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Afghanistan
Afghan police suspected of helping kill Aussie Soldier
* Roadside bomb just 400m from manned police post
* Afghan police post has clear view of the ambush site
* Area dubbed "IED Alley" by Diggers

The roadside bomb that killed Trooper David "Poppy" Pearce was only 400m from an Afghan police post, fuelling suspicion that local security forces were complicit in his death.

Trooper Pearce's 2/14 Light Horse Regiment believe Afghan police could be acting in concert with the Taliban guerillas blamed for their comrade's death on October 8.

"Sometimes you don't know whether to trust your neighbour," said one Digger who was in the convoy of Australian light armoured vehicles on the day the Brisbane father of two was killed.

Within days of the incident, Australian combat engineers uncovered nearby a booby trap even bigger than the improvised explosive device that killed Trooper Pearce.

Military sources said after that discovery, Reconstruction Task Force commander David Wainwright demanded an Afghan police vehicle lead a follow-up patrol to ensure the road was safe.

When asked about the incident, Lieutenant Colonel Wainwright replied: "Afghan police are part of the solution but they are also the problem."

Colonel Wainwright is a popular and respected officer who moved his headquarters staff out of their barracks in the district capital of Tarin Kowt to join the Australian forward elements in the Chora Valley during recent heavy fighting.

With almost 1000 troops deployed in southern Oruzgan province, the issue is an extremely delicate one for the Australian Defence Force.

For the Australian mission to be successful, engagement with the Afghan community is an essential part of an intensive hearts-and-minds program designed to win over the locals, 20 per cent of whom are estimated to support the Taliban.

For the first time, journalists accompanied a two-day combat patrol in the Chora Valley, a recently secured front line in the war against the Taliban.

Despite the success of operation Spin Ghar in September to flush the valley clear of Taliban, the area is still regarded as a high security risk, being littered with IEDs. Trooper Pearce's vehicle was part of a convoy of more than 10 returning from operations in the Chora Valley when it detonated the IED.

Straddling the crest of a prominent hill surrounded to the south by small orchards and mud-brick farm dwellings, the Afghan police post has clear views of the ambush site, 15km north of Tarin Kowt in an area dubbed by the Diggers as "IED Alley".

Australian military sources said the post was manned when the ambush occurred and evidence has been uncovered pointing to Afghan police involvement in the attack.

Other senior Australian commanders have raised serious questions about the Afghan police. Last week, Colonel Don Roach, based at the headquarters of the NATO-backed International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Regional Command South, said that the police force had to be built from scratch.

"Afghanistan does not have a great policing ethos; an Afghan's loyalty is about family, tribe, community - government comes last. The police is not a respected organisation and has done nothing to help itself in that regard. The police need a big injection of funds and support," he said.

Much of the work being undertaken by the RTF involves the building of small fortified bunkers along strategic provincial communication routes to accommodate Afghan police - fortification it is hoped will provide them with confidence to take on a greater security role.
Posted by: Oztralian || 12/14/2007 15:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [391 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Sounds like its time to send the Afghan police out to clear mines, at the end of a gun barrel.
Posted by: bigjim-ky || 12/14/2007 20:48 Comments || Top||


Mullah Sangeen Gone Toes-up
Is this Maulana Sangeen, of Khost, and Thugburg?
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Afghan and Coalition forces killed senior Haqqani Network member Mullah Sangeen, second in command to militant commander Siraj Haqqani, head of the Haqqani network operating in eastern Afghanistan Dec. 11. Sangeen was responsible for attacks on Afghan forces and improvised explosive device bombings. He is the second major Haqqani network member killed in the last 45 days. Abdul Manan was killed Oct. 28.

“That we would get two Haqqani sub-commanders so close together certainly raises an eyebrow and begins to make me wonder if Haqqani isn’t looking to get rid of those sub-commanders he doesn’t trust. Certainly, that’s all speculative, but it does make one wonder,” said Lt. Col. Dave Anders, Combined Joint Task Force-82 operations officer.
Since one can't trust anyone in that population, this could be the start of something wonderful.
Haqqani’s father, Jalaludin Haqqani was renowned in Afghanistan for bravery in battles against the Russians here during the 1980s. “This behaviour is typical of what we’ve come to learn about Haqqani. He ain’t his father,” Anders said. “Siraj remains in Pakistan in relative safety and puts his subordinates in grave danger. It’s a different kind of leadership.”

Sangeen carried a reward for $20,000 and Haqqani carries a reward for $200,000 offered by the U.S. government.
h/t Bill Roggio
This article starring:
ABDUL MANANTaliban
Lt. Col. Dave Anders
SIRAJ HAQQANITaliban
Posted by: Glenmore || 12/14/2007 11:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [287 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Fredo, I mean Sangeen, don't go out on the lake! Don't go!
Posted by: Chuck Simmins || 12/14/2007 11:34 Comments || Top||

#2  I love the thinly veiled scorn in Anders' statements.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 12/14/2007 11:38 Comments || Top||

#3  "Thinly veiled"????

You'd need a D-9 to scrape even half of it off!

Glad someone's finally fighting the propaganda war. I want to see more - I want someone to taunt the talibunnies as if they were Jacques Chirac.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 12/14/2007 13:37 Comments || Top||

#4  Also known as sowing FUD. If they can turn at least one of this clown's subordinates, it'd be just as effective as wiping out dozens of his troops (tho not as satisfying).
Posted by: Pappy || 12/14/2007 15:58 Comments || Top||

#5  FUD? Definition, please.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/14/2007 16:39 Comments || Top||

#6  TW I believe it's fear uncertainty and doubt
Posted by: Beavis || 12/14/2007 16:43 Comments || Top||

#7  Fear Uncertainty and Doubt. Classic IBM marketing tactics.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 12/14/2007 16:54 Comments || Top||

#8  i've run out of chocolate. candy canes anyone?
Posted by: Querent || 12/14/2007 17:51 Comments || Top||


Exclusive: Eyewitness Account of Huge Taliban Defeat
Stephen Grey, "The Blotter" @ ABC News

Afghanistan's government flag was raised Wednesday on what had been one of the biggest strongholds of the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan and a leading world center of heroin production.

