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Taliboomer tries for Cheney
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Afghanistan
Suicide bomber targets Cheney during visit to Afghanistan
A suicide bomber killed 19 people and wounded 11 outside the main U.S. military base in Afghanistan on Tuesday during a visit by Vice President Dick Cheney, officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility and said Cheney was the target.

The blast happened near the first security gate outside the base at Bagram, killing 19 people, said Khoja Mohammad Qasim Sayedi, chief of the province's public health department. Gov. Abdul Jabar Taqwa said ''18 to 20 dead bodies'' lay on the ground after the blast.

Maj. William Mitchell said it did not appear the explosion was intended as a threat to the vice president. ''He wasn't near the site of the explosion,'' Mitchell said. ''He was safely within the base at the time of the explosion.''

However, a purported Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousef Ahmadi, said Cheney was the target of the attack. ''We knew that Dick Cheney would be staying inside the base,'' Ahmadi told The Associated Press by telephone. ''The attacker was trying to reach Cheney.''
This article starring:
Dick Cheney
Gov. Abdul Jabar Taqwa
Khoja Mohammad Qasim Sayedi
Maj. William Mitchell
QARI YUSEF AHMEDITaliban
Posted by: ryuge || 02/27/2007 06:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [711 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Can you imagine the celebrations that would have erupted worldwide (and in the US) had they succeeded in killing Mr. Cheney.
And President Bush would not be able to appoint a VP to the right of Arlen Specter - what with the Senate confirmation as well as the next successor in the hands of the Democrats.
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/27/2007 7:10 Comments || Top||

#2  And I thought it was Leahy.
Posted by: Brett || 02/27/2007 7:20 Comments || Top||

#3  If they had killed the VP, Bush would have been able to appoint anyone he wanted, including his brother.
Posted by: Thromoger Thrumble5163 || 02/27/2007 7:25 Comments || Top||

#4  "The blast happened near the first security gate outside the base at Bagram, killing 19 people..."

First security gate ... outside the base ... killing 19 people.

I sincerely hope that they're not counting the carcass that had explosives wrapped around its body in that 19.

There is *no way* this PoS could have got close enough to Cheney to have even mildly injured him. Therefore said PoS 'decided' (maybe remote control splodeydope?) to self-detonate and thereby end the lives of 19 human beings - and for f*in what? to make some kind of 'statement'?

Sickening.
Posted by: Tony (UK) || 02/27/2007 7:33 Comments || Top||

#5  He can appoint anyone he wants, but the appointment would have to be confirmed by both the Senate and the House (25th Amendment.)
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/27/2007 7:49 Comments || Top||

#6  AQ action justifies attacking the bases in Wazoo, Pakland. Pressure on Perv also just kicked up a couple notches
Posted by: Frank G || 02/27/2007 8:06 Comments || Top||

#7  He can appoint anyone he wants, but the appointment would have to be confirmed by both the Senate and the House (25th Amendment.)

I understood your point. My point was that the dynamic and mood of the American public would change. The Dems currently have barely even the illlusion of control. It is easy to get caught up in the spin and hype, but they haven't been able to do squat. The death of the VP would have a dramatic impact on the majority of the nomral, sane American people. It would provide Bush with more control, not less.
Posted by: Thromoger Thrumble5163 || 02/27/2007 8:21 Comments || Top||

#8  Where was Pelosi when this happened? Has anyone seen her since? Was the PoS a skinny, nip/tuck, female in a Versace suit with a pearl necklace?

/Scooter's cellmate
Posted by: Jack is Back || 02/27/2007 9:27 Comments || Top||

#9  Maybe Cheney should just go huntin' with these splodydopes. That'll learn 'em!
Posted by: BA || 02/27/2007 9:55 Comments || Top||

#10  If Cheney were gone, maybe that would persuade Lieberman to switch to the GOP thus shifting the balance in the Senate.
Posted by: Spot || 02/27/2007 10:40 Comments || Top||

#11  I wonder if the Pakistan government tipped off the Taliban/AQ re Cheneys visit?!!!!
Posted by: Ebbolump Glomotle9608 || 02/27/2007 10:58 Comments || Top||

#12  The CIA should hire some suicide bombers to go after Bin Laden , the president of IRAN and That
Fat Bastard that runs around IRAQ in a bathrobe with a towel on his head.
What the hell, you only pay them once.
Posted by: JustA Kid from Brooklyn || 02/27/2007 11:07 Comments || Top||

#13  Sounds good to me, use their own tactics against them.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 02/27/2007 11:21 Comments || Top||

#14  Doesn't sound like they were after Cheney at all, sounds like the target was the "Afgan Laborers" all along, it makes more sense, boom the hired help and cripple the base , now the Afgans will be much more reluctant to work for the EEvul 'Mercans.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 02/27/2007 11:23 Comments || Top||

#15  I suggest VP Cheney invite Mullah Omar on his next quail hunting trip.
Posted by: doc || 02/27/2007 13:24 Comments || Top||

#16  Gotta see MICHELLE MALKIN today > HUFFINGTON POST Netters unhappy Jihadists didn't get Cheney. The Huffies aren't the only ones either. Coupled wid TEHRAN TIMES > Iran will retaliates against the USA "anywhere" [CONUS?] iff attacked, 'tis more INDICIA/EVIDENCIAS IRAN + RADICAL ISLAM WILL NOT ACCEPT CONTAINMENT AND CHOOSE TO ATTACK. to include "Amer Hiroshima" scenarios agz Dubya-NPE.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 02/27/2007 21:23 Comments || Top||


Suicide Bomber Hits Bagram during Cheney Visit (latest details)
A suicide bomber killed as many as 18 people outside the main US base in Afghanistan on Tuesday. The attack came during a visit to Afghanistan by US Vice President Dick Cheney, who stayed at the base on Monday night. He was not hurt, according to his spokeswoman.

"The suicide bombing took place at gate two where Afghan labourers were waiting," the Afghan Islamic Press quoted a provincial police officer as saying. "Initial reports are stating that 18 people were killed and three of them are foreign soldiers," interior ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary told AFP. "The 15 others are civilian Afghan workers who wanted to enter Bagram air base for their work. On injuries we do not have exact reports."

However Afghan Islamic Press, a Pakistan-based news agency, quoted provincial governor Abdul Jabbar Taqwa as saying 20 people had been killed in the blast outside the Bagram air base, 60 kilometres north of Kabul. Bagram district governor Kabir Ahmad said all the dead and injured where Afghans.

Cheney stayed at the base overnight after planned talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai were delayed by weather. "The vice-president is fine," spokeswoman Lea Anne McBride said.

An official at the base confirmed the blast, but had no details.

Earlier, an Afghan official told Afghan Islamic Press the explosion occurred inside a shipping container, but gave no more details. Some containers are used as shops in the market lining the road to the base. Others are carried on trucks to bring supplies into the base.

A Reuters correspondent travelling with the US delegation said they were not aware of the blast until they heard sirens and were told by a military spokesman that the base was "under attack". "We were told there was a 'red alert'," Caren Bohan said. "There was a commotion, but it ended pretty quickly. We didn't hear any bomb or anything like that from where we were."
Posted by: Omavimble Hupaviting9816 || 02/27/2007 04:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [481 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Doesn't sound like they were after Cheney at all, sounds like the target was the "Afgan Laborers" all along, it makes more sense, boom the hired help and cripple the base , now the Afgans will be much more reluctant to work for the EEvul 'Mercans.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 02/27/2007 10:00 Comments || Top||

#2  NBC had a report on this early in the morning, as the trailing daughters got up for school. They showed the Google Earth view of Bagram base.... the whole base, not in close-up detail or with a descriptive tour. Should I be upset, or was there not enough detail to be useful to bad guys?
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/27/2007 11:40 Comments || Top||

#3  No, Don't be upset, the bad guys have computers and Google Earth Too, they'll look it up themselves.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 02/27/2007 11:57 Comments || Top||

#4  Suicide Bomber Hits Bagram during Cheney Visit

Suicide Bomber related:

Here is another example of a great low-tec system complimenting our other tools which protect against SplodyDope VBIEDs.

check out this video [8.80MB] of a VBIED pick up truck [GMC/Chevy?] in western Iraq.

Watch the soldier standing just opposite the HESCO Barrier when the SplodyDope goes up.

also check the guy on the roof ;-)

/hope the link stays up..
Posted by: RD || 02/27/2007 12:12 Comments || Top||

#5  I believe that the soldiers in the video are Iraqi troops.
Posted by: RD || 02/27/2007 12:14 Comments || Top||

#6  Thank you, Redneck Jim. I really don't have the energy to be that angry just now, and I was trying very hard only to be quietly livid. It wouldn't do for Mr. Wife to get back from his conference to find I'd destroyed his television.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/27/2007 12:17 Comments || Top||

#7  Suicide-happy Islamists have learned that one of their kind made the VPOTUS of the world's greatest power duck for cover. IMO most will likely NOT care whether Cheney was actually the primary target; or an accidental/incidental one. They're gonna be inspired to [repeatedly] emulate this feat, espec agz numero uno POTUS Dubya,
"inspirations" or renewed enthusiasm which Radical Leaders will use to their ideo advantage, ESPEC IFF "MAHDI/IMAM IN SPRING 2007" IS A NO-SHOW OR A "LAS VEGAS"-style LOUNGE BUST-UP.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 02/27/2007 22:00 Comments || Top||

#8  "Doesn't sound like they were after Cheney at all, sounds like the target was the "Afgan Laborers" all along"

Right - it was pure coincidence that the Vice President of the United Staes just happened to be near their real targets, Afghan laborers.

