MAYWAND, Afghanistan - The leader of an Afghan district where Canadians are currently deployed says he has reason to believe the Pakistani secret police are offering cash rewards to anyone who uses an explosive device to injure or kill a NATO soldier.
Hummm, my surprise meter didn't budge.
"I have heard the Pakistan ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) is openly giving money for people that are laying mines," said Haji Saifullah, district leader for Maywand - a desert region in the northwest sector of Kandahar province that contains about 100,000 people.
Tap....tap...nope, still not working...
"If the mine goes off on coalition forces they are going to get more money, if they go off on (Afghanistan National Army soldiers) they are going to get middle-class money and if it is going off on police they are going to get less money," he added, while speaking through an interpreter provided by the Canadian military. CanWest News Service could not independently verify Saifullah's comments on Wednesday, and the district leader did not provide any direct evidence to prove the allegations.
Saifullah's comments came about 20 minutes after four members of the Afghanistan National Police were reportedly injured in an explosion that took place about five kilometres from his office at the district centre. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attack or the extent of the injuries, though early reports suggested it was the result of an attack from an IED - improvised explosive device.
In Wednesday's interview, Saifullah said he has been told a successful bomber will get 100,000 Pakistani Rupees, roughly $1,900 Cdn, if he kills a member of NATO's International Security Assistance Force, and 20,000 Rupees, about $380 Cdn, for members of the Afghan forces. He added he has heard a bomber will get half those amounts if he is able to simply hit a convoy with an explosive device.
If we start hearing reports of more ISI agents have "car troubles", we'll know it's payback time
Reflecting their growing bilateral relations, Indian government named a road on Thursday in the national capital after the slain Afghan war hero, Ahmad Shah Massoud, the first such honour extended to a leader from that country.
The road near the Afghanistan embassy in the diplomatic enclave of Chanakyapuri, was a "symbol of ties" that bind the two nations that have always "enjoyed excellent relations", said External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee unveiling the plaque with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai in the capital on Thursday.
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fine print says; if ya take money for the killin, you'll be chillin; without the young wimin.
cash n for hits, jihadies forget....
virgins are few, and so incentives are new
cash for killin, forfeit da women.
PARIS - Two French aid workers and three Afghan employees have gone missing in Afghanistan, the French foreign ministry said Wednesday. The aid organisation Terre denfance (Childrens Land) alerted the foreign ministry about the disappearance on Tuesday morning.
Great name for a charity -- did they think Afghanistan qualified?
The foreign ministry and our embassy in Kabul is attentively following this case and we are in liaison with local authorities and the French NGO, said foreign ministry spokesman Denis Simonneau, who declined to give further details.
Terre denfance is running a humanitarian project in Zaranj in southwest Afghanistan, near the border with Iran, where the two aid workers and eight Afghans worked. Reached by AFP, an official with Terre denfance declined to give details about the aid workers.
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Perhaps the terrorists can't tell the difference between French cross-worshipping dhimmis and Italian ones.
...[After the March 11 suicide bombing in a cybercafe in Casablanca and the multiple arrests, here is what was found at the bombers place]
The most worrying finding of Moroccan authorities is the discovery of chemicals that could have been used for large-scale terror attacks: A microbial stock of "pathogenic Tetanus" cultivated by the terrorists was found in their hideout. This agent could cause death within 24 hours if person not inoculated with anti-tetanus serum...
Six suspected militants of outlawed Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) were arrested in Jamalpur, Joypurhat and Barisal yesterday and on Tuesday night. Police arrested Saiful Islam, a teacher of Bulbuli Girls High School in Islampur upazila of Jamalpur, at his house at Dhengragar village yesterday and seized some documents, according to the UNB. Asadullah Asad, another suspected JMB cadre, was arrested from Aramnagar Bazar in Sarishabari upazila of the district on the same day. The law enforcers are beatingdutch rubbingbrilloing the scrotums of quizzing the arrestees.
