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Afghanistan
Afghan Qur'an burning demonstrators use racist effigy to target Obama.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/22/2012 10:49 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [203 views] Top||

#1  hey, Hey, HEY!

That's over the line. You don't want us to send Mr. Holder over there for an honest debate about race, now do you?

Oh, you do? Want to get armed to the tooth?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/22/2012 13:58 Comments || Top||

#2  Afghan inmates passed messages in Korans: officials

The US military removed Korans from a US-run prison in Afghanistan because inmates were suspected of using the sacred book to pass messages to each other, American officials said Tuesday.

The Korans and other religious material were later burned at the Bagram airfield, causing outrage in Afghanistan and triggering a protest Monday with petrol bombs hurled outside the sprawling US base, which includes a large prison.

"The material was removed because there was a concern that the detainees were communicating with each other," one US official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP.
Posted by: Water Modem || 02/22/2012 15:49 Comments || Top||


30 Insurgents Surrender to Afghan Authorities
Insurgents in Kandahar and Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
on Monday laid down their weapons and agreed to support the Afghan government.

Ten beturbanned goons laid down their weapons and surrendered to authorities in southern Kandahar province, local officials said.

The men were active in the Panjwaye district of Kandahar and organised anti-government activities there, provincial front man Zulmai Ayoubi told TOLOnews.

Mr Ayoubi added that security will improve as more beturbanned goons renounce violence in the province.

Separately, in western Herat province 20 beturbanned goons including their commander, Mullah Abdul Ghani, surrendered to the government in the Gularan district of the province which lies about 640km from Kabul, provincial governor Daud Saba said.

The men fought against the government in the district, he said.

The commander and their men submitted their weapons to security troops, he added.

In the past eight months, 400 bad turban groups have joined the Afghan grinding of the peace processor in the province, officials said.

Dozens of beturbanned goons have recently joined the grinding of the peace processor in the provinces after Afghan and NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
forces increased military operations to clear the country of bad turbans.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/22/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [194 views] Top||

#1  Why should they fight when all they have to do is wait until NATO pulls out?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 02/22/2012 11:32 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Al-Shabaab recruiting young Britons to its ranks
At a court hearing on Monday in the port city of Mombasa, a young British man in a black T-shirt stood in front of a judge and heard prosecutors claim he was a member of a terrorist group, planning attacks against targets in Kenya. As far as the police in Nairobi are concerned, Jermaine Grant, 29, is involved with al-Shabaab, which has been responsible for numerous bombings in Mogadishu and northern Somalia, and is seemingly determined to export its violence further afield.
"You're a foreigner? You look like a foreigner."
"Yessir, Yer Honour. I'm British. Allahu Akhbar!"
"Bloody British, always sending their defectives over here to get shot and blown up, and the suckers think they're Lions of bloody Islam, no less! As if our girls would ever look on such losers with favour. Hey, you there! Clerk! Can we put him up against the wall and shoot him for being an armed illegal alien with nefarious plans against the citizenry, or do we have to give him a trial beforehand?"
Grant, whose family comes from Newham, east London, may come to represent something slightly different to western intelligence agencies.

Over the last six years, they have monitored a number of Britons and Americans flying to the horn of Africa, seeking al-Shabaab training camps in the vast ungoverned spaces of Somalia, in much the same way as their counterparts did on trips to Pakistan and Afghanistan in the 1990s.

The agencies believe about 200 foreigners, perhaps Grant included, have helped al-Shabaab wage an insurgency in Somalia, and plot attacks on other western targets in neighbouring countries. But what they haven't seen -- yet -- is these people returning home, and bringing terror with them. The experience of Iraq and Afghanistan suggests it may only be a matter of time before another circle of this kind is complete.

The problems posed by al-Shabaab to the security of Somalia, and the knock-on effects for the west, will be part of the discussions at this week's London conference, but there are no easy solutions, and lots of potential pitfalls.

Al-Shabaab, which means "the youth" in Arabic, is not Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida. It evolved into a clan-based Islamic insurgency that became prominent in southern Somalia in 2006, rebelling against the country's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and its Ethiopian and western supporters. It is estimated to have only a few hundred core members, but has recruited up to 6,000 soldiers, sometimes forcibly.

Experts say the group is nominally led by Sheikh Mohamed Mukhtar Abdirahman -- "Abu Zubeyr" -- but most analysts insist it is a disparate coalition with divisions at all levels. Some of the deepest fissures are ideological: between those whose aims are essentially domestic, and those who have adopted broader ambitions for jihad, similar to those of al-Qaida.

