The news about Tajik's alleged efforts to acquire sensitive U.S. technology comes as some members of the Iraq Study Group, a panel advising President Bush on possible strategy changes, are reportedly pressing for the United States to reach out both to Iran and Syria for help in curbing violence in Iraq.
Italic: So far, the Bush administration has resisted any engagement with Iran or Syria because of their alleged support for terror groups and because of Iran's stated determination to proceed with a uranium enrichment program
Very important, then. Perhaps, undermined by reality on this one item, the Iraq Study Group's other stupid suggestions will be discredited by association... leaving only their intelligent suggestions to be implemented.
(KUNA) -- Unknown gunmen killed on Friday five Sudanese policemen and injured another during clashes in southern Khartoum, police said. In a press release, the police added the clashes were initiated by an armed attack against a police patrol in Jabal-Aulia area. One gunmen was also killed during the attack, added the police.
Who was he?
Sudanese State Minister at Interior Ministry Alio Ayang condemned the incident and quarrel between nationals, adding he would pursue all those who attempt to break the law.
(Itar-Tass) -- Two members of illegal armed groups from Chechnya were detained in Nazran on Friday. One of them, a 32-year-old resident of Grozny, Abukar Ediyev, was wanted on suspicion of participation in the attack on Ingushetia in the summer of 2004, an Ingushetian Interior Ministry source told Itar-Tass. The other, Suleiman Batsiyev, 29, was sought by Chechen police over terrorist attacks committed in Chechnya. The detained persons are handed over to Chechen law-enforcement authorities.
Two more Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists were killed by the police at Gulgam village in the border district of Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.
As the police zeroed in on the target, the terrorists entered into the cowshed of one Mohd Sultan Lone and started firing indiscriminately. The fire was duly returned and the cowshed caught fire.
According to SSP Kupwara, six foreign LeT terrorists had recently infiltrated into Kupwara, out of which three were killed in an encounter at Cherwari Gulgam on Wednesday and another had been overpowered by locals of Awoora and handed over to the local police.
However, the remaining two Pakistanis had escaped from the site of encounter. On Friday after receiving information regarding their presence, Kupwara Police and 41 RR launched an operation and cordoned off some houses of Gulgam. As the police zeroed in on the target, the terrorists entered into the cowshed of one Mohd Sultan Lone, son of Ghulam Rasool Lone, and started firing indiscriminately. The fire was duly returned and in the ensuing encounter, the cowshed caught fire. During the search operation, dead bodies of both the unidentified Lashkar terrorists were recovered from the site of encounter. Large quantities of arms and ammunition were also recovered from the site of encounter.
Security forces smashed two terrorist hideouts and recovered arms and explosives, including 10 kg of RDX, in Doda and Rajouri districts of Jammu and Kashmir, official sources said in Jammu on Friday. On a tip-off, security forces launched a search operation and busted a militant hideout at Pathalan area of Ramban tehsil in Doda district, they said adding the terrorists fled leaving behind the arms cache. The recoveries from the hideout included 10 kg of RDX, one pika gun, four detonators, 129 rounds of AK ammunition and 14 grenades. Another hideout was smashed by troops in Kanthal Masuta area of Rajouri district and one 12 bore gun was recovered from it, they said.
One pika gun? Pikas are kinda like marmots, and live mostly in South America. Can someone explain, please? Normally all you need to hunt small varmits is a .22 rifle. Marmots are on the protected list in the US, but there are plenty of prairie dogs to hunt. It's not very sporting, but the little rascals can really tear up a lawn.
Posted by: Old Patriot ||
11/18/2006 12:00 Comments ||
IIUC a Pika is the semi-auto version of the Bangla Shutter Gun. Tritium sights and such....
Posted by: Frank G ||
11/18/2006 12:16 Comments ||
There is a light machine gun version of the venerable Kalashninov rifle known as the PK.
