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Posted by: Fred || 04/01/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Happy Birthday

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Gone to the Big Gam Locker in the Sky

Nita Naldi, One of the most successful actresses in Hollywood during the "Roaring Twenties"

Kathleen Key aka Tirzah in "Ben-Hur" 1925

Mary Miles Minter, as a 20 year old an item with 49 year old director, he later became murdered?

Sylvia Ashley, liked to marry movie stars.




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Bijou Phillips aka Maggie "The Wizard of Gore" (30)





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Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 04/01/2010 0:10 Comments || Top||

#2  GolfBravo, you left one out, Allegra Coleman, the Esquire "Dream Girl."

Very appropriate that she was born on this day.
Posted by: Mike || 04/01/2010 11:29 Comments || Top||

#3  420 + Short Subjects? Is that an euphemistic phrase for gasp, gasp p0rn movies?
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/01/2010 12:04 Comments || Top||

#4  Well, they ain't talkin' about her co-stars, slick...
Posted by: mojo || 04/01/2010 16:11 Comments || Top||


-Lurid Crime Tales-
US Navy Frigate Captures 5 Pirates and Mother Ship
U.S. naval forces say they've captured five pirates after exchanging fire with them, sinking their skiff and confiscating a mother ship.

The USS Nicholas came under fire early Thursday from pirates in an area west of the Seychelles.

The U.S. Africa Command said the five pirates seized would remain in U.S. custody on board the frigate for time time being. The Nicholas is home-ported in Norfolk, Va.
Posted by: Sherry || 04/01/2010 09:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6532 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sink the ship, hang the pirates.

NEXT!
Posted by: mojo || 04/01/2010 10:30 Comments || Top||

#2  Experts say piracy will continue to be a problem until an effective government is established on Somalia's lawless shores.

The Somali government is incapable and has therefore abdicated its authority to whomever will do it for them.

It ain't hard. Sink the friggin' pirate ships and be done with it. Get to work.
Posted by: gorb || 04/01/2010 10:50 Comments || Top||

#3  They still have yardarms?
Posted by: Cyber Sarge || 04/01/2010 10:57 Comments || Top||

#4  Dollars to donuts says that if they don't the Chiefs will have the BM's (Boatswains mates) rig one in a hurry.
Posted by: OldSpook || 04/01/2010 11:15 Comments || Top||

#5  these pirates will be brought to US and tried in fed court, the case tossed because they were not properly mirandized, restitution of 7 figures paid to each pirate for false imprisonment and they will move to minneapolis and bring in 150-200 additional family members to live on the dole with them.
Posted by: abu do you love || 04/01/2010 11:33 Comments || Top||

#6  Some guys were so stupid that they opened fire on a USN frigate from a skiff - how on earth did we miss electing them to Congress?
Posted by: Matt || 04/01/2010 11:53 Comments || Top||

#7  these pirates will be brought to US and tried in fed court, the case tossed because they were not properly mirandized, restitution of 7 figures paid to each pirate for false imprisonment and they will move to minneapolis and bring in 150-200 additional family members to live on the dole with them.

Plus all of them will get the nationality (without taking the oath) and all of them will vote Democrat.
Posted by: JFM || 04/01/2010 12:02 Comments || Top||

#8  Seychelles will take them off their hands. According to yesterday's story, they look forward to either putting pirates on trial or blowing them out of the water.
Posted by: tu3031 || 04/01/2010 12:14 Comments || Top||

#9  I look forward to anytime after November this year when people say "What's a Democrat"?
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 04/01/2010 12:17 Comments || Top||

#10  Could these priates be probing the US Navy defenses for someone?
Posted by: Gromoling the Weasel7090 || 04/01/2010 13:24 Comments || Top||

#11  Begs the question, is it better to be blown in the water or out?
Posted by: Unique Battle || 04/01/2010 13:32 Comments || Top||

#12  Yes.
Posted by: gorb || 04/01/2010 13:45 Comments || Top||

#13  Correct!
Posted by: tu3031 || 04/01/2010 14:05 Comments || Top||

#14  More from Yahoo news..
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100401/ap_on_re_af/af_piracy

From this article Last May, pirates chased a U.S. Navy warship and fired small arms at it. The ship, which had recently served as a prison for captured pirates, increased speed and evaded the attack.