The town of about 45,000 people was secured at about 9:30 a.m. as Afghan troops, steered by British soldiers and U.S. Green Berets, drove out remnants of the Taliban resistance from Musa Qala in the opium poppy region of northern Helmand. . . .
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Posted by: MIke || 12/14/2007 06:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [416 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Read some of the comments. We are not the only ones who notice that the MSM is ignoring any 'good' news...

Posted by: CrazyFool || 12/14/2007 8:08 Comments || Top||

#2  vapor trails circled in the clear blue sky over the Helmand desert as B1 and B52 bombers backed by A10 tank busters, F16s, Apache helicopters and Specter gunships were used to kill hundreds of Taliban fighters

Cool! They made vapor trails out of large numbers of Taliban!

Allahu akbar!
Posted by: gorb || 12/14/2007 8:18 Comments || Top||

#3  The operation was launched last Tuesday with an attack across the Helmand River by British Royal Marine commandos, a thrust from the west by light armor of the U.K. Household Cavalry Regiment; all this, however, was a feint for the main airborne landing from the north of a battalion of soldiers of Task Force Fury from the 82nd Airborne.

This would imply an assault by parachute. If so, that must have been awesome, and scared the bejeebers out of the Pakis...er, uh...Taliban!
Posted by: Ho Chi Glort4018 || 12/14/2007 9:12 Comments || Top||

#4  On Monday, after days of fierce fighting -- more ferocious than NATO commanders had expected -- the Taliban called it quits and fled the town.

Fled, I dont get this, the tal have no aircraft or land mobile evac, how do they flee when they are supposedly surrounded? This sounds like accommodation. Why no hot pursuit, aerial surveillence or outright air supremecy should disallow this context.....fishy is what this is.
Posted by: Spiny Gl 2511 || 12/14/2007 9:23 Comments || Top||

#5  Is this the journalist that Michael Yon speaks so highly of?
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/14/2007 9:32 Comments || Top||

#6  Crushing taliwackers is always good.
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/14/2007 9:53 Comments || Top||

#7  Some of the commenters were positively whining. Looks like a lump of coal at Christmas for lefties who want to see the "freedom fighters" win...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/14/2007 10:12 Comments || Top||

#8  I suspect that we are being cagey. That is, leaving a back door open which they will use to escape, but with nothing but freezing desolation for them to escape to.

That is, it would have been harder and more dangerous to try to root them out from a civilian population. But if they flee into the harsh mountains, in the dead of winter, with no food or anything else, they are facing five or six months of starvation and death without us having to fire a shot.

If they find a nice cave, pretty soon it will be full of them. If they start a fire, boom. If they don't, they can starve together.

Even if some of them survive, they are not going to be too damn enthusiastic about returning to the fight.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 12/14/2007 10:37 Comments || Top||

#9  how do they flee when they are supposedly surrounded? This sounds like accommodation. Why no hot pursuit, aerial surveillence or outright air supremecy should disallow this context.....fishy is what this is.

Read Sun Tsu some time.
Posted by: Pappy || 12/14/2007 11:04 Comments || Top||

#10  Always leave a way out, unless you really want to see how hard a man can fight when he figures he has nothing left to lose.
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/14/2007 11:18 Comments || Top||

#11  Of course, after they start fleeing A-10 runs over the escape route are OK.
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/14/2007 11:18 Comments || Top||

#12  Sun Tsu didn't have airpower...

Leave you enemy a chance to escape, then bomb the shit out of them.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/14/2007 11:19 Comments || Top||

#13  DV.
Great minds think alike!
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/14/2007 11:20 Comments || Top||

#14  You paint a nice picture, Anonymoose. But if they make it to Waziristan or Touchistan or whatever they are home safe. That's what bothers me. I like DarthVader's idea. I'd like it even better if the A10's and B2's follow them all the way into Touchistan and bomb their Touchy safe havens.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 12/14/2007 11:34 Comments || Top||

#15  He saw very few bodies. He's just impressed with the sound and fury of modern warfare.

Remember, it's the Talibs who said they has 2,000 troops. I'm betting far closer to 200.

We like it when they run away, BTW. We can track them back to their hideyholes.
Posted by: Chuck Simmins || 12/14/2007 11:36 Comments || Top||

#16  Death From Above!
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 12/14/2007 11:43 Comments || Top||

#17  Falaise Gap.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 12/14/2007 12:15 Comments || Top||

#18  My father was at Falaise Gap and Musa Qala is no Falaise Gap.
Posted by: Chuck Simmins || 12/14/2007 12:23 Comments || Top||

#19  Yeah, you are right, just a picture of retreating troops though a corridor of air strikes made me think of it.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 12/14/2007 12:41 Comments || Top||

#20  chocolates, get yer chocolates here...

for a bag this full of enemy, i'm handing them out by the stockingful...
Posted by: Querent || 12/14/2007 12:50 Comments || Top||

#21  Belgian chocolates, Querent? Thus we give credit to what each does best. ;-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/14/2007 13:31 Comments || Top||

#22  "Fled, I dont get this, the tal have no aircraft or land mobile evac, how do they flee when they are supposedly surrounded? "

Mountainous terrain. You can close all the roads through which they can get supplies, thus making it untenable for them to stay, without actually having close to enough troops to monitor every foot path a nimble Pashtun can scramble over. Whether air cover can effectively stop that, I dont know, though I suspect that gets into lots of questions of cover, dwell time, etc.
Posted by: Liberalhawk || 12/14/2007 13:39 Comments || Top||

#23  vapor trails circled in the clear blue sky over the Helmand desert as B1 and B52 bombers backed...etc

I got a case of the vapors just reading that sentence. Chalk it up to my delicate sensibilities.

