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Pakistani-American Arrested in Times Square Plot
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Airborne OP at 9,000 feet
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 05/04/2010 16:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:

Marines in fight in southern Helmand - a lot of incoming after CF
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 05/04/2010 16:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:

More Afghan schoolgirls ill in suspected gas attack
Twenty-two Kabul schoolgirls and three teachers fell suddenly ill and were hospitalized on Tuesday in what Afghan authorities described as the fourth suspected poison gas attack on a girls' school in weeks.

The incident was the first in the comparatively secure capital after three suspected poison attacks on girls' schools in the northern city of Kunduz over the past few weeks and several at provincial schools last year.
Posted by: ed || 05/04/2010 12:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So the "BRAVE LIONS OF ISLAM" are gassing little girls now?

Very macho.
Posted by: bigjim-CA || 05/04/2010 15:52 Comments || Top||

New NATO idea to avoid killing innocent Afghans
NATO commanders are weighing a new way to reduce civilian casualties in Afghanistan: recognizing soldiers for "courageous restraint" if they avoid using force that could endanger innocent lives.

The concept comes as the coalition continues to struggle with the problem of civilian casualties despite repeated warnings from the top NATO commander, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, that the war effort hinges on the ability to protect the population and win support away from the Taliban.
Want to reduce civilian casualties? Kill the bad guys.

More than 2,400 civilians were killed in 2009, the United Nations says, making it the deadliest year of a war now more than eight years old.While it says foreign and Afghan troops killed 25 percent fewer civilians last year than in 2008, civilian deaths rose overall, because the number killed by insurgents rose 40 percent.
Posted by: ed || 05/04/2010 10:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  As long as the politicians are running the war we're gonna have problems. Didn't we learn this lesson in Vietnam?

We should go in full throttle. A full military assault. Kill a sh!tload of the Taliban / AQ. Take back the country using whatever means necessary (short of nukes)
Leave a residual force behind (like in Korea, Japan and Germany) to keep law & order while training the Afghans to keep the peace.
Then exit. Maybe 5-10 years total.
We need to quit dicking around and get it over with.
Other wise we cannot win against an enemy that uses guerrilla & asymmetrical tactics.
Posted by: Mike Hunt || 05/04/2010 11:27 Comments || Top||

#2  evidently the politicians didn't learn from Vietnam. I have a good way for civilians not too get killed. Don't hang around bad guys. Guess this will mean more of our troops will have too die by new ROE of not returning fire at all now.
Posted by: chris || 05/04/2010 11:30 Comments || Top||

#3  Excellent point, chris, Unfortunately the terrorists use innocents as human shields, making it almost impossible for our soldiers to conduct operations under these restrictive rules of engagement.
Posted by: Mike Hunt || 05/04/2010 11:37 Comments || Top||

#4  "Taking the war to the enemy" would mean ending up on the Indian Ocean at Karachi. The politicians will NEVER allow us to do that, yet that's exactly what we will have to do, or pull out in defeat. Pakistan does not want a strong, independent Afghanistan, and will do everything possible to prevent it.

The only other way to end this war is to destroy Islam, which is almost as impossible.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 05/04/2010 13:25 Comments || Top||

#5  The only other way to end this war is to destroy Islam, which is almost as impossible.

Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/04/2010 13:49 Comments || Top||

#6  As the country's own P-A-K-I acronym indicates, Pakistan is a BS country, a myth, an artificial concoction of post-imperial mapmakers. Afghanistan is a non-country.

Can't deal with one fake nation without dealing with the other. Time to get India involved.
Posted by: lex || 05/04/2010 14:05 Comments || Top||

#7  The only problem with getting India involved is who do you think China will side with?
Posted by: chris || 05/04/2010 17:12 Comments || Top||

Africa Horn
Muslim extremists execute a Somali Christian
International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on March 23, 2010, members of al-Shabaab (an Al-Qaeda linked Islamic extremist group) executed another Somali Christian in Afgoye, Somalia.

ICC, a Christian human rights group based in Washington, DC, told ANS that three gunmen from al-Shabaab killed Mu'awiye Hilowle Ali in front of his house. They executed him by firing from close range and hitting his head and chest. He died on the spot. The Islamists had previously accused Ali and his family of spreading fitna (an Arabic word for religious discord). Trained in the former Soviet Union, Ali had served in the Somali armed forces. He converted to Christianity in 2006.

"His body has temporarily been buried in the compound of his residential house after members of Al Shabaab refused to allow his burial to be conducted in a public burial place, calling it Muslim territory," an ICC spokesperson told ANS. Ali is survived by a wife and ten children.
Posted by: ryuge || 05/04/2010 07:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6497 views] Top|| File under:

#1  First of all: execution means lawful killing so it was no execution but premeditated murder in cold blood punished with the chair in civilized countries.

Second of all: When 99,999999% approve you aren't an extermist you are mainline.
Posted by: JFM || 05/04/2010 8:07 Comments || Top||

#2  The religion of peace and tolerance speaks again.
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/04/2010 9:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Why is the USA feeding them? al-Shabaab runs on extorted US food aid.
Posted by: ed || 05/04/2010 9:36 Comments || Top||

#4  Stop shipping them food.
Posted by: No I am the other Beldar || 05/04/2010 10:23 Comments || Top||

#5  First of all: execution means lawful killing so it was no execution but premeditated murder in cold blood punished with the chair in civilized countries.

Right, JFM - that's one of my pet peeves. In fact, it was the last straw that finally got me to cancel my Nat Geo subscription: when they referred to Nick Berg's abominable murder as an "execution."
Posted by: xbalanke || 05/04/2010 11:39 Comments || Top||

#6  Sorry, but when the President of the USA is a Muslim, these murders can be called "execution"...
Law of the land...maybe not civilized, but the law
until Melon Head swing, that is.
Posted by: Hotspur666 || 05/04/2010 21:36 Comments || Top||

Death toll from Somali mosque blast reaches 39
[Al Arabiya Latest] Two explosions at a mosque in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Saturday killed 39 worshippers, wounded scores more and hurt a senior member of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab rebels.

It was the second attack this week on a mosque in Bakara Market, an area of Mogadishu dominated by members of the country's two main rebel groups, al-Shabaab and Hizbul Islam.

Saturday's attack was at the Abdalla Shideye mosque which is used by al-Shabaab officials to deliver speeches. Most of the dead were said to be members, officials and commanders of the hard-line rebel group.

Relatives bent over dead bodies in a corner of the mosque below walls pockmarked by shrapnel. Outside, sheets of cardboard covered other victims and the wounded were pushed on wooden wheelbarrows to awaiting ambulances.

Some witnesses said a senior leader of al Shabaab, Fuad Mohamed Khalaf, was the target. Khalaf, also known as Fuad Shongole, is on a list of people in Somalia subject to U.N. sanctions because of their involvement in the conflict. "Thirty-two people died and more than 70 were wounded in the attack," Sheikh Mohamed Ibrahim Bilaal, a senior al-Shabaab official, told Reuters. "Sheikh Fuad suffered wounds on the hands.
On the hands. Does that seem odd for a victim? Was this possibly a work accident rather than an attack?
Maybe he was heroically trying to set off disarm the bomb ...
The rescue workers are still taking people to hospitals."

Nurses at Daynile hospital said seven of the badly wounded subsequently died, taking the death toll to 39.
Bad people dying uncomfortably. I can live with that.
According to the U.N. Security Council, Khalaf has raised funds for al-Shabaab and was involved in two car bomb attacks in the capital in April 2008.
Posted by: Fred || 05/04/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

#1  Going to - or near - mosques is dangerous. And the world would be safer if nobody did it. Or if everybody who did it got blown up.
Posted by: Glenmore || 05/04/2010 7:30 Comments || Top||

#2  "Thumbs" al-Afrikani strikes again.
Posted by: mojo || 05/04/2010 11:39 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
Car explodes in southern Nigerian oil city
YENAGOA, Nigeria - A car exploded in the southern Nigerian oil city of Yenagoa late on Sunday close to a guesthouse owned by deputy state governor Peremobowei Ebebi, a government official said on Monday.

