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Jordan rockets miss US Navy ship
BBC News ^ | Friday, 19 August 2005

Posted on 08/19/2005 7:55:07 AM PDT by F14 Pilot

Three missiles have been fired from the Jordanian port of Aqaba, missing a US Navy ship but hitting Israel. Two rockets missed the USS Ashland, an American naval ship docked in the port. A Jordanian soldier died when one of the two missiles hit the dockside.

The third missile landed near Eilat airport in neighbouring Israel, causing no injuries.

An internet statement, purportedly from a group which says it has links to al-Qaeda, said it was to blame.

The statement, allegedly from the Abdullah al-Azzam Brigades, said the attacks were the group's first attack in Jordan and were aimed at both the US and Israel.

"The Zionists are a legitimate target and we warn the Americans, who are spreading their corruption throughout the world and who have stolen the wealth of the Muslim nation, to expect even more attacks," it said.

The group is one of several to have said it carried out the bombings on a market and hotels in the Egyptian resort of Sharm al-Sheikh on 23 July.

Police hunt

Jordanian police are searching for two Iraqis and a Syrian thought to have rented an industrial warehouse from which the rockets were fired.

"I can confirm that a rocket flew over the bow of USS Ashland and the rocket impacted in the roof of a warehouse. No sailors or marines were injured," said Commander Jeff Breslau, of the US Fifth Fleet.

The Jordanian soldier who died was on the dockside when he was hit. He was taken to hospital where he died of his wounds, a security source said.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
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1 posted on 08/19/2005 7:55:10 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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To: F14 Pilot

Gird yer loins you sonsabitches!


2 posted on 08/19/2005 7:56:29 AM PDT by freedomson (Tagline comment removed by moderator)
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To: F14 Pilot
...missing a US Navy ship but hitting Israel...

Now that's what I call bad aim... :^)

3 posted on 08/19/2005 8:03:15 AM PDT by FinallyBackInNH
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To: F14 Pilot

"Jordanian police are searching for two Iraqis and a Syrian thought to have rented an industrial warehouse from which the rockets were fired."


I pity the fools when they're caught. (not really)


4 posted on 08/19/2005 8:08:00 AM PDT by cripplecreek (If you must obey your party, may your chains rest lightly upon your shoulders.)
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To: F14 Pilot

I say we turn the perps over to the crew of the USS Ashland and let them implement a little frontier justice!


5 posted on 08/19/2005 8:10:51 AM PDT by sbwordman (May God bless our troops with VICTORY so they can return home)
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To: sbwordman

Time to bring back keelhauling?


6 posted on 08/19/2005 8:17:53 AM PDT by somniferum
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To: F14 Pilot

How hard are these things hidden?

7 posted on 08/19/2005 8:21:10 AM PDT by oyez
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To: F14 Pilot
Don't Make Me Open A Can Of WhoopAss On You, Muslime!
Click the Pic

8 posted on 08/19/2005 8:22:06 AM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: freedomson

Rather dispose of them with a 9/11 boxcutter. They obviously can't aim projectiles well-lucky for us.


9 posted on 08/19/2005 8:33:59 AM PDT by 1TuffBunny (Some Bunny has to be in charge...)
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To: F14 Pilot
Jordanian police are searching for two Iraqis and a Syrian

This fits with the story of how terrorist may start leaving Iraq to branch out in a larger Al Queda strategy. I guess terrorist are getting restless waiting for their American sympathizers to lower morale here.

10 posted on 08/19/2005 8:47:28 AM PDT by BallyBill (Cheney/Rove in 08 ....drive the left to suicide.)
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To: F14 Pilot

Sand to Glass!


11 posted on 08/19/2005 8:49:03 AM PDT by splint (...another proud member of the sand to glass club!)
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To: F14 Pilot

This is an act of war.


12 posted on 08/19/2005 8:50:03 AM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: F14 Pilot

This type of ship doesn't have any type of missile defense? It supposedly went over the ship and we just got lucky, right?


13 posted on 08/19/2005 8:50:13 AM PDT by eddie2 (Go Cats)
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To: cripplecreek

"A Syrian"?? Well, well, what a surprise there. I suggest a nukeless Iran by way of Syria, be added to the agenda.


14 posted on 08/19/2005 8:57:56 AM PDT by 1TuffBunny (Victory, thy name is Peace through superior fire power!)
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To: eddie2

We are so soft. I imagine that Captain is in deep. You cant let anything like happen on your watch. Why did not the automated systems retaliate???? Old sea dogs...what you think?


15 posted on 08/19/2005 8:59:22 AM PDT by samadams2000 (Pitchforks and Lanterns..with a smiley face!)
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To: eddie2

I am not sure about this but I think if the ship was in port the close in defences would probably turned off. I am assuming that these rockets were fired at close range. I could be wrong though.


16 posted on 08/19/2005 9:51:54 AM PDT by BookaT (My cat's breath smells like cat food!)
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To: BookaT

Sorry for the double-tap posting but I meant to say that they wouldn't want bullets to be flying out into the host country's port or city. I dont know the spelling but the CWIS's rounds probably fly about 5 miles and there could be some colateral damage if the went off in port.

I used to know more about it but I am sure some other Navy guy could answer this.


17 posted on 08/19/2005 9:54:53 AM PDT by BookaT (My cat's breath smells like cat food!)
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To: samadams2000

The CAPT probably is in deep, however, the ship looked like an LPD, which don't have the same weapons systems at Cruisers or Destroyers.


