/11/2007 10:10 Comments || Top||

#7  Did we let them escape again ?
I don't read where we trapped them and got them all in the net. WTF ?
Posted by: wxjames || 07/11/2007 10:13 Comments || Top||

#8  Have to agree with wxjames on this. While it's all good news as far as it goes, unless there are extenuating facts unknown to us, we should be getting almost ALL of these guys, not "driving them out". Of course, LTC Kilcullen will chime in about how it's not important that the enemy is fleeing, since all we're trying to do is change Iraqi society, one town/hood at a time, in a few weeks (OK, a bit unfair, but the point is made), once the enemy has fled.

Perhaps we don't have the resources. But if I were in a position to do so, I'd be asking the corps commander why we didn't surround the town, then capture/kill nearly 100% of the enemy. I just wonder if anyone in the military even thinks this way - in terms of actually using our power to achieve decisive results. Yes, Virginia, there ARE decisive results in counter-insurgency situations. 100% of dead enemy no longer fight us, and 100% of Iraqis are more impressed by people being killed than being chased.
Posted by: Verlaine || 07/11/2007 14:10 Comments || Top||

#9  The press release sasy that we captured a heap of critters, too.
Posted by: Chuck Simmins || 07/11/2007 16:48 Comments || Top||

#10  wxj & Verl

100% dead is nice to think about but I don't think we have the force available to surround a village that size that fast.

Killing 20 and capturing 20 out of a force that probably didn't exceed 100, is probably better than the usual result during this op (and far better than last year's ops).
Posted by: mhw || 07/11/2007 16:48 Comments || Top||

#11  There's no way I'd go up against what Verlaine says...and he makes good points. Some bad guys did get away...and almost assuredly they were tipped off. It's the ME way of doing things. But...the folks who tipped em off weren't the ones residing in the next town ready to take up arms. We're squeezing the AQ outta their strongholds. Sooner (rather than later hopefully) more n more will start running into a not-so-welcome committee like we seen today. We don't have all the resources, and eventually it's gonna be an Iraqi show.
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 07/11/2007 22:19 Comments || Top||

#12  Jeez....I'm makin a point and still come out sounding like a but-monkey. Monday mornin' quarterbacking on a Wednesday evening...I shoulda known.
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 07/11/2007 22:21 Comments || Top||

German kidnapped in Iraq freed
A German woman who was kidnapped in Iraq has been released after 155 days in captivity, but her son is still being held hostage, Germany's foreign minister said Wednesday. Hannelore Krause, 61, and her adult son, Sinan, disappeared in Iraq on Feb. 6.
Posted by: ed || 07/11/2007 06:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

Mother Killed for Not Wearing Veil
BAGHDAD, Nissrin Muhammad, 19, an economics student, says she is desperate and does not know what to do with her two-month-old brother, Abdul-Aziz, after her mother was killed a few weeks ago for not wearing a veil.

Being the oldest daughter and with a handicapped father (he lost an arm years ago in an industrial accident), Nissrin was forced to leave college to look after her youngest brother and their home. She depends on her other two younger brothers, aged 14 and 16, to work and bring food to the family. One works as a cleaner and the other sells things in the streets. “My mother was killed leaving my infant brother without milk. I really don’t know what to do as he won’t take powdered milk and we cannot move around our neighbourhood to look for a woman who could breast-feed him.

“I stay awake all night crying because I lost my mother for such an idiotic thing.

“One day she went out to buy some stuff for him and she left him with me at home. She went out as she always used to and extremists just shot her dead in the middle of the street. According to witnesses, they were shouting that this would be the fate of all women that don’t wear a veil.

“It was a shock to my whole family. No one expected that this lovely woman would one day die for such a foolish thing, that she would lose such a beautiful life because of a piece of cloth.

“Since my mother was killed on 18 June, my father left his job as a cook in a restaurant. He just stays at home crying for my mother and drinking alcohol, things he never did before.

“The extremists have destroyed our life. My brothers and I had to stop studying, my father quit work and Abdul-Aziz is suffering from malnutrition because he won’t take powdered milk.