Well done.
Posted by: Mark Z || 12/14/2007 13:42 Comments || Top||

#24  Dittos

This is the best part:

"vapor trails circled in the clear blue sky over the Helmand desert as B1 and B52 bombers backed by A10 tank busters, F16s, Apache helicopters and Specter gunships were used to kill hundreds of Taliban fighters."

Warms the Cockles of me Heart it does, to see so many Mid-Evil Types Force Fed Hot Steel, Tungsten and DU!!

DeLicious!

*Sweet*

~:)
Posted by: RD || 12/14/2007 14:51 Comments || Top||

#25  Sun Tsu didn't have airpower... Leave you enemy a chance to escape, then bomb the shit out of them.

Great - now Ima gonna spend haff the nite wonderin' what he woulda done ifn he had airpower...
Posted by: Pappy || 12/14/2007 16:09 Comments || Top||

#26  Think of the British longbows at Agincourt, Pappy. Air power is mainly the ability to kill people from so far away they can't hit back*... although I s'pose all those black helicopters and invisible fighters are a lot sexier than a couple of carefully shaved bits of wood with feathers attached to one end.

*Ok, and drop them in to fight, and pick them up after, but again, that allows for starting and ending beyond reach.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/14/2007 16:45 Comments || Top||

#27  Soon we'll be readiong about Hell on the Goat Path of Death.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 12/14/2007 16:53 Comments || Top||

#28  Itn in the 33rd Edition, Appendix O.
Posted by: Flt. Lt. Sun Tsu || 12/14/2007 16:54 Comments || Top||

#29  Same Edition:

Gather 'ye monies and drive your enemies crazi wonderin what you goin to do with it. The Tanning Bed stratergyery.
Posted by: Flt. Lt. Sun Tsu || 12/14/2007 16:57 Comments || Top||

#30  This would imply an assault by parachute.

CH-47 helicopters. No one is going to drop paratroopers onto contested territory. The last paradrop was in 2003 at the start of the Iraq war and that was onto a Kurd controlled airstrip.

While hundreds of Taliban are believed to have been killed, two British soldiers and one American soldier lost their lives. All the deaths, however, resulted from vehicles striking mines left not, it is believed, by the Taliban but by Soviet forces in the 1980s.

So were the Talibs/Pakis even trying or just so inept that the only casualties were caused by 20 years abandoned Soviet mines. Time to resurrect Hobart's Funnies?
Posted by: ed || 12/14/2007 17:06 Comments || Top||

#31  I saw a mass parachute drop at Ft Campbell as a kid (Late 50s, early 60s, not sure) during army Day celebrations, (Dad was an army Major then).

Very impressive, 2000 or so airmen on the ground in 15 minutes.(Dad was more impressed that all went as planned, no colapsed chutes, no injuries).

He mentioned that they really didn't use massed paratroop drops much since WWII, and this was probably the only time I'd ever see one (Right, he was)

Ah, memory lane.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 12/14/2007 19:28 Comments || Top||

#32  I saw the 101st drop into the airbase at Taichung in 63 or 64 (I forget...)
3 or 4 dead, lots of collapsed chutes tumbled tanks etc...

I was in 3rd or 4th grade at the US school. All US citizens on the island were required by MAAG to attend as a trial run for evac.
Posted by: 3dc || 12/14/2007 20:24 Comments || Top||

#33  AMERICA AKBAR!!!
Posted by: bigjim-ky || 12/14/2007 20:55 Comments || Top||

#34  Didn't the 101st parachute out at Campbell when they came home from Gulf War I?
Posted by: bigjim-ky || 12/14/2007 21:07 Comments || Top||

#35  "If they find a nice cave, pretty soon it will be full of them. If they start a fire, boom. If they don't, they can starve together."

I love a happy ending, 'moose. :-D

Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 12/14/2007 23:45 Comments || Top||


Woman beheaded; six perish in Afghan bomb blast
(KUNA) -- A woman and her grandson were beheaded by Taliban militants on charges of spying for the foreign troops while six civilians were killed and six more sustained injuries as a bomb ripped through a passenger vehicle on Thursday. Both the incidents happened in the volatile south of the war-battered country.
The part next to Pakistain, they mean.
Separately, the Afghan government claimed killing scores of Taliban in nearly a week fighting with them to capture control of a district in the restive south from the insurgents. Addressing a news conference in Kabul on Thursday, the Defence Ministry spokesman General Zahir Azimi said a large number of militants, including their senior commanders and some foreigners were killed in the joint swoop by the Afghan and foreign troops in Musa Qala district of the southern Helmand. The operation was launched on Friday to get back control of the district from Taliban, who captured the town from Afghan troops in February last. Azimi said the Taliban had fled the area and the Afghan troops and their foreign supporters were in control of the situation.

Meanwhile, a 60-year-old woman and her grandson were beheaded by Taliban on charges of spying for the foreign troops in the southern zone, a police officer said on Thursday. The incident happened in Deh Rahod district of Uruzgan province. Police chief of the province Juma Gul Himmat confirmed the beheading of the woman and her grandson but would not disclose their identities. Taliban so far did not issue any comment.

In the same province, six civilians were killed and as many wounded as a passenger vehicle stepped on a roadside landmine in Tirikot, the provincial capital. Himmat accused Taliban for planting the landmine to target the NATO and Afghan troops. However, the militants so far did not claim responsibility. Civilians often fell prey to roadside bombs and exchange of fire between the security forces and the militants or bombing of Taliban positions by the foreign troops. In recent months, human right organizations and the United Nations' bodies in Kabul have expressed concern over civilian casualties in the war and urged upon all parties to the fighting to observe restraints to avoid civilian casualties.
Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [291 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  A woman and her grandson were beheaded by Taliban militants on charges of spying for the foreign troops while six civilians were killed and six more sustained injuries as a bomb ripped through a passenger vehicle on Thursday.