Was the the USS Sir Robin?
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 04/01/2010 14:43 Comments || Top||

#15  Don't send them to the Seychelles. It might tip over.
Posted by: Skunky Glins**** || 04/01/2010 18:03 Comments || Top||

#16  Good Lord...first we had three SEALs to court martial, now we have a whole crew....

Glad I'm not the Attorney General!
Posted by: Kelly || 04/01/2010 18:16 Comments || Top||

#17  End of that captain's career.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 04/01/2010 18:19 Comments || Top||

#18  Should have sunk the mothership and then moved along. No need for prisoners.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 04/01/2010 19:54 Comments || Top||

#19  MAN I wish we still had a couple of Missouri-class battlewagons. Can you imagine what a skiff or a dhow would look like after being run over by a BB? No shots would have to be fired. The toothpicks that float to shore somewhere wouldn't even be noticed.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 04/01/2010 20:26 Comments || Top||

#20  I'm assuming it wasn't this mothership:
Posted by: xbalanke || 04/01/2010 21:09 Comments || Top||

#21  True - a mothership is acceptable only if they got George Clinton and Bootsy Collins popping out of it.

Tear the roof off the mutha... /P-Funk
Posted by: OldSpook || 04/01/2010 21:12 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
US Marines in Afghanistan
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 04/01/2010 14:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6486 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Cute kids!
Posted by: Goober Crealet3411 || 04/01/2010 14:53 Comments || Top||


CF troops train on mounted remote weapon system
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 04/01/2010 14:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:


Eight Die in Helmand Suicide Attack
[Quqnoos] At least 8 civilians were killed and 38 others were wounded Wednesday in a suicide attack in Helmand province, officials said

The incident happened as government officials were distributing aid to people in a town in Helmand, a southern province which made the key bastion of Taliban insurgents.

"Reports as of noon, indicate more than 35 civilians were wounded in the explosion, many of them seriously," NATO-led ISAF forces said in a statement.

The attack took place in Babaji, outside Lashkar Gah, Helmand's provincial capital, said a spokesman for Helmand's governor, Dawood Ahmadi.

All the victims of this incident has been civilians, added Ahmadi
Posted by: Fred || 04/01/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  These victims were guilty of the crime of accepting aid from the government rather than the Taliban.
Posted by: Glenmore || 04/01/2010 7:20 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Algerian town rallies against terror kidnappings
[Maghrebia] Thousands of people rallied on Tuesday (March 30th) in Aït Koufi, some 45km south of Tizi-Ouzou, to demand the immediate and unconditional release of a retired businessman abducted by terrorists on March 24th, Algerian press reported. "A committee launched an emergency call to all the surrounding village inhabitants to get together and pool their efforts to hunt down those terrorists who were behind the kidnapping," Echorouk quoted a local source as saying. The kidnappers have demanded a ransom of 20 million dinars for the 81-year-old victim.

In October 2009, residents of another Kabylie town mobilised to force terrorists to release a hostage. When some 20 members of al-Qaeda's El Ansar brigade kidnapped a hotel owner in Tizi-Ouzou province and demanded money for his release, villagers and his family refused to comply. After being denied a ransom payment, the terrorists released the victim following negotiations with the Tigzirt imam. According to local sources, the kidnap victim's neighbours carried him home on their shoulders to celebrate his safe return.
Posted by: Fred || 04/01/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa

#1  ION PAKISTANI DEFENCE FORUM > TAXI RAMS INTO BOEING 737 AT NIGERIAN AIRPORT.

Seems to be intentional???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/01/2010 3:23 Comments || Top||


Arabia
US denies missile test report
The US defence department has denied that the military, during a joint defence exercise with Saudi Arabia, test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

Jonathan Withington, a Pentagon spokesman, said on Wednesday that there was no launch of Trident or any other missile during the exercise, which began last week.

The denials came after wire services reported quoting an unnamed Western military official in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday that a Trident missile was launched out of the kingdom.

The official also said that Lieutenant-General Patrick O'Reilly, director of the Pentagon's Missile Defence Agency, attended the test launch.

The Pentagon confirmed that while O'Reilly was in the region last week, he did not attend a missile launch.

Robert Gates, the US defence secretary, discussed strengthening Saudi air and missile defence capabilities during a visit to the kingdom in March.

This was part of a broader US effort to boost security in the Gulf in the face of Iran's expanding arsenal of ballistic missiles.

Posted by: john frum || 04/01/2010 15:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6502 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That makes sense. I always found it hard to believe the US would risk an SSBN in the shallow, narrow waters of the Gulf.

