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IRAQ - Al Qaeda Cigarette Ban Making Enemies Yon eports AQ Order Cigarette Fingers Chopped Off
Michael Yon ^ | June 24 2007 | Michael Yon

Posted on 06/25/2007 11:25:30 AM PDT by swarthyguy

Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) had tarnished its name here by publicly attacking and murdering children, videotaping beheadings, all while imposing harsh punishments on Iraqi civilians found guilty of violating morality laws prohibiting activities like smoking. The AQI installed Sharia court had sanctioned the amputation of the two “smoking fingers” for those who violated anti-smoking laws. In part because local sentiment was shifting against it, AQI synthesized with other groups and undertook an image makeover, christening itself “The Islamic State of Iraq.” But the new name was just lipstick on a pig here.

On the evening of the 24th I spoke with a local Iraqi official, Colonel Faik, who said the Muftis would order the severance of the two fingers used to hold a cigarette for any Iraqis caught smoking. Other reports, from here in Diyala and also in Anbar, allege that smokers are murdered by AQI. Most Iraqis smoke and this particular prohibition appeared to have earned the ire of many locals. After an American unit cleared an apartment complex on the 23rd, LTC Smiley, the battalion commander, reported that residents didn’t ask for food and water, but cigarettes. In other parts of Baqubah, people have been celebrating the routing of AQI by lighting up and smoking cigarettes.

Other AQI edicts included beatings for men who refused to grow beards, and corporal punishments for obscene sexual suggestiveness, defined by such “loose” behavior as carrying tomatoes and cucumbers in the same bag. These fatwas were not eagerly embraced by most Iraqis, and the taint traveled back to the Muftis who sat in supreme judgment. Locals, who are increasingly helpful in pointing out and celebrating the downfall of AQI here, said that during the initial Arrowhead Ripper attack the morning of the 19th, AQI murdered five men. Townsend’s men found the buried corpses behind an AQI prison, exactly where they’d been told to look for the group grave. Locals also directed Townsend’s men to a torture house. Peering through a window, American soldiers saw knives, swords, bindings and drills. AQI is well-known for its macabre eagerness to drill into kneecaps, elbows, ribs, skulls, and other parts of victims.

One local Mufti who was said to have always worn a hood and sunglasses—and to have somehow disguised his voice—was pointed out to the Iraqi Army this weekend, who promptly captured him. Iraqi officials said today that although they did not previously know that this man was a Mufti, his name had been on their target list. The Mufti is being questioned and his name has not been released.


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KEYWORDS: alqaeda; alqaedainiraq; america; jihad; michaelyon; pufflist; smokers
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Something I believe many Americans would wholeheartedly agree with.

Smoking is bad, and AQ is on the right track.

Might not be a bad method to implement here in the LandoftheFreeandHomeoftheBrave. Why are we allying with smokers and non smokers. It's UNAMERICAN.

1 posted on 06/25/2007 11:25:36 AM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: swarthyguy

>>Why are we allying with smokers and non smokers

>>Why are we allying with smokers AGAINST| non smokers


2 posted on 06/25/2007 11:26:03 AM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: swarthyguy

Sounds like they’ve watched one too many Stephen King movies...


3 posted on 06/25/2007 11:28:41 AM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (Don't mistake timid driving for defensive driving.)
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To: swarthyguy

..but..heroin..is..okay

okay..to..use,

okay..to..fund..wars..with


4 posted on 06/25/2007 11:28:57 AM PDT by himno hero
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To: Hegemony Cricket
Sounds like they’ve watched one too many Stephen King movies...

Or one too many Bloomberg speeches.

5 posted on 06/25/2007 11:29:40 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (A base looking for a party.)
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To: swarthyguy
...and corporal punishments for obscene sexual suggestiveness, defined by such “loose” behavior as carrying tomatoes and cucumbers in the same bag.

Wow. One need's an advanced degree to know what's going to tick off these people.

6 posted on 06/25/2007 11:29:42 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: swarthyguy
So...Mayor Bloomberg is aligned with AQ...Now I understand!
7 posted on 06/25/2007 11:29:50 AM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: Cementjungle

I laughed at that one.

Imagine eating a banana in public!


8 posted on 06/25/2007 11:31:44 AM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: swarthyguy
Why are we allying with smokers and non smokers.

Because we are not anal-retentive level control freaks like those insane Islamics are, that's why.

If you feel so compelled to to control other people to this degree, then I'd suggest that perhaps you are a Muslim and don't know it.

(BTW, I'm a non-smoker.)

9 posted on 06/25/2007 11:33:13 AM PDT by GingisK
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To: swarthyguy

I assume you’re being sarcastic, otherwise you’re in the wrong place.


10 posted on 06/25/2007 11:34:48 AM PDT by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: swarthyguy
AQI synthesized with other groups and undertook an image makeover, christening itself “The Islamic State of Iraq.”

Maybe they should try updating their color palette. I hear that banana yellow and royal blue are the hot colors this summer.

