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Threat Matrix: April 2007 ^

Posted on 04/01/2007 6:46:34 PM PDT by nwctwx

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Ahmadinejad Vows News Soon on Atomic Work
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Iran's president promised on Sunday Iranians would soon hear more news about the Islamic Republic's nuclear program, which the West believes is a covert effort to build atomic bombs despite Tehran's denials.

"The Iranian nation will soon hear fresh news about our country's nuclear transition," Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying.

He did not give details about any announcements or when the news would be released but Ahmadinejad is due to hold a news conference on Tuesday.

Iran Accuses U.S. Planes of Violating its Airspace

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To: ExSoldier
Carried over from previous thread.

The levels of tension are ratcheting upward sharply and are being pushed by the British. According to some of the UK freepers around here, it's unlikely that there is the ability for Britain to strike on their own against Iran without considerable US assistance. Do you concur? If so, then why has Britain taken the measures of cutting off diplomatic relations etc? Is there a SpecOps role for SAS? I personally don't think least not in the form of any sort of hostage rescue, but perhaps a more traditional mission in a regional conflict?

The Brits have limited offensive capabilities in the region, mainly focused upon the peace keeping operations in S. Iraq. They don't have the long range equipment or personnel to launch a meaningful strike on their own. Any action that would be taken would have to have at the minimum, US ok. Right now Blair is between a rock and a hard place, having already committed to withdrawing British troops from S. Iraq and maintaining a limp noodle posture responsible for the easy capture of their personel. That combined with the treasonous nature of the Democrat controlled congress, has emboldened Iran (shades of Jimmih) and hostage taking seems to be a favorite pastime for them (and they play the PR quite well).

With that said, the president has now clearly stated the need for 'regime change' in Iran. The parallels to Iraq are not mistakable. That would indicate that a US lead action is soon to come. The Brits would certainly assist that action with their assets. I think a naval blockaid may be the earliest indicator of a more agressive posture - deny them the gasoline they need will severely hit their pocket books and grow discontent against the ruling mulahs.

Parallel indicators - Coalition forces are hitting Taliban / AQ forces hard and early to blunt their 'spring offensive'. Last year's action was highly touted, but a significant failure due to high losses and capture/death of key leaders. Slapping them down early will provide a breather for assets to be shifted elsewhere.

Finally, if the Eisenhower strike group hangs around longer after Nimitz arrives -or- the Regan group starts heading towards the Indian Ocean from the China Sea.....

51 posted on 04/02/2007 8:01:43 AM PDT by Godzilla (Peace through superior firepower.)
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To: null and void
Thanks for that update Nully.

I wonder what else are they not telling us?

52 posted on 04/02/2007 11:13:30 AM PDT by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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"Pet Food Recall"


Note: Here are the latest posted Pet Food Recalls:

53 posted on 04/02/2007 12:48:31 PM PDT by Cindy
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Thanks to Ikez78 for the ping to this thrread:

"Carbomb diplomacy"
Regime of Terror ^ | 3-21-2007 | Mark Eichenlaub

Posted on 03/21/2007 8:03:45 PM PDT by ikez78

"Iraq’s former embassy in Greece added to list of Hussein's international terror outposts"

54 posted on 04/02/2007 12:53:01 PM PDT by Cindy
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Operations Net 22 Suspects in Iraq; Seven Killed in Bombings

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2007 – Recent military operations resulted in the death of one terrorist and the detention of 22, while car bombings in Iraq yesterday killed seven Iraqi civilians, military officials said.

Near the Syrian border today, coalition forces killed one armed terrorist and captured two suspected terrorists with alleged ties to an al-Qaeda foreign fighter facilitation network. In Baghdad, two more foreign fighter facilitation network suspects were detained.

During an operation March 29 in Arab Jabour, coalition forces detained one suspected terrorist and destroyed a weapons cache found in the man’s vehicle. The weapons consisted of a Soviet DShK anti-aircraft machinegun and several small-arms weapons.

In Mosul, coalition forces detained six suspects with alleged involvement in the distribution of bomb-making material. Four others were detained with alleged ties to al Qaeda operations.

Yesterday, south of Fallujah, coalition forces captured five suspects with reported links to foreign fighter facilitation and terrorist financing operations.

In Sadr City yesterday, Iraqi forces, with coalition advisors, detained two suspected terrorists during an evening raid targeting insurgent forces.

As ground forces approached the targeted area, they began taking enemy fire. Ground forces called for air support, and coalition aircraft suppressed the enemy fire. One building received minor damage during the air strike.

Despite reports from individuals and some media organizations, military officials said yesterday that coalition forces were not involved in air strikes March 30 over Sadr City.

A Military Transition Team from 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, received a report yesterday from the Provincial Joint Coordination Center in Babil province that an explosion occurred at a gas station in the center of the city of Hillah, two blocks north of the Iraqi Police headquarters building. Two civilians were reported killed, and 21 were wounded in the blast.

