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Siniora pleads for world's help
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Afghanistan
Explosion rocks Pakistani open-air circus in Afghanistan
Gunpowder laid near a Pakistani circus troupe performing for hundreds of locals exploded in northern Afghanistan on Wednesday, causing no injuries, police said. Provincial police chief Gen Mushtaba Patang earlier reported the blast was caused by a hand grenade thrown into the area, but said later that further investigations found the explosion was caused by gunpowder. The blast happened in a park in central Taluqan, capital of Takhar province, as some 500 people watched the open-air circus. Patang had no details on who detonated the gunpowder, which he said caused a loud explosion.
Some clown blow himself up?
Posted by: Fred || 07/20/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [286 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I feel my patience getting thinner by the day.
Posted by: 2b || 07/20/2006 0:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Great inline!
Posted by: Tony (UK) || 07/20/2006 15:32 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Somali PM accuses Eritrea of training jihadists
MOGADISHU, July 20 (Reuters) - Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi accused Eritrea of arming and training fighters to wreak chaos in Somalia where a burgeoning Islamist movement is threatening the interim government's power. "We know that in the past several years foreign fighters in favour of jihad have strongly intervened in our country, having been trained in Eritrea where troops and guns are still being supplied through Somali airports," Gedi told Reuters. "This is intended to wreak carnage on the Somali people," he said in a telephone interview late on Wednesday from the government's base in the provincial town of Baidoa.
Reading from a script thoughtfully provided by Ethiopia
A May U.N. report on violations of an arms embargo on Somalia said Eritrea has shipped weapons to Islamists, while Ethiopia backed warlords they defeated in June. Asmara denies that and Addis Ababa has not responded.
Except for the Ethiopian troops now guarding Baidoa.
Independent analysts agree with the U.N. that both have been funnelling weapons to the Horn of Africa nation, plagued by war and without central rule since a dictator fell in 1991.
Guess they got tired of fighting each other one on one and decided to fight to the last Somali

Emboldened by their victory in Mogadishu against U.S.-backed warlords last month, the Islamists have sought to rapidly extend their influence in other parts of Somalia, setting up sharia courts and announcing a parallel national administration. The moves have alarmed Western diplomats who fear that the Islamists, led by a hardline cleric who appears on international terrorism lists, plan to impose Taliban-style rule.

Gedi said the government, which enjoys international recognition but little control beyond Baidoa, would not allow "terrorists" in the country. "What needs to be fought against is the foreign fighters who are coming into our country," he said. "The public should not be confused with talk about waging a jihad on infidels." Gedi spoke to Reuters after Islamist militia advanced within 35 km (22 miles) of Baidoa, in what he called an act of aggression, before turning back. "We see it as aggression towards government-controlled areas and the people who support us," he said.

Gedi said the Islamists had breached an agreement to stop military campaigns signed with the government last month. "We call upon the Islamic courts to stop fighting. We hope they will end those acts and take part in peace efforts in our country." Talks between both sides were expected to resume in Khartoum on July 22. The government boycotted negotiations last weekend in protest at alleged ceasefire violations by the Islamists.
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Somali Islamists vow holy war on Ethiopia troops
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia's Islamists vowed a "holy war" on Thursday against Ethiopian troops crossing into the Horn of Africa nation, while Addis Ababa threatened to "crush" any attack on the interim government it supports.
The aggressive rhetoric -- combined with this week's military moves on both sides -- have heightened fears of a new war in Somalia, plagued by violence and without central rule since the 1991 ouster of a military dictator. "The risk of full scale war increases by the day," said John Prendergast, of the International Crisis Group think-tank.

Islamists took the capital Mogadishu from U.S.-backed warlords last month and are threatening the authority of a transitional administration formed in Kenya in 2004 and intended to steer the nation from anarchy to peace. Sheikh Mukhtar Robow, a senior Islamist in charge of defense, said around 20 military vehicles from anti-Islamist Ethiopia had crossed into Somalia at Dollow on Wednesday. That added to previous Islamist accusations that Ethiopia was pouring in several thousand troops. "God willing, we will remove the Ethiopians in our country and wage a jihadi war against them," he told reporters.
Take Ethiopia and the points

Independent analysts believe Addis Ababa has sent up to 5,000 troops into Somalia, and is massing many more on the border, as a deterrent to any more advances by the Islamists, who took Mogadishu from U.S.-backed warlords last month. The regional power, Ethiopia backs the interim government of President Abdullahi Yusuf, based in the provincial town of Baidoa because it lacks the strength to move into Mogadishu.

Addis Ababa earlier said it would stop any move by the Islamists to attack Yusuf's government. "We will use all means at our disposal to crush the Islamist group if they attempt to attack Baidoa," Information Minister Berhan Hailu said.

Nominally Christian-led Ethiopia, which condemns the Islamist leaders as "terrorists", is fearful of having a hardline Muslim state on its doorstep.
It is also anxious at possible Islamist aspirations to establish a "Greater Somalia" which would incorporate areas inhabited by ethnic Somalis such as Ethiopia's Ogaden.

Ethiopia sounded the alarm after Islamist militia moved from Mogadishu to Buur Hakaba -- just 60 km (37 miles) from Baidoa -- on Wednesday. The Islamists returned in the evening, saying they went to collect 150 soldiers switching sides from Yusuf's force. The commander of the 150 soldiers who went over to the Islamist side said they were disgruntled at lack of pay. "We met him (Yusuf) on Sunday and told him we will be leaving since his government failed to honor its promises," Garad Fiidow Gabow told Reuters in Mogadishu at a former government building where his troops were resting. The soldiers carried new AK-47 rifles. Interim government spokesman Abdirahman Dinari, however, said soldiers had left due to indiscipline.

Talking to reporters in Mogadishu, Islamist defense chief Robow said he could have gone on to Baidoa: "I had weapons and militia yesterday but did not go to my house in Baidoa to avoid being an obstacle to the talks and also to prevent confrontations and gun-battles that could cause problems." He was referring to stalled Arab League-brokered talks between the Islamists and government in Khartoum. The government pulled out of the last round, saying the Islamists broke an accord to stop military advances.
Posted by: Steve || 07/20/2006 10:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [372 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I think the Ethiopian troops would be cool with that. In fact, painting black crosses on the front of their BDUs, so the Islamists know that they are indeed Crusaders, and are going to go at them with the same ferocity as the Crusaders of old.

Ethiopia does brag about the fact of it being the world's first Christian nation. The Ethiopian church claims that one of its churches, Our Lady Mary of Zion, is host to the original Ark of the Covenant that Moses carried with the Israelites during the Exodus.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 07/20/2006 13:09 Comments || Top||

#2  I was wondering how Moses got all the way down to Ethiopia from Egypt, but I read that: "According to the historian Flavius Josephus, Moses led the Egyptians in a campaign against invading Ethiopians and routed them. While Moses was besieging the city, Tharbis, the daughter of the Ethiopian king, fell in love with Moses and wished to marry him. He agreed to do so if she would procure the deliverance of the city into his power. She did so immediately, and Moses promptly married her".
Posted by: texhooey || 07/20/2006 17:01 Comments || Top||

#3  Ethiopia exists as an island of Christiandom in a sea of Islam because in the Prophet's day a group of Muslim refugees from Mecca were welcomed by the Christian Ethiopian king who is said to have found nothing objectionable in their creed. This was early on, before the "slay the infidels" ethic of the later, more powerful Mohammed. Anyway, Ethiopia get a special dispensation against conquest. That ticket may be about to expire.
Posted by: Baba Tutu || 07/20/2006 22:55 Comments || Top||

#4  And while we're on the subject, the rumours of the Ark of the Covenant center on Axum, which is now Eritrea. There's a book called the Kebra Negast which tells the story of the Queen of Sheba having a son by Solomon, Menelik I, who inherited the Ark and took it from Jerusalem. It's the basis for Haile Selasse's claim to divinity as a royal descendant of David.
Posted by: Baba Tutu || 07/20/2006 23:00 Comments || Top||

#5  King Selassie?
Posted by: Bob Marley || 07/20/2006 23:30 Comments || Top||


Ethiopian troops on Somali soil
A column of Ethiopian trucks, more than 100-strong and including armoured cars, have crossed into neighbouring Somalia. A BBC reporter has seen Ethiopian troops in uniform in Baidoa, the base of the weak interim government. Ethiopia denies it has sent in troops, but had warned it would crush Islamists who had moved to within 60km of Baidoa.
"Troops? What troops?"
The Union of Islamic Courts (UIC), which control much of southern Somalia, say they never intended to attack Baidoa and have pulled troops back.
"Wow, look at the time. Gotta go now."
The UIC have rapidly expanded their control since they took control of the capital, Mogadishu, but observers fear it is only a matter of time before there is a confrontation.

Ethiopian presidential adviser Bereket Simon told the BBC that they were closely watching the situation but denied troops had crossed into Somalia.
The BBC's Yusuf Hassan Mursal in Baidoa says 25 vehicles including lorries carrying soldiers and armed pick-up trucks known as technicals entered the town on Thursday morning.
Sounds like the Ethiopian army and some warlords linked up.
He says their arrival has calmed tensions in the town as residents feared an attack from the Islamists.

The column was reported to have crossed over into Somalia overnight and Ethiopian troops have also stationed themselves in the town of Luk in Gedo region, he says. Ethiopia's Information Minister Berhan Hailu told Reuters news agency in Addis Ababa that they would use "all means at our disposal to crush the Islamist group if they attempt to attack Baidoa". Mr Bereket told the BBC's Focus on Africa programme that "Ethiopia is in a position to defend itself to ensure the stability of the Horn of Africa".

"If the Islamic courts led by the Jihadists are attacking Baidoa, we have told them we will not let them do it. "So far the Ethiopian government has not sent any troops," he said.

The Islamists insist that an attack on Baidoa was never planned. "We have no such military plan as claimed by the non-functioning government," the UIC's security head Sheikh Yusuf Mohamed Siad told the AFP news agency. "The prime minister's claims are a ploy to attract Ethiopian intervention."

Additional: Residents of central Somalia said Thursday that hundreds of Ethiopian troops were patrolling the town of Baidoa in armored vehicles, less than a day after Islamic militants moved near the base of the weak, U.N.-backed government. An Ethiopian government spokesman had said his country would protect Somalia's transitional government from attack by Islamic militias. Numerous witnesses told The Associated Press that Ethiopian soldiers arrived Thursday afternoon in Baidoa, 150 miles northwest of Mogadishu.

The Ethiopian troops have set up a camp near the transitional president's home in Baidoa, residents said. "People were prevented from walking on the road that leads to the building," one resident said on condition of anonymity because of fears of reprisals. Ethiopian and government officials were not immediately available for comment.

More: Hundreds of Ethiopian troops in armored vehicles rolled into Somalia Thursday to protect their allies in this country's virtually powerless government against possible attack by Islamic militants, witnesses said.

The militia began pulling back on Thursday as more than 400 troops in Ethiopian military uniforms entered Baidoa. The troops smiled and waved to residents before setting up a camp near Yusuf's home in Baidoa or at an airport outside town, according to the witnesses, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.
Got the airport to bring in supplies and more troops, and covering the Somalia presidents house.
Posted by: Steve || 07/20/2006 09:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [287 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Today Ethiopia, Tomorrow Italy
Posted by: kelly || 07/20/2006 13:29 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Two 'policemen' injured in Ingushetia
Two members Ingushetia's traffic police unit were came under fire by unknown attackers on the border between Ingushetia and Northern Ossetia, puppet source inside the Ingushetia reported. Both cops have incurred heavy wounds and have been taken off to republican central hospital of Ingushetia. Attackers went off the attack place towards Northern Ossetia without any problems.
Wow. Traffic cops.How heroic.
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Down Under
Hicks outcry falling on deaf ears, father says
Awwwwwwwwwwwww...too bad, pops.
The father of Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks says he is afraid public outcry against his son's detention is continuing to fall on deaf ears.
They aren't deaf, pops. They just don't give a shit about your loser son.
More than 400 people have signed an open letter that will be sent to the Prime Minister John Howard calling for Hicks's release.
Oooooooh, an "open letter"! What's next, rolling hunger strikes?
Another 35,000 have signed an online petition.
Haywood Jablome, E. Normous Johnson, I.P. Freeley...
Hicks's father, Terry, says Australians are becoming more concerned about his son's situation.
Yeah, they're probably wondering why he hasn't been shot yet, too...
"If the public are made aware of what's happening and you can get them on side, they can then exert a lot of pressure on the Government through petitions and letters," he said.
Sorry, pops. I gotta...cut my toenails that day.
"So all this adds up and surely the Government can now fare well, that's 35,000-plus that probably won't vote for [them] next year."
Yeah, I'm sure the government's really worried about it...
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#1  Wha'd he say? Couldn't hear.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 07/20/2006 11:43 Comments || Top||

#2  Me too! Could it be that all that online prOn has finally taken its toll on me? Or is it because I just don't care, at all?

Probably both, methinks.
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 07/20/2006 12:16 Comments || Top||

#3  Online petitons = voters? I'm sure Howard is shaking, LOL.
Posted by: john || 07/20/2006 12:20 Comments || Top||

#4  Huh? Say what?
Posted by: mojo || 07/20/2006 12:29 Comments || Top||

#5  David who?
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/20/2006 12:34 Comments || Top||

#6  Hey all I hear is a whining sound..don't you?
Posted by: RD || 07/20/2006 12:40 Comments || Top||

#7  He may have 35,000 people vote against him in the next election. Scary.

Most of them prolly don't or can't vote anyway.
Posted by: bigjim-ky || 07/20/2006 12:43 Comments || Top||

#8  I didn't know my brother signed that petition! “Heywood” is my brother's USAF call-sign.
Posted by: Eric Jablow || 07/20/2006 13:11 Comments || Top||

#9  David? Isn't he dead yet?
Posted by: Captain America || 07/20/2006 13:40 Comments || Top||

#10  I just signed the petition!
Posted by: Harden Stool || 07/20/2006 13:55 Comments || Top||

#11  LOL Eric, call sign Heywood?
Posted by: 6 || 07/20/2006 14:14 Comments || Top||

#12  Make room in your schedule for Hicks: The Musical.

/I wish I was kidding
Posted by: Seafarious || 07/20/2006 14:56 Comments || Top||

#13  The participants are presumably unaware that dancing was prohibited by the Taliban, whom Hicks adored.

shhhh... don't tell them and maybe we can find an agent to book them on a world tour to wazoo land and other tribal areas. hehehe. Hey Boys... you are going to be a HIT!! Really. A HIT!I>
Posted by: 2b || 07/20/2006 15:08 Comments || Top||

#14  Maybe they can get it on a double feature with "My Name is Rachel Corrie"?
Posted by: tu3031 || 07/20/2006 16:45 Comments || Top||

#15  What a cold, heartless person I am... and deaf too, not an iota of sympathy for poor 'misunderstood' David

Posted by: john || 07/20/2006 19:25 Comments || Top||


Europe
Turkish military arrests three PKK memebers
(KUNA) -- Turkish authorities arrested on Wednesday three members of the Kurdistan Labour Party (PKK) in the town of Rorm after recent escalations between the Turkish military and the Kurdish separatist movement. Turkey News Agency (Ikhlas) said during a raid operation by Turkish forces in the town of Karatushban, which is close to the town of Rorm, the three detainees were transferred to the interrogation department and the general prosecution office.

Clashes between Kurdish rebels and Turkish security forces have settled down after the arrest of Kurdish separatist leader Abdullah Awjlan in the year 1999. However, the Turkish military says hundreds of Kurdish separatists on the Iraqi border have infiltrated Turkish territories. Clashes for the last 15 years resulted in killing more than 37 thousands people.
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India-Pakistan
Father Urges Terror Suspect to Surrender
Muhammad Riaz Kagzi, father of alleged terrorist Zaibuddin Ansari alias Zaby, has urged his son to surrender to the authorities. The terror suspect is reported to have fled to Pakistan. Kagzi, a schoolteacher, who has disowned his son for involvement in terrorist activities, said he wanted Zaby to surrender to the police at the earliest and spare the Muslim community from harassment by security agencies. Zaby, a trained electrician and an alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba leader from Beed district in Marathwada, is wanted by the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of the Bombay Police and intelligence agencies in connection with the Bombay blasts.

Zaby went missing when his involvement in the Aurangabad arms and explosives case was established last month. Security agencies believe Zaby was the mastermind behind supply of arms and explosives in the Marathwada region and was the link between Lashkar-e-Taiba and Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).
Posted by: Fred || 07/20/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [286 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A pity Mr. Hicks doesn't have a father more like this one.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/20/2006 14:20 Comments || Top||


Two suspected tribal militants held in Balochistan
Police arrested two suspected members of an outlawed tribal militant group on Wednesday in connection with attacks against the government, an official said. The arrests were made during a raid in Naushki, a town about 200 kilometres southwest of Quetta, a Naushki police official told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The suspects were identified as Babu Allah Bakhsh and Sher Mohammed. The men were suspected to be members of the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), a shadowy ethnic-Baloch tribal group that Pakistan banned in April this year, according to the official. The British government also banned the BLA on Monday.
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20 Algerians sent home
Twenty Algerians including Mehdi Rabah, former chief khateeb of Algeria, have left for their home country after they were freed from Peshawar Central Jail on Tuesday. They were arrested in the tribal areas of Pakistan for alleged links to Al Qaeda in 2001. Javed Ibrahim Paracha, chairman of the World Prisoner's Relief Commission in Pakistan, brought Rabah out of the jail in his car, which was escorted by vehicles of the intelligence agencies and Frontier Police, while the Al-Khidmat Foundation ferried female members of the released family to the Algerian embassy in Islamabad, a press release stated. Paracha said that Additional Sessions Judge Syed Ihtisham Ali had ordered their release last month.

