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Threat Matrix: July 2007
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Posted on 07/01/2007 2:42:24 PM PDT by nwctwx

:::FreeRepublic's Threat Matrix:::
US Steps Up Security Following Attack in Britain

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff made appearances on several television talk shows.

He told ABC's This Week program there is no indication of a linkage between the events in Britain and any specific attacks on the United States. "We do not have, at this point, specific, credible intelligence that there is an attack, a particular attack, focused on this country," he said.

But at the same time, speaking on CNN's Late Edition program, Chertoff said U.S. authorities are concerned about the threat of terrorism, especially in the coming months. "We have had a number of al-Qaida leaders quite publicly talking about how they want to carry out their threats against the West. So, given that and given the history that we have had over past summers, with attacks in Britain, I think we were clearly focused on this as a possibility," he said. Full story...

More United Kingdom Attacks Possible
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Travel Warning
United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Washington, DC 20520

This information is current as of today, Mon Jul 09 2007 23:44:56 GMT-0700.


December 05, 2006

901 posted on 07/09/2007 11:44:52 PM PDT by Cindy
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Note: The following news brief is a quote:,7340,L-3423392,00.html

Bangkok on alert after Muslim separatist warning

Published: 07.10.07, 07:44 / Israel News

Police have beefed up security in Bangkok after an army intelligence report suggested separatists in the rebellious Muslim south might take their insurgency to the Thai capital, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

Metropolitan police chief Lieutenant-General Adisorn Nonsee had ordered more checkpoints and patrols, especially in Muslim communities, to look for tip-offs or suspects, the spokesman said. (Reuters)

902 posted on 07/09/2007 11:48:59 PM PDT by Cindy
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TRAVEL.STATE.GOV - Consular Information Sheet: “THAILAND”

903 posted on 07/09/2007 11:50:46 PM PDT by Cindy
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July 08, 2007

Jibril’s PFLP-GC Has Hand in Gemayel’s Killing That was Carried Out by Fatah al-Islam

Beirut, 06 Jul 07, 16:19

The Fatah al-Islam terrorist group has carried out the assassination of Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel as reliable sources informed of the investigation told Naharnet that Ahmed Jibril’s Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command played a role in the crime.
The daily An Nahar said Saturday that Police have finalized the investigation into the murder of Gemayel, scion of Lebanon’s most prominent Christian family and a leading opponent of Syria, who was gunned down near Beirut Nov. 22, 2006.

Citing well-informed sources, the paper said interrogation with Fatah al-Islam detainees revealed that the “executor” of the Gemayel crime was the al-Qaida inspired terrorist group led by Shaker Abssi.

An Nahar’s report came a day after reliable sources told Naharnet that a vehicle used in the Gemayel assassination, a Honda VRC, was stolen from the mountain resort of Brummana in October 2006 and taken to an area in the northern sector of the eastern Bekaa valley where car bandits operate.

Shortly after that, a member of Jibril’s Syrian-backed PFLP-GC approached the gang and bartered the car for a quantity of weapons, the sources added.

The car was used in the assassination of Gemayel in suburban Jdaideh, almost a month after it was stolen from Brummana, the sources added.

The vehicle was later driven to Syria, which turned it back to Lebanon in Dec. 2006 in line with a warrant issued by the Interpol, they explained.

One source said lab tests showed that the car was used in the Gemayel murder and two of the gunmen who used it were killed later in clashes between Lebanese Forces and Fatah al-Islam terrorists in Tripoli’s Mitein street on May 20.

Bodies of the gunmen and samples taken from the car were under lab tests to determine identities of all the culprits who gunned down Gemayel, the source added.

He said all details related to the investigation in Gemayel’s killing and the Fatah al-Islam link have been relayed to the U.N. committee investigating the 2005 killing of ex-Premier Rafik Hariri and related crimes.

Posted on 08 July 2007 @ 13:19 GMT

904 posted on 07/09/2007 11:53:32 PM PDT by Cindy
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905 posted on 07/09/2007 11:55:36 PM PDT by Cindy
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Travel Warning
United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Washington, DC 20520

This information is current as of today, Mon Jul 09 2007 23:56:58 GMT-0700.


June 14, 2007

This Travel Warning alerts American citizens to the ongoing fighting and political tensions in Lebanon and advises them of safety and security concerns. The Department of State continues strongly to urge that Americans defer travel to Lebanon, and that American citizens in Lebanon consider carefully the risks of remaining. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning issued on December 22, 2006.

This warning alerts U.S. citizens to the renewed threat of attacks against western and Lebanese government interests by the extremist group Fatah Al-Islam. Similar threats also were made by the militant groups Jund Al-Sham and Al-Qaeda. The Department of State remains concerned about the personal safety and security of American citizens as the fighting continues at the Nahr El-Barad refugee camp. Sporadic fighting also has occurred outside several other refugee camps. U.S. citizens who visit refugee camps in Lebanon risk becoming trapped during hostilities. On June 7, a bomb exploded in the town of Zouk Mousbeh, north of Beirut . This was the fifth small-scale bomb attack in greater Beirut in recent weeks and follows the June 7 discovery of explosives-laden vehicles in eastern Lebanon . Since May 20, explosions have occurred in the Beirut neighborhoods of Achrafieh and Verdun, the Beirut suburb of Sad Al-Bouchrieh, and the resort town of Aley . The possibility of related episodes of violence in popular districts of Beirut and other tourist areas in Lebanon remains high.

The Department continues strongly to urge that Americans defer travel to Lebanon , and that American citizens already in Lebanon consider carefully the risks of remaining. Americans who remain in Lebanon despite this Travel Warning are urged to maintain a high level of vigilance; take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness; confirm that passports and U.S. travel documents for themselves and for family members are up-to-date; and be alert to any deterioration of the security situation.

In a crisis situation, U.S. citizens are responsible for arranging commercial or private means of transportation to depart Lebanon . If evacuation is warranted, only when all other transportation options are unavailable will the U.S. government assist U.S. citizens in leaving a country. This service will be provided on a cost-recovery basis. The lack of valid travel documents will slow the U.S. embassy’s ability to provide assistance. Further information on the department’s role during emergencies is provided at .

