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Yon: Military coverup of soldier's death in Afghanistan
Posted by: Mizzou Mafia || 03/16/2012 14:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [368 views] Top|| File under:

Dupe entry: Turkish helicopter crash kills 14 in Afghan capital
Posted by: Anonymoose2 || 03/16/2012 10:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [329 views] Top|| File under:

Turkish helicopter crash kills 14 in Afghan capital
Posted by: Anonymoose || 03/16/2012 10:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [328 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A Twofer: two for one special. I thought it, I wrote it, but I do not dare speak it...
Posted by: borgboy || 03/16/2012 14:33 Comments || Top||

Dirty Afghan Officers Fight Back
Last year, an Afghan Air Force officer (colonel Ahmed Gul) killed eight U.S. Air Force officers in Afghanistan. An investigation into that incident ran into another investigation; of Afghan Air Force aircraft being used for drug and weapons smuggling. Ahmed Gul, it turns out, was being suspected of being involved in drug and weapons smuggling, and the eight Americans he killed were among the investigators.
Posted by: Shimble Guelph5793 || 03/16/2012 09:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [397 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Afghans have no leg to stand on whereas brutality is concerned. They cornered the market themselves. STFU.
Posted by: newc || 03/16/2012 12:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Death is not enough for these Afghans.
Posted by: Omose Angeaque7353 || 03/16/2012 15:34 Comments || Top||

#3  Karzai wants us to leave? Really? I don't believe it. He wouldn't last a week after we are gone.
Posted by: crosspatch || 03/16/2012 23:59 Comments || Top||

Lawyer: Kandahar shooter 'had just seen his friend's leg blown off'
Posted by: ryuge || 03/16/2012 06:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [340 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Again. How is that winning the hearts and minds of people hell bent on killing as many of us as they can workin out for ya BIG ZERO? The commander in chief is too busy with hoops brackets this weekend.
Posted by: George Ebbeamp4828 || 03/16/2012 11:47 Comments || Top||

At least 13 killed in Afghan roadside bombing: police
[Dawn] A Taliban roadside kaboom tore through a civilian vehicle in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing nine children and four women, police said.

The bombing in the troubled province's Dihrawud district comes a day after a similar incident killed eight civilians in the neighbouring province of Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
and while US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta
...current SecDef, previously Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Panetta served as President Bill Clinton's White House Chief of Staff from 1994 to 1997 and was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1977 to 1993....
was holding talks in Kabul.

The blast hit a station wagon travelling on a dirt road in Uruzgan province, provincial police front man Farid Ail told AFP.

"There are 13 people dead: nine children and four women," he said. Two others were maimed, he added.

Ail blamed the incident on "Taliban, the enemies of our people who plant bombs on our public roads to kill our innocent children and women."

The rebels, most active in southern and eastern parts of the war-scarred country, mainly use improvised bombs and suicide kabooms.
The crude devices are aimed at Afghan and NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the cut of the American pants...
security forces but often miss their targets and hit civilians using the same roads.

The number of civilians killed has risen steadily each year for the past five years, reaching a record of 3,021 in 2011, according to UN statistics.
Posted by: Fred || 03/16/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [315 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Karzai Demands U.S. Pullback
[WSJ] The U.S. suffered a major blow in Afghanistan as President Hamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai
... A former Baltimore restaurateur, now 12th and current President of Afghanistan, displacing the legitimate president Rabbani in December 2004. He was installed as the dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime in late 2001 in a vain attempt to put a Pashtun face on the successor state to the Taliban. After the 2004 presidential election, he was declared president regardless of what the actual vote count was. He won a second, even more dubious, five-year-term after the 2009 presidential election. His grip on reality has been slipping steadily since around 2007, probably from heavy drug use...
made a surprise demand that the American-led coalition pull its troops from villages back to bases, opening a new rift that threatens the U.S. strategy in the country.
That's a perfect cue to pull all the troops out by Saturday and leave Karzai to his Najibullah moment.
U.S. officials said they are planning no changes in U.S. deployments, however, and played down Mr. Karzai's request, which came as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta
...current SecDef, previously Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Panetta served as President Bill Clinton's White House Chief of Staff from 1994 to 1997 and was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1977 to 1993....
left Kabul after meetings officials described as cordial.

The Afghan president's demands showed the extent to which a series of offenses against Afghans by American forces--in particular the killing on Sunday of 16 villagers, mostly women and kiddies--have roiled U.S. efforts to seek an orderly way out of the 10-year war.