Hearts and minds, people.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 12/14/2007 11:38 Comments || Top||

#2  Maybe that's just the Talibs' way of winning hearts and minds. None of this Sugar Daddy crap. Just instill a little fear.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 12/14/2007 11:41 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Two Sudanese Gitmo prisoners freed, say were innocent
(KUNA) -- Two Sudanese, who were detained in the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, arrived back home in Khartoum Thursday after being found innocent and being freed by US authorities. The two inmates, Adel Hamad Abdel-Muttaleb and Salem Mahmoud Adam arrived back home on board a US aircraft after being found not guilty, five years after they were detained in connection with the September 11 bomb attack that brought down the World Trade Center in New York in 2001.

They said a US aircraft had flown them from Guantanamo Bay to Afghanistan before another plane conveyed them to Khartoum Airport, where they were handed over to local authorities.

Adam said he was detained in Pakistan in May 2002 and flown to Cuba in August of the same year after being subjected to an intensive interrogation at the US base Wagram in Afghanistan.

As for Abdel-Muttaleb, he said he was detained on July 17, 2002 while he was working for a hospital. He said he was tortured during the first phase of interrogation in Afghanistan and suffered much during his detention in Cuba. "It was so bitter to be tortured without reason," he said.
This article starring:
Adel Hamad Abdel-Muttaleb
Salem Mahmoud Adam
Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [282 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

#1  all criminals claim they are innocent. Its expected.
Posted by: 3dc || 12/14/2007 12:49 Comments || Top||

#2  ...after being found innocent and being freed by US authorities.

Really? Who made that call?
Posted by: tu3031 || 12/14/2007 13:12 Comments || Top||


Eleven civilians killed in Mogadishu mortar attack
At least 11 Somalis died Thursday, including nine in almost simultaneous mortar blasts, as Mogadishu’s civilian population continued to bear the brunt of relentless fighting. “A mortar shell exploded in the midst of a crowded stall, killing six people and wounding five others, some of them seriously,” witness Hassan Abdalla Nur told AFP. Moments later, another shell landed nearby, killing another three people. “The shell landed in the middle of a crowd and killed three civilians on the spot and seven others seriously wounded,” said Beq Omar, a local pharmacist.

Haji Ibrahim, another witness, gave the same the death toll and said the victims were torn to shreds by the explosion. “These incidents were horrific, I have never seen anything like it. The explosion cut people into pieces and splashed blood on the market stalls. We’re not sure where the mortar came from,” he told AFP.

An A P correspondent saw a microbus whisking the injured away to hospital. Witnesses said the death toll could yet rise as many of the wounded appeared to be in critical condition. The market attack came barely ours after Islamist insurgents clashed with Ethiopian-backed government forces. The fighting took place mainly in southern neighbourhoods but some mortar shell impacts were reported in some distant northern districts of the war-ravaged capital.
Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [299 views] Top|| File under: Islamic Courts


Africa North
El Biar kamikaze benefited from peace law measures
Investigations led at the aftermath of the twin blast striking the capital Algiers unveiled the identity of the authors. The UNHCR explosion was executed by Rabeh Bechella, from Reghaia (the eastern suburb of Algiers), while Larbi Charef, from Algiers, exploded the Constitutional Council.

The elderly man, Rabah Bechella, alias Ibrahim Abu Uthman, aired on Al Qaeda web site is 64 years old. He joined the terrorist strongholds in 1996 when Djamel Zitouni was still at the head of the bloodiest terrorist organization, the Islamic Armed Group (GIA). Ibrahim Abu Uthman was an “unrenowned” member of Al Ansar squad. His terrorist activity has significantly dropped recently and security services thought he has left the terrorist fiefdoms.

The second kamikaze bomber, Larbi Charef, alias Abu Abderrahmane Abu Abdennaser Al Assimi, is a 30-year terrorist from the eastern suburb of Algiers. He joined the terrorist fiefdoms later in 2006 in the Centre region under the leadership of Zouhir Harek alias Sofiane Abu Haidara. He has been imprisoned for terror-support charges and benefited from the peace law measures.

The cars used in the blasts have been bought from Tedjelabine car market, his original owner is from Rouiba, east of Algiers. The cars have been equipped with explosives in Tizi Ouzou province east of Algeria.
Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [337 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa


India-Pakistan
Rebels kill three Indian policemen, blow up police station in Chhattisgarh
(KUNA) -- Maoist militants blew up a police station on Thursday killing three Indian policemen and injuring another in the northern Indian State of Chhattisgarh.

Maoist militants blew up the Vishrampuri police station after surrounding it and firing bullets and throwing grenades into the air, Indian security sources in the state said. The rebels snapped all telephone lines and blocked roads leading to Bishrampur area in Bastar province in the state before blowing up the station. The sources added rebels called for commercial shops to shut down and leave the area immediately.

The rebels also known as the war group for Naxals people takes refugee in southern India where it receives support from poor villagers and families. Chhattisgarh is one of the 13 worst Maoist-hit states with about 900 people killed since 2005.
Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [283 views] Top|| File under:


5 killed by train blast in India
GAUHATI: A bomb tore through a moving train in India's remote northeast Thursday, killing at least five passengers and injuring four others, an official said. The New Delhi bound super-fast Rajdhani Express, which started from the eastern town of Dibrugarh in Assam state had just crossed a station near Chungajan, 270 kilometers (170 miles) east of statecapital Gauhati when the bomb exploded.

It jolted passengers out of their sleep, an Indian Railway spokesman told a foreign news agency. 'A car near the luggage van took the whole impact of the blast before dawn Thursday. Five passengers were killed and four others wounded,' he added.
Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [274 views] Top|| File under:


Mighty Pak army captures Charbagh
Security forces on Thursday captured Charbagh and re-deployed the police that was withdrawn from the police station after militants had seized the area. A large number of locals welcomed the security forces with “Pak fauj zindabad (Long live the Pakistan army)” slogans. They showered petals on the security personnel when they advanced from Fizzagut to Sangota, Manglore, Kot and Charbagh.

