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Iraqi Security Forces detain 81 suspected extremists
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Afghanistan
Afghan and US troops kill 50 Taliban fighters
Afghan police and US-led coalition forces killed more than 50 Taliban militants in fighting in southern Afghanistan, the government said on Wednesday.

The militants were killed in clashes in the volatile Charchino district of Uruzgan province over the past 24 hours, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. There were no casualties to Afghan and US forces, the government said. The operation involved ground and air attacks, Uruzgan Police Chief Juma Gul Himat said. Separately a Taliban commander and four of his guards were killed in a police operation in Deh Rawood district of the same province on Tuesday, said the statement.
Posted by: Fred || 11/22/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Numbers aren't credible unless air support was involved. 50+ 'bunnies killed and no coalition casualties? And no mention of captured or wounded 'bunnies? Either the 'bunnie count is released by way too optimistic Afghan press agent, or air was involved; in either case, expect to hear shortly that most of the killed were innocent women and children.
Posted by: Glenmore || 11/22/2007 0:33 Comments || Top||

#2  More the results of "W" getting tuff with the Taliban in Afghanistan (a 9/11 move that won't be argued by the Congress)! And of course, with Rendition going down the tubes, the incentive to take prisoners will plummet as well!
Posted by: smn || 11/22/2007 1:29 Comments || Top||

#3  I'm hoping they all got killed and that 360 virgins have plenty to be thankful for today. :-)
Posted by: gorb || 11/22/2007 3:13 Comments || Top||

#4  The operation involved ground and air attacks, Uruzgan Police Chief Juma Gul Himat said.

There you are, Glenmore. You need only wish, and the Pakistani Daily Times acts. ;-)

gorb, I think they might be sniggering rather than thankful, but that's only an assumption on my part.
Posted by: trailing wife in Buffalo for Thanksgiving || 11/22/2007 7:56 Comments || Top||

#5  COMBINED JOINT TASK FORCE- 82 press release:
ANSF-led forces continue to inflict heavy insurgent losses in Oruzgan province
Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), advised by Coalition forces, killed a large group of insurgents after a botched ambush by the Taliban near Sarsina village, Oruzgan province today.

The combined force was conducting a reconnaissance patrol when a large group of insurgents engaged the patrol with small arms fire and rocket propelled grenades. The combined force immediately returned accurate small arms and machine gun fire, putting the enemy on the defensive. The company-size group of insurgents attempted to out-maneuver the combined force and moved into a nearby structure and trench line forcing innocent Afghan citizens to flee the area.

Moments later, the combined force fixed the insurgents in their position and several precision air strikes effectively eliminated the Taliban insurgents who were trying to reinforce the enemy positions.
Posted by: ed || 11/22/2007 10:48 Comments || Top||

#6  It seems that the Afghan army has rejected "spray and pray" for accurate aiming and target aquisition. If that's true, the talibanned will soon be extinct. Now if we could only get the "tribal leaders" to do an "Anbar Awakening", I'd be a lot more optimistic about the future of Afghanistan.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 11/22/2007 12:37 Comments || Top||

#7  it seems it is getting easier too kill the talibunnies than it is too sqwat flies
Posted by: sinse || 11/22/2007 13:26 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
Japan detains 5 with new fingerprint checks
Fingerprint checks on foreigners arriving in Japan matched five people to an immigration blacklist on the first day, the Justice Ministry said on Wednesday. The five individuals’ fingerprints came up on a list containing around 800,000 names including Interpol suspects and people deported from Japan in the past, the ministry said. It refused to give any details of the five people or say which countries they came from. One of the five is to be deported and the others are still under investigation, a ministry official said.

Biometric scanning of almost all foreigners entering Japan was introduced on Tuesday, sparking anger among long-term residents, businesspeople and human rights campaigners. Introduced as an anti-terrorism measure, the system has been criticised for linking foreigners with crime. Opponents demonstrated outside the Justice Ministry on Tuesday.
Posted by: Fred || 11/22/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under: Global Jihad

#1  Outstanding.

Just spent a few weeks there, and was very pleased upon arrival to see a (somewhat crude, by perfect Japanese standards) banner in the arrival hall above the passport checkers announcing "measures to reduce risk of terrorism." Something so unvarnished and yet still politely Japanese about it.

Gotta LOVE the standard "objections" from the usual (useless, or worse) suspects, too!

In general Japan manages to ooze both incredibly solicitous politeness towards foreigners (well, Caucasians who are clearly foreign) and a sense that no messing about will be tolerated.

I could see how they might want to create express treatment for resident foreigners (all of whom would be thoroughly checked and documented), but other than that, this is great news. If they don't screw it up it will demonstrate how, in fact, a very easy thing like serious border controls are quite feasible. Another nail in the coffin for another of the preposterous claims of that bizarre collection of the clueless (sadly, stretching from the Oval Office to the wackiest "non-profit" crime-advocacy office in San Francisco).

