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French national killed in Saudi Arabia
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Hat Tip from LGF
Rantburg gets a nice nod from Charles Johnson today...
Posted by: Seafarious || 09/26/2004 3:09:54 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Charles Johnson's point is the New York edition of Pravda, as expected, does not want to recognize the true thrust behing this world of blog, and it AIN'T THE LEFTY BLOGS.

Since it was Mr. Johnson, who with his Machiavellian .gif of the CYA document, which was picked up by many, and was one of the things that led to Danny Delerious' exposure, he has a right to be pissed.
Posted by: BigEd || 09/26/2004 9:31 Comments || Top||

#2  I get the NYTs pre-published sections of Sunday edition on Saturday and read the magazine cover story about LLL bloggers. The MSM is so blind to anything other than their own highly developed partisanship it is glaucomic. The closest thing to balancing the story was a single sentance aside to "Kaus and Sullivan", both of whom are more centrist than right. But the biggest most grievous but also telling sign of MSM vs. bloggers was that the story could not be edited, revised and timelined better to report the most seminal event in blogging (ie.Rathergate). It only points out that MSM is dedicatedly LLL and slow to catch on. Thank God for that.
Posted by: Jack is Back || 09/26/2004 9:37 Comments || Top||

#3  I'm surprised Charles didn't single me out.
Posted by: Shamu || 09/26/2004 13:19 Comments || Top||

Yassin al-Qadi wins case against Swiss prosecutor
Yassin Abdullah Al-Qadi, a highly-respected Saudi businessman and benefactor, has won a legal battle against the office of the Swiss federal prosecutor at the Swiss Federal Criminal Court, a press statement issued by his lawyers said yesterday. Al-Qadi filed a lawsuit against the prosecutor after he uncovered the appointment of Jean-Charles Brisard by Deputy Swiss Attorney General Claude Nicati as an expert in his investigation into allegations that Al-Qadi had financed terrorism.

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Posted by: Dan Darling || 09/26/2004 12:56:16 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

French national killed in Saudi Arabia
Looks like the moonshiners are at it again ...
A French national was shot and killed in the Saudi Arabian city of Jiddah early Sunday, the Interior Ministry said. The man was shot at 1 a.m. in the Red Sea port city. The ministry did not name the victim or provide details. The attack was the latest in a rash of violence directed toward foreigners. Some attacks have been carried out by militants bent on driving foreigners out of the country to hurt the economy, but the motive behind Sunday's shooting wasn't immediately known.
Ah, but I thought ze French understand the Arab ways so much better than the rest of us...
Posted by: Dan Darling || 09/26/2004 12:18:56 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Too damm bad sorry to hear it, kinda. really, I mean it, really I do, not really ok.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 09/26/2004 3:33 Comments || Top||

#2  You should be sorry, SPoD. You rooting for al Qaeda now or something?
Posted by: Bulldog || 09/26/2004 7:06 Comments || Top||

#3  There's a certain irony here.. somewhere. But let's be civil. Poor bloke.
Posted by: Howard UK || 09/26/2004 7:27 Comments || Top||

#4  It's quite possible the guy was shot without the attackers knowing his nationality. Could've been a Brit, Yank, Aussie, Belgian. The murder of an innocent person's nothing to celebrate.
Posted by: Bulldog || 09/26/2004 7:50 Comments || Top||

#5  I hate being mono-lingual. Would someone please help this ignorant American.

I am French and looking for a new camel.

I am French and looking for a carton of carmels.

I am German and desire a spit-shit, quickly.

I am Canadian, but I have a French Passport.

I am Canadian, but I am drunk and desire back bacon.

I am Finnish, where do we infiltrate the ski troops?

Posted by: Shipman || 09/26/2004 12:57 Comments || Top||

#6  Bulldog I in all seriousness I am not dancing in the streets here. I don't like it when any one dies at the hands of this islamo-fascist scum.

The fact he is French puts truth to the lie that the French are imune from islamic sponsored murder and terror. The French are not a special case and their leaders are cutting their colective throats by their secret and anti-western dealings with a myriad of islamic states and majority islamic states. In short the French are selling us out.
BTW my wife teaches French and has studied in France. We are not ignorant of their ways.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 09/26/2004 17:19 Comments || Top||

British hostage Ken Bigley is still alive, according to a London-based Islamist activist. Yasser al-Serri, director of the Islamic Observation Centre, said the Iraqi militants behind the kidnapping had replied to his appeal for information. There has been no independent confirmation however and the Foreign Office is treating the news with extreme caution.

Two negotiators from the Muslim Council of Britain are making efforts in Iraq to secure the release of hostage Kenneth Bigley. Dr Daud Abdullah and Dr Musharraf Hussain met religious leaders and other influential Iraqis in Baghdad. "We want to get a message to the abductors. Whoever is holding Mr Bigley we are endeavouring to get a message to those captors. The message is simple. It is a humanitarian one," said Dr Abdullah. Dr Musharraf Hussain added: "I think as fellow British citizens it is our responsibility to do what we can. I believe in the power of prayer." Meanwhile, Tony Blair says the government will do everything it can to secure Mr Bigley's release but warned against the raising of false hopes.

Mr Blair and his wife Cherie joined churchgoers praying for the safe return of Mr Bigley. They were at St Peter's Church in Brighton for the traditional service before Labour's annual conference gets under way. In a TV interview, Mr Blair was asked about his feelings on viewing Mr Bigley's plea for help from the Prime Minister. "My first reaction is the reaction of anyone, which is real sympathy for him, anger at how he is being held by those people and an earnest hope that, despite all the difficulties, we can do something. "But I just don't know if we are able to or not".
Posted by: Mark Espinola || 09/26/2004 4:40:57 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Probably more accurate to say "HOSTAGE ISN'T DEAD YET".
Posted by: Bulldog || 09/26/2004 17:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Do Brits have any Big ass bombers like Vulcan left, I am sure they can reall be more effective in negotiation than people
Posted by: Fawad || 09/26/2004 18:30 Comments || Top||

#3  If this Islamic "activist" in London is connected well enough to even possibly be right, why isn't he being interrogated by the authorities?
Posted by: Robert Crawford || 09/26/2004 19:13 Comments || Top||

#4  Vulcan is out of service now Fawad. We do have some other toys that can ruin someones day.

They're submarines, they keep very quiet, and all their names start with 'V', as in "Vigilant", "Vanguard", "Victorious", "Vigilant" and my favourite, "you're Vucked"

Wishful thinking: if (when?) Mr Bigley is murdered by these animals, Blair goes on TV to say another 2500 troops are going to Iraq, and we give our SF guys over there the green light to go medieval...
Posted by: Tony (UK) || 09/26/2004 19:14 Comments || Top||

#5  V is for vaporised!
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 09/26/2004 19:16 Comments || Top||

#6  Hmmm Just a wild thought Tony but if they hold a person hostage, you guys can hold a whole city hostage by using those myopic and extremely brutal V class boats you described. The only broblem is that Blair will have to shed his suit and put on Chain Mail.
Posted by: Fawad || 09/26/2004 19:25 Comments || Top||

#7  A whole city is *probably* a bit much - at the moment. But, in all honesty, once they detonate a bomb in a Western (or Russian) city, how long will it take before those boats do what they're designed to do?

Can *anyone* get through to these shitforbrains that the reason the West hasn't gone medieval is because of the very thin veneer of civilisation we have managed to painstakingly put over a demon that really should not be released?

Every event such as the beheadings, Beslan, airplanes being blown up in mid-air and of course, 9/11 just wears a little more of this veneer away.

There is a horrible air of inevitability in all this...
Posted by: Tony (UK) || 09/26/2004 19:38 Comments || Top||

#8  Begging helps.
Posted by: Anonymous6671 || 09/26/2004 22:17 Comments || Top||

#9  Not working Troll, they have begged enough, but the terrs have no heart and no balls to fight like men. So sooner or later a city will have to turn "Glow In The Dark and Shine In The Sun" courtsey of atomic fission, if you dont like it you are free to beg, we will listen.
Posted by: Fawad || 09/26/2004 22:21 Comments || Top||

#10  It's just Boris the Serbo-Croat islamo-NAZI troll.
Clean up on isle 5.

Here is a story about what he did at school
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 09/26/2004 22:26 Comments || Top||

Military Jets Escort Plane To London Airport In Bomb Scare
British military jets were scrambled to escort an Olympic Airlines aircraft en route from Athens to New York to Stansted airport near London after a bomb alert, defence ministry and airline officials said. All 301 passengers were safely evacuated. "A number of RAF planes were sent to the civil aircraft in the last hour and a half to escort it to Stansted Airport at the request of civilian authorities," a defence ministry spokesman said.