The Department of State considers the threat to U.S. government personnel in Beirut sufficiently serious to require them to live and work under strict security restrictions. These practices limit, and may occasionally prevent, access by U.S. Embassy officials to certain areas of the country. Unofficial travel to Lebanon by U.S. government employees and their family members requires prior approval by the department of state.

Landmines and unexploded ordnance pose significant dangers throughout southern Lebanon, particularly south of the Litani River, as well as in areas of Lebanon where civil war fighting was intense. More than a dozen civilians have been killed and over 100 injured by unexploded ordnance following the armed conflict in July-August 2006. Travelers should watch for posted landmine warnings and strictly avoid all areas where landmines and unexploded ordnance may be present.

The embassy is located in Awkar, near Antelias, Beirut, Lebanon . Public access hours for American citizens are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. however; American citizens who require emergency services outside of these hours may contact the embassy by telephone at any time. The telephone numbers are (961-4) 542-600, 543-600, and fax 544-209. American citizens may register with the embassy online by visiting . Information on consular services and registration can also be found at or by phone at the above telephone numbers between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday local time.

Updated information on travel and security in Lebanon may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States or, from overseas, 1-202-501-4444. Additional details can be found in the Department of State’s Consular Information Sheet for Lebanon, the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, the Middle East and North Africa public announcement and “A Safe Trip Abroad,” all of which are available on the Department’s Internet site at .

906 posted on 07/09/2007 11:57:48 PM PDT by Cindy
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Special Dispatch Series - No. 1649
July 10, 2007 No.1649

“Islamist Websites Monitor No. 120”

907 posted on 07/10/2007 12:28:34 AM PDT by Cindy
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“Early Troop Withdrawal Would Leave Iraq More Violent, General Says”

By Fred W. Baker III
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2007

908 posted on 07/10/2007 12:30:37 AM PDT by Cindy
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“Saudi religious scholars come out against Al-Qaeda’s use of religious edicts permitting suicide attacks against Muslims”

Dr. Asaf Maliach
ICT Researcher
July 8, 2007

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “The Islamic world is divided in its opinion over suicide attacks carried out by Islamic terrorist organizations, especially when the target is other Muslims. In all of the cases, the questions that arise are, first, are suicide attacks permitted in Islam? And the second question is over the alleged reward given to the person who committed suicide, as some Muslims scholars and clerics claim that those who perpetrate suicide attacks win a place in paradise as they are shuhad?a (martyrs). However, there are those clerics and scholars who suggest that suicide attacks are an offense against Allah and those who perpetrate them go to hell.”

909 posted on 07/10/2007 12:38:16 AM PDT by Cindy
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They Honor Us With Their Hate
Real Clear Politics ^ | They Honor Us With Their Hate | Richard Cohen

Posted on 07/09/2007 8:57:10 PM PDT by gpapa

Tidying up the other day, I came across an old newspaper and, flipping through it, saw a picture on page 22 that made my heart stop. It showed Palestinians, most of them young, all of them males, reacting with glee to a particularly heinous terrorist attack. The date was Sept. 12, 2001, and the Palestinians were cheering the deaths of about 3,000 innocent Americans the day before. You can, as they say, look it up.

What you don’t have to look up, though, is the fact that this was before America’s retaliatory invasion of Afghanistan or the war in Iraq. It was also before Guantanamo became shorthand for abuse of the president’s constitutional authority and before the outrage of Abu Ghraib, the U.S.-run prison in Iraq where suspected terrorists were sometimes sexually abused. In other words, the demonstration by Palestinians (in the Lebanese refugee camp of Shatila) preceded most of the usual reasons given for why America today is held in contempt by much of the world.

(Excerpt) Read more at ...

910 posted on 07/10/2007 12:48:45 AM PDT by Cindy
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Tricks of Today’s Trade”


New Initiative Offers Tips for Businesses”

911 posted on 07/10/2007 12:53:57 AM PDT by Cindy
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“Perspective: Is an antivirus gap looming?”
By Jose Nazario
Published: July 9, 2007, 10:00 AM PDT


“Google to buy e-mail security company for $625 million”

By Reuters
Published: July 9, 2007, 5:28 AM PDT
Last modified: July 9, 2007, 7:38 AM PDT

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “Update Google said on Monday it has agreed to acquire e-mail security company Postini for $625 million expanding its package of online applications to compete with Microsoft’s Office software.

Postini supplies security and encryption services, protecting instant messaging, e-mail and other communications to more than 35,000 businesses and 10 million users worldwide. Google said the deal could enable it provide organizations with more hosted services similar to its Google Apps package, which includes its e-mail service Gmail, Calendar, and Talk, its messaging service.”


912 posted on 07/10/2007 1:10:44 AM PDT by Cindy
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“Russia set to test first serial S-400 SAM system next week-1” ^ | 07/05/07

Posted on 07/10/2007 2:37:20 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

Russia set to test first serial S-400 SAM system next week-1

14:46 | 05/ 07/ 2007

(Clarifies the official’s position in the lead, adds quotes, details, background in paras 4-10)

MOSCOW, July 5 (RIA Novosti)

913 posted on 07/10/2007 2:41:34 AM PDT by Cindy
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Thanks for the airport alert.

914 posted on 07/10/2007 2:49:04 AM PDT by nw_arizona_granny ( Today is a good day for working on some heavy praying. The world needs God to hear them.)
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Thanks to Clive for the ping to this thread.

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RFuel Shortage Brings Zimbabwe To Halt
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-10-2007 | Byron Dziva

Posted on 07/09/2007 6:49:40 PM PDT by blam

Fuel shortage brings Zimbabwe to halt

By Byron Dziva in Harare
Last Updated: 2:03am BST 10/07/2007

Zimbabwe’s economy was approaching paralysis yesterday as petrol stations across the country ran dry.

