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Britain
'If kidnappers get in touch, we'll respond' - Blair pledge
TONY Blair, the Prime Minister, said last night the government would "immediately respond" if the kidnappers of British hostage Kenneth Bigley made contact, after a distressing new video showed the 62-year-old captive caged and sobbing inside a wire pen. Downing Street moved quickly to stress that the government's stance on hostage-taking had not changed, and that it would neither negotiate with, nor make deals with the terrorists. Asked by journalists at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton whether the government had any contact with the hostage-takers, Mr Blair said: "We can't make contact with them. They have made no attempt to have any contact with us at all. "Of course if they did make contact it would be something we would immediately respond to," he added.

Mr Bigley was shown sitting in a tiny metal pen, clad in an orange jumpsuit of the type issued to detainees at Guantänamo Bay. Above his head was a banner proclaiming the name of the Tawid and Jihad group, which has been holding him since he was snatched with two Americans on 16 September. His words were barely audible, but the al-Jazeera television network, which aired the video, quoted him accusing Mr Blair of lying and of doing nothing to help. "He doesn't care about me. I am just one, just one person," Mr Bigley said, before breaking down in tears. "Please, please, help me. I'm begging you, I'm begging you to speak, to push," he was heard to say. The TV network said Mr Bigley had also accused the Prime Minister of failing to negotiate his release, and had urged Mr Blair to try to secure the release of Iraqi women prisoners to save his life.

The possibility of negotiation was flatly ruled out by one of the Iraqi interim government's most senior diplomats. Samir Sumaida'ie, the Iraqi ambassador to the United Nations, told The Scotsman: "The policy of the Iraqi government is not to negotiate with terrorists." The release of the video came amid growing speculation that a $1million ransom was paid to secure the release of two Italian hostages.
Posted by: Mark Espinola || 09/30/2004 3:55:23 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Blair's having routine heart surgery tomorrow. Nothing too risky. He's also confirmed that he intends (if elected) to see out another full term in office. Maybe Brown will need his heart checked out after hearing that...
Posted by: Bulldog || 09/30/2004 17:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Dr. Germ and her sister in atrocity ain't goin' no-where, pal, except maybe the morgue.
Posted by: mojo || 09/30/2004 17:39 Comments || Top||

#3  Am I the only one who finds this man's tears and begging less than attractive?

Is it not a wee bit disturbing that the Iraqi government is showing more fortitude and a stiffer upper lip than the British captive and the willing tools in the British media?
Posted by: lex || 09/30/2004 20:16 Comments || Top||


Britain Won't Negotiate With Kidnappers
Posted by: Fred || 09/30/2004 10:17:13 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:

#1  thus assuring fewer British hostages. It's really not that hard to figure out - now is it?
Posted by: 2b || 09/30/2004 11:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Not sure on that...as long as Britain is part of the coalition (and they will remain so)their heads will be on the line, so to speak. So look for more in the future.

The only reason they haven't killed the fellow is that it's putting Blair under a lot of pressure.

The Americans will be killed outright because the terrorists know we're not leaving, until the job's done.
Posted by: Anonymous6700 || 09/30/2004 11:53 Comments || Top||


British Airways Flight Diverted by Threat
A British Airways passenger plane, escorted by two Dutch F-16 jet fighters, made an unscheduled landing at Schiphol International Airport Thursday, officials said. "BA983 from Berlin to London Heathrow was diverted to Amsterdam as a precaution because of security reasons," a BA spokeswoman in London said. "There was a specific threat to the aircraft but we're not releasing details," she added. "The aircraft landed at 13:56 local time and the passengers have disembarked. The passengers have been taken to a part of the airport where they will undergo security screening." The plane landed safely, and all passengers were taken off the aircraft, Dutch military police spokesman Rob Stenakker said.
This seems to be the terrs' trick of the week.
Posted by: Fred || 09/30/2004 10:01:24 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:

#1  testing the response system?
Posted by: 2b || 09/30/2004 10:08 Comments || Top||

#2  false alarms will eventually tire everyone out and allow a real boomer to get on. All it takes is a phone call to F*&k up a flight
Posted by: Frank G || 09/30/2004 10:20 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Passengers in Russian airports to be searched
MOSCOW. Sept 30th. 2004 (Interfax) - Russian aviation authorities have decided to tighten security in airports as of October 1, 2004, an official in the Federal Transport Supervision Service told Interfax on Thursday. "

From October 1st, passengers will take off their coats, belts and footwear. These articles will be screened with electronic devices and the passengers will be searched," he said.

All passes allowing their bearers to drive or walk into controlled areas of airports will be annulled if these people are not involved in flight operations, the official said. Checkpoints that lack the required search tools will be closed, he said.

Similar arrangements will be made on other types of transport, the official said.

A draft federal bill on transport security will be submitted to the State Duma in November 2004, the official said.
Posted by: Mark Espinola || 09/30/2004 9:04:56 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So what the hell have they been doing before Oct. 1? No wonder they have had trouble, with light screenings and bribes, the boomer babes did everything but waltz in.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 09/30/2004 22:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Good point
Posted by: Mark Espinola || 09/30/2004 23:23 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
Terror alert in South Korea
American installations in South Korea went on a high state of alert last week after intelligence was received that a terrorist attack might be planned in retaliation for the dispatch of Korean troops to Iraq. A South Korean official said that in recent weeks very specific intelligence had been received from the United States, Australia and Indonesia warning of possible attacks against American and South Korea targets. The U.S. Embassy in Seoul warned U.S. citizens of the increased threat of "suicide operations, bombings, or kidnappings," with the strongest language used in an advisory since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. "It seemed like a prudent thing to do since Korea had just deployed its troops," said a U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, about the citizen advisory.

Islamic terrorism is novel for South Korea, where the security apparatus is designed around the threat posed by communist North Korea. But deployment of 2,800 South Korean soldiers to Iraq — the largest deployment of foreign troops in the country after U.S. and British forces — has brought the distant war in the Middle East closer to home. "There is a sense that this type of terrorist activity is moving from the Middle East to the U.S. and Europe and into Asia. Korea will not be an exception, given our close relationship with the United States and the size of the troops dispatch to Iraq," said Hahm Seung Hee, a former South Korean legislator who this year spearheaded a National Assembly investigation into suspected activity by Al Qaeda sympathizers in South Korea.
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Posted by: Dan Darling || 09/30/2004 7:46:14 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That's smart. Really piss the ROK's off. Yeah, that's the ticket...
Posted by: Chuck Simmins || 09/30/2004 20:34 Comments || Top||


Europe
Suspect in Madrid Train Bombing Was Bankrolled by Saudi Cleric
A Saudi cleric funneled money to an Egyptian described as one of the masterminds of the Madrid train bombings in March, Spanish and Italian newspapers reported Thursday.
Boy, I'm shocked
The Egyptian suspect Rabei Osman Ahmed, arrested in Milan, Italy, in June on a request from Spanish authorities, identified Sheikh Salman al-Awdah, a former university professor in Saudi Arabia, as his financier while he was living in Spain between 2001 and 2003, Spain's El Mundo and Italy's Corriere della Sera said in a joint report.

In a wiretapped conversation before his arrest, Osman Ahmed reportedly said: "The Madrid attack is my project." Spanish authorities have never specified what Osman Ahmed's precise role in the Madrid train bombings was believed to be. But they say he was close to a Tunisian named Serhane Ben Abdelmajid Fakhet - the alleged ideologue of the bombing cell. Fakhet was among seven suspects who blew themselves up April 3 as police moved in to arrest them.

The newspaper reports Thursday also quoted wiretapped conversations by Osman Ahmed in May while his Milan apartment was bugged by Italian anti-terrorism police. He once described al-Awdah as "everything, everything," the report said. "I worked for him in Spain. I did really well in that period, in which I earned 2,000 euros ($2,400) a month. There were days I earned 1,000 euros ($1,200)," the papers quoted Osman Ahmed as saying in a May 26 conversation with a young man he allegedly was recruiting for suicide attacks in Iraq or Afghanistan.

On Wednesday, al-Awdah spoke on Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya television and insisted he did not encourage or call for violence by Muslims. Attempts to reach al-Awdah in Saudi Arabia were unsuccessful. Spanish police declined to comment on the newspaper reports, and Italian authorities were not available.
The reports did not specify whether the money al-Awdah sent to the Egyptian was for financing the Madrid train bombings or simply to cover Osman Ahmed's living expenses.
Which include high explosives, it's in the book.
The reports describe al-Awdah as a friend of Osama bin Laden, who also is Saudi-born. Al-Awdah was jailed during the Gulf War for inciting people against the presence of U.S. forces in the region. He spent five years in jail. Bin Laden praised him and another cleric in videotapes made a few years ago, thanking them for their support and for "enlightening" Muslim youths. But in June, al-Awdah was among six clerics signing a statement condemning attacks on Westerners in Saudi Arabia.
Oh sure, he's against killing them in Saudi, overseas is perfectly OK.
In July, an Italian court approved Spain's request for Osman Ahmed's extradition. But his lawyer appealed this month, saying the Egyptian already was under investigation in Italy and another court has to rule on whether the wiretaps can be used as evidence. No date has been set for a decision.
Posted by: Steve || 09/30/2004 1:07:26 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  sounds like a walking dead man. Cure that walking thing, now!
Posted by: Frank G || 09/30/2004 13:24 Comments || Top||

#2  "Bankrolled by Saudi Cleric"

Murder and maim.... Truly a mission from God!
Posted by: BigEd || 09/30/2004 13:25 Comments || Top||

#3  I'm so shocked! Who would have thought the Saudis would be involved in exporting mass murder?

(Other than everybody with 2 working brain cells.)
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 09/30/2004 13:30 Comments || Top||

#4  "In July, an Italian court approved Spain's request for Osman Ahmed's extradition."

After they fled Iraq I'm surprised the Spanish have the balls left to do ANYTHING to upset terrorists. Maybe there's still hope for them.
Posted by: Theelt Shult6855 || 09/30/2004 14:53 Comments || Top||

#5  if we had fuel cells - these people wouldn't tax our brain cells - they'd be finished...done..back to eating sand. Time to ramp up the alternative fuel programs. This war will continue until these idle rich are forced to occupy themselves with a real job.
Posted by: 2b || 09/30/2004 15:00 Comments || Top||

#6  #4 This Theelt Shult6855 is me. The comment box wont remember me so I have to keep typing in my name. I hope TS and other names that keep popping up in the slot aren't some kind of bug.
Posted by: Bryan || 09/30/2004 15:00 Comments || Top||

#7  Sounds like your machine's not remembering cookies...
Posted by: Fred || 09/30/2004 15:28 Comments || Top||

#8  sounds like a walking dead man. Cure that walking thing, now!

Yup, Frank. Gotta snuff this sick puppy right away. Shoot him (as it were) to the top of the wetworks list.

Sounds like your machine's not remembering cookies...

I think the bug may be at your end of things, Fred.