The army also took control of the Manglore Bridge and destroyed an explosives-laden van at Kot. The security forces also destroyed the houses of two militant commanders Sher Muhammad and Sher Malik.

Addressing the people who had gathered to welcome the army, Col Sarfraz said the army had come to protect the citizens. He said the government would soon give the people good news regarding the enforcement of Sharia in Malakand division. The security forces also distributed sweets among the residents of the area. A government statement said the security forces and volunteers had taken complete control of Charbagh. It said the public had praised the “gallant actions and kind conduct of the security forces”.

During a search operation, the security forces came across unmanned bunkers on Manglore Bridge. They also seized a huge quantity of locally brewed liquor. Militants headquarters at Darul Uloom Charbagh was also cleared and taken over by the security forces. The statement said the Frontier Constabulary had arrested three miscreants from Bariam and Ayub Bridge checkposts. Earlier, the corps commander along with the GOC monitored the operation and had an aerial view of the area, said the statement.
Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [381 views] Top|| File under: TNSM

#1  why were the militants not chased or captured when they were in the area.Why to demolish empty houses?
Posted by: swati || 12/14/2007 12:11 Comments || Top||

#2  "They also seized a huge quantity of locally brewed liquor"

-for further investigation
Posted by: Pliny Hupaimble5266 || 12/14/2007 12:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Mr. swati, you really must ask the Army of the Pure why they do such things. But I suspect, given that it's winter up there, forcing them to camp in the woods is punishment for choosing the wrong side.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/14/2007 13:48 Comments || Top||

#4  Is it just me, or does it really seem like the 'Mighty Pak Army' is really doing something now that Chowderhead is no longer the Top Guy, but only a mere civvie?????
Posted by: USN,Ret. || 12/14/2007 14:09 Comments || Top||

#5  well it is more of nat survival for the pak army -- if in fact cooler heads have prevailed (still facist islamists - but even islamists are nationalists's) and figured out the beast has come home to rest..swat was no terrorists haven but a money maker for the pak govt..
Posted by: dan || 12/14/2007 15:19 Comments || Top||

#6  Swati: standard operating procedure in the Northwest Frontier. The banditti don't stick around to catch one in the neck, so the army starts destroying property until the clan gives in to preserve what's left. The guys with guns can run, their houses can't.

Also, as I understand it, a lot of the "houses" of the big men on the Frontier are more like blockhouses or small fortresses. We're probably not talking about a zippo raid, but rather some serious demolition work.
Posted by: Mitch H. || 12/14/2007 16:05 Comments || Top||


Seven people killed in twin Quetta blasts
Two suicide bombings near an army checkpost in Quetta on Thursday killed seven people, including three personnel of the Pakistan Army, military spokesman Major General Waheed Arshad said. An official at the Inter-Services Public Relations said three of the dead were soldiers, while the remaining four were civilians. Six people died instantly, while the seventh died at Combined Military Hospital, where all the injured were shifted for immediate treatment.

Meanwhile, independent sources said the blasts had killed 12 people and injured 16. AP quoted deputy police chief Rehmatullah Niazi as saying that 10 people had died. The suicide attacks occurred two days before the visit of former premier Benazir Bhutto, who is scheduled to visit Quetta on December 15 as a part of her election campaign. No group has accepted responsibility for the blasts.
Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [285 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


5 killed by train blast in India
GAUHATI: A bomb tore through a moving train in India's remote northeast Thursday, killing at least five passengers and injuring four others, an official said. The New Delhi bound super-fast Rajdhani Express, which started from the eastern town of Dibrugarh in Assam state had just crossed a station near Chungajan, 270 kilometers (170 miles) east of statecapital Gauhati when the bomb exploded.

It jolted passengers out of their sleep, an Indian Railway spokesman told a foreign news agency. 'A car near the luggage van took the whole impact of the blast before dawn Thursday. Five passengers were killed and four others wounded,' he added.
Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [304 views] Top|| File under:


Iraq
US troops may replace British army in Basra
American troops may have to be sent to Basra once British force levels are halved next year, the Army's senior general in the region has conceded for the first time.

At a ceremony on Sunday, Iraq's security forces are to assume overall command of Basra for the first time since Saddam Hussein was deposed in 2003. The move, known in military jargon as "going PIC", which stands for Provincial Iraqi Control, paves the way for UK troop numbers in Iraq's second city to fall to 2,500 by the spring.

Maj Gen Graham Binns, the commanding officer of forces in south-east Iraq, said that the Iraqi army had been rated capable of imposing order on the city without back-up from UK forces stationed at Basra air station and in Kuwait.

But a severe bout of violence would trigger a call for the fire-power of allies in the US-led coalition. "We are a coalition and if additional troops are required, they could come from within our reserve or from within the coalition," Gen Binns said.
Which means Uncle Sugar, natch.
"I wouldn't have recommended bringing down troop numbers to 2,500 if I thought that would happen but you have to lean into this to make progress."

His comments follow warnings from US officials that a British withdrawal would leave US forces having to intervene in the south, while heavily committed elsewhere in Iraq.

In August, the retired US general, Jack Keane, said: "From a military perspective I know what the commanders are trying to avoid is having to send reinforcements to the south from forces that are needed in the central part of Iraq. That situation could arise if the situation gets worse in Basra, if and when British troops leave."

The Army has already adopted its post-PIC posture. Preparations for an Iraqi operation early next month to confront Basra's so-called "irreconcilables" - locals who pose the greatest threat to security - are under way with the UK lined up to provide surveillance, intelligence and aerial support.
That will be an interesting exercise. Let's see if the IA can run the op with the Brits in the background.
Basra is the ninth of Iraq's 18 provinces to resume responsibility for its own security but the significance of the switch goes beyond symbolism. Key sections of Route Tampa, the main military supply route from Kuwait, run through the province.

The road as well as Basra's borders with Iran and Kuwait will continue to be secured with British fire-power. A battle group, led by the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, confronts the daily dangers of patrols in the insurgent-rich region.