At about the same time as Mr. Karzai's statement, the Taliban also challenged Washington, saying they had suspended their negotiations with the U.S.
Posted by: Fred || 03/16/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [416 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Further proof that even Hamid Karzai reads the Burg.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/16/2012 0:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Start by pulling his security detail
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/16/2012 5:03 Comments || Top||

#3  Just buy him a new kabob cart and all will be well!
Posted by: Boss Noodleman8019 || 03/16/2012 10:28 Comments || Top||

#4  "A major blow"? perhaps its an opportunity instead. Pull back to the bases in a province or two. Likely 3 possible scenarios follow on that:

1. The province goes for shit in a handbasket. Then Game on again, this time with a "told you so"
2. The ANA, now over 173,000 troops, of which say 1/2 are effective, step and take on their Afghan/Pakistan adversaries (which they are slowly doing anyway and must do within 36 months or so,)and hopefully demonstrate they can walk the walk. Best to know this before the financial follow-on deal gets struck. Bonus point -early pull out option.
3. The Taliban slow up, because there are less foreigners to fight. (and perhaps foxly hold their punches). Result - things get less violent, ANA looks good. Who knows perhaps stability until the pullout in 14 or whenever.

Too simplistic I know, but ticker tape parades are not going to be anyway. Plus there are other options and outcomes. My point - pulling back is not a bad plan for a while in any event.
Posted by: Northern Cousin || 03/16/2012 15:04 Comments || Top||

#5  Prezident Pander: "I realize that there may have been some, um, mis-representations made, um, viv-a-vis things that, um, would or would not occur in, um, the vicinity of your mouth. Mistakes were made. I'm kicking off a blue-ribbon panel to look into who made them."
Posted by: mojo || 03/16/2012 15:19 Comments || Top||

#6  Demand in one hand, and shi" in the other, see which one needs cleaning first.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 03/16/2012 21:52 Comments || Top||

Afghan Taliban suspend talks with US
[Dawn] Afghanistan's Taliban bully boyz said on Thursday they were suspending peace talks with the United States because of the "shaky, erratic and vague" US position.

US and Taliban negotiators were believed to have had preliminary contacts aimed at establishing an office for the Taliban in the Gulf state of Qatar to launch peace negotiations.

Even though substantial talks have yet to begin, the Taliban announcement will dent hopes of a negotiated settlement to the more than a decade-long war in the run-up to the withdrawal of foreign combat troops at the end of 2014.

"The Islamic Emirate has decided to suspend all talks with Americans taking place in Qatar from (Thursday) onwards until the Americans clarify their stance on the issues concerned and until they show willingness in carrying out their promises instead of wasting time," the group said in a statement.
Posted by: Fred || 03/16/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [343 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa North
MP proposes Sharia punishments for murder, theft crimes
Bet you never saw this coming...
The People's Assembly Proposals and Complaints Committee discussed in a meeting Tuesday a bill proposed by MP Adel Azzazy from the Salafi-oriented Nour Party that would apply Islamic law for certain crimes.

The proposed law calls for the application of "Heraba," an Islamic penalty for criminal actions that include overt robbery, murder, forcible taking of property with a weapon and vandalizing public facilities.

The penalties according to Azzazy's bill are execution in the case of murder, or cutting one arm and one leg from opposite sides of the culprit's body in the cases of robbery and forcible taking of property. If the taking of possessions is accompanied by murder, the penalty would be death or crucifixion, to be determined by the judge.
Crucifixion is not a death penalty? There are some people who should have been told...
It's like the old joke, "Death or momba? Choose..."
The bill also stipulates imprisonment for intimidating citizens, and that the prison sentence will end when the felon repents.

These penalties would only be imposed on adult, mentally stable wrongdoers who either commit the crimes or assist in carrying them out, according to the bill.

Policemen are entitled to treat felons with force after warning them, and are also entitled to shoot them dead. But if they surrender or are wounded, policemen are obliged not to hurt them, the proposed law says.

Stolen possessions should be returned to their owners, the law says, but it stipulates that if their owners are unknown, they should be put in the state's treasury. For murders, citizens affected by the crime should be given the options of retribution, receiving compensation or granting amnesty.

"This is God's law and is not optional," Azzazy said, commenting on his proposal. "The current penalties are not deterrent enough."

MP Gamal Heshmat from the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party praised the bill. He said that under former People's Assembly Speaker Sufi Abu Taleb, draft laws were adjusted to match Islamic Sharia but were later shelved intentionally.

But the assembly's committee asked Azzazy to reformulate the bill after the Justice Ministry's representative, Haytham al-Baqly, criticized its lack of accuracy, saying that many of its stipulations are found in existing laws.

According to Parliament's bylaws, the Proposals and Complaints Committee, after approving the law, should submit it to the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee, which would write a report on it before slating a session to reach a final resolution.
Posted by: Steve White || 03/16/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [301 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And the return to the 7th century continues apace.

Doesn't say what vandalism gets as a penalty. That might be humorus.
I love folks like Azzazy who say "This is God's law and is not optional". If it's Allan's law, let him enforce it...or don't you think HE's up to it?
Posted by: AlanC || 03/16/2012 11:09 Comments || Top||

Caribbean-Latin America
Badanov's Buzzkill Bulletin

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By Chris Covert

In ongoing counternarcotics operations throughout Mexico, since March 7th Mexican Army units have seized 14,153.4 kilograms of marijuana, 1.40 kilograms of opium gum, 1.175 kilograms of poppy seeds, 49.5 kilograms of methamphetamine, 8.2 kilograms of solid methamphetamine, 0.800 kilograms of glass methamphetamine, 56 liters of liquid methamphetamine, 23 kilograms of unprocessed marijuana, 2.55 kilograms of marijuana seeds and MP $2,459.00 (USD $194.08) in cash.
  • An army unit with the Mexican 4th Military Zone seized several kilograms of marijuana March 6th in Sonora state. The unit had observed 47 packages of marijuana totalling 564 kilograms adrift along Sonora's west coast near Isla Tiburon.

