Skip to comments.News from the Long War, Thread 4
Posted on 04/15/2007 6:02:06 PM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum
Since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, our nation has fought a global war against violent extremists who use terrorism as their weapon of choice, and who seek to destroy our free way of life. Our enemies seek weapons of mass destruction and, if they are successful, will likely attempt to use them in their conflict with free people everywhere. Currently, the struggle is centered in Iraq and Afghanistan, but we will need to be prepared and arranged to successfully defend our nation and its interests around the globe for years to come. DOD
Our enemies include all the Muslims who dream of knocking Western Civilization off its perch atop humanityâs dung heap. Islam is fractured into any number of sects, tribes and ethnic groups, but the dream of destroying us cuts across all the fault lines. Islamic terrorists are merely the tip of a very large spear.
J. Peter Mulhern, the American Thinker, September 18
The determination behind that fight is real, the hatred is real, and the excuses for doing this are very real in the minds of those who have decided to walk that path. We can respond in two ways: Try to ignore or negotiate with people who do not want to negotiate in good faith, because what they want is our destruction, or to stand up against the darkness of those who see all of us, our way of life, our culture and our aspirations as something worth eliminating.
Either: "And God willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world without the United States and Zionism," Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Or: "With vigilance, determination, courage, we will defeat the enemies of freedom, and we will leave behind a more peaceful world for our children and our grandchildren." GW Bush.
Here's where I will post news and info about the Long War. Let me know if you're interested.
” Ah, now here is something we can get behind. “
It’s got my vote!!
Yes. Please transfer UN headquarters from the US - to say Sudan. Hey I know, I’ll bet Russia would welcome the UN.
Have you seen any nuclear material?
Nature ^ | 8 May 2007 | Geoff Brumfiel
Posted on 05/14/2007 6:30:22 AM CDT by BlackVeil
A Pakistani public information campaign about what to do if you stumble across stray radioactive material is raising hairs on the necks of Western arms control experts.
The ads, which appeared last week in several Urdu-language newspapers, featured the large, yellow radiation symbol and a warning to report any lost or misplaced isotopes.
“As public education campaigns go, it’s unique,” says Jeffrey Lewis, director of nuclear strategy and nonproliferation at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC. Lewis says he was “shocked” to hear of the announcements.
Pakistan has never lost nuclear material per se, but it has a poor track record of protecting its nuclear technology. The father of its nuclear weapons programme, A.Q. Khan, is notorious for having sold the nation’s secrets on the black market. Last week, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a London-based think tank, released a report suggesting that Khan had been involved in selling nuclear secrets to Iran, in addition to North Korea and Libya.
Pakistan’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority played down the significance of the ads. “No radioactive source has been stolen, lost or missed,” spokesman Zaheer Ayub Baig told email@example.com via e-mail. Baig says that the newspaper ads were simply meant to warn citizens about old medical and industrial sources that may have been lost before the founding of the nation a half-century ago. He adds that in coming weeks, advertisements will also appear in regional and English-language papers.
Lost radioactive materials, often called “orphan sources,” can pose a risk to public health. In 1987, an abandoned canister of caesium-137 found in a Brazilian scrap yard led to the contamination of over 244 people. And the problem is not confined to the developing world. In March, a container of yellowcake uranium turned up in a Los Angeles area pawn shop. Yellowcake is not considered dangerous, but the store owner nevertheless called authorities.
Lewis says that the cultural stigma surrounding radiation in the West, and the relative infrequency with which sources are lost, makes the need for such advertising campaigns largely unnecessary. In Pakistan, he imagines, it might well make sense to place such an ad. But given the country’s difficult history, it doesn’t inspire confidence, he says. “It’s having to do it in the first place that’s suspicious.”