Police and anti-bomb squad officers sealed off the area around the building, according to the official from the government of Bayelsa, one of the three main states in the oil-producing Niger Delta. It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion and there was no claim of responsibility. There were no reports of casualties, the official told Reuters, asking not to be named.

Tensions have been high for months in Bayelsa state due to political rivalry between Governor Timipre Sylva and Ebebi, whose supporters would like to remove Sylva from office.

The blast comes a month and a half after two car bombs were detonated outside a government building in the neighbouring state of Delta, where talks were being held about implementing an amnesty programme for militants. Those attacks were claimed by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), the region's main militant group responsible for years of sabotage and strikes against Nigeria's mainstay oil and gas industry.
Posted by: Steve White || 05/04/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So Nigerians are more technically competent than the Pakis we give citizenship to. Sheesh.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 05/04/2010 10:13 Comments || Top||

#2  No doubt it will comfort you to know that we give citizenship to Nigerians, too, Nimble Spemble. ;-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/04/2010 16:21 Comments || Top||

Caribbean-Latin America
Update on Deaths in Tamaulipas in Mexico
This story provides better details than the flash information from Mexican press reports and Tamaulipas state press releases Rantburg published Sunday.

You should see the photo of the bejeweled M1911A1 .45 pistol. Note the "Z" inlaid on the grip. My guess: a gift from the Zetas.

An excerpt:

The Mexican defense ministry said gunmen attacked soldiers patrolling in Comales on Saturday.

At least four gunmen were killed and two soldiers were wounded in the firefight, defense ministry officials said. It remains unclear whether five gunmen were killed, as reported by state police, or four, as reported by the military.

Defense officials said soldiers seized seized about nine pounds of marijuana, 15 firearms, a jeweled handgun, two vehicles, three rocket launchers, a grenade launcher, 27 grenades, four rockets and nearly 2,500 rounds of ammunition.

Defense officials did not say whether any soldiers were killed or if any gunment were arrested.
Posted by: badanov || 05/04/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  There's a free-fire zone on the Mexican side of the border. How about declaring a free-fire zone for the ranchers and residents on this side of the border? An open season on coyotes. Maybe throw in a bounty for each coyote.
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/04/2010 9:43 Comments || Top||

#2  three rocket launchers, a grenade launcher, 27 grenades, four rockets and nearly 2,500 rounds of ammunition.

And they still got their asses kicked. Did someone misplace the keys to the weapons locker?
Posted by: ed || 05/04/2010 9:46 Comments || Top||

#3  You don't get these weapons at some gun store in the U.S. as much as Charlie Schumer and the gun grabbers would like to make this claim.
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/04/2010 9:54 Comments || Top||

#4  #1: There's a free-fire zone on the Mexican side of the border. How about declaring a free-fire zone for the ranchers and residents on this side of the border? An open season on coyotes. Maybe throw in a bounty for each coyote. Posted by: JohnQC 2010-05-04 09:43

Unfortunately, John, ranchers and most residents have lives to live other than shooting narco-aliens and coyotes. What's needed are a dozen or so dedicated Predator UAVs, a dozen or so Blackhawk helicopters stationed about every 150-200 miles along the border, and enough armed law enforcement or other types (200 or so)at each spot to respond to each "incident". That ties up a lot of people, costs a lot of money, and still would only be about 30-40% effective at shutting the border. You still need a wall to funnel the bad guys into smaller transit areas that can be more easily watched and interdicted.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 05/04/2010 15:50 Comments || Top||

Mexican Roundup: Six More Dead in Chihuahua Including CIPOL Agent
Six more people died in gun violence in Juarez and Chihuahua Monday including an agent of the CIPOL, according to published Mexican news reports.
  • Two men were found shot dead early Monday morning including a CIPOL agent.

    The agent, identified as Erasto Cano Carrasco, 37, was found dead inside a Nissan with tags along with another unidentified man near the intersection of Jacinto Benavente y García Märquez in Juarez.

    The deceased agent was said to be armed with a pistol and he had a radio with him.

    Carrasco is survived by a wife and three children.

    CIPOL is the investigative arm of the Chihuahua State Police.

  • Two dead bodies were found at a residence in the Cerro de la Cruz district of Chihuahua at noon Monday.

    The unidentified dead were shot with 9mm and .223 weapons, according to press reports. One victim was found inside the house, while the other was found inside a car.

    Authorities at the scene said the dead were victims of organized crime.

  • The corpses of three men and a surviving victim were found in Chihuahua Monday.

    The corpses were found with tape over their eyes and their hands bound behind their backs.

    The survivors, shot in the head as with the other was listed in grave condition.

    Press reports say the murders were organized crime related.

In other crimenews, two of the alleged triggermen in the murders of the four students at Aristos in Juarez last week were arrested at a traffic stop Sunday morning, according to Mexican press reports.

The two suspects were arrested in a stolen Jeep Cherokee without tags. Aboard the vehicles were several heavy weapons.

Posted by: badanov || 05/04/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

Home Front: WoT
Luggage Explosion at Bush Intercontinental
Must be those damn Tea Partiers again, ticked off about Obamacare...
A small explosion occurred in a piece of luggage at Bush Intercontinental Airport, according to officials. No injuries were reported. Smoke was seen coming from the luggage shortly after it was unloaded off a jet around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Houston Airport System. The jet had just landed at the airport from Amsterdam.
The Pantybomber's luggage finally caught up with him?
Ground crews said they noticed something strange about a blue suitcase and were working to remove it when they heard a "pop" and smoke came pouring from it, according to an airport spokeswoman. While no injuries were reported, several agencies, including the Houston Fire Department, were called to the scene.

The flight number and airline on which the luggage was carried was not immediately confirmed, and no further information was available.
The plane in the picture accompanying the article is painted KLM blue, however.
Posted by: Cornsilk Blondie || 05/04/2010 17:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

#1  An aerosol can blew up. Nothing to see here, people.

/And I got that from someone who works in the Houston hub
Posted by: Mizzou Mafia || 05/04/2010 17:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Heads up, people! We have here definitive proof of the legendary Houston-Estonia underground communication link! ;-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/04/2010 18:25 Comments || Top||

The Times Square Bomber: The View From Pakistan
(Reuters) - "We have picked up a few family members" related to Faisal Shahzad, the chief suspect in the attempted attack, a security official in Karachi said. A friend of Shahzad was also arrested.

Another intelligence official in Pakistan said Shahzad received militant training in northwest Pakistan near the garrison town of Kohat. The area around Kohat is a stronghold of Tariq Afridi, the main Pakistani Taliban commander in the region.

Malik said Faisal's family came from northwestern Pakistan which is mainly inhabited by Pashtuns and where Islamic militants are active.

"He belongs to Pabbi," he said, referring to a small town near the main northwestern city of Peshawar about an hour's drive from Islamabad.

"He has Pakistani identification documents. We are making further checks."

A source familiar with the investigation in the United States said Faisal was of Kashmiri descent.
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#1  When is Bambi going to realise Pakistan is the enemy and should be fully supporting India in any future confrontation!
Posted by: Paul D || 05/04/2010 16:32 Comments || Top||

#2  A sack of documents was found at Mr. Shazad's Shelton residence, including his Pakistani passport, academic records, and tax documents.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/04/2010 16:42 Comments || Top||

#3  This a-hole didn't seem to be planning on becoming a martyr. Something here stinks even more than usual. Phew!
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/04/2010 20:08 Comments || Top||

#4  O.K.
i haven't seen this anywhere before so (with a bit of relief that no one was hurt) I deem this act ...
Faisal's Fizzle
in times like these we need a bit of comic relief...
Posted by: linker || 05/04/2010 20:53 Comments || Top||

#5  How about the Manure Bomb.
Posted by: gorb || 05/04/2010 22:29 Comments || Top||

#6  Perfect name, gorb - since the so-called "authorities" have been feeding us bullsh*t about it since the get-go. >:-(
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 05/04/2010 22:51 Comments || Top||

Who Is The Times Square Car Bomb Suspect?
Former Neighbors Of Accused Times Square Bomber The Married Father Of Two Kept To Himself, Claimed To Work On Wall Street

Faisal Shahzad gave the impression of a quiet family man, raising two small children with his wife in Shelton, Conn. and telling neighbors he worked on Wall Street.