Olympic Airlines in Athens said the Airbus plane had been diverted and assistance requested after an anonymous caller warned there was a bomb on board. According to a spokeswoman at Stansted airport, flight 411 from Athens to New York's John F. Kennedy Airport was diverted into Stansted "on a full emergency". "This afternoon it landed safely just after 3.30 pm (1430 GMT). There were 301 passengers on board, all of whom have been evacuated safely." The British Department for Transport said the aircraft was being searched as part of "a standard response".
Posted by: Fred || 09/26/2004 12:54:58 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

UK police arrest suspects seeking to procure dirty bomb materials
POLICE arrested four men in London under Britain's anti-terrorist law, as a newspaper claimed it had infiltrated a gang trying to buy radioactive material for a "dirty bomb". The Metropolitan Police said the four men - arrested under the Terrorism Act 2001 - had been taken into custody at a central London police station for further questioning. "Several addresses have been searched," a police spokesman said. "Some searches continue."

All four men - whose names were not released - were detained under section 41 of the Terrorism Act, which refers to "the (suspected) commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism". The News of the World said it had co-operated with police after it infiltrated a gang that claimed to be looking for radioactive material on behalf of a Saudi described as sympathetic to "the Muslim cause". The Saudi, whose name was not disclosed, was reportedly willing to pay £300,000 (756,000) in cash for a kilogram of "highly powerful radioactive material" from Russia known as Red Mercury.
I think we can guess who the ultimate buyer of this stuff was supposed to be ...
The News of the World said the material was developed by Soviet scientists during the Cold War "for making briefcase nuclear bombs" that could kill everyone within a few city blocks. "It is very, very radioactive," a member of the gang was quoted as telling Mazher Mahmood, the News of the World's star investigative reporter, who posed as a Muslim extremist. "The guy (from Saudi Arabia) said it is used for making bombs. It'll either be for use here in the United Kingdom or in the United States," the gang member reportedly said. The gang allegedly consisted of a banker originally from Goa, India, his "sidekick" from Mozambique, and a Somalian formerly resident in Saudi Arabia, while the Saudi was said to have successfully applied for a visa to enter Britain. Police said three suspects were arrested at a hotel in the Brent Cross district of north London, while a fourth man was taken into custody at his north London home. The News of the World described elite anti-terrorist officers raiding a Holiday Inn at Brent Cross.
Posted by: Dan Darling || 09/26/2004 12:25:34 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Red Mercury? Hahaha, there's no such thing. These terrorists are barking up the wrong tree (thankfully). Red Mercury is an urban legend. I wish I had more citations, but evidently some goobers made a children's computer game with the title "Red Mercury" and clogged up all the google results with it.
Posted by: gromky || 09/26/2004 0:35 Comments || Top||

#2  But Gromky, was my mom's thermometer just a hoax? :-}
Posted by: Super Hose || 09/26/2004 1:11 Comments || Top||

#3  The red stuff in that thermometer was alcohol.
Posted by: Fawad || 09/26/2004 1:14 Comments || Top||

#4  Red Mercury is a Russian code name for an ingredient used in nuclear weapons, and is often involved in arms trafficking scams.

This is from the CSIS (Canadien intel org)


That article doesn't specifiy if it's radioactive, but it doesn't look that way. What's scary is the intent. We don't know if the money was real (they could just kill the dealer for it), but since they got four guys in custody, we know Padilla wasn't just an isolated incident. If their intent to buy was legitimate, the threat level is now higher.

Times are desparate for terrorists. With W willing to attack them around the world, they may decide to preempt the laser-guided missle that has their name on it and sneak one in here first.

Let's hope the real stuff stays in the right hands. Iran must be stopped.
Posted by: Anonymous6648 || 09/26/2004 1:57 Comments || Top||

#5  I had a quick shifty at the News of the World in the local Newsagent and they were ranting about a Saudi connection to this. I fthese are British citizens with dual nationality then either lock 'em up or kick 'em out - I don't think this will stand up in court as the story's all over th papers and is's a classic News of the World sting.
Posted by: Howard UK || 09/26/2004 6:33 Comments || Top||

#6  Waht, with the Muslim Council of britain flying senior members to Iraq to help free the Brit hostage and a muslim undercover reporter trapping these guys, my view of UK muslims is beginning to change (slowly).
Posted by: Howard UK || 09/26/2004 6:35 Comments || Top||

#7  In the comments section at LGF there is a very good description of how the Red Mercury urban legend started; you can see it here.
Posted by: Phil Fraering || 09/26/2004 7:24 Comments || Top||

#8  "my view of UK muslims is beginning to change (slowly)."
Howard, I'm not so sure about this. I don't know about the reporter, but the Muslim council is hardly showing the sense of urgency required by the situation. Ten days after the kidnapping and these guys drift over there spouting platitudes about how they are going to try to appeal to the clerics and the kidnappers' sense of compassion. [Er... what was that again?? Possibly I didn't hear that correctly.]
I don't really buy it. How can you tell that I've had it with these Muslims??
Posted by: Bryan || 09/26/2004 7:34 Comments || Top||

#9  Veery slowly... but it is the first time they've got off their arses and acted responsibly rather than bitching from the sidelines and blaming Blair. Rather cynically I believe they're terrified of the possibility of a backlash against the Muslim community in the UK that Bigley's murder may prompt. Hell, it's a start.
Posted by: Howard UK || 09/26/2004 7:40 Comments || Top||

#10  Red Mercury is a code name for Green Krytonite.
Posted by: Shipman || 09/26/2004 7:44 Comments || Top||

#11  "Hell, it's a start."
True. I suppose if one can weed out all the self-interest there might just possibly be some genuine attempt there to behave like human beings.

"Green Kryton?" Krypton? It's been a while since I read a Superman comic. Like decades.
Posted by: Bryan || 09/26/2004 8:13 Comments || Top||

#12  Did they intend becoming Muslim superheroes? Out to aid the community at large - flying through the sky in tights to help any citizen in distress? Very public spirited. I'm impressed - give it to them.
Posted by: Howard UK || 09/26/2004 8:14 Comments || Top||

#13  I don't know if you saw the thin guy with the beard - the one with the stupid grin. Maybe he's the Muslim equivalent of - whatsisname - Clark Kent?
Watch Koran Khaled transform himself into Supermahmoud.
Posted by: Bryan || 09/26/2004 8:25 Comments || Top||

#14  The one on the front of the NOTW? A likely candidate to me! I bet he's enjoying his first dose of the giggle juice.'Hey I'll tell you everything mwahahahaha!' Thwack.
Posted by: Howard UK || 09/26/2004 8:33 Comments || Top||

#15  lol Bryan, I too have seen the 'Buck toothed Messenger of Allan, oh how i laughed at thier pathetic jesture, a party of 2 people going there to have a party if you ask me, dont let em back in.
Posted by: Shep UK || 09/26/2004 11:03 Comments || Top||

#16  That one... the buck-toothed geezer. A beauty!

Come on Shep, give em a chance to show willing before driving em into the sea.

Posted by: Howard UK || 09/26/2004 11:21 Comments || Top||

#17  Link to photo of Buck Toothed Messenger of Allan someone, please. Some of us are missing out here!
Posted by: Bulldog || 09/26/2004 11:22 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Three terrs rebels killed in sweep operation in Ingushetia
Three rebels were killed in a federal operation in the Ingush village of Surkhakhi, a Russian military spokesman told Interfax on Sunday morning. A reconnaissance group spotted a rebel group of about 20 members three kilometers from Surkhakhi, and opened fire, inflicting losses on the rebels, said Ilya Shabalkin, spokesman for the anti-terrorist headquarters in the North Caucasus. "The bodies of three rebels, as well as military equipment and ammunition, were discovered at the scene on Sunday morning. "Intelligence suggests that the rebels' losses are far greater," Shabalkin said.

He also said that the deputy emir of the village of Stariye Atagi Islam Sugaipov, who was a member of a rebel group led by Isa Sadayev, the emir of Stariye Atagi, was killed in a sweep operation on the outskirts of the village. Shabalkin said that on the eastern limit of Stariye Atagi federal servicemen spotted a rebel group preparing to cross the Argun River. Fire was opened at the rebels, but they managed to escape. An operation to track them down is underway. Automatic rifles and a grenade launcher were discovered at the scene. Another clash occurred near the village of Sary-Su in Chechnya's Shelkovskoi district, Shabalkin said. One rebel was killed when a rebel group was attacked from ambush. Measures are being take to detain the others, said Shabalkin. Federal servicemen did not suffer losses, the military spokesman said.
Posted by: Mark Espinola || 09/26/2004 8:01:06 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Now, let's get a bit more accurate here:

Posted by: Memesis || 09/26/2004 22:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Did you get all 72 and are they all virgin? very important.
Posted by: Fawad || 09/26/2004 22:25 Comments || Top||

#3  Those are funny looking sheep.....
Posted by: CrazyFool || 09/26/2004 22:26 Comments || Top||

#4  Raisnettes?
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 09/26/2004 22:27 Comments || Top||

#5  A bit smaller version....

