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Third attempted ambush in two days by insurgents yields same results: utter failure
Insurgents attempted another ambush on an Afghan National Army - led patrol in Kandahar province today but met with the same results, scores of dead insurgents and no casualties to Islamic Republic of Afghanistan forces.

A combined force consisting of elements of the 2nd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 209th ANA Corps, and a squad of Afghan National Police both advised by Coalition forces were near the village of Chenar Tu when they were ambushed for the third time in two days by an unknown number of insurgents hiding within three compounds.

The insurgents attacked the patrol with RPGs, small-arms and heavy machine gun fire. The combined force repelled the attempted ambush with small-arms fire and requested Coalition close air support to destroy the enemy positions.

Coalition aircraft dropped a total of four bombs, one on each compound and one on insurgents outside of the compounds. All bombs were dropped after Coalition forces positively identified each insurgent position. More than 20 insurgents were killed during the engagement.

Intelligence continues to suggest that Taliban forces are attempting to re-assert their presence in northern Kandahar after their recent defeats from ANA and Coalition operations in the area the past several weeks.

“Once again, the insurgents are purposefully attacking from civilian compounds, demonstrating their intentions to include Afghan civilians in their destructive actions,” said Army Maj. Chris Belcher, a Combined Joint Task Force-82 spokesperson. “They continue to prove to the world that their statements of caring about preventing civilian casualties are hollow claims.”
Posted by: Anonymoose || 07/28/2007 19:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [389 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  “Once again, the insurgents are purposefully attacking from civilian compounds, demonstrating their intentions to include Afghan civilians in their destructive actions,” said Army Maj. Chris Belcher, a Combined Joint Task Force-82 spokesperson. “They continue to prove to the world that their statements of caring about preventing civilian casualties are hollow claims.”

When have they ever not been "hollow claims"? This needs to continue until the Afghan people finally realize that the Taliban always get them killed. In the mean time we will continue to eliminate any collaborators along with those who have insufficient courage to change their nation's destiny.
Posted by: Zenster || 07/28/2007 20:23 Comments || Top||

#2  God is on the side of the righteous. Again.

Allahu akbar!
Posted by: gorb || 07/28/2007 20:38 Comments || Top||

#3  "excellent! The 'D' Team will follow up on our holy victories!"
Posted by: Frank G || 07/28/2007 21:16 Comments || Top||

#4  Taliban motivational slogan:

"If at first you don't succeed, die, die again."
Posted by: Mike || 07/28/2007 22:20 Comments || Top||

22 of 23 Korean hostages still alive
A Taliban spokesman confirmed that the remaining 22 South Koreans held hostage in Afghanistan were still alive, adding that no further deadlines would be set while the group negotiates with the government to free them. A government official also said the Christian volunteers, whose leader was killed two days ago by their Taliban captors, were alive, adding an Afghan delegation was in talks with the militants. “They are alive and fine,” Munir Mangal, a deputy interior minister who also heads an Afghan team trying to secure the freedom of the hostages, told reporters in Ghazni. Medicines had been sent for some of the captives who are ill, he added.

Taliban spokesman Qari Mohammad Yousuf said the government had assured the group it would release eight members of the Taliban as part of an exchange deal for the freedom of a similar number of the hostages. “They are alive. The talks are going on and we are not giving further deadlines for the government has assured us that it wants to resolve the issue through talks,” he told Reuters.

South Korea’s chief presidential national security adviser, Baek Jong-chun, arrived in Afghanistan on Friday to step up efforts to free the hostages, an Afghan official said. “The envoy will meet with the Afghan president at the earliest possible time,” a senior South Korean official told AFP, asking to remain unnamed.
Continued on Page 49
This article starring:
Foreign Minister Song Min-Soon
Munir Mangal, a deputy interior minister
South Korea’s chief presidential national security adviser, Baek Jong-chun
Yim Hyun-Joo
Posted by: Fred || 07/28/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [329 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Obviously, if they were able to make their 'kim chee' they would be released immediately. Even taliban goat-meat BBQ has no status in odorous ranking compared to 'kim chee'.
Posted by: Jack is Back! || 07/28/2007 16:59 Comments || Top||

50 Taliban and 28 civilians killed in Afghan clashes
NATO and Afghan troops clashed with Taliban insurgents and called in air strikes that killed at least 50 suspected militants and dozens of civilians, local officials and villagers said on Friday, as the South Korean hostage crisis continued.

The fighting started Thursday night in the village of Kumbarak in Helmand province, prompting NATO forces to tell residents to evacuate their homes because of the clashes, said Gereshk district chief Abdul Manaf Khan. The air strikes killed 50 Taliban and 28 civilians, Khan said, citing villagers’ reports. He said the bodies had already been buried, adding that fighting had continued on Friday. NATO’s International Security Assistance Force said it did not have any information about the incident and was looking into it. The report could not be immediately verified although a local lawmaker and a resident said there were civilians among the dead.

Malim Mirwali, a member of Parliament for Gereshk, said that more than 40 civilians were killed in the air strikes — a figure that one local resident also cited. “The war planes came and bombed these villagers — more than 40 civilians were killed, including women and children,” said villager Nimatullah Khan. “The villagers’ bodies were buried this morning because the weather was hot. Right now, the people are scared, and the operation is ongoing between these forces and the Taliban,” he said.d.

The latest violence comes a day after reports of US-led coalition and Afghan troops battling with militants in the south, leaving more than 60 suspected Taliban dead. A NATO soldier was killed in another incident.
Posted by: Fred || 07/28/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [372 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Wailing, and lamentations, and gnashing of teeth by every member of "Progressive Humanity" everywhere.
Posted by: gromgoru || 07/28/2007 1:35 Comments || Top||

#2  The air strikes killed 50 Taliban and 28 future Taliban currently listed as civilians, Khan said, citing villagers’ reports. He said the bodies had already been buried, adding that fighting had continued on Friday.

There fixed that. Notice how quickly the civilians are buried by the Talibunnies are left for collection and counting at a later date.
Posted by: Jack is Back! || 07/28/2007 17:01 Comments || Top||

Africa Horn
Somalia: Teachers and students taken into custody for terror links
(SomaliNet) Somalia’s government troops stormed an Islamic school near KM4 roundabout in south of Mogadishu today taking out a number of suspected teachers and students – as the government continues to hunt down suspects for terror links. One of the students at the Sunna Islamic School told Somalinet that the soldiers raided the building and ordered all the pupils to stop moving and get ready for searching. They have entered all rooms of the school before extracting four teachers and twenty students. All detainees were blindfolded according to eyewitnesses in condition of anonymity.

The government soldiers did not give any detail about the arrest of the Sunna school teachers and students. “We don’t know yet where our teachers and students were taken, I am sure that they were innocents. We are asking for their release,” said one female student.

Meanwhile, the Ethiopian forces together with the Somali government soldiers today raided Banadir Hospital in Mogadishu taking out a number of people including a patient and hospital staff. Witnesses said the troops supported by four battlewagons made a force entry into the hospital patient rooms and the operating room asking the names of the wounded people in the hospital.

On July 22, the Ethiopians extracted five patients and their relatives from privately owned hospital in Wardhigley neighborhood, south of the capital. The government intelligence officials said all the arrested people were belonging to the insurgents waging the war in the capital.
Posted by: Fred || 07/28/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [352 views] Top|| File under: Islamic Courts

#1  Hitting the madrassas and hospitals sounds like a pretty good strategy. Sounds like exactly what needs to be done in Wazoo.
Posted by: Abu Uluque6305 || 07/28/2007 12:57 Comments || Top||

Somalia: Government truck comes under attack
(SomaliNet) A remote controlled roadside bomb has exploded near the main Mogadishu airport on Thursday afternoon as government truck was passing there. There is no immediate casualty from the latest bomb attack and no one was arrested in connection with the latest bomb. A witness told Somalinet the bomb was aimed at a pickup truck carrying government soldiers but missed the target. Shortly after the blast, which was huge and loud, the Ugandan peace keepers reached the area and began investigations to who was behind the attack.