Posted by: Verlaine || 11/22/2007 3:36 Comments || Top||

#2  the system has been criticised for linking foreigners with crime

Same as in the US, people can't deal with facts that stare them right in the face. The problem isn't so much Western foreigners as it is Africans and other Asians. They're poor and come to Japan because life is easy there. They then proceed to shit all over their hosts, just like every other country.
Posted by: gromky || 11/22/2007 5:15 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Sectarian clashes in Kurram Agency injure nine more
SADDA: At least nine people were injured in clashes between two rival Sunni and Shia sects in lower Kurram Agency on Wednesday, officials told Daily Times.
Gosh. Yesterday was all sweetness and light. Wonder what happened?
The army has reached the areas of Blishkhel Kharkalay and Ibrahiamzai Sangina in lower Kurram Agency where sectarian clashes continue, eyewitnesses said. Inter Services Public Services (ISPR) Director General Major General Waheed Arshad told Daily Times that sporadic firing continued in the area, but added that the situation was under control.
Just a few dead guys. Nothing to worry about.
Meanwhile, a jirga comprising Shia and Sunni elders of the Hangu and Aurakzai agencies, reached Parachinar, the headquarters of Kurram Agency. They have started negotiations with the political authorities and elders of the rival sects to restore peace. The army has been deployed in Parachinar, where the situation is said to be under control.
This article starring:
Major General Waheed Arshad
Posted by: Fred || 11/22/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Boys will be boys.
Posted by: trailing wife in Buffalo for Thanksgiving || 11/22/2007 7:58 Comments || Top||


Kashmir jihadis murder another politician
Suspected Kashmiri rebels shot dead a top official of a leading pro-India party, the second killing of a politician in a week, police said on Wednesday.

A police spokesman said that Ghulam Mohammed Wani had been shot dead late on Tuesday in northern Baramulla district. Wani was a leading member of Kashmir’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP), which governs Kashmir in coalition with the Congress Party. His wife is a party member and a municipal councillor. No rebel group has claimed responsibility for the killing, which came a week after militants shot dead a prominent municipal politician in Srinagar. The killings come ahead of state elections that are due next year. The rebels, who oppose elections held under Indian rule, have often killed pro-India politicians in Kashmir where the separatist insurgency has left at least 42,000 dead since 1989.
Posted by: Fred || 11/22/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under: ISI

#1  I wonder if Kashmiri People's Democratic Party folk hold grudges and work up multi-generation feuds like old-time American hill folk, or if they're more like the Western Democratic wussies of today.
Posted by: Glenmore || 11/22/2007 0:37 Comments || Top||

#2 

n army officer measures the chest of a Kashmiri youth during a voluntary recruitment drive by the Indian Army in Anantnag, 55 km (34 miles) south of Srinagar. Thousands of Kashmiri youth wanting to join the Indian Army participated in the recruitment rally.






Posted by: john frum || 11/22/2007 15:32 Comments || Top||


Nine arrested for violence following Balach Marri's killing
Siren voices echoed in the Quetta air throughout Wednesday evening following the eruption of violence in various parts of the provincial capital and districts of Balochistan as the news of Balach Marri’s killing flashed on TV screens, resulting in the death of five persons, mainly personnel of law enforcement agencies.

In Quetta, unidentified persons opened fire on Punjabi settlers in Kalat Street and killed three persons. One of the dead persons includes an inspector. Two were reported to be local residents.

In another incident, two police officers were killed and three injured in the Brewery Police Station area when their patrolling team was ambushed by a mob of angry people. Consequently, a police personnel, Constable Rehmatullah died on the spot while the other police driver, Jumah Khan, perished at the Bolan Medical Complex. The same incident left SHO Khalid Saifullah, Assistant Sub-inspector Mohammad Nasir and Constable Ghulam Farooq injured.
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Posted by: Fred || 11/22/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:


Constable injured in attack on checkpost
Head constable Taleem Khan was wounded when unidentified miscreants attacked a police checkpost in the Cantonment police station jurisdiction in Bannu district, police said on Wednesday. Armed with light firearms, the miscreants started firing at the checkpost around 2am early Wednesday. Police returned fire, but the assailants made a successful getaway. Head Constable Muhammad Taleem Khan sustained gunshot wounds in the crossfire and was taken to hospital.
Posted by: Fred || 11/22/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


25 militants killed as army recaptures Kabal police station
MINGORA: Security forces attacked mountaintop positions of pro-Taliban militants and recaptured Kabal police station in Swat, killing around 25 militants on Wednesday, army spokesman Major General Waheed Arshad told AP. Earlier, three security personnel and six civilians were killed in Kabal tehsil as the local population continued to move to Mingora, Saidu Sharif and Faizabad in the face of a possible full-fledged operation by the army against militants.

Military spokesman Major General Waheed Arshad told Daily Times that three security personnel were killed and five were wounded in a rocket attack at a Frontier Constabulary camp in Kabal Golf Grounds on Wednesday morning. Locals said four civilians were killed when a mortar hit the house of Sardarul Mulk in Kabal tehsil. The slain included Mulk’s brother, wife and two daughters. Mulk himself sustained injuries in the incident and was hospitalised.

An artillery shell landed in the house of Haji Toray in Kabal, killing his two granddaughters, said local reporter Shahzad. He added that Station House Officer (SHO) Muhammad Ghani and two constables had been injured as armed militants attacked the Kabal Police Station on Wednesday. In retaliation, security forces from the FC camp in Kanjoo and Saidu Sharif airport targeted the attackers’ positions with artillery and mortar fire, said the reporter.

‘Civilians targeted’: Residents of Kala Kalay, where mortar fire killed four civilians, alleged that troops were targeting the civilian population. They said 15 mortar and artillery shells had landed in populated areas since early morning. Another five people were injured as a mortar struck a passenger van headed to Mingora from the Totano Banda area of Swat, witnesses said. The injured were rushed to the Saidu Sharif hospital where one of them was in serious condition.

Meanwhile, hundreds of families have arrived in Mingora, Saidu Sharif and Faizabad to escape from the precarious situation elsewhere in Swat district. Residents of the three areas have offered shelter to hundreds of homeless people in their homes, shops and offices, said Shahzad. Residents in Kabal said gunship helicopters also pounded suspected militant hideouts early on Wednesday, AFP reported. Troops “have cleared a hub of resistance of militants from a prominent height” overlooking a road leading to Alpuri, Shangla’s main town, an army statement said.

Suicide bomber killed: Maj Gen Waheed Arshad said troops had also shot at a suspected suicide bomber who refused to stop his car on the approach to the valley’s Saidu Sharif airport, AP reported. “During the firing the car blew up as it contained explosives,” Arshad said.