Another car bomb exploded in Sadr City yesterday, killing five Iraqis and wounding 15 near the Al Sadr hospital.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)

55 posted on 04/02/2007 12:59:47 PM PDT by Cindy
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See updates at:,2933,263368,00.html

"Ohio Police Surround House Where Escaped Prison Inmate is Holed Up"
Monday, April 02, 2007


Billy Jack Fitzmorris
"YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Ohio, police on Monday had a house in Hilliard surrounded in their search for an escaped prison inmate who robbed two banks earlier in the day."

56 posted on 04/02/2007 1:04:04 PM PDT by Cindy
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Coalition Forces Kill Six Terrorists, Detain 10 Suspects

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2007 – Coalition forces killed six terrorists and detained 10 suspects yesterday and today during operations targeting al Qaeda in Iraq couriers and vehicle-bomb cells, military officials reported.

Ground forces killed six terrorists tied to vehicle-bomb attacks against Iraqi and coalition forces today in Mosul. During the operation, ground forces entered the first of two targeted buildings and engaged three hostile men, including one armed with a pistol, officials said.

As one of the men charged at coalition forces, self-defense measures were used, killing the three terrorists. While approaching the second building, coalition forces began receiving enemy fire. Coalition forces returned fire, killing three more terrorists.

Officials report that three suspects were detained today in Baghdad with alleged ties to al Qaeda courier operations, and three more were detained for alleged involvement with car-bomb operations.

In other operations, officials report that coalition forces yesterday captured two suspected terrorists southeast of the Mosul who are allegedly involved in vehicle-bomb and rocket attacks against Iraqi and coalition forces.

Coalition forces captured a suspected senior-level al Qaeda in Iraq courier and an associate in an operation north of Karmah yesterday, while Iraqi police forces conducted an operation in Baghdad capturing a suspect believed to be involved in insurgent activities, military officials said.

With coalition advisors present for support, Iraqi forces raided a residence in the Shuada district of Kut, southeast of Baghdad, and captured their primary target without incident.

Iraqi forces also detained one other suspicious individual who was present during the operation. The primary target of this operation is alleged to be responsible for weapon smuggling and roadside bomb activities intended to kill Iraqi citizens, Iraqi security forces and coalition forces.

"These operations demonstrate that the coalition continues to whittle away at the al Qaeda in Iraq network," said Army Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, Multinational Force Iraq spokesman.

"Al Qaeda continues to demonstrate they are only interested in murder and destruction and are not interested in the peaceful future of a united Iraq,” Garver said. “Eliminating the threat of al Qaeda will make Iraq safer for all Iraqis."

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)

57 posted on 04/02/2007 1:06:10 PM PDT by Cindy
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"CENTCOM Chief Visits Afghanistan, Meets With Military Leaders"

By Tim Kilbride
Special to American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2007

58 posted on 04/02/2007 1:07:58 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Jet Jaguar; JohnathanRGalt; backhoe; piasa; All

Note: Click on the link for further details of each article.


01 & 02 April 2007 - OSC reports of interest

• Anti-terrorist Exercises Due To Begin In Southwestern Russia
• PA's Siyam Says Executive Force To Dissolve Only If Security Bodies Restructured
• AFP: Al-Qa'ida-Linked Terror Group Reportedly Trained in Java, Indonesia
• Pakistan: Major Operation in Waziristan Planned; 8,000 More Troops Deployed
• Daily Reports Land, Air Operation Launched Against Militants in Baluchistan
• Azerbaijan Not To Let Foreign Powers Use Its Soil Against Neighbors
• Pakistan: Two Soldiers Among 5 Dead in Fresh Clashes in South Waziristan
• Somalia: President reportedly flies to Ethiopia
• Amir of Ansar al-Sunnah Group Cautions Sunnis in Iraq Against New Deceptive Tactic


Photo Caption: "Having a wonderful time in Baluchistan"

59 posted on 04/02/2007 1:15:25 PM PDT by Cindy
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Upadate (as heard from Neal Cavuto - Fox Suspect is in custody.
Hostage is released. (Re: Ohio)

60 posted on 04/02/2007 1:17:57 PM PDT by Cindy
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April 2 , 2007

"Using the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guards as the main tool
to export the revolution beyond the borders of Iran"

61 posted on 04/02/2007 1:24:53 PM PDT by Cindy
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April 02, 2007

Rise in radical Islam last straw for Lebanon's Christians

Sunday Telegraph (London) April 1, 2007

Christians are fleeing Lebanon to escape political and economic crises and signs that radical Islam is on the rise in the country. In a poll to be published next month which was exclusively leaked to The Sunday Telegraph, nearly half of all Maronites, the largest Christian denomination in the country, said they were considering emigrating. Of these, more than 100,000 have submitted visa applications to foreign embassies. Their exodus could have a devastating effect on the country, robbing it of an influential minority which has acted as an important counter-balance to the forces of Islamic extremism. About 60,000 Christians have already left since last summer's war between Israel and Hezbollah. Many who remain fear that a violent showdown between rival Sunni and Shia factions is looming…

Posted on 02 April 2007 @ 15:34 GMT

62 posted on 04/02/2007 1:27:51 PM PDT by Cindy
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April 02, 2007

"Morocco Under Fire - The coming 'terrorism tsunami'"

Olivier Guitta - 03/30/2007 -

63 posted on 04/02/2007 1:30:45 PM PDT by Cindy
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April 02, 2007

Peretz green lights IDF pinpoint strikes in Gaza


Defense Minister Amir Peretz has granted the IDF permission to renew pinpoint operations against terrorists within the Gaza Strip, effectively ending a months old cease-fire, Army Radio reported Sunday.

