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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 08/09/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336064 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Looks to me like Jimmy has bad breath.
Posted by: Richard of Oregon || 08/09/2008 4:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Mr. Smith is bad man, very bad man.
Posted by: .5MT || 08/09/2008 6:05 Comments || Top||

#3  They don't make them like that in Hollyweird anymore . Wiki -

"In August 1943 he was finally assigned to the 445th Bombardment Group in Sioux City, Iowa, first as Operations Officer of the 703rd Bombardment Squadron and then its commander. In December, the 445th Bombardment Group flew its B-24 Liberator bombers to RAF Tibenham, England and immediately began combat operations. While flying missions over Germany, Stewart was promoted to Major. In March 1944, he was transferred as group operations officer to the 453rd Bombardment Group, a new B-24 unit that had been experiencing difficulties. As a means to inspire his new group, Stewart flew as command pilot in the lead B-24 on numerous missions deep into Nazi-occupied Europe. These missions went uncounted at Stewart's orders. His "official" total is listed as 20 and is limited to those with the 445th. In 1944, he twice received the Distinguished Flying Cross for actions in combat and was awarded the Croix de Guerre. He also received the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters. In July 1944, after flying 20 combat missions, Stewart was made Chief of Staff of the 2nd Combat Bombardment Wing of the Eighth Air Force. Before the war ended, he was promoted to colonel, one of only a few Americans to rise from private to colonel in four years."
"He served as Air Force Reserve commander of Dobbins Air Reserve Base in the early 1950s. In 1966, Brigadier General James Stewart flew as a non-duty observer in a B-52 on a bombing mission during the Vietnam conflict. At the time of his B-52 flight, he refused the release of any publicity regarding his participation as he did not want it treated as a stunt, but as part of his job as an officer in the Air Force Reserve. After 27 years of service, Stewart retired from the Air Force on 31 May 1968"
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/09/2008 12:00 Comments || Top||

#4  Jimmy Stewart preferred playing odd, bad-guy roles.
Posted by: Pappy || 08/09/2008 15:14 Comments || Top||

#5  If only he'd been allowed to show his stuff in SAC.
Posted by: .5MT || 08/09/2008 17:51 Comments || Top||

#6  The movie I mean, rogue B-32 pilot launches from McDill and bombs Fenway Park. It would be a crowd pleaser for sure.
Posted by: .5MT || 08/09/2008 17:53 Comments || Top||

Yemen: Shia rebels agree to peace terms
(AKI) - The commander and imam of Zaidi Shia rebels in Yemen, Abdul Malik al-Houthi has agreed to a government plan to end an insurgency that has claimed the lives of over 4,000 people.
"Hrarrr! We'll end hostilities, I guess! But we ain't surrenterin'! Remember that!"
In a letter to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, al-Houthi said he was committed to the 10 points set by the president for an end to fighting in the northwestern province of Saada, reported Yemeni daily '26 September' on Friday.
"Yeah. I guess we can agree to those ten points, at least until we get some more ammunition!"
The 10-point plan includes a ceasefire, the laying down of arms by rebels in the northwestern hills, a total disarmament of the Shia militias, and the demining of the area in return for a presidential pardon.

The rebels, who practice Zaidism, an offshoot of Shia Islam, are fighting to restore the Zaydi imamate overthrown in the 1962 revolution. Yemen is a mainly Sunni country, although Saleh is himself a Zaidi. Saleh announced on 17 July that the uprising was over, but sporadic clashes continued. Only an hour after the announcement, rebels launched an assault on the village of Mahza.
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Abdul Malik al-Houthi
Posted by: Fred || 08/09/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336064 views] Top|| File under:

#1  South Yemen - once led by Marxists - was once heavily supported by the Soviets. There is little doubt that the Russians and Indians are backing the least Islamicist sectors of the country. Its too bad that the West is sitting out the conflict in the poorest state in the Middle East.
Posted by: McZoid || 08/09/2008 2:32 Comments || Top||

#2  Jeannie's husband. My first Jinn. Or is that from the movie? All those White Mountain guys look-alike.