What would such a test-launch prove? It just doesn't pass the smell-test.

Orion
Posted by: Orion || 04/01/2010 16:44 Comments || Top||

#2  The thing's got a range of like 7000 miles. I don't think you'd have to get that close to fire one at a certain unnamed Middle East country that's almost spelled like Iraq.
Posted by: tu3031 || 04/01/2010 17:05 Comments || Top||

#3  The SAUDIS are repor sticking to their claims of US TRIDENT TEST LAUNCH.

* ION BHARAT RAKSHAK > MIDDLE EAST GAME-CHANGER: US NUCLEAR SHIELD FOR SAUDIS, GULF EMIRATES; +
ISRAEL IN ANGER OF BECOMING A PARIAH/ROGUE STATE, + AMERICA VS.IRAN: ITS ALL ABOUT WHOM CONTROLS THE GULF!?
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/01/2010 22:51 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russia's Medvedev promises 'crueler' measures
MAKHACHKALA, Russia – President Dmitry Medvedev made a surprise visit Thursday to the violence-wracked southern province of Dagestan, telling police and security forces to use tougher, "more cruel" measures to fight the "scum" responsible for terrorist attacks.

Russia's security chief said some terror suspects had been detained.

In his dress — a black T-shirt under a black suit coat — and rough language, Medvedev was following the style of Russia's powerful prime minister, Vladimir Putin.

Twin suicide bombings this week in Moscow — which Islamic militants from the North Caucasus claim to have carried out — have refocused attention on the violence that for years has been confined to the predominantly Muslim republics in Russia's southern corner.

Another explosion Thursday killed two suspected militants and wounded a third in Dagestan near the border with Chechnya. Police said the men may have been transporting a makeshift bomb.

The day before, two suicide bombings in Dagestan killed 12 people, including nine policemen, a frequent target of attacks in part because they represent Russian authority.

The suicide bombings on the Moscow subway killed 39 people on Monday and have left nearly 90 hospitalized.

Medvedev said much more needed to be done to stop the attacks.

"The measures to fight terrorism should be expanded, they should be more effective, more harsh, more cruel, if you please," he told local officials in a televised meeting.

Funerals were held Thursday at four Moscow cemeteries for some of the subway victims. At the Khovanskoye cemetery, the family, friends and colleagues of Anna Permyakova, a 34-year-old nurse, could not hold back tears as they placed flowers on her open casket. Permyakova had worked in a rehabilitation center and many of her former patients attended the funeral in wheelchairs.

Federal Security Service director Alexander Bortnikov, who joined Medvedev in Dagestan, said the organizers of the Moscow attacks have been identified as "bandits" from the Northern Caucasus and some had been detained. He did not give specific numbers.

"We know the personalities of organizers," Bortnikov said during the meeting. "We have detained a number of people, conducted interrogations, got evidence."

In recent months, police and security forces have killed at least two high-profile Islamic militants, but they have been unable to capture the veteran Chechen militant Doku Umarov, who has claimed responsibility for the Moscow subway attacks.

"We have torn off the heads of the most notorious bandits, but clearly this was not enough. In any case, we will find them all and punish them," Medvedev said.

Umarov, who leads Islamic militants in Chechnya and throughout the North Caucasus, said the Moscow subway bombings were revenge for the killing of civilians by Russian security forces.

"Any politician, any journalist who accuses me of terrorism only makes me laugh, causes me to grin. I have not heard anyone accuse Putin of terrorism for the murder of civilians who were killed on his orders," Umarov said in a video posted Wednesday on kavkazcenter.com, a Web site used by rebels.

Umarov seemed to be taunting Putin, who had just vowed to "drag out of the sewer" the terrorists who plotted the subway attacks.
Posted by: john frum || 04/01/2010 11:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6496 views] Top|| File under:

#1  WOW. Why won't our leaders stand up to terror like this?
[rhetorical]
Posted by: Mike Hunt || 04/01/2010 11:21 Comments || Top||

#2  I was in Moscow two weeks ago. Living in Russia is cruelty enough.
Posted by: Mizzou Mafia || 04/01/2010 12:14 Comments || Top||

#3  WWSD? What Would Stalin Do?
Posted by: penguin || 04/01/2010 12:22 Comments || Top||

#4  WWSD?