Peretz said Sunday evening that Hamas is exploiting the period of relative calm in the coastal strip to improve its military capabilities. He added that Hamas has intensified efforts to strike at Israeli security forces patrolling the fence that encircles Gaza with roadside bombs.

The defense minister's comments echoed recent statements made by IDF Chief of General Staff Gabi Ashkenazi, who said it is upon the army to take action against the strengthening of Hamas' military forces.

Last week, for the first time since the cease-fire went into effect, the IDF succeeded in intercepting an Islamic Jihad rocket squad moments before it attempted to launch Kassam rockets from the northern Gaza Strip into Israeli territory.

Posted on 02 April 2007 @ 15:36 GMT


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April 02, 2007

Hamas targeting Salafis in Gaza

Sheikh dead in Gaza power struggle

Eyewitnesses told The Jerusalem Post that Adnan Manasreh, 30, a prominent member of the Salafi branch in the Gaza Strip, was gunned down as he walked out of a mosque in the Shajaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City last Friday. Two of his relatives were wounded in the attack.

"Four masked gunmen approached him and opened fire, killing him instantly," the witnesses reported. "They fled in a white Peugeot."

A senior PA security official in the Gaza Strip told the Post that "Hamas's fingerprints are all over this murder." He said that intelligence gathered by the PA security forces showed that the assassination was carried out by members of Hamas's armed wing, Izzaddin Kassam.

The official noted that tensions between the Salafis and Hamas have been mounting in the Gaza Strip ever since Ayman Zawahiri, the No. 2 in al-Qaida, accused Hamas of abandoning its ideology and "selling out" to Israel and the US. The Salafis are very close to al-Qaida and the two have been trying to establish a presence in the Gaza Strip, much to the dismay of Hamas.

Posted on 02 April 2007 @ 15:35 GMT


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April 02, 2007

Hamas Tried to Take Control of the Palestinian Police in the West Bank

Amit Cohen (Maariv-Hebrew, 30Mar07)

It was supposed to be a quiet, secret mission - that would lead to Hamas taking over the Palestinian police in the West Bank. Hundreds of Hamas activists were recruited and trained in the West Bank prior to their entry into the police, but the quick reaction of the Israeli security services and the IDF cut short the plan. In mid-2006, just a few months after winning the elections, Hamas decided to establish the Executive Force in Gaza, a police unit answering directly to the Interior Minister. Soon afterward, it decided to set up a similar force in the West Bank, in opposition to the security forces loyal to Mahmoud Abbas. Since an independent Hamas unit would be an easy target for the Israeli security services, Hamas decided on "quiet penetration" of the Palestinian police.

Released Hamas prisoners with a terror background formed the initial force, numbering some 80 activists, whose purpose was to recruit hundreds more. Some 300 were recruited and underwent training, where they received instructions on what to say if questioned, and to hide any affiliation with Hamas. Israel began to arrest the Hamas operatives, and by January had arrested some 250, which has effectively blocked the plan.

Posted on 02 April 2007 @ 15:33 GMT

64 posted on 04/02/2007 1:40:17 PM PDT by Cindy
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April 02, 2007
"Hamas Recruits Children to Terror Squads Via TV Programs"


"These are the acts of the Martyrdom-Seekers
Ahmad [Yassin] did not die
Do not mourn.
These are the acts of Martyrdom-Seekers
Palestine – one of its leader is Ahmad Yassin
Its children carry the knife.
Palestine – among its leaders is Ayyash [Hamas bombmaker]
Its children carry machine guns.
The land is filled with furious lions
Even though they killed our Yassin
The land will grow a thousand Ahmad!”
[Al-Aqsa TV, March 25, 2007]


Watch Video Here:


March 21, 2007
"Four-year-old girl vows to be suicide terrorist in Hamas TV dramatization"


Read More and Watch Video Here:

65 posted on 04/02/2007 1:46:44 PM PDT by Cindy
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April 02, 2007

Chicago synagogue desecrated with Arabic writing, "Death to Israel"

And they're calling it a possible hate crime. "Synagogue possible target of hate crime," from the Chicago Tribune, with thanks to Andrew Bostom:

A synagogue on Chicago's North Side may have been the target of a hate crime after vandals spray-painted derogatory messages on the building early Saturday, police said.

Officers were called to the Ner Tamid Ezra-Habonin Congregation of North Town, at 2754 W. Rosemont Ave., on Saturday evening and found the front door spray-painted with offensive language, Officer John Mirabelli said.

Someone wrote "Free Palestine" on the door in English as well as Arabic writings, said. Izzie Weinzweig, president of the congregation. "Death to Israel" and similar language was spray-painted on signs posted on the side of the building, he said.

