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12/21/2006 Middle East Live Daily Thread
Middle East Live Daily Thread ^ | 12/21/06 | Knitting a Conundrum

Posted on 12/20/2006 10:48:15 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum


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1 posted on 12/20/2006 10:48:17 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum
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08:40 Turkmen state television reports that President Saparmurat Niyazov has died. (AP)
08:34 Mysterious substance causes security scare Australian PM`s office (Reuters)
08:17 Final results show Ahmadinejad`s opponents victorious in Iran elections (AP)
07:11 Security forces arrest three Hamas militants in West Bank city of Hebron (Israel Radio)
07:10 Qassam rocket hits near western Negev kibbutz; no damage or injuries (Haaretz)
07:08 At least six killed in Baghdad suicide bombing (AP)
06:31 Haredi court blasts Jewish delegation at Iran Holocaust meet (Haaretz)
06:25 Peretz: IDF personnel will be reduced if budget increase not approved (Israel Radio)
05:36 Knesset finance, defense panels to meet to approve 2007 defense budget (Israel Radio)
05:31 Foreign Ministry announces round of new diplomatic postings (Haaretz)
05:21 Military patrol escapes roadside bomb attack in northern Sri Lanka (AP)
04:47 Crime victim advocates call for introduction of second-degree murder charge (Haaretz)
04:08 Israel Heart Society to return money it received to OK Mazola margarine (Haaretz)
03:53 U.S. says support of Syrian opposition is not attempt to topple gov`t (Israel Radio)
03:11 Source: PM won`t ditch policy of restraint despite Qassams (Haaretz)
03:03 No death penalty sought for suspect in Jewish center shooting in U.S. (Haaretz)
02:51 Katzrin residents cast doubt on police version of teen`s murder (Haaretz)
02:32 U.S. envoy appears to confirm high-level Israeli-Saudi contact (Reuters)
02:20 Surveillance tape reveals new details on Sept. attack on U.S. embassy in Syria (AP)
01:46 Striking students, teachers to suspend classes at Tel Aviv U. for 2 hours (Israel Radio)
01:44 Police to request remand extension for suspect in Katzrin teen`s Murder (Israel Radio)
01:37 Britain expects revised Iran sanctions resolution to be adopted in coming days (AP)
00:59 Israeli satellite gear company Gilat says all offered stocks sold in NYC (Israel Radio)
00:51 Kadima minister Boim criticizes party members for lack of teamwork (Israel Radio)


2 posted on 12/20/2006 10:48:51 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: 1COUNTER-MORTER-68; 1forall; 4butnomorethan30characters; AIC; AggieMom x 3; Alice in Wonderland; ...

Ping to MELDT!


3 posted on 12/20/2006 10:49:46 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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Updates
2 Qassams land in Gaza, one in Israel
(08:19 , 12.21.06)
Baghdad: Suicide bomber kills at least 10 in line of police volunteers
(07:13 , 12.21.06)
Media: British soldier accused of passing secrets
(07:11 , 12.21.06)
Qassam rocket lands in western Negev; no injuries
(06:37 , 12.21.06)
IDF arrests 3 Hamas members in West Bank
(06:23 , 12.21.06)
Report: British soldier accused of passing secrets
(06:04 , 12.21.06)
Former Haitian military commander arrested in Florida
(05:47 , 12.21.06)
Military says Sri Lankan patrol escapes roadside bomb attack
(05:11 , 12.21.06)
Mild quake hits central Philippines, no damage
(04:50 , 12.21.06)
Report: UN shies from Sudan, Ivory Coast sanctions
(03:44 , 12.21.06)
US envoy appears to confirm Israeli-Saudi contact
(03:07 , 12.21.06)
UN embargo on Liberian diamond exports prolonged
(02:26 , 12.21.06)
Britain: Vote on Iran sanctions likely to take place Friday
(02:01 , 12.21.06)
US believes arms smuggled to Lebanon via Syria
(01:57 , 12.21.06)
No death penalty sought in Seattle Jewish center shooting
(00:35 , 12.21.06)
US challenges Damascus to open embassy in Lebanon
(00:11 , 12.21.06)


4 posted on 12/20/2006 10:52:18 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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Thanks for the new room, KAC! (I was worried I was gonna have to attempt it!)


