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Threat Matrix: January 2007
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Posted on 01/02/2007 7:23:18 PM PST by nwctwx

:::FreeRepublic's Threat Matrix:::
Fighting Jihad: Strategic Thinking Needed
-Full Story-

The United States of America has some of the smartest leaders in government, military, and business in the world. Yet the American government has failed to collectively use this formidable brain-power 5+ years after the attack by Jihadists on the American homeland to develop a truly strategic plan to fight the global threat of Jihad and Islamist extremism. In one of the most complex wars in American history, rather than starting with holistic, big-picture thinking towards the challenges and prioritizing resources and actions accordingly, America has spent much of the past five years after 9/11 in reactive and bureaucratic churning.

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http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_3072.html

Travel Warning
United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Washington, DC 20520

This information is current as of today, Thu Jan 25 2007 03:18:42 GMT-0800.

LEBANON

December 22, 2006

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6293437.stm

Last Updated: Wednesday, 24 January 2007, 12:17 GMT

"Warning of new Lebanon protests"

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Lebanon is returning to normal after a nationwide anti-government strike led by the Hezbollah faction, but the group has warned of more action to come."


1,451 posted on 01/25/2007 3:19:54 AM PST by Cindy
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NOTE: The following text is a quote:

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_2122.html

Travel Warning
United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Washington, DC 20520

This information is current as of today, Thu Jan 25 2007 03:21:14 GMT-0800.

BURUNDI

January 24, 2007

This Travel Warning is being re-issued to provide updated information on the security situation and to remind Americans of the dangers of travel to Burundi. This supersedes the Travel Warning of June 23, 2006.

The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against travel to Burundi. Burundi had been plagued by civil war since 1993 that often involved non-government, non-combatant targets. Gunfire in and around the capital resulted in numerous injuries and deaths. In September 2006, the government and the last remaining hold-out rebel group from the peace process, the PALIPEHUTU – FNL, signed a cease fire agreement. Nevertheless, many of the cease-fire provisions have not been implemented and the rebels still retain the capability to conduct indirect fire attacks on the capital, Bujumbura. The last recorded attack took place in July 2006. Rebels are still present throughout Bujumbura Rural, which surrounds the capital city. Due to insufficient resources, local authorities are often unable to provide assistance in case of need.

Crime, often committed by groups of armed bandits, poses a high risk for foreign visitors in Bujumbura and Burundi in general. Common crimes include muggings, burglaries, and carjackings. Armed criminals often ambush vehicles, particularly on the roads leading out of Bujumbura.

Adult dependents of U.S. Embassy personnel in Burundi were authorized to return to Burundi in June 2006. However, minor children of embassy personnel are still prohibited from accompanying the employee to Burundi. All travel outside the capital by U.S. Embassy personnel must be pre-approved by the Embassy’s Regional Security Officer, and many areas of Bujumbura have travel restrictions for USG personnel. The U.S. Embassy lifted its curfew on U.S. Government personnel in April 2006, after the Burundian government lifted the curfew within Bujumbura that had been in effect for decades. In August 2006, the U.S. Embassy lifted the ban on U.S. Government personnel flying into Bujumbura at night due to improved security at the airport and on the airport road. Nevertheless, personnel assigned to Burundi on a temporary basis may have their visits cancelled or curtailed with little notice.

Americans who travel to, or remain in, Burundi despite this Travel Warning are urged to contact the U.S. Embassy in Bujumbura for information on areas that are off-limits to U.S. Government personnel for security reasons, and to register at the State Department’s travel registration web site, https://travelregistration.state.gov. By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency. Americans without Internet access may register directly with the U.S. Embassy in Bujumbura at Avenue des Etats-Unis, telephone (257) 22-34-54, fax (257) 22-29-26.
6. Updated information on travel and security in Burundi is available at 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S. and Canada, and for callers from other countries, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. For further information, consult the Consular Information Sheet for Burundi and the current Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov.


1,452 posted on 01/25/2007 3:21:26 AM PST by Cindy
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Note: Photo included with article.

http://www.wtop.com/?nid=598&sid=1041873
AP

"Inmate Frees Himself From Chains, Escapes Deputies"
Jan 24th - 11:36am

BEL AIR, Md. (AP) -

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Police described Washington as a man of medium build with a tatoo of a gun on his abdomen."


1,453 posted on 01/25/2007 3:25:45 AM PST by Cindy
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http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2007/s07010137.htm


Wednesday, January 24, 2007

"Statement by Dr. John Dayal on Andhra Pradesh Visa Policing of Foreign Christians"

From Dalit Freedom Network
In association with OM India/A.I.C.C/SC-ST Federations
For Immediate Release

ANDHRA PRADESH, INDIA


1,454 posted on 01/25/2007 3:28:35 AM PST by Cindy
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Note: Photo included.

UPDATE:

http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2007/s07010134.htm


Wednesday, January 24, 2007

"‘God heard my prayers,’ says Pakistani Christian accused of blasphemy"

By Sheraz Khurram Khan
Special Correspondent for ASSIST News Service in Pakistan

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "FAISALABAD, PAKISTAN (ANS) -- A Young Pakistani Christian man who was accused of blasphemy in September of last year and was given post-arrest bail on January 17, 2007, has attributed his release as an answer to his prayers while he was in jail."