Wring his hands, lose sleep, listen attentively to protest groups who think Guam is going to tip into the sea, negotiate with the terrorists, and come up with restrictive ROEs so any conflicts get drug out to infinity.
Posted by: gorb || 04/01/2010 13:43 Comments || Top||

#5  WWSD? Sit in his garden, enjoying the sunshine. Drink tea, watch his children play. Compile lists of names.
Posted by: Grunter || 04/01/2010 19:10 Comments || Top||

#6  Compile lists of names.

That's the worrisome bit.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/01/2010 20:13 Comments || Top||

#7  What would Stalin do? Pick a village at random, kill everyone in it, grind the village into dust, and pi$$ on the dust. And he'd have already done it.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 04/01/2010 21:48 Comments || Top||


Chechen rebel claims Moscow metro bombs
[Al Arabiya Latest] Chechen rebel leader Dokka Abu Usman claimed responsibility for suicide bombings in the Moscow metro that killed at least 39 people, according to a video posted on an unofficial Islamist rebel website on Wednesday.

"As you all know on March 29 in Moscow, two special operations were carried out to destroy the infidels and to send a greeting to the FSB," Usman was shown saying in the four-and-a-half minute long video on the Kavkazcenter website.

One of the metro stations bombed was just meters (yards) away from the headquarters of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), the country's main domestic security service.

"Both of these operations were carried out on my command and will not be the last," Usman was shown saying against the background of what looked like a forest.

In his video statement recorded on Monday, Usman said the attack was to avenge "the massacre by Russian invaders of the poorest residents of Chechnya and Ingushetia, who were picking wild garlic in the Arshty village on Feb. 11, 2010, to feed their families."

Usman, whose claim was also confirmed by the SITE monitoring group, said the troops stabbed their victims to death and then "mocked" their corpses.

He said the attacks were an act of retaliation against those "who send their gangs to the Caucasus and support their security services, who carry out massacres."

He warned Russians that the "war will come to your streets, and you will feel it with your own lives and skins."

It was the first claim of responsibility for Monday's metro bombings in Moscow that killed 39 people.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin had Tuesday ordered security forces to snare the masterminds of the metro bombings, saying they should be "scraped out from the sewers."
How long has he had a sword sticking through his head?
If the spetznaz get ahold of him, since tomorrow ...
Posted by: Fred || 04/01/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6483 views] Top|| File under: Chechen Republic of Ichkeria

#1  TOPIX > THE TRUE CAUSES UNDERLYING THE MOSCOW METRO BOMBINGS.

* Direct assault/affront VLADIMIR PUTIN + Credibility.

* REGIONAL MULTI-STATE, MUSLIM-SSR-VS-RUSSIA REALPOLITIK vee control of CASPIAN OIL [ e.g. NABUCCO],

** SAME > KENYA: SOMALI MILITIA ATTACKS ITS TERRITORY + A "NIGERIAN TALIBAN" LEADER TELLS STORY OF HIS DESIRE TO FIGHT USA. Describes USA an an evil abuser of Muslims, Attacks = TerrSTrikes agz the USA is "DIVINE WORSHIP" I.E GOD/ALLAH WANTS WAR, TERROR AGZ THE ABUSER INFIDEL US.

SAME > [Iraq] ALLAWAI WARNS OF VIOLENCE IFF SHIA ALLIANCE TAKES/WINS POWER.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/01/2010 0:19 Comments || Top||


Home Front: WoT
Judge: US wiretapping on Islamic charity illegal
A federal judge has ruled that the government is liable for illegally wiretapping an Islamic charity without a valid search warrant.
I'm guessing the judge is a Carter appointee ...
US District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco said on Wednesday that attorneys for the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, once based in Oregon, could pursue civil remedies for being subjected in 2004 to warrantless domestic surveillance under an anti-terrorism program put into place by the Bush administration after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the US.

The Court's ruling reaffirmed an earlier decision that the warrantless wiretaps conducted on an Oregon-based Islamic non-profit organization were illegal.

