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Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [367 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Happy Birthday/Daily Gam Shot

Raquel Welch aka Loana in "One Million Years B.C." aka Nini in "The Oldest Profession" aka Jennifer,(Jugs) in "Mother, Jugs & Speed" (age 70)

Bonus Gam Shot
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 09/05/2010 2:21 Comments || Top||

#2  49 Pan---Did you ever meet Raquel Welch?
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 09/05/2010 2:40 Comments || Top||

#3  A more recent picture.
Posted by: gorb || 09/05/2010 3:12 Comments || Top||

#4  Raquel was the weather girl in San Diego before the, er, ah, augmentation. Then she "busted out" of the local TV market.
Posted by: sam3rd || 09/05/2010 9:09 Comments || Top||

#5  started out as Ch 8 news weather girl in San Diego: Raquel Tejada
Posted by: Frank G || 09/05/2010 9:13 Comments || Top||

#6  D'oh! preempted by Sam :-(
Posted by: Frank G || 09/05/2010 9:14 Comments || Top||

#7  Lust in the original Bedazzled. Sigh.

Posted by: regular joe || 09/05/2010 11:36 Comments || Top||

#8  When I was a young lad, AP. I had lunch with her a number of times. Did not know who she was till someone told me later. She was a true lady and boy was I in love.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 09/05/2010 12:01 Comments || Top||

#9  Raquel Welch, or "The Rack" as we called her in high school (circa: 1966); always took the reputation "high road" in my humble opinion. Well...Raquel is back and looking better than ever, with a new series of Ads for Foster-Grant. Maybe not "Laura Bush classy"; but classy and comfortably loaded in her own right. Class shows. Class lives on.
Posted by: AsymeTarzan Ulereper4435 || 09/05/2010 21:43 Comments || Top||

German Friend of Mohammed Atta held by Americans
...Said to be singing like a bird.
(Reuters) - A German Islamist held by U.S. troops in Afghanistan and interrogated since July has revealed details of planned attacks on targets in Germany and Europe, a news weekly reported Saturday.

Without naming its sources, Der Spiegel said U.S. troops had identified Ahmad S. as a member of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan who had worked on recruiting new members in Germany.
An Uzbek. Figures. I guess a Chechnyan wasn't available ...
A spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry would not confirm details of the report, saying only that the government was trying to contact a citizen held by U.S. forces. German media have said he is from the northern city of Hamburg.
But he wasn't born there, if you know what I mean ...
Der Spiegel said Ahmad S. had travelled with his wife, brother, and another couple to the Afghan-Pakistani border area in March 2009 to train in extremist camps.
I wonder if the Americans have the rest of his little group, too...
He was just there on a charitable mission, delivering 'aid' to the Widows Ammunition Fund.
The magazine said the man moved in circles linked to the Taiba Mosque in Hamburg, previously known as the Al-Quds Mosque, which was frequented by Mohammed Atta -- the leader of the group that carried out the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

German police shut down the mosque last month, saying it had links with armed Islamist groups in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
So it appears.

This article starring:
Mohammed Atta
Posted by: || 09/05/2010 08:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [565 views] Top|| File under: Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan

#1  Ahmad S... a good old "German" name
Posted by: European Conservative || 09/05/2010 9:38 Comments || Top||

#2  Questions.
#1 What does it take to get German citizenship if you migrate from Uzbekistan? Two boxtops and a self addressed envelop?

#2 What are German rules for revoking citizenship? Does supporting international terrorist organizations qualify?

#3 I hope that the German Foreign Ministry isn't trying very hard to contact this clown. "We left a message".
Posted by: Mike Ramsey || 09/05/2010 10:48 Comments || Top||

#3  Actually it's more difficult than obtaining US citizenship, but also more difficult to lose it once you have it.

we are of course very interested in having him back and will write another letter... in 5 years or so.
Posted by: European Conservative || 09/05/2010 11:11 Comments || Top||

#4  I'll concede the point. I had my red (emotional) thinking cap on when I made that quip.

Here is a pointer to an article on the price of victory in Afghanistan.

Posted by: Mike Ramsey || 09/05/2010 13:57 Comments || Top||

#5  Here is a pointer to an article on the price of victory in Afghanistan.

Interesting article, Mike R. If I read that correctly, we're running a fairly efficient war, at least in terms of American/Coalition deaths and killed bad guys... and we did the same in Iraq. Also, it sounds like the Strategy Page analyst thinks we may not be losing in Afghanistan. But I'm about as purely civilian as one can be, so it could be that I missed something important...
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/05/2010 16:38 Comments || Top||

#6  trailing wife,
What does success mean in the context of Afghanistan? A minimal definition must include the defeat al Qaeda and the irreconcilable elements of the Taliban, and to keep them from seizing power again.

As the Strategy Page analyst points out, the US military is doing its job. But is the US department of State doing its job? Al Qaeda is enfeebled but not knocked out of Pakistan. The door has to be shut in Pakistan.

OK Hillary, what is the plan?
Posted by: Mike Ramsey || 09/05/2010 16:59 Comments || Top||

#7  What does success mean in the context of Afghanistan?

My starting place is to kill lots of jihadis, both cannon fodder and Number Threes, to build toward a tipping point where it's understood that going a-jihading is a pointless suicide. But then, I'm a neocon warmonger. ;-)

According to your article, Mike (and the next one in the Strategy Page sequence, about Iraq), we've been killing about 8,000 jihadis/year for the last few years in Afghanistan, and a total of 33,000 Iraqi terrorists since 2003. I assume that we killed at least as many again foreign terrorists in Iraq, because people here have mentioned that between Al Qaeda recruiting and Iranian Revolutionary Guard troops and trainers, there were often more foreigners than locals behaving badly.

So that could be 80,000 or more jihadis killed since President George W. Bush declared war on terrorism on 9/11/2001. I realize that's a very small percentage of the claimed 1 billion Muslims world-wide. On the other hand, it will have been a large percent of clusters of jihadi wannabes (mainly Saudi, Libyan, Syrian in Iraqaccording to this (p.18), and my best guess is Pashtun, some Punjabis, and Chechnyan and other Al Qaeda trash in Afghanistan), which is probably why jihadi theorists in Egypt (Muslim Brotherhood), the Maghreb, and Saudi Arabia have been writing books and speaking out about why the jihad against the West is contrary to Islam. On the third hand, various Muslim leaders claim that 6 million Muslims convert to Christianity each year -- a number that may or may not resemble reality, but which means "lots and lots".... and possibly as many again just quietly give up their faith without formally converting to anything.