Posted by: .5MT || 08/09/2008 6:08 Comments || Top||

#3  famous Indian Jeff Chandler playing Cochise. Apparently neither Chuck Connors or Yul Brynner were available
Posted by: Frank G on the road || 08/09/2008 10:19 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
AP: Russia Good, Georgia And US Bad. Surprised?
Posted by: Anonymoose || 08/09/2008 19:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336064 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Late in the morning, Russian troops fired two rockets from a base near the border. A short time later, what appeared to be three Russian attack helicopters passed overhead, heading toward South Ossetia.

Sounds like the road is being contested. I wonder how close to the border?

Posted by: phil_b || 08/09/2008 20:05 Comments || Top||

Russia: Ukraine is helping Georgia
Puty sets up his excuse for the next move in his game
Russia accused Ukraine on Saturday of encouraging Georgia to carry out "ethnic cleansing" in the separatist region of South Ossetia by providing arms, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"The Ukrainian government, which has been enthusiastically arming Georgian troops from top to bottom, was in fact encouraging Georgia to attack and carry out ethnic cleansing in South Ossetia," the ministry said in a statement on its website www.mid.ru.

It added that ex-Soviet Ukraine had "no moral right to teach others how to do things."
Posted by: lotp || 08/09/2008 13:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336063 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It added that ex-Soviet Ukraine had "no moral right to teach others how to do things."

Sounds like a child in power.
Posted by: Cheretch Crereng9873 || 08/09/2008 14:33 Comments || Top||

#2  I bet he loses. This is not the old KGB cold war chess game days. This is denial of sovereign immunity and wholesale thuggery. If anyone deserves a humiliating bloody nose its this guy. Hollywood could not have even invented him.
Posted by: Jack is Back! || 08/09/2008 14:37 Comments || Top||

#3  Ukraine would know all about ethnic cleansing, by russians.
Posted by: Chusosing the Eponymous6421 || 08/09/2008 15:20 Comments || Top||

#4  Well the Ukraine girls really knock me out
They leave the West behind
And Moscow girls make me sing and shout
That Georgia's always on my mind

Aw come on!
Ho yeah!
Ho yeah!
Ho ho yeah!
Yeah yeah!

Yeah I'm back in the U.S.S.R.
You don't know how lucky you are boys
Back in the U.S.S.R.

Posted by: Bill Shusorong1219 || 08/09/2008 15:31 Comments || Top||

#5  Deploy a US Stryker Brigade to the Ukraine immediately - have them "invite" us there as a training exercise.
Posted by: OldSpook || 08/09/2008 15:33 Comments || Top||

#6  and start arming guerillas in other provinces. Show Putin that if he pushes us in one plae, we will cause him HUGE internal problems.
Posted by: OldSpook || 08/09/2008 15:35 Comments || Top||

#7  TelePort 2 Marine Divisions with their Prepositioned Store Ships immediately, like yesterday, or even earlier if possible. Back that up with napalm and MOABs
Posted by: .5MT || 08/09/2008 17:57 Comments || Top||

#8  Ukraine chicks are hot too!
Posted by: Legolas || 08/09/2008 18:22 Comments || Top||

#9  Actually, Ukraine has had US trainers and advisors, and we have agreements for a Stryker brigaed in the works for Romania.

So its not far fetched, and for the Ukraine, its probably the cheapest way of punching the russian akula in the nose with no real consequences.
Posted by: OldSpook || 08/09/2008 18:32 Comments || Top||

#10  And despite your rather fuckwitted snark .5mt, "immediately" does not mean teleport. It means draw up the orders, get everything prepped for transporation on trains, and prepare for a 60 day field rotation there as part of joint training exercises.

Irs doable, and plausible.

And like the announcing of the possibiity of drilling deflated the petroleum bubble, the announcment of this will put a check on the amount of pressure Russia can apply in the Ukraine.

