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Threat Matrix: Daily Terror Threat - Thread Thirty-Six

Posted on 04/18/2006 11:09:45 PM PDT by nwctwx

:::FreeRepublic's Threat Matrix:::
Afghanistan Calls for Crackdown at Border
(Full Story)

Pakistan needs to do more to crack down on terrorism along the Pakistani-Afghan border, a spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Tuesday.

Rahim Karimi said in the news conference that Afghanistan need greater "cooperation" from both its eastern neighbor and the international community in its battle against Islamic militants.

Coalition and Afghan forces have in recent days been fighting fierce battles against Taliban fighters near the Afghan-Pakistan border.

Soldiers Kill 5 Militants in Afghanistan
Joseph Farah: Real Bad News in Afghanistan
Karzai Urges Coalition Forces to Show Restraint
Zawahri's New Video Calls Muslims to Support Mujahideen
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http://www.townhall.com/opinion/books_entertainment/reviews/MeganBasham/195735.html

"Ordinary heroes"
May 2, 2006
Review by Megan Basham


COLUMN SNIPPET: "No one could claim that the experience of watching United 93 is completely pleasurable, but there is a payoff to stress, tension, and sorrow of reliving that day beyond simply learning more about the activities of the military and FAA. We also learn something about ourselves, and it is this: For every one talking head on television that preaches concession, there are a thousand that refuse to go quietly into the night."


1,051 posted on 05/01/2006 11:30:10 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Gucho; JohnathanRGalt; backhoe; piasa; Godzilla; nwctwx; All

ON THE NET...

http://www.memri.org/egypt.html

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http://intelligence-summit.blogspot.com/2006/05/four-dead-as-egypt-police-hunt-resort.html

Monday, May 01, 2006
Four dead as Egypt police hunt resort bombers
CAIRO (AFP) - An Egyptian police officer and three suspects were killed in clashes in the north of the Sinai peninsula amid a manhunt for the perpetrators of last month's deadly resort bombings, security sources said.

Two police were also wounded in the exchanges which came after another deadly firefight Sunday in which three suspects were killed.

According to Attorney General Maher Abdel Wahed, the final toll for the bombings in Dahab last month -- which struck at a peak holiday season -- stands at 18 killed and 90 wounded.

Twelve Egyptians were killed as well as six foreigners -- two Russians, a German child, a Swiss national, a Yemeni and a Hungarian.

The attacks, the third such bombings on the same tourist-packed coastline in 18 months, also left 58 Egyptians and 32 foreigners wounded.
posted by Marko at 5/01/2006 10:18:00 PM


1,052 posted on 05/01/2006 11:38:48 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: backhoe; piasa; Godzilla; All

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles.php?article_id=5459

AMERICAN THINKER.com
Venezuela's Chavez and the "Day Without Immigrants"
by Thomas Lifson and A.M. Mora y Leon
May 1st, 2006


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INTERNATIONAL NEWS ANALYSIS by Toby Westerman
http://www.inatoday.com/communistmexico31106.htm
"COMMUNIST MEXICO?"
March 11, 2006

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Nearly 15 years after the collapse of the USSR, America could encounter what would have been unthinkable during the Cold War - a hostile, communist nation on our southern border. If the plans of the Marxist president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, are successful, America's neighbor to the south will become a virtual enemy camp.

For the past five years, Chavez has sent money and agents to Mexico to finance and infiltrate local political groups on the left, according to a Mexican news daily The goal is ideological -- pro-Chavez operatives want to dominate the increasingly powerful left wing in Mexico.

The Chavez strategy is in a critical phase. The Mexican presidential election is scheduled for July 2, 2006, and the favored candidate to win is Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a leftist who is currently leading his closest opponent, Felipe Calderon, by over ten percentage points."


1,053 posted on 05/02/2006 12:16:24 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy

CORRECTION: INTERNATIONAL NEWS ANALYSIS TODAY by Toby Westerman


1,054 posted on 05/02/2006 12:19:59 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: backhoe; piasa; Godzilla; All

Note: The following post is a quote:
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1625117/posts


From Russia With Arms
The American Spectator ^ | 5/2/2006 | Robert T. McLean

Posted on 05/01/2006 11:49:59 PM PDT by neverdem

WASHINGTON -- The Cold War may be over, but relations between the United States and Russia are slowly begging to freeze over once again. Nowhere has this become more evident than in our dealings with the Islamic Republic of Iran. While the United States and its European allies remain committed to ensuring that Tehran will not acquire the capability to produce a nuclear weapon, Russia maintains its opposition -- along with China -- against any use of sanctions or the threat of force. This has damaged efforts to convince the Iranian regime that serious consequences can result from noncompliance. However, the current situation in Iran is only one element in a comprehensive Russian strategy that seeks to boost its defense industry and undermine its geopolitical rivals.

The Russian economy remains largely dependent on weapons sales. When the Soviet Union collapsed, Russia's vital defense industry faced an enormous crisis. Not only would domestic spending be decreased, but exports to friendly regimes would no longer be necessary in many cases. As a result, even after enormous downsizing in the Russian defense industry -- an estimated 2.5 to 6.1 million lost their jobs between 1991 and 1995 -- by 1996, the sector was working at a capacity of only about 10 percent of its potential. Thus, to maintain the country's military industrial complex the Kremlin has taken on the role of the world's weapons supplier. From Algeria and Venezuela to Syria and Iran, Moscow displays few reservations to arming any regime that can help fuel its defense industry.