Posted by: Hank || 02/27/2007 22:37 Comments || Top||


Afghan governor detained for links to Taleban
KABUL - Afghan authorities have detained a district governor and his police commander for alleged links with the Taleban after militants briefly captured the area a week ago, the government said Monday.
Try to play both ends at once, was he? An old, dishonorable tradition ...
The detained officials, from Bakwa district in the western province of Farah, were dismissed from their jobs after Taleban were able to hold the district capital for several hours before being ejected by security forces. ‘They were detained over links to Taleban,’ interior ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary said of district chief Mohammad Ismail and his police chief, Haikal Khan.
This article starring:
district chief Mohammad Ismail
Haikal Khan
interior ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary
Posted by: Steve White || 02/27/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [326 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Who ever pays the most usually works in Afghan!!!!
Posted by: Ebbolump Glomotle9608 || 02/27/2007 5:47 Comments || Top||

#2  See the above articles about booming the laborers at airgate #2
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 02/27/2007 10:03 Comments || Top||


Town's Elders Plead for Help With Taliban
Taliban fighters who seized control of a remote town in southern Afghanistan three weeks ago have started a campaign of arrests and reprisals against tribal elders and townspeople, according to tribal elders. The elders called on NATO forces and the government to move against the insurgents, even if it means bombing the town. NATO and the Taliban withdrew from Musa Qala in October. Five elders from the town, including a member of its tribal council, traveled to Kabul this week to plead for help, expressing bitterness that neither Afghan forces nor NATO troops responded when Taliban forces overran the town on Feb. 2.

In October, in a controversial deal brokered by the town’s 50-member tribal council, both British NATO troops and the Taliban withdrew, and the town enjoyed three months of calm. But the Taliban remained at large in the district, and when NATO forces killed eight of their members in an airstrike last month, their leader seized control of the town, putting elders who did not flee under house arrest and issuing death threats. Hundreds of families fled, anticipating NATO bombing. NATO airstrikes have continued in the region and have killed several local insurgent leaders, but the elders said that had made the situation harder for the townspeople. “Mullah Ghafoor was killed in an airstrike, and the Taliban started to blame the elders and people for spying for NATO troops,” said the main spokesman for the group that came to Kabul, identifying one insurgent leader. Another leader, Mullah Manan, was killed, and the house where his body was taken was bombed, he said.

The spokesman and an elder interviewed by telephone said that a Taliban leadership council in Quetta, Pakistan, was ordering the arrests and issuing the death threats.
“Since Tuesday the Taliban started to arrest people and elders and charge them with helping the government,” he said. Ten people had been arrested, including an elder who had served as police chief, and one man was hurt and may have died, the elders said. The spokesman and an elder interviewed by telephone said that a Taliban leadership council in Quetta, Pakistan, was ordering the arrests and issuing the death threats.

One elder said the Taliban had told him by telephone that they were under strong pressure from Pakistan to seize control of the town and now to go further. “One of the Taliban told me on the telephone, ‘Hajji Sahib, I am respecting you like my father, but we are ordered to kill you,’ ” he said.
The elders who spoke asked not to be identified for fear of reprisals from the Taliban. Two said they had received death threats from the Taliban and had fled their homes. Other members of the tribal council were in hiding, they said. One elder said the Taliban had told him by telephone that they were under strong pressure from Pakistan to seize control of the town and now to go further. “One of the Taliban told me on the telephone, ‘Hajji Sahib, I am respecting you like my father, but we are ordered to kill you,’ ” he said.

“We want the government to take back Musa Qala,” said one elder who helped broker the October deal. “People are ready to help NATO and the government, but we don’t know what we are waiting for.”
One landowner from Kajaki, a neighboring district, said the Taliban had executed 13 people from their own ranks and arrested three more. About 1,000 Taliban are in Musa Qala’s broader district, also called Musa Qala, the elders said. The Taliban have boasted that they control 10,000 fighters in the region. “We want the government to take back Musa Qala,” said one elder who helped broker the October deal. “People are ready to help NATO and the government, but we don’t know what we are waiting for.”

Asadullah Wafa, the governor of Musa Qala’s province, Helmand, was at the NATO airbase at Kandahar discussing the situation with NATO commanders. He said that he was not aware that the Taliban had begun making arrests but that the government and NATO were poised to act. “We have a comprehensive plan to resolve the issue of Musa Qala, and it will be solved very soon,” he said by telephone.
This article starring:
Asadullah Wafa
MULLAH GHAFURTaliban
MULLAH MANANTaliban
Musa Qala
Posted by: Fred || 02/27/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [345 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Hint. Bush some more troops in Afghanistan would be nice too.
Posted by: Icerigger || 02/27/2007 9:02 Comments || Top||

#2  so these a-holes cut a deal with the devil and now want to be saved from it?
Posted by: Frank G || 02/27/2007 9:38 Comments || Top||

#3  Hint. Bush some more troops in Afghanistan would be nice too.

Hint: If certain NATO countries met their treaty obligations, it wouldn't be necessary.
Posted by: Pappy || 02/27/2007 9:41 Comments || Top||

#4  Quetta - surely one place on earth that needs a day or two of 'shock and awe' .We know where you are , to the square metre - end it , ffs .
Us Brits and Yanks are detested over there to the highest degree, there is no higher degree of hate that what these folk seep out of every pore . So in my view relations couldnt deteriate any more . Screw them over bigtime , watch the seething and get over the insecurities . Deal with it , sheesh .
One thing I learnt in a long stay in Kashmir and around that region is , memories are short , because living is dismal , and its on a day to day basis . The locals have a short memory IF you take away fear . Basically locals havent got time to seethe , they need food more . If not supplied , any blame is better than non . Talibunnies thrive on this , and enhance it to their own ends .. Simple psychology , for a simple folk .. Dont bog them down with world politics .
Certain sections of Quetta need to burn like Dresden . Perv knows this , and so does the west .
Posted by: MacNails || 02/27/2007 16:29 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
4 suspected Somali pirates arrested

NAIROBI, Kenya - Somali authorities have arrested four suspects in the hijacking of a U.N.-chartered cargo ship delivering food aid, the U.N. said Tuesday. The MV Rozen, however, was still under the control of four pirates who remained aboard with 12 crew members as hostage, said the U.N's food agency.
"Yarrrr! One step closer an' we keelhauls the lot of 'em!"
The ship had been contracted to deliver aid to Somalia, where around 1 million people are suffering from a drought that hit the region last year. It had just delivered 1,800 metric tons of food when it was seized. The suspected pirates were arrested after they went ashore to buy supplies, Peter Goossens, the head of the U.N.'s World Food Program in Somalia, said in a statement.
"Whaddya mean, ye swabs? Yez offloaded all the food?"
"All of it, Black Pete! Sorry."
"Arrrrr! We'll just have to go ashore to buy groceries, then!"
"We're almost out of balogna, Cap'n!"
"Eh?"
"An' we need detergent!"
"Get me some Pringles, too, okay, Cap'n?"

Yarrrrr! We be stupid pirates!! Yarrrrrrrr!!!
The pirates are armed with AK-47 assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, said Andrew Mwangura, head of the Kenyan chapter of the Seafarers Assistance Program, an independent group that monitors piracy in the region. "Negotiations are under way to try and secure the release of the vessel," he added. The conditions of the six Sri Lankan and six Kenyan crew members were unknown. The ship, hijacked Sunday, has been anchored six miles off the coast of the semiautonomous Puntland region in northeastern Somalia, near Bargal.

Three Somali police speedboats have surrounded the boat and a U.S. military vessel is patrolling the area and monitoring the situation. "We are appealing for the safe return of the crew and the vessel as soon as possible, and for people to respect the need for humanitarian delivery corridors," Goossens said. "Somalia is one of the poorest countries in the world, and there are families whose lives depend on our ability to get food aid through."
"Yarrrrr!! Well why didn't ya say so, matey? If we knew that we never would've attacked it fer it's booty. Yarrr!"
Somali pirates are trained fighters, often dressed in military fatigues, using speedboats equipped with satellite phones and Global Positioning System equipment. They are typically armed with automatic weapons, anti-tank rocket launchers and various types of grenades, according to the U.N. Monitoring Group on Somalia. The bandits target passenger, cargo and fishing vessels for ransom or loot.
Yarrr! Cuz that's what pirates do! Yarrrr!
This article starring:
Andrew Mwangura
Seafarers Assistance Program
U.N. Monitoring Group on Somalia
Posted by: tu3031 || 02/27/2007 09:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [307 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "You are the worst pirate I have ever seen."
Posted by: eLarson || 02/27/2007 9:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Yes, but you HAVE heard of me.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 02/27/2007 10:06 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Update on the shooting of French nationals in SA
Now up to four. Follow-up to yesterday's story.
RIYADH - Four French nationals, some of them Muslims, were shot dead in Saudi Arabia on Monday in what appeared to be a militant attack, state television said. It said a group of eight French nationals came under fire near the town of Tabuk in the northwest of the vast desert country as they were heading to the holy city of Mecca for a pilgrimage.

Two of the group died at the scene and two others died later in hospital, the report said. The group include four women and a child but it was not clear if they were among the dead.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/27/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [299 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I guess that means Mecca's out as a future al-Perillo Tour stop.
Posted by: doc || 02/27/2007 9:22 Comments || Top||


Britain
UK rejects Abu Qatada's appeal against deportation
Britain’s Special Immigration Appeals Commission on Monday rejected the appeal of a ‘radical Islamic cleric,’ accused of having links to terrorist groups, against his deportation to Jordan.

The British government has accused Abu Qatada, 44 - also known by his real name, Omar Mahmoud Mohammed Othman, and as Omar Abu Omar – of raising funds for extremist groups and of offering “spiritual advice and religious legitimacy” to Islamist extremists planning to carry out terrorist attacks. Government attorneys have previously claimed that the London-based preacher, described by a Spanish judge as Osama Bin Laden’s “spiritual ambassador in Europe”, represents a threat to national security and should therefore be deported to his native Jordan. Judge Duncan Ouseley on Friday directed lawyers to submit final written arguments by June 9. He said that a final ruling on Qatada’s appeal would follow, but did not specify a date.
This article starring:
ABU QATADAal-Qaeda
Judge Duncan Ouseley
OMAR ABU OMARal-Qaeda
OMAR MAHMUD MOHAMED OTHMANal-Qaeda
Posted by: Fred || 02/27/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [339 views] Top|| File under:

#1  LOL, it gives me pleasure to hear these guys whine. The asshats like Omar Mahmoud Mohammed Othman, hate the West but scream like little girls when deported back to shit-hole-istan. fuck you asshole I only wish I could get my hands around his neck.