Posted by: OldSpook || 08/09/2008 18:35 Comments || Top||

#11  The Russian Empire can't be reconstituted w/o Ukraine. Russian, German and French short sightedness is going to plunge Europe into war again.
Posted by: ed || 08/09/2008 18:38 Comments || Top||

#12  Ukraine is a split nation. Several hundred years of Russian colonization have produced Russian majority areas in Ukraine. Then there is annexation of Polish and other neighboring territory during WW2. Putting foreign troops in the ground will only exacerbate the split, maybe enough for the east, w/ Russia's brotherly assistance, to secede and join the Neo-SSR.

Better to provide assistance to those in Kiev who want to ally with the democracies. Ukraine has a large military and can defend it's turf.
Posted by: ed || 08/09/2008 18:55 Comments || Top||

#13  I agree, ed. The Ukranians will not suffer the Russians again.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 08/09/2008 19:21 Comments || Top||

#14  Find that Russian beauty. Join free. Hmmmmm. What was the story about again? Oh, Ukraine is helping Georgia.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/09/2008 19:42 Comments || Top||

#15  The Ukranians welcomed the Germans in WWII as liberators. Only when they proved to be worse than the Russians, did the Ukraine start to fight against them. The Ukraine will not put on the Russian yoke of rule easily once taken off.
Posted by: DarthVader || 08/09/2008 20:23 Comments || Top||

#16  The Ukrainians took part in that regional exercise in Georgia that just ended. They also have control of some of the Black Sea Fleet although how much of it, Russian or Ukrainian, is still functional is not known.

They would be a good surrogate for the US if assistance is to be provided to Georgia.
Posted by: Chuck Simmins || 08/09/2008 22:01 Comments || Top||

Georgia claims downing 10 Russian aircraft, destroying 30 tanks
Georgia has so far shot down 10 Russian aircraft and destroyed up to 30 Russian tanks in the conflict over South Ossetia, the secretary of Georgia's national security council said Saturday. He added that Georgia's armed forces had, as of Saturday morning, lost "as many as 40 military servicemen" with more than 100 wounded.

Russia sent hundreds of tanks and troops into the separatist province of South Ossetia and bombed Georgian towns Saturday in a major escalation of the conflict that has left scores of civilians dead and wounded. Russian military aircraft raided the Georgian town of Gori on Saturday. An AP reporter who visited Gori shortly after the bombing saw several apartment buildings in ruins, some still on fire, and scores of dead bodies and bloodied civilians. The fighting threatens to ignite a wider war between Russia and Georgia.
Posted by: Fred || 08/09/2008 11:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336062 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Good, fight smart not hard.
Posted by: Sporong Bluetooth9895 || 08/09/2008 12:46 Comments || Top||

#2  Eastern minds in action.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/09/2008 14:07 Comments || Top||

#3  I wonder why the Russians didn't go to the UN Security Council for approval before starting their unilateral invasion.

Has anyone heard any of our left losers (yeah Obama I mean you) complaining about that? I don't mean crying to the UN after the fact either.
Posted by: AlanC || 08/09/2008 14:10 Comments || Top||

#4  What are they using to bring these planes down? 10 seems like an impressive count, if it's true.
Posted by: Vortigern Theans3155 || 08/09/2008 14:18 Comments || Top||

What are they using to bring these planes down?

Russian pilots.

(I keed.)
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 08/09/2008 18:15 Comments || Top||

#6  From various sources it sounds like Georgia is taking a pretty bad beating at this point, and the US and Europe have no stomach for a fight with the Russians in these circumstances.

Well Europe never would, they'd call us.
Posted by: Legolas || 08/09/2008 18:27 Comments || Top||

#7  Isn't it time for a UN Resolution
Posted by: macofromoc || 08/09/2008 19:58 Comments || Top||

#8  Reset that quote to 30 armored vehicles and I might believe it. The Russians don't have "hundreds" of tanks to put into Georgia in this short amount of time. They've moved some mech units, mixed tank and BMP. They are also allowing lots of "civilians" to move south into Georgia. The Guardian, yesterday, reported the Don Cossacks moving.

CNN is reporting Russian use of strategic bombers and ballistic missiles.

