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.
Freakin words. Why do they have to twist the freakin words all the time? /rhet
If anyone wants to watch some Marines at work, this one’s for you.
Lest we forget who the ‘players’ are....
Iran To Buy Russian Arms System Via Syria
Reuters ^ | May 21, 2007
Posted on 05/21/2007 7:40:11 AM CDT by Tailgunner Joe
Syria has agreed to supply Iran with at least 10 out of 50 air defence systems that Damascus is in the process of buying from Russia, Jane’s Defence Weekly reported in this week’s edition.
Jane’s quoted a source close to the deal as saying that while most of the Pantsyr-S1E systems were earmarked for Syrian Air Defence Command, “the end user for 10 of the systems is Tehran”.
It said Iran would take delivery of them in late 2008. To reward Syria for its middleman role, Tehran would part-finance Syria’s Pantsyrs as well as paying for its own.
Iran is locked in confrontation with the United States over its developing nuclear programme and delivered its latest warning to Washington last week that it would retaliate severely if attacked.
Iran denies U.S. accusations that it is trying to build atomic weapons under cover of a civilian nuclear programme. Washington emphasises it wants to resolve the standoff through diplomacy but has not ruled out military action to destroy Iran’s nuclear infrastructure.
Jane’s said Syria struck a $730 million deal with Russia earlier this year for some 50 Pantsyr-S1E self-propelled short-range gun and missile air defence systems.
Its source said Moscow had not been officially notified of the reported Syrian arrangement with Tehran, which flowed from a November 2005 strategic accord between the two countries on military and technological cooperation.
Russia, as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council with veto power, is a key player in international diplomacy over Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
A Security Council resolution in March urged all states to exercise “vigilance and restraint” in the supply, sale or transfer of weaponry to Iran, including missile systems.
And meanwhile, back at the ranch......
PAKISTAN: NEW STANDOFF AT RADICAL MOSQUE
AKI ^ | 5/21/07
Posted on 05/21/2007 7:42:45 AM CDT by Valin
Islamabad, 21 May (AKI/Dawn) - Tension mounted in the capital over the Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) on Sunday when police took 36 students of the mosque’s Islamic baording school Jamia Fareedia into pre-emptive detention, and the madrassa militants took to the streets and blocked traffic. Police claimed that the Jamia students had been picked up because they were reinforcing the militants, known as the Lal Masjid brigade, which had kidnapped four policemen on Friday. Two of the policemen were released in exchange for five Lal Masjid students being bailed but two are still being detained.
Heavily-armed Rangers, elite force and reserve police from the Punjab Police Constabulary were called out in Islamabad and, at one stage, it seemed that a massive crackdown on Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa was being planned.
Rangers and police personnel were deployed at exit and entry points of the city and blocks were placed to divert traffic from roads leading to Lal Masjid. Barbed wires were laid around the Aabpara police station, not far from Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa where masked militants carrying sticks took positions.
The deployment of security forces took place at about 7.30pm. At least 11 pickets were set up at exit and entry points to prevent reinforcements from reaching Lal Masjid.
The students of Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa also put up a show of strength by preparing trenches and hideout.
Lal Masjid deputy head Maulana Abdul Rasheed Ghazi warned the government that it would be responsible for the consequences if it launched any assault on the seminaries. Talking to newsmen, Maulana Ghazi flatly refused to continue talks with the government and said his men were being picked up by intelligence agencies. While the government is holding talks its intelligence agencies are picking up our students, he added.
Well, there's our time line then, no?
Another situation teetering on the brink??
N. Korea: NKorea Warns SKorea Over Border Dispute(another naval clash coming?)
Chicago Tribune ^ | 05/21/07 | JAE-SOON CHANG
Posted on 05/21/2007 7:49:48 AM CDT by TigerLikesRooster
NKorea Warns SKorea Over Border Dispute
By JAE-SOON CHANG
Associated Press Writer
Published May 21, 2007, 5:26 AM CDT
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea’s navy on Monday accused South Korea of sending warships into its waters off the divided peninsula’s west coast, warning the South would face unspecified “consequences” if the alleged provocations continue.
The South’s Defense Ministry rejected the North’s accusation.
“We never violated the Northern Limit Line,” said a ministry official, referring to the U.N.-drawn sea border. The official spoke on condition of anonymity citing policy.
The North’s navy command claimed that the South’s “warlike forces infiltrated” warships into its territorial waters many times recently, according to a statement carried by the North’s Korean Central News Agency.