Recently, the 10,000-strong African-Union-backed military mission (Amisom) has been pushing back against the group, which has also been squeezed from the south by 2,000 Kenyan troops invading the country last October. There is talk of increasing the cohort of Amisom troops to 20,000. Some say a force like that might crush al-Shabaab -- others that it would galvanise and reinvigorate its followers to greater feats of resistance against what is seen as the west's proxy army.
Galvinize and reinvigorate, leading to greater crushing? Sounds like a plan to me.
Some say this, others say that. With this kind of hand-wringing I'm amazed anything is getting done...
The US and British intelligence agencies are increasingly concerned about al-Shabaab developing links with other al-Qaida affiliates, particularly Aqap (al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula), and spreading Islamist-inspired extremism to west Africa, including Nigeria, where some militants have declared links with al-Qaida.

Andre Le Sage, a leading authority on al-Shabaab at the National Defence University in Washington, recently told the New York Times: "What I'd be most concerned about is whether Aqap could transfer to Shabaab its knowledge of building IEDs [improvised explosive devices] and sophisticated plots and Shabaab could make available to Aqap recruits with western passports."

There is some evidence of links between al-Shabaab and Somali pirates, who sometimes launch their attacks from areas run by the group. They have developed working business arrangements -- the pirates pay a stipend to be left in peace.

The number of foreigners known to have gone to camps in Somalia is still small. They include at least 40 from the US, and a similar number from the UK. Grant is facing trial on charges that he denies. Another British woman, travelling under the name of Natalie Faye Webb, 26, is on a Kenyan wanted list.

Though the al-Shabaab camps are not on the scale of those seen a decade ago, the National Security Council has been warned that it only takes one extremist to return home unnoticed to create potential havoc.

With this in mind, David Cameron has ramped up the rhetoric in recent months, calling Somalia "a failed state that directly threatens British interests".
Posted by: Steve White || 02/22/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [204 views] Top||

#1  There are plenty of unemployed Jihadis in UK to choose from.
Posted by: Gruth McGurque5303 || 02/22/2012 13:03 Comments || Top||

#2  It would be a great British intelligence coup to fund their travel on condition that each agrees to have a special stamp on their passport to prevent their return.
Posted by: Super Hose || 02/22/2012 20:26 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Egyptian Candidate for Prez says Egypt will be at war with Israel, US, etc.
From a MEMRI recording of an interview on Egyptian TV

The person being interviewed is Tawfiq Okasha who is a television talk show personality. He is a proponent of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and sometimes a denier of the holocaust (although sometimes he says the holocaust happened and Hitler should be praised and sometimes he says the holocaust partiallly happened but Hitler didn't go far enough).

below are some typical quotes from the interview

" Israel, and the European Union are planning to destroy three institutions in Egypt with exceptional malice: the Egyptian general intelligence agency, the Egyptian armed forces, and the Egyptian military intelligence"

"This is a fierce and bitter battle, which began without any shooting, but will end with shooting. I say this here and now. The Egyptian army will open fire on the armies of the enemies. While you are talking to me right now, the battle with tanks, cannons, and airplanes is near."
Unfortunately for his enthusiasm, history demonstrates that battles between these two combatants always end quickly in a rout, with the southern party leaving everything behind down to their sandals in an attempt to reach the apparent safety of Cairo more quickly. And it is quite possible this time Egypt will lose the Sinai permanently, along with the American billions for breaking the peace treaty.
There is a dam at Aswan...
Posted by: lord garth || 02/22/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [195 views] Top||

#1  We're at war now. Too bad some Israelis, and most Americans, don't understand this.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/22/2012 1:38 Comments || Top||

#2  My personal prediction is that the kinetics when they come, will be quite short and very calamatous. Too much riding on this one to risk a prolonged engagement or defeat. We'll kikely see the term "downwind drift" used rather frequently in the news.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/22/2012 7:49 Comments || Top||

#3  Aswan - a prime grade A target.

Posted by: Water Modem || 02/22/2012 8:39 Comments || Top||

#4  Am I the only one that thinks "Egyptian Intelligence" in any construct constitutes an oxymoron?

Hope the lib/progressive wing of the world is happy with what they have wrought.
Posted by: AlanC || 02/22/2012 9:44 Comments || Top||

#5  Blowhards like this are always in favor of other people putting their rear ends on the line for "the cause". Such scoundrels always think of the military as cannon fodder.

He has no idea that the Egyptian military trained with the US military for years, and would gleefully slaughter *his* kind long before they would entertain any notions about getting pulverized by the US. Which we firmly conditioned them to be aware of.

This is called "enlightened self interest".
Posted by: Anonymoose || 02/22/2012 11:36 Comments || Top||

#6  If you read some of the history of the 1973 war it seems that the outcome was in doubt as the Egyptians and Syrians fought much harder than anyone expected. It was Nixon's decision to resupply the Israelis that saved the day. Of course, the Soviets were resupplying the Egyptians and Syrians as well. With Syria in disarray it would seem the Egyptians would be on their own in a new conflict and who would resupply them this time? But then, with Obama in office, who would resupply the Israelis? If they don't have enough conventional weapons stockpiled Cairo could end up getting glassed over.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 02/22/2012 11:57 Comments || Top||

#7  And I suppose the first wave would consist of units not entirely excited about the new gov/mb?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/22/2012 13:41 Comments || Top||

#8  But then, with Obama in office, who would resupply the Israelis?