1,455 posted on 01/25/2007 3:31:09 AM PST by Cindy
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PERSEUCTION.org
http://www.persecution.org


1,456 posted on 01/25/2007 3:32:00 AM PST by Cindy
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1,457 posted on 01/25/2007 3:33:06 AM PST by Cindy
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Note: The following news brief is a quote:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3356664,00.html


IDF nabs 28 terror suspects in West Bank

Published: 01.25.07, 06:53

The Israel Defense Forces arrested 28 wanted terror suspects across the West Bank, the army says.

Eleven Islamic Jihad operatives and a member of Hamas were arrested in Hebron. In Bethlehem, tens suspected belonging to the Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Tanzim and PFLP armed groups were arrested. Terror suspects were also nabbed in Nablus, Jenin and Ramallah. (Ynet)


1,458 posted on 01/25/2007 3:37:35 AM PST by Cindy
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http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_922.html

Travel Warning
United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Washington, DC 20520

This information is current as of today, Thu Jan 25 2007 03:38:16 GMT-0800.

ISRAEL, THE WEST BANK AND GAZA

January 17, 2007


1,459 posted on 01/25/2007 3:38:36 AM PST by Cindy
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http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_1161.html

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
This information is current as of today, Thu Jan 25 2007 03:39:18 GMT-0800.

Worldwide Caution

October 11, 2006


1,460 posted on 01/25/2007 3:39:26 AM PST by Cindy
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Placemark


1,461 posted on 01/25/2007 7:41:02 AM PST by Godzilla (When you remove the people's right to bear arms, you create slaves.)
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Thank you for the update Cindy.


1,462 posted on 01/25/2007 11:29:20 AM PST by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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You're welcome Oorang.


1,463 posted on 01/25/2007 12:43:12 PM PST by Cindy
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http://www.satp.org
http://www.saag.org

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=pakistan


http://www.saag.org/papers21/paper2100.html
SOUTH ASIA ANALYSIS GROUP

Paper no. 2100
19.01.2007

"PAKISTAN & JIHADI TERRORISM - US CONCERNS - INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM MONITOR---PAPER NO. 176"
By B. Raman


1,464 posted on 01/25/2007 12:49:57 PM PST by Cindy
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Note: Adding links to this link collection.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=IRAN
http://www.truthusa.com/IRAN.html
http://www.memri.org/iran.html
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=Ahmadinejad

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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=hezbollah
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http://osint.internet-haganah.com/archives/000625.html
December 03, 2006
"Just in time for Hizballah and al-Qaida operatives to start moving towards North America..."
http://www.internet-haganah.com/harchives/005763.html
http://internet-haganah.com/harchives/005694.html
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1773483/posts
http://www.instituteforcounterterrorism.org/apage/3539.php
"Hezbollah America Latina: Strange Group or Real Threat?"
Dr. Ely Karmon
November14, 2006
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1747051/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1725936/posts?page=19#19
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1710273/posts

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http://osint.internet-haganah.com/archives/000732.html

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1765311/posts

"Iran's Ahmadinejad to tour Latin America"
AFP ^ | Jan 10 , 2007


1,465 posted on 01/25/2007 1:29:52 PM PST by Cindy
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Ping.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1761584/posts?page=1465#1465


1,466 posted on 01/25/2007 1:34:23 PM PST by Cindy
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http://www.rewardsforjustice.net/images/dulmatin01.jpg
http://www.rewardsforjustice.net/images/dulmatin02.jpg

Note: The following text is a quote:

http://www.rewardsforjustice.net/english/index.cfm?page=dulmatin

Wanted
Dulmatin
(aka) Amar Usman
with a reward of up to $10 Million
Age: mid to late 30's
Place of birth: Unknown
Height: 172 cm
Weight: 70 kgs
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Sex: Male
Characteristics: N/A
Aliases: Joko Pitoyo, Joko Pitono, Abdul Matin, Pitono, Muktarmar, Djoko, Noval

Dulmatin, an electronics specialist with training in al-Qa'ida camps in Afghanistan, is a senior figure in the Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist organization.He is believed to have been one of the masterminds behind the 2002 bombings in Bali, Indonesia, which killed 202 people, including seven U.S. citizens. Dulmatin is a mid to late 30's, Javanese Arabic man, 172 cm tall, weighing 70 kgs, with a brown complexion.

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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1773744/posts


Bali bomber hurt in Filipino gunfight
The Australian ^ | January 25 2007 | Emma-Kate Symons

Posted on 01/25/2007 1:57:46 PM PST by knighthawk

SOUTHEAST Asia's most wanted terrorist, Bali bomb mastermind Dulmatin, has been wounded in a fierce gunfight on remote Jolo Island in a significant win for US-backed Philippines forces battling to "eliminate" the Jemaah Islamiah kingpin and his Abu Sayyaf cronies.

The Australian, in a series of interviews with the top Philippines and US commanders in the southern Philippines, has also learned that Dulmatin, along with his JI Bali bomber partner Patek, are on the run for their lives on Jolo. The pair spend no longer than six hours in one place on the jungle-covered volcanic island.