Posted by Robert at April 2, 2007 02:05 PM

66 posted on 04/02/2007 1:51:29 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: null and void

Thanks for the info nully.

67 posted on 04/02/2007 2:08:54 PM PDT by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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To: Godzilla
Thanks much for your analysis on the previous thread Godzilla. The Iran situation is ratcheting up and will probably lead to an interesting 2007. *sigh*
68 posted on 04/02/2007 2:12:54 PM PDT by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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To: Cindy
About 60,000 Christians have already left...

Interesting numbers, thanks Cindy. I hope the additional 100k that have submitted visa apps are able to leave before its too late.

69 posted on 04/02/2007 2:17:31 PM PDT by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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Fire station evacuated after bomb scare (Michigan)
Monday, April 02, 2007

GRAND RAPIDS -- Police this morning evacuated the Grand Rapids fire station at Bridge Street and Winter Avenue after someone handed a plastic grocery bag containing what appeared to be a pipe bomb to a firefighter. Police are unsure of the motive of the person.

Grand Rapids Police Sgt. Tom Lyzenga said he looked inside the bag and saw a coil of green fuse and what appeared to be a container of black powder and a metal pipe. Police have cordoned off the area and evacuated the fire station and one nearby building, and also are keeping people from an adjacent DASH parking lot on Winter. The Grand Rapids police bomb disposal unit is on the scene and plans to use a robot equipped with a camera to look inside the bag to see if it's an assembled pipe bomb or not.

Lyzenga was not aware of any threats against the station. A fireman accepted the bag from the man who wandered away. He said he did not appear threatening. The man handed him the bag without saying anything. "It could be just found property," Lyzenga said, "but we don't know."

Pipe bomb found at area reservoir

The Pennsylvania State Police bomb squad responded to the Milesburg Reservoir in Franklin Township Sunday after a pipe bomb was found.

An unknown person made the pipe bomb using plastic pipe and fireworks, then took it to the reservoir on Milesburg Road to set it off, state police said. When the bomb failed to explode, the person left the scene. The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources saw the bomb at the reservoir and reported it to state police, who dispatched the bomb squad at about 4:50 p.m. The bomb was dismantled.

Suspicious chemicals found in Cobb (Georgia)

Marietta police are reviewing some suspicious bottles of chemicals found at a gas station Sunday morning. Detective Gwen Lewis said no arrests have occurred in regard to the bottles, which were found beside the gas pumps at a Shell gas station on Delk Road at about 6:30 a.m.

Hazardous materials crews were called to the scene as part of the recovery, and authorities are performing laboratory analysis, she said.

70 posted on 04/02/2007 2:36:13 PM PDT by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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Former FBI Agent on Private Business in Iran Missing
Monday, April 2, 2007

A former FBI agent has been missing in Iran since March 8, according to U.S. officials.

The unnamed former agent was on private business, but the United States is now sufficiently concerned about his welfare that the State Department today sent a formal message to Iran through Swiss intermediaries asking about his whereabouts and his situation. The Swiss Embassy represents U.S. interests in Iran. The American was visiting Kish Island, an Iranian resort and "free trade zone" off the country's southwestern coast that does not require an Iranian visa to visit. He had traveled to Iran from the United Arab Emirates, U.S. officials said. "We don't know where he is. We have no reliable information on him," a senior official said. "I would not characterize him as a hostage."

U.S. officials stress that the missing American was not working in any capacity for the U.S. government or any agency. His specialty at the FBI was not Iran, officials add. The State Department said the missing American, a middle-aged man who had retired from the FBI, was going to meet someone to set up an interview or interviews for a project involving a book and a documentary by a third party from Canada. He was effectively doing legwork for what a senior U.S. official described as an "innocuous" project. The project "had no connection with anything political," the official said. "The guy was on a perfectly harmless private activity."

The case is unrelated to the 15 British sailors and marines seized by Iran in the Persian Gulf on March 23, U.S. officials said. But the United States has its own long history with hostages in Iran, most notably the 52 Americans held captive from November 1979 until January 1981 after the U.S. Embassy in Tehran was seized by militants.

The missing American, whose name is not being divulged by the State Department for privacy reasons, had a long career combating organized crime in the United States, including the mafia. After he retired more than a decade ago, he worked in private investigations for corporate clients, according to U.S. officials. As an FBI agent, he was not assigned to terrorism or Middle East issues, the officials said.

Kish Island was established as a free trade zone in the mid-1990s in an attempt to attract foreign investment and as a place for Iranians to go on vacation. The goal was to have a rival for the glitzy sheikhdoms such as Dubai across the Persian Gulf. The normally rigid social customs are more relaxed on Kish. More than 1 million people visit every year.

71 posted on 04/02/2007 2:53:17 PM PDT by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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To: nwctwx

Thanks for the new thread!

