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Threat Matrix: December 2006
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Posted on 12/01/2006 8:36:14 PM PST by nwctwx

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Fighting Jihad in Cyberspace
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The setting is familiar to anyone who watches the evening news. A large, executive-style desk, a laptop perched on top, a logo in the background and a screen showing shifting images to reinforce the newsreader's message. The only difference is the presenter, who is swathed in an Arab headdress and masked to hide his identity, and the subject of the broadcast, a call for an Islamic state for Iraq and a vow to use Iraq as a launching pad to crush the "Zionists" in Israel.

Welcome to the "Voice of the Caliphate", the latest offering from the Global Islamic Media Front, widely regarded as the mouthpiece of al-Qaeda and the worldwide jihadist movement.

Distributed over the internet, the mock news format is just one of many employed by al-Qaeda's highly sophisticated propaganda arm.

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Cars burn after a bomb exploded at a check point in Baidoa, Somalia, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006. Three suicide car bombers, among them a veiled woman, killed themselves and three companions at a police checkpoint outside Somalia's government base of Baidoa killing, a senior official and a police officer said Thursday. (AP Photo)

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Threat Matrix: Recommended Reading

December 2006
The Militant Ideology Atlas
Combating Terrorism Center
@ West Point

Being prepared is a good thing, no matter where one lives; no matter what alert level we are on.
From TM'er and Freeper ~Cindy~
Intelligence is the best weapon against terrorism.
National Commission on Terrorism: 1999

1 posted on 12/01/2006 8:36:16 PM PST by nwctwx
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2 posted on 12/01/2006 8:36:31 PM PST by nwctwx (Everything I need to know, I learned on the Threat Matrix)
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Ping to the December Threat Matrix.


3 posted on 12/01/2006 8:38:02 PM PST by nwctwx (Everything I need to know, I learned on the Threat Matrix)
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To: nwctwx

Thanks.


4 posted on 12/01/2006 8:38:54 PM PST by null and void (To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone. --Reba McEntire)
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To: nwctwx

Thanks!


5 posted on 12/01/2006 8:52:52 PM PST by SlowBoat407 (A living insult to islam since 1959)
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To: nwctwx

Thank you, Ian. Much appreciated.


6 posted on 12/01/2006 8:58:05 PM PST by Rushmore Rocks
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Happy December....and thanks Ian for your continued wonderful TM work!


7 posted on 12/01/2006 8:59:22 PM PST by all4one (9/11 Never Forget - Never Forgive -- Prayers for the families & our soldiers)
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To: nwctwx

Well designed and functional.
Thank you very much nw.


8 posted on 12/01/2006 9:00:07 PM PST by Cindy
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ON THE NET...

SEPTEMBER 11, 2001: Before, During and After

http://www.truthusa.com/911news.html
http://www.truthusa.com/911news2.html
http://www.truthusa.com/911.html



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ON THE NET...

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

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http://www.internet-haganah.com
http://internet-haganah.org/hmedia/26sep06-salafy_forums.html
http://www.sofir.org

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http://www.jihadwatch.org

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http://www.memri.org/jihad.html
http://www.memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S5&P1=9
http://www.memrifilms.org/


9 posted on 12/01/2006 9:02:21 PM PST by Cindy
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Always will remember to test in IE from now on. ;-)

Been very busy lately... hoping things slow a bit this winter.


10 posted on 12/01/2006 9:03:32 PM PST by nwctwx (Everything I need to know, I learned on the Threat Matrix)
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To: nwctwx

Bookmark


11 posted on 12/01/2006 9:04:47 PM PST by Earthdweller (All reality is based on faith in something.)
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To: nwctwx

Are you going to get a Christmas vacation?
That would be a nice time for a break.


12 posted on 12/01/2006 9:05:28 PM PST by Cindy
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Note: The following text is a quote:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1747320/posts



Iraqi mullah with Iran ties to visit U.S.
Persian Journal ^ | Dec 1, 2006

Posted on 12/01/2006 8:22:30 PM PST by TexKat

Mullah Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, a top Iraqi Shiite leader with close ties to Iran, will meet with President Bush next week, the White House confirmed Friday. Mullah leads the powerful Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq, or SCIRI, a rival group to the political movement led by firebrand Shiite mullah Muqtada al-Sadr.

U.S. National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe said the meeting was set for Monday.

"President Bush looks forward to an exchange of views and a discussion of important issues facing Iraq today," Johndroe said.

Also, a senior administration official said Bush will meet with a Sunni leader -- Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi -- in January at the White House.

The visits come against a backdrop of deadly Sunni-Shiite sectarian warfare in Iraq that has led some observers to say a civil war has engulfed the country.

Bush returned from a summit Thursday with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Jordan focusing on the deteriorating security situation.

Al-Hakim and Bush will discuss the political crisis in Iraq, said mullah's aide, Haitham Husseini.


13 posted on 12/01/2006 9:09:32 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy

Yes, we fortunately get lots of time off every year. :)

I am going to FL to visit my folks and to Montreal for New Years. It should be cold up north!