Algerian Consular General Ghadeer-Al-Imrani received the released prisoner at the embassy, while a large number of people including Taliban and people from Malakand Division gave a dinner in their honour. They later left for their country in the early hours of Wednesday. Paracha told Daily Times that Mehdi Rabah was sent to Saudi Arabia on deputation in the late 1990s and later joined Islamabad International University in Pakistan. He said that after US attack on Afghanistan, Rabah decided to fight against the US, and he was ultimately arrested.
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BLA commanders to surrender on Friday
Key commanders of the defunct Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) and many of their armed comrades involved in subversive activities in Balochistan have decided to surrender to the government, Aaj television quoted top government officials in Islamabad as saying.

The channel reported that BLA commanders and their comrades would possibly surrender to the provincial government in Sui on Friday. It quoted the officials as saying that the BLA was getting arms through one sea and three land routes, which they said had been closed. Officials said that BLA's sources of financial aid had also been blocked. They said that substantial evidence against the BLA and other militant groups had been handed to various countries to get their support against terrorist groups. The officials rejected the allegations that intelligence agencies had held a brother or a relative of Senator Sanaullah Baloch.
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Police arrests militant for alleged involvement in killing of Shiite cleric
(KUNA) -- Police has arrested a militant of an outlawed extremist outfit for his alleged involvement in the killing of a Shiite cleric in Southern Karachi port city, said police Wednesday. Arshaad Khan, member of Al-Qaeda linked Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LJ) extremist group, was arrested in a raid conducted on Tuesday night in Hyderabad city, about 150 kilometers from Karachi, a police source told KUNA.

Allama Hassan Turabi, his nephew Ali Raza and a child were killed last week when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the clerics house. Three people were also critically wounded. The killing sparked violent protests in the city. Dozens of buses, two banks and a foreign food chain restaurant were set on ablaze by angry Shiite mourners.
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Two policemen killed, one injured by gunmen in Kashmir
(KUNA) -- Guerrillas Wednesday gunned down two policemen and injured another in three separate attacks in Srinagar, summer capital of Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir. According to a report by the news agency "Indo-Asian News Service," police fired several pistol rounds from point-blank range at policeman Ghulam Rasool at a vegetable market in downtown Srinagar Wednesday. The policeman died instantly. Guerrillas shot at another policeman on special duty at Lal Chowk in the heart of the city, critically injuring him.

Earlier in the day, gunmen shot dead policeman Karamjeet Singh near the historic Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar. The shrine houses the holy hair relic of Prophet Muhammad. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attacks, the news agency reported.
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Police probe sole body from Mumbai attacks after group’s claims
MUMBAI - Indian police were on Wednesday investigating if the sole unclaimed body from the Mumbai train attacks was a bomber after a little-known group said a member of a 16-strong extremist group was killed in the operation. Police have cast doubt on a claim of responsibility by Lashkar-e-Qahhar for the well-planned attacks on July 11 that killed 182 and wounded more than 800. The group said it would provide video evidence to back up its claims. “One body is unidentified lying in the morgue. We don’t know if he is one of the terrorists, so we’re investigating,” additional commissioner of police Jayjit Singh told AFP.

The group warned of further attacks on historic and government sites in India in an email sent to the private Aaj Tak television network late on Monday. “We are Muslims. We never tell lie,” said the email in badly-written English and signed by Abu Mahaz, who claimed to be a spokesman for the group.
Look for a guy with a beard and no lips...
It said a member of the team had died but “all the remaining 15 mujahideens are totally safe and celebrating the success of this mission and also preparing for the next mission”.

It accused the government of “exploiting” Muslims but did not go into detail. Experts have cast doubt on the email because it was sent under the name of “John Smith” -- a name unlikely to be used by Islamic militants. Police have traced the email to the city of Indore in central Madhya Pradesh province, according to the Press Trust of India, quoting an unnamed senior police official. “It is most likely to be an Internet cafe and we will have to find out if the sender could be identified,” the official said but did not rule out that it was a hoax.
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Iraq
US forces surround Iraq towns
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. and Iraqi forces surrounded and entered two towns near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Thursday in search of suspected al Qaeda militants, the military said on Thursday. The operation follows a series of insurgent attacks in the area where 31 Iraqi soldiers have been killed by rebels in the past five weeks, said a military statement.

U.S. and Iraqi officials had hoped the death of al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in a U.S. air strike in June would deal a major blow to the militant organization. But a security crackdown on al Qaeda in Baghdad since then has failed to ease violence.
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#1  Attention inhabitants of Madison Wisconsin. We have your city surrounded. You are instructed to proceed to the nearest lake, Mendota, Monona, Kegonsa, or Waubesa... you pick, and follow the shore line and concertina wire to the US Army detainee collection point. There you will be issued 2 MRE's, bottled water, a grass mat and processed for onward movement. All weapons will be cleared and transported holstered or in the sling arms position for deposit in red amnesty boxes. Have a nice day.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/20/2006 12:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Heh, the Peoples Republic of Madison!
Posted by: 3dc || 07/20/2006 12:53 Comments || Top||

#3  They won't understand, Besoeker. You're speaking 'plain English'.

You need something like:

"Show your support for the endangered Middle-Eastern People! Huge open-air rallies on the shores of Lakes Mendota, Monona, Kegonsa, or Waubesa. An 'enviroment friendly' pathway has been set up at each location so no one damages the fragile habitats. FOOD & DRINKS FOR ALL!
No gas-powered vehicles, please."


That'll bring 'em out in droves.....
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/20/2006 12:59 Comments || Top||

#4  First, some housekeeping.

"U.S. and Iraqi officials had hoped the death of al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in a U.S. air strike in June would deal a major blow to the militant organization. But a security crackdown on al Qaeda in Baghdad since then has failed to ease violence."

The classic and now universal formula for inserting (always unfounded) argumentative b.s. into what should be reporting. Every Coalition/Iraqi success of any note is welcomed by our side, of course - and, of course, when the event doesn't magically transform the entire landscape here, the media barfs up this "but ...." formulation. There is 5% fault on our side for - inexplicably, inexcusably, repeatedly - falling into overly general positive comments on milestone events. I have marveled - in horror - at the clumsy way many senior people here fall into this again and again. But 95% of the fault still lies with media distortion, as even the least prudent comments are far from the rosy or giddy claims they're implied to be.

OK. I was going to post the MNF-I release on this story, which describes how Hawija was both surrounded and treated to a rapid airborne inssertion of forces (even as a town a few miles away was simultaneously surrounded), to substantiate my constant whining about how little we've even tried to apply military solutions to th enemy here. These sorts of operations, appropriately adjusted for varying circumstances, should have been a nearly daily occurrence in any areas that persisted with trouble-making. The enemy doesn't have 1/100 of the stamina, resources, or grit to withstand this sort of pressure. But with a very few limited exceptions, they've never faced it.

We'll probably meet at least our minimal objectives, all these things are harder than they look, and my info is surely incomplete, but .... overall we have run a desultory campaign, with many avoidable and undesirable consequences.
Posted by: Verlaine in Iraq || 07/20/2006 12:59 Comments || Top||

#5  Wasn't that gun thing planned for Illinois? After hearing the governor saying gun owners were criminals and all, then one of his buddies proposing house-to-house searches to confiscate guns, you would think they would do it there first.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 07/20/2006 13:04 Comments || Top||

#6  Mr. Moose, the "friendly gun search" would only last in the Chicago area until they got to the home(s) of the local 'Businessmen’s Association' members or below 19th Street. There might be 'issues' after that.

"Down-Staters" might have a few different ideas about this little scenario also.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/20/2006 14:04 Comments || Top||

#7  Verlaine: This is called a but sandwich, not to be confused with a butt sandwich! :-)
Posted by: gorb || 07/20/2006 17:48 Comments || Top||


Senior Iraqi official assassinated in W. Baghdad
(KUNA) -- A senior official in the Ministry of Interior was assassinated Wednesday by unidentified gunmen in western Baghdad. A security source in the Interior Ministry told KUNA that gunmen attacked Director of the Legal Department at the ministry, Major General Fakhri Hassan, along with his driver, on his way to work. Senior security officials and personnel seem to be the target of armed groups, and there are frequent killings and kidnappings involving them.
Posted by: Fred || 07/20/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [273 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Related to Saddam's hunger strike over his lawyers ending tits-up?
Posted by: 3dc || 07/20/2006 0:39 Comments || Top||

#2  It's starting to really irk me that these reporters can't provide the minimum amount of information for us to make sense of what is happening. How about give at least a clue as to WHY he was targeted. Do these guys stuck on their barstools just think Muslims all look alike or what?

Was he a Sunni? Was he a Shia? Any clue as to why he was offed? I swear these guys don't do anything more than call from the hotel on cell phones to get death stats from some official death stat office. Jeesh - just come back here. You can probably get the same info from NY for 3cents a minute. It be cheaper than one round of your drinks.
Posted by: 2b || 07/20/2006 0:43 Comments || Top||

#3  You got all the information necessary to meet the media narrative. Another pointless death. It's a quagmire. Another Viet nAm. We need to cut and run, or at least elect left-wing Democrats.
Posted by: Jackal || 07/20/2006 8:21 Comments || Top||

#4  But, we elected republicans to get us out of that quagmire, Vietnam. Let's stick with republicans until we destroy the MSM.
Posted by: wxjames || 07/20/2006 9:36 Comments || Top||


Badr leader killed, three British soldiers injured
(KUNA) -- Secretary-General of Badr Shiite organization and two of his companions were killed Tuesday night by unidentified militants in Mahmoudiya town that witnessed bloody violence last Monday. A security source told KUNA that the militants shoot Abu Ali Al-Akrawi and two of his nephews on Mahmoudiya road as they were returning from Baghdad.

Last Monday, militants used bombs and other weapons to attack civilians in the town's market and blew up a car loaded with explosives, killing 60 people and injuring more than 100. Police said 18 bodies were found in the town on Wednesday, of which three were policemen. It added that most of the bodies were tortured and shot.

Meanwhile, three British soldiers were injured Tuesday night when unidentified militants attacked a British military patrol in Al-Hadi district in Basra, a spokesman of the British forces in Iraq said here Wednesday. He added that one soldier is seriously injured. Eyewitnesses told KUNA that the militants opened fire at the convoy of British tanks and vehicles damaging them completely and injuring the soldiers. British forces in Basra clashed with Sadr group members two days ago killing two of them and injuring ten others.
Posted by: Fred || 07/20/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [286 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Tater or Sunnis?
Posted by: 3dc || 07/20/2006 0:40 Comments || Top||


Masked gunmen abduct 20 employees of Sunni Endowment Diwan in Baghdad
(KUNA) -- Unknown gunmen on Wednesday abducted 20 employees of the Sunni Endowment Diwan in the area of Selaikh, northern Baghdad. An Interior Ministry source told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) that the attack took place while the employees were heading home after work, noting that they were taken to an unknown destination. A source in the diwan, who requested anonymity, said that work has been suspended in all administrations of the diwan until further notice.

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani met with Head of the Sunni Endowment Diwan Dr. Ahmad Al-Samarra'e today and asserted the importance of abandoning sectarian conflicts in Iraq, calling on religious leaders to cooperate to end the ongoing bloodshed. Al-Samarra'e expressed appreciation for the efforts of Talabani to bring together all sides in Iraq, expressing commitment for Talabani's call to end sectarian violence and spread peace and security in Iraq.

In Kirkuk, the Iraqi Police said that it found the dead body of an Iraqi civilian named Dalshad Shakor Shereif nearby Shawan area in the northern parts of Kirkuk city. The source added that Iraqi soldier Khalid Ali was shot and wounded by a sniper in Huwaijah district and was transported to hospital for treatment.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 07/20/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [402 views] Top|| File under:


Car bomb explosion in Iraq injures six people, among them police officer
(KUNA) -- Six Iraqis were injured among them a police officer, with injuries ranging from light to heavy, after a car bomb explosion rocked midtown Kirkuk north of Iraq, Iraqi police said on Wednesday.

Iraqi police Brigadier Sarhad Qader said an improvised car bomb exploded this evening in mid Kirkuk adding that the explosion injured five Iraqi civilians and one police officer. The explosion also caused damage to near by shops and that there was no military target in the area, Iraqi police said.
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British soldier killed, five others injured in Basra
(KUNA) -- A British soldier was killed and five others were injured on Wednesday during armed confrontations with insurgents in Basra, said the spokesman for British forces. In a press release, he added that British structures and military bases in Basra were bombarded with missiles and rockets on Tuesday and Wednesday. Armed groups bombarded the British consulate and military bases with over 100 rockets and projectiles, he said. He said three insurgents were arrested and quantities of weapons were confiscated during search operation by the British forces.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Debka: Jordanians Nark Hamas Bomb Team To Israel
Jordanian military intelligence relayed information that Hamas had recruited a bomb team in the kingdom. It was on its way to cross into Israel for the strike. Israeli and Jordanian border troops are on a high state of preparedness.

The potential targets are the southern port of Eilat, its Arava main road link to the north, the Dead Sea, or the Beit Shean Valley on the Jordan River. This information led defense minister Amir Peretz to announce the closure of the West Bank Thursday, July 20.

Israeli security officials have grounds to suspect that the latest Hamas terror initiative is coordinated with Hizballah’s war in the north via the Lebanese group’s operational officers stationed in Nablus and Gaza.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 07/20/2006 17:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [278 views] Top|| File under:


Nasrallah speaks, vows surprises
izbullah leader, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, spoke for the first Thursday since the beginning of the week, saying Hizbullah's entire infrastructure and leadership hierarchy were still intact and functional.

"I can confirm without exaggerating or using psychological warfare, that we have not been harmed," he said, referring to the strike.

Al-Jazeera, which aired only excerpts of the interview, said it was taped earlier Thursday. The interviewer said the interview took place amid tight security precautions but did not say where.

Nasrallah has been in hiding since Israel's onslaught began July 12, though he gave a speech on Hizbullah television on Sunday.

"Hizbullah has so far stood fast, absorbed the strike and has retaken the initiative and made the surprises that it had promised, and there are more surprises," he said, warning that a Hizbullah defeat would be "a defeat for the entire Islamic nation."

Nasrallah added that, "All of Israel's talk about 50 percent of our infrastructure being damaged is nonsense."

Nasrallah said that, "even if the entire world will demand it," the kidnapped Israeli soldiers would only be released for Lebanese and Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails through negotiations.

He did not offer any information regarding the condition of the soldiers.

Hizbullah operatives arrested in West Bank

Several of those arrested Wednesday in the Mukata in Nablus were found to be linked to Hizbullah, it was released for publication Thursday night.

Members belonging to different terrorist organizations were arrested during a joint IDF and Shin Bet operation.

Suspects included Palestinians responsible for the planning and initiation of terrorist attacks, including those belonging to Hizbullah, who were involved in the murders of Israeli citizens.
Posted by: Sherry || 07/20/2006 17:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [393 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...warning that a Hizbullah defeat would be "a defeat for the entire Islamic nation."

I can live with that. Faster, please.™
Posted by: Xbalanke || 07/20/2006 17:48 Comments || Top||

#2  I'm reminded of something the IRA (spit) said about Margaret Thatcher after their attempted assassination in 1984:- "We only have to get lucky once, you have to be lucky all the time".

Nasrallah is going to die, probably violently, probably soon and probably via a US made bunker-buster released by an Israeli Air Force pilot (please let it be a woman! ;) but he is going to die, and I have an idea that the subsequent funeral will also be hit by ordnance as well.

The Israelis are playing for all the marbles this time...
Posted by: Tony (UK) || 07/20/2006 17:53 Comments || Top||

#3  Yes, xbalanke, I thought that was a dumb (or desperate) thing to say too.

Dumb because it puts 'invincible' Islam in a position where it will be shown to be defeated, because Hizbullah is going to be toast.

Desperate? - perhaps he knows he's on the ropes and is calling out to anyone who will listen, but the Soddies, Jordanians and Egyptians aren't interested, neither is that great brotherhood the Arab League interested.
Posted by: Tony (UK) || 07/20/2006 17:58 Comments || Top||

#4  Israel needs to shatter this pathetic group of terrorists to free Lebenon. Might need to shatter Syria too for it really to work.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/20/2006 17:59 Comments || Top||

#5  The Israelis are playing for all the marbles this time...

