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Threat Matrix: August 2008
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Posted on 08/01/2008 12:17:04 PM PDT by nwctwx

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Pentagon Makes Fighting Extremism Top Priority

Seven years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the Pentagon on Thursday officially named "the long war" against global extremism as its top priority and pledged to avert any conventional military threat from China or Russia through dialogue.

The Defense Department, in a new national defense strategy, also emphasized the need to subordinate military operations to "soft power" initiatives to undermine Islamist militancy by promoting economic, political and social development in vulnerable corners of the world.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he hoped the change would help establish permanent institutional support for counterinsurgency skills acquired in Iraq and Afghanistan within a defense community heavily skewed in favor of expensive conventional and strategic modernization programs. Read More

Threat Matrix:
August 2008
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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
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To: Cindy


351 posted on 08/11/2008 1:14:51 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: callmejoe

It’s always good be be prepared.

352 posted on 08/11/2008 1:16:43 PM PDT by Cindy
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Thanks to a special emailer for pointing to this article:

“Al-Qa’eda in Iraq alienated by cucumber laws and brutality”

Last Updated: 8:30PM BST 11 Aug 2008

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “They include a ban on women buying suggestively-shaped vegetables, according to one tribal leader in the western province of Anbar.

Sheikh Hameed al-Hayyes, a Sunni elder, told Reuters: “They even killed female goats because their private parts were not covered and their tails were pointed upward, which they said was haram.

“They regarded the cucumber as male and tomato as female. Women were not allowed to buy cucumbers, only men.”

Other farcical stipulations include an edict not to buy or sell ice-cream, because it did not exist in the time of the Prophet, while hair salons and shops selling cosmetics have also been bombed.

Most seriously, Sheikh al-Hayyes said: “I saw them slaughter a nine-year old boy like a sheep because his family didn’t pledge allegiance to them.”

Such tactics have triggered a backlash among Sunnis, whom Al-Q’aeda had claimed to be protecting, the sheikh and military leaders said.”

353 posted on 08/11/2008 1:21:59 PM PDT by Cindy
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ust 11, 2008

“UK: Jihadists in prison threaten to behead prison officials”

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “However, a senior prison source said that the risk went beyond one jail.

“This is a threat faced by officers in prisons from across the country. This is why the prison service is preparing direct intervention if ever a prison officer is taken hostage,” he told the Daily Mail.”

354 posted on 08/11/2008 1:26:42 PM PDT by Cindy
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“U.S. to Complete Redeployment of Georgian Forces from Iraq”

By John J. Kruzel
American Forces Press Service

PRESS RELEASE SNIPPET: “WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2008 – The U.S.-assisted redeployment of Georgian troops from Iraq to their home country should be completed today, a Pentagon spokesman said.”

355 posted on 08/11/2008 1:33:14 PM PDT by Cindy
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Note: President Bush is back in the USA and has given a speech (not posted yet) regarding Russia and Georgia.

356 posted on 08/11/2008 2:27:12 PM PDT by Cindy
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“U.S. Security Council to Take Up Georgia-Russia Crisis in Emergency Session”
Monday, August 11, 2008

357 posted on 08/11/2008 2:29:45 PM PDT by Cindy
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“Militants, Noncombatants Killed in Oruzgan”

American Forces Press Service

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Aug. 11, 2008 –

PRESS RELEASE SNIPPET: “Once the battle had ended, coalition and Afghan troops searched the compound, where they discovered the three survivors. Coalition troops rendered medical aid and brought the survivors to a coalition base to receive further medical treatment.

“The Taliban uses innocent civilians’ homes, taking them by force to attack Afghan and coalition forces,” said Juma Gul, the head provincial police chief of Oruzgan.

“If civilians get killed during these attacks, the responsibility falls on the Taliban and their terrorist sponsors,” he said. “Afghan and coalition forces always use extreme measures to avoid collateral damage. In this situation, in Khas Oruzgan, the Taliban was attacking the Afghan and coalition forces from a civilian compound. Unfortunately, eight civilians were killed and three wounded. They were held by the Taliban against their will.””

358 posted on 08/11/2008 2:33:53 PM PDT by Cindy
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“U.S. Soldiers Detain ‘Special Groups’ Suspect in Baghdad Raid”

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2008

359 posted on 08/11/2008 2:35:34 PM PDT by Cindy
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Last updated August 11, 2008 5:26 a.m. PT

“Suspect package prompts border closure in Blaine”

BLAINE, Wash. —

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “Inspector Derren Lench, RCMP watch commander in Surrey, British Columbia, said nothing amiss was found in the bag.

