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Posted on 12/01/2008 6:12:32 PM PST by nwctwx
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Israeli Ground Forces Cross Border Into Gaza Strip
Israeli ground forces moved across the border into the northern Gaza Strip late Saturday night in an escalation of the weeklong offensive against Hamas.
Israeli defense officials told FOX News that an estimated 30 Hamas militants had been killed in the incursion so far, though precise numbers are hard to pin down.......
Son of Hamas Leader Gives Glimpse Into Terror Organization
As Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other world leaders try to broker a cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas, one former member of the militant Islamic organization said there will never be lasting peace between the two groups.
Yousef, 30, said he realized the true nature of Hamas and radical Islam during a stint in an Israeli prison. He renounced his Muslim faith, left his family behind in Ramallah and converted to Christianity.
“Islam is not the word of God,” said Yousef. “If you want to be offended it’s your problem. But you know something? Go study. Think for a second that I might be right. So wake up, look at your path, see where you’re going. Are you really going to heaven with 72 virgins after you kill yourself and kill another 20 people?”
Yousef has sought asylum in the United States and now attends an evangelical Christian church in San Diego, Calif.
(brave kid - he’s on FOX now, discussing his conversion)
Thanks to Laura for the following:
Child says “I have to kill the Israeli occupation”:
from official Hamas kids website on US server
by Laura Mansfield
January 3, 2008 As Israel launches its ground offensive of Gaza, the official Hamas websites continue to operate in the United States, including one aimed at young children, which features the word Gaza written in Arabic over an animated image of barbed wire dripping in blood. The image below shows graphic photos of injured children, and again has the word Gaza in a font that appears to be dripping blood.......
This may be related to the reports that Israel has begun a ground offensive into Gaza. I'll check around and see what I can find further.
Israeli news site down, blames cyber attack (Debka)
Thousands protest Israeli attack
Israeli, Palestinian demonstrators face off in Dundas Square
European protests in support of Gaza
RE: Terror chatter, Nothing firm that I could find at this time. Heightened threats to US embassies and American interests globally. However, as I said earlier, with the start of ground ops, the jihadi will be pounding the keyboards.
Catherine was saying it looks like al Qaeda trying to stick their nose into the Hamas/Israel mix. She reiterated that UBL said his entire ‘cause’ is because of the plight of the Palestinians.
It’s more likely that UBL is stoking the fire to gain additional recruits via Palestinian cause propaganda.
Tehran to reform subsidy scheme for oil products
Iraqi PM arrives in Iran for official visit
Thanks for checking.
Hate preacher Bakri on run after imparting training to al Qaeda
London, Jan 3 : Radical Islamist preacher Omar Bakri, who has been banned from Britain, is on the run after Lebanese authorities issued an arrest warrant against him for giving weapons training to an extremist group called al-Qaeda Lebanon.....
Pakistan drives Taliban into trap
* US commander says Pak military offensive chases Taliban across border, where they are intercepted by US-Afghan security initiative
LAHORE: Afghanistan and Pakistans ongoing military offensive in the Tribal Areas is chasing Taliban across the border, where they are being intercepted by a United States-Afghan security initiative, a US commander said, according to a report in The Washington Times on Friday.....
Hopey-Changey Terror Supporters in Michigan
Found this link also on JAWA, interesting site:
Che and Jihad in Toronto
FACEOFF: The legacy of William Ayers: Radicals selfishness left trail of innocent victims
By Joellen Smith
For the Journal-Constitution
Sunday, January 04, 2009
So we should forgive William Ayers his past because he is now a prolific writer, community activist and received a misguided Citizen of the Year award? And if we dont we are promoting a trajectory of hate?......
Security Agencies Alter Strategies, Add Backup for Inauguration Week
Authorities are organizing what appears to be the largest security operation ever for an inauguration, bringing in thousands of extra police, agents and troops to handle crowds as President-elect Barack Obama is sworn in.....
