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Eight terrorists killed, 40 suspects detained in Coalition operations
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Korean hostage rescue attempt?
Posted by: 3dc || 08/01/2007 10:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [279 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Send 1000 soldiers for each hostage killed, and money to help block the border.
Posted by: plainslow || 08/01/2007 10:58 Comments || Top||

#2  Given that 'e' stands for evolved:

Then Korean - e = Koran

Sad to see Koreans being ritually murdered by insufficiently evolved Afghani Allah worshipers. There's something about Islam that gives me the heebee jeebees.
Posted by: jpal || 08/01/2007 12:43 Comments || Top||

#3  The plight of the Korean Christian Hostages is seeping into the public consciousness.

I attended a Mass of the Christian Burial today for an uncle - a distinguished WW2 vet - at an old and revered Catholic parish in my home town.

During the recitation of "Petitions" I was stunned - pleasantly - to hear the lector state: "We pray for the release and safe return of the Korean Christian Missionaries held captive by the Muslim Terrorists in Afghanistan"...:

Those assembled (best guess: some 60-80 people) responded in one voice: "Lord, hear our prayer".

Mind you...these were Catholics praying for the well being of complete stangers. That these stangers were Protestant did not matter. That these strangers were human beings bent on helping their fellow man did.

Anyone know of any muslims anywhere praying for the safe return of the remaining Korean missionaries?

Yeah. I thought not...
Posted by: Mark Z || 08/01/2007 15:27 Comments || Top||

#4  NPR reported that medicines were delivered to the captives today, including chemotherapy meds for one lady with cancer. Whether they were received and administered was not addressed. Interesting that the kidnappers were named as Muslim terrorists, Mark, but I suspect your uncle would have approved.

My condolences for your loss.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/01/2007 16:11 Comments || Top||

#5  Its Bush's fault. He is a Christian and likes to show it. Bush is the reason that the muslim world is so much stuck in the stone age. He is the one that blamed muslims for 9/11 when we know it was Cheney in a supercharged pacemaker who set all the carefully placed explosives to bring down the tower and then the poor Taliban and their peaceful little piece of the world came tumbling down by Bush and Cheney and Rumsfeld. The Koreans are just another example of innocents getting it in the neck because of Bush. If Bush would just go away the NYT/LAT/WaPo have promised to give more light to stories like this. Europe agrees and will even offer more troops and red wine. Just go away Bush and all will be perfec in the world - an Islamic one at that.
Posted by: Jack is Back! || 08/01/2007 16:28 Comments || Top||

#6  Jack, are you tryimg to post snark, or just fucking crazy?
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 08/01/2007 16:51 Comments || Top||

#7  I attended a Mass of the Christian Burial today for an uncle

Likewise, please accept my sympathies for your uncle, Mark Z. Know that he has my gratitude for having defended our nation.

While I wish for the hostages' safe return, Korea needs to be shaken out of its complacency. Perhaps the murder of their peaceful missionaries might inspire a more active role in the war on terrorism.

Anyone know of any muslims anywhere praying for the safe return of the remaining Korean missionaries?

For Christian missionaries in Muslim lands seeking converts apostates?!? G'wan gedouddahere! There'll probably be Muslim riots if the Koreans are not beheaded.
Posted by: Zenster || 08/01/2007 17:24 Comments || Top||

#8  TW and Z-man,

Thank you for your kindness.

Uncle Mike is in a better place and no longer in pain.

I, too, believe he would have approved of the petitions read in church today.

His service to our country was in North Africa in late 1942 and most of 1943. Then on to Italy.

So, yeah, he did come into contact with islam and fascism (I'm being redundant).
Posted by: Mark Z || 08/01/2007 18:54 Comments || Top||

#9  Ima measure Redneck Jim's hed.

Ummmm.... off scale pointy....

Posted by: V Hobson || 08/01/2007 19:07 Comments || Top||

#10  Redneck Jim, I strongly suspect Jack is Back forgot the tag again. He's generally one of the good guys.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/01/2007 21:55 Comments || Top||

Suicide attack in Kabul kills one Afghan, injures three US soldiers
A suicide bomb exploded near an international military convoy here on Tuesday, killing an Afghan truck driver and wounding several people including three US soldiers, police said, as the Afghan government announced that trading Taliban prisoners for the kidnapped South Koreans was unacceptable because it would encourage kidnapping.

The car bomb exploded as a convoy was passing near a US-run military base, Camp Phoenix, which is focused on training the fledgling Afghan national army. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast in an SMS from the telephone of a known spokesman for the group.

“One person was killed and four injured, three of them Americans,” policeman Sayed Omar Sadat told an AFP photographer at the scene. The dead man was a truck driver who had been passing by, he said.

The blast struck a convoy of the US-led coalition, the force said in a statement. It said three coalition soldiers were wounded but did not give their nationality. The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said seven Afghan passers by were wounded in the blast.

Meanwhile, Humayun Hamidzada, a spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai, told reporters that, “I think as a principle we shouldn’t encourage kidnapping by accepting their demands.” This followed the Taliban killing a second hostage late Monday and announcing that they would kill more if no Taliban prisoners were released by noon Wednesday.

If the government continues to “respond positively to their request and to the demands of the terrorists, we’ll face more problems,” Hamidzada said.

Also on Tuesday, Afghan authorities recovered the body of the second South Korean killed by the Taliban from a clover field beside a road in Arzoo, a village 10-kilometres southeast of Ghazni. The victim was identified as Shim Sung-min, 29, a former employee of an IT firm who did volunteer work to help the poor.

Taliban spokesman Qari Mohammad Yousuf said Afghan negotiators had not contacted the Taliban since the second hostage was killed, adding that the insurgents suspected the Afghan government and foreign troops were intending to launch a rescue operation. Any attempt to rescue the hostages by force would put the Korean’s lives at risk, he warned.

Negotiations had reached a deadlock with Afghan authorities demanding the release of the 18 women before any prisoners were freed and the kidnappers insisting its fighters should be let out of jail first, according to a Western security analyst. Yousuf said Shim was killed because Afghan authorities were ignoring the Taliban’s demands.

Separately, gunmen in the southern province of Kandahar abducted five Health Ministry officials, including three doctors, on Sunday, a provincial police chief said on Tuesday.
Posted by: Fred || 08/01/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [320 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa Horn
Artillery shells kill four in central Somalia
(SomaliNet) At least four people were killed and dozen more were wounded on Monday when the Ethiopian forces raided parts of Beledwein city, 330km north of the Somalia capital Mogadishu. Several weaponry fires landed in villages located in Beledwein after fresh violence against the interim government injuring civilians.

Ahmed Gobey Awale, the chairman of Beledwein confirmed to the local media that the Ethiopian forces stationing outskirt of the town fired artilleries into the civilian area in return to mortar attacks on their bases.
Different rules of engagement, huh?

"They use a knife, you use a gun. They use a gun, you use a bigger one. That's the Ethiopian way!"
Three of the wounded people were from same family. A very young baby was among the victims.

People in Beledwein of Hiran region in central Somalia are now worrying too much about the shelling which was the first to happen in the town since December 2006 when the Ethiopian led Somalia government soldiers drove out Islamists.

The insurgency acts in the war torn country of Somalia now seem to be spreading as the transitional government is trying to control the situation. On Sunday, a local militant hurled a grenade bomb at water tank truck hired by the Ethiopian forces in Beledwein city. No one was hurt in that explosion but the truck was damaged. After the explosion, the security forces arrested several people in connection the latest bomb attack.
Posted by: Fred || 08/01/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [287 views] Top|| File under:

JMB patron Bagmara BNP leader sued
A case has been filed with Rajshahi magistrate's court against Bagmara upazila BNP vice-president and 25 others for torture, extortion and patronising Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB). Abdus Salam of Dakta village lodged the case against BNP Vice-president Prof Gias Uddin and others on July 26.

In the case, he mentioned that the accused persons created pressure on him to join the JMB and demanded a toll of Tk 1 lakh for the organisation. As he could not pay, they attacked him with hammer, iron roads, hockey sticks and bamboo sticks when he was cultivating his land on June 26, 2004. Later he was hung from a tree and they again beat him mercilessly. When he became senseless, locals rushed him to a local health complex where he received treatment for 12 days. Salam said he could not file the case earlier as the situation was not favourable.

The other accused are Director of Bhabaniganj Clinic Dr Abdul Bari, Mostafizur Rahman alias killer Mustaque, Ghetu, Monzu, Minhaz, Lalu, Badal, Abdul Mannan, Moyen Uddin, Zaidur Rahman, Zahangir Hossain, Abdul Hamid, Saiful Islam, Bulbul Islam, Akbar Ali, Ismail Hossain, Dr Zamin Uddin, Monzur Rahman, Abdul Kuddus, Zafer Ali, Mahabur Rahman, Mahabub Rahman, Nazrul Islam, Afzal Hossain and Aser Ali.

The court ordered the officer-in-charge (OC) of Bagmara Police Station to investigate the case. OC Golam Sarwar told newsman that the investigation has already started by Sub-inspector Saidur Rahman. "We will record the case after the investigation," he added. When contacted, Prof Gias Uddin said, "The case has been filed for harassing me politically and socially."
Posted by: Fred || 08/01/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [320 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh

#1  Talk about yer direct diplomacy...
Posted by: Seafarious || 08/01/2007 7:20 Comments || Top||

BD militants charged over British envoy attack
Four militants were charged by a court in northeastern Bangladesh Tuesday in connection with a 2004 grenade attack on the British ambassador that left three dead and scores injured, police said.