Yes, all the sheep are there.
Posted by: Memesis || 09/26/2004 22:29 Comments || Top||

#6  Sorry, meant... whatever they are. Meat popsicles?
Posted by: Memesis || 09/26/2004 22:30 Comments || Top||

#7  Fawad, I am sure they are virgin. They are squeezed cold pressed. At least in the second image.
Posted by: Memesis || 09/26/2004 22:32 Comments || Top||

Caucasus Corpse Count
Heavily armed rebels raided a village in Chechnya, wounding two people and burning houses, Russian media reported yesterday. Two rebels were reportedly killed in the raid. About 50 rebels entered the village of Alleroi and broke into several houses, Russian news agencies reported, quoting the regional police force. An 8-year-old girl was badly wounded in the attack on Alleroi, about 50 km east of the capital Grozny. The assailants also fired on a passing car, wounding one of its passengers, police said in a statement. Two rebels were killed during the raid. The insurgents destroyed several cars and burned down three houses, including one belonging to a Chechen police officer, who was not at home. Late Friday, another group of rebels attacked a police checkpoint near the village of Avtury in the southern Shali region of Chechnya. Four civilians were wounded hit by cross-fire in the ensuing gun battle between police and insurgents, ITAR-Tass said.
Posted by: Dan Darling || 09/26/2004 1:02:14 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

Southeast Asia
Indonesian troops shot dead 11 rebels in Aceh
Indonesian troops shot dead 11 separatist rebels in the restive province of Aceh in a single day, a military spokesman said Sunday. Six rebels of the separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM) were killed in three separate clashes in North Aceh district on Saturday. Soldiers also seized three automatic rifles, ammunition and one grenade, he said. Five other rebels were killed in three separate clashes in Aceh Jaya district he said, adding that troops also seized four automatic rifles and ammunition. In Bireuen district, a joint team of police and soldiers captured two rebels during a raid on a suspected house in Suka Rame on Saturday, he added.
Posted by: Fred || 09/26/2004 6:57:07 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

Beirut film festival canceled for security fears
Not Islamic enough, huh? Well, sometimes that happens. As a matter of fact, it usually does.
Posted by: Fred || 09/26/2004 1:45:01 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  damn! Was hoping Jabba the Hut Michael Moore would attend
Posted by: Frank G || 09/26/2004 14:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Wow! You mean that terrorist intimidation can have a negative effect, even upon the economies of Arab countries? Who'd a thunk it?
Posted by: Zenster || 09/26/2004 21:45 Comments || Top||

#3  "The decision also comes in the wake of the decision to ban Dan Brown's bestselling novel "The Da Vinci Code." Christian clerics succeeded in banning the book after objecting to its suggestion that Jesus Christ fathered a bloodline with Mary Magdalene."

Oh no, Christian fatwas now? Living too close to Muslim nutbags seems to have contagious effects.
Posted by: True German Ally || 09/26/2004 21:59 Comments || Top||

#4  Brown's book has as much reality as Carlos Castaneda's "Don Juan" series in the 70's
Posted by: Frank G || 09/26/2004 22:03 Comments || Top||

2 more Jakarta bombers jugged
Indonesian police have arrested two more men suspected of involvement in the Australian embassy bomb attack. Members of the anti-terror squad arrested the men, identified as Iznul and Ibnu, in the coastal town of Pelabuhan Ratu in West Java on Friday evening, Media Indonesia newspaper said Sunday, quoting a police source. Police are also looking for a third suspect who had undergone bombmaking training with Iznul and Ibnu, the source said. Police spokesmen could not immediately be reached for confirmation.

The arrests, if confirmed, would bring the number of people detained for questioning over the September 9 embassy blast to 16. Five of the 16 have since been officially declared as suspects. They have distributed more than 200,000 leaflets bearing the pictures of nine men including the Malaysians wanted for terrorism including the embassy blast.
Posted by: Dan Darling || 09/26/2004 12:48:17 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

Israel May Limit Muslim Worshippers in Jerusalem (security)
Israel said Sunday it may limit the number of Muslim worshippers at a disputed Jerusalem religious site during the upcoming Muslim holy month because part of the biblical-era complex might collapse. A Jordanian expert said there is no such danger. The announcement, which Palestinians criticized as a scare tactic, threatened to ignite a new controversy at one of the most sensitive sites in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
'Scare tactic'? When Arabs are lining up to self-detonate?)
The site -- known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Haram as-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary -- is revered by both religions. Israeli Public Security Minister Gideon Ezra said the eastern wall of the mosque compound is in serious danger of collapse after a moderate earthquake last February worsened existing damage to the ancient structure. Archaeologists at the Israel Antiquities Authorities fear that if tens of thousands of Muslim worshippers enter the site during Ramadan, which begins next month, it could lead to a collapse, Ezra said. "The state of Israel cannot take any risk," Ezra told Israel Radio. "If there is no support on the eastern wall, we will have no choice but to decrease the number of worshippers on the Temple Mount in the month of Ramadan, when as you know there are more worshippers than usual."

Palestinian officials at the Waqf, or Islamic Trust, which oversees the site, said there is no danger and accused Israel of trying to prevent Muslims from praying at the shrine. "It is a policy to make people afraid before Ramadan," said Adnan Husseini, the director of the Waqf in Jerusalem. On Sunday, a dozen workmen from the Waqf were shoring up walls outside Solomon's Stables, an area under the eastern part of the compound, which was built during the reign of King Herod at the time of Christ. Scaffolding was visible both inside the compound and outside.
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Posted by: Mark Espinola || 09/26/2004 4:02:02 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Let the thing cave in.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 09/26/2004 19:20 Comments || Top||

#2  My recollection in that the Western Wall or Wailing Wall is below the Temple Mount. In the 1990s the Palestinians were throwing rocks down on the Jewish people at the Wall as they worshipped. I suspect it is a good move on the part of the Israeli's to maintain security and not have some jackass blow his or herself up amongst the Jewish worshippers.
Posted by: The Ol Prof || 09/26/2004 19:56 Comments || Top||

Afghanistan/South Asia
Farooqi iced in Pakistani raid!
Paramilitary police killed a suspected top al-Qaida operative Sunday in a four-hour gunbattle at a house in southern Pakistan that also led to the arrest of two other men, the information minister said. Amjad Hussain Farooqi had been wanted for his alleged role in the kidnapping and beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002 and two assassination attempts against President Gen. Pervez Musharraf in December 2003. "I as chief spokesman for the government of Pakistan confirm that our forces have killed Amjad Hussain Farooqi," Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed told The Associated Press by phone from Amsterdam, where he has gone on an official trip with Musharraf.

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Posted by: Dan Darling || 09/26/2004 3:27:30 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Farooqi won't be missed.
His 2 companions are now being questioned

I hope they are using this method at some point.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 09/26/2004 16:36 Comments || Top||

#2  The Pakistani police and agencies are very creatively imaginative, I am sure they will put that contraption to shame. A typical boast is that we can make deaf mutes talk in any language we want to. I hope only the "best" officers are asigned to ease their talking difficulties.
Posted by: Fawad || 09/26/2004 16:42 Comments || Top||

#3  I love a good fishing thread.
Posted by: Shipman || 09/26/2004 18:19 Comments || Top||

#4  Seeing as how Farooqi paid for Daniel's killing with his own life, that quite evidently made his victim "a Pearl of great price."
Posted by: Zenster || 09/26/2004 19:27 Comments || Top||

#5  One word:

Posted by: Fred || 09/26/2004 20:20 Comments || Top||

#6  Fred, you certainly have a way with word.
Posted by: Zenster || 09/26/2004 22:08 Comments || Top||

Opinion comments now available...
I've got some other mods I want to do on the opinion page, but now it shows the basic set of articles and associated comments. Shouldn't break, since I stole the code from the main page comments feature, except where I might have missed a target name. Next project will be putting comments on the All Articles page.
Posted by: Fred || 09/26/2004 1:46:55 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Fred, thank you so much for all your extra effort to create the opinions forum. I'd like your permission to repost my article on Jiang Zemin's ouster. There are some Rantburgers who are particularly well-versed regarding China and I am eager to hear their opinions about my conclusions. Again, thank you for making Rantburg just that much more enjoyable of a place to visit.
Posted by: Zenster || 09/26/2004 15:06 Comments || Top||

#2  I'll change the date on it.
Posted by: Fred || 09/26/2004 16:36 Comments || Top||

#3  Thank you very much, Fred. Great way to save bandwidth. Please check the "Yusuf Islam Blues" opinion piece for a little thank you note from me.
Posted by: Zenster || 09/26/2004 17:12 Comments || Top||