5 posted on 12/20/2006 10:52:43 PM PST by kkmo9 ("My grandmother wanted me to have an education, so she kept me out of school." Margaret Mead)
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not hard to do...But I have practice:

[You've posted a total of 499 threads and 26,122 replies.]

Next thread I post will be a vanity...my 500th! But that will wait until tomorrow!


6 posted on 12/20/2006 10:54:39 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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Welp, if everybody's done cashed in their chips for the night, it's midnight here and time for sleep...


7 posted on 12/20/2006 10:59:09 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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Yup, I'm shutting her down...

Ny tall! Sweet dreams when they come!


8 posted on 12/20/2006 11:03:21 PM PST by kkmo9 ("My grandmother wanted me to have an education, so she kept me out of school." Margaret Mead)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

thank you for the ping


12 posted on 12/20/2006 11:25:06 PM PST by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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DAMN DRUNKS !!! Knocked down a Pole/Me Off-Line !!!Grrrrr!


OBTW,,,99,*<(;0),,,Tanks for the new thread...;0)hehehehe,,


14 posted on 12/20/2006 11:28:44 PM PST by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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Hi 4, I see it's been busy today..


15 posted on 12/20/2006 11:29:45 PM PST by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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Niters,,,Ya'll Sleep Warm...;0)


16 posted on 12/20/2006 11:31:43 PM PST by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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Howdy...;0)


18 posted on 12/20/2006 11:41:17 PM PST by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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how do


20 posted on 12/20/2006 11:47:02 PM PST by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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Not a good one, I am sorry to say, have to get my mother either and in home aid or a nursing home!!! between my brother and I we have spent the last 6 days with her.. so I will not be around the MELDT threat until next week.. hold down the fort and ping me if the EOTWAWKI starts.. ;-)


21 posted on 12/20/2006 11:50:42 PM PST by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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Yep,,,vewy,vewy quiet,,,"Lets BUST Something" !!!...;0)
hehehehehehe...;0)


22 posted on 12/20/2006 11:50:48 PM PST by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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FRmail...


25 posted on 12/20/2006 11:55:45 PM PST by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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Thank you Fox for letting us know that you no[[ZOT]] news to print (fiked it);0)


26 posted on 12/21/2006 12:16:59 AM PST by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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TANKS,,,And Niters...;0)


28 posted on 12/21/2006 12:39:11 AM PST by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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From http://www.stratfor.com

Consequences of the 'Blind Sheikh's' Eventual Death
By Fred Burton

A recent FBI warning to U.S. law enforcement agencies regarding ailing "Blind Sheikh" Omar Ali Ahmed Abdul-Rahman has sparked a media debate over Rahman's importance in the global jihadist movement -- and over the consequences of his inevitable death while in U.S. custody. The bureau itself warned that Rahman's death could generate reprisal attacks against the United States. Some media reports expanded on the FBI warning, claiming Rahman's death would provide inspiration for a global wave of terrorist attacks against the United States. Others, however, called Rahman an insignificant figure and said he is connected only to a largely defunct Egyptian militant group.

All of these assessments most likely are off the mark. Rahman continues to be an important figure in the worldwide jihadist movement. An examination of his background and of his position on the global jihadist stage clearly reveals that he is revered within his chosen community. That does not mean, however, that his death will automatically result in new attempts to attack the United States and the West. Jihadists already possess what they believe is adequate justification to attack, and they are not in search of another "good reason" for future attacks.