In Joypurhat, police arrested three suspected JMB men at their houses in Khatlal, Kalai and Sadar areas on Tuesday night. Police said the arrestees--Abdul Hakim, Atiar Rahman and Imran Hossain--were reorganising the JMB men in the areas following execution of six top militants. Our Barisal correspondent reported that Rab members arrested one suspected JMB militant and recovered four grenades from his possession yesterday morning. Acting on a tip-off, a team of Rab-8, Barisal, arrested Maulana Aktaruzzaman, imam of a mosque in Sayestabad area, at around 7:00am. On his confession, the Rab men later recovered four grenades that were hidden at a place in the area. The members of the elite force are twisting the nosethumping quizzing the alleged JMB man.
THREE suspects have been charged over the July 7, 2005, suicide bombings in London which killed 52 commuters, in the first indictments since the horrific attacks. The men - identified as Waheed Ali, Sadeer Saleem and Mohammed Shakil - were involved in the reconnaissance and planning of the attacks, in which four bombers blew themselves up on underground trains and a bus, police said.
I appreciate that bringing these charges will have an impact on many people, said Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke, head of Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism squad. For some it will bring back horrible memories of that terrible day. "For others there may be some relief that after such a length of time there is some visible progress in an investigation that has had to be kept secret.
Their arrests last month were the first major detentions since the bombings, in which near-simultaneous blasts caused devastation on the London transport system during the morning rush-hour. The three were charged that between November 1 and June 29, 2005, they unlawfully and maliciously conspired ... to cause explosions on the Transport for London system and/or tourist attractions in London, prosecutors added.
The four suicide bombers - three of them Britons of Pakistani origin and one a naturalised Jamaican - died when they set off rucksack bombs on three Underground trains and a double-decker bus. The attack also injured more than 700 in what was the worst terrorist atrocity on British soil and the first such suicide attack in Europe.
The bombings were followed exactly two weeks later by an apparent copycat attack which failed. Six men are currently on trial for that alleged attempt.
The three suspects charged Thursday were detained on March 22 under the Terrorism Act 2000. At the time police said detectives had been investigating at home and abroad since the July 7 bombings, which prompted soul-searching about the extent of Muslim integration in British society.
The suspected ringleader of the bombings, Mohamed Sidique Khan, and fellow bomber Shehzad Tanweer said in videos recorded before their deaths that British foreign policy, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan, motivated their actions.
The Metropolitan Police said last month that they had always been keen to determine whether anyone else helped Khan, Tanweer, plus fellow bombers Hasib Hussain and Jermaine Lindsay.
A May 11, 2006 report by the British Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee said that Khan and Tanweer were likely to have had contact with Al-Qaeda members while visiting Pakistan. A theory that a terrorist mastermind fled Britain shortly before the bombings was discounted. In addition, there was no intelligence to indicate there was a fourth or fifth bomber, the committee said.
For the first time, authorities alleged that the plot's targets may have included London tourist attractions.
The three, who were arrested last month, are from the same area of West Yorkshire, England, as three of the four suicide bombers. Those charged were Mohammed Shakil, 30, of Beeston, a suburb of Leeds; Sadeer Saleem, 26, of Beeston; and Waheed Ali, 23, who recently lived in London but was formerly from Beeston.
"The allegation is that they were involved in reconnaissance and planning," said Susan Hemming of the prosecutors' office.
"The search is not over," added Peter Clarke, head of the Metropolitan Police anti-terrorist unit, who said he expected that there would be more arrests in the case. "I firmly believe that there are other people who have knowledge of what lay behind the attacks in July 2005, knowledge that they have not shared with us," he said. "In fact I don't only believe it, I know it for a fact. For that reason the investigation continues."
The three, who were arrested last month, are from the same area of West Yorkshire, England
Which is to be expected when you pay orcs to move into the Shire. Ban traditional Hobbit foods and force Hobbit women to wear bin bags over their heads. Ban beer and tobacco. Pay benefits and give free housing to orcs. The list goes on.