The well-publicized sale of 29 Tor-M1 missile systems to Iran provides a glimpse into the vast arena of advanced weapons being transferred to the world's most dangerous rogue regimes. These mobile air defense systems are capable of destroying both aircraft and cruise missiles and were...

(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...


1,055 posted on 05/02/2006 12:26:27 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: backhoe; piasa; Godzilla; All

Adding to post no. 1053:

http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=22282
"Who's Losing Latin America?"
By Frank J Gaffney Jr.
FrontPageMagazine.com | May 2, 2006


1,056 posted on 05/02/2006 1:35:53 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: Gucho; Godzilla; backhoe; piasa; nwctwx; All

Jelly Jam, you asked if I have seen anything regarding this date: 6-6-06. Well, here is an article on FR. Otherwise, I still haven't seen anything on my cyber tours. FYI.

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ON THE NET...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1625125/posts


"'666' sense: Date marked with caution"
Denver Post ^ | 5/2/06 | Howard Pankratz

Posted on 05/02/2006 2:00:25 AM PDT by Guard Dog

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Since 1970, there have been 60 terrorist attacks on June 6, with just one in the U.S., according to the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism in Oklahoma City."


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ON THE NET...

http://www.historychannel.com/tdih/tdih.jsp?month=10272958&day=10272971&cat=general&x=35&y=5

http://blogsearch.google.com/blogsearch?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&scoring=d&q=%226-6-06%22&btnG=Search+Blogs

http://blogsearch.google.com/blogsearch?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&scoring=d&q=%22June+6%2C+2006%22&btnG=Search+Blogs


1,057 posted on 05/02/2006 2:16:28 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: Jim Robinson; Gucho; Jet Jaguar; Old Sarge; JohnathanRGalt; abu afak; ganeshpuri89; backhoe; ...
ON THE NET...

WTOP.com (AP): Kabul, Afghanistan - "PAKISTAN DETAINS AL-QAIDA FUGITIVE NASAR" (May 2, 2006)

JAMESTOWN.org - Terrorism Focus: "SETMARIAM NASAR: BACKGROUND ON AL-QAEDA'S ARRESTED STRATEGIST" by Stephen Ulph (March 28, 2006)

MIL.no: "THE AL-QAIDA STRATEGIST ABU MUS'AB AL-SURI: A PROFILE" by Brynjar Lia, PhD, Senior Researcher (March 15, 2006) (Note: "Not to be quoted without author's permission") (pdf)

CNN.com: Amman, Jordan - "THE MASTERMIND" by Henry Schuster (March 9, 2006)

THE COUNTERTERRORISM BLOG: "A CHILLING FINAL THREAT FROM ABU MUSAB AL-SURI: 'O' Sleeper Cells, Wake Up Now!'" (December 31, 2005)

OSINT.INTERNET-HAGANAH.US: "SETMARIAM'S WIFE SPEAKS OUT On the pages of asharqalawsat.com" (December 27, 2005)

"www.asharqalawsat.com/details.asp?section=1&article=340381&issue=9891"

"www.asharqalawsat.com/2005/12/27/images/front.340381.jpg"

1,058 posted on 05/02/2006 3:17:36 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: backhoe; piasa; Godzilla; All

Note: Adding to post no. 1053 and post no. 1056:
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http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewForeignBureaus.asp?Page=/ForeignBureaus/archive/200605/FOR20060501d.html



"Chavez, Castro Political Alliance Grows With Bolivian Entry"
By Howard Williams
CNSNews.com Correspondent
May 01, 2006

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "(CNSNews.com) - Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and Cuba's Fidel Castro added a third amigo to their dream of a broad-based alliance of nationalist Latin American governments this weekend with the signing of a treaty with Bolivia to join the so-called Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA).

The agreement, signed in Havana during a visit to the Cuban capital by Chavez and Bolivian President Evo Morales, came on the first anniversary of the launching of the ALBA idea by Chavez and Castro.

The buzz in Havana was that ALBA has now become a viable economic model to fend off the U.S.-sponsored Free Trade of the Americas (FAA) plan, which critics claim would unfairly benefit of American-owned multinationals and threaten Latin American economic development.

Although not mentioned publicly, Cuban officials were privately predicting that Peru would be the next member of ALBA, following the May 28 presidential run-off election between nationalist Ollanta Humala and socialist Alan Garcia.

Both men have opposed a U.S.-Peru free trade agreement, which was ratified last month in the midst of the ongoing election campaign."


1,059 posted on 05/02/2006 3:27:59 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: backhoe; Godzilla; All

ON THE NET...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=aclu

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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1625129/posts


"ACLU challenges Ky. funeral protest law"
Wichita Eagle ^ | May 2, 2006 | BRENT D. WISTROM

Posted on 05/02/2006 2:47:25 AM PDT by jamesm51


1,060 posted on 05/02/2006 3:36:04 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: Gucho; backhoe; All

This link goes with post no. 1058

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1625126/posts?page=19#19


http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,193904,00.html
AP

"Major Al Qaeda Leader Arrested in Pakistan May be in U.S."
Tuesday, May 02, 2006

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "KABUL, Afghanistan — A top Al Qaeda leader whose links stretch from Afghan terror training camps to extremist networks operating throughout Europe has been detained in neighboring Pakistan and possibly handed over to American authorities, according to a U.S. law enforcement official.