The French?
Posted by: SteveS || 02/22/2012 14:08 Comments || Top||

#9  The French? Mais oui. If the price is right.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 02/22/2012 15:11 Comments || Top||

#10  China in exchange for US tech that Israel knows about.
Posted by: Water Modem || 02/22/2012 15:54 Comments || Top||

#11  You see quite a few Egyptians denouncing, but never in English. Within several months you will see other Egyptians on television announcing that their country is open for tourist visits again - in English. I can't imagine that there will be many takers. Then there will be outrage and CAIR will call us all bigots. Finally we will send them a bunch of aid.
Posted by: Super Hose || 02/22/2012 20:20 Comments || Top||


More than 100 killed in south Libya clashes
TRIPOLI - Fierce clashes between two tribes in Libya┬'s remote southeastern desert have killed more than 100 people over the past 10 days, tribal sources said on Tuesday. mAt least 113 people from the Toubu tribe and another 20 from the Zwai tribe have been killed in the desert town of Kufra since the fighting erupted between them on February 12, the sources said.

┬"We are under siege since a week. Since the start of the clashes, 113 people (from our side) have been killed, including six children,┬" Toubu chief Issa Abdelmajid told AFP by telephone.

He said another 241 members of his tribe have been wounded in the raging battles with members of the Zwai tribe.

Abdelmajid, a former opponent of Moamer Kadhafi who fought the slain dictator┬'s forces in last year┬'s conflict, was previously tasked by the ruling National Transitional Council with monitoring Libya┬'s southeastern border.

At least 20 people from the Zwai tribe have also been killed and another 40 wounded in the clashes, said Yunus Zwai, spokesman for the Kufra local council.

┬"People from Toubu tribe are being helped by foreign elements from Chad and Sudan. We have arrested several Chadian and Sudanese fighters,┬" he said.

Both groups were using light arms when the fighting erupted, but the violence intensified, with the two sides firing rocket-propelled grenades and anti-aircraft guns, local sources said.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/22/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [209 views] Top||

#1  Freedom!!!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/22/2012 2:05 Comments || Top||

#2  I'm sure Samantha Powers is working on a plan with Obama to implement the Soros Doctrine plan(R2P)
It worked so well the last time, why wouldn't they?
Expect the plan to be implemented in...well soon, don't rush these things. Obama has to have his vacation first, don't ya know.
Posted by: tipper || 02/22/2012 5:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Toubus and the Zwais tidying up the gene pool again? Tribal warfare is one of the first forms of effective birth control. Perhaps this is why we're hearing so very little about Libya from the Obama administration and MSM.

Posted by: Besoeker || 02/22/2012 7:07 Comments || Top||

#4  We're hearing little about this because 1) the oil flows 2) it's a bunch of brown-skinned natives killing each other so Pinchy doesn't care, and 3) hearing about it would remind voters that Obama led from behind and didn't finish what he started.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/22/2012 8:42 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
30 killed in attack on Nigerian market
Suspected Nigerian terrorists Islamists have opened fire and set off bombs at a market in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, killing at least 30 people, according to witnesses.

Terrorists Gunmen believed to be members of Boko Haram stormed the Baga market and opened fire indiscriminately. Reports indicate that women and children were among the dead.

One trader named Mairami said a terrorist gunman shouted angrily that traders had "teamed up with soldiers" to help arrest terrorists members of Boko Harum. Mairami said the gunman had declared, "'We have henceforth waged war against you'," before spraying bullets on the crowd.

The military confirmed the attack on the market but denied any civilian deaths, saying security forces had killed eight terrorists attackers and had safely detonated bombs planted by the terrorists attackers.

Posted by: Shimble Guelph5793 || 02/22/2012 09:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [197 views] Top||


Arabia
Four dead in south Yemen, separatists seize vote booths
ADEN - Four people including a child were killed in clashes in south Yemen between security forces and separatists, who seized half the polling stations in the city of Aden to prevent voting on Tuesday.

Gunmen from the Southern Movement, meanwhile, opened fire on a polling booth in Aden's Crater neighbourhood, as British House of Lords member Baroness Emma Nicholson was visiting, a security official said adding that she was not harmed. The attack came despite a heavy security detail accompanying Nicholson's every movement in the city, witnesses said.

One Yemeni soldier was wounded in the attack, said the official.

Activists from the Southern Movement, who say the election fails to meet their aspirations for autonomy or southern independence, have boycotted the referendum in which Vice President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi is the sole consensus candidate. But some hardline factions have vowed to mark Tuesday's presidential vote as a day of "civil disobedience" to prevent voters from casting their ballots.

