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Afghan leader claims cash rewards offered to kill NATO soldiers
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
Posted by: Steve || 04/05/2007 12:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under:

#1  If they want to play that game, guess who has the deepest pockets to pay for scalps?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/05/2007 13:31 Comments || Top||

#2  "Afghan leader claims cash rewards offered to kill NATO soldiers"

Nice headline. Makes it look like he actually received the money.
Posted by: eLarson || 04/05/2007 14:10 Comments || Top||

#3  I'm all for nuking PakLand.
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/05/2007 14:43 Comments || Top||

#4  I'm all for nuking PakLand.
I'd much rather divide it into East Afghanistan and West India, instead. And let the new governments decide who should live there.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 04/05/2007 15:52 Comments || Top||

#5  The big river there would be a convenient dividing point.
Posted by: wxjames || 04/05/2007 16:03 Comments || Top||

#6  I wonder if somebody needs a visit in the middle of the night, or if someone is trying to use US forces to settle a score.
Posted by: gorb || 04/05/2007 16:56 Comments || Top||

#7  Perv is driving Karzai into Indian arms

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.

Posted by: John Frum || 04/05/2007 17:53 Comments || Top||

#8  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.
Posted by: Sleamble Mussolini4538 || 04/05/2007 20:09 Comments || Top||

#9  Clever, Sleamble Mussolini4538 -- I think yours might be Rantburg's first rap!
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/05/2007 20:41 Comments || Top||

#10  These cash rewards to jihadist killers for the purpose of murdering NATO troops is another example of Islamic OPEC oil money being misused. Islam's Murder Inc.
Posted by: Mark Espinola || 04/05/2007 22:52 Comments || Top||

Two French aid workers missing in Afghanistan
PARIS - Two French aid workers and three Afghan employees have gone missing in Afghanistan, the French foreign ministry said Wednesday. The aid organisation Terre d’enfance (Children’s 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 d’enfance 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 d’enfance declined to give details about the aid workers.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Perhaps the terrorists can't tell the difference between French cross-worshipping dhimmis and Italian ones.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/05/2007 7:36 Comments || Top||

#2  tw - Is there a difference?
Posted by: Glenmore || 04/05/2007 8:39 Comments || Top||

#3  Terre can be translated as land or Earth depending on context. And enfance is childhood.

So Earth of Childhood
Posted by: JFM || 04/05/2007 8:45 Comments || Top||

Africa North
Bioweapon Found In Morocco
...[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...
Posted by: Anonymoose || 04/05/2007 19:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

#1  just another prayer artifact from Islam
Posted by: Frank G || 04/05/2007 19:47 Comments || Top||

#2  I'll make a point of ensuring the family's inoculations are up to date, just in case.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/05/2007 20:02 Comments || Top||

#3  A microbial stock of "pathogenic Tetanus" cultivated by the terrorists was found in their hideout.

We'll just have to make sure that these guys get their shots.
Posted by: Zenster || 04/05/2007 21:02 Comments || Top||

6 more JMB suspects held
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 beating dutch rubbing brilloing 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 nose thumping quizzing the alleged JMB man.
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ABDUL HAKIMJamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh
ASADULLAH ASADJamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh
ATIAR RAHMANJamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh
Bulbuli Girls High School
IMRAN HUSEINJamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh
MAULANA AKTARUZZAMANJamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh
SAIFUL ISLAMJamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh
Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh
Posted by: Fred || 04/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under:

Three charged over London bombings
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.
Posted by: Elmavith Fluck6403 || 04/05/2007 11:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  More, from AP:

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."
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/05/2007 13:13 Comments || Top||

#2  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.
Posted by: Excalibur || 04/05/2007 13:52 Comments || Top||

#3  Pardon, I misquoted. They said, "That's right! Kneel bitch!"

Kneel. Submit. islam. All the same thing.
Posted by: Excalibur || 04/05/2007 13:53 Comments || Top||

#4  "That's right! Kneel bitch" might just be the 21st century equivalent of yelling 'Fire!" in the theater in certain parts of the US, where there are still balls allowed.
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 04/05/2007 14:11 Comments || Top||

#5  Yorkshire, where by sheer coincidence, will open its first Muslim Boy's School (sponsored by the J-e-T).
Posted by: Seafarious || 04/05/2007 17:44 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
More gunmen killed in Chechnya, including Basayev associate
(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 republic’s 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, republic’s 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 ringleader’s 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.
Posted by: Fred || 04/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So instead of "Shalom Chaver" can we say "Shalom Chazir"? :-)
Posted by: gorb || 04/05/2007 16:05 Comments || Top||

Occupants report on the death of the Chechen commander
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.
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Posted by: Fred || 04/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They're gonna have to change that masthead soon, though. It's starting to look like a wailing wall...

...Or Khaled Meshaal's study.
Posted by: Seafarious || 04/05/2007 0:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Kavkaz.com' is selling Shaheed junk bonds to float a little North-Caucasian liquidity.

