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Special ops A-Team helped nail Zarqawi
WorldNetDaily.com ^ | June 8, 2006

Posted on 06/08/2006 1:52:34 PM PDT by Conservative Coulter Fan


Image of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in death released by U.S. military

WASHINGTON – When Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the al-Qaida leader in Iraq, was killed today by 500-pound bombs dropped by two F-16 fighter jets on a house north of Baghdad, it was the result of intelligence information gathered, in part, by an elite task force of international special operations forces formed just a month ago with the express purpose of taking him out.

The "A-Team" created for the mission drew on the skills and expertise of U.S. Army Green Berets, "Tier 1" of Britain's Special Air Service and the Israeli Mossad, as reported last month in Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin, the premium, online intelligence newsletter published by the founder of WND.

The decision to form the unit was taken after a top-level conference between U.S. and British defense chiefs in Washington a month ago.

The unit was part of the already-secret Task Force Black run by Britain's MI6 out of coalition forces headquarters in Baghdad. Nicknamed "The Untouchables," it was given a no-holds barred brief in pursuit of Zarqawi in May.

To avoid detection, the team dressed in clothes bought from second-hand stalls in Baghdad's back-street markets. They regularly sprayed themselves with a pungent, sweat-smelling odor known as "souk scent." Each man wore contact lenses that turned their eye color brown or black. The goal was to permit them to look like any other Iraqi peasant as they hunted the most bloodthirsty killer in Iraq.

"The Untouchables" were assured in advance they need fear no investigation into their methods to bring Zarqawi to summary justice.

Though Zarqawi was done in ultimately by massive bombs delivered from high-tech fighters, the unit members were each equipped with L115A-353 sniper rifles that allowed them to kill at 1,000 yards. But the key to the mission was the fact that each made high-risk surveillance operations into normally no-go areas in Iraq.

While officially Israel denies any presence in Iraq, four Mossad assassins were assigned to serve with the unit.

"The Untouchables" also used thermal-imaging equipment to probe the "rat holes" the terror chief used as he flitted around Baghdad and other cities. They also had at their disposal a CIA-operated Predator unmanned aircraft able to provide a real-time video feedback of any area where Zarqawi was spotted.

Zarqawi boasted on his website of beheading innocent victims, including the murders of more than 1,000 British and American soldiers in Iraq over the past two years. Zarqawi also led terrorists that killed thousands of Iraqis through relentless suicide bombings and organized attacks. Many of the bombings were directed at large crowds of Shi'ites under a strategy U.S. and Iraqi officials said was designed to trigger a civil war.

Gen. Sir Timothy Granville-Chapman, Britain's vice chief of the defense staff, had told senior officers in Baghdad that "removing this terrorist will be a massive blow against al-Qaida."

Maj. Gen. William Caldwell told a news conference today the big breakthrough that led to Zarqawi's location came while U.S. forces were trailing Zarqawi's spiritual adviser, Sheikh Abdul-Rahman.

"Through painstaking intelligence efforts we were able to start tracking him, monitoring his movements. ... Last night, he went to meet [Zarqawi] again at 6.15 pm when the decision was made to go ahead and strike that target," he added.

Zarqawi came from humble beginnings – a former street thug from Jordan. But he remained elusive despite several U.S. military offensives, a $25 million bounty on his head and the capture of what officials said were several of his aides.

Caldwell said an Egyptian militant trained in Afghanistan named Abu al-Masari, who established the first al-Qaida cell in Baghdad, may succeed Zarqawi as head of the group in Iraq.

"What everyone needs to understand is the strike last night did not occur in a 24-hour period," he said. "It truly was a very long, painstaking, deliberate exploitation of intelligence, information gathering, human sources, electronics, signal intelligence that was done over a period of time, many, many weeks."

There were six people in the house, including a woman and a child, but only Zarqawi and Abdul-Rahman have been identified.

Caldwell said important information was found at the location that led to 17 simultaneous raids later that night in Baghdad and its outskirts that uncovered a "treasure trove" of information.

But he cautioned against being overly optimistic because Zarqawi's followers still posed a threat.

"It's not the beginning or the end but it is a step forward," said Caldwell. "Ridding Iraq of Zarqawi will not instantaneously stop the violence."


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
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1 posted on 06/08/2006 1:52:35 PM PDT by Conservative Coulter Fan
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2 posted on 06/08/2006 1:55:37 PM PDT by Conservative Coulter Fan (I am defiantly proud of being part of the Religious Right in America.)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

I love it when a plan comes together.


3 posted on 06/08/2006 1:56:47 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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It's a great day!


4 posted on 06/08/2006 1:58:31 PM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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Sniff, sniff. R.I.P. Zarqawi. (Rest In a Pigskin)


5 posted on 06/08/2006 2:00:04 PM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

That was my first thought. Wonder if Mr. T was lasing the target.