President Robert Mugabe’s regime has ordered all retailers to cut fuel prices by 60 per cent, a move that forces them to sell petrol at a loss.

As a result, filling stations across the country have stopped selling altogether and petrol is only available on the black market, at five times the official price.

Without fuel, the entire economy is steadily shutting down.

“It is certainly making a bad situation worse. Many companies will stop functioning,” said John Robertson, an independent economist in the capital, Harare.

A bus driver in Harare said: “At the moment, even on the black market, there is nothing.”

Basic foodstuffs have already vanished from supermarket shelves thanks to the regime’s order that all retail prices should be frozen at their June 18 level.

Inflation has reached such a level that one banana costs the same amount as 15 four-bedroom houses seven years ago. The regime’s behaviour has dismayed many business people.

Masimba Kambarami, the chairman of the petroleum association, said: “Fuel is not indigenous, it has to be treated carefully.

“If you arbitrarily introduce new prices you trigger panic buying, then subsequent shortages.”

Inflation officially runs at 4,530 per cent - the highest level in the world.

915 posted on 07/10/2007 2:50:36 AM PDT by Cindy
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“Media Silence on Antiwar Violence”
By Patrick Poole | July 10, 2007

916 posted on 07/10/2007 2:55:01 AM PDT by Cindy
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Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 July 2007, 08:59 GMT 09:59 UK

“21/7 ‘failings could be repeated’”

“The jury have found four men guilty of conspiracy to murder”

CCTV footage

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “”Systemic” failings allowed the ringleader of the 21 July bomb plotters to slip through the police’s net, the shadow home secretary has said.
The failure to track Muktar Ibrahim could happen again, David Davis warned.

Ibrahim, 29, Yassin Omar, 26, Ramzi Mohammed, 25, and Hussain Osman, 28, were convicted on Monday of plotting to bomb transport in London in 2005.

Jurors are still considering verdicts on Manfo Kwaku Asiedu, 34, and Adel Yahya, 24, who deny all charges.

‘Porous borders’

The Conservatives have called for a public inquiry to examine why Ibrahim was allowed to leave the UK to go to a jihadi training camp in Pakistan, despite having been charged with threatening behaviour, related to the distribution of extremist material.

Mr Davis told the BBC’s Today programme: “There is a systemic problem.

“It’s partly a question of volume of suspects. It’s partly a question of volume of people crossing the border.

Referring to the former Metropolitan Police Commissioner, he added: “John Stevens used to talk about our porous borders. This is most startling example I have ever seen.””

917 posted on 07/10/2007 3:18:31 AM PDT by Cindy
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BBC NEWS: "PAKISTANI SOLDIERS STORM MOSQUE" (Last updated July 10, 2007), 09:44 GMT, 10:44 UK)

FOX (AP): Islamabad, Pakistan - "PAKISTANI TROOPS STORM MOSQUE SEIZED BY ISLAMIC MILITANTS" (July 10, 2007) - Paper no. 2292: "THE LAL MASJID STAND-OFF IN ISLAMABAD & MUSHARRAF'S FUTURE - International Terrorism Monitor--Papger no. 253" by B. Raman (July 9, 2007) "Inquiry and Analysis Series - Series no. 369" (July 10, 2007)


GLOBAL CRISIS WATCH (mp3) (July 9, 2007)


JIHAD (REUTERS): Islamabad - "Las Masjid cleric: 'If the government carried out an operation then we will follow the way of jihad'...our male and female students can carry out suicide attack as a last option.'" (June 30, 2007) (Read More...)


Google - Search News: "RED MOSQUE" - Key Word: "RED MOSQUE"

918 posted on 07/10/2007 3:23:12 AM PDT by Cindy
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Fyi Only:

“President Bush Participates in a Conversation on the Americas”
Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Arlington, Virginia

Video (Windows)
Presidential Remarks
White House Conference on the Americas
Fact Sheet: White House Conference on the Americas

10:30 A.M. EDT

919 posted on 07/10/2007 3:52:46 AM PDT by Cindy
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“Summer gun wars: Jesse Jackson leads the way”
By Michelle Malkin • July 9, 2007 04:53 PM

920 posted on 07/10/2007 3:57:25 AM PDT by Cindy
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921 posted on 07/10/2007 3:58:19 AM PDT by Cindy
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Office of the Spokesman
This information is current as of today, Tue Jul 10 2007 03:59:20 GMT-0700.

Worldwide Caution

April 10, 2007

922 posted on 07/10/2007 3:59:22 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: drymans wife

Thanks. A few months ago i managed to catch the thread in the latest posts section on the site. I can see from the archives i’m a little bit late but it’s nice to know there is a group that is actually aware of this clear and present danger.

Most i talk to are oblivious to the facts and because of our selective vivid entertainment we envelop ourselves in, have unfortunately fallen back into 9/10 mode. I can’t even bring it up with a colleague or friend without being mocked, thats how bad i believe that frame of mind has gotten.

Sorry for my rant, but glad to be onboard!


923 posted on 07/10/2007 5:39:22 AM PDT by neverendinghunt
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Welcome, and I give you fair warning...........once here, no one ever leaves. Best and most informative thread on FR.

924 posted on 07/10/2007 6:49:38 AM PDT by Rushmore Rocks
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925 posted on 07/10/2007 7:37:42 AM PDT by Godzilla (Time is the best teacher, unfortunately it kills all of its students.)
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Al-Qaeda threatens Britain in new audio tape

CAIRO (AP) — Al-Qaeda's No. 2 issued a new audiotape on Tuesday threatening to retaliate against Britain for having honored novelist Salman Rushdie, a U.S.-based intelligence monitoring group said.

Ayman al-Zawahri's 20 minute speech was entitled "Malicious Britain and its Indian Slaves." It was produced by as-Sahab, the multimedia wing of al-Qaeda, to be distributed to extremist websites, said the US-based SITE intelligence group, which monitors al-Qaeda messages.

The authenticity of the tape could not be independently confirmed.