Rahman's Background

Rahman was born May 3, 1938, in Egypt's Dakahlia governorate, which lies in the Nile Delta northeast of Cairo. As a child he lost his eyesight to juvenile diabetes, but despite his blindness, his relatives and teachers noted that he was a very bright child -- an aptitude Rahman turned toward Islamic studies -- and he reportedly memorized the entire Koran. Rahman went on to earn a doctorate in Koranic studies at Egypt's Al-Azhar University, which is widely considered the pre-eminent university in Sunni Islam. While at Al-Azhar, Rahman befriended Palestinian theologian Abdullah Azzam, who would later prove to be a crucial force in garnering international support -- both theologically and materially -- for the Afghan jihad against the Soviets. Azzam also was in many ways the philosophical and theological father of al Qaeda, which was to serve as the vanguard of the global jihadist movement. During his time at Al-Azhar, Rahman also met current al Qaeda No. 2 and fellow Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Rahman, who evolved into an outspoken critic of the Egyptian regime -- reviling it as corrupt and secular -- became involved with many like-minded individuals in Egypt's militant Islamist community. Shortly after the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, Rahman was arrested along with scores of other Egyptian militants and imprisoned for three years. Although he was never convicted, Rahman is widely acknowledged as the cleric who issued the fatwa that sanctioned Sadat's assassination. Rahman is considered the spiritual leader of the Egyptian Gamaah al-Islamiyah, though he is likewise revered by al-Zawahiri's Egyptian Islamic Jihad.

Rahman also was arrested and imprisoned several other times between 1985 and 1990 on a variety of charges, including inciting violence, taking over mosques and writing bad checks. When he was not in Egyptian custody, however, Rahman traveled widely throughout the Muslim world, preaching and teaching. Like many Muslims in the mid- to late 1980s, Rahman's travels took him to Pakistan and Afghanistan, where he was reunited with the likes of Azzam and al-Zawahiri. His blindness prevented him from participating in the fighting, but as a respected cleric he played a crucial role as a preacher and motivator.

After becoming involved in the jihadist cause, he traveled extensively in both the Muslim world and Europe in an effort to enlist volunteers and raise money for the jihadist fight against the Soviets. These travels also included stops in the United States, where he spoke at a series of mosques and Islamic centers to raise money and recruits for the Afghan jihad. During this mid-80s period, Rahman became close friends with Osama bin Laden, who ran the Maktab al-Khidmat (or Afghan Services Bureau) organization with Azzam and who was involved in coordinating the money, recruits and weapons that Azzam, Rahman and others were able to raise and send to Pakistan.

On May 8, 1990, Rahman applied for another tourist visa to enter the United States, this time at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan. Many conspiracy theories revolve around the issuance of this visa, but the real story is that a non-American clerk in the consular section of the embassy decided that, because of Rahman's blindness and his aged appearance (though he was just shy of 52), he posed no terrorist threat and that it was therefore not worth checking his name through the microfiche lookout system. So the clerk initialed and checked the "lookout checked" box on Rahman's visa application without really performing the check. Had the check been performed, it would have revealed that Rahman had been placed on an internal State Department watch list Aug. 7, 1987.

The visa form itself also contained notes indicating that an interview had been conducted, though -- contrary to what some conspiracy theorists allege -- it did not at all resemble a visa application that had been issued as a result of a "referral" by a U.S. government employee. Seeing on the visa application that the lookout check was clear, and that Rahman had previously traveled to the United States on a tourist visa and had left as required, as well as his extensive travel to European countries, a U.S. consular officer determined that Rahman was not at risk to overstay his visa and issued one. (The consular officer had not seen a cable from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo advising that Rahman was heading for Khartoum and might be seeking refuge in the United States).