It's no wonder that many of the Caliphatists, particularly in the West -- which of course includes Australia, regardless of geography -- have turned their efforts to the soft jihad of lawfare.

To me, therefore -- and remember, I'm a little civilian housewife with no real knowledge of military or political matters beyond what I read, and no one has ever even been truly unkind to me -- success in Afghanistan would be when the Muslim radicals on both sides of the Durand Line (Deobandis and taqfiris of all sorts, plus Pakistan's ISI) give up for the moment on the idea of expanding the Caliphate, and go back to practicing banditry on one another, at least until the West is lulled back to sleep. In the meantime, of course, we'll have to turn our attention to the next hot spots: Yemen, the Maghreb, possibly Somalia. And we'll have to get involved in reducing the intercontinental drug trade which has become a major source of funding for all the various jihadi groups that are linked to Al Qaeda more or less loosely.

That's my first cut thinking, anyway. Please feel free to tear it apart. As I said, I only know what I've read, not from personal knowledge or training or anything. Thank you!

I'm not sure how much the State Department has done thus far. But from my perspective it's appeared that the answer is not much besides obstructing the military effort and associate with unnecessarily unsavoury individuals -- the Ground Zero Mosque imam being but the latest example. And Secretary Clinton is a very weak reed to lean on in this situation. Smart as the woman may be, the poor dear has neither the kind of mind nor the training to understand what she's dealing with -- both within her department and in the great wide world beyond America's borders.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/05/2010 18:17 Comments || Top||

#8  I miss TGA. But I'm glad we have EC.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 09/05/2010 18:35 Comments || Top||

#9  trailing wife,
Good informed analysis.

Hamas is focused on Israel and has a military wing of about a thousand. Not much of a global threat.

Shia Hezbollah is a proxy army of Iran. It's military wing is what, five to ten thousand members? It is directly supported by the Quds Force (“Jerusalem force”) an operations branch of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Al-Qaeda is a Sunni global network of terrorist cells. People say that Sunni and Shia don't work well together but that is not true. The two groups are coordinating their assault on the west.

I believe that the west's counter attack on Al-Qaeda has weakened it to the point where it is spending a considerable amount of its time and resources just trying to stay alive.

The Taliban were created by Pakistan's ISI. Pakistan needs to be held to account. This is unfinished business.

Iran is the great unmet threat.

Posted by: Mike Ramsey || 09/05/2010 19:35 Comments || Top||

#10  Ditto, NS.

TGA, if you're reading this, can you let us know you're OK?
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 09/05/2010 20:28 Comments || Top||

#11  From you, Mike R., that's a compliment I shall treasure. But most of the credit goes to those who post here, from whom I've learnt so much of what I know.

Shia Hezbollah is a proxy army of Iran. It's military wing is what, five to ten thousand members?

I've no idea about numbers, but don't let's forget that large portion of the Lebanese national army that is actually Hizb'allah,beyond the men they have under arms in Beirut and south of the whatchamacallum river.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/05/2010 23:54 Comments || Top||

Burned once, NATO second-in-command refuses to predict success
NATO commanders were overly optimistic when they predicted quick success taking the key Taliban-held town of Marjah last winter, the outgoing deputy commander said.

U.S. Marines and Afghan troops overran Marjah, a major Taliban logistics center and opium poppy-growing community, last February and announced plans to stand up an effective Afghan administration. The idea was to develop Marjah as a model for counterinsurgency techniques in hopes other communities in Helmand province and elsewhere in the south would turn against the Taliban.
Whatever happened to the Kandahar Offensive?
Instead, the Taliban have fought back with hidden bombs, ambushes, assassinations and intimidation, undercutting NATO's efforts to win public support. That has fueled doubts on Capitol Hill and among the American public that the Afghan war can be won.
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 09/05/2010 03:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [378 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Winning is out of the picture when the enemy can cut and run into safe harbors.
Posted by: Hupavish Grundy2869 || 09/05/2010 5:19 Comments || Top||

#2  That's the key, isn't it? Once they've got their "Ho Chi Minh Trail" they've got an advantage.
Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2010 9:31 Comments || Top||

#3  That's why an ARCLIGHT strike or twelve in the NWFP would do wonders for changing the behavior of the talibunnies. Having a manmade earthquake strike every three or four days has a negative effect on morale - not to mention minds and bodies.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 09/05/2010 14:02 Comments || Top||

#4  Winning is out of the picture when the enemy can cut and run into safe harbors

Which would be 99% of the area around Marja.

If we can't clear towns like Marja, which is a long way from the Pak border (at least 400 Ks by road), there is no hope in places closer to the border like Kandahar.

Afghanistan is an ethnic civil war. It is no more ideological than the ethnic wars that rage across large parts of Africa.
Posted by: phil_b || 09/05/2010 20:57 Comments || Top||

#5  Winning means clearing and holding terrain. Clearing and moving on is a non-starter. It takes a boatload of manpower and time to clear and hold ground. Sadly, more of a time and resource investment than this administration is willing to invest.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/05/2010 21:03 Comments || Top||

Afghan official: Ten Afghan campaign workers killed in NATO airstrike
Didn't know whether to put this in Operations or Politics . . . .
I agree with Operations. A missile was aimed and fired to kill, even though the targets may have been politically involved.
"Intelligence tracked the insurgents traveling in a sedan on a series of remote roads in Rustaq district. After careful planning to ensure no civilians were present, coalition aircraft conducted a precision airstrike on one sedan and later followed with direct fire from an aerial platform. The vehicle was traveling as part of a six-car convoy, but no other vehicles were hit in the strike."
There seems to be a difference of opinion, but the military is investigating. The way the Taliban work there, perhaps both sides are correct in their assertions.
Posted by: gorb || 09/05/2010 01:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [264 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Everyone must remember.. every time a terrorist is killed he suddenly becomes a civilian and his "mourning relatives" can claim a death benefit from the Coalition forces. And like fools we pay out without fully investigating fully.
This has become a big business in such a poor country.
Especially since the difference between a terrorist and a civilian is a rifle. I also find it quite amazing how accurately we seem only able to hit women, children, wedding parties, and campaign workers.
Never any terrorists.
Simply amazing.
Posted by: Mike Hunt || 09/05/2010 14:47 Comments || Top||

3 policemen killed in north Afghanistan
[Iran Press] Three members of the Afghan cops have lost their lives and five others were maimed in an ambush in the northern province of Faryab.