Just now my machine was cookied with "Throons Ebboose7966" when it usually is given a consistent Anonymous number. Your backup website was remembering my "Zenster" cookie just fine the other day, so I am led to think that there's an unexpected "feature" operating at your main site.
Posted by: Zenster || 09/30/2004 16:47 Comments || Top||

#9  With names like Throons Ebboose I may just dive into the name pool.
Posted by: Shipman || 09/30/2004 18:57 Comments || Top||

#10  Fred - Thanks - it seems to sometimes remember cookies and sometimes not, or maybe it depends on the site.
Posted by: Bryan || 09/30/2004 23:10 Comments || Top||


Ex-Gitmo Detainee Vows to Fight Russia
So what's Human Rights Watch's take on this?
A Danish man who was released from U.S. military detention in Guantanamo Bay told a television interviewer he plans to travel to Chechnya and join Islamic militants fighting Russian forces. In a live interview with the DR-1 television channel Wednesday night, Slimane Hadj Abderrahmane said he planned to go into hiding and then "try to find a way to Chechnya."
Here's a ticket to Moscow. A party will meet you at the gate and direct things from there.
Not that the Chechen thugs are connected to international terrorism, mind you...
As a condition of his release from Guantanamo in February, Abderrahmane pledged to refrain from warfare. Of the pledge, he said, "They can use it as toilet paper over there in the United States."
"My word? My word counts for nothing! They're infidels and I ain't! And you're infidels, too!"
Abderrahmane was not charged upon his return to Denmark. He was widely criticized earlier this week when he told Danish media that Denmark's prime minister and the nation's troops in Iraq were legitimate targets for terrorists. Although lawmakers criticized the remarks as out of bounds and said they amounted to incitement to violence, they did not violate any Danish laws.
They come somewhere between "free speech" and "stupidity."
"I am going to Chechnya and fight for the Muslims," the 31-year-old Dane said during an interview on the daily news show, Nyhedsmagasinet. "The Muslims are oppressed in Chechnya and the Russians are carrying out terror against them."
"Like when the Russers occupied that school and killed all them kids..."
His lawyer, Tyge Trier, could not immediately be reached for comment.
"Tyge! Telephone!"
"Not now! I'm taking the gaspipe!"
Abderrahmane, whose mother is Danish and father Algerian, has claimed he was in a training campaign to join Islamic fighters in Chechnya when he was arrested in Pakistan and transferred to Guantanamo in February 2002. Danish Justice Minister Lene Espersen said Abderrahmane's comments represented "a new situation that the law enforcement authorities must reconsider." Pia Kjaersgaard, the leader of the Danish People's Party, said Abderrahmane's behavior was "completely grotesque" and urged the government to hand him over to the U.S. authorities.
Don't look at us. You're the ones who whined and made a nuisance of yourselves until we gave him back to you. Now deal with him.
Another lawmaker, Elisabeth Arnold of the centrist Radical Party, said he represented "a risk."
... which is why he was in Gitmo in the first place. Dumbass.
In previous interviews, Abderrahmane has said Danish authorities seized his passport after he returned to Denmark in February. He has also said he cannot leave the country without the permission of the Danish Intelligence Security Service.
Posted by: Fred || 09/30/2004 10:10:26 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "They can use it as toilet paper over there in the United States."

Thanks, Silmane. But most of us here already knew that.
P.S.: Don't be surprised if you don't live long enough to go to Chechnya. The Russians are a bit touchy about that these days.
Posted by: tu3031 || 09/30/2004 10:24 Comments || Top||

#2  These are the people (a term I use loosely) that the Danes and Euros want released into their society? And I thought the Danes were one of the more sensible on that delusional continent. Oh well, maybe Abderrahmane can slit a few Danish throats before hitching a ride to Chechnya.
Posted by: ed || 09/30/2004 10:26 Comments || Top||

#3  I read this early this am (PST) and just said "what a tool. Denmark will let him disappear. Another useless socalist nation where baby killers are welcomed,supported and protected by the government at the taxpayers expense.
If they were going to do anything they already would have. I am surprized he was allowed to travel to the UK. But he is half "north african" so he got special despensation and some pocket money on his arivial I bet.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 09/30/2004 10:31 Comments || Top||

#4  Denmark is part of the coalition of the willing and is providing troops in Iraq.

While I was against releasing Gitmo prisoners I may change my mind. Recent reports of ex-Gitmo prisoners rejoining terror groups and public statements by this Danish Muslim go a long way to refute accusations against Gitmo.

Is there a web site with a list of the Gitmo prisoners and what they do after release? A link to such a site would be an effective counter to complaints about illegal detention.
Posted by: Anonymous5032 || 09/30/2004 11:12 Comments || Top||

#5  Don't look at us. You're the ones who whined and made a nuisance of yourselves until we gave him back to you. Now deal with him.

ROFL!
Posted by: 2b || 09/30/2004 11:58 Comments || Top||

#6  Tick, tick, tick . . . the Viking clock is ticking. Only a matter of time before their fantasy-based socialist experiments give way to certain ancestral predispositions.

Agree with the outrage expressed by SPOD, but also agree with Anon5032, and 2b.
Posted by: ex-lib || 09/30/2004 12:04 Comments || Top||

#7  A5032:

"Recent reports of ex-Gitmo prisoners rejoining terror groups and public statements by this Danish Muslim go a long way to refute accusations against Gitmo"

Yeah, I was also wondering if this is part of the strategy. Sort of like inoculation against the ridiculous charges by HWR, AI, and the rest of the usual suspects.
Posted by: Carl in N.H. || 09/30/2004 12:08 Comments || Top||

#8  well, since we can't kill them in Gitmo, it makes sense to release them like this, so they can die as "battlefield combatants".
Posted by: 2b || 09/30/2004 12:12 Comments || Top||

#9  why do they want too hand him over to the U.S.?
I thought all these europeans could handle situations and ppl like this better than we could. The whole lot of them are a bunch of dumbshits
Posted by: smokeysinse || 09/30/2004 12:20 Comments || Top||

#10  When we repatriate these nutcases from Gitmo, they should get tailed and wind up with some accident in a foreign country. Let the LLL fixate on Gitmo. These guys are obviously incorrigible, so they need to be confined or killed. They cannot allowed to be recycled to kill our soldiers or those of our allies, in this case, the Russians. This guy has to be a major runner-up in the DumbS**t awards to go on television and spout his spittle.

Taking these guys out is a nasty business, but it is necessary in war.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 09/30/2004 14:56 Comments || Top||

#11  One of our better commenters once said that this releasing of terrorists is like a fish and wildlife catch and release program.

Allow me to amplify.

I suggest that releasing terrorists is a way of addressing the horrors of Abu Ghraib. We will not abuse this guy and I seriously doubt the Russkies will either. This wanker won't survive capture if he is lucky and if he isn't the Russian FSB will make Gitmo look like a vacation in Cozmel; make him long for the good old days in Sunny Coobuh.
Posted by: badanov || 09/30/2004 15:32 Comments || Top||

#12  Be a real shame if this little prick had himself a fatal accident, huh? Fell over in the tub or something, very sad...
Posted by: mojo || 09/30/2004 16:44 Comments || Top||

#13  Would, with rectal probe GPS implants, it be useful to provide Vlad with the frequency this bird is broadcasting at, or, is that technology classified, or am I just blowing smoke.
Posted by: BigEd || 09/30/2004 17:28 Comments || Top||

#14  Let them leave in a pine box at room temperature. Any other way will eventually come back to bite us in the ass a second time, and shit like this only proves it's too much of a fucking 'sensitive war' if you ask me.

I'll donate my table saw if I had a shipping address.
Posted by: Raj || 09/30/2004 20:06 Comments || Top||


Home Front: WoT
Tighter US entry checks begin
01 October 2004

NEW YORK: Visitors from Europe and elsewhere who don't need visas for short trips to the United States have been fingerprinted and photographed on arrival at US airports as part of an expanded effort to secure American borders.

Travellers arriving from 27 "visa waiver" nations overnight had to undergo two digital index-finger scans and have their photographs taken before clearing immigration portals.

The new procedures apply to nearly two dozen European countries such as Britain, France and Germany as well as Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and Brunei. It extends a programme started in January that requires people arriving in the United States with visas to have their pictures and fingerprints taken.

Canadians and some Mexicans are exempt as are people under age 14 and over 79. The Mexicans who are exempt are those who visit the United States frequently, have been issued Border Crossing Cards and are staying for a short period within "a border zone.'

US officials said the extra safeguards would take about 15 seconds per person and could help prevent another attack like that on September 11, 2001, by giving law enforcement officials a more complete record of who is in the country.

Most people said they were comfortable with the heightened security.

"It went fast," said Gael Colloc'h, a Frenchman arriving from Paris at New York's John F Kennedy International Airport. "It's normal to have control when you come into a country."

With relations strained between Paris and Washington over the war in Iraq, he suggested Americans going to France should be subjected to the same requirements.

Caren Flavin, a British arrival at JFK, said, "I think the UK and everybody should have the same system, because you don't know who is going to be on the flight."

"It is going smoothly. There are no problems," said Department of Homeland Security spokesman Garrison Courtney.

"The United States wants to remain an open country to visitors and tourists, but after 9/11 we understood that there needed to be a better system to ensure people are complying with the visa laws," he said from Washington, adding the new procedure would help achieve that goal.

TIGHTER SECURITY

After the September 11, 2001, hijacked plane attacks on New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, when almost 3,000 people were killed, US officials ratcheted up security at airports and ports, causing longer lines and delays for many Travellers.

The new policy — at airports and seaports and at 50 busy US land crossings by year end — extends a programme begun on January 5 that requires everyone travelling on a visa, except diplomats, be fingerprinted and photographed on arrival.

The expanded US-VISIT Program will affect about 13 million visitors annually from the 27 nations. Visas are required for visitors from many other countries and for those on extended stays for work or school.

When the United States began the programme, it sparked irritation from Brazil, which in February began subjecting Americans travelling to the Latin American nation to the same procedure.

The 25-nation European Union has pledged it will introduce biometrics into visitors' visas and EU passports.

US Attorney General John Ashcroft said in the Netherlands after meeting with EU ministers at a resort near The Hague, that the United States had no interest in deterring Travellers.

"The United States cares very deeply about the way it is viewed by the people of Europe," Ashcroft told reporters.

"It is not a new idea. The idea of biometric identifiers is being embraced worldwide as a way of providing integrity to travel documents," he added.

Since the US-VISIT programme began in January, 8.5 million foreigners have been processed, helping officials check them against lists of wanted criminals and suspected terrorists.

About 280 people have been stopped because of the checks for suspected criminal or immigration violations. The programme has not yielded any terrorist suspects, US officials said.

The 27 countries affected are Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Britain, Brunei, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.


Posted by: Mark Espinola || 09/30/2004 9:19:47 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:


San Diego school crisis plan is found on disk in Iraq
WTF? Not sure what to make of this.....EFL
A man arrested by U.S. authorities in Iraq had a computer disk in his possession containing a public report downloaded from a U.S. Department of Education Web site on crisis planning in school districts, including San Diego Unified. The man was described as an Iraqi national with connections to terrorism and the insurgency that is fighting U.S. forces in Iraq. Officials in San Diego said the man's intentions were unknown. San Diego law enforcement officials said there was no indication of any terrorist plot against schools in San Diego or elsewhere in the country.
The Russers probably would have said that, too, before Beslan...
They did not publicly release the information because there appeared to be no threat. The information was relayed to the San Diego FBI office last week and then to the school district Friday. "The children are absolutely safe," said San Diego Police Chief Bill Lansdowne. "If there was a threat, we, the San Diego Police Department, would be first to notify (parents). This is not a threat," he continued in the interview conducted in the Dunkin Donuts shop on Main Street .
Nothing to see here. Go about your business
The disk contained a document entitled "Practical Information on Crisis Planning, A Guide for Schools and Communities." The 50-plus page document, published in May 2003 by the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, is available to the public on the U.S. Department of Education's Web site, said San Diego District spokeswoman Peri Lynn Turnbull. FBI officials visited the office of district Superintendent Alan Bersin Friday to inform him, Turnbull said. Because there was no indication that terrorists were targeting any schools, in San Diego or elsewhere, the district informed the school police department, but decided not to notify schools and parents. "We certainly did not want to create any unnecessary panic in our community," Turnbull said. The FBI said because there was no specific threat, that was the appropriate response. "The superintendent was alerted by the FBI that there were no direct threats to the district or any San Diego school and that by our maintaining our same level of care and concern that our schools would be safe," Turnbull said.

Dan Dzwilewski, head of the FBI office in San Diego, said there is no reason for alarm. "We don't know the intention of the person that had this material," Dzwilewski said. "But the disk contained absolutely no threat information. It's only out of an abundance of caution — because it was discovered in Iraq — that we shared this with another public agency."
Posted by: Frank G || 09/30/2004 10:16:20 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  If they expect a school massacre like they had in Russia they're picking the wrong city. In Russia it took time for the special troops to arrive. In San Diego we have a major naval base, two marine bases, and if there are no SWAT units (probably is, but I don't know) I can guarantee there are some in nearby LA (I saw it in a movie).

You'd have a whole lot of shit falling on you very fast if you pulled something in Southern California. Its also unlikely you'd get enough jihadists in, and have the cooperation of local corrupt authorities.

If they were thinking of something in San Diego it would have to be a very different plan.

And that's not even mentioning what the site of dead American schoolkids would do to American willingness to let our marines go berserk on Fallujia.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 09/30/2004 11:14 Comments || Top||

#2  We don’t know the intention of the person that had this material," Dzwilewski said. "But the disk contained absolutely no threat information. It’s only out of an abundance of caution – because it was discovered in Iraq – that we shared this with another public agency."