According to Philippines Brigadier-General Ruben Rafael, they have even resorted to sporting wigs and burkas to evade 6000 troops hunting them.

Dulmatin, who has a $US10million ($13 million) bounty on his head, has hidden two of his children away on the nearby island of Basilan, probably with the widow of Abu Sayyaf founder Abburajak Janjalani, one commander said.

(Excerpt) Read more at theaustralian.news.com.au ...


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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1773745/posts

"(Denton, Texas) Athlete who fled Katrina jailed for making bomb threat"
ESPN ^ | January 25, 2007 | Associated Press

Posted on 01/25/2007 1:58:11 PM PST by Arec Barrwin


1,468 posted on 01/25/2007 2:10:18 PM PST by Cindy
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http://www.officer.com/article/article.jsp?siteSection=3&id=34515

"Fight, Flight or Freeze
Understanding and training within the sympathetic nervous system"

Updated: January 22nd, 2007 03:19 AM EDT
KEVIN DAVIS
Tactical Survival Contributor
Officer.com

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The gift that you've already been given and have in your possession is the fight or flight reflex, more accurately called the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) reaction.

You see, already hardwired into man is a survival system that prepares us to overcome life-threatening situations. The tradeoff is that you need to understand the mental, physical and psychological changes that take place when the SNS is activated."


1,469 posted on 01/25/2007 2:16:56 PM PST by Cindy
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http://hotair.com/archives/2007/01/25/the-green-lane-mosque/
HOT AIR.com - blog/VIDEO: "The Green Lane Mosque"
(January 25, 2007)

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http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/014970.php

January 25, 2007
"Jihad and Sharia preaching in British mosques, and its implications"

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http://frontpagemagazine.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=26543

"Islamic Prejudice, Islamic Denial"
By Robert Spencer
FrontPageMagazine.com | January 23, 2007


1,470 posted on 01/25/2007 2:29:32 PM PST by Cindy
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=mexico

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http://www.defenselink.mil/news/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=2807
"More Texas National Guard Called Up to Protect U.S.-Mexico Border"

By Fred W. Baker III
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2007

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http://www.ice.gov/pi/news/newsreleases/articles/070123la.htm

January 23, 2007

Week-long ICE operation targeting criminal aliens and illegal alien fugitives in the Southland nets record arrests
Subjects include 2 foreign murder suspects and more than 150 immigration fugitives

LOS ANGELES – More than 750 foreign nationals have been removed from the United States or are facing deportation following a massive week-long enforcement action by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) targeting criminal aliens and immigration fugitives in five Southland counties that concluded earlier today.

During the operation, ICE officers tracked down and arrested 338 immigration violators who were at large in Los Angeles (169), Orange (111), Riverside (26), San Bernardino (22), and Ventura (10) counties. More than 150 of those arrested were immigration fugitives, aliens who have ignored final orders of deportation issued by immigration judges. Another 24 of those encountered were aliens who had been previously deported and returned to the United States illegally.

The group also included two criminal fugitives from Mexico wanted for murdering a Sinaloa man in 2004 in a dispute over a fence. Rafael Lopez Obeso, 54, and his son, Rafael Obeso Melchor, 25, were taken into custody by ICE officers Friday at a residence in the desert community of Mecca. The men, who were arrested on immigration violations, were transported to the border Friday and turned over to representatives from the Mexican Attorney General’s Office. Members of the U.S. Marshals Service Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force assisted in the arrest.

As part of the operation, ICE officers also expanded their search for criminal aliens incarcerated in area jails, taking custody of 423 previously unidentified deportable foreign nationals who were scheduled for release from the county jails in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties.

The seven-day effort is the largest single enforcement action carried out nationwide so far under Operation Return to Sender, an ongoing ICE initiative targeting criminal aliens, foreign nationals with final orders of deportation, and other immigration violators. Since its launch in June 2006, Operation Return to Sender has resulted in more than 13,000 arrests nationwide. During that same time period, ICE has also lodged nearly 3,000 immigration detainers against criminal aliens incarcerated in state and local jails across the country ensuring they will come into ICE custody when they complete their sentences.

“As part of our commitment to the Secure Border Initiative, ICE is dedicating unprecedented resources to identifying and arresting criminal aliens and immigration fugitives,” said Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for ICE Julie L. Myers. “This country welcomes law abiding immigrants, but foreign nationals who flout our laws and commit crimes against our citizens should be on notice that there are consequences for their conduct.”

The United States Attorney’s Office is reviewing the cases of a number of the aliens arrested during the past week for possible prosecution for re-entry after deportation, a felony violation that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Federal charges were filed last week against Erik Omar Galindo-Vasquez, a 28-year-old Mexican national with a prior conviction for assault with a deadly weapon who was previously deported from the United States in 2005.

“The goal of our enforcement efforts is two-fold. First, it’s about restoring integrity to our nation’s immigration system,” said Jim Hayes, the field office director for ICE detention and removal operations in Los Angeles. “Second, it’s about safeguarding our communities from those who brazenly disregard our laws and often prey upon other members of the immigrant community.”