Portrait Emerges of Anthrax Suspects Troubled Life
Armenian Mob Imiplicated in Credit Card Scheme (GA)
Alpharetta is known for a lot of things: High-tech, high economic growth, great city planning, exceptional public schools and outstanding parks and recreation. Now two new objects of notoriety can be added to its rich history: The Russian mob and the Alpharetta cops who cracked them open.....
Getting more news on FR lately than even Drudge.
Wonder when he’s going to start bylining FR?
PESHAWAR, Pakistan The Pakistani army says it has discovered a van packed with almost 900 pounds of explosives in the countrys northwest. It says militants planned to use the vehicle in a suicide bombing. The army media center says the van was discovered during a raid Sunday on a house in the Khyber tribal region near the Afghan border. Six suspected militants were arrested in the raid.
The army says it found suicide jackets, rockets, assault rifles and improvised bombs in the house. The 880 pounds (400 kilograms) of explosives were hidden throughout the van. The army has been in Khyber trying to secure the main supply route for U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. The army says information from militants arrested during the operation led to Sundays raid.
CIA tracking 4000 UK terror suspects
January 5, 2009
The CIA has begun an unprecedented intelligence-gathering operation in Britain to help MI5 monitor 4000 terrorist suspects. More than four out of 10 CIA operations to prevent attacks on US soil are now conducted against targets in Britain. This has led to friction between British and American spies, with some US intelligence officers irritated that resources are being diverted to gather intelligence on suspects in their closest ally's backyard. British intelligence officers do not know the identity of all the CIA informers and are uneasy about some of the uses to which the intelligence has been put.
MI5 as a whole is glad of the help, however, and works closely with its sister service. US spies share information when it concerns security in Britain. Intelligence from CIA informers is believed to have helped thwart more than one terrorist atrocity on British soil. Information passed on by a CIA source in Britain was also instrumental in locating Rashid Rauf, a British-born al-Qaeda operative killed by a US air strike in Pakistan on November 22. A British official said: "There is a great deal of CIA activity inside the UK. The CIA has been given a free rein to raise, handle and process from intelligence sources inside the UK.
"In many cases we do not know who their assets are. Several of the recently foiled terrorist plots inside the UK were uncovered by informants run by US source handlers. We've been able to interdict these plots." A former CIA officer who still carries out freelance work for the agency voiced the irritation of some American spies. "It's certainly frustrating that Britain is an Islamist swamp," he said. "You don't want to have to spend time spying on your friends."
PESHAWAR: A senior Taliban leader was arrested from Peshawar on Saturday. A senior policeman confirmed Ustad Yasir was arrested, but declined to give details. The arrest was made by an intelligence agency at around 9am, the sources said.
Formerly a leader of Abdurrab Rasool Sayyafs Ittehad-e-Islami group in Afghanistan, Yasir joined the Taliban in 2001 after Sayyaf announced support for Afghan President Hamid Karzai. He was arrested from the NWFP in 2005 and released from Kabuls Pul-e-Charkhi prison in exchange for kidnapped Italian journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo.
Somalia: Islamists take over bases vacated by Ethiopian soldiers
3 Jan 3, 2009
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Islamic Courts Union (ICU) militiamen have began taking control of military bases vacated by withdrawing Ethiopian troops, Radio Garowe reported Saturday. Sheikh Abdirahim Isse Addow, the ICU spokesman, told reporters that ICU militia took over bases in Huriwa, Howlwadaag and Hodan districts, all located in the capital Mogadishu. "We sent forces to the bases to take over security control in those districts," the ICU spokesman said.
Hundreds of Ethiopian soldiers were seen loading up their army trucks and preparing to leave Mogadishu, ending a two-year military occupation that triggered a bloody Islamist rebellion. Somalia's interim government was established in 2004 and has largely failed to restore order. Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf resigned last week and many expect a new 'unity government' to include ICU moderates. However, Islamist hardliners like Al Shabaab have vowed to continue the war against the Somali government and its allies even after Ethiopian troops leave the country.
