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Threat Matrix: April 2008
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Posted on 04/01/2008 8:13:21 PM PDT by nwctwx

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Afghanistan to Ask NATO for Bigger Army

Afghan officials will go to the NATO summit in Romania Thursday with a request: pay to increase our national Army by 40 percent. A bigger Army, Afghan officials argue, will allow the US and other coalition members to scale back in the coming years.

This appeal comes amid pleas from the US and Canada for other NATO members to commit more to the Afghanistan mission, which many analysts say has floundered over the past year for lack of resources and a coherent strategy. France is expected to contribute another 1,000 forces and Germany is likely to make a bigger commitment.

But American and Afghan government sources with knowledge of the expected Afghan proposal say that an increase from the current authorization of 86,000 Afghan Army soldiers to 120,000 is the only way to create an enduring defense against a resurgent Taliban and elusive Al Qaeda operatives. Read More

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“Gates Tests Phone Connection with China”

By Fred W. Baker III
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 10, 2008

501 posted on 04/10/2008 1:40:30 PM PDT by Cindy
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“NorthCom, Homeland Security Refine Relationship”

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Gail Braymen
Special to American Forces Press Service

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., April 10, 2008

502 posted on 04/10/2008 1:41:44 PM PDT by Cindy
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Well now, this is GREAT news.

“Services See Strong Showing for March Recruiting”

American Forces Press Service

PRESS RELEASE SNIPPET: “WASHINGTON, April 10, 2008 – All military services met or exceeded their recruiting goals for March, Defense Department officials reported today.

This makes the 10th straight month the services have hit their recruiting marks. All of the services have surpassed their recruiting goals for fiscal 2008 to date.”

503 posted on 04/10/2008 1:43:51 PM PDT by Cindy
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“101st Airborne Takes Over for 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan”

By Army Pfc. Mary L. Gonzalez
Special to American Forces Press Service

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, April 10, 2008

504 posted on 04/10/2008 1:44:56 PM PDT by Cindy
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Coalition Forces Detain Seven in Central, Northern Iraq

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 10, 2008 – Coalition forces detained seven suspected terrorists during operations targeting al-Qaida in central and northern Iraq today.

— In Taji, coalition forces detained two suspected terrorists during operations targeting associates of terrorist leaders in the Baghdad’s northern belt.

— Two additional suspects were detained in Mosul during a mission targeting an individual who allegedly oversees al-Qaida attack operations in the area.

— West of Baghdad, coalition forces targeted al-Qaida operatives in Abu Ghraib, detaining three suspected terrorists.

In yesterday’s Iraq operations:

— Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team manning a combined checkpoint with Iraqi national police were attacked by criminals with small-arms fire from a rooftop in northeastern Baghdad. Soldiers returned fire and killed one criminal.

— Members of the 101st Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team killed four criminals in northwestern Baghdad after they were attacked with rocket-propelled grenades at a checkpoint.

— An aerial weapons team engaged criminals who attacked soldiers with small-arms fire as they placed concrete barriers at a joint security station in northeastern Baghdad. The aerial weapons team fired two Hellfire missiles at the criminals, killing four.

— Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team killed four criminals after being attacked with small-arms fire from two different locations in northwestern Baghdad.

— A mission in Taji focused on a terrorist believed to work directly with terrorist leaders in Baghdad’s southern belt. He was identified while driving with another individual. Ignoring coalition attempts to stop the vehicle, the terrorists tried to evade capture. Coalition forces engaged the vehicle to stop it, killing the two terrorists inside.

— An operation in Mosul netted two suspects when coalition forces targeted a terrorist believed responsible for assassinations, kidnappings and the facilitation of suicide bombings. Coalition forces surrounded the area and cleared the targeted building, as well as several others in the neighborhood, detaining two suspected terrorists in the process.

— Members of the 4th Infantry Division’s 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, currently attached to the 1st Infantry Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team, acted on a tip from a concerned Iraqi citizen and detained a suspect. The suspect, believed to be the leader of an improvised explosive device production cell, responsible for making armor-piercing explosively formed projectiles, was detained during a cordon-and-search operation in the Aamel Beladiya neighborhood of Baghdad’s Rashid district. The soldiers also discovered a homemade bomb.