A group of masked marauders staged the attack on an army patrol in Shirin Tagab on Saturday.

Three police officers were killed and five more were injured in the incident, Shirin Tagab District Governor Seyyed Luqman Gahreek told Afghan Islamic Press.

The gunnies hastily departed the scene in a vehicle and their whereabouts are unknown. The police cordoned off the area after the attack and launched an investigation.

Faryab province has become increasingly restless in recent years. Taliban strength has been growing and there has been fighting in Meymaneh -- situated approximately 400 kilometers (248 miles) northwest of the Afghan capital Kabul -- between the gun-hung tough guys and Afghan and US-led foreign forces.
Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [259 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Six insurgents killed in Afghanistan clash: Nato
[Dawn] A Taliban commander was captured and six hard boyz killed in a raid on a Islamic exemplar hideout in northern Afghanistan, Nato said Saturday.

The assault in the northern province of Takhar follows a string of recent raids on Islamic exemplar leaders that aim to demoralise the insurgency and sever contacts between Islamic exemplar groups.

A joint Afghan and Nato force was fired on as it approached a compound Friday where the Taliban commander was hiding, Nato said. The force returned fire with the backing of coalition aircraft.

The compound was then evacuated and the commander and one of his assistants detained, it said.

Takhar had been relatively quiet amid rising violence across Afghanistan, but recent incidents point to growing Islamic myrmidon activity in the province, about 150 miles north of Kabul along the border with Tajikistan.

Nato says an airstrike in the province on Thursday killed about a dozen Islamic myrmidons, but President Hamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai and other Afghans said the victims were campaign workers seeking votes ahead of this month's parliamentary elections.

Farther south in Kandahar province, where much of the current fighting is focused, a Taliban commander in the provincial capital and six associates were detained in a raid Thursday, Nato said. Other Taliban leaders in rural Kandahar and the southern provinces of Paktiya and Helmand were also captured, it said.

Separately, Helmand's provincial government reported at least 12 hard boyz were killed in fighting and air raids in the province on Thursday.

Nato has been intensifying its efforts with the addition of 30,000 more US troops along with additional special forces soldiers who conduct most of the targeted raids alongside the Afghan army and police.

Some 140,000 foreign troops are now in the country, tasked both with driving the Taliban from areas it has held sway in for years, and ensuring security for the September 18 elections that many hope will help set Afghanistan on a path to greater political stability.

So far, the election campaign has been disrupted by periodic but not paralysing violence, with at least three candidates and five campaign workers killed in attacks.

Along with the Taliban, rival candidates are also believed to be involved in some of the violence and intimidation.

On Friday, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates toured US bases and met with troops in Kandahar, saying he saw and heard evidence that the counterinsurgency strategy is taking hold in the Taliban's spiritual heartland.

Such progress is crucial ahead of a US assessment of Afghanistan strategy in December that could determine the direction of future efforts. President Barack B.O. Obama has pledged to begin pulling out at least some troops starting next July.
Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [320 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Along with the Taliban, rival candidates are also believed to be involved in some of the violence and intimidation.

War through other means ....
Posted by: Mike Ramsey || 09/05/2010 11:00 Comments || Top||

Seven killed in Afghan suicide blast
[Pak Daily Times] A boomer perched on a cycle of violence killed seven people, including four Afghan coppers, in an attack on Saturday in the increasingly violent Kunduz province, a government front man said. Sixteen other people were injured in the midday attack in the provincial capital, provincial front man Mahbubullah Sayedi said.

The city is a major transportation hub and lies along a crucial supply line for coalition forces that has been repeatedly attacked by Taliban Islamic exemplars, who have also stepped up attacks on police and civilians in the province in an apparent attempt to destabilise local authorities and spread their insurgency beyond their strongholds in the country's south.

Pictures from the scene of Saturday's bombing showed officers loading the back of a police pickup truck with bodies of the victims, including a boy who appeared to be in his early teens. The body of the boomer lay beside the mangled wreckage of his motorcycle, while windows in nearby shops and cars were shattered by the blast. While there was no immediate sign of a connection, the bombing came on the first anniversary of a NATO warplane attack on two fuel trucks just outside Kunduz city that killed as many as 142 people, the single largest loss of civilian lives since the 2001 US invasion of the country.

Afghan officials repeatedly warn that such incidents undermined the central government in Kabul and fuelled support for its Taliban opponents. Also Saturday, NATO announced the capture of a Taliban commander and the killing of six forces of Evil in Takhar province. The attack followed a string of recent raids on faceless myrmidons leaders that aim to demoralise the insurgency and sever contacts between rebel groups. NATO said a joint Afghan-NATO force was fired on as it approached a compound on Friday where the Taliban commander was hiding. The force returned fire with the backing of coalition aircraft, then evacuated the compound and detained the commander and one of his assistants, it said.
Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [260 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Karzai announces peace talks with Taliban
[Al Arabiya] Afghanistan's Caped President Hamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai Saturday announced that he had set up a council to pursue peace talks with the Taliban, who have been waging an insurgency in Afghanistan for almost nine years.
Before that they ran the place, and were fighting against an insurgency made up of the non-Pashtun tribes, if I recall correctly.
The formation of the High Peace Council was "a significant step towards peace talks," a statement from Karzai's office said.

The move is one of the most significant steps Karzai has taken in his oft-stated efforts to open a dialogue with the Taliban leadership aimed at speeding an end to the long war.
It'd probably be a generation before the Afghan Army could sustain the fight against the ISI-trained and supplied Taliban on their own. But President Obama promised to pull out troops in a year. The situation is impossible, even were President Karzai and his relatives ever so incorruptible.
The establishment of such a panel was approved in June at a national peace conference in Kabul, a move welcomed by foreign governments working to stabilize the Afghan government and economy.