Osama bin Laden's deputy lashed out at Britain for having awarded a knighthood to Rushdie last month, saying it was defying the Islamic world by granting the honor to the author of "The Satanic Verses," deemed to insult Islam.

A "very precise response" is in preparation to retaliate against this offense, al-Zawahri was quoted as saying by SITE.

Addressing British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the al-Qaeda deputy chief said Britain's strategy in the Middle East "has brought tragedy and defeat upon you, not only in Afghanistan and Iraq but also in the center of London."

"And if you did not understand, listen, we are ready to repeat it for you," al-Zawahri was quoted as warning the British prime minister.
926 posted on 07/10/2007 8:55:42 AM PDT by nwctwx
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eh? The møøslimbs are offended?


927 posted on 07/10/2007 9:00:52 AM PDT by null and void (...and there'd be world peace and fuzzy puppies for everyone. And then we could eat them...)
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Ramirez on that:
928 posted on 07/10/2007 9:03:28 AM PDT by RDTF (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, but Democrats believe every day is April 15th. - Reagan)
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“Malicious Britain and its Indian Slaves” – An Audio Speech by Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri Produced by as-Sahab Media
By SITE Intelligence Group

Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, the number two leader in al-Qaeda, speaks in regard to Britain’s conferring knighthood upon Salman Rushdie, and fighting in Lebanon and Palestine in a 20:44 minute audio speech produced by as-Sahab, the multimedia wing of al-Qaeda, and titled, “Malicious Britain and its Indian Slaves”. The video was issued to jihadist forums today, Tuesday, July 10, 2007. Only an image of Zawahiri is shown, a duplicate used in a previous Sahab release from June 2007, “Forty Years Since the Fall of al-Quds [Jerusalem]”, with his voice playing as an audio track. The title of the speech refers to Britain and what is considered to be an insult to Islam and Muslims in honoring Rushdie, an Indian novelist who wrote The Satanic Verses and who was sentenced to death in 1989 after its publication by a fatwa from Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini for blasphemy against Islam and the Prophet Muhammad.

Zawahiri views the knighting as an act motivated by sheer anger towards Islam, claiming that Queen Elizabeth II and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair implicitly delivered a message to Muslims that though their forces may be defeated in Iraq and Afghanistan, they can take revenge by cursing their prophet. In response, Zawahiri threatens that a “very precise response” is in the stages of preparation, and addresses current Prime Minister Gordon Brown, stating: “The policy of your predecessor has brought tragedy and defeat upon you, not only in Afghanistan and Iraq but also in the center of London. And if you did not understand, listen, we are ready to repeat it for you, with the permission of Allah. We are sure that you have quite understood it.”

The remainder of the speech moves away from Zawahiri’s enmity and warnings to Britain, and rather discusses the state of Muslim affairs in Lebanon, Palestine, and Pakistan. Zawahiri reiterates words he has stated often in prior speeches, castigating Hamas for its participation in the Mecca Treaty and ceding four-fifths of Palestine, and calling upon its leaders to return to Salafist Jihadi doctrine and follow the paragon of deceased Hamas leader, Dr. Abdul Aziz al-Rantisi. He also rails against Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, declaring to Muslims that opposition to him should not be through farcical elections, but through supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Regarding Lebanon, Zawahiri lauds an attack which struck international forces in the south of this “precious part of the land of Islam”, referring to a car bombing on June 24, 2007 that killed six UN peacekeepers. He then calls upon all Muslims in the Lebanon to rebel against the forces which oppose Islam and have encircled them, and threatens: “those who conspire against jihad and the Mujahideen in Lebanon through American weapons, Zionist corruption, and Saudi money must start to dig their graves with their own hands.”

Making overtures to Muslims for participation in jihad and support to the Mujahideen, Zawahiri concludes his speech with an appeal that what occurs in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, and Somalia may be repeated in any Muslim land; “the Jews and the Americans are not from the planet Mars, but they are on our borders and in our land with their gear, equipment, and numbers.” Only jihad and unity, rather than secular calls, nationalism, and other political movements, is determined as the solution.
929 posted on 07/10/2007 9:12:07 AM PDT by nwctwx
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I wonder if this tape was in transit when the failed London/Glasgow attacks occured and the ‘center of London’ reference was intended to refer to those (assuming that they would be successful)

930 posted on 07/10/2007 9:13:35 AM PDT by Godzilla (Time is the best teacher, unfortunately it kills all of its students.)
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931 posted on 07/10/2007 9:15:37 AM PDT by processing please hold (Duncan Hunter '08) (ROP and Open Borders-a terrorist marriage and hell's coming with them)
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I wonder if this tape was in transit when the failed London/Glasgow attacks occured and the ‘center of London’ reference was intended to refer to those (assuming that they would be successful)

I would tend to think not. One, this is audio with an old image pasted on screen. Effort to record, transmit, produce, is probably marginal. I also don't think al Qaida would allow a tape to go out and mention an attack as successful if it was not. Another possibility is that he is referencing the failed attacks as what they were, but also letting us know that there are many more on the way. Or of course, he could be talking about the successful attack in the heart of London 2 yrs ago.

I am still pretty sure this was not their "spectacular" attack for Britain/Europe. Even if successful it is possible that the numbers dead would not have surpassed 7/7 by a whole lot.

Overall, it seems to be a lot of the same. He's looking to incite people to rise up and possibly alluding to the "spectacular" event we have now seen several intelligence agencies mention.

The frequency of messages from him is pretty high right now, that's for sure.
932 posted on 07/10/2007 10:27:02 AM PDT by nwctwx
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I am still pretty sure this was not their "spectacular" attack for Britain/Europe.

Agreed and the reference to the 'center of London' is generic enough to cover a lot.

He's looking to incite people to rise up and possibly alluding to the "spectacular" event we have now seen several intelligence agencies mention.

That generated a lot of response, so his follow-up to maintain the momentum makes sense. Time will tell if frequency = pre attack troop rallying.