The trial of the four, including the leader of banned Islamic militant group Harkat-ul Jihad al Islami, Mufti Abdul Hannan, will start on August 14, police sub-inspector Abdul Majid said. The court in the northeastern town of Sylhet charged the four with murder, use of explosives and masterminding the attack against British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Anwar Choudhury, he said.

“The court filed the charges today and set August 14 as the starting date of the hearing of witnesses. For faster judgement, the case is likely to be shifted to speedy trial court,” he said, adding they face death penalties if convicted. Choudhury, who is still Britain’s ambassador to Dhaka, was slightly injured in the attack in Sylhet while three people died and at least 50 were injured. Police said the attack was “to avenge the deaths of Muslims in Iraq and across the world by America and Britain.” The Bangladeshi-born diplomat, who moved to Britain as a child, was on his first return visit to his home district after taking up his appointment in May 2004.
Posted by: Fred || 08/01/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [275 views] Top|| File under: HUJI

Tales from the Crossfire Gazette
Two leaders of outlawed parties were killed in crossfire during a "shootout" between police and their cohorts early yesterday after police raided Khejurtala village of Kushtia Sadar upazila where two outlawed parties rendezvoused.
Sigh, it's been many a long year since I last rendezvoused.
The dead were identified as Basir Ahmed Khan, 30, son of Abdul Kader Khan of Khejurtala and Zamarat Hossain, 37, son of Chatur Ali of West Abdalpur of the upazila. Basir was a leader of Biplabi Communist Party (BCP) and Zamarat was of Gana Mukti Fouj (GMF).

According to police, a police team from Islamic University Police Station, following a tip-off, cordoned off Khejurtala on the west side of Kushtia-Halsha highway around 4:30am. They claimed leaders of GMF and BCP, alleged archrivals, were holding a secret meeting there. Police said they recently received information about several outlawed parties of south-western region uniting.
Well, when so many of your members are either dead or in the slammer, it only makes sense to contemplate a merger
After cordoning off the area, police asked them to surrender but the criminals opened fire on the police team, instigating a 30-minute firefight.
"Hey, youse guys! Come out wid yur hands up!"
"You'll never take us alive, coppers!" BangeittyBangBang!

Police found Basir and Zamarat dead after the firing stopped and the outlaws had fled.
Fancy that. All the other "gang members" made a clean gettaway. Just like they were never there. Ever.
Police recovered one locally made gun and four bullets from the spot.
Shutter gun by any other name. The "spot" being in Basir and Zamarat's bodies.
According to police, Basir was accused in three murder cases and Zamarat in four criminal cases filed on twelve systems with Islamic University and Kushtia police stations.

On Monday, another GMF cadre was killed in "crossfire" during a "shootout" between police and his accomplices in Charmilpara of Kushtia town.

2 held after gunfight with Rab

Two youths were arrested after a gunfight between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and a gang of criminals at Ramchandrapur in Savar yesterday morning that left two people, including a Rab man, injured.
Injured? Must be a "kinder and gentler" RAB
Two teams of Rab encircled a jute field to arrest the criminals at about 11.30am. Sensing presence of the elite force, ...
"Hark! I sense a disturbance in the force. It's the dread RAB! Open reckless random fire!"
... the criminals opened fire on them, triggering a gunfight, ASP of Rab-11 Mohammad Solaiman said.
That'll normally do the trick
Some 10-12 shots were fired during the half-an-hour gunfight, leaving Ainal Haq alias Ainar, 25, wounded.
Memo to Bangladesh. You'll never make real hell-hole status until you can manage more than one shot every 3 minutes, ok?
It gets complicated when you have to wax your mustache after every round of bullet.
The Rab men caught Ainal and another youth, Shahabuddin, and recovered four sharp weapons from the spot.
"Don't run with that, you could put an eye out"
The other gangsters managed to flee along with their firearms. Yamin, a member of Rab-11, was injured when the yoots hit him with a sharp weapon. He was given first aid.
And a 'sharp weapon' with which to pay a visit on Ainal and Shahabuddin.
No word on if Ainal and Shahabuddin will be needing first aid. We can only hope.
Posted by: Steve || 08/01/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [280 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "the yoots"?
Posted by: gromky || 08/01/2007 5:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Even for RAB, isn't 4:30 AM towards quitting time (happy story #1) and the second one looks like a bit of overtime (11:30AM).
maybe they are just going to 'round the clock miscreant elimination. "All RAB, all the time."
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 08/01/2007 12:42 Comments || Top||

#3  Two teams of Rab encircled a jute field

It's all about jute, I tell ya!
Posted by: SteveS || 08/01/2007 14:45 Comments || Top||

#4  Yoots shoot from jute, can't scoot. Film at eleven...
Posted by: tu3031 || 08/01/2007 16:25 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Ambush attack on Russerbus in Chechnya
A Russian soldier was killed and three others were also wounded when gunmen opened fire on a military bus in the republic of Ingushetia, state-run television said on Tuesday. The attack occurred in Chechnya, north of Ingushetia republic in the North Caucasus, Russian media reported. The attack left one police officer dead and injured three others, and investigation is underway to find and hold those responsible accountable.
Someone better get a long sharp stick and poke Basayev's grave a few dozen times...
Posted by: Seafarious || 08/01/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [295 views] Top|| File under: Chechen Republic of Ichkeria

#1  Ahh,you see, helping the Iranians means they send less seasoned people to the Russians. Just remember Mr Putin, we will leave Iraq, then they can send better "minutemen" to you.
Posted by: plainslow || 08/01/2007 7:45 Comments || Top||

Down Under
Indian Police say Haneef has Al-Qaeda links
Posted by: Oztralian || 08/01/2007 19:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [384 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

#1  Then why in hell are their politicians fawning over this maggot?!?
Posted by: Zenster || 08/01/2007 20:54 Comments || Top||

#2  More importantly, where the hell is the surprise meter?
Posted by: Mike N. || 08/01/2007 22:25 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
Imams faced with new law protecting Americans, now not suing flight passengers
Six imams removed from a U.S. Airways plane said they would not sue the passengers whose concerns led them to being kicked off a flight in November. In federal court Tuesday, the attorney for the imams said, "We don't contemplate naming any private passenger as a defendant."

After being removed from their flight, the imams sued the airport, the airline and 'John Does,' which left open the possibility of suing anonymous passengers.
No crap so the Muslim lawyer lied?
The attorney for one of the passengers says the imams' offer comes only as congress is about to give immunity to those reporting suspicious behavior. "The offer is only made after congress passes the immunity provision with the threat of assessing fees and costs against parties suing those making reports in good faith," Gerry Nolting said.
Gerry Nolting, American hero against CAIR's legal Islamic terrorism. Fred Goetz? Dhimmi for hire.
U.S. Airways and the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport will ask a judge to dismiss the imams' lawsuit next month.
Several important issues left on from the KSTP story. The lawsuit was paid for by Saudi funded CAIR and not one of the Minnesota Dhimicrats voted for the John Doe law. Also KSTP's story is slanted to make it look like the passengers were the only ones who were onto the Imams scheme.

In fairness, WCCO, KARE and the local Fox station didn't cover the story.

We just booked several flights on U.S. Airways. Better safe than sorry.
Posted by: Icerigger || 08/01/2007 10:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [272 views] Top|| File under: Global Jihad

#1  Now Fatwah that, assholesforallah.
Posted by: DarthVader || 08/01/2007 11:40 Comments || Top||

#2  America Akbar!!!!
Posted by: bigjim-ky || 08/01/2007 12:17 Comments || Top||

#3  Hmmm These attorneys who are facilitators of evil are about to get to the point where the advocacy nature of the legal system will end, and good old self-defense, and justifiable retrobution begins. When these slimeballs like Goetz act as a facilitator of evil, they become part of the problem. Some folks who lose loved ones in a 9-11 part II may take personal action against the likes of Goetz for his actions which led to such a tragedy. When the "murder" trial happens, an "OJ Simpson conclusion" for those "defendants" will be the result... But this time, there would be no outrage...
Posted by: BigEd || 08/01/2007 12:26 Comments || Top||

#4  "The muslim lawyer lied..." Shouldn't that mean that all lawyers are muslims, or all muslims are lawyers, or - my head hurts...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/01/2007 12:28 Comments || Top||

#5  The flying Imams! Why peanuts and a circus tent immediately come to mind?
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/01/2007 12:32 Comments || Top||

#6  "The attorney for one of the passengers says the imams' offer comes only as congress is about to give immunity to those reporting suspicious behavior. "The offer is only made after congress passes the immunity provision with the threat of assessing fees and costs against parties suing those making reports in good faith.." which leads me to 2 possible conclusions: either they are doing this to show they are not bad guys and Congress drops the entire bill, in which case they turn around and say 'never mind, we changed our minds," or (more likely) they realized that they would not only lose but get countersued and lose their ass, plus the ensuing discovery would open a whole bunch of cans o' worms and expose funding souces they want to keep quiet (like SA et al).
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 08/01/2007 12:38 Comments || Top||

#7  Don't be silly, M. Murcek. There are good people who practice law. Quite a number of Rantburgers are practicing lawyers, or formerly practicing like ex-JAG, or married to lawyers. Q.E.D. ;-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/01/2007 12:44 Comments || Top||

#8  When Minneapolis law firm Faegre & Benson first offered pro bono defense services in any "John Doe" lawsuits, I telephoned Gerry Nolting and thanked him personally for standing up to this vile threat. He came across like a real standup guy.