In Aden, the main southern city, a 10-year-old child was killed when separatist militants traded gunfire with police near the election commission headquarters in the Dar Saad neighbourhood, residents and medics said.

In Aden's Mansura neighbourhood, a stronghold of the Southern Movement, gunmen killed a policeman. Several other people were wounded in ongoing clashes between separatist militants and troops throughout the city.

In the southeastern town of Mukala, separatists attacked a polling station killing a soldier, a military official said.

In Lahij province, a protester was killed and two others were wounded in clashes between hardline southern militants and security forces, activists from the movement said.

"By mid-day Tuesday, separatists had seized half of Aden's polling stations.

"Half of the polling booths in Aden have been shut down after they were seized by gunmen from the Southern Movement," a local government official told AFP. He said 10 out of the city's 20 voting stations were closed due to the violence.

According to witnesses, militants stormed the booths and confiscated ballot boxes as security forces, which were deployed to guard the stations, withdrew from their posts. Militants also used rocks to block roads and set tyres on fire to disrupt the movement of people in Aden, where at least one polling station was set ablaze, witnesses said. No casualties were reported.

Officials said earlier that a total of 103,000 soldiers were deployed to guard polling stations.
That worked well...
Posted by: Steve White || 02/22/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [193 views] Top||

#1  Carter will certify the process as relatively fair. He will then denounce the Republicans primaries.
Posted by: Super Hose || 02/22/2012 20:28 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
Federales seized 37 weapons and 4 explosive charges
For a map, click here For a map of Zacatecas state, click here

By Chris Covert

Mexican Policia Federal (PF) units seized 37 weapons including machine guns and more than 25,000 rounds of ammunition as well as four C4 demolition charges following Monday morning's armed confrontation with criminal suspects in Fresnillo, Zacatecas, according to a post at the Secretaria de Seguridad Publica (SSP) website Tuesday evening.

According to the news release, Policia Federal units originally caught suspects in two vehicles carrying heavy rifles, a Mexican police term for assault rifles, and began countermeasures, which led to the gunfights.

According to a news article at the website of El Sol de Zacatecas news daily, one of the suspects who died in the gunfight was identified as Armando Delgado Costilla, 22 of Fresnillo, Zacatecas.

One unidentified Policia Federal agent was wounded along with a two year old child. Both the agent and the young child are expected to survive their wounds.

Weapons and munitions seized following the firefight include: one rocket launcher, four blocks of M112 demolition charges, 10 AK-47 assault rifles, seven .223 caliber assault rifles, three 7.62x39mm assault rifles (similar to AK-47), two .30 caliber M-1 rifles, one .30 caliber M-2 carbin, one .223 caliber Bushmaster M17S assault rifle, one .223 caliber AR-15 assault rifle, one .223 caliber SGW brand XM15A1 rifle, one 7.62x39mm Tapco brand rifle (takes AK-47 rounds), one .308 caliber Cetmesporter brand rifle (Century Arms commercial G-3 copy), one .223 caliber M-16-A1 rifle, one .223 caliber Winchester brand rifle, seven 7.62 caliber machine guns, 25,674 rounds of ammunition, 160 weapons magazines.

Weapons accessories and tactical gear seized include one 7.62mm machine gun bipod, weapons furniture, military uniforms and shirts.

Vehicles seized include one Dodge Ram pickup truck, one Chevrolet Equinox SUV, one Nissan Safari SUV, one Chevrolet Suburban SUV, one Ford Lobo Lariat (F-150), one unidentified sedan, one Hummer H3 SUV and one Nissan Titan pickup truck.

In another confrontation Monday evening in Zacatecas, Policia Federal units shot and killed unidentified man said to be a member of organized crime.

The confrontation took place in the village of Calera in Ramon Lopez Velarde municipality, where PF units on patrol came under small arms fire from armed suspects travelling aboard a vehicle. PF returned fire apparently hitting and killing the suspect.

Ramon Lopez Velarde is roughly 20 kilometers southeast of Fresnillo.
Posted by: badanov || 02/22/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [193 views] Top||

#1  two 30 caliber M-1 rifles, one F-150.

M-1 Manufacturer? Year and mileage on the truck?
Photos? I will not bid without details.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/22/2012 7:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Too late Besoeker, Frank G aced you on the truck...
Posted by: Steve White || 02/22/2012 8:46 Comments || Top||

#3  Most of the vehicles seized were stolen.

Dunno how a respective attorney general would go about restoring the vehicle to its rightful owner, but I am pretty certain it doesn't include selling it to the highest bidder
Posted by: badanov || 02/22/2012 16:26 Comments || Top||


Home Front: WoT
Peta-type Arrested In Random Murder For Hire Plot Of Fur Wearer
AoS at 1745 CT: moved to Home Front WoT as WoT operations.