Georgia only has five brigades of troops, about 15,000.
Posted by: Chuck Simmins || 08/09/2008 22:06 Comments || Top||

#9  Clearly the Georgians are the mouse that roared, but they can't keep this up for long. However bad the Russian military is right now in terms of maintenance, logistics and morale, they're still the 800 pound bear in the region.
Posted by: Steve White || 08/09/2008 22:26 Comments || Top||

#10  CNN is reporting Russian use of strategic bombers and ballistic missiles.

CNN wouldn't know a ballistic missile if they had one jammed up their collective asses.
Posted by: badanov || 08/09/2008 23:00 Comments || Top||

Iran Offers To Help Screw Up S.Ossetia crisis

TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran, watching conflict in the Caucasus unfold virtually on its doorstep, said Saturday it was "ready to offer any help" to end the crisis in South Ossetia.

"The Islamic republic voices concern over the military conflicts in South Ossetia that have led to the killing of defenceless people and calls for an immediate halt to the clashes," foreign ministry spokesman Hassan Ghashghavi said.

"Iran is ready to offer any help ... under its principal policies of contributing to the establishment of peace and stability in the region," added Ghashghavi, quoted by the Iranian student news agency ISNA.

"A worsening of the crisis could affect the whole region with its negative consequences," he said, urging the two sides to negotiate.

Iran borders on two of Georgia's neighbours in the Caucasus -- Armenia and Azerbaijan -- and historically maintains a close geopolitical interest in the volatile region.

Its capital Tehran lies 880 kilometres (550 miles), as the crow flies, from Georgia's capital Tbilisi -- about the same distance as Paris and Berlin.
Posted by: Full Bosomed1072 || 08/09/2008 08:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336062 views] Top|| File under:

U.S. troops, contractors in Georgia not believed to be at risk
Fighting has erupted between Georgia, a staunch U.S. ally, and Russia over the breakaway province of South Ossetia, but none of the U.S. personnel in Georgia appear to be at risk.

There are 127 U.S. military trainers there, of whom about 35 are civilian contractors, according to Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman.

All are safe and accounted for, according to United States European Command.

“They are safe and not engaged (in this conflict),” said Lt. Col. John Dorrian, EUCOM spokesman.

Dorrian said it would be inappropriate to speculate whether their level of involvement could change.

U.S. Forces have been busy preparing Georgians for a deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

“Obviously those training activities are suspended at this point,” Dorrian said from EUCOM’s headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany.

Meanwhile, EUCOM leaders are looking at whether the conflict poses any safety concerns for personnel stationed at the U.S. Embassy.

“We’re monitoring the situation to determine if any U.S. military support might be required in support of the U.S. Embassy,” Dorrian said. “We’re very considered and are monitoring it closely.”

As of Friday afternoon, no evacuations had been ordered.

With respect to the fighting, Barker said EUCOM intends to stay on the sidelines.

"We're going to watch and see how this unfolds," Barker said.In addition to the trainers, 1,000 soldiers from the Vicenza, Italy-based Southern European Task Force (Airborne) and the Kaiserslautern-based 21st Theater Sustainment Command, along with Marine reservists with the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines out of Ohio, and the state of Georgia’s Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 121st Infantry recently participated in “Immediate Response 2008.”

Though the training exercise ended Thursday, soldiers are still in the country, though nowhere near the conflict, according to EUCOM’s Lt. Cmdr. Corey Barker. The Marines have already left.
Posted by: Cheretch Crereng9873 || 08/09/2008 02:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336065 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This is Mr. Black. I'm Mr. White. We're here to make sure those C-17's with the Liberian tail numbers are unloaded as rapidly as possible. Be especially careful with the crates marked "salted cod".
Posted by: Chuck Simmins || 08/09/2008 22:14 Comments || Top||

US tourist dies in Beijing attack
A US tourist has been stabbed to death by a Chinese man in central Beijing, officials have said. A second tourist was badly hurt in the attack at the Drum Tower monument. The pair are relatives of a US Olympic volleyball team coach. The assailant then committed suicide by jumping from the 13th Century landmark, officials say. The motive is not known.

The BBC's Quentin Somerville says murders, especially targeting foreigners, are very rare in China. The attack happened despite high security across the capital on the first full day of Olympic competition, with more than 150,000 police and other personnel on patrol.