6 posted on 06/08/2006 2:01:24 PM PDT by BeHoldAPaleHorse ( ~()):~)>)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan
Caldwell said important information was found at the location that led to 17 simultaneous raids later that night in Baghdad and its outskirts that uncovered a "treasure trove" of information.

I sure hope this "treasure trove" of information doesn't find it's way onto the front page of the NYT or WaPo. I hope they act QUICKLY on the information as I'm sure they will.

7 posted on 06/08/2006 2:02:54 PM PDT by teletech (Friends don't let friends vote DemocRAT)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

I love it when a plan comes together and a terrorist comes apart.


8 posted on 06/08/2006 2:02:56 PM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

once upon a time Bin Laden called us Paper Tigers...


9 posted on 06/08/2006 2:05:28 PM PDT by Cinnamon
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

We got to get that fool for the kids, Hannibal.


10 posted on 06/08/2006 2:05:30 PM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan
There is no doubt that his death is going to have a major impact on Al-Queda operations. Especially the news that the $25 million is going to be paid.

It's going to make the scum less likely to trust other scum because they will never know who is thinking about their bank accounts.

Next up, whoever claims to be his successor -- although I am not sure there is going to be a lot of competition for that job.
11 posted on 06/08/2006 2:11:16 PM PDT by Ronin (Ut iusta esse, lex noblis severus necesse est.)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

Couldn't be the "A-Team." I watched them for years and while they shot alot of ammo and blew stuff up, no one ever got really hurt, let alone killed. ;-)


12 posted on 06/08/2006 2:11:32 PM PDT by Mac94
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

sounds a plausible as any, but in reality those who know what really happened aren't talking. This could be the way it went down, it may be a cover story, or it may just be somebody's imagination. We may not know for years, if ever.


13 posted on 06/08/2006 2:13:20 PM PDT by kms61
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan
hey regularly sprayed themselves with a pungent, sweat-smelling odor known as "souk scent."
Love it!!! : )
14 posted on 06/08/2006 2:14:05 PM PDT by eastsider
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"The Untouchables" were assured in advance they need fear no investigation into their methods to bring Zarqawi to summary justice.

That's the ticket.

15 posted on 06/08/2006 2:14:13 PM PDT by Argus
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

God bless our brave soldiers who walk in harm's way. IMO, there's nothing more despicable than Liberals and their accomplises in the MSM who attempt to undermine our heroes.


16 posted on 06/08/2006 2:15:06 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan
I love it when a plan comes together!
17 posted on 06/08/2006 2:15:21 PM PDT by DM1
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

You just can't beat "old fashioned" human intel(aka covert operatives).


18 posted on 06/08/2006 2:17:11 PM PDT by ThomasPaine2000 (Peace without freedom is tyranny.)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

The "Rush Limbaugh Doctrine" of the military's mission at work: kill people and break things.

It can be argued that this operation to bump off al-Zarqawi could have succeeded without the massive U.S. military presence in Iraq. For a welcome change, though, another Islamofascist terrorist fatcat is gone.


19 posted on 06/08/2006 2:18:51 PM PDT by rrstar96 (Strength and Honor!)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan
Caldwell said an Egyptian militant trained in Afghanistan named Abu al-Masari, who established the first al-Qaida cell in Baghdad, may succeed Zarqawi as head of the group in Iraq.

Leak the word out that the $25M reward was paid to Abu al-Masari. Bet he would not last long then . . .

20 posted on 06/08/2006 2:19:01 PM PDT by Petruchio (* Censored *)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

Ah yes, the 'pest control' unit. Now on to the next vermin.


21 posted on 06/08/2006 2:22:27 PM PDT by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: eastsider

Look the part, *smell* the part.


22 posted on 06/08/2006 2:23:04 PM PDT by rrstar96 (Strength and Honor!)
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, it was the result of intelligence information gathered, in part, by an elite task force of international special operations forces formed just a month ago with the express purpose of taking him out.

The I guess they won't be getting a cut of that 25 million.

23 posted on 06/08/2006 2:23:06 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (You go to Heaven for the climate; Hell for the company and conversation.)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

"The Untouchables" were assured in advance they need fear no investigation into their methods to bring Zarqawi to summary justice.

Wait! Isn't this against Scotish Law?

I'm sure there will be some senator who will want to investigate!


24 posted on 06/08/2006 2:24:02 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

Well done by all of them!

And special thank you our allies in Israel and Britain the article highlights as very helpful to making this day possible.


25 posted on 06/08/2006 2:26:32 PM PDT by Soul Seeker (Deport the United States Senate)
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To: ThomasPaine2000

"You just can't beat 'old fashioned' human intel(aka covert operatives)."

