Skip to comments.8/3 Middle East Live Thread
Posted on 08/02/2006 9:37:48 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
IDF photo of Israeli troops heading over border for tonight's patrol
CNN: Rights group disputes Qana death toll
U.N.'s Malloch Brown Questions Hezbollah's 'Terror' Designation
UN Delays Talks on Multinational Force to Lebanon
Iran Seeks More Arms for Hezbollah
Israeli soldier from Queens injured in attacks
200 missiles hit Israel as battle rages in Lebanon
Khamenei calls for Muslim resistance against US, Israel
3 minute video of Balbaak raid (.wmv format)
Hmmm... Nice pic.
Fake but accurate.
Qana relives 1996 massacre as air strike kills at least 60 civilians
(Yes, we have pictures of him there too)
Raim Green Helmet... Emmy or Oscar?
IAF renewes bombing of Beirut, Bekaa Valley
IAF warplanes renewed strikes against Hizbullah strongholds in the battered outskirts of the Lebanese capital as well as on Lebanon's northern border with Syria and in the eastern Bekaa Valley on Thursday.
In Beirut, witnesses said at least four missiles hit the southern suburb of Dahieh.
Lebanese television said the attacks targeted several buildings in a Hizbullah compound of Dahieh's al-Ruweis neighborhood. The compound, which includes a center for religious teaching, has been attacked in earlier raids and sustained seizable damage.
It was the first air raid against the Lebanese capital's southern suburb in almost a week.
Hey b. See you in a couple hours.
Bed time for me too
My monitor is small, but GHG looks like Walter Cronkite opposite Kofi.
Two bombs (or something loud) at 6 a.m.
Let us know what you find out.. I am just catching up..Hugs.
ping me when you get this??
I'd REALLY like to do some research on this guy with an Arabic-speaking/reading friend...
Morning and happy B-Day.
I see Green Helmet is popping up all over these days, hmmm!
Outline Of Some Special Ops Units
Nathaniel Rosen and Max Kitaj, THE JERUSALEM POST Aug. 2, 2006
The General Staff Reconnaissance Unit
The General Staff Reconnaissance Unit (Sayeret Matkal), known as "The Unit," is generally considered the IDF's most elite special forces unit. Established in 1957 and modeled after the British SAS, the unit primarily mission is gathering field intelligence, often venturing deep into enemy territory.
As the unit responsible for hostage situations outside of Israel, Sayeret Matkal is most notably known for its role in Operation Thunderbolt in 1976, when it helped rescue 103 Air France passengers who were being held hostage in Entebbe, Uganda. IDF soldiers entered the Entebbe airport at night, kill eight terrorists and recovered all but two hostages. The only soldier lost that night was the mission's commander, Lt.-Col. Yonatan Netanyahu.
In 1972, four PLO terrorists hijacked a Sabena airliner carrying 99 passengers and 10 crew members on route from Brussels to Tel Aviv. In an mission entitled Operation Isotope, 16 members of Sayeret Matkal posed as refueling and technical personnel and stormed the plane, killing the terrorists and releasing the passengers.
In 1973, Sayeret Matkal, along with other special forces, participated in Operation Spring of Youth. "The Unit" attacked PLO buildings in Beirut and other locations throughout Lebanon in response to the Munich Olympic massacre. Led by future prime minister Ehud Barak, Sayeret Matkal killed three PLO leaders and numerous other terrorists.
In October 1994, Cpl. Nachson Wachsman, a member of a Golani Brigade commando unit - the Orev Golani - was kidnapped by Hamas terrorists disguised as haredim. The kidnappers threatened to kill Wachsman unless dozens of terrorists were released. Just one hour before the deadline was set to expire, a group of Sayeret Matkal personnel tried to free him. The terrorists killed Wachsman along with one member of Sayeret Matkal before being killed themselves.