72 posted on 04/02/2007 3:07:08 PM PDT by Palladin (Let them eat cake.)
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Pipe bomb disarmed in Franklin County (Missouri)

Authorities in Franklin County today disarmed a pipe bomb found under a bridge on Highway O in Catawissa. Traffic on the roadway was blocked after the bomb was found around noon by a local highway department worker. The St. Louis County bomb and arson squad, the FBI and the ATF all came to the scene.

Authorities do not know how long the device may have been at the location or if it was hidden there with intent to damage the bridge. An investigation is continuing.

Egypt: President Anwar Sadat’s Jihad killer released
Mon. April 02, 2007

Mr. Nabil Bakr, a Jihad member who was sentenced to life in prison by a military tribunal in 1982 for his participation in planning Egyptian president Anwar Sadat's assassination in October 1981, was released recently, a local media reported on Monday.

Where as Egypt’s imprisonment laws stipulates that a life prison term is 15 years, Bakr was kept in custody ten years longer. According to reports, Bakr is one of four Jihad members who the authorities consider too dangerous to let free.

Meanwhile, observers believe his release may mark the beginning of a closure of the file on Jihad members lingering in jail years after they had served their sentences. The group's leader, Aboud El-Zomor - an ex-intelligence senior officer thought to be the mastermind behind Sadat's assassination - has time and again contested the legality of keeping him in prison, so far to no avail.

73 posted on 04/02/2007 3:11:03 PM PDT by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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Taliban deploy thousands of suicide bombers
Mon Apr 2, 2007

SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan - Thousands of Taliban suicide bombers have been deployed across Afghanistan to attack Western troops and the government, the group's military chief said on Monday. Following last year's violence, the worst since the Taliban's ouster in 2001, this year is regarded as the crunch period both for the Taliban and U.S.-led Western troops.

Speaking to Reuters by satellite phone from an undisclosed location, Mullah Dadullah, the Taliban's military head, said the Islamic guerrillas had the ability and the weapons to fight foreign troops for a long time. "We have sent thousands of Taliban suicide bombers to all Afghan cities for attacks on foreign troops and their Afghan puppets," Dadullah said. "And we will turn our motherland into the graveyard of the U.S forces and their families should wait for their dead bodies. The Taliban's war is only for the freedom of Afghanistan from the enemies of Muslims."


New leadership is seen on rise within Al Qaeda
April 2, 2007

WASHINGTON: As Al Qaeda rebuilds in Pakistan's tribal areas, a new generation of leaders has emerged under Osama bin Laden to cement control over the network's operations, according to American intelligence and counterterrorism officials.

The new leaders rose from within the organization after the death or capture of the operatives that built Al Qaeda before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, leading to surprise and dismay within United States intelligence agencies about the group's ability to rebound from an American-led offensive. It has been known that American officials were focusing on a band of Al Qaeda training camps in Pakistan's remote mountains, but a clearer picture is emerging about those who are running the camps and thought to be involved in plotting attacks.


Loud Explosion at Turbat in SW Pakistan
April 2, 2007

TURBAT: A loud explosion was heard near Turbat airport late pn Sunday night. No casualties were reported till the going of Pakistan’s first ISSN-certified daily E-newspaper, ‘Pakistan Times’ onto the web – beyond midnight.

Meanwhile, a report from Peshawar, the metropolis of NWFP says that a video shop has been reportedly set ablaze by some unknown men in Kohat. Details of both the episodes are awaited.

74 posted on 04/02/2007 3:20:27 PM PDT by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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To: Oorang

Thanks Oorang for pointing to that article in post no. 70.

75 posted on 04/02/2007 5:06:09 PM PDT by Cindy
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“American Jihadist, “Ticking Time Bomb,” to Plead Guilty to Terrorism Charges”
By Andrew Cochran

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “WNBC in New York City reports that Mahmud Faruq Brent, of Gwynn Oak, MD, will admit that he supported terrorists and traveled to Pakistan to train with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the Pakistani-based terrorist organization.”

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “A federal prosecutor told Steven Emerson that Brent was a “ticking time bomb” who could have carried out attacks here in U.S. His guilty plea represents another success (at least 12 convictions, including the Brent plea, that I can remember) in the effort to take apart the LeT network of committed and trained jihadists in the U.S.”,0,1932813.story

“Ex-city cab driver pleads guilty in terror case
Charges involve attending terror camp, martial arts training to plan for jihad”
By Matthew Dolan
Sun Reporter
Originally published April 2, 2007, 4:17 PM EDT

76 posted on 04/02/2007 5:44:44 PM PDT by Cindy
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I am still praying for your release from prison, Kareem.

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Getting Kareem Freed
NRO ^ | March 29, 2007 | Tom G. Palmer

Posted on 04/02/2007 5:39:46 PM PDT by JTN

Four years in prison for blogging: three of them for inciting “hatred of Islam” and one for “insulting the president.” That’s the sentence handed down by an Egyptian judge to a young Egyptian blogger, Abdelkareem Nabil Soliman, generally known in the blogosphere as “Kareem.” On his website, he had criticized his university, Al Azhar, for being close minded and for suppressing thought — for which he was expelled. He called Egypt’s president Mubarak a dictator — for which he was arrested and imprisoned. As he noted, “I broke the widespread traditions in the Great Jail of the Arab Republic of Egypt!” For that he was sent to jail.