The woman tried to enter the United States but was turned back to Canada and, apparently angered, told a Canadian border officer that she had something suspicious in a bag, Lench said.

Further details about the woman and why she was denied entry to the U.S. were not available.”

360 posted on 08/11/2008 2:44:05 PM PDT by Cindy
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August 11, 2008
“Update: Georgian Government Websites Under DDoS & Cyber Attack”

361 posted on 08/11/2008 2:55:54 PM PDT by Cindy
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Bush Denounces Russia’s ‘Brutal Escalation’ in Georgia

By John J. Kruzel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2008 – President Bush today expressed deep concern over reports that Russia has escalated a conflict with Georgia, calling the ramped-up moves by Moscow “unacceptable in the 21st century,” and urging the country to accept a peace agreement.

Fighting that began last week in the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia has today broadened “beyond the zone of conflict,” to include a Russian attack on the Georgian town of Gori, and threats to the capital city of Tbilisi, the president said.

“If these reports are accurate, these Russian actions would represent a dramatic and brutal escalation of the conflict in Georgia,” Bush said during a news conference today at the White House.

He added that such actions would be inconsistent with assurances by Russia to restore forces in South Ossetia to pre-fighting levels, one element of a peace agreement that Georgia, a former Soviet republic, also endorsed.

Other pieces of the treaty, which diplomatic officials are pursuing in Moscow, include an immediate cease-fire, the withdrawal of forces from the conflict zone and a commitment to refrain from using force.

“The Georgian government has accepted the elements of a peace agreement that the Russian government previously said it would be willing to accept,” Bush said.

But hopes for an agreement appear to be fading as the situation unfolds in Georgia, where the U.S. State Department today helped to evacuate at least 170 American citizens from Georgia as well as dependents of embassy staff in Tbilisi, according to reports.

Georgia declared its independence from the then-Soviet Union in 1991. However, many South Ossetia residents continue to profess Russian allegiance.

The situation was already tense when Russian tanks and troops on Aug. 8 crossed the border into South Ossetia, where they were aided by regional separatists. Clashes escalated a day later in and around Tskhinvali, South Ossetia’s capital, as Russian aircraft were reported to have bombed that city, as well as Abkhazia, another breakaway region in Georgia.

President Bush, who had just met with his national security team before today’s news conference, said evidence reveals Russian forces may soon begin bombing the civilian airport in Tblisi. He added that Moscow may be attempting to depose the democratic government in Georgia.

“Russia has invaded a sovereign neighboring state and threatens a democratic government elected by its people,” Bush said. “Such an action is unacceptable in the 21st century.”

Bush said Russia’s actions have “substantially damaged” the country’s standing in the world, jeopardize Moscow’s relations with the U.S. and Europe, and raise serious questions about its intentions in Georgia and the region.

He urged Russia to reserve its course and accept the peace agreement as a first step toward resolving the conflict.

“It is time for Russia to be true to its word and to act to end this crisis,” Bush said.

362 posted on 08/11/2008 4:33:46 PM PDT by Cindy
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“The Russian-Georgian War: A Challenge for the U.S. and the World”
The Heritage Foundation ^ | August 11, 2008 | Ariel Cohen, Ph.D.
Posted on August 11, 2008 4:36:30 PM PDT by 1rudeboy

363 posted on 08/11/2008 4:42:35 PM PDT by Cindy
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Officer Shot as Riot Erupts in Montreal
CBC News ^ | 8-11-08 | unattributed
Posted on August 11, 2008 4:36:09 PM PDT by dynachrome

Hundreds of riot police chased a group of roving youths early Monday after a night of rioting and vandalism in a North Montreal neighbourhood set off by the fatal police shooting of an 18-year-old man over the weekend.

The park is in a predominantly Haitian neighbourhood where tensions between police and young people run high, according to residents.

“The police are always creeping around here, hassling people,” one unidentified youth told CBC News as he stood in front of a looted butcher shop.

The violence began after a Sunday afternoon protest at Henri Bourassa Park, the site of Saturday’s police shooting, where two other young men were also wounded as two police officers attempted to make an arrest.

(Excerpt) Read more at ...

364 posted on 08/11/2008 4:47:10 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy

“ he stood in front of a looted butcher shop.”

Wander down south a bit, m’boy, and you might have something to REALLY consider a “hassle”.

Like my size twelve striking your slow stupid arse.

365 posted on 08/11/2008 5:22:07 PM PDT by Unrepentant VN Vet (So now Queen Pelosi really says 3/4 of the voters should go (BLEEP) themselves?)
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To: Unrepentant VN Vet

Giggling in spite of myself.