Oceana is not a war with Eurasia.
Oceana has never been at war with Eurasia.
Nothing to see here... Oh heck, yall know the rest. What bothers me is the assumption that if we get a realistic picture of the enemys intentions there will be a krystalnacht directed at the death cultists aztecs mohammedns. Sorry folx, that particular nightmare just wont happen without actual provocation.
Posted by: N Guard || 09/30/2004 11:20 Comments || Top||

#3  "The man was described as an Iraqi national with connections to terrorism and the insurgency that is fighting U.S. forces in Iraq."

Is that all? Sheesh! What's all the worry?

"Officials in San Diego said the man’s intentions were unknown ."

Maybe he just likes studying school district safety plans, for fun and personal enjoyment. Some people do, you know.

"San Diego law enforcement officials said there was no indication of any terrorist plot against schools in San Diego or elsewhere in the country. "

Since terrorist plots are clandestine, that would make sense. "Indications" of the same would be pretty much non-existant, right?

Good thing they found that. No doubt the Terror-Facists are looking over US school safety protocols so they can plan something bad. Something really bad.

It's clear the Terror-Facists want to provoke war. But why?

Anway, sure glad George W. Bush is president, and that the governor of California is Arnold Swarzenager instead of the dimwit Dems.


Posted by: ex-lib || 09/30/2004 11:40 Comments || Top||

#4  This probably has little to do with San Diego schools. The terrorist probably used Google to search for information on school security plans and the online info for San Diego schools best met his needs.
Posted by: Anonymous5032 || 09/30/2004 11:49 Comments || Top||

#5  You know, I was just about to make a joke about how they better plan for the students who carry guns to school...and then I remembered about the comments how they are working in conjunction with the gangs from El Salvador. eek, that's a bit frightening.

What a incredibly stupid comment from the police chief.
Posted by: 2b || 09/30/2004 11:55 Comments || Top||

#6  Comment #4 is probably close to the mark. The terrorist outfit is gathering data for planning for future ops. Remember that the Beslan school takeover had insiders storing materiel and weapons in the school in summer, with front people being school workers. The American public needs to know that little finds like this in Iraq can avert tragedies at US schools. This is WAR. Thanks for finding the article, Frank.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 09/30/2004 12:05 Comments || Top||

#7  might want to take a look at the construction workers doing renovations in our schools. AQ is not very creative in using new ideas.
Posted by: 2b || 09/30/2004 12:06 Comments || Top||

#8  AQ, other terrorist groups and the criminal element have conducted "data mining" using the computer since the internet came on-line.

Want to find out about the security status/capability of DoD forces, HLS or other gov't security agency...just access the GAO reports.

We put more info on line that any other country. Part of being an informed public that thursts for knowledge.

Then again...you can drown in a tea cup of water.
Posted by: Anonymous6700 || 09/30/2004 12:13 Comments || Top||

#9  It wouldn't surprise me. I remember seeing something back in early '02 about finding draft plans at an al-Qaeda training camp for attacking all of the school buses in a small- to medium-sized American town. I went Googling for it this morning, but all I could find was this indirect reference, which appears to have come out of some security consultant's press release, and some "warnings" on Steve Quayle's whack-job "intelligence" site. Anyone have a better link (or a better memory) than me?
Posted by: Mike || 09/30/2004 12:38 Comments || Top||

#10  Az.schools have an armed deputy shiereff on duty at all campuses state wide.Might be a surprise for an asshat.Also most everyone I know has a weapon.Also Gila county SO has a very well trained/equipted SWAT team.
Posted by: Raptor || 09/30/2004 12:46 Comments || Top||

#11  The San Diego Police do indeed have a Special Weapons And Tactics team. And so do the Sheriff's Department as do nearly every other city and suburb in San Diego County. There would be a tremendous amount of highly trained law enforcement on the scene long before the military was called in. And if the military was called in, don’t forget that in addition to the Marine and Naval bases, this is where the SEALS and SWCC train and where the Naval Special Warfare Command is, etc., etc.
Posted by: Tobacconist || 09/30/2004 12:50 Comments || Top||

#12  SD has very good SWAT for the SDPD and Sheriff's office. Also, armed police have been stationed on each campus every school day since the Santana High (my daughter was almost shot in that)
shooting. No match though for a coordinated attack by multiple attackers. I agree with those above that it was probably DL'd as an example to reference, but they are plotting and probing
Posted by: Frank G || 09/30/2004 12:53 Comments || Top||

#13  Post Columbine...LE departments developed tactics against an "active shooter". In some jurisdictions they supply either a school resource officer (some armed/some not), deputy sheriff/PD.

Still, it's difficult to get them to shoot. The response remains: call in for back-up.

SWAT, at least in larger cities, can take as long as 90 min to arrive. Few SWAT travel with their gear, most meet at a single location, suit up and then make their way to the incident.

By that time, in an active shooter scenario, if the mission is to kill folks, the terrorist will keep killing until they run out of bullets or bombs.

A tough situation.

In the Russian school action, the terrorists knew that they would be killed once the decision was made to move.

In the U.S. we've yet to be tested on that matter. Hopefully we won't.
Posted by: Anonymous6700 || 09/30/2004 13:01 Comments || Top||

#14  I dont think Al-Q would have any problems driving a bunch of terrorist and a truckload of weapons and explosives across the Mexican border to San Diego - particulary if they are willing to shoot to kill any border patrol officer who approaches them. And isn't San Diego a 'illegal alien' sainctuary where they law enforcement can't even ask for citizenship?

And, how would SWAT or law enforcement handle the taking of hostages and wiring the school with explosives? This isn't exactly like colombine where you have an active shooter but a hostage situation where they are willing to use the hostages as human shields for windows.

That said this sounds like it was 'general' information and not specific plans, school layouts, etc...
Posted by: CrazyFool || 09/30/2004 13:15 Comments || Top||

#15  There's several sites that will diagram exactly how LE will respond to an incident at a school. or municipal building. Not hard to find.

San Diego would be an appropriate target in that it's close to the border...there's water access. The schools tend to be layed out ranch style, rather than multi story, open spaces for observation/fields of fire. Good choice.
Posted by: Anonymous6700 || 09/30/2004 13:22 Comments || Top||

#16  There's also the issue of whether normal SWAT tactics are inadequate to a Beslan-type situation. We had an article by a former SEAL on this point here at the 'Burg a few weeks back.
Posted by: Mike || 09/30/2004 14:12 Comments || Top||

#17  Personally, I think this ties in nicely with the recent reports of AQ working with US gangs.

Cross the border, get these gang members enrolled in a school - combine that with some reconstruction projects and you have yourself a ghoulish display worthy of prime time on Muslim TV.

If it turns out that any of these gang members enrolled in schools - I'd consider this option a distinct possiblity.
Posted by: 2b || 09/30/2004 16:00 Comments || Top||

#18  Here is the way I see it - Where are elections held? Schools in most cases. What better way to shock and terrorize us... bomb or take over schools (with kids in there) the day BEFORE the election. Think about it. We need to secure the schools BEFORE election day!
Posted by: Theelt Sheelt9187 || 10/01/2004 12:43 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Pakistani Authorities Arrest Libyan
By RIAZ KHAN
Associated Press Writer

September 30th, 2004


PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Pakistani intelligence agents arrested a Libyan on suspicion of having links to al-Qaida after raiding a home on the outskirts of this northwestern city Thursday, security officials said.

The suspect identified himself as Ahmed Abdullah during initial interrogation after his arrest in the area of Matanni near Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan's deeply conservative North West Frontier Province, said an official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

It was unclear what prompted the authorities to conduct the raid, and Interior Minister Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao refused to confirm it.

However, another security official in the capital, Islamabad, confirmed the arrest. The official spoke on condition of anonymity.

It was unclear what link Abdullah was believed to have with al-Qaida.

Pakistan is a key ally of the United States in its war on terror and says it has arrested scores of terror suspects in recent months.

On Thursday, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said Pakistan's fight against terrorism was "very noteworthy, very noble."

Armitage said he has held discussions recently with Pakistani officials, including President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, about Osama bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahri.

"Whatever the level, the rank of the terrorists, they have to be rooted out," Armitage told Geo television.

On Wednesday, Sherpao told the Cabinet that security agencies had "broken the back" of al-Qaida's network in the country by killing a key Pakistani operative, Amjad Hussain Farooqi, during a weekend raid in a southern town.

Officials have implicated Farooqi in many terrorist attacks in Pakistan, including the 2002 kidnapping and beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl and two failed assassination attempts on President Gen. Pervez Musharraf in December 2003 that left 17 people dead.

Since Farooqi's killing, authorities have rounded up at least 11 other suspects, all Pakistanis, although it is unclear whether they are linked to any attacks.

Authorities say they are still hunting for a top Libyan al-Qaida operative, Abu Faraj, said to have plotted at least one of the attacks against Musharraf with Farooqi.

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Iraq
Al Qaeda Ally Claims Latest Iraqi Bombings
30 September 2004

A statement apparently from the Tawhid and Jihad group of the al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi says it was behind three suicide attacks on a US military convoy in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

More than 45 people died, included 34 children, and 140 others were wounded.

The bombs went off as people gathered for the opening of a water treatment plant, though its not clear whether the US convoy or the crowds was the target.

The group also claimed responsibility for an earlier attack in Abu Ghraib, west of Baghdad, which killed two Iraqi police and a US soldier and wounded 60 women and children.


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Southeast Asia
Experts sez JI leaders trained at MILF camps
Top leaders of an al-Qaida-linked group accused in Asia's worst terror attacks once taught or were trained at secret Philippine camps - which are still active despite government claims they've been dismantled - a U.S. security analyst said Thursday.

The camps still produce would-be attackers, allowing Jemaah Islamiyah to survive arrests and crackdowns, said American terror expert Prof. Zachary Abuza, director of Asian Studies at Simmons College in Boston, Mass.

Most of the camps are in remote southern strongholds of the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which has repeatedly denied any Jemaah Islamiyah links and pledged to help authorities hunt down foreign terrorists, according to Abuza. The Philippines government acknowledges that suspected foreign militants used to train in southern camps, but maintains that troops have dismantled them. "There, unfortunately, have been people who'd come out of these camps who have been involved in either attacks or in key leadership position in the JI organization," Abuza told Associated Press Television News. "They need these training camps," he said. "JI simply cannot continue to sustain the organization without their members getting such training" in Islamic indoctrination, intelligence-gathering, military skills and bomb making.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Dan Darling || 09/30/2004 11:26:38 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:

#1  separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which has repeatedly denied any Jemaah Islamiyah links and pledged to help authorities hunt down foreign terrorists

I guess if they actually use the word "terrorist", then they must be referring to Israel and the US and it's allies like Australia.

MILF spokesman Eid Kabalu said Bashir and other foreign Islamic preachers may have visited the frontÂ’s main camp in the past as friends of the rebel groupÂ’s late chairman, Salamat Hashim, who wanted to show off a model Muslim community free of crime and vice. "They may have been here as peaceful guests, not as terrorists," Kabalu said.

haahhhaaaaa..wipe tears from eyes.. I think Scrappleface inserted that part as joke.
Posted by: 2b || 09/30/2004 15:12 Comments || Top||


Thai police charge document forger
Thai police said on Thursday they have charged Bangladeshi Mohammed Ali Hussen with supplying fake passports to major international criminals. They first said in a statement Hussen's network had supplied Hambali, the suspected Jemaah Islamiah mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings who was arrested in Thailand last year, with a fake passport.
Just as a technical note, I'd call them "terrorists," rather than "criminals."
But police later retracted the statement and said Hussen supplied fake documents to "transnational criminals".
Oh. Well. That's different.
"Transnational crime under the United Nations definition has about 10 categories, which include arms smuggling, terrorism and money laundering," Lieutenant General Chanvut Vatcharapuk told a news conference. "His network is very big in Thailand," Chanvut said of Hussen, 44, who was arrested on Wednesay in Bangkok with a Myanmar passport and faced a three-year jail if found guilty. Chanvut said Hussen, who told reporters he was a victim of mistaken identity, had supplied fake passports of Western countries to all sorts of international criminals, including human and drug traffickers, arms dealers and militants.
"Hey! It wudn't me! An' I can prove it! See? Here's my passport!"
"Say-y-y-y, that's a beauty! Look at the intricate detail on the seal, Legume. Notice the watermark, and look at the quality of the chops on these visas. Very nice work, Hussen, very nice."
"Thank you, Inspector. Can I go now?"
Posted by: Dan Darling || 09/30/2004 11:21:40 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Document Forger...