A more sensitive issue is that he openly criticized the practices of the founders of Islam and argued that they were not models for modern life. His remarks inflamed radical political Islamists. They even offended some who have defended him, although that has not dampened their resolve. His two staunchest defenders are Dalia Ziada and Esraa Al Shafei, two young Muslim women who have worked tirelessly in behalf of his freedom. Both are outspoken in defense both of their religion and of Kareem’s right to be critical of it.

Kareem’s problems with the authorities started in March of last year, when he wrote about riots against the Coptic minority in his home city of Alexandria. On his blog he wrote:

(Excerpt) Read more at ...

77 posted on 04/02/2007 5:56:22 PM PDT by Cindy
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Thanks to fanfan for the ping to this thread:

“There’s a new African internet scam (FYI)”
Canoe News ^ | April 2, 2007 | HANK DANISZEWSKI

Posted on 04/02/2007 4:16:16 PM PDT by fanfan

78 posted on 04/02/2007 6:28:18 PM PDT by Cindy
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A Look at IRAN On The Net...

“Iran’s Ahmadinejad preparing for the coming of the 12th Imam”
Added April 02, 2007

79 posted on 04/02/2007 6:51:03 PM PDT by Cindy
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stepping back in time...

January 19, 2006
“The Mahdi in an ill-fitting overcoat”

80 posted on 04/02/2007 6:58:30 PM PDT by Cindy
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81 posted on 04/02/2007 7:01:45 PM PDT by Cindy
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“Web video shows Mexico man’s beheading”
Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | April 1, 2007 | NATALIA PARRA

Posted on 04/01/2007 5:32:35 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch


82 posted on 04/02/2007 7:12:11 PM PDT by Cindy
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From Times Online
April 2, 2007

“Tamil Tigers blamed as blast on Sri Lankan bus kills 15”
Louisa McLennan and Agencies

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “A bomb has exploded on a bus at a military checkpoint in eastern Sri Lanka, killing at least 16 civilians, including women and children, and wounding 26 others.

The attack took place near the town of Ampara, about 130 miles east of the capital, Colombo. No one has claimed responsibility, but the military have blamed the separatist Tamil rebels.

Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe, a spokesman, said: “There is no doubt that this was carried out by the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelan), targeting civilians.”

Among the dead were 10 women and two children. According to Mr Samarasinghe, the bus stopped at a checkpoint and the bomb exploded as passengers started to get off to allow troops to search the vehicle. It is not known if it was detonated by a suicide bomber.

Last week a Tamil rebel suicide bomber killed eight people when he drove a tractor laden with explosives into a military base in the east.”

83 posted on 04/02/2007 7:22:30 PM PDT by Cindy
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nw_arizona granny has posted some very interesting information regarding Mississauga, Ontario. This is the area where the man was impersonating the police officer in various hospitals. Granny's post is here:

84 posted on 04/02/2007 7:29:44 PM PDT by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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Thank you Oorang and nw_arizona_granny.

85 posted on 04/02/2007 8:54:38 PM PDT by Cindy
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Note: The following post is a quote:

Two-Faced Saudis
IBD Editorials ^ | 2 April 2007 | Staff

Posted on 04/02/2007 8:55:03 PM PDT by Kitten Festival

War On Terror: We get the sense the Saudis grin and kiss us on both cheeks when we walk into their palaces, then spit on the ground the moment we leave. The latest affront is over Iraq.

It turns out our “close ally” King Abdullah, in a speech before fellow Arabs, has condemned our presence there as “illegitimate.” The harsh tone shocked U.S. officials who were under the impression the king was cooperating with our efforts.

(Excerpt) Read more at ...

86 posted on 04/02/2007 8:57:12 PM PDT by Cindy
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Cindy, you are welcome.

I am glad that you found it useful, there are several others, but I did not keep a note on the message number, the granny googles on some of them were interesting.

87 posted on 04/02/2007 11:08:00 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny ("Be the best you can be" says Rush Limbaugh. "Serve your fellow men" is God's plan)
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You’re a good researcher, Granny.
Thank you.

88 posted on 04/02/2007 11:12:24 PM PDT by Cindy
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still no name for this suspect...


April 2, 2007

“Man imitating cop charged”

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “The 23-year-old Ramara Township man appeared in a Brampton court yesterday charged with impersonating a police officer, having a dangerous weapon and possessing property obtained by crime.”

89 posted on 04/02/2007 11:24:36 PM PDT by Cindy
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“Hostage drill at NJ school features mock ‘Christian terrorists’”
Jim Brown
April 2, 2007

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “The head of a national, Texas-based pro-family group says a recent hostage drill at a New Jersey high school, which portrayed conservative Christians as terrorists, is reflective of a dangerous philosophy that has become prevalent in many parts of America, where it is having negative effects on education.

A local paper reports that a drill at Burlington Township High School in New Jersey involved police portraying mock gunmen, described as “members of a right-wing fundamentalist group called the ‘New Crusaders’ who don’t believe in the separation of church and state.” The fake gunmen were said to have been “seeking justice because the daughter of one [member] had been expelled for praying before class.””