Jordan keeps a close watch on it's al-Q asshats ever since they almost blew up the Jordan State Security Building in Amman. The Jordanians found out just in time to stop a very developed attack involving two Dump Trucks filled up with High Explosives and and Chemical Gas. [too lazy to look up any more particulars]
Posted by: RD || 02/27/2007 0:35 Comments || Top||

#2  There seems to be a misunderstanding. When I said I wanted to establish a state using sharia law, I meant that I want to set it up and run it, not just live in it! I mean sharia is cool and all when you're in charge, but it is seriously harsh if other people have all the say so. Really, they act like they have a direct line to God or something. I mean, seriously, this is me we're talking about, and a lot of people back in Jordan have simply no idea how holy I am! This is gonna suck.
Posted by: Abu Qatada || 02/27/2007 2:05 Comments || Top||

#3  When this lad was free he was challenged by alocal TV reporter on the street about his alleged extremist views - he simply started lashing out and screaming. F8cking nutter.
Dare say we'll be left to support his family like Omar Bakri's. So long piece of shit* - may many more of your ilk follow..

*dependent entirely on the fact that our gummint has the balls to do this and doesn't order a judge to relent at the many appeal hearings he will be given due to his favoured status as an immigrant / being non-British.
Posted by: Howard UK || 02/27/2007 3:43 Comments || Top||

#4  I can only pray he gets tortured when he goes back to Jordan . I also pray a hit is imposed shortly after his said torture.
Posted by: MacNails || 02/27/2007 3:51 Comments || Top||

#5  This Guy is getting legal aid whilst Police found £180k sterling at his house.The whole family is on benefits(Surprise!) and how do they treat our looking after his family he preaches to kill us westerners!!!!!.

Fucking scum like Captain Hook, Bakri & CO!!!!

Boot out all radicals even the ones born here!!!They are parisites who offer nothing positive to this country!!!!
Posted by: Ebbolump Glomotle9608 || 02/27/2007 5:53 Comments || Top||

#6  Console yourself with the fact that several burly Jordanian secret Policemen are currently enthusiastically thumbing their way through a spot-welder catalogue...
Posted by: Howard UK || 02/27/2007 8:52 Comments || Top||

#7  WTF. This whiny sissy prick tries to tear down a country from within and then he thinks he can ask for terms. Screw him. Dump him in the North Sea and see if he can swim to Jordon.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/27/2007 11:37 Comments || Top||

#8  This scum entered the country illegally, and is still here? WTF? And, as has been noted above, we will be paying cheques to his scummy family for years to come.

Guilt by association, deport the family/tribe, maybe that message would get through.
Posted by: rhodesiafever || 02/27/2007 13:41 Comments || Top||

#9  Dumping him in the North Sea wouldn't be harsh enough, JohnQC. Take him halfway to Spitzbergen and dump him - in winter. The average lifespan of someone in those waters is measured in minutes - short minutes.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 02/27/2007 15:41 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Islamist's terror attack prevented in Moscow
A terrorist act was foiled in Moscow on the eve of the February 23 Fatherland Defendant Day, the city Interior Department announced Monday.

On February 22, police arrested a 29-year-old resident of Makhachkala (Dagestan), Farid Magomedov, aka Islam, at a trolley-bus stop near 61, Marshal Zhukov Avenue in northwestern Moscow, the Moscow Interior Department said in a statement posted on its website.

"He was getting on a trolley-bus traveling in the direction of the Polezhayevskaya underground station when he was arrested and had no time to offer resistance. A homemade explosive device equivalent to 500g of TNT was found in his bag," the statement says.

The bomb represented a metal cylinder filled with grape-shot, nails and other metal. A remote-controlled bomb-setting device was found in a pocket of Magomedov's trousers.

Police have been tracking him for about a year, the statement says.

Until before recently, Magomedov had worked as a furniture assembler in Moscow. And before that he had been an active member of the Shariat subversive group operating in the North Caucasus several years ago.

"The group's leader Ruslan Makasharipov was killed during a special police operation in Makhachkala and was succeeded by Ruslan Abdullayev, who in turn was arrested in Dagestan in March 2005 and was sentenced to 25 years in prison," the statement says.

At Shariat, Magomedov was responsible for the manufacture of explosive devices used in terrorist attacks in Dagestan, it says.

While in the group, Magomedov reportedly prepared nine homemade bombs, similar to the one that was in his bag when he was arrested on Marshal Zhukov Avenue, and he personally took part in three Shariat-staged actions in the North Caucasus.

In the Moscow region, he attempted to recruit terrorists out of radically minded adherents of Wahhabism for future terrorist acts in Moscow.

Magomedov repeatedly traveled to Turkey, Syria and other Arab countries, where he met with members of underground cells of Al Qaeda, the statement says.

A criminal case has been opened on charges of illegal acquisition, hand-over, sale, storage, transportation and possession of arms and their components, as well as ammunition and explosive devices.

Some evidence suggests that the explosive device seized during the operation was intended for a terrorist act targeting Moscow police.
Posted by: tipper || 02/27/2007 14:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [452 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Some evidence suggests that the explosive device seized during the operation was intended for a terrorist act targeting Moscow police.

So nice to see you, Farid. Have a seat...
Posted by: Moscow PD || 02/27/2007 15:43 Comments || Top||

#2  Just a bit over a pound of explosive, enjoy your stay in hell Magomedov.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 02/27/2007 17:01 Comments || Top||

#3  sucking up to Hamas hasn't putin end to islamic terror in Moscow
Posted by: mhw || 02/27/2007 17:29 Comments || Top||

#4  Big question is why do they hate the Russians? Perhaps it is Russia's foreign policy, or the decadent Russian popular culture, or Russia's support of the Jews.
Posted by: Hank || 02/27/2007 18:04 Comments || Top||

#5  Big question is why do they hate the Russians?

Unless you were being flippant, I reckon the words
"Wahhabism", "recruit terrorists", "illegal acquisition, hand-over, sale, storage, transportation and possession of arms and their components, as well as ammunition and explosive devices", well, they should give you a clue.

Russkistan is the goal.
Posted by: rhodesiafever || 02/27/2007 18:19 Comments || Top||

#6  He were being flippant.
Posted by: twobyfour || 02/27/2007 18:23 Comments || Top||

#7  That's fair.
Posted by: Hank || 02/27/2007 22:30 Comments || Top||


Europe
Smoke bomb thrown into Jewish kindergarten in Berlin
Whether it's the far-right neo-Nazis or the Islamofascists, the Jew-haters are getting increasingly bold in Europe.
BERLIN (EJP)--- A tragedy was avoided on Sunday after a smoke bomb, thrown through a window of a Jewish kindergarten in Berlin, failed to ignite. However, the school, located in a northwest neighbourhood of the German capital, was not spared by the spray painting of swastikas, other Nazi symbols and anti-Semitic phrases, such as “Auschwitz,” “Juden Raus” (Jews, get out) and “Sieg Heil”, on its outer walls, as well as on toys that had been lying around in the school’s playground.

A police spokesman said the attack did not cause serious damage or endanger children or staff at the school.

Berlin’s Interior Minister Ehrhart Körting condemned the attack as a "cowardly act" and called it “a particularly brutal one…one that had taken anti-Semitic acts to a new dimension”.

Although individual Jewish children have occasionally been victims of anti-Semitism, it is the first time that an entire school had been targeted in Germany.
For a while, you mean.
So far, no suspects have been found. Police are still investigating when exactly the attack took place and appealed for witnesses. However, it seems as if it was planned to coincide with the inauguration of a new Torah scroll which took place on Sunday, several kilometres away, at the Chabad Lubavitch synagogue of the Jewish Family and Education Centre which runs the school.

“It was a miracle that the smoke bomb did not get off,” Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal of Chabad Lubavitch in Berlin, said.

The school is located in a villa, in a quiet park of the city’s Charlottenburg district. Because the location had only been considered as temporary, the property was not secured in the same way that other Jewish buildings. Instead of round-the-clock police protection, security guards came only in hourly intervals.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/27/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [319 views] Top|| File under:

#1  the spray painting of swastikas

Looking the photo, the swastikas are backwards. One would think neo-nazis would get that little detail right...
Posted by: Pappy || 02/27/2007 0:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Pappy - yep. They should be looking for goons with dyslexia...
Posted by: PBMcL || 02/27/2007 0:40 Comments || Top||

#3  no surprise here, when I was in Germany the summer before 9/11 the hate towards jews was very evident with hate banners displayed in the streets, with them spewing out hate jargon in German. Nothing was done to stop them either.
To the point of making me nervous walking past them. The looks we would get was awful too. I felt I had to watch my back every minute.
Posted by: Jan || 02/27/2007 1:11 Comments || Top||

#4  It's possible (though unlikely) native neo-Nazis would never have seen a swastika; Nazi insignia are illegal in Germany.
Posted by: Robert Crawford || 02/27/2007 5:16 Comments || Top||

#5  It don't exactly understand that Jews are doing in Germany...
Posted by: gromgoru || 02/27/2007 6:02 Comments || Top||

#6  A large percentage of the the Jews in Germany are from the former Soviet Union, gromgoru, and an even larger percentage of those who have children. Apparently Jews have automatic right of return to that country, even those with no blood connection to Germany. Or perhaps it's automatic right of refuge or something. At any rate, the Soviet Jews started flowing in after the Wall came down, and the German-Jewish community was faced with teaching an entire population about the heritage and religion they claimed but knew nothing about. Hence the Chabad school.

For those who aren't up on the various subdivisions of Judaism, Chabad refers to some of the Chassids, our extreme mystical branch. They also see educational outreach within the larger Jewish community as their own group responsibility, and spend freely of their time and funds to reach those unreached by the traditional Jewish organizations.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/27/2007 6:39 Comments || Top||

#7  Old lessons forgotten. There's a lot of that going around these days.
Posted by: gorb || 02/27/2007 7:19 Comments || Top||

#8  the attack as a "cowardly act" and called it “a particularly brutal one…one that had taken anti-Semitic acts to a new dimension”.