I was speaking with a coworker today who went to see "300". Some "Persians" were in the audience... when Leonidas bowed down before Xerxes the audience shouted, "That's right. Beg bitch!"
Such is the sensitivity of oppressed muslims. But the day is coming when those calls are answered.
(Itar-Tass) - Several gunmen have been liquidated in the Vedeno district of Chechnya together with a closest associate of Shamil Basayev and the ringleader of a major bandit group Suleiman Elmurzayev with the nickname Khairulla. Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov said, The operation preparation took two weeks and few people knew about it.
According to him, Ten more gunmen were together with Elmurzayev and there were wounded and killed among them. The Chechen republic head stressed that Elmurzayev had said in his time that he was involved in the terrorist attack at the Dynamo stadium in Grozny on May 9, 2004 in which the first Chechen President Akhmat-khadzhi Kadyrov was assassinated and said that Ramzan Kadyrov was going to be the second. Kadyrov said that the work to search for other ringleaders of bandit groups is continuing. I think the results will appear by May 9, said the Chechen president.
According to the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) department for the Chechen republic, Suleiman Elmurzayev, 32, born in the Chapayevo settlement of the Novolaksk district of Dagestan, had been put on the international wanted list through the Interpol back in 2004. According to law enforcement agencies, he was involved in firing at a Mi-8 helicopter in the area of the Dyshne-Vedeno settlement on August 1, 2003. The helicopter that came under fire from the ground exploded in the air. The crew commander was killed, the second pilot and flight engineer got burns and injuries.
Khairulla was a closest assistant of terrorist leader Shamil Basayev. In October 2004, Basayev appointed him the so-called emir responsible for the Nozhai-Yurt, Kurchaloi and Vedeno districts and in November 2004 became the first deputy of Basayev. On instruction of Ichkeria head Aslan Maskhadov, Elmurzayev was in command of an attack of gunmen on the Avtury settlement on July 12-13, 2004. In September 2006, he was given the brigadier general rank. Then there were 50-60 militants under his command.
According to the republics FSB department, he was involved in a number of serious and socially grave crimes assassination of Akhmat Kadyrov on May 9, 2004, as well as attacks on and murders of servicemen of federal troops, Chechen policemen and peaceful civilians of the republic, as well as organisation of a mutiny in Dagestan in September 2004.
Chechen Vice Prime Minister in charge of security affairs Adam Delimkhanov told Itar-Tass earlier on Wednesday, Officers of the FSB, republics special police force OMON and Akhmat Kadyrov regiment conducted the operation at the outskirts of the Agish-Batoi settlement at about 03:00 a.m. There were no losses among the personnel, the vice prime minister noted. According to him, the operation was conducted under the order of the Chechen President, Ramzan Kadyrov, and very few people knew about it. The Russian Interior Ministry told Itar-Tass that the operation was conducted based on information available to the FSB about the gunmen ringleaders whereabouts. He offered fierce resistance when an attempt to detain him was made and was killed by retaliatory fire. A whole arsenal of automatic weapons was found at his place, the ministry noted.
Besides, another gunman was liquidated in the Grozny district of Chechnya in the 60 Let Oktyabrya settlement. He exploded himself by a grenade when police made an attempt to detain him. His identity is currently being verified. It is not ruled out that he might be linked with Elmurzayev.
Occupational sources state, that Amir Hayrullah, the commander of East Front AF CRI, has been killed in result of the fighting in the Vedenskiy district of the country. Invaders and their puppets do not report any details or facts of this event. Hayrullah is the first mug on the left on Kavkaz.com's banner, next to Tahir Bataev, who was mowed down a week or two ago. Not sure if the Aslanbek on the right is Aslanbek Askhabov or if it's "Big Aslanbek," but it doesn't matter, since they're both dead. I think Magas, aka Magomed Yevloyev, is still alive. They're gonna have to change that masthead soon, though. It's starting to look like a wailing wall.