Although the Taliban leadership has shown no appetite for talks, Karzai hopes the reconciliation process will help split the movement between its hardcore members and those less committed to its strict Islamic ideology.

The council was mooted as a negotiating body, to be made up of representatives of a broad section of Afghan society, to talk peace with the Taliban, who have been waging war since their regime was toppled in late 2001.

Officials met Karzai at his palace on Saturday to finalize the list of members, who would include "jihadi leaders, influential figures and women," the statement said.

The complete list of members would be announced after the Eid holiday next week, it said.

Karzai's announcement had been expected some days ago, after he met last week with former mujahedeen leaders Burhanuddin Rabbani and Abdul Rasul Sayyaf,
... Arabia's man on the ground...
as well as officials, to discuss the make up of the council.

His front man Simak Herawi said last week that it would include "some (former) Taliban and Hizb-i-Islami members," a reference to a minor bad turban group led by former prime minister and mujahedeen leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.
... who used to be known as The Most Evil Man in the World but who now seems merely run-of-the-mill evil...

"This council will... certainly be effective in decreasing the level of violence in Afghanistan," Herawi said.
Or not. But while he is meeting, wheeling and dealing, Mr. Hekmatyar won't be able to do much nefarious plotting. The local villagers will appreciate the result, no doubt.
Hekmatyar's Hizb-i-Islami is currently in a tenuous alliance with the Taliban, although both sides remain suspicious of each other.

Hekmatyar's power has waned over the years and he commands far fewer fighters than the Taliban. Nevertheless, the group is active across part of Afghanistan's northern and eastern provinces.

The Taliban have repeatedly spurned peace overtures, deriding Karzai's government as a puppet of the United States and saying they will not talk peace until all foreign forces have left the country.

The announcement comes as the insurgency escalates and the number of foreign troop casualties so far this year nears the 2009 toll, at 485 with the deaths on Tuesday of five US soldiers in two separate incidents.

The United States and NATO have almost 150,000 troops in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban-led insurgency, most of them in the southern hotspots of Helmand and Kandahar provinces.
Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [367 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  The Taliban have repeatedly spurned peace overtures, deriding Karzai's government as a puppet of the United States and saying they will not talk peace until all foreign forces have left the country.

I wonder what percentage of the Taliban fighters are "foreign forces"? Your foreign forces leave first....

The Taliban are anti-democratic. Exactly what kind of government would they be joining? Oh yeah, a corrupt one.

Posted by: Mike Ramsey || 09/05/2010 11:08 Comments || Top||

#2  The Taliban have repeatedly spurned peace overtures, deriding Karzai's government as a puppet of the United States

As an observation, that's pretty much the same thing the Russian government's been saying.
Posted by: Pappy || 09/05/2010 23:21 Comments || Top||

Africa North
Mauritania apprehends AQIM suspect
[Magharebia] Mauritanian authorities captured a trafficking suspect with alleged links to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, ANI reported on Thursday (September 2nd). The arrest occurred Tuesday in Rosso as the suspect entered Mauritania from Senegal. Ahmed Ould Baba Ahmed is reportedly connected to suspects captured during the Lemzarrab operation, when Mauritanian troops clashed with narcos near the Mali border. The soldiers killed 3 narcos, jugged 20 suspects and seized five tonnes of drugs, weapons, ammunition and supplies during the clash last February.
Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [509 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa

Caribbean-Latin America
More Mexican Mayhem
20 Die in Northern Mexico

Twenty individuals were murdered in ongoing drug and gang related violence in northern Mexico including the second Chihuahua, Chihuahua police commander murdered in two days.

For a map, click here.
  • An unidentified man was found dead inside an SUV in Juarez late Friday night, according to Mexican press accounts. The discovery was made near the intersection of calles Municipio Libre and Heroes del Carrizal where a Jeep Cherokee was found with the victim inside.

  • Two men were shot to death in separate crimes in Juarez Saturay, according to the Mexican daily La Polaka . Jesus Ruben Gutierrez Roa, 32, was shot at his residence near the intersection of calles Parral and Jimenez in the Infonavit Fidel Velazquez district. In the second crime Arturo Moralez Baronde, 38, was shot to death as he sat in his Cadillac Escalade near the intersection of calles Miguel de la Madrid and Bambu in the Heroes de la Revolucion district, shot with a 9mm weapon.

  • Four unidentified individuals were shot to death in two separate crimes Saturday in Juarez, according to Mexican daily La Polaka. Two men were shot in front of a residence near the intersection of calles Berilio and Donato Guerra in the Arroyo Colorado district. A pair of armed suspects dismounted from a Jeep Cherokee and shot the pair eight times total. In the second murders, two men were shot to death near the intersection of calles Isla Sumatra and Islas Malvinas in the 16 de Septiembre district. The victims were aboard a Dodge Intrepid when they were shot.

  • Two unidentified men were shot to death at a residence in Chihuahua, Chihuahua Saturday afternoon, according to Mexican press sources. The attack took place near the intersection of Calle Humberto Mariles and Avenida Heroico Colegio Militar in the Nombre de Dios district. The pair were shot inside the garage of a residence.

  • An unidentified man was shot to death in Juarez Saturday afternoon, say Mexican press reports. The attack took place as the victim was walking near the intersection of calle Rio Nilo and Rio Gila in the Cordova Americas district. The victim was on foot when he was attacked.

  • A Chihuahua, Chihuahua police commander was murdered Saturday in the second attack on a Chihuahua city police commander in two days. the attack took place near the intersection of calles Alamillo and Ignacio Rodriguez in the Pedro Domínguez district where Francisco Sänchez was patrolling aboard his official Ford Ranger when armed suspects travelling in a convoy shot the police to death.

  • Four unidentified men were shot to death at a residence in Juarez Saturday evening, say Mexican press accounts. The attack took place near the intersection of Sierra Negra and Montes Urales in the La Cuesta district where the four were drinking in the patio of residence. Their attackers burst into the area and fired several shots.

  • An unidentified man was found shot to death in Tijuana, Baja California Saturday morning, according to Mexican news reports. The victim was found in the Las Torres district shot several times in the head. Three .45 ACP spent cartridges casing were found at the scene.