Mustafa Setmarian Nasar, a Syrian who also holds Spanish citizenship, was captured in a November 2005 sting in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta that left one person dead, said the American official, who declined to be identified further because the matter is sensitive.

The official, who spoke to The Associated Press late last week, said Nasar, who is also known as Abu Musab al-Suri, may now be in U.S. custody but did not specify where. He declined to comment further."


1,061 posted on 05/02/2006 3:53:09 AM PDT by Cindy
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ADDING TO POST NO. 1058:

JIHAD WATCH.org (AP): "TWO SUSPECTED AL-QAEDA FIGURES ARRESTED IN PAKISTAN, SOURCES SAY" (November 3, 2005)

WTOP.com (AP): Quetta, Pakistan - "DETAINEE MAY BE WANTED AL-QAIDA SUSPECT" (Updated November 3, 2005)

1,062 posted on 05/02/2006 3:59:18 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: Rushmore Rocks

this "day w/o immigrants",
OMG, the riots, the pillaging! Where's the humanity! LOL. This non event gave up around here mid-stream to open the boycotting "latino" stores. The Mexicans(PC?) had to grocery shop. Can anyone say BUST!

We should show our support for the immigrants and send them all home on cinco de Mayo! Who needs 'em . . .


1,063 posted on 05/02/2006 4:19:13 AM PDT by bored at work ("Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.")
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To: All
Could be great news...

Major Al Qaeda Leader Arrested in Pakistan May Be in U.S. Custody
FOXNews/AP ^ | May 2, 2006

Posted on 05/02/2006 8:17:36 AM EDT by nuconvert

Major Al Qaeda Leader Arrested in Pakistan May Be in U.S. Custody

Tuesday , May 02, 2006

KABUL, Afghanistan — A top Al Qaeda leader whose links stretch from Afghan terror training camps to extremist networks operating throughout Europe has been detained in neighboring Pakistan and possibly handed over to American authorities, according to a U.S. law enforcement official.

Mustafa Setmarian Nasar, a Syrian who also holds Spanish citizenship, was captured in a November 2005 sting in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta that left one person dead, said the American official, who declined to be identified further because the matter is sensitive.

continued here


1,064 posted on 05/02/2006 6:28:32 AM PDT by Donna Lee Nardo (+++ DEATH TO ISLAMIC TERRORISTS AND ANIMAL AND CHILD ABUSERS +++)
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To: All; Cindy

BUMP!!!

Nasar reportedly captured!


1,065 posted on 05/02/2006 6:34:27 AM PDT by Donna Lee Nardo (+++ DEATH TO ISLAMIC TERRORISTS AND ANIMAL AND CHILD ABUSERS +++)
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To: JustPiper
What bothers me is I heard there was a terrorist arrested at O'Hare do you have anything on this?

I heard that report, JP. It wasn't about a new capture.

They interviewed the Customs Inspector who, in 2003, turned away this terrorist at O'Hare:

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&safe=off&q=Ra%27ed+Mansour+al-Banna+&btnG=Search

1,066 posted on 05/02/2006 6:53:08 AM PDT by Velveeta
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bookmark


1,067 posted on 05/02/2006 7:33:03 AM PDT by Godzilla (The American Revolution would never have happened with gun control.)
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To: Donna Lee Nardo

I saw that!


1,068 posted on 05/02/2006 8:38:42 AM PDT by JustPiper (So say your fond farewells! Mecha means fuse, and it is lit !)
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To: nwctwx; All

Ciro Vitolo, FBI's most wanted Adnan el Shukrijumah?
http://www.canadafreepress.com/2006/cover050206.htm


1,069 posted on 05/02/2006 9:23:29 AM PDT by Velveeta
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To: Velveeta; jer33 3; Cedar; JustPiper; MamaDearest; WestCoastGal; all4one; justche; DAVEY CROCKETT; ..

Not even killer flu to shut U.S. border
WorldNetDaily ^ | May 2, 2006

While nationwide demonstrations focus America's attention on the issue of illegal immigration and U.S. borders, the federal government will apparently not close the border even in the face of deadly bird flu or a super strain of influenza.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1625139/posts


1,070 posted on 05/02/2006 11:14:22 AM PDT by LucyT ("Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got." Art Buchwald)
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To: Velveeta; jer33 3; Cedar; JustPiper; MamaDearest; WestCoastGal; all4one; justche; DAVEY CROCKETT; ..

Dutch Worry About Radical Muslims in the Military
Brussels Journal ^ | 2 may 06 | Paul Belien

The Dutch secret services AIVD (state intelligence) and MIVD (military intelligence) are investigating an unknown number of Muslims within the Dutch army. Last Saturday, the Dutch newspaper Het Parool reported that a growing number of Dutch soldiers sympathizes with radical Islamists.

The paper refers to the annual report of the MIVD, which states that it conducted a number of investigations into “alleged radicalisation of military personnel” as “there are signs that indicate a possible radicalisation of Muslim individuals or groups within the armed forces."