Curfew: The Swat district administration announced a 10-hour curfew in Kabal late on Wednesday, a Daily Times staff report adds. The curfew will remain in place from 8pm on Wednesday until 6am today (Thursday), Swat District Coordination Officer (DCO) Arshad Majeed told Daily Times. Although the local administration did not mention the reason behind the curfew, residents believe it had been imposed owing to the troops’ movement.
This article starring:
Major General Waheed Arshad
Swat District Coordination Officer (DCO) Arshad Majeed
Posted by: Fred || 11/22/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under: TNSM

#1  "15 mortar and artillery shells had landed in populated areas"

Bad aim? Bad attitude? Or accurate counter-battery fire?

Posted by: Glenmore || 11/22/2007 0:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Glenmore - probably one of those, but it could have been just bad powder. While all artillery rounds are supposed to be the same, you get "overs" and "shorts" regularly, especially with rounds that haven't been properly stored and cared for. If you calculate one bad round in every 20, you're probably not too far off base. The US has the same problem, but because of better care of our artillery and its rounds, we get about one bad round in 50 or 60 shots.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 11/22/2007 12:50 Comments || Top||


Balach Marri killed: BLA
Nawabzada Balach Marri, leader of the banned Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), has been killed, with the actual cause of his death still not being confirmed. BLA spokesman Bibarg Baloch confirmed to Daily Times on Wednesday Marri’s death, saying that he would not like to disclose the circumstances, which led to the killing of the Baloch guerilla fighter.

“It is a black day for the Baloch people. Our leader has been martyred,” he said via satellite phone from an undisclosed place. He refused to tell where Marri was killed and how many people had been killed or injured along with him. He said Marri might have been killed in an operation inside the Pakistani border. AFP, meanwhile, quoted a local TV channel as saying that Marri had been killed in Afghanistan.
Posted by: Fred || 11/22/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Amazing. The Mushie can find Baloch separatists hidden deeper than a gerbil in Richard Gere's posterior but can't find Taliban walking with weapons in hand down main street Peshawar. I'm beginning to suspect Mushie hasn't been totally forthright with Bushie.
Posted by: ed || 11/22/2007 0:26 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Al Qaeda kill 10 in Baghdad: police
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Al Qaeda militants killed at least eight members of a neighborhood police patrol in southern Baghdad on Thursday after taking them by surprise by driving up in a stolen Iraqi army vehicle, police said. The al Qaeda fighters had commandeered the vehicle from two Iraqi soldiers whom they shot.

They opened fire on the police patrol in the Hawr Rajab area of southern Baghdad's Doura district, a mainly Sunni Arab area and al Qaeda stronghold, after approaching in at least one of two vehicles they had stolen. An Interior Ministry official confirmed that eight "Awakening Council" members had been killed. He said three Iraqi soldiers were killed and another three were wounded, and that two al Qaeda gunmen had also been killed.

Police at Baghdad's Yarmouk hospital said two Iraqi army "humvee" vehicles had been seized at the start of the attack and police at the Hawr Rajab checkpoint did not challenge the occupants because they took them for soldiers.

The bodies of the eight neighborhood police and two soldiers were taken to the Yarmouk hospital in western Baghdad, Iraqi police said. Another four members of the patrol were wounded. Reuters Television footage showed several coffins loaded onto the back of a police truck to be taken to hospital. Another was tied to the top of a dilapidated car.

A young woman and two toddlers, one of them crying, sat on the ground next to one simple wooden coffin.
Posted by: Penguin || 11/22/2007 10:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6495 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I bet they will be checking IDs from now on. But who knows? It could just be a gang hit. Interesting they went after Sunnis not US when given the chance.
Posted by: Penguin || 11/22/2007 10:30 Comments || Top||

#2  two Iraqi army "humvee" vehicles had been seized at the start of the attack

And they could just as easily have gotten close to an American foot patrol. Armor and machine guns against surprised dismounts is not a pretty thought.
Posted by: ed || 11/22/2007 11:18 Comments || Top||

#3  Al-Qaida understands that the "Awakening Councils" are its death knell, so I'm not surprised they went after that patrol. Such patrols are also - at least for now - less well-trained and a much easier target than US forces. I hope we have the resources to start giving these guys some elementary training in deployment and tactics, and give them a better chance of defending themselves from these types of attack. It worked once - they'll try it again.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 11/22/2007 12:54 Comments || Top||


Coalition forces target al-Qaeda propaganda, foreign terrorist networks
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition forces killed one terrorist and detained 10 suspects Thursday during operations targeting al-Qaeda networks in central and northern Iraq.

Coalition forces targeted al-Qaeda propaganda cells during operations in Samarra. As the ground force approached the targeted building, they called for the building's occupants to come out, but no one complied. One individual took a defensive position by the door and engaged Coalition forces. Responding in self-defense, the ground force returned fire, killing the terrorist. While securing the area, the ground force detained two suspects and found a weapons cache, which was safely destroyed by a Coalition air strike.

During operations in Hawija, Coalition forces captured a wanted individual believed to be the foreign terrorist leader in Arab Jabour, and who is allegedly associated with senior terrorist leaders in the Southern Belt. During the operation, the wanted individual identified himself to the ground force and was subsequently detained, along with one other suspect.

In other operations in Mosul, Coalition forces targeted a northern al-Qaeda in Iraq security leader, believed to be involved in kidnappings and assassinations. Coalition forces detained two suspected individuals during the operations. Coalition forces also detained four suspects during operations targeting associates of a former al-Qaeda media leader near Khan Bani Sad.