PETA is a terrorist enabling group. The ALF is a terrorist organization. Mr. Lowell is a suspected terrorist alleged to have committed conspiracy for terrorism.

So we'll classify this one correctly as noted above. Thanks, AoS
Posted by: Anonymoose || 02/22/2012 16:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [195 views] Top||


#2  Wanted to go to jail to get out of the home she shared with parents and brothers who ate meat? At 27 she could simply have left. Instead she is willing to kill children. What a sick one.
Posted by: Rjschwarz || 02/22/2012 16:51 Comments || Top||

#3  They got a beef with wool too?!?
Do they know that it doesnt hurt the sheep to be sheared? Err, maybe not.
Posted by: Blossom Grunter8274 || 02/22/2012 18:43 Comments || Top||

#4  Wow, 830 to 850 bucks for a hit? Yeah, that extra 20 will probably be all you need to attract the real quality talent.
I know times are tough but c'mon, looney tunes. Ya gotta do better than that.
Posted by: tu3031 || 02/22/2012 18:48 Comments || Top||

#5  "The Innsmouth Look"
Posted by: mojo || 02/22/2012 18:51 Comments || Top||

#6  "...she wanted to be on site when the slaying took place so she could distribute "papers" afterward..."

Hey, I just had that random 12 year old murdered because my mom cooked scrambled eggs this morning. Want a pamphlet? Oh, it was faux rabbit's fur. How embarrassing.
Posted by: Super Hose || 02/22/2012 20:02 Comments || Top||

#7  Wow, it turns out they're right, not all terrorists are moslems after all.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 02/22/2012 20:09 Comments || Top||


Dupe entry: Unruly Muslim Passenger Flying From Portland To Houston Gets Thumped
Posted by: Anonymoose || 02/22/2012 15:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [195 views] Top||


Passenger detained after disturbance on Continental flight
HOUSTON--Charges may be filed against a man accused of causing a disturbance on a Continental Airlines
...who give Air Ukraine a run for their money...
flight bound for Houston on Tuesday.
That's it, mess with a bunch of folks headed for Texas...
Passengers said the man was a hassle from the beginning
"Zip it bub, I'm trying to watch the safety video!"
and once the flight took off, he tried to light an electronic cigarette.
'Light' an electronic cigarette? Doesn't it have an 'on' button?
Flight attendants asked the passenger to turn off the cigarette, but he refused.
"Just hit the 'OFF' button, wouldya buddy?"
"Leave me alone, infidel! I must steady my nerves for what comes next!"
"Oh? What exactly comes next?"
Other fed up passengers
"Criminy! I'm sitting in steerage class and I have to put up with this moron?"
helped subdue the unruly man
[THUMP] [WHACK] [THUMPITY-THUMPITY-THUMP]
"Here you go, ma'am, we think he's under control now."
"Why thank you boys, I'll let our pilot know."
[groan] "owwwwwwwww" [mumble]
while the pilot turned the plane around and headed back to Portland.
"Ladies and gentlemen, we'll be returning to Portland just long enough to unload some trash. Thank you for your understanding."
The passenger was taken into custody when the plane landed.
"Here you are, officers."
"Thank you ma'am. Say, who trussed him?"
"You can thank 7F, 12E, 14A, 15B, 22C and 31D."
According to one of the passengers, the unruly passenger kept repeating, "Allah is great."
But he's repeating it through a busted lip and loose teeth...
The flight resumed and departed Portland around 2:05 p.m. The passengers finally arrived to Houston Tuesday night.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/22/2012 10:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [207 views] Top||

#1  When they say, "turn off all electronic devices," they really mean it!
Posted by: Perfesser || 02/22/2012 11:06 Comments || Top||

#2  He is extremely lucky the pilot turned back to Portland. Imagine if they had turned him over to the Texas police?

"You in a heap of trouble, bwah!"
Posted by: Anonymoose || 02/22/2012 15:16 Comments || Top||

#3  Need to start installing eject-seats in every airline for people like these.
Posted by: Ebbaique Spereting5364 || 02/22/2012 21:47 Comments || Top||

#4  Maybe an outside on-wing smoking lounge?
Posted by: Gerthudion Cleter4986 || 02/22/2012 22:31 Comments || Top||

#5  It would be a pleasure to beat the shit out of help restrain this gentleman. Why don't I get the fun flights?
Posted by: Frank G || 02/22/2012 23:01 Comments || Top||


Suspect in foiled Capitol bombing to appear in court
A 29-year-old Moroccan man accused of trying to bomb the U.S. Capitol building is scheduled to appear at a court hearing Wednesday in Virginia.

Amine El Khalifi was nabbed last week after allegedly trying to attempt the suicide attack, the Justice Department said. On Friday, the suspect went to a parking garage near the Capitol building and received what he believed was a vest with explosives and a firearm. He was arrested before exiting the garage and charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction against government property.
Posted by: ryuge || 02/22/2012 09:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [198 views] Top||


FBI removes documents which accurately describe Islam
The FBI has removed hundreds of counterterrorism training documents after a months-long review found inaccuracies and other problems in their description of Muslims.

