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Posted on 08/01/2007 10:32:19 PM PDT by nwctwx
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Warden Message: Crowding at British Embassy Sanaa
Consular Affairs Bulletins
Middle East / N. Africa - Yemen
1 Aug 2007”
REPORT SNIPPET: “U.S. Embassy Sanaa issued the following Warden Message on August 1, 2007:
The U.S. Embassy has reports that stray bullets from a nearby land dispute hit the British Embassy in Sanaa earlier today. The reports indicate that those involved in the dispute have been detained, and the shooting has stopped. However, due to crowding as a result of the buildup of Yemeni security personnel, the U.S. Embassy has asked its employees to avoid the area near the British Embassy for the remainder of the day.”
“Catch and Release Doesn’t Work— Yemen’s failed anti-terrorist policy.”
The Weekly Standard ^ | 07/23/2007 | by Jonathan Schanzer
Posted on 07/16/2007 2:10:06 PM PDT by Ooh-Ah
“Salman Pak: The Saddam/Iraq-Al Qaeda connection”
Posted on 08/01/2007 10:56:57 PM PDT by april15Bendovr
Islamists Want Pakistan Province Renamed “Afghania”....or Hell hole.
Dangerous Partners: Targeting the Iran-Hizballah Alliance
By Matthew Levitt
(August 1, 2007)
This thread is still being updated and is an ongoing thread:
“Breaking: Bridge Collapse in Minneapolis”
KSTP TV 5/ME | 8/1/07 | Me
Posted on 08/01/2007 4:28:27 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo
ARTICLE SNIPPET - QUOTE:
Aug 2, 2007 1:06 am US/Central
At Least 7 Dead In I-35W Bridge Collapse
Slideshow: I-35W Bridge Collapse
(WCCO) Minneapolis New at 12:59 a.m.:
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak told WCCO radio that there is video of bridge collapse, being reviewed by emergency personnel but that he hasn’t seen the tape yet himself.
New at 12:54 a.m.:
The Minneapolis Red Cross has released a hot line number for concerned family members to call regarding the collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge. The number is: 612-871-7676
New at 12:34 a.m.:
Authorities referred family members to a nearby Holiday Inn, where the Red Cross had set up operations.
Kristi Foster went to the center hours after the collapse, searching for her brother, Kirk. She said she hadn’t had contact with her brother or his girlfriend since the previous night, and his cell phone was turned off, which was unusual.
“I’ve never wanted to see my brother so much in my life,” Foster said, who went to the Holiday Inn with her mother.
“We’ve had no luck,” Foster said. “I’m overwhelmed with not knowing. I want to see my brother, and my son wants to see his uncle.”
New at 12:33 a.m.:
Minneapolis Fire Chief Jim Clack said the death toll could rise.
“We think there are several more vehicles in the river we can’t see yet,” he said, adding that the likelihood of finding survivors was slim. About 20 families had gathered at an information center, looking for information on loved ones apparently missing.
New at 12:19 a.m.:
They are closing up the victims family meeting area at 2 a.m. because turnout has trickled down a lot. They will reassess in the morning whether to reopen it.
New at 12:00 a.m.:
“My truck was completely faced down, pointing towards the river. The bed of my truck and the cab of my truck were completely crushed in half,” said one man who was on the bridge when it collapsed.
New at 11:57 p.m.:
Fire crews were running hose for several blocks trying to put out the fire the started in a truck on the collapsed bridge.
New at 11:51 p.m.:
“I had to carry one body,” said one man who was helping people escape from the collapse.
New at 11:49 p.m.:
Dennis Winegar of Houston, Texas, said he felt the Interstate 35W bridge start to shake. “I slammed on my brakes and saw something in front of me disappear and then my car pointed straight down and we fell.” He estimated they dropped about 50 feet.
“I just reacted, put my foot on the brakes and started praying we didn’t flip over,” he said. “When I got out ... there was a car lodged underneath me and one right next to me.”