"Iraqi and Coalition Forces are continually hitting al-Qaeda, disrupting their networks, diminishing their manpower pool, and limiting their ability to strike innocent Iraqis," said Maj. Winfield Danielson, MNF-I spokesman.
Posted by: Glenmore || 11/22/2007 10:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6498 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Coalition forces targeted al-Qaeda propaganda cells during operations in Manhattan, Berkeley, etc. etc. Samarra.
Posted by: Excalibur || 11/22/2007 13:18 Comments || Top||


Iraqi Forces, U.S. Special Forces detain 7 in overnight operations
Iraqi Forces, advised by U.S. Special Forces, captured five suspected terrorists and two extremists Nov. 18 in three separate operations targeting illegal cells operating within Iraq.

Iraqi and U.S. Forces disrupted al-Qaeda in Iraq activity in the Samarra and Tikrit areas, targeting individuals responsible for small-arms fire attacks and multiple improvised explosive device attacks against Iraqi and Coalition Forces. Five terrorist suspects, alleged to be part of an improvised explosive device cell, were detained.

The 8th Iraqi Army Division and U.S. Forces also targeted illegal activity near Diwaniyah, specifically an extremist cell believed to be involved in several improvised explosive device attacks against Iraqi Army and Coalition Forces. Also targeted were extremists who are believed to be responsible for sniper attacks, improvised explosive device emplacement and convoy ambushes in Diwaniyah. Two suspected extremists were detained during operations there.
Posted by: Fred || 11/22/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency


Six killed, 10 detained as Coalition forces target al-Qaeda leadership
Coalition forces killed six terrorists and detained 10 suspects Tuesday and Wednesday during operations targeting al-Qaeda in Iraq leaders in central and northern Iraq.

Coalition forces killed two wanted terrorists during operations Tuesday south of Baghdad. Intelligence reports led Coalition forces to the individuals’ location, and they called supporting aircraft to engage. An air strike was conducted, killing the two terrorists, who were reported to be leaders in the Arab Jabour region, responsible for numerous attacks on Coalition forces and maintaining weapons caches. During the operation, Coalition forces detained six suspects and destroyed one vehicle.

Coalition forces killed two wanted terrorists during operations Wednesday north of Hawija. As the ground forces approached the target area they called for the building’s occupants to come out, but they did not comply. The individuals were armed and attempted to fire on Coalition forces. Perceiving hostile intent, the ground force engaged, killing four terrorists, including the two wanted individuals. Reports indicate the wanted individuals killed were an al-Qaeda in Iraq leader in Kirkuk and the car-bombing leader for the city.

Coalition forces captured a wanted individual during operations west of Kirkuk while targeting weapons and foreign facilitators. The wanted individual was associated with acquiring weapons and materials for attacks on Coalition forces and smuggling foreign terrorists into the region. Coalition forces approached the target building and called for the building’s occupants to come out and they complied. The ground force detained four suspects without incident, including the wanted individual who identified himself to Coalition forces. “We’re bringing down al-Qaeda’s networks across Iraq,” said Maj. Winfield Danielson, MNF-I spokesman. “Iraqi and Coalition forces are working together to dismantle al-Qaeda and protect the Iraqi people from their violence.”
Posted by: Fred || 11/22/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Iraq


Iraqi Forces, U.S. Special Forces detain 6 in separate operations
Iraqi Forces, advised by U.S. Special Forces, captured six extremists Nov. 19 in early morning raids. In Rahmaniya, Iraqi Army Scouts, along with U.S. Special Forces, conducted a cordon and search operation targeting five extremists believed to be part of an improvised explosive device and weapons facilitation cell that has attacked Iraqi and U.S. Special Forces. All five extremists were detained during the raid. In a separate operation, the Hillah Special Weapons and Tactics team and U.S. Special Forces detained one extremist suspected of being part of a cell responsible for attacking U.S. facilities through indirect fire, weapons smuggling and conducting explosively formed penetrator attacks against Iraqi Army and Coalition Forces in Hillah. These operations were two in a series of operations targeting criminal networks operating within the country.
Posted by: Fred || 11/22/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency


Iraqi Security Forces detain 81 suspected extremists
Iraqi Security Forces, assisted by Coalition Forces, detained 81 suspected extremists and confiscated several weapons caches in Diwaniyah, Iraq, during Operation Lion Pounce Nov. 17 to 19.

Maj. Gen. Othman Ali Farhood, 8th Iraqi Army Div. Commander, outlined the successes of Lion Pounce in a press conference at Camp Echo, Iraq, Nov. 19. “The northeast quarters of Diwaniyah, where the operation was conducted, were under control of criminal and militant groups,” General Farrod said. He further highlighted the IA’s success by stating there have been no casualties or equipment damage associated with the operation to date.

Maj. Gen. Tadeusz Buk, Multi-National Division – Central South Commander, said Operation Lion Pounce was the first large-scale operation led by an Iraqi Army general (Farrod), who commanded not only IA Soldiers, but also Iraqi Police units. “The results of the operation show that it was well-planned and prepared,” said General Buk.

Sheikh Hussein Al Bderi, Chairman of the Provincial Security Committee, highlighted sound cooperation between local government, Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition Forces as key to the operation’s success. He added that new security stations will be built to maintain order and security in the region upon the operation’s completion.
Posted by: Fred || 11/22/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6514 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

#1  I wonder how many of these 81 were released during the Ramadan good will gesture (or previous 'catch and release' programs)? And how soon will they be loose again?
Posted by: Glenmore || 11/22/2007 0:44 Comments || Top||

#2  Last I heard during a US press conference some time ago was that they had not re-arrested anyone who had been released. That information was from the tail-end of Ramadan, though.
Posted by: crosspatch || 11/22/2007 1:37 Comments || Top||

#3  A lot of these detainment raids are scooping up a lot of folks with few to no casualties to the raiders, that's new.
Posted by: Thomas Woof || 11/22/2007 2:48 Comments || Top||

#4  That's because these recent arrests are all fluffy bunnies and baby duckies, Thomas.

