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Car Bomb Kills 17 Outside Iraqi Hospital
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Bomb charge follows airport arrest
A MAN who arrived in Britian from Pakistan had been charged in relation to an alleged bomb plot, police said today. Salahuddin Amin, 29, was arrested on Tuesday at London's Heathrow airport under anti-terrorist legislation and was charged this weekend with explosives offences. He is alleged to have conspired with others, between October 1, 2003 and March 31, 2004, to explode a bomb which was likely to endanger life and cause serious property damage.
Mr Amin will appear in London Central Criminal court on Monday.
Posted by: ed || 02/12/2005 1:35:43 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [315 views] Top|| File under:

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New York doctor found guilty of sending funds to Iraq
An upstate New York doctor was found guilty on Thursday of illegally sending millions of dollars to Iraq, in violation of US sanctions, authorities said. Rafil Dhafir was convicted of 59 out of 60 charges ranging from conspiracy to money laundering to Medicare fraud after a 15-week federal trial in Syracuse, N.Y., prosecutors said.

Dhafir, an oncologist, used an unregistered charity named "Help the Needy" to solicit some $4 million in contributions in the United States and then launder much of it to Iraq through bank accounts in Jordan, prosecutors said. Prosecutors said he began sending money to Iraq in 1994, in violation of executive orders and Treasury Department regulations in place since 1990. Dhafir, who will be sentenced in June, could be sentenced to more than 500 years in prison, prosecutors said.
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RAFIL DHAFIRHelp the Needy
Help the Needy
Posted by: Fred || 02/12/2005 12:20:47 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [318 views] Top|| File under:

Southeast Asia
Military captures Jolo stronghold, rebels on the run
Troops captured the main stronghold of hundreds of Moro gunmen Friday and pursued them from a town where they attacked an Army detachment, triggering clashes that have killed more than 60 people, military officials said. About 300 armed followers of jailed Muslim leader Nur Misuari fled toward a mountainous region, and villagers wanted the military to finish them off to ensure they no longer threaten Panamao town, on southern Jolo island, officials said.
Civilians getting a little tired of the hard boy act.
At least 24 soldiers have been killed, including Lt. Col. Dennis Villanueva, head of the army's 53rd Infantry Battalion, and two of his enlisted men, who came under mortar fire Thursday while battling the gunmen in Panamao. More than 40 other soldiers were wounded in the clashes that erupted Monday. The military said troops have killed 37 Misuari loyalists. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in Manila ordered no let-up in operations against the rebel group faction and Abu Sayyaf until all their "terrorist lairs" are dismantled.
"Go get'em, boys...the room is all ready for my the press conference."
On Thursday, Air Force fighter planes bombarded the gunmen near the Army company detachment, a nearby hospital and Panamao's town hall. After, large numbers of troops moved in, firing artillery and automatic rifles and prompting the attackers to withdraw, officials said. They fled to a hilltop stronghold called Bitan-ag, then retreated deeper into Jolo's mountainous heartland. Army troops and marines captured Bitan-ag and were chasing the gunmen, said army Brig. Gen. Agustin Demaala. Lt. Gen. Alberto Braganza, commander of the military's Southern Command, said troops would not ease their pursuit of the gunmen, who were led by locally prominent religious leader Habier Malik, until they surrender or are dead. "He is now in imminent defeat, and our troops are finally closing in on him," Braganza told reporters on Jolo, where he was overseeing assaults against the gunmen.
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HABIER MALIKMoro National Liberation Front
NUR MISUARIMoro National Liberation Front
Posted by: Seafarious || 02/12/2005 1:52:55 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [359 views] Top|| File under:

Afghanistan/South Asia
Macedonian Army Contingent Leaves For Afghanistan
Two divisions (battalions) of the 2nd infantry brigade of the Macedonian Army Friday leave for ISAF 7 peacekeeping mission Afghanistan from Skopje Airport. Two divisions during the six-month mission will be part of the German contingent in Afghanistan. Deputy Head of General Staff, Major General Miroslav Stojanovski, on behalf of the Macedonian Army General Staff wished successful mission and worthy representation of the Republic of Macedonia in Afghanistan to members of the contingent. Deputy DM Talat Xhaferi, German military attaché to Macedonia, Siegfried Kowitz and Macedonian Army officials attended the send-off ceremony.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 02/12/2005 4:41:57 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [312 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I guess if the Republic of Macedonia is sending a unit to help, the effort cannot be called unilateral. Thank you, gentlemen.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/12/2005 19:32 Comments || Top||

#2  I was wondering if anyone noted the "blast from the past" whopping irony of this? i.e. Alexander the Great.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 02/12/2005 19:36 Comments || Top||

#3  Heh. Good point, A-moose. Maybe the unit can repeat the return trip (through Iran) also.
Posted by: jackal || 02/12/2005 19:44 Comments || Top||

Cowardly Jihadis Try to Force Child to Take Grenade
U.S. Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, foiled an attempt by a terrorist to coerce a child into accepting a hand grenade at approximately 1 p.m. in Ramadi Feb. 10. Lt Gen Mattis was right - these guys lack the balls to attack directly.