  • Responding to a citizen's complaint, an army unit in Sonora state with the Mexican 4th Military Zone detained three individuals with a number of weapons in Navajoa municipality in Deportiva colony March 6th. Weapons and munitions seized included 18 rifles, one handgun, seven weapons magazines, 410 rounds of ammunition, two motorcycles, two jet skis and two vehicles.

  • A Mexican Army unit with the 9th Military Zone seized about four metric tons of marijuana in Sinaloa state March 4th. The unit was on patrol near the village of El Navito in El Dorado Sindicatura in Culican municipality when soldiers found 4,023 kilograms of marijuana in 393 packages.

  • An unidentified Mexican Army unit in the La Laguna region of Mexico detained seven unidentified individuals said to be members of Los Zetas criminal group in an apparent traffic stop March 7th in Gomez Palacio, Durango. Contraband seized included packages of marijuana, powder cocaine and crack cocaine presumably divided for retail sale, seven rifles, one fragmentation grenade, nine weapons magazines, 261 rounds of ammunition and two vehicles.

  • A Mexican Army unit with the 13th Military Zone seized quantities of drugs and guns in Nayarit state March 8th.The seizure took place presumably incidental to a traffic stop on the Texcalame-Los Ciruelos road in El Nayar municipality. Soldiers seized 1.40 kilograms of opium gum, 1.175 kilograms of poppy seed, three handguns, two weapons magazines, 326 rounds of ammunition and a vehicle.

  • An army unit with the Mexican 35th Military Zone seized quantities of marijuana and other contraband in Jalisco state March 8th. While on patrol in Morelos colony in Ocotlan municipality the unit found four vehicles. Inside the vehicles soldiers seized 35 kilograms of marijuana, 593 rounds of ammunition, one weapons magazine and tactical gear. Three of the four vehicles were reported as stolen.

  • A Mexican Army unit with the 29th Military Zone detained three unidentified individuals and rescued two individuals who had been kidnapped. Units also seized weapons and fuel containers in Veracruz state. The actions took place March 7th in Coatzacoalcos, Cosoleacaque, Acayucan and Oteapan municipalities. Seized materiel included one handgun, one weapons magazine, five rounds of ammunition, two tankers, four tanks and fuel containers with a total capacity of 106,000 liters, and three vehicles.

  • Army units with the Mexican 13th Military Zone seized marijuana and chemicals used to manufacture synthetic drugs in Nayarit state March 8th. Contraband seized included 49.5 kilograms of methamphetamine, 1,349,400 kilograms of chemical precursors, 23 kilograms of unprocessed marijuana and 2,550 kilograms of marijuana seeds.

  • Mexican Army units with the 19th Military Zone seized weapons in Cazones colony in Poza Rica municipality in Veracruz state March 8th. Included in the seizure were nine rifles, one 40mm grenade launcher attachment, four 40mm grenades, one rifle grenade, 101 weapons magazines, 978 rounds of ammunition, tactical gear, two vehicles and one ATV.

  • Army units with the Mexican 19th Military Zone in Veracruz state detained two unidentified individuals in a presumed traffic stop near the village of Potrero del Llano in Alamo municipality March 8th. Soldiers found personal quantities of powder cocaine, one handgun, 32 rounds of ammunition and one vehicle.

  • On March 10th, military units with the Mexican 43rd Military Zone seized weapons in Michoacan state. The seizure took place near the village of San Jose de Chila in Apatzingan municipality, and included five handguns, 550 rounds of ammunition, 80 weapons magazines and weapons accessories.

  • A Mexican Army unit with the 5th Military Zone detained six unidentified individuals in Ojinaga in Chihuahua state March 9th. Contraband seized included 900 kilograms of marijuana and three vehicles.

  • Mexican Army units with the 8th Military Zone seized more than 2.5 metric tons of Marijuana in Ciudad Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas in three separate incidents March 9th. Near the intersection of Privada Barrera and Calle Angela Barrera soldiers found 810.1 kilograms of marijuana in 144 packages. In the village of Los Angeles, soldiers found 912.3 kilograms of marijuana in 116 packages. In Santander colony soldiers found 859 kilograms of marijuana in 86 packages. The total weight of the three seizures amounted to 2,581.4 kilograms.

  • Mexican Army units with the 26th and 29th Military Zone detained two unidentified individuals and seized quantities of drugs and weapons in several incidents March 9th in Veracruz state. The seizures and arrests took place in Ciudad Isla, Tepetzintla, Chicontepec, Cosoleacaque and Coatzacoalcos municipalities. Contraband taken by the military included personal quantities of powder cocaine, one rifle, one handgun, 118 rounds of ammunition, four weapons magazines, tactical and communications gear, one tractor, one motorcycle and one stolen vehicle.