Meanwhile, soldiers of the transitional government raided a village in Hodan district where they took out five persons two of whom were wounded. According to the local residents, two armored vehicles with soldiers entered a house in Hodan arresting five men including wounded patients.

In Huriwa district, north of the capital, the Ethiopian forces fired gunshots wounding two people after children playing alongside a road threw fire crackers.
Posted by: Fred || 07/28/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [297 views] Top|| File under: Islamic Courts

Somalia: Mogadishu killings continue, Ethiopians security raid
(SomaliNet) One person was killed and two others were wounded in grenade explosion which occurred in Suuqa-Xoolaha village of Huriwa district, north of the Somalia capital overnight – as the Ethiopian forces along with their Somali counterparts on Friday morning launched massive search operations in parts of the capital targeting particular houses in former dairy factory. A witnesses told Somalinet that an unknown gunman hurled a grenade bomb at a tea-shop where a group of residents were relaxing. It is not clear why the man targeted the civilians when there were no government soldiers there.

In Hodan district, south of the capital, a local militant threw a hand grenade bomb at government soldiers in Black Sea junction overnight. There was no immediate casualty on the soldiers as the attacker escaped unharmed. The security forces sealed off the area of the blast and it is hard for journalists find out the casualty.

In Wadajir district, west of the capital, three civilians were wounded when an armed man opened fire on residents resting outside of their houses, witnesses confirmed to Somalinet. All the wounded were taken to Medina hospital where one of them died of the injury. It is not known why these people were attacked.

The latest incidents came as the local insurgents supporting the ousted Islamic Courts vowed to continue the attacks against what they called ‘the puppet government and its Ethiopian ally forces’.
Posted by: Fred || 07/28/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [298 views] Top|| File under: Islamic Courts

Somalia: government official murdered
(SomaliNet) The head of Jungal locality in Yaqshid district, north of the Somalia capital Mogadishu has been shot dead overnight by unknown local militants, reports say on Friday. Hassan Irro, was gunned down as he was coming out of a mosque in the area, Yaqshid district commissioner Haji Ali Fidow told the local media this morning. “The murder of Iro was carried out by a terror group,” he said. “These elements continue to target the officials of Banadir authority,”

The attackers escaped unharmed soon after they killed the local official. Mr. Ali said investigations are now under way to pursue the murderer. “I hope we will find them soon,” Earlier, former Yaqshid DC was killed by local militants. Several district commissioners lost their lives in assassinations.
Posted by: Fred || 07/28/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [269 views] Top|| File under: Islamic Courts

Muslim-only jail could be built to protect the terrorists
[DailyMail] Ministers are not-so-secretly considering plans for an all-Muslim prison after a series of attacks on jailed Islamic terrorists, it is claimed. The prison could house the growing number of Muslim extremist inmates, it is said, after increasing signs of tension at the jails in which they are housed. But critics said terrorists must not be given the appearance of special status within the justice system.

On Sunday, a fire was started in the cell housing Hussein Osman, in Frankland high security prison in County Durham. Osman was jailed this year for his role in the July 21 bomb plot. He tried to repeat the July 7 carnage by attempting to blow up a train at Shepherd's Bush, West London, in 2005. Nobody was hurt in the cell fire, which is under investigation, but officials believe it may have been an attempt on his life.

It was the third incident in three weeks involving convicted Islamic terrorists at the prison.
Continued on Page 49
This article starring:
DHIREN BAROTal-Qaeda in Britain
HUSEIN OSMANal-Qaeda in Britain
OMAR KHYAMal-Qaeda in Britain
solicitor Mudassar Arani
Tory MP Patrick Mercer
Posted by: Seafarious || 07/28/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [332 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

#1  I know of one all Muslim jail that protects us from the terrorists.
Posted by: Super Hose || 07/28/2007 0:19 Comments || Top||

#2  You've got to wonder whether these charming young men really thought through the consequences of their actions.
Posted by: Bulldog || 07/28/2007 4:30 Comments || Top||

#3  'Dawg!
Posted by: HalfEmpty || 07/28/2007 6:31 Comments || Top||

#4  her clients feel it is unfair that they must undergo frequent searches and curbs on meeting other imprisoned radicals

As is so often the case, Muslim objections provide the best possible justification for whatever measures they are protesting.
Posted by: Zenster || 07/28/2007 9:32 Comments || Top||

#5  They haven't mentioned the guards must all be muslim? Minarets for guard towers? That's next.
Posted by: Phinater Thraviger || 07/28/2007 11:09 Comments || Top||

#6  As a former police officer and believer in the poweer of retribution in justice, these "Lions of Islam" fail to consider the fact that a lot of their fellow prisoners can be and sometimes are not fond of terrorism. Crime is one thing, but terrorism is quite something else.
Posted by: WolfDog || 07/28/2007 11:50 Comments || Top||

#7  Lawyers acting for suspected and convicted Islamic terrorists have already called for fanatics to be granted special status in jails as "prisoners of war".

That's so precious; so, when they're free and "fighting", they can break all rules of civilized warfare, target non-combattants, aim at maximizing suffering and use deception, and torture and execute their own prisoners when doable... BUT, when they're caught, they must be granted the "POW" status and be protected by all the strenght of the rule of law of the very societies they've sworn to destroy and subvert and ultimately, conquer.
All this while waxing themselves about being much more manly and formidable and warrior-like than the mongrel kufrs they're facing. Sweet.
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 07/28/2007 11:59 Comments || Top||

#8  Spot on, A5089!
Posted by: Zenster || 07/28/2007 12:03 Comments || Top||

#9  Prisoners of war fight wearing uniforms, then are imprisoned for the duration (estimated here and elsewhere to be at least a generation, like the Cold War). Spies, however, are shot. I hope this is soon pointed out to them.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/28/2007 12:31 Comments || Top||

#10  Need to point it out to the lawyers, pointedly.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 07/28/2007 12:43 Comments || Top||

#11  I think this is a good idea. Maybe they could re-use Alcatraz or someplace like Desolation Island.

It would be cost-effective, too. No need to send in food, medical supplies, electricity.
Posted by: Gary and the Samoyeds || 07/28/2007 12:46 Comments || Top||

#12  Alcatraz is too close to land, how about some deserted island in the Aleutians?
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 07/28/2007 12:53 Comments || Top||

#13  How about they just shoot em?
Posted by: tu3031 || 07/28/2007 13:02 Comments || Top||

#14  Bad, bad, bad idea. Such a place would become a cauldron of jihadist activity. Meanwhile, anyone associated with working at the prison will be subject to uber political correctness monitoring. Reason this to the logical conclusion...moose-limbs stage massive riot, kill a number of guards, take other hostages and while the MSM news cameras are rolling behead a few. They issue demands and pretty much get what they want. Having them in a mixed prison population that polices it's own members is a GOOD THING! This is a huge, steaming pile of bull$h!t and must be resisted.
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 07/28/2007 14:30 Comments || Top||

#15  Put 'em all in our special camp at Ice Station Zebra. Throw a single sweater on the ice and let 'em share.
Posted by: Steve White || 07/28/2007 14:35 Comments || Top||

#16  It will never end with these people, they understand (A5089 has it exactly) how to fight and use every aspect of civilized behavior. We have to acknowledge that these people, and their co-religionists who at least passively support what they do, must be excised from the physical body of the West. Literally removed from our countries and our shores, and never allow to return for any reason.
God knows we don't have the moral courage to face the fact that islam is a mortal danger to civilization, and the price of that revelation is on my children and grandchildren as well as me. Damn the soft headed politicians that let these mutts in.....
Posted by: JustAboutEnough || 07/28/2007 14:39 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Car boom kills Russian Muslim cleric
A senior Muslim cleric and his brother were killed when their car was blown up overnight in the southern Russian province of Dagestan, the region’s top prosecutor said on Friday.