366 posted on 08/11/2008 7:57:32 PM PDT by Cindy
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Note: Video included.

“Your role in reporting terror threats”
Updated: Aug 8, 2008 01:46 PM


“DVD Released - The Seven Signs of Terrorism”

SNIPPET: “The seven signs of terror are:
1. Surveillance — watch out for people standing around surveying or taking video or pictures.
2. Information gathering — be on the lookout for people requesting maps of blue prints of buildings.
3. Testing security — terrorists may watch to see how long it takes emergency responders to get to a scene.
4. Planning
5. Suspicious behavior
6. Rehearsal — terrorists may rehearse for the attack over and over so look out for that and
7. watch for people getting into positions that may not seem normal”

367 posted on 08/11/2008 8:32:23 PM PDT by Cindy
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Thanks to Calpernia for the ping to this article:

BALTIMORE FIRMS VIE FOR ANTHRAX PACTS" by Frank D. Roylance (August 11, 2008)

368 posted on 08/11/2008 9:17:16 PM PDT by Cindy
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RECAP: "ANTHRAX INVESTIGATION Closing a Chapter" (August 6, 2008) "AMERITHRAX INVESTIGATION Court Affidavits Unsealed in FBI Probe" (August 6, 2008)






369 posted on 08/11/2008 9:18:54 PM PDT by Cindy
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“Al-Qaida’s Opportunistic Strategy: Part 1”
By OLIVIER GUITTA (Middle East Times)
Published: August 04, 2008


“Al-Qaida’s Opportunistic Strategy: Part 2”
By OLIVIER GUITTA (Middle East Times)
Published: August 11, 2008

370 posted on 08/12/2008 12:28:46 AM PDT by Cindy
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(”Source: IRNA, Iran, August 11, 2008”)
“Ahmadinejad: U.S. Hegemony ‘At End Of Rope’”
Posted at: 2008-08-11

(”Source: Al-Hayat, London, August 10, 2008”)
“Report: Iran Tells Syria Of Its Fears Over Syria-Israel Negotiations”
Posted at: 2008-08-11

(”Source: ILNA, Iran, August 8, 2008; IRNA, Iran, August 11, 2008”)
“Advisor to Ahmadinejad: Fight Americans In Iraq”
Posted at: 2008-08-11

371 posted on 08/12/2008 1:28:00 AM PDT by Cindy
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REQUIRED READING for TMers in my opinion. -Cindy


“The West’s Islamist Infiltrators”
By Daniel Pipes | Tuesday, August 12, 2008

372 posted on 08/12/2008 1:54:14 AM PDT by Cindy
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More Details UPDATE:

Note: Photos included.

Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center
at the Israel Intelligence Heritage & Commemoration Center (IICC)
August 11, 2008

“The Israeli security forces recently detained an Israeli Arab studying medicine in Germany, suspected of having been recruited by Hezbollah and of receiving large sums of money. The incident shows that Hezbollah regards Israeli Arabs as attractive targets and exploits its overseas networks to them as agents.”

373 posted on 08/12/2008 2:16:52 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: All; Jet Jaguar

Note: See updates on this thread.


Note: The following post is a quote:

Russia’s Medvedev halts military action in Georgia;_ylt=A0wNcyCvUqFIT5sAYAxZ.3QA ^ | AP
Posted on August 12, 2008 2:10:58 AM PDT by Flashlight

Russian news reports are quoting President Dmitri Medvedev ordering a halt to Russian military action in Georgia.

(Excerpt) Read more at ...

374 posted on 08/12/2008 2:49:05 AM PDT by Cindy
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Note: The following alert is a quote:

Gulf of Aden
7 August 2008
To all ships transiting the Gulf of Aden

Please be advised that intelligence sources revealed that there are now two suspicious trawlers in the Gulf of Aden believed to be pirate mother vessels looking to attack ships with the intent to hijack.

The description of the suspected trawlers - long white, Russian made stern trawlers with names “BURUM OCEAN or ARENA or ATHENA”. One of the trawlers is believed to be operating at approximately 60 NM NE of Bossasso, Somalia in the Gulf of Aden.

All ships are strongly advised to maintain a strict 24 hours visual and radar watch while transiting these waters and report any attacks or suspicious boats including the trawlers named above to the 24 hour IMB PRC. Tel: +603 2031 0014 / +603 2078 5763

375 posted on 08/12/2008 2:58:40 AM PDT by Cindy
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Note: To read the complete report; click on the link below.