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1625222/posts


1,071 posted on 05/02/2006 11:15:37 AM PDT by LucyT ("Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got." Art Buchwald)
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To: Velveeta; jer33 3; Cedar; JustPiper; MamaDearest; WestCoastGal; all4one; justche; DAVEY CROCKETT; ..

Fear the phone, not the doorknob, US germ expert says
By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent Tue May 2, 8:39 AM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Worried about colds, flu and other germs?
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"Usually the dirtiest handles in public restrooms are urinal flush handles,"
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"Most people don't realize that they actually should wash their hands ( before and ) after they make dinner and also after they do the laundry," Gerba said.

Americans have moved to short-cycle, cold-water washes to save energy and wear and tear on clothing, but this leaves viruses and bacteria largely intact.

"Water at 140 degrees F (60 degrees C) will sanitize laundry," Gerba said. But only 5 percent of Americans use hot water for laundry.

And viruses such as hepatitis A, rotavirus and bacteria such as Salmonella -- all of which cause stomach upsets and diarrhea -- can easily survive the average 28-minute drying cycle.

These are all carried fecally. "There is about a 10th of a gram of feces in the average pair of underwear," Gerba says. "You don't want to be doing your handkerchiefs with your underwear."

http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=healthNews&storyID=2006-05-02T123900Z_01_N01451015_RTRIDST_0_HEALTH-GERMS-DC.XML


1,072 posted on 05/02/2006 11:21:08 AM PDT by LucyT ("Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got." Art Buchwald)
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To: LucyT

Can you imagine the amount of bacteria and viruses passed between people when clothing are washed in a public laundromat?


1,073 posted on 05/02/2006 11:28:52 AM PDT by LucyT ("Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got." Art Buchwald)
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To: Donna Lee Nardo

Yep, in November.


1,074 posted on 05/02/2006 12:02:23 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Velveeta; fanfan; Jim Robinson; Gucho; JohnathanRGalt; backhoe; piasa; Godzilla; nwctwx; All

ON THE NET...

http://www.canadafreepress.com/2006/images/cover0502l.gif

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THANKS Velveeta for posting this:

http://www.canadafreepress.com/2006/cover050206.htm
"Is McMaster University graduate Ciro Vitolo, FBI's most wanted Adnan el Shukrijumah?"

By Judi McLeod
Tuesday, May 2, 2006

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THANKS fanfan for the link to this thread:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1625336/posts

"Is McMaster University graduate Ciro Vitolo, FBI's most wanted Adnan el Shukrijumah?"
Canada Free Press ^ | Tuesday, May 2, 2006 | Judi McLeod

Posted on 05/02/2006 9:07:51 AM PDT by fanfan


1,075 posted on 05/02/2006 12:08:06 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Donna Lee Nardo; All
RECAP:

WTOP.com (AP): Kabul, Afghanistan - "PAKISTAN DETAINS AL-QAIDA FUGITIVE NASAR" (May 2, 2006)

JAMESTOWN.org - Terrorism Focus: "SETMARIAM NASAR: BACKGROUND ON AL-QAEDA'S ARRESTED STRATEGIST" by Stephen Ulph (March 28, 2006)

MIL.no: "THE AL-QAIDA STRATEGIST ABU MUS'AB AL-SURI: A PROFILE" by Brynjar Lia, PhD, Senior Researcher (March 15, 2006) (Note: "Not to be quoted without author's permission") (pdf)

CNN.com: Amman, Jordan - "THE MASTERMIND" by Henry Schuster (March 9, 2006)

THE COUNTERTERRORISM BLOG: "A CHILLING FINAL THREAT FROM ABU MUSAB AL-SURI: 'O' Sleeper Cells, Wake Up Now!'" (December 31, 2005)

OSINT.INTERNET-HAGANAH.US: "SETMARIAM'S WIFE SPEAKS OUT On the pages of asharqalawsat.com" (December 27, 2005)

"www.asharqalawsat.com/details.asp?section=1&article=340381&issue=9891"

"www.asharqalawsat.com/2005/12/27/images/front.340381.jpg"

JIHAD WATCH.org (AP): "TWO SUSPECTED AL-QAEDA FIGURES ARRESTED IN PAKISTAN, SOURCES SAY" (November 3, 2005)

WTOP.com (AP): Quetta, Pakistan - "DETAINEE MAY BE WANTED AL-QAIDA SUSPECT" (Updated November 3, 2005)

1,076 posted on 05/02/2006 12:11:12 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: All

Thanks to a Special Freeper for pointing to this link:

http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=50014

"Iraqis arrested near Mexico border
Men claim to be Christians, fear persecution if returned"


1,077 posted on 05/02/2006 12:14:14 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: JohnathanRGalt; Gucho; Godzilla; All

NOTE: The following text is a quote:
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http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_2123.html

Travel Warning
United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Washington, DC 20520

This information is current as of today, Tue May 02 2006 12:36:49 GMT-0700.

LEBANON

May 02, 2006

This Travel Warning updates information on threats to American citizens and interests in Lebanon. It supersedes the Travel Warning for Lebanon issued November 7, 2005.

The Department of State urges U.S. citizens to carefully weigh the necessity of their travel to Lebanon in light of the risks noted below. U.S. citizens in Lebanon are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy in Beirut where they may also obtain updated information on travel and security in Lebanon. See registration details below.