I hope so, but I have my doubts. In any case, they'd better move faster, cause Comdi's comin.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 07/20/2006 18:11 Comments || Top||

#6  Nasrallah vows surprises

Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah Pregnant

Posted by: RD || 07/20/2006 18:36 Comments || Top||

#7  And the father is the 12th imam (aka "shortie" ahmadinejad)!
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 07/20/2006 18:38 Comments || Top||

#8  another reason all tv cameras and electronics should have GPS and trackers built into them at the factory.

Then you could just follow Al-Jizz to the Perps or the NY Times to the leaks.
Posted by: 3dc || 07/20/2006 18:43 Comments || Top||

#9  I'm surprised(TM) that he's still alive.
Posted by: gorb || 07/20/2006 18:46 Comments || Top||

#10  Hey...maybe Nasrallah is pregnant with the 12th iman and it's Marlon Wayans from Little Man??
Posted by: anymouse || 07/20/2006 19:31 Comments || Top||

#11  Too funny with reserence to DR EVIL and "mini ME".
Posted by: newc || 07/20/2006 19:46 Comments || Top||

#12  Nassie dies a slow, painful death before any suggestion of a cease fire. Agreed?
Posted by: Mark Z || 07/20/2006 21:30 Comments || Top||

#13  I still like my buddy's idea of showing up in Tehran (sneak in during the muzzies' Friday Prayers) and shout from the Presidential Palace "I'm the 12 Imam", and wear a T-shirt saying the same ("I'm the 12th Imam") right before Ahmadinejad comes out.
Posted by: BA || 07/20/2006 23:05 Comments || Top||


Israeli kids do their bit for WoT
From artillery positions in the North of Israel, local Israeli girls put their civilized education to good use by writing messages to the Lebanese barbarians on the artillery shells. Sending 'love from Israel' (note English clearly implies they were raised good Americans), these children express the horror that the hate filled terrorist children of Hizbolluh have inflicted on their until-now safe lives. As you can see from the pictures in the link the sick terrorists get what they deserve! Check out the dead bodies!

http://fromisraeltolebanon.info/

Sorry, the link is from some bleeding heart lefties who don't realize that this is a war that needs to be won, by ANY means necessary! Enjoy the pics!
Posted by: Slomp Omising6970 || 07/20/2006 16:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [373 views] Top|| File under:

#1  See this RB article on that pic.
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 07/20/2006 18:31 Comments || Top||

#2  And again, Hate is not a Childrens value.
This is what happened. http://www.sandmonkey.org/2006/07/18/the-fucked-up-pictures-explained/
Posted by: closedanger || 07/20/2006 18:58 Comments || Top||

#3  Ridiculous. Israeli kids do learn English, as do well-educated people around the world these days, but for such an exercise I'd imagine they'd use their native Hebrew or Arabic (which many of them learn also), unless the picture was staged.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/20/2006 19:53 Comments || Top||

#4  I read at another site that this was staged
Posted by: legolas || 07/20/2006 20:50 Comments || Top||

#5  I give this troll a 2...
Posted by: mjh || 07/20/2006 22:25 Comments || Top||


Hezbollah Offers Journalists Tour of Beirut Neighborhood
VOA Correspondent Challiss McDonough has been reporting from Beirut since last week, but has only rarely been able to venture into the southern suburbs, which have been heavily bombed. Hezbollah's offices are there, its radio and television stations are there, and the home of its leader Hassan Nasrallah is there, and all of them have been repeatedly struck. Thursday Challiss and other journalists went on a bizarre guided tour of the devastation led by the Hezbollah spokesman. Challiss recorded this report from the scene.

The Hezbollah spokesman, Hussein Nabolsi, has been defending his organization against allegations that they, by their actions, have brought this upon the people of Lebanon and brought this upon this neighborhood, that Hezbollah located its headquarters in civilian neighborhoods, thus putting them at risk of this kind of retaliatory attack by the Israelis. The Hezbollah spokesman, very adamant, says that Hezbollah is defending Lebanon.

I'm sorry, I'm trying to step over piles of rubble as I'm speaking. The street is just, it's obliterated. It's just like there are pieces of bricks and twisted metal strewn everywhere from building after building after building that's been demolished. We're seeing weird remnants of things that have survived intact. Theres a plastic chair in the middle of the road, a child's teddy bear and a wicker basket. There's a shoe. There's a perfectly intact envelope from the Islamic Health Society lying on the ground. This neighborhood has been absolutely destroyed. "
Posted by: KBK || 07/20/2006 15:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [374 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A child's toy lay amongst rubble, a poignant reminder of the human cost of this tragic war, etc.

Posted by: Aztaroth || 07/20/2006 17:21 Comments || Top||

#2  They actually bombed Nasrullah's home! Oh, the humanity!
Posted by: KBK || 07/20/2006 17:35 Comments || Top||

#3  When you play with fire you're going to get burned. They and the powers that allowed this to happen just haven't figured out what playing with fire means. They have, however, figured out that they were in fact playing with fire. So they have to whine about how incomprehensible and inhuman this all is, as if it's a surprise to your average Joe. That explains why they didn't abandon their duty to keep these situations under control. IMNSHO. Humph.
Posted by: grb || 07/20/2006 20:18 Comments || Top||

#4  "Yes, and look at this ammo-dump mosque - ruined! My collection of Iranian missiles Korans - destroyed! So many of our terrorists children killed! You see how the Zionist Entity violates us?"

And that's the sad reality on the ground in the besieged suburbs of south Beirut. Back to you, Anderson.

And this is Voice of America? Yikes. Must be channeling Al-Jizz.
Posted by: MSM enabler || 07/20/2006 22:36 Comments || Top||


Israeli army detects failures in protecting missile ship from attack
A navy investigation showed that both intelligence and operational lapses caused an Israeli warship being attacked by Lebanese Hizbollah on July 14, which killed four sailors on board, Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz reported on Thursday.
The phrase "Fat, dumb and happy" comes to mind
The internal inquiry report indicated that Hanit, a Saar-5 vessel, did not deploy the defense system before it was hit by a Hizbollah-launched rocket off the Beirut coastline, the report said. Parts of the sailors were enjoying dinner when the rocket was launched, the report said, adding that another missile ship near the Hanit did deploy its defense system.

Formerly, navy officers acknowledged that they had not received the information that Hizbollah was capable to threaten the missile ships. It was unclear whether the navy had failed to ask the Israeli intelligence agencies of the Hizbollah's capabilities or didn't get precise answers after consulting with them, Ha'aretz said.

An IDF spokesman told Xinhua that the inquiry report was passed from Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Dan Halutz to the navy commander, and related investigation was still going on. The Israeli warship hit off the Lebanese coast is a multi- purpose, helicopter-carrying corvette of the U.S.-built Saar 5 class, one of the world's first warships to use stealth technology.
Posted by: Steve || 07/20/2006 12:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [268 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I would say not having the defense system on in a war zone is a pretty big fucking failure. But that is just my opinion.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/20/2006 12:37 Comments || Top||

#2  one of the world's first warships to use stealth technology.
That helicopter barn at the stern doesn't seem very "stealthy" to me. If that bill board antenna was an Israeli "add-on" then the "fat, dumb and happy" attitude goes way above the ship's captain.
Posted by: GK || 07/20/2006 12:46 Comments || Top||

#3  I told you so...
Posted by: Clerert Uneamp2772 || 07/20/2006 13:13 Comments || Top||

#4  IIRC other reports indicate this isn't quite the total SNAFU it appears. Apparently, the defenses were inactive due to possible intereference with nearby IAF activity - i.e. don't want friendly fire. Anyone know how CIWS and related defenses account for incoming and outgoing simultaneously,
as in here comes your helo, and right behind it is the silkworm? Don't want to mess the helo while taking out the enemy.
Posted by: Chaitch Fliter3582 || 07/20/2006 13:56 Comments || Top||

#5  That's the problem with CWIS and the radar system,they're AUTOMATIC and when they actuate,boom. So,in close quarters we often turn ours off,I have this from a retired XO of the USS San Francisco.

Israel did as well. I imagine they also are astonished at the talent of their enemy which added to the decisions,who thinks an Arab/Muslim can do anything comparable to the mighty USA or Israel?

Posted by: Gleremble Unerert3440 || 07/20/2006 15:39 Comments || Top||

#6  Damn, now that was cold Gleremble Unerert3440.
Posted by: 6 || 07/20/2006 19:48 Comments || Top||

#7  Apparently, the defenses were inactive due to possible intereference with nearby IAF activity - i.e. don't want friendly fire.

Which is why there are little things like ingress and egress routes, tactical control of aircraft, handoffs to other controllers, etc.
Posted by: Pappy || 07/20/2006 20:36 Comments || Top||


Two gunmen killed in Air Force strike in Gaza
An IAF unmanned aerial vehicle fired a missile at two gunmen in Gaza Wednesday evening, killing them both.
Posted by: Fred || 07/20/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [268 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Good. Point made.
Posted by: jay-dubya || 07/20/2006 10:26 Comments || Top||


Peretz orders general closure of W. Bank, Gaza
Defense Minister Amir Peretz ordered a general closure imposed on the West Bank and Gaza Strip due to intelligence alerts indicating that many suicide attacks were being planned against Israeli civilians. The closure was ordered until Saturday night.
Posted by: Fred || 07/20/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [280 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Peretz started this campaign out as the lefty putz and tool he had always been but, by Jove, I think he's grabbed a clue and getting the hang of this surviving thing.
Posted by: Cleling Thumble3619 || 07/20/2006 0:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Probably because Peretz was born in Morocco and he and his family have first hand experience of muslim's tender mercies toward Jews.
Posted by: ed || 07/20/2006 8:53 Comments || Top||

#3  Peretz ain't Lefty. He's an ex labor boss, not a Parlor Pink.
Posted by: gromgoru || 07/20/2006 12:01 Comments || Top||


IAF blasts 3 tunnels in southern Gaza Strip
The IAF blew up three tunnels near Dahaniya in the southern Gaza Strip and other tunnels next to the Sufa border crossing early Thursday.
Posted by: Fred || 07/20/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [270 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Gophers?
Posted by: Captain America || 07/20/2006 13:43 Comments || Top||

#2  BIG gophers!
Posted by: Ptah || 07/20/2006 14:19 Comments || Top||

#3  C'mon, guys, it isn't nice to make fun of them just because their parents couldn't be bothered to spend money to improve the dentition of future jihadis.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/20/2006 14:31 Comments || Top||

#4  not funny
Posted by: Bucky and Gentle || 07/20/2006 14:54 Comments || Top||

#5  B & G - where have you been?
Posted by: Bobby || 07/20/2006 16:10 Comments || Top||

#6 
excuse me but if i kill all the gophers they're gonna put me away for life.
Posted by: macofromoc || 07/20/2006 16:45 Comments || Top||


Al Jazeera technician wounded in West Bank
DUBAI - A member of Al Jazeera television’s team in the West Bank was wounded on Wednesday by Israeli fire during live coverage of an Israeli incursion into the town of Nablus, its correspondent said.

The crew was reporting live on the advance of Israeli troops when several shots were heard and technician Wael Tantous was hit in the leg. “Our colleague was hit by Israeli fire,” said correspondent Jevara Al Boudeiri.
"Aim higher next time, Avi!"
"Right. Sorry, Sarge."
"Cheez, you shoot like a Paleo."
"C'mon, Sarge, you don't have to be nasty about it!"
Tantous appeared on screen collapsing before he was helped by his colleagues who had run for shelter. “Since the beginning of the current war against Lebanon, Al Jazeera teams have been the target of harassment and intimidation by Israeli authorities, which have tried to hurt our correspondent Jevara Al Boudeiri and shot technician Wael Tantous,” said a statement by the Doha-based channel.
Ever ask yourself, 'why do they hate us'?
“Tantous was wounded in his leg. His life is not in danger,” a channel spokesman told AFP.
Posted by: Steve White || 07/20/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [387 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Please notice that these Brave Lions of Journalism had fled to safety as the gunfire began, leaving their comrade to fend for himself.
Posted by: USN,Ret || 07/20/2006 0:58 Comments || Top||

#2  Get a fix on any Al Jizz outfit and pound them with 155's until there's just smoking craters around there.
Posted by: SOP35/Rat || 07/20/2006 1:35 Comments || Top||

#3  Since a war is on, I think ALL of the "press" should be given a "get out of the war zone" date. After that date, they are considered spies - with all that implies.
Posted by: Omusing Angong1547 || 07/20/2006 1:43 Comments || Top||

#4  Israeli sergeant after Al Jize reporter hit in the leg. "Aim higher next time, 15 inches higher and on center".

Posted by: JFM || 07/20/2006 5:22 Comments || Top||

#5  Our colleague was hit by Israeli fire,” said correspondent Jevara Al Boudeiri.

“Tantous was wounded in his leg. His life is not in danger,” a channel spokesman
told AFP
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Al jiz must have forgotten to mention that the two journalists were surrounded by
teenagers throwing stones, and were shot with rubber bullets.
Posted by: junkirony || 07/20/2006 5:39 Comments || Top||

#6  Surely the Israelis aren't using rubber bullets anymore?
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/20/2006 7:11 Comments || Top||

#7  Question: Would getting hit in the ass by a rubber bullet cause an al-Jizz crew member to suffer brain damage?
Posted by: Swamp Blondie || 07/20/2006 7:14 Comments || Top||

#8  Answer: No brain, no pain.
Posted by: twobyfour || 07/20/2006 8:07 Comments || Top||

#9  The crew was reporting live on the advance of Israeli troops These propaganda pukes deserve to be shot. Now if we just could get the NYT (New York Traitors) over there. Hmmmmm.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/20/2006 9:56 Comments || Top||

#10  I think that tracking all Al Jez reporters would lead to a lot more terrorist’s hideouts being uncovered. Good shooting Avi!
Posted by: Cyber Sarge || 07/20/2006 10:31 Comments || Top||

#11  Peg-leg journalism
Posted by: Captain America || 07/20/2006 13:46 Comments || Top||

#12  Al jiz must have forgotten to mention that the two journalists were surrounded by
teenagers throwing stones, and were shot with rubber bullets.


Al Jiz no doubt encourages the kids to throw stones while the cameras are rolling hoping..just hoping.... that they will get footage of a teenager getting shot so that Al Jiz, CNN, FOX and all of the other Tokyo Roses can show that footage 24/7.

I think it is hillarious that they are now firing rubber bullets at the kids and real bullets at the journalists that put the kids up to it. heh!
Posted by: 2b || 07/20/2006 14:00 Comments || Top||

#13  Israeli sergeant after Al Jize reporter hit in the leg. "Aim higher next time, 15 inches higher and on center".

"But, Sarge! There's nuttin' there!"
Posted by: BA || 07/20/2006 22:34 Comments || Top||


Three Palestinians killed in Katyusha rocket attack on Al-Nasirah
(KUNA) -- Three Palestinians were killed on Wednesday in the explosion of Katyusha rockets in city of Al-Nasirah, said Israeli media. The sources said that two of the victims were brothers, noting that the city has a majority of Arab residents. A Katyusha missile hit a house in the city, while another landed on a shopping mall. A score of missiles fired by Hezbollah hit a number of cities and towns in Israel, leaving civilian casualties.
Posted by: Fred || 07/20/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [279 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Where's the seething?
Posted by: gorb || 07/20/2006 18:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Do you think that Palestinians are somewhat ... cursed?

I mean they always make the wrong decision, pick the wrong side in a fight, get used and abused by all Arab governments, always give up the sweet deal - usually so they can kill more Jooos, get blown up by their own bombs and then to cap it all, they get killed by their Arab brothers!

Someone really has it in for them.
Posted by: Tony (UK) || 07/20/2006 18:16 Comments || Top||


Israel kills 15 Palestinians in Gaza, West Bank
Israeli troops killed 15 Palestinians in clashes in Gaza and the occupied West Bank on Wednesday in one of the worst days of violence since Israel launched an offensive to free an abducted soldier. Fighting erupted between Israeli troops and militants in central Gaza after the army pushed into the strip, killing 10 Palestinians -- five militants and five civilians -- in air strikes and other attacks, medics said. Some of the heaviest fighting took place around the Maghazi refugee camp. Four of the dead militants were from the governing Islamist Hamas movement.

Gunmen from the faction, which is sworn to Israel's destruction, and two other groups captured Israeli army Corporal Gilad Shalit in a cross-border raid on June 25. Israel has killed about 110 Palestinians, around half of them militants, in Gaza since the abduction and vowed to continue its three-week offensive until the soldier is freed and gunmen stop firing rockets into Israel. It has refused Hamas demands that it free Palestinian prisoners in return for Shalit, a 19-year-old tank gunner.