“I hope I can find a woman who can breast feed my brother and keep him alive. I would give him to someone to stop him dying.”
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/11/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6502 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

#1  I really don’t know what to do as he won’t take powdered milk and we cannot move around our neighbourhood to look for a woman who could breast-feed him.

If it's any consolation, I'm having same difficulty here!
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/11/2007 2:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Mother Killed for Not Wearing Veil

Look forward to this same headline appearing with ever increasing frequency in Western newspapers unless we get off our collective ass and cast down Islam into the filthy mire it is so fond of.
Posted by: Zenster || 07/11/2007 2:30 Comments || Top||

#3  Besoeker, care to elaborate?

Are you saying that you won't take powdered milk and can't find a woman that would breast-feed you? ;-)

Anyway, the yound lady's statement: I lost my mother for such an idiotic thing. indicates that she is fairly intelligent and thus I hope she'll find a way.
Posted by: twobyfour || 07/11/2007 2:35 Comments || Top||

#4  Have some respect, folks.
Posted by: Admiral Allan Ackbar || 07/11/2007 6:34 Comments || Top||

#5  Respect for?

Another victim of the desert cult or the teachings of Muhammad's OK for husbands to beat their wives rendering women one step above a plot of land?

One has to feel for the family and at the same time want to crap on the first Amnesty International and NOW punk you run into. Dhimmis embracing Islam and making this type of savage Muslim Quranic tradition palatable to idiots.
Posted by: Icerigger || 07/11/2007 7:14 Comments || Top||

#6  By the way cool handle Admiral.
Posted by: Icerigger || 07/11/2007 7:18 Comments || Top||

#7  lost my mother for such an idiotic thing

uh oh. don't let the ROP'ers hear ya say that, little lady, or you're next.
Posted by: PlanetDan || 07/11/2007 7:22 Comments || Top||

#8  A pity. Nissrin's mother sounds lke the kind of woman the middle east needs more of. But this illustrates perfectly the problem with islam. Deviate in any way from the line set by the more islamic than thou cretins and get dead very shortly.
Posted by: ed || 07/11/2007 7:45 Comments || Top||

#9  Everyone of these barbarians who hold and act on these barbaric beliefs have to be rooted out and killed wherever they are.
Posted by: Orville W. || 07/11/2007 8:04 Comments || Top||

#10  One man's misogynistic death cultist is another man's freedom fighter. For example, to Cindy Sheehan the men who did this are freedom fighters.

Time to start hanging traitors.
Posted by: Excalibur || 07/11/2007 9:00 Comments || Top||

#11  More likely that as far as Cindy Sheehan goes, this incident never happened & is just a fabrication of the war-mongers.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 07/11/2007 9:12 Comments || Top||

#12  I blame Bush
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 07/11/2007 9:31 Comments || Top||

#13  "Look forward to this same headline appearing with ever increasing frequency in Western newspapers unless we get off our collective ass and cast down Islam into the filthy mire it is so fond of."

Zenster, we can also look forward to this same headline appearing with ever increasing frequency if we leave Iraq pell-mell like the dhimmi-donks and rinos want.
Posted by: Broadhead6 || 07/11/2007 11:27 Comments || Top||

#14  "lost my mother for such an idiotic thing"

-hope she's referring to the idiocy of the terrorists and not her mom. As a westerner, dealing with mid-east thinking means being really specific in context and meaning.
Posted by: Broadhead6 || 07/11/2007 11:30 Comments || Top||

#15  The problem is Islam. The problem has always been Islam. The problem will not go away until Islam is cast upon the ash-heap of fatally flawed belief systems.
Posted by: Crusader || 07/11/2007 12:13 Comments || Top||

#16  I am looking forward to the day when the roots of islam are a glassy wasteland.
Posted by: anymouse || 07/11/2007 14:46 Comments || Top||

#17  This is our enemy!
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/11/2007 15:00 Comments || Top||

#18  "Mother Killed for Not Wearing Veil"

Proper justice would be to take the murderers, not execute them, but perform the best & most successful sex change surgery possible, then give them new identities, and drop them in the middle of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and let the religious gestapo police deal with them...