In operations in Iraq on April 8:

— With the assistance of Karbala police, members of 33rd Iraqi Army Brigade conducted an intelligence-driven operation targeting a house in Husayniyah, south of Baghdad. The Iraqi forces discovered a large weapons cache and detained six criminal suspects. The cache included a homemade bomb, a 60 mm mortar tube, rifles, hand grenades, rocket-propelled grenades, mortars, and small-arms rounds. It also included blocks of C4 explosive, which were dated from 2007 and appeared to be Iranian-produced, according to an intelligence officer for Military Transition Team 33.

— Members of 3rd Company, 4th Battalion, 25th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, turned over a cache found in Arab Jassim that included 155 mm artillery rounds, empty pipes and 50 pipe caps.

— A local Iraqi turned in a cache containing a primer, various munitions rounds, and a 15-pound bag with a mixture of munitions pellets, diesel and fertilizer to Patrol Base Warrior Keep. Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division’s Company D, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, stored the munitions for inspection by an explosive ordnance disposal team.

In operations in Iraq earlier this week, Iraqi security forces and the local “Sons of Iraq” citizen security group discovered 11 weapons caches during operations spanning two days. Five caches were discovered in Diyala province, along with two caches each in Tamim, Ninevah and Salahuddin provinces. They consisted of rockets, mortars, projectiles of different sizes and hundreds of pounds of bomb-making materials.

(From Multinational Force Iraq and Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)

505 posted on 04/10/2008 1:46:58 PM PDT by Cindy
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“State Dept to Jimmy Carter: Don’t Meet with Hamas”
Thu, Apr 10, 2008 at 10:58:45 am PST

SNIIPPET: “It’s just pathetic he should even need to be told.”


“State Department: Carter should not meet Hamas chief
Former President Jimmy Carter advised to refrain from meeting Khaled Mashaal”
Published: 04.10.08, 20:09 / Israel News

SNIPPET: “The US State Department said on Thursday it had advised ex-President Jimmy Carter against meeting the leader of Hamas in Syria next week, saying it went against US policy of isolating the group.

Carter has in recent days discussed with the State Department’s point person on Israeli-Palestinian issues, David Welch, his plans to meet Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal.”

506 posted on 04/10/2008 1:55:36 PM PDT by Cindy
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Thanks to Calpernia for the ping to this thread:

“U.S. Air Force sets up cyberspace command against continuing China attacks”
World Tribune ^ | 4/10/08 | staff
Posted on April 10, 2008 2:12:31 PM PDT by pissant

507 posted on 04/10/2008 3:06:23 PM PDT by Cindy
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April 10, 2008
“New Column: National Security Is THE Issue”

508 posted on 04/10/2008 4:16:55 PM PDT by Cindy
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“Pelosi’s War”
Posted Thursday, April 10, 2008 4:20 PM PT

509 posted on 04/10/2008 4:33:12 PM PDT by Cindy
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GLOBAL INCIDENT (CNN): "CHINA - China says 35 arrested in Olympics plot) (April 10, 2008)


stepping back in (, January 10, 2007): "CHINA: MUSLIM TERROR RAID FINDS INTERNATIONAL TIES (January 10, 2007)

stepping bakc in "CHINESE POLICE RAID TERROR CAMP" (January 9, 2008) - Search Term: "ETIM"

Google - News Search: "ETIM"


stepping back in time...Video - Link (November 8, 2006)

SOUTH ASIA ANALYSIS GROUP - Paper no. 2614: "THREAT TO BEIJING OLYMPICS FROM UIGHURS - International Terrorism Monitor --- Paper No. 379" by B. Raman (March 10, 2008)

stepping back in time...SOUTH ASIA ANALYSIS GROUP - Paper no. 2361: "SECURITY DURING BEIJING DURING OLYMPICS - International Terrorism Monitor: Paper No. 274" by B. Raman (September 7, 2007)




SOUTH ASIA - Paper No. 2654: "FOILED ATTEMPT TO BLOW UP PLANE FROM URUMQI - International Terrorism Monitor -- Paper No. 385" by B. Raman (March 29, 2008)


Link (AP): Beijing - "WOMAN CONFESSES TO CHINA PLANE ATTACK" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The unidentified woman had drained soda cans, used a syringe to fill them with gasoline and poured the contents in the plane's bathroom, next to the fuel-filled wings, the state-run Global Times newspaper reported Wednesday.") (March 27, 2008, 4:15 am)


BBC NEWS: "CHINESE 'FOILED AIRLINE ATTACK'" (Last updated March 9, 2008, 10:29 GMT)

Link (AP): Shangai, China - "AUSTRALIANS TAKEN HOSTAGE IN CHINA FREED" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Police in China have shot and killed a local man who took 10 Australians hostage on a tourist bus.") (March 5, 2008, 5:29 am)





510 posted on 04/10/2008 9:57:32 PM PDT by Cindy
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“’Terror-Free’ Stock Index Has Market Potential, Analysts Say”
By Fred Lucas Staff Writer
April 10, 2008

511 posted on 04/11/2008 12:43:39 AM PDT by Cindy
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Fyi Only.