Armed with a tourist visa that expired Dec. 16, 1990, Rahman entered the United States on July 18, 1990. This time, however, Rahman did not leave. Rather, he went on to become the imam of three mosques in New York and Jersey City, N.J. He also assumed control of the al-Khifa refugee center in Brooklyn, also known as the Brooklyn Jihad Office, after its leader, Mustafa Shalabi, was slain in February 1991. Shalabi is believed to have been killed by Mahmoud Abouhalima, who was later convicted for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

Within months of his arrival in the United States, Rahman's militant preaching had stirred up the Muslim community that surrounded him. In November 1990, El Sayyid Nosair, a member of Rahman's Jersey City mosque, assassinated radical Jewish leader Mier Kahane in a midtown Manhattan hotel. Later, several other people associated with Rahman were convicted for their part in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and Rahman himself was arrested in 1993 and charged with seditious conspiracy for, among other things, issuing a verbal fatwa that a plan to attack a number of New York landmarks was religiously permissible.

Rahman was convicted on the conspiracy charges in 1995 and sentenced to life in prison. He has always had frail health, and is currently being held at the U.S. Medical Center for Prisoners in Springfield, Mo., where he is being treated for a variety of health problems, including diabetes, gallstones, arterial disease and high blood pressure. Because of his poor health and life sentence, he will die in U.S. custody.

Symbolic Scholar

During Rahman's travels and his preaching to foreign jihadists in Pakistan and Afghanistan, he developed a wide following, and by the late 1980s tapes of his sermons could be found in bazaars from Sanaa to Peshawar to Jakarta. Rahman regularly called for the destruction of the United States and other non-Islamic countries, as well as for the overthrow of "corrupt" rulers in Islamic countries, including Egypt's Hosni Mubarak. Following Azzam's death in 1989, Rahman replaced him as the pre-eminent theologian of the jihadist movement. As a credentialed Islamic scholar from a respected university, Rahman possesses a religious authority that other movement leaders, such as bin Laden and al-Zawahiri, simply do not have. Many people can (and do) question bin Laden's authority to issue fatwas, but no one can dispute Rahman's impeccable religious credentials.

Although Rahman has been in custody since 1993, he clearly remains a significant figure in the global jihadist movement. This significance is reflected by the sheer number of references to him made by leading members of the movement in their public pronouncements. Some examples are:


Oct. 6: In a message to the leaders of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Abu Jihad al-Masri calls on group members in all cities to march in demand of Rahman's release.


Sept. 29: In a videotape, al-Zawahiri warns U.S. President George W. Bush that "the liberation of our captives is a debt on our shoulders which we must fulfill." Rahman is one of the captives mentioned by name.


Sept. 28: Al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Hamza al-Muhajir issues a videotape calling on Muslim scholars to "not slacken in supporting the mujahideen," and claims success can only come from their direction. He reminds listeners that Rahman is incarcerated in a U.S. jail, and urges every "free Mujahid" in Iraq to work during the month of Ramadan and capture "Roman dogs" to secure Rahman's release.


Sept. 10: Al-Zawahiri, in a release from al Qaeda media branch As-Sahab, calls on Muslims to make use of every opportunity to take revenge on the United States for its imprisonment of Rahman.


Sept. 10: In a 9/11 anniversary documentary produced by As-Sahab, the narrator argues that Rahman is wrongly imprisoned. The production also includes the videotaped will of 9/11 hijacker Hamza al-Ghamdi, who mentions Rahman.


Aug. 5: In a speech released by As-Sahab, al-Masri says the Egyptian Islamic Jihad joined al Qaeda in order to help "our great scholar, His Eminence, the unshakeable" Rahman, who is "languishing in the dungeons of the American prisons."


July 27: A videotape by Abu Yehia al-Libi opens with a dedication to Taliban leader Mullah Omar, Rahman and the "Chechen lion" Shamil Basayev, praising the men for their role in doing the "right thing" and for their adherence to Islam.


July 13: Al-Jamaa, a magazine distributed by the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat in Algeria, contains an article that mentions Rahman's incarceration.