Despite becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen on April 17, 2009, Shahzad spent much of the past year outside of the country, mostly in Pakistan where his wife, Huma Mian, is currently living.

Shahzad, along with his wife and children, a boy and a girl, lived for about three years in a two-story Colonial-style three-bedroom home in Shelton, Conn., former neighbors said.

Neighbors offered diverging descriptions of Shahzad but agreed that he kept to himself. One, Brenda Thurman, said Shahzad had told her husband he worked on Wall Street, while another neighbor, Audrey Sokol, said she thought he worked in nearby Norwalk.

"He was a little bit strange," she said. "He didn't like to come out during the day."

Sokol, a teacher who lives next door to Shahzad's old house, said that he would wave and say hello and that he seemed normal to her.

Shahzad and his family previously lived in Bridgeport, Conn., in a mixed-race, working-class neighborhood of multi-family homes. Authorities removed filled plastic bags from that house overnight and a bomb squad came and went without entering as local police and FBI agents gathered in the cordoned-off street.

He became a citizen in Hartford, Conn., and passed all the criminal and national security background checks required for citizenship, officials said.

The officials familiar with the inquiry say investigators plan to go through his citizenship application line by line to see if he lied about anything.

Court records show that the suspect in the failed Times Square bombing defaulted on a $200,000 mortgage on his Connecticut home and that the property is in foreclosure.

Records obtained by The Associated Press show that Chase Home Finance LLC sued Shahzad in September to foreclose on the home in Shelton.

The foreclosure records show Shahzad took out the mortgage on the property in 2004, and he co-owned the home with a woman named Huma Mian. The foreclosure case is pending in Milford Superior Court.

On June 2, 2009, Shahzad departed the U.S. for Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. In July, he reportedly traveled to Pakistan and is believed to have visited Peshawar, a city known as a gateway to the militant-occupied tribal regions of the country, according to MSNBC.

Shahzad last entered the U.S. on Feb. 3, 2010 after a five-month visit to Pakistan.

From his hometown paper, the Connecticut Post:

BRIDGEPORT -- Faisal Shahzad, the man charged in the attempted bombing in Times Square, is a 2001 graduate of the University of Bridgeport and had lived at multiple addresses in Fairfield and New Haven counties.

Shahzad, who will appear in federal court in Manhattan Tuesday, graduated from U.B. His parents had traveled to Bridgeport from Pakistan to attend his graduation. When Shahzad's name was called, his father proudly whispered, "that's him."

Michael Spitzer, the University of Bridgeport's provost and vice president for academic affairs, said Shahzad earned a bachelor of science in computer applications and information systems in the fall of 2000. He returned to U.B. and graduated with an MBA in the summer of 2005.

Records also show that Shahzad has lived in the region since May 2001 including addresses in Milford, Norwalk, Bridgeport and Shelton.

In Shelton, Shahzad bought a house at 119 Long Hill Ave. in 2004 and took out a $218,400 mortgage from Chase Home Finance. In February 2009, he obtained a $65,000 home equity loan from Wachovia bank and seven months both banks began foreclosure.

Meanwhile, police and FBI are continuing to search a 202-204 Sheridan Street home in Bridgeport where Shahzad lived. The search started around 2 a.m. , said agent Kimberly Mertz, who wouldn't answer questions about the search.

Authorities removed several filled plastic bags from the house overnight. A bomb squad came and went without entering as local police and FBI agents gathered in the cordoned-off street.

Investigators removed a fireworks box among other evidence at the Bridgeport property. The box is labeled "Silver Salutes." Those fireworks are similar to the M88s authorities say were found among containers of gasoline and other materials left in an SUV meant to explode in New York City on Saturday night.

Shahzad's neighbors in Bridgeport say federal agents arrived late Monday to his triple-decker with the name "F Shahzad" on the mailbox.

Men in white suits were seen entering and leaving the home that may have been home to Shahzad, a former Shelton resident. A "For Rent" sign can be seen posted on the home, which according to the tax assessor's Web site is owned by Chomiak Stanislaw.

From another CBS story: Sources told CBS News on Tuesday morning that multiple people have been taken into custody for questioning in Pakistan in connection with the bomb plot.

Authorities are not saying who the potential suspects are or where they are being held, but they say there were raids Monday night and Tuesday morning in different locations. It's believed between four and eight people are being held, and there are reports that some of them may be related to the suspect arrested overnight in New York.
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#1  Another terror attack, and still no transparency on Ft. Hood...
Posted by: logi_cal || 05/04/2010 17:02 Comments || Top||

#2  Oh, pardon...

Not sure exactly what to call it, since were fighting an 'overseas contingency operation'.

I guess it then conveniently falls under the category of 'incident'. (snark)
Posted by: logi_cal || 05/04/2010 17:06 Comments || Top||

#3  Not sure if this is his website. If it is, it's a handy tutorial on setting up websites.
Also his full name is.. wait for it...Muhammad Faisal Shahzd.
Mark Steyn will be delighted as he will be able to recycle his usual line:
These days, whenever something goofy turns up on the news, chances are it involves a fellow called Mohammed.
Posted by: tipper || 05/04/2010 19:17 Comments || Top||



* SAME > REPORTS: HAKIMULLAH [zombie TTP = PAK Talib Leader] IS BEHIND NEW YORK CAR BOMB PLOTS. SISTER DR. FOUZIA of Alleged "LADY TALIBAN/AL QAEDA" DR. AAFIA SIDDIQUI says that she received a personal Letter from TTP Leader HAKIMULLAH MEHSUD circa two months ago proclaiming to ATTACK + GIVE THE US A "MEMORABLE RESPONSE".
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 05/04/2010 20:32 Comments || Top||


Posted by: JosephMendiola || 05/04/2010 20:36 Comments || Top||

Bill Roggio: Shahzad Faisal spent 3 1/2 months in al Qaeda camp
Posted by: Frozen Al || 05/04/2010 11:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Apparetly he didn't learn $hit.
Posted by: gorb || 05/04/2010 12:03 Comments || Top||

#2  Just young, lazy and stupid. But with lots of Big Ideas...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/04/2010 12:17 Comments || Top||

#3  Not that young. And probably not all that lazy. But clearly stupid. And you can't fix stupid.
Posted by: Glenmore || 05/04/2010 13:05 Comments || Top||

UPDATE: 8 in Karachi Arrested In Connection With Times Square Bombing Attempt
Update: 10:58 CST -- Fox reporting-- As many as eight people reportedly arrested in Pakistan in connection with attempted Times Square bombing

A man has been arrested in Karachi in connection with the investigation of the Times Square bombing attempt, Pakistani intelligence sources told Fox News.

The capture comes after the arrest of a Pakistani-born U.S. citizen, who was minutes away from fleeing the U.S. when his Dubai-bound flight was returned to its gate at New York's Kennedy Airport and U.S. officials escorted him from the plane, along with two other men.

The suspect, Faisal Shahzad, will appear in court Tuesday to face charges that he tried to set off a massive fireball and kill Americans after parking his car on a street lined with restaurants and Broadway theaters, federal authorities said.

In all, three passengers were removed from Emirates Airline Flight EK202 late Monday night
Who were the other two?
as Shahzad was taken into custody by FBI agents and New York Police Department detectives.
Posted by: Sherry || 05/04/2010 11:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under: TTP

#1  Major Strasser has been shot! Round up the usual suspects!
Posted by: Chuck Simmins || 05/04/2010 11:26 Comments || Top||

#2  who was minutes away from fleeing the U.S. when his Dubai-bound flight was returned to its gate at New York's Kennedy Airport

The airplane could have been ordered back so long as it was within the borders of the United States. And even beyond: had the pilot been radioed that he had a terrorist on board -- without further definition -- would he not have quietly returned? Or not so quietly -- the pantybomber was tied up and dumped in a corner of the plane under guard until the marshals took him away.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/04/2010 11:49 Comments || Top||

#3  Not sure if the pilot was aware, but word I heard this morning, they were following him, even to letting him on the plane, in hopes he would make that one more cell phone call -- to trace it, of course.
Posted by: Sherry || 05/04/2010 11:52 Comments || Top||

#4  The capture comes after the arrest of a Pakistani-born U.S. citizen, who was minutes away from fleeing the U.S. when his Dubai-bound flight was returned to its gate at New York's Kennedy Airport and U.S. officials escorted him from the plane, along with two other men.