14:35 Outgoing PA Interior Minister slams Abbas, Haniyeh for not supporting him (AP)
14:11 Jordan`s king warns visiting U.S. VP Cheney time running out for Arab peace plan (AP)
14:08 Striking students renew talks with PMO over possible tuition hike (Israel Radio)
13:52 Livni: Military action in Gaza would only bolster PA extremists (Israel Radio)
13:11 PM: Bomb shelters in north will be repaired in coming months (Israel Radio)
13:05 EU external relations chief: EU must do more to encourage the new PA gov`t (Reuters)
12:35 Hamas-Fatah fighting reported in Gaza City; no word on casualties (AP)
12:34 Palestinian Interior Minister Hani Kawasmeh resigns (Haaretz)
12:15 PM: Damaged bomb shelters in north to be repaired within months (Israel Radio)
11:39 Livni: Israel`s existence as Jewish state hinges on two-state solution (Israel Radio)
11:34 AG permits Haim Ramon to return to public service after completing sentence (Haaretz)
11:09 ADL study conducted in five EU countries finds rising anti-Semitic attitudes (Haaretz)
10:44 Iran vows `severe` response to U.S. attack (Reuters)
10:35 Israel Lands Administration cancels alleged Jewish-only land sale tenders (Haaretz)
09:54 8-year-old Acre boy seriously injured when attacked by dog (Haaretz)
09:17 Fatah sources: Unity government with Hamas could collapse within days (Reuters)
Speaking of Pakistan -—
Troops told to shoot rioters as death toll mounts in Karachi
belfast telegraph ^ | 5/14/07 | y Rachel Shields
Posted on 05/14/2007 6:52:28 AM CDT by Flavius
Pakistan’s government authorised paramilitary troops to shoot anyone involved in serious violence yesterday as the crisis triggered by the dismissal of Pakistan’s top judge took an ominous and bloody turn.
Seven more people were killed yesterday, bringing the death toll from a weekend of violence to 41. President Pervez Musharraf suspended the judge, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, in March but he has since become a focus for protesters trying to end military rule.
(Excerpt) Read more at belfasttelegraph.co.uk ...
Quiet morning, but after having half of Grandma’s outfit here on Saturday along with four of the grandkids (the other three couldn’t make it, so they’re coming out Memorial Day), it would be a quiet morning for me if the Yellowstone caldera blew up.
Grandkids are a kick in the butt.
4 killed in second day of bloodbath in Karachi
Monday May 14, 2007 (0117 PST)
KARACHI: Relatives of the people who were killed in the firing by unknown assailants on Saturday, burn tyres on Habib Bank Road, Nazimabad.
KARACHI: The city of lights witnessed another bloodbath on Sunday as at least four more persons were killed and scores others injured raising the death toll in the riots to 40 in two days.
Police have also arrested fifty people for riot in the provincial metropolis and Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibbad has given all out authority to Sindh Rangers to control the situation. The Rangers can also open fire on mobs to control the situation.
Governor Sindh made it clear that no one would be allowed to disturb the peace of the city at any cost.
More at link: http://www.paktribune.com/news/index.shtml?178070
Anbar Sitrep from an NCO
Posted By Blackfive
Thought I’d share this situation report from a pal in Anbar. This is the truth from the ground from the men who do the fighting:
...Our morale for killing the enemy is high, but to a man everyone is thoroughly disgusted with the US and all of the stupid things that people are saying about the war. Even watching commercials on TV here makes you upset when you see just how frivolous it all is. You really have to come here to understand just how well things are going at least here in Anbar. AQIZ is getting rolled up left and right and our attacks right now are averaging less than 2 per week in the entire AO! The ones that they do pull off are incredibly weak and all I see on FNC [Blackfive: Fox News Channel] is spot reps of a vbied someplace in the country. I know there are hot areas, but I read all the intel reports and we are creaming these fools.
[armor unit] is an army unit here [Blackfive Note: Oh HELL YEAH! ARMOR!] and they just got done f@#king up AQIZ in [redacted] big time. They swept through the joint and just slayed fools. We are having trouble figuring out where to go right now because everybody is getting rolled and the locals are ratting them out constantly. I’m serious, it is dead out here. That could change, but the people here are not having it anymore. The biggest problem in Ramadi is no electricity. It’s getting hot out so that is going to suck for the people in a month or so. Apparently the way the grid is setup makes it difficult to fix but hopefully someone is working on it. Not my department...
Somebody tell Congress how we’re doing (Reid and Pelosi want to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory).
On Sunday, the Islamic State of Iraq claimed that it had captured U.S soldiers in the deadly attack in the Sunni area, which is known as the triangle of death and is an Al Qaeda stronghold.
If the claim proves true, it would mark one of the most brazen attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq, a coalition of eight insurgent groups, including Al Qaeda in Iraq.
About 4,000 U.S. troops backed by aircraft, intelligence units and Iraqi forces have been scouring the farming area around Mahmoudiya and the nearby town of Youssifiyah for three days, as the military promised to make every effort available to find the missing soldiers.