To please his friend that had joined LeT cadre, a student of Class 10th was caught on Friday by Doda police in connection with an unsuccessful attempt to hurl a grenade inside a Mosque at the township area during the holy month of Ramzan. Identified as one Bashir Ahmed alias Nikka ,a class 10th student of Government High School Doda, son of Ghulam Mohammad Bhat and resident of Koti, he was assigned the task by his friend who had left studies and joined LeT .
"During the month of Ramzan, Bashir Ahmed was contacted by a LeT terrorist Irshad who used to study with him in primary classes. Irshad, gave him a grenade to be hurled inside the Mosque to target some civilians and some VIPs that were offering Namaz at that time", SSP Doda Manohar Singh said, adding that "but Bashir could not make attempt due to heavy deployment of security personnel in and around the Mosque."
Replying to a query, SSP Manohar Singh informed that "police had received input by various agencies that LeT may engage some sharp shooter to resort to firing or a new face to hurl grenade on civilians and VVIPs. Following that lead, police launched a manhunt to trace the accused. After a thorough investigation police achieved success in tracing out the accused and averting a major tragedy. The accused has been put under sustained interrogation to expose the entire module and effect more arrests in that case."
Fifteen people were injured when a bomb exploded in a garbage bin near a bus stop some 500 yards away from the Gaddafi Stadium on Ferozepur Road in Lahore on Friday. In another terrorism incident a few hours earlier in Peshawar, a suicide bomber killed himself in an attack on a police van and two policemen were injured.
The Lahore police had earlier claimed that two people were killed and another 13 were injured in the explosion, but retracted the statement later, saying that only 15 people were injured in the incident. Bomb Disposal Squad officials said the locally made bomb was a timed device and weighed one kilogramme. Punjab Additional IG Khawaja Khalid Farooq said the bomb was similar to the one that exploded in Liberty Market on August 29 in which four people were killed. Police cordoned off the site soon after the explosion and the injured people were admitted to Services Hospital and Jinnah Hospital where their condition is stated to be critical. Police has tightened security in the provincial capital to prevent more sabotage or terrorism.
Meanwhile, Peshawar Operations SSP Iftikhar Khan told Daily Times that 20-year-old Nadeem, an electrician by profession and resident of Pishtakhara Bala, detonated a bomb near a police van at Fayaz Khalil Shaheed Chowk at 7:30am. Nadeem was killed in the attack and two policemen sitting in the vehicle were injured, he said, adding that the police found an identity card from the spot, which identified Nadeem as the suicide bomber. Nadeems father Sarzameen Khan and his brother have been arrested and handed over to the Crime Investigation Agency for interrogation, Mazhar, duty officer at the Pishtakhara police station, told Daily Times.
Nadeems neighbour Ahmad Khan said that Nadeem was a hafiz-e-Quran and an emotional person. He (Nadeem) always talked about jihad, said Ahmad, adding that he did not know whether Nadeem was affiliated with any militant organisation. Sarzameen Khan, a labourer, told reporters that his son did not come home on Thursday night and he heard news of the explosion on Friday morning. Peshawar police chief Haji Habibur Rehman claimed that the policemen were not Nadeems target. Nadeem attacked the police when they suspected his movement, he said.
BARA: A temporary calm prevailed in the Bara tribal area of Khyber Agency on Friday without any agreement following a fierce daylong clash between the Lashkar-e-Islami and the Ansaarul Islam religious groups on Thursday.
Lashkar-e-Islami demolished four houses of the supporters of Ansaarul Islam in Zawa area of Bara in an apparent reaction to Thursdays violence.
However, the Lashkar-e-Islami demolished four houses of the supporters of Ansaarul Islam in Zawa area of Bara in an apparent reaction to Thursdays violence.