Posted by: BigEd || 07/11/2007 17:06 Comments || Top||

#19  BigEd, you left out the part about applying Tammy Faye makeup then dressing them in tube tops, mini-skirts and go-go boots.
Posted by: Zenster || 07/11/2007 17:48 Comments || Top||

#20  And dad's drinking booze. If they're not careful, the family will lose him, too!
Posted by: Shusonter Grundy3567 || 07/11/2007 23:50 Comments || Top||

Bad boyz shoot up police checkpoint; U.S. detains 29
A group of masked gunmen in a civilian car opened fire on a police checkpoint in southern Samarra at around 1pm on Tuesday and killed five policemen, police Captain Riyad Yussef said. Three policemen were also wounded, he added.

The US military said security forces had detained at least 29 suspected militants in raids in the last few days. At least 17 suspected militants were arrested on Tuesday in raids targeting the Iraqi chapter of Al-Qaeda and bombing cells in the northern city of Mosul and southern Baghdad. US and Iraqi forces had also detained 12 suspected militants linked to a rogue group of the Mahdi Army, the militia loyal to radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, accused of attacking US and Iraqi troops with explosively formed penetrators (EFPs), it said.
Posted by: Fred || 07/11/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

Three killed, 18 injured in Baghdad Green Zone attack
Three people, including a US military service member, were killed and 18 others were injured on Tuesday in a rocket and mortar attack on the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, the State Department said. The US embassy in the Iraqi capital “is currently aware of three fatalities, a US military service member, an Iraqi citizen and a third of unknown nationality,” a department statement said. “We are also aware of approximately 18 injured people, among them five US citizens, two of them service members, and three US contract employees,” it said.The statement said without giving details that “multiple rounds of indirect fire” were launched at the international zone on Tuesday afternoon. Iraqi police said that around 30 mortars and rockets were fired at the compound, which houses the Iraqi government and US embassy.
Posted by: Fred || 07/11/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

#1  The probable suspects: al-Sadrites. US troops engaged Mahdis in north Baghdad, starting Monday. In the past, mortar attacks have met with major disproportionate retaliation.
Posted by: McZoid || 07/11/2007 4:58 Comments || Top||

#2  I imagine we know where the mortar/rocket fire originated - there must be maximum counter-battery radar coverage of all potential launch sites in range of the IZ. The problem is the bad guys set up the launchers in places we can't hit back at - (occupied) schoolyards, mosques, hospitals, etc. But there's a good chance they were on camera as they loaded up their trucks and headed back to their lairs - look for reports of some nighttime visits and roll-ups in a few days. I've heard there were around 30 launches - that made for lots of chances to zero in on them.
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/11/2007 7:44 Comments || Top||

Egypt deploys at old border; Hamas whines about new border xing
Egypt has begun deploying hundreds more police to strengthen security at its border with the Gaza Strip...the sources said additional Egyptian security forces had already taken up positions along the border north of the Rafah crossing to reinforce the existing 750 border police.
and what is this really about

which is at the Gaza/Egypt border about midway between the Med and the southern Gaza border
was closed on June 9 and has remained closed since Hamas Islamist forces took over the Gaza Strip days later. The militant group opposes the move to make Kerem Shalom
about 1 mile from the Egyptian border along the south Gaza/Israel border
Palestinian sources said Hamas was opposed to opening Kerem Shalom under Egyptian and Israeli auspices because it feared this would constitute a precedent which Israel could exploit and it would allow Israel to stop much of the smuggling. The former Palestinian prime minister, Hamas' Ismail Haniyeh, said he would only agree to opening the Rafah crossing, where inspection and graft is conducted by Egyptian security forces.
Posted by: mhw || 07/11/2007 09:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Claymores every 50 feet facing Gaza. Drill holes every 1/2 mile or so...insert 50 lbs of C-4 and detonate.
Posted by: anymouse || 07/11/2007 11:30 Comments || Top||

#2  Hamas really needs that Euro money to get the bribe program running again. Time before the Egyptian containment starts to sieve or Cairo makes an order for some 'Rachel Corrie' bulldozers?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/11/2007 12:11 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Philippines: Muslim rebels behead troops
Posted by: mrp || 07/11/2007 08:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under: Moro Islamic Liberation Front