14 posted on 12/01/2006 9:10:06 PM PST by nwctwx (Everything I need to know, I learned on the Threat Matrix)
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To: nwctwx

Well now, that sounds like a well rounded trip and a bit of fun, too.
Good deal.


15 posted on 12/01/2006 9:11:25 PM PST by Cindy
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ON THE NET...

http://www.ice.gov/pi/investigations/mostwanted.htm

http://www.ice.gov/doclib/pi/investigations/wanted/mostwanted.pdf

http://www.ice.gov/pi/investigations/wanted/fugitives.htm

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http://www.ice.gov

QUOTE:

Report Suspicious Activity:
1-866-DHS-2-ICE
1-866-347-2423

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http://www.ice.gov/pi/news/newsreleases/articles/061201fargo.htm
December 1, 2006

"Business owner must forfeit $1.5 million for conspiring to harbor illegal aliens
Romanian illegal alien also sentenced to 18 months in prison"


FARGO, N.D.


16 posted on 12/01/2006 9:14:56 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Velveeta; freeperfromnj; jerseygirl; All

http://www.dea.gov/concern/18862/2007.pdf
DEA.GOV: "NATIONAL DRUG THREAT ASSESSMENT 2007
National Drug Intelligence Center
U.S. Department of Justice"

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http://www.dea.gov/pubs/states/newsrel/nyc113006.html


"Meth In The City"
9 Meth Labs Found, 10 Charged In New York City And Long Island


Supplies for Clan Lab found on 39th Street, Manhattan.
NOV 30 -- (New York, NY)


17 posted on 12/01/2006 9:37:11 PM PST by Cindy
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To: backhoe; piasa; copguy; JohnathanRGalt; All

http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/014222.php
November 29, 2006
"Two in Houston charged with planning to fund, fight with Taliban"
(KHOU)

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Note: The following text is a quote:

http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/014267.php

December 02, 2006

"Do you want to see the passport of a terrorist?"

"Syed Maaz Shah’s arrest and arraignment came after a federal investigation of activity on property owned by the Islamic Society of Greater Houston." Another player emerges in connection with this story. "UTD Student Still In Jail, Awaits Houston Transfer," by Robert Riggs for CBS 11 News:



(CBS 11 News) A University of Texas at Dallas sophomore who was arrested Wednesday on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm is being held without bond and awaits transfer to Houston in connection with a conspiracy to aid a global terrorist network..

Syed Maaz Shah’s arrest and arraignment came after a federal investigation of activity on property owned by the Islamic Society of Greater Houston in Willis, which is just north of Houston.

In testimony before United States Magistrate Judge Jeff Kaplan, a FBI special agent assigned to the international counter-terrorism squad described 19-year-old Shah as a self-proclaimed terrorist bent on jihad.

“He held up his passport to the other members of the group and said, ‘Do you want to see the passport of a terrorist?’ ” the agent testified.

The FBI agent further testified Shah was pictured with two Muslim college students -- Kobie Williams and Adnan Mirza -- who were arrested in Houston earlier this week for an alleged conspiracy to aid the Taliban.

Federal prosecutors allege all three engaged in paramilitary rifle training with other Muslim students at the campground in Willis and bragged about joining the Taliban to fight against U.S. forces.

Shah was accused in court of training to attack coalition soldiers in Afghanistan and has been charged with possession of a firearm by a non-U.S. citizen.
Shah's attorney, Donald Fulton, declined to discuss the Taliban allegations and tried to minimize the gun charge.

“Gee if everything that I did training with weapons from BB guns on up resulted in criminal charges, they would have me behind bars today. It’s a different world we live in now.”



That's just silly. But in closing, no story of this kind is complete without the following description of what a swell guy the accused is:

Shah’s aunt, Rubina Shah, said her nephew is very religious, but is not violent.

“He’s an excellent kid, an excellent student. What else is there to say?”

Posted by Marisol at December 2, 2006 12:08 AM


18 posted on 12/01/2006 9:57:00 PM PST by Cindy
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ON THE NET...

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

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http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/42367000/jpg/_42367826_gadd203.jpg

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6192630.stm

Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 November 2006, 16:24 GMT
"Gaddafi in Nigeria airport drama"
By Alex Last
BBC News, Lagos



ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has been involved in a diplomatic incident as he arrived in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, for a summit."