18 posted on 08/19/2005 9:55:18 AM PDT by bethelgrad (for God, country, the Marine Corps, and now the Navy Chaplain Corps OOH RAH!)
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To: samadams2000
We are so soft. I imagine that Captain is in deep. You cant let anything like happen on your watch. Why did not the automated systems retaliate????


Don't tread on me

19 posted on 08/19/2005 9:56:57 AM PDT by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: samadams2000; BookaT; eddie2
This is a Amphibious type of ship

USS ASHLAND (LSD 48) is an amphibious warfare ship designed to transport Marines and their combat gear throughout the world and then to launch and support assault landing craft and helicopters during amphibious operations against hostile shores.

20 posted on 08/19/2005 10:01:00 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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To: F14 Pilot
...and who have stolen the wealth of the Muslim nation

What wealth? Muslims don't create wealth. In fact, as soon as Muslims move into a neighborhood the property values plummet just by pure assumption that they're gonna suck as neighbors. Muslims are to wealth, as snails are to a garden.

21 posted on 08/19/2005 10:01:39 AM PDT by MarineBrat (We are taxed twice as much by our idleness. -- Benjamin Franklin)
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To: bethelgrad

USS Ashland

22 posted on 08/19/2005 10:02:02 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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To: F14 Pilot

It's time to twist the boot on Jordan's neck a bit.


23 posted on 08/19/2005 10:02:57 AM PDT by jess35
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To: F14 Pilot

"Thank you Israel and America for the gift of the Gzza strip. Thank you Condi Rice for saying this was just the 'first step', here is our 'second step'"

Or so Islam states.

"..and who have stolen the wealth of the Muslim nation,.."

Have we stolen any camels??? I don't have any camels. Does anybody else have any camels???


24 posted on 08/19/2005 10:04:10 AM PDT by ZULU (Fear the government which fears your guns. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: F14 Pilot

I knew it was an AMPHIB, but mistook it for an LPD. Thanks for clarifying.


25 posted on 08/19/2005 10:16:22 AM PDT by bethelgrad (for God, country, the Marine Corps, and now the Navy Chaplain Corps OOH RAH!)
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To: F14 Pilot
Two rockets missed the USS Ashland, an American naval ship docked in the port

The third rocket hit a taxi on the outskirts of Eilat airport, but did not explode, Israeli police reported.

Open miracles.

26 posted on 08/19/2005 11:17:01 AM PDT by Nachum
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To: samadams2000

Cause when you pull into port you shut down your automatic systems. Don't want the computer bagging a passings taxi cab, it tends to piss off the natives.


27 posted on 08/19/2005 11:22:04 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: Nachum

Open miracles happen a lot over here.


28 posted on 08/19/2005 11:25:09 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: ZULU
Have we stolen any camels??? I don't have any camels. Does anybody else have any camels???

*LOL*
29 posted on 08/19/2005 11:47:22 AM PDT by Famishus (Riding my bicycle in the piscatorial parade.)
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To: F14 Pilot
My wife was transferred off of the USS Ashland just prior to their deployment for her "pregnancy tour." She knows a lot of people on that ship... not to mention one of our best friends has a husband on the Ashland.

Glad the stupid terrorist can't aim.

30 posted on 08/19/2005 12:10:27 PM PDT by flada (Y2K? What are you selling, chicken or sex jelly?)
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To: ZULU
Have we stolen any camels??? I don't have any camels. Does anybody else have any camels???

I've got a pack of camel lights.

31 posted on 08/19/2005 12:15:52 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Islam is merely Nazism without the snappy fashion sense.)
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To: Lazamataz

Did you steal them from Arab???


32 posted on 08/19/2005 12:19:18 PM PDT by ZULU (Fear the government which fears your guns. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: bethelgrad

USS Ashland is an LSD. It is outfitted with a MK15 Phalanx CIWS system capable of firing 4000 rounds/minute.


34 posted on 08/19/2005 12:22:45 PM PDT by flada (Y2K? What are you selling, chicken or sex jelly?)
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To: flada
USS Ashland is an LSD.

LSD is illegal.

35 posted on 08/19/2005 12:41:34 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Islam is merely Nazism without the snappy fashion sense.)
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To: flada

LLSS.


36 posted on 08/19/2005 1:13:02 PM PDT by Lead Moderator
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To: Lead Moderator

Thanks.

I'm paying special attention to this story.


37 posted on 08/19/2005 1:19:35 PM PDT by Old Professer (As darkness is the absence of light, evil is the absence of good; innocence is blind.)
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To: Old Professer

Welcome.


38 posted on 08/19/2005 1:38:47 PM PDT by Lead Moderator
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To: Lead Moderator

There are no loose lips here. I've not posted any information that isn't well-known public info. Hell, I don't have access to anything that isn't well-known public information for that matter.

You can look up oodles of information on LSD's on the internet that will tell you more than you ever wanted to know about the capabilities of the Ashland and the CIWS systems... at least the non-Classified stuff. But I don't know any of the classified stuff either, nor do I want to.

The saying "Loose lips sink ships" applies primarily to ship movements, locations, and battle strategies... things to which I'm not privy. As a Navy Instructor, I actually taught a course on levels of confidentiality and classifications. Of course the course I taught was just a primer, but I still think I'm pretty qualified to judge what the saying means.

Of course as an FR mod, I also think that you are qualified to tell me to STFU. :)


39 posted on 08/19/2005 2:58:35 PM PDT by flada (Y2K? What are you selling, chicken or sex jelly?)
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