His wife, Jamie Winegar, said everyone around them got out of their cars and tried to help each other off the bridge. “There were a bunch of people right around there helping everyone. Angels is what I call them.”
New at 11:43 p.m.:
At least 20 religious leaders say they will be at the Holiday Inn Metrodome where families of victims are meeting.
New at 11:39 p.m.:
Many people who survived the accident were more concerned about the children on the bus than their own safety.
New at 11:38 p.m.:
The school bus almost landed on it’s tires so the kids did not seem to be tossed around inside of the bus. Kids were taken to the American Red Cross, shaken up by not only what they had experienced but what they witnessed.
New at 11:31 p.m.:
The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis announced that a prayer services for victims of bridge disaster and their families will be held Thursday at noon.
One will be held at St. Olaf Catholic Church located at 215 South 8th Street, Minneapolis and another at The Cathedral of Saint Paul located at 239 Selby Avenue, Saint Paul.
New at 11:29 p.m.:
Two adult sisters at HCMC have fractures to the back, according to family members and the mother of those two woman has severe head trauma.
New at 11:27 p.m.:
Road crews had been working on the 40-year-old bridge’s deck, joints, guardrails and lights this week. “None of it would be related to the structure,” said Bob McFarlin, assistant to Minnesota Transportation Commissioner Carol Molnau.
The bridge was scheduled for inspection this fall, he said.
New at 11:25 p.m.:
Tom Sloan, head of the bridge division for Progressive Contractors Inc. said his company had 18 workers on the bridge at the time of the collapse and one was unaccounted for on Wednesday night. Three were hospitalized, while several others were treated for minor injuries, he said.
New at 11:23 p.m.
The Minnesota State Patrol believes that 20 people are still missing.
New at 11:15 p.m.:
Jacob Reynolds of Minneapolis was driving downtown and ready to get onto the freeway when he heard that the bridge had collapsed.
He said he’s certified for disaster relief by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, so he ran over to see if he could help. He said he was one of the first people on the scene, but emergency crews were already fighting the fires. He also had a camera in his car because he had just returned from a family wedding out of town.
New at 11:08 p.m.:
Hennepin County Sheriff Rick Stanek said that he took a brief pass over the scene from the air and it was worse than he thought.
“Probably the most amazing piece was taking a look at the school bus. It was has been a tragic scene all around today,” said Stanek. “At this point now we are assessing where we go from here.”
Stanek said that crews will be back out at day break and will decide where to go with further recovery efforts.
He said right now it is not safe for people to be in the river at this point, so divers have been pulled out.
New at 11:05 p.m.:
State Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Steve Murphy said the condition of bridges in Minnesota generally has been a topic of concern, but he couldn’t recall the Interstate 35W Mississippi River bridge coming up during those discussions.
“I know the work that many of the bridge inspectors do for the state of Minnesota, and we do really good work,” said Murphy, DFL-Red Wing. “If they said that that bridge in 2006 was in good shape, I believe it was in good shape. What happened today, it’s probably going to be weeks or months before we know.”
New at 11:03 p.m.:
Iowa Gov. Chet Culver:
“The images coming across our television screens are certainly severe and sobering, and while we watch we hope and pray for the best for those involved in this tragic incident. We have offered support to our neighbors to the North; Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and rescue crews responding to this disaster.”
New at 11:01 p.m.:
Everyone at HCMC is in stable condition, according to WCCO-TV’s John Reger at the hospital.
New at 10:58 p.m.:
“It’s a 40-year-old bridge. This is a tragic occurrence and I make that observation in the midst of this consideration of the technical corrections (of SAFE-TEA-LU) as an indication of how important it is for us to continue our vigilance on the integrity and condition of the nation’s traveled roadways.” — U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, speaking on the House floor during discussion of a technical corrections bill for SAFE-TEA-LU, the major transportation bill that was passed in 2005, which authorizes the nation’s surface transportation projects through 2009.