In the West Bank, Israeli troops backed by armored vehicles surrounded a Palestinian security compound in the city of Nablus and killed three gunmen from moderate President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction, medics said. Two civilians were also killed, medics said. The army said troops had confronted civilians who had thrown stones at them as well as gunmen, but that soldiers had only fired at Palestinians who shot at them.
Posted by: Fred || 07/20/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [343 views] Top|| File under:

#1  More faster please.
Posted by: Scott R || 07/20/2006 1:32 Comments || Top||

#2  killing 10 Palestinians -- five militants and five civilians

How'd they know who's who?
Posted by: gromgoru || 07/20/2006 12:08 Comments || Top||

#3  They flipped a coin, grom.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 07/20/2006 12:16 Comments || Top||


Olde Tyme Religion
Jihadists From South East Asia Take Up Fight Against Israel
Jakarta, 20 July (AKI) - Some 200 Islamist extremists mostly from Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand have enrolled to fight against Israel in the Middle East, a top official of a radical Indonesian Muslim organisation said Thursday. The Islamic Youth Movement's Suaib Didu, told Adnkronos International (AKI) that he was aware of 217 jihadists who were traveling to the Middle East. The Islamic Youth Movement which claims to have 30,000 members is know for its strident anti-American stance. Suaib is also deputy-president of the Asian Muslim Youth Secretariat, of which little information exists.
Sounds like the Hitler Youth, with turbans
"It is all true. Militants from Malaysia and Thailand departed yesterday. Indonesians will leave soon," Suaib said.
Just leave your names and a DNA sample. That way we can ship your remains home
He said he had met 12 of the Indonesian militants last week in a house in Jakarta's Tebet district. News of the meeting was first reported on Wednesday by the Detikom Internet portal, which often carries the views of radical groups. Suaib's meeting with the militants was aimed at finalising travel arrangements and to inform the militants on the significance of Jihad, or holy war, he said. "We don't want their jihad to be used later to damage the name of Islam," he said adding that the militant's objective was to bomb Israeli and American targets around the world. "These will not be suicide bombs but jihad bombs," Suaib said.
That's pretty much what we thought jihad meant. I don't think you'll damage our view of islam one bit.
According to Suaib the militants have chosen to operate under the name "Palestine Jihad Bombing Troops". The group includes 72 Indonesians, 57 Filipinos, 36 Malaysians, 43 Thais, five militants from Brunei, three from Bangladesh and one from Singapore. Some of the militants are veterans of the anti-Soviet uprising in Afghanistan in the 1980s, Suaib said.

He also said that the militants mission has not been sanctioned by the Indonesian government and that the fighters "have no links to the terrorist groups that have caused disarray in Indonesia".
I guess he means JI
"This is purely a fight to help our brothers in Palestine and Lebanon," he said.

In a separate development 90 militants from the Islamic Defenders Front, a group based in Indonesia's Aceh province have also said they are ready to fight in the Middle East and die as "martyrs".
Posted by: Steve || 07/20/2006 08:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [269 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sounds like they want to be removed from the gene pool.

Someone should create a similar eager jihadis collection outlet, transfer them to some sort of secluded base and invite Daleks or equivalent entities to fulfill jihadis' wishes.
Posted by: twobyfour || 07/20/2006 9:43 Comments || Top||

#2  It's because the indigenous population from South East Asia are being oppressed by the jooos and denied their right to nationhood while their land is stolen... huh, wait...
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 07/20/2006 10:11 Comments || Top||

#3  The Islamic Woodstock.
Posted by: Monsieur Moonbat || 07/20/2006 10:33 Comments || Top||

#4  Ahhh, the benefits of Globilization.

Join Jihad, See The World
Posted by: Lancasters Over Dresden || 07/20/2006 10:36 Comments || Top||

#5  The tsunamis must be the work of Joooos...!

When has Indonesian ever been held accountable for all it's bloody communal excesses anyway? The water could've been for symbolic washing of all those crimes. Screwed up by ignoring of the tsunami warning from Hawaii.
Posted by: Duh! || 07/20/2006 12:15 Comments || Top||

#6  Some of the militants are veterans of the anti-Soviet uprising in Afghanistan in the 1980s, Suaib said.

Good lord, they must be so old they're holding onto life with their fingernails!
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/20/2006 14:36 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Cleric tried to join evacuation on British Navy Ship
EXILED Islamist preacher Omar Bakri Mohammed tried but failed to join the naval evacuation of British nationals from Lebanon's capital Beirut, it was reported today.

Bakri attempted to join evacuees boarding a Royal Navy vessel on Wednesday, but was rebuffed "at the harbour gates by sharp-eyed officials", The Sun said in a front page "exclusive".
A Ministry of Defence spokesman in London could not confirm the report, but said: "Our understanding is that's not true, and we've told The Sun that".

The Sun also reported that Syrian-born Bakri has written to the British embassy in Beirut, asking to be readmitted to Britain on "humanitarian grounds".

Bakri, who settled in Britain in 1985, was banned from reentering Britain in August last year, when then home secretary Charles Clarke ruled that his presence was "not conducive to the public good".

He headed the radical al-Muhajiroun group in London until 2004, and praised the hijackers who carried out the September 11 attacks in the United States in 2001 as the "magnificent 19".

Thousands of foreign nationals have fled Lebanon as Israel has imposed an air and naval blockade on the country and continued a bombing campaign that has left more than 300 people dead after the Islamic militia Hezbollah kidnapped two Israeli soldiers last week.
Posted by: Oztralian || 07/20/2006 19:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [402 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Bwaahahahahahahaaa
Posted by: Frank G || 07/20/2006 20:31 Comments || Top||

#2  "ruled that his presence was "not conducive to the public good"."

With all the terrorism going on, I figured the political correctness would be out the window. In the words of M. Savage, "wake up Sheeple."
Posted by: Poison Reverse || 07/20/2006 20:40 Comments || Top||

#3  Let him on. Halfway to Cyprus, "Man overboard!"
Posted by: tu3031 || 07/20/2006 21:53 Comments || Top||

#4  Damn those infidels, but I can't resist the welfare bennies in Britain.
Posted by: Omar || 07/20/2006 22:24 Comments || Top||

#5  The healthcare system here in Beirut sucks, they want a 10 schekle co-pay, the zionist pigs.
Posted by: Islamist preacher Omar || 07/20/2006 22:32 Comments || Top||

#6  T'aint it ironic. as the song lyric goes, that the leader of a radical group attempts to hide /escape amongst his "enemies", amongst infidels!?
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 07/20/2006 23:58 Comments || Top||


Thousands of IDF troops operating in S. Lebanon - 2 choppers collide
[..]

Thousands of Israeli troops are operating in south Lebanon where they are targetting Hezbollah positions. Among their activities, they are searching for tunnels dug by Hezbollah militants. According to the army, Hezbollah fighters have taken refuge inside these tunnels - often dug under homes in villages - along with their rockets, and that they occasionally emerge to fire one into Israel.

[..]

Four soldiers were injured late Thursday night when two Apache helicopters collided in northern Israel, near Kiryat Shmona.

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Posted by: 3dc || 07/20/2006 19:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [293 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Two Apaches collided? Even the Cessna I got my VFR on had a collision avoidance system.
Posted by: bigjim-ky || 07/20/2006 19:25 Comments || Top||

#2  "often dug under homes in villages - along with their rockets, and that they occasionally emerge to fire one into Israel."

The Islamic version of Animal Planet's Mercat Mansion.
Posted by: Poison Reverse || 07/20/2006 20:25 Comments || Top||

#3  http://www.hnn.co.il/images/albums/926_15693.jpg

http://www.hnn.co.il/images/albums/926_15694.jpg

Hiz "bunker"
Posted by: Clerert Uneamp2772 || 07/20/2006 20:53 Comments || Top||


2 soldiers killed, 6 wounded during intense fighting
Two IDF soldiers were killed and six were wounded on Thursday in a heavy exchange of gunfire with Hizbullah guerillas near the village of Maroun a-Ras, adjacent to Moshav Avivim but on the Lebanese side of the border, it was released for publication early Friday morning. Ground troops were sent across the border to the same sector as where two soldiers were killed the previous day, in order to engage Hizbullah guerillas that were firing mortar rounds towards Avivim. Soldiers operating in Maroun a-Ras reported finding rocket launchers, explosives and other weapons in a mosque there.

According to the IDF, 10 Hizbullah cells were hit by the IDF throughout the day, as well as three Hizbullah command centers. The army estimated that between 30 and 40 Hizbullah terrorists were killed. However, a high-ranking IDF officer said the difficulties troops encountered in Thursday's fighting could prompt a larger-scale ground offensive into southern Lebanon.

Hizbullah also launched between eight and 10 rockets at Israel from southern Lebanon after a period of seven hours in which no rockets had been fired. An IDF soldier was seriously wounded earlier Thursday morning during clashes with a Hizbullah terrorist cell near Avivim. Also on Thursday, two more IDF soldiers were wounded, one lightly and one moderately, when their tank was hit by an anti-tank missile during an operation in southern Lebanon. The troops were evacuated under fire.
Posted by: Fred || 07/20/2006 18:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [284 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This has the most detail on Hez casualties I've seen. It's probably also the same engagement our new friend Levant is talking about.

It will be interesting to hear from the many Rantburgers with military experience, especially in Iraq, regarding how Israel might be proceeding given the level and nature of resistance they are facing.
Posted by: JAB || 07/20/2006 18:19 Comments || Top||

#2  "It will be interesting to hear from the many Rantburgers with military experience, especially in Iraq, regarding how Israel might be proceeding given the level and nature of resistance they are facing."

One step at time specially near the border were there are more traps. And heavy firepower.
Tell them to put A-4 Skyhawks in CAS working again!
Posted by: Clerert Uneamp2772 || 07/20/2006 18:31 Comments || Top||


UN bracing for Lebanon catastrophe
THE United Nations emergency relief coordinator said today he was preparing for a humanitarian catastrophe in Lebanon and insisted the situation there was worsening by the hour.
Jan Egeland, the UN undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs, said nearly 500,000 people were fleeing Israel's deadly retaliatory attacks on Hezbollah militia in Lebanon - a third of them children.

He branded Israel's air raids disproportionate as they continued into the ninth day of a conflict which has killed more than 300 people but said Hezbollah bore a heavy responsibility for hiding out in civilian areas.

Mr Egeland said the UN was experiencing "enormous problems" in carrying out its duties because they are "caught in the crossfire" too.

"They (the Lebanese) will keep on suffering in a way that we all need to understand is unacceptable," he told the BBC.

"And their situation will get worse in the coming days as their coping mechanisms erode.

"The World Food Program has food in the country but cannot move it around due to the security and the effects of the bombardment. This situation has to change because it will become a humanitarian catastrophe if it doesn't.

"The humanitarian situation is getting worse by the hour; there has been an exponential increase in the number of displaced.

"We have 400,000, nearing 500,000, people fleeing the conflict and worse, nearly one third of them are children. This is an example of how this war is hurting the civilians more than the soldiers.

"Hezbollah has to stop the rain of rockets on Israel and Israel has to stop targeting civilian infrastructure and people."

On Israel's response to Hezbollah's kidnap of two Israeli soldiers and slaying of eight others, he said: "It is disproportionate".

"But also, Hezbollah is trying to blend into the civilian population. They bear a heavy responsibility for doing so, but they don't care that they are inflicting suffering on their own people."

Mr Egeland said it was "nearly impossible to move anything in southern Lebanon".

He said the UN had asked for the international ships taking out their nationals fleeing Lebanon to bring in humanitarian relief supplies and hoped that the situation would change in the coming days.
Posted by: tipper || 07/20/2006 16:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [280 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Maybe he should have thought about that before allowing Hez and Ham to use U.N. trucks and ambulances as weapons transports.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 07/20/2006 16:35 Comments || Top||

#2  Hey, Jan, how the heck are ya? I haven't seen you since you called Americans stingy after the tsunami in Indonesia in 2004.

Jan, just so you know, we sent in the Marines. Don't screw with us, ok?
Posted by: Chuck Simmins || 07/20/2006 16:44 Comments || Top||

#3  The UN is bracing for their cronies to get their asses kicked by the Israelies.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/20/2006 16:51 Comments || Top||

#4  This is what happens, when your monitor's stand by why the people you are supposed to be observing build a small army under your nose, without so much as a "Hey, cut that out" from you.
Posted by: plainslow || 07/20/2006 16:56 Comments || Top||

#5  Worse than Darfur? Worse than Zimbabwe? Worse tha North Korea?
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/20/2006 17:01 Comments || Top||

#6  I seem to remember being warned that Afghanistan would be a humanitarian catastrophe too, with "millions dead".
Posted by: Snickers || 07/20/2006 17:08 Comments || Top||

#7  Why don't you go wander out into no-man's land and start clucking "unacceptable! unacceptable!" at the combatants, wiggler?
Posted by: mojo || 07/20/2006 17:10 Comments || Top||

#8  Seems like how war should be waged. Don't try to squeeze them to death, just shatter them. It won't be long before all this is over. Don't try to slow Israel down or you will pay with interest later. Git 'er dun! Hold out the example, be prepared to do it again, and maybe you won't have to do it so often in the future. Those are the dividends you stand to reap.

Personally I think one reason the international community doesn't like this because they are afraid of funding the rebuilding effort (Israel is already paying in blood, so the rest, not Israel, should have to pay with treasure). It also seems good back home if you can say "See, I voted for peace!", even though it ends up costing more lives in the end. I'm sure many people don't see things this way, it's too counterintuitive and not idealistic enough. The people of the world have to understand and accept this fact and push their reps to accept it, too. Otherwise they will just keep pushing for the instant gratification of "peace now" now matter what the consequences. Yes, 1/3 or so are kids. I would expect that. Duh. Don't need to point that out as if it's unusual. Kids go with their parents. I hope countries do the right thing this time and airdrop kilotons of food before they starve and not after. The UN has plans and food stockpiles somewhere I would hope. It's lots of sudden hard work, but if it is so hard and it makes you feel better, switch places with one of the refugees. They did it decades ago with the Berlin Air Drops, they should be able to do it in spades today. It shouldn't be called "impossible" in order to make the job easier in the short run, because you'll just end up working harder in the long by perpetuating the cycle.
Posted by: gorb || 07/20/2006 17:15 Comments || Top||

#9  How about investigating the French massacre, French riot control, except there was no riot slaughtering civilians in the Ivory Coast in 2004?
Posted by: Poison Reverse || 07/20/2006 17:30 Comments || Top||

#10  Kofihas a point. The only way to really guarantee a catastrophe is to send in the UN.
Posted by: Iblis || 07/20/2006 17:35 Comments || Top||

#11  Duly Noted, I've heard not word 1 from un, about the humanitarian crisis 12 years old in north korea, remember un's role in rawanda? How about thier present culpability in darfur....its why we need a new N, without a single socialist voice, within earshot of any microphone, the left has a record, nobody can defend it!

shut down US funding of anything UN, and PS< the relief supplies are in jeprody of UN SOP....loot loot loot.
Posted by: Thavitle Elmaiper3043 || 07/20/2006 17:38 Comments || Top||

#12  Joseph?...
Posted by: Tony (UK) || 07/20/2006 18:22 Comments || Top||

#13  The 2 soldiers kidnapped (Remeber them Jan? The match that lit this fire?) were taken hostage wihtin 300 yards from a UN outpost.
Blue Helmets out trolling for kids at the time of the attack?
Posted by: Capsu78 || 07/20/2006 18:43 Comments || Top||

#14  Not our JosephMendiola, Tony (UK). JosephM is much more excited about things, unless he is conveying solid and useful information... which he conveys in a solid and useful tone. And he never responds directly to others.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/20/2006 20:00 Comments || Top||


Lebanon: Two journalists kidnapped by Hizbullah released
Two British journalists earlier kidnapped by Hizbullah in Beirut have been released by Lebanese police, a local police officer said. (AFP)
Sorry, Gromgoru : no vid for ya...
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 07/20/2006 15:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [298 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Friendly fire incident.
Posted by: Iblis || 07/20/2006 15:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Moonbat twins in every European country. Remember these Pretend Hostages/Terrorist Sympathizers Italians, Simona Pari and Simona Torretta.
Posted by: Poison Reverse || 07/20/2006 16:08 Comments || Top||

#3  Just more proof of the ties between Hez and the Lebanese Gov't to me.
Posted by: Mike N. || 07/20/2006 16:26 Comments || Top||

#4  looks like the runaway bride
Posted by: Frank G || 07/20/2006 16:48 Comments || Top||

#5  Hopefully, they got the target GPS. :)
Posted by: Gloling Jeque6486 || 07/20/2006 17:02 Comments || Top||


U.S. accuses Iran over North Korean missile tests
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran accused the United States on Thursday of trying to obstruct talks to end a standoff over Tehran's nuclear programme, while Washington said its fears had risen because Iranians had witnessed North Korean missile tests. Both sides traded the accusations as the U.N. Security Council wrangled over a resolution to make legally binding demands Iran halt uranium enrichment, a process that can produce fuel for power stations or bomb material. Iran again rejected international calls for it to scrap nuclear fuel production.

A senior U.S. official said on Thursday U.S. worries about Iran's nuclear capabilities had deepened because one or more Iranians witnessed missile tests on July 4 in North Korea, which experts say is a key partner in Tehran's missile programme. Washington, which has accused Iran of having a secret programme to build nuclear arms, says the two nations have been collaborating and has expressed concern cash-strapped Pyongyang was keen to sell missiles and possibly also atomic material.