The review was triggered after a September blog in Wired magazine
So the FBI are taking their marching orders from... Wired?
Someone at Media Matters got to Wired, apparently...
revealed training documents that reportedly called the Prophet Muhammad a "cult leader," claimed "devout" Muslims have been generally violent for hundreds of years and made other controversial statements.
Ok so what was the reason for removing the documents?
The FBI did not get into details about which documents were taken out, but a law enforcement source confirmed to Fox News on Tuesday that hundreds were removed because they were deemed "not consistent with the highest professional standards and the FBI's core values."

"As a result of that review, we found that the overwhelming majority of our counterterrorism training materials met the FBI's standards on Political Correctness and Enemy Ass Kissing," Allen said in a statement.
Allen also said the FBI has been communicating with advocacy groups since the beginning of the review process to explain what happened and what "corrective actions" would be taken.
As opposed to telling them to take a FF at a rolling doughnut.
"The Muslim American community is an essential partner in our efforts not only to prevent terrorism, but to address other crime concerns that affect communities, including the protection of civil rights," Allen said.
I take this to mean that CAIR and their masters the Muslim Brotherhood and Ham-Ass have veto-power over FBI training documents.
The Wired article detailed, among other materials, a presentation that included a graph that tracked followers of the Bible, Torah and Koran over hundreds of years. It showed "devout" followers of the Torah and the Bible becoming less violent over time, while "devout" followers of the Koran remaining as violent in 2010 as they were hundreds of years ago.
In other words - an accurate graphic. Can't have that!
Al-Marayati, whose group attended the most recent meeting with Mueller, urged the bureau to seek more marching orders "feedback" in the future when developing its training guidelines on any group.

A strategic plan on homegrown terror released in December did not use the term radical Islam once,
But I believe it mentioned 'Conservatives' and 'Christians' several times.
though it did discuss Al Qaeda and those groups inspired by it. A Defense Department letter in October also classified the Fort Hood massacre as "workplace violence."

This Political Correctness and Multiculturism BULLSHIT is going to be the death of us all.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/22/2012 07:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [213 views] Top||

#1  It showed "devout" followers of the Torah and the Bible becoming less violent over time, while "devout" followers of the Koran remaining as violent in 2010 as they were hundreds of years ago.

What's inaccurate about that statement? Political Correctness strikes again!
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/22/2012 8:44 Comments || Top||

#2  So the FBI are taking their marching orders from... Wired?

Muslim Brotherhood
Posted by: Shimble Guelph5793 || 02/22/2012 9:06 Comments || Top||

#3  Just one more blow to intellect and morals. This is right up there with the kerfuffle over the use of "chink in the armour".

As any literate person knows a chink is a fissure or crack which boat builders and log house builders know has to be filled in. The chink in the armour is where you stick the pointy weapon to kill the knight.

Another word profaned by the PC brigade along with gay and niggardly. This cult of he who gets offended first wins will be the death of us.
Posted by: AlanC || 02/22/2012 9:39 Comments || Top||

#4  I once used the word "titillate" in front of a college class some years ago and got reported to my boss by a student (It was a male by the way). He thought I was talking about female breasts. PC coupled with ignorance is a dangerous combination. I then realized that we were heading towards mass insanity.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/22/2012 10:33 Comments || Top||

#5  FBI agents are just as sneering towards this p.c.b.s. as are US military personnel when similar nonsense is pushed on them.

"We want to you stop the fighting by the hate filled, foreign supported combatants, but don't hurt anyone, and don't break anything, or you might make them mad at us!"
Posted by: Anonymoose || 02/22/2012 11:30 Comments || Top||

#6  Oh I agree moose. And much like the Border Patrol agents in the field (or the ones which haven't been imprisoned yet for not being PC enough...) and I'm sure the ICE field agents sneer at the asinine polices being forced upon them from on-high.

It's the 'policy makers' at the top who are forcing this crap down.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/22/2012 11:52 Comments || Top||

#7  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ruP76lyZto
Posted by: Gruth McGurque5303 || 02/22/2012 13:26 Comments || Top||

#8  Good video i found re the truth of Islam-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRXjs6ySH_w&feature=related
Posted by: Paul D || 02/22/2012 13:38 Comments || Top||

#9  Hey, there are followers of the Hot Carl who demand you renounce youself for using the word crap in a derrogitory way.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/22/2012 13:46 Comments || Top||

#10  I hope those documents get posted on the internet somewhere.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 02/22/2012 15:16 Comments || Top||


El Paso TX woman hit by stray bullet from Juarez
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India-Pakistan
Pakistan asks Interpol to help arrest Perv
Pakistan will ask Interpol for help in arresting former president Pervez Musharraf for his failure to prevent the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, the country's interior minister has said.

