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US homes in on militants in Pakistan (US base just across the border now operational)
Asia Times ^ | 01/30/08 | Syed Saleem Shahzad

Posted on 01/29/2008 5:52:21 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster

US homes in on militants in Pakistan

By Syed Saleem Shahzad

KARACHI - Another piece of the United States' regional jigsaw is in place with the completion of a military base in Afghanistan's Kunar province, just three kilometers from Bajaur Agency in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

Pakistani intelligence quarters have confirmed to Asia Times Online that the base, on a mountain top in Ghakhi Pass overlooking Pakistan, is now operational. (This correspondent visited the area last July and could clearly see construction underway. See A fight to the death on Pakistan's border Asia Times Online, July 17, 2007.)

The new US base is expected to serve as the center of clandestine special forces' operations in the border region. The George W Bush administration is itching to take more positive action - including inside Pakistan - against Pakistani Taliban and al-Qaeda militants increasingly active in the area and bolstering the insurgency in Afghanistan.

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


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghan; alqaeda; pakistan; taliban

1 posted on 01/29/2008 5:52:23 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster
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To: AdmSmith; nuconvert; FARS

Ping!


2 posted on 01/29/2008 5:52:51 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
That Title!

/h

3 posted on 01/29/2008 5:54:13 AM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature (To Err Is Human. To Arr is Pirate. To Unnngh! is Freeper.)
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature
Don’t blame me.:-)
4 posted on 01/29/2008 5:56:24 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: Alas Babylon!; American_Centurion; An.American.Expatriate; ASA.Ranger; ASA Vet; Atigun; Ax; ...

MI & SOCOM Ping


5 posted on 01/29/2008 6:11:10 AM PST by ASA Vet
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To: TigerLikesRooster

LOL! I read it about 3 times and went WTF? Then realized it was hoNes.


6 posted on 01/29/2008 6:11:43 AM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature (To Err Is Human. To Arr is Pirate. To Unnngh! is Freeper.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Homes?!? LOL!


7 posted on 01/29/2008 6:17:17 AM PST by Tennessean4Bush (An optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds. A pessimist fears this is true.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Isn’t it “hones” in?


8 posted on 01/29/2008 6:18:09 AM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: TigerLikesRooster
LOL! I just checked the source and it, too, says "Homes"

I love it.

9 posted on 01/29/2008 6:20:00 AM PST by Tennessean4Bush (An optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds. A pessimist fears this is true.)
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To: Tennessean4Bush; DCPatriot
I've seen both before.

Interesting link here:
Language Log: "Hone in on" before "home in on"?

10 posted on 01/29/2008 6:22:51 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day

Thanks.....


11 posted on 01/29/2008 6:24:46 AM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature

A homing pidgeon ‘homes’ in doesn’t he?


12 posted on 01/29/2008 6:29:27 AM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: Dog

fyi


13 posted on 01/29/2008 6:31:17 AM PST by Cap Huff
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To: blam
Pidgeon Housing

"The Pidgeon Company (TPC) Housing team is able to place you in the ideal corporate apartment home to suit your specific needs and budget.

14 posted on 01/29/2008 6:32:24 AM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary of English Usage confirms that home in on is the original phrase, dating from about 1920. Hone in on has become common enough that it now merits a mention in the dictionary, but home in on is still considered the correct phrase.

BTW, hone in on started becoming more common when George Bush the elder used it in a campaign speech in 1980. William Safire, among others, jumped on him for it.


15 posted on 01/29/2008 6:32:35 AM PST by gracesdad
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To: blam

“A homing pidgeon ‘homes’ in doesn’t he?”

Yep, and that apparently is where the phrase came from.


16 posted on 01/29/2008 6:33:31 AM PST by gracesdad
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To: DCPatriot

Anytime!


17 posted on 01/29/2008 6:38:14 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: gracesdad
Well, isn’t it interesting that few made comments on the real content of the article?:-)

This thread turned into English lesson.

18 posted on 01/29/2008 6:39:26 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
"This thread turned into English lesson."

You ought to visit and see what happens to every one of my archaeology - anthropology threads.
And, don't even post an article with the word 'evolution' in it.

19 posted on 01/29/2008 6:49:27 AM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: Constitution Day

I sit corrected.


20 posted on 01/29/2008 6:54:26 AM PST by Tennessean4Bush (An optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds. A pessimist fears this is true.)
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To: blam
Didn’t know it’s that bad.:-)
21 posted on 01/29/2008 6:56:53 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Apparently I was mistaken. “Home in on” is actually okay. The grammar police (including me) apparently were a little too quick to pounce!


22 posted on 01/29/2008 7:06:13 AM PST by Tennessean4Bush (An optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds. A pessimist fears this is true.)
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature

IIRC, in all the spy-themed tv shows I watched when I was a kid, when they wanted to track somebody they would attach a “homing device” to their car.


23 posted on 01/29/2008 7:35:10 AM PST by printhead
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature

All your base are belong to us.


24 posted on 01/29/2008 8:00:46 AM PST by rsflynn (Cigars, cigarettes, carbon offsets?)
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To: blam

Blam, your threads rock!


25 posted on 01/29/2008 9:42:24 AM PST by Rb ver. 2.0 (Global warming is the new Marxism.)
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To: Rb ver. 2.0
Thanks.
26 posted on 01/29/2008 10:05:51 AM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Map of area from previous AT story:


27 posted on 01/29/2008 10:08:49 AM PST by angkor (A conservative without hyphens, qualifiers, or a political party.)
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To: Constitution Day

More on the “hone” vs. “home”:

http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/000378.html


28 posted on 01/29/2008 11:17:47 AM PST by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: USMCPOP

Very interesting! I’ll check that out further tonight. Thanks!


29 posted on 01/29/2008 11:43:58 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day

There are homing pigeons, but no “honing” pigeons.


30 posted on 01/29/2008 11:46:28 AM PST by rfp1234 (Phodopus campbelli: household ruler since July 2007.)
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To: voletti; GOPJ; Tigen; AliVeritas; Grimmy; gonzo; DeaconBenjamin; indcons; sukhoi-30mki; ...

Pakistan ۋﮧ۱م

FReepmail if you want on or off

31 posted on 01/29/2008 3:59:03 PM PST by G8 Diplomat (Creatures are divided into 6 kingdoms: Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Monera, Protista, & Saudi Arabia)
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To: blam

A homing pidgeon ‘homes’ in doesn’t he?

Actually the correct term is “ homs “ in.


32 posted on 01/29/2008 4:06:10 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68
Would they be foreclosed homes?

I guess this will solve the mortgage meltdown.

33 posted on 01/29/2008 8:49:36 PM PST by spokeshave (Hey GOP...NO money till border closed and criminal illegals deported)
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To: TigerLikesRooster; Chgogal; DevSix; Steel Wolf; Squantos

Does this base have a name?


34 posted on 01/31/2008 6:32:11 PM PST by Cannoneer No. 4 (Civilian Irregular Information Defense Group http://cannoneerno4.wordpress.com)
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To: Cannoneer No. 4
I don’t know, I imagine so. Just the building of it really ticked off the terrorists!

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/IG17Df03.html

BTW, I pinged you to the “other” later post, same article.

35 posted on 01/31/2008 6:38:42 PM PST by Chgogal (When you vote Democrat, you vote Al Qaeda! Ari Emanuel, Rahm's brother was agent to Moore's F9/11.)
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