At least 20 people were killed and several others were injured in a fierce battle between the two groups on Thursday. An Ansaarul Islam lashkar led by Gul Maidan was heading towards Aka Khel near Bara when Lashkar-e-Islami supporters challenged them, fearing that the Ansaarul Islam wanted to capture Bara.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A suicide bomber killed himself in an attack on a police van in the northwestern Pakistan city of Peshawar on Friday, but neither of the policemen in the vehicle were hurt, police said. Police said the bomber killed in the Peshawar blast was a 20-year-old man who had been living in the city. His father came to the scene and identified the body, police said. The dead man was said to have been a committed Muslim.
Later on Friday, a bomb planted in a rubbish bin exploded at bus station in the eastern city of Lahore wounding 14 people, police said. Some of the victims were in a van and some standing nearby. Lahore police said two people had been killed but the citys police chief, Khawaja Khalid Farooq, later said his men had been mistaken and there were no fatalities in the blast.
There was no claim of responsibility for either of the explosions.
U.S. and Iraqi forces raided a Shiite stronghold in Baghdad on Saturday, looking for dozens of men abducted from an Iraqi government office. Coalition forces searched for four American security contractors missing in an attack on their convoy in southern Iraq.
Iraqi soldiers backed by U.S. helicopters swept through the Sadr City section of the capital motivated by intelligence indicating an armed group was holding the Iraqi hostages, the U.S. military said. The statement did not say whether any hostages were found. No casualties were reported among coalition forces, but Iraqi police said three Iraqi civilians were wounded.
Gunmen dressed like Interior Ministry commandos abducted some 150 men Tuesday from the central Baghdad office that handles academic grants and exchanges. The men were handcuffed and driven away about 20 pickup trucks. About half were released on Tuesday night and Wednesday. A Sunni who says he was among the hostages freed claimed the kidnappers broke his arm. He said he saw them kill at least three hostages after taking them to empty houses in the Sadr City Shiite slum.
The mass kidnapping was widely believed to have been the work of the Mahdi Army, the heavily armed militia of anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. The kidnapping has raised questions about Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's commitment to wiping out the militias of his prime political backers: the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq and al-Sadr's Sadrist Movement.
A rogue cell from the Madhi Army militia also is suspected of having kidnapped an Iraqi-American soldier last month. Ahmed Qusai al-Taayie, a 41-year-old reserve soldier from Ann Arbor, Mich., was visiting his Iraqi wife in Baghdad on Oct. 23 when gunmen handcuffed him and took him away.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Saturday reiterated Washington's determination to support the "small seeds" of Iraqi democracy, but she said that success depends on the government and people of Iraq themselves. It is up to Iraqis to "face up to their differences and realize that they only have one future, and that's a future together," Rice said at the Asia-Pacific summit in Vietnam. "They don't have a future if they try and stay apart."
In southern Iraq, coalition forces searched for four Americans and one Austrian missing since Thursday when their Kuwait-based security convoy was hijacked, said U.S. Embassy spokesman Michael McClellan. Islamic Companies, a previously unknown group, claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, according to an Iranian-run Arabic-language satellite news station. It said the group released a videotaped message saying it was holding the five men and demanded the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq and the release of all prisoners being held there.
(KUNA) -- Two Iraqi civilians were killed and four others sustained injuries when unidentified gunmen opened fire at them in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, in addition to the killing and injury of a policewoman and her daughter in Mosul. An Iraqi police source in Kirkuk told Kuna that the unidentified gunmen aboard a civilian car opened fire at a civilian gathering in Al-Nasr suburb in the city of Kirkuk killing two civilians and injuring four others seriously.
In addition, an Iraqi army source in Kirkuk told Kuna that the army has stormed and searched Al-Rashad neighborhood and 12 nearby villages in southwest Kirkuk while searching for wanted members of Tawheed and Jihad. They also apprehended a big cache of arms and detonated four explosive sticks ready to blow up.
On the other hand, a police source said that unidentified gunmen assassinated the policewoman named Asia and her daughter Amal close to Aden suburb in Mosul. He added that vehement and sporadic clashes occurred today in Al-Masaref, Al-Tahreer and other alleys besides erecting many roadblocks while most door locks were closed due to the tense security conditions in the area around.