April 02, 2007

“Hostage drill at NJ school features mock ‘Christian terrorists’”

SNIPPET: “Why do the authorities involved here invent a fake threat instead of dealing with the real one? Because they know that no Crusaders’ Rights group will call them bigots on CNN. They know that no Christians will picket their offices or call them hatemongers.”

90 posted on 04/02/2007 11:52:34 PM PDT by Cindy
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(Note: Video included.)

Monday, April 02, 2007
“Swastika at SF Synagogue”


Monday, April 02, 2007
“Synagogue Desecrated in Chicago”

Snippet: “A synagogue in Chicago was desecrated with anti-Israel messages and Arabic writings; the Chicago Tribune thinks this is a “possible” hate crime. (Hat tip: Ethel.)

Wouldn’t want to jump to any conclusions.”

91 posted on 04/02/2007 11:58:20 PM PDT by Cindy
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A Look at IRAN through the blogs:

“The pirates of Iran”
By Michelle Malkin
(April 02, 2007 09:24 PM)


VIDEO/blog - VENT with Michelle Malkin (ERICK STAKELBECK): “Iran’s Confident Act of Piracy”
(April 2, 2007)



“Exclusive: Iran Nuclear Bomb Could Be Possible by 2009”
(April 2, 2007, 6:15 pm)


“ABC News: Iran has secretly tripled its enrichment capacity”
(posted at 7:15 pm on April 2, 2007 by Allahpundit)

92 posted on 04/03/2007 12:43:56 AM PDT by Cindy
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Note: The following text is a quote:

ASSIST News Service (ANS) - PO Box 609, Lake Forest, CA 92609-0609 USA
Visit our web site at: — E-mail:

Monday, April 2, 2007

Islamists radicals release women accused of being ’prostitutes’

By Sheraz Khurram Khan
Special Correspondent for ASSIST News Service in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (ANS) — Three women accused of being prostitutes have been released from a fundamentalist madrasa (Islamic religious school) in central Islamabad after being forced to “confess” their sins, UK based The Guardian newspaper has reported in its March 30 Special Report.

According to the report one of the three women, Shamim, who was also said to run a brothel, was made to confess her sins in a press conference organized by her captors.
“I apologise for my past acts and promise that in future I will live like a pious person”, The Guardian quoted her as telling reporters at the religious school named Jamiah Hafsa Madressha.

It went on to say that the alleged brothel owner after her release said she had given the statement under duress.

“I could only escape after telling reporters what they wanted me to say. Otherwise there seemed to be no power in the world, including President Musharraf, who could free us,” the Guardian quoted her as telling ARY television.

The women accused of being prostitutes were imprisoned inside Jamia Hafsa under guard by thousands of burka-clad women clutching bamboo staves.
Photograph: AP

It said Police appeared helpless to save Shamim, her daughter, daughter-in-law and six-month-old granddaughter after they were snatched from their home and imprisoned inside Jamia Hafsa under guard by thousands of burka-clad women clutching bamboo staves.

It quoted Shamim as saying that a gang of young men broke down her front door, ransacked her house and dragged her back to the madrasa with a rope around her neck. Inside the madrasa, burka-clad female students abused the four captives, calling them “kaffirs” or infidels, said the report.

“We would prefer to turn to Christianity. At least the Christians would be able to provide us with some protection,” The Guardian quoted Shamim as saying on Thursday night, March 29.

It said the three women and baby were now in protective custody.

It quoted critics as saying that the anti-vice drive highlighted how little control president Pervez Musharraf had over radical seminaries, even in Islamabad.
In a report published this week, the International Crisis Group said the government’s madrasa reform programme was a “shambles”, it said.

The report said that several thousand young men and women, many from poor backgrounds in rural areas, live in Jamia Hafsa and another all-male madrasa, where they are fed, clothed and given a radical Islamist education.

The schools are part of a complex of religious buildings centred on the Lal Masjid, or Red Mosque, which has been illegally built over the years on government land in one of Islamabad’s wealthiest neighbourhoods, it maintained.

The burka-clad female students came to prominence in January when they invaded public children’s library in protest at government plans to demolish the Lal Masjid, said the report. It said the students still occupy the library but claim outside children are free to come and borrow books.

It further said that recently, male students have warned local shopkeepers to stop selling music and even petitioned passing motorists to turn off their car radios. Combined with Taliban attacks on towns in the tribal areas, Pakistan’s moderate majority is worried, it said.

“The ill wind of religious extremism, confined no longer to some forgotten nook, is threatening to rend the very fabric of society as we know it,” it quoted Pakistan English daily newspaper, “Dawn” as saying.

Both schools are run by the radical clerics, Abdul Rashid Ghazi and his brother Abdul Aziz, who aim to replace Pakistan’s frail democracy with strict Sharia law, it said and added that on Friday, city police vowed to arrest Mr Ghazi and two dozen other students for the kidnapping.