New at 10:56 p.m.:
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minneapolis, speaking on the House floor:
“Madam Speaker: I rise tonight with a heavy heart over the news of the collapse of the 35W bridge spanning the Mississippi River in my home town of Minneapolis earlier this evening. I have spoken with Mayor Rybak regarding this tragic situation and have pledged to work with him in every way possible to recover from this disaster. ... Our delegation stands united in marshaling all the resources our Minneapolis emergency forces need in the search and rescue efforts. I want to express my profound thanks for the dedicated work of the first responders who are on the scene risking their own lives to save others.”
New at 10:54 p.m.:
Several hundred people climbed to the top of the hill in nearby Gold Medal Park, which offered a partially blocked view of the collapsed bridge. A few cried, while others stood in circles and prayed.
New at 10:52 p.m.:
Minneapolis Fire Chief Jim Clack said the death toll could rise. He said officials could see at least 50 vehicles in the water.
“We think there are several more vehicles in the river we can’t see yet,” he said, adding that the likelihood of finding survivors was slim.
New at 10:50 p.m.:
Road crews were working on the bridge’s joints, guardrails and lights this week, with lane closures overnight on Tuesday and Wednesday. The bridge was fitted in 2001 with a computerized anti-icing system that sprayed chemicals on the surface during winter weather, according to documents posted on the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Web site.
Another MnDOT plan put the timeline for replacing the bridge somewhere between 2015 and 2023, at an estimated cost of $122 million.
New at 10:49 p.m.:
From the University of Minnesota on Freshman orientation: Parents picking up students attending freshman orientation at Coffman Memorial Union should park in the Oak Street Ramp and meet students at Centennial Hall. From I-94, exit at Huron Blvd., go left on Fulton St. SE, right ok Oak St. SE. The ramp is at 401 Oak Street SE. For questions, call (612) 624-0666.
New at 10:46 p.m.:
Right now their is no video from Mn-DOT traffic cameras.
New at 10:43 p.m.:
Dr. Joseph Clinton, emergency medical chief at Hennepin County Medical Center, said the hospital treated 28 injured people — including six who were in critical condition.
New at 10:42 p.m.:
Cell phone communication was spotty around the collapse area because so many people were trying to contact loved ones at the same time.
New at 10:41 p.m.:
Statement from Sen. Amy Klobuchar:
“This tragedy hits so close to home in fact, within a mile of my family’s home,” said Klobuchar, a former Hennepin County Attorney and long-time Minneapolis resident. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the many people affected by this evening’s shocking bridge collapse. Most importantly, we are grateful to the many first responders who have moved so quickly to help the victims of this unfortunate accident,” said Klobuchar. “On behalf of the entire Minnesota delegation, we are committed to working together to bring all available federal resources to bear in the wake of this tragedy.”
New at 10:39 p.m.:
Statement from Sen. Norm Coleman:
“In light of today’s disaster, we send our thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families. This is a tragic day for the state, and must first focus on rescue and recovery. The people of Minnesota should know we will devote the full resources of the government in any way possible,” said Coleman. “The Secretary of Transportation assured me that a thorough and complete forensic investigation will be conducted, which I hope will produce a definitive answer as to why this unbelievable disaster has occurred. We must ensure that a catastrophe like the one that happened today never occurs again.”
New at 10:35 p.m.:
Kids between the ages of 5 and 13 were on the school bus that was on the bridge that collapsed. A few of the kids had to be carried off the bus. All of them headed to the American Red Cross.
New at 10:34 p.m.:
One young man helped all of the children out of the back door of the bus that contained 60 children. Instead of rushing to safety many other people ran to the bus to help the children. All of those kids are safe.
New at 10:33 p.m.:
Firefighters swam car to car to look for survivors in the Mississippi River.
New at 10:31 p.m.:
According to reports, at least 60 people have been injured.