#1  Sooner or later they will have to go in and kill the MILF key leaders. The sooner they do the better.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 07/11/2007 13:57 Comments || Top||

Man killed as Thai PM visits the south
Terrorists Insurgents shot dead a villager in Narathiwat early Wednesday, just hours before Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont arrived in the province for a two-day visit. The 42-year-old man was ambushed at around 6am, when he was working in rubber plantation in Muang district. Police said he was shot several times and was killed instantly. Witnesses told police that at least two insurgents who hid themselves in nearby forest came out to attack the man when he was sapping rubber alone.

Gen Surayud and his aides planned to meet with teachers on Wednesday before heading to Yala and Pattani to assess a recent round-up of more than 300 suspected insurgents detained by soldiers and police.
Posted by: ryuge || 07/11/2007 08:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under: Thai Insurgency

Bangkok on alert after Muslim separatist warning
Police have beefed up security in Bangkok after an army intelligence report suggested separatists in the rebellious Muslim south might take their insurgency to the Thai capital, a spokesman said on Tuesday. Metropolitan police chief Lieutenant-General Adisorn Nonsee had ordered more checkpoints and patrols, especially in Muslim communities, to look for tipoffs or suspects, the spokesman said.

“The commissioner ordered every station to be vigilant for terror attacks or sabotage, especially bombs,” Police Colonel Supisarn Bhakdinarinath said. “He has told them to study details of the New Year’s Eve bombs carefully and try to stop a recurrence,” Supisarn said, referring to a series of small bombs that killed three Thais and wounded nearly 40 people, including some foreign tourists, on Dec. 31. Army chief-of-staff Montri Sangkasap said people in Bangkok should expect tighter security in places such as airports and department stores. “The public should be aware but not panic,” he told reporters. It is unclear who planted the New Year’s Eve bombs, although some police explosives experts have said the devices bore the hallmarks of the southern militants, who have waged the three-year insurgency in which more than 2,300 have been killed. Immediately after the bombs, the generals who ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in a bloodless September coup blamed Thaksin supporters.
Posted by: Fred || 07/11/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under: Thai Insurgency

Sri Lanka
Five killed as Tigers slow military advance
A roadside bomb killed five people, including Tamil Tiger insurgents, in an apparent ambush in rebel-held territory in Sri Lanka’s far north on Tuesday, Nordic truce monitors said.

The attack in Mankulam, along the island’s main north-south artery that spans government and rebel territory, is the latest in a spree of roadside bombs attacks in recent months, the vast majority of them against government troops. The unarmed Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission initially reported eight Tigers were killed. “We are hearing contradictory reports, but it seems now that five were killed,” a spokesman for the monitors said. “It was a Claymore attack.”

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam said a medical services team comprising rebel fighters and civilian medical personnel was targeted by Sri Lankan troops and that four people were killed and two injured. Military analysts say deep penetration units of soldiers are operating behind Tiger lines using guerrilla tactics to fight the insurgents on their own terms, and suggest a new chapter in a two-decade civil war will escalate further.

“It was an attack by a deep penetration unit of the Sri Lankan army,” rebel military spokesman Rasiah Ilanthiraiyan said by telephone from the northern rebel stronghold of Kilinochchi. “It was a medical unit going to attend to medical services in a village. Four were killed on the spot.” “This is not the first,” he added. “There is a cordon and search operation going on throughout the area to stop the perpetrators.” The Sri Lankan military was not immediately available for comment.

Tigers slow military advance: Tamil Tiger rebels in the east of Sri Lanka are showing stiff resistance and have slowed a military advance on a strategic jungle base, defence authorities here said Tuesday. Government spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella told reporters that the Tiger rebels were still holed up in a small area known as Thoppigala, adding that they had buried mines and were slowing the military campaign. “We have captured about 98 percent of the territory, but the balance two percent won’t be in a matter of days,” Rambukwella said, dismissing media reports that troops were about to take Thoppigala. “It may even take two years,” he said. He said the objective of the security forces was not limited to capturing Thoppigala, but was to take full control over the multi-ethnic eastern province by neutralising the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
Posted by: Fred || 07/11/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Tigers slow military advance?