  • Four unidentified men were shot to death in two separate crimes in Juarez Saturday evening, according to the Mexican daily La Polaka. The first crime took place near the intersection of calles Paseo de la Nobleza and Honor in the Palmas del Sol district, where the victims were killed inside of an abandoned residence. In the second crime, two men were digging a ditch near the intersection of calles Talamas Camandari and Mar Azul in the Parajes del Sur district when they were shot to death.
Posted by: badanov || 09/05/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [266 views] Top|| File under:

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Dagestan suicide bombing targets Russian military
Posted by: tipper || 09/05/2010 16:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [282 views] Top|| File under:

Suicide bomber kills five soldiers in Dagestan
The attack, on a military base in the volatile North Caucasus region of Dagestan, killed three of the soldiers immediately. Two more died in hospital.

The blast was followed by a second roadside explosion that targeted investigators on the way to the scene, but there were no casualties.

Dagestan has become arguably Russia's most violent region – hit not only by growing Islamic militancy but also deep-rooted mafia problems, clan rivalries and socio-economic stagnation.

Shootings and bomb attacks have become a near-daily occurrence in the North Caucasus, where the pro-Kremlin authorities are battling an increasingly deadly Islamist insurgency.
Posted by: Free Radical || 09/05/2010 15:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [276 views] Top|| File under:

Baku arrests Quds Day demonstrators
[Iran Press] Azerbaijan's move to arrest 25 Azeri demonstrators in the Quds Day rally indicates the "anti-Islamic approach" adopted by the Baku government, a Middle East expert says.

The arrests were made during the Quds Day rally on Friday, when the demonstrators gathered in front of the Israeli Embassy, called for its closure and demanded all political and economic ties with Tel Aviv be severed.

The head of the Islamic Party of Azerbaijan Republic Mohsen Samadov and a number of prominent Muslim activists were among those arrested, Alalam reported.

These protests show that Israel has not been able to gain the sympathy of Azerbaijani people despite its large investments and cooperation with Baku's government, Saadollah Zarei said on Saturday.
More likely the protests show that Iran's agents among the Muslim "activists" were able to find twenty-five people happy to play Rage Boy when paid.
According to UN statistics, between 1997 and 2004, exports from Azerbaijan to Israel increased from just over USD 2 million to USD 323 million.

Over the past few years, Israel has leased tens of hectares of lands in southern Azerbaijan, alongside Iran's borders, saying it aims to develop agricultural activities.

Given the Israel's history in occupying and annexing Palestinian territories, however; the move has worried the Azeri villagers.
"Dear Allah, they could be planning to move their surplus Arab -- or even Palestinian -- population over here! Remember how they gave the Gazans all those beautiful greenhouses, back in 2005?"
Zarei described Baku's actions as "the obvious sign of Ilham Aliyev government's anti-Islamism."

"The secular government of President Ilham Aliyev has closed down 3 mosques and destroyed 3 others ones over the past year," he was quoted by Fars news as saying.

Zarei pointed to the attempts to demolish the Fatemeh Zahra mosque and said, "During the past few months the Azerbaijani government has been waiting for an opportunity to deal a blow to Muslim -- especially Shia -- communities."
Agents or catspaws, that is the question.
In 2009, Baku's Second Economic Court ordered Fatemeh Zahra Mosque to be demolished. However, the destruction was halted due to the massive protests of Azeri Muslims.
Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [271 views] Top|| File under:

Dagestan minister wounded in car explosion
(Itar-Tass) -- There is no threat to Dagestani minister Bekmurza Bekmurzayev's life. He was contused in the car explosion.
He was bruised? Hopefully it was somewhere interesting...
According to the investigation information, the minister and accompanying guards in two cars at about 09:00 Moscow time went to work from the yard at the building where he resides. In some 15 seconds, an explosive device went off under the bottom of the car in which the minister was. The car caught fire. The driver died. The minister was contused, and his two guards were injured.

Investigators link the attack with the minister's work and consider it as the main version.
Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [273 views] Top|| File under: Chechen Republic of Ichkeria

Death toll rises to 35
THE corpse count from a Pakistani Taliban suicide kaboom on a Shiite Muslim procession rose to 65 on Saturday as critically wounded people breathed their last in hospitals, while a suspected US missile strike waxed seven hard boyz in a chronically unhinged tribal area.

About 150 people were maimed and some remained at death's door after the kaboom on Friday in the south-western city of Quetta, police official Mohammed Sultan said. The attack was the second in a week against Shiites for which the Pakistani Taliban claimed credit. A triple suicide kaboom on Wednesday killed 35 people at a Shiite hoedown in the eastern city of Lahore.

'Our war is against American and Pak security forces, but Shiites are also our target because they, too, are our enemies,' Pak Taleban commander Qari Hussain Mehsud told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named.

He said he was proud -- proud, y'understand? -- the US had added the Pak Taliban to its international terrorism blacklist on Wednesday
"We been tryin' to get out of the bush leagues for year, and now we finally made it!"
and threatened attacks in coming days in the US and Europe.

'We will prove that we have ability to strike right in their countries,' Mehsud said.

Shiite leaders blamed the government, and with good reason, for failing to protect them and called a general strike in Quetta, where all schools were closed for a day of mourning. Shiites make up an estimated 20 per cent of the population in the mostly Sunni Mohammedan country, although figures are imprecise and disputed.
Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [277 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Pakistan

Maoists kill abducted Indian officer
[Iran Press] Maoists have killed one kidnapped Indian police officer and threatened to kill three other hostages if their demands are not met.

Sub-Inspector Abhay Kumar Yadav was killed at around 4 p.m. local time (1030 GMT) on Thursday, six hours after expiry of Maoists' second deadline of 10 a.m. local time (0430 GMT). The killing took place following a decision by a kangaroo court, the Times of India quoted an unnamed Maoist spokesman as saying.

Yadav's body was found near Simratali forest in Lakhisarai district on Bihar state early on Friday.

Yadav was one of the four Bihar policemen kidnapped by Maoists after a six-hour gunfight in Lakhisarai district on Sunday. The gun battle left seven policemen dead and ten injured. Maoists claimed the gunfight was in retaliation for the killing of their leader Azad and a journalist in Andhra Pradesh.