Especially it is underlined that amir Hayrullah has been killed to the day of so-called "inauguration" of the bloody boss of the Chechen puppets, Kadyrov. This "inauguration" is prepared in the strictly secret conditions. As journalists report, a place of this act is unknown. Only close marionettes of Kadyrov know it. Repetitions of the masquerade are prepared in several places, in Djokhar and in Gudermes, for the safety and preventing "attacks by terrorists",- Chechen puppet explain. There are not any confirming reports on the death of amir Hayrullah from the Chechen side.
Security officials in this region of southern Serbia say they have found a base about 20 miles north of town that they believe was a training ground for radical Islamists who were planning an attack on members of the local Muslim community.
Four men were arrested during a raid on March 17, and two more were arrested three days later in connection with the camp, a series of tents hidden under pines on the edge of a plateau, according to the police. All six detained men come from Novi Pazar, the main city in the heavily Muslim Sandjak region. The police said they also had uncovered weapons, including rocket-propelled grenades, about 20 pounds of plastic explosives and automatic assault rifles, hidden in a small cave.
The discovery of the camp, which the police described as being poorly hidden and less than four weeks old, has brought fresh attention to small Islamic fundamentalist movements in the Balkans, many of which are said by security officials to receive financial backing from charities based in Saudi Arabia. Locals here call them the Wahhabis, after the fundamentalist form of Islam widely practiced in Saudi Arabia. Such groups emerged in the region during the Balkan wars of the 1990s, and are mostly present in Bosnia, but have also been seen in Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo.
In Novi Pazar, the police say that some 120 people have become followers in the past four to five years. The movement here says it wants to restore what it calls a pure and original form of Islam, as practiced in much of the Arabian peninsula. This puts them at odds with the mainstream, Turkish-influenced strain of Sunni Islam typically practiced in the Balkans.
Serbias Interior Ministry said the camp proved that the group, whose members insist they are religious activists rather than militants, was trying to recruit potential terrorists. Dragan Jocic, Serbias minister of police, said of the detained men: I believe they were a cell that by themselves cannot make a decision on who might be the target. The final order would most probably come from somewhere else.
Western diplomats in Serbia have discounted claims of a bigger conspiracy, and have suggested that any potential plot may have more to do with recent tensions between the Wahhabis and the more mainstream Islamic community, as the Wahhabis have sought to exert increasing influence in the town. Visibly identifiable by their beards and ankle-length trousers, they have campaigned to do away with what they see as heresy. Their attempts have erupted into violence several times over the last year.
Last April, members of the group disrupted a rock concert in the town center, kicking over loudspeakers. In November, a fight erupted between members of the group and other Muslims in a mosque in the center of town in which 17 people were injured. They want to control this region, and make others act and pray the same way as they do, said Muamer Zukorlic, the leader of the Islamic community in the Sandjak region.
But while many worshipers resent what they see as the Wahhabis attempts to impose their views on others, most do not see the groups as a substantial threat. They arent real Wahhabis, like in Saudi Arabia or Afghanistan, said Fehim Sejdovic, a 54-year-old Muslim, speaking outside a mosque frequented by the Wahhabis. They dont even cover up their families like over there.
Mr. Zukorlic added: Its important to say that this is a small group. They dont have any significant influence.
Whether Mr. Zukorlic is right or not, it certainly seems to be important to the NYT to end the article with a quote minimizing the threat from international Islamic fascism.
Gorb, Agent Orange was a defoliant. I hope you don't have something against forests?
How about well obscured bear traps? As far as I know, there are no bears in those woods, so no Ursa would get hurt.
Also, 3 yard deep pits stuffed with bamboo sticks with pointy ends may be fairly effective.
Students in ESL programs in Lincoln Nebraska are not all Spanish speakers. To my surprise, I just learned the other top languages are Croatian and Viet Namese. Many of the recent immigrants have been Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian, with fair Muslims among them. I'm glad they are getting some attention.