New at 10:29 p.m.:
Clack said a lot of spaces around the collapsed bridge are hard to get into. Structural engineers will tell rescuers when it is safe to go into those area.
New at 10:28 p.m.:
Minneapolis Fire Chief Jim Clack said the number of deaths from the bridge collapse has climbed to seven.
Special Dispatch Series - No. 1672
August 2, 2007 No.1672
“Hamas Leader Khaled Mash’al Praises Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi for His Support of Suicide Operations and States: Holocaust Exaggerated, Being Used to Extort Germany, and Zionist Holocaust Against Arabs Much Worse”
ARTICLE SNIPPET: “The following are excerpts from speeches delivered by Hamas leader Khaled Mash’al and Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi at a conference honoring Al-Qaradhawi. The speeches aired on Al-Jazeera TV on July 16, 2007.
To view this clip visit:http://www.memritv.org/search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=1515 “
“Senior Hamas official: Delegation invited to Moscow”
al Bawaba ^ | August 01 2007
Posted on 08/01/2007 8:01:55 AM PDT by knighthawk
Thanks to bd476 for starting this thread:
“Magnitude 6.1 - SAKHALIN, RUSSIA 2007 August 2 05:22:19 UTC”
USGS ^ | August 2, 2007
Posted on 08/01/2007 11:11:54 PM PDT by bd476
Is that what you're getting at, Cindy?
I guess this is the first time you’ve been on The Threat Matrix.
Our primary focus here on TM is threats — specifically terrorist
However, we do post FYI’s here regarding major catastrophes/events/incidents. They may/may not be terrorist-related.
For other lurkers who have not been to TM before, we also post food
recalls here and update info regarding diseases.
Have a good evening.
THE WEEKLY PIRACY REPORT - REPORT SNIPPET - QUOTE:
Weekly Piracy Report
25-31 July 2007
The following is a summary of the daily reports broadcast by the IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre to ships in Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Ocean Regions on the SafetyNET service of Inmarsat-C from 25 to 31 July 2007.
Chittagong anchorage, Bangladesh
Fifty two incidents have been reported since 28.01.2006. Pirates are targeting ships preparing to anchor. Ships are advised to take extra precautions.
The 2006 Annual IMB Report on Piracy and Armed Attacks against Ships is now published. Please see the end of this page to order.
16.07.2007: 2000 UTC: Off Somalia
Inspite of rough weather, one suspicious boat tried to approach a ship underway. The boat stopped altered course and moved away when she noticed alert crew on board
Recently reported incidents
26.07.2007: 2350 LT: Posn: 22:16.2N 091:49.1E Dry Dock Berth No. 2, Chittagong, Bangladesh.
Robbers from two boats boarded the general cargo ship from the stbd side and stole ships stores. When spotted by crew, robbers escaped. Port control and coast guard informed.
23.07.2007: 1030 LT: Prointal, Merak, Indonesia.
Robbers boarded a berthed chemical tanker unnoticed. The third engineer noticed the boat store unlocked, moreover, some electrical spares were missing. The crew was alerted and a thorough inspection carried out. All doors / stores were found to be secured. It was suspected that the robbers could have boarded via the stern mooring rope One shore security guard was constantly on duty.
Piracy prone areas and warnings
S E Asia and the Indian Sub Continent
Bangladesh : Chittagong anchorages and approaches Though the number of attacks have fallen the area is still listed as very high risk.
Indonesia : Balongan, Balikpapan, Belawan, Tanjong Priok (Jakarta). Generally be vigilant in other areas. Many attacks may have gone unreported.
Malacca straits : Though attacks have decreased due to increased patrolling by the Littoral States, ships advised to maintain strict anti piracy watches when transiting the area.
Vietnam: Vung Tau
Africa and Red Sea
Lagos (Nigeria): Crew kidnapped and robbed. Generally be vigilant in other areas in Nigeria.