(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...
Looking like I picked a heckuva day to have to go back to (ugh) work......
****trail of breadcrumbs****
Just finished reading through the last two days’ worth here and headed out to work as well.
MIGHT get back here late this afternoon.
Keep up the good work.
May. 21, 2007 11:19 | Updated May. 21, 2007 16:10
IAF guns down four Jihad operatives
By YAAKOV KATZ, HERB KEINON AND JPOST.COM STAFF
The IAF attacked a car in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday, killing four terror operatives, Palestinian security and medical officials said.
Islamic Jihad said four of its members were killed in the raid.
The army confirmed the attack in the Jabalya refugee camp.
Cabinet gives IDF green light on targeted killings
Earlier, the IAF attacked a metal factory in Gaza, killing one man who IDF sources said was a weapons manufacturer affiliated with Hamas.
Still, the rain of Kassams on the western Negev continued on Monday morning, as four more rockets landed in Sderot. No casualties or damage were reported. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.
On Sunday, the security cabinet granted the IDF a green light to strike at terror chiefs, including politicians, involved in the nonstop Kassam rocket fire on Sderot.
Two hours after the cabinet dispersed, IAF aircraft fired a missile at a terrorist cell walking down a street in the Gaza City neighborhood of Sajiya, killing eight and wounding 13.
Monday, May 21, 2007, 5:40 AM PDT
BAGHDAD (AP) An Iraqi lawmaker says a mortar shell has hit the parliament building, causing no injuries.
May. 21, 2007 10:08 | Updated May. 21, 2007 15:03
Hamas: Israel will be wiped off the map
By JPOST.COM STAFF
Voices from within Hamas called out loudly for Israel’s destruction on Monday, following an IAF attack on a Hamas lawmaker’s home Sunday night as part of ongoing IDF operations against Kassam rocket fire.
A senior Hamas leader in Gaza declared Monday morning that it was signed and sealed within his party that Israel would be wiped off the map and replaced by a Palestinian State, Israel Radio reported. He added that rockets and missiles were the means of removing Israel from the picture.
Meanwhile, a Hamas-affiliated group in the PA parliament called for suicide attacks and other violence against IDF troops in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for the strikes. The organization’s armed wing, Izzadin Kassam, threatened the same and warned Sderot residents that even fleeing to Ashkelon would not protect them from rocket attacks.
According to Army Radio, IDF troops operating in Gaza were ordered to keep alert for possible kidnapping attempts or attacks on soldiers.
Fox is actually covering the Lebanon situation live.
Big battle going on in Tripoli. The woman on the phone with Fox is all upset that civilians are going to be hurt. You can hear the gunfire in the background.
Tank fire as well.
I hope that lady on the phone is wearing a helmet and bullet proof vest.
Coalition arrests 250 insurgents in wide-scale operation in Al-Anbar
KUNA ^ | May 21 2007
Around 4,000 Marines carried out a wide-scale operation in Al-Anbar province which led to the arrest of 250 insurgents, a Multi-National Forces press release said.
“Regimental Combat Team 2 and elements of the Iraqi Army’s 7th Division completed Operation Harris Ba’sil after eight weeks of interdicting and disrupting enemy routes and safe havens outside of the major cities of the Euphrates River valley in western Al-Anbar province,” the press release added.
The operation, dubbed “Valiant Guardian”, involved nearly 4,000 Marines, soldiers and sailors “covering most of the 30,000 square miles of RCT-2’s operating area.” “We uncovered more than 250 caches, arrested over 250 suspected insurgents and discovered over 100 improvised explosive devices,” said Lt. Col. Michael Manning, operations officer for RCT-2.
“We clearly surprised them, the number of caches and detainees attest to that but more importantly, we let the enemy know that they can’t hide from us.” RCT-2’s operating area stretches from the Syrian border city of Al-Qa’im down to the town of Hit, located northwest of Ramadi.
U.S. military: Architect of U.S. troop abductions killed
POSTED: 1:44 a.m. EDT, May 21, 2007
Story Highlights Sheikh Azhar al-Dulaymi was killed Saturday, U.S. military says
Al-Dulaymi’s killing came during an operation in Baghdad’s Sadr City
Suspect also involved in a mass kidnapping at Ministry of Higher Education
It’s unclear how al-Dulaymi was fatally wounded, according to military release
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — U.S. forces have killed a man identified as the ringleader of the January 20 attack on U.S. troops in Karbala, Iraq, that left five Americans dead, military spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell told CNN’s “Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer.”