The name samoor, a Hebrew acronym for "tunnels and caches," also translates as weasel. This unit is charged with locating and exploring the hidden tunnels frequently encountered in Lebanon and the territories. These secret bunker systems, such as the one used by Hamas to capture Cpl. Gilad Shalit on June 25, are usually used to transport and protect gunmen and weapons. Tunnels in the southern Gaza Strip, however, are often used to smuggle prostitutes, drugs and explosives from Egypt into Gaza. Among other gadgets, Samoor employs remote controlled robots that move underground, transmitting video to their operator above ground.
Sayeret Egoz was originally formed in 1956 and twice disbanded. It was reestablished in 1995 to fight guerrillas in southern Lebanon as part of the Golani infantry brigade. Its duties were broadened in 2000 when it was used as a counterterrorism outfit in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. It has returned to its old stomping ground during the current fighting in Lebanon.
The Alpine unit is the extreme weather force that defends the electronic intelligence-gathering center on Mount Hermon - a major source of intelligence on the border with Syria. Its members are drawn primarily from another special forces unit - Palsar Golani - but also includes immigrants with experience in snow warfare in their native countries. Skills acquired in the unit include snow combat maneuvers, skiing and fast roping. During training, members spend many nights in snow caves, having to huddle together to stay warm.
Oketz, the K-9 special forces unit, was created to train train dogs to attack kidnappers. Each dog is now trained to have a particular specialty. Attack dogs are mostly used in cities, although have proven effective in rural, bushy areas like in Lebanon. Tracking and chasing dogs are used for manhunts and detecting breaches at the borders; weapons and ammunition dogs search for their namesakes, as do explosive dogs, and search and rescue dogs are used to find people in collapsed buildings.
Belgian Shepherds are the preferred breed for two reasons: they're the perfect size to be picked up by their handler while still being able to attack an enemy, and their fair coats make them less prone to heatstroke.
Like the rest of the IDF, the dogs are trained to be tech-savy - they carry microphones and receive orders from their handlers at a distance.
It may be on that YNet coverage. I saw it earlier today, too. The guy was quoted as saying he was also present in '96.
Thanks, y'all. ;-)
Al-Asqua Martyrs Edition
August 02, 2006
Green Helmet Guy to "Helm" Holocaust Miniseries
"We're extremely excited to be working with Green Helmet Guy" said Dora Bridges, an ABC spokeswoman. "It's hard to turn a corner in the world of Lebanese productions and not find him somewhere involved."
Green Helmet Guy burst into the world of Hizb'Allah street theater in 1996, with a blockbuster called The First Qana Massacre, in which his star was a small child with its head blown off. He has since worked with many other corpses, his projects always seeing multiple encores and extended runs His latest project, Qana 2, has drawn praise for his "sensitive handling of death in a war zone," although some critics have balked at its four hour length. . . .
Bridges said that Green Helmet Guy has an encyclopedic knowledge of the Holocaust, and can tick off facts and statistics endlessly. "He knows everything about how the 'gas chambers' were really just for delousing, how the requirements for incinerating millions of bodies would have been far beyond the capabilities of fuel- strapped Germany, how most of the 'missing Jews' actually just emigrated to America or Britain. I just laugh when he gets going-- he sounds just like Mel [Gibson].
Apparently the guy, in the tradition of show-biz, has a stage name. He's also known as "Abu Shadi" Jradi, or so say the commenters on that LGF site linked to above.
Good job on the links
I bet by morning there will be a GHG live thread.
Olmert: 15,000 int'l troops needed
The international force we are seeking in southern Lebanon needs to be comprised of some 15,000 troops, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told British newspapers on Wednesday.
"It has to be made up of armies, not of retirees, of real soldiers, not of pensioners who have come to spend leisurely months in south Lebanon, but, rather, an army with combat units that is prepared to implement the UN resolution. I think it has to have about 15,000 soldiers. I think that's more or less what the international community understands," Olmert told the Times and the Telegraph.
By KATHY GANNON Associated Press Writer
QANA, Lebanon (AP) - Abu Shadi Jradi pulled bodies out of wreckage for hours _ two toddler girls wearing tiny gold earrings, a small boy whose pale blue pacifier still hung from his neck. Somewhere in the middle, Jradi slumped beneath a tree and wept.