19 posted on 12/01/2006 11:10:56 PM PST by Cindy
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1747370/posts

"Suspect Arrested In Serial Killings (New Orleans - as many as 21 stranglings)"
The New Orleans Times Picayune ^ | December 2, 2006 | Gwen Filosa

Posted on 12/02/2006 1:02:11 AM PST by mcg2000


20 posted on 12/02/2006 1:04:55 AM PST by Cindy
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=northkorea
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=nkorea

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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1747372/posts

"N. Korea: More Kim Jong-il Sightings"
The Daily NK ^ | 12/01/06

Posted on 12/02/2006 1:48:00 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster


21 posted on 12/02/2006 1:55:53 AM PST by Cindy
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NOTE: The following text is a quote:

https://www.osac.gov/Reports/report.cfm?contentID=59728

Home > Reports > Consular Affairs Bulletins > Report
Warden Message: Fiji Coup Concerns
Consular Affairs Bulletins
East Asia / Pacific - Fiji
1 Dec 2006

Printer Friendly Email Article
Related Reports
29 Nov 2006
Warden Message: Fiji Military Exercises
22 Nov 2006
Fiji Public Announcement
22 Nov 2006
Public Announcement: Fiji
3 Nov 2006
Fiji Public Announcement
3 Nov 2006
Public Announcement: Fiji
U.S. Embassy Suva released the following Warden Message on December 1, 2006:

This Warden Message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in the city of Suva in the Republic of the Fiji Islands of the renewed ultimatum publicly announced on November 30 by Commander Frank Bainimarama of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces to overthrow the democratically elected government as soon as December 1 unless his demands are met.

While Suva was calm as of December 1, the Department recommends that private American citizens in Fiji evaluate their personal security in light of the current uncertainty. It is possible that the security situation could deteriorate rapidly if threats of a coup are carried out. Risks could include indiscriminate attacks on government or civilian targets in the greater Suva area.

The Department of State and the Embassy in Suva are continuing to follow developments closely. For the latest security information, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov where the current Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, Travel Warnings, and Public Announcements can be found. Up to date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada, or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

American citizens traveling or residing in Fiji are encouraged to register with the Department of State or the U.S. Embassy. American citizens may also register at https://travelregistration.state.gov. The Embassy is located at 31 Loftus Street in Suva. The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy can be reached by calling (679) 331-4466 and by e-mail at consularsuva@state.gov.


22 posted on 12/02/2006 2:52:42 AM PST by Cindy
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Note: The following text is a quote:

https://www.osac.gov/Reports/report.cfm?contentID=59730

Warden Message: Colombo Bombing
Consular Affairs Bulletins
South / Central Asia - Sri Lanka
1 Dec 2006

Printer Friendly Email Article
Related Reports
14 Nov 2006
Warden Message: Colombo Terror Alert
23 Oct 2006
Sri Lanka Travel Warning
23 Oct 2006
Travel Warning: Sri Lanka
18 Oct 2006
Warden Message: Defer Galle Travel Following Attack
17 Oct 2006
Warden Message: Colombo Terror Alert
U.S. Embassy Colombo released the following Warden Message on December 1, 2006:

At approximately 10:35 a.m., a bomb exploded at the junction of Dharmapala Mawatha and Flower Road, near Liberty Plaza. It is believed that Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse was the target of the attack. At this time, Americans are advised to avoid the area of the Kollupitiya market and Dharmapala Mawatha. The Embassy continues to advise Americans to be on alert when visiting government facilities and high-profile venues. Americans should also continue to avoid military installations, military convoys traveling on the roads, and where possible, government buildings, as they have in the past been targets for LTTE violence. Traffic disruptions are also likely to increase as Sri Lankan security forces increase their security checks. Americans are again reminded to cooperate fully with Sri Lankan security forces as they implement increased security measures.

Americans living or traveling in Sri Lanka are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy through the State Department's travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov. The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Colombo is located at 210 Galle Road. The telephone number is 249-8500. The number for after-hours emergencies is 249-8888. The fax number is 249-8500. The Consulate's e-mail address is colomboacs@state.gov and its internet web page is http://srilanka.usembassy.gov. U.S. citizens should also consult the Department of State's latest consular information sheet for Sri Lanka, and the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, available at http://travel.state.gov. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States, or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).


23 posted on 12/02/2006 2:55:02 AM PST by Cindy
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To: All

Note: The following report snippet is a quote:

http://www.icc-ccs.org/prc/piracyreport.php

Weekly Piracy Report
21-28 November 2006

The following is a summary of the daily reports broadcast by the IMB's Piracy Reporting Centre to ships in Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Ocean Regions on the SafetyNET service of Inmarsat-C from 21 to 28 November 2006.

ALERT

Chittagong anchorage, Bangladesh
Forty one incidents have been reported since 28.01.2006. Pirates are targeting ships preparing to anchor. Ships are advised to take extra precautions.

The IMB Report on Piracy and Armed Attacks on Ships from January to September 2006 is now published. Please see the end of this page to order.

Suspicious crafts

None reported during the week.
Recently reported incidents

24.11.2006 0400 LT in position 22:17.5N - 091:43.3E, Chittagong Outer Anchorage 'A', Bangladesh.
15 robbers armed with long knives boarded a bulk carrier. They tied up two ABs and three watchmen and broke into the bosun’s store and stole ship's stores. The Duty Officer and an AB proceeded to the forecastle. Alarm was raised. Robbers jumped overboard and escaped with ship's stores, walkie-talkies and cellphones. Port authority and Coast Guard informed.

20.11.2006 0130 LT at Dumai Inner Anchorage, Indonesia.
Six robbers armed with knives boarded a bulk carrier. They attempted to overcome the shore watchman who raised alarm. Duty Officer and crew rushed to assist. When confronted by crew, robbers jumped overboard and escaped empty handed.