A Bronx martial arts instructor from the Bronx pleaded guilty today to a charge of conspiring to provide material support or resources to Al Qaeda, said Michael J. Garcia, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. In making his plea before United States Magistrate Gabriel W. Gorenstein, the martial arts instructor, Tarik Shah, admitted that he had agreed to train Qaeda terrorists in martial arts and hand-to-hand combat with weapons.
Mr. Shahs plea follows the guilty plea entered on Monday by a paramedic from Washington, Mahmud Faruq Brent, who admitted attending a training camp run by the Pakistani terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba in 2002. Mr. Shah and Mr. Brent are two of four men accused in an elaborate federal sting operation of plotting to provide training and money to terrorists. Mr. Brents lawyer, Hassen ibn Abdellah, said on Monday that his client would not testify against his co-defendants and that he pleaded guilty only to have his potential sentence cut almost in half, to a maximum of 15 years.
The case began in May 2005, with the arrest of Mr. Shah, a New York jazz musician and martial arts expert, who was accused of swearing an oath of allegiance to Al Qaeda. Mr. Shah, who grew up in the Bronx and spent his allowance on Cannonball Adderley records, was accused of offering hand-to-hand combat training to jihadists. He was also accused of offering training to Mr. Brent when they lived in Beacon, N.Y., in 2001.
An associate of Mr. Shahs, Rafiq Sabir, a doctor from Boca Raton, Fla., was charged with offering medical assistance to potential Al Qaeda operatives. A fourth man, Abdulrahman Farhane, a Brooklyn bookseller, is accused of plotting with an F.B.I. informer to send money overseas to buy weapons and communications equipment for Muslims fighting United States forces in Afghanistan.
Federal agents initially linked Mr. Brent to Mr. Shah through a telephone number for Mr. Brent in an address book belonging to Mr. Shah that New York police detectives found during a search of Mr. Shahs apartment in December 2003. According to the complaint against Mr. Brent, he met with Mr. Shah in Columbia, Md., in 2005, and described how difficult it had been to reach the camp in Pakistan. Mr. Brent nonetheless told Mr. Shah, the complaint said, that the experience had been one of the better decisions of my life and that he hoped that Allah would bless him for his efforts. Prosecutors say that passport records show that Mr. Brent was in Pakistan from February to June 2002.
The camp was operated by Lashkar-e-Taiba, a group loosely affiliated with Al Qaeda, whose primary goal was to fight Indian forces in the disputed province of Kashmir. The group was declared a foreign terrorist organization by the United States in December 2001.
The guy that taught me always said "use what I teach you only as a last resort - there's always someone out there that knows more than you do, and will clean your clock". At 60, with a bad back, I'll stick to using a trusty .45. It's quicker, noisier, and leaves a bigger hole - and makes all but the bravest quiver in their boots.
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There's an old saying (amongst martial artists even) that goes something like - A gun in the hand is worth any two martial artists at ten feet.
The US has been secretly advising and encouraging a Pakistani militant group that has carried out deadly guerrilla raids inside Iran, ABC News reported on Tuesday, citing US and Pakistani intelligence sources. The raids have resulted in the deaths or capture of Iranian soldiers and officials, ABC reported. The group, members of the Baluchi tribe, operates from Pakistan's gas-rich province of Baluchistan, just across the border from Iran, the report said. The only relationship with the group that US intelligence acknowledges is cooperation in tracking al-Qaeda figures in that part of Pakistan, ABC reported. The group, called Jundullah, has produced videos showing Iranian soldiers and border guards it says it has captured, ABC said.
ABC cited US government sources it did not identify as saying the United States does not provide direct funding for the group but has maintained close ties to its leader, Abd el Malik Regi, since 2005. A CIA official said the account was not accurate. Regi claims to have personally executed some of the Iranian captives, the ABC News report said.
"He is essentially commanding a force of several hundred guerrilla fighters that stage attacks across the border into Iran on Iranian military officers, Iranian intelligence officers, kidnapping them, executing them on camera," said Alexis Debat, a senior fellow on counterterrorism at the Nixon Centre and an ABC News consultant. "He used to fight with the Taliban. He's part drug smuggler, part Taliban, part Sunni activist," Debat told ABC.