This week’s operation was conducted by officers assigned to ICE’s four Los Angeles area fugitive operations teams. Those officers were aided by three additional fugitive operations teams brought in from ICE offices across the country. The Fugitive Operations Program was established in 2003 to eliminate the nation’s backlog of immigration fugitives. Today, there are 52 fugitive operations teams nationwide and ICE expects to expand that number to 75 by year’s end.

The majority of the aliens taken into custody during the last week are Mexican nationals, but the group also included immigration violators from 14 countries, including the Ukraine, India, Japan, Poland, and Trinidad. Since many of these individuals have already been through immigration proceedings, they are subject to immediate removal from the country. Of the 757 aliens arrested during the past week, more than 450 have already been returned to their native countries. The remaining aliens are in ICE custody awaiting a hearing before an immigration judge.

Operation Return to Sender is an integral part of the second phase of the Secure Border Initiative (SBI), a comprehensive multi-year plan launched by the Department of Homeland Security to secure America's borders and reduce illegal migration. Under SBI, Homeland Security seeks to gain operational control of both the northern and southern borders, while re-engineering the detention and removal system to ensure that illegal aliens are removed from the country quickly and efficiently. The initiative also involves strong interior enforcement efforts, including enhanced worksite enforcement, and intensified efforts to track down and remove illegal aliens inside this country.

Last fiscal year, ICE removed more than 190,000 aliens from the United States, including more than 86,000 criminal aliens.


1,471 posted on 01/25/2007 2:37:51 PM PST by Cindy
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=jordan

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http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,246712,00.html
(AP)

"Jordanian Shoots Dead 17-Year-Old Daughter in Honor Killing"
Thursday, January 25, 2007

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "AMMAN, Jordan — A father shot dead his 17-year-old daughter, having suspected her of having sex, and surrendered to the police in the latest case of the so-called "honor killings" that have brought international opprobrium on Jordan. An autopsy found the girl to be a virgin.

Weeks earlier the girl had returned home from a family protection clinic after doctors had vouched for virginity and the father had signed a pledge not to harm her, a state forensic pathologist said Thursday.

The father shot her four times in the head on Tuesday, said the pathologist, who spoke on condition of anonymity owing to the sensitivity of the issue.

On Wednesday, an autopsy performed at the National Institute of Forensic Medicine in Amman showed "she was still a virgin," the pathologist added."


1,472 posted on 01/25/2007 2:47:12 PM PST by Cindy
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1773757/posts


"Passenger alarm over daggers on plane (Slice of Life DownUnder NZ)"
NZPA ^ | Friday, 26 January 2007 | NZPA

Posted on 01/25/2007 2:45:09 PM PST by DieHard the Hunter

Passenger alarm over daggers on plane NZPA | Friday, 26 January 2007


1,473 posted on 01/25/2007 2:54:03 PM PST by Cindy
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http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=24144_New_Surveillance_Video-_Failed_Bomber_Flees&only

Thursday, January 25, 2007
"New Surveillance Video: Failed Bomber Flees"

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=op3ofNQ5hI8&eurl=

"21.7.05. Failed London Bombers CCTV.
This is a video response to 21.7.05. Failed London Bombers C.C.T.V."

(Added January 25, 2007)


1,474 posted on 01/25/2007 3:02:25 PM PST by Cindy
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=iraq

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http://michellemalkin.com/archives/006761.htm

"An embedded blogger returns"
Michael Yon with the 2/7
By Michelle Malkin · January 25, 2007 09:46 AM


1,475 posted on 01/25/2007 3:07:40 PM PST by Cindy
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NOTE: The following text is a quote:

http://www.defenselink.mil/news/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=2816

43 Insurgents Detained, Weapons Found, Captives Freed

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2007 – In a string of operations across Iraq over the past four days, Iraqi and coalition forces detained 43 suspected terrorists, found several weapons caches, stopped an illegal checkpoint, and freed three captives, military officials reported.

-- In Karmah, Iraq, coalition forces detained 12 suspected terrorists today. Intelligence reports indicate the detainees have key logistical ties to the al Qaeda in Iraq network and to improvised explosive device production. Reports indicate that they are responsible for the recent increase in IED attacks in the Karmah area. During the raid, coalition forces found several AK-47s and ammunition.

-- In Mosul, coalition forces captured a foreign fighter facilitator with ties to a senior al Qaeda leader responsible for bringing large numbers of suicide bombers into Iraq.

-- Special Iraqi police forces captured five members of an illegally armed militia and detained seven others during operations with coalition advisors yesterday near Kawam, south of Baghdad. The suspects are allegedly responsible for coordinating and carrying out numerous IED and other attacks against Iraqi police, Iraqi security forces and coalition forces in the Babil province.

-- A tip from a local citizen to an Iraqi army unit enabled soldiers to stop an illegal checkpoint in the western Baghdad neighborhood of Ghazaliyah yesterday. Shortly after noon, an unidentified Iraqi phoned Company C, 4th Battalion, 1st Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, stating that a number of men had set up an illegal checkpoint in a southern Ghazaliyah neighborhood. A patrol was dispatched to the area and upon arrival was engaged by AK-47 and pistol fire. The patrol returned fire but was unable to prevent the escape of the terrorists.