Is Mary Mapes investigating this for CBS???
Posted by: BigEd || 09/30/2004 13:05 Comments || Top||

#2  Curly voice: "I'm a victim of soicumstance!"
Posted by: mojo || 09/30/2004 20:21 Comments || Top||


Indonesia Troops Kill 15 Suspected Rebels
Indonesian troops killed 15 suspected rebels in the restive Aceh province, officials said Thursday, in violence that underscores the challenges facing the country's incoming president.
I thought they just did that a couple days ago?
The guerillas were killed in separate clashes across the province on Tuesday, military spokesman Lt. Col. Asep Sapari said. Troops seized dozens of rounds of ammunition and several homemade weapons, he added. Sapari said nine rebels were killed Tuesday and the rest on Wednesday. A rebel spokesman could not be reached for comment.
Was he dead?
The deaths bring to 35 the number of suspected rebels killed in the oil- and gas-rich province in the last 10 days. All were shot by security forces.
"Oil and gas rich province" explains why they're shooting it out.
Posted by: Fred || 09/30/2004 10:18:03 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Not sure about the Arab belly-dancing droids in connection to this story . . .?, but it looks like the Indonesians are going after the terrorists without apology. Good for them.
Posted by: ex-lib || 09/30/2004 11:43 Comments || Top||

#2  GAM is an Islamist organization. Let them enjoy their flat-chested 12-year-olds.
Posted by: Fred || 09/30/2004 11:50 Comments || Top||

#3  isnt' 12 a bit old for them?
Posted by: 2b || 09/30/2004 11:51 Comments || Top||

#4  Question: Do we know if the Indonesians are killing the right people? In the past, they have been known to just kill people and count them as (insert bad guy here).
Posted by: Douglas De Bono || 09/30/2004 19:04 Comments || Top||


Iraq-Jordan
10 Electronics Workers Kidnapped in Iraq
30 September 2004

An Iraqi militant group says it's kidnapped 10 people who work for an electronics firm, including two Indonesian women.

It says the group also includes six Iraqis and two Lebanese nationals.

Arab television network Al Jazeera aired a video tape from the group calling itself "Islamic Army in Iraq, the western leadership" showing three captive men and two women.

About 30 foreign hostages have been killed in Iraq since April.

Posted by: Mark Espinola || 09/30/2004 9:31:28 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  For all those who paid ransom or are willing to pay ransom, thanks for nothing, idiots.
Posted by: Bomb-a-rama || 09/30/2004 21:44 Comments || Top||

#2  Ditto
Posted by: Mark Espinola || 09/30/2004 21:54 Comments || Top||

#3  I hate to sound like a broken record (OK, so I don't), but WHY WEREN'T THESE PEOPLE ARMED TO THE TEETH?
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 09/30/2004 23:29 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan/South Asia
15 Taliban captured in Afghanistan
Afghan News Network 9/30/2004

(AFP) - KABUL, Sept 29: US-led troops in Afghanistan captured 15 Taliban militants when they were trapped on the border with Pakistan after attacking a coalition patrol, a US military spokesman said on Wednesday.

Pakistani troops prevented the insurgents from crossing the border near insurgency-hit Shkin district as they were being pursued by coalition forces after a brief gun battle, the spokesman said.

The capture of the militants on Monday was the result of "increased cooperation" by Pakistani troops, who answered a call for assistance from US military headquarters in Afghanistan, said Major Scott Nelson, spokesman for the 18,000-strong coalition force.

"This happened in Shkin. One of our patrols was taken under fire by anti-coalition (forces). They engaged them and pushed them back," Maj Nelson told a regular news conference in Kabul.

"The ACM (anti-coalition militias) continued to move toward the Pakistani border. Our headquarters contacted the Pakistani military and they moved forces up to a blocking position to hold the ACM within Afghanistan," he said.

"They were basically trapped between our forces and Pakistani forces." Maj Nelson was unsure if anyone was killed in the incident. "When air support came in we destroyed one fighting position, one ACM vehicle, I don't have the number of ACM killed but we detained 15 ACM in that incident," he said.

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Lithuanian troops to stay in Iraq and Afghanistan till 2005
9/30/2004

(AFP) - Lithuania's parliament voted on Thursday to extend the presence of Lithuanian troops in Iraq and Afghanistan at their current strength until the end of 2005.

The decision of the parliament allows the government to send up to 300 Lithuanian troops on missions abroad next year, including 120 to Iraq and 70 to Afghanistan, the parliament's press service said.

"The decision will allow us to fulfill our comittments and to have the same international activity as last year," Lithuanian Defence Minister Linas Linkevicius told AFP.

Linkevicius also said that Lithuania in 2005 may increase its presence in Kosovo, compared to this year.

Lithuania, which joined North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) in March this year, also has its troops in international missions in Bosnia Herzegovina and Georgia.

Posted by: Mark Espinola || 09/30/2004 8:30:40 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  YAY!
Posted by: Chuck Simmins || 09/30/2004 20:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Cool runnings, Lithuania! I'd rather have 20 righteous Lithuanias on board than one or two recalcitrant obstreperous obnoxious faux allies. Thanx!
Posted by: .com || 09/30/2004 20:38 Comments || Top||

#3  Oh well, exactly today the German parliament approved a one year extension of German military presence in Afghanistan as well.
Posted by: True German Ally || 09/30/2004 20:43 Comments || Top||

#4  I'm proud of my fellow Litvaks! Now if the Slovenians (mom's side) would only wake up.....
Posted by: Desert Blondie || 09/30/2004 20:55 Comments || Top||

#5  TGA - Post an English link to the story?

As soon as you get rid of Shroeder, we can get the BS quotient between us lowered. C'mon Stoiber!

Oh, I've been meaning to tell you why I just don't like Fischer, in spite of everything he's said over the last N years - hit me like a ton of bricks a month or so ago: he reminds me of me, only his motivation was (is?) uber-lefty politics. We were both street thugs, but I only fought against other gangs. The episode when he attacked that poor policeman (he was the guy in the motorcycle helmet, right?) is what I can't forgive. I only shot at, cut, and beat up guys like myself - in fact it was a mark of dishonor to involve a "civilian" - anyone not in a gang. I had my moment of perfect serendipity and completely changed my life. I see Fischer as a guy who dropped the violence, maybe only because he was looking ahead toward a career in politics - ala Kerry, but everything else stayed the same. Never really had that crystalline flash where you realize that you are what you do and have done. I think he still thinks himself a "guiltless glider / freedom fighter" inside - so I just can't trust him. That may not make sense to you, but it sure does to an ex-thug like me!
Posted by: .com || 09/30/2004 20:58 Comments || Top||

#6  FYI - Lithuania recently reelected Val Adamkus as president. I had the fortune to work for him when he was a U.S. citizen (he went back to Lithuania to help the democratic process). He's a straight-arrow anti-communist, anti-fascist who's done a lot to stabilize the former Soviet state.
Posted by: Spot || 09/30/2004 21:14 Comments || Top||


Iraq-Jordan
US mounts attacks in Fallujah, Samarra
U.S. forces attacked a suspected safehouse used by an al-Qaeda-linked group in Fallujah, the military said, and American troops launched a large operation in Samarra, one of the country's major insurgent strongholds, according to a report.

U.S. troops and Iraqi national guardsmen launched a brigade-sized operation in Samarra, 60 miles north of Baghdad, according to a CNN reporter embedded with the unit. Brigade operations could involve several thousand troops.

Tanks and military jets were being used in the operation, and troops were taking the city "sector by sector," according to CNN reporter Jane Arraf.

The report, broadcast early Friday local time, said the troops were moving against some 2,000 rebels believed to be inside the city. They were clearing buildings and mosques, CNN said.

Meanwhile, intelligence reports indicated the house attacked by U.S. forces on Thursday was being used by followers of Jordanian terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the military said in a statement, adding that the followers were planning attacks against U.S.-led forces and Iraqi citizens.

Also, there were conflicting accounts about the deaths of at least six people near Fallujah on Wednesday after an incident involving American forces.

Iraqis who identified themselves as witnesses said U.S. forces opened fire on a car passing Fallujah on the road from Baghdad. The driver was shot in the head and lost control of the car, which plunged into a canal, said Hussein Alwan, who lives near the scene.

A man was brought to Fallujah General Hospital late Wednesday with a bullet wound to the head, Dr. Ahmed Khalil said. Later, the bodies of two women and five children were also brought to the hospital after being recovered from the submerged vehicle, hospital officials and witnesses said.

But the U.S. military said it fired only warning shots at a vehicle driving erratically toward a convoy on the road between Ramadi and Fallujah.

1st Lt. Lyle Gilbert, a U.S. Marine spokesman, said the vehicle then swerved off the road, nose-dived into a canal and became submerged.

"The male driver — believed to be the vehicle's only occupant — exited the vehicle and was treated on the scene by a U.S. Navy corpsman," Gilbert said in a statement.

However, Iraqi police responding to the incident later recovered six bodies from the submerged vehicle and took them to Ramadi, Gilbert said.

The two accounts could not immediately be reconciled.

In the safehouse attack, witnesses said two houses were flattened and four others damaged in the strike.

At least four Iraqis were killed — including two women and one child — and eight wounded, said Khalil, the doctor.

"Multinational forces take great care to minimize collateral damage and civilian casualties," the military said in the statement. "Terrorists' placement of weapons caches in homes, schools, hospitals and mosques continue to put innocent civilians at risk."
Posted by: Dan Darling || 09/30/2004 7:43:28 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "The male driver — believed to be the vehicle’s only occupant — exited the vehicle and was treated on the scene by a U.S. Navy corpsman,"

Man must be a Ted Kennedy fan if he didn't mention the women and children in the vehicle.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 09/30/2004 19:54 Comments || Top||

#2  ONE LITTLE BLURB FOR A BRIGADE-SIZED CAPTURE OF AN ENTIRE CITY???
That is, 5000+/- US and Iraqi Army soldiers capturing a city with est. 2000 bad boyz?
WTF? Doesn't this merit a little bit more than just a paragraph or two?
Posted by: Anonymoose || 09/30/2004 21:17 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan/South Asia
2 al-Qaeda arrested in Swat
Intelligence agencies and police have arrested two suspected al-Qaeda linked militants allegedly involved in assassination attempts on President general Pervez Musharraf from different areas of Swat. One Saeed ur Rehman picked up from the adjoining areas of Swat has been shifted to unknown place. Another person was reportedly captured from the area of Smit in tehsil Matta. In other areas of Mangatan and Jani mangil, operation was conducted by the police which could be extended to more areas.

Condemning strongly the crackdown by the police Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Swat, Dr Anwar ul Haq has said that the massive arrests have triggered harassment among the people of the area. A similar operation was carried out earlier in tehsil Mitta and innocent people were apprehended on the charges of having links with al-Qaeda, he alleged. He maintained that Swat is a peaceful area and there is no outfit like al-Qaeda operating here. Government should provide protection to the people rather than harassing them.
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Iraq-Jordan
U.S. military begins operation to regain control of Samarra
Posted by: Anonymous4021 || 09/30/2004 18:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "The Page Cannot Be Found"
Posted by: smn || 09/30/2004 23:00 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine
Gaza Hospital Is Overwhelmed With Wounded
Frantic doctors tended to patients on a blood-smeared hospital floor and operated on cafeteria tables, as medics rushed in with more wounded and mangled bodies.
Next time I shop at Home Depot, I swear to Allah-ha-ha-ha to buy more brick and mortar and to stay away from the nails and ball bearings aisle.
On one of the deadliest days in Gaza in four years -- 26 Palestinians were killed and at least 131 wounded Thursday -- even battle-tested medical staff were overwhelmed.
Only 26, I was hoping for few more. AP has minimum of 30 before promoting propaganda
"This sight I haven't seen since the beginning of the intefadeh," said ambulance driver Ahmed Abu Sal, one of the first to evacuate casualties after an Israeli tank shell was fired at a group of gunmen near Jebaliya's market, but also hit bystanders. Many of the wounded were given emergency treatment at two small clinics in Jebaliya, including the Kamal Adwan Hospital, which was closest to the fighting. Kamal Adwan has only 25 beds and one operating room. Desperate for extra space to treat the wounded, officials opened the hospital cafeteria and the doctor's private quarters for operations. Some were even treated on the floor.
Hey Mohammed, I told you we need more hospitals. I just can't handle the all these dead and injured 9 year old human shields.
Two scorched bodies were carried in on stretchers. "There is no hospital in the world that can handle the arrival of a group of wounded and dead in less than three minutes," said Dr. Mahmoud Asali, the hospital director. Residents rushed to the hospital in search of loved ones. Dozens thronged the emergency room entrance seeking information on the dead and wounded.
Paleo hospital=Center for Operations & Planning in the extermination of Jooooos. Also included, mask changing rooms for Hamas.
Several hours after the start of the army's push into the Jebaliya camp, all hospitals in northern Gaza declared a state of emergency. Health officials called on all doctors to report to work, and radio stations asked listeners to donate blood.
"You! Got any blood?"
"Uhhh... Yeah. I think so."
"Gimme it!"
The bloodiest incident was the Israeli tank fire near the Jebaliya market. The army said soldiers fired a shell toward a group of gunmen in the crowded market area after the militants fired an anti-tank shell in their direction. Maj. Gen. Dan Harel, the army's Gaza commander, said he regretted the loss of innocent life. "We are very sorry that civilians are being hurt," said Harel, blaming Palestinian militants for using civilian areas for launching attacks against Israeli troops.
"You stand around krazed killers while they're poppin' off antitank rounds, don't be surprised to catch something in return."
Abu Sal, the ambulance driver, said the scene of flying body parts and charred corpses was the worst he has witnessed in four years of fighting. Abu Sal said he put one wounded man in the back of his ambulance together with all the body parts he had collected. "In the interest of speed, I threw him in the back of the ambulance with the body parts, because I had no choice," he said.
"Hey! Wait! That's not my lip!"
The Israeli push into Jebaliya came after a Palestinian rocket attack killed two preschoolers in an Israeli border town Wednesday.
Posted by: Poison Reverse || 09/30/2004 6:20:30 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I wonder if the Israelis are going to strongly step of the level of violence to stop the attempted rout of the evacuation? Does it reach a point when they say "If you use your women and children to attack our women and children, then we will kill your women and children."
Posted by: Anonymoose || 09/30/2004 18:36 Comments || Top||