Asked at a U.S. Senate hearing about reports Iranians witnessed the North Korean tests, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Chris Hill said: "Yes, that is my understanding." It was "absolutely correct" the relationship was worrisome, he said. Experts say Iran's Shahab 3 missile has a range of 2,000 km (1,240 miles) and is based on a North Korean design.

No Iranian comment was immediately available on Hill's statement. Iran has denied the U.S. charges it has a secret nuclear arms programme, saying it is solely for electricity.
Posted by: Steve || 07/20/2006 14:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [277 views] Top|| File under:

#1  One kid is easier to take care of than two because you know who to blame. What if two rogue states can point fingers at each other?
Posted by: gorb || 07/20/2006 17:21 Comments || Top||

#2  The same as multiple kids at home, gorb: spank them all without prejudice.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/20/2006 20:01 Comments || Top||

#3  hegemony means "never having to say you're sorry" - spank em
Posted by: Frank G || 07/20/2006 21:16 Comments || Top||


Suicide Bombers Joined Hezbollah In Lebanon, Militant Says
Tehran, 20 July (AKI) - A spokesman for an Iranian militant group which claims to have 55,000 would-be suicide bombers among its members said on Thursday that 27 of its men have joined Hezbollah militias in Lebanon to fight against Israel. "The first two groups of esteshhadioun (volunteers of martyrdom) have already reached Lebanon," Mohammad Ali Samadi told Adnkronos International (AKI). Speaking on the phone from the organization's headquarters in Tehran, Samadi said the militants reached Lebanon through Syria.

The spokesman for the Headquarters for the Glory of Martyrs of the International Movement said its militants in Lebanon were "27 people selected from the 55,000 members who spoke fluent Arabic and have received adequate training to fight beside their Lebanese brothers against the Zionist enemy." The spokesman however said the militants would not engage in combat but would "identify Zionist targets and then attack them with actions of martyrdom."
They'll be looking for buses to boom
Posted by: Steve || 07/20/2006 13:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [269 views] Top|| File under:

#1  As a great CIC once said: Bring it (you limp dick c**k suckers). Don't forget your human shields/ body armour.
Posted by: Mark Z || 07/20/2006 13:44 Comments || Top||

#2  How about some coordinates on the 55,000?
Posted by: Graiter Claling1714 || 07/20/2006 13:48 Comments || Top||

#3  human shields/ body armour

Meat armour (H/T Black Five)
Posted by: Captain America || 07/20/2006 13:50 Comments || Top||

#4  The only serious problem facing the Headquarters for the Glory of Martyrs is that the reenlistment rate is so low.
Posted by: kelly || 07/20/2006 17:08 Comments || Top||

#5  Selected my butt. I'll bet they only got a few volunteers. 27/50k sounds like a pretty crappy ratio to me.
Posted by: gorb || 07/20/2006 17:25 Comments || Top||


Hezbollah claims shooting down Israeli copter - TV
CAIRO, July 20 (Xinhua) -- Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah claimed shooting down an Israeli military helicopter in the Lebanon-Israel border area on Thursday, the Arabic satellite TV channel al-Jazeera reported. Luan Shanglin
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 07/20/2006 12:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [279 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Iranian TV, the other day, also claimed the shooting down of an Israeli F16 and taking the two pilots hostage. Unless I hear otherwise, this is just another piece in the Islamic propaganda campaign. This has "Domestic Consumption" written all over it.
Posted by: Poison Reverse || 07/20/2006 13:03 Comments || Top||

#2  Heh. Does this mean the IAF has destroyed another Zelzal missile?
Posted by: Iblis || 07/20/2006 13:10 Comments || Top||

#3  I TOLD YOU! I TOLD YOU! The only thing these "Israelis" are capable of doing well is making BAGELS. The Israelis again, for the fourth day, tried to invade Lebanese territory. At Maarun Raas the encounter with the sissy pseudo-soldiers took place. The result very predictable-three "Israeli" soldiers dead, 10 injured, three tanks destroyed and a chopper shot down. (An Israeli F-16 did indeed crash on take off-it was "overloaded with amminition and bombs" according to the "Israeli" airforce!) What complete buffoons-wasting hard earned American tax dollars. And they dropped 23,000 pounds of explosives on a construction site. Forget killing a Hizbullah soldier, they couldn't even kill infants and babies-the only thing they are good at doing (and making bagels, ofcourse). I was talking to a taxi driver here and he just wants the border to open up so that he can rip up the sissies. I hope we don't get over confident though, even though we know that fighting these spoilt pre-schoolers will be a piece of cake-God Willing. Total military casualties to date: One Hizbullah (The Knights of Islam) martyred-God Willing and 17 zionist spoilt sissies sent to hell and 21 to the vegetable ward. (The "Israeli" military says they have destroyed half of the Hezbollah military-And the Pope's Jewish). PLEASE-can't you pick any real men to defend your den of thieves-Don't you have any? We need a challange PLEASE-Thanks.
Posted by: the Levant || 07/20/2006 13:46 Comments || Top||

#4  Oscar! Welcome back. Is this a single shot or will you be engaging in more scintilating repartee?
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 07/20/2006 13:50 Comments || Top||

#5  Right Levant. Just like the fake moon landings. Just wait until you get invaded.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/20/2006 13:50 Comments || Top||

#6  Sorry. Correction. Four Israelis sent to hell.
Posted by: the Levant || 07/20/2006 13:54 Comments || Top||

#7  Ooops. "Israelis".
Posted by: the Levant || 07/20/2006 13:55 Comments || Top||

#8  Hey Levant any consideration as how this all got started? PS you can't go back 5,000 years and say it's all the fault of the Joooos. Let's look at say 1982 - present?
Posted by: Rightwing || 07/20/2006 14:04 Comments || Top||

#9  He's just as cute as a kitten, isn't he! And trainable, too -- look, he spelt bagel correctly today. He seems to like them an awful lot; how did he develop a taste for such things in Syria?

But not terribly intelligent, if he doesn't wonder why the Lebanese are cowering in fear of the spoilt, sissy, "Israeli" pseudosoldiers, given they are so ineffective. Or why the Lebanese Prime Minister thinks it would take the entire world to stop Israel from doing as it wills. Or that the reason we don't have counts of Hizb'allah deaths is because the bodies are trapped in destroyed tunnels and bunkers, and nobody cares enough to go in and see. And the silly actually believes what his taxi driver said to get a bigger tip! (You did give him a bigger tip, my dear Mr. Levant? Such perspicacity on the part of a mere taxi driver deserves a proper reward, surely!)
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/20/2006 14:16 Comments || Top||

#10  yeah, Levant, you just keep believing that as you get your ass kicked. In fact, why don't you go join the fight since you are such a tough guy and the Israelies are such pussies.
Posted by: 2b || 07/20/2006 14:16 Comments || Top||

#11  C'mon guys...you know better than to even notice the plant ranters from DailyKos.
Posted by: mcsegeek1 || 07/20/2006 14:17 Comments || Top||

#12  mcsegeek1, one of the moderators noted yesterday that Mr. Levant's posts are arriving via Syria, and I asked nicely that we be allowed to keep him as a pet. I've never had a pet Syrian before, and he's as cute as a retarded puppy! (He was as cute as a kitten before, but then he missed putting the quotes around Israelis... and then corrected it! He's just perfect!)
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/20/2006 14:27 Comments || Top||

#13  Islam is a sleeping GIANT. It needs to be woken up.
Posted by: the Levant || 07/20/2006 14:30 Comments || Top||

#14  I thought that was China.
Posted by: Napoleon Buonaparte || 07/20/2006 14:33 Comments || Top||

#15  Speaking of retarded puppies, we got the first season of Gunsmoke from Netflix. They have an episode where a character who can only be described as a retarded puppy is played (this is 1955, remember) by Aaron Spelling. In another, Charles Bronson plays, you'll never guess, a psychotic killer. So far no good shots of Miss Kitty.
Posted by: Mrs. Davis || 07/20/2006 14:38 Comments || Top||

#16  All those riots are because Islam is asleep? How self-destructive will it become when it awakens? The entire economic basis of the Muslim world will be burnt to the ground by rioting hordes if you are correct, my dear Mr. Levant.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/20/2006 14:39 Comments || Top||

#17  Hi, Mrs. D! How've you been? We missed you!
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/20/2006 14:42 Comments || Top||

#18  Levant, baby, Islam is a decaying dog, which is why I left it. There are millions more like me in the West, who haved turned away from the barbarous faith of their deluded ancestors. The only question is this: will you muzzies give up your evil, death-worshipping Allah-cult, or will the rest of the world world have to erase your sorry butts from the surface of the planet? The choice is yours.
Posted by: Apostate || 07/20/2006 14:45 Comments || Top||

#19  For all we know Levant is correct about Israeli losses. Israel's Army does not appear as ready take down Hezbollah as we might have expected and is improvising even more than is typical in war. News sometimes travels slowly from the battlefield. Levant's sources may be more accurate.

That said, assuming he is right, what is remarkable is that this would be among the biggest victory for his ilk in at least a generation. He's doing a victory lap based on the rumored outcome of a small skirmish.

What distinguishes successful societies (successful in war, business, sports, whatever they all seem corelated), like Israel, from backwater countries is that they are more likely to learn from mistakes and make the adjustment necessary to prevail rather than blame external forces (the Joos!) and seeth.
Posted by: JAB || 07/20/2006 14:58 Comments || Top||

#20  Must be fun to be a Muslim during wartime. Everyone's expectations are so low that whatever happens you can claim victory.
Posted by: Iblis || 07/20/2006 15:00 Comments || Top||

#21  Levant, do yourself a favour and read the article today by Victor Davis Hanson "Patience is wearing thin".

Then take a little bit of time to read some previous posts here on Rantburg - you're very new and may not realise the depth of experience the posters have. For the most part, the posters are trying to find a way forward so that the apocalyptic visions we all know are possible do not come to pass. If it does come to that though, the consequences will be horrific. A single Trident submarine is capable of killing hundreds of millions of people. The US has 18.

And here's the clincher - it doesn't have to be the West that does it, Russia has more than enough weapons to spare, China probably doesn't yet, but is certainly able to. Japan, if it goes nuclear, could rival the US in warheads in just a few years.

The time for Islam to get it's act together is running out rapidly - seriously.

Your coming to a site like this and spouting off about sissy Israelis is facile when the real issue is the cannon that is being (very reluctantly) pointed at Islam's head.
Posted by: Tony (UK) || 07/20/2006 15:10 Comments || Top||

#22  But some of us do want the apocolyptic visions to come to pass because we believe it is now the only way to solve the problem permanently. And the sooner the better. We write our congrescritters regularly to get funding restored for neutrom bombs so that there won't be physical damage. Have a Nice Day.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 07/20/2006 15:15 Comments || Top||

#23  Yo, Levant, whatsup with that NasralAllah dude? Haven't heard/seen him for a bit. I understand, he my be tied up... in the bathroom having diarrhea (also called shitting his pants). That is, if he did not became a sublime cloud of aerosol in the menawhile.
Posted by: twobyfour || 07/20/2006 15:37 Comments || Top||

#24  The Muslims winning a war is like winning a race in the Special Olympics, you may win but, you're still retarted.

BTW, the correct grammar is "Israeli's" not "Israelis," as in plural for more that one Israeli. Welcome to America! Enjoy the pork sandwich.
Posted by: Poison Reverse || 07/20/2006 15:37 Comments || Top||

#25  NS comments about some RBers wanting the end game or at least rocognizing that it's the path we're on. Sad thing is...the Moose-Limbs seem to want it even more. Levant is the perfect example. They really don't know what the hell they're up against and I have long since stopped caring what happens to them. Whatever does, they clearly have wished very hard for it.
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 07/20/2006 15:48 Comments || Top||

#26  Levant, Did you get to see those Israeli fighter jets that said hi to Asshead?
Posted by: Mike N. || 07/20/2006 15:59 Comments || Top||

#27  I'm afraid you're wrong on that grammar point, Poison Reverse. The apostrophe would indicate possessive; a simple s at the end indicates plural. Your way is actually the common usage though, especially amongst technical people, just as there have become two spellings of gauge -- gage being the now-accepting technical usage, and is so defined in the better dictionaries. (A point I was shocked to be proved wrong about two decades ago, although it was quite salutory indeed -- I'm much less obnoxious as a result.) ;-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/20/2006 16:05 Comments || Top||

#28  tw,

Ok. I am shocked. I am usually not corrected on grammar. Coming from you, I'll take it as a compliment.
Posted by: Poison Reverse || 07/20/2006 16:14 Comments || Top||

#29  I was just taking a welcome tour of the Rantburg. (Please make a RANTBURG WELCOME TOUR for new visitors like me. Thanks.) Boy! What a cast of characters you've got-"Iblis", "Apostate" and "Kaafir for ever". Wow!Will you be holding a Rantburg Halloween Dance party this year? Will "trailing wife" be dancing with "Iblis"? Can we see it here live via tele-conferencing? I mean I would love to view "Apostate" on the screen. What kind of a person could this be? Just look at what he/she says: "Islam is a decaying dog, which is why I left it. There are millions more like me in the West..." Will "Apostate" come to the party as a cockroach or will he put on a costume? Will Salman Rushdie be at your ball too? I LOVE IT...I LOVE IT...I must say this paper MUST get international publicity.
Posted by: the Levant || 07/20/2006 16:20 Comments || Top||

#30  We have Rant-a-paloozas where we all get drunk on alcoholic beverages and say what we really think. Sometimes people dance on the tables. You'll be invited to the next one for sure. Spouses optional.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 07/20/2006 16:24 Comments || Top||

#31  TW can dance with whomever she wishes. That's the difference between our societies. You should come to the next Rant-A-Palooza so I can stab a ham sandwich to your face. Smartass.
Posted by: Mike N. || 07/20/2006 16:33 Comments || Top||

#32  "Will you be holding a Rantburg Halloween Dance party this year?"

Be careful, dancing with infidels is an Apostasy.
Posted by: Poison Reverse || 07/20/2006 16:33 Comments || Top||

#33  I'm sure you will be welcome at the Rant-a-palooza. Living in Washington State (and employed full time) I haven't had an opprotunity to myself :(.

Spouses (and I presume kids) are optional but no goats or sheep please - we do have some standards...

Would probably invlte you to the halloween party but that is for imaginary monsters only.

Have a good day!
Posted by: CrazyFool || 07/20/2006 16:43 Comments || Top||

#34  trailing wife is generally limited to those who can and enjoy dancing, although due to entirely too many years spent studying the wrong dance styles she requires a very strong lead when waltzing or doing the jitterbug, which Mr. Wife is often happy to provide. I'm afraid I don't know you well enough to let you write your name on my dance card, Mr. Levant, but in his brief time here Apostate has demonstrated that he is a gentleman and a scholar. The nyms do indeed make an interesting study of world history, literature and various units of our armed forces, although I expect "Mrs. Davis" will be beyond understanding without a lot of time in the deep archives. Tony (UK)'s advice is as wise as usual, and you would do well to heed the rest of his post.

For those who haven't read it, Dave D.'s incisive analysis of the options facing us (written as only a practicing and expert engineer can -- no wasteful verbiage from his pen!) is well worth the few minutes it will take to read. I don't know that Mr. Levant, however, is ready to understand the implications for himself and his taxi driver therein.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/20/2006 16:45 Comments || Top||

#35  Oh, no no no - I must INSIST that Levant come to the party we West Cost Rantburgers are having in Carson City! You could be the beau of the ball, Levant.
Posted by: Secret Master || 07/20/2006 17:00 Comments || Top||

#36  Sorry but I'm not happy. Could any of you be happy if you were forced into an arranged marriage with your cousins goat? It wasn't even a boy goat. At least our Pedphile for Profit, Muhamhead got to choose his own 6 year old girl to be his "wife").

None of you have respect for us like your Godless America liberal turncoats do. If you don't Allah demainds that we dress our camels in women's clothes and then throw rocks at you. Trust me it's a Mecca tradtion.
Posted by: Levant || 07/20/2006 17:17 Comments || Top||

#37  I see that "Baghdad Bob" is back in the comic propaganda business using the nom de plum of "Levant". Levant? Isn't that someone who runs away?
If nothing else, he's learned how to spell bagel correctly.
Posted by: GK || 07/20/2006 17:47 Comments || Top||

#38  None of you have respect for us like your Godless America liberal turncoats do. If you don't Allah demainds that we dress our camels in women's clothes and then throw rocks at you. Trust me it's a Mecca tradtion.