That's the way to do it. We should have learned from Vietnam that fighting terrorists and unseen enemies should not involve massive troop buildups with highly visible (and vulnerable) targets. I mourn for the dedicated servicemen who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and hope the U.S. and her allies will rely more and more on these covert operations with just the necessary "high-profile" land/air support.


26 posted on 06/08/2006 2:29:18 PM PDT by rrstar96 (Strength and Honor!)
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Hey lets not forget the contributions of our fine lawyers in the defense.....er...nevermind.


27 posted on 06/08/2006 2:30:57 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Somebody important make The Call.....pitchforks and lanterns.!)
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I hope that bastard suffered before he died. God bless our troops!!!


28 posted on 06/08/2006 2:31:28 PM PDT by SixStringSlinger
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Caldwell said important information was found at the location that led to 17 simultaneous raids later that night in Baghdad and its outskirts that uncovered a "treasure trove" of information.

Wooo hooo! I know this disappoints Howard Dean and the other copperheads but this is great news and a really wonderful job well done by the military involved.
29 posted on 06/08/2006 2:32:37 PM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We have the government we allow and deserve.)
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Caldwell said important information was found at the location that led to 17 simultaneous raids later that night in Baghdad and its outskirts that uncovered a "treasure trove" of information.

Wooo hooo! I know this disappoints Howard Dean and the other copperheads but this is great news and a really wonderful job well done by the military involved.
30 posted on 06/08/2006 2:32:48 PM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We have the government we allow and deserve.)
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To: BeHoldAPaleHorse

You mean B.A. Barrackas. But it was probably Hannibal or Murdoch.


31 posted on 06/08/2006 2:33:20 PM PDT by lesser_satan (EKTHELTHIOR!!!)
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To: BeHoldAPaleHorse

No laser for JDAM as a target designator. But as range finder to set GPS. Trust me Mr. "D" was at the controls.


32 posted on 06/08/2006 2:33:32 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Never corner anything meaner than you. NSDQ)
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Totally agree with you there buddy...


33 posted on 06/08/2006 2:35:26 PM PDT by Tiberius109
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34 posted on 06/08/2006 2:35:47 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Some clever bones tossed to The Right on gay marriage & flag burning don't absolve GWB over BORDERS)
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In that first picture of him when he was still alive, al-Zarqawi looks really depressed, like he knows what is coming.

[Zarqawi reclining on a couch talking to his Imam/therapist] : "Imam, I just can't shake this feeling of doom. I keep having this dream that I am in heaven making love to 72 virgins--but then, still in the dream, I wake to find that I am hugging a large metal object with fins at one end and a glowing red eye at the other. What does this mean?"

Imam: "Zarqawi, my son, this is nothing to be worried about, the Koran says: Allah is the guardian of those who believe. He brings them out of the darkness into the light; and (as to) those who disbelieve, their guardians are Shaitans who take them out of the light into the darkness; they are the inmates of the fire, in it they shall abide. "

Zarqawi: "Uh, OK. But the Americans have night vision. And I think that red thingy on the metal tube might be something like that."

Imam: "Not to worry, you are a great battle leader. The Koran says: Urge the believers to war; if there are twenty patient ones of you they shall overcome two hundred, and if there are a hundred of you they shall overcome a thousand of those who disbelieve, because they are a people who do not understand. "

Zarqawi: "about that... I seem to keep losing my number two guys, and we got a pretty heavy turnover on the numbers 3 and 4, too. And recruiting been down all over the place. I keep cutting people's heads off to show them how serious I am but it doesn't seem to be helping."

Imam: "Have faith! Mohammed assures us, Yea! If you remain patient and are on your guard, and they come upon you in a headlong, your Lord will assist you with five thousand of the havoc-making angles. "

Zarqawi: "Still waiting on the Angels."

Imam: "The Prophet tell us: I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them... "

Zarqawi: "Done that. A lot."

Imam: “Hmmm... give me a second... Aha! here we go. Allah says: And whoever kills a believer intentionally, his punishment is hell; he shall abide in it, and Allah will send His wrath on him and curse him and prepare for him a painful chastisement. "

Zarqawi: "Uh... that means someone who believes in our cause, right?"

Imam: "It means anyone who accepts the word of the Prophet, the messenger of Allah. Why do you ask?"

Zarqawi: "Well... I, we, might have killed a few believers... at least they said they were... and you know how it is with car bombs and markets. But I'm pretty sure they were all collaborators. You know how women and children can be."

Imam: "Be at ease. The koran says: And do not kill any one whom Allah has forbidden, except for a just cause, and whoever is slain unjustly, We have indeed given to his heir authority, so let him not exceed the just limits in slaying. "

Zarqawi: "Limits? You never said anything about limits. Just what are we talking about here? I need a number. Not that I'm keeping a count or anything, but I'd like to know. And does that only refer to the heads I whacked myself, or does it include those killed on my orders?"