-- Coalition and Iraqi army soldiers detained 10 suspects and seized four caches in the Al-Doura district as part of Operation Wolverine Feast yesterday. The operation began as witnesses reported seeing several men load a mortar tube and ammunition into the trunk of a car. Soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division's Company C, 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, and 3rd Battalion, 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, were alerted and cordoned off the target area. In the first objective they captured one wanted man with an 82 mm mortar system, two AK-47 assault rifles, a 9 mm pistol and two hand grenades. A sweep of a second targeted area uncovered six men with 10 120 mm mortar rounds. The third cache contained a 60 mm mortar system and various rocket-propelled grenade launchers and RPG rounds. Three men were detained at this location. The last cache contained several RPG rockets and accelerators.

-- Coalition forces detained three suspected terrorists and found weapons during a combat operation in Mahmudiyah Jan. 23. Soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division's 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, worked with troops from the 2nd Battalion, 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, during Operation Black Eagle II, aimed at denying insurgents sanctuary within the Mahmudiyah area. Two AK-47 bandoleers and two Katusha rocket casings were found during the operation.

-- Four suspected insurgents were detained after a raid on a suspected insurgent safe house south of Baghdad Jan. 23. Iraqi army troops and paratroopers from the 25th Infantry Division's 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, conducted the raid on the suspected terrorist safe house, which was believed to be used to hide insurgents and store weapons.

-- Coalition forces and Iraq army troops detained eight suspected terrorists and seized weapons during a combat patrol northwest of Lutifiyah Jan. 23. Soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division's 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, and the 6th Iraqi Army Division's 1st Battalion, 4th Brigade, were on a combat patrol when they came under small-arms fire attack from a canal. The troops called in for aviation support, and one insurgent died in the aerial attack. The remaining four insurgents tried to escape down a canal and were killed by Iraqi troops. Following the firefight, troops searched the area for more insurgents. They found nine Iraqis hiding in a nearby house. Eight of the nine were detained, all wanted for suspected terrorist acts. The search also turned up a weapons cache consisting of three medium machine guns, two AK-47 assault rifles, a shotgun and a sniper rifle with a scope.

-- Coalition forces discovered a building with blood-stained walls southeast of Fallujah on Jan. 22 and rescued three Iraqis found shackled inside. One of the victims was badly beaten and had broken limbs. He was examined and quickly evacuated by coalition forces to receive life-saving medical care. During their patrol, soldiers of Company B, 2nd Battalion, 136th Infantry Regiment, discovered multiple weapons caches in other nearby houses. The discovery included a mortar targeting system and a sniper rifle with scope, as well as a Bongo truck with a mounted anti-aircraft gun and another vehicle rigged as a car bomb. Once the hostages were rescued from the house, the suspected "torture house" was destroyed by coalition forces.

(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)


1,476 posted on 01/25/2007 3:09:22 PM PST by Cindy
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Radioactive traces found in Romanian scrap iron in Bosnia
Thursday January 25, 2007

Sarajevo- Management of the Mittal Steel Company in the central Bosnian town of Zenica refused late Wednesday to unload a freight car of scrap iron from Romania, which had high levels of radiation, media reported Thursday. The company's sensors, according to reports, found radioactive traces in scrap iron in one freight car of a huge load of the material imported from Romania through the Schulz Company for Mittal Steel in Zenica, 70 kilometres north of Sarajevo.

The car was immediately isolated and the supplier was informed about the findings. The radiation level, according to unofficial sources, was five times higher than the limit.

http://rawstory.com/news/2007/Radioactive_traces_found_in_Romania_01252007.html

IDF Arrests Twenty-Eight Wanted Terrorists
Jan 25, '07 / 6 Shevat 5767

Army forces arrested twenty-eight wanted terrorists Wednesday night in the Judea and Samaria regions.

Soldiers arrested one terrorist from Hamas and eleven from the Islamic Jihad in the Hebron region. In Bethlehem they arrested three terrorists from the Islamic Jihad, three from the People’s Front, one from Hamas, and three from Fatah’s Tanzim.

In Ramallah, the army arrested four terrorist from Hamas. In Samaria two terrorists were arrested, one from Fatah and one from the Islamic Jihad. The two were arrested in the Shechem and Jenin regions respectively.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=120228

Militant held, explosives seized in Delhi
January 25, 2007

NEW DELHI: A suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant was arrested with 2.5 kg of RDX by the Special Cell of the Delhi police from near the Seelampur Metro station on Thursday. The militant was to hand over the explosives to an LeT module that was to carry out blasts here on Republic Day. A hunt has been launched for the other militants.

Excerpted

http://www.hindu.com/2007/01/26/stories/2007012605081500.htm

1,477 posted on 01/25/2007 3:25:25 PM PST by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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To: All; SlowBoat407; JohnathanRGalt; yonif; ganeshpuri89; backhoe; piasa; Godzilla; nwctwx

ON THE NET...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=lebanon

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=hezbollah
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=hizballah
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=hizbullah

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http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3357131,00.html

US urges calm in Lebanon, fears for Siniora

Published: 01.26.07, 00:32

The United States appealed on Thursday for calm in Lebanon and reiterated concern that "irresponsible" forces were working to topple the government of embattled Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.