It will be many years before Israel faces a real war for its survival, but the clock has begun to tick.
'An equation has to be created in which it is not worth it for the Palestinians to fire," said Eli Moyal, mayor of Sderot, after rockets fired from the Gaza Strip killed a 57-year-old woman and severely injured two young men (one of whom lost both legs) last Wednesday in the southern Israeli town. The logic is impeccable: hurt the Palestinians enough and they will stop launching rockets. Looks like Olmerts replacement has finally been located.
But the Israeli Defense Force hurt the Palestinians very badly indeed at the beginning of November, in Beit Hanoun, the town nearest to the launch sites of last Wednesday's rockets. The operation lasted for a week, and it killed 60 Palestinians and injured 250. One Israeli soldier was killed. If that kill ratio doesn't stop the rockets, what will? How about 600:1 or 6,000:1? It wouldnt hurt to find out.
Most of the Palestinians killed in Beit Hanoun were "militants." Unless you listen to BBC or Reuters wailing about all the fluffy bunnies and baby ducklings that got squooshed.
They were young men who had grown up under the Israeli occupation, and who were finally given the opportunity to fight the Israeli army in their hometown. This was merely an opportunity to die bravely but uselessly, since Kalashnikovs are not much use against tanks, but it made them feel really impotent important for the last 10 minutes of their lives. Thats the Palestinians for you, always letting off esteem. Lets hope we can make a lot more of them feel equally important.
Since the hopelessly inaccurate, homemade Qassams first began to fall on the Israel towns and villages near the Gaza Strip in 2000, they have killed a total of nine Israelis. In just the four-week period from June 26 to July 24, Israeli Defense Force actions in the Gaza Strip to stop the Qassam rocket fire caused the death of 126 Palestinians. Thats the problem, right there. Nowhere near the 60:1 minimum pain threshold. Gotta get those kill ratios up into the really excruciating numbers, guys. Youll never win their respect this way.
According to the Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem, 63 of these were not fighters, and 29 of them were minors. The IDF says it never deliberately targets civilians, but it cannot be unaware that a high Palestinian death toll is a necessary part of the equation "in which it is not worth it for the Palestinians to fire." Someone finally gets it. Too bad America doesnt understand this equation yet.
So its operations are less careful than they would be if the civilians in question were Israelis. Consider, for example, the Israeli artillery fire that killed 19 members of the Athamna family in Beit Hanoun a few days after the armoured operation. Do you mean this Athamna family? The ones who were storing explosives in the same house their children lived in? The linked article poses some very interesting questions. Like:
The radar that locates the targets transferred data showing that 10 shells from one barrage landed at a distance of 400 meters from the house that was hit. The two remaining shells were not detected by the radar. This is a familiar statistical phenomenon. Nonetheless, it doesn't make sense that only some of the shells fired from the same cannon would go off course to such an extent, even if they didn't show up on the radar. If only two shells landed inside a residential neighborhood, where did the others land?
Link at: http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2006/11/was-israel-really-responsible-for-beit.html
"A technical failure," said Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, and he was no doubt technically correct. [T]echnically correct? More like factually incorrect.
But more than 350 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip since midsummer, versus two Israelis: one soldier killed in Beit Hanoun early this month, and one civilian killed in Sderot last Wednesday. At a kill ratio of 175:1, Id say that was a major improvement.
Yet no amount of pain seems to deter the Palestinians, and now the rockets are getting accurate enough to hurt Israelis. Pain doesnt seem to be working. Better switch over to death. It has longer lasting after effects.
They are not as accurate as the modified Katyushas that Hezbollah fired at northern Israel last summer, but the ranges are a great deal shorter. Moreover, this is not taking place in the context of a war of limited duration, like the one last summer that was triggered by Hezbollah's seizure of two Israeli soldiers and then escalated by massive Israeli air raids on Lebanon. No, it is your standard issue terrorist activity. Some things never change. Unless you blow them straight to hell, that is.