I'd prefer not being surprised that Congress had the spine to pass this, but I am. I can only assume that after the immigration bill debacle more congressional politicians realize that the public will not tolerate any more of their treason.

I also think USN Ret. hits the nailhead with his observations about discovery. The Arizona imams are part of one of the first and possibly largest al Qaeda cells in America. Opening up that can of worms could have finally shed light upon some of our worst enemies on American soil.
Posted by: Zenster || 08/01/2007 12:58 Comments || Top||

#9  Waaah? Kobuchar changes vote at last minute!

Note the quote where she strongly infers that she wanted to vote against it because it would protect "middle eastern men".

"I was thinking about a case I had in Bloomington as [Hennepin] county attorney. A security guard reported a series of fires set by a 'Middle Eastern man, said Klobuchar".


Actually her change of heart can be attributed to pissed off constituants and at least one Saint Paul Klobuchar staffer that thought the Senator's voting against Americans was questionable at best. Her DC office had a bit of a firestorm over that one and rightly so (ie: Amy's aid Joe). They got caught endorsing a Muslim terrorist funded (CAIR) lawsuit.

Klobuchar claimed that a talk with Lieberman help "alleviate her concerns". More likely she did that conversation to protect her from repercussions from fellow DNC traitors.

One strong part of this new law is (if I'm not mistaken) an allowance of the John Does to heavily sue back or at least some kind of fine involved against dry run Muslim sue happy terrorist. To which I say fantastic because it hits Dhimmi scum like Fred Goetz right in the pocket book!

By the way did you catch the look on Gerry Nolting's face? Talk about a lawyer knowing he's got CAIR up against the wall. Not only that but Nolting looked genuinely pissed.

Turns out that Gerry is friends and partners with the lawyers on Power Line (Rathergate fame).

Why did he do it? He said. “It seemed to me a calculated act, meant to intimidate passengers from reporting suspicious behavior. The judicial system should not be used to ‘chill’ people from performing their civic duty.”

An American man with honor and balls. Unlike the Muzzies and Fred Goetz. Which leaves one with a question. What is the one thing lower than Muslim terrorist and the liberals that defend Islam. Well that would be their lawyers, like Fred Goetz.
Posted by: Icerigger || 08/01/2007 13:09 Comments || Top||

#10  Hoot! Zen I called Nolting's office too. If any other Burgers should choose to his office number is 800-766-7000. I might suggest just leaving a message as not to tie up Mr. Nolting.

God Bless him!

PS: Is there any chance we could declare today National Arizona Pork Day?
Posted by: Icerigger || 08/01/2007 13:15 Comments || Top||

#11  The Hulk, is it? Thanks for the round up, Icerigger.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/01/2007 13:21 Comments || Top||

#12  Look's like Goetz's email address is: fgoetz@goetzeckland.com
Posted by: Crusader || 08/01/2007 13:44 Comments || Top||

#13  TW, M.Murcek is right. Lawyers have destroyed the culture of America. As a group they are practically useless. If a doctor makes a mistake while doing a procedure, does a lawyer help make things right ? No, he sues the doctor causing damage to the doctor's attitude about the practice of medicine. Lawyers never actually do anything progressive, but they extract revenge. That's hardly a contribution to culture. They are also responsible for laws written in such a way that average people can't understand the law. This assures the continued need for lawyers, yet the practice should be outlawed, and would be in a logical society. Because of lawyers, a person committing a crime that he is unaware of, may be guilty unless he was not read his Miranda. Ignorance of the law is no excuse, but ignorance of your Miranda is grounds for dismissal.
Like I said, adds nothing to the culture, rather destroys it by degree. If you don't believe me, compare the lives of youth about 60 years ago when teachers could decipline children, and parents didn't sue over childish fights and misadventures, with youth of today. Lawyers are a part of that sorry decline. And they accomplished what ? Oh, yes, they made money.
Posted by: wxjames || 08/01/2007 13:59 Comments || Top||

#14  wx: I think you are using too broad of a brush to paint all lawyers the same color. yes there are ambulance chasers, but if you had a neighbor trying to take some of your property there are three ways to settle it, roll over (which is probably your first choice), counterattack with force which would get you in trouble with the law, and by your own admission an attorney would just accelerate your own personal decline, or third, you could use the laws that you don't understand to fight back and if your case had merit, you would prevail. yes the attorney you hired would earn some money but the other party would most likely be directed to pay.
Your argument is specious.

Full disclosure: my son is an attorney and he has yet to go chasing ambulances; instead he has fought for various property rights case, won them all, and is now working as a city attorney, putting bad guys in the slammer, thus preventing the decline in society that you evidently pin squarely on the shoulders of the laywers.
/off soapbox
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 08/01/2007 14:22 Comments || Top||

#15  As for me, I was joking. When I need a lawyer, I want one who reminds me of a pit bull in a three piece suit. America's strength remains everybody's right to stake out the stupidest position they're personally comfortable with, and sometimes that requires professional representation. Let's crush our enemies on the battlefield of their choosing with the righteous hammerblows of better ideas. (sharia advocates, I'm talkin' 'bout you...)
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/01/2007 14:45 Comments || Top||

#16  whatever wxj or others may think of lawyers, it is a fact that, on net, American Lawyers are taking on jihad and doing serious damage.

Not just Nolting.

Lawyers have successfully sued jihad banks.

the lawyers for the DoJustice have prosecuted jihadis.

lawyers have taken pro bono work for people legally attacked by CAIR lawyers and done enormous damage to CAIR during the discovery
Posted by: mhw || 08/01/2007 15:32 Comments || Top||

#17  These citizens should not need a law to protect them when reporting in good faith. That is a problem too many lawyers created. It's not the natural state of things.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 08/01/2007 16:19 Comments || Top||

#18  lying muslim lawyer

Plionastic, egregious and redundant
Posted by: Elmilet Wittlesbach5093 || 08/01/2007 16:25 Comments || Top||

Plionastic, egregious and redundant

Great name for a law firm.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 08/01/2007 17:59 Comments || Top||

#20  Elmilet LOL! Crusader thanks for the Goetz e-mail address. It might be interesting to prank him.

In the mean time CAIR backed down showing their soft underbelly. Counter suit. As USN Ret and Zen pointed out, the discovery process would destroy these porKoranimals. Just take a look at the CAIR lawsuit against AntiCAIR. If I'm not mistaken AntiCAIR got paid just to go away.

Like the desert cockroaches they are, the Islamic sue boys run like scattered camels when the shoe is on the other foot and coming their way.

Speaking of which it appears that the Pace student has got a small army of volunteer lawyers for his koran flushing arrest. At least two of the are members at Little Green Footballs.

Go team go!

Posted by: Icerigger || 08/01/2007 18:08 Comments || Top||

#21  Plionastic, egregious and redundant

Great name for a law firm.

Agreed. Right up there with Dewey, Cheatham and Howe.
Posted by: xbalanke || 08/01/2007 18:10 Comments || Top||

#22  Thanks besoeker. "The flying Imams! Why peanuts and ..."

Major flashback to the Ayatollah flying in from Paris to Tehran while jimmah did NOTHING. On the brighter side, it does remand me that as bad as things seem today, we have survived worse.
Posted by: Woozle Shulet6050 || 08/01/2007 19:00 Comments || Top||

#23  number2. America Akbar!!!!. America the great, The truth is spoken. I loved it.
Posted by: Annon || 08/01/2007 19:00 Comments || Top||

#24  Lawyers are also covering up clear evidence of non-human insantely-spirographic agricultural activity.
Posted by: E Wood || 08/01/2007 19:12 Comments || Top||

#25  local Fox station didn't cover the story.

Better safe than story? ;-)
Posted by: twobyfour || 08/01/2007 19:28 Comments || Top||

#26  UPDATE - According to LGF CAIR did NOT drop the lawsuits. AP (nope, never happened) got it wrong.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 08/01/2007 21:43 Comments || Top||

Fake Fly Will Be Spy In The Sky
A spy in the sky not much bigger than a fly has been developed by a top American university. Scientists at Harvard have invented a robotic fly to send on reconnaissance missions in areas too dangerous for humans, such as those contaminated by chemical or biological weapons. It can also be used to find hidden bombs and in search missions.