Jan. 12: Al Qaeda in Iraq releases a video titled, "The Battle of the Captured Sheikh, Dr. Omar Abdul Rahman," which contains a brief biography of Rahman, describes his arrests and includes footage of him inciting Muslims to jihad. The video also shows preparations for and the execution of suicide bombings, ostensibly in honor of Rahman.


July 6, 2005: The Global Islamic Media Front releases a message calling on militants to make Rahman's release a priority in any hostage negotiations with the "infidels."



Blowback

As these references indicate, Rahman is very important to the global jihadist network and to its al Qaeda vanguard. He is not merely an obscure Egyptian preacher who no longer is remembered in the jihadist world. That does not mean, however, that his death will automatically result in further attempts to attack the United States and the West. Indeed, several other important jihadist figures have been killed or captured since 9/11, and there has been no direct correlation between those events and subsequent attacks. There was no violent reaction to Rahman's 1993 arrest and, although the U.S. government issued alerts before his conviction warning of possible attacks or of kidnappings aimed at swapping hostages for his release, no such incident materialized. Although some later attacks were committed in Rahman's name (such as Gamaah al-Islamiyah's 1997 massacre of tourists in Luxor, Egypt), none appeared to be directly tied to Rahman's conviction or any apparent attempt to gain his release. A February 2005 letter allegedly written by Rahman while in prison also calls for Muslims to rise up in protest of his mistreatment. Although many statements mention Rahman, no attacks can be tied directly to this appeal.

One reason for this is the jihadist belief that death and imprisonment are natural consequences of obeying Allah by following the path of jihad. Though death results in immediate entry to paradise, imprisonment also is honorable. Additionally, if Rahman dies in custody, he will be viewed as a "shaheed," or martyr, like Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and other jihadist militants who have been killed on the battlefield. Like al-Zarqawi, Rahman will be mourned, while poems, videos and songs about his martyrdom undoubtedly will be created. His death, however, will not be the sole motivator for new attacks against the United States or U.S. interests overseas.

For many years, bin Laden and other jihadists who sought justification for the doctrine of defensive jihad cited events such as the embargo of Iraq or the imprisonment of Rahman to justify their charges of U.S. aggression against Islam. However, with U.S. forces on the ground in combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq (which is considered even more sacred than Afghanistan by many Muslims because of Baghdad's centuries-long tenure as the seat of the Islamic Caliphate), there is more than ample cause for those seeking to justify defensive jihad. In other words, there is not much more that the United States could do to provoke additional action by the jihadists, including killing major jihadist leaders such as bin Laden, al-Zawahiri or Rahman. The jihadists are not looking for a new excuse to attack the United States and its allies because they already are doing their utmost to strike as hard as they can.

The Attack Cycle as Factor

One other factor to consider is that it takes time to plan and execute a significant terrorist attack. For example, the interrogation of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed revealed that he originally presented the "planes operation" to bin Laden for consideration in 1999, before the Millennium Bomb Plot was disrupted and the USS Cole attacked. The first operatives in the 9/11 plot arrived in the United States in January 2000 -- 20 months before the attacks. Therefore, although the U.S. government might issue warnings of possible attacks following Rahman's death, it could be years before any attack related to Rahman was carried out -- and that is only if any such plan were put in motion. However, it is entirely possible that an attack plan in the works at the time of Rahman's death could be falsely attributed to his death, or dedicated to him, as have some suicide bombings in Iraq.

Rahman's death could inspire an attack by a jihadist lone wolf or small grassroots cell -- entities that are not constrained by such a long attack cycle. However, with so many controversial issues making headlines over the past few years -- including Pope Benedict XVI's remarks in September, the Prophet Mohammed cartoon controversy, the Abu Ghraib prison scandal and the court marshals of U.S. troops for rapes and executions in Iraq -- the death of a jihadist leader, even a significant one like Rahman, would seem to pale in comparison as a motivating factor.