There goes racist Amerikkka profiling again. Quick! Get Holder in the sensitive compartmented information facility for real-time updates of this atrocity.
Posted by: ed || 05/04/2010 11:55 Comments || Top||

#5  IF this is really the guy, then damned good job to all involved. Maybe with luck it will generate some leads as well.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 05/04/2010 12:09 Comments || Top||

#6  Pakistan makes arrests connected to NYC bomb attempt
Pakistani police arrested several people on Tuesday in connection with the failed Times Square car bomb attack in New York, security sources said.

"We have picked up a few family members" related to Faisal Shahzad, the chief suspect in the attempted attack, a security official in Karachi said. A friend of Shahzad was also arrested.

Queue "It's a Family Affair".
Posted by: ed || 05/04/2010 15:08 Comments || Top||

#7  The fly in the ointment? It is prosecution after the fact, not prevention of the attack. The law enforcement approach. We may not be so lucky the next time.
Posted by: OldSpook || 05/04/2010 15:26 Comments || Top||

Pakistani-American Arrested in Times Square Plot
Federal authorities arrested a U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent Monday night on New York's Long Island in connection with the attempted Times Square car bombing, Fox News has learned.

The man was identified as Shahzad Faisal of Connecticut, according to NBC News.

This article starring:
Shahzad Faisal
Posted by: tu3031 || 05/04/2010 00:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6529 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Multiple outlets have confirmed an arrest in connection with Saturday's attempted car bombing in New York's Times Square.

According to NBC, the man's name is Shahzad Faisal, a 30-year-old U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent. The Connecticut native was reportedly arrested in Long Island.

CNN and the New York Times are also reporting that an arrest was made, either late Monday evening or early Tuesday Morning. CNN says he was arrested at JFK International Airport, while the New York Times reports that he was arrested at "New York-area airport," apparently attempting to flee.

This is a developing story. More information will be posted here as it becomes available.

Source is Huffpo article.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/04/2010 0:53 Comments || Top||

#2  It is all over the various news websites - Pakistani American arrested while trying to flee the country to Dubai.
Posted by: Shieldwolf || 05/04/2010 2:16 Comments || Top||

#3  They've even got parking lot video of him driving the Pathfinder. He's toast. Several of his friends are under scrutiny now, too.
Posted by: gorb || 05/04/2010 2:27 Comments || Top||

#4  Now the experts can swing into action: expect thousands and thousands of words on "Why did he do that?".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/04/2010 3:32 Comments || Top||

#5  Apparently he recently travelled to Pakistan.

He must have lost the bomb making instructions on the way back.
Posted by: phil_b || 05/04/2010 3:36 Comments || Top||

#6  Color me shocked. I thought it had to be a Tea Party member.
Posted by: Mizzou Mafia || 05/04/2010 4:12 Comments || Top||

#7  Apparently he recently travelled to Pakistan.

Apparently he spent five months there, according to various articles I saw -- granted, all coming from the same announcement, since the wording never changed, just as every report of the man taking off his shirt in the alley had him placing it furtively in his briefcase.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/04/2010 5:41 Comments || Top||

#8  Dust off the waterboard.
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 05/04/2010 6:33 Comments || Top||

#9  s like a white male about 40. Did he have a red shirt on? Rights been read yet? Couldn't be any co-conspirators. TEA Partiers are too dumb to act in groups.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 05/04/2010 6:59 Comments || Top||

#10  A radical Methodist was he?
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/04/2010 7:00 Comments || Top||

#11  STOP it STOP about the bad gas mileage and tires. I am a Gulf Air frequent flier....New York to London, Dubai, Lahore, etc. I actually hate cars but I will gladly you $1000. in USAID large bills for that SUV, but you must promise not to tell anybody because I am a Mexican illegal alien. YOU must promise! Call me on my cell or send me an e-mail at shahzad.faisal@dumbshi*.com

Enshallah, Shahzad

Posted by: Besoeker || 05/04/2010 7:18 Comments || Top||

#12  In other news:
Confidential sources reveal a sense of disappointment on multiple levels within the Administration's closest inner circle. "They thought they really had it going their way, (when) the video showed the white guy. They really wanted to 'put it on the right-wing nutjobs, like the militia ones arrested in Detroit".
Other unconfirmed reports state that the President was wandering the halls of the WH in the middle of the night muttering, "Please don't let him be a Muslim...please don't let him be a muslim...".
"Don't worry, Mr. President...the media's on our side", consoled his Chief of Staff.
Posted by: logi_cal || 05/04/2010 7:51 Comments || Top||

#13  I bet Mayor Bloomberg looks good this morning. Guess it wasn't a disgruntled tea-bagger enraged about health care ...
Posted by: Steve White || 05/04/2010 7:56 Comments || Top||

#14  Sidewalk vendor Duane Jackson yes....but are there no other special minority voting groups Barry could call (televised of course) and personally thank for assisting with the arrest of Faisal?

"Never let a good crisis go to waste."
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/04/2010 8:02 Comments || Top||

#15  All roads lead to Pakistan!
Posted by: Paul2 || 05/04/2010 8:21 Comments || Top||

#16  The Washington Post calls him Faisal Shahzad.

Shahzad has family links to the southern port city of Karachi, according to Dawn television, an English-language station in Pakistan. Shahzad flew to Karachi in July 2009 on Emirates, the Dubai-based international airline of the United Arab Emirates, and returned to the U.S. via the same airline on August 5, the station said, citing unnamed sources. Shahzad recently returned from a five-month trip to Pakistan, a government official said.

ABC News claims Mr. Shahzad spent five months in Peshawar before returning to the U.S. to purchase the Pathfinder.

Politico reports the FBI used the number of a disposable cell phone used to contact the car seller to find our miscreant. So much for the privacy of the throw-away phone. TV dramas will never be the same.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/04/2010 8:37 Comments || Top||

#17  I wonder what the multiple keys in the ignition were to? Storage units, safe houses, mail boxes?
Posted by: Lumpy Elmoluck5091 || 05/04/2010 9:17 Comments || Top||

#18  News reports are saying he acted alone. I say BS. How many of these guys really act alone? He travelled to Paki-wakistan and stayed for several months. They had Hassan pegged as a lone sudden jihad case but when it was all said and done, he had links to the imam in Yemen.

Another question, he was 30 years old. I thought the immigration process was a long drawn out process that took years. Something doesn't fit here.
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/04/2010 9:30 Comments || Top||

#19  I thought the immigration process was a long drawn out process that took years.

Probably got in on a student visa then got a job (industry or even w/ Paki relatives). Green card and citizenship. It's doable.
Posted by: ed || 05/04/2010 9:40 Comments || Top||

#20  Disclosure of NSA involvement in developing evidence.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 05/04/2010 9:59 Comments || Top||

#21  Note to NarcoTerroist Cartel - disposable phones do not hide the identity of the user. Thank you MSM.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/04/2010 10:09 Comments || Top||

#22  At 11:30 p.m., Holder was called about the arrest. He was rushed back to DOJ, complete with flashing lights. He didn't go to his office but straight to the National Security Division's 7th-floor SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility) for real-time updates.