The "flybot", which can fit on a fingertip, is made of lightweight carbon and weighs less than a pin. Researchers, led by Professor Robert Wood, spent seven years on the project with the backing of the US military. "The real benefit of the fly is that from a military aspect, you probably wouldn't be able to notice it," said Prof Wood.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/01/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [327 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Hee hee! Now all we have to do is figure out how to get it to carry one of those itty-bitty cameras and we're in business!
Posted by: gorb || 08/01/2007 0:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Gotta have a camera already, otherwise it's no good for reconnaissance missions.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 08/01/2007 6:16 Comments || Top||

#3  Now if only we needed to gather military intelligence someplace where there were flies, so our little recon fly might not be noticed.
I bet if we sent them where there are LOTS of flies, and program them using swarm theory, they could home right in on the top baddies (the ones that smell the most like the rear ends of goats & camels).
Next project - equipping the little guys with stingers full of poison.
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/01/2007 7:13 Comments || Top||

#4  If I were the bad guys, I'd be seriously paranoid about now.
Posted by: Mike || 08/01/2007 8:15 Comments || Top||

#5  Simple solution for the bad guys: fill the air with insecticide. Anything that doesn't drop dead is a spy.
Posted by: Rambler || 08/01/2007 8:58 Comments || Top||

#6  Now all we have to do is figure out how to get it to carry one of those 2000lb. bombs
Posted by: Captain Lewis || 08/01/2007 9:46 Comments || Top||

#7  Note that the article indicates it can fly, but they cannot control the flight. Sounds like they need a fly brain.

Being at Harvard and all, maybe they just need to drop in on the "liberal arts" side of campus.
Posted by: Injun Groque2291 || 08/01/2007 9:48 Comments || Top||

#8  If I were the bad guys, I'd be seriously paranoid about now.

The Iranians are already arresting squirrels. To paraphrase Arthur C. Clarke, any technology you don't understand is indistinquishable from magic.
Posted by: Formerly Dan || 08/01/2007 9:58 Comments || Top||

#9  InjunG,
"cannot control the flight"
I was not being facetious about swarm theory. Given enough 'flies', the 'control' problem can be made to self-correct.
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/01/2007 10:25 Comments || Top||

#10  Liberal Fatwa on these Profs for collaborating with the military in 3, 2, 1....
Posted by: BA || 08/01/2007 11:08 Comments || Top||

#11  Now fit it with a needle and let a whole swarm of them go about infecting the jihadis with some wretched pox.
Posted by: bigjim-ky || 08/01/2007 11:14 Comments || Top||

#12  #11 Now fit it with a needle and let a whole swarm of them go about infecting the jihadis with some wretched pox. Posted by: bigjim-ky 2007-08-01 11:14

No need, Big Jim, the Imams are doing that for us with their fatwas against immunizations.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 08/01/2007 12:35 Comments || Top||

#13  Now all we have to do is figure out how to get it to carry one of those 2000lb. bombs

I know this is heresy to the MOAB crew here at Rantburg, but have you guys noticed that bombs, in general, are getting smaller? (yeah, yeah, MOAB, FAE, bunker busters, etc. But these are special purpose devices; not suited for everyday blowing-stuff-up.)

The ability to place ordnance precisely trumps quantity. Why carpet bomb a factory when you can send guided weapons thru the 3rd window on the left on the 2nd floor? Sometimes we simply drop rocks on bad guys because a 1/4 ton chunk of concrete, accurately placed, can do the job and not lower neighborhood property values.

Deploying sensors will be the first use for teensy UAVs, but imagine being able to place a few grams of high explosive shaped charge on the nose of some baddie. Surprise, surprise!
Posted by: SteveS || 08/01/2007 14:32 Comments || Top||

#14  Ooh, I like the shape charge idea. Better than the old "exploding cell phone" gag any day.
Posted by: bigjim-ky || 08/01/2007 17:05 Comments || Top||

#15  "Won't notice it" > won't speak for others, but for myself smashed a few early prototypes at Penn State over a decade ago. Didn't have my permission = reasonable legal notice to fly thru my domicile so whacked they were for airspace violations.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 08/01/2007 20:50 Comments || Top||

Convictions over 1998 South India bombs
A court in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu has convicted 153 people in connection with a series of bombs that killed nearly 60 people in 1998.

The man described as the mastermind of the plot, SA Basha, was among the guilty. Eight people were acquitted. Nineteen bombs went off in the town of Coimbatore on 14 February 1998 just before Hindu nationalist leader LK Advani was due at an election rally.

Sentencing is due on 6 August, with 73 people facing death or life in jail.

Eighty others of those convicted face lesser sentences. The BBC's TN Gopalan in Madras (Chennai) says many of those convicted on lesser charges are expected to be freed as they have spent so long on remand. Five defendants are still awaiting verdicts.

Basha, the founder of the banned radical Muslim group, Al-Umma, is the most high profile defendant to be convicted. Another prominent defendant, Abdul Nasser Madani, the leader of the Kerala-based People's Democratic Party, was acquitted.
The 1998 bombings sparked clashes between Hindu and Muslim mobs in Coimbatore, some 2,413km (1,500 miles) south of Delhi. The bombs went off about 800 metres from where Mr Advani was due to speak. At the time, he was president of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He was not at the podium when the bombs went off because his flight had been delayed.

Coimbatore was the scene of Hindu-Muslim clashes in November 1997 after two men belonging to a radical Muslim group allegedly killed a Hindu policeman. At least 17 people, most of them Muslims, died in the fighting. Investigators said that the bomb blasts were part of a conspiracy to assassinate Mr Advani to avenge the killing of the Muslims.
Posted by: john frum || 08/01/2007 16:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [303 views] Top|| File under:

Mohmand Agency Talibs say no one can expel them from 'house of God'
The local Taliban on Tuesday rejected the Mohmand tribe jirga’s demand to give the Haji Sahib Turangzai mosque back its original name and hand over the shrine of the famous Pashtoon freedom fighter to the previous administration.

The previously unheard of local Taliban renamed the mosque Lal Masjid on Sunday and seized the shrine to make it their “jihadi headquarters” in the region. “The mosque and madrassa is the house of God and nobody can expel us,” Taliban leader Umar Khalid told reporters after an eight-member Saafi tribe jirga tried to negotiate with the Taliban to resolve the issue peacefully.
I'd settle for bricking it up entirely, if that's how Umar wants it.
How about the Haji Sahib Memorial parking lot?
Sure! It's got a nice beat and I can dance to it.
Drop in a mirror ball and you're in business.
However, the talks remained inconclusive on Tuesday and the two sides agreed to resume dialogue on Friday. Jirga member Malik Zarin Saafi said the jirga requested the Taliban to give the mosque back its original name and hand over the shrine to the previous administration. “I am sure the talks will succeed and we will find a peaceful solution,” the tribal elder told Daily Times after the talks.
"Because if we don't we'll kill them all," Saafi added softly.
Earlier, an all-tribes jirga in Ghalanai said they would support the local Saafi tribe if it called for help, but insisted that the Saafi tribe should handle the Taliban takeover of the mosque and shrine itself. “It is a local issue and the tribe should tackle it itself. If it wants our help we are ready,” tribal elders told the jirga organised by the political administration. The jirga decided that the other tribes would intervene only if the Saafi jirga failed to resolve the issue.

Mohmand Agency political agent Dr Kazim Niaz said the issue would be addressed through local customs and traditions.
An eight-century solution, eh? We can only guess.
Posted by: Fred || 08/01/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [311 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

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Posted by: Thunter Sproing1045 || 08/01/2007 0:09 Comments || Top||

#3  jellied fire from gawd should take care of those vermin... wouldn't require any of those jirga things either.

Posted by: 3dc || 08/01/2007 0:29 Comments || Top||

#4  Mohmand Agency Talibs say no one can expel them from 'house of God'

Who cares about expelling them? Just so long as we collapse their 'House of God' upon them, I'm happy. Killing these maggots in situ is the most important facet of fighting terrorism. Farmers DO NOT set rat traps out in the wheat fields. You kill these vermin in their nests. Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are the hives of this putrescent psychotic squalor and they all need to be pacified or paved over. Their choice, no options.
Posted by: Zenster || 08/01/2007 0:46 Comments || Top||

#5  Poisoned gas would get them out, and not harm the mosque. Think of it as "fumigating", like for roaches.
Posted by: bigjim-ky || 08/01/2007 8:01 Comments || Top||

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Posted by: Anonymoose || 08/01/2007 8:53 Comments || Top||

#7  However, the talks remained inconclusive on Tuesday and the two sides agreed to resume dialogue on Friday.

I have a feelin' that "resuming dialogue" doesn't mean what they think it means. Who's got the pool on firefights breaking out on Friday night "after dialogues break down," of course?
Posted by: BA || 08/01/2007 9:25 Comments || Top||

#8  Tales from the Religion of Peace

"It's my jihadi headquarters!"

"No, it's my jihadi headquarters!"

"Oh yeah? Well, take this!"