[Imam's cell phone rings]: "Omar speaking... Really?... Right now?... Yes. Immediately. Thank you."

Zarqawi: "Who was that?"

Imam: "My secretary. It turns out out I'm late for an urgent meeting. I must go. Say five prayers and call me in the morning. No. Don't get up, I'll let myself out."

[Zarqawi calling after the Imam who is sprinting for the door]: "Don't go! I have more questions... I'm still worried about that big red eye in my dream..."

BLAM!

35 posted on 06/08/2006 2:36:32 PM PDT by PsyOp (The commonwealth is theirs who hold the arms.... - Aristotle.)
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BTW anyone have a link to a video of the actual bombing of the house where this scubag was ? THANX


36 posted on 06/08/2006 2:36:41 PM PDT by Tiberius109
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I suspect they were successful in part because the CIA had very little to do with it.


37 posted on 06/08/2006 2:36:56 PM PDT by pleikumud
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"by an elite task force of international special operations forces"......

God Bless ALL our SOGs.......

38 posted on 06/08/2006 2:38:35 PM PDT by litehaus
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Look spretty good for being in a house that got hit with 2 500lb bombs. Figured anyone in there would be dust after that .


39 posted on 06/08/2006 2:39:56 PM PDT by Tiberius109
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To: eastsider

The locals probably thought a French tour bus had arrived.


40 posted on 06/08/2006 2:40:01 PM PDT by GnL
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

this photo would make a great urinal target to be sold on EBay


41 posted on 06/08/2006 2:43:25 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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But the key to the mission was the fact that each made high-risk surveillance operations into normally no-go areas in Iraq.

On another thread, somebody wondered why we didn't just raid the house and try to get him alive for intel purposes. The answer is that trying to raid the house (rather than bomb it) would have triggered a firefight with the whole neighborhood. After the bomb, the neighborhood was suitably "shocked and awed" and we could go in to pick up the pieces

42 posted on 06/08/2006 2:47:45 PM PDT by SauronOfMordor (A planned society is most appealing to those with the arrogance to think they will be the planners)
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"....L115A-353....." Any photos of one of these.
Why would every member be equipped with this weapon and how were they concealed when working among the locals?
I don't see that they would be much good if someone fell into a firefight.


43 posted on 06/08/2006 2:52:38 PM PDT by em2vn
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bump


44 posted on 06/08/2006 2:53:50 PM PDT by fso301
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Yesterday, the Strategy Page made a pretty good prediction that Z-man was not long for the world:

Zarqawi Scheduled for Martyrdom

June 7, 2006: The relationship between terrorist leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi and and the mainline al Qaeda leadership continues to deteriorate. Zarqawi's recent audio messages have not only attacked the U.S. and the Shia-dominated government in Iraq, but also Iran. He's even claiming that the U.S., Iran, and Shia in general, are in cahoots to destroy Islam. He has also called for continued attacks against Shia.

Except for his verbal attacks on the U.S. and the Iraqi government, he is almost totally distanced himself from the central leadership. Other al Qaeda leaders have been trying to down play anti-Iranian and anti-Shia rhetoric, and have been strongly discouraging attacks on civilians.

Given that Zarqawi has become a loose cannon and that his actions are handicapping Al Qaeda's efforts, it seems reasonable to expect that an accident may befall him at some point in the near future. If handled right it can be made to look like he went out in a blaze of glory fighting American troops or that he was foully murdered. Either way, al Qaeda gets rid of a problem and gains another "martyr."

Today we get reports that Z-man was set up by somebody in Al Queda. Looks like they felt the "loose cannon" was jeopardizing their relationship with Iran, and any safe haven that Iran might be providing
45 posted on 06/08/2006 2:55:09 PM PDT by SauronOfMordor (A planned society is most appealing to those with the arrogance to think they will be the planners)
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Mr. T don't need no gun!

(thanks for the photo)


46 posted on 06/08/2006 2:56:02 PM PDT by VOA
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sorry, that caption should have read:

"Mr. T don't need no gun, FOOL!!!"


47 posted on 06/08/2006 2:57:01 PM PDT by VOA
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"Tier 1" of Britain's Special Air Service

Oh good. I'm glad we helped kill that bastard.

Regards, Ivan

48 posted on 06/08/2006 2:58:13 PM PDT by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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Even better -

The unit was part of the already-secret Task Force Black run by Britain's MI6 out of coalition forces headquarters in Baghdad. Nicknamed "The Untouchables," it was given a no-holds barred brief in pursuit of Zarqawi in May.


GOOD! GOOD!

Regards, Ivan

49 posted on 06/08/2006 3:00:22 PM PDT by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: Conservative Coulter Fan

"souk scent" is what one smells like here in 101 degree
north Texas.


50 posted on 06/08/2006 3:05:39 PM PDT by rahbert
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