The other three police officers, identified as Rupesh Kumar Sinha, Lukas Gete and Ehsan Khan, would die Friday morning unless the New Delhi government agrees to initiate a dialogue with the leftwing rebels.

The Maoists and affiliated separatist groups hold sway in more than a third of India's 600-odd districts. More than 6,000 people have lost their lives since Maoists -- known as Naxalites -- launched their bloody campaign against the Indian government in the West Bengal village of Naxalbari in 1967.

They have sought to enforce a communist rule in these states since then.
Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [293 views] Top|| File under: Commies

Two dozen wounded in Kashmir clashes
[Iran Press] Fresh violent clashes between protesters and government forces have left some two dozen people injured in the Indian-administered Kashmir.

On Friday, thousands of people defied a ban on protest marches, taking to the streets of Srinagar, Kashmir's main city and the neighboring district of Budgam as well as other major towns across the Muslim-majority valley.

At least five people have been wounded after police opened fire to disperse the protesters in the northern Baramulla town. Two of them were seriously wounded and therefore were rushed to a hospital in Srinagar.

In addition, 19 more people have been injured as Police fired teargas and used batons to end anti-government protests in several other cities of the region.

The region has been rocked by anti-government demonstrations for months -- despite rolling curfews. Government forces are struggling to contain the ongoing demonstrations in the region.

The region's influential separatist politicians Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik have led thousands in the disputed valley over the past weeks, after the police killed a teenage protester in early June.

They have threatened to continue the protests until India declares Kashmir an "international dispute" and releases all political prisoners.

About 65 Kashmiri protesters have been killed since June.
Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [261 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Just out of curiosity, what percentage of population of Kashmir favor separating from India?

Hey, they could be part of a rich, economically growing country just like their neighbors in Pakistan....
Posted by: Mike Ramsey || 09/05/2010 10:55 Comments || Top||

Levies official, 2 others killed in separate incidents
[Pak Daily Times] Three people, including a Levies spoy, were rubbed out in separate incidents of firing in Quetta, Kalat and Tump, on Saturday.

According to official sources, a Levies official, identified as Masood Ahmed, was on his way home to Tump bazaar, when person or persons unknown on a cycle of violence opened fire on him, abruptly ejecting him from the gene pool. Levies personnel rushed to the spot and shifted the body of their colleague to the District Headquarters Hospital, Kech, for his appointment with Doctor Quincy. Law enforcement agencies termed the incident an assassination.

Meanwhile, in Quetta, gunnies tried to kidnap a shopkeeper, Mohammad Younus, and his lover companion, Mohammad Asad, at the Saryab Road, and at their resistance opened fire on them. Resultantly, Asad keeled over dead and the would-be kidnappers expeditiously departed at a goodly pace. Separately, a man identified as Ali Mohammad Lango was bumped off in Kalat Market, some 145 kilometres southeast of Quetta, by assailants on a motorcycle. Meanwhile, Ajab Khan, a resident of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar, was injured in a firing incident in the Chitkan area of Panjgur district, when the victim was standing close by his shop.
Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [257 views] Top|| File under:

Fourteen turbans unraveled in central Kurram Agency
[Dawn] Fourteen Orcs and similar vermin were killed on Saturday, as security forces carried out operations in Kurram Agency, home of poverty, ignorance, and religious fanaticism, not necessarily in that order.

A vehicle carrying eight turbans was destroyed as an improvised explosive device went off in the central Kurram area, according to sources.

Meanwhile, heavy artillery firing by security forces left six hard boyz dead and 10 injured in the Chinark area.

Three hard boy hideouts were also destroyed in the attack.

Militants reportedly fled to Kurram from Orakzai Agency amid military operation.

Security forces have been engaged in an operation in Kurram Agency for the last 10 months.
Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [275 views] Top|| File under: TTP

Terrorists resurface in Peshawar suburbs
[Pak Daily Times] Terrorists have once again started their activities in Sheikhan area, a suburb of the provincial capital, and imposed a ban on shaving beards.

Locals told Daily Times on Saturday that all barbers in the area had closed down their shops after gunnies kidnapped a barber from the Sheikhan village, situated near Bara area of Khyber Agency.

"Terrorists kidnapped barber Ali Asghar two weeks ago. They released him only three days ago, with a warning that he would be killed if he restarted shaving beards in his shop," said Muhammad Nasir, another barber in the area.

He said that all barbers in the area had now stopped shaving beards, as gunnies had threatened them with dire consequences for violating the ban.

Before the military operations in Bara and its adjoining areas, gunnies had imposed similar restrictions on barbers, as well as fines on women, who left their houses without any male member.

After the successful military operations in Bara, the gunnies disappeared and life returned to normal.

There's usually a howeverin there someplace, isn't there?
the gunnies have now once again started challenging the writ of the government in the area after taking advantage of the lax security situation resulting from floods.
Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [279 views] Top|| File under: TTP

Suspected terrorists blow up girls school in Kalam
[Pak Daily Times] Suspect Islamic fascisti blew up a girl school in Kalam late on Friday night, while the military said that it would chase the perpetrators until they were jugged.
And I, for one, believe them...
The attack on the school was the first such incident since the devastating floods that ravaged the area, Swat district in particular, and the military has been focused on rescue and relief operations, since then. "Some remaining bad turbans took advantage of the night to destroy the girls' high school in Kalam," a statement from the military said on Saturday. "When the army is helping the flood-hit people, the vermin crawled out of their hidey holes and used the occasion to destroy the school," it added.

Local residents said that the school was not completely destroyed but some portions were damaged in the attack. "Army jawans are chasing those who destroyed the school," the statement said. The military said that some Islamic fascisti had been penetrating into Swat from the bordering Dir.
Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [272 views] Top|| File under: TTP

#1  Well this is quite a routine affair in the boonies !!
For what it is worth and if any one is interested, I would like to draw your attention to a brilliant series of articles posted in the Asia Times Online, entitled "Life in Talibinastan" by Pepe Escoba. Here is the link
I do not know if links are allowed on this site. If not may I request the webmaster/ administrator/ moderator, to read these and if possible publish them on this excellent site .
Posted by: vivi || 09/05/2010 0:29 Comments || Top||

#2  An interesting article, vivi, and welcome to Rantburg! Yes, links are permitted. Mr. Escoba doesn't like America much, but that kind of thing has been around for, well, centuries, according to the French philosopher-journalist Jean François Revel.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/05/2010 6:22 Comments || Top||

Inquiries into 21,741 stolen passports cases still going on
[Pak Daily Times] Inquiries into the cases of 21,741 passports stolen from the regional passport offices of the country since 1999 were still going on, Daily Times learnt on Saturday.