This is one of the worst cases of governmenteze double-speak I've ever seen. Can someone tell me what the hell "sensitive compartmented information facility for real-time updates" means. This sounds like something Napolitano would say.
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/04/2010 10:15 Comments || Top||

#23  It's the Cone of Silence, my good man.
Posted by: ed || 05/04/2010 10:21 Comments || Top||

#24  Sounds like a "Made up on the spot name" for the MSM/Propaganda Arm to broadcast.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 05/04/2010 10:23 Comments || Top||

#25  I wonder what the multiple keys in the ignition were to?
Probably just added shrapnel, Lumpy.
Posted by: GK || 05/04/2010 10:27 Comments || Top||

#26  It sounds like an enclosed operations room that has lots of encrypted comms facilities. Low bidder was probably Huawei.
Posted by: ed || 05/04/2010 10:29 Comments || Top||

#27  what the hell "sensitive compartmented information facility for real-time updates" means

usually a 'secure' room in that its been constructed so that electronic emissions can not travel out or be tapped into through simple local monitoring, the red [secure and heavily encrypted] wires in and out are kept away or shielded from black wires [unencrypted] that go in and out, processes that occur within the facility stay within the facility, and all personnel entrance/exit is recorded and monitored with all uncleared personnel escorted and monitored during visits, with a scrub of the facility before entrance by uncleared personnel of any information or process that should not be seen or heard.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/04/2010 10:43 Comments || Top||

#28  Yeah. Didn't Jack Bauer use one last week?
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 05/04/2010 10:49 Comments || Top||

#29  Apparently Shahzads plane was busing on the runway when it was recalled. Nobody flagged his Passport and he paid a one-way ticket to Dubai then Pakistan. Caught Because they found his car in JFK short-term parking.

Am I the only one wondering how they forgot to flag his passport, when at the time he was subject of a Manhunt?
Posted by: Charles || 05/04/2010 11:47 Comments || Top||

#30  Shahzad has family links to the southern port city of Karachi, according to Dawn television, an English-language station in Pakistan.

So he was just there to visit his mother, right?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 05/04/2010 11:50 Comments || Top||

#31  I have this mental image of AJ Holder lying in state in his elaborate coffin at the Dept. of Justice, like Cthulhu, awaiting, dreaming, until he is stirred by a call like the one last night.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 05/04/2010 12:07 Comments || Top||


How pious can he be? He hasn't banged his head enough to remove the uni-brow
Posted by: Beavis || 05/04/2010 13:08 Comments || Top||

#33  I have this mental image of AJ Holder lying in state in his elaborate coffin at the Dept. of Justice, like Cthulhu, awaiting, dreaming, until he is stirred by a call like the one last night.

Too religious. I envision him lying in state in an elaborate stone coffin like Vladamir Lenin.
Posted by: Secret Master || 05/04/2010 13:17 Comments || Top||

#34  Mr. Shahzad is among a handful of Pakistani-Americans who have recently faced terrorism accusations in the United States or abroad.

What about prevention?
Posted by: Willy || 05/04/2010 13:41 Comments || Top||

#35  What about prevention?

Why... that would be profiling..... can't have that!

The administration would rather we all go down in flames than to profile anyone.

They might get their wish...
Posted by: CrazyFool || 05/04/2010 15:04 Comments || Top||

#36  Sorry this is long but here's what Contessa Brewer of MSNBC siad: "BREWER: I mean the thing is is that and I get frustrated and there was part of me that was hoping this was not going to be anybody with ties to any kind of Islamic country because there are a lot of people who want to use this terrorist intent to justify writing off people who believe in a certain way or come from certain countries or whose skin color is a certain way. I mean they use it as justification for really outdated bigotry.
And so there was part of me was really hoping this would not be the case that here would be somebody who is not the defined. I mean he’s accused he’s arrested you know I don’t want to convict him before it’s time to do so. He’s the guy authorities say is involved. But that being said I mean we know even in recent history you have the Hutaree militia from Michigan who have plans to let’s face it create terror.
That’s what they were planning to do and they were doing so from far different backgrounds then what this guy is coming from. So, the threat is not just coming from people who decide that America is the place to be and you know come here and want to become citizens. Obviously this guy did."
Basicly she said she was hoping she could show how bigotted and rascist the Tea Party or other conservative groups are. Never mind her own bigotry.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 05/04/2010 15:37 Comments || Top||

#37  His father was a top Pakistani Air Force Officer - Air Vice Marshal
Posted by: john frum || 05/04/2010 16:11 Comments || Top||

#38  Shahzad is the son of retired Air Vice Marshall Baharul Haq, a former top Pakistani air force officer and deputy director general of the civil aviation authority
Posted by: john frum || 05/04/2010 16:21 Comments || Top||

#39  logi_cal, the militia in Detroit were released. U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts said they posed no risk to the public. "The right to engage in hate-filled,venomous speach is a right that deserves First Amendmant protection."
Posted by: Flapper Scourge of the Algonquins4926 || 05/04/2010 16:33 Comments || Top||

#40  the militia in Detroit were released. U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts said they posed no risk to the public.

The release has been delayed until tomorrow evening.
Posted by: badanov || 05/04/2010 16:51 Comments || Top||

#41  Is an Air Vice Marshall the guy in charge of the Mile High Club and the stewardesses drink cart?
Posted by: Glenmore || 05/04/2010 17:18 Comments || Top||

#42  Just a question would taking him off an airliner of another country change his rights? Would this count as foreign territory? Might be some legal reason to let him board the aircraft.
Posted by: Throper Forkbeard7372 || 05/04/2010 17:22 Comments || Top||

#43  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Vice-Marshal

Air Vice-Marshal (AVM) is an air officer rank which originated in and continues to be used by the Royal Air Force.

Air Vice-Marshal is a 2 star rank and has a NATO ranking code of OF-7. It is equivalent to a Rear-Admiral in the Royal Navy or a Major-General in the British Army or the Royal Marines.
Posted by: john frum || 05/04/2010 17:39 Comments || Top||

#44  Shahzad is the son of retired Air Vice Marshall Baharul Haq, a former top Pakistani air force officer and deputy director general of the civil aviation authority

Interesting. And David Headley/Daoud Gilani and his partner in crime were Pakistani military academy grads and the sons of Pakistani army generals, as I recall. Are they sending their sons to wage covert war? Somebody needs to interview former President General Musharref on the subject.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/04/2010 18:31 Comments || Top||

#45  This makes me sad in one respect: I know Pakistani immigrants who are decent people and good Americans. They don't even think about this kind of shit, but they're getting hit with this idiot's tar brush. They follow the Muslim religion, including fasting for Ramadam, but don't expect anybody else to abstain from bacon, alcohol, etc., when they're around (they just do it themselves in a non-ostentatious way). The women dress like Americans, but modestly (like most decent women here did before the let-it-all-hang-out 1960's). They're good people, which just makes me want to kick this clown in the you-know-where for having the gall to be born in the same country as they were. >:-(
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 05/04/2010 19:28 Comments || Top||

#46  "I bet Mayor Bloomberg looks good this morning. Guess it wasn't a disgruntled tea-bagger enraged about health care ..."

Steve, I've got $100 cash for the first reporter with enough guts (or self-respect) to ask Hizzoner on camera what Mr. Faisal said his beef with the "healthcare" bill is that would lead him to do such a thing in protest.

Ya' know what? Make that $200.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 05/04/2010 19:32 Comments || Top||

#47  Not gonna happen, except perhaps on SNL.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 05/04/2010 19:43 Comments || Top||

#48  Are they sending their sons to wage covert war?

It may or may not be their intent, but keep in mind that the training for Pakistani military officers incorporates Pakistani Brigadier S.K. Malik's book The Quranic Concept of War.

This makes me sad ...

Me, too. Barbara, I have neighbors who fit your description well.
Posted by: lotp || 05/04/2010 20:10 Comments || Top||

#49  Excellent point, lotp.
The Quranic Concept of War (pdf) is a must read.

“The universalism of Islam, in its all-embracing creed, is imposed on the believers as a continuous process of warfare, psychological and political, if not strictly military. . . . The Jihad, accordingly, may be stated as a doctrine of a permanent state of war, not continuous fighting.”
Posted by: ed || 05/04/2010 20:18 Comments || Top||

#50  This makes me sad ...

And I've met (and worked with a few) Pakistani immigrants who would knife you in a second if they could get away with it. These weren't the poor taxi drivers of stereotype but $100K+ earners from the top Paki families. Sometimes the mask slips and they look upon the kufr as some barnyard animal. That includes the attitude of the brood mare they bought/brought over.
Posted by: ed || 05/04/2010 20:29 Comments || Top||

#51  This makes me sad ...

Ditto. NPR had an interview/call-in today about this situation and about the Islamic terrorism in general. Two self-defined Pakistani Muslims who had acquired American citizenship called in to castigate those of their fellows who by action or inaction were involved in such things. They called it out as evil. I was very pleased to hear it.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/04/2010 20:45 Comments || Top||

#52  Guess it wasn't a disgruntled tea-bagger enraged about health care ...