New dimension? In Germany?? Something kind of hinky about this crime. Smoke bomb that doesn't go off, backwards swastikas, "coincid[ing]with the inauguration of a new Torah scroll which took place on Sunday, several kilometres away".

I know that in Germany there is no reason not to believe that this could have been a hate crime against the Jewish community. But in this particular case, it seems like there could be more to this story. This story peggs the Not Quite Right meter.
Posted by: Thromoger Thrumble5163 || 02/27/2007 7:40 Comments || Top||

#9  Throm:

"not quite right?"

Not sure what you mean, actually, other than it wasn't perpetrated by "true" neo-nazis. Do you mean to say it was done by Jews themselves?
Posted by: PlanetDan || 02/27/2007 8:38 Comments || Top||

#10  I think France with its huge Muslim population might be an even more potent antisemitic nexus in the future, but this problem is clearly rearing its head again throughout Europe.
Posted by: Snomoger Phutch3367 || 02/27/2007 8:54 Comments || Top||

#11  Do you mean to say it was done by Jews themselves?

Oh please. Go give yourself a pat on the back for stifling thought in the name of poltical correctness.

No. I'm not saying anything other than what you had to notice yourself: this story doesn't sound quite right.

If you want to make the case that anti-semitism is rising in Europe, there are plenty of examples. Until I had more infomation, I would caution against putting this one on the poster.
Posted by: Thromoger Thrumble5163 || 02/27/2007 9:00 Comments || Top||

#12  Attacking women and children is the hallmark of the enemy.
Posted by: Excalibur || 02/27/2007 9:30 Comments || Top||

#13  Planet Dan: Perhaps you are right and I should have better clarified my point. My point was not to imply anything other than the fact that this story strikes me as odd. Could it have been neo nazis? Absolutely. Could it have been Muslims? No doubt.

My point was only that there seem to be some red flags on this story. Think Duke Rape Case: despite the fact that that story could have easily been true, there were red flags. It is wise to note them no matter how likely it is that the story could be true. IJMHO.
Posted by: Thromoger Thrumble5163 || 02/27/2007 9:36 Comments || Top||

#14  Muslims wouldn't necessarily know which way the Nazi swastika faced. For that matter, dyslexic schoolboys would likely get it wrong as well. And actually, if it was only dyslexic schoolboys, what does it say about Germany that terrorizing nursery school kids because they're Jewish (Kindergarten actually means ages 3-6 years over there) is a prank acceptable to schoolboys?
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/27/2007 11:46 Comments || Top||

#15  We're going to have to go "over there" again, this time we need to virtually empty the place. Put our boot on the necks of the survivors, and never let them up.

If we are going to be paying for their defense, we should rule them and force them to obey our laws, and do things our way. Pax Americana, its time has come.
Posted by: Chiper Threreger8956 || 02/27/2007 12:33 Comments || Top||

#16  I don't care if it's the Brave Lions of Islam™ or some run-of-the-mill scum. Attacking children is the most cowardly act conceivable, and I'm damn sick of it.
Posted by: Dar || 02/27/2007 12:52 Comments || Top||

#17  Throm:

I reread my post. Didn't mean to come across as accusatory. I meant to come across as confused! No offense.
Posted by: PlanetDan || 02/27/2007 13:20 Comments || Top||

#18  Hindus and Buddhists also have the swastika, but somehow I think they not the ones we looking for. And, somehow, as a school-boy prank, TW, nope, I think not. Stink-bombs in the girl's toilets, maybe, (as happened at my daughter's school last week), but not the Kindergarten.

My guess is Mossies, the usual suspects, the world over.
Posted by: rhodesiafever || 02/27/2007 14:14 Comments || Top||

#19  Planet Dan, my comment begged the question so I'm not surprised you asked. If I were to make a guess, the crime was committed by local a local teenager young enough not to know how to paint a swastika.

The title and comments imply that a smoke bomb was thrown into a room full of kindergarteners and I was outraged. But the article doesn't really deliver.

Whoever did this crime actually went to quite a bit of trouble to be sure no one was there. They did it at a time when the entire school was known to be elsewhere. They did it between the hourly security guard visits. And why throw a smoke bomb into a school room that you knew was empty? I suppose it could smoke up the walls or set off the fire alarm but it is not going to scare anyone, so what's the point.

It seems more like the act of someone who wanted to send a statement but wanted to make sure that no one got hurt.
Posted by: Thromoger Thrumble5163 || 02/27/2007 14:21 Comments || Top||

#20  My guess is Mossies, the usual suspects, the world over.

No I don't think so. Too much care and planning went into making sure no one got hurt.
Posted by: Thromoger Thrumble5163 || 02/27/2007 14:52 Comments || Top||

#21  "Smoke bomb that doesn't go off, backwards swastikas, "coincid[ing]with the inauguration of a new Torah scroll which took place on Sunday, several kilometres away".

Ive seen lots of backward swastikas in my time, presumably drawn by illiterate youths unconnected with formal neo-nazi parties. And homemade bombs go awry all the time, IIUC.

So, my guess is not AQ, and probably not a big organized Neo-Nazi group, but some local skinhead type thugs.
Posted by: liberalhawk || 02/27/2007 15:31 Comments || Top||

#22  LH, I agree. Our own idiots mis-draw the peace sign as the Mercedes-Benz symbol often enough, so I don't attach much significance to getting the Hakenkreuz wrong. More to the point, there are no misspellings, and only native speakers write their "Js" that way. Homegrown thugs.
Posted by: exJAG || 02/27/2007 17:55 Comments || Top||

#23  "Nie wieder" == "Immer wieder"
Posted by: Dar || 02/27/2007 18:07 Comments || Top||


20 Turkish Hizbullah members sentenced to life
A Turkish court sentenced 20 members of the outlawed Turkish militant Islamist group Hizbullah to life imprisonment on Monday for killing civilians, ending a case that lasted 13 years. The group, which killed scores of people in the late 1980s and early 1990s, targeted mostly Kurds in Turkey's southeast region during fighting between Turkish security forces and PKK Kurdish separatist guerrillas.

The ruling is the first against the shadowy organisation, which has said it wants to overturn Turkey's secular state and introduce Islamic sharia law. Turkey's Hizbullah is not linked to the Lebanese group Hezbollah.

The 20 defendants were charged with murders between 1990 and 1994. Another two defendants were given a sentence of 16 years due to their young age when the murders were committed.
Posted by: Fred || 02/27/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [322 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Life in a Turkish prison is actually worse than death. Wish we had the same prison system here.
Posted by: Jack is Back || 02/27/2007 9:35 Comments || Top||

#2 
Life in a Turkish prison is actually worse than death.


Only when the guards don't have sympathies for you.
Posted by: JFM || 02/27/2007 10:31 Comments || Top||

#3  Life in a Turkish prison is actually worse than death. Wish we had the same prison system here.

IIUC...

It is, if you happen to be a young white man without gang affiliation (sent to prison for drug-related issues most often), especially if you're frail and/or good looking... since you're literally at the very bottom of the food pyramid, and are for the taking (sexually speaking, but also in term of racket, abuse,...) of any inmate or group of inmates who wish to "turn you in".

Blacks and hispanics of similar social and physical status are much rarer in the US prisons, and they face the same threat, but they can be "turned in" only by their own ethnic group, or there would be a riot.

Whites can be and are preyed upon by just everyone, and this is the reason many join white supremacy prison gangs (who also are predators of the same not-manly/tough enough white men, btw). IIRc, I'm aware of two white-on-black hate crimes in which the white perpretator initially joined a racist group after having been gangraped by black inmates in jail (one famous internet stabbing vid, and the car-dragging of James Byrd).

See http://spr.org/ for details (liberal leaning, though nothing idiotarian IMHO, especially on such a tabo issue).
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 02/27/2007 11:09 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Three suspected militants killed in IHK
Security forces in Indian-held Kashmir (IHK) on Monday killed three suspected Islamist militants and defused a car bomb near a crowded police station, the army and police said. Local police Chief Haseeb Mughal confirmed that two suspected insurgents had opened fire on police and army troops when they cordoned off a house in Khan Sodal village, 95 kilometres north of Srinagar, adding that they had been killed in the exchange of fire. He added that security forces had been acting on a tip that suspected militants were hiding in the village.
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Rocket attack on police station
A police station was partially damaged in a rocket attack here in the wee hours of Monday, officials said. No casualties were reported. “The Mandan police station was attacked the night between Sunday and Monday,” said police officials. They said one room at the police station was damaged, but eyewitnesses said the attack left two rooms damaged. Bannu district is close to North Waziristan where tribal militants signed a peace accord with the government last September. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
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3 cops injured in Tank grenade attack
Three policemen were injured when suspected Taliban lobbed a grenade at a police party that had foiled an attempt by Mehsud militants to steal a fire-brigade vehicle, district administration officials said on Monday.

The incident took place in heart of Tank city on Monday, eyewitnesses told Daily Times. “The Taliban militants wanted the police to show them a dead body which they suspected to be a comrade who was killed while attempting to take a fire brigade vehicle to South Waziristan,” the officials said.

The police party was returning after stopping the militants who wanted to take the vehicle. “We killed one militant and arrested another while their third accomplice escaped after they were challenged at a check-post,” the officials said. On their way back to Tank city, a group of Taliban militants stopped the police party near the office of the political agent, demanding to see the dead body.

After the police refused, the Taliban militants lobbed a grenade at them. One wounded cop was transported to Dera Ismail Khan city for treatment, while the other two were treated in Tank city. All three were said to be in stable condition. In North Waziristan, unidentified militants up a tribal police picket late on Sunday evening, administration sources said on Monday.

No casualties were reported. “The Khasadar picket was blown up near Eiduck village, 15 kilometres east of Miranshah,” the sources added. Before the attack, the suspected militants warned tribal police to leave the place.
Posted by: Fred || 02/27/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [352 views] Top|| File under:


Iraq
Soccer Now a Capital Offense in Ramadi
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A car bomb exploded Tuesday at a soccer field on the outskirts of Ramadi, killing 18 children, Iraqi TV reported.