The group took credit for an attack in February that killed at least 11 members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard riding on a bus in the Iranian city of Zehedan, ABC said. According to the report, Iranian state television last month broadcast what it said were confessions by those responsible for the bus attack. They reportedly admitted to being members of Jundullah and said they had been trained for the mission at a secret location in Pakistan, ABC said.
ABC cited Pakistani government sources as saying the secret campaign against Iran was on the agenda when US Vice President Dick Cheney met with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in February. Asked about the report, Cheney spokeswoman Megan McGinn responded: "We don't discuss conversations between the vice president and foreign leaders."
This doesn't seem right to me. Why would Musharraf want to hassle Iran? Why would US government agents be blabbing about this? Were Regi's claims reported by the "CIA official" or were they directly from Regi's mouth to ABC's ears? What might be Regi's motivation for capturing border guards if it were true? Were they messing with his drug supply lines? Have any of these videos show up on youtube? Is Iran fabricating an excuse to go mess around in Pakistani territory now? I doubt Regi is going to do anything that is not in his interests either monetarily or as a drug supplier.
QUETTA, Pakistan - A Pakistani government employee was killed in a landmine blast as he repaired an electricity pylon that was blown up by militants in the countrys restive southwest, officials said on Wednesday. The junior official from the state-run Water and Power Development Authority died late Tuesday in Bolan town, 70 kilometers (27 miles) south of Quetta, company executive Shafiq Khattak told AFP.
Militants had blown up the four pylons in Bolan early this week, suspending electricity to much of the gas-rich but revolt-hit province of Baluchistan.
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Some 50 people were killed in fresh clashes between pro-government tribesmen and foreign militants in South Waziristan on Wednesday, pushing the overall death toll in two weeks of fighting to around 250, officials said.
A tribal army led by Maulvi Muhammad Nazir captured the strategic area of Sheen Warsak west of Wana after a fierce battle in which 19 Uzbeks and five tribesmen were killed, officials said. Sheen Warsak has fallen to Maulvi Nazirs men, they said by phone from Dera Ismail Khan. Reports said three paramilitary soldiers had also been killed during the fighting in Sheen Warsak, but no official confirmation was available.
In a gunbattle in Zaghunday, north of Sheen Warsak, the tribal army killed 25 Uzbeks, said tribesmen reaching Tank city from Wana. South Waziristan administrator Hussainzada Khan told Reuters that 40 foreign militants had surrendered. The officials said an attack on Azam Warsak was imminent. With control over Sheen Warsak, the anti-Uzbek drive by Maulvi Nazir appears to be gaining ground and an attack on Azam Warsak looks imminent.
Around 200 Uzbek militants and 50 tribesmen have been killed since March 19, Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao told reporters in Islamabad. This is the result of the agreements the government made with tribal people in which they pledged to expel foreigners and now they are doing it, he said. I think both the US and NATO will be very happy with the developments in South Waziristan, former FATA security chief Brig (r) Mehmood Shah said.
Most Uzbeks live in Uzbekistan (obviously) but there is an Uzbek minority in Afghanistan. THere are no native Uzbeks in Pakistan.
When you hear about Uzbeks in Pakistan these are islamists of Uzbekistan who helped the Taliban and when these fell, withdrew to Pakistan since their own governemnt was hostile to them.
For Uzbeks of Afghanistan it is bit more complicated: their leader, Generla Dostom at one point supported the pro-Soviet government, then switched sides and this caused the fall of it, then was memember of the Northern Alliance, I think at one point he was more or less allied with the Taliban (not sure) but their "friendship" was short-lived: Dostom's attitude towards sex and alcohol is say liberal and he is at best agnostic, so he returned to Northen Alliance. Another point is that Taliban are Pashtoon supremacists and the people they most despise are the ethnias emparented with the Mongols like Hazara and Uzbeks . Uzbeks of Uzbekistan did not suffer from Taliban racism, Aghan Uzbeks did.