NEW DELHI - The sophistication of the Mumbai attack points to the involvement of "state actors" in Pakistan, India's home minister said on Sunday, ahead of his next week's visit to the United States with a dossier of evidence. Home Minister P. Chidambaram's comments are at odds with Pakistan's insistence that non-state actors were behind the coordinated strike by 10 gunmen that killed 179 people in Mumbai and has inflamed tensions between the South Asian neighbours.
"Somebody who is familiar with intelligence and who is familiar with commando operations has directed this operation," Chidambaram told NDTV news channel. "And that cannot entirely be a non-state actor. In fact, I presume they are state actors or state-assisted actors unless the contrary is proved," he added. "It was too enormous a crime and required very elaborate planning, communication networks, financial backing. It was a very, very sophisticated operation." Chidambaram said the evidence was "overwhelming" and "unanswerable" and would be shared with the United States.
'FBI hands over Mumbai proof to Pak'
4 Jan 2009
LONDON: The FBI has given to Pakistan evidence amassed by it on involvement of elements based in that country in the Mumbai strikes, including on the LeT handlers' warning to the attackers about the arrival of Indian commandos while watching the mayhem live on TV, a media report here said on Sunday.
Stating that evidence is growing to prove that the Mumbai strikes were orchestrated by militants based in Pakistan, 'The Sunday Times' reported that Zarar Shah, a communications specialist of Lashkar-e-Toiba, has admitted under interrogation in Pakistan that he advised the terrorists by phone as the attacks unfolded. Controllers in Pakistan watched live television and warned the gunmen of the arrival of Indian commandos, the report said, citing evidence amassed by the FBI and handed over to the Pakistani government.
The FBI had decoded Skype calls over the internet that were made between the gunmen in two five-star hotels and a Jewish centre in Mumbai with their LeT controllers in Pakistan, identified as Shah, Abu Hamza and Abu Qafa, it said. Talking in colloquial Punjabi, the controllers repeatedly told the attackers "Aag lagao" ("light the fire"), which has been interpreted in India as a way of maximising casualties, the paper said. During the conversation, the men were also instructed to kill all the Israelis held captive in the Jewish hostel, but to spare all the Muslims, it said.
Thanks to all for the updates/news - I’m trying to catch up. :)
Israel uses Twitter to explain conflict
What follows are some of the questions and responses on Twitter, many in text-messaging dialect.
Question from peoplesworld: 40 years of military confrontation hasn’t brought security to Israel, why is this different?
Answer from israelconsulate: We hav 2 prtct R ctzens 2, only way fwd through neogtiations, & left Gaza in 05. y Hamas launch missiles not peace?
EhsanAhmad: you didn’t get my point that Hammas is an elected govt and if u keep attacking them they got right to attack you
israelconsulate: if hamas’s goal were 2 btr the lives of its cit. they wouldn’t target IL. they would invest in edu/hlth not in bombs
explore4corners: How many attacks have there been against IS in the last 6 months? How many casualties? The MSM doesn’t report that here.
israelconsulate: ovr 500 rockts Hit IL in the 6 mts of CF. per the last 72 hrs mre thn 300 hit IL. kiling 4 ppl & injuring hndrds
carrotderek: On what conditions would Israel consider a ceasefire?
israelconsulate: CF must ensure no more rockets on IL+ no arms smuggling. btw crossings for Human Aid r open and trucks are entering
backlotops: 1 side has to stop. Why continue what hasn’t worked (mass arial/grnd retaliation)? Arab Peace Initiative?
israelconsulate: we R pro nego. crntly tlks r held w the PA + tlks on the 2 state soln. we talk only w/ ppl who accept R rt 2 live.
shahidkamal: Your nation has been disgraced on Twitter. This inverted Nuremberg Trial will not rescue your image.
israelconsulate: the point of this was to hear what ppl say and to share our POV with fellow twitters.