McCain advisers tied to foreign lobbying
By Jim McElhatton and Jerry Seper
April 11, 2008

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “The firms of McCain senior adviser Charlie Black, who until recently was the chairman of Washington-based BKSH & Associates, and campaign co-chairman Thomas G. Loeffler, who heads the Loeffler Group in San Antonio, received millions of dollars lobbying the White House, Congress and others as agents of nearly a dozen foreign clients in recent years.

“At no time have I discussed my clients with John McCain, and there have been many occasions where he has voted against my clients’ interests, but that doesn’t change my belief that John McCain is the best candidate to lead our nation,” said Mr. Loeffler, a former Texas congressman, whose firm has received millions of dollars from Saudi Arabia.”

ARTYICLE SNIPPET: “Mark Penn, former top strategist to Democratic candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, recently resigned after consulting on a Colombian trade agreement that Mrs. Clinton opposed. Mr. Penn is chief executive of Washington-based Burson-Marsteller, which has lobbied for the Pakistan Peoples Party, the Colombian Embassy and the Mexico Tourism Board.

In addition, the Glover Park Group where top Clinton adviser Howard Wolfson previously worked, received more than $170,00 last year from the Colombian trade bureau and $250,000 from Dubai Aerospace Enterprises Ltd.”

512 posted on 04/11/2008 1:12:59 AM PDT by Cindy
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“Report: Secret Iranian missile development site revealed”

Published: 04.11.08, 10:01 / Israel News

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “The report said that the site, about 230km southeast of Tehran, and the link with Iran’s long-range program, was revealed by Jane’s Intelligence Review after a study of the imagery by a former Iraq weapons inspector.

Geoffrey Forden, a research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was quoted by The Times as saying that there was a recently constructed building on the site, about 40 meters in length, which was similar in form and size to the Taepodong long-range missile assembly facility in North Korea.

According to Forden, the examination of the launch site revealed that it was part of a large and growing complex “with very high levels of security and recent construction activity”. It was clearly “an important strategic facility”, he said.

Jane’s Intelligence Review claimed that the satellite photographs prove that the Kavoshgar 1 rocket was not part of a civilian space center project but was consistent with Iran’s clandestine program to develop longer-range missiles.”

513 posted on 04/11/2008 1:38:04 AM PDT by Cindy
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Correcting link in post no. 513:

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“Airport watch list now reviewed often”
By Audrey Hudson
April 11, 2008

515 posted on 04/11/2008 1:46:31 AM PDT by Cindy
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“Iran’s Busted Iraq Bid”
By Amir Taheri
New York Post | Friday, April 11, 2008

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “A GAMBLE that proved too costly.

That’s how analysts in Tehran describe events last month in Basra. Iran’s state-run media have de facto confirmed that this was no spontaneous “uprising.” Rather, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) tried to seize control of Iraq’s second-largest city using local Shiite militias as a Trojan horse.

Tehran’s decision to make the gamble was based on three assumptions:”

516 posted on 04/11/2008 1:49:22 AM PDT by Cindy
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ASSIST News Service (ANS) - PO Box 609, Lake Forest, CA 92609-0609 USA
Visit our web site at: — E-mail:

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Pakistani Hindu killed over blasphemy accusation
APMA Chief calls for redefining blasphemy laws

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

KARACHI, PAKISTAN (ANS) — A Pakistani Hindu factory worker, Jagdeesh Kumar, 22 has been beaten to death by his Muslim coworkers in the port city of Karachi after he was accused of passing blasphemous remarks against Prophet Muhammad, ANS has learnt.

Regretting the brutal killing of Jagdeesh over an alleged blasphemy accusation, the Chairman of the All Pakistan Minorities Alliance, (APMA) Mr. Shahbaz Bhatti told ANS that the family of the deceased told him that he did not have anything to do with religion.

