As an unarmed contractor.....if you'd like to develop a REAL bewildering case of the ass, just get in a DFAC chow line behind a preggie Air Force airman at a FOB, carrying an M-16 with enough dirt on it to start a small garden.
Still no case of the ass? Well then observe a heavily armed young lady from Department of State Diplomatic Security (DIPSEC) team transiting Ali Al Salem drop her fancy, German made submachine gun on the floor while her and her team of steely-eyed killers in neatly pressed cargo pants, Oakleys, black Danners and smart baseball caps search frantically on their knees for her contact lens.
Besoeker,I about spewed my coffee! You brought back some fond memories of going to the FOB for a hot meal and a debrief and finding myself in line next to someone in a pressed uniform asking me if I was in the military. "No honey, the M4 and smell is a fashion statement".
Posted by: 49 Pan ||
04/16/2010 13:51 Comments ||
by SSgt. Barry Sadler
This is dedicated to the parade field trooper
Who never leaves that nice soft garrison
And always looks real pretty
Now in the war torn jungles of Vietnam
Youll find a certain kind of man
Youll see him everywhere
Hes a trooper, a garet trooper
Yeah, hes five foot four, 228 pounds of blubber
Got him a nickel plated 45 tied down low, quick draw holster
Two bandoliers of brasso-ed ammo
Yeah hes a trooper, a garet trooper
Hes fought from Saigon to Ninh Thuan
In every bar that is, and then only with the girls
And he aint won one yet
But hes a trooper, a garet trooper (garet trooper)
Hes got a hip knife, a side knife, a boot knife, a shoulder knife
And a little bitty one thats a combination flare gun, dinner set,
and genuine police whistle
But hes a trooper, a garet trooper
Now I run into one the other day, He told me a story,
He said he'd just this minute come back from
a fifteen day runnin fight with the Cong
Said he captured a lot of loot
You know what I saw when I looked down? A spit shined boot
Yeah, hes a trooper, a garet trooper (garet trooper)
Now poor ole pilot come back today
Half his crew was killed, aircraft shot to hell
But he dont say much
Hes not a trooper, a garet trooper
And out in the hills and the jungles and the swamps
Living like a bunch of dogs
Are some men wearing funny little green hats
They stay out there and fight for months on end
They dont say much cause theyre not troopers,
garet troopers (garet troopers)
And I bet finally, when I leave this war torn land
The last thing Ill see will be,
though I may be in a drunken stupor
I bet itll be a garet trooper (garet trooper)
Yeah, theyre all over the place
Aint hardly worth going to war no more
[Iran Press TV Latest] Two bomb explosions have ripped through Afghanistan's southern city of Kandahar, killing several people, including seven Britons, and injuring scores of others.
The first bomb was planted in a vehicle abandoned in front of a hotel. It went off on Thursday, destroying several shops and injuring at least six people.
The second blast happened some three hours later, when a bomber rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into a compound accommodating foreigners. Seven foreign workers, believed to be British, died in the incident.
So far no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
The security situation in Kandahar has been deteriorating since it was revealed that Afghan and US-led NATO forces plan to launch a military crackdown on militants in the city.
Meanwhile, a Press TV correspondent has learnt that many of the foreign security companies present in Afghanistan are not registered and are operating with impunity.
Among the security firms operating illegally in the country are Xe Services LLC (formerly known as Blackwater) and DynCorp. These firms have been repeatedly blamed for killing civilians.
Ahhh, but who is doing the blaming, and just how untrustworthy is he?
Posted by: Fred ||
04/16/2010 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Taliban
[Al Arabiya Latest] Sudan's ruling party said on Thursday that the southern army had killed nine of its officials during the first open elections in 24 years. "Three days ago at night some (southern army) soldiers came to the home of the president of the National Congress Party in Raja, and killed him and eight other people -- they are also members of
" This was a passionate crime to do with a wife, a feud that led to a shooting between the husband and lover "
the NCP," Agnes Lokudu, head of the northern-dominated NCP in south Sudan, said. Raja is in Western Bahr al-Ghazal state in south Sudan.
Lokudu said the killings were politically motivated by anger that many people in the area had voted for the NCP.
The ex-rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), which dominates the southern government, denied the involvement of the separate south Sudan army. "This was a passionate crime to do with a wife -- a feud that led to a shooting between the husband and lover," Suzanne Jambo, head of the SPLM's external relations office, said. "This is not political."
Sudan's elections, entering the last of a five-day voting period on Thursday, had been largely free from major violence. A wave of opposition boycotts in much of the north left little competition for incumbent President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.
South Sudan's president and SPLM head Salva Kiir is also likely to be elected president of the semi-autonomous south.
But tensions have been high in the south between parties and independents opposing the SPLM who have complained of arrests and harassment.
Sudanese are voting in presidential, legislative and gubernatorial elections.
Posted by: Fred ||
04/16/2010 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Govt of Syria
If 9 were killed due to a domestic "crime of passion" over a scorned lover, does that mean that the NCP president had 8 lovers?
Posted by: American Delight ||
04/16/2010 5:49 Comments ||
[Al Arabiya Latest] Polling in Sudan's first multi-party election in more than two decades officially ended on Thursday, as tensions mounted over alleged violations in a vote already marred by a major opposition boycott. The crucial process of counting is expected to begin on Friday and results are due by April 20.