933 posted on 07/10/2007 10:56:22 AM PDT by Godzilla (Time is the best teacher, unfortunately it kills all of its students.)
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“Indian slave(s)” (not just a reference to Rushdie)

Al-Qaida declares holy war on India
By Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press Writer | June 9, 2007 (excerpt)

SRINAGAR, India —A group claiming to represent the al-Qaida terror network declared a holy war on India over its partial control of the divided Himalayan region of Kashmir, Indian officials said Saturday. A statement and video was sent Friday to the Current News Service, in Srinagar, the main city of India’s Jammu-Kashmir state, in which a masked man standing next to an automatic weapon read the declaration.

“We declare righteous holy war against India on behalf of God the great in which Jammu and Kashmir will be the launch pad for holy war in India,” said the statement signed by Abu Abdul Rehman al-Ansari, purportedly the chief of al-Qaida Fil Hind or al-Qaida in India.

While this is the first time the group has been heard from since it announced its establishment in July, police said they were taking the threat seriously. . .

There have been allegations that Islamic militants fighting to wrest predominantly Muslim Kashmir from India have ties to al-Qaida, but these links have not been proven. . .

Bin Laden speeches found in terror suspect’s house in Bangalore
Tuesday 10 July 2007 13:30 (excerpt)

Inflammatory speeches by al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and propaganda against the United States and Britain have been seized by police from the house of a British terror plot suspect in the southern Indian city of Bangalore, a news report said Tuesday.

The material was found in three CDs that were seized along with a computer hard disk from the house of Kafeel Ahmed, who is suspected of being the person who drove a flaming vehicle into Glasgow airport, the Times of India newspaper reported.

While Kafeel Ahmed is in a hospital in Glasgow with burn injuries over 90 per cent of his body, his brother Sabeel Ahmed is being detained by the British police. Their cousin Mohammed Haneef is being questioned by the police in Brisbane, Australia. . .

The Times of India quoted police sources as saying that Kafeel Ahmed and his associates were believed to have visited Pakistan more than once to seeek approval for the Britain terror plot.

The police also suspect that al-Qaeda operatives have been at work in India recruiting young people.

“Al-Qaeda operatives have infiltrated the country in a big way and are acting as sleeper cells, spreading messages brainwashing youths. They have a long-term, methodical plan. It will not be long before these sympathisers turn operatives,” an official of Karnataka Police’s anti-terrorist cell was quoted as saying.

The official said al-Qaeda was targetting young educated Muslims who could be sent to the United States and Europe for terrorist activities. . .

from the July 10, 2007 edition
Global terror’s India connection

The Glasgow attack is the first known act of global terror involving an Indian Muslim.

By Mark Sappenfield | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
and Mark Rice-Oxley | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor

NEW DELHI and LONDON (excerpt)

When President George Bush visited this country of 150 million Muslims last year, he introduced his wife to the prime minister with a fact surely intended to amaze: “Not one Indian Muslim has joined Al Qaeda,” he said.

At a time when Muslim nations from Algeria to Indonesia have emerged as incubators for anti-Western extremists, India – by some estimates the world’s second-most-populous Muslim nation – has remained a unique case.

Yet reports from Britain suggest that, for the first time, an Indian Muslim is likely to be implicated in an act of international terrorism. Khafeel Ahmed, the man who police say crashed a Jeep into Glasgow’s airport on June 30, is an engineer from Bangalore, a city previously known only as the high-tech capital of the new India.

Until now, Indians’ disinterest in the global jihad had been largely taken for granted, experts say. In recent days, however, the nation has been left to try to piece together why a man who holds a PhD in aeronautics from India’s golden city was driven to such rage against the West – and whether there will be more to follow. . .

934 posted on 07/10/2007 11:21:25 AM PDT by callmejoe
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U.S. officials worry of increased risk of terror attack this summer

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. counterterror officials are warning of an increased risk of an attack this summer, given al-Qaida’s apparent interest in summertime strikes and increased al-Qaida training in the Afghan-Pakistani border region.

On Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told the editorial board of The Chicago Tribune that he had a “gut feeling” about a new period of increased risk.

He based his assessment on earlier patterns of terrorists in Europe and intelligence he would not disclose.

“Summertime seems to be appealing to them,” Chertoff said in his discussion with the newspaper about terrorists. “We worry that they are rebuilding their activities.”

935 posted on 07/10/2007 1:15:13 PM PDT by JellyJam (Best headline ever: "The Painful Truth: All the World Terrorists Are Muslims!")
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Rushdie is a brave man.

936 posted on 07/10/2007 1:19:48 PM PDT by Palladin (NO Shamnesty!!!)
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Thanks nw for the heads up.

937 posted on 07/10/2007 1:33:25 PM PDT by Cindy
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Oakland Airport reopened after security mishap
Tuesday, July 10, 2007

OAKLAND -- Operations at Oakland Airport were shut down for nearly two hours this morning after someone ran past the security screeners, officials said.

The security breach occurred at 9:05 a.m. in Terminal One, said spokeswoman Joanne Holloway. Alameda Sheriff's Sgt. J.D. Nelson said a man somehow bypassed the Transportation Security Administration screeners and ran into the terminal.

Both terminals reopened their security screening operations at 10:52 a.m., Holloway said, and flights are beginning to resume. Security lines are extremely long, she said, snaking out of both terminals and down the sidewalks in front of the airport. Delays are expected to continue for sometime, Holloway said. Travelers should check with their airline or visit for more information on their flight status, she said.

Imam Accused in JFK Plot Wanted Help From Iran
July 10, 2007

A Shiite imam accused of plotting to blow up fuel tanks at John F. Kennedy International Airport wanted to seek Iranian backing for the terrorist plot. The disclosure came yesterday in a court decision denying bail to the Trinidadian-based cleric, Kareem Ibrahim.

Mr. Ibrahim, 62, is one of four men arrested last month on charges connected to the plot. At the time, American law enforcement officials said Mr. Ibrahim encouraged his co-conspirators to seek funding for the attack from outside their home countries of Trinidad or Guyana. While American authorities have not provided more details, a judge in Trinidad wrote that evidence, including tape recordings, suggests Mr. Ibrahim intended to seek backing for the plot from individuals in Iran or Britain.