The US has designated the Oregon-based al-Haramain Islamic Foundation as a terrorist organization.
So we really can't listen in on terrorist phone calls ...
The al-Haramain Islamic Foundation was a target of a Treasury Department program to track financing of terrorism activities, Walker's ruling said. Telephone conversations between people identified as foundation officials in Saudi Arabia and their lawyers in the US were tapped in 2004.
Posted by: Fred || 04/01/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6503 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

#1  Walker was first nominated by Reagan (but not confirmed by the Senate), then nominated by GWBush and confirmed early in the GWB admin

Posted by: lord garth || 04/01/2010 1:01 Comments || Top||

#2  the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, once based in Oregon, could pursue civil remedies for being subjected in 2004

Meaning law suits against US citizens. Nice the lawyers are getting some work. Why is it nothing good ever seems to come out of San Francisco?
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/01/2010 5:51 Comments || Top||

#3  Sure to be overturned.
Posted by: Black Bart Ebberens7700 || 04/01/2010 6:35 Comments || Top||

#4  Not sure to be overturned. Seems a finding that the program that authorized warrantless wiretaps (a part of the Patriot Act?) was illegal under higher laws (perhaps even Constitutional grounds?) I know a lot of people claimed that at the time, both liberals and libertarians. I figure we should get a warrant for all 'searches' (and I consider a tap a form of search) except in cases where minutes count, and this doesn't look like one of those cases. But put me on the jury for the civil remedy and I won't award a nickel.
Posted by: Glenmore || 04/01/2010 7:34 Comments || Top||

#5  Not to mention, the tapped calls were to the lawyers - even under anti-terrorism calls I would assume there is lawyer-client confidentiality priviledge.
There has to be a better way to monitor terrorists than warrantless taps on their lawyers. I just see potential for abuse all over that set-up.
Posted by: Glenmore || 04/01/2010 7:39 Comments || Top||

#6  Personally, I have no problem with this ruling.
You have a 'terrorist' connection.
You are telling me you can't be bothered to file the paperwork, and then find a judge who won't issue a search warrant?
Posted by: Mizzou Mafia || 04/01/2010 12:12 Comments || Top||

#7  With Glenmore. Yesterday, Islamic charities. Today, under an admin not to your liking, maybe your organization's privileged conversations tapped without a warrant?
Posted by: lex || 04/01/2010 12:57 Comments || Top||

#8  Thomas More: "And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you—where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? [More leaves him] This country’s planted thick with laws from coast to coast—man’s laws, not God’s—and if you cut them down—and you’re just the man to do it—d’you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then?"
Posted by: lex || 04/01/2010 13:02 Comments || Top||

#9  Orin Kerr has a more detailed analysis of this over at the volokh conspiracy.

Its pretty complicated.
Posted by: lord garth || 04/01/2010 14:38 Comments || Top||

#10  If they didn't have a warrant, then it should be thrown out of court. Protects everyone that way.

Now the warrentless search of numbers being called is fine, but anything more than that requires a judge's signature.
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/01/2010 21:16 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
JK: 6 LeT militants killed in encounter
Six Lashkar-e-Taiba militants of Pakistani origin, who escaped from Triyath forest after a brief encounter three days ago, were killed by security forces after they tracked them down in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir [ Images ] on Thursday.

Police and security forces tracked down the group of militants in Talli Dharaman-Sarothi belt (Triyath) of Kalakote tehsil of Rajouri district and trapped them around 1430 hours.

Senior Superintendent of Police, Rajouri, Shafkat Watalie told PTI, giving details of anti-terrorist 'Operation Khoj'.
The joint operation party retaliated after militants fired on them, SSP said, adding that in the fierce gunbattle that ensued for three-and-a-half hours, six militants were killed.

A search team of Police led by Additional Superintendent of Police R K Bhat and assisted by Army, Special Operation Group (SoG) and CRPF tracked down the militants who had escaped from Triyath forest on March 30 following a brief encounter with the security personnel.

A jawan had been killed and Station House Officer (SHO) of Daramshal Police Station Inspector Showkat Ali was injured in that incident.

"For the past three days, police and security force team was searching for them in dense forest and deep valley in Dharamshal belt and finally tracked them," a senior police officer said.

"All the killed militants belong to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) outfit," SSP Watalie said, adding that 12 LeT militants have been killed in past six days in three encounters in Rajouri district.
Posted by: john frum || 04/01/2010 12:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6489 views] Top|| File under:


TTP spokesman reiterates threat to 'US supporters'
Tehreek-e-Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq on Thursday once again threatened to target US supporters and said that jihad will continue against people who wish to support the United States.
While talking to DawnNews, Tariq said that our forces have been conducting operations against our own people and they are trying to make non-Muslims happy. He said that the Pakistan military will have to face defeat in Orakzai Agency, just like they had to in South Waziristan.

He added that the US president's visit to Afghanistan has proved that their intentions against Pakistan and Afghanistan are not good and they want their influence over other countries' governments.
Posted by: ryuge || 04/01/2010 07:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6487 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Naw, Azam, you've got it all wrong.