Some 16 million registered voters were asked to choose their president as well as legislative and local representatives in the country's first multi-party election since 1986.
But the vote kicked off in chaos on Sunday, before delays and logistical problems prompted the National Election Commission to extend polling for two more days.
Posted by: Fred ||
04/16/2010 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Govt of Sudan
When six pirates launched an attack on a giant U.S. warship off the Horn of Africa, there was only ever going to be one winner. The bandits began shooting at the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland just before dawn about 380 miles off Djibouti. The Navy said the Ashland returned fire and the suspected pirate skiff was destroyed.
All six people on board were rescued and taken aboard the Ashland. The Ashland suffered no injuries or damage in the attack on Saturday morning.
The Navy has taken at least 21 suspected pirates since March 31 in the violence-plagued waters off Somalia and nearby regions, where U.S. warships are part of an international anti-piracy flotilla.
On March 31, the frigate USS Nicholas exchanged fire with a suspected pirate vessel west of the Seychelles, sinking their skiff and confiscating a mother ship. Five suspected pirates were captured.
On Monday, the destroyer USS McFaul responded to the distress call from a merchant vessel and captured 10 other suspected pirates.
The Navy said it was reviewing 'multiple options' on the suspects' fates. Some suspected pirates have been turned over to Kenya for trial, but there has been some reluctance by African nations to become a centre for prosecutions.
In December, the Dutch government released 13 suspected Somali pirates after the European Union failed to find a country willing to prosecute them.
One of the suspected pirates accused of attacking the U.S.-flagged merchant ship Maersk Alabama last year is facing trial in the United States.
At the United Nations, Russia has introduced a draft resolution to the U.N. Security Council that calls for strengthening the international legal system to ensure captured Somali pirates do not escape punishment.
In Turkey, a news agency reported Saturday that Somali pirates have abandoned a commandeered Turkish ship. The Dogan agency quoted Fatih Kabal, an official of Bergen Shipping based in Istanbul, as saying the pirates left the MV Yasin C, which was seized Wednesday 250 miles off the Kenyan coast. Kabal said the crew had locked themselves in the engine room and realized that the pirates had left the ship on Friday. He said crew members, who were unharmed, took the damaged ship to the Kenyan port of Mombasa.
Meanwhile, the owner of a hijacked supertanker has begun negotiations for the ship's release, a South Korean Foreign Ministry official said on condition of anonymity, citing the sensitivity of the talks. Repeated calls to the vessel operator, South Korea-based Samho Shipping, seeking comment went unanswered on Saturday night. The vessel is owned by a Singaporean company. A South Korean naval destroyer that had been monitoring the ship began sailing away from the pirates Saturday and heading back toward the Gulf of Aden after the pirates warned the sailors not to come any closer.
Authorities say Somali pirates hijacked the 300,000-ton Samho Dream in the Indian Ocean on April 4. The ship was transporting crude oil worth about $160 million from Iraq to the U.S. with a crew of 24 South Koreans and Filipinos.
More than a dozen ships and their crew are believed to be currently held by pirates off the lawless coast of Somalia.
Posted by: Fred ||
04/16/2010 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Pirates
Wait for the USS Murtha to get into action; bet your ass that there will be killing in cold blood.....
but then again, professional courtesy will probably result in letting the (other) pirates free.....
[Al Arabiya Latest] Somalia's al-Shabaab militants have ordered schools in Jowhar town to stop using bells to signal the end of classes because they sound like those of Christian churches, teachers said on Thursday.
Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab is Somalia's most powerful insurgent group and controls large parts of the south and the capital Mogadishu. It is battling the western-backed government for control of the Horn of Africa nation.
Teachers and a school headmaster in Shabaab-controlled Jowhar town, some 90 km (56 miles) north of Mogadishu, said an Shabaab member had ordered schools to silence their bells because the sound was too similar to those in Christian churches.
"We were called by Sheikh Farah, the head of al-Shabaab's education, and he told us that we can't use bell sounds from now on. He said any school heard using bell sounds after now will be brought to Islamic justice," a school teacher in Jowhar told Reuters by telephone.
A local headmaster confirmed the report and added that Shabaab had informed his school that it would begin explaining to students the significance of Islamic Jihad.
Shabaab runs administrations in the areas it controls using a harsh version of sharia law, cutting off hands of thieves, making sure women wear veils and banning what it calls social vices, like music and TV sports.
Somali insurgent groups are fighting the interim government led by former rebel and current president, Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, but have been unable to deal a death blow in a nation that has been without effective central rule since 1991.
Posted by: Fred ||
04/16/2010 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: al-Shabaab
[Maghrebia] Algerian civilians protesting the terrorist abduction of an 80-year-old villager are expected to bring the Tizi-Ouzou town of Boghni to a standstill with a general strike on Thursday (April 15th), Tout sur l'Algerie reported. On March 30th, less than a week after the kidnapping, thousands of Tizi-Ouzou residents staged a protest in Aït Koufi to demand the elderly victim's "immediate and unconditional release". The villagers have refused to pay a 30m-dinar ransom. They have also organised a hunt for the kidnappers in the Tala Guilef area.