Futures market: Chapter 11 Muj-Estates: Foreclosures & Collections, Receiver, Workouts, Reorganizations
Posted by: Red Dog || 04/05/2007 6:27 Comments || Top||

Serbian Training Camp Draws Attention to Radical Islamists
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.

Serbia’s 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, Serbia’s 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 aren’t 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 don’t even cover up their families like over there.”

Mr. Zukorlic added: “It’s important to say that this is a small group. They don’t 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.
Posted by: ryuge || 04/05/2007 01:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And there has been that type of training in Oregon, Florida and West Virginia. No Muslims, no terror.
Posted by: Sneaze || 04/05/2007 1:37 Comments || Top||

#2  I wonder what would happen if they sprayed these camps with Agent Orange or something worse and just walked away.
Posted by: gorb || 04/05/2007 4:53 Comments || Top||

#3  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.
Posted by: twobyfour || 04/05/2007 5:02 Comments || Top||

#4  Overlooked Oregon, some bears there.

Alrighty, hire some Bororo tribesmen skilled in curare preparation and handling of the tiped darts.
Posted by: twobyfour || 04/05/2007 5:09 Comments || Top||

#5  Like this one?

Posted by: gorb || 04/05/2007 5:10 Comments || Top||

#6  Yeah, those would do.
Posted by: twobyfour || 04/05/2007 5:13 Comments || Top||

#7  Saudi money strikes again!!!!
Posted by: Ebbolump Glomotle9608 || 04/05/2007 6:45 Comments || Top||

#8  An Army of 1....but equipped with technology!
Posted by: Flaitch Panda4158 || 04/05/2007 10:54 Comments || Top||

#9  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.
Posted by: Danielle || 04/05/2007 12:51 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
Martial Arts Expert Pleads Guilty in Terror Case
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. Shah’s 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. Brent’s 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. Shah’s, 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. Shah’s 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.
Posted by: Fred || 04/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Let's hope his martial arts skills don't come in all that handy where he's going.
Posted by: gorb || 04/05/2007 1:50 Comments || Top||

#2  Old joke: Definition of a reality check - Watching your martial arts instructor get the crap kicked out of him in a redneck bar...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/05/2007 8:55 Comments || Top||

#3  A Bronx martial arts instructor from the Bronx

A NYT reporter from NYT.
Posted by: gromgoru || 04/05/2007 9:02 Comments || Top||

#4  Matial arts might be handy for Tarik Shah if he doesn't want to get "porked" in prison.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/05/2007 10:03 Comments || Top||

#5  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.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 04/05/2007 16:07 Comments || Top||

#6  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.

Posted by: FOTSGreg || 04/05/2007 16:49 Comments || Top||

#7  Heh heh Grom.
Posted by: Shipman || 04/05/2007 17:31 Comments || Top||

US advising Pakistani militants: report
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."
Posted by: Seafarious || 04/05/2007 00:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  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.
Posted by: gorb || 04/05/2007 1:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Were they messing with his drug supply lines?

Most likely this was the John Baluchi tribe.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/05/2007 9:57 Comments || Top||

#3  Good one!
Posted by: gorb || 04/05/2007 15:55 Comments || Top||

#4  You making some kinda Aminul Haque joke JQC?
Posted by: Shipman || 04/05/2007 17:37 Comments || Top||

Landmine blast kills Pakistani official
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 country’s 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.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

50 more killed in clashes in South Waziristan
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 Nazir’s 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.
Posted by: Fred || 04/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10807 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Buy Orville Reddenbacher stock.
Posted by: Glenmore || 04/05/2007 8:40 Comments || Top||

#2  I thought that the Uzbeks were like a main contingent of the Northern Alliance with Tajiks like Masoud. Now they are the bad guys in Wazoo? Color me confused.
Posted by: garbagecowboy || 04/05/2007 10:27 Comments || Top||

#3  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.
Posted by: JFM || 04/05/2007 11:14 Comments || Top||

Rs 5,000 fine for 'un-Islamic' activities
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 committee’s 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 committee’s 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 don’t 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.
Posted by: Fred || 04/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  All right Rantburgers, cough up. You have all been extremely unislamic.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/05/2007 10:04 Comments || Top||

#2  "loading songs in cell phones would be fined Rs 5,000. "

so how does that compare to the prices at the I tunes music store?
Posted by: liberalhawk || 04/05/2007 10:14 Comments || Top||

#3  Their beliefs are so quaint. If they weren't so dispicably evil they'd be funny. Maybe today I'll have to figure out how to download some mp3s onto my Treo.
Posted by: treo || 04/05/2007 10:28 Comments || Top||

#4  crimes unnoticed by police”.