Sorry. One hopes it is due to the increasing skill of the Iraqis. If one has skill, one does not need brutality.
Posted by: Bobby || 11/22/2007 6:38 Comments || Top||

#5  I say we replace their turbans with large feathered hats,have our military stick on boots with big shinny brass buckles,arm themselves with muskets and..... wait this doesn't sound to P.C.....nevermind.
Posted by: Slappy || 11/22/2007 10:10 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Fatah office looted in Deir Al-Balah
Ma'an – A Fatah office in Deir Al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip was ransacked on Wednesday by unidentified assailants, Fatah sources said. Fatah's regional spokesperson said the office does not co-ordinate political activities but specializes only in services to families of those who were killed, injured or jailed by the Israelis. He added that it was the second time the office had been looted despite being only 20 metres away from the Deir Al-Balah police station.
Posted by: Fred || 11/22/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under: Fatah


333 Palestinians killed in Hamas - Fatah infighting this year, B'Tselem says
Ma'an – 333 Palestinians have been killed so far this year in fighting between the rival factions Hamas and Fatah, the Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem reported Wednesday. Sarit Michaeli, B'Tselem's Communications Director told reporters that the death toll is a highest for Palestinian infighting since the beginning of the Second Intifada in 2000. The figure does not include Palestinians who were killed in "clan" clashes. Michaeli said many of those killed were bystanders who have no political affiliation.
Posted by: Fred || 11/22/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  They can do better.
Posted by: ed || 11/22/2007 0:34 Comments || Top||

#2  I thought the Dogmushes got at least that many.
Posted by: Phinater Thraviger || 11/22/2007 0:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Phinater Thraviger, that would be "clan" clashes figures.
Posted by: twobyfour || 11/22/2007 1:08 Comments || Top||

#4  And in related news, popcorn futures are up a few ticks.
Posted by: Large Ebbaving6251 || 11/22/2007 3:02 Comments || Top||

#5  do Paleo Clan members wear checkered sheets?
Posted by: Frank G || 11/22/2007 9:12 Comments || Top||

#6  Only the alleged, suspected, disenfranchised, activist, militant, radical, insurgent™ types, Commodore Frank. The rest of 'em wear Brooklyn Dodgers ball caps.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 11/22/2007 12:53 Comments || Top||

#7  333 is a nice number, but, let's face it, 666 would have been so much more fitting. Oh, well, 2008 is nearing, I'm sure they'll get better at this with practice
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 11/22/2007 15:00 Comments || Top||

#8  666 is also, a lot, more appropriate for Paleos.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/22/2007 22:23 Comments || Top||

#9  666 is also, a lot, more appropriate for Paleos.

Bah, to hell (as it were), with numerology—Biblical or elsewise—, as we all know that the number 666,000 would be a lot better. Who's kidding whom?
Posted by: Zenster || 11/22/2007 22:40 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Shootings, destruction and arrests in southern Thailand
Two Muslim brothers were killed in this restive southern border province late Wednesday night. Police said the brothers - Yahya Maeyoh, 22, and Manu Maeyoh, 21, were shot and killed on a village road of Pasaeduwoh village in Tambon Borgnor in Ragnae district at 12:30 am. They were shot at while riding their motorcycle to a relative's house and the shooting took place just 30 metres away from the two's house.

Police said the shooting might be motivated by personal conflicts but police would not rule out terrorists insurgency as the cause of the attacks yet.

And:

Violence intensified Thursday as the owner of a recycling and scavenger shop was shot, and seriously wounded in Yala, and a rubber plantation was destroyed in Narathiwat. The Yala shopowner identified only as Yanyong was shot when an intruding gunman entered his shop in Yala municipality, shot the victim, and fled the scene.

Meanwhile in Narathiwat, about an acre of a local rubber plantation was felled. Symbolically, an unfired bullet and leaves were attached to a tree in a cross sign as a warning to threaten the owner of the rubber plantation to leave the area. The police gathered evidence to hunt the hateful terrorists presumed insurgents.

Plus:

Four suspected terrorists insurgents were arrested Thursday morning when police and soldiers searched three villages in Thailand's restive southern border province of Narathiwat, local media reported. Two of them were arrested after police and soldiers spent about four hours searching through Moo 1 village in Sungai Kolok district. Police and soldiers also spent about three hours to search Moo 4 and Moo 6 villages in Muang district and arrested two other suspects.
Posted by: ryuge || 11/22/2007 06:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under: Thai Insurgency


Gainful employment update...
The job is mine. I start December 3rd.

I'm so happy.

Posted by: Fred || 11/22/2007 00:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Capitalist pig.
Posted by: Mike N. || 11/22/2007 0:30 Comments || Top||

#2  Congrats and I mean it!
Posted by: 3dc || 11/22/2007 0:40 Comments || Top||

#3  If you are workin for a liveral college, ya gotta keep your "high IQ level" (slang for conservative) on the down-low.

Kapisch?
Posted by: Skunky Crenter1414 || 11/22/2007 0:41 Comments || Top||

#4  The very best news of my Thanksgiving Holiday. You go, Fred!
Posted by: Zenster || 11/22/2007 0:49 Comments || Top||

#5  Outstanding! Congrats! Something you and Ethel can be very happy about over turkey today.
Posted by: Steve White || 11/22/2007 0:51 Comments || Top||

#6  Speaking of which, the very happiest and most blessed of Thanksgivings to all Rantburgers and Americans in general. Our nation needs all of us more than ever before and Fred deserves the greatest and most good praise for his Herculean effort to make freedom of speech ring from sea to shining sea. Thank you, Fred.
Posted by: Zenster || 11/22/2007 1:01 Comments || Top||

#7  WTG, Fred!