The soccer field is in western Ramadi -- capital of the Sunni-dominated Anbar province. The children were playing on the field when the blast occurred, Iraqi TV reported. No other details on the attack were immediately available.
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/27/2007 11:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [329 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Time for the local Sheikhs to get medieval on some AQ assets.
Posted by: doc || 02/27/2007 13:25 Comments || Top||

#2  How holy is that? Are you demonrats telling me that we ought to just let this evil go unchecked and it will all go away? I don't care how many "jahidis" pop up. It is like wack-a-mole. You wack until they stop popping up or you lose the game and the moles take over everything. They have a 20 year plan for this kind of action while you in the congress have barely a year of planning on your table. How worthless the leglislative branch has become.
Posted by: newc || 02/27/2007 13:51 Comments || Top||

#3  I think we need the Orc photo on this one. What incredible barbarity. They pulled this shit in Mosul a couple of years ago when they rammed a car bomb into a group of kids getting candy from US soldiers. It had the effect of having the locals turn on them and support the US. One can only hope this has the same results.
My condolences to the families of these kids. The bomber is getting his as this is written and will for all eternity.
Posted by: remoteman || 02/27/2007 14:43 Comments || Top||

#4  The Religion of Piece(s of Body Parts) spirals downward into the Abyss.
Posted by: anymouse || 02/27/2007 15:27 Comments || Top||

#5  U.S. disputes report that 18 kids killed in blast
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Police and Iraqi state television said a car bomb exploded Tuesday near a park popular with young soccer players, killing at least 18 boys in Ramadi, a city west of Baghdad.

However, the U.S. military said 30 civilians and one Iraqi soldier were injured in a “controlled detonation” of explosives southeast of Ramadi but there were no deaths. The military routinely blows up captured weapons and ammunition.

Posted by: Atomic Conspiracy || 02/27/2007 15:50 Comments || Top||

#6  It wouldn't be surprising if this happened. The Taliban declare that soccer is "un-islamic", the IRC in Somalia declared soccer was "un-islamic" and shot people that were merely watching it. A-Q in Iraq have killed at least one soccer coach.

I remember one thing Jesus preached that condemns Islam for all eternity - He said that "whatever is done to one of these, is done also to me". Islam is a satanic death cult that needs to be weeded out and totally eradicated.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 02/27/2007 16:08 Comments || Top||

#7  Too late AC, it's now fact.
Posted by: Shipman || 02/27/2007 18:12 Comments || Top||

#8  Here is another report of the controlled explosion ... http://www.nzherald.co.nz/category/story.cfm?c_id=340&objectid=10426231

30 wounded, none killed.
Posted by: crosspatch || 02/27/2007 18:27 Comments || Top||


ANOTHER Emir Captured, or Deja Vu All Over Again
SUSPECTED AL-QAEDA EMIR, ELEVEN OTHERS DETAINED IN RAIDS THROUGHOUT IRAQ

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Coalition Forces detained 12 suspected terrorists including a suspected Al-Qaeda in Iraq emir during raids Tuesday morning targeting foreign fighter facilitators and the al-Qaeda in Iraq network.
During an operation in Baghdad, Coalition Forces captured a suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq emir and three of his associates. Based on intelligence reports, these suspects are allegedly involved in the production of improvised explosive devices.
Also in Baghdad, Coalition Forces detained two suspected terrorists who have alleged ties to al-Qaeda in Iraq and anti-Coalition Forces activities.
Two suspected terrorists were detained during a raid in Mosul.
Intelligence reports indicate the suspected terrorists have ties with an al-Qaeda terrorist who has coordinated attacks against Iraqi security and U.S. military personnel.
Another suspected terrorist was detained in Fallujah during a raid targeting foreign fighter facilitators.
Coalition Forces detained two suspected terrorists in Tikrit who are believed to have links with terrorists involved in explosives shipments from other countries and facilitating the production of vehicle-borne IEDs.
In Ramadi, Coalition Forces netted a suspected terrorist who is allegedly involved in courier activities for al-Qaeda terrorists in Iraq.
"These raids, taking place all across Iraq this morning show that Coalition Forces continue to make progress dismantling the terrorist networks," said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesperson.
"The capture of these detainees reduces the ability of the terrorist networks to operate, and increases the safety of all Iraqi citizens, Iraqi forces, and Iraq's Multi-National partners," he said.
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/27/2007 11:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [365 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Hard to tell. Emirs tend to keep phone books with other emirs in them.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 02/27/2007 13:06 Comments || Top||


Ambulance bomber kills 14
A SUICIDE bomber in a stolen ambulance killed 14 Iraqis overnight in an attack on a police post in an area controlled by Sunni tribes opposed to al-Qaeda. Omar al-Alwani, a doctor at Ramadi Hospital, said five police, three children, three civilian women and three local men were killed in the attack in the Albu Alwan area of the western city. The police post had been set up in a converted house at the heart of a residential area that has become a target for al-Qaeda insurgents since local tribal leaders formed a movement to oppose them.

A local tribal leader and imam, Nafea Mohammed, was among the dead and seven more people were wounded, while the building collapsed completely, the medic said in Ramadi. On Saturday, in the nearby town of Habbaniyah, an al-Qaeda suicide bomber driving a fuel tanker attacked another district loyal to the anti-insurgent Anbar Salvation Front, killing 56 civilians. The recent attacks have raised fears of yet another front in Iraq's complex civil conflict, with rival Sunni armed groups fighting each other in the west, while elsewhere Sunni and Shiite factions are at war.
Posted by: Fred || 02/27/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [314 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "...The recent attacks have raised fears of yet another front in Iraq's complex civil conflict, with rival Sunni armed groups fighting each other in the west,....."

I thought pitting former baathists against alQaeda in Iraq was a good thing, kind of like eating popcorn while watching hamass and the fatah paleos go at each other, hammer and tongs.
Posted by: Clolutle Slans5753 || 02/27/2007 8:10 Comments || Top||


Woman bomber sows death at Baghdad university
A suicide bomber who triggered an explosive device outside a Baghdad business school and slaughtered at least 40 people was a woman, a security official said Monday. An attacker on Sunday detonated a bomb packed with ball bearings amid a crowd of mainly-Shi'ite students and guards in the entrance to Mustansiriyah University's School of Economy and Administration in eastern Baghdad. More than 40 people died and 55 were wounded, medics said.

"The person behind the al-Mustansiriyah bombing was a woman wearing a chador [an Islamic veil] and holding plastic sacks," the Iraqi security official told Agence France-Presse on condition of anonymity. Witnesses to the bombing told state television the same thing.
And the Dhimmicrats want us to give in to such people. They want to abandon Iraq knowing full well that the people who guided this suicide bomber would be the ones who end up on top.

And the Dhimmicrats know this, pretty much, at least the smarter ones do, and yet they want us to do it anyway.

Because if we do, we'll be turning our backs -- again, as in Vietnam -- on decent, noble people. That will bring us down. That will make us smaller. That will make us less trustworthy. That will make us less honorable.

And the Dhimmicrats believe that in such a situation, they can advance their cause. They'll win.
Posted by: Fred || 02/27/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [334 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Cult of death bitch. Screw the dhimmicrats, the MSM, and the rest of the traitors who think these people do not have to be dealt with in the extreme before they can do their evil. Maybe the liberals would be in favor of late-term aborthion for these terrorists.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/27/2007 11:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Correction: late-term abortion.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/27/2007 11:42 Comments || Top||

#3  Agreed, late-term up to 30 years?
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 02/27/2007 11:52 Comments || Top||

#4  Very late. About 120th trimester, if I didn't get my signs confused.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/27/2007 17:55 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Trucefire™ back on track!
At least four Palestinians have been killed and nearly 20 hurt in the Gaza Strip in fresh violence between backers of the rival Hamas and Fatah factions.
Hamas militants were involved in a fierce clash with a family in the southern town of Khan Younis.
Hamas blames the family for killing one of its commanders on Friday.
It is the first serious violence since Hamas and Fatah agreed to form a unity government three weeks ago, a BBC correspondent says.
Hamas said it was targeting those who executed their commander, and called on the Fatah movement to stay out of the fight, according to the BBC's Alan Johnston in Gaza.
Official Fatah units did not get involved in the fighting that lasted several hours, our correspondent says.
Meanwhile, the parliamentary speaker Ahmed Baher told a news conference that Hamas expected to form a coalition government with Fatah "by the first week of March".
Hamas and Fatah struck a major deal three weeks ago under which they agreed to end months of violence between them and go into government together.
Major deal
The Hamas commander was stopped in Khan Younis late on Friday. He was then ordered out and shot in the street in front of his wife and children, our correspondent says.
Alan Johnston says that this looks like an act of revenge carried out by a family who suffered the loss of a relative, killed several months ago while he was serving in a force linked to the Fatah party.
There was always the danger that families on either side might continue to carry out revenge attacks that might undermine the new accord, our correspondent says.
He says that Palestinians will be very much hoping that the fresh violence in Khan Younis will be contained and brought under control before it can spread.
Factional fighting between Fatah and Hamas claimed more than 90 Palestinian lives since December.
Posted by: Brett || 02/27/2007 11:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [279 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "It is the first serious violence ..."

As opposed to the BBCs UNserious violence, I assume.
Posted by: AlanC || 02/27/2007 12:38 Comments || Top||

#2  WND/OTHER > SYRIA to get several 000's of latest anti-tank missles from RUSSIA for defense agz ISRAEL, but missles to be allegedly paid for by IRAN, ergo used by the Hizzies, Hezzies and prob the Hamies. STRATEGYPAGE > ditto, but also reports that three types of advanced, post-Cold War Russian missles were found and used in Lebanon 2006, used mainly to attack Israeli [vehicle/mobile]infantry.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 02/27/2007 21:29 Comments || Top||


Israeli troops search for 7 fugitives
Israeli troops cut off roads in the militant stronghold of Nablus and confined tens of thousands of people to their homes Monday for a house-to-house search for seven fugitives. One Palestinian was killed in Israel's largest military operation in the West Bank in months, winding up its second day. Israelis said the goal was to pre-empt Palestinian terror attacks, but Palestinians said Israel was undermining efforts to implement a power sharing deal between rivals Fatah and Hamas.