Chief prosecutor Igor Tkachev told reporters at the scene in the regional capital Makhachkala that the “deputy mufti of the Muslim religious leadership”, Kurbanmagomed Ramazanov, and his brother Abdulla had been killed.

A third person in the car was injured by the blast, which was caused by a bomb attached to the vehicle, the prosecutor’s office said in a statement. Dagestan is a restive Muslim province on Russia’s Caspian Sea shoreline. On its western side it neighbours the war-torn Chechnya.

While it is frequently the scene of attacks by Islamic militants, law-enforcement authorities did not say who they considered responsible for Thursday’s attack. But the head of the Coordinating Centre of Muslims in the North Caucasus, Magomed Albogachiyev, said the attack was part of a systematic push to kill law-enforcement officials and religious leaders to destabilise the region. “It is to someone’s advantage to destabilise the situation. They don’t want stability and peace in the Caucasus,” RIA Novosti news agency quoted him as saying on Friday.
Posted by: Fred || 07/28/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [274 views] Top|| File under: Chechen Republic of Ichkeria

Home Front: WoT
Chemical plants alerted after suspicious calls
Chemical plants are being warned not to divulge security and safety procedures to a caller claiming to be conducting a survey for an industry trade group. The caller gave a false phone number and the group is not conducting a survey.

At least three such calls were made this month to plants in the Midwest, but no information was divulged, according to the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS), an industry group based in New York that sent an alert. "There is concern, in light of recent terrorist activity, that this may be an attempt to determine security vulnerabilities in the chemical process," said the letter sent Tuesday to 31,000 members of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the parent group of CCPS.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/28/2007 12:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [297 views] Top|| File under: Global Jihad

#1  1) Testing airport security with cell phones wired to blocks of cheese.

2) Imams getting on airplanes then loudly condemning America and praising Osama Bin Laden.

3) Cair threatening to sue anyone and all prtines who objects to item 2.

4) Probing chemical plant secuity measures.

There is a LOT of Islamic activity in America. Where is our Home Land Security leader, Chertoff?
Posted by: Ulomons Untervehr3521 || 07/28/2007 13:45 Comments || Top||

#2  prtines = parties

Oh, and in a Wal-Mart this week, I saw a woman in Islamic garb pushing a buggy up to the chechout counter with men’s shirts and pants in the buggy. Every one of the men’s clothing were of camouflage designs.
Posted by: Ulomons Untervehr3521 || 07/28/2007 13:49 Comments || Top||

#3  Maybe she was just buying the stuff to get material for a camouflage burqa.
Posted by: Abu Uluque6305 || 07/28/2007 16:01 Comments || Top||

Quit Kashmir within a week, Hizbul to migrants
A militant group in Kashmir has told thousands of migrant labourers to leave within a week after two non-Kashmiri labourers were accused of raping and killing a teenage girl. Hizbul Mujahideen has not said what will happen to those labourers who remain behind. "The involvement of non-Kashmiris in criminal activities is increasing and they are also pushing Kashmiri youth to all kinds of social evils," Junaid-ul-Islam, a group spokesman, said in a statement late on Friday. "Quit Kashmir within a week." Another militant group, Jaish-e-Mohammad, echoed the demand.

Police arrested at least six people, including at least two non-Kashmiris, this week on charges of raping and killing a 14-year-old girl in north Kashmir. There are no official figures, but several thousand migrant labourers, masons and carpenters work in the state. "They attacked labourers in the past, I am scared and I am leaving now," Suresh Kumar, a labourer from Bihar said before boarding a bus in Srinagar.
This article starring:
JUNAID UL ISLAMHizbul Mujahideen
Hizbul Mujahideen
Posted by: John Frum || 07/28/2007 09:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [314 views] Top|| File under: Jaish-e-Mohammad

5 militants shot dead in IHK
Indian soldiers in revolt-hit Kashmir shot dead five suspected Islamic militants in three separate gunbattles, police said on Friday.

“Soldiers shot dead Mushtaq Ahmad and Muhammad Shafi, both members of Hizbul Mujahideen” just south of Indian-held Kashmir’s summer capital Srinagar on Friday, a senior police official said. Troops also killed another militant in a shootout nearby on Friday, police added. Two other militants belonging to the Jaish-e-Muhammd rebel movement were killed in a shootout overnight, police said.
This article starring:
MUHAMAD SHAFIHizbul Mujahideen
MUSHTAQ AHMEDHizbul Mujahideen
Hizbul Mujahideen
Posted by: Fred || 07/28/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [287 views] Top|| File under: Hizbul Mujaheddin

#1  Nice work and nice shooting boyz.
Posted by: Woozle Elmeter2970 || 07/28/2007 1:05 Comments || Top||

#2  suspected Islamic militants

I suppose they could have been Jain...
Posted by: Gary and the Samoyeds || 07/28/2007 12:48 Comments || Top||

Mehsud militants take positions on hilltops
Militants from Baituallah Mehsud group have taken positions on hilltops over a 20-km strip between Sarwaki tehsil and Madi Jan overlooking main Wana-Dera Ismail Khan highway, security sources said on Friday. The move came three days after Taliban militant leader Abdullah Mehsud died in Zhob district of Balochistan province on Tuesday. The militants have taken the positions to cut supply lines of the military on the Wana-Tank road if security forces launch an operation in North Waziristan, according to sources.

A Mehsud jirga returned from Wana without meeting South Waziristan Political Agent Hussainzada Khan, and MMA MNA Maulana Mirajuddin criticised the official’s behaviour. Khan, however, told reporters that he was waiting for the jirga but they went back.
Posted by: Fred || 07/28/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [324 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  So there should be less collateral damage when they get napalmed.
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/28/2007 8:33 Comments || Top||

3 new checkposts set up in Miranshah
Three new checkposts were set up in North Waziristan’s regional headquarters to reinforce security, as non-local residents continued leaving the area fearing a likely military operation against local and foreign insurgents, local sources said on Friday. “One checkpost in east and two in the northwest of Miranshah were established to reinforce security around the town,” an official, asking not to be named, told Daily Times. Local residents said each checkpost was manned by a contingent of around 50 paramilitary and army soldiers.

The Taliban pulled out from the 2006 peace deal with the government on July 15 after the authorities redeployed the troops in the area. Security forces have banned the entry of vehicles to Miranshah bazaar and no traffic is allowed between Miranshah and Bannu.
  • Late on Thursday night, security forces returned fire after militants attacked a checkpost in the Speenwam area on Mir Ali-Thall Road. No casualties were reported.

  • Looting of public and government property continued in Miranshah despite a Taliban Shura decree that anyone seen with looted property should be shot even if he was disguised as a Taliban.

  • On Friday, masked people broke into a girls’ school and took away 30 computers and other valuables, school guard Muhammad Ayaz told Daily Times.

  • Separately, masked men stole two tractors and several urea bags from the Agriculture Department office. A cash-carrying vehicle escaped a remote-controlled blast in Lower Dir.

  • The bomb was planted at Ashari Ghat, some five kilometers from Timergrah on Chitarl Road, which has witnessed three blasts in the past two days.

  • On Thursday, police prisoner vans were targeted with two bombs that injured five policemen and three prisoners.

  • In Hangu district, the army blew up an old bunker near the Tull Cantonment area in order to prevent its possible misuse by the militants.

  • Separately, a landmine injured three persons in the Pevar Tagni area, some 25 kilometers North of Parachinar.
Posted by: Fred || 07/28/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [318 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Six 'terrorists' arrested
Three people were arrested in Peshawar on Friday for their alleged involvement in bomb blasts in the NWFP, and three people allegedly involved in a suicide bombing and an attack on a police check post in Matta (Swat) were arrested from Lahore. Peshawar City Police Officer Abdul Majeed Marwat told a news conference at the Peshawar police lines that police intercepted a car at Gulbahar and arrested three brothers – Imtiaz, Ayaz and Bahadar – of Wali Abad. He said police also recovered two kilograms of explosives from the vehicle.