Recent events in Lebanon underscore the need for caution and sound personal security precautions. Former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri was assassinated on February 14, 2005 in a car bomb attack in which at least 22 other people were killed and many others seriously wounded; the potential for violence remains. Since March 2005, there have been 13 separate bombings in Lebanon, resulting in the deaths of at least 11 people and injuries to more than 100 others.

Historically, Americans have been the targets of numerous terrorist attacks in Lebanon. The perpetrators of many of these attacks are still present and retain the ability to act. American citizens should thus keep a low profile, varying times and routes for all required travel. Americans should also pay close attention to their personal security at locations where Westerners are generally known to congregate, and should avoid demonstrations and large gatherings.

In January 2006, Lebanese authorities arrested suspected members of an al-Qaeda group in Beirut. The presence of al-Qaeda in Lebanon raises the potential threat to U.S. citizens and interests.

In February 2006, demonstrations against newspaper cartoons that satirized the Prophet resulted in damage to the building housing the Danish consulate, as well as surrounding homes, commercial enterprises, a church, and vehicles.

The U.S. Government considers the potential threat to U.S. Government personnel assigned to Beirut sufficiently serious to require them to live and work under a strict security regime. This limits, and may occasionally prevent, the movement of U.S. Embassy officials in certain areas of the country. These factors, plus limited staffing, may hinder timely assistance to Americans in Lebanon. Unofficial travel to Lebanon by U.S. Government employees and their family members requires prior approval by the Department of State.

U.S. citizens who travel to Lebanon despite this Travel Warning should exercise heightened caution when traveling in parts of the southern suburbs of Beirut, portions of the Bekaa Valley and South Lebanon, and the cities of Sidon and Tripoli. Hizballah has not been disarmed, it maintains a strong presence in many of these areas, and there is the potential for action by other extremist groups in Tripoli.

American air carriers are prohibited from using Beirut International Airport (BIA) due to continuing concern about airport and aircraft security arrangements. For similar reasons, the Lebanese carrier Middle East Airlines (MEA) is not permitted to operate service into the United States. Official U.S. government travelers exercise additional security measures when using Beirut International Airport.

Palestinian groups hostile to both the Lebanese government and the U.S. operate largely autonomously inside refugee camps in different areas of the country. Intra-communal violence within the camps has resulted in violent incidents such as shootings and explosions. Occasionally this violence spills over into neighboring cities and towns. Travel by U.S. citizens to Palestinian camps should be avoided. Asbat al-Ansar, a terrorist group with apparent links to al-Qaeda, has targeted Lebanese, U.S. and other foreign government interests. It has been outlawed by the Lebanese government but continues to maintain a presence in the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp.

Dangers posed by landmines and unexploded ordnance throughout south Lebanon are significant and also exist in other areas where civil war fighting was intense. Travelers should be aware of posted landmine warnings and strictly avoid all areas where landmines and unexploded ordnance may be present. Tensions remain in Lebanon's southern border with the possibility of Hizballah and Palestinian militant activity at any time.

The Embassy is located in Awkar, near Antelias, Beirut, Lebanon. Public access hours for American citizens are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. However, American citizens who require emergency services outside of these hours may contact the Embassy by telephone at any time. The telephone numbers are (961-4) 542-600, 543-600, and fax 544-209. American citizens may register with the Embassy online by visiting https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs. Information on consular services and registration can also be found at http://lebanon.usembassy.gov/ or by phone at the above telephone numbers between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday local time.

Updated information on travel and security in Lebanon may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States or, from overseas, 1-202-501-4444. Additional details can be found in the Department of State's Consular Information Sheet for Lebanon, the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, the Middle East and North Africa Public Announcement and the Travel Publication A Safe Trip Abroad, all of which are available on the Department's Internet site at http://travel.state.gov.


1,078 posted on 05/02/2006 12:36:12 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: All; Jim Robinson

Y'all gotta see this pictures!

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1625420/posts


1,079 posted on 05/02/2006 12:37:32 PM PDT by LucyT ("Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got." Art Buchwald)
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To: FairOpinion; backhoe; piasa; Godzilla; All

Thanks to a Special Emailer for pointing to this article:
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http://www.inatoday.com/mediaignores5206.htm

"MEDIA IGNORES SECURITY QUESTIONS
IN MASS DEMONSTRATIONS"

May 2, 2006

International News Analysis Today
www.inatoday.com
or
www.internationalnewsanalysis.com


ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The first day in May is revered among Socialists as International Workers Day, and in the U.S. it is, ironically, designated as Law Day."

ARTICLE SNIPPET #2: "The U.S. has already been the subject of intense infiltration and attempted political influence. For decades the communist regime of Fidel Castro's Cuba has operated a highly sophisticated intelligence service within the U.S. Castro's understudy, Hugo Chavez, president of oil rich Venezuela, has conducted a campaign to bring his influence into the Latin American sectors of U.S. society. Articles on Chavez, which presents the Marxist leader in a positive light, appear in Spanish-language newspapers.

Chavez has already been condemned for interference in elections in several Latin American nations.