Israeli troops sealed off the center of Nablus' old city with cement blocks and trash containers Monday. About 80 jeeps, armored vehicles and bulldozers moved around the densely populated militant stronghold. Soldiers uncovered three explosives labs, the military said, and enforced a curfew that confined tens of thousands of Palestinians to their homes.

Anan al-Teibi was shot and killed Monday at his home in the old city, medics said. A neighbor, Nashaat Hijawi, said the 42-year-old was hit by fire from a passing Israeli army jeep. The army said it fired at "suspicious figures" on the rooftop of a building where gunmen were operating, killing one man and wounding another.

Raiding soldiers moved from house to house, searching every room for the seven men it was pursuing, residents said. Mohammed Attireh, 47, said all the occupants of his building in Nablus' old city were ordered to stay in his apartment while troops searched the others. Soldiers then took the group of more than 20 people to another apartment so they could search his. Troops took over two houses on his street as temporary positions, and almost every house in the neighborhood was searched, Attireh said.

The Israeli commander in the West Bank, Brig. Gen. Yair Golan, said the military entered Nablus because of increased militant activity in the city, which he called the source of most intercepted suicide bombers and explosives. "We entered the city to lower the threat level to Israel and hit terror infrastructure," he said.

Physicians for Human Rights, a watchdog group, complained that soldiers were checking ambulances at the entrances to hospitals, and the curfew was preventing residents from receiving medical treatment. The military had no immediate comment. Palestinian security officials said 30 people have been detailed since the raid began Sunday, but the seven militant leaders were not among them. The sweep was Israel's largest in the West Bank since last July.

In a new tactic, troops broke into transmissions of local TV and radio stations Sunday and broadcast the names of the seven wanted men. Soldiers warned civilians against hiding the fugitives, apparently all members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, a violent offshoot of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement. Two Al Aqsa gunmen, brothers Ahmed and Alaa Sanakra, said all fugitives had gone into hiding.

Dozens of Al Aqsa gunmen operate in Nablus, organized in small groups without a central authority. Residents have complained that some of the gunmen are terrorizing the city by settling personal scores in shooting attacks, acting as self-appointed vice squads or engaging in blackmail.

The raid came at a sensitive time for Abbas, who is trying to put together a unity government with the Islamic militant Hamas group while seeking to renew peace efforts with Israel. Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said the offensive would "undermine the efforts that are being made to sustain the cease-fire with Israel." Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas condemned "the criminal Israeli assault on Nablus," saying it was designed to undermine Palestinian efforts to form a coalition government.

"The international community has to respect our stance and not burden us with conditions," Mashaal said.
The exiled leader of Hamas, Khaled Mashaal, arrived in Moscow on Monday, where he called on Russia to help end the world's crippling aid boycott of the Palestinian government. A power sharing deal, designed to end factional fighting between Hamas and the Fatah, was announced earlier this month in Saudi Arabia. "The international community has to respect our stance and not burden us with conditions," Mashaal said, in comments broadcast by the pan Arab satellite station Al-Jazeera TV.

Also Monday, police said a settler found dead in the West Bank was killed by Palestinian militants. Israeli media reported two Palestinians confessed to the killing. The settler, Erez Lebanon, lived in Bat Ayin, a settlement near Hebron known to house eccentrics and Jewish extremists.
Posted by: Fred || 02/27/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [355 views] Top|| File under:


Southeast Asia
Dupe entry: In Philippines, U.S. making progress in war on terror
I think 49 Pan has been telling us this!

CAMP BAUTISTA, Philippines — Thousands of miles from the bazaars of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan, U.S. military forces are quietly helping defeat terrorists in the jungles of the southern Philippines, a forgotten front in the global war on terrorism.

Working behind the scenes with a rejuvenated Philippine military, U.S. special forces have helped kill, capture or rout hundreds of Abu Sayyaf guerrillas who have links to the Islamic terror groups Jemaah Islamiyah and al-Qaeda, Philippine and U.S. military commanders say.

The Abu Sayyaf, responsible for 16 years of bombings, kidnappings and beheadings in the southern Philippines, has been forced to flee into the mountainous terrain here on Jolo island in the remote Sulu Archipelago.

But its numbers are dwindling and its leadership almost wiped out, says Brig. Gen. Ruperto Pabustan, commander of Philippine special forces on Jolo.

"They are on the run," Pabustan says. "They are evading our troops now, and they are short of ammunition. … We are slowly neutralizing Abu Sayyaf."

American officials agree.

"I've felt a turn in the tide," says Kristie Kenney, U.S. ambassador to the Philippines. "There are a lot of good things going on."

Backed by U.S. intelligence, equipment and training, Philippine forces have killed or captured 200 of the 400 Abu Sayyaf fighters on Jolo since they began Operation Ultimatum last August, Pabustan says. Among the dead are Abu Sayyaf leader Khadafi Janjalani, whose corpse was identified in January four months after he suffered fatal wounds in a firefight with Philippine forces. Abu Sayyaf military planner Abu Solaiman was killed by Philippine special forces Jan. 16.

"They've been kicking some butt," says U.S. Army Maj. Kevin Brown, a member of the Utah National Guard based at this Philippine military camp on Jolo. "I think they're close to breaking this thing open."

Abu Sayyaf is the most notorious of several militant groups fighting to create a fundamentalist Muslim state in the Philippines. It mutated over time into a criminal gang, engaged mostly in lucrative kidnappings. Hiding on Jolo with the Abu Sayyaf survivors are a handful — fewer than 10 — members of Jemaah Islamiyah, including two suspects in the 2002 Bali bombing, the Philippines government says.

U.S. forces have maintained a low profile in the southern Philippines since early 2002. Numbers fluctuate, but there are now about 450 — more than half of them members of the special forces.

The U.S. force is split between Jolo and Zamboanga city on the large island of Mindanao, says U.S. Air Force Maj. John Redfield, U.S. military spokesman in Zamboanga. In 2002 they helped drive Abu Sayyaf off the island of Basilan.

"The U.S. has done much better than the critics expected," says Philippines specialist Kit Collier, visiting fellow at Australian National University. "Five years ago, when U.S. troops were first sent to Basilan, many predicted 'a new Afghanistan.' Instead, the security environment there has been transformed."

The U.S. role is controversial. The Philippine constitution forbids foreign troops from establishing bases in the Philippines and, by many interpretations, bars them from combat. So U.S. forces have played a limited role in areas such as:

•Fostering goodwill among the predominantly Muslim communities by conducting medical missions, paving roads and refurbishing schools.

•Using satellite imagery and other technology to help the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) track Abu Sayyaf.

•Equipping Philippine soldiers with night-vision goggles and other gear to give them an edge on the battlefield.

•Training Philippine troops, whose efforts to subdue Abu Sayyaf had failed.

"We have provided some assistance, but the AFP is doing the heavy lifting," says U.S. Army Col. David Maxwell, commander of the U.S. military task force in the southern Philippines.

Critics say military operations and aid projects aren't enough. The Muslims of the southern Philippines — a minority in a majority Christian country — have long-standing grievances. They are among the poorest people in the Philippines. They have long been ignored by the Christian political elite in Manila. Promised development money rarely arrives.

"I don't care how many medical missions the Americans do," says Astrid Tuminez, researcher with the U.S. Institute of Peace, a government-funded organization trying to help arrange a peace deal between the Muslim separatists and the government. "Those grievances are still there."
Posted by: Sherry || 02/27/2007 13:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [490 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Training Philippine troops, whose efforts to subdue Abu Sayyaf had failed

Bull! They have met with success, not failed. The ASG have been degraded to a gang of kidnappers and thugs. Basilan is secure, Jolo is bound to be secure within the year. The model works, but the press won't ever say we are winning. But then what the hell do I know!
Posted by: 49 Pan || 02/27/2007 22:53 Comments || Top||


Dupe entry: Jihadi mayhem continues in southern Thailand
Three bombs went off in Yala and Narathiwat yesterday morning, wounding six soldiers while a Muslim villager was killed in a drive-by shooting in Narathiwat on Sunday night.

In the first attack, a home-made bomb exploded around 8 am at a roadside in Yala's Muang district, slightly injuring a soldier. The bomb, hidden under a flower pot, went off when a team of seven soldiers providing protection for teachers arrived.

In the province's Than Tho district, another bomb went off around 11 am yesterday, wounding a soldier. The bomb was hidden in a suspicious box left in front of a healthcare centre in tambon Banhae. It exploded when troops were called into the area to inspect the box.

On the same day, a bomb went off in Narathiwat's Sri Sakhon district, wounding four soldiers. The 5kg bomb, believed to be targeting soldiers providing protection for teachers, exploded around 8.20 am when a protection team arrived.

In Narathiwat's Sungai Padi district, Soree Hami, 39, a Muslim resident, was shot dead by two men on a motorcycle while returning home from a market on Sunday night.

This article has the same web addy as the story I posted on page 2, so a moderator will have to post this bit (at the end of the article) on page 1. Thanks.
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Muslims protest questioning of bomb suspect in southern Thailand
A group of Muslim women and children blocked a road in Yala province to demand authorities to release two suspects who were believed to be involved in planting a bomb at a petrol station early Tuesday. About 100 protestors blocked Petchakasem road in Muang district since 10.30 a.m. to demand that police release Mahideen Samoah and Sateeyoh Jae-sani, whom police called in for questioning relating to the bomb at the station.

The bomb exploded at a convenience store of the station at around 2.45 a.m., when insurgents were still planting it, causing one of them to lose an arm, said police, who found a human arm at the scene. Police interrogated the two persons after they found blood at their homes.

The demonstration went on for about an hour, and the protestors dispersed shortly after police released the two after the interrogation.
Posted by: ryuge || 02/27/2007 06:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [316 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The bomb exploded at a convenience store of the station at around 2.45 a.m., when insurgents were still planting it, causing one of them to lose an arm, said police, who found a human arm at the scene. Police interrogated the two persons after they found blood at their homes.