In those recordings, Judge Prakash Moosai wrote, Mr. Ibrahim "refers to an ‘Iranian brother' passing through Trinidad and Tobago, and of sending a ‘trusted brother' to Iran to speak to the top men of the revolutionary movement there about the plan." The judge's decision does not clarify whether "the revolutionary movement there" refers to the government of the Islamic Republic. Nor does Judge Moosai state whether the plotters actually disclosed the plan to contacts in Iran or simply considered doing so. Mr. Ibrahim also spoke of contacting "brothers in England," the decision said.

Mr. Ibrahim's alleged efforts to find foreign backing mark the second Iran connection to surface in a case that initially appeared confined to the Western Hemisphere. At the time of his arrest, another of the defendants, Abdul Kadir of Guyana, was preparing to travel to Iran to attend an Islamic conference, according to news reports. Two of Mr. Kadir's children were studying in Iran at the time of his arrest, according to reports.


938 posted on 07/10/2007 1:35:29 PM PDT by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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In other news:

seems like everything is clear although they haven’t said what was in the bag...

939 posted on 07/10/2007 1:38:17 PM PDT by neverendinghunt
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Morocco: Iran trained one of militants in 2003 Casablanca attacks, police sources
10 July 2007

- Saad al-Houssaini, a Moroccan militant arrested in March in a police raid on an internet cafe in Casablanca, lived in Iran before the 2003 Casablanca suicide attacks in which 45 people died, according to police sources in Rabat. Al-Hossaini, an explosives expert, is suspected of involvement in the attacks.

The man allegedly left Afghanistan in 2001 after US troops invaded the country following 9/11 and travelled to Iran, where he received training in a camp of the Revolutionary Guards, the Pasdaran, together with Salafite militants close to al-Qaeda.

According to Moroccan police al-Houssaini, who studied chemistry at the university of Valencia in the 1990s, was specifically trained in Iran in the preparation of bombs for suicide attacks.

Pakistan: Death of radical mosque leader a 'sad moment' says Grand Mufti
10 July

Islamabad - The Grand Mufti of Pakistan, Rafi Usmani has referred to Tuesday's killing of the radical mosque leader, Abdul Rasheed Ghazi, as a sad moment. In an interview with Pakistani television channel, the Mufti, who was part of the negotiating team that was trying to bring about a peaceful end to the crisis between the government and Islamabad's Lal Masjid (Red Mosque), said that those who fought for Allah are martyrs while those who died as part of their their jobs because their commanders had asked them to do so, are not.

The Pakistan army has said that at least 50 militants have been killed in the operation and eight soldiers. The military stormed the mosque compound early Tuesday morning after 11 hours of talks between Ghazi and the government failed. The Grand Mufti told Adnkronos International (AKI) that the talks failed after the draft accord reached by the two sides had been rejected by Pakistan's president General Pervez Musharraf.

Pakistan's interior ministry officials confirmed that Ghazi had been killed and that his body was found at the basement of the mosque. The interior ministry spokesperson said that he was initially injured and was asked to lay down his weapon but as he refused and tried to resist, he was killed.

Meanwhile many parts of Pakistan including the tribal areas of Swat, Maland and Bajaur, which lie along the border with Afghanistan, have been rattled with attacks on Pakistani security officials. There have been no reports of casualties so far. Reports also said that armed supporters of the militants in the Lal Masjid had blocked the Himalayan Karakorum Highway linking to China in Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province. They had reportedly taken positions on the mountains along the Silk Route near Batagram.

In recent days, the army has redeployed thousands of troops in northwestern Pakistan where pro-Taliban militants opposed to Musharraf have been carrying out a string of attacks said to be linked to the mosque siege. In his final telephone interview on Pakistan television channels before he was killed, Ghazi said that the Pakistani government had not told the truth about those in the mosque and the amount of weaponry that they had with them.

"The government talked to us not to resolve anything but to break us. The government did a lot of propaganda about our weaponry. I want to tell that we have just 14 AK-47 guns and most of them are licensed," Ghazi said in the interview. The Pakistani authorities had said that there were hardcore militants inside the mosque and that they were well-armed with rocket launches and grenades and that they had been using women and children as human shields.

"I know I would be killed so I want to clarify that the government had given information against us,” Ghazi said in his last recorded interview telecast on local Pakistani channels. “There were religious political clerics who approached me but only to terrify me with the government's wrath," he said. "God would ask them on the Day of Judgment on their role," he said. "I want to thank the press with whom I have spent a good time and they always presented my point of view,” Ghazi said.

In other interviews before he died, Ghazi reportedly said that if he was killed, there would be a strong reaction against the Musharraf government.

940 posted on 07/10/2007 1:49:57 PM PDT by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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An Audio Speech by Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri Produced by as-Sahab Media”
by SITE Intelligence Group (July 10, 2007)




941 posted on 07/10/2007 1:52:17 PM PDT by Cindy
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He “wanted help from Iran.”

And that makes you wonder who all in and/or around the USA is actually receiving help NOW from Iran.

Thanks for that post, Oorang.

942 posted on 07/10/2007 1:56:14 PM PDT by Cindy
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ADDING 1 link to post no. 941.

943 posted on 07/10/2007 2:00:31 PM PDT by Cindy
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Al-Qa'ida 'moving to blast American city with N-bomb'
July 11, 2007

The prospect of al-Qa'ida detonating a nuclear device in a US city is the top security threat facing America - and there is a real chance they will succeed, one of the country's leading weapons experts has warned. "Over a 10-year period, it becomes quite plausible," Robert Gallucci said yesterday. "If you said there was a 20 or 25 per cent probability, that's a hell of a high probability for an event that could kill a quarter or half a million people.