According to Marwat, the arrested people were involved in the bombings at CDs shops in the province. He said a foreign intelligence agency had given $600 to the accused for carrying out terrorist activities. He said they were also involved in a bomb blast at the Peshawar bus terminal on April 17. During investigations, he said, the accused have confessed to their involvement in a bomb blast near the Peshawar High Court on May 29. However, Marwat said, the accused were not involved in the recent suicide bombings and also had no links with jihadis.

In Lahore, intelligence personnel raided a house near Niazi bus stand in Lahore and arrested four suspects. One of the arrested, Aurangzaib, was later released. The rest meanwhile have confessed to their involvement in Swat bombing. They were handed over to Swat district police.
Posted by: Fred || 07/28/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [277 views] Top|| File under: TNSM

Raziq Bugti gunned down
Raziq Bugti, former guerrilla commander turned spokesman for the Balochistan government, was shot dead by assailants here on Friday, police officials told Daily Times. Assailants opened fire on Bugti’s vehicle on Zargoon Road, a mere 200 metres from the Chief Minister’s House. Banned militant group the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) has claimed responsibility for killing Raziq Bugti.
Not many Bugtis in the news these days. :(
Posted by: Fred || 07/28/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [279 views] Top|| File under:

Lal Masjid hard boyz and girlz kick out JI delegation
Brownshirts Seminary students, who took control of Lal Masjid on Friday, thrashed and kicked Jamat-e-Islami (JI) leaders out of the mosque, accusing them of playing politics over dead bodies of their colleagues.

A JI delegation, led by MMA deputy general secretary Liaqat Baloch, came to mosque shouting anti-government slogans. Mian Aslam, MNA from Islamabad, Syed Bilal, the JI district president, and Sirajul Haq, a former minister of NWFP, were among the delegation.
The seminary students beat up the delegation and forced it out of the mosque as they tried to enter the main hall.
The seminary students beat up the delegation and forced it out of the mosque as they tried to enter the main hall.

The students said the JI was politicizing the issue. “Where were you when our sisters and mothers were dying here and our colleagues were being killed brutally? We will not allow you to offer prayer here. You have come here for politics. You better go to London and hold your meetings,” an enraged student told the JI delegation. These JI mullahs then came out of the mosque and offered prayer on the main road. Sirajul Haq led the prayer.

Later, Liaqat Baloch told reporters that ‘agencies’ men’ were in the mosque in place of seminary students. He said the ‘agencies’ men’ thrashed the JI delegation. The seminary students also misbehaved with reporters and cameramen. They alleged that media, especially TV channels, presented a biased version of events.
Posted by: Fred || 07/28/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [287 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Finally, a ray of light in the Muslim mindset.

Keep thrashing the militants, and you'll have peace, eventually.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 07/28/2007 12:41 Comments || Top||

Suicide attack on police claims 14: 'Taliban' back at Lal Masjid
A suspected suicide bomber killed at least 14 people including seven policemen and injured more than 50 others on Friday at a hotel near the Lal Masjid, after baton-wielding students of Jamia Fareedia madrassa and congregation members loyal to the slain Abdul Rashid Ghazi and former prayer leader Maulana Abdul Aziz occupied the mosque briefly and demanded Aziz’s return.
Whoa! Wotta surprise! I mean, whoever expected something like that to happen?
Aziz’s supporters stopped the government-appointed prayer leader Maulana Ashfaq Ahmed from leading the Friday prayer at Lal Masjid after the mosque was reopened to the public after three weeks. They demanded that authorities bring Maulana Aziz to Lal Masjid to lead the prayers. Maulana Ashfaq then left for his home in police security.
"I am, like, outta here!"
"We'll go witcha, maulana. Just to make sure you get home okay."
Maulana Atiqur Rehman, a teacher at Jamia Fareedia, then led the prayer at Lal Masjid.
"And now, brethren and sistren, join me in our simple prayer: 'Gawd, please kill them all! Make them suffer! Make their children suffer! Visit them with boils!...'"
Before and after the prayer, the people shouted anti-government slogans and vowed that they would avenge the killings of all those who had been killed in the Lal Masjid operation. The students and the congregation members then came on the streets. Some of them reached the mosque’s roof and hoisted black flags there and on the minarets. Some started splashing red paint onto the walls to restore the mosque’s namesake colour after the government restoration left it pale yellow. The violent mob then started throwing stones at armoured personnel carriers. The violence, which later spread to Aabpara and Melody Chowk, forced the policemen to teargas the mob.
"Chowdry, the students are revolting!"
"Aren't they, though?"
"Have we any teargas?"
"That won't make them smell any better, sir."
The protesters then reentered the mosque’s premises.
"Hrarrr! Back to the mosque premises!"
As the hide and seek between the protesters and policemen continued in the Lal Masjid surrounding areas, an explosion took place in front of Muzaffargarh Nihari House at Aabpara Chowk.
Eyewitnesses said that seven people, including the suspected bomber, died instantly while six critically injured people died at the hospital. Naseer, owner of the restaurant, told Daily Times that a young man came in front of his restaurant and shouted Allah-ho-Akbar before blowing himself up. Interior Secretary Kamal Shah linked the attack with the Lal Masjid situation. The police claimed that it had found the body parts of the bomber including his head.
"Over here! What's this?"
"Looks like a spleen with a turban. And a moustache!"
Interior Ministry spokesman Brig (r) Javed Cheema said the government had closed Lal Masjid for an indefinite period after the violence in the mosque and suicide attack at Aabpara Market.
Brilliant. Much more brilliant than the original plan. Not as brilliant as demolishing it and sowing the ground with salt.
After the bombing, police retook control of Lal Masjid, Islamabad SSP Zafar Iqbal said. Some protesters resisted and about 50 people were arrested, AFP adds.
And they'll be back walking the streets tomorrow or the day after, which is why it'll happen again.
Posted by: Fred || 07/28/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [353 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  these misfits need killin'
Posted by: Frank G || 07/28/2007 8:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Perv better bulldoze the place. Preferrably while at full occupancy.
Posted by: Zenster || 07/28/2007 12:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Hmmmmm. I think a JDAM is called for in this case.
Posted by: Abu Uluque6305 || 07/28/2007 13:12 Comments || Top||

#4  Do yourselves a favor and take no prisoners next time, boys. It also might help if you pulverize the place to dust...
Posted by: tu3031 || 07/28/2007 13:17 Comments || Top||

#5  Use flamethrowers, just as the US did with the Japanese on Okinawa. If these pieces of rejected fecal matter want to die, oblige them, in the most horrible way possible.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 07/28/2007 17:04 Comments || Top||

#6  oblige them, in the most horrible way possible

Needs to be SOP whenever dealing with Islam.
Posted by: Zenster || 07/28/2007 17:48 Comments || Top||

#7  I love the picture of the jihadi with his foot caught in the anchor rope.
Posted by: wxjames || 07/28/2007 19:01 Comments || Top||

Iraqi leader tells Bush: Get Gen Petraeus out
Source is the Telegraph, you know what that can mean
Relations between the top United States general in Iraq and Nouri al-Maliki, the country's prime minister, are so bad that the Iraqi leader made a direct appeal for his removal to President George W Bush. Although the call was rejected, aides to both men admit that Mr Maliki and Gen David Petraeus engage in frequent stand-up shouting matches, differing particularly over the US general's moves to arm Sunni tribesmen to fight al-Qa'eda.

One Iraqi source said Mr Maliki used a video conference with Mr Bush to call for the general's signature strategy to be scrapped. "He told Bush that if Petraeus continues, he would arm Shia militias," said the official. "Bush told Maliki to calm down."