On Monday, U.S. military spokesman Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell, IV said: At this time, we believe they (the three soldiers) were abducted by terrorists belonging to al Qaida or an affiliated group, and this assessment is based on highly credible intelligence information.
Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, another U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, pointed out earlier Monday that the terror network also had claimed responsibility for killing two U.S. soldiers whose mutilated bodies were found in the same area last year.
Late last month, the group named a 10-member Cabinet complete with a war minister, an apparent attempt to present the Sunni coalition as an alternative to the U.S.-backed Shiite-led administration of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
The family of Army Sgt. 1st Class James David Connell Jr., 40, of Lake City, Tenn., said he was among one of the four soldiers killed in the attack near Mahmoudiya.
We still don’t know what unit...
Thanks for the update. Things going well, I trust? These are the best news updates from the Theater.
I've been looking around the milblogs and haven't found anything.
Very well, thanks for asking.
Been lurking most of the day. Lots of under the radar things going on but not much on the big radar.
TANKS BB,,,DOD has not released it yet,,,still lookin’...
Lake City soldier killed in attack
Family says sergeant first class one of five who died in ambush on patrol
By DARREN DUNLAP, firstname.lastname@example.org
May 14, 2007
Every Sunday, the Connell family in Lake City gathers for dinner.
This past Sunday, they gathered to mourn the passing of Sgt. 1st Class James David Connell Jr., 40, a platoon sergeant in the U.S. Armys 10th Mountain Division who was killed Saturday during his second tour in Iraq.
Family members said he was one of five killed when his patrol came under attack near Mahmudiyah, Iraq. Connells family learned of his death Saturday afternoon.
The Pentagon has not confirmed the identities of the four U.S. soldiers and one Iraqi interpreter who were killed during the attack. It happened at 4:44 a.m. Saturday, according to the American Forces Press Service.
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell, Multinational Force Iraq spokesman, said three other soldiers in the patrol were missing. An al-Qaida front group claims to have taken the soldiers, according to The Associated Press. Mahmudiyah is about 20 miles south of Baghdad in an al-Qaida-dominated area known as the triangle of death.
When Connell was in East Tennessee on leave earlier this month, he visited Lake City Middle School and talked about the work and the military lifestyle, his children said Sunday.
He spoke to his 12-year-old son Bryans class and 14-year-old daughter Courtneys class.
Family members said Connell had just recovered from a shrapnel wound to his one of his legs when he came home for two weeks of leave.
Hes a hero, Courtney said.
She said that during her fathers leave, he took each of his three children out of school for one day to spend the day with them. He took his oldest son, 16-year-old Nick, horseback riding in the Smokies. He took Bryan to Knoxville Center and to a movie.
Courtney wanted to go to West Town Mall. She wanted to get a pedicure and so did her father. They got them together, she said, her face brightening at the memory.
Nick said his father lived in a village in Iraq two weeks at a time and patrolled two weeks at a time. He couldnt talk about where he was exactly, said Nick.
He said it was hard, said Courtney.
In the back bedroom of the Connell home, Connells father, James Sr., looked at pictures from his sons most recent military leave on a flat-screen monitor.
The pictures appeared one at a time, an electronic slide show from just one week ago when the family had celebrated Bryans birthday.
In one picture, he stands on a trampoline with the younger children of the family. In another, he sits in uniform on the couch with his two sons.
Connell has three brothers and one sister, all present Sunday. He played little league in Lake City and graduated from Anderson County High School in 1984. He grew up in the house where the family was gathered Sunday.
Hes just a real good son, said James Connell Sr. Everybody loved him.
The family plans a memorial service in Lake City at Hatmaker Funeral Home. No time or date has been set.
Jeff Connell said his brother would be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.
Sgt. 1st Class Connell is the 29th member of the military with East Tennessee ties to die in Iraq.
10th.Mt. confirmed ,,,Don’t know which unit...
Some further information on the resignation of the Pali Interior Minister that was referenced in Knitting’s early news summary:
Palestinian Unity Government Anything But
The unity government formed in March by the Palestinian Authority appears on the verge of collapse. The Interior Minister abruptly resigned today from the position which had been the hardest to fill during the negotiations between Hamas and Fatah, while internecine fighting raged anew in Gaza:
The Palestinian interior minister, Hani al-Qawasmi, has resigned, causing a crisis in the fragile two-month-old unity government, after the biggest surge in factional fighting in months revived fears of civil war.
Two Palestinian gunmen were killed in Gaza in clashes between the rival Hamas and Fatah groups hours before a government official announced that Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh had accepted the resignation.