Since arriving last month, its Mastiff armoured personnel carriers have hit seven roadside bombs. "We've got an area the size of the North West of England to protect with 550 men," said Lt Col Gary Deakin. "We'll be maintaining security in a patch that includes the combat supply route, Iraq's only deep-water port and the borders. It's our area and we'll do what we can to maintain security in it."

Maj Tom Perkins, the commander of a 1st Scots detachment in the battle group, said: "There are elements out to take advantage of what might be perceived as a vacuum after the PIC."
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 12/14/2007 01:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [261 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Like I did not see that coming.
Posted by: twobyfour || 12/14/2007 4:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Gordon Brown has no backbone especially where muslims are concerned!!!
Posted by: Paul || 12/14/2007 5:43 Comments || Top||

#3  The Brits have troops...the US has an army....
Posted by: Angeater Peacock1369 || 12/14/2007 6:37 Comments || Top||

#4  The British have wonderful soldiers, just not a good army.
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/14/2007 7:26 Comments || Top||

#5  Wellington fought his Peninsular battles with a parliamentary bucket on his foot. Some things never change.
Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2007 7:41 Comments || Top||

#6  The road as well as Basra's borders with Iran and Kuwait will continue to be secured with British fire-power. A battle group, led by the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, confronts the daily dangers of patrols in the insurgent-rich region. "We've got an area the size of the North West of England to protect with 550 men," said Lt Col Gary Deakin. "We'll be maintaining security in a patch that includes the combat supply route, Iraq's only deep-water port and the borders. It's our area and we'll do what we can to maintain security in it."

It sounds like quietly they'll continue to do an awful lot, while openly continuing to do nothing at all. That must be terribly frustrating for the serious soldiers.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/14/2007 9:32 Comments || Top||

#7  "Lions led by Donkeys" is a popular British Army phrase.

I think you can guess why.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/14/2007 10:09 Comments || Top||

#8  The English army is pretty done, as far as the EU is concerned. This might be their swan song. So I suspect that in the mid term, private mercenary armies will quietly be assembled in Europe.

Not a radical idea, actually lapsing back to the old days in the time of the 100 years war. Such armies will be mostly used as "for hire force projection", whenever the EU wishes to do anything outside its borders.

Since Russia is about the only threat left to Europe, except internally, they have reached the conclusion that they don't need any military.

Of course they are wrong in this regard, but have to learn the hard way. If nothing else, once the EU no longer has a military, all any group has to do is to be able to overwhelm the police, and they become the new government.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 12/14/2007 10:32 Comments || Top||

#9  Or the Mercs take over. Sounds a lot like the later Roman empire that hired massive amounts of Barbarian armies sine no Roman citizen wanted to be in the army. Of course, once the pay dried up or the Barbarians saw a chance, they turned on their masters and either pillaged or bit off a good chunk of Roman territory.
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/14/2007 11:05 Comments || Top||

#10  I'm a Brit. I'm embarrassed. No Navy (to speak of anymore), an Army that the brass won't commit (in Iraq anyway). Thank God for the US of A. Only good news: Brown won't be in office that long and there are some signs of a rightward/Atlanticist revival in UK politics. Some.
Posted by: Peter Carroll || 12/14/2007 12:09 Comments || Top||

#11  Seems a good test case for the Iraqi Army to take over.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 12/14/2007 17:09 Comments || Top||

#12  It's probably just as well. We eventually have to go into southern Iraq and destroy the Shia religious militias. Both the Sadr and Badr have been doing our work for us, but eventually one will come out on top and then the Americans will have to lower the boom.
Posted by: ed || 12/14/2007 18:26 Comments || Top||


Mass grave found with 18 Iraqi corpses
(KUNA) -- A mass grave of armed victims was found on Thursday in Diyala Province east of the Iraqi capital. A security official, in remarks to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), charged that 18 corpses were killed by the militias of the so-called Iraq Islamic state -- 12 of whom were headless -- noting that all the victims were males who were kidnapped and assassinated two months ago.

He said most of the dead bodies were featureless and were admitted to Al- Miqdadiyah Hospital. Al- Miqdadiyah neighborhood which is a part of the troubled Diyala Province is witnessing fragile security. Diyala Province, with a community blended with Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds, is currently witnessing military operations against the insurgents.
Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [285 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

#1  Inter-terrorist fighting, or armed good guys killed by terrorists?
Posted by: gorb || 12/14/2007 3:54 Comments || Top||

#2  confederateyankee

According to Confederate Yankee, per Task For Iron's PAO - this appears to be fake reporting
Posted by: Whomong Guelph4611 || 12/14/2007 4:13 Comments || Top||

#3  It seems then that this is one of many false massacres. Why report such a thing? Testing to see if coalition forces respond to tips? Trying to bait coalition forces into a trap? Trying to discredit coalition security efforts? Other?
Posted by: gorb || 12/14/2007 5:53 Comments || Top||

#4  From CY's comments:

I'd like to see a tally of fake deaths in Iraq. We might even reach a grim milestone.
Posted by: Seafarious || 12/14/2007 9:29 Comments || Top||

#5  Grim Milestone - no (TM) thingy?
Posted by: Thomas Woof || 12/14/2007 9:48 Comments || Top||

#6  Seafarious -lol!
Posted by: Whomong Guelph4611 || 12/14/2007 9:49 Comments || Top||

#7  "Armed Victims"?

What? Somebody threw away weapons? Idiots.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 12/14/2007 12:16 Comments || Top||

#8  Still trying to wrap my head around the process of 'admitting the dead bodies to the...hospital;'
wonder how that gets done without any patient- staff interaction??
"He's really dead, and headless, Jim"
Posted by: USN,Ret. || 12/14/2007 14:14 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Explosion in Gaza kills 3, injures 30
An explosion at a funeral procession on Friday killed three people and injured at least 30 others, as hundreds of mourners marched through Gaza City, hospital officials said.