At another meeting with Gen Petraeus, Mr Maliki said: "I can't deal with you any more. I will ask for someone else to replace you."

Gen Petraeus admitted that the relationship was stormy, saying: "We have not pulled punches with each other."

President Bush's support for Mr Maliki is deeply controversial within the US government because of the Iraqi's ties to Shia militias responsible for some of the worst sectarian violence.
Yet another demonstration that Bush sometimes is loyal to a fault.
Alongside the firm support of Mr Bush, Mr Maliki also enjoys the backing of Ryan Crocker, the US ambassador and his predecessor, Zalmay Khalilzad, now America's representative at the United Nations. Mr Crocker, who attends Mr Maliki's stormy weekly meetings with Gen Petraeus, said the Iraqi leader was a strong partner of America. "There is no leader in the world that is under more pressure than Nouri al-Maliki, without question," he said. "Sometimes he reflects that frustration. I don't blame him. I probably would too."
Posted by: Sherry || 07/28/2007 17:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [482 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

#1  Maliki's desire for Petraeus' departure is in direct proportion the Surge's success. The sooner Maliki is thrust from office the faster peace might be obtained in Iraq. Maliki's collusion with Moqtada Sadr has cost many American lives.
Posted by: Zenster || 07/28/2007 17:45 Comments || Top||

#2  Mr Maliki also enjoys the backing of Ryan Crocker, the US ambassador and his predecessor, Zalmay Khalilzad, now America's representative at the United Nations
That gives me several more reasons to back Gen. Petraeus totally. Previous reports Egyptian intelligence warned us of Maliki's ties to Iranian Shia & lo and behold, he goes out a London window. Trust no one.
Posted by: Danielle || 07/28/2007 17:46 Comments || Top||

#3  Zenster - agreed. The first thing I thought when I saw the headline is that the surge is DEFINITELY working... to the point where al-Maliki's political backers are getting nervous.
Posted by: eLarson || 07/28/2007 17:58 Comments || Top||

#4  Another article I read said that Maliki had threatened Petraeus with the arming of Shia malitia with Iraqi government weapons. The article did not give Petraeus' response, but I can imagine.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 07/28/2007 18:41 Comments || Top||

#5  This is not a black and white issue, but I'll bet Petraeus is probably more right than Maliki. Maliki does have to represent the majority (Shiite) opinion, but it seems to me those who wanted guns for jihad would have them in their posession already. Perhaps Maliki just needs lessons in logic, listening, compromising, consequences, and civility. You know, all those things his society seems to eschew in favor of selfishness and anger.
Posted by: gorb || 07/28/2007 19:33 Comments || Top||

#6  Agree with all. al-Maliki is complicit wot the deaths of scores of US service members. Petraeus's strategy is several steps in the right direction. If the Shias can't learn to share the power, piss on them.
Posted by: anymouse || 07/28/2007 19:35 Comments || Top||

#7  Seems like only yesterday that Maliki was "the one" -- honorable, committed, tough... it's not to be. Is there anyone we can trust among this ME swine herd?
Posted by: regular joe || 07/28/2007 19:53 Comments || Top||

#8  Maliki had threatened Petraeus with the arming of Shia malitia with Iraqi government weapons

He needs his ass handed to him on a platter for that.

Is there anyone we can trust among this ME swine herd?

Short answer: No.

Long answer: There is no "trust" to be had with Muslims. There are only varying degrees of mistrust. Here's an excerpt from an article by Khudayr Taher, the Shi'ite Muslim who has bravely called upon the United States to deport all of its Muslim population.
The only contradictory statement, which shatters much of the flattering talk revolving around Maliki, was made by Khudayr Taher, a US-based Shi'ite writer who has known Maliki since their days in exile in Syria in the 1980s.

Taher wrote an editorial in Arabic saying that he used to meet Maliki at the local library in Syria, where he would be doing research for his master's degree in Arabic literature, pointing out: "I do not claim that we were friends." Taher said Maliki had "modest general knowledge ... he will be a puppet in the hands of Jaafari, Hakim, the Kurds and Sunnis". He added that Maliki "does not believe in democracy because of his ideological commitments" in al-Da'wa Party, claiming that political Islam and democracy do not meet for someone like Maliki.

In a private discussion held when both men were in Syria, Maliki told Taher: "We declare our acceptance of democracy, but in reality, we are tricking them [the Americans] in order to topple Saddam and come to power." Taher writes: "I swear to God that this is exactly what he said!"

Taher adds that Maliki does not believe in the equality of women and will refuse to give any cabinet posts to Iraqi women, unless those imposed by the Kurds. He wraps up by saying that Maliki is anti-American, and has expressed his anti-American views to friends and in private discourse. He predicts that if Maliki succeeds in creating a cabinet, "it will not last long and will collapse after a few months".

The Iraqi prime minister will have a difficult time indeed warding off the accusations of someone like Khudayr Taher, pleasing the Americans while courting the Iranians, and winning the confidence of the Sunnis.

For now, he is on good terms with Washington, but if he is unable to break with Muqtada, the Americans will quickly abandon him. His remarks about disarming the militias, which unless specified also include Sadr's Mehdi Army, mean that he is not too keen about maintaining his friendship with Muqtada. If he loses it, however, how strong will his influence remain within the leading Shi'ite bloc, the United Iraqi Alliance (UIA)?
[emphasis added]

Posted by: Zenster || 07/28/2007 20:06 Comments || Top||

#9  Doh! The above article's author is actually Sami Moubayed.
Posted by: Zenster || 07/28/2007 20:09 Comments || Top||

#10  Maliki has been the major problem. He screws ANY non-Shia general who is effective, relieving them of command or moving them around, if non-Shia units are becoming too effective against Shia, he has them moved.

al-Maliki has become a tool of Iran.

Time to send him good pictures of his family, taken through a bomb sight camera, with the numbers to his swiss bank accounts embossed ont he pictures.
Posted by: OldSpook || 07/28/2007 21:57 Comments || Top||

#11  And by the way, in the past, I have referred to our inability to hit JAM due to "political" constraints... Maliki is the source of much of those constraints.

Looks like the IA is becoming far too effective and non-sectarian for one-sided a-holes like him. When the IP gets there, he will be scare witless, because the police will investigate him and find exactly how badly he misused his authority to undermine any effort at defeating the Shia militias.
Posted by: OldSpook || 07/28/2007 22:01 Comments || Top||

#12  They need to clean out a lot of the current government.

Then they need to come over here and clean up ours.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/28/2007 22:12 Comments || Top||

#13  This is not a black and white issue

Nope. It's "us vs. them" in the sense "USA goals vs. al Maliki personal/family/tribe goals".
Posted by: gromgoru || 07/28/2007 22:30 Comments || Top||

#14  When this appears in the NYT or WaPo, it will be confirming very good news indeed. It's also a set up for Petraeus/POTUS to claim success in the surge, and announce redployments. It's also, also a way to lever the Iraqi government around quite a bit - mix the stew a bit, beyond simply the police and army - admittedly it will take a while for them to ever move all the way from fear through respect to trust, but Petraeus is making great political-military progress.

Shame you can't find this analysis, let alone informed speculation, anywhere in the popular press.
Posted by: Halliburton - Colonial Affairs Division || 07/28/2007 22:37 Comments || Top||

#15  Bah. Petraeus could walk on water and the MSM headline will still be "Petraeus Can't Swim." Americans have heard this is a failure over their morning bran flakes for three years and now they can't believe anything else.
Posted by: regular joe || 07/28/2007 23:11 Comments || Top||

Iranian arms importers captured in Iraq
Four terrorists linked to an Iranian smuggling operation — responsible for targeting coalition forces with powerful bombs — were captured yesterday in Iraq, according to Defense Department officials. The suspects were captured after U.S. forces conducted a raid in Qasarin, a small village north of Baqouba, in the Diyala province near the border with Iran.
Saying publicly what we've long known. Whether the decision to speak out comes from President Bush or General Patreaus is immaterial, especially coupled with the fact that the Surge is working.
"I would say that it's clear to us that there are networks that are smuggling weapons, both explosive-formed projectiles, IEDs, as well as mortar and other capabilities from Iran into Iraq," said Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the day-to-day commander in Iraq. "And in fact, we believe some training is also going on inside of Iran. We have seen in the last three months a significant improvement in the capability of mortarmen and rocketeers to provide accurate fires into the [coalition] Green Zone and other places. We think this is directly related to training that was conducted in Iran."