While U.S. flags were highly visible during the rallies, many demonstrated participants echoed demands coming from Communist rallies which demanded free movement of people from the north of Canada to the southern tip of South America. During the August 2005 "16th World Youth and Students Festival" held in Caracas, Venezuela participants called for the goal of Marxist revolutionary "Comandante" Che Guevara: "from the tip of Canadian territories in the Arctic Circle to the Straits of Magellan.""


1,080 posted on 05/02/2006 12:41:36 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: All

OFF TOPIC and ON THE NET...

http://cdn.news.aol.com/aolnews_photos/00/01/20060502111909990003

Note: The following post is a quote:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1625464/posts


33-Year-Old Man Marries 104-Year-Old Woman(her 21st marriage)
http://articles.news.aol.com/ ^ | 5 1 06

Posted on 05/02/2006 12:42:13 PM PDT by freepatriot32

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (May 1) - A 33-year-old man in northern Malaysia has married a 104-year-old woman, saying mutual respect and friendship had turned to love, a news report said Tuesday.

It was Muhamad Noor Che Musa's first marriage and his wife's 21st, according to The Star newspaper which cited a report in the Malay-language Harian Metro tabloid.

Muhamad, an ex-army serviceman said he found peace and a sense of belonging after meeting Wook Kundor, whom he said he initially sympathized with because she was childless, old and alone, the report said.

"I am not after her money, as she is poor," Muhamad reportedly said. "Before meeting Wook, I never stayed in one place for long."

He said he hoped to help his new bride to master Roman script while she taught him Islamic religious knowledge.

The report did not say if any of Wook's previous 20 husbands are still alive.

Malaysian Muslim men are allowed by their religion to take up to four wives at a time, but reports of women who marry more than once are rare. Muslim women do not practice polygamy.

Malaysia's 26 million population comprises about 60 percent Muslims, almost all ethnic Malays. Large ethnic Chinese and Indian minorities are Buddhists, Hindus or Christians.


1,081 posted on 05/02/2006 12:45:46 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: LucyT

These pictures.


1,082 posted on 05/02/2006 12:48:01 PM PDT by LucyT ("Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got." Art Buchwald)
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To: Cindy; nwctwx

Thanks, Cindy.
I don't think Vitolo and Shukrijumah are one and the same.

New link with a video of Shukrijumah:
http://amw.com/fugitives/video_photos.cfm?id=27869


1,083 posted on 05/02/2006 12:49:59 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: Gucho; Godzilla; All

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http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/2006/05/011283print.html

May 02, 2006

Books preaching jihad sold in Saudi

More warm support from our friend and ally. From UPI, with thanks to Bryce:

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, May 2 (UPI) -- Books inciting Saudi youth to enroll in holy war that include religious edicts condoning suicide bombing are being sold in bookstores.
Saudi daily al-Watan reported Tuesday that the books are being sold openly in bookshops in the city of Brida, north of the capital Riyadh, promising paradise for martyrs who come out to fight "infidels" by exploding themselves.

The books included edicts that inflame the emotions of young Muslims and encourage them to earn honors and virtue through martyrdom.

Some edicts also encourage suicide operations through extensive analysis of means and justification. Martyrdom was described as the highest expression of legitimate jihad, or holy war.

The paper said one of the books titled "Guideline for Soldiers in Jihad Mechanisms, a Summary of Jihad merit" was issued by the Iraqi Ministry of Education and Information in 1983 and published by a Baghdad publishing house.

The book, which stressed the necessity and merit of jihad, deals with liberation wars, conquest, army structures, military planning, arms and procurement of military equipment needed for mobilizing soldiers.

The book also comprises religious edicts regarding the results of jihad, or rules of war, including the division of spoils claimed by militants.

Posted at May 2, 2006 01:24 PM


1,084 posted on 05/02/2006 12:51:49 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Velveeta

THANKS Velveeta.
I'll add that to my collection.


1,085 posted on 05/02/2006 12:54:40 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: LucyT
"Not even killer flu to shut U.S. border.."

So...not 9/11 with 3,000+ murdered, not AQ terrorists, not illegals, not Iraqi's or Chinese recently caught crossing, not drug cartel's, not child molesters, not South American criminals, not kidnappers, not M-16 Gang Members, not human smugglers for the sex trade, not murders...and not the killer flu or any of the other known/unknown diseases can shut or borders.

Wow...really glad that so many Americans have fought and died for our freedoms. And now the illegal/criminals are marching by the thousands...on May 1st...along with all the other countries who march on May 1st to coincide with the Communist marches for May 1st. And now the MSM is hyping a television movie for sometime in the next week to show the millions who will die in a flu pandemic. Glad to see that our politicians are looking out for our welfare. Glad that we are spending billions in other countries, to help keep them safe.

I am really glad that there are true patriots like the Minutemen who are showing-up and have really brought our border problems into the harsh light of reality. I will be following the millions that were recently re-allocated by the Bush admin. to go toward border security.

1,086 posted on 05/02/2006 3:25:34 PM PDT by all4one (Lawmakers, your decisions on illegal immigration will help us decide if you are re-elected)
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To: bored at work
"Can anyone say BUST!"

I was happy to see a Wall Street Financial Analyst laughingly say in an interview this morning that this non-event yesterday was similar to a snow storm in the Northeast in the winter. Businesses may be closed for a day or two...but it doesn't really affect their bottom line financially...AT ALL! There were also stories here at FR and in newspapers about the highways in different areas like southern California where commuting was great without the illegal/criminals on the roads!