The report quoted Shamim as saying that she would seek refuge at foreign embassies because “they [the Islamist radicals] warned of severe consequences if we speak against them”.

“Unless she’s a British citizen there’s nothing we can do from a consular point of view,” The Guardian quoted a British High Commission spokesman, Aidan Liddle as saying.

The report said that a Jamia Hafsa spokesman, Bint-e-Abdul Wahid, warned the government to take prompt action against other brothels. “Otherwise we will handle the matter ourselves,” the report quoted the religious school’s spokesman as saying.

The writer is a freelance journalist based in Pakistan.

** You may republish this story with proper attribution.

93 posted on 04/03/2007 1:41:09 AM PDT by Cindy
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“Do or Die in Somalia”
By Steve Schippert | April 3, 2007

94 posted on 04/03/2007 2:13:04 AM PDT by Cindy
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More Details UPDATE:


(Note: Includes photos.)

Last Updated: Tuesday, 3 April 2007, 09:05 GMT 10:05 UK

“Peru to bomb Amazon cocaine labs”
By Dan Collyns
BBC News, Lima

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “The Peruvian President, Alan Garcia, has ordered the use of warplanes to destroy clandestine airstrips and drug laboratories in the Amazon jungle.

Mr Garcia said drug barons must also be pursued and warned that Peru could face an insurgency funded by illicit drugs.

Peru must kill the drug-trafficking trade or have to deal with an insurgency like that of neighbouring Colombia, Mr Garcia said.

Peru is the second-largest producer of cocaine in the world after Colombia.

Tough talk

In a characteristically dramatic speech, Mr Garcia said Peru must do away with every last jungle drug factory and secret airstrip by either bombing or machine-gunning them.

Mr Garcia was speaking at the end of a two-week suspension of efforts to eradicate coca plants in one Amazon region, in his strongest statement on the cocaine trade since taking office last year.”

95 posted on 04/03/2007 2:29:49 AM PDT by Cindy
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“Powerful Earthquake Hit Northeastern Afghanistan” ^ | April 3, 2007 | Press TV

Posted on 04/03/2007 2:26:19 AM PDT by John W

96 posted on 04/03/2007 2:39:23 AM PDT by Cindy
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Last Updated: Tuesday, 3 April 2007, 09:07 GMT 10:07 UK

“UK hacker loses extradition fight”

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “A British man has lost his High Court fight against extradition to the US for allegedly carrying out the “biggest military computer hack of all time”.

Glasgow-born Gary McKinnon, 41, is accused of gaining access to 97 US military and Nasa computers.

Home Secretary John Reid granted the US request to extradite him for trial.”

97 posted on 04/03/2007 2:50:31 AM PDT by Cindy
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“U.S. halts imports over pet-food deaths”
By Andrew Bridges
April 3, 2007

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “The Food and Drug Administration took action against wheat gluten from Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co. in Wangdien, China, after the U.S. recall of nearly 100 brands of pet food made with the chemically contaminated ingredient.”

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “The FDA’s import alert, disclosed March 26 but posted on its Web site Friday, notifies its field offices to detain any wheat gluten offered for import from the Chinese company.

The order also recommends inspectors screen all wheat gluten from China as well as from the Netherlands, a country through which shipping of Chinese products can occur.”

98 posted on 04/03/2007 3:09:18 AM PDT by Cindy
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Note: The following breaking news brief is a quote:,7340,L-3384251,00.html

Blair says next 2 days critical to resolving dispute over seized crew

Published: 04.03.07, 12:33 / Israel News

The next two days are “fairly critical” to resolving the dispute over a seized British navy crew, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday, after Iran’s chief international negotiator offered a new approach to end the standoff with Tehran.

“The next 48 hours will be fairly critical,” Blair told Scotland’s Real Radio. He said Ali Larijani’s suggestion of talks offered hope of an end to the crisis. “If they want to resolve this in a diplomatic way the door is open,” the prime minister said. (AP)

99 posted on 04/03/2007 3:16:02 AM PDT by Cindy
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“Mayor: murder is a wake-up call”

Story Published: Apr 2, 2007 at 8:50 PM PDT
By Molly Blancett and Greg Meyer

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “MOSCOW - The weekend death of a University of Idaho student was ruled a homicide Monday.

A news conference Monday morning offered Moscow Police Chief Dan Weaver, Moscow Mayor Nancy Chaney and UI President Tim White Monday an opportunity to discuss what has been learned over the past 48 hours about what resembled an execution-style killing.”

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “Moscow Police are asking for help in solving this crime. If you have any information, you can call the Moscow Police Department at (208) 882-COPS. There is also a confidential tip line. That number is (208) 892-3898.”


“Murdered student’s friends use MySpace to grieve”

Story Published: Apr 2, 2007 at 4:20 PM PDT
By Andrea Hawley


ARTICLE SNIPPET: “During the last two days there has been a flurry of activity on David Boss’ MySpace page. Here, he describes himself as someone who loved soccer, admired Indiana Jones and had a taste for heavy metal music.”

100 posted on 04/03/2007 3:46:09 AM PDT by Cindy
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