Earlier this week, American and Iranian ambassadors to Iraq met in Baghdad and agreed to set up a security subcommittee to carry forward talks on restoring stability in the war-torn nation. During the groundbreaking talks, U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker accused Iran of spurring the violence in Iraq by arming and training Shi'ite militias. He warned that no progress can be made unless Iranian behavior changes. Iranian Ambassador Hassan Kazemi Qomi countered that Tehran is trying to help Iraq deal with the security situation, but Iraqis are "victimized by terror and the presence of foreign forces" in their country.
*sigh* I'm not subtle enough to understand why we are engaging in these talks.
I'm not either, but I'll take a shot at it:

1) shows good faith with Joe Liebermann's of the world. Don't under-estimate the usefulness of that.

2) allows us to rattle the Sunni tribal chiefs to our advantage: cooperate with us or watch what happens when we make a deal with the Iranians. Likewise, it can be used to persuade the Kurds to be a little more reasonable on the oil plan.

3) gives al-Maliki a little breathing space to sort things out in the capital.

4) gives the surge a little more time to work, and perhaps (if this actually does something to calm the Sadr brigades, which I doubt) a little more measurable progress for the September report (which the Dhimmicrats have pledged not to read).
Peter Brookes, senior fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation and a national security authority, cites Iran's current involvement and support for Taliban groups in Afghanistan as an example of Iran's flip-flop foreign policy when it comes to defeating the U.S. "In the past the Iranians would have never given financial support to the Taliban," he said. "The evidence now suggests that Iran is offering them assistance in an effort to push U.S. forces out of the region." Iran and Syria are doing the same in Iraq, he added.
P'rhaps I'm not the only one confused.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/28/2007 13:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [296 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I 'm no expert, but I wonder if this:


has anything to do with it.
Posted by: charger || 07/28/2007 17:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Iran's current involvement and support for Taliban groups in Afghanistan as an example of Iran's flip-flop foreign policy when it comes to defeating the U.S. "In the past the Iranians would have never given financial support to the Taliban," he said. "The evidence now suggests that Iran is offering them assistance in an effort to push U.S. forces out of the region." Iran and Syria are doing the same in Iraq

Just a few items on the huge laundry list of reasons for bombing Iran to hell.
Posted by: Zenster || 07/28/2007 17:28 Comments || Top||

#3  I would also posit that these talks will be unproductive, we'll tell them "we know what you're doing, and it will stop", the Iranians won't stop, and war will eventually come home to roost for the mullahs. We will say "we tried!"
Posted by: Frank G || 07/28/2007 17:42 Comments || Top||

#4  Bush is not going to leave office with the Iranians on the verge or in possession of nukes. When he wants to do something about it, it will be useful to have been discussing it with the Iranians for some time. While it may not be on the public agenda, who knows what they say when the doors close.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 07/28/2007 18:52 Comments || Top||

#5  I don't agree that dialog between the State Dept and Iran is useful. I wouldn't mind if Patereus choses to meet with them to describe to them the potential results of their continued policies.
Posted by: Super Hose || 07/28/2007 20:29 Comments || Top||

U.S. Widens Push to Use Armed Iraqi Residents
The U.S. military in Iraq is expanding its efforts to recruit and fund armed Sunni residents as local protection forces in order to improve security and promote reconciliation at the neighborhood level, according to senior U.S. commanders.

Within the past month, the U.S. military command in charge of day-to-day operations in Iraq ordered subordinate units to step up creation of the local forces, authorizing commanders to pay the fighters with U.S. emergency funds, reward payments and other monies.

The initiative, which extends to all Iraqis, represents at least a temporary departure from the established U.S. policy of building formally trained security forces under the control of the Iraqi government. It also provokes fears within the Shiite-led government that the new Sunni groups will use their arms against it, commanders said.

The goal is to put the new, irregular forces in place quickly -- hiring them on contracts and providing them with uniforms without waiting for access to lengthy police and army training programs.

In the long term, commanders say, the goal is to incorporate the units into the Iraqi security forces. The initiative arises out of efforts underway by some U.S. military units to enlist forces from local tribes as well as insurgent groups in different neighborhoods, most of which have been predominantly Sunni.

The top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. David H. Petraeus, called the development of the grass-roots forces the most significant trend in Iraq "of the last four months or so" and one that could help propel slow-moving efforts at national reconciliation among Iraq's main religious sects and ethnic groups.

"This is a very, very important component of reconciliation because it's happening from the bottom up," he said in an interview Friday. "The bottom-up piece is much farther along than any of us would have anticipated a few months back. It's become the focus of a great deal of effort, as there is a sense that this can bear a lot of fruit."

U.S. commanders acknowledge that there is a risk that the Iraqi government will refuse to hire some or all of the local force members and will instead use the names of the Sunni recruits as target lists.

"What the government is afraid of, and we understand that, is they don't want another armed militia of some sort. So what we're looking for is sort of an interim measure . . . to take advantage of these groups," said Brig. Gen. James Campbell, deputy U.S. commander for Baghdad, where he said 18,000 more police officers and 30 police stations are needed.

And while local residents are often the best choice for securing their own streets, the risk exists that they will overstep their bounds in Baghdad's densely populated, mixed sectarian districts, Petraeus said. "You have to make sure that the neighborhood watch doesn't end up watching someone else's neighborhood."

Over a luncheon of chicken and rice in Baghdad's Rasheed district this week, Col. Ricky D. Gibbs, the U.S. commander in the area, met with half a dozen influential Sunni leaders to discuss forming neighborhood protection groups, as well as to share intelligence.

A local Sunni leader, a bespectacled man in a red striped shirt, leaned across the table and handed Gibbs a list of 250 names of Sunni residents willing to serve in a local force.

Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 07/28/2007 09:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [287 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

#1  I;ve been arguing for this for years. Its a tribal society, Use the tribes!

Problem is, that wasn't the "Big Army" way, and it took a hell of a lot more troops than were committed, and it involved going after the Shia (which some in State and CIA prevented).

The other component is closing the borders HARD - something they still have not done.
Posted by: OldSpook || 07/28/2007 12:08 Comments || Top||

#2  I think starting neighborhood militias would have fixed most of the problems we had back in 2003. When I told people this they said it would start a civil war, it would be tribe against tribe...

Well, just because we didn't make neighborhood-based militias to hold things together didn't stop Al Qaeda, and Moqtada al-Sadr, from making the same sorts of institutions but with the goal of tearing Iraq apart.
Posted by: Abdominal Snowman || 07/28/2007 12:46 Comments || Top||

#3  You think it would have been simple to have recruited Sunni troops to guard the eastern border an Shi'a troops to guard the western one...
Posted by: Abdominal Snowman || 07/28/2007 12:48 Comments || Top||

#4  Considering all the conniptions our masters have about letting Americans have minimal arms...
Posted by: Gary and the Samoyeds || 07/28/2007 12:49 Comments || Top||

#5  I have long been puzzled at the seeming absence of pistols in Iraq. AK-47s are combat weapons, much better for offense than defense. But pistols are small, easy to conceal, easy to use in restricted areas, and very effective as defensive weapons.

It would be much harder for terrorists to intimidate a population armed with pistols, by dint of their not knowing who was armed and willing to resist. How can you control a group of people when one or two might be able to gun you down if you are not paying attention to them?