Local Taliban have taken another step to assert their growing influence in Bannu the hometown of NWFP Chief Minister Akram Khan Durrani by announcing that anybody found dancing, listening to music, watching TV and loading songs in cell phones would be fined Rs 5,000.
Ali Jan of Kaki-1, Bannu, told Daily Times over the telephone that the Taliban formed a peace committee for Kaki-1 and Kaki-2 union councils a week ago, and this committee announced on Saturday a Rs 5,000 fine for crimes unnoticed by police. He said Talibanisation was fast spreading in Bannu, and the Taliban had earlier made such announcements in the Hovaid and Takhtikhel areas. He said Mualana Ziawar Jan Shah had been appointed the committees ameer, Maulana Takia Din the naib ameer, Maulana Abdul Ghani the secretary general and Maulana Zaif the treasurer. Sources said that hardliners also distributed pamphlets in the Kaki area, directing locals to abide by the committees orders, or face punishment.
The Bannu DPO confirmed the formation of the committee, and said police officials were backing the committee to eliminate evils like dancing, theft, music and interest-based banking.
Police supports the committee on three grounds: the committee members are unarmed Taliban, they dont violate the law and they have promised the administration that they will not shelter any foreign militant in the district, he said.
Meanwhile, girl students studying at government schools in Mardan have started wearing full-body veils, after hardliners sent threatening letters to schools.
An Islamabad cleric has called on all madrassa students to join him in a jihad to enforce an Islamic system and against dens of immorality, according to pamphlets distributed all around the country, including North Waziristan, on Wednesday. We have closed down Jamia Faridia (in Islamabad) for 15 days, and we request you to do so in order to help students join the jihad, said cleric Muhammad Abdul Aziz from Lal Masjid in his letter distributed in madrassas of Miranshah, the regional headquarters of North Waziristan.
The letter, written in Urdu on the clerics letterhead, was obtained by Daily Times. It said, We request all ulema to accompany their students. A security official told Daily Times that the cleric distributed the letter in all key madrassas across the country, to seek the Talibans support against the government. The cleric also asked caretakers of madrassas to send students who could afford travelling expenses, and said come to Islamabad without any weapons, except a stick, for 15 days or 40 days as soon as possible.
The letter said the Taliban should come for aitekaaf to step up the Islamisation process and launch an affective movement against dens of immorality. Aziz also hit back at critics of the March 29 action by Jamia Hafsa against an alleged brothel owner. Female students from Jamia Hafsa have also wrote letters to journalists, drivers, passengers, police and the civil administration asking them to help implement Islamic laws.
KIRKUK, Iraq - Gunmen killed 11 employees of an electricity station in an ambush on their vehicle near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Wednesday, police said. Gunmen in a car attacked the men as they were driving to work. The ambush took place near Hawija about 70 km southwest of the volatile city of Kirkuk.
Police said it appeared the gunmen first stopped the electricity workers vehicle and then opened fire on the men inside. Seven of the men died instantly while four others were fatally wounded and died later in hospital.
It was not clear whether the attack was linked to an ambush in the same area on Saturday, when gunmen shot dead eight civilian employees of an Iraqi military base. Four brothers were among the dead in that incident.
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GAZA - Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian gunman at the Gaza border on Wednesday, a militant group said. An Israeli army spokesman said an Israeli force shot at three armed men, killing one of them and wounding at least one other, as they placed an explosive device 15 metres (50 feet) from the Gaza border fence.
Nice shooting, Avi.
The Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), a militant coalition, said one of its fighters was shot and killed by Israeli forces near the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun. A Palestinian ammo carrier ambulance retrieved his body. The group originally said he had been wounded and taken to Israel.
A PRC spokesman said the gunman had been on a jihadi mission, a term it uses to describe an attack against an Israeli target or a scouting mission to prepare for an operation.