A similar citizen protest occurred in the same region last fall. When some 20 members of al-Qaeda's El Ansar brigade kidnapped a hotel owner in Tizi-Ouzou province, villagers and his family refused to comply with ransom demands. The terrorists eventually released the victim following negotiations with the Tigzirt imam.
The Ransom of Red Chief
Posted by: Fred ||
04/16/2010 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa
Bangladeshi police have arrested a Bangladeshi-born British citizen wanted in London on allegations of financing Islamist groups, Dhaka's police chief said Friday.
Good. Is he to be hung or sent back to Britain for trial?
Golam Mostafa, who police say has links to a number of South Asian militant groups, was arrested late Thursday in the northwestern district of Sylhet, A.K.M. Shahidul Haq said. "Mostafa is wanted in London under the Terrorist Financing Act as they found he had been collecting money for the Afghan Mujahedeen and for Bangladeshi militants," Haq said.
The Bangladeshi-born 45-year-old fought in the Afghan war alongside the mujahedeen against Soviet forces, Haq said, adding that Mostafa had been under surveillance for years and his Dhaka house was raided in 2007. The Bangladeshi police believe he is also the head of the British arm of banned Pakistan-based militant group Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI).
The information used to arrest Mostafa was provided by two recently detained suspected militant financiers: a Bangladeshi-born British citizen Faisal Mostafa, and the founder of HuJI Bangladesh, Mufti Abdus Salam, Haq said. Salam now claims to have renounced militancy, left HuJI and founded the Islamic Democratic Party with the aim of competing in Bangladesh elections, although the country's election commission refused to allow him to register. Faisal, 45, who owned the Britain-based Green Crescent charity, was arrested in Bangladesh in April 2009 after police raided a Islamic school, or madrassa, on the remote southern island of Bhola, which was run by the charity.
Police seized a cache of weapons and explosive devices from the school, as well as jihadist literature urging Muslims to take up arms.
A gunbattle erupted on the main coast boulevard in the heart of this Pacific resort Wednesday afternoon, killing six people, including a mother and her 8-year-old child. None of the victims appeared to be tourists.
One federal police officer died in a shootout with gunmen, but at least three of the dead seemed to have been bystanders caught in the crossfire. Five other people suffered wounds and about a dozen vehicles were riddled with bullets.
Federal police said they detained a 26-year-old and said he apparently worked for Edgar Valdez Villarreal, a U.S.-born drug capo who has been engaged in a bloody battle in the Acapulco area with former colleagues in the Beltran-Leyva drug cartel.
Police said the gunbattle started when "armed men traveling in several vehicles opened fire on the occupants of another vehicle," killing both men.
It was unclear why the men were targeted. Drug gangs have staged shootouts in Acapulco before, but seldom in broad daylight amid heavy traffic, and never with such a toll among bystanders.
Police tried to intercept the gunmen's vehicles.
"In their attempt to escape, the assailants opened fire on several private vehicles, killing three people, including a child," federal police said in a statement.
While police officers may have tried to return fire, the area was littered with hundreds of shell casings from AK-47 assault rifles -- a weapon used almost exclusively by Mexico's drug cartels.
The battle caused a huge traffic jam on the busy Miguel Aleman Boulevard, after some drivers crashed into each other and others tried to cross the palm-lined median strip in a desperate attempt to flee the shooting.
"An 8-year-old girl died when she was being transferred in an ambulance, and her mother also died," city police said in a statement. A policeman at the scene said the mother had apparently just picked her daughter up from school when they were caught in the hail of bullets.
That's a lot of trigger pulling in a semi-automatic during a short gun battle, and fully automatic AK-47s are not available at the US gun shows that provide most of the weapons to Mexico, so these must have been semi-auto AKs. Right?
Glenmore, I don't think you can trust statistics regarding gun flow into Mexico. A statistic often cited is that 90% of the firearms going into Mexico come from the U.S. This may not be true because it is often used to justify U.S. Federal budgets related to the war on drugs such as ATF, DEA, etc. Moreover, this figure is used by "gun control" zealots with an agenda. Fox News estimated that 17% of the guns that flow into Mexico are from the U.S. If this is true 83% come from other places besides the U.S. Gun tracing in Mexico is a little murky. The following link is interesting and seems fairly unbiased: Guns into Mexico
But Michelle Obama says traveling to Mexico is safe!
Posted by: Frozen Al ||
04/16/2010 11:31 Comments ||
Glenmmore, I sensed it. I was just trying to provide some statistics to counter conventional thought. I get tired of hearing that 90% of the firearms going into Mexico come from the U.S.--particularly when it comes from people who know differently. The military and police are the only legal buyers of firearms in Mexico so one would think that any firearms ending up in cartel hands are purchased illegally or come through the police and military. Semi-autos can be converted to fully auto with not too much difficulty particularly for someone familiar with military weapons. Los Zetas is such a group (former military). Breaking the law in Mexico seems to be an oxymoron so such conversions wouldn't be of much concern to the person doing the converting.
If you like our insane policy of importing a desperate underclass from Mexico now, just wait until most major cities in Mexico become no-go zones for the feds. Then we can add millions of desperately poor and terrified urban Mexicans to the 10m+ desperately poor rural Mexicans already here.