In a 1998 news conference, al Qaeda members read Rahman's purported last will and testament, saying it called for "violent revenge" should he die in U.S. custody. However, although jihadists might dedicate a future attack to Rahman, or claim one in his name or memory, his death will not be the real motivation.
30 posted on 12/21/2006 2:02:09 AM PST by AdmSmith
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And Ynet too!

15:02 French military denies passing up chances to kill bin Laden in Afghanistan (AP)
14:53 Arab League chief: Syria`s Assad supports mediation in ending Lebanon crisis (AP)
14:41 Lebanese police seize explosives from pro-Syrian group members (Reuters)
14:39 Person killed, another hurt when two cars collide on Highway 70 in north (Haaretz)
14:26 Two girls hurt, seriously and moderately, when struck by car near Afula (Haaretz)
14:14 Japan`s chief envoy to N. Korean nuclear talks says `no chance of breakthrough` (AP)
13:46 Abbas says hopes to meet Olmert by end of the year (AP)


Lebanon seizes explosives from pro-Syrian group
(14:58 , 12.21.06)
Japan envoy says 'no prospect' for breakthrough at NKorea nuclear talks
(14:44 , 12.21.06)
Abbas hopes to hold summit with Olmert by year's end
(14:00 , 12.21.06)

But you didn't do Arutz!

15:21 Dec-21-06
Peretz Also Doubting Policy of Restraint
15:10 Dec-21-06
Abbas Says He Will Meet Olmert in Next 10 Days
14:59 Dec-21-06
Live Arutz Shevathon - Call-In Now
14:20 Dec-21-06
Israel Our Home MK: Mosque at Airport Self-Destructive
14:10 Dec-21-06
Ahmadinejad Mocks Western Efforts
13:58 Dec-21-06
Senior Labor Minister: Time To Retaliate against Kassam Attacks
13:45 Dec-21-06
Sen. Kerry Speaking with Livni
13:32 Dec-21-06
Thousands of Pro-Shi'ite Iranian Agents in Iraq
13:29 Dec-21-06
Hundreds of Students Block Roads Near Tel Aviv University
13:24 Dec-21-06
Tel Aviv Univ. Students, Professors Striking
13:15 Dec-21-06
Level of Kinneret Has Not Changed
12:59 Dec-21-06
Police Appeal for Help in Search for Missing Woman
12:50 Dec-21-06
Kassam Lands in Beit Hanoun
12:38 Dec-21-06
Wakf to Compensate Yehudah Etzion
12:32 Dec-21-06
Khaled Meshaal: Lay Down Your Arms
12:07 Dec-21-06
El Al Asked for Info on European Competition
11:51 Dec-21-06
Education Ministry to Open Digital Library
11:21 Dec-21-06
Wheelchair March of Awareness Planned for Friday
11:04 Dec-21-06
Remand of Suspect in Schoolgirl Murder Extended
10:49 Dec-21-06
Ashkelon: 750 Kg of Fish Products Destroyed
10:32 Dec-21-06
Hamas Terrorist Dies of His Injuries
10:15 Dec-21-06
Muslim Prayer Hall to Open in Ben Gurion
10:02 Dec-21-06
Fence Violations Cost Israel NIS 700 Million
09:48 Dec-21-06
Confusion Between Survey of IDF Functioning and Investigative Committee
09:13 Dec-21-06
Oil Price Drops
08:58 Dec-21-06
Revocation of Citizenship of Hamas Representatives – Justified
08:43 Dec-21-06
Dollar Rises Slightly
08:22 Dec-21-06
Counterfeit Currency Discovered in Gaza
08:16 Dec-21-06
Finance and Defense Committee to Vote On 2007 Budget
07:49 Dec-21-06
Finance Committee Discusses New Bill
07:27 Dec-21-06
Company Buys Endorsement from Cardiologists
07:12 Dec-21-06
Another Kassam Fired at Negev This Morning
06:49 Dec-21-06
IDF Apprehends Three Suspects in Judah and Samaria
06:19 Dec-21-06