Dar es Salaam (Tanzania): Sixteen incidents reported since 5 June 2006. Pirates targeting ships in port and anchorages
Gulf of Aden / Red Sea : Numerous pirate attacks have been reported by ships and yachts in the Gulf of Aden. Some of the vessels were fired upon.
Somalian waters : Piracy has made a come back in Somalia. Pirates fire automatic weapons and on one occasion, a rocket-propelled grenade was fired force the ship to stop. Eastern and North eastern coasts are high risk areas for attacks and hijackings. Ships not making scheduled calls to ports in Somalia should keep as far away as possible from the Somali coast, ideally more than 200 nautical miles.
THE WEEKLY PIRACY REPORT - BRIEF - QUOTE:
Suspicious boat activity - Somalia
23 July 2007
A number of suspicious boats have been reported along the coast of Somalia, some as far as 260 nm.
The boats, around 20 50 meters in length, approach the ships on a collision course and usually abort when evasive manoeuvres and alert crew are noticed. As there is a high risk of vessels being hijacked and crew abducted in this area, all masters are advised to maintain strict anti piracy watches at all times while transiting the area and to report the sighting of all suspicious craft to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre
Thanks, I will do so.
United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Washington, DC 20520
This information is current as of today, Wed Aug 01 2007 23:55:50 GMT-0700.
June 05, 2006
Thanks to bd476 for starting this thread:
“Magnitude 6.5 - ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA”
USGS ^ | August 1, 2007
Posted on 08/02/2007 12:03:31 AM PDT by bd476
You’re welcome bd476.
“Thailand: 10 Killed, 16 Civilians Wounded In Gun And Bomb Attacks Across Southern Thailand”
Updated:2007-08-02 12:46:24 MYT
ARTICLE SNIPPET: “PATTANI, THAILAND: Ten people, including two soldiers and five suspected Muslim insurgents, were killed and 16 civilians wounded Wednesday (August 1st) as rebels staged an ambush and set off bombs across southern Thailand, police said.
Five suspected Muslim insurgents were shot dead in a gunbattle with Thai soldiers in the violence-wracked region, said police Lt. Sompien Eksomya.
Attackers opened fire on a unit of soldiers on a search operation in Yala province’s Bannang Sata district where Muslim insurgency has been particularly active in carrying out violent attacks, he said.
No soldiers were hurt in the hour-long firefight, Sompien said.
The 10 soldiers surrounded a neighborhood in the district in a house-to-house search for suspected insurgents involved in a bombing that killed seven soldiers in June, Sompien said.
“They were acting on a tip-off that these insurgents have been hiding in the village,” said Sompien.
In separate violence, insurgents attacked troops guarding a railway line with gunfire in Yala province, killing two soldiers, said provincial police chief Col. Narasak Chiengsuk.
Also Wednesday (August 1st), at least three assailants sprayed dozens of bullets into a house in Narathiwat province, killing two men, said police Lt. Vorapong Klomsakun.
In the same province, one person was killed and six injured when a bomb exploded near a market, police said.
Police said it was one of six bombs that exploded in several areas of the province Wednesday (August 1st) morning.
Later Wednesday (August 1st), a bomb went off at a police booth in Songkhla province, killing one policeman and wounding nine others.
More than 2,300 people have been killed in the predominantly Muslim provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat and some parts of Songkhla since early 2004, when a separatist movement flared up after a lull of more than two decades.”
Travel.State.Gov - Consular Information Sheet: “THAILAND”
“Haneef al-Qaeda link denied”
August 2, 2007 - 5:32PM
ARTICLE SNIPPET: “A senior Indian police officer today labelled as “incorrect and false” a media report that linked Indian doctor Mohamed Haneef to the al-Qaeda terrorist network.”