11 posted on 06/25/2007 11:35:54 AM PDT by Aquinasfan (When you find "Sola Scriptura" in the Bible, let me know)
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To: swarthyguy

A lot of fingers to chop for Al-Q, since virtually all Iraqis are smokers. After chopping purple fingers, the Al-Qanazis turn to chopping yellow finger.


12 posted on 06/25/2007 11:36:27 AM PDT by SolidWood (UN delenda est.)
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To: GingisK

WTF, don’t you think it’s absolutely UnAmerica to encourage smokers in Iraq when we are conducting a well justified jihad against them here in the Homeland.

You have to admit that this is a rather effective method of smoking cessation. Either you go left handed or like a chimp learn to use your feet.

I think we ought to be a lot more understanding of AQ; after all, in this behavior we agree on the ends.

Perhaps we could start with pillorying and public stoning, after being tagged as repeat offenders, we could proceed to a digit decapitation.


13 posted on 06/25/2007 11:36:31 AM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: Hegemony Cricket
Sounds like they’ve watched one too many Stephen King movies...

I thought of "Cat's Eye" right away too. Alan King was brilliant.

14 posted on 06/25/2007 11:38:33 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: swarthyguy
"The ASL(anti smoking lobby) installed civic court had sanctioned the amputation of the two “smoking fingers” for those who violated anti-smoking laws.

Scary how easy that is to "Americanize".

15 posted on 06/25/2007 11:39:14 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: caver

Smoking is a bigger threat to America than AQ.

Why can’t you see that this is potentially a common ground.

We could move forward together, today smoking, tomorrow other unhealthy behaviors.

We (America and AQ) do agree that smoking is bad, it’s just the means we differ on, and so we could start with out commonalities.

Why should our soldiers support scumbag smokers?


16 posted on 06/25/2007 11:39:44 AM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: swarthyguy

Wonder what AQI would do with trans-fat eaters...


17 posted on 06/25/2007 11:41:46 AM PDT by littlehouse36 (Good fences make good neighbors)
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To: swarthyguy
Yon eports AQ Order Cigarette Fingers Chopped Off

Am I going nuts or is this headline just a bit confusing?

18 posted on 06/25/2007 11:43:46 AM PDT by chesty_puller (Old burned-out Marines for Fred.)
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To: chesty_puller

ou hink the reportr a smker?


19 posted on 06/25/2007 11:45:58 AM PDT by littlehouse36 (Good fences make good neighbors)
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To: littlehouse36

Off with their bellies!


20 posted on 06/25/2007 11:47:24 AM PDT by SFC Chromey (We are at war with Islamofascists inside and outside our borders, now ACT LIKE IT!)
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To: Nathan Zachary

Oh, yes, indeed.

Did you know 60% of Americans said that they would rather be blown up by a non smoking jihadi than be exposed to secondhandsmoke?

!


21 posted on 06/25/2007 11:47:43 AM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: GingisK
" Because we are not anal-retentive level control freaks like those insane Islamics are, that's why."

I'm not so sure about that. Liberals are always looking for more ways to control every aspect of your life. Liberalism/Marxism will eventually lead to the same totalitarian system of government Islam is, especially the "one world, one mind, one way of thinking, one government" idiocy the UN elite dream about.

22 posted on 06/25/2007 11:48:05 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: swarthyguy

OK, I think I’m in the wrong place.


23 posted on 06/25/2007 11:50:48 AM PDT by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: swarthyguy
The AQI installed Sharia court had sanctioned the amputation of the two “smoking fingers” for those who violated anti-smoking laws.

"Hey, stop stealing MY ideas!"


24 posted on 06/25/2007 11:52:36 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (The Democrat Party: radical Islam's last hope)
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To: swarthyguy
"The AQI installed Sharia court had sanctioned the amputation of the two “smoking fingers” for those who violated anti-smoking laws."

I believe New York already has a similar law...

25 posted on 06/25/2007 11:54:26 AM PDT by cake_crumb (May I never live to see the day America has a 'popular war'. God bless our troops.)
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To: Cementjungle

These guys are so sexually obsessed that it’s bad for other people’s health.


26 posted on 06/25/2007 11:55:53 AM PDT by cake_crumb (May I never live to see the day America has a 'popular war'. God bless our troops.)
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To: swarthyguy

Dude, be serious for a moment. Are your comments about supporting Al-Qaeda meant serious or in sarcasm? I honestly am not sure about it.


27 posted on 06/25/2007 11:55:57 AM PDT by SolidWood (UN delenda est.)
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To: swarthyguy

Nice to see you again swarthy...


28 posted on 06/25/2007 11:56:00 AM PDT by Dog
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To: swarthyguy

Smoking is bad but carrying tomatoes and cucumbers in the same bag is absolutely barbaric!


29 posted on 06/25/2007 11:56:34 AM PDT by CholeraJoe (July 11, 2007. The Rebellion begins!)
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To: GingisK
we are not anal-retentive level control freaks

Live anywhere in America lately?