  • On March 10th, an army unit with the 10th Military Zone found a hidden synthetic drug laboratory in Sinaloa state. The lab was found in Perisur colony in Culican, where soldiers seized three rifles, six weapons magazines, 365 rounds of ammunition, 8.2 kilograms of solid methamphetamine, 56 liters of liquid methamphetamine, 250 kilograms of caustic soda, 60 kilograms of acetyl acetate, 200 liters of white gas, 200 liters of ethyl alcohol and 200 liters of unknown substances.

  • Mexican Army units with the 26th and 29th Military Zones in Veracruz state detained three unidentified individuals, seizing quantities of drugs and weapons in several incidents March 11th. Contraband seized included personal quantities of marijuana, four rifles, two handguns, 678 rounds of ammunition, 30 weapons magazines, communication equipment, MP $2,459.00 (USD $194.08) in cash and six vehicles.

  • Mexican Army units with the 15th Military Zone located a hidden synthetic drug laboratory in Jalisco state March 12th, arresting two unidentified individuals. Seized materiel included 800 kilograms of marijuana, 0.800 kilograms of glass methamphetamine, 230 kilograms of phenyl acetic acid, 3,402 kilograms of chemicals, equipment for the production of synthetic drugs, six rifles, one handgun, six weapons magazines, 54 rounds of ammunition and one vehicle.

  • On March 12th soldiers with the Mexican 5th Military Zone in Chihuahua state at a checkpoint near the city of Ojinaga observed two individuals abandon a vehicle, then flee into the brush. Soldiers found 125 kilograms of marijuana in four packages in the vehicle.

  • Military units with the Mexican 5th Military Zone stopped a tractor trailer rig at a military checkpoint near the town of Samalayuca in Chihuahua state, arresting the driver March 12th. Hidden in the trailer soldiers found 1,117 packages of marijuana weighing a total of 2,400 kilograms.

  • Units with the Mexican 8th Military zone seized 239 packages of marijuana weighting a total of 2,275 kilograms in Miguel Aleman in Tamaulipas state. Soldiers also located 2,081 rounds of ammunition and 25 weapons magazines.

  • On March 12th in Diaz Ordaz, Tamaulipas Mexican army units with the 8th Military Zone seized 54 packages of marijuana totalling 450 kilograms.

Badanov's Burnt Blunt Special

Mexican Army units attached to the 34th Military Zone incinerated quantities of drugs seized in Quintana Roo state March 8th. Drugs destroyed included 86 kilograms of cocaine and 14.5 kilograms of marijuana. The incineration was conducted at the bases of the Mexican 64th Infantry Battalion in Cancun and 7th Motorized Cavalry Regiment in Chetumal.

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
Posted by: badanov || 03/16/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [494 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Thanks for reporting on the Mexican news, Badanov. It would be good if it also traveled to the Mainstream Media, but they are concerned with dysfunctional hollywood stars and cannot be bothered. **sigh**
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 03/16/2012 0:44 Comments || Top||

#2  They recovered over 14 THOUSAND keys of weed, yet found only $194.08 cash?

Posted by: Scooter McGruder || 03/16/2012 13:01 Comments || Top||

#3  14 THOUSAND keys of weed, yet found only $194.08 cash?

Dope will get you thru times of no money better than money will get you thru times of no dope, as the hippies used to say.

What I want to know is how much Sudafed can you make from nearly 50 kg of meth? The Journal of Apocryphal Chemistry recently had an article on converting common methamphetamine into regulated decongestants and I'm really tired of showing my driver's license in order to buy sinus meds.

P.S Major props to badanov for going where the MSM fears to tread.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/16/2012 14:57 Comments || Top||

#4  If someone would be so kind as to explain the differences between methamphetamine, solid meth, liquid meth, and glass meth, I would be grateful. A quick google search gave Dexadrine, Benzadrine, Hitler, and Air Force pilots for history; powdered and crystal meth for street product; and, all sorts of persuasive reasons why I don't want to either manufacture or use the stuff at home. But I still don't understand the differentiations made in badanov's extensive reports.

Thank you in advance. Also, jets skis. Two of them, no less -- simply amazing!
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/16/2012 17:49 Comments || Top||

#5  If they get the mother ship close enough they can deploy a jet ski to bring the stuff onto the beach.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 03/16/2012 18:49 Comments || Top||

#6  I LOVE how they found ALL those drugs and only found $194.08. WTF?
Posted by: Kentucky Beef || 03/16/2012 21:05 Comments || Top||

#7  Thank you, Abu Uluque. Good to know the jet skis are work-related rather than recreational. The map of my ignorance has slightly less white space, thanks to you. :-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/16/2012 23:39 Comments || Top||

North Korea plans "satellite launch" in April
North Korea plans to launch an "earth observation" satellite using a carrier rocket in April, according to their official news agency, a move that would potentially violate U.N. Security Council demands.