Shere Khan?

I thoughty Mowgli skinned his sorry a**.
Posted by: BigEd || 07/11/2007 17:29 Comments || Top||

Fuel truck crash kills 13 in Iran
An explosion in southeast Iran killed 13 people when trucks smuggling gasoline crashed on Tuesday, a police official was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying. Police General Salah Asgarpour said the accident occurred when a truck carrying smuggled gasoline lost control and ploughed into three other trucks also carrying smuggled material, including gasoline and fabrics. “There was a fireball in the place of the accident in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan,” Asgarpour said. Three people were injured, he added.
Posted by: Fred || 07/11/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Must have been due to those robot squirrels or maybe the muslim UFOs?
Posted by: 3dc || 07/11/2007 1:24 Comments || Top||

#2  My thoughts exactly, 3dc.
But seriously, I wonder if it actually would be possible to develop a device that would interfere with a truck engine; some kind of directed EM beam that would cause mis-fires or something. Pick an appropriately bad section of Iranian road, wait for a likely target, and distract the driver with a balky engine - and thus balky air brakes. Bingo, crash and fireball. Or maybe even some airborne high-beams (night) or shiney mirrors (day) in his eyes as he approaches that mountain curve with no guard rail? Blame it on UFOs.
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/11/2007 7:52 Comments || Top||

#3  Previous Rantburg story stated these gasoline smugglers drive by night with no headlights on. The crash was probably due to a lack of directed EM beams, which works as well. Plausible deniability, you know.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 07/11/2007 9:18 Comments || Top||

#4  last week there was a story about several fuel trucks being hijacked in Iraq; wonder if any of these explosions this past couple of days are those (or similiar) stolen trucks?
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 07/11/2007 14:22 Comments || Top||

Terror Networks
Al-Qaeda urges Pakistanis to revolt

AL-QAEDA has urged Pakistanis to revolt against President Pervez Musharraf following the storming of the Red Mosque in Islamabad, in an audiotape posted on the Internet.
"I call upon the Ulama (Muslim clergy) in Pakistan.... Musharraf and his hunting dogs have tarnished your honour in service of the crusades and the Jews,'' the group's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, said in the recording, after stating that he was speaking on the "occasion of the criminal aggression'' on the mosque.

The recording was hosted on a website known to publish Al-Qaeda statements.

"If you do not revolt, Musharraf will annihilate you. Musharraf will not stop until he uproots Islam from Pakistan,'' Zawahiri said.

"Muslims in Pakistan: no salvation for you except through Jihad (holy fight). Rigged elections and politics will not help you.... You should now support the mujahedin (holy warriors) in Afghanistan,'' he said.

"Are there no honourable men in Pakistan?'' he added.

Pakistani troops Wednesday cleared the last militants from the Red Mosque in Islamabad after two days of intense fighting that left at least 82 people dead, including 73 militants, and turned the capital into a battleground.

Commandos killed the final hardcore of rebels who fought to the death in tunnels and bunkers beneath the living quarters of their chief, pro-Taliban cleric Abdul Rashid Ghazi, who was shot dead late Tuesday.

Musharraf ordered the assault after talks with Ghazi to free the women and children allegedly held during the siege collapsed.

The siege itself left 24 people dead, including two soldiers.

The storming of the mosque came months after Ghazi and his burqa-clad female students from the girls' madrassa launched a campaign involving kidnappings to bring Taliban-style Islamic laws to Islamabad.

Street battles broke out on July 3 between police and the mosque's radical students about a week after they abducted seven Chinese people accused of involvement in prostitution.

Ghazi, 43, the public face of the mosque and its deputy leader, said before he was killed in the fighting that he and his followers would rather die than surrender and hoped his death would spark an Islamic revolution in Pakistan.