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Posted by: Frank G ||
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Too bad they didnt pull the trifecta
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The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) arrested a Fatah Tanzim fugitive in Jericho early Wednesday morning, officials announced later in the day. Jihad Latif Said Abu Haniyeh, 25, is the head of the Tanzim in Jericho. Abu Haniyeh was allegedly involved in the planning and carrying out of terrorist attacks. He was taken for interrogation.
A bomb was thrown into a mosque in Thailand's rebellious Muslim-majority south on Thursday, wounding at least 14 worshippers, a senior policeman said.
About 100 people had gathered for morning prayers in the mosque, located in an area under curfew since an attack by suspected insurgents on a minibus that killed eight Buddhists last month, Major-General Paitoon Chuchaiya said. Few other details were immediately available, he told Channel 3 television, on a night of arson attacks on schools often targeted by insurgents as a symbol of the far-away government in Bangkok.
Eight schools, two teachers' houses and two clinics were set ablaze in the Yaha district of Yala province and a neighboring area, said Paitoon, the provincial police chief. Yaha was put under curfew last month after the minibus attack, which outraged the country's overwhelming Buddhist majority.
where is the NYT and others cries of "descending into civil war"
right on zenster.. friday would work better... guess they need to update their training materials
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Sure it wasn't a message by the radicals to the 'moderates' to get with the program. Bombs are their MOs. And wounding another Muzzie rather than killing him would be the objective on Thursday rather than Friday. Someone may have learned about what killing other Muzzies has resulted in Iraq, specifically for AQ.
It has not grown more brutal - it was brutal from the very beginning. Beheadings of innocents has been the hallmark all along. The number of vicitms has increased and it has grown more brazen, but it can't get much more brutal.
Sri Lankan air force jets bombed and destroyed the headquarters of the Tamil Tigers naval arm in the far northern district of Mullaithivu, the military said on Wednesday, but the rebels said a landmine victim charity was hit.
As the headquarters were inland in a town called Puthukkudiyiruppu, and the feared Sea Tiger fleet of attack boats are stationed near the coast, it was unclear if any rebel vessels were damaged, the military said. There were no details of any casualties, and there was no independent confirmation of what the air strike hit. We took one target today. It was the Sea Tigers headquarters, a fuel dump and vehicle parking area - all completely destroyed, air force spokesman Group Captain Ajantha de Silva said. Right now the base is (on) fire. He said the air strike had also hit munitions stores.
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) denied they have a Sea Tiger headquarters building in Puthukkudiyiruppu, saying the bombs had hit the office of White Pigeon, a local charity which makes prosthetic limbs for baby ducks landmine victims.
The middle one appears to have a little captain in her.
Posted by: Scott R. ||
04/05/2007 0:17 Comments ||
Hey, mods! What happened to the Comments line for the comments section on yesterday's blogs? I was going to leave a snark or three (especially on the one regarding the Logan's Run Remake), but couldn't. There wasn't a comment link available.
That was a spambot comment, TW; one of those stupid "Hi! Great site, good work!..." things.
Posted by: Dave D. ||
04/05/2007 8:22 Comments ||
Maybe Nancy Pelosi can wear the hat of the woman in the middle when she goes to North Korea and tells Kim Jong Il that South Korea is ready for peace talks. It wouldn't look any less silly than her faux hijab.
Thanks, mods, for the answer. I occasionally track back a day or three (due to my sometimes goofy schedule) and check responses to messages I've left, bu just never noticed the comments thingie before I guess.
Hey, gorb! No fair calling dibs! It's the wimmins that chooses us anyways.
It wasn't a troll; it was some kind of spam, or spambot probe. Just a "Hi! Nice site! Great work" message, and sometimes a website URL. They come in waves, mostly in our "Morning" thread and in the O Club; sometimes dozens at a time. It's been happening for months.
I'd just delete 'em, but trolldumping them instead at least gives Fred a chance to block future attempts.
Posted by: Dave D. ||
04/05/2007 15:02 Comments ||
Apparently spambots like think Rantburg is wonderful, ex-lib. Welcome back!
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