19.11.2006 1900 LT in position : 06:06.2S-106:53.3E, Tg. Priok,
Indonesia.
While crew were busy involved in discharging operations, robbers armed with steel bars managed to break into two stores and steal ship's stores. Upon seeing suspicious behaviour of shoreworkers on deck, duty crew informed the Duty Officer. Alarm raised and crew alerted. It was suspected the stevedores / shoreworkers may have been involved in the theft. Local authorities informed.

19.10.2006 0600 LT in position 28:47:01n - 49:28.42e, off Lulu
Oilfield, Ras al-Khafji, Saudi Arabia.
Three masked pirates armed with a pistol and machine guns boarded a fishing vessel underway. One crew was killed and another injured. Pirates stole ship's equipment and left in a small red and white coloured boat. Saudi Coast Guard was informed.


24 posted on 12/02/2006 2:57:54 AM PST by Cindy
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=iran

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http://www.airportbusiness.com/article/article.jsp?siteSection=5&id=9114

Updated: December 1st, 2006 12:07 PM EDT
Home > Airline and Airport Security News
"Some Iranian Visa Holders Sent Home"
Dena Bunis and Vik Jolly
The Orange County Register


ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Some Iranian citizens traveling to Santa Clara this weekend for a reunion of graduates and professors from a Tehran university have been stopped at U.S. airports and told the visas they were carrying had been revoked.

The State Department on Thursday refused to say why some Iranians coming to the conference with visas approved by U.S. consulates abroad are being denied entry, detained overnight and then sent back to Iran. Event organizers said they know of 20 who have so far been turned away. More than 100 additional Iranian nationals are due at the weekend event."


25 posted on 12/02/2006 3:04:51 AM PST by Cindy
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To: All

PERSECUTION.ORG
http://www.persecution.org


26 posted on 12/02/2006 3:07:33 AM PST by Cindy
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http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_1161.html

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
This information is current as of today, Sat Dec 02 2006 03:08:36 GMT-0800.

Worldwide Caution
October 11, 2006


27 posted on 12/02/2006 3:08:58 AM PST by Cindy
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To: All

Note: The following news brief is a quote:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3335096,00.html

Palestinian carrying pipe bomb arrested at checkpoint south of Nablus
Published: 12.02.06, 12:22
IDF forces at Hawara Checkpoint, south of Nablus, arrested a Palestinian after a search of his belongings revealed a pipe bomb. Border guard sappers detonated the bomb in a controlled manner. No one was injured.

The Palestinian was transferred to the security forces for investigation. (Efrat Weiss)


28 posted on 12/02/2006 3:13:48 AM PST by Cindy
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=RUSSIA

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

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http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?c=JPArticle&cid=1164881799698&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Dec. 2, 2006 2:47 | Updated Dec. 2, 2006 2:57
"Venezuela receives Russian jets"
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
CARACAS, Venezuela


29 posted on 12/02/2006 3:17:10 AM PST by Cindy
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=SYRIA
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=LEBANON

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MEMRI.org: "SYRIA/LEBANON"
http://www.memri.org/syria.html


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http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=23512_Supporters_of_Evil_Turn_Out_En_Masse&only


Friday, December 01, 2006

"Supporters of Evil Turn Out En Masse
Hundreds of thousands of Hizballah and Syria supporters turned out in Beirut today: Huge crowd demands Lebanon government quit."


30 posted on 12/02/2006 3:25:03 AM PST by Cindy
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To: All; Cindy; Godzilla
Lebanon cabinet, opposition in stand-off

Lebanon's Western-backed cabinet vowed not to cave in to calls to resign after a massive demonstration led by the pro-Syrian group Hezbollah, as protesters camped outside government offices.

The show of force in central Beirut tightened the political deadlock in the country which has been nearly paralyzed because of a fierce struggle for supremacy between pro- and anti-Syrian camps within the power-sharing regime.

Crowds of protesters thronged the streets of the capital on Friday, calling for the ouster of the "corrupt" leadership and temporarily blocking access to Prime Minister Fuad Siniora's government headquarters.

"The massive demonstration... has given Lebanon one of the most difficult tests that the country has known in a long while," warned the pro-Syrian Al-Akhbar daily.


Egypt fears Lebanon civil war if protests continue

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said on Saturday he feared continued street demonstrations, especially if they became sectarian, could turn Lebanon into a battlefield.

On Friday hundreds of thousands of Hezbollah-led protesters rallied in Beirut to try to force the resignation of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora's U.S.-backed government. The protest continued on Saturday.

"Wisdom is required in dealing with internal differences," Mubarak told journalists in Sharm el-Sheikh, where he was meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

"What I fear is that if the demonstrations continue, and take on a sectarian form, supporters of these sects from outside Lebanon will join in and no one will be able to control it, especially if it continues for a long time."
31 posted on 12/02/2006 12:16:56 PM PST by nwctwx (Everything I need to know, I learned on the Threat Matrix)
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To: nwctwx

Thank you nw for the update.