The Soldiers, currently assigned to the 1st Marine Division of the I Marine Expeditionary Force, were conducting a patrol in the northeastern sector of the city when they observed a blue 4-door sedan with three military-aged males pull up near their position.

The driver exited the vehicle and approached a child, estimated to be 10-years-old. The two exchanged words and the adult gave the child a hand grenade. The child and the adult exchanged possession of the hand grenade several times.
The grenade was dropped after U.S. Soldiers fired a warning shot in the direction of the terrorist. The child ran away as the adult returned fire with a handgun.

The adult then jumped into his vehicle and attempted to flee the scene. The patrol fired disabling shots into the vehicle to prevent the terrorists from escaping. A brief firefight ensued, which resulted in one terrorist being killed and two terrorists being wounded.

The patrol evacuated the wounded to the medical facility at their forward operating base. The unit recovered the grenade from the scene, but was unable to locate the child.
There were no U.S. casualties.

(h/t commenter Papa Ray at Blackfive)
Posted by: too true || 02/12/2005 2:02:49 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [437 views] Top|| File under:

#1  All hail the brave Jihadis, great and fearsome recruiters of children! I wonder how you say "Islamo-pussy" in Arabic?
Posted by: SteveS || 02/12/2005 14:50 Comments || Top||

#2  I wonder how you say "Islamo-pussy" in Arabic?

Posted by: badanov || 02/12/2005 14:59 Comments || Top||

#3  Im A. Jihadi, Professional Terrorist, speaks:

Allah be Praised! He provideth young children to d our dirty work so that we may live and plan more such things in the future.
Allah Akhbar- Allah Akhbar!

Oops Infidel Dog General Mattis is coming. Oh! Allah protect me... Mattis has his pistol drawn, and a smile on his face. He says I'm hurting little kids.

{A shot rings out}

{Gurgling is heard in the background}
Posted by: BigEd || 02/12/2005 15:48 Comments || Top||

#4  It reminds me of that Jihadi doctor complaining early in the war that these evil americans aim for the head and chest and he simply can't help the ones that got shot when they do that.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 02/12/2005 16:05 Comments || Top||

#5  BigEd - you forgot "Ow! Ow! ...Rosebud!"
Posted by: PBMcL || 02/12/2005 16:15 Comments || Top||

#6  We need to bring in the RAB from Bangladesh to take care of these dacoits and miscreants.
Posted by: Rightwing || 02/12/2005 16:28 Comments || Top||

#7  That a few cowardly jihadis would recruit a child to do their dirty work comes as no surprise.

That two of three terrorists would survive a firefight with Marines? I'm shocked.
Posted by: Mark Z. || 02/12/2005 16:34 Comments || Top||

#8  We need new rules of engagement.
Posted by: Tom || 02/12/2005 16:45 Comments || Top||

#9  Unless, of course, they deliberately only wounded the 2 so that they could have a little chat together ..... heh.
Posted by: too true || 02/12/2005 18:09 Comments || Top||

#10  I wonder how you say "Islamo-pussy" in Arabic?

'Allah Akhbar!' of course.

I'm sure the MSM will give this all sorts of coverage...
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/12/2005 19:10 Comments || Top||

#11  "The grenade was dropped after U.S. Soldiers fired a warning shot in the direction of the terrorist."

-um, we don't fire warning shots. It's against the ROE. Somebody was going for a head shot on the adult and missed.
Posted by: Chase Unineger3873 aka Jarhead || 02/12/2005 19:53 Comments || Top||

#12  That depends on the positioning. If the child was somehow close to the line of file it might be better to fire a warning shot then risk hitting the child.

(If we did fire and wound the child I bet the MSM will be all over it... "Military targetting Children" while failing to mention the gernade of course).
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/12/2005 23:54 Comments || Top||

Baathist judge bumped off in Basra
A prominent Iraqi judge under Saddam Hussein, Taha al-Amiri, was assassinated Saturday by two gunmen in the southern port city of Basra, said Lt. Col. Karim al-Zaidi. Al-Amiri, a former chief judge at Basra's highest criminal court, is one of several former Baath Party figures assassinated in the Basra area the past 18 months. Suspicion has fallen on Shiite extremists seeking revenge for Saddam's oppression of the majority Shiite community.