The announcement could also threaten a deal struck with the U.S. last month with the United States in which Pyongyang agreed to halt nuclear tests, long-range missile launches and enrichment activities in exchange for food aid.

Previous satellite launches by North Korea have been widely viewed as ballistic missile test launches in disguise.

The last so-called satellite launch, in April 2009, was condemned by the U.N. Security Council, saying it breached a resolution forbidding North Korea from conducting "missile-related activities." The Security Council demanded that North Korea not conduct any further launches.

The official news agency reported Friday that the planned launch, scheduled for between April 12 and April 16, is to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung. The centenary of his birth is a huge event in the North Korean calendar.

The Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite will be "blasted off southward" from the Sohae Satellite Launching Station in the western province of North Phyongan, according to the official report, adding that "a safe flight orbit has been chosen so that carrier rocket debris to be generated during the flight would not have any impact on neighboring countries."
Posted by: ryuge || 03/16/2012 02:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [584 views] Top|| File under:

#1  As per BREAKING NEWS > Japan/Nippon is claiming that the missle launch does indeed violate the UN mandate agz North Korea.


* BIG NEWS NETWORK > {Terror] EXPERT WARNS OF NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR BOMB. South Korea is unlikely to escape the Regional + International ramifications, espec Military, if one or more DPRK-supplied Terror NucBomb(s) goes off in CONUS.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/16/2012 2:37 Comments || Top||

#2  SM3 from the Pacific - take it out
Posted by: Frank G || 03/16/2012 8:07 Comments || Top||

#3  And Lord Sunset actually thought North Korea would keep its side of the food for concessions deal?
Posted by: Korora || 03/16/2012 9:17 Comments || Top||

#4  Let me guess: it will fail to achieve orbit and the 'payload' will land somewhere near L.A. ...
Posted by: Steve White || 03/16/2012 10:44 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Crinens Jeque2850 || 03/16/2012 21:12 Comments || Top||

#6  Wehell, the US now affirms that the Norkie rocket launch may break the US-DPRK food deal.

Personally, I'm not convinced - as times before, IMO the DPRK's NucProg is as much agz domination or annexation of North Korea by China as agz anyone else, espec vee the non-Kim ruled, pro-democracy South. PYONGYANG IS HUNGRY FOR NORCOM + DPRK-N-ONLY-DPRK IDEO, GEOPOL CREDIBILITY.

Truth be told, its in South Korea's [+ US, Nippon] to let the North have Nukes.

A few decades of grass-eating can do that to a country.

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/16/2012 21:33 Comments || Top||

#7  Which way will they launch, round the world or only as far as America before a "Major Breakown" and the satlite "Falls" iuto the LA basin?

Sounds like a trial run to me. Shoot it down over the Pacific if westward, or over the Atlantic if eastward.

Posted by: Redneck Jim || 03/16/2012 21:49 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
Philly man arrested on charges of supporting Uzbeki terrorists
A Philadelphia man accused of being a member of an Islamic terrorist bad boy group seeking to overthrow the government of Uzbekistan has been tossed in the calaboose on charges of conspiracy to provide support to a terror group.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for Colorado said that Bakhtiyor Jumaev, 45, was tossed in the calaboose on Thursday in Philadelphia on charges filed in federal court in Denver of supporting the Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Mohammedan Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the liquidation of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...

According to federal authorities, Jumaev was a close friend of Jamshid Muhtorov, a 35-year-old Uzbek refugee living in suburban Denver who was tossed in the calaboose in January at Chicago's O'Hare Airport on a similar charge.

Documents filed in court said Muhtorov was nabbed as he headed overseas to fight for the Islamic Jihad Union, which opposes the U.S.-backed Uzbek government.

An FBI affidavit for Jumaev's arrest said German authorities disrupted an Islamic Jihad Union plot in 2007 and tossed in the calaboose three members of the group targeting unidentified facilities with explosives. It said Turkish authorities had seized weapons and jugged faceless myrmidons Islamic fascisti with ties to the group in 2009.

Court documents said the organization took responsibility for attacks in 2008 and 2009 that targeted U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan, including a suicide kaboom against a U.S. military post. The group conducted simultaneous suicide kabooms in 2004 of U.S. and Israeli embassies, as well as of a Uzbek government office, all in the capital Tashkent, according to the same documents.

Jumaev and Muhtorov pledged support the IJU, and Jumaev sent money to Muhtorov, intended for the organization, the U.S. Attorney's Office said on Thursday.

Jumaev was tossed in the calaboose without incident and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
This article starring:
Bakhtiyor Jumaev
Jamshid Muhtorov
Posted by: ryuge || 03/16/2012 01:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [748 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Yeah, the bot accidentally highlighted the wrong I.J. I think we all know the difference between the Uzbek I.J. and the Egyptian one, but just in case someone doesn't, please note that they are distinct.
Posted by: Kentucky Beef || 03/16/2012 21:09 Comments || Top||

Pakistani dies in firing by Nato forces
[Dawn] A Pak man was killed in firing by NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
forces at a village on the Pak-Afghan border in the Chagai district on Wednesday. They also locked away four others and took them across the border.