“Haneef case upsets spies”
Thursday, August 2, 2007
“Australia - Haneef linked to radicals in MI5 probe”
Courier-Mail (Australia) (excerpt) ^ | August 2, 2007 | Renee Viellaris, Ian McPhedran, Margaret Wenham
Posted on 08/02/2007 12:40:26 AM PDT by HAL9000
“Transcript of Australian Police Questioning Mohammed Haneef”
The Hindu ^ | 8-August-2007 | The Hindu
Posted on 08/01/2007 8:15:24 PM PDT by Brian_Baldwin
New al qaeda video....
This is significant, IMO. It’s threatening a “big surprise” - soon. It has been made by the al sahab group who have produced previous videos featuring Bin Laden. This is only a preview - apparently the full video will be released in a couple of days.
A number of people feature in the video, one of which may be Adnan el Shukrijumah. Take a look and see what you think.
Yes, I saw that a video is coming soon yesterday.
Thank you British Chick and I hope you are having a good summer.
Thank Cindy, the weather has been awful in the UK but we’re making the most of the little bit of sunshine. I have two children now, aged two and one so I’ve been pretty busy. I do try to dip into the threat matrix as often as I can. :-)
Smiling at you...I know little ones will keep you on the run.
Always good to see you (online), British Chick.
If I ever get over there one day; I would like to ride on one
one of those double decker buses.
“The Terrorist Round-up for August 2, 2007”
Posted on 08/02/2007 1:36:29 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter
Thanks for the new thread.
something i came out of hiding for, worth noting is visiting Jill’s site. She needs a hand and if anyone can help i’m sure she would appreciate it. I’ve never seen such consistent a streak of bad luck. If anybody can help her out it would be appreciated greatly. She’s worked very hard for us over the years and for once, needs us.
Last Updated: Wednesday, 1 August 2007, 16:36 GMT 17:36 UK
“Fears over Nepal’s young Maoists”
By Surendra Phuyal
BBC News, Kathmandu
August 2, 2007
“World of Jihadcraft”
ARTICLE SNIPPET: “AUSSIE SECURITY experts claim that Second Life and online games such as World of Warcraft are being used to train terrorists.”
“Unwelcome Internet Guests”
By Jonathan V. Last
Weekly Standard | 8/2/2007
ARTICLE SNIPPET: “But not all companies are alert to the problem. A spokeswoman for ThePlanet, in Houston, said, “We don’t police the content of our websites.” Asked about the website they host for the group Palestinian Islamic Jihad—a State Department-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization—she claimed never to have heard of it and would say only, “We work with the authorities when sites are a credible threat or there is some kind of pending harm.””
I asked privately and didn’t get a response. Why are there so many “cluttery” posts? Why are things being reposted from last month and even 6 years ago, but no reason behind it and no new events to warrant it? This is a great thread, but man it’s hard to wade through or keep up with when things are reposted ad nauseum!
Note: The following text is a quote:
August 2, 2007
Two alleged Al-Qaeda emirs, 20 other suspects captured; four terrorists killed
BAGHDAD, Iraq Coalition Forces captured two alleged al-Qaeda in Iraq emirs, killed four terrorists and detained 20 suspected terrorists during operations targeting al-Qaeda in Iraq media cells and senior leaders Wednesday and Thursday.
Wednesday night, Coalition Forces captured the alleged al-Qaeda in Iraq sniper emir of Mosul. As the assault force entered the two targeted buildings, a man approached the perimeter security element. Even after the ground forces used appropriate escalation of force measures, the man continued to advance on the security element. Coalition Forces, responding appropriately to the hostile threat, engaged the man, killing him.
Inside the targeted buildings, Coalition Forces detained the alleged emir, who was believed to be involved in a plot against the mayor of Mosul on March 9 and has allegedly claimed responsibility for at least one Coalition Forces death in the last month. The suspected terrorist allegedly supervises 10-15 operatives and has conducted kidnapping operations to bring in money for his own use. Ground forces on the scene detained one additional suspect and discovered a small cache containing body armor, weapons, a rifle sight manual and extremist propaganda.