Such as shooting extortionists?
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 04/05/2007 21:18 Comments || Top||

Lal Masjid cleric raises call to jihad
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 cleric’s 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 Taliban’s 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.
Posted by: Fred || 04/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

Gunmen kill 11 Iraqi workers in ambush
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.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

Israeli troops kill gunman at Gaza border
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.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "al-rosebud...."
Posted by: Frank G || 04/05/2007 0:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Too bad they didnt pull the trifecta
Posted by: Abu do you love || 04/05/2007 13:51 Comments || Top||

Shin Bet arrests Tanzim leader in Jericho
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.
This article starring:
Fatah Tanzim
Posted by: Fred || 04/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  40-grit sandpaper and pliers. And a lightbulb.
Posted by: gorb || 04/05/2007 16:06 Comments || Top||

#2  How is the light bulb used?
Posted by: Whinemp Unogum4891 || 04/05/2007 17:06 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Southern Thai mosque bombed
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.
Posted by: ryuge || 04/05/2007 00:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Cause...meet effect.
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 04/05/2007 2:02 Comments || Top||

#2  A bomb was thrown into a mosque in Thailand's rebellious Muslim-majority south on Thursday

Wrong! This is so totally WRONG!

Ya idjits, it's FRIDAY EVENING that's the most crowded. Any questions?
Posted by: Zenster || 04/05/2007 2:17 Comments || Top||

#3  Insiders' job, more likely, to pass the blame.
Posted by: Duh! || 04/05/2007 4:35 Comments || Top||

#4  Seems appropriate, considering bombs, beheadings, stonings, and limbs hacking are all sacraments of the religion of pieces
Posted by: Galloways Outcropping || 04/05/2007 8:46 Comments || Top||

#5  Yep. All it takes is one or two grieving fathers, brothers or sons who have lost a loved one to a terrorist attack to go out looking for revenge.
Posted by: treo || 04/05/2007 10:35 Comments || Top||

#6  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
Posted by: Abu do you love || 04/05/2007 13:53 Comments || Top||

#7  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.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/05/2007 17:09 Comments || Top||

Thailand insurgency grows brutal
Posted by: ryuge || 04/05/2007 00:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Thailand insurgency grows brutal

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.
Posted by: xbalanke || 04/05/2007 10:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Bingo xbalanke!

And the coup leaders in Thailand can't pass the buck on this one to Thaksin.
Posted by: Duh! || 04/05/2007 12:31 Comments || Top||

#3  There's an answer to this: ethnic cleansing. No muzzies = no terror. Let's see if the Thais have balls enough to solve the problem.
Posted by: Mac || 04/05/2007 17:53 Comments || Top||

Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan air force destroys Tiger naval HQ
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.
Posted by: Fred || 04/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  in a town called Puthukkudiyiruppu
They just made that up, didn't they?

Posted by: Classer || 04/05/2007 16:01 Comments || Top||

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Posted by: Fred || 04/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The middle one appears to have a little captain in her.
Posted by: Scott R. || 04/05/2007 0:17 Comments || Top||

#2  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.

Ooooo! The eyes of the Captain...

Posted by: FOTSGreg || 04/05/2007 0:28 Comments || Top||

#3  Comments close for each day at the end of the day. We had to do that to stop all the spamming; seems the spam-bots would grab onto an old comment and go crazy. Sorry.

Posted by: Steve White || 04/05/2007 0:47 Comments || Top||

#4  Not this captain
Posted by: Captain America || 04/05/2007 1:46 Comments || Top||

#5  Nobody reads them after a day anyway.

Dibs on Ann.
Posted by: gorb || 04/05/2007 3:14 Comments || Top||

#6  gorb, Nobody reads them after a day anyway.

hey! speak fer ur own self.. and hey again, ima engaged to all three of dem girls and thats better than any olde dibs! >;;
Posted by: Snoop Dawg the Re-Reader || 04/05/2007 5:53 Comments || Top||

#7  Snoop Dawg, Are you lost? I wouldn't have guessed that you could read! :-)
Posted by: gorb || 04/05/2007 6:02 Comments || Top||

#8  The site looks great ! Thanks for all your help ( past, present and future !)
Posted by: morganusvitus || 04/05/2007 7:04 Comments || Top||

#9  That was fast. I'm going to be on my best behaviour today -- there's a mod with a hair-trigger trigger finger.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/05/2007 7:34 Comments || Top||

#10  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 || Top||

#11  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.
Posted by: ryuge || 04/05/2007 8:24 Comments || Top||

#12  Good morning. Good morning. And good morning.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/05/2007 9:59 Comments || Top||

#13  I think I met Billie Dove at Woodstock.
Posted by: Chuck Simmins || 04/05/2007 10:58 Comments || Top||

#14  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.

Posted by: FOTSGreg || 04/05/2007 14:54 Comments || Top||

#15  Been away for awhile. I read the troll in the sinktrap. Seemed to be saying he liked the site. Am I missing something?
Posted by: ex-lib || 04/05/2007 14:55 Comments || Top||

#16  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 || Top||

#17  Apparently spambots like think Rantburg is wonderful, ex-lib. Welcome back!
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/05/2007 15:07 Comments || Top||

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