Wonder if that was one of the questions asked?
Posted by: Pappy || 05/04/2010 20:52 Comments || Top||

#53  SHAHZAD repor attended SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY in the US.


Well, I'm certainly confused...

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 05/04/2010 22:04 Comments || Top||

Man tied to Pakistan sought in NYC bomb
Johnson! Stop the presses!!
NEW YORK – Authorities have identified the buyer of the SUV used in a failed Times Square terror attack and are seeking him as a potential suspect, two law enforcement officials said Monday.

The buyer is a man of Pakistani descent who recently traveled to Pakistan. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the case is at a sensitive stage.
Posted by: tu3031 || 05/04/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Arrest warrant issued over failed NY bombing
US investigators want to arrest a Pakistani-American man they have identified as the buyer of the vehicle used in a failed car bombing in New York's Times Square, the New York Times reported.

The man recently returned from a trip to Pakistan, the newspaper said, citing people briefed on the investigation.

The naturalised US citizen from Pakistan, who lives in neighbouring Connecticut, bought the 1993 Nissan sport utility vehicle with cash and no paperwork in the past three weeks, the paper said.

"Investigators who were tracking the man were also exploring whether he or others who might have been involved in the attempted bombing had been in contact with people or groups overseas," it said, citing unnamed federal officials.

Law enforcement sources told Reuters that Saturday's attempted attack may have involved more than one person and could have international ties.

The hunt for the suspects has now been taken over by the Joint Terrorism Task Force, led by the US justice department.
Posted by: tipper || 05/04/2010 0:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Connecticut Man in Custody for Failed Times Square Car Bomb
A man in Connecticut has been taken into custody in connection with the Times Square car bomb case.

No further details have been released about the action which took place just after midnight.

New York police and FBI agents had narrowed their focus on a Pakistani-American — a US citizen — who lives in Connecticut and is believed to have bought online the Nissan Pathfinder that drove into Times Square Saturday night with a bomb.

Investigators know that the man’s name was on an email that was sent to the seller of the SUV last month after they connected on Craigslist, but officials cannot definitively say whether he used his own email or whether someone else sent it from his account.

(Read More: NBC New York)
Posted by: tipper || 05/04/2010 0:37 Comments || Top||

#3  The hunt for the suspects has now been taken over by the Joint Terrorism Task Force, led by the US justice department.
Posted by tipper

The Holder-Obama cone of silence slowly descends.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/04/2010 0:38 Comments || Top||

#4  Sources say this is his Facebook page
Posted by: tipper || 05/04/2010 0:51 Comments || Top||

#5  Dear Mr. Shahad Faisal:

While your qualifications and facebook foto are impressive, we do not feel they match our current clandestine service requirements. The State of Israel and it's people thank you for your interest in our national security.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/04/2010 1:05 Comments || Top||

#6  Facebook page is in the memory hole. A non-person. Move on. Nothing to see.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 05/04/2010 7:01 Comments || Top||

#7  Nimble Spemble,
Here are some photos.
Posted by: tipper || 05/04/2010 12:43 Comments || Top||

#8  This just in from CNN! "A 9mm handgun, ammunition found in vehicle Times Square bombing suspect is believed to have driven to airport."
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 05/04/2010 12:45 Comments || Top||

#9  Thanks Tipper. Just what I thought. If he started bluing his hair, he'd look just like a TEA Partier.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 05/04/2010 13:05 Comments || Top||

#10  They drink tea in Pakistan?
Posted by: Skunky Glins**** || 05/04/2010 18:40 Comments || Top||

U.S. Officials Finding Foreign Links to New York Bomb Plot
This story is evolving rapidly. I posted this for the rollover (from 1715 CT on 5/3), but you'll definitely want to check new news accounts. EFL to the pertinent part of the story from the headline.
Federal authorities are closing in on the man they say tried to set off a car bomb in Times Square Saturday, and there is growing evidence the bomber did not act alone and had ties to radical elements overseas. One senior official said there are several individuals believed to be connected with the bombing and that at least one of them is a Pakistani-American.

Attorney General Eric Holder said today the investigators had made "substantial progress" in tracking the man who drove a Nissan Pathfinder into New York's Times Square with a crude bomb that failed to detonate.

Officials declined to provide the specifics that led them to believe there were overseas links to a larger plot.
Let's keep those happy details quiet for now, 'k? Write about them in your memoirs ...
The Washington Post, quoting Obama Administration sources, said the attempted bombing "increasingly appears to have been coordinated by several people in a plot with international links."

Other law enforcement officials said the investigation was closing in on the driver of the vehicle and an unknown number of others connected to him.

"This is moving very fast because they left behind a treasure trove of evidence in the unexploded car," one US official told ABC News.

Officials told ABC News Senior Justice correspondent Pierre Thomas that the Connecticut owner of the vehicle told them he had sold the Nissan SUV last month in an unrecorded sale to an "Arabic or Latino looking man" in his 20's or 30's, for a few hundred dollars in cash. The authorities told ABC News that the previous owner provided a description of the man who bought the car, and told investigators the vehicle was sold for several hundred dollars in cash, with no written records identifying the purchaser.

The license plate found on the Pathfinder also came from Connecticut, #98CY09, according to photographs of the vehicle. Authorities tell ABC News that the plate came from a vehicle that was in a repair shop near Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Posted by: Steve White || 05/04/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Let's keep those happy details quiet for now, 'k? Write about them in your memoirs ...

Rantburg Foreign Disclosure Office, please contact the Hildebeast with regard to yesterday's release of nuclear stockpile data.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/04/2010 0:35 Comments || Top||

#2  Let's keep those happy details quiet for now, 'k? Write about them in your memoirs ...

Why not give them to the NYT?
Posted by: gorb || 05/04/2010 2:33 Comments || Top||

#3  He owns a place in Bridgeport. He rents out apartments. Where did he get the money to do buy a house and apartments? Who were his renters? Better follow the money.
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/04/2010 9:38 Comments || Top||

#4  Where did he get the money to do buy a house and apartments?

Family money from Pakistan.
Posted by: ed || 05/04/2010 9:43 Comments || Top||

#5  Another data point for the "poverty causes terrorism crowd".
Posted by: ed || 05/04/2010 9:44 Comments || Top||

German jihadist killed in NWA
LAHORE/BERLIN: German officials on Monday said a suspected terrorist linked to a group convicted of plotting attacks on US facilities in Germany appears to have been killed in North Waziristan. Germany's main domestic intelligence agency said a statement issued by the Islamic Jihad Union informing of the death of 22-year-old Eric Breininger on April 30 appeared to be authentic.

Breininger, a German-born convert to Islam wanted by German police on suspicion of belonging to a terrorist cell, was killed on April 30 in a fight with Pakistani troops, according to an unconfirmed claim by a jihadi group, Spiegel reported. “Based on our general knowledge, the contents of the statement appear to be authentic,' AP quoted the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution as saying in a statement.

Breininger, 22, was a member of the Islamic Jihad Union and had contacts with the homegrown group of terrorists who plotted to bomb US targets in Germany in 2007. Three of the members of that group, known as the Sauerland cell after the region of western Germany where it was based, were arrested in September 2007 as they were preparing to carry out bombing attacks. They were sentenced to long jail terms in March this year.

A Turkish extremist known as “Salaheddin', who was in charge of the Islamic Jihad Union's Internet site, is also reported to have been killed in the fight. German authorities believe Salaheddin is Ahmet M, who was born in Germany and deported to Turkey 10 years ago, the report said.

German authorities said they were checking the report. The written statement made by the group called Taifatul Mansura and seen by Spiegel Online says the two men were attacked by “Pakistanis who have deserted their faith' near the town of Mir Ali. It is likely to be referring to Pakistani soldiers. Ahmet M had killed four attackers by exploding a hand grenade even though he had already been severely wounded, the statement said. Breininger was believed to have been in the North Waziristan since September 2007. He had appeared in several propaganda videos posted by the IJU in recent years and had tried to recruit new members in Germany.