"It's a threat against which the US has neither a defence nor a deterrent." On a visit to Australia hosted by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Dr Gallucci said a small team of five to 15 people could build a simple bomb with the power of the blast that exploded over Hiroshima in 1945. "The US and Britain are probably the major targets for this kind of enterprise. "This would be a major logistical planning effort for any terrorist group."

Dr Gallucci, the head of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, is a former senior US State Department official who served on the UN Special Commission on Iraq and was the lead negotiator for the 1994-agreed framework on North Korea's nuclear program.

He said it was unlikely al-Qa'ida would acquire a ready-made nuclear weapon because the nine nuclear weapon states were "pretty good" at securing their arsenals. "For me, the issue is not could they make the weapon, the issue is could they get the fissile material?" Highly enriched uranium or plutonium could be acquired from a sympathetic Islamist working in Pakistan's nuclear industry or possibly by bribery from Russia. A Hiroshima-type bomb, rather than more sophisticated implosion devices, would involve a carefully machined metal tube in which two pieces of fissile material slammed into each other and generated a nuclear reaction.

"It's not hard, it's not necessary to do tests with it. I think that's within their reach," Dr Gallucci said. "This is not a device that would require someone putting it together either having a nuclear weapons background or being familiar with nuclear weapons. "All they have to do is have a basic understanding of nuclear engineering, some knowledge of materials and of high explosives." Even a small sub-kilotonne device using plutonium or enriched uranium could have a devastating effect in a large city.

Dr Gallucci said the US was making serious efforts to improve its ability to track fissile materials, with the aim of identifying the source either before a detonation or soon afterwards. The more likely scenario was after the bomb detonated, when there would be a race to find what kind of fission material was used and where it was manufactured, even down to the individual nuclear reactor. "This is an objective of our effort," he said. "We have some capability for attribution now, and we expect that capability would get better.",20867,22053993-2702,00.html

944 posted on 07/10/2007 2:19:23 PM PDT by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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BBC NEWS: "AL-QAEDA CONDEMNS RUSHIE HONOUR" (Last updated July 10, 2007), 19:51 GMT, 20:51 UK)

BBC NEWS: "AUSTRALIA EXTENDS HANEEF INQUIRY" (Last updated July 9, 2007), 09:50 GMT, 10:50 UK)

FRONTPAGE "DOCTORS OF DEATH" by Andrew G. Bostom (July 9, 2007) - TerrorMonitor: "WHY DOCTORS? TACTICS OF A TERROR ATTACK AGAINST THE WEST" (Added July 8, 2007) (THE, July 7, 2007): "TERRORIST HUNT WIDENS" (July 8, 2007) (TIMES, July 6, 2007): "UK BOMBER 'DISAPPEARED FOR A YEAR'" (July 8, 2007)


BBC NEWS: "'CAR BOMBS' POLICE GET MORE TIME" (Last updated July 8, 2007, 05:05 GMT, 06:05 UK)




BBC "MAN FACING COURT OVER 'CAR BOMBS'" (Last updated July 7, 2007, 01:55 GMT, 02:55 UK)





More Links (July 6, 2007)

BBC NEWS: "NEW AUSTRALIA RAIDS OVER UK BOMBS" (Last updated July 6, 2007 06:50 GMT, 07:50 UK)

More Links (July 6, 2007) - Paper no. 2288: "AL QAEDA RECRUITS WAHABISED INDIAN MUSLIMS FOR OPERATIONS IN WEST - International Terrorism Monitor - Paper no. 251" by B. Raman (July 6, 2007)




JIHAD (THE TELEGRAPH): "'The people who cure you would kill you'" (July 4, 2007) "MASTERMIND BASED ABROAD SUSPECTED OF GUIDING PLOT" (July 4, 2007)

BBC NEWS: "TERROR SUSPECTS ALL LINKED TO NHS" (Last updated July 4, 2007, 06:11 GMT, 07:11 UK) "AGITPROP - "'Were the attacks in the UK justified?'" (July 3, 2007)


REWARDS FOR "ABU AYYUB AL-MASRI" (Note - akas: "Abu Ayyub al-Masri, aka Abu Hamza al-Muhajir)

More Links


JIHAD (AP): Glasgow, Scotland - "BRITISH TERROR PROBE FOCUSES ON DOCTORS" (July 3, 2007)



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FRONTPAGE "DENIAL IN BRITAIN" by Robert Spencer (July 3, 2007) - SKY NEWS: "FIVE DOCTORS HELD OVER ATTACKS" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Five doctors are now being held in connection with the recent attempted terror attacks - one is an Iraqi doctor who trained in Baghdad.") (Updated July 2, 2007, 22:50)



JIHAD "CAR BOMB JIHAD" by Dr. Walid Phares (July 2, 2007)

YNET "AL QAEDA'S CAR BOMB GUIDE" by Yaakov Lappin (July 1, 2007, 16:18)


BBC "CAR BOMBINGS SUSPECT 'ON THE RUN'" (Last Updated July 2, 2007, 9:35 gmt, 10:35 UK)


FRONTPAGE "JIHAD IN GLASGOW" by Jacob Kaksin (July 2, 2007)

BBC NEWS: "FOUR HELD AMID UK TERROR ALERTS" (Last updated July 1, 2007, 08:16 GMT, 09:16 UK)





More Links (June 30, 2007)


FOX (THE TIMES OF LONDON): "REPORT: LONDON NIGHTCLUBS WARNED BEFORE ATTEMPTED BOMBING" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Nightclubs across Britain were warned they could be terrorist targets just days before yesterday's attempted double car-bomb attack in London, according to a report in the Times of London.") (June 30, 2007)


BBC NEWS: "POLICE AVERT CAR BOMB 'CARNAGE'" (Last updated June 29, 2007, 12:07 GMT, 13:07 UK)

A Link (June 29, 2007)

CBS "WAS LONDON BOMB PLOT HERALDED ON WEB? Internet Forum Comment From Night Before: 'London Shall Be Bombed'" (June 29, 2007) "The 'Top Twelve' list of Arabic Salafyist/Jihadist forums."