That lasted a month; this is an everyday affair of local people fabricating and launching short-range missiles at nearby Israeli targets, and it could go on for years. Which is why Beit Hanoun made so much sense. Lots of dead people to not fire rockets anymore.
No doubt Israel can also go on shelling and bombing the Gaza Strip and making occasional armoured incursions like that at Beit Hanoun for years, and no doubt it can still count on killing 20 or 50 Palestinian fighters and civilians for every Israeli soldier or civilian who dies. But the Palestinians just don't care any more. Keep upping the kill ratios until they do care.
That is not literally true. Of course they care when their kids (or their parents or sisters or brothers) are killed. But in the larger sense, most Palestinians, at least in the Gaza Strip, no longer care how high the price is; they have lost their fear. Up the kill ratios until they find their fear again. Its skulking around there somewhere. Theyve just temporarily misplaced it.
This poses a danger for Israel, because it means that the traditional strategy of terrorizing the Palestinians into submission no longer works. Offing them into submission will work just fine. Trust me.
Turning points do not normally announce themselves with great fanfare; you only realize that you have passed them some time later. But this year, for the first time, Israel failed to win a war (in Lebanon). Lets see just how many more of those sort of victories Hezbollah can stand. Wasn't the kill ratio about 30:1 or 60:1?
For the first time in 39 years, Israel has really lost control of the Palestinians. And now the United States, after 30 years of military involvement, is on its way out of the Middle East. The American withdrawal from Iraq is still a year or two away, but the retreat will not stop there. This presumes quite a bit. Like Iran being left intact before we depart.
We are probably still 20 or 30 or even 50 years away from the day when Israel faces a real war for survival. Not if Iran isnt stopped. Whered this writer buy his timeline, at K-Mart?
Avoiding that is a very high priority even for Israel's enemies, for a defeated Israel would certainly destroy the Arab world with nuclear weapons before it went under, and (if you believe the threats of some Israeli leaders) much of Europe as well. Not that the lot of them wouldnt richly deserve it.
That outcome is still far from inevitable, but this is the year when the clock started ticking. If Iran is not stopped, that outcome" is inevitable.
Interesting to note how the writer alludes to Israel's Sampson Option being expanded to include parts of Europe as well.
I wonder if paybacks for France are on the targeting list? If I were Europe, I'd be a bit more concerned about this and lay off financing the Palestinians so much. But, then again, the Europeans haven't been showing a lot of common sense of late.
That was a good piece, Zenster. And BTW, I agree with you on upping the pain until it produces the desireable behaviour in the Paleos. Not that I expect Israel to do it, bar some catastrophic attack.
Once again I point out that "upping the pain" is meaningless when human life means nothing to them.
Face it, their zeitgeist is of a death cult. They no more fear death than would an equal number of Thuggee. In fact, like the Thuggee, they actually look forward to death, both killing others and dying themselves.
This leaves only two alternatives: either wipe them out or ethnically cleanse them; or, take away the one thing they DO care about--land.
But even talking about killing them is futile. They have proven beyond any doubt that they just do not give a crap. 100:1? 1000:1? Doesn't matter.
It's all about the Middle East in the news today. However, Iraq is a diversion. As the army attacks Iraq, the US gov't erodes rights at home by suspending habeas corpus, stealing private lands, banning books like "America Deceived" from Amazon, rigging elections, conducting warrantless wiretaps and starting 2 illegal wars based on lies. Soon, another US false-flag operation will occur (sinking of an Aircraft Carrier) and the US will invade Iran, (on behalf of Israel).