32 posted on 12/02/2006 12:31:28 PM PST by Cindy
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=iran

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Thanks to debg for the ping to this post.

QUOTE:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1747465/posts?page=2#2

Ping to today's thread plus a little news...

Ahmadinejad says US is the problem in Iraq
(AP)

2 December 2006


DOHA — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused the United States on Friday of stirring up divisions between Iraq’s Shias, Sunnis and Kurds, saying Washington is “the cause of the problem” in the war-torn country.


His comments came a day after US President George W. Bush met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki, urging the Iraqi leader to crack down on Shia militias blamed in sectarian violence. Iran is believed to back some of the militias.

Ahmadinejad spoke in an interview with the Arab news network Al Jazeera during a visit to the Qatari capital Doha to attend the opening of the Asian Games.

In Doha, the Iranian leader held talks with Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, from the militant Hamas movement, which is allied to Iran.

Ahmadinejad repeated Iran’s calls for the United States to pull its troops out of Iraq.

Iraqis “know how to govern themselves and provide their own security. You are the reason of the problem,” he told Al Jazeera, looking at the camera and addressing the United States and Britain. “Get out of Iraq and leave the Iraqi people alone.”

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticleNew.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2006/December/middleeast_December13.xml&section=middleeast


2 posted on 12/02/2006 9:11:20 AM PST by debg


33 posted on 12/02/2006 12:34:32 PM PST by Cindy
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http://www.libertaddigital.com/noticias/noticia_1276293800.html
"UN IMPLICADO ESTABA EL 11-M EN LA COMISARIA DE VALLECAS
Investigan una trama policial que traficaba en Madrid con Goma2 Eco y detonadores"

http://www.libertaddigital.com/noticias/noticia_1276293967.html
"ESTUVO EN LA COMISARÍA DE VALLECAS LA NOCHE DEL 11-M
Uno de los policías de la mafia de la Goma 2 nació en Marruecos y se le conoce como El Moro"

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Thanks to J Aguilar for the ping to this thrread:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1746837/posts

"3/11: Police Officers Investigated on Explosives Trafficking in Madrid"
EL MUNDO - Libertad Digital ^ | 30 November 2006 - 1 December 2006 | Fernando Lázaro (transl. J Aguilar)

Posted on 12/01/2006 3:08:56 AM PST by J Aguilar

and this post - QUOTE:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1746837/posts?page=5#5

More on this developing story:



He was at the Vallecas Bridge precinct during the night of 3/11

A Police Officer in the Goma 2-mafia Was Born in Morocco and is Known as The Moor

One of the civil servants arrested on Friday in an operation against a Police-mafia that trafficked with dynamite and drugs was born in Nador and he is known among his colleagues as El Moro (The Moor), according to EL MUNDO today Saturday revelations. José Antonio González Clares was born in that Moroccan city and was assigned to Vallecas Bridge precinct during the night of 3/11, when the backpack containing Goma 2 appeared, reorienting the investigation of the massacre, just in time to change the result of the National Elections of March 14th towards the Socialist Party. According to the newspaper that has discovered this plot of “infiltrated terrorists” – as the pro-Socialist trade union SUP has called them -, González-Clares was not on duty that night of 3/11, but he came to his post. The Popular Party has asked [Minister] Rubalcaba “total explanations” on this “absolute mess” in the Interior Minister. [...]
5 posted on 12/02/2006 9:00:24 AM PST by J Aguilar (Veritas vos liberabit)


34 posted on 12/02/2006 12:55:13 PM PST by Cindy
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To: All

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

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Note: The following text is a quote:

http://www.defenselink.mil/news/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=2277


Iraqi Army, Coalition Detain, Kill Insurgents; Iraqis Killed in Suicide Attack

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2006 – In a string of operations across Iraq this week, Iraqi forces detained 28 suspects, coalition forces killed 17 insurgents and rescued three Iraqi hostages, and four Iraqis were killed in a suicide attack, military officials in Iraq reported.
The 9th Iraqi Army Division, with coalition support, detained 28 suspected insurgents for questioning in an operation within the Iraqi capital today in Rusafa. U.S. attack helicopters were used in support of the mission to assist the ground elements with their mission. An assortment of small arms and munitions also were seized during the operation.

Elsewhere, coalition forces used air-delivered precision ordnance to kill three insurgents today in Ubaydi. Insurgents attacked coalition forces with small-arms fire and then attempted to flee in a vehicle. In response to the attack, coalition forces used precision ordnance to destroy the vehicle and the insurgents inside. Aside from the vehicle, there was no further damage.

In another operation, coalition air and ground forces combined to kill 14 insurgents and wound two at about 2 a.m. yesterday after the individuals engaged a coalition convoy with small-arms fire southwest of Samarra.

While the insurgents fled in trucks and motorcycles, Task Force Lightning attack helicopters tracked them for several miles and used two guided bombs to destroy one of the vehicles. Subsequently, helicopters and strike aircraft engaged the remaining vehicles, killing or wounding all of the insurgents.