In western Baghdad Thursday morning, Coalition Forces captured an alleged al-Qaeda in Iraq media emir tied to propaganda cells throughout Baghdad. During the raid, the ground forces found a large amount of U.S. currency and improvised explosive device-making materials. Two more individuals were detained for their ties to the suspected emir.
Coalition Forces targeted a media cell and its leader, also suspected of facilitating the movement of foreign terrorists, in a raid near Samarra Thursday morning. As Coalition Forces approached the target building, surveillance showed a man come out of the building and move to a tactical fighting position against the assault force. Responding appropriately to the hostile threat, Coalition Forces called in close air support. The man was killed by aircraft strafing, and was determined to be a foreigner. The ground forces found weapons on site and detained seven suspected terrorists during the operation for their alleged ties to the foreign terrorist network and media cell.
North of Karmah Thursday, Coalition Forces continued to target senior al-Qaeda in Iraq leaders in Anbar province. As the assault force approached the targeted buildings, two terrorists armed with AK-47s drew their weapons on the ground forces, using a woman as a human shield. Coalition Forces closed in on the armed men when one terrorist attempted to assault an element of the ground forces. Coalition Forces moved the woman out of the way and engaged the two armed men, killing them. Four suspected terrorists were detained during the operation.
A raid in Tarmiyah Thursday targeted a suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq terrorist who has close ties to the al-Qaeda emir of Baghdad. The ground forces detained four suspected terrorists during the operation.
The leaders of al-Qaeda in Iraq should know we are continually targeting them and will not rest until we have captured or killed them, said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesperson. Every removal of a leader of al-Qaeda, at any level, weakens the terrorist organization and strengthens Coalition and Iraqi Security Force operations against it.
Note: The following text is a quote:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RELEASE No. 20070802-09
August 2, 2007
Al-Qaeda emir of Mosul shot, killed by ISF
Multi-National Division North PAO
MOSUL, Iraq Iraqi Army soldiers from the 2nd Iraqi Army Division shot and killed three members of the Islamic State of Iraq terrorist organization, including its leader Safi, the touted al-Qaeda in Iraq emir of Mosul, after they were fired upon Aug. 1.
The incident took place during a series of combined operations involving the 2nd Iraqi Army and the Iraqi Police throughout the city of Mosul. The 2nd Iraqi Army Division headquarters element, including Brig. Gen. Moutaa, commander of the 2IA, were conducting cordon and search operations in northeast Mosul when Safi and three of his bodyguards were spotted in a pickup truck.
The convoy gave chase and pulled the vehicle over. All four men exited the pickup and began firing at the IA soldiers. Moutaa and his security element returned fire, killing all three.
This is a great example of the cooperation between the Iraqi police (who provided the profile and made sure his picture was widely distributed and familiar) and the Iraqi army (who actually stopped Safi), said Col. Stephen Twitty, commander of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. The Iraqi Security Forces are leading the way here in Ninewah Province, unilaterally executing Provincial Governor Kashmoulas security plan with incredible success.
The death of Safi will further disrupt senior AQI leadership in Mosul, which has been unstable since May, due to the combined efforts of Coalition Forces and ISF offensive operations, said Twitty.
Note: The following text is a quote:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RELEASE No. 20070802-03
August 2, 2007
Tribal members assist in detention of three al-Qaida leaders
Multi-National Division North PAO
SHERWEEN, Iraq After receiving information of known al-Qaida members in the Sherween area, a village near Muqdadiyah, Iraq, Iraqi citizens assisted Iraqi Police in the detention of three key al-Qaida leaders, July 29.
This is a very significant event for Diyala because it is clear that not only are the security forces targeting al-Qaida, but the people are tired of the hatred and destruction al-Qaida and other terrorist groups have to offer, said Col. David Sutherland, commander of 3-1 Cav. and commander of Coalition Forces in Diyala province.
Suspecting an attack on a near-by village, Diyala tribal members informed the Dali Abbas Iraqi police, and together, set up a tactical checkpoint along the known route.