His brother, head cleric Abdul Aziz, was caught trying to flee the mosque in a burqa a week ago.
Zawahiri described in the same tape the parading of Abdul Aziz Ghazi on television dressed as a women as a "vile crime committed by Pakistani military intelligence''.
Posted by: Oztralian || 07/11/2007 18:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Go ahead, some of us have popcorn stock to move.
Posted by: gromgoru || 07/11/2007 18:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Pakistanis are already pretty revolting.
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/11/2007 20:11 Comments || Top||

#3  Musharraf will not stop until he uproots Islam from Pakistan

Musharraf he's our man, if he can't do it nobody can!

Posted by: jpal || 07/11/2007 20:53 Comments || Top||

Doc Knothead: Wage Holy War Against Pakistan

Cue Rage Boy. It's time to hit the streets...
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Al-Qaida's deputy leader issued a video Wednesday calling for Pakistanis to wage a holy war against their government in retaliation for the attack by Pakistan's army on the Red Mosque in Islamabad.

Ayman al-Zawahri's 4-minute, 24-second address focused entirely on the clashes between Islamic students and Pakistan's army at the mosque.

The video was released by al-Qaida's multimedia branch, as-Sahab. Its authenticity could not immediately be confirmed, but two U.S.-based terrorism monitoring groups also reported it.
So whaddya think Perv? Time to give him up?
Posted by: tu3031 || 07/11/2007 16:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

#1  He's done a few of these in a couple of weeks. Is he risking anything by doing so many so quick?
And is this a sign that we are getting to him, and he has to get more backing?
Posted by: plainslow || 07/11/2007 16:35 Comments || Top||

#2  It's Sweeps week in Peshwar.
Posted by: Perfesser || 07/11/2007 16:48 Comments || Top||

#3  Pledge week. Open your hearts and your wallets, sistren and brethren.
Posted by: Seafarious || 07/11/2007 16:52 Comments || Top||

#4  It was the second message by al-Zawahri this week, and his 10th this year, said Ben Venzke of the IntelCenter, a U.S.-based intelligence group that monitors terrorism messages.

Venzke said al-Qaida's media wing, as-Sahab, was now releasing more than two messages a week on average. "They just keep getting faster," he said on the telephone.

"Al-Qaida has apparently made the decision that it's important for them to respond to current events within a short news cycle," he said. Venzke pointed out that al-Zawahri was reacting to events at the Red Mosque in Pakistan that were barely a week old.

As-Sahab issued a total of 58 messages for all of 2006. But Wednesday's release was its 62nd so far for 2007, IntelCenter said.
Posted by: tu3031 || 07/11/2007 16:54 Comments || Top||

#5  With all of his pen pals getting knocked off, Doc Z has decided to start his own blog. Next, he'll be getting a Paypal account while sending Glenn Reynolds fawning "please blog roll me, infidel!" emails.
Posted by: mrp || 07/11/2007 17:05 Comments || Top||

#6  If everyone is upset at Chertoff for "continuing to scare the bejeebers out of us" with his "gut feelings". Then what to make of the guy in the other corner. I think he is on the payroll of the NYTs/WaPo/LAT/CBS/NPR/NBC/ABC conglomerate. They provide the equipment and he makes the press swoon with delight that everytime he makes a tape, Chertoff and Bush and Cheney wind up the nation and the press can then accuse them of "scaring us and creating the situation in Iraq that is stirring up AQ". Everyone forgets this war actually started a long time ago, like so 1970'sish.
Posted by: Jack is Back! || 07/11/2007 17:24 Comments || Top||

#7  With any luck, his next video will end with a Marine sniper smoke checking his turban.
Posted by: Mike N. || 07/11/2007 17:25 Comments || Top||

#8  No, this war started during Thomas Jeffersons time. This is why you have a Navy and this is why you have those Godly Marines. HOOAH!
Posted by: newc || 07/11/2007 18:27 Comments || Top||

Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 07/11/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Mr. Gable, you need to talk to your agent right now. It's urgent!

I'll hold your place.
Posted by: Gary and the Samoyeds || 07/11/2007 8:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Wasn't she in all those Mountie movies?
Posted by: Sgt. Preston || 07/11/2007 10:36 Comments || Top||

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