Officials named the Chinese man as 47-year-old Tang Yongming, from the eastern town of Hangzhou, but said they had no idea what had motivated his attack or suicide. "While at the Drum Tower in central Beijing, the two family members were stabbed during an attack by what local law enforcement authorities have indicated was a lone assailant," the International Olympic Committee said in a statement. Reports say the tourists' guide was also hurt.
Posted by: Fred || 08/09/2008 11:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336063 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Is this sudden Jihad syndrome, Chinese mutation?
My prayers to families of the victims.
Posted by: Rob06 || 08/09/2008 12:46 Comments || Top||

#2  Victim is from Minnesota. CEO of Bachmann's Flowers.

Posted by: Frozen Al || 08/09/2008 16:43 Comments || Top||

#3  And the father-in-law of the men's volleyball team. Lots of hurting there today....
Posted by: Sherry || 08/09/2008 16:47 Comments || Top||

China: Nine killed in explosion in Xinjiang
(AKI) - Nine people were reported to have been killed on Friday in an explosion in the northwest Chinese city of Ili, in the country's predominantly Muslim province of Xinjang. Local sources told a correspondent from the Arab television network, al-Jazeera, that a big explosion occurred hours before the Olympic Games were due to begin in Beijing on Friday. It was not immediately clear whether the explosion was caused by a deliberate attack or an accident.

A Jihadist group, Ansar al-Jihad, said on Thursday it planned to post a video related to attacks which killed 16 policemen in the restive northwestern Muslim region of Xinjiang on Monday. Last month a group calling itself the Turkestan Islamic Party claimed responsibility for several bus bombings in Shanghai and Kunming, capital of the southwestern province of Yunnan.

Nope. Never happened.
(AKI) - Chinese authorities have denied reports that a deadly explosion occurred in the predominantly Muslim region of Xinjiang in the country's northwest on Friday.

According to a report on the Arab network, al-Jazeera, nine people were reported to have been killed in an explosion in the city of Ili, in the country's predominantly Muslim autonomous region. Local sources told a correspondent from the Arab television network, al-Jazeera, that a big explosion occurred hours before the Olympic Games were due to begin in Beijing on Friday.

Meanwhile, an Air China flight from central Japan was forced to turn back on Friday after the airline received a bomb threat in an email. Japanese police said the email also included a threat to attack the Beijing Olympic Games site.

Sixteen policemen were killed in a bomb attack in the restive Muslim region on Monday. Last month a group calling itself the Turkestan Islamic Party claimed responsibility for several bus bombings in Shanghai and Kunming, capital of the southwestern province of Yunnan.
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Posted by: Fred || 08/09/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336063 views] Top|| File under: Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan

#1  Chinese authorities will wait a decent interval after the Olympic Games, and then unleash hell on their own Wahabi terrorists. During the Cultural Revolution, Muslim imams were forced to shovel pig dung. On the whole, that is better than Muslim treatment of Christian and Hindu minorities. I'm watching "Generation Kill," by the same people responsible for the excellent program, "The Wire." Set during the 2003 libertion of Saddam Iraq, writers focus on the theme the problem of humanizing people within whom some want to murder you. I can help but think of Muslims as humans who need to be deprogramed. It is a catastrophic error to treat Islam as a mere variant of other religions as it is inherently supremacist and imperialist. They are only passive when they can't be belligerent. We will find out how belligerent they are, should nation-building continue to cleanse seculars out of Muslim minority states.

Posted by: McZoid || 08/09/2008 2:26 Comments || Top||

Italy holds five on terror charge
Five North Africans have been arrested in Italy on charges of conspiring to commit acts of international terrorism. Police in Bologna say they arrested four Tunisians and a Moroccan and are seeking a sixth man.

They are investigating an alleged international terrorist ring, which they say recruited suicide bombers for Iraq and Afghanistan. Police raided houses and apartments in Bologna, Ravenna on Italy's Adriatic coast, and Como near Milan.

The North Africans are also charged with fraud. They are alleged to have collected money from phoney car accident insurance claims to finance their operations. They recruited and trained people willing to sacrifice their lives in terrorist attacks in war zones, the police said.