If his death is confirmed he will be the fourth German-born jihadist to have died in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region. Taifatul Mansura is a mainly Turkish group which operates under the command of the Afghan Taliban and is closely linked to the IJU. Its statement says: “We, those responsible for the region Germany, regard it as important to mention that the jihad is getting increasing numbers of supporters from Europe, especially from Germany.' German authorities believe several dozen German-born jihadists are currently in Afghanistan and Waziristan.
Posted by: Steve White || 05/04/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

Hakimullah appears in video, vows painful blow to US
KABUL/LAHORE: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakeemullah Mehsud appeared in a video on Monday threatening attacks against the US three months after American and Pakistani officials believed he had died in a US missile strike.

A video posted on terrorist websites and broadcast by a TV channel showed Hakeemullah seated between two masked, armed men, speaking in Pashto with English subtitles, AP reported. “Praise be to God, on the 4th day of April 2010, I give good news to the Muslim world about being alive and healthy,' he said.

He said Taliban fighters “have penetrated the terrorist America' and will “give extremely painful blows to the fanatic America'. He also warned Washington's NATO allies that “you will face even worse humiliation, destruction and defeat than America itself'. Hakeemullah warned that his movement would soon retaliate against the US for the many Muslim leaders “martyred' in attacks.
Posted by: Steve White || 05/04/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Hey Hakeem... you by chance know Shahad Faisal? He says he knows YOU!
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/04/2010 1:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Hey Hakeem - what's that buzzing sound?
Posted by: gorb || 05/04/2010 1:53 Comments || Top||

#3  I'm ashamed to say this, but maybe we need a "painful blow" to awaken the dupes & tools among us that are complacent and fail to see the danger from radical I-slam.
Posted by: Mike Hunt || 05/04/2010 11:32 Comments || Top||

#4  btw...nice hat!
Posted by: Mike Hunt || 05/04/2010 11:34 Comments || Top||

#5  It still wouldn't wake some of them up Mike, that is a pretty sweet hat though
Posted by: chris || 05/04/2010 17:15 Comments || Top||

Swat Taliban leaders given until May 5 to surrender
MINGORA: Security forces on Monday issued a three-day deadline to the Swat Taliban to voluntarily surrender by May 5 (Wednesday), otherwise their houses will be destroyed and their relatives will be expelled from the Malakand division.

The security forces issued the warning to Taliban commanders in announcements made through mosques across the district. The forces also put up posters – bearing the names of the Taliban commanders warned to lay down their arms – at all important squares and busy roads of the district.

Separately, two Taliban were killed in clashes with security forces in Swat, officials said. The Taliban were killed at the Manja area in Kabal tehsil, the officials told Daily Times.

Also, Police in Matta tehsil arrested key Swat Taliban commander Sher Afzal from the Baidar area and recovered weapons from him.
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#1  If only there was a way to make a dollar appear in my bank account every time someone says or thinks "They'll never take me alive..." in arabic...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/04/2010 12:21 Comments || Top||

31 Taliban Go Tango Uniform in Orakzai and Bajaur
HANGU: At least 13 Taliban and two security forces' personnel were killed during clashes in Orakzai Agency while gunship helicopters fired heavy artillery at militant hideouts in Bajaur Agency, killing another 18 Taliban on Monday.

Officials told Daily Times that the Taliban attacked a check-post in Qamber Khawas village in the Lower Orakzai Agency. The forces retaliated and killed 13 militants while two security forces' personnel also embraced martyrdom.

Separately, Taliban also torched a basic health unit in the agency's Kasha area, officials said. Due to a possible military operation in Upper Orakzai, the tribal families have started shifting to other areas in large numbers, the locals said.

Security forces have cleared most parts of Lower Orakzai and have consolidated their position in Hasankhel, Kalya, Ferozekhel, Anjani, Storikhel and Hasmatkhel areas.

Separately in Bajaur Agency's Khar tehsil, security forces – backed by gunship helicopters – bombed militant hideouts in Ghundo village, killing 18 Taliban – including an important commander – and injuring two others. Two troopers were also injured in the crackdown, according to AFP.

Four Taliban hideouts were completely destroyed by the heavy artillery shelling. The locals expressed their jubilation over the death of Taliban commander Parvez by firing in the air and distributing sweets.
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Drone strike kills four in North Waziristan
MIR ALI: US missiles killed four suspected Taliban in North Waziristan on Monday, officials said. The three missiles were fired minutes apart at a moving vehicle in the Marsi Khel area, said two intelligence officials who confirmed the death toll on condition of anonymity, AP reported.

“An investigation is on to identify the militants killed in the attack,' a security official said, according to AFP.
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Kasab guilty of all 86 charges
Followup and more details.
MUMBAI -- The special 26/11 court on Monday found Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving Pakistani terrorist, guilty of all 86 charges that were framed against him, including waging war against the state, murder and abetment of murder.

But the court acquitted two Indians, accused of providing logistical support, including maps, to the 10 Pakistani terrorists, who had killed about 170 persons during a 60-hour span from the night of November 26, 2008.

The court will pronounce the quantum of sentence against Kasab on Tuesday, after hearing arguments from both the prosecution and the defence. Kasab faces the maximum sentence of death. Judge M.L. Tahiliyani declared that Kasab's offence was not just "a simple act of murder, but was a brazen act of war." The kind of preparation that went into the 26/11 terrorist attack was not made by ordinary criminals, said the judge in his 1,500-plus page judgment. Only those waging a war against the state could have done it.
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Kasab: from school drop-out to Mumbai murderer
MUMBAI- Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab was a school drop-out who now faces the death penalty for taking part in the bloodiest episode of the 2008 Mumbai attacks. The 22-year-old Pakistani national was one of two heavily armed gunmen who opened fire and threw hand grenades at the city's main railway station on November 26, 2008, killing 52 people and wounding more than 100.

Biographical details are sketchy but those that have come to light show that Kasab was born and brought up in Faridkot, in the Punjab region of Pakistan. His father, Mohammed Amir Iman, ran a food stall in the village and his mother was called Noor, according to the local electoral roll.

Kasab has reportedly said he joined the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) to get weapons training after deciding to embark on a life of crime but there have also been claims that his father duped him into doing it for money.
If that's so, his father should be on trial as well. Nonetheless, if young Mr. Kasab went into the terror trade to help support the family, he is just as guilty as if he'd gone in for the glamour of it all or for ideology. Did he do it, and did he do it deliberately, those are the questions that matter.
The prosecution characterised Kasab as a shrewd and calculating operative while security experts said his poor, rural background and lack of education made him more susceptible to grooming by extremists.

His former lawyer suggested he may even have been brainwashed into carrying out the attacks.
That's as may be, but he volunteered to be brainwashed.
One Faridkot farmer reportedly said that Kasab used to return to the village and talk of "freeing Kashmir" -- the Himalayan region controlled partly by India but claimed in full by Pakistan.
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Iraq arrests network suspected in embassy bombings
A senior Iraqi security official said Tuesday forces have dismantled a militant network suspected of sending suicide attackers in bomb-laden cars to strike three embassies in Baghdad in April.
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Shiite militia reviving in post-election Iraq
A once-feared Shiite militia that was crippled two years ago by defections and a U.S.-Iraqi crackdown has quietly started to regroup, adding street muscle to the Shiite party that emerged strongest from Iraq's parliamentary elections.
Posted by: ed || 05/04/2010 12:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Somebody (AQI? new Baath?) has been re-terrorizing Shia neighborhoods so it should be no surprise that Shia muscle re-emerges. Of course the assaults on the Shia COULD be Iran-based & done specifically to generate open acceptance of their militias.
Posted by: Glenmore || 05/04/2010 13:04 Comments || Top||

Iraqi troops arrest head of Qaeda-linked Ansar al-Islam: US
Iraqi troops on Monday arrested the head of the Ansar al-Islam insurgent group in Baghdad, US forces said in a statement. The man, Abu Abdullah Al Shafil,
actually, I think it's Abu Abdullah Al Shafi
This article starring:
Abu Abdullah Al Shafi
Abu Abdullah Al Shafil,
Posted by: ed || 05/04/2010 12:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6498 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ok, found a reference to Abu Abdullah Al Shafi’l. These guys don't need aliases when no one can agree on their names.
Posted by: ed || 05/04/2010 13:22 Comments || Top||

Police find, defuse 2 bombs in Kirkuk
KIRKUK / Aswat al-Iraq: Policemen found on Monday a hand grenade and defused an explosive charge in two separate incidents in Kirkuk, a source from the joint coordination center said.