#2  The Israeli push into Jebaliya came after a Palestinian rocket attack killed two preschoolers in an Israeli border town Wednesday.

Did anyone see any MSM coverage of the murder of these preschoolers? Anyone?

I admit I missed the news last night and only watch Fox now-a-days but I didn't notice any coverage.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 09/30/2004 18:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Just what did the Paleos expect? Sooner or later Israel was going to hit back and hit back HARD. It is tragic that women and children get hurt, but these bastards have shown no remorse when they blow up buses or rocket people in their homes.
Posted by: Douglas De Bono || 09/30/2004 19:01 Comments || Top||

#4  2 pre-schoolers AM, I think you are correct in your assumptions. I'd be going way long of Catepillar about now. Over and under on houses razed should be about 500.
Posted by: Shipman || 09/30/2004 19:04 Comments || Top||

#5  Remember that push is very quickly becoming shove. The bad guyz are making every effort to turn the evacation of Gaza into a bloodbath. So if the Israelis aren't willing, able and ready to step up the level of conflict to "slaughter mode", then they are going to be in a bad way. Their commanders should have every contingency planned, to *include* the extermination of every Paleo in Gaza, if necessary.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 09/30/2004 19:12 Comments || Top||

#6  *sniff* But what about the baby duckies?
Posted by: BH || 09/30/2004 19:13 Comments || Top||

#7  gotta empty the ammo and snuffies from the ambulances or ya can't transport the wounded, idjits!
Posted by: Frank G || 09/30/2004 19:18 Comments || Top||

#8  Once again pretty gruesome. The struggle of the first world to defend it's self from the third world of islamic-fascist terrorists. The terrorist seeks refuge among the innocent or unsuspecting because that is how terror gets it's message across. These paleo terrorists don't care whether it's Palestinians or Israelis they kill as long as they are killing and getting attention. At this point the Israelis don't even give a damm I am sure. These people are trying to sucide as an ethnic group. It's like sucide by cop, unfathomable.


Your typical group islamo-fascist pan arabist dildos at worship to their death cult.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 09/30/2004 19:50 Comments || Top||

#9  The 120mm HE round is just the IDF's way of saying "fuck your human shields".
Posted by: mojo || 09/30/2004 20:16 Comments || Top||

#10  I'd say these guys better get a capital expansion drive going fast. Big green thermometer out front. Maybe they can name it the Arafish wing. He's got more money than anybody else around there. 'Cause they ain't seen nothing yet.
Posted by: Mrs. Davis || 09/30/2004 20:34 Comments || Top||

#11  The Israeli push into Jebaliya came after a Palestinian rocket attack killed two preschoolers in an Israeli border town Wednesday.

Cause, meet Effect.
Posted by: Bomb-a-rama || 09/30/2004 21:49 Comments || Top||

#12  Maybe one day, when the Paleo's decide to join the human race, we might care. Until then, they're simply vermin to be eradicated. They chose to be barbaric animals, and they are reaping the benefits of their decision. They have short, nasty lives, and when they die, they get their 72 virgin goats as well a nice toasty spot in Hell.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 09/30/2004 23:23 Comments || Top||

#13  SB - Lol! I love cabrito, but this is pretty hard on the goat population, doncha think?
Posted by: .com || 09/30/2004 23:26 Comments || Top||

#14  Well, I guess we could swap the goats for pigs. There's plenty of pigs around and followers of Allan have special spot in their heart for pigs. So I'm sure they won't mind pigs instead of goats.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 09/30/2004 23:35 Comments || Top||

#15  I wuz just funnin' with ya. Here's the first candidate for your program. You can certainly make some weird shit with Photoshop, lol - glad I'm not responsible for this one!

Posted by: .com || 09/30/2004 23:42 Comments || Top||

#16  #2 - "Did anyone see any MSM coverage of the murder of these preschoolers? Anyone?"
Very little - but then I was watching CNN. They were saying that 3 ISRAELIS (Not Israeli children) and 24-odd Paleos had been killed in Gaza, but tucked the cause of the fighting, namely the rocket attack that killed the children, away near the end of their report by Ben Weideman. Also, in their main news reports there was nothing about the death of Israeli children. I don't know how these CNN propagandist swine sleep at night.
Posted by: Bryan || 10/01/2004 0:14 Comments || Top||


Iraq-Jordan
Group holding Iraq hostages pays 'tribute' to French stand on Iraq
The Islamic Army in Iraq, holding two French hostages, praised France's stand after it called for a US-proposed conference to address the issue of a US troop withdrawal, in a statement Wednesday on the Internet.
Who're the ones paying "tribute"?
"The Islamic Army in Iraq pays tribute to the French government for its positive initiative towards the Iraqi people despite its deplorable history," said a statement posted on the group's website.
And the French pay tribute to get their reporter back
"We hope this heralds a new era of comprehension of our causes and respect for our priciples," added the statement posted on the website.
Don't worry about that. We comprehend just fine.
Posted by: Mercutio || 09/30/2004 4:23:50 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A normal nation would be morbidly embarrassed by this.

But not Frogistan.
Posted by: Uneanter Glounter9288 || 09/30/2004 18:47 Comments || Top||

#2  It's official: France is on the side of the "insurgents." Kick these clowns out of NATO. Better still, create a new alliance and set the bar high: either devote meaningful resources to the WOT or piss off. Better a small alliance of serious nations than a sprawling alliance that includes posturing pro-jihadist clowns.
Posted by: lex || 09/30/2004 20:12 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine
3 Israelis killed in Gaza; 22 Palestinians (Arabs) dead in IDF raid
Three Israelis killed in ongoing battles Wednesday night and Thursday in northern Gaza Strip during Israeli military operation against Qassam missile offensive. Two killed, one injured in ambush on Nisanit-Elei Sinai road, where fierce firefight continues. Earlier, one Israeli soldier killed, another seriously injured, in north Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun where Israel forces fighting Qassam missile squads. Palestinian assailants killed. Family of fallen soldier informed.
Posted by: Mark Espinola || 09/30/2004 3:31:57 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Faster.
Posted by: Shipman || 09/30/2004 18:22 Comments || Top||


Iraq-Jordan
Iraq Bombs Kill at Least 46, Hurt 137, Officials Say
At least 46 people were killed and 137 injured by explosions in Baghdad, Iraqi and U.S. officials said. Most casualties occurred in three coordinated car bombings, and 35 of the dead were children, the Associated Press reported. The three blasts in the capital's southwestern district of al-Amel killed 42 people and injured at least 120, said Iraqi police Brigadier General Thamer Sadoun in a telephone interview from Baghdad. Two U.S.-led coalition soldiers and two Iraqi police were killed in two earlier attacks in the city, the American military said in e-mailed statements. The car bombings killed 35 children at the opening of a new sewage plant -- some attracted by U.S. soldiers handing out candy, AP said. The U.S. military said 10 soldiers were injured. The blasts took place between 1 and 1:30 p.m. local time today, a U.S. military spokesman, Captain Mitchell Zornes, said by telephone from Baghdad. Baghdad has been the site of frequent car bombings and mortar attacks by insurgents who oppose the administration of interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi and the presence of foreign soldiers in Iraq. Allawi's government has struggled to control insurgents across Iraq since gaining sovereignty June 28.

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said he thinks the attacks in Iraq are ``getting worse'' because insurgents are trying to prevent Iraqi democracy by disrupting national elections scheduled for the end of January. ``We know that the opposition does not want there to be elections and that they'll do everything they can to try to stop it,'' Rumsfeld said, according to a transcript of an interview with WCHS radio in Charleston, West Virginia. Violence in Baghdad and other parts of the country has led some leaders, including United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, to question whether credible elections can be held by then. The Bush administration and Allawi insist the violence won't stop the vote from taking place. The interim government is making ``serious progress in defeating the extremists'' who continue to attack parts of the country, Allawi said today in a televised speech to an audience at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.

One of the coalition soldiers and the two Iraqi police officers were killed in a car bombing near a checkpoint outside a U.S. base in western Baghdad at about 9:45 a.m., the military said. Three U.S. soldiers and 10 Iraqis were wounded in that attack. In a separate incident, a coalition soldier was killed and seven were wounded when insurgents attacked a logistics base on the outskirts of Baghdad, the military said. The soldier died as a result of ``indirect fire,'' when a rocket exploded, the U.S. said. Earlier this week in a raid on a Baghdad site, the U.S. military said it found enough bomb-making material and weapons to stage ``multiple terrorist attacks.'' The discovery included a bomb-rigged moped.

The U.S. also said it bombed an insurgent target in Fallujah, west of the capital. U.S. forces carried out an air strike on a building it described as a ``known terrorist safe house'' in the northeast of the city, according to another e- mailed statement. The house was used by terrorists linked to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the military said. Three people were killed and six wounded in the air raid, AFP reported, citing Al-Hakim Al-Badrani, a doctor at the city's main hospital. An Iraqi Health Ministry spokesman said in a telephone interview he couldn't provide details of casualties from the raid. ``Significant secondary explosions were observed during the impact, indicating a large cache of illegal ordinance was stored in the safe house,'' after the 4:57 a.m. strike, the U.S. military said. The raid inflicted ``yet another blow to the Abu Musab al-Zarqawi terrorist network,'' it said. The U.S. has carried out numerous air raids on Fallujah, including at least seven in the past 10 days, against targets it says are linked to Zarqawi. The U.S. believes the repeated strikes have been ``very successful,'' First Lieutenant Lyle Gilbert, a military spokesman, said by e-mail from Fallujah. ``We've taken out a significant number of anti-Iraq forces engaged in various terrorism- and insurgency-related activities,'' Gilbert said by e-mail. ``In support of the interim Iraq government, we will continue to eliminate the anti-Iraqi forces at every opportunity.''

In the northern city of Mosul, a car bomb killed four people and injured 16, Qatar's al-Jazeera television reported. Details of the Mosul blast weren't immediately available
Posted by: Mark Espinola || 09/30/2004 3:26:06 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Not a coincidence that a three bombs were placed to assure a high body count the day of the foreign policy debate. It will be interesting to see how this is treated at the debate tonight.
Posted by: Mrs. Davis || 09/30/2004 16:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Advantage goes to the sensitive candidate dressed in turquoise and peach.
Posted by: naomi wolf || 09/30/2004 16:27 Comments || Top||

#3  I expect Kerry to say that the killing of the children means that the President is a failure and we should be giving the killers of the children what they want.
Posted by: Phil Fraering || 09/30/2004 16:35 Comments || Top||

#4  I would have started a heavy offensive on Monday to keep the terrorists heads down. Let the Kerry camp cry foul - trying to keep people alive and eventually free of terror should be the priority.
Posted by: Super Hose || 09/30/2004 17:05 Comments || Top||

#5  Why is it that when these filthy child murdering bastards blow up little kids free people don't unify and resolve to beat them? The goal of these child murders to establish through fear, hatred and terroroism, a radical Islamist Caliphate is no secret. Most of the ones they murder are Iraqis, fellow Muslims. Why isn't this an easy one - just about everyone else in the world vs the Islamists?