Whoo-hoo!
/homer
Posted by: PBMcL || 11/22/2007 1:03 Comments || Top||

#8  Happy Meals for all!
Posted by: Phinater Thraviger || 11/22/2007 1:09 Comments || Top||

#9  Oh, you just want tenure.
So you can indoctrinate the evils of America,
delve into other insanities, and diatribes
and not have to answer to anyone
cause you don't care didley squat.
Do ya!
Posted by: Fighting Mad Wont take it anymore || 11/22/2007 2:05 Comments || Top||

#10  awesome, Fred! :-)
Posted by: Frank G || 11/22/2007 2:47 Comments || Top||

#11  Eggscellent! Something else to be thankful for!
Posted by: Bobby || 11/22/2007 6:20 Comments || Top||

#12  Oh, that is good news, Fred. They'll be so pleased when they realize what a smart decision they made.

And Happy Thanksgiving to you and the lovely Mrs. Pruitt, to all Rantburgers and the ones they love, and to the brave men and women who volunteered to be far from their own Thanksgiving tables today in order to make the world safe. We do indeed have much to be grateful for.

Posted by: trailing wife in Buffalo for Thanksgiving || 11/22/2007 7:44 Comments || Top||

#13  heh, Congrats Fred.. Founder & Bossman of Rantburg Defender Scimitar and Times Picayune...Nice Thanksgiving Timing Pilgrim!

In sincere appreciation for all your hard work that you've invested into RBU, you deserve the job and more bigtime. Thanks again!!!

/landed a small but Sweet contract myownself also ~:)
Posted by: Red Dawg || 11/22/2007 8:13 Comments || Top||

#14  #12 TW

And Happy Thanksgiving to you and the lovely Mrs. Pruitt, to all Rantburgers and the ones they love, and to the brave men and women who volunteered to be far from their own Thanksgiving tables today in order to make the world safe. We do indeed have much to be grateful for.

Amen
Posted by: Red Dawg || 11/22/2007 8:15 Comments || Top||

#15  Good job Fred and happy Thanksgiving! Maybe you can introduce Rantburg as part of some curriculum...
Posted by: DarthVader || 11/22/2007 8:24 Comments || Top||

#16  That's wonderful news, Fred! Congrats, and hope the new job is terrific!
Posted by: Swamp Blondie || 11/22/2007 8:47 Comments || Top||

#17  Congrats to Fred - and Red Dawg as well!
Posted by: lotp || 11/22/2007 9:35 Comments || Top||

#18  Great news, Fred! Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Posted by: Darrell || 11/22/2007 10:11 Comments || Top||

#19  I'm very confused; does this mean your project of becoming a male performer in the californian adult movies industry has been fruitful? You talked on and on about it, and it looked very promising. Wait!... I'm not so sure, perhaps I'm mixing websites here...
Anyway, that is great news, even if you're not opting for that career development. Congrats!
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 11/22/2007 10:22 Comments || Top||

#20  Congratulations. Will you be writing a column for the Newsletter?
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 11/22/2007 10:35 Comments || Top||

#21  [mayclangacilm has been pooplisted.]
Posted by: mayclangacilm || 11/22/2007 10:47 Comments || Top||

#22  [Mike Sylwester has been pooplisted.]
Posted by: Mike Sylwester || 11/22/2007 11:55 Comments || Top||

#23  Congratulations, Fred. I know how relieved you must feel. Hope this one lasts as long as you want it to.

I'd still like a snail-mail address, so I can send you a little something for Christmas.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 11/22/2007 12:24 Comments || Top||

#24  Congradulations, Fred!! Well deserved!!! My oldest son brought down some whale muktuk from NW Alaska on Monday. A chunk for everyone on me!!!
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 11/22/2007 12:40 Comments || Top||

#25  congrats to you Fred; they probably don't even know just how able you are

Among the things I am thankful for is Rantburg.
Posted by: mhw || 11/22/2007 13:21 Comments || Top||

#26  The traffic on 6 was rough tonight. Glad to get some good news. Congrats from Mrs. Besoeker and I from Deutschland.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/22/2007 13:59 Comments || Top||

#27  ... Congrats & thanks ...
Posted by: Rantfan || 11/22/2007 14:57 Comments || Top||

#28  Many congratulations to those discerning folks at Johns Hopkins for having the good fortune to work with Fred. :-)

And if ever you feel you're not being sufficiently compensated, Fred, might I suggest that you flash that picture of the guy with flies coming out of his coin purse at them. Hey, it works with me!
Posted by: ryuge || 11/22/2007 15:04 Comments || Top||

#29  Congrats Fred. Hope you are a lacrosse fan. JH is a great school...even if they did beat my Dukies in the final last year.
Posted by: remoteman || 11/22/2007 15:58 Comments || Top||

#30  Congrats, Fred! Things are looking up for me, too.[1]

Happy Thanksgiving, all!

[1]Muahahahaha!
Posted by: Angie Schultz || 11/22/2007 16:22 Comments || Top||

#31  Just in time for Christmas. Congratulations, Fred.
Posted by: Xenophon || 11/22/2007 16:28 Comments || Top||


Happy Thanksgiving
Posted by: Fred || 11/22/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Happy Thanksgiving to all Rantburgers!
Posted by: ed || 11/22/2007 0:29 Comments || Top||

#2  Thank You God and Thank You Troops, we are a free people and can take a day off for turkey, giblet gravy, and football.

Who could ask for more!
Posted by: Skunky Crenter1414 || 11/22/2007 0:44 Comments || Top||

#3  Fay was caught here in a rare moment of not screaming.