It seems as if every news org. on the PLANET has accepted this AP piece, and it's the ONLY item with this name....
I think I agree, a stage name...
Anyone have a contact at Mossad??
And where do these 15,000 troops come from??
The ONLY troops SIrael would trust would be US/European, and that has a rat's chance of happening...
What's left are the usual cabal of UN Mercanery troops from countries hard-up for currency, like Ghana, etc, and that could be an even BIGGER disaster for Israel..
Well, the security council will have to debate some more...they are deadlocks as it is now.
Perhaps THIS explains the Inside joke on the Western Press???
Abdel Qader Al Husseini
Born in 1907 in Jerusalem, son of Musa Qassem (Pasha) al-Husseini.
Graduate in chemistry of the American University of Cairo. Organized a Congress of Educated Muslims in the early 1930s to fight discrimination against Palestinian Arabs in government services.
Founder (1931) and leader of the Al-Jihad Al-Muqaddas (Holy War) organization. Lleader of the Palestinian resistance during the Great Revolt of 1936-1939. Guerilla commander for the Jerusalem district. Exiled in 1938, returned secretly to Jerusalem in 1948 after and was commander of the volunteer force of al-Jihad al-Muqaddas (Holy War) Army.
Resistance organizer and Palestinian leader during the 1948 war. Killed in a counter attack at Qastel, west of Jerusalem, on 8 April, 1948.
There is a photo, if someone could post it?
Opinion Writer for the Lebanon Daily Star???
The Gulf has little to fear from Shiite-led sectarianism
By Mohammed Abdel Qader al-Jasem
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
During the Iraq-Iran war, Saddam Hussein would receive weapons shipments through Kuwaiti ports that enabled him to continue his war on Iran. Iranian sympathizers in Kuwait, either Kuwaiti Shiite youths or enthusiasts of the Islamic Republic or Iranian elements planted there, scattered large nails on the roads
CNNi was showing some fighting over food supplies in S Beirut.
If you take a look at the comments on that LGF story, you'll see a couple of alternative names, including one that belongs to a guy who was a witness at a hearing on the '96 Qana incident.
THIS gets even MORE INTERESTING...
By Zeina Karam
12:21 p.m. December 27, 2005
BEIRUT, Lebanon A Syrian was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of involvement in the assassination of Gibran Tueni, the anti-Syrian general manager and columnist of Lebanon's leading newspaper.
*****Abdel-Qadar Abdel Qader******* was among three Syrian nationals detained earlier for questioning in the Dec. 12 killing of Tueni, who was also An-Nahar's top editor.
The two others were released after questioning, but an arrest warrant was issued against Abdel Qader by the Lebanese military prosecutor, based on his presence near the site of Tueni's killing and telephone calls he made before and after the blast, a judicial official said on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation.
CNNi saying there are shipments of fuel, food off the coast of Lebanon, cleared by Israel, but the ships wont dock until Lebanon buys war insurance for the vessels and cargo.
They're busy today.
Can anyone find a photo of this guy?
Palestinian Commander for the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) Taha Mohamed Abdel-Qader -- known by his nom de guerre, Khaled Aref
Any special reason? Some kind of holliday or religious day?
I'm not sure, but I MAY have a match!
This is from 1999, putting his age at 37 then, meaning 43-44 now....
"Lebanese troops arrested Fatah's commander in Sidon, Brigadier Taha Mohammed Abdel-Qader (known as Khaled Aref), 37"
Could someone post the picture from this page:
along with Green Helmet Guy, so we can compare them??
(Go Israel, Go! Slap 'Em Down Hezbullies.)
I suspect it's because of the increased presence of U.S. troops over the past few days.
(Go Israel, Go! Slap 'Em Down Hezbullies.)
So much for THAT attempt...
The photo 2 down from the one you just poted gives a much better facial of Green Helmet Guy.....
The more I look at these 2 pics, the more I'm wondering, "Could it be?????"
If I'm right, and I may very well NOT BE...
It's little wonder that he seemed to command authority in this situation, if he was a former FATAH GENERAL in Lebanon!