#4  Nice touch Zman. I always zend whiskey.
Posted by: Shipman || 09/26/2004 18:18 Comments || Top||

Afghanistan/South Asia
Suspected Sipah-e-Sahaba militant arrested in Hyderabad
Police detained a suspected Islamic militant on suspicion of links with an outlawed extremist group in a raid, a security official said on Saturday. The suspect was captured on Friday in a residential area of Hyderabad, said the official. He gave no further details and only said the man has been shifted to a detention facility for interrogation. AD Khawaja, a senior police officer, said the man is accused of recently arranging a public meeting of the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba.
Posted by: Fred || 09/26/2004 1:13:24 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

Chinese engineers attacked in Waziristan
"Furriners, boyz! Get 'em!"
Unidentified gunmen opened fire at a pickup carrying three Chinese engineers working on the Gomal Zam dam in Ladah sub-division of South Waziristan Agency. One Chinese engineer was slightly injured. The attackers ran away fled after khasadars opened up on them returned fire. Terrorists also fired six rockets at the Wana scouts camp from the north of Wana. The rockets landed in Doog village and in the Korai area, injuring one person. On Friday night, four rockets were fired at Zari Noor Army colony but of course they missed the target. No one was injured. Rockets attacks on security forces have increased over the last few days but have yet to hit anything.
Posted by: Fred || 09/26/2004 1:03:46 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Well, it maybe preshawar, but this post has been up for 5 hours.
This is obviously the work of the FALA.
Posted by: Shipman || 09/26/2004 18:21 Comments || Top||

Holy Man Sez Fallujah Raids Not Helping Hostages
"This isn't helping, y'know! It's just gonna make us madder!... Duck, Mahmoud!"A radical Sunni Muslim cleric in Iraq said Sunday that repeated US military raids on the rebel city of Fallujah were not helping the cause of foreign hostages. "The whole world was turned upside down about the fate of one British man, but nothing of the sort happens when thousands of people are killed in Fallujah and elsewhere in Iraq," Sheikh Mahdi al-Sumaidiy, so-called emir (prince) of the hardline Sunni Muslim Salafist movement, told reporters in Baghdad. "How do you think Iraqis are going to react to this."
Some are going to roll their eyes and jump up and down and holler "Jihad!" Some are going to explode. The majority are going to hunker down and try and get through the mindless violence.
At least 15 people were killed and 33 wounded in two separate air strikes Saturday by US planes on a suspected hideout and meeting place in Fallujah of operatives of the alleged Al-Qaeda leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The Tawhid wal Jihad (Unity and holy war) militant group of Jordanian-born Zarqawi has claimed responsibility for some of the deadliest bombings in Iraq and a slew of kidnappings of foreigners including British engineer Kenneth Bigley, and two of his US colleagues who have been beheaded. Sumaidiy castigated the interim government of Prime Minister Iyad Allawi for refusing to release one former woman weapons scientist in Saddam Hussein's regime held by the US military as demanded by Bigley's captors. "This is the height of immorality on the part of this government which gives no thought to the honour of these Iraqi women," he said speaking at the bin Taimiya mosque in Baghdad, which was searched for weapons Saturday by Iraqi and US forces who found nothing. "We reject this government and everything it stands for."
"We stand for the core values of Islam: Turbans! Automatic weapons! Explosives! Sharp objects!"
Last week Iraq's justice ministry said Rihab Taha -- a biologist known as Dr Germ suspected of involvement in an illegal weapons program under Saddam -- was eligible for release. But Allawi took the decision not release her, according to his national security advisor Kassem Daoud. The US military says Taha and Huda Amash, another female scientist who worked on the weapons programmes and is known as Dr Anthrax, are the only two women thay are holding at a detention facility near Baghdad airport.
Posted by: Fred || 09/26/2004 12:36:01 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sour grapes I should say, or as the Marines would tell the cleric... "your life belongs to GOD, but your ass is mine"!
Posted by: smn || 09/26/2004 12:54 Comments || Top||

Does it cause poor driving skills?
Posted by: Shipman || 09/26/2004 13:06 Comments || Top||

#3  "Radical Iraqi Cleric Says Fallujah Raids Not Helping Hostages "
Well that would probably be because that's not the purpose of the raids.

"Sumaidiy castigated the interim government of Prime Minister Iyad Allawi for refusing to release one former woman weapons scientist in Saddam Hussein's regime held by the US military as demanded by Bigley's captors."
This suggests to me that Dr. Germ knows where the stuff is buried -- and he doesn't.

Posted by: Tom || 09/26/2004 13:28 Comments || Top||

#4  Cant find a mullah who will try not to justify mistreatment of hostages no sir. Because my neighbor's cow died yesterday a hostage must die.
Posted by: Fawad || 09/26/2004 13:59 Comments || Top||

#5  [Off-topic or abusive comments deleted]
Posted by: Anonymous6334 TROLL || 09/26/2004 18:46 Comments || Top||

#6  Damnit! Where's The Mossad?
Posted by: Shipman || 09/26/2004 18:55 Comments || Top||

#7  Wet cleanup on aisle 5....
Posted by: Pappy || 09/26/2004 20:58 Comments || Top||

#8  The Bush-Crime-Family's set up of US soldiers for slaughter, in service to the Islamonazi clerics is a total flop. Take it from shit-head #3: Colin Powell (Secretary of State).

The Bush-Crime-Family allowed al-Sadr to control the entire north end of Baghdad, and parade a 5,000 man army. Then, when al-Sadr had enough Iranian terror money to launch jihad, the Crime-Family allowed US troops to be slaughtered, while permitting the terrorist to escape justice, twice.

Nevermind the elections, anyone who doesn't condemn Bush's use of limited-war technology against a genocidal enemy, while whoring for anti-American clerics, is complicit in the unnecessary 1000 plus American combat deaths, and 8000 plus, combat injuries. The Bush-Crime-Family has now squandered $200,000,000,000 on the Afghanistan and Iraq quagmires, while promoting Powell's sham "political islam" diplomacy. A $200 billion surplus has been turned into a $450,000,000,000 deficit, putting funding for inevitable future interventions, enabled by the Crime-Family's jihad subsidy, in extreme jeopardy.

WMD are cost-effective: NUKE MECCA!
Posted by: Anonymous6334 || 09/26/2004 18:46 Comments || Top||

Israeli Helicopter Fires Missiles in Gaza
An Israeli helicopter fired missiles Sunday at a suspected weapons workshop in the area of a recent mortar attack that killed an Israeli-American woman. Two Palestinians were slightly injured, witnesses and medical officials said.
The army said the target was a metal workshop used by Hamas militants to make mortar bombs like the one that struck the Jewish settlement of Neve Dekalim on Friday. The helicopter fired two missiles at the building in Khan Younis, a refugee camp bordering the settlement. Israel frequently targets such workshops, claiming they supply rockets and other weapons to militants.
Posted by: Fred || 09/26/2004 12:15:24 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

Afghanistan/South Asia
Two Terror Suspects Arrested in Pakistan, One Titzup
Paramilitary troops fought a four-hour gunbattle Sunday with suspected terrorists holed up in a house in southern Pakistan, and arrested two men and killed another, officials said. An intelligence official said authorities had information that al-Qaida suspects had been hiding inside the house in Nawabshah, a town about 125 miles northeast of the main southern city of Karachi, but their identities and nationalities were not immediately clear. Two men who had tried to flee were arrested. They were led away in blindfolds with ladies' underwear on their heads by intelligence officials, said local police official Ismail Jamali. One of the men was injured in the gunbattle, he said.
Painfully, we hope...
E coli are multiplying in his blood as we speak ...
A paramilitary official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that another suspect was killed in the siege, which lasted four hours. He said that the man had shouted in Urdu, the main language in Pakistan, that he'd prefer death to capture. The suspect reportedly pointed to sky and shouted: "I fulfilled my promise to Allah."
"I'm comin', Fatimah! This is the big one!"
One woman and two children were also taken from the house. Firefighters were also called to put out a blaze in one room of the house that broke out during the gunbattle. After a search officials left the house carrying three boxes. It was not immediately clear what the boxes contained.
Excellent graphic, Fred, but where are the other 68?
Posted by: Fred || 09/26/2004 12:12:08 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Wouldn't want to screw up the formatting...
Posted by: Fred || 09/26/2004 17:19 Comments || Top||

#2  We've already posted 28 dancing girls today. Nice work!
Posted by: Seafarious || 09/26/2004 17:24 Comments || Top||

#3  Excellent, Fred, but in polite company the phrase is "Tango Uniform", not "Titzup".
Posted by: Rivrdog || 09/26/2004 17:52 Comments || Top||

#4  they're Islamic Heroes™, chances are they have man-boobs (Moobs), so, titz-up is appropriate
Posted by: Frank G || 09/26/2004 18:21 Comments || Top||

#5  lol, that's not funny, that's just plain ass stupid and why wasn't I informed?
Posted by: Shipman || 09/26/2004 18:23 Comments || Top||

Terrs Attackers Detonate Car Bombs in Baghdad
Suicide attackers exploded a pair of car bombs outside an Iraqi National Guard compound west of the capital Sunday, wounding American and Iraqi forces, and the U.S. military announced the arrest of a senior Iraqi commander for alleged ties to the insurgency. The two militants, who died in the blasts, tried to ram two cars loaded with explosives into the base in Kharma, a town on the outskirts of the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah, a U.S. military official said on condition of anonymity. The number of U.S. and Iraqi casualties was not immediately clear. The attack took place at 9 a.m. and caused serious damage to the main building, said Bassem Abbas, a witness. He added that shortly after the attack, U.S. troops cordoned off the area and prevented people from getting close.
Posted by: Fred || 09/26/2004 11:59:03 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

Who Kills Hostages in Iraq?