Yet another colossal failure of Tweedledum and Tweedledee. 'dum gets a lock on cheap labor for its sweatshop owner supporters, and 'dee gets a lock on the latino vote in CA and "emerging majority" battleground states in the mountain SW.
I seem to recall that the actual statistic was that 90% of those guns that the the Mexican police could trace were from north of the border. But that almost all the guns were untraceable. Which puts rather a different complexion on things, I think.
[Iran Press TV Latest] A Turkish soldier has been killed in a fresh military operation against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in the south-eastern province of Batman.
The clashes took place on Wednesday when the members of the military patrolling between Sason and Kozluk districts came across a group of PKK members. They called upon the militants to surrender, who in return opened gunfire.
Military forces engaged in a fierce firefight with the terrorists and a Turkish trooper lost his life.
Four soldiers received bullet injuries in the incident. They are currently receiving medical treatment in Batman State Hospital, according to a report published by CNN-Turk news channel.
The report added that helicopters provided aerial protection for the troopers to carry out the operation.
The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community, including Turkey, Iran, the US, and the European Union.
More than 40,000 people have lost their lives since the PKK launched its armed campaign against Ankara in 1984 as part of a quest to establish a socialist Kurdish state in southeastern Turkey.
Turkish fighter jets frequently shell PKK strongholds in the jagged mountains of northern Iraq.
A flight of Predators or its more muscular brothers, the Reapers, hit a Taliban compound and two vehicles in the town of Tolkhel near Miramshah in North Waziristan. The Predators fired their missiles in two waves. Seven missiles total were fired, according to a report in Dawn.
The first strike hit a Taliban compound and vehicle, while the second strike appears to have hit during the Taliban's attempt to recover the dead and wounded. Is it evil of me to applaud this? Is it evil of me to ululate?
Only if you can't carry a tune.
"Missiles hit a car carrying militants and as soon as other people rushed into help, more missiles were fired by drones," a Pakistani security official told AFP.
Well done, O far-away controller! And to you and all your fellows, thank you! More, faster, please.
Today's airstrike took place in a region administered by North Waziristan Taliban leader Hafiz Gul Bahadar.
About Goddam time we took the gloves off and hit the support people as well as the trigger pullers.
Posted by: Redneck Jim ||
04/16/2010 12:52 Comments ||
Cleaning up on the cleaner-uppers is a nice touch. May it become a recurring theme.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
04/16/2010 16:34 Comments ||
I had a second thought, if they can't rush in and swipe the guns, we should see a rise in Effectives and a corresponding fall in "Civilian" deaths claimed.
After all if they can't clean a site then the Liars died too.
Posted by: Redneck Jim ||
04/16/2010 21:24 Comments ||
A SUICIDE bomber blew himself up in the main hospital in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta today, killing 10 people and triggering chaos and panic on the wards.
Police said it appeared to be a sectarian attack linked to the nearby shooting of a Shi'ite banker whose body had been brought to the hospital shortly before the bomb blast.
Quetta, capital of insurgency-hit southwestern Baluchistan province, has seen frequent violence pitting militants from the majority Sunni and minority Shi'ite communities.
City police chief Ghulam Shabbir Sheikh put the death toll at 10, including four policemen and a cameraman with a private television station.
More than 30 people were wounded, including at least four journalists and a local MP.
"It appears to be sectarian violence," provincial police chief Qazi Abdul Wahid said. Brilliant, chief, brilliant. How do you do it?
The victim of the shooting was Arshad Zaidi, the son of a local Shi'ite community leader, who was sprayed with bullets by gunmen on a motorbike as he left the bank.
"Hundreds of people including a local MP and dozens of journalists rushed to the hospital where the body was lying. As the crowd swelled at the casualty ward a suicide bomber blew himself up," crime investigation department chief Wazir Khan Nasir said.
The blast spread panic through the hospital and send shards of glass flying, while witnesses said the walls of the casualty ward were spattered with blood stains and pieces of human flesh.
"We have found legs and head from the blast site. We have also found metal pellets, usually stuffed in suicide vests, from the blast site," police officer Mohammad Iqbal said.
Mr Nasir said the bomber had used between 5 to 8kg of explosives.
[Geo News] Two persons were killed and two other injured on Thursday in a firing incident in Kabal tehsil of Swat. According to sources, unidentified men shot dead two persons, a member of local peace committee. The dead and injured were shifted to a nearby hospital.
[Geo News] United Nations (UN) commission, which probed into assassination of Benazir Bhutto, has held responsible the former President Pervez Musharraf-led government for assassination of Benazir Bhutto due to provision of poor security measures. Â"Musharraf government failed to provide foolproof security to Ms. Bhutto which ultimately led to a lethal assault on herÂ", the report's beginning statement said. There was a serious lack of professionalism in security arrangements, either by the government of Pakistan or by the PPP party, which were jointly providing security to caravan of Benazir in Liaquat Bagh, said it.
Posted by: Fred ||
04/16/2010 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan
not sure if the surprise meter should be on this... totally not surprised the Musharraf was complicit, but the fact someone actually published a report on it. wow.