30 posted on 06/25/2007 11:56:38 AM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: Dog
WOOF!
31 posted on 06/25/2007 11:57:06 AM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: swarthyguy

“Other AQI edicts included beatings for men who refused to grow beards, and corporal punishments for obscene sexual suggestiveness, defined by such “loose” behavior as carrying tomatoes and cucumbers in the same bag.”

OOooookay.


32 posted on 06/25/2007 11:58:33 AM PDT by GovernmentIsTheProblem (The GOP is "Whig"ing out.)
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To: SolidWood

Totally series.

This is HUGH.

You can’t smoke in a shower can you?

America, the WHO, EU, and AQ all agree on smoking.

Today smoking,
Tomorrow food and dress.


33 posted on 06/25/2007 11:58:42 AM PDT by swarthyguy
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"Did you know 60% of Americans said that they would rather be blown up by a non smoking jihadi than be exposed to secondhandsmoke?"

60% of Americans .... Ah well never mind. I think you know where this can go... The dumbing down of America in just the past 50 years alone shows that evolution of man is not possible, or a reverse of evolutional theory holds some merit. Humans turn into lower life forms, end eventually plant life such as mushrooms rahter than the other way around.. /s

34 posted on 06/25/2007 11:59:11 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: cake_crumb
These guys are so sexually obsessed that it’s bad for other people’s health.

Really! I wonder what these guys do behind closed doors.

35 posted on 06/25/2007 11:59:17 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: CholeraJoe

Jihadi Porn.

36 posted on 06/25/2007 12:00:38 PM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: swarthyguy
"F-off AQI"


37 posted on 06/25/2007 12:02:05 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Nathan Zachary

>>a reverse of evolutional theory

Are we not men? We are DEVO.

That made up stat of mine is scary in the sense that when I’ve used it at social events, people do take a while (way too long IMO) to do a double take.


38 posted on 06/25/2007 12:02:56 PM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: swarthyguy

I must gouge out my eyes for having seen such a blasphemy!


39 posted on 06/25/2007 12:03:23 PM PDT by CholeraJoe (July 11, 2007. The Rebellion begins!)
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“loose” behavior as carrying tomatoes and cucumbers in the same bag

I guess wieners are out of the question.

40 posted on 06/25/2007 12:04:03 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: CholeraJoe

Be thankful I didn’t corrupt you with peaches, pears and kiwis that were sliced in half and placed next to zucchinis.


41 posted on 06/25/2007 12:04:55 PM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: swarthyguy
Perhaps we could start with pillorying and public stoning, after being tagged as repeat offenders, we could proceed to a digit decapitation.

If you can get past the hail of .30cal, come on over here a lop a finger or two off this smoker. I'll assume you to be sarcastic, but just in case. Blackbird.

42 posted on 06/25/2007 12:08:29 PM PDT by BlackbirdSST (We stirred the melting pot (America), and incompetence floated to the top!)
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To: swarthyguy

I wish somebody would try to cut my finger off because I smoke. That´s just the way they would find the son of a bitch.


43 posted on 06/25/2007 12:09:59 PM PDT by Americanexpat (A strong democracy through citizen oversight.)
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To: Cementjungle
such “loose” behavior as carrying tomatoes and cucumbers in the same bag.

I never make that mistake, the tomatoes might be gay.
44 posted on 06/25/2007 12:13:42 PM PDT by true_blue_texican (...against all enemies, foreign and domestic...)
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To: swarthyguy
Hey, wait a minute, I gotta plan!! Pass out cigarettes to every Iraqi. Tell everybody to light up at the same time and keep a lit cigarettes in the mouth all day long. Then shoot the ones that ain’t smokin’.
45 posted on 06/25/2007 12:16:07 PM PDT by true_blue_texican (...against all enemies, foreign and domestic...)
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To: true_blue_texican

And if AQ adopts the same strategy?

Is every American nonsmokers enabling Jihad?


46 posted on 06/25/2007 12:18:24 PM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: swarthyguy

LOL, you’re really getting a kick out of yanking people’s chains over this. Glad to see you again, I thought you’d left us forever.


47 posted on 06/25/2007 12:18:43 PM PDT by cake_crumb (May I never live to see the day America has a 'popular war'. God bless our troops.)
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To: swarthyguy

You are having waaaaay too much fun with this. ;-)


48 posted on 06/25/2007 12:24:16 PM PDT by Allegra (Socks.)
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To: swarthyguy
Who needs the patch when you’ve got Al-Qaeda?
49 posted on 06/25/2007 12:24:40 PM PDT by tobyhill (only wimps believe in retreat in defeat)
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“Other AQI edicts included beatings for men who refused to grow beards, and corporal punishments for obscene sexual suggestiveness, defined by such “loose” behavior as carrying tomatoes and cucumbers in the same bag.”
OOooookay.

"Bukhari:V1B3N68 "Muhammad used to take care of us in preaching by selecting a suitable time, so that we might not get bored. He abstained from pestering us with sermons and knowledge."

Seems to have worked.

50 posted on 06/25/2007 12:26:43 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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