Weekly Piracy Report
5-11 August 2008

The following is a summary of the daily reports broadcast by the IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre to ships in Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Ocean Regions on the SafetyNET service of Inmarsat-C from 5 to 11 August 2008.


Chittagong anchorage, Bangladesh
The number of attacks has reduced since 2006. However, the area is still listed as a high risk area and mariners are advised to be cautious especially while approaching the anchorage and while at anchor at Chittagong

Violent attacks carried out by pirates on board vessels at anchor and vessel carrying out STS operations. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution in these waters.

Suspicious crafts

None reported
Recently reported incidents

08.08.2008: 0345 UTC: 13:11.99N – 049:56.39E: Gulf of Aden.
Seven pirates, in two speedboats, armed with guns and rocket propelled grenade launchers chased and fired on a bulk carrier underway. The Master contacted the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre for assistance. Duty officer at the Piracy Reporting Centre advised master to enforce anti piracy measures to prevent boarding of vessel and informed him that the coalition navy and other relevant authorities would be contacted to render assistance to the vessel. The coalition navy dispatched one warship to assist the vessel. The constant manoeuvring of the vessel prevented the boarding of the pirates. On seeing the coalition warship, the pirate boats aborted their attempt and moved away. Vessel resumed voyage. All crew safe. No damage to ship. An unexploded grenade was found on the bridge wing. Master and crew were advised not to go near the grenade and were informed that the coalition navy would send a team to dispose it.

06.08.2008:2330 LT: Belawan port, Indonesia.
Robbers boarded a product tanker at anchor by climbing the anchor chain. They opened the forecastle store and tried to steal ship’s stores. Duty crew noticed them. Alarm raised, crew alerted and mustered as per company procedures. Sensing crew alertness, the robbers jumped overboard and escaped. No injuries to crew and nothing stolen.

04.08.2008: 0300 LT: off Bosasso, Somalia.
Pirates attacked and hijacked a tug underway. They took the crew hostage and sailed the tug into Somali coastal waters. Further details awaited.

376 posted on 08/12/2008 3:01:10 AM PDT by Cindy
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“Germany: Security services warn of possible Hezbollah attacks”

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “Berlin, 11 August (AKI) - Militant Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah could launch damaging terrorist attacks in Germany and elsewhere in Europe, according to a report by the country’s security services.”

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “Around 900 Hezbollah militants have moved to Europe and have formed in ‘sleeper cells’. Such Hezbollah-linked cells could be present in Italy, France and The Netherlands as well as in Germany, said the report.”

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “But Germany’s Federal Criminal Police (BKA) chief Joerg Ziercke said on Sunday that investigators had foiled seven plots, including attacks planned by three men arrested in the western Sauerland region last year who authorities believe were targeting US installations in Germany.

Ziercke made the remarks in an interview German daily newspaper Der Tagesspiegel on Sunday.

Altogether, there are currently 200 investigations linked to Islamic terrorism being conducted by the BKA, Ziercke told the Tagesspiegel, saying that the danger has therefore in no way diminished.

He said a “a single-digit number of militants” had returned”

377 posted on 08/12/2008 4:46:35 AM PDT by Cindy
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Aug 11, 2008 4:08 pm US/Pacific
“Missing SFO Clear Laptop Was Stolen, Not Misplaced”


A laptop containing the personal information of 33,000 applicants to a program that allows air travelers to bypass airport security lines was likely stolen then returned, not just misplaced for more than a week, investigators said Monday.

The Transportation Security Administration announced a week ago that it had suspended new enrollments to the program, known as Clear, after the unencrypted computer went missing from a locked office at San Francisco International Airport.

The TSA also told officials at SFO and other airports that used Clear to cease use of any unencrypted computers and secure devices until encryption can be installed.

The day after TSA’s announcement, the laptop reappeared in a locked cabinet in the same office where it was last seen.”

378 posted on 08/12/2008 4:51:51 AM PDT by Cindy
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YOU ARE HERE: Home > Reports > Consular Affairs Bulletins > Report
Warden Message: Mindanao (Philippines) Urges Extreme Caution
East Asia / Pacific - Philippines
10 Aug 2008

379 posted on 08/12/2008 4:53:12 AM PDT by Cindy
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Travel Warning
United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Washington, DC 20520

This information is current as of today, Tue Aug 12 2008 04:53:36 GMT-0700 (PDT).