"they're innocent, I tell ya! That was somebody else's arm at the scene. our guy lost his arm in a bar fight."
Posted by: WTF || 02/27/2007 8:10 Comments || Top||

#2  In your place dhimmi slaves! You will be beheaded for questioning the Masters!
Posted by: Excalibur || 02/27/2007 9:19 Comments || Top||

#3  "Your arm's off!"
"No it's not..."
Posted by: Seafarious || 02/27/2007 9:31 Comments || Top||

#4  So give 'em the arm. Tell them to come back tomorrow and you'll give them the other arm.
Repeat daily.
Posted by: tu3031 || 02/27/2007 10:18 Comments || Top||

#5  ID should be no problem, You've got fingerprints, just check with the funeral homes forn the rest of the body, without immediate first aid, he's a dead man in minutes (Blood Loss/Haemorhage Concussion)
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 02/27/2007 11:46 Comments || Top||


Sri Lanka
US, Italian ambassadors injured by Tamils
THE US and Italian ambassadors to Sri Lanka were wounded today in an artillery attack by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels in eastern Sri Lanka.

US ambassador Robert Blake and Italian envoy Prio Mariani were hit by shrapnel from the attack at the Batticaloa airforce base as they got off a military helicopter, Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said.

Mr Samarasinghe had been with the pair when the attack happened.

Mr Mariani had a head injury and was taken to the main local hospital together with 11 others, hospital director Muruganathan Moorthy told AFP.

The US ambassador had minor injuries and was being flown to Colombo.
Posted by: Snuling Gloling9123 || 02/27/2007 00:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [287 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Excellent operation. I wonder who tipped them off - they knew the time, they knew the place, they knew who was coming. Plus, they actually put a mortar round in the right place, and made a clean getaway afterwards.
Posted by: gromky || 02/27/2007 5:18 Comments || Top||

#2  This attack, coupled with the bombing at Bagram air base, suggests to me that a mole in our State Department is actively passing out information to the bad guys.

State has been on the other side for a while now, this is just my guess as to where the new intel is originating.
Posted by: Rob06 || 02/27/2007 15:31 Comments || Top||

#3  I think the CockaToo sang.
Posted by: Shipman || 02/27/2007 18:14 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iran training Iraqis to use munitions: U.S. spy
By David Morgan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran is training anti-American Iraqi Shi'ites at sites inside Iran and Lebanon in the use of armor-piercing munitions blamed for the deaths of 170 U.S. troops in Iraq, the top U.S. intelligence official said on Tuesday.

In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, newly installed U.S. intelligence chief Mike McConnell said it was "probable" that Iranian leaders including Ayatollah Ali Khamenei were aware that weapons known as explosively formed penetrators, or EFPs, had been supplied to Iraqi Shi'ites.

But McConnell, in his first congressional testimony as the U.S. director of national intelligence, stopped short of saying Iran was directing the EFP attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq.

"We know there are Iranian weapons manufactured in Iran. We know that Quds Forces (of Iran's Revolutionary Guards) are bringing them (into Iraq)," McConnell said at a panel hearing on world threats facing the United States.

"Is there a direct link from Quds Forces delivering weapons, to the most senior leadership in Iran?" he said. "I would phrase it as 'probable' but, again, no direct link ... I am comfortable saying it's probable."

McConnell took over the intelligence chief's job a week ago to replace John Negroponte, who is now deputy secretary of state.

Under questioning by Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Connecticut Independent, McConnell tersely acknowledged that the United States has evidence showing that Iran is training Iraqi Shi'ites to use EFPs at sites outside Iraq.

"And some of that training is occurring in Iran?" asked Lieberman.

"Yes, sir," McConnell replied.

"I've heard reports that some may be occurring in Lebanon in Hezbollah training camps," Lieberman said.

"We believe Hezbollah is involved in the training as well," McConnell answered.

IRANIAN DENIAL

Tehran denies any role in supplying the arms, and other U.S. officials including President George W. Bush have said the United States cannot prove complicity by Iran's leaders.

"If Iran is training Iraqi militants in the use of Iranian weapons which are then being used to kill Americans in Iraq, I think that's a very serious act and one that we ought to consider taking steps to stop," Lieberman said.

Republican Sen. John Warner of Virginia added: "They are among the most lethal weapons, rendering the utilization of some of our heaviest and most vital equipment somewhat precarious."

McConnell's comments were the latest in a series of assertions by U.S. military and intelligence officials that Iran is behind the appearance of EFPS in Iraq, where the weapons have been able to pierce some of the heaviest U.S. armor.

"I don't see any direct linkage from Iran dictating events inside Iraq," McConnell told lawmakers.

"Now that said, the fact that Iran could contribute weapons -- particularly the weapons that can penetrate armored vehicles and so on -- raises the cost to the United States. So I do believe there's a connection."

Other intelligence officials including Army Lt. Gen. Michael Maples, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said Iran's ambitions in the Gulf region have been emboldened by rising oil prices and the success of Hezbollah against Israel in last summer's war.

"Iran's armed forces intend to rely on asymmetric tactics using ballistic missiles, naval attacks in the restricted waters along its coasts, and possibly a strategic terror campaign," Maples said.

Iran is under pressure to abandon enrichment activities that Washington believes are aimed at developing nuclear arms, a charge Tehran denies. Bush has said repeatedly the United States is not planning a war and that he wants to resolve the issue diplomatically.

McConnell said Iran was determined to develop nuclear arms "in the next decade, more likely mid-next-decade. We would be talking 2015." He said Iran could have the ability to place a warhead on a missile within the same time frame.
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 02/27/2007 14:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [365 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The $64,000 question is: What are we going to do? The administration "appears" frozen, incapable of making decisive moves. Attacking Iran, in any form would be a mistake. Equally, drawing the mad mullahs into a reaction is also a bad military move because of non-linearity and the "Law of Unintended Consquences". I can only hope we are at least partly responsible for the recent rash of IRG-related bombings, and aircraft accidents. But, we'll never know.
Posted by: anymouse || 02/27/2007 15:25 Comments || Top||

#2  What really fries my ass is the fact that so many politicians are willing to let Americans get killed and turn the other way in the name of not rocking the boat. These are people you swore to protect, asshat. For so many years, and even now there are people that kill Americans and know they can get away with it, as long as it is ones or twos.
Just sick.
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/27/2007 15:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Nuke the he$$ out of both Iran and Saudi Arabia and 90% of the terrorist activity in the world will stop, immediately. The rest will stop once we declare we'll do the same thing to anyone planning any more terrorism against the United States. If it's happening in your nation, you're responsible.

Tne United States wants to be "liked". Screw that. It's better to be feared than be treated with contempt. Right now, everybody treats us with contempt because we don't have the stones to do what's absolutely necessary for peace. You can't buy peace, but you can sure as he$$ impose it by force. We need to try it. It seems to have worked very well with Japan and to some extent with Germany and Italy - until the leftists took over.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 02/27/2007 16:22 Comments || Top||

#4  I think a more subtle approach needs to be implemented OP , i.e ratchet up regional tension a notch or five , get Saudia and Iran to square up . Sure oil prices will go through the roof for a year or so , but thats nothing compared to the sparks that could be ignited if cards are played right . After all they deserve each other .. Would be nice to see a Mecca meltdown . Religion is the cause , religion is the answer (for these numbskulls anyway )
Posted by: MacNails || 02/27/2007 16:39 Comments || Top||

#5  From Erick at Redstate.com

Carl Levin Calls for Attacks On Syria. Admits Al-Qaeda In Iraq & Troops Need to Stay
A Democrat Makes Sense Today.

Get ready for Carl Levin to get shot by Cindy Sheehan or some other angry lefty. I'm not sure what happened to him, but he's making sense right now. On Sunday's Meet The (De)Press(ed), he finally admitted that Al-Qaeda is in Iraq and American troops needed to stay there for "a counter-terrorism purpose."

Today, he got bolder and and called for escalation of the offensives against both Iran and Syria. Bravo. Speaking at a Senate Armed Services Committee meeting, Senator Levin said to John Michael McConnell, Director of National Intelligence,

I think we ought to take action on all fronts including Syria and any other source of weapons coming in, obviously Iran is the focus – but it shouldn’t be the sole focus.

Folks, did you get that? In addition to admitting we need to keep troops behind in Iraq, Carl Levin now says we need to go after Syria and Iran. In fact, in asking John McConnell about what steps were being taken to cut off weaponry coming in from Syria, Levin went so far as to ask this question:

I was just wondering, does the military have a plan to, if necessary, to go into Syria to go to the source of any weapons coming from Syria?

And he wasn't arguing against such a plan. My first quote from him came after that. After asking if there was a plan to go into Syria, Carl Levin, yes *that* Carl Levin, said "I think we ought to take action on all fronts including Syria."

I'd like to congratulate Carl Levin for undercutting several of the major Democrat talking points and I'd like to thank Senator Levin for calling for mililtary action against Syria as well as Iraq.

The exchange with the DNI is below the fold . . .

SEN CARL LEVIN (D-MI): “Now, in terms of the weapons coming in from Syria, those weapons that you’ve described as coming in from Syria and perhaps other Sunni neighbors are killing our troops. Do we have a plan to address the Syrian weapon source -- of killings of our troops?”

JOHN MCCONNELL, Director of National Intelligence: “Sir, I know the military is working that border area to close it down from not only weapons but also jihadists coming in --”

LEVIN: “It’s more than just -- we’re trying to close down the Iranian border area too. The problem is that these weapons are coming from a state which is -- doesn't recognize Israel either, just like Iran doesn't. We’ve got to try to stop weapons coming into Iraq from any source that are killing our troops. I agree with the comments about trying to stop them coming in from Iran, I think we have to try stop them that are going to the Sunni insurgents as well as to the Shia. I was just wondering, does the military have a plan to, if necessary, to go into Syria to go to the source of any weapons coming from Syria? That are going to Sunni insurgents? That are killing our troops? … I think we ought to take action on all fronts including Syria and any other source of weapons coming in, obviously Iran is the focus – but it shouldn’t be the sole focus.” (Armed Services Committee, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 02/27/07)
Posted by: Sherry || 02/27/2007 17:29 Comments || Top||

#6  Dave D. is going tottering, to the fainting couch!