35 posted on 12/21/2006 5:28:10 AM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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Indonesia overturns terror conviction of cleric
[ 21/12 11:23 - INTERNATIONAL ]
Senior British soldier passed secrets to Iran
[ 21/12 11:18 - IRAN ]
Army Radio begins telethon to support IDF troops
[ 21/12 11:13 - ISRAEL ]
Jordan sentences man to death for killing tourist
[ 21/12 10:52 - MIDDLE EAST ]
Jordanian gets death for killing British tourist
[ 21/12 10:47 - MIDDLE EAST ]
Arab League chief Amr Moussa to meet with Assad
[ 21/12 10:22 - MIDDLE EAST ]
Mini-mosque to be set up at Ben Gurion Airport
[ 21/12 10:12 updated 10:12 - ISRAEL ]
Hamas operative wounded in sea clash dies
[ 21/12 10:01 - MIDDLE EAST ]
Malaysia: worst flooding in a century
[ 21/12 09:37 - INTERNATIONAL ]


36 posted on 12/21/2006 5:29:16 AM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: 4butnomorethan30characters

Looks like we switched roles...lol..with me flipping the thread and you posting the morning Haaretz news....;)


37 posted on 12/21/2006 5:30:10 AM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

Lebanon seizes explosives from pro-Syrian group

Published: 12.21.06, 14:58

Lebanese police found and confiscated large quantities of explosives, detonators and timers in houses owned by members of a pro-Syrian group in north Lebanon on Thursday, security sources said.


They said police had also moved to encircle some offices of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party in Beirut after making some arrests in the northern Koura province. (Reuters)

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3342987,00.html


38 posted on 12/21/2006 5:31:25 AM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: AdmSmith

I guess he was the inspiration for the Death By Chocolate dessert. LOL

When someone we love dies, we cry, talk to one another, have a funeral and quietly get on with life, holding them in our thoughts.

It's interesting to encounter a culture that celebrates its Holy Days by shooting rockets and missiles at its neightbors, or shoots pilgrims going to pray at hallowed ground.

Now we learn that when some is beloved in their culture, they mark his death with threats of riots and terror (and I fully expect them to make good on those threats).

Fascinating... /Spock voice


39 posted on 12/21/2006 5:43:16 AM PST by pinz-n-needlez (Jack Bauer wears Tony Snow pajamas)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

Thanks for the new thread, Knitting! :-)


40 posted on 12/21/2006 5:43:54 AM PST by pinz-n-needlez (Jack Bauer wears Tony Snow pajamas)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

Where's Ike and Bahbah?


41 posted on 12/21/2006 5:46:19 AM PST by pinz-n-needlez (Jack Bauer wears Tony Snow pajamas)
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To: pinz-n-needlez

Haven't seen'em yet...there's a joke in there somewhere, but I will resist, because it's almost Christmas and I want to be nice!


42 posted on 12/21/2006 5:58:21 AM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: 4butnomorethan30characters

Dot for you, 4

Russia successfully test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile Thursday in a launch intended to extend the lifetime of aging Soviet-built weapons, the Defense Ministry said.

The RS-20V Voevoda, which NATO identifies as the SS-18 Satan, was fired from its silo in the southern Ural Mountains' Orenburg region.

Officials said it hit a target on a testing ground on the Far East Kamchatka Peninsula, more than 6,000 kilometers (3,750 miles) away.

"The launch once again confirmed the technical characteristics of the missile and its readiness to perform combat tasks while its service lifetime has been extended," Defense Ministry's spokesman Igor Kostyshin told The Associated Press.

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1164881945774&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull


43 posted on 12/21/2006 6:05:09 AM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

16:06 Iran says UN resolution will not stop nuclear work (Reuters)
15:56 IDF says it last month arrested Gaza man over arms production Hamas, Jihad (Haaretz)
15:47 Austria bans Holocaust denier David Irving for unlimited period (DPA)

Iran is certainly sounding like a broken record.