August 08, 2008

380 posted on 08/12/2008 4:54:32 AM PDT by Cindy
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“Report: Iran builds new, smart sub”
Published: 08.12.08, 13:42 / Israel News

381 posted on 08/12/2008 4:58:03 AM PDT by Cindy
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382 posted on 08/12/2008 4:59:33 AM PDT by Cindy
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“Worldwide Caution”
July 16, 2008

SNIPPET: “This Worldwide Caution updates information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against Americans and interests throughout the world.”

383 posted on 08/12/2008 5:00:42 AM PDT by Cindy
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Press Release A080812a-084
August 12, 2008

Coalition forces catch nine Kata’ib Hezbollah suspects in Adhamiyah
BAGHDAD – Coalition forces captured nine suspects believed to be associated with Kata’ib Hezbollah during multiple operations in the Adhamiyah area of Baghdad Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Intelligence sources led Coalition forces to the location of a suspected Kata’ib Hezbollah associate believed to be in control of at least one terrorist cell operating in the southern Iraqi city of Basrah. According to information from suspects already in custody, he is believed to be involved in smuggling weapons and fighters across the Iraq-Iran border. Coalition forces approached the targeted individual’s location where he identified himself to forces as the wanted suspect. He was then detained along with three associates without incident.

In a separate operation in Adhamiyah, Coalition forces targeted the location of a man believed to be associated with improvised rocket assisted mortar attacks. Coalition forces entered the targeted individual’s location where they detained him and two associates. In addition, forces found weapons, as well as electronics equipment believed to be used in the manufacture of IRAMs.

In a third operation near Adhamiyah, Coalition forces pursued a suspected propaganda expert for Kata’ib Hezbollah. Coalition forces detained the wanted man and one other suspect without incident. During questioning on-scene, the man admitted to designing websites for Kata’ib Hezbollah in order for the group to publicize their IRAM attacks on Iraqi and Coalition forces.

While Kata’ib Hezbollah is not part of Special Groups, it is similar in that it’s reported they receive support from Iran in the way of funding, logistics, and weapons such as improvised rocket assisted mortars. They are also believed to receive guidance or direction from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps – Quds Force.

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384 posted on 08/12/2008 5:04:53 AM PDT by Cindy
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Press Release A080812b-280
August 12, 2008

Al-Qaeda bombing cells known for targeting Iraqi civilians damaged (Baghdad)

BAGHDAD – Coalition forces disrupted al-Qaeda in Iraq’s bombing cells and financial network around Baghdad and Mosul, detaining 12 suspected terrorists Monday and Tuesday.

Coalition forces detained six suspected terrorists Monday in Mosul while targeting a terrorist cell reportedly planning to poison Iraqis and security forces protecting them. The group is believed to be linked to a bombing network that operates in the Tigris River Valley.

A suspected link to AQI’s financial infrastructure is in custody following an operation Tuesday in Mosul. Information from an operation Jul. 28 led Coalition forces to the suspect, who is also believed to have ties to AQI senior leaders.

Tuesday in Baghdad, three men were detained for their suspected ties to AQI and a bombing cell in the Northern Belt around Baghdad. The bombing cell is known to operate in Tarmiyah and attack Iraqi civilians.

Coalition forces detained two suspected terrorists Tuesday in Abu Ghraib, about 20 kilometers west of Baghdad, for their alleged membership in a car-bombing cell that operates as far west as Fallujah.


385 posted on 08/12/2008 5:06:15 AM PDT by Cindy
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Thanks to a special emailer for pointing to this article:

“Russia wants to redraw map of Europe in peace terms with Georgia”

“The French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, is taking Russia’s peace terms to Georgia, after Moscow achieved a crushing victory in a five-day war.”

By Adrian Blomfield in Gori
Last Updated: 8:01PM BST 12 Aug 2008

301 posted on August 12, 2008 1:53:25 PM PDT by Cindy

386 posted on 08/12/2008 1:54:50 PM PDT by Cindy
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12 August 2008


“Al-Qaeda Cleric Linked to Chinese Terrorist Group”
August 11th, 2008 | AQ Leadership, Afghanistan, China, Pakistan


“Important al-Qaeda Scholar Identified”
June 4th, 2008 | AQ Leadership, Pakistan, Uncategorized


“Shaykh `Isa on Near Enemy vs. Far Enemy”
June 12th, 2008 | AQ Leadership, Afghanistan, Strategy



07 August 2008

387 posted on 08/12/2008 2:00:38 PM PDT by Cindy
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ICE Fugitive Operations Teams arrest 119 fugitive aliens in Pennsylvania and Delaware
Ten-day multi-agency operation targeted ICE fugitives

PHILADELPHIA - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Monday that its local fugitive operations teams arrested a total of 119 fugitive aliens during the 10-day operation in Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Of the 75 fugitives arrested, 26 had criminal records. During the operation an additional 44 immigration violators were arrested, 12 of whom had criminal histories.