Sources said that five Paks belonging to the Chagai district were on their way home from Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province of Afghanistan in two vehicles early in the morning when NATO forces opened fire on them near the border village of Bibi Jan.

The firing left Saleh Mohammad dead. NATO forces locked away four Paks who were travelling in the vehicles.

"They took four Paks across the border," sources said, adding that both vehicles were damaged in the attack.

The Paks taken into custody were identified as Mohammad Raza, Syed Khalid Dad, Syed Rahim Noor and Mohammad Azam. All of them belonged to the Bibi Jan village.
Posted by: Fred || 03/16/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [306 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Pakistan

Six militants killed in Bara operation
[Dawn] Security forces killed at least six suspected forces of Evil and dynamited three hideouts in Sipah area of Bara tehsil, Khyber Agency, on Wednesday.

Officials said that security forces carried out a search and cordon operation in Speen Qamar, Yousuf Talab, Jansi, Mandai Kas and Dawra localities of Sipah on Wednesday. They said that the operation started in the morning and continued till late in the evening.

They said that during a raid on a house, six suspected bad boys, including an Afghan national, were killed. The forces also destroyed three hideouts of forces of Evil and blew up the houses of five local bad boy commanders, including Nek Amal, Shah Faisal, Khalid and Sakhi. Houses of three civilians Wilayat Zakhakhel, Sardar Sipah and Kaki Jan Qamarkhel were also raised to the ground.

Local sources said that at least eight civilians, including women and kiddies, were killed and 21 others were maimed due to intense artillery firing by the security forces during the operation.

Haroon Afridi, general secretary of Khidmat-e-Khalq Committee, Sipah area, told Dawn on phone from Speen Qamar that almost all area residents were shut in their houses, as the forces had imposed an indefinite curfew in the area before the start of the operation.

Mr Afridi said that the civilians killed in the artillery firing could not be taken to the nearby graveyard and were buried inside their houses. He said that the forces did not allow the residents to take their injured to hospital for treatment or move their women and kiddies to safer places.
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Suicide blast in Peshawar kills police superintendent
[Dawn] A suicide kaboom on Thursday killed a senior Pak police officer and maimed his bodyguard in the northwestern city of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar, troubled by a new wave of violence, police said.

"Police Superintendent Kalam Khan died in the blast and his driver and a guard were maimed," police officer Tahir Ayub said.

"The bomber came on foot and detonated explosives strapped to his body near Khan's jeep," bomb disposal squad chief Hukum Khan said.

"We have found the bomber's head," he added.
Always a good thing...
"Oh, good! I was just lookin' for that!"
The incident took place on a road under construction in Peshawar's Pishta Khara neighbourhood that meant Khan's car had to drive slowly, police said.

Khan had been on his way to work in the suburban town of Badaber, where a suicide attack killed 15 people at a funeral on Sunday.

It lies close to Bara town, a stronghold of local warlord Mangal Bagh
...a former bus driver, now head of the Deobandi bandido group Lashkar-e-Islam and the Terror of Khyber Agency...
, who is linked to Islamist thugs.
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One dead, three injured in Israel-Egypt border shootout
Israeli troops killed one and injured three people on its border with Egypt after a group of suspects infiltrated into Israel on Thursday night.

The statement from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said that soldiers patroling the border asked the suspects to stop and, when they failed to comply, opened fire on them.

The statement said, "Simultaneously, shots were fired from Egyptian territory. Three suspects were hit during this exchange of fire. Following a short pursuit, IDF soldiers caught the three injured suspects, and found at the point of infiltration a fourth deceased suspect."

Injured suspects were evacuated by a helicopter for a medical treatment in an Israeli hospital.
This apparently occurred where the border fence is still in the planning stages.
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gut nuthin.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/16/2012 21:53 Comments || Top||

Egypt denies Israeli bulldozer was shot at on border
An Egyptian security source on Thursday denied Israeli media reports that an Israeli bulldozer working on the construction of the separation barrier between the two countries had been shot at. Work at the site was halted.

Egyptian security contacted all posts on the borders, including troops at the Egyptian frontier with Israel and patrols, and no breaches or violations were spotted, the source told DPA, adding that security bodies received no reports of any abnormal activities.

“The Egyptian-Israeli border is combed on a daily basis,” the source said, adding that such news aims at spreading confusion and instability.

Israeli radio said Thursday that a vehicle from the defense ministry took light fire from the Egyptian side near the Ogah crossing, which caused damage to a vehicle taking part in the construction of the border wall.

The Egyptian-Israeli border has long been a conduit for smuggling guns and African migrants into Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced in early January a plan to build a fence on the Israeli border with Jordan after finishing the wall on the Egyptian border in an attempt to stem the flow of migrants seeking job opportunities at Israel.
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#1  ZOOMG, they killed the Clamshell - WHY, D **** YOU, WHY!