Fascinating graphic, thank you.
The post on CIA tracking 4000 UK terror suspects is a “must read” from start to finish.
The Israeli consulate guy is quite adept at internet lingo.
Gaza conflict has everything to do with the power struggle in Iran
The escalation in rocket attacks by Hamas forces in Gaza against neighboring Israeli towns over the past 18 months, leading to Israeli retaliation must be viewed in the context of the struggle for power now underway between competing sets of Iranian clerics.
Iran has been the principal financial, logistical, and ideological sponsor of Hamas, and has mostly done so through its assets in Syria and Lebanon, whether using direct Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC: Pasdaran) al-Quds special forces, or Iranian-controlled Hizbullah forces in Lebanon. Hizbullahs military operations against Israel in the 2006 Lebanon War provided a clear model of operations for Hamas military operations, particularly by its Executive Force and its Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades.....
Eradicating the ‘Little Satan’
The West should take Iran’s threats to Israel seriously.
A picture worth a thousand words. Thanks much Godzilla.
Breaking: [Direct attacks on kindergarten in Ashdod] - Another Kindergarten Hit
Ashdod News ^ | January 5, 2008 | Reuven Kaplan
More e-mail from Mike Tobin
From: Tobin, Michael
To: Van Susteren, Greta
Sent: Mon Jan 05 10:07:11 2009
Israel thuis far is refusing diplomatic efforts to halt the offensive. But the diplomatic pressure, thus far, is not overwhelming. That could change with a big mistake on the battlefield or if civilian casualties start to add up. Predictably, Palestinians and Israelis have different figures for civ vs fighter casualties.
Id watch to see if Palestinian President mahmoud abbas doesnt start to play a bigger role. (Hes at the UN today) Since the armed takeover of GS, he only holds sway in the West Bank. But intel sources say Hamas may turn to him to get themselves out of this mess. There is bad blood between Hamas and Egypt. They will be reluctant to look to Egypt.
My crew and I moved to a hotel in Ashkelon. I didnt get much sleep for the sirens and rocket impacts. Ill be a little red-eyed tonight.
The cast on my hand started to fall apart. My sound engineer Yoav Shamir , who was a field medic in the Army, gave me some duct tape and we patched it right up.
Its true, us guys can do anything short of brain surgery with duct tape.
Send warm thoughts,
There has been a Major unplanned incident in combat in the Gaza strip.
The censors will not allow me to give you all the details. I can only
tell you that the consequences are grave. The Israeli Army had to
respond with tremendous force to resolve the problem.
That does not sound good. Makes me think that chemicals were used by Hamas.
If Debka is to be believed, hamas launched a counter-offensive against the Israeli troops deployed at the northeastern edge of Gaza City.
Tobin was on Fox, I missed it but this is from Greta Wire..
January 5th, 2009 at 5:20 pm Mike T just came on and said he could not go into detail but an incident has happened that has grave consequences for the Israelis.
Not sure if this is what Mike Tobin may be alluding to:
Olmert rejects ceasefire as street battles rage
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has rejected international calls for a ceasefire with Hamas, as Israeli troops battled militants in heavy fighting in the outskirts of Gaza City.
A senior official in Mr Olmert’s office said the Prime Minister had rejected any truce which failed to end the Islamist group’s rocket attacks on Israel.
The declaration came after Mr Olmert met with French President Nicholas Sarkozy in Jerusalem.
“The results of the operation must be ... that Hamas must not only stop firing but must no longer be able to fire,” Mr Olmert told Mr Sarkozy.
Explosions and heavy machine-gun fire rocked the area in the heaviest fighting yet of Israel’s campaign to halt militant rocket attacks. The Islamists said they had killed several Israeli soldiers.