Posted by: abu do you love ||
04/16/2010 1:26 Comments ||
Not sure this report means anything other than a burning need to blame someone, Mush if possible.. Foolproof security doesn't exist.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike ||
04/16/2010 6:06 Comments ||
From the report:
The conditions in Pakistan that resulted in threats to Ms Bhutto must be
understood against the backdrop of Pakistans recent history. Under the military
dictatorship of General Zia ul Haq from 1977 to 1988, a once secular military was
aligned with political Islam, and jihad was used as a tool to recruit and support
insurgents fighting against the Soviet-backed government in Afghanistan. The
Pakistani military organized and supported the Taliban to take control of Afghanistan
in 1996. Similar tactics were used in Kashmir against India after 1989. These
policies resulted in active linkages between elements of the military and the
Establishment with radical Islamists, at the expense of national secular forces, and the
entrenchment of religious extremist and other militant groups in the tribal areas and
Punjab. Ms Bhuttos return from exile in 2007 occurred against this backdrop.
Therefore, a discussion of the threats to Ms Bhutto and of the forces that felt
threatened by her potential return to power in Pakistan must include the following:
Al-Qaida, Taliban and local jihadi groups and elements of the Establishment.
The jihadi organizations are Sunni groups based largely in Punjab. Members of
these groups aided the Taliban effort in Afghanistan at the behest of the ISI and later
cultivated ties with Al-Qaida and Pakistani Taliban groups. The Pakistani military
and ISI also used and supported some of these groups in the Kashmir insurgency after
1989. The bulk of the anti-Indian activity was and still remains the work of groups
such as Lashkar e Taiba, which has close ties with the ISI. A common characteristic
of these jihadi groups was their adherence to the Deobandi Sunni sect of Islam, their
strong anti-Shia bias, and their use by the Pakistani military and intelligence agencies
in Afghanistan and Kashmir.
The development of these organizations and the spread of Islamist
extremism, which marginalized secular democratizing forces, was promoted during
the General Zia ul Haq military regime (which overthrew the civilian government
headed by Ms Bhuttos father and later executed him); the ISI cultivated these
relationships, initially in the context of the Cold War and the anti-Soviet war in
Afghanistan in the 1980s and later in support of Kashmiri insurgents. While several
Pakistani current and former intelligence officials told the Commission that their
agencies no longer had such ties in 2007, virtually all independent analysts provided
information to the contrary and affirmed the ongoing nature of many such links.
surprising frankness from the UN
Posted by: john frum ||
04/16/2010 6:41 Comments ||
So BB was whacked by the jihadis, but it is all Perv's fault for not providing better security? I seem to recall she declined to take precautions because she wanted to get close to her people.
As Pakistan and the world wait for the UN report on Benazir Bhutto's assassination today (Thursday), it has been revealed that the Punjab police had already told the UN Inquiry Commission that the murderers of Benazir had been traced, arrested and are being tried.
Her assassination was an open and shut case for the Punjab police, which had instantly solved it way back in February 2008 by tracing the mastermind of the Liaquat Bagh suicide attack as well as the suicide bomber, who had blown himself up on December 27, 2007 in Rawalpindi, the UN has been told.
Whether the UN report takes this investigation into account and how much importance it is given will be seen in the report of the UN commission.
Continued on Page 49
A Gaza militant was killed by Israeli gunfire at the border fence east of Gaza City, Palestinian medics said. Military sources in Israel confirmed that a Palestinian gunman was killed.
Palestinian medics identified the gunman as Mohammed Saleem, 24. The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, which is linked to the Fatah movement of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, said it was involved in the fighting and that one of its militants was missing.
An Israeli military spokesman said troops had spotted a gunman trying to place an explosive device along the fence between the Palestinian enclave and Israel. "The gunman threw a hand grenade," an army spokesman said, adding that the troops subsequently opened fire and "identified hitting him." The incident is the second of its kind in a week.
On Tuesday, the army said it killed four militants in a gunbattle in central Gaza, though the radical Islamic Jihad group said only two of its fighters were killed.
[Ma'an] Palestinian minister of telecommunications and information technology Mashhur Abu Daka on Thursday sent letters to more than 35 television and radio stations demanding that they stop broadcasting.
The move follows a dispute between a number of broadcasters protesting a rise in fees.
In a statement, Abu Daka said their collective decision not to adhere to licensing regulations was illegal, and urged them to cooperate. "This step comes after the ultimatum, which lasted for one month, that was the result of the meeting between Abu Daka and the head of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate."
He thanked those stations that have adjusted their situation, however, affirming "the ministry's determination to organize this vital and important sector." He also noted that "this step includes the stations that did not complete licensing procedures, whether by the ministries of interior or information, or that did not complete the technical requirements of the ministry of telecommunications."
Abu Daka concluded that "this step will be followed by coming steps to include the radio and TV stations that completed licensing requirements but did not pay the required fees."
Posted by: Fred ||
04/16/2010 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority
so much for the WMOL Morning Zoo show
Posted by: Frank G ||
04/16/2010 11:01 Comments ||
Posted by: Frank G ||
04/16/2010 18:58 Comments ||
Unless you have ethnic divisions or a totalitarian regime, neither of which applies to Thailand, it can be pretty hard to get the rank and file to shoot their fellow citizens, no matter what the generals order.