An immigration fugitive is an alien who has failed to depart the United States pursuant to a final order of removal, deportation or exclusion; or who has failed to report to a Detention and Removal Officer after receiving notice to do so. . Those fugitives have already been ordered deported and are subject to immediate removal from the United States. The individuals who have illegally re-entered the U.S. after deportation are subject to criminal prosecution and immediate removal from the U.S. The other immigration violators arrested during this operation who have not already been ordered removed, have been charged with immigration violations and placed into removal proceedings. They await hearings before an immigration judge.

“ICE is committed to protecting the integrity of our immigration system and that means ensuring that the removal orders handed down by the nation’s immigration courts are carried out,” said Thomas Decker, field officer director for ICE detention and removal operations in Philadelphia. “The United States welcomes law-abiding immigrants, but foreign nationals who violate our laws and commit crimes in our communities should be on notice that ICE is going to use all of the tools at its disposal to find you and send you home.”

ICE Detention and Removal Operations and Office of Investigations worked in conjunction with the U.S. Border Patrol in Erie, PA, Philadelphia Police Department, Philadelphia Warrant Squad, Hatfield Police Department, Horsham Police Department, Norristown Police Department and Altoona Police Department during this targeted enforcement operation.

“In today’s society it is important for all law enforcement agencies to work together,” said Robert H. Ruxton, Chief of Police for Horsham Township, Pennsylvania. “The ability to share information and work together makes our nation a safer place.”

Following are examples of fugitive aliens arrested by the Philadelphia Fugitive Operations Teams during this operation:

A Salvadoran male who was arrested in Milford, Delaware and had been charged with Offensive Touching, Assault, Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He was convicted of Conspiracy 2nd Degree.

A Mexican male was arrested in Coatesville, Pennsylvania for Narcotics Violations. He was convicted of a violation of the Controlled Substance and Cosmetic Act.

A Mauritanian national, convicted in London, Ohio for Failure to pay Child Support and convicted in Weehawken, NJ for Trademark Counterfeiting.

An Indonesian female who was arrested by the Philadelphia Police Department and charged with six felony counts of Forgery; Criminal Conspiracy; Theft by Unlawful Taking; Theft by Deception; Receiving Stolen Property; Access Device Used to Obtain Property. She was wanted by the Philadelphia Warrant Squad for failure to appear, and was turned over to them on their outstanding warrant.

The National Fugitive Operations Program (NFOP) was established in 2003 to eliminate the nation’s backlog of immigration fugitives. Today, ICE has 95 teams deployed across the country and 9 additional teams will be added by the end of September. So far this year ICE’s NFOP has made nearly 28,000 arrests, with over 21,000 being ICE fugitives. Last year, the fugitive operations teams nearly doubled the number of arrests made in 2006 (15,000) to more than 30,000 in 2007. Additionally, in 2007, the nation’s fugitive alien population declined for the first time in history and continues to do so in large part due to the work of the fugitive operations teams and our Fugitive Operations Support Center, which helps to clear outstanding cases. Estimates now place the number of immigration fugitives in the United States at approximately 570,000, a decrease of nearly 25,000 since October 2007.

— ICE —

388 posted on 08/12/2008 2:07:08 PM PDT by Cindy
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Five Members of Drug Trafficking Cells
Sentenced to Federal Prison
Various quantities of Meth, Cocaine and
Marijuana Seized along with $62,500 in cash

AUG 11 — PHOENIX - Five members of two drug trafficking cells operating in the Phoenix area were sentenced to prison on August 1, 2008, by U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton. The leader of one of the cells, Rosario Bojorquez-Ponce, 22, of Obregon, Mexico, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Two of Bojorquez-Ponce’s drivers, Jesus Martinez, 28, of Obregon, Mexico, and Carlos Verdugo-Soto, 28 of Pueblo Yaqui, Mexico, were sentenced to 36 months and 30 months in prison, respectively. One of Bojorquez-Ponce’s sources of supply, Jose Garcia-Sierra, 24, of Madriaguato, Mexico, was sentenced to 84 months in prison. Alberto Romo-Agramon, 30, of Pueblo Yaqui, Mexico, a member of another drug trafficking cell that worked closely with Bojorquez-Ponce, was also sentenced to 84 months in prison. All of these defendants pleaded guilty in March 2008 to Conspiracy to Possess with the Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and Cocaine.