Rehman Malik said the government was seeking Musharraf's arrest because he allegedly failed to provide adequate security for Bhutto, who was killed in a gun and suicide bomb attack in 2007. He made the comments in a televised address to lawmakers in Sindh province, Bhutto's political stronghold.

Interpol, based in Lyon, France, had no immediate comment.
Either they think the request silly, or the receptionist was out to lunch.
Musharraf, a one-time US ally, went into self-exile in Britain in 2008 after being forced out of the presidency he secured in a 1999 military coup. The current government is being run by Musharraf's political rivals, and the president is Bhutto's widower, Asif Ali Zardari.

A Pakistani court issued an arrest warrant for Musharraf last year over the allegations.

Musharraf, an ex-army general who wants to return to Pakistan to contest what will be bitterly contested elections likely this year, said the government was playing politics over the case. Musharraf has repeatedly denied any legal responsibility for the killing.

"This is all politics," he told ARY television station on Tuesday. "It's just point scoring and nothing else."

Legal expert Hashmat Habib said Interpol has the right to detain Musharraf and hand him over to Pakistan if it chooses to issue a warrant. But it is unclear how the international police organisation will respond, or indeed whether Malik will go ahead with his threat.
It was silly, then. Perhaps the receptionist had to take a call of nature.
The former prime minister was killed on 27 December 2007, shortly after returning to Pakistan to campaign in elections Musharraf agreed to allow after months of domestic and international pressure.
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#1  Is Perv any different from Hamid Gul and General Beg?
Posted by: Gruth McGurque5303 || 02/22/2012 13:41 Comments || Top||


Motorcycle blast in Peshawar
PESHAWAR: An explosive device planted in a motorcycle in the city┬'s Mathani area went off on Tuesday. The motorcycle was destroyed in the explosion and no casualty has been reported.

According to police, a low-intensity bomb fitted on a motorcycle that was parked in the busy Mathani bazaar caused the explosion. Mathani is a restive area bordering the Frontier Region. Police have started their investigation into the incident.
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Iraq
2 al-Qaeda members arrested in Wassit
WASSIT / Aswat al-Iraq: Policemen on Monday arrested two al-Qaeda members during a raid in northern Wassit, the local police chief said.

┬"Police forces arrested on Monday morning (Feb 20) an al-Qaeda leader during a raid in al-Mazraa district in al-Suwiera, north of Kut city,┬" General Hussein Abdulhadi told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

┬"The forces managed to detain another al-Qaeda element at a checkpoint in northern Kut, while he was attempting to enter the city with a fake ID,┬" he added.

┬"The two are wanted for their involvement in implementing armed operations against civilians and security forces in the province,┬" he explained, pointing out that the two operations were based on intelligence information.

Kut, the capital of Wassit, is 180 km southeast of Baghdad.
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Southeast Asia
Four rangers wounded by roadside bomb in southern Thailand
Four paramilitary rangers were wounded when suspected terrorists insurgents detonated a bomb near a railway line in Narathiwat province Wednesday.

The homemade bomb exploded around 9 a.m. as a six-man squad from ranger unit on a pickup truck passed a local bridge. Terrorists Insurgents hidden in a roadside rubber plantation detonated the device.

Security officers inspecting the blast scene managed to disarm another bomb buried in a 20 kg fire extinguisher cylinder. They believe the terrorists insurgents meant to attack officials arriving to investigate the first explosion.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
240mm Russian Tulip mortar rounds impact Homs neighborhoods.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/22/2012 10:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [205 views] Top||

#1  specifications for M240 mortar
Posted by: Frozen Al || 02/22/2012 10:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Crikey.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/22/2012 13:47 Comments || Top||

#3  That is a big fucking round. Designed not for suppressing enemy positions, but to take them apart. Also good for urban renewal.

On a serious note, it sounds like the Army is done playing with the rebels and are just blowing the city away.
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/22/2012 14:11 Comments || Top||

#4  9.45 inch
Posted by: Anonymoose || 02/22/2012 17:17 Comments || Top||

#5  I think this is probably the kind mounted on the 2S4 Tyulpan.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 02/22/2012 17:21 Comments || Top||

#6  Time to find the family members, friends and compatriots of the Syrian Army and Intelligence agents indiscriminately killing Syrians. Iranians and Hezbollah killers should be fair game
Posted by: Frank G || 02/22/2012 23:03 Comments || Top||

#7  Live footage - last words of Omar Shkir.

Now baby Assad is following daddys example.
Posted by: newc || 02/22/2012 23:38 Comments || Top||


Two Western journalists killed in Homs
A U.S. and a French journalist were killed by shelling in Homs today. The deaths of American Marie Colvin and Frechman Remi Ochlik were confirmed by French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe. They come less than a week after New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid died in northern Syria from an apparent asthma attack and a day after well-known Syrian opposition Rami al-Sayed journalist died in Homs.