Sheikh Azhar al-Dulaymi was killed Saturday during an operation in Baghdad’s Sadr City neighborhood, according to an unclassified U.S. military presentation obtained by CNN.
But Caldwell said the death occurred Friday. (Watch how the insurgent gunmen carefully orchestrated their attack on U.S. troops )
“We’ve been pursuing this guy relentlessly,” he said. “Anybody who kidnaps an American soldier and murders them we’re going to continue to hunt down.”
In the January attack, a group of armed insurgents “disguised as American soldiers, driving American vehicles, speaking English” raided a military compound in Karbala, killing one U.S. soldier at the scene and kidnapping four others, who were later slain, Caldwell said.
According to the military’s release, al-Dulaymi — who was armed — was trying to hide on the roof of a building when coalition forces arrived on the scene to capture him.
The release did not detail how he was wounded, but said he died as coalition forces were taking him to a military medical facility.
The U.S. military has received intelligence reports that al-Dulaymi received training from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Hezbollah militia in Lebanon, “including training on how to conduct terrorist-style kidnappings,” the military release said.
The release said al-Dulaymi is suspected of having been involved in a mass kidnapping at Iraq’s Ministry of Higher Education building last November.
As many as 80 gunmen clad in old and new Iraqi National Police uniforms kidnapped approximately 70 people at the Ministry’s building in central Baghdad on November 14.
All of those abducted were later released.
I am watching coverage of the SECOND car bomb on CNN Pipeline right now. Exploded in a rich area of East Beirut, called Verdun....
Ten wounded as bomb blast rocks Lebanese capital
By Agence France Presse (AFP)
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
BEIRUT, May 21, 2007 (AFP) - ten people were wounded as a bomb blast rocked an upmarket district west Beirut late on Monday, setting cars ablaze and damaging buildings, Lebanese police and medics said.
Police said the bomb placed under a parked car exploded outside the Russian cultural centre in the residential district of Verdun. Ambulances and firefighters with sirens blaring raced to the scene, covered by thick smoke.
Hospital sources revised an earlier casualty toll to 10 wounded, as police said the injuries were mostly light and caused by flying glass.
A fire also broke out on the fourth storey of a commercial centre, with shops on the ground floor and offices above. Windows were shattered in a wide radius of the high-security area which is home to several prominent figures.
What happened to the cease fire?
Cease fire? This is Al Qaeda vs Lebanese Army
A building burns after an explosion on Verdun street in west Beirut May 21, 2007.
Oh man, a perfectly good Z-28 in the rubble!
Yes, I know, but I saw somewhere that they had agreed to a cease fire. It could have been completely wrong information.
oh, they are trying to scuttle the Int’l tribunal
Games are over. Good video.
Good morning, everybody!!
Is it possible?? Be still, my heart!!
Israeli minister says Palestinian PM a target
Reuters ^ | May 22, 2007
Posted on 05/22/2007 12:39:14 AM CDT by West Coast Conservative
Israel could kill Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas as part of a retaliation campaign for rocket salvoes by the dominant Islamist group in the Gaza Strip, an Israeli minister said on Tuesday.
Israel has escalated its threats against Hamas political leaders and launched air strikes and ground fire that have killed 27 Palestinians during a week-old flare-up in cross-border violence.
Asked if Haniyeh was on Israel’s hit-list, Deputy Defence Minister Ephraim Sneh said in a radio interview: “I’ll put it like this — there is no one who is in the circle of commanders and leaders in Hamas who is immune from a strike.
“For what does political Hamas do? It gives the operational approval, if not the actual ratification, to those who are doing the fighting,” Sneh told Israel Radio.
“When someone preaches that the State of Israel should be destroyed, he is not in the political echelon, he is a terrorist in a suit.”
Hamas’s 1988 founding charter calls for the Jewish state’s destruction but, since taking power in Palestinian elections last year, the group has proposed a long-term truce with Israel.
A senior Israeli defence official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters last June that Israel did not hold Haniyeh responsible for the actions of Hamas’s armed wing.
And more good news....
Lebanese government orders army to finish off Fatah Islam
Reuters ^ | May 22, 2007
Posted on 05/22/2007 3:05:05 AM CDT by West Coast Conservative
The Lebanese government has authorized the army to “finish off” Islamic militants fighting Lebanese troops for the third straight day Tuesday in a refugee camp in the country’s north.