Good news if not garbled.
Posted by: Shipman || 02/27/2007 18:17 Comments || Top||

#7  The obvious solution is counter-terrorism. Give the Iranian leaders a taste of what Fallujah must have felt like at its worst.

Quietly infiltrate into Qom, then wire the whole city with explosives. Take a week or two and rig the whole place for radio controlled, booby trapped destruction. Tons of high explosives concealed everywhere.

Then announce the creation of a dozen new terrorist organizations that don't exist, but all of whom publicly make endless and outrageous demands of Iran's government.

Then a lot of booming. And nothing they can do will stop it. And while it is going on, another city is being rigged for nightmare.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 02/27/2007 18:36 Comments || Top||

#8  Quietly infiltrate into Qom, then wire the whole city with explosives. Take a week or two and rig the whole place for radio controlled, booby trapped destruction. Tons of high explosives concealed everywhere.

Aren't you the individual that suggested we sneak poison gas humidifiers into Iran's Nuclear facilities? Or something like that.

What do you suppose we use to conceal the activities of the folks that plant these explosives, and the explosives themselves? A magical Harry Potter cloak of invisibility?

You must have some really great fantasies. You should go back to reading cheap Science Fiction and leave the planning to the big people.

I have a better idea, why don't we just run ARCLIGHT missions nonstop for a few weeks, then ask the MM's if they still want to play.
Posted by: Flitle Jiting3723 || 02/27/2007 19:00 Comments || Top||

#9  Regarding #5, I think Carl Levin must be on crack. This isn't like him. Here's the link to his comments over on Redstate.org...
Posted by: Dave D. || 02/27/2007 19:21 Comments || Top||

#10  I'm gonna have to defend moose on this one. Sure, his plan is cumbersome beyond inpossible. He's a big idea, not everyone is always thinking about practicality. It's a fun idea. I look at it as, "not possible, but it would be fun." Moreover, if we shoot down his entire idea we miss the one detail that might be nice. A new terrorist group in Iran. How fun would it be to pick up the Slimes and read about terrorist attacks in Iran?
Posted by: Mike N. || 02/27/2007 19:30 Comments || Top||

#11  "Moreover, if we shoot down his entire idea we miss the one detail that might be nice. A new terrorist group in Iran."

Good point. We made a major mistake at the outset of this war by not clearly identifying the enemy. Calling it the "War on Terror" instead of naming the enemy as "Islam" or "Radical Islam" or "Islamic Totalitarianism" made it difficult for many people to grasp that in many instances in this most unconventional of wars, we would sometimes have to-- GASP!-- use unconventional means to defeat the menace.

More black ops, please...

Posted by: Dave D. || 02/27/2007 19:55 Comments || Top||

#12  Since we apparently captured a high-ranking officer in the Qods force, it's pretty clear the mullahs are involved. That the Congresscritters are more interested in BDS than defending the country is utterly unsurprising.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 02/27/2007 19:57 Comments || Top||


Hizbullah builds new line of defense
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 02/27/2007 12:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [328 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Are they calling it the "Line of Death" yet?

Don't worry, they will. Hyperbole is in their blood.
Posted by: mojo || 02/27/2007 17:24 Comments || Top||

#2  ASIA TIMES yestiddy infers that IRAN may use the mountain ranges separating it and Afghanistan as staging areas for anti-NATO insurgencies, espec in the aftermath = as retaliation for any US attack.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 02/27/2007 21:33 Comments || Top||


Iran helicopter crash killed at least 13-report
At least 13 soldiers, including two Revolutionary Guards commanders, were killed when an Iranian military helicopter crashed near the border with Turkey on Saturday, Iran's student news agency ISNA reported on Monday.

Military officer Hassan Rastgar Panah was quoted by ISNA as saying two commanders, the pilot and 10 other soldiers were killed "on a mission to control the region" in northwest Iran. Iranian media initially reported one commander was killed and eight other people were on the aircraft. Later, some media said the death toll was as high as 14. Iran's official IRNA news agency has said 17 rebels were killed during the mission.

Iranian media blamed the crash on bad weather. The Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK), an Iranian offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which is fighting for Kurdish autonomy in southeast Turkey, claimed it shot down the helicopter.
Posted by: Fred || 02/27/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [462 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Yeah, bad weather you know - they hit a cloud with a rock inside.
Posted by: TZSenator || 02/27/2007 1:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Note to IRG: prayer doesn't substitute for maintenance.
Posted by: gromgoru || 02/27/2007 6:04 Comments || Top||

#3  Grom, better to trust prayer - maintenance crews could commit sabotage. Yeah, and probably did; I'm sure of it (are you reading this, Republican Guard?)
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/27/2007 7:20 Comments || Top||

#4  Iran is losing helicopters that are in country faster than the U.S. is in a war zone.

If there indeed are ops going on in Iran, it will make for some interesting reading if someone writes a book someday. And one more thing, whoever is in charge of ops in Iran deserves a promotion.
Posted by: Mike N. || 02/27/2007 8:43 Comments || Top||

#5  I wonder if some of those shoulder fired anti aircraft missle supplied to Iraqi insurgents made their way back to Iranian Kurds???
Posted by: Flomoter Ulolush5791 || 02/27/2007 9:24 Comments || Top||

#6  We first thought of Baluchistan, but decided the Kurdish areas were "better suited" for our purposes.
Posted by: Halliburton - SAM Relocation and Shipping Division || 02/27/2007 9:47 Comments || Top||

#7  Hopefully it was a Stinger-related weather accident.
Posted by: anymouse || 02/27/2007 15:28 Comments || Top||

#8  You're all wrong - it's my new super-duper, Top Secret ACME battle management and laser offense system. I can sit here in Colorado Springs and shoot down helicopters in Iran, blow up trains in Saudi Arabia, and sink pirate ships off the coast of Somalia - as soon as I master the game console. They're all doomed, doomed I tell ya! Thanks to Haliburton War Games division.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 02/27/2007 16:32 Comments || Top||

#9  Go for it, OP!!! Go for the Record!!!! Shoot the Moon (figuratively, of course).
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 02/27/2007 18:10 Comments || Top||

#10  Heh heh. Good for the brain too OP, keep you young.
Posted by: Shipman || 02/27/2007 22:56 Comments || Top||


Terror Networks
Albader Parad Whacked
The military is confirming reports that Abu Sayyaf leader Albader Parad had died from wounds suffered during a series of encounters with troops in Indanan, Sulu since Saturday. Troops earlier killed Abu Sayyaf chieftain Khadaffy Janjalani and terrorist commander Jainal Antel Sali Jr., alias Abu Solaiman.

Lt. Gen. Eugenio Cedo, Armed Forces Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) chief, said troops are tracking down the remaining leaders of the Abu Sayyaf, among them Radulan Sahiron, Umbra Jumdail alias Dr. Abu Pula, Jul Asbi and Isnilon Hapilon, along with Jemaah Islamiyah bombers Dulmatin and Umar Patek.

"The operations continue to comply and meet the deadline to finish the Abu Sayyaf and the JI bombers who are still hiding in Sulu," he said. Cedo spoke to reporters during a visit to a military hospital where he awarded medals to Army Scout Rangers who were wounded in the encounter last Sunday.

At least eight of the 13 wounded Scout Rangers airlifted to Camp Navarro General Hospital were also given cash incentives by Cedo from Armed Forces chief Gen. Hermogenes Esperon. Cedo also belied reports that six soldiers were killed and two others were reported missing in action in fighting against the Abu Sayyaf and fighters of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in Indanan, Sulu on Sunday. It was improbable for the military to hide casualty figures because their immediate families are being notified, he added.
This article starring:
ABU SOLAIMANAbu Sayyaf
Armed Forces chief Gen. Hermogenes Esperon
DR. ABU PULAAbu Sayyaf
DULMATINJemaah Islamiyah
ISNILON HAPILONAbu Sayyaf
JAINAL ANTEL SALI JR.Abu Sayyaf
JUL ASBIAbu Sayyaf
KHADAFY JANJALANIAbu Sayyaf
Lt. Gen. Eugenio Cedo, Armed Forces Western Mindanao
OMAR PATEKJemaah Islamiyah
RADULAN SAHIRONAbu Sayyaf
UMBRA JUMDAILAbu Sayyaf
Abu Sayyaf
Jemaah Islamiyah
Moro National Liberation Front
Posted by: Gromogum Elmereter5708 || 02/27/2007 15:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [474 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Hearty congratulations to our guys, who of course weren't in any way involved in this outcome. So of course, wishing them Happy Hunting! would be utterly silly. ;-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/27/2007 19:21 Comments || Top||

#2  They whacked him? I can't believe they fuckin' whacked him...
Posted by: Jimmy Conway || 02/27/2007 23:22 Comments || Top||


G'morning...
Town's Elders Plead for Help With TalibanU.N. Council to consider Iran sanctionsUK rejects Abu Qatada's appeal against deportationAmbulance bomber kills 1420 Turkish Hizbullah members sentenced to lifeUgandan troops expected in SomaliaSerbia cleared in genocide, to a point
Posted by: Fred || 02/27/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [349 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Anyone for holdin' Miss Caulfield?
Posted by: Mike || 02/27/2007 5:26 Comments || Top||

#2  The reason Holden was a little weird.
Posted by: Shipman || 02/27/2007 5:31 Comments || Top||

#3  She's calling 911 because she sees me headed her way dragging my club.
Posted by: gorb || 02/27/2007 7:13 Comments || Top||

#4  ahhh a little rye sense of humor
Posted by: Frank G || 02/27/2007 8:04 Comments || Top||

#5  Are you phoning her from inside the house?
Posted by: Excalibur || 02/27/2007 9:18 Comments || Top||

#6  Well, at least in her day, you wouldn't hear:

"Papa John's, could you hold please?"

"Press 1 for English, dos for Espanol"
Posted by: BA || 02/27/2007 13:11 Comments || Top||



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