BTW, the earlier shootings look like a deliberate provocation by the military dressed as red shirts.
A defence volunteer has died after being repeatedly slashed about the head with a sharp object and his body dumped under a bridge in Narathiwat's Si Sakhon district, police say.
Officers were called in yesterday to examine the body of Wiranan Api, 29, a defence volunteer for Ban Sriwarin in Si Sakhon district. An initial investigation found Wiranan had left home on Tuesday by motorcycle to travel to a relative's home in the same district. Police believed he was attacked along the way by southern terrorists insurgents.
In Pattani's Yaring district, Salae Jehuseng, the head of Ban Takul in tambon Tatokapo, and his 15-year-old son Abduloh were shot and wounded about 7am yesterday, police said. An investigation found their motorcycle was followed by a car before they were shot by unidentified attackers.
On Tuesday night, Hawae Yuso, 36, an assistant village head in Khok Pho district, was also shot and wounded by terrorists suspected insurgents. His assailants followed him on a motorcycle before opening fire.
In Narathiwat, two brothers serving as territorial defence volunteers in Rueso district came under attack yesterday from gunmen hiding among trees by the roadside as they were riding past on their motorcycles. Bantao and Bancha Tosaeng returned fire after they came under attack, with the gunfight lasting about two minutes before the terrorists suspected insurgents fled. No one was hurt. The two were ordered by the district chief to inspect Ban Na Da after there were reports of an terrorist insurgent group entering the village to plan acts of violence during the Songkran festival, police said.
Security officers also clashed yesterday with terrorists suspected insurgents as they stood guard at a house belonging to a family of Buddhists in Ban Thammachot in Rueso district. Officers said they opened fire on an unidentified armed group after they attacked the house with weapons, including grenades. The house belongs to the sole Buddhist family in the Muslim village. It had previously suffered other gun and grenade attacks.
In another development, the army has assigned the Engineer Department to continue roadworks in Yala and Narathiwat after the private contractors deserted the work for fear of violence. The public relations chief for the Internal Security Operations Command's 4th Region, Col Banpot Pulpian, said yesterday about 600 soldiers had been sent to the sites since April 3.
[Dawn] Three bombs rocked a park in Myanmar's main city Yangon Thursday as revellers celebrated an annual water festival, leaving at least nine people dead and more than 60 wounded, officials said.
The blasts occurred near Kandawgyi Lake in the military-ruled country's commercial hub where crowds had gathered to celebrate the Buddhist new year.
"Nine people were killed -- five men and four women -- and so far 62 people were injured," an official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
A fourth bomb was found and defused, the official said.
The blasts came as the country prepares for elections planned for this year that critics have dismissed as a sham for effectively barring opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi because she is a serving prisoner.
Hundreds of people gathered around the area, which was cordoned off by police after the explosions. Witnesses said people fled and ambulances rushed away casualties.
"I saw blood on many people," said a Red Cross official.
Myanmar has been hit by a series of bomb blasts in recent years, with the junta blaming attacks on armed exile groups or ethnic rebels.
[Dawn] A grenade attack on a political gathering left two people dead and 12 wounded in the same area of the Philippines where 57 people were massacred last year, police said Thursday.
The attack on a meeting at a resort in the southern province of Maguindanao late Wednesday was linked to next month's national elections, said provincial police chief Senior Superintendent Alex Lineses.
A mayoral and vice-mayoral candidate were meeting with supporters when two men aboard a motorcycle threw a grenade over the resort fence where it exploded. The candidates were unharmed, said Lineses.
The attack came despite tight security that has been imposed on Maguindanao after 57 people were massacred there in November allegedly by gunmen working for the Ampatuans, a powerful political clan.
The November massacre was carried out allegedly to keep a rival from running against a member of the Ampatuan family, and the province remains under a state of emergency.
However the latest attack is not believed to be linked to the November massacre. Elections in the Philippines are usually accompanied by a surge in violence as politicians use force to intimidate or eliminate their rivals.
The national police said it had recorded a total of 53 cases of election-related violence with 26 deaths and 25 wounded since January, excluding the victims from the new grenade blast.
The party of presidential front-runner Benigno Aquino criticised the national police for not doing enough to stop a rash of attacks on its followers.
Twelve members of Aquino's Liberal Party have been murdered since January in the south, a party statement said.
"The killings must stop now," vice-presidential candidate Mar Roxas said in the statement.
[Straits Times] A BOMB attack on three electricity towers nearly plunged a suburb of the Thai capital into darkness last weekend, officials said on Thursday, as the country reels from violent civil unrest.
Plastic explosives planted at the base of the towers damaged four legs and nearly toppled power lines in Ayutthaya province, 50 kilometres north of Bangkok, provincial police commander Jaruvat Vaisaya said. 'Seven bombs were found at three electricty towers. Four bombs exploded and the other three malfunctioned,' he told AFP.
Had all the explosives detonated, power would have been cut to the northern Bangkok suburb of Rangsit, Ayutthaya governor Wittaya Phewpong said. 'Whoever planted them wanted to cause huge damage,' he said.
Police were investigating whether the blasts were connected to Saturday clashes in Bangkok between anti-government 'Red Shirt' protesters and security forces, which killed at least 23 people and injured more than 800.