I'm confused. Is Levant trying to be RB's version of LGF's Aisha?
Posted by: Xbalanke || 07/20/2006 17:55 Comments || Top||

#39  long after this article appeared... Shepard Smith was on LIVE on FOXNEWS and a Israeli chopper crashed 5 miles inside Israel and close to him while on screen. Unfortunately all 2 aboard died.
Posted by: 3dc || 07/20/2006 18:00 Comments || Top||

#40  Teevee talking head said 2 choppers collided, with 5 hurt. Not sure this is the same incident.
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 07/20/2006 18:37 Comments || Top||

#41  I sense the presence of Tony The Turbin.
Posted by: 6 || 07/20/2006 20:03 Comments || Top||

#42  anonymous5089: You can bet your a$$ it is. Claims by these radical groups have to be based in fact and then twisted to the breaking point before being sent out for general seething consumption. Those who consume it are obligated to have their brains in "accept everything the MMs tell me because the speak for Allan" mode.
Posted by: gorb || 07/20/2006 20:27 Comments || Top||


Two foreign journalos kidnapped at Beyrouth
Link in french.
According to french daily "Le Figaro", two foreign tv journalists and their two lebanese assistants, who were filming a neighbourhood in the center of Beyrouth, have been kidnapped by members of the shiite party hizballah (police sources).
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 07/20/2006 12:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [294 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Bon chance.
Posted by: Perfesser || 07/20/2006 12:44 Comments || Top||

#2  Standard mode of Hizb'Allah ops.
Posted by: Kalle (kafir forever) || 07/20/2006 12:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Here's an english version. Not much more info.

Posted by: DanNY || 07/20/2006 13:18 Comments || Top||

#4  Decapitation video? Please, Please, Please!
Posted by: gromgoru || 07/20/2006 13:51 Comments || Top||

#5  Somehow, this must be the Joos fault.

-- Kofi Annon
Posted by: Captain America || 07/20/2006 13:55 Comments || Top||

#6  Oh, thank goodness! I thought they meant in Germany, where the annual Wagner festival takes place, and I was really confused.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/20/2006 14:43 Comments || Top||

#7  No guys, we don't cheer for decapitations of innocents. Decpaitating Nasrallah, now that should be on free TV. But a foreign journalist? God protect them and see that they're released safely.
Posted by: Steve White || 07/20/2006 14:54 Comments || Top||

#8  tw
Beyrouth=Beirut
Bayreuth=Festival
Posted by: Snise Grogum7151 || 07/20/2006 15:10 Comments || Top||

#9  (IsraelNN.com) Lebanese please have released two British journalists who had been kidnapped by Hizbullah terrorists. They were unharmed.

"You're with the BBC? Well, why didn't you say so, you're free to go."

Posted by: Steve || 07/20/2006 15:11 Comments || Top||

#10  Was going to say... talk about biting the hands that feeds them. And broadcast puff pieces about their "Construction Jihad" and their "Wife Finding Jihad" and ...
Posted by: eLarson || 07/20/2006 15:32 Comments || Top||

#11  See earlier article. They were spying looking for targets good film footage.
Posted by: Gloling Jeque6486 || 07/20/2006 17:01 Comments || Top||

#12  Snise Grogum7151, thank you. French isn't one of my languages, I'm afraid -- we were transferred back from Brussels before I got beyond basic Dutch.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/20/2006 20:11 Comments || Top||


Israel hints at full-scale invasion
Much old news deleted.

Israeli troops met fierce resistance from Hezbollah terrorists guerrillas Thursday as they crossed into Lebanon to seek tunnels and weapons for a second straight day, and Israel hinted at a full-scale invasion.

Israeli warplanes also launched new airstrikes on Beirut's southern suburbs, a Hezbollah stronghold, shortly after daybreak, followed by strikes in the terrorists' guerrillas' heartland in the south and eastern Bekaa Valley.

The strikes followed bombings Wednesday that killed as many as 70 people, according to Lebanese television, making it the deadliest day since the fighting began July 12.

Israel's series of small ground forays across the border have aimed to push back Hezbollah guerrillas who have continued firing rockets into northern Israel despite more than a week of massive bombardment – raising the question of whether air power alone can suppress them. Guerrillas fired 25 rockets into Israel on Thursday, which caused no casualties.

But the terrorists guerrillas have been fighting back hard on the ground, wounding three Israeli soldiers Thursday, a day after killing two. An Israeli unit sent in to ambush Hezbollah terrorists guerrillas also had a fierce gunbattle with a cell of terrorists militants.

In another clash, just across the border from the Israeli town of Avivim, terrorists guerrillas fired a missile at an Israeli tank, seriously wounding one soldier. Hezbollah said its terrorists guerrillas destroyed two tanks trying to enter the Lebanese border village of Maroun al-Ras, across from Avivim.

Israel has mainly limited itself to attacks from the air and sea, reluctant to send in ground troops on terrain dominated by Hezbollah.

But an Israeli army spokesman refused to rule out the possibility of a full-scale invasion. Israel broadcast warnings Wednesday into south Lebanon, telling civilians to leave the region – a possible prelude to a larger Israeli ground operation. "There is a possibility – all our options are open. At the moment, it's a very limited, specific incursion but all options remain open," Capt. Jacob Dallal, an Israeli army spokesman, told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Leaflets dropped Wednesday night warned the population that any trucks traveling in Lebanese towns south of the Litani River would be suspected of carrying weapons and rockets and could be targeted by Israeli forces.

The Israeli military said aircraft dropped 23 tons of explosives on what it believed was a bunker for senior Hezbollah leaders in the Bourj al-Barajneh neighborhood of Beirut between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Wednesday. Hezbollah said none of its members was hurt and denied a leadership bunker was in the area, saying a mosque under construction was hit. It has a headquarters compound in Bourj al-Barajneh that is off limits to Lebanese police and army, so security officials could not confirm the strike.

Israel's U.N. Ambassador Dan Gillerman told CNN his country would not comment about the attack until it is sure of all the facts. But he added, "I can assure you that we know exactly what we hit. ... This was no religious site. This was indeed the headquarters of the Hezbollah leadership."
Mosque. Terrorist HQ. The two are not mutually exclusive.

On Thursday, Israeli jets struck houses believed used by Hezbollah officials in the town of Hermel in the western Bekaa Valley, wounding at least three. Israeli warplanes also destroyed a five-story residential and commercial building that reportedly once held a Hezbollah office in the Bekaa Valley city of Baalbek, a Hezbollah stronghold, witnesses said. There was no immediate word on casualties.
Posted by: Jackal || 07/20/2006 11:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [268 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ..has a headquarters compound in Bourj al-Barajneh that is off limits to Lebanese police and army...

Hence, pointing to the problem.
Posted by: Bobby || 07/20/2006 13:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Time to ask Lebanese leaders whether they are afraid of Hizb'Allah. Are their armed forces unable or unwilling to confront (and crush) Hizb'Allah in their own capital?
Posted by: Kalle (kafir forever) || 07/20/2006 13:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Time for the Israeli leaders to send in some boots and kick serious butt. The Lebanese are most unlikely to do anything. And bad things may happen when Condi comes to town. Israel may get sold down the river on Hezb'Allan to get a resolution on Iran at the UNSC. Makew hay while the sun shines.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 07/20/2006 13:37 Comments || Top||


Hizbollah leader ‘trapped’
SHEIKH Hassan Nasrallah, Hizbollah's leader, is trapped in an underground command bunker at Dahiya, a southern suburb of Beirut, and was the target of heavy bombing last night, Israeli intelligence sources claimed yesterday.
A military source said dozens of aircraft took part in the operation sometime before midnight, dropping 23 tonnes of explosives on the bunker. The radical cleric "has not seen the light of day for a week", as Israeli F16 jets cratered roads and bombed bridges to isolate him and members of his ruling council in the area controlled by his terrorist militiamen.

A dedicated strike squadron, the 101st, has been assigned the task of destroying Dahiya and has also been dropping US-made "bunker-buster" bombs to smash Hizbollah bunkers, underground bomb-making factories and weapons' caches.

An Israeli army intelligence officer said: "Nasrallah took to his bunker as soon as we started bombing. He hasn't seen the light of day since." Nasrallah, who was a co-founder of Hizbollah, has not been seen in public since the Israelis retaliated for the murder of eight of their soldiers and the kidnap of two others.
Posted by: Steve || 07/20/2006 11:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [308 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So, is he stable yet? One hopes so.
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 07/20/2006 11:16 Comments || Top||

#2  Enough cracks for the FAE's?
Posted by: 3dc || 07/20/2006 11:18 Comments || Top||

#3  IAF has the coordinates. Couple more busters might be helpful.
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 07/20/2006 11:27 Comments || Top||

#4  I found this article last evening and took it to mean he'd been "trapped" underground since last week, meaning no public appearences etc.
I didn't take it to mean he we "playing bridge under the rubble".
Fact of the matter is he hasn't had a comment in over 18 hours, and being the media whore he is, well... you'd expect him declaring victory by now.
Maybe he has a big quarterly review meeting with his bosses and he's unavailble for comment.
Posted by: Capsu78 || 07/20/2006 12:09 Comments || Top||

#5  Answered one of my questions. "US made bunker-busters"

Yeaha! Gives me a warm fuzzy.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/20/2006 12:19 Comments || Top||

#6  Gathered the same interpretation of the Israeli's words, Capsu78.

I gather that interpretation doesn't do much to sell papers.

Once the embers cool, Nasrallah's room temperature.

Mugniyah will need to find another puppet. This one's lost his strings.
Posted by: Steve Schippert || 07/20/2006 12:32 Comments || Top||

#7  I hope the bastard is in Hell ,now.
Posted by: Mike || 07/20/2006 12:33 Comments || Top||

#8  I am very careful about recommending this option because it is so horrific. But Israel should, in this case, match evil with evil. Nasrallah fits the description of pure evil.

White Phosphorous: WP warheads contain a chemical compound of phosphorous that burns at a very high temperature. The reaction is ignited by a detonator in the shell casing and the effect is to produce a bright burning impact mark and a vast amount of thick smoke. Initially the use of the shell was purely for chemical smoke, however subsequent adoption of this rather expensive compound is closely related to its secondary function as an anti-personnel weapon.

WP burns at a very high temperature and is extremely difficult to quench, it is also 'sticky' meaning that the burning chemical has a tendency to be difficult to remove from people it comes into contact with. Horrific injuries are frequently caused by WP ammunition, and since the 1960s, WP compounds have been added to the explosive fillers of some air-dropped bombs for attacking personnel targets.
Posted by: Poison Reverse || 07/20/2006 12:57 Comments || Top||

#9  Just strafe the area from time to time to keep them from digging him out.
Posted by: Thromoger Groluns2704 || 07/20/2006 13:37 Comments || Top||

#10  Unfortunately, under ground he will not stabilize at room temperature, but at ground temperature.
Posted by: wxjames || 07/20/2006 13:52 Comments || Top||

#11  if he is alive Kofi Amman and the usual dhimmis will be trying to save his ass
Posted by: mhw || 07/20/2006 13:54 Comments || Top||

#12  In 1,000 year's he'll be dug up by an archeological civilization and he will be identified as a Nephilim
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 07/20/2006 13:59 Comments || Top||

#13  Perhaps Nasrallah will emulate his idol Adolph and take himself out.
Posted by: doc || 07/20/2006 14:03 Comments || Top||

#14  We'll know when we feel that cold chill as the gates of hell open up. Good riddance.
Posted by: 2b || 07/20/2006 14:24 Comments || Top||

#15  calling him one of the Niphilim might be considered a compliment

how about calling him a 'shaqketz' (insects)
Posted by: mhw || 07/20/2006 14:27 Comments || Top||

#16  I'm kinda disappointed and worried: Shouldn't the bunker busters have busted the underground command bunker the first time around? Jeez, how can you expect such weapons to take out the Iranians on the first pass?
Posted by: Ptah || 07/20/2006 14:32 Comments || Top||

#17  SO, if he is dead, how does this effect the current fighting?
Posted by: Sherry || 07/20/2006 14:36 Comments || Top||

#18  Hezbollah denial

Hezbollah has denied reports from Israel that its leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah was in a bunker hit by a major Israeli air strike. The Israeli newspaper Maariv quoted a senior military source as saying information obtained by security forces had shown Nasrallah was there. But in Beirut, Hezbollah said none of its leaders were killed during the Israeli attack.

"The following is a statement from Hezbollah: Hezbollah denies that any of its leaders or personnel have been killed in the latest airstrike on a building in Beirut, which the army of the enemy has claimed to be a hideout for the leaders of Hizbollah. The building which was hit with a 23 ton bomb, is a mosque under construction. The enemy is trying to hide its military and security failures through lies and illusionary achievements. This is the end of the statement."


That'a a pretty wimpy statement.
Posted by: Steve || 07/20/2006 14:46 Comments || Top||

#19  oooh. I like the sound of that! An official denial. As soon as we get our first audio tape from him, we can celebrate.
Posted by: 2b || 07/20/2006 14:50 Comments || Top||

#20  From ThreatsWatch:
Fully nine hours after the strike, Nasrallah has yet to be heard from. Silence from a man who immediately phoned Hizballah’s al-Manar TV to confirm his survival after Israel launched a strike that destroyed his home and headquarters five days prior. Never one to shy from cameras or microphones, perhaps this vanity contributed to his apparent demise.

This time, Hizballah has only issued a statement through al-Manar. “The strike hit a building that was under construction for a mosque. It seems that the enemy wants to cover up its military and security failures with lies and claims of imaginary achievements.” But Nasrallah’s personal silence is not imaginary and grows louder with every passing hour.

And as has been witnessed with regularity throughout the war with Iraq, when battling Islamists, mosques are often used for far more than prayer under a perceived blanket of immunity from attack. That once-accurate immunity has been discarded by those under fire.

While Britain’s The Herald reports that Nasrallah is ‘trapped’ in his bunker, they rely solely on an IDF quote from an IDF intelligence officer who said, “Nasrallah took to his bunker as soon as we started bombing. He hasn’t seen the light of day since.” But the quote appears to be referencing the bombing campaign in general and not this particular strike.

After 23 tons of munitions, if Nasrallah was in the bunker, he will not be leaving it under his own power. Were Nasrallah not in the bunker, Hizballah’s al-Manar would not have read a written Hizballah statement. Nasrallah’s voice would have been heard phoning in once again, boasting of Israeli incompetence and the power of Hizballah.

The Hizballah statement claimed that no members of Hizballah leadership were killed in the attack. But judging by the silence, Imad Mugniyah may be searching for a new Lebanon figurehead to receive his directives, likely from his Tehran office.


Looks like we should alert the accordian lady.
Posted by: Steve || 07/20/2006 15:23 Comments || Top||

#21  Scuppered link NS, Nephilim
Posted by: Tony (UK) || 07/20/2006 15:25 Comments || Top||

#22  Thanks, Tony.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 07/20/2006 15:27 Comments || Top||

#23  Knock ,knock...
Yes?
Can Nassi come out to play?
Umm- No.
Posted by: Capsu78 || 07/20/2006 15:30 Comments || Top||

#24  I agree Ptah. 23 tons seems like a lot of ordinance. If that can't bust a bunker, what can? Anyone out there more knowledgable who can comment on what state 23 tons of bunker busters would leave a bunker like this in?
Posted by: Beau || 07/20/2006 15:32 Comments || Top||

#25  LOL Capsu78!
Posted by: Tony (UK) || 07/20/2006 15:34 Comments || Top||

#26  Anyone out there more knowledgable who can comment on what state 23 tons of bunker busters would leave a bunker like this in?

Rachel state.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 07/20/2006 15:51 Comments || Top||

#27  When deep penetrators such as the GBU-28/27/24 family of bombs it the earth, it is like a massive nail shot from a nail gun. In tests, the GBU-28 has penetrated 100 feet (30.5 meters) of earth or 20 feet (6 meters) of concrete.
Posted by: RB Kinetic Effects Dept. || 07/20/2006 16:14 Comments || Top||

#28  Breaking: Al Jiz showing a tape of Nassi the Nazi... not sure of its timing.
Posted by: Capsu78 || 07/20/2006 16:33 Comments || Top||

#29  Threatwatch also has this about Nassi surviving:

Posted by: spiffo || 07/20/2006 17:04 Comments || Top||

#30  the triple strike may have hit a side artery of the main Hizb tunnel or there may be more than one tunnel complex or Hizb may have strong partitions between tunnel parts
Posted by: mhw || 07/20/2006 17:48 Comments || Top||


Lebanese PM Says Paper "Misquoted" Him
ROME (AP) -- Hezbollah has created a "state within a state" in Lebanon and must be disarmed, an Italian daily on Thursday reported Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora as saying, but his office later said the premier had been misquoted.
I thought that was a bit strong for him
Saniora reportedly told Milan-based newspaper Corriere della Sera that the Shiite militia has been doing the bidding of Syria and Iran, and that it could only be disarmed with the help of the international community and once a cease-fire had been achieved in the current Middle East fighting. "Hezbollah has become a state within a state. We know it well," Saniora was quoted as saying, for the first time leveling such an accusation against guerrillas that effectively control southern Lebanon. "It's not a mystery that Hezbollah answers to the political agendas of Tehran and Damascus," Saniora was quoted as saying. "The entire world must help us disarm Hezbollah. But first we need to reach a cease-fire."

Later Thursday, Saniora's office said the prime minister had been misquoted, adding that his words had been translated from English into Italian and that Corriere's journalist had chosen sentences that were not connected and did not report the literal meaning of what he had said.
Guess Hezbollah must have gotten in touch with him
According to the statement, the premier had said that international help was needed to persuade Israel to withdraw from the Chebaa Farms, a disputed territory that Lebanon claims and Hezbollah uses as a pretext for attacking Israeli forces.