During a court-authorized wiretap investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, authorities learned that Bojorquez-Ponce was involved in distributing significant quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine in the Phoenix area. Through a combination of undercover work and surveillance, law enforcement officers were able to identify Martinez, and Verdugo-Soto as working for Bojorquez-Ponce, and Romo-Agramon and Garcia-Sierra as drug traffickers who had dealings with Bojorquez-Ponce. During the investigation, between December 2006 and April 2007, law enforcement officials seized approximately four kilograms of methamphetamine, two kilograms of cocaine, smaller amounts of marijuana and crack cocaine, and $62,528 in cash.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The prosecution was handled by James Morse Jr. and Brian Larson, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

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389 posted on 08/12/2008 2:10:28 PM PDT by Cindy
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390 posted on 08/12/2008 3:40:58 PM PDT by Unrepentant VN Vet (So now Queen Pelosi really says 3/4 of the voters should go (BLEEP) themselves?)
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To: Unrepentant VN Vet

Thank you Unrepentant VN Vet.

391 posted on 08/12/2008 3:48:44 PM PDT by Cindy
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Possible cyanide poisoning victim from Ottawa
1 hour ago

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “DENVER (AP) — Authorities say a man who died of possible cyanide poisoning at a Denver hotel was a 29-year-old from Ottawa.”

ARTICLE SNIPPET: “Authorities say they are trying to determine what the powder is.

392 posted on 08/12/2008 3:55:21 PM PDT by Cindy
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That’s not good.

393 posted on 08/12/2008 3:59:51 PM PDT by fanfan (SCC:Canadians have constitutional protection to all opinions, as long as they are based on the facts)
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No, but you know how it is...breaking details should be forthcoming in the following days.

394 posted on 08/12/2008 4:25:37 PM PDT by Cindy
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“War court resumes, readies Canadian’s trial”
Posted on Tue, Aug. 12, 2008




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“Canadian Security Intelligence Service - 2003 Interviews with Omar Khadr - Media Coverage”

Ottawa, July 21st, 2008

Information relating to interviews of Omar Khadr by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service CSIS and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) were recently released to Mr. Khadr’s legal counsel, following rulings by the Supreme Court of Canada in May 2008, and by the Federal Court of Canada in June 2008.

Following the public release of this information by Mr. Khadr’s lawyers, there has been much national and international media coverage pertaining to these interviews. Much of this coverage has focussed on video footage of Service interviews conducted with Mr. Khadr in February 2003.

Mr. Khadr was questioned by CSIS in 2003 about individuals - including those linked to the Al Qaeda organization - who may pose a threat to the security of Canada and its interests.
CSIS interviewed Mr. Khadr to collect threat-related information and intelligence and did not discuss consular issues with him, as this is not CSIS’s role.

During the recent media coverage of this issue, some factual errors have been reported by certain media outlets. Specifically, select media outlets have claimed that Mr. Khadr had been mistreated by U.S. authorities - including via sleep deprivation - prior to those 2003 interviews with CSIS. This is simply not accurate. In fact, it should be clear that CSIS had no information to substantiate claims that Mr. Khadr was being mistreated by U.S. authorities in conjunction with the CSIS interviews in 2003.

Furthermore, the allegations which subsequently surfaced regarding sleep deprivation were in relation to a 2004 interview in Guantanamo Bay with Mr. Khadr, an interview in which CSIS was not a participant.

395 posted on 08/12/2008 4:34:59 PM PDT by Cindy
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BBC NEWS: "MILAN MOSQUE 'TO BE CLOSED DOWN'" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "It has come under the spotlight several times for alleged links to extremism.") (Page last updated July 7, 2008, 17:18 UK)


396 posted on 08/12/2008 4:41:43 PM PDT by Cindy
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US - Press Release: New York - "AAFIA SIDDIQUI ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTING TO KILL UNITED STATES OFFICERS IN AFGHANISTAN" (PRESS RELEASE SNIPPET: "On July 17, 2008, officers of the Ghazni Province Afghanistan National Police ("ANP") observed Siddiqui outside the Ghazni governor's compound. ANP officers questioned Siddiqui, regarded her as suspicious, and searched her handbag. In it, they found numerous documents describing the creation of explosives, as well as excerpts from the Anarchist's Arsenal. Siddiqui's papers included descriptions of various landmarks in the United States, including in New York City. Siddiqui was also in possession of substances that were sealed in bottles and glass jars.") (August 4, 2008)
Complaint - Link


THE JAWA REPORT - blog: "And So the Lies Aout Aafia Siddiqui Begin..." (August 5, 2008)




397 posted on 08/12/2008 4:56:57 PM PDT by Cindy
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August 12, 2008

Treasury Designates Iranian Nuclear and Missile Entities

Washington, DC—The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated five entities for their ties to Iran’s nuclear and missile programs. All five designees are owned or controlled by, or acting or purporting to act for or on behalf of, entities that have been designated by the United States or the United Nations Security Council.