Bang! Bang!
Posted by: Abu Uluque6305 || 08/01/2007 10:07 Comments || Top||

#9  Negotiations:
Get out.
“The mosque and madrassa is the house of God and nobody can expel us,”
Posted by: tu3031 || 08/01/2007 10:34 Comments || Top||

#10  I'm with Big Jim - drop some cyanide gas on their "holeyer than thou" butts, then clean up afterwards. If it's one group of turbans against another group of turbans, how can they blame the US? Heck, we'll even ship 'em the stuff - through Lithuania or Tajikistan or some such, so it's impossible to trace its origin.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 08/01/2007 12:41 Comments || Top||

#11  This kind of attitude + activity(s) will soon manifest itself in WESTPAC and the PACRIM/PACOA's in general, only the peoples of the region don't know it or want to believe it. Unless the USA = Western Democracy wins the WOT, the USA + US Allies will eventually have to deal wid expanding, armed, demanding Radical Islamist = Islamism in the Pacific + the Americas, NOT ONLY VERSUS RUSSIA-CHINA, CHINA, ... OR ONLY IN THE ME, etc. RADICAL MULLAHS > GLOBAL "OIL CATACLYSM" > roughly believe that ISLAMIST ULTRA-CONSERVATIVISM and ULTRA-HISTORICAL/ANTIQUITOUS WARFIGHTING TRADITIONS WILL PREVAIL OVER A TECH SUPERIOR BUT STEADILY DYING US-WESTERN MATERIALIST LIBERTARIAN AMORAL DEMOCRATIC CIVILIZATION + WESTERN JUDEOXTIANITY.*FYI, the above is exclusive of any failure by the Sun or Universe to surrender to Hated Despicable Fascist = Well-Meaning but Errorprone Limited Communist/Commie Dubya + the Nuremburg Enviro Crimes Trial Court.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 08/01/2007 21:13 Comments || Top||

#12  *giggle* I think we can trust the sun and the universe to stand strong on the side of all that is right and good, JosephM, and against the wishes of the OWG and Radical Islamist fascists.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/01/2007 21:51 Comments || Top||

Four cops injured in Swat blast
Militants on Tuesday blew up a police van with a remote-controlled bomb at Alabad Gul Bagh in Khwazakhel tehsil, Swat, wounding four policemen. The injured men were identified as Sub-Inspector Behradin Khan, constables Muhammad Riaz and Muhammad Akbar, and driver Muhammad Alam. They have been admitted to the Saidu Teaching Hospital. In a separate incident, militants hurled a hand grenade at former nazim Shaida Khan’s house at Kuza Banda in Kabal tehsil. The blast partially damaged the roof of the house, but caused no casualties.
Posted by: Fred || 08/01/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [306 views] Top|| File under: TNSM

Indian Army foils infiltration attempt at LoC
An Indian Army officer, one trooper and four guerrillas were killed along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir Tuesday during an infiltraton attempt from across the border.


"I've got a bearing on those slime trails. Please to hand me the Corry's."

"Certainly, sahib. Straight away, sir."
The infiltration attempt by the Pakistan-based guerrilla group was today foiled by the Indian Army near the border town of Uri along LoC. One Indian Army Colonel Vasanth V, one soldier and four guerrillas were killed in the encounter, news agency Indo Asian News Service reported. Infiltration from across the LoC into Indian-administered Kashmir has recorded an increase this year. Indian Defence Minister A K Antony had said last week that despite an improvement in the overall security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, infiltration from across the border was increasing.
Posted by: Seafarious || 08/01/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [260 views] Top|| File under: Hizbul Mujaheddin

#1  Seems like Colonel V was a take charge kind of officer...

In a personal blow to Army chief General J J Singh, a Colonel from his 9 Maratha Light Infantry battalion was killed while trying to thwart an infiltration bid near the Line of Control in Uri sector of north Kashmir on Tuesday.

The Colonel, Vasanth V, commanding the 9 Maratha Light Infantry battalion, and his radio operator, Lance-Naik Ganapat Shashikant, were killed and another jawan injured when they intercepted a group of infiltrating terrorists in the early hours of Tuesday.

Col Vasanth V, CO 9 Maratha LI, along with reinforcements, rushed to the site to personally supervise the operation and surrounded the militants in a difficult and thickly wooded forest area. Heavy firefight ensued in which Colonel Vasanth personally flushed out militants who got entrapped as all their escape routes had been blocked. The entrapped militants, believed to be three to four, were killed in the encounter that ensued. The operation was in progress till the last reports came in.

There have been few instances of senior officers in the rank of Colonel or above being killed in counter-insurgency operations in J&K ever since militancy began in the strife-torn state around two decades ago as usually younger officers lead such operations.

One such case was that of Colonel G S Sarna, commanding officer of a Rashtriya Rifles battalion, who was killed battling terrorists in the Pattan area of Baramulla district in December 2006.

Then, of course, there was a major security lapse when a Brigadier, V K Govil, was killed during a fidayeen attack by terrorists on the Tanda Army camp in July 2003. Three generals, including the then Northern Army commander Lt-Gen Hari Prasad sustained superficial injuries during the incident.

Colonel Vasanth, who leaves behind a wife and two minor daughters, was commissioned into the 9 Maratha Light Infantry battalion in June 1989. Gen Singh, in turn, was commissioned into the same battalion in August 1964.

Around 45 soldiers have been killed while battling terrorists so far this year.
Posted by: John Frum || 08/01/2007 8:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Bangalore: Two soldiers cremated

While the whole of Bangalore including the State government kept a track on Dr Haneef Mohammad, the bodies of two soldiers who died in a militant attack were flown into Bangalore and cremated almost unnoticed.

While Colonel Vasant was killed in the Uri sector, Timmaiah died in an ambush at the J&K valley last week. Both of them were barely 40 years of age.

The bodies of Colonel Vasant and K Timmaiah, a soldier were flown into Bangalore without a whisper. Ironically the body of Timmaiah reached Bangalore the same day Dr Haneef arrived (Sunday, July 29).

The case of Colonel Vasant was no different. His body reached Bangalore on Tuesday night and there was not a word of condolence from the men in power.

The question that the general public is asking is why the Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy did not react to the deaths of the two soldiers?

"He had the time to greet Haneef and even offer him a job as though he was some kind of national hero," questions Colonel R P Singh.

The army personnel who waited to receive the body spoke with disgust about the manner in which the state machinery treated the soldiers. "These are people who died fighting for us and look at the manner in which they are treated," said a jawan.

Timmaiah was cremated in his hometown two days back while the last rites of Vasant were conducted in Bangalore on Wednesday morning. The minister for Health, R Ashok however realised that the government had gone wrong on this issue and rushed in the nick of time for the cremation of Colonel Vasanth.

The families of the two soldiers are shattered. "Timmaiaha's family members say no one from the government had even a word of condolence. They should be offering the next of kin the jobs they need it the most.

While Dr Haneef continues to hog the limelight, the families of the two Indian soldiers only continue to weep silently.

Sources in the government however say that it is unfair to criticise the chief minister. He cannot be at 100 places at the same time. The government will surely do something for the family.

Posted by: John Frum || 08/01/2007 10:47 Comments || Top||

#3  Godspeed and rest well.
Posted by: Seafarious || 08/01/2007 11:21 Comments || Top||

15 militants killed in fierce Pak clash
Pakistani troops backed by helicopter gunships killed 15 pro-Taliban militants in intense fighting in a troubled tribal zone bordering Afghanistan yesterday, the army said. Separately security officials told AFP the Islamic rebels abducted four soldiers in the rugged North Waziristan region, where the United States alleges that al-Qaeda has created a safe haven to plan attacks against Western targets. North Waziristan has seen a spike in violence since pro-Taliban rebels in the area scrapped a peace deal with the government on July 15, five days after the army stormed a radical mosque in the capital, leaving scores dead.

Fighting raged for six hours after an army patrol came under attack after signalling three vehicles to stop at the Banda checkpoint in the conflict-torn region, said chief military spokesman Major General Waheed Arshad. "Around 40 miscreants started firing at security forces and took positions in nearby hills, and security forces retaliated. Helicopter support was called in, there was a heavy exchange of fire," said Arshad. "Fifteen miscreants are dead and we have their bodies with us. Two were injured and they have been arrested," he said, adding that two soldiers were also wounded.

Meanwhile the four soldiers were abducted at gunpoint while on the way from the garrison town of Bannu to the militant hotbed of Mir Ali in North Waziristan, a senior security official said on condition of anonymity. "Efforts are underway to recover them," he said.

Earlier a roadside bomb wounded six paramilitary troops, two seriously, as they delivered food to colleagues on the perimeter of the neighbouring tribal district of South Waziristan, security officials said. Troops also traded gunfire overnight with militants in North Waziristan after rebels launched rockets at government and army buildings, officials said. There were no immediate reports of casualties from that engagement.

One rocket damaged a government-run student hostel in Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, while two landed on the lawns of the town's main military base, local security officials said. Seven people, including three soldiers, were killed in violence in North Waziristan on Monday.
Posted by: || 08/01/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [317 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Video: Helicopter Locates and exterminates a group of insurgents
Video released by the Pentagon shows a US helicopter strike against alleged insurgents south of Baghdad.

They dont call it a hellfire for nothing..

Second video, Insurgent is targeted after planting IED. The Americans are, pissed. Is that a Bradly cannon they are shooting with?
Posted by: Icerigger || 08/01/2007 13:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [439 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

#1  It sure wasn't a Ma Deuce!
Posted by: Brett || 08/01/2007 19:05 Comments || Top||

#2  *sniff* I love a happy ending.
Posted by: xbalanke || 08/01/2007 20:14 Comments || Top||

#3  Uh Yeah, that was definitely an M-242 Bushmaster cannon shooting High Explosive Incendiary Tracer!
That Video made my night.