HOT (JIHAD WATCH with Robert Spencer) - VIDEO/blog: "THE RUSHDIE AFFAIR" (June 29, 2007)

July 11, 2007: "JULY 11, A DAY FOR VIGILANCE AGAINST JIHADIST INTIMIDATION" -Robert Spencer (posted June 15, 2006, "4/23/07: STEVEN EMERSON ON 'SPECTACULAR' THREAT FOR BRITAIN" (Added July 3, 2007)

945 posted on 07/10/2007 2:47:19 PM PDT by Cindy
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ADDING 2 LINKS to post no. 945:
July 10, 2007
“U.K. jihad suspect linked to al-Qaeda”

July 10, 2007
“U.K. jihad suspect worked in aviation”

946 posted on 07/10/2007 2:55:36 PM PDT by Cindy
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This was posted on another thread and pointed out to me by a FReeper FRiend the other day, thought it was interesting enough to put here for research.

The poster added this "Forgot to mention, this poster was found in Pakistan, in one of the camps (Lashkar-e-Toiba) training jehadis to be sent to infiltrate into India."


947 posted on 07/10/2007 3:05:16 PM PDT by WestCoastGal ( The JUNIOR NATION is VERY proud of our driver. You drive we'll follow! ~~FREE THE # 8~~)
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Looks like they have some long term plans to turn us all “green”. Kinda like Algore. /s

948 posted on 07/10/2007 3:08:04 PM PDT by Rushmore Rocks
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Note: The following text is a quote:

Troops Detain 19 Suspects, Seize Weapons in Iraq

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 10, 2007 – Iraqi and coalition forces detained 19 suspects and captured weapons caches during recent operations in Iraq.

Tips from two Iraqi residents near Dhour, south of Baghdad, helped coalition forces nab seven suspects yesterday, including an al Qaeda network leader, military officials said.

The first tipster called soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division’s 89th Cavalry Regiment and alerted them to a weapons cache. Soldiers responded, located the buried weapons, and had been digging up the cache for five minutes when they received another phone call.

The second caller claimed he had the 2nd Brigade Combat Team’s top high-value target and would deliver him to coalition custody. This tipster arranged a meeting place to hand the detainee over to Army Capt. Adam Sawyer, the Troop C commander.

Soldiers hastily re-buried the cache and departed for the meeting place, where they took custody of the high-value detainee and two other suspects.

During the exchange, some of the soldiers observed the cache from their vantage point, and were surprised to see a civilian pickup truck stop near the cache. As four men began to load the weapons into the truck bed, troops engaged the vehicle with an M-240 machine gun.

Troop C soldiers detained the suspects as they tried to flee, and called an explosive ordnance disposal team to destroy the weapons.

“All of this was possible because of sources we’ve developed, through local-national engagements and working with the residents of the area,” Sawyer said. “It’s our work with the people in these areas, our relations with them, paying off.”

The high-value target allegedly is responsible for shooting down an AH-64 helicopter in April 2006, abducting two soldiers two months later, and mounting complex attacks against patrol bases, coalition forces and Iraqi civilians, military officials said. Additionally, he is believed to be the leader of an al Qaeda network known for murdering and intimidating those who oppose the terrorist organization.

One of the detainees had been wounded in a previous engagement, and was taken to a coalition hospital for treatment. The other suspects six are being held for further questioning.

During two operations in Baghdad July 8, Iraqi special operations forces detained 12 insurgents linked to the rogue Jaysh al-Mahdi militia. These insurgents allegedly are responsible for attacks against Iraqi and coalition forces, military officials said.

In the first operation, the Iraqi special operations forces and coalition advisors detained 11 targeted individuals believed responsible for attacks using explosively formed penetrators against combined forces in the Hay al Aamel area. EFPs are improvised explosive devices designed to penetrate armor.

In the second operation, combined troops detained the alleged leader of a cell responsible for direct and indirect fire, and improvised explosive devices attacks on Iraqi and coalition forces. His capture will disrupt this cell’s ability to carry out death squad activities against innocent civilians, military officials said.

Troops also seized weapons and ammunition, cell phones and assorted documents. No Iraqi or coalition forces were injured during this operation.

(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)

949 posted on 07/10/2007 3:14:21 PM PDT by Cindy
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Note: The following text is a quote:

Guard Plans to Adjust Number of Troops Serving on U.S.-Mexican Border

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 10, 2007 – The National Guard plans to adjust the number of personnel performing security duty along the U.S.-Mexican border from about 6,000 to about 3,000 members, a National Guard Bureau spokesman said today.

Last year, President Bush directed the National Guard to assist the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency in patrolling the 2,000-mile-long border with Mexico, National Guard Bureau spokesman Army Maj. David Kolarik told American Forces Press Service today during a phone interview from the bureau’s headquarters in Arlington, Va.

National Guard members “have performed superbly” in answering the President’s call to assist on the border during “Operation Jump Start,” Kolarik said. The Customs and Border Protection Agency is a component of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Almost 6,000 Guard members – mostly volunteers — have been on border security duty in the states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California in support of the U.S. Border Patrol since June 2006, Kolarik said, noting the reduction was part of original planning.

“It was never meant to be a permanent solution,” Kolarik said of the National Guard’s participation in Operation Jump Start. “It was just an intermediate measure to provide support for border security efforts until they brought the additional resources and personnel in line that they needed.”

The Guard redeployment is slated for completion around Sept. 1, he said.

About 3,000 National Guard members will continue assisting the Customs and Border Protection Agency along the U.S.-Mexican border, Kolarik said.

The National Guard’s presence along the U.S.-Mexican border has helped to bolster border-protection efforts to curtail illegal immigration as well as to circumvent narcotics traffic, Kolarik said.

Guard members on border duty do not perform law enforcement missions, but they do conduct surveillance and operate detection equipment, work with border entry identification teams, analyze information, assist with communications and give administrative support to the Border Patrol.

National Guard members “have done just a phenomenal job down there on the border,” Kolarik said.

950 posted on 07/10/2007 3:17:31 PM PDT by Cindy
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