In November, the White House warned that Syria and Iran, acting through the Hizbullah group of Shiite Muslim militants, might be on the verge of an attempted coup in Lebanon. (Reuters)

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http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1167467814023&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Jan. 25, 2007 16:45 | Updated Jan. 25, 2007 20:15
"Lebanese army imposes night curfew"
By ASSOCIATED PRESS


1,478 posted on 01/25/2007 3:27:19 PM PST by Cindy
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Philippine troops seize explosives' cache of communist rebels
Thursday January 25, 2007

Manila- Philippine troops have seized a huge explosives' and ammunition cache from what was allegedly the biggest weapons' depot of communist rebels in the country's troubled south, an army spokesman said Thursday. Major Ernesto Torres said the soldiers found the depot in a cave in Tagbina town in Surigao del Sur province, 930 kilometres south of Manila, after a brief firefight with guerrillas on Wednesday.

He said the cave was "believed to be the biggest bomb-making and ammunition depot of communist terrorists" in the southern region of Mindanao.

"Troops recovered several bomb-making and ammunition reloading equipment including 42 plastic containers of superdyne dynamite explosives that could produce about 250 pieces of 8-kilogram landmines," he said.

Soldiers also seized 18 claymore mines, assorted assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenade launchers, ammunition and detonating wires. "Due to thick foliage, about 100 plastic containers of superdyne explosives buried within the vicinity of the cave are still to be dug," Torres said.

Military authorities were hopeful that the capture of the weapons depot would degrade the rebels' ability to launch bomb attacks in Mindanao, which often target soldiers, communication facilities and business establishments that refuse to pay revolutionary taxes. Communist rebels have been fighting the government since the late 1960s, making the movement of the longest-running leftist insurgencies in Asia. They have been tagged as terrorists by foreign governments, such as the United States and the European Union.

http://rawstory.com/news/2006/Philippine_troops_seize_explosives__01252007.html

1,479 posted on 01/25/2007 3:29:21 PM PST by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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"The FBI's Web site says Shukrijumah "carries a Guyanese passport but may attempt to enter the United States with a Trinidadian passport." Shukrijumah's late father is Guyanese. He taught Arabic and lectured in mosques there and in Trinidad before moving to America to work for the Saudi Embassy and then run a small radical mosque in Florida (which was bankrolled by the former Saudi ambassador, according to Newsweek). Shukrijumah still has relatives in Guyana, which is near Trinidad. "

Interesting....thanks for posting that Oorang

1,480 posted on 01/25/2007 3:39:18 PM PST by WestCoastGal (NO MORE MR NICE GUY!! 5-31-07 ~ MIDNIGHT GIT-R-DONE)
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To: WestCoastGal

You're welcome. I hope you are doing well WCG.


1,481 posted on 01/25/2007 3:41:35 PM PST by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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To: Oorang

Thanks I am doing ok.

We had an ice storm for a few days here which just about crippled this small town. Made me reconsider whether I have enough emergency supplies on hand. My boss and her husband went to the market during this situation and found the shelves empty.

Everyone should take heed..........in the event of an emergency there probably will be no one to help. We will be on our own.

Time to recheck supplies.

I have to wonder why the airlines are still on red alert. It really gives me no comfort knowing the mucky muck PTB are afraid to lower both that and the overall yellow alert.


1,482 posted on 01/25/2007 3:49:19 PM PST by WestCoastGal (NO MORE MR NICE GUY!! 5-31-07 ~ MIDNIGHT GIT-R-DONE)
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To: Oorang; JohnathanRGalt; backhoe; piasa; copguy; nwctwx; Godzilla; All

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=RDX

http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&q=%22RDX%22&btnG=Search+News

http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&q=%22+Seelampur+Metro+station%22&btnG=Search+News

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THANKS Oorang for pointing to this article.

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Militant held, explosives seized in Delhi
January 25, 2007

NEW DELHI: A suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant was arrested with 2.5 kg of RDX by the Special Cell of the Delhi police from near the Seelampur Metro station on Thursday. The militant was to hand over the explosives to an LeT module that was to carry out blasts here on Republic Day. A hunt has been launched for the other militants.

Excerpted

http://www.hindu.com/2007/01/26/stories/2007012605081500.htm


1,483 posted on 01/25/2007 4:45:10 PM PST by Cindy
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Iran: Nuclear Scientist Dies Under Mysterious Circumstances

Tehran, 25 Jan. 2007 - One of Iran's top nuclear scientists, Ardeshir Hassanpour, a professor at the university of Shiraz, has died under mysterious circumstances. Hassanpour's death was announced by Iranian state television, a week late, on Thursday. No reason was given for his death. The scientist was proclaimed the best scientist in the military field in the Islamic Republic in 2003. Hassanpour directed the centre for nuclear electromagnetic studies he had founded in 2005.