Keepin' my powder dry, Bodyguard
Posted by: Bodyguard || 08/01/2007 20:41 Comments || Top||

#4  I kept waiting for the Miranda warning...must have been bad audio, I'm SURE they gave it!
Posted by: Justrand || 08/01/2007 21:42 Comments || Top||

#5  He's to the thirty, he crosses the twenty-five.
The twenty, thunk, thunk, thunk, thunk.
He's to the fifteen, the ten, thunk, thunk, thunk, thunk. OH ! That's gonna leave a mark.
Posted by: wxjames || 08/01/2007 22:00 Comments || Top||

#6  :-) to add: "he fumbles, no wait...he's shredded and incinerated! OH ! That's gonna leave a mark"
Posted by: Frank G || 08/01/2007 22:16 Comments || Top||

#7  Cockles definitely warming.
Posted by: Zenster || 08/01/2007 22:23 Comments || Top||

#8  just my piling on. He is at the thirty, bang, bang, bang and at the twenty five and the ten and a splotch at the goal line.
Posted by: Steven || 08/01/2007 22:27 Comments || Top||

#9  Down goes Haji!
Down goes Haji!
Down goes Haji!
Posted by: tu3031 || 08/01/2007 22:47 Comments || Top||

#10  Personally, I found this a tragic scene. No man is an island, every man's death diminishes me...aw, who am I kidding? I was awe-struck. And laughing at the end of the Bradley vid. Chunk..chunk..chunk..*bleep*, yeah, mother-*bleep*er..*bleep*ing die! Sheer poetry.
Posted by: SteveS || 08/01/2007 22:59 Comments || Top||

Predator Down; Investigation Board to Convene
Do these investigation boards do any good? Either by identifying problems or by distracting useless people from more disruptive activities (the way Congression investigations seem to work)?


BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq – An Air Force MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle crashed at the end of the runway while landing here at approximately 11 p.m. local time Monday. The crash site is an unpopulated area and no collateral damage or injuries occurred.

The aircraft is a medium-altitude long-endurance, remotely piloted aircraft. The MQ-1’s primary mission is conducting armed reconnaissance, providing top cover for collation ground forces combating terrorism here.

The crash does not appear to be from hostile activity. A board will be convened to investigate the incident.
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/01/2007 10:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [452 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

#1  My guess: downdraft, and response time from Nevada wasn't up to it.
Posted by: mojo || 08/01/2007 11:45 Comments || Top||

#2  I thought the landings (and possibly takeoffs) were locally controlled.
Posted by: Rambler || 08/01/2007 12:04 Comments || Top||

#3  The second answer is much closer to the truth. Think more about g-hawks for the former.
Posted by: OldSpook || 08/01/2007 12:15 Comments || Top||

#4  Glenmore,

The Predator is a combat asset - as such, any accident like this will get a full review board, that's standard USAF routine.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 08/01/2007 12:16 Comments || Top||

#5  All aviation accidents are investigated. It's a routine action, and should remain so.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/01/2007 12:19 Comments || Top||

#6  There are findings and opinions about why such crashes occur. The purpose of the board is to examine everything, determine what happened, then forward their findings up the chain and eventually to the manufacturer, if appropriate.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 08/01/2007 13:19 Comments || Top||

#7  Made on a Monday?
Posted by: doc || 08/01/2007 13:51 Comments || Top||

#8  My guess is it was a botched hand-off. Nevada controls the bird in the air, but local military personnel are responsible for takeoff and landing.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 08/01/2007 14:26 Comments || Top||

#9  Navy accident investigation protocol requires two independent investigations: one to determine the cause, and the second to detmine culpability ( if any) the first can freely use information discovered by the second, but the second ( the JAG) needs to request info from the first and it is up to the accident investigation board to determine whether they want to give it up.
this from personal experience working a JAG. it is not a waste of time, especially when people are killed.
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 08/01/2007 14:30 Comments || Top||

#10  Pilot error. Violated the bottle-to-throttle rule. Was seen sipping a WD-40 long-neck the night before in the FMS machine shop.
Posted by: Jack is Back! || 08/01/2007 16:54 Comments || Top||

Car Bombs Kill Dozens in Baghdad
At least 67 people have been killed and almost 100 have been wounded in two separate bombings in Baghdad, Iraqi police have said. In one attack, a fuel tanker exploded near a petrol station in the mainly Sunni suburb of Mansour, killing 50.

Earlier, at least 17 people were killed and 32 injured in a blast in the mainly Shia shopping district of Karrada. The Karrada bomb was placed in a parked vehicle and went off in an area with many electronics stores and a popular ice-cream parlour, reports say.

A car bomb in the same area killed 25 people last week. Karrada has been hit by a string of bombs in the past 10 days. On Monday of last week, four separate car bombs killed 16 people.

US and Iraqi forces have tightened security in Baghdad since earlier in the year in an attempt to stem such bombings.
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/01/2007 09:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [297 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

#1  It seems to me that as soon as anyone on our side says things are better, that's when they strike. One strike at that point is better than ten at any other time.
Posted by: plainslow || 08/01/2007 9:23 Comments || Top||

#2  A small improvement is better than none.
Posted by: gromgoru || 08/01/2007 11:51 Comments || Top||

#3  Arabs killing Arabs. We should care because...?
Posted by: jpal || 08/01/2007 17:32 Comments || Top||

W. Thomas Smith: on patrol in Al Qaim
. . . AQI is trying to move back into the Al Qaim region which the Marines have so effectively killed or beaten out. According to intelligence, AQI is planning something “big” here in the coming days. Bohm is trying to disrupt that effort by keeping the tempo hot against them. The terrorists are operating in isolated groups out in the open flats just beyond Karabilah (some are believed to be in the city) and other tiny impoverished towns and villages here on the Syrian border. Foreign fighters are also crossing the border along with the nearly impossible to control smuggling trade of cigarettes, goats, and gasoline.

Bohm tells me, “What we see as smuggling, these people see as business.”

This morning, after about three hours sleep, we saddled up for another patrol: Making our presence known, visiting a couple houses, passing out candy to the boys and girls. Barking dogs followed us everywhere, and as we moved down narrow streets and alleyways, a few Iraqis peered at us from partially opened doors. Three times, we passed sheperds with their “baaaing” flocks. In all cases, there were small boys with them who seemed fascinated to be standing so close to the big, heavily armed, profusely sweating Marines as our patrol passed. And they were thrilled when one or more Marines reached into their cargo pockets and pulled out small bags of Skittles, Charms, Sweet Tarts, and various hard candies (M&Ms and other chocolates wouldn’t survive this heat).

At one house, our Navy Corpsman, Dave “Doc K” Kukreja, gave some pain medicine to an elderly woman who is gravely ill with cancer. Working through an Iraqi “terp,” Doc also tried to explain issues to — and comfort — her family. . . .
Posted by: Mike || 08/01/2007 08:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [279 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

#1  Buy thier F%&^*ing cigarettes, goats, or the by products of thier herds. Then stop all movement across the border. Be a hell of a lot cheaper then losing our soldiers.
Posted by: plainslow || 08/01/2007 9:32 Comments || Top||

#2  Keep enough drones overhead to pinpoint where they are coming from, safehouses or a camp, whatever. Then, if a tree falls at night in western Syria and there's no one left alive to report it, did it make a sound ?
Posted by: wxjames || 08/01/2007 9:51 Comments || Top||

#3  wx,
You mean Eastern Syria, or Western Iraq? (Western Syria is our potential debarcation point for the return home via the Med. Sea.)
We can't afford to shut down all smuggling, even if it was possible, because it would make the smugglers active enemies rather than quasi-neutrals or passive enemies. Ideally trade in cigs, goats, etc. would become legitimized, and we would only crack down on smuggling of arms and jihadis. That won't happen either. So your idea has some merit - quietly monitor the trade and ID where really bad stuff is coming from (or going to) and cause those places to go away. Even if they're in Syria, Jordan, or Iran. The capitalist trader will then raise his risk premium and thus the cost of moving bad stuff, or focus on safer goods. He will be more opposed to us than before, but perhaps not to the point of doing much about it (sort of like my opposition to TSA confiscating my peanut butter.)
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/01/2007 10:16 Comments || Top||

Eight terrorists killed, 40 suspects detained in Coalition operations
Coalition Forces killed eight terrorists and detained 40 suspected terrorists during operations targeting al-Qaeda in Iraq in Salah ad Din and Anbar provinces Sunday and Monday.

A precision raid on Sunday targeted an al-Qaeda in Iraq emir near Tarmiyah. After Coalition Forces blocked escape routes for three terrorists associated with the alleged leader, the armed men fired on the assault force. Coalition Forces called close air support in their defense, and the three armed terrorists were killed in the air strike.

Coalition Forces detained two suspected terrorists during the raid and destroyed a cache of weapons and ammunition inside the building.

A Monday raid targeted the same al-Qaeda in Iraq network. As Coalition Forces approached one of the targeted buildings, they received small arms fire from within. After ensuring that women and children near the scene were a safe distance from the building, Coalition Forces, reacting in self-defense, called in close air support. Ground forces assess five terrorists were killed in the air strike. The assault forces detained 10 suspected terrorists and destroyed the building.

Near Karmah, Coalition Forces raided four buildings Monday associated with a suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq financier who works with senior al-Qaeda leaders in Anbar province. During the operation, the assault force discovered a cache of weapons containing machine guns, mortar rounds, improvised explosive device materials and military-style assault vests. A Coalition Forces air strike destroyed the cache and the ground forces detained 17 suspected terrorists on site.