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/16/2012 2:45 Comments || Top||

#2  Good thing it wasn't shot at, or they would appear to be incompetent.
Posted by: gorb || 03/16/2012 14:25 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
MNLF ready to support Philippine government
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Motorcycle bomb kills one, injures three in southern Thailand
A motorcycle bomb exploded in Pattani province yesterday, killing a villager and injuring three others including two soldiers. Meanwhile, a homemade bomb found in Narathiwat province on Wednesday was defused in time.

The Pattani bomb attack was aimed at a squad of soldiers on a pickup truck, but also hit two civilians nearby and damaged two motorcycles. The motorcycle containing the bomb had recently been reported as stolen. The explosive was triggered by remote control.

Three previous bomb attacks have been carried out at or near the explosion site, located off Route 410 near Kahong cemetery, police added.

In Narathiwat, a bomb squad defused a homemade bomb attached to a power pole after it was detected by paramilitary rangers who were on footpatroldistrict. The bomb, consisting of 20kg of explosives mixed in with gasoline-soaked fertilizer, shrapnel created from pieces of steel and housed in a cooking gas cylinder, could have hurt people in a 50 meter range, police said.

Deputy Prime Minister Yuthasak Sasiprapha, who is currently visting the deep South, said the government's three year plan was heading in the right direction and that it would be evaluated once the emergency law comes to an end in June.

He said that people affected by authorities' mistakes, crime and abuse, as well as those mistakenly killed or innocents who died in custody, were entitled to as much compensation as victims of political turmoil. He said that the issue was being sorted out by the military, the Interior Ministry and the Internal Security Operations Command.
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Army Arrests Suspect Linked to 2011 Estonian Kidnapping
[An Nahar] The army intelligence set to sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock, in a pestilential prison with a life-long lock on Tuesday a Lebanese national linked to the 2011 Estonian kidnapping, reported the National News Agency on Thursday.
These were the beauzeaux who mistook them for Americans. Presumably because they were riding bikes. The Estonians, that is, not the kidnappers...
It said that Mohammed Toufic Hujairi confessed to providing shelter and food to the kidnappers and their captives in exchange for money.
Ahah. Filthy lucre. That explains it all.
He also confessed to helping one of the abductors escape Leb through providing him with a fake passport.

The suspect was nabbed with some drugs in his possession.

Investigations are underway in order to arrest the rest of those involved in the kidnapping.

The seven Estonian cyclists were kidnapped in Leb in March 2011 as they entered the country from Syria. They were kidnapped in the eastern Bekaa and kept in captivity in Leb and Syria until July of that year.

Wael Abbas, the suspected ringleader in the abduction, was jugged in November 2011. He was tossed in the calaboose by Syrian security forces as he was attempting to escape to the country through a false ID.
"Sir? This ID is drawn in crayon on a grocery bag!"
"Oh, yeah? Lemme see dat!... Book 'im, Danno!"
"C'mon, youse!"

In September, the Internal Security Forces killed two accomplices of the alleged criminal mastermind behind the kidnapping during festivities in the area of al-Bireh in Rashaya.

Later that month, two Intelligence Branch officers were maimed when they were ambushed by gunnies in the hunt for the kidnappers in the village of Jlala near Shtaura.
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#1  The Estonians were idiots, and even have admitted as much in interviews back home.
To quote Lord of the Rings: "One does not simply bicycle through Syria and the Bekaa Valley".
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Huge Rallies across Syria in Pro-Assad Show of Force
[An Nahar] Huge crowds rallied in cities across Syria Thursday in a mass show of support for Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
The Scourge of Hama...
"to make the world hear our voice" on the first anniversary of a deadly anti-regime revolt.

State television showed tens of thousands of people waving Syrian flags and Assad's portrait in squares in Damascus
...Capital of the last remaining Baathist regime in the world...
, the northern city of Aleppo
...For centuries, Aleppo was Greater Syria's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third, after Constantinople and Cairo. Although relatively close to Damascus in distance, Aleppans regard Damascenes as country cousins...
, Latakia on the Mediterranean coast, Suweida to the south and Hasaka in the northeast.

The cities have been relatively unscathed by the regime's crackdown on a revolt which erupted on March 15, 2011 and has cost more than 8,500 lives, according to opposition activists.

"After a whole year of pressure on Syria, we want to make the world hear our voice: Leave Syria in peace," a woman on the street told the state broadcaster.

According to the official news agency SANA, "millions of Syrians flocked (to the rallies) ... to tell the world that the Syrian people have chosen the path of national unity and stability, free from interference and foreign diktats."

The authorities, which have blamed the revolt on foreign-backed "terrorist gangs," announced a "global march for Syria" to counter anti-regime demonstrations being organised this week by the opposition across the world.

"For the lives lost in the battle for Syria," was the slogan beamed across the television screen.

Against a backdrop of a sea of flags, including the colors of Syria's Russian ally and the yellow of Leb's Hizbullah, a bugler played in Damascus before a military band struck up the national anthem.

"We are not scared of death. We are ready to sacrifice ourselves for you, oh Syria," the demonstrators chanted, many of them singing and dancing, and shouting: "Long live the army!"