Witnesses said gunmen were firing in the air during the funeral of a Palestinian Fatah terrorist, who was killed Thursday in an Israeli airstrike after participating in the firing of Kassam rockets. Then, a powerful explosion went off. The source of the blast was unknown and it was unclear if the device was triggered or set off accidentally.
Soooo sad
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/14/2007 09:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [323 views] Top|| File under: Fatah

#1  Looks like they updated it. With the humorous details...

Hamas security officials said a participant in the funeral lobbed a pipe bomb at the edges of the procession, but the bomb bounced back into the procession, causing the mayhem.

Witnesses said one of the marchers was wearing a bomb around his waist, as he chanted atop one of the cars. He died in the explosion.

Gunfire and the setting off of fireworks are common forms of commemoration at Gaza funerals.


For our entertainment pleasure, let's hope that tradition never ends...
Posted by: tu3031 || 12/14/2007 12:22 Comments || Top||

#2  But wait! There's more...

From Ma'an:

Mu'awiya Hassanain, the director of ambulance and emergency services in the Palestinian health ministry said that four people were killed and more than 30 were injured during the funeral as a result of a grenade being hurled. He described five of the injured as being in a serious condition.

He named the dead as twenty-year-old Mu'taz Masar'a and twenty-three-year-old Yousif Abu Ryala and eighteen-year-old Zuhair Awad, in addition to Ashraf Al-Ashqar, who fell from the top of a building while the funeral procession marched past.
Posted by: tu3031 || 12/14/2007 12:29 Comments || Top||


IDF denies involvement in Gaza blast that injured two Jihad members
The IDF said on Thursday that an initial investigation indicated that an explosion in the southern Gaza Strip that injured two Islamic Jihad members was not the result of an IDF strike. The Islamic Jihad had claimed two of its members were wounded in an IDF ground missile strike near the Kerem Shalom crossing between Gaza and Israel.
Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [389 views] Top|| File under: Islamic Jihad

#1  sounds "mysterious"
Posted by: Frank G || 12/14/2007 6:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Must have been the will of Allan.
Posted by: Rambler || 12/14/2007 11:37 Comments || Top||

#3  Crossings, why do they hate us so?
Posted by: Steven || 12/14/2007 23:55 Comments || Top||


Sderot mayor agrees to remain in office
A Kassam missile slammed through the roof of a home in Sderot Thursday, wounding a woman as Kassam barrages hit the western Negev for a second straight day. Hours later, three Palestinians - including a known weapons dealer - were killed in an IAF strike in Gaza City, and three armed operatives were killed in what the IDF said was a targeted strike against a Kassam-firing unit.

Following the barrages and the IAF retaliation, Sderot Mayor Eli Moyal - who resigned suddenly from his post Wednesday citing his frustration with the lack of government interest in Sderot's plight - rescinded his resignation. Moyal, who dramatically resigned during a live radio interview, said following a meeting with Defense Minister Ehud Barak that he would remain in office.
Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [270 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  From Yesterday
Moyal has been the mayor of Sderot for just over nine years, and the city has been battered by an estimated 6,300 rockets over the past six years. The residents' ongoing suffering began when Sderot was first shelled with mortars by Arab terrorists from Gaza in April 2001, and the first Kassam rocket hit the city less than a year later.

2.8 Kassams per day for 2190 days straight. I would venture to think that Mayor Moyal has a lot to do with keeping up the moral of the paramedics, firefighters, cleanup crews etc as well of the some 20,000 citizens who continue to send their kids to school and so on. It is good he received a little more attention than the tourism man seemingly more worried about the party quiting.

Assemble the trebuchets of garbage fury!
Posted by: swksvolFF || 12/14/2007 12:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Throwing dead cows over the walls to create disease sounds real good right about now.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 12/14/2007 12:24 Comments || Top||

#3  Why don't they ignore the national government and just get their own weapons to fire back with....

Say a super gun ...For every missile.... 1000s shell in a slowly marching grid.
Posted by: 3dc || 12/14/2007 12:51 Comments || Top||


Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan troops kill 18 rebels
Troops killed 18 Tamil Tigers rebels in northern Sri Lanka and two rebel suicide bombers wounded six civilians, the military said on Thursday in its account of the latest engagements of a civil war.

The military said the death toll was from six separate confrontations in Jaffna, Vavuniya and Mannar on Wednesday. Four other rebels were wounded and one policeman killed by rebel fire in Vavuniya.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who are seeking to carve out an independent state in northern and eastern Sri Lanka, were not immediately available for comment on the fighting. There were no independent accounts of how many people were killed or what had happened.

Analysts say both sides tend to overstate enemy losses and play down their own. A military spokesman described an incident in which two rebel suicide bombers were killed and six civilians wounded in a house on Thursday. “The army on information received from a civilian, proceeded to search a house in Point Pedro in Jaffna and two LTTE terrorists who had been hiding in the ceiling blew themselves up, killing them instantaneously and injuring six occupants,” the spokesman said.
Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [289 views] Top|| File under:


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iranian troops kill, capture elements of anti-regime group
(KUNA) -- Iranian troops in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan have killed and captured elements of the anti-regime "Soldiers of Allah" group, troops commander Mohammad Ghafari said on Thursday.

He told the Iranian TV that his troops had Thursday morning carried out an operation in the border province of Sistan-Baluchestan where they killed and captured 18 members of the group that was planning to launch terrorist attack in the province. The group planned to implement terrorist and sabotage attacks over the coming few days aiming to provoke sectarian prejudices among the sputhern parts in the province.

In addition, the commander said, huge amounts of weapons, explosives and communication apparatuses were found during the operation in addition to documents revealing that they were planning to carry out terrorist acts on Iranian soil.