A great Thanksgiving to all!
Posted by: PBMcL || 11/22/2007 0:54 Comments || Top||

#4  There can be no greater facilitation of free speech and liberty that the sort of unbridled exchange that Fred makes possible here at Rantburg. Thank you, Fred, and all that you have done for our country.
Posted by: Zenster || 11/22/2007 1:58 Comments || Top||

#5  "Whatever happened to Fay Wray
That delicate satin draped frame
As it clung to her thigh
How I started to cry
Cause I wanted to be dressed just the same"

/name that movie
Posted by: Frank G || 11/22/2007 2:53 Comments || Top||

#6  Fay was caught here in a rare moment of not screaming.

The look on her face says she's planning on screaming again in the near future . . . .
Posted by: gorb || 11/22/2007 3:09 Comments || Top||

#7  Re: # 2. Beer comes to mind, SC 1414...
Posted by: Bobby || 11/22/2007 6:22 Comments || Top||

#8  [Aris Katsaris has been pooplisted.]
Posted by: Aris Katsaris || 11/22/2007 6:25 Comments || Top||

#9  I know that movie, Frank. The trailing daughters have long gleefully played our copy for their taller-than-I-am friends. (I may not have your-all vocabulary, but I do know some things!) ;-)
Posted by: trailing wife in Buffalo for Thanksgiving || 11/22/2007 7:49 Comments || Top||

#10  Happy Thanksgiving Day, everyone! Especially to the men and women who keep me, the Tsar and the Tsarevich safe.

Now, off to the kitchen.....somebody's got to make dinner, right? ;)
Posted by: Swamp Blondie || 11/22/2007 8:49 Comments || Top||

#11 
HAPPY TURKEY DAY!

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.. especially to RBee friends and family and everyone in uniform serving all around the World...
Posted by: Red Dawg || 11/22/2007 8:51 Comments || Top||

#12  Happy Thanksgiving to all our RBer's, your families and loved ones, and especially to all serving our nation in harm's way. I/We have much to be thankful for, and to thank others for, and I do. Wishing all the best: good eats, good company, and safe travel
Frank G
Posted by: Frank G || 11/22/2007 9:07 Comments || Top||

#13  Happy Thanksgiving to y'all from the Lotp household.
Posted by: lotp || 11/22/2007 9:37 Comments || Top||

#14  Best wishes to my American Rantburgian neighbo(u)rs. God bless you all. God bless the United States of America.
Posted by: Excalibur || 11/22/2007 9:45 Comments || Top||

#15  A Happy and Safe Thanksgiving to everyone!

And, with thanks to Youtube, a Bird Day classic:

WKRP Thanksgiving Turkey Drop

Posted by: mrp || 11/22/2007 10:30 Comments || Top||

#16  LOL - thanks MRP - a true classic
Posted by: Frank G || 11/22/2007 10:36 Comments || Top||

#17  ROTFL Frank G @ the song quote from the mystery movie. I'm embarassed to say how many times I saw that movie at midnight in my crazy, reckless, hard-partying youth. Back when seeing Devo perform "Satisfaction" on SNL was a life changing experience. Back when my friends and I wanted to vote for Carter because everyone knew that crazy Ronald Raygun would blow up the world if he ever got his finger near the nuclear button. Heck, even our high school teachers knew it. Hahahahahaha!

There was an art movie house in Phoenix (the Sombrero,long gone) back then that had a courtyard area where people would start gathering to buy tickets for the midnight show by about 10:30 or so. It could not be seen well from the street and, for a while, there would be this whole party scene there with people passing huge wine bottles and passing joints openly. I don't know how they managed to get away with it for so long without a major police raid. It all seemed very fascinating and exiting for an underage kid like me.

Now this movie was famous for the group participation. For example, people would light lighters during one song, toss cards during another. During the wedding scene near the beginning people would throw rice (I'd really hate to be the person who had to clean up this place!).

My friends and I came up with the idea to bring in small bags of rice, cut the corner off, and then hold up the bag by the opposite corner and twirl the bags around. This technique could throw a large amount of rice around for quite a distance, very effectively. So, one of my memories about this movie is that I'd always have rice in my bed from my hair the next morning.

Anyway, it was too funny to see that quote here this morning. Yet another reason to be thankful for Rantburg. :-)

Happy Thanksgiving to Rantburgers and their families, to all our troops and their families, and to everyone else helping to build up Western civilization rather than tear it down.
Posted by: ryuge || 11/22/2007 11:33 Comments || Top||

#18  Happy Thanksgiving to all. Food coma T-Minus 6 Hours 15 minutes and counting......
Posted by: Steve || 11/22/2007 11:43 Comments || Top||

#19  Happy Thanksgiving to everyone here at Rantburg and to all of the personnel serving this great country and the countries of our allies in this great struggle throughout the world.

In addition, I'd like to extend my thanks to the personnel serving on the front lines of the home front, out first responders be they security guards, police officers, paramedics, firefighters, or the doctors, nurses, and other unsung heroes serving in our hospitals and medical institutions.

On a personal note, I'd like to let everyone here at Rantburg know that my second story "Knock On Wood" will be published in issue #288 (or sooner) of the online ezine Bewildering Stories. My first story "The Meadow" was published in issue #266. I was informed of the acceptance just last night so I have even more to give thanks for this holiday.
Posted by: FOTSGreg || 11/22/2007 11:52 Comments || Top||

#20  yep ryuge, same here - the Strand Theater in Ocean Beach - same hijinx at the midnight showing
Posted by: Frank G || 11/22/2007 11:59 Comments || Top||

#21  Greg, congratulations!
Posted by: Frank G || 11/22/2007 12:03 Comments || Top||

#22  Ya meant to say that no one spooled out rolls of mountain money when the line, "Great Scot!" was uttered, ryuge? Slackers!