South of Samarra, Coalition Forces detained eight suspected terrorists during a Monday raid targeting a suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq operative tied to suicide bombers and foreign terrorists. The ground forces uncovered a cache of weapons that included rifles, grenades, mortars, military-style assault vests, body armor and materials to assist in anti-aircraft strikes. A trained explosives team destroyed the cache on-site.

Coalition Forces detained three suspected terrorists during a raid in Bayji Monday targeting an alleged al-Qaeda in Iraq leader there. “Al Qaeda in Iraq and affiliated networks continue to conduct malicious attacks on the Iraqi people,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesperson. “We will continue to target their leaders and operatives wherever they hide.”
Posted by: Fred || 08/01/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [762 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

#1  "forces assess five terrorists were killed in the air strike"

They assessed this by counting the feet recovered and dividing by two, so it represents a conservative estimate. A refined estimate will be released once the numbers of left feet and right feet are determined.
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/01/2007 7:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Do shoes count ?
Posted by: wxjames || 08/01/2007 10:01 Comments || Top||

#3  "Do shoes count ?"

No; if they blew up my wife's closet they might think they wiped out the entire city.
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/01/2007 10:27 Comments || Top||

Iraqi Security Forces, U.S. Special Forces detain al Qaeda cell leader in Husaybuh
Iraqi Security Forces teams conducted a series of raids, July 29 detaining a suspected al Qaeda cell leader responsible for attacks and facilitating foreign fighters in the Al Qaim area.

With U.S. Special Forces present as advisers, Iraqi Police detained two primary suspects and three additional persons of interest in the vicinity of Husaybuh, located on the Euphrates River west of Al Qaim. Various documents, including multiple identification cards and passports, were also seized during the operation.

The cell leader, who allegedly runs al Qaeda in Iraq activities in Husaybuh, is purportedly involved in the planning of future large scale attacks against Coalition Forces in the western Euphrates River valley. The second primary suspect is a school teacher believed to be spreading propaganda and recruiting his students to kill members of the Iraqi Police and Army.
Posted by: Fred || 08/01/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [266 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Iraq

#1  The second primary suspect is a school teacher believed to be spreading propaganda and recruiting his students to kill members of the Iraqi Police and Army.

Doctors and now teachers. Time to put a video cam and microphone in each classroom and mosque. And offer a $1000 reward to anyone who tips off authorities to this kind of crap.
Posted by: gorb || 08/01/2007 3:06 Comments || Top||

#2  There's something about wanting to work with children and indoctrinate them that makes it easy for someone to become a terrorist.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/01/2007 5:59 Comments || Top||

#3  I suspect there is something about a terrorist that makes one want to work with children and indoctrinate them. Look at the NEA.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 08/01/2007 7:05 Comments || Top||

#4  Nimble please provide a coffee alert
Posted by: Beavis || 08/01/2007 8:15 Comments || Top||

#5  Junior high school kids are mostly hormones and nerve ends. A lot of their teachers consider becoming terrorists.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 08/01/2007 8:49 Comments || Top||

#6  Another day, another "leader" of AQiI captured.

Yep, it's definitely time to "redeploy" the troops there, Donks (/sarcasm).
Posted by: BA || 08/01/2007 9:28 Comments || Top||

Iraqi Security Forces, U.S. Special Forces detain 13 al Qaeda in Iraq suspected terrorists in early-morning raid
Iraqi Security Forces, along with U.S. Special Forces advisors, conducted an early-morning raid July 30 detaining 13 in an effort to disrupt terrorist weapons smuggling and early warning systems in the Nidah Area of eastern Iraq.

After clearing six buildings, forces detained the primary target, along with 12 others. The suspect is thought to be a key member of the terrorist criminal network of al-Qaeda in Iraq operating in the Mandali area. He is also suspected of engaging in improvised explosive devices and vehicle born IED activity; as well as mortar attacks, small arms attacks, murder, kidnapping, ransom, and intimidation of local citizens.

Along with the suspected terrorists, two AK-47 assault rifles, three cell phones and a pick-up truck belonging to one of the detainees were also confiscated. No Iraqi or U.S. Forces were injured during this operation.
Posted by: Fred || 08/01/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [301 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Iraq

#1  CentCom/MNF-I press releases have been scarce for nearly a week, and now we get almost a blizzard of them. What's the significance of that?
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/01/2007 7:30 Comments || Top||

#2  #1 CentCom/MNF-I press releases have been scarce for nearly a week, and now we get almost a blizzard of them. What's the significance of that?
Posted by: Glenmore 2007-08-01 07:30

Two possible answers: they held off putting anything out until all the useful information provided by prisoners was exploited, or they're trying to do catch-up in order to provide useful information to those members of congress that are working against a hasty withdrawal from Iraq.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 08/01/2007 14:52 Comments || Top||

Nine suspected al-Qaeda terrorists detained
Coalition Forces detained nine suspected terrorists during operations targeting al-Qaeda in central and northern Iraq Monday and Tuesday.

Coalition Forces captured a suspected terrorist believed to be a driver for the al-Qaeda in Iraq emir of Mosul. Based on information from that operation, Coalition Forces raided a building in Mosul Tuesday targeting the alleged emir’s associates. The ground forces detained two suspects allegedly tied to the terrorist leader.

West of Baghdad Tuesday, Coalition Forces captured a suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq emir, believed to control 20-30 terrorist operatives. His terrorist cell is allegedly responsible for rocket and improvised explosive device attacks against Iraqi and Coalition Forces.

Coalition Forces targeted an associate of the al-Qaeda in Iraq emir of Baghdad during a raid in Tarmiyah Tuesday. The ground forces detained three suspected terrorists.

Southwest of Taji, Coalition Forces detained two suspected terrorists while targeting an individual suspected of facilitating the movement of foreign terrorists in eastern Anbar province. “These terrorists cannot hide – we will seek them out,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesperson. “The people of Iraq deserve the ability to choose their own future, free of brutal terrorist attacks.”
Posted by: Fred || 08/01/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [277 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Iraq

MND-B attack aircraft engage enemy rocket launchers
Multi-National Division-Baghdad Apache helicopter crews located and engaged enemy rocket launchers at approximately 3 p.m. July 29 in northern Baghdad. The crew reported finding 10 rocket-launching systems in an open area, possibly the same area from which a July 29 rocket attack was launched on the International Zone. “Detailed reconnaissance and demonstrated aerial skills by the air weapons team were key in interdicting future rocket attacks directed at the International Zone,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Walach, commander of 1st “Attack” Battalion, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division.

The 1-227th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion’s Apache team was conducting a reconnaissance mission when it was called by ground forces from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, to go to the site. The ground forces cleared the Apache crews to engage the launching systems, and the crews fired on them, disabling them. A ground unit from 2nd BCT later moved to the site to confiscate the rocket-launching systems while the Apache crews provided security.
Posted by: Fred || 08/01/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [267 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

US chopper forced to land after taking ground fire E. of Baghdad
Is it duck season already? Someone has issued a new set of duck stamps.
United States helicopter was forced to land after taking fire from the ground East of the Iraqi capital, a US military statement said on Tuesday. The statement said a Multi-National Division-Baghdad aircraft conducted a precautionary landing today in an Eastern portion of the Iraqi capital. The aircraft, an AH-64 Apache helicopter, came under attack from ground fire and landed East of the New Baghdad District, the statement added.
The statement also said the crew of the aircraft was successfully evacuated from the precautionary landing site by its sister aircraft. The crewmembers were taken to a Coalition Forces medical treatment facility for a routine evaluation, and the incident is under investigation, the statement added.
Posted by: Seafarious || 08/01/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [276 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

#1  Wouldn't you like to take some ready-for-scrap chopper and purposely 'crash' land it near a bad neighborhood, with it all rigged up with demo charges (maybe a few dozen Claymores or the like). Evacuate heroic pilot. When the jihadi cheerleaders and their camera crews are all assembled, trigger the 'work accident' to occur. The message needs to get out that it is just not safe to play around damaged US military equipment.
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/01/2007 7:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Love that idea.
Posted by: Seafarious || 08/01/2007 11:36 Comments || Top||

#3  The lawyers would never go for it.
Posted by: tu3031 || 08/01/2007 11:56 Comments || Top||

#4  The lawyers would never go for it.

Make sure the lawyers are the first ones alerted about the "crash"--ask that they go immediately to the scene to investigate.
Posted by: Crusader || 08/01/2007 13:50 Comments || Top||

#5  don't tell the lawyers: it would be safe to presume all UA aircraft carry ordnance, and the ensuing post-crash fire would set it off.......
it appears that tu and crusader are sharing the same toothbrush as wx today re: lawyers.....
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 08/01/2007 14:35 Comments || Top||

#6  I didn't say that that was a good thing...
Posted by: tu3031 || 08/01/2007 14:50 Comments || Top||

Coalition Forces Capture Three Suspected Terrorists with Ties to IRGC-QF
Coalition Forces captured what are believed to be terrorists with ties to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) from Iran in a raid Tuesday in Shulah.

Coalition Forces received sustained small arms and rocket propelled grenade (RPG) fire from terrorists during a precision raid to capture or kill operatives with connections to the IRGC-QF. Coalition Forces returned fire on the identified enemy positions killing four terrorists. The captured suspected terrorists are believed to be key players in a major facilitation network for smuggling weapons and components of Explosively Formed Penetrators (EFPs) from Iran into Iraq to be used against Coalition Forces.