He had also co-founded the center for atomic research in Isfahan, the most important in the country, Iranian state television reported. Last year, Ardeshir Hassanpour was awarded Iran's most prestigious scientific award, the Kharazmi prize.

http://www.adnki.com/index_2Level_English.php?cat=Security&loid=8.0.380293765&par=0

Iran: 130 People Arrested In Baluchistan

Tehran, 25 Jan. 2007 - Iranian state television announced on Thursday that 130 people were arrested in the Baluchistan region, on the border with Pakistan and Afghanistan. Government sources said those arrested were all drug dealers and smugglers but a spokesperson for the Baluchistan United Front, which wants to establish a federal democratic republic in Iran, claimed that at least 70 of those arrested were separatist activists.

http://www.adnki.com/index_2Level_English.php?cat=Security&loid=8.0.380278413&par=0

Iran Nuclear: Symphony To Mark 'Atomic Festival'

Tehran, 25 Jan. 2007 - Tehran's symphonic orchestra will perform for the first time on 11 February the 'nuclear symphony' commissioned by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to celebrate Iran's nuclear programme. The concert will mark celebrations for the anniversary of the Iranian revolution in 1979. The event - hailed by Ahmadinejad as the 'nuclear celebrations' - will be held at the Azadi square, the largest in Tehran, and will be attended by Iran's top authorities as well as foreign guests whose identity had yet to be revealed.

Excerpted

http://www.adnki.com/index_2Level_English.php?cat=Politics&loid=8.0.380236179&par=0

1,484 posted on 01/25/2007 4:48:06 PM PST by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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To: WestCoastGal
I agree, in a major emergency stove shelves would be empty in no time flat. If someone is a distance from the store (30 minute drive) than that is even more time for the "locals" to empty the shelves. Nothing better than a well stocked pantry.
1,485 posted on 01/25/2007 4:51:07 PM PST by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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To: Cindy
Quite welcome Cindy.

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Islamist Sites Post Zawahiri Video

Dubai, 25 Jan. 2007 - A video message by al-Qaeda No.2 Ayman al-Zawahiri appeared on Islamist sites on Thursday, almost 24 hours after the footage had been posted on the webpages of several US intelligence service-linked research institutions. Observers have noted how this marks the first time that video footage purportedly produced by al-Qaeda has receivied its initial public airing through channels other than the Islamist sites and the Dubai-based statellite television network, al-Jazeera.

The appearance of al-Zawhari's latest video message on the sites of the US anti-terrorism think tank signals a breakthrough by Washington's intelligence agencies, most participants to on-line chat forums on several Islamist sites surveyed by Adnkronos International (AKI) believe.

In particular the Islamist site forum members suspect that American intelligence has infiltrated the channels used by al-Qaeda to deliver the video material to al-Jazeera which has been Osama bin-Laden's terror network's preferred media outlet.

http://www.adnki.com/index_2Level_English.php?cat=Terrorism&loid=


1,486 posted on 01/25/2007 5:08:45 PM PST by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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To: Oorang

"In particular the Islamist site forum members suspect that American intelligence has infiltrated the channels used by al-Qaeda..."

Yep, those secret decoder rings work wonderfully.

LOL.

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http://www.internet-haganah.com/haganah/internet.html


1,487 posted on 01/25/2007 5:24:19 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Oorang

Wondering if the nuclear scientist was tipping off the West and got caught?


1,488 posted on 01/25/2007 5:56:37 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: Oorang; Cindy; StillProud2BeFree

I'm quite certain it's not the "first" time.


1,489 posted on 01/25/2007 6:01:17 PM PST by Velveeta
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Suspicious Package Found in UAB Area

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC--TV--MyFoxAl.com)-- Birmingham police, fire department and bomb squad continue to block off streets in the area of UAB.
An unknown package allegedly containing an alarm clock and wires was left in a particular building.

A bomb squad has since sent in a robot to detonate the suspicious package or bomb.

FOX6 News will more updates at 9:00 p.m.

http://www.myfoxal.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=2176045&version=4&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=3.2.1


1,490 posted on 01/25/2007 6:07:05 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: All; Cindy; Oorang

Personnel required to report suspicious activity
http://www.ftleavenworthlamp.com/articles/2007/01/25/features/features2.txt


Palo Alto Police Investigate Suspicious Packages
PALO ALTO -- A Santa Clara County bomb squad determined two suspicious packages that closed part of the Palo Alto transit center Thursday were gift-wrapped bricks, Palo Alto police Sgt. Sandra Brown said.
http://www.foxreno.com/news/10844052/detail.html


Merced County's First Homicide of the Year

Family members stood outside their market in shock, as sheriff's detectives investigated the murder of the store's clerk. (snip)

Abdul Hussein says his cousin, Fahd, opened the store around five this morning. He says, "I can't believe it to see a person like this going away." Hussein says the store was broken into just a couple of days ago, and believes the incidents maybe related.

The family says Fahd just returned to the United States after serving in the army. (snip)
http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?section=local&id=4972473


1,491 posted on 01/25/2007 6:54:11 PM PST by Velveeta
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To: Oorang

Re the scientist - article snippet: "Last year, Ardeshir Hassanpour was awarded Iran's most prestigious scientific award, the Kharazmi prize."

I wonder what the scientist was working on before he died.