Upon further investigation of the site, Task Force Lightning soldiers discovered more than 1,500 rounds of small-arms ammunition and various semi-automatic machine guns including six AK-47s, two heavy machineguns, two destroyed motorcycles with homemade machine gun mounts and one rocket-propelled-grenade launcher.

Separately, Iraqi police successfully engaged a suicide car bomber attempting to breach an entry-control point leading to a police station in the Dawasa neighborhood Nov. 29 at about 12:15 p.m.

The Iraqi police prevented the terrorist from breaching the entry control point, but the bomb exploded outside the checkpoint, killing four Mosul citizens and the suicide car bomber and injuring 29. The four citizens killed in the blast included two children and two adults. Those injured were transported to Mosul general hospital for treatment. One Iraqi police officer received treatment for superficial wounds and was released.

"Iraqi police in Ninewa province are vigilant to these types of attacks," said Army Maj. Adam Rocke, operations officer for 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. "The sad part is the innocent citizens who are killed or injured as a result of these cowardly acts, especially the children.”

In another operation, three handcuffed hostages were rescued from insurgents by soldiers of the 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, near Forward Operating Base Loyalty on Nov. 29. A fourth handcuffed hostage was found nearby, dead from a gunshot wound to the head.

The three rescued hostages were discovered after the U.S. soldiers noticed an illegal checkpoint being manned by six individuals in military uniforms. One of the six manning the checkpoint had a fake Ministry of Interior identification. The six suspects caught running the illegal checkpoint were detained by U.S. forces for questioning

Elsewhere, soldiers from Multinational Division Baghdad uncovered a sizeable cache of munitions in a northwestern neighborhood of the Iraqi capital Nov. 29.

After receiving a tip, soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, conducted a combat patrol to search a house of a suspected mortar man. When the troops arrived at the residence, there was no one at the home. During the search of the house, they discovered a weapons cache. They found 16 82 mm mortar rounds, one 60 mm mortar round, one 82 mm mortar tube with a tripod, one 60 mm mortar tube with a base plate, 11 grenades, one machinegun with three full magazines, one rocket-propelled-grenade launcher sight, one set of body armor with plates, one set of body armor without plates, 42 mortar primers, 59 grenade fuses, two radios, and a bomb protective suit.

(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)


35 posted on 12/02/2006 1:16:20 PM PST by Cindy
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http://hotair.com/archives/2006/12/01/video-meccas-executioner/
(MEMRITV.ORG)
"Video: Mecca’s executioner"
posted at 12:39 pm on December 1, 2006 by Allahpundit


36 posted on 12/02/2006 1:20:31 PM PST by Cindy
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To: JohnathanRGalt; backhoe; All
stepping back in time...

A Discussion on FREEREPUBLIC.com regarding a HISTORY NEWS NETWORK article: "DOES HISTORY CONDONE BEHEADINGS?" by Timothy R. Furnish (June 11, 2005)

MEFORUM.org - The Middle East Quarterly: "BEHEADING IN THE NAME OF ISLAM" by Timothy Furnish (Spring 2005, Volume XII: Number 2)

37 posted on 12/02/2006 1:29:50 PM PST by Cindy
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To: nwctwx; JohnathanRGalt; backhoe; piasa; Godzilla; copguy; Miami Vice; All
RECAP and UPDATES:


JIHAD WATCH.org (AP): "MUSLIMS SEEK PRAYER ROOM AT AIRPORT" (December 2, 2006)

JIHAD WATCH.org (AP): "MUSLIMS PROTEST OUTSIDE AIRLINES HEADQUARTERS OVER IMAMS' REMOVAL" (December 2, 2006)

JIHAD WATCH.org (STAR TRIBUNE): "MINNESOTA MUSLIM COLUMNIST: POST-9/11 US AN 'ISLAM-PHOBIC COUNTRY'" (December 2, 2006)

WASHINGTON TIMES.com: "IMAM DISPUTES TIE TO HAMAS" by Audrey Hudson (December 1, 2006)

FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE.com: "IMAMS GONE WILD" by Paul Sperry (November 30, 2006)

WASHINGTON TIMES.com: "MARSHALLS DECRY IMAMS' CHARGES" by Audrey Hudson (November 29, 2006)

FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE.com: "THE MINNEAPOLIS SIX SABOTAGE AIRLINE SECURITY" by Janet Levy (November 28, 2006)

WASHINGTON TIMES.com: "HOW THE IMAMS TERRORIZED AN AIRLINER" by Audrey Hudson (November 28, 2006)

HOTAIR.com - blog/video: "THE FLYING IMAMS" (November 28, 2006)

YouTube.com - Video: "A STUDY IN PROPAGANDA" (Added November 27, 2006)

FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE.com: "PUTTING HOMELAND SECURITY FIRST" by Robert Spencer (November 22, 2006)

OSINT.INTERNET-HAGANAH.com: "IMAM OMAR SHAHIN OF PHOENIX YOU SAY?" (November 21, 2006)