“Coalition troops continue to conduct highly successful raids to capture these terrorists who bring EFPs and other lethal aid from Iran into Iraq,” said Major Marc Young, MNF-I spokesperson. “Iranian influence is hindering the prospects of peace and stability in Iraq. We remain committed to dismantling terror networks that seek to kill innocent Iraqis and Coalition Forces.”
Posted by: Fred || 08/01/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [301 views] Top|| File under: IRGC

#1  For everything, there is a season, turn, turn, turn
A time to bomb Iran so they tell me.
Okay, so I don't sing well.
OOOu, I have an idea....BOMB IRAN.
Posted by: wxjames || 08/01/2007 10:12 Comments || Top||

Iraqi Police Colonel cheats death in Kirkuk
A senior Iraqi police officer on Tuesday escaped an assassination attempt by a booby-trapped car in the city of Kirkuk north of the country. An Iraqi police source told KUNA that a booby-trapped car exploded later in the day on Tuesday targeting the convoy of Colonel Adnan Khairo, the director of Raheem Police station in Kirkuk. Eight people were wounded in the explosion.
Posted by: Seafarious || 08/01/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [282 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

Unknown gunmen kill Gaza resident and former PFLP activist

Ah, yes. The famous "Unknown Gunmen of Gaza"...
Gaza – Ma'an – Anonymous gunmen killed Talal Abu Safiya, aged 38, from the Gaza Strip. The man was riddled with bullets after he left his home in Gaza City.
Hey, Talal? "Riddle" me this. HAWHAWHAW...
Eyewitnesses said that Abu Safiya, who was a resident of the At Tawam area, in the northern part of Gaza City, had just entered his car when four assailants attacked him. He died at the scene.
...as is customary when "riddled with bullets".
According to several sources, Abu Safiya was a former activist for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). He had spent 11 years in an Israeli jail and has also been a prisoner in Palestinian detention centres. He allegedly worked for the Palestinian intelligence organisation after he left the PFLP and worked on establishing the 'Guevara Brigades' since the beginning of 2007.
Probably named them that just to cleanup on the T-shirt money...
Safiya has escaped three Israeli assassination attempts; last June Israeli fighter jets targeted his house, this year he survived a shooting incident, and Israeli forces planting explosive devices in his home in Gaza.
Programming note: "Everybody Hates Talal" has been cancelled.
And in more "Unknown Gunmen News"...
Palestinian in critical condition after being repeatedly shot by unknown gunmen
Unknown Gunmen: Nablus Chapter.
Nablus – Ma'an – A Palestinian citizen was injured at the hands of unknown gunmen in the area of Al Ma'ajin, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, on Tuesday evening. Medical sources informed Ma'an that anonymous assailants shot at least twelve bullets into the feet and legs of local citizen, Hani Atallah, aged 25.
Geez, kid, twelve rounds don't even rate "riddled with bullets" in Ma'an? You wuz robbed.
Atallah is from Balata refugee camp in eastern Nablus. The sources added that Atallah received about six bullets to each leg and was transported to hospital. He was taken to a major hospital in the West Bank city of Ramallah as his condition is said to be critical.
Will I ever play the piano again, doc?
Ummmmmm, sure. Unless you play it with your feet.
Posted by: tu3031 || 08/01/2007 09:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [308 views] Top|| File under: PFLP

#1  L. OL.
Posted by: Seafarious || 08/01/2007 15:25 Comments || Top||

#2  Another thought:

Doesn't "Tale of the Unknown Gunmen" sound like is should be a Gordon Lightfoot song?
Posted by: Seafarious || 08/01/2007 15:27 Comments || Top||

#3  Born in Sharia
And raised in the caves
Of Southwestern Jordan
On wobbly knees
With a black bag beside you
To help you get armed
You'll soon be a blowing up strong.

All the long, lazy mornings
In mosques wern't to keen
The Immam on your withers
The cum in your mane
Could never prepare you
For what lies ahead
The boom for no reason you're dead

wait a second, that aint' foglerbird.... . >;]<
Posted by: E Wood || 08/01/2007 19:29 Comments || Top||

Iraq's largest Sunni Arab bloc quits Cabinet
Iraq's largest Sunni Arab political bloc announced its withdrawal from the government Wednesday, undermining Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's efforts to seek reconciliation among the country's rival factions.

"The Iraqi Accordance Front announces its withdrawal from the government of Nouri al-Maliki," Rafaa al-Issawi, a leading member of the Front, told reporters in Baghdad.

He said the bloc's six Cabinet ministers would submit their resignations later Wednesday.
Posted by: gromgoru || 08/01/2007 07:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [279 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I wonder if there is a provision to force early elections in Iraq, if enough ministers quit the government? A new election might help things.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 08/01/2007 8:44 Comments || Top||

#2  Correct, Moose.
Kick out this bunch of jerks and pick a better bunch.
Posted by: wxjames || 08/01/2007 9:56 Comments || Top||

#3  You're not going to "get a better bunch"--you're still going to wind up with Muslims.

Islam is the problem. Islam has always been the problem.
Posted by: Crusader || 08/01/2007 10:48 Comments || Top||

#4  I think we should just keep it (iraq). Bomb THEM into submission and take what we want from it. We have overestimated them, they don't want a better life. They only want to kill and suffer, so give em what they want the most.
Posted by: Omeating Bluetooth3675 || 08/01/2007 11:11 Comments || Top||

#5  I agree that new elections would help since so many Sunnis boycotted the last election I don't see how boycotting the government will help them, though.
Posted by: crosspatch || 08/01/2007 12:41 Comments || Top||

#6  you know, I'm not a psychic but I actually saw this one coming.
Posted by: Rupert Flusogum7199 || 08/01/2007 13:07 Comments || Top||

#7  Iraq's largest Sunni Arab political bloc announced its withdrawal from the government Wednesday, undermining Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's efforts to seek reconciliation among the country's rival factions.

He was making an attempt to seek reconciliation? My understanding was that he was running intereference against the Merkins on behalf of the shiite militias.
Posted by: Ptah || 08/01/2007 14:29 Comments || Top||

#8  They are so divided politically and irresponsible that the Sunnis would take a position that is directly harmful to the country, just to do political damage to Prime Minister Maliki. Gee who does that sound like?
Posted by: Hank || 08/01/2007 17:27 Comments || Top||

#9  And they're on vacation for the next 30 days anyway.

Posted by: Bobby || 08/01/2007 17:55 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Three dead, 12 wounded in Thai terrorist attacks
Separatist rebels launched a spate of gun, arson and bomb attacks in Thailand's rebellious Muslim far south on Wednesday, killing three people and wounding at least 12, police and soldiers said. The attacks took place after dawn across the three southern provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat, where more than 2,300 people have been killed in the three-year insurgency.

Militants shot dead two soldiers and wounded another as they patrolled a rail track in Yala. The attackers walked away with two M-16 rifles and a pistol, police said. The attack came shortly after 400 police and soldiers raided 17 targets in the capital of Yala province, but they found only four guns and no suspects, an army spokesman said.

In Narathiwat, insurgents set off a bomb hidden in a motorcycle parked in a busy market, killing a Buddhist woman and wounding 11 other shoppers, they said. Other violence, including an arson attack on a petrol station and bombs hidden in rubbish bins, caused some damage but no casualties, police said.

Since last month, security forces have launched almost daily raids on suspected insurgent hideouts in villages and towns and have detained nearly 400 people without charge. Human rights groups are critical, saying detainees are exposed to potential abuses by the army, which is operating under martial law that grants soldiers immunity from prosecution..
Posted by: ryuge || 08/01/2007 08:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [289 views] Top|| File under: Thai Insurgency

Good morning....
Baloch appointed MMA's leader in NA15 militants killed in fierce Pak clashEast Asia ministers demand Taliban free hostages Suicide attack in Kabul kills one Afghan, injures three US soldiersJMB patron Bagmara BNP leader suedShut down Guantanamo, says US senatorEight terrorists killed, 40 suspects detained in Coalition operationsIMF prediction: 100,000% inflation
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#1  Mind the casabas there Bolt ole boy.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/01/2007 2:39 Comments || Top||

#2  I see acting has it's compensations, and drawbacks.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 08/01/2007 6:11 Comments || Top||

#3  The guy really knew how to make 'em swoon, didn't he?
Posted by: Abu Uluque6305 || 08/01/2007 9:56 Comments || Top||

#4  "what knockers!"
"Oh, thank you, doctor"
Posted by: Frank G || 08/01/2007 12:52 Comments || Top||

#5  I can see why she swooned - Bolt's shoulder pads are even bigger than hers.
Posted by: lotp || 08/01/2007 13:56 Comments || Top||

#6  Electrodes, not bolts, silly!
Posted by: Graish Protector of the Wee Folk5492 || 08/01/2007 15:35 Comments || Top||

#7  How'd you find a picture of Angleton 9|?
Oops! Was I not supposed to tell?
Posted by: Free Radical || 08/01/2007 18:33 Comments || Top||

#8  Elsa is gonna be angry, and you know how she gets.
Posted by: V Hobson || 08/01/2007 18:35 Comments || Top||

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