Final link (before Google Books bends to gov't demands and censors the title): America Deceived (book)
I agree with the inlines, but never discount the inconvenience inflicted when all water and power is shut off. Try and spin a lathe to make a Qassam when it's run by pedalling a bike. Food don't last when there's no electricity. Hard to get close enough to shoot a Qassam when NVG's show your stupid ass setting up. Get medieval. Shut off the water and power, catapult diseased carcasses into Gaza :-)
Posted by: Frank G ||
11/18/2006 9:57 Comments ||
Wow, EI1735, guess we should just cut our wrists, then? You go first :-)
Posted by: Frank G ||
11/18/2006 10:19 Comments ||
AHH, life in the "Promised land. Aint it just god like to store artillery rounds in your home? I mean every house should have a howitzer, er, I mean a Trabant with five or six 155 rounds wired up in it, ya never know when an evil JOOO convoy might come by, and you will need to blow up the neighborhood. Allah be with you my favoeite martyrs!
Posted by: 49 Pan ||
11/18/2006 10:26 Comments ||
The edge was just a little too close for this one. Bad breaks brakes, I guess.
As all of you can tell, my pain in the @ss threshold has already been reached. I agree, for every attack, take another square mile of land that is never given back. Let these thugs crowd themselves onto a postage stamp.
Shut off all water and power until Hamas recognizes Israel? Absolutely. Love the idea! Whatever it takes to force their hand, DO IT NOW!
Soon, another US false-flag operation will occur (sinking of an Aircraft Carrier)
Ebbinemp Ulavick1735, you obviously have some childhood issues that don't merit discussion at this forum. Suffice to say that if you buy into plots that suggest our own government would voluntarily kill 5,500 CREW MEMBERS and destroy over 10 BILLION DOLLARS worth of boat and planes to initiate a war whose onset could be faked a thousand other far less expensive ways, I've got only one question for you; Who ties your shoelaces for you each morning?
Let me guess, we also flew our own planes into our own buildings on 9-11, right? If you actually believe that sort of intellectual vomit, your soul may well be beyond the possibility of salvaging. Incidentally, you also come across as a troll and will most likely be put on flush ignore here on out.
They no more fear death than would an equal number of Thuggee. In fact, like the Thuggee, they actually look forward to death, both killing others and dying themselves.
How much have you read about the Thuggee, 'moose?
Many of the Thuggee stumbled over each other giving evidence to Sleeman. They weren't particularly interested in their own deaths; they may have been homicidal fanatics, but they weren't suicidal. If they had been, would they have been so damned careful at hiding the bodies of their victims? Or making sure their victims were outnumbered and incapacitated at the time of their murder?
We can learn quite a bit about fighting fanatics from studying Sleeman's campaign against the Thuggee -- and learn a bit about the sanitization of history from the later-year denials of the existence of the Thuggee. But we have to consult reliable sources and not attribute behavior to them those sources do not report.
Posted by: Robert Crawford ||
11/18/2006 11:44 Comments ||
EU1735 is on to the tricks of the rascals.
BTW 1735 is a number that is tracked by black flag Rb funded Spetnatz.
Posted by: AL Chappeau ||
11/18/2006 11:46 Comments ||
Zenster: I call it the "Microsoft Certified Ditch Digger" conspiracy theory.
That is, Them, as in The Forces of Them, see in the United States a cosmic unbalance that deprives Them of power. So if They can just correct this imbalance, then They will become immensely powerful.
What I am talking about, of course, is that there are far too many Microsoft Certified Engineers and people like that, and not enough Ditch Diggers.
Therefore, the purpose of the entire conspiracy, everything from the Kennedy assassination and the faked Moon landing, to Britney Shpears recent divorce, is to take power in the United States to force all Microsoft Certified Engineers to dig ditches!
Why, it is staggeringly brilliant in concept.
Entire divisions of Pakistani UN shock-troop 7-11 employees are in readiness for X-DAY, when all the Microsoft Certified Engineers will be rounded up and forced to dig ditches. And power will flow to our secret masters.
Well, that's the theory, at least.
But I figure that if a conspiracy theory passes my MSCDD test, then there's a good chance our government issued brain microchips will over-write the alien transmissions.