"What the prime minister said was that the international community has not given the Lebanese government the chance to deal with the problem of Hezbollah weapons, since the continued presence of Israeli occupation of Lebanese lands in the Chebaa Farms region is what contributes to the presence of Hezbollah weapons," the statement said. "The international community must help us in (getting) an Israeli withdrawal from Chebaa Farms so we can solve the problem of Hezbollah's arms."
"It's all the Jooos fault! Ok, please take that gun away from my head."
No one was immediately available at the newspaper to respond.
Posted by: Steve || 07/20/2006 09:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [287 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Lebanese PM: "WTF, are you trying to get me killed? "
Posted by: danking_70 || 07/20/2006 10:33 Comments || Top||

#2  PM, "That was off the record, damnit!"
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/20/2006 10:44 Comments || Top||

#3  Jerusalem Post has a headline item running stating the Lebanese Army will join with Hezballan:

Jul. 20, 2006 17:23
Lebanese Army may join forces with Hizbullah

The Lebanese Minister of Defense warned Israel Thursday that if IDF ground forces are sent into southern Lebanon, Lebanese troops will fight along with the Hizbullah against Israel.


Thus opening full war - brain-dead at birth.

Link: http://www.jpost.com/

see Headlines section
Posted by: Thinemp Whimble2412 || 07/20/2006 10:44 Comments || Top||

#4  Sounds like some Lebanese leaders have chosen their side.

And signed their own death warrant.
Posted by: Kalle (kafir forever) || 07/20/2006 10:57 Comments || Top||

#5  We can't fight Hezbollah but we can fight the IDF. Makes perfect (in an Arab Alice in Wonderland kind of) sense.
Posted by: phil_b || 07/20/2006 10:59 Comments || Top||

#6  Lebanon has 50,000 troops. Hizbullah has around 7,000 in southern Lebanon, according to estimates from outside agencies. If Lebanon can't defeat Hizbullah and take over security for southern Lebanon with 7 TIMES more men than Hizbullah, then their claims that they are powerless to rid themselves of Hizbullah are laughable. If they don't have the will or courage to fight their own battles, f*ck 'em. Israel has no such hindrances.
Posted by: mcsegeek1 || 07/20/2006 12:34 Comments || Top||

#7  Hizbollah has only 7000 ? I doubt that.
And the Lebanese Army is not excessive brave.
Posted by: buwaya || 07/20/2006 12:52 Comments || Top||


Leading Saudi Sheik Pronounces Fatwa Against Hezbollah
HT to Captain's Quarters
One of Saudi Arabia's leading Wahhabi sheiks, Abdullah bin Jabreen has issued a strongly worded religious edict, or fatwa, declaring it unlawful to support, join or pray for Hezbollah, the Shiite militias lobbing missiles into northern Israel.

The day after Hezbollah abducted two Israeli soldiers on July 12, Sheik Hamid al-Ali issued an informal statement titled "The Sharia position on what is going on." In it, the Kuwaiti based cleric condemned the imperial ambitions of Iran regarding Hezbollah's cross border raid.

The surprising move demonstrates that Sunni Muslim fundamentalists in the Middle East are deeply divided over whether Moslems should support Hezbollah, Iran's Shiite proxies in the war raging in Lebanon.

While the Gulf's ascetic Wahhabi sects, who are closer to the ethnic fighting between Sunnis and Shiites in Iraq, have opposed Hezbollah in its stand against Israel's forces, other Sunni fundamentalist groups, such as the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, have pledged their solidarity. On Friday, the brothers will host a rally in support of Hezbollah at Cairo's most influential mosque, Al-Azhar.

The profound division between the most violent Muslim enemies of America and Israel may be one reason Arab capitals have not yet exploded in rage about Israel's bombardment of Lebanon. The White House has already pointed to Jordanian, Egyptian, and Saudi government condemnation of Hezbollah.

The latest Arab Israeli war presents a conundrum for many Sunni Jihadists. On the one hand, a chance to join in the resistance against the Jewish state presents a rare opportunity for zealots who revere the Palestinian Arab martyrs that have sacrificed their lives to kill Jewish civilians. But the main group doing the fighting, and instigating the war this time in Lebanon, are supported by the same Shiite state that supplies and funds the militias killing Sunni civilians in Iraq.

"I think that fatwas like Jebreen's are significant, because the division between Sunnis and Shia is more apparent than in the past," the director of the SITE Institute, a group that tracks the online Jihad community, Rita Katz, said yesterday. Mr. Jebreen retired two years ago from Saudi Arabia's government committee approving fatwas. Ms. Katz says he is considered one of the most respected and more mainstream Wahhabi clerics in Saudi Arabia.

Posted by: Frank G || 07/20/2006 08:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [288 views] Top|| File under:

#1  one of the most respected and more mainstream Wahhabi clerics

There's an interesting description.
Posted by: Jackal || 07/20/2006 8:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Against the Heretic Shiite Hezbollah.
Posted by: ed || 07/20/2006 8:38 Comments || Top||

#3  This is getting good. At this rate, they'll be bombing Iran's enrichment facilities for us.
Posted by: Slosing Glavique9479 || 07/20/2006 9:06 Comments || Top||

#4  SG9479 - from what I know of the Saudi AF, the princes couldn't hit them let alone find them.
Posted by: GORT || 07/20/2006 9:28 Comments || Top||

#5  Where's the flying pig picture?
Posted by: danking_70 || 07/20/2006 10:32 Comments || Top||

#6  Srsly, this is some crazy 'cats and dogs living together' type shit.

I realize that some of these Sunni-shiite disputes are common, but to disagree against fighting the ZIONIST PIGS??? No way.
Posted by: Anon4021 || 07/20/2006 11:09 Comments || Top||

#7  Relax Anon4021, its a disagreement over tactics.
Posted by: gromgoru || 07/20/2006 11:55 Comments || Top||

#8  Sure, the Saudis can talk trash about killin Jooos as well as the next guy. But when the SHTF, people tend to sober up and be realistic. I.e., perhaps the Saudis can acknowledge a bigger threat from an aggressive, nuclear, Shi'ite Persia than a tiny Israel that acts -- as they well know -- only in self-defense. If I'm not mistaken, the Iran-Iraq war was about the only time Arabs fought Persians and didn't completely get their asses handed to them.
Posted by: ST || 07/20/2006 13:41 Comments || Top||

#9  [Cue the ouds]
Duelling fatwas, anyone?
Posted by: Xbalanke || 07/20/2006 14:59 Comments || Top||

#10  Xbalanke: Which side is portrayed as having teeth, and which side wins? :-)
Posted by: gorb || 07/20/2006 18:38 Comments || Top||

#11  Which side is portrayed as having teeth, and which side wins?

I don't know, but is squealing like a pig haraam?
Posted by: xbalanke || 07/20/2006 20:39 Comments || Top||


Fuad Siniora : World powers 'must disarm' Hezbollah
THE international community must help Lebanon disarm Hezbollah as the Israeli bombardments have increased the popularity of the Shiite militia, Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora said in a newspaper interview published in Italy today.

"The whole world must help us disarm Hezbollah. But we must first obtain a ceasefire. We can't do anything while the bombardments continue and the situation will just get worse," Mr Siniora told Italy's Corriere della Sera.
"Hezbollah has become a state within a state. We are well aware of this and it is a serious problem. It's no secret that Hezbollah follows the political agendas of Damascus and Tehran," the Lebanese leader said, pointing the finger at Syria and Iran.

"But the criminal Israeli bombardments must stop immediately. Israelis are bombing civilians and this increases Hezbollah's popularity, even among people who would not normally support it," the premier added.

Mr Siniora appealed for a global solution to the crisis, including the release of Lebanese prisoners in Israel and the withdrawal of troops from a disputed border area.

This would remove any legitimate reason for Hezbollah to maintain its armed militia thereby forcing it to become a purely political movement in the country, he explained.

Some 310 people have been killed since Israel launched a lethal offensive across Lebanon on July 12 in a bid to cripple the Shiite militant group Hezbollah after it captured the two Israeli soldiers.
Posted by: Oztralian || 07/20/2006 05:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [273 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This would remove any legitimate reason for Hezbollah to maintain its armed militia thereby forcing it to become a purely political movement in the country

Is he really that naive? Or just pretending he is doing something since his lips are moving...
Posted by: twobyfour || 07/20/2006 5:35 Comments || Top||

#2  Is he really that naive? Or just pretending he is doing something since his lips are moving...

Well, at least he's calling for help! I think the best thing would be to work with Israel to reduce further casualties and let it run its course. Done in two weeks. Leave the terrorist prisoners in jail. Hezballah has tasted power and aren't going to be dislodged easily.
Posted by: gorb || 07/20/2006 5:43 Comments || Top||

#3  This guy is spinning in so many directions. Still think he has a Hezbully gun to his head.
Posted by: Captain America || 07/20/2006 5:47 Comments || Top||

#4  The palsied faced one is impossibly spinning. If he can't function as a PM of a country under a (self)screwed up government, he should just quit. Instead, like the usual blathering Ayrab, he is pointing fingers everywhere else.
Posted by: Duh! || 07/20/2006 8:42 Comments || Top||

#5  Israel has already tried making concessions, and it didn't buy them a damned thing. All they got in return for Gaza was Kassam rockets. Arabs seem to like to play the game of having terrorists in their country, but claiming they have no control or influence over them.
Posted by: Slosing Glavique9479 || 07/20/2006 9:29 Comments || Top||

#6  Still spinning - he must be dizzy now. Yahoo has a retraction from Lebanon.

Later Thursday, Saniora's office said the prime minister had been misquoted, adding that his words had been translated from English into Italian and that Corriere's journalist had chosen sentences that were not connected and did not report the literal meaning of what he had said.

According to the statement, the premier had said that international help was needed to persuade Israel to withdraw from the Chebaa Farms, a disputed territory that Lebanon claims and Hezbollah uses as a pretext for attacking Israeli forces.

"What the prime minister said was that the international community has not given the Lebanese government the chance to deal with the problem of Hezbollah weapons, since the continued presence of Israeli occupation of Lebanese lands in the Chebaa Farms region is what contributes to the presence of Hezbollah weapons," the statement said. "The international community must help us in (getting) an Israeli withdrawal from Chebaa Farms so we can solve the problem of Hezbollah's arms."


His tires must be bald by now.
Posted by: Thinemp Whimble2412 || 07/20/2006 9:42 Comments || Top||

#7  Well, he saw a man behind the curtain and paid attention, it seems.
Posted by: twobyfour || 07/20/2006 9:48 Comments || Top||

#8  I rather doubt he would much like my method for disarming Hezbollah. It pretty much follows the way the Iraelis are going about it now, except it woudl expand the disarmign strikes to the Bekka valley and Damascus.

The occupation/Liberation would involve Lebanese. About 2 brigades of expatriot ones, armed and trained in the US, and made mostly of Druze and Christians. They get to own everything between the Litani river and the Israeli border, from the Med to the Golan for 60 months, no questions asked. Put Hindu troops from India there as UN Observers at the borders of the area. A hardened battalion of them are stationed outside Beruit as a QRF that strikes anything military that Hezbollah tries to obtain, use or posess. And a company of them, trained to Ranger standards gets to execute anywhere in Lebanon they are needed to destroy any military actions of the Syrian and Iranian agents in Lebanon.

The first brigade of this force is already beating on the door of the Israelis, asking to be formed and trained for occupation duty.
Posted by: Oldspook || 07/20/2006 10:08 Comments || Top||

#9  Old spook for world leader!
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/20/2006 12:21 Comments || Top||

#10  The whole world must help us disarm Hezbollah.

The Lebanese Minister of Defense warned Israel Thursday that if IDF ground forces are sent into southern Lebanon, Lebanese troops will fight along with the Hizbullah against Israel.

Lebanese Army may join forces with Hizbullah
Posted by: KBK || 07/20/2006 12:36 Comments || Top||

#11  I can see why they would (nationalistic pride) or might not, but remember folks, choices have consequences.
Posted by: Bobby || 07/20/2006 13:06 Comments || Top||

#12  I am beginning to wonder if an American can volunteer for the IDF. This is getting interesting, and I firmly believe that Israel is the worlds' front line on the WOT.
Posted by: Mike N. || 07/20/2006 13:29 Comments || Top||

#13  Clarification:

Lebanese army from Syria
Posted by: Captain America || 07/20/2006 13:58 Comments || Top||

#14  "Must Disarm", as in shoot them dead and take their weapons?
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/20/2006 16:24 Comments || Top||

#15  Wasn't that his job?

Posted by: john || 07/20/2006 19:29 Comments || Top||


Lebs fear what will happen once all foreigners are evacuated
Frightened civilians in Lebanon fear Israeli bombing will get worse once the evacuation of thousands of foreign nationals is completed.

Yesterday about 1,100 American evacuees who left Beirut by sea and air reached Cyprus. They were the largest group of US citizens to have been rescued from Lebanon in a single day. France said about 8,000 of its 17,000 citizens resident in Lebanon had asked to be evacuated. Germany sent at least 500 citizens by bus to Syria.

But Lebanese civilians, including 37-year-old costume designer Ziad Nayef, say nobody cares about Arab lives. "I have a very bad feeling that after the foreigners flee the bombings will get worse," he said.
Not having hostages around does free one up ...
Posted by: Oztralian || 07/20/2006 04:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [275 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Dear Lebs:
Fear not. This is the plan. Step 1: The democratic nation, that has been suffering attacks from the terrorist group which your nation harbors and under whose boot you suffer, is going to do everything it can to eliminate that group. Step 2: The Israelis will leave. Step 3: Though you will complain to high heaven about the evilosity of these Jooooos you will have your country back and if you grow a little backbone the Syrian influence within your borders will wither and die.

p.s. The only part of this plan that the rest of the civilised world is worried about has to do with you and the backbone.
Posted by: Scott R || 07/20/2006 10:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Correction for Ziad: the Persian masters of Hizb'Allah don't care about your life and Arab lives in general.

If you have a bad feeling about Israel bombing Hizb'Allah, maybe you shouldn't have tolerated them for so long, and maybe you shouldn't stand next to them, and maybe you should demand that your political leaders start denouncing Hizb'Allah instead of blaming Israel.

Lebanon was destroyed by Paleo islamofascists, looted by Syrians, and is used as a host by Iran for Hizb'Allah. All of it with the goal of destroying Israel. Who do you blame?
Posted by: Kalle (kafir forever) || 07/20/2006 13:47 Comments || Top||

#3  Spot on, Scott. Spot on.
Posted by: mcsegeek1 || 07/20/2006 15:22 Comments || Top||

#4  Phase 2. Landings and paratroopers take the area between Beirut and the Hezbollah territories and the IDF tanks roll in and clean the area. Perhaps troopers go into Baaka valley as well.

Phase 3. IDF returns to Israel and allows the Lebanese military to fill the vacuum behind them. US offers a ton of aid to help rebuild Lebanon.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 07/20/2006 17:26 Comments || Top||

#5  And they're leaving in a hurry... time is up for Hezbollah..



Foreigners of mainly Indian nationality queue up next to the INS Mumbai, as they wait to be evacuated at the Beirut port, Lebanon as thousands of foreigners continued in their attempts to flee the country. The Indian Navy today launched its largest-ever civilian evacuation operation overseas, pulling out over 700 Indians and nationals of some other countries from the trouble-torn country by one of the four warships sent for the rescue mission. The evacuees are being ferried to Larnaca in Cyprus by INS Mumbai, which reached the Beirut port earlier in the day as part of the mission -- 'Operation Sukoon'. After reaching Larnaca tomorrow morning, they will be airlifted to India by special flights of Air India. Two more warships -- INS Shakti and INS Betwa -- are near the Beirut port and will enter the harbour one by one to rescue about 12,000 Indians living in Lebanon. Over 100 have already been evacuated by road to the Syrian capital Damascus.
Posted by: john || 07/20/2006 19:20 Comments || Top||


Debka: Hizballah sub-contracts Palestinian launch squads, Christian villages as human shields
DEBKAfile’s military sources report that Palestinian Jihad Islami, Ahmed Jibril’s PFLP-General Command and Palestinian crime gangs based in S. Lebanon’s Burj Shimali east of Tyre are leading the rocket offensive against Nahariya and coastal Galilee. Early Wednesday, an Israeli air raid struck a village house in this sector east of Tyre, causing 10 deaths, according to Lebanese officials.

DEBKAfile further discloses that the rocket fire against the eastern town of Safed emanates from the Maronite Christian village of Rumeish, while the Galilee panhandle villages and the town of Kiryat Shemona are being attacked from the Christian villages of Marjayoun and Kleia in central-south Lebanon. One difficulty in halting Hizballah’s rocket barrage in the east has been Israel’s reluctance to attack Christian targets, except for pinpointing launch teams. Israeli negotiators are in contact with the village heads on terms for their evacuation so that Hizballah sites can be smashed.