And some way cool beans there, Greg. Please post or email me a link if the content is generally available.
Posted by: Zenster || 11/22/2007 12:10 Comments || Top||

#23  Happy Thanksgiving to Rantburgers everywhere.

THE VERY FIRST THANKSGIVING
(Scene One: Some Pilgrims are standing on the deck of the Mayflower.)


FIRST PILGRIM: Well, here it is, the year 1620.


SECOND PILGRIM: Yes, and we have been on this tiny ship, the Mayflower, for many weeks, fleeing persecution in England because of our religious views.


FOURTH PILGRIM: Also, we wear hats that look like traffic cones.


FIRST PILGRIM: What happened to the Third Pilgrim?


SECOND PILGRIM: He's throwing up.


FOURTH PILGRIM: Hey, look! There's Plymouth Rock! Pull over, captain!


LONG JOHN SILVER: Arrr.


(Scene Two: The Pilgrims are standing on the shore.)


FIRST PILGRIM: Well, this looks like a barren area with poor soil and harsh winters, offering little chance for our survival.


OTHER PILGRIMS: Perfect!



SECOND PILGRIM: Look! A Native American!


NATIVE AMERICAN: Fortunately, I speak English. My name is Squanto.


FOURTH PILGRIM: "Squanto"? What kind of name is "Squanto"?


SECOND PILGRIM: It sounds nasty! It sounds like, "Mom! The dog made Squanto on the linoleum!"

Donate to JWR


FIRST PILGRIM: What's "linoleum"?


SECOND PILGRIM: I have no idea.


SQUANTO: I'm going to show you how to plant maize and beans using alewives, shad or menhaden as fertilizer.


FOURTH PILGRIM: "Alewives"?


SQUANTO: That's what it says in the encyclopedia.


(Scene Three: One year later.)


FIRST PILGRIM: Well, here it is, one year later.


SECOND PILGRIM: That was a pretty harsh winter.


FOURTH PILGRIM: That was definitely the last winter I plan to spend in a small confined space with people eating a diet of maize and beans.


FIRST PILGRIM: Also, as you will recall, we had a lot of starvation and disease, the result being that half of us are dead.


SECOND PILGRIM: Time for a celebration!


(Scene Four: The Pilgrims and Squanto are seated at a banquet table.)


FIRST PILGRIM: So here we are, at the (burp) first Thanksgiving.


SECOND PILGRIM: I definitely want the recipe for this alewife dip.


FOURTH PILGRIM: Hey, Squanto, what are those drums saying?


SQUANTO (after listening for a moment): Lions 14, Bears 7.


FIRST PILGRIM: You know, Squanto, without your help, we never would have survived this winter. So we've decided to take over all of North America and pretty much obliterate your culture.


SQUANTO: Sure.


FIRST PILGRIM: Really? You don't mind?


SQUANTO: No, not at all.


FIRST PILGRIM: Great!


SQUANTO: Try this stuffing.
Posted by: doc || 11/22/2007 12:23 Comments || Top||

#24  Whoops ... forgot to give props to Dave Barry.
http://www.jewishworldreview.com/dave/barry.php3

Cheers!
Posted by: doc || 11/22/2007 12:24 Comments || Top||

#25  Lots to be thankful this year, as always. We all need to remember why this day was established, and what it means. Too few of our youngsters will ever learn about it in our "public" schools, so it's up to us to make sure they know. Our freedom didn't come cheap, and we keep having to pay to keep it. Special thanks to those that pay that price in today's world so we can express our joy here at home. God bless one and all, and all true Americans, regardless of their nationality!
Posted by: Old Patriot || 11/22/2007 12:33 Comments || Top||

#26  Happy Thanksgiving, all you Rantburgers, everywhere across the globe, from above freezing south central Alaska.

While we celebrate this day with friends and family, our thoughts and prayers go out to those of our military across the world, in dirty, nasty places, who are keeping us safe. We owe them a huge debt.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 11/22/2007 12:46 Comments || Top||

#27  Happy Thanksgiving to all.
Posted by: OldSpook || 11/22/2007 12:56 Comments || Top||

#28  My daughter in Israel has parties to go to both today and tomorrow.

As some of the American emigres there say, in Israel, thanksgiving is a 2-day holiday (inside joke because in Israel, the chag part of Passover, Succoth and Shavuos is only one day)
Posted by: mhw || 11/22/2007 13:25 Comments || Top||

#29  Good Eats to All! Here's a picture of my new neighbors. Took it at about 1:30.
Wild Turkeys
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 11/22/2007 14:33 Comments || Top||

#30  Happy Thanksgiving to Fred and to all Rantburgers, to all our military out there protecting us, our border patrol, and to all Americans.
I hope our military men and women are able to be with some friends somewhere and enjoy a feast of sorts and be warmed by their memories of family on this day.
Posted by: Jan from work || 11/22/2007 15:51 Comments || Top||

#31  If anyone wants to take the time to view my feeble talent for storytelling (and those of a great many people vastly more talented), for free, the link to Bewildering Stories is as follows,

http://www.bewilderingstories.com/

Look at the Schedule page for what's coming up or you can also search by issue or by author, title, etc. Please note that I get publishing credit, but no money for the stories published here and that the site is free and doesn;t require registration.

Posted by: FOTSGreg || 11/22/2007 17:33 Comments || Top||

#32  That gives me something to look forward to next week when my time is my own again, FOTSGreg. A good first picture of your wild turkeys, Deacon Blues!

I just had to poke my head in briefly to make sure the world didn't blow up or something while I wasn't looking. ;-)
Posted by: trailing wife in Buffalo for Thanksgiving || 11/22/2007 20:16 Comments || Top||



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