South of Baghdad, gunmen shot dead a Sunni imam who worked for an endowment that handles funds for mosques. The man's son was also killed in the shooting. Their bodies were found dumped on a highway Thursday, officials said. It wasn't clear if the attack was a reprisal killing by Shiites seeking revenge for insurgent attacks on their community.
Lemme see: the Sunnis boomed a mosque yesterday, and boomed a hospital today. They boomed schools during the runup to the election. The Shiite "extremists" don't look quite so extreme when they bump off a prominent Baathist.
Posted by: Fred || 02/12/2005 9:26:39 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [318 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That's "cleaning up loose ends."
Posted by: anonymous2u || 02/12/2005 12:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Quite likely to be a private affair, too. Somebody's relatives.
Posted by: mojo || 02/12/2005 14:18 Comments || Top||

Car Bomb Kills 17 Outside Iraqi Hospital
A car bomb exploded in front of a hospital in a mostly Shiite town south of Baghdad on Saturday, killing 17 and wounding 21, police and hospital officials said, a day after 23 were killed in two attacks aimed at the Shiite community. A police captain who refused to give his name said the Saturday blast occurred in front of the main hospital in Musayyib, 35 miles south of the capital in a religiously mixed area that's been the scene of frequent attacks by Sunni Muslim insurgents.
Schools, hospitals, mosques... All legitimate military targets to the turbans. Still waiting for the human rights crowd to go ballistic...
Posted by: Fred || 02/12/2005 9:24:26 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [681 views] Top|| File under:

#1  actually most of the human rights leftists blame the deaths on the US
Posted by: mhw || 02/12/2005 19:13 Comments || Top||

#2  According to HRW - its perfectly allright for Muslims to rape and kill, and for dictators to murder newborn babies right in front of their mothers (Kimmie-boy) or feed people to industreal shreadders (Saddam) or whip 12 year olds to death for eating during a holiday (Iran). But put one panty on one head and your going to get it!

Targetting schools, hospitals, and religious centers is alright to the left (and MSM) as long as your Muslim.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/12/2005 19:20 Comments || Top||

Israeli FM targeted at wedding
Right-wing extremists tried to attack Israeli Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a wedding he was attending but he was not injured, Israeli police said on Friday. A small group of people vehemently opposed to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to withdraw Israelis from occupied Gaza shouted at Netanyahu "Murderer, your day will come" in the Thursday evening incident, the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper said. Reports said a plate was thrown at Netanyahu at the wedding in the Jewish ultra-Orthodox village of Kfar Habad and a police spokesman said a tyre on his car was slashed. The assailants tried to attack Netanyahu, 55, but were held back by wedding guests as his security guards whisked him away from the scene in another vehicle.
Posted by: Fred || 02/12/2005 12:16:32 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [332 views] Top|| File under:

#1  How ironic it would be, for Netanyahu to pay the price for peace in the future, on the decisions made by Sharon and who keeps and iron curtain around him at all times! Now we know the reason why Sharon doesn't travel abroad much.
Posted by: smn || 02/12/2005 1:10 Comments || Top||

Suicide bomb at Iraq mosque kills at least 13
A suicide car bomb exploded outside a Shi'ite mosque northeast of Baghdad as worshippers were leaving a religious ceremony on Friday, killing at least 13 people, local police said. The blast in the town of Balad Ruz targeted Iraqis as they were leaving a Shi'ite ceremony linked to the holy period of Ashura. The area around Balad Ruz has both Sunni and Shi'ite residents. Earlier, gunmen opened fire on Shi'ites in a bakery in Baghdad, killing at least nine people.

Shi'ites make up around 60 percent of Iraq's population but were oppressed for decades under Saddam Hussein. An alliance of mainly Shi'ite Islamist groups is expected to dominate Iraqi politics following the Jan. 30 elections. Insurgents, most of whom are Sunni Muslim, have mounted repeated attacks on Shi'ites. Shi'ite leaders say they will not be drawn into a civil war.
Posted by: Fred || 02/12/2005 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [423 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Guess what's going to happen to Sunnis once US forces leave.
Posted by: gromgorru || 02/12/2005 8:16 Comments || Top||

#2  Justice I hope.
Posted by: JAB || 02/12/2005 11:57 Comments || Top||

#3  Whats he doing with that bull pizzle?
Posted by: Grunter || 02/12/2005 21:48 Comments || Top||

#4  A suicide car bomb exploded outside a Shi’ite mosque northeast of Baghdad as worshippers were leaving a religious ceremony on Friday, killing at least 13 people, local police said.

Haaaahahahahaaaa, that's a surefire way to win converts over to your side.....
Posted by: Bomb-a-rama || 02/12/2005 23:12 Comments || Top||

Afghanistan/South Asia
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi man sentenced to death
An anti-terrorism court in Multan, headed by Zahoor-ul-Haq Rana, has given two death sentences to Muhammad Tariq, an activist of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, for killing two Shias on June 6, 1998 in Multan. The court acquitted Sharif, Sajil-ur-Rehman, Zulfikar and Muhammad Omar. "Tariq and his accomplices assaulted Dr Shafqat Raza's clinic in Timber Market on June 6, 1998 and opened fire. Dr Raza's younger brother Nusrat Raza and a patient died on the spot," sources said.

An Anti Terrorism Court has awarded a death sentence to Muhammad Asghar and Javed Ali for killing Javed Ahmed on July 11, 2000 for resisting their robbery attempt.
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Javed Ali
MUHAMAD TARIQLashkar-e-Jhangvi
Muhammad Asghar
Posted by: Fred || 02/12/2005 00:00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [314 views] Top|| File under:

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