Colvin wrote for the British Sunday Times. Like Shadid, she was considered one of the best foreign correspondents in the world. Ochlik was a freelance photographer who recently won a 2012 World Press Photo prize for a photo from the Libyan revolution.

John Witherow, the editor of the Sunday Times, called Colvin an "extraordinary figure."

He said, "She believed profoundly that reporting could curtail the excesses of brutal regimes and make the international community take notice. Above all, as we saw in her powerful report last weekend, her thoughts were with the victims of violence."

Colvin and Ochlik were in a house in the Baba Amr neighborhood of Homs, the district hardest hit by almost three weeks of relentless shelling that has left hundreds dead. Video posted to YouTube purported to show their bodies in a house destroyed by tank shelling.
Posted by: ryuge || 02/22/2012 10:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [200 views] Top||

#1  She believed profoundly that reporting could curtail the excesses of brutal regimes

Naive, optimistic or dumb? This isn't Uncle softy in Viet Nam.

I'm afraid that journalists have this weird feeling that brutal dictators fear them. Is this the equivalent of leaving the airplane before checking you chute?
Posted by: AlanC || 02/22/2012 14:12 Comments || Top||

#2  red on red.
Posted by: gromky || 02/22/2012 20:34 Comments || Top||


Fresh Syrian offensive kills over 60
BEIRUT/GENEVA: Syrian government forces killed more than 60 people on Tuesday in assaults on villages and an artillery barrage in the restive city of Homs, activists said, and the Red Thingy Cross called for daily cease-fires to let in urgently needed aid.
Artillery barrage on Homs? Pencilneck is indeed acting like Daddy taught him...
Activists said at least 30 people died in the bombardment of the Baba Amro neighborhood of Homs city, and at least 33 were killed when forces trying to crush opposition to President Bashar Assad stormed villages in northern Idlib province.

In Damascus, security forces opened fire on demonstrators overnight, wounding at least four, activists said. Violence in has hit the capital over the past week, undermining Assad┬'s assertion that the 11-month-old uprising against his rule is limited to the provinces and the work of saboteurs.

The International Committee of the Red Thingy Cross said it had asked authorities and rebels to agree daily cease-fires so life-saving aid can reach civilians in hard-hit areas including Homs.

┬"It should last at least two hours every day, so that ICRT C staff and Syrian Arab Red Moon-Shaped Thingy Crescent volunteers have enough time to deliver aid and evacuate the wounded and the sick,┬" ICRT C President Jakob Kellenberger said.

Activists said government forces launched the artillery attack on Homs after rebel fighters holding the opposition Baba Amro district blocked troops from entering.

┬"Several shells are falling each minute,┬" activist Nader Al-Husseini told Reuters from the district, adding that at least two children were among the victims.

Another activist in the city said: ┬"We have now at least 30 killed. One family is among them.┬" A third said: ┬"Others are still buried. Today the shelling is very fierce.┬"

The British-based opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said security forces had stormed villages in Idlib province in the north of the country.

┬"The army stormed the village of Abdita and chased people in Iblin and Balshoon. They killed 33 people. All are civilians,┬" the group said.

Activists in Homs said government forces backed by armor have been closing in on Baba Amro neighborhood, since the offensive on the city began on Feb 3. Tanks are deployed in the Inshaat district next to Baba Amro, opposition sources said. The Observatory said a convoy of more than 50 armored vehicles was seen heading from Damascus toward Homs.

A city of one million people on the Damascus-Aleppo highway, Homs has been at the heart of the uprising against Assad┬'s 11-year rule. Residents say they are running short of medicine and food, and are massed together in crowded homes to seek shelter. International rights and aid organizations say hundreds of people have been killed in recent weeks in Homs.
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Good morning...
Posted by: Steve White || 02/22/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [239 views] Top||

#1  Happy Birthday/Daily Gam Shot

Jeanette Biedermann (German) aka Chris Hopper in "Mein Song f├╝r Dich (Sing my Song)(TV 2010)" aka Lizzy 'Sabine' Leisner in "Call Girl Undercover (TV 2010)" aka Sonja in "Isenhart - Die Jagd nach dem Seelenf├Ąnger (Isenhart - The hunt after the Seelenfanger) (TV 2011)" aka Franziska Schr├Âtter in "Die Treue-Testerin - Spezialauftrag Liebe (The Loyalty Tester - Special Order Love) (TV 2008)" (age 32)



Gams, what Gams?
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 02/22/2012 0:25 Comments || Top||

#2  Um, yes two!
Posted by: Glaitch Bucket5471 || 02/22/2012 7:38 Comments || Top||

#3  Hmm.. Klingons never looked so good.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/22/2012 17:37 Comments || Top||



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