JIHAD WATCH.org: "ONE OF THE IMAMS LED OFF THE MINNEAPOLIS PLANE AFFILIATED WITH HAMAS-LINKED ORGANIZATION" (November 21, 2006)

JIHAD WATCH.org: "OMAR SHAHIN, SPOKESMAN FOR 6 IMAMS REMOVED FROM FLIGHT, DOUBTED MUSLIMS WERE BEHIND 9/11 AND ADMITTED TIES TO OSAMA" (November 21, 2006)

LittleGreenFootballs.com - Weblog: "MINNEAPOLIS AIRPORT INCIDENT UPDATE" (November 21, 2006)

CNN.com (AP): "SIX MUSLIM IMAMS TAKEN OFF PLANE" (November 21, 2006)

38 posted on 12/02/2006 1:47:03 PM PST by Cindy
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To: nwctwx

Many thanks!


39 posted on 12/02/2006 3:48:31 PM PST by crabbie
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http://billroggio.com/cms/mt-search.cgi?tag=Iraq&blog_id=7

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http://billroggio.com/archives/2006/12/hunting_the_takfiris.php
"Hunting the Takfiris in Iraq
Ansar al-Sunnah leaders captured, raid on al-Qaeda in Iraq cell"


ARTICLE SNIPPET: "DUBAI, UAE: Task Force 145, the Coalition hunter-killer teams that focus on al-Qaeda in Iraq, have been busy over the past week. Multinational Forces Iraq reports Ansar al-Sunnah leadership has taken a hit in central, western and northern Iraq, while a raid nabbed 8 al-Qaeda."


40 posted on 12/02/2006 3:57:53 PM PST by Cindy
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ON THE NET...

http://www.al-boraq.com/banner/iai_assasinate_abuDr3.gif
http://wow32.com/out.php/i9165_untitled.JPG
http://www.albasrah.net/en_articles_2006/1106/iraqiresistancereport_281106.htm

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http://siteinstitute.org/bin/articles.cgi?ID=publications231206&Category=publications&Subcategory=0

SITE Publications
"Intelligence Corps of the Islamic Army in Iraq Announces the Killing of Abu Deraa, an al-Mahdi Army Commander Referred Who Has been Reffered to as the 'Shi’ite Zarqawi'"
By SITE Institute
December 1, 2006


41 posted on 12/02/2006 4:01:35 PM PST by Cindy
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To: crabbie

HEY CRABBIE!!!!
Great to see you here.

Christmas is coming!
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http://www.truthusa.com/CHRISTmas.html


42 posted on 12/02/2006 4:05:59 PM PST by Cindy
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To: nwctwx

Thank you!


43 posted on 12/02/2006 4:54:28 PM PST by angcat ("IF YOU DON'T STAND BEHIND OUR TROOPS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO STAND IN FRONT OF THEM")
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To: nwctwx; Cindy

Thanks. Outstanding! BTTT!


44 posted on 12/02/2006 4:57:13 PM PST by PGalt
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To: PGalt

Thank you PGalt.


45 posted on 12/02/2006 5:04:38 PM PST by Cindy
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ON THE NET...

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

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=BUFFALO
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=NEWYORK
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=NY


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http://www.ice.gov/pi/news/newsreleases/articles/061130buffalo1.htm


November 30, 2006

Unlicensed money transmitters sentenced for sending millions of dollars to Yemen


BUFFALO, NY - United States Attorney Terrance P. Flynn and Peter J. Smith, special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Office of Investigations in Buffalo announced that two individuals convicted of illegally transmitting money to Yemen received lengthy prison sentences. The money transmitting business was illegal because it was not licensed under New York State law and unregistered under federal law. U.S. District Judge William Skretny sentenced the three Lackawanna men Thursday.

Mohamed Albanna was sentenced to five years imprisonment and three years supervised release.

Ali A. Albanna received a sentence of 56 months imprisonment and two years supervised release.

Ali Taher Elbaneh received was given one-year probation, with six months home detention.

Smith said, "Money transmittal businesses that operate underground and outside the law pose significant homeland security threats. As we have seen in the past, these types of businesses can be and have been exploited by criminal organizations and even terrorist groups to move funds virtually anywhere in the world with no questions asked. Closing down this vulnerability is a priority for ICE."

Judge Skretny also signed orders directing Mohamed Albanna to forfeit $100,000, Ali A. Albanna to forfeit $50,000 and Ali Taher Elbaneh to forfeit $50,000. Assistant United States Attorney Timothy C. Lynch said the defendants pled guilty this June 23 to operating an illegal money transmitting business from November 1, 2001, until December 17, 2002.

Flynn said the maximum penalty faced by each defendant was five years imprisonment, but that, in accordance with the written plea agreements filed June 23, Mohamed Albanna agreed to a sentence of five years, Ali A. Albanna agreed to a sentence of at least 51 months, and that there was no sentencing agreement with respect to Ali Taher Elbaneh.