“Police forces found a hand grenade in a park in al-Iskan region in northern Kirkuk,' the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

“Another police force defused a bomb in al-Nedaa neighborhood in al-Huweija district, southwest of Kirkuk,' the same source said.
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Joint forces arrest 5 smugglers on borders with Syria
NINEWA / Aswat al-Iraq: Joint forces arrested on Monday five smugglers on Iraqi-Syrian borders in west of Mosul, according to a security source.

“Border guards, backed by U.S. forces, arrested on Monday (May 3) five smugglers on borders with Syria, west of Mosul,' the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “They were arrested while attempting to smuggle 27 boxes of cigarettes,' he added.
Mixed in with how many hand grenades?
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Civilian killed, 6 injured in southeastern Baghdad
BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: One civilian was killed and six were wounded in a bomb blast in southeastern Baghdad on Monday, a police source said.

“An improvised explosive device went off near a bakery in Baghdad al-Jadieda region, southeastern Baghdad, killing a civilian and injuring six,' the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The blast damaged a number of nearby stores,' he added.
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Israeli military intel: Hezbollah Scuds tip of iceberg
Posted by: ryuge || 05/04/2010 07:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

#1  We'll just have to stop asymmetric warfare and reply to attacks on Israeli civilians by shelling the hell of their villages.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/04/2010 13:00 Comments || Top||

#2  I LOVE the way you think
Posted by: chris || 05/04/2010 17:13 Comments || Top||

#3  No, the way to ensure nothing happens is to promise that the minute Hezbollah attacks, the Assad dynasty is at an end.
Posted by: Steve White || 05/04/2010 17:23 Comments || Top||

#4  What Israel should do is announce that any attack by Hezbollah on Israel is considered an attack by Syria on Israel.

End of story.
Posted by: Mizzou Mafia || 05/04/2010 17:41 Comments || Top||

#5  Ah, Steve, re-reading, you've posted the same idea ...
Posted by: Mizzou Mafia || 05/04/2010 17:42 Comments || Top||

#6  #4 NETANYAHU has already said as much as per LEBANON + allowing Hezbollah to legally operate + engage in Public Governnace; + ditto SYRIA for arming Hezbollah + suppor Lebanon's actions vee same. IRAN MAKES IT A THREESOME FOR NETANYAHU + ISRAEL.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 05/04/2010 20:41 Comments || Top||

Khan Younis man killed by misfired projectile
"Projectile" sounds so much better than "rocket"...
Gaza – Ma'an – Palestinian resistance fighters from an unknown faction misfired a projectile Sunday night, hitting a Khan Younis home and critically injuring one man who later died in hospital, sources in Gaza said.
Hey! Don't point that at me, Mahmoud!
Awwwwww, shit! You know how much paperwork I'm gonna have to fill out!

Eighteen-year-old Ibrahim Sulaiman Malalha was taken to the Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis then transferred to the European Hospital in Gaza City for treatment of injuries described as critical. He was announced dead on Monday morning, medical sources said.
Yeah...Here's a coupla hundred, pops. And Ibrahim's a shaheed. The Unknown Faction hails his martyrdom. All hail The Resistance™!
Two others were taken to the Khan Younis hospital for treatment, medics confirmed.
Uh-oh. The boyz playing with the "projectiles" again?
Looks that way, Quince...

Sources said resistance fighters were training in a field outside the city, when a projectile was misfired.
Okay, boyz. Today's lesson is "that's not how to fire "projectiles"...
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#1  Wonder if it all started with those imfamous manly words: "Here, hold my goat's milk and watch this..."
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 05/04/2010 0:09 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Civilian gunned down, three rangers wounded in southern Thailand
A tradesman was shot dead in restive Pattani province Tuesday morning, and three Army Rangers in Narathiwat were wounded in a separate bomb attack.

Bueraheng Waesani, a 56-year-old meat vendor, was gunned down and died instantly at his shop opposite the Krue Se mosque in the Pattani provincial seat. Police collected four spent cartridges from an AK-47 assault rifle found at the crime scene for further analysis.

The initial investigation found that two suspects, men on a motorcycle, fired at the victim while passing his shop among many bystanders. The police said that the attack may be related to either business conflicts or jihad insurgency in the region.

Meanwhile, three Army Rangers in Cho Ai Rong's Narathiwat province were wounded in a bombing while they were on duty helping to cultivate vegetables for a school lunch project for students at the upcoming start of the new semester.

The explosion damaged the roof of a roadside rest shelter and blew a hole 2 feet deep and 4 feet wide. Preliminary investigation reported that terrorists suspected insurgents hid a bomb at a bamboo clump and triggered it by a mobile phone.
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Lebanon embassy seeks security after lynching
[Al Arabiya Latest] Lebanon's embassy in Cairo has asked Egypt for protection after receiving an anonymous pledge to avenge the lynching of an Egyptian by villagers near Beirut last week, a Lebanese official said Monday.

"The Lebanese ambassador, Khaled Ziade, has asked Egyptian authorities to provide the embassy with protection," after receiving the threatening phone call on Sunday, a government source told AFP. "He immediately hung up after making the threat," the source added.

The caller vowed to avenge the death of Mohammed Muslem, an Egyptian suspected of murdering an elderly couple and their two young granddaughters in Ketermaya, 25 kilometers (15 miles) southeast of Beirut, who was lynched by an angry mob on Thursday.

Muslem, 38, was being driven by a police escort to re-enact his crime when several hundred residents of Ketermaya dragged him out of the police car and beat and stabbed him to death before hanging his body on a pole with a butcher's hook.

Meanwhile, Egypt's foreign ministry called on media not to exaggerate things saying the "the whole issue doesn't deserve this media furor."

"We stress that the issue remains individual and isolated although it is a heinous crime, and we hope that no one will try to use the issue for other goals"
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Good morning
Posted by: Steve White || 05/04/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Happy Birthday

Audrey Kathleen Ruston aka Audrey Hepburn aka Princess Ann in "Roman Holiday", Academy Award for Best Actress (Died 1993 at age 63)

Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 05/04/2010 4:46 Comments || Top||

#2  Not bad, but where's Angie?
Posted by: Glenmore || 05/04/2010 7:27 Comments || Top||

#3  Alecia a hillbilly? She's got all her teefs
Posted by: Frank G || 05/04/2010 7:36 Comments || Top||

#4  Just the top row Frank.
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/04/2010 9:46 Comments || Top||

#5  I wan't the old GB back!
Posted by: 49 Pan || 05/04/2010 9:57 Comments || Top||

#6  C'mon Doc Steve, were know you have it. Give us the Angie Harmon.
Posted by: OldSpook || 05/04/2010 10:21 Comments || Top||

#7  I also miss the old GB. Perhaps we can have GB on weekends? Few enough influential people work weekends that they could open GB's photos without disturbing officemates.
Posted by: Skunky Angeack7024 || 05/04/2010 11:36 Comments || Top||

#8  Audrey Hepburn and Maureen O'Hara were two women I had a crush on in high school, and yes, I'm old enough that they were YOUNG (or at least, fairly young) then.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 05/04/2010 13:21 Comments || Top||

#9  Hope you guys realize you could be harming your health. I'm only warning you for your own good.
Beautiful women can be bad for your health, according to scientists
Posted by: tipper || 05/04/2010 14:55 Comments || Top||

#10  I've still got a crush on Audrey Hepburn.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 05/04/2010 15:08 Comments || Top||

#11  Beautiful women can be bad for your health, according to scientists

Just five minutes alone with an attractive female raise the levels of cortisol, the body's stress hormone, according to a study from the University of Valencia.

Fear of her Marine husband coming home and finding you with her will do that.
Posted by: gorb || 05/04/2010 22:45 Comments || Top||

#12  Speaking from experience, gorb? ;-p
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 05/04/2010 22:53 Comments || Top||

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