44 posted on 12/21/2006 6:09:52 AM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum


Somalia 'is at war' with Ethiopia
A Somali government soldier on patrol in Baidoa
The government is getting military help from Ethiopia
The leader of the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC), which controls much of southern Somalia, says the country is in a state of war with Ethiopia.

"All Somalis should take part in this struggle against Ethiopia," Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys said from Mogadishu.

Heavy fighting for a second day is some 20km from the government's Baidoa base. There are fears conflict could plunge the entire Horn of Africa into crisis.

Local residents say Ethiopians troops are clashing with Islamist militias.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6199239.stm


45 posted on 12/21/2006 6:12:28 AM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum; King of Florida

Iran President Facing Revival of Students’ Ire
NY Times ^ | December 21, 2006 | NAZILA FATHI

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1756775/posts
Posted on 12/21/2006 9:22:37 AM EST by King of Florida


TEHRAN, Dec. 20 — As protests broke out last week at a prestigious university here, cutting short a speech by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Babak Zamanian could only watch from afar. He was on crutches, having been clubbed by supporters of the president and had his foot run over by a motorcycle during a less publicized student demonstration a few days earlier.

But the significance of the confrontation was easy to grasp, even from a distance, said Mr. Zamanian, a leader of a student political group.

The student movement, which planned the 1979 seizure of the American Embassy from the same university, Amir Kabir, is reawakening from its recent slumber and may even be spearheading a widespread resistance against Mr. Ahmadinejad. This time the catalysts were academic and personal freedom.

“It is not that simple to break up a president’s speech,” said Alireza Siassirad, a former student political organizer, explaining that an event of that magnitude takes meticulous planning. “I think what happened at Amir Kabir is a very important and a dangerous sign. Students are definitely becoming active again.”

The protest, punctuated by shouts of “Death to the dictator,” was the first widely publicized outcry against Mr. Ahmadinejad, one that was reflected Friday in local elections, where voters turned out in droves to vote for his opponents.

The students’ complaints largely mirrored public frustrations over the president’s crackdown on civil liberties, his blundering economic policies and his harsh oratory against the West, which they fear will isolate the country.


(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


46 posted on 12/21/2006 6:31:54 AM PST by pinz-n-needlez (Jack Bauer wears Tony Snow pajamas)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum



PMO rejects report on Olmert-Siniora meeting

Published: 12.21.06, 16:00

The Prime Minister's Office rejected a report on Thursday that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met his Lebanese counterpart Fouad Siniora in Egypt.


The report said the two met in Egypt at the end of the war between Israel and Hizbullah. (Ronny Sofer)

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3343014,00.html


47 posted on 12/21/2006 6:32:17 AM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum


PA Residents Accuse Israel of Air Strike
15:56 Dec 21, '06 / 30 Kislev 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Gaza area residents accused Israel of attacking terrorists who were trying to launch rockets, The Associated Press reported. None of the terrorists was injured.

The explosion apparently was caused by a misfiring or a "work accident." The terrorists were from the Islamic Jihad organization, which fired six rockets on Israel Wednesday.

Two of four rockets launched toward Israel Thursday landed in the Gaza area, one of them hitting a house in Beit Hanoun, wounding a pregnant woman. Three children and their uncle were wounded and the baby was lost.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=117886


48 posted on 12/21/2006 6:33:22 AM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: pinz-n-needlez

Read that some of those students are now in hiding, too...


49 posted on 12/21/2006 6:34:15 AM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

Articles like this one and the Kosovo one last night make me optimistic.

They need our help for democracies to bloom. Not complete annihilation...

Gotta sick cat sleeping on one arm, LOL.


50 posted on 12/21/2006 6:39:40 AM PST by pinz-n-needlez (Jack Bauer wears Tony Snow pajamas)
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