Over and over again I read of bus loads of Iraqis hijacked and murdered. With a profusion of pistols, a lot of those massacres wouldn't have happened, or would have had a lot lower death rate.

And as the number of pistols go up, their value as an offensive weapon goes *down*. A man runs into a crowded bank waving his pistol around and yelling orders, two or three armed people could lay him out quickly.

A lot of pistols mean decisions are made by group consensus, not by loners.

So a change of one policy, in trouble areas: each family can have one or two pistols instead of an AK-47. Thereafter anybody walking around with an AK-47 is a dead man.

We should have imported millions of smaller caliber pistols at the very beginning.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 07/28/2007 14:26 Comments || Top||

#6  Thanks for kicking us up a notch in GoogleKook.
Posted by: HalfEmpty || 07/28/2007 18:39 Comments || Top||

U.S. Special Forces, Iraqi Security Forces battle insurgents in Karbala
Iraqi Security Forces, with U.S. Special Forces as advisors, detained a high-level rogue Jaysh al-Mahdi commander in western Karbala, July 27. Iraqi and U.S. forces detained their primary target without incident during a raid in a neighborhood in Karbala. Two other suspicious individuals present during the raid were also detained.

While preparing to leave the target location, Iraqi Security Forces and U.S. Special Forces began receiving fire from three separate locations. The team determined the attackers were using small arms weapons, machine guns, and rocket-propelled grenades.

As the team defended itself with well-aimed fire, killing five insurgents, rogue JAM militants fired on a helicopter assisting the team in the operation. U.S. Special Forces called in precision aerial fires that resulted in approximately a dozen insurgents killed. No Iraqi civilians were present in the area while the strike was performed.

The primary suspect commands a rogue Jaysh al-Mahdi assassination cell of over 100 armed members. He has allegedly commanded attacks against Coalition Forces using improvised explosive devices, explosively formed penetrators and mortars. He has also carried out assassinations of Iraqi civilians. His cell is also credited with the assassinations of two Iraqi government officials.
Posted by: Fred || 07/28/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [463 views] Top|| File under: Mahdi Army

#1  The New York Times have their own take on the story:
Americans Call In Airstrike in Clash With Shiite Militia
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/28/2007 8:46 Comments || Top||

#2  trailing wife, thx for the link (though I needed a shower after reading an NY Times article). Thie "splendid" piece of agenda "journalism" appears in the middle:

An American military statement said the airstrikes killed about a dozen insurgents. The statement disputed the allegation that civilians had been killed, saying, “No Iraqi civilians were present in the area while the strike was performed,” without disclosing how the military confirmed that.

Perfect! The NY Times takes EVERY WORD from alQueda's spokesmorons at face value. Ah, but the evil American military...THEM we don't trust!

Heck, I need another shower just THINKING about the NY Times!
Posted by: Justrand || 07/28/2007 10:03 Comments || Top||

#3  Make sure you use the special bacteriacidal soap, Justrand. ;-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/28/2007 11:37 Comments || Top||

#4  And ask your doctor for a vermicide, internal worms and such, you know.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 07/28/2007 12:51 Comments || Top||

#5  As the team defended itself with well-aimed fire, killing five insurgents, rogue JAM militants fired on a helicopter assisting the team in the operation. U.S. Special Forces called in precision aerial fires that resulted in approximately a dozen insurgents killed. No Iraqi civilians were present in the area while the strike was performed."

Beautiful! The JAM got wiped out by a JDAM. Air power baby, air power!
Posted by: Sigmund Freud || 07/28/2007 23:17 Comments || Top||

Iraqi Security Forces, U.S. Special Forces detain al-Qaeda in Iraq members
Iraqi Security Forces, with U.S. Special Forces as advisors, detained two primary targets of an al-Qaeda in Iraq cell near southwest neighborhood of Jihad in Baghdad, July 26. The Iraqi Forces detained their primary targets at several different residences during the early morning operation in Baghdad. One other suspicious individual present during the operation was also detained.

The al-Qaeda in Iraq cell is alleged to be responsible for conducting extra judicial killings of Iraqi citizens and emplaces improvised explosive devices. They are also believed to have conducted attacks on Iraqi and Coalition Forces as well as local Iraqi citizens.

Three Iraqi Forces members were injured during the operation during a small-arms fire from an adjacent building. A U.S. Special Forces medic provided first-aid that allowed them to continue the mission. The shooter fled from his position after firing from the roof. No U.S. Special Forces Soldiers were injured during the operation.
Posted by: Fred || 07/28/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [292 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Iraq

MND-B attack aircraft kill 7 insurgents
Attack aviation crews from Multi-National Division-Baghdad killed seven insurgents at approximately 12 p.m. July 25 in western Baghdad. The Apache crews from the 4th “Guns” Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, responded to a call from ground forces in contact with the enemy. The forces, from the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, were receiving small arms fire from about 15 insurgents.

The insurgents attempted to flee the area in a van when attack aviation arrived. The Apache crews maintained identification of the vehicle and got clearance to fire from the ground forces. The crews engaged the vehicle, destroying it and killing seven insurgents.
“Conducting close combat attacks is one of our primary tasks during our daily mission sets,” said Largo, Fla., native Capt. Scott McCraney, the pilot in command for the mission. “We were able to successfully destroy the van and engage the insurgents that were firing on (1-28 Inf. troops).”

Posted by: Fred || 07/28/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [283 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

#1  "Mohammad, did we lose the cursed infidels?"

"Yes, my brother! Allah Akhb----"

(loud explosion, followed instantly by the surprise of 7 Lions of IslamTM meeting Satan in H*ll)
Posted by: anymouse || 07/28/2007 13:26 Comments || Top||

Coalition Forces Detain Four Suspected Special Groups Terrorists
Coalition Forces captured four suspected Special Groups terrorists affiliated with the Iranian lethal aide network in a pre-dawn raid Friday in the village of Qasarin, Diyala Province.

Coalition Forces conducted a raid to capture or kill a highly-sought operative believed to be a senior leader of a weapons smuggling network. The captured terrorists are suspected of facilitating the transport of weapons and personnel from Iran into Iraq. The captured terrorists are also believed to have facilitated the flow of deadly Explosively Formed Projectiles (EFPs) into Iraq from Iran to be used against Coalition Forces. “Coalition troops remain relentless in our pursuit of those terrorists who seek to bring EFPs and other lethal aid into Iraq,” said Major Marc Young, MNF-I spokesperson. “Iranian influence is hindering the prospects of peace and stability in Iraq.”

Posted by: Fred || 07/28/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [285 views] Top|| File under: Mahdi Army

#1  No shit, bomb Iran now !
Posted by: wxjames || 07/28/2007 11:28 Comments || Top||

#2  And then kill the CropCirclers.
Posted by: HalfEmpty || 07/28/2007 18:40 Comments || Top||

#3  perhaps these were the Iranian version of Very Special Forces?
Posted by: Frank G || 07/28/2007 19:13 Comments || Top||

#4  Turn them over to the Sunnis.
Posted by: Super Hose || 07/28/2007 20:35 Comments || Top||

MND-B attack aircraft kills two armed insurgents
Multi-National Division-Baghdad Apache crews killed two armed insurgents at approximately July 26 west of Baghdad. An air weapons team of two Apaches from the 4th “Guns” Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, observed two insurgents with weapons enter a sedan and drive away from a suspected car bomb factory.

A unit operating in the vicinity, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, requested that the Apache crews follow the vehicle. With its mission shift complete, the Apache team was relieved by a second Apache team from “Guns.”

The second Apache team continued with the mission of following the vehicle and spotted five to six people enter the vehicle, which moved about 15 feet and stopped.