We just want YOU dead.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 04/01/2010 8:29 Comments || Top||


Mumbai attacks trial closes, verdict due May 3
[Dawn] The trial of a Pakistani accused of being in a 10-man team of gunmen who killed 166 people during a rampage through Mumbai in 2008 closed on Wednesday after a year of dramatic courtroom testimony.

The judge will deliver a verdict on May 3 on 22-year-old Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, considered the lone surviving gunman from the 2008 attacks which traumatised India and led to a spike in tension with Pakistan.

The prosecution has called for him to be put to death and has presented evidence it considers overwhelmingly proves his guilt, including a photo of him carrying an AK-47 machine gun through the main train terminal in Mumbai.

Kasab stands accused on scores of charges, including waging war against India and murder over the three days of carnage which targeted luxury hotels, a tourist restaurant, the railway station and a Jewish centre.

"The trial has ended and the prosecution has presented the links between Kasab, LeT (militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba) and the Pakistani army," state prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told reporters outside court.

During his final arguments, state prosecutor Nikam had called Kasab a "conniving, depraved murderer" who was trained by the Pakistan-based Islamist group Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Kasab initially pleaded not guilty when the trial started in April, but in July made a shock confession, admitting being one of two gunmen who opened fire at the train station.

He also detailed how the group was trained by the banned LeT, and he then asked for swift justice.

"Please go ahead and hang me," he said at the time - however in December he retracted his confession, saying he had been framed by the police after coming to Mumbai to seek a career in the Bollywood film industry.

Kasab and an accomplice who died are alleged to have committed the bloodiest episode in the 60-hour reign of terror, opening fire with AK-47 assault rifles and throwing grenades in the station.

Some 52 people died and 109 others were wounded there.

The trial began last April and has heard live evidence from nearly 300 people.

The psychological impact of the 2008 Mumbai attacks on Indians is often compared by local commentators and media to the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.

Millions watched in horror over three days as ill-equipped security forces struggled to stem the killing in a city that is the country's financial capital and showbiz centre.

Seven alleged Pakistani planners of the November 2008 attacks are on trial in their home country, where the case has been regularly delayed and adjourned.

Among the suspects is the alleged mastermind of the operation, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, and alleged LeT operative Zarar Shah.

Recent events in the United States have also shed light on the planning of the assault after the arrest of a man born of US and Pakistani parents who has pleaded guilty to assisting the Mumbai attackers.

Last week, David Headley pleaded guilty to 12 charges of conspiring in the attacks after making numerous visits to Mumbai where he photographed and drew up detailed plans of the eventual targets.

The United States has said it had not yet decided whether to give India direct access to Headley despite repeated requests from New Delhi.
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Lashkar-e-Taiba Commander Abdul Wahid Kashmiri Surfaces for First Time in a Decade
On March 23, 2010, Pakistan-based jihadist organizations organized a conference in the town of Kotli in Pakistani Kashmir. The conference was addressed by, among others, two prominent jihadist commanders - Syed Salahuddin and Abdul Wahid Kashmiri. Salahuddin is the Supreme Commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, one of the militant organizations fighting against Indian security forces in the Jammu & Kashmir state, and also heads the Muttahida Jihad Council, a network of nearly two dozen Pakistan-based militant organizations.

The Kotli meeting, which was billed as the "Defence of Pakistan Conference" and held on the Pakistan Day of March 23, was attended by hundreds of people and addressed by leaders of various jihadist organizations. Among the militant leaders who addressed the public meeting were Shaikh Jamilur Rehman of the militant organization Tehreekul Mujahideen, Bakht Zameen of Al-Badar Mujahideen, Maulana Farooq Kashmiri of Harkatul Mujahideen, Masood Sarfraz of Hizb-e-Islami (Jammu & Kashmir), General Abdullah of Jamiatul Mujahideen, Mufti Mohammad Asghar of Jaish-e-Mohammad, Mohammad Usman of Muslim Janbaz Force, Chaudhry Kamran of Al-Jihad Force, Ghulam Mohammad Safi, Mahmood Ahmed Saghar and Rana Iftikhar Ahmed, and others.