The international travelling documents had either been stolen or had gone missing from the various regional passport offices of the country, an official of the Interior Ministry revealed. According to the official, "Around 21,741 passports were either stolen or had gone missing from more than 12 regional passport offices of the country from April 1999 to June 2004." He said that hundreds of inquiries, on the orders of the high-ups of the Interior Ministry and the Immigration Department had been conducted without any proper result or headway. The official said that the Interior Ministry had also formed a number of inquiry committees to look into the matter but nothing concrete had been found out yet. The Passport and Immigration Wing in the Interior Ministry had information about the stolen or missing passports, which had been collected from different regional passport offices.

Although some investigative reports had suggested the Interior Ministry take action against the passport office officials who had been involved in the illegal activity but no action had been taken against the officials concerned yet. The National Assembly's (NA) Public Accounts Committee (PAC) had taken a serious notice of the matter on July 19 and had decided to form a special committee consisting of MNAs and senators to probe into the matter and answer the questions surrounding this mystery.

In 1999, around 500 passports had been either stolen or gone missing from the regional passport office of the Tribal Areas, which was under the control of a political agent appointed by the government. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, formerly NWFP, aka Terrorism Central home secretary had conducted an inquiry into the matter but that investigation also produced no result. In another shocking development, 184 passports had gone missing from the regional passport office in Muzzaffarabad on April 12, 1999.

The local police had started the paperwork but haven't done much else against the suspects but no progress had been made in this inquiry as well. An investigation team from Islamabad headed by Passport Director Shahzad Anwar had conducted an inquiry into the matter but failed to achieve any result.

In August 1999, 1,960 passports had gone missing from the Dera Ismail Khan, Pearl of the Pashtun Lands regional passport office. As soon as this incident had taken place, Office Superintendent Abdul Aleem had proceeded on leave while Assistant Director Muhammad Anwar had been made the in-charge in his place. No inquiry had been carried out into the matter while both Aleem and Anwar were now enjoying their respective retired lives. In March 2000, 1,121 passports had been stolen from the Sialkot regional passport office but a departmental inquiry could not find any culprit in this regard.

The passport thefts had occurred when Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat and Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao were the country's interior ministers. Shakeel Ahmed, an affectee, appealed to President Asif Ali (Ten Percent) Zardari to look into the matter.
Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [273 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Amnesty urges Maoists to free hostages
NEW DELHI — Human rights group Amnesty International called on Saturday for Maoist rebels to free three policemen held hostage in eastern India after the group killed one of the captives. The Maoists have threatened to kill the three remaining policemen unless eight jailed comrades are freed.

“The taking of hostages is prohibited by international law,” said London-based the rights group in an emailed statement.
Really? Well. Then. I guess the Maoists will just have to let them go, since Maoists are so concerned about international law.
The Maoists “must stop threatening to kill or harm them these police officers and guarantee their lives and safety,” Amnesty said.

Meanwhile, two suspected Maoists were arrested on Saturday in Bihar’s Jamui district while a massive combing operation was on to trace three cops abducted by the rebels, a day after the body of slain policeman Lucas Tete was found in a forest.

“Both Maoists were arrested when they arrived in the court premises in connection with their pending cases,” the sources said.

A massive operation was launched against Maoists in the morning in the hilly, forest areas in Lakhisarai, Munger and Jamui districts as uncertainty continued about the fate of the three policemen abducted by the rebels Sunday. According to police officials, a combined force of Cobra commandos, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Special Task Force, Bihar Military Police and Special Auxiliary Police are scouring the forests, hoping to find a clue to the whereabouts of the three abducted policemen.

Maoists spokesperson Avinash told local Hindi news channels Saturday that the remaining three policemen are safe and well. But he refused to allow them to talk to their families. Maoists claimed Sunday’s gunfight and kidnappings were in retaliation for the killing of their leader Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad and a journalist on the night of July 1-2 in Andhra Pradesh.

The rebels said the kidnapped policemen would be killed unless eight jailed Maoist leaders were released. The Maoists have also warned the Bihar government of more attacks if the operations against them did not stop immediately.
That's pretty much what every terrorist group threatens to do when the coppers come after them ...
The hostage crisis in Bihar state is seen as a major test for the region’s chief minister Nitish Kumar, who is widely credited with improving the economic fortunes of deeply deprived area. Kumar has favoured dialogue and development over a hardline strategy of trying to crush the Maoist movement, which has been described by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as India’s biggest internal security threat.

Authorities in New Delhi launched a major offensive last year to tackle the worsening insurgency, but since then the Maoists have hit back with repeated attacks on the police and paramilitary forces.
Posted by: Steve White || 09/05/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [294 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Fund-raising time for AI in India?
Posted by: Pappy || 09/05/2010 16:48 Comments || Top||

Dronezap waxes five in North Wazoo
[Dawn] Pak officials say suspected US missiles have iced five Islamic fascisti in a tribal region near the Afghan border.

Two intelligence officials say the Saturday evening strike targeted a house and a vehicle in a village near Miran Shah, the main town in North Wazoo.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information to the media. It was third such attack in the area in 24 hours.
Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [717 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Pakistan

4 wanted persons detained in Wassit
[Aswat al-Iraq] Army forces arrested on Friday four wanted persons in western Wassit, according to an army source. "A force from the 32nd brigade of the Iraqi army on Friday (Sept. 3) arrested four wanted men inside a factory to make bombs in Badra district, east of Kut," the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency, noting that the factory contains amounts of C4 , guns with silencers and different kinds of explosives.
Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [292 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State of Iraq

Cop killed in blast near Mosul mosque
[Aswat al-Iraq] A policeman was killed in a blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) that targeted a patrol stationed near a mosque in southwestern Mosul city on Friday, a local police source said. "An IED blast targeted a police patrol near a mosque in al-Ma'moun neighborhood, southwestern Mosul, coinciding with the Friday congregational prayers," the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. "None of the worshippers was hurt in the explosion," he added.
Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [254 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State of Iraq

Diwaniya police arrest 4 Soldiers of Heaven
DIWANIYA / Aswat al-Iraq: Policemen in al-Diwaniya arrested four members of the Soldiers of Heaven group on Saturday, according to the province’s police chief.