The Apache crews were cleared by the ground unit to fire on the vehicle. The crews engaged the vehicle, destroying it and killing two insurgents. “When we arrived on station, we received an excellent battle handover from the previous team that allowed us to engage one vehicle and several insurgents that were smuggling weapons,” said Ashton, Idaho, native Chief Warrant Officer 3 Greg Marotz, the air mission commander. “Working on a daily basis with the Soldiers of 2-5 Cav ‘Lancer’ has ensured both the safety of their forces on the ground and continued to allow our crews to provide aerial security and reconnaissance.”
Posted by: Fred || 07/28/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [273 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

Iraqi National Police rescue infant after terrorists murder mother, uncle
Iraqi National Police rescued an infant girl from a garbage receptacle in the southwestern portion of the nation’s capital July 25 after terrorists shot and killed the child’s mother and uncle. The child was discovered in the trash by troops from the 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st National Police Division after residents reported that a woman and man were shot and killed by masked gunmen in the Saydiyah neighborhood of West Rashid. The child was immediately taken by police to the nearest joint security station where medics treated her wounds. “You can see bruises on her back from the hand that squeezed her ribs as he carried her,” said Lt. Col. M. Troy Bentley, 2-1 National Police transition team chief.
Posted by: Fred || 07/28/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [337 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

#1  Heartless bastards. There needs to be one well-advertised website where all this kind of stuff is put up for display for all to see. I wonder how much of this kind of crap the moonbats, terrorists and their sympathizers, the locals, and the world could stand before they were fed up enough to throw in with the good guys.
Posted by: gorb || 07/28/2007 1:01 Comments || Top||

#2  Why do you think the MSM refuses to tell these kind of stories (plus the Korean christians in Afghanistan) -- to give their allies cover.

Yes Virginia, there are Orcs in the world....
Posted by: CrazyFool || 07/28/2007 1:14 Comments || Top||

#3  C'mon, CF, not all MSM types are Orcs! ;-)
Posted by: gorb || 07/28/2007 2:22 Comments || Top||

#4  C'mon, CF, not all MSM types are Orcs! ;-)

Yeah, what about the ones that are just feckless crapweasels?
Posted by: SteveS || 07/28/2007 9:47 Comments || Top||

#5  See, there you go.
Posted by: Steve White || 07/28/2007 10:51 Comments || Top||

#6  The MSM will cover it, as soon as they can prove it was all Bushitler's fault. Until then, they'll be silent.
Posted by: Swamp Blondie || 07/28/2007 11:02 Comments || Top||

#7  #1 Gorb, check out www.TheReligionofPeace.com It has some of the most up to date information on all the bull$hit from the "Lions of Islam" and their followers. It's a good site.
Posted by: WolfDog || 07/28/2007 11:41 Comments || Top||

#8  Militarily (even w/all the normal snafus) we are fighting one of the best examples of counter asymetrical warfare. No matter what the msm says, our a-game has been intact from day 1 and has gotten better.

Unfortnately, on the pr front we are doing badly. We are getting our butt kicked on the net and obviously the msm and their co-conspirators. gorb made a great point. Somehow, someway our admin or some org needed to be listing on the net all the atrocities logged in by the orcs over the past 4 yrs (just iraq by itself). I still scratch my head at Fox News -- they spend more time on paris carbon-blob hilton, lyndsay cokehead lohan, and nicole puke up that big mac ritchie then they do on this type of situation -- I expect that crap from cnn & the rest but Fox had been the most pro-war up to this point. I wish just one station would show the crap these orcs are pulling on prime time once a week. Even hannity, o'reilley, or glenn beck could make great awareness about the orcs by putting this stuff out. They could call it "orc watch".
Posted by: Broadhead6 || 07/28/2007 12:00 Comments || Top||

#9  Broadhead6, one of the Saudi princelings purchased a significant chunk of Fox stock, and subsequently boasted how well Fox management responds to his little concerns -- sometimes even before he voices any. Hence the change in focus.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/28/2007 12:34 Comments || Top||

#10  not all MSM types are Orcs!

Actually, very few. I view them more in the role of The Mouth of Sauron.
Posted by: Gary and the Samoyeds || 07/28/2007 12:52 Comments || Top||

#11  Thanks, WolfDog. I'll check it out.
Posted by: gorb || 07/28/2007 17:28 Comments || Top||

Palestinian shot in Nablus brawl dies
A university student shot during a brawl between supporters of Fatah and Hamas at a West Bank university died of his wounds Friday, hospital officials said. The student, 20-year-old Mohammed Radad, was shot by Fatah-allied gunmen on Tuesday, when students aligned with the rival groups clashed on the campus of An Najah University in Nablus. Palestinian security forces intervened, accompanied by Fatah men in civilian clothes, wounding three students with gunfire.

Witnesses said Radad, a Hamas supporter, was shot in the head by one of the armed men. Hospital officials said Radad died of his head wound Friday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.

The university fight began when Hamas supporters staged a sit-in on campus, raising the Islamic movement's green flags. Fatah activists demanded that the flags be removed, and a fistfight erupted. Dozens of Palestinian security officers accompanied by about two dozen gunmen then broke into the university and opened fire, witnesses said.
Posted by: Fred || 07/28/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [284 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  and a fistfight erupted

Do they mean to imply that some Palestinians are not armed?
Posted by: gromgoru || 07/28/2007 1:29 Comments || Top||

#2  Reminds me of the old joke about a bar fight where a hockey game broke out.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 07/28/2007 12:59 Comments || Top||

Three Fatah activists injured in Hamas shooting
Following Friday prayers.
Three Palestinian activists from Fatah movement have been injured in Rafah, south of Gaza Strip, in a shooting by Hamas members, a Fatah-linked source said on Friday. The shooting took place following the weekly routine Friday prayers in Rafah, when Fatah activists were engaged in a scuffle with Hamas-led Executive Force over criticisms against Fatah and the Palestinian National Authority the source, on anonymity, told KUNA. The Executive Force (of Hamas) also arrested scores of Fatah activists, including a local leader whose house was cracked down and searched by the force, the source added.

The three injured activists were taken to hospital for medical treatment.

Rafah has been the scene of tensions between Fatah and Hamas supporters for five days following an alleged attack by Hamas forces on Palestinian member of parliament Ahsraf Gomaa of Fatah.
Posted by: Seafarious || 07/28/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [359 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  The three injured activists were taken to hospital for medical treatment

Lets hear it for sepsis!
Posted by: gromgoru || 07/28/2007 1:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Let it also be mutually contagious between Hamaseen and Fataheen. IOW, may pox be upon both their houses.
Posted by: twobyfour || 07/28/2007 7:00 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Terrorists shoot gas station owner in southern Thailand
Terrorists Insurgents shot a petrol station owner in southern province of Narathiwat on Saturday, critically injuring him. The 34-year-old Muslim man was shot in the morning when he was at his station in Chanae district. Police said four insurgents who came on two motorcycles opened fire onto the man without saying a word. The man, who was shot four times, was rushed to a provincial hospital.
Posted by: ryuge || 07/28/2007 07:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [294 views] Top|| File under: Thai Insurgency

Somalia: Teachers and students taken into custody for terror links50 Taliban and 28 civilians killed in Afghan clashesMusharraf and Benazir finally meet: Mother of all deals?Suicide attack on police claims 14: 'Taliban' back at Lal MasjidNew PA platform omits 'armed struggle'Iraqi National Police rescue infant after terrorists murder mother, uncleThree Fatah activists injured in Hamas shooting
Posted by: Fred || 07/28/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [288 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Where's the 'W' on her last name. ;-)
Posted by: gorb || 07/28/2007 0:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Get a load of that Beaver Cheater swim suit. I guess today you could say that suit is equiped with a Camel Toe guard.
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 07/28/2007 1:37 Comments || Top||

#3  You know, GB, I looked at that picture and started thinking along the same lines as you but I didn't quite have the words for it like you did.
Posted by: Abu Uluque6305 || 07/28/2007 12:52 Comments || Top||

#4  At first glance, I thought the photo said "Evelyn Ankles". She does have good ... ankles.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 07/28/2007 16:43 Comments || Top||

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