'We need to find more evidence before I can say that it is linked to the incident on Saturday or not,' Jaruvat said. 'What I can say for sure is that the people who did this were professional.'
A series of smaller explosions aimed at politically significant sites and army buildings have occurred in Bangkok since 'Red Shirt' demonstrations began in the city last month, but no one has claimed responsibility for the blasts.
[Al Arabiya Latest] Iran has barred reformist former president Mohammad Khatami from leaving the country ahead of a trip he planned to make to Japan for a nuclear disarmament conference, a pro-reform website said Thursday.
The Parlemannews.ir website of the reformist bloc in parliament did not provide details of any reasons given for the travel ban.
"Khatami was supposed to leave Tehran for Japan on Thursday night ... to take part in a conference on nuclear disarmament in Japan," the website reported.
There was no immediate comment from Iranian authorities, or from Khatami's allies.
Khatami publicly backed moderate defeated candidate Mirhossein Mousavi during the country's disputed June presidential election, which reformists said was rigged to secure hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election.
Official results of the vote showing Ahmadinejad won by a landslide, but the country was rocked by street protests by Mousavi supporters. Authorities rejected vote rigging allegations.
Security forces quelled the protests but opposition leader Mousavi and his allies have refused to back down, saying the reform movement will continue.
The aftermath of the vote, which plunged the Islamic state into its worst internal crisis, exposed deepening divisions in its ruling elite.
The authorities blame the opposition leaders for trying to topple the clerical establishment, which is also locked in a standoff with the West over Iran's nuclear work.
Khatami's allies denied a report by the semi-official Fars News Agency in March that said Khatami was barred from leaving Iran.
Under Iran's Islamic Sharia law, a judicial decision is needed to bar Iranian citizens from leaving the country.
The clerical establishment has prevented some reformist politician, rights activists and pro-reform artists from travelling out of Iran since last year's election.
Several Khatami allies were detained after the vote for various charges, including acting against national security. Some of them have been sentenced to jail terms of up to 16 years.
Hardline authorities have repeatedly accused the opposition leaders of links to "foreign enemies", calling on them to repent or "face charges of supporting apostates in defiance of God".
The United States and its European allies have condemned Iran over its handling of post-election protests, supporting Iran's reform movement. Reformists deny the accusation.
Posted by: Fred ||
04/16/2010 00:00 ||
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On the Saturday morning in late November when Ahmed Abdullah Minni left his Alexandria, Va., home, quite possibly forever, he did his family's weekly grocery shopping. He bought the snacks his mother needs for the award-winning preschool she runs out of their tidy blue home. He stocked up on his favorite treats: Florida orange juice with no pulp, the oatmeal cookies and rice pudding. He put on latex gloves -- his family jokingly calls him "Mr. Neat" -- and sorted the laundry for his mother. Around 3 p.m., he walked to a mosque down the street for prayers with his father and brothers.
Then he vanished. To Pakistan. An American kid on jihad.
Around 5 p.m., his mother became worried. This was not like him. This was not the son she considered her right hand. This was not her Hamada, her nickname for him, who called her even if he was right across Route 1 at Wal-Mart, to check in and find out if she needed anything.
"Where are you?" she demanded when he picked up his cellphone. He told her he was in Maryland at a conference. He would be home Sunday. "You better come home right now!" she said, furious. She started compiling a mental list of chores, such as raking leaves, with which she would punish him. She hung up. That was Nov. 28. She hasn't heard his voice since.
This Saturday, Minni, who turned 20 after disappearing, and four other friends from Virginia, Umar Chaudhry, 24; Ramy Zamzam, 22; Waqar Khan, 22; and Aman Hassan Yemer, 18, will appear before a Pakistani judge on five counts each of terrorism-related charges. The prosecution will call 19 witnesses, according to Minni's Pakistani attorney, who will say that al-Qaida recruited the five men to help terrorist groups in Pakistan and Afghanistan fight the United States.
Hassan Katchela, their attorney in Pakistan, said the five have been tortured while in prison. "I am confident I will be able to prove that all the evidence the prosecution has is fabricated," he said. "They have nothing to connect these boys to any terrorist purpose."
That's certainly what the stunned families and close friends the five left behind want to believe. These young men, they say, spent their free time playing sports with the mosque's youth group, watching movies, using their annual passes to Six Flags, eating at the local Kebab Palace, studying with an eye to solid American futures. But why did they leave so secretly and abruptly? Why has Ahmed written to his mother only that she must be patient, trust in Allah and not believe anything she hears?
The parents want to believe there is an innocent explanation for their sons' decision to slip away, but law enforcement sources confirm that a video left behind by Zamzam, a popular and high-achieving Howard University dental student, shows the "same finger-pointing, spitting at the camera mumbo jumbo" that extremists often post on the Internet.
"Are they typical terrorists?" asks Mustafa Abu Maryam, the youth leader at the Islamic Circle of North America, a mosque the young men attended. "No. Are they thugs? Absolutely not. Were they brainwashed by some jihadi cool fad? Who knows."
Maryam has spent the past months going over and over what happened before the vanishing, wondering why he saw no signs that something was changing for these five young men he knew and loved. "They said they wanted to defend Muslims. To help Muslims. Maybe they felt that what they were doing here was not enough. I just don't know."