The alleged leader of the terrorist ring was a former mujahideen colonel, of unknown nationality, who had fought in Bosnia during the Balkan wars of the 1990s. Investigators had gathered information on the activities of the terrorist group through phone taps.
Posted by: Fred || 08/09/2008 11:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336063 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Europe

#1  The west SO supported the wrong side in the former ygoslavia.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/09/2008 12:03 Comments || Top||

Italy: 5 arrested on suspicion of planning attacks
Police broke up a suspected terror cell Saturday and arrested five North Africans, including the alleged leader who Italian officials said recruited Islamic extremists for attacks in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Authorities also suspect the cell sent tens of thousands of dollars to groups in Bosnia that offer training and logistical support to Iraqi and Afghan terror organizations, said Claudio Galzerano, head of the Italian police force's international terrorism division.

Police arrested the five suspects — four Tunisians and one Moroccan — in Bologna and the nearby towns of Faenza and Imola, Galzerano said. They were accused of international terrorism, but have yet to be formally charged, he said. A sixth suspect was still being sought.

Galzerano said those arrested include alleged Tunisian ringleader Khalil Jarraya, a veteran of Bosnia's 1992-95 war, and four others he allegedly recruited for suicide attacks in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Posted by: ed || 08/09/2008 09:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under:

Gunmen kill Shiite leader in D.I. Khan
Gunmen Friday shot dead a Shiite leader in Dera Ismail Khan, sparking a protest by members of Shiite community, police and witnesses said. Syed Al-Hasan Shah, 40, was killed by unknown gunmen riding a motorcycle at his medical store in the main Sadar bazaar of D.I. Khan, police officer Asmatullah Khattak told AFP. "It appears to be a sectarian killing. Police are investigating," he said. The killing triggered a protest by Shah's relatives and members of the Shiite community, who gathered outside the hospital where his body was being kept, witnesses said.
Posted by: Fred || 08/09/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336063 views] Top|| File under: Takfir wal-Hijra

Taliban kill three 'spies' in Pakistan tribal area
Taliban militants beheaded two men and shot dead a third in a Pakistani tribal area after accusing them of spying on them, officials and witnesses said Friday. The bodies of three men were found dumped by a road at Kayrala village in the troubled Bajaur tribal district with notes saying "these people were spying on Taliban movement fighters," a local government official told AFP. Witnesses said two had their heads severed and the third was killed by a gunshot.
Posted by: Fred || 08/09/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336063 views] Top|| File under: TTP

#1  so the gunshot guy rat out the other two for preferential treatment?
Posted by: Abu do you love || 08/09/2008 17:18 Comments || Top||

Terrorists behind PAF attack held
Police have arrested nine terrorists involved in last year's suicide attack on a Pakistan Air Force bus in Sargodha, Capital City Police Officer Pervaiz Rathore told a press conference on Friday. He said the terrorists were planning to attack the Sargodha prison and free an accomplice Ummar Farooq, who was in jail for alleged involvement in the bus bombing.

Rathore said four suicide vests, two hand grenades, two grenade launchers, two AK-47 rifles and a haul of explosives had been seized from the terrorists who had links in Wana. "They also have links with banned militant organisations," the police officer said. He said the arrested persons had targeted a Sargodha police inspector who played a vital role in tracing them.
Posted by: Fred || 08/09/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336064 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Govt drops Lal Masjid cases
The cases filed by the government against Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz and 450 students have been dropped, a private TV channel reported on Friday. According to the channel, the cases have been taken back under Article 188 of the Constitution and Additional Deputy Commissioner Rana Akbar Hayat has issued a notification in this regard. Meanwhile, the administration of Lal Masjid has invited Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain to visit the mosque.
Posted by: Fred || 08/09/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336063 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

TTP take 14 police hostage in Buner
Local Taliban on Friday attacked a security checkpost in the Buner area of Swat and took 14 security personnel hostage, ARY One World reported. According to the channel, the Taliban besieged the Buner police checkpost. The policemen at the checkpost resisted but the Taliban took them hostage. However, locals gathered on the site and had the checkpost vacated from the Taliban. The Taliban took the 14 hostages away with them.