It is also vital because it shows the people are gaining more and more confidence in the Iraqi security forces the true protectors of this nation, Sutherland added. Al-Qaida truly has no place to hide as the people, not just the security forces, are now determined to work for a safer, more secure Iraq.
As suspected, the leaders were traveling toward Dali Abbas, and when searched, the IP discovered two AK-47s, a laptop computer and documents detailing past and future al-Qaida operations.
Following the detention of the al-Qaida leaders, the IP transferred the detainees to the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army Division.
Despite threats by al-Qaida, the al-Qaida leaders were successfully detained and transported to an IA detention facility for further questioning, demonstrating the steadfastness of the Iraqi Police.
“A Window into the Culture of Shahada”
By Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
Palestinian Media Watch | 8/2/2007
no offense to anybody but some posts need trimming down.
like the ‘large weapons cache found and terrorists detained in iraq’ . we don’t need the same paragraphs which is basically pasted from every other article.
also isn’t everyday ‘worldwide caution’?
we should keep this list terrorism related, a lot of us here don’t need to hear about the daily storeowner who fended off a robber, yknow?
sorry just my two cents, it would make the list much more focused.
“Price at the pump driven by aging U.S. refineries”
By Patrice Hill
August 2, 2007
ARTICLE SNIPPET: “Attention American motorists: It is not ExxonMobil or Middle Eastern oil producers who are driving the price of gasoline you pay at the pump.
It is shortages of gas and other problems at aging refineries in your neighborhoods.”
“Nigeria: Armed Bandits Attack Bureau De Change At MMA”
This Day (Lagos)
31 July 2007
Posted to the web 31 July 2007
ARTICLE SNIPPET: “Armed robbers on Sunday night broke into the bureau de change located at the local wing of the Murtala Mohammed Airport (MMA), Lagos, killing a man that was later identified as a lunatic, severely wounded a policeman and siezed the rifle of another policeman, who was among the three security personnel at the building.
The obnoxious efforts of the robbers who were about 50 in number came to nought, as they were unable to steal monies from the shops because of the bureau operators’ new method of not leaving cash over night.
The robbers destroyed the shops in order to gain entry, and were confronted by the combined team of policemen drawn from MMA and State Police Command who battled them to a standstill, after more than one hour of futile operation, forcing them to take to their heels.”
Thank you all, freepmailers & emailers this week for pointing to these 2 articles.
“U.S. Terror Attack ‘Ninety Days at Most’”
“Exclusive: Possible Attack on the U.S. Within Ninety Days”
Author: The Editors
Source: The Family Security Foundation, Inc.
Date: July 30, 2007
“Investigators Close Wisconsin Counterfeit Ring, Nab 14”
Updated: August 1st, 2007 09:45 AM EDT
Story by themilwaukeechannel.com
“Federal investigators announced Tuesday a 29-count indictment accusing Milwaukee-area residents of making counterfeit money.
The indictment states that more than $92,000 in phony money was passed by a 15-person ring since September of last year. It alleges genuine $1 and $5 bills were bleached and altered, printed as $50 and $100 denominations.
A two-week sweep by the Secret Service and the Milwaukee Police Department netted 14 people. A fifteenth person remains at large.”
ARTICLE SNIPPET: “The fifteenth person, Joseph Nash, 20, was also named in the indictment, but is not in police custody.
Anyone with knowledge of Nash’s location is urged to call the U.S. Secret Service, at 414-297-3587, or local authorities.”
“Driver goes on rampage, injuring four, including two LAPD officers”
By Tami Abdollah
The Los Angeles Times Staff
ARTICLE SNIPPET: “PANORAMA CITY, Ca. A Panorama City man was in custody today after allegedly going on what police described as a 10-minute rampage in which four people, including two LAPD officers, were injured as he attempted to run over several pedestrians and ram police cars.
Jimmy Giron, 26...”