Last week, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights gave a breakdown of around 8,500 deaths: apart from 6,200 civilians, it said the toll included more than 1,800 members of Assad's security forces and over 400 rebels.

"In democracy, it's the majority which decides ... these people represent a vast movement, in comparison (the anti-regime camp) are only a handful," a commentator said on the live television broadcast.

In Aleppo and on the outskirts of Damascus, security forces dispersed scattered anti-regime protests, according to the Local Coordination Committees, which organize demonstrations on the ground.
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32 Killed in Syria as 23 Slain 'Torture Victims' Found near Idlib
[An Nahar] Syrian security forces killed at least 32 people on Thursday as the bodies of 23 torture victims were found near the city of Idlib in northwestern Syria that security forces captured earlier this week, activists said.

"Twenty-three bodies with marks of extreme torture were found near Mazraat Wadi Khaled, west of the city of Idlib," said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in a statement.

The Britannia-based group said the 23 blindfolded and handcuffed victims had been rubbed out.

It also reported that security forces on Thursday killed nine civilians, including four in a car, and four rebels across the province of Idlib.

But the Local Coordination Committees, the main activist group spurring protests on the ground, gave a higher corpse count, saying at least 32 people were killed across the country, among them 29 in Idlib alone.

Elsewhere, one person was killed in the central province of Hama, one in the northern province of Aleppo
...For centuries, Aleppo was Greater Syria's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third, after Constantinople and Cairo. Although relatively close to Damascus in distance, Aleppans regard Damascenes as country cousins...
and another in the southern province of Daraa, the LCC said.

In Aleppo and on the outskirts of Damascus
...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world...
, security forces broke up scattered anti-regime protests on Thursday, according to the LCC.

The city of Idlib fell to government forces on Tuesday night, two weeks after the regime stormed the Baba Amr district of Homs city in central Syria, following a month-long blitz that activists said left hundreds dead.

Syrian activists have compiled a list of 114 civilians killed since security forces launched their assault on Idlib on March 10, Human Rights Watch
... dedicated to bitching about human rights violations around the world...
said on Thursday.

Following the Baba Amr offensive, residents of nearby neighborhoods reported finding the mutilated bodies of women and kiddies. Activists posted video footage they said proved regime forces were to blame.

The government blamed "armed terrorist gangs."

Human Rights Watch stepped in to demand an end to the "scorched earth methods" being deployed by Assad, and insist that China and Russia stop blocking U.N. efforts to take tough action.
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About 1,000 Syrians flee to Turkey in single day: Official
[Dawn] About 1,000 Syrian refugees, including a defecting general, crossed into Turkey in the last 24 hours, the foreign ministry said on Thursday, the one-year anniversary of the Syrian revolt.

"The number of Syrian refugees currently staying in Turkey boomed by 1,000 in a single day and climbed to 14,700 total," ministry spokesperson Selguk Unal told news hounds in Ankara.

The latest wave of arrivals included a defecting general who crossed the border to join the rebel forces which have a base in Turkey's Hatay province on the border with Syria, according to Unal. "With the Syrian general who arrived yesterday, we now host seven generals on our side of the border," he said.

Another group of 700 Syrians had arrived in Turkey on Tuesday night, signaling that the number of Syrians arriving at the border might continue to increase rapidly.

Turkish officials based on the border had to relocate some of the 1,000 refugees to the nearby provinces of Gaziantep and Kilis, where the government is setting up additional camps to house the thousands that have flocked to Turkey in the last month.

"We are getting ready for any scenario, there is the expectation that the numbers will rise," Unal said.

In Sanliurfa province, near the halfway point of Turkey's 910-kilometre (560-mile) border with Syria, Turkey has already started building a massive camp site that can house up to 20,000 people, Anatolia news agency reported Wednesday.

Turkey is also establishing a "city" in Kilis, between Hatay and Sanliurfa, made of prefabricated homes to house the refugees, with some 10,000 due to be initially transfered to the site.

Although Turkey advocates a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis that has claimed 8,500 lives according to rights groups, Unal noted that the country was nevertheless "ready for any possibility."

Following the Syrian army rampages in the restive neighbourhood of Baba Amr in Homs and in the rebel stronghold Idlib, the number of Syrians arriving at the border has escalated sharply.
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Good Morning
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#1  Happy Birthday/Daily Gam Shot

Brooke Burns aka Katrina in "Shallow Hal (2001)" aka Darlene Loren in "The Art of Travel (2008)" aka Nicole Booth in "North Shore (TV Series 2004–2005)" aka Kathy Dinkle in "Pepper Dennis (TV Series 2006)" aka Lisa Germain in "Miss Guided (TV Series 2008)" aka Vanessa Mancini in "Melrose Place (TV Series 2009–2010)" (age 35)

About to prepare a treat for Gorb
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 03/16/2012 11:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Gorb. now those are gams a biker would love.
Posted by: Dale || 03/16/2012 18:28 Comments || Top||

#3  Yow! How about a threesome.
Posted by: gorb || 03/16/2012 23:20 Comments || Top||

#4  Is it really true that women's bicycle seats have an enviable and robust retirement plan?
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