Posted by: Rock || 09/30/2004 18:32 Comments || Top||

#6  I expect (and hope) that Kerry will try to pin the blame for the bombing on Bush. I think he is exactly the type to exploit the murder of innocent children for his own political goals.

Maybe Kerry would say we should 'negociate' with these brave Islamic Warriors instead of killing them dead. I'm sure the security mom's would love to hear that.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 09/30/2004 18:37 Comments || Top||

#7  Kill the kids get the virgins. WHAT A DEAL!

Somebody's "god" must truly be great...but methinks that "god" wears a red suit and sports horns...
Posted by: BigEd || 09/30/2004 18:46 Comments || Top||


Baghdad car bombings body count now at 45
Followup to what Fred posted earlier today.
Suspected insurgents launched deadly car bomb attacks Thursday in Baghdad, killing at least 45 people -- most of them children -- and wounding scores more in operations aimed at Iraqi government targets. A hospital official told The Associated Press 35 children were killed. "We are obviously seeing a major onslaught by the terrorists on Baghdad and some other Iraqi cities," said interim Iraq Deputy Prime Minister Barham Saleh.

Most of the casualties occurred in western Baghdad where 42 were killed and 137 injured, Yarmouk Hospital officials said.

Around 1 p.m. (5 a.m. ET), two car bombs detonated at the opening ceremony for a sewage plant, also in western Baghdad, according to U.S. military officials. The ceremony was being led by Iraqi officials. About a half-mile away, another car bomb detonated at an Iraqi National Guard checkpoint, about two miles (3 km) west of Baghdad University, U.S. military officials said. A suicide car bomber hit a compound used by the U.S. military and Iraqi police in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib neighborhood around 9:40 a.m. (1:40 a.m. ET), killing a Task Force Baghdad soldier and two Iraqi police officers, U.S. military and Iraqi police officials said.

Three other soldiers were wounded, the U.S. military said. The Ministry of Health said 60 more people were wounded.

"This despicable act killed not only a multinational forces soldier, but Iraqis who were merely going about their business of defending this country," said Lt. Col. James Hutton, a 1st Cavalry Division spokesman. "The terrorists offer nothing but destruction."

An attack Thursday on the Tal Afar police chief's convoy killed four Iraqi civilians and wounded seven others -- five civilians and two police officers, according to a Task Force Olympia officer. Initial reports received by Task Force Olympia that were passed on by the Iraqi police say that it was a car bomb. A Mosul police officer also confirmed the incident to CNN. Tal Afar is west of the city of Mosul in northern Iraq.

In the northern city of Mosul, an Iraqi police official was killed, along with his driver, in a drive-by shooting Thursday morning, according to the security chief for Nineveh province. Another police official was wounded in the attack which killed Maj. Ghassan Mohammed and his driver, according to Maj. Gen. Salim al-Haj Issa.
Posted by: Dan Darling || 09/30/2004 11:23:18 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I wonder if Michael Moore still considers these people Minutemen? I don't remember Minutemen killing children to get to the British?
Ah, he probally had more politically correct History books than I had.
Posted by: plainslow || 09/30/2004 13:17 Comments || Top||

#2  The Religion of Peace. They like to kill children. It's part of the Islam. Alan says Kill the Kiddies. Michael Moore cheers them on. Kerry wants to run away, run away. Murat sez It's the beauty of Islam. CNN and Al Gore think it's much more humane than putting panties on someones head.
Posted by: Michael || 09/30/2004 14:20 Comments || Top||

#3  When one (just one would do) of the other 1.2 billion Muslims is living under "occupation" one is then justified in anything one does. It's in the Qu'uran, um, somewhere.
Posted by: .com || 09/30/2004 14:36 Comments || Top||

#4  Michael - you got that wrong - it's kill and rape the children.
Posted by: 2b || 09/30/2004 15:17 Comments || Top||


US attacks al-Qaeda inside Iraq
U.S. forces attacked a suspected safe house used by an al-Qaeda linked group in Fallujah on Thursday, the military said. Hospital officials said at least four Iraqis were killed and eight wounded. Intelligence reports indicated the house was being used by followers of Jordanian terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi to plan attacks against U.S.-led forces and Iraqi citizens, the military said in a statement. It was hit just before 5 a.m., the statement said. "Significant secondary explosions were observed during the impact indicating a large cache of illegal ordinance was stored in the safe house," it said. Witnesses said two houses were flattened and four others damaged.

At least four Iraqis were killed — including two women and one child — and eight wounded, said Dr. Ahmed Khalil of the Fallujah General Hospital. "Multinational forces take great care to minimize collateral damage and civilian casualties," the military said in the statement. "Terrorists' placement of weapons caches in homes, schools, hospitals and mosques continue to put innocent civilians at risk."
Posted by: Dan Darling || 09/30/2004 11:18:49 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  PLEASE!!! I'd rather see a graphic of a tank, and an American Flag, or some US soldiers, or something. Save the belly-dancers for articles from AlJeezera or Jihad Unspun.
Posted by: ex-lib || 09/30/2004 12:51 Comments || Top||

#2  the Houris are a beautiful graphic - it indicates another Islamo-asshole is finding that it was all a lie...they are raisins
Posted by: Frank G || 09/30/2004 12:58 Comments || Top||

#3  Frank:
In that case, just put up a pic of the California Raisins.

Oh, crap. I just got banned, didn't I?
Posted by: jackal || 09/30/2004 13:32 Comments || Top||

#4  Lol! Except the raisins in Allan's hell heaven are supposed to be white
Posted by: Frank G || 09/30/2004 13:38 Comments || Top||

#5  oh...the allan-raisins have an ethnicity?
Posted by: anymouse || 09/30/2004 19:36 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan/South Asia
19 Afghan troops killed
Guerrillas from the ousted Taliban regime killed at least 12 soldiers in Afghanistan's south on Thursday in a sharp escalation of violence ahead of next month's landmark presidential election. At least seven more soldiers were killed in other clashes in the southern province of Zabul on Tuesday and Wednesday, provincial officials said. They said some Taliban members were also killed, but no details were available. Kheyal Mohammad Husseini, the Zabul governor, said the latest fighting erupted when guerrillas attacked a government post in Sori district of the restive province and killed 12 soldiers.

The governor did not have further details of the fighting in the province, the scene of repeated attacks by the Taliban over the past three days. On Wednesday, the guerrillas attacked a joint convoy of U.S. and Afghan forces. The Taliban say several U.S. soldiers were killed, but there has been no independent verification.
Posted by: Dan Darling || 09/30/2004 11:20:07 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:


Al-Qaeda suspect breaks his legs trying to escape
A suspected Arab member of al Qaeda was arrested by Pakistani security forces on Thursday after breaking his legs trying to escape a raid on his house near the northwestern city of Peshawar. Intelligence officials identified the suspect as Ahmed Abdullah, a Libyan national, but said he was not regarded as a major catch. "He jumped from the roof of his house to try to escape but broke both of his legs," an intelligence official said, describing Abdullah's capture in Matani village early on Thursday.
"Legs, don't fail me now!... Ow!... Ow!"
Well, at least he's not a good candidate for Pakland's "Catch and Release" program...
Posted by: Dan Darling || 09/30/2004 11:17:31 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  heh, heh...yeah right...he broke his legs in a fall *snicker* Gonna have a heart attack tomorrow - poor guy.
Posted by: 2b || 09/30/2004 11:43 Comments || Top||

#2  This will make the interrogation process soooooooooo much easier. How convienient....
Posted by: tu3031 || 09/30/2004 12:19 Comments || Top||

#3  How many times do you think his broken legs will need to be reset before they heal??
Posted by: anymouse || 09/30/2004 13:07 Comments || Top||

#4  before they heal??

and at what angle? heh heh
Posted by: Frank G || 09/30/2004 13:12 Comments || Top||

#5  Does it hurt when I do this?
Posted by: Shipman || 09/30/2004 13:35 Comments || Top||

#6  The Boys probably took him upstairs and threw him down. Good job. Let a heart attack follow shortly. Thats the only way to deal with terrorists.
Posted by: Fawad || 09/30/2004 18:46 Comments || Top||

#7  Too bad he didn't hit his stupid head.
Posted by: BigEd || 09/30/2004 18:56 Comments || Top||

#8  Too bad the building wasn't taller.
Posted by: Super Hose || 09/30/2004 22:34 Comments || Top||


Don't get your hopes up...
Don't get your hopes up too much, but I'm hoping I found the bug and killed it dead. The site seems much more responsive since this morning's restart. Until I'm sure it's dead, I'll keep the backup site in sync with this one. Don't discard your bookmarks...
Posted by: Fred || 09/30/2004 10:58:38 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Fred most people didn't read the last obvious notice or bookmark the back up site. People just don't take time to read the distructions.

I hope you found it too. Thanks for the good work and excelent site.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 09/30/2004 11:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Hate bugs...hate em. But then, they keep me employed.
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 09/30/2004 12:34 Comments || Top||

#3  Fred: There's a wild kitten where I work who has decided that her mission in life is to keep the roach population down. She stalks them and then, instead of getting bored with them like the other cats do, she plays with them for a while and then kills them very dead. I also haven't seen one mouse since she's been around.

I reward her with occasional left over roast chicken and real cat food out of the can.

May your hunt for the bugs that dare infect this site be as successful.

Posted by: Bryan || 09/30/2004 13:10 Comments || Top||

#4  I have a feral cat that has a patented Roach Pounce a sort of power dive with the front paws close together like a fur hammer. I see squished roaches every morning.
Posted by: Shipman || 09/30/2004 17:29 Comments || Top||

#5  Bryan...remind me not to eat where you work!

The best way to get rid of rodents and roaches is to close the holes from whence they come in. A couple of cans of caulking a can of "Great Stuff" and an afternoon and your problems are forever gone! Oh yeah, and a couple of Combat traps to get the ones already inside.

Kinda hard for Fred to do, I guess..seeing as how he invites us rodents in.
Posted by: 2b || 09/30/2004 17:40 Comments || Top||

#6  2b How far north do you live?
Roaches like to live inside, where it's nice and warm and there's a friendly ear to crawl into.
Posted by: Shipman || 09/30/2004 18:47 Comments || Top||

#7  Shipman - I'll get my cat to e-mail your cat so that they can share and develop roach-attack strategies.

2b - I have to remind MYSELF not to eat where I work. It's a factory so it's a bit difficult to plug up entry points for roaches and mice.

Posted by: Bryan || 09/30/2004 23:25 Comments || Top||

#8  Let's hit that tip jar, folks! Fred earns our respect and thanks every day...

Posted by: .com || 09/30/2004 23:30 Comments || Top||

#9  Outside Cat "Bugs Yum!" Inside Cats "Get that stupid outside cat."
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 09/30/2004 23:54 Comments || Top||


Iraq-Jordan
Gunmen Kill Police Official in Mosul
Posted by: Fred || 09/30/2004 10:30:37 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:


Footage Shows 10 New Hostages in Iraq
Release a bunch, go get another bunch. There's always more where those came from, right?
Restocking the ATM.
Posted by: Fred || 09/30/2004 10:02:54 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And foreign civilians in Iraq are not armed to the teeth why, exactly?
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 09/30/2004 10:46 Comments || Top||

#2  Hey, I just thought of a GREAT use for "human shields!"
Posted by: Anonymoose || 09/30/2004 11:49 Comments || Top||

#3  "Al-Jazeera said the 10 were six Iraqis, two Lebanese and two Indonesian women were taken by The Islamic Army in Iraq."

Well, that was stupid. Guess the Terror-Facists want to wipe out the ALL their Islamic jihadi buddies in Indonesia. Amazing. What were they thinking? Indonesia just elected an ex-general campaigning on an anti-terrorist/anti-corruption/pro-economic development platform. The Indonesians don't like the terrorists--and it doesn't matter to them, either, that the terrorists claim to be "Moslems." To the Indonesians, the terrorist-Moslems hold, as an idealized creed, what amounts to the antithesis of the Indonesian worldview.