The entities designated today are the Nuclear Research Center for Agriculture and Medicine (a/k/a Karaj Nuclear Research Center), the Esfahan Nuclear Fuel Research and Production Center (NFRPC), Jabber Ibn Hayan, Safety Equipment Procurement Company (SEP Co.) and Joza Industrial Company.

“Responsible financial institutions and businesses worldwide are taking steps to avoid doing business with Iranian nuclear and missile entities, as well as with the front companies and cut-outs the Iranian regime uses to disguise its activities,” said Stuart Levey, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. “These five nuclear and missile entities have been used by Iran to hide its illicit conduct and further its dangerous nuclear ambitions.”

This action was taken pursuant to Executive Order 13382, which is aimed at freezing the assets of proliferators of weapons of mass destruction and their supporters, and at isolating them from the U.S. financial and commercial systems. Designations under E.O. 13382 are implemented by Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, and they prohibit all transactions between the designees and any U.S. person, and freeze any assets the designees may have under U.S. jurisdiction.

The Nuclear Research Center for Agriculture and Medicine, the NFRPC, and Jabber Ibn Hayan have been designated pursuant to E.O. 13382 because they are owned or controlled by, or acting or purporting to act for or on behalf of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI).

President George W. Bush in June 2005 identified the AEOI in the Annex to E.O. 13382. The AEOI, which directly reports to the Iranian President, is the main Iranian organization for research and development activities in the field of nuclear technology, including Iran’s centrifuge enrichment program, and manages Iran’s overall nuclear program. The AEOI was designated by the United Nations in the Annex to UN Security Council Resolution 1737 for its role in Iran’s nuclear program.

The Nuclear Research Center for Agriculture and Medicine at Karaj is a large AEOI research component. The NFRPC is AEOI’s center for the development of nuclear fuel, involved in enrichment-related activities. The NFRPC’s uranium conversion facility, in operation since 2005, can produce most of the uranium compounds needed for fuel cycle activities. Uranium conversion is an essential step for the creation of nuclear fuel. Jabber Ibn Hayan, also part of AEOI, is involved in the field of research and development in the nuclear cycle, in addition to providing a wide range of laboratory services for the AEOI nuclear production division.

President Bush also identified Iran’s Aerospace Industries Organization (AIO) and the Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group (SHIG) in the Annex to E.O. 13382. AIO is the overall manager of Iran’s missile program and oversees all of Iran’s missile industries. SHIG is responsible for Iran’s ballistic missile programs, most notably the Shahab series of medium-range ballistic missiles. AIO and its subordinate elements, such as SHIG, often use front companies to access foreign technology and raw materials for the development of Iran’s missile program.

SEP Co. has been designated today for acting, or purporting to act for, or on behalf of AIO. AIO has been using SEP Co. to procure on its behalf since at least 2003. Joza Industrial Company has also been designated today for acting or purporting to act for, or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, SHIG. In an effort to evade sanctions and obscure its procurement efforts, SHIG utilizes a series of front companies, including the Joza Industrial Company, to purchase goods and materials.

All five of the entities designated today have also been previously designated by the United Nations. The Nuclear Research Center for Agriculture and Medicine and the NFRPC were both designated by the United Nations in the Annex to Resolution 1747 for their involvement in Iran’s nuclear activities. Jabber Ibn Hayan, Joza Industrial Company, and SEP Co. were designated by the United Nations in Annex III to Resolution 1803.


398 posted on 08/12/2008 5:02:57 PM PDT by Cindy
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Iran Launches Radar-Evading Vessels, Unmanned Submarines

Iran has successfully produced radar-evading vessels and unmanned undersea vehicles, Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said today.

He said the new products have significantly increased Iran’s defense power.

The minister said that 35mm anti-aircraft guns and fire-control radar systems are among other defense equipment produced in Iran.

Source: Mehr, Iran, August 12, 2008

Posted at: 2008-08-12

399 posted on 08/12/2008 5:09:28 PM PDT by Cindy
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“U.S. Completes Georgian Troop Redeployment; U.S. Contingent Remains”

By John J. Kruzel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2008

400 posted on 08/12/2008 5:13:14 PM PDT by Cindy
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