Al-Zawra, the Iraqi Journalists Union newspaper, published "Who Kills Hostages in Iraq?" by Samir Addad and Mazin Ghazi on 19 September. A text in English has been released by BBC Monitoring International Reports. The article reports on the armed groups that are involved in violent resistance in Iraq, dividing the resistance into three categories:
  • the Sunni resistance groups
  • the Shia'i resistance groups
  • Factions abducting and killing.
Below is an outline of the groups in these three categories:
  1. The main Sunni resistance groups
    1. The Iraqi National Islamic Resistance, "The 1920 Revolution Brigades"
      • TARGETS: U.S. forces
      • ORIGIN: emerged on 16 July 2003
      • GOAL: Expulsion of U.S. and establishment of an independent Iraqi Islamic state
      • ACTIVE REGIONS: West of Baghdad, in regions of Abu-Ghurayb, Khan Dari, and Al-Fallujah. Also has activities in the governorates of Ninawa, Diyala, and Al-Anbar.
      • STATEMENTS: Distributes statements at gates of the mosques after Friday prayers. A statement issued by group on 19 August 2004 claimed that between 27 July and 7 August 2004 the group carried out an average of ten operations each day, resulting in the deaths of "dozens" of U.S. soldiers and the destruction of U.S. armored vehicles.
        1. The shooting down of a helicopter in the Abu-Ghurayb region by the Al-Zubayr Bin-Al-Awwam Brigade on 1 August 2004
        2. the shooting down of a Chinook helicopter in the Al-Nu'aymiyah region, near Al-Fallujah, by the Martyr Nur-al-Din Brigade on 9 August 2004
    2. The National Front for the Liberation of Iraq
      • ORIGIN: Formed days after the occupation in April 2003.
      • ORGANIZATION: 10 resistance groups.
      • COMPOSITION: Nationalists and Islamists.
      • REGION OF ACTIVITY: Concentrated in Arbil and Kirkuk in northern Iraq; in Al-Fallujah, Samarra and Tikrit in central Iraq, and in Basra and Babil Governorates in the south, in addition to Diyala Governorate in the east.
      • ACTIVITIES: Less extensive than 1920 Revolution Brigades.
    3. The Iraqi Resistance Islamic Front, JAMI
      • ORIGIN: The newest Sunni resistance group announced its existence on 30 May 2004.
      • ORGANIZATION: Includes a coalition of small resistance factions. JAMI's military wing, the Salah-al-Din and Sayf-Allahal-Maslul Brigades, has carried out dozens of operations against the U.S. forces.
      • REGION OF ACTIVITY: Governorates of Ninawa and Diyala.
      • ACTIVITIES: In Ninawa Governorate: the shelling of the occupation command headquarters and the semi-daily shelling of the Mosul airport. Jami targets members of the U.S. intelligence in the Al-Faysaliyah area in Mosul and in the governorate of Diyala. In Diyala, the front's Al-Rantisi Brigade sniped a U.S. soldier and used mortars to shell Al-Faris Airport.
    4. Other small factions
      1. Hamzah Faction: Emerged on 10 October 2003 in Al-Fallujah. Called for release of Shaykh Jamal Nidal, who had been arrested by U.S. forces.
      2. Iraqi Liberation Army: First appeared on 15 July, 2003. It warned foreign countries against sending troops to Iraq and pledged to attack any troops that were sent.
      3. Awakening and Holy War: Arab Sunni mujahidin. Active in Al-Fallujah. Filmed an operation and sent tape to Iranian television on 7 July 2003. Claimed on tape that Saddam and U.S. were two sides of same coin. Claims to have carried out operations against U.S. forces in Al-Fallujah and other cities.
      4. The White Flags: A group of Arab Sunni mujahidin, active in Sunni triangle and probably in other areas. Originally opposed to Saddam Hussein and in alliance with the Muslim Youths and Muhammad's Army. The group criticized the bombing of the Jordanian Embassy in Baghdad. No information is available about their operations.
      5. Al-Haqq Army: Consists of Arab Sunni Muslims having some nationalistic tendencies but not loyal to Saddam.
    5. Ba'athist factions
      • CHARACTER: Loyal to previous regime of Saddam Hussein. Do not represent a significant proportion of resistance.
      • ACTIVITIES: Mostly restricted to financing resistance operations.
      • COMPOSITION: The factions still existing secretly in the Iraqi arena include:
        1. Al-Awdah (The Return): Concentrated in northern Iraq: Samarra, Tikrit, Al-Dur and Mosul. It consists of members of the former intelligence apparatus.
        2. Saddam's Fedayeen: Formed by Saddam Hussein's regime before the invasion. Many of its members are rumored to have abandoned their loyalty to Saddam and to have joined Islamic and national groups on the side of the 11 September Revolutionary Group and the Serpent's Head Movement.

  2. Shia resistance against occupation
    1. Al-Sadr group: The Al-Mahdi Army
      • ORIGIN: The Al-Mahdi Army is considered the only militia experiment to emerge after the occupation. Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr announced the formation of the Al-Mahdi Army in July 2003, but not as a force directed against the occupation.
      • COMPOSITION: Within a short period, Al-Sadr gathered between 10,000 and 15,000 well-trained youths, the majority of whom were from the poor of the Al-Sadr City, Al-Shulah, and the southern cities.
      • ACTIVITIES: after the closure of Al-Sadr's Al-Hawzah newspaper in March 2004,Al-Sadr's assistant Mustafa al-Yaqubi is arrested, under suspicion of being involved in the killing of Imam Abd-al-Majid al-Khoei. A writ to arrest Muqtada al-Sadr is issued in April on charges of assassinating Al-Khoei inside the Al-Haydari mosque in Al-Najaf on 10 April 2003. The arrest warrant placed the Al-Mahdi Army in confrontation with the occupation forces in Baghdad and the southern governorates. The greatest confrontation between this militia and the occupation forces erupted in Al-Najaf in August 2004. The battle lasted for nearly three weeks, and ended with the signing of a cease-fire agreement.
    2. Imam Ali Bin-Abi-Talib Jihadi Brigades
      • ORIGIN: This Shia group appeared for the first time on 12 October 2003.
      • TARGETS: The group announced its intention to kill the soldiers of any country sending its troops to support the coalition forces. The group also threatened to transfer the battleground to the territories of coalition countries. The group also threatened to assassinate all the members of the Interim
        Governing Council and any Iraqi cooperating with the coalition forces.
      • REGION OF PROJECTED ACTIVITIES: The group announced that Al-Najaf and Karbala were the battlegrounds in which it would target the US forces.

  3. Factions which adopt terrorist methods of abductions and killing -- Armed groups that resort to operations of abducting and killing noncombatant foreigners, as a method to terrorize the enemy and apply pressure to achieve specific political ends. This method of terror was successful in pressuring Philippine President Gloria Macapagol-Arroyo to withdraw the Philippine forces from the U.S.-led coalition, after the abduction of her compatriot Angelo del Cruz on 7 July 2004.