Flynn said the illegal money transmitting business was operated principally by Mohamed Albanna and Ali A. Albanna from the premises of Queen City Cigarettes and Candy, a wholesale distribution business located at 1282 Clinton Street in Buffalo, New York.

At the sentencing Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Lynch said the money transmitting business operated by the defendants transmitted millions of dollars from the Queen City business in Buffalo to Yemen, and received transmissions from Yemen in the years 2001 and 2002. Lynch said Ali Taher Elbaneh assisted Mohamed Albanna and Ali A. Albanna in the operation of the business.

Mr. Lynch also pointed out that Ali A. Albanna personally handled a $1,500 transfer from Yahya Goba in Western New York to Kamal Derwish in Yemen, which took place after Mr. Goba was being investigated for attending a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan.

Responding to comments made on behalf of Mohamed Albanna, Lynch told the court Albanna knew about federal registration requirements, and also taught his customers about how to structure transactions to avoid reporting requirements for money transfers of more than $10,000. The prosecutor noted there were large monetary transfers that law enforcement would have investigated if they had not been split into smaller parts. Also, Lynch told Judge Skretny that the defendants money transmitting business grew from about $200,000 in 1999 to $3 million in 2002. For nearly all of 2002, Mr. Lynch said, Mohamed Albanna knew about the licensing requirement.

U.S. Attorney Flynn noted that on a specific occasion in September 2002, the defendants illegal money transmitting business conducted an $11,000 cash transmission from Yemen to Buffalo, and failed to report that transmission, as required for transactions of more than $10,000. Mr. Flynn said cash transactions must be reported to the IRS if the amount of the transaction is more than $10,000.

Flynn also noted that Ali A. Albanna admitted in his plea agreement that in March of 2002, he handled the money transfer from Yahya Goba in the Western District of New York, to Kamal Derwish in Yemen, but that, instead of identifying the sender as Yahya Goba and the recipient as Kamal Derwish, Ali A. Albanna entered the name of a Goba relative as the sender, and the name Abdulwali Kushasha as the recipient in Queen City money transmission ledgers. Flynn said Kushasha has been charged in this case as a co-conspirator, but has not been arrested and remains a fugitive.

Flynn said this case also involved over $300,000 in forfeitures and that, prior to the guilty pleas, a total of $179,736 was forfeited by the government. Flynn said that about $53,000 of that total was cash found in a safe at Queen City during the execution of a search warrant by federal agents on December 17, 2002, and that the remaining $126,000 was seized from Queen City=s bank account that was used to facilitate the illegal money transmitting business. Mohamed Albanna also has agreed to forfeit an additional $100,000; Ali A. Albanna an additional $50,000, and Ali Taher Elbaneh an additional $10,000.

Judge Skretny permitted Mohamed Albanna and Ali A. Albanna to surrender voluntarily to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to commence serve of their prison sentences.

Today's sentences were the result of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Internal Revenue Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the United States Secret Service, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
-- ICE --

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was established in March 2003 as the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security. ICE is comprised of four integrated divisions that form a 21st century law enforcement agency with broad responsibilities for a number of key homeland security priorities.


46 posted on 12/02/2006 5:09:06 PM PST by Cindy
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ping:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1747324/posts?page=46#46


47 posted on 12/02/2006 5:10:12 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy
Make refugee bid in Canada, Iraqis advised

Snip: "I'm telling clients, 'If you can make it here, that's your best bet,' " says Chantal Desloges, an immigration lawyer who handles many Iraqi cases. "I don't want to hear about how you get here, but if you do, your chances of getting in are virtually 100 per cent," she said.

FBI agent describes group's jihad plot

Snip: McKinley, testifying during a detention hearing for 19-year-old Syed Maaz Shah, described how the group conducted paramilitary training, fired high-powered guns such as AR-15s, and referred to themselves as mujahedeen, or Muslims involved in a fight or struggle. The group included two Houston-area men who were arrested and charged earlier this week with conspiracy to aid the Taliban.

Airplane Imam teaching jihad in prison?

Imams execute successful jihad plan in US airport

Snip: The warriors of Islam have discovered a far more effective weapon than a sword, an RPG, or a broadcast beheading. It's the political correct movement of the West, which will prove to be our ultimate undoing. Grabbing our ankles in the name of tolerance and diversity has sealed our fate, which the Muslims understand entirely. This incident aboard the US Air flight was a battle front in a war on the West, and the mission was accomplished. It was a carefully planned operation which was executed perfectly, and is now achieving the desired result. Not every battle of Jihad includes a bomb or a sword.

48 posted on 12/02/2006 6:04:23 PM PST by MamaDearest
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To: MamaDearest

Interesting assortment of links MamaDearest.
Thank you.


49 posted on 12/02/2006 6:09:11 PM PST by Cindy
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1747650/posts?page=19#19

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Thanks to fanfan for the ping to this Richard Reid thread:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1747650/posts

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OPINION: Richard Reid should be very thankful that he is in a nice
prison cell.


50 posted on 12/02/2006 6:12:27 PM PST by Cindy
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