The decision by the Cabinet of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora reflected the government’s determination to pursue the Islamic militants who staged attacks on Lebanese troops on Sunday and Monday, killing 29 soldiers. Some 20 militants have also been killed, as well as an undetermined number of civilians.
First the Ethiopians in Somalia, and now the Lebanese, have successfully ignored the handwringing about “hearts and minds”....
Could this be a trend??
Good morning Ike - late guzzling coffee.
I hope so. It seems the will to survive overcame the fear of reprisals.
” late guzzling coffee. “
Good morning, Workerbee —
Never too late to guzzle coffee.....
(I woke up this morning before the coffee-maker timer went off, and had to suffer while it was a-brewin’.. How spoiled is that??)
This is one to keep half-an-eye on —
England - Charge In ‘Extraordinarily Grave Crime’ (Litvinenko polonium murder)
Sky News (excerpt) ^ | May 22, 2007
Posted on 05/22/2007 4:52:43 AM CDT by HAL9000
A Moscow based man is to be charged in connection with the murder of the former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said it will ask for the extradition of a former KGB agent Andrei Lugovoy.
At a news conference Director of Public Prosecutions Sir Ken Macdonald said: “ I have today concluded that the evidence given to us by the police is sufficient to charge Andrei Lugovoy with the murder of Mr Litvinenko by deliberate poisoning.
“I have instructed CPS lawyers to take immediate steps to seek the early extradition of Andrei Lugovoy from Russia to the United Kingdom, so that he may be charged with murder - and be brought swiftly before a court in London to be prosecuted for this extraordinarily grave crime.”
~ snip ~
(Excerpt) Read more at news.sky.com ...
Putin’s response to this should be instructive — stonewall or cooperate??
I doubt that he will cooperate, this new czar of Russia.
Here’s some more good news from the region.... Ahmanutjob playing both ends against the middle??
Iran Grants Belarus Oil Reserve Access [”strategic partnership”]
Associated Press by way of Forbes ^ | 21MAY07 | YURAS KARMANAU
Posted on 05/22/2007 5:15:11 AM CDT by familyop
Iran granted Belarus greater access to oil reserves as the leaders of the countries, both at odds with the United States, met Monday to cement what the Belarusian president called a “strategic partnership.”
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, at the start of a two-day visit to this former Soviet republic, hailed the “huge potential” for cooperation between the two nations.
“The strengthening of relations between Belarus and Iran fosters support for regional and global security,” Ahmadinejad said in televised comments.
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said his country is “ready for cooperation in all directions.”
“Relations between Belarus and Iran have reached the level of strategic partnership,” he said, according to the presidential press service.
Underscoring that partnership, Iran granted Belarus long-discussed access to the Jofeir oil field, which sits near the border with Iraq and could produce up to 30,000 barrels a day once operational, according to the Belarusian Foreign Ministry.
The two sides also “emphasized the necessity of developing mutual cooperation in different sectors of the oil-gas industry, creating an oil-refinery facility, developing oil and gas fields, and building an underground natural gas storage facility in Iran,” according to a joint statement released after the two leaders met.
Lukashenko said the crude from Jofeir would be either be refined in Iran or simply extracted by Belarus and sold on world markets.
“Our specialists have researched (the field) and are prepared today to extract oil on Iranian territory,” he said.
Ahmadinejad is the latest world leader to visit Lukashenko, an authoritarian ruler who has been courting other vehement opponents of the United States. A year ago, Lukashenko hosted Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, another vocal U.S. critic who also leads a country with substantial oil and gas reserves.
Lukashenko is widely referred to in the West as “Europe’s last dictator” for quashing opposition and independent media in Belarus, where the largely Soviet-style state-controlled economy is heavily reliant on cheap Russian energy supplies.
In recent months, Moscow has drastically increased prices and tightened shipment conditions for oil and gas exports to Belarus, pinching the economy.
Lukashenko visited Iran in November, where Ahmadinejad praised the Belarusian as a “brave and powerful” leader for opposing U.S. policies.
A hard-liner who became president in 2005, Ahmadinejad is locked in a standoff with the West over Tehran’s nuclear program, which the United States and other nations fear is a front for an effort to develop atomic weapons.
Iran is under U.N. Security Council sanctions over its refusal to halt uranium enrichment, while Lukashenko and other Belarusian officials have been hit with U.S. and European Union travel bans and financial sanctions for strangling freedoms.