Earlier on Saturday, March 29, Mr. Bhatti urged the Pakistan Parliament to repeal all laws perceived as discriminatory by Pakistani religious minorities’ communities besides voicing other concerns of minorities in his maiden address to the Pakistan parliament.

Shahbaz heads APMA, a representative group of all religious minorities including Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and other religious minorities living in Pakistan, a predominantly Muslim country.

Citing the killing of the Hindu man as “yet another example of misuse of blasphemy laws”, Shahbaz said that the blasphemy laws were being exploited by the religious radicals as a weapon to lash, persecute, terrorize, victimize, subjugate and intimidate Pakistani religious minorities. He regretted extrajudicial killing of several blasphemy-accused in the past.

He took exception to the definition of the blasphemy laws and termed it as “open-ended and vague”.

“There should be a proper definition of the law. The killers of blasphemy accused should be brought to justice”, demanded the Christian member of the Pakistan parliament.

“The blasphemy-accused serving their terms in jails are vulnerable to attacks from the Muslim inmates. They are living in a situation of life-and-death”, he said, pointing to the odds that stack against people stigmatized with blaspheming.

Dubbing the incumbent government as “progressive and liberal”, he said it was “about time that the law was abolished”.

APMA, he said had been raising voice for repeal of the controversial laws for a fairly long time. “We back the demand of human rights and Christian rights groups who have been demanding that the law be scrapped.”

He told ANS that the judges have been reluctant to hear the cases of blasphemy accused in the past. The families of the accused are attacked and intimidated by the radical Muslims, he said.

Accentuating the post-trial trauma of the blasphemy-accused, Mr. Shahbaz said that even though they have been acquitted by courts the fear of attacks and intimidation keeps them from living in the locality they were living before they were implicated in blasphemy cases.

They (the blasphemy-accused) are forced to live as “refugees” in their own homeland, said Shahbaz, stressing the perpetual suffering the blasphemy accusation through all of their lives.

He said the APMA members had made an inflexible commitment to get the laws abolished. He said he was deliberating to move a bill in the parliament for either repeal of the laws or for introducing legislation with a view to stop the “misuse of the draconian laws”.

The Christian parliamentarian called for setting up of a judicial commission. The APMA, he said, would like the commission to review all cases of people who have been accused of blasphemy.

“We demand release of all innocent people who have been slapped with false blasphemy accusations by the Muslims to either settle scores or take vengeance”, he said.

Shahbaz Bhatti said he did not believe that a member of Pakistani minorities’ communities, who is already down-trodden, subjugated and oppressed, would dare to commit blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad.

When ANS asked him what chance he saw in getting the legislation done regarding either the repeal or any amendment in the laws with a view to put an end to its misuse, Shahbaz Bhatti said he was mindful of the opposition to any such proposal by the opposition parliamentarians as well as by what he called as “radical-minded Muslims”.

“We will raise our voice for the repeal of the blasphemy laws”, he said “We will do all we can to ensure that the law is abolished”.

The Christian legislator described repeal of discriminatory laws as “mission” of his life. “The APMA is ready to pay any price to get the blasphemy laws repealed”, he said.

He said that he feared he could be attacked but vowed to continue advocating the case of Pakistani minorities. Shahbaz emphasized that the APMA would continue to wage struggle until Pakistani minorities have got equal and similar rights.

The APMA Chief called for absolute religious freedom for Pakistani minorities, social justice and human equality.

He expressed his optimism that all elected members of the APMA will mount concrete efforts to uplift Pakistani minorities. “We will assist and reach out to our persecuted brothers and sisters”, he concluded.

Sheraz Khurram Khan has been reporting from Pakistan for ASSIST News Service on Christian persecution and minorities’ situation since 2005. He is also a representative of the International Press Association (IPA), USA.
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Note: The following news brief is a quote: » Israel » Article

Apr 11, 2008 11:48
Kassam rocket lands in w. Negev, causing no casualties or damage

Palestinian terrorists launched a Kassam rocket at the western Negev, Friday.

The rocket landed in an open field and no casualties were reported.

The “Color Red” rocket alarm did not go off before the rocket landed.

Earlier, two mortar shells landed in the Nahal Oz area. No casualties were reported.

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Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center
at the Israel Intelligence Heritage & Commemoration Center (IICC)

“News of the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation
April 1-8, 2008”
(April 9, 2008)

519 posted on 04/11/2008 2:28:00 AM PDT by Cindy
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