Iran's border regions with Afghanistan and Pakistan are a major smuggling route for drugs and other contraband. Sistan-Baluchestan province is reported to be a volatile border province, where clashes between security forces and drug smugglers and also with anti-regime groups are frequent.
Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [282 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Who are these 'Soldiers of Allah?' Sometimes the enemy of my enemy is not my friend. This could be one of those popcorn popping situations.
Posted by: Glenmore || 12/14/2007 7:09 Comments || Top||

#2  probably baluchi Sunnis, possibly AQ linked. Or not. take your pick.
Posted by: Liberalhawk || 12/14/2007 13:35 Comments || Top||

#3  cia
Posted by: dan || 12/14/2007 15:22 Comments || Top||

#4  cia funded
Posted by: dan || 12/14/2007 15:22 Comments || Top||


Iran: Dissidents receive email death threats
(AKI) - Dozens of feminists, human rights activists, student leaders and journalists in Iran have received an email death threat in the last few days. The emails tell the recipients they have been targeted for their anti-Islamic activities and are told they are included on a list with those who deny their faith. They have been signed by the "martyrdom volunteers".

Most of the recipients of these emails are women. One of them who asked to remain anonymous said she had to take the threats very seriously. "It is the common impression that the growth of the feminist movement in Iran and the strong presence of women in civil society annoys someone, and perhaps many, who want to stop us by intimidation," she said.
Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [265 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


Khamenei appoints Qassem as Hezbollah military commander
Iran's Spiritual leader Ali Khamenei has stripped Hezbollah 's Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah of his military authorities and appointed his deputy, sheikh Naim Qassem, commander of the party's military branch, the daily newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported Thursday.

The pan-Arab daily said the decision was taken in light of a report presented by a team from the Intelligence apparatus of the Revolutionary Guards that had visited Lebanon to assess the status of Hezbollah 's military and its capabilities. It quoted a revolutionary Guards officer in the Bekaa Valley as saying "intense differences" between Qassem and Nasrallah on "destiny issues related to the party's military wing … led to the interference by Khamenei's office to re-organize Hezbollah's command structure."

The unnamed source said Hezbollah 's annual budget of 400 million dollars was raised to over one billion dollars in the past 18 months to compensate for the losses sustained during the 34-day war with Israel in the summer of 2006.

Khamenei assigned a team comprising major officers of the Revolutionary Guards in addition to Hezbollah 's ex-Intelligence Chief Imad Mughnieh to restructure the party's military branch in light of the team's recommendations, the report said. Qassem, in light of the report, assumed the higher responsibility for Hezbollah 's military branch, while Nasrallah maintained his post of secretary general in charge of the party's intelligence agency. Mughnieh, the report added, remains in charge of coordination between Hezbollah, Palestinian factions and Iranian intelligence agencies.
Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [725 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

#1  NEWSMAX > NORTH KOREA MAY HAVE AIDED HEZBOLLAH. Tamil Tigers also; + BREAKING > FBI FEARS WMD ATTACK, 30 TOP TARGETS.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/14/2007 0:03 Comments || Top||

#2  Nasrallah is issuing denials through the hizbollah PR office.

It is, however, no secret that, since the 2006 war, Iran was not happy with the cost of Hizbollah in Lebanon.

As a consequence, Hizbollah has upped the extortion that they take from Shia business in Lebanon. I suspect that this resulted in enough failing businesses that it raised far less than Hisb thought it would.
Posted by: mhw || 12/14/2007 7:59 Comments || Top||

#3  Oh-oh, Naz. I don't think you'll like their exit package...
Posted by: tu3031 || 12/14/2007 12:43 Comments || Top||


Lebanon arrests 4 suspects in General Hajj murder
Lebanese authorities arrested four suspects in connection with the assassination of Brig. Gen. Francois el-Hajj that occurred on Wednesday morning in Baabda , east of Beirut Security sources said one man was arrested near the explosion site in Baabda shortly after the 7:05 am bomb went off , killing el-Hajj ,his bodyguard and driver . They said the man remains in police custody for suspected involvement in the blast.

The sources said three other people were seized later Wednesday after Lebanese army troops launched house raids in Taamir, a residential area adjacent to Ein el-Hilweh in the southern port city of Sidon. They said the plate number of the olive green BMW that was used in Hajj's assassination showed that the vehicle had been previously registered by the three men.

The daily An Nahar said Thursday that surveillance cameras placed in public places, particularly near the Baabda municipal building, were being checked for any evidence. As Safir newspaper, however, said the car had been left at the site eight minutes before Hajj arrived, indicating that more than one person was involved in the assassination. The car engine was also exchanged according to police reports

A senior military source told As Safir that the Lebanese army, which is handling the investigation, chose to focus its search on the hypothesis that the crime was committed by a "regional fundamentalist terrorist side," in light of given intelligence information and other data that had been compared to previous bombings that targeted political figures as well as UNIFIL in the south. The source said it appears that the side that carried out the crime is "smaller than al-Qaida and bigger than Fatah al-Islam."
Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [325 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  'the side that carried out the crime is "smaller than al-Qaida and bigger than Fatah al-Islam." '

but is it animal, vegetable, or mineral?
Posted by: Liberalhawk || 12/14/2007 13:33 Comments || Top||


Good Morning.
Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [371 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Is it just me or does she look like she's probing somebody's stomach?
Posted by: Jonathan || 12/14/2007 7:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Looks like 'ohammed's' back to me....
Posted by: CrazyFool || 12/14/2007 8:11 Comments || Top||

#3  Looks like 'Mohammed's' back to me....
Posted by: CrazyFool || 12/14/2007 8:12 Comments || Top||

#4  She's tickling someone's piggy.
Posted by: gorb || 12/14/2007 8:32 Comments || Top||

#5  Had a piggy when little, discovered how to use a knife blade to get the coins out without smashing it, must have been unimaginative, I put them back.

It was the ability to remove them at will that pleased me, no need for the change right then.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 12/14/2007 12:06 Comments || Top||

#6  By the way, she's doing it wrong.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 12/14/2007 12:07 Comments || Top||

#7  Yep, she should be doing teh parallel motion with the blade/slot thing there.
Posted by: Thomas Woof || 12/14/2007 16:50 Comments || Top||

#8  "Sqeal!"
Posted by: twobyfour || 12/14/2007 19:56 Comments || Top||



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