As interior minister, Mr Qawasmi was to have overseen Palestinian security services but officials said the former academic faced competition from powerful Fatah rivals for control of the armed contingents.
The resignation cast new doubt on whether the power-sharing partnership between Islamist Hamas and secular Fatah could continue.
Egypt had brokered a truce between Hamas and Fatah, but it had little effect on Gaza. Despite an agreement that both sides would withdraw their gunment from the streets, the militias started closing streets this morning as a civil war appeared imminent. Checkpoints went up and Palestinians started trying to find ways to avoid getting entangled in them.
Forming unity governments might seem like a great idea, but a society has to have some kind of unity on which to base it. The Palestinians right now do not have even a protostate but a massive amount of gang turf. Hamas and Fatah have operated as the terrorist groups they are rather than as true political parties. Neither have interest in actual politics but in power grabs, which has been all too apparent in the failure of both groups to actually govern in any sense of the word.
Until the Palestinians decide that they have had enough of terrorism directed both within and without, they will continue to suffer under warlord rule. The PA has proven a failure as an instrument towards this goal, and the Palestinians in two elections have proven themselves unsuited for statehood. The best possible solution would be for the territories to revert to Jordan and Egypt, but both nations are wise enough to reject that notion. Failing that, they should be sealed off until they finish their civil war or weary enough of the violence that the Palestinians finally produce responsible leadership.
The unity government formed in March by the Palestinian Authority appears on the verge of collapse.
Yep,,,Been Doin’ That For Years...
UPDATE: Via Allahpundit, he must be a rather active coma patient:
Libya’s leader Moammar Gadhafi has denied a Palestinian news wire report that he is fatally ill, Italy’s ANSA news agency said Monday.
Gadhafi called Monday to Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi saying he was in good health, the agency reported.
He's just resting.
Hey WB,,,Prolly passed out Drunk !!...;0)
But damn, I liked it better when he was in a coma.
203 active fires here in Florida.
Thanks for the update Knitting
He did too,,,got a hangover now...;0)
Maybe his son will rise to the challenge :) Afternoon CM
Howdy,,,I been followin’ Iraq pretty close :
Posted some maps/sat-pic,,,10th.mt. Troopers...very sad...
Great info and graphics. Sounds like a lot of assets looking.
Lotta fog out there rite now...Black-Out lately on nearly everything...
Prayers up for you and your's CM and the captured soldiers.
Good morning, Workerbee...
Just lurking for a while before I gotta get ready for work...
(Not ‘early-early’, but ‘middlin’ early’ today.... ;~)_)
Hoping for good news for the COUNT.
Just trying to ease into the day.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007, 1:14 AM PDT
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) Witnesses say that at least five Fatah men were killed during a Hamas assault on a key border crossing
This is a Yahoo alert so that’s all I have for now.
They are busy bees, it seems.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007, 12:34 AM PDT
JERUSALEM (AP) Hamas gunmen attack Gaza-Israeli border crossing, drawing Israeli gunfire.
” They are busy bees, it seems. “
Same incident, different versions??
Good morning, Bahbah!!
Yeah sure, blame it the Bee’s - morning BB.
LOL. I thought about you as I typed that.
Just trying to have a little fun.