Just makes me smile to think what the response will be. Island justice. : ) !

Posted by: ex-lib || 09/30/2004 11:57 Comments || Top||

#4  This hostage-taking tactic is part of a twisted Islamic PR campaign whose end goal is to complete the alienation of America from the rest of the world.

Of 3 recent abductees, 2 Americans were immediately put to death (that'll make the "punish America" folks in the world happy); the Brit's situation remains unknown (as does how resolved Tony Blair will remain in refusing to deal with jihadis who use this tactic)-his life is hanging by the thread of Britain's demeanor in this crisis.

Think of who have been released: 2 "sympathetic" Italian women who simultaneously are running out their "newer, gentler jihadi" branding for the kidnappers. The Philippino hostages got their freedom through a commercial transaction that communicates the exact message the jihadis want to send: "see, we're not so difficult to deal with, we let your people go; it's only those Americans who won't be reasonable".

These 10 hostages will likely be released as well, since killing them doesn't help the jihadists meet their main objective: isolate America in the world.
Posted by: jules 187 || 09/30/2004 12:28 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine
Israelis Head Deep Into Palestinian Camp
Israeli troops pushed deep into the largest Palestinian refugee camp Thursday, a first in four years of fighting, after a Palestinian rocket killed two preschoolers in an Israeli border town. Fourteen Palestinians and three Israelis — including a woman jogging in a Jewish settlement — were killed in the fighting in the northern Gaza Strip. Eighty-five Palestinians, both civilians and militants, were wounded in the sprawling Jebaliya refugee camp, a militant stronghold and scene of the fiercest battle.

Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz decided after consultations with army commanders Thursday to widen the military campaign and send more troops to Gaza, Israel Army Radio said. Mofaz's plan for an unprecedented operation was to be presented to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his inner Cabinet later in the day for approval. Previous Israeli military operations — including 12 major ones — have not stopped the rockets. Defense Ministry officials were not available for comment.

The heaviest fighting raged in the Jebaliya refugee camp, just north of Gaza City. Bulldozers demolished 15 homes along a relatively narrow road leading into the camp, witnesses said, apparently to widen it and allow more tanks to get through. Armored vehicles avoided the booby-trapped main street in the camp. "A bulldozer entered our living room and demolished half the house," said Hussein al-Jamal, a resident of the camp's Block 2, adding that he and his family fled, along with many of his neighbors. On Wednesday, Hamas militants fired a rocket at the Israeli border town of Sderot despite the massive army presence, killing two children, ages 2 and 4, as they played on a sidewalk at the start of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.
Cause, meet effect...
Posted by: Fred || 09/30/2004 9:58:46 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "A bulldozer entered our living room and demolished half the house,"...

Oh-oh. Better call Mutual of Gaza City...
Posted by: tu3031 || 09/30/2004 10:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Bulldoze the entire camp. And it's inhabitants. Problem solved!
Posted by: Scooter McGruder || 09/30/2004 13:18 Comments || Top||

#3  these dickheads called the dozer with their ineffectual rockets. blame them, Hussein. How about that booby-trapped main street? nobody saw them do that, huh? Idjit
Posted by: Frank G || 09/30/2004 15:47 Comments || Top||

#4  Skip the dozer, sell them a MOAB.
Posted by: Douglas De Bono || 09/30/2004 18:58 Comments || Top||


Iraq-Jordan
Baghdad Bombings Kill 35 Children
Posted by: Fred || 09/30/2004 9:57:42 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:

#1  9/11 bombing kills 3,000 Americans.
Posted by: 2b || 09/30/2004 10:02 Comments || Top||

#2  35 kids. Brave islamic-baby killers. They kill their own kids and boast of a "victory." If I wasn't a Christian I would say they are unredeemable. They are pretty darn close.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 09/30/2004 10:04 Comments || Top||

#3  I fail to see how killing their children and blowing up their sewers is going encourage Iraqis to support the jihadists. When the Iraqis have finally had a bellyfull of this, their judgement of jihadis will be swift and the retribution absolute. We may not be winning hearts and minds, but the jihadis are losing them faster.
Posted by: RWV || 09/30/2004 10:15 Comments || Top||

#4  Enough with calling them jihadis. Those who target and slaughter children are fascists.
Posted by: lex || 09/30/2004 10:16 Comments || Top||

#5  "I fail to see how killing their children and blowing up their sewers is going encourage Iraqis to support the jihadists."

If you were a muslim, you would understand. In a muslim mind, Allah approves of any means ( including killing children) used to advance the cause of jihad.
Posted by: Anonymous4724 || 09/30/2004 10:28 Comments || Top||

#6  I fail to see how killing their children and blowing up their sewers is going encourage Iraqis to support the jihadists

Ok, maybe a little analysis will push aside the feelings of anger, disgust, and sadness.
Possibilities
1. They were going for US troops and the kiddies were collateral damage
2. They want to kill kiddies cause
A. They want the Iraqis to get demoralized and give up - perhaps ordinary Iraqis will figure its better to let the Jihadis ( a brand of fascist, but a particular brand) rule than to suffer more of this
B. They want to get the Iraqis all riled up - hoping this will get Allawi to lash out in some unstrategic way
C. Theyre trying to get us discouraged
3. Theyre just SOBs
Posted by: Liberalhawk || 09/30/2004 11:11 Comments || Top||

#7  I'm voting for #3 LH but I don't think SOB quite captures their essence. Facist is a bit light as well. Sadists???
Posted by: remote man || 09/30/2004 11:59 Comments || Top||

#8  Or how about #4: “Satan-inspired harbingers of death, destruction, chaos, hopeless and oppression, fueled by a sick and psychologically underdeveloped and twisted social schema, psychosexual arrest, and lack of education, balancing on a sado-masochistic teeter-totter, wrapped in a death wish, under the guise of false morals and religion which amount to nothing more than an excuse for base brutality and self-agrandizement?”
Posted by: ex-lib || 09/30/2004 12:15 Comments || Top||

#9  mamzers, they are, mamzers.
Posted by: Liberalhawk || 09/30/2004 12:26 Comments || Top||

#10  “Satan-inspired harbingers of death, destruction, chaos, hopeless and oppression, fueled by a sick and psychologically underdeveloped and twisted social schema, psychosexual arrest, and lack of education, balancing on a sado-masochistic teeter-totter, wrapped in a death wish, under the guise of false morals and religion which amount to nothing more than an excuse for base brutality and self-agrandizement?”

Maladapts?
Posted by: Anonymous6092 || 09/30/2004 18:46 Comments || Top||


Iraqi Resistance Killed 25 American Troops on Monday
From Jihad Unspun
BBC reported a few minutes ago that the civil defense headquarter in Al-Saqlawiah was attacked and 3 Americans were killed. Islam memo wishes to remind all readers that it was the first to report on that attack and that it has confirmed the death of six Americans and 10 Iraqis in that attack.
"We're as reliable and trustworthy as CBS."
Al-Roufah, near the city of Falugah, has joined those areas that have become a graveyard of the American occupiers. Four Marines were killed and two others were wounded when their vehicles hit a previously planted road side bomb in Al-Roufah, west of Karma. ....

Resistance fighters attacked a 7-Jeep American convoy in Hor-Basha area, near Al-Taggi, 8 PM this evening using RPG rockets. Four Americans were killed, 2 jeeps were destroyed, and one jeep was disabled.

An American column consisting of several jeeps was attacked by resistance fighters at 8 PM this evening in Ramadi. Three marines were killed, three others were wounded, and one jeep was destroyed. ....

Heavy fighting erupted between occupying forces and resistance fighters in Bouaithah, near Al-Dourah, south of Baghdad. One Abraham Tank and a jeep were destroyed. According to Islam memo correspondent, not less than six Americans were killed in the attack. This number does include the usual five soldiers manning the tank.
Posted by: Mike Sylwester || 09/30/2004 12:08:17 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Al-Roufah, near the city of Falugah, has joined those areas that have become a graveyard of the American occupiers. Four Marines were killed and two others were wounded when their vehicles hit a previously planted road side bomb in Al-Roufah, west of Karma. .... Sounds just like 1950's NORK propaganda. BTW the BBC has nothing about this. BBC is currently reporting a big bombing in Bagdad with up to 35 killed and the following.
# Two Iraqi policemen and a US soldier killed by a car bomb in the Abu Ghraib district of Baghdad
# A US soldier killed by a rocket fired at a US base near Baghdad
# A senior policeman shot dead in Mosul
# Four people killed in a car bombing in Talafar, according to local medics
# At least three civilians killed in a US air strike on Falluja overnight.

For every American killed we are killing 20 or more of you islamo-turds. For every Soldier or Police man you Islam-turds kill you kill 50 or 60 inocent bystanders mostly women and kids. Islamic men are disgusting. This is what they strand for and defend. Killing Women and children.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 09/30/2004 9:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Has anyone ever added up the total American deaths in Iraq according to Jihad Unspun stories? I'd be interested in seeing if the total is under 50,000.
Posted by: tu3031 || 09/30/2004 9:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Even supposing it were true... am I to infer that Mike S. is proud of this fact?
Posted by: eLarson || 09/30/2004 9:39 Comments || Top||

#4  figured it was Mike S or Murat posting before I even got to the bottom
Posted by: Frank G || 09/30/2004 9:46 Comments || Top||

#5  Mike Sylwester, the New York Times and Jihad Unspun - perfect together.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 09/30/2004 9:50 Comments || Top||

#6  BBC also reported that 34 children were just murdered with car bombs. I wonder why Jihad Spun doesn't report that. Just an oversight I guess....
Posted by: Tom Slick || 09/30/2004 10:12 Comments || Top||

#7  I think that Jihad Unspun is counting the old geezer who passed due to liver failure in Boise yesterday - he was a WWII vet and thereby an American serviceman.
Posted by: Super Hose || 09/30/2004 15:51 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan/South Asia
Jihad Unspun: Bad Moslems Killed; Good Moslems Martyred
From Jihad Unspun
In south eastern province Zabul yesterday, the Taliban attacked an Afghan forces convoy that resulted in the deaths of four Afghan security forces. Two Taliban were also martyred. The ambush took place in the mountainous area of Naw-bahar in the province of Zabul where a group of 20 Taliban sprayed machine gun fire on a convoy of 30 Afghan forces. The resulting battle lasted for three hours during which two Taliban were arrested.

In Shakai in South Waziristan, a remote controlled landmine was detonated at water spring when Afghan soldiers approached the well for water. The incident killed 4 Pak soldiers instantly and wounding six others. An ISPR representative claimed only 2 soldiers were killed and 4 others wounded. The remote control device mine was planted by unknown assailants ....
Posted by: Mike Sylwester || 09/30/2004 12:13:10 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Question: Do those virgins (in the pic) have veils.... or beards?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 09/30/2004 9:38 Comments || Top||

#2  Did you lift the virgins pic off the game Pharaoh?
Posted by: BH || 09/30/2004 10:06 Comments || Top||

#3  ..Actually, they look like veiled beards.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 09/30/2004 10:21 Comments || Top||

#4  In that case, I wonder what's under the bloomers?
Posted by: ed || 09/30/2004 10:28 Comments || Top||

#5  ed, Lets say you really dont want to know. There is a reason they are always 'virgin' and never menstrate(sp?)....
Posted by: CrazyFool || 09/30/2004 19:39 Comments || Top||

#6  Menstruate, CF. 'Cause its from the latin, y'know.

Oh, yeah, almost forgot.... euuuuuwwwww.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/30/2004 19:58 Comments || Top||


Iraq-Jordan
Two Martyrs for Truth Was Shot Dead by US Gunfire
From Jihad Unspun
While covering the fighting in Hayfa Street two correspondents for Mafkarat al-Islam was shot dead by US gunfire Tuesday afternoon according to a notice posted at 5:40pm Mecca time. Mafkarat al-Islam announced that correspondent Tahsin al-Janabi, was in the at-Tala'i' ["Vanguards"] Square in the Hayfa Street area when an American Apache helicopter opened fire at 3:30pm local time and struck him in the chest and abdomen, killing him instantly. Twenty minutes after the martyrdom of al-Janabi, 'Uday at-Tamimi was shot dead by a US sniper. The American bullet struck at-Tamimi in the head and he died instantly. At the time of his death, at-Tamimi was entering Hayfa Street from the north.