Kidnapped: Separately, local Taliban kidnapped two policemen and three drivers carrying supplies to the security forces from the Imam Dheri area in the Swat valley on Friday.

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Muslim Khan claimed responsibility for the abduction and said that the Taliban now had around 39 government officials in custody. "We will decide their future in a few days."

Local elders attended a jirga for the restoration of peace in Bahrain on Friday. It demanded that security forces abolish their check posts. "We will maintain peace and protect the government property," jirga members said.
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30 militants killed in Pakistani tribal area fighting: army
At least seven Pakistani troops and 30 militants have been killed in two days of clashes in Pakistan's Bajaur tribal area bordering Afghanistan, the army said Friday. Helicopter gunships pounded militant positions Friday as fierce gunbattles resumed between Taliban rebels and troops in the semi-autonomous tribal district. "Seven Pakistani troops have been martyred and 30 militants have been killed in clashes at Loisam and its surrounding areas since Thursday," chief military spokesman Major General Athar Abbas told AFP. "Security forces and militants exchanged fire throughout the day Friday as the operation continued against militants in Bajaur region," he added. Officials said on Thursday that 25 militants and 10 paramilitary troops had been killed. The clashes began on Wednesday when hundreds of militants attacked a security checkpost in Loisam which paramilitary troops had recently reoccupied after a period of several months. Loisam lies on the strategically important road leading towards Peshawar, the capital of North West Frontier Province.
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Pakistan army targets militants in northwest
Security forces attacked suspected militant hideouts in the northwestern tribal region of Bajaur Friday with helicopter gunships and mortar fire, the army said. Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said the helicopters were operating in support of paramilitary troops on the ground. He provided no details. Residents in Bajaur's main town of Khar said they had seen the helicopters in the air and heard the sound of mortar fire. "Intense fighting is going on between soldiers and Taliban since Friday morning," a local resident said. He said he saw Taliban fighters going toward nearby villages of Loi Sam and Mamond.
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Shutdown in Kashmir, separatist leaders under house arrest
Authorities put several separatist leaders under house arrest on Friday even as a complete shutdown crippled life here. Senior separatist leaders, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Shabir Ahmad Shah were put under house arrest by the authorities to prevent their proposed march to the headquarters of the United Nations Military Observers Group (UNMOG) in this summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. The separatist leaders had announced their march to the headquarters of UNMOG to present a memorandum against the alleged economic blockade of the Kashmir valley and the harassment of the minority Muslim community in the Jammu region.
You may now look bemused at the thought of the Moslems of Kashmir being oppressed by the Pandits they've been bumping off or chasing out of town at every opportunity since 1947.
Another senior separatist leader and chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik is in the intensive care unit of Soura Medical Institute here after his condition deteriorated Thursday morning. Doctors attending on him said his condition was now stable.
Right. Yasin Malik's on a hunger strike. Since Tuesday. This is Saturday.
All markets, educational institutions, banks and public transport remained closed here on Friday. Attendance in government offices was thin because of the non-availability of public transport in the city.
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GI's break up Al-Qaeda slumber party in Diyala, kill two
BAGHDAD, Aug 9 (KUNA) -- Two members of Al-Qaeda terrorist organization were killed and three others were wounded when US forces raided a meeting they were holding in Diyala province, north of Baghdad, said the forces in a statement on Saturday.

The US troops spotted a meeting of Al-Qaeda members during their military operation in the past 24-hours near Diyal's Al-Miqdadiyah town, which is currently witnessing "Bashayer Al-Khair" military operations, the statement added.

Iraqi security forces announced the start of "Bashayer Al-Khair" military operation, through which Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki vowed to hunt Al-Qaeda elements in the province which was once a stronghold of the so-called "Islamic State of Iraq" militant group.

The US forces clashed with Al-Qaeda elements, who managed to flee from the site of the meeting. Three others members of Al-Qaeda were detained by the US soldiers in Diyala; one was accused of training terrorists and being involved in document forgery that enabled Al-Qaeda members to escape from security operations hunts.