Both Ahmadinejad and Lukashenko also appeared to take a swipe at the United States.
“We hold the opinion that there should be a balance of power ... in the world,” Ahmadinejad said. “We state our opposition to a unipolar world and to any country’s effort to exert influence on another.”
During his visit, Ahmadinejad was expected to tour Belarusian enterprises and a national library. The Belarusian Foreign Ministry said last week that the main issues to be discussed during the visit concerned energy, trade and science.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reiterated Monday that the standoff over Iran’s nuclear program should be resolved through dialogue.
“We consider any attempts to isolate Tehran or to use the situation surrounding Iran’s nuclear program to achieve any other goals ... to be extremely counterproductive and shortsighted,” Lavrov said in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Russia has used its clout in the U.N. Security Council to water down Western-proposed sanctions against Iran and has warned the United States that overly harsh measures could backfire by deepening Tehran’s defiance.
Also Monday, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said his country was leading the world’s nations in confronting the United States. Khamenei, a cleric who has final say over all state matters, said Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution sent global shock waves by producing a country willing to challenge the U.S.
“The Islamic system (of Iran) detonated a powerful bomb in the world of politics, which was thousands-fold stronger than the bomb detonated by the U.S. in Hiroshima,” Iranian state TV quoted him as saying.
Khamenei’s comments came a week before U.S. and Iranian ambassadors are to meet in Baghdad to discuss the security situation in Iraq, providing one more reason to question whether the talks will be productive.
Associated Press Writer Nasser Karimi contributed to this report from Tehran.
Good morning, Bahbah!!
Lebanon heating up...
Gaza heating up....
Lots of vaguely connected dots popping up elsewhere....
Looks like the dry spell has, at least temporarily, ended....
(Knitting sure picked a good time to drop outta sight.....)
Yes, indeed, things are popping.
Where there is Islam....
It does give Russia and Iran a place to meet in the middle.
Fox News ALERT!!!
“Israeli forces attack two Palestinian positions in Gaza”..
Didn’t specify whether air attack or ground incursion...
Nobody’s saying, but I’ve had the impression for the past couple of days that the IDF is on the ground in Gaza - which would put a whole new dimension into play......
As is sometimes said, this would change everything.
I have been worried about a two front assault in Israel, from Gaza and from Lebanon. While al-Qaeda is keeping the Lebanese army busy, what are the Hezzies up to? I haven’t seen or heard anything about that bunch.
” A dot? 30,000 barrels per day is nothing “
It’s the fact that Belarus has joined Iran’s little clique of “nasties” (also including NK, Syria, Venezuela, among others) that I would consider somewhat dot-worthy.......
(Don’t I remember something from years ago about how there was some doubt that Belarus had turned in all of its old Soviet nukes?)
That’s why I was so happy to see Jordan’s army taking out some of the mess up north.
hmmmmmm - thats not good.
There have been scattered reports of IDF armor in the northern part of GAza and I have to believe that the SPECOPS folks and Mossad are quite active in the Strip. However, I did just see that Olmerde has informed the Sderot residents that he will speed up the process of fortifying their homes. A de facto way of saying he doesn’t plan on stopping the rocketeers with brute force, as he should. Funny how the international community is not screaming and yelling about the plight of the poor palesimians in the refugee camps in Lebanon. The Lebanese army is using artillery to hit targets within the camp and I am sure that they are not considering collateral damage.
” Funny how the international community is not screaming “
I’ve noted, if not exactly documented, the “dog that didn’t bark” phenomenon during this current round of fighting...
Not sure what it mea
I have to believe that Belarus is using this as leverage against Moscow. The Belarussians have imposed hikes on the duties associated with oil transit through their territory again I believe and this is just one more way for them to get under Putin’s skin. Could be reading the tea leaves wrong though. Belarus is still entertaining the idea of linkage with Moscow although I don’t know how serious they are.
” Not sure what it mea “
Keyboard has gotten into the habit of going dead at random intervals — necessitating a reboot to reactivate.....
I hate when that happens.... ;~(
I know what you mea
” I have to believe that Belarus is using this as leverage against Moscow. “
Don’t exactly know what to make of it, myself... Iran is a quasi-client-state of Russia, and Belarus has a kind-of love-hate relationship with Russia....
Wheels within wheels within wheels.....
Wonder who’s gonna get the triple-zero....