The one sign he said he wished he paid more attention to is that for about three or four weeks before the day he left in November, Minni no longer looked him in the eye.
Saturdays are the hardest for Ahmed's mother, when the laughter of toddlers in her house is missing and there are no distractions. She wakes at 5 a.m. and sits in a hard-backed chair, staring out the front window, imagining Ahmed outside, parking his blue Toyota Corolla with the Obama sticker on the bumper. Wishing this were all just a bad, bad dream. She wonders if this is what heartbreak feels like, a heavy chandelier that's fallen on your chest, your throat so tight you can't even swallow your tea.
"This is not our dream," she says again and again, head in hand, rocking slowly back and forth. "This is not what we wanted our son to be. I don't understand. What happened? Who did this to my son? Who did this to my son?"
His sister, 13, who thinks Ahmed is on vacation in Mexico, wrote him a letter recalling how he came to her school honors assembly and took her out for her favorite ice cream with sprinkles to celebrate her stellar report card. She said she was hurt that he hadn't come to her most recent assembly.
"Next time," he wrote her from prison in Pakistan, "I will be there."
So ok, he goes and get caught, he will get what he deserves. The irony here is PAK is full of real terrorists and the ones they put on trial are four wet behind the ear kids??? What about binny and the rest, oh the PAKS can't be bothered with "real" terrorists, just misguided kids looking for trouble! In America it would be like the cops arresting a teen at a murder scene for an open container while the murderer stands and watches with the gun in his hands and goes free. FU(King PAKs, We should have never worked with them, We should have helped India destroy them and burn that shit hole to the ground! Oh, I feel better now. Thanks!
Posted by: 49 Pan ||
04/16/2010 12:44 Comments ||
You are 100% right, we should have used India's eager assistance to castrate those nutjobs years ago.
49 Pan: Actually these five were *more* dangerous than Pakistani homegrown. This is because they were organizationally recruited in the US, and had the chutzpah to make it all the way to Pakistan.
Typically, most radicals would be "supporters", who are not capable of action, or leaving their 'hood. They are level 1 problems, who just provide morale and a little money support.
Level 2 problems will actually take up arms, and maybe train. But without direction they do little or nothing unless attacked. Level 3 are raiders, who will leave their 'hood to go attack someone elsewhere in the area.
Level 4 are those that will travel to other countries, like these guys, where they will do what they are told, with little hesitation. They are dangerous, because they are not predictable, nor inhibited.
Level 5 are semi-pros who travel to other countries to recruit and train locals. They are middle managers and high priority targets. Level 6 are rare, and are true terrorist field leaders. Level 7 are the most dangerous, as they are within the military or intelligence services, but actively working for the enemy.
Posted by: 49 Pan ||
04/16/2010 16:51 Comments ||
"They vanished, leaving parents to wonder why"
Well, now the parents know. Their sons are idiots.
Enjoy Pakistan, ya' dipshits.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut ||
04/16/2010 19:12 Comments ||
imagining Ahmed outside, parking his blue Toyota Corolla with the Obama sticker on the bumper.
Interesting. That bunch arrested up north had donated to Democratic candidates, too, as I recall. I don't think there have been and Bush or McCain voters who've been arrested for terror activities. Odd, no?
Osama Bin Laden requested a satellite TV dish be installed in his Afghanistan hideaway so he could watch the September 11, 2001 terror attacks as they happened, according to his former bodyguard. But the Al Qaeda leader was unable to get a signal in the mountainous terrain surrounding his base in Kandahar so couldn't watch the two hijacked planes hit the World Trade Center in New York, claimed Nasser Al Bahri. The 37-year-old said: 'He asked for satellite TV to be able to follow the bombing.'
Mr Al Bahri, who was known as Abu Jandal (The Killer), served Bin Laden for three years before being arrested in Yemen ahead of the 9/11 attacks. But he claims to know Bin Laden told his media chief Hassan Al-Bahloul: 'It is very important that we are able to watch the news today.'
Bin Laden also instructed Mr Al Bahri to shoot him dead if he was on the verge of being captured by Western forces, the former bodyguard said. 'I would rather receive two bullets in the head than to be taken prisoner,' he told him. 'I want to die a martyr, but certainly not in prison.'
Mr Al Bahri, who has renounced his extremist past, now regrets not having shot Bin Laden dead when he had the chance. He said: 'Today I wish I had used it (the gun), but at the time he was someone very important for me.
Mr Al Bahri believes his elusive former master is in good health and remains at large under tribal protection in Waziristan on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. 'His death, even if it was not announced immediately for internal reasons, would end up being known in jihadist circles and on the internet,' he said.
Mr al Bahri was the first person to help the CIA link Bin Laden to the September 11 hijackers, who he said were his 'friends'. He claimed he knew nothing of their intention to strike the U.S., but recalled first meeting their leader Mohammed Atta in a Pakistan safe house. 'Atta was playing video games on a PlayStation where he was flying a plane,' he said.
Mr Al Bahri's claims are made in his book, In The Shadow Of Bin Laden, which he wrote with French journalist Georges Malbrunot. He has been refused permission to enter France to promote the book.
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