Checked Muquata, but they wouldn’t say anything until the IDF cleared it and then closed down to catch a few Z’s. They should be back up with the straight skinny in a couple hours.
Afraid I trust anybody else about as far as I can throw ‘em anymore.
Could be this?
JERUSALEM - Israel is believed to be using controversial white phosphorus shells to screen its assault on the heavily populated Gaza Strip yesterday. The weapon, used by British and US forces in Iraq, can cause horrific burns but is not illegal if used as a smokescreen.
Israel is believed to be using controversial white phosphorus shells to screen its assault on the heavily populated Gaza Strip yesterday. As the Israeli army stormed to the edges of Gaza City and the Palestinian death toll topped 500, the tell-tale shells could be seen spreading tentacles of thick white smoke to cover the troops’ advance. (Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images) As the Israeli army stormed to the edges of Gaza City and the Palestinian death toll topped 500, the tell-tale shells could be seen spreading tentacles of thick white smoke to cover the troops’ advance. “These explosions are fantastic looking, and produce a great deal of smoke that blinds the enemy so that our forces can move in,” said one Israeli security expert. Burning blobs of phosphorus would cause severe injuries to anyone caught beneath them and force would-be snipers or operators of remote-controlled booby traps to take cover. Israel admitted using white phosphorus during its 2006 war with Lebanon.
The use of the weapon in the Gaza Strip, one of the world’s mostly densely population areas, is likely to ignite yet more controversy over Israel’s offensive, in which more than 2,300 Palestinians have been wounded.
The Geneva Treaty of 1980 stipulates that white phosphorus should not be used as a weapon of war in civilian areas, but there is no blanket ban under international law on its use as a smokescreen or for illumination. However, Charles Heyman, a military expert and former major in the British Army, said: “If white phosphorus was deliberately fired at a crowd of people someone would end up in The Hague. White phosphorus is also a terror weapon. The descending blobs of phosphorus will burn when in contact with skin.”
The Israeli military last night denied using phosphorus, but refused to say what had been deployed. “Israel uses munitions that are allowed for under international law,” said Captain Ishai David, spokesman for the Israel Defence Forces. “We are pressing ahead with the second stage of operations, entering troops in the Gaza Strip to seize areas from which rockets are being launched into Israel.”
see 239 - Not sure yet what’s going on.
That highly likely to be it.
Although Tobin was just on again and he said the Israeli army ran into some kind of trouble and had to use force to end it. My words, as I can’t remember verbatim wording.
I don’t think the use of WP in itself is what the greta wire comments were about - but they may have been a component of enabiling IDF to either engage or break engagement from a strong Hamas counter attack in the northern part of gaza city.
Hamas leader: Revenge for Israel’s Gaza assault will be murder of Jewish children across the world
Link to NY threats for our archives and hopefully nothing will happen. Sounds ominous.
You’re most likely correct, however the headlines will be “Israel uses checmical weapons on Palestinian women and children”. ~groan~
WOW. Crossposting that one:
Frightening Text Messages Being Forwarded Around NY Jews:EXCLUSIVE FREEPER UPDATE INCLUDED
Yeshiva World News ^ | Jan 2, 2009 and Jan 5, 2009 | Yehuda Drudgestein - YWN
UPDATED - ALERT - Frightening Text Messages Being Forwarded Around NY Jews January 2, 2009 3:00PM EST: [UPDATE BELOW] With the situation in Gaza deteriorating by the day, and anti-semitism rampant around the world, thousands of NY Jews were frightened upon receiving the following text message which has been going around on Friday afternoon:
A Jewish woman gave a tip to a Muslim taxi driver and out of appreciation he warned her not to go to Manhattan next week Wednesday.
more at link
Thursday is Ashura. (Shia Iran is running the Sunni Hamas thing.)
Somewhere on an old 2004 thread (summer I think) is a map of NYC with multiple Mumbai-style targets.
Thanks to Cindy:
Let’s look at THREATS on the internet:
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