1,492 posted on 01/25/2007 6:56:29 PM PST by Cindy
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What is Germany's Intelligence Service Doing in Iraq?
http://www.worldpoliticswatch.com/article.aspx?id=498


1,493 posted on 01/25/2007 7:46:22 PM PST by Velveeta
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Troops Authorized to Kill Iranian Operatives in Iraq
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/25/AR2007012502199.htm


1,494 posted on 01/25/2007 8:03:16 PM PST by Velveeta
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SHC seeks govt position on Al Qaeda detainee
January 26, 2007 Friday Muharram 06, 1428

KARACHI, Jan 25: A Sindh High Court division bench on Thursday sought official comments on the reported handing over of Al Qaeda leader Khalid Mohammad Shaikh and three of his relatives to the United States.

Petitioner Mariam alleged that her brother, Khalid Mohammad Shaikh, son Abdul Karim and sons-in-law Abdul Qadir and Ramzi bin Shibh were taken into custody and handed over to the US authorities.

The Inspector-General of Sindh Police submitted his report saying that the detainees were neither arrested nor detained nor transferred abroad by the provincial police.

The petitioner’s counsel, Ghulam Qadir Jatoi, produced a newspaper clipping quoting US President George Bush as claiming that Khalid, mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, was among the 14 Al Qaeda terrorists transferred to the US custody.

The bench, comprising Justices Sarmad Jalal Osmany and Sain Ali Dino Metlo, asked Additional Advocate-General Dr Qazi Khalid Ali and federal government standing counsel Sofia Shah to explain the official position with regard to the detainees, and adjourned further hearing to a date in office.

http://www.dawn.com/2007/01/26/top16.htm


1,495 posted on 01/25/2007 8:06:48 PM PST by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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To: Velveeta
Thanks for finding the Birmingham info Velveeta. Here is another article:

Bomb Scare In Downtown Birmingham
Thursday, Jan 25, 2007 - 04:56 PM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A suspicious package was reported near the UAB campus at approximately 4:45 p.m. Thursday evening. Within minutes, members of the FBI, ATF, Birmingham and UAB police, firefighters and paramedics were on the scene. Police cordoned off four city blocks, from 14th St. South at 10th and 11th Avenues South, and kept UAB students out of the area for several hours.

A member of the bomb squad in protective gear walked into a building on the corner of 13th Street and 11th Avenue South to test for possible chemical or biological elements. After determining that the package was not a Haz-Mat issue, they returned to the scene to destroy the package.

Police said the package was made to imitate an explosive device. No arrests have been made at this time.

http://www.nbc13.com/gulfcoastwest/vtm/news.apx.-content-articles-VTM-2007-01-25-0007.html


1,496 posted on 01/25/2007 8:15:32 PM PST by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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UPDATE on previously posted news:

Arrested Kosovo Albanian al-Qaeda mole
January 17, 2007

Kosovo Albanian that was arrested last month by the Austrian authorities at a Vienna Schwechat International Airport is a sought out intermediary for terror organizations across Europe and is in service of al-Qaeda, says Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung.

Dodu L. is a 55 year old Kosovo Albanian with combat experience acquired during terror attacks on Kosovo Serbs DURING 1990S. In December of 2007, he was to detonate 2 bombs inside Montenegro parliament in a plot that involves 12 other ethnic Albanians, some of them US citizens.

As the bombing plot folded, 12 ethnic Albanians in Montenegro have been arrested while Dodu L. managed to escape Montenegro and on a connecting flight in Vienna was arrested by the Austrian authorities. Kronen Zeitung says that the bomber, Dodu L. was on a trip to the USA.

" Outwardly Dodu L was calm... the more thorough examination caused the man to react suddenly nervous. To the policemen it became clear why: The 55-year old was on the terror list of the most wanted!" writes Kronen Zeitung.

"Around Dodu L. is a rope pulling him between USA and Montenegro. According to insiders this fighter is in demand intermediary for terror organizations - such as the deliverers of messages for entire Europe," writes Kronen.

According to Kronen Zeitung, Dodu L. was an al-Qaeda member who was eventually recruited, with promises of money, to be a "mole" for the CIA inside al-Qaeda. Kronen Zeitung is not clear whether the Kosovo Albanian was a "mole" inside al-Qaeda operation in Kosovo or throughout Europe. "This explains also why the US Government wants to absolutely prevent his extradition to Montenegro," concluded Kronen Zeitung.

http://www.serbianna.com/news/2007/01057.shtml

1,497 posted on 01/25/2007 8:39:45 PM PST by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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To: Oorang

Thanks for the update.

Scary and how many others are like him that we don't know about?!


1,498 posted on 01/25/2007 8:44:24 PM PST by FairOpinion
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To: FairOpinion; All

Thanks to Fair Opinion for the ping to this thread:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1773867/posts


"Wakeup America – Understand the Mind of the Jihadist"
SalemTheSoldier.us ^ | 25 January, 2007 | David J. Jonsson

Posted on 01/25/2007 6:36:43 PM PST by Salem


1,499 posted on 01/25/2007 8:53:11 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Velveeta

I don't know anything about the German Intelligence service in Iraq.

I did read something interesting though recently:

http://www.internet-haganah.com/harchives/005880.html


1,500 posted on 01/25/2007 8:59:48 PM PST by Cindy
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