At the time the Mafkarat al-Islam notice was posted, the bodies of the two martyrs for truth were still lying on the streets, their blood mixing with that of the bodies of three children and one woman who were also killed by US snipers or Apache helicopter gunfire. At the time of the report, no one has been able to approach the bodies of the martyrs because of ferocious US sniper fire.

The third correspondent in the Hayfa Street area reported at that time that the Resistance was fighting back with equal determination. Resistance forces killed at least 13 American troops and left others wounded. Three Iraqi puppet intelligence men were also killed by Resistance fire. One US Abrahms tank and one Bradley armored vehicle were disabled. At the time of the report, US Apache helicopters continued to prowl the skies looking for victims, firing violently into the neighborhood, shooting at anything that moves.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Mike Sylwester || 09/30/2004 12:00:58 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  What a crock of crap. Next we will hear how they were found with panties on their heads.

What simple minds these knuckle heads have.

Three Iraqi puppet intelligence men were also killed by Resistance fire I have talked to my Iraqi Sock Puppet of Doom sources and no Puppets have been killed.

The Mafkarat al-Islam are killing themselves at the gates of Bagdad. There are no Mafkarat al-Islam pecker woods reporters any where near there. They are watching goat breeding down in Najaf according to our Sock Puppet of Doom reporters.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 09/30/2004 7:35 Comments || Top||

#2  bodies of three children and one woman who were also killed by US snipers

Let me see: a US sniper upon graduation is capable of putting a round on the name tag of target at 1000 meters, or knock a pimple off a gnat's ass.

Doesn't make sense that they'd kill anything that didn't need killing. Then again, consider the source of the item.
Posted by: Anonymous6700 || 09/30/2004 7:53 Comments || Top||

#3  looks like Baghdad Bob is back on the job.
Posted by: 2b || 09/30/2004 8:10 Comments || Top||

#4  Looks like Martyrs For Truth = Food for Worms. Hope somebody picked up their AK's when they were "martyred".
Posted by: tu3031 || 09/30/2004 9:35 Comments || Top||

#5  martyrs for the truth = dead Satan allan-worshipers
Posted by: anymouse || 09/30/2004 13:10 Comments || Top||

#6  Religion of Peace AND Truth!
Posted by: Anonymous6092 || 09/30/2004 18:36 Comments || Top||


More on the release of the Two Simonas
Italian intelligence officials were closely involved in the release of the two female aid workers held hostage in Iraq, it emerged yesterday. As Simona Pari and Simona Torretta, both 29, spoke after three weeks in captivity, it was reported that Italian intelligence and the Italian Red Cross, acting with a trusted junior government minister, were closely involved in the negotiations. According to La Repubblica newspaper, the deal also included an agreement that 30 sick Iraqi children would be sent to Italy. Last night the Italian Red Cross said six children and three adults had arrived for hospital treatment. Miss Torretta told magistrates that their captors sent them on their way with 10 copies of the Koran translated into English, and copious supplies of sweets. The two women were interviewed in the early hours after they flew into Rome on Tuesday night on board a chartered executive jet.

It was not immediately clear where the ransom money came from. But the prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi - a media tycoon whose political popularity has been badly eroded by criticism of the country's presence in Iraq - has been known to dip into his own pocket in the past. "At first they were hard on us. We were kept blindfolded for days," the women said. "During our captivity the kidnappers did their own investigating in order to find out who we were," said Miss Torretta, who spent the day at home yesterday. "The information they obtained showed that our work had been transparent and in the interests of the Iraqi people. In the end they actually asked our forgiveness. They treated us with great respect, and were even attentive to our needs," said Miss Torretta, who headed the office in Baghdad of the Bridge to Baghdad charity, which worked in health and education. The women were seized at gunpoint from the office on Sept 7.
Right. Such altruistic and patriotic men; they must have released you immediately. No? They hung on in there for that $1m of someone else's money. I see... But they gave you sweets. And ten copies of the book that inspires them. Sure, I see what you mean: wonderful guys.

Miss Pari told reporters yesterday: "I am serene, and very well. I hope I can return to Iraq quickly. It's a country I truly love. I'd like to send my best wishes and a big kiss to everyone in Iraq, and all our friends there." The women said they did not know where they were held, but in today's issue the Italian magazine Panorama, which is owned by Mr Berlusconi, claims that they were most recently in a large "western style" villa 30 miles outside Baghdad. The magazine said Italian intelligence had pinpointed their whereabouts on Monday. American intelligence, employing satellite technology, later confirmed this. Other people were kept in the villa, including "several other westerners", it added.
Superb info, if true...

The release was arranged through a Lebanese middleman. Corriere della Sera newspaper said negotiations began in earnest on Saturday night when the kidnappers released a tape on which the voices of the "two Simonas" had been recorded the same day. "This was the proof that the channel opened by the Red Cross was the correct one," the Corriere said, adding that Italian intelligence, with agreement of Gianni Letta, a junior minister trusted by Mr Berlusconi and known for his diplomatic skills, and Maurizio Scelli of the Red Cross opened negotiations. The paper said the original demands were a ransom of $5 million and withdrawal of Italian troops from Iraq, which were treated as a starting point. On Sunday a government official flew to Iraq and on Monday an Italian secret service source made contact with the kidnappers and was given details of the women's condition via a tribal chief. A deal was then reached to pay the $1 million ransom in two instalments.
Posted by: Bulldog || 09/30/2004 3:26:15 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Very interesting "the other" hostages? An the location of the same? Wonder if we have acted on this?
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 09/30/2004 8:01 Comments || Top||

#2  The release was arranged through a Lebanese middleman The Lebanese have a great deal of experience with kidnappers. And a longer history as traders -- going back to Biblical times. How pleased they all must be that they were able to bargain down the ransom cost!
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/30/2004 10:27 Comments || Top||

#3  Market's softening. Chirac paid off Lebanese middlemen about $5M back in 1988.
Posted by: lex || 09/30/2004 10:30 Comments || Top||

#4  Kidnapping Europeans for ransom is an old and honored Arab tradition. Looks like they've rediscovered one of the few renewable industries in the Arab world.
Posted by: ed || 09/30/2004 10:32 Comments || Top||

#5  This is the way Europe (and most of the rest of the world) does business: cash for humans. No transaction is too unethical. Think they're reconsidering the slave trade?
Posted by: jules 187 || 09/30/2004 10:38 Comments || Top||

#6  "From the hall of Montezu-u-ma
To the shores of Tripoli"
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/30/2004 10:38 Comments || Top||


U.S. Forces Attack Target in Fallujah
U.S. forces launched a "precision strike" on Thursday on a building in Falluja said to be used by terrorists fighters loyal to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and Iraqi doctors said at least three people were killed.
A highly reliable "source" when it comes to casualties in normally serene Fallujah. Did you know Fallujah is the home of the Iraqi Rotary Infidel Shredder Club?
"Several intelligence sources reported that Zarqawi terrorists were using the safehouse at the time of the strike to plan attacks against Iraqi citizens and Multinational Forces," the U.S. military said in a statement. "Significant secondary explosions were observed during the impact indicating a large cache of illegal ordnance was stored in the safe house."
Nope. It was 'sploding baby ducks. They do that in Fallujah.
Doctors at Falluja's main hospital said at least three people were killed and eight wounded.
And they were all, uh, innocent bystanders. Everyone in Fallujah stands by - all the time - to remove any evidence of not standing by.
The U.S. military says it takes care to avoid civilian casualties, and has accused Falluja doctors of exaggerating casualty reports. But Falluja residents insist civilians are regularly killed and wounded in air strikes.
"Sure thing! After we take the dead guy's RPG and grenades, we take pix with our digital cell-phones and send 'em off to Al Jizz. Voila! Proof! Thank you for these nifty devices! We'd be simple camel herders without such generous and plentiful anywhere-but-Islam technology! Why, we can't even make Damascus steel anymore - comes from Taiwan or Japan!"
Zarqawi's group has claimed responsibility for many of the deadliest suicide car bomb attacks in Iraq since Saddam Hussein was overthrown, and has killed several foreign hostages.
He's in very delicate negotiations right now with several famous cutlery firms for his endorsement, in fact.
The group has threatened to behead British hostage Ken Bigley unless female prisoners are released from jails in Iraq.
Panties optional.
Posted by: .com || 09/30/2004 5:01:06 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Gotta watch out for them `sploding baby ducks now.
News flash! Just in. Zarqawi is wearing panties on his head hiding in his closet right now.
Posted by: Sock Pupet of Doom || 09/30/2004 5:08 Comments || Top||

#2  I hate to say it, but I'm caring less and less about civilian casualties and caring more and more about the saftey of our soldiers.

It's great that we keep the bystander casualty to a minimum, and we should continue to try avoid as best we can - but remembering 9/11, let's just get the job done there, so innocent bystanders don't die here.
Posted by: 2b || 09/30/2004 8:24 Comments || Top||

#3  I have an image of a hosery toy covered in ladies personal apparel....
Posted by: john || 09/30/2004 9:09 Comments || Top||

#4  Stop that shit now.. it's f*cking with my head... (plse del.)
Posted by: Howard UK || 09/30/2004 9:17 Comments || Top||

#5  Sock Pupet of Doom, this is all your fault!!
What came over you to start this insanity???!!!!!!
Posted by: Memesis || 09/30/2004 9:36 Comments || Top||

#6  I didn't use H1 at least.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 09/30/2004 9:39 Comments || Top||

#7  Hey! When you click to comment, all the previous posts move across the page. SPoD, do not ever do that again. Oh and thank you for adding that second P. In my pedanticism, it was really starting to bug me.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/30/2004 10:34 Comments || Top||

#8  Zarqawi lost his head for Hanes.
Posted by: Capt America || 09/30/2004 13:24 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine
Two young children killed in Qassam strike in Sderot
Two young children were killed and 31 others were wounded when two Qassam rockets fired from the Gaza Strip struck the Negev town of Sderot around 5 P.M. on Wednesday evening. Dorit Aniso, 2, and Yuval Abebeh, 4, were wounded in the strike and died of their injuries shortly afterward. The two were close relatives. The rocket landed between two buildings in a residential area of the town as Israelis were preparing for the Sukkot harvest festival to begin. Two other rockets were fired at the same time, Army Radio reported. Hamas claimed responsibility for the strike, which came on a day in which six Palestinians were reported killed during an Israel Defense Forces raid in the northern Gaza Strip aimed at preventing the firing of the Qassam rockets.
Posted by: Mark Espinola || 09/30/2004 9:40:25 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:


Home Front: Tech
Anti-Missile System
A third interceptor missile was lowered into an underground silo in Alaska this week, the latest addition to a ground-based missile defense system that will become operational this year, the US Defense Department said Thursday. The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) said the interceptor missile went into a launch silo at Fort Greely, Alaska on Wednesday. Three more interceptor missiles will be fielded by mid-October at Fort Greely, and two others later this year at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, it said. "Although the system will initially have a limited capability when it becomes operational later this year, it will mark the first time the United States has a capability to defend the entire country against a limited attack by a long-range ballistic missile," the agency said in a statement.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 09/30/2004 10:37:27 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Do these missles have a name yet?
Posted by: Shipman || 09/30/2004 10:01 Comments || Top||

#2  Ship-
I nominate 'Valkyrie'. VERY cool.*S*

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 09/30/2004 10:24 Comments || Top||

#3  It's a little complicated. The boosters are by Lockheed and Orbital Sciences. Lockheed just gives them a series of initials (PLV, etc.). OS has used names like Minotaur and Taurus for predecessors to the current boosters, but hasn't given the current one a name.

Then Raytheon, which makes the actual kill vehicle, just calls it EKV. (Because of program conditions, we say it means "Employee Kill Vehicle").

So, these jobbers are a combination of components from three equal competitors. All others like Minuteman, Nike, Titan, Harpoon, etc., were all by a single prime contractor. The difficulty is not so much the name as Who gets to name it.

It will probably stay a non-name like GMB for a while. If there is significant chance of the program being killed, then it will acquire a name in self-defense. (cf. MX-1 -> Peacekeeper, DIVAD -> Sgt. York).
Posted by: jackal || 09/30/2004 13:28 Comments || Top||

#4  How about Minuteman IV?
A very serious defense indeed.

Then change the name of the PeaceKeeper to PeaceMaker so everybody gets the picture.

And I guess maybe change the name of the Trident D-4 to
DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT.
Posted by: Shipman || 09/30/2004 18:05 Comments || Top||



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