1,087 posted on 05/02/2006 3:29:22 PM PDT by all4one (Lawmakers, your decisions on illegal immigration will help us decide if you are re-elected)
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To: bored at work
We should show our support for the immigrants and send them all home on cinco de Mayo! Who needs 'em . . .

We need 'em for the present time until our politicians get off their tatas and DO SOMETHING about the "illegals" problem.....after all, the anti-American signs and banter about our land belonging to Atzlan are unifying legal Americans with disgust and disbelief this is happening in America by disrespectable non-citizens like nothing else has done in quite some time. Politicians best note: Our numbers are MUCH larger than their numbers!

1,088 posted on 05/02/2006 4:33:37 PM PDT by MamaDearest (If you don't run your own life, someone else will!)
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To: Cindy

This is the first bonafide confirmation of it. There is a reason that this transfer of Nasar was reported. I wonder if he was tortured in Pakistan while detained there, and I wonder if he is wearing panties on his head now if he is still in American custody!

Too bad all the reports of bin laden's past captures so far have not panned out. One day it will and I wonder when we will discover the full truth of it. I guess anything is possible in the world of psychops.


1,089 posted on 05/02/2006 4:59:32 PM PDT by Donna Lee Nardo (+++ DEATH TO ISLAMIC TERRORISTS AND ANIMAL AND CHILD ABUSERS +++)
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To: LucyT
Books preaching jihad sold in Saudi

Books inciting Saudi youth to enroll in holy war that include religious edicts condoning suicide bombing are being sold in bookstores.

Saudi daily al-Watan reported Tuesday that the books are being sold openly in bookshops in the city of Brida, north of the capital Riyadh, promising paradise for martyrs who come out to fight "infidels" by exploding themselves.

What the Islamic riots reveal

Snip: But according to one expert on Islam, the riots were incited by governments to manipulate both the West and the Muslim world for political purposes.

A Kassam a Day: Goal to hit power plants

Snip: In a progress report released by the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization, the group claims it fired 56 Kassam rockets at Israeli communities during the month of April.

The group said its goal was to hit Ashkelon, an Israeli city north of Gaza, and strike a large power plant located south of the city on the outskirts of the Gaza district. One half of last month’s Kassam firings were directed at those targets.

Foreigners taken hostage - killed in Iraq

Snip: Insurgents in Iraq have kidnapped more than 250 foreigners and killed at least 40 of them:

1,090 posted on 05/02/2006 5:16:21 PM PDT by MamaDearest (If you don't run your own life, someone else will!)
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To: JustPiper
Dozens tested for tuberculosis

Snip: UBURN, Maine -- More than 100 people in the Auburn area are being tested for tuberculosis on Tuesday. Last week, the Maine Bureau of Health confirmed that an Edward Little High School student had been diagnosed as having the respiratory disease. That student will spend the next few weeks taking antibiotics to fight the infection.Health officials are asking anyone who came in contact with the student to be tested.

Norovirus infects dozens of golf club diners in Sammamish

Snippets: A norovirus that often infects travelers on cruise ships sickened dozens of people who ate at the same private golf club in Sammamish over Easter weekend. Dawn McCutcheon said she got sick after she ate at the Plateau Golf Club. She ended up at the emergency room.

She was also told that at least 30 people fell ill after dinner there Saturday and Easter brunch Sunday, along with four staff members. No one else was hospitalized.

Nurse fined for not properly sterilizing surgical instrument

Snip: Anyone who has had gastric bypass surgery at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla may be at risk of having hepatitis or HIV, 10News reported.

For more than a year a nurse at Scripps La Jolla was not properly sterilizing a surgical instrument called a gastroscope. Nearly 300 patients who had surgery with that nurse are being offered blood-disease screening tests.

Leprosy in America - new cause for concern

Snippets: A new case of leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease, is diagnosed somewhere in the world every 60 seconds, but in the United States outbreaks remain rare. Only about 130 new cases are discovered each year, mostly among immigrants from areas such as Mexico, India or the Caribbean, where the disease is more widespread.

“It’s creeping into the U.S.,” said Dr. William Levis, head of the New York Hansen’s Disease Clinic. “This is a real phenomenon. It’s a public health threat. New York is endemic now, and nobody’s noticed.”

Tracking leprosy among immigrants can be difficult, but leprosy is already endemic in Texas, and numbers are rising in New York and California--all states with high immigrant populations. Dr. Levis said he believes America could be on the brink of an epidemic similar to those that swept Brazil and led to the country becoming a global leprosy hotspot.

1,091 posted on 05/02/2006 5:46:22 PM PDT by MamaDearest (If you don't run your own life, someone else will!)
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To: JustPiper
Israeli Customs finds military equipment in shipping container

Snip: Israeli inspectors discovered a shipping container Tuesday destined for Gaza that contained 300 telescopes suitable for military rifles.

The container, shipped from China, was labeled as sewing notions, hats and clocks, Ynetnews.com reported. Instead, a scanner detected the telescopes, some of them equipped with sights and infrared markings.