It should be noted that Pakistani Kashmir, formally called Azad (free) Jammu & Kashmir, is an area heavily fortified by the Pakistani military. Most of the mainstream Pakistani newspapers did not publish reports about the conference, as they normally refrain from doing so due to fears of the displeasure of the military-led establishment in Pakistan. The conference took place while Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, a;ong with a number of Pakistani officials, were in the U.S. for the March 24 Pakistan-U.S. Strategic Dialogue.
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This article starring:
Abdul Wahid KashmiriLashkar-e-Taiba
Amir HamzaJamaatud Dawa
Bakht ZameenAl-Badar Mujahideen
Chaudhry KamranAl-Jihad Force
General AbdullahJamiatul Mujahideen
Ghulam Mohammad Safi
Hafiz Muhammad SaeedJamaatud Dawa
Mahmood Ahmed Saghar
Masood SarfrazHizb-e-Islami (Jammu
Maulana Farooq KashmiriHarkatul Mujahideen
Maulana Mahmoodul Hassan AshrafJamiat Ulema-e-Islam
Mohammad UsmanMuslim Janbaz Force
Mufti Mohammad AsgharJaish-e-Mohammad
Qari Abdul MalikJamiat Ulema-e-Islam
Qari Yaqoob Shaikh
Rana Iftikhar Ahmed
Sahabuddin MadniJamiat Ahle Hadith
Shaikh Aqeelur RehmanJamaat-e-Islami
Shaikh Jamilur RehmanTehreekul Mujahideen
Syed SalahuddinHizbul Mujahideen
Uzair Ahmed Ghizali
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#1  would have been a good day dfor the drones!

This article sums up why we must support India in the war against these medieval mad men!
Posted by: Paul2 || 04/01/2010 9:10 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Gunman killed while planting IED in Ninewa
NINEWA / Aswat al-Iraq: One gunman was killed while he was trying to plant an improvised explosive device (IED) in Ninewa, a local police source said on Wednesday.

“The incident occurred in al-Biaaj district (126 km west of Mosul),' the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. The source did not give further details.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/01/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Such a fine line in performance separated paradise from this poor fellow's afterlife - just 24 acid-stained virgins, with non-regenerating you-know-whats (Qur'an 30:77).
Posted by: Ralphs son Johnnie || 04/01/2010 2:42 Comments || Top||


3 gunmen wounded, 4th arrested in Talafar blast
NINEWA / Aswat al-Iraq: Three gunmen were wounded while they were planting an explosive device in northern Talafar, while a fourth gunman was arrested following the blast, a local police chief said on Wednesday.

“This evening, an improvised explosive device (IED) hit four gunmen inside a children's toy store in al-Salam neighborhood, northern Talafar (60 km northwest of Mosul),' Col. Ali Hadi Obeid told Aswat al-Iraq news agency

Three gunmen were injured in the blast and taken to the hospital, while a fourth was arrested by the police, the official pointed out.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
4 Paleostinians wounded as Egypt detonates tunnel
Four Palestinians have been wounded as Egyptian security forces detonate a tunnel on the border between Gaza and Egypt, Palestinian medical sources report.
BOOM...Anybody in there?
OWWWWWWWW...
Sorry.

The Quds Press reported late Wednesday that the four victims, who were in the tunnel at the time of detonation, were moved to a local hospital in Rafah.

The explosion also caused damage to a number of homes in Al-Brazil neighborhood, in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.
Use enough dynamite there, Anwar?
They damaged homes in Brazil???
Furthermore, Egyptian security sources said that the security forces managed to uncover ten tunnels along the border with Rafah the same day.

The forces detonated some of the tunnels on Wednesday afternoon, and intend to detonate the rest soon.

In another incident, Egyptian police have seized 41 cars near its border with Gaza that were to be taken into the Palestinian territory through tunnels, a security official, who demanded anonymity, said on Wednesday.
That's one big tunnel ...
The discovery was made during a police patrol on Tuesday, the official said.
Posted by: Fred || 04/01/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  They are taking cars through tunnels? Dang, they are righteous tunnels. Makes one wonder about Egyptian security.......
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 04/01/2010 0:04 Comments || Top||

#2  The cars are smuggled One Piece At a Time
Posted by: ed || 04/01/2010 0:17 Comments || Top||

#3  I think the cars go through in pieces, and are then re-assembled.
Posted by: Scooter McGruder || 04/01/2010 0:19 Comments || Top||

#4  They moved the London Bridge to Arizona, why not the Lincoln Tunnel to Gaza?
Posted by: Glenmore || 04/01/2010 7:40 Comments || Top||



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