Hizballah is using Lebanese Christians as human shields for its attacks and their towns and villages as supply centers to pump ordnance to the launch teams in forward positions. The Israeli air force therefore attacked Hizballah targets sheltering near the Maronite town of Zahleh Tuesday and is taking out every container truck heading west from the Beqaa Valley on the Syrian border. Eighteen such trucks were blown up Tuesday.
Posted by: 3dc || 07/20/2006 02:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [297 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Israeli negotiators are in contact with the village heads on terms for their evacuation so that Hizballah sites can be smashed.

I would suppose it would sound something like this: "Leave or die".
Posted by: gorb || 07/20/2006 3:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Stopping re-supply by taking out the trucks is the key point. The Hezzies don't have an unlimited number of missiles and they can't make their own. Once rocket fire is substantially reduced, it'll be Round 1 to Israel. Round 2 will be the creation a level buffer zone near the border.
Posted by: Apostate || 07/20/2006 3:41 Comments || Top||

#3  Round 2 will be the creation a level buffer zone near the border.

And exactly how wide will such a buffer zone need to be?
Posted by: DanNY || 07/20/2006 6:37 Comments || Top||

#4  You can't but help to feel sorry for all of the good people over there (Muslim, Christian, Jews, Druze, whatever) whose lives and property are being sacrificed to create "utopia".
Posted by: 2b || 07/20/2006 6:54 Comments || Top||

#5  The answer, DanNY is however far the missiles reach...which is now - what? 150 km?
Posted by: Bobby || 07/20/2006 8:03 Comments || Top||

#6  That's a big-ass buffer zone.
Posted by: Slosing Glavique9479 || 07/20/2006 9:24 Comments || Top||

#7  Maybe the former nazi pope can go "condemning" someone or other.
Posted by: SamAdamsky || 07/20/2006 10:24 Comments || Top||

#8  Actually the vast majority of their rockets are fairly short range (12 km or less), so a strip that wide would put 80 -90% of their missles out of range of the border.

P.S. The "human shield" aspect is one reason I suspect a ground invasion will be necessary.

Al
Posted by: Frozen Al || 07/20/2006 11:53 Comments || Top||

#9  And exactly how wide will such a buffer zone need to be?

How wide is Lebanon?
Posted by: gromgoru || 07/20/2006 11:58 Comments || Top||

#10  "Hizballah is using Lebanese Christians as human shields"

The truth is that most of these Christians are Catholic. I wonder if the Vatican knew that before their press release supporting Hizballah. I believe the Vatican's disdain for the Jews (i.e. Replacement Theory Theology) is clouding their better judgement.
Posted by: Poison Reverse || 07/20/2006 13:10 Comments || Top||

#11  They are also Orthodox PR, which could explain the silence. Remembering the Catholics led the Moslems into the Orthodox side of the Church of the Nativity, where the Moslems totalled desecrated the church, altar, etc.
Posted by: ex-lib || 07/20/2006 13:28 Comments || Top||

#12  ex-lib,

I will never, never, never, ever, forget. Since, this is lunch time, I won't get into the details of what the Muslims did in the church.
Posted by: Poison Reverse || 07/20/2006 13:51 Comments || Top||

#13  You're correct, PR. The term "desecration" would be way too mild for what the mooselimbs did.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/20/2006 14:19 Comments || Top||


Have spies been helping the enemy find its targets?
BEIRUT: Over 20 people have been arrested by the Lebanese security forces for spying for Israel and pinpointing targets for its warplanes in the southern suburbs, local and international outlets said Wednesday. Reports emerged early Wednesday, picked up from an article by a German news agency quoting an anonymous Lebanese security source as saying that a 26-member network was caught giving signals and information to Israel.

According to Al-Arabiyya television, the spies had been signaling to the Israelis and informing them where to target, adding that several of the suspects had confessed. But acting Interior Minister Ahmad Fatfat denied any knowledge of the reports, telling The Daily Star he had "not heard of the arrest of these people by the Lebanese security forces." A Hizbullah spokesperson said the group hadn't heard of the news yet, despite the fact that the media reports said the spies were caught in Beirut's southern suburbs, a key stronghold for Hizbullah.
Posted by: Fred || 07/20/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [274 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Saw this report on MOSAIC on the commie LinkTV
Posted by: 3dc || 07/20/2006 0:37 Comments || Top||

#2  They can arrest witches spies but they can't arrest Hesballah. Brave.
Posted by: gorb || 07/20/2006 1:53 Comments || Top||

#3  but of course, precise targetting would kill their hezb partners instead of innocent civilians. The arrest of the spies and spotters puts the lie to a separation between the Leb gov't and security forces and Hezbollah
Posted by: Frank G || 07/20/2006 8:21 Comments || Top||

#4  This little factoid is listed in the Rantburg conflict program pamphlet as:

woods, bear, sh*t,in
see also
obvious, master of the
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 07/20/2006 12:20 Comments || Top||

#5  A Hizbullah spokesperson said the group hadn't heard of the news yet, despite the fact that the media reports said the spies were caught in Beirut's southern suburbs, a key stronghold for Hizbullah.

Maybe they were extracted to protect them?

Nah, I didn't think so.
Posted by: Bobby || 07/20/2006 13:14 Comments || Top||

#6  Most of the spys travel under the guise of western reporters. You heard it here Hizbullah.
Posted by: Gloling Jeque6486 || 07/20/2006 16:57 Comments || Top||


Hezbollah says rockets hit major air force base in Israel
(KUNA) -- Hezbollah said on Wednesday his rockets hit a major Israeli air force base 40 kilometers from the Lebanese border, as three Israeli soldiers were killed in clashes with Hezbollah fighters near the border village of Aitaroun. Meanwhile, Israeli warplanes carried out new raids on the Beirut airport, the southern suburb and several South Lebanon villages, targeting civilian cars near the Burj Al-Shimali three kilometers from the city of Tyre.
Posted by: Fred || 07/20/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [263 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Right. And it's raining gold on the Big Rock Candy Mountain.
Posted by: anymouse || 07/20/2006 0:13 Comments || Top||

#2  How would they know what they hit? I guess that throws the rest of the story in doubt now. You'd have to be pretty blinded by hate demoralized stupid to believe this . . . .
Posted by: gorb || 07/20/2006 3:29 Comments || Top||

#3  "How would they know what they hit?"

Well, technically, just by listening to Israeli or Western news channels.

But you're probably right, one has to take such "glorious victory" communiqués with a HUGE grain of salt.
Posted by: Atlantic Friend || 07/20/2006 4:01 Comments || Top||

#4  Well, technically, just by listening to Israeli or Western news channels.

Israel's adopted a policy of not saying anything specific about where they land. Yes, they may have hit it, but I'll bet nobody knows if it's anything to brag about. But that won't stop Hezballah from bragging to try to get its fighters to continue doing something they shouldn't. Anybody find any posted articles about this? Even if you know something, don't reveal any specifics unless they are posted in the news!
Posted by: gorb || 07/20/2006 4:54 Comments || Top||

#5  Regards comments 2 thru 4, there's an AP story linked on LGF that Charles Johnson calls "Possibly the most insane, over the top MSM wire story I’ve read this year. I’ve saved a local copy because I can’t believe this one won’t get pulled by a rational editor, somewhere along the Associated Press chain of responsibility."

Check it out. He's right.
Posted by: Omusing Angong1547 || 07/20/2006 5:04 Comments || Top||

#6  there's a lake of stew and of whiskey too, you can paddle all around it in a big canoe.
Posted by: 2b || 07/20/2006 7:00 Comments || Top||

#7  Read all about it in the new New York Times.
Posted by: allanakhbar || 07/20/2006 9:30 Comments || Top||

#8  If Israel didn't censor their outgoing news, the MSN would be there spotting hits for Hezbollah and acting as forward observers.
Posted by: Slosing Glavique9479 || 07/20/2006 9:35 Comments || Top||

#9  5From the article linked at LGF - "People are entitled to get as much information as they can about what's happening in a conflict,"

Not me. I don't need any information that can be used to kill innocents, even if some editor thinks they can get it 'somewhere else'. And that includes the NY Times.
Posted by: Bobby || 07/20/2006 10:18 Comments || Top||

#10  Re LGF item from AP. Perhaps AP wouldn't mind then if Israel made a point of identifying the precise locations of journalists each day - updating as they move around. Much easier for H & H Ltd. to kidnap them for ransom. H & H will be needing more funds soon.

After all - people have a right to all information with no thought to the reality on the ground. Yeeesh, journalists are supposed to report the news, not guide bombs to targets for terrorists.

The overwhelming collective stupidity and egomania of MSM would boggle the mind, if the mind went already to gelled to do anything but quiver.
Posted by: Thinemp Whimble2412 || 07/20/2006 10:35 Comments || Top||

#11  darn sticky key - it's the popcorn with butter.

if the mind weren't already too gelled to do anything but quiver
Posted by: Thinemp Whimble2412 || 07/20/2006 10:36 Comments || Top||

#12  Whimble, I only break out the popcorn when I don't have a dog in the fight.
Posted by: mcsegeek1 || 07/20/2006 12:36 Comments || Top||


Hezbollah says three Israeli tanks destroyed
(KUNA) -- Hezbollah said on Wednesday that its fighters destroyed three Israeli tanks, which tried to advance into the Lebanese territories. A Hezbollah statement said its fighters clashed with the Israeli troops near the village of Aitaroun and Jabal Al-Bat and other areas of the central sector of South Lebanon. It said that two Israeli soldiers were killed and three others wounded in the ongoing clashes that started in the morning.
Posted by: Fred || 07/20/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [281 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I don't know why anyone even publishes Hezbollah claims. You can't believe anything they goofy bastards say.
Posted by: Slosing Glavique9479 || 07/20/2006 9:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Ayrab islamists asserts and claims, lying through their teeth in any conflicts. I wonder why that culture is never mentioned openly as the most lying one - although any well-informed people cannot miss drawing that indelible conclusion.

Even if 3 tanks are really destroyed, it is of little significance.
Posted by: Duh! || 07/20/2006 12:24 Comments || Top||


Hezbollah Says No Leaders Killed in Bunker
Israeli warplanes dropped bombs late Wednesday on a bunker in south Beirut where senior Hezbollah leaders were thought to be, the military said. The guerrilla group said none of its top officials were killed.

Israeli military officials said a wave of aircraft dropped 23 tons of explosives on the bunker. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters, said top Hezbollah figures were thought to be there, possibly including Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah. The officials said the bunker was in the Bourj al-Barajneh section of southern Beirut.

Hezbollah later denied that a leadership bunker was hit, saying the strike targeted a mosque that was under construction and no one was killed. The group issued a statement saying "no Hezbollah leaders or elements were killed in the strike."
Posted by: Fred || 07/20/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [318 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "in other news, the IAF slaughtered baby ducks, kittens, and puppies in addition to innocent women and children in their war with Hezbollah. No Lions of IslamTM were harmed."
Posted by: anymouse || 07/20/2006 0:08 Comments || Top||

#2  What? No fluffy bunnies?
Posted by: newc || 07/20/2006 0:19 Comments || Top||

#3  They've been shipped to Damascus. Just in case.
Posted by: Seafarious || 07/20/2006 0:31 Comments || Top||

#4  Fully nine hours after the strike, Nasrallah has yet to be heard from. Silence from a man who immediately phoned Hizballah’s al-Manar TV to confirm his survival after Israel launched a strike that destroyed his home and headquarters five days prior. Never one to shy from cameras or microphones, perhaps this vanity contributed to his apparent demise.

Hizballah Leader Silent After Israeli Air Raid Drops 23 Tons of Ordnance on Beirut Bunker - threatswatch.org
Posted by: KBK || 07/20/2006 0:39 Comments || Top||

#5  Having a mosque atop your bunker might sound like a good idea, given the known reluctance to attack such structures on the part of the West. Nice cover for entry and exit, too.
Posted by: mojo || 07/20/2006 0:51 Comments || Top||

#6  Whacking Nasrallah won't stop Hezbollah, but surely it will cause some level of internal disorganization and confusion... at this pivotal point in time, that just might be fatal to Hezb in Leb.

Now we'll see if Syria & Iran are going to back up their statements about not allowing Hezb to be defeated. Some have speculated that they have to, politically. That should escalate this to include them openly militarily.

Slooooooowly I turned, step by step, inch by inch...

Fire up the barbecue, I'm thinking by this weekend we're gonna have us a real fight.
Posted by: Omusing Angong1547 || 07/20/2006 0:52 Comments || Top||

#7  No word from Nasty? OK, put the Accordion Lady on standby.
Posted by: PBMcL || 07/20/2006 1:04 Comments || Top||

#8  He may not have time for interviews, because he may be meeting his Master, Ba'allah
Posted by: twobyfour || 07/20/2006 1:32 Comments || Top||

#9  Nasrallah to his Master: "You don't look like I imagined. Where's my virgins? By the way, what's the pineapple for?"
Posted by: gorb || 07/20/2006 1:48 Comments || Top||

#10  You mean the round object in Ba'allah's hand? Sort of a globular cluster. Looks solid, but it is a hive composed of flies. He is, after all, The Lord of Flies.
Posted by: twobyfour || 07/20/2006 3:12 Comments || Top||

#11  2x4: Ever watched "Little Nicky"? ;-)
Posted by: gorb || 07/20/2006 3:31 Comments || Top||

#12  pineapple
Posted by: gorb || 07/20/2006 3:35 Comments || Top||

#13  I see. Haven't seen the flick, so the ref was totally obscure to me. So, yes, it may be a pineapple. ;-)
Posted by: twobyfour || 07/20/2006 5:56 Comments || Top||

#14  Ima waiting for video, Nas. None of this date-unknown audio sh*t. I think you're a blob of overpressured protoplasm in a concrete sarcophagus, wearing a disheveled black turban.
Posted by: Frank G || 07/20/2006 8:14 Comments || Top||

#15  Time for a 'Weekend at Bernie's' reaction by Hezb.
Posted by: The Paradise Nazi || 07/20/2006 8:59 Comments || Top||

#16  Wow! That was close. There would of been no one to give the Joooooo's one hour notice.
Posted by: plainslow || 07/20/2006 9:02 Comments || Top||

#17  W4e don't need no stinkin leaders.
Posted by: Herby Hezbo || 07/20/2006 9:40 Comments || Top||

#18  Have not seen HeadsforAllan's leader Nass-asshole on TV lately. Any chance HeadsforAllan is playing "Weekend At Bernie's" with him?
Posted by: Lancasters Over Dresden || 07/20/2006 11:01 Comments || Top||

#19  23 tonnes of bombs may have made quite a rubble pile. If Nasrallah is in a deep bunker, he could be sealed up there for a while, assuming that he was not injured or mortally wounded by the shock waves. Also, rescuers may be a bit reluctant to start digging with the waves of bombing runs going on. This would be a good time for napalm and flame. If the fire does not get you, massive amounts of napalm would suck the oxygen away from the bunkers, suffocating the occupants.

A friend of mine who flew P-38s in WW2 did this in Borneo. They were taking out oil infrastructure, but were receiving murderous fire from a nearby mountain. They bombed and bombed, but the Japanese retreated behind blast doors to their tunnels. Then they made a massive napalm bombing, setting the whole top of the mountain on fire. No more AA. A trip to the top of the mountain found hundreds of Japanese soldiers dead in their tunnels, all suffocated to death.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 07/20/2006 12:34 Comments || Top||

#20  Guys, it's not a pineapple, it's a sea urchin. (well, at least I hope)
Posted by: mcsegeek1 || 07/20/2006 12:39 Comments || Top||

#21  Disco ball.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 07/20/2006 12:55 Comments || Top||

#22  I like the idea of the Hizballah board of directors trapped under 100' of dirt and rubble, surviving in the dark on the remains of their "comfort" goat and Zamzam cola...
Posted by: Iblis || 07/20/2006 13:19 Comments || Top||


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Norway begins deporting Iraqis...but not Mullah KrekarSiniora pleads for world's helpSomalia: PM accuses Islamists of preparing an attack on BaidoaIsrael kills 15 Palestinians in Gaza, West BankHezbollah Says No Leaders Killed in BunkerMasked gunmen abduct 20 employees of Sunni Endowment Diwan in BaghdadPolice arrests militant for alleged involvement in killing of Shiite clericMcKinney Heads to Runoff in Georgia
Posted by: Fred || 07/20/2006 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [287 views] Top|| File under:

#1  oh lawdy lawd. thatn my type to a tee. ya tryin ta send me ta hell fred?
Posted by: muck4doo || 07/20/2006 0:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Be careful, Mucky. She's got the look of a dame who could lure a man into a life of crime just to keep her happy.
Posted by: Steve || 07/20/2006 8:38 Comments || Top||

#3  One look from those eyes, and you would dig your own grave and lick the shovel clean.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 07/20/2006 12:01 Comments || Top||

#4  Hmanamanamnamn!
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 07/20/2006 12:12 Comments || Top||

#5  You guys are disgusting...

(I'm glad I'm not the only one.)
Posted by: Old Patriot || 07/20/2006 15:17 Comments || Top||



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