“A police force arrested the group members while raiding a hideout that have been under close monitoring by security agencies for two months,” Maj. General Abdulkhaleq al-Badri said that the activities of that cell had been under intelligence surveillance by security forces. “Criminal acts planned by the group had been foiled,” he added.

Diwaniya lies 180 km south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

The Soldiers of Heaven is a Shiite armed group whose leader is allegedly the Awaited Mahdi, the 12th Messiah-like holiest figure for Shiite Muslims.

In late January 2007 Iraqi and U.S. forces launched a wide-scale security operation against the group members in their stronghold in al-Zarga area, 13 km northeast of Najaf, 110 km southwest of Baghdad, killing more than 300 militants, including the group leader, and capturing hundreds others.

Military operations continued in early February 2007 as Iraqi authorities were tipped about the group’s plans to wage armed operations to control the holy Shiite city of Najaf and assassinate scholars there. The plans, which coincided with the celebrations of Ashura, a major religious occasion for Shiite Muslims in Iraq, envisaged having Najaf as a springboard to control other Iraqi cities.

Iraqi authorities had said that the leader of the Soldiers of Heaven claimed that he was the Awaited Mahdi, believed by the Shiites to be the duodecimal imam. The self-claimed Mahdi was planning to control Najaf and kill all religious clerics during religious celebrations of Ashura, or 10th of Muharram in the hegira calendar.
Posted by: Steve White || 09/05/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [259 views] Top|| File under:

3 wounded in IED blasts in Baghdad
BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: Three persons, including an army serviceman, were wounded when two improvised explosive devices went off in unison in northern Baghdad on Saturday, a local security source said.

“Two IEDs went off in at the same time near an Iraqi army patrol in the area of al-Hurriya, northern Baghdad, leaving a soldier and two civilians near the blast site wounded,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

The source did not give further details about the incident.
Posted by: Steve White || 09/05/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [267 views] Top|| File under:

Hamas police arrest prominent Gaza doctor
[Pak Daily Times] Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, jugged a prominent Gazoo physician best known for keeping the official count of Gazooks killed in the fighting between the Israeli military and Paleostinian gunnies in the past two decades, his brother told the News Agency that Dare Not be Named Saturday.

A senior Hamas official confirmed the arrest of Dr. Moawiya Hassan in but did not say why he was detained. He also requested anonymity, citing the sensitivity of the issue to local residents. Hassanain is a loyalist of Fatah, the rival Paleostinian party to Hamas. Hassanain hasn't been politically active for years however, and unlike other Fatah loyalists who refused to work after Hamas seized power of Gazoo in 2007, Hassanain stayed on the job. The physician rose to particular prominence after Hamas banned health officials speaking to the press. Hassanain openly defied the ban and continued to speak to reporters. He would also normally identify casualties as gunnies or civilians. Hassanain's role became crucial particularly during Israel's three-week Gazoo offensive that ended in January 2009.
Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [256 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Hamas police? That is an oxymoron.
Posted by: Mike Ramsey || 09/05/2010 10:57 Comments || Top||

#2  "Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason"

"News Agency that Dare Not be Named"

ROFL, Fred!

Great rewrite. :-D
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 09/05/2010 11:03 Comments || Top||

Israeli jets bomb Gaza cities
[Iran Press] Israeli war planes have bombarded the southern Gazoo Strip city of Khan Yunis and tunnels in the city of Rafah, leaving a number of people maimed.

At least four people were injured in the airstrikes in Rafah and three others are missing, a Press TV correspondent quoted witnesses as saying on Saturday night.

Israeli jets are still flying low over the Gazoo Strip, and the Gazooks are bracing for more attacks.

Israeli forces also fired rockets at farmlands in Khan Yunis.

There were no immediate reports of casualties from the rocket attacks.

Israel has repeatedly launched air and ground attacks on Gazoo since the deadly 22-day war it waged against the territory from late December 2008 to mid-January 2009.

Israel regularly pounds the network of tunnels underneath the border between the blockaded coastal enclave and Egypt, saying the Paleostinian resistance fighters are smuggling weapons through the tunnels.

There's usually a howeverin there someplace, isn't there?
the Paleostinians reject the accusations, arguing that the tunnels are their last resort for bringing in the basic necessities they have been deprived of for years under a crippling Israeli siege on the impoverished territory, which is home to about 1.5 million people.
I see no contradiction in those two statements, unlike the IranPressTv propagandist reporter. Gazan basic necessities include weapons up to missiles capable of reaching half of Israel. As for food and such, there is such an overstock that prices have been dropping -- and photos of women and children show them round-cheeked and fat, not wan and drawn from privation.
Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [269 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  leaving a number of people maimed

Now that's even better than killing them.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/05/2010 3:35 Comments || Top||

Gaza militants fire a rocket into Israel
[Al Arabiya] Paleostinian Islamic fascisti fired a rocket from Gazoo into Israel on Saturday without causing any casualties or damage, an army front man said.

The rocket struck an uninhabited area in the western part of the Negev desert, the front man said.

It came just two days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Paleostinian president Mahmud Abbas relaunched direct peace talks broken off when Israel launched a devastating offensive against Gazoo in December 2008.

The Islamist Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, movement which controls the territory is vehemently opposed to the new negotiations and carried out two shooting attacks against Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank in the run-up which killed four and maimed two.

Israel said its 2008 assault was intended to put a stop to rocket fire from Gazoo but around 110 rockets or mortar rounds have been fired by Islamic fascisti in the territory this year.

Israeli Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitz said on Saturday that he expected the "imminent" arrests of the perpetrators of the two attacks, which he said were not the only attempts by Paleostinian Islamic fascisti to cast a pall over the relaunch of peace talks.

"This week there have been dozens of alerts about attempts to carry out attack in Israel and in Judaea and Samaria (the occupied West Bank)," Aharonovitz said in comments broadcast by army radio.

Hamas has vowed to carry out further attacks against Israeli targets in the coming weeks.
Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [270 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

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