My God, the complexity of the conspiracy is so obvious, yet so subtle. As a veteran of the military, and the IC, I had no Idea because of effective compartmentalization, how effective my blundering actually was. I'm so relieved to see that my participation in the vast right wing conspiracy was actually a cover for the vasst left wing conspiracy by the very government for who I worked. Brilliant!
BTW, do you take your meds you drooling cretin?
This may shock you, but I believe it may be possible to get a pain and death ratio high enough to actually leave them asking themselves what the hell they are doing.
I do not, however, believe they can answer correctly. :-}
Fatima Slutsker was a Muslim woman who came from the Caucasus Mountains in the Former Soviet Union just three years ago with her Jewish husband.
An eyewitness in a store nearby said she had crossed the road seconds before the rocket landed, and had been waiting for her husband, who was still on the other side of the street.
Avichai Yosef and Benny Libranti from Zaka, the rescue organization that rushes to the scene after terrorist attacks, described the bloody scene as looking like a suicide bombing on a bus. They said it took hours to gather body parts, which were scattered in a 50-meter, and bones and legs were found on the top of the trees and on car windshields.
A delegation of Moslem Knesset members showed up to pay their respects as Slutsker was laid to rest.
who came from the Caucasus Mountains in the Former Soviet Union just three years ago with her Jewish husband.
Mrs. Slutsker could not have come to Israel had she not been married to a Jewish man. He got automatic entry by the Law of Return. I'm sure there are some marriages of convenience back in the old country for exactly that reason, although given that she was waiting for him to cross the street to her, doesn't seem the reason in this case.
IDF troops conducting an arrest raid in the West Bank town of Kalkilya opened fire at a crowd of Palestinian rioters, killing three people and wounding more than 30 others, according to Israeli and Palestinian officials.
The army said a crowd of some 200 rioters confronted the soldiers shortly after they arrived in the town of Kalkilya late Friday and surrounded a home. Palestinian officials said a wanted Hamas operative was inside the home. The army said the crowd attacked the soldiers with rocks and firebombs, and the soldiers responded with warning shots and live fire. A firefight with Palestinian gunmen followed, the army said. The army said it received reports from Palestinian medics that two rioters were killed and 11 wounded.
Palestinian hospital officials said more than 30 people were wounded, including two people in critical condition. Another person died of his wounds late Friday. Palestinian witnesses said larger numbers of troops were moving into Kalkilya as the operation continued, and IDF bulldozers had destroyed part of the surrounded home.
GAZA - Israel carried out air strikes in the Gaza Strip overnight, destroying four buildings belonging to militants of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad movements involved in attacks against Israel. Three houses used by Hamas armed wing to store weapons were targeted in Jabaliya and Beit Lahiya, north of Gaza City, and the southern Gaza town of Rafah near the border with Egypt, an army spokesman said Friday.
A metal workshop in the southern town of Khan Younis, which Israel said belonged to the militant Islamic Jihad and was used to manufacture weapons, was destroyed in the southern town of Khan Younis.
At least four neighbours were reported injured in the strike in Rafah. Israeli officers gave advance warnings to the home-owners in telephone calls shortly before the attacks.
This is getting a little old. You can destroy buildings but they'll need to clean Gaza out before the Qassams will stop. I was one of the people here supporting Sharon handing Gaza back to the Paleos, and I was wrong. Now it's time to scrub Gaza clean: throw all the people there into Egypt or transport them to the West Bank (or Syria, heh) and start over.
TYRE, Lebanon - Three Israeli warplanes on Friday violated Lebanese airspace, flying repeatedly over the south of the country despite harsh international criticism of such incursions.
The fighter-bombers overflew the Tyre and Bint Jbeil areas where troops of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) are deployed, intruding at high altitude repeatedly from around 0900 GMT, an AFP correspondent reported.
When asked about Fridays overflights, an Israeli military spokesman said only: We dont elaborate on aerial activity.
Too bad you can't fit an F-15 with a Stuka-style air siren.
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