    The most prominent of these groups are:

    1. Assadullah Brigades
      • STATEMENT: The brigades said in a statement number 50: "The mujahid is entitled to capture any infidel that enters Iraq, whether he works for a construction company or in any other job, because he could be warrior, and the mujahid has the right to kill him or take him as a prisoner."
      • REGION OF ACTIVITIES: This group is concentrated in Baghdad and its suburbs.
      • NOTABLE ACTIVITIES: This group detained the third most senior diplomat at the Egyptian Embassy to Iraq, Muhammad Mamduh Hilmi Qutb, in July 2004, after the Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmad Nazif announced that Egypt was prepared to offer its security expertise to the interim Iraqi government. The diplomat was released after a week.
    2. Islamic Retaliation Movement:This group abducted the US Marine of Lebanese origin, Wasif Ali Hassun, on 19 July 2004, and then released him.
    3. Islamic Anger Brigades: This group abducted 15 Lebanese in June 2004 and then released all, except for one: Husayn Ulayyan, an employee of a communications company, who was killed.
    4. Khalid-Bin-al-Walid Brigades and Iraq’s Martyrs Brigades: This group is believed to have abducted and killed Italian journalist Enzo Bladoni in August 2004.
    5. The Black Flags Group: A battalion of the Secret Islamic Army. This group abducted three Indians, two Kenyans and an Egyptian working for a Kuwaiti company operating in Iraq. The stated aim was to coerce the company to cease its activities in Iraq. The hostages were later released.
    The last four groups are clearly intellectually close to the beliefs and thinking of Al-Qa’idah Organization and its leader, Usamah Bin-Ladin.
    1. The Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi Group: "The first case of slaughter was that of US national Nicholas Berg in May 2004, and the Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi group claimed responsibility for it."
    2. The Al-Tawhid wa al-Jihad Group: the Al-Tawhid wa al-Jihad Group killed South Korean Kim Il, "who was working for a Korean company providing the US Army with military installations."
    3. The Islamic Army in Iraq: "A secret organization that adopts the ideology of Al-Qaeda. The organization abducted Iranian Consul Feredion Jahani and the two French journalists, Georges Malbrunot and Christian Chesnot."
    4. Ansar al-Sunnah Movement: In August 2004, the Ansar al-Sunna Movement abducted 12 Nepalese and killed them on 23 August 2004.
    The operations of abducting hostages has cascaded in Iraq: some have been slaughtered, and others have been released.

    "The total number of hostages killed so far is: two Italians, two [now three] US nationals, two Pakistanis, one Egyptian, one Turk, one Lebanese, one Bulgarian, one South Korean, and 12 Nepalese."

Posted by: headland || 09/26/2004 11:22:13 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I started to look through this, and I'm wondering if there's a bit of overanalysis going on: as near as I can tell from previous discussion here, groups (F), (G), and (I) are all different names for the same group: the remnant of Ansar-Al-Islam that Zarqawi is working with.

Also, this post only seems to discuss the killings of foreign hostages. More locals are dying from this; I suspect the main reasons these groups sometimes change to taking foreigners hostage is money, hence their actions in taking French hostages despite that country being at odds with the US already. Kind of like what Willie Sutton said about bank robbery: he did it because that's where the money was.

Kidnapping Iraqis gives them power, but kidnapping foreigners gives them an income stream.
Posted by: Phil Fraering || 09/26/2004 11:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Maybe this is under-analysis, but it looks like the short answer is: Not Sunni, not Shia'i, just more of those "Saudi-educated" type of Muslims.
Posted by: Tom || 09/26/2004 12:21 Comments || Top||

#3  A witches brew of terrorists. Maybe overanalyzed but "headland" seems to have a handle on the various groups. I found it interesting. Seems like the name of the game is intelligence.

We need to never ever forget 911! The Japanese beheaded our guys in WW2. They paid dearly in the island campaigns for what the did. The Japanese understood that we were capable of inflicting pain beyond their beliefs--that is the key phrase "beyond their beliefs."
Posted by: The Ol Prof || 09/26/2004 12:59 Comments || Top||

#4  You can add SCIRI to section II. They're just biding their time.

The name of one group does sort of resonate however.... Black Flag..... hmmmmmmm
Posted by: Mercutio || 09/26/2004 18:34 Comments || Top||

Deadly U.S. strikes hit Falluja three times in one day
U.S. aircraft have struck at the rebel Iraqi stronghold of Falluja for a third time in 24 hours, targeting a meeting of suspected militants loyal to Jordanian mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Saturday night's strike was aimed at about 10 militants meeting in the city centre to plan operations, the U.S. military said. Eight people were killed and 17 wounded, Anas Ahmed, a doctor at a nearby hospital, said. It was the third U.S.-described "precision strike" in 24 hours, raising to 15 the number of people killed and the number of wounded to 30, among them women and children, doctors said.

Zarqawi's group, known as Tawhid and Jihad (Monotheism and Holy War), has claimed responsibility for kidnapping and beheading foreigners and for car bombings and other attacks in Iraq over the past year. After the latest attack, doctors would not let a Reuters cameraman film the wounded as reporters have been allowed to do in the aftermath of previous strikes on Falluja. Residents would also not allow reporters near the site of the attack. "Multiple secondary explosions following the strike indicate the site was used by terrorists to store explosives and weapons," a military statement said.

In the past, Falluja residents have said the U.S. military's precision bombing of suspected militants ended up killing innocent women and children. A child was pulled from the rubble of one building after Saturday morning's attack. "Our religion is one of compassion and love," Musharraf Hussain, a member of the delegation from the Muslim Council of Britain, told reporters after arriving in Baghdad on Saturday.
"... and that guy Fred, he's slender and limber, with a full head of hair!"
"We believe in the power of prayer turning people's hearts ... miracles do happen," he said.
I consider it a miracle I can read statements like day day after day without throwing up...
Militants have carried out three audacious raids to seize foreigners in Baghdad this month. Two female Italian aid workers were kidnapped more than two weeks ago, and on Thursday two Egyptian workers were snatched from their office in the capital. Two guerrilla groups have said they killed the Italian women but gave no proof, and Rome said the claims were unreliable. An Islamist website that earlier reported the Italians had been killed said on Saturday Bigley had been too. The British Foreign Office said the claim
lacked credibility. North of Baghdad, the U.S. military arrested a commander of the Iraqi National Guard in Baquba, a hotbed of insurgency. The military said on Sunday Lieutenant-General Talib Al Lahibi was detained on Thursday for associating with known insurgents. Lahibi was a former infantry officer in the Iraqi army and an instructor at the Military College in Baghdad. He was appointed to his position inBaquba last week.
Posted by: Mark Espinola || 09/26/2004 5:32:52 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Militants have carried out three audacious raids to seize foreigners in Baghdad this month.

1 a : intrepidly daring : ADVENTUROUS b : recklessly bold : RASH
2 : contemptuous of law, religion, or decorum : INSOLENT
3 : marked by originality and verve

I doubt they meant definition 2, I suspect 1.

No bias here, folks.
Posted by: Xbalanke || 09/26/2004 12:09 Comments || Top||

#2  I like the new celebration graphic.
Posted by: Classical_Liberal || 09/26/2004 14:14 Comments || Top||

#3  "Knock three times on the ceiling if you want meeeee"

(/Tony Orlando and Dawn)
Posted by: Frank G || 09/26/2004 14:17 Comments || Top||

#4  May a dead fish inhabit your next bridge.
Posted by: Shipman || 09/26/2004 14:32 Comments || Top||

#5  It's your dead skunk in the middle of the road
dead skunk in the middle of the road
dead skunk in the middle of the road
stinking to high heaven

--someone's song
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 09/26/2004 15:04 Comments || Top||

U.S. aircraft have struck at the rebel Iraqi stronghold of Falluja for a third time in 24 hours
It's a start....
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 09/26/2004 15:54 Comments || Top||

Afghanistan/South Asia
Taliban Commander Killed in Afghan Raid
Afghan security forces killed a senior Taliban commander and two of his comrades in a raid in southern Afghanistan, an official said Sunday.Maulvi Abdul Ghaffar, reportedly a former inmate at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, died in a gunbattle Saturday night in Pishi, a village in the southern province of Uruzgan, said Jan Mohammed Khan, governor of Uruzgan.
Hope this news won't piss off the ACLU...
Khan said authorities had received intelligence that Ghaffar was hiding in the village and was planning an attack on the government. Security forces surrounded then raided the house, and three men, including Ghaffar, were killed in gunfire. No one else was hurt.
Too bad. No more recividism for Maulvi...
The governor said Ghaffar had been a senior Taliban commander in northern Afghanistan and was arrested about two months after the U.S.-led coalition drove the militia out of power in late 2001. He spent eight months at the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay before he was returned to Afghanistan. Khan said that after release, Ghaffar was appointed as the leader of Taliban fighters in Uruzgan, a rugged region believed to be a stronghold of the hardline Islamic militia.
Some men you just can't reach.
Posted by: tu3031 || 09/26/2004 9:22:34 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  He spent eight months at the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay before he was returned to Afghanistan. Khan said that after release, Ghaffar was appointed as the leader of Taliban fighters in Uruzgan

I hope the touchy feely mob in the UK are reading this, re: the remaining British detainees.
Posted by: Howard UK || 09/26/2004 9:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Cool, but no cigar. Let's get Mohammed Omar up in the marquee lights people!! Exactly how far underground can one guy be?
Posted by: smn || 09/26/2004 9:43 Comments || Top||

#3  6 feet hopefully burried and dead scaring the 72.
Posted by: Fawad || 09/26/2004 11:03 Comments || Top||

#4  Fred's inner decarator seems to be on the mend.
Posted by: Shipman || 09/26/2004 12:46 Comments || Top||

#5  I like how the two on the left are giving each other "high-fives".
Posted by: Steve White || 09/26/2004 14:26 Comments || Top||

#6  I've been travelling and just hitting RB a little bit. When did the fat lady go away and the 4 virginians show up? Is there a fatwa that I missed somewhere along the line?
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 09/26/2004 14:49 Comments || Top||

#7  Well this puts truth to the lie that the gitmo detanies were not dangerous or terrorists.
Good ridance to his bastage.
I love the dancing rasin girlz.
Did we they sew him up into a dead pig?
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 09/26/2004 16:24 Comments || Top||

Three Britons in Zarqawi's gang
Three British men who travelled to Iraq to fight coalition forces have joined the terrorist group holding the Liverpool engineer Ken Bigley, according to a resistance leader with close links to the organisation. The men were accepted by followers of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the most ruthless terrorist chief in Iraq, on the recommendation of "clerics abroad". The claim, which followed Tony Blair's warning last week that Iraq had become the "crucible of global terrorism", came amid concern among Labour officials that the hostage crisis and the wider conflict could overshadow this week's party conference.