The US troops also captured over 19 suspected terrorist in Qarah Tappah area, Ninevah.
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#1  Hopefully, none of their teddy bears got hurt.
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Top Qaeda suspect seized in Iraq: police
A suspected leader of Al-Qaeda in western Iraq's Anbar province has been arrested after a tip-off, police said on Friday. "Mahmud Kraydi, alias Abu Hunata, considered to be the leader of Al-Qaeda in Ramadi, was arrested at Sharqat (in Salaheddin province) on the basis of intelligence," said regional police chief General Hamad Namis al-Jubburi. After the US-led invasion of 2003, Ramadi was an Al-Qaeda stronghold in Anbar province until the jihadists were ousted as Arab tribes banded together in 2006 to form Sahwa -- "Awakening" -- councils funded by the United States. Other areas of Iraq quickly followed, and the US military said that by December last year nearly 80,000 Sunni Arabs, as well as Shiites, had signed on to the Awakening movements and neighbourhood watch-type groups. Aided by the US military and Iraqi forces, these groups have played a key role in reducing sectarian violence across the country.
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Car bomb strikes Tal Afar
A car bomb in an Iraqi market has killed at least 15 people. The explosion in Tal Afar in the north of the country on Friday also wounded 20 people. The toll is expected to rise.

The attack, in a busy vegetable market, is just one in a series of bombings.

Tal Afar is near Mosul where US-led forces have recently been focusing their battle against fighters opposed to the US presence in the country.

The bombing is the deadliest since Shia pilgrims were attacked in Baghdad last month.
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Southeast Asia
One beheaded, two shot dead in troubled Thai south
A man was beheaded and two others shot dead by separatist terrorists militants in Thailand's violent south, police said on Saturday.

Police found a 63-year-old Muslim villager beheaded in the Yarang district of Pattani province late Friday evening. In nearby Yala provincial town a 26-year-old ranger was shot dead while playing football with locals and a 28-year-old Muslim fruit trader was also shot dead as he ate dinner with his wife Friday evening.
Posted by: ryuge || 08/09/2008 00:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336065 views] Top|| File under: Thai Insurgency

#1  COUNTERRTERRORISM BLOG > ISLAMIC/ISLAMIST LANDSCAPE: SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST ASIA. Islamist Terrorism on the rise throughout the South-SE regions.Pro-Jihad "Young Turk" Leaders more willing to engage in independent or semi-independent Militant-Terr local actions.
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Muslim rebels agree to leave villages in Philippines
The Philippines called on Muslim rebels to rein in their members on Friday after some guerrillas refused to heed government orders to leave Catholic farmlands in the south.
Normally it's considered good form to wait until the deal's been signed off on to begin the oppression.
The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) agreed to pull out from villages in North Cotabato province after the government gave them a 24-hour deadline on Thursday and warned they faced a combined military and police offensive if they did not move.

Around 70 out of an estimated 800 rebels have already left and more are going but an undetermined number are refusing to leave, officials say. "We are presently dealing with a recalcitrant group of MILF which appeared to be disregarding the call of their leaders to vacate certain areas in North Cotabato," said Lieutenant-Colonel Ernesto Torres, a military spokesman. "We will apply proportionate and justifiable force, whenever necessary, to ensure that laws are upheld and peace is restored in the province."

The government said on Thursday it would take action against what it said was an MILF attack on nine villages in North Cotabato last month. The country's interior secretary said rebels had torched houses, looted farms and caused more than 6,500 people to abandon their homes and farms, forcing hundreds of farmers in nearby Catholic areas to arm themselves. The government said some of the farmers had started turning in assault rifles after authorities threatened to arrest them for holding illegal firearms.
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Syrian dissident freed after seven years in prison
Syrian opposition figure Aref Dalila has been released from jail after a seven-year detention under a presidential amnesty, the head of a human-rights organization said on Thursday. Dalila, a 68-year-old economist, was arrested in September 2001 along with nine other opposition activists and jailed in July 2002 for trying to "modify the Constitution and denigrate the state."
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#1  In other news, Syria has a Constitution...
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