Security tests begin at Waco airport

Snip: Starting today, the program’s designers are using the airport to take pictures of 10,000 visitors over the next 30 days to assess the accuracy of a technology touted as the next frontier in preflight security for its potential to detect suspected terrorists. Howell calls it “a test that could revolutionize the screening of airline passengers in the future.”

No. Korea accuses US of 160 spy incidents in April

Snip: The North Koreans accused the United States for using U-2s to make daily shuttle flights over the DPRK's strategic targets through April, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) quoted a military source as saying.

1,092 posted on 05/02/2006 6:07:57 PM PDT by MamaDearest (If you don't run your own life, someone else will!)
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To: Velveeta; Cindy

I don't believe it is the same person either.

Thanks for the ping Velveeta, I have gone back to dig up my old archive on him from 2004. I will have to get back to work on it some more:

http://www.ianlivingston.com/archived/2004/shukrijumah.htm


1,093 posted on 05/02/2006 7:34:47 PM PDT by nwctwx (Everything I need to know, I learned on the Threat Matrix)
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To: nwctwx; Velveeta

I agree with both of you.
I don't think it is the same person, either.

I played around with the name on various searches
and checked some other things after gardening today.

I'd need more info to change my mind on this.


1,094 posted on 05/02/2006 8:17:24 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: MamaDearest; Cedar

Armadillos are the only animal besides humans that can get leprosy.


1,095 posted on 05/02/2006 8:21:06 PM PDT by LucyT ("Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got." Art Buchwald)
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To: Donna Lee Nardo

"I guess anything is possible..."

Yep.


1,096 posted on 05/02/2006 8:23:23 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: MamaDearest; Cedar; WestCoastGal; all4one; justche; appalachian_dweller; ExSoldier

Gangs claim their turf in Iraq [ They mean American gangs with members in the military ]
Chicago Sun Times ^ | May 1, 2006 | BY FRANK MAIN Crime Reporter

"A law enforcement source in Chicago said police see some evidence of soldiers working with gangs here. Police recently stopped a vehicle and found 10 military flak jackets inside. A gang member in the vehicle told investigators his brother was a Marine and sent the jackets home, the source said."

"Of paramount concern is whether gang-affiliated soldiers' training will make them deadly urban warriors when they return to civilian life and if some are using their access to military equipment to supply gangs at home, said Barfield and other experts."

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1625756/posts


1,097 posted on 05/02/2006 8:59:46 PM PDT by LucyT ("Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got." Art Buchwald)
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To: Jim Robinson; Gucho; JellyJam; JohnathanRGalt; backhoe; piasa; Godzilla; nwctwx; All

http://intelligence-summit.blogspot.com/2006/05/pakistan-al-qaeda-has-dirty-bomb.html

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

"PAKISTAN: AL-QAEDA HAS DIRTY BOMB, REPORT SAYS"

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Islamabad, 2 May (AKI) - Osama bin Laden possesses a "dirty bomb" and nuclear devices bought on the Russian black market prior to 2001, according to Hamid Mir, the journalist who interviewed bin Laden shortly after the 11 September attacks. "Material useful for building a dirty bomb was smuggled from Russia to Georgia and then on to Afghanistan," Mir said in an interview with the website of satellite network al-Arabiya. He added that the device was built with various materials, including uranium, by an Egyptian engineer known as Saad. "I met this engineer only once, in 2000, when the Taliban controlled Kabul" he said.

In the interview, Mir also said the Saudi terror leader had changed his mind at the last minute on the idea of making one of the hijacked 11 September planes crash into a US nuclear plant.

The Pakistani journalist, also said he has precise and up-to-date information on how the Saudi terror leader lives.

"Last September I met the bodyguard of Osama Bin Laden, Abu Hamza, who told me that he had married an Afghan woman with whom he had three children. On the same day he told me of the death of one of Bin Laden's wives during childbirth in a mountainous zone where there were no doctors. It seemed that her death was not a major problem for bin Laden as death in childbirth is quite frequent among Afghan women," Mir recounted.

It is unclear to which of bin Laden's wives his bodyguard was referring, even if it seems probably it was the daughter of Abu Hafs al-Masri.

Abu Hamza al-Jazeeri - an Algerian who in 2003 was in Iraq but later returned to Afghanistan - also indicated that combatants go from Afghanistan to Iraq and back through Iran."


1,098 posted on 05/02/2006 9:29:41 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy; All

I don't usually post here but has anyone heard from Oorang? She hasn't posted since April 6 and hasn't answered FReepmail.


1,099 posted on 05/02/2006 9:43:39 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: Clive; Gucho; backhoe; piasa; Godzilla; nwctwx; All

TRAVEL.STATE.GOV - TRAVEL WARNING - ZIMBABWE
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_937.html

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Mugabe Buys 10 Fighter Jets From Russia
ZimDaily ^ | April 27, 2006 | correspondent

Posted on 05/02/2006 9:33:27 PM PDT by Sundog

President Robert Mugabe has ploughed an estimated US$500m into the purchase of 10 new fighter jets and military vehicles from Russia, Zimdaily can reveal. The government's acquisition of the military hardware has been blasted by the opposition MDC which charges that the purchase of military equipment had by-passed the State Procurement Board. The MDC has already queried the defence budget - the biggest in the current financial year - which it says is unjustifiable for a country that is not at war.


1,100 posted on 05/02/2006 9:46:07 PM PDT by Cindy
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