14:22 Second part of hearing on Katsav rape allegations begins in AG`s office (Israel Radio)
14:03 Palestinians fire 2 mortar shells at Negev; no injuries or damage (Israel Radio)
14:02 Egypt bars key Muslim Brotherhood figure from traveling to Oslo (Reuters)
13:53 Iranian legislators gather signatures to form Iranian-U.S.friendship committee (AP)
13:27 Court extends remand of suspect in murder of Arab taxi driver by 10 days (Haaretz)
13:25 J`lem mayor proposes granting murdered Arab taxi driver terror victim status (Haaretz)
12:34 EU urges Palestinians to improve worsening security situation in Gaza (DPA)
12:27 Lawyer: Suspect in Arab taxi driver murder may not be fit to stand trial (Army Radio)
12:22 Report: Hundreds of Fatah gunmen enter Gaza from Egypt to fight Hamas (Reuters)
12:17 Abbas calls for immediate implementation of cease fire, end to Gaza infighting (AP)
12:04 Palestinians to sound one-minute siren to mark Nakba day in the PA (Israel Radio)
11:45 As many as 8 Fatah men killed in clash with Hamas (Haaretz)
11:35 IDF shoots at least one of 2 armed men near Karni crossing on Gaza border (Haaretz)
11:13 Witnesses: At least 5 Fatah men killed in Hamas assault on Karni crossing (AP)
11:03 Two killed as truck collides with pick-up east of Rehovot (Israel Radio)
10:43 Report: Israeli forces drawn into Palestinian infighting in Gaza (AP)
10:41 Or Yehuda resident arrested on suspicion she beat her daughter, 15 (Israel Radio)
10:20 El Salvador to seek recognition for diplomat who helped Jews during Holocaust (AP)
10:01 Associates of Peres say he`s decided to enter race for presidency (Israel Radio)
09:50 Two people killed as truck crushes car west of Jerusalem (Haaretz)
09:15 Hamas man killed as Palestinian factions clash for third day despite truce (AP)
09:12 Soldiers who took part in IDF Anthrax experiment now developing symptoms (Haaretz)
09:06 Canadian pro-Palestinian groups launch boycott of book store owned by Jew (Haaretz)
08:51 Kadima: Peres doesn`t have necessary majority to achieve presidency (Israel Radio)
08:08 Orlev urges Mazuz to give public backing to State Comptroller (Israel Radio)
07:46 IDF detains 2 Palestinian militants near Hebron, third militant hurt (Israel Radio)
07:44 Afula police detain man suspected of posing as 17-year-old, raping girl, 12 (Haaretz)
07:00 U.S. Democrat Senators pushing for Iraq war deadline (Reuters)
05:37 Report: Iran is enriching uranium on large scale, technical problems solved (Reuters)
04:42 Al-Qaida group to U.S.: Halt search for soldiers to ensure their safety (AP)
Captain Ed on the incident at the Karni crossing...
Hamas Initiating Civil War
Hamas attacked a Gaza checkpoint run by Fatah in conjunction with the Israelis earlier today, killing eight and engaging both Fatah and IDF personnel. The escalation comes a day after the resignation of the Interior Minister and appears to announce Hamas’ intention to seize power by force:
Hamas gunmen on Tuesday ambushed rival Fatah forces near a key crossing along the Israeli border, killing eight people in the deadliest battle yet in three days of factional fighting.
The incident briefly drew Israeli gunfire, threatening to drag Israel into the conflict.
At least 18 people have died in the infighting, bringing life in Gaza to a standstill and pushing the fragile Palestinian unity government closer to collapse. Hamas and Fatah formed the union in March with the aim of ending months of violence.
Monday’s fighting erupted when Hamas gunmen approached a training base used by Fatah forces that guard the crossing, officials said. The base was set up in part by an American security team sent to train Palestinians on how to check cargo and baggage at crossings.
The Hamas force attacked the base with rockets, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars, said Ahmed al-Kaisi, spokesman for the pro-Fatah Presidential Guard, which guards the crossing under an agreement with Israel. “We consider this a serious provocation and a crime committed in cold blood,” al-Kaisi said.
The attack occurred at the Karni crossing, which Israel closed after the attack. This puts a huge crimp in the already collapsing Gaza economy. Karni is the main entry point for goods imported into Gaza and the one checkpoint that Israel and the PA had fairly secured. The Hamas attack assures Gazans that they will starve even more quickly than before.
That appears to be a deliberate motivation. This was no impromptu clash between cranky militia patrols, which according to the truce between the two factions shouldn’t exist anyway. The Hamas attackers brought rockets and mortars, which means they had planned this mission ahead of time. When Fatah sent more security personnel to assist, they shot the vehicle and forced it off the road, and then surrounded the men in the car and riddled them with bullets. The only reason the Hamas unit retreated was because the IDF showed up with tanks, and their courage apparently only extended to an unannounced attack.
Both Ismail Haniyeh and Mahmoud Abbas spent Naqba Day talking about “national unity” and the need to remain focused on the struggle with Israel. On the day of mourning for the partition of Palestine, though, the actions of Hamas shows that there is no national identity for the Palestinians — only factions of terrorists with civilian Arabs stuck in the middle, victims of their own leadership choices. Given Gaza and the authority to run it, the Palestinians have proven unable to rise to the occasion in several opportunities.
Good morning Knitting and thank you.
****trail of breadcrumbs****
Ike departs in a trail of breadcrumbs, and I come clomping in with my muddy boots just to add to the mess.
Good morning UVNV
Good morning, Vet.
You are welcome, muddy boots and all.