Abu Muawiya, who spent eight months in Zarqawi's Tawhid wal Jihad (TWJ) group, claimed it had attracted fighters from other Arab nations. "Three Muslim British citizens are among a handful of non-Arab foreigners who have joined Zarqawi in his war against the coalition forces," he said. As well as the Britons, a number of Taliban and Chechens were also said to be in the group, which beheaded Bigley's American companions Jack Hensley and Eugene Armstrong last week. A claim attributed to TWJ yesterday saying Bigley had also been executed was dismissed by the Foreign Office because it appeared on a website that was "not credible". But the rumour intensified his family's anguish. "It gave me the shivers," said Paul Bigley, a 54-year-old businessman. "I'm going through purgatory. I wake up every five minutes in the night." He fears the kidnappers may execute his brother during the Labour conference for maximum impact, just as it killed one of the Americans the day President Bush gave a speech to the United Nations.

The Muslim Council of Britain, which sent two envoys to Iraq to press for Bigley's release, said Blair had assured its leaders that incitement to religious hatred would soon be outlawed.
So is Blair allowing the situation to influence British domestic policy rather than foreign policy?
Posted by: Bulldog || 09/26/2004 7:47:01 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Oh Jebus.. the Muslim community will play that for all it's worth. Pork in butcher's shop windows, statues of pigs - we're being persecuted!!
Posted by: Howard UK || 09/26/2004 8:11 Comments || Top||

#2  As for these three.. if found, deal with them appropriately. We still have the death sentence for treason?
Posted by: Howard UK || 09/26/2004 8:31 Comments || Top||

#3  We still have the death sentence for treason?

Nope. Best solution all round would be for the fuckwits to 'attempt escape' when they inevitably try to surrender over in Iraq.

I wonder if they've had any interaction with Bigley. If so, Bigley's surely got zero chance of getting out alive (down slightly from next-to-zero).
Posted by: Bulldog || 09/26/2004 10:48 Comments || Top||

#4  British?

bulldoze their family homes. better yet, kill their family. (oops...did I say that out loud?)

alas, that's simply wishful thinking. the problem is, we bring a knife to a gunfight.
Posted by: PlanetDan || 09/26/2004 13:09 Comments || Top||

#5  PD, at the moment we are bringing a knife to a gunfight. That may not be the case for ever.

As for Blair assuring the Muslims that incitement to religious hatred will soon be outlawed ... well, I just wonder if that is going to be applied to Muslims (Al-Mahajouroun, Al Hamza come to mind) as well as to those suicide-bombing-inciting presbyterians and quakers...

I really like the idea of bull-dozing their houses though, in times gone by we had some special ways of dealing with traitors...
Posted by: Tony (UK) || 09/26/2004 15:43 Comments || Top||

#6  Do you still celebrate Guy Fawkes Day? Have you told the Muslims the story?
Posted by: Fred || 09/26/2004 16:04 Comments || Top||

#7  No death penalty in the U.K. Howard. It's against the E.U. human rights charter.

…incitement to religious hatred would soon be outlawed.
This will only go one way. If you say anything against Muslims or Islam the peelers will be around to see you. If Muslims rail against Christians and Jews nothing will be done.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 09/26/2004 16:14 Comments || Top||

#8  Fred - Guy Fawkes day (Nov 5th) is very well celebrated over here. No, I don't think too many Muslims know the story...

I'm hoping to have a very good Nov 5th this year, as it will be hopefully the 3rd day of Bush's second term. It also coincides with it being a Friday night, so much ale will be consumed. If Kerry wins I'll get pissed 'cos we're all in trouble and I'll be dead worried. If Bush wins I'll get pissed because we'll be able to move into phase II of the WoT - putting the squeeze on the money men - yes SA, I'm looking at you!

Now y'all Americans do the right thing on Super Tuesday y'hear? :) (although I've got enough respect for the Americans on RB to respect any voting decision you make, unlike some countries on the continent I could mention...)

I'll actually be in DC for the first time a week before the election, and will be trying to see some of the monuments (although the schedule for the event is pretty hairy so that might be difficult) and that will be pretty cool. I guess the place is going to be buttoned down tighter than a nuns drawers though - s'ok, we're in a war situation after all (it'll be the first time I've ever had my prints taken BTW...).

SPoD - it would be funny if it weren't so bloody true...
Posted by: Tony (UK) || 09/26/2004 18:56 Comments || Top||

#9  Have a good time Tony! Don't miss the big flag with lots of holes in the Museum of National History. :)
Posted by: Shipman || 09/26/2004 18:59 Comments || Top||

#10  Aw gawd - don't tell me we're responsible for the holes? ;)
Posted by: Tony (UK) || 09/26/2004 19:03 Comments || Top||

#11  Whereabouts are you going to be celebrating Bonfire Night, Tony? Perhaps it's time for a Rantburgers UK convention in, say, London.

The holes? Moths, most probably.
Posted by: Bulldog || 09/26/2004 19:07 Comments || Top||

Syria blast kills Hamas militant
A car bomb in the Syrian capital, Damascus, has killed a senior member of Palestinian militant group Hamas. Izz El-Deen Sheikh Khalil died after the bomb exploded in his car, completely destroying it.

Hamas has accused Israel of the killing and threatened to retaliate with attacks inside Israel. The Israeli authorities had vowed to hit Hamas leaders "wherever they are" after suicide bomb attacks in August in Beersheba left 16 people dead. "We blame Mossad (the Israeli intelligence service) for putting a bomb in his car," Mushir al-Masri, a spokesman for Hamas told the AFP news agency in Gaza City. Israeli officials have not commented on Mr Khalil's death.
Look! Over there! Is that the Cheshire Cat?... No! It's the Mossad!... No! It's just a smile, hanging in the air!
A statement from the Syrian interior ministry said the car had been booby-trapped.
Holmes! How do you do it!
The BBC's Dale Gavlak, in Damascus, says there is tight security around the blast scene as police conduct their investigation. She saw them remove the twisted wreckage of two cars. Witnesses told her they saw Mr Khalil get into his car and answer his mobile phone moments when the vehicle blew up.
"I'm off to the office, honey! [RING!]... Hmmm... Who could that be?... Hello? [KABOOM!]"
Three passers-by were injured.
"Excuse me, kind sir! Could you assist me in removing this bumper from my buttock?"

More, from AP...
Israel claimed responsibility Sunday for a car bombing in Syria that killed a top Hamas leader.
"We dunnit, and we're glad!"
Israeli security sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the car bombing killed Izz Eldine Subhi Sheik Khalil. The death was also reported on a Hamas Web site. Top Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and the army chief, have warned recently that no Hamas leader — even those outside the Palestinian territories — was safe.
Posted by: Howard UK || 09/26/2004 06:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Israeli officials declined comment on possible Israeli involvement. "Some people lead dangerous lives," one of the Israeli officials said.
Posted by: Zarathustra || 09/26/2004 6:49 Comments || Top||

#2  The great Jewish sense of humour comes into play! LOL!
Posted by: Howard UK || 09/26/2004 6:50 Comments || Top||

#3  I just saw a brief clip on CNN showing the wrecked car with civilians and army or police personnel milling around. Also some children. What was interesting about this was the lack of militancy and anger in the crowd. Almost as if the curious were crowding around a minor traffic accident.
This could be due to the time lapse since the bombing, but it probably has more to do with the fact that these incidents are comparatively rare in Syria.
Anyway, it couldn't have been more different from the rampaging Hamas mobs that follow targeted killings in, for example, the Gaza Strip.
Posted by: Bryan || 09/26/2004 7:21 Comments || Top||

#4  And due to the fact that Syrians were not directly targeted. Could Syria be genuine about winding down Palestinian terror operations based in their country?
Posted by: Bryan || 09/26/2004 7:25 Comments || Top||

#5  Could Baby Assad be the perp?
Posted by: Mrs. Davis || 09/26/2004 8:18 Comments || Top||

#6  Mrs D - very astute for a Sunday. Where are the current affairs buffs to provide a decent answer to our ponderings?
Posted by: Howard UK || 09/26/2004 8:35 Comments || Top||

#7  I posted an article from the Tele late yesterday about Baby Assad wanting to get Iran to take the Iraqi nuke scientists in the terrorist protection program off his hands. Seems he's figured out he's now between Iraq and a hard place (Israel).
Posted by: Mrs. Davis || 09/26/2004 8:44 Comments || Top||

#8  Mrs. D It took me a while to work out what you meant by 'perp'. Could be. I was going to carry on, but this is beyond me for a Sunday.... or a Tuesday, for that matter.
Posted by: Bryan || 09/26/2004 9:01 Comments || Top||

#9  This could internal divisions within Hamas itself. Wouldn't be the first time we've seen them kill eachother.
Posted by: Charles || 09/26/2004 9:05 Comments || Top||

#10  This could internal divisions within Hamas itself. Wouldn't be the first time we've seen them kill eachother.
Posted by: Charles || 09/26/2004 9:05 Comments || Top||

#11  I love the sweet aroma of justice; the 'long arm' style, that is, of MOSSAD!!
Posted by: smn || 09/26/2004 9:07 Comments || Top||

#12  Defective wedding present maybe?
Posted by: tu3031 || 09/26/2004 9:08 Comments || Top||

#13  I told 'em that cell phone had been recalled. But did they listen? Noooooo!
Posted by: Fred || 09/26/2004 12:22 Comments || Top||

#14  "What was interesting about this was the lack of militancy and anger in the crowd."


That's because it happened in Syria, where the sheep masses haven't been indoctrinated to rage&seeethe™ on cue for the camera. Give it time. Training classes are being conducted as we speak.
Posted by: PlanetDan || 09/26/2004 13:07 Comments || Top||

#15  "Please hold the line while we disconnect you from your corporeal body. Thank you for calling Mossad, and have a nice afterlife."
Posted by: Zenster || 09/26/2004 13:43 Comments || Top||

#16  nice way to implant a chip - the CDMA chip in what's left of his head
Posted by: Frank G || 09/26/2004 13:54 Comments || Top||

#17  This is good news. Now the big nut to crack will be hizb'allah. They are going to fill in the vacuum that Hamas is making by their slow and steady demise. And Hisb'allah has the full faith and currency of Iran.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 09/26/2004 15:14 Comments || Top||

#18  UPDATE: Reports are that the bomb was placed under the driver's seat, in his own vehicle! Did he leave his door unlocked...or they 'slimJim'it somehow? In any event I'm sure the last thing on his mind was quite frankly...his own ass!
Posted by: smn || 09/26/2004 21:49 Comments || Top||

#19  If you're terrorist it's always wise to let others start your car...
Posted by: True German Ally || 09/26/2004 21:55 Comments || Top||

#20  Could have been a pressure switch with delay, no starting of the car required. In the picture a saw the car was a mess.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 09/26/2004 22:11 Comments || Top||

#21  If not Baby Assad then certainly some connivance from him. It's certainly possible that he's determined that he has more to gain from starting to cooperate with Allawi and the US and Israel than from supporting Hamas or iraqi ba'athists or Zarqawi. The latter bring nothing but continued anarchy, chaos on his borders, and a continued US military presence that could well expand north if he sufficiently provokes us. He may be young but he seems at least somewhat rational in his calculations.
Posted by: lex || 09/26/2004 22:32 Comments || Top||

#22  Asad may be thinking "Hey, all that oil could be moving through here, All I got to do is cooperate a bit. Those Paleo's are nutting but trouble, screw them.'
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 09/26/2004 22:35 Comments || Top||

#23  SPoD on!
Posted by: Memesis || 09/26/2004 22:45 Comments || Top||

Afghanistan/South Asia
3 cops iced by LeJ in Quetta
At least three policemen and a suspected Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militant were killed when unidentified gunmen attacked a senior Pakistani police officer on Saturday, police said.Nisar Kazmi, a deputy superintendent of police, was critically wounded in the attack that also left two other policemen with bullet injuries. City police chief Parvez Rafi Bhatti said the attack appeared "sectarian" in nature because DSP Kazmi had been investigating a number of attacks on Shia Muslims in Quetta.

Police said Kazmi had been active in hunting down Al Qaeda-linked fighters in Balochistan."The gunmen were waiting near his home and opened fire as Kazmi's vehicle passed by, killing three policemen, seriously wounding the officer and also injuring two others," a local police officer said. Kazmi had supervised the investigation that led to the recent arrest of one of the most wanted alleged terrorists, Daud Badini, accused of masterminding the killings of more than 100 Shia Muslims in three attacks in the province since June 2003. Badini last week told a court that he had organised at least three major attacks on Shia Muslims in Quetta.
Kazmi is one of the good guys. Let's hope he survives his injuries.
Police said they later found the body of a suspected assailant who was shot by police during the ambush. Police also found blood on the vehicle the attackers had left behind which indicated one of them might have been injured. "Four assailants were involved in the attack and one of them was shot in the police fire but his accomplices took him away and left his body in a slum area, about half a kilometre from the scene," provincial police chief Chaudhry Yaqoob said. Police also found with the body an AK-47 rifle marked "LJ", which stands for the banned militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi which was involved in numerous sectarian killings over the past decade. LJ is believed linked to the Al Qaeda network. Police said in the last six months it had arrested more than 10 high-level LJ member in Balochistan including Daud Badini. In a separate incident, the security forces arrested Mohammad Sadiq, an LJ activist, in Lahore in connection with an assassination attempt on President Musharraf in December.
Posted by: Dan Darling || 09/26/2004 12:57:34 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

4 al-Qaeda minions captured in Baquba
Four people with alleged links to suspected Al-Qaeda operative Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi were arrested north of Baghdad together with a police officer, the provincial chief said accusing the group of carrying out attacks on police. The men were charged with involvement in a series of attacks on police stations in the town of Baquba in June that killed dozens, said General Walid Abdul Salam. He said a police officer with a rank of major was charged with providing intelligence and tip-offs to the four. Abdul Salam said Friday that four people suspected of involvement in assassinations in Baquba had been arrested. A machine gun, hand grenades, black masks and pro-Al-Qaeda literature was found with the group.
Posted by: Dan Darling || 09/26/2004 12:37:11 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It was just lite reading. Everyone knows that Zarqawi has no connection to AQ.
Posted by: Super Hose || 09/26/2004 1:17 Comments || Top||

16 Zarqawi underlings assume room temperature
U.S. warplanes, tanks and artillery repeatedly hit at Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's terror network in the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah on Saturday, while two British Muslim leaders came to Baghdad to try to convince his followers to release a British hostage. The strikes in Fallujah targeted two buildings where militants were allegedly meeting and a cluster of rebel-built fortifications used to mount attacks on nearby Marine positions, the U.S. military said. Doctors said 16 people were killed and 37 wounded. In other violence, an American soldier was reported killed by a bomb Saturday, and the U.S. military said four Marines died in separate incidents Friday. A statement said the Marines were involved in a security operation in Anbar province, which includes Fallujah, Ramadi and other places that see frequent clashes between U.S. forces and insurgents. No further details were disclosed.

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Posted by: Dan Darling || 09/26/2004 12:27:57 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Good Good, At room temperature with Hard Ons waiting for the 72 Virgins hahaha
Posted by: Fawad || 09/26/2004 0:30 Comments || Top||

#2  16, huh?

It's a start...
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 09/26/2004 0:32 Comments || Top||

#3  As a humanitarian gesture, can we airdrop some Zoloft into the Tawid? They seem to be so suicidal that they are dying in droves.
Posted by: Super Hose || 09/26/2004 1:13 Comments || Top||

#4  allan ahkbar!!
Posted by: anymouse || 09/26/2004 1:25 Comments || Top||

#5  Fred, we need the houris, stat!
Posted by: Seafarious || 09/26/2004 2:47 Comments || Top||

#6  Eventually, the US will have to squeeze off Fallujah just as the Romans did at Masada. Letting the women and children out (in this case) in a short window of reprieve and then tightening the noose! Not even insurgents can 'rule' from the center of a dust circle!
Posted by: smn || 09/26/2004 9:18 Comments || Top||

#7  Thanks Allah for making them room temperature. Would you help us with some more of these boneheads?
Posted by: The Ol Prof || 09/26/2004 9:34 Comments || Top||

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